27 September, 2020

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SB Hegemonism: Ideological Cloak For An Economic Agenda And A Racist State

By Kumar David

Prof Kumar David

Prof Kumar David

Nobody is likely to disagree when I say that the hegemonic or leading ideology in Lanka for more than half a century has been Sinhala-Buddhism; forget whether it good or bad, this is just a simple fact. In the early 1970s SB had to share a place in the ideology pantheon with socialistic aspirants (coalition government and the JVP), and in the 1980s with JR style neoliberal economics. The 1990s and first half of the 2000s was a potpourri where other aspirants for a place in the ideological pantheon rose and fell; Sinhala-Buddhism however consistently retained its place as a deity.

Then from 2005 and after the demolition of the LTTE in 2009 and the rise of the Gotabahaya brand of extremist political Sinhala-Buddhism, its ascent has been ethereal. Today, the ideological hue of the national state is not painted by Mahinda but by Gota. The latter, a civil servant, mounts the political stage of Jathika Hela Urumaya’s Udaya Gammanpilla and calls on voters to extend their support. There is bugger all Mahinda, who should answer for constitutional propriety or effete Deshapriya who should monitor electoral correctness, can do. Gota has stuck his finger right up Mahinda and Deshapriya with impunity; my point is not to gripe and bitch (what’s the use) but to make clear the relationships of power.

Let me go on with my story about power, I leave griping about Gota to more urgently inclined souls. What I want to draw attention to is ideological hegemony and its relationship to (a) the sibling’s economic plan and (b) the structure of state power. There is a symbiosis, the three blend into an integrated machine. It may sound a bit complicated, but it’s true, so please bear with me for a few more paragraphs.

I was at a left-forum organised by the Peratugami group last month where one of the participants, pity I omitted to get his name, made a Gramscian point. This government, he said, is using a unique strategy; it is using the cover of SB nationalistic hegemony in the ideological domain, but underneath it is pushing a neoliberal economic agenda. This is a penetrating observation though it needs a little polishing. The small corrections are that it is not unique, Modi is playing the same game in India, and secondly the economic agenda is not straight neoliberalism. It is a mix of IMF strategies (you can call this residual neoliberalism), state intervention for nefarious purposes or family gain, and wasteful infrastructure spending that is mortgaging future generations. The state interventionist and nefarious parts are interference in banks and putting cronies on boards, placing 70% of the budget in sibling clutches, the obscenity of Mihin and Mattala, interfering with the Securities Commission to cover for racketeers, and heaven knows for what reason massive casino projects. Taken together this is better called a corporatist economic strategy of the Mussolini type. The point is not terminology; the key observation is that extremist chauvinism is a mask for an economic programme and a parallel process of family banditry.

A friend and regular e-mail correspondent recently made a point about state power that runs parallel to and complements this. It is argued by some that the SB masses will not allow the Executive Presidency (EP) to be abolished, the superficial reason being that EP enabled concentration of power without which the LTTE could not have been defeated. This is debatable but for arguments sake let us agree. My friend than takes the next step and says: EP is now the bedrock of Sinhala state power; it is the foundation of the mono-ethnic state. Chauvinists, agitated monks, JHU and Weerawansa intuitively grasp that jettisoning EP for a parliamentary system, or even weakening EP, will be an invitation for pluralist tendencies to raise their head. Therefore those who argue that the Sinhala-Buddhist masses will not allow EP to be scrapped have a point; it is not old loyalty to a formula that won a war, now it is the intuitive perception that to retain the state in Lanka as a Sinhala state, and prevent a plural or national state taking shape, preserving EP is crucial. I think this analysis is correct; therefore to abolish EP would entail educating the Sinhalese people in pluralist democratic norms. This can be done by persuading them that the overhead costs of EP (impunity, assassination and white vans, abuse, corruption, nepotism, waste, electoral rigging, drug connections and international opprobrium) are not worth the presumed benefits.

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    Kumar David

    Executive Presidency was lavishly protected by idiotic / opportunistic minority politicians & not Sinhala majority.

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      John,

      Did you think it through before you made this statement? The 18th Amendments was passed and what role did the minorities play in it? You do not need to defend anything and everything that appear to blemish the Sinhala!

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        Not 18 A but big EP they defended.

        18A got blessings of Ex CJ as well whom minorities now defend

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        KD: This is a typical REDUCTIONIST Marxist explanation of Sinhala Modayas recent performance.
        The fact of the matter is that people are NOT completely deluded by the Mahinda-Gotabaya SPIN machine (or SB false consciousness), and many SBs do have a conscience and feel and know intuitively that something is ROTTEN in the Triumphant, CORRUPT, CRIMINAL and Neoliberal state of Sri Lanka. This is apparent in the fact that:
        1. Buddhism is distorted and misbahaving badly and doing the opposite of what it is supposed to be (ahimsa, muditha, upeka etc) at the hands of Saffron clad Thugs cultivated by goon Gota.

        2. The other problem is Ranil Wickramasinghe and the DEAD LEFT opposition, and the fact that we have a situation of TINA in the opposition at this time. There is a generation struggle and transition going on in Sri Lanka today. The old order generation of corrupt and racist politicians is dying and the new is yet to be born after killing the older generation… In short, I’d like to contradict your over simplified Marxist false consciousness proposition that S wSinhalaya Modaya’s have total surrendered to militarized SB!

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          Regarding “dead leftism”, it should be noted that Kumar david supported the LTTE and even appeared in TamilNet writings. The “exclusive Tamil Homeland” idea is a racist idea, and the attempt to achieve it killed more tamils by the LTTE than by the Singala Buddhists from time immemorial.

          So, Tamil racism was what many of the Leftists embraced, when their revolution failed (distinguished exceptions exist, example Karalasingham, Shanmugathasan etc). But today, the leftist rump, e.g., Kumar David, Wickramabahu K, are, or were, supporters of the racist enclave known as Eelam that Prabhakaran proposed.

          As far as I know, Kumar David has never denounced the ethnic clensing of the Muslims and the Sinhalese from the North, and demanded that those displaced persons be re-settled in the North. He too wants only Tamils in the North. I am a Tamil, and I think we need diversity in the peninsula, and not tamils recreating their caste orthodoxy, with Wigneswaran planting himself in Nallur Kovil as his inspiration.

          I see the multi-ethnic Colombo as a far better model than Jaffna and other places in the North that I have known very well. We need to go away from oppressive racist, casteist Hindu orthodoxy and go to a set up where we dont’ talk of Tamil homelands and Singhala homelands.

          So, I claim that Kumar David and other such leftists individuals are in fact racists – and so they are particularly angry with other rival racist groups like Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalist groups. If you remember this fact and read KD’s writings, you begin to understand that to be the only fire left in him, it is not leftist socialism, but some form of strange racism based on his anger with the Sinhalese.

          We need to figure out how to deal with extremist groups, be they Marxists, Sinhala or Tamil nationalsts, or Marxist extremists who have begun to support Tamil extremism (Kumar david), or Marxist nationalists who support Sinhala extremism (JVP).

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      John,

      Are you the reincarnated Monk Mahanama Sinhala Buddist?

      “Nobody is likely to disagree when I say that the hegemonic or leading ideology in Lanka for more than half a century has been Sinhala-Buddhism; ” -Prof Kumar David.

      Yes. It is Sinhala Mahansama Buddist Racism, not Trie Buddhism of the Buddha.

      Support is found in:

      1. The Anssence of Tamil Buddists in Sri Lanka, when every Indian State hads few percent (non-Mahanama) Buddhists.

      2. The Sinhala Buddhists are lost in the Monk Mahanama Racist Imaginations.

      Lanka belongs to the Native Veddahs, Not to the Para-Sinhala and Para-Demala and other Paras. If the Para-Sinhala cannot behave in a civilized and egalitarian manner, like the Native Vedfdah, they shouyk go back to where they came from, Bengal, Kalingaand Orissa,

      http://vedda.org/1-who.htm

      Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves — preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.1

      Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival.

      http://vedda.org/stegeborn.htm

      The Wanniya-laeto are thought to be a people who inhabited most of the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka (Pearson 1985: 267) before the influx of the Dravidian and the Aryan peoples. According to anthropologist Nandadeva Wijesekera, the Wanniya-laeto language may originate from an ‘earlier linguage’ (Wijesekera 1964: 104) He states it is a Munda language, one of the ‘ tribe languages’ of India’ Subsequently, with the invasion of the island by the indo-Aryans and the Dravidians, the Wanniya-laeto language gradually adopted Elu (an ancient form of Sinhalese) and Tamil words (Wijesekera 1964: 104) The Wanniya-laeto language itself cannot be traced to the Dravidian languages of south India, such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannarese (Pearson 1985: 68), nor are the people descended from the Indo-Aryans.

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    Yeah one issue campaign to rid the country of the executive presidency like Ven. Sobitha aspires for his presidential campaign will not convince the rural voters. Why would they care? To them the EP is not problem and they don;t have the mindsets to think that the country is linked to the world. Neither do they care of modern advances other countries in the region are making. So if The Family were to tell them that if it were not for EP the great MR wouldn’t have been able to defeat ‘Tamil Terrorism’. That would be enough to cement the Familial Project for ever!

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      Ven Sobitha Thero made a mistake, which had been recognized by Mr.Ranjan Philip.He made the announcement to an less known journalist.He should address the present election through a cross section of the parties other than those of the Governing coalition.He should state what he had told the journalist.Already the group of safron clad had accused him of being led by the Catholic Church.His campaign should start immediately so that he could build up a following. Forget educating the Sinhala Buddists.That have been tried and failed.

      By addressing public meetings he deliberately creates a contraversy and discussion.

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    What has the JUHU done to ask for votes again. The recent media advertisements about this project or that is nothing but pedestrian stuff. The Lions and the Rotarians have accomplished more in much bigger projects than the JHU with none of the political power the racist party enjoys.

    BTW, will Gota go and ‘bless’ SLFP candidates the same we he ‘blessed’ the racist UG?

    Hey while I was writing this the CT page disappeared just like that. Had to come back via vtunnel proxy site.

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      There is only one man who laid the foundation for Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya, Ravana Balaya, and all other Sinhala-Buddhist Racist/fanatic organizations (including JHU) in Sri Lanka that is engaged in Anti-Muslim/Christian Hate campaigns and attacks on Mosques and Churches. It is none other than Gangodawila Soma Thero who suddenly appeared from nowhere (or rather from Australia in 1996).

      Through his Hate speeches/sermons during the late 1990s against the Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, he brainwashed the Sinhala-Buddhists (especially in the villages) by preaching that the real enemies of Sinhala-Buddhists are nobody but Muslims & Christians. He also carried out a campaign to root out misconceptions entertained by all Sinhala-Buddhists with regard to the worship of Hindu deities. He had a huge number of followers in Sri Lanka. Even Gota is one of his brainwashed followers. They would have started a Religious war against Muslims & Christians in late 1990s itself if there was no LTTE. The moment LTTE was crushed, they immediately started their next program to crush the Muslims & Christians.

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    So, according to your analysis Sr Lanka is doomed: Ethnic hatred, religious intolerance, state terrorism, plundering national wealth and lawless militarized state will muddle through until it is brought to an end by a miracle.

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      That will be the real miracle of Asia!

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      Yes, you are right. Sri Lanka is doomed! The Modayas will make sure of same!

      Sengodan. M

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    Dr Kumar, what do the phrases like “Peratugami group, Gramscian point, SB nationalistic hegemony,ideological domain, neoliberal economic agenda” mean?

    One day, when the common Sinhala Tamil and Muslim people are taught the meanings of such gobbledegook they migh want to follow you.

    Until then, sorry to say, you are on a big wanking ego trip without any relevance to our people and our society.

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      There is a thing called Google; please educate yourself rather than writing idiotic comments!

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      Why is it so necessary to display the fact that you are a Sinhala Modaya?

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    As a Brit temporary resident coming up to ten years I would ask Sri Lankans, would the war have been won with Ranil or Chandrika as president?
    A war that the Americans and Japanese among others said could not be won?
    A huge building boom has taken place here by private individuals and large contractors.
    A few years ago the streets were awash with plastic bags of rubbish they are not now?
    To any Sri Lankan who cannot see the difference in roads and building I would suggest a visit to an optician.
    The method of removal of the chief justice was wrong but she is not the innocent lady portrayed, she removed a very senior competent judge from the ceylinco case and put herself in a position to gain advantage ? in the words of lord Buddha the heaven and hell is almost always of one’s own making?

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      Your English is not very good for a Brit LOL

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      Yes ‘join the Brit’. People should leave a side their political hatred and see the things as they are. Hating the regime and the people of this country would not bring them anything. Yes minus things are there but pluses are generally more in Sri Lanka at present.

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      John the Brit,

      Please do yourself a favour, you get back to Britain and be quiet as you do not seem to understand the difference between Good Governance and Corrupted nepotism infested regime! Why do you think that the Ukrainians are fighting months and end? They have beautiful buildings and thriving economy; have you asked yourself such a question? Ohh I get it! You want your high life intact! One more thing, why did the public in Britain rose up against the Poll Tax?

      Are you just blinkered or born stupid?

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      John the Brit,It is not Ranil or Chandrika that defeated the LTTE. It was the Army and the Navy that did it with critical help from the Air Force.

      Read Fonseka the facts in those articles had not been challenged.

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        The war was won with sheer brutality. Basically they killed anything that moved!! Also with starvation, denying medical supplies, bombing hospitals, designated safe zones etc. They also got the help of India, and several other countries.

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      John the Bit:

      Building Roads by borrowing 8 Trillion from Chinese ( in the Process MR pocketing 10% ) is not going to bring you peace.

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      Roads built for BABIES to Run car races.
      From Road and Builduings contractors taken bribes and commissions to fill offshore bank accounts.
      Don’t forget thathalf of the Jarapassa clan are wowed and geiven oaths to be U S arse lickers.

      WILL THEY LOVE AND PROTECT SRI LANKA??????.

      You, sitting on the brain BRIT John Bass.

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      John the Brit, you are a wanker and it shows.
      Do you realise what a crack-head you are contrasting clean streets, new roads and wondrous edifices to the abject state of governance in your host country?

      Just for comparison, just imagine that David Cameron and a few other Oxbridge elite bought over Labour/LibDem MPs, defined new rules to allow each of them to plunder as much as they permitted them to, held them hostage by opening files on all their misdeeds and holding these as swords of damocles in case they develop twinges of regret and go clean?

      Imagine Cameron inc then taking control over ALL aspects of British Civil/Public service, the universities, sent university entrants for military training poorly disguised as ‘leadership training’, arranged for any journalist who brought objective criticism to the public eye to be assaulted, “disapeared” or murdered?

      Imagine a street protest in London (a la the G20 thing a few years ago) being “attended to” by the British Army, and unarmed civilians being mercilessly shot? IMagine these cowardly armed soldiers chasing down fleeing civilians and attacking them in places of worship?

      And then imagine the civic-minded John-the-Brit organising a street protest in the full expectation that his democratic rights will be protected….. and the guns and thugs are turned against John.

      Sorry John, you are a blethering idiot, and you should know it, so please shut up from now on, OK?

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      john the Brit ,

      “A huge building boom has taken place here by private individuals and large contractors.”

      Tell me about it !!!

      Mate , what have you been reading/ watching/listening to , for the last 10 odd years ? my guess is Daily Noise/ITN/SLBC , am i correct ? if not you must be another beneficiary from the regime ! actually you must be out of your mind to praise the Junta regime , tell you what , why don’t you focus on English premier league instead of wasting your time on stuff which you don’t understand ,by the way how is Wayne Rooney doing , i heard he is gonna stick with M.united few more years !

      cheers mate ! Ta !

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        You cannot see the building boom the jogging tracks parks etc?
        What about the massive excavations for flood retention areas?
        You could not miss them?
        I give credit where due.

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          John the brit ,

          “You cannot see the building boom the jogging tracks parks etc?”

          John you don’t seem to understand the gravity of the problem, you could have easily been forgiven for your naivety, had you not claimed that 10 bloody long years in SL , that time is more than enough to know the crux of the problem ! yes there is a huge boom in construction field , mushrooming sky scrapers , emerging Motor ways , building south east Asia’s tallest tower ,creating world’s first artificial sea port, worlds first ecologically disastrous air port, sports grounds etc etc , are you aware that Srilanka is the only country in the world to carve out a huge chunk of its precious land to accommodate for an artificial harbor and that silly project is on a huge Chinese commercial loan ? guess what, no international merchant ships willing to come and dock at Hambanthota port ! do you know sri Lanka is the only country who cleared its natural wetlands to create for an international airport , yet again on exuberant commercial Chinese loan ? guess what , no any international airline willing to land in Hambanthota air port either ! do you know there is a huge cricket stadium in Hambanthota , which was built on credit and almost bankrupted SLCB , guess what, only our traditional national sports ” elle ” can be played in that ground ? then there were some other huge sports complexes, exhibition, conference centers were being built for 2018 common wealth games and for the CHOGM circus , what happened in the end ? And there is a very famous coal power plant called “ Norrochalai “ in SL which had been built on the twice of the initial amount , yet again on a commercial rate Chinese loan ! guess what , that power plant is a good enough to convert in to a scrap yard. Then all these Motor ways are/were being built on massive Chinese commercial loans on the Ratio of the double or triple the estimated amount ? don’t you see some thing , some where is seriously wrong ? were there any transparencies on Tender calling, financial terms & conditions , Final amount , constructions and , final awarding etc ?? where were the all important feasibility reports ? John do you know who benefitted from all of these mega white elephant projects? Who are the real owners of these sky scrapers? have a wild guess !

          Leave politics aside, which team do you support in your English premier league ? Am I correct to assume you miss your “Rizla” paper in SL john!!!

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      John the Brit aka Padraig Colman?

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    Well said, though hastily written. SB, it has to be said shared a place not only from the 1970s but even from 1956 with SWRD wooing Ven. Buddharakita and vice versa. Today,for the psychopath Gotabhaya this strategy has been made easy for he has nothing to lose for he is not accountable to anybody, not even to his brother Mahinda. This is tragic for it is the Sri Lankan citizens (not US) who will the ultimate price. Bensen

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    “Infrastructure which is is Rail, Roads. Airports, Harbours are wasteful,

    Development is no good,

    Giving the Elite and their buddies in the West what they want is better for the inhabitants than .getting rid of Prabakran and his LTTE outfit”.

    This ageing Leftist seems to have an inbuilt dislike for the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants because they don’t understand the Elitist political agenda.

    And Dr Kumar wants to change it by giving them tuition.

    JVP which conducted tuition classes and handed over tens of thousands of Sinhala Buddhist youth to the current Opposition Leader’s party to be tortured and killed is now embedded with the BASL and FUTA which are the Trade Unions of the UNP.

    This isolated old Leftist is totally embedded with the Opposition and its Western backers, to help their agenda of Regime change.

    .

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      Sumane please see a psychiatrist immediately. You are a danger to the society.

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    It is a potpourri of everything including the SB factor you have identified. The ingredients coming to the fore and influencing the taste are dictated by opportunism and the need to hold on to power at any cost. The unfolding phenomenon is an extension of what the LTTE espoused and demonstrated to the utter detriment of the Tamils and other peoples in this country. Anything goes and is justified with extreme sophistry, however unprincipled and immoral it may be. The evolutionary nature of this phenomenon has to be however always remembered, as this would be the key to finding solutions.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Not even few days away from UNHRC sessions to be begun in Geneva, ruling politicians and public servants to behave not respecting laws related to the election correctness – will surely be among the questions will have to struggle finding better excuses. This will be more than evidence for them to resound – lanken state is a lawless/no independent judiciary at all.

    Yesterday, I heard the news-A German court has sentenced a Rwandan former mayor, Onesphore Rwabukombe, to 14 years in prison for his role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26242630

    Why cant US do the same against lanken GOTA ?

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      “රට බෙදන්න නෙමෙයි, බලය බෙදන්නයි අපි අහන්නේ. එහෙම කියලයි අපිට ඡන්දය ලැබුනේ.” යනුවෙන්ද විග්නේශ්වරන් මහ ඇමතිවරයා බීබීසී සංදේශයට කියා සිටියේය.

      Not to divide the country but to devolve the power. Voters meant that by giving us a mandate – said Wigneswaran to the BBC sandeshaya lately.

      “එහෙම කියල මිනිස්සු ඒක පිළිගත්තට පස්සේ, අපේ දෙමළ ජනතාවට සිංහල ජනතාව පරණ දේවල් මතක් කරගෙන ඔහොම කරන එක වැරදියි.”

      After they accepted and gave us a mandate, why have sinhala people been making efforts to feed them with old brutalities. That I believe is not right thing to do.

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        Moderator how did you allow Sinhalese. I thought the medium is English but then who can blame you. Chenthamil Nadenum Pothinile Inpa Then Vanthu Payuthu Kathinile.

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          Please write Bharathiyar’s verses in Tamil script.

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            Why not you write this script in Sihala-
            pissu pool passé nool dakke stool.
            Then kail may oblige you till then keep having sex with dogs.

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              Javi, I’d rather hear from Burning-Issue or Thiru than from a foul mouthed ignoramus like you.

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                “foul mouthed ignoramus”

                Dreaming of mouths! ha ha There is mere script moron.

                You had better get back to school than troll gassgembo.

                its time you took a good little drool nool!!

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          Kali,

          He is quoting, citing , referencing and translating for the benefit of those who do not know Sinhala.

          Einsteins 1095 Paper, E=Mc**2, was in German. Until it was translated ti English, those who did not know German did not know much about it.

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        How can you get rid of the 56 strategy with a one off tactic??

        Just keep on walking because no man believes he would die.

        The smart dutch who beat the Brits hands down in China negotiated with the Brits and handed over most of VOC therefore even today wherever you find the brits you find the dutch not spanish, french or portugese.

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      Sounds like sleep will come to Srimal only when US come and take away Gota! Is it because Gota was instrumental to eliminate the arm leg of terrorist outfit, LTTE, from the Sri Lankan soil?

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        Listen, as many of you would do,I am against brutal killings and thuggery of all forms. Elimination of LTTE terror was a good thing but killing few thousands if not tens of thousands of innocent civilians brutally and still trying to paint a clean picture is no means acceptable. We are all sri lankans- right for live is ruler^s motto, but that should be valid for all folks. I know the pains in families that lost their lovely ones through brutal 89 insurgency. Those wounds of the remained ones can only be healed off through proper crime investigations <—- I believe – without doubts- everything right thinking ones will feel it towards human justice

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          Agree with you when you say ‘we are all Sri Lankans’. But the problem is this LTTE sympathizers and the international racketeers do not think so. They simply have forgotten – rather purposely – all the brutal killings by blood thirst LTTE for 3 decades. Except the LTTE rump scattered around the world, and the local agents of them, who says these ‘thousands of civilians’ killed purposely during the final days of war? As one writer asked recently, where are the ‘ata katu’ of these so called 40,000 ‘innocents’ buried in once war-torn nothern part of Sri Lanka? Why these champions never raised their voice when LTTE killed a true son of Sri Lanka by the name of Lakshman Kadirgarmar? Where were all these HR heros when LTTE bombed dalada maaligawa, Sri Maha Bodhi? The lists goes on and on.. Tell me a single Govt in the world that will tolerate a terrorist movement that demand a separation of a country – by using all forms of brutality?

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            Just agreeing to the phrase “we are all Srilankens” will do nothing tangible towards sustainable peace and reconciliation, so long state machineries would do nothing enough to make that a reality. Unfortunately, today’s context, the rulers themselves hugely violate civil laws publicly being on all abuse-mode “naduth ewunge baduth ewunge”. Latter is becoming common feature of the ruling administration than any previous ones. Not only towards Tamils but to majority masses, their treatments have been no different. Their intentions are miles away from human nature, democratic and civilized nature (listen to that video tape of Wanathamulla lately – to get more how human beings are being treated by current administration).

            30 year old civil war has left behind more damage to the northerners than any other folks. Latter is the fact, even if you or others would make efforts to paint various pictures. Can the govt please them only by building roads and other physical constructions ? The untold stories of tamil victims are countless. It is not right to say that significant masses that migrated – Diaspora have been successful (these are facts: contact foreign offices in Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and several other countries that offered refuge to those sri lankans). Many of them have lost their second generations. Unforeseen destinations, cultures, rigorous law and order of new places have affected on them not allowing proper schooling. This I heard from western psychologists and sociologists lately. The latter is common to many other migrants too seeking asylum on rich soils.

            Now, talking about examining reserves (ata katu) of the alleged killed civilians while knowing the fact the current administration would no means allow ANY genuine efforts towards fair crime investigations – is like talking at cross purposes. Besides, why to be away from independent crime investigations if the rulers are clean ? Few steps have though been taken– from the point of views of IC them seen as red herrings. For example shortly before the 2013 UNHRC session only, they appointed an overseeing committee for LLRC implementations. This time too, with few days to go with next session 2014, they seem to be repeating similar actions.

            Whom have they been deceiving repeatedly ?

            A few months ago, govt announced that they just initiated the crime investigations in terms of Mathale graves, and it would take some time to bring a report. But what stand on their way to delay is the questions made worried the victims today. Some assume that alleged GR`s direct involvement in ruthless 89 atrocities could well be the reasons. I myself know some parents have gone life long mad not seeing any kind of justice against their lost sons in that insurgency. So can they keep the faith on this men in power further ?

            Sidestepping can NOT work that long. I believe lanken voters would react somewhat different this time considering all these. Srilanka is part of IC. Stupidity, rascal mindedness, lawlessness, impunity cant help becoming us a wonder of ASIA, rather an another NorthKoreanlike in SOUTH ASIA.
            Branding dissidents as NGO supporters, specially and just attacking opposition will not work further. Junta regimes will not last longer as we saw them in Lybria, Irak or any other places.
            To respond the last question, late KG deserve all credits for his great achievements – had he failed to get LTTE movement banned on rich soils, nothing like elimination of LTTEers would have been possible. Rulers have not even mentioned this but grabbed the credit of the war – making ONLY Gota a hero – is not yet compressible to me.

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              Srilal, only an imaginative world could fulfill your dreams – a 100% perfect govt. I compare the current Sri Lanka with previous Sri Lanka and the current Govt. with previous once. Not with a country or a Govt. that exists in Mars or some other planet in the universe. Your long write-up is nothing but full of hatred towards Sri Lanka. At one point you say “some assume that alleged gr’s direct involvement…” That clearly says you build stories over various rumors. You are more of a negative minded person who see only the minus things in your political opponents. And for LK’s case, incumbent govt. has done many things to appreciate his great services to his motherland. If you have not seen them, that means your blindness to the reality. And your inability to accept some good things of your political opponent. So take a breath and have a fresh look into the current affairs if you really want to improve the things in Sri Lanka.

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    You are Dead wrong Mr Kumar David,
    YOU KNOW VERY WELL THAT,
    There is Nothing Called Sinhala Buddhism.
    That is the Free Ride Chosen By Selfish Colonials, Their Boot likers and Never succeeding Marxists like you people to name Some Roughs monks, who are not following Buddhist teachings and Their followers like Jarapassas,

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      “There is Nothing Called Sinhala Buddhism.”

      Wow! Have you just woken up from a deeeeeep sleep? I suggest you go back to sleeping!

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        we know that you are one of the arse likers of Dhaja Jarapassa.

        can you elaborate what is Sinhala Buddhism????????.

        Who preached that, May be your U S Passport Holding Hothambaya?????.

        That is good, that some rough Monks are campaigning to stop killing of cattle.
        your type of buffaloes will be spared.

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      Was then Sinhala Only law in 1958 a dream? 83 riots a hollywood moveie with JR as Rambo?

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        Sinhala Only was in 1956. It was meant to replace English not Tamil. The 1983 riots were started by the murder of 13 Sinhalese soldiers by terrorists.

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          Paul,

          Native Vaddha once asked if the murder of 13 “Sinhalese soldiers” started the 1983 riots, why didn’t we see such attacks when the JVP was killing many policemen and soldiers? Did the JVP kill Tamil and Muslim policemen?

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          ” Sinhala Only was in 1956. It was meant to replace English not Tamil”

          Are u sure about this? Can I as a Tamil do my civic duties in Tamil? How many policeman in Jaffna can read and write in Tamil let alone in Bambalapittiya?

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            Yes, I am sure. Under the British, English was the sole official language of the country. This Act was to make Sinhala, the language that the nation had used for centuries, the sole official language. Vehement opposition by power hungry Tamil and Sinhala leaders led to the problems we have today. How can you be uncertain about such fundamental issues?

            Today it is far too late for you to carry out your civic duties in Tamil in Bambalapitiya. Ideally a translator should be available in all government offices but too much water and blood has flown under the bridge.

            Encyclopedia Britannica on the Act. I deliberately avoided Sinhalese and Tamil websites.
            http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/546059/Sinhala-Only-Bill

            SWRD on the Act
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlTy–rxGfY

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              “This Act was to make Sinhala, the language that the nation had used for centuries,”
              “Vehement opposition by power hungry Tamil and Sinhala leaders led to the problems we have today.”

              Paul,

              Ha ha, there never was a complete dictionary back in the early 60’s

              Heard of Conspiracy theory?? Domino Effect?? Your slip is showing pervert.

              You are just a buffalo hide typist disgusting, smelly, malodorous, foul little man like any other mercenary.

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              Paul,

              “This Act was to make Sinhala, the language that the nation had used for centuries, the sole official language.”

              It is a blatant lie! Even the last Kandian kingdom had Tamil as the court language! The Tamils in the North and East never been fluent in Sinhala! In Fact, pre-colonial period those Sinhala who could read and write in Tamil were regarded as learned people!

              It was the blatant majoritism that caused the conflict and nothing else. You will never subjugate the Tamils!

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              “the language that the nation had used for centuries” How come the Kandyan convention was signed in Tamil. Even after making the Sinhala official language they were scrambling for translation into sinhalese, for lack of suitable words.Scrambling for text books in Sinhalese!!!

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    What we see today are the consequences of 30 years of chaos, terrorism and war. The cause and effect, action and reaction, karma, or what ever you choose to call it. During this period of time, society changed, values were lost, and a generation or two moved on. The war is over, but we are not who we were 30 years ago. The experience has changed the people, the psyche has metamorphosed us in to a vileness that is unbelievably cruel, selfish, and corrupt. We do not know how to manage it and turn it to a nobler path for we lack a political or religious leader of exceptional character, will and ability. We cannot blame Buddhism for the core of that teaching is loving kindness. But we can blame the Sinhalas for not understanding Buddhism. As I see it this country will have to pay for all it’s iniquities before it can regain it self. The start will be when we begin to discern the difference between good and bad, right and wrong, and when we practice what we preach.

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      If the so called sihala (the slaves from Portugese and Dutch) were that industrious the brits would never have bought in labour to work the tea.
      Any bright move will be piggy backed by the sinhala as they did with independence.
      You don’t have a king as in Belgium to put the matter straight and monitor. Even Franco retained the King for good reason. The majority cannot be trusted anymore. They haven’t got a spanking like we used to get if we had a fight at school and informed our parents. These are mainly southern thugs who boast of others up there like the raven and compassion as if it’s their own- disgustingly buffalo hide. I think they got to be bombed by IAF to understand self-respect and freedom.

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    Prof:

    Martin Luther King once said “I have a Dream ”

    Like that every Sinhalese Ruler had a Dream without exception ( except for a period of Colonial Era) to convert Sri Lanka in to a Sinhalese State but no one succeeded and King Mahintha is no exception.
    The Tamil Culture has stood the test of times for many centuries
    and it wont be easily destroyed even by the most extreme racists in the history of Sinhala Lanka headed by Mahintha & Gotha.

    *** It is argued by some that the SB masses will not allow the Executive Presidency (EP) to be abolished, the superficial reason being that EP enabled concentration of power without which the LTTE could not have been defeated.

    I agree that the masses will not allow EP to be abolished but I don’t think EP is the problem. The problem is that the overwhelming majority are Racists and any one who plays the Racist Card will win the elections any one who ignores that will do so at their perils.

    It was not the concentration of power which won the War but the support provided by the Traitor India under the Italian. Without India”s support LTTE would never have been defeated.

    *** This can be done by persuading them that the overhead costs of EP (impunity, assassination and white vans, abuse, corruption, nepotism, waste, electoral rigging, drug connections and international opprobrium) are not worth the presumed benefits.

    The above is a fallacy and you are living in a Dream World.

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    The Sinhalese political leaders in the pre-1948 period have to bear the blame for the emerging split between the Sinhalese and Tamils. Tamil political leaders of the time, inter alia, risked their lives to visit
    England via mine-infested seas to fight for independence. It would not have been in their further thoughts the Sinhala leaders will push them
    from the seats of power sharing once the signs of self-rule was on sight. It is reported in a SLFP Parliamentary Group meeting in the days following the 1958 pogrom against the Tamils Prime Minister SWRD, chairing the meeting, asked the gathering what should be done to avoid similar
    incidents in the future. It was the father of the present Rajapakses, in that genetic ignorance and savagery we see today answered “kill all the Tamils” A wag says the present generation of the Rajapakses are carrying out the fond wish of the elder Minister to the letter though deviously. “The Final Solution” if you so prefer.

    So Prof. David, you do not have to couch your analysis in gentle language. It was Sinhala chauvinism that divided this country – then, in the interim and now. The Federal Party men and the LTTE later were merely responding to this majoritarian devilry to keep their ancient race alive.

    It is not only the Tamils who are alienated – then and now. The Kandyans, who enjoyed their own separate kingdom and identity till, arguably, the 17/18th centuries have suffered a continuum of alienation and discrimination. Merely planting a Keheliya R – whose Kandyan credentials are seriously questioned and a more able and educated Amunugama has not satisfied the Kandyan Nation. There is simmering dis-satisfaction within the cultured community, which is deeply inter-mixed with Tamil and Kerala blood and genes.

    To place the crisis in perspective, what we have since post-1956, is a search for common identity – if there is indeed such a thing.
    In its absence and that of a mutually accepted deliverer the once pleasant and peaceful land – at least the Southern part of the Island -will be in a permanent state of chaos and disorder that has been our fate for years.

    Oncoming historical events will deliver to the Tamils their dues – with the help of the international community. And as Valampuri John, the firebrand Tamil poet noted, “there cannot be a birth without blood”
    Rajapakses will have to take the responsibility for missing several golden opportunities to stitch together an island torn by sheer and diabolical political chicanery characterised by mindless venality.

    R. Varathan

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    “I was at a left-forum organised ……”
    Prof.KD,why did the left organizers invite you for the left-form?What have you got to do with the left forum?Had they invited you thirty,forty years it would have made sense.
    UN resolution is around the corner.So,

    -You should be attending the western funded NGO meetings
    -You should be attending the western embassy meetings
    -You should be attending the civil society meetings
    -You should be attending the elitists and careerists meetings

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    The average rural voter does not care about the EP, he has enough problems trying to feed his children. A job, food, water, electricity, school places; these are the matters that concern him.

    Gramscian point? Neo-liberal economic agenda? What do these things mean to a man who has not eaten for a day?

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      ” Gramscian point? Neo-liberal economic agenda? What do these things mean to a man who has not eaten for a day”

      perhaps those jargon don’t mean anything to them , but they do know ,there is an elephant in the room.

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