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Sinha Le Politics & Socio-Cultural Persecution

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Cultural purity is an oxymoron.” – Kwame Anthony Appiah (Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers)

The Independence Day celebrations commenced with the national anthem sung in Sinhala and concluded with the national anthem sung in Tamil. It was a first and a good first, a gesture of enormous symbolic significance, an unmistakable indication of the new government’s commitment to an inclusive, pluralist project of nation-building.

Sinha leGotabaya Rajapaksa once derided the singing of the national anthem in Tamil as “a ridiculous and unpractical idea.”[i] But for those who accept the pluralist nature of Sri Lanka and look forward to a truly Lankan future, that moment felt not ridiculous or unpractical, but deeply moving. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government is not living up to expectation in several key areas, starting with the economy. But now and then it does something which vindicates fully the historic outcome of January 8th 2015 and keeps hope of a better future alive.

We don’t love other people’s countries; we can only love our own. Measures which humiliate ethno-religious minorities cannot promote national reconciliation or foster Lankan patriotism. There is a greater chance of inculcating a sense of Lankan patriotism in Tamil/Muslim children and youth when they are allowed to sing the national anthem in their own language rather than parrot it in a language they barely understand.

Mahinda Rajapaksa imposed the de facto ban on singing the national anthem in Tamil not during the war, but several months after the defeat of the LTTE, as a petulant response to the Oxford Debacle. The LLRC (appointed by the Rajapaksa administration) in its report criticised the ban and warned that it would “create a major irritant which would not be conducive to fostering post-conflict reconciliation.” It also recommended that “The practice of the National Anthem being sung simultaneously in two languages in the same time must be maintained and supported.” That recommendation was finally implemented by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government on February 4th, 2016.

The pro-Rajapaksa opposition tried to use this necessary measure of reconciliation to inflame Sinhala minds and widen the national divide. They frothed and fumed; some limelight-craving politicians even threatened to impeach the president. Former president Rajapaksa was not slow to leap into the fray. He reiterated the same old counter-factual arguments he used when he imposed the ban five years ago, claiming that in no country in the world is the national anthem sung in more than one language[ii]. Mr. Rajapaksa’s ignorance is understandable; not so the inability/unwillingness of his better-read and more knowledgeable sidekicks to enlighten his ignorance. Sri Lanka is not the only country with a bi-lingual national anthem; Canadian and Cameroonian national anthems are sung in English and French (O’ Canada has an Inuktiut version too); Swiss national anthem is sung in German, Italian, French and Romansh; New Zeeland’s national anthem has English and Maori lyrics; and post-Apartheid South Africa has a multi-lingual national anthem (Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English). India having a mono-lingual national anthem is another argument Mr. Rajapaksa regularly use. He is clearly unaware that the Indian national anthem is written not in Hindi, the language of the majority community, but in Bengali, the language of a minority community. The equivalent would be if Lanka adopted a national anthem written not in Sinhala but in Malay.

Reality has very little significance in the politics of Sinha Le. When Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the 2015 presidential election, the pro-Rajapaksa group argued that this was not a true defeat because a majority of Sinhalese voted for Mr. Rajapaksa. The underlying logic was obvious. Sri Lanka is not the equal homeland of all her people, but the chosen land of the chosen race. Minorities are not co-owners of the country; therefore their vote has a lesser value and any electoral outcome in which their vote is decisive is not a legitimate one. Maithripala Sirisena might be the president of the really existing ethno-religiously pluralist Sri Lanka. But Mahinda Rajapaksa remains the president of the land of Sinha Le.

‘Teaching of Contempt’ and Deadly Faultlines

In 2010, British courts made a landmark decision rejecting the idea that Christianity deserves special protection from law. Delivering the verdict, Lord Justice Laws dismissed such a contention as ‘irrational’: “We do not live in a society where all the people share uniform religious beliefs. The precepts of any one religion — any belief system — cannot, by force of their religious origins, sound any louder in the general law than the precepts of any other. If they did, those out in the cold would be less than citizens and our constitution would be on the way to a theocracy, which is of necessity autocratic.”[iii]

We live in pluralist societies. Perhaps not out of choice but because it is the inescapable, unchangeable reality we are faced with. Secularism and tolerance are not thus choices but necessities, if we want to prevent the implosion of our societies through civil hostility and conflict. The bloody developments in parts of Middle East, Africa and Asia prove the costs of anti-secularism and the destructive and self-destructive nature of the drive for purity. The victims of armed Islamic fundamentalists are often not members of other religions but fellow Muslims who are regarded as the wrong kind of Muslims and therefore deserving of death.

Sinha Le is not an exclusively Sinhala, Buddhist or Lankan product. It is a part of global and historical phenomenon which advocates government of, by and for the ‘chosen people’, chosen on the basis of a primordial identity – either ethnicity or religion. The adherents of ‘politics of salvation’ believe in a land which is pure, a land which is the exclusive preserve of their own ethnic or religious community. Their programme therefore is essentially one of ethnic/religious purification/cleansing.

The relentless search for purity, purity of blood, of faith, of culture gives rise to an inquisitorial state of mind, a pathological fear of anything new or different. This malady is not limited to Sinhala-Buddhists, but is common to extremists of every ethnic and religious community in Sri Lanka. The Tigers were infected by it and the internecine bloodletting it gave rise to made no small contribution to the LTTE’s eventual decline and defeat. It is present among some Lankan Catholics and Christians and those Lankan Muslims who have become adherents of more extreme forms of Islam such as Wahabism.

Historically religion has often functioned as a destructive force, tearing apart countries and communities. Therefore if we want to save the ‘nation state’ from disintegration, we need to keep it separate and insulated from this immeasurably powerful force which under certain circumstances can flatten everything in its path and drag societies and peoples to utter ruin.

Shortly before she was killed by the IS (Islamic State), Ruqia Hassan, a young Syrian woman wrote the following lines on her facebook page. “The only thing the secular man remembers from the Qur’an is that the God is the most merciful, and everything comes from that… The only thing the extreme Islamists memorise is one verse – to be tough with infidels and merciful to believers – but to the extreme Islamists, everyone is an infidel, whether Muslim or not.”[iv] Ms. Hassan knew that difference first hand. She was one of a handful of residents in Raqqa who dared to criticise the monstrosities committed by the IS.

Ms. Hassan’s incisive comment is applicable to extremists in general. Anything can be grist to their ever-churning mill of hatred, anything can arouse their fires of suspicion, anything can trigger their violent intolerance, including a soprano.

Kishani Jayasinghe and the Inquisitorial State-of-mind

Kishani Jayasinghe, the internationally renowned Lankan soprano, sang at the official cultural show to celebrate the Independence Day. Her repertoire included both popular Sinhala songs and old jana kavi (folk poems). The next morning, the presenter of the programme, Derana Aruna, played Ms. Jayasinghe’s rendition of the iconic Sinhala song Danno Budunge, and followed it with a rant which was ignorant and uncouth in equal measure. “Female cats sometimes make sounds like that in the night. What do we do then? We take a piece of brick and throw it in that direction… A warped version of the Danno Budunge song was sung at a ceremony to celebrate the National Independence Day. Opera or something, we don’t know. Why are such things being done to valuable things? We don’t know whether such things are done in expectation of bricks being thrown.”[v]

Kishani JayasingheEveryone has the right to have an opinion on Ms. Jayasinghe’s rendition of Danno Budunge and to express that opinion. If the presenter expressed his dislike of Ms. Jayasinghe’s rendition in civilised language, there would have been nothing to object to. Opera is not everyone’s cup of tea, even in the West. But the vile language the presenter used and his thinly-veiled attempt to incite the viewers into paroxysms of violent hatred placed his remarks beyond the pale. He compared the singer to a queen (a non-sterilised female cat) in heat and indicated that stoning is the right and proper response to her. In his opinion Ms. Jayasinghe insulted a holy-object of Sinhala-Buddhism. Therefore she must be responded to not with words but with stones. Between this mindset and the mindset of those who murder women and men for violating this or that religio-cultural taboo, the difference is just one of degrees. For all of them, violence is the first and favoured resort, the ideal solution to every problem, be it an unacceptable political decision or an objectionable song.

Commenting on the situation that prevailed in the early years of Nazi Germany Sebastian Haffner said: “Today the political struggle is expressed by the choice of what a person eats and drinks whom he loves what he does in his spare time whose company he seeks whether he smiles or frowns, what he reads, what pictures he hangs on his walls. It is here that the battles of the next world war are being decided in advance”[vi]. In Sri Lanka, like elsewhere in the world, there is a tendency to demonise not only ethno-religious other, but also those members of one’s own community seen as ‘impure’. The enemy is not only those who follow a different faith, but those of one’s own faith who interpret that faith differently and live their lives in a way which violates some taboo created by tribal societies which ceased to be centuries ago. Bhikku Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara would have his Christian, Hindu and Muslim counterparts, those who believe there is only one correct way of life and would not hesitate to impose it by laws and even sword and fire.

The Sinha Le insanity is dangerous. It needs to be countered, but not with laws or force, let alone violence, but with arguments. We have a battle to wage, but it must be waged in the terrain of ideas. We must meet their insanity with logic, their ravings with facts, their incitement to violence with appeals to reason. This is also a struggle which moderates of other ethnic and religious communities must wage against their own extremists. Not doing so would be a deadly mistake. Many Tamils who were appalled by the LTTE’s crimes and errors opted to remain silent partly out of fear and partly due to an understandable unwillingness to give solace to the Lankan state. Their silence encouraged and emboldened the LTTE into committing ever greater atrocities. Those atrocities turned potential allies into implacable enemies (including North-Eastern Muslims), enraged most of the world community and which eventually helped the Lankan state to impose a crushing victory on the LTTE.

Extremism and fanaticism begin with destruction and end with self-destruction. That is a lesson no Lankan, be he/she of the majority community or minority communities can afford to forget.


[i] Sri Lanka mirror – 6.4.2012

[ii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGDql4GGEhs

[iii] The Times – 30.4.2010

[iv] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/13/ruqia-hassan-killed-for-telling-truth-about-isis-facebook

[v] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnlrLDZwNHU

[vi] Defying Hitler

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  • 36
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    Brilliant analysis as usual.

    Derana Aruna buffoons have no idea about sopranos or classics.

    Sinha Le should be crushed due to its communal stand point an hatred. Unfortunately not sure whether there are politicians in the yahapalanaya govt with balls who can take a stand

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      Jagath Fernando

      “Sinha Le should be crushed due to its communal stand point an hatred.”

      No need to crush the Sinha Le, it will die from its own weight of stupidity.

      However, no one knows how much damage it is going to wreak between its birth (unsure but thought to be early 1900) and death (depends how many Sinhala/Buddhists are willing to buy this nonsense).

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        Demagoguery has been on the rise since the mid-1950s. It feeds on the prejudiced imagination of the ignorant masses. Cunning and scheming politicians have designed their future political ascension through this often-bloody and, certainly divisive, route. We now have the quintessential examples of this in the persona of Mahinda and Gotabhaya R, Champike Ranawake, Weerawansa, Dinesh G, Gammanpila, Gnanassara Thera – to mention some. The country will bleed until these ghouls leave or are removed from the scene. The economy will be in ruins and the communities will be tense suspecting each other. The territorial integrity of the country will remain challenged. Singapore overcame the sceptre of communalism and demagoguery through patriotic and wise leadership. Sadly Ceylon/Sri Lanka succumbed – struggling since to regain its composure – unsuccessfully so far.

        Kettikaran

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        vedda,
        You are right it will die from its own weight of stupidity. Just the way the LTTE terrorist did. Hopefully they won’t be asking for reconciliation and foreign intervention to compensate for their stupidity.

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          Nuisance

          I was just kidding.

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    What’s happened to the media regulatory commissions? In the 80’s they used to delete even innocent kissing scenes of TV shows, that made the tender moments being portrayed rather comic to watch!

    If we are so proud of our “civilization”, why all this uncivilized behavior?

    Freedom of speech does not equate abusive speech – definitely not on TV.

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    //Sinha Le is not an exclusively Sinhala, Buddhist or Lankan product. It is a part of global and historical phenomenon which advocates government of, by and for the ‘chosen people’, chosen on the basis of a primordial identity – either ethnicity or religion. //

    Agreed 100%. Keep up the good work. I love to find out the gene make-up those who claim to be pure.

    The following story goes on to explain…

    The white supremacist attempting to turn a small North Dakotan town into a ‘white enclave’ has undergone a DNA test which proves he is of Sub-Saharan African heritage!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2493491/White-supremacist-Craig-Cobbs-DNA-test-reveals-hes-14-African.html

    In the United States, almost no one can trace their ancestry back to just one place. And for many, the past may hold some surprises, according to a new study. Researchers have found that a significant percentage of African-Americans, European Americans, and Latinos carry ancestry from outside their self-identified ethnicity. The average African-American genome, for example, is nearly a quarter European, and almost 4% of European Americans carry African ancestry.

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/12/genetic-study-reveals-surprising-ancestry-many-americans

    Sinha Le guys… Anyone wants to put your hand up for a test?

    • 5
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      Rohan

      Sinha Le is para-Le PaRa Le from India.

      Start Para-Le Campaign. Paras Go to India Campaign.

      For the Para Sinhala, they should be constantly reminded that they are Para Sinhala, from India, supported by scientific data, just like Para-Tamils , Para-Muslims and Other Paras.

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      Must Start a Para-Le, Para Sinhal Le and Para-Tamil Le Campaign.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112; published online 7 November 2013

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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    All these guys especially the “singha le” ones should take a
    DNA TEST and find out how pure their singha le blood is. I am sure
    they will find a mixture of all types sinhala , tamil etc. I am also sure that they will not find a trace of the “Singha” gene in them.
    Shows what type of modayas we are dealing with.

    • 5
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      Jas

      “All these guys especially the “singha le” ones should take a DNA TEST and find out how pure their singha le blood is. “

      They all are Paradeshis, Paras from India.

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      Must Start a Para-Le, Para Sinhal Le and Para-Tamil Le Campaign asking the Paras to get back to India.

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    Welcome back with peerless political comment, Tisaranee.

    Maybe checking out who owns and controls Derana might provide an explanation of what was obviously one of the most crass, racist and tasteless broadcasts ever!

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    Those who are wise are silent but those who are unwise are noisy.

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      Those who are wise but selfish are silent…. Those who are wise and selfless would act like Mahatma Gandhi….

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    Sinha Le, beast blood is a disgrace to those who claim as Sinhalese

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      is it as same as mary was a virgin but still gave birth to jesus?

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    The Demand Aruna presenter is artistically ignorant and socially backward in that he belong’s to an era that we all are glad that is gone.

    People have to move with times and be tolerant. This presenter is an ignorant, intolerant woman hater and a sinhala nazi.

  • 5
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    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    RE: Sinha Le Politics & Socio-Cultural Persecution

    1. “The Independence Day celebrations commenced with the national anthem sung in Sinhala and concluded with the national anthem sung in Tamil. It was a first and a good first, a gesture of enormous symbolic significance, an unmistakable indication of the new government’s commitment to an inclusive, pluralist project of nation-building.”

    “But now and then it does something which vindicates fully the historic outcome of January 8th 2015 and keeps hope of a better future alive.”

    Thank you very much for a succinct analysis of the current situation with the Paras in the Land of native Veddah Aethho.

    2. “We don’t love other people’s countries; we can only love our own. Measures which humiliate ethno-religious minorities cannot promote national reconciliation or foster Lankan patriotism. There is a greater chance of inculcating a sense of Lankan patriotism in Tamil/Muslim children and youth when they are allowed to sing the national anthem in their own language rather than parrot it in a language they barely understand.”

    Yes. Besides, Sinhala is a Para Language, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    3. “Mahinda Rajapaksa imposed the de facto ban on singing the national anthem in Tamil not during the war, but several months after the defeat of the LTTE, as a petulant response to the Oxford Debacle. The LLRC (appointed by the Rajapaksa administration) in its report criticised the ban and warned that it would “create a major irritant which would not be conducive to fostering post-conflict reconciliation.”

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa AmaNa MaRa…

    4. “Mr. Rajapaksa’s ignorance is understandable; not so the inability/unwillingness of his better-read and more knowledgeable sidekicks to enlighten his ignorance.”

    Tisaranee Gunasekara, you are completely incorrect here. His Sidekick, Wimal Buruwansa says 2/2 =0, and in the Colombo District 300,000 preferential votes were given to him. There are a hell of a lot of Idiots in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, with an average IQ of 79,

    5. “The Sinha Le insanity is dangerous. It needs to be countered, but not with laws or force, let alone violence, but with arguments. We have a battle to wage, but it must be waged in the terrain of ideas. We must meet their insanity with logic, their ravings with facts, their incitement to violence with appeals to reason. This is also a struggle which moderates of other ethnic and religious communities must wage against their own extremists. “

    Para-Le Campaign. Paras Go to India Campaign.

    For the Para Sinhala, they should be constantly reminded that they are Para Sinhala, from India, supported by scientific data.

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

    Must Start a Para-Le, Para Sinhal Le and Para-Tamil Le Campaign.

    6. “Shortly before she was killed by the IS (Islamic State), Ruqia Hassan, a young Syrian woman wrote the following lines on her facebook page. “The only thing the secular man remembers from the Qur’an is that the God is the most merciful, and everything comes from that… The only thing the extreme Islamists memorise is one verse – to be tough with infidels and merciful to believers – but to the extreme Islamists, everyone is an infidel, whether Muslim or not.”[iv] Ms. Hassan knew that difference first hand. She was one of a handful of residents in Raqqa who dared to criticise the monstrosities committed by the IS.”

    Why do you keep calling “Islamic” State, when it is the Iblisic State, Satanic State. They All are Wahhabi’s or clones of Wahhabis who follow the Iblis, Satan, Devil. Please call a spade a spade. Please Call the Devil, Iblis or Satan.

    al-azhar cleric about wahabis/salafis

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

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    On 3rd Dec 2015, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, “Kishani sings with Friends”, The Colombo Opera Company (COC) was born with Mohan Tissanayagam as Chairman and of course, Kishani Jayasinghe, CEO and Artistic Director of the new Company. Their aim:It aims to break down traditional barriers and challenge the sterotypical impressions of the music and the mindset with regard to opera itself. Further more, it is to open up Opera and the Performing Arts accessible not only to the Social Elite, but also more accessible to people of all walks of life and kindle interest, particularly, in the younger generation in Sri Lanka….! COC intentions to carry such to the provinces was generously applauded by the audience.. Anything new, will always have teething problems.

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    How ironic. After all that MR bashing this woman says that the Sri Lankan state dealt a crushing blow to the LTTE. Who was at the helm of that state madam, while you were having a cozy scare free existance in London.

    • 13
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      Patriot the pathetic

      “Who was at the helm of that state madam, while you were having a cozy scare free existance in London.”

      Hindians,

      Nuripam Sen Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka later appointed Special Senior Advrsor (On Responsibility to Protect Sri Lankan war criminals)to The President of UN General Assembley 2 April 2009.

      National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan,

      Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon

      Defence Secretary Vijay Singh

      Vijay Nambiar

      Nirupama Menon Rao

    • 3
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      Patriot

      “Sri Lankan state dealt a crushing blow to the LTTE. Who was at the helm of “

      Field Marshall Sarath Fomseka

      Sri lanka Army General Sarath Fonseka- Our Hero- – a News & Politics video

      Uploaded on Feb 10, 2010
      Remind the past for the blind people.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8BjjPjk_iw

    • 2
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      Patriot

      “Sri Lankan state dealt a crushing blow to the LTTE. Who was at the helm of that”

      5 Years Later….

      Published on Feb 20, 2015
      General Sarath Fonseka With Sannasgala ITN Sathyagaraya
      2015.02.19
      Sannasgala with Sathyagaraya Upul Shantha

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

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    Thisranee, your articles are always gems of good sense among the majority of other articles here, which are just BS and MS. Thank you.

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      and PhD

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    Is that crude uncouth misogynistic announcer still working at Derana? Why was he not fired for promoting violence against women. Ours is a highly literate society we don’t need someone to read snippets from the newspaper to us thank you is violence a part of our revered culture?

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara!

    You have spoken only about what the LLRC Report says about the National Anthem !

    You have missed a very important paragraph of the Report. Paragraph – 8.150 of the LLRC Report says:

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

    The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    As far as ‘the Root Cause’ of the ethnic conflict is concerned. the Commission should have raised the question: What made the successive Governments from addressing the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.The answer ius the rOOT cAUSE OF THE ETHNIC CONFLICT!

    Tisaranee Gunasekara! Now time has come for the President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Parliamentarians and Sinahala Intellectuals to come out with truths exposing the ignorance of the Sinhala nation.

    What about Article – 9, Article – 6 and the National flag of Lanka?

    A constitution is the supreme law of the land. It takes precedence over all other laws in the country.

    All what are considered very important only, written in the Constitution. Thus,

    1) No article or articles of the constitution of Lanka shall be considered as un important or lesser important than any other article or articles of the Constitution,

    2) No article or articles of the Constitution of Lanka shall be inconsistent with or contrary to any other article or articles of the Constitution,

    3) When the citizens of Sri Lanka engage themselves in changing the constitution, all the fundamental flaws in the present Constitution should be rectified by the Constitutional Assembly.

    A country and its citizens are recognized or identified internationally and internally first with the National Flag, then with National Anthem and finally with the Constitution of the country.

    Thus, when the citizens of our Mother Land Lanka are being engaged themselves now in formulating a new Constitution, it is none other than logical to speak things in the same order.

    I. DO WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE NATIONAL FLAG OF OUR COUNTRY?

    Our mother land has been facing protests by a section of the citizens regarding the National Flag of the country and there are a number of Cases related to the National Flag pending in different Courts.

    But, so far, neither the Department of Attorney General nor the Lankan Courts have made any decision on this very important matter!

    On March 2nd, 1951, the Parliament of our country approved the National Flag with Green, Maroon stripes and lion holding a sword.

    However, the 1972 Constitution of our country only gave to Buddhism the foremost place in the country.

    The Article – 9 of the present Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka says that “ The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddhist Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1) (e).”

    The Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka does not give specifically the FOREMOST place in the country to anything other than BUDDHISM!

    This compels us to raise an important question.

    What should the National Flag of Republic of Sri Lanka that gives the foremost place to Buddhism in the country depict?

    Should it depict Buddhism, or some other thing?

    First of all, the Legal Experts of Lanka have to make a correct decision on this matter!

    1. IF THE NATIONAL FLAG SHOULD DEPICT BUDDHISM AS EMPHASIZED IN THE ARTICLE – 9 OF THE CONSTITUION:

    If the Legal Experts of Lanka come to the conclusion that the National Flag of the Republic of Sri Lanka should depict BUDDHISM in accordance with the Article – 9 of the Constitution, a number of important relevant questions arise. They are:

    i) What should be depicted on the National Flag?

    ii) What Symbolizes Buddhism?

    iii) Our country is said be a Buddhist country for the last 2300 years. Was there not any Buddhist Flag in use in Sri Lanka for the last 2300 years?

    iv) If there was, what was it?

    v) Could not that Flag be used now as the National Flag of the country in accordance with the Article – 9 of the Constitution?

    Here the Experts on ancient literatures of Lanka and the archaeologists have to make a scientific study and find correct answers to these questions!

    But the main problem is to make a correct understanding on ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism’!

    Unfortunately, none of the accepted Lankan, Indian and other foreign archaeologist, historians and others has, so far, conducted a scientific study on ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism’.

    IF A DECISION IS MADE BY THE LEGAL EXPERTS OF LANKA THAT THE NATIONAL FLAG OF THE REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA NEED NOT BE DESIGNED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARTICLE – 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION:

    The Article – 6 of the Constitution says that “The National Flag of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be the Lion Flag depicted in the second schedule.”

    In the National Flag we find a green and a maroon coloured vertical stripes and a lion holding a sword placed at the centre of a rectangle having four Boa leaves inside the rectangle at the four corners of it.

    Here TWO important questions arise. They are:

    i) Could this be called a “Lion Flag” as mentioned in the article – 6 of the Constitution?;

    ii) What do the green, maroon colour stripes and the lion holding a sword placed at the centre of the rectangle symbolize?

    By calling it a “Lion Flag,” the other two stripes are simply rejected!

    Then how to describe this flag in the Constitution? A decision has to be made on this!

    On the other hand, the second schedule of the Constitution gives the photo of a flag.

    But it does not give the detail of what the two stripes and the sword carrying lion placed at the centre of a rectangle with Boa leaves at the corners symbolize. http://www.priu.gov.lk/Cons/1978Constitution/Schedle_2_Amd.html

    A SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF OUR PRESENT NATIONAL FLAG

    National Flag of a country must unite all the citizens of the country and it should not be a symbol of IGNORANCE!

    But, our present National Flag is actually a symbol of ignorance and the Sinhalese of the country are not represented in the National Flag!!

    Present National Flag of Sri Lanka is a modified flag of one of the three flags that were captured in 1815 by the British in the Kandyan Kingdom. It was then kept at the Chelsea Royal Military Hospital – London. A painted copy of it was obtained and it was published in the Sinhala paper Dinamina.

    Sinhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhists at once associated the flag with the “Sinhalese” thinking that the lion symbolizes the Sinhalese people!

    They failed to conduct a scientific study of the flag, as they did not have any knowledge on the subjects ‘Symbolization’ and ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism.’

    In the original flag of Kandyan kingdom we find a male lion facing our left holding a raised sword, placed at the centre of a rectangle with four pinnacles pointing inwards at the corners.

    In the Dambulla painting that depicts Duttagāmani – Ellara fight also, we find similar lion with a raised sword facing our left, but kept at the centre of a square with two triangles each having two equal sides.

    Animal lion has nothing to do with a WEAPON sword. Therefore, the lion should symbolize a HUMAN!

    In one of the stories of the Commentary on “Samjutta Nikkaya,” we find Buddha being compared with male lion, horse, elephant and Bull.

    In the ancient coins, seals and sculptures of Lanka and India also, Buddha had been symbolized with these four animals. In the Buddhist temples and architecture we find these animals. In Mihintale Temple, Kanchi Thupi Gate Thoranas etc. we find these animals.

    The story in the Samyutta Nikkaya compares Buddha with the lion, horse, elephant and bull.

    Therefore, the animals in these coins could symbolize Lord Buddha and ‘a group of four equally important things’ that symbolizes ‘the Four Noble Truths.’

    This should be further confirmed through some other archaeological finds.

    In the Lion Capital of Sarnath, India, that symbolizes Buddha preaching ‘the Four Noble Truths’ that emphasize ‘the Middle path,’ we find on the cylindrical wall these four animals rolling Cakkras depicting Buddha rolling the Dhamma Cakkra!

    In the Tamil epic Manimekalai, Buddha preaching Dhamma in Lanka is being described as Buddha rolling Dhamma Cakkra in Lanka.

    Therefore, the Lion in the flag may symbolize Buddha. But we have to confirm it through the other symbols.

    WHAT DOES THE SWORD CARRIED BY THE LION SYMBOLIZE?

    If the lion in the flag symbolizes Buddha, what connection Buddha had with a sword?
    Buddha could not have any connection with a weapon “sword”! Therefore, something associated with Buddha has to be symbolized with the sword.

    The Lankan Sinhala and Tamil archaeologists, historians and Buddhist Sangas could not understand what the sword carried by the lion symbolizes for the simple reason they failed to conduct a scientific study on Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism!

    The Tamil word for a ‘sword’ is “VaaL” (வாள்). The Tamil grammarian Tolkaapiyan in his “Tolkaapiyam” has said: “VaaL OLiyaakum” (வாள் ஒளியாகும்) (Uri Iyal).

    Therefore, a ‘sword’ could symbolize light and Enlightenment!

    Therefore, the Lion holding a sword in the Kandyan flag is an Enlightened Lion, Lord Buddha!

    However, we have to confirm this with further evidence.

    The Lion in the flag is placed at the middle of a rectangle that has four pinnacles at the corners.

    The “nature” of a rectangle with pinnacles at the corners is “a group of four equally important things.” Therefore, the rectangle with pinnacles at the corners could symbolize “the Four Noble Truths!

    A number of geometric figures could be created to symbolize the Four Noble Truths!

    Buddha who realized “the Four Noble Truths” adhered to what it emphasizes (the Middle Path) and attained NibbāNa. It could be symbolized by placing the lion with sword at the centre of a rectangle with pinnacles at the corners!

    Therefore, the lion flag of the Kandyan kingdom symbolizes Lord Buddha who adhered to what the Four Noble Truths emphasize and attained NibbāNa!

    As the sacred Tooth relic was kept at Daladā Māligāva in Kandy, this flag could have been hoisted at Daladā Māligāva to symbolize the reign of Buddha Dhamma!

    The Parliamentary Select Committee of Sinhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhists and others, who did not know anything about Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism, made modification in the original Kandyan flag.

    Not knowing that the original flag symbolizes Lord Buddha and Buddhism, they removed the pinnacles at the corners of the rectangle and inserted Boa leaves with the explanation that the four leaves symbolize Metta, Karuna etc. and associated Buddhism with the Sinhalese (lion)!

    Mr. S. Paranavithana who was appointed as the Secretary to the Committee also did not know anything about Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism accepted it.

    S. Paranavithana who in 1970s wrote a great book on Brāhmi Inscriptions of Lankā” was unable to understand what the 65 symbols that were found marked in different combinations on the Brāhmi inscriptions severally and jointly symbolize! When he died also, he did not have a scientific knowledge on Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism!!

    ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhism rejects ‘Symbolization’ and ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism.’

    Thus, it rejects Purānas, literatures, dance, music and other fine arts and architecture symbolizing Buddhism!

    ‘Mahāyāna’ Buddhism only accepted these and utilized to explain Buddhism to the ordinary people and assisted them to adhere to the preaching of Buddha and attain NibbaaNa.

    Therefore, when we speak about arts and architecture of Lanka, we cannot claim them as “Sinhalese Arts and Architecture.”

    We have to say: “Lankan ‘Mahāyāna’ Buddhist Arts and Architecture!”

    Therefore, the Lion flag of Kandy should have been designed by ‘Mahāyāna’ Buddhists.

    But, in designing the flag, the Tamil word “வாள்” (sword) has been used to symbolize Enlightenment!

    Therefore, the Lion flag of Kandyan Kingdom should have been designed by the Tamil ‘Mahāyāna’ Buddhists who had a thorough knowledge on Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism.

    Letters of languages, a word, sentence, literature, music, dance, drama, and other fine arts, iconography, paintings, architecture etc. are all based on Symbolization!

    Thus, in the national flag of Sri Lanka, Sinhala people have not been represented!

    On the other hand, in the National flag, the Tamils and Muslims are placed along with Lord Buddha!

    This is a great insult to Buddha and Buddhism!!

    Therefore, the present National Flag of Sri Lanka is a symbol of IGNORANCE that insults Buddha and Buddhism!

    Thus, the present National Flag of Sri Lanka rejects what is being emphasized in the Article – 9 of the present Constitution!

    Will the Constitutional Assembly make necessary changes in the National Flag of the country?

    If the Article -9 of the Constitution is maintained, will the Constitutional Assembly adopt the flag captured by the British in 1815, i.e. Lion holding sword placed at the centre of the rectangle with FOUR Pinnacles at the corners, as the National Flag of Sri Lanka in accordance with the article?

    If the Constitutional Assembly deletes the Article – 9 of the Constitution, with what it is going to symbolize the Sinhalese in the present National Flag?

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    Very well analysed and the conclusion is superb.
    However, since 1948 the majoritarianism
    prevailed in Sri Lanka. It will continue to prevail like HLDM prevails over Sharmini Serasinghe, smart patriot Dayan De S over Tisaranee G and so on.
    Jan 8th 2015 was a turning point because of the enlightened few like Late Ven Shobita Thero from the Sangha did their part.
    But the likes of MaRa Bros & Co are currently prevailing over the majority of the Sangha. So how to counter Sinha-Le with arguments unless the majority of the Sangha respect the first 2 of the Triple Gem and practice them ?

    SWRD made use of the religion and language so were JR, Colvin , Srimavo and many other politicians.
    Sri Lanka is still in the long dark tunnel of majoritarianism. Seeing light at the end of this tunnel is impossible in the near future without a socio-political revolution by the majority of the majority.

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    People. You need to understand that Sri lanka is under zionist control. Many jewish people live in Colombo working from money from Israel and the West to creat problem between muslims and the rest . Aswell to continue the lie about Sinhala as a race . And that anyone can become it ..if you can the language and follow the culture. I use to take the example of Duminda Silva the former MP and the former cricket player Jayasuriya. If sinhala is a race..That means these two sinhalese persons could be of same genetic? ..Impossible.

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    Why in England, roayl family is a cultural symbol of the country ? Why in USA, every one rally behind the Flag and the only god we United behind ?

    IN Sri lanka, all our literature ,language says that the country was Sinhale. for political Purposes it SInha-LE . Tamils, muslims, christians are secondary. They are not endemic to country.

    Only LTTE rump don’t like it. In this case, it is one living on that money.

    Why european countries analyzing population demographies say that multiculturalism did not work ?

    Because of condoms, and LGBT, european birth rates are below 1%. Now, they are scared disappearing the whole country to muslims.

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    Oh well, I am Sinhala (and Buddhist too) but like all these people blindly doing this new fashion Sinha-Le stuff, we can’t live without so many items that were never invented with the Sinha-le brains but by the brains of the Suddhas: We want Facebook and YouTube, and the Internet and email. We want American iPhones, we want other cell phones (all phones are western inventions), and Japanese bikes or cars and Indian three-wheelers, and the sudda’s kalisam (preferably American jeans), baseball caps, Russian vodka, Indian parippu, Hindi movies, and that national mania – cricket, that game invented by the Englishman. Yes, we all want those non-Sinha-le stuff…the whole gamut. But all day long we mouth “Sinha-Le”.

    No brains, or more aptly, Na-ne Mo-Le

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    Tisaranee,

    Come on!…..why compare Sinha Le to Nazi Germany?

    Nazi Germany was one for superiority of race and heritage (as per base scientific theory speculations of the time).

    Sinha Le, on the other hand, is for the support of the ordinary Lankans and their own standard of ability, of which the Sinhalese are the majority. Alien culture cannot be forced on people who belong to simple and kindly Buddhist-Hindu heritage. If standards need to be raised, it should come from within the soul of her own people, and not thrust upon deliberately by mimicking other cultural traits.

    For example, when the guy was speaking about throwing stones at a yowling female cat, it was said in pun and wit. It is indeed a bit odd to see ordinary Sinhalese folksongs transfigured into the category of the Roman crucifixion scene. Or of a white man finally realizing the horrors he has inflicted upon the Black race, and then writing “Amazing Grace” – horrors that these cultures took on, to a heightened art-form.

    Now our Sinhala Buddhists never traditionally did those kinds of things comparatively. They might have killed randomly and sporadically out of frustration in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, but it was certainly nothing like the state-sponsored ,divine-writ, torture and killings that the Romans inflicted 1,000’s of years, and the White man inflicted on the darkie races for over half a millennia and then wrote arias and operas about it in sorrow.

    When all kinds of exaggerated and intense cultures come upon our middle-path docile Buddhist heritage, ordinary Sinhala folk are uneasy. They instinctively know that it is somehow horribly connected to that global stock market. They know that it will be the forcing of the ordinary Sinhala masses to mint money for a new kind of painfully intensified culture of a 1% multicultural Elite.

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      Thanks Ramona, among the cerebrally challenged TG cheer parade it is a treat to read some sign of intellect. TG take note, read what RTF writes.
      Has anyone analyzed the Sinha Le, so called movement, its distribution, its penetration, its impact? I bet not..I suggest TG to do some homework again, what is a movement and how do you define it, or is the Sinha Le the result of random seeding of discontent and provocation by someone who has done such strategic disruptive actions before, to the yours truly, distribution of Sinha le stickers emanate the strong odor of a filthy rat, a really fat, dark, effeminate rat!

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        @InconvenientTruth:

        “.. is the Sinha Le the result of random seeding of discontent and provocation by someone who has done such strategic disruptive actions before,..?”

        Try Gota, the cap will fit! Remember the Grease Yakkos??

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        @InconvenientTruth

        C’mon ! It’s MUCH easier to ascribe widespread, sinister and nefarious characteristics to this SinhaLe rubbish that it would be to do some honest research first !

        Dont be inconvenient !

        So far, I have seen stickers and graffiti. Both unpleasant but not on the scale of skinheads and KKK work in Europe and the US respectively

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        InconvenientTruth: “Thanks Ramona, among the cerebrally challenged TG cheer parade it is a treat to read some sign of intellect. TG take note, read what RTF writes”.

        Oh boy! Talk about the “cerebrally challenged” and then in the same mouthful, you talk about Ramona’s” intellect”!!!!

        That mouthful is continued with the “cerebrally challenged” question about analysis of Sinha Le’s “distribution, its penetration, its impact”. How “convenient” is that?!!!

        Finally, he has a “suggestion” for TG do “do her homework”, and ends with his conspiracy theory that he gets “the strong odor of a filthy rat, a really fat, dark, effeminate rat! ” emanating from those gruesome stickers.

        Now who that would be is the question he would need to answer! It could well be Gnanasara, although it would be stretching the imagination to attribute “effeminate” to that “really fat, dark and filthy rat”.

        Par for the course from one of the chief apologists (and ex-editor of a ‘National’ rag, to boot) of the past regime!

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      “Alien culture cannot be forced on people”

      To a newborn any culture is alien. A culture in one form or another is later forced on.

      Culture, religion and to a great extent education is mostly a gang-rape of our minds from infancy which smothers independent thinking and prevents us from seeing the simple truths.

      Education tends to make people overly intellectualize.

      Why does Mahinda wants to be the president? Because It is better than being an assistant libertarian. Simple as that. But if you have gone to some fancy university you cannot simply say it. It is inherent in your education to always gild the lily.

      The French chef in the restaurant near my place is always telling diners that “In the absence of God, man is condemned to be free.” Who has had the freedom to truly be free; to make choices in culture, religion, education ….. ?

      With freedom comes responsibility for one’s every action. And that’s terrifying!

      I don’t know about others but I am terrified of taking responsibility for my actions and always pass it on to God, culture, religion, patriotism, what-have-you ……

      There was a sad story of a girl that was gang raped and everyday she would sit in the bathtub and try to wash it away. The freest and the smartest soul I know, is someone in adult-life who was able to wash away the gang-rape of culture, religion and education he was subjected to as a child.

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        No nimal fernando …..culture comes from parents, like DNA. It’s not forced….it’s learned naturally according to millions of years of evolution within a certain environment and soil. Those who migrate/have migrated to other countries throughout history, are only 3% of the worlds population

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          Ramona,

          “culture comes from parents, like DNA.”

          This is exactly my point.

          A child has no freedom to choose his/her DNA. But has the freedom (at least later when he/she starts thinking) to choose culture, religion, education …… If culture comes from parents and the child has no choice in it then it is forced on – the “forcing-on” may not be extreme (for one to become aware of it to accept or reject) but mild and happens during the course of his/her upbringing/growing-up. Still, if the child had no choice then it’s forced on by parents or the circumstances he/she is born into. When someone has the freedom of choice and unable to use it for whatever reasons, whatever one does is “forced-on.” The “forcing-on” may not be from other “human-elements” but merely the circumstances one is in or one is born into.

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          ramona grandma therese fernando

          “No nimal fernando …..culture comes from parents, like DNA. It’s not forced….it’s learned naturally according to millions of years of evolution within a certain environment and soil.”

          Let me this straight.

          If what you say is true, then were the parents of Cyril Mathew, JR, Banda, Sri Mao, MR, his brothers, Gamanpilla, Wimal, Dutta Gamini the younger, you, Sarath Fonseka, Dinesh, ….. ….. … also racists?

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            Native Vedda,

            I can’t be racist. I am 1/4 Tamil. Therefore I speak with much Truth.

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      “Alien culture cannot be forced on people”

      SWRD Bandaranayake tried to force an Alien language (Sinhala only) on to the Tamils and screwed up the whole country, still in a mess. Why should the Tamils learn Sinhala?

      Sri Lanka has three main languages Sinhala, Tamil and English. Sinhala is spoken as mother tongue in two-thirds of the country (South, West and Central) by 70% of the Sri Lankan population (Sinhalese majority), Tamil is spoken as mother tongue mainly in one-third of the country (North and East) by the Tamils and Muslims. There are also Tamil speaking Muslims and Tamils in the South, West and Central. English is spoken as mother tongue by a very small minority (Burghers).

      English is an important universal/International language spoken/understood in most parts of the world. Today everybody need English. Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims strive hard to learn English because they also consider it as a prestige to speak in English. If you look at the number of International schools popping up in Sri Lanka, more than 90% of the students are locals, WHY? Every Sri Lankan will learn English if he/she can afford.

      Tamil is also a language spoken in several parts of the world from West to East. Tamil is not only one of the ancient languages in the world but it is also a classical language spoken by 80 million people around the world. It is spoken by a large number of Tamils in the West, in some parts of Africa, India, Sri Lanka and the Far-East. Even if you go to the mid-east without any knowledge of English, you can still survive if you know Tamil. In Sri Lanka, the Majority language in the North & East is Tamil.

      Sinhala is ONLY spoken in some parts of Sri Lanka (not the whole country) by 70% of the Sri Lankan population (Sinhalese). In Sri Lanka, the Majority language in the South, West and Central is Sinhala but in the world, Sinhala is a minority language not known to many (somewhat similar to a tribal language).

      Neither Tamil nor Sinhala but English was the administrative language of the country before 1956 and those locals who excelled in English (the Tamils) and occupied high positions in the Ceylon Civil Service.

      When SWRD tried to replace the English language with ‘Sinhala Only’ to gather some cheap Sinhala votes, he did not realize that there was another superior language (Tamil) spoken in one third part of the country (North & East). The Tamils refused to learn Sinhala because it was forced on to them. Otherwise they would have learned and mastered the Sinhala language, like Sir Mutthukumaraswamy who translated and saved so many centuries’ old Sinhala literatures. How will the Tamils accept a good for nothing language (only spoken in some parts of Sri Lanka) as their official language?

      For the people in the North and East (Tamils & Muslims), Sinhala is an alien language, never spoken in their areas and not a requirement at all unless otherwise they need to go to the South for employment. Why should the people in the Tamil speaking North & East learn Sinhala? What is the advantage of learning a language that is good for nothing?

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        Nah! Sinhala language is not alien to Tamils in Sri Lanka, as they have lived side by side for millennia…..i.e. unless, of course, they came from South India within the last few hundreds of years and were caught pants down without Sinhala appreciation awareness. And Karawas have too much Sinhala blood to(99%), to avoid their mother-tongue!!!

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          Only those who came from South India within the last few hundreds of years and adopted the Portuguese names such as Fernando to hide their original names and later got converted to Sinhala-Buddhists are saying they are 99% Sinhala. LOL!

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            Not at all….we Fernandos et al are too robust, confident and infused with intelligence, so unlike your sorrowful South Indians. Most Karawas don’t look Tamilian at all. We range from the Eurasian look to the Sinhala look (for some of course, the 1% blood might come out and the diversity is celebrated).

            It is shocking what your Tamilians do to your own people, when you forced them to Dalit-ry for generations, thus dumbing them down. And the fellows actually accept it, and will never move forwards for it is written in your divine writ. This is that lot that will never learn Sinhalese as it will clash with their Tamilian psyche. Also you forced your own people into war zones to be killed by collateral damage so you could ethnically cleanse your own race. Very perverse indeed!

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              RT FDO,

              “We range from the Eurasian look to the Sinhala look”

              MY FOOT!

              Please have a very good look at the Eurasian Arya-Sinhala people of Ceylon. They definitely look robust, confident and infused with intelligence, LOL!

              Can I give you some Kavum and some bulath/betal to chew?

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                RT FDO,

                The web link I gave in the above comment for you to see and enjoy the so called Eurasian Arya-Sinhala people of Ceylon was removed by the CT admin.

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              ramona therese Fernando

              Karava itself is the Tamil name Kara-var meaning coastal people. Kara means coast in Tamil and var denotes people. The Tamil Karavar caste In Jaffna is called the Karayar (fisher-folk). Mukku-var, Para-var and Dura-var (Durava) are also coastal inhabitants of Sri Lanka.

              The Karavas (coastal people) were not only fisher-folk but they were also engaged in several other activities. They are known as very good soldiers /warriors. A good example is Sarath Fonseka from the South and Velupillai Prabakaran from the North, both belong to the Karavar caste.

              Along with many so called Shudra castes of Tamil Nadu they have sanskritized their name to Kurukulam, indicating an origin from North India and Kshatriya origins. Misinterpreting them as decedents of Kauravas of the Kuru kingdom taken from the Indian mythology Mahabharata is nothing but only a Myth. In Sri Lanka also the Karava claim Kuru ancestry just to boost their pride but according to most of the historians and anthropologists (in both India & Sri Lanka) they are actually South Indians with no connection to North India.

              The Karavar only mixed with the Portuguese. Since the Portuguese did not bring their womenfolk they took Karava women as their mistress, and the children born to them were given worthy Portuguese surnames. That is why some of the people in the Karava community have a Eurasian look.

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                /A good example is Sarath Fonseka from the South and Velupillai Prabakaran from the North, both belong to the Karavar caste./

                That is from the obvious connections. But, there is a claim that Rajapaksas are of Karava origin. The story goes:

                President Mahinda Rajapakse hailing from a southern family that joined the Govigama caste around the 1930s-1940s, long after D. S. Senanayake and other aspiring political families acquired the Govigama identity which was created by the De Saram Clan over a century ago. The first known ancestor became an informant to the British during the late 19th century anti-British local uprising around the Hambantota salterns. His information led to the capture of Karava Mudaliyar Amadoru and other leaders. The British rewarded the informant with the name Rajapakse, appointed him as an Arachchi and granted him 600 acres of land at Hungama for his service. He hailed from the Yak Veddah territory of Giruwa pattu and the name of the land was Degampotha. This land was sold off in stages by Rajapakse Arachchi’s descendants to finance their indulgences leaving only Medamulana. This family adopted the Govigama identity around the 1930s-1940s.

                Look at their names! David, Charles, Coronelis, Mathew, Percy, George, Neil and more!

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                Kumar,

                There are many scholastic articles out there that give credence to Govigama and coastal castes assimilating.

                For Example, World Library.org says: Today, many Karava are mixed/married with other communities and castes, particularly the Govigama [22].

                While some of Karava blood might have come from South Indian coastal groups, Sinhala coastal people populated the coast for 2,500 years (there is no country in the world that doesn’t have coastal people). These South Indians assimilated with the Sinhalese people.

                In colonial times, Sinhala communities increased even more in coastal regions due to the migration of Sinhala communities from inland, when Sinhalese were driven off their lands for tea and rubber plantations .

                Furthermore, it was traditional for kings of Sri Lanka to use Kshatriya soldiers from the North of India to patrol the coasts – Kshatriyas being a historically renowned fight force.

                Then there was of course the mixing of the coastal people with the colonists- the Portuguese, Dutch and British, although the inland groups also assimilated with these Europeans (Europeans forcing themselves inland).

                Unlike the Tamils that strive to remain a pure race, and hence remain mired in castisism, Sinhalese were always more refined and gave in to progression and assimilation. Compared to the Tamil Hindus, the Sinhala Buddhists have relatively little concept of cast, except for a regrettable allusion to it due to Tamil Hindu influence.

                (World Library.org contains references from many eminent historians:
                RAGHAVAN, M. D., The Karava of Ceylon: Society and Culture, K. V. G. de Silva, 1961.
                ^ Caste Conflict and Elite Formation, The Rise of the Karava Elite in Sri Lanka 1500–1931. Michael Roberts 1982, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
                Madras District Gazetteer—Tinnevelly Volume I 1917 H. R. Pate ^ Social Change in Nineteenth Century Ceylon. Patrick Peebles. 1995, Navrang .)

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                  ramona grandma therese fernando

                  Which page are you referring to in RAGHAVAN, M. D., The Karava of Ceylon?

                  Note your rant does not need any reference. You are free to type stories as you go along.

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                    Native Vedda,

                    World Library.org on the Karavas of Sri Lanka has complied the main references of these historians. Amongst these it says :

                    Karava (pronounced Karaava) also Karave, Kara, Karavaa, Kaurava is a significant Sinhalese community who are not descended from native Tamils who speak Singalese and considered the most dominant caste. The Tamil equivalent is Karaiyar.

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                    NV,

                    In RAGHAVAN, M. D., The Karava of Ceylon, Society and Culture,

                    page 6 says this :

                    Mahabharata. Hugh Nevilee in his Oriental Studies records the existence of the tradition in his time. “ In Ceylon and South India, these Kariar or Karawa as they are now called – Karawa (pronojnced K’rava) is said to have been the former Sinhalese pronounciation – have like their northern kinsmen the Kauravas of central India (Dalton) maintained their descent to be from the Kuru refugees who were exiled from Kuru-raatta after the defeat of the Kauravas described in the Mahabharara ; and there is nothing improbable in the two independent traditions and much in their favour.”

                    In Page 7 it says:

                    In Ceylon as in various parts of India the tradition of Kaurava settlements has lived on. Thus says a Kadaim-Pota : “In olden times after the Rawana War, from Kuru Rata there came to this Island a queen , a royal prince, a rich nobleman, and a learned prime-minister, with their retinue, and by order of King Rama dwelt in the place called on that account Kuru Rata. In the year of our great lord Gautama Buddha, Gaja Bahu, who came from Karu Rata, settled people in the (second Karu Ratta), calling it Parana-Kuru-Rata. Into another place he sent 1,000 persons, and gave it to them calling it Alut Kuruva.

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                      ramona grandma therese fernando

                      Note page 6, “the existence of the tradition in his time.”

                      Note page 7, “In Ceylon as in various parts of India the tradition of Kaurava settlements has lived on.”

                      Tradition:

                      1.
                      the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
                      “members of different castes have by tradition been associated with specific occupations”

                      2.
                      THEOLOGY
                      a doctrine believed to have divine authority though not in the scriptures, in particular:

                      You are talking about traditions not facts.

                      Have you read any papers on genetics, most scientific way of tracing one’s origin?

                      This is supposed to be an enlightened era, and one should not dwell on myths and more myths.

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                      Native Vedda,

                      That’s the same tradition that K. V. G. de Silva speaks of, when he said tens of thousands of S. Indians came over to Sri Lanka during colonial era. They looked an enormous crowd, but placed amongst 1 million Sinhalese, they were a point-percentage. They were the retrospections of just one man (and a few of his colleagues), after the fact. All of history is tradition passed down -unless they recorded it prime time as in this era, with global cameras, you-tube and electronic documentation.

                      I saw some readings on genetics, and it seems that Sinhalese and Tamils are almost the same, except the Sinhalese has a substantial more Bengali alleles (guess, still the main body of alleles is Dravidian).

                      But! That’s what I was saying throughout- Sinhalese and Tamils can become one race of Lankans. But we cannot build a land bridge, because the 12 million Dalits that Tamil Nadu are most cruel to, will come swarming into egalitarian Buddhistic Sri Lanka.

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                      ramona grandma therese scatter brain fernando

                      K. V. G. de Silva & Sons a name associated with distribution of books/journals.

                      “K. V. G. de Silva speaks of, when he said tens of thousands of S. Indians came over to Sri Lanka during colonial era.”

                      I am not aware of any K. V. G. de Silva speaking of South Indians.

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                      N.V.

                      I mean historian K. M. de Silva.

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                  ” Sinhala coastal people populated the coast for 2,500 years (there is no country in the world that doesn’t have coastal people). These South Indians assimilated with the Sinhalese people”

                  “there is no country in the world that doesn’t have coastal people”-Ramona, wrong wrong and wrong.What coast has Nepal, Sikkim Bolivia, Paragua, Congo, Chad Mali,Botswana, Zimbabwe, Niger,Mongolia have?

                  “Sinhala coastal people populated the coast for 2,500 years” Wrong.The Southern coast was populated by Hindus. There are archeological evidence to this effect.During the past 20-30 years, a head of God Siva was discovered at the Dondra temple. Dutu Gemunu’s people were Hindus/ Tamils- as per an article in the ‘The Island” which information had never been countered.

                  It is possible that Hindus occupied Lanka in toto. The Sinhala race could have been a development resulting from the conversion of some to Buddhism following Arahath Mahinda’s visit and the spread of Buddhism.

                  The much hyped fight between Gemunu and Elara has many impossibilities. What actually happened might have been that Elara was killed by Gemunu either by throttling or by stabbing. Elara at 75 years of age could never have fought a battle with Gemunu who was 25 years.

                  Ramona be sensible.

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                    Upali Wickramasinghe,

                    I mean countries with a coast, of course (that was easy to infer). And Sri Lanka has a long coast-line.

                    Certainly Tamil Hindus were all over the place. Sinhalese and Tamils got on splendidly! Of course there were wars, but they were kingly wars.

                    Guess when British came in, they started their nonsense with Darwinian theory of superior and inferior races, and the stories from the Mahavamsa suddenly became very provocative to the provocators. Sinhalese (and Tamils ) who were a bit mixed with the colonists, and hence a bit lighter in complexion (like Anagrika Dharamapala), started play-acting the superior part, with arrogant stances and racial pride on the face. Well, that was enough to start the twisted ethnic ball rolling.

                    Oh! they’re still at it, so we can be in perpetual warfare, and not unite (unless it is under the thump of Tamil Nadu’s foot).

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                      ERamona, you are changing your story. It is like shifting the goal posts. I have my sympathy for you. It is high time that you gave up these false stories planted by the parties interested in chaos – namely the Buddhist monks- and come down to the earth.

                      You blame others for creating the caste differences, but continue to harp on the Fernandos and the Karawa caste.

                      make up your mind madam if that is difficult resort to meditation – not to attain arahath hood but to analyse all the falsehood that had been inculcated.

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                      Upali Wickramasinghe,

                      What! You want Sri Lanka to deny her history, religion and race and become one with Tamil Nadu, with 90% of Sinhalese become low-caste Dalits under Tamil Nadu Hindu dictates?!!! You speak of treachery towards our own very refined Buddhist Egalitarian Sri Lanka, Sir!

                      No, I never changed my story. I speak the facts. I do not put in any caste division (other than the ones that have attempted to be thrust upon us by Tamil Hindu influence).I make all of Sinhala society one race. I invite the Tamils to join in.

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                    Upali Wickramasinghe

                    “Ramona be sensible.”

                    You are asking too much from this scatter brain. She continues to change her story as she goes along.

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                  Looks like ramona therese Fernando is fully sunk in the Myth Pool and unable to see the truth/reality. She is obsessed with the North Indian Eurasian/Aryan Kshatriya Myth that she is linking the SL Karava fishermen to North Indian Kshatriya caste. LOL!

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                    King Wala Gemba,

                    Well, some may be like you. Indeed, they insist in remaining like you, although the Sinhala Karava caste opens their arms to them (especially the Catholics that are far removed from the Hindu mindset). But fellows prefer to remain Tamil, even if Dalits. Those who do, open up a fresh new gene-pool for the Sinhalese. Now what a difference that is from the Tamils who ethnically cleanse away from their own people.

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                  “Compared to the Tamil Hindus, the Sinhala Buddhists have relatively little concept of caste”

                  Ha, ha, ha… another very good joke by ramona therese Fernando, LOL!

                  Suppose if a Karava Fernando wants to get ordained as a Buddhist monk. He has to select a Nikaya depending on his caste. A Karava Fernando cannot select the Siam Nayaka (Malwathu and Asgiri) which are reserved only for the higher caste. Only Amarapura and Ramañña Nikayas ordain people from any caste including the lower caste Karavas.

                  According to ramona therese Fernando’s argument, these Nayakas cannot be Buddhist.LOL!

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                    Suresh, Suresh,,……..sigh…..that’s because the Hindu Kandyan kingdom installed that division in the 1800’s.

                    But previous to that, it was there somewhat there also probably because the Karava Fernando Buddhist monk liked to eat fish – the highland monks were purely vegetarian (although they intermingled every once in a while- highland monks used powdered fish and called it flavouring). And killing of even an ant prevented one from entering arahanthood. But if a Karava monk gave up fish, he could join any order.

                    Then Tamil Hindus came into Kandy and started preaching division of castes.

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                      Ha, ha, ha… LOL!

                      Jokes, jokes and more jokes by ramona therese Fernando
                      She can compile a book of Jokes!

                      “that’s because the Hindu Kandyan kingdom installed that division in the 1800’s”

                      When was the Buddhist Kandyan kingdom (also known as the Sinhale kingdom) become HINDU???

                      Hindus did not import the Theravada Buddhism to Sri Lanka, it was the Sinhala-Buddhists who brought down (imported) Theravada message from Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).
                      In order to re-establish Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Siam Nikaya from Thailand (Malwathu and Asgiri) was established in the upcountry (Kandy) during the 18th century for higher caste Sinhalese-Buddhists. Similarly Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas from Burma was established in the early 19th century for the low country Sinhala-Buddhists like the low caste Karavas.

                      Initially she said, “compared to the Tamil Hindus, the Sinhala Buddhists have relatively little concept of caste”

                      When she was proved wrong, she comes up with stupid jokes like Hindus, Karava monk eating fish, highland monk purely vegetarian, etc., etc. what a blatant liar she is, someone said she is a practising Buddhist, LOL!

                      The basic fact is, as a Fernando from the Karava caste, you will NEVER be accepted for ordination in the Siam Nikaya of the Malwathu and Asgiri chapters even if you become not just a pure vegetarian but a pure vegan. It is reserved ONLY for the Govigama caste. How Sad!!!

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                      ramona therese fernando

                      If you are ignorant in this subject, please go to google and read about Siam Nikaya and Amarapura Nikaya in Sri Lanka instead of inventing fairy tales (as usual) and making yourself a laughing stock again and again in a public place. I feel sorry for you.

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                      Suresh; King Wala Gemba:

                      You guys don’t have to aptitude to interpret history, do you? What part of the Nayakkars from 1739–1803 do you conveniently like to gloss over?

                      Buddhist Kandyan Kingdom was converted to a Hindu type of Mahayana Buddhism when the Tamil Nayakkars were brought in, together with 10’s of thousands of their entourage.

                      Now, of course, with the insistence of rightful Sinhala Buddhist Nationalists, it is more in line with Theravada Buddhism. However, the Siam Nayaka caste structure still holds somewhat. But that’s changing. Many Fernandos have gone back to their Buddhist roots. They are duty-bound to change their names to Buddhist ones, however.

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                      ramona therese fernando

                      “Buddhist Kandyan Kingdom was converted to a Hindu type of Mahayana Buddhism when the Tamil Nayakkars were brought in”

                      Another blatant lie. Can you prove this, please cite some evidence.

                      The Tamil Nayakkar kings were Theravada Buddhists, they were neither Hindus nor Mahayana Buddhists.

                      The Siam Nikaya from Thailand (Malwathu and Asgiri)that does not ordain low caste Karavas is pure Theravada Buddhist and has nothing to do with Hindu nor Mahayana Buddhist.

                      Please gather some basic knowledge in the subject before typing crap.

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                      King Wala Gemba,

                      This is what Wikipedia says on the Nayaks of Kandy :

                      “Thus in 1739 the Nayaks came to rule the Kandy kingdom.[4]
                      These Nayak kings continued to marry with their Tanjore and Madurai counterparts. The Nayak kings were Hindus. They later converted to Buddhism and were responsible for renaissance of Buddhist culture in the Island.”

                      That renaissance of Buddhist culture was still called Theravada culture, but with a twist with and attempt at the caste system and Hindu gods (such that it is actually Mahayana Buddhism…….quite different from the cultural Theravada Buddhists of ancient heritage).

                      Nb. Wikepedia strives to compile the most legitimate of the documentation and article writings out there.

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                      ramona therese fernando

                      “but with a twist with and attempt at the caste system and Hindu gods (such that it is actually Mahayana Buddhism…….quite different from the cultural Theravada Buddhists of ancient heritage)”

                      This part is created by you.

                      Another Damn Lies… Why have you become such a big liar???

                      The Nayakkar kings always lived closed to the Theravada Buddhist temples and were Theravada Buddhists. Of course their wives were Hindus but not only the Nayakkar kings but most of the kings in Sri Lanka brought wives from South India (Hindus). Katharagama (Hindu) temple was worshipped by the Sinhalese (including Dutugemunu) even before Buddhism arrived.

                      Go to google and read about Siam Nikaya and Amarapura Nikaya in Sri Lanka instead of talking rubbish.

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              Very few people are shocked by this anymore – even the colonials were well aware of the primitive savagery of We Thamizh (hence why they coined the term “Tamils will be Tamils” and decided not to interfere with brutal We Thamizh practices)

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                Cool story Bro :D

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            We Thamizh who were imported from the land of open defacation as coolies (as recorded in the Dutch national archive) and suddenly discovered a 100% original native We Thamizh homeland here (as recorded in..errr… Tamilnut?) talking about Sinhala Buddhists :D LOL what comedy :D

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              Cool Story Bro :D

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              Siva Sankaran Sarma

              Ha, ha, ha… LOL!

              Read the Dutch records from the Journal of World History, “The World’s Oldest Trade, Dutch Slavery and Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Seventeenth Century” by Markus Vink

              It very clearly says, in the 17th century, tens of thousands of South Indian slaves were settled in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka from Colombo to Galle to grow cinnamon and coconut. Today all those slaves have assimilated with the local people and become Sinhala-Buddhists and they are still growing cinnamon and coconuts but speaking Sinhala and worshipping the Buddha. This is how the Sinhalese became a majority in Sri Lanka whereas the original native Demalas and Veddhas are still the minority.

              Check your DNA Siva Sankaran Sarma
              Your parents are 100% decedents of those slave coolies from South India who were settled in the South of SL during the 17th century by the Dutch to grow cinnamon and plant coconuts.

              See how cool the facts are, you cannot change the established facts, read Markus Vink and enjoy. LOL!

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              Siva Sankaran Sarma

              “land of open defecation”

              I have also been to your land.

              When you fellows criticize others you pretend to have (conveniently) forgotten from where you come from, a syndrome known as selective amnesia.

              When you get down from BI Airport and as you enter Colombo (Paliyagoda Bridge) that area is full of stinking shanties. Is not this place the one and only one metropolitan city in Sri Lanka known as Colombo?

              If you go to places like Dematagoda, Wanathamulla, Maradana, Slave Island, Panchikawatte, Pamankade, Thotalanga, grandpas and so many other places in this one and only one metropolitan city in Sri Lanka known as Colombo you find plenty of shanties with stinking canals.

              This one and only one metropolitan city in Sri Lanka known as Colombo is full of dirty stinking places, polluted canals, shanties, and full of beggars, pickpockets, prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, and what not. Colombo is FULL of beggars and there is hardly any public toilet in the city?

              When you fellows criticize India, you pretend to have forgotten that your women wear Indian Saris, most of the vehicles running in Sri Lanka are from India, most of the drugs sold in pharmacies in Sri Lanka are from India, and most of all the man you worship (Buddha, you find a statue at every nook and corner under a bo tree) is also from India.

              The only flourishing business/trade in Sri Lanka is slave trade, exporting women (90% Sinhalese) to Mid-East, Singapore, Maldives, etc. for a monthly salary of U$ 200 only, as house maids and cleaners. The Sinhalese women are known as the best toilet cleaners in the Mid-East. The Arabs have employed them in Airports, Hospitals, schools and Malls to clean toilets used by multi-nationals from the entire world.

              The way India and specially Tamil Nadu is developing (with IT technology and car manufacturing industries) and turning into an economic boom, I am sure very soon India/Tamil Nadu will start recruiting Sinhala women as House maids and cleaners and pay a better salary than U$ 200. Don’t you think it is better for your women to work as cleaners in Buddha’s land for a better wage than in Arab land?

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                The poor copy paste dullard is howling like mad again – as they say the truth hurts :D

                By the way did you look up those indicators I mentioned :D

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                  @Siva Sankaran Sarma

                  Cool story/comment Bro :D

                  BTW, can you please tell us from which TN tribal area your Dalit ancestors were brought to the south of SL as coolie slaves to grow cinnamon who later got converted to Sinhala-Buddhists?

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                    Siva Sankaran Pons

                    “SL as coolie slaves”

                    Cool le bro:D

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                  Imposter Sarma,

                  :D looks like you are getting a little hot under your collar! You are a sad insufferable looser :D

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      “Sinha Le, on the other hand, is for the support of the ordinary Lankans and their own standard of ability, of which the Sinhalese are the majority. Alien culture cannot be forced on people who belong to simple and kindly Buddhist-Hindu heritage.”

      Ramona,are you off your rocker?What the Sinhala Buddhists priests had done in the past is being swept under the carpet.We who speaks of a 2500 year history forget the explain how a lion had sex with a human woman.Lions do not sex with the female on top, they require the male to be dominant and on top.How did the woman who is supposed to have had sex with a lion stand the pressure and the weight? Secondly the lion has a huge penis, how did the woman accommodate the lion? Who sutured her ruptured vagina?

      Ramona lets us stick to the contents of the article and not divert the discussion on the basis of unsound arguments.

      I enjoy the writings of Tissaranee and am sorry for her silence over the past few months. This is a vary salient and well studied article.

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        Upali Wickramasinghe

        ramona therese fernando has forgotten to take her pills. Please have some mercy.

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        While you indulge in perverse fantasizations, Mr. Wickramasinghe let us consider a more plausible explanation : The Lion was a blood-haired Russian!

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          Upali Wickramasinghe

          blood-haired Russian???

          See I told you, she has forgotten to take her pills.

          Unfortunately, these poor pathetic souls are unable to differentiate the Myth and truth. They believe in the Myth as gospel.

          Let them live in their imaginary world. Let’s have some mercy on them.

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          Ramona

          May be you are referring to Rasputin the Mad Monk

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          Ramona “While you indulge in perverse fantasizations, Mr. Wickramasinghe let us consider a more plausible explanation : The Lion was a blood-haired Russian!”

          Ramona, it is not perversion.It is a pervert who concocted this tale.It is a pervert who drew the frescoes at Sigiriya ( Do you mean to tell me that a soldier has to visualize a naked woman and her bulbulous breasts? It is the people in monasteries that have to visualize these. It has happened at Ajantha -and at an Underground church in France I have seen it.

          “Lion was blood haired Russian”.Ramona when I was a student I used to read novels about Alien kingdoms – Flash Gordon for one.Next time you might say that the Lion represented a virile man from MARS.

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        Ramona Therese Fernando: Did hear the story about Vijaya’s mother? it is said that after producing thirty two offsprings _ Re Mahawanse_ she started to contemplate on the similarities with the public bathing well. When I pass a S.l.W & Drainage Board Office and see the one foot dia pipes, unfortunately I am reminded of Vijaya’s family.

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    Kevin

    You mention

    “Facebook and YouTube, and the Internet and email. We want American iPhones, we want other cell phones (all phones are western inventions), and Japanese bikes or cars and Indian three-wheelers, and the sudda’s kalisam (preferably American jeans), baseball caps, Russian vodka, Indian parippu, Hindi movies, and that national mania – cricket, that game invented by the Englishman”

    the products invented by foreigners imported from abroad. We never needed these stuff in the first place.

    Do you know the reason as to why we import them? I know you would not guess it.

    In case if we need to protest against foreign involvement (real or imagined, mostly imagined) we always threaten to boycott or ban those stuff you mentioned above, a soft power geopolitics. A secret weapon in our armoury with which we teach foreigners a lesson they will never forget.

    Therefore, we need to import those stuff first in order to impose sanctions later..

    Wimal Weerawansa is a boycott specialist from whom you can learn a lot.

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      @Native Vedda:To use that imported Facebook term: An appreciative LOL to your view on Modawansa boycotting products from the West and thus bankrupting them. Who needs Western stuff when you can have several Sri Lankan stuff, like several valuable Sri Lankan passports. By the way, are you a real Vedda? Like the ones who were cheated out of their homeland by the invading Sinhalese and Tamils? How does it feel to be like an aboriginal in Australia? Aiyo pau. What if the Veddas say “We were here first; and we were here always”, and start asking for their own homeland, a sort of Eelam equivalant in the south? Aiyo no. Then it will be Vedda Le.

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        Kevin

        “By the way, are you a real Vedda?”

        Why do you doubt?

        ” What if the Veddas say “We were here first; and we were here always”, and start asking for their own homeland, a sort of Eelam equivalant in the south?”

        I have been demanding both the Sinhala/Tamil speaking descendants of Kallathonies to go back to their homeland in India for many years. You are rest assured I will continue to demand them vacate this island.

        The funny thing is both stupid people present most ridiculous stories as evidence of their long existence in this island.

        You must be a novice in this forum, hang in here in this forum you will learn how most commentators can be irrational and type most ridiculous things as facts.

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          @ Native Vedda. Don’t worry. The Api Sinhala are also leaving, even in leaky boats. You see, our Independence was independence for the thug politico to freely steal, especially after 1956. Since then hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans – Burgers, Sinhalese, Tamils, and even Muslims- have fled to white man ruled countries (bye-bye ”independence” from the White Man’s Rule). We have fled legally or illegally (as refugees or asylum seekers) to England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, and Western Europe, the illegals risking their lives and drowning at sea to get the hell out of “Independence” and crawl back to the White Man. We don’t emigrate to other brown or black ruled countries (such as India, Bangladesh, Uganda, or Burundi) but to pure White Man ruled countries. We are willing to die for that privilege. So much for theory and so much for reality. Anyone who is living in White Man ruled countries and denies they want to live in White Man ruled countries is either being totally hypocritical or is in a state of pathological denial. Those who return do so after retirement, leaving their off spring to carry on in White Man Lands. The retirees come to live relatively cheaply on their pensions earned in White-Man-lands. As for the young, just drive around Colombo and look up. It is pathetic to see all the bill boards (in Colombo and even in rural areas) advertising foreign education courses where the blurb about getting that visa to a White Man’s country is shown in bigger letters than the education course itself. Obviously there is a huge demand and a huge market in that visa business. The educational aspect is only a front to get that visa. Other than Syrians and sub-Saharan Africans there are very few nations in the world where large numbers of the citizenry are willing to risk dying by horrid drowning at sea to go as boat people/illegal immigrants to a White Man Ruled country. Sri Lanka is one such country, and Australia is the goal, or New Zealand. We don’t stop en route to settle down or seek asylum in any brown skin ruled country along the way. No, we sail past those countries and head straight for Australia, that very definitely White Man Ruled country where the poor aborigines have no say. And for sure, Sri Lankans would not want to go to that land if it were ruled by aborigines instead of White Men. Unpleasant to talk of? Sure. Truthful? Sure again.

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            Kevin

            Thanks for your observation.

            “that very definitely White Man Ruled country where the poor aborigines have no say.”

            The Sinhala majority rules this island, do you think the ordinary Sinhalese have any say?

            Please visit government departments and see for yourself how badly these ordinary people are being treated, never mind the Sudda.

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    See how Countries are run.

    Sri lanka has ball less politicians.

    Read below

    ” If, as Christians believe, Jesus Christ someday reappears, strolling down from Bethany toward Jerusalem’s Golden Gate, conservative Americans would probably hail him as a Republican, but on reflection, not really fit to serve on the Supreme Court.

    He might not be enthusiastic enough about guns, his ideas on wealth redistribution are just plain socialism, he likely wouldn’t be keen on injecting criminals with lethal chemicals, he’d no doubt urge clemency for all the millions of illegal immigrants doing America’s scut work and, as a Jew, he might even have a compromise view of abortion.
    Sure, he’d allow prayer in schools, but really, do conservatives nowadays want a compromise candidate for Supreme Court justice? “

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    The way I see it is, that much of the Sinha-Le stuff and all other racial under currents are being secretly propagated by some unscrupulous politicians who want to create confusion and disrupt the smooth functioning of the society, primarily for their selfish interest at this stage.

    Unfortunately the people behind the Sinha-Le have nothing to offer the common man nor do they mean well, its just politics and personal interest. Sadly our public fall for these gimmicks every time. The common man is being used like tools in the hand of politicians who have perfected the art of deception and know all the right buttons to push in order to play with common peoples emotions and swing their support in favor of the absurd ideas. I think they must be having the common mans operation manual!

    The saddest thing is that in order to enhance this weakness in the masses, our governments have systematically led the entire population astray through various means, sinhala only is a good example. This means even in our daily lives, ill-logic would prevail over logic and reasoning. We emphasize on the wrong points rather than the correct ones. That is our national identity.

    It is only very few people who are bold enough to question the state of things, and generally such people are branded outcast straightaway. Our parents, teachers, elders and politicians have taught us that life is suffering. We accept suffering and all problems arising due to incompetence or corruption of the government as a normal part of life. The more we suffer the more alive we feel. We are very good at sugar coating the truth and living in denial.

    The more we live like this the more they will use us. We have to remember that every one Tamil, or Muslim that is denied something about seven Sinhalese would loose the same thing. Eg Sinhala only, for every Tamil student that lost proficiency in English seven to eight Sinhala lost the same.

    We have to look inwards and rout out negativity and start looking for a better future for ourselves, the people around us, and for our entire country. That’s the only way to move forward, together! For starters we have to stop listening to crap that is being propagated by opening our brains and using logic to analyze validity of things we hear.

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    dema-le….Nantikanda-le…Gi-le
    Sinha-le….Madamulanee…wa-le

    Gonnunee… he-le
    umbalage ..mo-le
    Adiye…bota-le

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    As usual Tisaranee Gunasekara cannot go to sleep in the night without throwing the daily dose of brick on the LTTE. Her theory is we Sinhala intellectual stay on our terrain; we sow the idea and leave it to the Sinhala Modaya to finish it.

    She has written so many things about LTTE, but one hero yet to have come out and prove at International Court that LTTE has killed even a 1000 innocent civilians. JVP is accused about 15,000 murders. Government, in the final months of war alone has finished off 145,000. I am not talking of 1958 to until the raise of LTTE (last went unchallenged was 1983), which stopped the pogroms by if Tamil village is hacked they hacked a Sinhala Village. Tissaranee Gunasekara is telling that the IC found its justification of wiping out LTTE with war crime accusation. But, the New King, who is equally accused of war crime on the OISL report like Old King, is repeatedly claiming that he as saved the Old King. Can Tissaranee Gunasekara explain what is the meaning this claim by New King? She is ranting at Derana Aruna as he commented that Kishani Jayasinghe was making a feline noise inviting the brick throwing. But she is writing an easy to claim the Tamils by keeping silent, invited the International community to wipe out LTTE with war crime of killing 145,000 of them. Sinhala Intellectuals do not have any faith in Buddhism. It is their vote cow. In some extremist mind this mutilation of the prayer sounded like blasphemy. The Independence Day celebration was only to honor the Sinhala Buddhist’s victory second time in a year. This was done only to please the Sinhala Buddhist. So, it was expected to be celebrated by Sinhala Buddhists’ norms. They sang Buddhist song to invite stone throwing. When you conduct a celebration to please Sinhala Buddhists and then you insult them; after that what kind of comments you expect from them? Did they sing a Hindu, Muslim, Christian’s songs? Tell me the difference of this man’s behavior from the leader of the country, whom is adorned greatly by the celebrated writer Tissaranee Gunasekara, who called for Thirukkai Vaal(stingray tail) whipping to the woman who throw a dress she brought from home.

    They completely neglected the Tamil Language. Now the international Community who wipe out the LTTE is using them to their services. US even threatened to send them army and made Old King to run out or Temple Tree House. But Tissaranee Gunasekara can only dig into LTTE. Tissaranee Gunasekara knows he did not show the anger during the performance. He accepted that time. The Celebration was ended lending in to IC pressure singing the Tamil Translation of the Sinhala Song. He has commented only after watching the end of the celebration. Could Tissaranee Gunasekara can deny that this man did not behave like in the Tamil saying “mamiyar koovaththai marumagal ammiyilai theachchaalaam”( Daughter in law showed her anger of Mother in law on the grinding stone”) How she is not sure the man was reacting to Tamil Translation of the Sinhala Song, but only Kishani Jeyasinke to consent the organizers of the celebration to sing a Buddhist devotional song in a mutilated way?

    LTTE waged a war, after all for 30 years. Not one time they took free labor for them without paying. Yet one woman has to come and complain she was improperly hurt by LTTE. The entire prisoners went to Sinhala army camp was used to manual labor until their death or escape. The army stands as accused 146,000 murders of innocent civilians in the war months. It stand accused of using raping as a weapon as only done in the lowest 22 nations. Army used food and medicine as weapons. The most shameful act of raping the dying feeling the body temperature is done only by the SinhaLE army. Even Brother Prince has accepted that Tamils’ hero is Leader Pirapaharan. When Aluthgama riots occurred, some Muslim asked from Ayoop Asmin, NPC member, where has leader Pirapaharan has gone? The difference between Tissaranee Gunasekara and Mahanama is after, killing Ellarlan Mahanama wanted to show a respect for the death man; But Tisaranee Gunasekara is not like that, she is insisting the women of Tamil land should have been open to the miserliness rapist army to throw bricks free on their will. She preaching, trying to be a feminist by picking on a lousy, worthless, rant comment. But still has a battle to wage to catch up at least to the utter racist Mahanama’s level.

    Are these people naming themselves as Sinhala Intellectuals writers? The LTTE supporters and non-supporters from the Tamil community have been calling the Sinhala Intellectuals to come to court, rather than the propagandas. Why they are not ready for that.

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    Our president wants to whip organisers of popular concerts with the ‘Madu Walige’.

    Ada Derana buffoon tv presenter wants to strike a singer with bricks.

    What a vile violent society this thrice blessed Buddhist, I repeat Buddhist Sinhala nation is.

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    Sinha LE is the center of attention….why are [Edited out] afraid of Sinha LE?

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    “What’s happened to the media regulatory commissions? In the 80’s they used to delete even innocent kissing scenes of TV shows, that made the tender moments being portrayed rather comic to watch!”

    Answer is quite simple, now latest political class “Kiss each others Butts”

    Ask Ranil and the taylor the FM.

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    Some of us may remember how the movement for uncivilized behavior and freedom from “white mans law” began long ago with the dawn of independence. There was the banning of English speech and the denigration of anything English and this slowly extended to anything “white”or “western”- suddah ge – as it was identified in the language of the great 2,500 year old civilization. Shoes were discarded for flip flops and shirts once worn neatly tucked in were allowed to hang loose at the waist. A belligerent and aggressive attitude expressed through the use of abusive language become the norm. Intimidation and thuggery became fashionable. Cheating and favoritism became fairplay. Violence in politics became the norm leading to increasing crimes. Hypocrisy became a habit.

    The “uncivilized” Sinhala and Tamil speaking masses demanded the reigns of power. The English speakers went their way. The Sinhalese and Tamils fought each other. Today they stand like asses braying at the “white mans civilization” and insisting that their four legged character is much better than anything that the world has ever seen or ever will see. This is where the TIGER and the LION came from.

    All indications are that the animals will have to be put down if humans are to make use of the island.

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    Tissaranee could not not have said it better: “There is a greater chance of inculcating a sense of Lankan patriotism in Tamil/Muslim children and youth when they are allowed to sing the national anthem in their own language rather than parrot it in a language they barely understand.” an excellent exposition. The more languages it is sung in: Hindi, English, French. German it makes the Sri Lankans the prouder, not the jokers like gotabhayas. Bensen

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    Thank you Tisaranee Gunasekara for ypur brilliance as always. On the matter of the Anthem in Tamil would it not be a better idea to have stanzas in Tamil and also English besides Sinhalese and have one anthem sung by everybody.

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