23 October, 2017

Sinhala Stupidity; I Feel Sorry For The Tamil Community

By Soulbury

Lord Soulbury

Dear Mr. Suntharalingham,

I have read the dozen documents in the folder which I now return to you – with much interest and also much sorrow.

During my tenure of the office as Governor-General of Ceylon I never expected that there would be such a bitter cleavage between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities – and you are quite right when you say that the cause must be laid at the door of Sir John Kotelawala and his government. But if he chastised the Tamils with the whips, the late Mr. Bandaranaike chastised them with scorpions. The Sinhalese behaviour to the Tamils has been excessively short-sighted and foolish. When as Chairman of the Commission on the reform of the Constitution of Ceylon in 1945 I studied the relations of the two communities. I was much impressed by the important contribution  that the Tamils had made and were making to the economy of Ceylon – and I was aware that the Ceylon Tamils were better educated and more industrious than the Sinhalese – in many ways they were playing the part of the Scots had played and still play in the economy of England. In fact during 18th and part of 19th century – the English were rather jealous of the Scots – who were getting a greater share of the jobs going in England than their population warranted. The reason, I Think, was that the Scots were better educated and more industrious – Northern folk often work harder than Southerners; the climate and soil compel them to do so. But the English were never so stupid as to antagonise the Scots.  Had they behaved like Sinhalese to the Tamils, Britain would never have achieved a tittle of her prosperity at home or overseas in the Empire.

If at this time of the act of Union between England and Scotland at the beginning of the 18th century the English had insisted on “English only” as the language of the two nations, every Scot would have hung on to Gaelic, but the English had more sense and every Scottish Mother had her children taught English because it was England that offered the greatest opportunity of employment.

If the Sinhalese had been as sensible, every Tamil Mother would have been anxious for her children to learn Sinhalese-for the same reason. I do not know what is now the best solution, or if there is any solution.

In constitution which I recommended-there seemed to me at the time to be ample safeguard for minorities – but section 29 has not as efficacious as I had hoped  – and I now wish that that I had recommended a human rights clause as in the constitution of India – and elsewhere. But I do not believe that other federation or an autonomous Tamil State will work. Federation is cumbersome and difficult to operate – and an autonomous Tamil State would not be viable.

I am afraid that I can only counsel patience – and vigorous participation in the work of the House of Representatives. You might imitate the Irish party in our House of Commons before Ireland was separated from us. Incidently the Tamil Members of Parliament were, in my opinion, very unwise not support Dudley Senanayake. They could, I believe, have kept him in power.

The position of the Tamil workers on the estates is also very disquieting – it is deplorable that such a larger body of men and women should be voteless.

I can understand the reluctance of the Sinhalese in the area of Kandy to an enfranchisement of numbers large enough to swamp the electorate. But a reasonable solution would be to create four or five seats available to Tamil voters only – no matter what part of the island they live in; outside of course – northern and Eastern provinces.

Well – I feel sorry for you and your community and I wish I could provide some acceptable solution.

Were I in your shoes I would do all I could to support the U.N.P. and secure the defeat of the present Government.

Soulbury

30.04.1964

From “Eylom: Beginning of the Freedom Struggle; Dozens Documents”  by C Suntherlingham

*Herwald Ramsbotham, 1st Viscount Soulbury GCMG, GCVO, OBE, MC, PC (6 March 1887 – 30 January 1971) was aBritish Conservative politician. He was a government minister between 1931 and 1941 and served as Governor-General of Ceylon between 1949 and 1954.

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    It takes two to tango. Suntheralingam was the high caste man who refused low caste people entry the Nallur Temple! They wanted to preserve their privileged position and keep the low cast people who were prevented from buying land by the Thesavalamai Law, as virtual slaves.

    Sir Ivor Jennings and Lord Soulbury did not have the foresight to understand the rise of Sinhala Nationalism and opportunism. They provided a poor constitution that permitted SWRD Bandaranaike to come in to power and make Sinhala only the official language in 24 hours. That was the beginning of the downfall of Sri Lanka from being the country with the second highest GNP per capita in Asia to where we are today.

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      “Sir Ivor Jennings and Lord Soulbury did not have the foresight to understand the rise of Sinhala Nationalism and opportunism. They provided a poor constitution that permitted SWRD Bandaranaike to come in to power and make Sinhala only the official language in 24 hours.”

      Well said.

      Lord Soulbury, did not understand the cunning Sinhalas and Tamils who did not trust each other, and gave the key to the warehouse with a very weak lock. It was so easy to break.

      He did not put sufficient checks and balances, with human rights, religious rights, separation of church and state and needing 90% majority to change certain provisions fundamental rights provisions etc.

      These are the guys who trusted Hitler, and handed over Sudetenland Land and Czechoslovakia to the Nazis. Similarly, they did the same in Sri Lanka, paving the way for the Sinhala Buddhist Nazis and Nazi Monks to run amok.

      We need to find the lack of foresight of the Lord Soulbury in Ceylon, for burying many souls in Sri Lanka, just the same way, Nevile Chamberlains appeasement policy lead to the burying of millions of souls during Word War II.

      He was not alone. There was another British Governor in India, that did the same thing,Lord Mountbatten, resulting in the deaths of millions.

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        “Similarly, they did the same in Sri Lanka, paving the way for the Sinhala Buddhist Nazis and Nazi Monks to run amok”.

        You never knew for from 1505 AD to 1948 over 500 years, this country was ruled by Europeans at gun point for their own economic gains, & killing Buddhists /Hindus/ Muslims when they refused to convert to Europeans religions,. Are you mad / ignorant or licking & sucking Invaders of this country.
        To be fair by British, they left this country after granting universal franchise in 1931( one man/woman, one vote to elect a govt.)even before countries like France got that. It’s well known Sinhala people believe that they got “Independence” in 1956 from Black Skinned Englishmen, & there is no doubt sinhala people will believe they got real freedom after 2009 when separatist terror was decimated.

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          To quote this Long John, ‘You never knew for from 1505 AD to 1948 over 500 years, this country was ruled by Europeans at gun point for their own economic gains, & killing Buddhists /Hindus/ Muslims when they refused to convert to Europeans religions,. Are you mad / ignorant or licking & sucking Invaders of this country.

          No invaders be they British, Dutch or Portuguese killed natives for not embracing their Religion, unless due to rebellion. If that be so there would have been no Sinhala Buddhists remaining at the time of Independence. Infact the Buddhist revival of establishing the Amarapura Nikaya commenced during the time of the British rule, where educated Low Country Sinhalese ordained. As otherwise it was only the Siyam Nikaya that held sway in the country. There were people like Sir Henry Olcot and others who helped to establish Buddhist Temples and Buddhist Schools in the country long before Independence. What lies are implied by John type to mislead the readers.

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            Gamini the ace mutt,
            you don’t know that there is no any single ancient buddhist temple from Puttalam to Kataragama in the entire Western Coast ? what happened to those ?, All were razed to dust by Portuguese & both buddhists & hindus were summarily killed & bulk converted to Portuguese religion as much as 20% of total population,(now reduced to some 4%)& Don’t you know Muslims were killed in wholesale ? since they steadfastly refused the conversion & muslim community leaders rushed to King of Kandy & complained & King gave them Eastern coast which came under Kandyan Kingdom ? (all European Invaders had only stretch about 10 km from the coast untill 1815), you better read history & comment.
            Since the Kandyan Kingdom which had some 70% of country’s Land was never captured & buddhism remained intact in the country. (only areas of Kandyan Kingdom the ancient temples remain up until todate, because Portuguese the worst of all invader destroyed other ancient temples.)

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              Long John, for your information there was only Siyam Nikaya for a long time in Sri Lanka where Buddhism flourished under the Kings for the Govigama caste. All early Buddhist Temples were built by Kings and they are todate known as ‘Rajamaha Viharayas’. So for your claim that all the Buddhist temples on the Western coast from Puttalam to Kataragama were destroyed by the Portuguese is a figment of your imagination, as there were no such Buddhist Temples lining the Western coast, other than the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya and the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya that were built under the Kotte period, which stands to date and no Kings built anyother Buddhist temple on the Western Coast. Thereafter it was during the period of Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe the second, that the Ramangnga Nikaya was established for the non Govigama Buddhists. The Buddhist temples of the Ramangnga Nikaya was never known as Rajamaha Viharayas as they were built by the sect. Then we see Buddhist Temples being built by various Philanthropist around the country. After establishing the Amarapura Nikaya during the time of the British, where the educated Southerners became Buddhist priests only, that Buddhist temples started to emerge on the Weastern coast line. Isipathanaramaya down Greenlands road, Vajiraramaya, Bellanwila and Kalutara Bodhiya to name a few. Thereafter some renegades from other temples encroached many an old Bo-trees in the city and the outskirts where the Crows had propergated the Bo-trees and commenced Temples, which are known as ‘Kaputu Bo Pansal’. These were really Business centres where the priests have fleeced the neighbouring businesses of non Buddhists, extorting money to put up buildings for tuition classes, Stores spaces and vehicle parks all for money. These Kaputu Bo Pansal are richer than most other temples, doing business and are not obliged to listen to Asgiri Malwathu or any other Nikaya for their sustenance. Although these Buddhist priests preach to the laity to shun craving, show me Buddhist Temples in this country that have no Fans , Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Mini Liquor Bars, and the Buddhist Priests without hand phones and Computers and the Temples lavishly tiled with the best of limousines parked in the premises? As Amarasiri states below the country and it’s people including the Buddhist Clergy stood to gain under the British more than they lost.

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              Gamini the ace mutt,
              Though not worth replying to a an ace mutt,you see that you took only about buddhist temples from puttalam to Kataragama, not any others like killing buddhists / hindus / muslims by invaders.
              you never knew Bodhi tree sapling was brought to sri lanka from India by Emperor Ashoka’s own daughter Anuradhapura & before that Ashoka’s son Mahinda brought Buddhism to sri lanka before 2 nd century BC ? all were wrong?? , there wasn’t any buddhism before siyam nikaya was brought from siyam or Thailand after 1500 AD ?, what a monkey are you ? no any religion in sri lanka’s west coast until European arrived ? you better f ur mother.

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              Hai Long John, I will leave it to the readers to judge your decency in your language unable to counter your false ideas insulting my dead mother.

              As for your argument, there could not have been Buddhists, for the Portuguese to kill, if there were no Temples on the Western Coast front, untill the temples started to mushroom and the citizens became Buddhists. Kotte and Kelaniya Temples were there long before the advent of the Portuguese. I suppose you have heard the storey, how the Portuguese were taken to Kotte in circles. Even to date the proverb stands as to how the Parangia was taken to Kotte. If the Portuguese were so destructive, how did Kotte and Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya survive, the only two places of repute as all other Buddhist Temples on the Western Coast mushroomed much later?

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              Your name John shows you are a stupid convert. The Spanish (Queen Isabella)/Portuguese drew away the Arabs who ruled them for 800years and became world power having learnt navigation from the Arabs. The got most of south America by transferring syphilis so no one would be around if all were killed or converted in Ceylon.They started the crusade but not the Dutch (originators of East India Company)or British protestants who were there for commerce.

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              Just for your information to add to the killings.

              When Dutch conqoured the Portugees they killed the Catholics. Then again when English conqoured our island they killed Catholics.

              Dutch and English were not Roman Catholics. The persecution of Christians too took place.

              Please know the truth of the untold history.

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              Long John, can you name any Buddhist Temple on the Western Coast front that has been destroyed by anyone? You state that the Bo -Sapling was brought from India that is the Sri Maha Bodhi, obviously implying that the Bo-tree was indigenous to India only. The Bo-tree which belongs to the Banyan family has been found in Sri lanka even long before Buddha was born, propergated by the ubiquitous crow that has done yeoman service to Buddhism more the ilk of John and the BBS.

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              Gamini ,

              Read Amerasiri’s comment just below & get enlightened of killings etc, by Portuguese introducing Catholicism to sri lanka. if you don’t agree with me due to foolishness.

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              John after you said that the Portuguese destroyed all the Buddhist Temples from Putlam to Kataragama on the Western Coast front and killed all the Buddhists, was a bit of an excageration and now you try to take cover behind Amarasiri’s quote how the Portuguese with the sword in one hand and the Bible in the other surpressed the Natives. I have also heard of the Portuguese with the Bottle in one hand and the Bible in the other how the Natives were converted to Catholics and blessed them with Portuguese names where more than half of todays Sinhalese population in this country, carry Portuguese names who are killing fellow Tamils, claiming they are Pure Sinhalese Buddhists. Sometimes I wonder whether it is the Portuguese blood in these Sinhalese that prompts them to kill the Tamils.

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          John,

          Even though, I am not British now, we all were British Subjects some time ago. I have a lot of respect for the British than any other invader or imperialist, and as such somewhat of an Anglophile, despite the many messes left throughout the world after world Word Wars I and II,(Colonial Wars), courtesy of the League of Nations. Despite several negatives done to the natives by the British occupation, the there were multitudes of positives that should be attributed to the British and we should be thankful for. The Rule of Law, equality before the law, the English Language and democracy.

          However, the error was made by Lord Soulbury in NOT putting sufficient Checks and Balances into the country, when they left. They left too early.

          This is my point. They did that in Palestine, in India, in Iraq, and many other places. without a good understanding of the underlying issues involved. Ceylon was given independence in 1948. It was too early. It should have been given Independence in the 1950’s with checks and balances in place.

          We all know about, especially the Portuguese atrocities with sword on one hand, and the Bible on the other, how they massacred the Ceylon Moors -Muslims from the sea coast ans some Dutch occupation history.

          The Native Sri Lankan’s did suffer under the Portuguese very badly. Those who suffered mostly were the Ceylon Moors. Sinhala and Tamil suffered as well, but many converted or changed their names into Portuguese.

          Sir Francis Drake is one of my heroes for defeating the Spanish Fleet and limiting the Spanish Catholic and Portuguese Catholic expansion in the world, and the atrocities and genocides committed by these Papal blessed Nations.

          Britannia Ruled the waves. Thank you for saving the world from the Papal Iberian genocidal Inquisitors and the Nazi’s.

          God save the Queen!

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            Amarasiri,
            I am with you.
            British gave us a lot – education,technology,railroads,bridges,laws,a system of just government,etc.
            They planted tea & rubber and the companies naturally had board meetings in london and the shareholders enjoyed the profits.
            There was a hue & cry that the profits should have been kept in Ceylon. This,is against any corporate venture.
            Petroleum companies did similarly – they were nationalised.
            So were the plantations. Now both are liabilities.
            Sinhala Only ruined more sinhalese than tamils – tamils quietly started studying english and sat fot London exams. Sirimavo B cancelled the London exams, but sent her children to UK & France.

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      Truth,

      I have heard of Tamil Nationalism and opportunism too.

      Such as the infamous 50/50 demand. Meaning 15% of the population, Tamils be granted 50% of seats in the legislature. Unheard of in any other democracy. Highly unreasonable demand by Tamil nationalists.

      You are right. It takes two to tango. Sinhalese and Tamils have destroyed Sri Lanka in sweet harmony.

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        Ben Hurling,

        Comments on 50-50 from https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-eelam-tamils-politics-a-rejoinder-to-shanthi-sachithanandam/

        punchinilame – 50-50 is another way of saying Equality, irrespective of Races?

        Anpu – http://new.sangam.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Ponnambalam-50-50-Speech1.pdf

        Senguttuvan –
        You are one of the keener readers in these pages. It will surprise me
        if you too believe GGP asked 50/50 only for Tamils. He did not, my friend. It is Sinhala interests who twisted this to capture and mislead the public imagination – from then till now. That included the urbane Stage star ECB Wijesinghe, a Premadasa favourite, who came out with the two hit plays “Fifty-Fifty” and “He came from Jaffna” – the former suggestive even the liberal English-educated in elite Colombo society were confused.

        I believe GGP’s suggestion was 50% of the seats in the House for the Buddhist Sinhalese and the balance 50% for the rest of the minorities -including Christian Sinhalese. The visionary he was, as did Sir Ivor Jennings, he felt the time was coming when majoritarianism will lay its claim on the resources of the State that will result in the submerging of the interests and rights of the Tamils and other minorities. You know as well as I do post-1956 that is exactly what happened. It has become worse in the recent months. Tamils in the North are being targeted to be made minorities in their own ancient land. The tragedy is so compounded some of our Tamil friends are batting with the other side against the Tamil Nation even when the Tamils are battered and their lands surreptitiously stolen.

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        Not quite true, Ben. The non-Sinhalese were then 37% of the population. What G.G. Ponnambalam wanted was 50% of the seats reserved for this 37% non-Sinhalese segment. It was still unreasonable on his part – but he was dishonest like Bandaranaike.

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        Actually it was 50% for all the minorities together, not for the Tamils alone.

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        The history of the 50: 50 demand:

        “1918: The Jaffna Association introduces the 50-50 representation formula for the Legislative Council in a memo.

        1920: As member of a delegation on constitutional reform in London P. Arunachalam assures Count Milner that all Ceylonese desire ‘territorial representation’ and none ‘group representation’. Founding of ‘Jaffna Historical Society’.

        1920/21: The Manning Reforms abolish group representation (2:1) and introduce territorial representation to the fierce protest of the Tamils and the minorities who lose their relative strength under an extended voting system (4% of the population).

        1921:
        15th Aug.: The Tamil Mahajana Sabhai is founded and takes up the call for 50-50: Balanced Representation.

        1922/23: The Manning Reforms are retracted and modified group representation is reintroduced.

        1935: The Jaffna Association repeats its demand for 50-50 representation: 50% for the Sinhalese, 25% for the Tamils, 25% for the other minorities.

        1937: a ‘pan-Sinhalese’ Board of Ministers is established under Senanayake which does not contain a single Tamil in order to punish the Tamils for the election Boycott in 1931. Ponnambalam demands 50-50 representation for the first time.

        1939: In his famous ‘nine-hour-speech’ Ponnambalam defends the concept of 50-50 representation: 50% for the Sinhalese, 50% for ALL minorities.”

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dr.R.N.
          I agree with you. This is how it began. Past is past.
          But why can’t the British suggest our politicians to have five Provinces in Sri Lanka and enact five Acts for each Provinces like in Britain, like Act of Scotland, etc. At least the British will know the mind set of the present politicians.

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        Hurling,
        50% was for sihalese and 50% for ALL minorities,was the demand.
        Was this unjust?

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      “SWRD Bandaranaike to come in to power and make Sinhala only the official language in 24 hours”

      This is a Lie.

      You cannot prove it.

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        I have heard PM Banda made provisions to make sure for Tamill to be used as an official language in Tamil dominant areas. Such as the North & East of Sri Lanka.

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          Ben,

          The enlightened liberal he was, he well may have. But he was propelled to power by anti-Tamil forces. They would not let him – and when they found he was trying to be reasonable, they did him in. That was the beginning of our rapid slide downwards.

          4 decades later his equally liberal daughter tried to make amends. But the chauvinists ranged against her had the day.

          Senguttuvan

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            It was the culmination of a series of historical mistakes, knee-jerk reactions and ‘ end justifies the means’ actions that led to Sinhala only and events that follow to this day. The many ‘ If only’ scenarios that can be
            Imagined in hindsight, can only demonstrate our national ( or is it our political? ) stupidity and make one cry!

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        That was then in all the newspapers. How old were you then?

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        JRJ and Dudley were the principle leaders who peddled Sinhala only first. If I remember that when JRJ proposed Sinhala only in the State Council, SWRD proposed instead that it should be Sinhala and Tamil. Unfortunately and sadly, SWRD adopted ‘ Sinhala only in 24 hrs) as his slogan for the 1956 elections. Crowing Sir John Kotelawalela the ‘ King of Jaffna’ at Pt. Pedro in this environment lent additional momentumto SWRD’s election campaign.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Jim Softy:
        When you say that Bandaranaike didn’t promise and deliver on the promise of “Sinhala Only in 24 hours” there is little doubt who is lying!

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        Jim Softy,
        Of course it happened.Public servants had to pass 8th Std level sinhala for their next increments.
        Ape Anduwa cry was widespread and in some offices,peons sat on the head officers’ chairs.
        Sirimavo nationalised all schools and brought them down to one
        level called “Central Schools”.
        There were two language streams and this divided the nation more than anything else.

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      Not only SWRD Bandaranayake,Rajapakse family also behind the Sinhala language issue.But SWRD daughter act as well civilized manner to correct the most past issues.But Mr. Ranil that time not cooperated to correct the all barriers.Mr.Ranil & athukoralle also part of it, & had the dream of 12 full moon power of presidency.It shame Ranil went behind of Athukorrella, SB,Rajitha,like cheap politicians advise sometime.till people view is Ranil & karu must work together & all pary professional wings must go to professionals. Not gamage or his friends.
      But Rajapakse family still the same & people feel corruption,& nepotism also included to their new generation.

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    Soulbury was indeed a very wise man. Despite being a colonial Brit.

    He has had a much better grasp of Sri Lankan affairs. Almost all his predictions have come true.

    Compared to self seeking political idiots of our own. Both Sinhaelse and Tamil. Who have been gradually ruining Sri Lanka. Ever since independence. What a curse these SL politicians continue to be.

    If I could, I would blow life to Solbury again. And inaugurate the guy as our all powerful new President.

    Embarrasing. But, what choice do we have? Seriously.

    PS: Current unwelcome incumbent, Mr. Power Hungry (Dynasty Builder) at Temple Trees will have to pack and leave. With siblings, Offspring, extended family, cronies and henchmen. Back to fields of Hambantota.

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      ” Current unwelcome incumbent, Mr. Power Hungry (Dynasty Builder) at Temple Trees will have to pack and leave. With siblings, Offspring, extended family, cronies and henchmen. Back to fields of Hambantota.”

      So ..will it be ?

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
      All the kings horses and all the kings men,
      Could not put Humpty together again !

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      Yah, he is so nice that he should be raised from the dead so that all Sri lankans (Sinhala and Tamil) can stone him.

      Surprised that the commenter’s name is not Ben Dover!

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        Consider calling yourself “Julampitiye Amare” or “Mervin the Vermin”. Even “Kudu Duminda” will do.

        Do not insult Vidiya Bandara. A legendary national hero.

        Vidiya Bandara would not waste much time. He would have kicked Rajapassa clan out of Temple Trees at once. If he were to witness the historic mismanagement & looting that is going on. Under Rajapassa watch.

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          OH BEN;

          Leave me alone;

          I just take contract from g o v [ you know who].
          And do clean the carpet without any drop of blood.

          I will not support to ruin Sri Lanka on looting or communal back lashing.
          Do you Have Any C O N, T r a ct????????????.

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      Ben Hurling:
      To utter such unreal imbecilities which do nothing to deal with the current mess serves a purpose: it creates an impression that NOTHING can be done about the Rajapaksa status quo. But then isn’t that what all your scribbling is about: reinforcing the authority of those you really serve?

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    It would be good to start off by sending all the Offspring to the USA, whose customs and norms they seem to be slavishly Imitating! Then the rest of the family would be able to let go of the Power to which they are desperately hanging on! “Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely!”

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    Now Sri Lanka has completed the process of “Gang-Kabara-karanaya-kireema”

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    In the forward to the book, CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION(1963), Viscount Soulbury expressed his regret: ‘’In the light of later happenings I now think it is a pity that the Commission did not also recommend the entrenchment in the constitution of guarantees of fundamental rights, on the lines enacted in the constitutions of India, Pakistan, Malaya , Nigeria and elsewhere.
    Perhaps in any subsequent amendment of Ceylon’s constitution those in authority might take note of the proclamation made by the delegates at the Arfrican conference which met in Lagos two years ago: ‘Fundamental human rights, esp. the right to individual liberty, should be written and entrenched in the constitutions of all countries’’.

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    ”Were I in your shoes I would do all I could to support the U.N.P. and secure the defeat of the present Government”:

    1.They did support the UNP in the South in 1965 and they abrogated the Reconciliation
    Pact in 1966 just as SWRD Bandaranaike abrogated his pact in 1958 after making it in 1957.

    2.They supported the UNP in 1977 in the South when JRJ promised redressing Tamils. grievances in his election manifesto. But after the elections were over he unleashed a pogrom on the Tamils for electing the TULF overwhelmingly in the Northeast.

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    If the Sinhalese had been as sensible, every Tamil Mother would have been anxious for her children to learn Sinhalese-for the same

    Many Tamil fathers who lived in the south did so, as did my father.

    I think in the North and East it was more the lack of opportunity. You had to go to Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya if you wanted to study in Sinhala. I think even St Johns, St Patricks, Jaffna College did not have a Sinhala medium. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    And then there was this other rule (60’s-80’s); unless you were Burgher, Muslim or Mixed (Tamil/Sinhalese) you were not allowed to study in the English medium.

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      Some schools in Jaffna started to teach Sinhala before 1956 and stopped them after SinhalaOnly Act of 1956.

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        eureka,

        Can you tell us whether they spontaneously stopped or were made to do so?

        Dr.RN

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    A very objective and sobering view of the political situation post independence. As he suggested the Tamils could have supported Dudley and the UNP. Why didnt they? One slogan at that time was ‘Dudley ge badey Masal Wadey’. The UNP has been a multicultural secular party.

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    Although Lord Soulbury honoured with decorations, there is nothing available to ascertain his academic credentials. He was a military man and later became a politician. To study & predict the behaviours and cultural differences of Sinhalese and Tamils a person needs a good level of education and research capability.

    My understanding of Tamils are- they are good servants and very well capable of maintaining long standing Master-Slave relationship with western masters. This sort of behaviour of Tamils is seen at present as well (lobbying westerners and media for their ultimate cause-Eelam) Understanding these qualities Tamils were given better opportunities in education and positions in Ceylon government compared to majority sinhalese. 50-60 years ago if a Tamil holds a government position he gets a thumping dowery and parents want their girls to marry a government servant. I have witness this during my childhood and the neighbours we/my parents associated with.

    Due to these reasons I dispute the fact that Tamils are more educated and industrious.However, I agree with Lord Soulbury that Kotelawala and Bandaranayake did not have good vision for the country for encouraging Tamils to Learn sinhala and vice versa

    I also agree with Lord Soulbury a separate state for Tamil is not workable solution

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      Jay;

      Fotunatly WE have KUDU DEALEARS, SLUG MORONS and SYNTHETIC LAWERS WITH
      Doctreates to fight with all those western and eastern acedamics.

      Pls try to remember what they bellowed to Navneetham Pillay, Bankee Moon,and like others.

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      Jay

      You do not need any education and research capability to understand the behaviors and cultural differences of two different races in a country. Just by living with both of them for a certain amount of period (few years) and some intelligence/common sense is more than enough. For example, it did not take mush time for the Portuguese to identify the Sinhalese as foolish and lazy people only good at eating Kavum. They did not say the same to Tamils or Muslims because the Tamils were clever, educated, industrious, honest and hardworking (the Tamil work ethics – work is worship). The Muslims were also honest and very good at business. On the other hand, the Sinhala race was very lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. This is the reason why, when it came to white color jobs in the Ceylon Civil Service the colonials gave preference to Ceylon Tamils of North and East. The Tamils were holding top positions in the government service where as the Sinhalese were working as peons and drivers. Like what Soulbury says, the English were jealous of the Scots, the lazy Sinhalese were jealous of the hardworking Tamils.

      You (Sinhalese) attacked the unarmed non-violent Tamil protesters from the days of independence, you Sinhalese looted us, killed our people, broke our limbs, and burnt our houses and properties to the ground, overnight we were reduced to the state of beggars. You drove us from our homeland and we became refugees begging for alms we lived on the handouts given by foreign governments there was no sense of shame left in us. But you could not do one thing. That was to remove our indomitable spirits and our work ethics (work is worship). Within a matter of thirty years we have become one of the most powerful Diaspora in the world. The Tamils have become experts in everything good as well as bad, jack of all trades. Today there are more than a million Sri Lankan Tamils (Diaspora) around the Western World from North America to Australia/New Zealand doing extremely well. All our children are attending the top class universities in the World. You made us beggars and refugees but it only took us a very short time to bounce back and become millionaires in our host land.

      Today, with our money and vote bank we are able to influence and lobby the western politics/politicians. We have only become second to the Jews, who were driven out by that monster Hitler. We have become rich and strong, just like the rich Jews controlling the American politics the rich Tamil (Diaspora) are now capable of financing election campaigns in the West. In another few years we will be as powerful as the Jews.

      We and our children have become millionaires in our host countries. Our children have achieved what they could have never achieved in Sri Lanka. Most of them are top most professionals in their chosen field, whether it is medicine, science, engineering, IT technology or even space travel. We have become an important partner in the development and the progress of our host countries. How did we achieve this status from being beggars thrown out as refugees from our homeland? To transform ourselves from Tamil refugees into such a powerful block, into top businessmen and professionals? Our determination to achieve our homeland.

      When the Jews were thrown out from their land and humiliated and killed in tens of thousands, they migrated to the West as refugees. Today they are not only one of the richest nations all over the world but they are also manipulating and controlling the Western politics and the World politics. The Tamil Diaspora is following exactly what the Jews did. They are determined to achieve their goal. This is not an internal domestic SL issue anymore. We have globalized/internationalized the issue where Uncle Sam and the Western powers are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora to interfere. Right from independence when we the Tamil countrymen of Sri Lanka asked you peacefully to let us live in peace and dignity, without the interference of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony, in our traditional habitat to protect our Tamil identity and culture your inherent Sinhala racism didn’t allow to accommodate the Tamil’s reasonable request, you attacked the unarmed non-violent Tamil protesters. At the end our youth had no choice but to take up arms and today, unfortunately you have to deal with Uncle Sam and the powerful west in order to solve this once internal issue.

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        Do you have any tricks in your bag other than copying and pasting the same garbage in every article Ravi?

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          For Sinhala-Buddhist racists like Siva Sankaran Sarma the truth not only hurts but also hits their raw nerves. Repeating is the only trick.

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            So this is what you end up with when you try to type up something on your own – now I understand why you have to rely on copying and pasting :-)

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              Exactly!!! This time you got it right….

              BTW, copy and paste from whom??? Who typed it before??? Any idea???

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              I did get it right didn’t I – so when you’re not copying and pasting you struggle to string together a coherent sentence. Awfully honest of you to admit it :-)

              So you don’t even remember where you copied it from? Google is your friend, Ravi:

              http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=54671

              No no, don’t tell me, you’re the one who wrote that LTTE propaganda email as well, right? :-)

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              Ha,ha,ha

              Man, your are an excellent joker. We need people like you to entertain us. Now compare that article and my comment and see how much it differs. I have adopted a few important points from it but not the whole thing. No wonder they say you people are only good at gobbling only kavum. Grow up man, grow up.

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              Ravi my slightly dim friend, if you actually read and comprehend things before copying them you’d realise that the article quotes an LTTE propaganda email – this is what you’ve copied wholesale – no sorry, “adopted”, word for word, not the article itself Ravi :-) Now please come up with another tale to cover your tracks and keep the entertainment going.

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            Ha, ha, ha Siva Sankaraa,

            What a great discovery…..

            Man, you must be a real genius, where were you all this time, you deserve a noble prize for this. I never knew there were such intelligent Sinhala-Buddhists like you. You have disproved what the Portuguese said about your race. Even Soulbury seems to be wrong. Man, take extra care of your grey matter (if it is there).

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              What an embarrassment you must be Ravi, to the common “high IQ” Tamil – considering a trained parrot or a photocopier could do a slightly better job in your place.

              But really you should get used to this sort of thing – so you don’t end up throwing your toys out of the pram like this the next time you get caught out. It’ll be good preparation for the rest of your life :-)

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              Great!!!
              Man, I love your funny responses. You seem to be a very good entertainer. A jester was needed for this forum, I think we got one.

              BTW, the whole world revolves on ideas and every idea does not necessarily be your own. If someone has a good idea there is nothing wrong in adopting it. IQ has nothing to do with general knowledge which you gain by reading and adopting good books, articles and ideas of others. General education itself is adopting the knowledge (ideas, discoveries and inventions) of others. May be you need to grow up a little to understand these things. However, please keep writing, I really enjoy your comments and your funny name too.

              One more thing, I will keep on doing what I am doing now and you can keep on catching me. If you love to play the catching game you can continue to catch me and provide the link as usual, I have no objection what so ever and I will be more than happy. The term embarrassment is not there in my dictionary and I am immune to parasites, so do not worry.

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              Yes Ravi, isn’t humanity lucky to have you contributing to the advancement of our knowledge by copying and pasting. Getting a little desperate are we :-)

              I’m not at all surprised about the word embarrassment not featuring in your dictionary – given your performance here so far I don’t imagine many multisyllabic words do. Don’t see how that stops you being an embarrassment to others though ;-)

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              Fully agreed, no issues. You are 100% right. Keep it up.

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        He has displayed and demonstrated the true nature & thinking of Tamils/Tamil Diaspora. Even younger generations who are studying in developed countries have the same ill feeling towards Sinhalese, their parents have indoctrinated them to an extent of no return. I have not come across a single Tamil who are patriotic to mother Lanka but most of them still draw Sri Lankan government pension even though it is a small amount when you convert. Unless our policymakers did take notice of these facts and formulate policies for long term the Eelam issue cannot be resolved.

        Do you know how many asylum seekers have been charged for sexual offences? This is the inherent characteristics there is nothing to boast hardworking Tamils.

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          Jay,

          You are wrong; the SL Tamils are patriotic to their mother Land Eelam. Read what Soulbury has said, he says:

          “I was much impressed by the important contribution that the Tamils had made and were making to the economy of Ceylon – and I was aware that the Ceylon Tamils were better educated and more industrious than the Sinhalese”

          What did the Tamils receive in return for being patriotic and contributing to the economy of SL? The Sinhalese attacked them, raped their women, burnt their houses and shops and are forcefully occupying their Tamil homeland.

          Sexual offence is very common in Sri Lanka and it is one of the inherent characteristics of the Sinhalese more than the Tamils. Even the Sinhala-Buddhist monks are involved in sexual offences, A few incidents among the Tamil asylum seekers has got nothing to do with the Tamil work ethics (hardworking – work is worship). The Tamils have become experts in everything good as well as bad. The bottom line is, they are turning into a strong and powerful Diaspora capable of funding elections in the West.

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            You guys better go to India TN, there you find your ancestors. If Tamils are intelligent and hardworking why so many of your Tamils in India live in poverty? They are the same breed as Eelam Tamils. You guys are divided according to your caste and creed. The lower caste Hindus have no place in your society and you guys vehemently opposed to inter-caste marriages. You guys are hard nuts but try to paint a different image to the world.

            You said you are patriotic to your motherland Elam, do not say you are Sri Lankans when you guys get caught in offences.

            Please note, Soulbury was not 100% correct what he said and predicted.

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              @ Jay
              Can you also come back to Orissa and leave Native veddhas ( NV you can count on me), the same way you ask Tamil people? Because they were much before you landed in srilanka from India, how about following choronological order?

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              Jay

              Tamil Nadu is for the Tamils of India and Tamil Eelam is for the Tamils of Lanka.

              Why should we go to India, Tamil Nadu when we have our own homeland Tamil Eelam? The Lankan Tamils have a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, their historic habitat in the North & East of Sri Lanka as their traditional homeland where they lived and defended for several centuries. Why should we go a country just because they speak the same language? There are nearly 25 Arabic speaking countries in the Mid-East and North Africa. Nobody tells them to go to Arabia just for the sake of speaking the same language.

              In this entire world, ONLY the Sinhalese believe that the majority race in a country are the sole owners of the country and the minority race in a country are stateless aliens and should go to the country where their language is spoken. No wonder the Tamils are asking for separation from such an idiotic race. Soulbury is 100% correct.

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    Of the mistakes made by the Tamil side in the contentious 1950s on that may standout is that in which they chose not to support Dudley.
    That may be because, as a senior leader who was part of the history of that time, told me Dudley had a somewhat anti-Tamil streak. I was told
    when my friend went for a serious discussion – on an important issue of the day – with Dudley, having taken S. Nadesan QC along, Dudley is said to have cut short the meeting, abruptly and rudely, with the remarks there is no point in continuing the discussion.

    The otherwise brilliant mathematician and parliamentarian Prof. C. Suntharalingam, at any rate, had a reputation to seek comfort in controversy than in Nation building, in which process he finds himself alienated both by the Sinhalese – then and in history.

    Senguttuvan

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      Anyone who has had the opportunity to read Susnaga Weeraperuma’s book on Jiddu Krishnamoorthy would have gleaned a facet about Dudley S’s mind when it came to Tamils.
      According to SW when JK was in Colombo on a lecture tour, he was visited by Dudley and his companions.Dudley was in his famous safari kit.He sat himself comfortably before JK holding his unlit pipe and with a swipe of his hand had posed a question as to the political future of the country to which JK had responded ‘the future of the country would depend on how it is governed by the leaders who are elected by it’s people’.
      Dudley immediately cut short his visit and was heard to remark on his way out’What sort of astrologer is he?’
      Susnaga Weeraperuma is now living somewhere in South France.

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    Cronyism and downright corruption from ruling elite from sinhalese and tamils contributed for the countries ills.

    Not only sinhalese but rich land owning tamils from north and colombo was behind this racketeering and poor SL’s got the bad deal.

    Our countries ill health come from bunch of evil self interest bastards with no limit to fraud… all with different areas… We now have new ills like legitimate lands being robbed by high level politicians and also importing of super luxury cars with out paying a single rupee as tax..( using Carnet ).. I was advised to do this since I have few luxury cars abroad … I point blankly refused this and felt how are we going to look after the poor if we start to rob the poor?

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    Truth seems to have stood truth upside down. It is not Lord Soulbury’s fault the we created the mess we have today. It is also not Mr Suntheralingam’s caste that created this mess. On the contratry it is the hate and resentment of the have-nots of yesteryear that created the present mess. Egged on by the hate and resentment of these have-nots a few unsruculous politicians did to Sri Lanka what its worst enemy could not inflict on it. It is called self destruction. Books can be written on the subject citing example after example as to the many ways this has come to pass.

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    I have Tamil neighbors and we live in harmony, All these problems are created by politicians (Tamil,Sinhalese and Muslim) in the country.These are all political agendas, I think we civilians should not get caught to them.

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      Shreeni you are correct.

      but how we, the I R C POLITICOS are going to servive without hidden political agendas, and loot you people’s money.

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      Shreeni De Silva,

      In a country when everything is driven by the crook politicians, how could you say that we ourselves should live in harmony with tamil brothers.

      How many of my Tamil friends got caught to Sinhala mobs in 1983, got their homes looted, many were almost killed with knives,left their homes and businesses and seek shelter in Churches, Hindu temples, schools etc, when we Sinhalese were helplessly watching and many even did not go to their rescue. For how many Tamil neighbours did you give shelter during 1983 riots.

      Very few Sinhalese came to rescue their Tamil Neighbours in 1983. Therefore what harmony you talk about when you cannot even help them when they were murdered by Sinhala mobs, who will do so in the future also.

      Do you think you will still be able to give them shelter if another 1983 Progrom happens. Can any Tamil trust you. Can any Tamil believe you.

      Therefor ewhat harmony you talk about when the Sinhala Mobs start rioting and the Opposition Politicians stay silently.

      I know what the Sinhala mindset is. Specially the Buddhists. They are the most cunning, cruel,underhand, double talk, cowards, juealours, cheeters in the world. Just look at the Parliament members who represent Majority Sinhala Race who could be bought for pennies.

      All the politicians who represent Sinhala race have that same quality. That’s why you still see many Sinhala thugs who are roaming in Colombo streets that could be bought for a packet of cigarettes,Buns or a half bottle Arrack to demonstrate and riot against any opponent, used by the Government while Police witnessing the whole episode doing nothing..

      That’s why you see over 60% of the Government Parliament members were bought for pennies who crossed over from minority parties.

      I strongly have a feeling that Govt. could initiate another 1983 like Progrom to feed it’s starved hainas to rob the minority community including minority religious, races and political parties.

      Many Sinhala monkeys including scholars, academics, politicians, Lawyers,Judges, labourers etc, could be bought for pennies and could be used to instigate another communal violance which GOSL is very well aware of and have already installed a looting reserve force.

      Do you still believe that you could help your Tamil neighbour when the next Govt. paid thugs come again to loot your Tamil neighbour when Police is watching silently.

      What is the Tamil harmony you talk about when the Govt. keeping them under a Volcano to be errupted anytime they plan. Go and see in the Police complaint Books how many Robberies are registered against Tamil Businesses houses and property which are been robbed and which are not been published in mass media.

      What happened to the 10 million Rupee robbery at Tamil Money Exchange at Colpety by the Govt. Security force personnel still not accounted for.

      Every Sri Lankan could work hard to come up in life, but if the rogue politicial Parliament is stealing us left and right including our children’s future, what security you are talking about both for Minority and Majority communities.

      What Lord Soulbery told was absolutely right.

      BRITISH GAVE THE SWORD AND THE CROWN TO A MONKEY WHEN THEY GAVE US INDEPENDENCE.

      Please tell me if I am wrong.

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        I hope you are a Sinhalese with god and nature gifted nuetral mind.

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      Church and the mosque are the major problem. buddhists were silent. Within the next 10 years the other two religions probably over power buddhists.

      Because of the influence of the church and the mosque politicians act that way.

      IF buddhists wants to act the time is right now and not later.

      then Sri Lanka becomes KERALA in which majority hindus are governed by muslims and christians and they call it a socialist govt. IF that happens in Sri Lanka, then govt will eventually and gradually bull doze every ancient buddhist site.

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        Don’t talk nonsense. Hate mongering will not make SL like Malaysia.

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      I agree with you, Shreeni. These corrupt politicians of all religion and races, are destroying this country. looking for a honest politician is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

      Hopefully, one of them will emerge to take us into future.

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    Have the British pollies changed since Soulbury called us stupid?

    Successive British Govts hosted a Tamil Terrorist outfit on their Turf,

    Gave its leader diplomatic privileges and allowed to destroy Srilanka, for 25 years until Bush Jr cracked the whip.

    Still British FM made desperate attempts even to the last minute to save the Terrorists and send them back again in case…..

    British Colonial policy was to marginalize the Sinhala Buddhists all along and deny even a basic education.

    Such was the fear that the British had about Sinhala Buddhists . although they called us stupid,

    Sinhala Vellalas who sucked up to the British big time, were looked after well , with gifts of our own land, well paying jobs and , Anglican and Catholic Schools.

    Until a few Sinhala Vellalas woke up.

    Regardless of whether it was for personal or political reasons is irrelevant as it opened up a window of opportunity for the Sinhala non Vellalas.

    Still it took another 30 to 40 years for the Sinhala non vellas, who are mostly the poor to get someone who is really keen to lift the Nation out of the pathetic situation this land was placed in.

    Now Srilnka is a middle income nation.

    And it was achieved only in a short time of less than 5 years..

    British Colonials ruled it for 150 years.

    Not a bad effort by stupid Sinhalese.

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      K A S S;

      Sinhala Vellalas????????????.

      what is that???????.

      is it Squre or round??????.

      AND PLS TELL US , HOW SINHELA BUDDHIST YOU ARE?.

      I MEAN SINHELA, NOT SINHALA OR SINGHALA.

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      Yes British safeguarded the Sinhala Vellalas now handed over to Nattamis. Who is safeguarding the current Nattamis who are bought for Pennies now in Parliament, Judiciary, CJ, Police and all Govt. institutions.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0weHhnOTu5Y

      What happened to all the schools that Henry Olcott built.
      What happend to all the Swords, gems, ancient coins that British preserved all the time and now Kangetta robbed it. What is Hora- scope astrologer doing.
      What happened to all the Plantations, Industries, businesses and Administrations that British gave us with Independence.

      Yes now the Nattami Coolies in Parliament and all other Govt. institutions no wander Sri Lanka has become the fake joker’s world disney land.

      YES AFTER ANOTHER RAJAPAKSE MATTALA MUSIUM BEEN BUILT, WAIT TO SEE WHERE THE NEXT RAJAPAKSE MUSIUM GOING TO BUILT WITH NATTAMI KANGETTA’S HELP.

      WE NOW HAVE TOO MANY RAJAPAKSE MUSIUMS RUN BY KANGETTAS.

      REMEMBER BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE AND THE TAMED DOGS LOVE BONES WHEN NATTAMIS TOOK OVER PARLIAMENT.

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    What happened in the post Independence era was the SLFP led coalitions were more involved in destabilising the Private Sector by their Nationalization Policies to scuttle the UNP. With the Nationalization of these profit making ventures and the other Govt. Departments being packed with Party stooges and henchmen the Economy was run to the ground as they became a burden on the Treasury. The masses were lured with Socialist ideals of taking from the ones who have, to be distributed among the have nots. In addition they roused Nationalism to muster their support to co0me to power at the expense of the Minorities and the country. So the masses were expecting the govts to provide for them and at the same time give Nationalism, Buddhism and Snhala pride of place over others, while the economy of the country was hitting rock bottom. While this was happening, the Politicians who came from the bottom rung shamelessly and fearlessly amassed wealth to become ultra rich on the shoulders of a subservient bureaucracy, a mediocrity produced from the Vernacular stream. Therefore is it any wonder the SLFP govts having destroyed the Haves in the country are expecting to solve the problems of the masses today. If not for the resucitation of the Private Sector after ’77 that is helping the Govt with a Revenue today, I wonder what the govt could do without such revenue to run this country today? Leave alone development, even to foist Nationalism?

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      Gamini,

      You are truly correct. Yes it was the the SLFP/ LSSP coalition that ruined our country. The very crook rogues mindset was to paralyse private sector who were UNP supporters both Financially and Politically.
      By taking over all Sterling companies they thought they could do a better job. But those companies went to East Africa and started growing Tea, rubber, coco, etc, which are world market leaders today.

      What Nationalise of Companies the Govt.crooks talk about where my Bill say he cannot even go to the bathroom in his shop without keeping his wife or a relative at the counter. As 10 minutes is enough for his workers to polish the shop. Hope you saw 1983 riots.

      Also then SLFP and LSSP wanted to keep the citizen under their bond and through Nationalised corporations they provided jobs to their party goons to keep their vote base while giving unnecessary, unethical and unwanted wasteful incentives.

      Read today’s Lanka Truth Headlines…..”People burdened with ministers colossal electricity & water bills”

      http://www.lankatruth.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4965:people-burdened-with-ministers-colossal-electricity-a-water-bills-&catid=36:top-stories&Itemid=124

      It say….The electricity bill paid by the ministry of a powerful minister of the government for his official residence during the months of October and November last year was Rs. 246,849.96. The bill paid for the period from 12.10.2012 to 08.11.2012 was Rs. 125,735.68 while the amount paid for the period from 08.11. 2012 to 06.12.2012 was Rs. 121,114.28.

      The water bill of the minister paid by the ministry to the Water Supply and Drainage Board for the period from 03.12.2012 to 04.11.2012 is Rs. 45,434.46.

      Accordingly, the monthly electricity and water bill of the minister is about Rs.200,000. The electricity bill of certain cabinet ministers is said to exceed Rs.350,000.

      Therefore we kindly request CT to please do some research and publish the the names of the ministers and their Electricity and water and Telephone usage Bills for the last six months including the President’s house.
      Are these the rogues who came to power to serve their Citizen.
      These amounts are like they are living in the Empire State Building.
      We need their names and the amount of Electricity and water and telephone usage bills.

      We know the Prime Minister was in a Singapore Hospital for over two Months and then in USA Hospital(John Hopkins-Baltimore which is one of the most expensive hospitals in USA where the daily stay alone could cost over 2,000 US Dollars) for over a Month. Could you find out how much his hospital bill was and who paid it.

      Also Duminda Silva was in a Singapore hospital for over ONE AND A HALF YEARS.

      THEREFORE CT, COULD YOU PLEASE FIND HOW MUCH THESE BILL WERE AND WHO PAID THEM.

      Also please publish these in Youtube so all could see the truth.

      Thank you.

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    Usual story; same old suspects gnawing on an old bone. Sri Lanka’s greatest misfortune was the unwritten pact amongst the educated classses; some slithered away to foreign climes and became long-distance Sri Lankans, others stayed at home, kept their heads down and suck up to the thugs that moved in on the body politic to run our affairs. So for 65 years, men (and women) of erudition and integrity who should have taken leadership roles in running the country instead toiled away in far climes propping up other peoples communities or at home keeping a low profile and a sharp eye over which way to turn in order to keep body and soul together without a ride in that legendary white van. So why should we be surprised when the likes of the Rajapakses, Mervy Silva’s, Weerawanses, Ranawakes et al screw us every which way and their progeny cause mayhem in the style of Qaddafi/Saddam offspring. And the alternative on offer is No-Cojones Ranil W who, with no shame, clings on to the title of ‘Permanent Leader of the Opposition’ The Tamils used the same template and defaulted leadership of their disunited community to a half-educated psychopath who led the country a merry dance, but did not have the sense, having made his point, to know when it was time to stop and save his people the abject misery that they find themselves in today. And we shall continue the long distance sniping in a second hand language………..

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      I feel bad about this, but I really cannot disagree with anything you’ve said above. Being educated (especially in the fields of governance, public policy, political science, international studies etc.), capable, talented and hard-working AND Sri Lankan can at times be a very frustrating reality…indeed.

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    G G Ponnambalam was perhaps the most enlightened Tamil politician of his era. He did not consider federalism to be a solution for Sri Lanka. 50/50 was a concept to prevent tyranny of the majority. Unfortunately, the opportunistic Sinhala politicians misguided the people. It is still continuing with JHU, BBS and Sinhala Ravaya trying to enforce tyranny of the majority!

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      I agree with you some extent that GGP’s 50:50 model should have been worked well under a unitary system for a united Sri Lanka. The Sinhala fundamentalism would have no chance to take control of the nation if there was a 50:50. Sri Lanka is a good example where majority democracy can be very dangerous to a country. This democracy system has lead to the continuous violence in this land and the country has fallen in the hands of dictatorship where rule of law and justice is a nightmare?

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    Interesting read, but quite inaccurate.. Every Scot did not learn English to get better employment opportunities in England, they had to do so as Gaelic was banned from official use in the United Kingdom in 1746 (and remained so for the next 200+ years).. As a result today even Scotland’s ‘de facto’ anthem is sung in English.. Also the Scots got disproportionate prominence early on in the Union because it was ruled by kings of the Scottish house of Stuart.. I am doubtful if the viscount wrote this letter at all, how could he make such misinformed comparisons?

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    But the English were never so stupid as to antagonise the Scots.

    Is that a bad joke or what. The Scots have fought the British since 596. There is still a movement for independence in Scotland.

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      Hasn’t David cameron promised a referendum to the Scots on the subject of a separate state?

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    You call it Sinhala Stupidity?

    I call it British Incompetence.

    Examples: Ceylon, India, Palestine, Iraq, Burma, Malays, Singapore, many had to sort it on their own.

    Ceylon i still sorting it out.

    India not yet. Jammu and Kashmir still hanging.

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    Ravi! I can partly agree with you. However your comparison, i.e “Tamils to Jews” is very bad and in a sense it’s too much. Tamils will never understand the West (Europe and America) thus they will not able to control them in political thinking and diplomatic acts. Your superiority complex, in education and hard working nature, made you lose almost everything by your stupid leader VP.

    It is not mere only Tamils, almost all Asians do well in Western countries. Sinhalese or Muslims are 2nd to none. Opportunities are the basic.

    Hypothetically speaking once you gained what the Jews have gained then we do not need to tell how your behavior would be. The entire world would say Jews are better than Tamils. Mark my word.

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      Ahmed Nadvi

      Mr. Elie Wiesel, the well known holocaust survivor and the winner of the Nobel peace prize, raised his voice against the Sinhala state because he thinks the plight of Tamils is similar to the Jews.

      The Jews didn’t get Israel on a platter. They had to sacrifice more than 6 million people. Initially, Britain, USA, Canada, Switzerland and many other countries shunned the Jews, refused to accept them as refugees and also called them economic migrants. Many of them were deported and died in the Nazi concentration camps. Those anti Jewish actions of the world made Hitler think he could launch his Final Solution without opposition from the West. It is similar to what Mahinda did. The Jews sacrificed much more than the Tamils to get a country for themselves.

      The Jews not only understood the West (Europe and America) but they were also able to control them in political thinking and diplomatic acts. If the Middle Eastern Jewish refugees could do it, why not the Tamil Diaspora?
      It was not our superiority complex; we were naturally superior in education and hard working nature, even Soulbury says the Tamils were

      The Jews went through more trials and tribulations than Tamils, but look at them now. We are learning from the Jews to strive to become richer than all our enemies. The financial clout will give us the political clout to take on the poor Sinhala state.

      What makes you think that we lost everything? The Sinhalese are the Tamil’s historic enemies and they are forcefully occupying our Tamil homeland. We have only lost the military battle on the ground but our struggle for freedom has never seized.

      Of course, we are in the process of gaining what the Jews have gained; you have to wait a few more decades to see what the entire world would say.

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        Let me guess Ravi, more stuff you “adopted”, from the nutjob Thivya’s posts here?
        lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/10/48990_2_space.html?CH11255960483375EN1

        Or maybe you both “adopted” it from the same source – I always thought “Barber Chelvam’s ready made propaganda handbook for diaspora halfwits” was just a myth. Either way, you’re not exactly living up to your fabled superior Eezham Tamil intelligence :-)

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          This guy is really funny.

          Man, this is not an academic research paper or an assignment where plagiarism is considered as an offence. I have a collection of valuable quotes, paragraphs, articles, e-books, etc written by various people on SL politics from which I extract/adopt important one liner or even paragraphs to enhance my comment. I do not think there is anything wrong it that. If it is copied 100% you may have to quote the source, not otherwise.

          If you get a pain in your ass when you see my comments which includes something that you have already read before, I cannot help you, this is my way of commenting.

          Now stop nitpicking others and get a life.

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            So basically Ravi, you haven’t a single original thought in that melon of yours so have to copy and paste what others have written. Gotcha. That’s pretty much been my point all along :-)

            Funny thing I’ve noticed – the ones, like you, who keep banging on about how ‘superior’ Tamils are often don’t turn out to be the sharpest tools in the shed.

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              Man, you are still looking at my fingers when I am pointing at the moon. However, I do not mind playing this game with you. So, anyhow I am going to continue my cut and paste business and you can continue to catch me if you enjoy it. I have no issues.

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              Siva Sankara Sarma,

              Even Soulbury forgot to mention all the good qualities of the Eelam Tamils. The Ceylon Tamils enjoyed acceptance by the colonialists because of honesty, hardworking, clever, educated, industrious, adaptable, flexible, trustworthy, broad-minded, contributors, innovative, agile, dependable, authentic, resilient and full of grit (unlike me the cut and paste expert).

              BTW, this is also a cut and paste and now it is over to you to find the source.

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              What a shame that you missed out on those coveted features then. Not to worry though, your glorious colonial masters valued servility and pliability above most – so as long as you’re not missing all the standard We Thamizh traits you would’ve done fine in one of the more.. traditional roles.

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    The politicians take lot of trouble to publish a manifesto before the election and conveniently abandon it after election. I personally witnessed the riots in 1958, 1977, 1983 etc. and feel that Sri Lanka is not a safe place for any peace loving people to live. Buddha’s preaching are not practiced. There is no law and order in the country. What is needed is a ‘constitution’ similar to that of a developed country with sufficient safe guards for freedom of expression and rebuild the country. To start with we may need a dictator like what happened in Singapore. Otherwise we will be heading towards a country like Somalia.

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      The problem is to we will have no hand in tailoring the dictatator. Rarely are they benevolent and visionary! Lee Kuan Yue was a democrat ,scholar, and visionary who used a little bit of dictatorship to mould the city-state to become what it has.

      Dr.RN

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        Lee Kuan Yew also made Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Inc. His family still runs Singapore as their fiefdom.
        He changed Singapore from Malay majority to Chinese majority.

        I am sure you know all these facts Dr.RN. Its intellectual dishonesty not to point out the negative.

        I am slightly inclined to take the negative for economic security, i.e. almost a pact with the devil.

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          sbarrkum,
          Read the list of names and qualifications of the ministers in Singapore. All are highly qualified and experianced in their fields and were thus chosen.
          There are four official languages.
          Education up to uiversity is in english.Now there are Centres of Excellence in medicine,engineering,technology etc.None can survive with bribery,corruption,nepotism & wastage of state funds.

          We have ministers who are unqualified and unfit for their jobs.
          This is the basic fault in our governance.

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          I must respectfully disagree with sbarrkum. Dr LKY did not milk the country or make it his personal fiefdom as did Marcos in the Phillipines and Sukarno-Suharto in Indonesia. LKY developed Singapore into a megastar in the financial-services world and empowered every Singaporean to become rich. He did not get involved in scams or massive bribery rackets although there were substantiated issues with regard to the legal firm Lee and Lee, where they were alleged to have received more work than others. Singapore was not a Malay majority city. The Chinese were the majority in the city when it was part of the federation.

          It must take some imagination to compare out lot with the altruistic Lee family of Singapore. LKY was dictatorial but never cheaply venal.

          Senguttuvan

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      Karthik,

      “I personally witnessed the riots in 1958, 1977, 1983 etc. and feel that Sri Lanka is not a safe place for any peace loving people to live. Buddha’s preaching are not practiced.”

      I personally witnessed the attack by a Buddhist mob, 1958, on a Tamil shop, and heard many atrocities by the Buddhists.

      The root causes are as follows:

      1. Buddhism, Racist Monk Mahanama Sinhala Buddhism.

      2, Buddhist Monks.

      3. They were attacking Tamils. It did not matter if they were Tamil Hindus ( one of the original religions of Lanka, and the religion of the parents) Christians, or Even Buddhist Tamils. So, it was pure Sinhala Buddhist Racism.

      4. It is rather unfortunate that Buddhism was introduced to Lanka, and there are too many Monks. Should have remained Jain or Hindu.

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        Amerasiri,
        Massacres of tamils commenced soon sfter independence.
        The July ’83 pogrom created tamil militancy.

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        3. They were attacking Tamils. It did not matter if they were Tamil Hindus ( one of the original religions of Lanka, and the religion of the parents of LORD BUDDHA) Christians, or Even Buddhist Tamils. So, it was pure Sinhala Buddhist Racism.

        So, if Lord Buddhas parents were Tamil and the Sinhala Buddhist mobs, got hold of them, they would have been attacked.

        Nothing to do with Buddhism.

        It has everything to do with Sinhala Buddhist Racism as prompted by Monk Mahanama.

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          Inability to pronounce ‘ Baldhiya’ correctly was enough reason for many to be killed and more moe to be injured.

          Dr.RN

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    How do we move forward?

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    Ravi,

    I note, among others, an especially relevant part in your response.

    You say that, “When the Jews were thrown out from their land and humiliated and killed in tens of thousands, they migrated to the West as refugees. Today they are not only one of the richest nations all over the world but they are also manipulating and controlling the Western politics and the World politics. The Tamil Diaspora is following exactly what the Jews did. They are determined to achieve their goal. This is not an internal domestic SL issue anymore. We have globalized/internationalized the issue where Uncle Sam and the Western powers are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora to interfere.”

    Some phrases are especially instructive, as when you speak about how the Jews are now “manipulating and controlling Western politics and Word politics”. And then you go on to say, “The Tamil Diaspora is following exactly what the Jews did” and “This is not an internal domestic SL issue anymore. We have globalized/internationalized the issue where Uncle Sam and the Western powers are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora to interfere.”

    You have stated it all, yourself – something we have known and been saying all along. “Manipulating and controlling” is an effective way to achieve your own ends but is hardly the honourable way in which to set about it. But for you, it seems what is important is only that you achieve what you seek. For you, the morality or lack thereof, seems to matter not at all. Is this how your conduct has always been informed? For my part, if I had a similar lack of scruples it is not something I’d choose to flaunt.

    By the way, when you go on to boast about how wonderfully well the Tamils are doing in the countries where they have settled down as refugees, please don’t imagine it is only the Tamils who are doing well there. If you care to note carefully and honestly, you will find there are as many non Tamil Sri Lankans – Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher – who excel just as much.

    In Sri Lanka, pre independence, the Tamils had an advantage over the Sinhalese by way of educational opportunities. I don’t blame the Tamils for that. It is simply that the North and the East had more of the good schools than the south, thanks to the missionaries who found in the North and the East more fertile ground for their endeavours. The Tamils were not the only minority who so benefited. The key to success lay in the level of access you had to an English education, and in that situation, other minorities also stood to gain – the Christians, the rich and the well connected, the urbanites, and so on (sadly, often it is only the Tamils and Christians who are picked on as having been so privileged).

    It is a popular myth, which many Tamils wish to believe and even some Sinhalese share, that the Tamils are more intelligent and cleverer than the Sinhalese. An objective assessment, taking into account the opportunities each community has had will show that no one community in Sri Lanka can legitimately claim to be intellectually superior to another – and I am not speaking only of the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The consideration applies to Muslims and Burghers with equal validity.

    The myth of Tamil intellectual superiority appears to have been effectively popularised in the west by the Tamils who have settled down there, along with the myth of Sinhalese discrimination against them. Unfortunately, their hosts have failed to ask how the Tamils could have obtained the professional success they had in Sri Lanka before their migration to the west if they had indeed been subject to the alleged level of discrimination against them.

    Lord Soulbury was not an unpopular GG, and conducted himself in office with wide acceptance. His many years in the island will have given him good insights into the local scene. And when you read the article carefully, you’ll note that while he says, “I was aware that the Ceylon Tamils were better educated and more industrious than the Sinhalese”, he does not imply that the Tamils were in his view superior. It is also good to note him saying, “I can understand the reluctance of the Sinhalese in the area of Kandy to an enfranchisement of numbers large enough to swamp the electorate”. But the remedy he suggests for meeting the issue of the Upcountry Indian Tamils – that of creating four of five seats exclusively for them – is of doubtful merit. What you would have in that scenario are racially based electorates – not a good thing.

    Lord Soulbury’s concluding remarks are worth noting – “Were I in your shoes I would do all I could to support the U.N.P. and secure the defeat of the present Government.” That advice fell on deaf ears. Instead the Tamils sought to go their own way and seek a communal solution. By the way, Tamil separatist sentiment did not start with SL independence in 1948 and the alleged discrimination that came with it, but goes back at least to the 20s. What happened post 1948 was merely a continuation from there.

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      Fred

      From your long ranting and raving the only thing worth replying is about “Manipulating and controlling”. This is exactly what the Sinhala leadership was doing right from independence, they were manipulating and controlling, so why not we try the same for a change?

      When we honestly fought for our rights in a peaceful manner for over 30 years, the Sinhalese used primitive methods such as inflicting pain (violence) to suppress us. We tried the same violence for 30 years but failed due to certain reasons. Now, let us try what your (Sinhala) leaders had been doing, “manipulating and controlling”.

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      fred,
      Tamils are equally intelligent as sinhalese and others.
      But tamils valued education more than anything,and in hard work if selected for posts in government service which were sought after.
      This is why they prospered,but sinhalese who did not apply their intelligence one fine day woke up to find tamils held majority of government jobs.
      This was shocking and drastic measures followed to correct the ratio.
      All know what these were.

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        justice

        “Tamils are equally intelligent as sinhalese and others.”

        Could you let me know the exact date on which Tamils and Sinhalese became intelligent.

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      It is good to read this comment by Fred amidst all the dross and drivel that the likes of Ravi and his fellow-travellers are dishing out in these columns.It is some indicatiojn that though there may not be much hope of a just society emerging in SL,all is not lost for the existencve of truly dispassionate and responsible scholarship in the island.
      In response to Tamil racista seem able only sputter and repeat follies and it appears even plagiarise!Yes indeed:there is Majoritarian racism as well as minoritarian racism!

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    Ravi,

    You can scarcely complain about my “ranting and raving” seeing that I have not written at greater length than you have.

    So, now it is not the “manipulating and controlling” that you said the Jews employed which you have chosen to follow but what the Sinhalese have allegedly practised. Ah well. I should not complain. Has it not been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

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      Fred,

      I hope you understand the meaning “only thing worth replying”.

      If you read what I have said, it is not just “manipulating and controlling” that the Jews employed. Following the methods used by someone who once faced a similar or worst situation and later succeeded is always a good thing. As for the morality or lack thereof, why worry when our opponents are already practising it in full scale against us.

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        I can assure you my comprehension is as good as yours. Cheers.

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          Yes, I can see how much you are able to comprehend. There is a big difference between ‘being confused’ and ‘pretending to be confused’.

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            Judging from your latest response, it might seem that the affliction is mutual! Cheers.

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    “When the Jews were thrown out from their land and humiliated and killed in tens of thousands, they migrated to the West as refugees…” Permit me to say this is the more recent 1947 episode. The Jews were dispersed during the time of Pharaoh Rameses millennia ago – and that was long before Christianity. I believe The very term diaspora came into use describing the eviction of the Jewish people from their Homeland (Remember the movie Ten Commandments?)

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      “(Remember the movie Ten Commandments?)”

      Charlton Heston the saviour as Moses parting the Red Sea , liberal turned right wing gun loving prominent member of National Rifle Association.

      Do you mean the Tamils and Sinhalese need a Charlton Hestons to lead them out of Planet of the Apes?

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    I just can’t understand what justification this article can bring about now other than an abject lesson on the divide and rule policy of the British Empire. Evident it is by this article that the British favoured the Tamils due to their advanced knowledge of English and the obvious caste and creed clan, probably the mannerisms and dynamism of the tamil Community. They never gave thought to the Sinhalese,Muslim and the Burgher community, not that they were lacking in the same sphere. But, the tamils’ were more accomadative and controllable to the dictat of the British. The lament that the Sinhalese are to be blamed for a Tamil mother not have her children learn Sinhala is unacceptable.
    Unfortunately, the greed of the politicians yesterday and today does not differ in this Country. Self satisfaction and egotism has been sown over the decades and it is now a national issue.
    Perhaps, the kind of Lord Soulbury and the British elite who ruled the Country probably carried their guilt to the grave.

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    Disgust,
    Please read my reply to ‘fred’ above. You will know what happened.

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      You seem to agree to notions, but still, you have not accepted that fact that favouritism and nepotism of the British concurred well with the tamils’.

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        “In 1938, Tamils held 19.4% of the various government department jobs as a result of this investment in education and not because of favor from the British. This is not necessarily an outrageous percentage worthy of legislative level correction “
        – Did the British Divide & Rule Ceylon?
        http://sangam.org/british-divide-rule-ceylon/

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          Anpu… considering the situation at the time, this was high and favourable on the part of the tamils from the British.

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    ANPU:
    Where did you get this figure?

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      CINCINATTUS,
      “Where did you get this figure?” I have already given the source http://sangam.org/british-divide-rule-ceylon/

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        Anpu:
        I checked your source and it too just makes this claim without telling how he arrived at this figure.The problem with this kind of statitics is that we don’t know what methods were used to come to this figure.Did someone go through the list of govt. employees and count the number of Tamil=sounding names and compare it with Sinhala sounding names:Which departments were included?For example did it include PWD overseers and their employes or only those in the civil,judicial service and clerical services?Indeed we need to know how this particularly precise figure 19.4 percent(with even decimal point) was reached.And to what particular point in time this figure applies.
        Some of the Tamil spokesman announe these figures with the flair of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat and imagine that they are helping the cause.I think kind of unsupoorted numbers –and indeed exagerated and inaccurate terminologies –helps the cause at all.I am sure it only hurts the cause and will make people who will support the cause suspicious of the its legitimacy.

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          Addition to my earlier Comment;
          The fact of ther matter is during the British period the Jaffna Tamils –Batticaloa Tamils– were dispropotionally represented in the government services and the professions because there were large number of English schools in the penisula compared to all other provinces including the Eastern province.It was not that Jaffna Tamils were more intellgient etc — as some uninteligient Tamils may well claim– but were able to take advantage of the available opportunities to meet the demand of the market for English educated employees.
          This not anything for which the Jaffna Tamils need to apologise.

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            CORRECTIO TO MY EARLIER COMMENT:
            The fact of ther matter is during the British period the Jaffna Tamils – NOT Batticaloa Tamils– were dispropotionally represented in…

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            The biggest reason is the way property is are inherited and its effect on marriage.

            Among Tamils (and Muslims in Tamil speaking area), land house is passed on to the daughter. If the son/male is to be marriageable material he better have an income, i.e a job.

            Among the Sinhalese the land, house goes to the son (s). So a Sinhalese son/male is always marriageable because at some point he will have house and land regardless of whether he works.

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            Thanks CINCINATTUS.

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            Sri Lanka Index
            The civil service in Sri Lanka was established during the colonial period and in the late 1980s continued to operate in accordance with well-established British precedents. It was hierarchical in structure. At the apex of the hierarchy was a well-defined elite, the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, which was composed of talented men and women chosen by competitive examination. They were well-educated generalists, expected to take a broad perspective in their work in contrast to specialist personnel operating on the lower ranks of the hierarchy. They enjoyed tremendous prestige. Because government employment on practically all levels offered economic security as well as status, competition for civil service and other government positions remained intense. One of the most important sources of Tamil disaffection from the Sinhalese-dominated political system has been their perception that government service opportunities for members of their community were decreasing. This view is borne out by statistics: in the administrative service, the number of Tamil officeholders declined from 11.1 percent of the total during the 1970-77 period to only 5.7 percent during the 1978-81 period. Spokesmen for the Sinhalese majority have asserted that the British traditionally favored the employment of Tamils over Sinhalese in the colonial bureaucracy and that the declining Tamil percentages reflected an equitable redressing of the balance. The percentage during 1978-81, however, was substantially lower than Sri Lankan Tamils’ percentage of the total population (12.6 percent in 1985).
            Especially since the early 1970s, the civil service has been subject to intense political pressures. Under the British-style 1946 constitution, the highest-ranking appointed officials in the government were the secretaries attached to each ministry. But after the adoption of the 1972 constitution, secretaries have been political appointees. This change and the dynamics of patron-client politics have compromised both the bureaucracy’s claim of political neutrality and the quality of its staff. The power of patronage means that each member of Parliament has jobs, ranging from professional positions like school teachers or engineers, to clerkships and menial labor, which the members can distribute freely to followers. The eclipse of Tamil influence in Parliament has meant that such benefits were not generally available to the Tamil community.
            In the late 1980s, about 25 percent of all employment in Sri Lanka was in the public sector. In addition to the civil service, this proportion included the police, the armed forces, and public corporations, which continued to dominate the economy despite Jayewardene’s liberalization policies since 1977 (see Nature of the Economy , ch. 3).
            Data as of October 1988
            (http://www.mongabay.com/history/sri_lanka/sri_lanka-civil_service.html)

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    Racism is as old as the human race. Though Hitler took it the highest point of hatred in the holocaust, Shakespeare’s villain Shylock was also made to be a Jew. The pogroms against races are not limited to any one race and cruelty is not the monopoly of any kind of people. Reading the above comments I detected traces of pride in one’s race or of dislike in that of others, in many of the arguments. Nationalism, race, caste, religion seem to have subverted the views of some writers. All based on something which none of us had anything to do with, for these things are merely freaks of fortune. Shall we throw these things aside and believe only in the aristocracy of virtue and accomplishment?

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