22 April, 2021

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Sri Lanka At The Point Of No Return After A Mere 65 Years Of Independence?

By Nethra Goonewardena

When we were in our youth, life in our physically beautiful country seemed worth living. We had just emerged after nearly 450 years of colonial rule and we had our country back. There was hope in the air of a fresh start whereby all Ceylonese would be given a fair deal. All of us could sniff the air of freedom and look forward to a meaningful future. Bliss indeed was it then to be alive and young. Our national university was one of the best in the developing world if not in the world at large, our politicians listened to and sought advice from the educated segment of the country, our institutions were functioning as they should as there was respect for our Parliament, Judiciary, the Public Service and our Press from all citizens including our political leadership. Talking of the latter, those who entered politics then were educated and people of reasonable means. Those who aspired to high office utilized their personal finances to manage their election campaigns and conquests. Today, in sharp contrast, men and women of no means, for the most part, enter politics, become millionaires overnight, and, to add insult to injury, they and their offspring flaunt their ill-gotten wealth in the most tasteless fashion imaginable!

The destruction of our national institutions that began with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike (1956), continued with Sirimavo Bandaranaike(1970) and that almost ended with J.R. Jayewardene(1977), is virtually complete today under Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Our political rot began as soon as we set about the process of our post-colonial state formation in 1948. The key task before our leaders was national integration. We started with what we thought was a project of undoing the harm done us by our colonial rulers. What we ought to have done was to put right the shocking errors committed by the colonialists and their local collaborators and keep intact the good that was done by them, not throw away that good along with the evil. In a sense, our national integration project was doomed from the start. Under the first independence government headed by D.S. Senanayake, we disenfranchised the plantation Tamils because our Kandyan ‘elites’ thought they should be disenfranchised. These plantation workers had kept our economy going whilst suffering near awful living conditions and receiving a pittance as wages. Our Kandyan ‘elites’ and the non-elites alike, disregarding the dignity of labour, considered it below their station to do an honest day’s work and refused to work on the tea plantations, which is what made it necessary for the import of this indentured labour from southern India in the first place. The political need to disenfranchise these plantation workers arose from the fear that they would vote en bloc for the Left as the Lanka Sama Samaja Party had by then either successfully unionized or were about to unionize them. Instead of bringing together all our different ethnic groups and building a united country, we thus began on a note of division that has dogged us to-date and played havoc with our nation-building project post-independence.

The next significant error of Sri Lanka was also committed by the government led by D.S. Senanayake. That error was the ‘disenfranchisement’ of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike from the United National Party (UNP) leadership. Bandaranaike, the Leader of the House of Representatives, Minister of Health and Local Government, was heir apparent to succeed the ageing Senanayake. But a combination of tradition (handing things down from father to son, in this instance from D.S. to Dudley Senanayake) and political intrigue led to his being sidelined. Before he could suffer from the ultimate insult of being dumped politically, Bandaranaike quit the UNP and in 1951 formed his own party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). From all accounts of those close to the UNP leadership of that time, it was widely known that Bandaranaike’s arrogance and cocksureness were key aspects of his personality that made some of the UNP stalwarts of the time wary of handing over the leadership of the party to him. There might also have been a degree of envy on the part of the less enlightened members of the ruling party that contributed to this fateful sidelining. Whatever may the reasons be, this sidelining of Bandaranaike has had dire consequences for Sri Lanka.

Bandaranaike was a politically ambitious man scorned. It is said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Until Bandaranaike began his counter-offensive on the UNP, we did not realize how much more damaging and destabilizing would be the fury of this scorned ambitious man. He exploited ethnicity and religion to come to power, throwing education and principle to the winds. The Buddhist Sinhala lobby, like the Jewish lobby in the United States and the Hindu nationalist one in India, plays a significant role in our national politics to the detriment of the body politic in our country as the Jewish lobby and the Hindu nationalist lobbies do in the United States and India respectively. There was a resurgence of narrow religious and ethnic nationalism in Ceylon immediately after independence and this revival resulted in the agitation for a special status for Buddhism and for the Sinhalese. Hence there were various social, political and economic forces at play in the early 1950s countering any moves made by the early UNP and the Left parties like the Lanka Sama Samaja/Equality Party (LSSP) and The Communist Party (CP) to build and nurture a Ceylonese nationalism. Disregarding the positive developments around him as represented by the inclusivist policies of the UNP and the Left, Bandaranaike chose to exploit ruthlessly and without compunction the narrower extremist Buddhist Sinhala nationalism to win the national leadership in 1956 and this, sadly and tragically, was the beginning of the end for Sri Lanka.

Bandaranaike was a prisoner of the Buddhist Sinhala nationalist extremists who had helped him to come to power and this latter group was now demanding their pound of flesh. They wanted the ‘Sinhalisation’ and ‘Buddhisification’ of Ceylon overnight. Bandaranaike began by introducing ‘Sinhala Only’ and dethroning English as the official language of Ceylon. This dethronement of English and replacing it with a national language, in and of itself, was not a bad thing to do. But, his inability to give similar prominence immediately to the other national language, Tamil, and also preserve English as a language to bridge the gap between those who spoke only Sinhala or only Tamil was a monumental mistake. Under the enormous pressure of the extremist forces that he had unleashed in order to capture political power at all costs, Bandaranaike had no option but to do away with English overnight and seek to replace that language with Sinhala (and later, Tamil) in an apparent bid to usher in equality. All that Bandaranaike succeeded eventually in achieving was a ‘degradation of equality’. He thereby also succeeded in opening our national Pandora’s Box. The hasty introduction of Sinhala to replace English without giving Tamil its due place paved the way for narrow ethnic nationalism that, with the passage of time, degenerated into violent ethnic conflict. Today Sri Lanka is a country tragically divided along ethnic lines. The first casualty of this awful ‘Sinhala Only’ policy were the Burghers of Ceylon, the descendants of the Dutch and the Portuguese colonialists, a colourful segment of what used to be Ceylon’s wonderful ethnic mosaic.

The second casualty of ‘Sinhala Only’ was the non-Sinhala segment of Ceylon, made up of the Tamils and Muslims of the island. The anti-Muslim project is ‘thriving’ as we write. Its latest target is the Maharagama branch of the Muslim owned business enterprise named ‘Nolimit’. The Bodu Bala Sena (“ Buddhist Force”) is actively seeking to disrupt inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony, to the meagre extent we have it today. The Buddhist Force’s avowed aim reportedly is to make Sri Lanka a Buddhist state in which the other religious groups can remain intact so long as they play a subordinate role to Buddhism. It is not different from their attitude to ethnicity. The ‘logic’ of this Buddhist Force (one suspects it is the militant arm of the Jathika Hela Urumaya /JHU as the ideology is identical) is that Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese. Other ethnic groups can and should accept the pre-eminence of the Sinhala majority and make do under the benign supremacy of that majority. This attitude is reminiscent of the late President D.B. Wijetunge’s viewpoint that the Sinhala people are like the sturdy tree on which other ethnic groups like the Tamils and Muslims can entwine themselves and draw nourishment and sustenance from their generously mighty host!

To return to our historical narrative, while S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was doing his bit to dismember Ceylon, the Tamil politicians were faring no better. These Tamil ‘elites’ had split, along personal rivalries and jealousies, into two factions, and the Tamil Congress that housed them all at the beginning under the mercurial leadership of G.G. Ponnambalam was now divided into two: the Federal Party under the leadership of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and the other lot comprising of the remainder of the Tamil Congress. Both political entities played games from the word go. To begin with they were believers in the pernicious caste system and wanted to keep all the non-vellalas out of the general scheme of things. They, the vellala masters, would take care of things so long as the ‘low’ caste rest kept quiet, voted them in at elections, and remained grateful for the morsels that fell off their vellala tables. Meantime they said and did one thing in Colombo and a diametrically different another in the north and east of the island, invested in land and property and in commercial affairs outside of the arid north and east . These Tamil political leaders were the latter day Jekyll(s) and Hyde(s): advocates of a separate state when in their constituencies and partners for national unity when in Colombo. The duplicity of the Tamil politicians was matched by the insincerity of their Sinhala counterparts. These latter, taking a leaf out of their tribe in the north and east of our island home, got used to the habit of exploiting the under-educated members of the Sinhala majority. The goigama Sinhalese and the vellala Tamils thus became a potent and explosive mix. Initially there was a compact of convenience cemented by caste and class between the goigama Sinhalese and the vellala Tamils to share the spoils of political power. The rest of the country was asked to put up or shut up which, for the most part, they did in the early years following independence.

The above-outlined state of affairs apparently worked until 1971, at which point the youth of our country decided to challenge the establishment. It was the marginalized youth of the south that fired the first shot. The marginalized Tamil youth were not too far behind. Though the Tamil youth banded themselves together around the early 1970s and committed sporadic acts of violence at that time, their major salvos were fired only in the 1980s. The more enlightened amongst the youth wanted both segments, that is, the disaffected non-elite Sinhalese and Tamils, to fight together to defeat the upper class/caste oppressors. But that, sadly, was not to be as the narrow and intransigent Tamil nationalists saw to it that the progressives amongst the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese would not be allowed to come together. And we know now where such tragic dissipation of Ceylon’s youthful energy has taken the country. To the point of no return as the title of this essay asserts.

What Bandaranaike began in 1956 has come full circle today. In the intervening years there were isolated times when we seemed to almost recover our lost sense of purpose and get back on track. One such moment was in 1965, when we voted into office the National Government led by Dudley Senanayake. The other was when in 1970 we elected into office the United Front Government led by Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Both governments, however, in the end let us down badly. In the first instance, it was ironically the LSSP and CP-led opposition to national unity that largely caused the downfall of the 1965 National Government spearheaded by the UNP in coalition with the Federal party (FP) and a small group of others prominent among whom were C.P. de Silva and Philip Gunawardena, formerly of the SLFP and the old Left respectively but now belonging to minor new political formations. Ironic because it was the LSSP leaders Colvin R. de Silva and N.M. Perera who stood for equality of all Sri Lankans up to the 1950s, then abandoned their principles and coalesced in the early 1960s with the SLFP now led by the widow of the assassinated S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, that gave leadership to the infamous masala vadai line. It was principally the N.M and Colvin-led opposition that disparaged prime minister Dudley Senanayake (the slogan the Left used to brainwash the Sinhala extremists was Dudley ge badey, masala vadai) and his national government. These were the men who stood for parity of status for the Sinhala and Tamil languages and talked of equality of all Sri Lankans in their heyday up until their fateful fall in the early 1960s when they, too, like lesser mortals before them, sacrificed principle for expediency and succumbed to the temptations of political power in the form of crumbs from the SLFP table! Perhaps it was their dismal performance at the 1960 general election, when they contested 101 seats and faired abysmally, that convinced the Left leaders that they will not be elected into office on their own steam. Hence the clutching of the ‘saree pota’ of Mrs. Bandaranaike to parachute into power.

In the second instance in regard to the government of the United Front of 1970, it was the uncongenial coalition of such disparate partners as the SLFP, LSSP and CP that let the people of Ceylon down. The right wing of the SLFP led by that evil genius of the SLFP, Felix Dias Banadaranaike, destroyed the so-called ‘golden brains’ of the Left. Having compromised virtually on all of their principles, the LSSP and the CP were ingloriously kicked out of the government in 1976. Mercifully the people of Sri Lanka put these now ageing men of the old Left out of their misery by booting them out of public office for good and all in the evening of their lives in 1977. The entirety of the old left was wiped out in that dreadful victory scored in 1977 by the other evil genius of Ceylonese politics, Junius Richard Jayewardene. Both evil geniuses, Felix Dias Bandaranaike and J.R. Jayewardene, by the way, were children of two judges of the Supreme Court of Ceylon at a time when clowns of the kind we find in our Supreme Court today like Mohan Pieris and Shiranee Tillekewardane were not even accidentally permitted to be anywhere near Aluthkade! We thus see how badly our national institutions have broken down today to the detriment of our beloved country.

The destruction of our national institutions that began with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike (1956), continued with Sirimavo Bandaranaike(1970) and that almost ended with J.R. Jayewardene(1977), is virtually complete today under Mahinda Rajapaksa . It is an interesting coincidence that both the governments of 1970 and 1977 gave us two autocthonous Constitutions, The First Republican Constitution of 1972 did away with the Soulbury Constitution that came into being in 1947 immediately prior to independence. This 1972 Constitution was replaced by the Second Republican Constitution of 1978. Despite glaring shortcomings in both these home grown Constitutions, all was not yet quite lost. There was a glimmer of hope left as our Judiciary managed to survive the machinations of the two Bandaranaikes and Jayewardene-headed governments. ‘Beeshanaya and Dooshanya’ Ranasinghe Premadasa and well meaning though erratic Chandrika Kumaratunge were not exactly models of democratic leadership, but, bad as they were, even they could not totally destroy our social fabric despite the horrors of Premadasa lackeys like A.J. Ranasinghe, H.L.D. Mahindapala, ‘Anuruddha Tilakasiri’, DIGs A.C. Lawrence, Sylvester Joseph and SSP Ronnie Gunesinghe and Sarath Silva, Anuruddha Ratwatte, and the PSD goons of Kumaratunge , to name only a handful of villains. It is important to remember that despite their villainy, these botlickers and lackeys of our earlier political leaders were not as crass or as incompetent as their counterparts under Mahinda Rajapaksa. Today we have hit the lowest depths imaginable. One needs only to look at the Silvas, Mervin and Duminda, suspected and not brought to book murderers, for confirmation although several others unnamed here are not too far behind.

If we have not hit rock bottom today, how else would we have a Mohan Peiris play the illegal role that he does in Aluthkade supported by the Hettiges and Tillekewardenes? Loosest of loose cannons like Rajpal Abeynayake at Lake House and SLBC, Lucien Rajakarunanayake and Bandula Jayasekere in the Presidential Media Unit, Ambassadors of the kind of Jaliya Wickremesuriya, Asitha Perera, Palitha Kohona, Sarath Kongahage, ministers like Nimal Siripala de Silva, Basil Rajapaksa, G.L. Peiris, Sarath Amunugama, Bandula Gunewardena, S.B, Dissanayake, Rishard Bathiudeen in our Cabinet, and suspected murderers and drug dealers like Mervin Silva and Duminda Silva as bosom buddies of our president? Then there are the other brothers of our leader, the extraordinarily powerful Secretary to the Ministry of  Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the remarkably pliant Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. Nor are these all! We also have the three mediocre presidential sons who are doing their bit to make our country their fiefdom. What chance is there for the survival of national institutions given these lowly types that call the shots? We are surely at the end of the road as a viable modern state.

G.L. Peiris, so fond of rubbishing all and sundry except himself, does not realize what a standing joke in poor taste he has become within the educated segment of our country and outside our shores. His vile political ambition has made him sacrifice any scruples he may have possessed prior to entering politics in 1994 after a most distinguished though not unblemished academic career during which he served as Professor of Law, Dean/Law and Vice Chancellor at the University of Colombo. Peiris’s unscrupulous and chameleon-like character becomes more apparent when we focus on the fact that this once remarkable man of letters has been a member of every government, regardless of which political party headed it, since his entry into politics in 1994. His uncanny knack for shifting allegiances and ability to hoodwink successive heads of state of Sri Lanka are as noteworthy as they are frightening. Imagine what we citizens might be in for if Peiris were to realize his political ambition and become president of the republic one bleak day! Lest we forget, let us forever bear in mind that G.L. Peiris is the man, as Minister of Justice in the mid-to-late 1990s, who manipulated the appointment of Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake as the first woman justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka when he failed to ensure his former Law Faculty colleague succeed him as Professor at the University of Colombo. It is the same man who was, among several others, at the forefront of the illegal impeachment of a few days ago of the very same Dr. Bandaranaike, the Chief Justice. Could ambition ever be made of sterner stuff? Could any other man in national politics today be leaner and hungrier than G.L. Peiris? Perhaps the only other educated person that is as despised as Minister Peiris today is his namesake Mohan Peiris who is purported to have replaced Dr.Bandaranayake. As in the infamous Jayewardene era when we had two Members of Parliament for the single constituency of Kalawana, today we have two Chief Justices in our country!

Our Judiciary today is destroyed, our national press is run by inconsequential mediocrities, our government is run by those who suck up to one Rajapaksa or the other and includes murderers, rapists, drug dealers, land grabbers and worse. Our universities are led by the most despicable bootlickers imaginable. The few decent citizens who try to do an honest job are obstructed at all times by those in borrowed cloaks of power. Our hospitals and schools are riddled with incompetents at the top. Our transport system, which is an apt metaphor for our governance today, is in such a mess that it is a wonder we are able to get from one destination to another and survive to tell the tale. Our bus drivers and drivers of vehicles that escort our potty politicians around are number one killers in the country. Those who drive the politicians around, like the politicians themselves, are a law unto themselves and they are immune from any form of accountability. Not a day passes without our hearing of a horrible road accident. Most bus drivers are either on drugs or alcohol or both while on duty. And the Police (that, by the way, is another highly corrupt entity in our country) never ever arrests any of these lawless drivers. The reason is known to all. The owners of these private buses are senior officers in the Police or their kith and kin. So the drivers of the buses have licenses to kill! A handful of citizens who obey the road rules are penalized if they should make the slightest unwitting error, but the murderers on wheels go scot free. This is but one example of the culture of impunity that prevails in our country today. If one is a toady of the Rajapaksas, there is nothing he or she cannot do. If you are a law-abiding citizen who exercises his right to dissent, you do so at your own risk. There is no guarantee that you will live to disagree with the Rajapaksas on another day! Ask Prageeth Ekneligoda or Lasantha Wicrematunge if you can.

Sri Lanka today makes the headlines for the vilest of reasons. A recent study carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the sister company and research arm of The Economist magazine, based on economic forecasts up to 2030, roughly gives us a picture of the socio-economic conditions that children born in 2013 will face when they reach adulthood. In an attempt to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead, Sri Lanka was ranked 63 in a list of 80 countries. Based on this EIU study, The Washington Post opines that “you are worse off being born in any of these three countries, according to the data, than you are just about anywhere else, including Sri Lanka, a poor hot bed of ethnic violence, oppressive Vietnam or even Syria”. We will soon have yet another press release from Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Rubbisher-in-Chief, the one time Rhodes Scholar, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris rubbishing these research findings as well. The rubbishy Central Bank Governor, Nivard Cabraal, and Sarath Amunugama, the Senior Minister who has nothing better to do but deputise for Mahinda Rajapaksa at international financial gatherings will also jump on the Peiris bandwagon and, with a little help from ministerial colleague Wimal Weerawansa, tell us that all is hunky dory in the ‘Wonder of Asia’. They will then proceed to inform us, backed up by ‘statistics’ only they believe in, that all this EIU research is a part of an international conspiracy to tarnish our unsullied image. This is today’s Sri Lanka.

Now the last nails in the coffin of our island home are being nailed. There is talk of a 19th and 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Given the bankrupt and impotent political opposition in Parliament, it is matter of time before these Amendments come into being. Hence our conclusion that the finishing touches to the project that began with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1956, pushed vigorously forward by his widow Sirimavo with the help of her Marxist hangers on in 1970s, and accelerated beyond imagination by J.R. Jayewardene post- 1977, are now being put irreparably and irrevocably under the guidance of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers three. We are now managing the death of Ceylon instead of nurturing the kind of future we envisaged for ourselves in 1948. The national tragedy of our country is the greater because we did have politicians, civil servants, academics, legal luminaries, diplomats, creative artists , and men and women of standing in our civil society who were eminently competent and capable of guiding and leading Ceylon to greater prosperity and continued glory. I have in mind politicians of the calibre of C.W.W. Kannangara, Dudley Senanayake, M.D. Banda, Vincent Perera, Bernard Soysa, M.H. Naina Marikkar, Gamani Jayasuriya, Mangala Moonesinghe, V.Anandasangaree, Lakshman Kadirgamar, Neelan Tiruchelvam, Sarath Muttetuwegama,civil servants like Gamani Corea, Shirley Amerasinghe, Vernon Mendis, Ben Fonseka, Raju Coomeaswamy, D.C.R. Gunawardana, Neville Kanakeratne, Bradman Weerakoon, M.D.D. Peris, academics such as E.F.C. Ludowyk, C.W. Amerasinghe, I.D.S. Weerawardena, Ian Goonetileke, K.W.(‘Carl’) Goonewardene, Gananath Obeyesekere, Stanley Tambiah, E.R. Sarchchandra, S.Mahalingam, E.O.E. Pereira, Fred Bartholemeusz, Reggie Appadurai, Hilary Crusz, M.S. Sultan Bawa, V.Appapillai, Terrence Seneviratne, Stanley Kalpage, W.R. Breckenridge, Newton Gunesinghe, legal specialists like R.K.W.( Raja) Goonesekere, T.Nadarajah, H.W. Tambiah, M.C. Sansoni, Chris Weeramantry, H.L. de Silva, Neville Samarakoon, A.R.B. Amerasinghe, Mark Fernando, giants of the arts like Lester James Peris, Sumitra Peris, Sunil Santha, W.D. Amaradeva, Victor Ratnayake, Tissa Abeysekera, Gamini Fonseka, Henry Jayasena, Iranganee Serasinghe to mention a few that come readily to mind. But the lesser breeds amongst us managed to keep the good and decent away from positions of influence.

The Sri Lanka government of today instead of being a force for good is a social, political and economic menace to our country.

Only a miracle could save Sri Lanka. But, then, miracles do not happen that easily, do they?

Contemporary Sri Lanka reminds us of the lines from Nissim Ezekiel, a now departed poet friend from India:

I have never been a refugee

Except of the spirit,

A loved and troubled country

Which is my home and enemy

It was Ezekiel, also, who penned:

Confiscate my passport, Lord

I don’t want to go abroad;

Let me find my song

Where I belong .

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    It is sad but true, wonder how they get away with this. But then again I am reminded that the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves. Good Article Nethra. Live in hope atleast I would add , some day when the lighting strikes in various forms, all will be gone, history says so moreover what goes around comes around in double portion. When is the question.

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    Hats off to Nethra, you have read my mind as well as the thousands of fellow non-resident Sri Lankans like myself.

    Its really really sad to read the ultimate truth that you have mentioned on here as a professional, I had plans to return to my blessed isle after 2009 and gods sake, I did not do that.

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    Thanks CT. This is the finest analysis of the sad state of our country.

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    The genie of racism and religonism once released is most difficult to control. The politics of racism and hatred thrives on discriminating and attacking others. The most foremost exponent of racism was Adolph Hitler who deemed that all the ills of aryan race was caused by the jews. Hence jews must be exterminated from the face of europe. His doctrine of nazism found currency in germany and ended with the gassing of millions of jews.

    Closer in time we have the war of Boznia-Herzegovinia where muslims were treated as vermin by the serbs. Thousands were slaughtered in the name of serbian nationalism. Fortunately the international community intervened and put a stop to the killings.

    At home we had our own ethnic war against the tamils. We may deny that it was ethnic but close scrutiny of the events unfolding since independence culminating in the pogrom of black july 83 indicates the ethnic nature of the conflict. This has been stopped but not resolved. Now we have the instigation of the sinhalese against another minority, the muslims, by certain factions of the buddhist clergy. The government refuses to take any strong action against these racist elements. So the situation smoulders and may ignite at any moment.

    It is difficult to comprehend why a civilized government tolerates such overtly racist behaviour and chooses to remain passive. The most likely reason is that it is politically beholden to such elements to maintain its populist power base. This leaves us with the perception of a government driven by racist and communal elements. Certain actions of the govt such as the sacred areas act, sinhala settlements in the north etc add credence to this impression.

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    The Pearl of the Indian ocean is rotting ever since Ceylon became Sri Lanka. As Ceylonese all communities were equal in claiming ownership of this Paradise Island. Research shows that the Muslims in the Island will lean towards the Tamils if the Sinhela were to attack their faith and the rest of the world would sympathize with them. The majority of the peace loving Sinhala people in the Island realises this, however it is apparent that the Ruling family and a few diaspora (who have nothing to lose except their dole) is making a grave mistake in playing to the BBS.

    Did not the sinhela only policy ruin Paradise Isle economically (currently Debt Ridden; pawning its sovereignty) and socially (35 years of Terror)? Did not a Monk sacrifice the life of SWRD for sinhela only? Should not the Past Lessons be a Guide to the Future.

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      I sincerely hope another Monk will help get rid of Sri Lanka’s curse!!

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      The three major events and blunders that V.Prabhakaran did for his downfall …..leave others to a lesser extent.

      1) USA world Trade Center Bombing.
      2) Assassination of Rajive Gandhi.
      3) Closing Mavil Aru sluice gate.

      CLOSING MAVIL ARU SLUICE GATE WAS THE BIGGEST BLUNDER VP DID FOR HIS IMMEDIATE DOWN FALL.

      Three major Blunders President Rajapakse did for his downfall.

      1) Killing 40,000 innocent Tamil people at nanthikandal lagoon.
      2) Sending Gen. Sarath Fonseka to prison.
      3) Impeaching CJ Dr. Shirani Rajapakse.

      IMPEACHING CJ.SHIRANI RAJAPAKSE IS THE BIGGEST BLUNDER PRES. RAJAPAKSE DID FOR HIS DOWNFALL.

      MR and VP ………on same boat.

      MR definitely crossed the RED LINE when he Impeached first ever Female CJ in Sri Lanka history with fraudulent charges.

      HISTORY HAS ALREADY WRITTEN AND REPEATED AFTER 500 YEARS OF EUROPEAN DOMINATION.

      I AM MUCH POSITIVE NOW THAT NORTH IS GOING TO BE A CENTRAL TAMIL HOMELAND AND ALSO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IS UNPREDICTABLE…..…….NONE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP IT…….. ALL DUE TO MARA’S BLUNDER.

      MR SPOILT THE SOUP AFTER WINNING THE WAR AND NOW THE SINHALA PEOPLE ARE HELPLESS AND THEY WILL BE THE MINORITY IN FUTURE SRI LANKA.

      TAKE MY WORD TODAY.

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        Mahela,
        you state three events and blunders VP committed for his downfall.
        1. US World Centre bombing
        2. Assasination of Rajiv Ghandi
        3. Closing of the Mawilaru Anicut.

        1. Controversial as Bin Laden was the paid enemy of the US for full filling the world agendas of the US. Since things have turned out tailor made for the US.
        2. LTTE cadre would have committed the murder of RG, but who benifitted? Today both India and China are close allys of the US and the political leaderships in both countries are corrupt. Do you believe VP would have sanctioned the killing of RG as any child would have known the repeercussions and of all people for VP not to know.
        3. Why did VP close the Mawilaru Anicut? What benifit did VP derive personally and the LTTE in general, other than to hype the Sinhalese and draw the govt. Forces for a staged war. Typical American style with no witnesses and the stage cleared by the Americans even removing the UN from the North.

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          gamini,

          What I ment by these three events were not that they were instigated by VP……but these events payed way for the downfall of LTTE from a liberation organisation to a terrorist one.
          Also both LTTE suicide cadres and child soldiers changed it’s good image.

          1)Yes I agree with your comment. But unfortunately Bin Laden crossed the line…..no matter what his cause is , but not with a SUPER POWER. That’s why you call as a SUPER POWER. You can’t ask questions. You saw it happened in Japan, Vietnam,Yoguslavia,Saddham Husain, Gaddafi, Noriega etc……all those countries are USA’s good buddies now…….even the Afghanistan government.
          As a whole USA is more democratic, honest, proud, independent and a free country. That’s why millions of others trying to go there. Also China is where it is today is due to USA. We have to leave at that.

          2)Of couse VP blundered it. He was given more than his share by India and the International community.But he was too greedy and a selfish person. He killed his own intellectuals who advised him. He not only let down his own people but also devastated their future.VP killing RG, yes I believe so.

          3)Of couse he closed it…..depriving Sinhala people from cultivating their land….and to leave those areas. Also VP tried to use it as a political weapon for a seperate state. but it got backfired.

          I hope MR will learn from VP’s both local and foreign policy issues, as not to cross the red line.

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            Not olny the three reasons given by Mahela for the downfall of the LTTE,It is the arrogance of Prabaharan that lead to the downfall of the LTTE, the deaths of so many Tamil youths and the present situation in the North and East. It should be understood that no Terrorist movement had won the war against their governments. He had two chances of achieving something for the Tamils with the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord and the Norway peace negotation. Both he utterly ignored and failed because of his arrogance. He paid the price and the downfall of the Tamil people. History will repeat itself one day.

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      The Tamil speaking people (minorities) in Sri Lanka who have suffered in the hands of the majority Sinhala speaking people for the last 65 years should atleast now get together as one Tamil speaking nation of Sri Lanka. If the Tamil speaking Hindus, Muslims and Christains join hands as one Tamil speaking nation of Sri Lanka neither the Muslims, nor the Hindus or the Christains will get isolated for the Buddhist Sinhalese to attack us.

      This is the right time that God as given as to join hands as one Tamil speaking nation. If we stand together, nobody can break our strength. This is the ideal period in the history of Sri Lanka for the Tamils and Muslims to join hands as one Sri Lankan Tamil speaking Nation. I pray to God to help our leaders realize this and do not fall prey to the evil Sinhala-Buddhists.

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        Noordeen,
        So, you want ‘Tamil speaking Hindus, Muslims and Christians join hands as one Tamil speaking nation of Sri Lanka’ against Sinhala-Buddhists. But according to Koran, Hadith and Sunna, it is not possible for a true Muslims to be friends with a non-Muslims.

        Do you know that Koran 98:6 says that non-believers (other religious followers) are worst of creatures and 5:51 ask Muslims not to take unbelievers as friends.

        In Hadith Muslim 19:4294 says; “When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [Christians], invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya (tax for religious freedom). If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”. I can quote hundreds of hate verses against non Muslims by your prophet.

        So, as a Muslim your request for Hindus and Christians to fight against Buddhists is opportunistic. Indeed, Koran 16:106 says that there are circumstances that Muslims can tell a lie. So you cannot deceive Hindus and Christians for they see what’s going on all over the world.

        Show me one place in any of the Buddhist scriptures where Buddhists are asked to discriminate other believers leave out hinder them. None.
        Leela

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          Leela

          “So, you want ‘Tamil speaking Hindus, Muslims and Christians join hands as one Tamil speaking nation of Sri Lanka’ against Sinhala-Buddhists.”

          You missed one religion Tamil speaking Buddhists in your clarification of Noordeen’s comment.

          According 1871 Census there were about 12,000 Tamil speaking Buddhists. Where are their descendants? Have you converted them to Sinhala/Buddhist nationalist?

          One more thing let the Sinhala speaking people join the regrouped Tamil speaking people in order to restore the democratic right of all people.

          Restoring democratic rights to people requires clean head, clean heart and clean action. By definition stupid Tamil/Saivaites and stupid Sinhala/Buddhists disqualify themselves from this project.

          Workers of the world unite
          Hackers of the world unite
          Beggars of the world unite
          Veddahs of the world unite.
          ………………..
          ……………

          Somehow we must find a way to exclude, Marxists, Maoist, Monetarists, Peronist, Polpotists, Mafiosi, SPURists,……………Nationalists, …..Nazis, Fascists.

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          Leela,

          In Sri Lanka the non-believers (other religious followers), the worst of creatures are the Singala-Buddhists ONLY. The Hindus and Christians believe in God, they are also Gods creation. The Singala-Buddhists do not believe in God, they are evil created by the Devil.

          There is a very special Hadith written only for the Sri Lankan Muslims. It says; “When you meet your enemies who are Singala-Buddhists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them but keep their women as your slaves (maids & cleaners) … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya (tax for religious freedom). If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands, otherwise destroy their temples and kill those bold headed yellow robed punks.

          In the special Hadith written only for the Sri Lankan Muslims it is said, request all those who believe in GOD (Hindus and Christians) to fight against Singala-Buddhists who do not believe in GOD. It also says the Singala-Buddhists are evil creatures created by the Devil.

          So Leela, I request you to read the special Hadith written only for the Sri Lankan Muslims. It clearly says, join hands with all those who believe in GOD and therefore the Muslims in SL have no problems in joining hands with the Tamil speaking Hindus and Christians to form a Tamil Speaking Nation in Sri Lanka against the evil Singala-Buddhist Barbarians.

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          Leela

          • Buddhism is just memes – cultural viruses that take over gullible minds.

          • Buddhism caused terrorism and war in Sri Lanka.

          • Buddhism is only good for foolish or brain dead people.

          • The aim of Buddhism to become completely detached from everyone and everything? What a stupid faith?

          • There so many different schools of Buddhism, more than there are sects of Christianity. All of them claim to be right but all of them must be wrong. Which is the real Buddhism? There seems to be NONE.

          • Why doesn’t Buddhism claim to have all the answers like a proper religion should?

          • Buddhism teach that nasty things happen to non-Buddhists when they die. So what happens to non-Buddhists. Are they doomed to everlasting hell-fire, or does Buddha send them back as worms?

          • Buddhists are stupid and sentimental about animals

          • Buddhists don’t believe in God

          • Buddhists waste their time in meditation.

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          Liela continues to quote her version of the understanding of the verses of the Islamic scripture. The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted person if they have not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent person if they have already closed their mind.

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        Appalled at this day and age someone calling for a language speaking nation. Please reflect on the ayah – O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (The Noble Quran 49:13)

        Keep away from the evil minded who sow the seeds of hatred and disunity among peace loving Sinhalese Tamils Burghers Musliims and other minorities.

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    NEVER GIVE UP, FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS, SOON WE WILL SEE THE RESULTS.

    ONE SHOULD REMEMBER, LITTLE BOY, DAVID, FOUGHT THE MIGHTY GIANT GOLIATH, AND WON, WITH A MERE SLING AND A PEBBLE.

    WE COULD DO THE SAME.

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    Brilliantly written.

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    Who is that clown in the picture? Can’t see his face. Looks like he’s trying to relieve himself of constipation clinging to a tree :-)

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      Once R premadasa also was like this and he bath the Sri Maha Bodhi Bo Tree with Jasmine Flowers,

      BUT EVERY BODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM.

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      Looks like Merv the perv. If bloody rascals like that are allowed up to the maluwa of the Sri Maha Bodhiya to desecrate the holy tree and dare to presume that they will get any benefit from it, it shows the level to which our society has sunk.

      Might is right…..and that is all there is to it !

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    A true narrative of the unfortunate history of Sri Lanka. The bane of the society are power hungry politicians on all sides of politics. Nethra reflects the thinking of many good Sri Lankans who have become powerless in a country dominated by thugs, scoundrels and rabble rousers.

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    Look at our president putting his head to tree trunk and begging mercy from Buddhism. he is trying pool Sri Lankans. Divide people on religious grounds. Rule with family. This is so far the biggest mistake Sri Lankan voters have ever done

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    an excellent historical analysis quite unbiassed, bold and factual

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    Excellent and factual analysis, thank you so much Nethra!
    Justice will prevail. Rise up decent citizens of Sri Lanka! Throw this thug government out- you have the power.

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    Thank you Nethra. Its look like a detailed Obituary Notice of Sri Lanka

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    In fact, we reached the point of no return in 1978. We did not recognized it.We are not good at seeing danger. We all suffer from too much of romantic nationalism That is out opium.

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    Thank you Nethra for your analytical article to celebrate the 65th anniversary of our independence.
    Let us live in the hope that the ploy of grabing the tree trunk for support will come to an end soon.

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    Dear Madame Nethra Goonerwardena

    many thanks and more Merits for sending a fully factual,elaborated article to our friendly website,

    thanks for Colombo Telegraph publishing this unbiased article.

    ps;
    I would Like to Put My Name Also In the list of
    men and women who did standing in our civil society, who were eminently competent and capable of guiding and leading Ceylon to greater prosperity and continued glory.

    BECAUSE I HELPED MY MULANA BOSSES TO GET THEIR POWER AND DO ALL GIL-MARTS TO BE PLAYBOYS AND AMASS FORTUNES FROM PUBLIC COFFERS.
    “”JULAAMPITYE AMARAYA””
    COFFERS.

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    The greedy,selfish segment of society in sri lanka has been cleverely collected by Mahinda Rajapakse and Family from among parliamentarians and state officials with enhanced pay,perks,position and opportunities for income for future generations,and these necessarily support the ambition of MR,family & cronies to remain in power indefinitely.

    Now the judiciary too have been thus enticed and esconced in position to support and implement this ambition.
    Militarisation of state apparatus is almost complete and thus any revolt by citizens against the despotic governance will be brutally suppressed.
    True patriotism is the need,by those who are willing, for the common good.

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    A Great Book tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, ‘if My people who are called by My name put away their pride and pray, and look for My face, and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’

    In the Hands of this Author is the Power to do Miracles. Perhaps our land would consider His Words…

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      A land filled with good rulers will overflow with Milk and honey.

      But a land ruled by wicked rulers will be made dry an barren.

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    A further attempt by a patriotic Sri Lankan academic in a mode of self-criticism across the ethnic divide. This needs to be applauded. The writer will please permit me to make a few comments, with all due respects.

    While it is common knowledge there is a sharply growing insidious Buddhist Sinhala lobby here from the mid-1950s that has held almost all Govts (except, arguably, that of JRJ) to ransom, it may not be accurate to say the US Govt is held so by the Jewish lobby and the Indian by its own Nationalist grouping. The victory of Catholic John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama in recent times were in spite of the Jewish Lobby in the US. And so the victory of the Manmohan Singh/Sonia G Govt in India against the RSS/VHP Hindu extremists.

    The writer blames SWRD’s politics “sadly and tragically – was the beginning of the end of Sri Lanka” – an assessment with which many cross the country will concur. This truism also should dismiss the often alleged charge the LTTE, that only came around in the mid-1980s -and the Tamils are to be held responsible for the country’s tragic decline.

    Who will disagree with the writer “his (SWRD) failure to give prominence to Tamil and retain English as a gap between those who spoke only Sinhala or only Tamil was a monumental mistake” It was more than that. The selfish move went out to emotionally separate the Nation into more than two. The fear of physical division is still with us.

    “the hasty introduction of Sinhala to replace English without giving Tamil its due place paved the way for narrow ethnic nationalism that, with the passage of time, degenerated into violent ethnic conflict”
    is, arguably, a fair characterisation of events. But my personal view is the majority Sinhalese had a right to see the heights given to their own language, after nearly 500 years of unjust colonial rule where the innocent and helpless majority were sidelined. But SWRD and his Cabinet should have had the wisdom and courage, while enthroning Sinhalese to its due place, not to destroy the edifice we had built on an excellent foundation of English nor abrasively slap on the face.
    In hindsight their problem was the unpredictable monks who had come into taste political power. Banda, Stanley de Zoysa, CP de Silva, William de Silva and other learned men should have exercised magnanimity during that time of victory. They failed – and the country went down the cliff never to regain its tranquility or posture.

    I often am saddened and deeply regret the loss of that great service to our country – in the laws, music, education, sports, administration – by the very talented Burgher community. The writer eloquently describes our Burgher brethren as part of our “wonderful ethnic mosaic” I remember similar words used by my friend the late Reggie Siriwardena when he described the Burghers as an integral part of our beautiful national weave. How one hopes they will return.

    The Tamil leadership in the North-East and indeed the country, with the exception of the Hills, did not split on a leadership squabble between GGP and SJV. The split arose from the Citizenship Act imposed by the DSS Govt of which GGP was part. SJV’s position was the entire
    Tamil leadership should oppose the Act. GGP could not and did not – as he was comfortable as a Cabinet Minister. It was at that stage the visionary Thamil Thandhai SJV remarked “what happens to the Indian Tamils today will befall us tomorrow if we do not stand up” Once again Thandhai Chelva was proven right.

    Dudley’s 1965 National Govt was brought down when our great Left Leaders NM, Colvin, Pieter and others joined the racists in the SLFP and portrayed to the larger Sinhala electorate in the country Dudley’s Govt was a Dudley-Demala hauvla. That campaign on the sickening racial issue was to find target again. Sirima B became PM but the country was slipping towards division. For the first time since independence many people were subject to regular shortage of food at home during her 7 years of power – 2-3 more than what the Doctor prescribed.

    I wonder why in this almost all-encompassing essay the writer forgot to remember the humungous crime by the once Prince of Parity Dr Colvin R. de Silva who arrogantly omitted Section 29C from Jennings’ Constitution without substituting it with another to protect minority interests. That was a message from Colvin which JRJ repeated in July ’83 “the Tamils will from now on have to look after themselves” ???

    As I mentioned elsewhere, it is encouraging the thinking sections of the Sinhala electorate – both English-speaking and otherwise – are beginning to see and debate the National Question afresh and in perspective. This will, hopefully have positive results. It should be discussed more in the Sinhala media.

    Senguttuvan

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    Why do people still continue to call this country Sri Lanka? It become Sri RajaPakistan after the Rajapaksas’ hijacked the presidency and the country in November 2005. No miracle is going to save this country…only the people can save it by getting together and kicking out the Rajapaksas’ and their gola baalayaas. There is no other way.

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    His step brother -Mervin Silva ties the innocent public severants to just trees while he himself kisses Bo tree stems.

    But from the behavior wise, Mervin is guided by MR for forms crimes

    a) through Mervin sort of typical filthy language
    b) through all forms of other crimes like dealing with Drugs and providing heavens for them and directly being invovolved in murder cases like the very recent one in Waragoda – Kelaniya MP murder

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      I am confused, D.A. Rajapaksa was married only ONCE. How did Mervyn become a step brother to Rajapassa & brothers OR ??????

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        DNA analysts could check this in hours- anyway, the masses today would NOT know why MR becomes that silence EVEN in the painful incidents that the MERVIN appu has intentionally involved in – but the head of the govt, stays as deaf as never seen in the past.

        And the most ridiculous will be the fact that Duminda Silva – known rapist and drug dealer set to be free coming days weeks – as Hirunka – victim ^s daughter who even today fought for the JUSTICE of the invt.

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      Rajapakses have created many inner protective circles. These are part of their ruling strategy.

      Other than the regular armed forces and police these are some of the other protective inner cilcles Rajapakses have.

      1)Civil defense force.

      2)Party goons similar to those marauders of Mervin Silvas.

      3)Namal Rajapakses Nil Balakaya.

      4)Gota’s white van abductors.

      5)Gota’s Rakna Lanka security cum defense force.

      6)Rajapakse inner personal security and intelligence unit.

      7)Bodu Bala Sena and Jathika Hela Urumaya…buddhist clergy unit.

      8)100,000 Divi Neguma bill administrative force.

      9)Jana saviya movement.

      10)Tharrunayata hetak movement.

      So this is a considerable inner protective movement.

      Also both S.Hussain and Gaddafi had mor circles….but ultimately failed.

      Who knows what.

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        Yes indeed, he has been creating those links further to the very same style the Gadapi in Libya had then been. This was the reason MR to go there and put his arm around Gadapi several times in his official visits paid to Tripoli. Majority thought it was to seek for further investments – but the reality comes to surface now.

        These are the protective mechanisms of all uneducated leaders that have later turned the countries undemocratic states. Their rhetoric are to manipulate stupid masses.

        And the buddhist clergy of the country is well aware of the fact MR is not that religious as pictures depict. Similarly to his several behaviors with poor farmers even being on mud filled paddy fields – but returning to colomobO, he goes for import lamboginis forgetting the REAL badaginis (hunger states) of the poor masses.

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    After 65 years of independence you lost everything education, examination system, judiciary, law and order, economy….etc. Now more rthan 90% of Korean toilet washers from Sri Lanka, 67% house maids to Middele East from Sri Lanka, Italy and japan waiters and cooks from Sri Lanka. If you born in Sri Lank no school, No University, If you get degree no jobs, if you wanmt to marry no house…etc. Nice country all the real professors are leaving only fake jokers professors are left in the country and work for less than 1000.00 $ per month. Government only issue fake data with Central Bank hechmen. All the institutuions are under one family and their henchmen. Sri Lankn diplomatic mission full of rapists, drug dealers, robbers, commission agents. Parliments and Cabinet full of thugs, muders, rapists, robbers..etc. Temples full of sex criminals and businessmen and political henchmen. These are your achivements of 65 years. Soon UNO embargo on UNHRC in March. 99% of country’s money with one family.

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    The need of Sri Lanka at the moment is is leadership by people with vision.The country a few years back needed good military and political leadership.We got it and the cancer of war was eradicated.But I am sad to see that the next step of trying to resolve the root cause of the problem has yet to take place in constructive manner.All we see is bickering and efforts to gain politically.Can the country mature politically.May be I am the eternal pessimist!

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    Very depressing stuff , have you nothing positive to say ? why the scathing attack on kandyans’ ?

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      Only thing Positive to say is the war victory- but that is as many of the commentators to this and other threads pointed out – is a collective achievement – even the credit was also robbed by force – the stupid masses were in the opinion – the magical powers of his 40year political exp and his greater wisdom were instru,mental. Untold truth of the victory is landed under the carpet -peace is still not to see – not the signs at the end of the tunnel when it is about the solution for the minority^s problems. In the next few months and years are there him and his clans to continue robbing as has been so far. No matter GSP plus or Country ^s national carrier are no longer in better shape – Lamboginis and Roll royce should be imported to the country – according to his pragmatic decisions. Let people with contradictory views protest- the thugs out of colomobo vicinities and from Hambantota are set ready for settle them by their way- as it was became clear in the issue of the illegal impeachment process held by the president unanimously. This is the miracle that we are watching today :(

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    Having spent ten odd years in the university, one lesson I came away with is that very few problems lack a solution. The solution, however, is a novelty in itself. There is the “brute-force” method, then there is the “elegant” way of doing things, and of course there is the “standard method.” Sometimes, as in the famous four-color problem, the solution is best left to the computer. Most important, perhaps, is that after one goes beyond a certain level of complexity, he finds that very few problems exist in isolation. In other words, the problems of economics overlap into the domain of politics and sociology. Discoveries in science lead to new technologies.

    Given all of the above, I would say that the flaw in Sri Lankan political methodology is two-fold: to attack problems using a brute-force method, and secondly, to attack problems in isolation. The brute-force method is inefficient for obvious reasons: it requires vast sums of resources, particularly time. Using the Army to suppress peoples’ right to protest – as was the case with the Tamils – is an example. It would have been simpler (and much less exhaustive) to pursue a negotiated settlement, along the lines of say, federalism, as a means of resolving the ethnic question, before the LTTE came into the picture. Now I also said that attacking problems in isolation is not a good idea. This is particularly true in politics. In politics, even the simplest problems (along with their solutions) can have spillover effects. The Sri Lankan government, for example, did its best to reduce the problem of Tamil grievances to one of LTTE terrorism. In fact, the Tamil grievances – such as unemployment and access to amenities like decent healthcare – are not unique to the Tamil community, but cut across ethnic lines. In a similar vein, by using armed force to suppress even democratic forms of protest from the Tamil side, GOSL has also endorsed the use of similar methods when it comes to other groups.

    As I said, very few problems lack a solution. The ultimate question is, which path one will take to find it.

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    President Rajapakse is planning to hire British and International Law firms,foreign advocacy and activists groups,legal aid and consulting firms, Lobbying groups, advertising and media houses, and plan to spend untold amount of foreign currency to fight next March UNHR session.

    Also MR plan to buy out many UN foreign ministries paying untold amount of foreign exchange, similar to the One and a half million US Dollars paid to Ugandan UN rep.
    Also Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the government is engaged in offering economic bribes to members of the international community in order to overcome the pressure posed by them.
    Please read following web.
    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13A/Feb04_1359992591JR.php

    Also during the Sri Lanka 65 year Independence church service the Anglican Bishop of Colombo Rt. Reverend Dhiloraj Canagasabey called Christians yesterday to be prophets who speak out against unjust systems.

    http://www.ft.lk/2013/02/05/bishop-asks-christians-to-speak-out-against-injustice/

    Therefore unless all country loving citizens speak against unjust while speak openly for their rights, liberty and freedom, MR will use all his weapons to silance the mases with fake patriotism.

    What my prediction is….. I AM MUCH POSITIVE NOW THAN EVER WITH ALL THESE SPENDING AT UNHR STILL NORTH IS GOING TO BE A CENTRAL TAMIL HOMELAND AND ALSO REST OF THE COUNTR’S FUTURE IS UNPREDICTABLE.\

    NONE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP IT……..AND ALL HAPPENED DUE TO MARA’S BLUNDER.

    MR SPOILT THE SOUP AFTER WINNING THE WAR AND NOW THE SINHALA PEOPLE ARE HELPLESS AND THEY WILL BE THE MINORITY IN FUTURE SRI LANKA.

    TAKE MY WORD TODAY.

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    There was an LSSP politician by the name Batty Weerakoon, who resigned his LSSP position after the current LSSP aligned itself with chauvinists. He should be counted among the better ones.

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    Desecrating a sacred “Bodhiya” will not .pardon a man of sins committed

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      go find yourself a potty than display stupidity which falls from crow Poop!

      Smelly feet Crocuta (orange hyena kanna blown)you brain in the bum buruva>!

      SBNR- spiritual but not Religious is the world 21st centenary-

      21st belong to Chinese, gays women and minorities. so you better get rehabilitated or your bum will be butted by the rhino like the buddh want everyone to follow fearless. in emptiness and mindfulness.

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    Desecrating a sacred “Bodhiya” will not pardon a man of sins committed

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    ISS,
    “the hasty introduction of Sinhala (1958) to replace English without giving Tamil its due place paved the way for narrow ethnic nationalism that, with the passage of time, degenerated into violent ethnic conflict”.

    To me, credence of this article is based on that statement but I must say, it is all lie or looked at with a Nelson’s eye. Was it not a Tamil man named Visvalingam that first promoted division of Sri Lanka in the 1920s? Did not Tamils objected universal franchise when introduced in the 1930s? Did not GGP’s degrading of Mahawamsa in Nawalapitiya that started the first racial riot in the 1930s? Thereafter did he not ask fifty, fifty sets for 20% minority? These are only some of the political beliefs by Vellahlers before independence that started gradual degeneration of the Tamil nationalism into an ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

    Culmination of all that and Indian ‘we Tamil movement’ and ‘hasty introduction of Sinhala’ etc burst open when Thandhai Chelva’s ITAK had openly declared war on Sri Lanka government, on May 14th 1976. And that gave an impetus for rise and fall of terrorist LTTE and for Tamils to go for a full circle of Tamil dilemma. This is what I am interested to know.

    So, leave aside this writer and many others of his elk that do not accept political realities to hallucinate their way of saving Lanka as they may have been doing throughout their life, I have noticed you have ended up your comment on ‘the National Question’. Could you please tell us exactly what you mean by ‘the National Question’?

    If ‘the National Question’ in your opinion happens to be based on Tamils in Sri Lanka have or face problems for being Tamil that others do not have or face, would you please let us know what are they. Thank you.
    Leela

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