4 February, 2023

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Sri Lanka Tamils: No Choice But To Join GotaGoGama, Stay Put Or Go Abroad

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

I wrote a public letter on 22 April 2022 to the IMF and the Indian government asking them not to support the Sri Lankan government with loans until there is transparency and accountability. My point was that the failed regime had robbed and milked the country so dry that more loans would mean they would rob more and leave us worse off. So, until we have a transparent and accountable regime, no loans please. I stand by that despite Mahinda Rajapaksa’s harangue against me in Parliament for doing what I did.

The IMF at least seemed to say on 23 April 2022 at the conclusion of the IMF Executive Board 2021 Article IV Consultation with Sri Lanka, leaving aside the fluff:

[IMF] Directors also called for a prudent management of the Colombo Port City project, and continued efforts to strengthen governance and fight corruption.

Very diplomatic language indeed against Port City mismanagement, calling for strengthening governance and fighting corruption!

However, as reported in The Hindustan Times, the statement included a lot of spin to not embarrass Sri Lanka: that the IMF had “fruitful technical discussions” with crisis-ridden Sri Lanka on its loan request. Fruitful as deliberately intended, can be interpreted in a multiplicity of ways. Perhaps the talks were fruitful in making friends with the Sri Lankan team. It was certainly not fruitful in getting Ali Sabry what he went all the way to Washington for.

The irony is that Ali Sabry was sent to negotiate with the IMF on strengthening governance and fighting corruption in exchange of the loan. While a member of the Election Commission, I am aware that Ali Sabry in a video recording I still possess threatened Muslim voters that they would get thrashed (he used the word Ambaanai) if they did not vote for Gotabaya Rajapaksa because however they vote he is going to win. I lodged a formal complaint, and the Election Commission suppressed my complaint.

It was the very same Ali Sabry who brought Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Election Commission before the presidential election with a letter purporting to be from the US Embassy claiming that Rajapaksa had renounced his US Citizenship, whereas a subsequent letter purporting to be from the State Department said his renunciation was ongoing and no US official was to talk about it.

The IMF in negotiating strengthening governance and fighting corruption with Ali Sabry should know what he has done, and any talk with him on these matters is a charade. I hope they are being diplomatic in their silence rather than foolish.

While Ali Sabry asked for $3-4 billion as bridge financing, his spin was to talk about $500 million “being considered” from the World Bank. In reality actually only $10 million as World Bank’s emergency response package was on the table to be made immediately available for the purchase of essential medicines. These were funds shifted from our ongoing COVID-19 health preparedness project. Even the $10 million was therefore not new money. It would have come to us anyway for other needs for which it had already been assigned.

The IMF Mission Chief for Sri Lanka, Masahiro Nozaki was harder in his statement on 17 May 2022 (Colombo Page): “Because Sri Lanka’s debt is assessed as unsustainable, approval of IMF financing, including through a Rapid Financing Instrument, would require adequate assurances that debt sustainability will be restored”.

It may take six months for IMF money said Sabri (4 May 2022, Economy Next). Given the use of the word “may,” we may have to wait for next year! Only Ranil Wikremesinghe has been frank about what is to come.

India

So Sri Lanka will work with smaller amounts from the World Bank even as India helps with larger amounts to ease social tensions from lack of electricity, medicine, gas etc. India has foolishly released over $ 1 bn, a likely target for our robber rulers. Even as I write, 15,000 litres of kerosine have arrived from India for fishermen in the islands.

The people in the South Block may think themselves rather clever for the intrigues they indulge in in Sri Lanka, but are they not aware of the implications for the rule of law in India when their diplomats hobnob with criminals wanted for murder there, and help them electorally by implicitly projecting the kerosine as a gift from the wanted criminals?

GA Mahesan (2nd from left), Raakesh Natraj (Consul General, 4th from left), and Douglas Devananda and Oorhaavatthurai DS Manjula 6th, 7th from left,)

Crooks and Communalists Everywhere

The Sinhalese polity is so badly gone that it is impossible not to spot crooks and communalists in the new government. From Bond Scam to everything bad, the perpetrators are ensconced in the new government. I do not think they are reformed. I cannot even believe they will ever be punished. The law will be used to let every crook escape. A good example is Sashi Weerawansa. She was sentenced yesterday (27th) for 2 years in prison for passport fraud. But she has applied for bail because she has appealed. I believe she will go unpunished. It is how our justice system works. The conviction shows that laws are applied. What follows usually leads to the criminal being let off. A classic example of that is Punchi Banda Jayasundara. Colombo Telegraph gives the full story of how Jayasundara and the AG were accused by Naganada Kodituwakku, the case was postponed umpteen times, and collapsed when Kondituwakku fled to the UK under death threats.

Despite the disqualification from holding office, in 2009, on invitation by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa to P.B. Jayasundera to once again take up the post of Treasury Secretary, he submitted a fundamental rights petition protesting the original decision to the Supreme Court, which was heard by the newly appointed Chief Judge who overturned the previous decision and allowed Jayasundera to be reinstated as Secretary of the Treasury. That at least should have told the 6.9 million who voted for Gotabaya (who are perhaps blind to what happened in Mullivaikal) what they were really voting for.

Such is the law in Sri Lanka. It covers up all filth in the system and produces the seeming effect of everything being done lawfully. Our governments are masters at robbing and killing and then getting the judiciary to let them off as in the Trincomalee murders. Our new government will rob and kill and then get the judiciary to give them a clean bill of health. See how they are quickly compensating the crooked MPs whose houses were burnt down this month without even talking about the thousands of Tamils killed and whose houses were burnt and looted in 1983 and since.

Protesting against this obnoxious system is what the GotGoGama protesters are doing. This is what the new government is trying to thwart.

Tamils and GotaGoGama

As a Tamil I face questions on why Tamils are not participating in greater numbers in GotaGoGama. It is because of our innate feeling that the Sinhalese will never agree to Tamil aspirations – that they want us only until Gota goes.

There have been many efforts to effect a via media between Sinhalese and Tamils through a new constitutional arrangement going as far back as the BC Pact. They were all reneged, including Tissa Vitarana’s All Party Representative Committee (APRC). The Sinhalese participating were generally well-intentioned. In the end it turns out that communalists (who seem to be always in power) install well-intentioned people to engage in these peace exercises and thereby buy time to consolidate their communalist hold on the polity. Right now they need time to colonize the North-East completely. I suggest that Mahinda Rajapaksa used Tissa Vitarana. When people like Vitarana are so used, they cannot raise any objections lest the offices they hold (a minister in this case) are removed from them.

With GotaGoGama there is a claim that Tamils are now welcome in Sri Lanka, that those Tamis who participated were encouraged to sing the national anthem in Tamil, and that Buddhist monks who objected were asked to get lost. These claims are indeed true.

At the same time, I also hear that the JVP is running GotaGoGama and they are the ones presenting a kindly face to Tamils who turn up, and not the generality of Sinhalese. Apparently when faced with police attacks, the JVP-ers in Colombo as well as Trincomalee have been known to persuade Tamils to go to the back. This gets 2 spins – from the Rajapaksa side that the GotaGoGama leaders are anti-Tamil; and from the GotaGoGama leaders that they chased Tamils to the back fearing grievous charges from the police upon finding Tamil demonstrators who usually have no protection from the state.

Anglicans and Tamil Aspirations

I will hold off expressing an opinion on whether GotaGoGama is sympathetic to Tamil needs because in the Anglican Church our members are as liberal as they come; yet, I see suspicious signs that the Church is being forced to fall into the communalist pan-Sinhalese line that anything in Sri Lanka must be Sinhalese.

Many see the ongoing efforts at making the Church of Ceylon the Anglican Province of Sri Lanka as carrying forward that communalist theme. Moratuwa-Galle as proposed will be a new diocese. Accordingly, the two existing dioceses, the proposed new diocese and the Archbishop of the Province will all 4 be Sinhalese. Tamil space will be highly restricted because all the money is in Colombo. The church with no good reason except for having an archbishop has set the church on a path against Tamil aspirations for devolved government. Like in all communalist projects, even as power is concentrated in Sinhalese hands, it is said by the leaders of the Church that we Tamils can have our own bishops and join the Church of South India! That is like what the communalists say – if you do not like to accept our hegemony, go home to India. The truth is that a church finance committee study concluded that Jaffna and Batticaloa do not have the money to sustain a bishop. Already we see the CSI is selling off properties and priests not being paid their pensions. From the rich Colombo Diocese (a good part of whose money was contributed by Tamils), we have to move to the Jaffna Diocese of the CSI that cannot pay pensions. The church seems to encourage Tamil Eelam as if getting rid of an inconvenient nuisance in its Tamil members.

Returning to the point, will the GotaGOGama folk support Tamil aspirations when even the Anglican Church does not understand them? No Christian clergymen, RC or Non-RC, has spoken up for disappeared Tamil priests. My former parish priest, Fr. Gnanakarunyan, is bitter that when he was arrested and tortured under the PTA, the liberal Anglican Church kept quiet.

When Gotabaya promised impunity for killer-soldiers and seemed to be gaining electoral ground, the opposition SJB also joined the bandwagon. Ranil Wickremesinghe who took on the liberal mantle by supporting women’s rights, sabotaged devolution by passing a flawed Provincial Council Bill that cannot be implemented, and then dragged his feet over correcting the mistakes. This prevented Provincial Councils from functioning and put us Tamils under centre-appointed governors.

Ranil Wickremesinghe and Devolution

At present the Northern Governor is threatening to dissolve the Jaffna Municipal Council because it will not allow the Jaffna vihara effectively to take over the Ariyakulam pond for the use of Buddhist pilgrims. Such dissolution would be totally illegal, but the Governor is in correspondence with the Election Commission for how the dissolution may be effected. That is how much power we Tamils have. As in 2000 when Chandrika Kumaratunga attempted constitutional Reform, Ranil sabotaged it. He has consistently been against Tamil aspirations but manages a liberal visage.

The youth in GotaGoGama want Ranil also to go. Let me extract from my Article in The Sunday Observer (17 Sept. 2000):

In July 1983, a second batch of Tamil political prisoners had just been massacred at Welikade, bringing the total murdered in prison in 2 days to 53. President JR Jayewardene was very upset that he was being seen by the whole world as a murderer. Sinha Ratnatunga, a senior journalist, describes the cabinet discussion that followed on 27 July 1983 (Politics of Terrorism: The Sri Lanka Experience, Belconnen, Aust: 1988, p. 30). JR wanted the remaining prisoners transferred to Jaffna for their safety. And Ranil Wickremesinghe, joined by Lalith Athulathmudali, protested saying “the Sinhalese would be further infuriated”! It seems he would rather have seen the remaining prisoners also massacred.

Most revealing of his mindset is the Ceylon Daily News article of August 12, 1983, where, after inspecting the gutted Tamil factories from the riots,

he blames the SLFP for wiping out Sinhalese businessmen and handing over all business to non-Sinhalese. He specially mentions Indians and Ceylon Tamils in the retail trade. Like the prison massacre, he whitewashes the episode by saying that the Tamils having their establishments burnt down is nothing compared to what the SLFP had done to “the Sinhala entrepreneur by the Bandaranaikes since 1956.” Given the immediate background of the riots, he was seemingly trying to get credit for wiping out Tamil businesses and thereby righting what he projected as a wrong done to Sinhalese traders by the Bandaranaikes. Keep in mind that, appearing in The Daily News [when he was a minister], these news items were not to sully his name but to promote him. He was acting the Sinhalese hero and what he was saying and doing was meant to be complimentary.

The Weekend Express of 9 Sept. 2000 gives the letter of December 1999 to Ranil by 5 “eminent” UNP academics, Professors S.A. Kulasooriya, G.H. Peiris, D.T.B. Tennekoon, J.S.H.Q. Perera and K.M. de Silva, who were totally against any devolution of powers to the Tamil regions. They write to Ranil advising him strategically to cooperate with the President [Kumaratunga] in passing the new constitution. In their view, the President is not serious about the constitution and when the UNP offers to cooperate and the constitution moves forward, she would get into trouble with the Sinhalese-Buddhist electorate while the UNP would gain Tamil votes. And it was on this advice that Ranil agreed to cooperate and when he found that the bill was really going through Parliament, he [panicked and] withdrew his support.

Are there then truly liberal Sinhalese? If there are, they are useless for not speaking up.

Why Most Tamils do not join GotaGoGama

Very recently a UNP leader asked a TNA leader why the Tamils will not join the GotaGoGama protests to make it take its hold in all 25 districts. The TNA leader had replied, paraphrasing him, “When we were together in the Yahapalanaya period, we urged you to settle Tamil grievances. You did nothing. You now want us to ease the country’s finances by getting diaspora Tamils to invest. But we have nothing to show them to encourage a common future in Sri Lanka. We will be blasted if we urge investments here by Tamils abroad.”

The JVP is calling back its cadre abroad to return. And they are returning. When the OLs finish on 5 June, the country will be down to its knees, but without Tamil participation.

Abandoning Sri Lanka?

Today many families are opting to go abroad by any illegal means. I enjoyed a YouTube musical production: “Woman, Let’s go to Australia.” The husband wants to migrate to Australia illegally. The wife tells him to stay on and live happily with relations. So they stay. I identified with the wife until at the end I saw it was a production by Customs and Border Protection – Australia.

If we set aside our emotions, we must admit that those of us who migrated abroad are “doing well.” A young engineer whom I knew as a boy at Colombo Hindu College thanked his father for going illegally to Canada. He says he would never have entered a good professional programme in the university here, but there all of them are in the best professional schools. There our people get into parliament whereas here we are unlikely to be elected outside the North and East. Even in the North-East we have no PC Elections to contest.

A woman who returned to Sri Lanka is swearing at the locals after her land was sold to her once and then again to others. Relations of mine are in the same plight. She finds a gang of people doing this.

She swears that all the good people have gone and even many priests here are thieves. She is a Roman Catholic who discovered that the priests were stealing. She then began sponsoring Anglican children because her grandmother was Anglican, and discovered that the funds she sent were never used as she intended, and one girl she sponsored already had a second sponsor. Her numerous complaints to Jaffna’s Anglican Archdeacon then were never replied.

If the Bishop of Colombo is interested in a clean-up, I can get him her emails to the then Archdeacon. Bishop Dushantha Rodrigo supposedly told Panini Edirisinhe regarding illegal elections at St. Thomas’ that if he hands over a job to a priest who mismanages the task, he can do nothing about it. In that case, do we want a Bishop? Is that attitude not what gives priests a free hand to mismanage and embezzle funds in the name of the Church?

If I set aside my ideological bent to be politically correct, I need to admit that a lot of what the Roman Catholic Christian lady says about people left behind in Sri Lanka is true. It is true of the Sinhalese too, judging by the horrid people they elect.

A war-wounded, partly blinded person supported by warm-hearted Tamil youth in the US with a bag of Rs. 5000 worth groceries.

People who decry going abroad point out that there are murders, drug addictions, and exogamous marriages when we migrate. But then a lot more of it is true here. There are many murders and robberies in Jaffna, much more than I have seen among Tamils abroad. Indeed, exogamy in children is easier to handle there than here because here it goes with the idea of abandoning your community and consorting with the enemy. Marrying into other communities is not seen as betraying one’s own community as marrying a Sinhalese is.

We need to rethink who we really are, and where we truly belong. I was sure we belong here but no longer so. My children are in the US after an upbringing here. I am wondering whether to encourage them to come back or to put their all into making life there a success. From there they are able to help people here. But here, will they become part of the problem?

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  • 35
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    We need a Sinhalese leader who should talk and act loudly and clearly who belongs to this country and who are not belong to this country? Who are the real patriots to this country and who are not real patriots to this country? Is an American Sinhalese Gotabaya real patriot to this country or Is it Sri Lankan Prabhaharan real patriot to this country?

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      Ajith

      “We need a Sinhalese leader who should talk and act loudly and clearly who belongs to this country and who are not belong to this country? “

      Forget it.
      Even yesterday when Wijedasa met with Sanghas to discuss 21A
      their advice to him and the country was to remove 13A and retain all powers vested in President in order to prevent separation.

      Those Saffronistas should be regularly reminded that the country which cannot feed its people should not be talking about protecting unitary state or its sovereignty. Once the politicians start begging for food every country in the world and every person passing by in the Indian ocean would want to grope women folks.

      If these Saffron clad racists cannot help support the people they could least keep their mouth shut and shove their advice wherever they see holes in human body, preferably in Wimal. Wijedasa, Udaya, Dinesh, …. Mahinda, Namal Baby, …

      We see the middle class not noticing such mad utterances from mad monks.
      It is sad.
      Has nimal fernando renounced his mundane life and become member of the very rich Sangha?
      He is very quite these days.
      Is he with us or against us (the very ordinary poor people)

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        “Has nimal fernando renounced his mundane life and become member of the very rich Sangha?”

        The Sanghas have such easy lives doing nothing ….. I’m seriously thinking of becoming a Sangha.

        All will fall down at my feet …………

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          nimal fernando,
          “I’m seriously thinking of becoming a Sangha.”
          —-
          For heaven’s sake don’t. That will be the end of Buddha Sasana.

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            Eagle Dump Eye

            “For heaven’s sake don’t. That will be the end of Buddha Sasana.”

            Good.
            Ending Shangha’s fake Buddha Sasana should be the first duty of all Sri Lankan citizen.
            nimal fernando should be encouraged to become a Sangha if that could speed up the end is near.

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        Native,
        Hope that time will come to chase away those Sanghas as the same Buddhist Sinhala people who are ready to chase away Rajapaksas from the kingdom.

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          Ajith: Those “Sanghas” have already been chased away. Do you see the “Denga Denga Peramuna” led by “Mu-ruththettuwe” – the “Saffron Clothed Male Nurse” Leader, “Rathana” – the Athanan Methana, the “41” Saffron Clothed Advisors to President who used to travel around in “V8s”, The “Abhayatissa’ who said ” If you vote to give 2/3rd majority to Gota, you would collect merit to go to Nirvana” and many more? That is one among many major winnings by the “Aragalaya”.

          Time will come and it is DEFINITE.

          • 7
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            Simon,
            .
            I think nobody else, but the people should take the responsibility to have promoted empty vessels for such a long time.

            BOTH PARLIAMENTARIANS AND PEOPLE ARE THE THE SAME…. if people were able to see it right, do you think over 98 illiterate would be elected as their ” represenatives” ? I think if you would talk to those ” kadamandiya folks” you would have to agree with the colonial masters that predicted the sinhalayas would never be able to rule this nation independently.
            :
            Going back to election days in Nov 2019, were the people ( I mean whole lot of people coming from various walks of life) unaware of HAPANKAM/specialities of RAJAPAKSHES. It was public secret that Rajapakshes looted unestimable amouts of state funds including. TSUNAMI funds got donated from rich nations.

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              LM: No doubt the people made the mistake of trusting the “UNTRUSTWORTHY” prompted by the so-called pseudo “Civil Society” activists including the “Saffron Clothed” brigade that included even Ranjith Malcolm – the Cardinal. But fortunately, all who brought this “Rajapakse Regime”, out of sheer frustration with the “Let Down” and “Frustration” with the “Yahapalanaya” – the “Clownish” administration of Ranil/MY3, realized and admitted the grave mistake.

              NO MORE such “MISTAKES”. The people who matter have taken upon the responsibility of seeing such mistakes are not committed anymore. I am happy my “Kadamandiya” colleagues have joined the “Aragalaya” and that expression I saw on “9th May” against the “Rajapakses”. They even didn’t spare the “Dandina’s Cheeththe”. This time NO STOPPING.

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                Are u kidding Mr Simon ?

                This is not the first time, sinhalayas became eternal blind and deaf. Going back to so called independence in 1948 – was a fairy tale, experts make it clear, srilankens never fought for their independence.

                I hardly believe that Kadamandiya style people (actually the majoritiy of our people, self-proclaimed RAWANA) would ever change palpably.
                .
                Please check it out by watching the video below.
                .
                https://www.dailymirror.lk/latest_news/Prasanna-Ranaweeras-residence-to-be-rebuilt-by-Gampaha-residents/342-237967

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                  I would be happy to see, if that Sanath Nishantha,and other PULLIGONAS already in custody would be caught by police shoot next days… to the very same manner, Makandure Madhu and the like fated it.
                  .
                  By various means, these men should be removed from srialnken society – that is the next strategy to reduce the numbers under Gota- the most known executionist in srilanka sofar.
                  :
                  I have no doubt, your Kadamndiya or the like minded people would definitely survive the famine in making while whole lot of dwellers living near to colombo and other metropoles would find it difficult to ” survive the Rajapakshe made selection”: Like or not, the reality would be like that.
                  .
                  Rajapakshes were known to have shot BEGGARs in colombo streets, durin gtheir so called ” colombo beautifucking program, by which the bugger was said to have scored his points” – and in the last phase of the brutal civil…. … the 3 rd the famine, their decisions made… will kill millions… that may be read in their subconscious mind.

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                  Dear LM: Please don’t live in the past so much. That “PAST” always changes and that is how the present and futures are “SHAPED”. The present, including my “Kadamandiya” members, have started to “CHANGE”, thanks to the “YOUNG” who have undertaken that uphill task. The only “Class” that has “REFUSED” to change is the “Corrupted” ruling class, as you can see from the latest “Gota/Ranil” conglomerate. Their “END” is very imminent. So goes with that Prasanna Ranaweera. That news clip is only a “Road Show” to hide the “Looting” wealth that would again be spent.

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            What happened to Dadoriya aka GHANASARA ?

            Did you notice, considering the HIRU TV s telecasts, – they targeted Duminda Silva re-arrest….. ? is Adhikaranaya really independent ?
            :
            Our young lawyers, over to you, please stand against the judges that behave like the BAGGAGE boys of RAJAAPKSHES…….
            .
            This curse is all because SRILANKEN DEPENDENT JUDICIARY put our Ranjan in Jail…. instead, they should long have reacted and the Pimpiya in power be jailed.
            :
            And Madawala Abhethissa Mudalali ?
            .
            Iththakande BP ?

            That powerful tattooed Chiivadhariya ?
            .
            Kollupitiye Bp Aka Nagaya-Carried- Fake relics- Cheewaradhariya ?

            I think all these deserved to throw into Baira Lake to the same manner, they did it with those STUPID crowds brought to Temple trees on the 9th May.

        • 5
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          Ajith,
          “…as the same Buddhist Sinhala people who are ready to chase away Rajapaksas from the kingdom.”

          Sinhala Buddhists are also keen to chase separatist Tamils who massacred Sinhala Buddhist people for three decades to grab their land to create a separate State to their ancestral homeland across Palk Strait.

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        Native Vedda,
        “Those Saffronistas should be regularly reminded that the country which cannot feed its people should not be talking about protecting unitary state or its sovereignty. “

        Sinhala Buddhists have gone through much more serious hardships than what they experience now due to shortage of gas, fuel and high cost of living. Still, Buddhist monks, Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo (not fake) did everything possible to protect the unitary state and sovereignty because they are the indigenous people in Sinhale. Several monks who tried to protect the country from separatist Tamil terrorists and IPKF were brutally murdered by Tamil terrorists and IPKF.

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      Ajith,
      “Is an American Sinhalese Gotabaya real patriot to this country or Is it Sri Lankan Prabhaharan real patriot to this country?”

      You should be out of your mind to consider a guy who massacred indigenous Sinhala Buddhist for three decades to grab their land in NE to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch as a patriot.
      Gotabhaya Rajapakse who gave the leadership to eliminate separatist Dravidians and unified the country is undoubtedly a patriot. Whether he is an American Sinhala or Sri Lankan Sinhala is immaterial.

      • 9
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        ‘Eagle idiot and a complete Mutt Eye’, Karuna Amman and Pillayan who massacred 600 surrendered cops in absolute cold blood were given government jobs. Then Mahinda’s two coolies Tiran Alles and the former Mangala Samaraweera dropped 182,000,000 rupees in the Vanni jungles with the tooth paste advertisement idiot from the LTTE by the name Thamilchelvan to prevent the Tamils from voting for the UNP, and thousands of other facts exist. How did you become blind to these jackass?

        Later on Mangala reformed himself to become a decent human.

    • 7
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      Ajith,
      .
      A good question
      “Is an American Sinhalese Gotabaya real patriot to this country or Is it Sri Lankan Prabhaharan real patriot to this country?”

      Patriotism (Cambridge Dictionary)
      noun [ U ] POLITICS
      UK /ˈpæt.ri.ə.tɪ.zəm/ /ˈpeɪ.tri.ə.tɪ.zəm/ US /ˈpeɪ.tri.ə.tɪ.zəm/

      the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it


      Patriotism (Sinhala Buddhism)

      Uneducated masses are made to believe that SINHALA BUDDHISTs are the patriots – if one would question who they are, they would start scratching their ears- today, whole lot of those people are making efforts to see it right while there are still slaves that would not stand against Rajapakshe-manthra.

      https://www.dailymirror.lk/latest_news/Prasanna-Ranaweeras-residence-to-be-rebuilt-by-Gampaha-residents/342-237967

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    Tamils are not participating in GotaGoGama because of our feeling that the Sinhalese will want us only until Gota goes is not a sound argument for the unwillingness to join the protest.
    The protest is NOT by politicians (of old). What harm in taking that risk (if at all, it is.)

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      Nathan,
      “Tamils are not participating in GotaGoGama because of…”

      Tamils do not participate because they know ‘Moda’ Colombo ‘Toiyas’ who are taken for a ride by invisible hands will do the job for them. Then it looks like Sinhalayo did it without involvement of Tamils.

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      Nathan/
      .u may be right .
      .
      But I feel that tamil srilankens feel that Rajapakshe henchmen would run amok again killing tamil civilians to the manner they did it in the end of war.
      .
      They are barbarians to even decent sinhalese. My elders warned us these men were then notorious cattle thieves. .
      .
      However injecting sinhala budhism pill in to anyone with a fan base /like that of artists in Colombo/ were made eternally blind for their vote base. .
      .
      Today those Artists from their same cesspit s say that they did the mistake.. That Jackson Anthony should be executed in a public parade because the bugger was traumatised to use his lips and say Rajapakshes are blood related Lord budda🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃💪🐃🐃🐃

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    Has the “Writer” visited at least “ONE DAY” the “Aragalaya” premises? I doubt it very much. If “YES” this article would be a different one.

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      Simon,
      .
      Jeevan will have to answer that himself.
      .
      It is true that he’s handicapped by not knowing Sinhala, just as I am, by not knowing Tamil. Also, it is true that Jeevan has had a successful life and, being an American citizen he can fly off to the United States at any time he feels like.
      .
      However, he lives a simple life, and doesn’t stay aloof. The first time that he came to Bandarawela, he bought a lot of avocados at the fair from Nandapala and Nandawathie, a couple in their late fifties who live in Maligatenna, six miles from Bandarawela, in the middle of Uva Highlands Estate. I meet them at the fair, and sometimes telephone them. They often ask about Jeevan. They possibly know some Tamil, and they live in harmony with Tamil people.
      .
      As for me, I spent the whole of the 16th May at Galle Face.

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      Simon, SM,

      There was a Daily Mirror interview with FSP/Kumara Gunaratnam a couple of days back. KG, in discussing some common views with the TNA, is saying in some respects there can be legitimate needs for self-rule/power devolution without it being racial. When Sumanthiran quoted the article on Twitter and referred to the ‘self-rule’ part, many Aragalaya supporting denizens of Colombo who had previously nice things to say about Sumanthiran, spoke against him.

      For the Tamil mind, power-sharing, devolution, federalism, autonomy, self-rule, etc., have the same meaning, without it being anti-Sinhala, racist, or sinister. But many Sinhalese still equate such words with separatism and racism. There is a big change that has to happen on that front before Tamils feel at ease with protests like Aragalaya.

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        Agnos: These vocabulary terminologies of “Self Rule”, “Federalism”, “Devolution”, and “Autonomy” must be discarded, because the “Tamil Political Leadership” and other “Vested Interests Groups” have ‘Desecrated” the meanings and created dissension, animosity, and uprisings, that also mostly set fire to by another set of “Self-Seeking” vagabonds roaming among the majority. In my opinion, so long as these “Terminologies” are spread and spoken of nothing meaningful and beneficial returns would accrue to the people.

        You might ask what is the solution? Let us NOW talk of “DECENTRALIZATION”, of course in a “MEANINGFUL” and a “CIVILIZED” manner.

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          Simon

          “You might ask what is the solution? Let us NOW talk of “DECENTRALIZATION”, of course in a “MEANINGFUL” and a “CIVILIZED” manner.”

          Can we not disregard “DECENTRALIZATION”, as an instrument of power sharing as it has lost it meaning and purpose under Sri Lankan constitution and rule under racist crooks. People do not trust the crooked rulers to share any meaningful power with the ordinary people.

          Look at the pathetic state of 13A, how it is being battered by racists, the racist Sangha, etc, in effect people believe Provincial Councils are nothing but glorified village councils. Even two days ago the Sangha warned Wijedasa, because of the existence of 13A the president should be given more powers to prevent Separation. They should be told VP had died and gone 13 years ago and Hindians are still around forced in 13A, Prevented LTTE from achieving what it promised to do, in the process more than 150,000 innocent people have been killed. Sangha should be aware of the fact that it was Hindians who prevented country being divided, not the Sinhala/Buddhists armed forces and its 15,000 generals.

          What we have to discuss is how best to restore the democratic rights of all people.

          Could you also tell us what is the idea of Sri Lanka?

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            NV: I did use two words to make “Decentralization” work – “Meaningful” and “Civilized”. That explains all that I want and what you meant, in “…restore democratic rights of all people”.

            My idea of “Sri Lanka” (named for identification purposes) is a “Piece of Land” surfaced on the Planet Earth inhabited by a species called “HUMANS”.

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    The Singhalese are tasting now, what Tamils suffered since independence. Their utterly corrupt leaders have taken away the nation’s wealth abroad..
    But, their slavish supporters are slowly becoming aware of this.

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      justice,
      “The Singhalese are tasting now, what Tamils suffered since independence.”
      —-
      This is nothing compared to suffering Sinhala Buddhists went through during the three decades that Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhala Buddhist men, women, children and even the fetus of Sinhala pregnant women using suicide bombers, claymore bombs. chemical weapons, swords and machetes. During those three decades, people did not know at what moment they will be blown into pieces by a Tamil suicide bomber or by an explosion of a claymore bomb.

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        Eagle the jackass Eye, how do you explain what happened in 1957/58/77/83? You are such a twat, nothing is found in that vacuum head of yours.

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          Dear serious CT reader s/
          Please dont act to EAGLE BP@ posts. From what he writes even little ones would be clear that the bugger is hired by MLECHCHA Rajapakses to add anything in favour of them. The kind of cheap guys are still there also in Germany that would nt care but publicly support racism/nazism. That has become their easy job .if found on the 9th May/ our Aragalaya youth would have treated him to the manner Kahandagama was caught for sure. /
          These men would go to hell no matter they think about their corrupted politicians. Today almost everyone would like see to MaRa and his siblings would be dragged on the roads / their fury is similar to that of Tripolli shortly before Gadafi found dead on a drain / Mahinda Mynah deserves it / even if the dies soon the loot they collected should be taken by putting his badtard sons in jails . 🐃🐃🐃🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕☹☹

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      Justice,
      Agree with you, slowly but surely, the culprits are being unmasked by “GotaGoHome” Aragalaya!?
      I remain still, circumspect that, should there be an election, 6.9 million may whittle down to 5.9 million, vote for Pohottuwa as there seems to be the myth, that they are the saviours and patriots and robbing is glib talk!

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    ‘Sri Lanka Tamils: No Choice But To Join GotaGoGama, Stay Put Or Go Abroad’
    .
    That applies to all Sri Lankans, not just the Tamils but very few can afford to emigrate

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    “There our people get into parliament whereas here we are unlikely to be elected outside the North and East. “
    —-
    Then GO GO GO. Why live with racist, ethno-nationalist, chauvinistic Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists who marginalize minorities.
    —-
    Indigenous Sinhalayo did not invite Tamils to their country and they are not preventing Tamils leaving Sinhale.

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    Tamils are not protesting – why? Stockholm Syndrome? Whatever the LTTE promised is a delusion. Do you think any rational government will hand over a valuable asset like Trincomalee Harbor to a small group of suicide terrorists? There are major security implications, not just for Sri Lanka but for China and India. In any case, India was ready to implement a permanent peace for SL Tamils through the IPKF Accord, but we know what happened. CBK was also ready to negotiate, what happened, LTTE gave her a glass eye. Even Anton Balasingham admitted Prabhakaran would never negotiate in good faith. Prabhakaran was a fascist to the very end. That is why MaRa had to use max force to eliminate these terrorists. If Tamils feel isolated now, it is because the LTTE killed or chased away the Tamil intellectuals. How to get those intellectuals back – this should be the author’s focus.

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    “…here we are unlikely to be elected…”
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    Here not only minorities get elected in large numbers as a result of reducing the cut-off point from 12.5% to 5% by traitor Premaya, they sometimes become ‘King-Makers’.

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    of course

    Note there is no Gotagogama in the North or the Wanni. No protests or burnings or killings in the North or Wanni.

    Tamils are taking care of business while the Sinhalese are burning and killing their own. and the so-called Tamil intellectuals are advocating for more violence in the Sinhala or the Multicultural areas.

    Wow what a surprise.

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    Prof Hoole,
    “My point was that the failed regime had robbed and milked the country so dry that more loans would mean they would rob more and leave us worse off.”
    —-
    Where were you when Ranil Wickramasinghe’s ‘Yahapalana’ Government robbed and milked the country? Oh! I forgot. You were a member of the Election Commission. May be you were so busy with your job that you did not have time to pay attention to what happened in ‘Yahapalana’ Government.

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    Hoole
    So, until we have a transparent and accountable regime
    —————
    In other words a regime with no freemasons in it!

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    Tamil Diaspora should continue to help their brothers and sisters in SL. They should make sure that the youngsters are well nourished & educated. The expectant mothers too should be well nourished & looked during their peri-partum. The Tamils in SL as well as abroad should hope that the SINGHALESE are able to get a REAL GOOD GOVERNANCE GoSL very soon. We can not expect it from SLPP/SLFP/ UNP/SJB

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    When considering Sri Lankans from all communities, (“ethnicities”, if you prefer) one gets the impression that this country is full of crooks, but it is not so. Professor Hoole himself is a man who is still striving to uphold Universal Values, despite all obstacles.
    .
    I’ve arrived here after seeing an SJB Member of Parliament mauled by three horrid media men:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjEorV08H3M
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    More than 2 hours of Dr Harsha de Silva who survives attempts to blackmail him into being Gota’s Minister of Finance. It’s in Sinhalese (no problem but I fear than many reading this article will not understand much – except the body language.) As Jeevan says, pressure is being put on us all to conform to what those who run this country dictate.
    .
    Jeevan has also referred to what I was “supposedly” told by Bishop Dushantha Rodrigo. Confirmed. I was told that on the 26th of May; the context makes it much worse than the reference in the article indicates. Let me deal with it later today (it is 3.15 am). It may spill over into many parts, which I hope can all be together.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 48 3111444V)

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      My previous comment has not appeared yet, but I’m now adding this, more than thirteen hours later:
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      https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/05/31/sri-lankan-court-suspends-presidential-pardon-given-to-duminda-silva/

      .
      Have some people at last discovered reserves of courage within them? This is more important than the conviction of Mrs Weerawansa.
      .
      Until some among the “majority Sinhalese” discover that they have backbones, we will not get anywhere. Don’t say “politicians are to blame”. Let the Sinhalese blame themselves for electing those politicians.
      .
      Lastly, don’t listen to those who have abandoned us and are living abroad!
      .
      From the Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

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      The time is 6.45 pm. The updated comments haven’t come in yet.
      .
      I came upon this brilliant 46 minute documentary in English an hour ago, just before six o’ clock. It is absolutely up to date, so see it immediately you spot this link:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zziC7B4i0uU
      .
      It covers the entire island, all segments of society. Authentic footage. See it, but in case you think it can be ignored, let me add these further comments:
      .
      We meet Ranil Wickremasinghe early, posing as the great sage, as his uncle, J.R was wont to do. The present crisis, he says is the worst since the “Coffee Blight”. Can someone put a date on that? 1872 – a hundred and fifty years ago!
      .
      We meet him later, pontificating. It is NOT pointed out that he is Premier without any mandate to so masquerade. If even readers even here can’t start THINKING, what hope for us?

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        Sinhala_Man,

        You made an interesting point on Youtube on the Indian news channel. You said there were many “able-bodied men” wasting time doing unproductive work. Let me quote it here:

        “I’m writing from Bandarawela in the middle of Sri Lanka. The situation is grim, but why don’t we THINK. I t is unusual for women to be driving a rickshaw, but I ADMIRE Deepthi for doing the unusual. However, the point is that driving a rickshaw is hardly productive work. There are too many able-bodied young men who are doing nothing better. We feel entitled to this sort of life-style.”

        I made a similar point at the beginning of these protests. Instead of protesting, people should be planting crops and harvesting. There are thousands of acres of fertile land going unused in the country. People don’t want to farm these days. They want to go on social media and get handouts from “ape anduwa.”

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          Thanks, Lester.
          .
          Actually, I was alerted to the three-wheeler issue by many comments by “old codger”.
          .
          Yes, the situation is going to be so desperate that we have to get back to basics right now. In the long term, we must mind two other factors:
          .
          1. All couples must rationally plan families so as to stick to replacement levels.
          .
          2. All agricultural land must be sustainably and effectively cultivated. However, scientific specialists must be listened to on issues pertaining to the retention of natural balances. Agriculture is in this mess because issues were over-simplified.
          .
          There are very real political issues. I agree that discussion is often shallow and frivolous; but do you think that we now have an acceptable government?
          .
          I’m trying to focus on this Church cheating that has got highlighted. All that I’m saying is true and I promise not to misled you on any of this. Why not discuss that seriously here? You appear to trust me!
          .
          Panini

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          Lester: “Instead of protesting, people should be planting crops and harvesting”. Well said better than doing it. Who “FAILED” the crop and harvesting? Who “MISHANDLED” the entire economy and brought this country to “BRANCUPTCY” as of the date, within a matter of “30 months”? To our consolation, there was a “GROUP” who identified the devastating consequences for the people and the country and staged the “AWARENESS” by protests that have achieved so far a lot of benefits among most being “Go Gota Go Home” (entire Rajapakse Regime), “Take Back the Loot”, “Punish the Looters”, “All 225 Must Go” (Meaning CLEANING of the Parliament and filling with most DESIRABLES), “United with all Religious and Ethenic communities for a common purpose of Building the Country) etc.

          Of course, “Rajapakses” would be very happy if protestors followed your “ADVICE”.

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            Simon,
            .
            Why not move on from here? Hopefully, Lester also will realise the truth of what you say, with the passing of time.
            .
            After I got over the surprise of being complimented by him, I checked on a number of his other comments, and realised that he has an implacable hatred of Veluppillai Prabhakaran; I share that disgust about the strategies of the LTTE, except that I try to understand why things got to that stage.
            .
            We will each express ourselves somewhat differently.
            .
            I have consistently made the point that all of us Lankans harbour a sense of entitlement and have been living beyond our means. Any realisation of that will be beneficial for the future.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            Continuing………..
            .
            However, I fully back the “Aragalya” as well. Comments on CT are too full of hair-splitting. The urgent need now is to get rid of this bogus “Interim Administration”, which clearly intends staying on with business as usual. Their initial excuse was that they desired to stop any drift towards chaotic anarchy. They must arrange elections as fast as possible. Work out details.
            .
            Yet there’s no sign of that being given priority. So, we must expend all our lung power in roaring, “GotaGo!”
            .
            All must cast votes, thereafter. How, and to whom, cannot be for us to prescribe. However, like you, I remain firm in my support of the NPP. To that end, I participated in the NPP May Day rally in Matara. There is no contradiction between engaging in some political activity and recognising that productive work must be engaged in. I’ve been a teacher, and my teaching has been of a skill (the use of English) that is necessary; but always being alert to the danger of it being used for the wrong purpose of enriching individuals and inhibiting others.
            .
            All that I ask is that every citizen should do some THINKING.

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      May I focus on the cheating issue? I have been taking it up with the S. Thomas’ College BoG consistently since 2008.
      .
      .
      PART ONE
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      .
      Some don’t want to comment since they don’t understand these schools. Therefore, may I make it clear that most of my teaching has been in schools directly run by the Ministry of Education. I will use the nomenclature used in State-schools, to make comprehension easier.
      .
      We needn’t bother with past wrongs. Bishop Dushantha has been dodging me; he cannot be met. Finally we talked for 9 minutes, 35 seconds, beginning 12.15 pm that day. He’s not a bad man; just weak. Try to understand the issues, raise questions, judge for yourself, and express your opinions.
      .
      I asked him to ensure that, in March 2024, the mostly non-Christian, State-school educated teachers of the three Branch Schools of S. Thomas’ be allowed to freely elect a Member to the BoG. The Principals of the three schools are Anglican priests. The Bishop is the Chairman of the fifteen member Board, of whom five are elected. There usually isn’t a problem with the election of the other four. He appoints the balance nine.

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      PART TWO
      .
      I am simplifying. If anybody claims that in simplifying there is distortion, I shall link you to other places, mostly on Colombo Telegraph, where these have been discussed with greater attention to detail. Let’s cut the clutter in what gets gets put on here.
      .
      He told me that he would entrust the election to the three Principals, but if they cheated there was nothing that he could do. I was taken aback by that bald statement of intent. He had earlier sheltered in vagueness. He himself had been one of the Principals (of the school in Kollupitiya, Colombo) in 2020. He knew the cheating then, but went through the motions in his school, perhaps knowing that the two priests in the two (poorer) Uva schools would cheat a sycophant on to the Board. So it happened; I told him then, and told him again last week, that I didn’t rock the boat because he was the better candidate for election as Bishop in an election scheduled for August 2020.
      .
      Now, your questions at the bottom of the page, please.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      “Professor Hoole himself is a man who is still striving to uphold Universal Values, despite all obstacles.”

      Agree with you, but he too could not stop MACO in EC, before going to give nomination to a man by name GOTA – whose profile was similar to that of a MULTI CRIMINAL, already by the conviction of the general public. Alisab ry might have other thoughts, but people s judgement was public secret.

      Today even more clear, that GOTA would have been mutli criminal, but no means the right person to be the president of this nation.

      Many would question today, if the two memebers failed to convince MACO becoming highly biased to Rajapkashes – how could the general public have done being out of that commission ?
      .
      Believe or not over 99% of SRILANKEN population is corrupted as no further proof would ever be necessary.

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      Why is it that we are so ineffective in exposing the evils in society, and in nailing down the coffins of the criminals?
      .
      Let’s gaze clearly at the issues and identify our priorities. Right now we have to focus on corruption, counter it, and set our nation on the path to recovery. Whilst keeping that clearly in mind, we would do well, to keep pushing for accountability at all levels.
      .
      There is little purpose in denouncing in such a way that we end up merely sloganeering. There’s a place for that – in the streets. Here most of the comments have been constructive – I assume that most of us dismiss Eagle Eye, knowing that he is a paid lackey of those whom the entire country has by now come to regard as the enemies of all that is good and sacred.
      .
      Professor Jeevan Hoole has for years now been indefatigable in exposing the corruption and the cheating in our society. There has been consistency in his doing so, but occasionally some readers think (actually with some justification, I feel) that he delves into irrelevancies.

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      No irrelevancies in this article. Articles of this sort deal with facts. Lots of facts here. It is true that this article focuses on the extent to which the Tamil community has been bought in to the Aragalalya. It would be meaningless to bandy vague generalisations.
      .
      How do references to the Anglican Church and its Bishop fit in? In responding I have gone beyond confirming what Hoole has said, because I think that there is a broader significance to this. This shows up one of the ruinous faults of our society. Even when the absolute evil that pervades our society, is proved, we refuse to follow up. In this instance the Bishop is merely weak, and is possibly decent enough, but our intellectuals just don’t want to face uncomfortable truths.
      .
      The British missionaries who set up these schools may have underestimated our local religions, but they were sincere in setting up schools which allowed lineages of privileged people to be produced. They dominate our society. This is recognised by sophisticated non-Christians who often claim that “Anglicans” still pull the strings. It’s complex. Let us remember that Ranil Wickremasinghe’s father’s brother was a Bishop, and a fine man, too.

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      Now that our society has inherited these schools, what do we do? The flagship at Mt Lavinia, and even the other Colombo school in Kollupitiya are managing to hold their own, despite the upstart “International Schools”.
      .
      However what is now confirmed to be the fate of the two Uva schools? They exist to serve the self-regarding new rich who want their children to have the distinction of being in “fee-levying private schools”. And what do they get? Precious little.
      .
      The teachers? The products of government schools who want to bask in the glory of belonging to something special join the Staffs, where there is a peculiar form of corruption, and themselves don’t mind being treated as indentured labour. This is doing damage of a subtle sort. They have superior infrastructure, and some loyal past pupils, now in middle-age, remember the times when these schools attracted students of some calibre. The two Uva schools are somewhat different in character, but I won’t attempt analysis here. I’m already getting more distant from them, and what happens after I die? There will be nobody around who could testify to the ill-effects of having such schools.

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      PART SIX
      .
      It should be chilling for readers to hear that the cleric in charge of these schools has understood that there is regular corruption in electing Members to the Board of Governors from these schools, but intends to ignore the corruption. This damages even the parent school in Mt Lavinia; have readers understood that the Governors who are cheated on to this Board have oversight over the two Colombo Schools as well?
      .
      I may have left you puzzled about the Rules that govern these elections:
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      http://www.stcg62group.org/PDF/College/05_Rules_of_STC_Board_of_Governors.pdf
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      Those are the rules that are being violated, but they have ben framed in accordance with:
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      https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/st-thomas-college-3/
      .
      That ordinance can be changed only by the Parliament – yes, the mostly disreputable 225 fellows who meet on Diyawanna Oya.
      .
      And the government’s Ministry of Education has a say:
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      https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/eksith-fernando-v-manawadu-and-others-st-thomas-college-cases/
      .
      Please see if you can now understand the complexities even in what would be so straightforward if everybody just got on with running these schools honestly.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Uva (NIC 483111444V)

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    Mr Hoole I don’t think you could generalize for all Tamils, I agree however that the people clamoring for the seats of power use race and religion to gain votes . They will find a million reasons to justify their personal need to do that, For me all religions are fake,so each one to his own.It may an idea for all minorities to stay out of the issue as there is no majority stand for them and this will only cloud the issue at hand which is different from what you are moaning about.
    The majority will have to look to their politicians for losses via banks,taxation,and fertilizer etc as the president himself has acknowledged as mistakes. There is no economic hit man . The Aragaliya youth are wanting those guilty of financial misdemeanor investigated. I feel that the International lenders will prevent such losses too.This is an issue which is man made and culpebility is the key.
    All other talk by supporters is to cover up those misdeeds and only a diversion tactic.
    You may find my view unsympathetic but this is the view the international community will take. Can we look at the financial losses as the youngsters are rightly asking.

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    MR.HOOLE WHEN WRITING ABOUT TAMILS LIVING ABROAD MAINLY AFTER JULY 1983 YOU HAVE NOT THANKED THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GRATE HELP FOR TAMILS LIVING ABROAD WITH WEALTH AND HEALTH.
    J.R
    PREMADASA
    LALITH
    CHANDIRIKA
    ANURUTHA RATWATTE
    MAHINDA
    GOTHAPAYA

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      Yes, now Chandrika”s and Gothapayam’s children also now living in the west with wealth and health. Created all the problems for the island’s Thamizh, in the case of Chandrika not only her but both her parents, forcing many to migrate but ironically sent their children to the very same places the Thamizh fled for safety, for the good life. We also Jester the Goose, Eagle Thaatha and the fake Viking. Live in the west and enjoy all the perks and human rights provided to immigrants like them but advocate marginalization, structural genocide of the island’s Thamizh and fully support racist Chingkalla war criminals and crooks who have swindled billions of dollars, from the safety and comfort in their newly found western havens.

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        Please dont compare Gotabaya with that of CBK or any other leader/ it is not fair.
        😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    I quote from Prof Hoole’s
    “As a Tamil I face questions on why Tamils are not participating in greater numbers in GotaGoGama. It is because of our innate feeling that the Sinhalese will never agree to Tamil aspirations – that they want us only until Gota goes.”.

    ———————————-

    I agree totally with Prof Hoole
    All communities fought shoulder to shoulder with a lot of enthusiasm and hope to get freedom from colonial rule prior to 1948.

    ————————————-

    We all succeeded in our struggle and got independence on February 4th, 1948.

    —————————————
    But we all got soon divided from 1956 with the Sinhala Only bill being passed, and we saw through so many riots and violence, and all communities got divided and polarized.

    —————————————-
    So fighting shoulder to shoulder is not something new and special to this time, it was displayed prior to Independence too.

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    The point I want everyone to consciously note is that soon after we get these Rajapaksa rascals out we should not forget all that was said during this struggle and be conscious that it should NEVER be another 1956 anymore.
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    So our success is not just throwing Rajapaksas and their suckers in parliament but ensuring equality to all irrespective of race and religion. This will be the victory for all; otherwise, it will be just Rajapaksa being replaced by another set of rogues.

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      Part of the problem is that we never had to fight for our freedom. Some people in India did all the work for us, and few Britishers were really interested in holding on to us. Also, there being a Labour Government headed by Clement Atlee, also helped us.
      .
      We inherited a paradise, and didn’t appreciate it. We exploited “Indian Labour” on the estates, and felt entitled to do so. We have lived beyond our means, and have never fought any worthwhile cause. We have lived beyond out means.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Rkybau–w&t=1s
      .
      That’s six minutes in English by Harsha de Silva, today.

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        Sinhala_Man,
        “Part of the problem is that we never had to fight for our freedom.”
        —-
        If you are referring to Tamils, Muslims and Malays when you say ‘WE’, you are right. They did not fight to get Independence but served in the British Army and fought against indigenous Sinhalayo.
        Sinhala Buddhists and Vedda Eththo fought against British rule and sacrificed hundreds of thousands lives. Those who led the liberation struggles, including Buddhist Monks faced firing squads of British.

        Didn’t they teach history of Sinhale in school?

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        Dear SM,
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        You are right. We never had to fight for our freedom. But srilanken media spread lies about so called independence as they did it with so called war victory against LTTE terror. Rajapakshes came into being EMPTY weerayasa twisting the vulnerable started since then.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3FkWvCDPRM

        We were taught about Wariyapola hamuduruwo and all others that to have fought for freedom, but our teachers might not have raised the question – if these were the truths.
        :
        I think SRILANKENs have been misled from the begnning on knowing they are easily manipulative.

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          To the very same manner, GHANASARA or MAEDAGODA ABEYTHISSA MUDALALIS would be held as – real weerayas- for the history, if our MODAYA dominated srilanka would remain for the future generations. I mean if our YOUTH would look back it in 50 years now.

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      Blabla,
      “All communities fought shoulder to shoulder with a lot of enthusiasm and hope to get freedom from colonial rule prior to 1948.”

      During British rule Tamils in Yapanaya and Muslims were sitting on the lap of Brits and enjoyed privileges and did not fight to liberate the country from British rule. Only Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo fought against British and sacrificed hundreds of thousands lives and the leaders faced firing squads of British. Those who actually shot those Sinhala leaders and Buddhist monks were Tamils, Muslims, Malays or Punjabis who served in the British Army.

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      Blabla,
      “We all succeeded in our struggle and got independence on February 4th, 1948.”
      —-
      British gave independence not because of ‘OUR STRUGGLE’ but because Briton got bankrupt after WWII and Sinhale/Ceylon became an unprofitable enterprise.

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    Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole is 100% correct and I agree with him. Most Sinhalese really do not care about the Tamils and only want their support during the current economic crisis and will drop them like a ton of hot bricks once this crisis is over and go back to their usual racist ways. I have seen many recent comments from many Sinhalese bloggers in various forums regarding the Sri Lankan Tamils, their history, and their rights. Most of them are still derogatory, deliberately misinforming and implying Tamils do not belong, are recent immigrants and belong to Tamil Nadu or India and the truly indigenous people are the Sinhalese. This shows the brainwashed mindset has not changed, even during this current economic crisis, If it has only it is only shallow and that too only a small minority. As for India, the west, especially Britain, the last colonial power, that is the created all this mess the least said the better. They are not genuine with regards to the island’s Tamil people and their rights.

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      There is hardly any demand being made for just Tamil rights, or humans rights provisions for everyone being made, as a condition for providing, financial and economic relief, this is the best time to get a racist, the human rights-abusing government in power to heel and behave.
      Instead, they are jostling with each other to provide aid with no conditions, just to get a toehold and keep China out. Very disappointing. They still have not learnt their lesson with regard to the Sinhalese or do not care.

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        “There is hardly any demand being made for just Tamil rights,…”
        —-
        What are these ‘JUST TAMIL RIGHTS’?

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          Eagle Dump Eye

          “What are these ‘JUST TAMIL RIGHTS’?”

          What are not “JUST TAMIL RIGHTS”?

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma,
      “Most Sinhalese really do not care about the Tamils…”
      —-
      Give us one good reason why indigenous Sinhalayo who accommodated Tamils in their country should care for Tamils who passed Vaddukkodai Resolution that contains a fabricated history of Sinhale to justify their demand for a separate State, declared war against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades committing war crimes and crimes against humanity to grab land belong to Sinhalayo in NE to create a separate State for Tamils in Yapanaya who are the descendants of coolies brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch.

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    Eagle Eye asserts “You should be out of your mind to consider a guy who massacred indigenous Sinhala Buddhists for three decades to grab their land in NE to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch as a patriot.”

    It is true the Portuguese and Dutch brought Dravidians from Tamil Nadu. . These Dravidians have been successfully assimilated into Sinhalese Salagama, Durawa and Karawa (Karaiyar) castes.

    The Salagama caste was also known as Saliya/ Chaliya. Their ancestors were a weaving community known as Saliya also known as Devanga Chettiar of South India.

    Like the other coastel castes such as the Karavas and Duravas, the Salagamas migrated to Sri Lanka between 13th to 18th century.

    Eagle Eye also belongs to one of these immigrant castes since his real names is Mahindapalan!

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      Thanga,
      “These Dravidians have been successfully assimilated into Sinhalese Salagama, Durawa and Karawa (Karaiyar) castes.”

      So, what’s the big deal?

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      Well said Thanga. You are correct. From the 10Th century onwards, South Indian migration to the Thamizh parts of the island was just a trickle, or there was hardly any. This is the reason the Eezham Thamizh dialects and culture evolved in complete isolation, from the South Indian mainland. The Jaffna Thamizh dialect. The dialect used in Jaffna is the oldest and most archaic and is claimed to be closest to old Tamil. It is considered to preserve many antique features of Old Tamil that predate Tolkāppiyam, the grammatical treatise of Tamil. The Jaffna Tamil dialect retained many forms of words which were used in Sangam literature such as Tirukkuṛaḷ and Kuṟuntokai. According to Kamil Zvelebil a linguist, the Batticaloa Tamil dialect, spoken by the eastern Thamizh and Muslims, is the most literary of all spoken dialects of Thamizh and it has preserved several very antique features and has remained more true to the literary norm than any other form of Thamizh while developing a few striking innovations.

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        However, it is the opposite in the Chingkalla areas. South Indian migration and invasions, resulted in a huge sea of immigrants and invaders, who came and settled amongst the Chingkallams and eventually, converted to Buddhism or Catholicism, depending on the period they arrived and assimilated into the Chingkalla identity. Especially during the Portuguese and Dutch era, when hundreds of thousands of Thamizh low castes, from South India, were imported by them and settled along the southern and western littorals to do menial and service work. Creating new castes like the Karawa( Karaiyar) Salagaga ( Chaliyar) , Berewa( Pariar) Durawa( Nalavar or Nadar) , Hunu and many others. Their Sinhaliseddescendants now make up half the present-day Chingkallams and doubled the island’s Chingkalla population within a few centuries. What about all the thousands of South Indian aristocrats and upper castes, ( Thamizh and Telugu origin Thamizh speaking Naickers from Madurai and Thanjavavur) who arrived and settled, after each invasion or arrived as part of the huge retinue when a South Indian Thamizh princess married a Chingkall monarch or prince and were all given huge amount of lands? Most of the so-called Chingkalla aristocrats and upper castes are descended from them. Just look at all their family names. A Thamizh who is who.

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          No wonder the present-day Chingkallams share 55-70% with Indian Thamizh, whereas the Eezham Thamizh only has around 17% DNA. Proving who is really descended from recent South Indian Immigrants( not the ancient Dravidian Naga and Yakka who arrived prehistorically). Chingkallams like Eagle Beagle talk about all this recent South Indian migration but conveniently fail to state who are the descendants of these recent South Indian immigrants. Chingkallams not Eezham Thamizh.

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            ===Tamil/Indonesian Sinhala/Portuguese History===

            The article refers to “exogamous” marriages. You can see on the map, that Tamil area is very small and exposed. Yalpanam is a divine name, as on the Australian Aboriginal religion’s map of the Motherland’s two lips (India), a harp is the ideal indigenous shape of the organ above the two lips. Music is pleasure. It is the caste system, that ensures every one starts a family.

            Sri Lankans today claim Kingdom of Sitawaka which faught european empire, and thus Kandy Kingdom. Yet in 1521AD, the Sinhala Buddhist (monk beggers! who reject wealth) killed their king for the Kingdom of Kotte to side with Portugal. When they sided with Portugal, in 1521, that gave the Treaty of Tordesillas weight. The Spanish on the otherside completely destroyed Teonochtitlan in Mexico. Read the book “Histories of the Inca” by Pedro De Gamboa, and the driving jealousy behind the Spanish seeking wealth for King Phillippe, was the riches of Indies (South India.) When the Portuguese made land fall on Mannar, in 1561, that year the Chinese Emperor 嘉靖 completed building their Great Wall of China, and the (flying angels) UFOs left the skies of Nuremburg, a free imperial (Catholic) city. (Revelation 12)

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    This is an appeal to all Tamils, in fact to all racial, religious and other minorities to extend their support to Gota- Go-, Home movement unconditionally because it is a good cause and participating in a common struggle make all minorities Tamils also partners in this struggle. along with the majority.
    This is a golden opportunity for Tamils to enter the mainstream and be a part of the whole.
    I quote,
    ”In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that one must do one’s duties, but one has no control over the fruits. Nor must one claim any right to the results. We should expect nothing in return for what we do. This is a difficult attitude to have, but it must be cultivated”
    .
    This is a gem for all our actions. ..

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    “While a member of the Election Commission, I am aware that Ali Sabry in a video recording I still possess threatened Muslim voters that they would get thrashed (he used the word Ambaanai) if they did not vote for Gotabaya Rajapaksa because however they vote he is going to win.”

    No wonder his house got burnt. I know he has the money to rebuild it and he would have had insurance. Still people showed their displeasure at the man who was a major part of the 20th amendment that ruined Sri Lanka.

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    India

    Friend in need is frieind indeed, A real friend is one who will force you to lever yourself up. who walks in when the rest of the world walks out will force you to lever yourself up. Indian has no oil still it is supplying

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    Prof Hoole
    I guess you are right, Tamils coming together with the Aragala guys would be a viable choice for now.
    It is about time that everyone moved on from the ethnocentric relm to the human centric world where the
    Yes I know the Sinhala people are seen as temperament people, and for a good reason too.
    But I think exposure has changed the mindset of the younger generation. Thanks to the Rajapaksa family of crooks, we have learnt valuable lessons very quickly and practically, lessons that would have taken forever otherwise.
    We have to thank Mara and Co for their service, despite the billions they stole and the terrible destruction to the country. They will be made to pay back and punished for their crimes if the people keep up with the pressure.

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    It is very sad to see the Christian clergy being racist ( like Rulers) in our country. The Singhalese christian clergy kept SILENT during the mass killings in the unnecessary CIVIL WAR which could have been avoided if GoSL had given EQUAL RIGHTS to the Tamil speaking Sri Lankans. I do hope that the 21 st Amendment to the constitution can remove the post of all powerful post of NGR. It should also pave the way for
    —Removal of PTA
    —PREVENTING CROOKED & UNEDUCATED people to contest Parliamentary/Provincial elections.
    —Making religious hatred punishable offence
    —removal of all clergies from dabbling in politics

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      Naman,
      “…CIVIL WAR which could have been avoided if GoSL had given EQUAL RIGHTS to the Tamil speaking Sri Lankans.”
      —-
      When indigenous Sinhalayo accommodated Tamils from Hindusthan in their country and gave them citizenship, they were given SAME RIGHTS enjoyed by Sinhalayo. In addition, Tamils were given the privilege to retain ‘Thesawalamei’ which is a customary law from Malabar region that Malabars brought to Yapanaya and occupied Sinhala land.
      —-
      What more rights Tamils want?

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      Naman,
      • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
      • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
      • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities?
      • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists?

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        Eagle Eye, your questions are absolutely silly because you know the answers. I can list hundreds of things but will give a selective list in 200 words:
        What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala? State patronage in general. Being prosecuted in court in Sinhalese. Our areas being swamped with unsympathetic Sinhalese policemen who invariably speak to us in Sinhalese even when they know Tamil.
        • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority? Tamil stooges as ministers but never MPs we elect
        • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities? A sympathetic government, even at PC level.
        • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists? Only the Buddhists have a state religion. Buddhist monks have scholarships at universities. Our priests do not get scholarships for training. . Buddhist temples are built by the state, especially in Tamil areas. We do not want these. We want equal treatment.

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          Jaffna Man:
          “Eagle Eye, your questions are absolutely silly because you know the answers.”
          After this accurate observation, there is no need to say anything.

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          JM,

          thank you. Equality is known but a foreign word yet to many of srilankens. Either they stay mum about it or just react as they notice it. Alone, to raise such questions, as sick Eagle eye continues makes it clear that the guy is mentally ill.
          As one would not argue with the psychiatric patients, we should not continue exchanges with EE anymore. Some say, that the kind of racists are common in that age group: So how can we rebuild this society ?
          :
          It is the nature of racist sinhalayas not to disrgegard EVEN known facts. This pathological liar -Eagle Eye would never see it right. Nor would he ever make efforts to compare it. He will remain as a dog s tail that would never be straightened even if it would have been put in a bamboo sheath.

          I think any future govt should cancell POYA days as public holidays.
          :
          At least today, PEOPLE should be able to see it right and work hard for a better future. Productivity can come only via hard working.

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    Mr Hoole I don’t think you could generalize for all Tamils, I agree however that the people clamoring for the seats of power use race and religion to gain votes . They will find a million reasons to justify their personal need to do that.
    It may an idea for all minorities to stay out of the issue as there is no majority stand for them and this will cloud the issue.

    As for the majority they will have to look to their own politicians for losses via banks,taxation,and fertilizer etc as the president himself has acknowledged mistakes. There is no economic hit man or even problem as some here claim, the Aragayaliaiyouth are wanting those guilty of financial misdemeanor investigated and othters are finding reasons and excuses for them. I feel that the International lenders will prevent such losses too in the future and till then all will be at a standstill. All other talk by supporters is to cover up those misdeeds.

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    Aragalaya is a Sinhalese word In Tamil also ‘Aragalaya’ and English also ‘Aragalaya’. What is holding them from giving proper translated Tamil and English words? This cannot be simply ignored as an oversight. I can see through the slits, they want to have dominance. All I can see is that Rajapaksas may go with their undaunting efforts with lots of sacrifices but it will end up, Rajapaksa replaced by another crook who came camouflaged as a savior.

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      B
      Why cannot Tamil participants give it a name? Nobody will reject it, I am sure.

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    I am quite happy that the Aragalaya has no English title. Why can’t you be content with no Tamil title? The struggle is not about titles for God’s sake. It’s this sort of racial attitude that contributed to this mess in the first place. From the Aragalaya https://twitter.com/Amaliniii/status/1532191306528616448/photo/1

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      Paul
      I expect that it will acquire a Tamil name when there is Tamil participation in sufficient number.
      (If ‘Yahapalanaya’ has E & T equivalents, why not a more deserving thing?

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      Thanks, Paul,
      .
      I looked at all that you had linked us to.
      .
      At the time it happened, I was actually told by some Jaffna friends that it was of little practical consequence because most of the books there were very old; it has been gradually dawning on me that it is that aspect of it that is particularly tragic. At that time, people like me hardly imagined what a lot of rubbish would be bandied about regarding the origins of settlements.
      .
      There may be truth that the “Aragalaya” has been carefully directed by some who may be still guiding it; however, it’s strength lies in the spontaneity with which it has evolved. Let us not have committees that neatly balance all aspects of it, enervating it with their fastidious wording.

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    I’ve jut come across this refreshing article by a Sri Lankan of some sophistication whom we have not yet come across

    .
    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/6/2/sri-lankas-picturesque-protests
    .
    She is Neelika Jayawardane, writing for Al Jazeera, with the intention of countering the bias and the romanticism of what happens in the exotic East that creeps into most accounts written in the West. I haven’t yet given it the thought that I should have; that may have to follow below another article.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe

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    2.35 pm, and comments still being accepted?
    .
    Well, I’d like to reiterate this: We cannot expect all past wrongs to be thoroughly investigated, punishments meted out, and justice being done to those who have suffered.
    .
    As I have already stated, what becomes unacceptable is when despite clear warnings that there is going to be cheating in 2024, it is said that nothing can be done about it. What is the point in our electing to office a man (the Bishop, in this instance) in 2020, who knows that all this is true, but still refuses to prevent this cheating?
    .
    I’ve been here on this hill in Bandarawela for so long that I know much of the cheating that has gone on with regard to land in this area. I can tell you at length, and it will make sense, but that doesn’t meant that all this can be reversed. So, what do we do? The Sinhalese politicians latch on to the fact that Tamils were brought here by the British, mostly about 150 years ago. Indubitably true. So turn on them, and chase them out! Few want to tell the real truth about the past. Let me submit this, and then see if I can post details of land.

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    What I’m saying is not what you can use to prove individual cases, but if you THINK, it’ll make sense.
    .
    How old is a town like Bandarawela? Find out when the railway line reached us. That is when.
    .
    Go a little way up the road to Poonagala, and you’re in Kebillawela South.
    .
    Go a little way in the opposite direction, towards Ettampitiya, and you’re in Kebillawela North. What does this mean? the two Kebillawelas are the old original villages that may go back even a thousand years. Nobody can possibly know.
    .
    What happened after the railway line got here. a railway station, obviously, the post office, and the churches. Buddhist teples? Of course they

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      The time is now almost 11.00 pm; I must be getting so soft in the head that I’d got my calculation of Five Days mixed up.
      .
      Apologies for that incomplete comment. The first power cut, 3.00 pm. I had to turn off the computer in a hurry, but managed to submit before shutting down.
      .
      There may have been some settlements in the valleys in this area even a thousand years ago, and if one had to assign a “race”, best settle for Sinhalese. I’m sure that a thousand yeas ago, people were not so bothered about race, and I don’t think that any of us would have understood their language.
      .
      I was going to say that some Buddhist temples may be a thousand years old, but I will leave that for experts to settle that. What is certain is that third British Governor of Ceylon, Brownrigg, massacred thousands of people in this area in 1818. That is recorded history.
      .
      Long before Ranil Wickremasinghe’s Coffee Blight! He says that the country’s economy was devastated by the Blight. Really? I’m sure that most Lankans must have lived in villages then, and the Blight would have been news to them. What a pseudo scholar the guy is. If one doesn’t know, why not say so, as I often do in real life.

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      What I do know is that when I then went into the town about 5.30 pm, on my motor-bike, there was a queue for diesel (at least 50 vehicles), none for petrol – although the cordoning off of the shed implied that there wasn’t any, and at least a hundred blue Litro gas cylinders.
      .
      By that time I had bought a good pineapple, 1.4 kilos when I weighed it at home, for 250 rupees. That sounded cheap. They’re not grow in this area. Implication: people have no money.
      .
      That intrigued me; how is it ensured that they don’t get stolen? Not my concern, so I didn’t check whether they were “handcuffed together”, if you understand me.
      .
      The Supermarket (the one belonging to the island-wide chain), again looks well-stocked, but people were buying little. The kilo packet of Danish milk powder that I bought there for Rs 2,040/= a month ago, was now 2,800/=. Didn’t buy.
      .
      This clearly cannot go on much longer.

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