25 October, 2020

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Sri Lanka’s Political Lab Rats

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

Each time I hear the term “Sinhala Buddhist” uttered in today’s context I can’t help but feel an uneasy sense of foreboding tingle up my back. To me it sounds like a time-bomb waiting to explode. As a Sinhalese and a Buddhist by faith I have every right to ask “What on earth is a Sinhala Buddhist anyway? Is it a branch of the Sinhala race? Is it another nationality in Sri Lanka under the Buddhist flag?” For I’m confused!

We are today nothing but a nation of dysfunctional lab-rats used by myopic and selfish politicians over the years. In their laboratory of politics they carried out their deadly political experiments by injecting us with various sociologically toxic viruses that generations of us have been carrying around and spreading, oblivious of its long term repercussions. These deadly political experiments commenced soon after we gained independence from the British and go on unabated even today!

Intentionally or otherwise these virulent viruses have today contaminated our society almost in its entirety. This is a legacy passed down to us by our political forefathers which we are now blindly passing down to future generations, very much to their detriment.

As a result of these virulent experiments many amongst us lab-rats are now confusing their nationality, ethnicity and religion. Our national identity has become further obscured with the virus of religious extremism infecting the gullible.

Today we are not just straightforward Sri Lankans. Today we are Sinhala Buddhists, Sinhala Christians, Sinhala Other, Tamil Hindu, Tamil Christian, Tamil Other, Muslim Extremist or Muslim Other. What comes next?

Take a country such as Singapore for instance with a multitude of ethnic groups far diverse than in Sri Lanka who have made the country their home. Do they identify themselves by their ethnicity and religion? No. They all call themselves Singaporeans. Do the politicians of that country favour one ethnic group over the other? No. Do they favour one religion over the other? No.

To think that the iconic Lee Kuan Yew had once wished for Singapore to be like Sri Lanka! That was at a time when our country was an example to follow not what it has become now. Thank God they didn’t take after Sri Lanka. Look where they and we are now! They got it all right while we got it all wrong.

I remember a time way back in school, when we didn’t know what an ethnic group was. We were all Sri Lankans in one class- Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and others. I only wish it had stayed that way but politicians at the time had other ideas.

One of them was segregation by ethnicity when we were too young to understand. All we knew was that we were, as young children, pulled apart and shoved into classes segregated, based on our ethnicity. We were emotionally shattered as our friends had been taken away and before long we grew apart from each other.

I for one and others like myself were in a quandary. As the offspring of those who had straddled the latter colonial period and thereafter that of independence, the language we had heard and used from birth was English. Therefore our common first language was English.

From there onwards still as young children we became conscious of our ethnicity.

We started to feel ‘different’ from each other. We no longer regarded ourselves as just Sri Lankans. We either became Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim. Not satisfied with only segregating us by ethnic groups, our leaders then went on to brainwash us into regarding each other with suspicion and therefore to feel threatened by the other.

Today some of those of my generation, with whom I was one as a Sri Lankan, are either aspiring for a separate state, or are concealed beneath an abaya or are committing sacrilege by making a mockery of the Dhamma.

So here I am today a Sri Lankan of the Sinhala ethnic group, half Southern half Kandyan, a Buddhist by faith, mistaken for a Burgher or a North Indian, with English as my first language. Therefore according to the status quo do I identify myself as a cross-country, Burgher, North Indian-looking, English-speaking, Sinhala Buddhist? No thank you. I prefer to call myself a Sri Lankan because that sits better on my conscience and is easier on the tongue.

There are people I know, products of the identity confusion, who have written their ethnicity instead of their nationality in official documents. Such is their confusion!

What I foresee is that eventually we will all end up having to do a Google search to find out who we really are, unless we are given a new national identity card with our ethnicity and religion included, until someone gets a brainwave and includes ‘caste’ as well.

I for one believe and I’m sure many of you out there would agree that one’s ethnicity and religious faith should remain private. Religion, ethnicity or both combined cannot and should not be made to hang like the Sword of Damocles over the heads of others.

Extremism in all its ugly forms was propagated and continues to be propagated by our politicians for their own selfish gains instead of squashing it in its infancy. Do they ever look at the bigger picture and foresee what is to come or don’t they care? Do they ever think of the sacred responsibility of their leadership of our country? Are they so blinded by their greed to cling on to power and the spoils that go with it at any cost? Don’t they have a conscience? Are they not patriots?
Is it too much to ask of them to cast aside their selfish motives and even at this late stage unite all our citizens as Sri Lankans under one flag?

*Sharmini Serasinghe was Director Communications of the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) under Secretary Generals Jayantha Dhanapala and Dr. John Gooneratne. She counts over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media.

 

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    FYI:

    Sinhala Buddhist is a term coined by tribalist Tamils and their cohorts. Their intention was to create reverse subjugate Sinhala buddhists as they are the only people who talked for ONE COUNTRY Sri Lanka. At least some Sinhala-Christians were for Dividing Sri Lanka.

    You should regret your lack of knowledge in current affairs.

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      It should be corrected as

      Their intention was to subjugate Sinhala buddhists as they are the only people who talked for ONE COUNTRY Sri Lanka.

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        Oh, the irony is killing me here…

        Jim Softy is worried about this English grammar, quickly correcting himself with a follow-up post. But he is perfectly fine with all the garbage he posts with no facts to back it up. I’m glad the rest of the responders have countered him with names, dates and arguments that do make sense.

        Jim Softy is like Wimal Weeravansa and his foreign conspiracy theories, just spewing these crazy things with no inclination as to how he arrived at such a conclusion. My guess is that he just conjures this up in his sleep deprived mind; sleep deprived because of the constant fear that he live with. What is most disheartening is not the realization that such a poor soul exists, but to know that there are others who actually believe in this crap, without the thought ever crossing their minds that they should question such random assertions.

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      Sinhala-Buddhism is a dirty political Buddhism (or better known as Barbarism) is an ethnic religion created in Sri Lanka by the dirty racists. It began with Anagarika Dharampala’s Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism. Yoking Sinhala and Buddhism together like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee happened only in 1956 by the Jathika Chinthanaya movement and finally established and promoted violently by the Sinhala Urumaya. It is based on the doctrine of primacy and superiority of the Sinhala race and the Buddhist religion.

      From a very young age, the innocent Sinhala Buddhist children are brainwashed by their parents/grandparents, teachers, Buddhist priests (some members of the Maha Sangha), media personnel, text book writers, politicians and some of the Daham Paasela (Sunday school) teachers in the Buddhist temples by engraving the Sinhala-Buddhist Mahavansa mindset and Sinhala Buddhist racism into their sub-conscious minds. They are taught to believe that the non-Sinhala Buddhists (Tamils, Muslims, and Burghers) are outsiders who do not belong to Sri Lanka.

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      Even though Buddha was not a politician and Buddhisim has nothing to do with politics, the so called ethnic-religion *SINHALA-BUDDHISM* practised in Sri Lanka is nothing but a Political Philosophy and Practice derived from the work of Bikku Mahanama (author of Mahavamsa). It includes Racist Politics. All these Sinhala-Buddhist Monks are Racist Politicians irrespective of whether they are Members of Parliament or Not.

      Buddha (Buddhism) Never advised his disciples/monks to do Politics but Sinhala-Buddhism does, and therefore a Sinhala-Buddhist Bikkhu is at liberty to engage in Racist Politics, criticize and condemn all other religions and races, take part in Political rallies, burning flags and effigies and Promote War and Hatred as we see in Sri Lanka.

      They call Sinhala-Buddhism a *Religion (Buddhism) or a Philosophy of Buddha* only to FOOL the gullible Sinhalese people.

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      Lets see how the term Sinhala Buddhism came into being:

      As far as the Tamils are concerned they are nominally Hindus but they don’t really give much importance to religion in their political or personal life. The poosaris are just that and most of the poosaries are very poor and have absolutely no standing or say in societal matters.

      Compare this to the Sinhalese. The Asgiriya and Malwatte Mahanayakes are more powerful than the ministers. The constitution enshrines Budhism as the official religion, thus making SL a theocratic state.

      Every political protest from the Kandy padayatra to DJV inspired chaos and JHU hunger strike have been led by monks. The monks have their own party and have MPs and ministers fromm that. A monk shot dead SWRD.

      So please don’t deny that Sinhala extremism and Buddhism have fed of each other in SL. The term Bauddha Sinhala was not coined by Tamils but by Sinhala politicians as the selling phrase for establishing their power.

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      Jim Sotthy,

      Everybody in CT knows that you are an idiot but now you sound more like a brain dead imbecile. No wonder somebody called you a mentally retarded in another thread. Undesirable morons like you are also needed in this forum for us to have some fum.

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    Sharmini;
    I would rather be a Ceylonese. That was, such a lovely country. Passage through international borders as a Ceylonese was so easy.
    A Sri Lankan on the other hand would be hard pressed to pass.

    Who creted the problem of nationlaism and ethinic extremism- The people. The pollies capitalised on the opportunity offered by the “people”.
    Internationally this “sinhala Bhuddist” group is quite a Minority. I wonder if it is some basic instinct for survival that is causing this aggression to surface. The language is dying and all who Migrate,work as Expats or seek refuge in the developed world soon realise that the Sinhala Langauge as a means of comminication is of little value.

    Why has there not been a “Sri Lankan spring”?. It is because the need for self survival has not given cohesion to a mass movement that would remove a bad goverment.
    When a “Sri Lankan Passport Holder”; is treated with dignity at an international Border, will be the day I say that the the Country is developing and is accepted.

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      Candappa:

      You are more Reasonable and logical than this so-called proclaimed Sinhala Buddhist.

      FYI: …. Spring will not work in Sri Lanka and It is the Tamils who ruined the reputation of the Sri Lankan Passport. Before 1983, Sri Lankan Passport had a very good reputation and passport holders were allowed to freely move any where in the world.

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        Jim Softy:
        It is interesting that you use 1983 as a watershed. Wasn’t that the year that the massive pogrom was launched AGAINST EVERY TAMIL in your Sinhala Buddhist paradise? You are suggesting, no, STATING, that the victims should be ashamed. Of what? The behaviour of the perpetrators? Your contributions to CT have never been distinguished by a surfeit of intelligence, but this one is exceptional by even your standards (or lack thereof)

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        You are talking about 1983, it is you Sinhala-Buddhists who created that situation and made the Tamils refugees in their birth land. You made them leave the country, you created the Tamil Diaspora that is haunting you, your leaders and the country today.

        In July83, full moon poya day (Sunday) night, the Sinhala-Buddhists were gathered at the Buddhist temples listening the Racist Priests, just after mid night (Monday), they were told about the attack on the 13 soldiers. It was these Sinhala-Buddhist Monks who instigated and instructed those foolish gullible Sinhalese to attack and kill the innocent Tamils. Most of those so called *Sinhala Thugs* came out of the Buddhist temples after listening to the sermons delivered by these Racist Sinhala-Buddhist Monks and killed the innocent Tamils, burning them alive, and looting all their belongings.

        Whether you like it or not, in Sri Lanka, Religion (Buddhism), Politics and Racism (Sinhala) are mixed into ONE and goes as Sinhala-Buddhism.

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      I would argue that the opposite is true and that it was the politicians who created these ethnic divisions. In fact was it not the Tamil politicians who were asking Tamils to vote for them due to their ethnicity when they were not able to go head to head with Senanayakes?

      But I must admit that it was the Bandaranayake SLFP, that brought the ethnicity based politics to the forefront by embracing the “Sinhala Buddhist” division. They indeed succeeded in defeating the UNP through this strategy. But we seldom ask the question, was the price to be paid, for adopting this strategy of ethnic based politics worth the win. This is why many consider it poetic justice that SWRD was assassinated by none other than a Buddhist Monk. Those who live by the sword die by the sword, eh?

      After the 1970s experience I really didn’t expect the SLFP, with their ethnicity based politics, to ever become popular again. But I guess George Santayana is right, after all. “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” But in our case it is a new generation who neglected to learn the past that is condemned to repeat it. I feel like a time-traveler who is able to visit the past observing events with closer attention because I am acutely aware of what comes next.

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    Can a modern man expect different platforms to stand in the GLOBALISM/UNIVERSAL ISM?. Is there a UTILITARIANISM under the sky?. Can that exist even among one family members?. At least between a husband and a wife. If so no survival among those two. After an ethnic war do we expect continuous destruction? But there is a known fact behind all these activities as mentioned by the writer. “HOPE for the BEST”

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      The word UTILITARIANISM should be replaced with UNITARIANISM

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    The more we talk about a subject, the more prominence and focus it receives in the human mind. Today and since many years these ideas of racial supremacy have been taught to our children in schools, homes and public which is now giving rise to a generation of racially inclined adults.

    In Singapore even talk of race is taboo and one can even lose one job if one makes a comment of that type. Racism is a poison that can destroy society and the country.It is good that the evils of racism are comming into focus so that people are informed and can decide for themselves. Finally it would be good if race is made taboo and hate speech a criminal offence.

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    You Jim Softy in the brain nitwit,

    Can’t your little brain understand that the writer is referring to the current context “the term Sinhala Buddhist uttered in TODAY’S CONTEXT”?

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      Mahadenamutta the dummy:

      What do you understand by the Hindu-Tamil ?

      (Not all the Tamils are Hindus).

      If so, why do you find that it is difficult to understand the word Sinhala-buddhist.

      For me this writer Lady is another [Edited out]

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      Mahadenamutta the dummy:

      What do you understand by the word Hindu-Tamil ?

      (Not all the Tamils are Hindus).

      If so, why do you find that it is difficult to understand the word Sinhala-buddhist.

      For me this writer Lady is another [Edited out]

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        never play with religions. They are divine. Languages are some thing different. They are understood by ordinary folk.
        So why do we need to link a divine to an ordinary one?
        This says that ordinary people try to link with the divine one to be highlighted. Why cann’t we spare the religion to be UNIVERSAL?

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    Sinhala Buddhist Sharmini ,is a crass, partially educated or uneducated ,unwise or stupid opportunist, who quite obviously, do not understand the first thing about Buddhism.
    This is not all , this breed is sooooo stupid, they can not ,compete on an even field with any body,This is why they mistakenly believe, they are a race? Who have to be protected? Because they are stupid. Buddhism is an all inclusive philosophy. It has only got to be protected from those so called “Sinhala Buddhists ” Buddhism is a way of life. Not a life where religions are used to discriminate

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    Well said, Tony Candappa. Blaming politicians is easy, but in a democracy – which Sri Lanka certainly was for fifty years, whatever it is now – it’s a bit silly. The politicians are in power by the people’s mandate; if they’re so evil, how did we come to elect them?

    Sharmini, this evil didn’t begin with Independence – unfortunately. The social disintegration of our country was foreshadowed, institutionalised and perpetuated during the colonial era. C.W.W. Kannangara’s Education Act of 1945, the Ceylon Citizenship Act of 1947 (which disenfranchised ‘Indian’ Tamils and made them stateless) and the rejection of the secular, egalitarian Soulbury Constitution – were both the instruments of its creation and a harbinger of what was to come.

    There is no hope for Sri Lankans – Sinhalese Buddhists very much included – unless we can find a way to reconstitute our nation without favour to any race, religion or other polity. I fear, though, that it will never happen.

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    Nationalism has always been the refuge of scoundrels, even though the relevant saying is that it is the ‘last’ refuge of scoundrels. Most Sri Lankans are generally gullible, naive, trusting and fallible, hence the exploitation at the highest levels.

    Over the years, they have looked up to their political leaders for guidance and direction, and have unfortunately taken wrong cues time after time.

    At the same time, (especially Sinhala Buddhists) they have discarded religious principles as mere rituals for occasional dabbling in. Furthermore, the crooks have hijacked the white “sil-redda” as their symbolic dress depicting a non-existent virtue and purity.

    The reason why a Sri Lankan passport holder is always looked upon with suspicion is because of this petty attempt at deception, fraud, misinformation and duplicity that has overtaken the national identity and has become an ethos that is so much a part of Sri Lankanness now.

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      Well said Lasantha :)

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    Can a modern man expect different platforms to stand in the GLOBALISM/UNIVERSAL ISM?. Is there a UNITARIANISM under the sky?. Can that exist even among one family members?. At least between a husband and a wife. If so no survival among those two. After an ethnic war do we expect continuous destruction? But there is a known fact behind all these activities as mentioned by the writer. “HOPE for the BEST”

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    we in Sri Lanka the “land like no other’ has since Independance have had enough of wars. The two J.V.P up risings then the invasion of the I.P.K.F. and last but not least The L.T.T.E.It is time we all settled down and seriously start thinking of our Country, and stop blaming everything and every body for all our set backs and misgivings , this is a beautiful Island and we need to all try and keep it that way the politians will not go away , Religon will always be around , including culture and Ethnic differences. Stop the Blame game and get on with trying to change things for the better in our own little lives.

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    Ms Serasinghe – Lee Kuan Yew had once wished for Singapore to be like Ceylon not Sri Lanka. Those who are concealed beneath an abaya does not aspire a separate state or would not dare to mock Dhamma. They are just protecting their modesty or the free will to exercise their Universal right to dress as they please. If you do come across this type people, who denigrate/mock other faiths; please club them with the undesirable element of the population.

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    Sharmini,
    So you call yourself Sri Lankan. Then you say “As a Sinhalese and a Buddhist by faith ….”

    Tell us, in a simple two word introduction, would you say you are a Sri Lankan Buddhist or Sinhala Buddhist? Its simple as that. Or, would you prefer to drop that ‘Sinhalese’ tag? I think you are truly confused.

    A few Germans that I know says they are Buddhists. Therefore, we call them German Buddhists. Likewise, we call some others English Buddhists, Thai Buddhists, Tamil Buddhists etc and etc. None of them seems to be confused or feel uneasy like you for what they are. May be because; they do not have to worry about half looks or bugged with an alien language mother tong.

    Though I have lived in the UK for eighteen years staring from the days of Beatles, I haven’t met any Irish or English who call themselves Unitedkingdomish or even British. Only few Welsh, Scots called themselves British.

    I see that you have a serious identity problem. As for me, I have no problem whatsoever like that. My nationality is Sri Lankan, race is Sinhala and religion is Buddhist. I think the same story goes for majority Sri Lankans. This I’ve hear is a problem for half baked Colombian WOGs.
    Leela

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      So if you’ve lived in the UK for the past 18 years you still hold a Sri lankan passport right???? Just checking coz u say that your nationality is Sri lankan….

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        hope4change,
        Yes, I have a Sri Lankan passport.
        Leela

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          So how about moving back to Sri Lanka then??? Why do you to continue to live in the UK ?????? After all you seem to be totally enchanted with this regime and your sinhala -ness …

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      Lord Buddha never left a Register for any to claim that he or she is a Buddhist, either Sinhala or anyother Nationality. Any one is free to practise his Philosophy. Therefore for some to claim as Buddhists and some others, as Priests to act as the Custodians does not arise.

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        Yes Gamini,
        I like it the way you hve been with the religion. Recalling, we had exchanged similar views here on CT sometimes back now. Most so called buddhists in Sl are just born buddhists. Not many of them seem to be practising the buddha´s preachings. See, hearing the news lately, that a buddhist monk had been slaughtered before being killed I have never heard in our days (3 decades ago) in the country. If so called buddhist would pracitse the Darama, why should have the similar incidents on a rise in the country today ? No doubt about that the buddhism is a great religion and it teaches adherents to follow avihinsa – but in a country where the president himself is a DIRIGATOR for ETHNIC violations (of all forms predominantely in the matters related to rule of law), I really dont think that majority born buddhists (many of them are villagers that have no access to other media but to state only) would EASILY grasp the need of respect their fellow minority folks, if we ever want sustainable peace wthin SRILANKENs. Besides, President is the person who came with the rhetoric- immediately after the millary victory against Ltters, that – WE ARE ALL SRILANKENS and I am president for all communinities.

        But to see the VERY same person (if not a mutant of the first one) to call the majority folk – SINHALESE BUDDHISTS on the very day country celebrates its 65th indepence – is like- he should have eaten something wrong to express all these.

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          Sam, all those who claim to be Sinhalese Buddhists and Theravadha at that in this country are all Labelled Buddhists. These so called Sinhalese Buddhists are led to believe that by collecting merit in offering flowers and alms to Buddha statues and Bo-trees propergated by the ubiquitous crows they could reach Nirvana. Lord Buddha has never preached of a practise of worshipping him or the Sangha, the laity could collect merit and reach Nirvana. All Buddhists in this country are a misguided set of fools. Hence their actions of hatred, jealousy and viciousness towards others.

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            Hi Gamini,I was just wondering,are you saying that Buddha
            didn’t preach Nirvana? I mean Gauthama. The rest is spot on.

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              Whywhy, Gauthama after the so called enlightenment he spoke of Nirvana, but he never said that one could reach Nirvana, collecting merit by worshipping Buddha statues and Bo-trees. Had it been so, Buddha lived for forty five years after enlightenment and the people living then would have worshipped the living Buddha day in day out, lining the streets and attained so. There is no such thing mentioned in Chronicles. This practise of merit collection to reach Nirvana by the Labeled Buddhists of today is an invention by the Sangha for their sustenance.

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      Knowing the German cutlure well, having lived there for such long time, I would say, your comparison is innacuate.

      In your comment, German is the country adjective while the sinhalese is ethnic adjective. You seem to be comparing two different categories fully ignoring their proper meaning. You may compare – German buddhists with srilanken buddhists, but not with sinhalese buddhist. Two different categories.

      I think the message of the writer is that it is favourable to call us all srilanken. But this is not an easy task. Dont the malaysian call their muslims as malay muslims or malaysian muslims ? May be Malaysians dont bother with that, because we are the ones that had a brutal war in the country.

      further to this, feeling superior being SINHALESE BUDDHISTs and we are the predominant majority – this we should avoid any more. Each and everyone of the country be confident about being srilanken. I have the feeling our people are not sensitive enough when they express things. Weerawanse and Mervins should be removed from the valuable discussions based on these sensitivities. Making more efforts to build a SRILANKEN peaceful society, folks would not achieve the levels without the assistance of professionals (sociologists, psychologists and the related professionals). Rulers need to invest in these areas more than in road, buildings and other contrution projects. Mostly while trying to create new problems rather than solving the remaining ones will be the consequence if the rulers would NOT pay adequate attention to these areas.

      In a country where over three decades of cruel war went on, wording that the rulers or whoever use should NOT cotain any racial based meanings. Likwise, the word Aryans is not being used in Germany anymore. So is the word -negro. In the US, use of the word Negro to describe a black person has largely fallen out

      http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1955923,00.html

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    Sharmini,I appreciate your sentiments which you have effectively presented. Politicians today- those in seats of power in particular- use `Sinhala-Buddhistness’ to establish their credentials as great patriots,cover their sins, mislead people and whip up racialism. There are many Buddhist monks who are strangers to the essence of Buddhism supporting such political scoundrels. It is a pity that our people are gullible and can be easily swayed. That is why our people vote for any scoundrel who would beat his chest and scream, “Those who conspire to destroy Buddhism and divide my country can do so only over my dead body!”

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    Ah so, our Leela the transvestite is back. Tell me machang, when you underwent the sex change operation to become a woman, did they remove your brain as well?

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      Hahaha !! This leela lives in ole blighty and still thinks he/she can tell us what is right and about this country ….leela why don’t you move back to Sri Lanka????????

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      As it is common to many of the TVs, she seems to be far from understanding the basics. She just adds comments thinking that we the readership are stupid as those village masses blindly back Rajapakshe clan. No matter if mothers and all family ones are abducted, killed or go missing, Leela shoud not changed her thinking.

      Ranjan Ramanayake has added more about the bunch of the parliamentarians that keep robbing the funds of the poor people.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7gcfEyxmf4

      Dayasiri Jayasekara explains about the HElD impeachment against CJ Dr. SB.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9z7BBdv-18

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        Liela has the freedom to defend the House of Mara Modaya and watch them drive the country towards Chinese slavery. Short term gain long term disaster.

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          Hussain Fahmy,
          If Muhammad captured slaves in battle and was a slave owner and trader and had sex with his slaves and instructed his men to have sex with their slaves what’s wrong with Chinese slavery. eh.

          I am sure you know that because Koran actually devotes more verses to that than telling Muslims to pray five times a day. Do you want me to name those verses Fahmy?
          Leela

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            What has religion got to do in this issue? Hussain Fahmy inspite of his name could be an agnostic, a Christian or even a Buddhist ( I am not stating he is!) Leela the Islamaphobe always tilts at windmills and goes bashing at Islam and its Founder. I think CT should start a fund to have Leela treated in a mental asylum. Sorry I won’t be contributing!

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              Sorry, should read “What has the religion of Islam got to do in this issue…”

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              Jamal,
              I have no Islam phobia. You guys have a chip on your shoulders. Can’t you see, Fahmy barged into my comment and call me modaya and talked about Chinese slavery and condemned the government. As far as I am concerned, I brought about an example a devout Muslim like Fahmy could understand to justify ‘slavery’. That’s no ‘bashing at Islam and its Founder.’

              Do you deny Muhammad had sex with slaves. If he did have sex with slaves, what’s wrong me saying so?

              I say again, I have no Islam phobia.
              Leela

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              Jamal – Islamophobics are in denial. This disease is infected liela so much it effects rational response and basic comprehention of the language. We the people can only see our beloved countty pawned to the foriegn Masters. Yes the debate is lab rats not to insult 1.9 Billion Muslims.

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            Lie.la – The Sick in the Head attitude, qualifying right into the category of the undesirable elements of the population of Sri Lanka. Well done. Your hatred is noted as always. None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVy0qSVu5Xo&feature=share&list=UU0pcy0vEHByjZcjr7yemRwQ

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              thanks Hussain, I checked the video and Amila thero´s speech is the best. I agree with him there.

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            In the third century B.C., the great Buddhist Emperor Asoka of India, following this noble example of tolerance and understanding, honoured and supported all other religions in his vast empire. In one of his Edicts carved on the rock, the original of which one may read even today, the Emperor declared: ‘One should not honour only one’s own religion and condemn the religions of others, but one should honour others’ religions for this or that reason. So doing, one helps one’s own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too.
            In acting otherwise one digs the grave of one’s own religion and also does harm to other religions. Whosoever honours his own religion and condemns other religions, does so indeed through devotion to his own religion, thinking “I will glorify my own religion”. But on the contrary, in so doing he injures his own religion more gravely. So concord is good: Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others’. We should add here that this spirit of sympathetic understanding has been from the beginning one of the most cherished ideals of Buddhist culture and civilization. Walpola Sri Rahula in “What the Buddha taught”
            Leela if you claim to be a Buddhist, Sinhalese or otherwise, at least heed the advice of one of its noble sons. Before you ask me to remove the chip on my shoulder you will be better advised to cleanse your heart and straighten your mind.

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              Jamal, when this country had true Buddhists with compassion then, they permitted other Religious bodies to erect Mosques and Churches in Temple property as seen in Kandy to date. Today there are no true Buddhists but all are Labeled Buddhists who are nothing but Humbugs, both the laity and the clergy.

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      So you are attracted towards transvestites. Good for you.
      Leela

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      You attacked Babun, but you yourself commented on Leela s been a TV. FYI, TVS are not transexuals that need kind of surgeries. Just check it out before preaching to others.

      What matters is the substance of a comment. I agree with you the fact that many of these commentators incl. you add nothing valuble. The topic of the thread has no relation to surgeries for Transsexuals either.

      I am not MR suporter, but I would say, leela´s comments are always not out of the topic that is being discussed.

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    Leela Madam,

    I believe you have made a mathematical mistake regarding the Beatles rock band in your reference “Though I have lived in the UK for eighteen years staring from the days of Beatles”.

    The Beatles broke up in 1970, so eighteen years ago would be 1995 when the Beatles had broken up 25 years before.

    So this leaves me to wonder if any of what you say in your comment has any credibility at all!

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      kattakarawala,
      Where ever you live, go night classes and learn English comprehension.
      Leela

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      leela is a liar. this silly cow has lived in the uk since beatle times and the old bag pretends that she is a young and an ATTRACTIVE woman. p

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        Rama love, you are the cowboy that I have been waiting for all these years. So, follow me midnight cowboy.
        Leela

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      Folks,

      Leela is a man and not a woman. I remember this Leela was kicked out from Transcurrents, a blog maintained by DBS Jayaraj, he was not allowed to comment because he was a Sinhala-Buddhist fanatic/racist who was propagating hate between the Majority and the minorities. Leela was not living in UK as he had stated here, he was actually in mental asylum (he accidently mentioned one day). He became a mental patient only after the ethnic war started in Sri Lanka (after 1983). He is good at creating verses from Quran, Bible, etc (of course from thin air) in order to put down other peoples religions.

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        Leela once said she/he was a villager and knows what
        villagers feel about MR regime.On another occasion
        Leela claimed to be from Colombo North.Also went on
        boasting that one can see Leela at Otters.Leela wants
        to say anything to justify what is said.

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          whywhy,
          I said I live in a village in a fairly large estate in a tranquil setting. I also have a house in Colombo and London. I do visit Otters sometimes with my wife for we have a life membership.
          Leela

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            Leela,the circumstance of using the word “Villager”
            associated in favor of MR regime,strongly gave a
            different smell at the time but it’s nice to hear you
            trying to clear doubts.Thanks.

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    Babunaththo,

    If you do not understand the English language sufficiently enough to understand what is written, or your limited intelligence cannot comprehend the message, please refrain from making idiotic comments that have no relevance to the subject discussed.

    Idiots like you only take up valuable space with your shameless display of ignorance and stupidity on CT where others can make intelligent contributions with their comments.

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      FYI
      You attacked Babun, but you yourself commented on Leela s been a TV. FYI, TVS are not transexuals that need kind of surgeries. Just check it out before preaching to others.

      What matters is the substance of a comment. I agree with you the fact that many of these commentators incl. you add nothing valuble. The topic of the thread has no relation to surgeries for Transsexuals either.

      I am not MR suporter, but I would say, leela´s comments are always not out of the topic that is being discussed.

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    Sinhala people are used to be happy only about their past saying that a certain king did that and we had this and that. Other than, presently Sinhala people have no any appreciation of who they are.

    I think, this lady does not have any pride for what she is, I mean she is a Sinhala-buddhist. Sinhala buddhists are trying to identify themselves. This writer has got some inferiority complex against that.

    Sinhala -buddhists are a minority both regionally and world wide. IF they identify themselves as a specific group what is wrong with that.

    Do you mean we should withdraw and hide so that other groups can fight for their territory in Sri Lanka and become the prominent what ever as Sinhala Buddhists as well as Sinhala people are not conscious about who they are. So they can be converted to any one that others want.

    I think the writer is very confused.

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      jim thicko, what are you going on about. what has sinhala primitives got to do with buddhism. buddhism is an alien faith which originated in mongolia. mongolian buddha is worshipped by lots of mongolians in south east asia. sinhala primitives for some reason behave as though they own buddhism. it’s the same sort of behaviour by christian converts among the tamil population. converted tamil christians see themselves as the custodians of christianity and even refuse to enter hindu temples to attend marriage ceremonies. in my opinion buddhism and sinhala people are world apart. there is no connection at all.
      sinhala people should follow voodo , black magic etc. to suit their behaviour.

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        Hey Rama,
        Don’t you get near to a Sinhala ever for you’ll be completely spellbound with their voodo.
        Leela

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      Sinhalese are not ‘Easy Going People’, they are pig heads, who fiercely believe in Myths and old texts. Sinhala Buddhism is a laughing stock of Eastern religions. It propagates sole ownership of the island, because of an old text, a questionable content, claims so.

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    Many here have missed the point, unfortunately. Most people who declare their religion out loud tend to have little education and not much in the way of income, either. The exception here are Muslims and Jews, who for historical and other reasons, will announce their beliefs regardless of background. With the exception of these two groups, an individual with a decent amount of schooling who has been exposed to other cultures and groups, will not go about asking others their religion.

    So really the issue is one of economics. When people are poor they don’t have much in the way of material goods to fret over, so they pay extra attention to their beliefs. As the average Sri Lankan becomes wealthier, he/she will care less for these caste/class/ethnic labels, and seek out those with like-minded beliefs.

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      Whose point have we missed Lester? Also you must be an expert on the subject to make a sweeping statement such as
      “The exception here are Muslims and Jews, who for historical and other reasons, will announce their beliefs regardless of background”.

      We need scholars like you to populate this forum and improve our general IQ

      thanks once again

      M Y Foote

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        Hi M Y Foot,

        Given what you say above, you must also believe Muslim women wear the veil to make a fashion statement? As for Jews, they actually call themselves “Chosen.”

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          Well by the same token the Sinhala saree/osari also makes a fashion statement I guess?

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            No comparison there, mate. You’ve lost the debate, now exit gracefully.

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    Rama – For my own information, please tell me why you insist the Buddha was born in Mongolia (Outer or Inner), which is far, far away from present day Nepal.

    Senguttuvan

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      senguttuan, my understanding is that mongolians originated in mongolia regardless of the country they live in or where they were born. buddha might have been born in a different country but his ethnic origin is mongolian. certain section of nepalese population are mongolians so are the north east indians.

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    Sinhala Buddhist bashing has been a fashion among English educated achcharu “intellectuals” for some time now. The confused Sharmini doesn’t seem to be different.

    There seems to be a willful ignorance of the historical context of the rise of Sinhala Buddhist identity.

    over 450 years of colonial rule mainly sought to subjugate Sinhalese and particularly Buddhists, because they were the vanguard of resistence against colonial rule. The priviledges received by Sinhala Christians and other minority communities during the colonial rule is well documented. Is it then a surprise to experience a galvanisation of Sinhala Buddhists who have lost the most including their land through plantation acquisitions to regain those lost rights?

    It didn’t stop there. Sinhala Buddhists were the primary target of a violent sessionist Tamil onslaught for the pat 26 years. Even now Sinhala Buddhists are the primary target of the Tamil diaspora campaign. In all their writings & speeches they never fail to single out Sinhala Buddhists as their target. The English educated accharu “intellectuals” provide their support from the sidelines.

    When a majority community of a country like Buddhist Sinhalese are continually pushed around like that, the reaction will be felt by every one, unfortunately bordering on extreames at times. Should they say sorry?

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      Dear Hela,,

      Do you believe in cause and effect? It would be unfair to look at the onslaught in isolation.

      We could do precious little with what our colonial master did to us,nedha? Taking it out on minorities, now that’s not on, don’t you thunk? Your fellow Tamil travelers will be mightily hurt

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      The majority Sinhala-Buddhist (the so called Nationalists/Patriots), the chauvinist/fanatic sections of the Sinhala polity suffer from the worst form of inferiority complex. They have to be constantly a party to the oppression of another race, society or religion to feel euphorically superior. The leaders who can afford this to them can continue to be in power notwithstanding any other shortcoming however grave.

      The activities of the newly formed Bodu Bala Sena, a Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist organisation are reminiscent of those of the United Buddhist Front in the year 1956 and immediately thereafter led by a powerful Buddhist monk, subsequently convicted for the murder of the prime minister, was responsible for the violent attacks on the Tamils including their elected representatives, who had organised peaceful protests against the passage of the Sinhala only act. This was a precedent that was to be followed by other chauvinist Sinhala Buddhist organisations backed by the State, organising periodic race riots in which thousands of Tamils perished with their properties looted and robbed lasting till 1983. The periodic Pogroms as a form of repression were a principal cause for the emergence of Tamil militancy.

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    We are today nothing but a nation of dysfunctional lab-rats.
    What a sad situation in SL.

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    Shamini,
    Good article but you have not mentioned those who are responsible for the agony.It is so easy to mention few names of politicians here starting from Bandaranayake to JRJ. What happened after JRJ was defined as terrorism.
    Now what is happening is, we going through another full circle, starting from Bandaranayake’s philosophy which was reversed by Dudley.Under the present circumstances it is more vicious cause the circle can never be reversed and the trend continues as the present constitution of JRJ and from which the powers given to people in the laboratory ,the politicians.But again who helped JRJ to change the constitution?It is people like Gamini Disanayake and Lalith Attulatmudali who were in the forefront to help JRJ but sadly we celebrate them as our political gurus today.why?It is time we expose these RATS not politicians cause every one knows how to blame the politicians.It is time that we talk about these Rats who volunteered to be tested for their own gains.There are always Rats who are not ignorant but volunteered themselves to be tested cause they want to be somebody at the expense of the country’s future.Look at now ,there is a guy who took over the office of CJ when former CJ was treated so badly.Both of them are lawyers.So it is these so called rats who are responsible for the situation not only the politicians.Politicians are there to do politics but intellectuals of the country should know what they are doing.If they keep supporting a corrupt system and extreme politics for their own gains we will never be able to stop this.SO EXPOSE THEM NOT POLITICIANS BUT WHAT WE DO PRESENTLY IS TO CELEBRATE THEM CAUSE THEY ARE SOMEBODY IN THE SOCIETY.That is I respect Jayantha Danapala who never want to be one of them.If every one act that way how can politicians inject so called toxic viruses.

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    I bet any of those who wasted their words for nothing but bashing religion or blaming past mastakes of their on other forgot that what they are. They all human. Who among you can throw that first stone..
    The other thing is which one of you can clearly say a word against Most Hon. Dr. Mervin Silva..
    So my fellow Citizens of known all, why don’t you help some poor person rather than trying to see the small dust in someone elses eye, when your eye is full of dust.

    No one is born a low cast but his or her action make him or her what it is..

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      Dhanapala

      Why only Dr. Mervin Donkey???

      How about Weera Monkey, GL Booruwa, SB Gona, Rambutan Clown, and the other Jokers in SL parliment???

      The list is endless; how about even our Ponnaya Ranil?

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    Dear Sharmini Serasinghe,

    The following sentence in your admirable article sent my mind going in various directions. I quote: “Each time I hear the term “Sinhala Buddhist” uttered in today’s context, I can’t help but feel an uneasy sense of foreboding tingle up my back.”

    Recently, the distinction was made between a judge who is a Christian and a Christian judge. The latter will apply Christian teaching in his legal judgements but what if he’s a judge in a secular society? In the past, we had claims such as “African socialism” and, more recently, “Christian Evolutionary Science” and “Islamic Science”.

    I must confess that whenever in Sri Lanka I saw a Buddhist monk, I too felt “an uneasy sense of foreboding tingle up my back” – but for reasons very different to those you cite. In 1958, I went to a small village off what was then a small town to help my dear friend, Hemachandra Wijesooriya, re-sit his first-year (University) examination. The riots broke out, and I was deposited in the Gampaha police station for safety. A small group of low-country workers also found shelter, word got around, and soon the police station was surrounded by a very hostile crowd. Through the windows, I could see Buddhist monks haranguing and inciting the mob; aggressively, if crudely, tucking up their robes, and waving their most uncompassionate fists. (Fortunately, before the cauldron of hate over-boiled, we were escorted out by the army, and dumped at Royal College which had been turned into a refugee camp.)

    During that same riot, a relation of mine, Arthur Arumanayagam, a sub-postmaster at Dehiwela, ran into a Buddhist temple for shelter. The monk pretended to offer sanctuary, then tipped off the people. Arthur ran and, in desperaton, jumped into a well. He was stoned to death. You can understand my “unease” and “foreboding”.

    Those who speak of “Sinhala Buddhists” violate the essence of Buddhism because its compassion is so universal that it encompasses and includes not only all human beings but animals and insects as well. But, as I have argued elsewhere, religion does not condition group behaviour. Rather, it is the group that interprets and expresses religion – differently, at different times. The Buddhism preached abroad is very different to that preached and, worse, practised, within the Paradise Isle.

    But then, religious teaching may have a divine origin but religion and its paraphenalia are a creation of human beings: “religion” and essential “doctrine” are quite different, and can be even contradictory.

    With good wishes to you and yours

    Charles Sarvan

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      Charles Sarvan,

      The first ever Buddhist Paraiah is SWRD Banda…..who was a Christian and London Educated…..Changed to a Buddhist, brought Sinhala only law and introduced Socialistic economic policies to Sri Lanka …..where these crooks Gang raped our country, Society, Communities and Economy.

      Ever since SWRD Bas…tard took over our country he ruined…..half of it and his wife Sirima Bandaranaike distroyed the rest of it. The economy, social life, religions, races were ruined.

      Education was restricted to Sinhala only for sinhala students after nationalising all the Tea, rubber and coconut estates and bringing sinhala language only education system…..where previously students had the option of studying either english or sinhala medium. She introduced first time the Bread ques and Corporative ration books.

      Also the cross over form other religions to Buddhism for a Parliament seat, Sinhala Buddhist Political Bas…..ards ruined our country thereafter……upto now.

      Lee Quan Yew when visited Sri Lanka in 1956 wanted Singapore to be a model Sri Lanka which then had a Private enterprised economy and a higher education and healthcare standards. read the web.
      http://www.sthomascollege.com/Excerpt.htm

      See what Lee said about Sri Lanka in 2003.
      http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2003/08/31/fea14.html

      Read what Lee say about President Rajapakse.
      http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/05/mahinda_rajapakse_is_a_sinhale.html

      Now Singapore is a model country, while Sri Lanka was ruined by Parliament Political buddhist thugs. You cannot be a president or many times a Minister unless you are a buddhist.
      What is the countries economy has to do with Religion……..

      Infact the best educated cream of knowledge and professionals are from other religions.

      TEN HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED FOREIGN EXECUTIVES WILL RUN WHOLE OF SRI LANKA IN A MUCH BETTER STATE THAN THE PARLIAMENT PIN PADI BLOOD SUCKERS WHO RUIN THE COUNTRY EVERY DAY.

      SWRD Banda ultimately paid the price for ruining our country and it will carry on from past….present….to the future generations also.

      THE SECOND LINE OF BREAD QUES, HAL POLLA WITH ESSENTIAL FOOD LINES ARE JUST STARTING.

      WHO LET THE DOGS OUR…….REMEMBER WHAT SIR JOHN KOTALAWELA TOLD BANDA IS COMING TO PAST NOW.

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        Absolutely!! He was not a Buddhist from birth. He was a convert by his own choice to become a leader of the country. A sad sad person who sold his birth right to be what he couldn’t. Thanks to the Bandaranaikes, the country went through 1st. Racial Violence (Dad -1956), 2nd. Genocide (Mom – 1983), and 3rd. General rape of the Nation ( daughter – 1994).

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    My response is a response to all those comments above:

    It is just a reflection of the simmering problem that is out there in this country.

    As some one said, the diversity here is not enough. It has to be a diversity of more than three. Then problems have a way of getting themselves sorted out :)-

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    Thanks Gamini,got it perfect.

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    Charles Sarvan may have noticed matters have not changed since the pogrom of 1958. The Buddhist monks were in the lead in 1977 as well. Ask Dimu of Gampola – he was very much in the lead then. Good for him
    – he was justly rewarded. The Big Man, when he extended his term recently, despite the fact the man is now crippled, said “this due extension is due to his services to the SLFP and the Sinhalese”
    So in the Miracle of Asia killing, maiming and plundering other humans of their possessions are all part of “Compassion” “Kindness” and the rest propagated by that great teacher from beyond the sea. Dimu was a hero to “the Aryan race” in 7/83 when the two previous carnages were made to look like Sunday school picnics. Sarvan’s sufferings pale into
    insignificance compared to what other of the “enemy race” went through.
    More, surely, is in the drawing boards.

    Senguttuvan

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    Burgher and or North Indian looking Ms Sharmani is in fact a Sinhala Buddhist, not just a follower of Buddhist philosophy after all.

    Kuveni and Keralite looking inhabitants who happen to be over 75 % Sinhala Buddhists are thrilled.

    This Sinhala Buddhist extremist tag was coined by the anti Sinhala Buddhist Fronts.

    And it has been frequently used by both local and overseas anti Sinhala Buddhist propaganda campaigners, since Nandthikadal, for obvious reasons.

    JHU , the most hated by these campaigners don’t even have SB any where in there Mission Statement.

    After all it is just a political front ,like the various Nationalist parties like the Scotish Nationalist Party and the Country National Party , where most of these campaigners are based.

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    Why only Dr. Mervin Donkey???

    How about Weera Monkey, GL Booruwa, SB Gona, Rambutan Clown, and the other Jokers in SL parliment???

    The list is endless; how about even our Ponnaya Ranil?

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    Dear Ms.Sharmani,

    I am a Malayisian and a sinhalese by race. I read your article and I am in agreement with all that you have mentioned. Here in Malaysia tho we are of various ethnic groups, we too face a similar situation. And mind you this has been going on for years until it has come to a point where I believe it has become a racist situation. The fault sad to say lies with us the people for not having done something about this sooner. I sincerely hope that all sri lankans do something about this now before it’s too late. You don’t need another war on your hands. You are so right with regards to the Singaporeans. No matter what race they may belong to they will always refer to themselves as Singaporeans. Politicians are the same in most Asian countries. They would resort to extreme measures for self interest.

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