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Supremacists, Minorities & JVP

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

To the Buddhist Sinhalese in particular, the civil war victory in 2009 had a profound impact by overturning the hitherto menacing psychological fear of an invasion from the northern neighbour in support of local Tamils and partitioning the island, into a hope of achieving total dominance over Sri Lanka’s territory and polity. The rise of supremacist parties and pressure groups, such as, JHU, BBS, Ravana Balaya, Mahasohon Balakaya, Sinha Le and so on, represent that hope and they are trying relentlessly to translate it into reality. No Sinhalese politician who does not support this enterprise can even dream of leading the country. This is the crux of Sri Lankan politics at the moment. All other issues have become subsidiary. Buddhist supremacists, like their White, Hindutva and Islamist counterparts abroad are a hegemonic force disfavouring democratic pluralism. In consequence, Sri Lanka’s millennial history of exceptional acceptance of religious and ethnic minorities is in serious jeopardy.    

Backed by elements from the Sangha, these supremacists demand and canvass for the retention and not abolition of the all-powerful executive presidency, and they are willing to support even a reborn Hitler, as Rev. Wenduruwe Upali Thera wished in June 2018, to take over that office and Buddhisize the country and its polity, wholesale.  Ven. Rathna Thera’s concern that abolishing the executive presidency would “destabilise the country” also underlines this desire; and Rev. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara’s address at the public rally in Kandy on June 7th unmistakably announced the supremacist agenda for Buddhist hegemony. The way the Sangha ostracized Minister Mangala Samaraweera, for daring to counter and negate the supremacists, indicates the growing influence of this dangerous group.           

Even before 2009, the foundation for Buddhist hegemony was constitutionally cemented by the socialist Dr. Colvin R. de Silva in 1972. His Republican Constitution accorded “foremost place” to Buddhism, while “assuring to all religions the rights granted by section 18 (1) d”. It was actually not the socialist Colvin, but Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who, mindful of Article 5 of the 1815 Kandyan Convention, and under pressure from Mahanayakas, imposed that provision. In Colvin’s words, “she was thrusting the Kandyan Throne into our constitution”. Once introduced, no amendment or new constitution would dare revoking that clause, and accordingly, the 1978 Democratic Republican Constitution of JR reaffirmed the “foremost place”, while guaranteeing protection to all other religions under Article 9 of Chapter 2. Even the current Prime Minister, perhaps as a last ditch effort to arrest his dwindling popularity among Sinhalese Buddhists, has guaranteed Buddhism “paramount” place with protection to other religions. It is that protection which is now under challenge from supremacists.  What they are demanding is for that “foremost place” be extended and applied not simply to Buddhism, but to Sinhala Buddhists in every aspect of Sri Lankan polity. This is political Buddhism in its stark nakedness, which was ridiculed and condemned by several intellectuals and civic minded Buddhists, and among them were eminent scholar Buddhists like Ven. Walpola Rahula Thera and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera in the past and Ven. Galkande Dhammananda at present. Their voices of compassion and tolerance are getting drowned amidst howls of hatred and intolerance from supremacists. Political leaders with rare exceptions, and with eyes fixed on the Buddhist vote bank have lost their guts to challenge this menace.     

In moving towards realizing their project, the supremacists currently seem to enjoy a free licence to spread messages of hatred toward minorities, their rights, religions and culture. The post-2009 catalogue of violence unleashed against the Muslim community; instances of converting Hindu Holy premises into Buddhist Vihares; and illegal encroachment by supremacists-backed Buddhist colonists into lands hereditarily owned and occupied by minorities, all without even a murmur of disapproval either from the President or Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition demonstrate how powerful and influential these supremacists have become. In short, they have become a law unto themselves. How else one could explain their utter disregard to a court order preventing cremation of a dead body in the precincts of the Hindu Neeraviyadi Pillayar temple in Mullaitivu? What happened to law enforcement in this country? How will the Muslims, who have witnessed random incidents in recent times of pig heads thrown inside mosques, respond, if on a fine morning they were to discover a statue of Buddha planted in the premises of a mosque? The way these supremacists are behaving one cannot dismiss such a possibility. It is in this frightening and convulsive environment that the two minority communities are confronting a presidential election. What options do they have?             

In 2005, in fear of LTTE’s deadly reprisals, Tamils surrendered to the call of its leader and boycotted the Presidential Election, which allowed Mahinda Rajapakse to creep through. They paid the heaviest price ever for their stupidity, and, as a result, lost even the little they had by way of power, influence and dignity. Ten years later, in 2015, they and the Muslims caste a protest vote against the Rajapakse regime and replaced it with great fanfare the yahapalana regime of the odd couple MS and RW. Crisis after crisis incapacitated that regime, which soon busied itself in solving factional frictions, rather than governing the country and fulfilling the expectations of the minorities even partially. Muslims in particular suffered more under the current regime than under Rajapakse’s. Tamils, led by the TNA, were simply duped. What alternative/s do these minorities have now? 

As long as the three major parties, UNP and SLPP and SLFP, remain even silently supportive of the supremacists’ agenda there is no hope for minorities to get redress for their grievances or justice and fairness in governance. Supported by some senior members from the Sangha, supremacists are increasing their power and influence over the Buddhist-Sinhala vote bank. To expect governments led by these parties, which are supremacist lenient, corrupt, and nepotistic, to deliver good governance is to ask for the impossible. The country therefore needs nothing short of a systemic change, and the only leader who is campaigning along that line is AKD of JVP. It is time the minorities consider seriously the case of this alternative.

Throughout the political history of post-independence Sri Lanka, Tamils and Muslims, except for a few among them, continued to show almost a genetic aversion to parties that promised equality of treatment to all citizens irrespective of ethnic, linguistic or religious differences. While the Tamils continued to back their own reactionary leaders, Muslims, schooled in religious conservatism and dictated by business interests alternated their allegiance between UNP and SLFP. But, that was a time when Buddhist supremacists were not in the limelight. Today, they are a decisive force to reckon with, and the three major parties are understandably reluctant to distance themselves from this group. 

JVP on the other hand realises that the country has to break away from this corrupt, ethno-religious prism by bring in systemic reforms. Main stream media, local and foreign business interests, and international managers of open economies are obviously not going to support AKD and are campaigning to sideline his party. This is why JVP is forced to depend totally on grass root support, and that will be its strength. JVP is not talking about Buddhist rights or Hindu, Christian and Muslim rights, but rights of citizens within a democratic polity. So far it has kept away from identity politics played by other parties. Is there anything better for the minorities than this? With equality and justice for all, and honesty and accountability for rulers, Sri Lankan politics can turn over a new leaf under this people powered movement.    

In the meantime, opportunist leaders of Tamil and Muslim parties are once again talking about ‘conditional support’ to either UNP or SLPP. What happened to the conditional support extended so far? Voters should be aware that behind the so called conditional support is not the concern about community welfare and national development but personal status and privileges of leaders. Do Tamils and Muslims want to be duped by these charlatans once more? One of these politicians even floated the idea of nominating a Muslim to contest for presidency. This was the climax of his political stupidity and sure to drive his community to commit political suicide. Therefore, let the minority votes at the forthcoming contest be a protest vote against UNP, SLPP and SLFP, but in favour of JVP. If that happens this people-powered movement is destined to make a major impact on Sri Lankan politics if not immediately at least in the near future. If minorities wake up to this reality, they can create history and help saving the nation.

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    What ever said about this election ..
    US and India have a say on this election.
    They want to have their man in power to counter increasing Chinese influence in the region.
    Do not be fooled
    Today local politics is not merely decided by local alone …so many stake holders in politics

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      In Ancient time, Sri lanka had to deal with only Tamil gang state of Tamil Nadu, but Sinhalese completely lost after European colonialists adventured into Sri lanka. They brought in conspiratorial Tamil and left behind them in Sri lanka to find a reason to come back. As a part of it, to back up future Tamil wars within the country, they brought in other foreigners and gave fake Sinhalese Govigama identity.

      Only after 30 years fake independent. Blood thirsty colonialists returend back to region and bribed Indian and Tamil by smuggling millions Tamil as refugees and Indian as immigrants into US, Canada and Europe and helped them with citizenship and establish businesses and political control over all Western countries and the UN

      Today what Sri lanka is facing another ancient Tamil state established in the US, Canada, and Europe and Australia which is 30 times or more bigger than whole India in land mask and with full access to Eastern Europe plus economic and political power over Middle East, East Asia, Africa and South America

      Additionally, today Tamil Nadu is not alone in India. They have rest of Indian support as Hindus. Hindus love there were Tamil in Sri lanka. There are certain Indian who do not want Singhalese become a powerful nation
      that is the reason Indian trained Tamil and not because of fear of US coming into the region. Today that is proven.

      So, where is Sri lanka today? Toady Sinhalese have that “fake Govigama” leaders brought in by colonialists sitting and falling sleep in the parliament and co-sponsoring colonialists in the UN

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        Mad creature it is most of the present day Sinhalese who are descended from Indian Tamil invaders and immigrants and not the Sri Lankan Tamils . History and DNA proves this. Sinhalese share almost 70% DNA with Indian Tamils , whilst it is less than 18% amongst Sri Lankan Tamils. It is these so called Indian immigration and invasions that increased the Sinhalese population , especially with
        the Portuguese and Dutch importing hundreds of thousands of low caste and untouchable Tamil slave labour from South India and settling them along the western and southern coasts , doubled the Sinhalese population in the island .within a few centuries. Now their Sinhalised descendants are some of the biggest anti Tamils and Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists. Most of your monarchs were only nominally Sinhalese but in reality were Tamil by origin and many times , these so called Sinhalese/Tamil monarchs invited many Tamil skilled workers , soldiers/mercenaries and artisans to settle and gave them lands and grants and they also became Sinhalese. Ever heard of the Vellaikara Padai, or a caste called Demala Gatara all warrior mercenary castes imported from South India , who are all now Govigamma Sinhalese. Many Tamil Buddhists who did not want to convert back to Hinduism, around the 12Th century , also fled to the island and became Sinhalese Buddhists. Who are most of your Kandyan Radalas , and low country and Kandyan upper castes? All South Indian imports . Majority Tamil and some Telugu. Most of these so called invasions were not really invasions but the local Pandian origin Sinhalese king , asking help from his very close relatives across the sea, like his uncle, cousin, grandfather or father in law to come over and settle disputes with his siblings or close relatives , who were also making claims to the throne. They were all cousins and very close relatives. who heavily intermarried with each other.

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    If I am a Muslim leader conscious of inter ethnic relations I would advise my people to vote freely between major political parties, JVP and Muslim Congress (and be seen doing so). I can’t understand the stupidity of aligning with -50% of Sinhalese against +50% of Sinhalese. I am very emphatically telling the Muslims you just can’t afford to incur the ill will of the majority of Sinhalese. Muslim Congress boast of “we are the king makers” has not gone down well I am telling you all.

    Soma

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      The ‘thumb down’ to my comment is a UNPer. UNP critically depends on racial/religious disharmony – the only way they can achieve en bloc voting of minorities. Muslims should be careful not to be trapped by UNP propaganda. Islamaphobic comments, minor incidents are heavily exaggerated and blown out of proportion by their propaganda machine. The present article of Dr Ameer Ali is another effort in the same direction.
      Muslims do need the goodwill of majority of Sinhalese, hence should avoid en bloc voting for one side.

      Soma

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      Sri Lankan Muslims need to improve their lives in every aspects, be it education, business, mingling with non-Muslims, other professions, quality of their own living conditions, and overall dignity.

      If that change to happen, Muslims need an environment & the president who hate the community. Over 1000 years, Muslims have not improved without a tough challenges. But for last 5 months since the bombings, the challenges the Muslims faced, seem to have done a little change.

      First & foremost, Muslims have to live scattered, and among the others to bring some quality to their lives. Take for instance, the Muslim populated areas in Colombo, and out of Colombo too. These people think the whole world looks like what is in their area. They produce drug-addicts, they produce drug-dealers, underworld gangsters, and you think of any low-lives among the Muslims, and they are 99% coming from these areas. Why more, even the Easter Bombing terrorist are from Muslims densely populated Kattankudy.

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    The author seems madly in love with the JVP, and proposes:
    “The country therefore needs nothing short of a systemic change, and the only leader who is campaigning along that line is AKD of JVP. It is time the minorities consider seriously the case of this alternative.”
    The minorities cannot bring about anything like a systemic change without convincing the vast majority of the Sinhalese about it. The initiative has to begin in the South.
    The JVP has not proposed anything like a systemic change and, given the nature of the state in this neo-colony, anybody winning the presidential or parliamentary elections will not bring about such change.
    The JVP itself has to come clean on many issues including its adopting the same line as the JHU in the the first decade of the century.

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      SJ , As usual you are just being a critic; there is nothing concrete in what you say. Ameer Ali is picking among the evils we minorities have.

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        Mr Wrong
        Wrong again.
        I am not in the habit of choosing among evils.
        The author is consciously leaving out matters of a serious nature.
        The JVP has not regretted a single misdeed of its thus far.
        If the truth causes you discomfort, it is your problem.

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          SJ, Truth shouldn’t discomfort anyone. What irks me is your unwillingness to see beyond your nose.

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          SJ ,

          J V P had regretted some misdeeds in one of their conventions .
          I watched them saying this on live talk shows like Salakuna
          and 360 of Derana .

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            W
            Thanks. Can you please list them?
            It is not a matter of saying “Oops, it was a mistake” here and “”Oops, it was a mistake” there.
            There are fundamental flaws in the ideology of the JVP that lie at the root of its several misdeeds.
            It needs to come clean on them.
            The JVP should subject its 50-year history to serious self criticism .

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    Ameer Ali shows his true stripes with the statement “In 2005, in fear of LTTE’s deadly reprisals, Tamils surrendered to the call of its leader and boycotted the Presidential Election, which allowed Mahinda Rajapakse to creep through. They paid the heaviest price ever for their stupidity, and, as a result, lost even the little they had by way of power, influence and dignity.” What is the power and influence they had in 2005? They brought the legitimate govt to it’s knees and achieved strategic parity in military terms through the gun barrel. They thought they could take the next step of establishing Eelam if Mahinda is brought (who had no Western backing) to power. Is this the power Ameer seeks to establish (again)? Ameer and his ilk never understood the centuries old sense of existential threat the Sinhalese in general and Buddhists in particular were living under. You cannot threaten them and expect harmony. Establishing Wahabist fundamentalist Islamic bigotry in the country doesn’t bring harmony. Establishing Tamil mono ethnic separatist ghettos which doesn’t allow an inch to Sinhalese or Buddhists in the North & East, not even the dead as in the case of the dead monk doesn’t bring harmony (that is the premises of a Buddhist temple though Ameer tries to continue to perpetuate racist Tamil bogus claims). The exclusivist racist minority agenda has encountered a setback with Ranil’s demise. They seem to think that they can leverage JVP to their narrow ethnic advantage. Such scheming is bound to fail. Minorities must come clean and demonstrate that they are true partners of Sri Lankan nation building effort. Until such time the suspicions will remain leading to larger population driven to take counter defensive measures. Sinhalese don’t have an India or Arabic countries for support. They will have to jump to the sea if they are not vigilant.

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      Stay deep down in the echo chamber and you will believe your own bogus claims, vis a vis the Buddhist temple in Neeraviyady!

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        Vithura,

        It is an archeologically proven fact.

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      Stop your slander Hela. Mullaitivu has been a Tamil area for centuries. The first censuses have shown it was 99% Tamil (check the census website). Tamils have been worshipping at that Hindu temple for generations.

      Now Sinhala racist fake Buddhist monks who know nothing of the basic precepts of Buddhism want to destroy the kovil and replace it with a vihara.

      That monk speaking broken Tamil made it very clear. He said this is not a kovil this is a pansala. There was no idea of coexistence in his speech. It was one or the other.

      You morons expect Tamils not to protest this? If you racists succeed here. Where will it stop?

      Every Hindu temple in the north and east will be built on ancient Buddhist sites, because Buddhism was the dominant religion 1000 years ago.

      If you fanatics think you can destroy every Hindu temple and replace them with viharas in the 21st century without any protest think again.

      If you fanatics think you can claim all the land that Tamils have been living on for centuries (some for millennia), based on the past Buddhist history think again.

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        “Every Hindu temple in the north and east will be built on ancient Buddhist sites, because Buddhism was the dominant religion 1000 years ago.”

        Typo should read “”Every Hindu temple in the north and east WAS built on ancient Buddhist sites, because Buddhism was the dominant religion 1000 years ago.”

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          You are such a liar. I know a person who’s from that village in mullaitivu. They have been worshipping in that Ganesh temple for generations. It’s been a Tamil Hindu area for centuries.

          Yes 800 years ago it was a Sinhala Buddhist site.

          I think you are an evil person who knows the truth but is consistently lying to exonerate the fake Buddhist monks.

          Burning a dead body next to a Hindu Temple’s pond where water rituals take place is seen as a desecration. This is why those Tamils got angry.

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        Karan,

        Very recently I quoted research by J. P Lewis and Rev Father Gnana Prakasar where they have amply demonstrated how many Sinhala vollages were in the North which have now been Tamilised. The existence of Gurukanda Purana Vihara was archeologyically proven. So the claim of 1000s years of Tamil homelands are just a myth. I have not claimed superiority anywhere. But with evidence I have said it is the minorities who are threatening the Sinhalese. It is racist Tamils who wants to create a mono ethnic Tamil homeland where even a dead Buddhist monk cannot reside. That Hindu God wouldn’t have minded a cremation of a Buddhist monk in the Buddhist temple premises but for racist Tamils.

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    Ameer,
    How dare you assume readers to be dumb not to recognize your opportunism? You are talking about unfairness of discrimination by S/B extremism but in your own last essay you expressed your displeasure for allowing Shia Muslim having their conference in SL. Isn’t a Muslim sectarianism also a discrimination? If you can revisit your essay, you should be able to see my reply siting exactly this point! In other words, your words for racial harmony doesn’t match with your own deeds!

    This essay itself start with a fatally erroneous conclusion that all S/B majority political parties cannot even survive without pandering to extremist organizations such as BBS. Do you know that the chairman of UNP is a Muslim -Kabeer Hasim who also is the chief organizer of the district of Kegalle? How many minority leaders are in the UNP proper? Can you prove that your favorite JVP ever had, even during bomb making days, such a varied ethnic participation? Instead, JVP alienated Tamils by scare tactics such as “Indian expansion”, the very first class of the infamous five classes ((now it is pushed to the second place)! The estate Tamils also were portrayed as privileged sector of SL economy.

    It is OK to have bad past if JVP is at least trying to make serious efforts make the present free from past errors but, they don’t. For example, JVP has yet to explain how it differs from failed Marxist principles; not giving up armed insurgency itself is not enough. Also, they must explain why failed to stand up against A Rathana’s fasting against Muslims and to defend Dr Shafi as these are the stands expected from a party truly devoted for defending minorities.

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    Hela’s comment is the typical mindset of the Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists. Since the Sinhalese are in a majority they and their religion are superior to others. As long as this attitude persists there will not be any peace in the country. Like Hitler, the Sinhalese – Buddhist supremacists want to establish a monolithic Sinhala Buddist state. That is their objective.

    Adolf Hitler was obsessed with the idea that Germans are a superior race. In his speeches and writings, Hitler spread his beliefs in racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race”—what he called an Aryan “master race.” He pronounced that his race must remain pure in order to one day take over the world. For Hitler, the ideal “Aryan” was blond, blue-eyed, and tall.

    When Hitler came to power, these beliefs became the government ideology and were spread in publicly displayed posters, on the radio, in movies, in classrooms, and in newspapers.

    In Sri Lanka too the cry of Sri Lanka is a “Sinhala -Buddhist country” is on the rise! The Kadirgamam Hindu temple has been Buddhistised and Sinhalized. Lord Murugan does not speak Tamil anymore.

    Instead of teaching Dhamma, the Bhikkus are building Viharas illegally. The Archeological Department (100% Sinhala – Buddhist) is aiding and abetting extremist Bhikkus to put up Viharas, pansalas etc everywhere.

    Buddhist monks led by Galagoda Aththe Gananasara Thero are running amok at Mullaithivu to cremate a bhikkhu’s body on land belonging to the Hindu Temple. This despite a court order is typical of the new brand of Sinhala -Buddhism on the march in Sri Lanka.
    As for Tamils supporting the JVP, the party cannot be trusted. They have no clear cut policy on the demand for autonomy by the Tamils. Tamils still remember that it was the JVP which went to the supreme court to annul the temporary merger of Northeast!

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      The biggest shame is this fanatical Sinhala Buddhism supremacy mindset is a recent post colonial creation. In the past Sinhala kings ruling over Tamil areas respected and even donated to Hindu kovils. Vijayabahu I and Gajabahu II all left Tamil inscriptions recording donations at kovils. Now the modern Sinhala Buddhist brainwashed by the bhikkus wants to destroy the same kovils and build viharas in their place.

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        Lies. Vijayabahu spent 17 years fighting Chola invaders before he captured Polonnaruwa. After capturing it, he had to face an internal rebellion from Tamil mercenaries ( Velakkara) who burned the palace. The ruins of the burned palace are still there in Polonnaruwa. That slab of stone with a Tamil inscription is just a pledge by the Velakkara to safeguard the Tooth Relic, it has nothing to do with a kovil.

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          “A Tamil slab inscription from Palmottai in the Trincomalee District, dated in the 42nd year of Vijayabahu I, records the religious donations made by a Brahmin lady in memory of her husband to Sri Vijayaraja Iswaram Udaiyar of Ten Kailasam in Kantalai alias Vijayarajacaturvedimangalam.
          it is clear from this record that Rajarajacaturvedimangalam which existed during Cola rule in Sri Lanka, and also probably a Hindu Temple there of Cola origin were renamed after Vijayabahu I and that his zeal for Buddhism did not prevent him from extending patronage to Hindu Temples.”

          Before accusing people of lying you should learn some basic Sri Lankan history. There are multiple Tamil inscriptions left by Sinhala kings. They weren’t racist Sinhala supremacist scum hooting like apes for Sinhala only.

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            Where are the temples and where are the inscriptions? The Cholas were South Indian invaders, they did not have any support from the Sinhalese kings. Multiple kings fought off Chola invasions.

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              The following are some of the many Hindu temples which have been converted to Buddhist temples : Abayagiri Dagoba, Isurumuniya, Thondeeswaram (Dondra), Nalanda Gedige, Thuparama, Gadaladeniya, Embekke, Lankatilleke. There are many Hindu temples lying buried in Anuradhapura area abandoned by Hindus.

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                Anyone visiting these places (Anuradhapura, Poḷonnaruwa) can immediately see that the dominant influence is Sinhala-Buddhist. If one bugger builds a palace stretching to the sky and the other fellow’s toilet is buried in the sand, it is clear from common sense who ruled this place. The construction of these places by Sinhalese kings is well-documented in Mahavamsa/Culavamsa and some are even confirmed by Ramayana and other Indian chronicles. Not only does the architecture prove the Sinhalese were the original inhabitants , but the irrigation (hydrology) system in the surrounding areas is also indigenous to the Sinhalese. It well known by historians that Chola invaders caused much damage to both the architecture and hydrology systems. Regarding the Sinhalese kings, they had virtually no interest in Hinduism. Their mission was to spread Buddhism. For this purpose, they built temples, Buddha statues, etc. and invited monks from Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, and India to come and study Buddhism.

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      Thanga’s comments are a demonstration of typical mindset of Tamil mono ethnic racism. He/she cannot accept archeologically proven facts. He/she cannot accept research by scholars even of Tamil origin who have proved that North East of the country were not mono ethnic Tamil homelands. Large number of Sinhalese and moors lived there and many villages were in fact had Sinhala names which have been Tamilised now. Their Sun God Pirabaharan achieved ethnic cleansing of the North to a great extent though he could not complete it. Now Tamils wants to intimidate remaining Sinhalese to leave the North. This is led by TNA as in the case of Gurukanda Purana Vihara.

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        Recent Archaeological findings prove that people who inhabited the island were Dravidians similar to the people in Tamil Nadu. Two sites of civilization estimated to be over 20,000 years have been found in Settikulam and around Giant’s tank, during which period there were no Sinhalese or Moors. Cradle of Sri Lanka civilization is Mantai and not Anuradhapura as being propagandized by Sinhala racists. Why the government is not proceeding with these two sites is because it is likely to unveil the truth about Tamil presence, which will be detrimental to Sinhalese.

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    Hitler is a saint compared with the life of prophet Muhammad. Anyway Islamophobia is not found only in SL. All over the world among non Muslims, there is a fear about Islam. It is not unique to SL

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      ————-Hitler is a saint compared with the life of prophet Muhammad.———-

      Statement of the century. Hitler at least exterminated only Joos and Gypsies. If Hitler visited Sri Lanka he would have got on very well with the Sinhalese and advised us to be wary of the minorities. He would have even borrowed some of his ovens to us.

      How right he was about minorities.

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        Reginald Perera you know karawa are descended from Tamils right? In fact, they were so proud of their kurukula/karaiyar warrior descent that even after marrying local Sinhala govigama women they still kept the ‘Kara’ name. You might share an ancestor with Prabhakaran and Rohan Wijeweera.

        https://youtu.be/aMbhLoJWXs0

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        Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera – That was a joke trying to compare SL to Germany or nobody in SL to a Hitler. If Hitler visited SL, he would advise not to do the same mistake that cost him the war and gave US the atomic power – racism that made many great minds flew out of Germany, leaving the racists for Hitler, including Einstein. Anyway, with borrowed ovens, with switches in Arabs & Whites hands, you can’t even roast your own ‘mayyokka’. Go learn the meaning of ‘minority- majority’ of the region. You still need someone else’s nails to scratch your own butts kid.

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    I endorse what Ameer Ali has said. My partial disagreement is with the conclusion: ‘If minorities wake up to this reality, they can create history and help saving the nation’. Saving the nation may be too big a goal. If we can save us, the minorities, that ought to give everyone some breathing space. In the mean time, if the nation gets saved as well, that would double the pleasure!

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    “How will the Muslims, who have witnessed random incidents in recent times of pig heads thrown inside mosques, respond, if on a fine morning they were to discover a statue of Buddha planted in the premises of a mosque? The way these supremacists are behaving one cannot dismiss such a possibility.”

    How will Buddhists or Catholics respond if on a fine morning they were to discover a bomb blast in temples or Churches killing and injuring thousands of innocent Buddhists or Catholics?

    The writer has conveniently forgotten such possibilities. He is totally silent on the Muslim Wahabism, extremism, terrorism and ethnic and religious isolationism from the mainstream culture.

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    To Dr Ameer Ali

    “How will the Muslims, who have witnessed random incidents in recent times of pig heads thrown inside mosques, respond, if on a fine morning they were to discover a statue of Buddha planted in the premises of a mosque? The way these supremacists are behaving one cannot dismiss such a possibility.” – Dr Ameer Ali.

    I below phrase his hypothetical question with a concrete question which has strong evidence in the recent past with the Bomb blasts by the Wahhabists in Sri Lanka.

    How will Buddhists or Catholics respond if on a fine morning they were to discover a bomb blast in temples or Churches killing and injuring thousands of innocent Buddhists or Catholics?

    The writer has conveniently forgotten such possibilities with high probability. As the writer himself admits issues faced by Muslims are random. But what happened on 21 April due to the terrorist activities by extremist Muslim cults was extremely devasting to the whole country. But he is totally silent on the Muslim Wahabism, extremism, terrorism and ethnic and religious isolationism from the mainstream culture.

    But he talks about so-called Buddhists´ supremacy. If there is such phenomenon, there will not be Muslim MOSQUES mushrooming in the every street corner that is more than there demographic distribution and density.

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    “Therefore, let the minority votes at the forthcoming contest be a protest vote against UNP, SLPP and SLFP, but in favour of JVP”

    This is not the time for protest vote. After protest vote, what is next? President & the govt are going to be from one of the major parties, and AKD and his JVP back to square one. Minorities should defeat the one they don’t like.

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    Amir is taking his mask off real slowly. He will take more bold shots at Sinhala-Buddhists in his future articles. Anyway, always keep in my that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country where minorities are tolerated.

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    Amir Ali good article , however it was sad to see some Muslims , in this forum instead of supporting their fellow Tamils or Tamil speakers are supporting these Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and racists , who were posting their abominable lies and myths and eupporting this horrible act. These racists do not realise that at one time in history a sizeable amount of the Tamil population both in India and in the island were Buddhists or in reality practising Hinduism and Buddhism , this is why you get many Buddhist relics close to or within the Hindu temple. The Sinhalese in reality are still practising this form of worship , this is why you get Hindu gods and statues within many Buddhist Viharas and many of these historic Buddhist places of worship were once Hindu. Eg Devinuwara, Isurumuniya , Abayagiri. Around the 12Th century due to the zealous activities of many Hindu monarchs both in South and North India, Buddhism vanished in India and in the Tamil areas of the island. The Buddhist ruins in the north and east are Tamil Buddhist ruins and have nothing to do with the Sinhalese. These are part of the history and heritage of the Eelam Tamils. Now after the defeat of the LTTE , power drunk , chauvinistic Sinhalese Buddhist racists and Fascists are now deliberately and knowingly trying to hijack this ancient Tamil Buddhist history , as theirs and use this and religion as a tool to Sinhalise the Tamil North and East by forcibly trying to convert many ancient Hindu temples to Buddhist or erect Buddhist Viharas and Budda statues every where on this pretext and then settle Sinhalese. It is laughable when they try to quote many place names in the north and east as once Sinhalese.

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      As they have no knowledge of the Tamil language and the fact that 35% -40% of Sinhalese vocabulary is Tamil derived, moreover the native language Elu was a simple semi Tamil Dravidian dialect , which just like old Sinhalese or Hela( Elu+Prakrit) was very close to their Tamil mother in pronunciation. Of course many of these will sound similar , as almost half the Sinhalese vocabulary is Tamil derived. Take the Tamil out of Sinhalese and there will be no Sinhalese but just Pali and Sanskrit. This is not what I state but many Sinhalese historians and linguists have stated. Eg they love to say Valikammam or Velikammam in the north is the Tamilised version of Sinhalese Weligama , when in reality it is the other way around. Many so called Sinhalese place names are Sinhalised varsions of the original Tamil place names and this also included Colombo ,. Matara, Panadura, Kalutara , Beruwela, the list goes on. Now coming to Velikammam., it means the village or place of agriculture in Tamil ( Basically a village ) Veli= Outside and Kammam= village or place of agriculture. The village inside in old Tamil is called Ahamkammam or Ahankammam. Aham = Inside in Tamil Kammam again means village or place of agriculture. Got it , Lots of Weligama and Ahangama down south all derived from pure Tamil. People with little knowledge should shut their mouths up instead of making a fool of themselves and creating chaos , hatred , lies and myths. It is from the Tamil word Kammam meaning a village or place of serenity or place of agriculture , that ancient villages were, that the Sanskrit word Krammam or Gramma originated. Similarly the Tamil word Kudi meaning settlement or abode became Sanskrit Kudir. Just like Poosai ( giving flowers for offering ) Poo= flower Sai or Chai= do or give. came Pooja in Sanskrit.

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma…
        “A Little learning is a Dangerous Thing. Drink Deep or Taste not of the Piriean Spring”

        It is Easy Enough to Twist and Turn ‘Language’ around to Suit One’s Own Ends!

        Especially since People who speak It live so close to One Another!
        For Example, English has borrowed words from Many European Languages and so Enriched their Own. No One worries that the Words are Not a Natural Progression of Language

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      SSS the high caste Brahmin, has found common cause with the Muslims. How nice that is! Only recently he was calling the Muslims dirty low caste Tamil coolies who converted to Islam to escape caste restrictions. Who needs enemies with friends like these?

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        He only stated the truth and what is wrong with that? The truth may not be palatable to you , as you think low caste is bad but Arab good and want to be Arab . Sri Lankan Muslims here and in many other forums were acting arrogantly, running down the Tamils ,falesely stating, they are better than the Tamils as they are descended from Arabs, Turks, Iranians, north Indians , even Sinhalese . Anyone other than their actual largely Tamil origin and only speak Tamil. Running their own actual origin and ethnicity down. This is despicable. The Sinhalese also encouraged this lie and myth deliberately , as it suited their agenda. We all knew that this was a blatant lie but were not courageous enough to state this, as we did not want to rock the boat. He was the first person to challenge this lie. Others then followed. This is why you hate him , as he broke the lies and myth that you people were peddling. He has not found any common cause with the Muslims. No one will as you have your own extremist agenda too just like the Sinhalese. This island will never improve due to Sinhalese Buddhist extremism and Islamic Salafist extremism, both driven by lies and myths.

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    Ameer Ali

    “Therefore, let the minority votes at the forthcoming contest be a protest vote against UNP, SLPP and SLFP, but in favour of JVP.”.

    Even if the minorities vote 100%for the JVP, it will NOT change anything until and unless JVP becomes a major Party like the UNP or SLPP.. So, minority votes to the JVP now will be just “protest votes” and nothing more for the foreseeable future which the Major Parties can easily ignore and which might make the Major Parties to IGNORE the minorities ALTOGETHER which means, the minorities will eventually lose even the little say they have now.

    Think about that old man.

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    The last para of the article is interesting, “If minorities wake up to this reality, they can create history and help saving the nation”. Crux of the matter is that enhansed co existence is posible when oppotunistic minority leaders desist from their cofrontational stance with the majority. As for JVP , they are no different from other political parties using communal politics to catch votes. They strive to use the same ‘jathivadi’ slogan for the same purpose. However they would not dare challenge the defence of Sinhala Buddhists in their struggle to preserve their identity. There are signs that they have realize this fact.

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    Dr Ameer Ali:

    You are such a silly fool. Hasn’t it become clear to you – don’t trust any Sinhala politician, ever, whatever the party they may spring from or change their stripes from time to time. Just pray that India or some other country will one day run over Sri Lanka. May then there may be a possibility of the country returning to its senses. The brains of the Sinhala politicians and majority of the Sinhala people have become genetically encumbered that they have decided that the island should be inhabited by the Sinhala donkeys.

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      Jansee what should the doctor do? As you blame all Sinhala politicians, should he trust Tamil and Muslim politicians instead? Or are you just a racist troll?

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    Thank you Dr Ali

    Few observations
    (1) Tamils were force to vote for FP/TULF at gun since late 70’s and nothing can change this simple fact.
    (2) Tamil rights and life were taken away by the same no one acted on this crime against humanity…..a pending investigation along with with all other war crimes not brought to UN yet??.
    (3) The same lot told the people to vote for them and then there gun trotting kids/ creations trained in Tamil Nadu told the Tamils at gun point to vote for UNP/SLFP is a historical fact for the past 35 years..
    (4) Now you are suggesting Tamils should vote for JVP who is a “One Nation” party will the TNA agree (Tamil need advise from TNA Mafia who were saved by the GOSL to date as fate would have it…….want the same troops and the government to be put on trail in foreign lands)??
    (5) Now you are rocking the rice ball of this ‘folly’ responsible for the miserable death of all the SL Children to date to do the unthinkable??? when they can not even transform TNA into a National Party without any Language/Religious identities (meaning Muslim included?) just as JVP has been all along from day one??. JVP can publish papers in Tamil and Sinhala but imaging Suthanthiran being translated to Sinhala from day one????? a non factual criminal paper wrote hate crime and celebrated killings in the name of Democracy???? then you should suggest JVP can dilates to be elected too in the future in each and every electorate?

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    Dear Sir

    Real revolution would be for all the Tamil and Muslim parties to loose identity and join with JVP officially if they are to demonstrate they have something intellectual to offer for creative development work (not for various ghetto politics and thuggery in a developing country for the past 70 years) for Nation building + allow Muslims and Tamils to independently vote for anyone of their choice without subjecting them to terrorism(this has been the difference between the Minority and Majority historically except JVP interfered in the democracy before their Northern brother to set a wrong president). Field JVP candidates in the future general elections and be the JVP party candidates based on Technocrat/Economist merit basis (not based on Tamil or Sinhalese or Muslims as this is not a birth right for anyone in a democracy to stand for public service on this basis) except their merit.

    Not a single day in life can be wasted talking who should vote for whom anymore as we the Sri Lankans do not wish to be told at gun point by anyone whom we should vote any longer is a fact of life many struggling to get over in the Minority political arena they have mistakingly set out to calf for themselves a Mafia activity through killing which was met with tit for tat horrors we all have lived through to date. Enough is enough and will JVP wow to remove/wipe out identity political parties from the face of Sri Lanka/abolish provincial councils/no further constitutional discussions on devolutionary issues then yes we should all vote for them. This is the only permanent solution which has never changed for Mother Lanka to save all diversities.

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    Further JVP should place Tamil/Sinhala/Muslim candidates in opposite constituents where they represent the ‘other’ Sri Lankans so they can learn from each other real needs of every community in the Country since Independence and serve those needs. JVP should be making reference and start talking about all the brave Tamil/Muslim/Sinhalese MP’s who served their people well historically working together will make more relevant progressive strides…the real Soldiers/Guardian angels who died for their Mother Lankan children over and beyond party politics so we will not end up where we are today………..this activity will start removing all the ‘folly’ out of the current pool/cesspit of unwanted misfits out of the SL politics irrespective of their language/religious differences forever. We need to rewrite the history a fact based event for the next generation to be proud of their ancestary/visionary politicians who were all wiped by the foreign trained children under the watch of UN. We have neighbours who’s Naval forces can not even take care of their citizens steeling the Mother Lankan fisheries and our armed forces have to run around chasing the breeding program how? is it feasible???

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