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Tamilstan, Muslimstan Or Federalism?

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Any conversation or discussion about Sri Lanka that involves Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims is incendiary; add Buddhism, it will explode. So, curb your desire to curse before you read this article. I am not suggesting a solution to our eternal ethnic problems, just asking some irrational questions. Can we avoid a Three-State Solution?

‘Stan’ is a Persian word that means inhabitant or living place. Thus, Tamilstan means the land of the Tamil people.

Each ethnic group in Sri Lanka is fighting over issues such as political representation, language, self-government, control over our natural and other resources, migration within the country, and the desire for preserving our distinct ethnic, religious, or national identities.

In a nutshell, our country’s Constitution is like a single birth certificate that was issued to triplets—one birth certificate for three children—where the Sinhalese child gets preferential treatment, rendering the other two children subordinate to the chosen one. How are we going to resolve this problem?

Why Federalism? Because it is often claimed that federalism is vital to keep unity in a diverse society. Federalism, in theory, provides equal opportunities, greater economic prosperity, protection from external military threats, and well-being to all. Federalism is a covenant or agreement that is based on trust, not force or intimidation. Here is an example.

In theory, the USSR, under the Soviet constitution of 1977, reserved the right of secession for all fifteen Republics; however, in practice, secession was impossible; the central government, the communist party, and a highly centralized federal structure made ultimate decisions; eventually, the USSR collapsed when the party’s grip became weak and the republics started seceding. When it comes to federalism, “Putting together” and “Holding together” are two different ball games.

In Sri Lanka, will Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims, a population of different ethnic, linguistic, regional, and religious groups—ever agree to share the powers and responsibilities towards a common goal: to prosper together as Sri Lankans?

In 1948 when Ceylon gained independence, we did not choose federalism to keep Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims— ethnically, culturally, and linguistically disparate population in Sri Lanka—united. In Sri Lanka, will federalism function successfully? Or if federalism fails, will our county split eventually: Separatism, not two-state solution, but three-state solution?

Our thirty-year ethnic war ended in 2009; does that mean we will live happily ever after? We cannot predict our future, but we can learn from others. When discontent among ethnic groups is rife, separation is ineluctable.

Is there an ideal single form and model of federalism, federation, or federal political system in the world? I think you know the answer.

Since each country that follows a federal system—there are 27—functions differently in relation to structures and institutions, centralization and decentralization, and distribution of powers and control over natural resources, what is the model of federation that we are going to follow or create in Sri Lanka? The Canadian and American model of liberal federations or the Pakistani and Malaysian model of illiberal federations”?

The notion that a multiparty system prevents dictatorship and authoritarianism is a hoax. Federalism does not always mean decentralization; on the contrary, there are highly centralized federations and unitary systems where one can see much more decentralization. Rule of law and tolerance are the essence of any system, whether federal or unitary.

Rule of law and tolerance are the essence of federal democratic systems that we find in the USA, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada—yes, these countries are not perfect, but they strive constantly. We see this struggle here in the USA under Trump. In Sri Lanka, before we talk about federalism, we need to establish the rule of law and tolerance, which is almost non-existent in Sri Lanka. Courts are the umpires of federalism. Do you think, our judicial system is capable of being impartial when dealing with issues related to Sinhala-Buddhists vs Tamils or Sinhala-Buddhists vs Muslims? Tolerance is the linchpin of a multi-ethnic society. 

We all know how other religions fared when Buddhism became the state religion during the reign of Emperor Asoka. Asoka’s attitude was to honor other religions, by doing so one’s own religion benefits and so do the other religions. But Sirimavo Bandaranaike was not the latest incarnation of Emperor Asoka.

In Sri Lanka, federalism can easily turn into illiberal federalism because Sri Lankans tend to worship “tin pot benevolent dictators.”

Simply, yearning for Eelam is not unique for Sri Lankan Tamils; it is a universal conundrum: one humanity, many nations, a state for each ethnic group.

In Sri Lanka, is it possible to maintain a multi-ethnic federalism where ethnic groups within the boundaries of the state wherein each has valid claim to language rights and self-government powers to maintain itself as a distinct society and culture?

Most Sri Lankans are much smarter than the demented demagogues who try to promote Sinhala-Buddhist hegemony.

What if we create a system where Sinhalese may have the final decision on the affairs of Tamils and Muslims; Tamils could have the final decision on the affairs of Sinhalese and Muslims; and Muslims would have the final decision on the affairs of Sinhalese and Tamils? Three ethnic groups, although they are separate, cannot work without the other two.

Tamils like Sinhalese are looking for the same things: autonomy, unity, and identity. The question is how are we going to achieve it without dividing our country? What is your identity? Sri Lankan, Sinhalese, Tamil, or Muslim. Just choose one of the above; there is only one answer to this problem, if you do not choose that answer, you are the problem.

If we continue our ethnic hatred and intolerance, eventually we will have a three-state solution: Helastan, Tamilstan, and Muslimstan.

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    Jagath Asoka

    “Any conversation or discussion about Sri Lanka that involves Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims is incendiary; add Buddhism, it will explode.”

    Not Buddhism, but Sinhala/Buddhism which is political religion founded by the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority just before the independence.

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      I think Jagath is a very stupid man.. How the hell he says federalism is good for SL.. Our great SB monks are experts of political sciences and political practices and they all condemn “Federalism” . Who is this Jagath? . Our SB temple guys make these judgement through SB Buddhist WISDOM. Recently, our SB temple guys become experts of “Constitution” too. How great are our SB monks are even they haven’t had any formal education???? 99% of them even can’t read Pali (Thrapita was NOT translated to Sinhalese) .. but somehow they become experts of Buddhism, Political science, Constitution, suddenly they become experts of “meditation” too. Sadu.. Sadu..

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        He is no stupid. He is a post doc. I know his articles posted to CT few months ago.

        May be he just adds this to see what the reactions of CT readers would be.

        Actually, our people are controlled by all stupid theories based on astrology and sorcery. So not many would be supportive to federal systems.
        So feel they in terms of many issues. First, people should become knowledgeble about what is being discussed. Then we can think about federalism or any other systems.
        It is reported over 90% of lankens are after sorcery and astro or bhuutha beliefs.
        These numbers are really higher than had ever been few decades ago. We move to backward I think. All because the cost of living is on a rise as no tmes in the past. So people are after divine forces.

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      Nonsence Mr Asoka, you may be adding whatever you feel about the problems and its probable solutions. However, do you think are there any country with the size of srilanka would seek “stan”s depending on the ethiic background of that particular country ? Perhaps, Cyprus, but still no two sovereign states ?

      Better keep the kind of ideas for you than even share with others.

      Lanken issue is that of like minded countries. However, there are no over 3 Mio tamils living in the country. Nor are mulims of milions in the country. Most of mulisms live not just cornered to a part of the country. And that is the same with tamils too. Most tamils live out of nothern areas.
      So, why to allow them asking for a state where they each can continue their livelyhood ? Then Malaysians should be parted into such states. So should be the Swiss people since there are many natiionalities in significant numbers living in such countries.

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      What does burger vedda know about Buddhism? He just hates Buddhism in his ignorant, war mongering, worldly Jew mind.

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        Migara

        “What does burger vedda know about Buddhism?”

        Though I am bit thick I know the difference between Buddhism as the awakened one taught and the political Sinhala/Buddhism you want to replace.

        However, I know the meaning of “burger”, “a flat round cake of minced beef that is fried or grilled and typically served in a bread roll; a hamburger.” or a similarly shaped food item made of a specified ingredient, “a nut burger”

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      Dr. Jagath Asoka,

      RE: Tamilstan, Muslimstan Or Federalism?

      This is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. All the Paras from India ans elsewhere, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims ans other Paras should get back to their Homelands.

      This is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Aettho-Stan.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: Their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations,

      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 7 November 2013; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112.

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      Dr. Jagath Asoka,

      What we now have is Para-ism, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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        Dear Amarasiri, I read that the genetic composition of Balangoda man resembles that of the modern day Veddhas., and that the stone and iron tools discovered resemble those found in Africa. Does this mean that Veddhas are also paras.

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          Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          “Does this mean that Veddhas are also paras.” – No.

          Native Veddah Aethho wee the first. So, they are not Paras. They are natives.

          Only the Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims and others are Paras, Paradeshis, foreigners, in the homeland of the Native Veddah Aethho.

          Most likely, the Balangoda man is the ancestor of Native Veddah Aethho. That cannot be definitely ascertained, unless genetic studies are conducted, like that of the Neanderthals and the Denisovans.

          However, the Veddah Aethho or their genetic ancestors walked, when the sea levels were low during the last ice age, to claim their homeland, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and most probably they were travelers in India.

          The Vedda Tribe

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

          Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw&t=425s

          A Case Report: the Coastal Vedda Community Trapped in the Civil War in Sri Lanka

          https://www.researchgate.net/publication/300062251_A_Case_Report_the_Coastal_Vedda_Community_Trapped_in_the_Civil_War_in_Sri_Lanka

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    What ever the conviction of Dr. Jagath Asoka is he is not being open. Evasive. I guess that he is discounting Federalism as a solution to the issues the country is faced with.
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    I am going to make the above understanding of mine as the axis of my argument.
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    Ceylon was a Single, United, Unitary State at the time the Britishers decided to leave our shores, knowing the mess that we were sure to create for ourselves. We surely did make a mess.
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    Why the concept of Unitary State failed? (I cannot make you agree with an answer I could come up with. You have your own answers.)
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    Is it too late to mend the country back into a satisfactory unitary state? No. Not too late. However, a unitary state is less workable today than it was 70 years ago.
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    Let us see where the ruptures started.
    1) We failed to see us as Ceylonese. We looked at us as, Sinhalese, Tamils, etc.
    2) We failed to have a rational national flag. The national flag stressed our differences.
    3) We chose a national anthem unsuited for a multi-lingual country.
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    Is there a way of undoing the above fault lines.
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    The answer is in our sincerity to accomplish the undoing.

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      The British should be blamed for uniting the Tamil North to the Sinhala South without the consent of the people (Sri Lankan Tamils & Upcountry Sinhalese). The Upcountry (Kandyan) Sinhalese suggested on two different occasions that Sri Lanka should have a federal structure divided into three areas: the north/east, south/west, and the central.

      The noble idea of a plural society of unitary Sri Lankan state where all would live together as one nation forgetting their differences was precisely what was assured by the local inheritors of power as that would usher on this land of serendipity after 1948. The first constitution of independent Ceylon was specifically intended to achieve this but unfortunately it became a total failure. The mass of Sri Lankans, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims could not abandon their traditional value system and accept the one tailored by the British even though it was retained till today by their local collaborators.

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      Why the concept of Unitary State failed? (I cannot make you agree with an answer I could come up with. You have your own answers.)

      LACK OF UNDERSTANDING- AND THE SELFISH AND IRRESPONSIBLE REACTIONS OF POLITICIANS. THE KIND OF POLITICIANS A STILL THERE; BUT PEOPLE BACK THEM TOGETHER WITH BUDDHIST MONKS. THAT IS WHY WE NEED MORE DISCUSSIONS ::: OPEN DISCUSSIONS ON THE VERY TOPIC

      Let us see where the ruptures started.
      1) We failed to see us as Ceylonese. We looked at us as, Sinhalese, Tamils, etc.

      EVERYONE WITH EVEN A LITTLE BRAIN HAS TO AGREE WITH YOU

      2) We failed to have a rational national flag. The national flag stressed our differences.

      YES; IN THAT FLAG PUTTING THE SINHAYA DEPICTS THAT THE COUNTRY BELONGS TO SINHALAYA. WHICH IS WRONG. EVEN TODAY; PEOPLE ARE NO READY TO CHANGE IT; MORE DISCUSSIONS DEEM NECESSARY
      3) We chose a national anthem unsuited for a multi-lingual country.
      THESE ISSUE SHOULD LONG HAVE BEEN IMPROVED. BUT POLITICIANS IGNORED THE ISSUE FOR THEIR GREEDY AGENDAS
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      Is there a way of undoing the above fault lines.
      THEORETICALLY, YES THERE ARE . BUT PRACTICALLY, YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW THE AVERAGE REACT ON THE LIKE MINDED ISSUES- NOT EVEN LOOKING AT THE GRAVITY OF THE PROBLEMS THE NATION FACES IN TERMS OF ETHNIC ISSUE:
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      The answer is in our sincerity to accomplish the undoing.

      I DONT THINK THE AVERAGE MIND SET IS CURRENTLY READY TO SEE IT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE: THEY NEED MORE TIME: I JOIN WITH THE BELIEF OF DR. DEWASIRI OF COLOMBO UNIVERSITY. HE SAYS; THE AVERAGE NEED MORE TIME AND NEED TO STAY LONGER DISCUSSING TO REALIZE THE NEED:

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      Unreal
      Ruptures can-be healed and sealed.
      1) When we see all of us are Lankans.
      2)When we redesign our ridiculous national flag by getting rid of the sword wielding lion holding it’s tongue out mockingly at the stripes
      that indicate a minority diversity.
      3) When the National Anthem is changed to suit and foster
      the ideals hopes, and aspirations of all those who are born in and
      inhabit that island country.

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      The question is if the ethnic issue is not solved will there be another uprising in the future.Another war. So why not consider this. Devolve powers to the provinces and if any province declares independence then the central government should impose direct rule. And if the need arises declare war.

      If another war is inevitable then at least we can be satisfied that we tried to solve the ethnic issue.

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      Unreal,

      “What ever the conviction of Dr. Jagath Asoka is he is not being open.”

      Get Dr. Jagath Asoka ‘s DNA and genetics tested. He is for REAL, a Para from India.

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    Why do you want to discrminate on others such as burghers, moors (I don’t know who they are), malays, arabs, estate indians, different tamil castes, NAsiristhan -wahabis, wilpaththtu -shias. JAffanisthan – rohingyas.

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      Jimsofty the Dimwit

      “Why do you want to discrminate on others such as burghers,”

      The Burghers were the first people to leave this island in batches as the Sinhala/Buddhist Pancha Maha Bala Vegaya took over this island. Ask them why did they leave and you might find the answer to all your other stupid questions.

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      Similarly it is Balugooistan for you.

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    “where the Sinhalese child gets preferential treatment,”

    And the one and only one reason for this is, they are more in number than the other two. By assimilating with everything that landed to their shores, they became more in number.

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    I am not trying to sound or be racist, here. I’m not too confident about posting this comment, either. But I would like to hear an opinion that would possibly cause me to change my mind/be reassured. So, here goes.

    I have almost nothing against the idea of Sri Lanka as a federal nation. But I’ve always found myself rather wary of Islam. It’s not the race that I have doubts with, but its religion. Islam is well-known to be a violent religion and it’s also a known fact, that according to the Quran, Muslims are supposed to multiply and spread the word of their god throughout the world. They might play the victim which they’re a minority but when they multiply as a race, won’t it cause problems?

    For instance, countries like Indonesia used to be Buddhist countries but now it’s an entirely different culture that has the dominance, there. If things go this way, I’m pretty sure Sri Lanka, too, will have a similar ending to its story. Not in a couple of years, not in the visible future, but one day.

    I’m wary of Islam. I can not help that. I’m not some proud Sinhalese who worships their “heritage” and “culture” but I’d like to see my roots continue their way through the soils of the world. Of this country, at least. I don’t like to think of them being trampled by someone’s religious belief that clearly says that their mission will not be accomplished until the entire world accepts the word of their god.

    These things are not to be taken lightly, imo.

    Please explain this one to me. I’d like to hear what other approaches there are to this point of view. It will be viewed as wrong by many, and may be I, too, will change my mind, so help me. Thank you.

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      Your comment is moulded by the western thinking which has been borrowed by certain elements in Asian region to create Muslims as an enemy or threat.

      Islam is accused of being a violent religion but Islam has never preached violence to spread its message, force or subjugate any one. Islam allows wars only for defense. Humans are born with the ingrain ability to detect danger and to take remedial action. If Islam had deviated from human nature then logically Islam has to be a false religion. Thats why in Islam there is no celibacy , there is no renouncement of the worldly affairs and living as a hermit, as a human you have to live your life and follow the religion.In Islam the world is a test.

      You mention Indonesia. If you google spread of Islam in Indonesia you will get a clearer Idea how the majority became Muslims. It seems similar to Sri Lanka. When the king embraces a religion then the subjects too have followed the king.This is same in Malaysia as well.

      Nowhere in Islam it is said that whole world should become Muslim. If you do some research you will realize that it is prophesied in Islam that a calamitous war will be waged between Muslims,Christians and Jews which we can see is unfolding in the middle east. And further it is prophesied that a time would come that Islam it self would disappear.

      Religion is used by people for their own motives. Islam too is being used in a such a manner in various conflicts where Muslims are involved.

      continued

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      Continued

      Coming to Sri Lanka you have to realize that Muslims were late starters when it came to education as they feared if they sent their children to missionary schools they would be converted. Muslims have not given much priority to education and it is a known fact that when people are uneducated they tend to have more children.

      When individuals in a society have more education and more oppurtunities they lay more emphasis in careers thereby having lesser children. This has happened in various parts of the world.

      No one is stopping any one having children. If some believe that their population is dwindling and they might become minorities then they should have more children to prevent that.

      Genghis Khan destroyed and killed large number of Muslims. But it miraculously survived because of the pactitioners at the time saved it. Later on Genghis Khan’s decendents become Muslims as well.

      Language, culture or religions will dissapear only if the pactitioners dont care or dont believe in it. As it has happened in many wetern countries.

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    Trumpistan? Alive and growing. World war III to be started by a man with small hands. So why not ?

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    There should be a Veddasthan also. Evidences show Eastern part of the country was the traditional homeland of Veddaas although Kallathonis claim that it is their traditional homeland. Give Eastern part of the country to Veddas and make the Chief Vedda the Governor.

    Why a Muslimsthan? Muslims are Dalit Tamils converted to Islam. Their mother tongue is Tamil. All the Tamil speaking people should be in Tamilisthan in the North. All the Tamil speaking people have to leave Helasthan.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Evidences show Eastern part of the country was the traditional homeland of Veddaas “

      Evidence shows we the entire island is our ancestral homeland.

      Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
      -Mark Twain

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      Blind Eagle, the Veddah of the east from ancient times spoke Tamil and are Saivite worshiping the Tamil god Lord Murugan . Even the native Veddah language is similar to Elu and both are simple Dravidian dialects that are similar to Tamil. Lord Murugan’s second consort ValliAmma is a Veddah from these areas and Kathirkammam and many of the ancient Saivite shrines in the southern parts of the east are associated with these ancient Tamil Veddas. Sadly after independence the Sinhalese have forcibly converted the ancient Saivite Tamil Vedda of Kathikamam to a Buddhist shrine and renamed the area Kataragamma After the Vedda, the people who lived in the east and had ruled and created history in the east are the Tamils . All the ancient history of the east and the Hindu and Buddhist ruins in the east relate to them. Sinhalese and the Indian origin Tamil Muslims in the east are new comers. Sinhalese only in the last 60 years , thanks to state aided colonization schemes and the Muslims a few centuries ago . Arrived in the east as refugees. Do not post crap

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    Need to neutralize the Sinhala Buddhist image and influence. Cancel Poya days as holiday. Find out exactly on which date Buddha attained Nirvana and make that day only a holiday( like Christmas if you wish). De-robe all the thugs in saffron. Destroy all Budhha statues littering the country with crow droppings. Take away the prominence given to Sangha. All Sinhala Politicians to stop blaring Sri Lanka is Sinhala Bull shit country.

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    Dr Jagath, Sorry about the tone I used it last time when you touched a subject that I went thought in Jaffna.

    Here is the problem I see from my own experience in SL. Our communities in SL have already crossed the intersection of diverging straight lines. Only one option is still available. That is to work on a solution to let each community to grow with its own slope without one group to even think (confirmed by constitutional change rather than a promise by any idiot in any shape or weight) that they are also masters of other groups. The day SL dumped the merit based system even to pick a janitor; it made the path for decentralize administrative systems.

    Another point is Muslims has to clean up their acts to empower their women before they can be even added to this equation. Until then the central government has to take control of them to teach them to change their own dippers. There is no free lunch if they don’t contribute to resolve the current state of SL puzzle.

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    Jagath Asoka challenges ~ ” Sri Lankan, Sinhalese, Tamil, or Muslim. Just choose one of the above; there is only one answer to this problem, if you do not choose that answer, you are the problem.”
    The endemic corruption obtaining will not allow us to answer. We can provide an answer if corruption is bridled. If corruption is bridled the question will not arise.
    We are in a chicken & egg situation.

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    Dr Asoka,

    …’Most Sri Lankans are much smarter than the demented demagogues who try to promote Sinhala-Buddhist hegemony….

    are you serious?

    If they were how come with ended up, since 1956, with shitty governments that constantly played to the Bauddha-Sinhala gallery?

    Sadly, for the foreseeable future, we will continue to have leaders who will wear their pirith-noola and swear to protect Buddhism.

    It hurts to say this, but our longest period of relative peace was when the Colonial Master ruled with his rod in hand.

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      “Longest period of relative peace” hahahahah!? Who’s point of view? My grandma was born 1896 And lived for 106 years. She told us about the relative peace and other conditions that Sri Lankan’s as ceylones had to endure. It is always cool to reference to times that we had not lived in and say that time was fantastic or great. One should, as I do! Refrain from that type of things until we know exactly how it was🤓

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    Lesson in constitution. At first the rulers were physically and mentally strong, then wealth came into the scene. All along cunning, and plotting was part of the ruling class. Then came democracy. But, other factors mentioned was always mixed with democracy. Only when the whole population was educated to a higher level, real democracy is shown. But even in ideal democracy there are problems . Democracy is a crude form of ruling. This can be seen even in best democratic countries, that show shortcomings. In democracy masses have might. This is not ideal. Because voices of minority goes unheard. Minorities are not only communal or religious, but the elderly, children, women, the sick, retarded, invalid, LGBT communities and the list can go on. They are not powerful, they usually don’t have wealth or resolve. Literally if ruling is done by the voice of masses there is no need of a constitution accept in the case when masses are split in half and want to kill each other. The modern constitution need to look after the minorities. Majority made constitution won’t do it. Only constitution adhering to correct principals will do it.

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    There isn’t any ethnic hatred or intolerance among Sinhalese….it is the divisive politics…
    In 1948 the ethnic issue could have been solved but our Sinhalese Political crooks bribed him in kind and made Lord Soulbury to bury his soul….
    In 1952 SWRD engaged in divisive politics by clearly dividing the Country on language and went upto the extent of making Sinhala the official language…yet in 1956 he and SJV signed a pact identified as Banda – Chelva pact to grant federal status to North and ultimately paid by his life for his political crookedness…. none in the UNP supported him on his efforts for the damage he caused by dividing the Country and UNP
    In 1965 ..Dudley wanted to the same under Dudley & Chelva pact which was opposed by the SLFP and said ” DUDLEYGEY BADEY MASALA WADEY “….
    Since then the Country knows the severe damage caused by the two parties…it is an irony that the very same parties UNP/SLFP/TULF or TNA after 70 years coming together to grant Federalism….These crooks know very well that the country cannot move forward any longer without it so their politics which will end by 2020.. ..JUST SEE .THE CONCEPT OF FEDERALISM THEY SHOUT AFTER 70’YEARS IS BASED NOT ON THE COUNTRY BUT STILL ON PERSONAL AGENDA….WHAT RIGHT DO THESE CROOKS HAVE TO ENGAGE IN SUCH AN EXERCISE…..
    What Justice is there for those who laid life…approx 150,000 Sinhala & Tamil people ….for fighting against the crookedness of these politicians…?
    It is the trust of the stakeholders ..not the Crooked Politikkas but People at the end of the day that could lead to PEACE ….
    UNFORTUNATELY TODAY THE PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST THESE CROOKS ANY MORE AND THEREFORE THIS WOULD LEAD TO NOTHING BUT ANOTHER BLOODSHED IN THE COUNTRY ….

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    If at least 90% of a particular group who demand federal autonomy live within a contiguous area then fedalism is possible. Demographic distribution of Tamils (Tamil speaking people) across the island does not lend itself for a rational federal structure. Highly irrational Tamil desire for autonomy for North East while living among Sinhalese is the root cause of ethnic riots. Tamils must decide between a Homeland OR the right to live anywhere. NONE of the Tamil racist donkeys here have attempted to explain how the proposed federal structure based on existing provinces is going to benefit at least 90% of them. So long as Tamils play this hypocritic game ethnic strife will continue. Will be worse once federal provinces are established.

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      No one seeks psychiatric treatment on his own; He has to be directed either by a friend or by a family member. I do not mind being that friend for you.

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      Only racist donkey here is you . Constantly posting the same racist garbage like a broken record and demanding explanations that have been given to you a thousand times. What are you someone brain dead or stupid? Or think that repeating the same racist garbage often will make this the truth

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    TO The Attention Of Jagath The DR……..How Stupid You People Are Seems To Be…………There Is Nothing Very Much For You To Talk Or Drag About If You Are A Doctor With SenSEs……….Why Not You Give The Original Name Of Our Country Which Has been Taken Away From Us…………Name Our Country As It Was SINHALE………….And All People Come Under The Royal Sinhale Lion Flag………Throwing Off The Striped Racialist Lion Flag

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      Go and read history there was no language or ethnicity called Sinhala until the 7th/8Th centuries. The word Sinhala or Sinhale is derived from one of the ancient Tamil names for the island Chingkallam meaning the land or tract of land that is red or copper coloured and the population there speaking the semi Tamil simple Dravidian dialect called Elu were called Chingkallavar or Eelavar or Eezhavar( Eelam/Eezham being another ancient Tamil name for the island) A male was called Chingkallavan and a female Chingkallathi, from the classical Tamil words Allavan/Allathi. These terms are still used by the Eelam Tamils. When the population in the south of the island mass converted to Buddhism and gradually started to corrupt their Tamil dialect with the Pali/Prakrit/Sanskrit of Buddhism a new identity and language started to emerge in the south of the island and ancient Tamil Chingkalam became Sinhala/Sinhale in Pali/Prakrit. Tamil Elu mixed with Prakrit became Hela or old Sinhalese. In the north and east the population still retained their ancient Tamil identity and their Hindu religion and gradually started to call their land Tamil Eelam or Tamizh Eezham meaning the Tamil part of ancient Eelam. Lion flag , why are the Sinhalese partly descended from some big cat from a jungle in North East India? Genetically impossible.

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    Some commenters are threatening “Touching the status quo will lead to separation of the India/Pakistan partition type”. We have come to believe that such thoughts are patriotic.
    Who the hell demanding separation here?

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