27 November, 2020

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The Congenial Relationship Between Cricket, Chauvinism And National Oppression

By Athithan Jayapalan

Athithan Jayapalan

Athithan Jayapalan

The Sri Lankan victory at the T20 Cricket World Cup on 06.04.2014 was marked with an outburst of euphoria all around the Sri Lankan south. What can be observed during the celebrations is the heavy reproduction of major state symbols such as the Sri Lankan flag, and the national emblem, the Sinhala lion, and nationalist slogans. The notion and idea of the nation state is in effect legitimized, reproduced and perpetuated through the large public veneration of Sri Lanka. By evocating national feeling and solidarity centered on the state and its symbols, the public is embodying the national spirit which the nationalist discourse espouses. When the glorified state is involved in unfettered national oppression, the public also becomes dangerously implicated in legitimizing its actions. For the Sri Lankan state national public celebrations become intrinsic in empowering the state and perpetuating its national projects; a genocidal regime in the Tamil homeland in the North-East and a dictatorial rule in the Sinhala south.

Incidentally such triumphant moods in the south were also observable during the last war, reaching its zenith on 18.05.2009, upon the conclusion of the genocidal massacres at Mulluvaykal. As the war ravaged the north, entire Tamil villages were eradicated, and thousands of Tamil civilians were mercilessly slaughtered and maimed by the deliberate government bombardment. In contrast the south witnessed the ecstatic Sinhalese who took to the streets with the lion flag and chanted patriotic slogans cheering their armed forces in the war against the Tamils. For every Tamil village that burned, the south would embark upon a heightened carnival of festivities and rejoice. This was a historical point at which Sinhala chauvinism was manifest in its most crystallized form, with conquest, genocide and national subjugation being the crux of state ceremony, national identity, prestige and public veneration.

The annual 19th of May Victory Day staged by the state to mark its “victory over terrorism” has since 2009 been a national event which more blatantly displays the Sri Lankan public participation in the celebration of the state violence against Tamils.  Aligned with state propaganda such public actions promote discourses and actions which brazenly deny genocide and silence Tamil grievances. Moreover it reaffirms the Sinhala nationalist ideology which denies Tamils nationhood, demonizes their resistance, suppresses their collective memories and represses Tamil demands for justice and equality.  The lavish military parade draws large public attention and the subsequent display of military might annually revokes the lingering of a triumphant Sinhala chauvinism among the Sri Lankan citizens.

Thereby the relationship between the performances of a national sport team, the nation state, national consciousness and national oppression is manifold and vivid.

Moreover Sri Lankan cricket players have in the recent past been prominent in defending the state or in actively denying the brutalities of the state which Tamils as a collective have been subjected to.  On 16.11.2013 in an interview given to Channel 4 during the CHOGM Sri Lankan cricketer Muttaiah Muralitharan responded to the Tamil protests against state enforced disappearances. He callously denied the pain and memories of the protesting family members and insisted that they were lying. Subsequently he exclaimed that the British PM is being misled on human rights violations on the island.  Likewise during overseas tours Kumar Sangakkara is renowned to advocate the Rajapaksa government’s ‘achievements’ in the post war period and to corroborate the reconciliation and development discourse.  During his visit to Kerala, former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya told reporters that ” There is no need for any international probe because we have our own judicial system and the process of law is going on…Our President Mahinda Rajapaksa has done a wonderful job and is doing everything possible to see that there is overall development in the country ” (1).

The outspoken Sri Lankan cricketers embody the intermeshed nature of the Sri Lankan national team and the Sri Lankan nation state. Such active efforts in denying the national oppression of Tamils, and in validating  their nation state is nothing less of denying genocide and silencing the collective pain and suffering of Tamils.

Thereby in the true spirit of awarding the champions of the nation state, the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has announced its plan to orchestrate a lavish national celebration to mark the world cup championship.

International ambivalence strengthens chauvinism

While Sri Lankan citizens celebrated their triumph and rekindling of hope for their nation, the Tamils increasingly strangled by a hegemonic military occupation were bracing themselves against the recent intensification of state persecution.  From just the 7th to the 27th of March, more than 44 Tamils have been unlawfully arrested or abducted (2). There are also reports of war time military restriction being re-employed in the North, such as the pass system requirement for fishermen to venture into the sea and deployment of frequent security checkpoints. The numbers of disappeared or unlawfully arrested Tamils are growing as more reports are coming out of the island documenting the state crackdown in the wake of the 25th session of the UNHRC. The targeted are predominantly Tamil activists, ex-LTTE cadres, witnesses and HR campaigners who can all implicate the Sri Lankan state in an international investigation into atrocities against Tamils.

On 07.04.2014, following the T20 victory, the GOSL External Affairs minister G.L. Peiris refuted even the crippled international pressure advocated in the UNHRC resolution. Minister Peiris defiantly stated “Where the government is required to do anything to support the investigation or to participate in it, the government will not do that….They will have to tell us what they want to do. But the clear policy decision had been taken that we do not associate ourself with the inquiry and we do not submit to the jurisdiction of the investigating committee,” (3).

It can be argued that such an outright refusal against the so called international community is also influenced by the recent performance of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Nonetheless, it is the reluctant stand by the western led section of the international community in taking punitive actions against the GOSL which provides the main incentive for such defiance.  The western coalition of the international community advocates weak international pressure on the GOSL as seen in the US sponsored UNHRC resolution while the China-Russia axis, the Indian state and the Muslim states are all unconditionally supporting the Sri Lankan state. With such international impotence, widespread courting of the GOSL and authorization of an oppressive nation state, the atrocities against the Tamils will not be addressed let alone be resolved. Such an international dynamics imbue the Sri Lankan state, its national team and its patriotic citizenry with thoughts of supremacy, moral righteousness and emboldens their chauvinism which enhances the multifaceted oppression faced by Tamils.

References

1)   http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/39614-no-need-for-intl-probe-in-sl-sanath-jayasuriya.html

2)   http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37145

3)   http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/45596-sl-wont-cooperate-un-war-crime-probe-gl.html

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  • 13
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    Machan, the whole country is playing a match down the road. Step away from the gloom in your mind for a few minutes and come join us… everyone is playing on except a few bumbass SLC officials and Mahinda has been locked up at Temple Trees so that everyone can win!

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      ”Step away from the gloom in your mind”?
      The govt forces will not let the Tamils step away from any gloom:
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/namal-rajapaksa-building-a-cult-of-personality-in-the-north/

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      Citizen( Sinhala Citizen):

      A correction. The whole country is not rejoicing in the Celebrations. Only Sinhala Lanka. We Tamils are still in mourning mate. Even the Great Muralis balls are buried in the past and that is why he doesn’t want to dig.

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        @ kali .. ‘ Only Sinhala Lanka celebrated’ HAAA SHOWS THE WESTERN LTTE emigres are totally devoid of reality.. Should have been at the BAR in the Green Grass Hotel.. That’s in Jaffna off Hospital Road Aseervatham.. I know I was Pissed out of head.. But so were the Others Mainly Tamil and Jaffanese.. cheering every ball.. Apart from One ***** when Ashwin bowled.. But he was a Canadian Emigre.. So i suppose You LTTE emigres still mourning for prabakaran or so you say in that far street corner in the west are devoid of reality. And i was the one who was drunk.

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          Nuwan:

          Don’t talk rubbish. Tamils who support Sinhala Lanka are made to do so at Gun Point. If they refuse they get a bullet through their head. That is the law of the Land.

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    Oh..dear. Aren’t you a bit frustrated?

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      Ben,
      I am too frustrated. War ended in 2009. You would have read the articles on CT. So I do not need to repeat what is written on those articles.

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        I know defeat of terrorists in 2009 is a frustration for you

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          Only reactive terrorists were finished off in 2009. But the state terrorism that started in 1948 and that triggered reactive terrorism goes on unabated even today. There is no sign on the horizon that it will end anytime soon.

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            Panaboke:

            I agree 150%

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      Ben:

      Frustrated is an understatement. It is more like devastated. We are not part of the Celebrations.

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    Another Ltte emigre form the comfort of his western life devoid of reality.. Just one problem in 1996 a person named muttiah muralitharan along with the national flag waving too took place if ones memory spans that short time period.. When Bombs explode in Colombo national flag waving took place in a show of solidarity.. Well before ‘Our President Mahinda Rajapaksa’ It was cricketers such as these Flag wavers along with sir Ian botham walked to Raise money for the Cancer hospital in Tellipalai.. It was this National Flag wavers who paid their Tax Money before and after being blown up which fed their fellow citizens in the North and paid the Pensions of the LTTE former Government Employees Not the Tiger Flag waving Emigres on a street corner such as you.. Now if people like you really felt so much for a cause such as the LTTE, why did you not join them to Fight and die in the Glory of battle????? than sitting in that far corner in the west with you Play station and plasma TV and watching. so here’s to the national Flag which represents all as depicted by the flag apart from our Buger citizens, which must be corrected.

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      The ONLY oppression is in the minds of the LTTE rump. It has become a mental illness.

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        Some of the Sinhalese who told LLRC that from the time of independence the ethnic minorities have been oppressed:
        http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC

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        Ram you Sinkalam:

        The only Rump I can see is that of King Mahintha. When Sanctions begin to hit hard You lot will be going through a depression.

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          @Kali..’When Sanctions begin to hit hard You lot will be going through a depression’ HMM IF and IF is a mighty word.. sanctions hit hard wouldn’t the people of the NORTH suffer as well??? The very people you LTTE emigres in the comfort of the west are supposed to be helping !!!!! Hmm how IRONIC.

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            Nuwan you Idiot:

            The suffering of the people of the North cant get anny worse. So dont talk rubbish. It is you lot I want to see grovel.

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      The ONLY oppression is in the minds of the LTTE rump. It has become a mental illness.

      Those ‘human rights’ NGOs told us that Gopi was a myth. Well now we know different.

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      Fund-raising for a Cancer Hospital was a ”show”.
      What the Tamils need is their political freedom (=devolution of power – elections for Northern Province was not held for 4 yrs till the threat of boycott of CHOGM2013 by CHOGs but the elected body is kept powerless till today) to have all the hospitals and schools and other things they want. They don’t want unemployed graduates hanging around while the schools are short of teachers and army personnel are allowed to ”teach”.

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        @ David..Fund-raising for a Cancer Hospital was a ”show”. really go and tell it to the Families in the North who’s Children benefits from this. And tell me what have the Likes of you in the west you Emigres have done??? or you rather see these children suffer and as Forced soldiers for your ‘SHOW’.. Yes its easy for LTTE Emigres such as you in the west to be the first to shout that every man woman and child in the North should fight and die.. But SCUM like would be the first to run to FREE western hospitals with your parents when they are ill.. WHAT A SHOW INDEED.

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      Nuwan:

      Muthia is your man not ours. Even his wife has threatened to leave him.

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        @ Kali ‘Muthia is your man’ Yes we know what you do to People who you don’t consider YOUR MAn.. Just like MR A. Amirthalingam, Neelan Tiruchelvam, V. Yogeswaran and other Tamil Politicians and Tamil Lankans. Something people like you and R. Sampanthan will have to answer for.. Well until you consider R. Sampanthan is no longer your man right?

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          Nuwan:

          What does MR do to traitors.

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          You’ve left out the ex-Foreign Minister Kathirgamar, whose death was celebrated by some Tamils in the UK who boasted that ‘they had signed his death warrant’

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            Ram you Sinkalam:

            You are right. He was a Sinkalam trapped in a Tamil body.

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    yes I suppose its noble to wave a ‘Terrorist’Tiger LTTE flag in some cricket pitch in Europe rather(disrupt the match) than the national Flag which represents all Creeds in Lanka.. Tell me something how where does the Tiger Flag represents the sinhalese, Muslims and Other Tamils who do not like to play cricket the way you think the LTTE emigres ought to Play? If one was in Colombo during the 2007 Final match where the LTTE agreed to a ceasefire on that night yet took to its Planes to Bomb Colombo, One should have see the way we waved Our National Flag in defiance. No doubt a event missed by the Emigre writer when he was on Facebook no doubt. Lets hope the National flag Flutters in the North where our Cricketers especially muttiah muralitharan and Sanga are producing the Next Cricketers of Sri Lanka and the Flag wavers

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    The ones who filled the streets in Colombo of sinhala lanka celebrating victory were mostly Muslims. I didnt watch the match but I got up to see the match after I heard celebrations in my neighbour’s house who were tamils.

    Some of the biggest supporters of SL cricket come from the highland tamils. Among tamils in upcountry you will find the biggest sanga fans and murali fans. In 2012 when SL lost the world cup, one Tamil from upcountry committed suicide. Though I dont support such idiotic acts it shows the support SL cricket team enjoy amidst people whatever race they come from.

    My FB page was filled with joyful comments, status updates of all my friends including tamils.

    I wonder what CT is trying to achieve for this country by publishing such third grade articles from idiots who supports a terrorist organisation.

    And finally SL didnt wage a war against Tamil people, they waged war against terrorists who had hijacked this country for 30 years. And against terrorist who hid behind the civilians.

    One of the misfortunes of this country is we never had politicians that understand the situation of the country and work accordingly and same can be said about journalists and media organisations. CT being one of them. In a moment that can be used to bridge the divide CT allows these bloodsuckers to deepen the divide.
    But who cares CT can win an award on journalism (biased and stupid) from a white hand in a british evening. That is all they want.

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      Well said.

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    We need to look at the positive developments as well. People of Tamilnadu will not allow racist Sri Lankan cricketers to play again in IPL matches that will be played in Tamilnadu.That’s why players like Mahela J,Dilshan were not recruited to any IPL teams for the coming year.

    There are positive developments in the international campaign against the racist Sinhala cricketers in Australia, UK and South Africa(advanced capitalist and cosmopolitan societies which are also the power houses of cricket compared to Sri Lanka which is full of “flag waving village idiots”). We hope that the sports embargo against Sri Lanka will not be that far ahead with more sanctions initiated by UN in future.

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      @VM is it those same patriots of SUN TV and Indian Cements who are relatives of Karunadhi that employ LAnkan cricketers for their team? I suppose that’s why they moved venues from Tamil Nadu.. SO those fools in the Tamil Village cannot wave Terrorist flags with those Rupees in their pockets just like the emigre fools in the west you can take them from the village but put money in their pockets they go back to village mentality

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    Nuwan,
    Don’t you know this? LTTE is banned in several countries. It means they cannot wave LTTE flag in those countries.

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      @ ANPU.. DON’T YOU know this LTTE Flag waving wannabe Emigres who rather others die than them.. Invade pitches and wave no doubt tiger flags, they are in every street corner as they DO wave their flags. Ya just like a banned Terrorist Group manage to raise millions to Fund terrorist via bogus charities.. Change your B&W TV to colour you will be able to see the wannabe Emigre patriots better. Dum [Edited out].. Just look at CMB telegraph and its affiliate Tamilnet

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      Yeah the flag we see with a tiger in a red clothe belongs to dehiwala zoo.

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    VM,

    “We hope that the sports embargo against Sri Lanka will not be that far ahead with more sanctions initiated by UN in future. “

    Deceive yourself again like you once did with your fictitious homeland.

    “Sri Lanka which is full of “flag waving village idiots”

    There can’t be bigger idiots than your so called freedom fighters who thought were strong enough to fight the Army.

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      Ravi Sinhala speking Demela Perera

      “Deceive yourself again like you once did with your fictitious homeland.”

      He is only learning from you. I don’t see any difference between your one nation and his/her homeland, both historical fictions.

      Teach VM how to churn historical fictions and popularise them as facts.

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      The slipper wearing freedom fighters did maul your brave army for thirty long years and finally you needed the military, logistical and intelligence support from Russia, America, China, UK, Israel, Pakistan, India and many others to defeat them. Did you actually totally defeat them? If you did so why all the fuss about the LTTE revival now?

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        Slipper wearing army always hid behind sarees and skirts when guns were pointed at them. That is the secret behind their survival for 30 years and of course the fake peace processes by fake mediators

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    Now that the Tamil Tigers in Western countries are in hiding, they have found an indoctrinated young guy to be their ghost writer.

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    outburst of euphoria all around the Sri Lankan south. What can be observed during the celebrations is the heavy reproduction of major state symbols such as the Sri Lankan flag, and the national emblem, the Sinhala lion,………

    All that is understandable as 20m Population have turned out to be WORLD BEATERS.

    DO NOT SHOW YOUR FRUSTRATION…………..

    Celebration took place in Jaffna as well…………..
    Lion in the flag belong to all communities who reside in Sri Lanka.

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    Hey there lil buddy,

    The Lion is geographical identity first. This means people belonging to naturalised cultures are also Lions. Its crazy but even some Chinese have become Lions.

  • 4
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    Jayapalan,

    Did you discover Human Rights after the May 2009 debacle?
    Did you fellows start the war assuming you can go about killing Sinhalese freely and not expecting a reaction?
    Had you won the war will you not wave your Terrorist Flag and will you not celebrate?
    Get this into your heads – you started the killing and raping. And, you got a damn good hiding by the SL military. Now if any on your side got killed, you are the responsible party. Your numbers of dead, call it genocide or whatever you like, is your fault.
    Whether you like or not you will see celebrations in May, as you would have done if the terrorists had won. You will see of waving Lion Flags, more than you see Tiger Terrorist Flags.
    Don’t like it? Too bad. Take a page from Ostrich HandbooK. Tells you how to busy your head in the sand.

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      Lol you Idiot:

      Your boss King Mahintha discovered Human Rights well before 2009 and went to UN. Fate has it and the Scum Bag has become a scurge of UN

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    Jayapalam,

    You blame the Sri Lankan government, cricketers, International Community, the sun, moon for your folly. Your mates started a war and suffered a humiliating defeat. The world is sick and tired of your moaning. Tamils started murder, terrorism, fraud, drug smuggling, human trafficking and still you want to be on your side?
    Get a life!
    I cannot understand why CT publish gasrbage. This isn’t the way to address genuine grievances. By publishing one sided propaganda by anybody and everybody CT has lost credibility as a worthwhile publisher. It is now on par with TamilNet for lack of quality jounalism.

  • 5
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    The Tamil “Dias Hora” will forever be complaining about the defeat of, for them Tmails for rest of us the LTTE.

    This guy looks to be sober and slumber when he wrote this article.(I only read the comments) I am sure he would have manipulated the words if Sri Lanka lost the final. This particular “Dias Hora” may have not even set foot in Sri Lanka.

    They hijack every opportunity whether it is a world cup win or a big fart to highlight their self proclaimed state.

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      so you confess that without reading the contents of the article you just fart your sinhala chauvinist gas by only reading other comments from sinhala chauvinists. such a loser and idiot. no wonder why your state is in the verge of being labelled as the land of war crimes by international community… loser

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    While at the subject TNA members had left the parliament when it received the champion cricket team. See the difference between the ordinary Tamil citizen who joined us to celebrate one of few achievements the country can be proud of and the Eelam dreaming Tamil Nationalists?

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    You say: “On 16.11.2013 in an interview given to Channel 4 during the CHOGM Sri Lankan cricketer Muttaiah Muralitharan responded to the Tamil protests against state enforced disappearances. He callously denied the pain and memories of the protesting family members and insisted that they were lying. Subsequently he exclaimed that the British PM is being misled on human rights violations on the island.”
    You fail to mention that Muralitharan is a Sri Lankan Tamil. His contribution to cricket is always admired by many including the British PM Cameron. His charity work in Sri Lanka’s war ravaged North with other star cricketers is an example of how Tamils should deal with issues since those issues were not created by one section of the country but by all including the Tamils themselves and their so-called saviors (LTTE, TNA etc etc). It is easy to criticize but delivery is difficult and takes time!

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    Jayapalan you racist son of a bitch,
    Your racist remarks are good for you to shit in your own bed.
    Sri Lankan cricket team consists of great men of honor who have been respected the world over for their
    Talent at game and charity. Muralitharan and Sanga have been raising funds for the benefit of folks in the north, whose lives were destroyed by LTTE fund raisers like you. You are upset and feel frustrated they try to help Tamil people in the north, as your ugly face is not on the posters.
    It’s a national accomplishment that our team kicked your homeland India’s ass… Real good … To become the world champions… I repeat, world champions.
    Every Sri Lankan regardless of ethnic or religious background is entitled to wave our national flag, which is the official flag of SL since independence from British Slave Trading imperial bullies. There is no need of legitimizing SL national flag as the lion flag with Tamil and and Muslim representation is the LEGAL flag of SL!!
    May be you were born yesterday to a Tamil diaspora parents who taught you all lies about SL and it’s history.
    Your writing reflects idiocy, incompetence, ignorance, arrogance and profound insanity..and COlombo Telegraph publishing such unrecyclable trash depicts its low end bottom licking anti-SL sentiment-feeding trash site. Good it’s blocked from mobile circulation.

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      Strawberry [Edited out]:

      The writers thoughts are not as Racist as that of your Boss the Born Racist King Mahintha. Actions speak louder than words. Who cares about you lot any more. You are a thing of the past. EXTINCT.

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      Strawberry Dosa u eunuch transgender shitfaced goatfucker what the hell u know how to construct a sentence so that gives u the idea that u can sit here and rant on like a demon possessed with the image of the asses of the sri lankan stooge team?? Stick to sports and porn and stay off anything to do with actual humans.

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      Hello you scoundrel with a appropriate nom de guerre (Strawberry dosa), again i am forced to reply to senseless, sad ranting which turns to defamation, generalization and fucking petty cursing to make some form of noise. Behave your god damn self, first elaborate whatever form of inclination you have in a manner which can be humanely comprehended. Calling me names wont do much you miserable rat, have atleast the damn courage to state your name while doing so. Amazing how you state rump licking minions, obscure the fact of your fucking privilege and positioning to point out some BS notion of the diaspora. Secondly you think you are entitled to state on behalf of Tamils how they perceive things? what exactly about self agency or self determination are you not able to grasp? . You make noise but nonetheless strengthens the notion of the highly irrational, insane and philistine supporter of the Sri Lankan state. You think i cheer on the Indian team, this is the length your rationale goes, It is the Sri Lankan state and its bourgeoisie and its bullshit followers who are the stooges of imperialism and Indian expansionism, please do make yourself familiar with reality and history albeit i understand it is majorly difficult given the degenerated state of your mind caused by unfettered chauvinism. Only force who fought Indian expansionism or imperialist exploitation in the island were effectively the Eelam Tamil movements. You stooges are so blinded by your nationalism and state adulation that you do not even see the fascist nature of what you support, nor its neo liberal, dictatorial and imperialist comprador character. Haniwela, Weriweliya, and the list will go on, as your government violently quells any form of people protest against its facilitation of INDIAN and IMPERIALIST exploitation. Now there is no hope, you had hope with a socialist Eelam, now youre lost, sad part is many of the various Eelam movements tried to reach out to your so called socialist (with the exception and with all due respect to those few Sinhala comrades who have stayed principled without being distorted by rampant chauvinism), entrenhced in mayam and illusions while your state takes you for a ride. The sad reality is that the SInhala state have entrenched itself to that degree in the sinhala national consciousness that you cannot conceive a reality nor identify yourself without such an state in place, it is more important than anything in the world for you, thereby criticism of it is beyond your capacity, this is what Zizek has called Fantasy. Nonetheless you be probably one of these parasitic bourgeoisie minions, what do you care if your proclaimed Sinhala brethren or sister from a lower strata becomes subject to such hardship by your very own Sinhala buddhist state with its international supporters. Your fucking state is turning our island into a banana state split between the west, India and China, and you irrational being have not even the sense to oppose this…….. the biggest sin committed by you stooges is to support a brutal genocide, to actively deny it and silence any evidences of it, i do not what you think in your venom filled and evil minds how this is compatible with the teachings of lord Buddha, nor how you to think this will be forgiven in the equation of Karma and rebirth……. The most irrational, degenerate, fascist, rascist and blind people i have known of is the ardent supporter of the Sri Lankan state, please do prove me otherwise.

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    LTTE ia a terrorist organization.Sri lankan tamils are citizens of Sri Lanka and have all the right as other ethnic groups namely sinhala and Muslims.When you look at Sri Lanka in LTTE mind set you can’t see it. If you are supporter of LTTE and try violence to achieve your goals you will be categorize as terrorist.

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    Dear Buddha! I have not seen so many assumptions, irrational ranting, and reproduction of the uni-linear diaspora card. Please fellow if you wanna counter or attack or refute whatever you want to do( which is in fact everything between the stars and the soil) then be clever about it atleast. To deny historical (well documented) facts that the Sri Lankan state and its thugs started the structural violence against the Tamil speaking populations within the island, is some of the most irrational discourse i have come across. Secondly i do not know where you conspire in your irrational chauvinist filled mind that everyone who say something about the genocide or against you phillistine state is an LTTE indoctrinated being. You do you research before making an fool out of yourself. Everyone knows what the giant sword wielding Lion represent, it represent the SInha clan which your mahavamsa tells you stem from. The four leaves symbolizes the dominion of the Buddhist country, north, west, east and south (this itself is chauvunistic and legitimizes the ongoing genocide), to equate Tamils with the saffron is something the sinhala english educated, suddenly Buddhist turned bourgeoisie who decided. I have several sinhalese friends and comrades, who have explained the wonder which is the Sinhala irrationality. Atrocities committed by the LTTE is to be condemned, but all in its context, which is the state enacted structural genocide against Tamils, you cannot leave the number one agent in creating the situation, which is the state. You fools are some of the most blindly following state supporter i have come across, similiar to the Turks. Not even once do you minions comment upon the JVP mass murders comitted by the state, the same fascist state you so staunchly support. The even JVP leadership, shameful as they are, went campaigning for the Army in 1995 in its war against the Tamil, when deciding to enter electoral politics. So they conveniently embraced the murderes of more than 40000 of their comrades,since it was more important to chauvunist and anti tamil. You explain this, this is when you irrationality caused by chauvinism went unfettered. I see such tendencies til this day, who are you to deny genocide? how can you even possible, allow your self to deny the murder of more than at least 140 000 people in a mere 2 months time? You state you point about the LTTE and the atrocities they have done, point it out and lets discuss, but how can you deny the genocide? You people can reproduce such denial and blabber as much as you can, but it is you who contribute to the perpetuation of this state. The state has turned against the religious elements, and the Muslims now. Likewise they are involved in suppressing any peoples dissent against capitalist multinational exploitation in the south Hanwella, Weriweliya being two among many other. You neo liberal, imperialist stooge, and genocidal government, is increasingly becoming more dictatorial, and neo liberal, cutting all public spending….. Nevertheless you don’t care, the number one enemy indoctrinated into you head, is the Tamil, who is also conveniently framed as the LTTE.

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      LOL at this idiot!

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      Athithan
      Most of what you say may be correct,but remember the sinhalese and Tamils have lived side by side for many centuries in this island and they certainly cannot cancel each other out.They have no option but to live together for many centuries to come in the future,and so they will come to an understanding to sort out their differences sooner or later.

      But your comment addressed to Buddha is out of context,objectionable and distasteful.
      Instead if you had addressed it to’Sinhala Buddhists’ like Gnanasara Thero and his ilk that would have been appropriate.

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        Dear Uthungan
        I do appreciate your comments, second do accept my appologies if it came across wrongly. It was not meant in any disrespectful manner. It was said more in the spirit of ‘Oh Lord’, i have my own respect for Bautam and its principles, which is non exsistent in Sinhala buddhism as practiced by many. The Lord Buddha will indeed by perplexed by such philistine and murderous devotees claiming to represent his teachings in the Island of Sri Lanka (directed at those who adhere to the state)

        Secondly It is the truth that the Tamil and Sinhala nations (alongside the other communities) have to live within the same island, nevertheless a mutual understanding is based on truth, justice and equality. This is what people in the island do not get, any formn of Tamil right is criminalized, and national mobilization demonized. By military force and rasicist venom we are prevented from obtain our own rights, when the majority population refuses to act. as faar as the Sinhala national consciousness is constituted by the state and mahavamsa oriented nationalism, the state will remain holier that even rationality. the critique of the state become beyond comprehendable and insistely up to counter attack. How do we then attain mutual understanding? The whole point of the article is to point out the divergence in experience by the military subjugated Tamils and the south. More than 60 Tamils have been unlawfully arrested under the PTA, nonetheless the Sri Lankan citizens do not utter a singel word of protest almowst, but burst into joy and visualize their adherence for the state during the cricket victory. WHen this is the context this has to be pointed out. I appreciate you comment as it was humane, and appologies for it coming out as such. Not even once do i stain the buddhist religion based on the discracefull acts of Sinhala buddhism as such, nor the buddhist chauvinism as practiced by the Bamar state of Burma. But dear brother this is me, the memories and experience of murder and genocide will in time render the whole colelctive not differentiating these, thereby the SInhala chauvinist will ensure the misrepresentation as well as degenration of the buddhist school of thought…. In Sri Lanka animals get more compassion than Tamils, ridjht after the CHOGM, a group of ‘concerned citizen’ assempled in colombo, to demand to look into the well being of ‘detained’ dogs who were removed from the street prior top the summit……. This would never be extended to Tamils, as there were durign that time few tamil who had been unlawfully detained whiole protests were been clamped down upon… Please do tell me this brother, we are to share our island, we are to let our future generations live side by side, but udner what conditions? how do we convey such apathy, such injust, such state terrorism against our people? In Russia and Israel (Even Israel!) there is a visible element within the majority society which displays solidarity with the Chechecns and the Palestinians and protest violent acts against it. In our island you have only a very small micro mi8norty of people who hold such itnegrity and hum,anity. How deeply can state propeganda have engrained itself in the Sinhala people and how blind can it make them? SO callously people speak about Tamil dead and denies even that people did die, which entails the denial of their memory and pain, and not one or two people it is an whole collective. Nevertheless i did not intend this to be contain the name of the lord Buddha.

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    My respect for Murali vanished after seeing his statement..I’m also perplexed why the Govt of Andhra Pradesh always welcomes Rajapaksas with red carpet for their annual Tirupathi visit. What is the use anyway when you presided mass murder of innocent people??? Seeking forgiveness from Lord Venkateswara???

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    EXCELLENT NEWS AFTER 5 YEARS. TAMIL TERRORISTS KILLED. WELL DONE!!! MORE THE MERRIER!!

    Top LTTE suspects Kajeepan Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Gopi and Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevian have been confirmed as being among those killed in the clash between armed forces and suspected LTTE operatives last night in Nedunkerny area of Vavuniya.

    UNHRC retaliated! Not enough. MORE the merrier!

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      Mama;

      The so called Gobi never existed and it was a figment of Imagination by MR the Criminal and Gotha the Thug and it was three of your brothers who were Sacrificed.
      It wont work any more man.
      It is now Sinkalam on Sinkalam.

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    The Sri Lankan team is to be congratulated on its victory over the Indian team in the ICC 2014 world cricket Twenty20 final in Bangladesh. The Sri Lankan team was predominantly a Sinhala team (in other words, Tamils or Muslims were not included in proportion!). But we must remember that it is only a cricket match and should not be used to justify the extremely repressive internal policies of the Sri Lankan (SL) government. The SL government will use the win to parade the shibboleths of the Sinhala national anthem and the hated Sinhala Lion flag as symbols particularly in Tamil areas, to incite ultra-Sinhala Buddhist frenzy and force the Tamils and Muslims in trepidation further into their shells.

    There should be an ICC ruling to stop a member state orchestrating rabid nationalist and religious triumphalism in celebrating victories on the international cricket field. It reminds us of how Hitler sought to justify his Aryan supremacist policy in the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and turned way in disgust when the black US athlete Jessie Owen won three gold medals. For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the 1936 Summer Olympics but later murdered 6 million Jews only because they were Jews. Mahinda Rajapakse’s SL government stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in mass killings against the Tamils before the UNHRC Tribunal. At least in honour of these thousands of murdered Tamils, the state of Sri Lanka should be precluded by the ICC from using the ICC Twenty20 cricket final victory to bolster anti-minority sentiments and polish up its criminal image before the national and international public.

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    Gobi (‘he is a myth’ according to new human rights activists) shot dead.

    Gopi arrested in Malaysia and returned to Sri Lanka. good news.

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      Ram you Sinkalam:

      Gobi was invented right at the Time of UNHCR vote was about to be cast. Man youb cant fool the World any more. The Thug MR is finshed.

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    Tamilian bowler ASS-WIN was genocided in the final.

    This is clearly cricket genocide.

    More the merrier.

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      Fathima I hope you and whoever is related to your sick clan will die the bloody death that you so merrily make fun of. You are haraam to existence.

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    Jayapalan is s stupid idiot. He and his fellow Tigers celebrated the passing of anti-Sri Lanka resolution in Geneva last month, but he doesn’t want ordinary Sri Lankans to celebrate winning a world championship in cricket. Jayapalan, you should go out with Tisaranee.

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