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The Easter Sunday Massacre Does Not Initiate A New Fear, It Ignites An Old One

By Radhika Coomaraswamy

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy

For people of my generation, as Sharika Thiranagama wrote in her recent article, news like the Easter Sunday blasts does not initiate a new fear, it ignites an old one. I do not feel scared or angry. There is just a complete paralysis of the self. A feeling of “We have been here before”. A trauma that has been lingering, hovering over these years of peace, has just been revived.

When I first heard the news, I was convinced that this was our violence, our people with grievances, our people who have become angry and frustrated because of our mistakes. I was sure that this was a product of the acrimony that coexists with our intimacy. Though there are external factors, this focus on the local is still a valid concern. How did we create young men and women capable of such hate? What did we do or not do to make them receptive to hate mongering and delusion? They may have been radicalized outside our shores but why did we, as a society, not know about their terrible hate and anger? 

Now we have been also made to realize that this is something much larger than ourselves. Beyond our wildest imagination. We are caught in the global crosscurrents of events we had nothing to do with. Events that did not concern many of us in our daily lives. We have now stormed into the radar of international security concerns. This will change us in fundamental ways. As so many writers have warned us the global narrative of global terror and the war on terror may overwhelm us. At the moment we are completely lost. We are so used to clawing at each other and then appealing to the international community to take our side – whichever side that is – we do not know how to respond to this body blow that strikes at the heart of who we are as a country.  We can only recover if we unite across communities, religions and politics.

Sri Lanka Muslim Civil Society was organized a “Rise up for Solidarity – Humanity Beyond Religion one Nation one Country at Colombo 7 Independence Squire-04th May | Picture by Ashraff. A. Samad

Many individuals in the Muslim community are engaging in introspection. I was a little reluctant about forcing introspection on them at this vulnerable moment. Yet much of the introspection written by women has been extremely moving. They describe how they saw their culture and their civilizational ethos change within a generation. For women, especially, it has been a complex and challenging journey.  

But it is not only time for Muslim introspection. If we are going to call for introspection, we must ask everyone to do the exercise. How did we Tamils produce the LTTE? How did the Buddhists produce the BBS? How do we respond to extremism in all our communities? How do we make the voices for tolerance and inclusiveness speak out? How do we convince others that this calamity does not mean that we forsake our democracy or our decency? As Ahilan Kadirgamar has noted how do we turn this moment into a moment of co-existence.

In the fog of terrorism we hear strange things that we hope is the heat of the moment. People speak about human rights supporters being responsible for the carnage, that there was too much peace and freedom and too little security and that what the country needs is a dictatorship. Human rights and national security are not mutually exclusive. There are areas of tension but years of practice and protocol have devised ways in which they can coexist. A country can be both free and secure. This is an important realization, not only because it is the humane way of looking at these problems but also because we do not want to radicalize another generation of youth who seethe with anger at the injustice and inequality they face. 

The churches they attacked were some of the oldest and most beautiful of our cathedrals. Volumes have been written on the spice merchant and his rich sons. But most of those who died in these churches were not wealthy. They were ordinary people going to their Sunday mass. There is such cruelty in this act of bombing a place where families gather to seek solace. When are people more vulnerable? And yet, we cannot fight this ethos by becoming terrorists ourselves.

My mother went once a week to St Anthony’s at Kochchikade even though she was a Hindu. I think she went to pray for me, her rebellious child. That is what we were. Before extremism came to our religions and communities, we inhabited each other’s religious spaces; we celebrated each other’s festivals and holidays. Thanks to my youth in Sri Lanka and my work for the United Nations I find solace and peace in all religious spaces. I am moved by the sacred, regardless of which culture defines it. But these young people who blew themselves up come from another place where there are no sacred universal spaces and no universal values. Universality is out of fashion these days and this is the deadly trajectory of that mindset. 

Sri Lankans as a whole have risen in the aftermath of this violence to reclaim our humanity. From blood donations to interfaith activities guided by religious leaders we have tried to rekindle the bonds that connect us. But we must not have a false sense of reality. There is fear, insecurity and a lot of ugliness out there that can only be defeated by our united, dedicated efforts. We have come out today in solidarity. I want to thank the organizers for their bravery and I am proud to be part of this moment. But it is only the very beginning. 

I thought I would end with a poem

The Last stanza of Wilfred Owen ‘s Insensibility

That they should be as stones.

Wretched are they and mean

With paucity that was never simplicity.

By choice they made themselves immune

To pity and whatever mourns in man

Before the last sea and the hapless stars.

Whatever  mourns when many leave their shores

Whatever shares

The eternal reciprocity of tears. 

*Speech given by Radhika Coomaraswamy at Independence Square Vigil on 4th May 2019

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    To Radhika C
    Madam ! Can’t you see that the Racism is at a higher level than before decades ago?
    The racism experienced decades ago by the minority I guess were from the village rowdies and thugs who were let loose by the Politicians for their own benefits. The educated lot just watched and helped the minority when they were chased from Colombo and so on.
    They proudly still narrates their stories of humanity shown towards the affected Tamils then.
    Now it’s a new surge of racism instilled and prevalent among the whole of the Nationals. It’s at its worst among the majority , from the prelates to educated or uneducated all are seething with Racism which is being fanned and coerced by the heierachies and the Racist majority.
    There’s no end in sight ,as we know it has reached the melting point.
    I should say thanks to the politicians and their mouth pieces by doing a good job of in annihilating the country and the people from the world map.
    Hell awaits for the Srilankans , wait and see.
    Karma is a bitch. God is great and save the vulnerable.

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      Dear Analyst,
      As one who moved out of the country long ago and now continue living in Europe for the last few decades, I very often feel that our sinhala people are the most racists in this world. They the politicians are racial within their own race. We dont talk lot more about the rascism against minorities. Now with 100 or little more Pakistani, refugees, the way lankens treat them, are beyond all ethics and morals. But at the time war was at its heights, Europe, Canada, Scandinavian countries welcomed lacks of refugees from SRILANKA. remember ?

      See, how whole lot of our people are upto today not being able to build up a consensus for whatever tiny issue they are going to discuss in and out of parliament. There is a big resistance, not them being able to come to agreements. Even a tiny reform to any prevailing systems can take months if not years in lanken parliament. Lawmakers dont do their work even if they have been appointed by the voters repeatedly. They nevertheless believe that their educational standards would have been the best compared to negibouring countries. Ironically, the truth has been, politicians from varied parties or people coming from varied beliefs seem to have no harmony among them. Those who wear saffron robes endeavour to stand out in the society, not by their good deeds but provoking the others. We cant forget the way, that highly aggressive monk Ghanasara abused his rights not respecting human dignity. No matter anyone else would have been their masters, they the BBS led groups stood did lot more harm to muslim srilankens. Today, there are lot more getting together asking imprisoned Ghanasara to be taken out, but there are lot more silent people, that would never want him to return from the prison cell.

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    Dear Dr. Radika Coomarasamy,

    Thanks for your article .

    Why did those young people blow up? How was LTTE formed, and LTTE Black tigers blow up? How did ISIS got formed and tapped into Islam and became Islamists, giving Theo your own interpretation from The Quran, even though suicide is forbidden in Islam?

    What is the CORE cause, and what role did Religion and Politics, and discrimination play?

    LTTE was the direct result of Sinhala Buddhists persecution over the years. Al-Wueda and it’s offshoot ISIS , are the results oof years of Western hegemony and imperialism and dictatorships, which the Islamists tapped into the Religion , Islam .

    At the same time Wahhabism-Salafism, aided and abetted by Saudi Arabia was growing, that invaded our shores in the 1980’s, thanks to Muslim complacency and acceptance, and tolerance by the authorities. Now fully 10 percent of the Sri Lankan Muslims are Wahhabi Salafirs, who follow the Satan, per The Islamic Hadith of Najd, and one of the offshoots of Tauheed, NTJ, carried out the suicide bombings.

    They will not get 72 virgins. Their bodies will rot here on Earth, just like the bodies of the LTTE suicide bombers rotted.

    Yes, the Muslims have been complacent. The terrorists have used used the religion, Quran to silence the stupid Muslims. The authorities have been complacent and lethargic, even when warned by the Muslims and the Indians. In this climate, the Devil, Satan, Iblis following, Tauheed Terrorists thrived.

    PS. Years ago, the Tauheed Terrorists were attacking Sufi Muslims, and the authorities did not protect them. They said it was an intra-Muslim issue. Now it has spilled into an inter-religion, issue with global implications.

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      Amanasiri as usual, is blaming the Sinhala Buddhist ‘persecution’ for this atrocity also
      \
      Amanasiri is a troll working for the international Jewish movement against Islam, An integral part of this plot is to breakdown the traditionally strong Sri Lankan support for Palestinins by creating a Muslim anti-Buddhist extremist animal cell in this country.
      \
      Jewish mulattos who are the products of local Menikas kept as ‘common law wives’ (essentially sex objects) by the European Jewish invaders are the main tool of this movement.orchestrated by the American, Israeli and European Zionists.
      \
      All the Rubber stumps at Halgolla will not be large enough for you to hide under when the time comes!

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        Sane Mind,

        Insane Mind.
        Amarasiri is not blaming Sinhala Buddhist persecution, but it is one of the elements in the mix. Ask the Tamils. Didn’t the Tauheed Jamats terrorists destroy the Buddha Statues at Mawanella?

        During the end of the world war one, the Turkish Ottoman Empire was destroyed. Wahabism is a snare created by the west against the Ottoman Empire in order to mobilize the Muslims. Like before Wahabism serves for the west. Countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bhrain UAE and Qatar were declared after the First World War. These countries were created for the leaders of Arabian Gulf by the west to support the white skin. Tribal heads who became Kings and prince were the inhabitants who were living in the tents. These tribes followed a pro western policy and in return the west secured them.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

        Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

        Facts to justify that ISIS is a geo political noose and joke of the era
        It is the Russian president Vladimir Putin who said that Islamic State (IS) is a noose of the US. If one cannot believe Russia’s Putin you can see the following video of the US president Donald Trump. Clinton created ISIS with Obama – Trump. Islamic State (IS) terror group, who not attack Israel and Saudi Arabia. IS does not target the US. IS does not say a word about Jerusalam. Islamic State (IS) is not against the US, they perform a contract given by the US. However the ironic point is the US state department issue statement that it gives a reward of USD 25 million to anyone who catch Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi. It is a great joke of the Era.

  • 9
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    the answer is not very difficult
    , it is the lack of education and because of it a lack of intelligence
    there are no zahira colleges in the eastern province for muslims only madrasas
    as the latter are too poor to have them
    so they are easily radicalised by outside forces
    the rich muslims in the wesstern province should set up zahira colleges in all the important muslim towns in the eastern province to replace the madrasas if they want to stop the rot
    the same is true for indian tamils and the fact that they suffered from the same situ but did not rebel is because they had no international links
    as regards the ltte and former jvp it could have been the prevalence of the caste system that radicalised them
    as regards the bbs i have no ready answer

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    Radhika Coomaraswamy,

    is another so-called intellectual who has come out of the woodwork after the recent tragedy to air her shallow ideas.

    The country’s problem started with independence. D. S. Senanayake, the so-called father of the nation, egged on by the Buddhist mahanayakes sowed the seeds for the future division, injustice, destruction and terrorism in this country.

    He did not unite the majority Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims and others to build a nation with equality and justice for all citizens: He enacted several laws and denied Tamils’ rights. He started colonization of Tamil areas with Sinhalese. Late Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore did the opposite of what D. S. did, to a united, prosperous and respected nation.

    Every Sinhalese leader since then escalated the inequality and injustice for Tamil speaking people.

    Sinhala only made Tamils as second class citizens with less opportunity. Then they put obstacles to Tamils’ education. They gave Buddhism the foremost place relegating other religions.

    Whenever Tamils demanded their rights Sinhalese mobs unleashed several government-sponsored riots and pogroms. Sinhalese involved in these atrocities went Scot-free and rule of law was not enforced.

    The state and the armed forces committed genocide of Tamils during the 30-year war against LTTE.

    After the war ended Buddhist attacked Muslims, and Christian churches with impunity and the government at that time kept a blind eye.

    As recently as in 2018, anti-Muslim rioters were not brought to justice.

    70 years of inequality and injustice is continuing to this day.
    Will they bring the Negombo rioters yesterday to justice? No, they will not I am sure.
    In most of the riots against the minorities the security forces aided and abetted with the culprits.

    It’s mere hypocrisy for the author call for unity among the communities.

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      Thiru

      You are absolutely correct.

      Radhika compares LTTE with BBS. I could not believe this. Disgusted. LTTE was not an extremist organisation. It was a liberation organisation formed with certain principles. They were not associated with any religion or a cult; Not brain washed by any religious preachers. LTTE took up arms when all other means failed to protect the rights of Tamils. It was a compulsion upon them that was created by the politicians who could not fulfill the promises. I urge Radhika to read the submission made by late Thangathurai at the High Court of Colombo on 24th February 1983 to know better why Tamils took up arms.

      Radhika failed to mention JVP’s armed struggle. Any reason?-

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        Yes Thiru, the LTTE Terrorists were Angels, you will say. Unlike the Muslim youth the Tamil Terrorists were not brainwashed you will say. Only a sadistic bunch of Racist Tamils. You will say they had good reasons to kill Sinhala babies dragged out of their mothers bosoms, smash the heads of toddlers against walls, bomb and kill commuters in trains and busses and railways and bus terminals. Killing was their game and targeting of innocent civilians continued for 30 long years. Not an extremist organisation may be, but a bunch of low born, sewer rats hell bent on murdering children and women. They and their low born supporters got what they deserved – a humiliating defeat ten years ago, you will agree.You will celebrate the Victory celebration soon, come May 18th. Mark it on your diary before you forget.

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      Thiru,
      “He started colonization of Tamil areas with Sinhalese. Late Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore did the opposite of what D. S. did, to a united, prosperous and respected nation.”
      ————
      On several occasions I told that saying native Sinhalayo colonized their own country is a joke but it has not gone into brains of people who keep on repeating this probably because their brains have been washed by Demala racist extremists.
      How can Hon.D.S.Senanayake start colonizing Tamil areas when there were no Tamil areas in Sinhale? Tamil areas were in Tamil Nadu. The land that Demalu are squatting in Yapanaya belonged to Sinhalayo before Portuguese arrived. Portuguese used their fire power and grabbed the land from Sinhalayo for tobacco and indigo cultivations. Then they brought thousands and thousands of Dravidian slaves to work in those plantations. Eventually Wellala Demalu became owners of land that belonged to Sinhalayo.
      Hon. D.S.Senanayake started settlement schemes in areas covered with jungles, not in areas where there were settlements. He in fact offered land in those settlement schemes to Demala people but Demalu who were scared of Malaria refused to come. Heroic Sinhalayo took the challenge, cleared the forests while facing the threat from malaria and developed agriculture. Now the descendants of those cowardice Demalu say Hon. D.S.Senanayake is a racist.

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    ” How do we make the voices for tolerance and inclusiveness speak out? How do we convince others that this calamity does not mean that we forsake our democracy or our decency? As Ahilan Kadirgamar has noted how do we turn this moment into a moment of co-existence.”

    By resolving to restore Habermas’s utopia! By calibrating or recalibrating human relations through uncoerced reasoned discussion. Possible ? We must try. We have forgotten the pleasures of being human. Sirisena’s post carnage cover up exercise is the most striking proof!

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      sarath de alwis

      I am sorry, we the little islanders are perfect creatures, well informed, hence we do not make mistakes.
      Therefore we do not need any rational discussions.
      Besides we can’t afford luxuries like indulging in reasoned discussions.
      We leave it to the politicians, state functionaries, academics, ….. religious activists, …. especially the three wheel drivers.

      Why carry unnecessary burden?

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        Dear Native,

        Aren’t they having a big poo fight about that Turkmens Floating Power House to Let there be Light to the Yhapalana suckers at the top end of the Town who consume a lot more Kilowatts than 50% of our Dalit population.

        Galleon Ravi one of the the cleanest Yahapalana Politicians is by passing even Dr Ranil’s Cabinet Boys to get the Deal Done.

        Do those Boys do Rational Discussions and Reasoned Discussions when they get together at least at Srikotha for Drinks ?
        Shouldn’t you and your mate buy a few copies of the Ahilan’s Book and present them to Dr Ranil and his Boys .
        Plus a copy to your buddy Abraham as well because he seems a really cool guy too who seem to be reading from the same page like you too…
        Or have they read it already?…..

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    Dear Dr Coomaraswamy,

    Very thought provoking article and unbiased account of what had happened to our country. Hope we could do something!

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    Absolutely, it’s the same old fear. it is the 7 century death cult at it AGAIN.
    /
    Radika, can you ask your UN friends to find another home for Sri Lanka’s 4 million Muslims? Because they keep biting the Sinhala hand that feed them. Let them be someone else problem. Myanmar did the absolutely right thing by sending Rohingyas to their native Bangladesh.

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      John,
      are u mad ?
      Not all muslims would go amok the way we experienced them in easter prayers lately.
      :
      And dont you think we the SINHALES in the southern areas were even more tremoured by JVP terror in the late 80ties. Recalling my past, those known to us there down were chopped to death, heads of some youth were hung on the house gates, the days were even more brutal right ? Meaning, not just because they are muslims, but the kind of terror could emerge in any race and religions once they are being suppressed.
      Recalling the manner how our MAD DOG Ghanasara led groups provoked the muslim srilankens then, and how our power greedy Rajaakshes enjoyed the kind of riots on and on, I myself feel as born sinhalaya (buddhist)now being out of the country (EUROPE), that our politicians of Rajaakshe nature to be blamed for all the cruelties.
      I wish Rajakashe be bombed even going beyond the levels we experienced it in EASTER prayers.
      I have no whatsoever sympthy if Rajaakshe family kith and kin along with their join opposition would have been blasted in to pieces for all harm they and their powergreedy politics have done to this nation.
      The bugger et al should have to leave the elected govt to do the job, but instead, the govt had to settle so many left behind issues, from CHINESE loans to all other garbage moutains related disasters to everything sofar, not forgetting locally active lanken media mafia against the elected govt.
      And also not forget, stupid president andhim being caught by Rajakshes tactics for his extension. All in all, I think Rajakashes should be made ACCOUNTABLE for all the mess created in this country after a 30 year long war. The war victory they interepreted as the licence offered to them by th enation to rape them on and on … no matter any high crimes would have been the case, Rajapakshes were adulated. Why ? Are srilankens that stupid ?

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      Where d’ya get that figure from, John? It’s probably just a bit over 2 million.

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      Johnny Boy

      “Radika, can you ask your UN friends to find another home for Sri Lanka’s 4 million Muslims? “

      You forgot the rest of the Kallathonie descendants from South India.
      I would urge Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy to find homes in South India for the 21 Millions of the descendants of Kallathonies.

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    Individuals of your caliber and ilk are the bane of Srilanka. You cannot make fools of everybody.

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    Dynamic Article , Candid and judicious well written and beautiful poem ,
    Moves one to tears .
    What really happened to Sri Lanka that we knew in our young days of 60 to 70’s ???
    ((((((

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    “How did we Tamils produce the LTTE? How did the Buddhists produce the BBS?”
    The good lady has got her political equations rather mixed up.
    *
    The LTTE is a successor to the politics of the FP/TULF. It truly commanded popular support for quite some time when it was seen, rightly or wrongly, as the sole defender of Tamils against armed forces.
    BBS is an aberration that emerged from the chauvinist politics of the JHU.
    *
    We are asked to introspect.
    I think that introspection should go deeper.
    The ‘non-violent’ hypocrites of various political shades are the source of all terrorism.

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      SJ, Do you know how stupid and destructive you appear with your comment.
      .
      What is the purpose in proclaiming, ‘The LTTE is a successor to the politics of the FP/TULF’, when in the very next sentence you say, ‘It truly commanded popular support for quite some time when it was seen, rightly or wrongly, as the sole defender of Tamils ‘.
      .
      With all your maturity, even after so many years, if you could not choose between ‘rightly or wrongly’ in your sentence, of what earthly use is your intelligence.
      .
      Take a hike.

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        T
        Political decisions are highly subjective.
        The phrase ‘rightly or wrongly’ is idiomatic expression meaning “somehow”.
        In my view, the choice of LTTE was an inevitable consequence of a chain of events.
        The people earlier allowed to be taken for a ride by the FP/TULF in a similar fashion.
        With your wilful misinterpretation you live up to the reputation of your name ‘Thappu” meaning wrong.

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          SJ, The phrase means that something is true. And, after using it literally, you are coining up with your own meaning. LTTE was the product of history. I’ll defend history any day.
          .
          What does your ‘in a similar fashion’ stand for. Whose fashions are you comparing?
          .
          My name is just a name. Names have no meaning. If anyone is misinterpreting anything, it is you.
          .
          Wilful? That is mind reading!
          .

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            I should have congratulated you for a most appropriate choice of pseudonym.
            *
            Since you enjoy b*** s***ing, I will give you fodder: I am comparing the fashions of all the fashion houses of the world.
            Happy?
            *
            I am sorry if I used the word ‘wilful’ to refer to your distortion. The word implies some intelligence.
            Based on your followup, would ‘daft’ be more fitting?

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              SJ, Give up crediting yourself being smart; you are not.
              .
              I have stated here once before for another self promoter like you that my name is in fact my initials, put together.
              .
              I have no more time for you.

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                Mr Wrong
                I know my worth and make no claims for myself.
                Being smart is irrelevant. Being truthful is.
                *
                Thanks for your closing sentence which does all concerned a great favour.

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    Buddhist – Muslim problems re not unique to Sri lanka. MyanMar has such problems. But, Myanmar is intelligent than Sri lanka. they solved it by aligning with one country and not with the whole world. I compare Sri lanka with India. India is open to many religious philosophies. Muslims Took away two pieces from the Greater India. they are islamizing the what is left over too. anyway, who wanted to balkanize India and why Overseas Living Indians had to involve ask the International community stop it. USA targatted Asia and buddhism as far back as 1940. If you browse there are so many books about buddhist violence in Asia In that sense, I can assume, Ven. Ghanasara was caught in some coup. Read the Book: COLD WAR MONKS; BUDDHISM AND AMERICA’S SECRET STRATEGY IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. this is applicable to the 1941-1954 period. Since then there are so many books published about buddhist violence in Asia. I don’t patriotic politicians of Sri lanka. SWRD, R PEMADASA, LALITH A, GAMINI DIASSNAYAKE died beczuse of LTTE or because bhikku. they were killed in order to achieve certain objective. Only the corrupt politicins are allowed. So, wahabism is some thing originated in 1950s. Sri lankan sinhala politicians supported the rise of Sri lankan Wahabism. Every one including the NGOs who were watching this says. We expect this but we did not know it could be this bad. those who did this says We have done so many things. this is not the worst. My giess is they would not allow even Maithripala sirisena to solve this. Anyway, Muslims have built 940 registered and unregistered mosques. they brought 800 moulavis. Wahabis know, it is easy to take control of buddhists and even the west is against Buddhists. Even the Vartican just before 2000 said, Asia is the new millinium’s goal. That POPE was an CIA agent elected by the USA. As it is easy to take control of buddhsits, they attacked Catholics.

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    Is it grievance led?or aspiration led?

    If not why?What then?

    Blame game wont do?Be specific

    Lateral thinking could provide some insight!

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    SJ
    You are right when you wrote “The good lady has got her political equations rather mixed up”
    What can you say about a person who compares LTTE, which is an liberation organisation with BBS or ISIS.
    LTTE was not only seen as a defender of Tamils against armed forces but also against racists lankans. How many anti-tamil riots before LTTE was formed, many of us who lived in the south had seen enough violence and destruction to last not one but many life times. It was only for a brief period the Tamils in the south lived without worrying when the next riot will come.

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    Radhika Coomaraswamy submits {“The Easter Sunday Massacre Does Not Initiate A New Fear, It Ignites An Old One”}
    The old old question: How old is old?
    The 2019 Easter Sunday? Or the mid-forties language-divide? Or hundreds in between?
    Radhika point the direction of ‘Old One’ but NOT the actual ‘Old One’.

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    Did she talk about state repression/racism/discrimination or it is only the nonstate actors who are a problem.Typical……

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      She will never , as these people never identify themselves with the ordinary Tamils and what they went through. They were never affected too rich , with lots of powerful family connections , that shielded these people from what happened to other Tamils. To them we were all a nuisance with our struggle for justice and equal rights as it may have hindered their jet set life style and standing with their elite and powerful Sinhalese friends who were marginalising and repressing the island’s Tamils , as they were nominally Tamil too.

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    One Reason to attack Catholic church is Muslim hatred towards Catholics or Christianity. I think muslims think Catholics are most difficult enemy and buddhists are easy to control as even the west is against Buddhism in Asia.

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    Dr. Radhia Coomaraswamy.

    Creation of the LTTE was a mistake. Only with racist minds trying to justify it.

    It was a mighty force created to fight an inconsiderable cause.

    Tamils experienced language problems because they’re unfriendly minority.

    The only victory they gained was taking the majority to learn Tamil, bit forcefully & the PCs are proven burden to the country.

    The reason for the formation of BBS was fear of the majority as they’re a minority in the global considerations.

    It’s mainly inspired by the linking of the local Muslim forces with global Muslim extremist forces but unfortunately labeled as extremist organization.

    What Gnanasara said seems to be right but the way he said was wrong. For that he’s reasonably paying the penalty.

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      Real Revolutionist

      Have you forgotten LTTE’s father was SWRD Banda and the mother was the weeping widow SiriMao LTTE had many uncles among them uncles Cyril Mathew, JR, Dutta Gamani, ….. who natured ….

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        Native Vedda

        The beginning may be with SWRD but it could have been negotiated easily but as you said uncles caused great offence that took the matter beyond negotiations.

        But for unknown reasons JR’s govt. wasn’t pressurized by HR bodies of that era.

        To my point of view, possibility that knowing the negative aspects of the JR govt. Tamils intricately planned the matter & won international sympathy that even now the positive edge for them against the majority community.

        We should stop cultivating hatred & live peacefully without making unacceptable demands from each other.

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    Unbelievable. NJTJ just killed 253 people. You can only name BBS and LTTE. You have a specific reason Radika?

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    Reconciliation and coexistence are very important. Do we tell this to the families of those who were killed immediately? If we tell them when do we tell them? Or we just exclude them from this discussion, Radika?

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    Did you lose anybody in this massacre Radika? or did anybody from your family or circle of friends injured? Of course, you can eloquently teach us about peace, harmony, reconciliation. Is the blood dry already, Radika?

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    ..whether it is initiated or ignited, how does it matter? The fear is overwhelming and all-encompassing. Also what we have seen in the past and this phenomenon are not comparable. With terror tactics in the past, the aim was to terrorize and petrify society. Violence was a mean. But here the aim is wanton destruction. I don’t know if these guys want to terrorize. It seems more about revenge.

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    Radhika Kumaraswamy says they are Hindu but the mother went to the catholic church to prey for her. AMAZING for Hindus. I think you were catholic and now are Hindus.

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      JD

      As a matter of fact

      It should be called over devotion, excessive dependency on gods; a kind of fear many people living in with.

      There’re Buddhists too, stand up to pay homage to every passing temple on their journeys.

      A good religion should not drag people to be such over pious.

      Having a rule to pray many times a day is such bad that it may lead to create religious extremists.

      Freedom of thought must be ensured by religions for followers.

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    After the Easter, there many Arabians are crying in the middle of the desert for the dead dogs, after having their dogs killed. Old King & Slap Party are inundating the Island effectively with Gangas because the eloquent irrigator, Cardinal Comedy is in their team.
    The reality is Either Muslims are on the processing of uprising against the Aanduwa or reconciliation between races would have avoided Easter Sunday tragedy are not there. (We will loot these point down below again). New Zealand is not guaranteed to avoid future Skin Head rampages, as it is on top the list of countries where communities in harmony. I do not know if one more metal hospital there may help.
    So Radhika, here, drastically failed in neither to quote the incidence appropriately on its natural environment context nor to explain it in-depth-ly, why and how it happened.
    Some synopsis of her Theory:
    “ I was sure that this was a product of the acrimony that coexists with our intimacy (Will an split may help?). Though there are external factors, this focus on the local is still a valid concern. How did we create young men and women capable of such hate?” How much is our contribution the youth copy catting ISIS? Is Radhika suggesting, if ISIS failed to take birth in Middle East it would have took place in Lankawe because of out mistake? This is simply because Radhika is applying all what she heard from all others suggested to Tamils youths, but she dismissed LTTE as a meaningless terrorism. Now she is framing Middle East and Lankawe ISIS as a community deprived by others.
    Because of her slipping on that introspection, Radhika is telling that in April there was uprising of Muslims youths, with little or unworthy amount for her analysis of foreign involvement. Then she is coming back and accusing Tamils for going to International arbitration. Because of that, her conclusion is to serve justice and equality between communities, ISIS is getting involved as much as India and the West.

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    Not by day dream, but because of the mirage of the dream created by her imbecility for abstract thinking, she strayed away from the vile for that she was standing on the stage to deliver her speech.
    Muslims, the poorest community at the time of freedom, now had grown to be richest, is pledging with their life to protect their newly earned wealth. But the Tamils’ upraising was, after losing all their properties in annual celebrations of the Sinhala Buddhists Peraheras called pogroms, and being pushed from richest to poorest, throw their lives in line to protect their lives. There is no comparison or common solution for these North Pole- South Pole Problems. When Radhika woke up from her mirage on the stage and then copy catting what was suggested for LTTE or even JVP is not a solution for ISIS infiltration in the Island. This has caused by purely by the commission seeking Sinhala – Muslim government’s politicians and their imbecile consultants like Radhika and the impunity “Lawless-Order-less “system they all have built for them. Easter Sunday has very little to do with the Miss-Trust or the Distrust exiting between communities. As matter fact, Hakeem, yesterday in one his speech, said the responsibility of clearing this rest high on Muslim community, than on any other communities. That is 180 degrees to Radhika’s Vigil speech.
    Here she goes again “Universality is out of fashion these days and this is the deadly trajectory of that mindset. ……………………………We are caught in the global crosscurrents of events we had nothing to do with. Events that did not concern many of us in our daily lives.” Is the first part only Lankawe and second part only for World? Which of these two is right or both? 1). Radhika wants to leave to ISIS and America the Human Rights issue and Muslims Women’s rights or 2)She is saying imperialistic West is fighting with ISIS for OIL and her UNESCO is away from these but cultivating human rights in Muslim Wahhabi countries.

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    May I ask her that “Was it Wahhabi countries or the West created UN, Shouldering most of the cost and even paid a salary for Radhika? Why is it not affecting her when the Yazidi men were separated from their families and heads chopped, and their children and women sold for sex slavery for Jihadism? What work was Radhika doing UNESCO? Isn’t it Lenin and Stalin’s communism created the chaos of USSR walking into Afghanistan and which in its turn led US to pamper Taliban to destroy USSR? I don’t want go that far to the time of World War II, in which allied forces (of cause USSR was in that too) met the Nazis, that time the Coupon system was introduced in Ceylon to keep people not dying by famine. Famine created by a world war is not problem of one the UN member? Still, is that not for the interest of world, that USSR swallowed Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Baltic Estonia Latvia Lithuania? Is Radhika assuming either Germany’s world war or USSR’s oppressing of Eastern Europe or both are ok? You wanted to get rid of USSR but stuck with ISIS. (But unfortunately creating a new one to solve an old problem is common technique Aanduwa always use)
    At the moment we are completely lost. We are so used to clawing at each other and then appealing to the international community to take our side – whichever side that is (This is an important part in the speech; the two Tamils, Kathirgamar and Radhika were successful in getting the international support to Chitanta Aanduwa to kill 150,000 Tamils; but the rest of the Tamils, all together as a single unit, failed to convince the IC consideration for their support)– we do not know how to respond to this body blow that strikes at the heart of which we are as a country. We can only recover if we unite across communities, religions and politics.

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      To stop Italic

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        Your most sensible comment so far.

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          Paul,

          At last, I have done my duty;

          What is your idea? When will you reciproke it?

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    Shamelessly, Radhika, who worked in UNESCO, is asking Tamils to give up their right gained through UN conventions for International Investigation. That is the thorn paining one her muscles because if iC Inquiry takes place, her victory in UNESCO for Old Royal government will be reversed. . After its fourth year of passing, she is not willing to call the Yahapalanaya to finish off the implementation of Resolution 30/1, against which’s predecessors of 2012, 2013 & 2014 resolutions she worked hard against Tamils on Chitanta side of government
    How did we Tamils produce the LTTE? How did the Buddhists produce the BBS?
    She wants to compare LTTE to BBS, if not intentionally, still fell though her intellectual hole the JVP. Is she telling unemployed bald heads in Pansalas are waging war for jobs with Aanduwa after Badiuddin pushed them out of universities with his standardization and SLFP introduced Sinhala Only? What is the point of this talk? Which part of one’s brain all these convoluted thoughts come through?
    The blood donation from religious leader will not extricate the sins from the Karma fattened the political leaders. If, until to their death, the Trio goes to Kattankudy and Jaffna Hospital once a week and give each a gallon then I can think of recommending to the God to let them go free. Otherwise I will not be easily swayed by Aanduwa’s coolie’s spins.
    This is a speech Radhika delivered at a Vigil organized with the influence of Aanduwa NGOs. Yet we understand that this speech was delivered to console those who lost their loved ones to terror, not to dissolve anything left behind by politicians. Nor the crowd gathers at these events have a little stomach to assimilate political preaching, though this one is a kind of it. So the intention of this is mainly for IC and chewers like the ones in CTs.

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    Jaffna and Bati are the most deprived areas after the war. Neither Kattankudy – Mawanella nor Colombo. That is why Radhika and Brother have done very well. After the March UNHRC, only for the first time after the 1948, a talk of giving a share of the Budget looting to Tamils is coming. That tells how much of all these propaganda, resolving Tamil youth problem in line with BBS, are funded from budget.
    This speech was delivered on 4th. Negombo show was 5th. That is telling how Radhika understanding the reality and where her selling of the blood donating Solution for the unrests in Modaya’s media, is working. Same with, cordoning and searching is not reconciliation. But, it is only acknowledging that enough hate & divisions exits between the two teams to bring havocs.
    Search has revealed that extensive hoarding of arms all over island by Muslims. Hezbollah like prominent racists have forced New King to keep Media out of these finding. After that media blackout, In Periyakallar, Rapist Army kept the reporters away and detonated a bomb. They said it was an old Bomb and they saved it that time and defused now. Interesting! Pulasthini and others were bombed inside a Sainthamaruthu tsunami rehabilitation housing complex. That was another hide and seeks operation by rapist Army. Tamils who are being constantly toured by Aava Kuzhu has its way of understating these that why they have not found any swords from Aava Kuzhu after a week of search in Jaffna.

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    Fear or Love is a choice we have. Fear gives birth to greed and Love gives birth to peace.
    ..
    Politicians and terrorists these days are not much different from each other. Both relies on fear campaigns.
    ..
    If you give in it becomes a reality, like in Sri Lanka. But if you resist with love, then it fades away.
    ..
    Let the dogs bark while you give birth to peace.

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    Even the Gunapala Malalasekara appreciated it and Mahayana sect of Vietnam had a centralized structure and that helped western intelligence agency to infiltrate them and restructure everything the way they want. As Theravada sect does not have a such centralized structure, which makes difficult to control and they used Christians sects to dominate Asia. I guess, they may have threatened the Sri lankan Catholic to submit to them. so, that Catholics will be a helpful tool to subjugate Sri lanka.. Anyway, Cardinal is a peaceful man. He doe snoot say, take revenge and kill infidels.

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    BBS=LTTE.. How Cool.

    Poor ” Terrorist” ” Gnnassara was put in the Slammer with the keys thrown away for Six Years.
    That is a bit harsh one would have thought, considering Gnna only showed the Rude Finger to a Lady in front of a Yahapalana Judge.

    But Gnnana never sent any Boys or Girls with even a Hand Grenade tied to the chest, let alone with Back Packs weighing over 20 Kilos to blow Mosques …..

    Surely this Yahapalanaya has done a marvelous service to our Nation..
    What is Fear Psychosis !!!!!

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      “But Gnnana never sent any Boys or Girls with even a Hand Grenade tied to the chest, let alone with Back Packs weighing over 20 Kilos to blow Mosques

      What you mean Sumane, Mahosana Amit is less than 20K, (the thermobaric bomb Gnanam carries on his lunch back to throw on Raishard? )

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        Mally,
        I am glad you mentioned Rashid the the most Powerful Yahapalana UNP Cabinet Misnister from the North.. Sorry, Mannar..

        Who is his Minder , Is it Dr Ranil, or Sirisena Govirala ?..
        Because our Army Commander who is calling the shots now , ( pardon the pun) told the Colombo Media a Powerful Minister from Mannar , asked him to release all Terrorists Suspects who were rounded up.. –

        Poor Army Commander I thought is a softie who was hand picked by Dr Ranil,when we had so many Real Deal Commanders who took it up to Pirahaparn.

        But the Commander’s response was a classic.
        He told this all powerful Yahapalana Monster to call him back after 18 Months…

        Do you know where Rashisd went, because one of the UNP Organizers in my Home Town called the Journs to tell them that Rishad went Overseas legitimately?..

        I know Makanadure Madush had gone to Dubai about 3 years ago and came back a couple of days ago.
        But his Passport has no Madush in the Name Line..

        Can people go overseas illegitimately as well, under this Yahapalanaya.

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “He told this all powerful Yahapalana Monster to call him back after 18 Months…”

          Why? Did he hear the Hindian IPKF Mark II is coming?
          Now that VP is no longer alive and the women folks are getting smarter by the minute where is he going to hide? Poor fellow.

          I suggest you look for Pottu Amman and VP’s wife Mathivathani who would help to resurrect LTTE and lead it to fight the Hindians, temporarily of course under LTTE flag.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Gnanasara once said he regretted LTTE was wiped out. He regretted that had LTTE survived he would have got T56 from them to teach the Muslim a lesson. He also regretted there was no one to help him.

      Why don’t you consult your astrologer and see if Gnanasara’s staycation in the slammer is good or bad for him? I think it was good think that ever happened to this thug. Else ISIS suicide bomber would have planted a bomb under his bum or taken the thug along with him to meet the 72 Virgins. Either way man is lucky.

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        Dear Native,

        Poor Gnnanassara fell into the Wolf Trap which Dr Rajitha and Son set in Aluthgama with a Pork Chop as the bait..

        That finished off not only Gnnanissara and the real people friendly Government which had created the most peaceful and vibrant environment, after the country has been through three decades of feral terrorism, which killed and maimed tens of thousands of innocent inhabitants..
        And destroyed their freedom and livelihood..

        But also produced the Mother of All Suicide Attacks on the Catholic Community and inflicted the biggest injury to our Nation in one hit, with the unbelievable fear among the whole Inhabitant population bar the UNP followers .

        This is all because of Dr Rail’s Sanhindiya which is nothing but Divide and Rule strategy which his ancestors used to keep the Sinhala Buddhists in the Bush.

        After the Rajapaksa era , Dr Ranil and his Strategists knew that it was very hard to push the great majority back in to the Bush.

        So this time they thought they can be clever and devise something better.,
        And create a Cattle Class, for the poor , Sinhala Buddhists in particular and put the rest in the Business Class and the First Class.

        I am sure You know who the First Class passengers would have been if Dr Ranil , Mangala, Rajitha, Sampathar and Abraham were successful in their Sanhindiyava…

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