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The Fallacy Of Sinhala Privilege

By Natale Dankotuwage –

Natale Dankotuwage

Natale Dankotuwage

The Sinhala are privileged, I’ve been told.

So one must respond; how do you know? did television and the papers say so?

Spending time in Sri Lanka, I have found that the current Sinhala supremacist state broadcast via media is much different than the experience of being Sinhala on the ground.

Neo-colonial appropriation is as strong as ever, as is the lack of interest in indigenous heritage. It takes more than being Sinhalese to receive social value and worth.  There are more people in this country appropriating western forms of dress and professionalism to gain social worth, than there are people trying to appropriate authentic Sinhala customs.

Traveling beyond Colombo out into the south, where Sinhala families predominate, the native Sinhala tongue is common and Buddhist temples line the streets like corner stores.

Sinhala woman

Photo by Natale Dankotuwage

But, it doesn’t look like it matters how good your Sinhala sounds or how authentic the Sinhala garb; bare feet with a sarong. Political economy runs things out in the rural parts as well. Wealth, prestige and a corporate glow promise more value and worth than touting your Sinhalese lineage.

So these days I take this claim that the Sinhala are privileged and frown, especially when it’s related to social worth. Sure, there are a few that identify as Sinhala who are extremely privileged in Sri Lanka. But, there are also the many that are underprivileged; under-paid and devalued. How does one account for this?

It is essential to have an over-lapping dialogue about privilege. There are places where the concern about inequity in the nation overlap and goes beyond the dialogue of ethnic difference.Exclusively engaging with one’s ethnic group, will only give you a limited understanding of the ways members of the Sinhala community, especially those who retain indigenous practices, are de-valued as well. You will miss out in hearing the stories of the Sinhala migrant worker, farmer, fisherman, garbage collector, the man who sells pineapples for a living, housewife or underpaid employee. Inequitable access to “Privilege” is a common burden and struggle that members of all ethnic groups experience.

As one observes human beings in Sri Lanka, the way they create value structures in their minds, the way they define some with more value and worth than others… yes, ethnicity is at times a cue. But social roles, behaviors, the color of your skin, the sex you were born with are factors that too deem you inferior or superior.

And, I have found that the social cues that promise privilege in Sri Lanka often supersede one’s ethnic affiliation. Something I see every day as I observe the continued struggles of individuals who identify as Sinhala. 

*Natale Dankotuwage was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She has dedicated several years to reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka, where her family is from. She has worked closely with a Toronto think-tank called the Mosaic Institute to co-found the  Young Canadian Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka. She has assisted in founding the fundraising consortium Build Change and is a former board member of the Citizenship and Immigration funded non-profit organization Sri Lankans without Borders. She has recently returned from a fellowship in Sri Lanka funded by the Asia Foundation. She is also an avid journeyer, traveling the world and engaging in social venture projects such as Free Space, Roots Hyderabad and OMNI

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    Natali has only sinhala Last name. Other than that, she does not know what she is talking.

    Natale is one who lost between two cultures and civilizations.

    Just talking crap.

    Anyway, Thank you for completely not forgetting the country where your father was born.

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      …says the man using a sudda’s name to hide behind, and openly supportive of a regime that revels in selling the country out to the chinks. Yes, clearly, Jimmy, you are the one most qualified to talk about halfbreeds.

      As I’ve said before, people in glass houses should pleasure themselves in the basement.

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        Pretty Natale Dankotuwage with a beaming youthful smile,

        Sri Lanka is a capitalist society where there are lots of poor of all ethnic groups. People are poor because of the political leaders we have/had from independence.

        Sri Lanka has been ruled for about 5 centuries by European nations with better knowledge of science, technology, medicine and better military technology.

        Due to this historical fact many in Sri Lanka of all ethnic groups look up to white man’s culture, things, their knowledge and their prosperity.

        Your parents migrated for the same reason I suppose.

        Now you seem to be taken up by traditional Sinhalese dress etc. Do you know that the shirt and trouser we wear today were invented by the Chinese long time ago, and only copied by the white man and now the whole world accept them as comfortable and convenient dress for men at least?

        So, the point is: Human civilization has inputs from various peoples; Chinese, Indians, Europeans, Arabs, Malays, and others. Instead, ask what Sinhalese civilization has contributed to human civilization worldwide.

        Therefore there is nothing to be proud of indigenous Sinhalese dress, or Tamil dress, or even Muslim burka: Let’s move on with civilization and European influence is here to stay. Where were all the gizmos and goodies Sri Lankans want: mobiles, iPads, and many more invented? Mostly in the white man’s West!

        If you really research about Sinhalese or Tamil cultural things there are definitely Portuguese, Dutch and British influence.

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          Well said Thiru.Something inspiring from you.Yes we have to face the modern world identifying and protecting our cultural norms.I have been to places ruled by English,Dutch and Portugese and have realised the extent we were influenced by them during those 500 years.
          Additionally there is a huge Sanskrit input to our culture from our big naighbour and I am puzzled which is our local authentic blend or brand. Oh does it really matter?
          ”NO” in my opinion.Let us be proud about our heritage either Sinhala,muslim or tamil or whatever.However,do not dwell too much on those lines and let us move as a modern democratic nation. We will have a future if that is the case but not otherwise for sure.

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      Jim Softly [Edited out],

      Your hatred of the Sinhala Buddhist clture and civilisation (coming from an inferiority complex about your part-European, pale “civilisation” is eating you from inside.

      Go and lie under a tree in the stolen land and prepare to say good bye.

      In the meantime, three hearty cheers for this intelligent young lady, who seems to see the reality of world conspiracies to the core.

      Thank you.

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    I remember seeing Natale Dankotuwage on a TV chat show once. I was impressed. She is quality leadership material. If Ceylon is lucky she might serve people there in some capacity.

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      Hitler, Napoleon – they all were leaders.

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        … and good ones too!

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    She starts with the word Sinhala-supremacist State.

    In other words, she is already biased, convinced, prejudiced, decided and discriminating etc.,

    Why she does not think about why she did not talk or learn any native languages in Canada instead she learned English and French and talk English ?

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      Hello Jimmy,

      Why do we need to constantly correct people?
      Let them judge from our actions.

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    Well Natali,

    From an economic perspective the Sinhala are no more prevelaged than any other ethnic group, true. In actual fact those steeped in the Mahavamsa myths and educated in the Sinhala medium with distinct incapacity to communicate in English are a disadvantaged Sri Lankan lot, whether they remain is Sri Lanka or seek employment overseas.

    However, to really understand if the current Sinhala Supremacist broadcast claims that the Sinhala are advantaged, one needs to indeed be a member of another ethnic group. The Sinhalese do not need to look furtively at others at a bus stop or shopping centre or inside public transport if they are being looked at in contempt. A Sinhalese neednt’ shudder at the sight of thuggish looking muscular men approaching in saffron robes. A Tamil need not shake in fear that the shopkeeper will pick up his Tamil accent when speaking in Sinhala. A Sinhalese need not cringe in shame that his or her daughter needs to change her ethnic dress in a public alcove to be able to enter her school. A Sinhalese need not fear that the police will take action against them when they commit a crime against a minority member.

    Therein lies the prevelage of being a Sinhalese in Sri Lanka.

    Sad but true.

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      In Wellawatta there are hundreds of tamil owned shops and the whole place is literally tamil speaking. If you travel to parts of Dehiwala, kandy and Nuwara Eliya it is still the same. I have no problem with it. Hence your statement ‘Tamils are scared whether their tamil accent will be picked up’ is a wrong and misleading. The very misleading propaganda that was in west and in other parts of the globe to humiliate SL and to paint a wrong picture of SL.

      What you said could have been true during the periods of riots in 83. But as a whole there is no such a situation. Tamils very well lead their lives midst sinhalas celebrating their culture.

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        sach

        “In Wellawatta there are hundreds of tamil owned shops and the whole place is literally tamil speaking.”

        In the entire island there are thousands of shops owned by Sinhala/Buddhists and the whole island is almost Sinhala speaking.

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          Azwer,

          So? Sri lanka is over overwhelmingly sinhala..that is natural..
          At the same time BBS rep’s comment has no basis

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            Such says`Sri lanka is over overwhelmingly sinhala..that is natural..¬

            The word that comes to mind is from Vas goda Gaama as much as that which Christopher Columbus said about the `Arawak` natives of the Caribbean.

            From Kerala Vas Goda Gamma sent the message that he was transporting

            English: Donkey; Spanish: Burro ; Sinhala: Amude/Buruva to the island. (kerala at that time was full of muslim mercenaries as their reign was destroyed with the help of the Maratha Army the only martial army of Hindia as mentioned by the Mughals and British generals alike (this is in the archives of India and treaties of london) Understand who Dr Mathir of malaysia was like your Goota Passa – Thoppi mercenaries.

            Due to the fact that he had transported to many of these donkeys the King of Kandy requested the VOC Dutch who had arrived from East India Company Indonesia with `Nutmeg` or golden balls the spice of the aristocrats at that time to the kandy plains to drive away the portuguese because they were creating caste distinctions with cinnamon on who could work it. The Portuguese no doubt were the worst of the slave masters in the history of the world. Virgin Queen Elizabeth 1 Ruler of the Word gave the Portuguese the final death blow and they have not risen and are still smarting.

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              As usual the uneducated comes with koheda yanne malle pol,

              Amude or donkey or vetti or whatever SL is overwhelmingly sinhala so majority of shops and economy will be handled by them. It is just rational.

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      don’t spread lies – except for north SL is a very multicultural and nobody is afraid of anyone. This fellow obviously has never come to SL for a visit. I wholly agree with writer. Poor sri lankans whether Sinhala or tamil are most disadvantaged lot and they are least concerned about mahwansa which is not taught is SL anyway.

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    Huh, a coconut talking! I should say a kurumba sloshing ……..

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    Natalie you are no different than my son whos has grown up in the US. please spend a lot more time in Sri Lanka . I am not saying you are wrong but to do anything useful you need to understand the country better .

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      hello katadiya stop bullying innocent girls.

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      please dont give up

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    Natale,

    Keep up the good work.

    “Traveling beyond Colombo out into the south, where Sinhala families predominate, the native Sinhala tongue is common and Buddhist temples line the streets like corner stores.”

    Travelling to the North and East….

    Colombo constructed 463 Buddhist viharas in 2013 in North-East: TNA MP http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37492

    Please do not ignore because the article is on Tamilnet, read it.

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    Good write up and the writer has investigated on a field that is very much less researched about.

    The Sinhala people are not a privileged lot as tamils say but rather a victimized lot. They are victimized by two sides. One is by their own policy makers aka the sinhala politicians. The policies in the field of economics, administration, law and order and corruption has victimized our people. The sinhala politicians are acting like enemies of common sinhala.

    The second one by eelamists. It did not begin in 83 or in 76. The attempt to erase the sinhala identity, their land, their language, their history and ultimately who they are were part of the grand plans of Eelamists. Their forefatehrs GG ponnambalam went onto say this country belongs to Tamils and Sinhalas are tamil apostates (one can see the ultra nationalist tamil tribals hate sinhala people in the same way muslim would hate a muslim apostate).

    So Sinhala are victimized by their corrupt politicians and psudeo tamil historians. The attack on Mahavamsa does not come without a plan. It is part of the grand plan to attack the identity of a sinhala. The common sinhala is sandwiched by these two.

    I normally can carry out my tasks in SL without any difficulty because i have the english language knowledge with me. I can go to a bank, air port, or any place in SL and get my things done and come. If i am an ordinary sinhala with no english not westernised but clad in the dress of a sinhala villager then yes i will be subject to contempt.

    Actually it was acting against this contempt towards sinhalaness which gave birth to the sinhala nationalist movement in early period. Dharmapala, Piyadasa Sirirsena acted, wrote against this contempt. Their writing made Sinhala aware that those who make fun of your language, religion, customs and village ways do not belong here, because this is your land. The Sinhala nationalist movement first began especially targeting westernised, english educated Sinhala elite. If you read you will still discover this divide in this very forum.

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      All wars are economic in nature and you can say what you like.
      When the JVP started it was class war and the same when LTTE started they killed the top brass first.
      There was looting and flames
      then came the new bourgeois class aiming for colombo 7 with their rotten hidden wealth. the new stinking rich

      It came from the north to the west and from the south to the west I have seen it all personally.

      Check the DNA of Sinhala speaking Tamils and Tamil speaking Tamils. You do not have the North Indian Mughal Sharia Law DNA (this invasion in 1498 via khyber pass hindu kush lasted almost 500 years while all along The portuguese, brits came to india from the west Cochin in 1498 and the Dutch came from the west with 19 post from patna to kanyakumari

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        All wars are economic in nature is a gross generalization though sharing of resources can be the root cause.

        LTTE did nt kill the so called top brass (can you please tell me which top brass?) on economic reasons but on ideological reasons. Muslims in europe do not go and join ISIS in syria because of economical reasons.

        The so called colombo 7 include sinhalese. tamils, burghers and to a certain extent muslims.

        What is shariyah DNA? Is it some sort of new DNA and how does it remotely relate to what i say or the article say?

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          Such,
          ¬gross generalization¬
          You are the limit and it seems you are nava colaba malasanya because I trashed this out with you sometime back but found that you sit on your hands dig in your feet chewing mahahenawanswe and making this forum stagnant and putrid- sorry mate but your arrogance is what we call puta madre cabeza.
          Now read it clearly again and reflect and don’t expect spoon feeding like you free education. Do you have a degree at all and from where?? Mine last in IT from Leuven the oldest catholic in the world. Previous IIT- Industrial Engg.
          I don’t defend tamil or sihala on emotions but Spain yes to some extent because I am spanish initially. When i find either right i defend because I have very good friends from both and the observant have asked me this how come – well i am no troll or pook- thanks I live poor with lots of money to travel worldwide when i fancy its a bug from age of 13 rather than drink and drugs. eg I am going to see the first silk route train arriving china – madrid in 20 days from today- hasta la vista.but may be on mothers day
          I love it because it is not passing SARC which is in turmoil- Viva Europa.
          Albert Einstein: ‘Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.’
          ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.
          Did you organise the shooting of Amartalingam leader opp then
          Dr Thiruchelvam… do you want me to talk about the rest of my neighbours at Col 7
          Did Gota kill Lakshman Kadirgamar to be what they are.
          Such how old are you?? It takes long to be young- Pablo Picasso

          A war is not a border-skirmish or a confrontation between drunken sailors. There is nothing heroic about war. War involves the killing and maiming of thousands or millions of people, including many innocent bystanders. War is not about heroes and glorious death. War is nothing but blood and gore. War shreds people into bloody little pieces, it tears them limb from limb, or it burns them alive. War is the ultimate horror that man inflicts upon man.

          Wars are armed conflicts between countries or states. Wars are not conflicts between the individual people of warring countries. Wars are conflicts between the governments of countries. All wars are instigated by power hungry megalomaniacs, the politicians; managed by professional killers, the military; and fought by the brainwashed members of their respective populations, the canon-fodder.

          Politicians wearing top hats and striped pants no longer formally declare wars. Any big bully, who feels confident that he can win the war, can start a war at any time. Euphemistic expressions have replaced the word war. Politicians now euphemistically refer to wars as police actions, or border alignments, or expeditions, or air campaigns.

          The latest euphemism is a reference to a regime change in Iraq. In this instance, one country determines to liberate another country from its politicians. If euphemisms are clearly inappropriate, politicians merely declare that the war is morally just and necessary to straighten out morally inferior miscreants.

          George W. Bush probably provided the least imaginative reason for starting a war when he did away with euphemistic niceties altogether. He could not think of a reasonable subterfuge and simply waged war for what he called preemptive reasons. However, no matter what excuse politicians dream up for waging war, the underlying cause of all wars is economic in nature.
          “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it”.

          Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: The unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or that may actually be in conflict with factual evidence. Patriotism is the incubator of wars.

          Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process. Studies and surveys have consistently indicated that approximately 90% of persons in any given country have strong patriotic sentiments. This percentage is similar to the percentage of people involved in other faith-based activities, such as religion. This same percentage also reflects the bell-curve of the general intelligence level of a population: 90% of all persons in a Caucasian population group register an IQ below 120.
          ——-
          Such Before Alexander the Great ruled Punjab for 2 years in 300BC there were Greek Chieftans ruling punjab eg Prushotman etc from 450BC
          The Greek general offerewd his daughter in marriage to Chandra Gupta Mauyra the Great then came the sanskrit and greek writings in the north of india never before did the public see sanskrit exposed. then came the love stories and cultural exchanges and kajurao etc Chandra retired handed it to son and died a jain (fast to death at 72) at karanataka and his footprint is there still. Siri pade(adams peak or samelal kanda) is a copy like the nepali king says he is krishna almighty

          Such do you know your war has killed innocent Chinese who lived from 1948 and made them diced meat- dont you as 80% feel ashamed and stop bullshiting to the west.
          Sorry this is what annoys me that you cannot keep your privacy but call yourself compassionate and carry a begging bowl- are you peaceful or are you `boo`ts??
          Cheers mate

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            LOL

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              Such you are Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hound.

              Typical of South Indian mercenaries and that is your point of origin.

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    “Sinhala supremacist state broadcast via media “

    can the writer answer how she comes up with this?

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      She’s imbibed some LTTE propaganda while growing up. Where from I wonder ? At least she’s still interested in her parent’s motherland.

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        I guess calling SL gover, ‘sinhala supermacist state’ is/was a fashion in Canada and part of being politically correct. Other wise you are a sinhala racist.

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    Dear Natale Dankotuwage

    I enjoyed reading the write up about you as much as the content of the article.

    Only Jim Softy, an insane half breed regular on CT, a characteristic indicated by his name, will claim your Article is “crap”.

    Many of your observations are valid. It is in fact unbecoming of a nation to downgrade those who are symbolic of the national heritage.

    My complaint is that you have ignored the elephant in the room. Privilege in Sri Lanka has always been exorably tied to wealth and income. The commotion about race and religion is but a huge non-issue. It has never mattered. And more recently there is the further requirement of being able to be heard by the Ruling Kabaragoyas – in order to be able to get anything done.

    Do have a pleasant stay.

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    I agree with those who identify material wealth and family connections (AKA social class) as the most oppresive force in Sri Lanka. Classism is alive and well in Sri Lanka, manifest in all the ethno-religious sub groups. The most oppressed are the “lower” classes – primarily rural folk – whether in the east, south or north. While the Sinhalese do not practice as strict castism as the Tamils, there definitely are discrimatory practices among the Sinhalese, that looks down upon rural folk and exploit their poverty.

    But it is also true that since the majority of Sri Lankans speak Sinhala, and given the recent history of ethnic riots, it is totally plausible that Tamil speakers feel the need to practice caution when speaking in Tamil, especially during streeful times such as curfews, elections etc. The same can be said of Sinhalese civilians (mostly merchants or drivers) who used to travel through LTTE-controlled areas or the Eastern province during the war years.

    In Sri Lanka, it is true that most Sinhalese (primarily outside of the north and the border areas of the Eastern and northern provinces) do not have to worry about where to buy and build a home, since they do not fear racially-motivated violence. The same cannot be said about Tamils and muslims, who do need to take into account that they have been targetted for violence due to their ethnicity in the recent past. So this relative lack of fear that Sinhalese can enjoy, would be very analogous to “white priviledge”, that is prevalent in North America, where most white men do not need to worry about being profiled at shops or on the streets, unlike African American men have to.

    Nothing is black and white (pardon the pun). While the Sinhalese do enjoy certain priviledges in most parts of the island, they are also oppressed by classism. And this latter discrimination is the most salient and has the biggest negative impact on their lives. In that they are very much like their non-Sinhals brethren, being oppressed by those with wealth, caste-priviledge and the consequent “family connections” (nepotism).

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      What you have said is that the majority sinhala buddhist cannot manage the island- period
      We did not grow up like that and did not get converted but attended missionary school. Every elder was uncle and aunt and we spoke in all three languages therefore when I went away travelling and educating it was easy to get by even in New Delhi with several languages without resorting to english- that is your problem sihala buddhist stuck in a dream

      Then one fine day came a greedy man Banda who said Sinhala Buddhist only raised the tempo with saffron saree wearing thugs with the idea of creating his dynasty- you pluck king coconuts at horana it never stops though its 3 months and he along with others were the cream of the socialist in the land (robber barons)

      Then one day a new teacher came to school from down south and said I plan to teach you history but next term because this history is incorrect and we plan to change it (see the mahawamsa stupidity ingrained in him)

      The primary mistake of the small country(both sides to conflict) was taking the problem over the Deccan plateau to north New Delhi when Nehru himself wanted Ceylon.
      Watch Nepal give NaMo the works at SARC because he plans to hoodwink them on energy- US/UK and China have done these projects efficiently now he plans to trick them and take it- they are poorer than you but stronger than you in will power plus the obedient worker fighter.

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        “We did not grow up like that and did not get converted but attended missionary school. Every elder was uncle and aunt and we spoke in all three languages therefore when I went away travelling and educating it was easy to get by even in New Delhi with several languages without resorting to english- that is your problem sihala buddhist stuck in a dream”

        This is the problem with Jaffna tamils. They think whole tamils in SL are Jaffna tamils. These people live with a Tamil centrist idea when it comes to island and Jaffna centrist idea when it comes to tamils. Go on like that…..

        Had Sinhalese lived in a diverse culture i am 100% sure they will learn new langauges. Because they are the most liberal and open to other cultures out of the whole subcontinent. Go to any sinhala dominated area you will see boards for language learning from tamil to korean to Hindi to japanese to german. Institutes teaching Ballet, Indian classical dances, North American or South American music, dances are a common sight in sinhala areas. While tamils are yet to think beyond tamil and Bharatanatyam.
        So called indegenous tamil have nothing indegenous but try to look inside sinhalese amude.

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          Such ouch!

          We the EU are the only folk to have sent a mission to a comet to find the origin of earth etc. not stupid Jaffna Tamils or burro sinhala

          Brussels Space Centre has the statue of `Nataraja` the dancing Siva from Chola dynasty (the temples of Bali are Chola architecture not Hindian) not from even the Christian faith to explain the God particle- Aldous Huxley writer explains the scientific and artistic side of it on Utube – go fetch ;)

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            Javi

            sach the nuisance writes:

            “So called indegenous tamil have nothing indegenous but try to look inside sinhalese amude.”

            You know what the Tamils found out the Sinhala/Buddhists have their brains(?) covered with their amude deep inside the cavity and then agreed the Sinhala/Buddhists are no different to their people.

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      There is and was an oppressive class in SL and it may be true that existed in all ethnicities. But I think that matters here are one that is prevalent in SL. People looking down upon people with small means and exploiting them is a universal thing. In Sri Lankan context and especially Sinhala context, the victimized people who were subjected to humiliation, exploitation were Sinhala Buddhist people.

      In British period, Sinhala people who spoke in their mother tongue, wore the sarong, osari and redda hatte and believed in Buddhism were humiliated as uneducated, godey people. The children of these people and even adults were made to believe they are inferior and uneducated people subject to contempt.
      For example if we take a Sinhala educated person in later 1800s he is Christian, spoke English, wore English attire with a pipe in the mouth. Lack of Sinhala language skills was more of a bonus. This was the accepted norm as being smart and educated. In other words Sinhala (Buddhist) people were made to believe that they are inferior and only way to come out of it is adopting western ways.
      Prevalence of such a mindset in Sinhalese was even pointed out by non-Sinhalese at that time like Ananda Kumaraswamy and P.Ramanathan.
      It is in this backdrop people like Anagaraika Dharmapala, Piyadasa Sirisena, (who came from Sinhala Christian background) started going against this norm. It was the age of historical discoveries where the heritage of these Sinhala Buddhist people in North Central and South East part of the island.
      That formed a defence of the Sinhalaness against the foriegners and the ones who adopted foreign ways.
      The economics did not play a role in this. For example even Sinhala Buddhists who spoke only Sinhala but were wealthy with good income were also ridiculed.
      The school systems were formed in that mentality. If a Sinhala kid from Sinhala Buddhist background goes to such a system he will either become a person who has a contempt for his origins (ex: Sanjana Hath) or a person who hates the western things (nalin de si).
      I remember reading in an article where Reggie siriwardene mentioned he became extremely ashamed as a school boy when his mother once came to his class room and spoke to him in sinhala. This phenomena still exists.

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        Such. The culture includes ….Sunday sil Monday kill…….. Kill the Vedda..Rob the Buddha… and Blame the Sudda.. It is as simple as that……
        -____

        Sihala Olu Sihala Boru…its not a case of disliking you but we are seeing the same thing that The first Portuguese encounter with India was on 20 May 1498 when Vasco da Gama reached Calicut on Malabar Coast. He kept on passing Ceylon and sent messages to Isabella Catholica about the island and what he could see- please refer his notes to the Roman Emperor.

        What is this Sihala language you speak of that I dont know. In 1970

        Foreign Minister Professor GL Peiris informed his law students that there is no Sihala Dictionary to teach law and any lawyer there knows that.

        Spanish Tiles: Mission Clay Roof Tile S type; Sinhala ulu same as `Mission Clay Roof tile.`

        Aryan died with Hitler and his square head German researches with the end of WW2. Hitler stole the Hindu script Swastika and have patent righted 1489 items of Sanskrit. The Sinhala Buddhist Supremes’ (schedule class) have hijacked Sanskrit of the Hindu Brahmin.

        Spanish Roofing S type Rustic Antique Red, Dark /Light, `Mission Clay Roof Tile`

        Supremacy you had only the borrowed Amude from Veddha, no Dictionary no language but you are inventing the wheel as if reinventing- stupid morons, therefore the cannibals- extreme right wing thinking of the monks. Personal effects after `Amma`
        1 English; Shirt Spanish: Camisa; Sinhala: Amude/Camisa
        2 English: Shoe; Spanish: Zapato; Sinhala: Amude/Sapatu
        3 English: Towel Spanish: Toalla; Sinhala : Amude/Toalla
        4 English: Table Spanish: Mesa; Sinhala : Amude/Mesa
        5 English: Closet Spanish: Armario; Sinhala : Amude/ Armario
        6 English: Space; Spanish: Sala; Sinhala: Amude/Sala

        Take a break go travel before you utter nonsense little bigoted boots.

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          If you have anything to say dont refer me books, just read the stuff and tell me your point. Are you saying your education in that catholic place has not given you the ability to do that?

          Whether we were just amude wearers or not does not matter. What matters is this is amude weares’ country. One can ask what are you vetti fellows (again south indian not lankan) doing in amude fellows country?

          At least amude wearers have an amude and a language. what have you got? Everything is neighbours ne.

          Now before Aswer in CT barges into this conversation. Amude wearers are not vaddhas here.

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            Such says:`At least amude wearers have an amude and a language. what have you got? Everything is neighbours ne. Now before Aswer in CT barges into this conversation. Amude wearers are not vaddhas here.`

            Such ouch!
            Now for your and sihala buddhist body mass as I have given you the origin of your mixed up language below and above that did not have a dictionary just after claiming official status.I am giving you this not because I fear
            (Spanish by law have to undergo military training at 18 which I have) but you are running around with a begging bowl and killing humans and have very little education of your surroundings just like the southern gass gemba.

            Such, you and the rest of the Sinhala Buddhist were bought down (or you came in hora oru/illegal boats) from South India which is half way down the Deccan Plateau (the 0,0,0 coordinate of Hindia is there at Nagpur exactly where the naked fakir Gandhi was shot dead) Nagpur is the winter capital of Maharashtra and the Marata Army (Shivaji Bhonsle Dynasty) drove off the Portugese, British, Mughals (its complex wars within states before them and after that there is no space to make here) the final battle of the British to take over East India Company Calcutta was the battle with the Maratha’s in 1818 and at the same time Kandyan Kingdom fell to the British 1818. The construction of Ajanta and Ellora structurally (the shaft that keeps the structure intact is Chola Architecture) Sigiriya is a copy of Ajanta.

            The marathas can confirm that you are of south indian stock ( it is complex to write all that conquest and archaeological, topological findings of the interlinking of cultures here because there were cloak and dagger agents like you and Goota Passa that came from Patna and ruled Bengal Andhra and discreetly went all the way to the west karanataka, kerala etc for a short while) pallava is one such.

            The last maharaja of Hindia was from the Maratha Dynasty and ruled from Tirunelveli and the Brits cared for him. Modi of Gujarat forms part of the Maratha kingdom but Maharashtra (Bombay capital) is their centre. If you ask them they would confirm that you came from South India. If you don’t believe have a strain of hair of the entire Sihala Buddhist tested scientifically and it would prove so. The ruler of Orange City a record holder for chemical engineering from New York still unbroken would never have lied to me about this matter.

            Now you understand the meaning of king without clothes down under.
            Stop being abusive beggars with begging bowls cannot lie for always they just meet their match not necessarily with JT’s.

            The point here is nomads cwould not cross the deccan because it was easier to go further north which they (gypsies/kitano) did to Romania and finally to spain the land of Baila and horse riding (Spanish took the first horses to the Americas) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etx3wsB3XJQ

            Adios hombre Cuídate

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      I do not think Tamil speakers need to act with caution when speaking tamil in any part of SL. Please go around Wellawatte, dehiwala or central hills. You need to get out more.

      And again tehre is no mention of any incident when a tamil speaker had to face violence when buying a house or land in rest of the island. Please show anything to back up your claims. That is why there are muslim only places in SL now.

      I have seen Muslims advertising sale of property in popular media saying muslim buyers are welcome. Actually it is the opposite of what you say that happens.

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        Eff you Sach. You are either a moron – despite the verbose – or a racist. CT readers don’t want you. Effoff.

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          I know majority of CT readers dont like me :) who cares…..do you expect this to be like TN parliament where youre free to indulge in eelamist ultra tamil nationalism or tamil tribalism
          ?

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        Boots Such says,
        ` Please show anything to back up your claims. `

        Black July 83 at Killapone Junction the sihala mob stopped vehicles and asked the occupant to pronounce `sanyaka layanna` and if incorrect they were beaten up and burnt alive. A canadian engineer on project work informed me on that day so i went to see for self.
        However it is well documented by non other than A Sihala lawyer in a poem which the world has seen and i have seen his articles on CT too- go fetch such.

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          That was 30 years ago and the present situation is drastically different. Even prior to 83 such a situation did not exist as the norm. That is why Tamils could immgrate to south.

          One can hope you have the wisdom as much as you claim you are educated. In my initial comment i said ‘barring 83’. Go and read idiot!

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          Javi

          While Nuisance is on holiday, such, wathie, and Taraki are using the same script writer.

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            here comes kata ganda aswer,,,who has no guts to reveal his real ethnicity but hide behind veddhas

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              When you write we know you are nava colaba malasaniya that is part of your DNA.

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            NV,

            Such says`If you have anything to say dont refer me books, just read the stuff and tell me your point`

            When I point out that sihala is a language that is really not borrowed from Sanskrit and pali but initially created from Spanish.

            Such, croak and dagger agent try the end of the rainbow without wearing those itchy underwear then you hear my point:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A

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    Natale has obviously not seen/visited villages in the deep south, of rodiyas, pottery makers, kitul jiggery makers, drummers and dancers,
    toddy tappers etc.
    These people led isolated lives and are not even visited by politicians. They were a voteless minority.
    They were also deprived of health care – health department field staff never visited them.
    In the sixties, they even did not know the name of the prime minister of the country – they were simply not bothered.
    Near Diyatalawa,there was a village of mostly fair-complexioned children, where the british planters had left their genes behind, and,
    a similar village at Kumana, beyond Okanda, the entrance to the Yala Sanctuary.
    In the sixties,the authentic ‘Sinhala garb’ worn by my friend’s father who visited colombo, was a shirt and coat,a sarong and a curved comb worn on top of the head in front of the konde.
    The veddahs of Dambane are a distict group, now getting state benefits.

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    Since Independence, Sri Lanka has been governed by the Sinhalese for the Sinhalese. All other ethnic groups just exist, expecting and receiving no privileges. It is called majoritarianism, some people falsely call it democracy.

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    Natale Dankotuwage,
    Ask yourself why succesive sihala governments headed by an or woman have sent around 600k sihala women to Medieval Middle East as house maids who are forced to work as a sex slaves while Hindia and Pakistan have banned house maids from going there.What happens to the children they leave at home with their unemployed husbands is history of sadness to any child.

    I just heard from a Toronto source handling women’s affair’s that 1 in 5 Muslim girls are being raped there so what do you do about that as a national in the land of immigrants??
    or is this overseas tripping more lucrative as a profession for a social worker to go globe trotting??

    Please dont get me wrong as rape is rape irrespective of race religion or caste because it leaves a stamp for life and we all have mums and sisters- the reason being just 10% of the funds allocated actually go towards victim while the 90% stays as administrative charges in Canada.

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