18 November, 2019

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The National Anthem In Tamil, Or Not?

By Faizer Shaheid

Faizer Shaheid

Faizer Shaheid

Almost a year ago, a debate sprung from Valaalai in Jaffna as to whether the National Anthem ought to be sung in Tamil too. Although not as deeply rooted as other problems, reasonable conjecture has gathered that the Tamil version must be permitted. The debate lost traction in the wake of many other burning issues such as corruption, the budget and the rising crime rate, but was once again revived as the Independence Day draws closer.

While I am not opposed to the National Anthem being sung in Tamil, I am of the opinion that the National Anthem should only be sung in one language. This ensures uniformity and solidarity.

In any case, I am opposed to the communal mindset that suffers from an inferiority complex of sorts and continues to condescend based on which language or ethnicity is more superior. It is even more a threat that this condescending mentality utilizes the human rights notion of substantive equality to further their cause. On many previous occasions too the conflict as to the national interests and human rights has arisen, and the complexities are of such nature that Leaders are yet trying to reconcile the differences. These very complexities, arising from the rift between Sinhala and Tamil speaking masses, are identified as the national problem.

The Leaders of the current regime have constantly expedited experimental methods to reconcile these differences between the Sinhala speaking and Tamil speaking masses in attempting to resolve the national problem. However, what remains to be understood is that the problem may never be resolved as long as this inferiority complex between the two ethnicities stand.

The inherent problem pertaining to the National Anthem contains moral roots for certain, and Tamil speaking masses have left no stone unturned in pointing this out. The claim is that the Tamil version of the National Anthem was sung even during the early stages of independence when the ‘Namo Namo Maatha’ was first sung as the National Anthem. The Minister of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan has constantly emphasized on holding social events with the National Anthem being sung in Tamil even in the presence of those who do not speaking in Tamil. This is to promote reconciliation, he claimed.

However, irrespective of the moral standpoint, the bigger barrier to singing the National Anthem in Tamil officially is a legal one, and morality does not overcome a barrier this big too easily. Strangely, most people including prominent politicians seem to have overlooked this obstacle in their path. It is not too surprising considering that the provisions of the Constitution and the law somehow seem to elude those in power.

Article 7 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka states that the National Anthem of the country will be ‘Sri Lanka Maatha’ and that the words and music are set out in the Third Schedule. Now, the Third Schedule in the Constitution contains the music and the lyrics only in Sinhala. Therefore, as according to the Constitution, the National Anthem can only be sung in Sinhala, and any other version will be either a distortion or an unofficial version.

One may argue that if the current regime so desired, all that is required is an amendment to the Constitution. However, it must also be understood that Article 7 is an entrenched provision protected by Article 83 of the Constitution. This means that any amendment to Article 7 requires a Referendum. There would also be those who may argue that only the Third Schedule may be amended so as to avoid a Referendum, but following in the footsteps of various reported cases, here too the Third Schedule must be read in conjunction with Article 7.

Therefore, irrespective of what the Government politicos may feel, the National Anthem ought only to be sung in Sinhala for now. Any other move would result in a violation of the Constitution and a distortion of the National Anthem, unless it is expressly identified as not being the National Anthem.

Conclusion

The National Anthem has never really stolen the spotlight as a major issue in politics. Neither has it been one that is identified as a reason for the persistence of the national problem. It is merely the politicos who somehow make it seem like having two National Anthems could help reconcile the differences. The issue with having two separate National Anthems is that it does not promote reconciliation, but rather encourages both ethnicities to grow separately. If the Government truly aims at promoting reconciliation, their moves should be directed towards integration and not division.

As of now, the Government cannot and must not have the National Anthems sung in two languages, unless they wish to blatantly violate the Constitution. If they choose to amend the Constitution, they may want the National Anthem sung in two languages, but such a move comes ill-advised.

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    national anthem should only be sung in sinhalese,,,,if [Edited out] tamils want something in tamil go elsewhere…maybe norway….in unitary country like SL, national anthem should only be sung in sinhalese

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      Faizer Shaheid

      RE: The National Anthem In Tamil, Or Not?

      “Almost a year ago, a debate sprung from Valaalai in Jaffna as to whether the National Anthem ought to be sung in Tamil too. “

      This does not solve the problem fully. The Flag needs to be changed and the National Anthem Shortened, and sung in all 3 Languages in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Yes, a new brand is needed for the Land of Native Veddah Aethho,populated by the Paras.

      1. Sri Lanka or Just Lanka.Sri Lanka has lost its right to call Sri.

      2. Need New Flag. Square, Blue Ocean and Green tear shaped Island, with the hills and the picture of the Native Veddal Aethho. After all this land belongs to the native Veddah Aethho.

      3. The national anthem is shortened only to the First part. It is sung in Sinhala, Tamil and English.

      4. Separation of Temple, Mosque, Church and State. Secular. Protection for all religions to practice their faith including Agnostics and Atheists, Idolaters and witches.

      5. Stiffer punishments for racial and religious based violence in the Criminal code. Will there be a Mustafa Kamel Ataturk in Sri Lanka? Will they continue to keep the Para-Sinhala Buddhist “Caliphate”?

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      he he he naanaa you can sung in Arabic ….in Calipahte Kathankudy…

      No worries

      Cheers

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    What is the big deal? Are they trying to fool the world?

    The Tamils of N&E are not interested in the Sri Lankan National anthem and they have Never Ever sung in Sinhala. Definitely the Tamils are Not going to sing in Sinhala and the Sinhalese are Not going to sing in Tamil either.

    Why make a big fuss out of this small issue?

    Both Sinhala and Tamil National anthems are identical in tune/music, meaning and sound.

    Let the Sinhalese sing it in Sinhala as usual and at the same time let the Tamils sing it in Tamil as usual. That is the way it had been right from independence and nobody bothered, why make it an issue now?

  • 17
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    LLRC has recommended that National Anthem be sung in both Sinhala & Tamil with the same tune…

    Why is cabinet unable to even come to conclusion on such a Simple Recommendation?

    If the Yahapalaya fellows can’t decide on simple LLRC recommendation on `National Anthem` how are they going to decide on the `National Constitution`…LOL

    With UNHRC Chief breathing down the neck of Sri Lanka, I guess they don’t have any chance than to sing in both languages!

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      Why unnecessarily stir up a hornet’s nest for a very minor issue?

      Let Sirisena and Ranil sing in Sinhala as usual and let Sambandan and Wigneswaran sing in Tamil as usual. That is the way it always happened right from independence.

      Nobody should or can force the Tamils to sing in Sinhala or the Sinhalese to sing in Tamil.

      I think the government is trying to please UNHRC Chief.

  • 10
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    Why not sing the Anthem in all three languages – with verses mingled
    and set to the present music? This will be a novel solution once and
    for all !!

  • 2
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    There are much more serious issues to solve than the stupid anthem.

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      This says everything about your knowledge..

      Either faecel are filled in your brain cells or cow dung ?

      Just alone the issue SINHALE… sticker – how it outreached the masses refelcts the feelings of the stupid folks.

      KNowing this just to allow recite National anthem in Tamil can create a hell out of situation. This country is filled with WEERAWANSES, Gonmanpilas, Rajapakshes, more than others. They would go on sow diviisions thinking that should be the way to surivive their politics. Majority folks if made them aware, would not react nationalistic, but as LTTE was handled by virulent few, in srilanka majoarity sinhalaya are being handled by radical minority folks.. that are the wild weeds in the lanken soil. Even round up would nto help getting them rid of.

      Media men, please work on the issue – bring good articles, balanced ones, being not partial to anyone. You are the third force of the country. More the people are aware of the facts, and realities, much more they will become tolerant.

      Let Rajaakahses, Gonmalpila, Gonwardhansa, Weerawansa marginalize from this soils.

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      Siva sankaran posy

      “There are much more serious issues to solve than the stupid anthem.”

      Let them get rid of the anthem. Does it serve any pupose?

      By the way, what are the “much more serious issues”?

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    It is not decreed in the Constitution that the National Anthem should be sung only in Sinhalese. However if there is a problem it could be solved most amicably by inserting a verse in Tamil and make it the whole official National Anthem to be sung by all, Tamils and Sinhalese.

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      Singing the national anthem in Sinhala as well as in Tamil at the independence celebrations is not something new. Even at the first anniversary independence day celebration in 1949 the national anthem was sung in Sinhala and Tamil.

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    //While I am not opposed to the National Anthem being sung in Tamil, I am of the opinion that the National Anthem should only be sung in one language. This ensures uniformity and solidarity.//

    Like in South Africa, can we make one ‘song’ in two languages?

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      @Rohan

      Mahavamsa fan….

      South Africa has got 16 official languages do you know?

      Cheers

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    The national anthem is being sung in Tamil now in schools, official occasions and in some public functions in the north and east. It is sea change from the MR days. The Tamil version must also be sung on national occasions, as Tamil is also a national language of Sri Lanka and is language used by two major minority communities. It is one means of making the minorities feel included. I am of course against portions of the national anthem being sung in Sinhalese and Tamil. It is important for the people to understand what the national anthem says. It is also an important tool in the reconciliation effort. Let the State not promote chauvinism once again.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    The Tamils do not want to sing the National Anthem. Most of them do not know what it is, how to read it and how to sing it. How does the Sinhalese expect the Tamils to part take in the Independent day celebrations and sing the national anthem when they are not free from subjugation. There should be a complete change in the constitution, the national anthem and the national flag where the Tamils should have equal rights and treated as equal citizens. The Tamils should be empowered by sharing power.

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    A National Anthem of any country is a single hymn/song generally reflecting the ideals and aspirations of that country. The people of the nation stand as one through its National Anthem and the National Flag.
    The Constitution of Sri Lanka spells out clearly in Article 7 and the Third Schedule, that the Anthem should be sung in the original Sinhala lyrics and music. Thus, if written in Tamil or English it should be transliterated (NOT TRANSLATED). In fact the English version follows this requirement using the English characters:”Sri Lanka Matha….apa Sri….”.

    The present Govt which is stringent in calling for enforcement of the Rule of Law, must rule by example. Article 7 being an Entrenched Clause, Parliament needs to pass a New Amendment to the Constitution by a 2/3 majority to make the Tamil version legally acceptable, and this should be followed by a national Referendum. Until such time, singing the National Anthem at Government functions in the Tamil language is a flouting of the Constitution.

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      CountryFirst

      When did you last sing national anthem?

      What were you thinking while the national anthem was being sung in the background?

      Even if you had attended any offical ceremony I am sure you would have been mentaly miles away reviwing the last porn you watched the previous night or admiring the women with the biggest breast standing in front of you.

      Were you thinking about the next free meal you were going to have after the function came to an end?

      Crooks are noted for their devotion to flags and anthem than the ordinary people of this country.

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        This Native is wasting my internet time. :) let anyone sing in any language we want to know the budget. Yes the poor ppl s TAX money must not be pocketed by few individuals. Any ways Who will organize the party this time.? Enriquez organizers or the same guys behind Mahindas carnivals.

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        Native Vedda:
        As a matter of fact I sang it with gusto just a week ago at a meeting held in Colombo, and truly relished the beautiful lyrics and melody. And I did not wait for the refreshments…so there.

        It is a dsigrace that Native Vedda et al. with their warped minds foul the commentary threads on serious subjects (in this case the Constitution and the Rule of Law) in these discussions.

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          CountryFirst

          It just occured to me when did the Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto builders ever respect the sanctity of the constitution. FYI the 1972 & 1978 constitutions were not subjected referendum.

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    Faizer you are right. Let the Sinhalese sing the national anthem in their language. Tamils do not belong to Srilanka. They will have their own Eelam anthem.

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      Raman. For Heaven’s sake still promoting the Eelam garbage. Haven’t you learnt anything after nearly 2 decades of ruinous conflict. We should be promoting the concept of us all being Sri Lankans instead of being divided into Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, Tamils etc. As I have commented elsewhere, our National Anthem should contain verses in Tamil and perhaps English as well the Sinhalese verses it now contains. The operative word should be inclusion, not division. Then we can expect the peace and harmony we once had before 1956.

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      yes.. they don’t belong to Sri Lanka. When will they move back to tamil nadu?

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    The challenge is the practicality of singing the national anthem in Tamil and Sinhalease at all govt and official functions.
    The national anthem is already too long.

    You will note how frustratingly long it is when you go to / watch Sri Lanka cricket matches where the national anthem is sung in only Sinhalease. Imagine then repeating it in Tamil , it will time for lunch break by the time the Sri Lankan cricketers finish. They may seek the services of the physio to massage their jaws.

    So what we need is a practical approach.
    (A) Shorten the national anthem
    (B) choose the language/ languages based on the occasion

    Independence Day _ sing in both languages
    Pre dominantly Tamil schools/ classes – in Tamil only
    Per dominantly Sinhala Schools /classes – in Sinhala onlly
    International sporting events -one abridged version of Tamil/Sinhala
    Major govt functions /international functions – one abridged version
    Ban victory day

    Open for suggestions

  • 5
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    A Nation is honored when we sing the National Anthem.

    Our Nation belongs to all. It can be sung in Sinhala in the predominantly Sinhala Areas and Tamil in the Tamil Areas.

    or like some countries, the Anthem can also be bilingual.
    Sinhala and Tamil every two lines.

    The National Anthem of Canada is in English, French, and then English and French. The latter is played/sung in all official events.

    With a Nod to Amarasiri, Srilanka can have a Tri-Lingual Anthem too.

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      vishvajith

      Why bother with the national anthem and languages when no one care to learn or sing it in public events?

      I suggest we have the national anthem in Swahili or race neutral Esperanto.

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        NV, remember the days we stood up for the National Anthem when played before a movie. Then, it was withdrawn as no one bothered to stand up and the buggers who stood up were looked at as if something was wrong with them.

        Oh! the times, how they make us all look bloody fools.

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    This is my two cents worth.

    Scrap the national anthem altogether.

    Now before you get hysterical and vent your anger in choice Sinhala terms, just think for a moment, is a national anthem really necessary. In actual fact it has never made any country richer or stronger or cohesive. You may prattle it does but really?? In actual fact national anthems are divisive and worse like when the Nazis sang their anthem was frightening. In a country like Sri Lanka where all and everything is used by errant politicians, monks and thugs to make the country divisive it is best that this song is played less and less.

    The Muslims start any kind of function or business by reciting something called ‘Qirat’. Recital of the ‘Qirat’ neither made them better or worse, richer or poorer and so forth and the outcome of that function would be the same ‘Qirat’ or no ‘Qirat’.

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    It is surprising that a member of the minority community is writing this. The Indian national anthem is not in a hindu, the official language but in Bengali. Nobody in India complains about it. So, what is wrong in singing the Sri Lankan national anthems in both languages or in one of the two languages to suit the occasion?
    Sengodan. M

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    Boy!Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill! If New Zealand and South Africa can sing their anthems in two (even three, in the case of SA!) lanquages, what’s all this big fuss? If we are trying to reconcile, it must be sung in both languages. Ideally, both races (three including the tamil-speaking muslims) should be taught it in both languages from the primary school level itself. I also believe that both languages should be taught to every child upto Grade 10, so that everybody can communicate with each other fearlessly, and understand the others’ points of view. That is what I call reconciliation!

  • 0
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    It should be like this:

    These lines should have the Tamil echo:

    Obave apa vidya ……..Tamil echo
    Obamaya apa sathya…… “
    Obave apa shakthi……. “
    Apa hada thula bhakthi.. “
    Oba apa aloke……….. “
    Apage anu prane……… “
    Oba apa jeevanave……. “
    Apa mukthiya obave…… “

    After the whole anthem is sung, in Sinhalese (with the Tamil echo), the Tamil beginning can close it.

    “Sri Lanka Thaayé, nam Sri Lanka,
    Namo Namo Namo Namo Thaayé.”

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      ramona therese fernando

      Vedi Rata Aethho

      Ape Aethho

      Obave apa vidya …….
      Obamaya apa sathya……
      Obave apa shakthi…….
      Apa hada thula bhakthi..
      Oba apa aloke………..
      Apage anu prane………
      Oba apa jeevanave…….
      Apa mukthiya obave……

      Obave apa Aethho…….
      Obamaya apa sathya…Aethho…
      Obave apa shakthi…Aethho….
      Apa hada thula bhakthi.Aethho.
      Oba apa aloke…Aethho……..
      Apage anu prane……Aethho…
      Oba apa jeevanave……. Aethho
      Apa mukthiya obave……Aethho

      Namo, Namo Namo Namo Aethho Matha

      Nano Namo Namo Namo Ape Aethho

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    Thanks for Sinhalease to show the world that there are 2 countries in this cursed land.

    Murdepaksa says In India they sing national anthem in one language…

    correct but not in majority Hindi but in minority Bengali language they sing national anthem in India..

    Singapore national antHem is in Malay though Chinese are majority..

    Switzerland people sing national anthem in German,,French..Italian and Romanish…

    Modayas think they are only smart….

    when the land is divided Sinhalese can sing in Sinhala..Pali..Arabic..Dhivehi …etc etc..

    Let the world know now why Tamils need a separate country….

    Cheers

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    The whole point is that if all these people who do not wish to have the National Anthem sung in Sinhala ONLY, and want it sung in Tamil (and whatever other language) as well….STOP GRIPING!
    Simply bring in a Constitutional Amendment to do so and pass it with a 2/3 majority in Parliament, and follow it with a Referendum as required to legally enact the Amendment.

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      CountryFirst

      EYI

      The National Anthem.

      7. The National Anthem of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be “Sri Lanka Matha,” the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule

      THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
      CHAPTER I – THE PEOPLE, THE STATE AND SOVEREIGNTY

      Where does the constitution explicitly prohibit singing the national anthem in Tamil, English, ….. Hindi or in Esperando?

      Before you start typing your bigoted views please read the following which is also part of Constitution:

      Official Language.
      18. 3[(1)] The Official Language of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala.
      4[(2) Tamil shall also be an official language.
      (3) English shall be the link language.
      (4) Parliament shall by law provide for the implementation of the provisions of this Chapter].

      National Languages.
      19. The National Languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.

      Use of National Languages in Parliament and local authorities.
      20. A Member of Parliament or 5[a member of a Provincial Council or a local authority] shall be entitled to perform his duties and discharge his functions in Parliament 6[or in such Provincial Council or local authority] in either of the National Languages.

      THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
      CHAPTER IV – LANGUAGE

      This information is provided to inform others sadly not you as I see it you bent on denying equal rights to your fellow citizens without reading the actual constitution. You are not alone in this endevour, you have leaders and supporters who hold exactly the same bigoted views. Fortunately majority can see through your racist agenda/intentions.

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      CountryFirst

      EYI

      The National Anthem.

      7. The National Anthem of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be “Sri Lanka Matha,” the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule

      THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
      CHAPTER I – THE PEOPLE, THE STATE AND SOVEREIGNTY

      Where does the constitution explicitly prohibit singing the national anthem in Tamil, English, ….. Hindi or in Esperando?

      Before you start typing your bigoted views please read the following which is also part of Constitution:

      Official Language.
      18. 3[(1)] The Official Language of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala.
      4[(2) Tamil shall also be an official language.
      (3) English shall be the link language.
      (4) Parliament shall by law provide for the implementation of the provisions of this Chapter].

      National Languages.
      19. The National Languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.

      Use of National Languages in Parliament and local authorities.
      20. A Member of Parliament or 5[a member of a Provincial Council or a local authority] shall be entitled to perform his duties and discharge his functions in Parliament 6[or in such Provincial Council or local authority] in either of the National Languages.

      THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
      CHAPTER IV – LANGUAGE

      Country Brute:

      This information is provided to inform others sadly not you as I see it you bent on denying equal rights to your fellow citizens without reading the actual constitution. You are not alone in this endevour, you have leaders and supporters who hold exactly the same bigoted views. Fortunately majority can see through your racist
      agenda/intentions.

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    Native Vedda:

    Before you proceed further in you tirade, PLEASE READ the Constitution’s Article 7, which states “the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule”. Please go to that Third Schedule, and you will see the actual musical notations and words.
    The English version is a perfect example of what was expected.

    I am no racist…I stand for justice.
    This is simply a legal requirement in the Constitution. What is to be decided on is whether the Constitution is there as the Rules by which this government is to operate, or whether he Rules could be bent whenever one felt like it.

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      CountryFirst

      The constitution also stipulates that

      “The National Languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.”

      Then of course, it’s only appropriate

      THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS SUNG IN NATIONAL LANGUAGES.

      The constitution should be read and understood in its entirity. You cannot pick and choose and then interpret in a way that suits your intention and does not serve justice nor respect the constitution.

      By the Schedule 3 also has notes in English.

      If you are intellectually honest you should accept you are a bigot.

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    Native Vedda:

    Before you proceed further in you tirade, PLEASE READ the Constitution’s Article 7, which states “the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule”. Please go to that Third Schedule, and you will see the actual musical notations and words.
    The English version is a perfect example of what was expected.

    I am no racist…I stand for justice.
    This is simply a legal requirement in the Constitution. What is to be decided on is whether the Constitution is there as the Rules by which this government is to operate, or whether the Rules could be bent whenever one felt like it.

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    (Editor/Moderator: This is being sent as some problem seemed to occur with the previous Post. Thanks!)
    ————–

    Native Vedda:

    Before you proceed further on your tirade please read the Third Schedule that is directed to be read via Article 7.

    The musical notations and words of Sri Lanka Maatha are given. The best example of what is expected, is the English version therein, where the English script is used but the words are the Sinhala words.

    I am no racist, but if the Constitution is to be respected, the Rules in the Constitution should NOT be bypassed for convenience.
    They are not expected to be bent whenever one feels like it.
    Let me state again that:
    If the consensus is that the National Anthem should be sung in different languages, then Parliament should go the Amendment/Referendum route as required by the Constitution for any change to an Entrenched Clause.

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      CountryFirst

      The constitution also stipulates that “The National Languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.”

      Then of course, it’s only appropriate

      THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS SUNG IN NATIONAL LANGUAGES.

      The constitution should be read and understood in its entirity. You cannot pick and choose and then interpret in a way that suits your intention and does not serve justice nor respect the constitution. By the Schedule 3 also has notes in English. If you are intellectually honest you should accept you are a bigot.

      Native Vedda
      February 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm

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    Ananda Samarakoon was so bitter at the bastardisation of the opening words to his beloved piece of music that he placed a curse on it before he committed suicide.

    The National Anthem does not need to have words. It would be perfectly acceptable to have it as an instrumental and save all the aggravation.

    Better to leave the singing in this paradise to us birds.

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      Spring Koha

      Did you read the news on National Anthem?

      When there is an opportunity, all these racists are wheeled out to turn it into a disaster.

      Here is what the racist has to say on the national anthem issue:

      Malwatte senior monk wades into anthem issue

      February 3, 2016, 10:17 pm

      By Cyril Wimalasurendre

      KANDY: Attempts to sing the National Anthem in Tamil is an unwelcome move and it could not be approved, observed the Most Venerable Anunayaka (Deputy Mahanayane) of Malwatte Chapter Dimbulkumbure Wimaladhamma Thera at Galketiya Purana Vihare of Embilmeegama, Peradeniya.

      The Most Venerable Anunayaka Thera said some politicians had consented to allow the National Anthem to be sung in Tamil. But, the move in the guise of maintaining communal harmony could not be approved in anyway.

      The prelate said Sri Lanka was the only country, where the Sinhala people accounted for 72% of the population.

      “The National Anthem of India despite there being different communities and language is sung in one language only. In our country we cannot imagine where things will end if the National Anthem is allowed to be sung in Tamil and any other language. Therefore, I object to any attempt to sing the National Anthem in Tamil,” the senior monk said.

      The prelate also said there was much talk about a ‘kathikawatha’ at present and various opinions had been expressed on the subject. But no one should be given the power to disrobe Monks or chase or chase them out of aramayas. “We are capable of sorting out issues as regards the ‘sasana’ and the ‘sangha’,” he said.

      He said that unruly and indisciplined elements had entered the Sangha Sasana at present.

      The occasion was the foundation stone laying for ‘Sanghawasa’ of Galketiya Purana Vihara.

      Sangha Nayaka of Denuwa Ven. Kiribathkumbure Seevali Maha Thera, Ven. Wiguhumpola Chandananda Thera, Ven. Ampitiya Chandajotha Thera and parliamentarian Mayantha Dissanayake were among those present on the occasion.

      island.lk

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        Many Thanks Native Vedda for bringing this informative article to my notice. I usually scan the Island first thing….and missed it!

        The protests have been overruled, and the singing of the anthem in Tamil this morning was ‘exceptional’ and excellent. Best rendition I have heard in a long time. I will be happy to listen to it every morning.

        Also, it was most heartening to see the assembled great and the good showing dutiful respect.

        Every Sri Lankan of goodwill will rejoice today.

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    OUR NATIONAL MINDED PEOPLE THINK OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ONLY ONCE A YEAR
    99% OF sI LANKANS DO NOT KNOW THE WORDS IN TH N/ANTHEM. THEY HARDLY RESPECT THE NATIONAL NTHEM WHEN SUNG AT SOME FUNCTIONS.THIS TALK OF SINHALA/TAMIL SINGING THE N/A, IS ALL BUNKUM. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO FEELING OR RESPECT TO THE N/A. SO DONT WASTE VALUABLE SPACE IN NEWS PAPERS ON THIS ISSUE, IT IS A CRIME. NMO NM MAATHA. MO NAMO THAIYE.

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    The Sri Lankan National anthem with the same tune and meaning already exists in both Sinhala and Tamil languages right from independence. The Tamils in the Tamil speaking areas were already singing it in Tamil during important national events. However, even in Tamil language the Tamils sing the Sri Lankan National anthem without a sense of feeling, in other words, they do not care a damn about the Sri Lankan national anthem.

    In such a situation, it is utter foolishness (or even a joke) if someone force the Tamils to sing it in an alien (Sinhala) language which the Tamils of N & E do not understand at all. On the other hand, it is not at all necessary to sing the Sri Lankan National anthem in Tamil language in the Sinhala speaking areas. If the celebration was held in Jaffna, then it is a different matter, in such case it should be sung in Tamil.

    Anyways, as per the LLRC report, the constitution should be amended to say, the national anthem should be sung in the national language. Obviously, both Sinhala and Tamil are national languages.

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    we should start from the beginning by bringing an Act which should hold very very important point call ” sri lankaka state building Act” mean we should not promote any cultural things such as language issue where that should not secured another state or province in another country and what ever language should secure by Sri Lanka where it only use and practice by significant amount of people in Sri Lanka then then only state should promote language which is originate from SL and Practice only in sri lanka.

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      Daminda

      Sorry I missed the point.

      Are you saying the state should enforce Sinhala only language policy through out the island?

      May I suggest the state should enforce a Esperando (race neutral) only Language policy if people could not agree on the issue.

      There are other choices of language, Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Grantha, Brahui, Munda, …………

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    The Tamil National Anthem goes like this ” Entru Thaniyum Intha Suthanthira Thagam”. The way the Mega Deceipt is unfolding we will be singing until we become extinct.

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    Independence day from Britishers i948 – Ceylon National Congress immaterial who was president of Congress who are the fellow members in CNC.

    But So called nearly thirty years War with LTTE or entire Tamil revolutionary rebels briefly idea Tamils no need separate nation nor no any other flag to be raised as National Flag within Sri Lanka.

    IF it’s so Tamil must be one of the language National Anthem to sing.

    or Eealaam Flag allow to raise and they may have own Anthem.

    People of Sri Lanka are too innocent if not they don’t listen national patriotic crooks who stolen billions and swear I am clean never corrupt or abuse the power while i was in power.

    When you go Abhayarama ask from them what’s Belimissa UK ? What happen to Maple Leaf Constructions assets? Where is LLB THarani Bhuvan?
    from Who is saying I don’t have liberty , my son jailed, ask from former Defense Secretary the typical rogue ?
    ask Namal who is Sivageetha ? video clips also awaiting to right time

    IF Tamils & Sinhalese unites as one nation definitely we can simply identify who? why ? since when conspiracies started our separations.

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