17 June, 2019

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The Politics Of Denigrating Sinhala-Buddhists

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Educating Serasinghe: the politics of denigrating Sinhala-Buddhists – Part III

The controversy with Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe began when she initially challenged the Sinhala-Buddhists to show what they had achieved which the others haven’t. In reply it was pointed out that the Sinhala-Buddhists had made three great contributions: 1. a new language; 2. a new culture and 3, a new civilization. Obviously, this revelation stunned her because she was educated just enough to know / believe that the Sinhalese were a bunch of gamaralas in loin cloth who had not achieved anything noteworthy in their history. Her ignorance of the monumental contributions of the Sinhala-Buddhists was exposed when she dismissed the Sinhala-Buddhists as having marched through 2500 years of history to produce only some “archaeological ruins and edifices”. According to her 2500 years of history has produced nothing else but bricks, sticks and a heap of rubble.

This obviously must be the basis of her challenge because if she knew about the historic achievements she would never have asked the Sinhala-Buddhists to show what they had achieved, would she? The intent of her question was to downgrade the Sinhala-Buddhists as worthless failures. Even in this respect she was not making an original statement. She was merely repeating what G. G. Ponnambalam, the arch communalist, and Prof. C. Suntheralingam, the Vellahala caste fanatic, used to say long before she slipped into her mother’s womb as a slimy bit of jelly.

The denigration of the Sinhala-Buddhists has been a calculated ploy by the Tamil leaders and their bandwagon to gain political mileage for their racist agenda. It was adopted and pursued relentlessly as a deliberate political tactic by the Tamil leaders (1) to divide the Sinhalese and the Tamil communities; (2) to maintain the myth that the Tamils were superior to all other communities; (3) to get a lion’s share of jobs, power and privileges in the public service and, most of all, (4) to grab Tamil votes in the Jaffna electorate by blaming the Sinhala-Buddhists for the politico-cultural failures of the Vellahla leadership – the only political force in Jaffna – to reform and redeem the oppressed dalits, exploited day and night as slaves under the Vellahla fascist caste system. Stuck in the feudal caste system they refused to change and take the peninsula progressively into the 20th century with the rest of the nation. They were bent on retaining Jaffna as a separate entity protected by the ubiquitous cadjan curtain.

The English-educated Saivite Vellahla leadership resisted any changes to prevailing socio-economic structures / institutions of Jaffna because changes were a serious threat to their caste dominance. Prof. Bryan Pfaffenberger argued that the Vellahla leadership hated S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike more for passing the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act aimed at dismantling the oppressive caste system in Jaffna than for the Sinhala Only Act. To cover up their sins/failures as leaders of Jaffna they projected the Sinhala-Buddhists as the bogey man creeping in to swallow Tamil babies. The most expedient means available to the Vellahlas was to divert attention away from their crimes against their own people by playing the racist card. Blaming the Sinhala-Buddhist made them look like the saviours of the Tamils. In reality, the Vellahla leadership played the racist card to the hilt in order to save their caste supremacy and never had any serious agenda for the liberation of the oppressed Tamils. In fact, in the thirties, Ponnambalam Ramanathan went specifically to London on the holy mission of saving the caste system. He presented his case to the Colonial Office urging the British not to meddle with the caste system but to retain it as part of Jaffna traditions. This was not surprising because he was a leading disciple of Arumuka Navalar – the ideological high priest who restructured and anointed the Vellahlas as the highest caste in the hierarchy of the ruthless and vicious caste system of Jaffna. In the absence of the Brahmins in Jaffna he filled the vacuum in the caste hierarchy with the Vellahlas. It was this caste/class that ruled Jaffna with an iron fist. And the Vellahlas were ready to fight tenaciously to save the privileges, perks, position and their power to rule as subalterns – a power that gave them a sense of superiority as the chosen ones born to rule.

In the dying days of the British Raj the Vellahlas felt the serious impact of modernity making inroads into their sacred casteist society protected by the ubiquitous cadjan curtains. They knew that the end of the British Raj meant the loss of political patronage they derived from being His Majesty’s obedient servants. The alternative available was to grab more power before the British left through the incremental constitutional changes. It was then that Ponnambalam launched his 50 – 50 campaign in the thirties when the sun was setting over the British empire. Demanding 50% for 12% of the Tamils was “outrageous”. Ponnambalam’s ruse was to claim that 50% was for all minorities to make it look mathematically reasonable. But even then the total of minorities did not add up to 25%. Nor did the Muslims and Indian Tamils agree to this 50 – 50 demand. This was a demand of the Jaffna Tamils, by the Jaffna Tamils, for the Jaffna Tamils. This extreme demand was to replace the loss of political patronage which gave them the upper hand in colonial times. A mere 12% Jaffna Tamils were in a commanding position both in the administration and the legislature. And getting 50% of the share of power was the only way to compensate for the loss of British patronage.

But the historical imbalances left behind by all colonial regimes were destined to change under the new dispensations. The sole aim of Tamil politics was to resist changes to their feudal/colonial privileges. As a minority they were well-off with the historical imbalances that disadvantaged the majority and the others, including the low-caste dalits of Jaffna. On the eve of independence the English-educated, Saivite Jaffna Vellahlas constituted the most powerful priviligentsia who held commanding positions in the public and private sectors. This caste/class, which depended on British patronage, feared the departure of the colonial masters. As the sun of the British empire began to set the Tamils of the north began react aggressively. They perceived the Sinhala-Buddhist majority as the biggest threat to their commanding status in which they enjoyed a disproportionate share of positions, power and privileges which left the others way behind.

The rising aspirations and the political thrust of the post-independent period was to adjust the historical imbalances left behind by the colonial masters. It was a phenomenon common to all ex-colonies coming up as new nations. It was inevitable that the pendulum would swing back to reclaim the lost historical role of the people who lost most under colonialism. When the inevitable changes came the privileged Tamils cried foul and accused the majority of committing acts of “discrimination”. Ponnambalam was the pioneering Tamil leader who raised the cry of discrimination. When he took his complaints of “discrimination” before the Donoughmore Commissioners he could not prove his case. In the main, this cry was for the Tamils not only retain but also, if possible, go for a bigger share of jobs in the government service – the only growth industry in colonial times where the plantation economy thrived without any industrial expansion. The English-educated Saivite Jaffna Vellahlas who held a disproportionate share of jobs in the public service were naturally inclined to accept this slogan of “discrimination” because their dominance of the public service was threatened by the new entrants who would be more representative of the demography.

It was in this phase, when the Jaffna Tamils felt that their privileged position was threatened, that Ponnambalam launched the campaign to demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists. It was a vicious and provocative Tamil campaign that poisoned the prevailing communal harmony. For instance, the first race riots took place in 1939 in Nawalapitiya and the neighbouring towns of Maskeliya and Passara because Ponnambalam deliberately roused racist passions by attacking the Mahavamsa and ran down the Sinhalese as pariahs and hybrids, etc. Prof. Suntheralingam’s recurring theme in Parliament and in public was to condemn the Sinhalese repeating: “Sinhalaya modaya / Kavun kanda yodaya”.

So when Ms. Serasinghe and her mob attack the Sinhala-Buddhist culture in the same vein she is going down the same vicious path of demonising the Sinhala-Buddhists – a process that exacerbated the inter-ethnic relations in the post-independent period. Besides, parroting slavishly the racist politics of Ponnambalam and Suntheraligam has only led to hate politics and not to peaceful coexistence. The denigration of the Sinhala-Buddhists did irreparable damage to communal harmony, misleading the Tamils to believe that their problems were caused exclusively by the Sinhala-Buddhists, who were projected as their bitter enemies. It was also a calculated ploy of the Tamil leadership to divert attention from the Vellahla fascism of peninsular politics that systematically and ruthlessly oppressed dalits of Jaffna during the feudal and colonial times. Raising the Sinhala-Buddhists as the bogeyman helped the Tamil leadership to shift the blame to the demonised “other”. It divided the two communities into two hostile camps which prepared the ground for race riots to explode at the first drop of a kotta kelangu. Demonising takes away any inhibitions about attacking the “other”. After decades of demonising the Sinhala-Buddhists the Tamil leadership encountered no objections in declaring war against them in Vadukoddai Resolution. Eliminating the “enemy” through a military solution was quite reasonable in the eyes of the Tamils who believed in the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist propaganda manufactured by the Tamil leadership.

However, with all the bitter memories of the post-Vadukoddai violence that brought only misery to the Tamils in particular, the urgent need is for a fresh start to shed the fear-mongering politics of Ponnambalams and Suntheralingams. The Tamils have everything to gain – and they have gained in the past – when they worked together with the other communities. The first task for reconciliation is to debunk the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist myths. Prof. Rajan Hoole, Dr. Narendra Rajasingham and Dr. Noel Nadesan, author of the beautiful novelettte, Butterfly Lake, are a few of the rare individuals who have shown a willingness to challenge some of the Tamil myths and the fascist racism that ran all the way to Nandikadal. There is at this stage a need to go further and demolish the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist myths for both communities to come together in a spirit of genuine reconciliation because perpetuating the Ponnambalam-Suntheralingam racism, honed by Chelvanayakam and his Vadukoddai Resolution, is no longer the way forward for co-existence.

When the Tamil leaders at the highest level – unlike the lower-level ethnic leadership of the Sinhalese – ran amok raising racist slogans to downgrade Sinhalese as inferior beings, the moral humbugs, particularly those with painted faces in the South, agreed heartily. Tamil racist attacks were never condemned as vile venom spewed by racists, extremists, chauvinists etc., even though they poisoned the nation with bigoted politics of hate. Of course, every community has its share of virulent communalism. But the other communities did not take it to the extremes of the Tamil communalists. The Tamils were the first to establish a communal party – the Tamil Mahajana Sabahi in 1921. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike established the Sinhala Maha Jana Sabhai in 1936, as a counter to Ponnambalam’s “outrageous” racism.Second, in every move to change the Legislative Council under British rule the Tamils insisted on communal representation. Fortunately, the British constitutional reformers and other national leaders were opposed to it. Third, of all the communities, the Tamils were the only community to declare their racist war and commit the crime against peace with the passing of the Vadukoddai Resolution. Post-independent history has been one continuous saga of combating virulent Tamil racism, growing incrementally on S. J. V. Chelvanayakam’s dictum : “little now and more later.” Stunned mullets with glazed eyes are not educated enough to grasp or see these realities.

Once again Ms. Serasinghe has come out like a blind bat out of hell screaming at the Sinhala-Buddhists in her latest outburst. In it she shows signs of being a totally disoriented Bunkum Bimbo who can’t sustain her arguments. In her very first outburst she questioned the achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhists in the past. In my reply I pointed out that the Sinhala-Buddhists contributed (1) a new language, (2) a new culture and (3) a new civilisation. Unable to meet the incontrovertible evidence that speaks eloquently for the great achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhists she tries a fast one in her latest outburst : she attempts to dismiss those achievements as “archaeological ruins and edifices”.

Obviously, she is flummoxed. Having asked the question she does not know how to deal with the answer that has floored her. So she skips the past and jumps to the present. She says: “To excite these gullible, fantastic tales contained in the Mahavamsa, and the superiority of a 2500 year-old culture, the remnants of which today, stand as archaeological ruins and edifices, (much like the morals of the heirs to this ‘culture’), are upheld as the iconic achievements of the ultimate human race- the Sinhala-Buddhists. How this supreme race has failed in recent times, to live up to this lofty ‘culture’ is never spoken of.” The structure of this garbled sentence alone is sufficient to convey to the reader the confused state of mind of a nit-wit thrown off balance by an incontrovertible answer. And then she adds: “Whenever a Sinhalese with an inferiority complex coupled with a racist mindset finds himself stumped, this much hackneyed theme of a 2500-year old culture, and what our great kings of yore achieved, are brought to play. But, no reference is made to what the Sinhalese have achieved and contributed, to perpetuate this grandiose culture since independence.” To sum up, what she says is that the Sinhala-Buddhists have only some “archaeological ruins and edifices” and no culture.

Whom is she trying to kid? First she asks the Sinhala-Buddhists to show what they have achieved in the past and when that is shown she turns back and says that they are mere “archaeological ruins and edifices.” Then she blames the Sinhalese for not making reference to what the Sinhalese have achieved since independence. But this issue was never raised by her initially. It is when she was whacked for a six by the achievements of the past that she switched over to question the achievements of the post-independent phase. Had she asked the question earlier the answer would have been given. But first let me deal with Ms. Serasinghe’s idea of “culture”

The best she can come up with is to ask : “..(D)oes ‘culture’ mean mere, archaeological ruins and edifices only?” Now this kind of question can come only from a dumbo or a bimbo. Or both. Once again she confirms that she is capable of only asking asking stupid questions. For instance, does she think that a “new language” means “archaeological ruins and edifices”? Does the Chinese culture mean the bricks that went to build the Great Wall of China? Does the Christian culture mean Pope Alexander VI who organised bacchanalian orgies ending in incestuous relationship with his daughter, Lucrecia Borgia, or producing illegitimate children with his mistresses? And again, do we judge Christian civilisation by the acts of the President of America who says “God Bless America” after he had bombed the hell out of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or better still, is the Christian culture contained concisely in the words of President Obama’s pastor, Rev. Wright, who told his congregation in Chicago : “God damn America!”? If she has the slightest inkling of what culture and civilisation means she would not ask her stupid questions. I must also confess that it is bloody irritating to engage with dumb Bimbos because I have to start educating them from A, B,C….

For instance, it takes time to educate Ms. Serasinghe that archaeological ruins, edifices and other achievements of the past enhance the value of the majestic heritage of the past of any nation. All nations take great pride in the achievements of their ancestors. Enlightened scholars spend a life time studying these edifices and ruins which are some of the greatest treasures left behind by our ancestors for posterity. It is the ruins of the glorious past that inspire the present and the living in any culture. The living take off from the place left off by their ancestors, paying homage to the enlightened creators of their culture and civilisation. It is because the glorious ruins are inspirational guiding forces with the power to bond people that the Tamil leaders and their mouthpieces like Ms. Serasinghe continue to attack the Mahavamsa and the heritage of our kings. The Sinhala-Buddhists like any other nation with a heritage have a right to claim their past. Though it is irritating I am prepared to spend some time teaching Ms. Serasinghe the values of the past which have continued to guide the present to achieve remarkable “miracles” of the post-independent period. Just keep on reading Missie, and you will find yourself coming out at the end of it as a better educated woman than when you started asking stupid questions.

Lesson 1. The “Sinhala Governments”, as branded by the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist lobby, faced uprisings of Sinhala fascists in the JVP and the Tamil fascists of the north and crushed them both. These are great victories of the post-independent period because it preserved the democratic foundations laid by the Sinhala-Buddhist founding-fathers at Independence. These victories have protected and preserved the fundamental freedoms of all communities. Stabilising society and eliminating brutal violence were two moral and positive steps achieved to restore normalcy, peace and, to some measure, serene joy and emotional piety.

Lesson 2. The “Sinhala Governments” crushed the Right-wing coup of the Westernised, anti-Sinhala-Buddhist officers and once again snuffed out a dictatorship of military officers, reinforcing democracy and safeguarding the rights of all individuals. This too was a moral and positive step taken to promote serene joy and emotional piety. Mark you, in the current global agenda stabilising societies, overthrowing Pol Pots, and restoring and democracy are listed as the highest achievements. Restoring and reinforcing democracy throughout the nation by eliminating the Tamil Pol Pot have been hailed as great achievements by the world plagued by terrorism of the fascist dictators.

Lesson 3: The vilified “Sinhala Governments” fought all violent uprisings and coups within the democratic framework without resorting to the excessive powers to suppress the fundamental rights of the people. Other developing countries faced with similar threats crumbled like a pack of cards and were taken over by authoritarian rulers.

Lesson 4: The “Sinhala Governments” have maintained a welfare state under the most trying circumstances arising out of wars, coups, labour and student unrest, tsunamis, floods, droughts etc. Mark you, these were achieved despite the fact that all post-independent governments were hampered by limited resources and with an income below the poverty line until recently.

Lesson 5 : The “Sinhala Governments” changed hands non-violently, introducing radical changes to bring the nation in line with the needs of the 21st century, even though with tardiness and infirmities that need refinements.

Lesson 6: The “Sinhala Governments” defeated the deadliest terrorist of the world who boasted that they were the invincible force that defeated the Fourth largest of the Army of the world, India.

Lesson 7: The “Sinhala Governments” liberated roughly 300,000 Tamils who were held hostage as a human shield by the fascist Pol Pot of Asia, Velupillai Prabhakaran. Which Tamil leader dared to save the Tamils from their Tamil despot?

Lesson 8: After defeating the fascist Pol Pot of Vanni the “Sinhala Governments” democratised the entire nation – the highest ideal of the greatest power on earth, America, though they have failed in Iraq after ten years and wasting over $60 billion.

Lesson 9 : The “ Sinhala Governments” gave Tamils their first elected regional body to govern their region with their chosen representatives. This is the first time in the history of the Tamils that they were given the opportunity to elect their own rulers by exercising their own free will. Which other Tamil ruler, who had ruthlessly oppressed and suppressed the Tamils through feudal and colonial times, ever gave them that right? Which other Tamil ruler gave them the respect and the dignity to stand up as liberated individuals in the eyes of the free world? Which other Tamil leader / ruler liberated the Tamils from the tyranny of Asia’s most cruel Pol Pot? Did not 27,000 Sinhalese soldiers sacrifice their lives to liberate the Tamils and give them their due dignity to live as free men and women?

Lesson 10. For the first time in the history of the Tamils the Tamil language was written into the statue books as the official language of the state when the “Sinhala Government” of S. W. R.D. Bandaranaike passed the Special Language Provisions Act.

Lesson 11: The biggest boast of John Kerry and Samantha Power in international fora is the great triumph of democracy in Sri Lanka and our local Missie wants to know what we have achieved in the post –independent era.

Lesson 12 : The “Sinhala Governments” set a record, recognised even by the UN, for delivering food, medicine and other existential essential to a rebel-held territory.

Lesson 13 : The IDP camps (example Manik Farm) set up by the “Sinhala governments” had two hospitals – one by the Indians and the other by Sri Lankan doctors. It had schools, shops, clean water from the Malvatu Oya, training centres, special teachers flown from Colombo schools for Tamil students sitting for A Level exams. Of the 26 million IDPs scattered in various parts of the globe these camps were the best. The facilities made available to the IDPs were not provided by the Tamil state of Eelam which held them as hostages.

And last but not the least (14) wasn’t it “the saffron robed brigade” led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha, that “saved democracy” on January 8th, 2015, according to NGOs, and Ms. Serasinghe? Wasn’t he vilified and even demonised on the cover page of a book of a Tamil propagandist, going by the name of S. J. Tambiah? Wasn’t he condemned like the way the other political active monks are condemned today? Didn’t the demonised Sinhala-Buddhism all of a sudden became a lauded moral force the moment “the saffron robed brigade” aligned itself with the American embassy? Didn’t the West, NGOs, pseudo-intellectuals, hired academics, et al, enthusiastically hailed the role of the “saffron robed brigade” which they said “saved the nation” from Ms. Serasinghe’s “dictator”? If, for instance, the BBS join Ms. Serasinghe’s mob today won’t they be elevated to sainthood tomorrow?

In a last minute desperate move didn’t all those who vilify Sinhala-Buddhism rally round the Sinhala-Buddhist icon of Ven. Sobitha because the Westernised elite like Ranil Wickremesinghe and his side-kick, Chandrika Kumaranatunga were not acceptable to the people? Was it possible for Ms. Serasinghe’s “aapa government” to come into power without the active politics of “saffron robed” Sobitha? Where would the “aapa government” be today if, as demanded by Ms. Serasinghe, Ven. Sobitha walked into the forest and meditated instead of supporting the change of government, eh Missie? Wasn’t it the kind of active Buddhism that she vilifies that “saved the nation”, eh Missie? This makes me wonder whether our Sera Missie can hold two thoughts together in her pin-head and think straight on any given issue! Is the “saffron brigade” great to Ms. Serasinghe only when it marches with America and not with Norway? Her cheap chicanery indicates that she may be able to argue more coherently if she keeps her knickers between her legs instead of twisting it round her head! Though she is tearing her hair moaning about the low levels to which the moral have sunk has she bothered to consider her own morals? (See PS below)

The list of Sinhala-Buddhist achievements in the post-independent period can be detailed further. But I will stop at this to emphasize that the democratic institutions and traditions succeeded, against all odds outlined above, because the Buddhist culture has been a dynamic, protective and positive force. Prof. A. J. Wilson in his early work argued that democracy put it roots down in Sri Lanka soil because it was fertilized by the Buddhist culture. One can be always certain that the democratic traditions and institutions reinforced by Buddhism will live long after the paint on Ms. Serasinghe face has vanished.

Like the way she challenged the Sinhala-Buddhists to show their greatness, either before or after independence, I too wish to challenge her to show the achievements of the others, particularly those who denigrate the Sinhala-Buddhists. How have the others shown their greatness in pursuing universal principles, surpassing narrow communalism, to co-exist peacefully? If the ultimate aim is to create a diverse universe for multi-cultural entities to co-exist peacefully can it be achieved with only Sinhala-Buddhists clapping with one hand while the “others” are doing their damnedest to chop off even that hand? Using her own criteria, can she tell us what the “others” have achieved to beat the achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhists, either before or after independence? After all, the Tamils also ran a state with their police, courts and the other paraphernalia of a state, and with foreign diplomats parading in Vanni. Besides, she too should be able to tell us because she too had to deal with her ideal state when she was at the Peace Secretariat, no Missie?

In the meantime, Aney, Missie, can you tell us how this non-Sinhala-Buddhist state, like the non-Buddhist school you praised after leaving Vishaka, performed to raise human values, dignity and freedom to your ideal levels? Or is it that only the Sinhala-Buddhists who had preserved democratic traditions for the well-being of all (as stated above) should be held accountable while the others are allowed to run amok violating and destroying all known principles and norms for decent and peaceful co-existence, eh Missie?

PS: Taking the high moral ground she asks: “What are those today, crowing about this glorious and ancient culture trying to prove, when the very heirs to this ‘culture’ stand, as beacons of miserable failure, in upholding the morals and ideals of such?

In these censorious statements she poses as the defender of pure morals and pure Buddhism. But shouldn’t she at least occasionally pause to examine her own moral culture? Isn’t she like the mother who abandons her only child and then starts preaching about the glories of motherhood? To what kind of a culture does she belong if as a mother she abandons her only child? The way she attacks Buddhism is like a mother attacking her child – the most loved thing in the world. But then her Buddhism is tainted with hate – hate as bitter as that of a mother who would not even grace her son’s wedding. If this doesn’t prick her conscience this should at least ring a bell, no Missie?

*To be continued..

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    Plato

    “He had Oscar Wilde tendencies and as such the females were safe!

    Sadly Osacar had to endure 2 years of hard labour.

    Since you are aging you should spend some time penning “what really happened in those good old days” – memories of a …..

    I have also asked Spring Hoha the same.

    Now myth has become truth and truth is rubbished.

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    “The English-educated Saivite Vellahla leadership resisted any changes to prevailing socio-economic structures / institutions of Jaffna because changes were a serious threat to their caste dominance. Prof. Bryan Pfaffenberger argued that the Vellahla leadership hated S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike more for passing the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act aimed at dismantling the oppressive caste system in Jaffna than for the Sinhala Only Act. “

    Soloman West Ridgway Dias the Hybrid Patriot wanted Federal System in 1930 to keep away the costal area cinnamon peeled Tamil-Sinhala Buddhist away from mixing with the Kerala Mercenaries converted into Kandian Sinhala Buddhist. These all took place long before Hybrid Patriot Mahindapala slipped into his mother’s womb as a slimy bit of jelly. That is why he did not come know why Solomon wanted Federal System. Then the King mixed into the Attanagala Royal Family of Sirimavo, he became a Russian Communist.

    Comedy Thamai!

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      Autonomous lunatic Mallaiyuran is Comedy Thamai!

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    I say Pala, have you gone into bat without your box?

    This promises to be such a painfully long drawn century!

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    Is this some sort of loony joke that the Sinhalese so wonderful to the island’s Tamils? This is like the Nazis stating how wonderful they were to the Jews, Gypsies and the enslaved population of Europe especially to the Slavs who also they considered sub human to be ultimately enslaved and destroyed. Just like the Nazis, who believed in the fake Aryan superiority myth,the present day Sinhalese masses largely made up of, low caste recent and medieval Tamil immigrants from India ruled by an elite that is again is largely made up of upper caste Tamil and in some cases Telugu/Kalinga immigrants from South India, have been brainwashed to believe that they are pure Aryans( sic most probably they do not have any mirrors)and that Aryan Lord Buddha( despite the fact he was born in modern day Nepal and not North India) gave the island for the preservation of the Aryan(sic) Sinhalese Buddhists.
    Just like the Nazis they are prepared to kill rape loot murder ethnically cleanse commit genocide and war crimes on anyone who does is not a so called Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist. Especially the island’s hapless Tamils. To this effect within the last 68 years since independence they have reduced the island’s Tamil population from around 28% at the time of independence to around 17%. This by making over a million Indian origin estate Tamils who had lived in the island for around 150 years before independence and had earned and are still earning most of the island’s foreign exchange stateless and most of them forcibly deported to India.
    Funny part is they were deported, stating that they were foreigners and do not belong despite living in the island for eight generations and not knowing any other land,but they completely ignored the fact that around 50% of the present day Sinhalese are also descended from the very same Indian Tamil castes and communities that they called foreign and were deporting,and were imported by the Portuguese and Dutch into the island, instead of the British just a century or two ago. However this lot was considered pure indigenous sons of the soil (many now beating the so called Aryan Sinhalese,anti Tamil drum)as their descendant now spoke Sinhalese and followed Buddhism or Catholicism in the cases of some.
    The plight of the indigenous Eelam Tamils was also no better. From the time of independence all Sinhalese governments( including the current one that is only just mouthing about reconciliation) have systematically denied them education employment language rights and have stolen very large chunks of their ancient lands in the north east and north west of the island. The north western coast is gone with only a few ancient Tamil Hindu and Catholic villages in Chilaw and Puttalam districts like Udappu Mundel ETC are struggling to survive and maintain their Tamil identity in a sea of now recently Sinhalised Buddhist and Catholic villages. In the east the Tamils are on the verge of loosing their land to the Muslims and the Sinhalese, due to large scale killing, state sponsored colonisation schemes on ethnically cleansed Tamils. Tamils were in an outright majority in the east and a majority in all the districts until 1948. Around 300000 Eelam Tamil civilians have been deliberately killed at the hands of racist Sri Lankan Sinhalese armed forces/police and Sinhalese and Muslim mobs. In the last 30 years 1.2 million indigenous Eelam Tamil civilians ethnically cleansed and chased out of their lands many of them forced to flee the island largely to the west and then India. The plight of the remaining 2.27 million indigenous Eelam Tamils is also precarious, with many of them still not allowed to work/trade return to their lands homes by a still occupying racist Sinhalese Army, that is now being used to Sinhalise the Tamil North East. Hindu temple and Christian churches lie in ruin and now allowed to be reconstructed, whilst Buddhists stupas are cropping up everywhere in places where there are no Buddhists. Any vestige of the ancient Tamil Hindu/Buddhist Eelam Tamil heritage is systematically being erased in the north and east by the armed forces and racist Sinhalese officials and Buddhist priests and a new made up Sinhalese Buddhist history is being made up and Sinhalese place names replacing ancient Tamil place names. This is now they reduced the Tamil population within 30 years to almost half and systematically destroyed the Tamil language and culture during the same period. If this is not structural genocide and a war crime then what is. Even the 300000 refugees who were in the Nazi internment camps who were being systematically being rated tortured and starved would have been killed, as was planned by the powers to be if not for the UN and western intervention and now this man is trying to post as to how wonderful the Sinhalese to the Tamils were. May wonderful to his racist mind as he feels this is how Tamils should be treated. This is what many whites stated during the Apartheid era in south Africa. No problems we treat the Blacks an other non whites very well just the way they deserve to be treated. This man’s posts and the comments supporting him are very similar to these comments by the white racists, for in their minds this is what the Tamils in the island deserve so why are they complaining?
    As for the 2500 years Sinhalese history is he joking? There was no definite existence of the Sinhalese language or Sinhalese people until the 9TH/10TH century AD, so how can there by a Sinhalese history dating prior to that when there was no Sinhalese language or people? This ancient common history of the entire island and its people both Hindu and Buddhist is now being portrayed by the powers to be as only the history of the Sinhalese people. Many of these kings and dynasties were indigenous Hindu/Buddhist Naga Tamil or South Indian and many of the ancient ruins and monuments both Hindu and Buddhist especially in Polonarruwa were built by the Tamil Cholas from India and now falsely being touted to the world w as proof of ancient Sinhalese greatness and ancient Sinhalese Buddhist ruins. All their so called great kings like Parakramma Duttgemunnu were of Tamil origin. Parakramma was of Tamil Pandian heritage and Dutgemmunu was Buddhist Naga. His father’s actual name was Kakkai Vanna Theesan which is a pure Tamil name meaing the black king or the king the colour of the crow. So a Tamil king has a Sinhalese son 2300 years ago when no Sinhalese language or people existed? What nonsense is this. This was a war between the converts to Buddhism and the ruling Hindu Tamil establishment. That the descendants of these converted Tamil Buddhists later may have evolved into the Sinhalese many centuries later is another issue or story but they were not Sinhalese at that time. They were still Tamil but Buddhist. Similarly the so called statue of king Prakramabahu is not his statue. No one builds a statue of themselves when they are living, it is only done when someone is dead. It is the statue of the great Tamil saint Agathiar the so called father of the Tamil language. Go to any part in South India and look at the statue of Saint Agathiar it is exactly like the called statue of King Prakramabahu. Prakramabahu may have ruled a Buddhist kingdom, however he was a Hindu Tamil by heritage and also respected and built many Hindu places of worship. This is why he honoured and built a statue for the father of the Tamil language, saint Agathiar as he was a Tamil himself and wanted to honour and celebrate his Pandian Tamil heritage.

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      Paul,

      You must be a shameless person to copy and paste the same thing over and over in every thread. Not a single person in this forum is interested in reading a large chunk of crap that you have dumped here. You are simply wasting the cyber space by repeating the same old and obsolete junk over and over. Besides, wikipedia is not a good source of information.

      Write something that people can read, learn from others here, look how simple and sweet their arguments are, hardly anybody copy and paste huge chunks of rubbish here. At least have you ever read what you have pasted here?

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        Only thing shameless and lying here is you. I know the truth hurts and personally abusing me or threatening me will not work,

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    Native.

    Your line….
    Sadly Oscar had to endure 2 years of hard labour.

    In the UK,Homosexuality has been legalised for quite awhile.There is no discrimination on this even for jobs.
    But what was sad is that such a great guy like Oscar Wilde-The importance of being Earnest,The Picture of Dorian Gray etc etc had to go to jail on this score,and suffer the indignity.
    Interestingly,it was his class-mate and fellow Irishman Sir Edward Carson K.Cs cross-examination that sealed Oscars fate.
    Pl.read the Trial of Oscar WILDE by Sir Charles Jeffreys.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala

    Your anti-Tamil pundithakama has limitless harping.[Edited out]

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    Though Mahindapala appears to be fairish, most of our people are already dark.
    No need for anyone therefore to blacken – denigrate – them. And politically incorrect word “denigrate”. Not approved anymore except in the South.

    Funny man though – why would anyone seriously want to be proud about what others have done especially when those others have also been vigorously doing things that you have to try hard to hide, distort, deny or forget lest those too are attached to you?

    If you have done anything useful other than bashing the T people – the rumour is that you sleep with one of them at least most of the time, not that it matters as long as you are not a sadist – you should be proud of those things.

    But pride is a sin, really. Does no one any good.

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    Modapala,

    Awesome, your stunned contributions,
    1. a new language; 2. a new culture and 3, a new civilization.

    What is that new lanaguage? A mix of already established pali plus prakrit?

    new culture: Killing and raping dragged to UN?

    new civilization: you mean blood thirsty lion- le civilization? Dont you know that it was a borrowed civilization from India?

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    The Myth of an ancient Sinhala Civilization- The building of a few tanks and canals to take water to the fields, and a few Dagabas does not make a civilization. These were BASIC ESSENTIALS of the economic & religious life of any settled community.

    These people boast about a written Sinhala history that was neither written in Sinhala or says anything about Sinhala, they boast about an ancient Sinhala history and civilization which is not mentioned anywhere in the ancient artifacts or publications or inscriptions as Sinhala, they boast about Sinhala Kingdoms which nobody, even Ven. Mahanama the author of Mahavamsa has never mentioned. They boast about a Sinhala Nation which never existed, they talk about a Sinhala race/ethnic group which came into existence ONLY after the 13th Century AD and they boast about a Sinhala country which neither existed then nor exist now. Just because their leaders, the Sinhala Kalu Suddhas (Senanayakes, Jayawardanes, Bandaranakakes, Wijayawardenas, Kothalawelas and many others) licked the bottoms of the British Suddhas, they gave the whole of Sri Lanka including the Tamil homeland to the majority on a platter.

    What has Buddhism got to do with Sinhala? There are Buddhist ruins in many parts of North and South India and in Afghan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, Madras (Mylapore) and so on, are they all Sinhala? The ancient Buddhist structures in the North, North Central and some parts of east belong to the Tamils who were also Buddhists.

    The terms Sinhala and Buddhism were interlinked or made into one unit as Sinhala-Buddhism only recently, very much after the 13th century AD. Today, the Maha Sangha and the Sinhala-Buddhist monks are NOT the disciples of Buddha, they are the disciples of Anagarika Dharmapala who believes in the Mahavamsa as an Orthodox Theravada Buddhist doctrine of the Sinhala Buddhists.

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      “The building of a few tanks and canals to take water to the fields”

      THE UNTOLD STORY OF ANCIENT TAMILS IN SRI LANKA By Prof Manogaran –
      This ancient tradition of cultivating rice and other crops with the aid of irrigation was inevitably transferred to the island by Tamil immigrants.

      Tamil Immigration and the Transfer of Agricultural Technology from South India. South Indians who immigrated to the island, since the Proto-historic from the generation of Tamils, who had perfected the art of cultivating rice in river basin of the Cavery, Palar, and Vaigai, and in other areas of the coastal plain. They impounded rain water in natural depressions by erecting low earth embankments; the dry lands were devoted to the cultivation of dry grains. This practice of impounding rainwater in tanks to irrigate crops. This practice rice, was prevalent in South India in early historic times, as indicated in the Tholkappiam.Using the information contained in the Tholkappiam,Srinivasa Aiyangar states

      “The easy slope of the land in the margins of rivers thought the vellalar, the rulers of the flood, and the method of conveying water to their fields. Beyond the trough of the river an lived in Karaler, the rulers of the cloud, those who stored water in the tanks in the tanks and conveyed it to the fields through irrigation channel or lift water from wells and springs by water lifts and irrigated the fields they cultivated. Thus were the arts of agriculture develop to such perfection in the early days that modern science can add but little to the wisdom of the South Indian farmer. “

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      Suresh , “the Sinhala Kalu Suddhas licked the bottoms of the British Suddhas” Its Still happening in Mirissa.
      But to be fair the tamils are pretty good lickers too in fact i would give them equal status.

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    Holy Smoke!… Not Again… Aiyoooo Uncle Pala [Edited out]

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    [Edited out]

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    Where did Mahindapala get the crazy idea that Sharmini Serasinghe went to Visakha? She never did. I am sure all his claims are equally fantasies of what he dreams up?

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      This man never lets the facts interfere in his stories.

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    Without making personal attacks and innuendos which is sadly not in good taste and truly appalling, writers such as Mr. Mahindapala should instead keep to the point for and against the statements made by Ms. Serasinghe so that it appeals to the readership as well as it is worthwhile reading. In any case, he should get his facts right. Ms. Serasinghe never went to Visakha Vidyakaya.

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      What a relief to know SS did not attend Visakha. !

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    [Edited out] We have sent you an email to verify your email, please reply – CT

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    [Edited out]

    @Pease Dove aka Sharmini aka …???? – as we had informed you ( and Lal Wickeramtunge and Ajita Kadirgamar for their information ) our internal audit shows that 70% of the comments under your articles are from YOU. You are commenting under your own articles using various other names, such as Animal Rights Activist, Donald Duck, Psychologist, Animal Lover, Ophelia ,Prof A. Senanayake, Peace Dove, Injum Chola, Kattakarawala, Pediris Appuhamy, Prof A. Senanayake, Kalaveddha, Mahadamuththa ( Jr) , Girigoris, Pattapal, Sinhala Modaya, Dodo, Ninja, among others.

    Even after we informed you, we have also learnt that you are using proxies to comment under your own articles, that is why there are so many comments glorifying you, while attacking your critics.

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    [Edited out] We have sent you an email to verify your email, please reply – CT

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    What a boring rant! That was 4 minutes of my life wasted.

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    Granberg,He has no need for a box since there is nothing to protect down there.Not even one jewel.

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    [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Mr Pala!

    I am ashamed to say that your articles are the most boring I have ever read! [Edited out]

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    For heaven’s sake, old man, isn’t it time you gave up this fruitless exercise? Judging from all the comments, no one is interested in your exhausting diatribe, and further, your utterly disgraceful personal comments on Ms Serasinghe’s make-up etc are just not acceptable. Disgusting, in fact. What are you trying to prove here? That you belong to some superhuman race?? If we are talking about appearance, yours certainly does not appear to be very ” Sinhala” ! But then, I don’t want to go there! You’ve said enough. Now pack up your grouses and hatred and bigotry and get lost. No one is interested in your garbage.

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    I have been greatly educated on the history and origins of the Sinhala race from all the extremely interesting and educational comments on this thread than from the pile of excreta that Mahindapala writes!
    I always wondered about the ” lion” legend, when there have not been lions in this part of the world at any known time! The ” Chingkalam” explanation given above by Paul is so far the most plausible one.

    Pala….can’t you take a hint? [Edited out]

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    In the good tradition of CT, Mr. Mahindapala has appropriately made use of Ms. Serasinghe’s article as a platform to express his views, and in the same tradition may I use this forum to express mine (whether in relation to or not to Mr Mahindapala’s article is a mute point since this is CT! Hooray!!)
    I first suggest that Ms. Serasinghe cull the -singhe tag from her name, and that would be walking the talk on her part!
    Second, may I educate Ms. Serazero and the good participants of this forum, stating that:
    Developing and keeping an identity called Sinhala founded on the basis of a Thravada Buddhist tradition for over two thousand years at a stones throw (well.. a pretty good throw) from an oppressively cast-concious, economically exploitative, fatally unhygienic, seething populous of India, is an achievement larger than the population of India! It was, it is and it will continue to be!

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      Mr. Mahindapala. You should know by now that the likes of. Madame. SShails from the. Kolombian tribe that denigrates the. Sinhala. Buddists with their concocted fairy tales. her background has a further advantage if she hails from the Peradeniya English honours brigade.

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    “A new Language, A new culture and a new civilization.”

    This is aggrandized grandiosity generated by an aggressive and combative personality.

    What I see is:

    1. A language that is confined to a few hundred thousand people on the island the historical and literary heritage of which little is known.

    2. A culture that consists of a belligerent rejection of the values norms, conventions, laws and legal systems of the global civilization of the human species – on the grounds that they are “White Mans Laws and Civilization” – while insisting on access to its technologies, products and the lifestyles that it offers.

    3. A civilization that is a shallow pretense at a commitment to global conventions and principles of civilizational that govern the technology driven global civilization while abusing the power of the state to facilitate intimidation, terrorization, systematic extortion, land grabbing, robbery, torture, rape and murder.

    Anyone who wishes to take pride in such conduct is welcome to do so and I hope that such people reap the rewards due to their devotion. As for myself I want to see the population of this island learn how to conduct themselves in keeping with global norms of civilized conduct and in keeping with the rule of law.

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    “The rising aspirations and the political thrust of the post-independent period was to adjust the historical imbalances left behind by the colonial masters. It was a phenomenon common to all ex-colonies coming up as new nations. It was inevitable that the pendulum would swing back to reclaim the lost historical role of the people who lost most under colonialism. When the inevitable changes came the privileged Tamils cried foul and accused the majority of committing acts of “discrimination”.”
    “The English-educated Saivite Jaffna Vellahlas who held a disproportionate share of jobs in the public service were naturally inclined to accept this slogan of “discrimination” because their dominance of the public service was threatened by the new entrants who would be more representative of the demography.”

    the truth might be very unpalatable to some ,what is stated by Mr Mahindapala ii respect of privileged position occupied by tamils during British period is a truth.
    British where ever they invaded and colonised. used the divide and rule so that it was easy for them to rule.They gave more privileges to Tamil and largely neglected sinhalese so that sinhalese and tamils would have problems and misunderstandings among themselves and fight with each other ,so Brits could rule us with ease.this was the mean strategy adopted by British.

    Hence, when the situation was corrected to give fair share to sinhalese ,it was shown by Tamil politians as discrimination by sinhala government towards tamils .
    I like to give a simple example i personally saw when I entered the faculty of engineering ,peradeniya in early ninteen seventees. In 1970 batch out of 150 students nearly 100 were tamils and 95% of them were from Jaffna, only few from East province. and most serious thing was where there were less than 50 sinhalese out of nearly 75% of sri lankan polulation. On the other hand less than 10% of population which consisted of tamils had got more than 66% of the places at engineering faculty. this situation was not only confined to enginneing but medicine and other science faculties.
    In fact 1971 JVP insurrection was largely due to disadvantaged position occupied by sinhalese under so called sinhala govt.
    After 1971 insurrection govt appointed commission with a view to find causes for the problem and give recommendations.One recommendation was to remove the practical components of Physics,chemistry,botany and Zoology.As it was found vast majority of university staff (mostly consisted of tamil) had manipulated the system so that students from Jaffna had got some undue advantage over others.secondly.except from Jaffna and colombo district from other districts very few or hardly any body entered medical or enginnering faculty.
    In fact still i can remember there was only nobody from ,, ,Hambantota, monaragala, Nuwaraeliya, mannar,Badulla district.

    so to correct this unfair situation gove scraped practicals fro advanced level exams and introduced District basis to correct the anomaly. the first batch that entered E’Fac after district basis in 1973 still had 31 Tamils out of 150 students. that is nearly 20% of places for 10% of the population.
    this was interpreted as discrimination against tamils although it was an d rectification of disadvantaged position sinhalese were placed in due the system.
    mind you the education was funded by tax collected from people and each district had to given a fair share.
    this was interpreted as discrimination to tamils and helped young boys and girls to be recruited to fight against the so called sinhala govt.
    In fact so called sinhala govt did not look after rural sinhala masses but only served largely the elite english speaking rich/elite crowd.

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      Son of Commoner:-

      I would like to add a comment to your Essay.

      When I attended a Tamil wedding in the early 70s, a young Tamil lady confided in me that Tamil Students were encouraged to write the ‘OM’ sign on the top of their Exam Papers, so that the Tamil Professors could do the Needful.

      She obviously did not realise that I was a Sinhalese.

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        [Edited out]

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        Hamlet

        “Tamil Students were encouraged to write the ‘OM’ sign on the top of their Exam Papers, so that the Tamil Professors could do the Needful.”

        I take it that all those examiners were exclusively Tamils and none of them were Sinhalese. If true, I take it that not even one Sinhalese was qualified to be an examiner.

        What a dumb university that you been to which explains why you made this stupid observation.

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      The Tamils were helped so much at the practicals by the_ Tamil lecturere.. my friend who was a Tamil was helped by prof. Mylvayagam by drawing the circuit diagram needed for the practical.

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        “Mylvayagam drawing circuit diagram for Tamil student”

        This dream you had in the night or during day time?

        What practicals for watti Ammas? Keep dreaming!!!

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    Mahindapala is absolutely right there is a strong move to denigrate Sinhala Buddhism and to destroy it from within. Why some Sinhalese fear an end to Buddhism and to the race? Is it understandable? Yes! Why? Is it because of the Ealamists still prowling or is it It really because of bogus nationalists like Mahindapala? Bogus nationalists like Mahindapala are an insult to the Sinhalese and to Buddhism. You do not need LTTE or Ealamists or terrorists of any kind to bring an end to Sinhala Buddhism. Because Mahindapala is perhaps the Ealamists secret weapon? Held undercover to unleash after the death of Prabhakaran? For shameful articles written by Mahindapala will certainly contribute to separation and to establishing Ealam sooner than later. Mahindapala’s writings confirm he is out to destroy the Sinhalese and Buddhism by his writings designed to bring shame on Sinhalese and Buddhism.

    The more Mahindapala writes the more he confirms what Sharmini Serasinghe has claimed about Sinhala Buddhism. She keeps asking what has it achieved? And Mahindapala keeps confirming what she alleges! Mahindapala is the perfect example of how degenerate one can become pursuing racist fanaticism that will lead to the destruction of one’s own race and religion.

    Prabhakaran is Mark 1 and Mahindapala is Mark 2 of such degenerate fanaticism. Just examine the language in his article. Does it reveal a cultured product of a glorious 3000 year civilisation? Or does his language and the nasty way he goes about to brow beat a woman with personal insults and by bringing in family details remind you of low forms of life in the gutter?

    Mahindapala says he is trying to to prove a lot has been achieved by Sinhala Buddhism but what he actually does is bring shame to Buddhism and to the Sinhalese. His disgraceful foul expressions when referring to a woman journalist is ample evidence of what Sinhala Buddhism can do to a human – degenerate them into gutter forms of life.

    While Sharmini Serasinghe is trying hard to convince us that degenerate culture does not reflect the Sinhalese nor does it reflect on Buddhism, Mahindapala with his articles confirm to us that Sinhala Buddhism is indeed a degenerate form of life. Sharmini’s articles reflect what the Sinhalese and Buddhism are really about. They are about compassion, forgiveness and Love. Whereas Mahindapala portrays Sinhala Buddhism as degenerate, violent, ruthless, racist and as a low form of life. He does this through his writings. So who is really denigrating the Sinhalese and Buddhism? Its Mahindapala!

    Even from the reactions of most readers here it is clear that most Sri Lankans are sick and tired of Mahindapa’s gutter journalism. Most Sinhalese too have objected to his writings. I hope more and more Sinhalese will write in and object to Mahindapala’s strategy to destroy Buddhism and the Sinhalese by disgraceful writings that shame the Sinhalese and Buddhism. It is worth investigating Mahindapala’s ancestry. I smell a Tiger! I like to ask what is the editor of CT doing? I hope the Ealamists have not bought CT to publish articles like that of Mahindapala to destroy the Sinhalese and Buddhism. Wake up folks!

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    There is a genuine threat to Sinhala and Buddhism, But we can not fight this monster screaming like Gnanasara or sticking stickers or blaming attempting to discriminate Muslim businesses!
    We need open discussions in civilized manner and talk about our own shortcomings and address them in a nation building exercise. True patriots are not racists! They unite the race and integrate with the others!
    We need leaders like that to educate our people!

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    Mahi, “The Politics Of Denigrating Sinhala-Buddhists” The Sinhalese Buddhists are the progeny 100,000 time removed of the Indian Prostitutes, brought here to appease the lust of the thug Vijaya and his gang.

    can a Lion sex a women and produce a “man type”? One thing is certain, in the whole concoction of the origin of the Sinhalese sex between brother and sister and father and daughter will produce denigrated idiots.

    I am sure Mahi, that you are not one of them – a peculiar exception.

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    Another bloody hundred! This bugger should be batting for a Test team with Dayan Silva at the other end.

    They will bat till the cows come home, with no spectators watching!

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