23 October, 2019

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The Regime’s Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism Is The Main Factor

By Vickramabahu Karunaratne  –

Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The economic consequences of the decisions made by Mahinda regime, to satisfy the international money lenders, are becoming intolerable. Apart from those who contribute to the Sinhala Buddhist ideology of the regime and those who are profiting by the regime’s excesses, the rest fight on a daily basis without much coordination, to cope with the rising cost of living. It is usual to see people buying one egg, half a loaf of bread, and 100gms of sugar; more seriously, even cutting down on essential medication because that too has become a luxury. What Bandula suggested was forced austerity. Actually today in general a family is forced to survive on Rs 7,500.00 per month or a less, so that children could go to school. Though I did not mobilize, there were enough people who would have marched up the Ministry of Education and physically hurled him out on to the street. That was the level of anger.

Perhaps, all of this would have been somewhat tolerable, at least to the middle classes, if not for the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist bigotry shown by the government.  What this regime has excelled in is twisting the truth to suite their ideology.   Hard evidence is neglected and lies are said to suit the agenda of the regime. This Regime wants us to believe that their patriotic actions have antagonized the global powers and there is an international conspiracy to destroy this patriotic people’s government! Thus, the political activists and journalists who were abducted in the past were really paid traitors and those abductions were ploys engineered by foreign agents. The prices are rising in order to keep up with the greater demands due to rising incomes of people! The finance ministry cites the number of luxurious vehicles on the roads of Colombo as evidence for how well the economy is doing. Apparently only revolutionary Marxists and Tamil terrorists are dissatisfied with the policies of the government!

The government believes that their patriotic campaign based on Sinhala Buddhist ideology, is still strong enough to suppress any dissent. A newspaper recently reported that Minister SB Dissanayake has proclaimed that university students should now apply for loans to fund their higher education as we are a middle income country. Without any cabinet decision he has announced scraping free education. Can a Minister announce such a change through a statement to the media? This kind of comments made by the Higher Education Minister has become a serious problem. It may be funny to some people but it is too dangerous disregard such wild thinking.

What is disturbing is that while the general public appears to be increasingly disgruntled with the performance of Mahinda regime, people appear to not see that this is a problem of the regime. This decadence is the nature of this regime and the finger should be directed at the elites of the regime:  the Rajapaksa family. Their politics is a combination of populism based on Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, practiced with the threat of state terror if anyone steps out of line. Supporters will be looked after as long as they do not challenge the overlord. Development according to the Mahinda regime is all about doing things good or bad. It is not about actual improvement in people’s lives. No; that is not necessary. Instead, development is about commissions and then providing vulgar entertainment and chauvinist campaigns for the masses so that they can be distracted from the fact that their own lives are steadily deteriorating. So, projects are opened with cart races and marathons. The crowds of people are encouraged to ‘view’ these ‘miracles’ at state expense. Indicators of development are the number of limousines on the road, number of people taking the Southern Highway to have lunch in Galle; number of luxury hotels that come up around the country. All this is backed up by fake statistics that claim unemployment is down, poverty rates have declined miraculously, and economic growth is unprecedented. We are told that the IMF is ever ready to step in with another loan. Definitely it will declare that the economic fundamentals are strong!

However, what happened in Dambulla and its fall out is yet another reflection of the growing chaos unleashed by the chauvinist regime. Having unleashed, fuelled, nurtured and protected, Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist forces to the maximum, this regime has no other way to handle growing resentment except using such barbaric pogroms. It will mobilize its most ardent and passionate supporters. The regime’s Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism is the main factor that is providing it with some militant mass support at the moment. Any indication that it is not willing to stand by its racist credentials will complete the growing disillusionment and anger that is growing against the regime. The false aggressiveness of the regime only shows that its down fall is near.

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    Hey Bahu, point taken, but why don’t you and the joint opposition cut down the rhetoric and finger pointing and adopt a focused plan to lobby for change and educate the people:
    For instance, you could start a signature campaign and call for a reduction of the current Jumbo Cabinet. 15 Ministers should be adequate given their cost and need for austerity as the country is in massive debt. This is the most incompetent and huge cabinet in post-colonial Lankan history and it is tax payers who have to maintain the fools and goons and geriatrics in the cabinet.
    The Right to Info. is a good move but reducing the Cabinet would be better and has more resonance with the people..

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      The joint opposition should develop a 10 point plan for good governance including.
      1. Bill on Right to Information
      2. Bill on the Prevention of Incitement to Racial and Religious Hatred on the British Model and a policy for Multicultrualism
      3. Reduction of Cabinet to 15 members, since Sri Lanka is a small country, the war is over and cannot afford this size cabinet of incompetants with the financial crisis and there are provincial ministers for subjects as well.
      4. Interdict and investigate the Central Bank govenor Nivard Cabraal for criminal negligence, lying, waste of public funds and the Commonwealth Games case. Cabraal yesterday said that the picture is “Rosy”, while all the prices are going up and up and the people are paying for his criminal negligence and lies.
      5.. All Cabinet Ministers who hold posts should be asked to reveal their qualifications and technical expertise for holding the portfolio.
      6. Review of all development projects for “aid” accountability
      7. Basil and Gota Presidential siblings should be found alternative employment or sent to get basic degrees since they have do not have even a Bachelors Degee and are unfit to hold the posts they do.

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    Exactly Wickrama Bahu you are quite right.

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      yes right for people like you who does not have a heritage of this country. but bot for Sinhala Buddhists.

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      No right is left for a person like him to talk this rubbish.

      Majority of Sri Lankans hate him. really they do.

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    In political science we talk of a “tipping point” which once reached turns the status quo upside down. Rajapskes is approaching that point and running out of cards to play. His Sinhala Buddhist racism is beginning to and very likely to back fire, because even if Hakeem makes a dirty backroom deal this time, the insult has registered on the Muslim community and they will be looking for other coalition partners – perhaps with the UNP and TNA.
    As the economy and cost of living spirals out of control Rajapkse has fewer and few cards to play, so he is now over playing his Sinhala racist card, but believe me the majority are not racist and at some point there will be a push back from the Sinhala community itself. The tipping point is near – this is the good news.
    As I said before the pimple on Rajapkse’s face is busting and the shit is hitting the fan – this is the moment before CATHASIS or cleansing..

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    Buddhist chavanism is the propaganda used to disenfranchise the Sinhalese Buddhists. Take reality into account, Colombo is economically ethnically cleansed of the Sinhalese Buddhists which is a true reflection of the status of Sinhalese Buddhists be it colombo, Galle, Kandy or any other main centre.One could see that the beneficiaries of the system has not been the Sinhala Buddhists. I would suggests that people like Bahu who are bank rolled by the Tamil expatriates leave the Sinhala Buddhists alone. No single government since 1977 has not represented the interests of the Sinhala Buddhists. The Dambulla incident is a reflection of the restlessness in the community that has been subjected to by the inactions and disenfranchisement of the community.

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    If you want do politics in Island don’t forget 75% of population are Sinhalese and Buddhist,most poor people are RURAL POOR OF SINHALESE.
    THEY WERE UNDER COLONIAL RULE 435 YEARS.Since Kling -Maga invaded 1215 of south Indian invension our civilization had been RUTHLEES DESTROY BY CHOLA PANDIA AND KALINGA -MAGA.
    Additional to colonial suffering PER MORDERN HISTORY SINHALESE NATION BEEN viticms of Indian INVADERS.
    This not I am refer to TAMIL ORIDINAY PEOPLE OR MUSLIM COMMUNITIES,BUT RUTHLESS INVEDRAS.
    64 Years ofafter Indapandence since 1948 SHORT HISTORY OF ours 2600 years of civilization is concern.
    Is not easy TASK to build NATIONL ECONOMY UNDER THE IMPERIAL INTRENATIONL ORDER?
    We mean Sinhalese Tamils and Muslinms URGENTY NEED BROAD DOMOCRATCI POLITICS AND BORAD FRONT WHO CAN WORK OUR NATION
    Economy also need such POLITICAL educated INTEGILLANCS FOR THE COUNTRY.
    Sorry to your theroy of Permanet revolution of Trsotkeist wiLl NOT WORK FOR ENGLIGHTMET SUCH MOVE NEW PATH.!YOU NEED NEW GUIDELINE FOLLOW DEMOCRATIC POLITICS WHICH LEAD THE COUNTRY.

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      We also ruthless invaders, 3000 adivasi Vehdas trying their best to survive.

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        Veddas did not live in every part of this country. Sinhalese are not from Vijaya but from Rawana.

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    I feel sad and sorry for Srilankans , remember the editorial on The Times UK on the Mahinda R was elected 1st time, since British left Ceylon it’s people have elected a man from ordinary background from deep south rather than well connected colonial families. Over the years it’s a fact he has won the war against extremely ruthless terrorist organisation, there is very visible developments in all major essential areas, roads,hospitals, agriculture. It’s nobody’s fault that this country majority if you call it, happen to be Sinhalese and Buddhists.
    Wickrama bahu, in your article I lost the count how many times you used the bad word “Sinhala Buddhist Cauvinism”
    Every single government in the world looks after its people and heritage, unfortunately Sinhala Buddhist should not.

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    Dr Wick-bahu Whenever the British Empire stood by a monarch,(House Of Hanover)even if he happen to be depost known for CRUELTY,they did so on the PRINCIPLE OF PATRIOTISM.However they had no hesitaation in consigning the same King to Westminiter Abby,if circumastances do demanded.While renouncing the earlier PRINCIPLE OF PATTRIOTISM in order to KILL the KING THEY INVOKED A NEW PRINCIPLE- THE PRINCIPLE OF DEMOCRACY.
    Dr Bahu,The British principle of Imperlism are nothing but a convenient pretext, which can be invoked or discared according to the exigwncies of the situation.
    Sorry to say your MINDSET and ESSAY of idylly entirely infiltrate by impulse of immaculate conception of IMPERIALSM related Permanent Revolution of Trostakism.
    Your are an Enginer of holding Doctorte of Mathamatic.We honour your education but we have to rejiected your politiac-economy reading of Trostakism since 1965. Trostakism is NOT Marxism-Leninsim is recationay idealoge MORDERN imperilism.All Trostakist end with anti-people out-fits.Its(Toostakism)against dilaticts theaory of develpement,but pratice of IMMUTABLE theory of social movement.
    Dr Bahu you have to renounce as person this mindset, who want to MOVE FORWARED WITH DEMOCARTIC MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA.

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    One may not contribute to Dr W.B.K’s political ideology,but all rational minded srilankans would agree ,that he is a rare politician, far ahead of our times,consistent,pragmatic honest and self sacrificing.As the saying “people get the political leaders they deserve”Srilanka has been deprived of having his contribution to the Nation more constructively.Suggest that Dr W.B.K take what Kapila and Sunil’s comments seriously

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    Dr Bahu is irrantional of his Trostkist line of mindset.
    Trostakism had been apply any country in the world.
    Is theory of Permanant Revolution denied Democartic Revolution in country like Sri Lanka.
    Self-sacrificing of Dr Bahu life and his honest are differnt phonomena of Working Class Politics are concern.
    What we are saying is his line of politics had been PRATICE BY LSSP since 1935.All leader Of LSSP and Party betray working class VITAL INTERAST TO FOR BOURGEIOS.Look back what happen to Philipe Gunawaradana,Dr N.M Perera Dr Colvin R .De Silva, Lesslie Gunawaradana, Bernard Soysa,Bala Thampo,( CMU) Edomond Sarkakody,Merrial Fernando,Vasudeva Nayakara, Siral Kulatunge D.A Anadradi Dr laksisri Fernando,Wije Dias,V.A Karalsinham and Dr Wich Bahu of allof LSSP politican in truning point of history , play reactionaty ROLE in Sri Lankan politics.They surrender working class vital interast to RUILNG BOURGEOIS IN SRI LANKA.
    This is not personal attck on any of above mention persons that is we call REAL TROSTAKISM.
    They left nothing for their POLITICS WORKING CLASS, EXCEPT CERTAIN RIGHTS OF IMPROVED WORKING CONDITIONS been place by LSSP.
    No fundamental changes in our society after long politics in 70 years with masses.
    They ever-never build ANY SUCESS OR SUCESSIVE ALTANATIVE POLICY AFTER SO MANY YEARS.What they did? LSSP poinoin and corrupect mind of WORKING CLASS IN RESULT OF TROSTAKISM POLITICS.

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