24 April, 2018

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The Sad Case Of Tuan H.L.D. Mahindapalan

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

In his latest lengthy diatribe against me, replete as it is with hysteria, HLDM states in his title that I was getting “hysterical”. He was referring to my rejoinder to his earlier lengthy diatribe, a rejoinder consisting of just a few lines n which I made a few points pointedly. The term “hysterical” seems to me singularly inappropriate for that rejoinder. He seems to be unable to get anything right when he targets me, such is the intensity of his ethnolunacy.

I must explain the title to my present rejoinder. Some years ago a friend told me that HLDM’s father was a Malay who worked in the Fire Brigade, who as a Muslim had sent his son to Zahira College for his education. All that was mentioned in passing and without any denigratory intent, and I must emphasize that I have no such intent either in using the term “Malay”. My point is simply that his incomplete Sinhalese identity could lead through a process of over-compensation to ultra-Sinhalese racism. However he denies his Malay paternity but at the same time he glories in the honorific Tuan. I shall therefore henceforth call him Tuan. As for Mahindapalan, we are told that his wife is Tamil, and that too could surely make him ultra-Sinhala.

I have suspected that the Tuan’s demented hatred and rage against me could be explained by a schizophrenic split in his ethnic identity. But if indeed he has no Malay paternity, the explanation has to be sought elsewhere. However, before attempting that explanation, I must clear up his confusion about the core argument in the article that has provoked his outbursts. The core argument concerns sovereignty, about which I proffered two points. The first is that there has been a steady erosion of state sovereignty since 1945. Anyone who doubts that has to be regarded as an ignoramus on international relations. I will give examples to show that erosion. Idi Amin of Uganda was overthrown through the intervention of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and like-minded African leaders. No one protested against that. Later Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire was overthrown through French intervention and no one protested either. Recently a coup in Burkina Fasso was reversed through the African leaders acting in unison, and by the same process several earlier coups were also reversed, so that today the majority of African countries have democratic governments. It is a fact that the principle of state sovereignty established by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 is no longer sacrosanct.

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

There could be several reasons for that erosion, one of which is globalization. But I think the most important is the change in the conception of sovereignty that began in the second half of the Eighteenth century with the American and French Revolutions. The people were established as sovereign over the state. With the spread of the liberal democratic ideology, the notion of the sovereignty of the people is now almost universal. There are therefore two different kinds of sovereignty in the contemporary world: the sovereignty of the State in international relations and the sovereignty of the people in internal relations. Consequently a UNHRC Resolution on human rights can be seen as amounting to an invasion of state sovereignty and at the same time as people-friendly. Actually there is no invasion of state sovereignty because we are answerable to the international community by our having become parties to several Covenants on human rights. Therefore a UNHRC Resolution that faults the Government – in this case the last Government not the present one – over violations of the human rights of the people should be seen as quite categorically people-friendly. That is a sound reason for the present government’s co-sponsorship of the Resolution. There are other reasons but I won’t expound them because I doubt that our Tuan will be able to understand a dam thing about them. I can give him the facts; I can give him the arguments, but I can’t give him the ability to understand them.

I will now deal with the sad case of Tuan Mahindapalan. He has had a long and undistinguished career as a journalist, undistinguished because he is far far indeed from the front rank of journalists such as Tarzie Vittacji, Denzil Peiris, Mervyn de Silva and some others. On the contrary, he has gained wide notoriety as a rabid Sinhala racist and a gutter journalist who specializes in personal scurrility and ad hominem attacks. But, I must acknowledge, that he has gained a unique accolade. I believe that he is the only journalist in the entire history of journalism in Sri Lanka who has been subjected to newspaper attacks, sustained over several weeks, by members of the public. That I believe was sometime in the ‘nineties. I asked Regi Siriwardene about it, and he straightaway declared that he was one of the prime movers behind those concerted attacks. The reason was that President Premadasa’s dictatorship was detested by the people but none dared attack him: he wouldn’t ask questions; he just killed. So our Tuan was chosen as proxy because he had an unsavory reputation as being the kind of journalist who gets going by licking the boots of the powerful. Significantly he now boasts that A.C.S Hameed was like a brother to him.

In his long and undistinguished career our Tuan would have presented many interesting cases, just like other journalists, but far and away the most interesting case he has presented is himself. His is not just a case of extreme ethnolunacy and stinky gutter journalism. What is the explanation for his present outburst of hysterical hatred and mad-dog rage against me? Some years ago he suddenly attacked me, and the exchanges between us went on for months. The hatred and rage directed against me was even worse at that time. It was perplexing because we had met only about two or three times, nothing untoward happened on those occasions, and there was no quarrel or controversy between us at all. He writes that I am under the misapprehension that I am the only person he has attacked, whereas he has attacked far superior intellectuals like Regi Siriwardene and Carlo Fonseka as well as “lesser poseurs” such as Jehan Perera. But I am sure he didn’t attack them with the same hysterical hatred and mad dog rage, at great length, and he didn’t return to the attack after several years.

What’s it all about? The obvious explanation is that as a rabid racist he finds the reputation I have gathered – rightly or wrongly – unbearable. Of the three persons whom he has mentioned as the objects of his attacks, Regi S described my article on Vikram Seth as “brilliant”, Carlo Fonseka wrote positively about the precision and clarity of my writings, and Jehan P in an email referred to my “great article”. (I hope Jehan will forgive my transgression in quoting from his email. It’s in a noble cause). I will limit myself to recent positive responses to my writings. One was from Hermes who I am told had held very high office and acquitted himself very creditably. In the course of the present exchanges with the Tuan, there have been generously positive responses to my writings from Brian Senewiratne and H.L. Seneviratne. BS is eminent for his courageous advocacy of Tamil rights, and HLS is reputed as a scholar and intellectual of the highest caliber. The Sinhalese racist can accept a Muslim who is an outstanding businessman, a drug kingpin, even a successful professional, but a Thumbiya who is regarded – rightly or wrongly – as a writer, a political analyst, an intellectual is an anomaly who should be extirpated from off the face of the earth. Isn’t that it, Tuan?

But there is a special edge to the hatred and rage he has directed against me, unparalleled in attacks by others. He certainly is an oddity. I will provide a convincing example. In the exchanges with him some years ago a point arose about the number of times he and I had met. I recalled that it was two or three times while he thought it was more than that. A point surely of no importance at all to any wholly sane mind, but it assumed such importance for him that he declared in a challenge to me that he was willing to travel any number of miles to swear on the Bible, the Koran, or any text chosen by me, that he had met me x number of times. Unbelievable, but it’s all there in the Sunday paper which published his ethnolunatic ravings. He is not just another rabid racist but an extremely odd one. If the oddity is not due to a schizophrenic identity, there has to be some other explanation that is beyond me. The problem of our poor Tuan Mahindapalan has to be left to the psychiatrists.

I will conclude with a very brief clarification on his main charge against me, which is that I had been going around boasting that I was one of the five best diplomats in the world. It’s a bare-faced lie. Bryan Seneviratne has pointed out that anyone who knows me or my writings will not believe him. Our poor Tuan must surely be quite mad to think that anyone with a modicum of common sense will believe him. What happened was this. In the capacity of the Director of the Non-Aligned Division in the Foreign Ministry, I was in charge of all the political work in connection with the Non-Aligned Summit Conference that was to be held in Colombo in 1976. In that capacity, it was thought that I was the best fitted to chair a press conference on the morning before the opening of the Summit. At its conclusion G.K.Reddy, a famous Indian journalist of that time, said that I was one of the five best diplomats in the world. He added that he knew the best diplomats in the world because every year he was sent at Indian Government expense to cover the UN General Assembly Sessions. I believe it is that, above everything else, which has driven our poor Tuan Mahindapalan mad with envious hatred.

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    Izeth, don’t waste your time on this scumbag. Not a single reader of CT has any regard for this idiot . The numerous comments speak for themselves and this nincompoop still continues to write despite the fact that we all think of this imbecile as not only racist but suffering from mental vacuity. His powers of understanding are below zero and he will find it difficult to comprehend any article that requires common sense and a bit of mental alertness. The guy is brain dead and also this is one way of his overcoming his impotence.

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      Both Mahindapala and Izeth are known anti-Tamil humbugs.

      Instead of Tamilizing Mahindapala’s name, Izeth should have Islamised it into H L D Mohideen-pala.

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        [Edited out]

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        Izeth Hussain,

        Your claim , G.K.Reddy, said that you were one of the five best diplomats in the world.

        Don’t get carried away by that compliment . He might have just said that to make you happy

        You know, SL Former Defense Sec. said, Gen. Fonseka was the Best Army Commander in the World , after war victory, but few months later he was arrested, jailed, stripped off his civic rights & removed from 5 star General post , etc.

        Another thing, attack HLDM from right & left over his politics/opinion etc,

        but let him identify himself as a Sinhalese , if he so wishes , no harm, there is no such a thing called Sinhala , Tamil or Muslim blood , except O Negative , B negative etc.

        If you look at our PM’s / Presidents , they did not have any pure Sinhala ancestry either but some made Sinhala only; a disaster from day one.

        So what, this HLDM, only a journalist

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          “said that you were one of the five best diplomats in the world.”
          Which world is that. Islamic world – under world,
          If this is the work of a diplomat – you can asses his personality. Very pathetic.

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          John,
          You are right!
          When he had Indian origins and a GE-NAME Tuppahige, Sir S.C. Oebeyesekera( Grand father of SWRD) said in 1915, while representing the Sinhalese in Council, that “Nobodies are trying to become Somebodies” to Patriotic Senanayakes and Hevavitaranes and others, who were in the Temperence movement.Jayewardenes(JRJ,TFJ) and Bandaranaikes(SWRD,CHANDRIKA) were also of Indian Dravidian descent. Pedro Gascon’s , Lenora’s and Sieur de Lanerolle’s families who go as Sinhalese were of French Aristocracy. What a joke about purity of race?

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        awesome

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        Because!

        Izeth loves hate Mahindapala and visa versa.

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    It is an insult Izeth Hussain to all Tamils to call THIS MAN “The Sad Case Of Tuan H.L.D. Mahindapalan”

    Tamils would not touch him with a barge pole.

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      Izeth Hoo is afficted with the incurable type of foot-in-mouth disease.

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        Ahmed Reza sounds a lot like Sumanasekera (aka Mahindapala).

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          Siva

          Night school English is not sufficient to comprehend Ahmed Reza and Sumanasekera. Even ‘comprehend’ may be over your limit.

          Perhaps you should read Izeth Hoo again. You will find him verbose, self-important, arrogant, haughty, ostentatious, pretentious, snobbish, vain, egotistic, boastful, bombastic, overbearing. So every time Hoo opens his mouth he cannot help putting his foot into it.

          Now, there, a chance to improve your vocabulary Siva – go check with your night teacher.

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    These two guys are slinging mud at each other: Some mud will surely stick on both of them!

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      It should they are both as bad as each other.

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    What a right old palaver. Two has-beens, trampling on their dignity, swinging handbags at each other, like Mattakuliya matrons. Just step back and let them go at each other till their hair is dishevelled, and their knickers are around their ankles.

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      Spring Koha:
      While you are right, I’d draw the line at the knickers part because both of them are ugly enough (in body and mind) not to have the public subjected to the final indignity you suggest!

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        Mr van der Poorten

        You are right! I should have spared the decent readership of these comments the excesses of my fertile, and nowadays febrile, imagination. For this, grandma would surely have banished me to the naughty corner, with no tiffin to boot.

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    [Edited out]

    You and your generation failed Sri Lanka; your generation wrapped the country up and fed it to the devil.

    Our sons and our sons’ sons will have to endure the mistakes and misgivings of you [Edited out]

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      The worst is having to read complimentary comments about this [Edited out] from some clueless readers.

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        Ahmed Reza sounds a lot like Sumanasekera (aka Mahindapala).

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      With every passing fortnight, this eternally quarrelsome Izeth Hussain moves from one bitter controversy to another through his self-proclaimed “brilliant writing and intellectual thoughts” And now this much contested “one of the 5 best diplomutts in the world” claim. If I am to make a long thing short, I say to him in the words of the Bard “God be with you, if you talk in blank verse” (As you like it)

      Backlash

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    Mahinda palan [Edited out]

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    Please stop this absurd theatrics between the two of you. What is the point of this exercise? Are you a REAL Diplomat or not? Are you a foreign service diplomat or not? Or were you selected by Akurana ACS Hameed who packed embassies with his cronies and ministerial kids etc and lots of muslims because you were muslim? Albeit an educated muslim. What is your Degree? What is your post graduate Degree? Are you on par with Laxman Kadirgamar? The Ambassador to Saudi is able, muslim but a diehard UNP muslim family member who was a successful Hambantota Chamber of commerce leader, dynamic leader during Tsunami to help muslims and everyone else. Very smart your muslim man. We have no problem with that.

    We do have a problem with morons of Rajapakse, Samaraweera, Ranil or whoever being posted abroad for sycophantic behavior, sexual relationships or being UNP or SLFP. The crook who came to the US under Rajapakse is a good example.

    My questions to you
    1. Why do you stoop to the level of the gamaya with an inferior complex the gutter snipe Mahindapala? First UNP then Rajapaske acolyte who engages only in vituperative insults.
    2. What is your basic degree in? where did you get it?
    3. Did you serve in the Sri Lankan Foreign service under Mrs Bandaranaike or under Laxman Kadirgamar?
    4. Were you a professional career diplomat in the calibre of Danapala? Shirley Ameresinghe? Bernard Tillekeratne? or were you a political appointee because you were muslim and hired because of that?

    Your arguments for ethnic reconciliation and exposure of Tamil Racism and ethnic cleansing are good. But you stoop down to the levels of a low life you are no better.

    Please respond to the questions. Is it not true a lot of muslims were posted under Muslim ministers and is it not true a minister in Mannar who is muslim is big heroin smuggler and a land grabber?

    Thank you
    Nauffer

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      @Mr. Nauffer

      You seem to have just wokenup after been asleep for atleast 60 years or you are actually “Potta Naufer “.

      It is common knowledge that Mr Izeth Hussein is a distinguished Career Diplomat, in fact the first Muslim to join the then Ceylon Overses service ,in 1952. He is a English Honours graduate , very probably under the legendary Prof. E F.C .Ludowye ,and is known as the author of the outstanding Colombo Declaration of the NAM summit held in Sri Lanka in 1976.His reports from the many countries that he served in ( including Paris and London) were held as models , for ther originality and superb English ,and were made compulsory reading material for new recruits to the Foreign Service by the likes of Vernon Mendis etc..Need we say more?

      By the way ,Mr Nauffer your English grammar is horrible my friend; so is the flow of your comment.Since Mr. Hussein is an English Honours graduate ,mind you of the old school, you must seriously consider getting his assistance….if indeed the veteran agrees!!

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        I agree with Brian Seneviratne of Izeth Hussain’s proficiency in the English language. But BS should not be carried away merely because Izeth pays you some compliments. More than once I have read Izeth using the expression “very terrible” That is far from good English.

        Rumad

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          “Very terrible” is grammatically correct, in the sense that it is used as a qualifier.As such , there is in popular usage such terms as “slightly terrible”, “most terrible”, “”very terrible” etc.The use of the adjective in each of these instances qualifies the term ” terrible” and thereby helps to covey in a subtle manner the exact thought behind such usage.

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            Alan de Cruze
            ‘Very terrible’ may be grammatically correct, but it is certainly not idiomatic.

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              Joseph Pillai,

              As long as it is grammatically correct, that’s it my friend!!

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                Brian, I realise you’re probably too ashamed to post again using you real name after that little debacle, but really? “Alan de Cruze”? “Albert Ranasinghe”? “Thalpehewa”?? Kind of pathetic for a 100 year old codger who’s supposedly a doctor and a first cousin of Chandrika, dontchathink :D

                Or did the trauma and embarrassment of getting well and truly owned on the internet trigger another of your schizophrenic episodes :D

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                That’s it indeed!
                Alan de Cruze rules!

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        You should line up right behind him for those English lessons Brian – it looks like you could do with some “assistance” too going by the amateur mistakes in your post :D

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          @Siva Sankaran Sarma

          You are the man( possibly woman) who seems be in urgent need of some English tuition .You erroneously use the word “AMATEUR ” when you should have been using the term AMATEURISH , in the context of what you are trying to say .So let me just say Physician heal thy self !! Secondly, you fail to say exactly what the mistakes are in my comment.

          Now what does your nom de plume suggest? I shall reserve my comment on that.

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            Brian Senewiratne

            Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon is a self confessed Wee Thamihz senior journalist.

            He/she/it is here to help us how to think, write, and act as Sturm Abteilung (stormtroopers) are expected to do.

            Had Gota Putsch succeeded on Jan 8th Wee Thamihz could have been appointed as the new head of department of Goebbels.

            By now he would have emptied all prisons.

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            LOL – Brian, you’re on the internet, try googling words you don’t understand before making yourself look like an even bigger fool :D

            As for your mistakes, let’s start from the beginning:

            “You seem to have just wokenup after been asleep for atleast 60 “

            10 points each, 30 up for grabs just in this line :D

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              Siva Sankarama
              LOL what is Siva Sankaran Sarama -Sarong in Sinhala -trying to “grab”. If it is the one below his waist, he surely has none at all. If he is trying to”grab” Brian below his waist ,he better watch out as he will be branded as being gay.. Any way has Siva a liking for Lingams? Native Vedda ……any clues?Albert Ranasinghe.

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                Uh oh, looks like someone’s getting a bit agitated! This time he forgot to change his email while switching to another fake name and Gravatar has pulled his sarong down to his ankles :D

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        SO, Izeth Husseing is Sri lankan educated.

        Some Sri lankan educated people could not make it in Sri lanka. they lsot to Tamils and had to go to UK to make it.

        Even after the British education they could not become professors in Sri lanka.

        Was that discrimination to Lansi People and favouritism to Tamils.

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        Brian Senewiratne,

        I completely agree. It is well within the rights of all of us to agree or disagree with ones opinion, however it is pretty lame to question the credibility of a person when you have no clue about what you are talking about. Thank you for your brief on Izeth Hussain.

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    I have a lot of regard for HLM, he is entitled to his opinion, this is a lesson I have learned from the West. Better to have opinions in the open instead of some underground hate movement that cannot be countered or answered.

    Your personal feud is none of my business, but it is entertaining to see how you guys are thinking of each other so much.

    ” It is a fact that the principle of state sovereignty established by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 is no longer sacrosanct.”

    But more to the point, Mr. Hussein, are you for state sovereignity or against it?
    Or to quote Orwell, with apologies, all states are soveriegn, some are more soveriegn than others.

    “Westphalia” – is this a real name? Seriously? Very appropriate.

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    Tuan “had an unsavory reputation as being the kind of journalist who gets going by licking the boots of the powerful”

    solid proof of this is evident from his writing on Maha Hora nohoth Percy nohoth Rajapassa.

    If Mahi Pala father is Malay his wife is Tamil assuming his mother is singhala it’s not hard to believe Tuan Pala is having the worst qualities of all of Sri Lankans.

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      Afzal

      Mr. Hussain has knowingly or without any knowledge has honoured Mahindapala with a Title that is Sir meaning in Malay Tuan.A Title given to distinguished Malays in Malaysia.

      In Sri Lanka the Sri Lankan Malays name their sons the first name with this honoured Title. Also Tuan Mahathayas are well respected by the majority community for their prowess in Armed Forces, Police and Fire Brigade, but the Muslim Moor community in Sri Lanka interpret the name Tuan to their own slang way.

      Mr. Hussain please note.

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    who says that all english educated people are well nurtured without any prejudice and racial hatred? look at this mahindapala who is using his english proficiency to propagate his hatred towards muslims and by extension mr.izath.
    there were highly english educated racists in our country. think of the past history you will remember.
    -s.dayal

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    Voltaire said it best “I may not agree with what you say; but I defend to my death your RIGHT to say it”.

    Having said that what good does it do to just attack people? Why not focus on the issues of our former motherland if we are expats or emigrants like Mr. Mahindapala or patriotic citizens like Mr. Hussein who worked in the Non-Aligned conference with finesse?

    Tiger racists, Sinhala Racists, Muslim racists all have a field day with all these at each other’s throats approach abusing media freedom and venting and basically airing irrelevant opinions.

    May Sri Lanka NEVER have violence and war again. We cannot ignore cold hard facts that since independence, there has been so much violence.
    1. Violence against Tamil innocents
    2. Violence against Sinhalese in the North
    3. Sinhala on Sinhala violence via a JVP marxist insurgency in 1971
    4. Pogroms againsts Tamils under UNP from 1977 onwards.
    5. Terrorism, forced conscription, child soldiers and suicide bombs
    6. An Indian invasion and subsequent sinhala on sinhala violence which the West did not give a damn about; missing people; tyre pyres, lamppost killings and the rest

    Is it because tropics make people hot blooded that there is such propensity to violence? No one gives a damn when you have an accident or heart attack and need blood and go to the ICU OR ER.

    No doctors will NEVER ask “Are you a upper caste Hindu Brahmin, are you Govigama or karawa, Are you Muslim, Are you shia or sunni?, are you Sinhala Buddhist? Are you Catholic or Evangelical? are you dravidian or burgher”? HELL NO. They will give you blood A, B, AB or O plus or negative and the blood given to a Brahmin Tamil might come from a Kshudhra or what some people here refer to as Dalit Tamil. The Govigama Aristocrat might get a pint of Muslim blood.

    PLEASE STOP THIS CRAP of hurling insults and abuse at each other. Remember what the song “Where are the clowns, send in the clowns” by Shirley Bassey says?

    Isn’t it rich? Are we a pair?
    Me here at last on the ground, you in mid-air
    Where are the clowns?
    Isn’t it bliss? Don’t you approve?
    One who keeps tearing around, one who can’t move
    Where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns
    Just when I’d stopped opening doors
    Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
    Making my entrance again with my usual flair
    Sure of my lines, no one is there
    Don’t you love farce? My fault, I fear
    I thought that you’d want what I want, sorry, my dear
    But where are the clowns, send in the clowns
    Don’t bother, they’re here
    Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?
    Losing my timing this late in my career
    But where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns
    Well, maybe next year

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      Mano, the clowns (Dayan and Rajiva) are biding their time to make a comeback, but since “coming colors” don’t look that good they are in a bit of a fix.

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    Izeth at least HLD has a backbone and a position – it may be a Chauvinist position, but he sticks with it – you flip flop like a fish out of water and on the internet it is so easy to show it too::

    In your last article you said:
    “In my view it would be counterproductive to try to establish whether this side or that side is more blameworthy for the ethnic tragedy, because that will only deepen our divisiveness.” – i.e. against accountabilty.

    And on October 19th you said:
    “Dealing with the crimes of the past should be seen as part of a nation-building process, and a nation can be built only by the peoples who are to constitute that nation, not by foreigners. …. For that there has to be accountability for crimes committed by the Sinhalese and by the Tamils as well.” – i.e. for accountabilty

    So where do you stand man?

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      Alex,

      This is not the first time this pocket Plato has been found with his
      pants down. But he cares less. He simply rambles along – regardless.
      Rhino skin? You’re telling me.

      Backlash

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        I have to say I had consigned him to the bin, until I read his article calling for accountability and justice. I assumed he had realised Sri Lanka can’t reform with its habit of brushing things under the carpet. And then a week later he tells everyone to brush things under the carpet as its all to divisive … what a joker. If this is the calibre of Sri Lanka’s ‘thinkers’ and ‘diplomats’ no wonder the island is in such a sorry state.

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    Now dear HLDM why don’t we lay this debate at rest, once and for all….why don’t you get a DNA done and publish it in CT?P[Edited out]

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    Izeth Hussain seems to be schizophrenic patient. He has showed his ignorance through this article. Being an English graduate is not enough to be a diplomat. Izeth is just a scoundrel of tarnishing the image of his antagonistic viewers.

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    Izeth

    You should have simply ignored Mahindapala’s comments about you. But regrettably you have descended to the same low level as Mahindapala by calling him Malay and even dragging his father into your dispute with him. Some Tamil readers have rightlty objected to you for giving him a Tamil name ‘Mahindapalan’.

    I appreciated your earlier pieces but you are not doing any justice to yourself or to your learning by getting involved in this type of dirty slanging match with Mahindapala. I wish you better write something useful instead of giving point by point answer to Mahindapala. Most readers know about the type of language Mahindapala uses and his Sinhala extremist agenda. You have demeaned yourself by writing about Mahindapala and his ethnicity. Being a former diplomat, how can you get involved in this type of diatribe?!!

    I wish Colombo Telegraph stop publishing these types of articles containing personal attacks. Colombo Telegraph should not be the forum for this type of abusive exchanges between Izeth and Mahindapala.

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    Diplomat of Isss Vs H.L.D. Mahindapalan

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    I poured myself an after dinner thimble of reviving Glenlivet, and here I am sipping and reading the many well written comments that have been generated. All in response to a spat between two nearly forgotten old men in the fading twilight of their years. If my old house-master was here he would have ordered these two off the field of play. As he would have said, play hard but never play dirty. Would it be too much to wish that these two call time on their playground squabble, and turn to more productive subjects. If that is not too much of a challenge!

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    Spring Koha,

    You seem a little confused, probably due to that drink you have just imbibed!!

    On the one hand you are enjoying the ” well written comments” on the other you are wishing an end to this extra ordinary match.Now I am confused too and mind you without even a tot of cheap kassipu !

    Come on Izzeth and Mahindapala give us some more. Come on old boys hit it over the ropes, even though it may be sometimes a little bit below the belt!!

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      Oh dear Brian – I mean Alan – I mean Albert – no no I mean Thalpehewa – LOL! You’re really not having much luck mastering this whole internet thing are you? Maybe when you’re done with those English lessons from Izeth you could sign up for a remedial IT course :D

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    In the photograph, HLDM does look a Malay.

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    The basing of Sovereignty on popular power began with the English revolution, a hundred years before the French and American but was also reflected in the rise of the Maratha state in India, a state based on armed peasants which challenged autocratic forms of government.

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      EM – you are right It did begin in 1688 with a bloodless Revolution that Acton wrote of as the English people’s greatest gift to humanity. However the notion of people’s sovereignty was given ideological formulation in the course of the eighteenth century, and I think given Constitutional status for the first time in the American constitution.
      I didn’t know about the Maratha state. Many of the Indian Maharajas, contrary to Orientalist projections, seem to have practised a consensual form of government which was kin to democracy.There seems to be ample anthropological evidence to show that most stateless societies practisd what amounted to participatory democracy. The point I am getting at is that democracy is natural to humanity.
      Hey – Backlash, Alex, Spring Koha, Poorten etc etc learn from the above what dialogue should be like. – Izeth

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    When he was Sunday Observer editor Mr. Mahindapala defended and condoned all extra-judicial killings of Premadasa govt. Then he wrote supporting Rajapaksa regime. His writings were nothing but personal attacks on people who could not defend because their replies were not published. There are some journalists like him whose names will be filed in the dustbins of the history!

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    “Kaluthai punnukku puluthi marunththu!” (Donkey’s wound is cured with hot, dry dirt-sand)

    See now! CT too knows to turn it around. Do you see there are some big guys and beautiful girls are also twisting and turning as crowd with in the crowd.

    When CT started to expose New King’s dynasty building efforts, many dedicated Lankawe’s citizens, or in another word their well deserved name as Sinhala Intellectuals or even popularly known as the Sinhala Modayas has been showing oodal(love quarrel) and were reluctant to comment. Now watch they have come and the number is above 50.

    Colleagues welcome back! Stay with us.

    Don’t leave us again!

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    Both Mahinda and Hussain are began to identify them-self as close relatives of Sinhalese by attacking the Tamils. It backfired and now they are bashing each other. A true Sinhalese knows who the Sinhalese are and he respects a pure Tamil more than a half Sinhalese and a Muslims trying to be a Sinhalese friend.

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

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