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The Whole Country Must Know The Truth

By R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

I would submit with respect that this is a Matter of urgent public importance, and that is the reason for raising this matter today in the House at Adjournment, to enable the whole country to be kept informed of the truth in regard to the processes and everything relating thereto.

Hon. Speaker

Parliament of Sri Lanka

Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte.

ADJOURNMENT MOTION

Question relating to matter of Public importance to be raised on 22nd February 2017 at the conclusion of questions by Mr. R Sampanthan, Member of Parliament, Leader of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) and Leader of the Opposition

All people who lived in Sri Lanka, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, or any other difference, whether Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher made their fullest contribution to the achievement of independence.

It is almost 70 years since Sri-Lanka attained Independence from Colonial Rule.

Ethnic strife had plagued the Country from shortly after it attained Independence.

Pacts entered into between Prime Ministers and the Tamil Political Leadership to help resolve such ethnic strife and enable all Citizens to live together in peace and amity, with equality and justice were not fulfilled by the ruling elite.

As a result of such Ethnic Strife and ethnic violence against the Tamil People in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and thereafter, up to 50% of the Sri Lankan Tamil population were compelled to leave their own Country largely on grounds of insecurity and take up residence in different countries the world over. Tens of thousands of Tamil families have consequently been divided. It is relevant to point out that ethnic violence was unleashed against the Tamil people when they made political demands that would enable them to live as equal citizens in the Country.

Recurrence of Violence would result in more Tamils fleeing the country.

Ethnic Violence against Tamils is an imminent danger until there is political resolution of the conflict.

An Armed Conflict emerged. Tamil Youth waged a War against the Sri Lankan State for more than twenty-five years. It is more than Seven years since the armed conflict came to an end. During this armed conflict much suffering was endured by all people in all parts of the Country. Such armed conflict by Tamil youth emerged only after several decades of ethnic violence against the Tamil people.

The Conflict was also internationalized, and the issue has been in the international domain. Several resolutions were adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council and the resolution adopted in October 2015 comes up for review in February /March 2017.

Our Neighbour and parent Country India offered its good offices to resolve the issue which Sri Lanka accepted in 1983. An Indo Sri Lanka agreement was signed on 29th July 1987 between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India and President J R Jayewardene of Sri Lanka which laid down vital contours for a political resolution.

There were also several domestic efforts to finally resolve the conflict. These efforts were made after the enactment of the 13th amendment to the Constitution as the same was found to be inadequate and unworkable.

During President R Premadasa’s term the Managala Moonesinghe Select Committee proposals, during President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s term the proposals she made in 1995,1997 and the proposals tabled as a Bill in Parliament in August 2000, the Oslo Communique and the Tokyo Communiqué during Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe’s term as Prime Minister and the speech delivered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inaugural meeting of the All Parties Representative Committee (A P R C) and the Multi Ethnic Experts Committee (M E E C) appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa ,and the reports of the said A P R C and M E E C. All these processes took the proposals for sharing power much beyond the scope of the 13th amendment.

With the assumption of office of the new Government, Parliament has constituted itself as a Constitutional Assembly, a Steering Committee, comprising of representatives of all political parties in Parliament has been appointed, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, various Sub – Committees representing different political parties have been appointed, and work is in progress for the evolution of a Constitution to resolve the conflict within a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka, with the maximum possible consensus.

The Resolution for the appointment of the Constitutional Assembly adopted by Parliament inter-alia states:-

“Whereas there is broad agreement among the people of Sri Lanka that it is necessary to enact a constitution for Sri Lanka” It further states

  1. This Parliament resolves that: There shall be a Committee which shall have the powers of the Committee of the whole Parliament consisting of Members of Parliament for the purpose of deliberating and seeking the advice and views of the people on a Constitution for Sri Lanka and
  2. Preparing a draft of a Constitutional Bill for the consideration of Parliament in the exercise of its powers under article 75 of the Constitution. It further states
  3. For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby further declared that a Constitution Bill shall only be enacted into Law if it is passed in Parliament by a special majority of two thirds of the whole number of the Members of Parliament including those not present and subsequently approved by the people at a Referendum as required by Article 83 of the Constitution.

The current 1978 Constitution did not have such consensus, nor did the 1972 first Republican Constitution, have such consensus. The failure to evolve a Constitution based on such consensus has been the reason for the failure of such Constitutions.

Issues relating to transitional justice in respect of which resolutions have been adopted at the Human Right Council also need to be addressed. These too are issues of urgent public importance in respect of which the Country needs to be kept informed. It is estimated that over one hundred and fifty thousand Tamils were killed as a result of the conflict and that recurrence of violence could result in more Tamil people being killed and more Tamil people fleeing the Country.

While we on our part will extend the maximum co-operation to the satisfactory conclusion of these processes and to the non – recurrence of violence, it is absolutely essential that these processes be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner, so as to ensure permanent peace with justice and equality to all citizens. It is fundamental that all extend their cooperation to enable the successful conclusion of these processes.

I would submit with respect that this is a Matter of urgent public importance, and that is the reason for raising this matter today in the House at Adjournment, to enable the whole country to be kept informed of the truth in regard to the processes and everything relating thereto.

R. Sampanthan
Member of Parliament –Trincomalee
Leader of the Opposition.

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    “The Whole Country Must Know The Truth “. Yes, I fully agree with you. The majority of the SriLankans of all races and religion will accept TRUTH. “Truth is a fundamental of Buddhism.

    Hope some elightened selfless Sri Lankan ( like Late Ven Sobitha Thero ) will emerge soon to support your patriotic-abc

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      Mr. Sambanthan, Divide, Distract (the masses with racism and hate speech agianst minorities), and Rule with corruption and looting of the public wealth, has been the practice and policy of successive Sinhala majority governments.

      The day that a single corrupt politician of the Mahinda Jarapassa family is held accountable is the day that the minorities may begin to believe that justice in the miracle of Modayas is possible.

      Thus far, there has been little sign of this from Ranil’s Jarapalanaya Govt.!

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        ‘During President R Premadasa’s term the Managala Moonesinghe Select Committee proposals, during President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s term the proposals she made in 1995,1997 and the proposals tabled as a Bill in Parliament in August 2000, the Oslo Communique and the Tokyo Communiqué during Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe’s term as Prime Minister and the speech delivered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inaugural meeting of the All Parties Representative Committee (A P R C) and the Multi Ethnic Experts Committee (M E E C) appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa ,and the reports of the said A P R C and M E E C. All these processes took the proposals for sharing power much beyond the scope of the 13th amendment.’

        HE ALSO FAIL TO MENTION WHICH SIDE REJECTED THE MANY PROPOSALS AS HE SO ELOQUENTLY POINTED OUT AS ABOVE. THUS ADDING TO THE DEATH TOLL TALLY UNTIL 2009 WHEN THE WAR WAS FINALLY SETTLED. Yes there must be a political solution, but where was this eloquent voice when the above proposals were rejected?????

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          malik “Kafur of Gujarat”

          You are wrestling with the many failed attempts to address the real political issues.

          “HE ALSO FAIL TO MENTION WHICH SIDE REJECTED THE MANY PROPOSALS AS HE SO ELOQUENTLY POINTED OUT AS ABOVE.”

          Will you now tell us the conveniently forgotten short history of one sided policy/history making and the reasons for failure of all proposals and the persons whoever it was used political expediency to exploit race card and vote bank to mislead the people into self destruction starting from Citizenship ACt 1948 and language policy in the 1950s todate including MR and his cronies?

          Be a man/woman find, face, deal with real obstacles.

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      R. Sampanthan

      RE:The Whole Country Must Know The Truth

      “I would submit with respect that this is a Matter of urgent public importance, and that is the reason for raising this matter today in the House at Adjournment, to enable the whole country to be kept informed of the truth in regard to the processes and everything relating thereto.”

      Yes, Absolutely. The Whole Country Must Know The Truth of the Paras, Paradeshis, their atrocities to the Native Veddah Aethho, to each other, and the environment in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, from their Para-Homeland, Bharat, Damnba-Diva, India, Hind.

      The atrocities of Para-Sinhala towards Para-Tamils is a continuation of the Para-Sinhala against the true owners of the land, the Native Veddah Aethho.

      Similarly, the The atrocities of Para-Sinhala towards Para-Tamils and to a lesser extent against the Para-Muslims is a continuation of the Para-Sinhala atrocities against the true owners of the land, the Native Veddah Aethho.

      Similarly, the The atrocities of Para-Tamils towards Para-Sinhala and to a lesser extent against the Para-Muslims is a continuation of the Para-Tamils atrocities against the true owners of the land, the Native Veddah Aethho.

      Yes. Thre of the Para atrocities to each other should be told and disclosed, just like the Nazi atrocities were disclosed, and the truth known.

      References:

      1. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Journal of Human Genetics 59, 28-36 (January 2014) | doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      2. The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U&t=246s

      3. Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw&t=31s

      4. Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o&t=207s

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      Be them whehter Sinhala, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers or others, if they behave like extremists, we the peace loving folks of the nation should get together to stand against them.
      Germanys, NPD ( nazi supporters) are still there but their percentages are not that powerful enough to turn out to be constituents to any kind of coalition formations. Be it with the issues of migrant communities or others, NPD s stand has not been changed sofar. They animate the rest of Germans, to the same manner, Rajaapkshe makes it abusing so called afffinity with buddhist clergy…. over the past few months… but all these will remain as the minority forces.
      Majority forces will consist of more of peace awaiting folks regardless of their religions, ethinic background, castes and wealths. That is for sure.

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      Yes honorable Opposition leader, Mr R. Sampanthan,

      not only that the whole country must know the truth but entire world…

      regardless of caste, religion or any other factors, SRILANKENS should work for permanent peace.
      As some idiots seem not taking it seious, calling it just an economic problem… should not be taken serious.. they will get marginalize if all forces would join hand with clean thoughts of building a multi national groups in order to succeed all endeavours.

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      To Colombo Telegraph…. You have deliberately chosen not to publish the entire speech . If you did and as you knew and self censored deliberately mr R. Sampanthan Confirmed and condoned the assassination of m a sumanthiran. He even pointed the finger to the parties who hand a hand in ordering this diabolical attempt. A few who got less votes than m a sumanthiran and those few with foreign terrorist links.

      One wonders why you CMB telegraph choose the self censor button, maybe it contradicts the one of many false stories you published re m a sumanthiran assassination attempt by trying to misdirect the plot as a government fabricated story????

      Please note and please publish

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        This idiot has no idea, this the ADJOURNMENT MOTION !

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    “Our Neighbour and parent Country India offered its good offices to resolve the issue which Sri Lanka accepted in 1983. An Indo Sri Lanka agreement was signed on 29th July 1987 between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India and President J R Jayewardene of Sri Lanka which laid down vital contours for a political resolution.”

    This is the solution, Nothing else. This is also another white elephant forced upon Sri Lanka!
    Sri Lanka did have a terrorist problem and It is solved now, All we now have is economic problem!

    Are you scared once the economic problem was solved there is nothing for you to mislead the poor Tamils? Stop scratching the healing wounds,
    Let poor Tamil people recover from the trauma you also supported one time. They want Jobs, Houses, vehicles schools and hospitals.

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      “Sri Lanka did have a terrorist problem”

      Such armed conflict by Tamil youth emerged only after several decades of ethnic violence against the Tamil people.

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        There were two armed uprisings by JVP for the lack of social justice! It was still terrorism and got crushed mercilessly.

        Underlying problem is social, not ethnical, TNA dicks are not going to give you justice and freedom. That is another lot to enslave you.

        On what ground do you think the Tamil politicians will do a better job than Sinhalese in SL?

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          You are simply a shame NOT grown up to discuss the topic Srinath. Shame on you.. I wonder how you deserve to continue your stay in a country where all rights are safeguarded for all folks – that is UK. You the men should finally get it… we do have a problem in the country, .. else not a war would need to have fought for the last 30 years.
          Please have you informed from your offsprings, or the neigbours, they could help opening your eyes. If not today when ?

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            What is Federal/new constitution all this ethnic bullshit got to do with safeguarding rights of all folks?
            Is it not already in the constitution?
            Have you read it?
            Do politicians give us the rights we already have in the constitution?
            Without slander get to the point.

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “What is Federal/new constitution all this ethnic bullshit got to do with safeguarding rights of all folks?”

              Why has the constitution in its present form failed to safeguard the people since 1948?

              Be a man/women.

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                So what do you think people will be protected from the new one?
                Suddenly people will change their attitudes!

                Grow up! Who are you kidding?

                If you have decent bit of decency write your articles in your own name!

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          ‘Sinhalese’ enacted Sinhala Only and thereby alienated those whose mother tongue was Tamil. That was the start of the problem. An ethnic community is still required to sign police reports written, understand letters sent to them and spoken to in government offices in language that they do not understand and hence made alien in their country of their and their ancestors’. birth.

          Numerical superiority does not mean the majority disregards the rights of the minorities and persecute whenever they ask for their rights.

          “Underlying problem is social, not ethnical” for all the communities. But there is a cause for ethnic strife which is based on language. There are communities who made this country their own speak different languages.

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            Sinhalese enacted Sinhala Only!

            It is no longer in the constitution,
            So why are you not happy?
            Why not ask the politicians to implement it!
            Bringing new one solve it?

            So what else is deprived by Tamils?
            You gave only one point.

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              srinath-g

              Sinhala-Only act was not repealed yet.

              You and people like you boast a large community of Tamils and Muslims live in and around Colombo. Take a Tamil with you to any police station there to, say, make an entry.

              There won’t be anyone in any of those police stations know or understand Tamil. In their broken English they will ask for his/her race (Tamil or Muslim, India Tamil etc), religion( Islam, Hindu or Buddhism) and write the report in Sinhalese and ask him/her to sign it. It is the same in many police stations in North-East.

              You will find every job in Sri Lanka is over employed, say, 5 workers for one person’s job. On Galle Road you find 2 policemen are stationed at both ends of the pedestrian crossing. Why cannot at least one of the 5 knows dual languages. It is good for the inter-relationship of communities.

              People must be made to feel they are part of the society and they will work hard.

              In Singapore all the languages are made official. There is no racism and even Sinhalese – professional , labour and maids – go there to work. All the citizens enjoy the highest standard in whole of Asia.

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                There are lot to improve in the administration,
                It is true poor Tamil people as well as poor Sinhalese get utterly ill treated in these institutes.

                It is true, due to the lack of language facilities, Tamils get alienated in South.

                The solution for this is not bringing in constitutions, Bringing proper procedures, changing people.
                Why is this non racist govt does not facilitate these basic requirements?

                In Sri Lanka also all the languages are official to the constitution. Read it, Why is it not implemented?
                Road signs, Bus labels, has to be changed? I think we have made a lot of progress in these areas.

                Everyone must be encouraged to Learn Tamil or Sinhalese!
                For public servants it must be a must.
                Now a days Sinhalese kids learn Tamil in schools in south.

                Not any sensible Sinhalese oppose these things, In my home town we all live like brothers in SL.

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “Sinhalese enacted Sinhala Only! It is no longer in the constitution,”

              Have you ever take time to read up on Hiroshima, Nagasaki (effect of Atomic Bomb), Vietnam (agent orange), ….. Iraq (effect of depleted uranium used in shells)?

              Though the actual incidents took place many decades ago the people continue to suffer from effects.

              The first stupid racist bomb was dropped in 1948 (Citizenship ACT 1948), the building of a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto did not stop. In fact every building block had the equvalent political effects of Atomic Bomb, agent orange, depleted uranium, …… through out the short post independent history.

              Now please stop pretending that you knew nothing of these racist arsenals that every successive government used in the process.

              The most dangerous weapon ever created in this island against ordinary people is racists like you (including Anagarika Dharmapala).

              Go have a bath to purify your thoughts and words, good action will follow later.

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          srinath.gunaratnam

          Here is a Breaking news Yeaterday:

          122 Sri Lankans employed in Kuwait who were subjected to various forms of abuse have returned to the country.

          Are you planning to send more women to Kuwait to be abused by the medieval middle east kingdom or send your war heroes (criminals) to teach the Kuwaitis a lesson that they will never forget?

          Aren’t you going to do some thing to civilise them? Aren’t you going to do your smart ass patriotic duty? Send in Gota. What are you waiting for?

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          DEar Mr Srinath Gunaratne,

          “TNA dicks are not going to give you justice and freedom. That is another lot to enslave you”.

          Please explain on what grounds you make this profound statement.

          Have the TNA been tried out? And without trying out how can you make such a statement?

          Why is this country so besodden with racist thinking? When countries like South Africa, USA, Australia and others who practiced active racism till not very long ago have abandoned it and completely gone the other way, (and had black men as their Presidents), how can you ever say things like this?

          Do you not understand that people like you are a major part of the problem we face? Think about it, if logical thinking is still possible.

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            TNA is the official opposition in the country?
            Are they carrying out their duties rightly?

            TNA have all but one MPs from North.
            What has TNA done to Tamils? New road, New school, New industry?
            Better rights, No caste system, No poor in North?
            Apart from scratching beggar’s wound, with helping people to heal.

            Why is this country so besodden with racist thinking?

            Because politicians have divided us on racial lines! First we need to bring the basic human rights and rule of law to the country.

            Do you not understand that people like you are a major part of the problem we face?

            Tell me the logical thinking, If you do not support to divide the country, I am illogical?

            Do you not understand that people like you are a major part of the problem we face?
            We are the solution, learn to deal with it, be a realist.

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “Why is this country so besodden with racist thinking?”

              Will you now stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself this question until you find the answer.

              Ask your grandchildren or their friends the same question (once in a while) definitely they will tell you the answer on their own way, which of course racists (like you) may find them unacceptable unless of course you have already brain washed over a period of time.

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      Get a life you idiotic, racist ignorant Jarapassa boot licker. I am a Sinhalese on paper but interconnected to each and every living been on this universe. I think you are one of the negative node of the spectrum.

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        Have you married a non Sinhalese?
        Have your son or daughter married a non Sinhalese?
        You can call me a racist when you have done either.

        Country belongs to everyone with equal rights, Not to be cut into pieces to appease racists! The brave soldiers in forces sacrificed in thousands to save the country so you can interconnect!
        So keep inter connect! We will save it for future generations.

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          srinath.gunaratnam

          “Country belongs to everyone with equal rights,”

          Does it?

          “Not to be cut into pieces to appease racists!”

          I agree with you however how do you prevent the country being transformed into a racist Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto?

          In other words you need to stop yourself from self-destruction.

          How do you liberate Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhism?

          How do you liberate Buddhist from Sinhala/Buddhism?

          How do you people from smart ass patriotism?

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            how do you prevent the country being transformed into a racist Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto?

            All the races must get together leaving aside race based politics,
            We need to implement a system similar to the Briton, Where all the rights are reserved.
            Chase away all the Bullshit politicians and get a real bunch.

            Fight state corruption!

            Fight against state brutality!

            Mostly, Fight to uphold rule of law

            When current basic human rights are solved, We can talk about devolution or we really need it.

            Will the bringing effing federalism and new constitutions give us these rights?

            Will they give us the right which they do not give us now?

            More divisions, More problems, More salary to pay to the polidicks?

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “how do you prevent the country being transformed into a racist Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto? “

              Rather I would encourage them to have one albeit a small one.

              I intent to relocate all your relatives and like minded mates into a 10 Square mile enclave in the deep south and build a wall around you. Name the enclave as Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto for the bigoted noisy minority.

              Enclave

              – A portion of territory surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct.

              “All the races must get together leaving aside race based politics,”

              Once the Sinhala/Buddhist bigoted minority has been chased out from the island proper, the races will go back to their normal self – will be able express their compassion for each other.

              Please advise your racist chums to get lost in your ghetto.

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          Mr Guneratne,

          There is nothing to worry if the soldiers were brave and they got rid of the terrorists. No one would pillory them.

          There is a lot to worry however if they bombed the wrong places and killed the wrong people – not through mistake but deliberately. THIS is what needs to be proven to make the charges stick. If proven, the guilty will need to face the charges. If not proven, they get out free.

          DO YOU GET IT?

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            There is a Supreme court in the country,
            Why don’t you file a court case and see what happens?
            Forced disappearance, Violation of civil rights?

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “There is a Supreme court in the country,”

              Is there?

              “Why don’t you file a court case and see what happens?”

              Oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              “Forced disappearance, Violation of civil rights?”

              You are not only a confirmed racist but also a stupid as well.

              When president, politicians, members of armed forces and state functionaries are still in denial nothing could be done to find truth nor justice.

              The forced disappearance and violation of civil rights did not start with MR (however during his misrule he was at zenith) nor will it stop tomorrow. The weeping widow started it in 1970s.

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              Dear Mr Gunaratne,

              I am merely replying to your generalization about the brave forces being targeted. I am merely replying to you; there is no need for me to file anything anywhere.

              Take a look at the general viewpoint as expressed by others to your vituperations. Check out for yourself, how many agree with you. Are they all mad and you are the only sane person?

              If you are unable to write in a civil manner as befits an educated sinhalese – buddhist, just give up writing.

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                When Mahinda was fighting LTTE, The whole world thought he was crazy! You think the middle class expatriate Tamils writing here with pseudo names is the general point, You are mistaken,

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                  srinath.gunaratnam

                  “When Mahinda was fighting LTTE, The whole world thought he was crazy!”

                  The whole world knew MR was crazy not for the reason you have stated. Hindians needed a mad Sinhala/Buddhist butcher to complete Hindian project on this island. MR fitted very well as he has a brother who was a national hangman.

                  By the way please read:

                  China, Pakistan Ukraine, Russia, Israel supplied us arms: Gota
                  2017-02-24

                  Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said China, Pakistan, Ukraine, Russia and Israel were the countries that supplied military equipment in the fight against terrorism at that time whereas India helped immensely in the provision of training for the security forces. In an interview with Daily Mirror, he said 80 per cent of Sri Lanka military’s overseas training had been provided by India over the years, yet it could not supply weapons due to the Tamil Nadu factor. “Yet, they helped us in so many ways by way of training our officers,” he said. He said Sri Lanka’s military is primarily equipped with Chinese weapons for years. “We depended on China for weapons. The other countries that provided us with war equipment are Pakistan, Israel, Ukraine and Russia,” he said. Israel supplied Dvora and Kaffir fighter jets for Navy whereas armoured tankers and MiG aircrafts arrived from Ukraine and Russia.(Kelum Bandara).

                  Daily Mirror

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      srinath.gunaratnam

      “Sri Lanka did have a terrorist problem and It is solved now, All we now have is economic problem!”

      Many stupid people like you thought terrorist problem had been solved in 1971, 1991 and 2009.

      Terrorist problem recurred or lasted since 5th April 1971 irrespective of linguistic differences.

      Ask yourself why and could you assure us another terrorist problem wouldn’t occur in the near future?

      How do you propose to deal with state terrorism which never went away?

      Remember JVP was not a very good terrorist Guru.

      Were you a JVP terrorist in 1971 or between 1987-1991? Did you escape to India from Udugampola’s guns and goons along with Somawansa?

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        Ask yourself why and could you assure us another terrorist problem wouldn’t occur in the near future?

        Having a good security perimeter covering the whole country,
        Army in both North and south.
        Navy in both North and south.
        Military intelligence. etc..

        How do you propose to deal with state terrorism which never went away?

        Establishing law and order in the country like in Britain and US.
        Further We intelligence service like in Israel where we can get to the remaining bastards in Norway/Sweden/France! Ones who try to revive the terrorism!

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          srinath.gunaratnam

          “Having a good security perimeter covering the whole country, Army in both North and south. Navy in both North and south. Military intelligence. etc..”

          Gunam

          Please grow up.

          “Establishing law and order in the country like in Britain and US. Further We intelligence service like in Israel where we can get to the remaining bastards in Norway/Sweden/France! Ones who try to revive the terrorism!”

          Gunam

          You need to grow up fast.

          Do you know there are at least “3 more worlds within the conventional “habitable” zone where life is considered a possibility”?

          Gunam

          Grow up.

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            You can go tell US/Britons/Israel to grow up!
            How many intelligence services do they have?

            Am I the one should grow up?

            Realpolitik dude, Grow up, Stop living in a dream!

            Every dick in the country cannot come up and ask monoethnic enclaves to preserve their rights!

            If they do not want to live, They can F off like prime minister of Australia/Russia said. May be they need to grow up too?

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              srinath.gunaratnam

              “Am I the one should grow up?”

              No, you and your paranoid fellow Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority.

              “You can go tell US/Britons/Israel to grow up!”

              I am not a citizen of US/Britons/Israel. It is for their people to grow up.

              “Every dick in the country cannot come up and ask monoethnic enclaves to preserve their rights!”

              You are right, however in order to get rid of squeaky sinhala/Buddhist ghetto builders, I am willing in principle to provide you with 10 square mile of land in the deep south where you will find/build your promised land.

              “If they do not want to live, They can F off like prime minister of Australia/Russia said. May be they need to grow up too?”

              Let prime minister of Australia/Russia say whatever they want to say {GDP – Russia $1.4 trillion (2017) (nominal)$3.9 trillion (2017) (PPP)} and { GDP of Australia $1.2 trillion (2015,Nominal), $1.1 trillion (2015,PPP)} where as {GDP – of Little islanders’US$ 80.591 Billion, US$ 233.637 Billion PPP}

              You should know your place in the world, region, country, …. and village.

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          Srinath – Sounds like you want a militarized State, with your wannabe dictator and his Goatish brother and family in charge!

          A better idea would be to “get the bastards” who remain free even after the heinous crimes against the people by the Jarapakse gang whom you seem to idolize.

          And if you are pontificating from abroad, put your money where your mouth is and return to your (apparently) beloved motherland that you deserted for reasons best known to you.

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      I don’t care from what source the call for reconcilliation comes, I will accept what is spelled out specifically and honestly.

      Many things in the past will have to be forgiven. The fact is that the Leader of the Opposition, Mr R. Sampanthan, is proposing what looks like being a permanent solution: he’s NOT talking about enacting legislation behind our backs. He has stipulated not just a two-thirds majority of our corrupt politicians, but a referendum as well.

      We would do well to remember that Mr Sampanthan is a trilingual lawyer. Of course he’s identified as a “Tamil” and is in Parliament having been elected almost exclusively by Tamil votes from the Trincomalee District (which has a very mixed population).

      I must confess that I was surprised at this description of India – “Our Neighbour and parent Country” – unnecessarily emotional! However, it is true, as Amarasiri has immediately noted. We should all undergo DNA tests! To the best of my knowledge all my ancestors came from villages a little inland from Galle: so I have better claims to not being of RECENT Indian origin. But I’m pretty sure that most of our genes would have come from SOUTH India. Vijaya may have contributed something, but not much.

      The Americans wisely elected Barack Obama as POTUS in 2008. Now, we are seeing what a racist buffoon has been elected by less educated white Americans in 2016.

      The choice is ours. We can’t opt for aged Mr Sampanthan for leader of our country; what we do need is the election of some decent non-racist Sri Lankan who can address all our people!

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      “Sri Lanka did have a terrorist problem and It is solved now, All we now have is economic problem!!”

      Terror problem within the country was somehow stopped. But the ethnic problem remains to be resolved.

      a) Sadly idiots of your kind obviously have no whatsover hearts to get the gravity of the problem. This country, extremists within our sinhala folks even today make every effort to isolate nothern srilankans. Not just notherners, but also muslim folks scattered in the country. You would never bee able to cover it this way, there has been a problem, the times have come to find sustatinable solutions to the problems, with getting the real problems through discussions in the line of reconciliation

      b)We are now in 2017 – if a larger portion of the folks still denies the realities of the folks… that alone shows, that this will not be an easy tasks.. and it will take more time than they just set it for.

      c) More discussion rounds… may open the eyes of Srinaths, Jim softies, Sachs, and the like morons, that seem taking more time than others to realize the realities.

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        What sustainable with the half bred frog minded politicians in banana land?

        Go read the current constitution, And ask Ranil to give the right already in it first!

        Once the rule of law is applied to everyone, The country will be all right.

        Thousand new constitutions will not solve the problem of idiocy!

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          These words are sensible, and will be listened to. Here, too you you get emotional, but it is being critical of our own side, and it would help if you give us bits of the “current constitution”, or at least a link to it:

          http://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/lk/lk007en.pdf

          You’re right: this is 163 pages of PDF, and I have spent half an hour on it, and further downloaded it – only 1.5 mega bytes, and so I have saved it. Yes, we’ve got to keep referring to it, if we want to vote for amendments to it. Yes required reading before voting!

          So, my apologies for dismissing you as a guy who writes nonsense.

          Unfortunately some of your other comments sound very anti-Tami in the contexts that they appear in.

          I’ve just erased some things that I had already written. Could you please do something for the country? When making a comment, could you please make reference to the relevant sections of the Constitution when you pour (deserved!) scorn on us who want to keep writing in a vacuum.

          Ive taken a quick look at your comments before saying this – very seriously!

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          DEar Mr Guneratne,

          THIS offering of yours I totally agree with.

          It is refreshing that you show a streak of common sense, not very commonly seen in your writings, sadly.

          Everyone on this page will agree with you that what is needed is essentially the application of the rule of the law to all; new constitution or no constitution.

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      Okay, Srinath, if you are sick with your Lung, please see an urologist to have you checked … ? Likewise, you guys are so stupid idiots not to get it right..
      we fought wars… we held a number of discussions. Let alone today, we should know that there is a problem in the country and that was the reason for all these conflicts. We have a problem that some extremist of your blood stand against country s miniority folks.
      Tamils are the main among the minorities, they have been discriminated in this country… that we should accept if we are no brain sick. You guys to go on saying that there is no such problems.. is like making an effort to create new form of problems.
      We the sinhalese, consider us all being srilankens, would never support you guys.
      Non sinhala brothers now know that there are extremists of your nature – spearheaded by former ESTRANGEG president Mahinda Jarapakshe.Even if his first term had the luck to succeed the eleminiation of terror within the country- the very same president s adminsitraton to abuse the nation in the post war episode – to the manner no any previous did it – is being investigated currently.
      We all should work for sustainable soltution for the ethnic problem.

      P.S to tell you Srinath, we have tamil ethnic problems, and we also have muslim ethinc problmes too.. but uiplifiting the living standards of the people only, you will not be able to please them so long you the extremists make every effort to behave above.. calling yourself – majoratarians.

      and recently, i read .. even burghers are discriminated in SL, and that is the reason why many of them left the country for other destinatons.
      Shame on you Srinath ..

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    Are we having a opposition leader who cannot call LTTE as terrorists and condemn their terrorism?

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      “Are we having a President or Prime Minister who cannot call Srilanka military as a Terrorist military and condemn their violation of human rights and war crimes. The truth is that Sinhalese dominated is a criminal institution and state terrorism is the fundamental cause for the massacres of thousands of innocent Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims of this island.

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      Sach
      Within your capability in understanding the truth is Zero.
      You will never understand the question of which came first ? The proto- chicken or the proto- chicken egg?? Simply which came first? The Egg or the Chicken??
      Sach with peanut brain of a calibre will never agree to any intelligent solution .
      Which came first ? The Tamil Terrorism( Freedom fight within the same territory) or the State Terrorism.??

      You cannot forever behave like the ” cats as they close their eyes while drinking milk ” In the notion that all the misdeeds may not by seen by others..
      The simple answer is and was the State Terrorism was the cause of Minority Uprising Terrorism , you cannot deny it.

      More disaster will follow with living in DENIAL.
      THIS Denial of Racism, Religious Intolerance , Majoritarianism will drive this country to more destruction for a foreseeable time , the CURSE may continue for many more centuries!!

      This is how the Racists like Sach will create a land of their own called a land of self destruction .

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        The problem came when Tamils colluded with colonial masters and occupied all the perks!
        There are no freedom fighters with suicide jackets.

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          srinath.gunaratnam

          “The problem came when Tamils colluded with colonial masters and occupied all the perks!”

          Good.

          Could you support your observation with evidence. If you do not have any evidence it is alright.

          “There are no freedom fighters with suicide jackets.”

          Killing, raping, arson, torture, abuse, violating human rights of fellow human being ………… never made anyone heroes/war heroes, they are simply war criminals.

          Are you a deserted war criminal/coward or member of Gota’s hit squad?

          Recently the deserters were granted amnesty. Go apply. Let see if you calm down.

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            Native Vedda
            ‘Killing, raping, arson, torture, abuse, violating human rights of fellow human being ………… never made anyone heroes/war heroes, they are simply war criminals.

            Could YOU support your observation with evidence. If you do not have any evidence it is alright?

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              balasuriya

              Can you give us evidence to show that “killing, raping, arson, torture, abuse, violating human rights of fellow human being …………” has ever made anyone heroes/war heroes?

              What exactly is your problem?

              “Injustice in the end produces independence.”
              -Voltaire

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          “The problem came when Tamils colluded with colonial masters and occupied all the perks!”

          The so called “divide-and-rule policy of the British” did not favour any Tamils. It only favoured the Sinhalese who were collaborating with the British (known as Kalu Suddo). You do not need any education and research capability to understand the behaviours and cultural differences of two different races in a country. Just by living with both of them for a certain amount of period (few years) and some intelligence/common sense is more than enough. For example, it did not take mush time for the Colonial rulers to identify the Sinhalese as foolish and lazy people only good at eating Kavum. They did not say the same to Tamils or Muslims because the Tamils were clever, ready to learn, industrious, honest and hardworking (the Tamil work ethics – work is worship). The Muslims were also honest and very good at business. On the other hand, the Sinhala race was very lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. This is the reason why, when it came to white collar jobs in the Ceylon Civil Service the colonials gave preference to Ceylon Tamils of North and East. The Tamils were holding top positions in the government service whereas the Sinhalese were working as peons and drivers. Like what Soulbury says, the English were jealous of the Scots, the lazy Sinhalese were jealous of the hardworking Tamils and Muslims. The so called Sinhala leaders (the Sinhala Kalu Suddhas) such as 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 Sinhalese on a platter. In 1948, the British handed over the entire country to the Sinhalese with the second highest GNP per capita in Asia and where are we today?

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        tamil terrorism came first…every anti tamil pogram started after racist tribal terrorist acts by Tamils

        Eelam demand came way before SL gains independance

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    D.S.Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of independent Ceylon, GAVE THE FOLLOWING SOLEMN PROMISE TO THE TAMILS and other minority communities `NO HARM NEED YOU (NON-SINHALESE) FEAR AT OUR HANDS (SINHALESE) IN A FREE LANKA.  
     
    ` He was speaking in the State Council in October 1945 when all the Tamil members had unanimously voted for the acceptance of the Soulbury constitution in a White Paper.  
     
    `Do you want to be governed from London or  
    do you want, as Ceylon, to help govern Ceylon?  
    On behalf of the (Ceylon National) Congress  
    (founded by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam in 1919)  
    and on my behalf, I give the minority communities  
    the sincere assurance that no harm need you fear  
    at our hands in a free Lanka.`  
     
    But in 1948, the very year of Independence, D.S.Senanayake blatantly WENT BACK ON THE PROMISE AND BARED HIS TRUE COLOURS AS AN UNREPENTANT CHAMPION OF SINHALA CHAUVINISM by depriving one million Tamils of their citizenship.

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    The government committed to the release of lands, demilitarisation of the North and SSR. The President’s 100day plan also stated that ‘a democratic civil administration will be put in place in the North and South’. While a certain amount of land has been restored to their rightful owners, there is more to be returned, and the military presence in the North continues. The military continues to be involved in civilian administration in the North, such as managing shops and pre-schools which has resulted in the locals being absorbed into the military structure, as they are employed in these institutions.140 The continued military presence in the North, despite commitments made to the contrary, has resulted in the victor mentality being sustained. This is to be contrasted with other steps taken by the government to soften the victor mentality that was highlighted during the past regime. Thus, while the government attempts to mellow the victor mentality, the continued military presence in the North negates these efforts and continues to create fear and apprehension among the residents of the area.

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    “The Whole Country Must Know The Truth “. Yes, I fully agree with you. The majority of the SriLankans of all races and religion will accept TRUTH. “Truth is a fundamental of Buddhism.

    Hope some elightened selfless Sri Lankan ( like Late Ven Sobitha Thero ) will emerge soon to support your patriotic- move

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      Who are the Patriots of Srilanka??
      Not the SRILANKAN Sinhala politicians and the Buddha worshippers, certainly not !! If they’re Patriots they would never think of swindling the state funds meant for the state and BANKRUPT THE STATE.
      This is so Unpatriotic Greed.
      Who Robs the most and take it out of the country for their sons , daughters and grandchildren!!
      The Unpatriotic Leaders who can swindle as much as they can.
      It’s a mix bag of leaders among us from the majority leaders to Minority leaders.

      UNPATRIOTIC SCUMS OF THE EARTH WHO ARE OUT TO BANKRUPT OUR NATION.
      WE ARE THE LOSERS THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THESE PEOPLE , STATE EDUCATED FREELY INCLUDING HIGHER EDUCATION TO BECOME THE STATE SWINDLERS AND THIEVES.
      WE should be ashamed.

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        Analyst

        “Who are the Patriots of Srilanka??”

        The ones who are reluctant/scared to join the armed forces to fight invading foreign forces yet happily blow their own trumpet being cause of decisive victory motivating young village modyas to kill their own people while their own children are being educated in foreign countries.

        Basically crooks/hypocrites who hide their own sins and hypocrisy.

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    So much noise has been made by so many with regard to ethnic problem for the past 60 years but so little has been done to remedy it. The present government too promised to solve the problem but it appears that the Yahapalanaya government is still in the clutches of Rajapakse. A government which cannot give back the lands taken over by the army or release the political prisoners who has not been charged,how can we expect a solution for greater things.After all Mr.Sambanthan is only a STATE SPONSORED Opposition leader and he cannot possibly demand the rights of the Tamils however small it may be.
    Proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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      What is the problem, Can you tell me 5 things you do not have and ordinary Sinhalese have?

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        srinath.gunaratnam

        The Island Editor Shamindra Ferdinando types “The Sri Lankan military brought the war against the LTTE to a successful conclusion in May, 2009.”

        Was it true?

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    “The whole country must know the truth” Mr Sambanthan , the Tamil people do not know the truth about you. What do you say to that.

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    Please keep the UN and India out of our problem. Singhalese will never accept any proposals from the UN or India.

    The problem we have is the lack of confidence/trust between the communities. A solution has to come from the communities within Sri Lanka.

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      Thamilan

      I totally agree with your proposal, a solution has to emerge from within Sri Lankan communities. The question is who would represent the communities? Definitely, should NOT be politicians and religious leaders. They all have their own agenda and betray the country and their people.

      A mechanism should be established to set up a body which comprises representations of all communities and that body should be given power to implement decisions.Is it practical? I don’t think so, but if we set up one and then negotiate with Government, it might work. members of the body has to be non biased, non racial citizens of Sri Lanka.

      I am a Tamil and lived all the way in Colombo and I had several Sinhalese, Tamil and Moslem friends and was leading a good young life. Overnight in July 1983, my life was shattered through communal violence orchestrated by politicians. Those friends I had were such a lovely bunch of boys and no racial elements prevailed amongst us.

      That is why I am telling, leave the politicians out, all citizens of Sri Lanka are very friendly people but due to politicians preach racism amongst community, Sri Lanka never achieve peace!!

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        Bloody politicians. Can’t do with them, can’t do without them.

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        Chelva,

        I agree 100% with your comments.I too have many Singhalese and Muslim friends.We grew up together. But today’s kids hardly have any friends from the other community.

        The break up started after SWRD’s Singhala only and Chelva’s Federal Party(in Tamil they called it the Tamil Kingdom Party!)

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        Chelva
        It’s not only the Rajaballas have been racist and destroyed our country , it had been the practice of the Racist elements for the last 7 decades , which went hand in hand with yellow Robed Ayatollah Racists and the Political Ayatollahs of Srilanka who had dragged the country to this state.

        I was indeed surprised when I Googled to check where our precious country positioned in the IQ rating guess what ?? We are rated a miserable 79 equalling Democratic Republic of Congo , Guatemala and Zambia.
        These are some of the poorest countries in the world ?
        REMEMBER WE WERE ONCE THE HIGHLY IQ RATED COUNTRY IN THE ASIA IN The 40s to 70s.
        NOW Most of the Asian countries have been rated high , very high in the ladder ,like China, Singapore, Malaysia including India!!
        What the hell had happened?
        Is it the Food , the Politics or the Religion???

        How did we get there to be rated a miserable 79??
        A DISGRACE TO CALL THIS COUNTRY, OUR COUNTRY,
        DISGRACEFUL POLITICIANS , TO CALL THEM AS OUR RULERS.

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      The problem will be solved when communities learn to appreciate the human values and treat each other as human beings? We are ill treating our own people in our own race, So when are we going to learn how to treat other people with dignity.

      You are right Thamilan, instead breeding hatred, we must learn to trust each other. Then all these problem will be gone!

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        No need to talk more, why not you meeharakas make efforts to learn tamil langauge ? That can open the doors to resolving problems. Srinath you are as some commentators say, no grown up to discuss the problems of minorities.
        I am ashamed to see sinhalese of your nature.

        God, please help these men somehow, we have made efforts, it seems difficult.
        These men though living on the west, but to disgree with the basics should rather be pathological.

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          Minorities in SL have so many friends Leela,
          US, UK, India,

          99% of minority and majority problems can be solved if apply the current laws in the country to practice.

          Someone got to look after Sinhalese too ?
          May be your grand children will have a place to call their home too?
          May be you did not lose anyone in forces or by the suicide bombs!

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            srinath.gunaratnam

            “Someone got to look after Sinhalese too ?”

            I thought Sinhalese and Buddhists are being looked after by Sinhala/Buddhists since the Public Racist Anagarika Dharmapala’s time. What went wrong?

            The Sinhala/Buddhists noisy minority had 70 years absolute power to destroy this island. What happened to their resolve?

            “99% of minority and majority problems can be solved if apply the current laws in the country to practice.”

            May be 100% of the problems can be solved if scientists find cure to your paranoia.

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        srinath.gunaratnam

        “The problem will be solved when communities learn to appreciate the human values and treat each other as human beings?”

        Seriously you don’t mean that.

        “So when are we going to learn how to treat other people with dignity.”

        Right now right here.

        “You are right Thamilan, instead breeding hatred, we must learn to trust each other. Then all these problem will be gone!”

        It is not easy as you may imagine. First you will have to find cure for your paranoia and stop planning to build a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto on this island, learn to treat people compassionately, …… stop carrying MR’s Sinhala/Buddhist b***s.

        Go prepare a list of innocent people who had involuntarily gone missing from 5th April 1971 if you want others to trust you.

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    Sinhala governments were the first terrorist governments.

    LTTE did engage in liberating Tamils facing systematic genocide.

    when compared to the disgarceful, regressive and destructive mass arrests, terror, torture, disappearances, human rights violations, injustice and Tamil genocide by Sinhala only soldiers of SL, LTTE was very progressive.

    Let the TRUTH be known. TRUTH has only one face but UNTRUTH has many faces of human lies. TRUTH requires a neutral and fair mind. Why are the Sinhalese fearing to know the TRUTH and boldly speak only the political TRUTH of the past and present?

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    Chelva – a Tamil and lived all the way in Colombo……. Oh, then you must be one of those high caste tamils who deprived the low caste of education and leaving the North………..
    If your life got shattered in 1983, it was because of a provocation by Thambi.
    Moreover, retribution catches up with the high caste for what you people denied to the low caste.

    As for Sampanthan Anna, he must get all the parliamentarians of the ITAK to join the Yahapalanaya and ask for a Ministerial or a Deputy Minister posts. CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM EASILY.

    BTW can Sampanthan Annai, can you disclose the entire truth what Diaspora/Sumane & U discussed with Mongol/CBK & Wickramaratne in S’pore to enable everyone to compare secrets.

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      thondamannay

      “BTW can Sampanthan Annai, can you disclose the entire truth what Diaspora/Sumane & U discussed with Mongol/CBK & Wickramaratne in S’pore to enable everyone to compare secrets.”

      I would have been a much happier person had they discussed about and agreed to grant you, somas, dimwit, ……the noisy minority a ten square mile land to build your promised land, the Sinhala/Buddhists ghetto in Deep South.

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    Thamilan,

    Please note that Mr Sampanthan is a lawyer. He has specified a Referendum. So, he clearly understands that the corrupt M.Ps must be able to persuade a lot of us, Sinhalese also to vote for the new Constitution.

    O.K. Let’s leave India and the UN out of the problem. Let us, whose mother tongues are Sinhala and Thamil solve the problem by getting together as human beings who also have much in common, culturally.

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      I can see there are sincere human beings with balanced thinking and appears to be patriotic Sri Lankans. Why don’t we all get together and set up a forum and discuss how to move forward to resolve our issue, possibly without involving politicians and external parties. Our thinking should be Sri Lankans and racism should not not be on the cards. Whoever fit into this category, are you prepare to set up a separate forum to discuss further?

      I see Freddy’s point, ‘people should run the country’!! That is how it is supposed to be….People MUST bring a change to this beautiful country

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    The truth is the Sinhalese are the Majority, Buddhist country, others living like the Tamils, Malays, Bhurghers, and Others live peacefully without any problems. Ethnicity divide was caused by corrupt politicians, religious persecution, racial, caste systems, rich and poor, separation and devolution by Tamils was greed not ethnic problems but using that for their Eelam dream , and expansion of Tamil Nadu, India. Enough said now I think everyone learn a lesson. Let put our differences aside and For Once join together and make Sri Lanka A better place for All. It is achievable and the Best time with equal footing in the World during this downturn crisis to come up and make it eventually a first World country. Politicians must do better or step down. Let the people run the country and politicians should listen to grass roots and grapevine. Because the People want to improve their lives, living standards, jobs etc. the hindrance from politicians has brought this country down because of their selfish greed and delusion. The people are getting smarter and want improvement.

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      [Let put our differences aside and For Once join together and make Sri Lanka A better place for All.]

      My friend, if we do that what can crooked politicians promise to unsuspecting Tamil masses? How many part-time writers would have nothing to write? How many NGOs will have to close shop? How many fake experts about Sri Lanka will have no job? How many Tamil Terrorist Diaspora parasites will have to bite themselves?

      Where would phrases like… “Tamil” aspirations, Tamil” self-determination, “Tamil” areas, “Tamil” heartlands, “Tamil” pasturelands, “Tamil” homeland, “Tamil” cause, “Tamil” ethnic problem, “Tamil” genocide, “Tamil” history, root cause of the “Tamil” problem… go?

      It’s a bloody nuisance to Sri Lankans. We need to grab that fake “Tamil” bull by its horn and kick it all the way to where it belongs… Tamilnadu.

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        Why?

        Did you forget from where your forefather Vijay came?

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        P.U.k

        You dont seem to know politics, freedom arising from politics, Self determination of Tamils, Tamil homeland, Tamil issues and Tamil Genocide; either because you are a Sinhala racist or you never wanted to know the politial TRUTH.

        The problem with the Sinhalese is, they are mostly “frogs in a well” like you, croaking from inside, and do not know as to how other countries resolved similar issues.

        Obviously, a solution is impossible. There4fore let us allow the UN to resolve this impasse, using their expertise, as we are dealing with “frogs in a well” that cannot come out to see the world outside.

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    Mr. Sambanthan:

    Amidst the heavy violence by LTTE, when LTTE – raped women suicide bombers were blowing up sinhala masses, when child soldiers were blowing up busses, civilian gatherings, when 400,000 Tamils were the civilian hostages, some more Tamils were moving ino the deep south when Tamils never moved in earlier. Now, the South is occupied by more Tamils than earlier.

    So, if there imminent danger of Tamils getting killed why do they move more into the majority sinhala areas. Why colombo is now occupied mostly by Tamils and muslims.

    Mr. Sambanthan, Use statistics and show that Tamils have concentrated into your homeland and have not spread more into the sinhala dominating area. They don’t even go to muslim majority areas. Yet they move into Sinhala majority areas.

    Why ?

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      Colombo is occupied mostly by Tamils snd Muslims !

      I am keen to find out if you smoke KG or some local stuff when you verbally vomit

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    No violence to Tamils has occurred after 1983(not about LTTE). Still after 33 years, politicians are talking about the past and make various demands. This creates and maintains suspicion among the different ethnic groups.

    Sampanthan says “As a result of such Ethnic Strife and ethnic violence against the Tamil People in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and thereafter, up to 50% of the Sri Lankan Tamil population were compelled to leave their own Country …………..”

    If 50% has left why they need special laws for the balance when we have seen that peaceful existence is ther after 1983.

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    Mr. Sambanthan:

    I suppose, you are getting ready for UNHCR in March.

    People should know the truth about why Harijan Tamils can not become the LEaders of TNA of Northen Provincial council. Why Tamils are refugees in their own homeland of Tamilnadu (at least after 1964). Why Tamils select to die in the OCean and not going to Tamilandu ? why Tamils die for a homeland in Sri lanka and not going that 16 miles to Tamilnadu ?

    Why Casteism is still an issue among Tamils.

    those are the issues that UNHCR should know. YOu should write articles about that then UNHCR peoole also find it.

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      jim softy dimwit

      “Why Casteism is still an issue among Tamils.”

      Why should it bother you when Sinhala/Buddhists casteism needs to be addressed urgently.

      You cannot hide behind caste all the time Jimmy.

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      No doubt, the IQ is just 29 and no hope of any improvement there.

      How can anyone who and whose ancestors were born in Sri Lanka go to another country except as refugees, it’s not the distance but nationality decides where one can make a permanent resident of.

      If racism is enacted as a criminal office as in many countries people who hold these views would have been behind bars.

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      jim shitty bugger, why the Tamils are scaring you a lot? are you scared and hiding under a mat in hambantota?

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      Sampathan represents Tamils and he knows what is best for them. Why do want to meddle in the Tamil politics? Why dont you ask the same question to the government instead?

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      jim softy,

      Casteism is more prevalent among Sinhalese than among Tamils.
      The Maha Sangha itself is divide along ‘caste’ lines.

      In the deep south, the rodiyas, kitul makers, pottery makers, toddy tappers, rubber tappers, dancers, drummers, conch blowers, facemask makers, veddahs, carters, conservancy labourers dhobys etc., are shunned by ‘upper caste’ Sinhalese.
      The Goigamas look down on the Salagamas and Karawas.
      There was a past president who was said to be from the ‘dhoby caste’.
      Once, someone positioned a bundle of old clothes on top of the head of his statue in a southern town, and this caused a big furore & policemen were permanently stationed near the statue.

      There was a Tamil Kingdom earlier comprising the upper three fourths of the northern province – click Jaffna Kingdom on Wikipedia – hence Tamils need not flee across the Palk Strait.

      But, with education and and advancement of social justice, “caste consciousness” is dying out among Tamils and Sinhalese.

      Tamils merely wish to live as equal citizens in every sense of the word, but this is being denied.
      Hence the desire to be a federated province dwellers – but this will be redundant if they are allowed to live as equals.
      They now live as “oppressed people” especially in the north.
      Tamils living in the south are those who purchased properties due to holding jobs – state & private – in the south, and being owners of businesses.

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    Official Literacy Rate of our Lanka NOW is 79 much much lower ( worse) than the other Asian countries .
    Remember once upon a time we topped the Asian countries stood above China , Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia and even the Illiterate India in the 50s and 60s .
    Now we are competing for a slot among some of the impoverished war torn countries like DEMOCRATIC CONGO,,GUATAMALA, AND ZAMBIA.

    Thank you Politicians from all walks of lives for having made this country OF ILLITERATES OF THE WORLD.

    HOT NEWS: 1 Day ago:
    Japan has introduced STRICTER BORDER CONTROL for LANGUAGE students from 5 Countries INCLUDING SRILANKA.

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    Mr Sambandan didn’t mention the 30 year destruction which was carried out by the 50 percent of his Vellala ex inhabitant population who are now on average USD 20,000 to 30,000 a year income.

    That is nearly two Million Vellas in the the West, according to Mr Sambandan’s own figure of 50 %.

    They .( the Diaspora ) who are now class themselves as Foreign Citizens in fact changed the Regime in Srilanka , which manged to end the 30 year destruction.

    Now Mr Sambandan who is the silent partner of the UNP Government is trying to ell the Truth, nothing but the whole Truth.

    Indian origin Tamils who are close to 1.5 Million, are the lowest paid next to Sinhala Buddhist and Sinhala Catholic inhabitants specially in UVA,. Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

    They are pushing to get USD 6 a day , with the Yahapalanaya driving the Dollar to an all time high of LKR 160 a piece.

    In total these poor Tamil and Sinhala both make up nearly 30 Percent of the population, which is over 5 Million.

    Then the next up lower middle and middle make up the bulk of the rest,

    In Combination it amounts to 90 percent of the inhabitant population.

    They are battlers trying to put the food on the table and give their kiddies a decent education.because they can’t go to SAITM.

    Nor can they send their kids to Diaspora lands.

    It has become harder for them to make a living under Yahapalana ,with all the Development work brought to a halt.And no FDI coming in for the full two years of Yahapalanaya.

    But the UNP and Bodhi Sira supporters are raking it in Big Time, with Commissions, Deal making, Government employment and free Land for Bogus Business schemes.

    And the Yahapalanya has been so good to some Diasporeans that they have become instant Billionaires.

    While Dr Ranil is working overtime, behind closed doors of course to give Mr Sambandan and his 50 % all what they want , not the 90 percent battlers, in UVA, Sabaragamuva. and the rest.

    That is the TRUTH.

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    The Whole Country Must Know The Truth that Tamils demands are base on lies, myths and fantasies which were fed by their colonial slave masters as a part of divide rule strategy.

    Making Tamil language official was a terrible, the small island doesn’t need two official languages.

    Since independence all the governments have done is pleasing minorities and undermining native Sinhalese.

    Who’s going to speak on behalf of the Sinhalese that were killed barbarically by Prabakaran the bastard and barbaric LTTE.

    What Tamils are doing is invading the Sinhala island. There is state off Tamilnadu for Tamil, if you Tamil don’t want to integrate with native Sinhalese, then leave the Sinhalese and go back to Tamil Nadu.

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      native Sinhalese???

      Where do you find such people? How can immigrant Vijay’s people become native to Sri Lanka?

      Sinhala island???

      Where do you find such a place?

      Did you hear these fairy tales from your Grandma?

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    What prabhakaran could not get through terrorism… these separatists are trying non stop to achieve. Ordinary Tamil Sri Lankans want solutions… Bloody Tamil terrorist diaspora want a separate state.

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    This is eternal exploitation and manipulations by, inthis case, Tamil politicians, of the whole world.

    this article is written for UNHCR.

    but, during their enitre history, Tamils exploited and manipulated their own. Sinhale govt and every body that they can.

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      ARE YOU AGREEING SINHALESE ARE STUPID TO BE MANIPULATED?

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        AJ

        What would Pabarkaran now Thinking ?

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          1) I do not know who is Pabarkaran

          2) I am a psychologist. not a psychic. I dont try to guess what others are thinking.

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    Dear Hon. Sambanthan and all participants,
    When a non Sri Lankan commoner reads your columns it is plain evident your Country is divided between the Sinhala and Tamil communities. Because Tamils are minority and got deprived of their former employment, education and traditional homes after they got massacred in 2009 by the military accused of indiscrimate killing of non combatant Tamils. After 2009 war you Tamils are in a position to win your rights your people were fighting for from 1940s.
    Why is that whatever chance you get to get back your rights you seem to slip down without making use of the opportunity that is obviously thrown at you?. Even though you are a senior politician you don’t seems to do what needs to be done and when.
    Besides the UN support, you have a population of 60 million Tamils just across 16 miles of sea. Go there join with them show you mean to get your rights back and they are waiting to support you! Just sitting in the Sri Lanka cabinet and getting cheated all the way you continue losing more. Can’t you see that?

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    TNA dog is barking; but the Opportunistic, Yahapalanaya governments’’ Aappa Diplomacy Caravan keeps moving.

    OISL recommended UNHRC initiated investigation. The world’s greatest Liar Mangala’s had got State Secretary Kerry and UNHRC HC Zeid to make it as Lankawe’s local investigation with foreign judges. Then, last year, when UNHRC HC came here, they made him to say for internal investigation with local judges and lawyers only. Then they made another deal with EU and UNHRC HC of constitutional change- no investigation. Then Appe Janathipathi Mahata declared at Galle that he will have repealed the resolution repealed by Trump. Now, there is nothing – no constitutional change, not even local investigation with local lawyers. For the first time, after war ended in May 2009, a team of lawyers are working on taking a counter proposal to accuse LTTE doing war crime so have entire UN resolution be just dropped out.

    Joint Comedians openly said that they had representatives in subcommittees only to spy what was going there, but not to support a political solution. Sampanthar’s speech which is in English not going to reach Sinhalese; but, Hakeem, an influential Minister of Yahapalanaya has claimed in Kandy that the government does not have 2/3 and so no real change in the constitution is workable.

    On every issue, the Aappa diplomacy-GOSLs are starting with number five by saying “Pancha Pandava “ and ending it on zero by erasing last “1” they writing on the paper. We begged Sampanthar to stay out the last EP election and advised to him to let the Sinhalese to take the decision. He wouldn’t listen. He voluntarily messed it up that is why even the UNHRC or America or EU who backed him up for that messing has now let him down. Now Sampanthar is IC’s “ Veenda Pendaddy”

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    Here is a compromise. My offer to everyone. De-merge the Ampara district from the Eastern province and it a make Ampara area a separate province/zone for the Moors. Integrate the Sinhala dominated areas of the Trincomalee district into the North Central province. Then the whole of the Batticaloa district and the entire coastal areas especially the the historical Tamil areas of the Trincomalee can be merged with the Northern province. Areas of the Trincomalee district is very historical to the Tamils with the earliest Tamil inscriptions dating back to 400 BCE. So that area should be included in the Merger.

    In addition expand Nuwara Eliya Distric slightly so it will cover most of the upcountry Tamils and make it another province/zone if they so desire.

    I personally want a larger Colombo city with Dehiwala-Mt.Lavinia, Sri Jayawardanapura, Nawala, Nugegoda, Rajagiriya, Battaramulla areas integrated into one large capitol city independent from both Sinha’le and Thamizh Eelam. This city will be the secular administrative center for the whole country not giving preference to anyone’s Language or religion (similar to Washington, D.C or Australian Capital Territory).

    Any thoughts?

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      Thanos

      Thank you for your constructive thought.

      Sri Lankans must study the issues and address them. Their unbiassed opinions, when jointly discussed and fairly viewed, can bring peace, create a better future for us all and prosperity.

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      Dear Thanos,
      This is exactly what I have been advocating, which even so called Sinhala moderate like Prof. Laksiri Fernando do not want to know anything about. Muslims are not satisfied with Ampara district alone, where Sinhalese and Tamils together outnumber them. Now they feel that they have captured the entire eastern province after ethnic cleansing of Tamils., and are claiming it to be theirs. They would prefer a Muslim provincial council encompassing all traditional Muslim areas in north and east.

      If you remove Amparai electorate and Lahugala AGA division from Amparai district and link it to Uva province, almost all Sinhalese in Amparai district will not come under eastern province. Similarly if you remove Gomarankadawela AGA division from Trincomalee district and link it to North-central province, traditional Sinhala areas in Trincomalee will not come under eastern province. Kantalai was a Tamil majority town which was completely ethnically cleansed in 1983. Similarly there are several areas in Trincomalee district where Sinhalese are guilty of ethnic cleansing of Tamils.

      Once these Sinhala areas are removed, bring all Muslim traditional areas in eastern province under one unit in a non-contiguous basis like Pondichchery. If necessary Puttalam electorate can be removed from Puttalam district and linked to northern province as Puttalam has a Tamil and Muslim majority and is the cradle of Dravidian civilization in Srilanka. Also this area was known as Demala Hatpattu in the Kandyan kingdom. Tamil villages can be linked to northern province and Muslim villages can be brought under the proposed Muslim council. This is a win-win situation for all.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

        that is admittedly one way of ensuring that we don’t trod on one another’s toes. However it is not to my taste. I’d like to see us asserting our common humanness and working together.

        We’ve exchanged barbs in the past. Let’s desist from doing so.

        Your friend, Nirmalan, is here and will be working with a group of students of mixed ethnicities on Monday. He expects to use mostly Sinhala, although he’s from Karainagar. We need more people like him. I know that you have generous impulses. Try to emulate his actions!

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    Yes all the fault lies with the Tamils and the LTTE. I would agree in totality. But, could any one tell us who did the air raids, bombed schools, Churches , Markets filled with innocent unarmed common peoples, peoples sleeping in their homes and Hospital beds?

    Lot more such cruelties to humanity including ban of essential foodstuffs to the peoples of North and East foe months and years.

    Hell of a life and we don’t wish to tolerate any further.

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    It’s now time for the remaining Tamil separatists to deport themselves to all Tamil all racist Tamilnadu and create eelam thete, leaving the Sri Lankans alone.

    If not, we will make the Tamil terrorist diaspora small again.

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    Dear “srinath.gunaratne”

    Your strident voice seems to have disappeared for the time being, but I’ve been re-thinking some of the negative reactions I myself had towards you. I responded to you earlier this morning.

    “I have downloaded the Constitution of Sri Lanka:

    http://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/lk/lk007en.pdf

    He’s right: this is 163 pages of PDF, and I have spent half an hour on it, and further downloaded it – only 1.5 mega bytes, and so I have saved it.”

    We should be happy that all this is available to us in what we describe as the link language – English.

    The main article here is by the Leader of the Opposition – who happens to be a Tamil, and let us be grateful that nobody has recently been saying that the position should be reserved for a Sinhalese. Barack Obama was a pretty good President in the US, although he is referred to as black. The day must come when it is possible for us to have a Tamil leading our country – chosen on merit.

    Srinath’s comments seemed racist only because of the context in which they were made, and they’ve got a lot of thumbs down. However, every one of them has some rationale.

    Guys like me don’t like the Rajapaksas; however we must not use LEGALITIES to whittle away his power base. We’ve got to wean his supporters away from him through persuasion that we must have Unity, based on fair play. Trump received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. We don’t like Trump and so that is an argument based on a plurality of votes is one we give ear to.

    However, the fact is that “Rajapaksa supporters” cast a hugely greater number of votes than Sampanthan if we consider the entire country, but our system of government made it possible for Sampanthan to be be the leader of the Opposition in Parliament. I’m glad about that outcome! Let us use this window of opportunity with responsibility. Lots of Sinhalese, too, are supporting Sampanthan’s speech on this blog.

    My 300 words may be up (CT ought to have a count-down system for length of comment). Let me see how readers react to my request to take at least a glance at our constitution as it is now. And do not imagine that the responses on this English blog are representative of those who don’t use English – be they Sinhalese or Tamil speakers.

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      Sinhala_Man

      I can only laugh at the people who accuse me a racist, I guess if a Sinhalese attempt to show the flaws of people (including Sinhalese)
      He very quickly gets the label.

      In CT, Muslim writers write about Muslim issues.
      Tamils right about Tamil issues.
      Who is writing about Sinhalese issues? As soon as we open out mouth see the oppression.
      Look at the hatred being spilt here aginst Sinhalese. Do you think they want reconciliation? to live like brothers? All of this is a disguise to form their mono ethnic utopia in North and East,
      They are not happy with anything else. It takes a genuine person to understand a genuine voice! Tell me any genuine leader in the country?

      Most think that the problems in the country made by Sinhalese Buddhists and keep attacking Sinhalese ignoring their own drawbacks.

      Most people think that devolving power like magic going to eradicate all the evil in our society. My belief is this is going to cause more problems.

      when the readers here fighting to bring this govt, I was a lone fighter and rightly predicted what would happen. The yahapalna thakkadi rala is taking the country for a ride.They are doing exactly what some of the Mahinda clan did, Getting rich at government expense?

      As I always say, The biggest problems we have in the country are,
      Mismanaged economy.
      Lack of rule of law, (or selective application of it).
      Lack of proper leadership.

      When these evil are sorted most of the so called ethnic problems people mention disappears, if any left can be solved with genuine discussions.

      People are fishing in the cloudy water, Keep your eyes open, Do not help the country to a point of no return. We had one before and it is thanks to Mahinda, we managed to came out of it.

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        srinath.gunaratnam

        “I can only laugh at the people who accuse me a racist, I guess if a Sinhalese attempt to show the flaws of people (including Sinhalese)
        He very quickly gets the label.”

        Indeed you are a racist. The very badge of honour does not come cheaply. You have earned over the years. You deserve it.

        “As I always say, The biggest problems we have in the country are, Mismanaged economy.”

        Please remind me who was running the country in the past 70, was it UNP, SLFP, CP, LSSP, JHU, JVP, ……. or TNA?

        Granting Buddhism the foremost place in the 1972 constitution didn’t help improve economy. What a sad and disappointing result. Granting Sinhala the status of only Official language didn’t help the economy either. Killing innocent civilians in tens of thousands since 1971 has not improved the economy. ……

        What is going to improve the country?

        May be you want to lease this island to your old colonial masters or to the aspiring peacefully rising middle kingdom.

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    Dear “srinath.gunaratne”,

    Thanks for your clear and rational response.

    It’s funny how the comments on this article (or rather it is the reproduction of the speech at the adjournment of Parliament) have gone since Wednesday afternoon.. There were a plethora of comments for the first 24 hours, but during the past 33 hours there have been only nine (some of them out of sequence since they were “comments on comments”), when I was hoping that there would be constructive debate emerging.

    The drying up began quite some time before I made two comments commending your realism and rationality, so I cannot claim the “credit”. But you did make the valid point that we’ve got to study what is already in the constitution before proceeding. I know that I’m not up to that arduous task; it may be that nobody else is willing to do so either.

    You are quite right in feeling that adding amendments to the constitution is not going to solve our problems if we allow racist politicians to run the country as at present. I have supported devolution as a way of re-assuring Tamils that we do not want to suppress their identity or harass them in those areas where they had built up a way of life over two millennia. Clearly, in the rest of the country it is our Sinhala culture that prevails.

    However, there is the danger that Federalism could merely add to the bureaucracy and lead to a string of enclaves where there could be dictatorships by local thugs (let me not use the loaded word “war-lords”! What we need is respect for common decencies by a population who put humanity before race, caste and religion, and state machinery that prevents the most outrageous flouting of the rule of law. On all this I agree with you. Let me post this, and then, in a separate comment, get back to saying some of the things that regular readers are used to have me saying! I’m not conscious of my having paid heed to what you’ve been saying!

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    Now for where I don’t agree with you, srinath.gunaratne!

    I feel that we, Sinhalese, have to do more to ensure that Tamils and Muslims feel that they are part of our society. It is true that it is very difficult to get through to the sort of Muslim men who write in these columns. I’ve kept urging them to grant their wives and children a measure freedom. This is typical:

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/isnt-it-time-for-sri-lankan-muslims-to-reassess-their-politics/

    I’ve asked repeatedly whether they can’t see anybody else’s point of view. I try not to be Islamaphobic myself.

    On the other hand we have this language problem, for which we, who have had access to English have contributed very greatly. Those without English have got marginalised. This applies to both Sinhala and Tamil speakers. We tend to pour scorn on those who cannot now SOMEHOW master English. It has to be taught to those in whose families it has not flourished for the past century. SOME others, who have acquired wealth recently manage to get their progeny taught this foreign language. How they acquired their wealth is another question, which I won’t try to analyse. There are things that are horribly unique to the English acquisition situation in Sri Lanka.

    I feel that we have almost succeeded in destroying education for Tamils within the country, and then we talk of the “Diaspora” – now a Sinhala word that will remain in use for centuries! Let’s not get in to the “egg and chicken” situation that we have in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”.

    I disagree with your assessment also of Sampanthan’s speech and the enthusiastic support for it from both Tamils and Sinhalese. I don’t see limitless hatred in the comments above from the Tamils. I’m sure that many of them are as sick of all this corruption and double-speak as we are.

    I was never enthusiastic about the War effort, but I’m grateful to Mahinda Rajapaksa & Co for being the agent who routed Prabhakaran, but I feel that there was a lot of wanton killings throughout the war. There were brave Sinhalese soldiers; there were also brutes. Racists among the Tigers (especially the leaders), and among us, Sinhalese. I think that we have to accept that. The war “caused the virtual execution” of most of the guilty Tamils (not ALL – e.g. Vinayagarmurthi Muralitharan alias Col. Karuna).

    I was enthusiastic about Maithri until he said things that amounted to considering all soldiers to be “War Heroes” who should never be prosecuted. That was the effect on judges who released soldiers accused even of other crimes. I try to tell Tamils that you can’t really HANG those who were guilty of War Crimes. It may not be justice, but the defeated can’t expect their vanquisher to be so merciful! However, we should investigate, and at least acknowledge, that there were brutalities committed by both sides.

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