20 September, 2018

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To The Tamil Students In The Recent Fight At Jaffna University

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

I write this fully aware of my privilege. I’m aware of the advantages, and the ease of life that is granted to me simply for being born to a Sinhalese Buddhist family. The moment I step outside of my motherland I am a woman of colour, a minority and I’ve seen the the clear contrast of the life of a majority and a minority; an unpleasant truth people are often scared to discuss, easily shoved under the carpet. I’m aware that you live amidst all kinds of everyday microaggressions and the petty egomaniacle superiority complexes of majoritarians. I can only imagine your anger towards the injustices that many decades of unfair conflict has left you with. I’m aware that crimes were committed against our own people, and I’m ashamed we blindly cheered on while it happened. For my ignorance then, I’m sorry. If by writing to you I’m overstepping, thinking I have a right to speak my mind to you after all that we’ve let happen to you; I’m sorry. But at the end of the day we are both Sri Lankan and we cannot let our parents’ and grandparents’ generation’s mistakes belittle the future we have to rebuild.

Violence is not the way. You must laugh, who am I to say that to you, right? After keeping quiet all this time while we let them violate you, your people and several international humanitarian laws, here I am telling you not to be violent. You’re right to laugh or be angry, I can smell the entitlement in that statement too. I know you’re just a group of students who rightfully share built up resentment against what happened in the past thirty years and the consequences of it that led to certain entitled, privilege-driven actions by the Sinhala students you clashed with. I know that there are many structural injustices that make life difficult for you. That is understood; if I were you I would be angry too. But I say this to you honestly, as someone who knows how sinhalese people think: violence is not the way. In 1983 a few tamils launched Four Four Bravo and killed 12 sinhalese and we retaliated by wiping a good portion of your ethnicity off our map in the next 30 years. This is how we think. In the average extreme Sinhalese mind you are expected to live subservient to us. Like a woman in a domestic violence ridden marriage. The moment you raise a finger towards the sinhalese they feel entitled to raise a hand towards you. A majority of the majority race in sri lanka are programmed to think in ‘us against them’.

This reality is ugly. No matter how many reconciliation offices we set up, cultural concerts we organize with foreign aid lent to stereotype our ethnicities in the most gaudy way possible, this reality doesn’t change. In this maze of injustices what we can do may seem unclear. But from the past we’ve learnt what we most definitely can’t resort to: violence. There are two reasons why I tell you violence is not your answer. One is because it could rekindle old fires; and you and I both know the social and political dynamics at play here, you will lose more that we would. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. For us to resort to violence to solve our problems would be insanity; been there done that. The second reason I believe violence is not your answer is because we need you. You are state university students, a rare species in Sri Lanka. And as the creme dela creme of the Sri Lankan Tamil community, there’s immense responsibility on your shoulders. There’s much that needs to be done to revive and continue the history and legacy of Sri Lankan Tamils; much of which has been destroyed in the past decades. Resorting to violence could take the ability to fulfil this responsibility away from you. You don’t belong on the streets, in hiding or in jail cells, you belong in positions of power: in places you can influence policy. You might sometimes forget that you’re not the only political minority in this country, there are so many others. Take women for instance, although we account for over half of the population we are barely represented in places of power. The country’s policies don’t reflect our needs. There are so many structural injustices deeply entrenched within are our system that violate us constantly. Women get harassed in broad daylight and people turn a blind eye to it. The war against women doesn’t involve shelling, bombs or war tanks, but it most definitely is violent. It happens on the streets, within households and workplaces. Our anger too is quite heavy. But we know violence is not our answer. Remember the one time that a woman bravely responded to catcalling by physically attacking the man who harassed her on the street? (Better known to most as the Wariyapola incident) People turned against the woman instantly. We live in a world with social and political systems rigged against political minorities. People expect political minorities to live subservient to the majority. In today’s society a man who justifies rape to be the fault of a woman gets less backlash than a woman who speaks up against misogyny. But women are slowly changing things. Despite the the structural sexism and male privilege they are patiently making it through state universities (in which they constitute almost 55% of the undergraduates) into places of power where they can influence changes in policy.You might not be able to change the way people think, but by changing policies progressively you may be able to change the way the system works and the way people behave around and within it. Get your degrees, come join the system, and fix it from within: so our children won’t have to see what we have seen. Violence is not the answer.

*Thisuri Wanniarachchi, 22, is the author of nationally acclaimed novels The Terrorist’s Daughter and Colombo Streets. She is Sri Lanka’s youngest State Literary Award winner and the world’s youngest national nominee to the prestigious Iowa International Writers’ Program. She is currently an undergraduate student and full scholar of Bennington College studying Political Economy and Education Reform.

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  • 13
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    ”reconciliation offices cultural concerts” don’t solve the problem.
    Structural changes in the state discrimination only will serve justice which will bring peace which will bring reconciliation.

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      “”studying Political Economy and Education Reform.””

      the mother of one while at college.
      where is the feeding bottle??

      don’t bother these are brownie points advising the battered tamils how to live while pop is an army brigadier.

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        simon,

        Nasty comments, typical of the hateful and the narrow-minded.
        Surely you must see the rationality of the writer’s viewpoints?
        Even if you don’t, why the venom? Some form of complex?

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          higanno,
          rationality is for the poor ants to follow .
          humans are passionate in their rule.
          presumably you are still beastality breed??

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        I’m unable to understand you remark. Can you please explain it to me ?

        • 11
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          bath guli/ spoon feeding key question papers- copy cats??

          read all the previous couple of articles therein find your answer as you do at your lankan education.

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    Tamil LTTE is terrorist outfit politics rule by Gun .
    TNA is for political federalism of separate state for Tamils and
    anti-establishment originations.

    They are more or less anti-Sinhalese since 1949? and anti-democracy by rule of gun by LTTE and TNA.

    How is that such elements can preach reconciliation with other ethnics groups?

    That is myth of democracy. that will apply too reconciliation as well.

    War mongers of politics-Tamil chauvinist cannot shifted to politics of democracy.

    That is utopia of secular norms of democracy in south Asian countries including Sri lanka that current political parties in power.

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    There is nothing called rights for the “majority” and separate rights for the “minority”. That is discrimination. An evil we had inherited in SL for the past 67 years.

    The principles of democracy are; Equality, Dignity and Justice for ALL citizens.

    I support you, not because you are a “Sinhala Buddhist” but because you deserve equality, dignity and justice, like me or any other citizen, in democratic SL.

    Therefore, if you continue to demand justice under any of the democratic principles, you will succeed. The democratic world will support your civilised request, and all forms of injustice will disappear. And I believe in God, who is full of love and grants justice.

    Be courageous and keep going.

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    Thank you Thisuri! So proud

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      what a barrowload of dung, sponsored by army brigadier pop.

      that gold stolen from north east seems to be working.

      village, jaffna tamils are first to post fools like at the presidential elections. they are short of entertainment unlike the tourist infested south.

  • 17
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    You’ve said that violence is not the answer. Yet you’ve spoken towards the wariyapola girl who took matters into her own hand. You need to get your opinions straight.

  • 28
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    Thusuri

    you are trying to play a safe and smart card here by advising Tamil students, what about the Sinhala students and the majoritarian attitude that governs every aspect of affairs in the whole country.

    Tamil leaders have been shouting from the roof tops about Sinhala circulars that we get on daily basis in govt departments. Can you ever think of having a Tamil cultural welcome or procession in University of Colombo or Peradeniya or Ruhuna, we know the ground situation it will not happen and the Tamil students and staff will not ask for that because it will not happen and partly it is acceptable to conduct a well come procession according to the cultural context of the place.

    Though I donot condone with the Tamil students in Jaffna in this issue as it is not a mojor event to uphold the cultural issue. Nevertheless, if it comes to an issue like convocation procession it will be important to realize the cultural context of the University.

    One cannot expect Tamil drummers to lead the convocation procession in Ruhuna, likewise one cannot ask to have a Kandyan dancing procession in UOJ convocation procession. Why I am writing this is that the next step on Sinhala students in UOJ will be to demand for Kandyan dancing in convocation procession.

    Dear Thisuri, this is too much of a complicated issue than you seem to think, you may be clever at writing and intelligent enough to obtain a school from a university, it does not make you experienced enough regarding the ground situation to “advice” people.

  • 10
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    Hello sister, well said, I respect your thoughts. If everyone thinks same way there is no any problems. We are SriLankan. Wants to be to gather.
    Thanks

  • 8
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    The Faculty of Science at Jaffna University is acknowledged as a progressive Faculty where students of all stripes get along well, and the incidents that happened apparently had little to do with the Faculty of Science. It is unfortunate that the Sinhala students were evacuated by the University administration. It is in the best interests of all concerned to get them back and allow the Faculty to resume its activities as soon as possible. However, some lessons should be learnt by all concerned.

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      “the incidents that happened apparently had little to do with the Faculty of Science”?
      Not a scientific finding.

      Something that was unexpected happened. One cannot escape it. The point is to admit fault and get on with business avoiding future pitfalls.

  • 13
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    what a load of shit….the author should be ashamed of herself. this is sri lanka, it is a sinhalese country we don’t have to bow down to anyone. if you don’t like how it is here GTFO

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      Mate you are a disgrace for a Sinhalese.First of all respect a woman for expressing her views.Idiots like you have pushed the country to misery since independence.I remember as a child how Jaffna library was burnt.As a student I witnessed the bitterness of 83 July riots in Colombo streets.These stupid barbaric events paved the way for Tamil extremism and haven’t we suffered enough.How many more lives need to be lost for Mongols like you to realise we need to respect others rights if we want to live in peace and harmony together.Mate we are living in s world where people are respecting the existence of others cultures and values.If you don’t take them seriously incidents like this happen .Since the end of the war Sinhalisation of North has taken place and this is en extreme stupid move.Tamils are a battered nation and we should not take the upper hand of the situation and Subdue them which may hinder any genuine reconciliation.Let us accept them as equal citizens to us and let us enjoy their culture as well .They will start respecting us if we do that.If we try to adopt Sinhala supermacist attitude in North we are just asking for more trouble .It is just a matter of time for the stone pellets to be replaced by bullets and bombs.
      Time has come to think rationally as decent human beings and not tribal racists.Forget about Tamils .Let us set an example by putting our people in the right mindset first.

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        what an a…..e you are,i am certain your sexual inadequacy makes you to turn your inability towards the minorities

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      anura,

      I’m Sinhalese, and I would rather ‘GTFO’, than live with the likes of you.
      You are the disgrace..

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      what an a…..e you are,i am certain your sexual inadequacy makes you to turn your inability towards the minorities

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      Anura – The frog in the well attitude of some of the majority community
      like you, which brought the downfall of Sri Lanka. You must realise that Sri Lanka is not functioning on its own money but on burrowed money.In the 1st place, this is not the way to treat a young budding journalist of your own kind. Read what is said by Prasad Lokuliyana in the next comment. He also comes from “Sinhalese country’.You must travel around instead of being in the well to know how many countries, incl.India progressed due unity in the country.India was below poverty line 20 years back and today it is a rich country and a regional power as the country is united by a federal system, where each state minds their own business, The political partners, the President & the PM are really fighting hard to bring in reconciliation among the divided
      communities and March forward but it is still on paper and no progress made as people like you are the stumbling block because pride comes before the country.

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    Can someone translate this article to both Sinhalese and Tamil and disseminate it in Sri Lanka?

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    I support u sister.. Hereafter we don’t want to fight.. Don’t be like i’m sinhala and i’m tamil… Be as a Srilankan..
    Raise our hand together.. Our country is being backward by this racism..
    We should given up this racism.. We build up our country together..
    But, sinhala speakers please mind it, we are tamil speakers, We aren’t terrorists.. Please consider us..

    By-Cohesiveness Srilankan

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      “”Hereafter we don’t want to fight.. Don’t be like i’m sinhala and i’m tamil… Be as a Srilankan..””

      a barrow load of dung- hold the begging bowl in both hands and cry out badagini appe sri lanka.

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        donald,

        On the contrary, unity and tolerance is to be appreciated.
        I’m sorry that you can only see dung through your eyes!

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          then why not throw another barrowload of dung in the lounge and feel the heat moron.

  • 4
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    tl;dr “progressive” ramblings of a gender studies student
    i couldn’t stop cringing while raiding this

  • 14
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    The article highlights well, the mentality
    of certain Sinhalese and Tamil segments,
    who don’t see beyond their noses.

    We all know the historical problems between
    the two communities, mainly thanks to the above
    mentioned groups, whose reactions are based
    on anger, instead of farsightedness.

    So at least one of the parties needs to look
    at the big picture and plan for the long term,
    if there is to be real harmony at some point.

    It will be painstakingly slow, but it’s the
    only way. Swallow your pride, overcome hurt,
    dispel anger and move on.

    Goals will be attained eventually.

  • 0
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    Native.

    Long time no see?

  • 9
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    Violence is not the way extols this young lady,daughter of a Brigadier!
    The Tamils began that way in the 50s and 60s-Satyagraha etc.But violence was unleashed on them!Ask your Dad,he will tell you that part of the History.
    You may also want to listen to that hit by ABBA…
    The winner takes it all;The loser standing small…

  • 5
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    Being a member of the minority, I think this is the most sensible advice that we can get. Yes it’s not the most righteous way as no one can know for sure which community has the highest percentage of patriots (of Sri Lanka) and we all deserve to be treated as citizens and not foreigners. However we don’t live in a perfect world and almost every majority community in most countries have the same amount of racist and bigots that have a louder voice and a impatient fist that believe the minorities are the cause of all their problems and difficulties.
    Thus just as a 2nd or 3rd generation Sinhalese living in UK who would face the constrictions of being a minority (case in point would be the recently elected MP who won a parliamentary seat after a racism row), we too should expect to face this struggle when living in this country while learning that every time we resort to violence the problem is only going to get worst, thus have patience in seeking the non violence avenue which will always take time.
    If by sinking our pride and we continue the non violence way, it will give a bigger voice to those like the author here to educate those in their communities who don’t even know there racist (and further don’t even think it’s wrong) to change which is critical to take our country forward. Thus may be in future our children or grandchildren will one day be able to live without facing these issues as we have.

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    Dear Thisuri:

    I am honoured to read your article which is so well articulated. You have courage daughter and you have lots of it. May you be blessed.

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    Dear Thisuri,

    I am so proud of you. It is refreshing to see such words,clarity of thought in one so young,especially from the majority community. Yes, when one steps out of our little pond (or island) one recognizes the micro-aggressions and injustices of other systems.
    You are able to ‘see’ these issues because and through education. The vast majority,including the majority of the minority need better education and, not always from universities.You are right to advice the Tamil students to hold on to and cherish their education.
    Education is the best answer to the problems on the island. If all Sri Lankans were better educated and again I want to stress this need not be a University education they would throw out all the corrupt politicians, be they Sinhalese or Tamil. This would surely lead to a better Sri Lanka respected around the world for its progressive outlook.
    Best wishes and do keep writing.

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      “Best wishes and do keep writing. “

      spread the stupidity!
      even the passionate jesus praised mary magdalene..ha ha.

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      Dr Gerard Francis to Thisuri

      Most Lankans will fully agree with your comments on Thisuri. A few Thisuris will make a big difference to the infamous Lankan predicament.

      “Education is the best answer to the problems on the island.”
      Education is usually associated with tertiary studies. Those with tertiary education are not necessarily fair in judgement. The fairness factor is imbibed by surrounding. The mind of Thisuri thinks like she does not because she is currently an undergraduate student and full scholar of Bennington College studying Political Economy and Education Reform – she has a rational mind.

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      Education alone is not the answer. Remember 1958? And the prime minister at that time was SWRD Bandaranaike – an Oxford-educated member of the so called elite class of Sri Lanka. Thus education alone is not the answer. Lots of rational thinking, good old commonsense and a love of all fellow human beings, taught by all religions, and as children of the same mother, Sri Lanka – these are the answers.
      The educated SWRD was the sower of the seed of communalism, hatred and violence in our beautiful country, originating from his Sinhala only act, and the murder and the mayhem on the streets of SL, even in Colombo, when many Tamils refused to be forced to learn the Sinhalese language, which was forcibly thrust upon them.

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    For a 22 year old who has never seen the Tamil massacres of Black July of 1983 or the Violent attacks of the LTTE and other so called freedom fighter’s outfits on innocent Tamils,Muslims and Sinhalas,you are to be praised.
    As for the 30 year destruction of SL due to illogical demand for a separate Tamil state which would have been of no purpose.
    Too much has happened between the Tamils and Sinhala.Only time can heal the hurtings and tears of those affected.
    Till then both the Tamil and Sinhala people MUST forgive one another.

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    Thisuri,

    You are too young to comment on the motive behind the
    1983 Pogrom. You were not even born by then. It was a state sponsored massacre and some called it a holocaust. The attackers knew the exact
    addresses, where Tamils lived and their positions. These information were collected well in advance by visiting their houses personally and from electoral lists available in the election dept. and other sources.They even collected money for Buddhist temples at the same time.The attackers went directly to houses owned or rented by Jaffna Tamils and skipped houses owned by Colombo/Indian Tamils and pogrom went on for 2 complete days unabated and unchecked until the Indian foreign minister arrived on our soil and by then the damage was done.

    The motive behind this pogrom is to grab the businesses from Tamil owners, knock off the high ranking officials from their positions in
    Govt.services and to chase the small businessmen, specially those who did gold and grocery businesses from provinces other than N/E. and spared some Tamils in the commercial capital, Colombo as a show case for IC. They finally succeeded in driving the cream of people out of the country. At one stage there were quite a number of Tamil permanent secretaries, many leading doctors and engineers and high ranking armed service officials, thousands of educationists including 100s of Professors served the country.
    As of today, the scenario changed a little. With the development of
    economy in the country, the people started travelling abroad in large numbers and student went to overseas schools and Universities.and they found that people who considered themselves as majority (Race) people were treated as minorities and second class in those countries they visited and they realised that there should be a give and take policy in our country and apart from some hard core communalists, which clan is diminishing now and most ordinary people want to live in peace and harmony and all to be treated equally. It is heartening to listen to the President, who comes from a Sinhala rural area, when he speaks about reconciliation and unity among the communities.
    So Thisuri, its phobia that was the reason for the large exodus of
    Tamils from the shores of Sri Lanka and not killing of soldiers as some one explained in this column that even Tamil soldiers could
    have got killed if they were among the lot as it was warfare between
    two armed factions. So, wish you, all the best with your journalism
    and you are sure to do well.

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      Ever since the British gave the whole of Sri Lanka (in the name of independence) to the Sinhala leaders (without the consent of the Tamils), the Sinhalese had been attacking the Tamils. Tens of thousands of innocent Tamils were attacked and killed by the Sinhalese.

      However, even for a minor incident like this where a few Tamil children attacked a few Sinhalese children, the Sinhala masses and its media is crying foul and blowing the issue to unnecessarily high propositions.

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    Thisuri,

    There’s very little depth of understanding in your essay; no historical perspective and analysis. You understand Sri Lanka from a narrow privileged Sinhalese diaspora lifestyle, and then react in panic when you go into the wider Lankan terrain belonging to the masses.

    That 12 Sinhalese were killed in Jaffna means there was just around that number of Sinhalese in Jaffna in the first place. If you compare percentages in the numbers killed in Jaffna and the South, you’d find the proportions so very lop-sided, with the Sinhalese side having the far lesser number. It was never a hatred of the races for each other (or you’d have never found so many Tamils in the south living amongst the Sinhalese). No, it was a protectionism of a secluded Jaffna-Tamil culture.

    In spite of all the Vale and other Tamil festivals welcomed and venerated in the Sinhalese South, it is very puzzling why some Kandyan dancing can’t be done in Jaffna University. Guess the loud Sinhala drum beats chase away Tamil spirits. Maybe Sinhalese should stick to song or verse-recitation in the future.

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      ramona therese fernando,

      A meaningless and irrelevant response from you.
      Please shed your petty minded ways

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        The main part of RTF’s brain is twisted and the rest is full of holes. She is considered as a comedy piece (forum jester) only good for entertainment, do not bother about the gibberish that she blabbers.

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          Not at all!

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    Read your interesting article which I as a Sri Lankan agree with your sentiments. Regretfully, I dont think we have an enabling society that has the fluidity to change by merely rising to the places of power as we have strongly established oppressiveness in every corner of society. We not only have a 1% and a 99% society in economic terms but we division in every layer and every sphere possible, even though we are a tiny island nation. As a result, it is only if a person is willing to be oppressed or has the power to oppress others can anything be done or get done in Sri Lanka. It is that social evil we need to break and discard to bring about the fluidity needed to change the country. Until then, even the Tamil or Sinhala student who comes to a place of power will repeat the same for the next group of people or individuals they can oppress. Therefore, it is a much deeper than a Tamil or a Sinhala issue as even the Tamils who held/hold/will hold power will do the same or worse than the prior person. We sometimes dont even need a reason to oppress another person. But when we need, it could be based on gender, could be sexual orientation, or even the schools we attended, jobs we do, languages we speak that are used to exploit and be exploited. Sadly, combined with the wide spread insecurity and fear of the unknown among many of us, oppression breeds on its own in our land. May be, we should use it as our nation’s tag line as the ‘Land of Oppression’.

    I have no hope in the current adult or the senior generation and my only hope is through a new generation. But they can only be informed of what a free and just society means is through a new educational reform as we cannot expect that to be done by many of the parents. So the question is, where and how do we start to infiltrate the younger generation to stand up for freedom and fairness and learn the skills to sort our differences without oppression, violence probably hidden deep down in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam? Or I wonder we could expect such high order from our creme of the crop in our Universities instead of killing each other?

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    Bring a change from within the Democratic system means understanding the modern day democracy all important. It is advocated what is acceptable to the majority and not to all of them. In the wake of it if the majority doesn’t change their mindset of this is a Singhala Buddhist nation. You cannot change anything from the ground up.

    Have you ever seen a single advise to respect the cultural and heritage value of all the races and religion to the majority.At least I can’t even see that happen advising the Singhala students in this line, nor it won’t erect a Buddha statue in predominantly occupied Tamil land as if Buddha teaching demand the same from the followers.

    Don’t advocate Tamils.Because they tried all sorts from Satyagraha to wage a war against all atrocities and they miserably failed in all their attempts. Now learn to live like a slave. So if you ask the slaves to change the system will merely a joke of the day without majority support or an outside support (World Nations) who can influence the mindset of the majority.

    Sometimes it’s difficult to explain without experience it including the dignity and right issue. In that line I do appreciate your understanding and statement about majority and minority. Have you ever been able to change them from the white mindset from within their system. Thoughts to Ponder!!

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    What a sober- soothing message from a sweet young lady! Let a thousand flowers like you bloom!. You have put to shame the “loud-sounding-nothing” nihilists- pundits like Dayan Jayatelleka, G.L.Peiris et al .who preach racism & proliferate racist hounds baying for Tamil blood. God bless you child.

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      Stupid uncivilized sinhala /tamil colony folk with passion never realistic.

      always a slave fighting for survival unlike the US/UK relationship even though the pond separates.- human dignity at its best.

      `Emerging from the talks, Kerry said he had had an excellent discussion with May: “I am very grateful to her for her restatement of the commitment to the very strong transatlantic partnership,” he said.

      Without referring directly to the so-called Brexit vote, he said both had affirmed the need “to maximise the economic opportunity, minimise the disruption, deal with this in a way that has the wellbeing of the citizens … in mind”.

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    Thisuri

    Very well articulated.

    Violence will give anyone nothing. No matter who you are .

    Violonce is used by maniacs / manipulators.

    Any well headed people will not resort to violence.

    I am sure this is also a work of someone who does want to keep the tention between tamils and sinhalese and use the students.

    I think anyone really care for our country and people
    Need to work on educating people politically, to think right with a neutral mentality.

    If anyone involed in that incident thought if they were doing the right thing, this would not have happened.

    95% of university students in sti lanka would not have earned a cent before they finish their degree.

    They expect others to feed them give accommodation plus give money for partying as well.

    I am 100% sure anyone who worked to earn their money
    Would not be part of this .

    I myself have been a uni student in early 90s. I know how a uni student behave.

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    Dear Thisuri

    Thank you very much. What ever you have written that thought of yours’ that matters. There is ray of hope for Srilankans as for the first time, to my knowledge, at least a person of your generation (You) started thinking differently about Tamils and their needs.

    Govi

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    So Thisuri, can you please enlighten me on the following?

    1. What exactly were the “privilege-driven actions by the Sinhala Students” you are referring to?

    2. What exactly are the “many structural injustices that make life difficult” for only the Tamil students in the Jaffna university?

    3. You also claim that “In the average extreme Sinhalese mind you are expected to live subservient to us.” Lucky you didn’t make this statement in an average office in Colombo. Do you have an ounce of evidence to substantiate your claim?

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      chaaminda your post shows how out of touch like a lot of sinhelese you are with the ground realities in srilanka

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    I don’t know about her intention but one thing she said is right, that is education is the only way to succeed.

    It’s true the Singhalese were once sadistic people, but the current generation cannot be held accountable for their misdeeds. And I have hope that they would be better than their predecessors, understand the important of cooperation and bring about a reform in the country.
    Because when compared to other developing countries, our country is a shit hole and it needs a lot of reform.

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    No one is privileged in birth, we are the product without our consent.

    Enjoy the wonderful world sharing and caring without hanging on to history, geography and religion.

    We humans got a soul unlike other creatures, so do the right thing.

    No one needs another’s charity.

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    I think that more violence is the best way. It will trigger a Bangaladesh type of situation leading to a sharp split with a Chinese South, an Indian North and East and a British center and an European dose of spices all round with Norway as the Chef. Yummy…if anything…and I do love protein regardless of whether it comes from lion or tiger or fish, or fowl…

    So lets fight and fight and fight because realistically THAT is how problems are solved…ask the Americans …!!! Their policy on how to treat natives has worked fine…and the Aussies have learned from them too…We are all minorities and there is nothing wrong with that. That’s why we are all bothered about minority rights – all, that is except those who suffer from the delusional belief that they are majorities. What do you do with such delusional folk???? It is far too expensive to lock them away…so sluuurrp…you know …drink up drink up…the sinha and the demaa “le”…sorry if that turns your stomach… but you gotta bite the bullet…keep your cool all ye lions and tigers …its is all in your own interest…we humans have the upper hand even though we are in the minority…yes just a few…but we hold power in our hands the likes of which you cannot even dream of…so keep your cool and let us have our way or you will lose more than we would…our drones and clones and cyborgs will get you while we watch the fighting on our surround screens with supersound…

    We shall surely roast the lions and tigers of lanka…and eat them of course…have you never been to a chinese restaurant…?

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