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Unity With Equality For “Prosperity With Splendour”

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (PGR) coined the phrase “prosperity with splendour” and promulgated it as the chief objective of his presidency. It is a tacit acceptance that seventy-two years of independence had neither brought prosperity nor splendour. Why did a nation endowed with so much natural resources and human talent, gained its independence on a platter without shedding a drop of blood but with ample foreign reserves, inherited a highly efficient civil service and public administration, and managed to establish with pride one of the most successful welfare states in Asia, fail to build on that enviable edifice a modern economic powerhouse like a few of her Asian neighbours? Economists may theorise the causes of this failure ad nauseam. But, the most fundamental of reasons that prevented such a transformation goes beyond economics and enters deep into the nation’s politics. It was the metastasis of communal politics that sowed the seeds of national disunity and inter-communal discontent, which ultimately deprived the economy of the vitally needed synergy emanating from a united citizenry. 

Sri Lanka’s ethno-religious and cultural diversity is a blessing in disguise contrary to what present day Buddhist supremacists seem to believe. The ancient rulers of this nation realised this fact and harnessed that diversity to create prosperity with splendour. The difference between now and then is that those monarchs, with true commitment to their Buddhist faith and its values, treated every component of that plurality with equal dignity, respect and tolerance. Although every community had its own social hierarchy and stratification, each community in the eyes of the ruler carried the same status. The Sangha of course advised those rulers when needed to make the realm virtuous and in conformity with Buddhist ethos. In short, and to put it in modern political parlance, every subject under those monarchs was an equal ‘citizen’. The kingdom was a united but plural entity in which every community and every subject lived in peace and contributed to the best of their ability to the success of the realm. Political and economic rationalism and not religious bigotry ruled the day. Today’s supremacists are deliberately hiding this beautiful chapter of Sri Lanka’s golden history in order to thrust their own twisted version.  History is prostituted to satisfy the demands of power hungry chauvinists.

The western concept of nation state and nationalism which were originally devised to unite warring petty kingdoms in medieval Christendom, later became, in the hands of European colonizers, a divisive and poisonous instrument to divide and rule several plural societies that remained peaceful and cosmopolitan until the colonialists arrived. The disintegration and destruction of the Ottoman Empire is proof par excellence of the handy work of poisonous nationalism. Similarly, Sinhala and Tamil ethno-nationalism, which sapped the economic vitality of this island and dragged it into a foolish and futile civil war, were a by-product of the same so called Westphalian synthesis.  As an outgrowth of this ethno-nationalism is the idea of Buddhist supremacy, which is now dictating the political and economic agenda of PGR and his caretaker government. PGR’s strategy of political exclusion with economic inclusion of minorities is a clear expression of supremacist thinking. How could he or any government under him achieve prosperity with splendour by empowering one group at the expense of another, is beyond any sense of political rationality and economic justice. 

A few days ago, it was reported that one of the militant members of the Sangha, while addressing a gathering in Jaffna, called on Tamil leaders and their people to learn the Sinhalese language and join the majority to develop the nation. He did not even have the courtesy to say that he was willing to learn the Tamil language at least to communicate with Tamils and understand their feelings, grievances and aspirations. It is the same Ven. Thera who also wants to homogenise different marriage laws and traditions in the country in favour of one common law.  People of his ilk insisted and won prohibiting the national anthem to be sung in Tamil at Independence Day celebrations. With this type of racism they are also indirectly advocating that Tamil speakers need not espouse patriotic emotions? What a dangerous attitude especially at a time when foreign powers are vying to gain a long term foothold in the country? A divided nation is an inviting terrain for scheming outsiders.    

Similarly, on a different occasion, a budding Muslim leader was calling members of his own community to join the Sinhala majority and be part of PGR’s race for economic development. This native informer should know very well that the supremacists who are behind PGR, while not prepared to consider the Tamils as co-owners of this land, are also questioning the indigenousness of Muslims in this country. In other words, to the supremacists, members of the two minority communities are virtually non-citizens at best or second class citizens at worst. How could any leader expect to promote genuine political partnership on such unequal terms? Such a partnership would eventually lead to a master-servant relationship, which seems to be the objective behind PGR’s authoritarianism. With soft militarization of government’s high powered administrative and managerial sectors, and with the posting of security personnel in every district, apparently to assist in development work, a police state seems to be looming on the horizon. 

A workable solution to the national question and post-war reconciliation is possible if supremacists and their opponents stop using the heart to do the work of brain. Let reason prevail over emotion and consider a solution in the context of the gravity of situation confronting the country today. Of the manifold issues facing the nation, two are critical and they need a united effort from the entire population to tackle successfully. One is the economy and the other is national security. 

On the economic front, behind the massaged statistics dished out by ministers and their appointees, an unbiased review of the real economy depicts a worrying future. Sky-rocketing cost of living amidst ad hoc populist handouts, increasing unemployment worsen by underemployment, chronic budget deficits caused by wasteful expenses and falling public revenue, mounting national debt, depreciating rupee and resulting inflationary pressures, are problems that cannot be solved without massive increase in domestic output with surplus to export. Foreign direct investment (FDI) can certainly be of assistance, though not the solution, but even (FDI) will not flow in unless the home ground is attractive and safe to investors. That attraction depends on the quality of domestic infrastructure, quality of domestic labour and associated factors of production, and above all a peaceful political and social environment. The last of these is rarely stressed by theoretical economists, but assumed away at best under the all-inclusive ceteris paribus. In Sri Lanka especially, peace and security is precondition to achieve prosperity with splendour.  

Modern economies are not built on science and technology alone although they are crucial, but with the co-operative effort of the people who contribute to and benefit from those economies. That co-operation cannot be bought or forced. It has to be spontaneous and that spontaneity depends on how free, independent and happy people feel about the socio-political surrounding in which they live. This is why popular democracy is such an attractive political model especially for plural societies. It provides opportunities for a numerical minority to become a political majority and vice versa, depending on the policies they advocate and programs they represent. Having denuded democracy of its inner substance while preserving it carapace of political parties and periodic elections, ethno-nationalism in this country has destroyed socio-political peace, which in turn has thwarted prosperity with splendour.                     

That peace cannot be recovered by relying on security forces alone. Increasing the size of police, army, air and naval personnel that are imbued with supremacist thoughts, equipping them with expensive and state of the art weapons, and allowing them to roam around in every city, town and village, may succeed in injecting fear and anxiety among masses, but will not promote societal peace and the necessary confidence in the future, especially among communities that had been grievously hurt by past injustices at the hands of these forces.  Without peace and confidence economic efforts will remain suboptimal at best. This is why PGR’s strategy of political exclusion and economic inclusion will not work. Once again, it should be stressed that our policy makers study closely how pluralist Singapore built its Singaporean identity that turned that resource-poor tiny island into a regional economic giant.  In a public address delivered by Lee Kwan Yew in the mid-1980s, he warned the Chinese chauvinists in his country not to commit the error of Sri Lanka by advocating ethno-nationalism. It was the same Lee who envied the development of this island when he visited in early 1950s.  

With reference to security, PGR and his caretaker government need not be reminded of the fact that the art of warfare has changed dramatically in recent years. We are living in an age of drone attacks and cyber terrorism. To protect an island like ours against such misfortunes requires international cooperation. That cooperation has now become a complex matter because of geopolitical developments in the Indian Ocean. To trumpet that Sri Lanka adopts a neutral foreign policy is simply for public consumption bereft of substance. Because of the strategic developments in the Indian Ocean, there is always a possibility that Sri Lanka may become a new theatre of war in Asia, and that war will not be fought with conventional weapons. The nation is well and truly trapped by the geostrategic manoeuvrings of India, China and the USA. How our own civil war itself contributed to this tragic situation is a sordid chapter altogether, which the supremacists may not want to read about or listen to.  Given this scenario, at least a united Sri Lanka can help to minimise possible damages. The old adage, ‘united we stand and divided we fall’ is no more appropriate than it is now. 

This is why, it is time that PGR and his supremacists from the political, economic and religious circles address the national question without delay and with open mind.  What the country needs is unity with equality among its plural constituents. With that unity, prosperity with splendour is certainly within our reach.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Unity that we dont need to even talk about is being caputred to the debate today. How can we ever think of going to hold unity while the innocient guillible people across the country are made permement fools for their power struggles `?
    First of all, so called FAKE sangayas aka skin heads wihtin BUDDHAGAMA (dont mix it up with real teachings of great buddha) but what they have been practisiing in the hell rotten island. No matter anything would have been other way around, but to wear PIRITH noole and be familiar with the sayings such as ” budhusaranayi” seem to be covering their buddhist practises with many of the born buddhists in our motherland.
    Looking back please try to see it right let alone today- if the buddhists that make high about their religions are able to practise the FIVE PRECEPTs correctly ?
    :
    Yesterday being forced to look at the manner high criminals being given state salutes, while real heroes or educuated ones being out of the cereomony, I reminded the abusive times of Zimbabawian leader.
    -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9ZIyFJLbv8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9ZIyFJLbv8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9ZIyFJLbv8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9ZIyFJLbv8
    Actually these men should long have been kept behind bars, instead of making the leaders. But punnakku eaters dominated country would not see the smidgeon of it. That is the bad side of the democracies being practised in poor countries. They just restrict democratics values only to get elected. Not a single pledge is fullfilled but to talk high about UNITY….. a unity that would never come true, so long TRUTHs and facts would be respected. Be it Ethiopia or in our island, people should be subjected to true law and order practises regardless of the status, race, relgioons or what ever the barrier would not have to stand on the way.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali,

      “It was the metastasis of communal politics that sowed the seeds of national disunity and inter-communal discontent, which ultimately deprived the economy of the vitally needed synergy emanating from a united citizenry. “

      Thanks for zeroing on one of the primary causes.

      There are of course, other reasons and causes .

      72 years after independence, when the British, mean IQ 100, handed over governance to the Paras, mean IQ 79, the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” monks, who are an Insult to the Buddha, who took over Buddhism, and installed themselves as the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, transporting that hegemony to the land of Native Veddah Aethho, have taken center stage, and dictated to the politicians that they want to maintain their Monk hegemony.

      The imbeciles , mean IQ 79, who have been fooled in the illusion of Nibbana, extinction, have been fooled by the politicians using the monks, promising them hegemony, and have come to power.
      So far, over the past 2,300 years, not a single Para-“Buddhist” imbecile has achieved Nibbana or attained extinction. Their low mean IQ of 79 is not conducive to sorting this deception. So , they prostrate to the monks, not knowing that they are pissing in the wind.

      The Cunning politicians use the monks and “Buddhism “ to fool them and get elected, and in the meantime, they along with their cronies in the tribe, fleece the imbecile masses, mean IQ 79.

      The same can be said about the Wahhabi-Salafis and those Wahhabi Ulama, who are fooling the Muslim masses. Per prescient Hadith of Najd, the Islamic Sources, the Wahhabis follow Satan .In fact, the Wahhabi graduates of Saudi Arabia scored the lowest GMAT scores in the world, 330, whereas the Sufi Turkey, got 540 and Shia Iran got 520. This is measured data.

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      Leelagemalli ,

      Good one Leela ! A global 2012 poll reported that 59% of the world’s
      population is religious while 36% is not and this was already a 9%
      decrease in religious belief from 2005 within a space of 7 years .
      And the trend upbeat year on year . That is how the better part of the
      world advances its understanding about the truth of its existence
      through evidence based knowledge . What are we doing instead ? We
      are trying all we can , in the name of revivalism , to promote darkness
      at an exorbitant cost to humanism. Harvard biologist E.O . Wilson has
      said , humans have invented over 100,000 religions , most of which
      have become extinct , the most familiar one being Greek mythology.
      All our leaders , past and present wanted and still talking of reviving
      Buddhism and also developing the country to an incredible standard !
      Ignorance at its best !

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    Mr Ameer Ali

    Repeating the word ‘national question’ ad infinitum will not take us anywhere. Propose your solution.
    No one has so far presented a draft proposal for discussion on power sharing (if that is what what the minorities expect) which encompasses at least 80% of minorities ( all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island) in Sri Lanka. It is up to the intellectuals of your calibre to take the initiative. I suggest you do a sketch of a geographic power sharing scheme covering at least 80% of minorities for the benefit of the CT readers.

    Soma

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      Soma!
      Tamils aren’t politically greedy. What they want is just 19 A , not even 19+ as stated by former president. This is a not daft. But a signed bilateral agreement. Now you ask Dr. A.Ali to send you a draft by airmail. Oh my good god.

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        Mr Ahmad
        Are you sure it covers political ambitions of at least 80% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island)?

        Soma

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          Hi Soma,
          Thanks for reply. Yes of course it covers of the ambition of large portion of the minority. And I don’t understand as to your ” at least 80%” condition. We got to start somewhere and the 19A is the starting point. If the rest 20% aren’t satisfied then let them settle their 20% dissatisfactions with 80% satisfied group.

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            Mr Ahmad
            You are repeating the typo 19A – it is 13A, not 19A.
            Full implementation of 13A will lower the +50 of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival, scattered across the island) who are presently occupying Sinhala majority provinces to the status of second class citizens. More critically these Sinhala majority provinces will be able to monopolize natural resources (with land powers) and hold the Tamils majority provinces hostage in areas like water. ( pros and cons of full implementation of 13A is a long discussion. )
            If I were a Tamil I would strongly oppose full implementation even if the Sinhalese wanted it.

            Soma

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              Hi Soma,
              Thanks for correcting my mistake, I don’t understand how not once thrice the mistake occurred. We now come back to the point, please don’t put you in Tamils’ shoes.
              They agreed to 13A then let them have in order to keep our motherland united. If they see any problems in the arrangement, be it practical or legal, we as grown up people sit and sort them out. Just look at Europe and 1st world countries( even though I do not like this categorization) there are thriving, not because of Nationalism but multi cultural set up. Simple theory is that “United we are strong, divided we are weak”. Choice is yours, the Sinhalese majority .

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          somass

          Lets forget the majority of the stupid people irrespective of their race, religion, region, gender, swxual preferences, ….. date of arrival, ……………… what exactly the noisy minority (Sinhala/Buddhists) fascists want for this island, people, ………………… ?

          Have you made up your mind?
          Can these noisy minority (Sinhala/Buddhists) fascists see beyond their nose? Are they capable of pulling their head from wherever they are now? When will they stop killing, torturing, threatening, ………………………….. looting, ….. and stop being self destructive?

          Mahinda has gone to his mother country, to worship his tribal god, to beg for donations, … … to thank Hindians, …………….. and when is he going to stop selling the land, businesses, ……………….. and our dignity to them?

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    The problem is Sinhalese want to isolate and marginalise all minorities. that is what happening now. it is a tactic used to marginalise Tamils, and Muslim communities as much as possible. so, that Sinhalalese could have their own regime . All sort of discrimination, prejudice, racism are out there. Tamil politicians did not go to this independence day celebration. Muslim Politicians too did not go. What do they have to celebrate : freedom of Sinhalese in suppression of minorities. How far and how long this will go? only God knows. As long as international community sleeps this will go on and we hope and pray no more Eelam war come with this arrogant attitudes of some Sinhalese politicians

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      Lankan@

      Not sinhalese but some 6,9 mio only

      This means over 50% of voter eligibles in the country.

      However, the very same or some of them within 6.9 mio stood against RAJAPAKSHE POLITICs in 2015 for good reason, that RAJAPAKSEHS only looted the state, as if tube wells abuse entire water springs in some regions. Or better said, a blood sucker would suck it as no blood left tob e remain to give a life. Nevetherless, people in a country whose majority (70%) rural living people – can get caught by every tricks being focused on them. They dont carea bout anything but beign caught by them, they voted for them.
      That is so called democracy in such countries. THis would have been no different in Pakistan, Bangalidesh, Nepal or the like minded countries so long the average of their societies are fools – or tending to any kind of instant jokes. They dont care about sustainable development or anti corruptoin levles, since they have been struggling with other issues that would not be without.
      I think, we should stop being that proud, we are just no better to PAKISTANis… whose leaders ruined that state until Mr Khan got elected. We dont have the environment Khans to be born in our country, since JATHAKA story based superstious society is dominating.

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      “Tamil politicians did not go to this independence day celebration. Muslim Politicians too did not go.”
      Minorities are marginalizing themselves.

      These Demala and Muslim politicians live in this country because Native Sinhalayo gave citizenship to their ancestors who came from Hindusthan. If they do not want to be a part of Sri Lanka, they can get lost. Ungrateful BPs.

      Sambandan has told he boycotted Independence Day celebration because National Anthem was not sung in Demala. This racist bigot who has been a promoter of separatism and an ardent supporter of LTTE terrorists should be kicked out from the luxury house provided by Sinhala tax payers’. This house is a gift from Dr. Bond for saving his ass. Leader of the Opposition who never opposed.

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        Eagle Eye ,

        You have any idea on what passport Vijaya landed in the country
        and on how many days visit ? If you have those details then
        Demala and Muslim citizenship details can be easily traced down .
        One more thing mate , there was a stamp issued in 1956 depicting
        Kuweni sitting in the Island when Vijaya was landing which
        resembles red Indians in Americas were present when Columbus
        DISCOVERED Americas. And it is noteworthy to understand the
        era of 1505 to 1948 , Srilanka did not exist and it had few other
        identities . Old citizenship of all communities were renewed by
        the conquerors .

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    One of the key observation during the Independence Day was that President Gotabaya Rajapakse did not honour the national dress code which usually all patriots of Srilanka follow. He highlighted his rule is a military rule, no place for democracy, rule of law or parliament.

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      But when Mr Wickramasinghe wear the troucers only Bayyas become so violent not being able to tolerate it. This has nothing to do with anything else but tolerance. Bayyas are jealous at toyyas. This has lot do with the cultured and unculturedness of the people. Even those who are wrapped around by Saffron robes, when they feel them to be not put above the society, become easily offended as if the children would become.

      No body else, if healing to be started, it should come from the professionals – such as society experts, sociologists and psychologist. Each and every family would need to undergo psycho therapies in order to learn the basics of the basics regarding how one could live with the other. Temples should be cleaned with good monks that would not be like that Madagoda BP sucking the balls of Rajapakshe. They the monks if they cant obey the monkhood principles should rather leave their community not tarnishing the image of traditional monk. That Samantha Badra or Kiribathgoda Pingutharaya and the like should be made silent for a real revolution. Instead of letting the bugger monks to mislead the nation, ask them to give it a priority to uplift the living conditions of the destitute, should start regardless of the location of them. Be them in nothern or Uwa, that should be the barrier those monks to work for peace and reconciliation. But respecting the race and religion, not going the path way of that from Mangalarama that became weeraya among the buddhist pingonas lately…. i think if the bugger would have slapped a man in Europe, he would have been kept in remaind by now. For some reasons, that kind of thugs being hidden behind sivura make a real big threat to lanken peace.
      May gods be on the side of the right ones, to allow healing to continue in this soil.

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        Simon De Silava,
        “No body else, if healing to be started, it should come from the professionals – such as society experts, sociologists and psychologist. Each and every family would need to undergo psycho therapies in order to learn the basics of the basics regarding how one could live with the other.”
        Yes, we have a professional who served as a Judge and later turn out to be a politician who comes out with ultra-racist remarks such as ‘Sinhalayo are not Welcome in the North’, Buddhist temples should be removed from North and East’. So how do you expect healing to take place? Racist Fascist TNA Wellala politicians do not want healing.

        I agree with your suggestion. The Wellala politicians should undergo psycho therapies in order to learn the basics of the basics regarding how one could live with the others.

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          Eagle Evil@
          .
          what we have professionals ? we have even MBBS doctors thanks to the tax payers, but most of them are kept above the law. Just get them from GMOA… most of them are ass kissers of BP Rajaskhe for their own gains. I wonder, if Germany or UK allowed any students to get their degree free, they have to pay the bursaries within 15 years or so. But our BPs pay nothing…. right ?

          All because the AVERAGE mind set is rotten in SRILANKA.

          Not just WELLAA only BUT our southern extremists with or wihtout SIVURU should be rehalibitated. If they are caught by having HIV should be slaughtered on the spot, so that rest of SANGA could main the great monk hood that lasted in the country for ages.
          You and I live out of the country we know what could fit better in the process of rebuilding the society right ? Or you would not grasp it so long your biased thoughts would not let you decide until you kick the bucket ?
          I think regardless of the race and religion, ,many down there should be pushed to right tracks that can only be possible, if Pingutharayas would allow it. Pinguthatharayas should be pushed ot paddy fields to the very same manner they did in china. if all lay people could contribute to the development, why not Pinguthtarayas that have been ruining the country today, to do the same. Then only prodcutivity of the country would go up.
          Just let them only preaching but allow to live up their fantasies being MONK hypocrates cant bring nobody anywhere.
          Please think about – the danger before us today is …. people dont pay enough taxes.. at least one should pay them should be clear about that. They get everything for free but keep on asking more. Any country that offers that much would have to face the unexpected oneday. Some japanese question, how lanken state could function well – so long they give lot more free…. today ?

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    Nationalism & patriotism very much boils down to plain racism & is within us deep down, perhaps, dormant until stirred by emotions, political or otherwise. SWRD added religious sentiments as well for his own political benefit & now the Rajapakses have gone a step (or several steps) further, blatantly legalising racism but he is not alone. Trump’s white Christian middle America vote base, Boris Johnson’s Brexit election victory & Salvini’s rise in Italian politics, all have the same underpinning vote of the ‘patriotic’ belief. In France & Germany, as well as, usually migrant tolerant Scandinavian countries, right wing extremism in politics is on the rise & becoming a threat to minorities living there. Maybe these politicians actually believe in their patriotic rhetoric or maybe its exploitation of nationalistic sentiments for selfish reasons but the race card is certainly the ace in the political poker game.

    Singapore is an example of diverse communities living in harmony, indirectly responsible for a higher standard of living of its citizens due to it’s prosperity as a country, even with no natural resources. The typical Singaporean is neither Chinese, Malay or Indian but a mixture of many, yet, the spreading of genes (purists may call it mongrel) certainly seems to have benefited the country as a whole.

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      Raj-UK,
      “Singapore is an example of diverse communities living in harmony”
      In the first place Singapore is a City State with 5.8 million people and second Singapore was under ‘Iron Rule’ of Lee Kuan Yew for three decades, whereas in Sinhale we had a bloody Democratic system imposed on us by British that gave ‘Wal Booru Nidahasa’ to ‘Para’ Demalu to play hell and ruin the country.

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        Raj-UK,/Eagle Confused Eye.

        The mean IQ of Singapore is 108, whereas the ,mean IQ of the Paras n the Land of Native Veddah Aethho is 79. This was further aggravated by the Para-imbeciles prostrating to monks, who were abused as childhood monks by to senior monks, by the Prostration Effect.

        https://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

        The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

        Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

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    Reconciliation is possible if supremacists and their opponents stop using the heart to do the work of brain you have to work with your opponent. Then he becomes your associate, Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.People respond in accordance to how you treat them.

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    “Sri Lanka’s ethno-religious and cultural diversity is a blessing in disguise contrary to what present day Buddhist supremacists seem to believe.”

    True. Only if those ethnic and religious groups played a constructive role to develop the country. ‘Para’ Demalu (mainly Malabar Wellala) who were given citizenship in this country by Native Sinhalayo when they were abandoned here by colonial parasites started creating problems to Native Sinhalayo who were oppressed by colonial rulers with the help from Malabar Wellala Demalu by trying to calve out a piece of land from the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo to establish a separate State. With that objective, ‘Para’ Demalu launched a terrorist campaign to slaughter Native Sinhalayo. Native Sinhalayo suffered for 30 years!

    ‘Para’ Muslims who were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when they faced persecution by Portuguese bit the hand of the person who fed them by starting an anti-Sinhala Buddhist riot in 1915 in Gampola that led to the massacre of hundreds of Sinhalayo by British. During British rule, Muslims took the side of British. Then in 2019 Muslims carried out a terrorist attack ruing the peace restored by Sri Lankan Armed Forces sacrificing their lives. They also ruined the economy through that terror attack.

    Both these ‘Para’ groups are responsible for destroying archeological sites that are related to Sinhala Buddhist heritage in the North and East.
    Ameer Ali, So do you want Sinhala Buddhists to consider the ethno-religious diversity as a blessing? Considering the problems created by these two ‘Para’ groups to Native Sinhalayo, they should be considered as a ‘CURSE’, not a blessing in disguise.

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    The Sinhalese should put to bed once and for all the issue about minorities so that whiners like Ameer Ali can go their own way. They should be told that, yes, Lanka is historical Sinhalese land, yes, all that is even one little bit of civilization on this island was built by the Sinhalese. Moslems were recent immigrants, overwhelmingly Dravidian South Indians by ethnicity, who still speak Tamil, and have not contributed to the country in a meaningful way. They have historically sided with whoever is in power and betrayed them as soon as power balance changed. Much blood has been spilled by these treasonous acts of Moslems. They continue to think of themselves as outsiders, and long to convert the country to a Moslem majority country by sheer numbers, so breeding like vermin, and engage in all Ram Mandir on top of the destroyed mosque Lanka should have absolutely no qualms about asserting itself against the Moslems. The global power balance of this century is in favor of the Sinhalese, vis a vis Modi India and Trump America, and while using the Chinese to help in whatever possible, Lanka should strive to modernize and develop the country with a slant to India and the West. More power to the Kaffir Sinhalese!!

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      “The global power balance of this century is in favor of the Sinhalese, vis a vis Modi India and Trump America, and while using the Chinese to help”

      LOL. Russia, N. Korea, Iran and China are the targets of US. They’re done with Russia long time, now. See how beautifully they silenced all three countries without a war recently, China being the fresh case? Their next target is India, and the foundation is already laid.

      Don’t be an idiot to think Trump, Modi and Xi will get together to destroy Islam, they are too busy destroying themselves.

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        Dream on. China has muzzled Moslem Uighurs in the most effective way. No one even talks about it. The monsters are kept in camps until they give us radical Islam or are never seen again. Modi is building a Hindu Mandir on top of destroyed Babri Mosque and Moslems will not be given Indian Citizenship any more. Trump is banning more and more Moslems from even visiting the US to protect American people. Once he gets re-elected he will move even more vigorously to act against Moslem terrorism. Lanka should know that the day to crush the Devil of Moslem terrorism is round the corner. Keep your guns ready, and know everything about every Moslems, so that you know who to incarcerate early. This time the Devil of Easter Sunday should be totally crushed and over 70% of Moslems in Lanka are radicalized. Just see their dress and the way they conduct, with contempt for others and biding their time before next massacre of innocents.

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          Jay Chamboo,

          Terrorism is bad, whether it emerges from Muslims or non-Muslims. China is terrorizing Uighurs Muslims. Modi is terrorizing Indian Muslims. Trump is banning Muslims entering from around the world. Even SL BBS terrorized SL Muslims. Who is the terrorist here?

          Don’t you feel that Islamophobia has worse effects than marijuana or any other drugs on earth? It transforms these leaders, people & organizations to act like terrorists out of fear. Funny, with all these efforts, not even 0.01% of Islam could be damaged or shaken by these rats, temporarily in power.

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            Abdul Cader, you seem to suppress the truth about Muslims terrorizing non-Muslims. Pakistan is terrorizing Hindus and Christians, Bangladesh is terrorizing Buddhists and Hindus and Egypt is terrorizing Christians and Jews. Why is that we hear of blasphemy charges only in Muslim countries. Muslim terrorists are killing Christians in Philippines, Buddhists in Thailand and Hindus in Kashmir. Islamophobia is the result of Islamomania, such as forcing halal food, sharia law and no go zones. So put an end to this Islamic fanaticism. Problem with Muslim fundamentalists is that when they realize they cannot do all what is told in Koran, they go mad unleashing violence.

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              Lanka Perera,

              Sorry Islam does not approve violence or terrorism, be that from an individual, a govt of an Islamic country or a terror organization hiding behind the name of Islam.

              Myanmar unleashed violence against Muslims, can we say that Buddhism teaches Buddhists to kill Muslims? BBS, 969 movement or associated individual monks who preach violence against non-Buddhists – Because of these misguided ones, can we say that Buddhism teaches violence???

              When I can see the difference between the true Buddhism and the one, untrue violent Buddhism; is it too complicated for you to realize the same in Islam? Also, is it too complicated for you to see the similarities among Islamic terror groups and Buddhist terror groups?

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          “Hindu Mandir on top of destroyed Babri Mosque and Moslems will not be given Indian Citizenship any more”

          Indian economy is in the hands of Arabs while Trump is chasing away Indian IT guys & other professionals saying they are grabbing the opportunities of Americans. India can threaten Malaysia with palm oil, but Arabs haven’t yet started to put pressure on Modi with Indian workers in the ME as they see that half the Hindus are against Modi and with Muslims in the protests.

          Tell me, how Modi & Trump can get along when one wants Hindus be superior among the rest, the other wants Whites be superior among the others? US has always been with Pakistan, and never with India. Even Trump prefers Pakistan to India these days, and he already started to see India as an enemy in trade so he asked WTO to remove “developing Nation” tag of India. Now that China is weaken with Corona virus, US never wants Indian support in the region but it will see India as the threat in the region.

          So Modi is in a dangerous situation now, only you can help him Jay Chambers :-)

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      Until the percentage of Sinhalayo’s like this commenter, stops spewing anti Muslim poison and comments against the minority, until those Sinhalayo’s become intelligent enough to stop believing the fake news that is spread, about toffees and “charmed gullies” given by Muslims will make their Sinhala women barren, or until they are smart enough to believe that the 70 percent of Sinhalese can never be taken over by 8 percent of Muslims, as proven by statisticians, and experts, this country can never progress, will never know peace, and can never be successful. Until the Sinhala leaders stop using religion as a tool to win votes, and set one group against the other, we might as well accept the fact that we are going to be in a cesspit, and never thrive like other multi religious nations.
      In other words, Sri Lankans can never change, so we are doomed.

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    Oh Dear Soma!

    You’re asking Dr. Ameer Ali to put forward a draft. What happened to the 19A of the constitution as per by -lateral agreement. Tamils do not ask for 19+ , what they simply want is to fully implementation of the 19A. Isn’t enough to you. Good God save people like Soma.

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    The author has made this profound observation:
    “This is why PGR’s strategy of political exclusion and economic inclusion will not work.” The strategy was formulated by PGR who posed in front of a massive bookshelf laden with books, to project an image of himself as an intellectual.

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    Ameer Ali,
    Instead of talking BS, can you provide answers to these questions:
    • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
    • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
    • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities”?

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      Good morning Eagle Eye,
      Sorry, me poking my nose into the questions you ‘ve asked Dr. AA. Answers are very simple.
      1. Singing National anthem only in Sinhala
      2.Constant damage to Mosques , with the help of authority, while Buddhist Temples are protected.
      3. State Religious Status to Buddihsm, but not to Saivam, Christianity and Islam.

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        Ahmad Nadvi,
        What kind of dumb answers!

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    Dr. Ameer Ali: One better way is to, as you are doing well in Australian get all the muslim to Australia.
    Sri Lanka had every thing good since Independence. Sri Lankan politicians at least those who are interested in developing it as a defeated nation and not a failed state know what should come back. abandoned Civil Service is one. For other things, I think, most are in place.
    With respect to war you are talking, Sri Lanka is in a state of war. There are books written on that which explains how the HYBRID WAR is fraught. Sri lanka is being defeated in the hybrid war. It was to be completed by 2018. But, it did not happen. Most of the legislation was ready, constitution was ready. Politicians were ready to report to Washington. If MCC was signed and if OK was said to SOFA. All would have been completed.
    Anyway, in brief, IDENTITY POLITICS and it’s components are all parts of the hybrid war. Asia is old world and has so much cultural variance, economic differences. Since the communist cold war times they used weatherization of religion to counter act the spread of communist ideology. It worked even with Mahayana_Buddhism but not with Theravada Buddhism. The parts are Ethno_nationalism based Minority rights. I here Turkey, Iran and Pakisthan had such Identity politics based HYBRID WARS. Apparently, they have over come it. China and /Tibet are such other countries which have that problem. I think in 1960s, then leaders of Sri Lanka did not understand the international Geo politics related sabotages. JRJ and all other govts after him gave into it. Last govt tried to bring it to the pinnacle stage in which Sri Lanka becomes another Puertorico, or some other Latin American country e.g. Argentina.

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    This is why PGR’s strategy of political exclusion and economic inclusion will not work. – This is not at all will work. Now fir decades, Tamil and muslim politicians directed (at least pretended that they do it) their voters. Only thing we know even to date, politicians live good lives but the voter is still in the same place. For both Tamils ans Muslims, the public is at the same place. Pabakaran used poor Tamils as just canon fodder ans he built swimming pools inside Wanni and he and his family lived good life. It is the same with all the muslim politicians. Political inclusion for politicians who just like Sinhala politicians are looking for their own advancement. Economic inclusion should be not as Tamils or Muslims but as People. Even then muslims should not be allowed to behave culturally insensitive. They wanted to start animal meat production in Sri Lanka as an developed industry. They want their women to cover the whole body. But Sinhala girl shows all they have with the muslim fashion stores. The bottom line is any country – loving president should not allow respective minority politicians to handle their voters. Then they go for personal advancement and sectarian or caste based politics.

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    The Rot set in with the Insurrection by the JVP in the 70s, with loss of over 25 000 lives and total destruction of the rural Economy.

    Then came the Mother of not only all Insurrections of the world, but also world record breaking Tamil Terrorism, which ran for 30 years.-
    -.
    JVP again reappeared in the 80s to help the Tamil Terrorism with their Insurrection Mk11 ,which eliminated another 40.000 Sinhala and mainly Buddhst youth ,

    Between the LTTE and the JVP, they took care of probably 150,000 lives ,mainly the innocent lives of the poor inhabitants.mainly in the rural areas.

    Then came the mother of All suicide attacks delivered by Muslim Terrorists in the first decade of the 21 Century..

    It not only killed the highest number innocent Foreigners ever in Srilanka in one Hit..
    Muslim Terrorists also extinguished the livse over 200 innocent local Catholics ,mainly the poor Catholics and maimed another 500 for life , with some of whom are still in Hospital.

    Not only the Muslim Terrorists did that harm to innocent inhabitants and innocent Foreign Citizens , but they also destroyed the Economy, which was totally dependent on Tourism Industry.

    That is the clear answer to why we have no Prosperity.

    After what the Muslim Terrorists did to Lankawe , I don’t think we will have any splendor for a long time.

    The irony is , it is the above Trio, the JVP , Tamil TNA and the all Celyon Muslim Incorporated which ran the show for the last 5 years from 2015. helping Dr Ranil and the UNP to pull our rapidly growing post Nanthikadal Economy on to its knees.

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      K.A.S.
      In my scale individuals who destroyed this country are JR Jayawardana, Rohana Wijeweera, Velupillei Prabakaran and Zahran Hasim IN THAT ORDER. Contribution of JR far exceeds that of all other three put together.

      Soma

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    Prosperity with splendor is only a dream as long as our parliamentarians and the rulers are only interested in enriching themselves and their henchman. The present proportional representation based parliamentary system is unlikely to improve the quality of our parliamentarians, unless the next election is fought to get rid of rogues, drug dealers, liquor dealers, bookie owners and other undesirables from our parliament. At the same time fiscal responsibility is a must and we appear to be heading along a slippery slope towards bankruptcy rather than splendor.

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