11 August, 2020

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What A Tragic Fall

By Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

Last year I travelled to Sri Lanka on work; my previous visit had been a decade earlier. The people were, as before, gentle and polite; the scenery spectacular; the roads and residences, spotlessly clean. But the political culture had changed in the interim. An air of Sinhala superiority was

abroad. A war had been waged and won; what had been imposed afterwards, however, was a victor’s peace. Instead of assuring the Tamils that their rights would be protected, the idea that only Sinhala-speakers and followers of the Buddhist faith were authentic citizens was being promoted. The army had not disbanded its units in the north; there were fears that large numbers of non-Tamils would follow them and settle there.

These chauvinistic policies were accompanied by a promotion of the First Family of Sri Lankan politics. Photographs of the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, were everywhere. His brother, Gotabaya, was making loud and threatening noises at regular intervals. While I was in Sri Lanka the President’s son was engaged in an electoral campaign, and the notion that he would one day succeed to his father’s office was being broadcast to anyone who cared to listen.

Read more in the Hindustan Times

*Ramachandra Guha is the author of India After Gandhi and Makers of Modern India

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    What do you want?.

    Mohan and Modi alongside Jayalitha to thank them for the beautiful scenery and spectacular roads and residences?.

    Please be our guest and stay away for another 10 years.

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      Did you know who he is before you invited him. He is tamil? sorry to only say this after you had made the commitment?

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    How unfortunate for India!

    This is a GOOD sign in SL. Too bad and unfortunate for Indians they LOST. Their beloved LTTE was wiped out.

    What is bad for India is good for SL.
    What is good for India is bad for SL.

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      Fathima, You talk too much, thsi land will be seperated soon.

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        If that happens it will not be separation. It will be a failed
        marriage that started around 1505 and failed in 1956. The bride goes back because despite many decades of patience on the bride’s part the groom and his people made living together impossible.
        There is still a slender chance of living together but that must be based on justice, historical realities an improved legal structure.

        Kettikaran

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    The problem in SL is too many Indian parasites.

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      Like yourself no doubt, unless ofcourse you are Veddah which is highly unlikely.

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      Why don’t you leave then, FatFuk?

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    Gen. Fonseka in no uncertain terms said SL was a Sinhala nation and others should know their place. BBS rep here has mentioned that they are trying to create a single identity Sri lanka and anyone not of Sinhala Buddhist identify should leave. Gota and Co. are laying the groundwork for a Sinhala Buddhist fascist dictatorship.

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    the link to Hindustan takes me to google intead

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    Ramachandra Guha, did you expect a time warp? How stupid.

    Welcome to the new Sri Lanka, otherwise known as the “Miracle of Asia”.

    When you come back after another 10 years the miracle would have grown 10 times more, and by that time SL would be the “Wonder of Asia”.

    Take it or leave it!!

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      Yes, it will be a province of China with a Chingalalese ( half Chinese and half Sinhalese breed)population.

      It will be a wonder of asia indeed!

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