Cardinal Sins!
Posted on November 5th, 2010

– Kumar Moses  

Amidst some reasonable representations at the LLRC commission, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith also regurgitated ultra Tamil vile racism espoused by the LTTE. He warned that any attempt to change the ethnic ratio in the Northern and Eastern Provinces through colonization could cause ethnic trouble. He should be ashamed of making such comments that border racism. What he calls colonization is actually ethnic integration! He is against ethnic integration in areas that were ethnically cleansed by LTTE terrorists using violence. If anyone cannot stand what they call colonization, they better leave Sri Lanka and settle down in a mono ethnic nation. State sponsorship, private sponsorship or NGO sponsorship does not matter. What matters is the actual changing of the ethnic imbalance in the north which is essential for lasting peace.

 Due to ethnic imbalance in the north, its politics was hijacked by racist political parties. Every general election in the north returned racist political parties to parliament even before Independence. At the 1947 election the All Ceylon Tamil Congress swept the Jaffna district. This was the ominous start of racism in politics. Since then at every election Tamil racist political parties won the north. These include Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi, Tamil United Liberation Front and Tamil National Alliance. Together they always won the majority vote in the north. LTTE was the offspring of these Tamil racist political parties. Unfortunately Tamils in the north followed racist politics as they do in Tamil Nadu whereas Tamils in multicultural Colombo followed the exact opposite approach by totally rejecting race politics. Nobody raised a finger against massive Tamil colonization of Colombo and similarly no one has any right to stop private or state sponsored re-colonization of the north. When the north is multiethnic there will be no room for race politics. Fearing the end of race politics, Tamil race based political parties are in panic mode over changing the mono ethnic nature of the north.

 The only way to save the north from Tamil racist politics is to change the ethnic imbalance in the north which is now unfortunately Tamil only. By hindering the noble act of settling people of every race in the north, the cardinal is committing the sin of maintaining what Tamil racist political parties and the LTTE achieved through violence. In 1971 there were 20,402 Sinhalese in Jaffna District and by 1981 it was reduced to a mere 4,615 by the Vaddukoddai crowd. After the war started in 1983, it fell to zero. The 1981 census recorded 13,757 Muslims in Jaffna District but now it is zero. These horrendous crimes must be reversed at all cost.

 Every square inch of Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans irrespective of creed or race. There are absolutely no racial enclaves in this country. The real meaning of the 2009 Nanthikadal victory was to defeat and destroy all perceptions and possible existence of racial enclaves.

 People of all races must enjoy all the economic resources in the north. Fisheries, minerals, fertile lands, business opportunities and other economic resources in the north belong to the Sinhalese as well as to Tamils. This is the rationale behind annually investing US$ 1.5 billion dollars in defence. If most Sri Lankans who happened to be Sinhalese cannot use northern economic resources at will, there is no justification for defence expenditure.

 However, there is another aspect missed by many. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has not been very effective in maintaining discipline in the Roman Catholic Church leading to disgust among Catholics. A large number of Catholic clergy openly supported LTTE terrorists. Some of them were dastardly enough to carry an INTERPOL wanted terrorist’s portrait as they wore the cross! This was both sin and crime. Then there was this Catholic bishop who illegally removed a statue belonging to all Catholics from its rightful place. Bishop Rayappu Joseph refused to co-operate with the army. However, all these criminal and sinful acts went unpunished!

 Disrupting genuine peace building efforts that essentially require re-establishing ethnic diversity and unity in the Tamil only mono ethnic north is a cardinal sin. It is time to put an end to treason and racial enclaves. Government must make it a point to erase mono ethnic racial enclaves in the north that conceived and produced the LTTE.

7 Responses to “Cardinal Sins!”

  1. De Costa Says:

    He was possibly promoted to Cardinal only after promising to support vatican call for a partitioned province for Tamils.
    He is well qualified for the National Register of Betrayers.

  2. nilwala Says:

    It is the continued misuse of the word “colonization” that puts a completely twisted connotation to the movement of people into areas, in thisThese areas were never marked out as “Tamil areas” except by the LTTE who evicted Sinhalese families from the region and established terrorist control through the nefarious LTTE/UNP instigated CFA that was aimed at carving out a separate state in Sri Lanka. The British colonials used the term “colonization” and colonists” for settlers in areas opened up for agriculture, and it continues to be misused today, Sri Lankans should have the option of living any place in the country that they wish to, and there should not be any ethnic demarcations of territory. The Cardinal seems to encourage ethnic separatism which has been the bane of this little island since independence. Tamils have a right to live wherever they wish i Sri Lanka just as the Sinhalese do….the massive influx of Tamils from the Jaffna area to Colombo and suburbs during the conflict years was never hampered by the Sinhalese. Why should the movement of Sinhalese to the North be prevented now that the conflict is over? Seems to me the Cardinal is intent on creating and maintaining monoethnic areas in the North and East, while the rest of the country remains mixed.

  3. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    The Catholic Church failed to condemn the Tigers when the country was being destroyed over a period of 30 years by a brutal band of terrorists and their supporters in foreign lands, probably because the terrorists did not target the church and in fact many Catholic priests were supporting the Tigers. If ever there is a demonstration overseas by the Tigers, denigrating SriLanka then one could see a catholic priest in the forefront next to a picture of Prabakaran the brutal terrorist. The Tigers inturn directed their brutality only towards the Buddihists, the Muslims and those Tamil Hindus who failed to take their orders. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjit’s advise if carried out, it would help only to consolidate what was achieved by the Tiger Terrorists, by evicting Muslims and Sinhalese from the North and East. When the Cardinal refers to Ethnic ratio, is he referring to the ratio achieved by the Tigers, or the ratio that prevailed a 30 yrs ago, 100 yrs ago, 500 yrs ago or 1000yrs ago? Does the Cardinal’s advice apply to all the districts in SriLanka, which is tantamount to running an autocratic state where the citizens are trapped in their current places of residence and cannot move? Also, with the Tamil population in SriLanka being relatively small, if the Govt decides to satisfy the Cardinal’s wish, then the Govt will have to either abandon development of vast tracts of waste lands in the North and East or else will have to import Tamil settlers from Tamilnadu to work on these lands, just like what the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British did to keep out the sinhalese and the muslims from the mainstream. I’m afraid. Cardinal Ranjit’s solution, will not help to achieve this much needed erhnic harmoney and reconciliation in SriLanka.

  4. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Oh ! it is nice to see one of the men in cassock holding the PICTURE OF GOD. Hypocrites EH ?

  5. OaO Asithri Says:

    Very well said Kumar Moses. Certainly, ethnic integration is the way of the future of Sri Lanka if we are not to allow another rabidly racist Tamil separatist-terrorist like Prabhakaran take another crack at Tamil racists’ mythical “thamileelam” separate state – with another loss of 100,000 lives. The sooner the Govt. of Sri Lanka realizes this and take proactive measures, the better it will be. As for this Cardinal Malcom Ranjit, well, his utterances are nothing new to us. As many readers pointed out here, the Catholic church hierarchy of Sri Lanka did zilch to contain the pro-LTTE activities of many of the Tamil Catholic clergy and this is why today I know many disgusted Sinhalese Catholic who refuge to step into a church. Many of them Sinhalese that I know have, in fact, had a “reawakening” of the sort and today they are quite comfortable in going to temples, listening to Bana and even walking out with pirith-noola around their wrist (unheard of when I was growing up!). It is time the patriotic Sinhalese Catholics started a putsch and petitioned the Vatican to remove this type of racist Catholic clergy in Sri Lanka – the ones who still think along racial lines instead of promoting the view that every inch of Sri Lanka belongs to all, irrespective of race or religion.

  6. jay-ran Says:

    Kumar you are exactly correct to say ” If anyone cannot stand what they call colonization, they better leave Sri Lanka and settle down in a mono ethnic nation”.

    Real colour of Malcom Ranjith has expose very clearly when his DIRTY MOUTH LET OUT THE TAMILIAN IDELOGY AT LRRC. I had a great respect to this priest being a Buyddhist but totally lost all that owing to his BIASSED PREACHINGS.

    Simlpy because he is a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, HOW THE HELL CAN AND WHAT RIGHT HE HAS TO MAKE SUCH COMMENTS SUPPORTING THE VIEWS OF LTTE??? Sri lanka belongs to all, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims as well and HOW DARE THIS FOOL SAY THAT CHANGING THE DEMOGRAPHI OF THE ETHNIC BALANCE WILL CAUSE DISTURBANCES??? Its DISGRACE TO THE CATHOLIC CHURH for exibitting the views of the Tamil extremists while COMPLETELY OBSERVING SILENCE DURING THE LAST 3 DECADES WHEN LTTE WERE BRUTALLY KILLING THE INNOCENT SINHALESE AS WELL AS MODERATE TAMILS.

  7. Lanka Peiris Says:

    Cardinal Malcom Ranjit it is time you accepted the fact that Sri lanka belongs to all Sri lankans irrespective of ethnic or religious differences. ‘No Mono-ethnic enclaves’, no seperate states, no North-East province and the tamil dreamland oif Eelam.

    Your sheperds in Jaffna, Mannar and Trinco were stooges of the maniac murderer. They who were supposed to lead their brethren out of the ‘LTTE vermins’ slavery, licked their backsides, hid things under their cassocks and supported LTTE suicide merchants. Prayed and gave extremuntion to suicide murderers and buried them with the blessings of the church! Even the merciful Lord Jeseus Christ was humiliated.

    I am a Catholic but I will not receive aq sacrement or go to a church where a Tamil priest is in attendance. They will have to have an open air mass where each and every one oif them should ask forgiveness from the people whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending the nation from their beloved friends the barbaric terrorist goons.

    To heal the wounds ‘integration’ is the answer not separatism. Cardinal you are a man of ‘many languages’. Use that and bring this mono-ethnic Bishops to obey the heirachy in Colombo and not strive to become Cardinals of Eelam.

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