What more are we going to sacrifice in the name of reconciliation ?
Posted on January 24th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera,

 Vasudeva Nanayakkara the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration must stop thinking  that he is a Minister in a Marxist Government. He is only a Marxist in a non-Marxis Government.  He continues with his idea of reconciliation taking away what had been National making them common popular items of no significance.   Vasudeva Nanayakkara now wants to mix Tamil and Sinhala verses in the National Anthem to make it a garbled version of the National Anthem that was written by Ananda Samarakoon in 1940 and recognised as the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in 1951.

 Vasudeva Nanaykkara is a Marxist and does not really know the  value of what is National. It will not be surprising  that if it is for the sake of reconciliation he may even propose part of the LTTE flag included in the already mutilated National flag of Sri Lanka.

 Sri Lanka became a Government of the  people, by the people, and  for the people of Sri Lanka,  in reality,  in 1956 after Mr.S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike  formed his SLFP Government. 

 SWRD introduced Sinhala Only as the National language of Sri Lanka not to divide the country  or make the Majority dominate over the minorities.  He was an educated man and knew global politics.  He was not a nationalist as many would like to call him.

 He knew that Western Nations were rich and influential because they had  built their nations around one National Anthem , one National flag and one National Language. He therefore wanted to unite all communities in Sri Lanka as one nation on that principle.

 But it was the Tamil, political leaders like  G.G.Ponnambalam, Chelvanayagam and others who moved into set the Tamils against the Sinhala because they wanted to “rein” in the North as the leaders of the Tamil people.  The Communal Division was therefore created by these Tamil politicians, but never by SWRD Bandaranaike who had good intentions.

 It was this extreme political sentiments aroused by these Tamil Political leaders that took greater divisive dimensions until the rise of terrorism in Sri Lanka. It was an exaggerated nationalist demand of those Tamil political leaders  to divide the country  and its people,  demanding equal rights for a 13 percent of a Tamil population against a 74 percent of a Sinhala population instead of  demanding political, social, and economic unity for the  whole of the people of Sri Lanka as one Nation of Sri Lankans.

 However, after the elimination of terrorism the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse  made the greatest mistake of not immediately banning  the Tamil National Alliance, removing the 13 Amendment, and ban all political parties labelled as representing  a Community.  

  Therefore, today we have more problems with the TNA still representing the defunct terrorism, which keeps alive the Sinhala-Tamil division  hampering the development and the reconciliation of the Communities.

 The Government has given in by introducing a three language policy, and starting more development projects in the North and East in order to draw the people from these district into the main political stream.  But still despite numerous efforts to bring about  an understanding  between the two main communities the rift is getting wider.

 It is in this situation that Vasudeva Nanaykkara proposes the mutilation of the National Anthem, as another means for reconciliation.   It is time that the People stand against this move as it is the still remaining link  between the past and  the present .

Vasudeva Nanayakkara had said, “”¦”¦ the national anthem with Sinhala and Tamil verses would be sung at the 65th Independence Day celebration on February 4th if the President approves the proposal. “

This is what Vasudeva Nanayakkara wants and it is not what the people would like to have.  Therefore, we should appeal to the President to leave the National Anthem as it is, and not to give in to the LSSP Minister Nanayakkara, who wants to further muddle the already muddied situation in Sri Lanka.

If the proposal of Vasudeva Nanaykkara  is unfortunately  accepted the National Anthem will remain garbled and un-national as all  contributions that had been made in the recent past  in the name of reconciliation.

 The TNA and the Tamil people following them will  never change their attitude and reconciliation  may remain a distant mirage with a garbled National Anthem becoming a comic song sung for  amusement  rather than as a “”¦”¦ composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people.”, as a National Anthem should be. 

40 Responses to “What more are we going to sacrifice in the name of reconciliation ?”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    I was initially against the removal of the Tamil version of the national anthem. But upon more investigation it occured to me the total absurdility of having the national anthem in many languages. No country has it. The next thing is having Tamil phrases in the national anthem. There is no need for change as the national anthem in Sinhala has more than half of its words with similar Tamil meaning.

    Changing the national anthem is a violation of the Constitution which spells out what the national anthem is. No one can change it without amending the Constitution.

    However, the recent impeachment showed the President shows no regard for the Constitution. That is the reason why Vasu now wants the President to once again disregard the Constitution and “approve” his communist views on the national anthem. Even the Soviet Union kicked out communists but some residue still manage to remain important in this country. The president cannot “approve” a national anthem. It must come via a Constitutional amendment.

    Sri Lankans the world over must boycot the Vasudeva National Anthem. That was not what was sung over the historic events in 1948 and 2009.

    This is a classic example of “then they came for me”. The poor courts system and the violated Constitution cannot protect the nation from a president who is panicking over war crimes allegations and who would violate the Constitution at will to save his skin. Now we have a trend of serial and habitual violation of the Constitution.

  2. mario_perera Says:

    The first contravention of anything is the most difficult to perpetrate. Such was the case of the ‘original sin’. After that first sin, sin abounded and engulfed humanity – so says the Bible. Whatever the credence given to the story, the facts are there to be seen.

    It is one thing to strain on the leash, another to break it. Now the constitutional leash has been broken and is in tatters. The man sitting in the post of Chief Justice will have the constitution itself crying for vengeance. He has defied the judgment of the bench he sits on and smeared it with his guilt. Besides making the Supreme Court sit, not on a bench but on a dirty torn mat (now not only for the people but also with the people and reduced to the level of the people), he has by his act of acceptance of his anti-constitutional post given parliament the freedom of the ‘wild bull’. With his nomination and acceptance the flood gates have been opened. He can truly say with Louis XV ‘apres moi le deluge’ – with me the deluge. the deluge was coming, coming, coming, NOW IT HAS COME. The sacrosanct Constitution has now become a woman held in bondage within the National Assembly and violated at will by the dregs, the scum of our society. From now on, as regards raping the Constitution – the woman in bondage, the sky is the limit. the unthinkable is now not only very much thinkable but a daily reality.

    Now our Government (why hide the fact, let us call a spade a spade and boldly say the President), while playing the strong man within the confines of the country, is on its (HIS) knees before the outside world – especially with the ‘Ides of March’ looming on the horizon, now practically at our doorstep. The government (the President) has ransomed the honour of the country. Now it (HE) has one more thing to ransom – the country itself. This is what the question of the national anthem is all about. This matter which raises such a hue and cry in the public domain, is a nothing (a ‘summa’) for the people at Diyawanna Oya – just another thrust of the buttocks into the woman in captivity.

    Mario Perera
    Kadawata

  3. lingamAndy Says:

    Vasudeva Nanayakkara the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration !
    As I am Sri Lankan Tamil hat off to Hon Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara, I can say to you Sri (Mahaththaya) you have achieved what you can do to your mother land in your life hard work !!! Now if you retaer or die but Mother lanka remember you for ever !
    Yes you have unite our diversity to achive a our lasting solution United Sri Lanka !!!

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    What a shame that such an idea to change the words of the existing National Anthem to a “bi-lingual comedy” is even
    voiced !

    Who & what events brought in the 1983 Riots ? Analyse that one and you will get all the necessary answers as to who is inimical to Sri Lanka’s real social progress. The 1983 Riots which brought down the entire Nation in shame, was the ultimate Violation of Sri Lankan Rights.

    Mr VN’s Old ‘bandage’ style, one size fits all Old Tyme politics will be rejected by almost all Sri Lankans. It’s like a doctor treating a patient for a common cold when actually the patient is suffering from broken bones ! Mr VN : have you ever analysed the Tamil Caste Problems of Tamil Nadu and how it has adversely affected Sri Lanka ? Try bringing that one up in Lanka Parliament for debate.

    Question: Does Sri Lanka exist to for Tamil Caste Liberation ?

    Tell all those who are hankering after real CHANGE for Tamils of Lanka, to change the sanitary system of Tamil Nadu which still employs some 95,000 caste bound Tamils as ‘night soil carriers’. Canada & the UN should unite to bring about real CHANGE for Tamil Dalits of Tamil Nadu, donate a proper sanitary system to TN, and set free all those poor Tamil Dalits who have been made to carry ‘night soil’ by caste designation lasting thousands of years. Also help Sri Lanka deport all Illegal Migrants here. We also feel India (Delhi) would welcome such real Change for the better.

    Sri Lanka has better things to do than change the National Anthem into some comedy. Lanka has enough to deal with bettering Job creation, Education system, providing better basic needs for all, the Food & Energy sectors, Environment sector, etc. etc.

    Now that would be real CHANGE for the better, for everyone concerned here.

    Sinhela people : Never get caught in International Traps again. Wasn’t 1983 Riots enough ?

  5. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    a doctor treating a patient for a common cold when actually the patient is suffering from broken bones – Aggred , common cold can be treat easly with our Tamil/Sinhala medician (Ayulveda), VN insert few Tamil words in National Anthem that make Tamil people guilty, why We need separate country our Sri lankan National antham in Thamil!
    Over night our ethenical problm sorted !!! next parliment election TNA will be send home by Tamil people !
    now together We can (Doctor treat broken bones) sovle our common problm (Economy ) !!!

    Tamil Caste Liberation ,Fran Diaz Sorry to say I know you are genieve Sinhala person but I have to disaggred with you again again we SL Tamil have Caste problm but not serious like TN caste , ours is all most similar to you sinhalese have as you also treat carpenter / barbers as low people is not it ?

  6. Voice123 Says:

    Fran Das, I have to agree this time that Lingam has a point. Sinhalese DO have a caste system because they trace their origins to India. Indigenous peoples the world over DO NOT have a caste system. Indigenous people also accept newcomers from any country without trying to force their langage or culture on others. Unfortunately, majority of us have forsaken/forgotten our true heritage and adopted some bad aspects of a neighbouring alien culture. As for the national anthem, I think we should have a Tamil version also, and perhaps also versions in other minor languages spoken in SL or significant in one way or another to Sri Lanka like Malayalam, Arabic, Bohra/Gujrati, Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit, Bahasa Melayu, English and (oooh dare I say this? Archaic Portuguese). There is no harm in this. (For example even the new South Africa recognises the language of the invader (Dutch/Afrikaans) as historically relevant to their country and have a version of the national anthem. If they can recognise the language of their oppressor, why cant we recognise Tamil?) These are only symbolically generous gestures. How is this going to open a door for Tamil Nadu or any other country to invade us?

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    What are YOUR norms for respecting a person ?

    I personally do not treat carpenters & barbers as ‘lowly people’. I treat people according to the way they behave professionally & socially – are they pleasant, do they do their tasks (carpenter, barber etc.) well and with honesty, in a professional manner ? Those are the important points. I have met two particular personalities in Sri Lanka, both of whom I hold in the highest regard and respect, a building contractor who lived in a tenement home, and a gardner who lived in somebody’s garage room. I think of such people as true sons of the soil of Sri Lanka, and proud to know them. They are like a types of highly evolved souls who grace this earth with their kind personalities, so honest, pleasant and dependable.

    If so called ‘educated’ &/or rich people’ behave like barbarians, I think of them as a ‘step away from apes’, with intense distaste and avoid such people.

    Voice 123,

    I disagree with you.

    Sri Lanka has experienced in the past and near past intense efforts by Tamil leaders here and Tamil Nadu also re take over Lanka or parts of it, with various foreign help. We have to learn from history.

    It is the practice of all Democracies to allow a certain amount of foreign languages & cultures into a country, but no more. The fact that Sri Lanka is a small country demands that we should be extra careful not to be overrun with such at the cost to our own true culture. Right now, Sri Lanka has enough foreign culture influences, both negative (which ought to thrown out) and positive (which ought to be kept), and we do not need more stuff via language from Tamil Nadu negative side. Besides, the internet, other media & tourism provide enough of foreign culture influences, do they not ?

    It is the practice of all Democracies in the world over to NOT allow illegal migrants in too. Sri Lanka is constantly destabilised in both (culture, language) and other ways so that illegal migration can be done, surreptitiously. Mr NV’s silly solution to the so called ‘Tamil Problem’ is seen in this light. It really solves nothing, except be a drag on/dilute Lanka’s sovereignty.
    Sri Lanka is such a small country, that its National Anthem has to be sung in the Sinhela language, no more, no less. Almost all the states of India are larger than Sri Lanka – and that speaks volumes.

    Let’s not get absurd that the Bohras, Chinese etc. will want to sing the Lanka National Anthem in their language.

  8. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    has to be sung in the Sinhela language, no more, no less. – My Chinhala brother ( sinhala sakotharaya) please tell me honest answer , Am I Sri Lankan / Lanka Putha / Ilankai Puthalvan ???

    What are YOUR norms for respecting a person ?- I repect every person same as stong beliver in Lord Bhudda (as you said earlier- low / high caste only valued by living not by born )

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    You are indeed Sri Lanka, 100%. Belong to Sri Lanka and don’t try to turn Sri Lanka into an appendage of Tamil Nadu.

    We respect that all Tamil Primary Schools be taught in Tamil. Next, move on to other languages useful to live in Sri Lanka and for jobs and further education.

    In USA, there are no special primary schools for Mexicans, East Indians, Red Indians, Eskimos, or Other minorities. Mexicans comprise 10.8% of USA, yet no special schools are there for Mexicans. English is the prime language in all schools for children. Spanish is allowed as a second language. Some Products carry the Spanish language for sales & marketing, media carry some Spanish programs. Do you think all this is fair and just by the Mexicans and the rest of America ? I think so. Also please bear in mind that America is vast country, spreading from Atlantic to the Pacific, quite unlike Sri Lanka in size.

    There are some special schools for Afro-Americans, who are primarily of slave heritage. That became so due to segregation of blacks in slave era. However, presently Afro-American kids go mostly to mixed schools.

    There was no slavery ever in Sri Lanka. Only Indentured Tamil Labor and that too brought in by the British & Dutch, not the Sinhale.

    Be fair in your demand of use of Tamil language in Sri Lanka. It would be to the advantage of the Tamil community to ‘blend in’ whilst keeping the Tamil culture alive for use in a non-aggressive manner.

    Thanks for exchange of views.

  10. Senevirath Says:

    National anthem in u s a is in english only Any body living in U S A has to sing it in English but there are so many nationalities from the bigining of this country

    Tamils are not the founders of SINHALE . But still Mr NANAPRAKARA says NANAPRAKARA things so that he can please
    N G O people

    Mahinda is foolish to keep these people with him and allowing yhem to create unnessasary prblems

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    Also please note that in America, all kids learn subjects in the English language. Other languages are allowed only as Secondary languages. Also, they ALL take an Oath of Allegiance in the schools, all done in the English language.

  12. Senevirath Says:

    What is the economicaly best way
    1-To teach Sinhala to 13% tamils or
    2Teach Tamil to 72% sinhalese other 15%

    If tamils want to live with majority they should learn sinhala

    WE ARE WASTING MONEY AND TIME Teching 2 languages

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    I have a better suggestion Vaustheva.

    Why not you have that MGR சக்கிலியர்’s VANGA MACHAN VANGA as your national anthem?

    It has some filthy words (as with ALL Tamil Nadu songs).

  14. SenaD Says:

    Fran Diaz, you commented: “What a shame that such an idea to change the words of the existing National Anthem to a “bi-lingual comedy” is even voiced!”

    This is due to the president having a disparate group under one umbrella. VN has been given the portfolio: National Languages and Social Integration; he is working on it according to his thinking. Do you remember the APRC? For a start it was not All Party and therefore a misnomer and non-runner. It seems the president has given him something to keep him occupied. You seem to be overly worried about it whereas whatever he comes up with has to be acceptable to the people as a whole.

    There are talks of making Sri Lanka bi-lingual or even tri-lingual, very admirable goal indeed. It seems if the minority cannot learn the language of the majority make the majority learn that of the minority! Only in Sri Lanka!

    Again you commented “Mr VN: have you ever analysed the Tamil Caste Problems of Tamil Nadu and how it has adversely affected Sri Lanka?”

    I have learnt from people with first hand knowledge (parents and grand parents), how sometime ago the army had to be deployed in Jaffna to ensure that the so called low caste people were able to draw water from wells in public use there because of violent objections by the so called high caste people including their MPs.

    No doubt now it must be quite different because VP managed to reduce them to mere nominees of his, made them his voice in the parliament and allowed them to live in Colombo for his purposes.

  15. Lorenzo Says:

    Making SL bi-lingual or even tri-lingual is NOT admirable at all!!

    UNLESS bi-lingual means everyone talking in Sinhala and English.

    And tri-lingual means ONLY Tamils speaking in Tamil, Sinhala and English.

    In HINDIA, native Hindi speakers don’t have to learn Tamil!!! Why in SL?

  16. Voice123 Says:

    Fran Das, I have a few observations about your comments. Please dont misunderstand.

    “The fact that Sri Lanka is a small country demands that we should be extra careful not to be overrun with such at the cost to our own true culture.”
    – Our own true culture??? This is opening up a can of worms. Our only true culture is INDIGENOUS, not Indian-derived aspects of Sinhala culture nor Tamil nor anything else foreign derived. I am with you, if Sinhalese are prepared to shed negative influences (or at least recognise) what is Indian derived in their culture and what is indigenous. Most people arent even aware of this and probably wondering what I am talking about.

    Although English remains the official language of the United States, Anglo-Americans are fighting to retain the dominance of English. Large swathes of the southern States eg California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida are bilingual and people need to understand Spanish. Spanish is now compulsorily taught in some schools. In Hawaii, (symbolic) recognition is given to the indigenous Polynesian culture although indigenous are a minority.

    “Sri Lanka has experienced in the past and near past intense efforts by Tamil leaders here and Tamil Nadu also re take over Lanka or parts of it, with various foreign help. We have to learn from history.”
    – Generally true. But dont forget South Indians have also made an impact not only on the national culture/cultures that we now acknowledge as Sri Lankan but on Sinhalese society itself. Which aspects of South Indian culture do you wish to purge? Do you wish to replace the Sinhala akuru which evolved as rounded on ola leaves (like the South Indian languages, Burmese and Thai) with the angular Devanagari script of North India? The Kandyan culture may have fewer European influences but it heavily infused at every level with South Indian culture. Are Sinhalese people going to stop eating appa, idiappa and other South Indian origin foods? Are they going to stop wearing the sari? Stop using everyday words like kannadi, parippu, pingana, (and thousands more)? What do you want to substitute it with? Hindian language and culture? But conditions have changed greatly since Emperor Asoka. Today, North Indians themselves are utterly Persianised and Arabised. Do you want to substitute our uniquely evolved culture with imported Persianised and Arabised North Indian culture?

    By your logic, the English should be purging all aspects of French and German culture and not learning French and German because throughout history, neighbouring countries have been invading them and trying to erase their culture. (If they did this there would be no English language left!) Even in “intolerant” England, they recognise that their indigenous culture is not English but Celtic even though today hardly anyone speaks Celtic. We, a society shaped by the great philosophy and traditions of Buddhism cannot be as magnanimous or even symbolic in our gestures! Yes, Tamil Nadu IS a threat to Sri Lanka, that is the VERY REASON we need to all have a working knowledge of Tamil, encourage a LOYAL Tamil culture here and also to cultivate benign links with various parts of India. It is for our own protection. We then have a better idea of whats going on around us.

    Agree, there should be no separate schools based on ethnicity. Who created this problem in Sri Lanka? The Bandas (incidentally whose ancestors were the Bandara-nayakkars from South India) did. Werent the Bandas, whilst sending their children to study abroad, describing themselves as Sinhalese?

    “Let’s not get absurd that the Bohras, Chinese etc. will want to sing the Lanka National Anthem in their language.”
    – Agreed, at the practical level it is meaningless. I was referring to a symbolic level. I am of the opinion that Singapore is a good country for symbolic gestures to minorities. Here, where only a tiny minority speak Sinhala, they still use Sinhala, Burmese, Arabic, Thai etc etc in some capacities because they want to project as a dynamic cosmopolitan entrepot in the Asian region. The majority speak Chinese but Malay is recognised as the original indigenous language and culture. It is only symbolic and it is not threatening the majority in any way. In Australia, some official documents, are translated into Sinhala and about 50 other languages, despite the fact that most Sinhalese in Australia understand English. It is mostly symbolic but it makes the Sinhalese community in Australia feel more accepted and gives a warm and fuzzy feeling. Ditto in Canada with the Tamil community.

    “They ALL take an Oath of Allegiance in the schools [in America] in English (official language)”
    – Agreed. This is a good practice.

  17. Kit Athul Says:

    Charles, please be realistic. NO ONE CAN NEGATE 13A. It has been told to MR several times; if 13A is nullified, India will attack and capture Northern Province. Hillary Clinton is still alive and cicking, if you saw the way she confronted the senators questionong her. Hillary Clinton went to Tamil Nadu and gave Jayalalitha in writing: If 13A is negated, US will send an aircraft Carrie to Trincomalee and help India attack and capture Northern Province. So SL will have to keep 13A untill the SL military forces are capable of attacking Tamil Nadu southern costal towns and capturing them. For this SL will will need the help of KERAYA’s (Malayalis). This will happen in 2018. King Parakramabhu did it.

  18. Nanda Says:

    Kithsiri Ayya,
    capturing Tamil Nadu more realistic than cancelling 13 A ? King Mahendra will do it ?
    After importing 20 RollsRoyce for Chogm ?

  19. aloy Says:

    Kit Athul,
    These are somebody’s imaginations. Will they want another Afganistan, Iraq or Vietnam?. Are we without friends?.
    You have come out with this story several times. Where is the proof that they have uttered this kind of nonesense?.

  20. lingamAndy Says:

    Thanks Voice123
    Tamil Nadu IS a threat to Sri Lanka, that is the VERY REASON we need to all have a working knowledge of Tamil, encourage a LOYAL Tamil culture here and also to cultivate benign links with various parts of India. It is for our own protection ! well said as a Sri Lankan Tamil fully aggred Together ( Sinhalese , Tamils & Muslim ) only We can protect our mother lanka forever from out side invaters permantly !!! trust each other & honest each other also recognision individual diversity yes , cost & benefit their , but We have to sacrify for our own country !!!

    Fran Diaz
    Other languages are allowed only as Secondary languages. – agrred but in USA or other country all of them understand English in our country NEP only less than 10% understand sinhala ! so what is point of sing nation anthem in NEP which people donot know meaning of it – this is not sinhala baila Tamil can dance for music !!!
    you may say ok but Tamil do not know ( not learned ) sinhala is not our problm – NO it is your problm beacuse you want ever one to understang sinhala because majority speck sinhala ok agrred but have to given facility to learn sinhala to all Tamil – NO in NEP how many teach almost nil !!!

    Senevirath
    If Tamils want to live with majority they should learn sinhala- fully agrred but you(sinhala govt) should open volantary free sinhala education in NEP Eevery shool , than if Tamil do not speck sinhala than I will with you kick them out from mother lanka !!!

    Lorenzo
    VANGA MACHAN VANGA as your national anthem?- why not sinna mamiye sinna makal enke -our MS Fenandos pop song !!!
    so sinhalese will be happy because Tamil are sining sinhala singers song also Tamil will be happy because they are sining Tamil song !!! sorted !

  21. Lorenzo Says:

    Kit,

    I have to disagree with you.

    This was the same thing told to us in 2006 when we started the war BREAKING the ceasefire. They said India will stop us, India will invade us. What happened? India ran in fear and shame, naked, afraid of a horny China.

    If India invades us, it is a war crime. We should respond in like manner by “INVADING” Indians in SL. It will taker a maximum 1 hour according to Hon Gamini Dissanayaka in July 1983. Distribute AK-47s, RPGs, flame throwers, claymore bombs in millions to the people. These reserve are there almost 4 million pieces. Far in excess of the requirement!! They will know who the Indians are in SL. Also give plain clothes to soldiers.

    ANYTHING goes to defend SL from invasion.

  22. Lorenzo Says:

    July 1987 is an exception.

    LTTE and 30+ Tamil terrorist groups controlled the north, some parts of east, JVP terrorists having their say in the south.

    So we could not invade the Indians in SL. It is not the case now. Army camps everywhere especially close to where Indians live in large numbers.

  23. Lorenzo Says:

    I was watching the cricket match.

    Angelo Matthews is out new captain. He is a TAMIL Christian. Well done bro.

    He has no problem with the SL national anthem as it is.

    Only parasitic Tamils have a problem with it. They have problems with everything because they are the problem.

    STOP entertaining parasitic Tamils. Tell them to either sing the SL national anthem in Sinhala or GO TO HELL.

  24. Nanda Says:

    If National anthem is changed riots will start to kick out Rajapakse. No compromise on this. This is playing into the hands of the enemy!

  25. Fran Diaz Says:

    Voice 123,

    The ancient Yakka Culture, to the best of my knowledge of matters, is a Survivalist culture. It is needed for all times here. There is a bit of Yakka in us all. So what does the Modern Yakka do to survive and be secure, healthy & happy in DEMOCRATIC Sri Lanka ?

    Let’s put our thinking caps on and write in.

  26. Senevirath Says:

    Lingam Andy
    Can u remember that S W R D and Sirimavo period incentives and leave granted for Tamils to learn Sinhala
    Many refused They were adamant. How foolish ?

    but when ordinary Tamils want to sell their products to Sinhala people they somhow or other manage totalk few words in sinhala .

    Tamils in Sri Lanka are more fortunate than Tamil Nadu tamils They never get crushed by Sihalese like it happens to low cast tamils in Tamil Nadu. Only the socalled highcast pople in Jaffna are mean to them

    all so called low cast people in Jaffna should join hands with sinhalese and fight with VELLALAS for their freedom

    Sinhala Buddhists are with u if u are honest

  27. SenaD Says:

    Lorenzo,

    You said, “Making SL bi-lingual or even tri-lingual is NOT admirable at all!!” ignoring the rest of that paragraph!

    Charles Perera pointed out what Vasudeva Nanayakkara had said. “…..the national anthem with Sinhala and Tamil verses would be sung at the 65th Independence Day celebration on February 4th if the President approves the proposal.”

    Even if it happened it will not become the National Anthem, until it formally replaces the current one.

    One of the big problems Sri Lanka faces is what I like to call “the misinformation laundering” being carried out, because of its similarity to “money laundering”.

    Locally generated misinformation is picked up by various organisations that are ostensibly promoting noble causes, diplomats and make pronouncements on them as if they were facts thereby giving them the appearance of authenticity.

    By the time Sri Lanka gets round to counter them they would have been propagated on major news media outlets.

    The misinformation is generated locally either by local people themselves for political expediency or merely as for a living by people engaged by the organisations that call themselves NGOs and INGOs.

    I am not sure whether Sri Lanka has a team charged with countering these propaganda; if there is one, it has to become very efficient at it unlike now, otherwise we will continue to witness untruths about Sri Lanka being peddled as facts.

  28. Kit Athul Says:

    Lorenzo, and others, thanks for the comments. now and then an old man like me can put stupid comments on Lankaweb. What probably Charles did not know is that: Salvi, the higher Education Ministaer in Singh’s governmet and Vasudevaya are close friends. Soon after Vasudevaya was appointed to this position, he requested salvi to send Tamil teachers to every tea estate Tamil schools. His request was not to teach Tamil, but teach CLASSICAL TAMIL. Now all the patriotic Sinhala like SenaD should suggest to the SL education minister, there should be a Sinhala teacher in all the Tea estate schools. It can be acheived by a unified Sinhala request.

    Andi-Lingham your answer to Fran Diaz, I live in Florida USA and I can take any one to Miami and randomly pick 10 people from the street. They can understand only a few words of English. Andi you are correct in many ways, but we need to separate the SL Tamils from Tamil Nadu Tamils.

  29. Voice123 Says:

    Fran Das, the ancient Yakka-Naga culture REAL and is ONLY truly Sri Lankan culture and yes, it is survivalist. It is neutral and doesnt side with Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims or any other entity. Put your thinking cap on. Research it. I am researching bits and pieces of it right now and will post some findings if you are interested. Learn about it. This is the best chance that we can look at India or any other external power with confidence and independently – without being lectured by them.

  30. lingamAndy Says:

    Senevirath
    S W R D and Sirimavo period incentives and leave granted for Tamils to learn Sinhala- Yes aggred , Vellara in SL Tamil similar to Bhiranim in TN they the problm one unfortunatly they are very stong ( english well educated so they can easly mamupilate other low caste ( eg who create VP fisherman caste to fight against sinhalese – Amirthalingam (TUFL) Vellara caste lawer) it is imposible to distros them expect cut their head into two peace !

    Tamils in Sri Lanka are more fortunate than Tamil Nadu tamils – 100% aggred

    all so called low cast people in Jaffna should join hands with sinhalese and fight with VELLALAS – that is long term solution to do SL should with out any publicity to teach sinhala to all low caste Tamil (it is happing in NEP now) at the end TNA will send home for ever !!! that time seratation problm , no national anthem problm , no colonation problm etc… do you thing these are real problm in day to day life -no , only economic problm this can be solve over night all us hardwork !!!

  31. Lorenzo Says:

    SenaD,

    Tamil is the language of only 14% of SLs; 6% of Indians. Why should anyone else learn it?

    It does not happen in other countries. Majority language is practiced by all others.

    Making SL bi-lingual or even tri-lingual is NOT admirable at all!!
    UNLESS bi-lingual means everyone talking in Sinhala and English.
    And tri-lingual means ONLY Tamils speaking in Tamil, Sinhala and English.

    In HINDIA, native Hindi speakers don’t have to learn Tamil!!! Why in SL?

    The national anthem with Sinhala and Tamil verses does not satisfy ANYONE (except Vasutheva). Certainly not Tamils who say they want a political solution!!

    The national anthem was never a “root cause” of the “problem”. Why drag UNNECESSARY things into this?

    I checked about this Vasutheva and found some interesting info. He has been a SHADY character between SL and LTTE.

    The cricket team is SL ambassadors. And they have done way better than some dip-low-mats!

  32. Fran Diaz Says:

    Voice 123,

    Yes, I am very interested in the Yakka/Naga Culture. The first time I ever heard it was when you brought it up.

    Are these the types of ideas you are looking for the MODERN Yakka/Naga approach toward Survival ? :

    (1) Formation of Consumer Unions to protect the consumers of Goods (Food mainly where proper labeling of ingredients used is needed), & Services in Sri Lanka.

    (2) Formation of Co-operatives in almost any production of Goods & Services. For instance, the washer folk (dhobis) can form a Co-operative and put out small Laundromats in almost every town in Sri Lanka, thus eliminating the so called
    necessity for dhobi work. About 15% of all private enterprise in USA is by local Co-operatives.

    More ideas in the pipelines.

  33. Fran Diaz Says:

    Voice 123,

    I don’t know to what extent the Divinaguma projects will supply grass roots needs. You ought to look into that too and not duplicate services. Work with the GoSL (any GoSL) when needed and keep to the Law of the land.

    (3) Security can be provided at neighborhood levels by “Yakka/Naga Neighborhood Watches”.

    (4) See to it that Illegal Migrants are Deported.

  34. SenaD Says:

    Lorenzo,

    “Tamil is the language of only 14% of SLs; 6% of Indians. Why should anyone else learn it?”

    This is exactly what I meant by “It seems if the minority cannot learn the language of the majority make the majority learn that of the minority! Only in Sri Lanka!”

    Sorry, I had forgotten the exclamation mark at the end of my first sentence.

    I totally agree with you that “The national anthem with Sinhala and Tamil verses does not satisfy ANYONE (except Vasutheva). Certainly not Tamils who say they want a political solution!!”

    This is only a proposal by a minister and I hope the president will reject it.

    Kit Atul,

    Re. “Now all the patriotic Sinhala like SenaD should suggest to the SL education minister, there should be a Sinhala teacher in all the Tea estate schools.”

    The Tamil Language (Special Provisions) act of 1958 enabled educational ghetto formation, because teaching of the Official Language in schools to all the children was not made mandatory at the same time, leaving the problem to perpetuate.

    It is now far too late but at least now, teaching of the official language in every school to every child must be provided so that in two generations the problem will disappear.

  35. Lorenzo Says:

    SenaD,

    Agree.

    But we patriots cannot just wait till the president MAY do it. Otherwise it will be like what happened to that army major who was doing his work and assaulted by Mervin Silva who escaped!!

    We have to show our DISGUST OPENLY and peacefully. I’m sure the president will take note.

  36. Lorenzo Says:

    A new prime minister for SL – Sirisena, Wickramanayaka, GL Peiris?

    If Jeyaraj and/or Kadirgamar survived, one of them would be the ideal PM.

    CHANGE the bloody justice minister. We had enough problems in the area of justice.

  37. Nanda Says:

    Lorenzo,
    This is what Rajapakses said on Halal.
    “One major issue the organization raised was the Halal Certification process for businesses and the President and the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa explained the process in detail and the reasons for the businesses to use the certification. ”

    So they know everything. We stupid fools donno anything.
    No way Rajapakse will NEVER CHANGE JUSTICE THAMBIYA ! Wait and see.
    All the Thambiyas are to save the cowards at UN.

    They will do more stupid acts.
    Rajiva Wejesinghe will go. Mervyn Silva will be the foriegn minister for the jokers.

  38. Voice123 Says:

    Fran Das,

    In response to your query. There is certainly a role for community initiatives you speak of, but the issue of Yakka-Naga original inhabitants of Sri Lanka is different. I am not a historian and open to correction by a specialist. Historical records clearly indicate the existence of a culture in Sri Lanka PRIOR to the arrival of Vijaya from India and the establishment of the Prakrit-evolved language of Sinhala. Prakrit is of the Indo-European family of languages that is common with languages outside the region and even in the West eg Portuguese, Latin, Dutch, English (which has proven to be an colonizer and exploiter of Sri Lanka). It seems Prakrit language REPLACED the original language and culture of the country, that is what I am referring to as the Yakka-Naga culture. [We still dont know if that is what they called themselves or whether Indos and Dravidian speakers gave them those names]. Perhaps the Veddah community is a remnant of this culture. Their mother tongue is not an Indo-European language nor a Dravidian language. Not enough study has been done. Now they are pressured to adopt Sinhala language and a Sinhala identity, their unique culture is dying. It is not fair for some Sinhalese to continue to link ALL Sri Lankans to caste-defined Indians of India, particularly North India when we may not share that connection, just because they or their families have that connection or they have some romantic view of that region does not make their view of history correct or even desirable for us to continue to hold today. Our politicians love to do this to get political recognition from Indian politicians. They also abuse Buddhism to try and establish political links with India. Instead, it has left the door open for the Indian establishment to bully and ultimately annex Sri Lanka and throw it as a sop to Tamil Nadu. Remember, India is NOT an egalitarian society. It is a democracy in name but is in reality run by a cabal of higher-caste Brahmins speaking Indo European and Dravidian languages and looking down on and exploiting other Indians they consider lower. We need to de-link from these people’s geo-politics for our own good.

    A starting point for indigenous cultural/linguistic revival in Sri Lanka/Ceylon could be science and an unbiased revisiting of history. Modern science may offer us some clues. There is a pre-historic pre-Hindu, non-caste Indigenous culture in South Asia that has largely been eradicated (genocided?) out of India by the Dravidians and the Indo European speakers. Genetic science shows that about 30,000 years ago their men were all massacred or expelled out of India, so that only their mitochondrial (female lineage) survives in India. Where did they go? Where are their descendents? Can we re-establish a connection with them? They could be widely dispersed.

    Consider Y haplogroup C. “C* is found on the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka and in parts of SE Asia. The rare C1 lineage appears to be restricted to Japan. C2 is found predominantly in New Guinea, Melanesia, and Polynesia.”
    “The phylogeographic distribution pattern of Hg C supports a single coastal ‘Out-of-Africa’ route by way of the Indian subcontinent, which eventually led to the early settlement of modern humans in mainland Southeast Asia. The northward expansion of Hg C in East Asia started approximately 40 thousand of years ago (KYA) along the coastline of mainland China and reached Siberia approximately 15 KYA and finally made its way to the Americas”
    http://www.isogg.org/tree/ISOGG_HapgrpC08.html
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20448651

    There is a lot out there that we can tap into in order to DEFEAT these misguided Sri Lankan politicians and “cultural revivalists” of ours with their ignorant theories, betraying the country to the Brahmins and their little pet monster that they keep feeding, Tamil Nadu.

  39. lingamAndy Says:

    Lorenzo
    A new prime minister for SL – Doucles Devanda / Karuna( Muraleetharan)/ Pillayan (Sivaneswaran)
    still all there are not dead ( soon will as way ) –
    no point to saying if those out of two (thurokis) them alive one would be Priminister – We demilayas are not moddayas !!!

    We know even Thamil thurokis do not get Priminster or President job in Sri Lanka expect Thamil Eelam !!!

    Nanpungal Naalai pirakku Thamil Eelam !!!

  40. Nanda Says:

    Lorenzo,
    I was wrong both Rajive and Professor Mervyn stays ( no objection from India)
    A good Minsiter Champaka (Sihala Urumaya) has been demoted, to offer back side to India.
    India was angry with him for the remarks made against Tamil Nadu nuclear plants.

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