Singing National Anthem In Tamil – A Realistic Perspective
Posted on February 8th, 2016
Insight by Sunil Kumar
Feb. 6th. 2016
In a Naton of majority Sinhalese – an appreciable and compelling majority that is, it seems a worthless attempt to palaver to the miniscule minority of Tamils by playing the National Anthem in Tamil merely to appease all the wrong sources for all the wrong reasons.
It must be remembered that these are a part of the Sri Lankan populace who have been noxiously arrogant for generations about non existent rights in an ongoing tirade against incumbent legislators and ruling parties who continued to disrespect the Majority Sinhalese while continuing to live in a majority Sinhala Nation with many conciliations granted them and showing no remorse at how they disrespect the Sinhalese ! (with help from their wayward and sometimes vociferous cousins across the Palk Strait in Tamil Nadu it might be added).
So when there are plaudits and commendations towards the cause by various individuals who seem to want to palaver to the Tamil populace just for then cheap sensationalism and publicity it involves and the feeble myopias of their own perceptions there seems to be something of an apathy towards the priorities related and the ludicrousness of the trivialities involved perhaps.
Taking into consideration that Sri Lanka is the only country ih the world that has national anthems sung officially and completely in two separate languages it also makes it somewhat of a joke if not a totally unnecessary anomaly.
It may have been be to a degree understandable if a verse had been included in the Tamil language out of consideration and incorporated into the main anthem like some countries like Canada, New Zealand , South Africa and others which have in fact done this but to have a full anthem in a second language represented by a miniscule minority like Sri Lanka does relative to the Tamil community makes it somewhat of a joke to reiterate although around 1949 there were instances where the practice is said to have occurred according to archival records but once again seemed to have served no viable objective other than to dance to the tunes of some overpowering foreign source – in this instance in all probabilities the British.
Also with reference to placing the Tamil speaking people in a category of third class citizens, it seems a self definition created by dissenting individuals where the rights of the Tamil speaking minority has always been asserted for within the Constitution although there may have been unscrupulous zealots and nationalists who may have overstepped their metes and bound and gone into excesses to ursurp this concept but for the greater part, Sinhalese and Tamils are known to have co-existed for generations side by side until fires of hatred were fomented and set in placed by these very zealots and nationalists which then overturned the balance of the equation sadly with catastrophic consequences.
While it is the bounden as well as patriotic right of the majority Sinhalese to demand and carry banners for a national Anthem in the Sinhala language with a conciliatory verse in Tamil perhaps it is no reality that today in Sri Lanka “The joint opposition is trying to raise its head through trivial matters such an opposition for singing the National Anthem in Tamil. Through this they are trying to stoke racism and hatred once more. This is terribly lowly and disgusting effort. They are conspiring to destroy the good work pertaining to reconciliation done by the current Government.” which seems totally inaccurate for the record. To the contrary it was the previous Government that set in place many liberties and freedoms denied the Tamils by the viles of Tamil tiger terrorism and restored many freedoms the Tamils were deprived of and a blatantly inaccurate accusation by those resorting to finger point at the previous regime. It was indeed the good work pertaining to reconciliation done by the previous Government that is now being picked up by the present one in a somewhat opportunistic vein it needs to be emphatically stated.
And as far as singing of the National Anthem in Tamil towards proper construance, the definitions may be many and varied perhaps bordering on treason against the country and extreme in some perspectives as some believe where reconciliation and truth to aid harmonious co-existence need far greater efforts by the administrators of the Nation than the mere singing of the National Anthem in Tamil and lip service to defend ut!