Reconciliation cannot divide or break up Sri Lanka
Posted on February 16th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

 The word reconciliation has become quite effective of late. Use the word with any statement and it gets the nod of international approval. However, before people get carried away there is need to make some matters clear. Reconciliation must bring people together and not be used as a bogey to create a separate piece of land, a separate identity and separate norms.

  • If the noble attempt of reconciliation by the UN, human rights organizations, foreign envoys and all other peace facilitators is to make people live in peace and harmony the new constitution cannot include any provision to divide, separate, break up or promote any system of governance that one ethnic community is given a separate area to rule themselves. This has to be very clearly agreed upon and adhered to.
  • The other factor that is often ignored is that there was never a time that the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or Burghers were living in disharmony. We live as neighbours, we work together as colleagues, we go shopping to the same places, we stand in queues, we share food and festivities, we cheer our national teams, we share good times and bad, we come to each other assistance in times of emergency – the common people have nothing against the other. In fact we have been living in harmony all the while that the propagandists say we have not. Nobody listens to this part of the story because happy stories never sells. What the people feel never really gets relayed over media. It is only those with agendas and who have money to campaign that enjoys fanning warped versions to enable them to enjoy undue privileges.
  • Another key factor often ignored is that in 2009 the Sri Lankan military ended an internationally banned terrorist movement. The military defeated the LTTE. If so the question arises why the nation needs to reconcile with terrorists because we never needed to reconcile with Tamils as the people were moving well with them. A good example of this can be proven in statistics that shows that more Tamils are living among Singhalese (by choice) than they are living among their own. Moreover, in the areas that Tamils are living among their own there are more differences than similarities. The Northern Tamils will not eat with the Eastern Tamils, both together denounce the Estate Tamils. If reconciliation needs to take place at all it is the need to break the caste divide among the Tamils. Let us remind everyone that Prabakaran (low caste) waged his rebellion against the Tamil caste system. This aspect has been slowly swept under the carpet because it is more appealing and more sensational to promote one ethnic group over another instead of highlighting caste divide amongst one’s own! The dubious hands involved in drafting the constitution must take this factor into account as well for reconciliation cannot divide people either by ethnicity or by caste!
  • Reconciliation cannot also omit other victims. So far since 2009 the world has been made to feel that only Tamils have been the victims while Sri Lanka Military are the perpetrators and the LTTE’s crimes have not even got honourable mention! In fact none of the UN’s resolutions have even suggested that LTTE’s crimes be investigated and LTTE’s victims be compensated. The Sinhalese & Muslims have been conveniently erased from getting international attention for their plight and misery. This is very unfair and unethical of the UN office to openly disregard two communities that suffered much. Both Sinhalese & Muslims were virtually ethnically cleansed from the North in the 1980s by the LTTE.
  • Reconciliation cannot go after one party and slowly disregard the other from investigation. All of the 3 resolutions on Sri Lanka have been about the supposed war crimes of the Sri Lankan Military but the scale of crimes committed by LTTE over 3 decades have not been tabulated or reported and UNHRC has never bothered to call for an investigation into how LTTE started, who LTTE was armed, how LTTE was trained, how LTTE campaigned abroad, how LTTE collected money, how LTTE purchased weapons, how LTTE promoted themselves etc. Why is this kept secret?

Reconciliation is certainly a nice word. The people and organizations formulated to promote reconciliation have a wonderful opportunity to set these discrepancies right. Afterall, given that they are the experts at showing how people should live in peace and harmony, they must show us that blueprint without creating a constitution that aims to do the opposite.

Let’s see what they offer as solution. We have been waiting for 30 odd years for this wonderful reconciliation pill from these entities that have been watching people get killed and blown to bits. We finally hope that their reconciliation pill is worth the wait.

The stakeholders of Sri Lanka must use these arguments if any attempts are being taken to do the opposite of what we expect from reconciliation.

Shenali D Waduge

8 Responses to “Reconciliation cannot divide or break up Sri Lanka”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    THIS IS WHERE MR FAILED. AFTER MAY 2009, MR KEPT ON APPEASING THE TAMILS, JUST THE WAY THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING RIGHT NOW. THERE SEEMS TO BE NO END TO THIS TAMIL MANIA. EVERY FELLOW FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, WHO THINK THEY CALL THE SHOTS IN SRI LANKA, AND WHO COMES TO SRI LANKA WANTS TO GO FIRST, TO THE NORTH AND MEET THEIR TAMIL RELATIONS. THEY VIRTUALLY COME FREE TO SRI LANKA, AS THEIR EXPENSES ARE FULLY PAID BY THE TAMIL DIASPORA. WE REMEMBER ZEID GROWLING THREE MONTHS AHEAD OF HIS VISIT, THAT HE IS COMING TO WHIP EVERYBODYS ASS, ABOUT WAR CRIMES. THIS IS ALL TAMIL DRAMA.

    TAMILS HAVE MANY BUZZ WORDS. RECONCILIATION, TAMIL HOMELAND, TAMIL QUESTION, THE NATIONAL QUESTION, TAMIL ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION, AND MANY MORE.

    THE WHOLE PROBLEM IS THAT ALL OUR POLITICIANS FROM A TO ZEE ARE INVERTEBRATE MAGGOTS WHO ARE INCAPABLE OF TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS. THEY ARE SO BLOODY SCARED OF THE ***TAMIL PROBLEM ***

    THERE IS NO PROBLEM FOR THE TAMILS TO LIVE WITH THE SINHALESE, AND WHO ARE IN DROVES LIVING WITH THE SINHALESE IN WELLAWATTE TO BAMBALAPITIYA, NOW STRETCHING EVEN TO DEHIWELA, AND BAMBALAPITIYA, KOTAHENA, NOW SPREADING LIKE CANCER TO BORELLA, NUGEGODA MAHARAGAMA ETC.

    TAMILS WILL NOT GET A SEPERATE IN SRILANKA. IF THEY TRY WITH JUST ONE FORWARD STEP, IT WILL BE BLOOD SHED AGAIN.

    THIS IS A BEEEEEG PLOY BY THE TAMIL POLITICIANS TO KEEP GETTING INCOME FROM THE IDIOTIC TAMILS FOR THEM TO LIVE IN LUXURY.

    WE ALL RQUESTED MAHINDA TO RESETTLE THE 25,000 SINHALESE AND THE 100,000 MUSLIMS BACK IN THE NORTH, WHO WERE ETHNICALLY CLEANSED BY THE TAMIL MANIACS. HE NEVER LISTENED. SIRISENA IS DEAF AND DUMB HE IGNORES THE RESETTLEMENT ALTOGETHER. ALL ARE WAITING TILL THE ENEMY SHOWS UP AT THE GARRISON GATES.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    IS THIS GOVERNMENT GOING TO PAY COMPENSATION TO THE 25,000 SINHALESE, AND THE 100,000 MUSLIMS FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR LANDS AND MOVABLE PROPERTY, WHICH THEY HAD TO LEAVE WITH NO CHOICE OR ANY FEASIBLE OPTION ? THEY ARE DEAF DUMB AND BLIND TO THEIR CONCERNS. THE GOVERNMENT OF GOOD GOVERNANCE.

    MUSLIMS ARE QUIETLY CARVING OUT THEIR LAND AT WILPATTU. THAT BEARDIE POLITICIAN REFUSED TO SWEAR BY THE KORAN THAT NO MUSLIMS ARE GETTING LANDS AT WILPATTU. THE ANIMALS WILL BE DIVERTED TO COLOMBO.

    WHERE HAVE THE SINHALESE HAVE TO GO ?? NOWHERE. THE POLITICIAN MAGGOTS CANNOT COMPRHEND THIS.

  3. Christie Says:

    Reconciliation between Imperialists and their subjects.

    Only solution is freedom from Indian colonial parasites.

  4. aloy Says:

    Threat to Sinhalese is not from Tamils, not from muslims but from Indians. Colonials flooded SL with Indians when they were in control. I believe they are now trying to do it through UNP by keeping them in power for a long time. So they have set about doing it by first breaking up SLFP through Basil and MR. Perhaps an escape route from jail offered. Lot of modayas in UNP does not know that SL will become a part of India because of trade and other deals which are one sided. They do not care as they do not have any other way. MR should be made to step aside and allow somebody to build up SLFP. He knows that he cannot win again.

  5. SA Kumar Says:

    Threat to Sinhalese is not from Tamils, not from muslims but from Indians- At least one madaya understood now, long way to go 15 million …..

    We-Tamils

  6. Christie Says:

    ASLFP was funded and policies set by by Indian Union, Indian colonial parasites and vermin.. Tamils are Indians, there are more than 70 million of them just few miles away.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Threat to Singhalese come from ENDIANS. WHO are the Endians? 72 million of them are TAMILS!

    I have not come across GUJARATIS, BENGALIS, PUNJABIS, etc. posing ANY threat to SL. ONLY Tamils threaten SL.

    A little knowledge of HISTORY puts the matter to rest.

    There is also the threat from ISIS, WAHABISM, etc. Who is posing this threat? Russians, Burmese? NO.

    Lets NOT fool ourselves.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Who are the ENEMIES of SL?

    Lets honestly ask some questions.

    There are PLENTY of enemies of SL but there is ONE ENEMY that RUNS THROUGH all.

    (Please note I’m looking from SL’s point of view. When looked from Tamil point of view, these are VICTORIES!)

    1. ALL invasions of SL before 1505 except a handful were by TAMILS.
    2. WHO KEEP GLORIFYING Ellalan, Cholan, Magha, invasion of SL? TAMILS.
    3. Who JOINED the Dutch to advance its colonization campaign in SL? TAMILS.
    4. Who ROBBED Jaffna peninsula land from Singhalese to cultivate TOBACCO? TAMILS.
    5. Who joined the BRITISH plan to PLUNDER SL? TAMILS.
    6. Who ROBBED Singhala land in UPCOUNTRY in MILLIONS of acres to help British earn trillions? TAMILS.
    7. Who did the British bring to kill Singhalese in BARBARIC manner in UVA? TAMILS.
    8. Who were the FIRST from SL to take the British side to be awarded knightships? TAMILS.
    9. Who were FAVORED by the British (as well as Ellalan, Cholan, Magha, Portuguese and Dutch)? TAMILS.
    10. Who called Singhalese MONGRELS in 1930s and started trouble? TAMILS.
    11. Who demanded DIVIDING SL since 1949? TAMILS.
    12. Who went from KACHCHERI to KACHCHERI with a bucket of HOT TAR to DEFACE Singhala letters in 1958? TAMILS.
    13. Who passed the VADAKUNDI RESOLUTION starting a needless war with SL? TAMILS.
    14. Who DISCREDITS (and keeps discrediting) SL abroad to get asylum? TAMILS.
    15. Who calls SL WAR HEROES, war criminals? TAMILS.
    16. Who killed 35,000 Singhala army and civilians in war? TAMILS.
    17. Who took up WEAPONS to divide SL? TAMILS.
    18. Who side with foreign interference against SL ALWAYS? TAMILS.
    19. Who keeps blaming PEACE WINNING ARMY of GENOCIDE? TAMILS.
    20. Who keeps demanding a SEPARATE unit of governance within small SL? TAMILS.
    21. Who PREVENT Singhalese and Muslims from settling down in Jaffna, Vanni, Batticaloa districts? TAMILS.
    22. Who bombed the DALADA MALIGAWA, SRI MAHA BODHI, NAGADEEPA, KILINOCHCHI VIHARA, ARANTHALAWA, etc.? (NOT ISIS) TAMILS.
    23. Who joined REGIME CHANGE agents head first in 2013 to bring an ANTI-SL regime to power? TAMILS.
    24. Who IMPORT dirty, anti-SL, anti-Singhala and Tamil racist FILMS, SONGS, etc. from SL’s ENEMY NATION TAMIL NADU? TAMILS.
    25. Who keep pushing the country’s military OUT? TAMILS.
    26. Who is WORKING AGAINST SL’s best friends CHINA and PAKISTAN in SL? TAMILS.
    27. Who is CREATING ethnic problems in their MINDS when there is NONE? TAMILS.
    28.Who attacks SL cricket supporters abroad? TAMILS.

    It is NOT by chance TAMILS are the answer to all these questions. TAMIL NADU is on a mission to create DRAVIDISTAN. SL (not parts of SL but ENTIRE SL) is part of DRAVIDISTAN (according to TAMILS). When faced with such an important project from the Tamil Motherland which Tamil will turn his back on it!

    You Singhalese can keep AVOIDING the OBVIOUS but remember it will NOT avoid you!

    (The list is based on FACTS. This is not an attempt to DEMONIZE anyone or any community – as Tamils do to SL’s image.)

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