A Comparison of 1815 and 2015
Posted on July 21st, 2016

N.A.de S. Amaratunga Courtesy The Island

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History repeats, they say, for those who do not learn its lessons. Sri Lankan history is full of repeated mistakes that had often resulted in perilous situations for our beloved land. If we consider the recent past, in 2003 the government of the present Prime Minister entered into an agreement with the country’s enemies; the LTTE supported by the Western countries, which almost resulted in the total defeat of our armed forces and the creation of a separate state of Eelam. Fortunately, the then President dissolved the government which proved to be the wisest thing that President did for this country, because the government that took over went ahead and eliminated the terrorists disregarding the pressure tactics of the Western powers. However, in 2015 the same Western powers have succeeded in getting rid of that government and installing a regime consisting of the same leaders who colluded with them in 2003 to strengthen the LTTE by entering into the infamous Peace Agreement mentioned above. Now the LTTE is being given another opportunity to regroup and start their separatist struggle.

These happenings show that we have not learned a lesson from recent history. Similarly, a comparison of 2015 with 1815 shows that we Sri Lankans may never learn from history, and may never learn who their friends are and who the enemy is. In 1815 the British who had not been able to defeat the Sinhala army had succeeded in engineering a coup against King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, capturing him and exiling him. The British got inside assistance from Sinhala chieftains Pilimathalawa, Ehelepola and Ekneligoda who had the people believe that the King’s rule was corrupt and dictatorial.

In 2015 the British and the Western imperialists engineered a similar coup to get rid of the then government that dared to go against their dictates and defeat the LTTE. For this they got inside help from their agents, NGOs and political opportunists who painted the picture that the government was corrupt and dictatorial. Now these enemies of the nation are trying to exile from the political field the leaders who saved this country from terrorism. One after the other is being hounded and incarcerated to render them politically ineffective. Constitutional amendments are being carried out to disable those national leaders from coming to power. In 1815 the British similarly hounded and harassed national leaders like Keppetipola. A similar campaign is in operation now after 2015.

After 1815, the British had access to our country’s resources and they plundered it. They brought in foreign labour and deprived our people of their land and livelihood. They considered paddy cultivation as unimportant. A similar trend is seen at present with several dubious trade agreements with foreign countries in the offing, which could open our doors to foreign exploitation and influx of foreign labour. Our traditional agricultural practices like paddy cultivation are considered out of date and not profitable and are being given step motherly treatment. Multinational companies are being given unlimited access to local land and other resources, and freedom to take out all their earnings. The proposed changes in foreign exchange regulations would pave the way for such an outflow of wealth from the country.

After 1815 in 1833, the British brought in the Colebrook constitution which strengthened foreign rule in the country. The ongoing constitutional reforms appear to be very much under foreign influence and intervention, as seen by the fact that even the UNHRC resolutions and recommendations take for granted that our constitution comes under its purview. The UNHRC is nothing but a Western imperialist tool, which maintains a dead silence on gross human rights violations committed by the West, while magnifying minor offences committed by Sri Lanka in the course of self defense, and making baseless fabricated accusations against Sri Lanka. Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the new Iraq constitution has been constructed by the USA and the people involved in that project may be advising our people who are tinkering with our constitution. The unitary state in particular is in danger and so is the special status given to Buddhism and Sinhala language.

The idea perhaps is to dilute the national consciousness of the Sinhalese nation, which always rises up against foreign invasion and exploitation. Separatism is strengthened and will be held over us as the Sword of Damocles to keep us under control and obey their orders. It is imperative for the people of this country to be aware of what is happening and how history repeats for those who do not learn its lessons.

N.A.de S. Amaratunga

9 Responses to “A Comparison of 1815 and 2015”

  1. mario_perera Says:

    N.A.de S

    You are absolutely correct. What we are witnessing is a repetition of a ‘deja vu’. The Sinhala nation is reduced to helplessness and hopelessness and is forced to look on at its own demolition.

    Everything that is happening on the political scene is transpiring according to a pre-determined plan.

    Just consider all the utterances emanating from the chief ministers of the North and East. They both argue for FEDERALISM with the unification of North and East. It seems pretty obvious that the assault on the Sinhala students at the Jaffna Uni had the blessings of VIGGIE. For him all this happens because the wider aspirations of the Tamils are being overlooked. Every anti-Sinhala accusation (be it land distribution, army occupation, Buddhist statues and viharas, and now the brazen assault on the Sinhala students) has the arrow mark pointing to FEDERALISM (the wider aspiration they refer to).

    In the South,the President keeps reiterating that the events in the north must be looked at from a WIDER ANGLE. In other words the points of view of VIGGIE and the President (in concurrence with the PM) are all overlaid with the same arrow…pointing to the FEDERAL solution. So is the so-called new constitution which itself is marked by the same arrow. All the political roads that are being constructed lead to the ‘same Rome’ = FEDERALISM.

    Something radical has to happen. Something out of the hat has to emerge.

    To put it bluntly what must take place is the emergence of armed anti-TNA (which also means anti-government) groups who voice the opposition of the Sinhala Nation with the BULLET. What must arise is the Sinhala equivalent of the LTTE. Viggie and that Eastern Province guy must ‘not die natural deaths’. That will shake the southern DUO out of their sleep walk.

    This is the only solution. The guardian deities of the country, the Sangha, is a castrated bunch who must be given women’s clothing like what Dutu Gemunu gave his father. The Catholic Church cares two hoots as to what happens to the Sinhala because its rule ‘is over space and time’.

    Sinhala youth, take your destiny, the destiny of the Sinhala Nation into your own hands. Do not let the Tamils rise up again from Nandikadal. You got hammered in Jaffna, give it back to them in the South. Tell those who advice you to turn the other cheek to go to hell.

    Mario Perera
    Kadawata

  2. SA Kumar Says:

    History repeats, We do not need go back to 1815 We can see from 1948
    1956 to 1983 We Thamil Sakkiliyar chased away from South than over night We have trained become VP’S fighters until 2006 than with in three years We goes back to 1956 time over night We had Colombo 7 become CM now Jalpana Uni Sinhala student start to chase out from North so time to start 1956 festival again now …….

    one thing is clear to me I clear do not understand any thing !!!

    A question to We Demil Sakkiliyas – If you can not live with Sinhala modayas to whom you can live with in this world ???

    eg: You lost Iranamadu kulam $2m project now you will loose another Economic zone project money .

    Thamila you are born to be kuli you can rule yourself even if you get Thani TE you will mess it out
    another example see you Geat grand place TN , Who is ruling Jeya(Amma) Kanada origin or Kalaignyar Telugu origin if you give to Seeman do you thing he will rule probely no We all know He will mess it up like Our CM Viggie.

    to my Sinhala modaya please teach us Chinhalam & Bhuddisum , rule us (make all NEP project decision) for ever.

  3. SA Kumar Says:

    * you can not rule

  4. plumblossom Says:

    Even if the constitution will be changed since this idiotic government follows whatever instructions the US, UK, EU, Norway, Canada, Sweden, India, the TNA and the separatist terrorists tell it to do, we must ensure that the unitary status of the country is not compromised in any way whatsoever. The clause in the 13th amendment which says that ‘the North and the East is the homeland of the Tamil speaking people’ must be deleted since it is totally false when looking at the history of the island. This clause must be replaced with the clause ‘the entire island is the homeland of all its peoples’. The provision which allows for the merger between two provinces should be deleted. As much subjects from the concurrent list should be included in the national list. Under no circumstances should land, police or fiscal powers be given to provincial councils. All of us need to ensure that the above happens since if the system reverts back to a parliamentary system and the presidential system is scrapped, the only way to ensure the unitary status of the country is the make sure that the provincial councils do not get any more powers than they have at present. The Public Security Ordinance should not be amended in anyway as well. If any provincial councils acts out of line, the head of government should dissolved such a provincial council and direct rule by the head of government should be enforced under those circumstances.

  5. plumblossom Says:

    Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The Sri Lankan Army did not commit any war crimes. It is the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes throughout 26 years of war. No country with an ounce of self respect will place their army in harms way to be tried by a court domestic or hybrid of war crimes the army did not commit in anyway. If individual soldiers committed any crimes, a complaint can be placed in a court of law in Sri Lanka. Why is there a need for special judicial procedures? This government is a puppet of the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India and is so subservient to US interests that it is ready to try its own armed forces for crimes that the armed forces did not commit. All the while, the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes are being shown as totally innocent. Using the ploy of wanting a new constitution which almost all Sri Lankans don’t want, this treacherous government is trying to create a separate state in the guise of a federal state as the TNA separatist terrorists and the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India wants. Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The worst that the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India can do is impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. So what? Sri Lanka can trade with all the countries of Asia and the rest of the world even if the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden and India imposes sanctions. Sri Lanka can grow rice, we have jack fruit, bananas, bread fruit and plenty of water too. So we will not starve just because the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India imposes sanctions. Also since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia which includes the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, the Far East and Central Asia as well as the rest of the world, actually, we may be OK economically too despite any sanctions imposed by the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India. However by avoiding implementing the unjust UNHRC resolution, Sri Lanka will safeguard its independence and freedom which is the most important thing for the next thousands of years as we have safeguarded our independence and freedom for at least the last 2600 years and avoid the creation of a separate state or eelam in the guise of a federal state. So Sri Lanka must very urgently tell the US that we will not abide by the unjust UNHRC resolution but carry out our own domestic process of reconciliation as we see fit. Let the imperialist US impose sanctions. Nothing much will happen to our economy since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia and the rest of the world instead but Sri Lanka would have preserved its independence and freedom for the next thousands of years and avoid the partition of the country and the creation of a separate state which will be Sri Lanka’s end.

  6. Nimal Says:

    Do you think the people who sign up to the Kandyan co0nvention were traitors or not patriots?
    just think what happened in places like in Kandy. Innocent Sinhalese people were subjugated to horrific acts by the Dravidian rulers who ruled from Kandy.
    Our leaders that included the king and his catchers,the people that signed the convention seems to have learned from the sudas that were using our ports and it seems Ehalapola and others seems to have travelled to places like some Dutch ports in Batavia where his house in Kandy was exact replica of the houses of the gentry in Batavia. Later his dependents made the balcony’s word work into a British style with a union jack.I wonder why our kings and the privileged people absorbed the extravagant lifestyles of the colonials where the last king dank himself with the finest whiskey, name Drambuie and got the people under him to get a few villages on false pretext,buried them up to their necks at a field in front of the Maligawa and got the elephants to knock the heads off.Please read Dr Nihal Karunaratne’s book about Kandy.
    He says the real capital of the last Sinhalese,Pollonnaruwa was discovered after 300 years just after 1815.
    Our leaders knew how wrong our king was, in desperation that led to the convention but their new victory was short lived as they all wanted the same privileges that the last king and his cronies enjoyed for them selves, just as what’s that is going on in Afghanistan, Iraq and even in Turkey.
    One must remember that the British people too went through centuries of Tyranny unleashed by the kings, the Catholic church, the high class lords.They had much sympathy with our plight but our leaders like the people involved the incidents in 1818 and 1848 were revisionists plots to put the clock back to the dark ages.People never took part in it as they saw the new found pevilages ushered by the colonials, like the court houses, local government authorities,a police force, hospitals etc Our past leaders never did anything like that to our humble people.
    One of the first decent act that the colonials did for us,the humble Sinhalese is to evict the Dravidian control of Kandy where they had 5 Hindu devales .Sir John O’Doyle open the Maligawa to people and opened the only road in Kandy,which was named Malabar street to the people and he was preparing a bigger event for humble people to participate, the Kandy Perahara.But first one have to have the roads in kandy which he gradually did while advocating the transfer of The Governor Robert Brownrigg whose behaviour was not acceptable. The first Perahara was performed in 1828 under Governor Manning, though the advocate of this event was originally constructed by O’doyle who sadly died in 1824.
    The very people who agreed to the convention opposed the humble people participating in the first perahara and the British had to bring in 1800 Malay troopers to safeguard the people and that happy eventBy the way O’doyly loved our country and thanks to our southern poetess Gagaman Nona he learned our language and much respect to our humble people where many of them identified their sad past in their own tyrannical country with our suffering. Though he was the administrator of Kandy and the areas around Kandy lived a life of a native where he was very comfortable with our native sarong, to the embracement of their own people. He build his official residence where the present Diyawadana lives.He removed the traces of the Dravidian existence in Malabar street and allowed the people access.
    To day the same place is taken back to the old suppressive times where the privileged have easy access.
    To sanctify the Maligawa Governor Manning brought the relic to that place which I don’t agree.
    The first known hospital was built by the two people build the Kandy to Colombo road.They were Capt Dorson and Major Skinner.They were not mad but had a heart for the people around them who never saw their 30th birthday.
    There were two bit intellectuals of all the colonies who had the privileges of Oxford and Cambridge who rubbished the glorious recent histories of their countries under the colonials .So what was their achievements, next to nothing? They used every ploy to rob the assets and go and live in the same countries of the colonials they so despise.
    I meet so many humble people who have escaped these countries and they all say that they were better off with the colonials. The ones that are strong in their beliefs are the ones who have escaped Mugabe in Zinmbawae.
    I don’t expect the colonials to rule us but we must live by the same standards they live by, which is very much lacking in the third world. The way the things are going the leaders of the third world rake the little income generated by the hardworking taxpayers on bogus infrastructure schemes, collect colossal commissions, put the next generations in to debt and go and live the land of the colonials. Truly shameful.
    We are just the opposite where the love for the country of birth is demonstrated by investing our hard earned in the country of birth, that may not give us the dividends that should be justly due.

  7. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Sinhalese hating, Buddhism-destroying, Sri Lanka destroying UNPatriotic party will do whatever the catholic
    west wants it to do. That’s why the UNPatriotics doing what they are doing. There is an added advantage for
    them. What they are doing best suits the minorities. That means solid votes. So they know with a bit of support
    from jaathi dhrohee Sinhala modayas they are in a win win situation.

    If any of those jaathi dhrohee Sinhala modayans reading these question yourself
    why catholic run UNPatritoic party gave half the country on a plate to catholic tigers of tamil drealam aka ltte?

    why Buddhist jvpers burnt burnt in tyres?

    why catholic run UNPatriotic party didn’t want to hurt catholic tigers of tamils drealam even after killing Buddhist
    pilgrims at the Sri Maha Bodhi, Sri Dalada Maligawa?

    why even after massacring Buddhist monks at Aranthalawa, still no action?

    why catholic tigers hurt 0 priests or damaged 0 churches?

    why die-hard catholic, token Buddhist pol pot ponil wickramaSinhalakiller grassed millennium city intelligent officers
    to the catholic tigers of tamil drealam bullet?

    why traitor alugosu (to Sinhalese only) thambi mudiyanselage adarmistaya jr introduce 13 to break up Sri Lanka?

    why die hard catholic, token Buddhist killed Buddhist jvpers with his catholic police buddies at Batalanda camp?

    why alugosu (to Sinhalese only) lm porisada killed jvpers mercilessly but didn’t want to kill catholic tigers?

    why alugosu (to Sinhalese only) lk porisada sent 600 policemen in the east to catholic tigers bullet?

    why alugosu (to Sinhalese onnly) thambi mudiyanselage jr sent 40,000 government servants home? (100s of them
    committed suicide after losing their jobs)

    why catholic controlled UNHCR after MR’s blood, not catholic tigers’ blood or catholic UNPatriotics for killing
    Buddhists?

    So the list goes on.

    Question why you support these murderous, Buddhism destroying, Sinhalese race destroying, Sri Lanka
    destroying thieving, murderous YAMA PALLAN IF YOU ARE SINHALESE WITH A BIT OF BRAIN/2 EYES/2 EARS?

  8. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Do not take my word for it.
    Check the following links for yourself to see catholic-run, Sinhalese hating, Buddhism-destroying, Sri Lanka-
    destroying UNPatriotic party’s handy work. Also check why die hard catholic, token Buddhist so in love
    with maha horandran, karupaiya karunkanayagam, john mara, gonga, xxxx harin (digital), austin fernando,
    reginald cooray etc. etc. Jaathi dhrohee, Sinhala modayas can you make a connection? Following links might be
    able to help you.

    http://ltte-christian-ties.blogspot.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6_o9txURc

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/08/05/christianizing-of-sri-lanka-unps-betrayal-of-buddhism/

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2016/05/27/ranil-wickremasinghes-new-unp-3/

    http://www.lankagrid.com/soma-thero/

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Yes, we must learn from History.

    PATRIOTISM a MUST in present day Lanka.

    An Oath of Allegiance to Lanka must be taken daily by one and all in the Public & Private sectors, schools, armed forces, etc. using Sinhala, Tamil or English language. Preferably in the Sinhala Language.

    This must be done till PATRIOTISM is ingrained in the minds of all the Citizens of Lanka.

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