“So You want our Vote” – First Agree to these Demands of Sinhala Buddhist voters
Posted on August 21st, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

There are over 15million registered voters. Over 70% are Sinhala Buddhists. However, schemes and strategies have ensured the Sinhala Buddhist voters were split while other strategies have been used to prevent Sinhala politicians from voicing the concerns of the majority populace. Every country has a majority-minority populace – minorities cannot rule the majority. Checks and balances come in ensuring equality before the law. If laws are equal, then no citizen can complain of violations to their fundamental rights. Group demands are not fundamental rights. However, it has become fashionable to flog the ‘minorities are denied rights/discriminated’ card overlooking all that they actually enjoy over and above what the majority are in reality denied or neglected. Therefore, it is time for the Sinhala Buddhist voter, irrespective of the political party they are aligned to, to clearly make demands of the politicians who come to plead their vote. Do not fall for the silly reduction of bread, fuel, gas slogans. Insist on Sinhala Buddhist voters committing to some solid demands as part of their election manifesto and publicly commit to implementing them once in power.

Our Demands if you want Our Vote

  1. Publicly state that Sri Lanka is a predominantly Sinhala Buddhist country that will uphold that civilizational status constitutionally & legally but provide all rights for minorities.
  2. Secure the foremost status of Buddhism & foster it in Sri Lanka & internationally, while securing the right to freedom of religious practice for all other religions so long as these religions do not attempt to undermine the status of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The Buddha Sasana Ministry must carry our regular research and reports covering distortions by media/NGOs/others on Buddhists/Buddhism/Sri Lanka’s history/School curriculum etc
  3. Uphold unitary status of Sri Lanka – no division or separation of the island under any nomenclature.
  4. Denounce initiatives that seek to destabilize Sri Lanka
  5. Repeal of the 13th amendment – the provincial council system is a proven failure.
  6. No new constitution drafted by foreigners/NGOs & paid local agents
  7. Protecting Armed Forces from any foreign war crimes tribunals – any malpractices will be dealt in local military tribunals
  8. No land to be sold to foreigners & owned by foreigners & any transnational corporate endeavor must have minimum 60% control vested in the State with provision to nullify agreement if the other party has violated clauses.
  9. Legal experts to deal with & respond to all violations and illegalities by the UN/UNHRC related to the Resolutions against Sri Lanka
  10. Assurance that no foreign interference would be allowed in Judiciary, Public Sector, Education, Heritage sites, National assets, Strategic national areas to be protected.
  11. Uphold principle of ‘One law applicable to all’ – no two laws to be allowed (civil or criminal). No sub-laws per different religions to be entertained as such did not exist pre-colonial or even post-colonial
  12. Agree to declare Sinhala the ONLY Official Language in Sri Lanka, Tamil the Secondary Language and English the Link Language. Mandatory for all citizens to speak & write basic Sinhalese. State to facilitate teaching of Simple Sinhala to non-Sinhalese (local & foreign)
  13. Declare that every citizen of Sri Lanka has equal land rights & ownership in any part of Sri Lanka and no personal laws can deny or obstruct the right of a citizen to purchase land & live wherever he/she so pleases. Politicians wanting the Sinhala Buddhist vote must publicly declare that there is no Tamil land or Muslim land in Sri Lanka. Every person is entitled to live & purchase land in any part of Sri Lanka.
  14. Prevent ethno-religious ghettos by following an ethnic ratio representation at all levels of Government – Legislature, Executive, Judiciary, Public service etc to maintain the majority demographic ratio. Allocation of housing/land based on same ethnic ratio formula (70-30 representation)
  15. Declare special regulations for dual citizens/citizens marrying foreigners to ensure land ownership does not fall into hands of foreigners. Land in Sri Lanka must belong ONLY to citizens.
  16. Secure the majority Sinhala Buddhist demography by implementing measures as being adopted by other countries – banning polygamy, one national law for all applicable to all equally.
  17. Declare Buddhist heritage sites as National Heritage Sites giving State protection & funds for preservation. There is no joint-heritage as no other religion has evidence to claim to have existed prior to 2600 Buddhist history.
  18. Agree to take action against extremists/extremism – moratorium on construction on new places of religious worship via foreign funds, introduce anti-conversion bill, implement 6th amendment of Sri Lanka’s constitution against anyone indulging in acts of terror or assisting terror
  19. Agree to bring constitutional provisions forbidding political parties (elected for only a term of office) to barter heritage sites, space and historically sacred areas for petty political/commercial gain.
  20. Assure action against illegal immigrants & ensure they are returned to their place of origin. If necessary DNA tests must be done to confirm South Indian illegal immigrants are not living in Sri Lanka enjoying rights of Sri Lankan citizens
  21. Remove provision for ethnic-based political parties from contesting elections. Communal politics cannot be allowed. There cannot be reconciliation where there are communal parties creating ethno-religious tensions
  22. Assure that no food/beverages will be labelled in Sri Lanka to the religious preference of one minority ethno-religious community where it has become a business enterprise for this group to collect parallel taxes for the certification!
  23. Assure to give National History is given a prominent place in State Education with a panel of patriotic educators/historians proud of heritage tasked to write the syllabus relevant to public, private, semi-government & international schools. International Schools to be brought under the purview of the Ministry of Education and not function as a private business as presently happening.
  24. Assure that the Sri Lanka Foreign Service & Public Service are briefed on Sri Lanka’s pre-colonial/post-colonial history and the staff know the real patriots/heroes of Sri Lanka not pseudo heroes created by foreign invaders.
  25. Agree to promote a compassionate Sri Lanka – right livelihood to sustainable development, principle of Ahimsa needed in a society that is today valueless and in much need of compassion for all living beings including animals. The State is bound to uplift the lives of people and bring them towards a humane and compassionate lifestyle.
  26. Propose to initiate state programs that would bring communities together to look after animals, nurture sustainable development, grow more trees/flora & fauna, make Sri Lanka eco-friendly, have State structures to ensure factories and businesses adhere to proper environment protection guidelines,

There are some factors that Sinhala politicians need to take serious stock of. While as politicians, they are leaders of all citizens, they must also ensure that they protect the rights of the Sinhalese who is the only ethnic/racial group found in Sri Lanka. This is nothing anyone can object to as the 50 majority Muslim nations automatically stand on behalf of the Muslims in Sri Lanka, while India jumps to the rescue of the Tamils in Sri Lanka while the West/Vatican influence the Christian/Catholic voters.

It is also important that the Sinhala politicians realize that modern imperialism uses the UN & foreign diplomacy to tie countries to various initiatives to denationalize people and remove their sense of patriotism/nationalism to defend their land of birth. The slogans of multiculturalism is applicable to countries that were created and developed by immigrants who were enticed to come and work/live on foreign shores. The multi-faith initiatives are really to distance people from valuing philosophies like Buddhism that faith-based religions find difficult to counter & destroy as these teaching are scientifically proven and not based on myths. Shared values are simply programs that seek to again distance and totally confuse children from following Buddhism the base with which a child develops the core of his/her thinking. For all this the Wahhabis use $87billion and faith-based religions use $170billion to promote only their faiths.

The Sinhala politicians have taken the majority for a ride since independence. We should refuse to be fooled again. Put aside political parties and realize that the Sinhalese race/ethnic group is found only in Sri Lanka and needs to be preserved. It is the duty of the politicians who come on our vote to protect and preserve our history and heritage.

No one should feel offended or complain about Sinhalese wanting to protect & preserve their history & heritage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgbZpbOc-SA – Me Ape Swarna Bhoomiyai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuQGuO8oJTU – Rathna Deepa Janmabhoomi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp-z6xrHHDw – Me Sinhala Apage Ratai

Shenali D Waduge

16 Responses to ““So You want our Vote” – First Agree to these Demands of Sinhala Buddhist voters”

  1. Senerath Says:

    I wish you were the President of Sri Lanka.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    Sadly political henchmen lose their little sense of worth near an election. They come up with excuses for selling their worth to politicians and encourage others to do so. Like a herd of cattle, people get into political herds. They don’t want anything from politicians. They only want their politicians to win apparently to protect the nation!

    Ancient Roman Empire had citizens and slaves. Sri Lanka has feudal slaves more than citizens.

    True nationalists and patriots must take the firm decision not to vote for anyone unless they agree to one or two of the above. It applies to Gotabhaya as well. Unless he can promise to do at least one or two above, he is not worth a Sinhala vote. Sinhala Buddhist voters must stop being political doormats of all and must take a firm stand even if it means the wrong person winning the election. Ultimately there is no difference between a political traitor and a political coward.

  3. Cerberus Says:

    Thank you Shenali for this timely article. All the politicians have run after the minority votes taking the majority vote for granted. In addition to all your demands, I would suggest that we demand the name of the country be changed “Sinhale” as given by the British in the treaty they signed with the Sinhala chieftains in 1815. Also, demand that the illegal immigrants who came during Prabahakaran’s time be repatriated. Prabhakaran said that 35% of his fighters were from South India. India should be forced to take them all back. Like Malaysia did in 1948 we should introduce the concept of “Bhumiputra” for the Sinhalese who for 2600 years have developed and defended this country. Instead, we are allowing a bunch of illegal immigrants who came a couple of hundred years ago dictate terms to the majority population by tieing up with foreign interests who wish to divide and break up the country.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    GOOD. Take them to DALADA MALIGAWA and take it from them in writing that they will SCRAP 13 amendment

    IF they cannot, DO NOT vote.

    Voting for PAST SERVICES is FOOLISH. Think of the FUTURE.

    Voting for AMERICAN CITIZENS is also foolish and dangerous. ALL US citizens are DUTY BOUND to advance AMERICAN HEGEMONY.

    “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.”

  5. Dr.K Says:

    Dear Senali,
    It’s a good starting point for Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhists to regain their rights, being the first Nation of this country. This list should be published and all of those groups who come forward to protect Sinhala Buddhists should be lined up on those demands. Then, the every single Sinhala Buddhist voter should be educated on those demands and make them Go forward.. Go Forward. Go forward.

  6. SA Kumar Says:

    Shenali D Waduge
    Sorry , last one you missed out

    27) declare separate state for Saiva TE (NPC) & Muslim TE (EPC)

  7. SA Kumar Says:

    Go forward.. Go Forward. Go forward.- We-Tamils & Muslim can sit & wait now .

  8. DR M D P DISSANAYAKE Says:

    Dear Shenali,

    Nothing more to add. Our wholehearted approval for all points.

  9. Christie Says:

    Well well well. Majority in a colony run by the minority imperialists from the Empire.

    We are the subjects of an Indian Colony. So we have to do what India want us to do.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    Our grateful thanks to Shenali for compiling this Demands List from the majority of Voters in Sri Lanka.

    If PATRIOTS Demand our 100%, we will at least receive the most important items on the List here. In the process of implementing the Demands List, Patriots will Save Sri Lanka too.

    PATRIOTIC LEADERS & PATRIOTIC VOTERS : Make it so !

  11. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP6A6LEpa9U

  12. Nimal Says:

    It is easy to pontificate about the needs of the Sinhalese Buddhists while living abroad but here in SL their demands are are are same as of the minorities.

  13. Ratanapala Says:

    Sinhala Buddhist predicament

    Thank you Shenali from the bottom of my heart for bringing out the very core of what true Sinhala Buddhists know and believe in their hearts.

    What happened on 8 Jan 2015 was a total let down of Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration by almost one hundred percent of the Tamils, the Muslims and from a large majority of the Christian / Catholics almost all of whom are for the dismemberment and balkanization of Sri Lanka.

    Mahinda Rajapakse influenced by bedroom politics of his wife did little to further the cause of Sinhala Buddhists after the end of the Racist Tamil Tiger war. He went on to bring about Uturu Wasanthaya and Nagenahira Navodaya neglecting people who bore the brunt of the war in so-called Border Villages, whom we call Front-line Villages. Their stock has not improved one bit since the end of the war. They are hardly even remembered. On the other-hand, he went on to appease the Christians by inviting the Pope at people’s expense – majority Sinhala Buddhists. How many times did he try to have a dialogue with Buddhist majority nations such as Burma, Thailand, Kampuchea, Vietnam and Laos?

    He failed to consolidate the war victory and the peace that followed by leaving gaping ‘holes’ for our enemies to exploit. He also failed us by his unguarded utterances, which continue to happen even now making him the laughing stock time and again. Security of the North and East not to mention the rest of Sri Lanka remains compromised and weakend almost back to square one, now in the hands of the well-known traitors of Sri Lanka – Christian Ranil Wickramasinghe and Catholic Chandrika Kumaranatunge Bandaranaike.

    Mahinda Rajapakse’s high speed economy and exorbitant expenditure on near white elephant projects including hosting of the Commonwealth Conference have ended our Motherland in a near debt trap. It is obvious now that he did little to show how he was going to pay back those foreign loans. Even if he did have plans he did not venture to elaborate on them. The whole world knows major infrastructure projects do not yield instant paybacks.

    Since being defeated in the elections it is the Sinhala Buddhists who are rallying around him mostly out of gratitude for ending the war which still continues to this day despite his failures. It is the Sinhala Buddhist Temples that continued to give him support and ‘political safe haven’ to this day. Wherever he goes it is the Sinhala Buddhists that rally round him in their hundreds of thousands. If he comes to power again it will be through the blood sweat and tears of these mostly neglected people – the Sinhala Buddhists.

    The next time around too he will try to come to power on the back of the Sinhala Buddhist vote. At the moment there are hundreds of thousands of Sinhala Buddhist who voted against him at the last election, even those who are die hard UNPers who are ready to bring him to power. This is after seeing what is happening to the Sinhala race at the hands of the minorities – the Tamils, the Muslims, and majority Christian / Catholics. This is after seeing the agenda of the current Christian /Catholic regime of Ranil – Chandrika conglomerate who are out to destroy the Sinhala identity and make Sri Lanka another rainbow nation of sexual deviants, nonentities and nobody’s who will willingly end up being slaves of the Christian West and garden sweepers of the Indians.

    Therefore Shenali’s letter is timely to remind Mahinda Rajapakse not to mess up the Sinhalese and mainly Sinhala Buddhists once over. This advice goes in equal measure to Gotabhaya Rajapakse too. The Sinhalese must vote for only those who will ascribe to their demands, grievance and aspirations.

    Shenali has brought out succinctly what ails the Sinhala race!

  14. RohanJay Says:

    Depends how clued up voters are about domestic and global affairs. Have they read history. One history which will great aid in understanding the world. Would be to read up on the histories of Ancient Rome. The machiavellian politics of Ancient Rome. etc etc. This would ensure voters are at least thinking deeply before they cast their vote.

  15. Fran Diaz Says:

    The huge problem for Sri Lanka is proximity of INDIA.

    INDIA’s problems continue to impinge on Lanka.
    Lanka has yet to adapt to that.

    Also, the Lanka Ports (sea & air), must be used in a SAFE way for Lanka.

    Is Yahap doing the right thing ?
    Kamalika in one of her articles stated that Yahap is considering giving 500 acres to Andra Pradesh (INDIA), for an industrial park. Andra has nearly 50% low caste people there. A large number came to Tamil Nadu when the LTTE held the N&E of Lanka. These low caste poor people were hoping to come to Lanka if Tamil Eelam was formed.
    What will they do if Andra is given 500 acres in Lanka ??
    Same problems as with the Tamil folk will start with the Andra people ?

    Einstein said that “insanity is to repeat the same experiment hoping for different results ….. “.

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    Add :

    Lanka Ports (sea & air) must be used in a SAFE & PROFITABLE way for Lanka.

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