The tears of Kumaratunga kids – Oh, what a feeling!
Posted on August 7th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Whenever Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) opens her mouth it reminds me of her own characterization of the way Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) talks. Tired of getting nowhere with RW in their numerous talks to arrive at a formula to solve the north-south conflict she said: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Ranil katha karanney katin noweiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Ranil does not speak with his mouth) meaning that he speaks through an unmentionable part of his anatomy located roughly a span or so beneath the navel but slightly off-centre. CBKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s latest speech delivered at Justice Palakidnar Memorial Oration in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 24 July 2011 indicates clearly that she is better at speaking like Ranil than Ranil himself.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ As everyone knows she has a big mouth. Anura Bandaranaike once told me that she gets late to keep appointment because she canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t stop talking once she gets going. On her latest public appearance she made use of the platform of Justice Palakidnar being laid to rest to gain some political advantages. Nothing surprising in that! She has been doing that all her life.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ First she climbed on the coffin her father to exploit the sympathy vote without acknowledging her debt to the massive Sinhala-Buddhist political wave headed by her father, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” a wave that still resonates in the critical nooks and corners of the southern electorate. She would be nothing more than an obscure baila-dancing, wine-drinking, pontificating, loud-mouth if she did not inherit the Sinhala-Buddhist grass roots revived by her great father after 500 years of colonial suppression.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Second, she undercut her mother and formed her own party with her husband siding with the Jaffna jingoists to give them what her father called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-outrageous demandsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. Third, she wormed her way into the motherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s bosom by using the young children to win her over and undercut her brother who had stood with the SLFP loyally. Now she is using her childrenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬‚or rather their tears — to win the sympathy of the people. In her speech she says that Sri Lanka is a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-failed nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. What has she achieved to prove that she has been a success? The Sunday Leader exposed her career at Sorbonne and questioned whether she qualified by passing her exams. So what has she achieved for the nation or for her self to win another chance?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The greatest tragedy in the life of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike is that nobody has ever heard his offspring speaking spiritedly in defence of his Sinhala-Buddhist politics. At different time they have had the gumption to attack his Sinhala-Buddhist politics which triumphed repeatedly to bring them into power and keep them in power beating the left-wing loonies and all other right-wing anti-national forces. Even in her latest outburst CBK takes pot shot at her fatherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Sinhala-Buddhist politics. Their ingratitude to their father reveals the low caliber of the Bandaranaike offspring. Of course, in an annual ritual they lay wreaths at his statue not to respect, honour and sustain the historic political tradition which their revered, liberal father restored to the people but to extract some political mileage for their personal glory and advancement by posing as the legatees of the Bandaranaike image embedded in the memories of the grateful people.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ After the cameras taking pictures of wreath-laying stops rolling they rush back to party with their bed-fellows in the anti-Bandaranaike NGOs. CBK has been the worst ingrate who fancies that she knows better than her far-sighted father who beat the so-called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-golden brainsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ of the Marxists with double doctorates and saved the nation from falling into the hands of Soviet-style Marxist dictators. She had no compunction in attacking her father at the funeral of Justice Palakidnar. There she lambasted her fatherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s politics, the politics of the Sinhala-Buddhists, praised her childrenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s tears, praised her own regime, (MPHOT!) spun some political yarns about what a good political leader she was when she was president, blamed the Sinhala majority for the mono-ethnic politics of the Jaffna jingoists whose uni-directional politics plunged them headlong into extremism encapsulated in the Vadukoddai Resolution of 1976, and concocted her own pretentious political theories which she had never practiced when she had the power to do so.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Being the drama queen par excellence she was out to make a bit of heroi-comic theatre at the funeral oration hoping it would launch her into the realms of power once again. Only Channel 4 took some notice of it. But how many votes can Channel 4 deliver to her to become, for instance, the next prime minister, now that she has exhausted her two terms as president? All in all, her speech goes to reveal only her true self where she ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the notorious Queen of Deception (Chowri Rajini) — tries in vain to parade as a super intellectual in command of all the mantras that are required to cure the ills facing the nation.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ At her age of 66 it is rather difficult to imagine that she had lost her memory. But her speech contains all the symptoms of her heading irreversibly into AlzheimerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s. At one point in her oration she talked, with a dramatic pause for effect as if emotion had choked her, of her children ringing her from London and crying after viewing the footage of Channel 4. These kids, according to their mother, are averse to dabble in politics and the crying possible was a private affair. But their mother had no qualms in dragging them into her failed politics, hoping to take cover behind their tears to condemn the Sri Lankan soldiers who sacrificed their lives for CBK to go dancing with ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-PakiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Saravanamuttu, the anti-Sri Lanka NGO pundit known for denigrating and desecrating her fatherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s name, heritage and politics in every fora.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ By dragging her children she has exposed them to political attacks because their mother had used their tears to prop up her political agenda which is not going anywhere now. As ex-Presidente it was her duty to defend the Security Forces against the report of the Advisory Panel of Experts (APEs) and Channel 4. After all the Security Forces defended her and served her loyally when she was Commander-in-Chief. Instead she comes out defending the Channel 4 accusations by using her childrenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s names. Has she forgotten that the Security Forces sacrificed their lives to defend her regime when it was under attack by the Tamil Tiger terrorists? But she has exposed her childrenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s private tears for her public gain. Has she no shame or self-respect?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Perhaps, this may be a ruse to pose as a human rights activist with an eye to get a job in the UN. It is true that she is unemployed now and is looking around for a job. She tried the UN but she was sacked even before she get could get confirmation. Her speech now has made her unemployable. Worst of all, in unscrupulously dragging the tears of her children into the political arena she had made them vulnerable political targets. Unfortunately, they will be made to pay for the sins of their mother exploiting their tears. If she cared for them and their privacy she should have kept their tears as a family secret and not make a public show of it. By politicizing ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the nobleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ tears of her children she must take responsibility for making them political targets.


So letƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s consider how the Kumaratunga kids reacted when their mother was persecuting the Sinhalese. Did these children cry for the Sinhalese mothers and wives who were stripped naked and forced to parade publicly in the Wyamaba electorate under their motherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s regime ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” a deliberate move to suppress the democratic rights of dissenting women in the opposition? Would the Kumaratunga kids have felt the tears of the helpless children of the Sinhala mothers stripped naked in public? Did they feel ashamed of being Sri Lankan or were they proud that their mother was humiliating mothers of other children? How come they had no tears for the Sinhala mothers and wives? Or do they have feelings only for visuals cooked up for political gain of anti-Sri Lankan agents abroad and at home and not for the suffering of Sinhala women which they would have known at first hand?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Looking back, did the Kumaratunga kids cry at the denial of the opportunities for Sri Lankan kids to study abroad under their GrandmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s rules which, of course, were overruled to give their mother a special place at Sorbonne where she qualified more to be a sozzled sommelier of the cheapest sort than as a political scientist of any sort? Above all, how many times have these kids cried for the Tamils who died when her forces entered and conquered Jaffna in 1995? In any war civilians do get killed. But is she saying that civilians died only in the last days of January to May 2009 and not during her offensives fought successfully by Major-General Janaka Perera? Why is she defending Channel 4 now and why did she deny any killings when Tim Sebastian of the BBC accused her of killing Tamils citing reports? The Kumaratunga kids can verify this by googling Tim SebastianƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s interview with their mother on the You Tube. IsnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t she defending Channel 4 purely to get even with her foe, President Mahinda Raapaksa? IsnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t she aligning herself with the Tamil expats who, like her, had lost their power by losing Prabhakaran?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ And it this Mama who tells her kids and anyone willing to listen: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I must emphasize that my government only employed democratic methods, never force, violence nor murder.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ If the Kumaratunga kids canƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t access Tim SebastianƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s HARD TALK they should at least get a copy of Victor IvanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Chowri Ragini. It is more reliable than Channel 4. After all Victor was one of CBKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s best buddies who helped her to get into power. He says that she didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have a sari to pose for her photos when she was elected. He and the photographer had to buy a sari for her to look good in the pictures. And, lo and behold, miracles happened at Temple Trees. Before long she was wearing pearl necklaces and expensive watches and buying expensive saris each time she stepped into India. She even opened her cupboard at Temple Trees and offered Ivan Rs. 500,000.00 which he rejected. Three cheers for that! But how did a woman who didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have a sari come to offer half-a-million almost overnight?


Then again, long before these kids were even a twinkle in their parentsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ DNA, things happened that had brought copious tears to parents and children of all communities. When the Sri Lankan children were starving, without any milk, their Grandmother announced that she had rationed the supply of chocolates to their mother and her siblings at Rosemead Place. (Shades of Marie Antoinette, eh?) Will the Kumaratunga kids ever cry for the Burgher, Sinhalese and Tamils families who led the mass exodus to foreign countries in the seventies just to feed their children and give them an education comparable to that of their mother who got a free scholarship at Sorbonne? Did these children also cry for the thousands of other poor children who were left behind when they (the Kumaratunga kids) were flown to Egypt for a special viewing of the Pyramids and the Sphinx? Were they proud to be Sri Lankans then enjoying privileges denied to other Sri Lankan children? When you are a Kumaratunga with connections itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s nice to be born Sri Lankans, eh kids?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Not surprisingly Mama ends, as usual on a dodgy note: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I was proud of my son and daughter, proud that they cared for the others, proud that they have grown up to be the Man and Woman their father and mother wanted them to be.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Now isnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t this typical of the CBK speaking like Ranil for that unmentionable part of the anatomy? CBK takes great care to hide behind her childrenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s emotions without informing the nation about her reaction to the Channel 4 video. After all, she was the Commander-in-Chief of forces that fought wars against the Tamil Tigers and chased them out of Jaffna. Her knowledge of her forces should enable her to form an opinion on the charges leveled by Channel 4. From her experience of fighting the Vadukoddai War earlier what does she think the role of the soldiers would have been when they conquered the last bit of land in Vellamullivaikal and brought peace to the nation? If she was president would she not have gone all the way to end the Vadukoddai War once and for all?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ When she was accused of committing war crimes by Tim Sebastian she denied it totally. But she endorses the Cannel 4 accusations in cowardly fashion: she cites the tears of her children. Of course, she drags in the tears of her children to impress how noble they are. Does this mean that they need another video depicting the charges made against her by the State Department for them to shed tears on their not-so-noble mother? The burning question of the day is not the tears shed by her children after viewing Channel 4 but the tears not shed by their mother for her crimes (as stated by State Department) against all communities, particularly the women of Wyamba. Without expressing her opinions directly she takes cover behind the tears of children and condemns the forces indirectly. After her lengthy speech at Justice PalakidnarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s memorial we have yet to learn from the garrulous Mama where she stands on Channel 4 and the APEsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ reports.


Besides, as a responsible mother, did she ever discuss with her kids how their GrandmotherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s government was forced to quell the JVP fascists by slaughtering 20,000 Sinhala youngsters misled by the JVP terrorists? Did she tell her kids that the path to her passage to the presidential chair was partly cleared by their Grandma who went about her business of restoring law and order ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” quite rightfully ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” by eliminating the JVP fascists? Make no mistake, the violence against the JVP and the LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” two fascist outfits ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” was a necessary evil. I do not cavil about the use of force. Every state has the right to use force against fascist terrorists who threaten elected governments and the fundamental rights of every citizen to lead normal, peaceful lives. My objection is to the double standards where CBK pretends that she did not use force or commit any crimes in waging war against the Jaffna jingoists.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s now shift our focus to CBKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s views on culture and politics. Practically all of it reflects, in one form or another, those of her dancing partner, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-PakiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Saravanamuttu, the bogus guru of human rights and political culture who heads the anti-Sri Lankan Centre for Policy Alternative. Politically speaking, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-PakiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and the Bandaranaike sisters certainly make strange bedfellows. The less you talk of that the better it is for what is left of their reputation. What matters is their symbiotic relationship in politics. Her funeral oration doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t contain a single original statement other than the ill-informed, ill-digested, half-baked theories and conclusions regurgitated by the NGOs hacks like ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-PakiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and some left-wing loonies who are still undecided as to whether they should go for MarxƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s unattainable classless paradise on earth or equally unrealizable other-worldly paradise in an exclusively Christian heaven. With the kind of close links that the Bandaranaike sisters have with the likes of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-PakisƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ it is not surprising at all to see CBK parroting anti-Sinhala-Buddhist and anti-Sri Lankan propaganda of the NGOs.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Consider, for instance, the following line which she dishes out as if it is a statement of profound and sublime wisdom expressed by a meta guru meditating in the Himalayan hills. She said: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending an unique (???) event in Colombo. It was the Geoffrey Bawa Awards ceremony for excellence in Architecture. It was a most beautiful example of the richness of diversity, of what could be achieved in harnessing the talents of all.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The richness of the diversity of the Sri Lankan culture has been a consistent, creative and a shining force throughout millennia. But CBK had discovered it only yesterday. Condemning Sri Lanka as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-failed nationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and accusing the Sinhala- Buddhists for not giving the minorities their space she says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Could the Sinhala community alone have produced a Bawa, a Barbara Samson, an Ananda Coomaraswamy a Muralidaran, a Duncan White, a Michael Ondaatje, a Shyam Selvadurai?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Obviously, she is totally ignorant of the basic fact that the Sinhala-Buddhist culture blossomed from the year dot because it opened its space for all cultures to mix, co-exist and thrive on parallel spheres. It was an open society, inclusive of all those who wanted to make it their home in common with the others. The tolerant Sinhala-Buddhist culture was never a closed society that excluded the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-otherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. Lakshman Kadirgamar, her outstanding Foreign Minister, put it succinctly when he said in his classic speech that all his honours and titles are mere icing at the top. The cake was baked in Sri Lanka, he said.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ No one denies the contributions of individuals to the overall culture irrespective of their ethnicity. But CBK, in her bitter haste to condemn the Sinhala-Buddhists, does not pause to ask in what overarching culture did the minorities find their space to blossom. Take the case of Murali. He, indeed, was gifted with a unique talent. But where would it have taken him if the multi-cultural, open and democratic culture did not give him the place that as due to him? Who created the cricketing culture and who gave him the space to be a part of that culture? What would he have thrown if he was forcibly recruited by PrabhakaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s fascist forces? WouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t he have been forced to use his skills to throw hand grenades instead of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-doosrasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and probably loose either his arm or his life? Who stood up for him when the Australians were trying their best ban him with the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard calling him a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-chuckerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚? That was the time when the Sinhalese, who stood up for Murali, ran banners at the MCG, saying: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Are you aware, Darryl Hair / MuraliƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s balls are quite fair?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ The Sinhalese applauded and defended all our cricketing heroes drawn from all communities unlike the LTTE lunatics who ran amok on cricket grounds wrapped in the Tiger flag ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the vilest flag among all flags with no redeeming features of humane values.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In all the names cited by CBK it is apparent that racism was never a factor that excluded the minorities. Sri Lanka was not S. Africa or racist Nazi Germany. For instance, in the politically explosive boxing bout between Afro-American Joe Louis and the German-Aryan Max Schemling Nazi pride and honour was dependent on a victory by the Aryan German. HitlerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s theory of Aryan superiority depended on Schemling defeating Joe Louis. He had already defeated Joe in New York in the 12th round. In the 1938 rematch Joe knocked him out in the first round. Hitler was stunned when his ideology of white superiority was beaten into pulp by Joe Louis. Murali gives the lie to CBKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s fiction that the Sinhala-Buddhist culture is against the minorities. In fact it is a leading example which demonstrates that racism has never been a determining factor in the Sinhala-Buddhist culture. MuraliƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s presence debunks CBKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s concoction that the Sinhala-Buddhist culture is exclusivist. All her arguments and examples prove that she qualifies to be the latest ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Bunkum-wathieƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ still hanging around hoping to win back the power she lost.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ All individual talent grows in a favourable climate and if the culture of the Sinhala-Buddhist majority was not conducive there would have been no opening for the minorities to flourish as they have done in Sri Lanka. Take also the case Ananda Coomaraswamy. His masterpiece was the monograph he wrote in praise of Medieval Sinhala Art exhorting the Sinhalese not to let it die. Unlike CBK, who is a failed politician with limited knowledge of her own culture, iconic polymaths like Coomaraswamy were way ahead in their awareness of the creative national culture created by the genius of the Sinhala-Buddhists who not only built Hindu temples but also embraced Hindu gods and made them an integral part of Buddhist temples. Is this exclusivism or inclusivism? Instead of mouthing clichƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©s and slogans of the NGO Nazis it is time she learnt that Sinhala-Buddhism was always inclusive which accounts for the national diversity and richness which she acknowledges at one point.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ She also talks of Shyam Selvadurai. She seems to dropping names merely to impress because if she knew the contents and the context she would not throw these names around in vain. Every name she cites proves the diversity of the Sri Lankan culture unlike the closed society of the north which shut out even the low-caste Jaffna Tamils. ShyamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s FUNNY BOY, for instance, is one of the finest novels on two intertwining and sensitive issues: 1. forbidden same sex relationships and 2. the inter-ethnic relationship in which people of both communities overcome their condition with intertwining bonds of friendship, love and understanding, despite the divisive and ethnic violence propagated by the Jaffna jingoists only. His non-judgmental narrative depicts graphically the poisonous political violence redeemed, of course, by the power of human and compassionate feelings for each other, rising gloriously like a Phoenix above consuming tribalism. Towards the end the narrator, Arjie, says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦..something occurred to me that I had never really been conscious of before ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” Shehan (his lover) was Sinhalese and I was not. This awareness did not change my feelings (of love) for him, it was simply there, like a thin translucent screen through which I watched himƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (p.302 Vintage, 1995). Amor vincit omnia!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Shyam handles, in quiet undertones, the inter-ethnic, political and personal relationships with urbane subtlety and exquisite refinement. The homo eroticism is drawn so delicately in every detail to transform the sensuality into something innocent and epiphanic, particularly for a child awakening to the nature of his sexuality. The novel exemplifies the line in The Times of London (August 10, 1995) which said Sinhala-Tamil relationships are neither ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-visceral not atavisticƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. In the riots when the house of Tamil Arjie is burnt down and all hopes are reduced to ashes it is the Sinhala friends and neighbours who come to lift them up again. The Sinhalese too were ashamed about the behaviour of the Sinhala mob. It was genuine guilt mixed with compassion and not an attempt score political points like the way CBK exploits the guilt feelings of her children.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The novel affirms that it is not constitutions, political institutions, power centers and extremist ideologies that help or save the victims of violence. It is the invisible hand that comes out of a caring heart and embraces all in a universal bond that gives eternal hope to victims of violent politics — and even to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the mass men who live lives of quiet desperation.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Thoreau, Walden, 1854). It is a bond that opens up space for us to live as separate entities and identities and yet hold us together by sharing common human values as saving grace, or as inclusive aspirations, or as the highest common factor for survival in a violent world hijacked by brutal megalomaniacs posing as liberators.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Shyam delineates the intimate inter-personal relationships of the diverse ethnic actors and confirms that there is hope for peaceful co-existence because their humanity can overcome politics and ethnic divisions that separate them. The novel as an art form has the capacity to delineate the lived historical experiences with greater emotional content than the partisan sociological exercises like those fabricated by S. J. Tambiah and H. L. Seneviratne who wrote the Work of Kings — longest genuflecting footnote to TambiahƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhism Betrayed?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ShyamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s novel belongs to the whole of Sri Lanka while Tambiahs and Seneviratnes cater only to one-eyed jacks like themselves. It is very unlikely that any of these themes ever crossed the wine-addled, shrunken brain of CBK. If it did she would not have cited Shyam as a product deprived of living space by the majority Sinhalese. He is far more truthful to the existential experiences of the Sri Lankans that those conceived by CBK in her weird dreams.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Last but not the least, let me conclude with her pseudo-intellectual analysis which is a sopho-moronic exercise that would not rate even a D- in any respectable university. She divides her perceived inequalities into four areas: 1. economic and social inequality; 2. cultural inequality; 3. political inequality and 4. the nature of the state. According to her fanciful theorizing only the minority has faced these inequalities and all this is due to the Sinhala-Buddhist majority who had disregarded the needs and aspirations of the minorities.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ To prove her points she must answer several basic questions: 1. WasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t it the frustrated Sinhala youth who took up arms first on the issues of discrimination raised by her (including language)? So how does it make an ethnic issue when the youth of the majority community also took up arms on the identical issues? 2. Can she mention the issues of discrimination that the minorities experienced which were not experienced by the majority? DoesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t this prove that discrimination was a common factor shared by all on an economic basis and not on ethnic differences? 3. If it was an ethnic issue can she tell the nation why only one-Tamil speaking community ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the Jaffna jingoists ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” (and not the Tamil-speaking Muslims and the Indian Tamils) that raised the language and other perceived (as opposed to real) issues of discrimination? 4. If the majoritarian politics was a key factor that oppressed the Tamil-speaking peoples why didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t the non-Jaffna Tamil minorities join the Vadukoddai War, despite political moves by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam to form a pan-Tamil movement to rise up against the majority Sinhalese? 5. Why does she lump all the Tamil-speaking minorities into one bundle when they had no truck with the issues of discrimination and language raised by the Jaffna jingoists? 6. DidnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t the Sinhala youth also take up the language issue (English) on a class basis while the Tamil youth took up the issue of Sinhala language on a ethnic basis? So was the violence of both youths based on class discrimination or on ethnic discrimination? WerenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t both facing common problems of upward social mobility on a class basis than on ethnic basis?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Since she claims to be a political scientist from Sorbonne she could perhaps give us some intelligent answers to these issues. Because her writing is not that brilliant she may prefer to debate the issues in a public forum which her buddies in NGOs can organize. If she is prepared to use that medium IƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢m prepared to come and face her at a mutually convenient date and time. Perhaps, this medium may be preferred by her because she has a big mouth.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ What say you, CBK? Or will you chicken out like the others who are very good at monologues and scared of dialogues?


34 Responses to “The tears of Kumaratunga kids – Oh, what a feeling!”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Mahinda great one as always. Your vast knowledge of Sri Lankan politics is a lesson for us. We learn so many things from such articles. Appreciate it. I hate this lady from the begining. I never liked drinking woman governing our beloved land. I never liked the whole Bandaranayake clan because they were not sincere to our Motherland from the beginning. In fact those days I named my dogie SIRIMA because that time nothing was there to eat have to go in queues to buy bread sugar,rice etc. It’s not strange to me her vulger speeches. I dont feel like listning to her because of her voice and her damn lies. She is a lonely woman with some white skin relatives around her. She nor her children have a say or sympathy in my homeland anymore. As long as she talks against our country and our beloved President she can earn some dollars from her same tribes in USA or in other western countries.

    For me she is an ugly and irresponsible,hateful,ungreatful,corrupt citizen of Sri Lanka. Those who invites her for anything in my country is also stupids same like her. This witch and traitor to our Motherland should be condemned by all peace loving citizens of Sri Lanka. We need Peace not hatred or revenge.

  2. Sajith Says:

    Until 2005 she was great. Now she is bad.

    Not just politicians their supporters also change parties.

  3. jimmy Says:

    I did not like your Article sir

    The other day you made fun on Ranil Wikramasinghe, Today You are making fun on Chandrika
    Tomorrow you will make fun on some one else young Man!
    Many of my sinhala friends who hate LTTE cried when they saw the video of Old Tamil men women children young mothers got killed in the last stage of WAR
    Human beings are sad when they see others suffer
    Thank God There are many many thousands of great human beings among sinhalese like Madam Chandrika
    I strongly beieve there will be peace and all people will be able to live under United Lanka

    I admire your articles not this one ( poor taste)

  4. gdesilva Says:

    With regards to above comments, I would like to say that we should not be afraid to call a spade a spade. Politicians should be judged by their deeds not by their names. If we are scared or reluctant to point out their faults we will be breeding even more corrupt politicians. Let’s face it, people of Sri Lanka did place a lot of faith in CBK but not only she failed to deliver but does not think twice before undermining the very people and the country once stood by her. Likewise we should not be afraid to point out the faults of Rajapaksa if he fails to protect this country. The country should come first, my friends, not the politicians irrespective of what colour their party is.

  5. jay-ran Says:

    Its no doubt that this is another great article correctly analysed by Mahindapala and as gdesilva says, one need not be scared to call a spade a spade.The only good thing done by CBK as the President was to TAKE OVER DEFENSE MINISTRY FROM RW’s GOVT WHICH PREVENTED A GRAVE SITUATION FACED BY SRI LANKA.
    If CBK had an atom of a brain, she could have advised her children to go thru the Ch 4 video over and over again to learn how many doctored scenes were there. Further some one above says some Sinhalese friends who were against LTTE had cried having seen ch 4 scenes.OK, lets thing those video clips are 100% true,WHAT ABOUT THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT,VILLAGE PECENTS,INFANTS,BUDDHIST WORSHIPERS,MUSLIM WORSHIPERS,BUS LOADS OF CIVILIANS,BUDHIST NOVICES etc etc WERE KILLED, HACKED TO DEATH BY LTTE???
    Wake up friends pl wake up! Do not get carried out by false LTTE supportive propagandists.
    The is ahat the entire West and many INGOs are dams jealous of Sri Lanka, our Great President, Def Sec and the Forces heads for DEFEATING THE BRUTAL LTTE!!!

  6. jimmy Says:

    Jay Ran

    Attacking a former President this way is totally unacceptable
    It was Madam Chandrika who was kind to Neelan and Kadhirgamar
    It was Kadhirgamar who made LTTE Paraiyah all over the world . Kadhirgamar was genious

    We Tamils Sinhalese Muslims bergers all can live like a family if we remove the disease racisim

    There are over 40000 Muslims who were evacutaed in 1990 by Brutal LTTE, So many Innocent Sinhalese were killed by the bloddy LTTE while worshipping
    What you never understand with your limiited knowledge is there are many many many tamils like me were ashamed and angry for what happened to Sinhalese Muslims by LTTE

    The same way There are thousands of Sinhalese are sad to see the killings of Tamils in the last stage of War
    I did not blame fully on the Govt because we all know These people were taken as hostages

    If you do not feel sad for innocent deaths in this war something wrong with you Pal you need help

  7. jayt Says:

    Dear gdesilva,

    Sinhalese is missing intelligent side

  8. Lorenzo Says:


    CBK attacking SL is OK for you!

    NO civilians were killed by government troops. All those who died due to actions of government troops were Tamil Tigers.

    So your sadness is misdirected. Direct it against the LTTE the sole culprits of civilian casualties.

    SL people are still sad over the Dalada Maligawa, Anuradhapura, Aranthalawa, Katankudi mosque, Central Bank, etc. terrorist attacks. When we overcome those we may consider the last phase of the war. Not before.

    How many people cried during this CBK woman’s time? How many bomb blasts? These jokers should have cried then. The they were robbing poor people’s money to go to Oxford!! And laughing at their fortune (at others’ misfortune).

    Thanks to the 40,000+ Tamil Tiger terrorists who died we have peace. Can’t you understand that?

    She cried after getting rid of Vijaya which paved the way for her political future! We all know about her partners thereafter. She was very happy but cried in public for sympathy which she got. People cannot be fooled again (except fools like you who cry for dead Tamil Tigers in 2009). Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    We will do the very same again and again if we have to.

    Just look around to see how many people rallied around CBK after her nonsense remark. NONE! NO ONE!

    Can’t you understand at least now?

  9. jimmy Says:

    You are wrong big times
    DO not you have a heart??
    There are many innocent people died in the last stage of war .
    There will be be unity and peace among sinhalese Tamils and Muslims if people like you do not talk BS
    or write BS

    Chandrika lost eye DUE to bloody LTTE. Do not BS she can say anything and she has more and more support among Peace loving Lankans than small Lorenzo like you who want my motherland divided instead of unity
    Good Tamils who love unity should build a statue for her for her true compassion and love

    My friend we all need people like her in Lanka not people like little Lorenzo who love divisions among Lankans

    She was an elected President so do not undermine her like a jerk
    People in Lanka will listen to her than little Lorenzo
    Have sympathy for any innocent human beings who were killed . Again I do not blame the GOVT fully because Tamils who got killed were hostages

    I agree I had some wine today

    Let us pray for Peace
    I will pray the racisim disease will go away from you

    You makeKadhirgamar and Neela cry from their graves

  10. jimmy Says:

    Hon Mr Mahindapala
    Madam Chandrika was the President Of Sri Lanka. Please Respect her
    Other than that She is the daughter of Right Hon Prime Minister SWDR Bandara Nayaka and Madam Mrs Srimavo Bandaranayake
    You said ” For me she is an ugly and irresponsible,hateful,ungreatful,corrupt citizen of Sri Lanka

    It is not correct . You are wrong . You need to apologize Pal
    If you are a true Patriot you will not make terrible comments like this
    It is wrong
    She is a beautiful responsible Gratful Citizen of Sri Lanka

    Bonjour Merci

  11. Wickrama Says:

    jimmy, why are you worried over civilians who dies DURING THE LAST STAGES OF war? You say you “do not blame the GOVT fully because Tamils who got killed were hostages” So in a round-about way you want to partly blame the Govt ? This is the problem with you guys. When the fact are crystal clear that LTTE were 100% responsible for civilians deaths, you still try to blame others!! Hypocrite!

  12. Ratanapala Says:

    His Excellency the President summarized in one word the Channel 4 production and called it a “Film”. Nobody could have said it any better.

    The ‘cry babies’ of Choura Ragina cried after watching a ‘ film’ directed by the LTTE rump and produced by Channel 4. That is all. If they are so naive to think that what is in the film is actual footage from the last days of Eelam 1V, they are well and truly deceived. It also shows their ignorance shallowness of their understanding; they swallowed hook, line and sinker of all the crap thrown at them in this film.

    The Catholic children of Choura Ragina has no relationship to the Sinhalese nor to their age old culture. It is wrong for them to say ” As Sinhalese we are ashamed of what happened to Tamils during Eelam IV, for they are neither Buddhist nor Sinhalese , though they masquerade as such!

  13. jimmy Says:

    You are wrong do not say I am a hypocritr
    damn it I am against violence I can not stand it . I am against LTTE all my life

    All that I am asking is to have compassion for the innocent people died ( old men women children )

    If you do not have sympathy Empathy then go and see a Psychiatric doctor before it is too late

    Good night I am going to bed
    Bye Peace

  14. love_lanka Says:


    Only fools will admit that we killed 40,000+ (terrorists or tamils) – which will only bring great shame to our mother Lanka when external forces are trying to damage our record and reputation now.

    Thanks to our genius official military and government spokespeople in 2009, we were proudly telling the rest of the world that there were only 300 LTTE terrorists to nail April 2009 – who were hiding with VP in an ever shrinking area and Colombo DPL community and the world media has a record of that.

    Then how are we going to explain that we killed 40,000 LTTE terrorists?

    – What within a month LTTE produced 39,700 new LTTE babies while they were on the run? Or
    – We killed 39,700 people in the crossfire while LTTE was holding them as hostages? Or
    – 300 LTTE managed to kill 39,700 Tamils when they themselves hiding or running for their lives.

    None of the above lines will go well with our friends or foes as it defies the logic!

    Don’t bring disrespect with to our mother Lanka with loose statements like this!

    We should not think people in the rest of the world are also fools like us!

  15. Lorenzo Says:


    I have a heart and a BRAIN (which you don’t seem to have).

    Your memory is SELECTIVE. You remember only those things that benefit Tamil Eloam and forget others. Check Tamil Elam in the ar8e of Velupillai!

  16. Lorenzo Says:

    Love Tamil Elam (undercpover TE loser),

    TE MF idiot, LTTE terrorists were killed over 26 years in BATTLE. The government does not deny this. In fact all governments have given LTTE estimated casualty numbers since 1983, almost every day during war. Killing terrorists is the AIM of any war. International community is not bothered about terrorist deaths. They are only concerned of CIVILIAN deaths which was ZERO due to SLDF action.

    Too bad your mother – Isaipriya perished in war!

  17. Lorenzo Says:


    To Ranjith you said,

    ” For me she is an ugly and irresponsible,hateful,ungreatful,corrupt citizen of Sri Lanka”

    It is not correct . You are wrong . You need to apologize Pal
    If you are a true Patriot you will not make terrible comments like this
    It is wrong
    She is a beautiful responsible Gratful Citizen of Sri Lanka”

    Patriot of what country?
    Tamil Elam?

    If so, you are correct. But if you are a patriot of SL you are wrong.

    She had her good but now she is totally lunatic after losing SLFP leadership (the ONLY thing that made her someone).

  18. Nihal Fernando Says:


    Chandrika could be any mother’s or any father’s daughter. We call queen a queen and slut a slut.

  19. ranjit Says:

    You guys have all the freedom to air your views but my comments was my own nobody can change nor I will change She and Ranil bonny & clyde pair was responsible for thousands of innocent civillian deaths in my homeland. They dragged the war for thirty long years.Only person who said openly to the voters of Sri Lanka and the world that the war will be finished to the end was our great President Mahinda Rajapaksa no one else. You guys can take anyside and worship any mother’s son or daughter but I fearlesly condemned those traitors because they are poisonous snakes who helped our enemies inside and outside to harass my Motherland.

    Those who tell LTTE is good and our heros killed innocent Tamil civillians like this lady should be termed as traitors. We cannot forgive any Tamil L.T.T.E cader because if you saw how they killed our innocent children adults in cold blood in Anuradhapura bus stand massacure,Arantalawa,and many places you will not shed a tear on those murderers. Jimmy go and sleep it’s better people like you close your eyes and sleep because you dont know the reality on the ground because you people have run away from your Motherland leaving innocents to die by the vicious LTTE barbarians.

    Sajit you can keep a photograph of CBK and worship daily three times. Dont follow politicians blindly.Talk sense according to your conscious. Thank those who liberated our land by sacrificing their lives. Thank the President for taking bold decisions and standing tall in front of the International community. Dont follow politicians speak for the truth and love your Motherland. Dont be cowards by hiding behind white slaves in western countries. Come and live in Sri Lanka and see for yourself the difference between then and now. Be a Sri Lankan not a Sri Lankan- American Or Sri Lankan British.

  20. dhane Says:

    Victor Ivan’s Chowri Ragini and Mervin de Silva had given long time ago an entry to Cinannon Grardem Police Station when he was arrested. There was artical about Mervin published sometime back in Leader Paper. These TWO will give good caracter certificate to CK

  21. jimmy Says:

    I kind of agree with you except characterisation of Chandrika
    I like what you said people have the right to like national leaders like Ranil or Chandrika or Mahinda

    Tamils now need leaders like Kadhirgamar or Neelan to take Tamils in the best way

    We human beings are sad when we see killings of innocent people whether sinhalese Muslims or Tamils
    Have sympathy and Empathy for innocent killings does not mae the person who symphathizes a bad person
    That is my point

    Peace to all Folks
    I love you all
    We are Srilankans first

  22. AnuD Says:

    With that part of her talk, CBK did not score anything. she showed her own incompetancy.

    An ex – Leader of a country should not have talked like that when she herself was injured by the LTTE, and she was the president. She did not show her Ex-Statesman (or lady) ship or maturity. Instead, it was just cheap kussi-amma talk.

    It was just a cheap shot mostly against the country.

    She showed that she did not teach the Sri Lankan or Sinhala history to her children.

  23. Chintha Says:

    If one still doesn’t get that Channel 4 production is FAKE and FRAUDULANT by now, it is classic case of stupitity running riots. I can’t believe this stupid woman ruled SL.

  24. jay-ran Says:

    Pl read yr own comments,viz:
    “jimmy Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I kind of agree with you except characterisation of Chandrika
    I like what you said people have the right to like national leaders like Ranil or Chandrika or Mahinda”

    If u can call her Chandrila or Mahinda or Ranil, whats wrong in may calling her CBK???
    The question here is that during her tenure of office she did not make any sensisible attempt to resolve the LTTE menace.Instead she was using her Presidential powers for her own advantage.

    Further, CBK had the audocity to accept what her children, BRITISH CITIZENS trying to accept all “BS INVENTED BY THE TERRORIST SUPPORTER CH4”. Do u too have an atom of a common sense to distinguish between FAKED,DOCTURED VIDEOS FROM GENUINE VIDEOS???

    Jimmy, with my “limiited knowledge” I’m FAR AHEAD OF YOU” who is trying to shed crockerdile tears!!!

  25. Marco Says:

    HLDM continues to rely on and take advantage of the short memories of the Sri Lankan populace just like the SL politicians to satisfy local consumption and “brush” critical issues under the carpet for it to re-surface over and over again.

  26. Samson Says:

    Vimukthi tried to contest the last election from Gampaha under the UNP ticket but Karu stopped it.

    Sour grapes.

    Chandrika, didn’t your kids cry when the Airport was bombed in 2001 when you were the madam president?

    When uncle Anura died?

    They laughed didn’t they?

    Now they are crying because Yasodara’s (whiteman) husband is getting a divorce. After that she too will be in politics.

    Nice try to cover up.

  27. Leela Says:

    Chandrika had no clear conviction or sincere desire to do any good for the country, only corrupt interest to fatten and expand her ill-gotten riches. That is why she had got herself surrounded with robber barons, petty thieves and like-minded poked tongued bandits and/or appointed them as her advisers from the beginning.

    On the one hand she waged a war and chased away LTTE terrorists from Jaffna peninsula. But she couldn’t finish off what she had started elsewhere because she had colluded with I/NGO parasites with tiger tails to parade peace thawalams. As and how they gauge the end of her term would come about, all her buddies abandoned her ship one by one to join RanilW.

    What more proof than the facts that put forward by Moonies like Victor Ivon who help propelled her to power over that capable and astute lady, her mother? All Ivan like people bemoaned subsequently for their mistake. So, leave out the rubbish she is talking about now, if you wanted to learn the truth and specifics about wicked acts, evil deeds and the nonstop deceptions that she enshrined throughout her rule then read that Ivan’s book called ‘Bandit Queen’ as Mahindapala says. You will understand her kind of democratic governance fully.

    True, her husband misunderstood the true motives of Jaffna jingoists. True, nothing but separatism would have ever worked with chauvinistic racists with Bantuism in mind. But, I must say, Wijaya acted on what he believes and had made a genuine effort to reconcile with them in good faith. Whether he would have changed his mind subsequently when Sambandans appointed terrorist LTTE as sole representatives of Tamils had he being alive, I do not know.

    For one thing, I knew her husband very well. Moreover, I was convinced that he is compassionate man with a good heart that is bigger than all the politicians that I have come across to date. So I would say; Chandrika is not even a patch of Wijaya.

  28. dhane Says:

    Chandrika is a “desparate house wife” as nobody care for her. She should follow Former President D.B. Wijethunga and lead retirement. She should remember still SL Tax payers pay her good salary and other previlages.

  29. Marco Says:

    Oh how short are memories are?
    I bet in a few years time CBK and her siblings will be replaced MR and his siblings/brothers.

  30. Samson Says:

    How good the homosexuals’ party (UNP) leaders have no children!

    Otherwise they too will have to face this.

  31. Marco Says:

    It is indeed a blessing in disguise is it not?

  32. Samson Says:


    May be that’s why Ranil only allows homos to the party. Others can’t get in to the UNP Ranil’s circle.

  33. One Lanka Says:

    CBK and her kids have no patriotism. Bandaranaike’s have been totally oppertunistic from the begining.Their family tree starts with a Tamil named Neelaperumal who came to Sri Lanka from South India in the 16th century. He was a kapurala and married a Sinhala woman.
    They changed the name to Bandara nayake and later changed to ‘Bandara naike’ as their British masters could not pronounce the last three syllables Na-ya-ka. Many Sri lankans do not know these facts and think they are true Sinhala Buddhists. They betrayed our nation from the begining to get favours from the Dutch and British.
    As such, they do not want to learn Sinhalese history and obviously CBK’s children are totally ignorant. They will have the ability to shed crocadile tears like their mother !!!.

  34. Samson Says:

    Bandaranaike’s Tamil origin has nothing to do with this. Many people have different origins from what they claim to be. That is not a problem.

    The two Bandaranaikes were better persons but CBK became a traitor and her children.

    Even Senanayakas, Jayawardanas, Wickramasinghas, etc. went after the British for titles, favours.

    Among the few who stood up to the British include the Rajapakshas who supported the 19th century uprising in Uva Wellassa. They were branded as traitors by the British. That gazette notice was reversed only in 2011. But that by itself doesn’t make Rajapakshas any better.

    What matters is the conduct.

    Yasodara is going through a rough patch with her pending divorce. After that she will enter politics. A generation of widows!

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