IS THE TNA TAKING THE GOVERNMENT ON A RIDE?
Posted on November 26th, 2011

By Gomin Dayasri

 Metric that matters most is whether TNA with whom Government has initiated a dialogue genuinely want the reconciliation process to succeed. Or are they merely posturing together to placate foreign embassies? The Government gains if reconciliation becomes a success unlike the TNA. But is the Government capable of structuring and contriving a reconciliation process because of an inadequate intellectual grasp?

 TNA “”…”being a demagogic ethnic party, cats – paw until 5/19, of the LTTE: faithful to its unadulterated racial politics, are in peril if it achieves harmonious relationships with the South, disturbing their perpetual political ploys. They thrive on alleging discriminatory treatment by the majority Sinhalese: generating hate and hostility, instilling fear and anguish, to collect votes. Alleging discriminatory treatment is understandable but to vituperate while engaged in the reconciliation process is to make a mockery of amity talks.

 The attitude of the TNA cannot attract confidence in a dialogue, by globe- trotting with a complaint sheet to the West , already whirling a rod to spank Sri Lanka. It is an effort to extract the maximum through unwanted foreign political interventions while discrediting the image of Sri Lanka abroad among Lanka skeptics.

 If their narrow plank of peddling disharmony between ethnic communities collapses, TNA will fall into a whirlpool. A reconciled North/East will allow the two national parties of the South to make an impact on the Tamil voters on broader issues. Their desire is to prevent national parties- PA, UNP and JVP- from penetrating into the Tamil constituencies. Unlike the TNA, Muslim parties in the East have related to the two main national parties and advanced their cause. So too were individual Tamil parliamentarians and politicians in the past, some with left leanings, before being decimated by the LTTE. Not so the TNA and its predecessors, who deemed such persons – traitors to the Tamil cause.

 The North/East voters are more inclined to participate in the reconciliation process than the TNA realizing the beneficial aspects.

 Following the road map of the LTTE, roadblocks on ethnic harmony are created by the TNA, for their political advantage. TNA holds a dominant position in the Tamil electorates, a rainbow coalition of many shades of northern opinion on a single slate without a virtual opposition. Minister Devananda’s EPDP [A heart throb of the Liberal/Marxist leaning pro-13th amendment’s latent stragglers in the UPFA holding high office] is more a liability than an asset to the UPFA. EPDP creates a negative image among the voters except among the islanders, for its misdeeds in the North. Southerner Mahinda Rajapakse commands greater respect.

 TNA will not mount a platform where reconciliation is reachable. If a satisfactory rapport develops between the three main communities it is the TNA that will lose its monopolistic position and would be compelled to revise their game plan for political survival.

 Their answer is to pitch unyielding demands on land and police powers under the 13th amendment that gives rise to secession, knowing well it will not be accepted, in the interest of national security. After successfully destroying terrorism to which the TNA was a willing party, at a premium price, country cannot create fresh props for the TNA to tread on the path to federalism, towards separation. TNA should suggest feasible alternatives, if there is a genuine desire to reconcile. If the LTTE were not comprehensively defeated TNA would have been still furthering the objectives of the LTTE and would not have dared to participate in a reconciliation process instead sought a separate state.

 Harmony and Reconciliation is not in their vocabulary-being fair to the TNA, they cannot safeguard their continued existence as the prime party in the predominantly Tamil constituencies, by walking along the bridge of friendship to the South. They gain mileage by keeping the ethnic divide alive among the constituents by fanning flames of ethnic disharmony to attract a following on an anti“”…”Sinhala trajectory. It’s not the Tamil people that engineer it, but the TNA poised at the helm of this smear campaign like the LTTE. People of the North/East suffered more than those in the South under the LTTE regime while the TNA acted as their parliamentary spokesmen defending and supporting the LTTE.

The approval in furthering the cause of Elam, to which the TNA subscribed during the troubled period displays, in mind and spirit the close alignment to the Tigers. Subsequent to 5/19, TNA has neither disowned the conduct of the terrorists nor condemned terrorism that caused immense hardships to the Tamil people.

 More over, eagerly cohabitating with the Tigers during the height of terrorism, TNA display their priorities and principles. There were courageous Tamil leaders who opposed LTTE terrorism like Anandasangari; LTTE assassinated the TNA leadership including its intellectual giant Neelan Thiruchelvam- yet cowardly bent to the LTTE under the fickle leadership of Sambandan, notwithstanding TNA being denied the right to engage in political activity.

 The presence of a vote churning Left in the North/East with charismatic leaders like Dr N.M Perera, Dr Colvin R de Silva, Pieter Kenueman, Dr S.A. Wickremasinghe would have provided an alternate voice that could have moderated the shrill sound of the TNA. There is a political vacuum of empty space between the TNA and the southern political parties that a viable Left could have bridged. The Left, left behind, is a lost Left.

 If harmony is achieved parochial issues will recede into background and bring North/East into the mainstream of politics after 26 years of terrorism, that will enable Tamil politicians to reach out for national leadership, as in India, through national parties. National political parties taking root in the North with a Tamil leadership at the national level, is the ultimate answer to national reconciliation.

 To reach for a meaningful reconciliation it is prudent for the Government to study the recommendations of the LLRC that sought extensive opinion in the North/East from varied sections. Enriched with such insights LLRC is positioned to make incisive recommendations to achieve national reconciliation Hopefully it must not reflect either the opinion of Government or TNA. Would the Government have the intellectual grasp and the mechanism to implement the recommendations especially as those who are making allegations against Sri Lanka place reliance on the observations of the LLRC?

 The Government’s track record is dismal on reconciliation efforts. The high-powered inter-ministerial committee under the chairmanship of G.L. Peris with then Attorney General Mohan Peiris as the head directed to implement the interim recommendations of the LLRC; that never materialized. If repeated on the final recommendations, it will be an unpardonable lapse that can cause a diplomatic disaster and lead to many seismic shocks.

 TNA would opt to let negotiations drag without results and fault the Government. It is prudent to implement the recommendations of the LLRC provided they are worthy and fall into the fast track on reconciliation, placing the TNA in the back row. The greatest stumbling block presently to reconciliation is the TNA.

 A comprehensive market survey well sampled showed 94% of the Tamils in the North and East wish to learn Sinhala, while 92% of Sinhalese in the South desire to be proficient in Tamil. Sinhalese and Tamils have always had close affinity and presently it is the lack of a political iniative that keeps them apart especially the deceitful hardline adopted by TNA, which closely follows the Diaspora module. The uncompromising Sinhala parties have shown greater flexibility.

 Sinhalese from humble homes first rushed to the North with supplies, forgetting 26 years of terrorism-long before TNA arrived on the scene with the Diaspora in a state of shell shock after the defeat of the LTTE. In the homes of two communities there is a great desire for amity provided the government initiates a meaningful process. In the reconciliation process Sinhala extremism could be as harmful as Tamil terrorism.

22 Responses to “IS THE TNA TAKING THE GOVERNMENT ON A RIDE?”

  1. douglas Says:

    We do not know what the LLRC recommendations are. But as the writer says, if the fate of the Interim Recommendations in its implementation stage fall into the same neglected state, what hopes do we have?

    So far the Government machinery has not been geared into action on most of the matters relating to the so called expectation of reconciliation. One such area is Education. We now have no qualms about two official languages i.e. Sinhala and Tamil. In this regard there is a Ministry set up to implement the official languages. What is its plan implementation policy?. The main task undertaken so far is to educate the personnel of various Govt. Departments in acquiring the skills to conduct their tasks in two languages. In the short term it is correct- but has it laid the foundation for a long term implementation? No. So what should be done’

    We all know lack of skill in Sinhala and Tamil languages(both spoken and written) has been the visible common barrier for any type of integration/reconciliation. This the area that both the Education and the National Languages Implementation Ministries must come together and prepare a long term plan of action to lay the foundation to equip the citizens with communicating skills in both the languages. Not only that, the upcoming generation must also be equipped with one of the international languages such as English to face the globle challenges as well.

    Now that 2012 has been declared Trilingual Year, these two Ministries have a vital role to play. In my opinion the Minister of Education must get the approval to teach, from at least Grade 5 all the three languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English in all the schools in the country. These three languages must be made compulsory at all levels including the University education. This must be done on an urgent basis. It is good to build “High Level” schools, numbering them in thousands and name them after the President; but have the Ministers incharge of these subjects at least laid the foundation work for this most important aspect of the education in bringing the “Three Languages” concept to the schools.? We do not see it happening yet. So please start it now itself, because the people in Sri Lanka in years and generations to come will definitely enjoy the much wanted peace and reconciliation.

    Please start it now.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Learning languages will not do any good.

    It is outdated rubbish.

    SEPARATISM and RACISM (promoted by racist political parties including mainly the TNA) should be legally banned and those laws implemented.

    Already 90% of people have sufficient fluency in Sinhala. Get the other 10% to follow suit.

  3. AnuD Says:

    Even rich countries have one major language as the official language. Even those countries evaluate their bilingual policies as that costs money and is difficult to enforce as the population varies from place to place. Behind the screen they also think about ethnic -extremism.

    So, Sri Lanka moving into two language is stupid. That leads to more Tribalism.

    There should not be Tamils only or muslims only or christians only schools in Sri Lanka. Children should grow up mixed in order to have ethnic or religious harmony in the future.

  4. douglas Says:

    My communication as above has not been understood in its proper perspective. In 1956 I too had this idea of Sinhala only and I hated Dr. N.M.Perera when he said “One Language, Two Countries and Two Lanuguages, One Country”. I realized the mistake after years, when I got into trade union acrtivities of a Trade Union the membership of which was composed of Sinhalese and Tamils. Whenever I addressed the Tamil members in Jaffna, Trincomalee or Batticalo, I felt ashamed of myself for not being able to communicate directly with them other than through a translator. That was a little bit of my own experience of shameful past.

    Just imagine, when HE President Mahinda Rajapaka addressed the UNO in Tamil, how the Tamils would have felt. Wouldn’t they have felt of someone belonging to them and relating to them?. In Jaffna and Killinochichi he addresses the audience in Tamil and Sinhala. What is the feeling of the audience? Just put yourself in the shoes of a Tamil or Sinhalese. Shouldn’t we all as a nation be proud of this one and the only Presedent who has learned to speak in three languages. Are there any other Cabinet Minister who could do that OR as a matter of fact even the Leader of the Opposition?

    We must have a vision and a programme to eliminate this ugly, destructive communal politics and integrate the society to one nation by relating to each other through understanding developed by means of communcation. My vision (at least my grand-children) is to witness Rajapaksas, Gundasas,Ariyaratnas campaigning in North and East in Tamil and Sinhala and Nadrajahs, Sivasithambrams, Sittampalams engaged in equal political campaigning in the South,Central and Western parts in Sinhala and Tamil of one country and one nation. These politicians will ultimately belong to SLFP, UNP, JVP, but DEFINITELY will not be from TNA, TELO,TEAK (Tamil Elangai Arasa Katchchi) or such other Muslim ethnic parties. This is the future we have to look for.

    If we plan it now itself (as the HE President’s vision of “Trilingual Society”) the vision of Gomin Dayasri -“The narrow plank of Peddling in disharmony between ethnic ommunities will collopse” and we will see political parties like TNA falling into a whirlpool.

    So, Dear Lorenzo and AnnuD, try to understand the positive side of this issue and the greater advantage the country as “ONE Country, ONE Nation” would gain with the learning more languages than one. Please remember our country and the world need more and more heroes like Senarath Paranavithana, G.P.S.Malalasekera, who are proficient in more than one language.

  5. AnuD Says:

    Mr. Douglas, Learning more languages definitely helps. But, if the learning of Tamil is to drive Sri Lanka more toward ethnic extremism or to tamilize North and East and later Kande and Colombo too, that should not be promoted.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    Dear Douglas,

    “Please remember our country and the world need more and more heroes like Senarath Paranavithana, G.P.S.Malalasekera, who are proficient in more than one language.”

    I can’t stop laughing!

    Please be serious and don’t make such statements.

    They were NOT proficient in Tamil but in many other languages that RELATED to their CAREER. We TOTALLY support that.

    MR spoke in Tamil at the UN to INSULT the LTTE that claimed to be the sole representatives of Tamils. Not to respect the language of Tamil Nadu. If so, when he speaks in English (all UN meetings), he must be respecting the colonials every year!

    MR spoke in Tamil to Tamils at the 2010 PE and GE. What happened?

    Tamils TOTALLY rejected him!

    Ranil honestly said he made no attempt to speak in unknown Tamil and the only Tamil word he knew was “poda”. He shouted “poda”, “poda” at meetings but Tamil people voted for him. UNP won more Tamil votes WITHOUT contracting with LTTE, TMVP, EDPD or CWC than UPFA. All UPFA elected Tamils are from other parties like TMVP, EDPD or CWC.

    There is nothing wrong with Tamil. But all Tamils should learn Sinhala, fullstop. There is no need for the Sinhalese to learn Tamil. That is foolish tit-for-tat thinking.

    e.g. Tamils in peaceful UK are required to learn English, are the English required to learn Tamil in turn?
    e.g. Malayalees, Panjabis, West Bengalis, etc. in India are required to learn Hindi, are the Hindis required to learn Tamil, Malayalee, Bengali in turn?
    e.g. Aboriginals in peaceful Australia are required to learn English, are the English required to learn Aboriginal dialects in turn?
    e.g. Tamils in peaceful Norway are required to learn Norwegian, are the Norwegians required to learn Tamil in turn?
    e.g. Tamils in peaceful Germany are required to learn German, are the Germans required to learn Tamil in turn?
    e.g. English people in peaceful France are required to learn French, are the French required to learn English in turn?

    Your problem would not have occurred if they knew Sinhala.

    “One Language, Two Countries and Two Lanuguages, One Country”

    This is total BS.

    Look at Yugoslavia – Many languages many countries!
    Look at Soviet Union – Many languages many countries!
    Look at Serbia – Many languages many countries!

    Now look at USA – ONE language ONE nation!
    Look at Australia – ONE language ONE nation!
    Look at Indonesia – ONE language ONE nation!

    (One language is the MAIN reason for Indonesia’s unity).

    Look at China – ONE language ONE nation!
    Look at Japan – ONE language ONE nation!
    Look at Germany – ONE language ONE nation!

    The one language reunited them!

    Sinhala only one nation or Sinhala and Tamil, two nations. (the Sinhala nation and Tamil nation).

    Don’t find exceptions and examples from third world countries that are failures. We don’t want to end up like Yugoslavia or Cyprus.

    Make Sinhala the only official language.

    People voted for it.

    People NEVER voted to make Tamil an official language. It was political BS.

    Just imagine all Sri Lankans speaking in Sinhala. There will be perfect peace, understanding. Imagine how much it will add to the language of this country, its unique culture, etc. Imagine having many Augustus Vinagaratnams, Rukmani Devis, etc.

    The opposite is not true. Only Tamil Nadu produced and/or inspired Tamil artworks have acceptance in the Tamil community.

    This is what happened before 1505 and people lived happily. One official language, one nation.

    From the time of the Tamil Special Provisions Bill, separatism nonsense started.

    Official Language Act has NOTHING to do with the “ethnic problem”.

    Tamil racist All Ceylon TAMIL Congress won the election in the north in 1947.
    Illankai Tamil Arse Kachchi was registered in 1949. It means Lanka Tamil Nation Party.

    Lets not fool ourselves. 90% of the people can speak Sinhala today. ONLY Northern Tamils can’t. Fix it. Don’t inconvenience everyone.

    If is mandatory for every Sri Lankan to speak Sinhala, that will stop Tamil Nadu illegal immigration too. Cut government expenditure by one half and we don’t need provincial councils and political solutions. We can totally isolate the LTTE Diaspora and Tamil Nadu clowns.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    AnuD,

    What do you think?

    If all Sri Lankans are Tamil proficient, that means Sri Lanka becomes a mere extension of Tamil Nadu. We will create a bigger market for Tamil Nadu films, songs, books, etc. What should happen in the opposite.

    Look at the Muslims, Malays and Burgers. They never demanded Arabic, Bahasa Maleyu or Dutch to be the official languages. So WTF with northern Tamils?

    As for the survey, ask them if they want to learn,

    1. English – 100% will say YES
    2. Hindi – 100% will say YES
    3. Korean – 100% will say YES
    4. Chinese – 100% will say YES
    5. French – 100% will say YES.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Along with the Tamil Nadu cultural extension, Tamil Nationalism will get bloody wings!

    Look what Black Suddas did to the country. Imagine what Tamil speaking Sinhala political henchmen of Tamil Nadu will do to the country.

  9. jimmy Says:

    Agree with Douglas

    (a) Patriotisim should be taught in schools, colleges all over the country

    (b) National anthem should be sung , Flag should be hoisted all over

    (c) Sinhala should be taught to Tamil kids and Tamil should be taught in sinhala schools

    (d) PASS THE LAW AND IT SHOULD BE UPHELD . THE LAW AGAINST HATRED
    NO ONE CAN TALK OR WRITE AGAINST RACE, CULTCURE OR RELIGION
    TAKE THE MONSTERS TO CLEANERS IF THEY DO
    also bring capital punishment for hate crimes

    (e) Accept the truth we srilankans have a disease called racisim. It is nothing wrong in accepting the truth
    we have this disease for the last 60 years. 60 years of hatred will never go easily
    invest on councelling and psychaitric clinics all over the country for people to help themself to be kind and compassionate towards other race and religion
    Govt should run these sessions atleast for 10-12 years without giving up

    we all may look different , different cultcure , sifferent food, different music most important thing is to respect each other

  10. Dilrook Says:

    The golden rule is nobody should be forced to learn another language.

    It is against the Constitution. Both Sinhala and Tamil (and English) are official languages. That means anyone may use any of the languages to conduct his/her official business.

    So it is illegal and a fundamental rights violation to compel Sinhalese to learn Tamil and Tamils to learn Sinhala s it is now.

    The only way is to change the Constitution. This may also require a referendum.

    But that can lead to violence, mass disgust in both the north and the south which will be a political disaster. If the Rajapaksha lands in such a political disaster, his family will face extinction over war crimes charges, reprisals from enemies and the end of the Rajapskha era.

    The best way out is to teach everyone English. Government has taken steps for the first time in 63 years to do this which is commendable. It is consistent with the growth in tourism industry, international business hub and other key economic activities.

    Tamil speakers’ percentage has gradually fallen in India over the years. Now it stands at close to 5%. It was over 9% a few decades ago. In this context it is absurd for Sri Lanka to take up what India phases out.

    Also it is important to allow people to make their language choices. People have more important things to learn than just languages. Technology is one such key learning need. It is more important to use money, time and effort to teach people English and technology than Tamil or Sinhala as a second language.

    As pointed out by a commentator, there is a big requirement to learn South Korean language. There is a mad rush towards it now. Chinese, French, German, Arabic, Indonesian and Hindi are also key business languages. These are what the government should concentrate on.

    Once the economy of both the north and the south develops, these racist rubbish will be lost in thin air.

    Don’t teach Sinhala to Tamils and Tamil to Sinhalese and instead invest that money, time and effort in teaching technology. We are a third world country and technology is the future and it is getting more and more advanced by the day. When Indian and Chinese children learn technology our bankrupt politicians try to take the nation to the 1950s.

    On the other hand if we teach Sinhala to Tamils and Tamil to Sinhalese as second or third language, instead of technology and English, both groups will be poor and there will be violence, riots, insurgencies, etc.

    This is the pitiful arts degree mentality which has caused enough economic distress in the country.

  11. jimmy Says:

    Dirlook/Loenzo
    Please do not be hardliners

    what we need today is to moving forward not backwards

    our fathers, grandfathers great grandfathers failed us . Atleast for the countrys sake and younger genarations sake let Tamil and sinhala to be taught

    I am a tamil . I wish I learn sinhala when I was a kid .
    it was a failure. My good ness I never been to kandy or Bentota or Matara or any other beautiful areas in Srilanka when I grow up. It was a fear
    The only place I know is Colombo. what is this> how could it happen?
    the same way for sinhalese kids in my time they never been to jaffna or Trnco or Batticalo
    why ? the answer is our fathers our grandfathers failed us BIG TIMES
    They taught us very negative about each other race
    I belive strongly teaching each other language is a good solution

    as I said before more than anything we need to invest on councelling against 60 years of hatred which will never go away easily .

    same way for sinhalese

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    Jimmy,

    Don’t be a fool.

    If you want to learn Sinhala go ahead and learn. No one is stopping you.

    That is the right way forward.

    That’s what happens in MOST democratic DEVELOPED countries. Don’t look for the few exceptions.

    Already over 95% can speak Sinhala. If the remaining 5% learn it, problem solved. Don’t think of “getting even”.

    Sinhala is the ONLY unique language of this island and everybody MUST learn it.

  13. jimmy Says:

    You are a very stubern fellow Lorenzo
    The day you changed I am sure 50% of Srilankans will change also
    In my opinion 50% people in srilanka are stubern , do not want to give up anything for the good of the country

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BRING THE BEST PSYCHIATRIC DOCTORS COUNCELLORS, SPEAKERS LIKE DR PHIL TO SRILANKA
    KEEP THEIR SESSIONS FOR ATLEAST 15 YEARS TILL EVERY ONE IS CURED
    WE HAVE A DAMN PROBLEM PAL
    WE CAN LIE LIE AND LIE OR PRETEND WE DO NOT HAVE PROBLEMS
    DAMN IT WE HAVE PROBLEMS
    TAMILS ARE NOT PATRIOTIC ENOUGH AND SINHALESE ARE NOT ACCEPTING TAMILS AS EQUAL OR TREAT DIFFERENTLY
    THE ONLY ONLY WAY IS TO GIVE THE COUNTRY FULL COUNCELLING FOR 15 YEARS . THERE ARE MANY MANY WONDERFUL BUDHIST MONKS , HINDUS CHRISTIANS WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE

    WE COULD ALSO GET HELP FROM BRILLIANT COUNCELLORS LIKE DR PHIL OR ATLEAST GET AS MANY MANY MANY CDS AND VIDEOS AND DISTRIBUTE TO PUBLIC IN THEIR MOTHERTONGUE WHICH COULD CHANGE THE WAY THEY THINK
    There are many people who have hatred feelings toward other race or religion become good citizens after proper councellings in Developed countries

    these are my points also
    (a) Patriotisim should be taught in schools, colleges, to public all over the country

    (b) National anthem should be sung , Flag should be hoisted all over the country

    (c) Sinhala should be taught to Tamil kids and Tamil should be taught in sinhala schools

    (d) PASS THE LAW AND IT SHOULD BE UPHELD . THE LAW AGAINST HATRED
    NO ONE CAN TALK OR WRITE AGAINST RACE, CULTCURE OR RELIGION
    TAKE THE MONSTERS TO CLEANERS IF THEY DO
    also bring capital punishment for hate crimes

    I pray anyone from srilanka who read this will take the proper steps to create a good atmosphere
    I give mush emphasis to councelling sessions for many many years

    I am not going to write any more in Lankaweb because I feel I am addicted
    Peace to you all

  14. Devinda Fernando Says:

    The Government should reintroduce WHITE VAN RIDES for TNA members once again…

  15. Ariya Says:

    IS THE TNA TAKING THE GOVERNMENT ON A RIDE? asks Gomin.

    How about changing the heading? Would the SL Government let the TNA deceive it? The answer is NO!

    At this moment the TNA is moving around in the mud, probably in the mud of the Nandikaddal lagoon. Prabakaran is dead, so the TNA is looking for a chance to survive. Even in the CMC elections, the Tamils voted for the UPFA, UNP and Mano G’s party, which tries hard to stay away from Tamil-only attitude. Mano G’s party could be considered as a 3-wheel party, but Tamils vote for that.

    Even though the UNP (UNF) won the CMC elections, the Muslim mayor is clueless how to run the CMC. Mano G is playing the JVP method, remote control, but not getting any real results. Mano G’s brother is in the government, so he has his eggs everywhere, meaning he, his party, his brother should not be trusted. AND, they are not trusted.

    Just because this TNA had won some areas, not quite populated areas, it is not a problem to the government. Developing those areas is not a good for the country, which the government must have realised already. It would be better to give the people in those areas an ultimatum. I don’t have to say here what should be the ultimatum. It is time to forget those, who clapped when the LTTE murdered the people of Lanka, and develop the South.

    The main language in this country should be Sinhala, and English should be given priority, but Tamil should not be given priority. If Tamils want to develop their language, that’s their business. Sinhala should be the only official language in all areas of Lanka. All documents should be written in Sinhala, if needed, if the need arises could be translated to English, but should not be considered valid in any matter, where law comes into. Such documents could be translated in to Tamil, but for a payment, and no document written in Tamil should be valid, where Lankan law is concerned.

    One country, one language!

    Even in Delhi, you can find 3-wheelers with “no speak Inglish” banners. It is hard to find an English speaker in practically all of the hotels in Beijing, and in a Taxi. All foreigners speak in German in Germany, French in France, Italian in Italy, Bahasa Malay is Malaysia. Japanese in Japan, Hindi in practically all India…

    Sinhala should be the only official language in Lanka!

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ban Ethnic based political parties such as the TNA, and make sure also that the Law prohibits religion based political parties. All political party should be National. Re Language : Sinhala should be the main language in the country, with English as the main link language. The Tamil language can be used for official purposes, as that part is already the law of the country.

    What is the purpose of using Tamil widely in Sri Lanka ? Sri Lankans do not get employment etc. in Tamil Nadu, do they ? Neither do they migrate to Tamil Nadu. It is the other way around – Tamil people come to Sri Lanka, and during the last decades, mostly illegally. (Question: is Legal migration accepted into overcrowded Sri Lanka ?). Therefore, all Sri Lankans should learn at least some spoken Sinhala with English as the link language.

    Besides, it is far easier for a minority of people in any country to learn the language in majority use, plus a world language such as English. That would be of great advantage to the minority people. This is how it is done in the rest of the world and should be the same in Lanka.

  17. Lorenzo Says:

    Jimmy,

    Just because others have different opinions doesn’t mean they should go to a doctor!

    Learn to accept others’ views or get buried in Mulaitivu, especially our views.

    I agree patriotism should be upheld. Patriotism of what country? Unitary SL. Patriotic heroics of what army? The SL army that vandalised and f*ed the disgusting Elara, Chola, Tiger and other Tamil invasions mercilessly. That is patriotism.

    Sing the national anthem in Sinhala (the original). Do you sing the Candian national anthem in Tamil Nadu language?

    If two groups sing the SL national anthem in two different languages, there is no unity.

    Only 5% of the people can’t speak Sinhala. Teach them Sinhala and the problem is solved.

    Why foolish tit-for-tat nonsense? In India Hindi speaking people DON’T have to learn other Indian languages.

  18. Lorenzo Says:

    Agree with Ariya and Fran.

    The solution is so simple. Sadly the LOSERS of Mulaitivu 2009 are trying for another round of iron rod games. They are MOST welcome!

  19. jimmy Says:

    My friend Lorenzo
    I will be happy if you speak tamil ( I know you might know some bad words though LOL)
    What ever there is no point in arguing any more

    I say boldly Tamils should be able to speak Sinhala so we could develop good frienship

    People do not need to love each other but it is very very important to respect each other

    Peace Folks

  20. Lorenzo Says:

    Jimmy,

    If you know my ethnicity you will be surprised! I don’t support Sinhala because I’m Sinhalese. Don’t make that ASS-umption. The only reason is it is the right thing to do. It is the BEST way to unify the nation. I believe Sinhalese are predominantly South Indians who arrived here a long long time ago. They BUILT the Sinhala culture because they wanted a unique identity away from Tamil Nadu crap. If they can do it, why can’t you?

    I want you to be a Sinhalese Tamil. There are no exams. No security clearance. No landing fees. They will READILY accept you with open arms no matter what caste you are. No caste discrimination. Tamil Neelan Perumal’s great grandson became the prime minister in 1956. Kerala Ratwatte’s great grand daughter became prime minister in 1960. Their daughter became president in 1994. This is the level of acceptance Sinhalese have for ANYONE who does the right thing.

    Look at ALL (high emphasis) minority groups in SL (except sadly northern Tamils). They have ALL become Sinhalese today. Malays, Burgurs, Muslims, Colombo Chettis, Chinese, Indonesians, Russians, even the few Sikh families , educated upcountry Tamils, Maldivians, Arabs, etc. Why the FC*K can’t northern Tamils?

    Peace be with you.

  21. douglas Says:

    Mr Dear Lorenzo – After reading your comments upto this point, I recognize you as the friend whom I met during the “Thara Baldi” (Tar Bucket) campaign of Mr. K.M.P.Rajaratna of welimada, in the 1958s.Your comment to Jimmy on Nove.28th “Why the FC*K goes to indentify you with that type of metality. I am happy to have located you.

    Good Luck and Long life.

  22. Lorenzo Says:

    Dear Doglas,

    It was SJV Chelvanayagam who INITIATED the Tar Bucket campaign not Rajaratna.

    I wasn’t around at that time! :)

    The comment was directed to Jimmy who took it in good humour. Petty minds get offended over REALITY, sadly.

    Let me rephrase it for you.

    Look at ALL (high emphasis) minority groups in SL (except sadly northern Tamils). They have ALL become Sinhalese today. Malays, Burgurs, Muslims, Colombo Chettis, Chinese, Indonesians, Russians, even the few Sikh families , educated upcountry Tamils, Maldivians, Arabs, etc. Why the HELL can’t northern Tamils?

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