Will Sri Lanka’s leaders seek apology from the British, at least remind them of their crimes?
Posted on March 8th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

The invitation to the Sri Lankan President to the UK coincides with the 200th anniversary since the Sinhale Nation was ceded to the British in 1815. If post-independent Sri Lankan leaders shied from reminding the British of their crimes during colonial rule, they should have at least had the pluck to remind the British that accountability and reconciliation must begin with a British apology first. Instead, Sri Lanka’s leaders are happy to stomach all the accusations that the British dish out at international venues in particular UN forums and at diplomatic levels instead of bringing to light the lack of accountability or reconciliation by the Brits to virtually 90% of the world which it ruled under Her Majesty’s flag!

If the wounds of colonial past was not enough to suffer, Sri Lanka’s fate has been to have Britain allow UK to be used as International Head Quarters of the LTTE that the British had banned too. If that was not enough Tiger leaders including the supposed theoretician Anton Balasingham was free to function from UK while his wife the trainer of LTTE child soldiers lives happily in the UK. Scores of LTTE operatives continue to rub shoulders with politicos simply because they are registered as charities or humanitarian organizations most of which are fooling the UK tax payers siphoning money to run a terror campaign. It is UK’s choice to allow its own citizens to be fleeced to fill the LTTE coffers but when the UK issues statements against our armed forces demeaning the war victory and attempting to drag them to a war crimes trial, if our leaders have no spine to speak on behalf of the heroes, Britain must know that the People of Sri Lanka are not like their leaders. However, despite millions of Indians been killed by the British has chosen to function as the proxy of the West in Asia and that partnership is likely to ruin countries of Asia.

A nation that ruled 90% of the world applying Christian doctrine of Terra Nullius (legal terminology for land belonging to no one – simply because the people living in the land were not Christians) taking over nations the objective was to plunder and convert the masses while the long term plan was to denationalize natives by introducing English language, replacing indigenous culture with British and using education to remove patriotic sentiment, pride in national leaders, history and traditions and in its place create brown sahibs who would look down upon all that was traditional and historical and nurture people who would think, speak and act like the West to be used at later times by using various triggers. We have enough of brown sahibs to showcase as examples as against others who have been able to differentiate and take the good that the British had to offer but not compromise on heritage and traditional culture.

Why should the inquisition be against the same victims of colonial occupation? Why are the colonial invaders functioning as inquisitors holding UN and UNHRC with powers bestowed upon themselves? Why is it that only the enemies of the West are dragged before war crimes tribunals or slapped with sanctions? If leaders have been subdued and sedated into prostrating before the former colonial masters it is for the People of these victim nations to remind the British and all other former invaders of their dark past. This dark past extended 500 years and included crimes far horrendous than those committed by today’s terrorists.

The local clones created from the British education system will do their best to twist versions to whitewash British crimes but these crimes are nothing that allows Britain to hold its head high. In fact British has no moral grounds to point fingers until and unless it owns up to its criminal past, compensates for the criminal acts and returns all the hoarded treasures that belong to nations that it forcibly occupied.

The Britain that is accusing Sri Lanka, allowing documentaries to ridicule our nation, issuing statements choreographed by its partners in crime need to be reminded of how its own policies included ‘raid and destroy’ wherein unarmed civilians were indiscriminately killed, natives were hung while enjoying British breakfast, women were raped, livestock were set aflame, villages were burnt, lands were robbed, irrigation was destroyed with the intent of starving people to death, people were forcibly converted to Christianity, subtle attempts to destroy Buddhism because they realized that Sinhala Buddhists were the impediment for an easy rule of Sinhale, divide and rule policies that continue to divide people with British politicians regularly arriving to stoke the flames. Missionary schools were established to create a submissive class of natives to be ruled by the British and willing to serve them. Liquor was introduced to break cultures and homes and weaken resistance. If all that was not enough even the elephants were not spared, thousands were killed as a sport.

Britain bled the nation of its wealth, introduced biased economic policies and created groups of local collaborators who were prepared to be slaves of white rules and disown their own people.

The British have no moral standing to be preaching. This site gives details of how Britain robbed and sold the King’s buttons (gold with crystals), ear ornaments set in rubies, Gold slips with Cingalese inscriptions used for conferring titles. Cutlery, crockery all belonging to the King were sold, the King who stood 6’4 in height had all his royal suits sold by the British advertising as if these items belonged to them.


As President Sirisena will be given a reception plus a message underlying Britains wish list, what cannot be forgotten is that unless we uphold our right to defend our sovereignty, if we chose not to defend what is now ours, legally we forfeit our right to the nation.

The British along with other former colonial rulers ransacked entire nations and territories, they drew borders and divided people/tribes, they split these territories among each European nation to rule them as slaves and when they had hoarded enough to industrialize their nations and wanted commercial transaction they decided to offer independence. The independence was handed to leaders who were simply locals cloned into functioning as their agents – leaders that went against the tide were soon bumped off as Aung San of Myanmar and Patrice Lumumba of Congo. The World Bank and IMF are run by the West, the UN and associated bodies are all controlled by the very countries that have criminal records and when these are reminded to them they are shouted down as being impediments to peaceful co-existence. Now using Islamic militants they are destroying the remaining historical and cultural sites that they targeted when they colonized nations.

It is a shame that the world remains in their hands because the representatives of the victim nations are idolizing the very nations that murdered and cause mayhem in their own nations before under colonial rule and now under neo-colonial rule.

Can Asia’s leaders finally wake up and show the pluck that Africa’s people are showing in demanding justice from those that point fingers while keeping their crimes without trial and justice.

For over 500 years of crimes against humanity Britain and the West has not been put on trial because they are the judges, jurors and they decide who goes to trial and who does not.

Srimath Anagarika also wrote from his prison cell Sinhalese will rather die than living without Buddhism, You may kill as many Sinhalese as you can now, but they will never forget this injustice.”   

Shenali D Waduge

8 Responses to “Will Sri Lanka’s leaders seek apology from the British, at least remind them of their crimes?”

  1. RohanJay Says:

    Shenali Waduge maybe should write your personal letters to the president. You very well know, that since 1977. Successive Sri Lankan governments even Mahinda Rajapaksha’s as well as Sirisena governments. Have kissed the butt of the British and US governements with the blessing of Sri Lankan citizens like yourself. Yeah keep writing articles like this that everyone knows history about. I don’t know what good it is going to do Shenali.

  2. sathya deva Says:

    Rohan is right. Unfortunately , our self esteem is sold for plate of baked been with sausage lunch with an ailing queen of a crumbling empire. Our Monks Ratnas , and sobithas are in line kiss the queens bottom

  3. sathya deva Says:

    Not many knows the facts, Ranil, Chdiakka, et al knows nothing about patriotism, They all along with TNA and JVP know nothing about self determination.the “suddahs have sold the delusional thinking only suddahs have brains, Ranil may be Sirisena also believes such nonsense.
    There are loads of kalu Suddahs and their progeny have such an inferiority complex.
    kau suddhas are those , who can say a few words in English but no other knowledge , and are loyal subservient ones who worship Suddhas even in this 21st century.
    Present government is reviving mental slavery and have resuscitated Kalu suddhas. I am at a loss to understand how they bought JVP.

  4. RohanJay Says:

    All Shenali does I read about even though some of it is quite informative. I knew the history already. British were only following the model of Empires before reaching although way back to to the Babylonian, Greek, ROman, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch, French Empires, although they were quite successful at it. Shenali every month or so writes an aritcle British did this British did that etc. How about Shenali next time you write article about Sri Lankans like you and others are going to get off the couch and do something about it! Shenali in 20 years time will be writing the same articles giving us another history lesson. I appreciate the history, but it aint going to solve your problems Shenali. As they say you can howl at the moon but the moon won’t fall. Unless you do something about it in a meaning ful way. But you won’t, would you Shenali and others like you. Yes British like all the Empires before it only did for their interest and it really benefited a tiny elite in their countries.

  5. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    If the shoe was on the other foot what would happen?

    If Sri Lanka openly supported the Irish Republican army during those terrible times in the United Kingdom would these white people be so polite with Sri Lanka or show the full wrath of her royal highness? Sri Lanka will be labeled a “terrorist state” with all the vile actions taken against her.

    Yer here we have the “humble apologetic Singhalese’ waiting plaintively for a possible apology from her oh so white master the British. makes me want to puke.

  6. veddah Says:

    I think in 1815 the British were invited to Sri Lanka . Presumably corruption and greed took over and in 1818 there was a rebellion which Sri Lanka succumbed . I don’t think it is a case of an apology more a case of teaching new generations principles of good behaviour. May be Buddhism?
    Nations apologising is attributing nations some moral responsibility. USA apologising to Japan is an example in respect of the two atom bombs. Is the present American responsible for the past American?
    Probably in the case of Britain ,what it did 200 years ago is a little hazy.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    We have to thank Shenali for reminding the population of Lanka of the misdeeds of Colonists, the British especially. Or else all the elites of Lanka will abjectly follow and obey foreign powers blindly whilst keeping the local masses in a state of perpetual subjugation. At least, Lankans must constantly remind themselves as to what hits them hard from time to time. The ghastly ‘divide & rule’ principle which was used widely by the British to rule her Empire is still used to this day quite effectively, as evidenced by the sorry state of affairs in Lanka local politics today.

    The British gave Independence to the conquered colonies only because Britain was broke after WW II. I believe that India suffered worse than Lanka under Brit rule. Isn’t it ironic that today 70% of the huge Rajasthan oil field of India is now owned by Britain’s Cairn Oil ? Isn’t it strange that the USA went to war with Britain to gain her Independence – that’s what 4th of July is all about for Americans. But isn’t it also ironic that today it is America that is the prime defender of Britain, Europe and all Christian interests ? In Kali Yuga, bully nations score ?

    A lot of folk in the east are embarrassed to discuss sad political facts openly. But do so we must, if we are progress on the path of peace and prosperity as human beings on the common home of planet Earth.

  8. S de Silva Says:

    Quite right Shenali! – “The British have no moral standing to be preaching to Sri Lanka”. But how many times have our leaders spat out these words point blank on the face of the British Establishment. We only have subservient Sinhalayas to bum lick the whites planted in our Foreign Offices, sadly no brave Lions. Until that changes we will continue as we are. the initiative for action on this MUST be by the GOSL – S de Silva – London

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