Sri Lanka cannot be victim of Multicultural Experiments: The countries that will not change their national anthem are telling Sri Lanka to change theirs!
Posted on February 29th, 2016

Shenali D. Waduge

Our mistake has always been to be in a hurry to copy and adopt what is not ours. Must we always imitate other countries? Just because the British had an anthem, or India was to have one did Sri Lanka also need to be in a hurry to have an anthem ignoring that for thousands of years though we didn’t have an anthem but we had enough of patriots to defend the country. If we do not have an anthem that can inspire nationalism there is little point in wasting time and energy over creating one or singing it in different languages just to make a statement. We cannot agree to change the anthem when those that are seeking change have shown by example that their agendas are not to keep the country undivided and their responses to the recent NGO surveys on new constitutional changes are evidence of what they want.

The Tamils now making unreasonable demands and others agreeing to these unreasonable demands must first realize that Tamils had always been referred to as Malabar Tamils (originating from Tamil Nadu) and the usage of the term Ceylon Tamils came only in 1911. Therefore, these demands of rights for Tamils are based from 1911 onwards only and does not give any basis to threaten any bargaining whatsoever leave alone put forward ‘traditional homeland’ theories.

India sings the national anthem in one language though there are officially 22 languages used throughout the states. India has over 1.3billion people. We in Sri Lanka with 20million are agreeing to sing the national anthem in 2 languages just to please whom if most of the time they don’t sing it or even hoist the national flag during Independence Day!

The reason for this obviously is that Sri Lanka did not have a freedom struggle. We never fought for freedom, there were no battle cries. Our independence did not come through bloodshed. The brave men that fought in 1818 and 1848 battles and those that fought against all 3 colonial rulers did not exist after the British began governing the country. Instead lackeys to the Crown were created through education, jobs, disbursement of lands and titles.

Let us also not forget that just as the Provincial Council system was imposed upon us, the notion of historical traditional homelands theory was also created by the Indians for their own political agenda and it was the Indians that insisted Tamil be made an official language in par with Sinhala. All these came under vile threats. We gave into these bogus demands and now we are finding difficulty in removing it. We should not make another similar mistake.

Germany’s population is just over 80million. 74million are German citizens. 9.9million (12.3%) of the German population are immigrants. Yet, Christianity is the largest religion and German leaders are not shy to say Germany is a Christian country. There are 2.1million adherents of Islam. Yet German is the official language. Will Germany agree if 9.9million immigrants started demanding their language be incorporated into the German national anthem or national flag? We think not. Would the Tamils now living in Germany refuse to learn German or sing the national anthem in German? Most certainly not.

In the case of Canada which has a population of 35million it was invading forces that took over from the natives and gave them second citizenship status. There are 6.2million minorities in Canada making 19% of the total population. Of these minorities 31% were born in Canada while 65% were born outside and came to live in Canada as immigrants. Will Canada’s government agree to make changes to Canada’s national anthem or flag if the 19% immigrants start making demands based on the need to have their rights incorporated? We think not. With a very large  Tamil diaspora population in Canada who are not shy to put up nameboards in Tamil, would they demand the country’s national anthem be in Tamil or refuse to sing the national anthem? Most certainly not.

The United Kingdom comprises Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has a total population of 63million of which 4.3million are Asians and 1.9m are Blacks. David Cameron proudly declares Britain is a Christian country, but he also brags that it is a secular country. English is the official language of Great Britain. The Union Jack created in 1606 is the national flag though Scotland & Wales also have their own flags but the national anthem remains ‘God Save the King/Queen’. If the 4.3million Asians started demanding that the national flag or the national anthem be changed to incorporate their rights would the British Government agree to do so? We think not. Why are the Tamil Diaspora who exert influence over British MPs not demanding why Tamil is not incorporated into the British national anthem or Tamil be made a national language in Britain?

France has a population of 63million. La Marseillaise is the national anthem of France. There are 5.3million foreign-born immigrants and 6.5 million direct descendants of immigrants (born in France). Would France agree if 5.3million immigrants start making demands to change the French national anthem & national flag? Certainly not. Would Tamils living in France demand Tamil be made a national language or refuse to learn French?

The oldest national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ in 1574 sung by the Dutch is in words no one understands but Netherlands will not hear of changing the words and Netherlands with a population of 16.9million has 1.8million  immigrants.

Will the Australians agree to sing an Aboriginal song alongside Waltzing Matilda or declare a dual national day?

Do the Tamils in Tamil Nadu refuse to sing the Indian National anthem in Bengali and there are 72million Tamils in India? If they refuse will the Indian Central Government allow such nonsense?

If David Cameron can say Muslim immigrants must learn English or leave why does it become a problem when we say Sinhalese should be the only national language and everyone must learn Sinhalese first.

While none of these countries would think of changing their national flag because of political correctness Sri Lanka foolishly did by adding 2 colors to incorporate Tamils and Muslims, but obviously that has served no purpose because now both Tamils and Muslims who can show no indigenous roots to Sri Lanka are demanding separate mono-ethnic areas in such a small country while reserving the right to live all over the island. This means only Sinhalese are out of bounds in the North and East while Tamils and Muslims have an area for themselves and can start coming and settling in areas Sinhalese are confined to (7 out of 10 persons in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese) If the Sinhalese politicians are agreeing to such a set up they are worse than any enemy.

The following countries incorporate their religion into the national flag (1 in 3 countries have a religious symbol on their national flag) so much for the claims of separating the Church & the State!



32 nations

Armenia, Andorra, Australia, Columbia, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Tongo, Tuvalu, Vatican City, United Kingdom


22 nations

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Comoros, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Hindu India
Buddhist Bhutan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand,

National Anthems upholding a specific religion (as much as they say their nations are secular the core identity of the nation remains intact & unchanged though political statements say something else)

Pew Research declares that 64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags of which 48% are Christian. This shows that these Christian nations ensure the framework of Christianity in their country does not change.




Antigua & Barbuda, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador Estonia, Fiji, Franc, Ghana, Georgia, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papau New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Romania, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, UK, US, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe





Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brunei, Chad, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, Yemen


Western politicians in the US, Australia, UK and Canada often use phrases ‘Christian values’ and ‘family values’ in reference to censorship of sexual content, laws against induced abortion, sexual abstinence outside marriage, laws against same-sex marriage, against homosexuality, supporting culture of Christian compassion, protection of environment being that of God’s creation, promoting Render unto Caesar

A quick-fix in changing the words Namo Namo to ‘Sri Lanka’ without the consent of the author led to his suicide. Therefore, Sri Lankan authorities are warned not to repeat by hurrying making another mistake.

It is not the communities that are demanding the change to the national anthem/flag. It is always the same players who are responsible for the countries woes – they are the politicians, political parties, rebel movements, foreign funded individuals/organizations on foreign payroll and following foreign orders and all their supporters who do not rationalize their thinking on what is best for the nation and not just one community.

Knowing that a violation of the constitution took place in singing the national anthem recently the defense has been to say that the national anthem was sung in 1948 in Tamil too. If by singing the national anthem in Tamil a gesture of goodwill and unity was created when in 1948 the Ceylon Tamils were less than the Tamils brought in by the British from Tamil Nadu, why did Chelvanayagam and clan create the Illankai Arasu Katchchi party in 1949 seeking a separate state?

That 1949 quest remains in tact because inspite of singing the national anthem in Tamil in 2016, the TNA and the Opposition Leader are demanding ‘homelands’ and endorsing their right to secede while the Northern Province Chief Minister from the TNA is saying that Sinhalese cannot live in the North or East and Tamils cannot marry Sinhalese (while his own two sons are married to Sinhalese and Wigneswaran and Vasudeva Nanayakkara are the two father-in-laws)

Also the present national anthem was officially chosen only on 22nd November 1951. The national anthem was given due status in the 1978 constitution where it is very clear on how the anthem should be sung.

Now the devil is playing advocate and there are new calls to even change the national flag. Let it be reminded that it was A Sinnalebbe MP for Batticoloa who on 16 January 1948 tabled a motion in the House suggesting that the Lion Flag of the last Kandyan King Sri Vickrema Rajasinghe be made the national flag as that was the flag that the British took down in 1815.

“That this House is of opinion that the Royal Standard of King Sri Vikrema Rajasinghe, depicting a yellow lion passant, holding a sword in its right paw, on a red background, which was removed to England after the Convention of 1815, should once again be adopted as the Official Flag of Free Lanka.”

It took another Muslim leader Dr M C M Kaleel the President of the All Ceylon Muslim League to declare that Muslims would be happy to retain the Lion Flag as the flag of independent Lanka. Thankfully there were no Hakeems, Bathurdeens, A Salleys, Mustaphers, Ashroffs at that time and unfortunately no Sinhalese politician to think of the logic of replacing the Lion flag as Mr. Sinnalebbe did.

If the Muslims can say they have no issue with the Lion flag being used what is the problem that the Tamil politicians & foreign passport holding Tamil Diaspora are having?

For those unaware of the history (because politicians have chosen not to instil patriotism or nationalism in the education syllabus) many are unaware of the rich history of Sri Lanka. The Lion symbol was used by the Lankan monarchs and is even recorded in the Mahavansa and Chulavamsa. Historian and eminent poet/writer Arisen Ahubudu described this flag as the symbol of heroism.

“The Lion with the sword raised in its right hand denotes the onward march of the people without any fear for the enemies of the nation. The colour yellow denotes righteousness and peaceful way of life. The red in the background of the heraldic lion with the sword denotes the defeating of the evil forces of oppression. The nation and the people guided by the message of the flag will never resort to provoke others. The four bo-leaves on the four corners indicate exactly the truism of non-aggression. The people of the Lion Flag never regress from their onward march until victory is achieved

Gold: represents intelligence, peace, non-violence and truth.

Crimson: represents immortality.

Four Bo-leaves: loving kindness, compassion enjoying the joy of others happiness and equanimity.

The Lion: signifies heroism, strength, and discipline of the nation. Head-ruler (shape of a crown); Eye – watches the rulers performance, Tongue: the rulers statements should be honest and truthful, Head and Tail: equality between ruler and the citizens, Hairy-heaps: denote strength, The Sword: is an indication that the country should be ruled righteously meting out justice to all.

Singing the national anthem in Tamil has not changed the demands for separatism by Tamil leaders. 

Changing the national flag to incorporate Tamils and Muslims using 2 colors has not changed demands for mono-ethnic/lingual enclaves.

The question is why should the Sinhalese cede more of what holds the country together when quarters are hell-bent on creating separate states?

Is political correctness defined as the majority ceding and forfeiting their historical hold on Sri Lanka to gain the mirage of confidence of the minorities?

 It is not our fault that the countries promoting multiculturalism are those that do not have rich cultures or heritage to boast of. We have man-made reservoirs, tanks, ancient architecture, our arts and crafts have even been sent overseas, we have built massive ships on orders….there is so much that our own do not know about to value.

What needs to be made clear is that anything copied from examples of other countries does not connote the national identity of our country.

All these new calls are meant to de-legitimize a national culture, remove historical links and supplant new living styles that are alien and have no roots in the predominant culture or ancient civilization that laid the foundation of this nation.

These foolhardy experiments with the national anthem and national flag should stop forthwith. The world must be laughing at us for they will not change theirs but we are bending backwards to agree to change ours and in so doing committing grave hara-kiris all of which are perfect for the realization of their agendas.

Shenali D. Waduge

37 Responses to “Sri Lanka cannot be victim of Multicultural Experiments: The countries that will not change their national anthem are telling Sri Lanka to change theirs!”

  1. Charles Says:

    This government listens to neither the people nor the Parliament. It is like the caravan that goes on despite the barking of dogs. Our Sinhala Buddhists are at fault as they could not distinguishe good from the bad. Today every thing is happening contrary to our culture and accepted norms. The yahapalanay leaders cannot think in terms of Sri Lanka, they want Sri Lanka to be like Singapore , Malaysia , South Africa, and India. They are even getting down specialists from Singapore to reorganise the Sri Lanka Foreign Service.

    There is no law and order, they have wrong people to give advice for nation building. They have no religioin or a sense of patriotism. They want to please every one other than the Sinhala Buddhists.

    These felloows have to perish if Sri Lanka is to be rebuilt.

  2. Jag Says:

    Informative rational and objective. Thank you Ms.Waduge, that’s awesome!

    Proposal for our national flag in 1948 itself shows the lowest point of our Sinhala Buddhist politicians, the degree of their servile slavish attitude towards the invaders.

    What is unbelievable is even 68 years after independence, we still have politicians with the same mindset pleasing their western masters. I bet that most of the current politicians have no knowledge of the facts that are stated in this article.

    It’ll take a few more generations for our people to understand who we are…. and also a few hundreds/thousands similar articles published everywhere in the media for people to read and understand who we are.

    Because, these are the very facts that politicos are determined to keep off the history books and away from our children’s reach !

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thank you, Shenali.

    Going into related topics :

    The killing of some 80,000 of the JVP cadre in the post-Independence era which was, unfortunately, also the Cold War era, put a lid on the fighting spirit of the Sinhala/Buddhist rural folk. I heard that NO TALKS were held BETWEEN THOSE GOVTS THAT CARRIED OUT POGROMS AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE FOR ESPOUSING A DIFFERENT POLITICAL IDEOLOGY DURING THE COLD WAR ERA. GoSLs of that time quite forgot that Lanka was under Colonial rule for nearly 500 yrs and it were the Sinhala/Buddhists who suffered the most then. Tamils had a time of growth and betterness with Colonial rulers. Not so for the Sinhala/Buddhists who continue to suffer due to ex-Colonial/Indian exploitation.

    Even Europe after the WW I&II went toward mostly Socialism. America has Medicare, Social Security & now Affordable Health Care (also known as Obamacare), and other social security programs.

    A clear Socio-Economic Policy must emerge for Lanka. The Yahap govt appears to us to be wresting the hard won Social programs away from the People of Lanka. It ought to be a mix of Socialism : Capitalism, not Capitalism with Fascism as appears to emerge with the Yahap govt. A ratio of 4: 3 (or vice-versa) may work re Socialism : Capitalism. The Education System has to be geared for such a output.

    Secure Lanka through the ways successful countries such as Denmark, Switzerland etc. have done. SECURITY FOR THE MASSES is the outstanding issue. Economy comes next.

    ‘STOP KILLING SINHALA/BUDDHISTS’ appears to be the slogan for the years ahead …..

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    SL has NO policy other than APPEASING Tamils. Look how ALL our leaders appeased Tamils.

    1. DSS gave citizenship to half a million Endian Tamils
    2. SWORD-B gave Tamil special language provision to Tamils and B-C pact
    3. Dudley gave B-C pact to Tamils
    4. Sirima gave voting rights and university to Tamils
    5. JR gave 13 amendment, Tamil O&N language and PCs to Tamils
    6. Premathasan gave weapons to Tamils
    7. CBK gave PACKAGE and repaired Jaffna library to Tamils
    8. Run-nil gave CFA to Tamils
    9. MR gave LLRC, NPC and HSZs to Tamils
    10. Maru Sira gave hardcore terrorists, national anthem and war heroes to Tamils

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Repatriation of Tamils to Tamil Nadu (Homeland of Tamils) must begin once more.

    If Tamil follk cannot accept the Law in Lanka and live with the Others, then they must go to Tamil Nadu.

    The reverse is happening now. So called Refugee Tamils in Tamil Nadu camps are coming to Lanka ! Fancy that, they are leaving their Homeland and coming to ‘terrible Lanka’.

    Those Tamils who want to stay on in Sri Lanka must learn the Sinhala language and/or English as link languages. They must stop all cheat, deceit and lies – this also goes for those in the Tamil Diaspora.

    Anyone who wants to help Tamil Dalit folk must go to Tamil Nadu and do so – start industries, create jobs etc. We encourage Tamil leaders to just do that.

    What is wrong with Tamil Nadu that Tamils do not want to return there – in fact, they FLEE from Tamil Nadu !



  6. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Furthermore, just take a look at the figures of SINHALA/BUDDHISTS killed since the advent of Colonists & Independence in 1948 to date.

    This is just a sample :

    *. Many Thousands killed during Portuguese & British times especially. Sinhala/Buddhists lost lives, their land, their livelihood, and other Resources to Colonists. Forced conversions happened. The last King (who may have been a Pretender to the Throne – read Dolapihilla’s book “Sri Wickrema Rajasingha – Last King of Kandy) was made into a raving drunkard with the British ‘gift’ of whiskey to the palace. He got killed a number of Adigars in his drunken state (notably the Ehelepola family) and even his own ‘Aththa’ Chief Adigar Pilimathalawe.
    The tea and other plantations by the British & Dutch brought in foreign ‘indentured labor’ the One and a half million Tamils of Dalit origin to Lanka, thus creating an ethnic imbalance in this small island state, the effects of which go on to this day through Terrorism and now a FALSE War Crimes charge. This, after much kindness shown to Tamil people …

    *. Around 80,000 JVP suspects killed in the rural areas by PM Mrs Bandaranayake (SLFP) in the early 1970s. We are told that the JVP were protesting joblessness then. No talks were held. Around 50,000 more JVP killed by the Pres Premadasa over JVP protests over the 13-A being imposed on Lanka by INDIA. Again, we are told that no talks were held.

    *. The Glyphosate CKD illness goes on from the 1980s (Pres Premadasa’s time). Many thousands affected from the Sinhala/Buddhist farming communities in the paddy farming areas especially. The MR govt recognised the link and banned Glyphosate in the affected Provinces. Pres MS has banned Glyphosate in Sri Lanka – the best thing done so far by the Yahap govt.

    *. Around 27,000 from the SL Army, mostly Sinhala/Buddhits, have died in the continued war of some 30 yrs with the terrorist group, the LTTE.

    – Sri Lanka govt seems to be controlled by outside forces, mainly Indian and some western ?
    – Why isn’t Lanka allowed to properly protect herself and grow in the Economy, while maintaining the time honored ways of taking care of the citizens ?
    – Why is Lanka forced to take in more and more Tamil folk from Tamil Nadu camps ? Lanka does not need any more Tamil folk, as labor or otherwise. Who forces Lanka – India, plus others too ?


  8. Christie Says:

    “DSS gave citizenship to half a million Endian Tamils”?

    Defranchised or abolished their votes and deported non citizens back to India. Kallathonis were held in detention until they were deported.

  9. Dham Says:

    You forgot Burma.

  10. Dham Says:

    MR gave death to Prabhakaran birth to Wigneshwaran.
    Wigneshwaran is much more dangerous than Prabhakaran. He wears the “moderate” skin, speaks good Singalam has his brother in law to spy on MR.

  11. Lorenzo Says:


    Yes. He defranchised some Endian Tamils but those that chose SL were given SL citizenship. He did NOT deport anyone.


    Anandasangaree, Viggi, Thiruchelva, Amirthalingam, Chelva are MORE DANGEROUS than VP. WHATEVER VP did could be REVERSED but not what the others do.

    Many people hail Burma as a model to control extremism. Burma very succesfully put down the threat from Arabs.

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    Our national flag does not make sense. The two STRIPES are artificial, no connection to the lion.

    The 2 stripes have to go UNDER the lion. AMBER goes to the bottom. On top of that GREEN. The lion stands on that. Then it looks like the amber soil, green grass on top of the soil and the lion standing on grass.

    Our national anthem is all about what we can grab from SL. Fruits, grains, flowers, vegitables, bathala, ala, papaya palam, maanga, etc. It even demands mother Lanka to give us education.

    We have to change the anthem to HELA JATHIKA ABHIMANE. It says what WE CAN GIVE to SL. How we can decorate SL. How we can develop SL. It also LINKS SL to its history and Dhamma. Our national anthem has NO link to the FLAG at the moment. With this change it will.

    Whenever I hear it I get goose bumps with patriotism not like sleepy shee lanka maatha. Imagine playing HELA JATHIKA ABHIMANE before a cricket match as SL national anthem.

    But then Endia decides what SL’s flags and anthems should be!

  13. Christie Says:

    Multiculturalism is for countries like USA, Canada, Australia,Mauritius Etc etc where the locals hosts have dissipated or are almost extinct.

    WQe have one or two generations to go.

    Wake up and stand up to Indian colonial parasites and the Empire.

  14. Dham Says:

    I think Sinhale flag is better.

    Anyway these flag and song issues are distracting us.
    When the country become powerful and prosperous with Sinhala Buddhists controlling the economy, we can design a new one with Mahinda’s face printed on it. I don’t care. We can ask Rohitha Rajapaske to compose and write the national song is western style.

    But we need freedom from Indian Colonial Parasites.

  15. Senevirath Says:

    kallathonis were held in detention ”’—– with pay isn’t it why didn’t he sent them back and why didn’t he give Sinhala land to Sinhalese back .
    ghandhi was an indian patriot who faught against western culture etc . was DS a sinhale patriot like ghandi

  16. Fran Diaz Says:

    INDIAS had to really fight for their Independence.
    Sri Lankans (then Ceylon) got Independence after INDIAS got their first. It was almost automatic, if I recall the events as reported by the Press correctly. No real fighting had to be done by the then Ceylon leaders.

    Britain was war weary and broke after WW 1&II – that is mostly how the Empire was disbanded.



    Re the Lanka Flag :

    If the Flag needs to be changed, then just remove the stripes.



  17. SA Kumar Says:

    If the Flag needs to be changed, then just remove the stripes.- Fully agreed , Saiva TE (formerly called NPC) & Muslin TE (formerly called EPC) can have thier own eg: Koddiya, Pig.

    Why this kolaveri machang ???

  18. SA Kumar Says:

    We-Tamil Sakkilirayar never thought about have a TE in Sinhala Island ( Chinhala Theevu) but You Modayas gave us .
    eg: When you kicked out from (1956 to 1983 ) south you said (yana vavo janda Japanaya da ) go to Jaffna not India or Africa. than only we-Tamil realised Jaffna is our capital of TE .

    Now you want stipes us from Sinhala Lanka (Formerly 7 PCS )for ever.

    So Naalai pirakkum ( Tomorow TE will born) TE !!!!

    NB/ CM Viggi what happing to you Sir new GA (10 years CM of WPC) offering fully implemendation of 13A , please find any fault at least eg : He has not got enough hair in his head .

  19. Fran Diaz Says:

    Grand Plans by Ranil & Co:

    *. Kiss of the B.Rex in the offing for the Upcountry Tea areas ? Dr Obeysekera’s Upcountry hotel experience is telling of Brit rules of silly Class snottiness to come ?
    *. And what of Ranils that 5,000 acres for 99 yr leases ??
    *. And what of Ranils Chunnel to Tamil Nadu ?

    All seems to add up to neo-Colonisation of Lanka through perhaps Brit-Tamils ??
    Also, so called cheap labor from Tamil Nadu millions to take over of Lanka by Tamils ??

    Lanka does not need any of the above. Lanka has enough labor. Mechanise the tea picking – anyone can pick tea, cheaply.
    Stop these ideas manifesting …. now or never.

  20. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !!! Small correction, No offence.

    There is no word called *CHUNNEL* You may be either referring to a Channel, which refers to a deeper part of a Harbour or waterway. You could also be possibly referring to a Tunnel.

    What Ranil has referred to is a * roadway * from Tamil Nadu to Northern Sri Lanka. NOT A CHANNEL OR TUNNEL.

  21. Fran Diaz Says:

    Hi Susantha,

    A “Chunnel” is an underwater (Channel) whicah is also a Tunnel – therefore a Chunnel.

    Google calls it a Channel Tunnel, as in the Undersea Railroad Tunnel between Britain & France, Dover to Calais, I think.

  22. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka should learn from Britain’s experiment with multi-culturalism, particularly with Europe, via the Chunnel to France etc.
    Today, Britain is edging off the European scene – and moving toward what ? India was considered the Jewel of the British Crown (Empire).

    The ‘Chunnel’ to France connects Britain with Europe via a under sea water railroad. Similar to the Ranil led Yahap Plan to connect Lanka to Caste ridden Tamil Nadu. TN has some 15 Million Tamil Dalits who have suffered atrocities for some 3,000 yrs. NEVER FORGET THAT CASTE IS STATED IN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATES OF TAMILS IN TAMIL NADU. This does not happen in Lanka – Caste is not stated in Birth Certificates issued in Lanka. Lanka is very vulnerable due to the Caste situation in TN.

    Lanka WAR with the LTTE started first due to CASTE problems that started in the North – Vellala vs low Caste Tamils of Jaffna.

    Lanka will come out the worse for such an experiment such as ‘Chunnel’. It will amount to a take over of Lanka by Tamil Nadu.

  23. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !!! You are fully entitled to concoct your own English words, and live in your own world of make believe malapropos Malapropism.

    The Calais to Dover is “”A FERRY ACROSS THE CHANNEL”” and is neither a **CHUNNEL** nor a **TUNNEL** THERE IS NO UNDERSEA RAIL ROAD TUNNEL, from Calais to Dover. IT IS A FERRY…….IGNORAMUS.


    You seem to resent correction.

  24. Fran Diaz Says:


    Do please check your facts before you accuse people of this and that. Just Google and see for yourself first before you write in.

    Hope you are ok as you seem to go contantly off track re what we write here, particularly my posts.

    In the future, I shall not respond to your inaccurate write comments re what I write. Do the check up yourself. You know how to use the computer, I presume.


    Here is a sample from many in the internet about the Chunnel :

    News, views and contacts from the global Railway industry

    Channel Tunnel, Strait of Dover, English Channel, United Kingdom

    Channel Tunnel

    The Channel Tunnel, or “Chunnel” as it is sometimes known, is a 50km-long undersea rail tunnel below the Strait of Dover in the English Channel.

    It is the longest undersea tunnel in the world and connects Folkestone in Kent, UK, with Coquelles in Pas-de-Calais, France. The average depth of the tunnel is 40m.

    Construction of the tunnel began in 1986 and was completed in 1994. An investment of £14.7bn was made in the project. About 500 trains run through the tunnel each day with a crossing time of 35 minutes.

    Eurotunnel operates the tunnel and provides vehicle transport services, while Eurostar runs high-speed passenger trains.

    In 2010, Eurostar carried nearly nine million passengers through the tunnel. International freight trains also service the tunnel.

    Deutsche Bahn will also run its high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) trains through the tunnel by 2014. Test runs were completed in October 2010.

    Deutsche Bahn received approval from the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission in July 2013 to operate the ICE trains through the Channel tunnel.

  25. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Sorry Fran !! The Euro Tunnel is a Railway Channel Tunnel from Calais, not to Dover, but to Folkstone Apologies.

    Repeat:- There is NO printed word in the English Dictionary as **CHUNNEL**

  26. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !! I did not accuse you of ‘this and that’. You said, that there was a Chunnel from Calais to Dover. You said I think so. BUT THAT COMMENT IS NO MORE ON THIS PAGE. Show me one place where you used the word Chunnel, before I made the Comment. THAT COMMENT IS NO MORE. Skulduggery Eh ?

  27. Fran Diaz Says:


    One more before I close this thread.

    I don’t know what you are talking about in the above post. All my entries are there.

    The word ‘Chunnel’ is used quite frequently in Britain and Europe referring to the underwater tunnel there. In fact, ‘Chunnel’ is the only word used by some re the underwater tunnel. I know – I lived and worked there in my younger days.

    Just forget it. There are far more important things happening. We ought not to quibble over a mere word.

  28. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    FRAN !! Iam not new to Britain. I fly there often, as I have friends, Relations. I have never heard of anyone using the word Chunnel, in UK. It is either CHANNEL, or TUNNEL. Your malapropism knows no bounds. Yes, all your entries are there CHUNNELING away. I have lived there only on my Vacations. I have never worked there. It is you who are constantly getting your wires mixed. Lorenzo had to tell you twice that you were wrong, but then you try to wriggle out of it by talking silly. OK I will forget it. I hope the thread is detached.

  29. Fran Diaz Says:

    In short : ‘Aththa Naththa karana Kaale’

    May Truth & Justice win !

  30. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


  31. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sick minds galore in poor Lanka !

  32. SA Kumar Says:

    Susantha Wijesinghe
    Chunnel is the short name often used for the Channel Tunnel.

  33. Dham Says:

    You two rascals fighting , let me explain to you two.

    The word “Chunnel” is used in place of “Channel Tunnel” which obviously is between England and France.
    It is not appropriate to use that for Runnil’s Tamil Bridge, because we cannot use both the words “Channel ” and “tunnel”.
    I am not sure whether they are proposing under water tunnel, in that case the word “tunnel” become available. But “Channel” stands for English Channel only. We cannot call Palk Straight ” Tamil Channel”.

  34. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:



  35. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    DHAM !! A little further elucidation. What has been spoken about is a road bridge from South India to Northern Sri Lanka. There was no talk of a Tunnel. Yet the imbecile continues to talk of a Chunnel between India and Srilanka. There was no proposal for an underwater Tunnel, either. It was a Road Bridge that was envisaged. Correct, the word Channel stands for the English Channel in the aforesaid case. There is NO Tamil Channel….. NOR CHUNNEL.

    I believe you used the words RASCALS as friendly gesture.

  36. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Readers,

    Please decide for yourselves what the proposed link ‘road’ is between Lanka & Tamil Nadu. The Hindu article calls it a ‘SEA BRIDGE & TUNNEL”‘ which I construed to be an underwater tunnel (a tunnel must necessarily be underwater), which is called a ‘Chunnel’ in Britain. May not be in the dictionary yet, but that is what it is called.

    I call it “Ranil’s Chunnel” because Ranil’s Dictator govt has agreed to such a sea tunnel bridge.


    NEW DELHI, December 16, 2015
    Updated: December 16, 2015 18:31 IST

    India to build sea bridge, tunnel to connect Sri Lanka

    India is set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka while a pact has been inked with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal for seamless flow of traffic and passenger vehicles, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.

    “The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is ready to fully finance a bridge-building project connecting Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka. The project was also discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his counterpart during the latter’s recent visit,” Mr. Gadkari said in a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha.

    The India-Sri Lanka connectivity project cost is pegged at about Rs 24,000 crore.

    “The government, right from the day it assumed office, has been focussed on enhancing regional cooperation. Subsequent to Modi’s announcement of ‘Act East policy’, India proactively engaged in building effective and credible links between South Asia and Southeast Asia through enhanced regional connectivity,” he said.

    A major milestone was the signing of the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) in Thimphu to facilitate seamless movement of passenger and cargo vehicles in the region, he said.

    Under BBIN MVA, a cargo trial run was held on the 640 km Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala route in November, which was a substantial reduction compared to the traditional 1,550 km transit route from Kolkata to Agartala via Siliguri-Guwahati-Silchar, Mr. Gadkari said.

  37. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Readers,

    Furthermore, just to make it clear that the word ‘Chunnel’ is commonly used in Britain, here is sample section on how the word is used, from the internet. Note that various modern Dictionaries also use the word ‘Chunnel’. Many more entires available from net.


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    Chunnel | Define Chunnel at
    a railroad tunnel under the English Channel between Great Britain and France, approved for construction in 1986. Origin of Chunnel Expand. 1925-1930.
    Urban Dictionary: Chunnel
    Urban Dictionary
    Slang term for the Corpus Spongiosum. This is the rib-like tube that runs laterally on the underside of the human penis and encases the Urethra. It…
    Chunnel – definition of Chunnel by The Free Dictionary
    An underground rail tunnel that runs below the English Channel and connects Great Britain and France. [ch(annel) + (t)unnel.] American Heritage® Dictionary of …
    Chunnel – Oxford Dictionaries…/chunnel
    Definition of Chunnel in English: noun … Words that rhyme with Chunnel. funnel, gunnel, gunwale, runnel, tunnel. Definition of Chunnel in: US English dictionary.
    the Chunnel Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary…/d…
    Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
    the Chunnel definition, meaning, what is the Chunnel: informal for the Channel Tunnel. Learn more.
    What is Chunnel? –
    Definition of Chunnel: Name given to the tunnel that connects the United Kingdom to France. The Chunnel spans 31.4 miles (50.5km) and runs under the …
    chunnel – Dictionary Definition :
    The 30-mile Channel Tunnel, often referred to as the Chunnel, is used by passenger trains and freight services to connect France and Britain. Washington …
    the Chunnel – Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries
    Definition of the Chunnel in Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, picture, example sentences, grammar, usage notes, synonyms and …
    Chunnel dictionary definition | Chunnel defined
    Informal railway tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, between England and France: 31 mi (50 km) long. Origin of Chunnel. ; from ( English) Ch(annel) …
    Chunnel – Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    Longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English
    Definition of Chunnel from the Longman Online Dictionary of Contemporary English. The Longman English Dictionary provides support and resources for those …

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