The Difference between Jathiya and Nation
Posted on March 31st, 2016

 Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara 

As there is no English word to express Jathiya, they simply called Sinhalese a Nation.

Nation is a group of people with similarities in cultures and lifestyle.

Jathiya is also a group of people having their deep roots in the earth and sky of that particular country.

Jathiya is birth.

That is why, Jathiya can only be found in that particular country and not elsewhere.

Along with Sinhalese there can’t be more than six Jathies nowadays, although there are hundreds of nations.

There are two categories of Nations and Jathies in the world today.

First comes, those countries named by their Nations. E.g. Chinese – China, French – France, Sinhalese – Sinhale (up to 1815) Germans – Germany are some examples.

Second comes those Africans and Latin American countries which were civilized by Europeans during the 19th century. Eg. Kenya-Kenyans, Nigeria-Nigerians, Cuba-Cubans, Guatemala-Guatemalans, are some examples for that category. As they did not have, civilizations or cultures, Nation got name of the country.

In 1972 all of a sudden Ceylon became Sri Lanka and the Jathiya became Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka Freedom Party was in power along with two other parties. Politicians along with Media gave wide publicity for this game. The cover page of constitution of 1972 indicated as (Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka)

Politicians and media may have thought that the cover page is also a part of the constitution.

For a prudent person intention is very clear both Politician and Media wanted to bring down Sinhalese Jathiya to be Africans or Latin American tribal group.

Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara 


One Response to “The Difference between Jathiya and Nation”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    ලිපිය කෙටිවීම නිසා අපැහැදිලි තැන ඇත ”යම් රටක අ හසත් පොළොවත් අතර සමීප සම්බන්ධටා පවත්වමින් එම පොළොවේ පය ගසා ගෙන සිටින ය ජාතියකි ” යන්න ඔබ කියනවා වියහැක .බටහ්රයන් විසින් ශිෂ්ටාචාර කරනලද යන්න තවත් පැහැදිලිකරන්න ””ශිස්ටාචාරකලායය් කියන ”” තේරුමද ගතයුත්තේ නැත්නම් ශිෂ්ටාචාර ‘ යන නිවැරදි අරුතින් යමක් ඔවුන්ට නොතිබුණේද සමහරු පටලවා ගන්න පුළුවන් ලිපි දිග විනාට කමක් නැහැ දිගට ලියන්න ඔබේ සේවය අපට අවශ්ශ්‍යය් ලන්කවෙබ් කටත් අවශ්ශය් sene

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