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Ayodhya and Dambulla: The situation in Sri Lanka is entirely different from India

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by Patali Champika Ranawaka

Was the JHU directly involved in the attempt to remove the Dambulla mosque?

This was the question posed to me by an Indian journalist who contacted me recently. I answered in the negative. His next question was whether the JHU would go in a procession and tear down the mosque in Dambulla in the same way that the Barathiya Janatha Party (BJP) tore down the Barbary Mosque in Ayodhya, which it claimed was the birthplace of God Rama.

I told him no.

I explained that the JHU’s stance was that the prayer hall in question had been built without obtaining permission from either the Ministry of Religious Affairs or the Urban Development Authority. I take great care when answering questions posed by Indian journalists now.

This is because some comments I made regarding the Koodankulam nuclear power plant were taken out of context by some of these same journalists, leading to a major diplomatic incident.

What I told a (local) media institution was that Sri Lanka and India needed a common mechanism for disaster management in the event of an accident occurring at the plant, and that there were three conventions in this regard, which have been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

I told them that Sri Lanka would attempt to take forward discussions on this proposal with India at the next IAEA session in Vienna. It was reported by the local media institution that Sri Lanka was presenting a resolution to the Vienna sessions regarding signing an agreement with India!

This was later picked up by the Times of India, which claimed that Sri Lanka was going to present a resolution against India’s Koodankulam power plant at the Vienna session, and this was being done as a response to India’s vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva!

This resulted in many Tamil Nadu politicians such as Karunanidhi making thundering statements that Sri Lanka had no right to meddle in India’s internal affairs. These politicians, who speak of the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka, forget that there are daily eight hour power cuts in Tamil Nadu, whereas the Tamil people in this country get 24 hour electricity.

They also conveniently forget that those displaced by terrorism in Sri Lanka were provided electricity free of charge, and that this is not the case in Tamil Nadu

The Indian parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lanka recently also made various statements. On the one hand, what they see when travelling from the South to the North is how the 30-year long war had taken development in Jaffna and the Vanni back by decades. Thus, the initial impression would be that Tamil people in the North had been neglected.

When I spoke to Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who accompanied the Indian delegation, I advised him to also enlighten them about ethnic Tamil enclaves that exist in Sinhala majority areas such as Mattakkuliya, Wellawatta, Dehiwala, and Wattala. Comparing Marine Drive in Wellawatta with the Paranthan–Puthumathalan road will enlighten people as to how the Tamil community, which lived in Sinhala majority areas benefited from development schemes run by the Sri Lankan government, whereas those living in fear under the guns of the LTTE, were subjected to a very different fate.

This would enable anyone to understand that it was Tiger terrorism, and not pressure from the Sri Lankan government and certainly not some so-called racism practiced by the Sinhalese, that brought such suffering on the Tamil community.

Where Western diplomats, some Indian politicians and media, along with some of our own intellectuals and journalists have gone wrong is that they look at Sri Lanka’s issue from an Indian perspective. Some believe ethnic and religious riots, which take place in India are also common in Sri Lanka. They think Sri Lanka also practices India’s highly degrading caste system.

They liken the Maoist movement, popular among tribal peoples in India, to the JVP in Sri Lanka. On one occasion, former President J.R. Jayawardena likened the SLFP’s ‘Vijaya Group’ to the ‘Naxalites’ in India. As such, Indians claim we need a governing system along the lines of India’s political model.

I told the Indian journalist who posed the question about Dambulla that Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka do not behave the same way as the BJP, along with Hindus and Muslims, behaved in India. The JHU emphasized that the Dambulla issue was one for the government.

On April 16, 1981, then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa gazetted the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara urban development area. On June 28, 1984, then Minister of Lands Gamini Dissanayake brought these lands under the government. On March 24, 1994, Minister Sirisena Cooray took steps to redevelop the Dambulla sacred area. It was this situation that the Asgiri maha nayaka thera and chief incumbent of Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya tried to explain.

Yet, some opportunists attempted to portray this as Sri Lanka’s version of Ayodhya. Another group tried to make this the first shot fired in anger during the upcoming Eastern provincial council elections. However, the Buddhist and Muslim communities were far more intelligent than they believed to accept such statements.

I also told this Indian journalist that the situation in Sri Lanka is entirely different from India. The Indian Express once carried a news report detailing how in 1984, as many as 3000 persons were killed due to anti-Sikh riots, which erupted after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by one of her own Sikh bodyguards.

However, not a single Tamil was harmed even after Tamil racism led to the assassinations of eminent personalities such as President Ranasinghe Premadasa and Opposition Leader Gamini Dissanayake, along with the attempted assassination of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The riots of July 1983 occurred as the then government did not enforce the law. It was more a case of a complete breakdown in law and order. If not, we would not see so many Tamils back in Colombo and suburbs within a few months of the disturbances.

Meanwhile, TNA’s Mavai Senathirajah has apologised to the Tamil people for party leader R. Sambanthan’s decision to hoist the Lion flag at the joint UNP-TNA May Day rally in Jaffna. Mano Ganeshan however, has praised him for the gesture. It is encouraging to see Sambanthan embracing the national flag and national anthem.

The national flag and anthem also won approval from Tamil leaders including G.G. Ponnambalam in 1948. The TNA should be realistic even at this late stage. It must accept the fact that the dream of Eelam they saw in 1970 died with Prabhakaran. However, some hardcore separatists and extremists in Tamil Nadu still cling onto this dream.

This is akin to the dream still held by some living overseas of establishing a “Khalistan” in Punjab. It would become much easier for us to work for the upliftment of the Tamil people if the TNA accepted this fact. However, we must also be willing to come forward to undertake this endeavor with or without the TNA. courtesy: The Nation.lk

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45 Comments

  1. Champika you dont even belong to the medieval age of Buddhist fanaticism. I think your every word oozes out racism against the Tamils as well as India.

    Did you know that the Sinhala lower caste women were treated extremely badly during the colonial period.

    Look what happend to Prmadasa over his caste status. Its still not forgotten by many Govigama types.
    So dont call the kettle black!

  2. Champika is one of the few real intelligent and clean ministers in the Sri Lankan government. He alsways backs his arguments with clear facts. Well said man..

  3. You only see the Tamils problem as a Law and order issue and developmental issue.

    This is myopic. I am afraid it may not deliver in the long run.

  4. This man is act like a sangha without the robe though another 3rd class politician supporting the Rajapaksha troikas of rob the nation in dayin and dayout.

    Can anyone of you folks tell me what this Ranawaka and his bhikkus of Hela Urumaya and those Chakrawarthis have to say about the looing of the countried national tresasures by Gota and Namal who is commonly called as Nidhan-Namal.

    My understanding is nothing.

  5. Mahesh,
    Real problem I see the same as Champika … Law and order issue and development … You are exactly right, Mahesh, it would not deliver anything to eeellamists … Because, they want eeellllaaaammm no matter what … What should realists do? Just ignore these eeellamists completely and restore law and order and development …. We have longway to go in this as SL lacks much to be desired …. 83july is the best example … It was completely breakdown of law and order …. Sometimes I blame the top hierarchy of the police at the time even though there were political interference. It is more so considering that the all top policemen at the time were tamils (IGP Rudra Rajasingham and all next top line, DIG’s) … They should had the guts to demontrate to the country that something worst had been happening to the innocent people of this country … What these powerful law order people did was to allow the mayhem to occur. What a pathetic behavior of these grown up law enforcement people who had not exhibited any dissent …
    Regarding the people who cry for the moon (eeellllaam), let them cry … But, do whatever possible to defeat it by whatever means …. If you need guts to do that, just look at what is happening in Sudan vs Sudan …

  6. Dear Champika, as a person who has known you- or at least heard about you, from your student days……I think I am entitled to ask you these two questions.
    1. Do you and your JHU friends condone the behaviour of the mob (dressed in yellow robes) that stormed the Dambulla Mosque?
    2. If not, would you and your friends agree that this was an example of “Budhism betrayed”- a concept which many of your ” political Gurus” from the 80s objected to so vehemently?
    These are two very straight forward questions an ambitious and intelligent man like you should be able to answer, with simple straight forward answers……you have the reputation of calling a spade a spade……..can I challenge you to do the same in this instance as well. You owe this response to your country and to Budhism
    Dr M Nirmalan
    Manchester

  7. mahesh,

    Tamil problem is largely due to one of perception than reality. Tamils are not a nation in Sri Lanka they are a minority.
    If a current census is taken the tamils would be less than 5%. This is the reality my friend.

  8. Mr. Champika Ranawaka has used 2/3 of his article to justify what he has said about koodankulam power project was not what the Media have reported…..the necessity to take the subject for the discussion in Vienna is to raise objections on the Dangers of the Project by Sri Lanka that could necessarily followed by a resolution …. even if one presumes and report that a resolution is planned to be submitted by Sr Lanka there is nothing wrong….what is bugging him is that the truth has not been said….

    The koodankulam plant was not started just few months ago….there was ample time for Sri Lanka to raise objections when it was proposed…not at the time of construction…this is another deception by the Govt of Sri Lanka to muster the support of India at the UNHRC meeting in Geneva….no sooner the Indian Govt announced that they would vote in favour of US on the resolution the arrogant Govt found all avenues to fire ……increased Taxes on all Cars…many Japanese brands are made in India….Motor Cycles…Maruti have been selling around 900 cars a month…. and raised objections on Koodankulam project.

    The writer was aware of the dangers and the impact of it koodankulam project….in case of a disaster like in Japan… when it was announced. However It was viewed on the Govt thinking behind the Sampur Coal Power Project when the 600 sq km land extent was granted to the Indian Govt by displacing the settlers…besides when it was objected to by many scholars about the dangers of drift of Sulphuric Acid with the monsoonal wind in to Tea Plantations……when the objections were raised by the Society of the said impact on the Coal Power Project in Puttalam….the Govt disregarded the claims….now scientists speak of Arsenic in NCP… Who knows whether the Sulphuric Acid drift is reacting with Eppawala Phosphate when contaminated the Rain water falls and produce arsenic that deposits in wells & water way…?

    The inability to listen to masses on the enviornment impact on coal power projects around the Country is one simple issue of the political games played by the Govt with the JHU…..they justified the implementation.. On that basis how can there be any adverse impact on the Nuclear Plant of Koodankulam ?

    However much this is a Political game of the Govt and it’s coalition partners….specially the JHU who is anti Indian……

    There is absolutely no point in asking of the Dambulla issue with this Extremists….they walk separately in the eyes of the masses and work hand in glove behind closed doors…they should have issued a statement in condemning the behaviour of the Priests in Dambulla and mobilizing the masses on their pet project….the guardians of Buddhism…..

    The JHU have conveniently passed the buck on the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa for declaring the Sacred city area Project and identifying the lands in Dambulla and the claim the building was erected without proper plan and approval…..the JHU undoubtedly behind this issue…..

    Recently Ven Ellawala Medhananda has spoken to the media justifying the recent spate of treasure hunting in the country and the robbery of the Museum…..He has said that it is not wrong for people to dig the treasures or precious items buried in earth…it was the practice of the Ancient kings…

    Mr Champika Ranawaka must answer this Great Deception………if India voted in favour of SL the same JHU would have justified the impact on the Koodankulam Project on environment…in case if such issues were raised by the Sri Lankan environmentalists…..these are the very people who justified the recent price hikes… They said the increase of bread was just 2 Bulath vita……increase of Milk powder by almost Rs. 75 was to help the local milk farmers …but the Govt cannot increase the floor price of Rs.50…..

    Few months back the Power Minister claimed that India has agrred to provide Electricity to the entire North and also said that the lauing of cables will begin soon…… Koodankulam is the place…….if my guess is right.

  9. From sentence to sentence, the writer is talking absolute rubbish, in this article. First of all “Tamil-Nadu’s meddling in the internal affairs of Srilanka” is the main concern of this writer, in this article.

    He also lacks capacity to express himself in a clear manner to somebody, if his complains against the Indian media, is to holds any water. But let us see. He says here, that he told the Indian media the followings;

    A) “Sri Lanka and India needed a common mechanism for disaster management in the event of an accident occurring at the plant,”

    and then he admits, he went on and said

    B “and that there were three conventions in this regard, which have been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). I told them that Sri Lanka would attempt to take forward discussions on this proposal with India at the next IAEA session in Vienna.”

    Now, if he had said the contents in part (A) only, then he can blame the Indian media as miss-quoted him. But he went on to say the part (B) also. This exactly meant, Srilanka is contemplating, if not so far decided(foolishly), to bring up the Koodankulam nuclear power plant issue in Geneva against India as a revenge to India’s voting against Srilanaka at Geneva. This is like “What is in the pot only will come in the spoon”. If a person does not have at-least an average intelligence, to be careful, these these things bound to happen. What is in the person’s mind easily comes out like this.

  10. Sorry, my comment above should be read ” Srilanka is planning to use and bring up the Koodankulam nuclear power plant issue against India at the next International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) session in Vienna, in revenge for India’s vote against Srilanka at Geneva”

  11. Issue is that Govt can declare lands as sacred areas / high security zones / development zones and then acquire private lands and throw out others. This is a flimsy excuse for attacking a muslim place of worship.

    Do a google search for lands in Dambulla and what do you find?

    ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENT PROPERTIES IN SRI LANKA 18 ACERS & 30 ACERS (1) 18 ACERS & 30 ACERS LAND IN DAMBULLA (2) FACEING BEAUTIFULLY TANK KANDALAMA (LAKE) (3) CLOSE TO WORLD CLASS KANDALAMA ANVIORNMENT HOTEL (4) OVER LOOKING FAMEST ROCK SIEGIRIYA & DAMBULLA (5) 30 ACERS LAND FULLY VIEW IN KANDALAMA TANKA (6) POWER ELECTRICITY & OTHER FACILITIES (7) BEAUGIFULLY LOCATION (8) INCLUDING JUNGLE (9) IDEAL FOR ECO TOURISAM (10) PROPERTY OWN BY COMPANY (11) 18ACERS LAND PER ACER RS 2 MILLION (12) 30 ACERS LAND PER ACER RS 3 MILLION (14) PRICE NEGOSHEABEL (15) IF YOU LIKE PLS SENT E-MAIL

    This land very nearby the Kandalama Tank and close to Kandlama Hotel. This land already have got the Hotel approval. That will be a tremendous advantage for buyer. Who is going to build a Hotel. (Please call me after 5 Pm in week days and any time of week end days)

    1A 2R 15P land at Dambulla boadering Kandy road 1Km from Dambulla Temple.Suitable for residance, Commercial or Hotels

    All this conflict for a few perches for a mosque to be used for worship by muslims whereas it is OK for the majority community to carry out buisness ventures etc. Such hypocrisy?

  12. The author of this article says;

    “many Tamil Nadu politicians such as Karunanidhi making thundering statements that Sri Lanka had no right to meddle in India’s internal affairs. These politicians, who speak of the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka, forget that there are daily eight hour power cuts in Tamil Nadu, whereas the Tamil people in this country get 24 hour electricity.”

    Under the LTTE Tamils lived with-out electricity for years, but majority lived happily. Even prisons have electricity. Therefore do you think people enjoys living in prisons?
    ____________________________________________________________________

    “When I spoke to Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who accompanied the Indian delegation, I advised him to also enlighten them about ethnic Tamil enclaves that exist in Sinhala majority areas such as Mattakkuliya, Wellawatta, Dehiwala, and Wattala. Comparing Marine Drive in Wellawatta with the Paranthan–Puthumathalan road will enlighten people as to how the Tamil community, which lived in Sinhala majority areas benefited from development schemes run by the Sri Lankan government, whereas those living in fear under the guns of the LTTE, were subjected to a very different fate.”

    Were there developments before 1983, before the LTTE, like the way, there was in the south? Wasn’t that, one of the main reasons the LTTE came in to being? Developments in your Sinhala majority areas such as Mattakkuliya, Wellawatta, Dehiwala, and Wattala? Haven’t you, yourself admitting in your same statement, that those are Sinhala majority areas?
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    “I told the Indian journalist who posed the question about Dambulla that Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka do not behave the same way as the BJP, along with Hindus and Muslims, behaved in India. The JHU emphasized that the Dambulla issue was one for the government.”

    Really? You must be living in a hell for not knowing what is happening in the real world. Racism is the only thing the Srilankan government knows and practice then and now. Before 1983, it was the Muslims who were the enemies of Srilanka and then it became Tamils and now it switched against to Muslims?
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    “Yet, some opportunists attempted to portray this as Sri Lanka’s version of Ayodhya. Another group tried to make this the first shot fired in anger during the upcoming Eastern provincial council elections. However, the Buddhist and Muslim communities were far more intelligent than they believed to accept such statements.”

    Clearly, Muslim community is far more intelligent. That is why, they even called the support of Indian Muslims in their fight against the Sinhala racists.
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    “However, not a single Tamil was harmed even after Tamil racism led to the assassinations of eminent personalities such as President Ranasinghe Premadasa and Opposition Leader Gamini Dissanayake, along with the attempted assassination of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.”

    Bullshit!!!. In 1983, Tamils were tutored, raped and killed in their thousands because there was no one to protect them from the racists animals. But, after 1983, there was LTTE, but not to protect the Tamils every-where in the Island, but avenge any single Tamil killing in any part of the Island. This is why there was no any killings of Tamils happened after 1983. Simply, the cowards were afraid to carry out any crimes against Tamils after 1983, because of the fear for the LTTE reprisal attacks. This is the simple real fact, if any one is courage’s enough to accept the truth.

    NB:- Even now, the Sinhalese has not changed a bit. Dambulla is one more example of that. If they are not killing the Tamils openly now, it is because, the international eyes are on Srilanka and Tamil-nadu has woken up. Nothing else.
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    “The riots of July 1983 occurred as the then government did not enforce the law. It was more a case of a complete breakdown in law and order. If not, we would not see so many Tamils back in Colombo and suburbs within a few months of the disturbances.”

    Is is the comic of the century!!!?
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    “Meanwhile, TNA’s Mavai Senathirajah has apologised to the Tamil people for party leader R. Sambanthan’s decision to hoist the Lion flag at the joint UNP-TNA May Day rally in Jaffna.”

    True, Mawai is very right. Until, the whole Sinhala nation whole-heartedly apologises to Tamils, for the decades of crimes they committed on Tamils, there is no need for such pretensions.
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    “The TNA should be realistic even at this late stage. It must accept the fact that the dream of Eelam they saw in 1970 died with Prabhakaran.”

    Really? How sure are you? This is what you thought, when you plug-out eyes of the Tamil prisoners in Velekkda Jail.

  13. If any one wants a typical example of distorted history one can fearlessly quote the history of Lanka staring from Mahawansa. If anyone read the ancient history of Manthai or Matota it will be descerned where the famous ‘bosawas’ ancient kings came from.

  14. I am still waiting to hear what the Tamil people of Sri Lanka don’t have or enjoying that poor sinhala, muslim or burgher people enjoy? Can these so called sympathisers name few of those so the ignorant sinhala like me will be able to understand the problem. Please remember it has to be unique to Tamil people. Otherwise we all should get together and fight for all the Sri Lankans suffering and against those Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim leaders of our country who rob those poor people of everything. Those leaders from all races enjoy the best of everything while talk about the poor. It is time we all from all races fight these rascals. I know millions of sinhala how they live, as well as muslims and Tamils.

  15. Mahesh: Contrary to your “expert” view and opinion, Tamil issue in Sri Lanka was and is largely a issue about access to development and access to economic and education opportunities. There was never attempt by anyone to remove or get rid of Tamils and their culture from the island. There was never any ban on Tamil culture, Tamil owned business and organizations thrive on the island, education in Tamil has never been a question in Sri Lanka. The issue had been always, how to share a limited economic pot equitably among the population. If there was enough jobs to go around, if there was enough university positions to go around, there would not have been any ethic based competition and most of the issues that led to the total break down of the ethnic relations would not have happened.

  16. Bruno Umbato

    Talking about political settlement is not being an eelamist. If you want to solve this issue purely as a Law and order problem then you will not be able to solve this and this may resurface again.

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    Ranjan, Toronto

    I don’t agree to your views on this. The Tamils were having a very rich life style when the IPKF had come there. Then those facilities were not enjoyed by many in India.

    Inspite of all the economic advancement the eelam demand began to grow and there were political and armed struggle for the same.

    After the death of so many people from both the sides you are telling that all was due to the economic reasons and may be you mean that if the economic issues are addressed then this will see a natural death. Try it. But I don’t subscribe to those opinions.

    This is a political problem and this problem has to be solved politically. Then why did the UN resolution ask for political solution based on the 13A and LLRC.

    One need not be an ‘expert’ to quote from the UN resolution.

  17. Ravi Perera says:

    “Tamil problem is largely due to one of perception than reality”.

    I am lost, please could you tell me what this Tamil problem is? Are the Tamils the problem? Sorry I m bit thick?

    You say:

    “Tamils are not a nation in Sri Lanka they are a minority.”

    What constitute a nation? What qualifies a people as a nation?
    Sorry I am bit thick.

    You say:

    “If a current census is taken the tamils would be less than 5%. This is the reality my friend”.

    What has % got to do with nation?

    Sinhalese are about 75% of the population of the island. However Sinhalese form less than 1% of the Total SAARC population. How come you are allowed to believe in a nation?

    Do the Veddas constitute a nation? If yes why? if not why not?

    Don’t hide yourself behind stupid politicians, come back and answer my questions as you know I am bit thick. I have decided to learn from you.

    Have you forgotten that you were going to teach me Sri Lankan history?

    I am still awaiting for you to initiate me into history of the island.

  18. Is he not trying to appease the Muslims by saying that the Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka are not like those who were involved in the Ayodhya issue. This is just to save face after resorting to several acts that harms Muslim interest. The JHU backed when the Chief Priest of the Deegavapi Chatiya chased away several Muslims who were cultivating in the fields outside the area demarcated for the Chatiya; did the JHU not deprive the tsunami affected Muslims of the 400 houses built for them with the help of Saudi Funds; did the JHU not support the demolition of the Mosque in Anuradhapura; and several other such actions could be listed. But whenever they are exposed they find reasons to save face. If there is a independent inquiry into the Dambulla attack, no doubt the JHU might have an hand in it.

  19. Ranjan, Toronto says:

    ” Tamil issue in Sri Lanka was and is largely a issue about access to development and access to economic and education opportunities.”

    Is it really?

    You say:

    “There was never attempt by anyone to remove or get rid of Tamils and their culture from the island.”

    Are you sure?

    You say:

    “Tamil owned business and organizations thrive on the island”

    Did you factored the frequent riots and the destruction caused by the war in your comment.

    You say:

    “education in Tamil has never been a question in Sri Lanka.”

    It was a question in the past as to who gets into the university a Sinhalese stupid or a Tamil stupid. It was decided more Sinhalese stupid students should be given priority over stupid Tamil student.

    You say:

    ” The issue had been always, how to share a limited economic pot equitably among the population.”

    Therefore the need to build a Sinhala/Buddhist nation became the deciding factor as to how resources can be allocated equitably among the Sinhalese majority, through land grab, priority in employment and promotion,selective nationalisation of businesses, imposition of Sinhala as the official language, standardisation, only those promised to employ Sinhalese in the North East were granted permission to start industry, ………..selective misuse of security powers,…………murder with impunity, war crime without justice, ……. as if these measures did help to enhance ethnic relations.

    Wake up man, long term denial may help to come to terms with your own guilt but not good for improving ethnic relation.

  20. To the fool,
    Before you write BS here, answer the following questions

    – Who will suffer first in Lanka if something goes with Koodankulam nuclear plant?
    – Who tapped power lines and used electricity illegallly during the war time?
    – During the majority of Tamils live happlily. Then bring the war again to make them happier again.
    – You called Wellwatta a Sinhala majority area? Get Tamil dictionary and find the meaning of the name “Wellwatta.”
    – We don’t have any enemies within the country. The only enemy was LTTE and they gone forever.
    – Indian Mulslims have far worse problems with Hindus in India. Just wait another 25 years and see Muslim country carved out of Southern India.
    – In 1983, LETTE killed 13 soldiers and July riots were the lawless reaction to that. LTEE killed more that 90,000 innocent Sinahalese and no Tamil were harmed in the South. This is the fact!
    – Many Tamils bought property in Wattala, Dehiwala, MT. Lavinia and live happily ever since. You are making a comic of yourself.
    You are a real fool and you talk as if Tamil terrorists have fast unto to death till 1983.

  21. This guy, author of this piece does not know what he actually writing. No No No….he is creating another Maha Disgrace to Sinhala Buddist?

  22. All these pundits are talking about political solutiins that give enough ammunition to Mahinda to prolong the suffering of poor Tamil/Sinhala. If anyone is expecting for Ranil to solve the problem they are living in a cucoo land. If there is a way to take these rogues (politicians, arms dealers, executives out of the equation) the people themselves will find a way to live concentrating on the upliftment of their economic standard. If not we can continue the 30 year war which we can always leave for the past.

    If anyone is going to think about an Eelam by byfurcating the country it will be yet another Sudan.

    Listen to the change of language when Sushma returned to her base. She told Karunanidhi Shush..Shush.. be quite or Shut up. Our intelligent Tamil brethern understood what she meant. Mum’s the word when you talk seperatism. 13A is a printed word. Living with Sinhalese and fighting the decent fight along with majority to eradicate political thuggery is the best cause that will win the rights of all Sri Lankans. The history is full of such periods in SL. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran brought this soothing Mantra in a very modest form but nobody wants to pursue that. Very unfortunate.

  23. Mr Ranawaka’s comments carry some truth, in terms of how Sri Lankans can live in harmony with other communities. Good example is the communities living in Colombo. How well connects we are with each other. I hate to see how some of you are trying to create hared among these communities.

    However, in terms of the behaviour in Dambulla, it’s very sad. Buddha’s teaching does not state hadred or violence. It’s very sad how buddhist monks who preach buddhism can act in violence.

  24. I do not see a genuine Tamil grievance, except that and a small group of power hungry racists want to regain the excess priviledges they were showered with by the British and other colonial powers. The vast majority of Tamils living in SriLanka understood the unfairness of the Colonial system against the sinhalese and instead are willing to compete with the other communities on equal terms. None of the Tamils would even imagine of trading off their rights and benefits in SriLanka to that they have in India or Tamilnadu.

    Dambulla issue need to be legally resolved as we must not encourage religious fanatics encroaching into properties of other religious bodies, nor getting evicted if they are legally occupying such property.
    1983 riots has a big question mark. It was always believed that the LTTE also promoted it, probably because they failed to convince Tamils in Colombo to move to the North and also for propoganda reasons. It is said that there had been some Tamil & Muslim goons, who went on rampage with Sinhala goons. Also why did the Tamil IGP and the Tamil DIG’s delay any action against these goons?

  25. I explained that the JHU’s stance was that the prayer hall in question had been built without obtaining permission from either the Ministry of Religious Affairs or the Urban Development Authority. I take great care when answering questions posed by Indian journalists now.

    “it’s what called manipulation of the facts just to suit their agenda. the mosque has been registered as a mosque since 1963. it has all the documents to support it. and thats bring me to my next question. is all these budda statues and budda temple in sri lanka has built with the permission from Ministry of Religious Affairs or the Urban Development Authority. if not will you demolish them all just like you want to demolish the mosque in dambulla?

  26. Rohana_Puthra says:

    I think your comments should be made a source of reference to those who are interested in studying the island’s history.

    You say:

    “Indian Mulslims have far worse problems with Hindus in India. Just wait another 25 years and see Muslim country carved out of Southern India.”

    In order to achieve parity with India Sri Lanka may consider making life more difficult for Muslims in Sri Lanka. So that the Muslims in Sri Lanka and India would be happy that they are treated equally in both countries.

    Your prediction is interesting. Don’t you think a Muslim state is far better than a Tamil state in Southern India as we have seen the Muslim states are a constant source of support to Sri Lanka in the international forums and labour market?

    You say:

    “Who will suffer first in Lanka if something goes with Koodankulam nuclear plant?”

    That would amount to Eco Terrorism. Since Sri Lanka is committed to and in the forefront fighting terrorism in all its forms, do you think if Tamilnadu state refuses to shut down the plant, then Sri Lanka has a duty to send in its fighter jets and destroy Koodankulam nuclear power station completely and then send in the gallantry Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces to occupy the area for indefinite period of time so that Sri Lanka could prevent Eco terrorism rearing its ugly head again in Tamilnadu?

    Could you tell me please, whether the whole project at Koondankulam is a calculated strategy on the part of Tamils in Tamilnadu to wipe out Sinhalese from Sri lanka by their suicide mission, this time using Eco Terrorism?

    Do you think the Tamils of Tamilnadu hatched this plan in collusion with LTTE or international conspiracy?

    Do you also think Patali Champika Ranawaka would be successful in sending in the gallantry Sinhala/Buddhist security forces to take on the puny India?

    Do you think as loyal citizens of the country we must give full support to Patali Champika Ranawaka to destroy the Koondankulam power station and then occupy the area?

  27. “It was this situation that the Asgiri maha nayaka thera and chief incumbent of Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya tried to explain…” Minister Ranawaka

    But was the explaining to be done by flashing, intimidation and destroying property of others, led by Buddhist monks?

    Respectfully, Mr. Minister, do you not have a fundamental duty to, not just not condone, but overtly critisize these illegal acts? Where is your accountability? Where is your sense of justice? Why are you, the president and other Buddhist leaders silent about the ugliness of these vulgar (and illegal) displays? Why has not your administration taken legal action against those who openly violated the law as clearly shown on live videos?

    As Minister of GoSL you have a responsibility to uphold democratic norms and values; the fact that you guys openly don’t live up to leadership expectations is one of the reasons that US/Western leaders – have zero respect for you people. If you wish to be a true leader of world-caliber – you must begin to call a Spade a Spade, and it does not matter if the face on the card is that of the head prelate of the Thames Buddhist Vihare or that of a child molester of the Vatican hierarchy (there have been many). Where you guys (Sinhalese leaders) miserably fail is, when you are unable to own up to the mis-deeds of Sinhala Buddhists and instead remain silent thereby giving at minimum the impression of tacit approval. And that is where the inequity begins: the incapacity of Sinhala Buddhist leadership to go against the majority grain and do what they are supposed to do – lead! And until time we, elite Sinhalese Buddhist leaders rise up to become righteous and just by all of the island’s people – irrespective of their make-up – we as a nation will never be able to move forward.

    Perhaps it is high time you changed your not-so-long-ago xenophobic view: “There is a great conspiracy for Tamils from the North to link with Tamils in the East, with the Indian Tamils in the estates and with the Tamils in Colombo and trap the Sinhalese on the island.” (Al Jazzera interview of 2007). The fears of the likes of you are destroying Sinhalese Buddhism.

  28. MR should appoint Champika as a permanent member to UNHRC. He is the best no 2 in destroying SL name in international arena.

    Guess who is the best no 1….of course it is Mervyn the great…..

    We wont destroy the Mosque in Dambulla like Hindu fundamentalists did in India, we will destroy them with the help of Army. SL is always different in doing things…..

  29. Kondankulam is an accident waitng to happen. Remember Bopal, Fukishma, Etc . People our still dreaming without taking action on this . SL be prepared to face the consequences if this goes ahead.That is if there will be a SL after an accident .

  30. Oversimplification is not helpful. The author suggests that the mosque was illegal by pointing out as re inserted below. If you don’t see Dambulla in its totality you surely are not a serious journalist ?

    On April 16, 1981, then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa gazetted the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara urban development area. On June 28, 1984, then Minister of Lands Gamini Dissanayake brought these lands under the government. On March 24, 1994, Minister Sirisena Cooray took steps to redevelop the Dambulla sacred area. It was this situation that the Asgiri maha nayaka thera and chief incumbent of Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya tried to explain.

  31. M Gunasekara says:

    “Buddha’s teaching does not state hadred or violence.”

    Your comment is relavant only if Sinhala/Buddhist practice Buddha’s teaching.

    When a nation is built on combination of Sinhala/Buddhist/Aryan myths and nationalism you will continue to regret for the rest of your life. In these culture exclusive politics is inevitable resulting in more violence and destruction.

  32. Native…

    ” Tamil issue in Sri Lanka was and is largely a issue about access to development and access to economic and education opportunities.”

    Is it really? Yes.

    “There was never attempt by anyone to remove or get rid of Tamils and their culture from the island.”

    Are you sure? Yes.

    “Tamil owned business and organizations thrive on the island”

    Did you factored the frequent riots and the destruction caused by the war in your comment?” Yes. For example Maharaja’s group comes to mind.

    You say:

    “education in Tamil has never been a question in Sri Lanka.” Yes.

    “It was a question in the past as to who gets into the university a Sinhalese stupid or a Tamil stupid. It was decided more Sinhalese stupid students should be given priority over stupid Tamil student.”

    yes, if there were enough places for ALL qualified students in universities, this issue of standardization/district basis would never have come up.

    ” The issue had been always, how to share a limited economic pot equitably among the population.”

    “Therefore the need to build a Sinhala/Buddhist nation became the deciding factor as to how resources can be allocated equitably among the Sinhalese majority, through land grab, priority in employment and promotion,selective nationalisation of businesses, imposition of Sinhala as the official language, standardisation, only those promised to employ Sinhalese in the North East were granted permission to start industry, ………..selective misuse of security powers,…………murder with impunity, war crime without justice, ……. as if these measures did help to enhance ethnic relations.”

    Again, only if Tamil political parties had joined with Sinhala political parties and fraught the economic disparities and inequalities as such – a fight between those who have and those who have not, and not resorting to “ethicize” the problem. All the discrimination that Tamils were accusing the Sinhalese of, were equally true to the poor Sinhalese by the Colombo elite and the those who were the movers and controllers of the country. Just as it was very convenient for the Sinhalese politicians to whip up anti-Tamil hysteria, it was very convenient for Tamil-politicians and the ruling Vellala’s of Jaffna to whip up anti-Sinhala hysteria.

  33. Mohamed, Do you know many illegal mosques are in Sri Lanka. Please go and see for youself how the mosque was built in Bibile Road Gampola over this public road where all the sinhala people have to walk under the feet of muslims and on paddy fields. Go to Akurana and see how they have built mosques there illegally again. So Mohamad please don’t talk nonsence as it is well known majority of the illegal things are done by the muslims with the blessings of the mullas.

  34. Rohana_Puthra!

    I keep the following formula to myself;

    “Think, read and think again” before I make a comment, ask a question or write a reply;

    Your questions reminded me of what our Sumanthiran MP, said in the parliament about your Srilankan acting Minister for Media, on 11th May 2012.

    If you want to read about it more, please read the following article on this blog;

    ________________________________________________________________________________
    ” This is a country that does not honour the constitution – its supreme law
    13 May 2012, 2:50 pm

    M. A. Sumanthiran speaking on Adjournment motion in Parliament-11th May, 2012
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    I chose to write the following points to you. You have asked me;

    * You called Wellwatta a Sinhala majority area? Get Tamil dictionary and find the meaning of the name “Wellwatta.”

    I did not say that, it is your Champika said that.

    * We don’t have any enemies within the country. The only enemy was LTTE and they gone forever.

    Gone for ever?

    * Indian Mulslims have far worse problems with Hindus in India. Just wait another 25 years and see Muslim country carved out of Southern India.

    Ask any one, who personally interacted with Indian Muslims and Srilankan Muslims. Indian Muslims will take up arms to fight against Pakistan, if there was a war between those two countries. But, srilankan Muslims support Pakistan, if there was a cricket match between Srilanka and Pakistan.

    * In 1983, LETTE killed 13 soldiers and July riots were the lawless reaction to that.

    The lawlessness was created.

    * LTEE killed more that 90,000 innocent Sinahalese and no Tamil were harmed in the South. This is the fact!

    This fact made possible by the LTTE. Congratulations to them.

    * Many Tamils bought property in Wattala, Dehiwala, MT. Lavinia and live happily ever since. You are making a comic of yourself.

    Tamils are a tireless people. The more you tried to cut them down, the more they grow. If there was a Tamil-Eelam now, there will be a lot of investments from Tamils alone. It is same like, the LTTE depended only from the Tamil fund for their military expenditure while the Srilanka went around begging the world.

  35. Champika is very intelligent politicians. Eelam supporters.TNA and Tamil politicians are racist low mentality creatures.We need Honest educated politicians like Champika in Sri Lanka.Champika is a great Man.

  36. Native Vedda,

    It is so hilarious how you twisted what I wrote in reply to the Fool’s foolish arguments. Anyway, here are the answers to your questions:

    – The fool said that Muslim called the support of Indian Muslims in their fight against the Sinhala racists. And I said, Indian Muslims have much more worse problems within India rather than fighting against Sinhalese. Have you ever heard about what happened in Gujrat in 2002? Do you know what’s happening in Kashmir? Anyway, here’s my source of reference:

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/83631/bid-convert-kerala-muslim-state.html

    Muslim states are a constant source of support to Sri Lanka in the international forums BECAUSE Sri Lanka supported the Palastinian cause since 1971. We showed same support in the past UN session.

    There are 1000s of south Indians work in the Middle East. Many Muslims and Tamils from Lanka also work in Middle East countries. So the labour market is only for Sinhalese? Why would the relationships between countries purely based on the religion? How come the personal beliefs (religion) have an impact on the relationships between two nations? Never heard of Christian/Hindu couples? Should we boycott Indian products just because they voted against us in the UNHRC? Did the Sinahlese stop going to Tamil shops in Main Street, Colombo?

    – The Minister clearly told that India has the right to build nuclear plant on its soil. He just wanted India to address the safty concern. Koodankulam nuclear plant is close to the shore and there is a possibility that the things can go wrong in a natural disaster. Remember, what happened in Japan, a earth quake and tsunami hit the nuclear plant. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster affected entire Eastern Europe and the area is still a no-man zone!

    So, if something goes wrong with Koodankulam nuclear plant who will suffer first in Lanka? People in North or South?
    Eco terrorism???, suicide mission??? We don’t have these words in our vocabulary! From where did you pick these words?

  37. Champika,

    please go home. the quality of a good actor is to know when to exit the stage. Your politics is too stale now, like actors insisting on staying on, when their part has ended.

    Do us all a favour. Take your Sinhala buddhist garbage and go home, otherwise the same fate of Prabakaran will happen to your lot, as he too failed to take his Tamil nationalist garbage and exit the stage on time.

  38. Native Vedda,

    sinhalese with 1% in SouthAsia constitute a nation. Yes, we do man. We have constituted a anation for 2500 yrs, prior to that as helas (Yaksha, Naga & Deva). Tamil homeland is in Tamil Nadu not in Sri Lanka. In Srti Lanka Tamils had a homeland for 300yrs of the 2500 yr history. You are a Tamil guy acting a sa vedda right ??

    You also ask the sinhalese to get out before the tamils. Which part of sinhalese should get out. The part belonging to Helas or the North/South Indian migrants ?

    Grow up my dear Friend. You seem like a very imature person

  39. Ravi Perera

    You are emotionally charged with hatred for people, land and history hence you avoid hard questions. You are driven by myths old and new and not by facts, rationality or common sense. I may not give you all the answers to all questions I raised in the past few months for I want you to remain a stupid Sinhalese just like your Tamil brothers.

    For once read my questions and requests in a calm and collected manner and answer in a sensible manner with reference to your sources. I know you are so frustrated like your history teacher Chmpika, I am sure would prefer I am not around when you have access to a sledge hammer.

    Don’t be afraid to say you haven’t got the answers. I accept people need time to grow up. In your case you need more time than your Sinhalese and Tamil brothers. Please don’t sit on your brain. Your brain should sit in your head.

  40. Dushy Ranetunge says:

    “Champika, Take your Sinhala buddhist garbage and go home,”

    Where do you want him to go, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Portugal, Netherlands, England, Morocco Ibn Battuta’s homeland, Sinhapura Lata land in Venga,………..land of the Aryan?

  41. Nimal says:

    “We need Honest educated politicians like Champika in Sri Lanka.Champika is a great Man”.

    I love your sarcasm, you are too harsh on Champika.

  42. To the Fool,

    Hey, I thought you are a just a normal reader of this forum. But, when I read your comments below, now, I know how wrong I was.

    You said: “This fact made possible by the LTTE. Congratulations to them.”

    For us LTTE, the most ruthless terrorist group ever lived on this planet and they are gone FOREVER from Lanka’s soil.

  43. Ravi Perera

    Indo Sri Lanka agreement itself talks about Traditional Tamil land of habitation.

    Go read the books and come back.

    Or teach your version of Sri Lankan history in this blog if DBSJ permits or start one blog exclusively for that and we will come and read your version of history.

  44. The violence by Budhhsit in Sri Lanka has been a post independence reality for over 60 years. Trying to frame Dambulla incident as if this was just the beginning is disingeneous.

    The destruction of Hindu and Christian places of worship used by Tamil citizens have been happeining for quite some time now. The government sponsored take over of Kataragama( including the murder of Tamil Hindu pilgrims from India and Sri Lanka) is a sure sign of this. Adams Peak is now a sole preserve of the Budhists and tourists. The gradual decline of HIndu, Christian and Muslim devotess is tied in with the rise of ultra Budhist natioanlism in Sl. Military( read goverment) sponsored mobilisation has been instrumental in building Budhist chaitays and iconogrpahy all over Tamil dominated lands. In recent times Sinhala Christians and recently Islamic places of worship have also been targets.

    I find it amazing that the witer seem to pat his back that we are not so bad as India type of attitutude.

    The mobiloization of Budhists has been happening on a national level since Budhism was made to have special privileges.The formation of the ministry of Buddha sasana is part of the government sponsored mobilisation.

    Despite religious violence, India hasnt caved in to declare tht it is a Hindu republic. In Sri Lanka despite caving in to the Budhist majoritarionism( and all the priviledges is is accorded) there is a continuing pattern of religious violence.

    The present Dambulla sacred area fiasco has many parallels to the Kataragama too
    The place covering the main Murugan Temple in Kataragama and the ruined Kiri Vihare was declared “Kataragama Sacred Area.” Introducing the Development Scheme, the outskirts of the Murugan Temple were given a Buddhist outlook by demolishing all the 21 Hindu pilgrim abodes – like the 150-year old Chetty Madam – and shrines attached to each of them, like the Multumani Amman Temple. This included removing shops crammed with puja offerings, rudraksha malas and vegetarian food and other Hindu business establishments such as barber stalls for pilgrims taking vows.

    Under the same scheme, Kiri Vihare, about one third of a mile from the Murugan temple, was renovated and its environs, including lands formerly used by Hindus, were developed to facilitate Buddhist worship. In this way, the Hindus have been suppressed and their power and influence in the area reduced.

    On the land were demolition was effected, four new shrines, built according to Buddhist architecture, have come up. The Ramakrishna Mission Madam was taken over in 1960 by the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government, given to be used as bhikkus’ quarters. More recently it has become a Buddhist Archaeological Museum, with a statue of Buddha at its entrance.

    Temple.

    A short run-down of the flurry of Buddhist incursions:

    1. An interested party forcibly took over the Kandasamy Temple at Kataragamalai in June 1969. Prior to this, a Reverend Bhikku Siddhanta stayed there with the residing priest, Sankaraswamy, and learned Hindu mantras and puja practice from him. The Bhikku demolished the Pillaiyar Temple at Pillaiyar Peak in 1970 and built a new shrine a few yards away from the old sacred spot.

    2. In 1971, the Thewanai Amman Devasthanam was looted and valuables taken.

    3. On September 26, 1979, the Manicka Pillaiyar Temple at Sellakathirkamam was taken over under threat.

    4. As late as 5th December, 1985, unwanted elements intruded into the Thewanai Amman Devastanam and manhandled Swami Dattaramagiri

    Let us not forget that the prime minister of Sri Lanka SWRD Bandaranaike, was indeed killed by a Budhist monk too for the greater good of his country, race and religion

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