|Mihintale where Venerable Arihath Mahinda met King Devenapetissa|
One cannot say the same about USA as the Original Americans the Cherokee, Chippewa, Sioux, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajos, Apaches etc were chased away or decimated- a genocide of the native Americans, and if one were to read the history of America one would see that even their history has been deprived to them. The Immigrant Europeans who came to
in 1620 and after, occupied
the land of the Indians to became the
majority . Now with a Constitution
ratified in 1788 the European Immigrants have become the people of the America the Americans. But
now it is the country of the Americans. United States-
No country go by the minorities and do not share the country with different ethnic groups as separate communities. In
France too there were groups in Corse, Basque,
calling for independence. But they
never overstepped the boundaries
of French nationalism. Normandie, Alsace
These developed countries like
and the countries of Europe do not allow
political parties promoting minorities. In there are Greeks, Italians,
Russians, Algerians but they become members of French National political parties and have no
political parties by racial and religious denominations. If Barack Obama
contested US Presidency from an Afro American Political Party he would have
never been the President of United States. In France the Tamils who have accepted
Canadian nationality have become members of Canadian Parliament. Canada
The minorities become a part of the majority so to say in a country and are recognised as nationals of that country. Thereafter they respect the Constitution of that country and do not seek independence as separate ethnic groups.
Should not that be the norm every where including
? Sri Lanka
The Government of Australia told Muslims, “….Basically, people who don’t want to be Australians, and they don’t want to live by Australian values and understand them , well then they can basically clear off .”
citizenship is granted, the applicant
has to show that he is proficient French.
Otherwise the applicant will have to learn to speak French before
applying again for citizenship. It is the same in other European countries, and
as well. USA
Sri Lanka is also a Sovereign State like France, Italy, Germany,
and others. Therefore it cannot be
different. United States
is the country of the Sinhala. The
religion of the majority Buddhism is Constitutionally
protected. Sri Lanka has its National
flag, its National anthem sung in the language of the majority Sinhala.( though
the people who did not understand how to
reconcile the Communities allowed it to be sung in Tamil) Sri Lanka should recognise Sinhala as the national Language and allow Tamil as a provincial language. Sri Lanka
Reconciliation is not giving parts of the country to minorities to set up Communal provincial areas or devolve political rights that belong to the government. At least now
has to stop being a
country making sacrifices to reconcile with the minorities and stand firm to
maintain its right as a sovereign State with its identifiable national rights
and symbols. Sri Lanka
It is the Tamils and Muslims who should recognise
as the Sinhala country and accept to live with the citizens of as
national entities. The Tamils and
Muslims have no right to claim provinces to be administered by themselves ,but
help build Sri Lanka as a unitary state which
is the motherland of everyone living in it. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Government should recognise as an offence punishable for high treason, any one demanding separation or asking special rights for minority communities. It is not the minority communities that have the right to decide on how security of the country and to the people should be maintained.
Everyone who speaks for separation of communities in
should be arrested and
imprisoned. No body should be allowed to make public statements promoting minority communal rights. Wigneshawaran, Sampanthan and the members of
the TNA, Anandasangaree, and Muslim politicians such as Rauf Hakeem, Rashid
Badiudin should be arrested and imprisoned if they continue their racist
demands for separation. Sri Lanka
In recent time the Tamils of the diaspora had begun rewriting the history of
. In the Wikipedia in internet there are
several diversification or interpolation
of the National history of Sri Lanka discrediting its history and accepted historical documents
such as the Mahavamsa. Sri
Buddhism was introduced to
by Venerable Arahath Mahhinda Thero during the rein of King Devanampiyatissa in
the third century before the current era. Then Sri Lanka was occupied by Sinhala
people from north to South and East to West.
There are no historical remains to show Hinduism had existed in Sri Lanka
before the arrival of Venerable Arahath Mahinda Thero. Sri Lanka
There may have been Tamil incursions for plunder and theft, but that does no give credit to the fact that there were Tamils in
or Hinduism existed
before the advent of Venerable Arahat Mahinda thero. Sri Lanka
Hinduism had different divisions and before Hinduism there was Vedantism, and Jainism. Therefore it is not possible even to say which existed in
and before which. However, it is possible that Hinduism in some
form or other existed in Sri
Lanka before Chritianity and Islam. There
were Indian ambassadors, and Hindu Sages in the courts of the Sinhala Kings.
Later there was a Tamil King who ruled
from 205 to161before current era. Anuradhapura
Christianity came to
in the first century of the present era- 72 AD.
Muslims were sea traders who often landed in Sri Lanka to buy or sell
merchandise. The Portuguese, when they started using the seas around Sri Lanka India and chased away the Muslim traders. The Muslims traders thus chased by the
Portuguese came to Sinhala Kings and asked for protection. They were settled in
the east and allowed to marry local women. That was in around 12th
century. Sri Lanka
Recognising provinces as Tamil or Muslim, devolution of political power, giving police and land rights are not how real reconciliation of communities should be done. These are only political manoeuvres to satisfy some Tamil and Muslim politicians. Reconciliation should be for the welfare of the people of all communities sharing same rights and live as brothers and sisters of the same country –the country of the Sinhala. Reconciliation should not be just to satisfy the Tamil and Muslim politicians.
It is very important for the people to understand what is really meant in the statement in the preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO:
“..Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. ”
Do the Tamil and Muslim politicians of
understand the deep sense in this
simple phrase ? If they have understood its meaning they will not be calling for separation as
means of reconciliation. This phrase should open the minds closed with hatred,
desire for power, racial pride, and meaningless desire not to be second to the other. Because its larger meaning is to
be human to stretch one’s arms to clasp the other as an equal. It is to build a
nation together which would be the real reconciliation amoung human beings. Sri
To be a human being is above being closed up in prisons of Communality. To be a human being is greater than being a Sinhala, Tamil or Buddhist.
The phrase in the preamble to the constitution of UNESCO should also be a lesson to the Western political agents like John Kelly, Hugo Swire coming from UK, and others from Netherland , Germany and France etc, who come to Sri Lanka to talk about reconciliation with the minorities.
Is it the religion of the Tamils and Muslims that make them racial and hateful ?
The Sinhala, Tamils and Muslims have lived together for generations in Sri Lanka without major social problems , why is it now that they want separation as a means of reconciliation after having suffered under an unwanted terrorism ?
This idea of reconciliation according to Wigneshawaran, Sampanthan and the TNA, Anandasangaree, and the Muslim Rishad Badiudin who vandalises Sri Lanka forest reserves to find settlements for Muslims, and Rauf Hakeem who demands a separate province for Muslims, should look inside into their own minds to intellectually understand that meaningful reconciliation cannot come about from outside but from inside.
Once mentally the problem of separation as a means of reconciliation is understood as a problem arising within oneself, it is thereafter through friendly dialogue and the willingness to cohabit together as citizens of one unitary State, that answers could be found for reconciliation to make Sri Lankans a happy nation living together in peace and security.
as a nation of Sinhala. The Sinhala, the
Tamils and the Muslims are all a part of that one nation. Let us salute the flag of our country
and Sing the National anthem together in
Sinhala and let us profess our religion according to our choice freely without
being a cause of harassment or a disturbance
to others. Sri Lanka
Excerpt from: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/australia.asp