Mixed reaction to President`s federal solution proposal

  • 9 Mar 2005 20:27:52 GMT

    To add something more:

    Federalism works well only in democracies. It works well in India and the US, where voters decide who represents them in governing bodies.

    The proposed interim-council is NOT a democratic institution. It is absolute totalitarianism, in which dissent will be dealt with torture and/or a bullet to the head.

    That is the distinct difference.

  • 9 Mar 2005 21:03:19 GMT

    Sandman: Well said. I hope your narration will be read by Tamils intellectuals to advance their thoughts and for sure the others will scrach their heads figure out how to twist the truth.

  • 10 Mar 2005 03:28:33 GMT

    A very good statement as a leader, I think we should

    give more concern about this and work to wards on that line.

  • 10 Mar 2005 07:18:53 GMT

    There is no better solution than than what President CBK cited. The question is how does she get the support to implement this? It is up to the Sinhalese majority to give her a mandate. Since majority Sinhalese are Buddhists it should be the Buddhists priests who should promote this to the public. It should not be a political platform but an acknowledgment that today`s pitiful situation in SR is a result of opportunistic politics and the misconception that considered the revival of Sinhalese language and Buddhism as the utmost important task to develop post independence Sri Lanka. This would enable the Tamils to trust the Sinhalese who are guided by their religion Buddhism. To have no misunderstanding this is not a fault of Buddhism but how it is how it had been practiced in this country. Furthermore it is important that our constitution does not favor one religion above the others. It is interesting to observe how Buddhists priests would react to such a constitutional change. The LTTE`s stand in reference to religion is much more democratic than our present Sri Lankan constitution says. If Federalism is allowed would Buddhists priests allow a different approach to religion in Tamil speaking North and East? If so they will be discriminating those who live in Sinhalese dominated areas, not only Tamils and Muslims but the Sinhalese Christians as well. One has to understand an important element which is that the Tamil uprising is against a Language issue and not a religious based, how ever Sinhalese chauvinism is Sinhalese Buddhist, which complicates the language issue more. In order for CBK to solve this two decades of ethnic conflict she has to first educate the Sinhalese Buddhists priests first ,which we do not see happening unfortunately.

  • 10 Mar 2005 08:47:09 GMT

    Goodone Magha goodone . I respect your coments

  • 10 Mar 2005 09:24:10 GMT

    But how do we implement it? I dont agree with somebody saying that this is totally sinhala Buddhist affair and they have to decide.

    I observe many times some racist People always try to find reasons to put the blame on Sinhala Buddhist. That is their personal agenda.

    The core of the problem is LTTE, will they accept it? Tamil community will stop supporting LTTE? or elase they will applause when LTTE is going on murder spree and put the blame on Sinhala Buddhist for making sinhala as national language 45 years ago.

    I dont accept the fact that today LTTE is killing people or asking for Eelam because Sinhala became the official language 45 years ago.It is just an excuse for what they are doing.

  • 10 Mar 2005 11:41:58 GMT

    Sandman: I can only say, your posting is well written. Keep it up, pls.

  • 10 Mar 2005 13:00:52 GMT

    magha: Your lengthy commentary is an interesting point of view. However, I take exception to your statement `educating the Sinhalese Buddhist priests.` I would sympathize you if you are not a Buddhist, but the Buddhist priests DO NOT need education from CBK or anyone else.

    On what are the Buddhist priests supposed to get educated? Is it on how to show pity and kindness to Hindu Tamils who worship endless range of gods or Avathars, who have killed thousands of Sinhala Buddhists including many priests? Sure this is what the Buddha taught all of us, show pity even to your enemy. We all live in a materialistic world and only those who attain nirvana can shed all these desires to become a true follower of Buddha. Attachment to land is considered one such weakness.

    Now having said that, how about educating on the virtues of civility under any religious denomination those LTTE butchers who kill for joy, those who provide finances to these very people to commit atrocities in the name of a piece of land that doesn`t belong to them (it belongs to 18 millions), those who continue to grant moral support and become cheer leaders for these killers ? How is that the believers Hinduism and Christianity help them to drive them to become that intolerant, cruel ands vicious? When was the last time that any Tamil said we need to live side-by-side with the majority in peace?

    The current peace process must be a two way street. There are no winners, this is all about give and take, in fact plainly, it is all about compromise. What do the Tamils want, they want Tamil language to dominate in the Tamil `habited` areas in their day-to-day activities. They can have it within the constitution of SL in the form of regional autonomy, provided that other racial groups are granted equality in those areas too.

    Once they have it, does it mean that they plan to discriminate against Sinhala people preventing them from using Sinhala in those areas, of course yes. This is the very reason the Buddhist priests have been attempting to protect along with Buddhism which is predominantly is the religion of the Sinhalese. Long before there where Tamils in the N&E, Buddha visited these areas 2600 years ago and the Buddhist have vested interest to protect those lands that have such significance and they will with determination of the majority.

  • 10 Mar 2005 13:54:41 GMT

    madha: By the way there are Christians among Sinhalese chauvinistic and so are Christan JVPers too. Don`t brand Sinhalese chauvinistic as Buddhists!

    Tamil-Sinhala conflict is about language rights.

  • 10 Mar 2005 14:55:50 GMT

    When are u morons ever gonna realize that buddha never visited sri lanka.. U guys didn`t even know about buddha until emperor Ashoka and his descendents.. don`t insult buddha by saying he visited u fools.