History-making in Lanka (aka how to criticize Nalin De Silva)

  • 17 Apr 2008 05:10:30 GMT

    ML,

    Can you elaborate a bit, perhaps with an example?

    Thanks.

  • 17 Apr 2008 05:22:06 GMT

    Muchalinda,

    [Can you elaborate a bit, perhaps with an example?

    ]

    Ask anybody what he was doing in his `Jathika chinthanaya` days at Colombo uni......people who knows him personally including his ex students know what I am talking about....if I try to explain here, it would amount to a personal attack and I am not going there as he is one of the most brilliant people in field he knows well i.e. Astrophysics and I have high regards for him in that sense.

  • 17 Apr 2008 05:37:36 GMT

    ML,

    [he is one of the most brilliant people in field he knows well i.e. Astrophysics and I have high regards for him in that sense.]

    Hi Hi Hi.

    Scholar google `Astrophysics` and `Nalin de Silva` and see how many hits you get.

    Now Scholar google `Astrophysics` and `Chandra Wickremasinghe` if you need a benchmark.

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  • 17 Apr 2008 05:45:15 GMT

    [Ask anybody what he was doing in his `Jathika chinthanaya` days at Colombo uni......people who knows him personally including his ex students know what I am talking about....]

    ML,

    Using different template and formats to level the same allegations would not prove anything unless they are substantiated with facts. Nalin is a Pruthagjana and therefore I do not expect him to have character free of stains. Besides, it is not my intention to defend Nalin as a person, but his doctrine. However, there is no point calling someone a racist if you cannot provide something he stated (or committed) to that effect. Period.

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  • 17 Apr 2008 06:48:15 GMT

    [there is no point calling someone a racist ]

    Ermm...What do you call a person who look down on student`s of races other than Sinhalese?????

  • 17 Apr 2008 06:51:15 GMT

    ML,

    If I were to describe Nalin De Silva in one word I would choose `Pissa` rather than `Racist`. He makes racist remarks but he is not the type of a racist like Champika Ranawaka whose racism is hardcoded to genes. After all, Nalin De Silva is somebody who has vociferously promoted self determination for Tamils. Even in case of Burma he supports Christian junta against Buddhist priests.

    Nalin De Silva is more a mark of failure of our pathetic education system. The other two similar characters at Colombo University were Granville Dharmawadene and Chandana Jayaratne.

    If you notice all three have similar backgrounds. They enter Royal only from Grade 5 scholarship (not Col 7 crowd) then select to do physical sciences at Uni of CMB. So these are not the typical royalists that we know of. A different breed.

    The problem with our education system is till a PhD what matters is only intellectual capacity. Everyone of these three had that to some extent. None of them were complete idiots. So they could go up the ladder without much problem.

    What they never realized was after PhD what matters is not only the brains. The peer recognition is more important at that level. If your work is not recognised by peers you are nowhere. Every scholar knows this.

    The problem is these three (individually of course) find that they do not get the recognition they get from peers. They try hard but failed. One simple reason is they are not the best in the field they have selected. Getting recognition in physical science is extremely difficult. You have to build new theories. In case of applied science it would have been a different case.

    So when they realise they cannot get the recognition they look for what they do?

    They try to move into more `popular` areas where people (not necessarily academic, but society) might treat them as `scholars -. even if they are not. Everybody has esteem needs, as Maslow said.

    That is why we find all three today speaking pure rubbish.

    Granville speaks about rebirth, Chandana has his own version of Buddhism (he recently told in TV that there is a different crystalline structure in pirith pen) and Nalin settles for Gunadasa Amarasekera`s Jathika Chinthanaya.

    The danger with Nalin de Silva is unlike Chandana Jayaratne or Granville Dharmawardena what he speaks is dangerous to the society. I would have no issues with him if he too talks like some innocuous rubbish like the other two. But Nalin brainwashes younger generation and creates racists. This is detrimental to country and should be stopped at any cost.

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  • 17 Apr 2008 06:59:16 GMT

    Shakti,

    [But Nalin brainwashes younger generation and creates racists. This is detrimental to country and should be stopped at any cost. ]

    I don`t agree with some of your other points but exactly above what has happened at University of Colombo and it created a bigger mess than one created by JVP in uni system:(:(:(

  • 17 Apr 2008 06:59:27 GMT

    [What do you call a person who look down on student`s of races other than Sinhalese?????]

    `PISSA`.

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  • 17 Apr 2008 07:03:13 GMT

    [I don`t agree with some of your other points but exactly above what has happened at University of Colombo and it created a bigger mess than one created by JVP in uni system:(:(:(]

    You tell me!

    Nalin De Silva has some sort of racist background but I stand on my observation that it is still weak compared to the hardcoded racism of Champika Ranawaka.

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  • 17 Apr 2008 07:09:28 GMT

    ML,

    For some weird reason, whenever I question how Nalin becomes a Racist, all these people tend to immediately resort to their personal encounters that cannot be independently verified. Unfortunately, you doesn`t seem to be an exception. You should wonder how many members of LNP have met Nalin at his private residence (and don`t tell me you also have met him personally).

    Nalin is not someone who lives in hiding, but a person who writes handful of articles to several Sri Lankan newspapers on weekly basis, and that since mid 1980s. Is it not pity that you cannot find a single evidence to support your case from any of those articles.

    -Muchalinda