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THOUGHT for the Day

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men
- Abraham Lincoln

 

Sinhala Only Policy, Tamil ‘rights’ and validity of calling Buddhists extremist

To sufficiently address a global and local campaign that has as its clear objective to project Buddhists in Sri Lanka as extremists, chauvinistic and even militant is not easy, and impossible, given that the gavel has concluded its verdict. Then there is also the notion that the Sinhala Only was the root to Tamil discrimination. When Tamil was never an administrative language used in governance during colonial rule and even upon post-independence how can Tamils claim they had been denied this right? The politicians that claimed ‘grievance’ in denial of Tamil usage were studying and using English in employment along with their Sinhala counterparts. Tamil language was never used on an official basis. These Tamil leaders had taken the Sinhala politicians for a ride – from no Tamil use, they got ‘reasonable use’ and then ‘official use’ after the Indian intervention in 1987. All through the entire process Buddhists and Buddhism had been demonized and continue to be so.

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Life Abroad - Part 12:

COUNTERING TIGER KITTENS!

Student life in London was not a bed of roses two-three decades ago being confined to ‘room accommodation’, moreover the Sri Lankan landlords who rented out rooms were far and few between. In ‘confined’ lodgings sharing of the kitchen caused more than one problem.

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