National apology, what it
"aba ke evunge mole danawa"-
Sri Lankan executive President by resorting to an uncalled
for and unmandated apology for an incident whose authors and participants
are not clearly established appears to have played herself into the
hands of the enemy on her own wish for which she cannot expect any
sympathy or redress from the people who loved her so much.
With this summersault she may appear to be very smart in the eyes
of her western allies. Tigers while not accepting it as a genuine
gesture would be pleased to consider her as a fugitive prisoner in
their custody.However to all others she is sure to be a reincarnation
of the historical characters of maname queen or even kuveni who in
both instances betrayed their lawful partners unmercifully for the
sake of temporary lust of love of the enemy or the rival.
We are a nation who had always been very sympathetic at the distreses
even the worst enemies had to face. We had rendered every assistance
to help them out of such perilous situations. No other nation may
be fortunate enough to boast of a historical record as Sinhala-Buddhidts
in the spheres of selfless service to others, philanthropy, generosity
etc. Hence we are genuinely proud to be what we are today thanks to
our noble forefathers. It was the atrocious interventions of the foreigners,
westerners in particular that interrupted the swift and smooth flow
of this harmonious and peaceful life pattern of the Sinhala-Buddhists.
But still since the influence of Buddhism has been overiding we maintain
upto now this glorious and much appreciated lifestyle to the delight
of the members of other communities who live among us.
Hence this unpatriotic and uncalled for act made allegedly on behalf
of the nation is highly improper and untenable for her to make. She
is not mandated to do a thing like that. There is no need what so
ever to apologise for something we are not responsible. Had there
been a need it would have been made before anybody reminded about
it. Therefore we do not want to associate ourselves with her apology.
We consider it to be only a personal apology from her if she feels
she is guilty. It is such occasions that are perfectlyl described
by our old saying "aba ke evunge mole danawa". if you have
been responsible for any action then you may be suffering mentally
and physically and hence make such utterances. But then why do you
want to drag the nation?
The incidents of 83 though we all admit to be most demeaning cannot
be ascribed to any one community or the entire nation to start with.
The atrocious incidents that took place in and around Colombo are
not isolated incidents. They were provoked by certain even more atrocious
events that had taken place in the north. Who ever who started it
first the truth is that both or all communities were equally responsible
for what happened. Therefore only one community or section cannot
be held responsible and no one community can be compelled to tender
apology for a crime it was not responsible for. Our efforts should
be to prevent the repetition of any such thing in the future rather
than try to score from it by trying to be too smart.
We are not sure where she had been at the time these crimes took place
But as commoners we were eye-witnesses to the incidents. We categorically
say that it was Sinhala-Buddhists who provided all the safety and
protection to these victims of hooligans manipulated by political
thugs. I have personal experience of giving protection in my own home
to more than 36 Tamils for more than 5 days of severe incidents and
handing them over to the army to be despatched to camps. Army major
whose help I sought to despatch them to camps is still living if verification
is necessary. We did the same in 1977,79 and 81 also thus 1983 being
only the last occasion.
My family was not alone, there were hundreds more who looked after
their safety. Food parcels were delivered to ensure that they were
not starved. Temples were converted into safe houses and food supply
was ensured. Bhikkus acted as their dukgannaralas-bearers of sufferings.
Thugs and hooligans were reported to the law enforcement authorities.All
these were done at our own risk and having no guarantee of protection
from the thugs. But the picture painted at the international scene
was that Sinhala-Buddhists were murderers and inflicted severe damage
on the Tamils.This was nothing to be surprised since this was exactly
what the inciters wanted to achieve.
However our efforts were highly appreciated by these grateful Tamils
unlike the ungrateful power-hungry politicians who manipulate and
use these for their gains, by inviting us to their Jaffna homes and
paying their highest respect for what we did for them. The bond between
the Sinhala and Tamil people had been very strong and cordial until
the despicable politicians from all sides ruined it
Therefore it would be seen that there is no justification whatsoever
to drag the entire Sinhala nation into this most regrettable incident.
It must be kept in mind that none can clap with one hand and unless
there are 2 sides no querrels can take place. Hence there is no justification
to tender apology on behalf of the nation which has an unbeatable
long and proud record of looking after and honouring even the worst
enemy when in distress. It is to the unpatriotic western oriented
colonial outpits ignorant of and uninspired by the great wisdom of
their own heritage that these incidents appear as the thuggery of
the nation. They cannot see anyother way since they are made anti-Sinhala-Buddhist
by the enemies of the nation.
Secondly we are compelled to ask the honourable men and women who
take pride in apologising whether this had been the one and the only
occasion when such offences had taken place and if there had been
previous occasions whether such apologies had been tendered by those
responsible for those incidents.
Sri Lanka is not the only country where such calamities had happened
and hence such incidents are considered common occurances in the modern
politically diverse societies. Even in Sri Lanka this certainly was
not the first occasion of similar incidents. Nor anybody had tendered
apologies in the past.
It is worth reminding the President without going very far into history
that in1959 her own father late SWRD Bandaranayake, the honoured Prime
Minister who was considered the Diyasena Kumaraya was assassinated
by the reactionaries whose brain behind was the notorious Catholic
Action. It was a blow aimed at the whole nation. But upto now nobody
had ever apologised Even to the beveared family. President would have
been a school girl at the time but certainly big enough to feel the
impact. has she once asked those responsible to apologise?
In 1957 again there was communal riots in the country and much damage
was inflicted. However it was later discovered that these were all
manipulations by the sections of the population who acted with the
conivance of foreign collaborators to destabilise the Sinhala-Buddhist
country. Catholic action was behind these inciting The Catholic Tamils
to rebel against the Sri Lankan government. Have anyone of the responsible
culprits ever tendered an apology for the immense damage caused to
bring down Bandaranayake government which was resuurecting the lost
heritage of the country.
Our President is one who had the benefit of an illustrious mother
as well whom we still regard as the modern Viharamahadevi. not solely
because she was a woman but her dedication to the nation, people and
religion was such that only comparable heroic character in history
happens to be Viharamahadevi.But has the President forgotten that
even she had a very narrow escape from death at the hands of the Catholic
action instigated coup de'tat in 1962. Have those responsible for
or those who waited to benefit from it ever apologised to the President
and the family or the nation even after the entire story was unfolded?
Wrong is a wrong whoever commits it and no wrong can be undone by
committing another wrong. But does it applies only to Sinhala-Buddhists,
the true heirs to the land? Otherwise how many innocent lives had
been swallowed by the atrocious murderers of the LTTE to whom President
and all others show such great sympathy. You remember the massacres
at the foot of the Sri Mahabodhi, Aranthalawa, Maradana, Dehiwala,
Fort,Katunayake, Dalada Maligawa and many other places? Is it after
the generous apology tendered by that saintly Pirihakaran that President
and others had started tendering apologies to the LTTE. Let us not
become laughing stocks when nation expects its leaders to be sensible
However most hillarious and rediculous is the comments made by certain
self-appointed human right activists or social justice theorists that
appeared in the Sunday Observer of 25th July praising the President
for making this illfamous apology. Again to begin with as we have
always been doing we warn the President to be careful about these
so-called friends. They are actually prashasthi singers. They sing
in praise only when she takes measures which are harmful to the people,
country, nation and Buddhism Because they want some how or other to
see that these are destroyed so that their foreign masters can have
a hayday with Evangelism spread, Americanism consolidated, LTTE given
Elam and Sri Lankans made slaves of the new-colonialism. If the President
is not an agent of these enemies then might well she safe-guards herself
against them rather than get carried away by their praises.
Prof Jayadewa Uyangoda, ex-parliamentarian Siddharthan, LTTE proxie
TNA parliamentarian Joshep Pararajasekaram. are among these singers.
If one challenges that let any non-sinner throw the first verbal praise,
what would be the reaction of these so-called greats? As mentioned
previously can Siddharthans and Josheps kindly tell us on how many
occasions have you all apologised for the atrocious crimes perpetrated
on the innocents in the country. If by chance you opted to apologise
is it not true that you will have no time for other things than apologising
because the crimes committed are so numerous.
Have you all apologised even to the widows of that genuinely gentleman
Alfred Appadorai, your own mentor Amirthaligam, or renowned scholar
Neelan Thiruchelvam ? Have you all stop killing the innocent Tamils
who oppose you at the most. aren't the killings continue to take place
just like Tendulkar scores centuries without any apologies. How can
you then sing in praise of the President?
Prof Jayadewa Uyangoda no doubt is a very well known character but
not as a scholar or academician but as an accused in the famous 1971
insurrection case- Maha Naduwa. People have not forgotten Uyangoda
though all the prefixes and suffixes are forgotten. So are his comrades
like Podi Athula [Ravaya editor], Loku Athula [ex-MP who crossed over
to the rightful place] tabloit editor cum FMM stalwart,and many others
who are all in the same camp Today fighting for human rights [whose?]
freedom of press [for whom], social justice [for themselves], alternative
policies [against people's policies] etc with the help of foreign
funds flooding in to unsettle any people's government.
Now the question is when Uyangoda praises President for her action
has he set the example before by apologising to the millions of people
in this country for the atrocities committed by him and his comrades
in 1971. It is not merely the people who lived at the time but even
future generations who suffer from their crimes, country's progress
was taken back by more than 30-40 years.If so does not Uyangoda and
his comrades even now feel shy and obligatory to make an apology to
the present day people and generations to come for the criminal actions
resorted to then. Don't you consider according to the social justice
theories you propagate that you are legally not entitle to hold responsible
posts and hence leave all public positions held by you..
Mere apology would not be sufficient. You will have to confess that
it was on CIA instigation that you all came into distrupt the people's
government that was established in 1970. General belief is that it
is as a result of the services rendered by them all that Americans
had helped them all to gain all these present wealth and properity.
It is in return for this that they all still continue to serve the
foreign masters. One may find that present JVP had taken the progressive
road since they had realised that their predicessors had committed
a mistake. So it is as good as that apology. Now it is these pretenders'
turn before singing praises to others to tender the aopology to the
public. But it can not be a mere verbal one .Let them crawl from Colombo
to the sacred temple of tooth relics and having worshipped from the
open ground in front of the Maligawa they must in kneeling position
make the apology.
If you have courage to do this then we will take your praises as sincere
and genuine Otherwise they will be just like their committment for
that revolution of the proletariat where in fact they were waging
a revolution of the CIA and for the CIA.
May it be known by every one who marks time to betray the masses who
empower them just for the favours from the foreign masters that people
will never forgive for their treachery and treason. This is a country
offered as gift to the sambuddha sasanaya and hence no one will be
able to unsettle it. The mighty forefathers of some of the wretched
politicians of today had been serving the colonials with the hope
of gifting the whole island but failed. Today their grand children
too will meet with the same fate. Hence do not burn your fingers unnecessarily.
forget about apologies and concentrate on public welfare. The people
will do the rest.