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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Congratulations Sri Lanka 1.0

Congratulations to Sri Lanka for getting rid of the Parabahkaran and his racist band of mass murderers.

When I first started blogging about Lankan issues after the tsunami I was hoping that the LTTE will transform into post-tsunami mainstream politics, though I despised their racism. Then, when they started attacking the military I gave up on that and the only question I had was how badly the military will retaliate. When the early signs of the Trico5 and Pottuvil10 emerged I began to have my doubts as to how the fighting would be conducted above and beyond the fog-of-war scenarios. It appears that the politico-military had learnt it's lessons well. IMO the prosecution of the war has not been as cold-blooded and indiscriminate as it could have been though bloody.

Most of all however I have been interested in how the public were led and motivated to back the war and to compare it to the atmosphere around 1983 era. Tyranny of the majority or the Patriotism of the majority were the questions? particular it has been interesting to view the sense of ownership and patriotism that has been fostered under the current elites to combat the separatist agenda. There are many lessons that I have learnt in observing this process. A notable mention must go to Dayan Jayatilleke for his writings. These I feel are as important to future Sri-Lankans as the Fedrealist papers have been to the formation of the US.

Another aspect that I came across while blogging has been the peace-NGOs and the psuedo-intelligentsia. They have been the most disapointing aspect of this. While a few aimed to be the moral watchdogs of democracy a majority of them just seemed unable to be morally responsible and too out of touch with the soul of the nation. Let alone not being able to express themselves in Tamil or Singhalese. The Western European nations too have been particularly disapointing in their lack of effort to put more pressure on the LTTE, particularly towards the end.

Online and offline talking, reading and interacting with Sri Lankans in the diaspora and in the country I get the feeling that Sri Lanka has found it's sense of self for the first time since it's formation as a post-colonial liberal democracy. In my interactions, for every sinhalese nationalist voice there has been a Sri Lankan nationalist voice. This gives us heart that what we are witnessing is the emergence of Sri Lanka 1.0. A nation that I feel can in good time, ensure the liberty and equality of all individuals without prejudice. All the best of luck.

PS: Nice show by the government in not going overboard with the official end of war celebrations. Compared to the Eastern Victory celebrations these appeared to be more measured and secular.

11 Comments:

  • At 1:39 am AEST, Blogger sittingnut said…

    nice to see you around :-)

     
  • At 7:21 pm AEST, Anonymous Ashanthi2 said…

    Hey there Ivap - left a comment on S/nut's blog.

    I know we are just not going to agree on stuff but I agree with S/nut it is good to see you around again :-) Certainly it's better any day than dealing with that self-serving idiot Indi.

    You are also right there are many Sri Lankan nationalists who happened to be Sinhalese. I know this for a fact as some of my relatives are married to them.

    Anyway if at all we can work together to deal with some very painful issues I would be happy for you to get in touch with me.

    I for one just do not believe that after so much of hatred Tamils and Sinhalese can live together. I think the situation in Sydney happened because there are now Tamils who hate the Sinhalese as much as they have been hated by the Sinhalese. However, I do not condone in any shape or form what happened. We just do not want ethnic violence in Australia and anyone provoking it or inflicting it must be stopped and tried under Australia's racial vilification laws.

    It is such a pity that we cannot be as one. I miss Sri Lanka, I miss the food, I miss the people and I don't think I will ever be able to go back. And now after this war I have no faith that Sinhalese and Tamils can get on on a scale which would make us a unified nation.

    PS - I'm now Ashanthi2 (see s/nuts' blog). Though I'm being just as scatty as I used to be so I've forgotten my password and am as per usual having to be an Anon.
    Ah well still s/nut said he was happy to have me back, I hope you are too. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree except when it comes to hoppers and seni sambol! Still maybe it is better to keep up some sort of dialogue as opposed to nothing.

     
  • At 8:00 am AEST, Blogger ivap said…

    Hi Sittingnut/Ashanthi

    Around on the rare occasions guys. I don't intend to get back to blogging soon as other priorities dictate at the moment.

     
  • At 2:00 pm AEST, Anonymous Ashanthi2 said…

    oh well - i can understand that - mind you, you've both taken the same attitude with me because my blog id was ash ..

    Look - I don't think any of us what to be dealing with this stuff it is painful.

    Just one questions who is Nirmala Rajasingham ... is she the sister of Rajani a la Broken Palmyrah??? that's always going on about how she was a terrorist with the LTTE and JVP and then she saw the light?

    You do have to worry about people who were basically middle class that picked up a gun and went and shot at people. I believe she lives in Canada. I would like to talk to her just from the perspective of her claiming to be a maxist and a Christian.

    Having made the choice to use a gun and kill people ... frankly - you'd be better off shutting up your big fat mouth ... surely. Because how can you justify your actions.

    The woman was a terrorist and she even had associations with the JVP!

    IVAP honestly. I mean I have so many questions to ask about that documentary. Tragic is just not the word.

     
  • At 8:35 am AEST, Blogger ivap said…

    Yeah, she is Ranjani's sister.

    If terrorism is politics by other means and later on if you see the light and reform or compromise to achieve your political goals (eg. napalese marxists) then it's perhaps more acceptable though it leaves a somewhat palpable aftertaste of disgust.

    We all make mistakes in life don't we? However if you are just hell-bent on killing and deception that is a different story.

     
  • At 8:38 am AEST, Blogger ivap said…

    Yeah.. there was that Ash vs Ashanthi2 confusion. At least I was.

    Well Ashanthi2 appears to be a little bit more rational.

     
  • At 11:03 am AEST, Anonymous WOLFMOTHER said…

    Ashanthi2 is Ashanthi IVAP.

    If you try and brow beat a race into oblivion because you are racist and you think you are Aryan and they a ugly black fucks then people will notice ... and get the shits themselves ... know what I mean.

    I'm Brahmin - so as the crow flies I'm more Aryan than any Sinhalese person will ever be .... now how about I used my imaginary self-appointed status to go around imposing my ethnic class on everyone around me. Isn't this what the Brahmins used to do? Don't they still do it in India?

    When am I going to hear one word of condemnation from either of you two clowns about what the Sinhalese goons are doing (here and in Sri Lanka).

    More than happy to slap the Tamil goons down. If I could get my hands on them. We're certainly not going to hide behind some fucking lame excuses as to why any fuck-wit thought it acceptable to go and chuck acid at innocent people.

    What about you two racist apologists.

     
  • At 12:19 am AEST, Anonymous Ashanthi2 said…

    PS - watched your nirmal rajashingham ... the women is a nutter (looks like one too) and I think 20 months in captivity re-wired her brain. Im amazed that she was able to escape from a prison ... I think she has illusions of grandeur.

    The clown that came after her was the icing on the cake ... a penny for your thoughts but you know Sri Lanka needs to smarten up it's diplomats. I was embarrassed for both of them, I guess being Sri Lankan I couldn't help that.

    I'm pretty sure IVAP that you watched it and I know deep down inside you know exactly what I mean.

    Bottom line is Nirmala has no more or less right to speak for Tamils in Sri Lanka. The test is how many Tamils are following her?

     
  • At 2:08 pm AEST, Anonymous Ashanthi2 said…

    Hope your not going to blame the LTTE for all those Indian beatings which are mostly happening in Melbourne...

    Tell me what do you know about Poddala Jayantha. Why is this poor man a threat to Mahinda ...

    When is Sri Lanka going to stop being a fucking police state and when are people like you going to do something, anything about it.???

     
  • At 3:26 am AEST, Blogger Chandare said…

    What I think of Malinda
    http://chandare.blogspot.com/2009/08/im-gonna-tell-my-dady-fifth-grade.html

     
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