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Bandaranaike Family Never Upraise Racism in This Country Chandrika

Bandaranaike Family Never Upraise Racism in This Country Chandrika

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[ Friday, 27 September 2013, 04:23.35 AM GMT +05:30 ]
Former president Chandrika Bandaranike saidthat the Bandaranaike family never upraise racism in this country.
For the past 80
Bandaranike family engage politics in the Athanegala electorate and nocommunal violations reported in this area.Former Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranika establishes SriLanka Freedom Party tobenefit people. However at present some others say they are the owners of this party. At present people are willing to ethnic differences among people. Some are willing tocreate religious differences.Government and police fail to take action against racists.My father did not introduce Sinhala act to work against minorities of this country. Heintroduces the act to grant reliefs for locals during the time of colonial period. On thisperiod Tamil leader never called upon separate state.Especially Chelvanayakam did not fight to establish separate state. He always requestto grant justice for Tamil nationals.
September 27, 2013
Racism and religious extremism have no place in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, former President
said at the commemoration of her father S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s death yesterday. Addressing a crowd during the ceremoniesto commemorate the former Sri LankanPremier, Kumaratunga said that the pactsigned between her father and FederalParty Leader, popularly known as theBanda-Chelva Agreement, went far beyondthe power sharing provisions of the 13th
Mahinda and Chandrika
 At that time, the Federal Party was asking for power sharing under a federal system,”she said.
Nowadays they are speaking of too many powers in the 13th Amendment. TheBanda-Chelva pact was willing to share power far more significantly than that,” theformer President said.The SLFP was started with the Bandaranayake vision, said Kumaratunga, adding thatin these days various convoluted visions had been incorporated into the party.
Of late various people claim their fathers created the SLFP along with my father – atthat time I don’t think they were around,” she charged.Defending her father’s controversial Sinhala Only Act, Kumaratunga said it was anattempt to uphold the rights of the majority that had been suppressed by Europeancolonialists for hundreds of years. “He also brought the Tamil language bill at the sametime. He had no intention to implement racist policies. But because he wasassassinated, there was no way to enact that bill,” President Kumaratunga said.
Posted by Thiranjala Weerasinghe sjSrilanka-Ilankai (in Tamil) / Lanka (in Sinhala) An island located in the Indian ocean, off the southeast tip of IndiaThree times as larger than the state of New Jersey - 25,000 sq miles in areaShared History Dates Back to 500BC.• Sinhala-speaking people - 77%,• Tamil-speaking people - 23% When Portuguese took possession of the island in 1505 there were 3 Kingdoms• Tamil Kingdom in the North-East - Tamil Homeland - (yellow)
• Sinhalese Kingdoms in the South-West (grey).History 1505 -1658: Portuguese held the island1658 – 1796: Dutch usurped control1796: the British took overPortuguese and Dutch ruled the Tamil and Sinhala Kingdoms separately, but, theBritish artificially joined them for their administrative convenience only in 1833.On Feb. 4, 1948 - British left the Island leaving it as one country, CEYLON, leavingpolitical power in the hands of the ‘majority’ Sinhalese.THE PROBLEMTHE PROBLEM: First ElementTwo Historically Feuding Ethnic GroupsTwo Historically Feuding Ethnic Groups.Centralized Unitary Government.Citizens are not treated equally… …Rights of theTamils are violated‘Mistreatment’ of Tamils – 60 years!Two Historically Feuding Ethnic Groups.Centralized Unitary Government.Constitutionally entrenched Sinhala Rule. SINHALESE COMMAND ABSOLUTE POWER …and, it is PERMANENT!1948 – 1 million Tamils declared as non-citizens1949 – Sinhalese colonization in traditional Tamil homeland1956 – Sinhala made sole official language of the country 1970 – “ethnic standardization” slashes university admission to Tamilssame entrance exam, but Tamils need to score 30% more1972 – New constitution without Tamils participationUnilateral name change from Ceylon to Sri LankaDeclaration of Sri lanka as a republicBuddhism made state religion1977 - Prevention of Terrorism ActState-sponsored anti-Tamil violence in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1974TAMIL POLITICAL ACTIONNON-VIOLENCE(1948 – 1976)TAMIL POLITICAL ACTIONGOVERNMENT RESPONSE: VIOLENCE(Since 1956)Systematic Genocide of Tamils1956.. 1958.. 1961.. 1974.. 1977.. 1979.. 1981.. 1983.. ..2008TURNING POINT - 1976TURNING POINT - 1976Resolution for Independence: Vaddukoddai Resolution

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