THE DOUBLE STANDARDS
The countries that will not change their national anthem are telling Sri Lanka to change theirs!
Our mistake has always been to be in a hurry to copy and adopt what is not ours. Must we always imitate other countries? Just because the British had an anthem, or India was to have one did Sri Lanka also need to be in a hurry to have an anthem ignoring that for thousands of years though we didn’t have an anthem but we had enough of patriots to defend the country. If we do not have an anthem that can inspire nationalism there is little point in wasting time and energy over creating one or singing it in different languages just to make a statement. We cannot agree to change the anthem when those that are seeking change have shown by example that their agendas are not to keep the country undivided and their responses to the recent NGO surveys on new constitutional changes are evidence of what they want.
The Tamils now making unreasonable demands and others agreeing to these unreasonable demands must first realize that Tamils had always been referred to as Malabar Tamils (originating from Tamil Nadu) and theusage of the term Ceylon Tamils came only in 1911. Therefore, these demands of rights for Tamils are based from 1911 onwards only and does not give any basis to threaten any bargaining whatsoever leave alone put forward ‘traditional homeland’ theories.
India sings the national anthem in one language though there are officially 22 languages used throughout the states. India has over 1.3billion people.We in Sri Lanka with 20million are agreeing to sing the national anthem in 2 languages just to please whom if most of the time they don’t sing it or even hoist the national flag during Independence Day!
The reason for this obviously is that Sri Lanka did not have a freedom struggle. We never fought for freedom, there were no battle cries. Our independence did not come through bloodshed.The brave men that fought in 1818 and 1848 battles and those that fought against all 3 colonial rulers did not exist after the British began governing the country. Instead lackeys to the Crown were created through education, jobs, disbursement of lands and titles.
Let us also not forget that just as the Provincial Council system was imposed upon us, the notion of historical traditional homelands theory was also created by the Indians for their own political agenda and it was the Indians that insisted Tamil be made an official language in par with Sinhala. All these came under vile threats. We gave into these bogus demands and now we are finding difficulty in removing it. We should not make another similar mistake.
Germany’s population is just over 80million. 74million are German citizens. 9.9million (12.3%) of the German population are immigrants. Yet, Christianity is the largest religion and German leaders are not shy to say Germany is a Christian country. There are 2.1million adherents of Islam. Yet German is the official language. Will Germany agree if 9.9million immigrants started demanding their language be incorporated into the German national anthem or national flag? We think not. Would the Tamils now living in Germany refuse to learn German or sing the national anthem in German? Most certainly not.
In the case of Canada which has a population of 35million it was invading forces that took over from the natives and gave them second citizenship status. There are 6.2million minorities in Canada making 19% of the total population. Of these minorities 31% were born in Canada while 65% were born outside and came to live in Canada as immigrants. Will Canada’s government agree to make changes to Canada’s national anthem or flag if the 19% immigrants start making demands based on the need to have their rights incorporated? We think not. With a very large Tamil diaspora population in Canada who are not shy to put up nameboards in Tamil, would they demand the country’s national anthem be in Tamil or refuse to sing the national anthem? Most certainly not.
The United Kingdom comprises Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has a total population of 63million of which 4.3million are Asians and 1.9m are Blacks. David Cameron proudly declares Britain is a Christian country, but he also brags that it is a secular country. English is the official language of Great Britain. The Union Jack created in 1606 is the national flag though Scotland & Wales also have their own flags but the national anthem remains ‘God Save the King/Queen’. If the 4.3million Asians started demanding that the national flag or the national anthem be changed to incorporate their rights would the British Government agree to do so? We think not. Why are the Tamil Diaspora who exert influence over British MPs not demanding why Tamil is not incorporated into the British national anthem or Tamil be made a national language in Britain?
France has a population of 63million. La Marseillaise is the national anthem of France. There are5.3million foreign-born immigrants and 6.5 million direct descendants of immigrants (born in France). Would France agree if 5.3million immigrants start making demands to change the French national anthem & national flag? Certainly not. Would Tamils living in France demand Tamil be made a national language or refuse to learn French?
The oldest national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ in 1574 sung by the Dutch is in words no one understands but Netherlands will not hear of changing the words and Netherlands with a population of 16.9million has 1.8million immigrants.
Will the Australians agree to sing an Aboriginal song alongside Waltzing Matilda or declare a dual national day?
Do the Tamils in Tamil Nadu refuse to sing the Indian National anthem in Bengali and there are 72million Tamils in India? If they refuse will the Indian Central Government allow such nonsense?
If David Cameron can say Muslim immigrants must learn English or leave why does it become a problem when we say Sinhalese should be the only national language and everyone must learn Sinhalese first.
While none of these countries would think of changing their national flag because of political correctness Sri Lanka foolishly did by adding 2 colors to incorporate Tamils and Muslims, but obviously that has served no purpose because now both Tamils and Muslims who can show no indigenous roots to Sri Lanka are demanding separate mono-ethnic areas in such a small country while reserving the right to live all over the island. This means only Sinhalese are out of bounds in the North and East while Tamils and Muslims have an area for themselves and can start coming and settling in areas Sinhalese are confined to (7 out of 10 persons in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese) If the Sinhalese politicians are agreeing to such a set up they are worse than any enemy.
The following countries incorporate their religion into the national flag (1 in 3 countries have a religious symbol on their national flag) so much for the claims of separating the Church & the State!
|Armenia, Andorra, Australia, Columbia, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Tongo, Tuvalu, Vatican City, United Kingdom|
|Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Comoros, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan|
|Buddhist||Bhutan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand,|
National Anthems upholding a specific religion (as much as they say their nations are secular the core identity of the nation remains intact & unchanged though political statements say something else)
Pew Research declares that 64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags of which 48% are Christian. This shows that these Christian nations ensure the framework of Christianity in their country does not change.
|Antigua & Barbuda, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador Estonia, Fiji, Franc, Ghana, Georgia, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papau New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Romania, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, UK, US, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
|Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brunei, Chad, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mali,Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal,Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Western politicians in the US, Australia, UK and Canada often use phrases ‘Christian values’ and ‘family values’ in reference to censorship of sexual content, laws against induced abortion, sexual abstinence outside marriage, laws against same-sex marriage, against homosexuality, supporting culture of Christian compassion, protection of environment being that of God’s creation, promoting Render unto Caesar
A quick-fix in changing the words Namo Namo to ‘Sri Lanka’ without the consent of the author led to his suicide. Therefore, Sri Lankan authorities are warned not to repeat by hurrying making another mistake.
It is not the communities that are demanding the change to the national anthem/flag. It is always the same players who are responsible for the countries woes – they are the politicians, political parties, rebel movements, foreign funded individuals/organizations on foreign payroll and following foreign orders and all their supporters who do not rationalize their thinking on what is best for the nation and not just one community.
Knowing that a violation of the constitution took place in singing the national anthem recently the defense has been to say that the national anthem was sung in 1948 in Tamil too. If by singing the national anthem in Tamil a gesture of goodwill and unity was created when in 1948 the Ceylon Tamils were less than the Tamils brought in by the British from Tamil Nadu, why did Chelvanayagam and clan create the Illankai Arasu Katchchi party in 1949 seeking a separate state?
That 1949 quest remains in tact because inspite of singing the national anthem in Tamil in 2016, the TNA and the Opposition Leader are demanding ‘homelands’ and endorsing their right to secede while the Northern Province Chief Minister from the TNA is saying that Sinhalese cannot live in the North or East and Tamils cannot marry Sinhalese(while his own two sons are married to Sinhalese and Wigneswaran and Vasudeva Nanayakkara are the two father-in-laws)
Also the present national anthem was officially chosen only on 22nd November 1951. The national anthem was given due status in the 1978 constitution where it is very clear on how the anthem should be sung.
Now the devil is playing advocate and there are new calls to even change the national flag. Let it be reminded that it was A Sinnalebbe MP for Batticoloa who on 16 January 1948 tabled a motion in the House suggesting that the Lion Flag of the last Kandyan King Sri Vickrema Rajasinghe be made the national flag as that was the flag that the British took down in 1815.
“That this House is of opinion that the Royal Standard of King Sri Vikrema Rajasinghe, depicting a yellow lion passant, holding a sword in its right paw, on a red background, which was removed to England after the Convention of 1815, should once again be adopted as the Official Flag of Free Lanka.”
It took another Muslim leader Dr M C M Kaleel the President of the All Ceylon Muslim League to declare that Muslims would be happy to retain the Lion Flag as the flag of independent Lanka.Thankfully there were no Hakeems, Bathurdeens, A Salleys, Mustaphers, Ashroffs at that time and unfortunately no Sinhalese politician to think of the logic of replacing the Lion flag as Mr. Sinnalebbe did.
If the Muslims can say they have no issue with the Lion flag being used what is the problem that the Tamil politicians & foreign passport holding Tamil Diaspora are having?
For those unaware of the history (because politicians have chosen not to instil patriotism or nationalism in the education syllabus) many are unaware of the rich history of Sri Lanka. The Lion symbol was used by the Lankan monarchs and is even recorded in the Mahavansa and Chulavamsa. Historian and eminent poet/writer Arisen Ahubudu described this flag as the symbol of heroism.
“The Lion with the sword raised in its right hand denotes the onward march of the people without any fear for the enemies of the nation. The colour yellow denotes righteousness and peaceful way of life. The red in the background of the heraldic lion with the sword denotes the defeating of the evil forces of oppression. The nation and the people guided by the message of the flag will never resort to provoke others. The four bo-leaves on the four corners indicate exactly the truism of non-aggression. The people of the Lion Flag never regress from their onward march until victory is achieved
Gold: represents intelligence, peace, non-violence and truth.
Crimson: represents immortality.
Four Bo-leaves: loving kindness, compassion enjoying the joy of others happiness and equanimity.
The Lion: signifies heroism, strength, and discipline of the nation. Head-ruler (shape of a crown); Eye – watches the rulers performance, Tongue: the rulers statements should be honest and truthful, Head and Tail: equality between ruler and the citizens, Hairy-heaps: denote strength, The Sword: is an indication that the country should be ruled righteously meting out justice to all.
Singing the national anthem in Tamil has not changed the demands for separatism by Tamil leaders.
Changing the national flag to incorporate Tamils and Muslims using 2 colors has not changed demands for mono-ethnic/lingual enclaves.
The question is why should the Sinhalese cede more of what holds the country together when quarters are hell-bent on creating separate states?
Is political correctness defined as the majority ceding and forfeiting their historical hold on Sri Lanka to gain the mirage of confidence of the minorities?
It is not our fault that the countries promoting multiculturalism are those that do not have rich cultures or heritage to boast of. We have man-made reservoirs, tanks, ancient architecture, our arts and crafts have even been sent overseas, we have built massive ships on orders….there is so much that our own do not know about to value.
What needs to be made clear is that anything copied from examples of other countries does not connote the national identity of our country.
All these new calls are meant to de-legitimize a national culture, remove historical links and supplant new living styles that are alien and have no roots in the predominant culture or ancient civilization that laid the foundation of this nation.
These foolhardy experiments with the national anthem and national flag should stop forthwith. The world must be laughing at us for they will not change theirs but we are bending backwards to agree to change ours and in so doing committing grave hara-kiris all of which are perfect for the realization of their agendas.
Shenali D. Waduge