.by Anura Guruge
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
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I don’t really know why I feel the need to defend Sri Lanka given that my links to that country are now tenuous at best — especially since I now realize I am adopted and have no real idea as to who my parents were other than my biological father ‘was a gambler’ (which I take as typical Sri Lankan talk to mean that he was a ‘playboy’ — which I think is real neat and goes to prove that it is indeed very true that ‘the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree’. I have not lived in Ceylon/Sri Lanka since August 1967, and I relinquished my citizenship in 1983. So, whether they believe it or not in Israel, I have not held a Sri Lankan passport since then.
So that said, I find the BBC allegations a bit hard to swallow. Yes, I appreciate that most Sri Lankan men are ‘reprobates’ when it comes to ‘lusting after women’. A genetic trait. I also think that the first real crush I had, when I was but 8, was for a tamil girl who lived nearby — at least 6 years older than me, lily white(!) and a national musician; but then again, all my male cousins had a crush on her too and my adoptive parents treated her as another one of their adoptive kids. So, I appreciate that there can be exceptions.
But, I find it hard to believe that most Sinhalese men would rape tamil women unless they were ordered to do so — and even then would only do so under tremendous coercion! It is also a terrible crime. Many of these Sinhalese men will also be Buddhists. So, putting all of this together I am skeptical about the allegations. I AM SURE that there has been isolated incidents — Sri Lankan men, like Clinton, often having trouble keeping their lust in check. But, widespread …. I am skeptical, though I have no evidence either way. Just my perception of things.
As to my man, Desmond, slamming Sri Lanka. What can I say. Desmond really should think about going out in a blaze of glory and the top of his game rather than getting involved in issues that he is not an expert and as such can say things that he will later regret. That is my take.