Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed the decision to sing the National anthem in Tamil during the independence day celebrations on Thursday.
Rajapaksa claimed that the Government had decided to sing the National anthem in Tamil to please India. Rajapaksha used China to keep India away from him and cheated the world leaders with the false promise of implementation of 13+ amendment if he is allowed to kill the LTTE Leaders and more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009. He was in power until 2015 but refused to implement his promised 13+ or even implement the current constitution in full and started to use racist policies to please the majority Sinhala community so that he an stay in power, but failed to win in the 2015 election by a small margin.
He said that the National anthem should be sung in ‘Sinhala Only’. It is widely believed that Rajapaksha and his associates who became super rich during his 10 year rule are worried of being charged and prisoned if current government continues. The crooks are gathering behind Mahinda Rajapaksha to play their last racist trump card. Rajapaksha family are in the process of starting a new racist Sinhala party led by Gotha. All Mahinda’s supportive political leaders who supported him and became super rich under his rule have promised to back him to save them from current law.
Rajapaksa also said that he has not been formally invited for the independence day celebrations. He also confirmed that the joint opposition will boycott the event with him.
An impeachment motion could be brought against President Maithripala Sirisena if he allows the National Anthem (NA) to be sung in Tamil violating the Constitution, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said today. He said according to Section seven of the 1978 Constitution currently in force, the National Anthem could be sung only in Sinhala.
“A two-thirds majority in Parliament and a referendum is needed to change the National Anthem or to sing it in Tamil because Tamil language gained official status in 1987, through the Constitution,” he told a news conference. He said they were not against singing it in Tamil so that it could be understood by Tamil speaking people but were opposed to singing it in Tamil at State functions such as the Independence Day celebrations.
Mr. Gammanpila said India has about 1,700 languages but the language of the National Anthem is Sanskritised Bengali. “Tamil Nadu has a 30 million Tamil population but the Indian Anthem is sung in one language and not in Tamil.
The importance of having an Anthem in one language is that it increases the harmony and the unity among communities. Imagine, singing two Sri Lankan anthems at a cricket match.
Will it increase team spirit? No. In near future, there will be calls to sing the Anthem in Arabic as well,” he said. Mr. Gammanpila said the move to sing the Anthem in Tamil would not improve reconciliation but would create divisions among the communities. “If authorities think having two anthems would improve reconciliation, it is a myth. If we are preaching about one country, one nation and one flag then why can’t we have the Anthem in one language,” he asked. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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