Sri Lanka Quotes

While the Sinhalese are a majority on their island, they are, as historian Kingsley M.de Silva has noted, a majority with a minority complex.

John Richardson

Sri Lanka long has been described as a paradise by travellers.

John Richardson

Sri Lanka's problems were caused by too much democracy.

John Richardson

The majority in this country are Sinhalese. Without the consent of the majority no one can come into power

Ven. Galaboda Gnanassara Thera

It is the Sri Lanka government that has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place.

V.Prabhakaran

I strongly believed that Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese, but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people, They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.

Sarath Fonseka

This isn’t about the conflict; it is about the government doing nothing to acknowledge the current human rights violations being committed against Tamil civilians.

Anna Neistat

During 1988, when my wife and I lived in Sri Lanka for an extended period,its murder rate was one of the world's highest.

John Richardson

Until the 1930s, a heavy belt of forests north of ancient capital, Anuradhapura, formed a natural barrier between the Sinhalese and Tamil peoples.

John Richardson

SWRD Bandaranaike altered Sri Lanka's political landscape forever by beginning vocally advocate an overtly populist,pro-Sinhalese and pro-Buddhist political agenda.

John Richardson

The history of post-independence Sri Lanka, from a Sri Lankan Tamil perspective, is a history of lost privileges, intensifying discrimination, failure of democratic institutions to protect their rights and finally,coercion by an overwhelmingly Sinhalese security establishment.

John Richardson

Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.

J.R. Jayewardene

If Buddhism preaches nonviolence,why is there so much political violence in Sri Lanka today?

Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

For years, Sri Lanka was viewed as a model developing nations. It gained independence peacefully and sustained one of the feew authentically competitive democratic systems in the Global south.

John Richardson

Many younger elite Sri Lankans,especially young Tamils, have capitalised on foreign university credentials and their parents' dwindling wealth to escape from the daily stress and tragedy of life on the island.

John Richardson

Sri Lanka's problems were caused by declining even-handedness and transparency of its democratic processes and institutions.

John Richardson

The main question I shall probe is the extent to which, and the manner in which, Buddhism, as a religion espoused by Sri Lankans of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, has contributed to the current ethnic conflict and collective violence in Sri Lanka.

Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

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Updated On : January 10, 2013
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