​Modern History

1. Politics + Culture

2. Civil War + LTTE

 

3. Minorities + Races

4. Religion + Tourism

5. Allegations + Law

6. Media + Press

* Sri Lanka Market *

7. Telcos + Firms

8. Banks + Retail

9. Gov't + Army

10. Corruption/ Ethics

1. Politics + Culture

The Ease of Doing Business rating for Sri Lanka is very poor. There are reports of systemic political risk.

2. Civil War + LTTE + Communist Threat

There was a 25 year war between Sinhalese Buddhist majority and Hindu Tamils. This dispute was regarding the official language.

 

Sinhalese feel a few Tamils opportunistically tried to steal a part of Sri Lanka by claiming 'they could not speak Sinhala'. The Sinhalese felt that as Sri Lanka was always a Sinhalese speaking country -- it should be the case. 

 

Tamils, alternatively believe that Sinhalese held the Tamil minority (<20%) captive by opportunistically replacing English with Sinhala only when the British left Sri Lanka.

 

The Portuguese, Dutch and British brought indentured Tamils from India to work in Sri Lanka as slaves. Tamil populations in Sri Lanka were combined between Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils from 1871 to 1901.

 

In 1911, a distinction between the two groups was made. The local Sri Lanka Tamil population was 12.8% whereas the Indian Tamils were 12.9% of the population.

 

In the 1950s and 1960s many Tamils were deported or repatriated back to India. Many decided to take up Sri Lanka Tamil status to remain in Sri Lanka.

 

The Sinhalese people feel the British elected to bring many Tamils into Sri Lanka as part of their "divide and conquer" policy -- by sowing seeds of division for civil war.

 

The Sinhala only policy instated by Prime Minister Solomon Bandaranaike presented hardships and lost opportunities which resulted in a violent rebellion by the LTTE. This was rectified by his daughter President Chandrika Kumaratunga: who added Tamil as an official language.

The LTTE sought to claim a separate state called Eelam in the north of Sri Lanka. The international community, such as the US, UK, EU, Canada, China, Russia and India all chose to condemn the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

 

The LTTE used suicide bombing on civilian targets. Peace deals or talks were exploited for re-arming. 600 unarmed policemen were murdered upon surrender. The whole world believed that Jaffna belongs to Sri Lanka.

 

The LTTE terrorists were decisively destroyed by our armed forces. Terrorist sympathisers alleged war crimes during the final phases.

 

This was apparently based on false evidence provided by UK's Channel Four which was dismissed or ignored. 

 

There were two communist insurrectionist 'revolutions' in 1971 and 1987 which successfully stopped. The violent communist insurrectionists were supported by North Korea.

 

The grenades, weapons and a few hundred thousand dollars provided to the armed JVP criminals originated from North Korea. Their North Korean embassy was shut down. 

 

3. Minorities + Races

There are a few minority groups in Sri Lanka. The Malays settled in Sri Lanka during the time of the British. The Burghers are the children of Portuguese, Dutch or British who were in Sri Lanka. 

These individuals were given special treatment, opportunities and privileges at the expense of the Sinhalese. Alternatively, they were gifted and contributed immensely. This includes positive changes to education, democracy and trade.

Stephen LaBrooy and many others helped Sinhalese to grow. There was a gap in the relationship which we will attempt to rekindle, patch up and develop.

The Parsis or Zoroastrians apparently came to Sri Lanka as foreign employees of the British East India Trading Company to sell opium or heroin as part of Silk Road. Many Parsis moved away from this business although there is evidence it continues. They are known for being friendly, truthful and capable in business: Sohli Captain, Aban Pestonjee, etc. 

The Muslim population has grown from 5% to 10% and are now over 20%. The Sinhalese are still the majority, followed by Tamils.

 

This stems from fears due to negative perceptions of Muslims in the global media. We hope to contribute to a positive enfranchisement of Islam through our creativity, leadership and networking.

4. Religion + Tourism

The majority religion is Theravada Buddhism. There is also Islam, Hinduism, Christianity (mostly Catholicism which was brought to Sri Lanka by invading foreigners who murdered Sinhalese Buddhists who refused to 'convert').

 

The Portuguese were the most violent fanatics who cruelly killed, tortured and harmed Buddhists, followed by the Dutch. The British "allowed" Sinhalese to remain Buddhists, but helped those who converted to Protestant Christianity.

5. Allegations + Law

Sri Lanka is a democracy. There is an opposition because you can compete for seats in parliament. Those who win enough votes can be elected into authority. This means ability to control and allocate large budgets.

Politicians and news media firms can easily print or come up with stories. The credibility, standards and reputation of the media in Sri Lanka is poor.

 

It is well known that because there are no courts, there are no defamation laws in Sri Lanka.

 

6​. Media + Press

There are a few media companies in Sri Lanka. The general attitude is cynical, toxic or negative, there is a hateful view towards the Sinhalese majority and a lot of facts are not reported accurately, fairly or at all.

 

There are zero reports in the media regarding the fact there are no courts in Sri Lanka. The media in Sri Lanka can be compared with Indian media.

* Sri Lanka Market *

7. Telcos + Firms

There are 2 telcos in Sri Lanka. The rest are very small and perform a few specific services in limited capacity.

8. Banks + Retail

There are a number of banks in the country. There are 2 retail companies. These are JKH and Cargills. Arpico is seen as a smaller company.

9. Gov't + Army

The army has successfully won the war against terrorists.

10. Psychology/ Sales + Corruption/ Ethics

The culture is difficult. The Ease of Doing Business rating is very low. It is important to involve individuals with existing business relationships with decision makers to do business with large organisations in Sri Lanka. 

There are reports of corruption or bribery. There are different forms of bribery. Often, foreign banks are used to pay bribes. This practice seems to be deeply embedded into Sri Lanka's culture. There is an expectation. It is a political matter.