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1990 Kattankudy Mosque Killings: Reliving Bloodshed & Trauma 27 Years On

By Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen –

Dr. Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen

For the last 27 years, the month of August had descended upon me, bringing with it dark memories of the gruesome images of the Kattankudy Mosque killings that has had a lasting imprint of sorrow and agony on me. This year is no different.

On 3 August, 1990, 141 worshippers were massacred while they were in communion with God in two different mosques in the town of Kattankudy, in Batticoloa district of Eastern Province. Today marks 27 years since the Kattankudy killings committed by the LTTE that destroyed the lives 141 worshippers and that of their loved ones.Meera Jummah Mosque in Kattankudy and Hussainiyya Mosque  in Manchanthoduwai stand to this day as a stark reminder of the sacrilege and blood spilt within its holy borders.

My dear father and little brother, aged just 10, were brutally murdered by the LTTE ,along with many other relatives.They were all engrossed in prayer when this tragedy took place. Each and every one who were killed in the Hussainiyya Mosque are very well known to me either as relatives or neighbours. This is one of the days that should be never repeated in the history of Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world. Even though decades passed, its tormenting memories and scars have scorched the minds of its victims. To date, these traumatic memories are still fresh l as if it just took place a minute ago.

Period of 1990

1990 was the peak year of the violence and killings in the history of Sri Lanka. Those who were connected with North and East during this period would know the miserable lives people led due to atrocities instigated and committed by the LTTE and other Tamil terrorists groups. There was neither law, nor order. If anyone can get hold of a gun and has some sort of connections with terrorist gangs, he or she could wield power and make others bow to their will. Thousands of valuable lives were mercilessly taken away by cruel individuals who called themselves soldiers of the liberation struggle.

After closure of the universities due to unrest caused by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP) in the country, the universities had just reopened in 1990. I was then a law student at the University of Colombo. This was the time during which LTTE and other Tamil terrorist groups had started to do heinous crimes against the people in Sinhalese and Muslim villages, by kidnapping people for ransom, revenge and then brutally killing them. Muslims and Sinhalese were not able to travel freely in Tamil dominated areas as they were at risk of being kidnapped anywhere, anytime. Hundreds of Muslims were abducted and their vehicles and goods were confiscated by LTTE bandits. All of them were slaughtered en masse in Onthachimadam, south east of Sri Lanka. My parents were concerned for my safety and advised me  not to come to East but to remain in Colombo.

LTTE started their violence like a cancerous tumour. They initially killed their own people within the Tamil community leaders and proceeded to kill the Sinhalese and then to Muslims. Therefore,this was a very daunting period for the muslims in the Eastern Province as they were maimed to kill. Muslim youth were abducted and callously murdered, which was very common at that time.  Everyday news of abductions and killings of Muslims would reach me in Colombo. It was a time of agony as it seems there was no solution for the LTTE appeared to be the most powerful guerrilla force on the earth even though they were not so  in reality.

Apart from the Eastern Province, several bomb explosions took place in various places, including bus and railway stations and public venues causing destruction and claiming lives of many innocent civilians. Even places of worship were not exempted.

When the LTTE couldn’t gain much with open combat with the Sri Lankan military, they opted to hit and run tactics and and other cowardly acts to  innocent Sinhalese and Muslim villagers. History has recorded several of such massacres that took place between years 1988 to 1994.

Who were the members of LTTE in the East?

Even though the world may not know who the LTTE and other Tamil terrorists were, the People of the East knew them very well. The LTTE comprised mostly of children who were languishing in poverty, those who performed poorly in schools, the unemployed, low paid labourers, village thieves, thugs and any others who could deal and adopt their ruthless mode of operation. The only exception was those children who were forcefully recruited or those who were compelled to join them in order to  avoid being arrested on suspicion  by the military.

They were rejected by all decent tamils who condemned their atrocious acts of perpetuating torture and violence.

However, they remained quiet in their condemnation due to fear for their lives. A simple statement of reproach against these groups would qualify them, for a lamp post killing. Lamp post killing was the popular punishment LTTE meted out to those who were brave enough to oppose them. They would tie their critics to the lamp post and shoot them in their head. Next to the dead body there would be a signboard saying, “The traitor of Tamils”, the following day the people can witness the brutal killing and be warned against opposing them.

What did the LTTE want from the Muslims?

The LTTE initially commenced a hate campaign against the Sri Lankan government and then broadened the spectrum to include the Sinhalese people. They preached hate against the ‘sinhalese’ Sri Lankan government, in order to justify the killing of anyone with even a trace of sinhalese identity. They used this methodology to declare war against the Sinhalese people, thus wiping out a number of Sinhalese villagers by intimidating and killing them.

In such a backdrop, the Muslim community has always been in a sandwich situation as it doesn’t identify themselves based on their linguistic variations. Historically Muslims spoke Tamil throughout the country, and were largely trilingual, linking them to both the Sinhalese community, Tamil community and the English speaking demographic. However they never claimed or identified themselves as Tamil on the basis of their proficiency in the vernacular. On contrary they took offence whenever they were classed as part of the Tamil community. They harmoniously co-existed with Tamils in North and East and lived with Sinhalese in other areas. While they proudly identified themselves as Sri Lankans they maintained their unique religious identity throughout history. Muslims either identified themselves as Ceylonese Moor, Bohra or Malay. This is contrary to Indian situation where South Indian Tamil speaking Muslims identify themselves as Tamilian.

The LTTE wanted to rule the muslims in the East with an iron fist, under the subjugation of their ruthless law, contrary to the peace loving aspiration of the people.

Therefore they introduced a term Islamia Tamilar (Islamic Tamils) in the pretext of representing them, as an attempt to revive Ramanathan’s old claim that Muslims were ethnically Tamils. Historically these claims were rejected and continue to be rejected by Muslims. When the muslim community did not adopt or accept this new identity, the LTTE resorted to fear mongering tactics by abducting Muslims for ransom, vandalising their shops, assassinating them and other criminal acts. Initial anti-Muslim violence by Tamil terrorist groups in Batticaloa district took place in 1985 when non LTTE terrorist group killed some farmers and threw their bodies in the river in Unnichchai area. They accused Muslims of being government informants. From this point onwards, Tamil-Muslim relations were badly affected by constant attacks on the Muslim community.

Day by day there were many of killings of Muslims, abductions, and robbery of Muslim shops. This placed Muslims in a very difficult position as they were struggling to forge  their peaceful existence. Some minor groups that referred to themselves as Jihad Groups started to appear to protect Muslims. They were not accepted by Muslim community nor guided by any Islamic religious groups, although their intention was to protect the Muslim community. Their un-islamic acts were condemned by Muslim community and religious leaders.

By this time the government also decided to recruit civilians to protect their homes from LTTE attacks. However since they didn’t have enough training, experience in warfare or sophisticated weapons they couldn’t defend themselves from the  LTTE. They were not very disciplined group either as there were many complaints with regard to their activities which was similar to the  LTTE’s mode of operation. Many terrorist groups sporadically sprouted within dejected groups of people.  Ultimately, the LTTE spearheaded a campaign that worked towards obliterating all other tamil armed groups and Muslim-resistance groups that emerged sporadically.

When the LTTE came to know about these groups, they became the primary target for LTTE, along with unarmed muslims and Tamil civilians. They targeted and killed them whenever they could so. The LTTE was determined to eliminate any resistance from anyone at that time especially from Tamil and Muslim community in the North and East.

Since the LTTE found that Muslim community was not willing to accept LTTE as their representatives and there were resistance from the Muslim community to support terrorist acts, they chose to turn their guns from pointing at military towards another minority community; Muslims. The worst decision they took was killing the villagers in their sleep and worshippers at their worship.

3 August 1990 Mosque Massacre

Thus, on the eve of Friday, 3rd August 1990, the LTTE chose to kill unsuspecting Muslims in cold blood, while they were engaged in prayer. This was done with the intention of making the muslims to bend to the will of the LTTE thereby silence this minority community who were vocal about their criticism of the LTTE. The terrorist succeeded in gaining control within Tamil community through intimidation, as there were none who had the guts to raise their voice against them.

The mosque massacre that took place exactly 27 years ago has put a person like me at chaos. I am from an academic family, probably the first academic family of my small village Manchanthoduwai. We had very close ties with many non-Muslim families in Manchanthoduwai as it was a village comprising of multi-religious communities. My father, a respected teacher always stood against revenge killings of Tamils by Muslims. He prevented it at many occasions risking his own life. When the wealthy people were leaving my village out of fear that the LTTE may attack Muslims of the village, my father, an experienced and  dedicated teacher refused to leave the poor neighbours and move to safer areas. He did not want to abandon his neighbourhood of multi religious peaceful communities.

My kindergarten years were spent at a preschool managed by Methodist church. I had my primary schooling at the local Muslim school, and engaged in secondary education among, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist students at Kattankudy central college followed by few years  St Michael’s college. I left Batticaloa to continue my higher education and eventually settled in Colombo to pursue my law degree. This variety of experiences had given me a broad spectrum of friends from all communities and religious backgrounds.

When this horrendous massacre took place, I did not only lose my father and relatives but it obliterated relatives and friends spanning several generations. For instance, my father’s teacher Mr. Selvaraja was living in our neighbourhood. His property was destroyed due to the revenge attacks carried out by those who claimed that they were Muslims. Contrary to the teachings of Islam, they vandalising properties of innocent people, so Mr Selvaraja and his family were forced to seek refuge in a safer area. The prevailing security situation then did not permit me to visit him and his family even though he lived many years after my father’s death. His son, my dear friend Segar Anna was killed in 1993 by unknown terrorists and his body was found in Kallady beach. To date, his killers remain unidentified.  The news of his death did not reach me until after many years of his demise.

Many of my friends from our old neighbourhood have permanently left our area and their whereabouts are not known. Even as I write this, I think of the many misunderstandings and mistrust that would have gone through. Our life time may not be enough to sort these things out to get back to those old golden days.

The August 3rd mass killings made my family homeless and we became refugees overnight. I was forced to abandon my law studies and was fortunate enough to be awarded a World Bank scholarship to pursue a masters degree in Australia which eventually lead me to settle in Australia without seeking political asylum as many may have thought. I had just passed the SLEAS exam by this time and had ample opportunity to develop myself further and establish my life in my motherland. However, I was targeted by the LTTE, thus concern for my safety compelled me to leave the country.

This massacre has changed the demography of the people in my neighbourhood and their lives. The survivors of the massacre and their families still recount stories of pain and trauma continued years after this tragedy. My little beautiful village Manchanthoduwai at the banks of Batticaloa lagoon lost its beautiful harmonious multi faith community. It was invaded primarily by the LTTE and the rest of terrorist groups.

Blood thirst of LTTE did not stop with this, within a week they struck t Eravur, another Muslim settlement north of Batticaloa. This time they invaded the villages and killed over hundred villagers in their sleep. The victims included a day old infant too! Wikipedia has listed their attacks from 1970 till 2006[1]. Each attack has painfully branded its victims who still suffer from the deep wounds it has left. Pattern of attacks testify that LTTE did not even harbour an atom size value for human lives as they mercilessly killed a day old infant, teachers, community, political and religious leaders. They paid no heed to the sanctity of religious places, schools or other public places as they went on a rampage killing innocent civilians.

Lessons to be learned

In the guise of Tamil liberation struggle, t LTTE and all other terrorist groups did nothing other than kill and cause destructions. They could not realise their liberation fantasy or instill much needed peace for their own people or the country except add fuel to the fire, instigating racial hatred. While innocents were losing their lives, LTTE terrorist leader Velupillai Prabakaran was enjoying life with his family, and enjoying luxury in his private swimming pool. What a liberation comrade!

There is no excuse to nurture hatred towards other communities under any civil law anywhere in the world.  The much lauded end of LTTE and other terrorists,-be it independent or state supported- must be taken as a lesson that by killing and violence nothing can be achieved that would benefit anyone. The tragic end of the terror king Prabakaran at Nandikkadal bears testimony his worthless cause. Evil reaps evil, and brings a similar end to those who wield evil. By fooling the masses he lead this terror campaign at the expense of thousands of lives and million worth of losses. Many innocents from Tamil community were convinced or forced to join his murderous forces. Finally he used them as human shields to have a luxurious life in the middle of jungle. And most importantly he did not bite the cyanide capsules, which he tied in the necks of thousands of child soldiers by glorifying martyrdom thereby instructing them to commit suicide when at risk of being arrested by the military. Even this was to safeguard the secrecy of his whereabouts from reaching the military.

Prabakaran tried his best even at the last minute in Nandikadal on 18 May 2009 to save his life -out of selfishness not for the Tamil community- by dragging all innocent civilians as his human shield. While the world highly sympathise for each and every innocent civilian killed at Nadikadal and other places, victims of this murderous LTTE and other terrorist groups do not have any feeling and regret for LTTE murderous mob and its leader’s deadly end. On the contrary he has to be killed not once but repeatedly by the number of deaths he has caused in his lifetime to innocent victims from Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala communities.

I do remember and pray for each and every innocent individual killed or suffered due to this meaningless war. August 3 reminds me of my father’s legacy to not to let injustice to take place and stand for justice even at one’s own loss. Serving the community without differentiating them by religion, race or ethnicity is the only way forward to add value to nation building process of the country ruined by racial conflict over the past few decades.

We are all morally obliged to contribute towards it and discard racism  for the sake of harmony and peaceful living. If we do not do it, all of us will suffer. Will our politicians, community and religious leaders realise this and work towards achieving this? Are we all mentally and physically prepared to move firmly in this direction?

If we are still not prepared to make this brave move, one day our situation will be as portrayed similar to the writings of Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), a Protestant pastor who was an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler. I have modified his famous poem to read to reflect what took place 27 years ago.

First they came for the Tamils, and I did not speak out

-Because I was not a Tamil.

First they came for Muslims, and I did not speak out

-Because I was not a Muslim.

First they came for Sinhalese, and I did not speak out

-Because I was not a Sinhalese.

Then they came for me

-and there was no one left to speak for me

I hope this tragedy would not be repeated, May God protect Sri Lankans from the evil of racism and from another terror state in which we suffered for many decades.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE#Attacks_by_decade

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    worthy of an article for new generation, May Almighty God accept them and grant them peace in their grave

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      firas

      “worthy of an article for new generation”

      True, agreed, ….

      Hope Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen also documents the atrocities committed by the Muslim Home Guards in close alliance with STF.

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    Heartfelt condolences to you on your tragic loss . It is said that time is a great healer , but it certainly does not apply to the circumstances you describe . Sadly though , the outlook for racial harmony and reconciliation does not look very bright today .
    There are reports your birth place Kattankudy , is today a hot spot for religious extremism . I seriously doubt if the Christian kindergarten you attended as a child is in existence today . It is up to young , educated professionals like yourself who have first hand experience of the adverse effects of ethnic violence ,to campaign against fanaticism and to encourage people of all faiths to unite as Sri Lankans .

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      Still the Methodist church is there. Religious extremism is not there, but people practice religious teaching the way they understand. That’s not much different from other places or other religions. So it is not corrrct to single out Kattankudy or Islam for this.

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        Dr Seyed Sheriffdeen “…………..but people practice religious teaching the way they understand…………..”.
        This “the way they understand” thingy is very very very vague. In what was secular Turkey, Erdogan in his move towards fundamentalism has decreed that Darwin’s Theory must not be taught in schools and that family planning must not be practiced. In Pakistan the law stipulates that Ahmadi is not Islam.
        Islam is the most misunderstood religion. Those who followed the MMDA debate are confused at to some of the Islamic traditions.
        The Kathankudy incident is regrettable but so is the Aluthgama incident.

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          K Pillai so you know have better understanding of The hindus of cow piss drinkers. kill innocent by The Late hindu terroist , in this case done believe LTTE is done, this was doen by sri Lankan army like white van to blame the ltte.to erupt a hatene among tamils-muslims -& Turkey Erdogan is not you fu.. bissnes manor pakistan ahmadi-. talk about you filty filly dirty Hindus of India,

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            cow pissdrinker

            Keep doing what you are doing, at least one day your typing might improve.

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            cow pissdrinker.
            Unable to understand what you have in your mind. Please do not expose your bad upbringing by using abusive language.

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    ” Just Leave the Muslims to me” was the response of the TNA boss Vellala Sambandan, When the previous Government offered to address the grievances of the Tamils in the North and the East , where the Muslims are the majority…………..Soon after Sambandan appointed his Vellalala Mate, the ex Judge, as the CM of Muslim free North, where Mr Pirahaparan did a through cleansing job………That was before or after Kaththanakddy , I am not sure………Bathudeen, Kabir, Hakeem, Mustafa and Sally are all now busy in helping Sambandan to get his Federal Eelaam from Dr Ranil…….. And Sambandan’s apprentice Abraham even declared that Dr Ranil
    will ensure that North can annex the East any time……But they do not want our inhabitants to know it is Eelaam and it is Federal………Has Mangala Samare included the atrocities in Kaththanakaddy and Eravur, as must investigated cases , under the ” Hybrid Court with Foreign Judges agreement ” which he signed with the Bedouin Prince on behalf of Dr Batalanda Ranil?……………………….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “When the previous Government offered to address the grievances of the Tamils in the North and the East , where the Muslims are the majority”

      When did the Muslims become the majority?

      —-Do you think the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist would allow it to happen? Why did MR appoint Karuna as the deputy leader of SLFP and RW is reluctant to charge him for massacre of 600 policemen?

      —Don’t forget Ranil got Karuna out of LTTE which was considered to be the beginning of the end of your mate the psychopath’s fortunes.

      Both UNP and SLFP irrespective of who is running the government both need mercenaries such as VP, Karuna, Pillayan, Douglas, ……..

      By the way where is Pottu Amman? Some believed he shared a bed with Gota?

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    By Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen – As you have quoted from a pastor and not from a cleric or mullah from your religion, let me explain something else. In buddhism we learn something called Vissitude of fortune. Religions (ata lo dahama) and some do not teach these things. So, people celebrate what bad happened to them. The worse part is even now we here religious extremism in Kathankudy. Wahabis not allowing sufi dead to be burried in the same cemetry. Wahabis attacking non-wahabi churches with swords and other weapons. Another thing you are talking what happened to you in your community I suppose. What do you say, the violence happening else where in the world, mostly muslims killing muslims and muslims killing, harassing devotees of other religions ?

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      Jimassofty the Dimwit

      “In buddhism we learn something called Vissitude of fortune. “

      Are you being serious?

      You not only learn but also learn in Buddhism.

      And you want us to believe you. This sounds totally ridiculous. Go away.

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    Historically Muslims in this country are all converted Tamil Hindus.
    There were no Muslims in North – East before the arrival of Portuguese.
    Can this writer explain the need for 6th prayer in the midnight from this mosque during the 90s inviting all followers of Time Machine (which will take you to 4th century)to assemble at the mosque with sticks and swords then proceed to attack neighboring Tamil villages.?
    Can you publish the photos of dead Tamils and their burn properties in East by Muslims home guards with SL Sinhala army?
    Can you explain why Muslims traders who make their income by selling goods in Tamil villages worked as spies for Sinhala army thus responsible for killing thousands of Tamils.?
    Forget about the past can you publish the photos of Hindu temples in the East looted ..razed by your own Muslims? You know very well today your Muslims are selling beef over the destructed temple areas.
    How many in Kattankudi speak Sinhala?
    Muslims in N-E were educated by Tamils and learned the alphabet in politics from Tamil leaders then changed their cap for benefits.
    If it is for you it is blood but for Tamils, it is all tomato juice.eh?
    Thanks for becoming fake Arabs but speak Tamil and promote Islamic terrorism in the country with the funds from Saudi and Qatar ..one day US drones will blast your heads and Allah will abandon you like he did for Saddam Hussain..Kadafi and Osama
    Remember while adjoining Tamil villages wailing and burying their kith and kins you all in Kattankudy enjoyed picnics eh?
    Finally, it is easy for any Sinhala governments to buy Muslims with mister posts and houses. but they can’t do this to Tamils
    Cheers

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      mukkal r mukkals u cant trust them….they r converted hindu tamils….true nothing but true….

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        Jamis Muthu Banda the Tamil speaking Sinhalam

        “mukkal r mukkals u cant trust them….they r converted hindu tamils….true nothing but true….”

        Are you sure about it?

        Actually you are genetically related to Southern hard core anti Tamil/anti Muslim Sinhala/Buddhist fascists and you should either question them or liberate them from Sinhala/Buddhism.

        I think you will make a great companion/comrade of the saffron clad thug Gnanasara.

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          Native Vedda: Stop braying. It is LTTE journalists, and christian – NGOS who coined that term. Now, we have accepted it. Just bear with it.

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            Jimassofty dimwit

            “It is LTTE journalists, and christian – NGOS who coined that term.”

            What did LTTE journalists, and christian – NGOS coin? Was it Jimassofty dimwit?

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      “Finally, it is easy for any Sinhala governments to buy Muslims with mister (sic) posts and houses. but they can’t do this to Tamils.”— So says Cholan.
      *
      Were not Suntharalingam, Sittambalam, Nadesan, Ponnambalam, Thiruchelvam, Devanayagam, Devananda and others (as well as Thondaman. Chandrasekaran et al., if one will not mind including the Hill Country Tamils) ministers?

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      cholan

      You are doing very well and please consider working with BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnansara, Kirama Wimalajothi, ………

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    Jimsofty, I wonder why you left out our “boys” in Myanmar who are massacring Muslims in the name of Buddhism

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    So all the Muslims in unison paid their gratitude where it is due in 2015 January.08. Thank you brothers.
    Soma

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      somass ji

      “So all the Muslims in unison paid their gratitude where it is due in 2015 January.08. “

      Too much riddle in your typing. Please clarify.

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        Sorry mate. CT wouldn’t allow me to type the words used by the Sinhalese who voted for the old king to refer to our Islamic brothers and their mothers after 2015 elections. They also said something about a liquid and a four legged animal. You know Sinhalese is a very resourceful language.
        Soma

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          somass Ji

          “You know Sinhalese is a very resourceful language.”

          I do, when it is used to rouse bigotry and racism by minority Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

          Sinhala language is good, flexible, funny, used in fiery oration, at hustings, …. I love it when jokes are cracked . I have nothing against it as language, in fact we must celebrate it.

          The people must take over the ownership of languages and not allow the parochial racist lot to misuse it.

          By the way watch this clip:
          God Must be Deaf.
          ICES Sri Lanka
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUr7Oca0yh8

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    We didn’t do it; it was the government,. We are liberators and pacifists raised to be devout Christians and devout Hindus. This is a scam. A lie perpetrated by the Singalam Government and Israel

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    “The LTTE initially commenced a hate campaign against the Sri Lankan government and then broadened the spectrum to include the Sinhalese people. They preached hate against the ‘sinhalese’ Sri Lankan government, in order to justify the killing of anyone with even a trace of Sinhalese identity. They used this methodology to declare war against the Sinhalese people, thus wiping out a number of Sinhalese villagers by intimidating and killing them.”

    First of all my heartfelt condolences on the killing of kith and kin and all others. I do not advocate killing as a solution. Every individual has a right, responsibility and obligation to live free whether preached by prophets or terrorists to be killed or executed for various offenses or crimes. Even if prophets preached to execute, killing is a crime. Holland does not practice Islam and the prisons are empty. Crime free countries are better than countries where religious, ethnic extremism are practiced. Your experience should open the eyes of those who support extremism and change their ideologies to live peacefully. By that the lives lost will become more meaningful to our understanding.

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      Ad says, “Holland does not practice Islam and the prisons are empty………..”.
      Where is this Holland with empty prisons?
      Ad goes on “Crime free countries are better than countries where religious, ethnic extremism are practiced………..”.
      Is it coincidence that religious extremism is mainly to be found in countries professing Islam? The latest on the list is Erdogan’s Turkey. India will go the wrong way if the Hindu bigotry takes root. Myanmar Buddhists are openly genociding Rohingyas.

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    It is very sad to recall these incidents…I vividly remember all these incidents as I was in Baticaloa those days …i still remember what a wonderful teacher was Mr shariff Deen Master. I had some opportunities to speak to him ..He was very polite and religious person…always willing to help people and he is an educationlist who want to see children are educated in all communities in Sl..he wanted to see peace among Tamil and Muslim community..
    He encouraged all communities to live in peace..
    The fact that he among prayers on this sad day tell us how religious was he ?
    He and all these 141 Muslim of kanthanduki left a legacy of peace for all community and let all of us now make dua for them and may Allah Grant them a highest place in paradise

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      Ameen (So be it), Ameen, Ya Rabbil Alameen (O Lord of all the worlds).

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    This Is One Of A Series Of Tragedies That Had Taken Place In Our Country Which No Patriotic Citizen Would Liked To See Again………….For The Latter Part ….. It Would Be Better For All Of Us To Know That This Country Was SINHALE Before The Invading British Came To This Country And All People Living In This Country Was SINHALESE………………….Sinhalese Buddhist…Sinhalese Christians ….Sinhalese Hindus…..Sinhalese Islamists………………This We See Now Damage Done To Our Society After The KALU SUDDAS who Took Over This Country From SUDDAS…….Who Changed The Name Of Our Country And Changed The Sinhale Royal Lion Flag …….Sri Lanka Is A Made Up Racialist BAHU-BOOTHA Country Where It Is Shown From The Flag itself That All Three Communities have Been Seperated Color Wise………………………..All These Have To Be Corrected And The Original Name Of Our Country Island Nation Of Sinhale Should Be Reinstated And The Royal Sinhale Lion Flag Should Be Taken As Our National Flag To Get This Nation On Its Foot……… For All People To Live In Peace

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      Patriotic Citizen

      “It Would Be Better For All Of Us To Know That This Country Was SINHALE Before The Invading British Came To This Country And All People Living In This Country Was SINHALESE………………….Sinhalese Buddhist…Sinhalese Christians ….Sinhalese Hindus…..Sinhalese Islamists………………”

      Was it?

      You the stupid descendant of kallathonie have injected your customary pathos into your typing. Once in a while it is entertaining. Thanks.

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    . Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen: I am interestd in fiinding what subject and what specific aspect you studied for your Ph D, where he did it. Because, muslims are pretty bad in fiinding the truth. Instead, they follow what is said in the book or the mullah or cleric.

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      What is your point? So LTTE didn’t kill people? Are you a terrorist sympathiser? By going on an anti muslim rant, you are justifying what the LTTE did. The article is about this guy’s personal experience and his opinion,its not a research paper. A Muslim writes about what the LTTE did to him and everyone looses their minds.

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    Dr. Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen>>>>”1990 Kattankudy Mosque Killings: Reliving Bloodshed & Trauma 27 Years On” >>>I repeat” 27years on”>>>>you say>>> and then you have a sub heading >>>”Lessons TO BE learned”>>>>I am not sure whom you mean>>>>but for gods sake you mean you guys have not learnt anything in the last 27years?

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      If you increase your proficiency in English,you would know what he meant. The lessons are not for muslims alone, its about abandoning racism, which Sri Lanka still suffers from.

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        70 years on since independence Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>>
        59 years on since the 1959 riots Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>>
        44 years on since the 1974 riots Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>>>
        35 years on since the 1983 riots Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>>
        27 years on since the Karaikuddi Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>
        8 years on since the defeat of LTTE Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>
        never ending learning curve>>>

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          Rajash

          “44 years on since the 1974 riots Sri Lanka is learning the lessons>>>>>>>>>”

          Have you just returned from you local village pub? It is 40 years since 1977 riots. Steady on.

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            there were so many riots…4 years is a loose change for the Sinhala racist

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              Rajash

              “there were so many riots…4 years is a loose change for the Sinhala racist”

              It is normal for Sinhalese and Tamils to brush off their mistakes. I am not sure when they are going to accept it as mistake, own it up, say sorry and move on?

              Your clash/conflict with the Sinhalese and Muslims will never end unless you and your other brethren acknowledge mistakes. I know it will hurt your ego (the size of a cricket ground).

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    there are so many Dr. Muslims sprouting like mushrooms and writing in CT. Judging by the quality of the writing …..my question is from where do these jokers their doctorates?
    Hyderabad?

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      Judging by the quality of your comment I have some questions for you.
      A. Did you go to school?
      B. What is wrong with Muslims getting an education,which you clearly lack?
      C. Why is academics, be it Muslims or otherwise,sprouting like mushrooms is a bad thing for you?
      D. What is wrong with Hyderabad?

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    I learned from the history that true peace in Sri Lanka is being fighting among races.

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    No merger of North and East.

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    NATIVE VEDDHA……. Why Are You So Allergic To Facts And Figures……….Can You Hide The Glorious History Of The Island Nation Of SINHALE…………Its Like A Baloon Put On Water………..We See The Mournings of Some Foul Mouths In These Columns………..Where They Are Leading This Country To ………….Over looking History Some Are Like Boomithel SOAKED Garandiyo wage……..Disgusting……I Noted With Respect The Following Quote Some One Had Made………….Isn’t It Great To Live In This 21st Century Where Deleting History Has Become More Important Than Making It….Thank you

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      Patriotic Pathetic Citizen

      “Why Are You So Allergic To Facts And Figures”

      I am not allergic to facts. In fact I love fighting for truth.

      “Isn’t It Great To Live In This 21st Century Where Deleting History Has Become More Important Than Making It”

      Every fascist dictator or aspiring ones try doing it. The public racist Anagarika tried to copy it and failed. You are not the only one who actively seeking to manufacture new history. Many in this island also do in the hope that they too contribute substantially to knowledge. You know what, garbage in garbage out.

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    However its very sad to know that it was the same writer, was behind the spawning of an obscurantist ideology in his home town, Kattankudy; with funds from the Wahhabi demagogues in the Arabian Peninsula; which resulted in unleashing a reign of terror in an otherwise peaceful people.

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      This writer has no link with wahabi groups. You got it wrong .he spend his money on poor students..why you cannot appreciate HIS good work..

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      A very serious accusation. Have you got substantial evidence of this?

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      Wow, you are a lier. The writer is an academic.
      He has no interest in local religious or political issues at all.
      His focus is empowerment and education of rural children and needy people nothing else.
      When you write behind nick names, think twice before unfolding diabolical lies.

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    Your writing does not reflect your academic qualification! When you pointing a finger at LTTE 4 fingers are pointing at you, the Muslims. True to yourself and your ancestors, all the muslims in Srilanka are Arabs is a big joke !

    Sri

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    27 years ago,the LTTE committed an atrocity(one of the many atrocities) on 3 August. I believe the writer is documenting his personal experience of being a direct victim. Its sad that most of the juvenile commentators in this platform are not able to recognise that. Just because he highlighted the Kattankudy killings, the onus of documenting all other terrorist atrocities doesn’t fall on him. By all means investigate and highlight all atrocities done by the LTTE. After all CT is providing a platform.

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    LTTE is re grouping in Jaffna…….This is what the UNP IGP said………. He had to o rush to Kopai , after two Police Officers were attacked by the MoPad Gang…….. After checking the crime scene and talking to the Officers. UNP IGP called a meeting in Jaffna Library….. He said the LTTE cadres are carrying out these attacks. If this is allowed to go on , it will be full on LTTE again. he told the gathering of Civil and Religious Leaders in jaffna……….Wonder whether Vellala Wiigy and the TNA were there……..Did the IGP get clearance from Dr Ranil and Mangala Samare before he made this address…..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “He said the LTTE cadres are carrying out these attacks. If this is allowed to go on , it will be full on LTTE again.”

      The UNP IGP must be a secret admirer of Gota, or Gota’s sleeper in the police department.

      Pottu Amman’s boys who switched their loyalty to Gota and became Gota’s boys over night are seen more powerful than the regular soldiers according to informed sources close to Army. Gota’s boys keep an eye on the army boys and snitch on them. Don’t you think former Pottu Amman boys are very useful to Gota than defunct LTTE?

      By the way has the present Government resolved all its disputes with Hindia? Think about it. Is it the defense suppliers desperate for a long term huge contracts?

      What is in it for you?

      Maybe 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, ……………………….. to keep the people in a state of permanent paranoia? The Country Needs Dayan and you.

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    It seems Tigers gave sufficient warnings to Muslims in Kattankudi not to use Mosque to encourage an attack on Tamils and thuggery against them.
    But as usual hoping Allah will come for their safety these Muslims ignored the warnings only after this incident happened.
    Any of these commentators witnessed what these Muslims mullahs talk inside the mosque against other races?
    And these Muslims have a habit that they will never expose the murderers, terrorists, and plotters among them.. because 4th-century-time Machine is against exposing brothers.
    Finally nobody trust Muslims.
    Look at the Middle East now brothers against each others neck …and the west is selling 3rd graded weapons using this opportunity ..and soon Muslim population in the Middle East will be diminished

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      Hello Cholan,
      Haven’t you got a proper name?
      Please get your facts correct.
      Whoever commits crime MUST be punished for what they have done. This could be LTTE, Muslim or Sinhalease homeguards or even government forces.
      There was no hate speech in the mosque of Kattankudy. In 1990 people were in fear for their own lives how they could deliver hate speech. Hate speech is not existing in Kattankudy mosque in the past or present but on contrary they encourage coexistence and peace loving life with other Muslims and other communities.
      Kattankudy Muslims helped Tamils throughout the history but LTTE betrayed them and ruined Tamil Muslim relations. Even today over 2000 Tamil workers work in Kattankudy. If Kattankudy shut the doors for non Muslim workers they will be unemployed.
      LTTE are barbarians, some of them killed even their own parents. What do you expect from this animals other than killing anyone?
      LTTE received what they deserve, Tamils are not our enemies neither Sinhalese.
      There are good and evil in every community. Whoever are evil they MUST be eliminated that could be anyone.

      Please watch this link which will show you what LTTE did
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBnTzM7JbMg

      http://www.mfa.gov.lk/images/stories/Store/Document/Publications/LTTE_Atrocities14june.pdf

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    Muslims remember their losses but they don’t remember the losses to Tamils & Sinhalese! Tamils remember their losses but they don’t rember the losses to Sinhalese and Muslims!, Sinhalese remember their losses but they don’t remember the losses to Tamils and Muslims! The beauty is that there is no Srilankan or human being to remember the losses to this beautiful island, the losses to the democracy, losses to the rule of law & justice, losses for humanity and civilization. Who is responsible for these losses?

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    The so called Sri Lankan Moors or Muslims are ethnic Tamils whose Tamil Hindu ancestors converted to Islam. Their Dravidian ancestors arrived from the South Indian Tamil country a few centuries ago. Not from Morocco( Moors) or from the Arabian Gulf. Some of them may have some Arabian or other western Asias/North India or Afghan blood but this still does not make them Moors Arabs North Indians or Afghans. They are Dravidian Tamils whose ancestors converted from Hinduism to Islam. The parent population from whom they originated in Tamil Nadu proudly call themselves Tamil Muslims but they are not but Moors. Is this a joke? They are using their religion and a little bit of Arab blood in them to claim a fake Arab identity and completely ignore their more than 95% Dravidian Tamil heritage. They still speak Tamil and until the espoused the fanatical Saudi Wahhabi cult, were following the Tamil culture dress and the Tamil form of Islam that they brought from their South Indian homeland. Like I stated many times Islam is a religion and an ethnicity or race. It is followed by many races and ethnicity and also in many forms. The Muslims in Sri Lanka are Tamils by ethnicity and Muslim by religion. Everyone else recognizes this truth other than the Sinhalese establishment and government . In order to divide and rule the island’s Tamils on the basis of origin caste religion and region and the Sr i Lankan Muslims as they think denying their actual Tamil origin and ethnicity and aggressively claiming a fake Arab/Moor origin will politically serve then better. The Malays and Borah are correctly identifying themselves by their origin and ethnicity and not claiming any fake origins unlike the Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they want to call themselves.

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    Contd. Many genuine Tamil Muslim scholars thinkers and politicians in the north and east unlike the opportunistic variety of so call Muslim politicians and scholars knew this truth and worked hard to bring unity and amity between the island’s Tamil Hindus/Christians and the Tamil Muslims. The great Muslim politician from the east the late Mudaliar Kariappar openly stated ” the only difference between the island’s Tamils( HIndu/Christian) and Muslims is religion otherwise everything else is the same. Origin language culture ETC” Now opportunistic Muslim politicians and elite, especially in the south and fanatics who are brainwashed by the imported stone age Wahhabi philosophy are denying this truth and create a fake Arab Wahhabi Sri Lankan Muslim heritage and culture that was never there. The author of this article knows this. This is dangerous not only for the island but for the entire region. You can already see the results of this in the east . Kattankudi , where this author is from. In the Gulf when Sri Lankan Muslims try to claim Arab heritage the Arabs used to laugh and say what nonsense they are Malabaris ( meaning from Kerala, to them all South Indians are from Kerala) . Unlike what the author states the Muslims in the north and east just like the Tamils in these regions, hardly speak Sinhalese. Muslims down south may but not here.. The Muslims only arrived in the east a few centuries ago, as refugees fleeing Portuguese persecution along the western coast and then Sinhalese persecution in the Kandyan areas, where they fled first. Prior to the arrival of the Portuguese the east was 100% Tamil Hindu. At the behest of the then king of Kandy Senarath, who had loose control parts of the east , the eastern Tamil Vannimannai chiefs agreed to give refuge to these fleeing Muslims largely men, because they were ethnic Tamil and they felt they had to help. They gave them land and settled them away from the native Tamil Hindu villages and also gave these Tamil Muslim men , local Hindu Tamil Mukkuva women as brides for them to settle down and start a family. This is the reason the eastern Muslims used to follow the Tamil Mukkuva law and their matriarchal/Kudi systems. Kattankudi was one of these first settlements where the Hindu eastern Tamil chiefs settled these Tamil Muslim refugee men.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma, you are trying your best to twist the fact.

      Please read the following article:
      http://asj.upd.edu.ph/mediabox/archive/ASJ-19-1981/ali.pdf

      This will give you the real pictures.

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      Whenever a subject on Muslims raised in CT articles, this Australoid Tamil crow Real Siva Sankaran Sharma start his cawing. This low class (I won’t say low caste because there are classy people in low caste) paraiah will always try to make Moors Tamil converts. Why this fellow has so much hatred toward Moors trying to change their ethnicity? Is he a paid servant of somebody or is he gaining something by doing this. You may caw as much as you like but for us you are always from a slavish backward breed civilized by us couple of hundred years back before the westerners arrival.

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    The tamils regret for the killing of muslims at Kanthankudy,but what about the killing of tamils at the following places by the muslim home guards,Valathapitiya ,Veeracholai,Mallikativu,Cenkaladi,Veeramunai,Charukondan,Vantharumoolai and Puthukudiruppu’?.More than 1000 tamils were killed by muslims,whereas only 140 muslims were killed at Kattankudy.These beasts,even raped and cut the breasts of tamil girls,because they follow a draconic,baberic,pagan religion.The muslims want every thing for them and they think that they are the super human being.Further,not a single muslim politician asked pardon from the tamil community,for the atrocities done by the muslim home guards.Sinhalese are far more better than these fanatics.Now this the time for the tamils to cooperate and collaborate with Sinhalese to avoid a disaster in the near future.

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      Hello Singing Fish, Wanakkam Aiyya

      Killing of any innocent (Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims or anyone else) is a CRIME and CRIME nothing but punishable CRIME.

      Please read what LTTE criminals did in the history from 1970 until they wiped out at Nadikadal in 2017 by successfully crushing the worthless and useless head of Prabakaran who lead mass massacres of many valuable lives. He MUST be killed million times to equate what he has done. Full list of LTTE atrocities have been listed at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE#Attacks_by_decade

      The list of massacre should not stop only with what you have stated. There are many more Veeracholai, Valathapitiya, Mallikativu, Cenkaladi, Veeramunai, Charukondan, Vantharumoolai and Puthukudiruppu. There are many more including Kokkadicholai and the rest.

      It is not which religious people were killed. It is how many HUMAN were killed. Please come out of racist narrow shell. Stand against every injustice against any human being Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslims.

      Read this for what LTTE tamils did to Muslims:
      http://www.bazeerlanka.com/2011/03/1990-war-year-of-ethnic-cleansing-of.html?m=1

      Regarding pagen religion you claimed, i am very sympathetic for your ignorance, open your eyes the you talk. I hope next time you will not be that much dump. I dont think Muslims drink cow’s urine as you drink.

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        What is the difference between Hindus and Muslims as Muslims drink camel urine. Hindus apply burnt cow dung on forehead only while Muslims apply burnt camel dung all over their body and stink. Buddhists go to Hindu temples and apply the ash as there is nothing wrong with it. Have you heard of any Buddhist going to a mosque or applying camel dung ash. For Buddhists Hinduism comes next and is above Islam.

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    Dr Sheriffdeen a good article so the younger generation will know what a vicious and murderous organization this LTTE was. Muslims did not not belong to either side and the bad deeds they carried out. They murdered the innocents while praying. You can see the punishment they got. More than 500 times of those numbers of LTTEers and their innocents folks were massacred and completely eliminated except for one murderous bastard Karuna.

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