21 September, 2019

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2019 Bhora Conference: A Political Post-Mortem

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The 2019 conference of Bohra Muslims, held in Colombo for ten days from 1st September, attended by more than 20,000 members of that community from several parts of the world, and with the theme, “We Believe in Sri Lanka”, was a remarkable event for several reasons. Firstly, it was the first conference of that size organized by this tiny Shia Muslim community of between 2,000 and 3,000 souls. Secondly, it was unique in the sense that it was held in a country whose nearly 2 million Muslim population is overwhelmingly Sunni. Given the ongoing tensions between these two sects in Islam internationally the choice of the Buddhist majority Sri Lanka was apt.  Thirdly, it took place at a time when the Muslim community in general is living in a state of anguish because of anti-Muslim protests and demonstrations organised by several Buddhist supremacist groups. Anti-Muslim feelings have increased in intensity since the infamous Easter terror unleashed by a bunch of murderous Muslim lunatics. Historically speaking such anti-Muslim feelings in Sri Lanka are more an exception than normal. Fourthly, the conference is a welcoming event to a desperate tourist industry, which has been struggling to make ends meet after the infamous Easter, and the conference is reported to have brought in around US$31 million or 900 million rupees as foreign exchange within  a couple of weeks to a debt burdened economy.

What is even more remarkable in the current political climate of the country is the unusual tough stand that government and its security apparatus had taken to check any disruption to this Muslim event, which was expected to come from the supremacist groups like Ravana Balakaya, Sinhala Ravaya and Bodu Bala Sena. It was reported that the Colombo Magistrate Court issued a special order against any unruly demonstrations in the vicinity of the conference, and that that order was handed in person by the police to the leaders of these organizations. The conference ended successfully and without any incident, and the government and its justice department deserve to be congratulated. It should be noted in passing that except the JVP leader AKD, no other political stalwart had the courage to condemn in public the demonstrations planned by the supremacists. 

Be that as it may, the question arises as to why the same government and its security arm did fail to take the same stand when the same supremacists went on rampaging against Muslims, ransacking their businesses and destroying their property in Negombo, Chilaw, Kurunegala and other towns, in the immediate aftermath of the bloody Easter? Is there a double standard here, one towards minority Shias and another towards majority Sunnis? The answer seems to be obvious, money talked louder and forced the government to act in the first case while politics dictated inaction in the second.  Adding the two together did the country and its economy gain in net terms? CERTAINLY NOT.

To take the financial aspect first, money gained through the Bohra Conference is only part of the revenue lost through the Easter carnage and subsequent anti-Muslim unrest. From all accounts it is now clear that that carnage could have been prevented had the authorities acted promptly on information received through domestic and foreign sources. Government failure killed hundreds of innocent lives, traumatised thousands more and destroyed millions of rupees worth of property. From the point of view of the economy, the tourist industry suffered immeasurably and Muslim businesses were crippled by organised boycotts and self-enforced closures.

Furthermore, the Bohra community, though tiny, yet is relatively affluent.  Members of that community are mainly engaged in wholesale textile business and trade in diamonds and precious stones. An average Borah Muslim is better off economically in comparison to an average Sunni Muslim. From the 1950s, the leaders of the left parties tirelessly accused the Borah merchants for financing the capitalist UNP. Money therefore talked louder and government promptly acted to protect the conference. Looking from another angle, through this conference, Bhora Shias helped the tourist industry to recover at least part of the losses it suffered at the hands of Sunni terrorists, and therefore the conference deserved government support.    

Politically however, this support was a calculated strategy on the part of government to win back the sympathy of Sunni Muslims, which it lost because of the failure to protect them during those tumultuous post-Easter weeks. How does one rationalise this strategy?

Electorally and in terms of voting strength, Bohra Shias do not count even one percent of Muslim vote bank. However, in popular Buddhist image Bohra Shias are known for their belief in Sufism and meditative practices, which are resonant with the spiritual ethos of Buddhism.  Thus, support to Shia Muslims would not damage government’s share of Buddhist vote bank more than marginally. On the contrary, the popular and historic image of the Sunni majority as a sociable and tolerant people of Sri Lanka has suffered significantly in recent times, at least since 1980s, because of certain imported but religiously framed cultural practices, which I have discussed in detail in previous contributions to this journal. (See for example, “From The Safest To An Insecure Sri Lanka For Muslims”, Colombo Telegraph, 6, 9 & 14 March 2018). Unfortunately, the tag of Wahhabism, an eponymous ultra-conservative Saudi Arabian official Islam, has come to be attached to identify the behaviour and practices of this sect. Wahhabism, as a religious ideology is anathema to Buddhist supremacists since they equate that ideology with Islamist terrorism. There is now a Buddhist clergy led campaign advocating the eradication of this ideology from the country. Rev. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, the secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, who was imprisoned for contempt of court but pardoned by President MS and released, and Rev. Athuraliye Rathna, a parliamentarian and founding member of JHU, are leading this campaign. It was in this politically charged and religiously volatile context that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena calculated their odds in sympathising or otherwise with Muslims during those post-Easter stormy weeks. With a presidential election looming, in which both leaders want to contest, they decided to sacrifice the interests of Muslims to minimise damage to Buddhist vote bank, over which the supremacists are feared to be commanding significant influence. This was also the reason why even the opposition parties, with the exception of JVP, are at least silently courting the supremacists at the expense of Muslims.

On the whole, the government’s discriminatory behaviour between minority Shias and majority Sunnis on the one hand, and between Muslims in general and supremacists on the other has certainly estranged its support among Muslim voters. In that sense, the action it took to stop the anti-conference demonstrations was too little too late. This does not mean that Muslim voters are going to throw their support behind the opposition. In one of his recent public addresses, Wimal Weerawansa M.P, did not mince his words when he spoke that, if Muslims were to live in peace and carry on with their ordinary businesses they should vote Gotabya for the Presidency. By that, did he imply that it was Gota who was behind the recent anti-Muslim incidents and that therefore he was the only man to put a stop to them? One would wish Weerawansa did not mean it, but Muslim voters are scrutinising every word of his irresponsible utterance.

The three contending major parties, UNP, SLFP and SLPP have lost so much credibility in recent years that voters, especially those of the two minority communities, feel totally betrayed. There is therefore a desperate search for a third or fourth alternative. As far as Muslims are concerned they may not even follow the advice of their own leaders this time. The two Muslim parties SLMC and ACMC exist more for the wellbeing of the leaders, their families and cronies than for the advancement of the community.  Time has come for Muslims to think outside the usual circle. What should they do? The idea of nominating a Muslim as a candidate at the presidential election, apparently not to win but to gather 3,000,000 votes, to decide who will be the next president is a short sighted gamble that can back fire badly. More on this later.

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    It is good to note that the conference by Bohra Muslims ended on a successful note. Localities around Bambalapitiya and Colpetty became too busy during these ten days with Bohra community were able move freely. Police and army did a wonderful job to make sure that security and traffic were in total control. But unfortunately the role played by Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) was a total disaster, street lights along Marine drive and elsewhere didn’t function properly. The roads around the conference area were in a state of disgrace as there too many potholes caused traffic congestion. CMC’s administration was a total disaster and disgrace to the country. If they work in this manner how could they cater for the requirements of mega projects like Port City etc.

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      Nice to have the Bohras in town, lovely folk and Sufis are welcome in Sri Lanka – anytime!
      But the Wahabi Salafi Terrorism exporting Saudi Shura whose members funded and helped the American Octopus that is trying to squeeze, strangle and colonize Sri Lanka with Easter Bombings and economic terrorism must be banned.
      Soon after the Bohra conference, US puppet Bondscam Ranil and Karu are hosting the Saudi Wahabis who export terrorism all over the world in the Cesspit of corruption called the Parliament. Saudi Wahabis funded the Hisbullah, Bahtudeen, Kabira Hashim land grab in Wilpattu and Mannar and Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and the Ocean grab in Trincomalee for the US military bases project to wage Maritime Hybrid Warfare aka. maritime Terrorism in the India Ocean against Asian economies and China.

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        The US Octopus fake Peace Corps analysts were spreading fake news and whipping up fear psychosis that supremacist groups like Ravana Balakaya, Sinhala Ravaya and Bodu Bala Sena would have a field day attacking Muslims but that story was fake news to weaponize religion by the same external parties who staged the Easter Carnage in Sri Lanka to set up military bases.

        Thankfully now hopefully the racist saffron thugs have got the message that if they attack Muslims they would be supporting the Western imperialists and American Octopus to destabilize Lanka and turn it into a giant military base for the biggest rogue state in the world!

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          The Anti Muslim project is a work of a MASSIVE Grand Alliance led by the US/ISRAELI Zionist Masters and with the Asian regional partners comprising India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Australia etc. The Sri Lankan system and its population is fully controlled by the GOVIGAMA Ruling Elite Mafia (secret Jews) who have been assigned to function as the trusted local agents of the Zion. Now, why would the Zionists need to destroy the Muslims…and that also the Asian ones???? This is where the interesting part begins and leads one to the Islamic end times prophesies the one which is studied by the Zionist Gurus who have programmed the UN and Global political power structure, the Global Financial power and the Global Military Power in accordance with the prophesies of Islam, something unknowing to the Muslims, who have been kept divided on varieties of differences. The Zionists created all the divisions of the Muslims to keep them away from being united like what the Muslims had during the earliest stages of Islam that conquered powerful nations at that time in the history. —over to Part2-

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            Part 2—— Now coming to the GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE MAfia and their “Intensified” Anti Islam or the WAR ON ISLAM strategies have many layers. We could focus on two main News items that clears the doubts in anyone’s mind of their involvement by the expose’ of the TOP LEVEL GOVIGAMA ELITES, that came by accident through this. Number One: Being, Wimal Weerawangse (The Stupid Racist Baffoon) warning the Muslims, that if they want to live in safe and security, without pogrom or any violence unleashed on them, that they must vote for GOTA. The cat is let out of the bag….So, indirectly he was saying that it is them who are waging the War On Islam and the Muslims. Number Two: Vasudeva declaring that it is only a GOVIGAMA ELITE MEMBER can become the PRESIDENT and the door is slammed on others in the Sinhala race. These two items confirms that the UNFORTUNATE happenings, Killings, Looting, Arsons, Pogroms, Riots are all well organised CRIMES powered by the Ruling Elite Mafia – GOVIGAMA clan, for political reasons.. if not for GEO POLITICS of the Zion (The establishment of a Greater Israel). over to Part 3——-

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              David Icke, the expert in Freemasonic and the Secret Cult “Illuminati” Conspiracy and the Zionist system which is behind all the events in the world that is causing mayhem all over the world, could not have put it in a better way than his latest YouTube Video under the title…”David Icke-Fighting the Satanic Death Cult” about how the Elites all over the world are connected Ideologically, Politically, Militarily, Religiously, Culturally in an Evil Alliance with no empathy for the innocent people who became their victims. Imagine US and Europe, the champions of the so called Human Rights do nothing to the Sri Lankan Govigama Mafia Ruling Elite crimes. US/ Israeli backing rendered to Gota is simply unforgivable crime against the whole humanity…. pls watch the following video : https://youtu.be/HN6dh733RoM

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        D.
        You mean Sufis with money i.e. the Bohras. Is that not normal human behavior?

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      may success as it poured dollares in to ceylon but kaavi reddayas is a curse .. see video
      http://www.jaffnamuslim.com/2019/09/blog-post_268.html

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    So did the Uber and Trishaw drivers refuse to take these Muslim hires? How about the racist supermarkets? Any racist signs outside? It is time the Sinhala Buddhist supremacists realize that they need the Muslims to progress in this country, and that the Muslim money, whether from the Middle East, or events like this, HELPS the economy. It is time the politicians emphasized the need for unity, and condemn these supremacists, but they still remain missing in action, playing their own political games.

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    Dr, Amir Ali the Shia Bohra are an ethnic Guajarati Muslim community , who speak Gujrati as their mother tongue and are deeply immersed in Guajarati culture. They are a prosperous trading community m here and in India and are very peaceful and do not involve in politics , epecially dirty wedge poltics like Sri Lankan Muslims do and mind their own business , therefore no one hates them or want to hurt them. Other than the slender thread of Islam , which again is very different variant of Islam , they have nothing in common with the Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they love to call themselves. They were Sunni but now the vast majority Wahhabi or Salafist , which will be an anathema to these Shia Bohrahs. The Borah are North or West Indian Gujarti Shias. The fake Arab so called Sri Lankan Muslims are from South India, largely low caste, converted Dravidian Tamil HIndus, or descended from converted Tamil Buddhists and Jains, who were persecuted and did not want to convert to Hinduism. This is why many Sri Lankan and other Tamil Muslims take the title /family name Nainar which is a title generally given to Tamil Jains. Despite claiming an exclusive Arab or other western Asian or North/Central Indian ancestry , there is very little of this in them only around 5% of them can claim to have a distant male Arab ancestor. Even this 5% is predominantly of Tamil ancestry on their paternal side and 100% on their maternal side. Unlike the peaceful Borah who mind their own business and do not hurt anyone, The Sri Lankan Muslims are generally nasty , self centred , vindictive, backstabbing and can never be trusted.

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    The Sinhalese also never trusted them and despise them but cunningly used them and encouraged this Arab origin myth to create a wedge and divide and rule the Tamils. They gave them peanuts and some benefits , that should have rightly gone to the Tamils . Now that the Sinhalese think that they have vanquished the Tamils , they are showing their true feelings and scorn that they had for these fake Arab immigrant Tamil Muslims from South India , calling themselves Moors. Every one now hates them . The Sinhalese , the Tamils and even the Arabs have stated that the Sri Lankan Muslims are converted South Asians , meaning Tamil Hindu or other religion converted to Islam. What have they gained or achieved by betraying their own ethnicity , culture, language by running behind the Sinhalese and Arabs. Nothing only hate and despise and no one wants them or trusts them. The Sinhalese the Tamils , the Indian Tamils nor the Arabs or anyone. This is the difference between you fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist/Sunni Tamil Muslims/Moors and the Shia Gujarati Bohra.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma:
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      Let me tell you the difference between you and a Sri Lankan Muslim:
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      Sri Lankan Muslims imported less than 50% Arab culture, maybe 5% of Arabic language and 10% of Arab looks and call themselves Arabs.
      .
      Whereas a Tamil like you, soaked in 100% of Tamil Nadu culture, 100% of Tamil Nadu language, and 100% of Tamil Nadu looks, YET you call yourself not one of them, and boast some kind of special species found only in SL. How come bro?

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        My darling ghk, you are super genious!

        Well said son.

        Somebody had to say this to Siva Sankar Sharma who is orignally from Toiletnadu.

        (no no I’m not Daisy Aunty; Dulcie)

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          Are you a transvestite Dulcie Aunty ? You sound like one

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          It is sad to see the situation is getting worsen in Sri Lanka as SL is fast becoming a Toiletnadu, for example the state of the toilets in Bandaranayake International airport, toilets in Intercity trains and general hospitals etc. Hope this would reach the ears of the authorities.

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            On another side, if our flights, hotels & tourism depend on India, sure that will expedite us soon becoming a toilet nadu. Why can’t people see that our roads, entertainment, culture, medicines have already been hijacked by Indians? Some Indian businessmen use SL for opening businesses, just to close in few months to get away from huge loans taken from banks.

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        Keep on dreaming Thullukan .50% Arab culture all recently imported from Saudi Arabia 5% Arabic language and 10% Arab looks but 95% descended from low caste Hindu Tamil converts from South India and pathetically cawing around that they are Arabs.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma, keep on dreaming that the Dutch brought selected Brahmins to water their tobacco farms as slaves, and you hailed from those Brahmins.

          The colonial masters brought slave labors of low caste from Toilet Nadu and Malabar, and grabbed the Sinhalese farmers lands & offered to you for their advantage. Why there is a link between Malabar and Thesawalamai, if you’re a some kind of special species found only in SL?

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            Only thing low caste imported from South India by the Dutch were you fake Arab low caste converts and the ancestors of half the present day Sinhalese population. Keep on posting lies converted low caste , low bred but the truth will not change. In the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin , running his own actual Tamil ethnicity down and running behind Arabs and the Sinhalese and try to create wedge politics. Proving what I stated is true. Sri Lankan Muslims are a bunch of lying opportunistic backstabbers , who can never be trusted.

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              you still barking here about CAST being you are ” SOOTHTHIRAN SAKKILIYA ” – the worst lowest class catergorized all TAMILANS by MANUDARMA written by 1000 years ago so still north indian paappanans are called you SOOTHTHIRA SAKKILI.. But you not realise your cast..
              but we advice you to be a GOOD HUMAN BEING , good Tamilan..

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      As usual, silly SSS warped mindset, still living in the past. Who cares where Muslims descended from, since the past cannot be changed, but their future is what is important since it can be targeted, for better or for worse.
      If what you claim is true, SL Muslims are converts from low caste Hindus, Dravidians and Jains, so what? Who cares from where they came from? All are welcome into the fold of Islam. Look at the many converts in the West where Jews and Christians convert to Islam on a daily basis, in spite of the Mega-negative media publicity aired 24/7. The important question is, what did they gain or lose by their conversions. The truth remains, they all achieved human dignity and equality in self respect, and to belong to one family of humanity, universally as Muslims. Black or White, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Arabian or Indian, they are all the same. Everyone is felt welcome into the fold of Islam. Once they become Muslim, they stay put and grow, refusing to go back. So just consider, is that a good or a bad thing? Does that mean their conversion made them a success or a failure? The fact remains, they would rather forget their degrading past and a Caste system meant to divide and rule, instead look towards a brighter future free of any shackles, where equal opportunity thrives. Eventually they will take with them the good in what they did and leave behind from their lineage, a new generation of Muslims to continue in their footsteps.

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        Who cares but no one but only you and the rest of the converted low castes that is why you keep on cawing around that you are of Arab descent , when 95% of you are descended from converted Tamil low castes from South India. If you do not care about your actual origin , you will not lie to gains benefits. The Sinhalese racists and establishment care, as they want to divide and rule the Tamils and ultimately destroy them all, so encourage the s power hungry selfish self centered Muslim elite and [politicians the brain wash the Muslim masses who are 100% Dravidian Tamils , that they are Arabs and hate their Tamil origin. The Sinhalese also encourage this myth , as they themselves are spreading another myth that they are of North Indian Aryan heritage, when in reality most them are again descended from largely low caste South Indian immigrants from ancient Tamilakam. modern day Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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          Moda Siva,

          Who has defined a certain cast low and a certain cast high?
          No one else but them selves.

          Any one could define any thing and belive anything

          As long as they want to belive it.

          That is why a secular system has been accepted in Western countries
          This is to keep religion and beliefs out of politics.

          People should step up in their thinking and treat one another with the same value as they give themselves.

          Thinking on communal, cast, clan, tribe religious lines will only destroy

          Sri Lanka

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            Stupid Wimpy Kid abusing me here for stating the truth about the actual origin of you fake/pretend Arab so called Sri Lankan Moors , will not change your DNA or make you Arab or the myth of the so called Moor/Arab origin , that only a few of you marginally have will not change. You are still largely descended from largely low caste immigrant South Indian ,Tamil Hindu converts to Islam. What you and the rest of the Sri Lankan Muslims are trying to do is aggressively abuse and try to shut up any person who dares to state the truth. When the Portuguese called you Moors it was in relation to religion and not to your ethnicity , as the only Muslims , they had met or had interactions , prior to their voyages , were the Moors from North Africa , who ruled the Iberian peninsular for around a 1000 years. Understood. Islam is a religion and is not an ethnicity or race. Your ethnicity is Tamil and your religion is Islam , so you are a Tamil Muslim. A little bit of Arab, Afghan, donkey or monkey DNA does not change this truth or now wearing Arab dresses and trying to imitate and be more Arab than the Arabs , also will not change it. You pathetic are only looking more and more idiotic and stupid to the world and becoming a laughing stock.

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              OK OK you are a pure blue bloded Tamil
              You are right – I am a MONKY

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          SS Sharma, please go back to your native land – Toiletnadu

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    Dear Mr. Ameer Ali,

    ” Time has come for Muslims to think outside the usual circle”

    Apparently, you choice is JVP. But the minorities voting for JVP at a Presidential Election is like abstaining the votes. Instead, minorities should caste their votes against, to defeat a candidate they don’t like.

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      Hadn’t the ‘minorities’, especially Sri Lankan Muslims, learned anything from playing fiddle to majoritarian politics in the past? Did it save them from anti-Muslim riots?
      By the way, JVP is no exception. They are also doing the same electoral politics, pandering to Sinhala chauvinism one way or another.

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        thamizh, you’re right. Even if we learn, what can the selfish thinking Muslims do except voting to defeat a candidate they don’t like at this time? On the other hand, Muslim do have to reform themselves in many aspects. Sinhala racist segments are wrong but that doesn’t mean Muslims are right or there are no racist among Muslims. Mostly, it is Muslims’ selfishness, greed, idiocy, cunning that made most of Sinhalese & Tamils hate Muslims.

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      Mohd,
      In my opinion, any efforts to encourage voters think beyond racial “circle” has to be appriciated but what Ameer Ali is doing is completely the opposite: pitting Sunni’s against Shia. Introduction of Muslim sectarian violence is the last thing SL need. Even Sunni Jihadists didn’t go this far!

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    There is politics behind this.. Foxy Ranil used them to politics and money. there is a unity among this tiny community but sunni fight each others in the name of regionalism and sect.. Colombo Muslims are different Baticaloa Muslims, upcountry Muslims are different Muslims are different northern Muslims.. Wahabi are different from Tablighi.. what a joke. They should learn a lesson from Bohra..

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    Ameer Ali,
    It looks like you trying to make a mountain out of an anthill. I don’t think that those who carried out post-Easter bombing violence did care much about the difference between Shia & Sunni. As a matter of fact, a majority of SL non-Muslims even don’t know whether such a division ever exists in SL! Therefore, your accusation that Gvt’s failure to protect Muslims from opportunists is totally unfounded. All I can say is that you are losing your credibility as a Muslim intellectual every time you write something on Muslim issues since the Easter Bombing.

    Both A Rathana & G Ganasara don’t see eye to eye on their ant-Muslim stand therefore your efforts to put them in one basket only shows the ignorance from your part. Besides, why try to poke someone who are out of the public scene at least for the time being? Isn’t it like “holding stray sanakes & yelling for help?

    Your Sunni background may have created pains in you against the Bohra conference. But, how can a person calling himself an intellectual fall into such a low level of ethnic intolerance? With such an intolerance, what rights you have to complain against ethnic discrimination? You blame each & every political parties except JVP for not protecting Muslims but, can you show what the the JVP did to stop A Rathana from afsting or to defend Dr Safi?

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    Dear ( self proclaimed High Cast Tamil Brahmin ) Siva Sankaran Sharma!

    At last you accept that the lately converted Sri Lankan Muslims are still suffering from the Tamil mentality venom mixed with Tamil blood by saying the following;

    “… , meaning Tamil Hindu or other religion converted to Islam. What have they gained or achieved by betraying their own ethnicity , culture, language by running behind the Sinhalese and Arabs. Nothing only hate and despise and no one wants them or trusts them. The Sinhalese the Tamils , the Indian Tamils nor the Arabs or anyone”

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    Ali!
    ………….” same government and its security arm did fail”………….? . They did fail because the Bhora community is not considered a ‘threat’ to Sinhalese and the Buddhists. Further, the conference was an ‘advertisement’ to the world that everything is fine in Srilanka and the tourists may come and go as they like. I had a chat with one of the young Bhora from Gujarat at the beach and he seems to have enjoyed the visit and appear to be satisfied with the arrangements for their safety although Srilankan public was caught up in the ‘safety net’ unable to move freely in the Marine Drive and Galle road in particular. The young man also said that he will be gong round Srilanka for a couple of more days before he leaves,
    Well, all these special security arrangements including the Road Blocks would not have been necessary if the Security would have been normal and Buddhism not being given the ‘foremost place’.

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      spot on.
      not only are the Bohras not considered a threat to Sinhalese Buddhists but Sri Lankan state badly needed to project an image of ‘normalcy’ to the outside world by having the conference take place.

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      “Bhora community is not considered a ‘threat’ to Sinhalese and the Buddhists” – Of course, but as long as their population doesn’t increase. In the recent times, a few Saudi officials and now Shura council Speaker is here. I guess all targeting Muslim votes. I don’t think Saudis even know that there is a community called Bohra exists in the world, so there is no link between these people visiting at the same time.

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        Of course the Saudis are aware of them, as their close relatives the Shia Khojas from the Kutch area in Gujarat/Pakistan have been living in the Arabian Gulf for centuries , especially in countries like Oman and UAE and are very successful business people. Especially in Oman , where most of the large businesses are in their hands. They speak Kutchi , which is very closely related to Sindhi but are also very fluent in Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Baluchi and Gujarathi. The Saudis are not interested in them as they are Shias and will be considered as heretics

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          Siva,
          I am sure you will make the Saudies aware if they are not aware.
          good work

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      The Sinhala Buddhist can do nothing right. Even when he does, he is wrong.

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    I bet the Sunni Saudi Wahabists and the ISIS loving douchebags who want to blow themselves up for 72 virgins in heaven were furious. For zealot Wahabi Muslims and ISIS, Taleban and Al Qaeda Shias are Apostates and Infidels.

    You bloody Sunnis who relentlessly attack other religions and blame Israel for everything take note: WAHABI, Al Qaeda, ISLAMIC terrorists are Sunnis with Saudi ideology. You are the ones who blew up the historic Shia Mosque in Karbala. You have slaughtered thousands of Shias in Iraq; you blow up Shia mosques in almost 100% MUSLIM PAKISTAN; fucking cannot blame BBS and Monks can you? Same with Afghanistan too; you cannot blame Buddhists or Israel can you? A historic mosque was totally flattened in Karbala.

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    After all its Power & Money that counts. I remember how Muslim Congress & Pro UNP contested against former regime and after words with power in hand and pay be perks backed the Blues making it a two third majority.
    You call it Democracy?
    People seem to have forgotten the 52 day coop. It cannot be done overnight. How long did they take to do this coop?
    Private Media went all out for it.
    Few days back the Rupavahini was taken over by Prez. There were changes in the cadre. Was it a decision by Prez or is it a long term plan for power and suppress the innocent?
    Everyday you HEAR poverty, strikes, malnutrition, unemployment, problems what ever. But now we see agendas in 5 Star hotels – SHANGRILLA..
    Are Agents paying for the bill and covering later on or is SHANGRILLA looking after and giving shramadana like the days the former regime had it at Temple Trees?
    It was for the last 12 to 15 years that Religion became an agenda.
    For sure SLFP & Potuwa are playing two joker cards. One is to get the Sinhalese and the other take in the minorities.
    Its up to the voters to make the decision and make the correct choice and not be fooled and be suppressed and harressed.

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    SL has double standards. if she wants she can perform a successful POGRAM. anything anti tamil/anti muslim. after the devastation they put the blame on minorities. they said the minorities wanted it. denied everything that happened. then in the long run the head of state apologies like chandrika. one day the head of state -in the future-will apologies for the anti muslim venom shown in recent times. fantastic country!
    Dayal

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    As I undestand the agressor is Sunni Muslim, not Shia Muslim
    Most ruthless extremist groups stem from Sunni

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      Citizen Silva,

      Sunni is about 90% among Muslim, rest is Shia. If this scenario is opposite, either you would see the Muslims already rule the world, if not the world has already been destroyed. Iran, Bahrain & Syria are good examples with Shia majority. Example, in Bahrain, Shias fought against Sunni govt with daily violence. One of their demand was to send foreign workers home and give opportunity to Iranians which Sunni govts always denied. They even used to kill poor Asian workers there.

      Sunnis are generous, and Shias for themselves and discriminate the rest, that is one reason why almost all in Bohra community are rich. If oil/gas rich Muslim nations been Shia, don’t ever think we the Sri Lankans, or other poor nations will have a chance to work in these countries.

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        Mohd,
        So you mean Saudis are treating SL people well?
        What nonsense.

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    Buddhist Mobs terrorising the group of Bhoras in Indian style lynching is viral in social media. They are alleged to be Pohottuwa supporters. They never learn from lesson learnt.
    I’m packing my stuff to leave for good from this
    Bongo Bongo Land.

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    All credit to the Sinhala Buddhists for this Sermon proceeding peacefully. It would have been banned in Muslim Saudi and its organisers arrested, but it was a success in Buddhist Sri Lanka.

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      I guess the Sinhala Buddhists needed the revenue.

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      Bawa,

      In a way, what you say is true. However, SL didn’t organize this to help the Bohra community, but to bring in some revenue. Who knows, one day when Saudi gets poor, they will also provide tight security to Bohra conference.

      Bohra for wealthy Saudi is just another set of Indians they see & insult on daily basis. And the revenue from this event might not be enough to cover the cost of electricity for an hour on street lights of few roads.

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        Saudies are Donkys with lots of money – when the oil gets dried up – and electric cars pick up.

        They will be nothing

        And also they are pupets of USA without USA they are nothing.

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          Wimply Kid,

          “Donkys with lots of money?”, Yes.

          “when the oil gets dried up – and electric cars pick up. They will be nothing” – Think of it this way; when they become nothing, nearly half a million of Sri Lankans will also lose their jobs. Maybe a few hundred or thousands will find jobs in other countries but they will demand for diplomas for maids, and degrees for others, good looks, language skills etc., etc.

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            Mohd,
            Personally I don’t like SL women going to middle east
            It has a huge social impact which is more detrimental to SL society in general.

            It is the responsibility of the government , who ever they may be to
            find alternative livelihoods for woman.

            If a child is growing up without his or her mother there is a possibility that that child will go astray – we cannot blame the Saudis for that.

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    BOHARS HUMILIATED BY KAAVI RACIST IN PANSAL – COLOMBO. Some Boras , wanted to visit vikara but the experience they had with the kaavi racist amaduru was HATRED only… watch ( in TAMIL , click video )

    http://www.jaffnamuslim.com/2019/09/blog-post_268.html

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      ceylonee,
      The Killing of 300+ Christians in their place of worship has created an atmosphere of mistrust _ Please don’t blame the the Budhist Monks.

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        Ceylonee the Islamic infidel, this video clearly shows that Muslims do not show respect to other religions. Those Muslim visitors have no right to enter a Buddhist temple with their shoes on. Also they should remove their head cover as it is considered and insult to Buddha when one wears something on the head. So please learn to obey rules and customs before accusing Buddhists. Those who are shouting about spreading hatred, are deliberately hiding the fact that most of the religious hatred are committed by Muslims on non-Muslims. Can a non-Muslim go to a Muslim country and accuse a Mosque authorities of spreading hatred and get back alive. This is the freedom that even foreign Muslims have in voicing their opinion against Buddhists, which is not there for Native non-Muslims in a Muslim country. All Muslims must hang their head in shame for this behaviour. Did these foreigners come for religious purpose or for political purpose. We should honour the temple authorities for their patience in tolerating this nonsense.

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