18 September, 2021

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A Plea To Our Muslim Brethren; Please Look In The Mirror

By Sarath Gamini De Silva

Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva

Yet another episode of violence against a group of citizens of this land, the lost paradise, has come to pass. No dictates or other forms of explanation can justify the violence imposed on a group of unarmed civilians that we have been witnessing sporadically in the recent past. An incident best labeled as road rage or one where the absurd suspicion of a pill to sterilize the majority community has been cleverly manipulated by a group of people waiting to create chaos. This was possible because of the background of suspicion perpetuated among the Sinhalese majority over the years. After bringing the offenders to book, all efforts should be taken to prevent such irrational harmful behaviour in the future.

World over in any communal conflict, the majority community is routinely blamed for injustices to the minority who are universally considered the underdogs. However, it is time to stop and see the ground situation that is conducive to such violent behaviour of one community against the other.

Should the majority community bear the full burden of responsibility for such conflict?

Isn’t the minority community at least partly responsible for this unfortunate situation?

The World Scenario

We are inundated with news regarding violence caused in the name of Islam everywhere. From public beheadings of non Muslims by the IS in conflict areas, Jihads and Fatwas declared by religious authorities to kill those blamed for blasphemy, suicide bombings and large scale murders in many parts of the world, and enforced conversions to Islam appear to be commonplace. Hardly a day goes by without some news of such violent acts somewhere in the world reaching us. It is reported that many are trained in schools (Madrasses) for instigating such violence, all in the name of Islam.

We see pictures of refugee immigrants from Muslim countries arriving in the West forcefully demanding special treatment. They even ask for implementation of their own Sharia law in areas where they are in large numbers. They strive to keep a separate identity in keeping with their faith while all others are happy to visibly integrate with the rest of the population in the host country.

This should be seen in the background of several leading Muslim countries where our migrant workers go, refusing even to allow artifacts depicting Lord Buddha or Hindu gods to be brought in.

The news reaching us indicates the adverse impact on the established social fabric in Western European countries like Belgium and UK due to the activities of the Islamic movement. Laws have been passed recently in several countries like France and Australia banning the Islamic dress covering the face in public places, and to promote better integration of Muslims with the rest of the society. Countries like Japan and China have long established ways of restricting the adverse influence of fundamentalist Islam.

We recall in history how countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iran and Maldives have had their Buddhist heritage all but decimated by the enforced advance of Islam. How the Bahmian Buddha statues, a world heritage site of much historical value, were summarily blasted by the Islamists brought horror to non Muslims world wide, is etched indelibly in our recent memory.

In the modern day we do not know of any other faith showing such a degree of intolerance to non believers.

One may argue that all this is done by a small minority of extremists while the vast majority of Muslims in Sri Lanka and elsewhere do not condone same. We are told that the Quran (I confess I have not read this holy document) teaches compassion and love for fellow human beings but we see little evidence of that in practice. Unfortunately none of the so called moderate Muslims amongst us have publicly condemned such violence and other forms of intimidating behaviour in the name of Islam. Their silence is naturally interpreted as collusion by others as well as by the extremists. Compliance with their intention of creating an Islamic state in the entire world is thus accepted by default.

The Situation in Sri Lanka.

Muslims have been living peacefully as equal, amiable and much loved citizens of Sri Lanka over many centuries. Society in general, specially those of other ethnicities, have accepted Muslims as our own brethren and defended and patronized them in politics, legal and business matters without any discrimination. Even though they tended to be concentrated in some areas, there was no suggestion of any sinister territorial ambitions.

The dress of women with no indecent exposure, discipline in strictly adhering to religious practices like daily prayers and fasting, looking after their elderly with the extended family without dumping them in homes for the aged and the burial of the dead within 24 hours are features to be admired by all. The Buddhists and those of other faiths will do well to emulate them.

Many of their leaders played an important role in the independence movement as well. In post independent Sri Lanka Muslim leaders enjoyed important positions in the political life of the country. Even now they hold leading positions in the national political parties. To ensure that they were adequately represented in parliament, multi- member electorates like Colombo Central, Beruwala and Akurana were created. Even after the sweeping political changes of 1956, Muslims were in charge of important cabinet portfolios like education, foreign affairs. trade and commerce, home affairs, local government, justice and  post and telecommunications,

Introduced in the early seventies, the system of standardization for university admissions to help the students from educationally disadvantaged areas, benefited the Muslim students to a large extent.

However we have observed with much dismay a negative trend in the attitudes, behaviour and appearance of our Muslim brethren in the past decade or two. Along with the rise of Middle Eastern countries with their petrodollars, there has been a global resurgence of Islam with fundamentalist groups gradually taking the upper hand. It appears that the Muslims returning from employment in the Middle East brought in a new set of Islamist ideals. In parallel with the global changes, the exclusively Muslim political parties like the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) made their appearance, initiating the divergence of Muslims from the main stream of political life of the country.

Now we see many women folk covered from head to toe in the black dress. Quite a number have only their eyes exposed. These appearances, however religious they claim to be, are alien to the culture we are accustomed to for many centuries. Even among our Muslim colleagues and acquaintances we see a noticeable change in their appearance, more visible in the younger generation.

We could not identify separately a Sinhalese, Tamil or a Burgher, a Buddhist, Hindu or a Christian if we met them anywhere. However, it is not the case with Muslims anymore.

While claiming to be just one people of Sri Lanka, Muslims are doing their best to show that they are different to those of all other races or faiths.

The places of worship (mosques) mushrooming everywhere in the country, quite out of proportion to the number of people patronising them, is another focus of attention. Simply because one has enough land and resources to build, this kind of action is not justifiable. Even small dwellings are functioning as prayer centers. (Please see the article on “Spread of Wahhabism in Sri Lanka” by Padma Rao, The Island on 19.3.2018). We have seen how even a small Buddha statue placed under a Bo tree in areas where Buddhists are not the majority evoke a hostile response from non Buddhists.

The loudspeaker calls from mosques for prayers several times a day has been a constant source of irritation for many. (I do not deny the occasional disturbance caused to non Buddhists and some Buddhists as well by all night pirith chanting over loud speakers).

With arguably an abundant supply of resources coming from rich Muslim countries, they are establishing their own technical colleges, universities, overtly Muslim primary schools segregating themselves from a tender age and creating their own enclaves of residence. These are not open to any other community in the country. There are no such institutions managed by other communities which are closed to Muslims. Thus the Muslims are gradually isolating themselves from the rest of the society. It should be noted that throughout the history of independent Sri Lanka, all institutions managed by Sinhalese and Tamils have been open to all communities irrespective of their ethnic or religious identity.

What is happening in Wilpattu and Dighavapi areas is another case in point. Vast extents of land in a forest reserve area are being illegally cleared, at the behest of a Muslim minister, against all the laws of the land. Apparently these areas are earmarked for Muslim settlements. Sacred areas around Dighavapi and some other sites of historical value to Buddhists are being haphazardly bulldozed. These illegal activities are being used by some extremist groups to bolster their claim that the Muslims are working to a secret plan to carve out an exclusive enclave in that part of the country. It is hilarious how date palms are being planted along the roads in some areas!

Non Muslims feel helpless and insecure as their political masters keep playing political games without enforcing the rule of law in these instances.

Yet another recent phenomenon is unsettling the majority community. There appears to be a gradual “invasion” by Maldivians in Colombo and the suburbs. With fears of their country getting submerged by the sea in the foreseeable future, there appears to be a conscious effort to relocate to Sri Lanka adding to the Muslim population here. They are acquiring property on a significant scale reportedly aided by the local Muslim community.

Let us not be ashamed to declare that the Sinhalese and other non Muslims appear to have become a threatened majority. Hence the demand for protective action, as done in other countries referred to above, to be taken here.

The Buddhists and other non Muslims in Sri Lanka have shown tolerance to all these worrisome developments. Unfortunately their tolerance is being interpreted as a sign of weakness by others. They have been doing their best to live in peace with their Muslim neighbours realizing the anxieties of the latter being a minority living and outnumbered by the majority. The history of racial violence in this country is not helping in this situation.

Laws have been enacted to ban speeches and other activities promoting racial tensions. The vast majority of Buddhist monks are preaching and practicing non violence. Some were even guarding the mosques during Friday prayers to ensure security. It is natural that at least some of them have decided to face the perceived threat upfront and warn the public of impending dangers. A few organizations have appeared that aim to protect the Buddhist heritage in Sri Lanka, one of only a handful of countries where they are still a majority. They may appear violent at times (not to be condoned) mainly because the authorities seem to ignore their concerns.

There is no purpose to be achieved by others trying to remind the Buddhists about love and compassion preached by Lord Buddha.

Thus in this background of suspicion and insecurity among non Muslims, it is understandable why even an otherwise trivial incident due to road rage or a most irrational thought of pills causing sterility (“Wanda pethi”) leads to violence instigated by those waiting for a chance to create chaos.

The good intentions of the majority community to maintain peace and racial harmony were amply demonstrated by the urgent action taken by the medical professionals to educate the public about the absurdity of the notion of a pill causing sterility. It is high time that our Muslim brethren took similar action to allay the fears and anxieties of all communities.

My dear Muslim Brethren,

Recent changes visible in your appearance, attitudes and behaviour are contributing to the current racial disharmony to a significant extent. As such, a long lasting solution to ensure peaceful coexistence depends to a great extent on your ability to look inwards and make amends.

As a practicing clinician and a medical teacher for nearly fifty years, I am continuing to have a cordial relationship with mutual respect with hundreds of medical colleagues, medical students, patients and others in the Muslim community. I sincerely hope that this message will be received with the same spirit of reconciliation that I had in penning it!

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    Sarath Gamini De Silva

    Here we go again, a timely blame the victim me too typing of another paranoid.

    “My dear Muslim Brethren, Recent changes visible in your appearance, attitudes and behaviour are contributing to the current racial disharmony to a significant extent.”
    .
    If we go back in time my people too have observed drastic and visible changes in the appearance, mode of production, art forms, science, music, food, clothing, transport, environment, religion, philosophy, governance, architecture, diseases, ……………………………………….. more and more Kallathonies arriving on the shores, more people were being converted to Sinhala/Buddhism (nobody knows what it is) have contributed to not only racial disharmony to a significant extent but also increased the “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”.

    The saddest of all is the celebration of imported culture, religion, food habits, variety of art forms, …….. .

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      Native, Dr SG de Silva

      I break my silence from commenting in CT after reading this article from my revered teacher.

      I agree with you (native) on this article’s attempt to paint a picture that flaws in Muslim community lead to violence.

      It is fundamentally wrong to argue for a wrongdoing stating that your brethren has flaws. Tamils faced a similar situation many years ago.

      Author could have penned more words in a conciliatory tone to cut down some of the flaws stating they are against the ethos of being a Sri Lankan. For example Abhaya, loud speakers etc. If the MuslI’m communiy want to live in segregation, I do not see why they should not do it.

      This article is not like the Dr S G De Silva, I know of, having learnt under his tutelage.

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        Sadly this is the view of majority of the Sinhalese, that it is the behaviour of Muslims that is causing resent to the Sinhalese. When Tamils were attacked the same thing was told that Tamil demand for rights is the cause of the anger of Sinhalese. Tamils were told that Sinhalese will give them certain concessions (not rights) from time to time and they should be satisfied with it and not to ask what they want. We should admit that there is mistrust between the three main communities. There is no proper dialogue between them and no one in Sri Lanka are bothered about starting one. If one community understands and respects the rights and customs of others, no such incidents will occur. The statement made by Elections Commissioner that majority of Sinhalese are happy about the attack on Muslims is absolutely true because the same was said for Tamil victims. When a meek person like this author is coming out with such views, I will not be surprised that except a handful of Sinhalese, the rest want Muslims to fall in line. Sinhalese feel that their politicians are kowtowing for Muslim votes and not taking action to curb Muslims as evidenced by this article. If Muslims refuse to comply with the expectations of Sinhala majority, this problem may worsen. Unfortunately almost all the Muslims commenting in these columns are taking a confrontational approach, even to the level of insulting Sinhalese, which will only add fuel to fire.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

          You and the Dr of this article have same mind set. He is a Sinhalese (most probably Christian) racist and you are a Tamil racist looking for a fire to pour oil. Even during the olden days young girls do not go out (with parents) without burqa and later it was dropped after going for education but still they go out wearing descent dress and head covered (not face). But still Muslims were Muslims following their dress code, religion and culture. During these periods no resent caused to Sinhalese, so according to you two donkey doctors Abaya is now the main cause for resent. What about the western dress code your women following. No resent from supposed to be good Sinhalese or Tamils. So Muslim do not have the freedom to choose their dress code without consulting you idols worshipers. This Dr. de Silva with a western education and western attire saying our dress code is not good, then why don’t he follow his ancestors attire, the Amuday.

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            Mohomad, at least he is writing in his own name, but you are a coward who is coming out with worse things under a false name. Please look yourself in the mirror to find out who is the worst racist. You have to give credit to people like this who are expressing their views openly, unlike many who have the same view but do not say so. There is no need for anyone to pour oil on this matter as the writing is clear on the wall for Muslims to understand. People like you with your bigoted mind are going to lead the community to doldrums. If you conduct an opinion poll among Sinhalese and even Tamils, you will be surprised to find what they say. People have taken the western dress because it is convenient in day to day life, and not to ape them. Even so it is only the males who have done it, while females in Sri Lanka still wear traditional clothes for most occasions. You seem to be a person from the gutters as you are unable to counter their arguments without calling others names, and insulting Buddhists and Hindus without reason, and for all that matters you are the worst donkey.

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              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

              I am not going on fake name like most of the racist do here. My name is Mohomad Shiraz and I am just writing the truth here unlike the racist do here. You had written, “even to the level of insulting Sinhalese, which will only add fuel to fire”. Isn’t it you who add fuel to fire? What about you people insulting Sinhalese by calling them low caste Dravidian descendants Look what this doctor writes, “look at the mirror”, isn’t this imply on our dress? Everybody has their choice. While your people choice is sexy western dresses our people choice is descent covered dresses. 90% young girls of Sinhalese and Tamil communities wear jeans and T-shirts or shirts. Just go near universities or other private institutions then you can see. Our Tamil neighbors teenage girls always go in jeans. Some time even mother (around 50 years) go in jeans or skirt but not saree. Only during religious occasions or weddings you see them in sarees but young girls in jeans or shalwar kameez. Northern and eastern Tamil areas all teenage girls wear skirts and jeans. School uniforms also short skirts. Aren’t these dresses burrowed from west? So you all can copy other culture dress code and Muslims cannot follow their own dress code. I am not against them because it is their choice. Many, many Sinhalese and Tamils keep beard, even your kings those days kept beards. If Muslims do that they are extremist or terrorist. I will tell you here, we don’t need to talk about other countries but we will talk about our country. The worst terrorist here was Tamil LTTE and now the worst terrorist here are racist Sinhalese and their organizations like BBS and some politicians. If we had bigoted mind like you we too would have followed Tamil organization like LTTE.

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            Mohomad the stupid infidel, it was the Chinese who invented loom to weave cloth. So not only the ancestors of Sinhalese but also ancestors of Arabs were wearing leaves to cover their private parts. At least Sinhalese kept their body clean by regular washing, Arabs due to lack of water hardly cleaned their body and were stinking. You are a donkey to blindly follow those idiotic Arabs.

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              Al-faqurlah the stupid infidel

              Chinese discovered only silk but cloth weaving was known to all old civilization. So you accept Sinhalese and Tamils were covering with leaves. As far as I know it was Muslim traders who introduced cloths to you. I also knew there was a big fight between two Arab cloths merchants. One was against for introducing cloths and other was for it. The reason was they were enjoying seeing beautiful lasses covering only front parts with leaves and rest naked. Whoever you are don’t get caught to a Sinhalese or Tamil, they will kill you for insulting them as jungle folks.

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        Isn’t this rather hilarious ? A doctor named Silva is defending Buddhism against Muslims bearing Arabic names!
        Can it get more surreal? Immigrant bashing immigrant?

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        Ken Robert

        Good to hear from you after a long time. Hope your partner is not responsible for your disappearance from these pages!

        Please note the eminent professor of Archaeology and History K Rajan published a new book in 2015 and the details are as follows:

        Early Writing System: A Journey from Graffiti to Brahmi
        K. Rajan (Author)
        Madurai: Pandya Nadu Centre for Archaeological Research
        http://www.pchrmadurai.com/contact_us.jws

        Alright let’s get to the bottom of these issues.
        Muslims are going through a difficult period. The Saudi lead standardization and re-branding of Islam can be seen almost among every Islamic community. It is pronounced in some part. The confusion among Sri Lankan followers of Islam is whether Muslim represents a religion, race, tribe, clan, or a greater nation comprising many linguistic communities, cultures, heritages, regions, ……….across the globe. Its like Marxism, Fascism, JVPism, Tigerism, …… of the past. Hope like the passing Marxist trend the Islamic militant wave will have its expiry date. However it will see its own share of destruction before it dies down.

        Sarath Gamini De Silva is not alone nor different from other so called educated. They have come out of their closet since Demelas have been severely beaten up by Dr Gota (of course single handedly).

        All these years we are falsely led to believe the so called Sinhala educated generally espouses liberalism unlike their Tamil counterparts due to Buddhist influence. The old breeds of full blown liberal Sinhala intellectuals gradually ceasing to exist, except a hand full of them.

        The demise of Buddhism and Sinhala liberal intellectualism started with Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala. We are witnessing the slow death of the country because Sinhala/Buddhist fascism has taken control of intellectual space.
        Hope to hear from you.

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        Ken Robert

        Here is an excerpt of an apt observation:

        “Racism was not created by the illiterate. It has always been sparked by the educated extremist or politician. The illiterate and the desperate will follow and turn to violence. And in Sri Lanka a section of the Buddhist Clergy has been in the forefront of such violence. The Police will not touch them. They are aware that behind the robed violence is a politician.”

        Publish And Be Damned
        By Suranimala Umagiliya
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/
        index.php/publish-and-be-damned/
        comment-page-1/#comment-2177715

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        Ken, when is the last time you shook hands with someone who did not offer their hand to you? Integration is a two way process. If one group decide to segregate themselves and cover themselves in black shrouds, live by some archaic laws which can force children into marriage and segregate their education, they lose the opportunity to integrate into a society, if they are not part of the wider society they cannot dispel myths and rumors that float in that society.
        I must also encourage to read my response to Native.

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          wannihami, when somebody offer his hand the others too will offer the hand. If don’t want to others won’t. If you are a Buddhist or Christian, or Hindu you too had archaic until British changed it. There is nothing for us to change because our laws valid then, now and in the future. No need to follow west.

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          Wannihami

          I have seen the flaws that you mentioned at first hand in work. However, this argument is about how do we prevent another riot between communities. I disagreed with the author’s assertion that flaws in Muslim community lead to the riots which is untrue as per media reports. I was lead to believe that the riots were organised with religious and armed forces support and had the patronage of politicians..
          Author failed in his article to improve the relationship between Muslim and Sinhala communities. Segregation is a worrying trend, I suppose we should explore the reasons for such actions. In case of Tamil’s aggregation in Wellawatte, previous riots and fears may be a reason. I have not seen the Sinhalese making a big noise about that. I am aware that some of the Sinhalese
          resent the minorities setting up businesses in certain areas for example Kirbathgoda.

          National integration is a complex process as you have mentioned below, having lived as a minority. We should support our brethren for more integration for example by enacting MMDA with their help.

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            ken Robert

            wannihami has a huge problem. He is the problem. He never acknowledged the atrocities committed by armed forces, police, green tigers, powerful politicians, saffron clad thugs, ………………… JVP terrorists, … and discrimination faced by the minorities since 1948. He is blessed with selective memories only remembers LTTE atrocities

            He demands respect from us towards saffron clad thugs, abusive typists, bigots and racists but he believes it a one way traffic. He never demanded the same level of respect from the other side.

            The only thing he is right about himself is he is a minority among South Asians.

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      . Gamini,
      “We see pictures of refugee immigrants from Muslim countries arriving in the West forcefully demanding special treatment. They even ask for implementation of their own Sharia law in areas “
      The first immigrants to do this were the European Christians who took over America and Australia. Now the same usurpers gripe about Muslims, and Dr. Gamini supports them!
      “This should be seen in the background of several leading Muslim countries where our migrant workers go, refusing even to allow artifacts depicting Lord Buddha or Hindu gods to be brought in.”
      Perhaps Dr. Gamini has never heard of the devout Buddhist tourist who was thrown in jail for having a Buddha tattoo on her shoulder?
      Dr Gamini seems old enough to know that all Saudis are Muslims, but all Muslims are not Saudis. ISIS behaviour should not be used to tar SL Muslims, no more than the Khmer Rouge should be used to tar SL Buddhists.
      “The good intentions of the majority community to maintain peace and racial harmony were amply demonstrated by the urgent action taken by the medical professionals to educate the public”
      And they took their time about it, didn’t they? Why didn’t they go public as soon as this canard was floated by the BBS, BEFORE the attack??? Probably these “medical professionals” were more concerned about SAITM.

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        Didn’t you know few doctors in public hospitals refused to treat Muslims injured during recent riots and also before in Aluthgama. Although they would taken Hippocratic Oath they wouldn’t have known what it stand for. This rascal De Silva who call himself a doctor belongs to same category.

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          Mohomad the Islamic infidel mad hatter, didn’t you know that Muslim doctors in Sammanthurai hospital refused to treat Tamil victims of violence by Muslim home guards in Veermunai in 1990, and they had to be taken to Amparai hospital where Sinhala doctors treated them. Similarly although these Muslim doctors would have taken Hippocratic oath they wouldn’t have known what it stood for. Before pointing your finger on Sinhalese be ashamed of what your people did then to Tamils. Stop calling him a rascal when you are the biggest rascal trying to rob others property.

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            Al-faqurlah the Buddhist/Christian/Hindu infidel. I do not know which religion you are following upside down. Most probably a Hindu. So you prove in which hospital but remember all the doctors in those hospital at that time were Tamil and Sinhalese. Even now the majority are Tamil and Sinhalese. Everybody know you are a racist fabricator.

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      As a Muslim I agree with Dr Sarath Gamini De Silva.

      The problem is not you are right or I’m right. There is a concerted anti-Muslim campaign globally run by USA, Russia, China, UK, France, Israel and India. They will only be too happy to see trouble in Sri Lanka. When it comes to crunch time it is anybody’s guess which side they will support. IOC countries stand no chance.

      Muslims must keep a low key until Islam becomes the largest minority. At the moment Islam is 10% and Hindu is 13% in Sri Lanka. Once we are over Hindu percentage we can assert largest minority status. Then we can rely on UN Human Rights Charter morefully.

      Brawn is not the way to win long drawn wars. Brains win wars.

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        Fathima,

        Why not get married to this empty doctor? Both would make a good bullock cart, I am sure ;-)

        This is one way to overcome racial issues

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        Mrs. Fathima Al-Faqurlah Gandasara,
        I wanted to thank you for inviting me for seth pirith the other day at the temple.
        This is the typical conspiracy of Sinhalese making false allegations against minorities in disguise.
        Give my regards to your husband, Al-Faqurlah and your paramour, John.

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        Fathima, in other word you are saying we have to nod to whatever a racist say to be safe.

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      Yo Mr. Sarath G. De Silva,
      This is a classic case of blaming the victims for all the TERRORIST activities that your guys did and still doing during a span of last 70+ years. The entire SINHALA Political, Sinhala Racists Media (Govi owned), Social and Religious order is PLAYING A NEW GAME of BALMING THE VICTIMS. The Island and the Wijeya Group both owned by Wijewardene Govi criminal families are on the WAR PATH with ISLAM for a long long time. Recently after the Kandy Pogrom against the Muslims, the Daily Mirror has put out some garbage PSY-OP images and articles to blame the Muslims for the Pre-Planned state sponsored (Isareli backed) ANTI ISLAM WAR. The special column in the Daily Mirror published on 13th March 2018, under title “EXPOSE’ written by Piyumi Fonseka has a clipart with the first image showing some guys (Muslim suspects) attacking the Sinhala Guy (who died in the hospital later) with clubs and poles. THIS IS A BLATENT LIE that Sinhala racist Mafias are trying to push into the public discourse. THIS IS A BIG PSY-OP for which the vast majority of the affluent characters are trying with the best of their abilities propagandizing. The VIDEO FOOTAGE at the said PETROL STATION shows no brawl or fighting. The guys involved were arguing and then leaving the place without any deadly incident happening. THEN how did the Sinhala guy go to the hospital and get himself admitted for nothing???? Which also means, that he is one of the SCHEMERS in this whole drama. Its a pre-planned FALSE FLAG operation. The untold part is the one that took his life by a clandestine counter operation unknowing to the Sinhala guy who became victim of his own team of criminals who used him as a patsy to trigger the WAR ON ISLAM planned, operated and conducted in MILITARY STYLE operation by the CHAMPIKA, BBS, UNP, SLFP, RAJAPAKSE and the BUDDHIST HEIRARCHY combination.

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      Doctors are merely technicians in the human anatomy, though traditionally masses in SL give these doctors unwarranted respect and status just because they cure their sickness.

      In return, having comfortably forgotten the state sponsored free education, these greedy anatomy technicians take these poor people who supported their free edu for a ride and put their health at risk to win their personal goals like salary increase, car permit, good school admission for their kids and to close down SAITM.

      This racist doctor, Sarath Gamini De Silva is just a long serving committee member of GMOA as himself puts it this way in another CT article: “I have been in the fore front of many GMOA trade union activities, occasional strikes, and was a part of the public face of the GMOA in TV discussions”

      Now the guy seems to be too old, and changing the tracks and trying to show his fake concern on SL and Sinhalese – Ask him what he has done to the poor Sinhalese during his high-flying days, other than initiating doctor strikes at Govt hospitals.

      I am sure in his capacity as senior medical professional, he could do much more to uplift human lives in Sri Lanka, not sure why he sought a complete opposite route. Probably these days it is easier to become a hero among gullible section among Sinhalese by bashing Muslims.

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      Mate NV having lived as a minority most of my life I know the value of integration in order to lead a normal and peaceful life. I am sure you know that most people make a lasting first impression during the first few seconds of meeting a stranger. If that stranger is dressed like, speaks like you, and most importantly smiles at you you immediately feel comfortable, and you make a connection. But if that person is covered in a black shroud, or that person does not make eye contact how can you make that connection? If that person insist on sending his/her children to a segregated school how can my children and his meet? If the community that person belongs live by a complete different set laws where children are forced in to marriage how can you relate to that community? It is easy to play the victim, but it is magnanimous to think beyond that and extend your hand to the majority. When I am among the majority where I live I don’t even notice that I am not one of them, even when they yell racial epithets, I can laugh at that, and when my colored brethren are shot by Police in the city I live, I don’t recoil in bitterness, instead I try to find answers.

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        wannihami

        I earnestly request you to review your above comment (here I am being generous to you) . You should re-read it line by line and make sure you know what you are talking about, then of course we can have a platonic exchange of opinion/insult whatever you think appropriate.

        Please define integration, value of integration, what it require, what it entails, ———— sugar or salt in water, a one way process, assimilation, …………………………make it a country of standardize morons, ??????

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    Dear good doctor,
    although your intentions are good, it seems you are another victim of the manufactured lies and hatred spread by a certain force working on a hidden agenda.
    Let me explain you the facts–
    1. the creation of ISIS and violence unleashed in the name of the religion islam- i am sure you would have seen how peaceful the Muslims around the world before west first invaded Afghanistan, and secondly Iraq under false pretext, as per Newtons theory every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the west created this situation and now they are paying the price.
    2. Firstly the migrant workers going to another country cannot be compared to the muslims living in this land for centuries, every country has a set of laws, and one needs to abide by it, whatever it may be.
    3. Yes, one time Buddhism was the predominant religion in those countries you mentioned, but when it became incompatible with needs of the people, it self destructed, if you open your eyes, you will how the Buddhists in Sri Lanka are emulating the islamic practices everywhere, and most of the sermons are based on examples of muslims, the disappearance of buddhism has nothing to with islam.
    4. its a complete lie that muslims force convent another, because in Islam there is a no compulsion in religion and forced conversation is not right. please read the history and islamic laws. if force conversation was acceptable, today the entire India will be muslim country as the muslims Ruled india closer to 900 years.

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      concerned citizen,

      2.- “muslims living in this land for centuries”?????????? 90% of Muslims are from fishing villages of South Indian who came illegally 1960s. There may be few Muslim families from Kandy and Colombo, who can trace back their ancestry more that 150 years.

      ” every country has a set of laws, and one needs to abide by it, whatever it may be”- If that is so, why the hell do Muslims demand 4 wives, flogging-cutting-stoning-killing-Sharia law, perform utter barbaric practice of circumcision on infants, etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc????

      3.- “and most of the sermons are based on examples of muslim”- So, according to you, Muslims in Sri lanka were practicing 1salm before 1000 years Muhammad was born.

      The reason why people become Muslims is because there is no such thing called sin in 1slam.

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        “muslims living in this land for centuries”?????????? 90% of Muslims are from fishing villages of South Indian who came illegally 1960s.”
        Going by your name, Johnny, your ancestors too came from the same place. BTW, don’t you know that the Mahavamsa mentions Middle Eastern traders 2000 years ago? They were not Muslims then.
        Johnny, you are an idiot.

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        John the Venom Spitter

        Only Australoid crows say Muslims were from South India the way they dream “If it had been like these”. Every country has set of laws but it was not yours here. Say this country has our master’s law. USA citizens after seeing the murders, rapes, kidnapping and terror there openly says Islamic law only best for their country. Nobody asking you to cut your tip. You will die without having the polkudu stinking smell. 1000 of years before your monk did not have proper place to sleep. Now they have temples everywhere, once a week (poya) gathering like Muslims Friday gathering, early morning and evening bana on loudpseakers like adan in mosque, going into the temple compound without slippers like Muslims go into Mosque without slippers, many, many…. In India Hindus too followed these copying from Muslim. Of course more than Muslims if you idols or dead people worshipers give up that and worship only one creator who is not a man or woman, not beget or begotten, no beginning or end for him but creator of universe and everything therein heaven will be open for you.

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      I am also a concerned citizen who wish to counter your fabrication of truth.
      1. “How peaceful the Muslims around the world before west first invaded Afghanistan and secondly Iraq” – Afghanistan was a peaceful Buddhist country before Mughals invaded it, committing murder and ethnic cleansing. Iraq was a peaceful country inhabited by Sumerians before Arabs invaded it, eradicating the entire race. As per Newton’s theory, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Mughals and Arabs created this situation and now they are paying the price.
      2. “Every country has a set of laws, and one needs to abide by it, wherever it may be”. This is what Sinhalese are asking Muslims to do. Abide by our laws – stop wearing clothes which are alien to this country, stop shouting over loud speakers, stop killing animals in a inhuman manner, stop Arabising our lands.
      3. “Buddhism self destructed when it became impossible with needs of people” Are you in a sane mind when you say this. How can you say Buddhism self destructed itself, when Muslim invaders burnt down Buddhist universities in Taxilla and Nalanda and killed over 1000 monks. “Buddhists are emulating Islamic practices and most of Buddhist sermons are based on Islamic practices”. What a joke coming out from this idiot. Buddhism is 2500 years old and the practices and sermons are 1000 years older than Islam. It is Islam that is copying the practices of Christians and Jews and even Hindus when worshipping the Linga in the Kabba. How can Buddhism which is the most peaceful and tolerant religion in the world, have sermons based on Islam the most barbaric and intolerant religion in the world.
      4. Forced conversion is the norm in Islam and those who refused to convert were either killed or driven off. This happened to Zoroastrians in Iran, Buddhists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives and Indonesia and Hindus in Bangladesh. Sikhism was born as a militant religion in order to checkmate advance of Islam.

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    Hopefully your request will help them see evil disguised as faith. They are misgided people who need to seek refuge in Buddhism. Assalam Malekkum.

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    Look at the article by [Edited out]. Highly educated people like doctors , engineers, scientists or others having similar qualifications will be least bothered in religions or those who follow religion. I have never seen such people writing article or commenting for or against in news media when racial confrontation appears in their countries but here you can see some educated [edited out] doing that. [edited out]

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      Ralli bin balli the swine stop grunting. The learned doctor a true Sinhala Buddhist has written the truth. So why are you getting agitated. Go and carry out his orders to reform your people, and live as human beings respecting the culture of the Sinhalese. Look at the way some of the educated Muslims are behaving and be ashamed of it.

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        “The learned doctor” is only a technician in the field of anatomy. It is because no-so learned, under-privileged and the godaya people like you make these greedy leeches look big – Now they forgot we provided them free education and think they have the right to do anything in SL.

        Al-faqurlah: Right now, my problem is that your low IQ father neither used a condom nor wiped it on his sarong, I have to deal with a stupid worm in CT often.

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          Mohamed another stupid infidel idiot. It is your low IQ father who should have used a condom in the proper place without wearing it on his head. “Godaya people like you make these greedy leeches look big” What a height of stupidity. Ask Sinhalese who will unanimously say that Muslims are the greedy leeches who think that they are big. “They forgot we provided them free education” – When did Muslims provide free education to Sinhalese. It is the Sinhalese who provided free education to Muslims, who think they have the right to do anything in SL. That cock won’t fight.

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            Al-faqurlah you are just giving supporting evidence to what Mohamed has said about you. Grow up man.

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    Every human being has the fundamental right to dress, eat and drink of their choice, provided they are within the laws of the country.

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      Steve!
      Yes You are Right. But the women covering the face fully, where identification is not possible must stop. In case, when emergency identification of the face by lifting the ‘face cover’ is required, it may lead to another RIOT. Even Allaha won’t be there to stop it.

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        Dear K. Anaga,
        Face covering muslim women, reveal there face when required for identification or security purpose. Even when the war was going on in SL, there were many muslim women covering their face, and when required they reveal their face. At that time there was no issue at all, but suddenly now??

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    Dear Doctor you are absolutely right. Your detractors measure all Sri Lankan events against their imaginary ideal, a liberal democratic republic. But when it comes to their own practices, they revert to racial and tribal norms.

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      Taraki

      “But when it comes to their own practices, they revert to racial and tribal norms.”

      And they call themselves Sinhala/Buddhists in case they are misunderstood as Sinhalese or Buddhists. They needed the exclusive assurance by Chapter II of the constitution in case the people of this island forget their own religion. If that was not tribal what is?

      “Your detractors measure all Sri Lankan events against their imaginary ideal, a liberal democratic republic. “

      Tell us as to why measuring all events in this island against liberal ideals is wrong? We may not get there however we will have to at least leave a legacy of liberal ideals and rights, which demands welfare and justice for all people irrespective of their race (?), religion, region, population size, who came first,……………………..

      For a start you should read on Liberalism, its substance and history before you start knocking on the computer.

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        Native, this is a Sinhala Buddhist country, not a secular republic. The country has been badly run since independence because of the divisions among the Sinhalese, the corruption in every government and the power of the three main minorities.

        This last factor is what I am referring to. Tamils, Muslims and Christians have been in Ministerial positions in every Government since 1948. Is there any small nation in the world that does this? These people just assume that they have the right to be in power and they abuse it as kingmakers.

        The West have ill treated their minorities for centuries. So they just cannot believe that there is a country where the minorities have such great power.

        I just read on the BBC news that the white House have a Bible Study group run by evangelists, and the USA is supposed to be a secular nation! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43534724

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          Taraki

          “this is a Sinhala Buddhist country, not a secular republic.”

          Is it so?
          When did the country become Sinhala, Buddhists, and then Sinhala/Buddhists country?
          How did the island known by many names become a Sinhala/Buddhists country?
          Did your grand father wave his magic wand to convert this island into a Sinhala/Buddhists country?

          What the hell does Sinhala/Buddhist country mean? Please define.

          “Tamils, Muslims and Christians have been in Ministerial positions in every Government since 1948. “

          Please name them and their respective ministries.
          Were they able to prevent all those racist laws and actions by successive anti secular laws and unnecessary wars, 1948 Citizenship Act, 1956 Sinhala only language law, 1970 application of Standardization university entrance, 1972 Religious constitution, all those numerous riots, lack of development and job opportunities, …………… were those Tamil/Muslim ministers able to guarantee safety, security, dignity, equal opportunity, ……………….. to their respective people.

          Through and through since independence Sinhala/Buddhists were in absolute control of the government and state institutions including police and armed forces. Now you are blaming the Tamils and Muslims for historical record of corruption that has been entrenched in the culture of Sinhala/Buddhists.

          “I just read on the BBC news that the white House have a Bible Study group run by evangelists, and the USA is supposed to be a secular nation! “

          Trump celebrated Diwali at White House on October 19, 2017 does it make USA a Hindu Indian Republic or Hindian Republic?

          By the way it was the Tamil Hindu Saiva Vellala Sir Pon Ramanathan who saved the bums of Sinhala/Buddhist leaders. The psychopath VP saved the sovereignty of this island from invaders Hindia.

          Please stop indulging in selective non history and myths.

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            Native, in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory there is a very powerful $27 million electron microscope. It is so immensely powerful that it can show images half the width of a Hydrogen atom. Native, if I was looking through that mighty microscope right now, I still would not be able to detect any interest in your problems.

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              Taraki

              “Native, if I was looking through that mighty microscope right now, I still would not be able to detect any interest in your problems.”

              Of course you won’t see it because you are looking at the wrong direction through long glasses focused on wrong target and operated by wrong people while sitting on your brain.

              Please relax. This island is no Sinhala/Buddhist country. Full stop. However people like you, somass, wannihami, ………………. are desperately trying to convert this island into a fascist state, a ghetto suitable for Sinhala/Buddhists.

              People like you wasted 70 years of resources, energy, time, …. converting this island into a exclusive ghetto for you and your fellow fascists, based on bogus claims, myths and spin. Sooner you realise it better for you.

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          Taraki,
          ” Tamils, Muslims and Christians have been in Ministerial positions in every Government since 1948. Is there any small nation in the world that does this?”
          Have you heard of a place called Singapore, to name just one?
          Do not make wild generalizations.

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        Oh mate Native in which book of liberalism it is said that girls as young as 13 or 14 can be married off forcefully. In which book of liberalism it is preached that women needs men’s approval for bank loans or property transactions? In which book of liberalism did you read that places of worship should be segregated on cast and gender? And you talk about welfare and justice irrespective of their race, religion, region, population size, who came first…how about gender? Oh man, oh man aren’t you a hypocrite!

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          wannihami

          “Oh mate Native in which book of liberalism it is said that girls as young as 13 or 14 can be married off forcefully.”

          I checked the Mahawamsa & Mahinda Chintana and found no reference to under aged girls forcibly being married off to perverted old men like you or Jim Softy, somass, ……………… If you have any such plans remember you will have live without b***s for the rest of your life.

          ” In which book of liberalism it is preached that women needs men’s approval for bank loans or property transactions? “

          Again the women who stay married to men like you need all the help in the world. However the problem is that the women needs to earn enough income to support the life style of workshy lazy bum like you. Probably they need extra financial support by way of loan say for instance in order to invest in assets so that they could generate extra income to supplement their day job. I know you would like to have the cake and eat it too. Why did the woman get married to you in the first place. How could she make such a fatal mistake?

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          wannihami
          Regarding caste issues

          Buddhavamsa, states Gautama, the Buddha, was born into the Kshatriya caste and all three previous Buddhas Kakusanda, Konagamana and Kassapa, all of whom belonged to the Brahmana caste.

          Lalitavistara of 3rd century clearly mentions that a Buddha can only be born a Brahmana or Kshatriya.
          Pujavaliya, the Saddharmaratnavaliya, the Kadayimpoth, and the Niti Nighanduwa refer to ordered caste hierarchy in Buddhist Sri Lanka.

          Dutta Gamani’s son Saliya was exiled because he married to an out-caste girl Asokamala.
          King Vijaybahu denied the lower caste Sinhala Buddhist access to the summit of Sri Pada.
          King Nissanka Malla warned the Govi caste never to aspire to higher office.
          Siam Nikaya still denies membership to Govis.

          By the way when are you going to stop caste based matrimonial adverts in main news papers?

          Gender equality does not just come from giving them equality of opportunity but also protecting them from Sexual predators, pedophiles, women barterers, use of rape and sexual violence against both men and women, ……………….

          Do you count yourself as one of the leading campaigners against all those violations? No you never raised a finger against such crimes and criminals.

          “Oh man, oh man aren’t you a hypocrite!”

          Aren’t you blessed with a selective memory and you only remember what you want to remember or what you want to read?
          Please go back in time read my comments you will find gem.

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    Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva,

    Being a specialist doctor, why can’t you stay away from these junks and look at people of all faiths as human-being first? Imagine the future of SL, if the handful of highly educated people have this mentality, what about the opposite at large amounts?

    Is that too much to expect from the greedy consultant doctors in SL who donot know about punctuality and charge exorbitant consultation fees from the masses, and only worry about “today’s numbers”, NOT if the patient gets cured? (These buggers are so dis-organized and greedy, see them, in few hours you get back to them to show the reports, they don’t know you)

    Instead of repeating what the racists have already uttered, and making yourself another victim of Islamophobia, we expect you, a senior doctor to put some medical ethics at work, and respect the moral principles to work towards avoiding any racial clashes, not creating.

    Whenever there was a GMOA strike that challenged the country’s poor people particularly, what were your stances? Did you support it? Went against it? Or boycotted the General Hospital and attended at Asiri consultations? As you’re so worried about Sinhalese who get affected most with these GMAO strikes, what did you do to help them during these situations? (I guess you were one supported it?)

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      Isharath, he was the one initiated several strikes as GMOA Prez in the past.

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    Excellent article. Right now Muslim writers may have gone berserk with the unexpected article on grand scale Muslim shenanigans in Sri Lanka , and oiling up their ‘lying and bullsh1ting machine’ to launch a vicious attack at you. Never be discourage, write more.

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      Johnny Baby

      “Never be discourage, write more.”

      Is there anything left out? Perhaps the juicy parts?

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          Johnny Baby

          Excellent
          Thank you for keeping it brief.
          Keep up your good work

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      John,

      “Never be discourage, write more”

      Trying to send this poor doctor fellow for a further ride?

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      J.
      spot on .
      Write more rubbish.
      This medical doctor is an ignoramus when it comes to world history. He seems to live in a world of his own; a fools’s paradise and also delusional. He admits to not knowing or reading the Quran; his knowledge about Muslims and Islam I suspect is from mainly watching television,and local news papers. I doubt very much if he socializes with other Muslim doctors or has any Muslim friends.
      Little does he realise that SL is a Banana Republic with a tribal culture.

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    continued

    5. Wilpathu- lies and damn lies, how many times it was proved beyond doubt that these people are returning to their lands which were forced our during the the arms struggle, naturally after 30 years there will be lots of forest growth, but that doesn’t mean its part of the forest, they have the deeds and old building to prove it, what more do you want. if you are not happy you can file a fundamental rights case, then the truth will come out.

    Do you know how many forest land was cleared for the mahaveli project, 40,000 acres, and in wilpattu we are talking about 100 acres, Don’t you think these is pure nonsense, created to pass time.

    6. the maldivians are given the options of setting in any country in the world, if so why would they want to settle down in sri lanka, currently most of them here studying in private universities before migrating to other countries, thus bringing in much needed foreign currency to the country.

    7. attitudes and attire, have you noticed the attire of the sinhalese in the last 50 years, before they were wearing redda and hetta, and now there are wearing mini skirts and tights, if its ok for them to change, why is it wrong for others.

    moreover, if you want to reduce the middle eastern influences on the people, stop sending them there, give the employment here. currently the buddhist comprise on 70% of the population, but 99% of the government jobs are given to them, how unfair is this.

    As you can see most of them are manufactured lies and unsubstantiated paranoia, hence its the responsibility of the educated people like your selves to show the truths to the gullible Singhalese so that we can all live peacefully and happily

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      Concerned citizen.

      A lovely piece of counter argument. Spot on. Kudos. This Islamophobia should stop. The problem is that the masses [Sinhala buddhists] are fed lies by the state media and private media. They are fed what the politicians want them to see only. The true picture is beyond them. They are as ignorant as frogs in a well. The many who do read are the ones entrusted with liberal mind.

      The war is an apt example. The majority still believe that the war was waged in the south with the suicide bombs going off now and then, but they do not understand nor realise that the people of the war torn provinces of the north and east were living with bullets, mines and shellfire.

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      concerned citizen,

      5.- Get your facts right, more than 4000 acre of virgin forest have been destroyed by that piglet. The Muslims who live in Mannarama, Puttalama, Vavniya, etc are all Kallathonies of recent illegal migration from South Indian fishing villages. No one can claim that their ancestors lived in the are for 100s of years because the area is always subjected to severe droughts and the temperature can reach 40+ degrees, that’s why the population in northern districts’ population is so less.

      The closest point of Sri Lanka to India is Mannar. So Muslims have been using Willpattuwa jungle as a hub for their all sorts of illegal activities; the Muslim who come illegally hide in Willpattuwa jungle until they are given fraudulent Sri Lankan birth certificates and fraudulent national Ids then they move to other parts of Sri Lanka with the help of Muslim politicians. Also, Muslims use Willpatuwa for other illegal activities such as drug smuggling, cannabis smuggling, human smuggling, illegal goods smuggling, and smuggling goods illegally to avoid paying taxes, etc,etc, etc.

      Muslims in Sri Lanka are said to be a business community, so what the hell are Muslims doing in the middle of the jungle? selling their junks to elephants, monkey, bear, etc????

      The trees that have been cut down and sold are more than 300- 400 years old, and worth billions of Rupees. So which Muslim politician(s) and Muslim businessmen made billions of Rupees from Willpattu trees??????

      There are no Muslim IDPs, it was hoax, to get votes at the UN.

      6.- Maldivians are not given the Sri Lankan citizenship or allowed to work in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is over populated small island, and there are already 4 million problematic Muslims to be dealt with.

      Australian government has allowed Maldivians to settle in Australia.

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        It is not Mannarama Puttalama WillPattuwa. It is Mannar Puttalam Willupattu. Do not try to Sinhalise ancient Tamil names in these regions. Sections of the Muslims in these areas are genuinely displaced people and they have every right to return , however most of them are not , they were out of area Muslims who had nothing to do with the north , many were from areas like Kurunegala. Opportunistic racist Muslim politicians were using the weakness of the Tamils and the plight of the displaced northern Muslims to settle thousands of out of area Muslims , with funds obtained from Gulf countries , to create Islamic enclaves and majority areas in the north and east that were never there . Especially along strategic coastal areas , facing India. 90% of the displaced northern Muslims do not want to return and only around 60000 were displaced from the north. Muslim home guards in the east, displaced far more Tamils in the east and no one talks about them and they are still not allowed to return. Muslim politicians and organisations were claiming and demanding that number of displaced Muslims with their natural increase within 20 years of displacement is now 200000 -300000 .. This increase in number is humanly impossible. They were trying to create Muslim majority areas in the north that were never there.

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        John:

        Good narration. Come on, Sri Lanka has always attracted Kallathonies from South India, including you – Difference is that you came much earlier.

        According to your narration, Sri Lanka is a country without proper security measures to curb illegal immigrants – What is happening to our tax money? Why don’t they spend on proper security measures? Why they let outsiders come in through Mannar?

        You narrative says, if Muslims are evading the taxes, you should blame the Inland Revenue Dept. Are they sleeping or being bribed? Here you’re talking about just Muslims, imagine the amount of loss to the country with non-Muslim tax evaders included?

        As per your illogical narrative, if human, narcotics and drug trafficking is going on at a scale you mentioned, Sri Lankan authorities, Navy, Customs, Immigration are not functioning properly – Worried about my tax money :-(

        According to your narrative, if 4 million Muslims are problematic, why in the news, on a daily basis, the names of criminals are mostly from the remaining 17 million saints?

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        John the Venom Spitter

        This shit must be an Australoid crow living in Australia. At the end of his comment says Australian government has allowed Maldivians to settle in Australia. This is true and he knows the information since he is in Australia. I know Western countries and most of the eastern countries have pledged to take Maldivians if their Islands start sinking. Maldivian can go to many countries visa free. Do you think they will choose Sri Lanka to settle?

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    Islamic logic
    According to your religion I have the right to practise my religion. According to my religion I have the right to kill you. Therefore according to your own religion I have the right to you.

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    Dear Doctor,
    However you may try to spin it, you’re a blatant racist with a meagre veil to hide behind. Anyone with an ounce of grey matter can see that your victim blaming tactics are an attempt to whitewash what the Sinhalese are accused of.

    1. Don’t hold the entire community accountable for the actions of a few. This is common sense.
    2. Please read up on how the Western invasion on the Middle East is causing instability in the region and therefore resulting in refugees fleeing to those countries. They are reaping the rewards of their own machinations.
    3. Racial disharmony being caused by modest attire is horse shit and you know it.
    4. Maldivians haven’t “invaded” Sri Lanka. You should be far more worried about the clutch the Chinese have on our economy.

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      Anonymous.

      This Dr guy needs some serious treatment urgently. I recommend either Angoda or Mulleriyawa. If those two are full meethotamulla will be ideal.

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      Sarath Dont talk of Afghanistan Maldives Middle East or any other country BS. Srilankan muslims are peace loving people and we havent demanded a separate state or took up arms against the state. Dont try to compare srilankan muslims with others.
      We are not talking of the barbaric Buddhists of Myanmar, Polpot, The despots in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia.

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    Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva,

    “The Buddhists and other non Muslims in Sri Lanka have shown tolerance to all these worrisome developments. Unfortunately their tolerance is being interpreted as a sign of weakness by others”

    Whether I am a Muslim, Tamil or a Sinhalese is immaterial here. Me, as a Sri Lankan would have expected a much better piece of writing from a well-known senior medical professional in the land that would contribute to positive improvements to today’s situation in Sri Lanka.

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      R.
      This “well-known senior medical professional in the land” is a blatant racist and delusional, PERIOD.

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    In my childhood times, Dosthara Honda Hitha was always against Dhiyarakus and ChowChow alike.

    God save Sri Lanka!

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    Truth is a always bitter .

    I agree with you in many of what you have mentioned

    Things are only going to get worse ,and its the moderate Peaceful Muslims who are suffering and will suffer the most.

    The so called non Muslim is suspicious of this sincere peaceful moderate Muslim because his or her outward appearance do not represent the others ,and the Muslims who adhere to special attires ,beards etc reprimand them for not following them .

    A helpless victim with no help from anyone

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    Thank you, Dr Sarath Gamini De Silva, for making a sincere effort to reach out to my community. The situation requires like-minded persons from both sides of the religious divide to build bridges between the communities, bearing in mind that the failure to do so only strengthens the resolve of those who wish to build walls around each community.
    .

    I too have in a comment posted under another article in CT by Brother Maas Usuf called upon my Muslim Brothers and Sisters to take a long hard look at themselves in a mirror. Naturally there are those who cannot bear to see what they look like in a mirror or find it difficult to accept what they see – difficult to accept reality. Since it appears that they have not been blessed by Allah SWT with the necessary mental skills that would enable them to formulate sound logical responses, they instinctively thrash out wildly launching meaningless personal attacks – in the process only adding strength to my suggestion regarding the need for introspection on their part. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
    .

    We have to move towards the day when members of both communities realize that the space for the emergence of anti-Muslim sentiment has been created (maybe, inadvertently so) by members of both religious groups. And this goal cannot be achieved by a process of continued confrontation with each side placing the blame totally on the other side for the breakdown in inter-communal relations. We can do no better than follow the advice of the Holy Prophet who instructed that all differences must be resolved through the processes of Consultation (Shura) and Consensus (Ijma).
    .

    And the key ingredient that will catalyze, sustain and boost the processes of consultation and consensus is the demonstration of empathy on the part of all persons concerned.

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    Dear de Silva,

    You wrote “We recall in history how countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iran and Maldives have had their Buddhist heritage all but decimated by the enforced advance of Islam. How the Bahmian Buddha statues, a world heritage site of much historical value, were summarily blasted by the Islamists brought horror to non Muslims world wide, is etched indelibly in our recent memory.”

    Please tell me which army went to Indonesia and Malaysia? There were no armies but mere traders who went there. The locals observed them and converted.

    When Islam spread to Afghanistan and Pakistan, they did not decimate Buddhism. People converted on their own as the Muslims gave them political stability. Bhamian Buddha statues were not touched by the Muslims when they came to Afghanistan. They were left alone for more than 1400 years. It is the extremists who did it recently. If Muslim agenda was to destroy all Buddhist monuments they would have done that long ago (when they invaded those countries, more than 1400 years ago).

    We have lived through the 70’s and 80’s. we never heard of Islamic terrorists then. It all started after America invaded Iraq in the 90’s. So, this is an American creation…

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    MR Sarath

    Before more comment I ask you one question;

    ” are you a Refugee in a ‘Crusaders Country’ left Ceylon in 1983 enjoying benefits money , Jsa etc… ” ?

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    Socrates,
    “,…According to my religion I have the right to kill you,..”
    Thank God, at least you’re still safe to write your commend. How many people have been killed by Muslims in every riot that have taken place from 1915 up to Digane? You batter rewrite your theory
    Dr. No one expected such a biased (warning) article(notice) from a man, who is claimed to be an educated. Anyway your suggestions are:
    1. Reducing the numbers of Mosques- if anyone them them is built without permission your make a complaint at the area police and local authority, include my name I’m against illegal building. And also consider the Tamils’ legitimate concerns of suddenly appearing Buddha’s statues in other areas.
    2. Loudspeakers of Mosques- I’m with you, ban them . Please respects other’s concerns about night long “Pirith” through loudspeakers.
    3. Dress- I ask all Muslims women and men who copy Arab culture to rethink Holy Qur-anly defined and not designed dress, which may compatible with our Sri Lanka culture. In the same time I don’t need to say to the doctor that your suit is not suitable for the hot country like Sri Lanka, why cannot you return to your forefather’s dress concept.
    4. Maldivians- It’s an Immigration matter batter leave it to the authority. Are the Chinese colonies in the country OK doctor?
    5. Religious freedom,- Dr. justifies that fellow Muslim citizens of the country’s religious right to be curtailed, in the meantime non citizen Buddhists of Arab county to be allowed to enjoy their religious right. Sorry we Sri Lankan Muslims have nothing to say on Arab countries religious policy.
    6. Private educational institution – Again it comes under government policy , but in general I’ m against private institutions. Doctor what about European Universities and colleges in Sri Lanka?
    7. Wilpattau forest- one has already answered. However, doctor can you please consider the Tamils’ complain of land grabbing since 1948 in East and North by Sinhalese from South. Willpattu people are IDPs, but Southerners are newcomers.

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    Dear Doctor,

    Politician are interested in parties, masses like you and me are interested in our religions, business men are interested in money, doctors are interested in closing down SAITAM, average state workers are interested in protests and getting their demands fulfilled – WHEN ARE WE GOING TO BE COLLECTIVELY INTERESTED IN SRI LANKA AND ITS PROGRESS?

    How am I going to justify an MBBS, MD, FRCP qualified person getting caught to these narratives of insecurity, fed by global Islamophobic groups and indirectly supporting violence where people lose lives and get injured? Or, should I justify with how the needy, the poor and the under privileged were refused treatment in the recent strikes, and Hyppocratic Oath became immaterial in front of personal interests?

    I fully agree that Muslims should not try to isolate themselves to make aliens out of them. I too disagree and it is laughable to see few women fully covered, some including the eyes and still use the public transports not knowing it is not the way to mingle with rest. It is even funnier these women don’t come in front of close relative men at their homes. This should be addressed by Muslim religious leadership. I believe that moderate Muslims who too hate these funny changes should put pressure on these few ignorant ones and the religious leadership.

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    Dr. Sarath Gamini de Silva,
    In your first para you brilliantly said there is no excuse or justification for violence against unarmed civilians but then you tried to explain by correlating Islam fundamentalism with the violence against Muslims. In Srilanka, violence against minorities are not because of suspicion, it is intentional and planned by Buddhist Fundamentalism. This is started with the political opportunism. Both UNP and SLFP used this as a method of power capturing and no one is worried about why this country failed to develop while surrounding countries develop. How can you develop when the country politicians plan and implement large scale violence every 10 years?

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    Sarath Gamini De Silva here exhibits a classic case of the heart hijacking the mind.
    If the head to toe black dress is alien, then so are the tie and the three piece suit, the life style of the Colombo elites, the nightclubs, drugs, bra throwing etc.
    Some countries ban use of head cover on ground of security. Why not bring in such laws?
    If land in Wilpattu is being illegally occupied, the cases must be brought before courts. Should someone try, then one takes on corruption.
    Sarath Gamini De Silva must realise that the recent crisis of Muslims is due to break down in law and order.

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    The Author of this Article. The major ponts to summariz here is that Muslims never say, except a handful, they are wrong. for everything they say, some one else they did. they don’t talk about how various forms of WAHABIOSM is destroying the world, particularly buddhism. but there is another reason. Search and see ISlamic Evangrlists, Tele Evangelists raising heard in Sri lanak,. and Buddhist Evangelist. they have a role too. with respect to Mulims, Onlyone QURAN and not thousands of books as in Tripitaka and it’s explanations. Anyway there are 79 groups and so many organizations which inpterpret the QURAN in different ays. that is whymuslims are sometimes peaceful and some times very violent. In Sri lanka, muslims has attacked SL police withsticks. govt did not allow those things to be published. IT had happened in MAranda Gahamula. Otherwise, Muslims wanted a big backlash this time. there is a foreign country behind all of these. Thialand, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Sri lankA are countries which ahs this problem. Go and find some muslims are attached tothis problem.

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    CT is not letting us write another side to this anti-muslim violence. so, people can be kept inthe dark and their money is not wasted.

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    As a Sinhalese I think Sinhala community should apologize to the Muslims who were victimized in the Kandy violence. It is with sadness, i note the total inaction of Mahanayaka thero and their failure to take a stand against these groups. While we can always point at short comings of the Muslims, we have to admit islamophobia has become a bigger problem to SL than Islamic extremism. Lets identify the issue and deal it as it is. Islamophobia is a threat to Sri Lankan state as much as to Muslim community. What happened in Kandy is nothing but urban terrorism.
    Before pointing at Muslims, we Sinhalese have to tackle the rising Islamophobia and fear mongering among Sinhalese. If we point at Muslims at this juncture, there wont be any difference between us and Tamils who venerate terrorism

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      sach

      As a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist what do you have do with Sinhalese community or for that matter with Buddhists?

      The riot is not the result of Islamophobia it is the outcome of the raging paranoid Sinhala/Buddhist fascism.

      Did you make good profit out of the Kandyan misery? I am sure you did.

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        LOL trying to use islamophobia for tamil terrorism agendas? Why did your Tamil diaspora and Norwegian god fathers invite Gnanasara and these gundas to Norway and held discussions?

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      Tamils venerate terrorism! The only people who venerate terrorism are the Sinhalese. The Tamils were fighting against state sponsored Sinhalese terrorism that was systematically being perpetuated on them by all Sinhalese led governments , armed forces ,police since independence and this is still continuing and this was aided and abetted by large sections of the Sinhalese population. Sinhalese thrive on racism . Ironically most of them do not realise they are largely descended from Tamils and many of them recent migrants. However they keep on calling the island’s Tamils and Tamil Muslims as outsiders and do not belong and ignore the fact that they are too. This country will never improve. Now another victim blaming article.

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      “If we point at Muslims at this juncture, there wont be any difference between us and Tamils who venerate terrorism”

      Terrorism is inside and originated within Sinhala fundamentalist long before independence.

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    Dr, First of all, go clean up our Sangha thugs and terrorists in robes. This was an ancient practice that was performed by our in ancient kings to disrobe and purify the clergy. This is one way how the Buddha Sasanaya was kept purified and on the disciples on the straight path. The Muslims or other minorities don’t have to take the brunt of violent and extreme Buddhism that is practiced today and supported by fascists politicians who sponsor this terror. It is time the Muslims and other minorities hit back with equal force and not bother looking at mirrors that have already being smashed. You talk big about the hypocrisy of the West that is already on a collision course with not just Islam but all other Eastern cultural traditions and teachings. I think you bloody fools with doctorates miss the main plot that it is not peoples attire, demeanor or religious practices that invites these violence and terror against them but the hidden political motives and agendas that fuel these ethnic clashes. For example the Madumulane murders are behind these incidents to make a come back to power. Did you idiots with doctorate that utter absolute BULL on these columns question the Vatican or Christian nuns to also uncloak or disrobe their attires and changed into bikinis as sluts do in the West. Is it an offense for the traditional Jews to ware a Yarmulke, grow long beards or where black traditional dress and have their own banking and financial enterprises? If they can they why cannot the Muslims or any other minority? Also in most Western countries that are boast as being liberal and secular can have church bells chime in public but oppose a mosque’s call of prayer? Isn’t this not hypocrisy? In France, their own Christian schools and convents have a religious dress code but oppose women from waring a head scarf?

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    In the village I live, the young Muslim male children spend two hours after school at the Mosque learning Arabic and the Koran. Apparently funded by the Mid East.
    No Science, Math or English. They can barely speak Sinhalese.

    I dread to think what opportunities these children will have when they are adults.

    A century or more ago, the English/American Christian Missionary Schools were similar. Missionary Schools pushed Christianity, while at the same time an education in Science and Math. Literature and History was limited to Europe, as an agenda.

    There is one large difference between the students of the Christian Missionary Schools and the village students attending Islamic studies. That is class and economic status.

    The Missionary School graduates were assured of senior administrative positions in govt or able to enter into professions such as Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors and Surveyors.

    What is going to happen to the children in this Village. No science and math skills, not fluent in English or Sinhalese. What is their future.

    To be done: Translate into Tamil and hand out in Village.

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      Where is your village? Not fluent in English or not being taught Maths science and literature I can understand but Sinhalese? Why I thought Tamil is also an official language in par with Sinhalese and is a far richer language, a language also rich in Islamic literature and teaching , that is the mother tongue of 85 million and spoken by 100 million. . Or just only in paper and we still need Sinhalese to obtain a government job? Don’t worry fluency in Sinhalese will not get you a government employment , as many Tamils who learnt in the Sinhalese medium learnt the hard way. You have to be Sinhalese. I think you want the Sri Lankan Muslims to forget their mother tongue Tamil and become Sinhalised. Translate this also in Tamil and hand it out in your village mischief maker. These studies are after school so they will be learning Science Maths Literature and English during school hours. As long as it does not affect their normal studies , learning the Koran Arabic( not Islamic fundamentalism ) French or German only increases their knowledge. If Buddhist and Christian children attend Pansalas and Sunday Schools , so can these Muslim children.

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      Could you please mention your village?

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        sach

        “Could you please mention your village?”

        Kochchikade – Colombo

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        Right-click on “sbarrkum” and you will get a link.

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      sbarrkum

      Which village you live New York, Sri Lanka or Hong Kong? You say two male children spend two hours learning Arabic and Koran after after school. Perfectly no harm but science, math or English should be taught in the school not in mosque. If the school do not provide that it is their fault for not providing opportunities for the future of the children. English/American Christian Missionary’s target is to give best education to the children of fellow Christian and converts. Don’t be a propagandist for Christian, may be you are a christian.

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      What do the boys learn at school then?

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      Muslim children not learning Maths or Science is perfectly in order as both do not conform with Islamic teaching and practice. Islam is still in the primitive age of world being flat and man cannot do anything that God did not crate him to be capable. As for Maths ancient Arabs did not know about the concept of Zero till Indians told them. In those days when merit was the only criteria hardly any Muslim was admitted to the universities. They can all become Moulavis and preach hatred and incite violence.

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      An hour or two for day or two of a week of religious teaching is fine.

      Science, Math and Commerce teachers (govt) dont stay long in this village. They prefer and wrangle a transfer to another town/village.

      In Sri Lanka teachers supplement their income by after school tutoring. The National exams (O/L=year 11 and A/L=year 13) are extremely competitive. The big prize is gaining entry into a free Uni (including Medical and Engineering).
      (I was one too, and realize NOW what the big break that was).

      Anyway back to the teachers in the village.
      Most villagers cant afford extra tutoring, so the teachers move.
      Heck, there no newspapers available in the village, let alone a community library.

      Not a single person from this and satellite villages have attended Uni or post high school professional/technical/trade (e.g. City and Guilds) qualifications.

      There has been one Tamil (extremely poor) who entered Uni last year, doing Geography (which includes GIS).

      So why not some of the resources spent on religious instruction or building bigger churches/mosques be spent on at least a community library with a subscription to newspapers and weekly children oriented science/math magazines (plenty in Sinhala/Tamil and cheap less than LKR 100/USD 1).

      Recently a Catholic priest came around asking for donation (maybe LKR 1,000/USD 10 or so) to do something or other for the small church. I said when you are building a library let me know.

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        Mr. Barkum,
        You seem to be a well-meaning Buddhist but duped by false progaganda about “foreign funds” for madrasas.
        If you visit Madurankuliya you will see a very large technical college funded by a Gulf State. Definitely not a Madrasa.
        Why don’t you Buddhists ask what happens to the collections in billions from the large temples?

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    The author, at the start of the essay, is reluctantly accepting the rights of Muslims. But at the later part he is being open.
    Author is blaming Muslims segregating themselves. Of Cause, that is a blunder and creates suspicions and racial tensions in multi community environment. But it is Don Stephen brought in the foundation for Muslims segregating them. Don Stephen, to wedge between Tamils and Muslims, brought the MMDA, which is an anti-human right and International Humanitarian Law. Author avoided talking about DS. The entire current culture of Muslims is being built on that Act.

    Middle East jobs were promoted by Muslim-Sinhala governments. If you send a child to school, it study and come. If you sent it to Traven, it will come back as drunkard. A phrase was well known within Tamils about 40 years is “London Mapillai”. These are guys were who returned from Western country education. They fetched a very dowry in the marriage market. The reason was Tamils highly valued the Western education that time. So the parents even sold their entire properties and sent to UK, US to get that education. If some negative returns are coming from Middle East jobs, why the government is sending the people to Middle East?

    How author is not finding fault when the Muslim-Sinhala Government issue free Sil Reddi for election victory, but worries only if Muslims bringing in Burqa, Abaya or Niqab from their friendly countries’ money.

    Then the author is whining about Oil Dollar is being pumped into Muslim towns and Matarasi building. The author can’t remember the country is one of the most indebted nations in the world. Country created JVP. Country created LTTE. Country bought bomb and fighter planes for commission. Government brought in White Elephant Projects that hide that blames. Send out $18B in one family’s deposits. Muslims put the money they received to community use.
    The Kandy riot was about Old Royals coming back to power, it has nothing to do with Muslim Women wearing Niqab newly.

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    sabarkum
    “What is going to happen to the children in this Village.”

    They will be given citizenship in one of the oil rich mid east countries,but they have to pass the koran and arabic tests.Sometimes instead of citizenship they may be given lucrative high paid jobs that is only reserved for locals.In srilanka if they study sinhalese,english ,maths science they will be part of the massive unemployed youth with good qualifications and no jobs and no work experience.

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      It is very rarely that Arabs from the Gulf will give citizenship to non Arabs , even if they are Muslim, unless they have something immense to contribute. They even do not give citizenship to Arabs from other countries like Lebanon etc. Their population is small and they do not want outsiders Muslims or not to overwhelm them and destroy their local Arab culture. Especially South Asian Muslims like the Pakistanis . Indians , Bangladeshis or even Sri Lankans, who given a chance will sit their permanently, or at least until the oil wealth runs out. They will be given visas to work as guest workers and return to their homelands, ultimately, except a few chosen ones. They are Muslims but not Arabs and as such are treated differently from the local Arab or other Arabs. In certain instances preference may be given to them, that to non Muslims but rarely. An Arab will fawn to a white European than to them. I presume you have never worked in a Arab country. Most Arabs are very nice people , it is these South Asian Muslims , especially the Sri Lankan variety that fawn to them. The Arabs take their claim, that they are of Arab origin with a pinch of salt and laugh at this ridiculous claim. At least the other South Asian Muslims do not make this ridiculous claim. Even the Malayali Mappilla Muslims , who have the most amount of Arab and even this is around 15% the most. Arabic is a very beautiful and powerful language. I can speak basic Arabic , as many Arabs in the Gulf are fluent in Hindi/Urdu and you learn to converse with them in Hindi/Urdu. I wish had a chance to learn this beautiful powerful language

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    Hakeem presented in UNRC the theory of Zero Casualty during Operation Humanitarian Rescue Mission. Old Royals burned the Muslims properties in Kandy. Old Royals’ NCM said the Prime Minister has to be removed because he did not stop the Kandy Riots. Prime Minister wanted that to be investigated by Ponny. President stopped. When NCM came to parliament, Hakeem had only problem with Ranil. That is Ranil had not given him the seats he asked in LG election. Hakeem was mad and swore to topple Ranil. Ranil came down and gave Hakeem the many seats he wanted. Hakeem voted against NCM and saved Ranil.

    EU reps came to find out of GSP+ promises. Hakeem knows they may get into MMDA and Forced Niqabs. Hakeem did know, so, that was the good place to talk about the Kandy riots and misdirect EU reps..

    Hakeem has resolved the Kandy riots. Then why the Muslims women have to remove the mask?

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    In the Islamic State of Kattankudy, with its streets lined with Dates Trees, one should have a Microscope to detect either a Sinhala or Tamil business establishment. In 1987 after the arrival of the IPKF, Tamil militants loyal to the IPKF[ TELO, EPRLF etc] made things difficult for the Sinhala run Business establishments and they all left. These were all taken over by the Muslims all over the Eastern Province.So whenever there is a Sinhala-Tamil conflict the beneficiary is a Muslim.

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      Pygmalion

      It is not In the Islamic State of Kattankudy but an Islamic Republic of Kattankudy.

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