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A South East Asian Solution For The Muslims – Part 2

By Izeth Hussain

 Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I now approach the question of why the SL Muslims should emulate the example set by the Chinese in South East Asia, particularly in the Philippines. First of all I must draw attention to the significance of the fact that the protracted anti-Muslim hate campaign and demonstrations failed to ignite mass Sinhalese action against the Muslims, as I noted earlier in this article. It is worth recounting my first-hand experience at Kalpitiya fishing harbor last year. I went there with the Muslim owner-driver of a van, whose family were native inhabitants of the place and were thoroughly familiar with it. It was sunset and the fishing boats were coming in, and in the absence of ethnic markers in the clothing all the fishermen looked alike to me. I was told that they consisted of all three ethnic groups, Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims. How were they getting on with each other? Quite well, no problems. But just a few days earlier there had been an impressive BBS anti-Muslim demonstration in Kalpitiya, with the usual bellowing, bawling, yelling, screeching, screaming fury against the Muslims. The next day the Sinhalese and the Muslims continued to live together in peace, amity, and co-operation.

One conclusion can be drawn from the anti-Muslim campaign. The Sinhalese racist extremists are together on one side with the Sinhalese state racists – by which term I mean the Sinhalese racists who have their hands on the levers of State power and their associates – while the people, including the Sinhalese people as a whole, are on the other side. It is believed that the majority of the members of the Government and of the ruling party are also with the people against the extremists. It is known also that the political party backing the extremists, the JHU, has negligible support among the mass of the Sinhalese Buddhists. The power of the extremists probably comes from the nexus with the State racists, and possibly also with a group or groups within the armed forces.

I am postulating here something like a dichotomy between the State and the people. It has to be expected in a country such as Sri Lanka where something like Rousseau’s conception of representative democracy prevails, in which the civil society and the Opposition are weak, in which the people can be treated like slaves in between elections, and an unrepresentative power elite can exercise inordinate power over the people. This dichotomy can be seen in the violence to which the Tamils were subjected by the racist State in past decades. From 1958 to 1977 there were no anti-Tamil riots at all. The incident in which at a cultural festival in Jaffna a live wire came down and several Tamils were electrocuted was not a riot. The so-called anti-Tamil riots between 1977 and 1983 were not authentic riots in which the people got out of hand. They were in reality pogroms organized and executed by the State terrorists and their agents. There was authentic people’s participation in anti-Tamil violence only on Black Friday, for a few hours in a limited area of Sri Lanka, because of a fear psychosis caused by the story that the Tigers had come into Colombo.

In the subsequent period also the dichotomy of State and people can be seen. While the thirty year war raged our ethnic groups got on well with each other, in what can reasonably be described as peace, amity, and co-operation. A noteworthy fact is that the LTTE attempts to provoke the Sinhalese into another July ’83 – such as the outrages in Anuradhapura and Kandy – failed completely. There is more than one way of explaining the remarkable restraint of the Sinhalese people in the face of repeated LTTE provocations. One explanation is cowardice: the Sinhalese felt free to attack the Tamils in the period 1977 to 1983, but not later on after the LTTE showed its strength, as there could be reprisals. But as I have pointed out above the anti-Tamil violence in the period between 1977 and 1983 was mainly an affair of the State, not of the people. At the present moment there is the highly significant fact that the BBS and other extremist groups have been failing – even though they have State backing – to ignite mass Sinhalese violence against the Muslims.

I come now to the example set by the Chinese in South East Asia. Here in Sri Lanka we have a State that has been inveterately Sinhala supremacist, racist, with a powerful hierarchical drive that has made the State deeply averse to giving the minorities fair and equal treatment. But at the same time we have the Sinhalese people with whom the minorities can most certainly live in peace, amity, and co-operation. A significant factor is that we now have a substantially extensive private sector, much of which is outside the grasp of the tentacles of the predatory State, constituting an area in which the minorities can thrive. The Chinese example suggests that the Muslims should eschew the State as far as might be possible and focus on making good in the private sector. That seems to be part of the essence of the Chinese success story in the Philippines.

I had two spells of service in the Philippines from 1970 to 1972 and from 1982 to 1985, and could observe at first hand the Chinese success story there.  Originally the Chinese in SE Asia came mostly from South China with not much more than the clothes on their backs, but very quickly they started making their socio-economic ascent, and eventually became the most affluent ethnic group. Cultural characteristics deriving from the Confucian ethical system is usually taken as the foundation for their success. They did not go into the state sector, and instead exploited the ample opportunities in the private sector. They were at the top in the world of business and in the professions. Another important characteristic is that they were not prominent in the world of politics. They tended to be disliked for being pushful and avaricious as businessmen, but there was no hatred against them, and there was no Chinese ethnic problem in the Philippines. All this seems to be broadly true, with variations of course, about the Chinese in South East Asia as a whole.

The SL Muslims were traditionally absent from the state sector and focused on the private sector, but this has been changing in recent decades with more Muslims going into the state sector. However, the glamour and prestige of serving in the state sector has now practically vanished in Sri Lanka, and today, among all the ethnic groups, it is the students who are mediocre who join the state sector while the abler ones go in for the professions and business. So the SL Muslims are already emulating the Chinese through force of circumstance. But there is, in my view, a crucial difference in that the SL Muslims have a salience in politics – indeed a salience significantly greater than their numbers warrant – while the SE Asian Chinese are hardly there in the world of political power. That is certainly true of the Chinese in the Philippines, and it is probably true also of the Chinese in other SE Asian countries as well.

At this point my argument requires that I make a clarification about political power in Sri Lanka. Why do people want power? Firstly, they want to do good to the people, to make Sri Lanka a better place than it used to be. I am placing this reason first because it tends to be forgotten. Indeed in Sri Lanka it is regarded as non-existent. Secondly, people want to become prominent in society, to cut a figure, to strut about. Thirdly, they want to make money. This has become of overwhelming importance in Sri Lanka in recent decades. Fourthly, they want to exercise power over people. This desire produces the worst type of human being that there is. The average politician has a mixture of these motives, but in Sri Lanka the third and fourth of these motives predominate. Sri Lankans today can hardly believe that power should be held as a sacred trust to be used for the benefit of the people as a whole. There has been a horrifying degradation of our politics in recent decades.

It has to be expected, therefore, that racists will have a very special aversion to the exercise of power by minority members. Perhaps that is why they have a visceral hatred of the idea of devolution on the basis of ethnicity. The racists who want to regard the Muslims as the lowest of the low can be expected to have a very special aversion to the exercise of power by them. Probably that is the explanation for the fuss about the issue of halal certification, which bewildered me over a long period. There have been so many other issues which have bedeviled Sinhalese-Muslim relations over a long period, notably that of cattle slaughter which could have stirred anti-Muslim emotions far more effectively than halal certification. Why did the BBS pick on that? In cattle slaughter the Muslims were not exercising power over the Sinhalese. On the other hand, the ACJU in issuing halal certificates not just to the Muslims but to the Sinhalese as well was exercising Muslim power over the Sinhalese. That could not be tolerated.

There should be no problem about our Muslims emulating the Chinese by availing of the opportunities provided by the private sector. The Sinhalese people have shown, as I have argued at length in this article, that unlike the Sinhalese State they are prepared to live in peace, amity, and co-operation with the minorities. But the other part, the more important, of the Chinese example, the distancing from political power, cannot be emulated at present. The problem requires in-depth examination. All that I can say at the moment is that the salience of the Muslims in Sri Lankan politics should be reduced.

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    Some of this advice could apply to the Tamils as well.

    Sengodan. M

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      Izeth Hussain has to be congratulated for his loyalty to the just cause of Muslims, and his imagination for the possible avenues for the survival of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

      I would like to ask him the following:

      Why did the vast majority of Sinhalese politicians support the new constitution of Sri Lanka removing the protection to minorities via clause 29 in the Ceylon constitution left in place by Britain at independence?

      Were you not aware of this fact when you accepted the diplomatic service job of the Sinhala dominated state for a livelihood?

      You try to separate the Sinhalese people from the state and the rulers: Did the rulers come from heaven and the people did not approve what the state and the regimes since independence were doing?

      You can only get with a scoop what is inside the pot!

      People behave as a herd or a crowd and demagogues can sway them for their goals as they did under the fascist Hitler.

      Sri Lankan state and its rulers are fascist and the Sinhalese people are being molded for their fascist goals. If you don’t recognize this you are at great peril.

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        Thiru – the vast majority supported the new Constitution because they were racist.
        I joined the Foreign Service in 1953. At that time the minorities did not perceive the Sinhalese power elite as inveterately racist – not in the way we perceived them later. We were very much aware of the contrast with India where ethnic relations were in a much greater mess. That was why Chelvanayagam’s son-in-law could become a University lecturer in the early ‘fifties and Lakshmi Naganathan could join the Foreign Service in 1959.
        There is no absolute discontinuity between the State and the people, but they are not the same because the rulers and the ruled are not the same. Elite theory is very respectable in politics – in the nineteenth century Pareto, Michels, Mosca deriving from Machiavelli, in the 1950s Wright Mills etc. It is a fact that in Sri Lanka while the State is stinkily racist, the people can live together in some degree of peace, amity, and co-operation.
        The Government is certainly neo-Fascist. I doubt that the people will go along with it for very long

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          Is this Izeth Hussain suggesting, in his own warped mind, A.J. Wilson got into the University system teaching and Lakshmi Naganathan into the Foreign Service by some improper methods. The country remembers both having served their respective distinctions with great distinction that brought excellence and distinction to both disciplines. Both left services with students and colleagues from all communities – including Muslims – thankful and grateful for their work.

          Hooker

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            At the rate this Hooker imagines things I never wrote – I have pointed out earlier shocking examples – he will be soon be certifiable.I did not write anything that in the slightest way implies “improper methods” on the part of Wilson and Naganathan. The reader can judge for himslf

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            Correction – “Respective disciplines” not distinctions. Regrets.

            Mr. Izeth Hussain, I notice, has rushed to damage control because
            both the late Prof. Wilson and Ms Naganathan have a wide circle of
            influential friends – some of whom know of Hussain and, presumably, his ways. Hussain was, nonetheless, implicit in what I said. As usual, he now tries to wriggle his way out – unsuccessfully.

            Hooker

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              This Hooker is certainly close to being certifiable. He now goes into a rigmarole about disciplines and distinction, probably in an attempt to obfuscate the issue. He charged that I suggested that Wilson and Naganathan got their posts by “improper methods”. The reader can see very clearly that I did not imply anything of the sort even remotely.

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    Oh,come on! Chinese in the Philippines are emulating as you say, the Confucian ethical system. Too many Muslims in Sri Lanka are starting to emulate 7th century Arabia.

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      lets all hail karawela tharasa fernando/sarojini of BBS-

      Bunny Boiler Syndicate _incubators of fascist syndrome

      co sponsors of Burmese Monk Terrorist_ Lanka’s Cudu heaven for SARC.

      Deiyo sakki.

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        Happy Easter to you Javi-boy!!!

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      But that was the allusion, right Sir?

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      Ramona TF – the Chinese in the Philippines are not emulating the Confucian ethical system. Their culture has been formed by it.I argued that our Muslims should emulate those Chinese only in the way they relate to the Filipino majority: avail of opportunities in the private sector and keep aloof from the State as far as possible.

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        No, never, Mr.Izeth Hussain.Chinese in especially Philippines were merely very clever in bringing the Confucianism system back into their society…….they were so out of it in China (with debauchery that brought on Communism), that some wise Philippine immigrant leader decided to emulate what was long lost to them. What they are doing there is hoarding their money to move to the next port of call where their descendants can live most viably – Australia in a lot of cases, and if this fails anytime in the future, they will move on to yet another place with the Confucianism system as their core of conduct – eternal migrants.

        Muslims in Sri Lanka, on the other hand, want to truly belong. And they do, being mostly of Lankan blood. Being country leaders is not the problem. It’s the subtle change to Wahhabi Islam that has spoil things for them.

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          However, you Mr. Hussain, would have a greater knowledge of the situation both in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. The Chinese in the Philippines might yet be very committed to the country, and certain Muslims in Sri Lanka might be strutting around revelling in their power, wealth and even religion over others.

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    Muslims have always enjoyed plum jobs and business opportunities. If you take Colombo all the major shops like Jewellery,Textiles,Imports and Exports are mainly owned by Muslims whereas they are only a few percentage of this 20 million population. They have more power than Sinhalese. Tamils were in such high powerful position about 30 years ago. Finally Tamils had to pay the price for their disproportionate power. Now Muslims are paying the price. This is a natural phenomenon.

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      R.Wickremasinghe – the Muslims may be better off than the Sinhalese in some sectors. But what is your warrant for assuming that they are better off on the whole? Where is the statistical data to back that assumption? I can assure you that no such data exists.

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        Reading Mr Hussain’s regular supply of articles and the response of many readers to some of his contentious opinions I am reminded of a description, more often in American English, i.e. Gadfly – someone who annoys people by being regularly and unnecessarily critical.

        Dr. B.I. Passe

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    Common, Izeth, you look old enough to have lived through the independent SriLanka. Did you ever raise your voice when Sinhalese JVP youth were killed by the government. Or did you write when Tamils were massacred in 1958 and 1983?
    Only time you think of justice is when your people are inconvenienced!!!

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      NettaB has asked some questions I wanted to of our permanently angry pseudo-philosopher. Many Tamils are going to be deeply pained by his callous remark underlining his fond Tamil hatred “There was authentic people’s participation in anti-Tamil violence” He virtually sets up further mob violence against Tamils when he notes it was only due to “cowardice” there were no further attacks since 1983. Is he telling us the more the merrier? Has the old man taken leave of his senses
      Or are his thinking faculties collapsing resulting in his enormous inherent prejudice factor to take over?

      As to his imposition of his own peculiar reasons for “my argument…about political power in Sri Lanka” let me point out one in which one woman leader told the media “politics is the business of my family” and that, Mr. Hussain, continues today. This fallacy of “they want to do good to the people, to make Sri Lanka a better place than it used to be” is for the Marines and the fickle-minded.

      Hooker

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        Hooker charged earlier that my articles provoke outrage and anger. My last article elicited over seventy responses. Only two of them could fit the description of outrage and anger. One of them was by a Tamil racist, the other by a Sinhalese racist, namely Hooker.
        The present article has elicited 35 responses. Two of them are attacks of a very negative order, one by Hooker and the other by the Tamil racist Nettabomman.
        I can’t take Hooker seriously. But he has provided me with excellent material to show the racism behind the attacks on me. I intend to write a separate article on that.

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      Robert de Silva – you should surely know that if I had raised my voice over the JVP massacres I too would have been massacred.As soon as I left Government service in 1989 I wrote against the UNP Government after 1977 in a way that hardly any one else did. Some believed that I risked death in doing so. At the time of the 1958 and 1983 riots I was an official. Later I spoke up for the Tamils in a way that few non-Tamils did. For instance I argued in two articles that the LTTE should be regarded not as a terrorist movement but a nationalist one.
      It is true that as a whole the Muslims are focused only on their own interests. Why? I believe that that is the consequence of Sinhala supremacist Governments not even trying to build a multi-ethnic nation. But you must not assume that all Muslims are like that. That would be a stereotypical racist assumption.

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    Mr. Izeth Hussain –

    1. “At the present moment there is the highly significant fact that the BBS and other extremist groups have been failing – even though they have State backing – to ignite mass Sinhalese violence against the Muslims.

    2. “There should be no problem about our Muslims emulating the Chinese by availing of the opportunities provided by the private sector. The Sinhalese people have shown, as I have argued at length in this article, that unlike the Sinhalese State they are prepared to live in peace, amity, and co-operation with the minorities. “

    Good analysis, BUT the Wahhabis,the Saudi Devils, who follow the Devil, Satan, Shaitan have thrown a monkey wrench to the Muslims in Sri Lanka and worldwide and as a consequence into the whole society.

    With the Sufis, who introduced Islam to Sri Lanka and South East Asia, there were very few conflicts. So, while is is very true that only a small fraction of Sinhala Buddhists are racists, the vast majority are peace loving Buddhists who try to follow the Buddha Dhamma as best as they can.

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      Mr. Izeth Hussain

      What we are talking about is what was preached by the founders and what is practiced by the Practitioners.

      We see the Problem BOTH in Islam and Buddhism. It ids used to maintain hegemony.

      By the way, the Saudi Gazette, allowed one of Amarasiri’s comments. This cannot be said of the Shill infested on-line Sri Lanka “Buddhist” sites such as Lanka Web, where Shills, Lorenzo and Avtar’s predominate. This does not mean that Amarasiri Approves, Wahhabism, the Intolerant Devils Religion. who wants to maintain Mullah hegemony.

      http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140419202357

      Islam condemns acts of violence against women

      I am writing with regard to the article “US law and an abusive Saudi” (Apr. 14). We have to laud anyone or any authority, be it in the East or in the West, that promotes justice and protects the rights of the victim. There should be strict laws against wife beating. Education is not just about degrees and income, its about being civilized and being in a peaceful and compassionate relationship with fellow human beings. Islam condemns acts of violence against women.

      Intellectual Mind, Online response

      II.

      People who think Western countries give more rights to women than Saudi Arabia are merely victims of the propaganda of Western media and Hollywood. Believe me that Saudi Arabia’s women have far more rights, safety and respect than women in other countries. We should be thankful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      Farookh Ali, Online response

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      19-04-2014 6:27 AM
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      Amarasiri
      Islam condemns acts of violence against women

      There should be strict laws against wife beating.Yes, but it was their tradition from the old days.

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      19-04-2014 9:44 AM
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      m h kayani
      Sure Islam condemns the violence against women and others too, but Muslims at large DO NOT follow the right path.
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    SOme good points in this article. Majority of Sinhalese and Buddhists do not support JHU, BBS and other anti-minority groups. The people who committed violence during the riots/pogroms were thugs hired by politicians, not ordinary Sinhalese people.

    The question to ask is why do the majority who do not support extremism have a sustained and vocal campaign opposing extremism? Does the lack of such a popular opposition signify their support of extremists? I do not think so.

    It seems that the most common response to displays of violence by the powerful (politicians/thugs/military/paramilitary) is one of “see no evil hear no evil” as a means of avoiding becoming targets themselves – this is what can be termed “fear psychosis”. Ordinary Sri Lankans have plenty of reason to harbor such a psychosis given trauma suffered at the hands of the Portugese (who went about destroying temples/kovils and killing people), the British (whose response to protests was shoot-on-sight), and more recently by the democratically elected governments (anti-JVP and anti-Tamil pogroms).

    How can one eradicate such a psychosis that will unleash the voices of reason and calls for peaceful co-existence in contemporary Sri Lanka?

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    .
    Did Muslims ever ruled any part of the island?

    :-)

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    Izeth Hussain,
    You accuse ‘Sri Lanka as a State that has been inveterately Sinhala supremacist, racist.’ I thought all Muslim countries have been inveterate supremacist, racist and bigots since PBHU Muhammad. Tell us Mr Hussian, which Muslim majority country gives more right to its minority than Sri Lanka through their constitutions?

    Poor Sinhala Buddhists have been converted through bribe or deceit. Evangelists go about converting Buddhists to various Christian sects openly and freely. Muslims have schemed to increase their lot through trickery: Muslims marry Sinhala women and convert them to Islam deceitfully. I say deceitfully because apostates were not told that they should be killed according to Sharia law, if they ever revert back to Buddhism.

    In Malaysia, the foremost democratic country of all Muslim countries, Muslim cannot change his/her religion legally. 20 percent of Malaysians are Buddhists. But they cannot build temples like 10 percent Muslims build mosques in Sri Lanka. Muslims not only open up their prayer huts quietly within aged old Buddhist sacred areas but demand they be allowed to make them permanent.

    In Malaysia, the government would crackdown any religious activity or behaviour that deemed a threat to Islam or disrespectful of Islamic traditions and beliefs. Recently they banned Christians using the word Allah, whereas Koran has clearly referred to the Lord God of Christians and Yahweh of Jews as Allah.

    For the reasons that Monks have ignored such deception by Muslims and not taken to street against ham-handed acts like ‘hallal’ by immoral Muslims for a long time, Husain tries provoke Sinhalas saying they didn’t attack Tamils since 1983, because they were cowards. The truth is Sinhalas are peaceful people unless they’re cornered. Sinhalas neither started the first Tamil-Sinhala riot in 1939 nor the Sinhala-Muslim riot in 1915.

    BBS and similar Buddhist groups came to being because of the inaction by the Sri Lanka government. Had Sri Lanka government acted like the government of Malaysia there would not have been a need for BBS like vigil groups to rise up. It must be said however Sinhala Buddhist style of confrontation is harangue not violence. Mohottewatte Gunnananda did the same a more than a century back.

    Hussain talks about ‘the racists [Sinhala Buddhists] who want to regard the Muslims as the lowest of the low….’ But I read the Koran verses that say unbelievers are the worst of creatures (98:6), and compared to “panting dogs”, (7:176) and cattle (7:179), and to the vilest of animals (9:55). What BBS says is music when compared to remarks by the Koran.

    Can Muslims in Sri Lanka emulate Chinese in Buddhist Thailand? I doubt it very much. I think Muslims can only emulate Chinese in Muslim countries. In all other places they’ll follow ‘taqiyya and kitman’ (Koran permission to lie to unbelievers), jihad and increasing their lot. The day that Sinhalas learn your ‘taqiyya and kitman’ they will distrust Muslims more.

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    Get all Muslims out of Modi’s India and SL and send them to Indonesia.

    All problems solved.

    Everyone happy.

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      Fathima Fukushima

      “Get all Muslims out of Modi’s India and SL and send them to Indonesia. All problems solved. Everyone happy.”

      Yes, Get ALL the Paras out of Native Veddah Land.It was the Paras who started the Para-War.

      The PARA-SINHALA, THE PARA-TAMILS. THE PARA-BUDDHISTS, THE PARA HINDUS, THE PARA-MUSLIMS, THE PARA-PORTUGESE(PARANGIOS), AND THE OTHER PARAAS TO South India.

      The DNA in them shows that they are paras from SOUTH INDIA.

      Get all Muslims out of Modi’s India and SL and send them to Indonesia. All problems solved. Everyone happy.

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        Fathima Fukushima

        CORRECTION:

        “Get all Muslims out of Modi’s India and SL and send them to Indonesia. All problems solved. Everyone happy. ”

        Yes, Get ALL the Paras out of Native Veddah Land. It was the Paras who started the Para-War. All problems solved. Everyone happy.

        The PARA-SINHALA, THE PARA-TAMILS. THE PARA-BUDDHISTS, THE PARA HINDUS, THE PARA-MUSLIMS, THE PARA-PORTUGESE(PARANGIOS), AND THE OTHER PARAAS TO South India. The DNA in them shows that they are paras from SOUTH INDIA. All problems solved. Everyone happy.

        Lanka will be peaceful, and the Naive Veddah can live in an environmentally friendly manner. No more Para Wars.

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        What about [Edited out] amaraya stupid

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          mechanic and Avatars,

          “What about [Edited out] amaraya stupid” –

          What about Para-mechanic, Para-fatima and Para-Avatars stupids?

          Pointing out that the Paras came from South India is not stupidity, but Intelligence. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler pointing out that the Earth moves and revolve sin its own axis contrary the teaching of the Church and the Ancients, is not stupidity. It is intelligence.

          What about Para-mechanic, Para-fatima and Para-Avatars stupids?

          They all will be sent back to the land of their ancestors, South India, based on DNA Analysis.

          So far all the DNA analysis has shown that the the Paras came from South India, except the Paragi Paras.

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    I waited for other alert commentators to take exception to the many foolish statements of this Izeth Hussain before making my own reservations. I notice some of them already have and expect, in the nature of the regular and unnecessary controversy this bigot produces, much more.

    Hussain is a notorious racist – in record of having recommended starvation to be used against Tamil civilians during the
    conflict between the LTTE and the State. Further betraying more of his prejudice he states “a live wire CAME DOWN and several Tamils were electrocuted” Surely, Hussain, you know very well the wire did not come down on its own. The Police deliberately cut the power lines to sabotage the International Tamil Conference that was, until then, proceeding successfully. That was (1974) under Mrs.B’s regime that could hardly be described as Tamil-friendly.

    By gad, what is “authentic riots”/authentic people’s participation” you talk of referring to State-inspired attacks on Tamils and their property? You then contradict yourself in the next sentence “they were in reality pogroms organised by State terrorists” What an intellect we have here.

    Muslims, now living in fear and uncertainty, must celebrate as in Hussain they have found a mini-Messiah. He has wisely concluded for the benefit of all of you “we have the Sinhalese people with whom the minorities (in this case the Muslims ) can live in peace, amity and cooperation” It is, therefore, time I think Muslims kicked out Rauf Hakeem and his opportunistic lot and consecrate our friend as your leader and peace-finder. Problem is, at the same time Hussain appears to be advising BBS and other street dregs to be more effective “in their chosen task” Why else should he state “cattle slaughter which could have stirred anti-Muslim emotions far MORE EFFECTIVELY than halal certification” It is time the Muslim hierarchy have a chat with Hussain and stop him from causing further damage to the Muslims with his weird “counselling”

    The English language is also thankful to our friend for coining a new word – “pushful”

    Nettabomman

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      Nettabomman – you have repeated that nonsense that I recommended starvation as a weapon to be used against the Tamils. That charge was made in a letter to the Editor by a Tamil, whom I refuted satisfactorily enough – judging by the fact that there was no comeback from him. That was about ten or fifteen years ago. It shows that you and others have been reading me over a long period. That looks like an unconscious tribute to my quality. Thanks.
      I don’t intend wasting my time by replying to your outpourings of venom and murderous racist hatred.The reason is that you have already served my purpose by providing me excellent material for an article I have in mind. Thanks again.

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        If our friend Izeth Hussain believes reading him is a tribute to “his quality” I am afraid this bizarre logic will not hold
        water. He will not engage a shortage of strident critics as he
        goes on producing this “quality” of his thinking and counselling.
        The Island in Colombo – that provides him space – at any rate, generally, does not provide space for rebuttal. But he gets his desserts in the liberal columns of the CT.

        But, that’s fine. It makes all sorts to make this wide big world.

        Nettabomman

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    ela kolla,

    Don’t go there if they keep abusing you.

    Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

    Uploaded on May 29, 2010
    She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

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    I think the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims cannot live in peace any more in Silly Lanka. They of course lived in harmony with not too many problems, but now things have changed and they cannot be reversed. The chaos will develop further, no one will give up on their legitimate rights and freedoms but the Government is hell bent on discriminating and keeping the minority under jack boot. That will eventually explode and it will be disaster all over.
    No one can live in peace. If they want peace, they should share everything equally with all the communities, if not they have to face the consequences. Sinhala domination cannot work anymore in any form. They will pay dearly if corrective action is not taken. They have no right for domination just because they are in large numbers. In Israel the Jewish are small in number and surrounded by Muslims. But the Jewish wield power, force Muslims cannot match. Tamils and Muslims are more powerful in Lanka than the Sinhalese except in numbers and their Armed forces. How many years they took to eradicate LTTE ? and even that if not for the support of many other countries. Now Gota the Goon is going around countries and lecturing how he killed people with Chemical and unconventional weapons.
    I’m afraid the jealousy and hatred of the Sinhala race has come to a tipping point. One little advice. Don’t bet on Mahinda the thug or Gota the Goon. They will destroy you all, the Sinhala race, the Buddhism, Sri Lanka , Tamils, Muslims for their own greed. If you want to have a peaceful life, stop listening to GOSL all lies propaganda, media etc., Live amicably with all races in amity and peace. If not the consequences will be ugly and irrepairable. Do not take Tamils or Muslims for granted or fools, unless you are so stupid. Be wise and do the right think.

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