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Allah’s Executioners

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Barbarism is not the monopoly of any country or community. Sri Lanka too has its share of barbaric killings if one cares to look back at how gruesomely people were killed during periods of communal violence. Yet, the lynching and burning in public the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara for ordering his workers to remove all stickers from machines before a foreign delegation arrived was a dastardly crime that cannot and should not be excused and deserves the most unreserved condemnation by any civilized human being. Although Prime Minister Imran Khan was quick to offer a national apology to Sri Lanka and promised to punish all those participated in that crime, it only shows what type of a dangerous and fanatical mob that mullahs of Pakistan had nurtured since that country was founded in 1947. Its architect Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a secularist in every sense of that term, and its spiritual father and philosopher poet Muhammad Iqbal would be turning in their graves at the way that country had become a hotbed for religious extremism and jihadism.

It is obvious that many if not all those stickers ordered to be removed might have carried words and phrases either in Urdu or Arabic, and few of the Arabic ones would have come straight from the Quran and sayings of the Prophet, which the Sinhalese manager would not have understood. To the lynching mob however, ordering the removal of those (Holy) stickers itself was an act of blasphemy and deserved death to the ordered. These vigilantes at once became the accusers, jury, judge and self-appointed executioners of Allah.

Regarding the blasphemy law of Pakistan, its origins go back to the days of British Raj when the publisher of the book Rangila Rasul, which disparagingly discussed the marriage and sex life of the Prophet of Islam, was assassinated in Lahore, Punjab in 1920s. Under pressure from Muslims the British enacted the Hate Speech Law Section 295(A) as part of the Criminal Law Act XXV. Pakistan inherited this colonial law and made it more severe between 1980 and 1986 during the rule of Zia-ul Haq as part of his Islamization of laws program. This law worked against minorities and particularly against the Ahmadis. One cannot forget the notorious case of the Christian lady Asia Bibi who was accused of blasphemy in 2010 and was sentenced to death. Because of international pressure she was finally released in 2018, but Salman Taseer, the Punjab Governor who supported that lady was gunned down by the Holy warriors.

Leaving aside Pakistan’s blasphemy law and its implementation for the moment, this discussion raises a different question to understand the mindset that carried out the recent savagery. Why were those stickers pasted on machines to start with? The answer takes me back to an incident in Sri Lanka that happened decades ago in my presence. A certain maulana or Muslim Holy man arrived from India to meet his disciples and was staying somewhere in Kandy. A couple of his disciples who happened to be my relatives dragged me also from the campus and went to see the man. While we were there one of the visitors complained to the maulana that his Massey Fergusson tractor was constantly breaking down and he was unable to plough his paddy field. The Holy man quickly scribbled something on a piece of paper (probably in Arabic) and asked that disciple to paste it on the machine. I could not believe what I was seeing. How could some Holy words repair a machine? Suppose someone had gone and removed that sticker from the tractor what would have been the fate of that mischief maker? It is this sort of Islam, which is full of myths and superstitions and devoid of any rationality that had been indoctrinated by mullahs all over the Muslim world. The mindset that these mullahs have created and nurtured operates on emotion and uncritical obedience to the preacher and leader. That mindset is the breeding ground for religious extremism and it is from those extremists, Islamists recruit their foot soldiers. Unfortunately, Pakistan has too many of them.

Islam prohibits worship of idols, but the place of idols has now been occupied by religious Holy names and verses from the Quran. What was once developed as calligraphic art in Islam has turned out to be icons for veneration. Any damage to these icons is considered blasphemy. That was what happened in that Pakistani factory and innocent Priyantha Kumara paid the ultimate price in the hands of Allah’s executioners.

In this context, it would be relevant to recall another incident that happened in 2018 while I was in Sri Lanka. I was travelling from Colombo to Kattankudy with a friend of mine in my nephew’s car. While passing through a small Muslim town we stopped for tea at a Muslim restaurant. As I walked into it, I saw big posters printed in colour with verses from the Quran pasted on the walls. I politely called the young owner and asked whether he understood what was in those posters. He said that he could read them but did not know the meaning. I didn’t want to be a teacher of Quran but explained to that young man the reason why Quran was revealed to the Prophet and told him that it was a message to act upon and not a piece of art to decorate walls. I also explained to him the hidden dangers behind those posters. The man seemed to have understood and promised to remove them. I am not sure whether he actually did, because I have not visited that place since then.

Priyantha’s family deserves justice. Prime Minister Khan must compensate the victim’s family and the Sri Lankan government is duty bound to work for it, although no amount of compensation could bring back the family’s loved one. Besides, Prime Minister Khan also must realize that he has a huge problem at hand to tackle growing religious fanaticism with its breed of vigilantes in his country. Without the army’s support he himself would be one of their targets.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    If God made humans in his own image, I shudder, such a weak, foolish species !

    The average humans intelligence,(IQ of about 80) is so low, we like athletes because average human is so un-athletic and ungraceful , we like money also because most humans struggle to earn it , living pathetic lives, lying, cheating, bluffing, murdering, killing innocent animals , these are very human traits.

    All religions began when we were so ignorant and illiterate. All known religious teachers could not read or write.
    No human being has seen God , no one has been to heaven, no one can prove rebirth but we believe !
    In Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka , in fact all Muslim countries other than Saudi are converts. Today, the average Arab is so unimpressive in intellectual ability. They run corrupt and brutal governments. But the converts believe the Arab poetry absolutely ! They believe in one Arab man !

    Human beings are pathetic.
    Religion is truly the opium of the masses !

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      The converts, at least the ones in Sri Lanka, also have been brainwashed to believe they are Arab too, now to emphasize this dress, behave, try their best to look like Arabs and even try to change their environment to look like somewhere in the Arabian Gulf by planting date palms and by erecting Arabic name boards and signs everywhere. Now I heard even traditional South Asian Islamic food like Biriyani, Samosa etc are fast being discarded in favour of Arabic and North African food. This is called the height of absurdity.

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        Dear DS,

        We are all shocked by the brutal lynch our brother PRIYANTHA KUMARA (48 years) and what is left to us is to pray for his soul. I dont believe in God, but I do believe an invisible super natural power behind any human being. The various fictions about the brutal blasphemic acts are in circulation, but the truth behind the misterious public murder is not yet clear
        Where the majority of fundementalits or total ignorants are there, it is obvious, anything belonging to blind beliefs spread like a wild fire. We are not a clean nation wihthout barbarism banners, though our title is ” predominately buddhists”. Looking back how our sinhala mobs acted in 1983, 1989, 2019 (after easter sunday mlechcha bomb blast), would never be erasable from our memorites. And rebells mobilised from North and south claimed high crimes, because their causes were not well addressed. Not even today, after a brutal war went up to 30 long years, majority of our people would not respect the minority thoughts. More women than men, become against minorities. Greedy politicians like poisonous reptiles make use of the situation for their pocket filling highly abusive politics. We dont need any other better examples, but RAJAPKSHE themselves have been on proving it again.
        We dreamt of a better future, after the long held brutal war was no longer there. but the situation through out the country, even today, NO permament peace among all srilankens, similar to covered fire under the ashes.

        TB continued.

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          Continuing .
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          To our shame, We experience yet today in post war episode in our country. Germany s post war or any other developed countries, succeeded by implementing better systems immediately after the wars were no longer there. However, the greater difference between muslims dominated Pakistan and sinhala-buddhists dominated srilanka would not behave that different. However, thanks to free education imposed by our politicians allowed over 95% of citizens to be literate while the rate makes up in Pakistan is 60%. muslims dominated Morocco and Sudan their rates are 70% and 60% respectively. And the population wise pakistan (220 million) 10 times bigger than that of srilanka (22 million).
          THe question what came first ? egg or hen. If China can keep it under control by giving the place to the ” law and order ” above the ” religious myths”, why cant we ” so called sinhala buddhist dominated srilanka with a way smaller population ” go for it ?
          As we know religions became spines of any nations where there are no rigorous enforcement of law and order. Be it in UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece or many other countries in europe were blinded by their relgious thoughts in the previous centuries. That was the medieval eras of Europe. Yet today, SOUTH asians above any other folks across the globe behave not different to the medival europeans

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      There was a certain ruggerite. His bones were first broken with a thorough thrashing and some serious torture. He was then thrown into his car and set on fire while alive. There are some similarities. Nothing heard of the prosecution of the culprits now.

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        B
        That is just one instance among many that speaks volumes about our sense of moral outrage.

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        bernard

        wasn’t he a muslim in a sinhala majority country?therefore expendable?

        wan’t diyawadena a sinhalese in a muslim majority country?Therefore of no consequence?anyway if imran had killed diyawadane then it would have been swept under the carpet too woudn’t it?It all depends on who kills whom,not the kill itself.

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        But they will justify it and say it was not because of any religion.
        Whether religious or political reasons, these killings are not acceptable.

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        Bernard,
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        Not even a single good monk came forward to stand against that ruggerite murder which was no different to that of JAMAL KHASHOGI s misterious murder.
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        There were rumouers, MR s wife would have committed suicide, if she was interogated in that investigation process.
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        Ironically, the very same PUBLICly known high criminals are today worshiped by the very same STUPID people. This nation is either MENTALLY ill or they dont know what to do as citizens.

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      “Islam prohibits worship of idols, but the place of idols has now been occupied by religious Holy names “
      The above passage would be as meaningful if “Islam” was replaced by “Christianity” or “Buddhism”. Just a symptom of a common disease, which is religion.

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        OC
        Look at the comments and you will see the kind of bigotry that dominates this space.

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          SJ

          “Look at the comments and you will see the kind of bigotry that dominates this space.”

          True, it is similar to the belief that Mao, Siri Mao, China socialist or otherwise could do no wrong.

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            Dear Bro NV,
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            Long time no see, hope you are keeping well. Wie geht es Dir ?
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            Our people would never see it right. We can wait another few decades.
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              leelagemalli

              Thanks
              I hope I am fine physically as well as mentally.
              Take care.

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        Dear OC,

        This is so true.
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        My morrocann batch mates made every effort to break my buddha statue being unable to respect it anymore. I was left to be alone as a born buddhist, I had kept it above in my hostel room (in 90ties). The student hostel belonged to an Evangelical student community. But they never rejected muslim students. I was also a powerful member of selecting committee with greater respect earned as a TOLERANT srilanken student.
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        Asked why, they could not provide me with a constructive argument . Most of them just emulate the other. In Europe buddhist statues are just show room -decorative objects.

        In the same time, I found their ” fall down on the floor- not once 5 times a day FOR THEIR WHISPERING prayers were beyond my understanding… however i di dnot go to criticise theirs, becuase there is a phrase in Germany ” Am Ende erhielt jeder das Seine meaning ” At the end of the class, each one received what was his:”. Germany is more into rigorous law enforcement than to be guided by religions.
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      Today we mourn of not being able to bear the grief of PRIYANTHA Kumara s mlechcha murder.
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      And in the same time, at the time, ISRAEL tourist was brutally murdered by Rajapkshes family friends some 15 years ago, israelis mourned of not being able to get him back.
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      In the same time, THAJUDEEN, Rugby PLAYER was allegedly killed by MAHINDA RAJPAKSHE with his abusive wife being complicit according to the reports…. however, nothing did not come up regarding the truths…

      Our peoples memories would not last long.
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      At the time, SRILANKA s Mugabe aka TODAY PM was ruling the ruining the country. one ISRAELI tourist who had been visiting to the our island with his fiance were brutally murdered going beyond the JAMAL Khashogi misterious murder.

      Most of them were not ISLAMISTS but SINHALA BUDDHISTS close to Mahinda Rajapakshe.
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      Then again, following EASTER SUNDAY DISASTER, how MADHU MADAWA et al with the direct mediation of SLPP men how they looted and destroyed the livelyhood of the INNOCIENT muslims were not long ago….. most of them are sinhala balu buddhists.
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      What I am trying to say is, not only MUSLIM fundemnetalists, our sinhala fundementalists and racists do the same. They should all be BEAHEADED if a good lanka to be rebuilt.

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        And dont forget how our sinhala dogs the manner killed minorities in 83 riots and again how 89 insurgency took the innocent lives of the youth/ …….our thirisannu should be taught to be civilised by implementing- rigorous law and order. Why can’t it happen in Europe today is connected with the prevailing law and order. Be they belong to Rajapakshes or the commoners law and order should be equal. Sure Pakistan Premier would punish them soon unlike or our wanking village puthas in power . Gota was dressed in a fake costume by not having studied his capabilities properly in order them to be exonerated from high crime investigations. Each and every case filed against them were released or freed from any charges/ nothing beyond that is achieved by PUSWEDILLA GOTA. ☹🐕☹🐕☹☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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      Dear deepthi siva
      Who are the above 4 thumbs down/dislike guys/gals??
      They must be of the same mould or even worse than the perpetrators /partakers in the world headline story. Most of the leading journalists around the Globe including Newyork Times, British Guardian, The Hindu to name a few; summed it up as the barbarism of the worst kind.
      The man has been living in that country for 7 years, employing 100s of workers and the country earning the much-needed uncle Sam’s MIGHTY US dollar

      Your sentiments are being echoed all-round the planet, including in Pakistan
      I give up.
      No words could even attempt to understand the agony and the desperation of the two young kids left orphaned and of cause the widowed wife. What a nightmare for them.
      We can only pray to the Almighty to give them courage and strength to bear the insurmountable pain, sorrow and the nightmarish thoughts
      On our part we can collectively pray for Kumar’s immortal soul to attain Mocha
      Suffice to say that my wife when the viral video was on the screen, she walked out of the room crying ” No, NO I can’t watch it anymore ”

      Ratnam Nadarajah

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        Dear Rathnam Nadarajh,

        Yours sounds to be very emtional. Please ask your kind wife not to think of the manner the fundementalists lynched brother ” Priyantha Kumara”. This reminded me all the true stories of my fellow batch mates and how they were burnt down, found dead on tyre pyres in 89.
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        One of my good known batch mates at pera had been brutally cut into pieces and the flesh and bones were packeted and sent to their parents. Can you imagine ? Those were not the LTTErs but ones mobilised from SOUTHERN. So do we need to CONTINUE keeping the separator between notherners and southerners any more ?

        This is why I truly believe, it is the average ” SOUTH ASIAN MENTALITY” to nodd such killings. Those who made selfies and tastlessly behaved themselves as ” schaulustige= curious onlookers/bystanders in Sialcot /Pakistan.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwsdWGgVj_I

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      The brutal KILLING of our brother Priyantha Kumara should be condemned by anyone of us. No doubt about that. Is it not the mlechcha SOUTH ASIAN slave mind set to emulate the other as their five senses were fully taken away ?
      . Whole lot of people in islamic, hindu or buddhist societies in that POVERTY STRIKING global region (south asia) behave no different Contract killers would settle it for Rajapakshes or any other pimps without thinking twice.
      . It is though somewhat extreme in a society which is filled with more illiterates than the literate – with the ground reality of PAKISTAN being a highly illiterate society ( literacy rate in that country is 45% while srilanken literacy rate is 93 % or more).

      to be continued

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      deepthi silva

      “In Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka , in fact all Muslim countries other than Saudi are converts.”

      So are Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sinhala/Buddhists, Muslims, …. of this island. What you have to remember is they are not only converts but also descendants of Kallathonie converts.

      “Today, the average Arab is so unimpressive in intellectual ability.”

      UAE spacecraft reaches Mars in a milestone for Arab nations
      Hope orbiter will study the martian atmosphere and climate
      9 FEB 2021
      https://www.science.org/content/article/uae-spacecraft-reaches-mars-milestone-arab-nations

      You say the average Arab is so unimpressive in intellectual ability however you should know in this island even the political, religious, academic, military ….. leaders are dumb asses too, dumber than the average man and women on the streets.

      Tell us why Hindutva Hindia, Sinhala/Buddhist Sri Lanka …. are unable achieve what UAE has achieved, (note Sarah Al Amiri a female scientists who is the young space chief behind UAE’s mission to Mars).

      Stop your stupid comparisons and get on with finding why, where when, how, did we fail.

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        Native Vedda,
        Why waste of time with deepthi silva.
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        Arabs have among them, Mathematicians credited with contributions in Algebra, Number theory, Geometry, Trigonometry and Astronomy.

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    Facebook Whistlebower, Frances Haugen, exposed by Social Media is being used by external actors to spread ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar and Ethiopea.The CIA which has its operatives all over South Asia is stoking a Muslim-Buddhist “Clash of Civilizations” all over Southeast Asia region. The Killing of a Sri Lankan in Pakistan must be read in this wider GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT.

    The current media frenzy, particularly Social Media about the sad fate of Priyantha Kumara and the bringing of his body to Sri Lanka is very much like the stories that circulated in 1983 after the LTTE killed 13 solders in Jaffna or the stories after the Easter attacks that Muslim women were buying white cloths to attack Buddhist temples!

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      The plan is to promote attacks on Muslims and create chaos in Sri Lanka and beyond in South Asia…The CIA badly wants a Buddhist-Muslim “clash of civilizations” in South and Southeast Asia to de-stabilize the region and destroy the Rise of Asia led by China as the Growth Hub of the World!
      US citizens, Goat and Basil Rajapaksa are also part of the CIA’s Weaponization of the Sinhala Buddhist Diaspora, and ethno-religious identity politics in Sri Lanka and beyond, along with their BBS friends to enable the Buddhist-Muslim clash of Civilizations in Sri Lanka and to spread to Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar and Thailand… CIA has used “terrorist” discourses to weaponize religions in the Mideast and North Africa, to DIVIDE, DISTRACT, LOOT and COLONIZE Africa –the wealthiest continent on the planet. So, Please read the book: “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia”. Now CIA and its Saudi Wahabi Salafi partners are working together on the Buddhist and Muslims Diaspora networks to de-stablize the region…

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    As usual another good article by Dr. Ameer Ali. All religious, ethnic extremism should be condemned and severely punished. At least in Pakistan the authorities have condemned this barbaric act and are taking steps to punish the culprits. However, in Sri Lanka people who in the name of race and religion, had tortured, killed, looted raped, burned, ethnically cleansed, thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, many in the presence of armed forces/police especially in May 2009, have not been punished or condemned. In fact, many are praised as golden heroes, given promotions and lucrative foreign posts. The Tamil victims are not even allowed to commemorate their fallen relatives or dead and are severely punished if they do so. Whilst huge religious monuments at state expenses are erected and lavishly opened and celebrated for the victorious. Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom, the so-called president of the nation comes on national television and only offers sympathy to the Sinhalese, for what reason I do not know but not a word of sympathy to the thousands of Tamils who lost their homes, livelihood, businesses, and lives. Many were also injured and raped by marauding Sinhalese mobs. Still no apology, condemnation, or compensation for the Tamil victims or any punishment for the Sinhalese perpetrators and masterminds.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma
      “However, in Sri Lanka people who in the name of race and religion, had tortured, killed, looted raped, burned, ethnically cleansed, thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, many in the presence of armed forces/police especially in May 2009, have not been punished or condemned.”

      Tamils who started anti-Sinhala riots since Sinhale gained Independence and terrorism against indigenous Sinhala Buddhists after passing Vadukkodei Resolution in 1976 are trying to clean their blood-soaked hands by putting the blame on Sinhala Buddhists, the Government of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Armed Forces that eliminated Tamil terrorists and Sri Lanka Police.

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        Eagle Thaatha. Please read this

        ttps://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/By-no-stretch-of-imagination-could-you-call-this-country-a-Sinhala-or-Sinhala-Buddhist-Country-Wigneswaran/172-226198

        However, like a broken record you keep on repeating the same lie

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        Eagle ‘nitwit’ Eye who is not only completely blind but also absolutely stupid, why can’t you realize you have an issue upstairs and get some treatment? Why so much hatred towards all Tamils? Did you ever work for a Tamil as a coolie and he or she beat you for being too stupid? Is that why you hate the Tamils so much? Native Veddah can make some herbal medicine for you and possibly cure that mental illness, why don’t you go and see him. NV is a good man and he has the medicine, please seek help.

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          TFTN
          Please dont waste for comments being made by EE or the like. For our bad luck the kind of birth failures are the easy forces to crook politicians/ high criminals.
          This country is now a paradise for high criminals and all these were not overlooked. Look at how opposition parliamentarians are targeted today under a pimp leader/ highly biased speaker. So called powerful GOTA behaves like a defeated dog trying to hide the tail behind rear legs☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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      There is a news item that hundreds bodies floating on the seashores of Vadamaradchi. Who were the executioners?

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    why would he get all the stickers on the machines removed just because a foreign delegation is arriving.I have run factories with many machines when i was younger and i would not have asked the workers to remove any stickers on the machines because the foreign delegation has come to look at the factory and the machines and the people and coudn’t care a fart whther there were stickers on the machines or not.A general manager will only do something drastic only if there is a reason to do it,otherwise he would not have attained that position if he had no common sense or if he was mad.Once i took off posters of vijaya when the JVP was rampaging.The workers argued that he was a film star but i told them now he was a politician and we don’t want politics in our factory.

    First it is posters ,now it is stickers,just don’t talk nonsense man.This blasphemy ralk is all to cover up other issues that workerss have wth the management and they hope to get away with killing a man by spreading stories of blashemy and this author is spreading it too.

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      Dear One hundred-year old Shankar,
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      I have immense respect for you. But we weren’t there.
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      CT policy is not to encourage the posting of links, but let’s face it, we all rely on the reports that we get. I’ve been studying many. This guy’s reaction is balanced, despite his appearance. He’s been really shocked by this and has made multiple videos on this. This is his second video.
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      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en_GB#sent/RdDgqcJHpWcvcDjPgncptKxVKmrfFfDVDNKCrVPpDSsB?projector=1
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      He is an Indian, now living on an island belonging to Thailand, close to Malaysia. He specialises in advising guys who want to work in the Middle-East, especially in Dubai.
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      Given the contents of your comment, I gave it a“DISLIKE”. It registered, as it ALWAYS does on CT.
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      Youtube is dishonest. “Dislike” button doesn’t work.
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      Since I knew what was happening at first-hand in some other places I spent hours commenting here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/church-of-ceylon-anglican-democracy-choosing-the-best-to-be-put-over-us/
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      Ignore my experiences, but focus on many observations on manipulation by digital media by old codger, etc. Please continue this sincere discussion. I haven’t yet read Dr Ameer Ali’s, having spent many hours on this incident, from many sources.
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandrawela

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        I’m sorry.
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        The link that I have given you above will not work.
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        This one will; sixteen minutes in clear, expressive, English:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fi-hs0vfJM
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        This man, Loy Machedo, reads the comments that have come in. Having done so, he puts that little red heart to the right of the two Youtube buttons, to the left of “REPLY”.
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        We must educate ourselves on the ways in which our thinking is manipulated.

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      S
      Much depends on the appearance of the place with stickers all over the place, especially when there are important visitors.
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      That apart, there is too much speculation about what really happened.
      As often gossip passes for news. The author could have been cautious.

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        bernard

        wasn’t he a muslim in a sinhala majority country?therefore expendable?

        wan’t diyawadena a sinhalese in a muslim majority country?Therefore of no consequence?anyway if imran had killed diyawadane then it would have been swept under the carpet too woudn’t it?It all depends on who kills whom,not the kill itself.

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        SJ

        A man whohas lived for so long in pakistan knows that it is dangerous for him to remove any stickers that are religious in nature.It may be a wage issue.In my experience in factories that is the predominant issue and a general manager is caught between the owner who wants to maximise his profits and the workers who want to maximise their earnings.He has to tread very carefully.he has to show the workers that he is fair by them as well as the owners.Fairness and firmness is the key to his success in the factory.It is a battleground really with the workers on one side and the management and owner on the other side,though technically all are supposed to be working for the same company’s success,in practice it is not so.It is a minefield.

        ps.Boy,was i glad to get out of factories.There were times when i used to have a knife strapped to my leg.If i was to die i will not die like a chicken but will kill as many as possible before committing hara kiri.I have immense respect for the man who commits hara kiri and at one time i was dying to do it.

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          Shankar
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          I think as you make it clear above it should be an internal issue based on working conditions and regulations. But the manner selfies were made by thousands is similar to the heteroenous crowds gathered to Dhammika pani beema misled by ballige puthas and how our eyes could nt believe it.
          How even parliamentarians swallowed the soup misleading the easy targets. That s typical south Asian slave mentality.🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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          S
          We still do not have the true picture.
          People are responding based on a monolithic impression of Islamic attitudes.

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            SJ ,

            Journalist Chamuditha had an interview with two popular personalities
            (Srilankan) on Pakistan Business and Politics. One of them , a lady casts
            her doubts that a local (Pakistani)extremist political organisation could
            be linked to this unfortunate incident . That is quite a News .In my
            calculation ,Geopolitics can not be ruled out at the rate world affairs get
            out of control . And from another angle , what makes us not to imagine
            that this could be a first step of International retaliation against what is
            going on against Srilankan Muslisms ? A dangerous trend but can we
            rule it out if politics is suspected to be involved ?

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              WW
              Let us keep our minds open to any feasible possibility, but let us not be tempted to yield to wild speculations.

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              whywhy

              there is a another problem festering too.When you employ foreigners at higher salaries to do jobs that locals can do it brings out antagonism.I have felt that too in my career.If i was a sri lankan i would not go anwhere in south asia except the maldives and work there even if i get paid a higher salary than in sri lanka.There will be always a catch to that higher salary and the danger and downsides will be more than the upside which is the higher salary only.The only country in south asia i have worked in other than sri lanka is the maldives.When i returned the bombed out plane was at the BIA.Maldives is boring but safe.I knew of people who went to africa and worked and used to get up in the night with someone prowling in the house.Higher salaries are not the only criteria you should have.

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            SJ

            “We still do not have the true picture.”

            What does it mean. Are you saying this gruesome act did not take place?
            We know what exactly happened to this lynched victim.
            He was severely beaten and set fire when he was still alive.
            A mob carried out this barbaric act.
            This was not new for Pakistan nor for any other country.
            These kind of barbaric acts are not new to this island nation either.
            You should stop fudging real issues.
            Is it because Pakistan was a close friend of Siri Mao and Mao?

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    Ameer Ali,
    You were a serious student, at Peradeniya. There was no chance in hell to know your rebellious side.
    It is not worth fighting against ignorance. Your life is more useful to many, in other capacities.
    Protect yourself.

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      I agree, Nathan, that we must protect ourselves. However, we must not let fear dictate our actions.
      .
      I haven’t yet read what Dr Ali has said. I don’t know him personally, but he and I have exchanged brief emails, mostly about the working of CT, because we want the TRUTH to prevail.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man,
        I wish to draw a distinction.
        We could fight against Fear and win. When we fight against Ignorance, there is not a chance.

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        dear sinhala man

        therein lies your reason for the dislike action for my comment.First you must read the article and see whther the author is trying to project a false blasphemy to justify these animals as human beings,and also you must rein in any personal and emotional attachments with the author that you have now shown for all to see.

        why should the author jump to these conclusions that it was blaphemy?

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          Dear Shankar,
          .
          I have by now carefully read both this article and the one by Lukman Harees, which was not up to my expectations.
          .
          Dr Ameer Ali has tried actively to get Muslims in that “tea boutique” to think about the inappropriacy of what they had put on the walls. But how much can we do? As he says he has not been in there again to see whether they did re-think.
          .
          Please listen to the three different Youtube programmes, by Loy Machedo, that I have given links to on CT. One was in the Sinhala section two days ago. Actually one of them I had submitted in response to the Rajan Philips article almost four days ago, but it got moderated out – understandable!
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela, aka “Sinhala_Man” (NIC 48 3111 444V)

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          For Nathan & SJ, about His Lordship Dushantha Lakshman Rodrigo:
          .
          Today, his Mobitel and mine were connected from 6.36 for 15 minutes 28 secs. I talked, paused and said I wanted his advice; not forthcoming, but he said that he was listening. He hadn’t read either of the two CT articles “about” him. I don’t think he uttered more than thirty words. I said that I knew him to be a decent and simple man, who wouldn’t mind my calling him “Dushantha”. I meant what I said. This was the second article:
          .

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/church-of-ceylon-anglican-democracy-choosing-the-best-to-be-put-over-us/
          .
          At all levels there are people who mean well, but have been reduced to impotency.
          .
          Good news for us who feared that the CT Editor was unwell: there’s an article in the Sinhala section by him. Tamil readers also, please take a look. I don’t know whether writing a response there in Tamil would be allowed. Better not. Some may take it as provocation, but many of us write in English there, and that is accepted. Champa and “leelagemalli” often comment there in Sinhala, but most others in English.

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    I fear that the reason for the killing has little to do with Islam or blasphemy.
    The prospect of the whole thing being a set-up to attack a manager who was reportedly a stickler for discipline cannot be lightly dismissed.
    Even if he had not ordered the removal of unauthorised stickers, someone else could do it and pin the blame on him.
    *
    There is much information coming out of Pakistan that challenges the ‘religious fanatics’ theory.
    So let us pause a while until the inquiry is over.
    Commendably Imran Khan has acted promptly to take a clear stand and appropriate steps– something that even India has failed to do on occasion, and we more than rarely.

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      SJ,
      .
      I’ve liked your tentative comment.
      .
      I’ll get back to this. My views are not identical with yours.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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      SJ
      “I fear that the reason for the killing has little to do with Islam or blasphemy.”
      Large numbers gathered there cheered on lynching and burning.
      What do you say on that?

      Soma

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        I agree with that observation, soma.
        .
        In April 2020, there were those Easter Bombings.
        .
        By May, I started getting Islamophobic messages from a guy whom I know. Going to many of his acquaintances. I warned him.
        .
        In June, I got a really horrific one of ISIS beheading. I asked others to get that stopped. Details will follow. Finally, I went to the Bandarawela Police. The HQI asked me to delete it saying that he too had received it.
        .
        I insisted. Complaint made. The sender SB, (his initials) the crimes inspector, and I ended up sitting at a table. I said that all three of us were Sinhalese, but to teach him a lesson he had to be imprisoned for two months, minimum. Didn’t happen.
        .
        Today SB has become a closer friend. He still doesn’t like Muslims. I can’t change that. However, he will not resort to such things, and respects me. Ask, I will say more.

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        You should know what the killing was for. The rest was a pretext to do what was intended.

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        Now Abasarana monk is back to power, srilankens future will also be like that of Myanmar in a couple of months now.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDNyf0LNuMI
        .
        We see blasphemy laws allow mlechcha acts in Pakitan, but Ghansara/Ghanakka combination (Gota s Chinthanaya) will be even more dangerous.

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        soman

        “What do you say on that?”

        You should know better. Why did you attack your colleagues at your working places in 1958 and 1977? I believe for the same reason the victim was attacked in Pakistan.

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        soma ,

        “What do you say on that ? ” Atrocious , brutal and horrifying ! And , didn’t
        you see or hear at all that some Pakistanis held protests against this
        horrible incident ? Dozens rounded up and already Tough action promised ?
        Imran Khan already managed to raise US $ 100,000.for victim’s family ?
        Can I have a few words from you about what happened to the Minuwangoda
        family after the Brutal killing of the Business man by a mob , you know who ?
        Nothing will bring back the dead but at least the way the situation is dealt by
        authorities in hot seats do matter to the grieving families ! It is equally
        important to notice that Pakistan didn’t sit idly watching and doing nothing
        about it until the truth comes to light . It acted at lightening speed !

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        soma

        what SJ is trying to say is that the underlying issue is not blasphemy but that has been used to create a frenzied mob who thought it was blasphemy.

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      SJ

      imran is a great leader,but he has to tread carefully otherwise what happenned to ms bhutto will happen to him.Basically he is sitting on a box of dynamiste,not a chair and running a third rate country and culture.Don’t expect much justice from all this other than a good compensation to the widow,because imran is one of the most generous people.If not from the countries barren coffers,he will give it out of his own money.

      The widow too will appreciate this much more than hanging these animals,because the sole breadwinner has gone leaving behind two children and she is a single mother.

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        S
        Even as a gesture the speed of the response of Imran Khan is to be appreciated.
        He did not waste time making excuses like leaders we know on worse events.

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          SJ

          “Even as a gesture the speed of the response of Imran Khan is to be appreciated.”

          Yeah ….., he is also part of the problem who has turned a blind eye on bigotry and terrorism in fact in some circumstances he openly supported bigots. The deep rooted problem is much severe than we perceive.
          The successive rulers, ISI, the armed forces ….. allowed these bigoted criminals to thrive with impunity, all because they are supposed to be religious, just like the dump ass patriots in this island. One needs to qualify as a public racist if he/she wants be a leader.

          I am not sure he is part of the establishment which keeps the stupid religious rage alive in Pakistan. Has he apologised to people of Bangladesh?

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            What was commended was an act.
            On occasion you too say something commendable– sorry not this time.

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        shankar

        “imran is a great leader”

        He was a good cricketer.
        A great leader, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
        He never apologised to Bangladesh nor criticized Sri Lanka for war crimes and crimes against humanity for which Pakistan aided and abetted Sri Lanka. Don’t forget 1971 Bangladesh independence war when Siri Mao aided and abetted Pakistan.

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          native.

          i beg to defer.Imran was not only a great cricketer but a great leader.He showed that when he led the pakistani team and also showed that when he independently formed his own party and doggedly went on trying and trying to be the PM until he finally got the job,That is the hallmark of a born leader,who will never rest until he becomes the leader.True leaders are born not made and others are just pseudo leaders who should be actually followers not leaders.

          As for the bangladesh and srilankan scenarion you mention,a born leader will look at the whole picture before shooting off his mouth.What imran feels in his heart and what he talks and does not talk wll be quite different.With leadership you obtain resposibility too and imran’s primary responsibilty will be to pakistan.

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            shankar

            “With leadership you obtain resposibility too and imran’s primary responsibilty will be to pakistan.”

            Leaders must take responsibility for Pakistan’s past and present mistakes too. Truth what people expect from a great leader. All these these crocodile tears and sympathetic words won’t wash.

            Could you tell us Imran’s policies on Kashmir, ISI (Inter Service Intelligence), India, selling arms to Sri Lanka, defending Sri Lanka at various international Human Rights forums, his position on 90,000 war criminals who were handed back to Pakistan in 1972 by Indra Gandhi, has he ever thought of compensating the victims of Pakistani armed forces, or for that matter is he prepared to compensate victims of Sri Lankan armed who without any constrains liberally unhealed ferocity of Pakistani weapon system, shell, bombs, …. the women of the Pakistan, …. victims of misuse of blasphemy law, ………………..

            Imaran has to do a lot before he is being elevated to a sainthood including dismantling terror camps within Pakistan.

            I know when you were in your middle ages Imran was a young handsome most eligible bachelor.

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              native

              even now he is handsome.He married a jew which shows that he is a modern pakistani,not a ancient one as most of thecountry is.He is a modern leader but in charge of a country that the religious extremists are trying to take backwards to thousand yeras ago.You seem to expct him to modernise pakistan in one term.

              Give him at least 5 terms,that is only 25 years to modernise pakistan and then rest in peace in his grave.In 25 years to undo what has happenned in 1000 years is itself a gargantuan task but the imran i knew will do it.

              The way you want him to behave will send him to a early grave.

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                shankar

                Aiyooooooooooooooo shankar, another 25 years?

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                  NV,

                  Is that not th e same with our hell ? do you think would it change their nature even after 2.5 decades ?
                  .
                  No, fake monks, Rajapkshes or the like MLECHCHA politicians, and their slaves would have the upper hand. Just look at the parliament, no facts based arguments would be applauded by anyone, because the majority cant understand them.

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                  native

                  lee kuan yew and mahathir must have been running their countries for 25 years i think.Think of what singapore and malaysia was before they took over.You cannot transform a country unless you have a good leader for 25 years.Also he should not be corrupt because as they get more and more years many leaders become corrupt.Lee kuan yew,mahathir and imran are not corrupt.I wonder about modi.is he corrupt?Will he also join this three?

                  One reason sri lanka iis the same or even worse is because we never had a good,non corrupt leader for 25 years.

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    Myanmar, Lankawe & Pakistan are three notorious countries in the hemisphere.
    Muslim Pakistan & Sinhala Buddhist Lankawe were two rich countries one time, now sinking in bottom less well. Reforming MMDA is important. Gnanam , Pirasath, Satchi, Bati-Hisbullah all have to be disciplined. Country must be secular country. Foremost place for Buddhism must be removed. Law in the country like “Constitution, human right, religious freedom, justice delivering procedure, all must be rewritten to match the UN’s conventions. That is the only way to save these countries.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “Foremost place for Buddhism must be removed.”

      Is that because Tamils and Muslims who were accommodated by indigenous Sinhala Buddhists in their country do not like that?
      —-
      Buddhism is the defining characteristic of Sri Lanka, which has a track record of the longest period of uninterrupted Buddhism (over 2, 300 years) in the world. Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo has been a Buddhist country where more than 95% of the people were Buddhists. Situation changed due to kind heartedness of Sinhala Buddhists who accommodated foreigners with other faiths in their country and allowing Europeans to convert Buddhists and Hindus to Christianity.
      Christian countries give prominence to Christianity. Muslim countries have Islam as the State religion. Hindu countries give prominence to Hinduism. So, why indigenous Sinhala Buddhists cannot give foremost place to Buddhism in their country?

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        For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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        Eagle ‘donkey brain’ Eye: indigenous to Sri Lanka?

        TFN: who? The Sinhalese? hahahahaha. Idiot, the Tamils and the Sinhalese stole this land from the Natives. See another piece of the puzzle for your stupidity has been found.

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        Indigenous Chingkallams and only their country! Please explain. You cannot go on repeating the same lies and comments claiming ownership for the Chingkallams for the entire country, when it is obvious a very large part of it from ancient times was ruled and occupied by Eezham Thamizh.

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        Eagle,
        Mathavan or Maha Thevan is Hindu god Siva.
        Mathevi or Maha Devi is Goddess Laxmi.
        Vihara Madevi is a Hindu prince from Kalyani. Kalyani became a Buddhist Kingdom eventually, But not at Dutugemenu’s mother’s time. She was a clean Hindu. Kalyani is Sanskrit & Tamil name. Kalavi- Kalavai is uniting or mixing in Tamil & Sanskrit. Buddhism orientated in Pali, a mixed Vernacular Language. It adopted Sanskrit, Tamil like classical languages long after, it developed its own philosophical texts. That time only it needed vocabulary abundant classical languages. Pali was the main Buddhist’s language even at 6th century when Mahavamsa was written. Pali became a classical language only by associating with Buddhism. Pali doesn’t have many materials outside of Buddhism. There was never ever any Sinhala race originally. So, Sinhalese never came to Ceylon. Some Bengalis came by the humiliation of Kalinga wars. They are not Sinhalese, but clean Bengalese -Odessans. You are a Malay Muslim from Malaysia. Izeath Hussain once wrote here that hybrid cases are the worst racists. That standardization is true at least for Ceylon. So, Hybrid Cinnamon Peelers and Hybrid Malays, the ones like you, are worst racists in Lankawe.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Buddhism is the defining characteristic of Sri Lanka,”

        How?
        How it has transformed this island for good?

        Why do you allow HLD M to sit on your head?

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    ………Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom,the so-called President of the Nation comes on National Television and only offers sympathy to the Sinhalese………………
    writes Siva Sankaran Sharma.

    Imran Khan is a sportsman a Cricketer turned Head of State………
    He has risen to the occasion to condemn the murder of Priyantha Kumara.
    Hats off to him. In spite of earning the wrath of Islamic extremists he played his part.
    But, Junius Richard Jayewardena ? Son of Justice EW. Jayewardena!

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      Like you, Plato, I, too, recalled JR’s shocking response in July ’83. And he didnt trumpet his indifference to the fate of the Tamil people just ONCE at that time.

      In an interview for the English “Telegraph” about 2 weeks before the program he declared:

      “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna (Tamil) people now. Now we cannot think of them. Not about their lives or of their opinion about us. The more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here… really, if I starve the Tamils, Sinhala people will be happy….”

      Can that really be the son of a Judge speaking?

      And then, after the deadly ambush, instead of following the usual practice of sending the bodies to their homes/villages for the funerals, he insists on having them all brought to Colombo for a massive, spectacular cremation! According to Sirisena Cooray, either on his advice or quite likely the PM’s own decision, Premadasa urged the Prez not to bring the bodies to Colombo. Other Ministers & MPs were also opposed to this.
      What can one say of the man who flew in the face of these warnings? Just hark back to his shocking words 2 weeks earlier.
      I dont believe that the Muslim Ismeth Khan would callously trigger a pogrom like the Buddhist, JR Jayewardene, did.

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        Continuation (in case I have exceeded the limit. I cant tell on a mobile)

        And then, after the deadly ambush, instead of following the usual practice of sending the bodies to their homes/villages for the funerals, he insists on having them all brought to Colombo for a massive, spectacular cremation! According to Sirisena Cooray, either on his advice or quite likely the PM’s own decision, Premadasa urged the Prez not to bring the bodies to Colombo. Other Ministers & MPs were also opposed to this.
        What can one say of the man who flew in the face of these warnings? Just hark back to his shocking words 2 weeks earlier.
        I dont believe that the Muslim Ismeth Khan would callously trigger a pogrom like the Buddhist, JR Jayewardene, did.

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        Oh dear, I meant Imran Khan. Stupid of me, especially since I was a fan years and years ago.

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      Plato, thanks my friend. It is so sad to note an innocent man has been murdered by these extremists in Pakistan. It was devastating to watch the incident. May his sould Rest in Peace!!

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      Plato

      “Imran Khan is a sportsman a Cricketer turned Head of State………”

      No doubt he was a good cricketter.
      His party was registered in 1996.
      He never criticised Pakistani state for aiding and abetting war crime in this island.

      “He has risen to the occasion to condemn the murder of Priyantha Kumara.”

      Imran was or is not a saint, just another South Asian politician.
      He never condemns the act of terrorism perpetrated in Kashmir, which is being kept alive by ISI.
      Lets leave it at that.

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    I have not expressed my own reaction to this diabolical murder — or my deepest sympathies to the distraught family — as I am sure it is the same as all of us here on CT.

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      Manel Foseka.
      No doubt,being the sensitive soul that you are those days of July 1983 still haunt you.

      JRJ always fancied himself to be a Historian. Prof: K.M.de.Silva Emeritus
      Prof: History written so to that effect.
      But,ironically with his long foray in Politics, he did not realise that his role in July 1983 helped only the LTTE IN BUILDING THEMSELVES IN TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP. Prior to that they had only about a dozen or so of sarong clad cadres.
      No doubt he is only a fancy Historian.

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      Manel Fonseka

      I agree with you completely.
      However we need to look at the entire nation building process of Pakistan. The country rests on two shaky pillars, namely Kashmir and Islam, both were artificially manufactured reasons, just like the manufactured identity of Sinhala/Buddhists.

      When we give importance to religion then of course we are on a slippery slope.
      A country which cannot innovate itself has to depend on bogus hard-line religious identity for its survival.

      Look at Gota, a fake patriot, a fake Buddhist, a fake Sinhalese …. finding it difficult to think, innovate, chose right able people ….. running around like a headless chicken, …

      The Sinhala and Buddhist people should take responsibility for the 72 year mess so should the people of Pakistan, for this is not an isolated incident.

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    Where were the Sri Lankans shen hundreds and thousands of Tamils from 1956 snd Muslims from 2014 were killed by mobs.
    Not a dingle one was brought to Justice. All the groups including peradeniya engineering students group did not ask for justice when worse thongs happened in Sri Lanka..
    We made them hero’s and Presidents.
    We should be ashamed to call ourselves Buddhist. Set of hypocrites

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    “Islam prohibits worship of idols”
    .
    What punishment does Islam recommend for those who do?
    .
    Isn’t it bad for the Muslims to live in Sri Lanka and India?

    Soma

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      Soma

      Isn’t it bad for the Muslims to live in Sri Lanka and India?

      God dont like living in any where in the world worshiping other than one god.

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      soman

      “What punishment does Islam recommend for those who do?”

      Since you are keen on Islam do you know what does “Kaaba” in Saudi contain?

      “Isn’t it bad for the Muslims to live in Sri Lanka and India?”

      What do you suggest?
      How about a good profitable grant riots against Muslims? You haven’t had a good riots for 30 or so years.

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    This is an appalling crime …….. it’s condemned without reservation.

    I feel Imran is genuine and will deliver justice.

    I believe that most in the forum irrespective of race/ethnicity/religion will be appalled and disgusted by it ………but it’s time we reminded ourselves that at times we haven’t been any better ……….

    We were told by a doctor (at the time, a young doctor just out of med-school) working in Ragama hospital in 1983 ……… a savage mob pulled out a Tamil man from a train and burned him alive in the Ragama station ….. he was brought to the hospital …… and the staff and some of the other doctors were threatening him not to attend to the patient …… he said he still sees the pleading in the eyes of the man asking him for help …… he is still traumatized by it ……..

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      nimal fernando

      I broadly agree with you.

      “I feel Imran is genuine and will deliver justice.”

      You know he is just another South Asian politician, he will compromise with religious nutters wherever and whenever it is deemed necessary.

      Impunity and presidential pardons go hand in hand.

      I just want to refer you to one such case where clan loyalties work very well with male domination in societies. Please refer to the case of Muktar Mai whose experience (2002) should have informed all leaders the need to modernise the country, mindset of the people, and the feudal establishment.

      Please read her story

      Mukhtar Mai vindicated
      https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/795156-mukhtar-mai-vindicated

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        Thanks Native.

        Shall read ……. I know very little about Pakistan and it’s politics ….. it’s just a gut feeling I had about Imran ……

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      Shankar, about Pakistan’s “barren coffers”. This is Shankar Gupta of “The Print” a smallish undertaking for which I have respect.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2GLp1HPN7Q
      .
      old codger once told me that they had interviewed Namal Rajapaksa; no that was Wion, which appears to have global reach and seems committed to advancing India’s viewpoint always.
      .
      nimal fernando, this is for you. See what is said in Urdu(?) for half a minute starting at 30 seconds of this video, which improves later.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wzNGqVoDFw
      .
      Simple statements are becoming inadequate.

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        sinhala man

        when listening to that u tube you have given the words remind me of the once reknowned pearl of the indian which has now become this hub and that hub of the indian ocean now.The words talked here can equally apply to pakistan and the “hub”.

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    Plato, JR offered sympathy to the Sinhalese because he was trying to calm them down and prevent further violence. Obviously he did not mean it.
    Also he delayed saying anything in public for a few days. He let his Ministers appeal for calm first. If he had appealed for calm first and had been ignored, there would have been nobody senior to him to do so.
    Also his comment that the Sinhalese ‘will be pleased if I wipe out the Tamils’, was said in condemnation of the Sinhalese. He had no intention of doing it.
    As usual all this has been taken out of context and used by the lying diaspora to impress Western bleeding hearts.

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      “He had no intention of doing it.”
      Friend,
      Which world are you from? JR, in his whole life, he had the intention of finishing the job he intended, within his lifetime. When he proposed Sinhala Only in 1944, he had that intention. When he walked to Kandy in 1958 to create Emergency 58, he had more than full intention of doing it to Tamil. After the 1977 election when he launched Sinhala Buddhist Lions beasts on decent Tamils white color workers and traders, he had it. It was Lady JR, another Sinhala Buddhist, Sri Ma O’ SLFP was ruling before 1977. Why did JR take it on Tamils? He had it in 1983. He had it in 1987 and the Indian army walked in. Who told you that he was not intending to do it? Did you read it in his biography?

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      Did you read about what PM Imran said about the incidents immediately after the incident, after all his Army can topple him any time and do to him what Myanmar Army did to Aung San Suu Kyi? JR was a real Pariah to insult the hurt people they were lynched, looted, raped, properties burned and murdered. That was minimum, 3000 times worse than what happened in Pakistan. If he could not get the Rapist Army and Rapist police to stop the riots, he should have tendered his resignation immediately, saying “I am scared of my own Army, but I did ever other action to start a riot by burning the Southeast Asia’ biggest Library. That rogue did not punish one single person for more than 3000 Tamils’ deaths. Please don’t try to fool everybody by pretending that you are more reasonable and understanding even to this firsthand, Mussolini murderer like JR.

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      Svenson! Were you here at that time? Old enough to understand what was at stake? I was and along with most people I knew, was horrified by the delayed or incredible responses of political heavyweights after the first days of the pogrom. Wasnt Lalith’s one of the first? And wasnt he most concerned about the fact that “people had to stand in QUEUES!!!” As if THAT was the most shocking thing that was happening. I’ll never, ever forget those times.

      And, of course, Lalith, too, had contributed his bit to the mounting tension, introducing the slogan,”A VOTE FOR THE POT IS A VOTE FOR EELAM!”, in a Sinhala broadcast during the Referendum campaign. This was smeared right across the white wall of the cemetery at Mt Lavinia. (To quote myself in a lengthy report on the Referendum): “The municipal cemetery wall in Mr Athulathmudali’s electorate still carries a graphic portrait of a severed hand, a broken sword, a shattered pot & the slogan in Sinhala: “Let us win Eelam by voting for the ‘Pot’ — Amir.” Simply, it was unpatriotic to vote for the Pot. His broadcast was printed for distribution; other ministers embraced the argument, & the President, too, developed the theme.

      Svenson, I appreciate your trying to put a softer construction upon JR’s words but I feel they must be seen in the context of a pot that had been kept simmering, if not already on the boil, by a cynical leadership.

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        Manel
        Thank you for trying.
        But some memories are notoriously selective.

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      well did you read his interview in the UK Daily Telegraph?

      “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people… now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion… the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here… Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.” – President J.R. Jayewardene, Daily Telegraph, July 1983

      “Mobs of Sinhala youth rampaged through the streets, ransacking homes, shops and offices, looting them and setting them ablaze, as they sought out members of the Tamil ethnic minority.” – London Daily Telegraph July 26th, 1983

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      Oh yes, please do not make me laugh with this silly excuse, stick to herding reindeer. Trying to prevent violence against the Thamizh , when everyone knew that it was key members and ministers from his government, who orchestrated the violence against the Thamizh

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    A common thread emerges from all these. This is not an isolated incident.

    Easter Sunday attack that killed 260 people in SL, 2008 shooting at the SL cricket team in Pakistan, killing the Israeli Olympics team in 1972, 9/11, 3/11, 7/7?

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      Is it only “Muslim” tally sheet or “All side killers ” one. Don’t be fooled. Killers have no alternative name.

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    Having said that, JR did make one big mistake. He should have ordered loyal sections of the military (some supported the rioters) to shoot rioters on sight, as OEG did in 1958.

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      S
      Thanks for reminding me that fascism is alive and kicking.

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    Plato,
    .
    ‘Imran Khan is a sportsman a Cricketer turned Head of State………
    He has risen to the occasion to condemn the murder of Priyantha Kumara.
    Hats off to him. In spite of earning the wrath of Islamic extremists he played his part.’
    .
    You realise do you that Imran Khan considers Osama bin Laden a martyr? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53190199
    .
    When Khan found that he could no longer oppose the terrorists Tehrik-i-Taliban, he forgave them all. https://scroll.in/article/1006921/imran-khans-offer-to-forgive-terror-groups-that-killed-80000-pakistanis-sets-the-wrong-precedent
    .
    There is plenty more if you want to look for it. Imran Khan is a corrupt third world politician posing as an upholder of law and order, rather like our GR. Surely you are not fooled by his antics?

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      Paul, this is one of the best comments on this page.
      .
      However, there is a 16 minute video that I have linked you to above. There are no pictures of happenings there. Only that guy speaking.
      .
      I wasn’t able to locate his first video. I will, and intend putting it below the Lukman Harees article. Both he and Ameer Ali usually write rationally.
      .
      Got other things to do now.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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      Paul.
      In the present context,should we shoot the messenger[Imran Khan ].
      It is the message that is important as in Henry 1V Part 2.

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    Religion is a set of rules and behavior from ancient times. Each has its own central personality and/or set of laws.
    These are not necessary in the modern age when any dogma can be verified.
    These have led to wars and persecutions in the history of mankind.
    Mankind can and should exist without religion.

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    The title of the essay is by itself irresponsibly misleading.

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      When the title is read in isolation then you’re right. But the contents justify the title.

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        AN
        Sorry. That is a lame excuse.
        A misleading title creates an impression that stays with the reader.
        If sensation is the purpose, any heading will do.
        A responsible writer has to choose words with care.

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    Paul, this is one of the best comments on this page.
    .
    However, there is a 16 minute video that I have linked you to above. There are no pictures of happenings there. Only that guy speaking.
    .
    I wasn’t able to locate his first video. I will, and intend putting it below the Lukman Harees article. Both he and Ameer Ali usually write rationally.
    .
    Got other things to do now.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe

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    “Priyantha’s family deserves justice.”
    All the victims deserve justice. This is not the first or last murder happened in the world or Pakistan or in Sri Lanka. It is very difficult to find the truth in this world. Still we don’t know who murdered Lasantha in our country and why he was murdered. How do we know Pakistan justice system is not biased or influenced by Politicians?

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    My heartfelt condolences to the family members of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, who was brutally murdered in Pakistan.
    After seeing something unusual, a Buddhist religious object – a large Dharma Chakra, at the head of Priyantha’s casket at the funeral house, I decided to say something.
    Placing a Dharma Chakra at the head of Priyantha’s casket is deliberate and unconventional, which is probably done on the instructions of an immature, junior Rajapaksa to arouse Buddhist sentiments against Muslims and Pakistan.
    I urge all Sinhalese Buddhists, STAY CALM.
    Mahinda Rajapaksa capitalized on LTTE terrorism.
    Gotabhaya Rajapaksa capitalized on Muslim terrorism.
    Now, do not allow the unpopular Rajapaksa family’s next Presidential-hopeful, Namal Rajapaksa to capitalize on Priyantha’s incident followed by Rajapaksa-sponsored future retaliations, paving the way for an LTTE-Muslim collaborative terrorist organization, to rise to power.

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      Pakistan should be proud to have a civilized Prime Minister who sincerely apologized to Sri Lanka, immediately after Priyantha’s brutal murder.
      In Sri Lanka, a housewife, who was killed, and others, who were injured by explosions related to deliberately altered gas cylinders are yet to receive an apology, even after one month.
      .
      Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should be commended for arresting Priyantha’s murderers and their supporters immediately after the incident.
      In Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa-allied murderers, drug lords, rapists and even those who are responsible for deliberate kitchen gas-explosions are either, yet to be arrested, or exonerated, pardoned, released on bail and even enjoying controversally reduced jail terms. For example, a well known drug kingpin, Kanjipani, who was only sentenced for 6 year RI, was awarded a jail term compressed to 3 years – on appeal, while a few year ago, a female government employee who was charged for taking a bribe was sentenced to 8 year RI, under the same law.

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        Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should be highly praised for being a true statesman and not resorting to victim-blaming. The accusation of blasphemy against Priyantha seen in the media is obviously planted afterwards.
        In Sri Lanka, it is the household gas consumers, not the gas companies, who were blamed for gas cooker & regulator explosions caused by intentionally defective gas cylinders. In other cases, especially cases involving women, victim-blaming is common, so much so, in one case, the judge even refused to accept confessions of rapists and found fault with the victim for delaying in filing a case against perpetrators.
        .
        We rightfully seek justice and compensation for Priyantha from Pakistan.
        In Sri Lanka, even after one month, household gas consumers haven’t received compensation or EVEN REFUND, let alone justice. Why? A Rajapaksa has connections with murder-gas companies. Just three months ago, Yoshitha Rajapaksa was accused of buying/owning a gas company. I am 100% sure it is his gas company which is involved in arbitrarily altering the contents of gas cylinders that resulted in household gas explosions, and, that is the reason we didn’t see the same civility, sincerity and humanity in our rulers that we saw in Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan!!!

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          Champa

          “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should be highly praised for being a true statesman and not resorting to victim-blaming.”

          Why does he not show the same kind of statesmanship to Pakistani’s who were the citizens of the country, Brahui people, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, victims of rotten blasphemy law, village women, …. Shias, …. let people of Kashmir live in peace and reign on Inter Service Intelligence (ISI a state within a state)?

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      Champa

      “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa capitalized on Muslim terrorism.”

      Why dont you have the audacity to see it right, at least today, that there exist SINHALA RACISM against all other minorities. Just listen to that PISSU BALLAH born to an isolated family near to Galle, none other than GHANASARA.
      :
      Not PRIYANTHA KUMARA but HATE SPEECH spreaders of GHANASARA deserves the kind of public execution.
      :
      If you would not agree, Please tell us why ? He has not the least respect to the law and order and the SRILAKENNESS. He is thrilled by V8 vehicle, we dont know what the bugger is practising in his TEMPLEs…. sure their temples should be more or less like MALE PROSTITUTE CLUBS.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6qjGx23hV4

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    May the soul of Priyantha Kumara be at eternal peace, and our heartfelt condolences to his dear wife, children and his family members. May you all find some peace from the outpouring of shared pain from near as well as from far and wide.
    :
    This type of killings and hate mongering has taken place repeatedly, not by any organised group but by ordinary people. It is imperative to find some explanation if one is possible at all. Blasphemy is the ‘law’ then, or even now in the books in many Islamic societies just as display of hatred is not abnormal now many cultures.
    :
    People committing heinous crimes against a minority community is so commonly witnessed in Sri Lanka. In 1983 young men were dancing in Colombo while committing the crimes. Once you are imbibed with hatred your common sense flies through the window and the victim is seen as criminal. Again committed by ordinary people.
    :
    The writer states that “Unfortunately, Pakistan has too many of them.” Many will respectfully differ. When the book says something, one should not attribute it to the people or a country. It then become a systemic issue and for the learned in that system has an obligation to right it.

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    I read many positive comments, with which I whole heartedly agree.
    My response was published in the form of a song on YouTube. I uploaded a Malayalam song from the movie “Achanum Bappayum” (1972) sung by the great singer Sri K.J.Yesudas. I made sub-titles in Sinhala to go with it: മനുഷ്യൻ മതങ്ങളെ സൃഷ്ടിച്ചു – Man Created Religions – මිනිසා ආගම් මැව්වා (at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBAWkGUvN-E). Unfortunately, the religion “Buddhism” (not its philosophy of life) should have also been there included in the context.
    The message is so relevant to the modern world, particularly with regard to what is happening in many countries in the world, where humanity is divided in so many ways, fragmented wantonly by the ruling elites and the privileged for their own benefit. No wonder, we have turned into such a violent, turbulent, and unpredictable world.
    Healing needs to come to unite humanity based on humanist collectivism rather than individualism.

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      Thanks. Most Thamizh will understand the song. It is highly Sanskritized but very easy to understand for an ordinary Thamizh.

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        “It is highly Sanskritized but very easy to understand for an ordinary Thamizh.”
        *
        Is it not BECAUSE it is highly Sanskritized?

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      Lionel, you are absolutely right. The song has such prophetic message, which hold true to this day.Every time I hear this song , I think of the great Poet Vayalar who I believe penned the song.

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    Bernard, the only information we have is that there was a ruggerite.

    Whether he died in an accident or very cleverly murdered to look like a murder we don’t know.

    What you cannot prove you cannot claim.

    Yahapalanaya government had 5 years to prove a murder.

    they did not or could not .

    Do not let your hatred lead to false allegations.

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      deepthi silva,
      Was Yahapalanaya government interested in resolving the case.
      How can a government suppressing / hiding / destroying evidence, prove a murder.

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      ds
      Bernard made a valid point about a killing under suspicious circumstances and there is reason to suspect a move to cover up.
      His suspicions are shared by many. The way the inquiry has been conducted, regardless of who was in power, makes people even more suspicious.
      *
      Is it a matter of a simple “we don’t know” OR “we are not allowed to know” OR “we don’t want to know”?
      *
      Are we not being a little cynical with this business of “proof and claim”.
      More often than not the truth is obstructed, but that does not take away the fact that it is the truth.

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    May that poor man rest in peace. May his poor family be comforted.

    The killing in Pakistan is quite different from the ones in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, it is an ethnic issue related to ethno-religiosity. Bad as it is, it is tangible and verifiable, based on economic and cultural differences. The Pakistan killing is based on a weird and terrifying orgy of Quantum Mysticism, such that the mad and depraved descend into.

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      RTF
      Such venom.
      Shame on you.

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        Such Truth, you mean.

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          And you call that venom truth!

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            Ramona,
            I haven’t seen you condemn the quantum mysticism (presumably Christian) in your own country’s schools:

            “In 2021 there were at least 149 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, resulting in 32 deaths and 94 injuries nationally.”

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              OC,
              Ohhh….I continually condemn it! Nothing to do with religion. All to do with encouraging guns because the White man is terrified that the Black man is going to get his revenge one of these days, for what the White man did to the Black man during the centuries of slavery, and now.

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            SJ,
            Venom is what happened to that poor man.

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              But not the only venom.

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      ramona therese fernando

      “May that poor man rest in peace. May his poor family be comforted.”

      I too join in your prayer.
      Will you also pray for the innocent unarmed people who were butchered between 1958 and April 2019 for no apparent reason?
      Thank you.

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        Quite different set of scenarios. In other places, they use religion to excuse murderous instincts and racism – humans are the bad ones. In Pakistan, the religion is the overarching consciousness that dictates torture and murder for crimes otherwise perceived as non-crimes by rational thought.

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        NV,

        There was an obvious reason: The Lankan Elite were living off the blood, sweat , and tears of the struggling masses during those times…and now, too.

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          ramona therese fernando

          Will you also pray for the innocent unarmed people who were butchered between 1958 and April 2019 for no apparent reason?

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            NV,
            _
            Said again: There was an obvious reason: The Lankan Elite were living off the blood, sweat , and tears of the struggling masses during those times…and now, too. That is the thing that also started the Eelam war. Ohh….and I constantly pray for all those poor people tortured and killed by the Lankan elite.

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    What moral compunction there is for the Srilankans to demand justice from the authorities in Pakistan to get the perpetrators of the brutal murder of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana punished when they are silent like a dead mules for the killings of Lasantha Wickremetunga who exposed the Air Force MIG scandal? Along goes murders of Prageeth Eknaligoda, Thajudeen, and a host of other similar crimes.

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      hanchopancha

      “What moral compunction there is for the Srilankans to demand justice from the authorities in Pakistan to get the perpetrators of the brutal murder of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana …………………….”

      You are asking difficult questions.
      You should ask the Hitler Loving Asgiria this question or his Karaka Council members.

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    Part I.
    There are a few things which I cannot fathom what the author is attempting to state. It is for the first time I am hearing and that too from the author that the architect of Pakistan, namely, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (AKA Mahomedali Jinnahbhai) a secularist in every sense of that term. This does not tally with the basic fact that he was for the establishment of a separate state for Muslims. In other words, a state that promotes the Islamic way of life and I fail to understand how that can be called secular. It is common knowledge that the separation costed thousands of lives. Although the statesman like approach of PM Imran on this issue is appreciated the same cannot be said of his minister who is alleged to have trivialized the issue based on the reported statement that the carnage is normal on the part of an infuriated Islamic youth. In other words, not only taking the life but to chop the dead body into pieces is a done thing for the frenzied young in Pakistan. Very rightly the author fears that Premier Khan may face the same “punishment” for going against the “Pakistani values”.

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    Part 2
    The phrase “ ….self-appointed executioners of Allah” leads to an understanding of the ordinary folk that there can be executioners Allah but certainly not these youth. However, again, the author states that, quoted verbatim, “That was what happened in that Pakistani factory and innocent Priyantha Kumara paid the ultimate price in the hands of Allah’s executioners.” In the second reference the author omits the “self-appointment”. Hence, one can infer that if any person, acts in a manner which is assumed as anti-Islamic by any thinker who claims to be Islamic, then he entitled to be an “Executioner of Allah”. True enough it is a self-appointment and considered the “done thing” which is “meritorious”. When the body of the executed Bali bomber was brought back for burial his mother said, “My son killed infidels”. Similarly, Zahran and his associates, in pursuit of their goals became suicide bombers, to destroy “infidelity” which was “meritorious” to the extent of enjoying the pleasures of 72 virgins. We have had cults that believed doomsdays and spread a nerve gas to “cleanse” the world. Japan executed Shoko Asahara for that. I believe that any right mind would vote to end this madness decisively.

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    Part 3
    The author, in his concluding paragraph, states that Priyantha’s family deserve justice. He calls for the attention of Pakistani and Sri Lankan governments to play their role in this regard. Alas! This fanaticism is not limited to Pakistan and Sri Lanka too had its share when the 04/21 attacks took place. Prevention is better than cure. Singapore caught a lone wolf amongst its population who was attempting to prepare himself “to do his duty” and placed him under detention in terms of its Internal Security Act, (No trial) a legislation inherited from the British colonial masters. Shouldn’t Sri Lanka follow the motto of Boy’s Scouts and Girl Guides “Be Prepared” just as much as Singapore was? It is ironic to see that headquarters of Sri Lanka’s school cadet battalion sporting a motto “Never be unprepared” when 04/21 took place with ample knowledge of the knowledgeable. Does the author’s concluding sentence quoted verbatim “Without the army’s support he himself would be one of their targets.” only applicable to Pakistan or does he extend it to other countries like Sri Lanka as well?

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    who is Buddha’s executioners the Sinhala politicians who incite the thugs or the tugs themselves?

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      A comment in rather bad taste.

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        SJ- Please see my response to deepthi Silva.
        the heading of this article is also of poor taste.

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          I stand by my comment.
          Pity you cannot admit a mistake.

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            R
            BTW
            Thanks for not using swear words in response.

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            SJ – I stand by comment too.
            Pity you cant accept facts…..truth some time hurts

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              Does truth hurt you?
              Nice to know.

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          Rajash

          The London Assembly passed a resolution recognizing January as the Tamil Heritage month.

          Have the patriotic Tamils made this as another reason or battle ground to fight among themselves? This is a fine opportunity for another round of internecine warfare.

          Sri Lankan state should encourage such conflicts not that Tamils need state support.

          What is Tamil Heritage. Why January is important?
          If you have no clue, please ask SJ to help you write a detailed article/paper.

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            Native – I think it started in Canada as celebration of Thai Pongal – Festival of Harvest. The Canadian PM decided (aka cajoled) to wear the traditional vesti and salwar. (Tony and Cherie set the tradition here in the UK for Diwali kurtha and saree) The pongal celebration in Canada grew bigger and bigger and then became Tamil Heritage Month

            Now the UK Tamils are not going to sit back and do nothing they have to emulate or do better . So hey presto we have Tamil Heritage Month in London.

            Next it will Europe and then Australia – if not already happened.

            You never know Mahinda may also celebrate in Temple Tress with Douglas and Karuna – not to be left out and to make mockery of it

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              Rajash

              Is there any money to be made during this month by LTTE flag waving patriots because according to their tiny mind Prabaharan, LTTE’s horrible Tiger Flag, their patriotism, bravery, .sacrifices ………… should be given foremost place in Tamil society whether they like it or not?

              Do you think there is danger of LTTE’s benamies hijacking the Tamil Heritage Month to keep the focus of Tamils on VP?

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                Native _ Do you think there is danger of LTTE’s benamies hijacking the Tamil Heritage Month to keep the focus of Tamils on VP ?
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                cant agree with you more.

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                  Rajash

                  Why does the British government allow diaspora to carry and wave horrible LTTE flags in the UK? Don’t you think public will be mislead to believe Tamil Heritage originated from 1970s after VP discovered/created it?

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