19 November, 2019

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Anatomy Of An Islamist Infamy – I

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The Easter carnage that consumed the lives of nearly two hundred and fifty innocent worshippers and bystanders including children, opens another chapter in Sri Lanka’s post-colonial bloody history of communalism and majoritarian rule. Unless one is prepared to accept this fundamental flaw in the nation’s political development and remedy it sooner rather than later the future may become even bloodier. Sri Lankan masses, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or Burghers, are not to be blamed for this tragic history and they should be kept out of the equation. Instead, the political and religious leadership must bear full responsibility for laying the path of democracy with bloody bricks. 

The Easter mayhem, is now becoming increasingly clear, as the result of a combined failure of a Muslim leadership which was in a state of denial for decades and a government in a state of paralysis. The first part of this analysis will deal with the Muslim variable.

Muslim Leadership

Muslim leadership in Sri Lanka has three components, political, religious and intellectual. Political leadership since 1990 has been dominated by two parties, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and its junior partner, All Ceylon Makkal or People Congress (ACMC), both based in the Tamil districts of East and North.  Religious leadership is led by the All Ceylon Jamiyyatul Ulama (ACJU) headed by a mufti, and has its branches in a number of Muslim dominated towns. Intellectual leadership is a very recent development and led by a small group of writers, academics and lawyers whose voice in the community however is rarely heard and therefore its power and influence is very minimal.

The political and religious components work hand in glove because they need each other’s support for survival. In a parliamentary democracy electoral vote bank is crucial and these two act together in safeguarding that bank for their mutual advantage.  

Between 1947, when Sri Lanka had its first General Elections and 1977 when it held its ninth General Elections, Muslim politicians entered the parliament and even held powerful cabinet positions without forming their own political party. After the Jayewardene Constitution of 1978 however, because of constraints introduced in that document to minimise minority influence in government a few Muslim political aspirants led by an attorney, M. H. M. Ashraf, from the Eastern Province, sought to overcome those constraints by forming a political party for Muslims. The anti-Muslim atrocities of LTTE at that time provided the immediate cause for this decision. Thus, SLMC was born in 1986 on an ethno-religious platform complicating an already bifurcated ethnic democracy. This was a historic blunder but portrayed by its proponents as ‘politics of pragmatism’. The pre-SLMC Muslim politicians were more pragmatic than the ones succeeded them. 

The timing of SLMC’s birth coincided with a period of euphoria in the Muslim world. The overthrow of the Shah, expulsion of Americans and the establishment of a Shia theocracy in Iran, an OPEC initiated financial boom in Arab Middle East and the defeat of Soviet forces in Afghanistan, all combined to create a theocentric intellectual climate, which envisioned that Islam was back on stage to create an alternative New World Order. ‘Islam is the answer’ was repeated ad nauseam in all world Muslim gatherings. Zia ul Haq in Pakistan was leading the way. Today’s Islamism dying to create Islamic states if not a universal caliphate is the product of this euphoria, and SLMC was soon to be caught up in its vortex.

At least some supporters of SLMC saw their party in that euphoric light. Once you form a political party based singularly on a Muslim platform you cannot possibly avoid religion creeping into it. The name Muslim is not ethnic but religious. The Islamist creep was manifested in several ways. For example, the cry Allahu Akbar announced the opening and close of every public gathering organised under the banner of SLMC. Quotations from the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s Hadiths added a tone of religiosity to political speeches. Even hand clapping in some instances was substituted by shouting Allahu Akbar to appreciate a speaker’s oratory. The green coloured flag of SLMC with the crescent may be excused as world recognised symbols of Musims.  But the imprint of kalima (the confession of faith ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger) in Arabic on the flag, certainly makes it sacred and carries a religious message. The flag of Saudi Arabia also has the same kalima printed on it and so is the flag of ISIS. In short, with the formation of SLMC Islam had become, in the words of Salman Sayyid, the author of A Fundamental Fear, the ‘master signifier’ of Muslim politics. 

ACJU, claims to be in existence since 1924, was an unknown entity until the 1980s. It was incorporated as a recognized apex religious body only in 2000 by Government Act No. 51.  It has close links with the Arab world and in particular with Saudi Arabian religious establishment. It is religiously conservative and its conservatism came into the open recently when the Justice Saleem Marsoof Committee produced its report after nine years to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951. It recommended some progressive measures in order to accommodate at least some of the grievances raised by Muslim women.  ACJU threw its spanner to block its acceptance in the parliament and SLMC and ACMC politicians, as expected, went along with ACJU stand. Just as Wahhabi Saudis are not in favour of empowering women so are ACJU stalwarts. ACJU has always been reactive and defensive when outsiders complain about problems within the Muslim community but never proactive and forward looking in removing them. Muslim politics and religious orthodoxy are on a honeymoon.

The secular intellectual leadership although consists of rational and progress minded academics and writers is, as mentioned already, a relatively powerless entity afraid of speaking out publicly about community matters, particularly on matters bordering religion. ACJU, SLMC and ACMC are too powerful a coalition for them to confront. Thus, there is no counter voice among Muslims to challenge the growth of Islamism in Sri Lanka.     

Hold of Islamism

After 1980, Middle East geopolitics created two sectarian rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia, both vying for international Muslim leadership. While Iran after the revolution was sending revolutionary messages, threatening to overthrow the monarchical, dictatorial and oligarchic Sunni regimes, and above all a US manufactured Middle East Order, Saudi Arabia was pushed by the US and its Western allies to counter Iranian radicalism with its own ultra-conservative Wahhabi/Salafi fundamentalism. Wahhabism, which until then remained confined to the Arabian Peninsula now received US imprimatur to go global. Abundant petro-dollars in Saudi coffers and its expanding labour market aided this fundamentalist globalization. Whereas Saudi money was funnelled into constructing, renovating and managing mosques, madrasas and Islamic centres all over the world, its bourgeoning labour market opened opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women from labour surplus and poor nations to get employed in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. The cash struck open economy of Sri Lanka had no choice but to allow Arab money to flow in and excess and under-paid labour to flow out. 

The unintended consequence of this two way economic traffic was to open the flood gates to Wahhabi/Salafi fundamentalist penetration. It was from the 1980s that one could witness a distinct change in the Muslim male and female attire and appearance in the country and it was from that period that one could also see a proliferation of mosques and madrasas with elaborate designs and open display of Islamic rituals. The Arabization of dress quite unintentionally added an external element to Muslim identity in Sri Lanka, while public display of rituals like calling for prayer over loud speakers was beginning to create rumblings among other communities. Muslim leadership took less notice of these changes and was in a state of denial.

It is important to note another development in this context. Since late 1950s Sri Lanka became a hospitable ground for the missionary activities of Tabligh Jamaat (TJ), a movement originated in India. It was a very peaceful movement and its foot soldiers were dedicated individuals whose sole mission was to make Muslims become more observant in their religious practices. It was a mission to convert nominal Muslims into real Muslims rather than, as misinterpreted by some, to convert non-Muslims to Islam. Even today those features of TJ remains unchanged. That movement however, did not have significant impact on the external appearance of Muslims as happened after 1980s. The black abaya and niqab for females and the long gown known as kandoora or dishdasha or kaftan in the Middle East for males, inappropriate to the climate and alien to the culture of Sri Lanka, became increasingly fashionable after 1980s and added a degree of Islamicity to the wearer. ACJU accepted this change and even encouraged.  

After 2009 even the township Kattankudy, with more than 50,000 Muslims cramped into an area of little over 6km2 and with 63 mosques today, began exhibiting a pseudo-Arab appearance with date palms planted along the main street and bill boards in Arabic decorating the bazaar.

Around a couple of years ago this author, a native of that township, had an occasion after almost forty years, to attend a Friday sermon in one of the mosques there.  The sermon lasted almost forty-five minutes, and the imam, probably in his mid or late thirties and speaking with great fluency in Tamil language, spent the entire sermon in attacking Christians and Jews and writers like Salman Rushdie and Thaslima Nasrin, which I thought was totally irrelevant to the problems confronting the worshippers listening to his sermon. He even advised pregnant women (although there were no women present) to remember Allah to ease their birth pain rather than listening to music. Does ACJU approve this sort of sermons? More importantly however, Muslim leadership failed to understand the link between changing identities and a growing fundamentalist mindset.  Later, when I had discussion with a senior Sri Lankan Muslim academic he confirmed that it was the case in majority of mosques in the country. Orthodoxy was seeding hatred and the community was slowly self-alienating, though unintentionally, while leaders were looking the other way. 

First taste of violence  

Wahhabism’s first taste of violence occurred in 2006 at Kattankudy when a group of Wahhabi indoctrinated youngsters went on rampaging in the public attacking members of the All Island Tharikathul Mufliheen, a Sufi sect founded by K. S. M. Abdulla, popularly known as Pahilvan from Maruthamunai. Following this incident there was also a violent confrontation between two religious groups in Beruwela. These eruptions were showing the ugly face of Wahhabism. The government left the matter to the police and forgot about them. The fact that an ultra-conservative Islamic ideology was destabilising the Muslim community from within and that it had the potential to affect inter-religious harmony in the country was never comprehended either by Muslim community leaders or the government. The Muslim intelligentsia that knew about this danger was indirectly in cahoot by keeping silent. The first bloody brick was thus laid on the road towards the Easter infamy.

Internet Generation and ISIS

Those who are being converted to this ideology are the product of the internet generation with hand phones and other communication gadgets. Social media brings news and pictures into Muslim homes about happenings outside Sri Lanka and in the Muslim world. A blind religiosity indoctrinated relentlessly through seductive sermons and provocative messages from home and abroad connects this generation to the world Muslim umma emotionally and imperceptibly. This connection makes it easier for dedicated Islamists to fall prey to jihadist outfits operating internationally.         

Already TJ has trained the faithful to sacrifice everything and go on extended missionary work for the sake of Allah. Theirs, as mentioned already, is a peaceful mission. However, it is only a small step to part ways from TJ’s non-violent path and join Jihadists’ violent path. In the first, one sacrifices everything else except one’s own life, but in the second life itself becomes the primary sacrifice.  To a convinced Islamist It is a progressive step from TJ’s passivism, to Wahhabi activism and to NTJ’s Jihadist militancy. From there the cross over to ISIS was a matter of time and circumstance.  The fact that a few youngsters from Sri Lanka joined ISIS in Syria proved that they had crossed the line and was in the radar of Sri Lankan authorities. How did they come back to the country unnoticed? Why was their operations not monitored, in spite of information provided by Muslims themselves? If the Muslim leaders were in a state of denial the government was in a state of paralysis and ignored all warnings. Part two will analyse the second variable in this equation.  

To be continued..  

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    Clearly avoided criticism of scripture, the heart of the problem.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali,

      RE: Anatomy Of An Islamist Infamy – I

      ” Intellectual leadership is a very recent development and led by a small group of writers, academics and lawyers whose voice in the community however is rarely heard and therefore its power and influence is very minimal.”

      The Ulama are doing the same thing today, as it has worked many times, and yes, the intellectuals are rarely heard, only the Ulama are heard every Friday.

      Revelation is above reason,. The Earth is spread out like a carpet, required for the direction of prayer towards Mecca ( originally Jerusalem) , and for fasting, between sunrise and sunset, ( as those in the Arctic and Antarctic circles can’t fasting rules) , the Sun goes around the Earth and sets in muddy murky waters.

      The theory of evolution is wrong, and the Earth is less than 10,000 years old.

      These worldviews, are the 7th century Arabian Worldviews, that crest inti the Quran and the Hadith, that the Ulema, preach as the absolute truth based on revelation. .

      Is stupidity, a virtue for Muslims?

      Stupidest Muslim Vs Neil Tyson – How ideology can ruin intellectual power.

      How many chromosomes does Dt. Naik have? 46 or 48? Chromosome #2?

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    Dr. Amir Ali do not lie , the LTTE did not start any anti Muslim campaign in the east until in 1985, Muslim criminals and thugs who were imported from Colombo to Kalmunai by Tamil Nadu origin Minister Mohammed at that request of anti Tamil racist then Sri Lankan president JT Jayewardene to deliberately start riots and create a rift between the local Tamils and Muslims, as Tamil Muslim youths in the east were joining the LTTE. Then Muslim home guards heavily armed by the STF started to attack Tamil Hindu villages in the Amparai and Batticaloa districts . They killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples . In some instances the villages were locked into the temple and burnt alive with the temple , with the Sri Lankan army surrounding the village and watching the atrocities committed by these Muslim home guards. Now many of these ancient Tamil Hindu villages are no go areas for the Tamils and have become 100% Muslim villages with mosques or slaughter houses built on top of the destroyed Hindu temple. Tamils many of them still languishing in refugee camps in Indian have not been allowed to return to their villages in the east. Long before the Kattankudi Mosque attack , all Tamils were ethnically cleansed out of the Kattankudi area , at the request of the local Mullahs . They loudly announced on Mosque loud speakers to cleanse the area of Hindu Tamils and the crowd with the help of Sinhalese police complied. Again the local Hindu temple was destroyed and a beef stall deliberately built on top of this. It is only after all these atrocities the LTTE were forced to attack the Muslims home guards and the Kattankudi mosque . their headquarters , to protect the Hindu Tamil civilians.

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      “They killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples . “
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      One more set of data like your “DNA data”?
      Can you give some tangible figures rather than talk in triple zeros?

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        Google and read , you fake intellectual and an apologist for Sinhalese and Muslim atrocities against Tamils. Constantly attacking the Tamils here but pandering to Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and Islamic extremists. I remember once when you were siding with that Sinhalese racists Shenal who called all Tamils Demala Parayo. When I castigated her , you apologised to her and commented I should be banned. What a despicable creature . You and her/him

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          RSS
          You resort to abuse when you feel cornered.
          Remember the DNA test.

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            Yes all DNA test correctly point to their Dravidian South Indian origin with less than average Arab in their genetic input . You know that you nasty piece of goods

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma,

      “They killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”…Wasn’t Me!!

      In few more years, I am sure you guys will say that it was Muslims who disguised as LTTE saints and bombed the civilians everywhere in south, killed a president and a foreign PM, used children to fight a conventional army, made Tamil women as human-bombs, and still tarnishing SL name around the world….

      So this is how you create your version of history gradually on anything you want to achieve? God bless you bro :-)

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        Oh really google and read again as to how many so called civilians( Most of them were Sinhalese and Muslim thugs /criminals and home guards pretendign to be civilians) were killed by the LTTE by the LTTE not more than 3000. Compared to the 300000 innocent Tamil civilians , around 145000 in May 2009 , deliberately targeted and killed by the Sri Lankan state, armed forces , Sinhalese/Muslim thugs/Criminals and Muslim home guards and around 1 million ethnically cleansed and forced to flee the island, you fake Arab low caste Dravidian Tamil convert from South India.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma

          Okay for May 2009, there is a case with UNHRC, so we should not discuss about it.
          Why your funded & better armed LTTE could not protect you from Sinhalese and Muslim thugs? How come a ruthless terrorist organization of then world, could not handle few street thugs? When they couldn’t handle few street thugs, what made you trust their capacity & heavily fund the outfit to fight a state’s military?

          One last question, since you say most of the crimes committed by Sinhalese & Muslims – Did the Sinhalese & Muslims demand Eelam and put the blame on poor Tamils? :-)

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            No you fake Arab Indian Tamil converted low castes wanted a Wahhabi Keelam from stolen Tamil lands in east and if possible from the north too and the Sinhalese wanted to steal all Tamil lands and create a Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist state. The Tamils were forced to fight to their land and safe guard from Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and opportunistic fake Arab low caste converted immigrant Indian Tamil Wahhabis. The north and east of the island is Tamil lands and Tamils have every right to fight for this and for self determination. As they were a nation prior to the arrival of European colonialists.

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            ghk

            “Did the Sinhalese & Muslims demand Eelam and put the blame on poor Tamils? :-)”

            What a brilliant riposte.
            How long did it take you think seriously formulate such a question.

            My humble observation is that Militant Muslims don’t give two hoots about this little island, as they are working on a grand project, building a global caliphate since the late 1980s.

            On the other hand the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minorities are hoping to complete their grand design or converting the entire island into a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist Regno d’Ilankavei (Kingdom of Lankave) Ghetto.

            I suggest once in a while you pull your head from wherever it is now.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma.
      You are right. Since Dr. Ali is a muslim you would expect bias as any other Muslim in Srilanka.

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        What is right? The pile of sick abuse?
        People who know Ameer Ali know that he is far more critical of faults within his community than most of would even imagine to do with respect to ours.
        It is not right to assume that everyone is biased towards his/her identity. You forget the number of Sinhalese who speak up for Tamils.

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      S.S.S.
      “They killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”
      To be exact they killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed 234,000 thousand Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”

      Soma

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        Please dear Eelamists, decide who killed the 234,000 innocent Tamil civilians and 100,000 innocent underage LTTE child soldiers sleeping under coconut trees. Was it the fascist Sinhalese or “Tamil” Muslims? It’s better if you put more blame on one side so that the White lawyers like Bruce Fein have a stronger case at the UN. Also, I suggest you don’t mention Muslims are Tamil “converts.” Bruce will have a VERY GOOD case if you say they are descended from Iranian Shias.

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          Lester

          Please tell us how many innocent people and combatant have been killed by the state and affiliated deathsquads between 5th April 1971 and 9 January 2015.

          Ignore my request if you have no clue.

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        Soma
        You think that you are sarky. But there are fools here that will take your number as a statistic.

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        somass

        “To be exact they killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed 234,000 thousand Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”

        Could you provide the names and details of the 234,000 whoever they wer.
        Too clever aren’t you.

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      Don’t write bullshit you Australoid crow SSS. As you say if Tamils were killed , raped and chased there won’t be any Tamils in those areas. But one I can say for sure, that is when Muslims found these Tamils were all out to migrate to West to lick the ass of whites the Muslims encouraged that so these buggers had sell their properties to raise money. If Hindu Temples were destroyed and Mosques build the Buddhist won’t allow that because they too worship some your Idol gods. Write with proof here and there are enough proofs that it was you Tamils racist who plundered and chased Muslim from Tamil areas and even killed hundreds while praying in the mosque. Even hen temples were destroyed Sinhalese did not destroy your Temples. The real inhuman dogs are you LTTE’ers and their supporters.

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    With all respect to your academic writing on this issue of Sri Lankan Muslim political, religious and social issues. I disagree with some aspect of your writing on Islam: Islamic religion has theological, legal, ethical, and moral doctrines. there are some aspects of mutable and immutable aspects of Islam.: I find some time you are confused about this issue. What Mohamed Arkun, Irshad Manji and all others want is to change entire Islam as they like to suite their human desire and human inclinations. I’m sorry to say that you are victim of this camp. Please note that if you like it or not Islam will survive against all odd. Destruction of Baghdad, made invaders to become Muslims, 9/11 brought many white people into Islam, Islamic history tell us many people who wanted to wipe out Islam become Muslims in Islamic history. You may know the story of the second Caliph who went to kill the prophet and he became a Muslim hearing the recitation of the Qura’n. I condemn this attack. I do not support this radicals. All what they did was 100% wrong . Islam does not endorse it at all. yet, to blame entire community for the act of some fanatics is wrong. You too some time write harshly about Islamic groups in SL. it is not fair. They have done many good things. Take tsunami, or any natural disaster, All Islamic groups went to help the victims. except JVP and some NGO all other Sinhalese community waited until government give them relief. Unfortunately, Sinhalese, Tamil community do not have such a community bond as we have. or as RC community has? We need to consider all this when you write about Islamic groups in SL.

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      You have given a very suitable reply to this man…we oppose these violence in full.this man descending from australia once in a while and wants to change islam to suit him and family.

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    Sinhala politicians and prominent Buddhist Monks in private acknowledging that LTTE would have crushed the islamisation of the East…….

    The govt should merge North and East under a Tamil CM to eradicate further Islamic terrorism spreading

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      “The govt should merge North and East under a Tamil CM to eradicate further Islamic terrorism spreading”
      …and name it “Islamic Caliphate of Ealam”
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      Soma

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      Rajash,

      “Sinhala politicians and prominent Buddhist Monks in private acknowledging that LTTE would have crushed the islamisation of the East”

      Probably they don’t realize the difference between cancer and a viral fever. Barely 10 days after the bombings, I feel the govt got rid of those ugly extremists gang. Can we say the same with LTTE?

      Less than 1% of Islamic extremists among Muslims wanted to kill & die. But more than 99% of Tamils want a separate home-land out of SL. Who is more dangerous to Sinhalese?

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        “Barely 10 days after the bombings government got rid of extremist gang”.
        “Less that 1% of Islamic extremists wanted to kill and die”
        What a load of lies to cover up dastardly crime.
        How can you say that all Muslim extremist gang has been got rid of, when two of the kingpins – Hisbullah and Badurdeen are still alive. What about politicians, businessmen and professionals who supported and funded the terrorists. What about those practicing Islamic extremism like wearing of burka and abaya by women and growing of beard and wearing Arabic dress by men, and building mosques in every nook and corner saying that they are necessary as Muslims are expected to pray five times a day, which is also Islamic fundamentalist in nature.
        It may be that only 1% of Muslims want to kill and die, but at least 90% of Muslims will want to kill non believers without none of them dying. Tamils are demanding only part of Srilanka, but Muslims want to take the whole of Srilanka, by exterminating Sinhalese race not only be killing, but also by narcotics abuse and sterilization tablets, to become a majority by uncontrolled breeding, with support of Muslim countries. Therefore Muslims are more dangerous than Tamils

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      Rajash

      “Sinhala politicians and prominent Buddhist Monks in private acknowledging that LTTE would have crushed the islamisation of the East…….”

      The LTTE also was a major reason as to why the the Caliphate builders are very active in the east. For example they carved out a particular area known as being the Islamic Republic of Kattankudy.

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    “…..the imam, probably in his mid or late thirties and speaking with…….. “.great fluency in Tamil language,….”

    you seems to be surprised that a young Muslim is fluent in Tamil?

    what other language is the mother tongue that you Sri Lankan Muslims speak?

    This is the problem with the Sri Lankan Muslims they want to be Tamils ,Sinhalese and Muslims..whenever it suits them…

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      FYI
      Most of the best orators in Tamil among writers and politicians were Tamils.
      That they chose Tamil was an accident of history. That was the language of trade when they arrived. It was also spoken in South India.

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        No it was not an accident as most Muslims in South India( Tamil Nadu and Kerala) are Dravidian Tamil/Malabar Tamil converts to Islam. Very few Arabs or part Arabs or people of other origin. This is why they spoke and still largely speak Tamil and were following Tamil customs. Get your facts correct. They did not choose Tamil but are Tamils.

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          What makes it possible to readily tell a Muslim from a Tamil?
          Even if you scream out that they are Tamils, they have FOR GOOD REASON decided that they are not. And that is what matters.,

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        Correction
        FYI
        Most of the best orators in Tamil among writers and politicians were Muslims.

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      Rajesh,

      Don’t allow yourself to be handled by the racists. Kick on the butt of those who tempted to push around you on you thinking. Stick on to your point.

      We need to merge East and North to create a secular democracy, The Tamil Eelam. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, atheist (like Amare) and agnostic will have equal grounds in every aspects of their life. English, Sinhala and Tamil will be official languages. Tamil Eelam relationship with Sri Lanka will be like Singapore and Malaysia. Soma will be in Tamil Eelam as the trade rep of Lankawe’s Chamber of Commerce.

      Implementation of the law and order will be conducive to make sure everyone to respect other. Above all, promotion of unity will create enough space within them all for all of them to give and take from other.

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      Rajash,

      Be thankful to Muslims who made Tamil survive in SL when you guys ran towards greener pastures since the Black July and the war. Even the birth place of Tamil language, TN of India recognized, admires & respects only a Muslim among all Tamil speaking Sri Lankan broadcasters for language ability – B. H. Abdul Hameed

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    The Quran, chapter 9 (At-Tawba), verse 5:

    But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

    The Qur’an commands Muslims to make a proper declaration of war prior to the commencement of military operations. Thus, surprise attacks are illegal under the Islamic jurisprudence. The Qur’an had similarly commanded Muhammad to give his enemies, who had violated the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, a time period of four months to reconsider their position and negotiate. This rule, however, is not binding if the adversary has already started the war. Forcible prevention of religious practice is considered as an act of war in Islam.

    Like the old Testament of the Christians the Quaran is full of contradictions. There IS definitely violence in it and that is what these Muslim terrorists use.

    Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your disposal so that you can strike terror into the enemies of Allah and of the believers and others besides them who may be unknown to you, though Allah knows them. And remember whatever you spend for the cause of Allah shall be repaid to you. You shall not be wronged.

    THERE IS NO SUCH teaching in Buddhism or Hinduism.

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      “THERE IS NO SUCH teaching in Buddhism or Hinduism.”
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      Why should there be any such teaching in any religion?
      Religion is highly contextual.
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      Buddhism (as the Buddha taught) is perhaps the most rational of religions. It declares god as irrelevant, rejects soul and recognizes all existence as impermanent.
      There is no divine reward or punishment.
      There are merely good and bad thoughts and deeds that decide your progress to realization of your self and to relief from suffering. There are guidelines for laymen and strict codes of conduct for the clergy.
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      Hinduism is a mix of religions. There is no common text, no founder and no common system of belief. But there are codes of conduct that have evolved and vary, however, with space and time.
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      Nothing that is unique to a religion makes it better or worse than another.
      What matters is to make sense of ones being with or without the guidance of a faith.

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        “Nothing that is unique to a religion makes it better or worse than another.”

        You are wrong on this point. The Semitic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) all have some kind of Messiah or Prophet who possesses supernatural abilities, has godlike powers, and performs what are known as “miracles.” The Jews are still waiting for their “Messiah.” The Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah and will come again. For Muslims, Muhammed was the last and greatest prophet. What we call as “Christianity” is in fact a mix of pagan rituals and Jewish mythology. Judaism itself is based on mythologies that the Jews borrowed from other civilizations. Islam, the last to come, consists largely of practices borrowed from Judaism, such as halal and circumcision. What is unique about Islam is Prophet Muhammed himself. Historically, Muhammed was an excellent warrior. He did not reject the material world, he did not subscribe to any existential philosophy like Buddha or Jesus. He executed captives, took slaves, and had many wives. He is more like Asoka than any prophet, except that he (Muhammed) never rejected violence. In the end, you cannot deny the influence of the leader on the followers.

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          Religion is contextual and right and wrong are in context.
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          You can think that the Prophet is the greatest. That is your belief but belief alone does not become universal truth.

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    ‘Like the old Testament of the Christians the Quaran is full of contradictions’. There IS definitely violence in it and that is what these Muslim terrorists use.

    I’ve been saying this for years. http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/

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      There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world but less than 50% live in the Middle East. Yet, more than 90% of the extreme Islamic violence we see comes from the Middle Eastern side. So I don’t think the Quran is the issue, at least not the Quran by itself. There must be some other motivation that is more akin to culture than religion.

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    The truth is that Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism used the so called Muslims in order to oppress the Tamils of Srilanka. So far Muslim politicians played double game and they had anti-Tamil agenda inorder to get much of the benefits from Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. Even this attack was tagetted Tamil Christians, not Sinhala Buddhists. Opportunism is the fundamental issue for the current state of violence.

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      Have you noticed that it is always the Tamils who are exploited? By the British, the Sinhalese, the Muslims…its never their fault. They exploit nobody, not even fellow Tamils. They live in peace. No Tamil has ever slit the throat of a sleeping Sinhalese villager. No Tamil has ever shot a Muslim praying in his mosque or a Buddhist worshipping at the Anuradhapura Bo tree. What a wonderful, wonderful people they are.

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    Dr. Ali,
    How do you want to identify you?
    Muslim, Islamist, Sonakan,?????

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      A
      This is not a civilized comment.

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    To enlighten our readers the name Allah is NOT A PERSON’S NAME. It is the Arabic word for GOD used by all Arabs immaterial of their religion like Deviyan wahanse in Sinhalese, Tevan in Tamil, etc.

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      Original Allah of the Arabs was the moon. That is why their day starts with the rise of the moon, and the month starts with the appearance of the first moon. Arabs lived in deserts in hot climate and hated the sun. They used to get up early morning, pray and start their journey. By the time it becomes hot around 10 am, they get back to the tent. They pray and have their lunch and sleep. Around 4 pm when the intensity of sun becomes less, they start the journey, and before they go out they pray around 3.45 pm. They return to the tent at sunset, and pray around 6.30 pm. They have their dinner and go to sleep, and before that they do the night prayers. Thus you will find that for the modern world, prayer at 3.45 is not scientifically tenable. If Muslims follow Christians and Hindus and pray four times then they will be sensible. Islamic fasting is only practicable to the letter only in tropical countries where period between sunrise and sunset is 12 to 13 hours. It is impossible in polar region where sunlight is there 24 hours or not there for even one minute. It is only possible in spring and autumn months of temperate countries, as daylight in summer is around 18 hours. Everyone fasts daily for 12 hours from dinnertime to breakfast time, which is natural. Islamic fasting only converts day into night, where instead of eating during day and fasting during night, Muslims eat during night and fast during day.

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    bs as usual from a apologist . the attackers were educated in the west

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    S.S.S.
    “They killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”
    To be exact they killed , raped, looted and ethically cleansed 234,000 thousand Tamil civilians and destroyed many Hindu temples”

    Soma

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    On this column I have been consistently promoting a separate Homeland for all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival.
    Now I propose that the name of the Homeland should be CALIPHATE OF EALAM suggestive of the aspirations of all Tamil speakers, removing all barriers among them. Even any threat of terrorism within will be reciprocatively neutralized as all parties are versatile practitioners.

    This is the ONLY formula for ever lasting peace in the island.

    Soma

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      If you give Tamils their own homeland, they will discriminate against each other based on caste. If you give Muslims their own homeland, the Sunnis will purge the Shias. Both of these groups are better off living among the majority Sinhalese, where there is no such discrimination.

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        ” Both of these groups are better off living among the majority Sinhalese, where there is no such discrimination.”

        Instead, Sinhalese found genocide as the better means of discrimination.

        Any way, just get out of my home, Tamil Eezham. You have your own home. Sori Sinhala Lanka.

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          There is no “Tamil Eezham” on the world map. There is only Tamil Nadu.

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            Lester

            “There is no “Tamil Eezham” on the world map.”

            You right once in as many years as I remember, there is no “Tamil Eezham” on the world map.

            However there used to be an Eelam in this island according to ancient and medieval literatures.

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              Native Vedda:

              The oldest scientific evidence for settlement in Sri Lanka is “Balangoda Man.” Anthropological evidence suggests the closest descendants of Balangoda Man are the Veddas. In the “Ramayana”, there are many descriptions of Sri Lanka. As I recall, Ram’s people are called “yakshas.” In Mahavamsa, they are called “yakkas.” In Mahavamsa, it says Buddha also had a meeting with the “yakkas.” Who are these yakkas? They are probably the ancestors of today’s Veddas. We can think of settlement in Sri Lanka as follows: Australoids crossed over to Sri Lanka during the Ice Age, when there was a land bridge. The Australoids evolved into “Balangoda Man.” From “Balangoda Man” came the Veddas. Later on, the Sinhalese (Aryans) came from India. There were periodic invasions against the Sinhalese kingdoms, but these kingdoms remained largely independent. Finally, the Tamils came in the 13th century.
              There is strong evidence to link “Balangoda Man” to the Veddas. For example, according to archeologist S. U. Deraniyagala, “…the genetic continuum, from as far back as 16,000 BP to the present day Vedda population, is “remarkably pronounced. Their unusual (for Sri Lanka) stature and robust bone structure, among other traits, have survived in varying degrees among the Vedda population and some Sinhalese groups, leading Deraniyagala to theorise that Balangoda Man was a common ancestor of both peoples.”

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        L
        “Both of these groups are better off living among the majority Sinhalese,”— except in times of violent SB insanity, that has rather increased in frequency.

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          When 7% of the country demands 1/3 of the country’s landmass, expect the group that’s 85% of the population to take some action.

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        Ameer Ali
        This is for your careful thought.
        I waited until the mudslinging subdued.
        *
        “Thus, SLMC was born in 1986 on an ethno-religious platform complicating an already bifurcated ethnic democracy.”
        The author has got dates mixed up.
        The party was formed at a meeting held at Kattankudy in 1981 by a small study group of local Eastern Province political leaders.
        The reason was pragmatic. The proportional representation system freed Muslim politicians on the need to rely on Tamil parties and Tamils for votes. A party was needed to maximise representation.
        *
        Also he is wrong in putting Iran on par with Saudi Arabia.
        The former earned the respect of Sunni Arabs as well for overthrowing a stooge of the US and for standing up to the US. Many Sunni Arabs did not side with Saddam when on US instigation he started a war against Iran. Saudi Arabia was rich, but nowhere near a leader of Arab nations.
        It donned the mantle after Egypt and Iraq lost credibility. It initiated the Sunni-Shia rift to isolate Iran. It was the main propagator of Islamic fundamentalism and politicized Islam. It has been the source of funds for terrorists using the name of Islam.
        Iran has not used the Sunni-Shia divide the way Saudis do and Palestinians have more respect for Iran than for any Arab country except Syria. Today Sunni Muslim Qatar and Turkey are warming up to Iran.

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        Lester
        As usual you are talking through your anus MAN. You have licked gota’s arse so long you just fart, this is not the forum for you man. get back to your allowed space

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      Soma,
      I fully endorse your proposal. Give 20% of the land in the North and request all the people who consider ‘Demala Bhashawa’ as their mother tongue to move to that territory. Rest of the country, Sinhala only.

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    [Dr. Amir Ali do not lie , the LTTE did not start any anti Muslim campaign in the east until in 1985, Muslim criminals and thugs who were imported from Colombo to Kalmunai by Tamil Nadu origin Minister Mohammed at that request of anti Tamil racist then Sri Lankan president JT Jayewardene to deliberately start riots and create a rift between the local Tamils and Muslims, as Tamil Muslim youths in the east were joining the LTTE.]
    Sankaran, what you say is 100% true. I am personally aware of this and that rouge M.H.Mohammad brought Muslim criminals from Maligawatte and keselwatte to batticaloa and to start violence against Tamils to start a Muslim/Tamil clash. It was fully backed by JR the menace. Later from Identity cards recovered the plot was exposed. There after the Muslim Home guards fully backed by STF went on rampage against Tamils. In fact VP never said the cause of the tamils but the Tamil Speaking people to include all. But Muslims as usual not only betrayed but helped to kill tamils and the struggle. Now the guys are on the run praising VP as a holy man and screaming that they are innocent. How anyone could organise such a gruesome crime in an island wide basis, and that too among people who live very close to each other, without ever being aware of it? There is full support and aid from abroad.
    Whatever quote from Quran or from any other authority is going to take away the crime and the coup waged against SL to make it an Islamic State. This is an Islamic ploy worldwide and the entire world facing this scourge. As long as Allah is the Only god and non believers of Allah have to be killed, no explanation is going to convince the non muslims.

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    Sinhalese killed Tamils mainly and Tamils killed Muslims. There were 100,000 Muslim internal refugees in Puttalam as the host community were Muslim, and many are still there since 1990 as they are afraid to return to Mannar and Jaffna. Prabhakaran did a self-criticism on this. Do not write this out of Tamil history because you are Tamil.

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      Oh really where did you get these statistics. There were only 67000 Muslims living in the north and they were expelled without any bodily harm from the north, as they were spying for the Sri Lankan armed forces and were stockpiling arms given to them by the Sri Lankan armed forces start violence in the north just like what happened in the east , The LTTE caught them on time and chased them away as they did not want a repeat of what happened to the Tamil civilians in the south and in the east at the hands of Muslim criminals and thugs and Muslim home guards respectively to happen in the north. They were small in number but heavily armed would have created a lot of chaos in the north. It is low caste Salagama Sinhalese Buddhists Fascists ,descended from Indian Tamil slave labour who are trying to rewrite history. Get your fact correct woman. The Muslim home guards killed raped ethically cleansed thousands of Tamil Hindu civilians in the east and burnt an destroyed many Hindu temples. These once 100% ancient Tamil Hindu villages have now been converted to 100% Muslim villages and is now a no go area for Tamils. This why the LTTE under Karuna attacked the Kathankudi mosque , as it was then as now a hot bed of Islamic extremism and the Muslim home guards headquarters. Just like the Easter bombers went and prayed at the mosque before bombing the churches and the hotels , these Muslim home guards used to go this mosque collect their arms and pray before attacking the neighbouring Hindu Tamil villages.

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    A bit of pedantry. Regarding:

    “But the imprint of kalima (the confession of faith ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger) in Arabic on the flag, certainly makes it sacred and carries a religious message.”

    It’s funny but the Quran repeatedly implores in many places to make no distinction between prophets. Example: “And those who believe in God and His messengers and do not make a distinction between any of them – God will grant them their rewards; and God is Forgiving, Merciful.” Q4:152

    Thus the “kalima’ is in violation of Quranic principles. How about that!

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    Thassim, whatever said in religions tell me what we have achieved? Ever since Gods and religions invented there had been chaos. No point saying Islam is superior to other religions and only Islam said about compassion or justice is mere worthless theory. Buddhism had spoken enough about compassion , love and tolerance. But does it matter much? Hindus, Muslims and Christians talk of heaven and does it matter? Islam had gone some more by offering virgins to killers in heaven. This they must have copied from the crusaders who believed the same thing. Do you have any idea where the innocent victims of these guys will end up? Will it be heaven, any virgins, good food, fresh meat, please tell?

    These religious quotes and preachings are nothing but hoodwinking and it is a deadly weapon in the hands of fanatics. Just see Gnanasara there in yellow robe and the crimes he commits yet the patronage he enjoys. So it is a wastage of time trying to compare notes and even now you have not rid of your mindset and blind faith trying to claim superiority but who cares brother? Proof of the pudding is in the eating. Will religions allow us to live peacefully as human beings or make us into pieces? Can you deny that at present Islam is the leading cause of deaths and misery? Modi is trying hard to make Hindus into the list and to win the election using the gullible people of India. Food and toilets are more important to them than religions. We have to wake up.

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    “ The Muhammedans, an alien people, … by shylockian methods become prosperous like Jews. The Sinhala sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country free of alien invaders … are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds. The Alien South Indian Muhammedan come to Ceylon, sees the neglected villager, without any experience in trade … and the result is that the Muhammedan thrives and the sons of the soil go to the wall.”
    ~ Great Anagarika Darmapala, almost 100 years ago
    /
    Muslim in SL, as a community knew soon there was going to be a mass attack on innocent Sinhalese and Tamil. They issued such warnings as “the day will come”, “let’s see”, “we are ready”, etc, etc,etc. Sinhalese also noticed Muslims’ peculiar attitude towards them in the run-up to the massacre.

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      John,

      You could be a victim of those inhuman attacks to put out so much hatred towards all Muslims. I guess it is time, we should accept your anger as long as it calms down your own mind and psychological trauma these inhuman terrorists created. Good Muslims are also victims of this.

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    “ The Muhammedans, an alien people, … by shylockian methods become prosperous like Jews. The Sinhala sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country free of alien invaders … are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds. The Alien South Indian Muhammedan come to Ceylon, sees the neglected villager, without any experience in trade … and the result is that the Muhammedan thrives and the sons of the soil go to the wall.”
    ~Great Anagarika Darmapala, almost 100 years ago

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    The whole Muslim community knew soon there was going to be mass attack on Sinhalese and Tamil. They issued such warnings as “let’s see”, “the day will come”, “we are ready”, etc,etc,etc. Sinhalese also noticed Muslims’ peculiar and mean attitude towards them in the run-up to the massacre.

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    Amir Ali White washing your brutal Islamic doctrine will not solve the issue. As a well educated man come up with practical solutions. Crying, Crying & Crying and Blaming, Blaming & Blaming will not solve it. Your Almighty must be old man now. If it really exist.May be suffering from sever ailments. Revelations It given seems to be bullshit. Otherwise suicide bombers can not be created on its behalf.If something can be interpreted the way anybody’s wish it is real garbage not a religion Not suitable to given official recognizance. Do you not think so Mr. Amir Ali ??????????

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    Dr. Ameer Ali:

    You have gone mad my friend. I have some sympathy for your predicament. You are wrong with the following “Quote”

    Sri Lankan masses, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or Burghers, are not to be blamed for this tragic history and they should be kept out of the equation. Instead, the political and religious leadership must bear full responsibility for laying the path of democracy with bloody bricks..

    *** How can you keep the Sinhalese out of this tragedy and not blame them for the last 70 years of Brutality . They had all in their power and let loose Marauding Sinkala Masses to attack Tamils Muslims who had no security. They wield power by being the elected Leaders and head the Army, Navy and the Police. I put the blame on the Sinkalams and no one else. This is Thai Pongal for us ” Harvest Time” I make no apologies.

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    As very educated man on Islamism & very faithful man of Islamism Can you live with vile animals or Infidels as describe in your Koran. it says believers or faithful Islamist should not be friendly with vile animals or infidel. As such if nonbelievers forced you to exist from this nonbelievers land It will be your aging Almighty god wish. you should be happy with it. Is it true Mr. Ameer Ali ???

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    Kattankudy is now on the world map! About 30 years ago I remember reading an article in the Time/or Newsweek that it was the most densely populated area in South-East Asia. With the present population exceeding 50,000 cramped in a small area of 6sq.km and around 63 Mosques [as per Author] this place was also the place where History was created. The Srilanka Muslim Congress also had its beginning here and not Kalmunai, the native place of its founder M.H.M. Ashroff. The July 83 anti-Tamil pogrom also spilled over into
    the Eastern Province by the mid-80s, with the active support of the JRJ Govt: Perhaps, it was the first large scale Muslim[Home-guard] foray into Tamil villages.The Govt:imagined that it could checkmate the LTTE by getting Muslims to have a go at the Tamils! Since that day relationships between the Tamils and the Muslims reached a point of no return.
    Is it just coincidental that FULL-SCALE Tamil armed revolt and the birth of the SLMC TOOK PLACE SIDE BY SIDE.
    Perhaps, Dr.Ameer Ali with his usual scholarship, in a subsequent piece unravel how these two communities who lived side by side [Pittu and coconut scrape[ ? ] turned against each other.
    While typing this wife rushes in with the news another 40 acres of an ISIS TRAINING CAMP has been detected at ODDAMAVADI in the Batticaloa district!

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      Plato,

      “Perhaps, Dr.Ameer Ali with his usual scholarship, in a subsequent piece unravel how these two communities who lived side by side [Pittu and coconut scrape[ ? ] turned against each other.”

      There were several reasons among them were the control over trade, land, life and politics. With easy access to weapons it was a question of total control. The old relationship (love hate) between the two had lost all the natural centuries old reconciliation abilities and mechanism due to state’s interference as you alluded to.

      As I have mentioned many times in this forum and elsewhere if the state doesn’t treat its people well strangers are ever willing to grope the women folks.
      It appears that this is the best place for foreigners to come, fondle and politically gratify themselves for free of charge.

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    Govt paralysis is a direct result of establishing a chaotic dispensation as consequent to 2015 yahapalanista democratic coup. We are reaping the harvest we sowed. Tamil separatist challenge to the state’s survival throughout the 80s and 90s camouflaged the subterranean breeding grounds of Islamist fundamentalism. There is now an urgent need to rebuild a stronger and stable center to face and defeat the current threat to the nation.

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    SL being a small and poor nation cannot bear such repeated violence and acts of terrorism. As I have argues throughout that all races have to bear the blame and have no doubt about that. All these chaos are due to absolute stupidity, lack of knowledge, intelligence, ability to think, ability to question, ability to look at things rationally and instead bogged down in cooked up history and distorted religious beliefs. We know now that these blind beliefs and cooked up history is not going to let us move forward. This message ought to go to the majority race who have to lead. But the minority too have a vital role by alleviating the concerns of the majority and to understand them and consider all as human beings and not as Sinhalese, tamils or Muslims. Buddism has enough to offer in this direction and if any pone really understand Buddhism then entire Buddhism is about love, compassion, peace and co-existence. Absolutely no room for violence. I hope some one educate that man Gnanasara who ruins the yellow robe out of his warped and distorted mind. Islam always says peace loving. Always says no killing. But their religion is totally distorted by the present day stupid Muslims under various themes and despite their claims Islam is considered as a deadly religion, unfortunately. Because most terrorist activities in the word today are by Muslims and sadly in the name of Islam. Let also someone guide the misguided Gnanasara in yellow robe who disgraces Buddhism. Buddha preached all about peace, love, harmony and coexistence. Burt what we see today is totally different. Christians of SL are not violent but they too bogged down at times in religious intolerance and religious conversion. They too claim that non christians will be roasted in fire in hell. Absolute rubbish. Hindus are generally ok despite their stupid rituals and practices yet non violent.

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