30 September, 2020

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Anti-Muslim Riots: Unravelling Islamophobia & Mob Violence In A Nation Struggling To Avert Another Ethnic war

By Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen

Dr. Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen

Edited speech delivered at the meeting of Sri Lankan High Commissioner with Sri Lankan Muslim organisations, Melbourne, Australia on 12 March 2018:

His Excellency Somasundaram SKANDAKUMAR the High Commissioner of Sri lanka,

Mr Sampath Prasanna WALPITA GAMAGE Consul-General of Sri lanka,

Mr Riyaz Mustafa, President of USMAA,

Leaders and exco members of Muslim organisations,

And ladies and gentlemen

Assalamu Alayykum Wa Rahmatullah

May Peace and Mercy and Blessings of God be Upon You

Ayuubowan | Wanakkam

Why have we gathered here today?

We have gathered here this afternoon to condemn the recent abhorrent and intensified racist attacks on the Muslim minority community in Sri Lanka. This escalation of violence towards minority muslims needs to cease and I appeal to the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action to safeguard the security of its citizens, regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliation. Many of our own families and those of others have been affected and disturbed by these barbaric attacks on innocent civilians and it is imperative an immediate halt of this type of hate violence be stopped.

Sri Lankan Muslim Community

The Sri Lankan Muslim community, just like other communities, has a  long history dating back many centuries, and the contribution of this minority community and its leaders have contributed to nation building process and ensured a harmonious coexistence with all  communities around the country. The demographic pattern and existence of Muslims in NE and other areas has never been felt as a threat to other religious communities living in this region.

To best describe the Muslim community, one could say that it is a distinct minority community which takes its identity from the religion they follow rather than the language they speak. This unique identity as a small minority community within another minority community  makes the muslim community  bilingual within the home and the larger community in NE and NNE. This cordial relationship earned them the nickname  as ‘pittu and coconuts’, both are essential to make ‘pittu’.

For the record let it be noted that muslims have never demanded an independent state or posed any threat to the country. Throughout history they have maintained cordial relationships with neighbouring communities in Tamil and Sinhalese speaking areas. Muslim politicians have also been part of the  UNP, SLFP, JVP, TULF and other minor parties,  even after a Muslim political party, the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) was formed in the eastern province -to address grievances of Muslims that were inflicted by Tamil militants- in 1981 and was formally registered as a political party in 1986.

Tamil leaders  from Ponnambalam Ramanathan in 1880 to Prabhakaran in 1980 tried their best to claim that Muslims belong are part of the Tamil community as they speak Tamil at home. Then LTTE even went to the extent of trying to get the whole community to surrender at  gunpoint to state the Muslims were ethnically Tamil as they tried to name them as ‘Islamiya Tamilar’. Muslims refused these calls saying that their identity is formed from the religion they believed and practised not from the languages they speak.

It must be noted that the Muslim community’s peaceful coexistence was challenged initially by Tamil terrorist groups in the NE and now at the hand of racists in Sinhala speaking areas. I would like to emphasise the point that Tamil terrorists were not representing the peaceful Tamil community just as racist Sinhala mobs are not representing the peaceful Sinhala community.

Political problem turn into communal clashes…

In the early seventies the policies introduced, frustrated Tamil youth who couldn’t enter the universities. This lead these youth started to form as groups which turned towards acts of crime like robbing banks and targeted assassinations of elected Tail leaders. In 1975 Prabakaran shot the mayor of Jaffna under the pretext of calling him a ‘traitor’. Then called ‘the boys’ became a movement and divisions among them gave birth to many other Tamil youth movements. Almost all of them were involved with similar activities. Then in 1983 Prabakaran lead an armed group to kill 13 army soldiers which sent shock waves throughout the country. This resulted in the uprising of the Sinhalese mobs to attack the Tamil community instead of government taking action against a group of small armed Tamil boys who were involved with criminal activities. These revenge attacks were turned against the whole Tamil community, which later became known as the ‘1983 riots’. This is a sad turning point in Sri Lankan ethnic history, as this led to members of the Tamil  community being seen as suspicious by some people in the community, thus many innocent lives becoming easy prey for racist mobs in  different parts of Sri Lanka, during this period.

Later the LTTE started to point their guns at different corners, starting from killing the mayor to other politicians, Tamil militant groups, police personal, security forces, innocent Sinhalese and Muslim civilians. This was a very difficult and sad time for all citizens in all parts of the country. At this point the LTTE became the single force challenging the whole nation by their horrible guerrilla attacks. LTTE’s choice to attack  Sinhalese in the city of Anuradhapura, massacre bus loads of Buddhist monks in Aranthalawa, Muslim worshippers in Kattankudy and  innocent Muslim and Sinhalese villagers placed the nation in a state of terror. From the other side of the coin, revenge attacks by security forces, Home Guards and mobs on innocent Tamil civilians took place in many places like Kokkadicholai. A simple google search with the following words   “List of (non-state) terrorist incidents in Sri Lanka”, “List of LTTE Attacks on Civilian Targets” and “List of attacks on civilians attributed to Sri Lankan government forces” brings up  hundreds of inhumane massacres where thousands of civilians were mercilessly killed.

What have we gained from this? Have we learned any lesson from it? The answer is nothing and nothing.

A three decade long war with LTTE terrorists ended only a few years ago in 2009. Everyone suffered, irrespective of race or religion and the country lost its good name as one of the safest and beautiful tourist spots well known as the ‘pearl of Indian ocean’. Previous riots launched against minority communities in 1915 Muslim community and after independence from 1956 to the major catastrophe of the 1983 violence, did NOT bring any positive outcome to Sri Lanka. For the short term selfish benefits of somewho initiated these heinous acts, thousands of valuable lives and millions worth of properties and assets including places of worship were destroyed. Human rights violations, massacres, targeted killings, abductions, extortion, robberies, bombings and use of forced child soldiers were terms heard frequently during this period. In addition, the notorious white van stories carried much dread as to who would be kidnapped and killed next.

Have  Muslims become the next easy target for racists?

Since the ethnic conflict ended in 2009, a sense of relief descended for a short period that has been destroyed by the emergence of certain racist factions who claim to be followers of Buddhism. An organisation by the name of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and other factions appear to have formed  with the prime motive of creating ethnic tensions intent on  attacking Muslims, their properties, mosques and threatening their existence. Its founder Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara along with CEO Dilantha Withanage and a few others sought  to represent millions of silent peace loving Buddhists in the country. Their continuous hate preachings brought about animosity and hatred resulting in violent outbreaks of attacks against the Muslims. A simple google search of “galagoda aththe gnanasara thero” will bring loads of results to assess his personality, vulgar comments about Islam and Muslims, plans and intentions that provoke racism.

BBS initiated a drama from Halal food products claiming there was a tax imposed on every consumer who bought halal products. Further, images inciting extremist views towards muslims were posted with images of Muslim Women in hijabs, palm trees planted for beautification of a particular city and mosques. The overall message was that these visible signs pointed towards a growth of extremist views of Islam.

More ridiculous claims have been the (wanda pethi) sterilisation pill story where a rumour was spread that bakers were placing sterilisation pills to ensure the Sinhalese women would be unable to conceive. Even though this story is not new it was highlighted after the attacks in Ampara. This wanda behet story started a few years ago and was used to frighten Sinhalese women to also not buy their undergarments from shops owned by Muslims. They said wanda behet have been already applied to the garments which will eventually make Sinhalese women  barren.

The malicious elements in the society who preach hatred have successfully reached some young people within the sinhala Buddhist community, fuelling them with hatred towards other religions with a hegemony attitude of trampling other  religions. Their attempt to create divisions and binary identities of ‘Us and Them’ have lead to the sad reality of what we are witnessing over the recent years in Sri Lanka. Without giving any value to the peaceful teachings of Buddhism, their contrary approach of harming others went exactly opposite to the teachings of Buddhism and universal human right conventions.

Unfortunately many innocent people believe these rumours and are misguided by such teachings. This was evident by  many youth including young girls who were involved in riots and lootings of Muslim properties and places of worship during the recent violence in Digana. This is a new development in the history of Sri Lanka as it is quite rare for women to come forward or be involved in violent and destructive acts such as arson and lootings in Sri Lanka.

It is unfortunate that a harmonious coexistence of Muslims with other communities going back thousands of years, is now questioned by an organisation founded only in 2012.

As anyone can observe when you look at these racial attacks on Muslim communities, these attacks are pre-planned. Tracing the  logistics and people involved  on the front line and behind the scenes in these racist attacks show a pattern. The offenders are the same people belonging to common racist groups whose aim is to maximise the destruction and damage to Muslim businesses,wiping out muslim places of worship in the area they pick to attack. They do not have any goodwill or loyalty to contribute to the country or even to Sinhala Buddhist community other than spreading hatred among the communities to achieve their short term goals.

The incident that took place in Ampara (26 Feb 2018)  and the murder of the lorry driver in Kandy (5 Mar 2018) are not the cause for these riots taking place. If that was the case when this incident took place in Ampara how was it possible for  a lorry load of people to launch racial attacks against the Muslim community in a very short space of time?  The same applies to the incident in Kandy. The death of the truck driver by drunken Muslim men is not the main cause for the violence to spread to Kandy? It is obvious that the same racist groups mobilise their resources informing their supporters by social media and other means to instigate these riots. . It’s rather disturbing that the funeral of this innocent Sinhalese truck driver was used as a catalyst to spark violence in the area. You could ask the question of how the Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathana from Batticaloa was coincidentally there at this time in Kandy?  If you were to google the words “Batticaloa Monk”, the video clips speak for itself.

Sadly these hate crimes are  lead by a few monks who claim to be preachers of Buddhism and it is because of their actions the term ‘saffron terror’ is being introduced in the media to identify these specific monks. This is in direct contrast to what I recall in my childhood. These unscrupulous  nature of such people are changing the good name and message of peace in Buddhism.

From anti-halal food campaigns, attacks of a shrine in Anuradhapura and a masjid in Dambulla, attacks on civilians in Aluthgama, Gintota, Ampara, Digana, Akurana and other places, there is a greater question that needs to be raised – how will Muslims survive what could be seen as a repeat of what happened to the Tamils. Certain actions like the BBS inviting the man behind the Myanmar massacre of Muslims to Sri Lanka and the grant of visa for such a man carry a story that conveys the hidden agenda behind these mass riots. Roma Rajpal Wei notes that “Nationalist Buddhist monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are playing a key role in instigating hatred and provoking violence towards the Muslim minorities in both countries, claiming that such action is necessary in order to protect the Buddhist race and culture”.

It is interesting to note that as Colombo telegraph noted (5 MArch 2018) Gnanasara and Priyasath, both representing extremist groups, are currently on bail over cases where they are accused of inciting communal violence against the Muslim community. Gnanasara Thero and the BBS, in particular, played a leading and violent role in the Aluthgama riots a few years ago.

What can be done?

Extremism and violence are diseases of the contemporary world. It does not belong to any particular religion or race. It belongs to people seeking to control the masses for their own ascension to power and this is seen in some ignorant clergymen who manipulate the minds of naive and uneducated religious people. The unemployed youth in rural areas become a target group, as few monks spread hate speeches in the name of religion. what is imperative  is nothing other than law and order and this should be implemented with stealth to prevent any further atrocities such as revenge killings. Misinterpretation of religious text or wrong hate religious preachings by anyone -including clergymen- should be handled by educated clergy and the government swiftly to prevent further damages in inter community relations.

Muslim, Hindu and Christian communities are not second class citizens of this country. Our constitution guarantees safety of its citizens without any discrimination. It says: “No citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any such grounds”. Again the law enforcing authorities should be at the forefront to ensure the security of lives and property of any citizen without being bystanders when atrocities are committed against minorities or to anyone. Injustice or discrimination should not be supported for any reason.

The prejudice and extremism are not allowed again anyone. Government, religions and civil forces should work effectively to eradicate these elements from our society. Establishments of places of worship for all religions must be moderated by a common authority without any favoritism. There must be a transparent criteria if one wants to construct and establish any place of worship in the country and no place of worship should disrupt the average lives of civilians in the neighbourhood.

If any druggie or drunken person or even a thug from a minority or majority community should  lead or invite other communities to unleash violence and incite riots against another community, legal, military, religious and civil action needs to be taken against such parties. Authorities need to intervene immediately arresting law breakers and imprisoning them, justice needs to prevail.

I divide people into two categories – peace lovers and trouble makers. Trouble makers have no religion other than their own set of goals which are always corruption, injustice and terror. Sadly, this is what took place around Ampara and Kandy during the recent violence, where the trouble makers wanted to see a blood baths on our streets, which they finally saw sadly.

We, being members of the Sri Lankan community of Australia sought not to attempt demonstrate in our cities, as we are still hopeful that the Government will take the necessary action against the perpetrators and culprits of these anti-Muslim riots. There is hope that the silent majority will not continue to be silent for these acts of violence to erupt in our cities, The Anamaduwa attack is an example to uphold as an example of communities working together. For those unfamiliar, this incident was when a restaurant belonging to a Muslim was attacked, many local Sinhalese people came forward to rebuild it within a day. The restaurant was able to open its doors within a 24 hour period which was a heart-warming effort of all involved. . Other  reports of many Buddhist monks protecting mosques and properties of Muslims from mobs is also something to cherish.

I’m a victim of terrorism, my father along with 17 of my relatives were killed in cold blood by the LTTE terrorist. When agitated Muslim youth wanted to commit revenge killing I stood up and said ‘No’ to kill any Tamil because my father and brother was killed by LTTE terrorist who claimed that they represented the Tamil community. My younger brother who was only 10 years was found holding my father in a pool of blood. What was the crime my father and 10 year old brother committed to be killed by these blood thirsty terrorists?.  I said if my innocent father and brother were killed by LTTE terrorist and we are crying for the loss of our loved ones, then how could I let another innocent Tamil be killed. Then I said that LTTE terrorists represented nothing other than terrorism NOT Tamils. Terrorists are terrorists, their religion is terrorism not Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or Christianity. Let this fact be remembered and etched in all our minds and hearts. .

If we are still not prepared to make this brave move to stand up for injustice, one day our situation will epitomise the writings of Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), a Protestant pastor who was an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler. He criticised silence of German intellectuals about the Nazi atrocities against millions of people.

I have modified his famous poem to reflect what has taken place in Sri Lanka.

First they came for the Tamils, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Tamil.

First they came for Muslims, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Muslim.

First they came for Sinhalese, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Sinhalese.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me

So Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or even the Government should not keep quiet when injustice is committed against any innocent person, as we need to remind ourselves that we are only in the upper deck of a sinking ship, and we will also eventually go underwater after lower deck.

I hope this tragedy will not be repeated, May God protect Sri Lankans from the evil of racism and from another war where many suffered for many decades.

The Mandate is with the government to establish law and order – when will that be carried out?

Thank you

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    Stop lying you are Tamils by ethnicity. Dravidian immigrants from South Indian , the vast overwhelming majority only migrated to the island from their South Indian homeland a few centuries ago in wooden boats called Marrakalam in Tamil, hence the name Marrakalayo or Marrakala Minissu in Sinhalese. You fled your South Indian homeland due to persecution and for economic and trade reasons and first took refuge along the then Tamil western coasts, largely along the Chilaw Puttalam area that was part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom., When the Jaffna kingdom fell the Portuguese , they started to kill and persecute the Muslims living along the western coast . They first fled to the Kandyan Sinhalese areas , they Sinhalese reluctantly accepted these Tamil Muslims at first but then their numbers increased got alarmed and started to persecute and kill them.. In desperation King Senarath of Kandy asked the southern eastern Tamil Vannimmai chiefs , who came under his loose control to provide land and refuge to these Tamil Muslims from the western coast , as the Sinhalese do not want to accept more of them anymore in their lands. They agreed and settled them in villages away from the indigenous Hindu Tamils and also provided Tamil Hindu Mukkuva women as brides to start families, as most of these Muslims fleeing were men. This is the reason the eastern Muslims still follow the Tamil Mukkuva Kuddi system and laws that they inherited from their maternal side. There is hardly any Arab amongst the Sri Lankan Muslims and this is a fact. History and DNA proves this. Arabs never came to the island or to South India in their thousands , just a few hundred over a span of a few centuries and only small percentage of these took low caste Tamil comfort women. A distant Male Arab ancestor amongst a few families , does not make the Sri Lankan Muslims Arabs. They are Tamils by ethnicity and Muslim by religion. Islam is a religion and it followers are called Muslims.

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      Real Siva Sankaran Sharma:

      Some historians including Prof. (Mrs.) Kiribamune and Prof. Indrapala before he became a prisoner of the LTTE had expressed the view that permanent Tamil settlements cannot be found in Sri Lanka before the twelfth century.

      The Dutch wanted human resources for their tobacco cultivation and they were brought from eastern Coramandel coast of South India. What I am trying to say is that the great majority of Tamils in Jaffna are descendants of the people who were brought as agricultural labourers and as such the Tamils in general do not have a continuous history going back to a date beyond the seventeenth century.

      –Source: Professor Nalin de Silva for kalaya.org

      You population percentage, history faking, not having own identify and all borrowed-culture from Tamil Nadu support Dutc/Tobacco story than 2500 history.

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        Oh really ! We know that the Portugues and Dutch brough in hundreds of thousands of Tamil low cases and untouchable from South India and settled then along the western and southern coaste to work as slaves in the huge Cinammon estates and also to do menial work. Their modern descendants are the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagamma , Durawa. Hardly any of them were assimilated into the Sri Lankan Tamil identity. As for the Muslims it is a proven fact that there is hardly any Arab or other western Asian origin in them and the vast overwhelming majority of them are indeed desended from low caste immigrant South Indians( Tamils) who migranted to the island a few centuries ago. If you do not like the truth stiff. You are no Arabs or Moors and Islam is a religion and their is no such thing called a Muslim ethnicity or race enywhere in the world, just like there is no such thing called a Christian Hindu or Buddhist ethnicity or race. People following these world religions , belong to many races , ethnicities and language groups. Do not attack the messenger for destorying your Arabian night fairy tale. Claim Arab origin but talk Tamil , look like Tamils and until this Wahhabi/Slafist fundamentalist madness tookhold , dressed like Tamils , followed Tamil customs and tool Tamil Muslims caste names as family names. Sri Lankan Muslim family names like Marrikar, Lebbai , Rawther, Kayalar, Pitchai, kutti. Thambi are all typical Tamil Muslim caste names originating from your homeland in Tamil Nadu. Prfessor Indrapa;la never stated such nonsence and read his latest works. Good try Thullukan

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          RSSS:

          Sorry, you did not get my point. I agree that Portugues and Dutch brought in hundreds of thousands of Tamil l from South India, I don’t know about their caste.

          If we look at it from the point that your claim on 2500 history is unsupported, logically or historically or archaeologically as many Sinhalese / European and few Tamil professors claim, you could be one of those Tamils brought in for tobacco farming and camouflaging in high-caste due to inferiority complex?

          The way you react, and how casteism drives you, it seems you’re personally a affected and depressed individual because of the same, now with inferior.

          Only, God Siva can help another Siva looking like a human.

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          RSSS Australoid crow, yes you are correct Muslims were known as people who follow Islam. If you ask anybody who is he, he will say Muslim but if you ask the ethnicity he will say Moor so you cannot challenge that you Australoid crow. No honest, good Tamils will challenge that except you Australoid Tamil bunch. It is your inferiority complex. What were you all doing during Portuguese time? Labourers, Toddy tappers, Tree climbers and all others menial workers except for few. Today’s labour force in Foreign countries 90% menial workers, toilet cleaners and other low class labourers are your people. Take photos taken 100 years back, all looks like dark dried fish. Even now if you go to Tamil Nadu villages and Northern Sri Lanka villages you can see such people. So what shit are you talking. Most of the women were bare breasted. Men and women covering the private parts with scanty cloths. Marikkar, Lebbai, Rawther, Pitchai are all title names and not caste names. Kutti is for girl and also very young humans or animals. Thambi is younger brother not caste names. It was these trading communities who sold you six yards of cloth to cover the body well which became saree and four yards of cloth for men to wrap around the waist which became veysti. In short these Arabs, Persian and Turkish traders who civilized you before the colonialist. Turkish traders were known as Turukkiyar, Thulukiyar and Thullukkar according pronunciation in different parts. Very lately when tree climbers became civilized they call it in a derogatory way Thullukan. In fact the Thullukans are 100% times better than you Australoids crows. When Aryan invaders came from North and screwed your Australoid women left and right your features became better. You can see that in Kerala, Telugu and Andhra states but when you come very down to Tamil Nadu over 60% still have the Australoid features.

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            Ralli bin Balli, the Arabic swine, of tent dwelling camel urine drinking ancestry, go back to your roots and leave this blessed country alone. Have you asked the Sinhalese what they think of your people, it is the same as what RSS has said.

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              No you Al-fukka, Sinhalese don’t think like what RSSS said. RSSS also says Sinhalese are descendants of low cast Dravidians migrated from South India. So Australoid Sinhalese might follow you but not the Aryan Sinhalese. If you are a RSSS partner you must not call me Arabic swine but Tamil Muslim swine.

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        Mohamed Niyas, just ignore this RSSS Australoid crow who caws all the time when he sees an article appears regarding Muslim. I had put forward two theories for that, that is this shit as a servant under a gay Moor suffered a lot; otherwise he is from a pimp caste who supplied Tamil women to Arabs traders. You can see in all his comment always saying Moors are descendants of sailors who screwed Tamil low caste prostitutes. See above he says Vannimai chief who seems to be having his blood line gave land and women to these Muslim and also says Hindu Tamils provided land and Mukkuwa women to these Muslim. So being from a pimp generation he must be having records. Just ignore these low caste Tamil labourer descend brought from India. Portuguese would have included his generation too to get Tamil prostitutes. Can anyone tell why he hates Moors so much? If he have proofs that Moors are 95% Tamil converts, there is a descent way to show that with proof and write a book on Moor’s ethnicity. What he writes is complete bull shit.

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      RSSS crow, Tamil did not call wooden sailing boat Marrakalam but that marrakalam evolved from Marakab arabic for sailing boat. Tamil call Marrakkattu for raft not sailing boat and thoni just for boat. So marrakala and Marikkar is from Marakab. There were no persecution of Muslims in Tamil nadu because they were traders above the ladder of tree climbers. In Kerala Portuguese persecuted Moplas because they rebelled against them. You must be having a video or book written by King Senarath and Vannimai chief. Why don’t you produce those as proof?

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        Ralli Ameen, stop distorting facts to support your claim of Arab influence. In Tamil Maram means tree or wood and Kalam means craft or vessel. Original Arab word for boat is Dhow and Marakab may have been derived from Tamil word, as there is evidence that Tamils traded with Arabs much earlier than Arabs came towards India. Therefore Marakkalam is a Tamil word for wooden boat. Wooden craft is Kattumaram and not Marakkattu as what you are trying make. In Tamil Kattu means tied together (eg Keerai kattu bunch of green leaves). Check the dictionary which clearly says that the word Catamaran is derived from Tamil word Kattumaram. It does not talk of Marakkattu. Stop glorifying Arabs with false data.

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    contd
    Muslim elite and politicians like this author of the article who looks typically Tamil Dravidian also contribute to this lie, for their own selfish economic and political power. They have brain washed the Dravidian Tamil Muslim masses to hate their own Tamil ethnicity and worship Arabs, despite speaking Tamil and until recently following Tamil culture. Their parent population living in South India proudly identify themselves as Tamil Muslims., however their descendants who migrated to the island a few centuries ago are now Tamil no more but belong to some imagined Moor ethnicity. From the time of independence the Sri Lankan Muslims have backstabbed and betrayed their fellow non Muslim Tamils. and joined the Sinhalese racists and establishment in their genocidal dance against the island’s Tamils. Especially in the east , where heavily armed Muslim home guards killed raped and ethnically cleansed thousands of Tamils, destroyed Hindu temples built mosques or Beef stalls over them They are still occupying and trying to steal Tamil lands in the east. Descendants of people who came begging for refuge fleeing Portuguese persecution along the west coast and then Sinhalese persecution in the central highlands, are now trying kill rape and steal the lands of the descendants of the people who took pity on them as fellow Tamils ( despite being Muslim) and gave them a place to stay and women to start a family. Now these ungrateful backstabbing people are denying everything, al l in the name of Islam and a fake imagined Arab origin. The Sri Lankan Muslims have every right to have a separate identity if they want to and no one is denying them this, but it should be based on truth and not a lie or a myth. They should correctly identify themselves as Tamil Muslims or Muslim Tamils. They are no Moors or Arabs

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      R S S Sharma,
      I pity your acute anxiety over your Tamil brethern bocoming Muslims in Sri Lanka and you lost their support when you were in dire need of them. But please be assured and informed that had your leader, V Prabaharan not killed and chased the Muslims from the north, it would have been a “different ball game altogether” and you would not be here keep on crowing about it (SL Muslims denying their origin) in any given forum.
      Best of luck for your future in Sri Lanka…

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        We do not need your fake pity . They were denying their Tamil origin and jiining with the Sinhalese racists to commit war crimes on the island’s Tamils, long before the LTTE and Pirapakaran was born . The was no LTTE or Pirapakaran when a Muslim ministere introduced standardisation in the 19070s to deny Tamil students higher education. There was no LTTE in 1977 and 183 when Muslims mobs down south were joining Sinhalese racists and thugs to burn loot rape and destory Tamil homes and businesses during these state sponsored anti Tamil progrom. A Muslim minister from Borella whose origin is from Nagore in Tamil nadu was heavily involced in these anti Tamil pogroms. At the behest of JR, he also sent Muslims thugs and criminals from Colombo to Kalmunai in 1985 to start the first riots between Tamils and Tamil Muslims in the east. If the Muslim mobs did not kill Tamil down south , the Muslim home guards heavilty armed by the STF , that ornically attacked the Muslims around Kandy recently , did not kill rape and ethnically cleanse thousands of Tamils in the east, or the Muslims in the nort were not spying for the Sinhalese armed forces and storing arms in their mosques , the LTTE would not have chased them away. Good try but your half truths and lie will not work. You Mulims from the word go for petty benefits have denied your actual Tamil origin and heritage and joined the Sinhalese racists to committ war crimes on the island’s Tamils. Now that the Sinhalese find no use for you , have truned on you and you are blinking.

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          Now you RSSS crow tell me how its affect you if Muslim here say they are Moors. Arab identity also does not comes here, otherwise they will say they are Arabs. They say they are a mixed race. Is it because Moors in India and Sri Lanka were responsible for bringing down you all from tree and civilized you? So you wants to deny that by saying Moors are low caste Tamils and we are more civilized than our low caste Tamil Muslims. Or you wants to deny the fact which you confirmed that you belongs to a pimp class who supplied women to Sailors? Otherwise there is no reasons at all for you to hate Moors so much. If you really belongs to a highly civilized Tamil race, you will not care a shit what others say about their ethnicity. You write all sort of fabricated stories about Moors. Home guards were formed to safeguard their villages from Tamil terrorist attack. These home guards had only shot guns, no automatic weapons. There could have been few revenge attacks and it is quite normal when Tamil terrorist keep on attacking Muslims. Muslims did not join with the mobs during racial attacks on Tamils, in fact they safeguarded them and Tamils were intact in Muslim majority areas. No Muslim ministers were involved, don’t lie. If its comes to a confrontation with the Sinhalese, do you think Muslims will join you, NEVER. You all are the worst racial bastards and yes, also the Australoid Sinhalese.

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      Real Siva Sankaran Sharma:

      Why are you wasting time with the same shhit always? Isn’t it more productive and a great service to the community to turn the history pages of SL to look for some empty pages in-between? ;-)

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        Because the Muslims keep on repeating the same lies and shit that they are Arabs and Moors and not Tamils, when they are not. Isn’t more prodictive for the Muslisms to accept the truth and stop spreading their Arabian night fables that is causing more hatred? No one believes that they are Moors or Arabs, when 95% of them look like Tamils. They are now looking even more pathetic with their Dravidian Tamil looks. when they are trying to behave and look like Gulf Arabs , wearing all that horrible black sack cloth and thier stupid agressive behaiour.. towards non Muslims. Especially in the Tamil areas, as they feel they can get away with it. This is Sri Lanka not Saudi Arabia. If you want to be Arab go the Gulf and see if the Arabs will accept you South Asian converts?

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          Pandi Kutti the piglet, the other part of RSSS. How can we look like piglet whether it is Australoid piglet or Dravidian piglet. We are proud to say that we are descendants of Arab traders not Australoid crows who were our servant and coolies at that time. But we don’t take Pandis near us because they were a pig breed in human form.

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      What are you, a professor of Anthropology or some Muslim scholar? You write as if you are an authority on the subject, but your bias shows.

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        And you are? Is the author of this article spreading his lies also one but this does not bother you as he is a fellow Muslim like you

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          Naturally such a biased account was delivered to a Muslim audience and not to an independent forum. There is detailed account of atrocities committed by LTTE, but no mention about atrocities committed on Tamils by armed forces and Muslims. Just like having lost his innocent father and brother to LTTE, there are several Tamils who lost their fathers and brothers to Muslim terrorists. He should have said “When they came for Tamils, we Muslims rejoiced, and now when they are coming for us Muslims, we have no friends” “The mandate is with the government to establish law and order”. Yes they have started by getting at the root cause of the problem, by putting all vociferous Islamic racists under surveillance regarding their contact with Muslim countries and agencies and the funds they are receiving to propagate Islamic expansionism.

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      RSSS, the author of the article does not look like a Tamil at all. I thought you are only a psychopath but knows now you have eye sight problem also.

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    We often tend to explain away unruly crowd behavior as spontaneous and spur of the moment. Psychology of crowds is now a reasonably well established science. The following article appeared a couple of days back
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180312-the-secret-science-that-rules-crowds

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    More lies more bullsh1t by a just another cunning Muslim. Crappy articles like these will force Sinhala-Buddhist to take extreme measures to defend themselves. REMEMBER, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives, Brunei, etc were once highly civilized BUDDHIST COUNTRIES.

    >1915- Muslim stared the communal violence with the help of British.
    >Aluthgama- Muslims started the communal violence by assaulting a Buddhist monk and a little boy in a Muslim shop.
    > Ginthota -Muslims stated the communal violence.
    >Ampara – Muslims sold food which was unsuitable for human consumption. When the Sinhala customer quitioned about the food, Muslim extremist replied with mock answers.
    > Kandy – Muslim Jihadi extremists started the communal violence by killing an innocent Sinhalese and few days later another group of Jihadi Muslims killed another Sinhalese. Sinhalese may have damage some shop decorations but did not killed any Muslims in revenge.
    [Muslim eateries are out of bound for Public Health Inspectors -PHIs, there are so many stories in the news that PHIs have been assaulted Muslim eatery owners.]
    > Halal – Non- Muslims are forced to pay for Halal as well.
    ————————————————————————————————————————————
    In the Easter province, Buddhist temples have been bulldozed and destroyed by Muslims, Sinhalese are being assaulted by Muslims and Muslim government officials on daily basis, Sinhalese’ land and properties are being encroached by Muslims.

    10000 acre Muhudumaha viharaya, 15000 acre Digawapiya, Kuragala, Dewanagala, Dabulla Buddhist city, Anuradhapura Buddhist city, WILPATTUWA, etc have been encroached by Muslims.

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      Past and present state of education and civilisation in Ceylon -(1853 )

      As early as the age of Dionysius, however,–to go no further,-the island was known under the name of Taprobana, not only as a civilized nation, but also as having been famed for arts and sciences. When Europe was sunk in barbarism and ignorance, when Greece and Rome, two of the earliest civilized countries of the west, were known only as strongholds of every thing degrading to human nature, Ceylon was the seat of learning and civilization. When Britain was scarcely known, or known only as inhabited by the most degraded of human beings, she could have boasted of a comparatively intellectual people, whose progress in arts and sciences was astonishingly rapid, though not carried to any very great perfection. As it was universally the case with every nation in a state of intellectual infancy, poetry was the first art that was principally cultivated in Ceylon at the beginning; but, as knowledge advanced, attention was paid to the higher branches of science; colleges were then established, and societies founded, for facilitating the study of philosophy, metaphysics, astronomy, medicine, and chemistry.

      This was how the British saw the Sinhalese. No need to elaborate on how they viewed Muslims -then and Now.

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        Nero, uless you are deranged man you must fight to encourage the Bikkus instead of excavating for lost Buddhist relics, must excavate to find out relics which will throw lights on lost colleges, philosophy, astronomy, medicines etc.

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      John, What do you smoke?
      Sinha le psychopaths like you with Islamophobia do create allegations against Muslims whenever an opportunity arises is an open secret. Try your best to feed the world with your enhanced version of folk tale, “your forefather-lion illicit relationship” and thus you were born as human-beast.

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      Johni ya

      You prove yourself that You are one of the Budda Terror gang of Gnanasaraya who was and is screaming with all contents what you put in your comment. Dont vomit here after attending Gnanasara’s Bana .
      Be civilised .. You better go to Jungle with Gnanasara to live with animals as Sin Kele yas , then called YAKKAS., lived when Vijayan -විජය , came to Ceylon after being expelled from an Indian kingdom. Then our mother lanka will be safe.

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      When was Pakistan a Buddhist country? What more extreme measures left? Just a paid-online koolie doing the assigned work to write lies. Good try, but poor guy, didn’t know the others are smart.

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      When will you learn civilised language to write. Why are you twisting well establsihed facts to feed filthy racist ego?

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      John ~ “…..>Aluthgama- Muslims started the communal violence by assaulting a Buddhist monk and a little boy in a Muslim shop…..”.
      Surely you do not believe this. Do you?
      You will now say that the ‘Wanda Pethi’ rumour is no canard.

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        As usual Muslims started the Aluthgama violence. Two days ago Muslims in Beruwala beat up two police officers for trying to arrest the Muslim counterfeit cigarette sellers.

        Whether ” Wanda Pethi” or not, most Muslim eateries don’t let Public Health Inspectors do their job, and there are so many stories where Muslim have assaulted PHIs. The Ampara incident was not even properly investigated, as every one knows there shouldn’t be lumps of flower in “Koththu” or other food, and the strange thing is- how come a lump of flour stayed like a piece of concrete. So one thing is already clear that the “Koththu” wasn’t cooked according to proper standards and it wasn’t suitable for human consumption.

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      Johnny, Johnny…eating (B)BS….? telling lies..? Ha..ha..ha

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      John, you need to learn how to talk in a civil mode not in thug’s language.

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    The Seyed Alavi Sheriffdeen chinthanaya ~ “………. To best describe the Muslim community, one could say that it is a distinct minority community which takes its identity from the religion they follow rather than the language they speak…………”.
    Have you or your ilk said one word about the genocide of Rohingyas? So GTF and TGTE have no business raising the plight of Rohingyas in the world forum?
    You then go on ~ “………For the record let it be noted that muslims have never demanded an independent state or posed any threat to the country…..”.
    So you are a “good” minority?
    So was that why you went on and on and on about LTTE – a good hobby horse? Do you know why the liberation movements came into the scene?
    Diaspora organisations like GTF, BTF, TGTE have taken up the recent Lankan Muslim crisis to the international fora. You say “They represent the bad minorities”.

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