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Applying The Racism Paradigm – Part II

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I will now apply the racism paradigm that I have sketched out above to what seem to me to be the essentials of the Tamil ethnic problem as it prevails today. I must clarify that when I use the term “Tamils” in the present context I am referring not to all Tamils but to their broadest segment as represented by the TNA. They insist that a political solution should be based on a very broad measure of devolution going well beyond 13A to federalism, and if possible even beyond that. They see that as following from their inalienable right to internal self-determination, which itself is a compromise on their full right to self-determination including the right to set up a separate state. They claim that their right to self-determination is sanctified by the UN Charter and by international law. This right flows from the fact that the Tamils are not just another minority but a national minority. This is because they are indigenous to Sri Lankan soil, and had a kingdom in their traditional homeland in the North East from the 14th to the 17th century.

As far as I am aware those claims have persisted since the time of Chelvanayakam and no counter-arguments have ever dented them. The counter-arguments could include the following. There are innumerable minorities all over the world who seem to be content without enjoying any devolution at all. This certainly applies to the Tamil diaspora in the Western countries and elsewhere. Therefore although devolution may be desirable for the Tamils it is not a necessary condition to enable them to live contented lives in Sri Lanka just as they do in the West and elsewhere. If devolution matters all that much to the Tamils, how is it that the majority of the Tamils live outside their traditional homeland in the North East? That fact suggests that they give priority to economic well-being over living together with their fellow Tamils. As for the right to self-determination, it is no more than a notional right. No Government has been made answerable in Geneva or at the Hague because it has not allowed a minority to set up a separate state, nor for that matter for refusing to allow devolution.

Riots May 1958 - A Tamil passenger was taken out of the vehicle and beaten up

Riots May 1958 – A Tamil passenger was taken out of the vehicle and beaten up

Those arguments seem to me very cogent, very powerful, indeed irrefutable. There seems to be no reason why the Tamils should not see their legitimate aspirations fulfilled with a modest degree of devolution plus a fully functioning democracy such as prevails in the West – as I have argued in earlier articles. But very probably only a small proportion of Tamils will accept that argument. Is it that the Tamils are a peculiarly mulish people, impervious to argument when they move outside the fields of maths, the sciences, and the professions? On the contrary I believe that there is a very powerful rationality at work behind the Tamil demand for as wide a degree of devolution as might be possible. That rationality can be understood only in terms of a paradigm of racism.

Those Tamils cannot believe that the Sinhalese are capable of giving them fair and equal treatment on an assured permanent basis. They may do so temporarily, but sooner or later the racist will to treat the Tamils as inferior, relegating them to a lower position in a hierarchical system, or to exclude them, for instance from the State sector, or even to subject them to genocide as in 1983, will reassert itself. Therefore the legitimate interests of the Tamils dictate that there be a Tamil enclave in this island, as large as might be possible, to which all Tamils can gravitate and try to prosper in spite of Sinhalese racism. That really is the rationale for the Tamil insistence on a very wide measure of devolution. The drives to treat the Tamils as inferior, to exclude them, or subject them to genocide, fit into the paradigm of racism that I have earlier sketched out, and so does the essentialist notion that Sinhalese racism will never change.

I cannot go into the reasons why racism is wrong, intellectually and morally and in every way. I will confine myself to a few brief remarks on the Mahawamsa mindset which many Sri Lankans, including the Sinhalese, believe is at the root of Sinhalese racism. It certainly had explanatory power in connection with the assertion of Buddhist supremacy after 1956. But it would be wrong to postulate a Mahawamsa mindset that permanently imprints the Sinhalese mind with racism. The remorseful Dutugemunu was consoled by the monks that he in reality had killed only one and a half human beings, one who was fully converted to Buddhism and the other only half converted. But how many Sinhalese Buddhists take that seriously? Probably none. But they do take seriously that Elara merited the appellation Just, and they did walk past not ride past Elara’s tomb until the ‘fifties of the last century, as enjoined by Dutugemunu. I don’t want to go into any more of the well-known details that show that Sinhalese/Tamil relations were not just antagonistic but that they were also co-operative and even symbiotic. The projection of the Sinhalese, indeed of any people, as essentially and unchangeably racist is an absurdity. There are enough traditions among both the Sinhalese and the Tamils to enable them to combat their greatest enemy: the racists within their own ranks. In both their cases the tiger is within the gates.

I will now apply the racism paradigm to the Sinhalese side. The Tamils want maximum devolution; the Sinhalese want to give only minimum devolution. That is the stark opposition that is at the core of the ethnic problem in its present phase. The Sinhalese have wanted to allow 13A only in a truncated form without police and land powers. The reason for the Sinhalese allergy to an extensive degree of devolution is the fear that it will lead ineluctably in a sort of linear progression to Eelam. If the Tamils have federalism – so the argument goes – they will at what seems a propitious moment resort to UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) and the country will slide smoothly from federalism into a separate state. It is a nonsensical idea, as I have pointed out many times without provoking a rejoinder obviously because there can be no rejoinder that makes any sense. We have to approach this problem at a common sense level. A country can break up either because the majority ethnic group is willing to allow it or because it is coerced into allowing it. It means that no amount of devolution will lead by itself to a breakup. So the allergy to an extensive degree of devolution is thoroughly irrational.

But, just as in the Tamil case, what seems thoroughly irrational does make rational sense when it is seen in terms of the racism paradigm. First of all we must take count of the fact that the Tamils are not just a minority but a very special sort of minority: they are a minority internally but they are a majority in the regional context. It leads to a fear of the threatening Other, and therefore a fear about the possible implications of allowing extensive devolution. In terms of the racism paradigm there is also the drive to treat the Other as inferior, which means that the Tamils must be given no more than a modest measure of devolution without too much sharing of power. But I think that what is most important in the present phase of the ethnic problem is the essentializing habit of mind that goes with racism. It leads to the stereotype according to which practically all Tamils secretly want Eelam. It also leads to the notion that the drive for Eelam is of the very essence of being Tamil, which will never change however much devolution is allowed. So the core of the ethnic problem in its present phase is this: The Tamils believe that the Sinhalese will never give fair and equal treatment on an assured permanent basis; the Sinhalese believe that the Tamils will never give up the dream of Eelam. Both sides are in the grip of racism.

*To be continued

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    Mr. Hussein is wondering why Chelvanayagam asked for Federalism and why Tamil cannot live in a united country like some of them who live in the west.
    Chevanayagam saw the writing on the wall when over a million up country Tamils were disenfranchised. The Sinhalaq government did not disenfranchise the Malays,Burghers and other ethnic groups but only TAMILS.
    Why is that our Tamils cannot live like in the western countries under one central government? Because the Westerners(at least most of them) dont beat up their minorities, they dont massacre other ethnic groups by tracking them with voters list. Monks and politicians do not lead their thugs to wipe out minorities.
    Do you remember Badiudin Mahmud, the infamous education minister who legislated that Tamil students should score more marks than Sinhalese to qualify for university admissions.Then what about the Sinhalese Only Act which made it difficult for the Tamils and other minorities to enter goverment jobs or even communicate with a government department.
    Are these not good enough reasons to ask for Federalism?

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    Stupid Islamist Fundamentalist!

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      Izeth Hussain RE: Ajith’s Comment

      “Stupid Islamist Fundamentalist! “. Given below us support for this comment.

      However, I assume Iseth Hussein, you are NOT an “Islamic” Fundamentalist.

      They Follow Iblis,Satan, Devil, Shaitan, Lucider , and Mara. Looks like the Devil, Satan /Iblis, knows how stupid these Fundamentalists are.

      The Islamic Fundamentalist is a wide term to describe The Wahhabis and their Clones, who claim to be Muslims.They include the Wahhabis, Salafis, ISIS, ISIL, Taliban, Deobandi, Boko Haram and many Clones with theologies with roots Ibn Taymiah and Abdul Wahab.

      ISIS and their Wahabi Agenda

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaxgD2HxV2M

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

      I Googled the above, Stupid Islamist Fundamentalist. This is what I Found.

      Exactly How Stupid Are Muslim Fundamentalists?
      By Editor-in-Chief on November 20, 2013

      http://www.ice-news.net/2013/11/20/exactly-how-stupid-are-muslim-fundamentalists/

      That’s a question the Obama administration, the left-wing media and the America-last crowd seems unable or unwilling to answer. Here’s a thought: What else could we expect from a bunch of religious fanatics who continue to refer to the West as Crusaders? Hey! There hasn’t been a crusade in over 1,000 years!?

      Radical rebel group mistakenly beheads fellow anti-government rebel

      Radical Syrian rebels erroneously beheaded an anti-government fighter after assuming he supported President Bashar Assad’s regime, the radical group said. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said after the beheading earlier this week, the victim was determined to be an anti-government fighter injured in clashes against the Syrian Army, CNN reported Thursday.

      An online statement Thursday from a spokesman for the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters apparently carried out the beheading of Mohammed Fares, sought forgiveness for the executioners and asked for “restraint and piety” from anti-government supporters.

      “We call on God to accept Mohammed Fares into his kingdom and to forgive his brothers that sought to rid us of the enemies of God and our enemies,” Omar al-Qahatani said in the online video statement.

      Fares apparently called out names of two revered figures in Shiite Islam while hospitalized, prompting the Sunni opposition to assume he was a government fighter, al-Qahatani said.

      In a separate online video, two of the group’s fighters are seen holding what appears to be a head and telling a crowd he was an “Iraqi Shiite volunteer fighter in Bashar Assad’s army.”

      CNN said human rights groups and some members of the Syrian opposition have condemned what they consider horrendous actions by the radical group, including alleged executions of wounded government soldiers, the shooting of a 15-year-old boy for blasphemy and public floggings of women for acts determined to violate Sharia law.

      Washington and Moscow have targeted Dec. 12 as the date when they hope long-stalled peace talks on Syria’s civil war will be held, a Syrian newspaper reported.

      The U.S. State Department and Russian Foreign Ministry did not confirm the date, reported by Syrian Arabic-language newspaper al-Watan, owned by a cousin of Assad.

      The newspaper, citing Western diplomats in Paris, said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was expected to make the peace-talks announcement Nov. 25.

      The report came the same day Syria said it would send envoys to Moscow Monday to discuss the so-called Geneva II talks in the Swiss city.

      That announcement followed a Kremlin statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Assad Thursday about the peace talks and the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile.

      It was the two leaders’ first phone conversation in more than two years, the Kremlin said.

      Putin, who initiated the call, “underscored the efforts by Russia and its partners to prepare for the Geneva II international conference and gave a positive assessment to Bashar Assad’s readiness to send a Syrian government delegation to this event,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

      “The hope was expressed that the main opposition groups will show a constructive approach and take part in the conference,” the statement said.

      Moscow, a strong Syrian ally, blames Syria’s main exile opposition group, which Washington supports, for paralyzing diplomatic efforts to end the civil war with its insistence Assad step down as a precondition for any talks.

      Washington, Moscow, the United Nations and the Arab League have sought to hold international peace talks since early this year. But intended dates kept getting postponed, from March to June to July and, most recently, to Nov. 24.

      State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters she could not confirm the Dec. 12 date.

      The Assad regime has said it is ready to take part but Assad’s removal will not be considered.The exile opposition Syrian National Council has repeatedly said it was willing to join the talks only if Assad had no role in Syria’s governance.

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      Izeth Hussain RE: Ajith Comment.

      RE: “Stupid Islamist Fundamentalist!”

      Izeth Hussein, you are NOT an Islamic fundamentalist in my opinion. You are being criticized for telling the truth about Racism. However, you will do more good overall, if you you can put your writing skills, to point out the sheer stupidity of the so called “Islamic” fundamentalists, than focusing on the Topics of Racism.

      Indeed, the fundamentalists are really stupid, ignorant, idiots, morons and imbeciles. They are actually being deceived by Iblis, Satan, Debil, Shaitan, Licifer and Mara to created havoc.

      This has begun to hit home in sRi Lanka. Here is some information on the First Sri Lankan Fundamentalist, stupid, ignorant, idiot, moron and imbecile.

      FIRST SRI LANKAN ISIS MILITANT KILLED IN SYRIA

      It is easier to find a stupid, ignorant, idiot, moron and imbecile in Sri Lanka as well, even though most of them are Arabs.

      http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-98710-news-detail-firsr-sri-lankan-isis-militant-killed-in-syria.html

      A karate master from Galewela, Kandy who has been reportedly killed in Syria in an air strike last week is said to be the first Sri Lankan member of the ISIS, international and social media reports said.

      By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

      A karate master from Galewela, Kandy who has been reportedly killed in Syria in an air strike last week is said to be the first Sri Lankan member of the ISIS, international and social media reports said.

      Several condolence messages from his karate students are now pouring into the Facebook.
      Known in the Islamic State as Abu Shuraih Sailani (local name withheld for obvious reasons) the message on Facebook states that Sailani attained ‘Shahada'(Glory) due to a coalition airstrike after maghrib salah when returning home on 25th Ramadan 14:36h.

      Abhu Shuraih Sailani, 37, after completing his GCE O/L, has pursued Islamic studies with great zeal mastering Hadith science and continued on contemporary Fiqh (The theory or philosophy of Islamic law, based on the teachings of the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet), completing his LLB in Shariah Law from the International Islamic University in Pakistan.

      The message also states that he was a karate trainer and obtained his blackbelt three years ago and had been visiting Maharagama often to conduct classes.
      Abu S. Sailani an admirable man with humble qualities and piety, leaves behind six children while one is yet to be born, the message stated.

      The note also stated that Martyrs in Islam are the ones who sacrifice their lives for the sake of Allah Almighty for a good cause in a battlefield or operation.

      On seeing the death notice, many of his known friends, students had poured their love and affection to their slain master.

      (Their slain Master was a stupid, ignorant, idiot, moron and imbecile. Are his students are as stupid, ignorant, idiot, moron and imbeciles?)

      On the ISIS Facebook, one of his close associates from Colombo who is at present living in Syria has confirmed the death of Sailani when some of the comments were posted to him asking if the death of Sailani was true.
      The Sri Lankan in Damascus, Syria has stated that there is a witness who confirmed his death.

      Sailani’s entire Facebook preaches true Islam.( Idiot does not know what Islam is)

      A notable comment made by the Galewela Karate Master on 3 July 2015 states that America, Iran, Bashar, Arab countries, 70 other countries, are fighting ISIS. The only country which doesn’t battle it is Sri Lanka.

      When Ceylon Today contacted police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara, he said that no Police or CID had visited Galewela to conduct a probe. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that they would inform the relevant authorities to conduct an investigation on the matter.

      ( Make sure get some information on his IQ as well. That way he could be correctly categorized as Imbecile, Moro or Idiot. He should be rotting in Hell for his sheer stupidity and following Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Lucifer and Mara))

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        @amarasiri, please don’t call them fundamentalists, they lack basics. The foundation of Islam is on reducing killings, death sentence is a deterrent, compassion is the ideal. Through these fanatics Islam is villified demonized.

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          xlntgson

          “@amarasiri, please don’t call them fundamentalists, they lack basics.”

          You may be correct here.

          Amarasiris likes to call them Iblisis, Satanis, Shaitanis, Devilis, as their theology seem to be that of Iblis, Satan., Shaitan and Devil, and deviates from the accepted teachings of Orthodox Islam.

          The Quran warns against Iblis, Satan., Shaitan and Devil over 25 times.

          Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

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          xlntgson

          “@amarasiri, please don’t call them fundamentalists, they lack basics. The foundation of Islam is on reducing killings, death sentence is a deterrent, compassion is the ideal. Through these fanatics Islam is villified demonized.”

          Who are these Fanatics? They Follow Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Devil, Lucifer and Mara.

          Wahhabis and their Clones: Salafis, ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Taliban etc.

          WAHHABI LONE WOLVES ON THE WARPATH IN THE WEST
          OCTOBER 27, 2014 WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER ATHOS PUBLISHED IN INTELLIGENCE

          http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=427:wahhabi-lone-wolves-on-the-warpath-in-the-west&Itemid=488

          The Wahhabi Salafi vanguard, ISIS from the minarets of its self-styled Caliphate calls for death and terror on the streets of the coalition forces of US, UK, Australia, Canada and Europe and their evil minions take up the carrion call all over the West. ISIS calls for Salafi jihadi’s to run down infidels in cars, randomly behead civilians on the streets, attack the families of military personnel and shoot or knife infidels and their leaders. They certainly have obliged.

          On Monday 13 October, in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Canada, a new but zealous convert to Wahhabi Salafi Islam 12 months ago, Canadian Martin Couture-Rouleau murdered Canadian soldier Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent by running him and another soldier down in a car pointing his finger to heaven seeking Allah as his justification for doing so. Like so many Salafi’s this convert changed his name to a more Arabic one; Ahmad LeConverti (Ahmad the Converted) before embarking on his jihad against the West.Like so many young Salafi’s he became enamored with ISIS and heeded its online call to glorify Allah by running down and murdering infidels by using motor cars.

          Read On…

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      Izeth Hussain –

      “Stupid Islamist Fundamentalist! “

      First Sri Lankan Killed In Syria With ISIS: Investigate And Punish All – Muslim Council Tells Sirisena

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/first-sri-lankan-killed-in-syria-with-isis-investigate-and-punish-all-muslim-council-tells-sirisena/

      One Less Stupid Islamic Fundamentalist following Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Devil, Lucifer and Mara.

      He must be rotting and burning in Hell with no 72 Virgin and nor even 72 raisins.

      Izeth Hussein, this is the reason why you should expose these misled Idiots, Morons and Imbeciles following Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Devil, Lucifer and Mara. You can contribute saving lives and calamity for many people.

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    Very interesting. Aren’t you glad buddhists don’t behead people for refusing to convert? Have you read the studies on the economic wealth of the different ethnicities? Muslims come out way ahead in terms of property holdings and wealth in Colombo. Tamils and sinhalese, not so much. Poor Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamils are all poor and without resources outside colombo, or gem areas. Their plight has to be addressed as a class issue not race.

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      Wealth in Colombo is in the hand of Bora..Memon muslims ….they don’t even invite local muslims inside their gate…even have got separate prayer halls ..

      Majority of Muslims outside Colombo are living in poverty …and sending even their 13 year daughters to work for Muslim Arabs as mistress and slaves…….this is not Haram…

      Most of the so called Islamic countries are very very poor simply living with the hand out of western countries…

      Majority of the muslims in the world are illiterate…

      Cheers

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        cholan

        CAUSE:

        “Majority of the muslims in the world are illiterate… “

        EFFECT:

        “Most of the so called Islamic countries are very very poor simply living with the hand out of western countries…”

        Cholan, you hit the nail in the head!

        Dr Farrukh Salem: ‘800 million Muslims out of 1.4 billion are illiterate’ Posted on October 20, 2012

        https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/islamabad-freelance-columnist-800-million-muslims-out-of-1-4-billion-are-illiterate/

        Fact to realize is, Muslims have been poor, illiterate, war mongering savages for 1,400 years because they are kept hostage by Islam – a medieval hate ideology perpetrated by a criminal and lunatic who suffered depressions, raped, murdered and robbed other people, flew around on a ‘winged’ donkey, and had no control at all of his bestial urges, desires and distorted ego.

        Islamabad freelance columnist Dr Farrukh Saleem gave his view on the matter in 2009.

        Islamabad freelance columnist Dr Farrukh Saleem gave his view on the matter in 2009.

        Dr Farrukh Saleem

        The combined annual GDP of 57 Muslim countries remains under $2 trillion. America, just by herself, produces goods and services worth $10.4 trillion; China $5.7 trillion, Japan $3.5 trillion and Germany $2.1 trillion. Even India’s GDP is estimated at over $3 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).

        Oil rich Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce goods and services (mostly oil) worth $430 billion; Netherlands alone has a higher annual GDP while Buddhist Thailand produces goods and services worth $429 billion.

        Muslims are 22 percent of the world population and produce less than five percent of global GDP. Even more worrying is that the Muslim countries’ GDP as a percent of the global GDP is going down over time. The Arabs, it seems, are particularly worse off. According to the United Nations’ Arab Development Report: “Half of Arab women cannot read; One in five Arabs live on less than $2 per day; Only 1 percent of the Arab population has a personal computer, and only half of 1 percent use the Internet; Fifteen percent of the Arab workforce is unemployed, and this number could double by 2010; The average growth rate of the per capita income during the preceding 20 years in the Arab world was only one-half of 1 percent per annum, worse than anywhere but sub-Saharan Africa.”

        The planet’s poorest countries include Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Mozambique. At least six of the poorest of the poor are countries with a Muslim majority.

        Conclusion: Muslims of the world are among the poorest of the poor.

        Fifty-seven Muslim majority countries have an average of ten universities each for a total of less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people; India has 8,407 universities, the U.S. has 5,758. From within 1.4 billion Muslims Abdus Salam and Ahmed Zewail are the only two Muslim men who won a Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry (Salam pursued his scientific work in Italy and the UK, Zewail at California Institute of Technology). Dr Salam in his home country is not even considered a Muslim.( This is because of Wahhabism ans Wahhabi Ideology- who follow the Devil, Satan, Ibis- Amarasiri’s Comment)

        Over the past 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced eight Nobel Laureates while a mere 14 million Jews have produced 167 Nobel Laureates. Of the 1.4 billion Muslims less than 300,000 qualify as ‘scientists’, and that converts to a ratio of 230 scientists per one million Muslims. The United States of America has 1.1 million scientists (4,099 per million); Japan has 700,000 (5,095 per million).

        Fact: Of the 1.4 billion Muslims 800 million are illiterate (6 out of 10 Muslims cannot read). In Christendom, adult literacy rate stands at 78 percent.

        Consider, for instance, that Muslims constitute 22 percent of world population with a 1 percent share of Nobel Prizes. Jews constitute 0.23 percent of world population with a 22 percent share of Nobel Prizes. ( See below **)

        What really went wrong? Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak. What went wrong? Arriving at the right diagnosis is extremely critical because the prescription depends on it. Consider this:

        Diagnosis 1: Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because they have ‘abandoned the divine heritage of Islam’. Prescription: We must return to our real or imagined past.

        Diagnosis 2: Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because we have refused to change with time.

        Keep pace with time — al Quran

        The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist

        Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com

        __________________________________

        ** See What this Guy has to Say.

        The Erosion of Progress by Religions

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxTMUTOz0w

        Uploaded on Sep 3, 2010
        Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, discusses how Islamic fundamentalist destroyed the enlightenment era of the Middle East and why we should be concerned today.

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          To: All interested in Knows the evidence…

          Diagnosis 1:

          Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because they have ‘abandoned the divine heritage of Islam’. Prescription: We must return to our real or imagined past.

          Diagnosis 2: Muslims are poor, illiterate and weak because we have refused to change with time.

          Keep pace with time — al Quran

          The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com

          Keep pace with time — al Quran,

          However the Ulemas, the so-called Religions scholars have hijacked the religion for their own Hegemony, just like the catholic church and Down Graded the Islamic Philosophers,,

          The Was the Beginning of the the Decline of Islamic science…

          ** See What this Guy has to Say. The Erosion of Progress by Religions

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxTMUTOz0w

          Uploaded on Sep 3, 2010 Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, discusses how Islamic fundamentalist destroyed the enlightenment era of the Middle East and why we should be concerned today.

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        @cholan, don’t tell lies, memons are not like borahs, they well accommodate all muslims esp. all main schools of sonni muslim thought and they are tolerant to other religions moreover they have no contacts in Iran but borahs are the only trusted community people for Iranians.

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      Tassimo

      “Very interesting. Aren’t you glad buddhists don’t behead people for refusing to convert? “

      Those “Muslims” Who Follow Iblis, Satan Devil etc do that.The are called Iblisis, Satanis, Devil Followers.

      The Orthodox Muslims do not do that. The Orthodox Muslims and other Muslims do not accept ISIS as Muslims. They say they are followers of Satan.

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

      However, Sihala Buddhists, do kill other people for not being Sinhala Buddhists, like in 1958, 1983 etc. and even commit war crimes like in 2009.

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    OK…..let me refute the fallacies:

    IzH : “This is because they are indigenous to Sri Lankan soil, and had a kingdom in their traditional homeland in the North East from the 14th to the 17th century.”

    Refutation: We are no longer in ancient times. Now is the time of globalization with Lankan livelihood latched and pegged to the superpower currency.

    We cannot go back to the time of Kings and Rajas and lyricists and sages and diviners and star-gazers that once upheld the Sri Lankan monetary structure for the two different race of people. If we are to afford modern day contrivance and mechanism, we have to behave accordingly to International Convention of County-Integrity and United-Country Concepts. These concepts are essential because Sinhalese have no other country to call their own, but Tamils also have Tamil Nadu so very close to them. Therefore, Tamils can either choose to integrate and/or assimilate with Sinhalese or go back to Tamil Nadu.

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    IzH : “Is it that the Tamils are a peculiarly mulish people, impervious to argument when they move outside the fields of maths, the sciences, and the professions?”

    Refutation : No indeed, it is the math, the science and the professionals who created the problem in the first place, because they are so enamored of their superior brain skills that they want to create a livelihood for Sri Lanka out-of-context with the masses (of both races).

    Rather than a gradual implementation of their professional expertise that will/would have benefited Sri Lanka and humanity in general, theirs was a gross outward manifestation and implementation of the inner workings of their brains (in the form of dams for example, and educational excesses), to the demise of the natural progression of Lankan human livelihood and sustenance.

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    IzH : “Those Tamils cannot believe that the Sinhalese are capable of giving them fair and equal treatment on an assured permanent basis. They may do so temporarily, but sooner or later the racist will to treat the Tamils as inferior, relegating them to a lower position in a hierarchical system, or to exclude them, for instance from the State sector, or even to subject them to genocide as in 1983, will reassert itself. Therefore the legitimate interests of the Tamils dictate that there be a Tamil enclave in this island, as large as might be possible, to which all Tamils can gravitate and try to prosper in spite of Sinhalese racism. That really is the rationale for the Tamil insistence on a very wide measure of devolution. The drives to treat the Tamils as inferior, to exclude them, or subject them to genocide, fit into the paradigm of racism that I have earlier sketched out, and so does the essentialist notion that Sinhalese racism will never change”

    Refutation: The solution around the racism is for the Tamils to accept and speak the Sinhala language and culture. In this day and age, that temporary lapse of Sinhalese into Sinhala-racism, brought about by the likes of Anagarika Dharamapala, is too redundant, and one of deep regret by Sinhalese. Nowadays, there are too many historical and scientific inquiries that put a lot of the bluffing of the past to rest.

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    IzH : “It is a nonsensical idea [UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence)], as I have pointed out many times without provoking a rejoinder obviously because there can be no rejoinder that makes any sense. We have to approach this problem at a common sense level. A country can break up either because the majority ethnic group is willing to allow it or because it is coerced into allowing it. It means that no amount of devolution will lead by itself to a breakup. So the allergy to an extensive degree of devolution is thoroughly irrational.

    Refutation: Now is this is pure Equivocation! However, the rejoinder that makes very good sense is this : To TNA and LTTE- type Tamils, interacting and assimilating with Sinhalese is one of greatest dishonor. They are of a staunch Hindu-based orientation that inherently believes in classification of humans and the caste system, which no amount of modern-progressive philosophy can ever dream of affecting.

    The rest of the country in the meantime will never succumb to the anti-Buddhsitic compulsion. The only willingness for the majority to allow for the break-up of the country will be that from a 0.00001% segment of the majority who have the money and power. Together with a misshapen and deluded viewpoint of the true essence of our land, this segment finds it difficult to love its own people, and finds greater interest in hobnobbing with adversaries.

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    Vomit of a pathetic …aging …converted TAMIL HINDU called Muslim ….looking for a ambassador post in an Islamic country …he is ready to wash the feet of BSS guys to get this post…they can send him to Somalia …

    ISIS remittance is working well

    Cheers

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    The author’s article is evidence that his thoughts stem from his adherence to a culture of hypocrisy and rank commercialism.
    Because of that it is wrong, due to it’s being founded on distortion and subversion, and lacks purpose or conviction.
    Reading it is a waste of time.

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    Izeth,
    Thanks for completing your article. I understand what you are trying to say, although there are some key missing links. The first logical mis-step, is the idea that because Tamils can be minorities in Britain, there is no reason they can’t be minorities in Sri Lanka. Tamils are minorities in many countries both liberal and illiberal. There is no conflict there because Tamils are not indigenous, and they neither claim to be indigenous and it is widely accepted that they are not indigenous. The issue in Sri Lanka is an attempt by the state to deny the indigenous nature of the Tamil people, and it is this that leads to political and physical conflict. It is not clear from your article where you stand on this key issue of whether the Tamil people are indigenous to Sri Lanka or not? It is a notable omission in your document.
    The fact that the Sri Lankan state is illiberal and racist and thus siezes Tamil land and attacks Tamil citizens (long before Tamil violence) meant that Tamils chose to pursue their indigenous rights. In any solution, whether as a single state, a federal country or as separate states, it will have to recognise the indigenous nature of Tamil people not doing so risks a tyranny of the majority again.
    For example, the UK has now shifted from a multi-cultural governing philosophy to a greater integration philosophy. With it funding for Tamil language education by the state will be cut. The Tamils have no constitional right to expect otherwise and nor do they believe such rights have merit. That is not the case for an indigenous people of the British isles, like the Welsh, who will continue to have their langauge funded, and that cannot be politically voted out, by the majority. This is not Tamil racism, it is merely a demand for rights. Unless of course, you do not believe Tamils are indigenous to Sri Lanka. Is that what you are saying?

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      Alex – I think you have not given serious attention to my article. Perhaps you just cannot take seriously the notion that the racism paradigm has much explanatory power over our ethnic problem.I have not completed my article as you assume. The third and final part will follow. My argument could become clearer then.
      I certainly recognize that the Tamils are an indigenous people in Sri Lanka, more familiarly a national minority and not just a minority. They are indigenous to this territory, they are not just visitors, and have a homeland which is much more than an area of traditional habitation. Some Sinhalese accept that idea, some reject it, while some are ambivalent about it. But at the level of what I have called the Sinhalese State the tendency has been to reject it altogether.
      You write “The issue in Sri Lanka is an attempt by the state to deny the indigenous nature of the Tamil people, and it is this that leads to political and physical conflict”. May be, but in seeking solutions we must ask why there is that denial. I think that the answer is best found in terms of the racism paradigm that I sketched out in the first part of my article. The Other is seen as inferior and/or threatening, which leads to the drives to limit the Other to inferior positions, to exclude, or even kill. That is the core of the problem, and that core must be addressed as integral to bringing about a solution.
      That brings me to what seems to be the real difference between us. I believe that addressing the problem of racism is integral to the process of finding a solution. You seem to believe that recognition that the Tamils are an indigenous people in Sri Lanka will lead to a solution because that recognition carries with it an acceptance of the right to self-determination. But that right is only a notional right in the post-colonial era, something that exists only in the heads of people, with no substance in the real world. No Government is today being arraigned in Geneva or elsewhere for refusing to allow the right to self-determination. – IH

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        Izeth,

        Thanks for your note. Once again very clear, so thank you.

        I think there are three points of response. Whilst enlightened souls may recognise that Tamils are indigenous people, the Sri Lankan state certainly does not and in fact it has done everything in its power since independence to dilute that ground reality, from undermining the language to colonising the land. This is all long before the LTTE and happening again now, long after the LTTE.

        Second, you put words in my mouth. I do not believe that recognition of Tamils as indigenous leads to a separate state. In fact, on a broader liberal context I do not believe nation states are relevant concepts. In fifty years, we will likely have road and air links to India and South Asia, and we will be part of a broad liberal economy, of which no one should have apprehensions. So a Tamil state is not relevant. As a Kashmir state is not relevant – the modern successful states are interlined with the rest of the world and the international community, and its peoples are better off.

        I do believe that recognition of Tamil people as an indigenous people, will begin to end the conflict in Sri Lanka, as their suppression from independence is the root cause of conflict. I do not agree that a threat to Sinhalese exists, and aside from the resistance to their oppression via the LTTE, there is no substantial evidence of 80 million Tamilians from India wanting to invade. It is a relic of the Mahavamsa, that has caused great pain to Tamils of Sri Lanka. Further, those misguided apprehensions are not a moral excuse to suppress Tamils in Sri Lanka. If Sinhalese, fear Tamils becoming economically and politically successful, then that is unfortunate. That has already happened despite subsequent Sri Lanka governments best efforts. By driving over a million Tamils from their homeland, they have plugged these people into some of the worlds most successful economies, and Tamil Global GDP is like already much greater than Sri Lankas. The long Sri Lanka suffers from this conflict as a result of their repression, the wider the wealth gap will become.

        In short, there is no defence for the repression of indigenous people. It is not an issue of ‘fearing Tamil racism’, it is simply indefensible – particularly the repression on going now in the North East.

        The difference we have is you wish to appease, the Sinhala state, and to appear even handed to both Tamils and Sinhalese, and in doing so you are creating a ‘balance of racism’. Whilst ‘racism’ may exist in all people, what you have to address is the oppression at present. That is the only right thing to do.

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          Izeth, I have considered some further points I would like to run by you. The issue of extremists and innate racism is universal. In the Israeli-Palestine conflict, there are extremists on both side. And it is not difficult to intensify hostilities by giving ammunition to these extremists. However, ultimately, the world has now come to the view that Israel sanctioning new settlements (even in times of a ceasefire) and their disproportionate use of force are the problem. Despite, the US protecting their ally, the ICC process is now finally moving forward and rightfully so.
          My point is, there are racists in all conflicts, but peace cannot be found whilst one side is still the aggressor. In Sri Lanka, the Sinhala state is still very much the aggressor.
          The Israelis may have deep seated in securities. They are a minority in the region, enemies want to commit genocide my ‘throwing them all in the sea’ and there are many reasons for Israel’s actions, and yet by perpetuating the conflict, by taking land, by bombing Palestinians, they are still in the wrong.
          Sinhalese by comparison have far less to be insecure about. And the Sri Lankan state’s actions are indefensible. In Israel, would you waste time talking about Hamas and the Ultra Orthodox Jews? Or would you address the issue of the aggressor? Similarly in Sri Lanka why focus on the nutters, when the issue is that the State is acting in an amoral and reprehensible manner, against a now defenceless civilian Tamil population.

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    Dear Izeth,

    The issue of race and ethnicity in Sri Lanka is brought into question by the most recent mitochondrial DNA study (Ranaweera et al) that compared Veddas, low and up country Sinhalese and Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils. There are many limitations to this study, including the small sample size, and other factors, but it does suggest that the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils are more similar to each other genetically, than either is to Indian Tamils or Veddas. There is nothing to support the idea that the Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Tamils are of different “races” (and these studies, which trace only maternal lineage) show gene sharing between Sinhalese and Veddas, but also Sri Lankan Tamils and Veddas.

    These studies did not study the DNA of the Muslim populations in Sri Lanka, but I suspect that when they are done we will find that the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka are all mainly Dravidian, with variable influences from North India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Africa and elsewhere. Ultimately, we are all one human race (Homo sapiens sapiens) that evolved in Africa – we are all Africans. Sri Lanka has been a cultural and genetic melting pot for over two thousand years of recorded history, and I expect that the old race divisions between Sinhalese and Tamils will be shown to have little or no scientific merit.

    Social constructs like religion and language are obviously not determined by biology (race). It is the mother tongue and religion that determines people self-identity as Sinhalese or Tamil (or Muslim) rather than any racial difference. Of course, regardless of race, gender, religion, mother tongue or ancestry people born in Sri Lanka should be entitled to equal rights in the country.

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      Agreed 100%, although I have to admit that Rajapaksa sending SB Kariyawasam up to Bengal to claim a Bengali gene or two, was extremely chauvinistic. Guess it begs the question of how non-racist Sinhalese actually are.

      Of course this does not mean that we have to spit the country in two with the N&E 1/3 liaisoning up with Tamil Nadu. It means we have to strive for unity for the sake of the Sinhala-Buddhist majority.

      Otherwise in this modern-progressive age, some superpower is going to come along and create one giant amalgamated South-Asian Nation, and that would certainly be the demise of the Sinhala-Buddhist heritage.

      We can arrogantly go along with China (who does not care about these things and cares only myopically about the money side of the equation), and establish an illusory Pure-Sinhala society with a Pure blood Sinhala King. But illusions like that rarely last especially in this modern age, and reality of the true situation will emerge, of the true nature of the amalgamation of Sinhala genes. Counter-balancing will occur and create disorder.

      Therefore, it is most prudent that we establish the true nature of the Sinhala race and proceed with acumen. Rajapaksa will be good even as King, but he has to realize that even Indian Tamils have that Bengali gene or two, but they chose not to dwell on it.

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      Romesh

      Good that you brought in the ranaweera DNA study.It proves that it is a myth to think that srilankan tamils are closely related to indian tamils.here is a extract from the study

      “Haplogroup M was the most common haplogroup in Indian Tamils (70.18%), which was contributed mainly by sub-haplogroups M5a (14.03%) and M2a (12.28%). These sub-haplogroups were rarely found in other populations. Up-country Sinhalese, Low-country Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils exhibited similar frequencies of haplogroup M (41.67–43.59%), though they possessed different sub-haplogroups frequencies.”

      So the indian tamils have 70% haplogroup M while the srilankan tamil have 41%-43%.Ha haha what a laugh for the racist segment of sinhalese who try to tell the srilankan tamils that if they don’t like it here they should go back to tamilnadu.If they are to go back to tamilnadu will the sinhalese donate to them the bal 30% of the M haplogroup?

      And the best joke is the sinhalese are also having the same 41-43% of haplogroup as the srilankan tamils.So they are the closest relatives of each other it seems.This gives the credence to my theory that i always had that the sinhalese and tamils are the branches of the same tree.

      The same people got differentiated by language and religion due to living in different parts of the country and coming under influence of external sources from india.That is why dutu was remorseful and not jubilant when he won against elara,because he had killed a foreign prince elara but in the process had killed many of his own naga people who would have fought for elara.however he repaired the damage after the war without any victory parades and playing down its results.

      This indeed bodes well for a united srilanka.why can’t people with similar DNA live together when in other countries those with dissimilar DNA are peacefully living together.It is the politicians who created all this racism to win votes.They created 2 races when their was one only,so that they can manipulate the people for their own ends.

      The indian tamils too know the difference between them and the sri lankan tamils but steadfastedly support them through their travails because they are worried that the language and religion that they had implanted and which had survived for 2000 years would perish.

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        shankar,

        TNA and LTTE-type Tamils certainly need to go “back to TN” if they do not want to assimilate and integrate with Sinhalese. Irrespective of their genetics, if that is where their allegiance and cultural longings lie, they should go back to the cultural Tamil mother-land.

        We certainly can and must have other cultures on our Island- it is a healthy and enlightened form of human subsistence. But the other cultures must also speak the mother-tongue of the majority, and accept her culture and heritage. They must interact and assimilate with the mother-culture of the Island. It would be unnatural if they do not do so.

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          Ramona

          “TNA and LTTE-type Tamils”

          who created the LTTE and built it up.Wasn’t it sinhala and tamil politicians.Read my previous comment again.

          “But the other cultures must also speak the mother-tongue of the majority,and accept her culture and heritage.”

          by living in a sinhala neighbourhood since i was a child i can speak sinhalese fluently.However i cannot read.Why did you not give us an option in school to have sinhala language classes?I tried to learn from a sinhala neighbour when i was about 15 but by that time it was too difficult though the alphabets were easy to write unlike chinese or japanese.You also segregated us from your own children because maybe you felt we were and inferior and would corrupt your own.Now you blame us for not learning the lingo and not mixing with you when you did this to us when we were kids.

          It is your own fault that there is this division today.

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            Of course it was the Sinhala and Tamil politicians that created the LTTE. But hopefully we are not in those times. Both had racist ideologies, but the Tamil was the worser one, who, with a long shot tried to take over the whole island and force Tamil culture on the Sinhalese in spite of being a minority. For the Sinhalese, in spite of the racist elements, it is mostly self-preservation in the face of Sri Lanka being the only country for Sinhalese.

            Sinhala language was exclusively taught to Sinhalese and Tamil to Tamils because their racist politicians wanted it that way. If any Tamil wanted to be taught in Sinhala medium, there would have been a huge hue and cry.

            Nowadays, it’s best Sinhala and Tamil are taught to both races. Tamil is not necessary to be taught to Sinhalese, but because Tamils will become ballistic about this, it’s best that Sinhalese learn Tamil also.

            Previously, English was supposed to be the main second language, but truly English is so very unnecessary in light of the all our Lankans (especially Sinhalese) using it to run to the West with the country recourses. Japanese do not speak much English and so very well in the international arena. Same with Thais. English of course can be a third language, if one wishes to learn it.

            The Gosl also, never really had the money to teach all three languages to the masses. So it was always the choice between Sinhala-English, Tamil-English,or Sinhala-Tamil (the first two always won).

            Did Sinhalese really segregate you as Tamil from their children? That’s surprising, because the Tamils I know in Colombo never had that problem really. It was a culture of great love and bonding with the Tamils, probably as an apology for the periodic killing and destroying of property by racist thugs of Sinhalese.

            Also, if a Tamil was high-caste, Sinhalese are usually awed. It was never a race factor but a caste factor- although never as intense as in Hindu areas. Guess if the Tamils were of low-caste they would get the worst of things from all sides. Also, if some raw Tamil irrespective of caste (uninitiated in southern ways), came speaking with raw Tamil accents, there might have been some discrimination (happens all the time to me in the US – I am still learning to speak the American accent).

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              “Did Sinhalese really segregate you as Tamil from their children?”

              yes.we were in the tamil medium and hardly interacted with the sinhalese unless when we do sports.When i was in st.Thomas prep it was not like that,we were all in one class which was english medium.We should have continued like that,whereas SWRD sent his children abroad and started the sinhala medium for others kids.

              i don’t think it is good to segregate kids into tamil and sinhala mediums.At an early age itself we are dividing the country.

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                Correct! Everybody should be in Sinhala medium because it is the language of the majority mother-culture. Tamil and English can be learned if one chooses it/them.

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                  ramona therese fernando

                  “Correct! Everybody should be in Sinhala medium because it is the language of the majority mother-culture. Tamil and English can be learned if one chooses it/them. “

                  Let me see if one can be taught human decency here. Switzerland has organised its citizen friendly structure in such a way that the citizen enjoy highest standard of living, relative long term peace, underpinned by federal government, ………..

                  Here is the language policy of Switzerland and you will see why they are a successful country:

                  JUN 20, 2011 – 09:58

                  Switzerland has four national languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh. English, though not an official language, is often used to bridge the divides.

                  German is spoken by about 64%, French by about 23%, Italian by about 8%. Romansh is spoken by less than 1% of the total population.

                  The most notable linguistic fact about German-speaking Switzerland is the use of dialect for spoken communication and standard German for written communication. French is spoken in the west of the country, while Italian is spoken in Ticino and the south of neighbouring Graubünden, and Romansh is spoken only in Graubünden. However, there are language minorities from elsewhere in all the major cities.

                  The three main languages are, accordingly, shared with the surrounding countries. Even Romansh (see the site of the Romansh language league) is not really unique to Switzerland – there are similar Rhaetoromanic languages spoken by minorities in the South Tyrol and the Friuli region of northern Italy.
                  Constitutional rights

                  The Swiss constitution recognises the rights of the various language groups to communicate in their own language. German, French, and Italian are full official languages of the Confederation – all laws and official documents have to be available in them – and Romansh is a “partial” official language for the purpose of communication with Romansh speakers. The constitution contains provisions for the federal government to assist the cantons of Ticino and Graubünden in supporting Italian and Romansh.

                  People abroad often incorrectly assume that the fact that there are four national languages in Switzerland means that every Swiss speaks four languages. Swiss populations tend to stay in their own language regions and consume media in their own language if possible.

                  The divide between the French- and German-speaking areas is an undeniable reality, jokingly known to the Swiss themselves as the Röstigraben, or “rösti ditch” – the name refers to a typical potato dish popular in German-speaking Switzerland. As in other countries, languages compulsorily learned at school tend to be forgotten in adult life.

                  Still, bilingual individuals are common enough in many parts of Switzerland, and there is a general tolerance among the population of each other’s languages.

                  Foreign languages

                  Meanwhile immigrants have brought their own languages to Switzerland. These non-national languages combined now outnumber both Romansh and Italian in terms of being one of main languages for speakers.

                  Around 4.6% of the population lists English as one of their main languages, followed by Portuguese at 3.5%. (See Swiss Statistics)
                  English has taken on a major profile in recent years as a language of international communication. Swiss of all language groups are eager to learn it because of its importance in business. English speakers who come to Switzerland find no shortage of people who can speak English – at least in the cities. English is even coming to be used as a lingua franca between French- and German-speaking Swiss in business settings.

                  Increasing numbers of Swiss from different parts of Switzerland also communicate with each other in English.

                  http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/languages/29177618

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                    Native Vedda,

                    I’ve said it before to you; I’ll say it again : Switzerland is of German, French and Italian extraction, with huge bordering mother-nations ( i.e. Germany, France and Italy) to balance out any attempt of any one of them bullying and overtaking the other (with a minute % of Romnash whose language is not recognized as equal status as the other 3 official languages).

                    Sinhalese on the other hand do not have a bordering gigantic mother country to give them support. Tamils however have the humongous Tamil Nadu and associated South Indian region to give Tamils support.

                    Switzerland’s history is not anywhere as ancient as Sri Lanka, and Switzerland’s economy is one of artifice, and dependent upon how the rest of the world transfers its currency, especially illegal and black market currency. Swiss can therefore live in a pacifist limbo.

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                  ramona

                  there should be an option for children to study in the english medium if they want to like i did at st.thomas prep.when i left that and joined royal college i got landed in the tamil medium.Did your kids study abroad?You want others kids to study in the sinhalese mediem like swrd after educating his abroad.

                  I took my kids abroad before they were 5 years old because i did not want them to suffer like i did in our messed up school system.However though i educated them abroad my heart is always with these kids in srilanka whose future would be much brighter if they were given the option to choose the language in which they are educated in.My kids were lucky because i had my professional qualifications recognised by western countries.They have now sailed through with first class honours degrees without much difficulty because they started their education in the english language.How many kids in srilanka are that lucky.You can put your sinhalese mediem language up your fat rump as far as i’am concerned.It has no benefit in this global society at all.

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                    shankar,

                    Yours is the typical case of the Tamil person with some money (you did go to Thomas’s prep and live in Colombo), who lived amongst the Sinhalese, moaned about Sinhalese not joining you, insisted on your right to learn English in Sinhala-majority land, and now sits flaunting your success-story of your life in the West. When the option for Tamils to learn Sinhalese is suggested, you balk at the ignominy of the suggestion, and feel severely demeaned.

                    In my case, financial circumstance made my family leave Sri Lanka when I was very young. Being of mixed heritage, I wish me and my children could have lived in Sri Lanka and learned the mother-tongue Sinhala (that belongs to all heritages of Sri Lanka).

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                      Ramona

                      “When the option for Tamils to learn Sinhalese is suggested,”

                      I give below your previous comment

                      [Correct! Everybody should be in Sinhala medium because it is the language of the majority mother-culture. Tamil and English can be learned if one chooses it/them.]

                      where is the option that you mention.You are just as bad as SWRD forcing sinhalese down the throats of everybody while educating his kids abroad.In fact you are a worse humbug as i suspected going and educating not only your children in english but yourself too,but here you are shedding copious tears for the sinhalese language.okay you went because of the financial circumstances,as you claim but if you love the sinhala language so much you could have always come back later.Practise what you preach to others.

                      I’am not balking at learning the sinhala language as you claim.I would have happily gone to a sinhala language class in school and learnt the language.What i would have balked at was to learn physics,chemistry,biology and botany in the sinhala language.

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                    Were you not proud of your mother tongue? Only the Muslims and Burghers had the right to study in the English stream. Not even the Bandaranaikes I suppose. Chandrika’s English is horrible.

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                      peter casie chetty

                      “Were you not proud of your mother tongue?”

                      next you might ask whether i’am proud of my black backside too,you sentimental slob.

                      “Only the Muslims and Burghers had the right to study in the English stream.”

                      maybe the muslims got that right from Allah through his messenger prophet mohammed.As for the burgers they do have a claim to learn in portugeuse or dutch i suppose.With ramona pining away for the sinhala language she adores so much i’am sure they would have waived all their rights and joined the sinhala mediem.

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                      Shankar,

                      The options I gave were Sinhalese-Tamil or Tamil-Sinhalese (the imperative languages) rather than Sinhala-English or Tamil-English!

                      Unlike you who are pure Tamil (albeit Sinhala genes) and should have learned Tamil-Sinhala or Sinhala-Tamil, I, being of mixed heritage, would have had the option of studying in English, with either Sinhala or Tamil as a second language – it would have been my right to choose. I live in inadvertent exile from the Motherland, trapped in cycle of obligations that prevent me from coming back to Sri Lanka at the moment.

                      No shedding of tears by me for the Sinhala language (copious or otherwise). Mine is an objective axiom on the observation of the Sri Lankan condition. Therefore, in light of LTTE-terrorism that gripped our Island, it is best that everybody learns Sinhalese as first language (although if pained and demeaned by the Sinhala language, it can be allowed for Sinhala to be the imperative 2nd language).

                      I doubt they teach the sciences in Sinhala or Tamil. The higher streamed science subjects are in English. In the end you wanted to study in English because you wanted to go to the West. You were contemptible of Lanka’s natural abilities (of both Sinhalese and Tamils), and created a war-situation because you couldn’t bear the language, culture, and natural abilities of the majority and found it demeaning to mingle with the masses.

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                      shankar,

                      (I reply here because there is no reply tab for your following comment)

                      Irrespective of what anyone’s rights were at that time, now, after over 30-year of LTTE-terrorism, it is time to implement an all-Island policy of Sinhala-Tamil, together with the choice of Tamil-Sinhalese for anyone who is still pining the Tamil motherland and is refusing to migrate – a kindly and benevolent gesture, courtesy of the Sinhalese Motherland.

                      ps. I think all Burghers were forced to learn English at some point in history.

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      Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam

      “There are many limitations to this study, including the small sample size, and other factors, but it does suggest that the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils are more similar to each other genetically, than either is to Indian Tamils or Veddas.”

      Yes, this has been known for quite sometime, just like the earth going around the Sun, even though it may not have reached all the Homo Sapiens.

      The Sinhala and Tamils are Paradeshi Tamils from South India, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils. The mitochondrial DNA tells it all.

      The Sinhala are Sinhala Speaking Para-Tamils and Para-Dravidians.

      The Tamils are Tamil speaking Para-Dravidians.

      Both the Sinhala speaking Para-Sinhala (Para-Dravidians) and Tamil speaking Para-Tamils( Para-Dravidians) are the same.

      Now what we have is Para-Racism in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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      Damn u r papa will regret his damn night….for ever until his last breath…god bless him.

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    I am not talking about all Muslims. I am only talking about a minority of them who came from foreign lands to Sri Lanka to trade. They came here and have now taken over so much of the country by sitting on the fence and leaning towards the side that has the advantage for the moment. Some of them are old. They pretend to be divine, professorial, adapt in Western music and philosophy but are rampant racists, particularly against another minority, the Tamils. Some of them go around decapitating people, preaching hatred and keeping their women in abject slavery. They steal other people’s lands, including public lands. Their ministers ensure that they are rich, change to the winning political parties and their people are kept in abject ignorance and poverty. Some of them buy gems at cheap prices from the natives and flog it off at huge prices. They ensure that the Sinhalese and Tamils keep fighting so that no attention is focussed on their profiting from the troubles. So they keep raking old muck and get a senile idiot to write rubbish periodically. How is that for a little bit of innocent racism in return. Forgive me my Muslim friends, since you don’t seem to be stopping this rant of a mad old fart.

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      Our Ponko Siva is at it again. He is typical of the Fringistas (Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists) who have been attacking me over a long period. The reader will notice that he doesn’t refer to anything in my article at all. He won’t be able to understand a dam thing about it because as soon as the Fringista starts reading an article of mine he gets into a state of hysterical hatred and mad dog rage. So he lets fly – “senile idiot” and “rant of a mad old fart”.
      How does that Fringista image of me square with the following facts? Recently a Phd student at Sao Paolo University, Brazil,sent me an email stating that he was “profound;y interested” by an article on racism that I had written in 2014. He made some inquiries in connection with his PHD thesis which will be on Pierre-Andre Taguieff and French racism. I asked him how he came to read my article. He answered that he was given the details on how to access it by Taguieff.I must add that Taguieff is one of the best-known theorists on racism.His The Force of Prejudice is probably the best book ever written on the subject. Over to Ponko and the Fringistas . – IH

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        Ponkoh Siva must be wondering if this Hus has lost his balance – entirely. Hus is delirious a single Sao Palo student has sent him an email. If one e-mail excites this man so much one can imagine what will happen to him if he gets a few more. But here’s a sample for the Brazilian student from this “Professor’s” golden pen

        …. “Is it that that email has made you froth at the mouth so that you are in no condition to respond? I suggest that you wait till the froth subsides and let us have some more of your brilliant distortions…” By any standards, this is not the language of a sane academic but one of utterly irrational behaviour.

        I have not commented on his continuing verbal diarrhea and will consider doing after it is over – at least the current phase. Hus tells us the saga still continues – asked by whom, for whose benefit – no one knows.

        Kettikaran

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          This pitiful nonentity , our Kettie, is now isolated because Ponko Siva is bowing out. The other Fringistas bowed out, in effect , some time ago.I believe that this Kettie is soldiering on because he is the paid mercenary of foreign Islamophobes. I believe that because his racist idiocy is unmatched by the responses of the other Fringistas. Here is an example. Some time ago I wrote that in 1983 our Tamils were treated as even worse than pariah dogs because in Sri Lanka pariah dogs were never burnt alive as the Tamils were with total impunity. Kettie took that as meaning that I was showing disrespect towards the Tamils by comparing them to pariah dogs. Surely the poor fellow is mentally deranged or his foreign masters are.
          Anyway, what have you got to say Kettie about the details I have given on that Brazilian student? It certainly would be dashed silly of me to crow over the fact that a Phd student found an article of mine profoundly interesting. The focus should be on Taguieff. That student is writing his doctoral thesis on Taguieff and racism in France. Taguieff is internationally eminent enough to merit a Phd thesis on him. I have five books by him, and can say that his Force du Prejuge is probably the best book ever written on racism.He had provided to that student details on how to access a 2014 article by me. The focus should be on that fact. Taguieff would not agree with the Tamil racist view that my writings amount to no more than excreta and that I should not be published.
          Over to you Kettie. – IH

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        Dear Mr Hussein,

        You repeat the story about the Sao Paolo student. I looked you up in Google Scholar in the hope you would feature in it if you are a major scholar you claim to be. There is just one entry to a newspaper article.

        I looked you up in Google. I then knew your age. It is unbecoming that you should hold such rancour. It is unbecoming of me to call you names. I apologise and promise not to respond to your writings.

        Ponkoh Siva.

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          Ponko – You write “a major scholar you claim to be”. I never made any such claim. You imagined that because of your terrible racist hatred.
          You missed the point about that Phd student in Brazil. It would be silly of me to make much of the fact that he found my article of profound interest.The point is this: Taguieff, internationally eminent on racism, got a Phd student in Brazil who is writing his thesis on Taguieff and French racism, to read an article that I wrote in 2014. I must add that I had never met or been in communication with Taguieff.Evidently he wouldn’t agree with Ketty and others that my writings are verbal excrement.
          I must thank you in conclusion for having served my purposes without your knowing it. You have provided material to substantiate my view that the Tamil anti-Muslim racists are much much much worse than the Sinhalese ones. – IH

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            It is more than coincidental when Hus, our pocket Plato in these pages, refers to Tamils he also unfailingly adds the words “anti-Muslim” racists. Why? I suspect he desperately tries to re-gain the support and sympathy of his Muslim community – that he has lost. It is clear he has isolated the Muslims by his unsolicited, non-stop and irresponsible writing – endangering them. To what extent he has succeeded in demonising Tamils is anybody’s guess but there is no doubt he brings Muslims unwelcome focus and notoriety in these delicate times.

            Kettikaran

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              This Kettie is really in a class apart. He is so full of racist hatred that he cannot understand anything I write. If I quote Maugham as saying that under the Nazi occupation the French would have to eat “shit” he takes that as meaning that I have called the Tamils “shit”. Now he says that when I refer to Tamils I unfailingly add “anti-Muslim” – to which he attaches a sinister significance. He is unable to understand that I am referring not to all Tamils but only to those who are anti-Muslim racists.
              The reader may wonder why I am wasting my time on this nonentity who dare not declare his name. The reason is that I am accumulating material to show that the Tamil anti-Muslim racists are much much much worse than the Sinhalese ones.
              Kettie – what’s your reaction to my clarification of July 20 to Ponko Siva on that Brazilian student and Taguieff? The reader can await another bizarre misinterpretation. IH

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                “Kettie – what’s your reaction to my clarification of July 20 to Ponko Siva on that Brazilian student and Taguieff..” demands the mentally unsteady Hus. Why, Sir, you are clearly blind with rage.
                You surely saw my comments that you seek on July 19 (5.58pm)
                As to the other adjectives you use, by jove, these are to be expected because we are now accustomed to your bizarre nature.

                Good-day

                Kettikaran

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                  Kettie – see my further reply of July 21 at 11.15am. I want an answer to that Focus on the main point: Taguieff, internationally eminent etc etc, sent details on how to access a 2014 article of mine to a Phd student writing a doctoral thesis on him.How does that square with your constant descriptions of my articles as “diarrhea”. Answer that. Don’t run away . – IH

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                    The cranky Izeth H is again running in circles. Dear friend, Diarrhea, like roses smell sweet in a different context, sends out an ill odour. You cannot reject the many commentators in these pages who think you write trash – and far too often. If you have one single admirer in the whole wide world – Brazil or Timbaktu – that makes you delirious, good luck to you. I am not going to stand on your way.

                    Kettikaran

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                      Come on Kettie, answer to the point. Earlier there was an encomium from Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, later there was an article by Dr Devanesan Nesiah declaring that he agreed with 99% of what I wrote. Who are you, a racist nonentity who won’t declare his name, compared to them? Now there is the internationally eminent Taguieff who has got a Phd student in Brazil to read a 2014 article of mine. That is the point. How does that square with your keeping on howling and yelling and screeching that my articles are excreta? Answer to the point or take your bucket and go. – IH

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                      Kettikaran,

                      From my professional perspective, and after reading this very amusing exchange with Izeth, in which you are providing the unintentional amusement, Mr or Dr or Professor Izeth Hussein is not just exposing you as an ignorant, racist fool, but he is doing research into racism, in which you are providing the evidence to prove his case.

                      In doing so, he is conducting in-vivo scientific research, using human subjects, such as yourself – voluntary human subjects, whom he chooses, not randomly, but thoughfully and deliberately, with due care and consideration. This is why I regard him as a wise man, or sage (in the Classical European tradition) or a guru in the shared Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of India, and also Sri Lanka.

                      Professor Izeth Hussein does not need to establish his status as an intellectual by stating his academic titles and qualifications – if you were intelligent yourself, Ketti you wouldn’t go charging in like a bull in China shop with racist insults because you don’t like Muslims. Professor Hussein establishes his superiority over you (both moral and intellectual) through his written words rather than titles of “Dr” or “Prof” – you Tamils really need to get over this.

                      The Tamils are obsessed with letters before and after their names. This, they got from the legacy of British colonialism, when these letters determined ones position in the social hierarchy of the British Empire. This included the academic system, as well as the system of Royal Honours. This is an extremely complex system about which nothing is ever written or published by the university system, which is only part of the educational system (although the highest part the Tamils were ever able to reach in the system).

                      Everyone knows the basics of the British system of letters. I haven’t yet met any academic who understands the system as a whole – because they work within it, and are themselves slaves to the system. Despite being slaves to the system, children around the world are indoctrinated from an early age to believe that getting these “degrees” is the most important thing in life to get a job and get ahead. This is indeed the case in the West, but it has never been the case in the East.

                      The entire system of authority in Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism is based on level of wisdom, not the titles one bears, less the letters one is “allowed” by the system, to use before and after ones name. This is also at the root of enormous amounts social prejudice, including snobbishness, which is conflated with various types of so-called “racism”. This is a divisive European term based on skin colour that placed the different skin tones in a hierarchy, with the whitest skin at the top and the darkest skin at the bottom.

                      This kind of primitive skin tone racism is pervasive throughout the British Empire, as one would expect. It is deeply embedded in Sri Lanka and India, where it was merged with the pre-existing system of hierarchy according to “varna” – which means, in Sanskrit (the sacred language of Hinduism), colour. Why is it that varna is translated as ‘caste’ rather than colour?

                      For my Vellalar Tamil cousins – are the Vellalar so named because they were “vellar” (meaning white) or because they were the “keepers of the flood” (from vellam = flood)?

                      What Professor Hussein is studying, Kettikaran, is the relative degrees of racism between Sinhalese and Tamil racists, with the certain knowledge that there is ‘racism’ by both Sinhalese and Tamil ‘races’ towards the Muslim ‘race’.

                      My approach to racism, and other problems that have become evident to me from commentating in this forum, is similar to that of Professor Hussein, though I had not had the idea of collecting these unique debates at the beginning of a new, united, postwar Sri Lanka and publishing them as hard copy in the fullness of time.

                      Professor Hussein has already told you (and us) that he is writing a book that proves that the Tamils are much more racist towards Muslims than are the Sinhalese. This is the opposite of the propaganda that the “Tamils will be massacred first, then it will be the Muslims and other minorities” repeated over and over again, year after year, to the same audience, by my father.

                      The quote my father used, repeating it over and over again in his “articles” and “books” (and later his ‘DVDs’) was the famous quote by Bishop Neimuller, perhaps from a carefully prepared ‘sermon’. (First they came for the Jews, then they came for the …, then they came for…) with variations to suit the occasion and audience.

                      This is called the “Big Lie” = a propaganda technique blamed on “Goebbels”, the German propaganda minister – the a false belief repeated over and over through the media through different sources will be believed. This is the technique my father adopted, quite deliberately and with considerably more success than did Goebbels, and for much longer, given the length of the”Eelam Wars” so far. Of course, there WERE no “Eelam Wars” – this is modern myth-making based on a combination of Nazi and Zionist propaganda techniques and strategies.

                      The idea the Sinhalese hate the Muslims has become a common idea in the West (at which my father’s propaganda was directed) since it was disseminated in, and from, the West – the route this hateful propaganda took was from Australia to London in a recurring feedback loop from the 1980s to the present, with extensions to the USA and Canada.

                      The West Coast of the USA is where most of the LTTE “donations” were raised after the 1983 “Black July” when the rich Tamils jetted off to California saying they were being subjected to genocide by Sinhalese, like the Jews were by the Nazis. This “event” has been mythologised as “Black July”. We are being reminded of this on another of today’s “stories” on the front page of Colombo Telegraph.

                      Has anyone wondered how the “1983 riots” became “Black July” and the mythical starting point of the “Eelam War” and the ‘Exodus’ of the ‘Diaspora’ fleeing a Hitler-like regime that had been engaging in ‘Pogroms’ and ‘Genocide’ against a persecuted and despised, but intellectually superior race? The clue for the perceptive reader is Leon Uris’s ‘Exodus’.

                      This has been a long enough comment for you to try and understand, Ketti.

                      Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam

                      PS: thanks for the entertainment, Izeth.

                      [Edited out]

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    Bhutan is a small country they don’t divide total income by number of citizens to give a bloated figure and to say they are happy. Japan is developed but with aging population and high suicide rate, not a happy nation. The data relied by is not true, muslims are over all content and satisfied people with sustained growth. Arabs are not examples of true muslims. The west obstructs muslim nations in all the fields. The sectarian conflict incited by them takes away all muslim wealth to the west via arms trade! Per capita income is per capita happiness?

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    IH is a Fringe muslim Lunatic racist writting about Fringe Lunatic Tamil racist.

    tis guy must be breathing racism

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    @tassimo, what is the proof that muslims hold disproportionate wealth? Not even one of the top listed companies in sri lanka is muslim’s!

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    @ponkoh, why can’t you buy those gemstones and sell with huge profit to become super rich if the natives (Do the hunters ever know how to mine gem pits?) are so naive?

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    News article

    A growing percentage of Muslim population within Thailand will have a number of effects upon Thai society over the coming years. Just as the South was Thai-ized in the period 1902-1944, now Thailand is being Islamized in a way never seen before.

    The Thai-Muslim sense of identity will need accommodation within existing narratives of what is ‘Thainess’ today. “Thainess’ will have to allow some plurality in the future. Although as mentioned before, the younger generation of Muslims see themselves as Thais, it is the small extreme groups that will put pressure for new dualities of ‘Thainess’.

    One can see an acknowledgement of this by the Thai army in their signs outside military bases in the south. Signs outside military bases once said, “For Country, Religion, Monarchy, and People”. Now they read “For Country, Religions, Monarchy, and the People”.

    However the road to these accommodations will be a rocky one due to the long historical struggle in the south. The conflict is between a number of ‘separatist groups’ and the government. Various interests have painted this as a religious based conflict, especially with the attack upon monks and Buddhists over the last decade. However history shows that this struggle is more about ethnic identity, than Islam, where many leaders of these ‘separatist groups’ have called themselves ‘Bangsa Petanni’, rather than Muslims. Internal interests and outside interests like the United States have tried to widen the perspective of the Southern problems, which thankfully have been rejected by various Thai Governments over the last few years.

    The Islamization of Thailand represents just as much of a challenge as the rich and poor divide of Thailand, which has had such a profound influence on the political scene over the last decade. Discussion of the subject has been generally suppressed, except within the higher circles of power. Great changes in Thai society are inevitable in the near future, due to the Islamization of Thailand . Copied

    In sri lanka over the 25 years we see a rise in Arab black Burqa wearing Muslim women and large numbers of aggressive Muslim boys /young men in almost all places in Colombo; these are Wahabi Saudi influenced radicals. My sisters say these aggressive Muslim young men are crude and vulgar and say vulgar things when they see girls in western dress or short skirts or even long shorts. They say they can’t go to market without Muslim men saying vulgar things and stare . This is in cosmopolitan Colombo. If they want to be so backward they should go to Saudi Arabia. Whether we like it or not, it’s the Sinhalese and Tamils who are the majority of the nation. Go to a cave in Akkaraipattu if you want to force all our women into black garb and walk behind husbands.

    Ask your men to stop being such sexually repressed cads. Cads. Cads.

    The first FANATIC ISIS Muslim has died in Syria n won’t be too long when they import their hate to our nation.

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    Islam shouldn’t be defined by appearance only cap/beard/robe/circumcision etc Most of the people embracing Islam do embrace not for beheading but for peaceful and spritual aspect of Islam since the chaotic suicide generating nihilistic status quo has failed to give them decent life, without conversion even if any liberals but against intoxication, gay union, adultery, pro-life anti abortionist and for corporal and capital punishment are suspected to be pro muslims! The fundamental(s) of all religions which is the basis of rule of laws dismissed as the root cause of wars which is a lie and always focussed on violence conflict and sects which is a spontaneous reaction unleashed on them.

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    @ramona, genetics talk is like Hitler’s new aryan race, Indian origin is not hidden or hieous by inter marriages (or even through casual sex for quick fun and exploring new experiences or for sperm quality, how many love children in vitro sperm donors) the indigenous DNA got diluted (mutilated?) no one can say it is like carbon dating to make believe who came first which one is older, who is there to believe such build ups? It is not that to chase people out home even if they are on lease refuse rent how you are going to evict despite universal laws? The diaspora multiplication is for revanchism same like yours, eh?

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      Xlntgson,

      You’re trying to get some thought out, but it is still obscure. Let me try and clarify your thoughts.

      Yes indeed, genetics is quite a useless subject. Human beings do not need genetics. It will be the demise of civilization. The only reason Lankans need genetic readings at the moment is to refute the Nazi genetic mania and caste systems further rationalized Darwinism theories that our Lankans love to indulge in. Once it is shown at all Lankans are more or less the same and contain the original Balangoda man genes, then we will hopefully be out of genetics forever.

      No indeed we can’t evict outsiders (even those without Balangoda genes to be accepted), but they should at least integrate and assimilate with the general Lankan population (and their progeny to get the Balangoda man genes). They cannot cry “Discrimination” and then cause terrorism to emerge yet again.

      Many humans don’t care for “revanchism” because in this modern global age, people are free to live and learn wherever they choose, and other languages and cultures are so easy and interesting to learn. If you choose to live in another country (or are even inevitably there), you must learn the ways of the majority and integrate and assimilate with them.

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    Xlntgson,

    You’re trying to get some thought out, but it is still obscure. Let me try and clarify your thoughts.

    Yes indeed, genetics is quite a useless subject. Human beings do not need genetics. It will be the demise of civilization. The only reason Lankans need genetic readings at the moment is to refute the Nazi genetic mania and caste systems further rationalized Darwinism theories that our Lankans love to indulge in. Once it is shown at all Lankans are more or less the same and contain the original Balangoda man genes, then we will hopefully be out of genetics forever.

    No indeed we can’t evict outsiders (even those without Balangoda genes to be accepted), but they should at least integrate and assimilate with the general Lankan population (and their progeny to get the Balangoda man genes). They cannot cry “Discrimination” and then cause terrorism to emerge yet again.

    Many humans don’t care for “revanchism” because in this modern global age, people are free to live and learn wherever they choose, and other languages and cultures are so easy and interesting to learn. If you choose to live in another country (or are even inevitably there), you must learn the ways of the majority and integrate and assimilate with them.

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      @ramona, the integration is there until the scientists successfully fuse artificial blood and sperm.

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        Sad and sorry situation – the GMO babies-…..extremely detrimental to the health of our planet.

        But as all men are more or less equal(with Africans the only race not to have Neanderthal genes), each of the new breed of humans (viz. GMO’d people) can live within the ancient culture of their natural or man-made borders e.g. the Island of Sri Lanka with the sea as her border and the mother-culture of Sinhala. Or Tamil Nadu where the mother-culture is Tamil.

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          @ramona, again you talk about genes, are you obsessed pure blood stories? Your sinhala– compulsory English– optional views are also of a very primitive nature? Obscurantism!

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            Yawn….I am surrounded by imbeciles.

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              This is the blind worship of fundamentalism of all sorts the word is misused for religious fanaticism. If you are not a fanatic they drag to you to drone. This is sadistic pleasure what else to say on these justified pre-emptive strikes on sexed up charges of weapons of mass destruction and which country is still having that in plenty? Chernobyl, Fukushima… What next? Fill the blank if you can guess, if you are cute!

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        Correction! The integration is there until scientists fuse artificial blood or sperm!
        (19 July 10:49 pm typo blood and sperm.)

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    crazy Islamist Fundamentalist!

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    Izeth, you seem to be studiously ignoring my point, whilst responding to people you state are ‘fringistas’. I am curious to see your response, as it is a very real example of why Sri Lanka needs to recognise Tamils as ‘indigenous’. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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      Alex – I am not studiously ignoring your point. Your contributions merit serious consideration, and therefore the replies can take a little time. As for the Fringistas their contributions are almost always utter bullstuff and merit no serious consideration. So I can reply fairly quickly with good hard running kicks, which I enjoy administering.However the Fringistas have to be taken seriously. The extreme deranged racism they reveal can be a danger – not to the Sinhalese, not to the Muslims, but to the Tamils. My further reply today or tomorrow. – IH

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        Thanks Izeth

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      Alex,

      That the Lankan Tamil is indigenous to this island – more so to the North-East parts – is undeniable history universally conceded. It does not need a certificate from a crank like Izeth H – a confirmed anti-Tamil – to confirm this. Have’nt you noticed the rubbish the man inflicts in these pages. To learn more, you should be asking this from learned gentlemen like Professors Sudarshan Seneviratne, Shiran Deraniyagala, Pathmanathan et al – whose reputation in these fields is impeccable and duly acknowledged in the best institutions of learning.

      Kettikaran

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        Kettie – I am engaged in a serious dialogue with Alex, of which you are not capable. Go away – IH

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          Izeth H in a “serious” discussion??? The many adverse comments to your articles in these pages is proof of what others think of your writing. As to your comment “go away” this is indicative manners and social grace are out of your loop. Is it because of upbringing – environmental reasons. These are usually not qualities gained by one raised in the slums of Mariakade (Maradana) Have you heard the quality of a diplomat is the use of exquisite, well-mannered and gentle language to a critic even when asking him “to go to hell”. It is done with such finesse the other guy packs his bags for the trip. You never reached that stage. How could you – with your regular abuse, vitriol and your truculent nature.

          Kettikaran

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            Kettie has asked for it. I have no alternative but to let him have it. Our Muslims have traditionally been a trading community. They looked up to trade as the highest occupation because the Prophet was a trader. Until the 1940s the Muslim elite came almost entirely from a trading background.
            Ponnambalam Ramanathan, who is regarded by some as an anti-Muslim racist,wrote in his famous paper on the Muslims in the late 19th century that the Muslims were petty traders or had low menial occupations.It was strange misinformation because there were many wealthy Muslims at that time. The explanation is supposed to be this.There was a move to appoint a Muslim to the Legislative Council and Ponnambalam was opposed to that. His misinformation was meant to make the Governor General believe that there was no Muslim fit enough to enter the Legislative Council. But he appointed M.C. Abdul Rahman, probably the wealthiest Muslim of that time.He ran the first shipping line in Sri Lanka. Among his properties were what is now the UNP hedquarters, Sri Kotha, and the Speakers Residence, Mumtaz Mahal, where he lived in the sumptuous style to which he was accustomed. A colourful figure, he was famous for his passion for horses,which he bred at his rubber estate – where I lived for three months as a boy after the Japanese bombed Colombo. MC was my great grandfather. Kettie – Go away. – IH

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              So there you are, in your own words. Mariakade and then some living in Horse stables. Not much culture can out from both
              sources. That explains it. You need to be pitied. I will not push it.

              Kettikaran

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                Why am I wasting my time on this insignificant Kettie and his rabid anti-Muslim racism? I have been asked this question. Actually I have been gathering material to appraise SL Tamil racism, which is probably among the worst in the world. Kettie has served my purpose without knowing it by providing the kind of material I need.
                Kettie – I had an encomium from Fr S.J. Emmanuel. Later there was an article by Dr Devanesan Nesiah in which he declared that he was in agreement with 99% of what I wrote. Now there is information that the internationally eminent Taguieff got a Phd student in Brazil to read a 2014 article of mine. How does all that make you feel, Kettie? Answer to the point Kettie. – IH

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    @Amarasiri, you are sensible and your synonyms of Evil are overused cliche like the fundamentalist label for religious fanatics, then, I can call anyone jumping to discredit Islam indiscriminately are fundamentalists! They lie that all muslims earn illegally and they own more properties producing children through polygamy is their only agenda and more are joining radical organizations and they have become a threat etc. I regret no one brought proof so far apart from giving low ratings to my queries!

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    Romesh Seneviratne,

    Your outburst, clearly in support of Izeth Hussain and perhaps at his behest, is both puzzling and intriguing. The only reason why you should get involved in this, I suspect, is because I have repeated what I have read in these pages, the allegation you are an informer in Australia against Tamils there to GoSL. Or, is it because of my recent complimentary remarks to your father – with whom you clearly share an extremely adversarial relationship – that is now very much in the public domain.

    My initial reaction, after reading your unusually lengthy diatribe, was to ignore you – as the rantings of a nutter. Since I thought my silence could lead to different interpretations, I’ll take you on.

    I chose to ignore the many provocative expressions you have made against me. Largely because, by your own admission, you are a mental case – admittedly, having being locked up in Institutions in Australia. I’ll respond to a few of them.

    It is sad, being an academic yourself at some point of time, you are unable to make a distinction between a Professor and one who is not. As to your understanding of who a Sage is – the least said the better.

    It is in your disturbed nature to accuse me “of not liking Muslims” The fact is, since my childhood, I have hundreds of good and peaceful Muslims – who are my personal and some dear family friends. I admit, however, when the Tamils as a race are vilified in the media, like many others – I too come to their defence. What I don’t like, like any ordinary sane person, are “educated” Muslim trouble-makers, anti-Tamil racists and brazen liars, who rely on a readership for their anti-Tamil stance. One of whom I have exposed in these pages as a liar. The degenerate is unlikely to forgive me.

    Don’t waste your time trying to understand the meaning of Vellalar – both your assumptions are wrong. Having a Tamil name added to the Sinhalese one, a recent development we notice, does not make you a Tamil. No Tamil, even a half-Tamil, will make an unprovoked slight such as the one you do “– you Tamils really need to get over this”

    Like many readers, I am with you when you address Izeth H “thanks for the entertainment” That is largely his worth. I have myself mentioned this in my earlier postings.

    Good-day!

    Kettikaran

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