29 September, 2020

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Applying The Racism Paradigm

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I have two main purposes in mind in this article, the first of which is to point out that the Tamil ethnic problem can be best understood, and can therefore be best handled, in terms of a paradigm of racism. My second purpose is to point out that the prolongation of the problem without a political solution in a seemingly endless imbroglio is due not just to the racism of the Sinhalese. It is due also to the racism of the Tamils which – as I will show later – there is good reason to believe is even worse than the racism of the Sinhalese.

Before proceeding further I must make some clarifications as it might be alleged that I have the sinister purpose of wrecking ethnic relations on all sides. My view that the Tamils are more racist than the Sinhalese is not an impressionistic evaluation but is based on solid empirical evidence, which I will cite later. I do not hold that the Tamils are morally inferior to the Sinhalese because they are more prone to racism. Cultural factors – such as the fact that the Tamil caste system is much more rigid and hierarchical than the Sinhalese one – would explain the difference. An ethnic group would deserve moral opprobrium not because it is prone to racism but because it refuses to recognize the fact and refuses to take counter-action.

The most important reason why I am writing this article is that there is a need, a desperate need, to make the international community, most particularly India, aware of Tamil racism. After the forthcoming General Elections we could have the racist neo-Fascists ride to power again but it is far more probable that we will have a Government that is really in earnest about reaching a political solution to the ethnic problem. It may need prodding and pushing because there could be resistance from racists from within its own ranks. What the international community must realize is that there could be racist resistance within the Tamil side also. It will help if the international community is persuaded that the main reason why peace initiatives failed from 1994 to 2006 was that the LTTE would accept nothing short of a confederal arrangement on which no Government in Colombo could be expected to deliver. The reason for that LTTE intransigence was the racist belief that the Sinhalese would never give fair and equal treatment to the Tamils.

Mahinda Namal WimalI will now set out briefly and in point form what I mean by racism. 1) In the modern context the term applies mainly to relations between ethnic groups and not races. 2) Practically every ethnic group tends to believe that its way of life incarnates all the best of which human life is capable. That could lead to ethnocentric prejudice which need not necessarily issue in racism. 3) For racism there has to be the perception that the Other is inferior and/or threatening. 4) For racism there has to be action, not just perception. The Other perceived as inferior is confined to lower positions in a hierarchical system, or is excluded from it altogether, or is even killed. 5) What might be called essentialism is at the very core of racism. It leads to the formation of stereotypes. The Muslims are seen essentially as traders and therefore the racist sees every Muslim as having a trader’s mentality, as being cunning, devious, and unscrupulous. 6) Essentialism leads to the notion that cultural characteristics are more or less unchanging. In traditional racism, genes were seen as determining unchanging characteristics. Today’s racist sees cultural characteristics as changing, if at all, only over a very long period of time. In practice cultural characteristics are seen as unchanging. 7) Today theorists speak in the plural of “racisms”, meaning that there are different kinds of racism. At the time of the Renaissance the coloured races were seen as genetically inferior. It was a way of legitimizing imperialist exploitation under the guise of civilizing missions. 8) In the cotemporary world, economic development and the aspirations to upward mobility lead to rivalry and conflict between ethnic groups. This seems to be at the root of the prevalence of identity politics today. Sri Lanka’s ethnic problems could fit into this model. 9) However, it would be a mistake to explain all ethnic problems in the modern world in terms of economic drives. Hitler’s Holocaust cannot be explained in such terms. Perhaps at the root of all ethnic problems there are obscure psychological factors that relate to the primordial need for group solidarity and security. There seems to be a large element of the irrational behind ethnic problems. Irrationality seems to be integral to racism, not something of an ancillary order, as shown for instance by the phenomenon of the scapegoat.

I must now make some clarifications before I apply the racism paradigm that I have sketched out above to the present phase of the Tamil ethnic problem. Ethnocentric prejudice, as I have noted above, is practically a universal phenomenon, which has therefore to be regarded as part of the human condition about which little or nothing can be done. It need not slide into racism, which is a much more limited phenomenon. However, it has to be expected that practically in every ethnic group there will be a quota of racists, but – since no human group is a monolith without any fissures – there will also be non-racists and anti-racists. We should bear in mind Foucault’s profound observation that wherever there is power there is also the contestation of power – I would say resistance to that power. Where there are slaves there is also a potential or actual Spartacus. Consequently there are two processes involved in ethnic problems: a struggle between two ethnic groups, and also a struggle within each group between moderates and extremists. I believe – or maybe I would like to believe – that the latter process is becoming more important in Sri Lanka and that that possibly heralds a political solution.

Consider also the record of our Governments over the ethnic problem since 1977. The State in Sri Lanka has been racist and has indisputably promoted the ethnic problem with stupendous stupidity. Conditions seemed very propitious indeed for a political solution when President JR assumed power in 1977. But he turned out to be a necrophiliac in Eric Fromm’s sense, a man of blood who unleashed State terrorism against the Tamils from 1977 to 1983. It was that that led to a quarter century of war. But at the same time something else was going on that retrospectively seems of tremendous importance. There was a struggle between extremists and moderates within the Sinhalese camp. That was most clear in the struggle over the policy on University admissions, which had many ups and downs but seems to have ended with the ascendency of the moderates. In the struggle over language policy also the moderates gained a clear ascendency.

But with President Rajapaksa the extremists again gained ascendency, and the racist neo-Fascists showed their strength particularly in the period after 2009. The moderates could gain the ascendency after the next General Elections, in which case the conditions could again become very propitious for a political solution. In this situation it becomes important to recognize the ethnic problem for what it is: a problem of racism that can be best handled within a paradigm of racism. It seems to me even more important to bring about a recognition that Tamil racism was the major obstacle to our reaching a political solution in the period from 1994 to 2006. India in particular must try to ensure that that racism is not an obstacle to a future political solution as well.

*To be continued

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    Your article is full of untested hypotheses. You are spitting venom of racism in your article when the nation is trying to heal wounds caused by racist elements in the past to achieve their own selfish objectives. Just forget about the past mistakes. My advice is that you write something which can bring good understanding among all the communities/races and restore communal harmony in SL.

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      Siddeek – your response amounts to nothing more than the spitting of venom.You don’t question a single fact, you don’t refute a single argument You refer to untested hypotheses. What are they? Come on, what are they? Reply in a manner appropriate to serious dialogue. Don’t hiss and spit venom. – IH

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        Izeth Hussain has become the Muslim version of the Sinhala Buddhist racist Dayan Jayatilake.

        In this myopic eyes Tamils are racists, but Muslims like him are saints. What a humbug he is!

        This man is living in a cookoo world in his twilight years.

        The less you write the better you save your respect in the community.

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          Thiru

          “In this myopic eyes Tamils are racists, but Muslims like him are saints. What a humbug he is!”

          Muslims by Belief are not allowed to be racists. Prophet Mohamed said it himself.

          http://www.themodernreligion.com/prophet/prophet_lastsermon.htm

          Farewell Sermon

          All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

          Tamils on the other hand can be racists, because their religion, Hinduism, teaches Racism and caste Discrimination. So by Belief with Hindu roots, most Tamils are Racists.

          Hindus do not allow Low caste Hindus and Dalits near Temples and wells

          The list is too long. Caste system in India

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_in_India

          On the other hand, strictly speaking, there is no caste system and discrimination in Buddhism, even though the Sinhala “Buddhists” practice it to various degrees.

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            Amarasiri

            ‘Muslims by Belief are not allowed to be racists. Prophet Mohamed said it himself’

            ISIS work on the same belief system. They aren’t racist, they don’t discriminate. They only see you as someone they can behead irrespective of who you are. Thanks to Izeth, we are getting closer and closer to our graves if he keeps taking pisses at us. I applaud the sane Muslims who are taking a stand against this junkie but with Wahabi’s wondering around who have the same mentality as Izeth, we might have to cement our necks.

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              f=ma

              Force= Mass x Acceleration. What Forces are behind ISIS leading the Acceleration?

              “ISIS work on the same belief system. They aren’t racist, they don’t discriminate. They only see you as someone they can behead irrespective of who you are.”

              ISIS is Really a spin off of Wahhabism, and care sub species of Wahhabism.

              Technically, once a Person Accepts the Sahhadah (See below) , he is a Muslim. Then he can’t be a racist. Forbidden just like for the Buddhists and Christians as well, even though many followers practice racism. Sri Lanka 30-year war was based on Racism.

              Then, there is the Practice of the Religion. The Wahhabi and their Clones Practice is what you describe, that is not accepted by the wast majority of Muslims. Many Muslims say, based on Wahhabi Practices, they follow the Devil, Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Mara, Lucifer etc. Similarly, the Sinhala Buddhism practiced by BBS is not considered Buddhism by the vast majority of Buddhists.

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

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

              Because Wahhabis and their Clones Practice a certain ideology, and this ideology is independent of race, and they are not racists, they were able to recruit people from different races and nationalities. ISIS ideology is like Communism with a convoluted Religion Twist.

              Did some research and found very interesting information about Islam, Muslims Wahhabis , ISIS and their clones Salafis, etc.

              Basically according to Muslims, a Muslim is somebody who professes the Sahadah, Acceptance of the Core belief.

              The first principle of Islam is known as the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), and is as follows: “There is no one worthy of worship except Allaah (God) and Muhammad is the Final Apostle (Messenger) of God.”

              In a broader sense, anyone who willingly submits to the will of God is a Muslim. Thus, all the prophets preceding Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ), are considered Muslims.

              One cannot judge Islam by looking at those individuals who have a Muslim name, but in their actions, they are not living or behaving as Muslims. Muslims are ordinary people like other humans; among them are the good and the bad. They are not infallible creatures and, therefore, make mistakes.

              When we mention the characteristics of a Muslim, we do not assume that all Muslims have these characteristics, but only those who follow — to the best of their abilities — the teachings of Islam.

              http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/articles/134495/who-is-a-muslim

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          Thiru – you say that I am the Muslim version of the Sinhala Buddhist racist DJ. Can you substantiate that? You can’t. He is supportive of MR.I have argued that what what MR represents is racist neo-Fascism. DJ and I are polar opposites in that respect. My article is against racism. Can you deny that ?
          You say that in my myopic eyes “Tamils are racists”. I have been very explicit in several articles that I was criticising “Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists”, not the totality or the generality of them but only a small segment of them. Can you deny that?
          You write that in my myopic eyes Muslims like me are saints. Can you tell us where I have written or even implied anything of the sort? I have been explicit that every ethnic group can be expected to produce its quota of racists and that that applies to Muslims also. I must add that it could well be that in Sri lanka the Muslims are more racist than the Sinhalese and the Tamils.
          Regarding DJ I want to make three points – 1) I agree with him over many things. 2) As a political analyst he is far above average. 3)That is the main reason why he attracts so much opprobrium. – IH

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            IH “I was criticising….Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists””

            IH you are a Muslim lunatic fringe anti Tamil racist.

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      This guy is trying to put everything on Tamils trying to create division between Tamils and Sinhalese as the Muslim Fundamentalism did over the decades. Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism and Islamic Fundamentalism are two evils of this nation.

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    Izeth Hussain

    ‘My view that the Tamils are more racist than the Sinhalese is not an impressionistic evaluation but is based on solid empirical evidence, which I will cite later. I do not hold that the Tamils are morally inferior to the Sinhalese’- What an embodiment of anti- Tamil hate mongering. You have reflected your anti-Tamil hate in many of your writings.

    It is not my intention to go on a boxing match with you in these columns. Whatever the communal divide between the Tamils and Muslims there is more to unite than divide.

    Let me put my thoughts on the difficulties or mistrust both communities are encountering.

    -Tamils see Muslims as fifth column and cannot trust them to work together.

    – For the Tamil speaking Muslims, Islam is more important and is their political perspective.

    – Muslims are intolerant of Hindu religion practised by majority Tamils. This is a universal behaviour of the Muslims against all other religions.

    – Muslims are seen as untrustworthy as there is deep down fear that engaging with them is dangerous as no one knows when they will pull their rugs to gain something for them.

    – What the LTTE did for the Muslims in the north was wrong. In the north they were chased away but not a single Muslim was killed. Muslims in the North were more respectable and humble than the Muslims in the East.

    – What the LTTE did to the innocent Muslims in the East was wrong. The Muslims too contributed towards the anti-Tamil in East. The Muslims were armed by the government and they did lots of dirty things having been empowered to go against the Tamils.

    – Muslims have to do serious self analysis of their behaviour. They do not create trust among other communities leave aside the wider world. They always want to be takers and will go to any extent to achieve their insane intents.

    Let me conclude, your article clearly reflect these sentiments.

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      A moderate Tamil

      “What an embodiment of anti- Tamil hate mongering. You have reflected your anti-Tamil hate in many of your writings.”

      What Izeth Hussain’s empirical studies should have shown him is Tamils and Sinhalese are equally racists and stupid.

      If Izeth Hussain himself doesn’t fit into his own solid empirical evidence based model he must be a native of the planet Sullust where Sullustese was the language of the Sullustan species. (Please refer to Star War Dictionary))

      Traditionally Muslims spoke Tamil. At least some of them now believe they are Sinhala Muslims.

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    Izeth Hussain –

    Your Hypothesis:

    “I have two main purposes in mind in this article, the first of which is to point out that the Tamil ethnic problem can be best understood, and can therefore be best handled, in terms of a paradigm of racism.”

    “My second purpose is to point out that the prolongation of the problem without a political solution in a seemingly endless imbroglio is due not just to the racism of the Sinhalese. It is due also to the racism of the Tamils which – as I will show later – there is good reason to believe is even worse than the racism of the Sinhalese.”

    You mean Nammada Aal? Ape Minissu? Nammmada Paras, Ape Parayo?

    Amarasiri’s Hypothesis:

    Para-Racism, by the Para-Tamils Against the Other Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Ample data to support that they all are Paras and they are racists as well, all with an average IQ of 79.

    National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

    http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

    Rank
    ——– Country
    ———————– %
    ————-
    1 Singapore 108
    2 South Korea 106
    3 Japan 105

    8 Guatemala 79
    28 Sri Lanka-(Paras) 79
    28 Zambia 79

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      Average IQ of Sri Lankan was never calculated. What you presented here is a study done in 1950s by using 20s 8 year old students. do you know any scientific study with such a questionable data.

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    Well When Muslims were attacked it was the TNA who spoke out for them while muslim ministers nicely enjoyed the perks of power.

    Yes Racism is there in all communities including the muslims but I don’t think it can be valued
    and is a bit arrogant to say one can value it

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    Izeth Hussain

    This is what Muslims did to Tamils in the Eastern Province with the help of Army Police Home Guards and STF. There were Muslim politicians such as M S Kariappar, M H M Ashraf, Rauf Hakeem M L A M hisbulla behind these destructions and Muslim settlements in Tamils’ lands. You could site killings of Muslims by LTTE but cannot show any destructions killings forceful evictions by Tamils and Tamil politicians. Mind you this is not a full list.

    Tamil residents of Meeravodai Tamil Division were attacked by Muslims with the help of Muslims Home Guards and Police in 1985 & 1990 and chased out. Muslims are now occupying nearly a half of the Tamil Division by force.

    Thiyavaddan, a Tamil village, is occupied by Muslims now. There were attacks on Tamils in 1983 1985 & 1990 by Muslims with the help of Army. It has become a Muslim village now. Govt Tamil mixed school is now named as Arafat Muslim school.

    Tamils in Oddamavadi village were attacked in 1983 1985 & 1990 and chased out. Hindu Pillayar temple was destroyed and It is now used as a fish market.

    Eravur Tamil village was no exception. Tamils were chased out in 1983 1985 & 1990 and lands belonging to the Tamils are named as Jinna nagar and Mitch nagar upon illegal occupation.

    Meenodaikkaddu was another Tamil village but it is now known as a Muslim village. Since 1978 Tamils were facing danger to their lives. Hindu temples Govt Tamil mixed school and houses were destroyed. Tamil mixed school is now a Muslim school. Minister Ashrof was behind this destruction.

    Thiraikerni Tamils faced similar destruction in 1985 and 1990 and Minister Ashrof was behind this one too. 46 Tamils were killed by Muslim Home Guards and STF and buried in the compound of Periya Thampiran Temple.

    Karavaku was a Tamil village until 1965. Politician M S Kariappar was instrumental in chasing out the Tamils by force. Govt Tamil school has become Al Ameen Vidyalayam in 1970. Nantheesvarar hindu temple was demolished and a mosque is built in its place. Pillaiyar hindu temple was demolished and Mathina bakery built.

    Veeramunai village tamil residents faced atrocities since 1954 at the hands of Muslims Army & STF. Adjoining tamil villages called Sammanthurau tamil division, Korakkar kovil , Malvaththai new town, Kanapathuram, Valaththappiddi, Mallikaitheevu, Veeransolai too faced destruction and forceful settlement by Muslims. Kanakai Amman Temple in Karaitheevu, Kalikovil in Akkaraipatru and Manikkap Pillaiyan temple in Maruthadi were razed to the ground.

    Similar destructions took place in Trincomalee district. If Izeth Hussein needs it I am willing to provide.

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      @ MR

      This frog Izeth hiding under rock hugging his Bibi know everything you have mentioned but he doesn’t want to write this …he prefer one sided that is MUSLIM

      This is why all over the world they are hammering Muslims today …

      Muslim speak lies only lies …this is they are learning in their religion ..

      what else you can expect from a religion started for savage…Arabs ? whose profession was only looting and raping 1340 years ago and still they are doing this to their own Muslim housemaids from poor countries 40 bodies arrive every month from Arab countries at Colombo airport because Islam teach compassion …

      Allah is good now Muslims are killing Muslims all over the world..

      Cheers

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        @cholan, what is your problem with Islam? Why for every drop a hat you bash Islam? Your stupidity is your inability to apprehend what is Islam and who are Muslims. I won’t blame Hinduism for your stupidity!

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          xlntgson

          Stupidity is the only common religion that the practicing Hindus, Christian, Muslims, Sinhala/Buddhist, Jews, ……….. etc share.

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            @native veddah, you may think all religions are bad. I think all religions are good, but followers are bad, that too not all, a few. Point by point I replied all Islamophobic incites yet why the same repetition? One hussain lists all tamil atrocities another mr tamil lists all muslim atrocities for these how religions are held responsible? Nationalism is not only based on language religion caste etc, it is based on territory almost on geopolitics. If our anscestors worshit idols, should we too revert as this choli oft repeats? What a stupid troll!

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        cholan

        “Allah is good now Muslims are killing Muslims all over the world..”

        Correction:

        Thre are two types of Muslims.

        a. Those who claim to be Muslims and do dot Practice Islam . Examples are ISIS and the Many Wahhabi Clones.

        b. Those who claim to be Muslims and Practice Islam.

        It is the so-called “Muslims” in group A who are killing Muslims in Group B, because they want them to come to group a).

        That was what LTTE did. They attached the other Tamil Groups and wanted only LTTE to represent Tamils.

        Same idea here.

        This was practiced by the Catholic Church as well.

        Remember the Inquisition?

        What is Trinity? 3 in 1 and 1 in 3. You are made to accept it. If not the Inquisition will get you, and bake you.

        1+1+1 = 1
        1x1X1 = 1
        3X1 = 1

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          cholan and f=ma

          “Allah is good now Muslims are killing Muslims all over the world..” Correction:

          Thre are two types of Muslims.

          There is a Thing Called Takfir.

          On the prohibition of takfir (a Muslim calling another Muslim a unbeliever):

          http://www.islamopediaonline.org/fatwa/prohibition-takfir-muslim-calling-another-muslim-unbeliever

          Apparently, it is this this is Preventing Muslims in calling ISIS non-Muslims and Iblisis, Devil Followers, because ISIS claims that they are Muslims, even though their actions are outside the Norms of Muslim practice.

          Takfir or the condemnation of a Muslim by another Muslim as a kafir is strictly prohibited in the Quran, the Hadith, and the writings of many eminent Muslim authorities.

          According to the Quran, if a person says assalamu alaikum to us to indicate that he is a Muslim, we cannot say to him “you are not a believer.” (4:94)

          The second thing we learn from this verse is that if, from among a non-Muslim people, a person addresses us by assalamu alaikum, that is sufficient proof that he is a Muslim. When such incidents took place during the Holy Prophet’s life-time, sometimes it was suspected by some Muslims that such a person was not sincere. But the Holy Prophet would say to them: “Did you tear open his heart to see what was in it?”

          Thirdly, the verse cited above goes on to say: “You yourselves were like this before.” That is, you too embraced Islam in this way, so what was sufficient for you is sufficient for them.

          In the hadith Ibn Umar related that the Holy Prophet said: If a Muslim calls another kafir, then if he is a kafir let it be so; otherwise, he [the caller] is himself a kafir.” (Abu Dawud, Book of Sunna, edition published by Quran Mahal, Karachi, vol. iii, p. 484)

          Abu Zarr reported that the Holy Prophet said: No man accuses another man of being a sinner, or of being a kafir, but it reflects back on him if the other is not as he called him.” (Bukhari, Book of Ethics; Book 78, ch. 44)

          The teaching contained in these hadith is meant to stop Muslims from dubbing each other as sinners and kafirs.

          “Withhold [your tongues] from those who say `There is no god but Allah’ — do not call them kafir. Whoever calls a reciter of `There is no god but Allah’ as a kafir, is nearer to being a kafir himself.” (Tabarani, reported from Ibn Umar)

          Call not the people of your Qibla [i.e. those who face the Ka`ba in Makka for prayer] as kafir.” (Al-Nihaya of Ibn Athir, vol. iv, p. 187)

          “Nothing expels a man from faith except the denial of that by which he entered into it [i.e. the Kalima].” (Majma` az-Zawa’id, vol. i, p. 43)

          “Three things are the basis of faith. [One is] to withhold from one who says `There is no god but Allah’ — do not call him kafir for any sin, nor expel him from Islam for any misconduct.” (Abu Dawud, Book of Jihad, 15:33)

          There are many other hadith prohibiting that the “people of the Qibla” be dubbed as kafir. Such a great sin is it that the Holy Prophet issued the warning:

          “Whoever attributes kufr [unbelief] to a believer, he is like his murderer.” (Tirmizi, ch. Iman (Faith); see Arabic-Urdu edition cited earlier, vol. ii, p. 213. See also Bukhari, Book of Ethics; Book 78, ch. 44)

          Takfir of Muslims is also prohibited in the standard, classical works of Islamic law (fiqh) and creed (`aqa’id) accepted by the Ahl as-Sunna.

          “And among the doctrines of the Ahl as-Sunna is that none of the people of the Qibla can be called kafir.” (Sharh `Aqa’id Nasfi, p. 121)

          Regarding Imam Abu Hanifa, the founder of the Hanafi system of Islamic law, which has more followers than any other system in Islam, it is written: “He did not call as kafir anyone from among the people of the Qibla.” (Sharh Mawaqif, fifth part)

          He said: “Nothing expels a man from faith except the denial of that which made him enter it.” (Rad al-Mukhtar, vol. iii, p. 310)

          “It is extremely serious to expel a Muslim from the faith.”(Sharh Shifa, vol. ii, p. 500)

          “A ruling of takfir against a Muslim should not be given if it is possible to interpret his words in a favourable manner.” (Rad al-Mukhtar, Book of Jihad, ch. on Apostasy)

          “As for statements of takfir found in books of rulings (fatwa), these are not proof if the authors are unknown and the arguments are missing, because in matters of faith, beliefs depend on conclusive proof, and the takfir of a Muslim is attended with troubles of all sorts.” (Sharh Fiqh Akbar, by Mulla Ali Qari)

          Allama Sayyid Jalal-ud-Din wrote: “The takfir of people of the Qibla is itself an act of unbelief.” (Dala’il al-Masa’il)

          Ibn Abu Hamra, a saint, wrote: “It has already been stated that the rule of the Ahl Sunna is that they do not call kafir, or consider as going to hell eternally, anyone who is of the people of the Qibla.”

          “The Imams have made it clear that if there is any ground for not issuing takfir, a ruling of takfir should not be made, even if that ground is weak.” (Raf al-ishtiba `an `ibarat al-ishtiba, p. 4, published in Egypt)

          “Some prejudiced persons from the Asharis call the Hanbalis as kafir, and some Hanbalis call the Asharis as kafir. But their calling each other kafir is not right because the belief of the trustworthy Imams of the Hanafis, Shafi`is, Hanbalis, and the Asharis, is that none of the people of the Qibla can be called a kafir.” (Miftah Dar as-Sa`ada wa Misbak as-Sayyida, vol i, p. 46)

          “The generality of the theologians and the jurists are agreed that none of the people of the Qibla can be called a kafir.” (Al-Mawaqif, printed in Cairo, p. 600)

          The famous eighteenth century saint of Delhi, Khawaja Mir Dard (d. 1785 C.E.), wrote: “We do not call kafir anyone of the people of the Qibla, even though he may be following falsehood or novel beliefs in most matters, because the acceptance of the oneness of God, and the affirmation of the prophethood of Muhammad, and the turning to the Qibla, do not expel them from faith as such. So he would be of those who follow later inventions and falsehood from among the Muslims. The Holy Prophet said: `Withhold in the matter of the people of the Qibla, that you do not call them kafir’.” (Ilm al-Kitab, p. 75)…

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      MR

      “but cannot show any destructions killings forceful evictions by Tamils and Tamil politicians. Mind you this is not a full list. “

      Eh, Eh, Eh,??? Bullshit . The Tamils were using the Muslims as fodder to get to their end goal.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      Published on Jun 1, 2013
      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

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      Thank you MR for providing me with the kind of information that I have been asking for for years about what happened in the Eastern Province. But first I must make a clarification. I did not write about Muslim racism because that was not my subject. But you will note that in my article I have stated that every ethnic group can be expected to produce its quota of racists. In earlier articles I have explicitly stated that the Muslims are no exception. I must add that it is quite possible that Muslim racists could be even worse than the Sinhalese and Tamil racists.
      Around the year 2002 Eelaventhan, the Editor of a Tamil weekly, declared at a meeting at the ICES that the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims from the North had been preceded by the Muslim homeguards getting together with the STF and driving out Tamils from around 17 villages. I asked him for detailed information but that was not provided. Over the years I have made the same request to other Tamils without avail. Muslims whom I have sounded on this say that it’s all Tamil propagandist exaggeration. (I have more to say on this but I don’t have the time at the moment). IH

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        This is in continuation of my reply of July 12 to MR. The reason why I requested detailed information from Eelaventhan was that as I told him I wanted to write an article on the subject. Neither he nor others were forthcoming with that information. I wonder whether they were of the view that articles on that subject would aggravate matters. What do MR and other Tamils think? Should I or should I not write an article based on the information provided by MR? In any case MR please provide me the information about what happened in Trincomalee. – IH

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    Who is Tamil? Who is Muslim?

    People who speak Tamil as their mother tongue are TAMILS ….

    If this fanatic Izeth goes through his genealogy it will end up with a TAMIL HINDU….

    [Edited out]

    The difference is Muslims CHANGE THEIR CAPS ACCORDING TO THW WInd …..and Sinhalese know very well that they can hire..lease…buy muslims ..

    Izeth [Edited out]

    Cheers

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      cholan

      “The difference is Muslims CHANGE THEIR CAPS ACCORDING TO THW WInd …..and Sinhalese know very well that they can hire..lease…buy muslims ..”

      Is it because they too speak Tamil and their ancestry is traced to South India like Tamils and their Sinhalese brethren?

      Didn’t VP very often switch sides starting from Tamil to Hindia to the West to Premadasa to Mahinda and ended up in Vella Mullivaaikkal. Was VP a Tamil or a Muslim?

      You know how your Sinhala brethren behave, they too very often switch their allegiance from Hindia to China, Hindia to the west, Hindia to Pakistan, ………….. from Russia to the west, …………. China to west, ….west to China, ……..

      Please tell me on which side are they (Tamil and Sinhalese) now?

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      cholan

      “Who is Tamil? Who is Muslim?”

      One us Ethnicity. One is Religious belief.

      Who is Tamil? A Tamil is a Paradeshi, Para who came from South India to Lanka, the Land of Native Vedah Aethho.

      Who is Muslim?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim

      A Muslim, sometimes spelled Moslem, relates to a person who follows the religion of Islam, a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

      Cholan, you have been a Tamil all your life. Try out being a Muslim for just 24 hours and see if you are still a Tamil? I bet you will still have the same Para-Tamil Genes, all 46 Chromosomes from India.

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    Look at these racist anti Tamil articles he write during this so called holy (???) month of fasting they called

    Fasting clean mind and body but fasting rot this guy`s mind and body …

    All these devils are hypocrites Muslims …They do all evils behind and pretend to be holy ones

    What a religion ????

    There is no shortage of killing and raping even during this so called holy (???) month in afghanistan..Iran..Iraq..Syria ..Yemen..Nigeria ..Somalia ..

    ISIS is selling 13 years Muslims girls for USD 300 in Syria as a permanent slave..wife..lover

    Cheers

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      cholan

      “ISIS is selling 13 years Muslims girls for USD 300 in Syria as a permanent slave..wife..lover “

      This is what I understand, what ISIS is. Who funds them? Saudi Arabia, CIA, Israelis?

      Does the Sun go around the earth or the Earth around the sun?

      They call themselves State Islamic Iraq and Syria, and the English Translation becomes Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

      According to Muslims, if somebody claims to be Muslim, you have to accept that. However, you have to judge them by their actions, and accept them as Muslims or not.

      Since ISIS actions are not Islamic as laid in the Quran, many people say, the I truly means Iblisic, Satanic, Shaitanic, Devils State .

      Here is support fot the argument ISIS is not Islamic, but Iblisic, Satanic.

      ISIS Bans Eid Prayers In Mosul: Report

      http://www.ibtimes.com/isis-bans-eid-prayers-mosul-report-2004249

      The Islamic State group has banned residents of the occupied northern Iraqi city of Mosul from praying on the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr, claiming that the practice is not part of the Islamic religion, according to a local report on Friday.

      Eid al-Fitr, known as “Feast of Breaking the Fast,” marks the end of the 30-day Ramadan period and is celebrated by Muslims across the world. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official Ismat Rajab reportedly said that the militant group claims the practice was not “originally an Islamic practice” and was not followed by ancient Muslims. ISIS has issued a warning to all the residents to refrain from prayers on the day, Kurdish news source Rudaw reported.

      Mosul was captured by ISIS last year, and reports from the occupied city suggest that the militant group has taken to ruling the majority-Sunni city with an iron fist, burning libraries and books, destroying ancient artifacts and executing hundreds of mostly Shiite Muslims, whom the group considers apostates.

      Local security forces and militia troops are planning a major offensive to retake the city, but the Iraqi army’s recent difficulties in other parts of the country have raised questions over the efficacy of their operations. The offensive has been delayed indefinitely.

      Meanwhile, ISIS has been consolidating its hold in the area and making further gains, destroying artifacts in the nearby ancient city of Nimrud and occupying the city of Ramadi.

      Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated across the world on Friday.

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    Izeth Izeth Izeth
    all you wrtie about is the alleged Tamil Racism Sinhala Racism & Muslim Racism. Your mind seesm to be poisned by Racism.

    In all of your articles you have failed miserably to propose any pancea or solutions.

    And you claim that the racism of minority Tamils is so strong that the successive Sinhala politicians find it stumbling block what a stupid argument.

    You are confusing the “minority complex” of the majority as Tamil racism.

    If you insist on carry on writting please stop writting about your hallucination of racism and start writting something constructive.

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      yes this same hallucination led someone to preach everything from TORAH to the savage Arabs in the name of Quran 1340 years ago….

      .at that time Mecca..Medina and all other cities were densely populated by Jews and Christians ..all who were butchered in the name of islam and women were raped created an Arab generation with white skin and European look Arab women …

      Naturally Arabs are brown skin people

      Cheers

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        CHOLAN

        “Naturally Arabs are brown skin people “

        For Racism, skin color of people matters.

        However, we are talking about brown skinned people, the Paras in Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Tamil Paras, Sinhala-Paras and Muslim Paras.

        Of course there is Preference or Discrimination, “Racism” among the three Paras.

        1. Sinhala to Tamil

        2. Sinhala to Muslim

        3. Tamil to Sinhala

        4. Tamil to Muslim

        5. Muslim to Tamil

        6. Muslim to Sinhala

        What the writer is claiming is that,

        “Racism” of Tamil to Muslim is greater than Sinhala to Muslim.

        It was the LTTE that provided support for this assertion. Where did the Muslims go after they were chased by the Racist Tamils? This is despite the fact they they were Tamil speaking Muslims.

        To the South and to the Sinhala areas.

        Therefore, Applying The Racism Paradigm by Izzeth Hussein, to the Tamils have support based on the Actions of the Tamils.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

        Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

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          You missed out one of the worst racism that is threatning the world peace.

          Racism of Muslims towards Muslims

          Sunni Mulims towards Shia Muslims

          Our learned writter Izeth hussain does not want to recognise or acknowledge this racism of one sect of Muslims towards the other.

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            Rajash

            “You missed out one of the worst racism that is threatning the world peace.”

            “Racism of Muslims towards Muslims Sunni Mulims towards Shia Muslims Our learned writter Izeth hussain does not want to recognise or acknowledge this racism of one sect of Muslims towards the other.”

            Let’s see if I missed it?

            rac·ism Definition.

            the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
            prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

            The Differences between Sunni, Shia, Wahhabi., Ahamedia , Sufis, Taliban, Deobandi etc., is a difference in the Ideology of the Theology. This difference is not based on race, but belief.

            It was the same between Roman Catholicism, Green Orthodox, and Protestantism-not racism, it is Theology.

            What Izeth Hussein is talking about is racism, against Tamil speaking Muslims by the Tamil Speaking Tamils. There is some evidence for this observation and inference.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

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              Amarasiri
              discrimination based on theology / ideology etc etc is racism

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                Rajash

                “discrimination based on theology / ideology etc etc is racism”

                Are You saying the Catholic German discriminating against the Protestant German is racism?

                Are You saying the Wahhabi Saudi Arabian discriminating against the Shia Saudi Arabian is racism?

                Of course both come under discrimination.

                Discrimination sub Categories

                Race
                Religion
                Age
                National origin,
                Education Level
                Intelligence,
                Physical Strength
                Sex
                Weight
                Etc.

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                  My dear Amarasiri
                  You are contradicting your self
                  You say Muslims to Tamil is Racism
                  And Tamil to Muslim is racism
                  In the Sri Lankan context they both speak the same language
                  So you are implying the racism is based on religion
                  Then you say theological difference is not racism
                  I.e. The conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims is not racism

                  Make up your mind

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                Rajash

                [Edited out]

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      Rajash

      You are my boy. What a focus and hammer blow answer.

      I will really love you, keep on writing like this.

      Give a few to Ranil and Maithiri as well.

      We need Mahinda’s victory and do what you can to help him. I will look after you my cute.

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    An article loaded with venom and mischievous intentions. One has to lose all respect for this person. Bensen

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      Bensen Berner – can you tell me exactly where my article shows venom and mischievous intentions? I ask because I seem to recollect that earlier comments by you tended to be fair-minded. – IH

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    Izeth, there is no such thing as ‘Sinhala racism’ or ‘Tamil racism’, just as there are no good peoples and no bad peoples, there are merely good and bad systems (or poor and worse systems, of which democracy is the best we have). The Sinhala state is a bad system in need of reform.

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    Hello Izeth bhai
    Please answer Moderate tamil & MR allegation if u r man…

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    Izeth Nana

    Do you know how many times Pillayar hindu temple situated at the South side of Kalmunai bus stand was damaged by
    the Muslims?

    Have you been to Sammanthurai Central Tamil area that is now without Tamil residents. Do you know that their properties land and Kali Kovil damaged and destroyed by your Muslim brothers?

    Do you know late Kariappar MP was the first Muslim politician encouraged local Muslims to chase out Tamils from their land and properties using force and occupy the same in the Eastern Province.?

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      This is a good point. Izeth does have a very selective memory of events. He forgets the atrocities by Muslim homeguards and paramilitaries in the East. He forgets the Muslim intelligence operatives who worked for the Sinhala state and the torturous and murderous activities. If you want credibility Izeth, you need to be fair.

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        Come, come Alex, this is far below your usual standard of sophistication. I didn’t write about Muslim racism in my article because it was not relevant. But you will see that I have explicitly declared that every ethnic group can be expected to produce its quota of racists. In earlier articles I have explicitly declared that that applies to Muslims also. Their racism may well be worse than that of the Sinhalese and the Tamils. But that is not my subject.
        My subject is this. If a new Government is headed by Ranil W. there will be a distinct possibility of a political settlement. It will be resisted by racists within the UNP itself and also by racists among the Tamils who will be satisfied by nothing less than Eelam. In this situation I consider it crucially important to make people understand that it is racism on both sides that has stood in the way of a political solution. I will try to show that in the next part of my article.
        Thereafter I will show that Tamil racism is much worse than Sinhalese racism, and therefore it could be a greater obstacle to a political solution. Very relevant in that connection is your point that I have a convenient amnesia about what the Muslim homeguards did. But I was the only Muslim to write that the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North was preceded by the Muslim homeguards getting together with the STF to drive out Tamils from around 17 villages. The Tamil racists who project me as anti-Tamil choose to forget that.I don’t include you in their ranks. Theirs is a lunatic racism. See my reply to MR above which I hope to send today. – IH

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          Izeth, I simply find it interesting that you take it upon yourself to measure such abstract concepts of racism, then conveniently omit any study of the group you define your self as, a Muslim Sri Lankan. The odd quip and one-liners is not really a counter-weight for vast volumes on Tamil and Sinhala racism.
          I find the entire article an unnecessary distraction from the core problem, which is that Sri Lanka is a racist state, by constitution, it has likely committed genocide, and most certainly vast war crimes, and your focus is on whose racism is more, based on some abstract and undefinable arguments.
          For your information, there are racists in the UK and the US, it is a part of human nature, but having a racist state is not attributable to human nature. That can be corrected, and that is the project the rest of the liberal world is working on. What are you working on?

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            I am sorry to say Alex that you have not read my article seriously, you have skimmed through it and are happily firing away with your preconceived notions. I suggest that you wait until my article is complete and then fire away. In the meanwhile , as I take you seriously, I will make some clarifications.
            I have written on Sinhalese racism, the importance of which you don’t dispute. I am writing on Tamil racism because I hold that it has been extremely important in prolonging the war. I will cover that in the next part of my article. I have not written on Muslim racism at present because it does not have that kind of national importance. If you have information to the contrary, provide it and I will write about it. As for what happened in the eastern province in the past, I have only now got what looks like reliable information about it. I will be seeking your advice, among others , on what to do about it.
            You are completely wrong in thinking that the core problem is that the state in Sri Lanka is racist. The core problem includes Tamil racism also. You write “For your information,there are racists in the UK and US also …” Is that so? Who would have thought of it? Pl re=read my article and await the next part. – IH

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              Indeed I should let you finish your thought process before interrupting. I shall wait with bated breath. As for the importance of the Muslim position, I think it is an extremely important role. The Muslims leadership has been too willing to be lured by the clientelism offered by the Sinhala state in exchange for silence on important issues. Worse it has colluded with the Sinhala state in some of its violence. It is a minority in number and yet it has not stood up for rights of minorities. There is much to be criticised and I hope you do. Racism is of course a problem in all peoples, but it is states and their poor incentives / lack of justice and accountability that determine its prevalence in society. That said I shall let you complete your article and pick this up thereafter. thanks

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                Part of the problem seems to be that you have no more than a bare acquaintance with my writings. Around 1993 I wrote an in-depth paper on the SL Muslims, published by the Western Australian University, in which I dealt with the inadequacies of the Muslim politicians in depth. Over decades I have inveighed against Muslim politicians – their disgusting subservience to the Sinhalese power elite and their going along with Sinhalese racists in every bit of racist idiocy against the Tamils. What the hell more can I do.I think you are influenced, may be subconsciously, by the projection of me as anti-Tamil by the Tamil lunatic fringe racists. That lot are even more stinkingly disgusting than the Muslim politicians.
                You will see that MR has provided detailed information on what Muslims did in the Eastern Province. If I write about it, both Tamils and Muslims will say that I am mischievously wrecking Tamil/Muslim relations. The Tamil racists in particular will howl, yell, bellow, and screech that I should stop being published. What do you think I should do? – IH

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                  Firstly, may I suggest you revive that paper in fairness to other communities. However from a big picture perspective I can’t suggest what you should do. However, I can suggest a path that I think makes sense. For Sri Lanka’s different people’s to genuinely be free, safe and have a bright future for their children in Sri Lanka, they need to have political rights that cannot be down-trodden by majoritarianism. There are many states in the world, where different people live together but have clear autonomous political structures and rights as indigenous peoples, not just minorities. Rather than play the blame game, of which the vast majority in my view goes to the state since independence. Could the LTTE have sued for peace in 1994, perhaps, but the Tamils would still face the state sponsored colonization and oppression of today. For all of Mangala and Sirisena’s words they are unwilling or unable to take on the large Sinhala nationalist block. I think the writings of all progressives (in which I include you), should focus on taking Sri Lanka to the place where all indigenous peoples have the rights of indigenous peoples. Such a political structure will end conflict, as the Sinhala nationalists will no longer be able to claim all others are simply ‘guests’ in their land (which is the root of the issue). The trouble I have with your article is it presumes that had the Tamils taken a different path, Sinhala nationalism would give in to these political rights. We are now over six years on from the war and things get worse not better, despite intense international scrutiny. For all the words of the most liberal of Sri Lanka governments (which is not liberal in a global sense), the actions are overwhelmingly the same – oppression and colonisation.

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                    Alex – I don.t presume that had the LTTE taken a different path in 1994 the Sinhalese would have given the Tamils all their rights. For that Sinhalese racism has to be brought under control. For the Tamils to compromise, their racism has to be brought under control.I see that a lot has to be done to make Sri Lankans understand ethnic problems in terms of a racist paradigm. Await the next part of my article.
                    But what do I do with the material MR has provided on what the Muslims did to the Tamils in the EP? I don’t want to be accused of mischievously aggravating problems. IH

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                      Well, I regard the points MR has brought up as part of Sri Lanka’s history, that needs transparency, justice and accountability. There is no future together, by burying the truth. All it leaves is resentment and anger. It is not mischievous to engage in truth-telling. And communities need to all face up to their past in this conflict.

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    MR,
    You have given a full account of Muslim atrocities. But the list is long. They are a silent dangerous element. Now everyone knows why they keen to have a Muslim Administrative Unit, which will be a threat not only to Sri Lanka, but to the entire democratic countries.

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    Mr.Hussain

    Why do you not allow Sri Lankans of Tamil ethnicity to talk about their own issues rather than write these provocative articles which are clearly not appreciated by a majority of persons of that background who respond to you ?

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    So! in the end, it boils down to a political solution, does it?! The only political solution is that Sri Lanka remains a Unitary state with majority Sinhala-Buddhism being the Mother culture and heritage. All others must care for her and give her honor, and if they decide to change their orientation or are adopted into the family, they must still feel the need to belong to the Mother! Those who don’t want the Mother can migrate (and not just to the West- TN is a short distance away).

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      ramona therese fernando

      Here we go again.

      “majority Sinhala-Buddhism being the Mother culture and heritage.”

      What is this “Sinhala-Buddhism” and associated culture and heritage?

      If its only a political sloganeering just forget it. If you also haven’t got a clue don’t bother to respond.

      Sinhala/Buddhism is the mother of all evil.

      “Those who don’t want the Mother can migrate (and not just to the West- TN is a short distance away).”

      Good advice, please make sure that you too take the first boat back to South India whence your ancestors came crawling and on Kallathonies.

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        If so, Sinhala-Buddhists adopted us nicely enough! We are proud to be Sinhalese now. But you are certainly taking the racist paradigm, aren’t you Native Vedda.

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          ramona therese fernando

          What is this “Sinhala-Buddhism” and associated culture and heritage? .
          If its only a political sloganeering just forget it. If you also haven’t got a clue don’t bother to respond.

          ““Those who don’t want the Mother can migrate (and not just to the West- TN is a short distance away).””

          If this is not racism what is?

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            Sinhala-Buddhism is National-Spirit!

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              ramona therese fernando

              “Sinhala-Buddhism is National-Spirit!”

              Isn’t it the lethal cocktail of racism, linguistic parochialism, a dose of Sinhala religion (which has nothing in common with Buddha’s teaching), a large dose of little islanders’ bravado, mixed with large quantity of home grown stupidity, ….. celebrated self destruction, ………. ?

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                Native Vedda,

                You’re right in a way. I too have noticed these embarrassing things about Sinhalese. And the minority elite will stoke our Sinhaleses’ embarrassing antics and swanking for the sake of watching and jeering at them, and getting a thrill of seeing them reduced in this way.

                It’s time for Sinhalese people to mature and become honorable and dignified (and not merely put on the Lion stance devoid of intellect). We will leave it to our Venerable Hamuduruwo (with the blessings of the Buddha), to take Sri Lanka to a more evolved level.

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    Ramana

    All Fernandos and Fernandopulles came from South India and settled in the west cost of Ceylon. In 1960s your bishop changed the medium of education into Sinhala and thus you all have become Sinhalese now. Please ask your parents or grand parents what language they speak at home and where they originated from. Late Mr Fernandopulle MP was ridiculed calling para themulu in Parliament by opposition Sinhala racists. Can’t you remember?

    .

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      MR,

      Well, well,…..if so, we certainly hope that Jaffna will go the same way as what the West coast bishop is supposed to have done. How honorable of the West coast Bishop! Aren’t Fernandopulles, however, proudly so of their South Indian connections, and therefore retained their name, and Fernandos, original Sinhala converts to Christianity?

      Yes, I remember that late Mr Fernandopulle MP was ridiculed and called para themulu in Parliament by opposition Sinhala racists. Guess the guy was for Separatism, and so he gravely annoyed the SB’s. Guess if he was for Unity, then the Separatists SB’s like Ranil and CBK followers would have been at him too.

      I hear certain parliamentary sectors shout those same things at the Kandy MP’s also, because of their historical mixing with South Indian Kings and Queens and their gentry, and common people, and slaves. And I also heard that the certain others ridicule the southern MP’s because their areas are closer to Africa and the African Islands south of Sri Lanka. I have seen this kind of racism plentiful on CT also, whether one is for or against Separatism. Joining the ordinary Sinhalese, when one Sinhalese is jealous of the other, the race card is quick to come up again.

      Hope that at beginning at the top at parliamentary level, this disgraceful Lankan culture disappears and all are united as one under the original Sinhala Motherhood. All Sri Lankans look the same in the end.

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    Ramona TF and MR – Historians don’t dispute that the majority of the three low-country castes, namely the Karawe, Durawa, and Salagama came to Sri Lanka after 1505 and that they came from South India. Therefore the Tamils were here long long long before those three castes.
    General Sarath Fonseka declared some years ago that the minorities are “visitors” and that they should not make “undue demands”. According to Fonsekan logic, the Tamils have the right to tell the Fonsekas and the Fernandos that they are visitors, that they should not make undue demands,and if they persist in making such demands they should all go back to South India – IH

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      Izeth Hussein,

      Sir, the difference is that we speak Sinhalese, and are also willing to become Buddhists (now that the colonists are no longer at our throats and we find Abrahamic afterlife threats superfluous). We are also of large part Sinhala-Buddhist bloodline and heritage.

      Just imagine it Sir, from the point of view of all other countries and islands around the world: ancient original inhabitants of the land and along the coast, mixing with the sea-faring adventurers – very progressive and evolved! It must be remembered that majority ancient inhabitants of any land usually lived along coastal belt. Also, most definitely does modern Lankan history give proof to the Middle Kingdom, Kandy, receiving her fair share of South Indian heritage.

      Yes, definitely if the Fonsekas and Fernandos make undue demands of separatism aside of their mostly Sinhalese heritage, they should indeed consider the choice of migrating to South India (or maybe Portugal).

      What you say about the Tamils is disputable. There are two different scenarios to explain the Tamil situation:

      1) All of Sri Lanka was Tamil 3,000 years ago (historical evidence is disputable). Sinhalese took over Sri Lanka (courtesy of Vijaya), and Tamils were pushed to the North, or to the extent that Sinhalization didn’t reach them.

      Now this is a post-colonial and modern age, quite different from the time before Lankan independence. Pre-colonization national currency was based on sages and lyricists, cultural pundits, traders going on ships, and kings and queens and their gentry and slaves. Nowadays we are democratic and progressive, and in the scientific and communicative age of globalization.

      Therefore we can deduce that it is time Tamils assimilated with Sinhalese for the sake of modern-day country integrity. Rather than trying to take over Sri Lanka and make Sri Lanka into a Tamil state, or secede from the Sinhalese and create an artificial Tamil glitch on Lanka’s sacred soil thereby destroying majority Sinhalese entitlement of the Island, it is most right in this post-colonial modern age, that Tamils who do not want to assimilate with the majority population, migrate to Tamil Nadu.

      2) All of Sri Lanka was essentially Sinhalese (historical evidence is disputable). Sinhalese in the North became Tamil due to Tamil invasion, which makes that over 80% Tamil by now (Sinhalese fled to the south during the invasions). Therefore, it is right that if they do not want to assimilate with the Sinhalese in this post-colonial age, they then need to migrate to the Mother-Country of Tamil Nadu. And the Sinhalese in the end are very bountifully opening their arms to assimilation.

      In the end Sir, it is the right of the Lankan masses to design their own destiny.

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        Furthermore Sir, we coastal people have been defenders of the realm for millennia. Much of the Suriya clan is of the ancient Indian military establishment, and many of us came with Vijaya to ancient Lanka. Far better it is, to defend the realm with a noble physique and an astuteness beyond petty racism, than split the realm with derisive provocation.

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    Izeth Hussain

    Please read “alikkap padda thamilk kiramangal” ( Destroyed Tamil Villages) book written by S Jeyananthamoorthy for
    more details. It was serialised first in Sunday Virakesari. He has seen the destruction, spoken to affected people, taken photographs, and written it whilst facing threats to his life from some Muslim extremists. It was published in January 2008. Author became a MP for Batticaloa District. In his foreword he says that he has not covered all the villages destroyed by Muslims and he does not intend to create animosity between Tamils and Muslims by writing it.

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    Izeth Hussain

    As requested some of the Destructions in Trincomalee District:

    Since 1990 Pallikkudiyiruppuvillage came under attack by Muslims. Most of the Tamils fled but others remained there. Upon acquiring some parts of this village by force a new village called Iqbal Nagar was created by Muslims.

    Upparu village came under attack by Muslim Home guards in 1983 & 1985. In 1990 Tamils’ houses school, temples were destroyed. Thideer Thow feek and Abdul Majeeth M Ps were believed to be behind this incident. Now Upparu is a Muslim village. Tamil Roman Catholic school is now become a Muslim school. Sivan temple and Pillayar temple were razed to the ground and a mosque and public buildings built. Roman Catholic school is now functioning in the adjoining
    Village.

    Kuranku Panchan Tamil village — most of the areas are now occupied by Muslims.

    Irakka kandy Tamils were chased out and now they are minorities in that village. Muslims have been settled in Tamils’
    Lands. Thicker Thowfeek MP was believed to be behind this.

    Moothur once populated with Tamils is now reduced to below 40per cent. Tamils’ shops and other properties were
    damaged, destroyed by setting fire, several times. Tamils fled to neighbouring villages.

    You may ask Tamils from Trincomalee for further details.

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      MR – thank you very much. I cannot cope with Tamil.The writer of that book did not want to be accused of creating animosity. If I write an article with your material, I will be accused of doing precisely that. In addition the Tamil lunatic fringe racists will howl that my articles should never be published. Any suggestions, from you or anyone else? – IH

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    Thiru and some others have responded appropriately.

    The former His Excellency stubbornly refuses the quiet delights of a graceful retirement. Constantly into revision, and occasional mischief making. All just to obfuscate the present and a future that must be determined by the young generation. Not one guided by the regurgitations of has-beens.

    The sad fact is that our main communities, the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, all have varying degrees of extremist groups vying to create mischief in our blessed land. All achieve some success with their efforts, making the continued work of the good who are trying to lead us towards an altogether more peaceful nation that much more difficult.

    Izeth writes a barely entertaining read; that’s it! Let’s shake our heads and move on. Dang! He’s promised another instalment.

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    Spring Koha – what’s come over you? You don’t question one fact or refute or even try to refute any of my arguments. How can anyone take your opinions seriously if you don’t even try to substantiate them? Do so, and I will deal with you appropriately – as I have done with Thiru whom you cited approvingly. – IH

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      Izeth Hussain,

      Do you know what has come over Spring Koha? His sudden shock of realization that you rubbed shoulders too much with certain Lankan Diplomatic Elite in spite of your Islamic faith, and in the end turned out so veeery racist (I shake my finger at you).

      Yes, we ALL know of those Lankan Elite of the old school (that old-boy club), who simple LOVE to categorize people and hold power over them in every kind of way possible to stoke up their superiority.

      Irrespective of Lankan heritage being exactly the same as all the other heritages world over (where humans moved and settled and cross-bred and loved and came to higher realizations, and generally evolved into the space age), a percentage of Lankan Diplomatic Elite would Love to go the way of German snootiness (well, not exactly Nazi, for they wouldn’t want to kill, but they still like to get a thrill out of taking about Aryans and Dravidians, conveniently forgetting the large percentage of Onge genes in the South Asian gene-pool, whether it is from the North or South of South Asia – in varying degree I agree, but not too vastly deviant from each other compared to other races).

      You have forgotten the teachings of your forefathers, and have become just as malodorous as our much Esteeeemed Lanka Elite. No, it is not too late for you, Sir, to re-learn the correct path of decent human decency and dignity that you were born with.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_immigration_to_Sri_Lanka

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        ramon therese fernando

        “Do you know what has come over Spring Koha?”

        Nothing new, I see him/her being normal self.

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      Izeth Hussain,

      Do you know what has come over Spring Koha? His sudden shock of realization that you rubbed shoulders too much with a certain of Lankan Diplomatic Elite in spite of your Islamic faith, and in the end turned out so veeery racist(I shake my finger at you).

      Yes, we ALL know of those Lankan Elite of the old school (that old-boy club), who simple LOVE to categorize people and hold power over them in every kind of way possible to stoke up their superiority.

      Irrespective of Lankan heritage being exactly the same as all the other heritages world over (where humans moved and settled and cross-bred and loved and came to higher realizations, and generally evolved into the space age), a percentage of Lankan Diplomatic Elite would simple Love to go the way of German snootiness (well, not exactly Nazi, for they wouldn’t want to kill, but they still like to get a thrill out of taking about Aryans and Dravidians, conveniently forgetting the large percentage of Onge genes in the South Asian gene-pool, whether it is from the North or South of South Asia – in varying degree I agree, but not too vastly deviant from each other compared to other races).

      You have forgotten the teachings of your forefathers, and have become just as malodorous as our much Esteeeemed Lanka Elite. No, it is not too late for you Sir, to re-learn the correct path of decent human decency and dignity that you were born with.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_immigration_to_Sri_Lanka

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    Ramona TF – Sorry, I have caused you offense. You seem to have missed the ironic intent behind my earlier comment. It was zany of Sarath Fonseka to regard the minorities as visitors etc. His logic would justify the Tamils regarding the low country castes as visitors etc. Longevity of residence here does not matter. What matters is that all citizens should be given fair and equal treatment.We have shown ourselves quite capable of that in the past. – IH

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      Izeth Hussein,

      Sir, the logic you speak of is an out-of-context inference by you, of what Fonseka said. It is False Analogy.

      When Fonseka spoke of minorities returning to South India he meant those *that did not want to interact and/or assimilate with Sinhalese and instead wanted separatism and liaison with Tamil Nadu.* It can be seen in the greater context of his whole speech.

      What Fonseka said, did not relate in any way to the many Fonsekas and Fernandos who are long time inhabitants of the island, and a large part of the Sinhala population (albeit possibly having a healthy mixture of the many races that came to our shores compared to a more isolated Sinhalese in the middle of the mountains for example). However, he seems to have changed his mind in recent times for political posturing, and seems to prefer the secession theme at this time.

      It is mostly in the North that these “low-castes” that you speak of, reside – the Northern Province being closest to South India, thus giving infiltration to many a South Indian that presently lay allegiance to South India. A number of Lankans along the West coast are also recent South Indian immigrants (some that are of the fishing caste), and who speak Tamil (and are of Hindu, Christian and Islamic religions). If they would prefer succession, or a government that gives greater leverage to them as minorities over and above the struggling majority Sinhalese, it is truly unfair and detrimental to Modern-Day-Integrity of the Island. They should certainly migrate to other lands (South India included). As I said before, the Sinhalese are always, and have always been, open to assimilation.

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        ~correction: secession

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    Ramona TF – an important clarification is due. I did not refer to “low castes”. I never use that term. The reason is that as a Muslim I strongly disapprove of the caste system and any reference to “low castes” would be inappropriate. I referred to “the low country castes” which has been long-established usage to refer to the Karawe, Durawe, and Salagama castes, whose achievement orientation I much esteem – IH

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      Izeth Hussein,

      Yes, that clarifies things. I apologize, Sir that I mistook what you said regarding castes -“low-country castes “rather and “low-castes.”

      However, I am not too sure that certain Lankans see “low-country castes” as not being “low-caste” because of their fishing and merchant statuses. Caste-ism shouldn’t be mentioned at all in a Buddhist orientated society, and certainly not in modern-progressive ones. (Although in this modern and progressive age we hope that fish won’t get killed so rampantly and money transactions don’t take on materialism)

      You do get it wrong, however, when you say that that the Northern Tamils have been in Sri Lanka for a far longer time than the low-country castes.

      For reasons I explained in my previous comments and the link that I gave, South Indians have been coming for millennia to all parts of Sri Lanka, and even more so after colonization.

      But the Tamils who came to the Western coast assimilated with the Sinhalese. Their culture is Sinhalese, even though many are presently Christian. A large part of the Sinhalese population is of these low-country castes.

      Sinhala-Buddhists from the inland must also surely realize and admit that they too are a large part of the South Indian heritage with the influx of South Indians into the up-country-kingdoms, especially in recent history during Rajasinha’s time and the many times before.

      Certain of our Sinhala-Buddhists might attempt to demean the low-country castes because they are presently non-Buddhists. Also, every once in a while in historical records, will one find references to different castes, but it is a rare read, and mostly based on Hindu cultural influence. (Travelling the long trek to Siri Pada, for example, would have had the people living in the vicinity of Siri Pada more fresher than the travelers from the low-country). The egalitarian word of the Buddha in the end, held supreme.

      One would have expected recent older-set of Lankan hierarchy and especially their diplomats to have had a greater awareness of historical, racial, and cultural contexts. However, one finds that these groups have pulled down the country with their individualistic pomposity (that included acting like European aristocracy in the early 1900’s who sat in parlours and spoke about Darwinism and classification-of- race theories). They created the culture of unease and mistrust, if not overtly, but permeably enough to make Sri Lankan society operate away from respectability, intelligence and efficiency compared to Malays in Malaysia for example, who instinctively regard all their Malays as one, although they too have their minor differences similar to the Sinhalese.

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