20 August, 2019

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Appointment In ‘Kattankudy’

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

In his short story ‘Appointment in Samara’, Somerset Maugham retells a 9th Century Arabic tale. It has a spectral resonance with our horrific experience of Easter Sunday.  

Once in Baghdad a servant sent to the market to buy provisions by his master, a merchant saw ‘death’ jostling at him. He returns to the master in a hurry trembling. He asks for a horse to ride away from the city to Samara where death would not find him. 

As the servant rides away, the merchant goes to the market and asks ‘death’ why he made a threatening gesture to his servant. Death replies innocently that he made no threatening gesture. He was surprised to see him in Baghdad, for he had an appointment with him that night in Samara. 

The purpose of this essay is to understand how ISIS located the town of Kattankudy or conversely how Kattankudy linked up with ISIS. 

Our first task is to understand what ISIS is. When we know that, we can reasonably hope to learn how this small town in the Eastern Province became the fertile ground for such rapacious religious zealotry.  

Salafi Jihadism is the ideology that propels the ISIS, Al-Qaeda and all other violent Islamic terror outfits. 

Shiraz Maher who teaches War Studies at King’s College London has published a groundbreaking study of ISIS published in 2017 titled ‘Salafi- Jihadism – History of an Idea.’    

He provides the authentic definition of  Salafism given by the Permanent Committee of Scholarly Research and Fatwas” – Saudi Arabia’s highest clerical authority.

“Salafism is a philosophical outlook which seeks to revive the practices of the first three generations of Islam who are collectively known as al-salaf al-ṣāliḥ” – the righteous predecessors the last of whom died around year 810. 

 These three generations together constitute what the Saudi clerics consider to be the Golden Age of Authenticated Orthodox Islam.

Salafism is a warped philosophy that believes in progression through regression. 

The trend among radicalized Muslims is to see Muslim history as quintessentially that of a faith battling over centuries to preserve its purity.

 They ignore the flowering of science, mathematics, and literature that was made possible by Muslim intellectuals from the eighth to the thirteenth century. 

What ‘Salafism’ does is simple. It freezes history at a point that the orthodox Wahhabism finds convenient. They are contemptuous of the Abbasid caliphate that made Baghdad, the home of universal wisdom where Plato the Philosopher from Greece and Aryabhata the Astronomer from India were translated to Arabic. 

Salafism has made the young educated generation of Muslims to take pride in the so-called purity of Salafist teaching rather than celebrating the diversity and richness of Arab history, Moghul history and Ottoman history.  These educated young Muslims who will master digital technology would not know of Haroun AL Rashid of the Abbasid Caliphate, of Suleiman the magnificent of the Ottoman caliphate or Akbar the great of the Moghul dynasty.  

When the Islamic Hijri calendar reached its first millennium in 1591 the great Mogul emperor Akbar ascended the throne of the vast land mass of India.  He had the mind-boggling task of ruling over a diversity of Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsees Jews and many more. 

Akbar found sanity in this confusion. Amartya Sen Economist, Philosopher and Nobel laureate describes the governance style of Akbar with a magnificent epigram. 

It was ‘pursuit of reason rather than reliance on tradition’- the only rational means of addressing knotty social problems. 

In his celebrated paper Roots of Muslim Rage, Bernard Lewis reminds us of Islam’s contribution to global order. 

“Islam has brought comfort and peace of mind to countless millions of men and women. It has given dignity and meaning to drab and impoverished lives. It has taught people of different races to live in brotherhood and people of different creeds to live side by side in reasonable tolerance.” 

He then ends his glowing tribute with an abrupt and laconic declaration. 

“Islam is also known to have inspired in some of its followers, horrible moods of hatred and violence.  Salafi Jihadism has quietly taken root in Sri Lanka since the 1980s. This violent belief system is unsentimental and indifferent to tradition or history except where it concerns ritual authenticity. 

What is of interest to us in Sri Lanka grappling to find a meaning in the madness of Easter Sunday is the so called ‘lone wolf terrorism ‘. The author of ‘Salafi Jihadism- History of an Idea’ says that the lone wolf idea was theorized by Abu Musab al-Suri of the central leadership of al-Qaeda.

Lone wolves are typically those individuals who have no direct contact with the fountains of terror located in the deserts of Arabia or the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are not connected to any discernible network.

Nonetheless, they are sufficiently inspired by the cause and are ready to act in its name. 

Their connection to the movement comes from proximity to and empathy with the world view of Salafi Jihadist Terrorism. That brings us to the pivotal issue of Kattankudy.  

How did ‘ Kattankudy’ reach  proximity with  Salafi Jihadist Terror?  How did this quaint little town develop an empathy with an ‘Ummah’ committed to the ultimate   Armageddon?  

In comparison to other communities, the Muslims of Sri Lanka resisted missionary proselytization.  This made the community largely immune to the process of colonial modernization. Since independence, Muslim politics remained the  hegemonic preserve of an elite Muslim merchant class.

In the post-independence era, this elite Muslim leadership willingly colluded with Sinhala majoritarian nationalism.

In exchange for their political allegiance they received concessions and accommodation in the pursuit of their commercial activity and the facilities for fostering their cultural identity. 

This idyllic narrative is recalled with antiquarian melancholy by Lorna Devaraja in her “Muslims of Sri Lanka – 1000 years of ethnic harmony.” 

This cozy arrangement was turned on its head when the 13th amendment introduced the provincial councils under the 1978 constitution that replaced the first past the post system of elections with proportional representation.

On 11th September 1981, Muslims politics of Sri Lanka changed course drastically and unalterably in the quiet quaint Qur’anic town of ‘ Kattankudy’. 

 A small group of Muslim leaders of the Eastern Province met in this small town, to form the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and to elect ‘ Marhoom’ M H M Ashraff  as its  Founder President.

From that point onwards, Muslim identity politics took center stage. Muslims of Sri Lanka assumed the dubious distinction  of being the only ethnic group whose identity was solely based on religion. Lorna Devaraja’s narrative of 1000 years of ethnic harmony was unceremoniously jettisoned.  Assertive identity politics replaced assimilative politics.  

Despite the low-key start in 1981, the party made quiet progress. In island wide Pradeshiya Sabah Elections in 1987, it won 29 seats. The decisive point of departure was when the SLMC captured 17 seats in the merged North Eastern Provincial Council.

The new party was now ready to leverage its political clout. Under the then prevailing electoral law of proportional representation, the cut-off point in parliamentary elections was 1/8th or 12.5% of the total polled. The SLMC taking note of its performance in the provincial council elections of 1988 wanted the cut-off point lowered. 

The new party cannily declared its support for Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayake in the impending presidential election. It hit bull’s eye.

The other aspirant R. Premadasa not only sat up but in effect looked up to Ashraf as man to do business with. Premadasa accurately apprehended what Ashraf was after.  

The 15th Amendment that eliminated electoral zones and reduced the cutoff point to 5%   was passed on 8 December 1988, by a parliament that stood dissolved effective 20th December 1988 – one  day after the Presidential election.

A smug SLMC switched support to Prime minister Premadasa. 

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress demonstrated that it could leverage its electoral punch even before it had a single elected member in parliament. 

Rest is history. The SLMC and its multiple splinter groups have held ministerial office in all subsequent governments. 

The ethnoreligious identity of Muslims of Sri Lanka became not just a dominant factor. In our ferociously competitive politics of expediency, it became the single arbitrating factor. 

Successive governments oblivious to the threat, created a vast comfort zone for Salafist Jihadist ideology to spread through the length and breadth of the Muslim community of Sri Lanka. Kattankudy became the central citadel of the pervasive doctrine of Salafist Jihadism.   

In the 38 years of its existence the SLMC and all its breakaway subgroups have excelled in parochial patronage politics. 

This is in sharp contrast to the right’s centric politics of the major Tamil minority politicians. They never abandoned what Max Weber called ‘ethics of conviction ‘and ‘ethics of Responsibility’(German- Verantwortungsethik) 

The SLMC and other splinters  supported the 18th amendment that emasculated the independent commissions. They supported the impeachment of a chief justice. Access to state resources to coddle their core constituency was the sole raison d’etre that determined their politics.   They are the quintessential ‘true believers’ in progression through regression. 

SLMC’s ethnoreligious identity politics, politicized the Muslim community in a virulently organic methodology.  

This time last year Muslim communities were competing to hold ‘Iftar’ celebrations with the Rajapakse brothers in attendance. Of the three siblings   Gotabaya received top billings. 

A video of Gotabaya a Rajapaksa being ushered to a grand ‘Iftar’ ceremony by white robed Mullahs chanting panegyric Arabic poetry went viral last year. It prompted this writer to write  an essay on the subject of feasting and a farcical fast in the Colombo Telegraph. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/fasting-a-farcical-feast/      

Religious Identity politics of SLMC and its many off shoots and subgroups had both major political camps turning a blind eye to the creeping threat of Salafism and Salafist Jihadism. 

We must recognize some basic truths. For the Muslim, the religion is not only universal but is also central to their being. The faith of Islam is the essential basis of identity and loyalty. 

The Muslim prays five times a day. We non-Muslims do not understand the dominant and central role of Islam in the life of a Muslim. So, we will never understand how an entire civilization can have their religion as the primary basis of loyalty. 

The SLMC and other Muslim parties were united in their resolve to create a cultural comfort zone for the Muslims. In this conducive climate, some good pious   people of Kattankudy’ were   seduced by Salafist Jihadism that taught the faithful how to reach heaven by ‘other means’! 

The parable – ‘Appointment in Samara’ holds a lesson for those now eager after the blood bath of Easter Sunday to arrest an idea somehow while not quite certain as to what awaits us. 

When we create the conditions, we must also be willing to come to terms with the inevitable that follows our myopic actions. 

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    As Gotabhaya Rajapakse has been shown the Stick, MCC and it’s CatPaw Mangala Samaraweera will love it. There will be many more to join from the parliament as supporters.

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      Sarath de Alwis has written a piece of the quality we expect of him. Dispassionate and devoid of simplistic conspiracy theories and with deep insight into Islam. The knowledge of the nuances of Islam is praiseworthy in a Buddhist, considering the fact that most Buddhists take the Quran literally, freely bandying around quotes from it as proof of Islamic perversion, while ignoring the fact that similar quotes can be found in Buddhist and Christian/Jewish holy books.
      As Sarath says, Proportional representation has produced this Muslim political monster that politicians from all sides pander to.
      This is something that needs modification. There is also an interesting proposal by Milinda Moragoda for compulsory military service for all men over 18. That would solve at one stroke the present Sinhala Buddhist monopoly of the forces. If the minorities make up 25% of the forces, there should be far fewer accusations of majoritarianism by them.

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        Old Codger, Moragoda has many questions to answer. He should get back to America or keep his mouth shut.We do not want a militarised state. US had compulsory service and was got rid of. What all three are attempting is to bring in emergency and run the country through the forces.

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      Sarath de Alwis,

      RE: Appointment In ‘Kattankudy’

      “The purpose of this essay is to understand how ISIS located the town of Kattankudy or conversely how Kattankudy linked up with ISIS. “

      “Our first task is to understand what ISIS is. When we know that, we can reasonably hope to learn how this small town in the Eastern Province became the fertile ground for such rapacious religious zealotry. “

      Thanks for your article.

      To understand ISIS, need to understand Wahhabi-Salafism and its Ideology. To understand that need to understand the Hadith of Najd, what Islamic Ideology says about the Devil, Satan. Iblis.

      Since, the Wahhabi Salafies and its clones, ISIS, Tawheed Jamats, Islamists got there by brainwashings and by beliefs, based om their ideology, they cannot be brought back to civilization, by reason, but only by critiquing and discrediting the ideology, and some reason.

      Hadith of Najd: Najd is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Wahhabism, the Horn of the Satan , appeared, and ended up in Kattankudy.

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

      “O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Shaam. O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Yemen.” The people said, “O Messenger of Allaah, and our Najd.” I think the third time the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “There (in Najd) will occur earthquakes, trials and tribulations, and from there appears the Horn of Satan.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

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

      This was worsened by the Ulama, who did not take a forceful stand against the Wahhabies.

      Islam: Means submission

      Muslims, understand it as submission to God.

      Satanis, Iblisis, the Wahhabi-Salafies and clones, ISIS, Tawheed Jamats, it means submission to the Devil, Satan, Iblis, from the above referenced Islamic Sources.

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      400 years ago Kattankudi was a peaceful village of Tamils only. Now it has been turned into a violent village of Muslims only. Best action is to return it to original owners.

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        Lanka Perera,

        A short history lesson.

        3,000 years ago , Kattankudy and the whole of the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, was a peaceful part of the Native Veddah Habiitat. Then, the Para-Sinhala came illegally from Bharat, by Hora Oru, Illegal Boats, then accepted the beliefs of Para-Buddhism, then the Para-Tamils came, and they accepted the beliefs of Para- Hinduism. Then came the Para-Muslims, the Para-Portuguese, the Para-Catholicism, the Para- Dutch, the Para-Dutch Christians, the Para-English, the Para-Anglican Church, which many Sinhala and Tamils embraced, instead of their Para-Buddhism and Para-Hinduism.

        The Para-Portuguese Catholics persecuted and chased out the Para-Muslims, from the lands illegally occupied by the Portuguese, and the Para-Sinhala Kandyan King, Sensrath, gave them, permission, to settle in the Eastern province, that included Kannsnkudy.

        The Muslims were Sufis, peaceful, carried out their trades, and loved God. Then in the 1970’s with the Wahhabi Salafi Petrodollars, some of them became Wahhabis , Salafies, Tawhedis, IDIS etc. who follow Satan, Devil, per prescient Hadith of Najd, their own Islamic Sources.

        The uncalled attack’s against the Muslims the Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhist extremists, got some if them to turn into Terrorism, just like the Tamils and LTTE.

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        Lanka Perera

        “400 years ago Kattankudi was a peaceful village of Tamils only. “

        Could you support above with evidence.

        “Now it has been turned into a violent village of Muslims only.”

        It has been the Islamic Republic of Kattankudy for quite sometimes.

        “Best action is to return it to original owners.”

        If we follow your assertion, then we will have to send all of you back to South India.
        That would be the right course of action.
        Would you mind?

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      Sarath, get a life.
      The US planned, Saudi’s funded, and ISIS claimed Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that were targeted at China’s BRI and marine research corporation with Sri Lanka.
      Now fake intelligence experts at Rand Corporation are claiming the that IS is a |”global franchise” like Mac Donalds! Guess who benefits from this newest US franchise” US arms and DRONE manufactureres.
      But a dubious Singapore Terror Xpert – Rohan Gunaratne claims that IS is setting up its Caliphate in South and South East Asia. This is so that USA can use IS to Weaponize Religion, destroy Asia’s multi-religious polities and the Rise of Asia on the world stage. Just like USA and its European allies have weaponised religions in Middle East and Africa to destroy those societies and loot their wealth while selling billions worth of weapons..

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        Please do stuff it, DRS. Your repetitious jargon is just boring.

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        Dodo,

        This is the new Great Game of the Western Imperialists, after They relinquished, many by the Native liberation forces in Asia, by weaponizing religion.Wahhabism, Al Queda, ISIS etc. are the direct result of Western Imperialism, in to achieve their own end goals, aided and abetted by the Satan following Saudi Wahhabi Salafies and their clones.Of course in Sri Lanka, mean IQ 79, many Buddhist and Muslims have fallen into this trap, unfortunately.

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    Dear writer ..
    ISIS and it’s cohort are created by US and Zionists and yet; prof Rohan Guranarate does not link them to Zionists and US ..
    what an acamdiec is he?
    subjective reading of this theme ?
    today; acamdiec are bought and sold in the market .

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      So you think you know better? Get a damn life!

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    Sarath de Alwis

    “In the 38 years of its existence the SLMC and all its breakaway subgroups have excelled in parochial patronage politics. “.

    It is survival of the fittest, adapt and change.
    “According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”
     —
     Leon C. Megginson, Civilisation Past and Present, 1963

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      Leon C. Megginson? Who is he?
      ]
      Leon is usally the shot form of the Jewish name Leonard. Are you trying to brain wash the Sri Lankas with such trash by Zionists?
      ]
      Try something else Poot.

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      Native
      This country would have been a different place if only the Tamil political class also had read Darwin like you.

      Soma

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        somass

        “This country would have been a different place if only the Tamil political class also had read Darwin like you.”

        Good point, the problem with Tamils and Sinhalese is that both suffer from arrested development, both physical and psychological. Further Sinhalese also have raging problem, 24/7/52.

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      Doesn’t have to be best adapted either; just barely hanging on is sufficient. However, analogy of evolutionary theory to case like this is wrong b’cos, according to Darwin’s theory survival doesn’t depend on intentional strategy; rather it is a by product.
      However, the error I see in Sarath’s is its implication that the rise of Muslim political & economic power has negative impact on distribution of power in the parliament. On the contrary, I believe that rise of power of minorities is good thing. What is wrong is the failure of extreme elements in the majority to take this factor into account when talk about ethnic reconciliation. This debate must go on!

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        D.P.
        “On the contrary, I believe that rise of power of minorities is good thing”

        How do you account for one minority massacring another minority?

        Soma

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          somass

          “How do you account for one minority massacring another minority?”

          Could question.
          Come to think of it, the massacres of 1915, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1983, from 1983 to 2015, …. 1971 and between 1987 and 1991 were carried out by the majority then it’s okay.

          Keep on massacring, that is Sinhala/Buddhist fascist heritage.

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    Sarath de Alwis, a well articulated piece on how we ended up where we are vis-a-vis the Muslims.
    As in all the tragedies in this country, the absolutely rotten role played by our politicians from day one itself is patently clear.

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    Quote from Daily Mirror of 26 May 2019 from an interview given by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam –
    “It is no secret that there was a pay sheet comprising 26 members of the NTJ and Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) under Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who received monthly remunerations from the Ministry of Defence.”

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      So, Gotabaya – the Would Be President – employed Muslim & Buddhist extremists !
      For what purpose?

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      Some one Should check for what reason Akila viraj Kariayawasam gave special permission to Migrating rohingyas, Fro Myanmar to USA via Sri lanka, to Galkissa Schools.

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      Apparently there was also an article about this funding in the Daily Mirror of 5 Dec 2016. But it’s no longer available on line. I wish someone would go to the Archives or National Library and get a copy and put details on CT. I would myself if I cd.

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      I mean that particular issue of the Mirror has been removed from the Net. It just shows a number now. I think it is 404.

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    Wake up Sarath: IS is funded, owed and operated by US proxy Saudi Arabia and the CIA as many European and Arab experts have pointed out!
    IS is used by USA to spread chaos, weaponize multi-religious countries and sell weapons and turn them into colonies of the Empire, if they are as strategically located as Sri Lanka!

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    I can’t agree with some major points in this essay.
    1.The analogy doesn’t match. In the original story, Death is a woman. The theme of the story is that nobody can escape death even though people behave as if they could. In the story, the servant was killed by the woman with whom he had a “date”. The rise of Muslim political power centered in Kaththankudy and the rise of Jihadism has no parallel in the story of “Appoinment … .
    2. The rise of Jihadism could have occurred without the rise of Muslim politics. Zaharan din’t have wealthy family background with political connections; only his followers did.
    3. Average Muslims including Muslim political leaders never supported the concept of the “progress through regress”. On the contrary, their ambitions are “wealth & prestige”. Even the founder of MC was prominent lawyer.
    4. When it comes to the concept of “progress through regress” I would argue that the Pessimistic Buddhism also contributes to a similar view of life that contradict with the secular view of life (this contradiction and the failure of pessimism that forces Buddhist monks to break the disciplinary code).

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    an interesting story by SM
    i read it many years ago
    somehow i fail to see the relevance

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    Arabisation, Wahhabism and Islamic radicalisation of immigrant fake Arab , Dravidian South Indian origin Sri Lankan Muslims, especially in the east and other Tamil areas with Satankudi as the headquarters of this evil plot, was promoted 1) by all Sri Lankan governments since independence, especially from the mid 1980s , 2) the selfish power hungry Muslims elite and politicians and 3) certain foreign powers, to deliberately create a new identity and culture for these South Indian origin Tamil Sri Lankan Muslims and to wean and distance them away from their Tamil Sufi Islamic culture, in order to use them as a tool to marginalise and destroy the indigenous largely Hindu Tamil population from the north and east and steal their lands. They thought that this will be contained in the north and east and only the Tamils will be at the receiving end of this locally and foreign funded Islamic radicalisation and the rest of the country will not be effected. This is why the last and the present government turned a blind eye and giving overt and covert support to this Islamic radicalisation and Arabisation and the marginalisation of the eastern Tamils by these Islamists. They were even appointing well know Islamic extremists and anti Tamils, to powerful positions in the north and east,like the Hindu temple land stealing governor, the wilderness clearing Shaitan from Mannar and many others. Never realised that the ISIS and Wahhabi Salafists had other ideas, they only wanted government and other outside help to create an Islamic stronghold in the east by marginalising the eastern Tamils and stealing their land with Sinhalese help and then use it as a springboard to spread their wings to the rest of the island . Kattankudi (காத்தான் குடி) ! Meaning in Tamil, the settlement of Katan or the settlement belonging to the one who safeguarded. Kaattan or Kaathavan means in Tamil the one who safeguarded or saved.

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    Kattankudi (காத்தான் குடி) ! Meaning in Tamil, the settlement of Katan or the settlement belonging to the one who safeguarded. Kaattan or Kaathavan means in Tamil the one who safeguarded or saved. As this was the first place where the Muslim refugees/asylum seekers , fleeing Portuguese persecution , came and were settled in the east by the eastern Tamils. The name should be changed to Satankudi(சாத்தான் குடி) , Meaning the Devil’s settlement in Tamil. As this is what they turned out to be.

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    Dr/Mr/Ms (or whatever) Death was sighted in Samara way back. Death and bosom pal Destruction have visited Ceylon (now SL) during the Pogroms, longer stay in Black July 1983, still longer in May 2009.
    ‘Terrorists’ were in the ‘Committee to Invite Death’.
    Lately Gnanasara Thero has infiltrated the Committee with his feats in the anti-Muslim 2014 Aluthgama Pogrom. He has photographs of meeting MS. In the background are Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) , his financiers, patrons, protectors.
    We have now got to judge as to whether Gnanasara is a terrorist or not.

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    For once I couldn’t pick the words Sinhala and Buddhism in Sarath’s “intellectual analysis”. Though somehow he managed to bring in Gotabaya into the picture and the surroundings of Kathankudi………..

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    Sarath:

    The purpose of this essay is to understand how ISIS located the town of Kattankudy or conversely how Kattankudy linked up with ISIS.

    Our first task is to understand what ISIS is. When we know that, we can reasonably hope to learn how this small town in the Eastern Province became the fertile ground for such rapacious religious zealotry.

    *** Do me favour and stop wasting your time writing and delving into topics which are NOT within your control. . In my view ISIS stands for INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY of INBORN Errors of a religious SYNDROME ( Just like Inborn Errors of Metabolism) . It is too late to stop further Carnage as the movement has spread it wings and is flying like vultures. The next thing you will see and hear is Sri Lankans living and working in Muslim Countries are Kidnapped and BEHEADED just like the Westerners and that will be a bigger challenge for the Nation to deal with. Charity begins at Home and why dont you write something under the following heading. WHY DID OUR PRESIDENT UNDERMINE OUR JUDICIARY & THE JUSTICE SYSTEM by PARDONING a Convicted RACIST. It sounds as if it hasnt pricked your conscience

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    Somewhere in the ancient past a rag tag bunch of nobodies decided to create a new identity for themselves. They began by writing the original scriptures that formed the first five books of the bible. They invented their story by usurping bits and pieces of history from the region where they lived. They embellished real historical events and natural disasters in their quest to form this new identity which was to reject all that came before them. They called this the word of God. They named their God YAWEH. Modern archeology has slowly stripped away this bullshit story and uncovered the most diabolic twist the creation of this book has had on human history. Similarly seeing how successful this lot of Jews were in forging their own identity another group of scribes and quasi scholars came up with another genius idea for a new religion. The original writings that formed this new book were quite different to the modern version of it. Again archeology has done the digging and unearthed the proof of this fact which is not well known. The audience being more violent and lawless the medicine the book prescribed was very very strong and indeed very intolerant to those who would not accede to its dictates. The entire planet lives on deceived by these two books like people with amnesia not knowing who they are and where they came from and where they are headed to. There is much more to this story but I don’t have room or time to go one. Even the little I have told here is enough for me to be ridiculed and cursed by all the sundry.

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    Is it my imagination ???? I do not see a single Muslim reader write a comment. If this is in agreement sure some one would have said so. If this is in disagreement still it will be better to vent or write under different name. Neither is worry some.

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    somass

    “This country would have been a different place if only the Tamil political class also had read Darwin like you.”

    Good point, the problem with Tamils and Sinhalese is that both suffer from arrested development, both physical and psychological. Further Sinhalese also have raging problem, 24/7/52.

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