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Becoming A Tamil Speaking Minority: Grease Devils, Muslims And The Sri Lankan State

By Francesca Bremner 

Dr. Francesca Bremner

I was in Trincomalee. It was August of 2011, two years after the end of the war when Mary, the woman who provided lunch for me burst in.

“I did not sleep a wink last night” she said, “No one in our village did. They have dropped 750 grease devils in this area to attack women. Our men roamed around with sticks whilst the women prayed all night”

“Grease devils”? I was incredulous.

“Grease devils are not quite human” Mary explained, “they are after women of childbearing age, they want the blood from the breast of these women”

In the days that followed the story assumed extraordinary dimensions, created a mass panic, was even debated in the British Parliment and drew the state of Sri Lanka in as a major player.

The need for blood was located in the person of the President. Rumors circulated that the President needed to make a blood offering in exchange of the lives taken in the war, he needed the blood for a special ritual to remain in power, he needed blood to claim the crown of King Dutugemunu. Blood, Power and sometimes Redemption wrapped the Sri Lankan State in a layer of the supernatural.

The English newspapers dismissed the grease devils as an irrational fear psychosis. The police gave conflicting statements, first that grease devils did not exist, second that these non-existent grease devils were arrested and third that the Special Task Force of the military was now deployed to apprehend any non-arrested, non-existent grease devils. Thus also began renewed militarization of the northeast in the name of the grease devils.

This phenomenon could be traced to a village in Ratnapura where many elderly women were murdered by a serial killer. It was in this village that the term grease devil was coined. Rumors and sightings of the grease devil lingered in the Uva province for a while, and then made a sudden appearance in the Tamil and Muslims regions, not only in the northeast but also in the Western Province of Puttalam. It was in these Tamil and Muslim regions that the grease devil phenomenon became mini rebellions against the State.

From Pottuvil, Vavuniya, Thirukovil, Kanniya, Urani,  Jaffna and Puttalam come narratives that echo each other in structure. These communities clashed head on with the armed forces claiming grease devils were part of the military, were dropped off into their communities by these security forces, and disappeared back into military camps.

I explore such a confrontation between one Muslim community and the military. I have named this Muslim community Kohinoor. I illustrate that this moment of the grease devil was the “interruption” that provoked the community of Kohinoor into contestation, reflection and a transformation of a collective identity.

The first discursive act of the people in Kohinoor was to demystify the concept of the grease devil for me. When I spoke of grease devils the people of the area pointed out that they were not devils but mystery men, and all too human. They had carefully extricated the supernatural from the phenomenon. Whilst the English newspapers still used the term grease devils, thus giving a twist of fantasy to the phenomenon, the people prudently changed terms and concepts, situating the phenomenon firmly within humans and pointing to the armed forces whose training in different aspect of warfare enabled them to jump roofs, run faster, take hostages etc.

The confrontation in Kohinoor took place in the time of Nombu in August of 2011. A woman making her way to the mosque at nine in the night for the chanting suddenly saw two men dressed in black move out of the shadows, towards her. She cried out and her screams brought out the community gathered at the mosque. The men of Kohinoor began chasing the two men in black who, according to the crowd, had springs on their shoes, and escaped by jumping from roof to roof with the crowd following in hot pursuit on ground. The men were then spotted vanishing into the police station.

The community clamored at the gates of the police station demanding that the men be handed over to them. The police denied that anyone had run in and asked the crowd to disperse. The crowd convinced of what they saw, hid in the vicinity of the police station and watched. After a few hours the two men emerged and were driven away in a police vehicle.

Information spread fast and people gathered at the bridge that connected the village to the wider world. Surrounding the police vehicle they demanded that the men be handed to them. They overturned the vehicle, pulled out the two men and began beating them up. The accompanying officer had radioed for help in seeing the crowd, and in a few minutes the air force helicopter was circling overhead, with the Navy coming to the rescue of those who had been in the police vehicle.

Helicopters with searchlights flew over the village whilst the navy on the ground beat up and took into custody forty men, some of who had come to chant at the temple. The forty men were taken to a police station in a different area and were tortured and beaten. At dawn people began to gather together and agitate, requesting those in custody to be released. This resulted in another clash and the shooting of two unarmed civilians who would be paralyzed for life.

The next morning the people gathered at the office of the District Superintendent demanding the release of the forty men in custody. The Army, Navy and Air force commanders and the Muslim leaders met to negotiate. Outside, tanks surrounded the building. As the negotiations failed inside, the men outside began to challenge the army. Passions ran high. One man climbed up the tank and bared his chest whilst others lay down on the ground, demanding that the army run over them. Inside the situation deteriorated. The commanders were locked in a room by the Muslims, and Muslim minister Rauf Hakeen arrived in a helicopter to defuse the situation. The locked commanders were unlocked and the release of the forty detainees was negotiated.

In a highly performative process the Muslim community walked over the bridge that connected the village to the wider world to receive the detainees. The bridge had been built just after the war with funds from a government of the Middle East, and therefore was a symbol of Muslim Sinhalese cooperation. When the President had arrived to open the bridge two years ago he was welcomed with huge billboards proclaiming him as a savior of the people. These billboards were still on this bridge, and the Muslim community that had erected these billboards now tore them up in frenzy and threw them into the surrounding water. Thus the legitimacy given to the President was withdrawn in the same public space in which it has been affirmed and celebrated two years ago by the same community.

“We realized then,” said some of the villagers to me “that we are, and always will be a Tamil speaking minority, we are the new Tamils”.

It is not that the Muslims lost their sense of a Muslim identity, but they saw themselves as the State saw them, as a minority speaking Tamil, outside of the nation that was Sinhalese and Buddhist. In my interviews I did not seek to unpack one “truth” but rather used narrative accounts of the incident drawn from the villagers to understand their transformations of identity.

During the War The Muslims of Kohinoor and the Sinhala State had intersected through specific sets of  practices that had been interrupted in the aftermath of the war. It was this moment of interruption, culminating in the grease devils which allowed for a new reflective possibility.

During the time of the LTTE the Muslims had been invited as home guards and policed the area with the Sinhala policeman, building friendships with the policeman, whilst also being in a position of power vis a vis the Tamils.

The LTTE were not active in the town of Kohinoor, but were active in the jungles around Kohinoor where firewood was collected and levied a tax on the fire wood sellers. Many of the men in these areas sold firewood for a living and therefore paid the LTTE their tax. After the demise of the LTTE the state took over the forests again. The tax that the fire wood collectors had to pay was three times that of the LTTE. They also had to bribe the officials. If they did not comply the officials would book them on unrelated charges. The permits were costly, not only in terms of money but in the time they were made to hang around government departments. On the other hand the home guards did not have the need to function anymore, therefore the everyday relationship with the state on this front was severed.

The simmering intersection between the state and the Muslims erupted into a new formation through the crisis of the grease devils, or mystery man. It provided the citizens of Kohinoor with a transition point and an awareness of their own powers of mobilization. The landscape of Kohinoor played a vital role in this transition. Whilst the mosque was a centripetal force of Muslim identity the bridge became a central symbol in the interstice between the state and the citizens of Kohinoor. It was on this bridge that the citizens granted not only legitimacy to the state. It was also on this very bridge that they performed a separation from the state, a withdrawal of the legitimacy once conferred. Emerging from the press of this collective action the people of Kohinoor were able to set themselves in the future of Sri Lanka, and see themselves through the eyes of the State, as the “other” Tamil Speaking Minority.

The LTTE with their vision of a homogenous Tamil society, atrocities towards, and the expulsion of Muslims had kept the State and the Muslims together, but in the absence of the LTTE, in the aftermath of the war, the State did not seek to shift the web of interrelationships to appropriate the new context.

Where the Muslims fit into an increasingly Sinhala Buddhist nation as the new Tamils, as a Tamil speaking minority, is a question that the next few years will answer, but one perhaps that the citizens of Kohinoor already had an answer to, when a ruptured past, contestation and reflection came together in that strangely Kafkaesque summer of the Grease Devils.

*Francesca Bremner (PhD Columbia University). The above article was an oral presentation at a The Tamil Studies Conference Organized by the University of Toronto and University of Windsor, Canada 2012.

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    She is lovely wife of Dr jagath asoka..

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      Lovely?

      Looks like Nelson Mandela’s wife!

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        Much better than your Irathina Valli veddhi, who is trying her level best to twist and turn the history as per BBS-Gothaya instructions.
        Oh Leela your days are numbered so Man, relax and observe pansil atasil dasasil.

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          SL Army were well trained grease monkeys. SL Army is a joke and it will be a waste of time talking about those clowns. If you ask me they are well trained child molesters and perverts. Cutting women’s breasts and having sex with dead corpse’s are also a few things that these Srilankan Army does best. Thank Channel 4 for publishing the truth about Sinhala racist monkeys.

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            But Fuksimba and pro Mara lunatics think that they could even beat the Indian and American forces too.

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    These grease devils were real however much the media in Colombo like the government in power denied their existence. They were by no means any supernatural beings but real human beings who were in uniform at other times. In every incident when they were spotted and chased by the people,they vanished into army camps or police stations, which were their real abodes!

    All these were nothing but measures to suppress and subjugate the Tamil speaking peoples,both Tamil and Muslim through weapons of fear and intimidation. This is why the TNA is demanding a drastic de-militarisation in the North and East now that it is more than four years since the end of war!

    Sengodan. M

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      Frankly, I think the whole “threat” of grease devils was blown out of proportion by superstition and mass hysteria, exacerbated by the willingness to believe that it was a GoSL plot. I think the whole thing was simply a large scale SL Army special forces training exercise. Both the Commandos and SF have a graduation exercise called the “badge march” in some countries, “SRS” in others, and the “fan dance” in the SAS. Trainees are given a map and dropped off either alone or in pairs, without food, and expected to reach various destinations in a set period of time. Often they are forced to scrounge, scavenge, or steal food to survive, and sometimes break into houses to do so, though the latter is discouraged. This is probably what happened, and why there were stories of men dressed like “ninjas” or with painted faces, who climbed walls like cats, jumped from trees, etc, all of which fit with special ops troops. This is also probably the reason why many of these men sought refuge in military camps and police stations when hunted by the locals (an act that probably would have resulted in them failing the training exercise).

      There were almost no reports of women actually being attacked by these men, except minor fracas when they tried to escape. Of course there might have been some copycats and actual criminals taking advantage of the situ, but most of the casualties were from villagers taking the law into their own hands and attacking innocent strangers such as salesmen, traveling labourers and so forth.

      The SL Army should have simply come out and explained what was going on without allowing the psychosis to build, but typically everything is kept under wraps even when it is causing more damage than the truth.

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        are they encouraged to molest woman on the way as well?

        How is your friend N.G.O. Dayan Jayatilake?

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          There were no reports of molestation on a wide scale. As I said, there could have been actual criminals taking advantage of the situation.

          Why don’t you ask DJ himself about his well being? He regularly visits these forums. Why, scared to confront the man himself?

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          Ha ha Ha -Rudra’s government ministers got caught in child molestation in Sudan

          What you expect from this barbaric terrorist where ever they live

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        David Blacker, your incredulous story about this being an army training exercise is a load of bullshit. You are stupid to think that anyone will believe such crap. Why don’t you ask your patron MR to give you a job in some govt media so you can continue to churn out more rubbish.

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          he talks at marga institute lol

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          “David Blacker, your incredulous story about this being an army training exercise is a load of bullshit.”

          Nope Aela you are wrong.David is master at army training exercises because he himself underwent training according to his own words in a previous comment in how to routinely to undress dead and injured female LTTE cadres and search them for hidden items in their crevices in their bodies,which he hated to do,but in the army you do as you are told.

          Hey David did the army grease yakka training take place in colombo and hambantota too?If so even colombo socialites too will have to watch out when they go to the loo.There were many instances where village lasses who have the open air outdoor loos, before they could output,the grease yakkas did the input squeezing their breasts.Then they hopped away in that gadgets you described and the women heaved a sigh of relief that it was just kangaroos, and did their business with a hearty laugh.

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            Your sexual fantasies are quite revealing, Shankar. Try to leave me out of them, flattering as your adulation is :D

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          If you prefer to believe stories about men with Volverine-like claws and springs on their feet, I think it’s clear who the stupid one is :D

          As for churning out rubbish, I think you’ve already cornered the market on that job lol.

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            David Blacker, No one believes the volverine claws and springs on their feet rubbish either as this was also a ‘story’ made up by your fascist friend Goatabaya whose ass you prefer to lick. You have done one better with the army training version. The fact remains the grease devils caused fear amongst the people and in all instances when cornered, they ran into police stations and army camps. Just because you were in the army don’t think you can bullshit people with such poppycock about this being army training!

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              Can you give us any examples of your friend Gota or the GoSL propagating stories about volverines and ninjas? Or about army training? If my theory contradicts the GoSL version, how can I licking anyone?

              The fact is that you have a need to accuse anyone you disagree with of being a GoSL stooge, isn’t it? A lack of intellect can’t be replaced by name-calling.

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            SL Army were well trained grease monkeys. SL Army is a joke and it will be a waste of time talking about those clowns. If you ask me they are well trained child molesters and perverts. Cutting women’s breasts and having sex with dead corpse’s are also a few things that these Srilankan Army does best. Thank Channel 4 for publishing the truth about Sinhala racist monkeys.

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              As I told Shanker, keep your sexual fantasies in your bedroom.

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            dAVID blaker;
            Every body knows you are a great Theorist of the army things but not on civilian affairs.
            No body believe your cock and bull stories, but your friend, Self medallist 58 Div, MATALE Gotta.
            Enjoy him, he will love that.

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              It doesn’t matter if you believe me or not, Juli. I’m surprised you were able to actually read my comment ;)

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      That is the fact,to create a fear psychosis so that the Tamil speaking minorities will go away so that the lands will be owned only by the sinhalese,a real racial slur by the powers that be.

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    Why did you wait until August 2011 ?

    did you go there and investigate things before MAy 2009 ?

    I think, Jaffna war widows may like Grease devils as it says they are desperate.

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    ” the two men in black who, according to the crowd, had springs on their shoes, and escaped by jumping from roof to roof “

    LOL. Sounds legit :D

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      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020852/Spring-step-High-flying-stilt-wearers-skills-acrobatic-display.html

      There is equipment that one can attach to their feet to allow one to jump higher and stride further.

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        Yep, that’s exactly what they must have been using. Now try jumping onto a tiled roof with one :D Maybe they had ACME rockets strapped to their backs as well :D :D

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          Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

          “Maybe they had ACME rockets strapped to their backs as well”

          Perhaps you are watching too many Beep Beep the Roadrunner cartoons. Coyote – Roadrunner chase sequences are good fun for children like you but this forum is for grown ups.

          Man grow up,you have a long way to go.

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    This is a well-researched well-written piece. Do keep contributing stuff like this to “Colombo Telegraph”. Yes, like you said, day by day, Sri Lanka is sinking deeper into an identity crisis. The island indeed is a melting pot. If more and more capital flows into the country as investments, then these ethno-linguistic tensions will disappear, like it has in America. Having said that, I admit that the present familial rule that pass for democracy is, in fact, practicing a mix of tribalism, nepotism, chauvinism and autocracy – what a mother f…ing democracy it is?

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    “The bridge had been built just after the war with funds from a government of the Middle East, and therefore was a symbol of Muslim Sinhalese cooperation.”

    Really.Shoudn’t it be a symbol of muslim saudi cooperation.

    MR gets money from saudi and comes to open it.Muslims pretend that he is the one who has pocketed out the money and lavishly praise him and adorn with bill boards of him and not king Fahd or whatever.Do they think MR and the sinhalese are fools.The more the money they get from muslim countries the more the paranoid sinhalese will get jittery.

    After the grease yakkas the muslims have to eat their billboards.

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    GOSL is living in denial..they deny everything, be it mass killing, disappearances,white vans,intimidation by armed forces, land grabs and grease devils. Denial has become a way of life.

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    Hehe Dr Francesca Bremner,

    Thanks for your analogous insensitivities.

    We at BBS are more forthright. Not your allegorical grease monkeys. We are real and mean what we say and will do what we have to do. Right there for the world to see. Muslims and the Christians are a problem for our heritage, culture and our well being. Sharia law was being slowly foisted upon the unsuspecting people with the introduction of ‘Halal’ everything. We have nipped it in the bud while the likes of you are indulging in an orgy of parable telling.

    The bridge had to be destroyed. The land on both sides belong to us.

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      I do agree with you about Islam’s encroaching/imperialistic mindset.

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        There is nothing wrong with Muslim mindset. There is nothing sinister in the way we Muslims live, love and what we leave behind when we die. It is all pure conjecture in your racist minds that we Muslims are successful in all spheres of education, business, socially and economically. Having a worldwide religious following including being a majority in some of the richest nations in the world employing cheap and menial labor from poor countries like our own, whilst you languish with the begging bowl mentality and stupid myths and folk lore to spruce up imagery to be on par. It is you who has the inferiority complex mindset, like your BBS half educated vulgar Temple monks, who profess celibacy but preach population boom in panic mode.

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          Hello Marwan,

          The issue my friend is that you people do not identify yourselves as Sri lankans. The issue is you wear Jellabas, sport full beards, wear a ‘thalappa’, your womenfold are increasingly covered head to toe in black ‘gonibilla’ (sorry for want of a better word) dresses – very confronting to say the least. The issue is where do you belong. You guys are falling over each other to adopt Saudi dress codes, beard codes and ways and mannerisms that are alien to this country. If you feel so much closer to the Saudis than the real people on the land, then please go there and live your Islamic lives.

          Now wherin lies the inferiority complex. You people who have to adopt alien ways or us who have no issues with our Sri Lankan identity.

          OK, we may be racists. But look closely at you write. Therein also lies real racism.

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            Why you even copy the western style of dress code, shirt and trousers, coat and tie, women with Indian saree and blouse and mini skirts, instead of the national costume? Likewise we Muslims have our own identity dress code, and beards and skull caps to be immediately recognized uniquely as Muslims, since the freedom of choice in such religious practices is enshrined in the country’s constitution. It is not illegal nor a crime to dress that way as it is common amongst all Muslims in all the countries in the free world. So you cannot deny anyone that right like and you need to come to accept it as the norm is unquestionable. Why do monks wear saffron robes? To be uniquely identified as monks of course. Why do Christian pastors and priests dress that way? To be instantly recognized as holy men and be respected. We don’t vie with anyone to dress different, except what we have been called to do so by our religious teachings. We grow our beards whilst your monks shave them off including their heads to show humility and disregard to any worldly adornments. Our Prophet had a beard, so we grow it to emulate him. The hair on our heads, chin and cheeks are a blessing from God, so why should it be removed in an unnatural way by shaving it to look any different? You tell me. Of course we need to keep our hairs trimmed, combed and free of neglect to appear presentable, and what’s wrong with that? As Sri Lankan Muslims, we have every right to live in this country as much as anyone else, although you try to hijack this country to be Buddhist only. This is a multi ethnic, multi cultural with three (3) language speaking population, although you try to project as Sinhala speaking only. Although Muslims are a minority in this country, we are the second (2)largest minority in the world, while Buddhist languish as 5th in minority status. We have absolutely no connection with Saudi Arabia for us to go and live there, but only as it was the land of birth of our Holy Prophet. It is as much as saying Buddhists in all parts of the world should go and live in Nepal, the land of the birth of Lord Buddha. You need to swnap out of this mentality. You call me a racist. Yes, may be I have racist tendencies purely because your BBS cohorts started this nonsense by publicly discriminating us on racial and exploiting our ethnic differences. So now I have to defend and shatter those myths, and I cannot do it without sounding like a racist. But for all intents and purposes, I mingle (integrate) well with a lot of Sinhalese Buddhist friends, listen to Bana preached by monks and try to make sense of it, sharing and caring by visiting to meet patients in hospital wards, and promoting cultural pageants without violating any of my religious principles.

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              Marwan,

              Sorry for not replying earlier. I have to earn my daily bread and I am not rich enough to have unlimited internet access.

              The Muslim dress codes I am talking about is a new trend my friend. Before the Sri Lankan muslim men wore sarongs, and the rich, shirts and trousers or even suits. Do you say that your grandfather and father were not good Muslims.

              The gonibilla dress is a new trend. Before the muslim woman would drape the end of her sari over her head. The Muslim girls were so cute. Do you tell me that your grandmother and perhaps your mother were bad Muslims.

              The long beards were very rare then. Only some moulana’s wore long beards. Now everyone is trying to outdo the other with long beards. Do you say the previous generations of Sri Lankan Muslims failed to follow Sunnah.

              Those days you only worried if beef was halal. Recently you went to the extreme making everything halal, even a humble paint brush. Do you mean to say the previous generations of Sri Lankan Muslims did not know the differnce between halal and haram.

              These new trends are a problem to us. The halal everything is an imposition that we could live without. You scare the hell out of our children with the confronting goni billa dresses.

              Marwan, have you visited East Sri Lanka lately. Did you see another new trend. Gateways to villages in Kathankudi with Arabic writings and crests with crossed swords. What do such erections trying to tell the ordinary citizens.

              Please see these new trends from the eyes of Non-Muslims. Then you will understand what we feel.

              Marwan brother, if you identify yourselves with the Saudis so much, don’t you think it is better to go live there. ( I will tell you one thing. If you did you will run back to Sri Lanka within a week – our tolerance levels are a 100 times more than the Sharia Saudis who you try so hard to emulate)

              Fairmind and GTBP take note also.

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            Indian Prime Minister also has a “thalappa” and a beard. The Indian population are free of your parochial mentality and have accepted the dress code of Sikh people as a whole. Most members of Indian National Congress including Jawaharlal Nehru wore a cap like Muslims. Sri Lanka will not prospet until bigots like you have gone.

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              sorry about the typo prospet. Should be prosper

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      Yup, that’s right, you are “real and mean” full stop. And YOU are a problem for my heritage, culture and well being. So instead of nipping it in the bud just smoke it instead and chill! The land on either side doesn’t differentiate between anyone once you’ve been turned to maggot feed. Start with right thoughts, right speech and right action will follow.

      Peace
      GTBP

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    These types of spring stilts have been tested by the US military

    ‘This technology has been successfully tested by the military as they are considering it as a replacement for fast attack vehicles. A trained squad on spring stilts could run as fast as a dirtbike in the desert and even jump over obstacles.

    The U.S. military put one of their soldiers on spring stilts and asked him to chase a military quad over 1/4 of a mile. He reached a cruising speed of 23 MPH (37 Km/h). This is an incredible speed counting the you can maintain across a city in ruins that a car could never maneuver in. You can also jump up to 6 feet (1.83 meters) high.’

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      So, the Grease Devils are Americans. Problem solved!

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    This is a real situation even I experienced in the East of Sri Lanka, during my fieldwork in 2011.

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    Grease Devils? This is like the African witchcraft stories in “King Solomon’s Mines”. This Brenner woman must have smoked a lot of grass!

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      Peter Casie Shitty :
      I agree with you. She should have shoved some of it up your …………together with a stick of dynamite and lit the whole thing. Would have done EVERYONE a big favour by doing that!

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        i cant laughing at Peter Aiya’s plight if that were to happen,aney aiya peter aiya!

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        Isn’t that what Thalaivar did with pregnant suicide bombers :-)

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      Peter Casie Chetty

      “This Brenner woman must have smoked a lot of grass!”

      Did you sell them to her?

      Can I buy some from you?

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        Peter Casie Chetty is the Grass dealer appointed by Hambanthota Base man.

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    we need to eradicate bloody muslims out of our sinhalese buddhists country.

    i think writer is CON-doctor

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      I think it would be much better for the country’s future if we eradicate racists,scumbags,criminals out of our country.I’am a fan of Hitler’s extermination theories,but small difference between him and me is that he chose the wrong types to exterminate,the meek who will inherit the earth,whereas i would choose the hitler and ela kolla types to be put into the gas chambers.After all what is wrong with eradicating vermin.

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        shanker, [Edited out]This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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          ela kolla

          “shanker, [Edited out]”

          Let us know the rest.

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            ela kolla

            Great contribution

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              I say brilliant, and ela kola should not expose his head to the weather, oe his brains (whatever is left of it) could get washed away in the rain.

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            Ela kolla,still finding it difficult to communicate?

            I can’t believe out of 10000 sperms you were the quickest.

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          KOLA ELLA;

          Good penetration.
          try again with the help of Jin stoosthty,= Patrio Pattiya,= Ruhuwam Ferdinan =

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      Ele-kolla, keep dreaming. You will soon wake up to face reality when you find that you are swamped by Muslims in your own back yard. Those who are living in this country (Sri Lanka of course) have deep rooted connections with Sinhalese wives of royalty, and it will not be easy to dislodge them as facts are stubborn. They are born to become successful businessmen, willing to take calculated risks in order to reach the top, despite everything that is thrown at them. Quite the opposite of the Buddhists who are downright lazy, want everything free and unwilling to take any chances. Their preachers are trained to fend for themselves with the begging bowl. What more.

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    Nonsense

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    One of Gotabhaya’s crude innovations. hope they do not appear during the CHOGM. Bensen

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    David Blacker, Gota is not my friend man, though I know he is yours. And your theory does not contradict the Gosl versions but certainly complements it. This has nothing to do with a lack or surfeit of intellect but all to do with being a shameless stooge of this despicable regime.

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    Like the ‘Malgudi’ of R.K.Narayan’ the writer has given the name ‘Kohinoor’ to the village ‘Kinniya’. However this is real not fiction.From the time of Minister Nugawela of D.S.Senanayake’s era, various Ministers including the SLFP Deputy Minister A.L.Abdul Majeed of Kinniya itself,laid foundation stones for this bridge, but no funds were allocated to build it for decades as it was not in the favoured region of the country although I am sure that at least some of them would have been paying their tax regularly.After all it was not a Harbour in the middle of rocks or an International Airport in the middle of a Birds sanctuary.Luckily for the people of Kinniya, the Saudi Royalty came to their rescue.

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    IF SL is so bad, why not shameless Tamils leave SL?

    Shameless!

    Tamil lost all dignity on 18th May 2009. Now the only dignified thing for Tamils is to leave SL. Otherwise more grease devils will haunt them.

    Payback time for LTTE atrocities!

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    Sunni Muslims in SL should help their Sunni brothers in Syria.

    A Fatwa has been issued allowing Muslims to eat cat, dog and donkey during this festive season.

    Very tragic circumstances faced by Muslims. Help them before the same happens to Muslims in SL. It is a matter of time. They are destroying Muslims one country at a time.

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      Bunkum. You are off your mind from day one, your first appearance on CT forums. No one takes you seriously anymore. A bit of an insult to those who bore you.

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      Tragic – or reckoning for the atrocities committed all over the world in the name of Allah. It’s amazing during the Balkan conflict when muslims were being killed… did the “muslim brothers” in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia etc send their troops to the front lines to protect their own? No NATO did that… Muslims are cowards who prefer to do their fighting with bomb’s strapped to a youth in a plane or a woman in a niqab. Muslims cause problems wherever they go.. they are like a cancer.

      Go back to Saudi and kiss the kaaba before its finally blown sky high by an Israeli missile…. a day the whole world prays for.

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    i dont know whats with the sinhalese..are they insecure about their dying religion that they are attacking the muslims and their practices?
    In Singapore three nationalities live ,the chinese,the tamils and malays..the chinese are buddhist malays are muslims tamils are hindus. Halal label is tagged on almost every product even in water..Why is it that only sri lankan buddhist are making an issue when all other buddhist are fine with it? is this actually an issue? if the halal label is not included in products the muslims will simply not buy it, would not visit restaurants that are non-halal, then whats going to happen..short term gain but long term loss..

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    She is unaware about what happened at Navanturai where civilians were assaulted by the armed forces for complaining that “grease devils” captured by them and handed over to police were later seen escaping from the army camp in uniform,in vehicles.

    http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/12351

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