23 October, 2020

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Black October – 30 Years Since, Where Are We?

By Shreen Abdul Saroor

Shreen Saroor

In October 1990, some 75,000 Muslims in the Northern Province (about five percent of the province’s total) were forcibly expelled from their homeland by the LTTE. In some places the rebels gave only about a 48-hour for Muslims to leave the province. Beginning in Chavakachcheri on October 15th, Muslims were evicted in their entirety (mass) throughout Mannar, Mullaitheevu, Killinochchi, Jaffna, and certain parts of Vavuniya by October 30th. Families were allowed to take only 500 rupees and some clothes; some were forced to flee without any belongings at all. Unable to get transport until they reached towns further south, many walked for upwards of three days. My family was among them—as a student in Colombo at the time, I waited anxiously for news as my family members fled our home in Mannar. To date this community’s sufferings have not been recognized officially and there has been no adequate support for return or reparations. Three decades of neglect and misunderstanding by local residents, government officers, international donors, and southern Muslims have left northern Muslims feeling there is no one left to trust.

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Since the civil war’s end in May 2009, northern Muslims have started returning in substantial numbers.  But many who remained in the north have not welcomed their return.  Political and economic rivalries between Tamil and Muslim communities persist. Northern Muslims assert that government authorities pay little heed to the needs of returning Muslims and give preferential treatment to resettled Tamils. Senior government officers, for instance, are said to under-quote Muslim returnee numbers, which significantly reduces allocation of resources and the development support required for resettlement. When confronted about this perceived bias, government officers in the North respond that Muslims are already ‘well-settled’ in Puttalam, so the government’s priority should be on the war-affected. It is certainly true that the plight of war-affected Tamil civilians remains distressing. A decade after end of the war, many still lack land, housing and other basic needs and continue to struggle for truth and justice in a dangerous space. These needs are critical, but addressing them should not forestall northern Muslims’ right to collective return.  

I have attended meetings in Mannar and Jaffna where journalists have asked Tamil government officers and religious leaders about claims that returning northern Muslims have not received adequate assistance. These leaders responded that the Muslim community has not returned in any significant way—only a few have returned to engage in trade, they argue, while keeping one foot in Puttalam and one foot in the North. While this assessment is often correct, the choice of northern Muslims to maintain their connections in Puttalam reflects the obstacles standing in the returnees’ path. With their lands overtaken by jungles and made inhabitable, people cannot be expected to leave completely the places where they have lived for 30 years before new homes and livelihoods can be established. Not only there is no basic infrastructure but also, they are not welcomed by government officers or even neighbours, most of whom, after 30 years of separation, do not recognize their former neighbours.  The few (mostly in Mannar) who received decent resettlement assistance have been able to return mostly through the political patronage of a former minister who established a political career based on the eviction. For new families who return, accessing their lands and providing decent schooling for their children are daunting enough, leave alone the challenges in accessing livelihood assistance and jobs. 

Mistakes upon mistakes 

Although the LTTE faced heavy criticism for their act of ethnic cleansing, LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was conspicuously silent on the issue during the peace negotiations of 2002-2005. Further, none of the parties engaged in talks – including the Norwegian mediators – was willing to consider the right to collective return of the northern Muslims as one of the primary conditions for establishing normalcy in the north. This was the main reason for the low rate of return for expelled Muslims in comparison to Tamil internally displaced persons (IDPs) who returned during the 2002 peace process.

When international delegations inquire with the government about the plight of northern Muslims, they have been told that Muslims have integrated well into the Puttalam population, and that their desire to return to the north now stems from business opportunities or a desire to sell their properties. A few non-Muslim religious leaders go so far as to say that if all of the expelled Muslims were now to return to the North, it would alter the ethnic composition of the area. They spuriously suggest that Muslims being outside the war zone and religious proscriptions against birth control have combined to create a boom in the Muslim population over the last 29 years, thus making full return an unfair burden on Tamils who remained and suffered through the war.  Such claims highlights the extent of the challenge northern Muslims face in seeking justice.

Echoing the government’s refrain, international donors commonly claim that displaced Muslims are well integrated in Puttalam, so their return is not a priority. They often rely on a controversial 2004 survey done by the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, which found that a majority of the displaced Muslims preferred to be integrated into Puttalam rather than return to their original homes. What the international community fails to note is that the LTTE was active at the time the survey was conducted, meaning fears about returning were undoubtedly related to security risks and the possibility of a return to war and yet another eviction.

At the start of his first term, in late 2005, President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised to appoint a presidential commission to inquire into the expulsion of the northern Muslims – a promise he never fulfilled.  At an event commemorating the end of the war, the former President stated: “When the innocent Muslims were harassed and forcibly evicted from the north by the LTTE, no one came forward to stop this displacement … Now, with my government putting an end to terrorism, all efforts will be made to resettle the Muslims by May 2010.” The speech marked the first time that a senior government official made a categorical statement on evicted Muslims. Even so, the former President failed to prioritize northern Muslims’ right of return in his rapid, post-war nation-building process.  A decade later, with the Easter Sunday attacks stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and prompting a Rajapaksa return, Muslims question whether there is any point in once again engaging with the government in the hopes of gaining support and recognition of their plight. 

Government officials and Sinhala nationalist commentators often bring up the plight of northern Muslims when criticizing the LTTE or claims to Tamil Eelam, but few genuinely consider what happened to those forced to flee and what must be done to make them whole. Northern Muslims have faced the same hatred as the broader Muslim community in recent years. For 30 years and counting, only northern Muslim politicians consider their plight, while all others ignore it. Today, some southern Muslim politicians are questioning Muslim nationalism and urging Muslims to politically assimilate with the Sinhala majority as we reel from Islamic terror. They criticize ethnic-group politics found in the North and East. There is no small irony there.  In 1990, I heard many southern Muslims say that the expulsions were punishment for living like Tamils and not being pious enough. These themes were repeated in Friday sermons at some mosques, where imams claimed Allah was punishing northern IDPs for not being Muslim enough. What they failed to understand was that the Tigers were expelling us only on the basis of our faith. Northern Muslims not only have a right to practice Islam but also to reclaim northern heritage that closely linked them to the northern Tamils; no one has the right to force them to choose.

In the transitional justice period from 2015 to 2019, early efforts to redress northern Muslim grievances through the proposed mechanisms were abandoned. The OISL Investigation launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, only probed the period from the 2002 February ceasefire until 2011. This meant that earlier crimes, such as the LTTE’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the north, were ignored. When the Sri Lankan government committed to transitional justice through UNHRC Resolution 30/1 in 2015, it likewise did not commit to addressing earlier events. Northern Muslims nonetheless took it upon themselves to play an active role in the public hearing led by the Consultation Taskforce on reconciliation mechanisms, but to no effect. As a result, the current reparation policy does not specifically recognize Northern Muslims’ loss in any form. 

Already suffering the effects of 30 years of neglect, northern Muslims have recently faced assaults on their basic democratic rights. During the November 2019 presidential election, northern Muslims who traveled from Puttalam to vote in Mannar came under attack, with their buses fired at on the way to Mannar at Tantirimale early morning on 16th November 2019. After voting they were attacked again that evening by Sinhala mobs in Medawachchiya; many women and children were injured but to date no inquiry has been held (nor even an investigation report by the Election Commission). Their buses were stopped at Chettikulum prior to the attack in Medawachchiya, and police kept them (detained) in custody for hours. Election Commissioner Prof. Ratna Jeevan Hoole visited the police station and instructed police to send the women and children home with a police escort, but officers refused. Late that evening, as the women and children made their way back to Puttalam, they were attacked. Many injured voters did not seek medical treatment, fearing reprisals. Based on this violence, the Election Commission agreed to set up cluster voting booths in Puttalam when these voters participated in the recent parliamentary election. Over 6000 Mannar voters cast their ballots in Puttalam by going to special polling booths.  Despite this positive development, the Assistant Elections Commissioner in Mannar has since instructed the district’s Grama Sevekas to only register voters who are permanently living in Mannar. When questioned by civil society activists, he asserted there could be no “floating voters”: people who live in Puttalam must register and vote in Puttalam. The same assistant commissioner said just before the Presidential election, “Mannar voters who are living in Puttalam are banned to come in hired private buses to cast their votes”. 

Unlike war-displaced Tamils, who experienced multiple displacements within the Vanni, forcibly evicted Muslims were compelled to live away from war-torn home areas. Thus, it is a fact that they have been spared of the massacres and terrible losses that the Tamils of Vanni have undergone. But this must not be used to disqualify northern Muslims from returning when it is viable and claiming their rightful properties and other resettlement rights. And to avoid any further suspicion and distrust growing between northern communities, it is imperative to recognise the justice of the northern Muslims’ right to return in parallel with other resettlement and development programs that are ongoing in the north. Already, some Muslims who have returned to the North have found their village boundaries changed, resulting in the loss of their community rights to land. When government officers alter the boundaries of villages, they take away public lands – allocated to build public schools, burial grounds, places of worship, playgrounds or even grazing land for animals – and redistribute it for new settlements. Forced to live away from their land for decades, displaced Muslims have had no say in how these decisions have been made and have suffered additional losses as a result. 

What can be done? 

Even as a handful of Tamil politicians and few community and diaspora members have been sympathetic to the issue, the Tamil polity as a whole has long kept silent on the 1990 Muslim expulsion. In a September 2009 meeting on minority concerns with then President Rajapaksa, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the first time publicly raised the concerns of the northern Muslims. When the TNA won the Northern provincial council elections in 2013 it appointed a Muslim to one of their bonus seats as a councillor to demonstrate its positive approach towards the Muslim people of the North. Efforts by a small number of TNA MPs’ to directly address these issues has been welcomed and was seen as an attempt to secure rights for the country’s two largest minorities. In August’s parliamentary election, the Killinochchi and Jaffna Muslims openly endorsed a couple of the TNA representatives and voted for the TNA. Despite this laudable political move, most Tamil leaders and intellectuals have yet to demonstrate their solidarity for the cause of the expelled northern Muslims.

As things stand, Muslims are returning to the north without expecting much from anyone, simply in the hope of restarting their lives from scratch and co-existing once again with their Tamil brothers and sisters. They have advanced few demands, apart from modest ones for equal treatment, access to their lands, basic livelihood activities and swift clearance of their land that has turned into jungles. It is imperative that Tamil government officers and politicians in the north recognise that evicted Muslims have the right to reclaim their properties and livelihood opportunities in their native places, irrespective of whether their families choose to continue to live elsewhere. As trust builds, more northern Muslims will feel safe to return and reclaim their ancestral lands and cultural heritage. At the moment, however, there seems to be a collective resistance to their return. This is a situation that will only set in place further communal strife between the Muslims and Tamils of the north and benefit majoritarianism, undermining the long-term interest of the Tamils and their still-unmet political aspirations. It is in the interest of the both communities – with the support of the international community and sympathetic Sinhalese – to prioritize deeper cooperation and a sustained effort to work through their separate – but deeply intertwined – grievances and suffering.

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    Dear Shreen

    Thank you.

    “But many who remained in the north have not welcomed their return”. Please ask the NPC CM our hon CJ MP for Jaffna & TNA to explain to the world their duplicity.

    And thank the people the South to have homed them and accommodated them ever since too.

    Ask TNA to publish their manifesto pledge to the world on the right to return of the refugees from Jaffna………and write articles after article on how each and every Muslim family were taken care since the war ended.

    Kidding me no Jaffna man living in foreign countries have given their land to the displaced Tamil refugees the GOSL has to deal WITH AFTER THE WAR?

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      Thanks but what are the concrete steps you suggest for return of Muslims?
      Also, rather than living in the past we must recognize that Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are being weaponized by external parties to divide and rule.
      The Ravana Balaya, Ravana Senai and Mahasohon Balakaya were set up to attack Muslims and unite the Buddhists and Muslims in South and north Sri Lanka by external actors trying to destabilize Lanka, who use global Islamophobia.
      Shereen, Please ALSO study these new development and stop living in the past!
      Saffron Modi’s “Soft Power” Ramayana-Ravana project to promote Indian culture is fueling new religious conflicts and tensions not just in Sri Lanka to cause a new Golbal “Clash of Civilizations” between Buddhists and Muslims, as in Burma too, all this with USAID and CIA backing and funding to destroy the rise of Asia and Asian economies and the Euro-American NATO empire crashed..

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        The US Govt. and its Special Operations Forces and CIA is stoking and spoiling for war between China and India, and a “clash of civilizations” between the two great religions of Asia – Buddhism and Islam at this time, to crash the Economic dominance rise of Asia and make Euro-America “Great Again”!
        Buddhism and Islam are being weaponized by the QUAD with lots of funds going to extremist organizations like BBS and NTJ to destroy Islam and Buddhism from within. All this is part of the hybrid Cold War waged by US and NATO against China, the BRICS and Global South.
        Ironically, in Hindu nationalist Modi’s India where the Euro-American Boston Consultancy Group- Mckinsey CONSULTANCY RAJ controls all policy making including Covid-19 and all Security policy Muslims are also being targeted to destroy the social fabric of that failed state that is being played by its own US-UK -France based Diaspora!

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    Dear Shreen

    The earlier crimes by the “Ratha Pottu Mafia FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA/TN killing fields in Jaffna” 1970-1977-1981 is not for the UN but for the GOSL to undertake as most were not in the radar to the world then. Only Indian government should be brought to share the investigations…publish the findings to the people ofJaffna and SriLanka and India.

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    A compelling remembrance and progress report on the plight of the expelled Northern Muslims.

    An impressive account by Ms. Shreen Saroor written with the aim of bridge-building. Seemed to capture the various events, nuances, and complications that’ve been impeding the resettlement of the expelled residents.

    The plight of anyone not being able to return to their homes is just as heart breaking as it would have been to be forcibly expelled. There are thousands of Northern Tamils who are still waiting for the government to release their lands and homes held by the military, 11 years after the Civil-war ended.

    Just as the Northern Tamils continue to strive for an equitable and just solution for their plight, my hope is that they will overwhelmingly and wholeheartedly support an equitable and just solution to the plight of the expelled-Northern Muslims, and welcome them back.

    Similarly, must have a comprehensive review of the government‘s action on the thousands of Tamil owned properties encroached and illegally occupied by Sinhalese migrants in the East when the rightful owners fled during the civil war. Sure to once more expose the disparity in justice for the minorities in this country.

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      Sugandh,
      In the first place there was no civil war in Sri Lanka as Tamil Diaspora try to portray. There was a military operation by Sri Lanka Armed Forces against barbaric Tamil Terrorists who slaughtered Sinhalayo for three decades.
      There were no Sinhala migrants to the East to encroach and illegally occupy land owned by Tamils. Large number of Sinhalayo were expelled from East by LTTE. Those land vacated by both Sinhalayo and Tamils were occupied by Muslims. We understand that there are lot of forged deeds in North and East. The Government should review these deeds and punish lawyers who prepared them.

      “Similarly, must have a comprehensive review of the government‘s action on the thousands of Tamil owned properties encroached and illegally occupied by Sinhalese migrants in the East when the rightful owners fled during the civil war.”

  • 10
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    The story behind the plight of Sinhalayo who were expelled from North and East by Tamil terrorists is dead and buried.
    Tamils started ethnic cleansing of Sinhalayo in Yapanaya in 1958. Sinhala people in Yapanaya were attacked by Tamil mobs and forced to leave. At that time few Sinhalayo managed to return but later Tamil terrorists expelled Sinhalayo from North and East.
    In the East, the beneficiaries of expelling Sinhalayo were Muslims. They grabbed business premises and land abandoned by Sinhalayo. In return Tamil terrorists took ‘Kappam’ from Muslims. Eravur which used to be predominantly a Sinhala town is now predominantly a Muslim town.
    After LTTE was crushed a group of Sinhalayo went to Yapanaya to claim their property but were attacked by Tamil mobs and chased away. The Government did not do anything to help Sinhalayo.

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      LTTE did not rob their land. LTTE was not there in 1977 Back July when Tamil terrorists chased away 30,000 Sinhalese from Jaffna. Those lands did not disappear. Tamils occupy those lands today. When are they going to hand them back?

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        “Tamil terrorists chased away 30,000 Sinhalese from Jaffna”
        Do you really not know what happened in 1977 in Jaffna or just trying to fly a kite?

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      Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese Buddhist Aryans country. This pearl of the Indian Ocean belongs to Sinhalese Aryans same as Thailand belongs to Thai people, Korea belongs to Koreans, Japan belongs to the Japanese, Malaysia belongs to Malays, China belongs to China, Cambodia belongs to Cambodians, Mongolia belongs to Mongolians, Myanmar (Burma) belongs to Burmese, the Maldive Islands belongs to Maldivians, Indonesia belongs to the Indonesians. One and only country for Sinhalese Aryans is Sri Lanka (Heladiva)

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    It has been 43 years since Black July. In July 1977 the entire Sinhala population of Jaffna was evicted by Tamil terrorists. Their lands are now in the hands of Tamils. They are yet to be resettled. SL will never have peace until they are resettled.

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      Dear GATAM,

      if justice to be served, it should be equal to all citizens regardless of them being sinhalaya, tamils, muslims or any others.
      :
      As you and I know how many tamils left the country leaving their livelyhhoods…. they should also be given the chance to resettle on their return. If SINHALA lived in NORTH and then were thrown away, they should also be resettled but not going by Rajapashe melchcha politcs, but holding the law equal to all.

      I think today, what the rulershave been doing is, live up their hidden perverse propensities, by turning masses, like Pasqual, a14455 and the like their permament SLAVEs. These men would let their own family if Rajaapkashes would ask them for a night. Why people fell to that low level is due to MEDIA mafia. Media mafia has been handled by Basil et al for such a long time: While continuing with their brain washing TV programmes, .. those channels have become CULT of the SLAVEs that are living there. They are tied to TV teledramas almost every everning. I know some families that would not survive without TELE DRAM series. So is with my friends and those who are known to me.

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      Dear Gatam:
      Could you please provide references, preferably web sources, to the event in 1977 that you have mentioned here and noted in another comment here that 30000 Sinhala residents of Jaffna were chased away by “Tamil terrorists”? I am very much interested in learning about this.

      Strangely, my google search for the same yielded results on a juxtaposing topic (i.e. state run Sinhala settlements/ colonisation and Sinhalisation in the north and east beginning in early 1950s) and nothing on the search topic.

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    lest see how

    Kumar David RJ 12345 and leelas bit ch respond to this . and GATM . These terrorist supporting bas terds deserve the white vans

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      a14455 / October 10, 2020

      what happened to your ziamasian sodomite ? SCPasqual ? Is he still under your bed ?

      If you guys wish us to be caught by WHITE VANs, wait and see how they take it first from WIMAL BURUWANSE who was their LOUD SPEAKER for blatant lies, be murdered in the days to come.
      :
      That murder would be far beyond that of MISTERIOUS KILLINGS of SAUDI JOURNALIST – Jamal Khashogi…. you the like ASYLUM seekers/petrol shed assistant live in the US, would well be informed where the BONES and flesh of the dead would be frozen. :
      .
      Rajakashe POLITICS = ONLY COMPARABLE THAT OF Canabalists.

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    Shreen,
    I know the sacrifices you have made and the causes for alleviating human suffering that you have untiringly engaged in. You are an admirable example of someone who has put away grievances arising from a sense of communal wrong, by a community you had lived along with. The problem is that we are dealing with communities that see murderers as heroes, in turn condemning their fellows to backwardness and further tragedy. It applies to the North as well as to the South. Prabhakaran and Thileepan are now dead. Being from the same society it is more relevant now to study their background and understand how they pegged their greatness to belittling, and killing on a large scale, those who disagreed with them. What of a community whose politics is based on hypocritically exalting them as heroes and using them as scarecrows to cow down their political opponents? I am afraid the Muslims, with the rest of us, have to be patient in the North and elsewhere.

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      Rajan, but what about the land? Evicted Sinhalese land and evicted Muslims land in Jaffna are now occupied by Tamils. When will they hand back those lands?

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        GATAM,

        I don’t think there were thousands of Sinhalese in Jaffna in the late 1970’s. Probably a few hundreds. Many of them worked as bakers, tailors, etc., and they were there through the early 1980’s, and then returned home to the South when the ethnic tensions intensified. It is highly unlikely they owned lands and properties in Jaffna; most stayed there on a temporary basis, paying rent. I think you are vastly exaggerating, if not downright lying. Tamil families in the South lost everything they owned during riots in 1977 and 1983 and most never got any compensation.

        What happened to the Muslims, on the other hand, was an expulsion by the LTTE of people who owned lands and property and had a sense of permanence in Jaffna.
        As the author highlights, their lands have now become forested. I hope the TNA leadership works with Muslim leaders to find an effective solution and the Tamil polity as a whole mends its relationship with the Muslims.

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      Rajan Hoole,
      Your, ‘and killing on a large scale, those who disagreed with them’, is objectionable.
      .
      Did LTTE kill anyone and everyone who ‘disagreed with them’? No.
      LTTE killed; They killed those who stood in their way.
      Whether their way was right or wrong is another discussion.

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      Does not humanity as a whole have a long tradition of “see murderers as heroes”?
      How many “Holy Wars” has this planet seen?

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      “I am afraid the Muslims, with the rest of us, have to be patient in the North and elsewhere.”

      Be patient? For how long? Isn’t 30 years Long Enough? Don’t Forget that the Muslims of the North were NOT a Party to the Conflict and that their Only Fault was being Muslims and living in the North at the Wrong time. Even Prabakaran is reported to have agreed later that it was a Blunder to have Expelled the Muslims from the North.

      The Worst part is that NO one, whether the Govt., or any Political Parties, or Local or International Human Rights Organisations have said even a word about the Pathetic Plight of the Muslims Expelled from the North which means that their Miserable Plight is NOT in the Agenda of those who can do something Constructive to Alleviate the Sufferings of the Muslims Mercilessly Expelled from the North. Is there any other Constructive Suggestion/s you can offer the Muslims of the North, dear Professor?

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    Here we go … … This proves Wiggy’s theory that Jaffna Tamils were once Buddhists. Sinhalese and Jaffna Tamils share the genetic trait of hating Muslims. But then the Tamils in Tamil Nadu – who were also once Buddhists – seem to be able to co-exist peacefully with the Muslims. Wiggy has his theoretical work cut out for him.

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      Ajay,
      When the descendants of Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese came out with the claim North and East is their ‘Traditional Homeland’, the Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites scattered all over North and East stood against their bogus claim. In order to overcome that, Viggy came out with this theory distorting all historical facts that Jaffna Tamils were once Buddhists. This will remain as a theory forever because there are no evidences to prove that theory.
      You say Sinhalayo hate Muslims like Tamils. Let me remind you that it was Sinhala Buddhists who saved Muslims when they faced persecution by Portuguese, settled them in interior parts of the country, allowed them to marry Sinhala women and convert them to Islam.
      After Tamil terrorists were defeated, there is a planned effort to increase tension between Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims to show to the International Community that Sinhala Buddhists are villains who do not tolerate minorities.

      “This proves Wiggy’s theory that Jaffna Tamils were once Buddhists. Sinhalese and Jaffna Tamils share the genetic trait of hating Muslims.”

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      ‘Earth is Flat’ guys too have their theoretical work well cut out.
      They are fine as long as their evidence is not contested.

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      Two things 1) Unlike the Sri Lankan Muslims, the Muslims in Tamil Nadu do not deny their Dravidian Tamil origin and heritage and pretend to be Arabs , they are very religious but also proud of their Tamil heritage and do not partake in anti Tamil activities. The Sri Lankan Muslims do. Collaborate and connive with any anti Tamil. Local or international. 2) Genetically the closest relatives to the Sri Lankan Tamils are the Sinhalese , especially the Kandyan Sinhalese. Basically they are the same people now speaking two different languages and following different but very similar faiths. The culture, food, dress and the gods worshipped is more or less same amongst both. Even now most Hindu Tamils worship Lord Buddha and are still Buddhist friendly ( not Sinhalese Buddhism) and most Sinhalese worship Tamil Hindu gods ( not North Indian ) and are generally Hindu friendly. A Muslim will destroy a Hindu temple but a Sinhalese or Tamil will never destroy a Hindu or Buddhist temple but will build around this original place of worship , Hindu or Buddhist if they are converting it .

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        Dear Rohan25

        I am bemused by your audacity to live in a democratic world and spit so much of generalised hate on a community who suffered the worst yet to be discussed in the UN to date. Word here is “Generalisation”..is this means for the sins of few Tamils all Tamils can be exterminated??

        It is not even what they suffered then but hardly any Tamil publication has taken top their plight and rectified matters accordingly. Hon MR given the opportunity for the TNA to run a show in Jaffna….along with all other debacles this is one of the worst form of “inability to deal with reality” that was shown by TNA at the NPC? Still wanting 13th amendment for the future misery of the North and East? Is there any limit to your politics and duplicity….a turncoat/traitor traits to all you say and do everyday in life?….faceless in a social media too??

        This is why I think most of the commenters are foreign agents/foreigners have vested interest (money spinning and we know who they are) in the misery of people of Sri Lanka.

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          May by the grace of whatever the JVP may have spared the East from this TNA curse and misery????? and saved the Tamils and the Sinhalese who live their and their misery too just as what was brought upon to the people of Jaffna????

          How is the TNA relationship with JVP????? and what is exactly agreed with them regards to liberating a landscape for the TNA kingdom???

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    Shereen: Thanks but please also remember that The Muslims were evicted from Jaffna by the LTTE because India, CIA and Israel’s Mossad were working together to use Muslims as scapegoats against the LTTE.
    Foreign interventions to destroy centuries old co-existence among Tamils and Muslims in northeast, just as they did with the Easter Sunday 2019 attacks is a fact. Why do you think the ISIS which is owned and operated by CIA and your USAID funders claimed the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka?
    Religion/s are being weaponized and Global Islamophobia is being promoted in Sri Lanka today. Buddhism and Hinduism too are being weaponized to cause a “Clash of Civilizations” between Buddhism and Islam in South and Southeast Asia, as well as, Hindus and Muslims in India by the US its EU partners to destabilize Asia and Asian Economies and make Euro-America great again!
    Divide and Rule has been a consistent policy of European colonialism and American hegemony and various foreign Aid and research projects, all though the Cold War years on Russia and China when Buddhism and Islam was weaponized by the CIA and Asia Foundation against socialist and communist anti-colonial liberation struggles.

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      Dinuk,
      It is sad that Muslims blames LTTE and Buddhists Tamils blame Sinhalese and Muslims, Sinhalese blames Tamils and Muslims but there is no one try to understand what has happened since the power moved to Buddhists from British. Of course LTTE removed Muslims from the North in 1990. Is it the first time people removed from their homes? GATAM only talk about Sinhalese land, Shreen just talk about Muslim land. Rajan Hoole talks in general. Why can’t you have an independent analysis of what happened after British left this island. Thousands and thousands of Tamils were forced to leave their homes, murdered, and disappeared since British left this island by the rulers of this country. Why can’t the people find a solution to all the communities? Where is the barrier?

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        “Why can’t you have an independent analysis of what happened after British left this island.”
        Were the British on a holiday when there was the Sinhala-Muslim riots? They are very much a part of the problem.

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          SJ,
          European invasion and there administration changes may be a problem, Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese were together in demanding a liberation from British. It is sad that still we make the excuses for mistakes in our governance.
          Invasion of Mahinda from India may be part of a problem?

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      Dear Dinku

      (1) Are you saying LTTE was advised by these agencies to expel the residence of Jaffna and Citizens of SL who happened to practice Muslim religion??

      (2) Then what the agnecies part and relationship with India?

      (3) Then one of the Tamil groups I thin is PLOTE (TNA) involved as mercenaries to affect Maldives hired by the Indians??

      (4) What was the part the of the FP/ITAK/TULF now the TNA part in starting up something that never made any sense since Independence??

      (5) What was the part TN/Malaysian/Singaporean and now the Tamil Diaspora part in all this??

      (6) Then what was Amma’s and Mrs Clinton visit to Tamil Nadu was all about??

      (7) With all the cream of the politicians wiped out in SL and all other Mother Lankan children died for someone else venture and nothing to do with Sinhalese/Tamils and Muslims etc???

      (8) Is this not the standard curse for all the developing countries and the one and only dominant factor why we should never look each other in anger/kill each other/retributions??

      (9) Now India itself being fixed against China?

      Basically we are Nation of fools and cowards??

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        (10) Then the TULF/PLOTE/TELO were saved by the GOSL & India for the entire war.
        (11) Then the same folly TNA tried to put the same soldiers on war crimes.
        (12) then the same folly wasted an entire term of a GOSL/Opposition leader position on constitutional assembly.
        (13) Made a complete blunder of the NPC and delivered nothing to the people except death for 70 year history of tradition well and alive.
        (14) Now back to the courts again objecting to the same GOSL saved their life?
        (15) we yet to discuss the caste system a worst form of slavery that ever existed in the world to date?? not in the west and not in the South Africa but was and is well and alive amongst our people to date.

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          (16) Does not know a think yet still exist after all the misery this mafia has created by short changing the trust that is too save the children instead sold them to Tamil Nadu training camps??
          (17) Systematically work their way though and provoked the Sinhalese every step of the way to antagonise/provoke for all that is quoted as atrocities by others without a singly sign of acceptance of guilt..not even a partial guilt?
          (18) Only the Sinhala only gel could have saved the Nation as now we know how we were all being played by the geo politics as you have correctly pointed out too specially with all our caste and religious prejudices???

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            (19) How dare this folly has buried the fact they created all the armed groups including the LTTE and had all their opponents killed using the children they let down and abused?? The missing children should be accounted by the TNA not the GOSL? as parents do not know who stole them from Jaffna then in 1970’s to date?? there should be an International investigation I agree totally??
            (20) Now the TNA can not even home the Muslims from Jaffna back in their homes want devolution with land and police powers for North and East ????????make a mockery of human intelligence is it not?

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    Shreen what a beautiful and sad account. So balanced . Yes all genuinely displaced Northern Tamil Muslims should be allowed to return to their original land if they want to. However not fake displaced Muslims who are not from the north or even from the country , who were being returned by certain Muslim politicians and organizations backed by certain countries , to deliberately create Islamic enclaves in the north that were not even there before. These people were even inflating the number of Muslims who were expelled from the north three fold /fourfold. Like what you stated they were around 60000-75000 the most and not 250000-300000 as these people were claiming and were wanting to settle with funds from certain Islamic nations. Notice the places they wanted to settle these people were in strategic area and many facing the two Indian key states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu along the Wilpattu corridor.

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      This is what annoyed many Tamils. What also annoyed many northern Tamils was , the double standards of these Muslim organizations , politicians and individuals, whilst clamouring to settle , largely fake , not the genuine displaced Muslims in the north , they were very quite about the thousands of Eastern Tamils who were displaced the ethnically cleansed in the east by the action of the Islamic home guards , the Sri Lankan armed forces and illegal Sinhalese settlers. These people number far more than the displaced Northern Muslims and have still not been allowed to return to their displaced villages or homes , as most of these ancient Hindu Tamil villages have now been converted to Islamic villages. These displaced Tamils are the original and indigenous population of the north and east and not later immigrants or refugees who arrived from South India a few centuries and now making spurious claims to ancient Hindu Tamil lands.

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        Lastly what has Islam or being a good Muslim got to do with being a Tamil? The former is a religion and the later is an ethnicity. You can be a good observant Muslim and also be a proud Tamil , just like most Christian Tamils are and also the Muslims Tamils of southern India. These southern Muslims in Sri Lanka are trouble creators and very selfish and self centered . They constantly want the Tamil Muslims living in the north and east to fight with their fellow non Muslim Tamils, radicalize them to claim fake Arab Wahhabi homelands but want to live in harmony with the Sinhalese ,therefore deny their Tamil Dravidian origin and heritage , claiming to be some sort of Arab heritage , that is very minimal in them. Just because a thousand years ago there was one or two male Arab ancestor in the family tree , of a few hundred families and the rest all Tamil does not make you an Arab. We all have some sort of mixture in all our family trees but this little mixture is not what we are. Most Muslims in the world are not Arabs and all Arabs are not Muslim.

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          Many are Christian or Druze. Other non Arab Islamic people like the Turks, Malays, Iranians, Kurds , Pakistanis and various Indian Muslim ethnicities like the Tamil Muslims of Tamil Nadu who are the ancestors of the Sri Lankan Muslims, are also very good Muslims but are very proud of their own culture language and ethnicity. What is wrong with these fake Arab Dravidian Tamil Sri Lankan Muslims? It is because of this attitude , behaviour and constantly collaborating with Sinhalese extremists, racists and the state against their fellow non Islamic Tamils , that all these incidents mistrust arose and is still there. Be proud of whom you actually are not pathetically claim to be something that you really aren’t. Remember religion and race or ethnicity are two different things. You can be a very religious Hindu , Christian , Muslim or Jain and still be a proud Tamil . What has Islam got to do with being an Arab , Turk , Malay or being a Tamil . Very confused people.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma,
      “These people were even inflating the number of Muslims who were expelled from the north three fold /fourfold.”

      If Demalu inflate the number killed during the military operation to eliminate barbaric Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Sinhalayo for three decades why not Muslims do the same.

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    Dear SSS

    This Muslim thing really rattles your cage is it not?? why should Sinhalese deal with it for you Bro?

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      Dear SSS

      Please take a page out of the TNA manifesto and explain this “Muslim” issues to us please.

      You asked the Sinhalese people to deal with the Indian Tamils in their own land, then said do not bother with changing the language to Sinhala and stay with English you few Tamils new, then said do not bother with standardisation that delivered justice to all and not to the few, then you said all the Tamils can live anywhere in the Nation but not the Sinhalese as they are being settled by the GOSL?, then you said you do not even know the number of Sri Lankan refugees got Indian citizenship in India to date after being there since 80’s?? then you all went and settled in all the secular countries and very jolly and now you investigate all the details in your writing as to wanting some selective Muslims?? you still want the North and East with all the Muslims correct??…or want to select them too??

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        Hi Venu Kunju still trying to rundown other Thamizh ,praise your turncoat Appa and pander to Chingkallams and Thullukans. Like father like son.

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