15 November, 2018

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Contextualising Minister’s Tiger Bomb

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran’s emotional outburst in welcoming the return of LTTE has obviously and legitimately provoked condemnation both inside and outside the parliament. This writer is equally disturbed by her thoughtless reference to a group of megalomaniacs who knew how to take up the gun but did not know when to put it down. Yet, Vijayakala’s verbal bomb blast must be contextualised.  

The nation is nearing a decade since LTTE was defeated and civil war came to an end. Jaffna has been rebuilt partly due to infrastructure development undertaken by the MR regime and partly due to massive inflow of funds from expatriate Tamils. Jaffna has changed its skyline so rapidly that it is difficult for an outsider to detect any visual evidence of a twenty-five year civil war fought in that territory. No wonder that MR is fondly remembered in some parts of the peninsula. So far so good.

State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran

However, the real picture is sadly a different one. Gang related violence, drug trade and drug addiction, rape of women and girls as young as six year old, day light robbery, alcoholism, murder, harassment by security forces and such other social and administrative evils are widespread and remain unresolved.  Perhaps, this is an island wide phenomenon not confined only to the Tamil north. Even so, to clean up the social mess in a war ravaged territory the government must have given some priority to this sector so that its people could enjoy some semblance of the so called peace dividend. Instead, at present, there is a general fear and uncertainty about the future ruling the minds of young men and women. My interview with a number of ordinary Tamils and Tamil professionals in different parts of the north conveyed a feeling of widespread unhappiness and frustration.  The psychological effect of this state of affairs should not be underrated.  

The current yahapalana regime has failed and failed miserably to address these issues.  It is in this disappointing context that the state minister, widowed by violence, and a mother of three children, showed her frustration at the state of play by bringing back the memory of LTTE, which to its credit tackled those evils with ruthless force. If a sober minded Buddhist monk can get frustrated at the political, economic, and social malaise of this country and is prepared to call even a Hitler to emerge and reverse the trend what is wrong in a Tamil mother bursting out emotionally to release her frustration at the way things are in Jaffna? I am sure she will regret for what she said at that moment like the monk regretting for recalling Hitler. On our part let the condemnation of both be measured.   

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    Very well explained Ameer Ali as to the context and relevance. I am now convinced there is a similarity.

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      The Sinhala Racists are misinterpreting what Vijayakala said totally out of context and making a mountain out of a molehill. Unlike during the time of LTTE Prabakaran, today the Northern Province is infested with thieves, rapists, drug addicts and murderers. What Vijayakala meant was, the high rate of crimes, including sexual crimes against women and children and cruel murders of the innocent civilians in the North would not have happened if the LTTE was in control because they never tolerated such crimes/criminals. Other than that, she has no intention of creating or bringing the LTTE back. The opportunist Sinhala politicians are taking full advantage of this misinterpretation to bring the government down.

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        No, the LTTE ‘never tolerated such crimes/criminals’ – they were doing exactly the same thing. But they would not tolerate others do it! What a joke!

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          It is sad that law is enforced differently on Tamils from others. Government was quick to find fault with a Tamil, even asking her to resign her post, while no action was taken against the Buddhist monk who wanted to bring back Hitler and Rishard Badurdeen who wanted to start Islamic insurgency against Sinhalese in response to attack on Muslims by Sinhalese was not asked to resign his post nor his case referred to AGs department for action. Is this not a case of racial discrimination..

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            Dr. Gnana Sankarabalulingam how do you know Rishard Badurdeen want to start a Islamic insurgency? From where did you get the news? Have got any proof that he said so? If you don’t have, take off that Dr from your name or put Dr (fabricator).

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          What were they doing? Raping looting selling drugs to school children, stealing the homes and lands of the Tamil population under various flimsy excuses to build luxury hotels, live a luxurious life and import Sinhalese and Muslim hoodlums from the south to occupy these Tamil lands? These are the work of the rapist looting Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces. police and the opportunistic selfish third rate Southern Sinhalese politicians. This Sinhalese occupying army is deliberately stationed in the Tamil north and east in large numbers for two reasons. 1) To easily facilitate the large scale colonisation of southern Sinhalese , in order to change the demography of the region 2) To terrorise the Tamil population with rapes robbery murders and debase them by flooding the north and east with drugs and alcohol , so that they will be useless good for nothings. This is what the White Australians deliberately did to the Aboriginal population in Australia , however all these happened in another era , when racism thrived and there was less enlightenment but the Sinhalese racists the Sinhalese establishment and politicians are still doing this. Showing their nasty low mindset. The irony is most the of present the so called Sinhalese population are descended from largely low caste Indian Tamil immigrants but now beating the anti Tamil drum against the indigenous Tamil population on the basis of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and a fake Aryan origin. The only joke is you not her.

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      Amir outlined the situation poignantly.

      As a regular visitor to Jaffna, I have seen the progressing tranquillity amidst misfortunes faced by the people there. Overall, people in the or east do not want another war. Vijayakala’s outburst is just her expression of frustration and does not reflect the ground reality.

      The problems facing the Tamils are due to combination of various factors:

      – Inability of the NCP to stand up to the situation faced by the people. NCP is the most inefficient and incapacitated body as it is heaping mud on itself by not being far reaching and down to earth.

      – Youngsters are lethargic to earn and the Tamil Diaspora’s hard earned survival funding is making the youngsters irresponsible.

      – The government’s post war efforts are not very broad minded. It is only dangling the carrot to show a brave face.

      – War is evil. Evil is not alien to any post war regeneration. Evil will show its ugly face for a very long time until the stakeholders take stock of the situation and deal with it wisely.

      Response of South to Vijayakala’s outburst shows immaturity, hate mindedness and unintelligent behaviour of elected politicians. They wait for every opportunity show their ugly faces.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali, who appears to possess commendable insight into people’s thought processes, has managed to figure out what was it that prompted Vijayakala Maheswaran’s outburst at the meeting. She has gone through very bad experiences herself and has to constantly listen to people from the North and East who come and unburden their problems and grievances before her. So she knows what is happening there and naturally she is very upset about it. That was just talk, not a written, signed and sealed formal document that she issued. So why all the fuss?

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    It is sad that SL, as a nation, & it’s politicians, have not learnt from the civil unrest which led to a destructive war that brought misery to everybody, including the residents of Jaffna. In fact, winning the war against terrorism made the victors more intolerant towards minorities & non Buddhists. MR had the golden opportunity to be acclaimed, perhaps, as the greatest leader of SL & international prestige if he was humble in victory & united the country by accepting that everyone born in SL as a Sri Lankan, irrespective of the ethnicity or religious faith. Sirisena continued playing to the gallery, turning a blind eye to the racial tension & , maybe, it’s only a matter of time till minorities, frustrated by the bigotry, start another civil unrest but, if so, it could be much worse this time around. Yet, opportunists like MR & Gota would relish such an uprising because the grateful masses would turn to them, which would enable them to be in power as long as it takes, perhaps indefinitely. The billion dollar question is, are we heading for another destructive era caused by civil unrest?

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    I just heard that Vijayakala decided to resign from her post on her own conscience . I respect her for that decision which cannot be expected from none of the so called leaders of Lankawe ( UNP ,SLFP, SLPP , MR /RW……ETC….ETC). And mind you this is a lady who suffered from personal loss of her husband who was murdered for political reasons. This much of a morality or ethics cannot be expected from the rest who have been convicted for murder, kidnap, corruption, nepotism,drug peddling the list just goes on and on. So it is time for Lankans to focus on the rest and expect the same.I hope the Scribs too (who are busy throwing mud) can now spend their energy on the rest and make them accountable. Then we can call ours as Miracle Lankawe

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    Ameer Ali,
    I don’t think it is right to compare the Viyakala’s call with the Monk’s call to Hitler. The Monk call of Gotapaya style government is not to the frustration about political, social malaise. Vijakala’s call came after brutal rape and murder of elderly couple, rape and murder of a child, continued sword attack by some youths. The law and order has completely neglected, there is no control over drugs and alcohol and thuggerism by few youths. This culture started only after the end of civil war.So, both previous regime and current regime should take full responsibility to the breakdown of law & order. It is true that Mahinda built up roads and bulidings in the North as well as in the South but he also developed a culture of drugs and alchohol, violence, rape, white van. He encoraged the attack on Muslims and religious places. That culture still continues. We also need to look at the period before civil war and what happened during that period. You can’t ignore those 1958, 1962, 1987 and 1983 onesided violence against the Tamil community and lawlessness. LTTE is not an imported movement from Russia or Arabia. They are sons and daughters of this land. Their violent behaviour may not be acceptable to some but there are lot of good things we can learn from that experience as well. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a positive change in this land after the end of war. We are going back to the same period as before 1984. The mentality during the period of civil war was to find a solution to our political and social problems but now we are in a period of lawlessness and our our brutal mentality in top of everything. Corruption was at its peak within the past nine years, it reminds me about 1989-90 period. Heads were rolled over the streets, bodies were hanged in light posts and unaccountable bodies buried under the massgraves. I don’t know where this country i s going to end.

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      You are hundred percent correct .

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    If the minister was in fact talking as a concerned widow & mother of 3 girls!! The question asked is Why has she never spoken or in fact been present in Parliament when her subject has come up for debate? !

    Please check following link for her performance in parliament!!

    http://archive.manthri.lk/en/politicians/vijayakala-maheswaran

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    The term “group of megalomaniacs” is not a scientific description of an organization. A leader may be a megalomaniac, but not all members.
    I am not VM’s mind reader. It sounds more an emotional outburst than a calculated political statement.
    But what she said could be a reflection of an increasing feeling of public frustration in the North.
    If at all, very few want to live under the LTTE, but frustration with ‘Good Governance’ does make people say things that sound like nostalgic yearning for the LTTE
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    “No wonder that MR is fondly remembered in some parts of the peninsula.”
    If so, how big are these ‘parts’ and where do they belong?

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      Ameer Ali is not unknown to mischief making.
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      His, ‘No wonder that MR is fondly remembered in some parts of the peninsula’, is nothing but mischief. His observation that Jaffna has been rebuilt partly due to infrastructure development undertaken by the MR regime, is a misrepresentation of facts. The rebuilding of infrastructure was with security of The Military in mind, not with the well-being of the people there.
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      Having correctly identified that gang related violence, drug trade and drug addiction, rape of women and girls as young as six year old, day light robbery, alcoholism, murder, harassment by security forces and such other social and administrative evils, he ventures to negates its horrific impact with, ‘Perhaps, this is an island wide phenomenon not confined only to the Tamil north’. Hello, Which other part(s) of the island faces harassment by security forces?

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        Thappu! You have said it well, It appears that Ameer Ali has taken this opportunity to to elevate MR’s dwindling popularity elsewhere.MR. never allowed diaspora money to come into north except in drops and so is MS. If diaspora money is allowed without hindrance of paying’ santhosams’, Jaffna would develop well but not to the liking of the governments as they want they Tamils to be under the army’s boots and stretch out their hands for pittance.. Otherwise how do you explain the the Army carrying out cultivations in private lands and selling the produce in the Markets both in Jaffna and elsewhere. This is how the’ skyline has’ changed from the bottom. 10 years have elapsed after the end of the war but there is no end in sight of the problems faced by the Tamils for decades.

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      “If at all, very few want to live under the LTTE, but frustration with ‘Good Governance’ does make people say things that sound like nostalgic yearning for the LTTE “

      Vijayakala said she doesn’t need advocates for he; she know what to do.

      In Today’s interview she said, Pirapaharan is not Hitler, he was hero fought for his land.

      I see you are struggling to get into the moving cart as your own is broken. You keep falling down because you hoping to an easy climb, you are putting your leg on wheel rod going up. That is the thing brings you back down effortlessly too.

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        “Pirapaharan is not Hitler, he was hero fought for his land.?
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        Wrong! Pirapaharan was a coward. Not just a simple coward but a coward of huge proportions (here I don’t mean the length, width and breadth of his body). But I mean the size of his cowardice. On a scale of 0 to 10 he gets a 12 for cowardice. He was a fighter? Ha! and I say Ha! once more. Fighter my foot! He put up a great fight to hide behind and under the skirts of the Birds of Freedom. In other words, he fought to hide.
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        Take Che’ Guevara. Now there we had a brave fighter. He lead up front while Prabha hid back behind (the skirts of B o F).

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        But one cannot blame Prabha for his size. I mean his over size. Our government gave, gave and gave free food and Prabha ate, ate and ate all of it. Well not all. he could not manage the chikkken feathers and the beaks. But the rest he ate. What killed him was not Pvt Nimal but the Vanni Chikkken.

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        Next time you want to ‘struggle’, make the hideouts of your leaders out of bounds for the Vanni Chikkken.

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    “…like the monk regretting for recalling Hitler”
    really? did the monk issue a statement of apology?
    where does that put Gota?….he likes his macho image?

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      Don’t worry about minor things like this Rajash. Start packing your bags, if any, so that you may leave in a hurry. Don’t expect a long notice for your forced eviction. You may not even get the 2 days notice you guys gave the Muslims in Jaffna.
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      Be that as it may, don’t even dream of coming back here. You are Persona Non Grata.

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        Edwin, would never sense it. He is more like those blood suckers that the Rajapakshes have introduced to spread their manthra. Now things seem to be working towards revealing all the high harms that Rajapakshes have done during their tenure. They are caught in the act by the ARTICLE published in new york times lately. Rajapakshe adds his kind of responses not addressing it correctly. Servile men of Edwin style continue eating out the extrement left by Rajapkashe. How dare the bugger Edwin who is a late sexagenarian to continue behaving this way if he is not insaint.

  • 8
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    Thank you Dr.Ameer Ali for The well contextualized article and the unbiased approach.

    Well done

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    Lol! u can white wash your terrorist as much as you want but when 70% sinhala buddhists and the 10% muslims heard wijayakala, they probably thought of how this wouldn’t happen under Gota.

    QED

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    @Ajith .

    Ameer Ali was not comparing ,he was merely suggesting an opinion ,

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    You lost the 10% long ago ,remember ? Unless the entire 10% is suffering from. dementia lol

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      Lol! look at the local government election results. MR even won aluthgama and beruwala. It’s time to stick heads out of the sand.

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    Ameer Ali’s penultimate line ~ “I am sure she will regret for what she said at that moment like the monk regretting for recalling Hitler”
    Vijayakala accepted ‘letting heart take-over of the mind’. She resigned.
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    Ali as to the ‘monk regretting’ do you have in mind Venerable Vendaruwe Upali Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter advice to Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he should opt for military rule and that if Gotabhaya is referred to as a Hitler, suggested that if that is the case he should be one……..
    Well well well. Every one here know that the monk never regretted. Is your memory lapse deliberate Ali?

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    In one week, in the small strip north, three women were raped and two were killed. On is 6 years. One is 60 years. Can I ask what similar crimes Amir Ali is seeing happening all over the Island? What a rubbish effort to compare a radical monk with an elected parliamentarian?
    There was leopard which is connected to Rapist Army and the Game wardens, entered to the village. Villagers killed it. They are not trained to kill a wild animal. The Rapist army was trained to fight humanly by many countries. America had spent a lot of resources on that. Rapist Army went on Rampage in all northern villages. Not one army is arrested on that. But 12 Tamil villages were arrested for the death of the leopard.
    North, which under 3:1 proportion of deployment of army is suffering by the Rapist Army induced crimes. If one want to bring in Weliweriya or Katunayake, the North and Tamils have suffered a billion times higher damaged by the government’s security instruments, from 1958. It is only a blind statement that all part of Lankawe is suffering the same problem of North, but, it deserves a better attention only because of war. Remember JVP members are in the parliament but, Vijayakala is striped of her minister post just to mention LTTE’s name, yet she never had any connection to LTTE. But LTTE not even have killed 1000 civilians out of any military circumstances. On the 2nd raise up alone, JVP said to have killed 12,000 civilians. These days, all the threads in CT are filled with making suggestion of JVPyers as the rulers to get rid of UNP & SLFP.
    Vijayakala is parliamentarian. She is an elected MP. She is elected to talk these matters. Upali the Podi Ayatollah is a trained to live as priest. He is expected to talk grace and religion. He called for Hitler to fix things he was assuming. But none of them are true.

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      On a scale of 0 to 10: If a human kills another human being it is murder, a crime getting around 8 on a scale of 0 to 10. In this case, Tamils killed a leopard (in Sinhala a ‘Kotiya’). The Sinhalese refer to LTTE as the ‘Koti Sanvidhanaya’ (Leopard Organization), a more suitable word because there are no Tigers in Sri Lanka, only leopards. It is well known that ‘Not all Tamils are Kotiyas but all Kotiyas are Tamils’. So what we have here is a situation where Kotiyas have killed a Kotiya, which is on par with ‘murder’ and gets a score of around 8 on a scale of 0 to 10, same as normal murder.
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      The way they killed the Kotiya, as shown on TV, was very brutal. It is true that Tamil Kotiyas are generally brutal. In fact Hitler is a saint compared to Prabha. That is why they used brutal methods in their so called ‘struggle for freedom’ such as holding infants by their legs and dashing them on tree trunks in front of the wailing mothers. This brutal act was repeatedly committed by ‘the birds of freedom’, the Women’s Division of the LTTE. As we know, women are frugal and they may have used ‘dashing’ to save bullets. Still, we can assign a score of around 9 on a scale of 0 to 10, considering the brutality factor.
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      Therefore, Malle urine’s attempt to belittle the killing of the Kotiya does not hold any water. In fact it fails to hold even his own Urine.

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        Edwin the ballige putha of mathugama would not sense it -never.
        Rajapakshes killed numbers of peoples regardless of the race. Even today they have been upto it. Be it in nothern or southern areas, if they just want to achieve their selifish gains, they would not care a smidgeon about the value of a human life. You as Rajapakshe licker should well be aware of the ground reality of them.
        I dont pronounce the incident in which a leopard was killed by some villagers since they had a hate due to the human losses the village exp.
        Not long ago, be it in nothern or sourthern areas, they killed youth and let them missing. Some families were sent packeted human flesh of their own sons, recalling in 89 INSURGENCY in the country.
        But Edwin or the like would only attack tamil brethren as if we the sinhalayas are well clean of anything.
        I have evidence to prove we the sinhalaya s are brutal than any othe folks. They dont have hearts, those media men make every effort to keep the own people in dark. Just because they work for Media Mudalalies and on big sums.

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          Thank you B, I got a 5 stars from my boss for your insult. That is 250 greenbacks. Keep them coming.

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    Measured Oh we are never good at that ,we are so emotional and racist in our outlook

    Ranil and Mahinda could have collectively taken a balanced decision without listening to the racists

    But this shows the northern and eastern tamil people need to support their own parties like the TNA instead of UNP or SLFP if they wish to air even their problems

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    Dear Dr Ameer Ali,
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    Thanks for a decent article. There isn’t much point commenting on this until people start playing politics using this issue.
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    All has to be seen in relation to the ineffectiveness, and worse, of this coalition government of ours.

  • 0
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    Thanks Dr.Ameer Ali
    A good analysis. Eventhough I am not agreeing with some of your views , generaly it reglects the situation there.

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    ” I am sure she will regret for what she said at that moment like the monk regretting for recalling Hitler. On our part let the condemnation of both be measured. ”

    The ugly, racist Monk called for Hitler to wipe out Minorities. An elected MP Vijayakala called for Pirapaharan to save the women and children from World’s most notorious Rapist Army’, which is now having problems in serving UN.

    When Muslims were attacked in Aluthgama, they asked Jaffna Muslim MPP where Pirapaharan had gone. He publicly announced it there to all Media. Did ever Amir Ali say Ayub Ashmin will regret of saying that in public?

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    A short but brilliant expose of the underlying issues that has prompted Wijeyakala to open out on the Law and order situation in JAFFNA. She has stopped short of saying that the Law enforcement agencies are behind the scenes in the break down .
    Devolve Police Powers to the Provincial Council and the situation could be contained.

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      Plato

      “Devolve Police Powers to the Provincial Council and the situation could be contained.”

      Are you suggesting Hindians invade this island once again and kick some asses and get the constitution amended?

      Now that VP is not around who is going to protect this island’s sovereignty (whatever that maybe) from Hindians?

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    sir, as usual it is excellent. brief and up to the point. responsible ministers holding high positions should think twice (wijayakala 10 times) before speaking in public forum. she is closing whatever little space available for re-conciliation. racists are looking for opportunities to destroy whatever little cohesion in the country. moreover, during ltte times, only autocratic, fear psychosis and coercive methods were helpful to maintain ‘dictated peace’. ms.w should know about this. this point is well documented. now there is some good governance that all unruly and mafia groups hitherto silent are once again emerging. govt. has a lot to do in consultation with the provincial council.
    -dayaal

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    Dear Ali, Next time, can you investigate “Paedophilia & child marriage in Islam”? You should dispute the Masked Arab’s video on: Does Islam condone paedophilia / pedophilia and child marriage? What does the Quran say on the issue? What do the scholars say? What are the rules concerning marriage and sex in relation to age in Sharia law? Here is the link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LE3QARjIZg&feature=youtu.be

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