26 July, 2021

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Courageous Cardinal And Cowardly ACJU

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The Presidential Commission that investigated the Easter Sunday massacre has submitted its findings in a lengthy report, said to be running into 10,000 pages, but surprisingly it has not yet been made available to the parliament let alone the public. At least the supreme head of the Catholic community, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjit who had been tirelessly agitating for a no hole bar investigation, should have been given access to read the full report. Because, it was his community of worshippers that faced the full brunt of the attack. Even an abridged version, which in the current political climate, would be highly selective if not purposefully sanitized, will not justify the demand for truth and justice. Hence, the Cardinal’s threat to take the matter to international courts, if the President and his regime indulge in any cover up. The prelates’ sustained fortitude and his call for full accountability should be supported by of all, because it is the lack of accountability that has now put the country in the dock at UN Human Rights Council.

However, what is shocking from the point of view of the Muslim community, which also paid a heavy price for a crime which it had nothing to do with, is the absolute silence on this matter by the hierarchy of a so-called apex Islamic body, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU). It has now been established that Muslim organizations and individuals, particularly from Kattankudy, home of the crime chief, had informed security officers well in advance about the dangerous activities of Zahran and his National Tawhid Jamaat. Those pieces of intelligence and similar warnings from foreign sources had been ignored by the government, which ultimately led to that horror. The Muslim community on its part condemned the macabre act without any reservation, and even refused to perform the religious rites on the murderers’ dead bodies, which refusal is the cruelest of punishments that the community could inflict on a fellow Muslim. In spite of all that the community suffered collective punishment at the hands of the usual suspects who had been on an Islamophobic mission since 2009. Therefore, ACJU should have taken the initial lead or at least join hands with leaders like the Catholic Cardinal to call for investigation and demand the report to be released to the public without delay.

There is also an additional reason why ACJU and Muslim politicians should have forced the hands of the President on this issue. Forced cremation of Muslims who die of Covid-19 has tormented the community and traumatized Muslim families for almost a year. All advice from local and foreign epidemiologists and from the WHO that see no danger in burying those bodies have been deliberately discarded purely on the insistence of anti-Muslim hardliners in the Sangha and President’s Viyathmaga. Even a casual mention of the possibility of permitting burial by the Prime Minister in the parliament has caused an uproar within this group. Aren’t these enough for Muslim leaders and ACJU to campaign against this regime openly both inside and outside the country?          

ACJU that has caused enough troubles already to the Muslim community and never had the guts to stand up for the community. Instead, as usual, it asked Muslims to pray, fast and make supplication to Allah asking for heavenly help. Muslims do not need that advice from the ACJU. They always do when faced with difficulties. What they need instead is an effective leadership that should have the courage to speak truth in front of power. At least now, after the investigation is over and report submitted, shouldn’t ACJU join the Cardinal in asking for a copy of the investigation report, and support him in his threat to take the matter to international courts? The community should applaud the courage of the Cardinal and rally behind his leadership, while condemning the cowardliness of ACJU. Will ACJU at least take the initiative and canvass among Arab and Muslim heads of states to support Bachelet’s report at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva? Will they demand that support from Prime Minister Imran Khan when he visits Sri Lanka soon? 

It may be an uncomfortable truth to accept by the Muslim community that its political leadership is totally opportunistic, and religious leadership is pathetically subservient to those in power. It was the Muslim opportunists in the parliament who sold the community and treacherously voted for the 20th Amendment. Today, they appear to be totally clueless about the ultimate agenda of the President and his regime. How clueless are they was demonstrated a few days ago when one of those traitors jumped to justify the clique’s support to the amendment when the Prime Minister accidentally uttered in parliament that burials would be allowed. He neither said when nor mentioned Corona-killed Muslim victims. These leaders still dream that the regime would relent. Similarly, ACJU still thinks that to appease the regime is the assured way to gain peace to the community. With this type of leadership Muslim community is destined to be enslaved by the supremacists. 

To Muslims, Christians are People of the Book, and a Christian leader, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, is showing the way how a minority could live with dignity without surrendering its religious identity. He is demanding a full copy of the Presidential Investigation Commission Report and courageously threatening to take the matter to international courts, if the President and his government fail to comply with. Muslim community should back his call without any reservation. All culprits in the Easter Massacre, irrespective of their religious or political affiliation most be brought to justice. Muslim intelligentsia and Muslim civil rights groups should ignore the politicians and ACJU and back the Cardinal. 

Muslims are an acephalous community at present and they need a leadership that is fearless in fighting for its rights and prepared to join hands with any group or coalition that struggles for truth and justice. Until they create one of their own, they should at least back leaders like the Catholic Cardinal. It is clear that ordinary Muslims are deserting their own leaders by spontaneously participating in P2P march in which Muslim leaders and ACJU were notably absent. The fact that Muslim masses felicitated and thronged behind Tamil leaders during that march is an encouraging sign of an inter-ethnic and inter-religious opposition growing to challenge the regime.   

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    “Courageous” is not an adjective I would apply to this Cardinal. He is a Rajapakse boot licker, fast losing credibility with Catholics. So, every once in a while, he comes out with a headline grabbing statement, like leading street protests (which never materialized), and now asking for the report on the Easter bombings.
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    Like on everyone else, the Rajapakses have the dirt on the Cardinal, and if he jumps too high, becomes too loud, he is kaput.

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      There can be no doubt about it. Malcolm Ranjith is a horrible man.
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      However, please note this: the average Sinhalese is naive. Because Ranjith is anti-Tamil and panders to the Buddhist Monks, word gets around that he’s a good guy.
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      The same guys tend to maintain that Ranil Wickreasinghe is “respected” by white World Leaders. It’s impossible to reason people out of these myths, because, in the first place, they’re not rationally held.

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    It is not the fault of ACJU, CEYLON TOWEED JAMATH, Jamath E Islam or
    Tablique Jamath.
    IF YOU BECOME SHEEP AMONG WOLVES WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?
    Seriously ? The will chew you up.
    It is 100 and one percent the fault of the Sri Lanka Muslims.
    It is only going to get even worse for them in the future, every single sction any of the above mentioned Muslim group

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      Cont.
      Everything and anything a single member of any of the above groups that agitates and provides an opportunity for those who awaits for it drag the entire community ( excluding Bori bahis and other ethnic Islamists)
      We seen it in all past conflicts.
      Cont

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      Lanka Netizen

      I have a nagging question for you which is unrelated to the above cross dresser.
      Do you know why General Kamal Gunaratne walks only on red carpet?
      Is he allergic to cement floor, earth, grass, …?
      Thanks in advance.

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        Kamal Gunaratne walks only on red carpet because he is used to walk on red coloured ground soiled with blood of innocent Tamils.

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      Its very sad to note the state Muslims are in SL. There own ACJU is either bribed by the Govt like the Buddhist monks or have been bribed by the Chinese. Unfortunately the Muslim community itself has to be blames similar to Buddhist community has to take the blame for its inaction against the Buddhist Monks thuggery.

      Only way out of this is for Muslims to give up politics on a religious basis but join hands with the opposition parties and reject even the Muslim political parties such as Rauff Hakeems party. Rauff Hakeem too took money and supported 20A through his “thoppi perati” party politicians.

      Its time the Muslim community comes out, the longer they wait behind a vail they will be in trouble.

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        Buddhist 1 ,
        The topmost culprits of every single evil in the country are , the
        National Leaders who dragged the country closer to the precipice
        in the name of Development . And , a Development at ANY ASKING
        PRICE which is madness ! And then making the Development a
        Lottery among Money Sharks in their circle ! That circle embraces
        like minded creatures from all walks of life , small and big and all
        Religious organisations played “good boy” roles to their Bosses !
        They all together put the country on Sale ! Nobody , I mean Not a
        Single Body refused to be priced ! It is now a situation ” Catch 22.”
        Srilankan Muslims are no exception , the worst part is them being
        challenged of their Voting right ! They are being targeted for their
        choice of party politics which is their right . ACJU is just pea nuts
        for Muslims .

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    I am a little bemused that Ameer Ali of all people writes, ‘agitating for a no hole bar investigation’. How did he miss his hold on English!
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    Jokes apart, it pains me to see Ameer Ali praising a priest who has remained a bosom pal of the rulers, until now.

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      Nathan

      The cross dresser is not only a bosom pal of crooks but also an admirer of Saffron clad racists and thugs.

      In 2012 in a statement Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, accused Western countries of meddling in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by planning to table a resolution on Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council, and further said “an insult to the intelligence” of Sri Lankans.

      A few days ago he threatened to take up Easter Bombing issue with UNHRC. As an annoying Grammarian how would you rate cross dresser’s hypocrisy?

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        Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith was refused visa to enter Britain a few years ago because of his denial of war crimes of Sri Lankan security forces on Tamils, and that ban still holds. His threat of taking the matter to International criminal court if culprits of Easter bombings are not punished is an empty one, because Rajapakse brothers are the prime suspects.

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        NV:
        No sooner he said that he wants to take the case to ICC this is the same thing that came to my mind. He made that statement along with the Mahanayake. I tried to find it but could not. Even when clergy disappeared from the this is one guy that did not utter a word but was supporting Gota. May be Tamil lives did not matter.

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    Cont..
    The members of other ethnics have an
    Obligation upon them as responsible
    Citizens to understand , at present there are only four muslim ethnicities who identify themselves based on their ethnic roots , Malays , Memons, Bori Bhais and Kojas, in Sri Lanka ,,while the Sunni Tamil tongued
    (SL) Muslims being the majority Identify themselves as Sri Lanka Muslims which serves as ethnicity and religious identity, while The lahore Ahmedyas identify themselves by the name of Ahmed citing him as messenger and Qadiyani also do the same but citing Ahemed Ghulam Mirza as a Prophet after Muhammad

    But yet when it comes to Their creed, similar to Christians , Catholics and others, they are poles apart, including The Hubul Awliyas.
    So it is important to understand the creeds of all the various Sri Lanka Muslim groups, Including bori Bhais, Memonis, Malays kojas, and Ahmedyas.
    It’s important to note that some Malays have their own form of Islam of their ancestors of java , which includes heavy Hindu rituals same like Bori Bhais..

    Sri Lanka Muslims of organized religions are very complicated and complexed.

    It is the duty of The Minister of Religious affairs to request Islamic religious organizations to present the various
    Creeds of The Islamic organized religions in Sri Lanka, so that the innocent will be spared .
    The term Sl Muslim is a political Islamic agenda.

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    The Cardinal is a senior member of the Catholic Clergy who has gone through a process of ordination and consecration to reach his present position in the Catholic hierarchy. He has absolute control over the Catholic Community.
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    The members of the ACJU on the other hand, are scholars of Islamic Jurisprudence, just as much as the Writer is an Economics scholar. Their sole task is to offer advice and guidance to the Muslim Community on religious matters. They are not enforcers of Islamic law. They are not Islamic Priests.
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    It is therefore a grave mistake on the part of the Writer to expect the ACJU to live up to the high standards set by the Cardinal.
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    The biggest failure of the ACJU was it’s inability to allay the fears and ease the trauma experienced by the Muslim Community as a result of the ‘cremation-only’ order. All that was required was the enunciation of the Doctrine of Necessity based on the Quran and Hadith, which empowers Muslims with the strength to cope with such ‘religious disasters’.

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      “He has absolute control over the Catholic community” – This shows ignorance. He is head of Colombo diocese only and not of the entire island. He has no control of heads of other diocese who are appointed by Pope and come directly under him only. Let us see whether Cardinal Malcolm could attempt to control Tamil Catholics without being told off.

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    ‘no hole bar investigation’
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    no holds barred = without any limit on what you are allowed to do

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    What did this “courageous Malcolm Ranjit” do when Sri Lankan Air force was bombing several Tamil Catholic and Christian churches in the North and killed many and injured many more? He is simply a Sinhalese racist Catholic. Full stop.

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    BTW how come none of our Ven.Monks not staged a strong protest of BJP threatening to takeover the Nation?

    This is a Serious threat , are we going to sit like ducks?

    This is no joke , this not new , there is a representative in the east who admitted ge is training young people , God only knows for what , Yahapalana government did sweet nothing he should have been arrested under PTA and his NGO.must be banned , there are certain communities who will work tirelessly to promote this agenda.
    IF The National intelligence do not work 24hrs a day to investigate and take necessary security precautions, it will be worst than LTTE or National Thoweed Jamath.
    This could be a master plan by some who have roots outside Lanka, not necessary they be the same religion as BJP .
    I urge the Sangha to request an explanation from the concerned athourities.
    This is what will happen if you continue to be at each other’s neck in the name of race and religion.

    I consider this threat as very provocative and also a hint , war is lost, but not all , we shall enter from your back door and take them all .

    Seriously Sri Lanka must ban dual citizenship like Singapore and Malaysia and instead just offer a PR for ex Citizens.

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    SL had Buddhist terrorists, Hindu terrorists and Muslim terrorists. No Christian terrorists.

    So you are comparing apples with pineapples.

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      GATAM you are forgetting the 1962 coup attempt.

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    Tamil people have organised a successful protest march from “Potthuvil to Polikandy” incorporating the Muslim issues and Up country tamils issue along with Tamils issue with the participation and cooperation of the Muslim and Up country Tamils in the North East. Easter Sunday is not the starting point of the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist programme. It was started after the defeat of LTTE in the North East in 2009.
    In 2011 an attack on a Muslim shrine of 400-year-old in Anuradhapura, This attack was accompanied by a mob of more than 100 people reportedly led by Buddhist monks.
    The shameful attack on a mosque in Dambulla, in April 2012. There were several attacks on Muslims in various parts of Sri Lanka. The fabricated allegations against Muslims as as the Food served in Ampara boutique to reduce the fertility of Sinhala women, Doctors surgery on 8000 Buddhist women by a Single doctor, Aluthgama attack and the attack on Muslims after Easter Bombing and destruction of Muslims shops and properties etc etc.
    After all of these violence, still Muslim politicians are not bothered about the threat they face under Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. This is because they got lots of benefits by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists by supporting them in oppressing Tamils.

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      A
      The Muslims showed their anger far more convincingly than Tamils in the NE during the presidential elections of 2015 and 2019.
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      Muslims are scattered across the country and are far more vulnerable than Tamils (even living in Colombo for instance).
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      Muslim politicians are no better no worse than Tamil politicians, But they are a cut above Hill Country Tamil politicians.

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        “The Muslims showed their anger far more convincingly than Tamils in the NE during the presidential elections of 2015 and 2019. In Jan, 2015, Muslim Leaders were with SLFP, but Muslims voted for CC because mainly Aluthgama riots. Even after Sampanthar, who played a prominent role in CC selection by rejecting Ranil, asked to vote to CC only 43% of Tamils voted for New King. Unlike Muslims, Tamils did not want either UNP or SLFP. Earlier 2013, More than 80% had voted to TNA group. In August Muslim Leaders came out of SLFP and conducted election in UNP’s name. Even a Nursery kid knows that both elections of 2019 & 2020 were conducted against Muslims, whether they feared or were being brave. Sinhala Buddhists unanimously voted against Muslims.
        Muslim politicians are no better no worse than Tamil politicians, But they are a cut above Hill Country Tamil politicians. Are you proposing your Kankani politicians are better than Up Country Tamils? Are you telling even Sampanthar is better than UP countryers? That is amazing. Even a nasty Naria would not write opportunity things like. Shame on you!

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        SJ
        We witnessed how the angered Muslim politicians behaved during the 20th amendment.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali: Please bear with me for troubling you with my request. Could you please tell Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith to be “PATIENT” and await the “Presentation” of the Commission Report. The Government has to read through 10000 pages (as per your assessment) and most importantly “EDIT” it before releasing it to the public. Even, AG (who is said to be told to proceed with legal action) has not received a “Copy” of the report as yet, in spite of his repeated reminders asking for it. You have made a request for at least a “CONDENSED” version of the “Report” to be made available to the Rev. Cardinal. How amazingly “BRAINY” you are to make that proposal? The Government of “GR” needs “ADVISORS” like you. Unfortunately, there are no more “Vacancies” to be nominated from the “National List”, but perhaps as an “Advisor”? Don’t worry, by the time it is “presented” to Rev. Cardinal and the Parliament, it would be “CONDENSED” and most probably reduced to a lesser number of pages, in the name of “REDUCE PRINTING COSTS”.

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      S
      There is something called an executive summary that goes with many reports so that people readily get the gist of the story.
      I cannot understand why the Commission cannot produce a 5-10 pages long executive summary, based on which people can ask for essential details as necessary.

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    Rather than wasting and do politics on the dead ones ,get Harin F and his father,he stopped his son to go to church and warned him not to go as he had information about the attack as well as the Niladari from Kurunagala.then we have big mouth piece like Soorawansa,Ganapolia,yellow army of Gunarasa,then we have historian of in this forum eye of
    Just put the blanket ban on so many items without proper strategy,people smuggling tumaric powder than the white powder,tyramid 3 folds now we all have to blame ourselves,we produce Rubber but now only start producing tyre for our own,mean time Nescafe is more popular than local beans
    The Govt should have independent body to look into matters for development and innovation and recommendations without the political interferences.
    Digging up and findings so end results is Buddhist so what it was introduced by invaders now the champions of Buddhism it was translated from Palli

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    A Tamil Catholic friend from whom I inquired about who the Cardinal was gunning for, suggested that it was Ranil’s and Sirisena’s blood that Malcolm was after. Hoping I guess that the Report would show the two of them up in a bad light.

    If his guess is correct, then Malcolm is still playing the Paksa game Eminently.

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      Kumar
      Overall, your guess is correct.
      There is also suggestion that there was pressure on the Cardinal from his flock about the regime concealing other names that will point to deeper involvement of people close to the regime.
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      The Cardinal is not doing much of a favour to himself by gunning specifically for RW (as MS is less relevant now) since the Catholic community’s need is to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.

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    Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is a fool who owes his appointment as Cardinal to Mahinda aiyya. Therefore he shilled for the Rajapakshes and contributed to the bringing down of the previous government. He was incapable of grasping some basic facts obvious to people with brains. Not the Sinhela voters of course. Fact 1. Sirisena and RW parted ways when Sirisena attempted a coup. Thereafter the only reason Sirisena remained in power was because there was not enough votes to impeach him for sedition. Fact 2. There was an active investigation into these Kathankudy Muslim scoundrels headed by DIG Nalaka de Silva. It has been said that he was roughly a week away from arresting Zaharan when Sirisean actively blocked the DIG and had him arrested on absurd charges by trotting out a patholaya called Namal Kumara with a bogus assasination attempt. The two poeple suposedly targeted for assasination were interestingly Sirisena and Gotler the two masterminds behind the bombing he he he.

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    If the above information is in the 10,000 page report then it will never see the light of day. You handed over the report to the mastermind who hatched the plot with his co-conspirator Sirisena. Malcolm was a patsy who now cannot undo what he has done. Just like all the other mass murders and blood spilled in Sri Lanka this one too will be forgotten. What is galling to note here is that the Sinhela voter who voted for this fascist dictator just like the Neo Nazis, Klansmen and other extreme right wing terrorist organizations in the USA care not a wit about exterminating minorities in Sri Lanka including Sinhalese Christians. So much for Buddhism and its utter failure.

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    May the Almighty grant the Cardinal all the strength and blessings to carry on his crusade. Shame on the self centered ACJU and Muslim religious and political leaders of all hues, for their silence. They are as rightly pointed out in this article only interested in their personal survival. Hail the cardinal.

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    What Cardinal doing is trying to regain some of the lost image and trying to save Old King from King. Cardinal is depressed seeing Old King submitting to King. There is no complains left not sending to Rome about Cardinal by Tamils, right after war. He and Satchi are their own RSS leaders, within their gangs. He did not stay out of the Royal group that planed and staged the Jihadi war in 4/21. He did not warn the Church goers because the aim was on Tamil Christians and foreigners. In those days Cardinal has made thundering anti-West speeches and blamed America trying to use defense deeds & MCC to control Lankawe, but never said a word about China, capturing Lankawe by piece meal deals. Other than BBS, there are no Hindu or Muslims religious bodies seeing opposition within their base as much as Cardinal facing within his base. Even today Manoganesan said people suspected Cardinal going to open a Catholics party. Cardinal is only a Sinhala Buddhist Politicians who said Lankawe is only a Buddhist country. Cardinal is not brave, but as cynical as the Old King.

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