21 October, 2020

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Covid Racism – Another Sri Lanka’s 1st

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

“My heartfelt appreciation to everyone in Healthcare, Tri-forces, Police and essential services for risking their lives to save lives”.

My heart aches to realize that history will record racism in Sri Lanka as the first (and hopefully the last) for failing to treat even the dead with dignity due to a pandemic because of absolute racism of a few. The three Muslims cremated in Sri Lanka up to date have been denied their right to their religious last rite as prescribed by their religion.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and 182 countries around the world have accepted and approved burial or cremation as the means to dispose of the dead due to COVID-19. The specialists in Sri Lanka seem to have invented unique justifications to deny Muslims their burial rights. One of the main arguments against burial is the possible contamination of the water table. 

Dr. Paba Palihawadana, Deputy Director General of Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, overseeing all communicable disease control programmes in Sri Lanka, has gone on record confirming that the NOVEL CORONA Virus (COVID 19) cannot be transmitted through the contamination of water. Burial of the dead of more infectious diseases have taken place in the country for centuries in Muslim burial grounds all over the country.

The first Muslim to die of COVID 19 was on the 30th of March 2020. The circular or Standard Operational Procedure in force at the time of the death allowed burial or cremation of the deceased suspected or infected with Covid 19. The medical team in Negombo decided that no burial should be allowed, as the water table in Negombo was too high for burial. The Muslim community offered to dig 8ft graves in Maligawatte, which had already been prepared, or any other Muslim burial grounds as an alternate option, but it was disregarded. The excuse that they couldn’t transport the sealed coffin for 45 minutes on the Katunayake expressway is superfluous.  The authorities cremated the body against protests and wishes of the family. The family will probably seek legal redress. 

Italian tourists and those Sri Lankans returning from Italy, Iran and Korea were identified as those who brought COVID 19 into the country. A Chinese lady underwent successful treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and was sent home after discharge with a hug from the Non. Minister of Health. 

The Government issued a circular through the Ministry of Health stating that passengers arriving in Sri Lanka from Iran, Italy and South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of isolation to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.

By the 11th of March, Shehan Sumanasekara, Director, Airport and Aviation Services Limited, confirmed that 622 Sri Lankan passengers who arrived from Iran, Italy and South Korea have been sent to quarantine centers at Kandakadu, Polonnaruwa and the Batticaloa Private University for a period of 14 days. Most Sri Lankans are aware of the protests and drama at the airport and the numbers assumed to have escaped without following Government instructions to go to specified Quarantine Centres.

Subsequently, quarantine procedures were introduced to all those arriving in the country. While the Government mechanism at ports of arrival and thereafter has been commendable, racist elements in different locations across the country have taken advantage and are spewing unprecedented racism targeting the Muslims. As an example the Indian racism against the Tableeq group in India by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) extremists has been extended to include the Tableeq movement in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Thableeq Jamath instructed all those who were abroad to immediately return to the country and follow quarantine procedures as instructed by the airport authorities.  All those traveling within the country were asked to return to their homes and report to the area PHIs. A complete list of Muslims who were on tour both in Sri Lanka and abroad were handed to the authorities by the headquarters of the Thableeq movement – The Markaz. Despite all this, some in mainstream and social media are repeating the absolute racist rhetoric of India against Sri Lankan Muslims. Of course, there may have been a few individuals who may not have complied with the orders, but those numbers will have to be seen in comparison with all who returned to Sri Lanka from pilgrimages and other travel. 

Some media houses have been spewing hate against the Muslim community as if COVID-19 is a biological weapon used by Muslims against the majority. They fail to count the non-Muslim numbers of COVID 19 infected who have had parties and who have been roaming around the country enjoying their return from Italy and South Korea. There were no arrests of these merry making men or full shutdown or quarantining of their villages. 

Respected Government officials and media men have made racist comments that violate several of the country’s laws including section 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No 56 of 2007, Section 2(h) of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979, Section 120 of the Penal Code and other provisions. Legal action should be undertaken against them irrespective of their position, caste creed, religion, race or social status. (Video attached)

There is also the unique case of Muslims quarantined on false charges by a Buddhist monk in the MEE ELLA village in the Hakmana Police division in the Matara district. Two Muslims who arrived from Delhi on the 2nd of March 2020 were suddenly rounded up 37 days after their arrival and sent to the quarantine center in Polonnaruwa. The PHI, Police and other officials had charged that they had come from Indonesia and were absconding. They were shown the passports that had stamps of exit from Delhi (1/3/2020) and arrival in Sri Lanka on the 2nd of March 2020. The response officials had given was that they had orders from the top??? Who are these top people giving orders? How can they take someone who had returned to the country 37 days before? There was neither quarantine requirement at the time of their arrival in Sri Lanka nor the requirement to report to any authority? This is absolute racism at the behest of a particular Buddhist priest!. (Video attached) A clear case under ICCRP Act No 56 of 2007.

Amidst all this, the Medical, Tri forces, Police, and Essential services staff have performed remarkably well in ensuring that the best possible services were offered to all those who were sent to hospitals and the quarantine centers. 

The following is by a Muslim who is in a quarantine center as posted in social media by the Royal College Senior Games Master Mr Riyaz  Aluher. 

“Last night I had a conversation with one of my students mother who herself is a teacher in another school. Now their families are undergoing quarantine in POONANI Quarantine Centre, Batticaloa although they are from Colombo.

I inquired about how they are coping. With a heavy heart and very shaky voice she related the following and almost cried.

We thought of fasting Last Thursday although its not compulsory but to pray and get the blessings of the Almighty to get rid of the calamity which has struck the world and our mother land. She said that they had requested the Army officer in charge there to give them the dinner of Wednesday a bit late so that they can have it at dawn to fast.

The officer after inquiring about fasting  and how it is performed , from what time to what  time and left the place . As usual the officer and staff brought the dinner around 8.30 pm. and said you all need not to worry we will cook and provide you food at 3 am.

It was a big surprise for them and as promised the food was delivered at 3 am  by the army officers. The story does not end there. Knowing that these people have to break fast at 6.30pm the officers have made all the arrangements for them to break fast the following evening .

Dear all, there is lot to ponder. A big Salute to the real heroes of our mother land.”

The Corona virus has no race, religion, caste or social status. It does not discriminate. Let us come together as a nation to fight this pandemic and rise stronger and as one people of our beloved Sri Lanka. 

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    Unfortunately, RACISM is deep rooted in Sri lanka.
    Even though so called corrupted politicians gossip about Solidarity or Unity or Harmony or Peace, they are the dirty fellows who have created this disaster in our country.
    COVID-19 pandemic disease is wondering and roaming around and across the country now.
    All these corrupted leaders and their henchmen can not go to Singapore or USA for treatment…Now they are hiding and boasting about themselves.

    They must remember that Coronavirus has no mercy at all for them.
    It does not care who they are….They must be infected and vanished form this world.

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      Good morning to you from Berlin !.
      .
      I get weltscherz when looking at the manner majority of srilanken people are upto yet today- even after a cruel war went upto 3 decades.
      :
      perhapss followings would be food for your thoughts !
      .
      Yes many of our fellow COMMENTERs articulate it, RACISM is deep rooted in the country.

      But what you guys could do in order to save the generations from the pit :

      Why cant we stand against THOSE media MAFIA being led by 3 abusive TV channels today ?

      Sirasa TV I thought until yesterday was neutral, but I questioned myself, why SIRASA repeatedly invite that GMOA as the medical experts in terms of COVID-19 related information ? If we know that those murderous GMOA members are decorated only with a Medical Doctor title, but nothing beyond it, what is the point of using them further fooling the very same audience ?

      As of last week, UNI dons – experts in contagious disease control from local UNIVERSITIies showed their anger that they had no space in local media to expresse their views regarding the super-spreading of the disease but GMOA…… with all being revealed to the nation, media to nevertheless ignore those pioneers and their knowledge is beyond all bearing.

      Why not THE GOVT directly work with those experts from the UNIversities, by asking MEDIA men to GO FOR ROUND of public forums ?
      :
      MRI head is telling the truth, but none of others in GMOA other bodies are just hired men of RAJAPAKSHE BRUTAL OUTFIT, born to self glorifications of ABUSIVE men.

      I dont think any minority community would disagree with the guidelines being brought by WHO, if our authorities and MEDIA would not highlight – them provoking the sentiments in MUSLIM and TAMIL communities.
      :

      Tbc

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        Dear Friends,
        .
        I grew up a village in SL and later moved out of the country for my future as of late 80ties. So I have seen the world, and got on with various nationalities sofar. Most of them, if coming from european countries, they behave civilized while others not. This dichotomous feeling is obvious to anyone if you later got to know other cultures. Even our so called buddhist monks, calling themselves to be buddhists, but as we perfectly know behave cheating their conscience. Just talk you yourself to those monks and get your facts right – if we are honest to our hearts, do we think that over majority of monks among those buddhagama followers- be considered as real buddhists ? answer is public secret and – they are equally racial as the lay people.
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        We are proud of so call 2500 yrs old heritage, but nothing seem to have worked much improving our qualities. Why on earth, we should repeat people to behave well, if the information today’s world is plenty ? We should only stand agains those sinister forces that stand on our way – most of them are SO CALLED JAN MADHYAya…pseudo investigative journalism.
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        It is high time you ones with SANITY to reawake your wisdom and ask yourself, what you ve been doing is ” right or wrong”: The media TV channels have become the most penetrating source of your information as of today – each and every house hold is tied to their TELE drama as if bees would not go away from their queen bee…. no matter even if your kids need support in their HOME work, but mothers and their heads are forcefully draged away from them – but to watching tele dramas. What is the point, even if those stories could bring you some fun, but in the same time, the message being spread by them is MIXED and filled with falshhoods, addicts, indian style kitch, delusions ?

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        Muslims always complain about racism against them by other religions, but remain silent about racism of Muslims against others. Racism in Muslim countries is worst than in any non-Muslim countries. He is complaining about a Buddhist priest for complaining about a Muslim man who returned from Delhi to be quarantined. This is perfectly in order as it has now been found that not only Muslims who attended a religious ceremony in Delhi, but also those who attended religious ceremonies in Malaysia and Indonesia have brought the disease to Sri Lanka. Regarding cremation of dead bodies of corona victims, this was the procedure during the small pox epidemic several years ago, as it is the most hygienic method of disposal of infected dead bodies. Buddhists and Hindus have been cremating the dead bodies for over 3000 years. Stop your nonsense and comply with the order. If you do not like it, take the next flight to a Muslim country and die there.

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          Namaste.
          We are not other countries. We are an independent country, and want to stop racists from making this an anti Muslim issue. All we have to do is look at our “good” neighbor and the way they are treating the minority (200 million Muslims) and know we don’t want to end up a condemned racist nation, like Modi’s India is.
          Only Muslim nations are employing Hindus and Buddhists, by the millions, and helping those countries get valuable revenue. You okay with that? The poor non Muslim people who work in those nations are able to build homes, and give their sisters in marriage, because of those jobs. In a democracy all people have rights to voice their protests or concerns. Even the WHO with their expertise (unlike you) have okayed burial, and the US is also buying their dead.

          Your ignorance and racism is showing, and it is ugly. Do you get your thrills blaming Muslims and spreading false information? If racists don’t like it here, take the next flight to India, and die there. Although I suspect you may be already there.

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            I sincerely hope you are whom you say and not a muslim abusing another race’s name .
            If you are really from another community .
            I thank you from.my.heart for your rational outlook and compassion

            Bless your heart

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          Compulsion to cremate has not been established by competent medical personnel.
          It is a high handed decision, supported by parochial prejudice.
          Nevertheless there is need for care in the handling of remains.

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          Lanka Perera ,

          I’ ll straight away go to your last line ” If you do not like it , take the
          next flight to a Muslim country and die there .” I want to say this to
          you Mr PEREIRA as it is written in Portuguese language ! Muslims
          of Srilanka has a longer history in Srilanka than the Pereiras of
          Portugal origin and how about you fly back to your country than
          lecturing to Muslims ? If you have know knowledge of your own
          background , of course there’s google for your help. And one more
          crucial stuff , take country’s foreign remittance away , apparel
          exports away , Chinese , W B and I M F money away and DO YOUR
          TALK STANDING ON YOUR OWN FEET GIVING IT SOME VALUE !

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            Please read as “If you don’t have ” and skip know.Thanks

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              Hi,Why Why
              Let us not stoop his level.

              We know we are very much natives of this land and what is important is There are plenty of good people among all races and if you talk to.them all one to one you will.find for sure majority of them are zero racist .
              Be patient .
              I must say I like the way you respond .
              Cheers

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                Fahim Hameed ,

                Hi dear , Let me first thank you for your last line and then go to
                your first line . We don’t move down to the level of racists at
                any time . That is not my intent either . But when your identity
                is challenged by an organised group of roughnecks with evil
                intent then there’s no point of your knowledge of world history .
                Also , I would like you to take a look at the amount of comments
                this write up has attracted opposed to other write ups and judge
                it yourself ! Don’t forget , we have friends and foes among the
                majority and everyone has their own stories both good and bad .
                Cheers

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            Dear Mr WHY WHY,

            HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING well. Take good care of you whereever you are.

            Dont let our uneducated people to infect you easily. I notice they have been unable to behave yet today even if they are now wearing a mouth cover. Social distancing is a must, but they dont care.
            :
            I do beleive, COVID-19 is a blessing in order to teach our people how to hold on disiplines. i THOUGH against the increasing numbers of deaths in USA and EUrope, but most of the dead are elderly people, unlike the few cases already known to srilanka.
            :
            I think our people should finally get it, that the virus is even more fatal than the experts thought sofar.

            I am against any kind of RACISM based on CASTE creed or the like issues… so please dont give a chance those idiots to make use of the situation.

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              Sensitive SLANKEN ,

              I’ll start from your last lines with thanks for your attention to
              my post. There are many races on this planet and that is only
              natural but there shouldn’t be racism in any part of this planet
              and in any form because that is inhuman ! This is what I
              believe in . No matter what religion , culture or civilisation .But
              you do have racists and politically organised racists who have
              access to wider audience for their racist agendas . And such
              gangs have even managed to capture the topmost positions in
              many countries , a dangerous trend to the whole humanity .
              Unfortunately , that is the direction we are heading as a nation !
              Is that not worrying ? Should that not be confronted ?

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      Dear Mr SM and all,
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      pLEASE listen to this video clip below.
      I am also anti CHINA person from the begining on. I have no doubt, that these bps may have manipulated it upto a biological weapons.
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le_rfTdayLs

      Just imagine, if any of our chinese colleagues (I work with some of them for such a long time in BIO RESEARCH) about any thing close ot human losses, what their answer would be… china is overflowing with their population, and it is fully ok some few hundreds to get killed by any kind of natural catastrophes. ::: meaning they are happy to see such human losses. They are inhuman by their upbringing. So what more talks you need to listen about the aggressivness of them.

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        Developed world also has a problem. Those days when they were doing Excellent they needed cheap labour, so educated immigrants did their manufacturing and production work for cheaper wages. Now, they contracted out everything and the countries are in debt, there should be a way to get rid of Immigrants or minorities. That is what it seems. there is enough discussions to say mostly the minorities are affected as they have so many negatives with them. Why developed coutries were lagging behind in implementing or let us WAARING AGAINST A FATAL PATHOGEN. They have ICBMs and all kinf of Technology to beat the world but not a virus PROBABLY SEMI-NATURAL.

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        Dear Sensitive SLANKEN,
        .
        This YouTube video lasts 57 minutes
        . I’ve listened to seven minutes of it. I am out of my depth.
        .
        I will try emailing these links to somebody more competent.
        .
        I’m sure that we must all be grateful to you for posting this link. Let me hope that others with greater expertise will see this and give it the careful study that it deserves. What is clear to me is that a very strong and sophisticated team has put this together. There are persons in Sri Lanka who are knowledgeable enough to evaluate this, but I don’t think that I’m one of them.
        .
        It is more than likely that I will find the time to view the entirety as objectively as possible myself. At the same time, wouldn’t it make sense to post this link below a more “scientific” and “medical” article? I came to it only because I saw it in that blue box featuring “Latest Comments”.
        .
        A seemingly unrelated topic: I’m working at half-speed on a little Notebook computer, owing to the unreliable electricity. The UPS battery that supports the “user-friendly” desk-top computer (which most would consider obsolete) needs to be replaced. About ten hours ago called the man who may be able to give me a replacement, come the next curfew relaxation on the 16th. No response.
        .
        There have been so many articles on the last rites of Sri Lankan Muslim victims that I haven’t been able to keep track of them all. All that I’m sure of is that I make every effort to think rationally and not allow myself to be prejudiced. My sympathies certainly are with the bereaved Muslim families, but what resources or scientific knowledge can I claim to possess?

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          S.M,
          You don’t need much scientific knowledge to understand this. Just a knowledge of history and current affairs.
          Basically, there was a flu epidemic worldwide in 1918, which killed 18 million people.
          All the dead were buried, some in mass graves. There was no recurrence .
          Right now, in Europe and the US,
          burial is the default method. Of course, as WHO instructs, washing or touching of the body is not allowed.
          Hundreds of thousands have died in these countries. If burial is good for them why is it bad for us with 7 dead?
          Don’t you smell a sectarian political rat?

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      Saman,
      There was no racism in Sinhale before the arrival of colonial rulers. If Native Sinhalayo were racists, they would not have saved Demala Muslims and allowed them to settle down in interior parts of the country when they faced persecution by Portuguese. Sinhalayo accepted Nayakar Kings, after they embraced Buddhism. Sinhalayo gave citizenship to slaves brought by colonial rulers and abandoned in this country.
      With import of millions of Dravida slaves by colonial rulers and Brits colonizing Sinhale, racism was introduced to this country. Brits who considered Sinhalayo as their enemy deliberately promoted tension between Sinhalayo and Demala people in Yapanaya by using Malabar Wellala Demalu. Malabar Wellala Demalu took advantage of this and spread racist sentiments among Demala people depicting Sinhalayo as their main enemy to realize their ulterior motives. After Brits left, Wellala Demala politicians continued to promote racist sentiments among Demala people in Yapanaya leading to the terrorist campaign launched by Demala people misled by Wellala politicians to create a separate State based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.

      “Unfortunately, RACISM is deep rooted in Sri lanka.”

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    the Sinhalese racist mostly Buddhist Yakkos who are swabasha experts think that the sun shines all 24 hours of the day on their backsides and that they are gods gifts to humanity.?
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    now thanks to their godfather China they have got the curse known to one and all as the coronavirus to throw stones and spread the concept of hatred by indulging in the vile acts of malicious widespread rumours which then become deadly malignant tumours which guarantee a painful death to the affected.
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    by denying the deceased moors of their centuries-old rights of being cremated what on earth did they gain by cremating.
    NOTHING, only profound sorrow to the kith and kin of the deceased.
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    the 100% Sinhala only rajapuka clan, their criminal gang cohorts all hardline racists to the core are all keeping silent thanks to the upcoming general election where they desperately need the ballots of one and all to obtain the 2/3rd majority to play bandu of a pandu to further drive the economy into the bog of the cesspit as they have been doing so ever since 1956.
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    they have got their unruly gangsters and the foolish uneducated goons to begin the handiwork of attacking the minorities especially the Muslims to obtain the much sought after 2/3rd majority.
    the Tamils have been left alone as these yaks know very well after many a year of trial and error we the brainy clued up Demala’s will not be foolish enough to become a prey of a victim to their shitting sitting on their midget brain schemes.
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    they the Yakko’s dug their own graves on the 16th November 2019 and by March 2020 Lord Buddha’s gift to the world will be mother Lanka’s downfall of a windfall.?
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    the racist mongrels can keep on barking but the mighty caravan of the minorities will have its day, the sooner the better is all I can say.
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    cheers, R. J.

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      a slight error which is being rectified now –
      by denying the deceased moors of their centuries-old rights of being cremated what on earth did they gain by cremating.
      NOTHING, only profound sorrow to the kith and kin of the deceased.
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      it should read as-
      by denying the deceased moors of their centuries-old rights of being buried, what on earth did they gain by cremating?
      NOTHING, only profound sorrow to the kith and kin of the deceased.
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      the error is regretted.
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      cheers, R. J.

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        Lame lansi paka can’t type either? Get the gardener (who helps Madawala) to help, you pondan.

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          Ahmed,
          by any chance are you referring to me the undisputed para demala king of this forum.?
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          at least I have the balls and the courage to admit my error and correct it so that the much-esteemed followers of this website and fellow commentators will not be confused.?
          =
          you my thambi buddy, if you tried to make me a clown is not worth the 3/4 tip cut of a circumcision.?
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          for your information, I am nothing but a Ceylon Tamil born into an elite educated influential family.
          =
          cheers, R. J.
          =
          cheers, R. J.

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    It’s with sadness I read this article because some people still do not take into consideration of the danger of the pandemic and try to safe guard their communities, speak of so called descriminations etc. Why can’t we think that these things are being done to save the lives of all including major and minor communities, why can’t we think this procedure is the best for a small country like ours because there are no chances to re imerge the virus through water if it happens in the future. We all know this is a new and very disastrous virus and no one can predict that it will not spread through water. Is it untrue that we all need to be alive to believe in a religion, do rites? My kind request to all is to look at things with open eyes and with more wisdom and as Sri Lankans. I don’t know that day for us- Srilankans- are too far or close. But I am pretty sure that we will hardly move forward as a developed nation until that day comes.

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      This is racist talk dressed up as concern for public safety.

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        Rajapskshes steps in containment of virus are not ?, therr are enough evidence to prove this. Please read the article of ? magala samaraweera. That should be taken bad very serious. No Mahinda plays with the innocent lives again. I get Weltschmerz when looking at the grave and dangerous situation in Srilanka today. Stupid masses as prey in their clutch es with the support of media mafia (derana, hiru and Sirass Tv channels)

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          No not Sirise.
          The MTV is the only media besides Rupawahini, ITN and Suwarnawahini that has international standard TV Anchors .
          I defend them

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          Derana, Hiru and Sirasa, are doing our country a disservice. They are incapable of being neutral and fair in their coverage, and it looks like their racist propaganda harms this country, and dividing it even more than it already is. We should all wonder what they are getting out of openly supporting the Rajapaksa’s and broadcasting racist statements, mostly based on lies. It must take a deep hatred to turn your people against their neighbors.

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            Brother Navin,

            I am not living in the country, why dont they have a body to control thse aforementioned TV channels no tallowing them making headlines on the racial statements ?

            Last week, I noticed by myself, Hiru Sender was putting headlines as ” UK premier s state is highly serious”, but as of the moment, entire Europe and Americans were clear that taking Premier to the ICU was based on measurements his condition to be kept under close control. I think Hiru TV doe snot care about anything, but just abuse NEWS items… why is that these men be given OVER power to react ?
            We thought withthe election of GOTA, things would turn out to be somewhat civilized.
            :
            Thesedays, we see, all these 3 channels,invite GMOA men as super SPECIALITSTs of the CORONA virus – but the fact is that they dont have any specialization even in COMMUNITY disease nor in COVID 19:
            Why people are being subjected to misleading info on and on ?
            Where is the media department of the govt ? What have they been doing ? What is their duty on this ?
            Even the POLICE spokesman, Lawyer Ajitha Rohana, only praised UK, just because he had been to UK one or few times, perhaps, he may have short stays there, but most of the information he added were just surface info only.

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            Navin,
            Do you think TV Channels in UK and USA are neutral?
            British Bast**ds Corporation always take an anti-Sinhalese stance when they report about Sri Lanka. Brits still favor Demalu because they licked the a** of ‘Suddas’ when they ruled Sinhale. I used to monitor their reporting during Demala terrorist campaign. The reporter sitting in New Delhi report as if the guy is in the front line.

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          When ever it comes from rajapakse s it s s secretive as Mahinda rajapskshe himself. Unheartedness is on the top of their agendas. These BP s are multiple times fatal than all deadly viruses together. The world should treat this with the highest priority. May the world be alert on these criminals.

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            Simon De Silva,
            Rajapakshe virus is deadly but selective. It attacks only ‘Para’ Demalu.

            “These BP s are multiple times fatal than all deadly viruses together.”

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              Eagle Eye,
              you are nothing but the worlds biggest cursed Tamil food eating hypocrite.?
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              you get your pleasure in every format that one can imagine from the arms of a high-quality Tamil meenachi and then you have the audacity in your crumpled up much-withered BALL’s to insult the mighty Tamil’s.
              =
              let me refresh your ailing demented senile memory that it was this Tamil meenachi whose family roots that enabled you to live in bliss in your adopted much-beloved country known to one and all as Australia.
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              an ungrateful SOD you have now become.
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              I have also noted that you never respond to my comments to your petty-minded putrid racist remarks.
              why, why and a why I ask.?
              =
              cheers, R. J.

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        Current day media coverage of the island is similar to that of Hitler in 40ties in Germany. That was called “Stasi”. They are in the brain washing mode.

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      Even after reading the article you refuse to understand what is happeng around the world. If 182 contries both small and big can adopt WHO guidelines why this country should go for an isolated dicision? Are we not heading for an international repercussion on human rights fronts?
      Are we above WHO? Even war times a dead persons rights are respected.

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      Brother, appreciate your words to unite the Sri Lankans! WHO guidelines are based on scientific research and even people died of Ebola were buried and the I have provided the link to the WHO guidelines for such burials. The issue is that the Muslims are ready to accept the cremation, as Ali Sabry stated on Derana program, if the respective Medical and Scientific bodies establish that the ground water contamination is even remotely possible. But the issue here is that the decision is made by racially motivated elements without any considerations for the beliefs of Muslims. You can see the mass burials taking place in all other countries, if Sri Lankan soil conditions are different, this should be established scientifically in order for the Muslims to be inclusive!

      https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/137379/WHO_EVD_GUIDANCE_Burials_14.2_eng.pdf;jsessionid=D348FD63853818B1FEE06C358D59CCBB?sequence=1

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      Weerasinghe@

      What matters is not the guidelines, but the manner they make racial statements in public, sending message to the muslim community so that they could become provocative.
      :
      We all know, be it in ITALY, Germany, UK or US or anywhere else, the dead and their families would have choice regarding last rights.
      But the assessment of these two worlds is so dichotomous. Our people through their orifices such as Derana TV and HIRU TV, make it worst, as never before, that musliims are the ones that super-spread the virus…. and they dont seem to respect WHO and national guidelines when they are set….
      Even some writers, pick only what SENIOR muslim minister to have uttered. Everyone here are no animals but they are homo sapiens. Each and everyone of them react emotionally as they could when being caught by grief due to loss of their lovely ones.
      Yesterday for example, one BP had picked a video of a dead person leading him to earn funds. Now as if blue flies would NEAR to heaps of kadavas, our people regardless of their SO CALLES SINHALA BUDDHIST BANNERs, do any low level thing to fulfil their selfish gains.
      Above all, PM in place adds some remarks as fi his tongue in cheek. Can you imagine?
      I think all these were not this much known to that 69 lacks of voters, but today.
      The day they elected BPs on the 16th Nov 2019 – the day naton crossed the rubicon. Now it will be not easy to come out of this situation.

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      My response was to Brother Weerasinghe!!

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      WHO would not have given a choice either bury or cremate if there is a slightest chance for the buried body to contaminate the water. Almost all the countries are burying the bodies. What is happening in Sri Lanka is nothing but taking revenge on Muslims. This is nothing but racism.
      It is now 62 years after the independence, Even after 162 years, The Country will still be the same, It will never improve. Racism, Racism Racism
      Only God can save Srilanka, BUT God never saves anyone until they change by themselves.

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      Weerasinghe ,

      If you take Covid-19 so dangerous then you can not even treat it in
      hospitals . We humans are now dealing with the pandemic . It
      targets mainly the elders with only a few exceptions of young adults
      and children . It does not require bulldozing people’s cultures or
      civilisations ! It only requires some decent changes in people’s
      everyday life and of course huge financial losses . You may not
      understand the mental agony caused to the Muslims on top of the
      Covid – 19 fears because of the authorities resorting to harshest
      measures targeting one particular community . Already the
      authorities have demonstrated beyond any doubt and sometimes
      openly how Anti-Muslims they are in every thing they do . They
      are creating history against Muslims with so much pride to become
      the heroes of the clean racist gallery . Under such a background ,
      is there any doubt that the cremation decision was a revenge and
      not about hygiene ?

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    `Similar to the physical energy by which we perform our actions in this world that produces repercussions such as global warming, climate change, depletion of ozone layer etc, there is also spiritual energy that operates behind the physical world to cause positive or negative impact in our life.
    This concept is interpreted differently in different religions and philosophies. For example in Buddhism it is called Kamma , in Hinduism Karma and in Christianity & Islam it is called sin. One of the main causes for the corona outbreak is the negative spiritual energy released over a period of time by the mankind. In spite of this fact in Sri Lanka and India the majority communities continue to show racist atrocities towards minorities. This will further aggravate the ground realities and we will continue to witness worsening of human tragedy

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    Just look at the face of intoxicated Gota. Priceless!

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    The Muslims are copping it from the Sinhala Buddhists now. The Tamils copped it before. The Muslims kept quiet. In fact, they sided with the Sinhala Buddhists. We do not know who is next. A scapegoat is needed for chauvinism to strive. We know not who is next. So, it is best to stand together against this rot. It has been going on for a long time. The Sinhalese leaders keep themselves in power by misleading the people. The Sinhala aristocracy sold the Kandyan kingdom to the British to keep themselves in power. The British hardly fired a shot. The same old story goes on. Rajapakses know the old formula. Keep racism on burning point. You can stay in power and steal the wealth of the people who vote for you like dumb fools thinking that Sinhala Buddhists are winning when they are really living on a debt ridden economy.

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      The Sinhalese have been subject to violence more than any other community.
      We will never ever forget what the LTTE did.

      You cannot blame the Sinhala People for Supporting Gota especially after the Easter Sunday Bombings.

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        Before you play the victim card, those terrorists targeted people of all religions and did not even spare their own people. Muslims died in the Mosques, Christians died in the buses, and Hindus died not only by the LTTE, but by the violence Sinhala mobs, in July 1983.
        No one will forget what the LTTE, nor will they forget the Easter Bombing, and the Sinhala mobs that every now and then turn on the minorities. All are victims.

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        Citizen Silva

        “The Sinhalese have been subject to violence more than any other community.”

        Maybe true, it was caused by themselves.
        By the way which Sinhalese are you talking about, you mean the Sinhala/Buddhist converts.

        “We will never ever forget what the LTTE did.”

        You shouldn’t.
        So shouldn’t “OTHERS”, what the Sinhala/Buddhist did to them.
        The hatred should be passed on to the future generation as you have been doing over the past 100 or so years, actively since the advent of the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala.

        Now I am confused.
        Could you clarify whether the twice failed terrorist attempts to overthrow the corrupt, brutal and stupid political leadership in 1971 (killed 18,000) and between 1987 and 1991 (estimated 130,000 killed) were carried out by LTTE.

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          Your explanation is not acceptable the LTTE violence was not propotionate to the riots. As long as Tamils like you continue to endorse the LTTE violence.
          The Sinhala Bhuddists will stand by Gota.

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            That is ok, you stand next to the Gothari Gotler. But who was standing next to Solomon West Ridgeway Dias in 1958? Citizen Silva, was it your dad?

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            Think of what led to the emergence of the LTTE.
            One who cannot take a critical look at communal violence in this country from 1915 (strictly late 19th Century) until 1983 has no moral right to denounce the LTTE.

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              SJ

              Good point.
              Until 1983 sporadic violence against people were mostly organised by the local thugs who were inspired either by local saffron brigade or racists politicians. In the process jealousy prone thugs (Anagarik’s grandChildren – the lumpenproletariat) have had the benefited materially and derived immense self-satisfaction from sheer scale of their violence, loss of life, destruction of property, and their share of loot and the best part was none were seriously being punished.

              After 1983 the violence was monopolised and nationalised, the uniformed thugs took charge of it, centralised, organised, justified, …. more than adequately resourced, …….

              The (Anagarik’s grandChildren) the lumpenproletariat became the Rana-viruses.

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            Citizen Silva

            “Your explanation is not acceptable the LTTE violence was not propotionate to the riots. “

            What was the level of “anything” that would satisfy you with initiation, sustainability and proportionate level of riots?

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            You have been committing ethnic cleansing and genocide.

            Gota is just another right person for carrying put your fancies and whims, and if not Gota someone else who is so much nice would have taken the place. Chandrika wanted to do the same but nicely.

            You had always wanted LTTE committed genocide, and it can never happen since LTTE structurally is not organised for genociding other people.

            Get out of my home you aliens.

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        Citzen Silva,
        .
        what are u bubbling ?:
        :
        They themselves let some extremists mulims such as SAHANRAN and their movements were promoted, just after, the bombing to allow Gotabaya to return is almost setting that SUNIL Rathanayak the multi murderer be free and create new provocation within the tamil community.:::

        Why not you guys, being lagged to think it about. I am also sinhalaya, but I would never want srilanken nation to be led by Rajakapkshe rascals.. going by all the high crime records.
        Better let the people be exposed to COVID 19 and let them die, than, bps to allow LOOT the state again. 4

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    Burial OR cremation are the words of WHO and 1907 Ordinance. That is burial OR cremation depending on the circumstances. Not much is known about this virus and a reasonable person who believes in Allah will choose cremation. Insha Allah

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    Sorry typo 1897 not 1907

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    Hello Hilmy Ahamed,

    You say “The Corona virus has no race, religion, caste or social status. It does not discriminate. Let us come together as a nation to fight this pandemic and rise stronger and as one people of our beloved Sri Lanka”. That is very true.
    Everybody who understands what you have said should support all actions that reduce a recurrence of the pandemic regardless of the risk level associated with such actions.
    Cremation removes such a risk. As such, to characterise cremation as a racist action is utterly irresponsible.
    Muslims have a conscience too and many Muslims will NOT be willing to bear the burden of thousands of deaths arising out of the burial of infected corpses. The associated level of risk is currently unknowable.
    It is utterly irresponsible for the government to even consider burial as an option.

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      Sunil Abeyratna,

      “It is utterly irresponsible for the government to even consider burial as an option.”
      Would you care to explain to people who aren’t as smart as you, why is the US burying all it’s dead? Do you know something that US experts don’t know? Give up trying to dress up racist rants in fake medical jargon.

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        Thanks for the response!

        Firstly, I am not aware that USA uses well water for drinking purpose. If you do, please educate me. Hart Island is where mass burials take place (New York deaths). Hart Island is certainly not a place where there are communities who depend on wells for drinking water.

        Secondly, water table in Colombo and suburbs, Negambo, and Gampaha is high and certainly not below six feet. This is something you can verify from Engineers. I had a discussion with an Engineer today.

        If burials take place in areas where the water table is not affected, then nobody would object to burials provided people are not reliant on well water in such areas.

        I’d rather not respond to your charcterisation of what I said as a racist rant.
        Sinhalese have to be very careful when commenting to avoid hurting minorities while the minorities have the right to insult Sinhalese with abusive language at the drop of a hat. That is the new paradigm. Happy to live with that.

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          Sunil A,
          Perhaps you live outside the country and are unaware that piped water is available in all cities here and a lot of villages.I live in Gampaha district and have a well whose water level is 12 feet below ground. Your “engineers” should know that water level varies by location.
          In New York, Hart Island is where mass burials of unclaimed dead or those who cannot afford a funeral take place. All others have normal funerals.If the water table was a factor, nobody would have survived the 1918 epidemic.
          I hope that educated you. You could also inform your virologist cum engineer friends.
          Good try at obfuscation though.

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            OC
            Whatever the water level, bacteria do not permeate long distances through soil.
            The practice of locating toilets with soaking pits a fair distance (not very far really) from the well is based on that.
            Spread is facilitated if the soil itself is soggy and contaminated, but again not for miles.
            Viruses do not spread the way bacteria do through soil. They need a living cell to be transmitted.

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              S.J,
              The racists of this world do not deal in facts. Their primordial fears lead them to believe in things like “Wanda pethi” , an earth shaking innovation if it was real

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                Old codger

                ” Their primordial fears lead them to believe in things like “Wanda pethi” ,”

                What exactly did you mean by primordial fears, the Pandias, Cholas, Mahas, Portuguese, Dutch, Brits, Hindians, DMK, ADMK, Karunanithy, Vaiko, Seeman, the imagined growth (paranoia) of Muslim population ….. or their own shadow?

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            Hello Old Codger,

            Thanks for getting back on this
            The discussion was on Water Table NOT water level in a well.

            Here is an extract from the Britannica.

            “Water table, also called groundwater table, upper level of an underground surface in which the soil or rocks are permanently saturated with water. The water table separates the groundwater zone that lies below it from the capillary fringe, or zone of aeration, that lies above it. The water table fluctuates both with the seasons and from year to year because it is affected by climatic variations and by the amount of precipitation used by vegetation. It also is affected by withdrawing excessive amounts of water from wells or by recharging them artificially”.

            Water table is variable, the factors are explained above.

            I do not reside in Sri Lanka but my] relatives are in Sri Lanka.
            I am aware that there is pipe borne water in cities and suburbs, but rural folk, which constitute the majority of Sri Lankans still rely on well water.

            It is great if you could elaborate on the factors that led you to conclude that burial of infected cadavers is a risk free activity.

            As for the plague in 1918, if people had the same understanding of virology, I speculate that burials would not have been allowed.
            There was no attempt at obfuscation and thank you for your comments that educated me.

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              Sunil A,
              You have avoided answering my question as to why New York buries its dead. Even you can’t deny that daily deaths are over 1000 in NY.
              New York is a collection of islands with an area of about 800 sq.Km. Are you seriously suggesting that the authorities don’t know about the water table?
              Since you are an NY resident, wouldn’t you and your expert “engineers” be better employed offering your advice to the NY authorities instead of telling a country with a dozen deaths what to do with Muslim bodies.

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        Old codger,
        .
        Our people have their tongue in their cheek also at this grieving moments.
        That says everything about our SINHALA community… ha ha.. I am also sinhalaya but I get weltscherz each time looking at our people. and how devious they have been made to.

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        Old codger

        Would Mummification help Sunil Abeyratna?

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          Native,
          Now we have imported racists who can write English.

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          Hello Native Vedda,

          Your comment reflects good humor layered with a desire to ridicule the comments I made, which is entirely appropriate.

          It appears that most discussions degenerate into an insulting competition between the majority and the minorities. Most of the commentators (you are at liberty call me as a racist too!) insult the other commentators and use Colombo Telegraph as a medium to score points.

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            Sunil Abeyratne

            “It appears that most discussions degenerate into an insulting competition between the majority and the minorities.”

            This would continue until those who believe the majority can do anything to hurt others and get away practically with murder just because they are in the majority, who voted along the racial lines, and elected a (foreign) single handed leader who knows best for the people.

            “(you are at liberty call me as a racist too!)”

            There is no doubt you are a proud racist, in thoughts and words however I need evidence to conclude whether you are indeed a card carrying racist which can only be done by witnessing your “actions”. I wait until the next riot.

            Being part of the stupid majority does not gives you the right to hurt “OTHERS”.

            Either you agree with science or you don’t. Then again science and rationalism do not have a place in this island. All discussions start with racial connotations and end in tragedy.

            I wonder why you inadvertently miss other’s who type with extraordinary audacity to lie, praise war criminals, justify human rights abuses, corrupt regimes and the american who happened to be the president of this island who could make no mistakes, being generous with forgiveness especially towards convicted serial killer, and choice of his administrators, opposed nepotism prior to the elections, …. .

            Once you typed “I can’t get into a debate on racism in Sri Lanka, simply because it is too complex”.

            Little confusion set in when you do not seem to notice or ignore the little lion which attempts to jump out of your tummy every time you chose to type here.

            Nothing personal.

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      what about other 182 countries? are they so irresponsible?

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    One Country One Law

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      If one country one law then why is the supreme law of the land the constitution creating a double standard?

      “Article 9 of the constitution states: “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).”.”

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      Then one country one religion too?

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    This is not racism but common sense facing an onslaught by a hitherto unknown formidable enemy. It is beyond the capacity of a section of our community, with straight jacketed locked up minds to be magnanimous to safe guard lives. His narrative is a indication of the height of bigotedness.

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      This was reported every where. Some countries on purpose, others just their desire to live In Sri Lanka, people are like children. They need to be pet as babies.
      Anyway, In Sri Lanka muslims are only 10%. But, 50% deaths are muslims.

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    Let us all work on eradicating Corona virus not diverting time on other virus has no borders.coronavirus threatens all of humanity. All of humanity must fight back.

    Who woul believe : Trump seperation wall between americal and mexico in order to prevent illegal mexican immigration. mexico is currently closing it and rejecting american immigrants..

    Animals die, extreme flooding engulfing a sewage drainage system are been flooded Animal waste all kinds are every where, animal waste lagoons.The main cause corona virus is due to bats , then bats droping are every where and near the wells people drink water from these well , was there any news of virus from such. even there are corono inflicted animals die, and during the floods all flow all over then how far is the virus abstraction proof. arnt these greatest risk of contamination from bloodborne pathogens the potential hazard

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    Karma is a bitch

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      Could you tell that to Allah when you are in the Mosque next time. He doesn’t believe in that. He is thinks that is an infidels’ story. But you know it is real.

      We know Karma is not a virgin, but a bitch, because it goes to anybody.

      Aren’t you and Hilmy worked towards Ampari Wonda Behati and dropped off and buggered off once cracker package caught fire? Ranil’s Vision 2025 is looking for an eye doctor after election of 2019, where Ranil handed over the government to Royals. Now Ranil is working on a economic plan for Royals, so they can do something about the country’s economy, which Ranil refused to care but only cared to save Royals in all levels court of Lankawe. Ranil has said keep shut on burying Muslims otherwise their future going to be buried like in Degana.

      Best wishes for your’s and Hilmi’s new endeavors? How you have named your new operation? “Operation aftermath of Allah’s Corona to China?”

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    A big Salute to the real heroes of our mother land. I totally agree with this statement. Because the kindness and politeness shown by the PH Inspectors when they visit the residents of corona infected individuals is heart touching . Their kind words and how they handle the situation should be praiseworthy. We love you TRI FORCES of Sri Lanka.

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    Poor Muslims had a hard time last Easter due to the Blasts in Kochikade and the Catholic Church.

    The same poor Muslims are now having a hard time this Easter, because of the Corona Virus, according to Mr Hilmy.

    When can the poor Muslims avoid these hard times?.

    May be that Homeland in the East alongside the Homeland for the Tamils in the North, which the UNP PM and his cabinet worked relentlessly to install could have saved the Poor Muslims from both those hard times ,I guess……..

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      Aiyo Sumanasekara…

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      It seems you have a noticeable problem in reading and comprehending.
      Get help.

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      KASmalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “When can the poor Muslims avoid these hard times?.”

      Once the Sinhalese have liberated themselves from Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

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        ……and the Tamils have liberated themselves from their Eelam dream and the Muslims from their Caliphate.

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    Let the dead Rest In Peace.Let is concentrate on the living before it is too late.
    Don’t bring politics ,race religion as front page news.We need to do what is absolutely necessary to spare the people from this deadly endemic.Even the scientific community cannot give a straight answers They are all may be ,might be and not defined well.
    Let’s give support to it medical team and the Govt. for doing an excellent job! None of us are immune this and the virus does not choose. One question is that in spite of mass media advice why is certain people are non compliant and been deceptive spreading the virus?

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    No reli9 problem
    Think Sri Lankan
    Christian also cremated
    So think of common
    No negative thoughts

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      Do you propose burying or cremating Sri Lanka when it is eventually killed by the racists.

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        SJ

        “Do you propose burying or cremating Sri Lanka when it is eventually killed by the racists.”

        How about Mummification?

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    The Muslim community offered to dig 8ft graves in Maligawatte , Couldn’t transport the sealed coffin for 45 minutes on the Katunayake expressway Saying this statement its is proof that burial is allowed the problem is the travelling, other than this apprciate all who are on front line

    1- The patient with coronavirus that can transmit virus to 100 be taken to hospital having more than
    45 minutes
    2- The dead body that cannot self-transmit virus cannot be taken for 45 min distance , how long
    distance & time taken for the body to cremate take place
    3- Cremation and burial are both taken with the same precautions. And the same ambulance travel.

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    So who are the RACES subjected to racism, Kakka?
    >
    Sri Lankan Moors, as we all know, have come from countries like Turkey, Egypt, various parts of India and other places they infested before coming to Beruwala beach in the 10th century, and since.
    >
    This ethnic mix can never become one RACE, despite their practice of male circumcision and female genital mutilation. Rich Muslims in Galle Fort (Marikkars) or Nawalapitiya (like Hakim) have nothing in common with the fisher folk of Kattankudy.
    >
    Get used to living in a multi ethnic society, learning to compromise without being pig headed about burial or beef eating.
    So this nonsense about racism against Muslims need to stop, NOW!

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      Sunil Mapa, there is news that all Arab countries are going to send expatriates home, that includes Sri Lankans as well. Good news is that respective govts have given the choice to the employers who will list down the people. Isn’t it good time to keep cool with the Muslims and not harm the economy?

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      SUNIL.PAPA

      What the hell are you nattering?

      Sri Lankan Moor today is 100%
      Native .
      I do not want to all over again and waste my bandwidth .
      If you want a one to one debate then I do not mind anytime ( GW) I will have you for breakfast , lunch or dinner a song as you pay the bill .
      Let me know.
      From race to All Islamic schools of though, I will take you on a platter ((GW)
      I suspect you are a Muslim hiding behind a Sinhala name .
      Have some ethics .

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      SUNIL.PAPA

      What the hell are you mattering?

      Sri Lankan Moor today is 100%
      Native .
      I do not want to go all over again and waste my bandwidth .
      If you want a one to one debate then I do not mind anytime ( GW) I will have for breakfast , lunch or dinner as long as you pay the bill .
      Let me know.
      From race to All Islamic schools of thought, I will take you on a platter ((GW)
      I suspect you are a Muslim hiding behind a Sinhala name .
      Have some ethics .

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      @Sunil papa
      The way you have used the term kaka , I can almost smell who you are, however , you remind of those people Moors call kaka pudikiran.
      Catching crows .
      Meaning boot licking .
      Good jeep it up

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    Moslems around vaporize and cremate their own with terrorist acts and indiscriminate bombings. Are such ok in Islam with reference to burial rites?

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      @Vince
      Come on let’s not mince any single word .
      Show me one single verse in any Islamic Scripture of the allegation you just made and then also when you do so , please tell me what is your belief , so without hurting others feeling of the same belief,
      I will deal with you .*( GW)

      I will.need to check your knowledge of your own belief , even if it is atheism , but I need proof , unlike you am penning under my real name .

      He who knows not and think he knows ,is a fool indeed .

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    The Easter Sunday Bombing Victims Were Cremated Alive by Muslim Exteamists.
    All other religious groups are coorporating with the government why can’t the Muslims do the same?
    These Muslims are a real selfish lot.

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      Citizen Silva@

      dont you know that the topic of the current discussion about inevitable racism of sinhala mindset ?
      .
      What are the proofs that MUSLIMS would not do so ?.
      .
      What are the proofs you to say that we sinhalaya support the govt, while the number of CURFEW violators go up to 20 000 day by day…with 99% of them are sinhalayas or according to you, are they from India ?

      These muslims or these sinhalayas would not help us further so long we rethink we think before criticise.
      :
      I truly believe, GOING BY indcutive reasoning, that it the sinhala mindset to change drastically… be it among SIVURU wearing pingutharayas or lay people, they seem to have it in their blood…. that is their culture (Yakka culture).

      Please interview 100 who are coming from VARIOUS walks of life in the island, most of them, would nod the head if you would use the derogetory term ” thambia, kambaya” to fellow muslim srilankens… they dont just think before doing so… that is the nature o fstupid sinhalaya. I am ashamed to call me sinhalaya going by this nature of our people.

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        Did the Muslims think before BOMBING churches and Hotels?
        Muslims have more shit in their blood compared to any other nationality in Sri Lanka.
        Why didn’t the Muslims especially the cabinet ministers did not inform the security forces and the police about the ISIS cells?
        Is it because Sinhalayas call them Thambia? Bloody bull shit?
        The Muslims got key ministries under the bogus ”Yahapalanaya” but they abused their privileges and engauged in illegal activities and ultimately paved the way for ISIS terrorists to commit atrocities in Sri Lanka.

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          Bogus Yahapalanaya brought ELECTION COMMISSION and polic commissions so that [edited out] cant manipulate the nation anymoe.
          :
          If Election Commissioner did not block them holiding elections as scheudled, do you think that the COVID-19 numbers would have been contained this way ?:
          .
          [edited out] Rajapaskhes would market your FLESH as cosumer meet, and they are world champiaons to do so. We knew how they governed the country in post war period.. did not we ?:
          :
          I think Rajapakshe would not care about death tolls, and they aimed at only 2/3.
          People even if they were cheated by the last ELection, now they can see it right.
          If VIETNAM and NEPAL controlled COVID patients, why ON EARTHE our small island nation failed to do so ? we are an island nation, but today, local media has turned out to be RAJAPSKHES orifces.
          :
          We should be shameful to have brought this BPs back to rule this nation.
          Basta.

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      @Citizen Silva

      Please rephrase,
      By Terororists.

      Same like the once a upon a time Belfast, Tokyo . Etc , etc. I may be able to give you a dozen or more .

      They were niether Christians nor Buddhists .
      Plain Terrorists .

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        Terrorists cannot exist without the help of the larger community.

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          Citizen Silva

          “Terrorists cannot exist without the help of the larger community.”

          True, however state terrorism, saffron thuggery, racism, injustice, …… also cannot exist without the consent (silence) of the majority community.

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          Best example is the existence of Mahinda Rajapakshes and his criminal gangs… they are even worst than the so called terrorists.
          :’
          Is there anyone in the coutnry who is more criminal than Mahinda Rajakashes. Sofar he has violated constitutional paragraphs ( during 52 day fake govt) and during the last 4 .5 years. The manner bps how they looted the state funds and let their bp sons to murder that Rugby player …. anyways, media coverage painted the picture in favour of them.
          If corona would punish the bugger, that would the best for all srilankens once for all.

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      Yes really, they are so selfish, they have built hospital wings at the Maharagama Cancer hospital, have donated millions of Rupees to fight this pandemic, and they distribute food, and meals, near these hospitals feeding people of ALL religions. Don’t forget they have employed thousands of non Muslims in their businesses too.
      Yeah, what a selfish lot.

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        @Ashan
        Anyways things are never going to be the same and we are not going to have a vaccine at least for another 16 months and if we do get one its going to be a miracle.
        But what about surving until then?
        The way racism is happening against Muslims in many Asian countries.
        What I heard is Especially gulf nations are planning to recruit again the once Tradtional source; that is from Ethiopia, Eritrea and North Africa as most speak Arabic.and North Africans are well skilled.
        They plan to cut all Asian by at least 40 to 45 % from.all sectors.
        I know we are going to loose alot of work in Middle East.
        We may have a large number returning to the island .
        So no foreign exchange , jobless will be extremely high , we are in deep debt , China can.not help us like before.
        We will be facing loads of issues I think people will vote heavily on racial lines , because Corvid 19 Racists have created one new phobia and expanded the phobia that was existing one is fear of Muslims by Sinhalese and thee other is fear and ofcause deep hurt about the cremation issue against the Sinhalese .
        Based on these two , if There is a Election due to Islamphophia most Sinhalese will want a government that will.be exclusively Sinhala and Muslims may vote more Muslims from Muslim Congress this time than ever and Tamils will.do as they usually do.
        I see a return to early 1970’s
        Starting from scratch .
        Actually we have no choice.
        The whole world is finacially in a mess , only Countries that have the funds are Muslim countries , but let us face reality , to whom will they sell their oil for cash
        most Countries will go fully broke and we will .be hit very badly .

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      Citizen Silva

      “All other religious groups are coorporating with the government why can’t the Muslims do the same?”

      Why should they?

      “These Muslims are a real selfish lot.”

      Please explain why Muslims are selfish and not others?

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    Why is Chatura not behind bars as per the law 7years. Is it only for the poor?

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      Not just Chathura, most racists would have to sell their belongings if it was another country where they can be sued .

      I am ..against jailing people it’s a huge drain and burden on tax payers and all Citizens.

      The best is Singapore style .
      Singapore is a Fine Country , twin meaning

      Untill you bankrupt racists through civilised legal methods and put holes in their pockets they will never learn.

      You can easily sue Chathura.
      But who is going to do it?

      You can do it in Sri Lanka.
      Indirectly what he did was not just racism , looking at it on a legal angle , it was promoting violence and hate , which would ultimately lead to sedation .

      That is what racism should be brought under sedation.
      And sued

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      Not only for the poor, but for those not defending, and supporting, the Rajapaksa’s. Anyone doing so, will get that special Rajapaksa treatment, even condemned murderers.

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    How many Muslims died of Coronavirus? All these articles about burial and cremation are to make us forget something much more significant. This is the anniversary of the Easter bombings.

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    Let’s be a little Liberal.
    If Buddhists, Hindus and Christian’s have rallied round to accept a uniform procedure to cremate their dead,why is it that the Muslims are not falling in line?
    Covid 19 is a Pandemic,and as such this is not the or place to raise religious beliefs.
    Medical opinion Within the country should supersede everything else on this issue.

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      Plato, You are 100% right. This is not a time to demand for religious rights of the Muslims. Under the circumstances, the best option is to get rid of the body asap. Obviously, cremation is the best option. We, Buddhists also normally want to make a funeral a big occasion to show our “class and status”. (Most funeral parlors have VIP sections!!). Now it is not possible. So, my Muslim brothers, please understand the crisis that we are all in. Why can’t you take the ashes and bury it according to Muslim rites?

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        Is there a real risk?
        What is needed it careful handling of the remains, which the Muslims will do.
        COVID-19 is being used for various authoritarian and racist purposes that we should be alert to.
        The anti-Muslim racism of people who pretend to be secular comes out at critical moments.

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      @ploto,
      , in reverence to the name Ploto,
      Correction please
      Not Opinion , but hard evidence and scientific facts , endorsed by internationally reputed and recognised Scientists and organizations.

      Opinionated scientists are like a set of scientists and the spider ,

      The opinionated Scientists once took a spider and starting chopping of its legs and everytime they made some gestures and called out jump the spider with great difficulty kept jumping until the final leg was cut and the Spider just stayed without moving they kept on shouting jump , the poor spider did nothing,

      So the Opinionated Scientists all agreed according to their opinion , when all the legs of the spider are cut , The Spider becomes deaf
      Cherio.

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    One day this cremation of Corvid 19 issue that is endorsed only in Sri.lanka claiming it to be Contegous will for sure have a huge impact on our reputation on medical ethics in the future.
    If it was Ebola , I would have been the first person screaming to conduct cremation.
    It has been been proved beyond doubt it is not Contegous.
    You thing otherwise Thailand would have risked gauranting the world it is not Contegous and permitted burial ?
    Thailand has very advanced health care and Scientists.
    The problem is racist just want ‘the Muslim body to be creamated because it would hurt their feelings.
    Like Racist Chathura saying why should we have WHO on our website ?we can have ours.
    This is the mindset of few who have ruined Sri Lanka .
    We have no money to feed the people , but we are prepared to spend borrowed foreign exchange to buy fuel to cremate what logic ? ,
    when burial is certified safe and it’s cheap and eco friendly.
    No way we are ever going to make it.
    Just look at the comments of the racists here , hell bent in cremating a Muslim body and nothing else.
    No issues , we have a unique faith , unlike others who are hypocrite say it’s a sin to eat beef, but okay to eat pork.
    God forbid such test, but if it is the circumstance to survive we can eat and we will.eat .
    So if cremating just to hurt the Muslims brings you so much joy not go ahead and make our day, cremate, spend the foreign exchange to waste on fuel to cremate , rather than saving the nation’s financial crisis .
    After all one must remember death awaits all , that is why we pay respect to dead bodies no matter what religion or race.
    What goes around may come around.

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    WHO has clearly stated that anyone who dies due to COVID 19 need not be cremated. This statement would have been made after the medical experts confirmed that the virus will not spread from the dead body. When the Boddy is buried in six or feet depth there is no chance that the virus will infiltrate the coding and soil of about six feet and come to the surface. If any Sri Lankan Medical experts think that it possible that proves that is not to serve as doctors. In case the dead were murdered by inflicting virus there is no possibility to exhume the body and do a post-mortem

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    US buried their dead Covid patients in mass graves. See the link with pictures
    https://www.ft.com/content/193a5792-10ef-4b3c-82e0-298c2180ba9c

    So did Italy. So why in Sri Lanka this cremation Gazette?

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      The US & SL are 2 different countries.

      What’s applicable to the US isn’t applicable to SL.

      There’s a reasonable fear among vast majority that Corid 19 virus may multiply in our soil so it’ll have fatal consequences.

      It’s clearly visible that the US has failed in dealing with corona so why should anybody follow the US?

      Cremation or burial is done to dead bodies, so why should those alive bother about it.

      If Muslims want burial they must try to bury dead bodies in a far away planet.

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      @Sam ;
      Honestly it’s no big deal for me if cremation or dissolved in acid like the Saudi journalist body.
      For me a modern thinker once am dead I do not care what they do with it.

      But for me even to my foe , I must be fair and just .
      Otherwise one is worthless .

      But I say this, if there is anything am aftaid of, it is breaking peoples hearts.

      All the Muslims ever asked was not have a huge ritual, as it is Muslims have almost zero cost and zero cerimonials.

      It’s what they believe in, its close to their heart , it’s about their loved ones .

      Mass burial anywhere would have been fine.

      All these people who are harping on cremation do not understand the damage it causes to the country ‘s eco system and financially .
      When cremation is not needed why do it at such a cost?

      It’s all about money at the end of the day .

      So let it go .

      But like the Gazette states : they can never cremate people on mere suspicion of Corvid 19. That is an intended crime .

      That part of the Gazette is like saying,

      I dislike worms but what do I care the fish love it , baiting the bait extremely unethical .

      Let’s end this morbid topic .
      And let’s move on.

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    How dare you speak of Covid or other racism at this critical hour?
    +
    Can’t you remember what you myth believers did to our country just 12 months agao on April 25, 2919?
    +
    Is the nreve that connect the shame centre to your brains blasted by your brothers who explode deadly boms cowardly?
    +
    Cremation is state policy, like it or lump it.

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      Wow, a Van Twest who can’t write English. That old DIG must be rolling in his grave.

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        Hello Old codger,

        Your comments on Adrian Van Twest are disgusting.
        Instead of focusing on responding his comments, you have chosen to insult him based on the presumption that a Van Twest is not entitled to make a simple mistake in written English.

        I am disappointed that I previously responded to your comments.

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          Sunil Abeyratne

          “Your comments on Adrian Van Twest are disgusting.”

          Howso?

          “I am disappointed that I previously responded to your comments.”

          Don’t be a spoilsport Sunil.
          Be a man

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      Tough guy eh? You show them buddy.

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    Hilmy Ahamad

    Keep religion aside superstitious man, there’s no difference between cremation & burial when it comes to dead bodies.

    Corid 19 paves the way for people to understand the truth, that any religion is behind mother nature.

    Dead people don’t have rights here, they have rights in their next birth place.

    Meritorious ones in the heaven, sinful ones in the hell, & between, some who killed cattle & goats probably become cattle & goats, some become gorillas for forcefully wrapping other’s body etc. whether they’re Buddhists or Hindus or followers of Judaism.

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      Real Revolutionist, genius, you forgot to tell us about human killers. And, what about those who eat others’ cattle & goats kills? What about those who forcibly unwrap other minor school girls and women’s dresses? Also, tell us about those who let their parents live lonely lives and die in elders’ homes? Those who kill parents for their properties? I kept the long list short to comfort you.

      Advice for you: Don’t try to make a Marutti into BMW. You’re a stupid person, don’t try to act smart please.

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        ghk

        You’re good in making silly excuses.

        Understand that forceful wrapping is also a equally serious crime as forceful unwrapping.

        Forcefully unwrapped, there’s a way to prosecute

        Everybody knows who weds juveniles.

        Yes we know about human killers, an year ago, Easter attacks.

        It’s well known that you have a long list of silly excuses.

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        ghk

        Mmm, yes, I am smart because I am talking the truth.

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    Muslims want to have their way and the last say.
    Keep religion and race apart.
    One law to all on burial…………………… be it Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil, Malay or Burgher….

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      Really? What way have they got in India? How about Myanmar?
      Do explain here.

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      Thondamany

      “Keep religion and race apart.”

      Good idea.
      Who is going to tell the Aryan
      Sinhala/Buddhist Fascists they got it all wrong especially how do you propose to educate yourself.

      “One law to all on burial…………………… be it Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil, Malay or Burgher”

      Another law for Sinhala/Buddhist saffron brigade:
      Excerpt:

      When the saffron robe has the final say
      Meera Srinivasan SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

      A monk’s cremation on a temple’s premises, in violation of a court order, has triggered protests.
      The recent passing away of a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and his subsequent cremation in the northern district of Mullaitivu has brought to the fore an old concern — the power wielded by the Buddhist clergy and the impunity shielding them. It wasn’t the monk’s cremation that was the problem, it was the site.

      On Monday, a group of saffron-robed men, led by controversial monk Gnanasara Thero (in picture) of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), gathered near the Neeravi Pillaiyar Kovil (temple) well in Mullaitivu, even as their supporters swiftly made arrangements for the cremation to be held there. They completed the final rites, defying a court order barring it on the temple’s premises. Around noon the same day, the Mullaitivu magistrate court had ruled that the cremation be held by the sea, near the Army camp facing the temple.
      https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/when-the-saffron-robe-has-the-final-say/article29543715.ece

      Stop telling the Buddhists, Sinhalese, Tamils, Hindus, Christians, Muslims how they should behave try and
      Liberate Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhism
      Liberate Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhism

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