18 April, 2021

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Demagoguery & Sadism In Covid-Dead Burial

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

President Nadasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (NGR) gazette notification to allow burial of Covid-dead Muslim bodies was a calculated concession to avoid any punishing outcome from UNHCR council meeting in Geneva. Muslim community had a sigh of relief, after nearly 12 months of agony and trauma. However, it was also a great disappointment to those supremacist demagogues and Islamophobic monks who were adamant that one country one law should prevail on the matter. That disappointment was immediately demonstrated when the soil scientist professor, who originally advanced the dubious argument that the pandemic would spread through contaminated underground water, resigned from the panel of experts. It was that argument, which was grabbed by the anti-burial lobby that wanted to enjoy some sort of sadistic pleasure from inflicting pain on Muslims.  

The rest of the experts, public health officials and administrators started working overtime to look for obstacles that could be erected to frustrate the implementation of NGR’s decision, or, at least to make it more hazardous for implementing. This is now clearly evident in the decision to allow burials to take place only in Iranativu in the North, in the Gulf of Mannar. This strange decision proves one of two things. Either it repudiates the soil scientist’s argument, because the 300 or so people who inhabit this small island take their drinking water from the ground, and therefore the team of obstructionists seem to believe that those inhabitants would not be harmed by the burials. If that is so, why not allow those bodies be buried in cemeteries closer to the dead person’s residence? What is wrong with Kuppiyawatte for example, as pointed out in the parliament by one legislator and approved by geologists? On the other hand, if the team still holds on to the water level argument, then it implies that the true intention is rather sinister and sadistic in trying to get rid of those poor souls from the island by way of pandemic infection. No wonder the Tamils and Christians are protesting against this move. On another level, the choice of a spot in Tamil north to bury Covid-dead Muslim may be to stir up Tamil-Muslim communal rift especially after the regime witnessed the two communities’ spontaneously coming together at the P2P march. 

Whatever the reason may be, Muslim suffering continues unabated by this irrational decision. Just imagine the pain and cost of transporting a dead body from Pottuvil to Iranativu for example. The government apparently is prepared to bear the full cost of the expenses, although details are not clear yet. Even then, how many family members and religious functionaries would be allowed to accompany the body and whether the entire cost of the two-way journey be met by the government have not been detailed.

Why is this issue being protracted without a definite solution? There may be two reasons, one short term and the other medium or long term. In the short term the Rajapaksas, as mentioned at the beginning, want to show a conciliatory face to UNHCR council to avoid any negative outcome from Geneva. If that strategy succeeds, the cremation will be back in operation, and Muslims would be forced to live with it. The medium term or long-term reason is much more dangerous. The Muslim issues including burial would be kept alive inordinately, because the regime wants a distraction to keep the majority community sidetracked from other burning issues, of which the economy is the most important. The economy is in dire straits either in spite of or because of the so called “alternative way”, as adumbrated recently by the Governor of Central Bank. Cost of living is sky rocketing and household distresses are mounting. The regime’s ad hoc measures to introduce ceiling prices for essential consumer items are not working. Nowhere could consumers buy any of those commodities at government fixed prices. Unrests and demonstrations are becoming more and more frequent and may escalate nationwide if situation worsens. This is why the regime is looking for a distraction. After the Easter massacre, Muslims have become an obvious target for scurrilous propaganda and physical violence. No sooner forced cremation showed signs of being relaxed, other issues such as the mosque at Dambulla, Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, madrasa education and Muslim schools are picked up to keep the pressure on Muslims. A few larrikin monks are back at their game of whipping anti-Muslim emotions. 

It has been one of the saddest chapters in Sri Lanka’s political history since independence, that when governments were pushed to a corner, facing mounting problems and loss of confidence with people, they resorted to communalism to win back their losses. The current regime faced with intractable issues, practically in every sector of governance, and in its external relations, is also looking for a scape goat. Poor Muslims, saddled with their own incompetent leadership, will pay a heavy price, unless they join the broad coalition of Buddhists, Christians and Hindus who are struggling to bring about an alternative. Muslims as citizens of the country, instead of remaining observers should become active participants in this struggle. 

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    “President Nadasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (NGR) gazette notification to allow burial of Covid-dead Muslim bodies was a calculated concession to avoid any punishing outcome from UNHCR council meeting in Geneva.”

    Mr. Ameer Ali,
    It looks like a concession but it is a confusion. It is true that NGR published this Gazette notification to cheat UNHRC and Muslims. In fact, the terms and conditions that has to come still is much difficult than cremation of dead bodies. They found a place for burial in the North and the places they consider in the East. This is to create a problem between Tamils and Muslims because they have already created an image that Corona will spread through water. Easter Bombing was carried out for the same reasons because the victims are Christian Tamils and attackers are Muslims. Even though the Suicide Bombers are Muslims they were not in the pay list of Muslims.
    The fact is that the attitude and their objectives or aims of Rajapaksa’s have not changed and will not change. They pretend give something to get more for them. Now Pakistan PM is going to canvass in Muslim countries to vote to save Rajapaksa family in the UNHRC but the dead Muslim bodies will remain without burial or cremation for how long don’t know.

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      Covid-19 first targetted minorities in Sri Lanka – via a Swiss Pastor in Jaffna and Muslims in Colombo, also Muslims were targeted in India , whereas Covid-19 targeted Holly wood stars like Tom Hanks and, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Trump etc in the so called first world!
      Very curious behaviour from a virus that is NOT a weapon of Bioterrorism.
      Covid 19 Burial drama is the latest ploy in Sri Lanka by the same foreign forces who staged the Easter Sunday 2019 ISIS claimed and Saudi and CIA owned attacks in Sri Lanka, to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and loot Lanka since the MCC and SOFA project was aborted.
      Thus, the US citizen Basil Rajapaksa who heads the so called Covid-19 task force and dances to the tunes of the corrupt WHO’s Tederos and big Pharma companies, and their paid for local “technical experts” should be held accountable for the staging of Covid-19 burial play, To dived, distract and vaccinate the illiterate public in this Banana Republic.

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        What president is trying to say is that you may bury but don’t use sand.

    • 4
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      Tamils in the north and east fully support burial of Muslims died from COVID-19. Tamils along with Muslims held their P2P rally to support Muslim burial in Tamil areas. Put your money where your mouth is!!

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    Outrageous outrageous outrageous.

    The Govt. should immediately allow the burial of Moslems.

    It’s understandable the govt. does not allow burials in the Western Province. Ideal burial grounds would be Jaffna University grounds, Duraiappa Stadium, Iranativu, Mannar, Point Pedro, Killi etc.

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      Ideal place for Burials is Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Bungalows. They made a big investment in Hambantota airport and Cricket stadium without any use.

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        Ajith,
        Ranil who was jealous of Mahinda Rajapakshes work dumped paddy in Mattala airport and ruined it. This is the kind of rotten leaders we have.

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          EE,
          Ranil “Sinhalayo” ney?

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        Ajith,

        You don’t make the rules. It’s the SL Army who makes the rules within SL boundaries. So, you don’t get to choose the burial grounds.

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          Ahh! SL army has no right to make any rules here. They are just employees of the state. If the pandemic continues for some time, it will be possible that the Muslims can choose the burial grounds adhering to the safety rules given by the expert committee. Its you who have absolutely no say here. Stay in Canada and keep shut. It could be a good idea to use the concrete slabs from useless multi-million dollar abandoned projects and make secure burial chambers for Covid-19 dead all over the country. We must most certainly look into it quickly. Maybe it will be a better solution than cremation too – we can avoid the pollution and cost of cremation and costs and contamination dangers associated with transport, while helping the Muslims to follow their religious customs without any danger of contamination.

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          Reg,
          What happened to President & Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s? Are they now SL Army?

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      Ah, is this the same Reginald Shamal Perera, the retired Lieutenant from the Army who had suddenly become enlightened to the mendacity, vicious cunning and grand larceny of Nandasena’s hoiyyas?

      There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel then, methinks!

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        Hello Scott,

        How are you?

        Stay safe and wear a mask.

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        Dear E. Scott,
        .
        The guy was disgusting when he was here as a retired Lieutenant. So far, he’s been staying within limits.
        .
        I mean that sincerely. We don’t want to hear only our views recycled, but obscenities don’t amount to wit. There was every sign that he was intelligent, but nobody took him seriously in his first incarnation. That becomes a pity.
        .
        So, welcome now, Shamal.

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      Once again Muslims are being use as the American Cat’s paw in this Covid-19 Divide, Distract and Rule, global drama to destroy the world economy, penetrate local institutions and asset strip the Global South and attack China’s BRI
      . Like the ISIS story, the Muslims are always used and tagetted also because their politicians are so corrupt, stupid and greedy by the US and CIA.

      The Muslim Burials Covid-19 drama in Sri Lanka is staged to distract from and cover up the truth about the Covid-19 hoax in the National Media, and to distract from the real COvid-19 Data in Sri Lanka which shows that Covid-19 is milder than seasonal flu ,which exposes the whole Covid-19 Hoax.
      The Covid-19 Hoax is staged by USA’s Dr. Faucci who subcontracted Wuhan Labs to conduct Gain of Function research and produce Covid-19 as a bio-weapon to shut down the global Economy and destroy the rise of Asia led by China, along with WHO and Gates Foundation. But the Covid-19 plan has backfired and more and more people know that it was a Hoax staged for GEOPOLITICAL reasons as part of Hybrid War on China. Once again the Muslims are being use as the American Cats paw in this Covid-drama.

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      Fully agree with Reginald.

      Jaffna has no rivers so even the most sensitive sections of the society will be okay with it. Besides Jaffna district MP Summathiran agreed for the burial of Muslim COVID-19 dead.

      Put your money where your mouth is!!

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      Who are you to suggest such burial sites?
      What is understandable about not allowing burial in the Western Province?
      Islam requires burial within 24 hours of death. The burial site cannot be too far from home or place of death.

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    Sinhalayo in the South say ‘Not in my backyard’. Demalu in the North say ‘Not in my backyard’. Muslims in the East say ‘Not in my backyard’. So, what do we do, put in a rocket and send to Mars or Jupiter?

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      EE,

      Wonder what happened to the Maldivians who wanted to accept them?

      Did they find out it would pollute their waters too?

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        That was just internal politics; it was never feasible.
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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        I do have insights into the politics there, as you will realise if you glance at what I wrote there.
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        Your posing that question was all right, Shamal, but I find EE insensitive. This by no means him at his worst.
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        What I have gathered is that the Koran doesn’t stipulate burial, and I have no belief in an after-life. So, this is myth for me, but the disposal of human remains shouldn’t be joked about.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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        RSP
        This is sick. (Not unusual for you.)

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        RSP
        You are a plain nasty creature

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      Eagle Eye: Sinhalayo in the South say ‘Not in my backyard’. Demalu in the North say ‘Not in my backyard’. Muslims in the East say ‘Not in my backyard’.
      ================
      Eagle Eye -at last you have opened your eyes and accepted that Demalu have their own back yard. its known as Eelam.
      Bravo well done

      I hope this is not to fool the UNHRC?….

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      More like Saturn!

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        G
        Do you think that this is funny?

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      There are already burial grounds for the Muslims all over where they live. Use them as usual and be done with it. Government’s attitude seems that ‘you may bathe but don’t get wet’?

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        KV
        You are right, and thank you for saying it.
        But the intention of the government (or a part of it) is to insult and humiliate Muslims.
        Those who resented having to reverse the ruling on burial are now taking it out on the Muslims in retaliation

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    While Muslims have been harassing the Sinhalese and the Buddhist priests in Srilanka on the burial issue, Covid-19 dead bodies were piling up in mortuaries in the Muslim country of Iraq, as no cemeteries allowed burials, until a special burial site was made for Covid-19 dead in Najaf. Iraq is a much bigger country than Srilanka and people had to bury their dead hundreds of miles away from their own cities, until September/October 2020. Now Muslims and Tamils have been demanding burials for months and you have got it – don’t complain, take the opportunity to bury your dead in plastic bags, as pr WHO’s recommendations, preventing natural decomposition and subjugating the dead to such degradation as being stuffed in plastic bags; all the while spreading the virus into the soil in Iranativu. Lets hope the contamination stays in Iranativu.
     
    MOST CEMETERIES IN IRAQ REFUSE COVID-19 BURIALS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fmx-Y2xdPo
    (2:21 minutes)
     
    LONELY BURIALS FOR VIRUS VICTIMS IN IRAQ’S NAJAF
    July 24, 2020
    A special burial ground near the cemetery has been created specifically for COVID-19 victims because such burials have been rejected by Baghdad cemeteries and elsewhere in Iraq.

    Read the rest at washingtonpost .com

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      LOCAL IRAQI BODIES REFUSE TO BURY VICTIMS OF COVID-19 AS MASS-HYSTERIA ABOUT POTENTIAL INFECTION SPREADS

      As the death toll owing to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rise exponentially, cemeteries in Iraq are now refusing to bury many people.
      Saad Malik, a man in Iraq, lost his father to the coronavirus.
      For over a week, Malik struggled to bury his father as cemeteries refused to bury the father.

      Iraq’s two major shrine cities – Karbala and Najaf have also been rejecting burials. One of the world’s largest cemeteries is located in Najaf.
      According to AFP, when the authorities tried to convince local bodies in Najaf to allow burials, they didn’t budge.

      Earlier this week, tribal leaders prevented the burial of four bodies in a designated COVID-19 cemetery due to the fear of spreading.
      When the health authorities attempted to take the bodies to a burial ground southeast of Baghdad, local people protested against it.
      With no place to bury the bodies, they were all returned to the morgue, which are already overburdened globally as the death toll continues to increase everyday.
      One Iraqi living near Baghdad told AFP “we decided to block any burials in our area.”

      Source: Wionews.

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        Thanks, Punchi Point.
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        https://www.wionews.com/world/local-iraqi-bodies-refuse-to-bury-victims-of-covid-19-as-mass-hysteria-about-potential-infection-spreads-289603
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        It’s always good to have real information, provided it is presented objectively. What you’ve reported is helpful.
        .
        However, you start by saying that Muslims have been harassing us over this. No, it’s been the other way round.
        .
        You’ve left out what I think is the most important information – that this was at the beginning of the Pandemic – eleven months ago. Also, your account of the decomposition of bodies appears unscientific.
        .
        What a dreadful subject to be dwelling on. We really deserved all the censure that we received in Geneva.

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          Sinhala_Man,
          What do you mean by “No, it’s been the other way round.”

          The Government did not take the decision to cremate COVID-19 infected dead bodies to harass Muslims. It was a decision taken by a panel of experts applied to people belonged to all the religions. Buddhists and Catholics who also like to bury their loved ones after performing religious rites accepted Government’s decision considering the pandemic in the country. But Muslim politicians, anti-Government Muslim and Sinhala pundits and NGO ‘Mahathhoru’ who wanted to use this issue to tarnish the image of the Government started harassing the Government.

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      Dear Punchi Point:

      1) if another country that’s is an Islamic state hasn’t been able to do the right thing because of its peoples’ unfounded/unscientific fear, paranoia and hysteria, that doesn’t make it right for SriLanka to do the same thing

      2) let’s not try so hard to take an irrational and unscientific approach in Sri Lanka too. We already have plenty of that.

      3) why folks in SL never demanded that victims of dengue virus should be cremated? Or HIV/AIDS victims? Or victims of bird flu/influenza virus? Or the victims of Rat fever bacteria… Etc etc etc????
      Do we have evidence that those viruses and bacteria don’t leach into water when the victims’ corpses are buried normally?

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      Dear PP all is good except you are mixing Tamil with Muslim??

      “Now Muslims and Tamils have been demanding burials….”

      Tamil and Muslim ghetto parties have nothing to do with Muslims (a religion) and Tamils (a language) of any Nation including Sri Lanka. Both concept does not belong to any personal franchises in a political arena of a democracy….conflicting term/philosophy. The respective parties should be stripped of their ghetto names and ask too name it after their own names I guess be ok.

      The elected MP’s from these parties should be sent to a “labour camp” for some hard day of labour to serve our people….justify getting paid by the tax money? and should they survive be sent home never to step into to the parliament.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi
      Punchi Banda

      “While Muslims have been harassing the Sinhalese and the Buddhist priests in Srilanka on the burial issue, Covid-19 dead bodies were piling up in mortuaries in the Muslim country of Iraq, as no cemeteries allowed burials, until a special burial site was made for Covid-19 dead in Najaf. “

      How have the Muslims been harassing the Sinhalese?
      Have they been stalking the Sinhalese?

      Who told you Iraq is a Muslim country?
      What has Iraq and its Covid19 victims got to do with you and your racist lot?

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    Drama continues, Nandasena Gotler wants to divide and rule …
    He used Imran Khan to convey all the Muslim leaders to vote in favour of Srilanka , Hope these leaders have some brain to study the Nandasena’s tricks.
    It is now very clear that they are trying to create animosity between minority communities to make the voting bank strong by giving the Muslims to bury in Iranativu obviously the Tamils will not like it, and this what the government want a conflict among communities . Rajapakses are also using some rich Muslim businessmen and business women who run their businesses for them , these business mafia don’t have any concern for their community , they want to fill their pockets.
    Nandasena and co can’t fool the Sinhalese people all the time , very soon they will turn against them.
    UN should know what’s going on in Srilanka , human rights violation continues . There is no issues in burying elsewhere without going 267 miles to Iranativu from Colombo. I hope Srilanka don’t get voted out to go with begging bowl to China. The politicians are wealthy it the poor who will suffer.
    As Rasamanickam says the Muslims have not achieved anything they have got their rights back and it is still controversial when it comes where they are going to bury. It is pure RACISM.

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    Dear Dr AA

    It is “masochism” to exploit a National Guideline during a pandemic crisis…well handled by our GoSL…there shall be no ghetto nor party politics here pls.

    Please write series of article empowers human beings whoever that is please in the name of whatever you believe in…including the CT readers can benefit from…..

    I am not sure your Dr title subject matters is with all due respect Sir…the “expertise” our Nation and the Generation can benefit from please please please kindly share for a better tomorrow in the name of humanity/dignity/riotousness etc.

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    AA,
    Having ‘One Country One Law’ is an election promise of President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe. Those who voted for him expect him to fulfill the promises without bending down to the whims and fancies of Tamils and Muslims as has happened in the past. Minister of Justice Ali Sabri who appeared in 360 Degrees program in Derana TV on 01 March 2021 told that he is working to fulfil President’s election promise. He also told there is lot of resistance from several parties.

    Who created supremacist demagogues and Islamophobic monks? Muslims. But as always happen Muslims are trying hard to give the impression that Muslim extremism is an outcome of actions of Sinhala Buddhist supremacists. Muslims have forgotten who saved their ancestors from Portuguese persecution and they are the descendants of asylum seekers.

    “However, it was also a great disappointment to those supremacist demagogues and Islamophobic monks who were adamant that one country one law should prevail on the matter.”

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      Eagle,
      “Having ‘One Country One Law’ is an election promise of President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe. “
      Why have you demoted Gota? Don’t you know that a Rajapakshe is lower caste than a Rajapaksa?
      Also, why is Shani Abeysekera in jail while Pillaiyan is out? Are they in two different countries?

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    S.M
    PP is very adept at leaving out details that shouldn’t concern us (in PP’s opinion). One swallow doesn’t make a summer. Here’s the world’s largest Muslim country, and it isn’t a desert :

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/program/newsfeed/2020/9/28/burials-surge-as-covid-19-cases-spike-in-indonesias-capital&ved=2ahUKEwi9nfv42JXvAhWfH7cAHZmtCx8QFjABegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw1zPVJ1tjJN0okMWphYHBIf&ampcf=1
    I think PP is a victim of the same hysteria.

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