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Deradicalization: Gotabaya’s Solution To Muslim Problem?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The Fuhrer of Nazi Germany found the Jews a problem, and he provided a final solution through Gas Chambers, which produced the historic Holocaust and the state of Israel. Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (NGR) is not a Fuhrer and Sri Lanka is not Nazi Germany, but in 2018, even before NGR became President, one of his top priestly acolytes was prepared to ennoble him as a local Hitler, and in that sense, the 20th Amendment cleared the way for NGR ’s elevation.

Since he was elected as President, one community of people that preoccupied his attention and that of his acolytes were Muslims. The horror of April 2019 Easter tragedy, executed by a bunch of Muslim extremists acting on the direction of a mastermind, whose details and whereabouts still remain a mystery, and which no doubt benefited NGR’s presidential election victory, has obviously made the Muslim community a convenient target of blame not only for that horror, but also most if not all the evils plaguing the country. Muslims were even accused of spreading the Corona virus. In that sense, forced cremation of Covid-19 dead Muslims may be viewed as punishment for bringing Corona. However, this blame game predated NGR’s election, and the fact that it continues to this day must have given sufficient ground for the president to think that Muslims, like Jews in Fuhrer’s Germany, are a problem that requires a final solution. It was also reported recently that NGR is becoming increasingly despondent over his declining popularity. He may therefore think that going hard on Muslims and diverting the attention of his critics away from him, would be politically profitable.   

NGR is a devout Buddhist with a military background. He has surrounded himself with military men. He also revealed, when addressing a crowd in Ampara in January this year, that he had another side to his character, which overpowered his Buddhist compassion to eliminate Prabakaran and his Tamil militia. That was of course during a war. In contrast, Muslims are not at war with anybody, let alone the state. They just want to live in peace with all communities. Yet, there is an anti-Muslim virus or Islamophobia that has infected NGR’s Viyathmaga, prominent members of his government, their supporters and sections of the Sangha. One of the prelates even urged his people to stone the Muslims. It was this group that also urged NGR to remove the Muslim Minister of Justice from the cabinet. The President is therefore under mounting pressure to act and act decisively to solve the Muslim problem. 

It is as part of this solution that one should consider the government measures to ban (a) books and writings authored by Muslim intellectuals such as Hassan al-Banna, Seyed Qutub, Abu Ala Maududi and so on (b) wearing of burqa and niqab, and Quran schools, and (c) the 11 Muslim organizations identified in the PCoI report. (The same report also identified Bodu Bala Sena, but that has been left untouched). In a recent raid on a book store, which stocked 15,000 copies of the Quran, sample copies have been taken away by the police apparently to examine their content. When did the police become experts on the Quran? Yet, all these measures, according to the minister concerned, are intended to protect the security of the country, which, in other words, would mean that Muslims have become a security threat.

As a final step, NGR issued on 12 March 2021, a gazette notification under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1979 aiming to open ‘re-integration centres for “De-radicalization” of anyone “holding violent extremist religious ideology”. This notification was issued as the President’s response to act on the findings of the PCoI report. Because the provisions of the notification are related to the Easter massacre, it is reasonable to assume that Muslims would be widely targeted.   

The main problem with the regulations stipulated in that notification is the absence of any precise legal definition of what is meant by violent extremism. The provisions of the Act are based on subjective considerations, and give a very broad choice for an officer to arrest anyone, “on suspicion of being a person who by words either spoken or intended to be read or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, causes or intends to cause commission of acts of violence or religious, racial or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between different communities or racial or religious groups”. It all depends on the values, prejudices and biases of the one who would make the arrest. In the context of the prevailing Islamophobia infecting even law enforcement officers, one can reasonably expect that the re-integration centres would soon be filled with more Muslims than others. These centres would be run by the military with instructions from the Minister of Defence, who is NGR.

This is also an already trodden path. It was when NGR was Secretary of Defence under MR’s presidency that rehabilitation measures were undertaken to de-radicalize Tamil “surrendees” after the war. The process, program and period of rehabilitation were all under direct instructions of NGR, and studies undertaken later and based on interviews with the so call rehabilitated have shown the inadequacies, uncertainties and ineffectiveness of the entire scheme (See for example, Ambika Satkunanathan, “The treatment of former combatants in post-war Sri Lanka”, in Fernand de Varennes, Christie M. Gardiner, Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia). There is no guaranty that the same pitfalls would be absent from the repeat performance under the same chief. De-radicalization may actually end up in radicalizing the un-radicalized rather than the previously radicalized.        

The best alternative to stop radicalization is for the government to take the Muslim community into its confidence and work with its members rather than treating the entire community as a security threat and suspect. This demands that NGR should extricate himself from the coterie of Islamophobes who are surround him. With several other crises multiplying almost daily and compounding to erode the popularity of himself and his regime, whether NGR will have the guts to do this is the $64K question?   

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Route cause is that we should ban the baby/child monk,when they see the other community doing well they got frustrated killed our education by standadiatio,burnt down the library and atrocities
    Looking at Muslims they do tremendous by economically and lot of contributing towards jobs until accept everyone as Sri lankans this country will go down and down
    Look at the Parliament and behavior Pelliyagoda fish market is lot better and organized,these white clowns and yellow robes by putting Buddha statue every junction and corner doesn’t make

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      Cugan,
      On several occasions I explained the rationale behind standardization but for some strange reason Tamils cannot understand that and keep on repeating the same rubbish.
      Standardization was introduced not to kill education but to remove an anomaly prevailed in the education system that favored Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya and Sinhala ‘Kalu Suddas’ in Colombo who enjoyed the best education facilities in the country. Standardization benefitted Tamils outside Yapanaya and Sinhalayo who lived outside Colombo where education facilities were poor.
      Malabar Vellala Tamils who were the most privileged community in Sinhale/Ceylon at the time Sinhalayo gained Independences interpreted standardization as a measure taken by Native Sinhalayo against minority Tamils hiding the truth that Tamils who lived outside Yapanaya benefitted from that.
      —-
      “…when they see the other community doing well they got frustrated killed our education by standadiatio, …

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        EE,

        No use. Just split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people. That’s the only solution.

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          Two.

          Soma

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        Eagle

        ” Standardization benefitted Tamils outside Yapanaya and Sinhalayo who lived outside Colombo where education facilities were poor.” This is the only time you have written something sensible and factually correct , I agree with you.

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      Quran schools =

      Can some one educate me on
      1. Are Quran Schools = Madrassa’s
      2. Are these Madrassa’s = Sunday School (Catholic) or Daham Pasal (Buddhist)? Are they held only on Sunday?
      3. Do Madrassa’s teach – maths /Science / languages / Social Studies for O/L?
      4. How many Madrassa’s are registered in Sri Lanka?

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      Nonsense. Ask Tel Aviv.

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      Srianka became RAJAPAKSHISTAN as of today. Wimal Buruwanse’s selective patriotism is questionable today. What happended ot the bugger, why he stays mum as if a defeated dog ?
      :
      There are reports that Junta Regime from 2005-2015 is to have spent 6.5 millions of dollars as image building program. Rajapkistan has paid to ta pakitani-American man by name Imaad Zuberi.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=envYbdgc7Oo

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    To the very same manner Hitler had then been, NandaSINI aka gotabaya is press-shy man.
    This is public secret today, so how can he introduce tools to the nation.

    Now with his gama samaga pilisandharark-ගම සමග පිලිසන්දරර්ක්- face to face talk with villagers on the cost of tax payers fund, becoming very unpopular, how can the bugger et al achieve not even little regarding ” deradicalization” of muslims”. They themselves during their JUNTA REGIME 01 ( 2005- 2015) let radicals (not restrict to muslims but sinhala BBS or the like racists) be easily bred, sometimes, paying them out of state funds (tax payers funds), today very same evil men to U-turn ? I really dont think this would be possible

    I have no doubt, these would just be rhetoric of GOTA-MARA authoritarian govt. Wait and see, this govt would not achieve 10% of what previous govt did within their FIRST 2 years of GOOD governance. I am not a fan of Good Governance but I worked with late Rev. Sobitha thero for a better future of the nation. Late Thero predicted it well, it would be like ” රොටිය කන්න බැරි විදියට පිලිස්සිල යාවි සමහරවිට.. the rotti would perhaps be over-roasted so that it would not be eatable any more. All these words go through my head as I am writing this.

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    NGR is a person with experience in mass killing of Sinhalese and Tamils when he wanted to solve nagging problems:

    These formed the military drills in his Military career. So he has acquired a mind set for solving problems in this manner.

    He might not just go for the final solution for Muslims only, but will solve the nagging Tamil problem dragging on in Geneva too.

    This way Sinhala Buddhists can have the blood fertilzed island for themselves ever after, apparently as Buddha promised to them.

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      Thiru,
      Ranting of a guy suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’.
      Megalomaniac Prabhakaran, leader of Tamil terrorists was the mass killer of Sinhalayo, Tamils and Muslims.
      —-
      “NGR is a person with experience in mass killing of Sinhalese and Tamils when he wanted to solve nagging problems:”

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    Long ago, when someone was possessed by a devil, others used to dress up like devils in an attempt to drive out the devil. Gota has people like Dhammika of peniya fame if such is the favoured approach.
    .
    A century ago, somebody thought of LOBOTOMY. Quite simple, cut off half the fellows brain, he turns into a harmless zombie. Jayasumana will “do the needful”.
    .
    Now Gota will kill, kill, kill, and kill. Very experienced at that. Disposal of bodies? Many options. Cremate, feed to sharks, if Thajudeen-like bones are exhumed, distribute them throughout this country where every prospect pleases, and only man is vile.

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      SM,
      not just long ago, the kind of DEVIL DANCEs are still in their mind set in rural areas of the country. Please go back to the those ritutals of “Raththaran/PS leader of diehard man for POHOTTUWA outfit/but caught in the act having raped a 16 year old girl child who was brought to Rathanaran’s Witchery studios. This man is said to be practising all the kind of devil dances on and on, that is how he won the hearts and minds of people form that area.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG6x992OR2U

      Medical report of the girl child, to my knowledge is the prima facie evidence to prove the facts of the rape.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w5dP2aMFQA

      However, the man who put this into srialnken press, noneother than our great RANJAN RAMANAYAKA is now jailed, ,while RATHTHARAN is not jailed just because the man’s acititivies would jeopardise the voter base for POHOTTUWA in that area. I studied this very well, and stay today speechless not being able to see why not a single man from that area seem to have the guts to be vocal on this again ?

      I have no doubt my dear COMMENTER- SIMON knows the incident/and its aftermath (how it burried under the carpet etc).

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      Sinhala_Man: Is this your comment or by someone impersonating. It shows me some differences, a marked deviation from the “Intellect” to what I used to read and assess as that of “Educative”. May I invite you now more to concentrate on “Approaching” the general public who now know what is going on and seeking an “Alternative” rather than hammering at “Gota & Co.” in particular and “Rajapakse & Co. in general? I feel the time has come to “Shape” and “Strengthen” an “Alternative”, perhaps a “Consolidated” “NPP”.

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        Simon,
        .
        What are the constituent parties of NPP ? I only know that Dr Wijesooriya (former senior lecturer from UNI CMBO).
        :
        I think JVP and Civil society groups and all others that are free from SRILANKEN style of so called religious mindset could achieve for the benefit of more, if law and order could put all the traditional men in a jail. … is this ever possible ? And Thattamalamals should be kept out of politics. COVID 19 will be contained ina population but political viruses would not work that way. But if Rajapakshes would be removed from srilanken society, chances will grow drastically for a better future for this country for sure. Why do we people beat around the bush, not telling the truth .. as to GOSL is fallen that deep today ?
        :
        But JVPrs should start looking at it big picture. Would this be achievable ? I think Handuneeththi was not 100% at attacking UNP in BOND SCAM, Knowing the GOD father of BOND SCAM is MaRa-Ajith Cabral el al from 2008.
        :
        Now this became even undoubtful, with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=envYbdgc7Oo
        Imaad Zuberi being jailed for 12 years. THis man has revealed a lot about SRILANKA s hidden transactions with CIA Agent during 2013-2014.
        .

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      Sinhala-Man,
      Do you have evidences to support that President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe has experience in killing, killing, killing, and killing.
      Use your brain instead of repeating what your friends who are suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ say.
      —-
      “Now Gota will kill, kill, kill, and kill. Very experienced at that.”

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        Why should he have evidence s, it is public secret, as u are demented and behave so, unfortunately ur senses are not properly functional. Talk to your grand grand children , perhaps they could succeed in showing your way.😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    History will attest to the fact that Islam is a force to reckon and it grows exponentially when challenged. Islamic values pose a severe threat to secular liberal democracies, which are built on the foundation of deceptive media, Interest ‘riba’ based banking, gambling, prostitution, alcohol, pornography substance abuse etc. The rise of Islam, Divinely ordained; cannot be extinguished by any earthly force.

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      I’ll tell you what mate, I’d much rather myself and my family live in a country governed 100% by Islamic law before living under insecure jealous racist buddhists and I suspect it is the same for buddhists as well since there seem to be quite a few racist sinhala buddhist working as slaves for their Arab masters but have the audacity to leave cowardly anti muslim comments/replies across social media 😂😂

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        sitrep24,
        “I’ll tell you what mate, I’d much rather myself and my family live in a country governed 100% by Islamic law before living under insecure jealous racist Buddhists..”
        —–
        ‘Racist Buddhists’ did not invite Muslims to Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. Muslims live in this country because they sought asylum when faced persecution by Portuguese. King Senerath who felt sorry for these miserable guys asked Sinhalayo to allow them to settle down in interior parts, marry Sinhala Buddhist women and convert them to Islam. This shows how liberal minded Sinhala Buddhists are unlike Muslims who give death threats if a Muslim woman marry a Sinhala Buddhist man.
        Take the whole lot and move to Saudi Arabia if they are willing to accept Tamil Muslims.

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        You are right sitrep24. I too would rather you and your family live in a country governed 100% by Islamic law. The sooner people like you disappear the better. Good luck emigrating to Iran/Saudi/Afghanistan, IS awaits you.

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        Buh bye…….make sure to close the door after you.

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    That was of course during a war. In contrast, Muslims are not at war with anybody, let alone the state.
    ———-
    I disagree. Some muslims have been involved in a covert war for a long time.
    Their aim is to slowly colonize the island and turn it into an islamic country.

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      I agree, there are ‘large’ segment of radicalised Muslims in the Eastern province and Mannar, funded by countries in the middle east. What is so outrageous is that Islamic politicians who are adherents of this ideology are roped in by the UNP and SLFP/SLPP to make up the numbers for the parochial purpose of politicking and then ‘pretend’ to not knowing anything about the activities of these Muslim politicians and their underlings!

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      Oooooooooo really ?!?!?!
      .
      Kind of like that boogyman story the racist rascal monks were saying the Christians are trying to convert buddhists. oh please tell these fairytales to you community children to help them go to sleep.

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        How Islam progressively takes over countries –
        In Dr. Peter Hammond’s book, “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam,

        Their takeover of a country, what Dr. Hammond refers to as “Islamization,” begins when the population of Muslims reaches a critical mass, and they being to agitate for various privileges.

        Below 2% – Muslims will be seen primarily as a peace-loving minority
        2% – 5% – Muslims begin to recruit from ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, within prisons and street gang.
        5% above – Muslims exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population,” “For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food” and increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature such food on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
        10% above – Muslims tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats.
        20% above – After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues,”
        60% and above – persecution of non-believing “infidels” rises significantly, including sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia law as a weapon, and Jizya, a tax placed on infidels

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    “Since he was elected as President, one community of people that preoccupied his attention and that of his acolytes were Muslims.”
    “NGR is a devout Buddhist with a military background.”
    Dr. Ameer Ali,

    The attention on Muslim Community not started with Gota as a President. This was started after the end of war with Tamils under President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the defence Minister Gota Rajapaksa. After 2009, they felt that Tamil community will never come back politically and economically. They only had uneducated criminals former LTTE leaders Karuna, Pilliyan and Douglas as slaves to carry out abductions, murders while functioning as unworthy ministers. Almost all the educated, skilled and talented Tamils left the island. So, the focus turned against Muslims who they think are politically, economically a threat to Buddhist Sinhala and I don’t think they will stop until they make the Muslims worse than Tamils politically and economically.
    You are also wrong that NGR or MR are devout Buddhists. They don’t like Buddhism but they know how to cheat Sri Lankan Buddhists and Monks. They bribe them by giving unlimited financial and material benefits. Recently, I saw a video a Monk was under drunk. Do you know that Ranjan Ramanayake was sent to jail because he exposed a video of Monks doing such immoral anti Buddhist acts. They made a propaganda against him that he was against Buddhism. Such a drama.

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      NGR is a devout Buddhist
      ———
      His brothers real name is mahendra percival rajapaksa.
      He changed it to mahinda rajapaksa
      Why? Because
      a) Mahendra sounds too tamil or telugu (south indian)
      b) Percival is a christian name
      Mahindas wife is a christian. When they both visited the guruvayur hindu temple in india,
      the temple staff washed the place down. They normally dont let members of abrahamic faiths enter
      that temple. Buddhists are welcome to visit it.
      What does this tell you? The rajapaksa family are not ‘hardcore buddhist’ as they pretend to be.
      Its merely a politcal ploy.

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        Mr Humble.
        .
        They have been abusing sinhala buddhism for their power intoxications.
        .
        However, like the blind would never see it, srilanken population (majority) is made to believe that they are buddhists. However, the kind of crook politicians could mislead easy targets in entire developing countries with the direct support of MEDIA mafia men (Srilanka Media Mafia men: Ada Derana TV, Hiru TV, Swarnawahini TV, SIRASA TV and several others – also not forgetting those mushrooming YT TV channels- and what about the MAWBIMA and other tabloids circulating either daily or weekly basis):
        :
        However, srilanken UNIVERISITY give birtch to 25 k or more graduates each year. They too seems to have no brains after them being released from their unis. With this being the ground reality, this country s dream to achieve their goals economically and in other fields would remain like ” dreams set in a hindi film”:
        :
        God bless SRILANKA – I am lucky, as a true buddhist, I could continue my life being in Europe:

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          Dear LLM: Re, “University gives birth to 25k….. I see here a “Huge Asset” that is not properly directed for the upliftment of this country. The “Ruling Class” that “Family Oriented” elite clan has taken them “Hostage” due to the sufferings they ( 25k) and their families are faced with. This regime at the last election promised the recruitment of “50K” and captured the vote. Does the country as a whole know the “Economic” repercussions of that “Non-Productive” labor force that is exerting severe pressure on the economy? Not even that “50k”. This is where I blame the so-called “Progressive Alternative” (JVP & FSP). They haven’t so far not addressed this “Issue” and offered an “Action Plan” with the participation of this “University Output”. As a result, that “Output” floats around, hanging on to waiting, hungry dogs who do a “Horse Ride” to power. If that issue was properly addressed by these two “Progressives”, would they end up with only a negligible “3%”? At this moment, shouldn’t we “WAKE” these “Progressives” from their “Deep” sleep to ACTION for a “CHANGE” an an “ALTERNATIVE”. If not another side of the same coin, such as Sajith’s “SJB” will come as the “Replacement”. Do we want that?

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            Simon,
            .
            I think JVP has to do lot more home work even if their origin is built in rural areas of the country. Those statistics and accusations based on high crimes (which are though part and parcel of srilanken society), they should better focus on the ground realities of the society. As your made it very clear, those Balawathies, Babi nonas, Wimala siris and the like would first focus on ” would the next govt improve our income levels, or would they be able to provide them with some conessions with anything “. Rajapakshes became that popular in that society just because he let ” any criminals could continue their activities, but hurting Rajapakshe family”. This was their SO CALLED Rajpakashe doctrine. My elders made it very clear that Rajapakshes were not wealthy people, nor were they coming Walawwa. Just to stand out being caught by inferiority complex Rajapakshes painted the picture in favour of their politics. Their politics, as even school going children would interpret it today, “mlechcha” by every means.
            Just imagine, how THATTAMAMAMAs are thrown to “silent mode” in today s context. If previous govt had been in power, would they ever be that silent in today s desperate situation?

            COVID containment is not managed compared to other island nation.
            .
            Cost of living and depreciation of dollar is alarming levels
            .
            International community would think twice before help hand

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          Leela,

          “God bless SRILANKA – I am lucky, as a true buddhist, I could continue my life being in Europe”

          But you will come running back if your hero Ranil becomes the PM again. Because of Ranil, CBK, and India, Sri Lanka could not end the war for 25 years. Luckily Mahinda was there to finish this separatist nonsense ASAP.

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            Lester,

            I have not lived in that island for the last few decades. If I wanted to … then I could return during GOOD Governance time. My return is connected with some good work to my home country .. but in today s in the years to come, I dont think, that i can make hopes for a better future. So long even the infants of Rajakshes are there, srilankens to even think of a better future – is a joke.

            I am very sorry for those never go after Rajapaksehs/Thattamamalas.

            Now with all is upside down, NandaSINI has achieved almost worst than Polonnaruwa donky’s all together.

            Nandasini is the most incapable PRESIDENT, not according to me, growing portions in POHOTTUWA itself. – just after passing not even 15 months since BARBARIANS are back to power.

            God bless OUR poor people in my home country ! That is all what I can say right at the moment.

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      Ajith,
      Poor Dalits were used to do the dong key work so that Malabar Vellala Tamils can move to ‘Greener Pastures’ as economic refugees.
      —-
      “Almost all the educated, skilled and talented Tamils left the island.”

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    Dr Ameer Ali had identified and defined the Muslim problem precisely and offered a set of probable solutions to the problem.
    The most tempting solution to a person like Gotabaya is to follow his instincts – a military solution that he had previously adopted in solving the Tamil problem. By killing and by attempting to rehabilitate to – re-radicalize the surrendees .
    But to his annoyance, he finds that he had not solved the Tamil problem but allowed to protract the dilemma.
    Gota would have thought that once the Tamils learned the lesson, they would behave and be grateful eternally for his small mercies.
    But unfortunately it has not happened.
    Now Dr Ameer Ali cautions Gota that if he follows the same strategy in the case of Muslim problem also he will find that history repeats itself .
    Will Gotabalaya ever any learn?

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      srikrish,
      “…a military solution that he had previously adopted in solving the Tamil problem.”
      —–
      Gotabhaya Rajapakshe did not use a military solution to solve a ‘Tamil Problem’ but to solve a problem created by Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians to establish a separate State for the descendants of Demala coolies brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhalayo using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, AK47s and chemical weapons to achieve that objective.
      Last time, misled by Vellala Tamil politicians Dalits fought the war to fulfil the dream of Vellala politicians. They have realized the mistake done and will never take up arms against Sinhalayo. They reject Federal solution, devolution of power and want to live in a Unitary State with Sinhalayo peacefully.

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    As in all his articles on this subject, AA focusses on the measures that the present Government should adopt to resolve the ‘Muslim Problem’.
    .
    The implicit assumption is that the local Muslim community is not in any way responsible for the creation of space that enabled the emergence of anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka and therefore there is no necessity for any contribution on the part of Muslims towards resolving the issue.
    .
    This is clearly a fallacy.
    .
    Any ‘final solution’ that emerges has to be based on understanding, compassion and above all empathy, on the part of both sides. This is essential if such a solution is to be long-lasting and be widely-accepted.
    .
    While urging ” … the government to take the Muslim community into its confidence and work with its members “, AA should urge the Muslim Community, equally strongly, to engage in a pre-emptive process of De-Arabization if they have serious aspirations of achieving a harmonious and mutually-respectful relationship with the other communities.
    .
    The Muslim Community must be reminded that there is only a thin line separating the process of ‘De-Radicalization’ from ‘De-Islamization’, if one is to go by what is transpiring in France today.

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    Can someone rationalise why non Muslim countries should not try to phase out Islam as the human civilisation advances now that they are thousand fold more powerful economically and militarily.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Can someone rationalise why non Muslim countries should not try to phase out Islam as the human civilisation advances now that they are thousand fold more powerful economically and militarily.”

      Are you talking about Social Mobility of non Muslim Countries or lack of it?
      Before you start cleansing Muslims in non Muslim countries don’t you think you should demand Non Muslims countries to cleanse themselves from their own blatant racism towards minorities? For example Hindutva against non hindutvas, Sinhala/Buddhists against Buddhists, Sinhalese, Tamils, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, ……. ?

      You need to rethink your own position (within the Social structure of your own hierarchy) on OTHERS before you start considering what to do with Muslims.

      Hope you will join us in the pursuance of liberating Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism.

      By the way could you explain to us how/why Anagarika’s Sinhala/Buddhism (another tribal institution) is much more advanced than other social structures.

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        NV
        You got confused. Or jumped to conclusions when the word ‘soma’ appeared.
        I am not talking about ‘Muslims’ . I am talking about Islam as an ideology. Primarily an agenda to save the brainwashed from Islam, IF the West thinks it is incompatible with their ethical make up.

        Soma

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          soman

          “I am talking about Islam as an ideology. Primarily an agenda to save the brainwashed from Islam, ……”

          If it is true for Islam, it is also true for Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhism, Indians from Hindutva, Christians from Born Again, Jews from Zionists, Tamils from Tamil Saivaite, ….

          Why don’t you start cleaning your own ideology, Anagarika’s Sinhala/Buddhism? Remember, “when you point a finger there are three fingers pointing back at you”?

          Please watch and learn:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXF7RkgANNo
          Mohammed and the Arab Conquests

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      Why should we (another predomanantly buddhist country) eleminate the islamists ? Has any country succeeded by doing so on this planet ? Which countries of our nature are powerful having done so ? Please come with few examples, so that we could continue this topic !

      Why DO you or the like ilk even think of such suppressions? Srilanken crook politiicnas should stop cheating srilankens. Once that is done, we could achieve a lot under one law, if professionals would wake up from their long slumber. Not long ago, I heard Dr Dewarsiri from Uni CMBO predicting about today’s alarming situation, which Rajapakshes created just passing 14 months of their return. Many like that learnt scholar stays mum today, because they know very well, nothing can bring so long hidden forces of ultra racists behave like fire still burns under under the ashes.

      Besides, why we the buddist dominated country cant yet learn to tolerate going by real buddhist values – each one received what was his”. We are all srilankens, regardless of our religion, race or whatever other barriers we apart from one community to other, yet today. Only by implementing ” one law for all” we could achieve it. Non buddhists matter !!!!!. The siticker should be subjected to hang on everywhere.
      :
      Some one else, added, that we would otherwise become MYANMAR… what is the different today ‘s SRILANKA under criminal Rajapkshes compared to Myanmar ?

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    soman

    You will see in this clip what I meant in my previous comment:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgWANdcNxM
    Rajangane Saddharatana’s Warning Message to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

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      Who is he?

      Soma

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        soman

        Rajangane Saddharatana is a Sinhala/Buddhist thug who is part of Sinhala/Buddhist vanguard, as many saffron clad racists would like us believe.

        Have you ever seen him fighting the IPKF?

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    The Buddhist Monks wanted a Hitler
    They got one
    They will also soon face the repercussion

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    ngr looking for scapegoats to blame his failure and justify to his village therapy group why he “deserves” to be president.

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      sitrep24,
      The ‘MANTRA’ of guys suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ and anti-Rajapakshe dong keys is ‘Gota Failed’, ‘Gota Failed’, Gota Failed’.

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    The entire nation has a low IQ , poor social skills, dishonest minds , not so good capabilities and huge ambitions.

    One lot imagines when they die , and especially if they die doing jihad they will go to a place called heaven where thee is plenty of food and virgins, but no music and photographs.

    The other lot can see heaven on this earth, that is, USA and Western countries in which they want to be dual citizens. As they amount to nothing in those Developed Western countries, they still want dual citizenship in sad case Sri Lanka where they can still remain boss !

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    Deradicalization is not Gota’s idea. It is Ali Sabry’s idea.

    Not just SL the whole world uses deradcalization to this problem. China does it best. SL has a lot to learn from China on how to deradicalize.

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      Ali Sabry knows if radicalization comes like the Taliban/ Halal police then first to be impacted are his family, uncovered ladies, signing / music at Muslim parties, University Education for his daughters, the removal of western clothes for him, no liquor, no sports for his son.

      SO HE WANTS DERADICALIZATION!!

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      ‘Deradicalisation’ is a waste of time and money. There is no such thing. It won’t work. Spend that effort on surveillance and monitoring. Read Islam and apply the punishments stipulated in the book.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Read Islam and apply the punishments stipulated in the book.”

        So you want to punish all your patriotic crooks and war criminals according to Islamic law (shariah). Don’t you think it is cruel?

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    It is now more evident about the
    intellect capacity of some Sri lankans.

    No one will suggest to exterminate a different ethno-religous community living in countries , calling for open genocide.
    Promoting genocide and on thee otherhand by one lot of some openly threatening to coerce the leader to takeup The Nazi model and even confirming the leader will become another hitler is the worst insult to anyone not just leaders, even jokingly if you call someone a hitler or use it openly on any.media in Germany today can land you behind bars.
    What kind of people some of our Sri Lankans have turn to.
    They think its a pride to be called Hitler and to promote genocide..
    Pathetic …halfwit

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    The Hitler ideolizing seems to have drawn the attention of the diplomatic circles and the clergy.
    Politicians can not be harum scarum with the Medias , and put the state in an embarrasing situation internationally.
    People must stop critizing mature politicians , any day I have the highest respect and admiration towards Hon.Prime Minister Mahinde Rajapakhe for his diplomacy , no.politician can match it
    Replacing matured politicians with immatured and egostic politicians could have the worst implications of what they say.
    Sri lanka government needs to employ a good set of young energetic spokespersons in.all three langauges , with proven skills in.debates in school and with the ability to.be calm to critism and rebute politely.
    Its extremly important to avoid
controversial statements that draws intenational attention.
    It is very dispointing to openly insult the executive head of State by comparing and infact confirming to the citizens the leader will be forced to takeup a ruthless person as Hitler for a role model
    That kind of threats will only bring in the wrath of the people.
    Where do we go from here ? We who had put our faith in this government.

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    have always been and still I am a great admirer of Lee kuan Yew.
He probably was the grearestet leaders the world has seen in our times .
    But yet his model was successful for Singapore and it worked with Singaporean mindset.
    We can only draw examples from such great men , but not impliment it in all the countries.
    Especially in a country like Sri lanka , its cultures are too complexed.
    Things have changed , I may not prefer arabization in attire and rest of new creed of Sri lanka Muslims.
    But I need to accept things have changed and it will keep changing, especially with culture .
    Some women who are not from muslim community and some women among muslims, may considers dressing up in western dress as freedom and respect of her fundmental rights.
    Some Muslim women may choose Arab attires , besides religous or culturel , believes as freedom and excersing her fundenmental rights, both have the right to choose whatever they want and.it has nothing to do with religion or culture , but simply fundemental right..
    Besides its a denial of basic right of the UN to ban Quranic teaching Schools and their books and the various branches and Schools of thoughts in Islam.

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    A few people have critized and even mocked my habbit of changing my attitude towards certain beliefs , cultures and politicians and political views .

    People who do so, never bother to understand or analyse .

    What else a man who believes in diversity , inclusion , respect everyones fundemental rights and who understands fully the changing trends of the world do but to consider adoptability and not force my preference on the population .

    To avoid confrontation is not cowardise, but saving your comfort zone from turning it into hell , this is why some people prefer isolation.

    If God does not want to interfere in man’s freewill and decisions whom am I to judge?.

    We are learning creatures and we shall do so until we reach our graves.

    I do want to keep learning and want to stay on my terms of what and when to agree and disagree.

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