16 May, 2022

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Finally, Covid Burial Restrictions Removed: A Racist Regime Exposed!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist.

Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka finally called off an ill-conceived racist experiment recently, which produced only misery. With the opening lines ‘Considering the evolving knowledge of Covid-19 infection….’, the official circular from the Minister of Health dd 2/3/2022 continued , ‘the management protocols of Covid-19 related deaths are revised…hereafter allowing both cremation and burials of Covid-19 related bodies in any cemetery’. Wonder who will have the last laugh? Yes! of course, this final change in Policy certainly brought sheer relief to people particularly in other parts of the country, who were earlier allowed to bury their dead, stricken by Covid-19, in Ottamawadi in the East after a ‘partial reversal of policy’ in 2021.

It also indeed gave a sense of triumph to those who stood up against the State-sanctioned forced cremation policy of this racist government. It is however interesting to find out from the so-called technical committee which consistently banned covid burials, what is the evolving knowledge being referred to in this circular or what is the new found scientific evidence, which prompted them to scientifically allow covid burials finally in any cemetery two years later? Will they and those higher ups in this government be held to account? It will be apt to revisit this sad episode in Sri Lanka’s racist, at times violent ridden history to learn lessons for the future.

The grieved families of the 300+ Covid-19 Muslim deaths in Sri Lanka, forcibly reduced to ashes against their religious dictates, with no funeral rights or family nearby, only to later discover later that it was all a racist hoax played upon them for petty political gains, need some plausible answers. Who will take responsibility for this tragic and wilful negligence? Who can transform their ashes to flesh and bones, so that that bitter past can be rewound and their remains be buried whole in dignity, and not in urns? The fact of the matter and the reality was that there were no feasible medical reasons for the Covid burial ban then and obviously none now. Both the medical fraternity and the scientific community, local and global were pointing this out in plain and simple language, which unfortunately did not strike a chord with the racist agenda of the Gotabaya government. If this was not State sanctioned racist discrimination and raw racism, then what was? Thankfully, the successful resistance to the policy of enforced cremation saw it reversed, which was the product of an unusual and inspiring coalition of activists, religious institutions and citizens from all of Sri Lanka’s communities, working in tandem with international bodies and Sri Lankan diaspora groups.

The meme ‘Dying While Muslim’ may not be as familiar as ‘Flying While Muslim’ – which came into prominence in the post-9/11 years when Muslims began to experience Islamophobia after being singled out at airports and airlines. But this meme gained popularity in the Sri Lankan context, where particularly Muslims were at the butt end of compulsory state-sanctioned cremations – a discriminatory act in violation of their faith.. Thus, in Sri Lanka, even a dead Covid affected Muslim was not afforded a dignified send-off as per the dictates of his faith, for no plausible scientific reason, other than the bigotry of a regime which was seen to be rely on a steady diet of anti-Muslim hatred for their political survival, to divert public attention away from their sheer inefficiency and mismanagement. Recently, I authored a book titled under this meme which documented developments contextualising the raw materials of this anti-Muslim policy, which came about to be a central state policy and showing how state and non-state hatred can be resisted by courageous and imaginative collective action.

Pressure politics, if used wisely, can be a powerful tool. The best example was Sri Lanka’s policy on forced cremations of Covid dead with no scientific explanation for it. A few Buddhist monks apparently claimed burying the victims would contaminate the ground and the government agreed. Then a technical committee was appointed which did not have competent virologists which negates the purpose of such a committee. A classic case of appeasement politics but they probably didn’t anticipate the backlash. However, the whole racist project boomeranged in style on the rulers. Rights groups and community leaders were appalled. The world community turned on Colombo. The Lankan Government was backed itself into a corner. Finally the discriminatory order was revoked an year later in February 2021. However, although there were no more forced cremations and Muslims were free to bury their relatives, burials were only confined to an identified land in Ottamawadi in the East. It was this discriminatory baseless policy which was fully reversed via this afore-stated circular.

In an article in Human Rights Pulse, titled ‘Discrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim community during the pandemic: a chilling foreshadow’ (21/12/20), Esther Hoole says, ‘The government’s stance is, at best, careless of the rights and requests of the Muslim community. At worst, it is deliberately discriminatory and cruel. Neither of these attitudes is a new phenomenon. From the outset of the current government’s entry into power in a landslide vote by the Sinhalese majority, the Sri Lankan government has—both subtly and overtly—highlighted its disregard for minority communities, of which the Muslim community is one. Within this majoritarian structure, there has also been growing hatred particularly against the Muslim community, continuing the trajectory of the past few years.

The article continued ‘In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic itself, state bodies have repeatedly cast the Muslim community in a negative light. On a broader scale, the Muslim community has increasingly become the primary target for vitriol and discrimination. There have been several violent anti-Muslim riots in the past decade. Where the state should have adopted a nuanced approach towards peace, successive governments have stirred up and capitalised on these anti-Muslim sentiments for political gain. The Muslim minority faces increasing racial injustice and discrimination from sections of the public as well the state. Their fundamental rights to live and die with dignity are being systematically and overtly violated. Where past violations are not addressed and accounted for, conflict will breed conflict. In itself, the Sri Lankan government’s lack of compassion in enforcing unnecessary cremations is horrific and despicable. When studied in the broader framework of events with a view to the future, it is terrifying.’

As 2020 wound its way to a close, waves of racism, chauvinism and fear mongering unleashed on the people by the present ultra nationalist Government’s tom-tom beaters, including electronic media moguls fattened by ill-gotten gains, continued unabated. That these ugly forces ultimately went beyond the point of control with catastrophic effects to the country is now seen as a reality and a certainty. The rulers’ dismal failed attempt to stage a tragicomedy by imposing an unwanted burial ban was thus openly exposed as a racist diversion tactic, with no basis in science. The positive trend had been that symbols of inter-religious solidarity took shape against the rulers. The burial issue grew beyond Muslim circles and there was more solidarity and consciousness, and this discontent added to the public activism gaining momentum, to hold the government to account for many other crises befitting Sri Lanka – rule of law and impunity, economic mismanagement, and chronic corruption.

Sri Lanka’s COVID response is proof that demonization of particularly the Muslims has been normalised. The health crisis was used to reinforce the narrative that the ‘careless and undisciplined’ Muslim community flouted social distancing and curfew laws. The idea that Muslims must be brought in line and not allowed to ‘do their own thing’ has been gaining force in society for a long time and simply intensified with this pandemic. The extremely discriminatory policy that was in place in Sri Lanka, insisting on cremation of all those who die of COVID-19 was thus an extension of this same line of thinking. It was unfortunate that the public health professionals became catspaws in this government’s machinations to survive politically, by subscribing to the rulers’ superior and majoritarian mindset and demonising the ‘Other’ attitude. Thankfully, majority of the medical profession did not concur with them. That was this nation’s fortune.

In the backdrop of the country’s pogrom-filled history, and in the context of a difficult transition from war to ‘peace’ in 2009, the resurgence of ethno-nationalism and identity politics produced fresh tensions and fault lines. Anti-Muslim hate has been on the rise, and came to the forefront of Sri Lankan politics after a series of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019 by a fringe radical Muslim group. This unfortunate incident worked as a game-changer for Muslims in Sri Lanka. The well-orchestrated yet subtle Islamophobia machinery began to work overtime vindicating anti-Muslim bigotry, which continues to date. Amidst the pandemic, we saw the same machinery do its work again, through demonisation and forced cremation policy. Today, ‘One Country One Law’ has become a weapon to further strip the Muslims of their long-achieved rights and freedoms. The Presidential Commission led by a renown hate monk and his public views are itself a proof about the inner racist agenda of this government to initially deny them of their personal laws, putting forward the face of a Muslim Minister in charge of ‘so-called justice’ in this beleaguered nation.

Now, what about the imperative need to hold accountable the top rungs in this government and its public health official stooges including the so-called technical committee led by the likes of Dr Channa Perera and Prof Methikaa Vithanage, who brazenly advocated and implemented the racist, discriminatory forced cremation policy, which wreaked havoc on the social fabric, and harmony of this nation? In February 2021, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) tweeted, “No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?”  Hitler’s words and legacy remind us of the massive historical and contemporary importance of racism to public health and medical care. Thus, as we engage in the continuous project of identifying and responding to the ways racism impacts health and health care, we must also hold our institutions, our political leaders, and ourselves to account for the harms of interpersonal and structural racism.

We must remember that individuals, especially in powerful positions, contribute to the systems of which they are a part. They shape and implement policy, directly participating in the structures they may publicly decry as structurally racist. Simply put, health care leaders are a key part of the system when we talk about systemic or structural racism in health care. Otherwise, predominantly majoritarian institutions and powerful individuals will be able to temporarily adopt the language of structural racism without responding to the harms they have the most power to directly and immediately mitigate. Worse, they may use the concept of structural racism to fend off demands for transformative change that contributes to the work of dismantling supremacy and majoritarianism. Thus the so-called experts and their political patrons should not be allowed to go scot-free, hiding behind pseudo government policy however racist they may be. Perhaps legal action including FR application should be pursued by human rights groups to hold those responsible to account. Time may be running out. What will be the position of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka in this regard?

As said “everyone must treat with respect all things that are sacred to other people whether one comprehends them or not.” In our vision of a racially just world, we must understand accountability as an ongoing and fluid process of building and sustaining authentic relationships across constructed divides of race, class, gender, geography. We must collaborate in the project of decolonizing our hearts and minds, grounded in an understanding and analysis of the intricate weave of power dynamics that shape and socialize us. We must acknowledge our essential interdependence as we collectively live into principles that help us act effectively and with compassion to build the solidarity required for “a different pie,” for justice. We need to see the bigger picture, to see that we need not fight over rungs of a ladder that by its very nature underserves us all. As Winona LaDuke so wisely says, “we don’t want a bigger piece of the pie, we want a different pie.” The bigger picture not only keeps us from fighting among ourselves, but also provides hope, the sense of another possibility.

If the nation is to learn from history, and forge ahead, the government should act as one for everyone, respecting the legitimate concerns of the people, irrespective of racial or religious differences. Failure to do so fails humanity as a whole.

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    LH,
    Good Morning.
    Very good succinct article.
    “Who will take responsibility for this tragic and wilful negligence? Who can transform their ashes to flesh and bones, so that that bitter past can be rewound and their remains be buried whole in dignity, and not in urns?”
    Good question! No answers forthcoming. My take UNHRC-Geneva!!!
    Best Science for SL!!!
    The past/present Health ministers/state ministers, one specifically knowledgeable on immunisations and a ‘Professor’ to Boot too!
    Probably, Professors’ Doctoral Thesis apparently based on that subject. He therefore was ‘Hell bent’, to protect his “Thesis, Doctorate and Professorship” in one ‘hell-of-a-swing’; undoubtedly SELFISH!!
    “Who cares about the public opinion and specially minorities??”
    Too few in near 25 million population!!!!
    We are the’ Great Sri Lankans’ and myself the minister doing so much to upliftment of Sri Lankans, whole 25 million; not small minorities!! Don’t bother me, if I am slipshod!!!
    If ever, it snowballs politically, and find ‘scapegoat’, blame “Weerasangili and G’Pillai”, who are anyway history now!!! Past Use by Date!!
    Jack Fruit Seeds!!!!
    What happened “infertility”, post “C’ sections”, Doctor Shafi performed in KNH and “Death fast’ by “ATHANA METHANA HITHANA NALUWA”??
    No explanations, reputation tarnished; reinstated
    Same story goes on!!!

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    “Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka finally called off an ill-conceived racist experiment recently, which produced only misery.”

    Deepening economic crisis and humanitarian crisis have no connection with the policy change regarding the burial of COVID-19 dead bodies.
    In the beginning, no one had a clear idea about the implications of this new virus and policy decisions were taken considering the interests of the people. With the availability of new knowledge, the Government has changed the policy. That policy change does not expose a racist regime.

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      Eagle,
      What new knowledge? Name just 2 other countries that banned burials?
      “While many countries have put limitations on how funerals are conducted, Sri Lanka appears to be the only nation that has banned burials throughout the pandemic and made cremation compulsory for all victims of covid-19, regardless of their religion.”
      – The Washington Post-
      Are you suggesting our fake Sinhalayo “scientists” are the best in the world? You know, the ones who throw pots in the river.
      It was a racist exercise by a racist regime, no two words about it, and it was withdrawn because even the Sinhalayo aren desperate to beg for oil from angry Muslim countries.

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      EE,
      Very good morning!!
      “In the beginning, NO ONE HAD A CLEAR IDEA ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS NEW VIRUS and policy decisions were taken considering the interests of the people.”
      I fully agree, the 6.9 million had absolutely ‘NO IDEA’, of the forthcoming implications of covid-19 epidemic!!!!
      All what they claim as scientific is definitely not scientific, because they aren’t intelligent and passed GCE A’ level science subjects???!!

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        Mahila, you mean EE has not passed GCE A’level ???? But I do give him credit for not calling Pandemic a fake, as few Professors, crap and non crap PhD’s claimed.

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          Chiv,
          Good morning.
          No reference to EE’s qualifications was adduced in my response. Nothing personal.
          Let it be made amply clear, there was no such intent.
          I only contested the purported “scientific decisions”, as I felt they were baseless and an attempt at Obfuscation.
          In mitigation, I suggested that may be adduced, to an ill found result, reached, by misdirected contribution by unqualified personnel pretending to be specialist professional of the subject.

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            Mahila, sorry. It was sarcasm, could have made the statement without quoting you.

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        Mahila,
        .
        Not a single man at ques would tell a single word of good about brutal family today.
        :
        I wonder how 6.9 mios then voted for the buggers ?
        .
        May well be possible, that vote rigging to the manner MR provably excercised in 2010, they again did it to grab power in 2019.
        :
        Today, Gotabaya has become to a ” PAYAGALA LEBBE” utters not a single word about the future, but go on TEMPLE licking ritutals…. since they know only way out them to stay in power would be mislead through ” SINHALA BUDDHISM”.
        :
        To me, those who destroyed real buddhism by replacing is SINHALA BUDDHISM is done by MAHINDA RAJKAPAKSHE bp. Nobody else. Alone that would be more than enough to punish the bugger sending him to the hell forever. His last breath will not be comfortable not at all.

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      LH,
      .
      Even if anything and everything would be exposed, people s would nt change their attitude. They are like mercy cows.
      :
      Just look at a young FEMALE politician, Honourable Hirunika Premachandra risked her life – sacrificing her everything, in order to send a message across the country/world, displaying the gravity of the problems of the day – but not even a dozen of male Politicians and YELLOW pets seem to learn it even after fearless Hirunika and her female colleagues sacrificed it.

      This nation is filled with SLAVEs, they would never stand against even if their lovely ones would have been abducted and raped.
      .
      It took 3 years Rev Malcom Ranjith to realize the criminality of RAJAPAKSHES. ….. this country /nation is a wonderland/unique…
      Forgetting all alside, they are celebrating their versions of an Elephant who died by short illness today. Their interpretations are similar to that of a fairy tale……. myths and blatant lies can mislead this nation on and on.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVDbdzhBo_Y

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      It seems at least one troll is still around.

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        OC
        Quite a few seem to escape your notice and CT’s as well.

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          Quite a few seem to escape OC’s notice and CT’s as well ??? Is that you SJ. OC, is confronting facts are same as trolling ??? just curious.

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            Chiv,
            That was addressed to Eagle. You didn’t oppose burials.

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              OC mine was addressed to SJ. Quit a few troll in CT ?? My response , that must be you SJ
              I never opposed and you didn’t either.

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                OC , see the response below

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              Sorry, cremations.

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                Chiv, What a cock-up!
                You opposed cremations.

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            Dr No 0, ‘confronting facts’ only aids falsehoods.

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            Something pricking somewhere?

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              Prof Stereotypical??? Here is one Lankan kids in US turn immoral. PhD ‘ s in Lanka are crap. Truth / facts can be pricking / hurting.

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    “Racist Regime Exposed!” Yes, exactly.
    I wonder where all those trolls are hiding? You know, the ones who wrote reams of bogus “scientific” reasoning to justify an obvious racist exercise. Sri Lanka was not only the world’s first totally organic farming country, its “scientists” were the first in the world to claim that viruses can survive in the ground.
    The reversal (which is quite normal for the Nandasena government) is the result of pressure at the UNHRC in Geneva, which is not surprising, given that the government has included two prize jackasses, the twin Professori Jayasumana and Colombage, in the delegation. Jayasumana had a lot to do with the burial ban. His debating skills are zero. All he does in Geneva is regurgitate legends about how the Tamils have been here for only 600 years. Is the idiot really unaware that many of those listening to him come from nations that weren’t around 300 years ago?
    Jayasumana and Colombage are prime examples of the evils of standardisation in education.

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      OC,
      “it was withdrawn because even the Sinhalayo aren desperate to beg for oil from angry Muslim countries.”
      They found out that the ‘Muslim Countries of ME’ are not that ‘forgetful’ of Burial to cremation atrocities as the Sri Lankans , specially the “6.9 million lot” and the pleadings were falling down – just like ‘water falling on Ducks back’..
      I mean the request for oil and gas on easy credit terms!!!!
      What Idiosyncrasy????!!
      Funny science of funny people, who were educated under standardisation and area rule preferences!!!
      No rationality in their scientific analysis!!!!
      It is hard to deny it was racist and religious hegemony!!!

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      old codger

      Please see below an excerpt from the Statement of India under Agenda Item 2 at Geneva 4th March, 2022 issued by Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, Permanent Representative.

      “India believes that it is in Sri Lanka’s own interest that the expectations of Tamils in Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and dignity, within a united Sri Lanka, are fulfilled. This applies equally to the commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government on meaningful devolution, including through the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution”

      https://pmindiaun.gov.in/pageinfo/MjY3MQ

      What do you read from the above?

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        Native,
        I can read and understand the message. But I’m sure GL Pieris and the other two professors are putting favourable interpretations on it.
        Anyway, the 1 Billion dollars probably has some strings attached, though I doubt the Tamils will benefit.

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          “…I doubt the Tamils will benefit.”
          OC, you are mastering the art of understatement.

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            SJ,
            Maybe a few comforting platitudes.

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      OC,
      Very Good morning
      “Jayasumana and Colombage are prime examples of the evils of standardisation in education.”
      Do you mean the ’A’ Level, or the Doctoral stuff!!
      Oh gosh, I was not aware that Doctoral stuff was also subject to standardisation!!!
      Hurrah!!!
      I got left out!!
      Do you think, if I request for re-correction now, the matter could be resolved in my favour????!!!

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        Mahila,
        Well, the A levels are standardised, and that’s what gets you into University. So, when these clowns get their degrees, its “garbage in, garbage out”, as computer programmers say.

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          OC
          I do not take AL results seriously. The results are a grossly distorted measure of knowledge.
          Does performing well with tutory coaching in in answering fairly well predicted questions mean anything at all?
          The letters that follow or precede one’s name mean little.
          All of this is not unique to us either.

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            “All of this is not unique to us either”
            Yes, but even in our region, such dimwits don’t get into senior positions. Just compare the foreign or finance ministers of India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh with ours.
            Even this Maldivian minister:
            https://youtu.be/vhMTF5uVdUo

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              OC
              The compensation for other countries is their civil/administrative service.
              They have ways to get round the problem of incompetence of ministers (like in “Yes minister” to some degree)

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    Of course it was a vindictive racist policy to play to their Sinhala Buddhist base. They ignored the advice of the WHO, international health agencies, our own health experts, and refused to accept that even the Wester nations were ALL burying the victims of COVID, but the racist Rajapaksa’s act like they know more than all the experts, and made the last journey for the minority citizens a hard and grueling one for the families.

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    Mr. Mohammad Harees
    How many Muslims have been, treated , cared for, cured and sent home by the racist government?
    How many Muslims have been vaccinated and protected by the racist government?
    How many Muslims are contributing to the health care work force?
    Who paid for all the cost? In addition how much revenue is lost to the racist government due to the Islamic bomb during this calamitic times.
    .
    Finally was it Allah or the racist government along with the non Muslim countries that produce Covid drugs and vaccines that saved you out of the pandemic ?

    Soma
    ( Is the word ‘gratitude’ to unbelievers mentioned anywhere in your Book?)

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      Soma,
      “How many Muslims are contributing to the health care work force?”
      Only the ones who haven’t been locked up like Dr.Shafi.
      “how much revenue is lost to the racist government due to the Islamic bomb during this calamitic times.” Even the Cardinal thinks it was a Pohottuwa bomb nowadays. Soma, Soma, you must check the export figures .See the ownership of the export industries. See who exports tea, spices, garments, gems… It isn’t Sinhala Buddhists. I hate to see you shooting yourself in the foot.
      Considering also that many Muslim countries have loaned money to this miserable government recently, don’t you think Muslims should get preference in healthcare?

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        Old codger
        “Even the Cardinal thinks it was a Pohottuwa bomb nowadays”
        This theory that Rajapaksas had direct contact with Allah to get Zaharan to commit suicide with family and relatives deserves ten Nobel prizes.
        If that is too far flung how do YOU think Pohottuwa guys got Zaharan to commit suicide with the whole family? One hundred million Dollars?
        One set of rascals made political capital out of the event to come to power and now another set of rascals are trying to make political capital out of it to throw them out.
        None of them got involved in brainwashing Zaharan to commit suicide with the family , but making political capital out of the event is the greatest insult to the victims, their relatives and friends and the whole community.
        Let us wait until Hon. Cardinal presents his evidence.

        Soma

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          Soma,
          Who was Sonic, and why was he making calls to a bomber? And why is Shani locked up for being too interested in that? Surely even you are curious?

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            No.

            Soma

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            Old codger
            As far as I am concerned any of these theories could be given a semblance of credibility if the bombs were triggered by remote control ( It is so simple – my garrage door or my wireless doorbell can be operated from 100 meters) while the perpetrators were in hiding to save their lives.
            To offer their lives for the political benefit of some silly Sinhala nincompoop or for a few Dollars??? You must be surely out of your mind.
            Shani or any f***** had enough time to expose everything they knew during the Yahapalana time.

            Soma

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              Soma,
              The competence of our prosecutors can be judged from just one fact. Richard Bathiudeen was locked up for selling scrap copper to the bomb-maker’s father. Now Soma, as an educated person, tell me which self-respecting bomb maker would use expensive copper when there is gravel free? Was there any copper found in the residue?
              It all looks like a giant frame-up of Bathiudeen, Azath Salley, Hejaaz, Shafi, etc.”
              “Shani or any f***** had enough time to expose” No he didn’t. He was locked up by Gota within the year.

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                The day Gota aka Mandasena will be imprisoned/ that ll be real beginning to a better future for this nation/
                .
                Not a single step taken sofar resolving even trivial issues, let alone to make wonders – pigs might fly/🐃🐕🤔😉
                .

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                old codger

                Do you think it is possible to educate soman and his fellow public racists?
                Many in this forum have been trying for many years without any success.

                The problem is that function of state has been compromised, nepotism, …. fear, favouritism, …. have paralysed the state, Sri Lanka is a failed state, nothing works, ….

                The functionaries are brain dead, they don’t believe in “An Honest Day’s Work For An Honest Day’s Pay”, but hope to enrich themselves with UNEARNED Income, …. Those who are honest and work hard are being ostracized.

                This is a structural problem.
                Only solution is to break the state and rebuild it again which would benefit the people, ( I am not talking about revolution).

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              Soma, haven’t we heard this before ??? Are you really naive or pretending to be one ??? I see you repeating the same numerous times. “What is the need for Rajapaksas, be directly related to Zaharan to commit suicide with the whole family” ??? You mean Rajapaksas cannot politically gain without being directly related to Zaharan ??? You mean Rajapaksas were directly related to all the crime, political murders and corruption committed prior to Easter ?? Rajapaksas may be uneducated but not naive/stupid or retarded. (6.9 million are)

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                Soma, your comment on remote involvement of SB , is as naive as Rajapaksas direct involvement.

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              soman

              As a good will gesture why haven’t Gota sent Kamala and Shavendra to fight in the Russo Ukrainian war?

              Why was Volodymyr Zelenskyy wearing his military gear, like your brethren
              V Prabaharan?

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            Oc/
            .they did it also with that SENIOR police officer who was proved to be the man of that Khashoggi style MISTERIOUS murder of Thadjudeenthen. That police police officer then died by severe illness . Comparison may be wrong because shanibis proved to be an excellent officer while the one died by heavy karmic punishment s was a Rajapakshe contract killer/ if srilanken judiciary would have done the job well/ there would be a mess in the country today/ atleast today it can work if miracles would do the job/ 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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              If the judges did the job well/ no today s style mess would be formed destroying this nation 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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            Entire world incl Rev Malcom R today question s about ” sonic” but Gota-baya behaves totally ignored/ cant this hint the world that nobody but sons of bichs born to the most barbaric family should be behind the disaster? 😡😡😡😡😡why the world is silent yet today? .
            Elephant is in the room nobody utters a single word about it ? Why? Media over to u/ please do the job for the sake of the people in this sinking island😉😉😉😉

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        old codger

        “See the ownership of the export industries. See who exports tea, spices, garments, gems… It isn’t Sinhala Buddhists. “

        I am sorry you are inadvertently giving soman idea and justification for new riots. Now he will turn around and justify why Muslim businessmen should be targeted because they continue to exploit the Sinhala/Buddhist people. And expect Elle to issue a statement to that effect.

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      soman

      Silly soman grow up.
      What on earth are you talking about?
      Muslims also pay tax directly or indirectly, hence it is every institutions’ duty to provide all those facilities, services, ….. to Muslims as well.

      If the state institutions refuse to treat a particular group of people then state should stop taxing them.

      What a stupid person you have become now.

      Grow up stupid man/woman/it.

      You must be very proud because you are very very very stupid Sinhala/Buddhist.

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        Native, old codger
        What every government in the world did during the pandemic is what best they thought they could do to contain the spread , various lock downs etc while maintaining the economy.
        I myself did not agree for some extreme measures but while blaming the government we must understand the trying circumstances and the devil must be given his due.
        You guys are happy over anything that remotely involves Sinhala Buddhists.
        Let us wait for the response of Mr Mohammed Harees.

        Soma

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          Soma,
          “You guys are happy over anything that remotely involves Sinhala Buddhists.”
          Even the anti-Muslim Modi government didn’t go so far.
          It’s nothing to do with being Sinhala Buddhists. It’s to do with vindictive racist stupidity.
          Just a check on the much worse pandemic of 1918 would have would have revealed that burials do no harm. But then, jackasses like “Professor”Jayasumana only read to pass exams. This is the same guy that said forced sterilisation was possible. Tell me, why on earth do you guys tolerate these clowns? What do you think is the impression that outsiders get?

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            old codger

            “… why on earth do you guys tolerate these clowns? “

            This island is run on the basis of competitive racism.

            SJB invites Wimal, Udaya to join hands
            https://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/SJB-invites-Wimal-Udaya-to-join-hands/238-232382

            Please note the demand for two prominent public racists.

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              Native,
              So the SJB too is trying to be more Sinhala Buddhist than the Pohottuwa? When will this competitive stupidity end? These charlatans should be drummed out of politics, along with Champika R. Only then will the country be able to progress. I always knew Sajith wasn’t too bright. Even the JVP won’t touch them with a barge-pole.

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            “vindictive racist stupidity”

            That’s it, OC!

            I’ve been trying to put my finger down on exactly what “Sinhala Buddhism” is.

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          soman

          “What every government in the world did during the pandemic is what best they thought they could do to contain the spread , various lock downs etc while maintaining the economy.”

          Sri Lanka should have done millions of things and should not have done trillion of things between 1948 and now.

          I cannot teach you and your bigoted fellow Sinhala/Buddhists the past history although we in this forum attempted Zillion of times with no success.

          About the pandemic (recent example) appointing Surgeon General Shavendra to deal with COVID 19 was a very stupid idea. Would anyone appoint him being the CEO of grave diggers? Kamala and Shavendra have been fighting imagined LTTE and Kallathonies from India in the past 24 months than the Pandemic.

          The problem did not arise yesterday, but accumulated over 74 years.
          Do you think Gevindu Kumaratunga’s proposed new Sinhala/Buddhist constitution would be the panacea?

          How did Sinhala only language ACT and giving Buddhism the foremost place in the constitution help to develop the country and benefit the people?

          Dumb asses elected the MP’s, Dumb asses enacted the laws, and dumb asses enforced them on the people. Now the dumb asses are going around the world with begging bowls, … even Bangladesh (despite Sri Mao’s generous help to Pakistan, Sri Lanka couldn’t prevent its birth) has helped Sri Lanka.

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          Soma, how remote were SB involved ??? Economy was maintained so much so pandemic will soon be history and Lanka is already a history/ bankrupt, pat your self on the back.

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          Soma
          If what the GoSL did “is what best they thought they could do to contain the spread” there is something wrong in the thinking.
          The GoSL came up with ideas that no other government, even the most stupid I can think of.
          One makes mistakes, but two years is a little too long to correct it.
          Have we thought of the implications of the “no burial” policy for the spread itself?
          I know Muslims who were infected but avoided a doctor for fear of being cremated in case of infection and death.
          Was there any science in the decision of the government?

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            SJ,
            You are right, this policy must have contributed to the spread . Comparing statistics of burials at Ottamavadi with total deaths shows that Muslim deaths were far out of proportion to the Muslim population.
            I think Muslims did avoid reporting infection for fear of forced cremation.

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    soman

    Silly soman grow up.
    What on earth are you talking about?
    Muslims also pay tax directly or indirectly, hence it is every institutions’ duty to provide all those facilities, services, ….. to Muslims as well.

    If the state institutions refuse to treat a particular group of people then state should stop taxing them.

    What a stupid person you have become now.

    Grow up stupid man/woman/it.

    You must be very proud because you are very very very stupid Sinhala/Buddhist.

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