22 September, 2019

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Gender Discrimination In Sri Lankan Politics

By Muhammed Fazl

Muhammed Fazl

Muhammed Fazl

When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it now” – Clarence Darrow

Just when we thought the circus was finally over, we are proven wrong yet again. After all that talk of Yahapalanaya (good governance), when the leadership lacks the backbone to prevent drug lords such as Lanzas, ethanol kings such as Lakshman Wasanthas, Arundikas, Johnstons, operators of gambling centers and/or murders such as Thilangas, Punchi Nilames, Premalals and Kathirearachchis among others from harming the country and its people, it certainly does not signal changes to our political culture of impunity.

Apart from considering might as right, choosing legislators to the parliament in Sri Lanka is akin to selecting a bimbo in a beauty pageant after listening to her short speech about her non-existent charitable causes. Talking of which, personalities such as Geetha Kumarasinghe and Rosy Senanayake certainly do come into my mind.

Women Representation

While I am yet to understand the rationale behind allocating a certain percentage of seats for women candidates, I would appreciate if a knowledgeable person would comment with replies to the following questions/observations,

Rosy Hirinika1. Should allocation of parliamentary seats be based on different sexual organs (just asking) or should we be allocating seats for competent/qualified individuals irrespective of which sex they belong to?

2. Taking into consideration previously elected female legislators such as Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sumedha Jayasena, Kanthi Kodikkara, Swarnamali (Pabha), Geetha Kumarasinghe, Kamala Ranathunga, Sunethra Ranasinghe, Rosy Senanayake, Chandrika Bandaranaike etc., can one state their significant and individual achievements to date in relation to good governance, women empowerment, children’s rights etc.? (Or, need I write another column about their negative actions?)

3. If the answer to the previous question is a negative, or if 52% of the total population themselves do not want female candidates elected, would it be correct for few legislators (at the behest of Western nations) to enact laws forcing choices (limiting rather) on voters? And if it is so, would that process still be known as ‘Democracy’?

4. Can someone please state specific and factual advantages of having a woman candidate selected to the parliament over a COMPETENT male candidate? Wouldn’t it be also a great loss in the event of a qualified male candidate’s expertise not being harnessed to its maximum potential in the interest of the country, and arising due to a limited number of slots being made available for male candidates?

5. Are Sri Lankan women politically matured enough to lead people and/or the nation? Also, are they too greedy for power and perks or are they too proud to influence men surrounding them in their lives to bring about a social/political change?

6. Since service to the nation can continue even without power or authority (as in my case), would personalities such as Rosy Senanayake and Ferouza Muzammil live up to their promises made on election campaign platforms and continue their ‘selfless political activism’ sans prestige, positions and perks?

7. Taking into account their family backgrounds, marital status etc., how many of them women candidates can boast of successful family lives as good mothers and morally fit wives? This criteria may look a personal matter to some, but failure as mothers and wives disqualifies one from being exemplary to a larger society… at least in my eyes.

8. History has taught us that even though females get elected to top positions in the legislature, it is the men around them who in reality exploits and abuses the authority bestowed on the elected women. In this context, does it not indicate vulnerabilities of women by nature to emotional and/or physical pressure?

While I have no personal animosities against any female candidate, I believe women should be equal to men in terms of having the freedom to decide on their political careers. It is also essential to acknowledge the fact that an incompetent woman is never equal to a learned man, and that should go without saying. Only an equally learned woman can be on par with a learned man. Hence, let us not discriminate or prevent competent and qualified males from being selected as legislators solely for reasons of gender.

*The writer is an independent social/political activist and can be contacted at muhammedfazl@msn.com and through FB (Fazl Muhammed Nizar)

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    Dear dumb [Edited out] author, you are an absolute disgrace to all minority voices in the country seeking representation. Please do not presume to speak for me as one belonging to a marginalised group ever, and I mean ever.

    Much appreciated,

    Muslim in Sri Lanka who does not need the patronage of low life scumbags like yourself who don’t understand affirmative action who merely wants to hold onto his existing male privilege. (I dare you to respond).

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    very good analysis, but be prepared to be flayed by the liberal/ western thinking empty head crowd.

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      Primitive, laughable analysis based on religious fundamentalism.

      GOSL should consider implementing a system of positive discrimination for women in Sri Lanka.

      Existence of Fazls among us alone is reason enough to give the idea serious consideration.

      If we want our daughters, sisters and mothers to be treated with dignity and equal opportunity. In a future Sri Lanka. When we are not around to fight for them any longer.

      GOSL should actively and systematically promote our Sri Lanka’s talented women. Into public institutions such as Parliament. And boardrooms of private corporations.

      Scandinavian countries are leading in this regard. Learn from the best.

      Then, the likes of Muhammed Fazl can go cover their vital parts. With a tiny Fig leaf.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        Do you think I should read this piece?

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          Native,

          Wanna get depressed on a glorious Sunday?

          Please go ahead, waste your most precious resource which is time by reading Fazl’s crap.

          Cheers!

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            Ben Hurling

            Thanks. I didn’t.

            Muhammed Fazl and other men should ask their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, wife, female partners, female friends … to write matters that are important them.

            Men should refrain from commenting on matters that are dear to women. Let the women say what they believe and what they want. Until then men should keep their willy under wrap.

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    come on…Ranil is PM and you are talking about gender discrimination in Sri Lankna poitics

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      Rajash

      “come on…Ranil is PM and you are talking about gender discrimination in Sri Lankna poitics”

      Muhammed Fazl asks:

      “Should allocation of parliamentary seats be based on different sexual organs (just asking) or should we be allocating seats for competent/qualified individuals irrespective of which sex they belong to?”

      Please note Wijeyananda Dahanayake insisted on crossing his legs when sitting in front of Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike.

      Please also note Sirimavo Bandaranaike insisted on using men’s toilets when in Parliament and used her hand bag as one of those lethal knuckleduster.

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    Muhammed Fazl

    RE: Gender Discrimination In Sri Lankan Politics

    “8. History has taught us that even though females get elected to top positions in the legislature, it is the men around them who in reality exploits and abuses the authority bestowed on the elected women. In this context, does it not indicate vulnerabilities of women by nature to emotional and/or physical pressure?”

    Women usually do not rape women and young children. Men do.

    How much is this quality worth, when everything else is the same?

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    Fazl, You are not a woman and you don’t even try to understand what a woman is ! Think of a house without a woman, then you will know the importance of women, their power, their sharpness, and the vital role they play in shaping human lives. Study on Sirimavo and Chandrika. It’s a pity that Rosy lost her seat. She made a strong contribution for the well being of women and children. Your gender discrimination shows that you have to evolve a lot more to fit into the 21st century !

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    Fazl Muhammed:-

    “….. I believe women should be equal to men in terms of having the freedom to decide…. “

    Do you apply this belief to your own Family and Community?

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    What a sexist article – your presumption that women in Sri Lankan do not have political maturity is a extremist claim. The men in parliament do not embody marital and familial virtues – in fact the opposite in many cases. Why do you not question if the men have the same virtues as a qualification criteria ? Your immaturity and bias is so evident that this article should be put to the recycle bin !! Obviously you want your women in a burka, covered from head to toe, on her back and pregnant all the time !! What a load of rubbish ! Shame on you !

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    Wow! Another gem from Muhammed Fazl. Well articulated and packed with truth and commonsense. We can now expect a barrage of brickbats thrown at Fazl especially from our menfolk who are mainly [Edited out] and espouse the ’cause’ of women in every aspect of daily life, a dangerous trend mooted by the West whereby democratic equality based on consensus seems to be taking a backseat to gender equality. Just look at our own domestic scene. Our women are packed off to serve the rich and uncouth Arabs as menials. The pittance they send home are busted by their menfolk who sit at home idling all day, pissing drunk. The children, lacking parental care and direction grow up to be useless citizens. Hey, before I forget, men in the West are now even given maternity leave with pay, just to look after the newborn kid while the mother happily whisks off to her desk job, welcoming the prospect of meeting a new man in her life. Just imagine, maternity leave for a man! What kind of society does this breed? Not everything from the West is good.Natures dictates are clearly being disrupted and we should be aware of the pitfalls to society at large. Your message has certainly created the necessary awareness. Thank you for it.

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      Reeza

      Seriously, are you one of those who sit at home idling all day, pissing drunk, after having packed off your wife and sister “to serve the rich and uncouth Arabs as menials”, unable to read and understand a straight forward Article?

      Drunkard, please note the Article is not dealing with your miserable situation, but is advocating that our women should not be be given any advantage over men to represent us in Parliament.

      Do you agree with Mohmmed Fazl, that Sri Lankan women should be packed off to Saudi Arabia or any other hell, rather than be helped / assisted to become Members of Parliament? Do you agree to that?

      Please reply when you recover from your hangover.

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    Seriously, Fazl, what did your mother do to you as a child to be so upset with the whole of womankind? [Edited out], every article you write is misogynist to the core.

    In our present political climate, are you really going to talk about the failure of women MPs? I can count on one hand the amount of male MPs who haven’t failed us, and you’re taking issue with the women. This is the very definition of patriarchy.

    I would offer to give you a hug, but to be very honest, I’m not sure what kind of STD I’d get from doing that.

    Go talk to someone and get yourself sorted out, son. All women are not to blame for whatever injustice(s) you suffered at the hands of one.

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    There are no women in the proposed National List MPs, except Anoma Gamage, right?

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    Didn’t the Colombo Elite ,and the Anglicans vote for Muzamalli’s Missus ?..

    I mean, Pavement Hawkers and Pathalaya wouldn’t be enough . And Rosy Akki even missed out although the UNP’s new Pin Up girl Hirunicks tried her best to push Rosy Akki on prime time TV in Colombo.

    Afzal’s party SLMC and Hakeem as usual sneaked in with their full battalion

    And the Sinhala Buddhist UNP elite and the pretenders didn’t even know about it.

    But Hakeem would have never thought his mate UNP Ranil as the new PM, would take an Oath not to give Homelands even to Vellalas let alone Wahabis.

    Pied Piper of Pollonnaruwa as our Milinda calls our Prez did a marvellous job and a first for our Democratic Nation which has stood the test of 2500 years..

    PM Ranil can’t even receive Sanathosams from the Separatists.

    I am sure the UNP National List MP venerable Rathne and his Abiththaya Chamapaka must have had a lot to do with this Oath.

    Wonder whether Wahabi Minister in the East will still have a free hand to deforest our National Park Wilpattu under Yahapalanaya Mk 11 ?.

    I think these issues are more important as far as the Dalits are concerned, more than Gender Discrimination or Gender Mutilation..

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    I am shocked and distressed that such a young and presumably educated young man is not only ignorant and sexist but deeply misogynist.

    The simple reason that women need to be represented in parliament is that they are 51% of the population in Sri Lanka. If we had gender equality in Sri Lanka, slightly over half of our MPs would be women, just as if we had ethnic equality in Sri Lanka at least 15% of our MPs will be Tamil and 9% will be Muslim. This has nothing to do with the abilities of our MPs but simply the need for all people in Sri Lanka to have adequate representation. Men do not have innate abilities to lead or be decision-makers, it is just social and cultural choices in our society that leads to the immense discrimination of women.

    In any case, MPs in our country are not selected for their abilities. At least a third of them were crooks, murderers and rapists in the last parliament. Many of them are back with huge preferential votes or through the back door this time around too. Shows what cultural/social choices and political expediency does!

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    Let M and F be the total numbers of Males and Females respectively who are ready, willing and able to make a serious bid to enter Parliament at a specific point in time (e.g. August 2015). These numbers could be based on the final lists of candidates submitted to the Election Commissioner. Then the numbers of seats that should be allocated to each gender for that specific General Election only are (160xM)/(M+F) and (160xF)/(M+F) respectively.

    This would ensure that the seats are allocated in proportion to the size of ‘gender-population’.

    Allocating a fixed quota (not just for gender, but for any demographic variable for that matter) has two major draw-backs. It creates the possibility of ‘disproportionate’ representation in Parliament and more importantly, creates the space for the entry of candidates who lack the attributes necessary to be an effective elected representative of the general public, but who do so merely because of the prevailing ‘quota’ system.

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    Wow! Muhammed Fazl nearly impressed me at the beginning. He starts with a quote which is actually outside The Quran. How is that for a change?

    The Quran is Muhammed Fazl’s ultimate source of truth and guidance. That is so, not by relentless critical thinking, but by birth. I believe.

    He starts even with a highly justified attack on undesirable characters, who will enter Sri Lanka’s next Parliament too. Unfortunately.

    Alas! What a deception! Make no mistake. Muhammed Fazl’s main bone of contention is stemming from his interpretation of fundamental Islam. In particular towards women.

    Muhammed Fazl considers women to be both intellectually and physically inferior beings. What a surprise for a religious nutter!

    He believes women should be controlled and guided. Through his God given male “wisdom” and “moral” directives. Ha..ha! Give me a break.

    Deep down in Muhammed Fazl’s dark religious convictions, he is scared of powerful women. Poor baby!

    He is especially worried that women take control of their own sexuality and their own bodies. This is an obsession for the likes of Muhammed Fazl. Including his Christian fundamentalist counterparts. Deep down in Muhammed Fazl’s dark religious convictions, he is scared of powerful women.

    No telling, Muhammed Fazl seriously wants to pre-qualify/screen women’s suitability for roles in governance. His scientific method will be a strict regime of morality testing? They must have been highly moral Moms & wives first. In Muhammed Fazl’s eyes. Again, I cannot help but laugh my behind off!

    Like all religious fundamentalists, including Christian, Muhammed Fazl does not consider women to be of equal value. This is the root cause of all his whining in this article.

    Muhammed Fazl, move to Saudi Arabia or Iran. Both ruthless theocracies. Both known for merciless moral testing of women. There you can realize your near perfect Islamic utopia.

    Cheers!

    PS: GOSL should consider implementing a system of positive discrimination for women to Sri Lanka’s public institutions and corporations. Including Parliament. Scandinavian countries are leading in this regard. Learn from the best.

    Then the likes of Muhammed Fazl can go cover his vital parts with a tiny Fig Leaf.

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      Very good telling off; the bugger deserved it. To be kind to him though, perhaps he was hallucinating.

      Regarding your observation: “Muhammed Fazl’s main bone of contention is stemming from his interpretation of fundamental Islam. In particular towards women”: I quote from a comment by Ahmed Reza:

      “Finally, please bear in mind you are generally considered by CT readers as a “Muslim” writer; some may even think you are explaining the Islamic point of view. I like to make clear to everyone that this article is a total repudiation of the exalted position accorded to women in the Quran. You are of course supported by manufactured Hadiths promoting male superiority; but then that’s not Islam.”

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        Dear Navin,

        Ahmed Reza’s comment well noted. Thanks.

        Among my best friends are men and women of the Islamic faith. Through them I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to countless good things about Islam.

        Fazl’s line of thinking is first and foremost a real threat to women of Islamic roots. Before it affects all others. Then it will be too late.

        It is important to stand against it now. Nip it from the bud, if you will.

        Cheers!

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    Muhammed Fazl

    Your ideas expressed here are all wrong – because you have not acknowledged that the prevailing immunity more or less granted by legislation to attacks on women through sexist speech, makes it impossible, for most educated, competent, just minded women to seek political office. Seeking political office in the prevailing climate, disrespectful to women, by necessity involves sacrificing their personal dignity and family honour. No one deserves such humiliation.

    It is because of this condition that there is a dearth of women politicians. The remedy is simple: pass legislation against sexist speech and other sexist representations with compulsory terms of imprisonment of offenders and strict enforcement.

    Under representation of women will then simply disappear.

    About your Article, generally, it is in very poor taste. Offensive as well.

    Para 1 : You give the impression that the discussion is about having a penis to be qualified for political office. As a Muslim you should know that Ayesha Raliyallahuanha functioned virtually as a Deputy Caliph, during and after the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed. This para is a shame on you, not women.

    Para 2 : It is uncultured and unfair to list those women and imply nothing good has come out of them. Have you pondered whether, but for Chandrika Kumaratunga, we would have been able to get rid of the Medamulana Gang? If the other women have not come up to your standard, have you considered what effect sexist attacks had on their under performance? What are the reasons for your put down of Rosy Senanayake?

    Para 4: This para is a gross, malicious, misrepresentation. You are not comparing “women” against “competent men” – not “competent women” against “competent men”. You have not taken into account the thousands of women who will not even consider a political career simply due to the male chauvinism prevailing today.

    Para 5 represents male chauvinism at its worst. Your condescending attitude belies belief.

    Para 6: Why only Rosy Senanayake and Ferouza Muzammil “should continue their ‘selfless political activism’ sans prestige, positions and perks”, while you have no objection to male representatives have the freedom to gorge themselves?

    7. You ask : “Taking into account their family backgrounds, marital status etc., how many of them women candidates can boast of successful family lives as good mothers and morally fit wives?” Have you gone mad? Have you asked yourself how many male Ministers and Parliamentarians sleep regularly with prostitutes and commit adultery? If these have failed as morally fit Fathers and Husbands would you disqualify them from holding political office? Let CT readers have your reply.

    Para 8: Do you think men around Chandrika Kumaratunga, her mother, and many others, have been able to exploit and abuse the authority bestowed on them by the various Political Offices they have held?

    Finally, please bear in mind you are generally considered by CT readers as a “Muslim” writer; some may even think you are explaining the Islamic point of view. I like to make clear to everyone that this article is a total repudiation of the exalted position accorded to women in the Quran. You are of course supported by manufactured Hadiths promoting male superiority; but then that’s not Islam.

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      Ahmed Reza

      “Do you think men around Chandrika Kumaratunga, her mother, and many others, have been able to exploit and abuse the authority bestowed on them by the various Political Offices they have held?”

      From your paragraph above alone,I can infer that you :

      a) Have been sleeping like Rip Van Winkle during the entire tenure of
      these two women, to understand the corruption and underworld links
      they fostered, especially Bathalawathys daughter.

      b) Are totally ignorant of Islam and its history by propagating the
      falsehood that Lady Ayesha Raliallahuanna functioned as Deputy
      Caliph after Prophet Muhammed (SAL). FYI She NEVER was.

      c) Are a dumbo not to realize that for ” male Ministers and
      Parliamentarians to sleep regularly with prostitutes and commit
      adultery” they also need a woman – unless they were homosexuals.
      So your justifying argument falls flat in the face.

      c) Are ashamed of your own penis and suffer an inferiority complex
      making you believe that you cannot function as a proper man.

      d) Are so foolish and driven by ethos for bewitching eyes and false
      eyelashes that you fail to see the truths expounded by Fazl.

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        I dont know who the hell you are and from where you come. But I note your loud proclamation that you hate Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Chandrika. They are not family to me, and dont care what you think of them. I also know it is impossible to get through to a dunhead. I will reply you regardless, under your paragraph numbers.

        a) I did not defend the Bandaranaike’s in any manner. I was responding to the Article which claimed that men around women politicians exploited and abused the authority bestowed on the women politicians by virtue of their political office. (I know the sentence is too long for your stunted brain to grasp) Then I asked whether any men around them were able to do that with the two Bandaranaike ladies. My aim was to show the claim in the article was untrue. But you being a moron you could not understand what the Article said, nor what I said. I will be surprised if you understand even now.

        b) I did not say Ayesha RA functioned as Deputy Caliph. I said “that Ayesha Raliyallahuanha functioned VIRTUALLY as a Deputy Caliph, during and after the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed”. You of course did not know the meaning of “virtually”. So let me explain that it means “very much like”, although she did not hold that position. For your information, she lived almost fifty years after the demise of the Prophets, and she was constantly in demand from the Rulers and Religions leaders of the time until her death for consultation and advice. She held an exalted position among the community and her opinion were held in the highest regard. Rulers and Religious almost always followed her advice. Is that not being like a Deputy Caliph? If I thought you knew anything about Islam I would not have had to write this.

        c) No response is required from me to this para of yours. But I do note that you believe that unless a Minister or male Parliamentarian is a homosexual, or he does not have immediate access to wife for sex, he is entitled to sleep with a prostitute or another man’s wife. So, the fornicators and adulterers in Parliament are sinless. That’s your ethics, not mine.

        d) I am not ashamed of my penis, nor do I have an inferiority complex. I am prepared to prove to you the effectiveness of my instrument in front of witnesses, if you will bare, and I penetrate you until you beg for mercy.

        e) It is up to CT readers to decide whether it is you or me that fit your statement “so foolish and driven by ethos for bewitching eyes and false eyelashes that you fail to see the truths expounded by Fazl.”. Suffice to say Fazl was afflicted by temporary insanity to write such nonsense in that article.

        Next time take care not to wade into the deep end.

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          I dont know who the hell YOU are nor from where YOU come. But I note that you have got your arse burned by my riposte to your stupid arguments. Such is your pain that you resort to gutter-level language – a reflection of your background and pedigree. Im afraid that the next time I respond to your hen-pecked defences you are gonna holler that your cock is on fire and run to your erstwhile Bandaranayake “lady” for solace. Hence I refrain from hurting you anymore and deem that this banter with you, is closed. So, go ahead and come out with more idiotic counter-arguments but don’t expect me to respond as Im not gonna waste anymore time with a stupid imbecile like YOU. Now, relax and take orders from the women around you with servility. But make sure that the dog-collar round you neck is loose enough to withstand anymore pain that may be inflicted by their pulling it too hard. Otherwise, you may have to run to your Bandaranayake “lady” again. Good Luck. Chapter Closed.

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            Read your first response. you started the gutter language first.

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            Chapter closed? Not until I prise open your fire box. I challenged you to bring witnesses to a public place; bring them. I say you will beg for mercy even before I am in full swing. Now: bare; bend.

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    Does that mean a learned man is always a good father and morally fit husband

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      “Only an equally learned woman can be on par with a learned man.”

      Fazl, your preoccupation with ‘Learning’ and ‘Learned People’ shows how simplistic your thinking is!

      Isn’t ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Wise People’ more important in this World?

      Learning does not necessarily bring about Wisdom!

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        Point Taken… But I was using it as a criteria and a bar for people to qualify…

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    Mr Fazl makes a dogs breafast of an important subject. Fact is that by modern standards, our women are under represented in parliament and, given our culture, customs and traditions, it will take some time before the imbalance is redressed.

    Mr Fazl does not quite do justice to the subject, and when in the last paragraph he writes “””It is also essential to acknowledge the fact that an incompetent woman is never equal to a learned man,…..””” one wonders what truism he alludes to.

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      Spring Koha,

      I would not feed my Dog with Fazl’s puke. She could rather skip that breakfast and eat grass.

      I love my dog very much. Unconditional love and loyalty displayed is incredible.

      Will not risk feeding such a beautiful life, both inside and out, with Fazl’s poison.

      Cheers!

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    What freaking Gender Discrimination In Sri Lankan Politics this Idixx is saying?

    Why don’t this man talk of all kinds of discrimination against women by Muslim society dominated by men.

    What an mindless hypocrite he is!

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    This writer has only expressed his opinion objectively on the role of women in politics. Simply because he happens to be a Muslim, it does not mean he is representing this topic in an Islamic perspective. For all you Islamophobes who attack Islam simply because Fazl is courageous enough to express his views, however controversial it may be, just think of him as a non-Muslim writer and see if your opinions change. Afterall, he has not written one sentence quoting Islam nor its viewpoint in his entire essay, but the ferocious attacks on his religion being the religion of Islam, indicates the depth and extent of degeneracy towards the racist mind set, which has now become the norm, rather than an exception. If analyzed in detail, the legitimate questions Fazl raises make perfect sense, except when its viewed through racist lenses. Why don’t we take it on face value, rather than his religious upbringing and understanding.

    As an example the words (my words) ‘There are women legislators in some countries in the world’, makes perfect sense. But when a Muslim (such as Fazl) says it, it would be understood as ‘There are Muslim women legislators in some Muslim countries in the world’, which of course is not quite the same. But what comes to the fore is who is saying it, and then it is his religious background and its relevance to the topic. If something critical or controversial is blurted, then it is his religion that is taken to the cleaners. What a morally degrading and a depraved world we have descended into.

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      Marwan, I beg to differ with you; seriously.

      You are complimenting his courage to write such nonsense. Was it the Dutch variety? Or is it possible he was suffering from temporary insanity? For a comprehensive reply read my own response August 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm to his Article. Then please let me know whether Muhammed Fazl is justified making those comments from any civilized perspective, whether Muslim, any other religion, agnostic, or atheist. My considered view is that his perspective is unadulterated mysogyny.

      Besides, his statements are a repudiation of the exalted position accorded by the Quran and Prophet Muhammed to all women, whether they were Muslim or not. And this was at a time when women were treated the world over – North, South, East & West – as mere chattels. Wives were burnt on the funeral pyre of the dead husband, infant girls were burnt alive or killed in some horrible manner at birth for example. Women had no freedom whatsoever, no right to say no to the man, no property rights, etc etc. The Quran and Prophet Muhammed changed all this 1400 years ago in the seventh century. Why should one of our own be allowed without protest to repudiate, directly or by implication, these honorable, noble achievements?

      Writings like Fazl’s Article, only add fuel to the existing Islamophobia, just like the instances when that other joker Izeth Hussain decides to put the foot in his mouth.

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    Politics is like the spiritual realm (one step below). Therefore being male and female is inessential in the spiritual realm. Buddha accepted that women are capable of realizing the Truth, just as men are. Hence their need in politics (if not in other male dominated spheres e.g. navy seals).

    Women will balance out the need for men to be war-prone. Men will balance the need to give in to the enemy. Both sections of parliament will balance out each other with peace and prosperity for all.

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    Muhammad Fazl might as well have just said that every woman in Sri Lanka ought to be encased in a black sack and stay at home without stepping outside the house and ruining it for all the men. Like in Saudi Arabia.

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    Typical Islamic rhetoric.

    Women should be home only; spread the legs to man and multiply their progeny so that the religion will thrive.

    This is Saudi arabian politics.

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      Jim The Softy,

      I sympathize with your physical handicap due to which you are unable to take advantage of spread legs.

      But seriously, Saudi Arabian politics is the very antithesis of Islam. When the whole world, was burying infant girls straight from the hands of the delivering midwife, and forcing widows to jump into the funeral pyre of dead husband, selling off young girls to the highest bidder, keeping women under lock and key, depriving women of the right to hold and or dispose property, and when men were given the right to rape women at their whim, it was Islam 1400 years ago, that prohibited all of that and gave for the first time the dignity and honor every woman deserved as a human being .

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        There is not much dignity in:

        – Allowing a a 54 year old man to marry a 6 year old girl and then consummate the marriage when then the girl turned 9 (presumably when she started menstruating). In other words, legitimising paedophilia. According to Islamic scholars a girl is ready to have sex and be married off when she starts menstruating. No, not dignified IMO.

        – Allowing Muslim men to legally buy, keep and sell non-Muslim women as slaves, and making it halal to have sex with them (ie rape them) without being accused of adultery and being subject to the punishment of stoning to death. A revelation given from Allah himself. Rayhana herself was taken as trophy by you know who, right after her husband was beheaded by you know who. Not very dignified I’m afraid. Yes, Islam gave Muslim men the right to rape non-Muslim slave women at their whim.

        – If a women is raped the only way of receiving justice is if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses to the act! Big problem.

        – A women’s witness is worth half that of a man’s. Not very dignified is it?

        – You know who states openly that majority of the inhabitants of hell are…. women. Yup.

        – Women have to put put up with their men being legally allowed to have four wives. Dignified?

        – No Muslim women are kept under lock and key, or hidden away under layers of clothing are they, or prohibited from moving around without a mahram are they? Oh wait….

        I’m sorry if this is offensive, but you can’t hide away the truth and pretend that Islam gave every women “dignity and honour” for the “first time.” That’s just an outright lie.

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          To copy and paste malicious lies from the website “Answering Islam” does not require any brain.

          Speaking from your own experience would have been better. Do you know of any living Muslim who has married a 6 yr old girl? Or who is indulging in any of the atrocities mentioned in your rant?

          And by the way, many of the atrocities mentioned by you were standard practice in the Greek, Roman, Indo-Aryan and Christian civilizations, and in the territories populated by those people.

          It was the advent of Islam, and the spread of the Islamic Empire, from the 8th to the 12th centuries that halted or atleast reduced the barbaric practices you have described in your rant.

          Rest assured I have no reason to take offence. However, it is a concern that there is so much ignorance even among those who can write a few words in English.

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            Sorry, I didn’t “cut and paste” anything as you claim. These are the things I know having studied Islam (and rejected it). I guess that makes me a kafir? All of what I’ve stated is true and you know very well that it is all true.

            You don’t get the point that the FOUNDER of Islam married a six year old at the age of 54 and then consummated the marriage when the girl turned nine. The prophet is regarded as “the perfect man” by Muslims and Muslims seek to emulate his behaviour. That’s what the hadiths are for as well.

            No point talking about he Greeks, Romans and Indo-Aryans, they weren’t formulating a religion that is for ALL TIME as the followers of Islam claim.

            Islam didn’t halt any barbaric practices – it institutionalized them. It’s the west that had to stop the massive slave trade rampant in the Arab countries because in Islam slavery is sanctioned by Allah and the Quran. When we want to see barbarism we just have to turn our eyes to what’s happening in the countries of the Middle East.

            No ignorance here I”m afraid, you’re talking to someone who is well aware of the history of Islam and its teachings.

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              May you find salvation.

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    “While I have no personal animosities against any female[s in general]”

    Top Kek

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    Women need to be educated and be competent enough before they aspire to get elected to Parliament or for them to expect a certain percentage as an allocation. And questions on affirmative actions and women representation are discussed only in times of elections.

    Let there be enough competent females AND a history of struggles against injustice, corruption and abuses of power before they think of warming themselves in the hot seats!

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      Fazl Muhammed,

      I strongly suggest you take a leave of absence until you recover from the insanity you are suffering from.

      CT readers treat you as a “Muslim writer” expounding Muslim values. Your own mysogyny is being attributed by them to Islam, a religion which in fact entitled women. Your comment under reference is proof. When so many immature males with monkey brains and itching penises are regularly getting elected to Parliament, why should it be decreed “Let there be enough competent females AND a history of struggles against injustice, corruption and abuses of power before they think of warming themselves in the hot seats”? The capitalized ‘and’ is indicative of your mysogynic thinking.

      Read my comments earlier to your Article, and also the comments of Crazyoldmansl below. Respond or apologize for your bullshit.

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    Should allocation of parliamentary seats be based on different sexual organs (just asking) or should we be allocating seats for competent/qualified individuals irrespective of which sex they belong to?

    Look Mo, please be sensible. If there were two types of human beings living in one world how would you handle it? Let us say that some have two legs and some have three and the population is more or less evenly divided between them despite the fact that the three-legged types try their best to kill the two-legged ones because they believe that the two legged ones have less brains than the three legged ones.

    You can have half the seats to the two legged and half the seats to the three legged types or you could have two parliaments in full striped style right? You cannot go by competence because how do you define that anyway? For all you know what the three-legged types consider to be competence, may be total incompetence in reality and the only way to find out would be to give the two legged types a fair chance to call at least half the shots.

    So lets have half the seats to the Vaginas and the other half for the penises and remember they all come with their own ass—– who may end up having the last word so that not much may change at the end of the day.

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    2. Taking into consideration previously elected female legislators such as Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sumedha Jayasena, Kanthi Kodikkara, Swarnamali (Pabha), Geetha Kumarasinghe, Kamala Ranathunga, Sunethra Ranasinghe, Rosy Senanayake, Chandrika Bandaranaike etc., can one state their significant and individual achievements to date in relation to good governance, women empowerment, children’s rights etc.? (Or, need I write another column about their negative actions?)

    Now there you go again. Look at the Penises? Ask what they have achieved in relation to good governance, women empowerment, children’s rights etc.? Have they achieved anything? And THAT brings out the question of Children. Maybe you will have to have a parliament that has 30% Adult Vaginas, 30% Adult Penises and 20% Child Vaginas and 20% Child Penises.

    This preoccupation that you seem to have with Penises and Vaginas is going to make things more and more complicated BUT on the whole we may get to know them better and pay more attention to what they say.

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    3. If the answer to the previous question is a negative, or if 52% of the total population themselves do not want female candidates elected, would it be correct for few legislators (at the behest of Western nations) to enact laws forcing choices (limiting rather) on voters? And if it is so, would that process still be known as ‘Democracy’?

    This is even more stupid. 52% of what? Vaginas or Penises? If Penises vote against Vaginas or Vaginas vote against Penises would that be democracy? If western nations should keep away from Vaginas and Penises then so should these eastern nations who think that majoritarianism is democracy.

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      Crazy,

      Personally I think there is a satisfactory result only if the V and the P co-operate with each other. What fun is there when they are in competition?

      For Fazl Mo to even suggest competition, don’t you think he is strictly [Edited out]

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    4. Can someone please state specific and factual advantages of having a woman candidate selected to the parliament over a COMPETENT male candidate? Wouldn’t it be also a great loss in the event of a qualified male candidate’s expertise not being harnessed to its maximum potential in the interest of the country, and arising due to a limited number of slots being made available for male candidates?

    Mo, you seem to assume that all Penises are competent and all Vaginas are not. Cannot you see that they are competent at very different things? Your penis would not be around if not for a Vagina and ever since that Vagina let your penis out in the world the stupid thing has been trying its best to get inside one again. You call that competence? It is like the modayas – now they are being called Neo Fascists – who want to go back a few thousand years and bring back a king and dynasty and return the land to feudal rule.

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    “I believe women should be equal to men in terms of having the freedom to decide on their political careers”

    This one takes the cake Mo. Do you think that men have the freedom to decide on their political careers? They are forced to bear the political burden by their own demands that they do so. This is like a BDSM thing.
    Come to think of it do men have any freedom at all? They are trained to be beasts of burden and toil all their lives. Worst of all they are sent to war to defend and to enrich the Vaginas who own them.

    Most problems – including the production of penises – are caused by Vaginas. Yet it is the penises who are blamed and made to foot the bills. And the beauty of it all is that the Penises think that they are the real bosses while a Vaginal sulk or god forbid a Vaginal shout or heavens help us a Vaginal scream can banish the penis to the dog house in a minute.
    Big, strong, self reliant, politically competent Penis. You live in a dream world not knowing that the Vagina holds both the carrot as well as the stick.

    And the Vagina will also drive you to Viagra in order to ensure that the stick and carrot can work their magic on you even when your hair is grey and back is bent. Sleep little Penis, sleep well.

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    Personally, I don’t know why everyone is getting so worked up about the rantings of this village idiot. He makes bigotry seem positively enlightened :) My friends and I have started a small “Fazl’s Greatest Hits” thread, quite a lot of educated, professional women derive plenty of entertainment from laughing their heads off at his fantastically misogynistic opinions. Seriously, the guy is funny, just enjoy the ride and the feeling of relief that comes with the realisation that however stupid you may feel now and then, he’s raised the bar to heights that you can never hope to achieve! :)

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