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Grandpass The True Story

By Champika Ranawaka

Champika Ranawaka

It was only in May this year massive anti-Muslim protests were held in central London sending jitters through the spine of David Cameron’s government.

In France and the rest of Europe the Muslim community has come under regular attacks while the Denmark based Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) moved to join hands with similar anti-Muslim groups in  France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.  

SIOE also has its support groups in the United States of America where it was only this June a college student was put behind bars for slashing the throat of a Bangladeshi taxi driver in an anti-Islamic frenzy in East Manhattan.

Sri Lanka may not be the best country in the world as regards the treatment meted out to Muslims. Still it is certainly not as bad as the West and all signs are there that, though still stumbling, some progressive steps are being taken to quell ethnic tensions.

Also closer to home, in India, the Kashmiris continue to live in a living hell and the thousands of mass graves found in Indian controlled Kashmir are evidence of a systematic ethnic cleansing which is going on. The latest bout of violence in the region has dashed any hope of redemption.
Amidst all this, the final solution reached over the Grandpass issue affords a beacon of inspiration despite initial hiccups.

Unfortunately the West rushed to fan the flames of ethnic tension even while the moves were made by concerned parties to bring about a solution to the dispute.

The US embassy in Colombo has yet to explain as to why it issued a misleading and an erroneous statement that a mosque in Grandpass had been attacked when the mosque remained intact.

It’s high time that the mission paid a visit to the mosque down Swarna chaitya road which is in close proximity to the Buddhist temple and verified the facts for themselves.

The dispute was over a store, temporary used as a prayer centre in the neighbourhood.
The international rights groups and media in no time picked up the erroneous release by the US embassy and pounced on Sri Lanka. The US owes a reply to Sri Lankans today as to how it’s going to compensate for the damage done to the image of Sri Lanka by the statement.
The Sinhalese and Muslims who live in Swarna Chaitya road area have been leading peaceful lives for decades.

A historic Buddhist temple Jayatilakaramaya is located in the area. In addition to the main temple, down the adjoining lane there’s another Viharaya and a Sinhala medium school.
The mosque is located under a Bo tree near the second temple. However, the existence of a mosque under a Bo tree was never an issue for the Buddhists and the Muslims who co-existed in the area.

The second temple and the mosque, however, had come under the jurisdiction of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) as per an order of 1987. The area had been ear-marked for a housing project by the UDA.

In 2010 a three-storied store was built by a person named Hassan Mubarak in between the two temples, about some 20 metres away from the mosque.

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), the Divisional Secretariat and Mr. Mubarak himself had admitted the fact that the building was originally constructed for the purpose of storage. Later gradually the place had been used for religious purposes as well. By then the property had been handed over to another party which in turn given it to the mosque trustee.

A circular dated June 21, 2010 issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs banned the conversion of a store to a place of worship and prayers. It makes it mandatory to get the permission of the Divisional Secretariat or the local council for such a purpose.

The tension was created after the Ministry of Religious Affairs violated its own circular in June, 2013 under the influence of a politician and gave permission to use the store for a Sunday school and a mosque.

The green light to convert the store to a mosque while there’s already a mosque a few metres away and both in between two temples, certainly was a decision taken paying scant regard to the ethnic and religious sensitivities in the area.

The unrest in the area forced the Ministry of Religious Affairs to hold a meeting on July 10, with all parties concerned and it was agreed at this meeting that the use of store as a place of worship should be concluded after Ramazan fast. The devotees were advised to pray at the adjoining mosque afterwards.

The move to violate this agreement by continuing the prayers at the store triggered violence on August 10, resulting the store and property belonging to both communities coming under attack. The mosque, however, remained intact and not a single stone was pelted at it. The photos of the mosque taken after the incidents bear witness to this fact.

It came to light at the meeting held at the Religious Affairs Ministry on August 11 that the number of Muslim families in the area had risen from about 80 in 1987 to 400 in 2013. As such a request for a bigger space could be a rational demand. However, what they could have done was to hold talks with the rest of the villages and the temples and reach an amicable settlement as to how to increase prayer space rather than playing into the hands of opportunistic politicians.

At the meeting the Buddhist monks agreed to chop off the Bo tree so that the mosque trustees could use the space for building extensions to the mosque. Also in an unprecedented gesture of religious amity, the monks also invited the mosque trustees to use the temple Dharmasala any time they wanted extra space for prayers.

It is the wish of all peace loving citizens that this religious harmony is preserved and fostered for generations to come and that we in Sri Lanka set an example of religious amity for the rest of the world.

*This article first appeared in Daily Mirror. Champika Ranawaka MP is the current cabinet Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy in the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa

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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/65-cases-of-attacks-on-places-of-religious-worship-in-post-war-sri-lanka/

    Champika, you are an idiot and you and your racist ilk can’t fool everybody in SL. What about the attacks on 65 places of religious worship since the end of the war in 2009? Who was responsible? International Conspirators??? :O

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      PresiDunceBean: I agree! This man is indeed a racist buffoon and a disgrace to our island, school and university. He is also a master of twisting and turning the truth to fit his despicable racist views.

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        Pathala Champika Ranawaka a racist and UNBUDDHIST clown who is giving Buddhism a BAD name, should be ARRESTED and TRIED in open court for Misrepresentation of Facts and promoting and inciting religious hatred and for disturbing the peace and DESTROYING BUDDHISM IN LANKA.

        Like Gota the Goon, Pathala Champika is PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 2 in Sri Lanka today.

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        You Idiot

        Reply him with facts if you have any without fooling around and slinging muds. Well said Chamipika. Thanks for the words that no one with brains can deny.

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          I am with you Ajith Kumara. Whole world is proud about our Ranawake’s and Rajapakse’s.
          Go on Ajith, keep up praising our wise men in Siri Lanka, and we also need more intelligent Siri Lankans like you to make it THE Miracle of the Universe soon…

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          Ajith Kumara, This so called minister is a not only a guy who twists and turns things, but a number one liar. let me give u an example. When he was the energy minister he told the media that ‘from a huge last year (in millions) the electricity department mede a big profit this year’. What a stupid lie was it?
          regarding other religions and minorities he is famous to fabricate stories while conveniently forgeting the facts and his JHU blunders. Except a few like you there wont be amy support for him from Buddhists guaranteed.
          Open your eyes and see whats happening around. Should we go forward or back to stone age? Do you believe these JHU BBS and other Senas? They are like Taleban and LTTE. They are Terrorists.

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            You Ravana, an another Idiot

            Do you understand English? Have you even stepped in this country?

            I asked for the facts if any. He never said that the CEB is profitable but operating profit was there in that particular year. Do you know the difference between the two. Do not try to mislead the CT readers as you always do. You fool is in Ice-age and your predictions never come true. When the fools are shown the moon they look at the finger.

            Regardless of the support of few like me, JHU has a 1 million vote base actually casted and all their current PMs have got the highest preferential votes in their respective districts they appeared in the last election too. Do you think that all those are fools. Reason for the rise of the self defence acts of the JHU/ BBS and any other is the racist acts of the TNA/LTTE and some of the racist Muslim leaders. Can minorities force their so called aspirations on the majority in any country? Yet Sri Lanka is the best country for the minorities to live in my analysis. Confront this with facts if you fool can.

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              Well, you are an another KAS Sumanasekara.
              This Champika is a solid idiot. Who has an engineering degree and that’s it. He talks cock every time. He is the biggest twister and fabricate stories all the time. He never answers any questions directly. Sri Lanka’s main problem right now is him. Under the Buddhist mask he mislead the people. Plonkers and some duffers like you may like him and vote for his karumaya party. But certainly not us. People follow the path of Gautama Buddha will never ever support the fake imposers like Champika/Rajapakse/Gnanasara/Soma/Rathana etc.
              These are the viruses you guys embrace because your knowledge is such. We will never. We see the world in a different way. You people are nitwits and pinheads thanks to the leaders you follow. you deserve that. You will not even allow your children and grand children to see the positive side of the world. We are against blood shed and racism. Let it be Moslim terror, Hindu terror or Buddhist terror or Western Terror, we are against all of them.
              Champika doesn’t have any vote base except for few racists. You will witness it yourself in the next elections.
              BTW What’s the diferent between this Champika terrorist and VP Terrorist?

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      Dear Minister Champika Ranawaka,

      We heard from you about the electricity prices hides and the “Pacha”or misrepresentations you spilled out.

      Now you are coming up with New “Pacha” or new lies.

      The facts are given below. This dastardly act and lies must be exposed to the world. You will find fewer and fewer fools following your lies. This is not the 5th Century to believe all the Myths of Monk Mahanama. This is the 21st century, and nobody, except the fools believe, that the Vijaya’s grandfather was a lion.

      So, What are the lessons and the facts?

      1. “According to his report, thugs from outside the area met at the local Buddhist temple, then made their way clandestinely through land occupied by Sinhalese to the back of the mosque.”

      2. “The temple continued ringing its bells, drawing an even bigger crowd of Sinhalese from the neighbourhood, ”

      3.”The Police – who had been assigned to protect the mosque in the wake of a demonstration by the Ravana Balaya – stood and watched. DBS Jeyaraj says that they may even have encouraged the mob.”

      4. “The mosque was saved by the arrival of local Muslims, who were determined to protect their place of worship.”

      5. “This is when the authorities decided to intervene.”

      Muslims: What is the lesson here? The State Lies. The Ministers Lie. The Buddhist Monks Lie. Is this Reformed Sinhala Theraveda Buddhism?

      1. You need to protect your property because the police and the state will not protect it.

      2. Be prepared to protect it.

      3. File Charges against the police the attackers and the police in the local courts and the international courts.

      4. Do Not settle.

      5. Make it international.

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        Report of DBS Jeyaraj:

        He is a funny guy. When Jaffna Muslims were chased out by LTTE, he wrote in his Tamil paper “Manchari” , the Muslims left Jaffna and LTTE was guarding their properties. But LTTE was looting the properties of the Muslims.

        But only a Canadian Tamil paper “THAYAGAM” (Edited by George Krukshev) reported the Muslims of Jaffna were chased out by LTTE.

        So, his report of this incident cannot be taken seriously!

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          M.SIVANANTHAN

          LTTE at the time put out a spin saying that the Muslims had betrayed their military secrets to the armed forces and your people agreed with LTTE.

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            You were a member of LTTE and now become veddah. Ask your LTTE leaders if any one alive!

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              Idiot Skipanandan, you slip-out everytime you ‘opulate.

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        Dear Minister Champika Ranawaka,

        Responsibility to Protect,RE: Grandpass Mosque

        You and the current State is responsible based on the facts.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsibility_to_protect

        The responsibility to protect (R2P or RtoP) is a United Nations initiative established in 2005. It consists of an emerging norm, or set of principles, based on the idea that sovereignty is not a right, but a responsibility.[1] R2P focuses on preventing and halting four crimes: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing, which it places under the generic umbrella term of Mass Atrocity Crimes.[2] The Responsibility to Protect has three “pillars”.

        A state has a responsibility to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing;

        The international community has a responsibility to assist the state to fulfill its primary responsibility;

        If the state manifestly fails to protect its citizens from the four above mass atrocities and peaceful measures have failed, the international community has the responsibility to intervene through coercive measures such as economic sanctions. Military intervention is considered the last resort.[3][4]

        In the international community R2P is a norm, not a law, however it is grounded in international law.[5][6] R2P provides a framework for using tools that already exist, i.e. mediation, early warning mechanisms, economic sanctioning, and chapter VII powers, to prevent mass atrocities. Civil society organizations, States, regional organizations, and international institutions all have a role to play in the R2P process. The authority to employ the last resort and intervene militarily rests solely with United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly.

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        And send in the secret suicide bomber to blast these Sinhalese bastards into pieces!

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          Don Stanly

          “And send in the secret suicide bomber to blast these Sinhalese bastards into pieces!”

          Why?

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        This Minister guy starts his article with London, France, Europe, and the whole world before coming to to the real scenario to give a impression this is another similar event against Muslims. Completely one sided bias article. This shows his real colours. The colours of a REAL RACIST. THAT IS THE REAL STORY.

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      PDB,

      You are a bigger idiot to take focus away from the specific matter. Because your ilk poured so much venom without knowing the situation or facts. Unfortunately CT has been giving much larger space to this anti Sinhala Buddhist hysteria. May be it is part of their agenda.

      I do not know whether there were 65 cases or not. But you should atleast be causious in finding out facts before jumping into communal bandwagon.

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    Champika must realize these vandalism of BBS and Ravana sena etc.. is being done by the UPFA to marginalize JHU Buddhist voter base. In next election UPFA will get BBS and Ravana sena to contest the election on UPFA platform or as an ally of UPFA. JHU will loose the elections to these new extreme forces. Champika you lost all your ministries. Later you will loose your seats.

    Then they will come for you !
    you just wait !!!

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      very true

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      Very true and Racist in his Caliber must be defeated badly to have better future for this country! Not only him but also other Racist as well!

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    Thanks Mr Minister.

    Wonder when did the US Embassy grow this special affection for our Muslim inhabitants?.

    Could it be after Solheim organized the deveopment and training program for the BBS in Norway?.

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      K.A Sumana sekera,

      Why are you day dreaming? LTTE was also trained in norway by Eric Solheim….finally they did not protect pirabaharan. But Taliban will spread all over the world……….You can apply for migration to new planet application are being called. Don’t waste your time and make a move immediately before chop your head……

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    Champuka’s nut’s are twisted.
    He is desperately trying to justfy the attcks of his goons.
    THE TRUE STORY IS that you behind all these things with Gota.
    Thats the gospel truth you Indikapupancha.
    I think its you who should go first before MR and his regime.
    If or when MR falls he and his family would realise
    who was behind all these. You are a virus to the society.
    Do you know Champuka that you are so ugly to look at?
    And your Judas smile tells everything about you.

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    Suddenly he has become a saint and says everything is normal in Sri-Lanka.

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    In London and France Christian or Catholic priests or religious leaders led mobs do not attack palces of worships or innocent muslims going to the mosque while the police look on.

    You or the government is yet to make a statement condemning the Busshist Monks who behave like thugs and encourae the Simhala masses to behave like the same.

    You call it a Sinhala Buddhist country. It is indded a Sinhala Buddhist thuggery country.

    For Buddha’s sake dont call it a Buddhist country. The Buddhism practiced in Sri Lanka is a violent Sinhala Budhhism

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      Whenever psycho fringe elements do carry out attacks of racial hatred in europe it is not backed by the courts, the mainstream media, civil society or the governments. The burqa ban in France was considered an unwise move by the French government because that made Muslim women, many who were rather liberal and integrated in to French society to react. As a result many more started wearing burqa’s in protest.

      Champika Ranawaka needs to learn from those mistakes. Stop thinking on narrow racial lines and strive to be a better leader. He is not considered corrupt in an ocean of corruption that surrounds him. He is considered reasonably efficient and competent as a Minister among many uneducated buffoons. Even at this late stage he can live up to his true potential if he gives up this destructive racism.

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      Champika & Co has now seen that Muslims have been pushed
      too far.Resistance by defense has been launched from
      Grandpass.In Kurunagala,Parakahadeniya, there was another
      incident where Muslims jointly stopped police acting to
      the tune of BBS.Definitely the Govt is playing a kind of
      hide and seek from which the govt benefits and Muslims
      get nothing new but will have to even lose whatever they
      already have unless they seek the support of the Govt
      and in return for that support,Muslims must be loyal to
      them.This is the game plan I have witnessed this far.
      The BBS is created to do the “shepherd dog” job for this
      purpose and Muslims are the sheep.This approach Gives
      the plotters many advantages including their thirst for
      revenge against Muslims for their stand with the UNP.
      The plot is multifaceted.

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    Champika showed, he is a real politician by distracting the general public from Weliweriya kills. Now he can survive in the current cabinet. Real story is that the permission has been given for the New mosque by Religious Affairs Ministry as its a mosque. Why he is making this a big issue? He never mentioned why Muslims built the new mosque?

    Firstly the old mosque is a one & half perches building, where you can not expand further since there is a Bo tree is there. Muslims DID NOT want to cut the Bo tree. If Muslims have gone and asked the near by temple to cut the Bo tree will they given permission at that time? NEVER!

    Secondly old building belongs to UDA, where Muslims always have to depend on UDA to get approvals for each and everything. Will you think Gota allow to function it smoothly? These are the two main reason they went for a new mosque building which has been obtain and modified by some Muslims in the area.

    Champika never mentioned how many Sinhalese families living in that area and how many temples are there for them. What I’m asking is don’t we have freedom of practicing our religion??? Everyone should have the freedom of practicing their respective religion. We are Sri Lankans my brother fought for this mother land to free from terrorists. I’ve more Sinhalese friends than Muslims. Why government try to separate us?

    Who the hell Champika to put his head in to this matter? Is he the Buddhist or Muslim Affairs Minister?

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      There you go Champika. This is more believable than your own spin, specially when you say the misleadingly claim Mosque was not attacked. Of course tha old abandoned Mosque was not attacked, no reason to since no one uses it. But the new built 3 storied Mosque used for daily 5 times a day prayers was surreptitiously attacked with police protection, whilst devotees were in prayer, by big made Buddhist monks (shaved heads) in civilian clothing. All windows smashed, pictures all over the internet for world to see, and again your lies and deception to paint yourself and your goons as innocent lambs. We know who you are and your evil intentions well enough. Initially you underestimated the Muslim resolve and blundered quoting from Quran out of context to justify your claims. But the response you got from our learned ACJU religious scholars must have shocked you into reality. Now you approach issues with new respect but your contempt is still showing.

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        Do you not understand English . He says it was a store house and no one has a right to make it a prayer hall as the permission had being granted to operate this building as a store.

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          @sarojini There you went wrong. Please read the Champika’s article. It says muslims obtained permission from Ministry of Religious Affairs in June 2013 . But of cause they didn’t take permission from Champika, since he is not a big shot here :D

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            Arshad,

            You missed the part where there was an agreement not to use the store for prayer after Ramazan.

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          Yes, my English may be not upto par with yours, but the Approval letter to operate, issued by Ministry of Buddha Sasana refers to this site as an approved as a ‘Muslim Palliya’ in the vernacular. Now how do you explain this in English please.

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            LOL..sarcasm @ its best….

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      Any sane person can see that no one had ever built a new mosque at no.158 Swarna Chaitya road. What a man named Hassan Mubarak build at no 158 was a warehouse. They used politics and tactics to turn the warehouse building to a mosque. As Champika says, they have a mosque at no. 166 along the same Road.

      I too have written (Read under ‘Attacked mosque released the original letter of permission for relocation’) the true story behind the ‘mosque demolition’ drama on the 12th to CT as a comment. There I have explained the deceit game and the politics that Muslims played to turn the said warehouse into a mosque. It is Sri Lanka (Kathankudy) that has more mosques per sq.km than anywhere else in the world.

      However, Sinhala and Arab named Muhammadans here do not want to understand the rationale explained by the minister Champika. These Muslims cannot appreciate even monks agreeing to chop off the Bo tree for their kith and kin to expand the existing mosque at 166, Swarna Chaitya road. They cannot appreciate monks offer of temple Dharmasala to be used as an extra space for prayers till they enlarge their mosque. We shouldn’t bemoan for that’s for that’s the nature of Muhammadans.

      By and large, Muslims are one eyed jacks and have only one aim here: They want to turn Sri Lanka a Muslim country. The fact that ‘Muslim families in the area had risen from about 80 in 1987 to 400 in 2013’ bear testimony for this premise.

      But Sinhalas are not likely to let Muslim turn Sri Lanka to be an Afghanistan. As they have done for 2500 years, they will protect their heritage in the future as well. They will be vigilant on what’s going around the world. They will take cue from ‘SIOE’ (Stop Islamisation of Europe) to deal with the threats from Muhammadan con masters.

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        If it’s an illegal building then in July 10th itself they shouldn’t have allowed to conducted prayers there. And asked the police and the law enforcement agencies to handled the matter instead of taking the law on their hands and behaving in violated manner. Champika or BBS is not our police.

        Even we muslims do NOT wanted the Bo tree to be chop off. instead of that just allow us to continue to peacefully pray in the new place. What’s the big deal here? Are we illegally capturing land and building mosques or asking for a separate land for us? NO! We want to be a Sri Lankans for ever and we will be Sri Lankans for Ever.

        If any of you love the mother land please obey the constitution.

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          If you want to build a mosque, follow normal rules and not con tactics. Why build a mosque in the guise of a warehouse. Get the permission for mosque to start with. Don’t try to con us. We know Muslim scholars teach that Muslims to truthful to each other but to deceive non Muslims.

          There are two forms of lying Muslims are permitted: taqiyya and kitman. Koran 16:106 says that there are circumstances that can “compel” a Muslim to tell a lie. In Hadith, Bukhari 49:857 says that “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.” That means lying is permitted to Muslims when the end justifies the means.

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          So, you are coming to say that Sinhalese are illegally capturing lands in north and building temples and Tamils are asking for a separate land?

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    There is a Good Traditional Doctor (Weda Mahaththya)in our Village. He is specialist in treating Animals, specially for “Harak” I think our Hon.Minister should see him and get the proper treatment before he starts another war in our country.

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      Hi Lapatiya – As of now among the 30 odd comments only our Loku Ayya Dr. Lapatiya aka Gota’s paid slave was supporting this ‘Hela Karuma’ Minisister by saying ‘Thank you Minister’.
      No medicine invented so far for ‘Vairaya’
      Slobodan Mlasovic’s regime will be uprooted by the people soon.
      70’s Srimavo ‘sagatha’ regime thought that would win the ’77 elections even on the election day. They are playing with people’s power.
      We will have the last laugh Lapatiya.

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    Champika writing the ‘true’ story of Grandpass is like an arsonist giving the definitive version of the great fire. Champika is a despicable and objectionable human being, unworthy of the title of cabinet minister; a disgrace to his race and humanity. His sympathetic sharing of the same platform as the odious BBS is another slap in the face for a government that would like to trumpet its credentials on national reconciliation. Decent people would distance themselves from this man and his ilk.

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    The bottom line of this lame article is to justify the thuggery of his own mobs. Total bull crap !!

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    It’s a shame that after your education you chose to be a bigot and racist. Leaders of a nation should respect all races and not a single group. The fact that you are a member of JHU, a racist party, negates all what you say. Education has nothing to do with how one feels about people of other ethnic or racial origins. The buddhist monks, sorry to say this, have always been the cause of racial tension in this country. Most of them are thugs and criminals wearing robes. Today, MR and Gota and other henchman together with criminals like you are using them to stir up trouble. Your day of judgement will come and you won’t know where to hide.

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      GETTING A DEGREE DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE EDUCATED.

      PEDIGREE THAT MATTERS,

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    The minister should read the local newspaper more often to find out what is happening in his motherland.

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      correct please …. ‘step-fatherland’.

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    Neo nazis and their stooges.

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    Unfortunately this minsister doesn’t notice that racism is dripping from his mouth. He confesses that stones were thrown at a building used for worship, but doesn’t see a huge moral degradation in doing so. He tries to cover up by pointing the fingers at the West as usual. Just to give him an example from my own experience, our Boston Buddhist Vihara was located in a house in a residential area before it moved to the present location. The house didn’t have enough space to host the annual Katina ceremony. The nearby Catholic Church gave their hall for our ceremony and even removed the statues of Jesus Christ to place the statue of Lord Buddha in the hall. This is the America we experienced.

    Champika, the World is to be embraced in brotherhood. Humanity is to be embraced in brotherhood. Lord Buddha himself has told in Aggannya sutra that all humans are governed by the same set of natural laws – their genetics can mix, their brains can be conditioned by cultures, traditions, languages, etc – according to a common pattern. So, our physical and behavioral manifestations can be different due to differences in background conditions, but the fact remains that we can be conditioned to any shape and any behavior. Its just a matter of time.

    As a minister, you should not abet any breakdown of the law. People cannot just demolish a private property by taking the law to their hand. Just like we used a house in Boston to run a temple, people are free to use their private property for any religious activity. The constitution of Sri Lanka does not deny that right. Please learn to respect the constitution of the country first. If I am wrong, please point out the exact provision in the constitution that denies that right. You and the whole Government should be ashamed to see that your law enforcement mechanism completely failed here. Now it is becoming a pattern. If Gotabaya has some self-respect left, he should apologize for this incident.

    Finally, please keep in mind that a Government is there to protect the rights of all citizens, not just one ethnic or religious group. You have different views I know. But, again, please refer to the constitution. Sadly, you and your racist groups are leading our beloved country to a place of ethnic hatred and blood shed again. Please note hat we, the people are watching carefully, and you can not fool everybody.

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      Exactly ! His racist attitude is very evident in this article !

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      Well said Trishantha, its time we Buddhists come along and distance of this BBS and JHU type saffron rogues and protect the sasana.

      I find its funny that a 9th grader and once a galkatas wielding Wimal Weerawansa analyze toxic in New Zealand milk though this ministry is about housing and construction.

      Then this man whose ministry have nothing to do with religious is talking about religious harmony or lack of it.

      The worst is the Maha Raja who have to interfered of anything and everything in the country – no wonder we are the wonder of Asia soon.

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      Do you not understand English ? he says that the Buddhists priests even invited the Muslims for prayer in the temple if they needed extra space . The Bo tree which was cut down was to agree to the Muslim demands . Read and understand what he says . The building was granted permission to be used as a store not as a mosque.

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        Ministry of Budda Sasana DOESNT have to approve a building to be used as a store.. it is NONE of their business… Since it was used for praying.. they requested for permission and it WAS GRANTED.. ALL THIS HAPPENED AFTER THE TAKE OVER OF THE OLD MOSQUE by the UDA on false reasons. The actual reason may be coz the Bo Tree may have to be cut off… hence the UDA tried a trick. IF NOT why would the Govt NOW agree to revoke the UDA order and give the Mosque back for expansion ?

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      Don’t talk the truth. Don’t protect your culture and civilization. In the name of racism, in the name of Buddhism, shut up your mouth until Muslims and christians finish their job.

      There is something called REVERSE – DISCRIMINATION too.

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        Read again. I am talking about the culture and civilization that rests upon the pillars of moral values defended over centuries. You watch degradation of those moral values, you watch the collapse of that culture and civilization. Christians must try to nurture their practice in Sri Lanka. Muslims must try too. Buddhist must try to PRACTICE if there care for nurturing Buddhism in Sti Lanka. Demolishing a place of worship of some other religious group is exactly the opposite of that practice. If BBS thinks that Buddhism will be protected in a vacuum free of other religions, that reflects the vacuums in their sculls.

        In Buddhism, those who follow the eightfold path – Sila, Samadhi, Pragnya – gain wisdom (pragnya) that further solidifies sila and samadhi. That is why it is equated to a wheel (dharmachakra). One does not need to be a Buddhist to live such a life. This incident is a good proof that those who follow the opposite – dussila – end up being complete retards.

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          Trishantha

          You are a traitor again. You compare best cases in US against worse isolated incidents in SL, purposely tarnishing the good name of our country where you got your blood. Do you think that the only US and the UK is better in minority treating. Have you seen all black homeless in Washington public parks. How come 80% of the US prisoners happened to be black while Black population is less than 10% I suppose. We can show you many examples. Despite your continuous attempts to break it the religious harmony is much more stronger in SL than in those so-called free countries that use all possible means to loot resources from the poor countries. If you visit Sri Lanka during whole many religious holidays, you can experience how different religions share there feelings and limited properties. Do you want all the countries to follow stupid US and UK. Stupid, I mean it as at their rate of damaging the environment,it will be the end of world as all the world resources are eaten up in less than one months time. Does US allow to pray with louds speakers at day and night any where?
          If US do not damage private properties why did they bomb Afaganisthan villages using blind unmanned bombers and kill men with their wives in Pakisthan? Why did UK PM bring false evidences of chemical weapons in world forums to attack Iraq? You may have personal problems with Gota but you should not be allowed to harm our country you left after getting all your personal gains from it.

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      Thrishantha,
      You are a WOG. And WOGs are the descendents of those blacks that were trained by Europeans colonials during their sojourns here. WOG think like their maters. They are as much hypocrites a their masters. WOGs follow their masters voice even in the dark.

      We have read that many a European country have banned the Muslim burka. But Europeans do not consider such restrictions on individuals is an infringement of human rights. We read so many mosques have being fire bombed and stone pelted in both the US and Europe on daily basis. Egalitarianism they teach us, but they are apathetic to catch the culprits. But ambassadors of the US and many a EU country are quick to accuse Sinhala Buddhists for racism and bigotness.

      Many a Killings of sick, old and young in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and etc by drone attacks were the head line new in the months passed by. Even when the culprits were caught red handed, ex-colonials had the cheek to produce all the excuses in the world to justify those killings. Like good old servants, WOGs like you are deft and blind about them.

      All that WOGs in Sri Lanka see is racism by Sinhala Buddhists. If Sinhala Buddhists are racists how come there are 64 mosques within an area of one Sq. Km. in Kathankudy which is in Sri Lanka soil. If Sinhala Buddhists are bigots as you say, how come they let mosques be build in Horana, Padukka and such places where Muslims count less than 1%. Racists here castigate JHU, BBS, RB and etc that speak for Sinhala Buddhists as vandals and thugs, how come BBS have a rally in Horana but not a stone was thrown at the mosque.

      You said “the World is to be embraced in brotherhood. Humanity is to be embraced in brotherhood.” Do you know that Canadian MP Irwin Cotler says during the last few days, ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ supporters have wreaked havoc on Coptic Christian businesses and property throughout Egypt.

      Just look around, religious extremists are the Muslims and not others. If you want why we are concerned follow me.

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        Indians will worry about what happens in Kashmir. You worry about what happens to citizens in Sri Lanka. Don’t use worse examples from the rest of the World to cover up dirt in Sri Lanka. If you do, take good examples too to improve the living conditions of the people.

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          Trashantha,

          SL is not floating in an empty universe.

          It is in a planet called the earth. One nation’s activities affect the others.

          SL can’t be better than UK in treating Arabs.

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        I am no Muslim ,

        Sinhala Buddhists are not Racist in Sri Lanka, that you Dilantha Vithanage and BBS and your groups are racists in Sri Lanka. Because we see how much percentage of support you have. In Kathankudy if muslims built a mosque what is your problem? Do you know the population growth in Kathankudy? You may build temples as much as you need, muslims will never bother about it. You are failure in your religious practices…..think logically how to improve that! Unless try to create another ethnic violence in the island.
        Whatever world issues don’t bring to Sri Lanka…..Because, Sri Lankan muslims are not Arabs or Afghans. They originally born to the Sinhala Buddhist mothers and they have the real blood. You are mixed with Indian Bihari blood that is the reason you are trying to create communal disharmony in Sri Lanka.

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      how interesting is it that Religious groups in US are more accomodating… and I too have payed in a church in greater Washington DC.. and the church authorities covered all statues every week on Fridays before Jumma prayers were conducted.. check the following links and tell me IF this can happen in SL….

      In USA
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKuN649N4Mo

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69P85XiRuR4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b6mtceCy78

      in Italy

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    This does not answer the question of why the attackers have not been arrested and charged. This is just a sinhala buddhist fascist giving excuses.

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      Panchika Morawaka is the exorcist.

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    Champika, you are exhibiting your rage and hatred so finely.
    You are full of venom. That would not only harm your anemies but
    us also big time. You are an outdated product.
    You better rest right now, if not we will have to make you rest or else you will make most of the people in this country ‘rest in peace’.

    We dont want another ’83 at all.
    If you think the entire Sinhala Budhdhist population is
    behind you or backing you or buying your stories, you are very sadly mistaken. None of my friends or colleagues like you.
    We are busy making people aware that we do not want another Prabakaran as the Tamils did. Still the Tamils are struggling some way or the other because of Prabakaran. We dont want us to go through the same phrase again. We also suffered a lot because of SWRD Bandaranaike once.
    Every peace loving person would love to see yours and this regim’s back. I fact they all should.

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      Come on, how can explaining the truth is a showing of rage.

      You may not have voted for Champika but I and over 350,000 gave their manape to him to put him the third in the list of UPFA. Champika will get same or more this time as well.

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    Champika has quite conveniently ignored the letter of approval sent by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana dates 8th August 2013 to the so-called store to function as a Mosque. This letter was given wide media publicity. And in the TNL TV interview yesterday, the Priest from Grandpass said ‘they were not aware of that letter’. First let me ask, if you are aware/not aware, who are you to attack the place?Who asked you to take the law into your own hands? Was it BBS?..He also said, the old mosque has a Minaret (tower) and hence that is what is a mosque and this is a store only. Can someone ask him, who told him that a Mosque to be a Mosque must have a Minaret?? There is no Islamic ruling like that..Its only an Identification symbols..There are so many mosques in SL without Minarets Eg. Bambalapitiya mosque along Bullers Road. According to Islam, whether it is a store/house/garage, the moment it is used for congregational prayers, it is called a prayer of worship. The fact that Buddha Sasana Ministry gave approval to function as a mosque proves it has been converted to a mosque. C’mon every place of worship in this world were man-made..from store or houses..Now you are trying to fool everyone coz you cant take the blame!!Dont give absurd evidence Champika..Besides, in this country there are so many brothels,bars,casinos etc which are against teachings of Buddhism. Why dont those religious first close these places down and why are you guys targeting places of worship where man becomes more righteous/better humanbeings by getting closer to god..i.e anygod be it whether Jesus/Lord Buddha/Allah..They all teach good things..Why all this jealousy and hatred??

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    and who write the article? Not this dumb idiot. It was written by Dr. Deep State.

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    Champika has given many examples stating that there is a wave of anti-Islamic movements in Europe, US and other countries and he does not disagree what BBS and RB are doing under the guidance of Champaka led political party and with the patronage of Defense Secretary.

    I have personally told several associates of Champika to change Sri Lanka’s historical books and delete the part where Vijayan (Hindu Prince) mates with Quveni (Devil Tribal Female) and their production (beacon) becomes the beginning of Sri Lankan history. This could help brainwash the second generation and make them to think that the Buddhist blood has no mixture at all.

    As far as the general public knows; no Sri Lankan can claim that their blood is pure and they are decedents from noble tribes and castes. This applies to those thugs who attacked religious places wearing saffron robes too. I apologize if I had hurt the Buddhist readers’ feelings.

    The fact is that there wont be peace in any part of our country until we look upon each other as Sri Lankans.

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      Mahawamsa is the only Sri Lanka text that internationally acclaimed historians used to relate contemporary royal dynasties in the Indian subcontinent. As for the accuracy of it, suffix to say, Indian excavations in Sanchi and other locations, confirm the Mahavamsa account of the Empire of Asoka.

      Yours is a typical warped mentality of a Muhammadan. otherwise why on earth you want us to change Mahawamsa writing. Mahawamsa doesn’t include any vulgar writing or instructions on sex like in the playboy or the Koran. Not only that, Mahawamsa doesn’t ask its readers to kill or proselytize non-Buddhists under any context like Koran asked its followers to kill Jews, Christians and unbelievers.

      In the circumstances, is not such depraved and killer Koran verses that should be attributed to Satan to soften the harts of Muslim Jihadis.

      Mahavamsa which is said have compiled from the 3rd century BCE is not a canonical religious text of Theravada Buddhism. It only record the good deeds of the Sri Lanka kings who were patrons of the Mahavihara temple.

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        Dear Patriot, I feel that your comments are filled with hatred towards Islam and it’s teachings. I don’t know what you or your family members would had experienced by any Muslims.

        In my comments, I had mentioned about a conversation that I had with several associates of Champika but what I didn’t mention was their response because it would hurt the Buddhist readers.

        Again, killing of non-Muslims that you had mentioned in your comments are taken out of context. Please read the whole paragraph where you find this verse in between as this verse was revealed along with other verses where Muslims had to face their first ever self defense battle against the non-Muslims.

        FYI: Ali bin Abi Thaalib (RA), the son-in-law of the Prophet once in a battle disarmed a non-Muslim during his sword fight. When Ali (RA) wanted to kill his opponent, the non-Muslim spat at Ali (RA). Then Ali (RA) left his opponent while on his knees saying “if I kill you now, it will be my personal revenge for spitting at me but I came here for the cause of my Creator and I don’t want any distractions for the cause”.

        Patriot, it is true that the early Muslims fought battles and killed their opponents with a proper code of conduct. Have you ever heard the early Muslims killing non-combatants, raped women, burnt down worship places or killed innocent children and old people? but you would had heard about the Crusaders, who killed Muslims and countless Jews, etc.

        I had brought you these stories because you had mentioned a verse from the Quran, which points to the battles of our early Muslims and I don’t want to talk about the current warfare in the world.

        Last but not least, if you see anything with hatred, you will find everything as fault. But if you see anything in a compassionate manner, you will see everything positively.

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    Please rename the headline to this article – Grandpass – In the eyes of a racist! Or grandpass-a fascist’s point of view

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    Buddhist nationalist moron.champika is a sycophant of the Rajapakse regime

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    So the UDA takes over the old Mosque and the “problem” is that the Muslims prayed in a different premises closeby? So what if they chose to turn a storage into a prayer centre? what the heck is the problem with that? Especially if the Religious Ministry authorised it even at a later date? How do their prayers hurt these Buddhist sensibilities and why oh why would that NECESSITATE mob violence against the prayer centre?

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    Over the last year or so Sri Lanka was a Buddhist country in name only. Lets see some substance at least now.

    Clean up the Buddhist Institution from political monks and other rouges running amok wearing the Saffron robe.

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      Cheevaradharins lived through out the Saasana. On the other hand, those monks, have helped Sri Lanka a lot during our long history. It is not the politicians job to do it. Politicians’ dithering and lack of interest in Sri Lanka are causing all these mayhem.

      what do you think, if some monks became pro-active and saved the Lanada University ?

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        Hello there Jim softy,

        The first port of call must be introspection when things fail. People failed first appointing dithering and incompetent politicians. When these politicians fail the monks are forced to join. When monks fail, the thugs join. When the thugs fail, armed terrorists join the fray.

        Monk activism is not the solution. The solution is fixing the first failure. Its fixing system that appoint the managers who habitually keep screwing things up. The Europeans invented democratic institutions, Magna Carta and the like. These were the systems that enabled them to rule virtually 2/3 of the world at one stage.

        Sri Lanka is still struggling with the 17th amendment. Fixing the constitution and the underlying system is where I believe the solution lies. When that happens the discussion of monks joining politics becomes moot.

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    Champika is a fool. He is instigating communal conflict. If it was illegal to have the second mosque why didn’t he take legal action to settle the issue. Buddhist monks becoming hooligans is illegal and unlawful. They should be taken into custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act as they are instigating communal violence. He is blaming US Embassy, what a fool Champika is. If he reads this article in the morning when he is not drunk he himself will understand how foolish his statements are. Has he forgotten how a Bo Tree starts growing, has he forgotten how a bird helps it to come to life? Just because a bird shits some where and a Bo Tree grows that does not become a place for a temple. Sri Lanka is not only a Buddhist country, its a country of Hindus, Christians and Muslims.

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    There can be no excuses for attacking a place of worship, mosque or building, whatever you may call it. It is a private property and there is no need to get anyones permission to pray or read the quran on ones own property. It is not being used for any illegal purpose such as a casiino or brothel.

    The fact that some of the attackers were monks does improve the story. Better is CR being a responsible minister and member of parliment gets the police to arrest the vandals.

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    The writer sounds like he is a spokesperson for BBS and other hate groups. He has justified the violence against the Muslims.
    The US Embassy was right, a Mosque was attacked, there was damage done to the structure, and the people inside were physically harmed. The writer obviously does not know the meaning of the word “attack”:

    at·tack
    /əˈtak/
    Verb
    Take aggressive action against (a place or enemy forces) with weapons or armed force: “in December, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor”.
    Noun
    An aggressive and violent action against a person or place: “he was killed in an attack on a checkpoint”.

    That is precisely what happened in Grandpass.

    The US or any other nation has done nothing in this case to tarnish the so called “”good reputation of Sri Lanka, the leadership in Sri Lanka, it’s extremists policies, and the goons that walk the streets attacking places of worship (now too much to keep track) and the violence against minorities have done that all by themselves. The writer sounds very delusional.

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    “..The tension was created after the Ministry of Religious Affairs violated its own circular in June, 2013 under the influence of a politician and gave permission to use the store for a Sunday school and a mosque…”
    UK, USA and other Europian countries do the same thing, so do not talk about our countries issues and keep in mind that the people are suffering in these incidents are UK, USA and Europe citizens. So USA do not point finger to us. You destroy your citizens life’s and we destroy our citizens life ok…agreed…

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    This is such a stupid response. Champika – if your wife is raped and mother is killed and the law enforcement says – look here, there are worse crimes in other places… no one chopped them and put them in a freezer so it’s not THAT bad… Your stupid racist response is equivalent to that.

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      he don’t have a wife and divorced her [Edited out]

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        What has Champika’s marriage got to do with this story. Matilda sounds as if she too is being abandoned. Cry baby cry, bearded Mullah will sort you out.

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        Women can not be lived with this guy…….it is not possible at all in 21st century. May be He has got sexual mental disorder…………………..that’s why he talks always non-sense.

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    This is a welcome move in principle within a normal circumstance.

    But in reality this is the sarcasm of the author who comes after immense local and international reaction and Mahinda Rajalaksa’s direct order to sort it at the same meeting, as a representative of the groups who is responsible for the violence, to calm the pressure fllooded around the world and re-paint the dirty acts of the authors thugs as a holy war to protect the nation..

    Accordingly the Author who represent thugs who were taking the rule of law to their hand and attack Muslims worshipers while they were praying is attempting to become as a father of peace.

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      Read what 90% majority Muslims do to 6% minority Copt Christians in Egypt.

      The Muslim Brotherhood’s anger for the forced evacuation of the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins has been unleashed against Christians. In the last few hours, the Islamists have attacked seven Catholic churches and a full fifteen religious structures of the Coptic-Orthodox Church and the Protestant church. The attacks took place in Cairo and in the governorate of Sohag (Upper Egypt). The news was announced by Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesperson for the Egyptian Catholic Church, who underlined the fact that the Western media has remained silent about the attacks. At the moment it is unclear whether any persons have been injured or killed.

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    Minister Champika,

    What happened to the Norocholai coal plant corruption issue under your ministry? Are you aware that the Norocholai coal power plant project was failure under the minister of power and energy which was built by China. The Patali champika was the Minister when it was built….Is it you made a deal with china?

    You have no rights to talk about the country belongs to people who love it. You one of the racist goon you made everywhere corruption and plan the attack on Mosques and Churches who the hell are you talk this subject?

    The PM and the Buddasasana Minister / UDA will take care of this issue. You just go and preach you racism to the an educated Buddhist who listen to your tone………Good luck.

    Look some alternative jobs or business, because after the next election you will be thrown out from Parliament.

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