29 November, 2020

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GR’s Muslim Carpetbaggers

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

History will remember the fatal day of 22 October 2020, when a group of Muslim carpetbaggers joined the ruling gang and supported the controversial 20th Amendment, which is destined to pave the way for the slow death of democracy in Sri Lanka and establishment of a clannish autocracy. In the future, after tasting the bitter fruits of an autocracy, generations of Sri Lankan Muslims would lament over the folly of their forefathers for choosing community leaders without any commitment to the welfare of the country and community. Do Muslims need enemies when they have such betrayers as leaders?

Of all the communities in the country, it is the Muslim community that has suffered most in recent years.  With the emergence of a Sinhala-Buddhist ethno-religious supremacist movement in the aftermath of the civil war, manifesting itself in the shape of several radical political and pressure groups, this community began to face an existential threat.  After more than a millennium of peaceful co-existence and integration not only with Buddhists, but also with followers of other religions, Muslims, in the eyes of these supremacists, appeared as aliens deserved to be banished from the country. A wave of anti-Muslim phobia with attendant violence was therefore unleashed after 2009. Neither the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) nor its breakaway faction All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) nor any Muslim leader from the national parties could do anything to arrest that trend and prevent the cycles of violence. In fact, it was their powerlessness and indifference that was partly responsible for a bunch of Muslim fanatics and extremists to embark on a revenge mission that killed two hundred and fifty innocent Sinhalese and Tamil Christian worshippers on that bloody Easter Sunday, last year.  

Political analysts and observers have established that Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) won his presidency with the full support of the supremacists and their commercial and financial backers. Although he promised to deliver ‘prosperity and splendour’ within a ‘secure, virtuous, disciplined and lawful’ society, yet, from day one of his victory he proved to be a president for Buddhists only and not for all. He began to show a total disregard to problems faced by minorities and Muslims in particular, except to parrot that he governs for the benefit of every community. For example, when a Buddha statue was stealthily erected at close proximity to a century old mosque in Nelundeniya, he refused to intervene and allowed the district court to handle the matter. The court decided to allow the statue to remain permanent with a wall built separating it from the mosque, a cause for future trouble and eventual closure of that mosque.  Similarly, when security forces guarding the prison in Mahara took over the mosque there and converted it into a recreation cum worship centre, GR refused to stop it and Muslims have lost that mosque too.  Also, when Muslims protested against cremating bodies of virus-killed bodies, he refused to intervene and supported the Chief Medical Officer, who without any scientific evidence maintained that the virus would spread if dead bodies were buried. Finally, when Muslim private lands were encroached into by GR’s Archaeological Task Force in Pottuvil, people there had to come out to the street and threatened violence to stop losing their lands. Lately, how humiliating was it for Muslims to watch over the media the way one of their elected representatives, brought to the parliament a couple of days ago?  Couldn’t the President have ordered a more civilized way of bringing him?  Is this how the so called One-Law-One-Country operates?

The Muslim carpetbaggers, who voted to strengthen GR’s hands and are prepared to remain just curry leaves under his autocracy cannot plead ignorance of all this.  Discrimination against Muslims in government appointments, in hospital treatment, in the private rental market, in getting land grants, in the distribution of distress allowances and so on, has become a norm and is public knowledge.  Where is justice and equity in matters relating to Muslims?

 One does not know what has been promised to these black sheep in return for their support. But one thing is sure. Muslim community is bound to suffer even more in the future.  Don’t these shameless leaders know that discriminatory restrictions have already been issued against building mosques, and not to places of worship of other religions?

From ancient times and under the reign of Buddhist monarchs, Sri Lanka successfully managed and protected its plural society and prospered. After independence from colonial rule, the country earned worldwide reputation as the most senior and thriving liberal democracy in Asia. There may be flaws in that democracy as there are flaws in all democracies.  Yet, there is no better political model for a plural society than liberal democracy. To a Muslim minority in particular, there is a considerable level of “overlapping consensus” between the tenets of liberal democracy and teachings of political Islam as meticulously researched by political scientist, Andrew F. March in his Islam and Liberal Democracy: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus, Oxford University Press, 2009.  In contrast, an autocracy with a supremacist religious and cultural agenda is a threat to the country’s plural polity and heterogeneity.  Beyond that however, Muslims have an additional reason to fear about the emerging autocracy. 

Along with moves to demolish democracy is the downward spiraling of the economy. The current wave of the pandemic is adding momentum to that spiral. Apart from difficulties that the government is facing at the macro level, households are confronting difficulties every day at micro level.  Shortages of food and other necessities are increasing prices to unaffordable heights; panic buying is lengthening disorderly queues in front of shops; consumer debt is escalating. In short there is an acute deficiency of income syndrome (AIDS), which widens the wealth gap and is impoverishing the masses.  In times of economic adversity public discontent at the authorities is unavoidable. When that happens, authorities could always try to divert that anger on to private distributors.  The ordinary shopkeeper will therefore become the first victim of consumer unrest. The Muslim community, branded as a business community, is therefore in a vulnerable position.  The supremacists and their anti-Muslim commercial backers who brought the GR-MR regime to power would be waiting to exploit such an eventuality.  Will GR with his tri-forces protect the Muslims and dare risking the support of supremacists?  

In the meantime, there was another comic scene in the 20A drama. The so-called Muslim party SLMC, demonstrated its organizational chaos and party indiscipline when its members deserted their leader and moved en masse to support the motion. Whether it was the result of a deal between the party leader and the ruling regime or a deliberate and conspiratorial revolt against that leader one does not know.  However, it is time that both parties, SLMC and ACMC, are dissolved. They have become a liability to the Muslim community. 

To end this short note, 20A presented a golden opportunity for Muslim leaders to show some courage and demonstrate to the government how frustrated and dissatisfied is their community at the way it has been treated by the new regime. Whether these leaders were intimidated, bribed or cajoled, their support to this amendment is a historic blunder, which will be regretted and condemned over many years to come.        

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  • 35
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    Day before yesterday s votum in Parliament proved well not only SINHALAYA but also muslims (minorities of this country) would not want to work for the future of the youth in this nation.
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    This game has been for the last 7 decades.
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    Solong all srilankens would not grasp the danger before us, nothing would work for the development of this nation. Now Rajakshes being ETERNALLY servile to China, there is no other option but the Chinese rob srilanken natural resources. Media men would not utter a single word against Rajakshe idiots and their stupid acts against the sourverinity of this nation.

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      If not for Muslim MPs and 1 Tamil MP, 20A would not have passed. So who can say minorities are against 20A! In return government has promised not to punish anyone for the Easter Sunday attack.

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        Mr. GATAM,
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        Yes.
        You are correct.
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        And the truth is that we have a democratically elected president and a government supported by majority and minority alike.
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        Just count the number of Tamil and Muslim representatives who are supporting the government.
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        Few idiots like leelagemalli and Native Vedda can’t change that fact by commenting on a web page.

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        Dear GATAM,
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        What have they NOT promised ? if I may draw your attention…. I know lankens are memory losers, and kawem (oil cake) eating champions… not for anything else..

        misleading the very same PEOPLE of Ms SCP nature is not a big achievement? I think Ethiopians would not find it more difficult because their people (formerly known as tribal folks) have not advanced a lot than those in our good punished island.

        Unfortunatley, majorty our people are born stupid not having even little brains to differentiate the good from the bad.
        .
        Now some significant portiions of those 6.9 miollions, do question, ” what has NGR achieved during the last 12 months, since his election ?” do question, what have RAJAPASKEHS fulffiled sofar ? not even an one single pledge even if they promised loudly…
        .

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          GATHEM,
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          apologies, what I meant was Ethiopians are more developed than average srilankens.

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      Mr. LM (Loose Motion),
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      This is funny.
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      Same people who accused sinhalese as racists claiming “”Muslim””s are “”Carpetbaggers””.
      .
      You lowlife idiots have nowhere to turn now.

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        And…..
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        As per Mr Rajash in next comment
        “”Muslim””s are “”P””s.
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        How is that for the turn of events…

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          As per Mr Rajash in next comment
          “”Muslim””s are “”P””s.

          it was supposed to be MPs….its a typo…but what a coincidence!

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        Ms SCP,

        First of all, let us welcome you back from RECOVERY. Hope gender OP went well.
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        And, dont mix it up, We have never accused of anyone. We only stood against Rajaakhes politics and racism. Please go back to your cage. Here you have nothing to seek.
        .

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      LM
      “there is no other option but the Chinese rob srilanken natural resources”
      Could you kindly list the resources left to rob and their net value?
      You obsession with China and other US-targeted countries is astounding!

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        SJ,
        You forget we have plenty of natural-gas producing bipeds and quadrupeds.

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          OC
          There is plenty around in this space too.
          The trouble is that its is even harder to collect than ‘marsh gas’.
          Also the high hydrogen sulphide content makes it rather unappealing.

  • 37
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    One Muslim P was wearing no to 20A arm band and then voted for 20A.
    what a two faced liars.

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      Even if their lovely ones would be hunted, they dont care much so long the are offered some perks. Best examples Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Wimal Buruwanse and those muslim Mps. 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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        Mr. LM (Loose Motion),
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        Your days are over my dear.
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        Go and find some useful things to do.
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        Like sweeping a street.

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          Mine or yours ? You as MADAMULANA virologist, misled the nation. CT readers are well aware of your biased nature. Get well Ms SCP. 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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      Rajash

      Why are you being harsh on Muslim P while you have not mentioned Gamage for voting along with Wimal and Udhaya? Is it because Gamage is fair skinned 54 years young women?

      We know you hang around Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, Patpong, …. areas … frequented by fair skinned professional women.

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        Native Vedda – please refer to my post on the same subject in a other blog. I didn’t want to repeat myself

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        And how about the 1 Tamil MP who also voted for 20A?

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          GATAM/Native Vedda – please refer to my post on the same subject in another blog. I didn’t want to repeat myself.

          I have criticised all who voted in favour of 20A.
          I just dont want to repeat my self.

          This blog is about Muslim MPs who voted fo 20A

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        NV
        The answer to the question is easy. It concerns you when dog bites man, but it concerns and surprises you when man bites dog.

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        Native Vedda….just noticed your photo….nice one…when was it taken.

        is that your tribal attire!

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          Rajash

          It is Pol Pot’s photo.
          I thought I better impress SJ who used to have loads of respect for him and his ideology according to those who knew him.
          Little Pol Pot is kicking from inside his tummy wants to come out.

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      Tried and tested trait, they indicate left and turn right!

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      Rajash,
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      That is the mirror image of SRILANKENS.

      Sanity check would be the most need of the hour.

      They dont care the Chinese colony in making…. today, not only sinhala, tamil, and English but also “Chinese ” have become as a langague to use on emigration forms.
      :
      What is the legality behind that ? Under good governance, there had been no space to act like that but RAJAPAKSHES as total stupid men, do allow anything to do pleasing the chinese. No doubt, they would let CHINESE to rape Rajapakshe family kith and kin next days. This is sadly the ground reality of the country today. 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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      VP was wise.

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      “One Muslim P”?
      What kind of a P will say such things?

  • 24
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    This “Turm Coat” operation by seven MPs supposed to be the representatives of the “Muslim” community reminds me of the common usage of my village folks: “Thambige Toppiya Wagai”, referring to “Unpredictability” of people. On the other hand, this “event” also demonstrates the “Wish” or more appropriately called “Mandate” of the Muslim community who “Elected” these MPs to represent them in the Legislature. So it is meaningless and a waste of time writing articles, unless and until the very “Muslim” community stage a “Public Cry” demanding their “Resignation” from the Parliament. So long as the “Voters” are silent, that “Silence” would be approval and endorsement of the actions of those MPs who voted for the “20A”. In retrospect, I am beginning to “recollect” the meaning of the “Decree” issued by the then “Supremo” of LTTE – Velupillau Piribakaran, giving “24 Hour” time frame for the “Muslims” to leave the areas that were then under his domain. I think, Piribakaran had much better”Sense” and “Instincts” than the Leader(Sajith Premadasa) and his “Inner Circle” of SJB.

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      Simon,
      Time and again the Muslim MPs have proved beyond any doubt that they are ‘Hat Flippers’. They flip their hats in the direction that suits them. It perfectly fits into the Sinhala and Tamil adage that our ancestors said about them. “Thambige Toppiya Wagai” in Sinhala and “Thoppi thruppi” in Tamil.

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        Lanka Canuk: Thank you very much for giving me that much search for Tamil version “Toppi Thruppi”. “Muslims” will now get the message much more easily and clearly. I have added that to my vocabulary. Thanks again.

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        LC
        I expected a more sane comment from you.
        20A would pass with or without Muslim support. There was already a threat by the sole Muslim minister in GR’s government issued to Muslims if they do not vote for the SLPP.
        Unlike Tamils and Hill Country Tamils, the Muslims since 2005 voted overwhelmingly against MR and GR ans SLPP.
        The Muslim community is hence truly scared of the bulldozer parliamentary majority. But as I said elsewhere on this page:
        “During the build-up of antisemitic actions by the Nazi state in the 1930s there were middle class Jews in Germany who thought that they could save themselves and even fellow Jews by collaborating with the Nazis.”
        It s poor judgment provoked by collective fear more than anything else.
        This is not the occasion to pour scorn on the community as a whole.

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          Nonsense, they are opportunists, plain and simple!

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            Ari
            Let us assume that you are right
            Then, will they seem any more opportunistic than the Tamil nationalists who performed a perfect somersault shortly after the LTTE was defeated in 2009?

        • 2
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          No.

          If not for those Muslim and Tamil MPs who crossed over to vote for 20A, it would not have passed. Check the numbers. Also note ALL SLPP Muslim and Tamil MPs also voted for 20A.

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            Gatam
            You assume that GR did not do his sums.
            Add to the SLPP’s 146, SLFP’s 1, EPDP’s 2, TMVP’s 1, OPP’s (Bodu Bala Sena) 1.
            Note that there were 12 absentees.
            Also with 2 seats unfilled the 2/3 will count from 223 seats.
            What GR needed, if the need arose, was easily purchasable from non-Muslim ranks of the Opposition.
            You miss out on his calculations, designed to demonstrate support from an intimidated community.

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        So now the 2 caste based communities are ganging up against Muslims?

        How about the 1 Tamil MP who also crossed over and voted for 20A? How about Diana?

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          Yes keep on harping on one Thamizh turncoat MP and not on all the Muslim hat flippers, who were the main reason for this draconian law to be passed . Typical southern Thullukan , constantly pointing the finger at the Thamizh to divert the blame from treacherous backstabbing fake Arab South Indian Thamizh Thullukans like you

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            Pig
            There was another who did it in 2018 and he won on the SLPP ticket from Batticaloa.
            Will you call the voters typical Mattakkilappu?

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          Gatam/Native Veda
          see my response here
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/different-signals-given-by-the-autocratic-power-which-were-perceived-as-contradictory/

          CT permitting I post extract here

          Gota and Mahinda go around the country during the Presidential election and general election boasting that they don’t need minority support to win elections ………..

          But in the parliament they go around begging for Muslim and Tamil MPs vote to get 2/3rd majority to pass 20A…….
          —————-
          Who ..is Diana Gamage?
          She was on the national list for Sajith’s new party.
          And she do Back stab Sajith?
          ——————
          My3t didn’t have the courage to turn up and vote against. but at least he had the back bone not to vote in favour.
          t his Jaffna MP Anjagan Ramathan a Tamil traitor refuse to toe the party line to suck up to Namal.
          =====================
          ..and Rishad Bathiudeen was hunted down and dragged to the parliament to vote

          Only TNA made a strong stand against the 20A

          • 3
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            How did the TNA vote on the Good Governance budgets?
            The leading opposition party!

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              SJ – “How did the TNA vote on the Good Governance budgets?”

              This comment by SJ is a classic example of how Rajapaksa’s are exploiting stupid people like SJ.

              for stupid people like SJ ” Budget is same as constitution !!!

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                OMG, what a lucky man I am!
                Now the Rajapaksas are using even people like me!
                I should go soon and collect my cheque before it is stopped.
                Could you help me to find it using you super intelligence?
                *
                Thank you for educating me that a budget is not the same as the constitution.
                (BTW, was there a vote on the constitution?)
                *
                However, in what way is the morality in voting for a GG budget any worse than that in voting for 20A?

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        LC,

        I thought Muslim MPs are no better not this time, but few years ago, at the time that innocient girl, as a house maid got beheaded in SAUDI Arabia. THere, Muslim MPs as the voices representing the muslim community in the parliament had done much in saving that innocient girl s fate.
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        Looking back they have become the easy political foot balls of the grand parties.

        This time, Rajakashes though made it very clear that they would never rely on the votes of Muslim MPs, but they broke it when it came to get passed 20A. How shameless the Rajapakshes have been ???
        Can NGR, MR look at the eyes of the same people to whom they made big promises regarding so many issues they then already charged at local muslims ?

        when would srilankens learn it ?

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        LC

        Those who adopt to the situation ( environment) are the ones who live longer. Others will gradually extinct. Eg. Tamils of Sri Lanka.

  • 15
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    As a matter of principle, I avoid direct reference to any ethnic or religious group in discussing matters as I believe only in the Sri Lankan identity. Certain grievances quoted in the third paragraph of this article are matters for a deep impartial inquiry. What definitely puzzles any body is the real reason behind members of the opposition voting for the amendment. I am informed that had they not voted the requisite number of votes would have fallen short. No body worth his/her salt would believe the story that they voted according to their conscience. Bribery? Possible because in this country cash is king and principles Pooh! But the amounts payable can be humongous to the point that it may not be a viable option. My feeling is apart from bribery there is the possibility of blackmail. You vote against and your skeletons will come out. Same thing was done way back in the voting for the citizenship act. According to informed sources, the telephonists are trapped as the party is effectively controlled by the lady MP who voted for the government. Although a necessity, Sri Lanka will not have upright politicians in the years to come.

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      Good Sense ,
      Hats off to your stance of being a principled character . These days
      everything and almost everybody is cheap in our country , from
      top to bottom ! Among the seven Muslim MPs who voted for the
      amendment , one was known to me personally and I knew he was a
      man of no principle and I distanced myself from him purely due to
      his egoist attitudes . Why I’m saying this is to simply agree with you
      that either blackmail or bribe could have played a role here ! This man
      could easily be framed for corruption if uncooperative with the vote !
      Meaning , it could be a blackmail ! I am one hundred percent sure it
      was not for anything else he voted ! And then , for those who talk wild
      about Thambi and Thoppiya , I like to ask whether Diana Gamage and
      Aravind Kumar from Mano Ganesan have this “Thoppiya” too ? ” Birds
      of a feather flock together” didn’t come into use for nothing

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    Another ‘Adonawa’ as if only Muslims have problems.
    Does Ameer Ali expect President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe to bottle feed Muslims?

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Does Ameer Ali expect President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe to bottle feed Muslims?”

      Is Gota planning to force feed Muslims any particular type of poison?

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        Not after most Muslim MPs supported 20A. It will be the others!

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    Simon,
    Rajapakse family is a group experts in all different types of crimes such as Lie, Cheat, ransom,Corruption, abduction, murder and making deals. Even though they use fake patriotism to the country and Buddhism, their real face is a combined mixture of above crimes. In 2018, they made a deal with Sirisena promising him be the President again. So, Sirisena violated the constitution for making Mahinda as PM. During that time Basil made a deal with Viyalenthiran when he was in Canada. Their continued anti Muslim propaganda including Doctor’s fertility operation of Sinhalese women and blaming Rishard and Hakeem as the masters of Easter Bombing and masterminding the Easter Bombing get the full backing of Buddhist Sinhala clergy. When they found out that Buddhist clergy are against to bringing back Basil through constitutional amendment, Basil, the deal master made good deals with Muslim Politicians (don’t know how many billions deal). Now they got what they wanted against to Buddhist Monks. For them, any one who are against to their wishes are enemies even they are Buddhist Mahanayake thero’s. They are now not bothered about Corona or Buddhists. No one can challenge them for in the near future. It is the Buddhists who mage them kings and it is the Buddhists who have to face the reality.

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      Ajith: Thanks. I agree in toto with your opinion. Of all the “Crooks” and “Criminals” in that “Rajapakse & Co. Inc.”; “BASIL” is the centre of “Gravity” when it comes to capturing power. He has all the “MEANS” at his disposal, including the US citizenship to bolt away as and when the situation demands. Here is an interesting comment, I read in one of the FB strips: “Basil says, why to worry giving up US citizenship to enter the Parliament of Sri Lanka, when I can “CHANGE” the Constitution at my “WILL”?. Doesn’t that summarize the dirty politics in this country?

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    Ample proof that muslims cannot be entrusted with responsibilities. So are women.

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      Ad

      “Ample proof that muslims cannot be entrusted with responsibilities. So are women.”

      Well what about Aravind Kumar, Diana Gamage, …. who voted for 20A?
      And what about Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen did not vote for 20A?

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      Ad ,

      Ven . Muruththettuwe Ananda is reported to have said that people
      like Wijedasa Rajapksha should not be trusted because one day
      before the voting , he promised to him at the Naahenpita Temple
      that he will vote against the amendment.

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        Why @ wijedasa had the audacity to expose if he were not there, GR would have been spending his days in wrlikada today. If state killed Makandure Madhush has wijedasa as his defending lawyer,he would have been live today not being destined with a premeditated murder, to akin Jamal Khashogis 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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          leelagemalli ,

          I have no intention of forcing my opinions or even facts down the
          throat of another at all . Very simple .In many cases on this forum
          many try to point one finger at others while not understanding
          other fingers are automatically pointing at them , I mean their own
          fingers ! Funny situation ! Now , over to your boldness remark of
          Wijedasa , at War Hero Gotabaya Rajapksha , Sarath N Silva is
          already on record of his ‘ audacity’ in publicly taking responsibility
          without any shame , for judging Helping Hambantota in favour of
          Mahinda Rajapaksha ! He even admitted he made the wrong
          decision and helped Mahinda escape justice , in public meetings
          where Mahinda was guest ! Do you want to call open shameless ,
          stinking acts like these , Audacious ?

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      Ad
      What about non-Muslim men?

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    I am not a racist, but I was taken aback when I saw the names of SJB MPs, that too most of them Muslims voting as a group to support 20A. Unfortunately, these “Political Prostitution” of these Muslim MPs will in the coming days and years will turn those Non-Muslims especially Sinhalese who were sympathetic towards the Muslims against this community. These “Political Prostitutes” have made the worst decision of their political life and have put the plight of Muslims in a more precarious situation.

    The first major political error of Sajith as the leader of SJB was to appoint Dayana Gamage “Political Prostitute” as the “Pinata Seat” MP to the Parliament. This was in violation of the pre-nomination promise Sajith gave Mano Ganeshan and Rauff Hakeem. May be Rauff too was pissed off about this and he orchestrated this while voting against 20A – getting other party MPs to vote for 20A. I am saying this only because Hakeem has still not kicked out the MPs from his party who voted for 20A unlike what Sajith and Mano have done. My hats off to Mano Ganeshan who did not even take 24 hours to kick his MP out of the party.

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      Muslim politicians have been mostly supporting the parties in power since 1948, irrespective of the parties from which they were originally selected by their voters. They are so money minded and enjoy the plums of their career. Sinhala politicians are well aware of their habits and hat- flip-flopping and that ‘s why being known as thoppiyas.

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    I could well imagine the disgust of Dr. Ameer Ali about the disgraceful behaviour of these turn coat MPP WHO VOTED FOR THE 20TH AMENDMENT. All the more so since they represent the Eastern Province Electorates. Ex: Nazeer Ahamed from Eravur in the Batticaloa District. Mohamed Harris from Kalmunai in the Amparai District.

    I dont for a moment think that they revolted as such from their party the SLMC and the ACMC. This was with the full blessing of their Leaders Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Badiudeen. A case of having the best of both worlds.
    The Muslim community, as Dr.Ameer Ali says have been shamed.

    It appears that by voting with the 20th A. they are prepared to sell their souls for the crumbs that will be thrown from the table of the President. The Muslim community have lost their self respect,due to their political leaders.

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      Plato,
      During ‘Jadapalana’ Government TNA politicians sold their souls for the crumbs thrown from the table of Ranil. Sambandan got the post of Leader of the Opposition for having a FAKE opposition. As a reward for helping Ranil to stay in power, Sambandan got a luxury house in Colombo 7 for life time.

      “they are prepared to sell their souls for the crumbs that will be thrown from the table of the President.”

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        Good governance taught lessions , but it did not work because majority of people would not care much about GOOD GOVERNANCE. They love to be ruled by CRIMNALS.
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        last 12 months – what have they achieved ?
        :
        Even if almost any ISLAND nations, have managed COVID crisis to someextent, Rajapakshes led administration did not care much about the containment.
        :
        Today those countries that performed only insufficient numbers of PCR tests, are seen as if they managed it to some extent, SRILANKEN govt capitalized it for misleading the GULLIBLE dominated srilanken society. Media painted the picture in favour of the rascals and their goals.
        :
        Not even trible folks would be pro, if their rights would have been taken away, but PASQUAL or the like dominated srilanka, dont care much about it.
        :
        Good riddance to srilankens ! 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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    ……Yet, there is no better political model for a plural society than Liberal Democracy…..
    Spot on Dr. Ameer Ali.

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    now you guys know why Velupillai Prabakaran never trusted Muslims.

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      Rajash

      “now you guys know why Velupillai Prabakaran never trusted Muslims.”

      Being paranoid Prabaharan never trusted even his own shadow.
      How come so many muslims joined LTTE and some of them about 38 of them sacrificed for the ungrateful Thamilan Prabaharan?
      Check these pages:
      Muslim Maaveerar of the Tamil Struggle
      22 November 2016
      Tamil Guardian
      https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/muslim-maaveerar-tamil-struggle
      First Muslim LTTE cadre to sacrifice his life for you stupid Eelam war Lieutenant Junaideen
      http://www.thamilalayamberlin.de/

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        Native Vedda -two faced Muslims are the worst traitors. no one knows when they will do the about turn
        with VP you knew your score
        I have good Muslim friends don’t want to hurt their fallings with harsh comments

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          Rajash ,

          I thought Karuna , Pillayan , Douglas and Thonda all were
          Tamils ! I believe you can not have friends from a
          community that you generalise as traitors ! If you don’t
          want to hurt your Muslim friends then find a way to
          target the black sheep among them !

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            whywhy I have made harsh comments about Muslims who voted for 20A here.

            what I meant was I don’t want to make generic statements insulting all Muslims
            so not sure what your point ?

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            Rajash ,

            You do have the answer to your question on my post . But to be
            more elaborate , wrong doers can be taken to task by their
            actions and if necessary the org they belong to or even by their
            names thus avoiding calling up on the whole community ! And
            we still do not know why this sudden twist ! And how rude it is
            that the background reality was the voting takes place with the
            arrest of Rishad . Whether it was a drama or real , the truth is he
            was arrested !

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          “I have good Muslim friends don’t want to hurt their fallings with harsh comments”
          So sweet!
          Haven’t we heard enough of “Some of my best friends are (fill the blank).”
          What hypocrisy!

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    Dear writer,

    The muslims are not angels. They are responsible for the cold blooded murder of 294 innocent human being while praying. The 19th Amendment, the Yahapalana Government and the silent muslims like you are responsible. Islam was not build and spread by prayers. Purely by bloodshed and brute force.

    God Bless Gotabhaya.

    Upali Seneviratne – USA

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      Come to think of it, every community fits the pattern of no angels, especially among politicians. It is not quite fair to brand the entire community when you state “The muslims” coupling it to the extremism of a few.
      If the 294 story be the criterion, the Aranthalawa Massacre is equally horrendous. Would you brand all Tamils as no angels for that and other atrocities like Pettah Bomb, Maradana Bomb, Central Bank Bomb.
      But then Christianity was equally spread by bloodshed and brute force of Knights Templar and Crusaders. Later by Colonisation.
      Faults are everywhere. Temperateness will be for the good of everyone.
      I am not a muslim but say this in fairness.

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      Upali Seneviratne

      “The muslims are not angels.”

      Have you met any angels in Sri Lanka who practice other religions?
      All of you including those who worship Karl Marx, Lenin, Castro, Mao, Rohana, Prabaharan, Gota, … …… have blood in your hands

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      Upali Seneviratne ,

      ” God Bless Gotabaya” ? Nonsense ! Hakeem Rishad duo bless
      Gotabaya .

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    Upali, I am interested in becoming a US citizen. Could you show me the way you got it. Thank you.

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      It was not that difficult Nathan. First learn a specific trade after your O’Levels, like welding, Carpentry, Horticulture, Cookery and excel in it. Do not look for Engineering or Medical degrees but be a technician with hands-on experience.

      The rest is easy. US was not built be scientists. That came later. Learn to get up at 5am and to slave till 8pm. Then it will either make you or break you.

      Got that?

      Upali Seneviratne

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        Upali, I wanted you to tell me how YOU got it, not how someone like me could get it. Thanks for trying!

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      Nathan
      Get a friend to draw some marks on your back with charcoal, take a photo contact a Tamil immigration lawyer who will create a torture story for you and process the papers for claiming refugee status. There are plenty of them in Canada, USA and Australia with tons of ready made files.
      Once you get your refugee status you can come to Sri Lanka on vacation.
      Good luck.

      Soma

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        Soma ,

        Are you guiding a Tamil to get to a developed country ? Poor you !
        Even before seventies , Srilankan Tamils migrated to Singapore,
        Malaysia , Australia and UK . And in the same period it was Tamil
        Doctors the whole country generally turned to , they were the
        Engineers the governments at the time turned to ! And on top of
        that we must remember that they were the most hard working
        lot in the country ! I feel sorry , terribly sorry for people who have
        no memory of their own past where they received services from
        the people who are being ridiculed today all just for wrong
        politics !

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        soma

        “Get a friend to draw some marks on your back with charcoal, take a photo contact a Tamil immigration lawyer who will create a torture story for you and process the papers for claiming refugee status. “

        Is that how your Sinhala/Buddhist relatives and friends got their immigration status, including Gota, Basil, …..?

        Is that why Sinhala/Buddhists asylum seekers always hired Tamil immigration consultants?

        If asylum process was/is that easy, why haven’t you tried your luck?

        Is it because you could make more millions from profitable periodic riots, kidnaping and ransom, getting (pimbing) the release of innocent detainees by brokering terms and condition of their release with armed forces and police, …… running a rent a mob agency, …. a travel agency perhaps, ….

        By the way do you consider immigration officers of western countries are either stupid or you could bribe them?

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          NV
          I forgot to say one more thing .
          There is a poosari at a Welwatta Kovil known as Visa Poosari.
          Would be refugees should offer a prayer before flying.

          Soma

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            soma ,

            You did forget another International funny stuff made in Srilanka !
            Who sent Karuna to UK and why he was returned back ! And
            where is he now ?

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            soma

            “Would be refugees should offer a prayer before flying.”

            Do you get lot of commission from Visa Poosari on referrals?
            By the way people think there is going to be a huge middle class exodus within the next few years. Can I send them to you?

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    The outrageous Rajapaksa government humiliated Maha Sangha and the Archbishop of Colombo by totally ignoring them and passing the 20A.
    The Rajapaksas have proved that Pohottuwa is not for Sinhalese.
    Therefore, I don’t see any reason for Sinhalese to be a part of Pohottuwa anymore.
    In protest to the Rajapaksas humiliating Maha Sangha, the very force who went hell and back to bring them into power, I strongly suggest all Sinhalese, especially Sinhalese Buddhists, to LEAVE Pohottuwa and rally around the Maha Sangha to strengthen the new movement led by them that emerged to protect the country.
    In Sri Lanka’s political history, this is the strongest and most successful people’s movement led by the Maha Sangha which was built WITHOUT a single politician.
    Let’s keep it that way.

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      There are many accusations that Sinhalese Buddhists are racists.
      But what they don’t know is that throughout our glorious history, we have tolerated non-Buddhist rulers. Sinhalese Kings have defeated invaders in fierce battles and duels, but they never massacred immigrant armies.
      Those who accuse Sinhalese Buddhists of being racists should know that, in spite of the fact that the Rajapaksas are not Buddhists by birth or “practice” Buddhism, we still supported and made them our rulers as a gratitude to their leadership in annihilating the LTTE.
      However, every time we elected them, Gotabhaya and Basil suppressed our democratic freedoms, engaged in massive corruption, were dictatorial to the very people who elected them, and promoted illegal drug trade and rape of women and children.
      The prominent Buddhist monks who were humiliated by Rajapaksa brothers were the very monks who were subjected to slander of opposition quarters for supporting them. In order to garner support for Rajapaksas, these prominent Buddhist monks addressed a large number of rallies & pocket meetings, took part in protests in Colombo streets under the scorching sun, engaged in Pindapatha to collect money for Rajapaksa cohorts and accommodated Rajapaksas in their temples for years. But, it didn’t take a second for Rajapaksas to completely ignore them the very first time they voiced their opinion.

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        The Rajapaksa brothers introduced the 20th Amendment purely to curtail the democratic freedoms that are enjoyed by Sinhalese and their elected representatives in Parliament. Furthermore, they went to extreme lengths to humiliate Maha Sangha in front of the whole world.
        When the Rajapaksa brothers continually push us to the wall, we have no other choice than to rise against them and destroy them!
        The first step: “Sinhalese leaving Pohottuwa.” This is to protest the 20A and its hurried entry to facilitate and sign the SOFA and MCCA during Mike Pompeo’s visit, disregarding the vehement opposition of the Sinhalese.
        The second step: “join the strong movement spearheaded by Maha Sangha” especially Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero, Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Theros, Malwathu-Asgiri Ubhaya Vihara Theros, Sinhale and Sinhala Ravaya Theros and many other brave Buddhist monks.
        The third step…. well, Sri Lanka’s destiny will decide it.

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          It is reported that US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit is to discuss democracy, human rights, religious freedom and justice in Sri Lanka.
          I don’t know whether the State Secretary is aware that Gotabhaya & Basil have made the country anxious by claiming a fake second corona wave with an aim to suppress the freedom of speech, expression and access to information while keeping the people, even children, hungry by imposing a well-planned, island-wide curfew until his arrival to sign the SOFA & MCCA.
          The United States should be aware that 15M Sinhalese vehemently oppose the signing of these agreements while some have raised concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability when handling finances by a regime where the President, the PM, two Ministers and the Head of the PTF for Economic Development are from the same family, who control over 200 very important state bodies and corporations.
          Signing international agreements while restricting people’s free movement to suppress protest against them, is against all international humanitarian laws, all international human rights laws and citizens’ civil and political rights.
          Representing a country which is a vanguard of protecting democracy, human rights, religious freedoms and justice, I am surprised to see the United States State Secretary Mike Pompeo taking part in Gotabhaya and Basil’s treachery against my country.

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            ” It is reported that US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit is to discuss democracy, human rights, religious freedom and justice in Sri Lanka. “
            As per Dinesh Communist, he invited US state Secretary to talk about Developments they are planning to do in Lanakwe. Why don’t you want to believe in your government’s report but trying to hang on to US State Department statement? Becuase you are now Harsha’s UNP faction who says it was Old King asked for MCC, Central Bank Cabal submitted the application, US says it rejected that application.

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              Mallaiyuran
              Pl. read my comments posted on CT’s “සිංහල” section.

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          Old King brought the 18A, worse than 20A, which Old King and King Brought together. If teach the Sinhala Buddhist without understanding the difference between 18A and 20A, Sinhala Buddhists are not going anywhere from where they have been going after the freedom. And if you think you taken bath in any Ganga, pls tell that name to Old King too, for him to take the same bath for your satisfaction. But you can write anything here but he is not different in any manner than you.

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        Champa

        “There are many accusations that Sinhalese Buddhists are racists.”

        They are.

        “But what ….. …..
        ….. voiced their opinion.”

        This is one of your favorite fantasies however you sound like a delusional schizophrenia. Take care.

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          Native Vedda – the imposter
          I don’t think you know what you are talking about.
          What you said is applicable to you who it seems have a difficulty in comprehending the rationality in my comments.

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            Champa

            You just proved me right.
            Thanks.
            Are you still with Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa?

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          Native,
          So you aren’t a fan of “Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero, Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero,” eh?
          Me neither. I’ll take my chances with Gota’s white vans than these 3 racist hypocrites. They are the ones that got us here in the first place

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            old codger

            “They are the ones that got us here in the first place”

            I thought the public racist Anagarika started the whole thing.

            “So you aren’t a fan of “Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero, Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero,” eh?”

            No, never in a million years.
            I have never made obeisances to any of these members of saffron brigades.
            Most of them are trouble making parasites.

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          Champa
          _
          Could you let us know the details of venue and time of Windbag Weerawansa’s protest against the visiting US secretary of state?
          Is he going to block the runway?

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      LEAVE Pohottuwa and rally around the Maha Sangha ”

      Isn’t Slap Party born out of Pancha Maha Palavegaya? Then why did the bold heads and Ayatollahs mis-directed the Sinhala Buddhists to this level? Now second time, “Jump into the fire don’t stay in the pan”?

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      Well, Islam prevailed over clay worshipers. Any problem Champ?

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        The problem is the rest are living in fear.

        Soma

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          soma

          “The problem is the rest are living in fear.”

          Then the rest must be paranoid Sinhala/Buddhist noisy racist minority.
          When are you planning to have your next pogrom?
          Who is going to lead it, Elle, Gnana, Ampitiya, Jayasumana, Wimal, …. ?

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        GATAM

        “Well, Islam prevailed over clay worshipers. Any problem Champ?”

        Brilliant, what are the Muslims worshipping in Kaaba, a Black Stone?
        Clay must have been fired into Black Stone because of the hot weather by an Islamic Harry Potter who made GATAMs.

        The ghaṭam is a percussion instrument used in various repertoires across India.

        The above comment is GATAM specific.

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        GATAM, the only problem is that you are an ignorant fool. You didn’t know for instance that there isn’t a single Buddhist in the country who prays to the Buddha?

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      Champa, and your new, trustworthy and consistent ally, LM,
      .
      I agree with all that you say – and I don’t think that I have to set the stage with the two of you.
      .
      We are talking about the various communities in the country (I haven’t studied every word on this page), and the Muslim community is under fire. These responses are to a balanced and well-written article (all his articles can be so described!) by Dr Ameer Ali.
      .
      I think that we must recognise that there are other Muslims also like Dr Ali, but, perhaps, without his abilities. He is also an old man.
      .
      Let us honour him. But, more importantly, let us recognise the need to build bridges to him, and work with him to defeat the unprincipled Muslim politicians.
      .
      BTW, there are principled Muslim politicians: Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, and Kabir Hashim, to name just two. I have not met either.
      .

      .

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      ” The outrageous Rajapaksa government humiliated Maha Sangha.”
      Don’t worry Champa ! All petrol stations are asked not to supply
      Kerosene to Rathana or Gnana !

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    AT THIS RATE THESE MUSLIM GUYS WHO VOTED IN SUPPORT OF 20TH DEATH WARRANT even if they are offered a 1/4 or 1/2 or 1/3 minister position in charge of import and supply of PORK they will accept with both hands and will say what ever they receive FROM GOTHAPAYA IS NOT HARAM.what they need is only money,power and position and not bothered about islam and its perching-alla hoo akbar.

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    During the build-up of antisemitic actions by the Nazi state in the 1930s there were middle class Jews in Germany who thought that they could save themselves and even fellow Jews by collaborating with the Nazis.

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      SJ

      Did you collaborate with LTTE to survive to this day or at least turn a blind eye to whatever LTTE did, in some cases praising their Leader, and his martial traditions?

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    The turncoats from SJB who voted for 20A will most likely be expelled.

    It gives an opportunity for parties who took a principled position against 20A to unite around the issue, and then strengthen their coalition without hidden turncoats undermining them from within.

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      Agnos
      Have you considered the possibility that the undisciplined conduct that Sajit P encouraged in his challenge to Ranil W has returned to haunt him?

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        SJ,

        I don’t know all the machinations that happened within the UNP, but RW should have stepped down gracefully without allowing the fissures to deepen, and allowed a younger leader to emerge early. I am no fan of SP, but if there weren’t other good alternatives, people had to confront realities even if all options available to them were bad. I think the opposition had to reach a nadir before it could get better, and now may be the time for them to do a turnaround.

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          Dear Agnos
          We may be talking at cross purposes.
          I am not siding with RW in this matter, and I do not love the UNP either.
          What I say is that cursing RW alone cannot take SP’s supporters very far.
          Ranil’s rights and wrongs apart, there is a way to conduct business within a political party. There cannot be efficiency without discipline.
          When one violates party discipline one becomes vulnerable.
          Sajith P allowed his minions make a street brawl out of what should have been an inner party matter. There were vested interests who encouraged SP. (Even Ranil ignored their pranks.)
          Once you violate discipline, people in your own camp will have license to violate protocol when you take charge.
          SP had everything going for him inside the UNP when he won the presidential nomination of the UNP. He squandered it all by getting his priorities wrong and wasting time on “finishing off” RW even in the middle of the battle with GR.

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            SJ,

            It is true SP’s actions were immature and misguided; things were going in his direction and there was no need to weaken the opposition by splitting from the UNP. But turncoats have been a part of Sri Lanka for a long time. Ronnie de Mel switched parties several times. Some upcountry Tamil leaders did so as well. Even some in the North-East did: G.G and Thiagarajah in the North, K.W. Devanayagam, and C. Rajadurai in the East.
            The Muslim politicians have been among the worst in this regard. Even if SP had been more disciplined, the Muslim MP’s in the UNP/SJB would probably have done the same.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali “Of all the communities in the country, it is the Muslim community that has suffered most in recent years. “

    Dr.Ameer Ali for gods sake or should I say for Allahs sake, please dont talk bullshit here.

    say no more!!!!

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    The minority Muslim MPs and Tamils MPs who voted in favour of the 20A has done more damage to the country than LTTE/JVP insurrection/Sri Sinhala Buddhist incited violence /Ester Bombing/even the tsunami.all put togeth

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      It is good to know that Rajash thinks that the LTTE did damage to this country.
      Congratulations on this change of heart.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali. The people who suffered the most are not the Muslims but the Tamils , especially the indigenous Eelam Tamils and are still suffering and not the Muslims . They suffered both at the hands of the Sinhalese and the Muslims. The Muslims were and still are co partners with the Sinhalese on the Eelam Tamil genocide , ethnic cleansing and war crimes. The only time they were ever at the receiving end of the Tamils or to be more accurate the LTTE was their expulsion from the north in the early 1990s, that came after many anti Tamil activities against the Tamils in the north , east and south by the Muslims. Even most of the victims in the Easter bombing were Tamil Christians and not Sinhalese. They deliberately targeted the Tamil Christians , the church in Batticaloa , the Kochikadai Church , when the mass was being held in Tamil. Even most viticm in Negombo are Sinhalese speaking Tamils.

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      The Muslims are reaping what they sowed . They are opportunists , backstabbers and very selfish. Especially their politicians and elite or ruling classes. Sad to say the term hat flippers if very apt for them. No loyalty to anything. Their own language , race , ethnicity , heritage . Only now been brainwashed to worship anything remotely connected to Arabs, their own barbaric desert culture and extremist forms of Islam. From the word go, just for political and economic advantages , they deliberately denied their true South Indian immigrant Dravidian Tamil origins and ancestry and started to claim some sort of imaginary Arab/Moorish origin and heritage , that only a few hundred elite trading families partially have, Even these people or families are of predominant Tamil Dravidian origin. Like one person stated here having a one or two distant male Arab ancestors in your family tree around a 1000 years ago , with all the rest of you ancestors being Tamil , does not make you or these families Arab or the vast majority of the Sri Lankan Muslims who do not have any Arab ancestry , again 99% Tamil Arabs too. Pathetically clinging on the incorrect name the Portuguese gave to all Muslims , they met ” Moors” to justify an Arab heritage and origin. The Portuguese incorrectly called the Eelam Tamils” Malabars “and the Sinhalese ” Siamese” . So are the Tamils Malabars and the Sinhalese Siamese ?

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        They are the people who benefitted the most from the discrimination , dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the island’s Tamils , especially down south and in the east , where they connived with the Sinhalese and other Islamic nations to dispossess the native Tamils of their lands and take over the east for their fake Arab immigrant Dravidian refugee community from South India. They are also very anti Indian , despite having a recent Indian origin. After May 2009 they were openly seen celebrating on the streets , holding street parties , marches on the death defeat of over 145000 of their fellow non Muslim Hindu and Christian Tamils and the war crimes committed on them. Many of their politicians were even canvassing Islamic nations and going to the UN to paint a false picture about what happened to the Tamils. The were openly boasting and bragging about the Tamils now being a spent force and they are now the new lords of the Tamil east and even large parts of the Tamil north , which they will be soon taking over with Sinhalese and other Islamic nations help. Little did they know that these nations and the Sinhalese were using them. They became very cocky and overreached and will still do so if given the opportunity.

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          They have no ancient history in the island but arrived as immigrants and refugees from South India a few centuries ago and now thinking the native Tamils are weak, tried to steal their lands from them . The Sinhalese have also now seen their true colours and agenda , they already knew this but used them for their anti Tamil activities and just like India have now discarded them ,like used curry leaves. Now crying discrimination and everything being unfair , when you were until the Easter Bombing part of this. If you want to remedy this stop shamelessly running behind Arabs and Arab culture and acknowledge who you really are . An ethnic Tamil convert to Islam. This is a start then all others will gradually follow

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            Siva Sankaran Sharma, You seem to be just another Kallan. Stop patronising.

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    I always thought there is something wrong with the Islamic alphabet, really, the fundamental assumptions of all religions. Based on unquestioning faith , group instinct, mind dulling absurdities preached 2000 years ago, when we humans had no science, no electricity, no running water, a feudal order and tribal mentality. We had slaves, many wives, child labour, small huts we called home, read no books, very low life expectancy and worshipped our ignorance.

    Look at the Buddhist establishment. Before becoming priests who were these priests ? They were very mediocre chaps from poor homes. They showed no special intelligence nor had any particular skill. Now look at the priests – living in great comfort, travel in posh cars, eat the best food, great respect is shown them. Becoming a priest is good for the body and the ego.

    In different ways, all religions are the same. It is a way in which otherwise mediocre persons can become preachers and be accepted as community leaders.

    When it comes to the test, all these religious types show they have feet of clay-they either succumb to power/bribes or commit suicide

    All this only shows that this thing called a human being is a joke, or a tragedy. Definitely not some thing created by a God !

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      Deepthi,
      “Based on unquestioning faith , group instinct, mind dulling absurdities preached 2000 years ago, when we humans had no science, no electricity, no running water, a feudal order and tribal mentality. “
      Well, what’s new nowadays, except for water and electricity ,which aren’t free anyway.?

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      Deepthi Silva, You left out the Christians, did you not?

      The Pope himself controls billions. He is one of the richest in the world. The Christian Churches, Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants or whatever makes it mandatory for their followers to contribute a fair part of their income. Otherwise, there will be no burial plots, not entry to churches and no nothing. The christians are held and controlled together by the churches by the sheer mythical belief that there will be no pearly gates if a christian fails to live by the ten commandments. What a load of Bull.

      Upali Seneviratne – USA

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      Deepthi Silva, Buddhism has no creator God, Soul, prayer, sin, Holy book, eternal Heaven or Hell. Did you not know this?

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    SJB should build there own Muslim vote base using people of caliber of Honorable Bakir Marker excluding opportunistic traitors like Hakim and Rishad Budurdeen. Then you can have at least vote of 1/3 of the genuine Muslims who will not fallen in to Rajapakse wallet. It is better this traitorsare in Rajapkse side at least Muslims who want to build just country can identify their true color.

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    Reading the comments one can correctly guess the ethnicity of regulars!!

    Dr Ali has smoked them all out of their hiding holes. Blown their covers in style.

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      Yes you were also pretending to be a Chingkallam but your cover has also been blown and we all know that you are hat flipping Thullukan , who was deliberately pretending to be a Chingkallam posting anti Thamizh and pro Thullukan comments. We all know that your Thulluka politicians and ruling classes , especially the ones from the south have an interest in the Chingkallams hating Thamizh and deliberately stoke this fire , just like that Rishad did in the parliament , when he gave his first speech. Attacking the Thamizh , he looks like a typical Thamizh South Indian , that he really is but like all Thulluka politicians , keep on attacking Thamizh , as this is in their interest to keep the island’s Thamizh and Thulluka South Indian origian Thamizh Muslims apart. Their wealth and power depends on this , for if the Thamizh and Thamizh Muslims unite , they are the biggest loosers

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    Muslims and Tamils are living in difficult times again, each facing different types of harassment.
    Most Muslim MPS voted for 20A knowing well that it will reduce the checks and balances of the presidency imposed by the 19A. Though the 20A will affect the majority community a lot more than minority communities it will nevertheless affect the minority ethnic groups as well because GR is a strong Sinhala Buddhist nationalist. There are also no benefits for minority ethnic groups in 20A.
    It is my contention that avoiding harassment and blackmail by the government is the main reason for Muslim MPs to vote for the government and that it has widespread Muslim community support.
    Though the harassment will temporarily abate, it won’t be a long term outcome. They have to find other ways when harassment restarts.
    The greatest loss for the Muslim community as result of this vote is the trustworthiness to the ruling race. Both opposition leader who was deceived and beneficiary, the president will never consider them as trustworthy.
    I believe that except for Rishard Baddiudin’s party all other Muslim MPs should have voted against 20A.
    Soon we will know how many cross party MPs get government appointments.
    Northeast Tamils are in a more perilous situation than the Muslims. For them voting with the government or against them will not change the problems faced by Tamils.

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    Maybe Gota made a deal with them that he won’t go ahead with measures like the ban on cow slaughter, or the abolition of the MMDA if they vote for him. Maybe Gota the Godfather made an offer they couldn’t refuse. Because otherwise they could end up like Dr. Shafi or the lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah. The funny thing is though Gota has sworn that he’ll terminate organized crime, his behaviour is just like an underworld mobster. The Muslim MP’s have acted exactly like what small-time gangsters do when threatened by a Mafia kingpin: JOIN HIM.

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    When the agreement made fair then they cast there vote to stick to them minorities are not al ways there for continues/deny disagreement becauses they are minorities.

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    156-8=148. This is less than a two-third majority to push out dictatorship. But Magnificent 8 appeared with loot given by Main to see tyranny. The six Muslim men proved that they are real business people greedy of Money. The Turkish hat they wear can be adjusted to change their face and character. Then comes the traitor from Ganehansperty. Of course, we have traitors three Tamil tracts from Northen driving plus two from Eastern province. They are not worried about Democracy. They want to position and money. However, still, voters vote for the Makhinfa’s strategy is Chinesmney he earned through project He used the money. Offering deputy ministers arrange The politics in Sri Lanka is decided by Traitors. The COVID19 surge wiil weaken the economy and permit China to infiltrate into the country. They will take a few significant projects, and Mahinda will get a commission to take the money he spent to buy over eight traitors. Politician Sri Lanka is a game of chess

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      148 was enough in that circumstances. Royals did know that. They still took in any possible support. They do know these guys can be fired from parties and may lose seat. They wanted to test the extent of this possibility, to work out something for this too. One sub-line of next amendment will be crossing MPs cannot be sued by owner parties. It is a complex situation under PR system. We will what is in the pot cooking.

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    This was not a revolt against the two party leaders. It was a well-executed plan done with the blessing of the leaders. These leaders are responsible for the appalling betrayal of their community. Muslim community just has to reject these guys outright. This is a golden opportunity for youth to come out and lead the community.

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    The death of democracy was imminent. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

    John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot, aptly quoted – “Democracy will soon degenerate into anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.”

    Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

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      The failure of democracy leads to dictatorship. Dictatorship turns into family kingdom. In fact, in Srilanka there was no democracy. We had family dictatorship after 500 years under European rule. Initially it was Senanayake family, then SWRD Family, Then Jeyawardena family, Then now Rajapakse family. Most of them belongs to “Nayake” family of India. Even SJV Chelvanayagam of Federal Party from that family.

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        Ajith
        Even India had your kind of ‘dictatorship’ from 1947 to 1989 (but for brief transitional spells).
        But what it has now under Modi is worse than any family dictatorship.

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