18 September, 2020

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Minorities – The Problem Of The Twenty First Century

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

The great black American ideologue W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line”. I hold that the problem of the twenty first century is the problem of minorities. Let me first clarify what Du Bois had in mind in making his famous statement. He was universalist in his outlook, not tribalist or narrowly nationalist. By the colored he had in mind not only black Americans or black Africans but also the colored peoples of Afro-Asia and of the rest of the world. His prescience was shown by the end of the century. The US was a short way away from having its first black President, the decolonization of the coloured peoples of the world was virtually completed by the mid ‘seventies, China has emerged as a great power, and India is in the process of doing so. The colored peoples of the earth have arisen.

That was part of the process of the wretched of the earth arising. Actually the not-so-wretched of the earth also keep arising, so that we are witnessing a revolutionary process that is going on right across the globe. At this point I must make a clarification of my use of the word “revolution” which the Marxists in particular would regard as illegitimate. Their conception of revolution – or rather the Marxist-Leninist conception – is that after the masses overthrow the bourgeois regime the Marxist-Leninist vanguard Party takes over to complete the revolution. That has led to dystopia practically everywhere it has been tried out. But a revolutionary process has been going on without mass revolution, of which there have been very few in history. For instance, we cannot deny the term “revolutionary” to the enormous changes effected by the feminist movement, but there was no mass revolution behind that. Sri Lanka experienced revolutionary changes during the last century without a mass revolution, and at present we are talking about the January 8 Revolution, quite rightly I think because the entrenching of democracy has to be seen as part of an ongoing revolutionary process.

Tamil Refugees In TamilnaduThere are, in my view, two major causative factors behind the continuing global revolutionary process. One is education. Every government of the third world gave importance to the spread of mass education after gaining independence. The consequence is that the aspirations towards a better life by ascending the socio-economic ladder has been widening. Those aspirations start with literacy and primary education and keep widening as the people ascend to the higher levels of education. The second causative factor is the human ability to create wealth. In the traditional society wealth was limited and the best that could be done was to create a low-level equilibrium by meeting the basic needs of the people and not much more than that while the ruling classes and groups enjoyed the surplus. The human ability to create wealth came with the modern industrial society, and with that came widening opportunities for ascent up the socio-economic ladder. Those are the two major factors behind the revolutionary process that are relevant to the problem of minorities in the contemporary world.

So the colored peoples of the earth arose in the course of the last century and ended the overt domination of the colored by the whites which began in the sixteenth century. That was the result of the revolutionary processes that I have outlined above. But the world is far, far indeed from Utopia. The major reason is that the domination and oppression of the colored by the white has been replaced by the domination and oppression of the colored by the colored. That is why today so many of the colored want to emigrate to the white West. In Sri Lanka it is not only the minorities but a substantial proportion of the Sinhalese who want to get the hell out of the Island Paradise and Go West. The truth is that the proclivity to domination and oppression does not recognize the color line. Both colored and whites can behave like utter bastards, but for the time being the Western whites are less prone to do so.

What has gone wrong? Power passed from the hands of the whites to the colored, which was an entirely beneficent process. But it passed into the hands of the colored elites, which could turn out to be a maleficent process because elites can abuse power. More precisely the problem was that power passed into the hands of the colored elites in the form of the nation state, and the problem there was that the nation state inevitably tends to privilege the majority ethnic group. The nation state is a relatively new state formation, just about a couple of centuries old though in some countries it existed in incipient form for centuries. The reason why it tends to privilege the majority ethnic group is that it is based on the concept that on the principle of self-determination a nation is entitled to have its own state, and the nation in practice means the majority ethnic group which usually has the power to lord it over the minorities.

The exceptionally high degree of unity forged by the Western nation states was a major factor behind their exceptionally high achievement levels, which enabled them to dominate the rest of the globe. Understandably after 1945 decolonization took place through the establishment of nation states in Afro-Asia. Practically all of them were multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, so that all of them had to face the problem of creating unity in diversity and a sense of national identity. It was a process that sometimes took centuries for completion in the West. France for instance has forged a high sense of national unity but as late as the French Revolution of 1789 less than half the French people were French-speaking. On the whole the Afro-Asian countries have been failing in achieving the degree of unity characteristic of the Western countries.

The main reason for this failure is the refusal or inability to give fair and equal treatment to the ethnic minorities. What are the implications of that fact? First of all we must take count of the fact that there are very few countries in the world that are ethnically homogeneous, with ethnic minorities that are too minuscule to pose any serious problems. According to one count there are only four such countries, according to another just twelve. Furthermore in many countries the minorities are quite substantial in number, as in Sri Lanka, with the potential to threaten their unity. Taking count of the enormous Muslim minority in India, it appears that the minorities in the world have to be counted by the hundred million. Next we must take into account the revolutionary process that is going on right across the globe, which I have outlined earlier in this article. As education widens and economic opportunities increase, more and more of the ethnic minorities will be demanding the good things of life. It has to be expected that dissatisfied minorities can come to constitute a disruptive and even revolutionary force in the course of this century.

What should be done about the problem of the minorities? It is a huge subject on which I have to be very brief in the concluding part of this article. In principle oppressed minorities should be allowed their own nation states provided they have a legitimate claim to a homeland, meaning a territory to which they are indigenous. But on that principle there will be hundreds of nation states. That is evidently one of the reasons why the international community has refused to recognize the so-called principle of the right of self-determination. Perhaps in a few cases, where everything else has failed and majoritarian oppression is intolerable, the international community should explicitly support and actively promote the setting up of new nation states.

As I have pointed out there is an in-built propensity in the nation state to privilege the dominant ethnic majority. On grounds of equity therefore, bearing in mind the rights of minorities by the hundred million, the proper place for the nation state is in the dustbin of history. But that consummation is not in the offing, and besides in the present phase of history the nation state has its use as a bulwark for small nations against bullying and oppression by the big ones. Perhaps the best that can be done under the circumstances is for the international community to become much more active in promoting the legitimate interests of minorities within the framework of the nation state. That will entail a serious erosion of the sovereignty of nation states – a welcome development surely considering that the racist nation state has been, as in Sri Lanka, an abomination. The starting point in giving the minorities their due should be recognition by the international community that the problem of the twenty first century is the problem of minorities.

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    Dear Izeth,
    For once you have started talking some sense. Is it due to intensive convulsive therapy given by Tamils in this website, which has made your brain to function.
    An old well dating back to 2000 years square shapes 3feet by 3feet and 20feet deep has been accidentally discovered in a temple premises in Vantharumullai in Batticaloa, constructed by Naga people with stone inscription in Tamil Brahmmi.
    Similar aretfacts also has been discovered in Trincomalee recently.
    Do you now agree that eastern province belongs to Tamils.

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      “An old well dating back to 2000 years square shapes 3feet by 3feet and 20feet deep has been accidentally discovered in a temple premises in Vantharumullai in Batticaloa, constructed by Naga people with stone inscription in Tamil Brahmmi.”
      I came to know what Dr Gnana Sankaralingam is referring to from this article [Edited out]

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam and Anpu

        Whatever archaeological evidences they discover in this island only goes to prove the already established “”FACTS” that this island belongs to Sinhala/Buddhists.

        Even the Brahmi letters inscribed on the stone statue will be read as Sinhala Brahmi. Await a little Tharshini Irathinavalli will have to read it and interpret it for the benefit of the her exclusive readership. She will trace it back to earlier people who originated from Aryan myth pool.

        Anpu where did you find the information?

        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        “Similar aretfacts also has been discovered in Trincomalee recently. Do you now agree that eastern province belongs to Tamils.”

        Please let me have details of all such discoveries.

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          Native Vedda The Vaedda dialect as probably did the old Sinhala approaches far closer to Tamil than modern Sinhala in its pronunciation”. (Hugh Neville. p.88.) The Vedda dialect, their spoken language is identical with Elu which was the spoken language of ancient Sri Lanka, which is semi-Tamil; as to the grammatical structure it is essentially Dravidian and simple (Emaneau, M.B 1961). Examples

          Vedda dialect – meanings in Elu & Tamil
          1.Muruwn in Elu dialect denotes ananku the ancient Indian god Muru.
          2.Moriga arrow in Elu
          3.Muru is a form of ananku, in Elu and Tamil.
          4.Kanta boda means hill side.
          5.Kur- means spike; same as in Tamil
          6.Iyaka, Iya means arrow. kanu, vellu in Tamil
          7.Ira means sun ray
          8.Ira pojja Means sun. iravi in Tamil.
          9.Neya Yakūn Means kindred spirit, neya is friendly in Tamil
          10.Taraka Means star, taraki in Tamil
          11.Kanta Means elephant.(mount of Murukan)
          12.Yakas Means includes both benevolent and malevolent deities
          13.Appa Means father, same as in Tamil
          14.Elam Means young, same as in Tamil

          The above similarities and other evidences are far too numerous to be considered as coincidences
          Names of Veddas

          The names Kanta, Vēlan, Valli, were common among the Veddas while the names of other gods in Hindu Pantheon were unknown to them. Whence came these names designating the deity Murukan and his Vedda consort? Not from contact with or contiguity of the surrounding the Non-Vedda people of Ceylon in whose neighborhood they have lived for centuries.

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            Paul

            Thanks for letting me know the similarities between Tamil and Veddah language which I am already familiar with.

            However my request to Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam was about slightly different.

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          [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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          NV,

          “Anpu where did you find the information? “

          I replied to your question including two links (one from seithy.com and one from tamildiplomat.com ) for some unknown reasons CT has edited out my message completely! and added this

          “[Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT “.

          Sorry – I DID NOT just post links.

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          Refer the websites “DNA” and Archaeological Institute of America.
          ” In 2010, while digging for the construction of cricket stadium in Trincomalee esplanade, a stone slab having a Tamil inscription closely in the chola times was found. It was handed over to the Police and taken to department of Archaeology in Colombo”.

          Unfortunately these are chance discoveries and not due to planned excavation for ancient aretefacts. Srilanka government will never allow anything that is inimical to the established Sinhala view. If a fair archaeological study is done with foreign equipment and expertise, the myth so far propagated will be blown away.

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      Dr Gna – I am busy, so this is in the nature of an interim reply to Dr Gna’s latest ravings. Over my last article I noted that he is one of those pushful mediocrities who want to feel big by holding office in expatriate institutions. I recall writing that he is an eccentric, indeed more than a little mad. But as I am a fair-minded person i want to declare something positive in his favor. He is the greatest world authority, not on the politics, but on the bedroom politics of Poland, Thailand, and Greece.If provoked,I will provide an explication of that compliment. IH

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        Izeth,
        If you are busy at 88 years, then I must be more busy than you. Stop your sarcastic comment. The joke “If Poles invade Thais, Greece will help” was not coined by me, but passed over to us by some briliant Srilankan individual probably a Sinhalese doctor, ceratinly not an imbecile from Srilankan foreign ministry. You are excentric and a mad man who is trying to call others names. I never said that I feel big by holding offices in expatriate institutions, but wish to point out to you no other Srilankan in UK has held top position in such prestigious organisations all of which have passed their silver jubilee. I can fairly predict that no one will do so in the near future. Read my reply to Vibushana to his posting in the article “failure of separatism” written by Mahesan Niranjan. Also my reply to Spring Koha in that site. I do not know whether I am superior to anybody else, but certainly I am far superior to you. So please stop your nonsense.

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          Dr Gna has asked for it. I have no alternative but to give it to him. He says that the joke “If the Poles invade the Thais, Greece will help” was coined not by him but probably by a Sinhalese doctor. He is trying to obfuscate the issue, which is not the provenance of the joke but the use he made of it. The joke consists of puns as follows – If the poles (phallic symbol)invade thighs, grease will help. A tasteless obscene joke, not particularly witty except for Dr Gna.
          Unbelievable though it may seem, he actually quoted it in a speech he made at a public dinner in London at which our former lady High Commissioner there was present. Some months ago, again unbelievably he actually boasted about his performance, claiming that he had by that joke put the lady High Commissioner in her place. It is not apparent to me or any one else how the gross indecency of that joke is apposite to that lady. Surely such a joke should never have been uttered at a dinner where ladies were present.He was heaping filth on the lady High Commissioner without rhyme or reason. It showed that he is no gentleman. He is a cad.
          Worse followed. In the CT he actually boasted about his obscene performance. I and others, notably OTC, expressed our sense of moral outrage.He retorted by claiming that we did not understand his wit because we could mot understand puns, the consequence of our poor command of English. All the same, he felt cornered like a rat and changed his ground. He actually claimed that all that he meant was that if Poland invaded Thailand, Greece would intervene. But surely that’s a meaningless statement because the contingency of Poland invading Thailand is unimaginable. Such blatant disingenuousness is hard to beat. He is a cad and and he seems to be devoid of a moral sense, possibly because he has been dehumanised by his racism. – IH

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    That majority discriminates minority is a myth.

    It is the minorities that always conspire against the majorrity when they get together.

    Sinhalese are anti Tamil to the extent in their perceived view that Tamils are the majority. Some Sinhala folks who are supremely confident of their majority status are very sympathetic towards minorities.

    India is not, has never been and never will be anti Sri Lankan. But Sri Lanka is anti Indian in their outlook. (Indian involvements in our affairs can be explained by sigificance of Tamilnadu votes in their electoral process)

    In Sri Lanka minority political demands have another dimension. They are utterly hypocritical. THEY WANT A HOLIDAY RESORT IN NORTH AND EAST. Sinhalese are forewarned of their double game.

    I will feel ashamed as a Sinhalese only if and when I observe that minority members are leaving Sinhala areas voluntarily to settle in North and East. At that stage I will actively join the campaign for a separate political unit for North and East. SO LONG AS I DON’T SEE ANY SUCH TYHING IS HAPPENING I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THEIR POLITICAL MASTERS TO KEEP THEIR ****** MOUTHS SHUT.

    Soma

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    Izeth Hussain

    Diligent perceptions excellently presented. Reasons for multiplication of nations clearly given.

    It can be foreseen and forecast that in the 21st century, proliferation will be irresistible and without restraint. The number at 51 countries in the UN in 1945, stands at 193 in 2015; a near quadrupling in 70 years. They do not necessarily denote splitting up. But take 1 India trifurcated within 24 years. Expansion is not a matter of maths but a sign of ethnic dynamics to unfold. The future will overtake current performance. Wish at restraint apart, lack of wisdom will spur vivisection.

    Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan said “Domination is the product of insecurity in the face of difference”. We have seen the wisdom of this statement all too keenly. Because of the federal arrangement, India remains a single nation though 14 states in 1956 expanded to 32 by 2015.

    SJV Chelvanayakam in 1949 had the wisdom to propose 2 states under an undivided nation, cemented in a federal union. Tamils continued to endorse it from 1956 to 1977.

    It was however insisted by those in greater numbers that Federalism was Division.

    Is India in 32 splinters? DOES INDIA SPORT 32 FLAGS AT THE UN WITH THE 32nd BEING FOR TELENGANA?

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        Ahmed Reza

        For once Izeth Hussain is right. You are indeed deranged.

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    Master Bates again.

    So you want to America to invade us? Pardon me if that’s the wrong question. But what did you say, and what did you want to say?

    Disgusting, to see you doing it again and again.

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      Ahmed Reza – I punished you earlier. You were quiet for some time. But now you are asking to be punished again. Evidently you are in the grip of a masochistic drive. Your envious hatred has driven you to a lunatic incoherence. Can you tell me and other readers who on earth is Master Bates and what’s his relevance to my article? And how does the question of America invading us arise at all? Answer. Don’t run away. I look forward to hitting you again. – IH

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        Izeth,

        You are dumber than I thought. [Edied out]

        Punishment my foot, which by the way seems to be the other way around.
        [Edited out]

        You wrote in the Article “Perhaps the best that can be done under the circumstances is for the international community to become much more active in promoting the legitimate interests of minorities within the framework of the nation state”. This can be interpreted only in the context of a new found romance between Washington and Colombo, with liar Blair in a triangle, for ‘consultation’ money of course. The Baba Hukum now wants to know “And how does the question of America invading us arise at all”? We all know International community is America. We also know how America imposes its will on other countries.

        [E died out]

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          Ahmed Reza – you have been edited out three times in a brief text.The Editor can’t stomach your rot and knows that the readers won’t be able to either. I won’t try to correct your bizarre view of the international community. You are not capable of understanding it. You haven’t told us who is Master Bates,and now you bring in Baba Hukum. You are raving, I don’t need to punish you.You are punishing yourself. – IH

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            Even if one were to consider the present state of the minority effect on the majority strength in our own country, it can clearly be seen to have held its own against all odds. We have a minority member as the main opposition leader in Parliament, mostly all of the minority party Muslim candidates got elected (except a Muslim lady) and many have even received Ministerial posts, and this includes a Muslim member who lost the GE but gained backdoor access (thanks to MY3’s intervention as Party leader). But can the same be said of the racist parties and its allies belonging to the majority community? Starting from the very top, the former President, who foolishly initiated his own downfall 2 years before his end of term (the man most consider responsible for allowing this hatred to perpetuate to achieve his own crooked and sinister objectives) right down to the racists parties who vied at the hustings, like BBS and JHU got totally wiped out and rejected by the good and saner people of the majority population. The JHU has now been reduced to only a name with no one home to even to represent it, whilst the BBS is still shell shocked and unable to comprehend their stunning loss. Who could have asked for a better result for the minorities. Even the TNA won a major portion of their seats through Tamil votes in the North and East. Did all this happen by design or through divine intervention? The foremost Muslim Organization Jamiyathul Ulama is still strong body and still represents the voice of the Muslims living in this country. All in all, nothing much has changed for the minorities in this majority controlled land, except for their own betterment in this 21st century. Who would have thought this would be our final outcome, considering the slippery slope we were sliding on during the height of the Halal (man made) fiasco, which has hardly undergone any change, even after all that shouting on stages, and physical damage and destruction by monks gone mad.

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              Marwan – thanks for your informed comment. Things certainly look better for the minorities at present. – IH

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            Izeth, if you join the two words and read it as one you will get the message. I guess this writer AR is a King Cobra impersonating as a Tree symbol, going by the venom in the foam he produces.

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              Marwan – thanks. Any idea who Ahmed Reza is? He seems quite deranged. – IH

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              Ahmed Reza

              You are indeed deranged.

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    Izeth Hussain

    Are you a Chunni Muslim, Shiat Muslim or bluntly a hate Muslim?

    You are still to confirm.

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      Raghavan – I am a Sunni Muslim. So what about it? – IH

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        So you are a orthodox and an intolerant Muslim who do not respect the minority Shieites, Koja, Kadiri etc., Muslims. You belong to the majority mind set and always like to bully minorities.

        Your hatred is such that you hate minority Tamils in Sri Lanka even in your residual age.

        Your writings confirm your hate mission.

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          R K Raghavan – you know nothing about Islam. You equate orthodox I slam and intolerance.There are several varieties of Islam, as in the case of every other great world religion. I favor the liberal variety of Islam based on both Sunni and Shia orthodoxy which started flowering in the late nineteenth century.That kind of Islam is miles removed from intolerance.
          I don’t hate Tamils.I have been attacked with extreme hatred by racist Tamils. I respond to them appropriately. – IH

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            Izeth Hussain

            You speak of representing the tolerant Muslims of 19th century. But unfortunately you do not reflect the level of tolerance you boast in your writings.

            Just because few Tamils give you hard time you clobber the entire Tamil stock as racists. This confirms your inner most hatred towards Tamils.

            You need to rethink and reassess your stance. It is very depraving. Your writings provoked me against you. That does not mean I hate the Muslims. I have many Muslim friends.

            [Edited out]

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              RKR – you say that I show no tolerance in my writings. We are concerned here with religious tolerance. Can you point to even one instance where I have shown religious intolerance? You can’t. Admit you are mistaken. As for intolerance in a broader sense, I have only counter-attacked when I have been attacked. Again, admit you are mistaken.
              As for my clobbering all Tamils as racists, I have been absolutely explicit and emphatic that only a tiny proportion of Tamils are Fringidtas – my coinage for Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists.Admit yet once more that you are mistaken. – IH

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                Izeth Hussain

                Your memory is fading. Please do your own referencing to refresh what you were writing and commenting.

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                  Raghavan – can you cite even one instance to substantiate your charges? You can’t. I am sorry, but I have to declare you a liar. Worse, you are a racist liar.- IH

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                IH – You are like a mad dog, barking at everyone who finds fault with you. Dogs can keep on barking, but caravan must go on. You cannot be your own judge to deny that you are a racist. All your writings are clearly anti-Tamil with elements of hatred in them. You are trying to hide your crime by calling those who correctly point out your abherrant character as racists, lunatics etc.

                For your information, I and other past Presidents were given a felicitaion lunch by the current committee of Srilanka Medical Association on last Sunday the 06th. Also there is a dinner to welcome the new Srilankan MP Ranil Jayawardena on Wednesday the 09th where prominent Srilankans have been invited, and I am one of them to be invited. So please stop your unwarranted attacks.

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                  Dr Gna is a gnasty fellow. Almost invariably he begins his attacks on me with rank abuse – fool, idiot, numskull, imbecile and so on. This time he begins by comparing me to a mad dog barking at everyone who finds fault with me. But who is “everyone”? At one time every article of mine was attacked by seven to ten Tamils. They were concerted attacks intended to stop me being published. That failed and the concerted attacks stopped. But a few stragglers – about two to four – have continued to attack me, At present there are just two who continue to pour out their hysterical hatred and racist mad dog rage – Dr Gna and Kettikaran.
                  In the meanwhile I have continued to be published by the Island and the CT.So, the IH caravan moves on. But I hear a lone dog barking. It’s a mad dog. That mad dog is Dr Gna. – IH

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                    Izeth Hussain

                    Don’t cover up your anti-Tamil racism. The ten or odd you are referring to got fed up with you and went silent. These are the ten you clobber and brand as ‘Tamils’ in your racist attack.

                    I too will be off. Pointless giving comments to your nonsensical write-ups.

                    May Allah give you the peace that you seriously lack.

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                      Raghavan says that the ten who were attacking me got fed up and went silent. But Ragha, how do you know? Did they tell you that? It will be clear to readers that your racist rage has deranged your mind. – IH

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                    I avoid this Izeth H like the plague – but he keeps coming after me like a deranged cur. Is he having problems in elementary arithmetics. There are over half a dozen, who attack him regularly in these pages – Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. As I noted earlier, the fastly ageing man is mentally a partial-goner. Can you imagine the man – a confirmed liar exposed in these pages for all to see – recommending a poem quoted by him to be included in the Constitution???? To paraphrase George Bush Jr “there are a whole lot of nutters going wild in the open out there” Clearly, Sri Lanka has its quota too.

                    Kettikaran

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                      Our Kettie is a compulsive liar. He says that he avoids my articles like the plague. In fact he explodes with his usual hatred over practically every article of mine.It is true that I have been attacked by others as well, not just by Tamils.But there is a world of difference in that the other attacks hardly ever show the hysterical hatred and the mad dog rage of the Tamil attacks. I think it is time for Kettie and Doc Gna to acknowledge that the Tamil campaign to stop my articles being published shows no sign of ever succeeding.Hermes in the Island of August 31 wrote of “certain highly respected contributors to the Island” which clearly included me, and in the Island of September 5 he refers to my “writing perceptively on varying matters of topical interest”. Come on, Kettie, can you stop such compliments being paid to me? You can’t. So why not face up to the facts? The IH caravan keeps moving.What’s the point in your barking and barking and barking. – IH

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            You see the value of receiving a western education?

            Sinhalese will kick you in the butt If you show off the antics of your original Islam.

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              Janz

              “Sinhalese will kick you in the butt If you show off the antics of your original Islam.”

              Haven’t you noticed that the Sinhala/Buddhists have been kicking the minority butts off since 1915?

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    Izeth Hussain,

    You say: “Minorities – The Problem Of The Twenty First Century”

    I say it is not: It is a periniel problem of big fish eating small ones; it has been happening in known human history. Bigger ethnic/religious or otherwise different groups gobble the smaller ones, unless the smaller ones (minorities) are able to overpower such majoritarian aggression with such force to prevail.

    I am surprised as a political analyst you are ignorant of this simple fact.

    [Edited out]

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    Minority T does not realise they will be extinct by the end of 21st century and majority S does not realise that they will have lost their majority status by the end of 21st century. Why don’t they unite against this common pest?

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      Will ‘border catch and go’ Sapatthu Lansi rule again?

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      janz

      “Why don’t they unite against this common pest?”

      It is a good idea. However the alternative is to send all descendants of kallathonies back to their homeland India.

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    Who cares ?

    All thoppies have got Minister posts in the new government …these thambise will sell anything including their imported religion for their own benefits .whether ruling party is green or blue or mixed Thoppies know how to climb.

    Why not these thoppi ministers invite 1000 s of Syrian muslim refugees and settle them in Republic of Katthankudi ?

    Cheers

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    It is funny how this so-called educated man Izeth Hussain has laid his ass bare to all and sundry at the CT Forum. One of the funniest I heard from him is that he is a Sunni and Shia Muslim following a “variety of Islam based on both Sunni and Shia orthodoxy” – his words. Lmao.

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