18 September, 2021

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Mismanaging The Minorities, Endangering The Majority

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“The entire Sinhalese-controlled media went along with JR Jayewardene’s reasoning.  Only one Sinhalese journalist, Mervyn de Silva of the Lanka Guardian, sensed the danger. In his news analysis, titled ‘Who buried the TULF?’ in the 1 August 1984 issue he wrote: ‘How very short-sighted and stupid.’ ” – (T. Sabaratnam, ‘Pirapaharan’ Chapter 19, ‘Burying the TULF’)

If the Rajapaksa administration wanted to keep the North on a tight rein given its secessionist political impulses and thereby reassure the armed forces stationed there, it could and should have appointed retired Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, a tough minded Sinhala Buddhist nationalist, as the Governor, instead of reappointing (retd) Gen Chandrasiri for a second five year term.

If you, as a government, treat a people or a province in a manner separate from that in which you treat the rest of the country, you are in effect admitting that the people concerned are a separate people and the province a separate entity. In short by ensuring a separate political treatment of an area and its people, you are ensuring a separate political existence and consciousness; reinforcing claims of separate nationhood and a separate state.

Even if a province has a dangerously and repulsively separatist orientation and political culture, no government should exacerbate it by treating the said province as a separate entity. Pakistan has civilian governors. Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has the next worst thing to a military governor. It has an ex-military governor.

I assume that the decision to grant the governor of the Northern Province a second term was catalyzed –though not caused–by the provocative statements of Tamil politicians including Chief Minister Wigneswaran in his media conference following the visit of South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. That’s understandable but plain dumb. The smart thing to do in the face of provocation is not to be provoked.

There is a more serious reason which may explain the decision of reappointment. It is that the state’s security agencies know the game-plan of the Tamil ultranationalists. That game plan is that of the Tamil Diaspora and is one of separation, leveraging the external factors, chiefly the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Thus the state’s security apparatuses want to keep the lid on in the North. That’s fair enough, in my book. But the retention of an ex-military governor, or a de facto military governor, will not help keep the lid on. It merely provides an enemy image for future agitation in the area while delegitimizing the state’s mode of control over the North. Since it lacks popular consent it may, over time, undermine the state’s very control of the North.

The militaristic mode of the state’s governance of the North, i.e. the retention and intensification of military control, stands in contradiction to the democratically elected Northern provincial council and the wishes of the democratically elected parliamentary representatives of the area. Soon enough there will be a collision. That collision may be triggered deliberately by Tamil ultranationalists, over the process of mass evidence about war crimes allegations. There will be a military backlash, perhaps from below rather than above. The Northern PC might find itself in lockdown or may be dissolved. An ex-military governor would more readily recommend such a dissolution than would any civilian and the President who was finally persuaded to reappoint him may find it difficult to decline.

Tamil Nadu would be up in arms and Prime Minister Modi may feel constrained to appoint a Special Envoy on Sri Lanka, as a preliminary response, just as Indira Gandhi did in 1984. A Sri Lankan state which arbitrarily dissolves the Northern provincial council would have taken a step further down the road towards externally backed secession, just as the breakup of Yugoslavia could be traced back to the dissolution of the autonomous provincial assembly of Kosovo and the abolition of its autonomous status.

The Sri Lankan government is making a second grave strategic error which compounds the potential for separation of the North and East. That error is to permit the BBS, Sinhala Ravaya, JHU et al to alienate the Muslim community from the national mainstream. This may have at least four seriously damaging effects:

(a) It would hurt the sentiments of the Muslim personnel in the armed forces and the state machine in general.

(b) It would push the Muslims of the East away from the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan state, off the fence, into the arms of the Tamil nationalists, which would reawaken the slogan of the Tamil speaking people and the demand for a single North-Eastern political entity.

(c) It would open a new front against the State in the form of armed Muslim youth who seek to defend their homes, properties and families.

(d) It would open a third front against Sri Lanka in the external arena, with the Tamil Diaspora, the West/international human rights movement/UN, and Tamil Nadu being joined by elements of the Islamic world.

The renewal of the militaristic profile of the government’s Northern rule with the reappointment of Gen Chandrasiri, the failure to stop Aluthgama and the impunity enjoyed by those who incited the anti-Muslim violence, when taken together, weakens rather than strengthens the state’s hold on the Tamil and Muslim dominated North and East.

It hardly seems coincidental that the move against the NGOs comes after the combination of civil society and the social media penetrated the cover up of Aluthgama. The anti-NGO move is an attempt to choke off the information flow and must be seen together with the earlier ban on over a dozen Tamil Diaspora organizations. That doesn’t help the legitimacy of the regime in the international system. It only helps the anti-Sri Lanka cause and movements.

We Sri Lankan citizens and most especially our armed forces paid a high price for thirty long years because the politicians, egged on by religious ideologues, messed with –and therefore messed up relations with– the Tamil minority. The Tamils are 80 million strong throughout the world. Now the successors of those religious ideologues and the successor politicians are messing with the Muslims.

There are a billion Muslims in the world. In many places some of them are killing each other as the Christians did in an earlier age in Europe, but in Sri Lanka there is no Sunni-Shia divide. Whatever militancy there may be among the Muslims of Sri Lanka is directed within their community and not against the Sinhalese. That could change. Unlike communities which are ready to kill for their religion but have no tradition of martyrdom, the Muslims are ready to die for their religion, not just kill for it. Unlike the Tamils who were hardly a globally radicalized community, the Muslim world has been in militant ferment for decades. Weapons, training and above all, inspirational role models, are far more readily available than they were for the Tamils.

The anti-Tamil riots of 1958 produced the conditions which produced Prabhakaran, the LTTE, and the first generation Tamil Diaspora (especially in the UK). Do we know what Aluthgama may produce?

For decades, Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism in and out of government pushed the moderate Tamil nationalists of the Federal Party and the TULF around, thereby paving the way for and strengthening terrorism. Then it was the TULF, now it is the SLMC. Today the mainstream Muslim politicians of the SLMC and even the SLFP itself are being vilified, as are moderate Muslim civic organizations. They are the best barrier within the Muslim community to the emergence of violent youth militancy. What will their weakening open the door to?

Contrary to government propaganda and popular myth, the Tigers didn’t invent the suicide bombers. The Islamic Middle East did. The US Marine base in Lebanon was hit by a suicide truck, with over two hundred dead, and resulting in US withdrawal, five years before Capt. Miller hit the SLA after Vadamaarachchi.

If it took thirty years for Sri Lanka to overcome terrorism from a community that had a supportive rear of 80 million, at most, worldwide, how long will it take to overcome terrorism from a community that belongs to a larger community of a billion? Just do the math. Then add to that the question of how we can hold out against highly motivated ‘jihadi’ martyrdom in a context in which we may be facing civic resistance from the Tamils in the North, Western economic sanctions over ‘war crimes’ and mounting pressure from Tamil Nadu and perhaps Delhi over the situation of the Tamils. On how many fronts—internal, external and interactive– can an island (which can easily be cut off by sea) resist and for how long? How many foes can an island resist and for how long, placed on the doorstep of an increasingly unsympathetic giant neighbor which is a naval power and has a Sukhoi SU 30 MKI air-base a few minutes away in Thanjavur?

What kind of Sinhala Buddhist ‘patriots’ would push the Muslims to the wall and run the risk of creating a situation of geostrategic suffocation for the country and the Sinhalese Buddhists? What kind of Sinhala Buddhist ‘nationalists’ would, in the same week they had been admonished for their violent Islamophobia by the Dalai Lama –perhaps the most respected Buddhist figure on the planet– go on to insult Pope Francis, one of the world’s best loved personalities and leader of over a billion Catholics, months before he visits this island? Can’t someone teach these people arithmetic…and geography, and economics?

What kind of mentality would a regime need to possess (or be possessed by), to permit religious fanatics to engage in incitement and provocation which could result in a worst-case scenario?

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    I have heard MR making few references to this. He labels your thinking process as the “old way”. Essentially its reactionary mechanics of fear. It considers a series of “what-if” scenarios and takes actions based on the worse outcome.

    For example, you say WHAT-IF “Tamil Nadu would be up in arms and Prime Minister Modi may feel constrained to appoint …”. In the process of dodging bullets you miss the whole point of task at hand altogether.

    The new thinking is as follows. Imagine you knew what was the right thing to do and there were no constraints. Follow, this now matter what. If a barrier emerge then take a detour and get back on the main path.

    If you watch him that is exactly what he does.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka,

      Majority and minority are relative terms: It is not curved in stone or God-given either. Minority can become a Majority: Only the borders need change.

      A Tamil proverb reads: A boat will get on a cart one day, and the cart will get on the boat one day; we have seen ample examples world wide.

      Tamils of the North-East will be better off if they opt to join the Indian union rather than get decimated under Sinhalese jack boots.

      To many pundits this idea might sound far fetched, but all creative ideas sound crazy at the beginning to all and sundry, don’t they?

      In my humble opinion this is the most pragmatic way for Tamils to take.

      Better to be a keep for a powerful man than to live with an abusive idiotic husband!

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        DJ you smutt: Your saying…”Can’t someone teach these people arithmetic…and geography, and economics?” – NO….Because, even you did not do it….

        DJ, you went on and on praising the O/L failed Modapakse and his stupidity equalizing it to be a TSANZU art of Political war like brags.

        I said in one my comments before that this stupid leader of yours Modapakse would step by step get closer to the mega stupid action to pull all the ropes that is directed to his 70 yrs old neck.

        I said that GOD will have a different plan to destroy the SINHALA ONLY CREEPS by employing their own stupid, blind game which they were playing for the last 100 years. The whole world knows all of their game plans. Modapakse still has not seen even one single game plan of his victims-Muslims,Christians and Hindus of the world (in large).

        And now, he’s going to learn it the hard way. The iguana looking bastard Gunadasa Amarasekera’s, Cham-Puka Rana-Hookers et all will not survive to see the ultimate game from the 03 quarters mentioned abve.

        Once, Izzeth Hussain said in the Weekend Express newspaper during Mawanella Riots staged by Sihala Urumaya creeps…that one day these “Nationalist” forces will take this country to an abyss which may not be rescued by anyone.

        Take my word…..Mahinda & his 40 thives will see before their deaths this country being divided by their own mistakes and blunders their committing while being doped with the temporary power they’re enjoing now.

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        I fully endorse your viewpoint, Thiru!

        Sengodan. M

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        Thiru,
        Dr DJ’s mindset is nothing different from a racist Buddhist Sinhala of this blood thirsty island. He divides the nation in terms of race and religion, not in terms of human values or economic status. He is from a upper class Sinhala Buddhist. His philosophy is that lower class Sinhalese are inferior to upper class Buddhist Sinhala.

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          It is not correct to attack personally. DJ has over a very long time put forward intelligent and at other times not so intelligent arguments. It is upto to the readers to put forward counter arguments intelligently.

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          Sorry mate, DJ is a [Edited out]

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          This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        Well said Thiru. The bigger question is “what to do with the abusive husband after running away with the powerful man”.

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        Yes, a model like “British Overseas Territories”….. “Indian Overseas Territories”. Will Tamils support this and will India act like Russia on Crimea? I doubt.

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        Here is a relevant article for CT readers:

        “Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country ” ………….”God help the Shia,” said Prince Bandar, but, partly thanks to him, the shattered Sunni communities of Iraq and Syria may need divine help even more than the Shia.”

        Full story in : http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-how-saudi-arabia-helped-isis-take-over-the-north-of-the-country-9602312.html

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      You are absolutely right. The exact path was previously taken by Pirapakaran too.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka –

      “It hardly seems coincidental that the move against the NGOs comes after the combination of civil society and the social media penetrated the cover up of Aluthgama. The anti-NGO move is an attempt to choke off the information flow and must be seen together with the earlier ban on over a dozen Tamil Diaspora organizations. That doesn’t help the legitimacy of the regime in the international system. It only helps the anti-Sri Lanka cause and movements.”

      So the para-Sinhala Buddhists and the SL State wants to keep lying and do not want the people and the world to know about the lies..

      So, expose the liars, in all median in wherever way one can.

      Did Buddha teach the Sinhalese “Buddhists” to lie? No.

      They learnt to lie from Para-monk Mahanama, lies and imaginations.

      See the lies of G. L . Peris and other ministers and their shills.

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      Katussas of DJ kind are plenty, to pave the way brutal rurals to consolidate their power by making the majority poor people further fools.
      This [Edited out] jayathilaka is a curse for the future of srilanka. He has only fertilized brutal regime to get mobilised, no matter allarming issues stay unsolved by the megalomaniac MR. For me, this man Rajapkshe is the worst ever president who abused the nation to the manner nowords in dictionaries can help anyone to describe it.

      [Edited out] will face it rather sooner than one would guess.. wait and see. Ditta dammawedaneeya has always taken it up. Premadasa ended up with no pieces of self were left. Then what talks about Rajapakshe…. . MAY all gods focus on the injustice being made by Rajapakshe family to entire srilankens.

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    The title says it all – the minorities have to be “managed” – not given their democratic rights under the constitution.
    The Nothern Manager – a.k.a “governor” – has been reappointed to continue the “management policy” of the military cum police state.

    What kind of mentality………………………………………..to permit religious fantics…………….”
    The “political family-centric mentality” – what else?
    How to oppose now – the elections are due soon………………!!!

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      “Contrary to government propaganda and popular myth, the Tigers didn’t invent the suicide bombers. The Islamic Middle East did.”

      Another new revelation (invention) by our P.hD qualified “political scientist”
      contrary to above distortion of facts , it was Japanese who invented suicide bombing during the second world war 11.
      it is reported that Kamikaze pilots deliberately crashed aircraft packed with explosives into US warships were the first suicide bombers.

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        Yes, I really dont know what this KATUSSA of the nation has been making every effort to achieve. How come he could say that islamic world invented the suicide bombers. There are various terror organizsation of the world – that use suicidal ways if they see no other way out to their problems. Myanmars buddhist monks that immolated themselves even while siting before your listerners are the best example. May be MR self proclaimed, self descriptive deliberately wish to attack muslims in this way- whitewashing the burtal BBS barabarians and their acts. But this man DJ once was very against BBS and their acts – even took part in that colombo vigil that help a year ago or so in colombo. However, his nature is to speak from both sides, no matter the facts and figures stay somewhere else. This is the place where so called educated representative have go wrong. Buduma budu saranai apita.
        Srilal@, we all respect you and the few that add their hearted comments to CT forum. I miss that ” Silva”, who also added his great kind of comments to this CT.

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          Seelawathi Jayasinghe ,

          Thanks , actually i normally don’t read DJ’s articles , just skim it through to see any thing new , I think DJ has been artificially elevated by a few media outlets (Sirasa, Derana , Daily Mirror el at) than he really deserves , just think about Wimal Modawansa , hasn’t he been blown out of proportions by the media , what skills does he posses ? both Modawansa and DJ are media creations , there is only difference though , one is official mouth piece and the other is unofficial.

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            “there is only difference though”

            this should read as

            “there is only one difference though “

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            You talk about skills-
            this regime only promotes criminals or the culprits by every means.
            For external affairs there is nothing kind of experience compulsary for them, so long they are related to Mahadanamutta. This the pundit DJ is well aware of. He himself is isolated but the buggers genetics cant make him aware because he is very inconcistent by all nature, and only think about his survival. Last time pants down, but next time, I really dont think, any right thinkning healthy ones would hold this creature as an academic anymore. Ballige puthas of all kind make it worst, while the opposition is not trying to build up a coalition. Anyway, next term to ruin the nation is becoming clear if CBK would NOT be given a chance to remove Rajapakshes from their thuggish politics.

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      “What kind of mentality would a regime need to possess (or be possessed by), to permit religious fanatics to engage in incitement and provocation which could result in a worst-case scenario?”

      Asks the wizard of Oz. Doesn’t he know from childhood?

      It’s Mahanama terroro’s Mahavamsa mentality stupid.

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    Presumably, the article was written before Shenali Wadduge exposed what had been kept from us by the so-called ‘NEWSPAPERS’. When all the news is available to us readers/citizens, we can all come to our own conclusions instead of depending on the all knowing ‘analysts’.

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      Ramu

      “Shenali Wadduge exposed what had been kept from us by the so-called ‘NEWSPAPERS’”

      What Shenali Wadduge exposes on a regular basis is her stupidity, arrogance, hatred, bigotry, …………… her own blatant lies.

      She must be your role model. What great choice.

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        I wonder what particular characteristic in you personality made you say ” that the Sri Lankan Security Forces personnel are barbarians ” or words to that effect.

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          Ramu

          “that the Sri Lankan Security Forces personnel are barbarians ”3

          Aren’t they?

          I never wrote they are barbarians.

          They are war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

          They have had a long history of perpetrating war crimes, a history that began on 5th April 1971.

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            I suggest YOU go back and refer to what you wrote. Eliminating terrorism from our midst WAS our desired goal, and they did the needful. That can never be a war crime.

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              Ramu

              “Eliminating terrorism from our midst WAS our desired goal, and they did the needful”

              The needful then now is the elimination of terrorising state for it continues to commit terrorism since 5th April 1971.

              “I suggest YOU go back and refer to what you wrote.”

              I can’t and I won’t, supply the evidence then we can discuss it. This is another version of history typing isn’t it?

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      The article never reached the English press.
      Media has transgressed from its mandated role. The role of reporting and allowing the public to decide has been replaced by media taking upon itself to declare who is guilty and then going to town to use every mode of media coverage to completely tarnish and ridicule their version of the guilty party. What ensued in Aluthgama is one such instance among scores of others. Before going to print the guilty party was already decided and it was just a matter of generating the publicity to embed in the minds of the people who the guilty were. In such a scenario we must be thankful that one local newspaper (though in Sinhala medium) published a version that would never have made it to public domain. The Sunday Divaina, published on 6th July 2014 an interview by Indrajith Subasinghe, with Ven. Ayagama Samitha Thero, the chief priest who was attacked on poson poya 12th June 2014 and recounted incidents that the local English people have purposely shunned from publication.

      Ven. Ayagama Samith Thero took over as chief incumbent of the Kurunduwatte Sri Vijayaramadhipathi temple in Dharga Town in 2009. The temple is said to have a history of over 100 years. There were only 3 priests at the temple. The temple has over 120 dayakas who maintain the temple. Muslims live on the other side of the temple wall.

      The English newspapers have purposely suppressed instances that the Ven. thero had been thrown colored water by Muslim children on bikes while walking to the temple. The thero had not even informed the incident to the dayakas lest it would lead to issues.

      The media also blocked mention of how the other priests walking to the temple had been subject to humiliating remarks and how these priests had recounted with sadness the experience. The thero’s decision to use a threewheeler so as not to subject the other priests and thereby allow room for bigger issues is also worthy of mention but again purposely left out of public domain by the supposedly unbiased media. The cost for the threewheeler usage was borne through the sale of coconuts from 20 trees inside the temple premises which drew Rs.6000.

      Purposely omitted was the most important incident that took place 10 days before the events erupted in Aluthgama.

      Why did the English newspapers and the unbiased commentators omit to mention that a dead cow’s head and 4 dead chickens had been thrown into the temple premises? Was this act an example of peaceful co-existence and how did it tally with the peaceful slogans that are being promoted worldwide with only Buddhists declared the guilty party.

      The English newspapers also blocked out an incident in 2006 when Muslims destroyed the Dharmachakra at the temple premises leading to the Buddhist priests having to withdraw in fear from the temple and the temple being shut for some time.

      The issue of police inaction is highlighted when the thero went to the police to lodge a complaint as to who would thrown carcasses into the temple compound. Not only had the police taken away the evidence they had simply done nothing. The police have a lot to answer for.

      The police of the area cannot deny that over a period of time the behavior of the Muslims in and around Dharga town is what erupted into the clashes that ensued because the police and politicians were taking only one side. Removed from mention was the two policy adopted by the police with Sinhalese being charged for not wearing helmets while Muslims could ride motorcycles without. The people of the area had been silent suffers and none of these grievances have ever made headlines.

      We next come to the most important question. Exactly what happened in Aluthgama.

      No riot takes place without a reason. 12th Jun 2014 was poson poya. The Ven. thero had been returning from a bana held at the Pathirajaweela temple in a threewheeler. The road had been blocked by a threewheeler and a motorcycle and despite the thero’s driver horning 3 times the response had been Don’t make too much noise, these are our villages”. The thero had beckoned his driver to compose himself and not be intimidated. The thero’s threewheeler was not able to proceed 100metres before a motorcycle with 2 men arrived and attempted to forcibly take the thero’s driver out of the threewheeler. The 2 men were joined by another who came running towards them. The thero had descended and attempted to break the altercation when he was attacked by one person. Upon hearing that an attack was taking place the Pathirajawela temple head priest arrived and asked why a Buddhist monk was being attacked. The response given by the Muslims standing around them was whether he too wanted the same treatment. Not a single newspaper carried how the Prathirajawela chief monk was denied entry to his temple on 13th June 2014 and had to seek assistance of the STF to do so.

      Samitha thero was admitted to the Seenawatte hospital and from there he was taken in an ambulance to Nagoda hospital. There was no Bodu Bala Sena involvement or presence on 12th June 2014 when the thero was attacked by a Muslim man for trying to stop them harassing his threewheel driver. The thero was not a member of Bodu Bala Sena nor did he know them. Therefore, the question is for asking the threewheeler to move so that he could travel to his temple what was the crime that the chief incumbent of the Kurunduwatte Sri Vijayaramadhipathi temple in Dharga Town committed?

      The most important details that do not tie up to the much projected opinion that innocent Muslims were attacked are the series of incidents that have been taking place. Much of the unreported incidents if made known would certainly tip the opinion but we know that media would not do so.

      Please take note that the throwing of the carcasses, throwing of blue dye onto the Buddhist priests, the destruction of the Dharmachakra in the temple, the humiliations that priests walking along the road to the temple passing the mosque was subject to were all done in the absence of any involvement or presence of the BBS. These were all taking place over a period of time. The Buddhists of the area had to silently suffer because neither the police nor the politicians took the issues on the merit of attempting to ensure that people lived peacefully. These grievances numbered many and included how politicians would attend birthday parties of Muslims but not attend the funeral rites of a Buddhist priest. The unheard of grievances were many.

      The Buddhist priests of the temple including the chief incumbent had no history of any altercation with the Muslim community whatsoever to be subject to the abuse and humiliation that they suffered. This background information has been purposely blacked out by media.

      The next question is how did BBS enter the scene. Having heard what had happened to the chief incumbent and been informed by the grieving public, the BBS is said to have decided to bring the priest to the temple with the respect that had been denied to him and conduct a meeting to address the people. The meeting organized was on 14th June 2014 in the evening at the Aluthgama junction turning to Dharga town, two days after the attack on the priest.

      On 12th June at the police station where people had gathered to know what the police was planning to do the police had fired tear gas creating unwarranted tension.

      We next come to the most important question. How did the clashes ensue? After the meeting which had a gathering of close to 10,000, the people were asked to return home while the organizers would take the chief incumbent to the temple. When the people began slowly walking home a single unwarranted act led to what we are told is a Sinhala-Muslim riot.

      It is extremely important to note the next flurry of detail.

      14th June 2014 the day the public meeting was organized was a Saturday. Why would the mosque gather 2000 people at the mosque since there was no reason to gather such a large number of people? Why would the mosque also gather huge stones kept piled to be used, the first of which had struck one of the people calmly returning home? There was no mention of who threw the first stone. For that stone was what led to putting out all the anger and humiliation that the people had been suffering. What is also noteworthy is that there was never any media highlighting the 7 Sinhala homes that had been razed to the ground or the 20 Sinhala homes destroyed there was under reporting of the Sinhalese warded at Nagoda hospital?

      What is interesting is that the 1915 riots began with a stone. The stone happened to have been thrown by the same parties. The Muslims threw the first stone in 1915 at a Buddhist procession no different to the 2014 incident where the first stone descended from the mosque by people who had piled up huge stones with the intent of creating an altercation. Incidentally, the 1915 riots was on a Poson poya just as the 2014 riots. If coincidences are counted further the numbers even add up to 7 for both years.

      There is a pattern to the denigration. All this shows that there has been a very unfair and unjust coverage of the incident and a totally unfair denigration of Buddhists. But, we understand the reasons for this too. It is well within a larger gameplan and one tied to decades of efforts to denationalize and divide the Buddhists and systematically remove the power they have that holds the country together. Sadly, ignorant Sinhala politicians for power and money have become pawns without realizing that they can and will only lead in a nation that is held together by Buddhists. If Sri Lanka ever turns into a South Korea or a Maldives (as the twin plan shows) none of the present lot of Sinhala politicians will ever find themselves eligible for even election or be elected!

      The general reaction as a result of biased media coverage was seen in the manner the usual culprit the Opposition Leader questioned why those attending the BBS meeting had gone through Dharga Town – with lack of knowledge of Sri Lankan landscape the Opposition Leader was not aware that anyone going to Aluthgama had to pass through Dharga town. We can recall his comment on Thoppigala!

      We reiterate again that Sri Lanka’s problems have erupted because of politics and in particular politicians. Likewise, the thero explicitly mentions Rajitha Senaratne as continuing to ridicule the Buddhists as he had been doing in the past. We can only question why such people are given portfolios to continue to mislead and destroy harmony while there are scores of other Ministers doing the same. The Thero in the interview does mention the names of the Transport Minister, Minister Champaka Ranawaka, Provincial Council MP Piyal Nishantha who had looked into the welfare of the Buddhists.

      The Thero had been presented at the meeting arranged during the arrival of the President but he had not got a chance to address his views.

      What the media should have taken time to highlight was how Samitha thero had spoken about the many good Muslims in Dharga town wherein one such Muslim had even visited him in hospital and apologized for the behavior of other Muslims.

      Media is not interested in merit or publishing good deeds and so the many acts that the thero had taken part in was again purposely left out. The media thus never said a word about how Samitha thero distributed sweatmeats during the Sinhala New Year, where he would parcel these items himself and distribute to poor Muslims homes. Media never highlighted how Samitha thero would give coconuts and jackfruits from the temple compound to poor Muslims as well. Samith thero in the interview cited an occasion where a poor Muslim operating a tractor who had met with an accident had come to him to ask Rs.2000 but the thero had only Rs.1000 and had given it saying he did not need to return the money. Why did the media purposely omit to mention how Samitha thero had chanted pirith at the Nagoda hospital to sick Muslim children or the fact that even the temple compound is being given to a poor Muslim to maintain so that he would have a livelihood. It was to such a Buddhist priest that the Muslims attacked in Dharga town. Should the people have not been given these details to decide for themselves who the guilty were?

      Moreover, much has been left out. There is never mention of the Muslim-Muslim rifts and how far the Sufis of Sri Lanka are being targeted by fellow Muslims via Wahhabi funded movements, groups so much so that these people are being forcibly evicted from where they lived. The media blackens out how far the Wahhabi influence is what contributes to the change in Muslim dress, manipulating Muslims in their submission to the religion to adopt Wahhabi cultures and behaviors that are not only distancing Muslims among Muslims but creating the dent in peaceful co-existence.

      Dr Ameer Ali, a scholar and former Advisor to the Australian Government has quite rightly asked that Muslims should first wonder whether they want to be Muslims of Sri Lanka or Muslims in Sri Lanka. He says that Muslims are self-segregating themselves calling it a ‘self-inflicted alienation’ and then blaming the Sinhala Buddhists. Dr. Ali’s advise for Muslims to indulge in self-introspection ended up in him being at the receiving end of vituperative attacks by Muslims themselves. A Muslim himself is declaring that Muslims in Sri Lanka were not intermingling. Dr. Ali also highlighted an aspect that thus far had not been openly mentioned and that was to question why Muslims did not hoist the national flag and most do not even know the national anthem. Dr. Ali was compassionate even to view the manner why cattle slaughter was being objected to, and also confirmed what we have been saying all the while that the abaya was never seen in Sri Lanka until immediately late 2000 and he confirms too that the abaya has nothing to do with Islam and it was on this argument that France secured the ban. That the politicians and corrupt municipal and provincial counsils have allowed mushrooming churches and mosques was highlighted in 58 mosques in Kattankudy some with less than 20 people attending.

      History has repeated. The police were bribed in 1915 to stop drumming when the Buddhist perahera was passing the mosque along the perahera route. Unwritten laws were violated by Muslims no different to the grievances that had been omitted by media. It was the Sinhalese Buddhists who were arrested by the British Government. Punishment for offence was to be death. D S Senanayake, his brother F R Senanayake, D R Wijewardena and D B Jayatilake were also arrested, falsely charged and imprisoned. Martial law was declared. It was Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan a real statesmen who came to the rescue and travelled to England to argue the case on behalf of the Sinhalese. Sir Ponnambalam argued the case so well that not only was he able to transfer the Governor, recall the head of the British military but get all the Sinhalese released as well. The horse drawn carriage arranged in Colombo was not drawn by horses but by all the illustrious Sinhala leaders who carried Sir Ponnambalam to his residence to show their appreciation. We wonder whether Sri Lanka will ever have such leaders.

      The cause of the 1915 riots was the inept handling of sensitive issues ignoring the sensitivities of the Buddhists in a Buddhist civilization that they had built and have been throughout claiming acknowledgement of. The 2014 incident has been a sad repetition. The media has much to account for the mischief that ensues in Sri Lanka.

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        Wow! thanks Paul.

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          what?
          one racist thanking another racist ?

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        paul,

        No point of writing un proved crap in this forum.
        Talk to Dr.Rajitha Senaratne, fisheries Minister who live in Beruwala before writing these false theses. He has all the proof to show how BBS “Aba Saranang” Gnanasara planned all these two years ago.Who is Samitha thero, another staunch BBS ally in yellow robes.

        What happened in Aluthgama is not a riot between Sinhalese and Muslims, but a few Buddhist lunatic terrorists and their thugs against innocent Muslim community.

        These Buddhist terror cult has put the whole Sinhala community on harms way both locally and internationally.

        They will never be able to contain a sleeping dragon once aroused.

        Remember today people live in the 21st century and not in Pre-historic “Veddha” world. Everybody knows what’s the truth and what’s going on. Talk to Gota who will write Gota’s war episode Two very soon.

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        “The article never reached the English press.”

        What a barrow load of manure from the SinGayLish passa press press!!

        Very honestly you are producing sleeping pills without a licence.

        baul passe nool Phew!!

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        Paul
        good copy and paste job from LW

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    Dev

    What is he on about?

    Haven’t you thought about all the internal and external factors that would have a strangle hold on this island?

    Man you must be really dump for letting this notorious war monger and war crime denier to tell you what is in fact obvious to most of the readers.

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      Who knows, usual war mongering !

      Notice the word “manage”, yes the minorities have to be managed so they don’t get out of hand !

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    .
    DJ PhD doesn’t want Sinhalese to hurt Tamils and Muslims by hurting themselves. His advise to the Sinhalese leaders is to hurt minorities but be smart not to harm Sinhalese.
    .
    My appeal to Mrs. DJ, how do you live with this guy?

    :-)

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      “My appeal to Mrs. DJ, how do you live with this guy?”

      Simple does the `Pakistani Healing Dance` (PhD)for another `Pretty Huge Dick`

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    “Can’t someone teach these people arithmetic…and geography, and economics”
    What about Humanity – the fundamental quality for being human? Ask your conscience first!!! You represented Sri Lanka at the highest global body in humanitarian affairs when more than 40,000 people (UN Expert Panel Report) were being massacred in the North by your Government. You continue to manage the lie without a tinge of conscience. Don’t you think you need an eye opener?
    Tamil diaspora et-al are ineffective when compared to the Sinhala intellectuals, writers and civic society in digging Sri Lanka’s grave. Read your own article and you will find enough contradictions in your analysis. That is why MR is not seeking your muddled-up advice. Please wake-up.

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    DAYAN. In your previous article published in CT you urged readers not to isolate MR and to support him. Before Australian National Television last week you denied the charge that MR was authoritarian. Now you assert that this government is messing up left and right. MR is the government. Why are you inconsistent? You imagine your readers are imbeciles waiting to suck into your conclusions? Come on, man!

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    Dayan, go tell that to ISRAEL.

    The opposite is true.

    Mismanaging The Minorities, Enriching The Majority.

    Israel has killed more than 250 MINORITY Muslims in the last week for killing 3 MAJORITY Jewish boys. This is what SL should do. One Buddhist monk was attacked; 3 Muslims killed in retaliation. Now we have PEACE. No more riots.

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    Dayan has taken a good look at the outcome GOSL may face by appointing Retired Major General G.A. Chandrasiri as the Governor of North for another Five Years. It is a well written article taking into consideration the FUTURE at stake points into consideration. Sri Lanka is in grave danger of foolish actions of the Rajapaksa regime and what DJ mentioned hear about the Aluthgama and Dharga Town incidents are secondary to what is in waiting to take place, and how the GOSL will fail to act in a situation where Tamils in the North and the Muslims in the East forming a very strong front with the International support to go against the Rajapaksa regime NOW supporting the Muslims as Mahinda is under obligation to do so due to obvious reasons.

    I agree with Paul about the correct version of the Rev Samitha faced before the incident, as I knew about the truth from the Police. In 1961 Dhraga Town Muslims behaved in the same manner not to Buddhist Monks, but to well built Force of PWD workers travelling through DT to Welipenna area. But as our force was very strong at that time Muslims stop harassing the travellers.

    Appointment of GA Chandrasiri is a very BAD move and the outcome of this foolish move, as explained by DJ is waiting to happene. What ever we say DJ with his vision and the experience gathered as a Diplomat on most occasions see the truth in a different way to that of others. I am a Buddhist and a Sinhalese but if we do polish things with false hopes of thinking about Chinese and Russian support to suppress the Tamil and other minorities we are creating a very dangerous situation which will eradicate the Sinhala Buddhist from SL for good in few years time.

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    DJ, man you are on a roll. So this new incarnation to parrot your minority Kumbaya, and overnight epiphany must have something to do with Pope Bashing by BBS and its likes.
    What I have experienced with almost all of the Sinhala Chistians/Catholics expats-before this BBS anti-Pope bashing – that they were surprisingly more ultra-nationalistic, lenient of the riots, and approving the actions of BBS on our muslim communities; saying that our Muslims needs to be kept in check. What is happening in the country is a good thing. While many Buddhists were so speaking against the BBS, their mantra was the society will correct it self. What a hefty price to pay for self correction, it ended up dead ears, despite our warnings guys wake up, we should denounce this, they are going to touch you guys next in line. Now the nicest pope is touched by BBS, all the ultra nationalistic sinhala Catholics are coming out of the wood work, against BBS, JHU, and ilk.
    Man my area of expertise is not even political science/diplomacy/governing/geopolitics. You are even slower than us normal educated people. All these days you were going to market for MR and the cult, while white washing their crimes against innocent people, blatant abuse of power.
    Wow, you stumped me with your ultra dumbness man. What choice for Northern Province Governor, our infamous “Doggy” Sarath Silva. Where did you live in the past 10 yrs man, The moon? Northerners are respectable people. I am sure that is gonna fly well. Who ever this gov elects militory, ex militory, or ex-con. Doesn;t matter that puppet will do what the regime asks them to do. So this what if dooms day senarios in North PC cannot be averted. Simple Logic, do your math out of how many government appointees will disobey a Raja’s/his brothers orders. Its non existent. Look at even you, the way you carry water for the GOSL. If you deny to accept legitimate grievances of minorities as sessesionist ideas- you are not a true diplomat, not a humanitarian. so dont pretend like one. But it is at least good to see this so called doctor in political science is catching up with our housewives common sense.

    Many mentions Shenali Waduge’s account of Aluthgama. Read it to realize that I never say such bigotry nature to her self or her ignorance. All the Sinhala Papers were hell bent on pro BBS view, to the point that that put fairness in journalism in to shame. What a small percentage in SL reads in English? So they have poisoned/hood winked enough SL population using sinhala media.
    NO matter what leads to the incident, the way section of our Muslim brothers and sisters were dealt with cannot be justified. The violence unleashed on another sector of our own people is despicable. If such incidents happened there should be a proper way to handle that. It also shows GOSL/Police- inaction. Again the anger should fall on rulers not the scapegoats.
    Some say Muslims are mistreated/profiled everywhere in the western world. The difference of the Muslim community in SL is that,they are born in our country and they don’t know of any other country as their motherland. We would love to say that there is no racism in SL. I don’t know if Shenali can imagine how it is to feel like treated a second class citizen in her own country, and to live in fear in their own country. I think that is what our Tamil and Muslim and to a certain extent Christian brothers are feeling. The long standing sentiment propagated by the polity and the feeling amongst the people You are not sl unless you are a Sinhala Buddist. Everyone else has no right to be here. That is a legitimate grievance.

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    Tell all this nonsense to the leader of the goats.

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    The reappointment of rtd Gen Chandrasiri is a slap in the face of the NPC. When there are more and enough emminent and suitable civilians to choose from, the policy of sticking to ones guns betrays the mulish mentality of the Govt. Obviously winning the hearts and minds of the Tamil people doesnt feature high on the Govt agenda. One more opportunity lost and the stalemate continues.

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    Looks like the Dr. is coming to his senses, at least now. They say better late than never. That is what Dr.,lot of commentators were saying you were dead wrong, when you said MR IS THE BEST BET UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. HE IS NEVER A BEST BET UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISCARDED WHEN ALL KNEW THAT MARA WAS A TSUNAMI FUND SWINDLER. If not he should have been discarded at least after the war was won by SF. I do not understand why people of your calibre get so late to understand facts and read between the lines and understand the character of a person, when he has so many stacked against him (MARA).

    The only option available for a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is to get RID OF THE MARA AND FAMILY FROM THE GOVERNANCE OF SRI LANKA. If you wanna call it Regime Change, so be it.

    At least,Dr. Dayan even now come out of your shell and work towards that end, and be a part of a noble cause for which the country will be indebted to you without being a part for the ruination of a Nation by a family gang of murderous dictators and racists.

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      Ansar ,

      “At least,Dr. Dayan even now come out of your shell and work towards that end, and be a part of a noble cause for which the country will be indebted to you without being a part for the ruination of a Nation by a family gang of murderous dictators and racists. “

      you must be joking Ansar , this guy would never abandon his boss any time soon , he will do if and when the time is right for him to jump ship , mind you he is working hard on that plan B (Sajith) as well.

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    Srilal,

    Your point well taken. I am only giving the benefit of the doubt to the batsman, so as to say.

    My sincere wish is that, he will bat here on sensibly, for the sake of a Nation.

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    There is nothing more ridiculous than the suggestion that Sarath Silva could have been appointed. Further,to emulate Pakistan in the appointment of such persons of all is absurd. Bensen

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    See whom DJ is recommending to the post of Northern Provincial Governer. In his words ” retired Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, a tough minded Sinhala Buddhist nationalist”. Sinhala Buddhist??

    A judge who told in public that he did a favour to Mahinda Rajapackse by releasing from the famous Hambantota case in the hope that he would correct himself!!!!

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    Most probably the first Matyadom mission by Ikrama bin Abujahal battle of Yammama against the romans, 400 soilders fought against 100000 roman soilders and killed 40000 romans before they all died.

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    Dayan you have said that its only President Rajapakse who has the leadership qualities to lead the country (earlier column). If so where is the leadership quality displayed based on your present column? Is President Rajapakse now a “weak link”?

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    Dayan says that Muslims are killing each other in many places. But he goes on to pacify us saying there is no Sunni-Shia divide in Sri Lanka hence no problem. Who cares about the name of the divide; what matters is they have killed, maimed and destroyed mosques houses, shops and etc that belong to same sect of Muslims in the name of Allah.

    In Sri Lanka, there were not many Thowheeds before 1970s. With the rise of Saudi Arabia, Whahabis spread their wings here and undermined the Suni traditionalists. Wahhabis demeaned and undermined the spiritualism of traditional Muslims. They got imported clerics to force fundamentalists’ interpretation of the Koran (Wahhabism) as the true Islam. ACJU is a Wahhabi den. Their parallel aim is to project Sri Lanka as a Muslim country. In that twin motive halal, billa and etc has come to the scene of late.

    Dayan says, “The anti-Tamil riots of 1958 produced the conditions which produced Prabhakaran.” Wrong again. What made Prabhakaran a determined terrorist is ‘the Wadukkoddai declaration and the backing of India.

    “Do we know what Aluthgama may produce?” Asked Dayan. Let me remind him that long before Aluthgama riots, the secretary to Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath, Abdul Razik made an unprovoked and derogatory remarks on Buddha on 13th April 2013. He said, the Buddha had eaten human flesh and ‘triple gem’ means just there stones at a meeting in Maligawatta. Before that Hakeem said at an election meeting in Tamil that yellow robed monk are terrorists. That means with or without Aluthgama Jihadists are already here. So, Dayan saying “Whatever militancy there may be among the Muslims of Sri Lanka is directed within their community and not against the Sinhalese” is a deliberate lie to mislead Sinha Buddhists.

    In Pakistan, there are Sunni-Shia fights as well as Suni-Suni fights as well as Suni-Ahamadiyya Suni-Christians and Suni-others fights. Dayan also should know that Muslim trait is to find someone to fight on behalf of Allah, be a Jihadist and go to heaven with entire family and be with Allah and his (eternal virgin) houries. That’s what coming to Sri Lanka.

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      Banda

      “Wrong again. What made Prabhakaran a determined terrorist is ‘the Wadukkoddai declaration and the backing of India.”

      You are wrong for the umpteenth time. What made Banda a Sinhala/Buddhist bigot is your Sinhala/Buddhist Mahawamsa mindset exacerbated by your penchant for violence. You are not alone in this joint enterprise.

      Strange thing about Sinhala/Buddhist brain is, there’s nothing right in left side, and nothing left on the right side. Armed with such brain you find yourself in a twisted mindset with a serious affliction of selective amnesia and a sense of impotence.

      Causes of impotence:

      Age
      Less education
      Less healthy life style
      Drinking habit
      Exercise less
      Anxiety
      Depression
      Penis envy

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    The saying goes, ” While the Truth is pulling on it’s boots the Lie has travelled halfway round the world ” as the Aluthgama saga well illustrates.

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    Hey dayan, what do you mean by mismanaging the minorities? Are the minorities a herd or something for you to mismanage, idiot!!! I can’t believe what fool ever conferred a PhD on you.

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    Dayan is another Home Grown [Edited out].
    After travelling all around the world and after been in top positions and seeing how so many cultures, races, religious groups living together peacefully in those countries, this [Edited out] cannot understand why there’s communal problems in Sri Lanka and who creates them.

    BBS Thugs along with Rajapakse lunacy have already divided Sri Lanka on communal, Racial and Religious lines. Even the majority Sinhala population have distanced themselves from Rajapakse and BBS racist thugs. They have understood the truth.

    Dayan writing to praise the majority Sinhala Buddhist Modayas will never help bring peace or progress to Sri Lanka. Majority Sinhala Buddhist less educated and less intelligent Modayas always select Moda Sinhala Buddhist Politikkas to the parliament every 4 years.After all what have they done to Sri Lanka 65 years after independence except export our women to ME for cheap labour and for foreign currency and export British introduced Tea and rubber still as our major export commodity foreign currency earners .

    Until we have educated, honest, disciplined, hard working and right thinking people governing our country and in the right positions irrespective of their Race, Gender, Religion and caste, Sri Lanka will never be a successful country in the world.

    Besides finding the root cause, Dayan writing mere crap and preaching bogus Bana will not solve anyones problems.

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    Dayan you have made a good analysis on Srilanka’s present political dilemmas. But you need to relay this directly to the ruling clan. They are like ostrich, have buried their heads. Hoping all be well.

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