18 November, 2018

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Mr. Elections Commissioner Play With A Straight Bat Please

By Nishthar Idroos –

Nishthar Idroos

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism” ~ Mary McCarthy

The orange embers still burning. The once busy extraordinarily long orange drapes washed and put on sagging lines as far as eyes can see. Scattered stones and boulders cleared and removed by the Municipalities. Just as when the minority Muslims thought it was a brief yet well-earned respite comes further lethal fuel from the unlikeliest of people. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya tells the world – “Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots” categorically dismissing the popular view on the pre-dominant attitude of the majority of Sinhalese towards the recent attacks on Muslim-owned properties and mosques.

Personally the jab was more pernicious and damaging than the entirety of the costs Muslims had endured and suffered. The fact that he still has his job sends convulsions in my anatomy. Humanity always stood firm to exonerate the ignorant and foolish. It’s because they are ignorant and foolish. Every society has its share. Dan Prasad, Amit Weerasinge and the lot or should I say rot are naïve and malleable. The notorious pawns in a much bigger picture. What Muslims have to say them is “go and sin no more” Obviously the same cannot be said about Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya.

My mind goes thirty years in history. An unfortunate and despicable act that took place that many years ago. An act of cowardice coincidentally in the Ampara district. The Aranthalawa Massacre of 33 Buddhist monks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The incident took place on June 2, 1987 close to the village of Aranthalawa, in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka. Imagine a Muslim bureaucrat without outrightly condemning incident pays glowing tribute to this macabre incident? What the affable Mahinda Deshapriya had done is exactly this, wallowing in sadism with gross impunity. Trying to recant and issuing puerile alibies is useless after causing the damage.

Bureaucracy or Civil Service constitutes the permanent and professional part of the executive organ of government. Usually it has the best talent and continuously seeks to retain the best talent. Mahinda Deshapriya undoubtedly is a talented man with grit. Described as the non-political or politically neutral, permanent, and professionally trained civil service. It’s unfortunate that this high ranking civil servant had to behave this way.

Bureaucratic neutrality from politics is a much cherished value. Maybe, just maybe this will not apply to Sri Lanka as we witness early signs of decay and degeneration in the length and breadth of the socio-economic and political fabric of this great and beautiful country. Usually government policies clearly delineates that bureaucracy should be neutral from politics. A well shrouded anti-minority policy is brewing hard with an ominous sound.

In the west there is a strong ban for bureaucrats to engage in politics. Main reason being bureaucracy may be used as political means to get political objectives fulfilled.

We strongly urge the Elections Commissioner to tenaciously observe the above. Play with a straight bat Mr. Elections Commissioner if you so wish to play the game regardless.

The “para suddah” by the way has very clear ways to deal with such aberrations. As a Canadian of Sri Lankan descent I see huge if not gaping differences in comparable context.

In the US Carl Higbie, who was appointed by President Trump to serve in the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other volunteer service programs. “He was forced to resign his high-level post and apologized after a report emerged quoting racist and anti-Muslim remarks he made in 2013. It ranged from callous to provocative and often tipping into bigotry, Higbie’s comments were unearthed by CNN’s KFile unit, which published audio clips taken from the Internet talk radio”

Continuing in the US Director of the Homeland Security Department’s office of faith-based partnerships had to resign following a CNN report on racially inflammatory remarks he made before joining the federal government. “Rev. Jamie Johnson was appointed in April to lead DHS’ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, which works with churches and community organizations on disaster response.  In one clip posted by CNN, Johnson said, “America’s black community … has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity”

If one notices in both of the above cases it was a case of retroactive justice. To reiterate once again there is much to learn from the “para suddah”

In Canada Kent Hehr resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet. Minister for Sports and People with Disabilities had to quit cabinet pending an investigation into accusations he made sexually inappropriate comments to women. Justin Trudeau announced “harassment of any kind is unacceptable.” “As a government we take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do,”

If Sri Lanka wants to have a strong and all-inclusive democracy she must follow the “para-suddah” to the letter. After all there is nothing wrong with his way.

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    NISTHAR IDROOS: You do not talk the real truth from your heart. Most probably, you can not comprehend it or you avoid it on purpose. Unlike in Sri lanka, you should have read more in canada.

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      Jim Softy

      Out of curiosity what is the real truth NI is failing to understand?

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        You muslims never admit your role in anything. always blame the other.

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          “Most Sinhalese are happy about recent riots” – This view has not been officially verified, but sadly it is true. Sinhalese feel that Muslims have breached their level of tolerance in advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Arabisation. They also feel that Muslims are being supported by Muslim countries with funds to further their hold in the economy. When did Muslims play with a straight bat, for you to find fault. No Muslim in Sri Lanka will ever dare to make any anti-Sinhala remark, but was any action taken against Muslim politicians who had made anti-Tamil remarks. See what is happening to Rishard Badurdeen, when he crossed the line, he has been put on surveillance and has gone silent. This will happen to other racists like Hisbullah, Atahaulla and other Muslims espousing hatred..

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    Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya tells the world – “Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots…………”.
    It was a typo. He meant “Most Sinhalese are unhappy………….”.
    Mahinda Deshapriya: Here is your chance to rectify the error!
    Remember the 1983 JR J ~ “……if I starve the Tamils, Sinhalese will be happy…….” or something to this effect and few weeks later the Black July 1983 pogrom started.
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    PS: Nishthar Idroos, Your mention of the 1987 incident and the hypothetical reaction from a Muslim bureaucrat betrays your purpose.

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      K Pillai

      Whom are you trying to cover-up? If you read that particular article you will find the EC doesn’t end there he goes on and on. I invite you to read the article again.

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        Idroos, since you say that you are a Canadian, you should be ashamed of what was done to Buddha statue, where the finger is being pointed at Muslims. If you are honest please condemn this dastardly act attributed to the Muslims and cooperate with Canadian police to bring the culprits to book. If not you are another racist.

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        Cader ~ “Whom are you trying to cover-up?”
        I said ~ “Mahinda Deshapriya: Here is your chance to rectify the error!”
        I am trying to draw him into the conversation. Cover-up is the last thing in my mind.

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    I think that a vast majority of any ethnicity are very much indifferent towards what happens to other communities. This is perhaps what MD had in mind.
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    Even the sufferings of one’s own community are often disregarded as long as one is not personally affected, unless persuaded to respond.
    We have yet to learn to think in terms of right and wrong, just and unjust etc.

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      SJ

      “Even the sufferings of one’s own community are often disregarded as long as one is not personally affected, unless persuaded to respond.”

      Could Maoism and a cultural revolution rectify the petty bourgeoisie mindset and selfish behaviour of the people?

      Rather we may need to follow Pol Pot or Abimael Guzmán.

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    Considering the post he holds and where this is (EC) it is sensible to think it is a typo.Otherwise, it is a heinous crime! Further, playing that role with such a polluted mind casts a lot of doubts on the output.
    Also for the marauding, it is an invitation and an advertisement. For the un-initiated, it is an encouragement.

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      Dear Muslims,
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      PART TWO – not certain if I’m placing the two parts correctly!
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      Please, please don’t treat it this time round as a “Wolf, Wolf” cry.
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      I’m sure that Mahinda Deshapriya meant every word that he said, and meant it as an alarm signal, a warning. The very opposite of a threat.
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      I think that the immediate danger is past, but I feel that it really is time for Muslims to work out, in conjunction with non-Muslims who desire “Peace”, ways in which we could ALL work towards lessening tensions, and ensuring long-term harmony.
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      Isn’t it much better for me to tell you direct, than to let this fester among less moderate guys than me? One thing that I’ve been suggesting is that you reform MMDA – both because it is the correct thing to do, and because it would make other communities happy. BOTH!
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      I’m not an anonymous thug saying threatening things; I often disclose my identity, and provide links to articles written by me, hoping that you will take seriously what a well-wisher says. Ask, if you want to know who I am. A non-entity, of course!

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    Deshapriya,it seems YOU are happy with what done to the Muslims.Dont try and hide your pernicious thinking under the broad umbrella of the Sinhalese people.This time round the Sinhalese people including many Buddhist monks openly came out in the defence of the unfortunate Muslims.Arent you a dunce not to see the difference?

    Deshapriya,don’t try to tarnish our image as peace loving Sinhalese who are prepared to live on the principle of live and let live.You moron should be thrown out of the Public Service at once

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    Dear Muslim Readers,
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    PART ONE
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    This is NOT my first comment on the subject of how Muslims are treated in Sri Lanka, and how they ought to be treated. Please try to NOT confuse this with what others have said.
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    I don’t think that I am a communalist, but must I abstain from commenting, when I think that it will do some good? I’m NOT a particularly religious man; in fact, I’m wondering whether we won’t be better off without ANY religion. I know that such a view is anathema to most Muslims, but please THINK!
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    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/03/18/features/kandy-communal-unrest-we-must-learn-lessons-our-past-vengalkande-dhammananda


    A very balanced interview-response. Please read, and try to act constructively.
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    I’ve tried to get at Mahinda Deshapriya’s statement. Copied this much from the Internet:
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    5 days ago – Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots: EC, Dismissing the popular view on the attitude of a majority of Sinhalese towards the attacks on Muslim-owned properties and mosques during the recent riots in Ampara town and the Kandy District, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya claimed …
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    Then got this:
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    http://www.dailymirror.lk/pagenotfound
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    Worrying! Why? Considering the 300 word limit, let me post this much first.

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