23 October, 2020

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Mr. Hakeem’s Crime

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Most of what I see happening in this country is against the teaching of Lord Buddha… That means either the people have not understood the teaching or they are purposely insulting the teachings of Lord Buddha.” – MHM Ashraff [i]

Independent Sri Lanka experienced her first outburst of anti-Muslim violence in April 2001, in Mawanella[ii]. Police apathy and political machinations turned an ordinary difference into a mini-religious conflict. But the psychological climate, in which everyday economic disaffections, political rivalries and business competitions could be transformed into religious-divides, was, in the main, authored by Rev. Gangodawila Soma Thero.

Hakeem

Hakeem

Sri Ivor Jennings, writing in 1954, commented on an ‘undercurrent of opinion’ existing in a segment of society, which is “aggressively nationalist and aggressively Buddhist”[iii]. This undercurrent was harnessed by SWRD Bandaranaike to create the reactionary Risorgimento of 1956. Such undercurrents are not spontaneous things; they result from conscious efforts to transliterate personal and societal discontents into ethnic/religious conflicts.

Several studies have highlighted the role played by influential cultural/religious figures in exacerbating division/intolerance in crisis-ridden societies. Richard Wagner is an oft-cited example; “It has reasonably been claimed that Wagner by his own writings contributed to the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany, in particular by helping to make it culturally respectable”[iv]. Soma Thero played a comparable role in the 1990’s with his successful attempts to depict Sinhala-Buddhists as an endangered species, threatened by minority/Muslim expansionism.

The key problem with Lankan Buddhism is not its embrace of non-Buddhist rituals (including polytheism) but the axiomatic identification it makes between Sinhala race and Buddhism and its acceptance of violence as a means of protecting the Sinhala-Buddhist nature of Sri Lanka. As Prof. Tambiah pointed out, main features of Anagarika Dharmapala’s Buddhist revival included “a denigration of alleged non-Buddhist ritual practices and magical manipulations” and an “enunciation of a code for lay conduct…which emphasized a puritanical sexual morality and etiquette in family life”[v]. Soma Thero too began his public career as a reformer committed to purifying Buddhism of non-Buddhist (Hindu/animist) influences and practices. He advocated a puritanical morality and a return to a pure, orthodox form of Buddhism. From this, like Dharmapala and others of the same ilk (from Martin Luther to Al-Wahhab of Nejd), he made a seamless descent into religious-fanaticism.

Until Soma Thero began his toxic endeavour, Muslim-phobia was buried so deep in the collective Sinhala-psyche that politically it was a non-factor. Sinhalese, occupied with the very real Tiger threat, regarded Muslims as natural allies. The SLMC, under the leadership of MHM Ashraff was anti-LTTE in the best sense of the term (anti-separatist and anti-Tiger without being anti-Tamil and advocating a political solution based on power-sharing).

And 1915 seemed a very distant bad dream.

That changed with Soma Thero’s persistent anti-Muslim preaching. Suddenly many Sinhala-Buddhists began seeing in their Muslim brethren an enemy worse than even the LTTE. It was at the height of this collective descent into madness that the live TV debate between Soma Thero and Mr. Ashraff happened. The debate was much-hyped by adherents of the Thero. The general expectation was that the monk will make mincemeat of the politician. Instead Mr. Ashraff proved that the charges against Lankan Muslims and the attacks on himself were based on lies and distortions. As an agitated Soma Thero jumped from one lost argument to another, Mr. Ashraff demonstrated their mendaciousness with unfailing calm and utmost respectfulness[vi]. Apart from a diehard minority, the majority of Buddhists admitted that Mr. Ashraff won the debate.

Soma Thero replaced Muslim-phobia with Christian-phobia.

The anti-Muslim violence in Mawanella could not have happened without the poisonous work of Soma Thero. But it was containable thanks to the dose of sanity and rationality administered by Minister Ashraff. Mr. Ashraff’s untimely death and the inability of the SLMC/Muslim community to produce a leader of comparable erudition, ability and principled courage are seriously undermining Muslim security and Lankan wellbeing.

Religious-Racism and Patriotism

The JHU was a child of opportunism and power-hunger. Soma Thero died in 2003, another victim of Russian Winter. The Sihala Urumaya, which was in the doldrums due to electoral failures and acrimonious squabbles, saw in the outpouring of public grief (part-spontaneous part-orchestrated) for the dead monk, a fast-track out of the political wilderness. The SU was reincarnated as the JHU, amidst a groundswell of anti-Christian hysteria.

Champika Ranawaka, who had made a successful political career out of peddling minority phobia and hatred, reportedly raised the ‘Hakeem issue’ in the cabinet; he accused Mr. Hakeem of giving UNHRC chief Navi Pillay a 50-page document itemising “the attacks on Muslims and Christians….and the government’s failure to take action against the perpetrators.”[vii]

President Rajapaksa berated Minister Hakeem. Minister Hakeem (who represents his interests and not Muslim or Lankan interests) responded by blaming disobedient elements in the SLMC. The President did not question the veracity of the report. Mr. Hakeem did not point out that if the perpetrators of these crimes were dealt with legally and constitutionally, there would have been no need to do a report for Ms. Pillay.

Had the President cared an iota about religious amity, rule of law or Sri Lanka’s good-name, he would have summoned the Defence Secretary and the IGP and asked whether the attacks actually happened and, if so, why the perpetrators were not brought to justice. He would have demanded immediate police and legal action. Arresting some of the main culprits would be easy because they commit their hate-crimes as public spectacles with a heavy media presence. Had at least a few perpetrators been arrested, due to timely presidential-intervention, the world would have hailed Mahinda Rajapaksa for his zero-tolerance for religious-crimes.

And every single Muslim-majority country will back Colombo in Geneva (and elsewhere), even if the entire Tamil Diaspora begs them not to, on bended knees.

But President Rajapaksa was angry not at the criminals who attacked religious minorities but at the religious minorities who exposed those hate-crimes. According to the Rajapaksa creed, the real crime is not the attacking of mosques and churches, Muslims and Christians, but the public condemnation of such attacks.

President Rajapaksa reportedly accused Mr. Hakeem of “betraying the country”[viii].

After the April 2012 Dambulla mosque-attack, the mob decried a nearby kovil as an upstart-structure and tried to demolish it. A middle-aged woman respectfully informed the Buddhist monk leading the mob that the kovil is an old one and that she had worshipped there since childhood. The monk threatened to destroy her home; he told her to take her god and go elsewhere. Then he thundered, “Hell, crows are not just flying over our heads; they are trying to build nests” (“Yakko, me kakko oluwa udin yanawa witharak nevei kuudu wennath hadanawane”)[ix].

This is the ‘hosts and guests’ mindset. This is the provenance of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s anger: minority-guests do not have inalienable rights and, if they stay in Sri Lanka, must uncomplainingly accept whatever the Sinhala-hosts choose to do. If they complain, they are traitors.

That mindset spawned the ethnic problem and the long Eelam War. Are the Rajapaksas deliberately reusing it to ignite a religious conflict? Are they planning to regain their role as Sinhala-Saviours by imposing a new war on us?


[i] MHM Ashraff wrote poetry. His poem ‘Lord Buddha and the Poet’ which consists of an imagined dialogue between the Buddha and the poet caused a frenzy of anger among the extremist Buddhist fringe elements (fortunately at that time they were fringe-elements, as they were, during Martin Wickramasinghe’s Bhavatharanaya controversy, and not power-wielders as they are now). An interview given by Mr. Ashraff on this issue and a translation of the poem can be read here:

http://sundaytimes.lk/991128/news3.html

[iii] Apart from being anti-English, anti-Western, anti-capitalist and anti-socialist. Quoted in Blowback: Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka – Neil  De Votta

[iv] Wagner and Politics – Bernard Williams – The New York Review of Books – 2.11.2000

[v] Buddhism Betrayed

[vii] Irate President takes on SLMC – Daily Mirror – 1.3.2014

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    Sinhala Buddhist cronies must be treated for Mahavamsa-Mahanama-Mahinda chinthanaya caused madness by electric shock treatment:

    Otherwise they are going to let loose another hellish war in Sri Lanka with more genocides.

    This must be stopped urgently, and the Sinhala Buddhist pissas treated with electrical shock.

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      Thiru, put that electrical shock up in[Edited out]..we did it to praba the bastard in mamdikadaal lagoon

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      Dear By Tisaranee Gunasekara,

      Thank you and well stated. Mr. Hakeem’s committed No Crime. All the crimes were committed by the Racist “Buddhist” Monk Mahanama and their current racist “Buddhist” followers, the Para-Sinhala, who have split the Native land of the Native Veddah, who have been in the land for well over 18,000 years.

      Well Articulated below.

      “The key problem with Lankan Buddhism is not its embrace of non-Buddhist rituals (including polytheism) but the axiomatic identification it makes between Sinhala race and Buddhism and its acceptance of violence as a means of protecting the Sinhala-Buddhist nature of Sri Lanka. As Prof. Tambiah pointed out, main features of Anagarika Dharmapala’s Buddhist revival included “a denigration of alleged non-Buddhist ritual practices and magical manipulations” and an “enunciation of a code for lay conduct…which emphasized a puritanical sexual morality and etiquette in family life”[v]. Soma Thero too began his public career as a reformer committed to purifying Buddhism of non-Buddhist (Hindu/animist) influences and practices. He advocated a puritanical morality and a return to a pure, orthodox form of Buddhism. From this, like Dharmapala and others of the same ilk (from Martin Luther to Al-Wahhab of Nejd), he made a seamless descent into religious-fanaticism.”

      1. Let us look deeper into the damage and calamity the Imaginations of Monk Mahanama is cussing 15 centuries later for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, This can be compared to the Imaginations of Abdul Wahab of Arabia and the capability it is causing the Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

      2. We all know what the core problem is. Monk Mahanama Sinhala “Buddhist” Racism that is imbibed from a young age to Sinhala Buddhist Children. They grow up to be adult racists. That is not what Buddha taught.

      This is what the True Natives, Native Veddas have to say about the Para- Sinhala and other Paras-, the Paradeshis or foreigners.

      2. All the above descriptions support the Sinhala and Tamil as Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil, like Para-deshi, Foreigners, as far a the Native Veddah are concerned, who walked at least 16,000 years ago when Lanka and India were connected by a land bridge as the sea levels were low. So, the Sinhala “Buddhist” Nationalism and Racism and Tamil Nationalism need to be identified as, Racism, Para-Sinhala Nationalism and Para-Tamil Nationalism. Monk Mahanama imaginations of Mahawansa need to be fully exposed and discarded.

      Why? Non- Confirmation bias of Mahawansa. Did Dr. Para-nawithana, the noted Sri Lankan Archaeologist, believe, the Imaginations of monk Mahanama of 5th Century such as:

      a) Grandfather of Para-Vijaya was a lion? Any DNA data in support of this imagination?

      b) Buddha visited Lanka three-times in 500 BC? any support for the Imagination.

      c) During one visit, Buddha left his giant footprint on top of Mount Samanala Kanda, “Adams Peak”. Did he fly by the Dandu Monera Yanthraya, Giant Bird, and parachute?

      d) The Veddah are the offspring of Para-Vijaya and Kuveni. Is there any DNA data to support this? No. Another Monk Mahanama Imagination.

      e) Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves — preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.1 Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival. With the impending extinction of Wanniya-laeto culture, however, Sri Lanka and the world stand to lose a rich body of indigenous lore and living ecological wisdom that is urgently needed for the sustainable future of the rest of mankind. Historically, for the past twenty-five centuries or more Sri Lanka’s indigenous community has been buffeted by successive waves of immigration and colonization that began with the arrival of the Sinhalese from North India in the 5th century BC. Consequently, the Wanniyalaeto have repeatedly been forced to choose between two alternative survival strategies: either to be assimilated into other cultures or to retreat ever further into a shrinking forest habitat. Who are the natives of Lanka? Native Vedda. The walked. They are not Para- and not Paradeshi, Kallathoni, Illegal Boat People or Hora-Oru, like the Para-Sinhala, Para-Demala and other Paras.

      Read:

      http://vedda.org/deraniyagala.htm

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        Whose daughter set fire on herself and killed herself.

        Was it because of Hakeem’s fault or not ?

  • 20
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    I hope & wish this time around the Muslim nations would vote against this utter fool Gon Mahindaya. I never liked Hakim but if the regime is attacking the Minority what you would they do apart from seeking help from a third party. Hakim must rataliate. F** Kumari’s file. Hakim has a duty to protect his people from Bebadu Sena, Gothakarumaya and Gon Raja.

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    Ms T got it all wrong ,, Hasn’t she?.

    Weren’t the Norwegian trained Monks who started the first attacks on Muslims since 1915?.

    Even 1915, wasn’t it the British and their Colombo stooges set the Siinhala Buddhists against the Muslims to break the business monopoly of the latter?.

    Things haven’t changed much Have they?…

    Hakeem is an Opportunist and will do anything to retain his power.

    Ms T’s Diaspora mates paid the wages of the LTTE who chased away One Hundred Thousand Muslims from the North and has given a clean slate to the current Vellala rulers.

    They also financed the Kathankaddy massacre which resulted in Batti Muslims losing over 400 of their young.

    Did Hakeem include those incidents too in his Report to Ms Pillai?.

    Rajapaksa is right to tell Hakeem to piss off.. But he wouldn’t.

    Poor Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants have great empathy for the poor Muslims because both copped punishment big time from the Diaspora funded Terrorists.

    And Mr Hakeem wants to give free kicks to the Diaspora.

    Leader of the Elite Muslims , Muzamil even is now in Rajapaksa camp , because he knows that the Muslims will be better off with the current regime.

    BTW, Isn’t it Haram for Muslims to learn about Buddhism?…

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Haraam in an Islamic sense means to avoid anything that harms Humanity. You should ask your Rulers and your radical Bhikkus what harms Humanity? Apparently they are more concerned in legalising what harms their nation rather than promoting the greater good and unity.

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        It is haram for Tsunamisekera to write to CT. He should switch to “Daily Noise” whose editor is Rajkattapal Abeynayake.

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      Sumanasekera:

      Man your World has tuned upside down you are having terrible Nightmares. The Ghost of Mullivaikal has come to haunt you and MR.
      Look at the turn of events.

      1) Despite the LTTE driving out the Muslims for spying they have now turned to the so called LTTE Rum for help.
      2) Raful Hakeem has beaten the liar MR in his own game by lying the master.
      3) The powerful Tamil Diaspora convincing 3 Muslims States who supported you last time to vote against you.
      4) SLMC realising that they can cause more damage from within have thrown the Gauntlet by saying Sack me you can or Catch me if You can. MR is too old to run.

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    Hakeem is a puppet handled by MR regime.

    Can anybody see anything this man fulfilled for the muslim community in this country ?

    How can this man ever explain what his role as a Justice minister of MR regime ? This question will be made legitimate in this month´s UNHRC session.

    What is the role of a MINISTER OF JUSTICE in the cabinet of MR regime ?
    Why some higher depts that should function under justice minister of the state, are being kept under PRESIDENT himself ? There are over 100 depts, are being reported to have kept by president ? Is this man a human creature to keep control all these dept or ministries ?

    If MR is a that efficient by controlling the number of position as a leader, being a model figure to lanken context, why is that the ministers in general stay silent modes… not fulfiling the due as given in ministerial provisions in the govt´s constituion?

    GLP or any even higher talented would not be able to succeed any of the questions coming under the corruption, injustice, lack of rule of law, rather increase support towards impunity..and the related.. in the UNHRC sessions. who should be responsible for all these if not Rajapakshe oligarchs ???????

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      Among muslim communities in the country, there are not female candidates, but why ?

      Malaysians, Parkistan, Bangaladesh all produce female politicians but in SL, there seem to be none sofar ? Do muslim men that subjugate their women also in SL ?

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    No secret that any leader appointed from their community is trying to do the maximum to their own rather than helping others, but Hakeem, Azwer and the like are good examples, that they would do otherway round leaving own folks in hunger, suffering or struggling for lives. Whether these men should be supported further by their folks should be what the people have to learn at least this time.

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    Tissaranee you say: “Had the President cared an iota about religious amity, rule of law or Sri Lanka’s good-name, he would have summoned the Defence Secretary and the IGP and asked whether the attacks actually happened and, if so, why the perpetrators were not brought to justice”. . Are you really serious. Attacks on places of such religious worship are sponsored by the Rajapaksas. Do you think Mahinda Rajapaksa was unaware that Gotabhaya is the patron saint of the BBS. Bensen

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    MR will never forgive RH for what he did, Regime is not playing politics it’s a dictatorship. On the other hand I think RH did what he did because of the pressure brought on him by rest of the community. Best RH could do now is to leave the government, unfortunately he is not so upright to do a such thing.

    MR regime is holding all their dogs back during these period one cannot hear any stray dogs barking or monkeys running amok, it’s as if they have vanished in to thin air.

    However I think international communities message has reached the top. In future dogs and monkeys will be under tighter control.

    For the betterment of entire nation this regime must be defeated.

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    Glad that the 1915 attacks against the muslims is also mentioned, lest we forget !

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      Dev,

      1915, it goes all the way to the 5th Century imaginations of Racist Sinhala “Buddhist” Monk Mahanama who distorted and corrupted pristine Buddhism, into a Monk Hegemony and Racism. The Sinhala and Tamil are Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil, as far as the Native Vedda, Aethho, are concerned.

      Why is is that there are hardly any Tamil Buddhist in Lanka, whereas in India every state has a few percent Buddhists.

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        The Buddhism being practised by the ‘so called Buddhists’ in Sri Lanka is unfortunately exactly opposite to what the Buddha preached. No one who witnesses the atrocities of these people will ever want to know real Buddhism. No wonder there are no Tamil Buddhists nor will any Christians or Muslims want to investigate what Buddhism is with the evidence that is being presented.

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    This is a rare occasion that we heard MR got angry in public… What is going on… I guess a report by a minority party attached to Gov has more weight in clarifying facts.. I guess SLMC report is in par with all other reports. MR’s little brain may have started crumbling.. Perhaps somebody MR trusted has told him that there is a possibility of direct sanctions by EU/USA, such as all Rajapakse family assets in EU/USA may get frozen.
    I wish I am an extended family member of Rajapakse family… Rajapakses’ should be looking for extended family members to disperse their wealth.. Allah..

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    As Buddha preached, cause of all Dukkha (suffering, dissatisfaction, etc.) is caused by ignorance. The victims and perpetrators are both ‘victims of ignorance’.

    Even at the very basic level anyone who takes the time to verify the ‘Four Noble Truths’ which leads to the ‘Noble Eight Fold Path’ IMMATERIAL OF WHAT RELIGION THEY FOLLOW, will understand the workings of the Universal Principle. (It does not require a change of religion, in fact it can only enhance the practice your own religion.)

    As long as we continue to blame another person/group, God or Satan the solution remains beyond our control. The solution can be discovered only after each individual courageously accepts responsibility and acts accordingly within the immutable Universal Laws. It is not the easy path but the only path to lasting cessation of suffering. Until then everyone will blame someone else in search of the elusive solution.

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    There is no need for Hakeem or anyone to take MR seriously. This type of cabinet rage ignores the political realities, locally as well as internationally. Most probably it will earn the SLMC a good many muslim votes in the PC elections as well as it will not go down well with the OIC countries.

    Hakeem is planted in the cabinet especially to impress the OIC that muslims are well treated and looked after here, whereas the ordinary muslims are subjected to harrassment at the hands of the monkeys.

    Recently monkeys were seen doing the 100 m sprint in front of the Fort Railway station to assault an ordinary lay person. Monkeys are increasingly at the fore front of demonstrations, sathyagraha’s and death fasts. This is the reason for MR’s cabinet rage. He is afraid of the Monkeys.

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      @safa
      “Hakeem is planted in the cabinet especially to impress the OIC that muslims are well treated and looked after here, whereas the ordinary muslims are subjected to harrassment at the hands of the monkeys”

      Absolutely correct. For the muslims, eventually it is a No WIN situation. They will continue to be harassed by the monkeys and the govt will do nothing about it. And Hakeem will look the other way because he only represents himself in the govt. And besides, he is too busy looking after his own Carnival.

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        I agree. No Muslims must vote UPFA or Specially they mustnt vote SLMC. 90% of SLMC votes are Muslim votes. Muslims dont vote for the person who contest in SLMC. They are so dumb to vote for the ‘Muslim (congress’) name itself. What SLMC do after winning?
        auction their party to idiots like Jara-fucksake.
        UNP may not a pure party but at least its less trouble.
        this time Muslims in colombo should vote for Lalkantha.

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          It is not SLMC auction their party to Jara pakse.
          JaraPakse is taking RH on ransom. If RH don’t join Jarapakse’s RH would be hunted on tax or other old dirt.
          This is what Jarapakse’s do to get politicians to convert to UPFA.

          Even Mervin has a bribery court case against him. If Mervin get’s too smart Jarapakses can screw his b@lls.

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    Tisaranee you have said the most pertinent words
    “Are the Rajapaksas deliberately reusing it to ignite a religious conflict? Are they planning to regain their role as Sinhala-Saviours by imposing a new war on us?
    Yes indeed they have no other bass for their power and so you must excuse them. Will they pull it off as a counter to the UN HRC Resolution? Fools- they do not realize that the war victor cannot dictate the peace since they used the Western Powers and India to do so.

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    If you complaint when a someone tries to hurt you,
    you are guilty.The party that tries to do so is
    forgotten. That is the Mahinda Rajapaksa doctrine.

    There were men like late J.R. Jayawardena who had
    a cabinet made up of hardliners – Cyril Mathew on
    the one hand and S. Thondaman on the other. How
    beautifully JR managed both of them in the Cabinet.

    Today, the tail – the intellectually brilliant, politically
    articulate and strategically wise people like Wimal
    Weerawansa and Champika Ranawaka who are leading Rajapaksa
    by his nose. Where is the statesmanship?

    If Hakeem has done wrong, have an inquiry and sack him. On
    the other hand if those ministers like Weerawansa (once a
    rathu sahodaraya) and Ranawaka (an acknowledged extremist)
    are at fault, deal with them.

    Instead, MR is politically immature and lacks humility of
    any sort. So the best answer, when there are issues, is to
    shout loud. Or his he cracking under pressure? Either way,
    it does not help him.

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    Why did Hakeem not stand up to Rajapaksa and challenge him when Rajapaksa accused him of betraying the country? He shifted the blame on to Hasen Ali, the secretary of the SLMC. Hakeem is a spineless worm with no self respect at all. He should have challenged Rajapaksa for not taking action against the racist Sinhala groups demolishing mosques and attacking muslims. As justice minister why didn’t Hakeem ensure that justice is done in these cases to his own community. Hasen Ali should be congratulated for giving the report to Ms Pillay.

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    Hakeem is a leader of a religious based constituency, so his loyalty first should be to the constituency that elected him to power. This constituency being a Sri Lankan constituency does not have any issues with the country or the ideals of the country Sri Lanka. So Hakeem has to first act for the benefit of the Muslims not to the benefit of Rajapakse brothers. If he fails to do this then he is the greatest traitor of the Muslim community.

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    TG is bankrupt.

    TG IS QUOTING A A SEEMINGLY POSITIVE PRAISE OF BUDDHISM FROM A MUSLIM FANATIC.

    Otherwise, What stupid would quote a Muslim Fanatic praising buddhism A RELIGION FOR THEM WHICH WORSHIP IDOLS ?

    We know that both the Christians and muslims want Buddhists to be Buddhists. So that, they can screw up buddhism.

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    According to thie above article “Champika Ranawaka, who had made a successful political career out of peddling minority phobia and hatred, reportedly raised the ‘Hakeem issue’ in the cabinet; he accused Mr. Hakeem of giving UNHRC chief Navi Pillay a 50-page document itemising “the attacks on Muslims and Christians….and the government’s failure to take action against the perpetrators.”[vii]

    “…document itemising “the attacks on Muslims and Christians….and the government’s failure to take action against the perpetrators.”[vii]” this itself shows that extremeists accept that there has been attack.

    Then where is the Rule of Law and the Rule of War, internationally accepted. We saw how the case on the attack on the Fashion Bug where a Buddhist Monk was charged, was “amicably Settled” in the open court though it was the duty of the state to prosecute the perpetrators

    We are yet to see statesmen to rule this country instead of politicians whose main idea is to win the next election. Untill and unless authorities stop the people act irationaly when it comes religious issues, this country will further go down without any development

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa has made Rauff Hakeem a hero
    among the Muslims.

    All these days Hakeem was accused of keeping
    his mouth shut in the cabinet and not raising
    Muslim issues. Now, by calling Hakeem a traitor
    and asking him to get out of the government, he
    has dignified Hakeem in the eyes of the Muslims.

    He will sure get more votes from Muslims in the
    Southern and Western Provinces. That Mahinda Rajapaksa
    held in this shows how immature he is in politics though
    he is certainly brilliant in public relations. MR lost
    a great deal in saying things after listening to two
    cheap communalist ministers bent on destroying the fabric
    of unity in this country. Both Wimal Weerawansa and
    Champika Ranawaka will have to take total responsibility
    for the religious strife. Of course they are doing the
    bidding for someone powerful

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      You are partly correct. This is the game of politics. Unfortunately, the people in this country are with religious chauvinism. The politicians are aware that if they talk of religion and race irrationaly the people will vote to them irrespective of violence and corruption and whether the country was developed or not.

      This line of thoughts, based on the race and religion is common to minorities as well because they are at a receiving end. Now you see Navi Pillai came to Sri Lanka long time ago and now only the talk of a 50 page report handed over by the SLMC emerges. Why it is now? it is timely. By making Rauf Hakeem a hero at this moment the government is well aware that it can evade the Muslims who are disgruntled with this governmentdue to the attack on Muslims and Mosques voting against the govt. Instead they will vote now for SLMC because of his rhetoric in days to come and finally Hakeem will take all Muslim votes in bulk to the Government for his gaining.

      Don’t be misled by saying that the present leaders are imature. This is the game of real politicians not any thing else

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    TG:

    Hakeems Crime can be summed up under the following heading.

    SPYING
    VYING
    LYING

    1) Syping: Spying for the Sri Lankan Army betraying the Tamils.

    2) Vying: Vying for power for personal benefit.

    3) Lying: Lying to MR that it wasn’t he who handed over the 50 Page
    Document to Mrs.Pillai and in the process beating MR is
    his own game.

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    The old frustrated witch is at it again. This is how she is contributing towards reconciliation! Read the history of Sri Lanka to begin with and take your blinkers off before driveling hatred.

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    For mr. Rajapakse the crime is the victims seeking protection from an authoritative source and the crimes committed by
    The Sinhala Budhist monks are not his concerned. He is not worried how the minority Muslims and Christians are persecuted by the majority.

    I am glad Rauf Hakeem or his party has done a good job and the Muslim world is aware of what Rajapakse
    I’d doing to the minority Muslims and Christians.

    Rajapakse is angry with the victims who made a complaint and not with the perpetrators of crime.

    I hope at least one Muslim country votes against Rajapakse regime and both Mahinda and Gothabaya
    Are produced before the international criminal court.

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    An exceptionally good analysis. Our nationalists cannot digest its reasoning

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