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Murali Is Transparent, Accountable And Reconciled

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

It was the 22nd day of the month of July in the year 2010.  Galle was the venue of the first test between Sri Lanka and India.  India had avoided innings defeat but was ahead only marginally with 9 wickets down. For fifteen overs and 2 deliveries, much of the cricketing world waited and watched with rising anticipation.  Muttiah Muralitharan had already taken 799 test wickets.  It was his last test.  He had one shot at achieving the numerically satisfying ‘800’ to end an illustrious test cricket career.

Few who watched would forget the 4th delivery of the 116th over.  This is how it was described by the cricinfo commentator: ‘Muralitharan to Ojha, OUT, 800 it is! The wait and the tension is finally over! Tossed up outside off and the four men around the bat wait in anticipation! Ojha lunges forward, edges it and Mahela falls to his left and takes the catch at first slip! No need to look anywhere for confirmation, straightforward and Murali is ecstatic.’

Few would remember two other deliveries, the 4th of the 102nd over and the 2nd deliver of the 106th.   In the first case, Ishant Sharma steered a Lasith Malinga delivery past cover. There was confusion over a second run but in the end the batsmen reached safety. Someone threw the ball.  Muralitharan. Then in the 106th over, Pragyan Ojha pushes a Dilshan delivery to mid-off.  Murali picks and has a shy at the stumps.  Ojha just makes his ground.  The disappointment on his face was clearly not for camera.  Murali doesn’t do ‘photo op’, he is not a politician.

Murali

Murali

On both occasions Murali might very well have won the game for Sri Lanka and denied himself that magic number, 800.  Bradman got out for a duck in his last innings.  Murali would have been ‘stranded’ on 799 but I think would have dabbed that little bit of grace to his immortality to rise (marginally) over the Don in the romantic history of the game.

That’s Murali. All about team, all about collective even as he recognizes the individual and is conscious of the tasks he has been assigned and the standards he sets himself.  On and off the playing field, one might add.

He is not one to be drawn into political discussion but if asked he would offer, as he has, candid opinion.

What does Murali know about Sri Lanka, communal conflict, inter-community relations, and depravations generated by war and natural disasters?  He is, ethnically speaking, a Tamil.  He has, along with his family, known of ethnic violence and yet it cannot be said that he belongs to an underclass, ethnic or otherwise.  He is immensely popular and much loved by all communities.  He is a national icon and is internationally recognized as an athlete of rare ability whose achievements of an exceptional character.  What credentials does he possess to assess progress made in post-conflict Sri Lanka?  The Nation asked. Murali responded.

‘We all belong to various communities; we are Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslims. And we all have religious faiths; we are Hindus, Buddhists, Christians.  We can belong to this or that community. What we have to realize is that we have to live together and for this we must respect each other.  There are differences of course, but the main difference is not about being a Tamil or a Christian, but the different ideas and ways of thinking. We all need peace and we all want to live in a peaceful country. All countries have conflicts and that’s natural.  But we have to overcome and live together.’

The above can be read as a homily that is easily drafted.  Anyone can say it. Murali, however, is not a word man.  He is a man of action, on and off the field, intense and focused, pragmatic and disciplined.  No one will dispute this.

He has not lived in a war zone but this doesn’t mean he is ignorant of war-related realities and depravations.  He has visited these areas when he was a Brand Ambassador of the World Food Programme.  He recalls that time: ‘You can’t imagine how bad things were. I was there and I saw with my own eyes.’ He was speaking of the year 2003, i.e. at a time when the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government and the LTTE was in force.

This is not the only reason he is qualified to pronounce judgment on progress made post-conflict.  The ‘Foundation of Goodness’ he set up in 1999 to improve the lives of people in rural Sri Lanka, has been working tirelessly in the North and East for the past 36 months, concentrating mostly in the areas that saw the heaviest fighting, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Mannar and Mullaitivu.

‘I’ve been there in 2003. It is now 2013, 10 years have passed.  I see the difference. Things are 1000 percent better now.’

He has touched and keeps touching hundreds of thousand lives in a real, practical and tangible manner.  His work covers 30 ‘empowerment sectors’.  He has set up medical centers, dental clinics, implemented projects to empower women, encourage environment management, develop business skills, offered IT training, set up pre-school educational facilities, organized programs to enable young people develop technical skills, provided all kinds of implements, from cooking utensils to sports equipment, and through it all facilitated people-to-people and inter-community interaction and understanding.  All for free.

This is not the place to showcase Murali’s ‘Foundation of Goodness’.  The point is, he knows.  He visits, talks, smiles, make people feel better and leaves behind that which will support them long after he is gone.  How many among his detractors who question his credentials can claim to have done better?

‘It is all about people.  Harmony depends on people.  It is about how you take it.’

That’s shorthand which describes operational template and subtly takes issue with certain kinds of narratives and interpretations of lived and suffered realities, both then and now.  Murali could have ‘taken’ in a hundred different ways. He could have ‘given’ too, in many ways.  He chose a particular kind of ‘taking’ and a particular kind of ‘giving’.  His way makes for harmony. His way is on-the-ground, people-to-people; there are other ‘ways’ that are not, that are wordy and worse, pit people against one another. Those other ‘ways’ are pernicious also because they are designed and disseminated by those who cannot claim to ‘know’ in the way that Murali knows.

‘The assistance given to me by the Army is immense.  There was a time when they developed five grounds in just three months.  I don’t think anyone or any organization can do what the Army does and continues to do. They have the human resources and the equipment. They can be counted on at any time to deliver what is needed.’

We didn’t ask, but he said.

It brought to mind the period following the defeat of the LTTE.  Certain sections of the media castigated the security forces with regard to the way the IDP situation was handled. It was a tough, tough, tough job.  No UN agency or set of UN agencies, no I/NGO collective and no set of state institutions, together or separately, could have managed to feed approximately 300,000 people, take care of their health issues, reunite families and arrange things so that the education of the children would not be totally abandoned, the way that the security forces did.  They had the numbers, the equipment, the discipline, the minds and hearts.

What Murali sees, then, has to be extension.

We cannot ask, ‘What do you know, Murali?’  We cannot ask, ‘What right do you have, Murali?’  Few, indeed, can interrogate the man.  He knows the dimensions. First hand.  He knows eye-wash.  He can see through orchestrated demonstrations.  Why? He is a person and he knows people. Different kinds of people.

He is a man of few words, when it comes to interviews.  He is more about action.  He has tossed unplayable deliveries.  But what he delivers now and what he has been delivering for more than a decade now are different – makes for engagement. Makes for peace.

On the cricket field he savored of course his personal achievements, but never delighted more than when his team was victorious.  It is the same outside.  He doesn’t talk about his Foundation unless you ask him. He does his bit.  He is accountable.  He is transparent. He is about reconciliation.  He doesn’t use those words.  That’s the difference.  That’s Murali.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    After a long wait an article with some characteristic insidiousness from Malinda. His last several articles have been terribly bland.

    Let us examine this piece:
    1. Why does Malinda fail to point out the fact that Murali appeared in advertisement in support of Mahinda Rajapakse during the 2010 elections? (ref – http://cricket.rediff.com/report/2010/feb/16/face-off-jayasuriya-vs-ranatunga.htm)

    2. If this fact had been disclosed would it not make the entire article very different? Especially when you say “we did not ask – he told” – would it not be clear that Murali is still advertising for Mahinda?

    3. “Murali is not a word man” you say. Have you seen the numerous interviews with his team mates who say that he is gregarious? What kind of a journalist is unaware of one of the most fundamental features of the most successful sportsperson in the country?

    4. Since Murali IS a word man, would not your conclusion about his statement not being a homily, be wrong?

    5. Why is it that the population of the Northern Province for whom Murali has so tirelessly worked disagree with his view that it is 1000 times better? If they agreed, surely they would have voted for the Government that Murali implies made it 1000 times better? The fact that they overwhelmingly rejected the government shows that they disagree vehemently with his assessment.

    6. While he is arguably the best bowler in history, he is certainly not qualified to speak on the travails of the ordinary person. He is a celebrity and does not have to worry about the army intimidating him or raping his family members. The Army is nice to him and have helped him because he is a celebrity.

    7. People castigated the security forces after the war for three reasons. First was because there was a willful underestimation of the people held by the LTTE (70,000 instead of 350 or 400,000). This resulted in not being prepared. It would not have been a “tough tough tough” task if the truth had been allowed.

    8.The second reason for castigating the security forces was the unnecessary length of time that 250,000 or 300,000 people were kept incarcerated. The “security threat” bogey was exposed when in December 2009, just before the elections, a large number of people were released, when just days before the Government was claiming that there was a need for thorough security checks.

    9. The third reason is that the security forces did, and continue to this day, inflict torture and rape on men and women.

    10. Just to round things up – what do you mean by “he is ethnically speaking a Tamil”? How else could you be a Tamil? By your appearance? Like how you were able to discern that the majority of around two hundred or three hundred people protesting against the BBS were non-buddhists?!

    S

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      hi fake man .

      Murali has the right because he has done more for the average tamil than you or your diaspora friends will ever do in a million years .

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        Malinda Seneviratne.. THEN WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS?? YOU DID NOT LIVE IN THE WAR ZONE AND FIGHT AS WELL.. YET WE SEE YOUR SO CALLED NON EXISTENT ONE SIDED EXPERIENCE.

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        Like what? A couple of examples might help to understand the man better.

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      You took the words out of my mouth! Well said Sulaiman.

      Malinda is trying every trick in the book to continue ingratiating himself to the powers that be.

      He is so damn obvious, and gets more and more pathetic by the day writing these silly pieces for his daily crumb.

      Despite Malinda’s politically motivated hosannas, Murali is no doubt the greatest bowler in history to date.

      However, that ass Malinda, a closet racist, takes the cake as the dumbest journalist!!

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      Sulai;
      Malinda quotes;

      Murai said”I’ve been there in 2003. It is now 2013, 10 years have passed. I see the difference. Things are 1000 percent better now”.

      I FEEL sorry for him as a fellow sri Lankan, A Buddhist Sinhalese.
      Before that he was not been there, and he has not taken any interest on any ethnicities for the sufferings by Killer LTTE OR OTHER ARMED UNFORMED Roughs.
      Because In 2009, He was not there gone to see his people’s suffering,
      Now he sees the differences. Things are 1000 percent better.
      But the Sufferings are same.
      Same as Malinda, Murali and you all are just Leaches, And Fleas Who do batting for Jarapassa clan to help LOOT sri lanka.

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    Murali is not a man of few words. He is a man of a lot of words even though his English language is limited. That’s why he told Cameron that he was wrong and that he was being misled by a few hundred mothers pretending to be looking for their ‘lost’ sons.

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    murali was born and raised in chingala kandy. his parents probably settled there after leaving the tea estate to pursue a different trade.
    he has no connection whatsoever with either northern tamils or eastern tamils. therefore all he knows about us is more or less the same as a chingala geezer would know. in the circumstances murali a descendant of tea pluckers has no right to speak about us. he wouldn’t know anything about our struggles against chingala oppressors. not only he wouldn’t know , in all probability he wouln’t have given a toss about us. how could an ignorant chucker make a comment as he did. an ignorant pariah like him should shut up and refrain from making any stupid comments.

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      This comment reeks of the ‘Northern Tamil’ arrogance and superiority complex. The contempt for the ”tea plucker’.

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      If Murali as you say is a descendant of tea pluckers that has no right to speak about us then who the hell are Stephen Harper and David Cameron? As a matter of fact he was affected by Sinhala riots during 1977 so I reckon he can speak for us as Tamils. But not just as a Tamil, but as a Sri Lankan.

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      It seems Murali is calling you a pr**k givem your warped mentality. So some Tamils are nearer to God and some are nearer to the demons. We know where you are closer to; go and join the sun goat “deceased” in hell where you belong.

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    Murali, I like your photo with the facial expression and the out-stretched finger. Whom are you calling a “pr**k”; not Cameron and Ch 4 by chance?

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    A doosra by Sulaiman, looks like Malinda is clean bowled.

    :-)

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      aratai

      PLease remember you don’t need a good bowler to get him out. He is a bowler.

      He should concentrate on his forte ” Bowling.

      He has made a mess by trying to bat For MR.

      He Bowled at Cameron at Kilinochchi. He Should Have Stopped at that. Why did he try to Bat For MR.

      He batted against the Bowling of Cameron to Save His Brother’s Fortune. ( Container Loads of Alcohol smuggling).

      After all Murali once during his carrier days told his Fans At Kotanchenai That he regrets that he is not conversant in Tamil to Speak to the fans who mobbed him. Asa a result he had to make hasty retreat.

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      Sulaiman was damn right.
      Murali out? :) Man, with a single delivery you too can bowl him out.
      People respected Murali as a cricketer although he was a greart chucker as we all used to apploud Sana uncle who later became a super idiot. Thats that. This bugger Murali is white washing the Jarapaksa rogues as the other bugger Malinda does.
      Tamils anyway wernt great supporters of Murali and now they dont give two hoots to this oppotunist laundryman.

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    Malinda, great sentence “It was the 22nd day of the month of July in the year 2010” I remember on that day I spanked the monkey at least 5 times. What do you think about my article Malia?

    PS: Looks like Murali is going to be the new poster boy.. Well done Murali and congratulations..

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    Murali is transperant and he does a lot of good work but how about you Mailinda can we all say that your transparent and stand for justice?? (chee chee how naughty of me to ask such questions neda)

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    Sulaiman pointed out a lot of things to punch holes in Malinda’s argument. It was hard to punch holes in a sieve, but Sulaiman did a good job. Now, coming to Murali, I would say Murali did NOTHING to enhance the social or sports for the people of North or East (even Central) provinces, where many Tamils live. Murali played for Uthura Rudhra in the Sri Lanka Premier League. But, he didn’t bother to ask for a Tamil name, ‘why not Vadakku Rudras’. If he fell in love and got married to an Indian, a Canadian, a Somalian, even a Martian, nobody would have had any problem. But, his family went on to get his wife through an arranged marriage from Tamil Nadu, which is considered to be the Mother Land by most of the ‘Malaiyaka’ Tamil people. A rich girl, who is a medical doctor and is expected inherit a big slice of their hospital chain, was picked. Murali’s parents must have thought that their son would be safe in Tamil Nadu when another ethnic riot breaks out in Sri Lanka. I would bet my bottom dollar, if Murali stands in an election in the Tamil area, he would receive less votes than a local lowlife. I guess, writing this much itself gives too much of dignity to Malinda’s verbose.

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    “I’ve been there in 2003. It is now 2013, 10 years have passed. I see the difference. Things are 1000 percent better now.”

    WOW…. This man speaks through his bottom, like Malinda.

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    The loud mouth political statements made by Murali, has got him into hot waters where the Tamils are concerned on both sides of the Palk Strait. At this juncture there may be a turmoil even under the blankets in Kandy, where his wife is concerned, who is from TN. Murali is an opportunist and he is prepared to sell his heritage for a mess of pottage, to obtain a seat in power. As Bernard Shaw put it, ” Politics is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.Hope Murali does not take refuge in BS’evaluation.

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    Murali Is as Transparent, Accountable And Reconciled as maligned Malinda is to the authoritarian, unethical, lawless rule of Pissa Mahinda: He belittles the thousands of Tamils disappeared and still disappearing in the country.————————————————————————

    Would he bite the bloody hand that feeds him for propaganda purpose?

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      Viswanathan Anand, the world chess champion. Is the Transparent, Accountable and Accountable Tamil living 8 miles across the sea.ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ

      While this Murali Croak-et who chucks the ball on and often when his master is not observing is rightly from the tea bushes. ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ
      Keep him under the tea bushes for the creepers to deal with he is not the common man’s cup of tea.

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      Everyone like wrist spin not a polio arm to hide and certainly not finger and crooked mouth spin.

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    And he chucks No Ball….. . It looks you are drunk that is why you are doing a Murali (chuck).

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    Another Mal function.

    Look here everybody can see Murali’s intelligent through his comment. Remember just after the tsunami he made about a comment about Prabaharan “It is because of Prabaharan the Tamils are able to hold their head high” or something like that and all the paid up Sri Lanakn press went up in arms against him. This is such a comment. Looks like a paid up comment. Is Mulrali’s somebody got involved with something and Murali needs the government’s help to get him out of that trouble from the arms of the Sri Lankan law.

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    Malindha finally – the “Sinahalya” in You. I call you so because you wrote about the “Muslim in You”.

    Sure you would love some Tamil who has seen a “1000 times improvement”. But at least he was payed off with a Banana Plantation for saying so. Not sure what your payment is ? Perhaps an opportunity to be part of the Diplomatic corps with the chance to sip some cappuccino with Dayan in Genva during and before the proceeds of the human rights council?

    You have now the elected representative of the Tamils in parliament call you’ll a bunch of Hooligans and bulk of the worlds nations wanting to try the hooligans for war crimes – it will be indeed nice to have some one seeing 1000 times improvement.

    But I don’t blame Muthiya. The Jaffna Tamils colluded with the Sinhalese leaders to De-franchisee and repatriate a million Indian Tamils. Hence they are better of with the Sinhalese – no questions about that. But the Sinhalese in you is unable to see that vital difference – so do the goons in parliament and in the streets who rampage with government support in the many riots we have had – and that is the “Sinahalya” in you.

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    This Malinda fellow writes pure, unmitigated tosh..
    He is no political or social scientist, nor is he a good writer! and he knows nothing aside from Sinhala Buddhist nationalism and racism..

    Murali comes from the plantation Tamil community which has always struggled for citizenship in Sri Lanka and their RIGHTS. Indian Origin Estate Tamils are grateful for the scraps thrown from the high table of Sinhala racists – like Malidna. Today estate Tamils have NO LAND RIGHTS and cannot own the estate line rooms in which they have lived for centuries.. STILL. They only got voting rights a few years ago.. They are only half citizens of Sinhala racist Lanka – TODAY.
    Whereas, Sri Lanka Tamils from the Jaffna and Colombo know their birthrights and do not merely want hand outs from Sinhala Racists – but full rights and self-determination.. with all the rights enjoyed by

    While the elite Jaffna

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    Although I do not accept the position, I understand that people living in the war zone got affected. Government is not a terrorist organization and they had to protect the civilians and they did not.

    Coming back to the topic at hand, Murali did not live in the war zone he lived in the suburbs of Kandy. Murali’s father’s business – Luckyland Biscuits was burnt down during the 1983 communal riots. I remember his father talking to my father as my father was instrumental in getting a seat at St. Anthony’s College. Murali should not and cannot forget what happened to his father’s business, as this is the business that paid for his education.

    I remember the day when Murali’s father came to my house to ask for the assistance of my father to admit Murali to Trinity College or St. Anthony’s. My father advised him to admit Murali to St. Anthony’s and my father helped him. Murali’s father came to my house after his admission to the College with a bag of Luckyland Biscuits, which I part took.

    In 1983 when I was working in Europe, I heard that Luckyland biscuit was burnt I felt so sad, as I have enjoyed the biscuit at one time in my life. If I felt so, just imagine how Murali would have felt?

    How can he forget this. If he is so influential with the President, the best thing he can do is to be the go between to solve the minority issues, not just the problem between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, but the bigger -broader problem that exists today in Sri Lanka that is any one opposing the Rajapakse regime being branded as a TRAITOR.

    Murali, this is a challenge for you to carry on your back to show that you are a True Son Of Your Father and you believe in the true values he believed in.

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    Well put, Sulaiman! I wonder if Malinda has ever criticized the current GOSL for ANYTHING at all? All I read of his ‘stuff’ is a tireless support/defence of the regime.

    Sad!

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      Well….Peter, there are so many here to criticise GOSL. Malinda brings another point of view to the table though may not be palatable to some.

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    Jaffna Tamils traditionally dominated the top end jobs ,leaving the non Jaffna Tamils to the menial job market and meagre living.

    Then Mr Prabakaran came along and put a stop to it,

    But the Vellalas in Colombo with reasonable bank balances continued their progress, in the country or overseas.

    They even produced eminent persons such as Vellala judges and politicians like the gun TNA recruit Mr Sumanathiran.

    The Vellala elder Mr Sambandan, and his LTTE loving colleagues also made a good existence , well protected by the STF in their expensive postcodes.

    And didn’t cry and complain to the “Whole World” that they don’t have rights and they dodn’t have land.

    If not for his exceptional sporting prowess , Murali would have been just a number of the non Jaffna Tamilian population.

    Because he told the truth, Murali has become the Villain and Enemy number Two, of of the Vellalas, both local and in the Diaspora.

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      You need to see a psychiatrist urgently.

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      The Jaffna Tamil mentality comes out clearly in Rama’s comment. In their private conversations within ‘the Jaffna community’ the contempt for the ‘estate Tamil’ can almost be felt. The word ‘pariah’ to describe Murali is indicative of the writer’s upbringing. Of course to achieve their ends they will be prepared to grovel before the Indians!!

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        Cannibal it all runs in the Genes hard luck for you, no one on earth decided before hand in which place and which family they would be born.

        Now you slave of the colony you need English its called `CLASS` like Tudor.

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    Murali wants to go forward, majority of Sri Lankans want to go forward. But a minority of racist scum and their western backers want to drag back the country into another war.

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    Murali is not a Tobacco Slave (Jaffna Tamil).

    Looks like Tea Tamils and Tobacco Tamils are at loggerheads. Pit them against each other!

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      tobacoco picking is more respectable than the purpose for which you were brought by the portuguese. majority of you chingala pariahs were brought from coastal areas of tamil nadu to catch sardines for the portuguese. the rest are exiled convicts. waduge [Edited out]

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      Fartima fuckshimba

      The Sunnis and the Shias are at each others throats. You better be careful you may even loose your mukkal( 3/4) fart listen up. It won’t be too long before the Tamils and Sinhalese unite send you mongrels to hell as every other country and civilisation hate you low lifes.

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    Poor old Murali, proving the adage about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread. He was hardly qualified to talk on the subject of oppression of North-East Tamils and Muslims. He should have spoken of the oppression of his own Tamil people in the tea estates with whom he had greater affinity. Instead, he denied his roots in an eagerness to justify his organ-grinder for a few peanuts. The test will come in whether he can walk the streets of Jaffna or Batticaloa alone or walk the streets of TamilNadu. He has acted rashly. Hope he realises this early enough and does not go on with his enthusiasm for Rajapakse. It will not do him good. He must have a happy retirement after the hours of happiness he has given cricket fans and not fritter away the good will by justifying mass murder or denying the suffering of mothers who grieve for their massacred children. As for the other monkey, Malinda, let us hope he gets a few peanuts soon for writing his pitiful pieces that show why he should only be “Chief” Editor of toilet paper.

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    World’s Religions opened on 11 September 1893 at the Art Institute of Chicago and India presented the EAST to the WEST.Parliament President John Henry Barrows said, “India, the Mother of religions was represented by Swami Vivekananda, the Orange-monk who exercised the most wonderful influence over his auditors” He spoke several more times at the Parliament on topics related to Hinduism, Buddhism and harmony among religions until the parliament ended on 27 September 1893. Vivekananda’s speeches at the Parliament had the common theme of universality, emphasising religious tolerance.[124] He soon became known as a “handsome oriental” and made a huge impression as an orator.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ
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    No not the extremely rich Sachin Tendulkar (Maharashtarian of Nagpur) married to classic petit Anglo Indian was invited but a simple managers son.
    Fascist Malinda is scared of his own shadow having tainted Rajaratnam the richest Colombo Tamil.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ
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    Your days are numbered- the male cow will fly just after Equinox- stick there like Getafix the village druid.

    `Gooo`ta `Booo`ts die!(’-’*); (’-’*);

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    Malinda is clearly running out of serious material to write, he now
    cottons on to the nondescript Murali. I concede Murali’s position as a well-known cricketer who brought name and fame to all Sri Lankans.
    However, far too much of ink and words in this debate seems wasted on Murali – who appears to prefer to be identified with the Sinhalese. That is his choice and we will respect that.

    Tamils should not waste further time on him. He made a bad mistake and let us leave it at that. Personally, I will not interfere with whatever Cricket development he wants to do in the North – so long as he keeps out of talking Tamil politics – far too complex and deep for his limited learning and low IQ.

    Malinda should educate his readers on why Gota went to Delhi and his sudden turn around on India since the Galle Speech – that saw him doing a nocturnal flybynight to Delhi.

    Enge ponan, edukku ponan…Koheda giya mokatada giye?

    Kettikaran

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    Gotcha!

    See what Murali said back in 2004.

    “Prabhakaran is the only Tamil leader who had given “dignity to the Tamils”.

    Full article below.

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    Tsunami Disaster & Tamil Eelam

    Sinhala Columnist H.L.D.Mahindapala in the Asian Tribune on
    Muralitharan & the Tsunami

    23 January 2004

    “Muttiah Muralidharan, the controversial spin bowler, is now bowling against the Sri Lankan government from Prabhakaran’s end. He has declared publicly that the Sri Lankan government has not provided aid to the LTTE-controlled areas .. (and) said that Prabhakaran is the only Tamil leader who had given dignity to the Tamils… Murali, like all other Tamils, climbed on the back of the Sinhalese and now he is kicking the ladder on which he climbed after he reached the top…”

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    “Muttiah Muralidharan, the controversial spin bowler, is now bowling against the Sri Lankan government from Prabhakaran’s end. He has declared publicly that the Sri Lankan government has not provided aid to the LTTE-controlled areas and Arjuna Ranatunga, the former captain of the World Cup, has denied as false.

    The politics of these two controversial cricketers are running on a collision course at the moment. After the tsunami disaster Muralitharan has come out openly as a supporter of Velupillai Prabhakaran. At a recent confrontation in the Habarana Hotel he has revealed his secret his political affiliations with Prabhakaran – a wanted terrorist by India and the international community.

    “Murali”, as he is popularly known, is the only (Indian) Tamil, in a team of predominantly Sinhalese. After his recent statement made at Habarana Hotel he is now viewed suspiciously as a political agent of Prabhakaran. His statements indicate that he has now abandoned his neutral political stand and decided to back Prabhakaran’s anti-Sinhala racist politics.

    Muralidharan, who was heading north recently with food aid, berated the government of which Ranatunga is now the Deputy Minister of Tourism, for not supplying adequate food to the Tamils echoing the LTTE line. He said this in the presence of other aid workers who had broken journey at the Habarana Hotel. He was crowing about the Rs. 2 million aid donated by him to the north and the east because the government was not providing aid.

    However, Ranatunga who is now the Deputy Minister of Tourism, told the London Daily Telegraph yesterday (January 22, 2005): “A few politicians and journalists have said that the Tigers refused us access or that we directed supplies away from affected areas in the north and east (Tiger strongholds). Nothing could be further from the truth – 60 per cent of supplies have gone to these regions.”

    A member of voluntary medical team, breaking journey at Habarana Hotel, reacted sharply to Muralitharan’s comments. Having listened to Muralitharan’s attack on the government and his boast of donating Rs. 2 million, the doctor had told him that Prabhakaran had done more damage than two million rupees to the Tamils and to the whole nation. Angered by this Muralitharan had said that Prabhakaran is the only Tamil leader who had given “dignity to the Tamils”.

    Muralithran’s political reaction shocked the medical team and others who heard it. He has so far maintained an apolitical stance. He moves very easily with his Sinhalese team-mates calling them “machan” – literally, “brother-in-law but accepted generally as a term of endearment in Sri Lankan parlance. Though other cricketers too have heard of stories of Muralitharan’s secret links with the LTTE they had not paid much attention to them. He had been bowling his pro-LTTE “doosras” without much publicity. His political sympathies with the banned terrorist organisation are likely to creation tensions with the other members of the team.

    Arjuna Ranatunga who was informed of his bowler’s political comments has not reacted either way. He has been invited by Muralithatan to officiate as the chief attesting witness at Muralitharan’s wedding due to take place shortly. Apart from being friends, Muralitharan knows that he owes his career in cricket to the bold stand taken by Ranatunga when the Australian umpires, Darryl Hair and Emerson no-balled Muralithran for “chucking”. Ranatunga defied these umpires and stopped play without taking the team off the field.

    From that moment Muralitharan’s fate was hanging in the balance. If Ranatunga accepted the ruling of the Australian umpires and laid him off Muralithran would not be in the Sri Lanka team. If he was not in the team he would not be bowling. If he was not bowling he would never have had the opportunity of challenging Shane Warning and breaking the record. The entire Sri Lankan team backed Muralitharan against a massive international media campaign to keep Muralitharan out of the team.

    The campaign was taken as far as the ICC — the deciding cricket authority. Even some Tamils in Australia backed Australia at cricket matches on ethnic lines. These politically motivated spectators were barracking for the Australians hoping to defeat what they usually call “the Sinhala-dominated team.” The presence of Muralitharan in the team did deter them from shouting against the Sri Lankan team.

    Muralitharan’s politics is bound to disappoint his admirers in Sri Lanka who has hailed him as a national hero. Dr. Dasasarth Jayasuirya, President of the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights, in Melbourne, Australia, told the “Asian Tribune” that Muralitharan will be suspect as an agent of the Tamil Tiger terrorist leader, Prabhakaran, wanted by India and the international community for crimes against humanity and his image will be damaged for ever if he does not clarify his position.

    He added:

    “Murali, like all other Tamils, climbed on the back of the Sinhalese and now he is kicking the ladder on which he climbed after he reached the top. This is the story of the Sinhalese. The Tamils have always exploited the resources, facilities, institutions and all other avenues open to all communities to advance themselves and once they get to the top they accuse the Sinhalese of discrimination etc. Besides, if Murali was with Prabhakaran he would not be throwing “doosras” but hand grenades at this own Tamil people. Who would have respected him for joining Prabhakaran and killing his own Tamil people? Is this is the dignity that Murali is proud of?”

    Some admirers of Muralitharan who know him say that not much attention should be paid to what he says because he shoots his mouth off with engaging his brain. In fact, one doctor in the team had told the others to ignore his comments made at the Habarana Hotel because he is an “idiot”. He is also known to deny statements that he had made without thinking when he is cornered.

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      Shane Warne was clean about himself and gave up not before he showed his powers’ with the bat in the Ashes whence all failed. Where is that prick murali’s bat in his butt and a wart at that?

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        Manchester United became a household name because Ferguson made it so. Every player was indispensable and he made the best off nothing. The only English club left has lost him with his retirement.
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        Sri Lanka could never have dreamt of world cup glory if not for Australian Whatmore. Nothing more nothing less.
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        In team games its the managers who call the shots unlike chess where Anand’s mum a housewife taught her son to be the World Champion 5 times over and still a contender next year.

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          was dispensable and he|| in lieu of `was indispensable and he`

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    Fartima fuckshimba

    The Sunnis and the Shias are at each others throats. You better be careful you may even loose your mukkal( 3/4) fart listen up. It won’t be too long before the Tamils and Sinhalese unite to send you mongrels to hell as every other country and civilisation in the world hate you low- lifes.

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    Murali was a hero to me until recently. Sadly I find it difficult to respect him anymore. Let this muraligate or murali saga destroy the unity amongst Tamils. Let murali learn from his own mistake.

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    I should have said ” don’t let this murali gate/ murali saga destroy the Tamil unity .

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    Murali is best loved for his spin bowling. But he is no authority to speak of the sufferings of Tamils in the North and East. He, like many opportunistic upcountry Tamils would swing bothways as long as their businesses are protected. His chocolate business and his brother’s ethanol import business require government seal. Ergo he supports Mahinda Rajapaksa.
    Vaithu valiya nambinalum vadakathanaye nambathe which translates in to Even if you believe in stomach ache excuse (school children’s excuse for skipping school)do not trust upcountry Tamils.

    Murali fits in perfectly.

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      Ignorance and fraud go hand in glove – Jung
      The Brits brought them over because the local Sinhalese refused to work under those tedious conditions- bare footed like goats they climb at 4:00am in that blistering cold.
      It’s the TEA that they brought which is still(over 200 years) your `Rooti Kappada or Makkan.-Main export item . Like the feudal system these breadwinners are kept ignorant so that the future labour is guaranteed and supplied.Or the opposite like this gammaya milinda who flew over the nest never to go back into the fathers field thanks to free education the curse that has bred bigots to retain a pseudo culture.

      February 4th was that independence day??? Don’t blame them all because they are the majority `multitaskers` You heard of of Kotalawala and the polgaha yata treasure, how was that??

      The 1/2 maggot murli was sent in an apple.

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    Suren A;
    Agree with you
    But at the Same time, As murali said,
    It was, Yes;
    “Prabhakaran is the only Tamil leader who had given “dignity to the Tamils”?.
    Even Killer Pirapaharan Betrayed the Tamils Whole heartedly and Got shot after Capturing by SL ARMY.

    “Gave Dignity to the tamils, Betrayed Tamils, and KILLED TAMILS, SINHALESE< MUSLIMS, His Family, ALL INOCENTS,
    AND PAIED THE PRICE DEARLY".

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    Malinda, You have done well .Shining your light on Murali.

    Now the poor fellow stands exposed. Hope he will be able to manage shamelessness as well as you do.

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      ` Hope he will be able to manage shamelessness as well as you do.¬

      They just have to hang the tainted amude round the neck which is all that the
      pseudo socialist sinhala buddhist cannibals` had before 1505.

      No Camise only `Gooo` amude and that is what you are presenting today as a nation with a civilisation with “Gooo`ta “Booo`ts familial.

      english = shirt; spanish = camise; sinhala= ha ha `Gooo` ta

      `Gooo`ta Die Die in your POOP.

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