19 September, 2020

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Muslim Prime Movers In Parliament

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Muslims of Sri Lanka, after more than a millennium of integrated and peaceful coexistence, have become a hated, or to put it mildly, highly suspected minority at least in the perception of ultra-Sinhala Buddhist supremacists, led by Bodu Bala Sena and a coterie such movements supported by influential political monks. The ruling Rajapaksa regime that came to power with the backing of these elements has so far failed to distance itself publicly from them and allay the fears of their victims. On the contrary, the regime on several occasions has demonstrated a high degree of tolerance towards BBS’s hate campaign, while ignoring the plea for justice from affected communities. 

However, it is a strange irony that it is from the hated Muslim community that a Minister of Justice has been picked before the election, brought to the parliament through the back door and entrusted amidst opposition with the task of amending the constitution to empower and disempower the President and Prime Minister respectively and simultaneously, all in the name of easing the path for development. If the amendments are passed through the parliament, Minister Ali Sabry will be remembered as the man who resurrected Machiavellian JRJ and allowed him rule Sri Lanka from inside the body of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This minister has also demonstrated his willingness to work within the maxim of one-country-one-law, which would test his mettle when he visits later the Justice Saleem Marsoof Report on the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.  However, Ali Sabry is not the first and possibly may not be the last Muslim parliamentarian to act as a prime mover of pathbreaking changes in the country. Such involvement has a long history. 

To start with, it was Mudliyar Sinna Lebbe, the MP from Batticaloa who, encouraged by JR Jeyewardene, moved in 1948 the motion on the National Lion Flag. (Incidentally, Sinna Lebbe must be the only MP in Sri Lankan parliamentary history to move a motion without addressing the house in support of it). Today, that flag has become controversial, because Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalists want the flag’s orange and green stripes representing Tamil and Muslim minorities respectively, be removed to make it one hundred percent a symbol of Sinhala-Buddhism.

Similarly, in early 1960s and 1970s it was a Muslim minister, Badiudin Mahmud who spearheaded the abolition of private practice for government doctors and the nationalization of education. Both measures created bitter controversies and protests from vested interests. It was also the same minister who introduced later the infamous standardization scheme and quota system for university entrance, which was the immediate trigger for the Tamil youth to take up arms and fight for a separate state.  Likewise, it was under a Muslim Foreign Affairs Minister, Shahul Hameed, during Jayewardene Presidency that the Israeli Consulate, which was closed during Sirimavo Bandaranaike Government, was reopened amidst strong protest from Muslims. And now, another Muslim minister has become a willing accomplice to entrench authoritarian rule at least for the next ten years. How does one explain this strange phenomenon where in crucially important and controversial national issues it was not the Sinhalese but Muslim parliamentarians who had been the prime movers?

In a sense, it reflects the dilemma of a middle community caught in a power struggle between two competing ethno-nationalisms, Sinhala and Tamil. Muslims of Sri Lanka have no specific ethnicity of their own. Their ethnicity is a “conundrum”, as described by a British writer in the 19th century. In fact, Muslims of Sri Lanka are of mixed origins with Arab, Malay, Persian, Sinhalese and Tamil blood. Even linguistically, unlike the vast majority among Sinhalese and Tamils who are monolingual, a sizeable section of Muslims bilingual and many are even trilingual, although Tamil remains their mother tongue. The name Moor (Yonaka in Sinhalese and Conakar in Tamil) was acquired in desperation and out of political necessity in the 19th century. Their only identity therefore, is religious.

As a middle and numerically weak community with only a religious identity, but strategically positioned to play a decisive role during times of political contests, its leaders found it exceptionally advantageous not only to be always on the side of the winning faction, but even to act as prime movers of controversial and divisive changes and bear the brunt of blame for doing so, from the opposition. Because local Muslims are part of a huge global Islamic community, to governments in power it was equally advantageous to keep that community on their side. 

This mutually advantageous relationship has recently come under enormous pressure, especially after 2009, as Sinhala ethno-nationalism turned into Sinhala-Buddhist ethno-religious nationalism (Gehan Gunatilleke, “The Chronic and the Entrenched: Ethno-Religious Violence in Sri Lanka”, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo 2018) to which Muslim’s religious and cultural identity has become obstructionist and therefore confrontationist. The so called one-country-one-law mantra, which has still not shown its complete translation in practice, is a product of this post-2009 development. Yet, it was this mantra and the terror it injected into the minds of Muslims that led to a historic swing against the ruling party at the recent General Elections by majority of Muslim voters, even though they knew very well that SLPP would emerge victorious.

As a result, for the first time in the history of Sri Lankan parliament majority of Muslim parliamentarians (17 of 20) are sitting in the opposition. This is a new experience to them, although information is leaking that several of them are preparing to jump fence and hoping to get admitted to an enlarged cabinet of ministers and deputies, once Minister Sabri’s amendments are approved by the parliament. Traditions die hard. Meanwhile however, the regime’s agenda for turning the country into a Sinhala-Buddhist-Supremacist state and relegating the other faiths and communities to the periphery is gaining momentum. One-country-one-law mantra captures the essence of that vision. 

Muslim community has reached a cross road. True, its leaders in the past were prime movers of certain epochal changes in the country.  Minister Sabri too may consider himself as one of that prestigious line of leaders in lieu of his contribution to constitutional changes. However, there is a huge difference between the past and the present.  In the previous era Muslims were accepted by the ruling regimes as partners in nation building. Therefore, Muslim leaders were happy to play the role of compradors. Today, Sinhala-Buddhist ethno-religious nationalists with whom the regime is on honeymoon consider Muslims as aliens and obstructionists to the official version of development. This was why Minister Sabri’s appointment was opposed by those nationalists. Even the President’s vistas of prosperity and splendour is tinged with this aggressive nationalism.  

Given this new environment Muslim parliamentarians have to think outside the square. The past is no guidance to the future. A wave of popular discontent against GR’s family centred authoritarianism is bound to rise as economic situation deteriorates in view of the Covid-19 triggered global recession. Even before that, Ali Sabry’s constitutional changes are going to be challenged not only at the court of law but also along the streets. Are Muslim parliamentarians prepared to join this protest?

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    The Sinhalayo politicians are very shrewd. They get their dirty work done by the minorities. So they can say it to the international community that the minorities support what injustices that are committed against the minorities. It is not only the Muslim but also the Tamil politicians who were/are willing to do this for the sinhalayo for the sole benefit that they can derive from such actions. There is nothing you can do about it unless the minority communities get rid of their corrupt politicians from the face of the earth.

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      An excellent observation Umberto. You are absolutely correct.

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      Terrorists Oriented Muslims will be wiped out completely same as how LTTE and entire LTTE leadership wiped out by our war heroes. Patalayo, Drugs smugglers and Terrorists Oriented any one will be completely wiped out very soon. Peaceful people needs peace in entire Sri Lanka. Our new Justice Minister Ali Sabri said he will wiped out those forces

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        N Perera,
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        You may be day dreaming.

        Just come with supportive links – proving how they have succeeded anything.

        They filled their pockets by pawning the state. They became king looters, also letting their hedgemony to become powerful. People are not to be blamed. People have lot more to face in their lives. But politicians, that are the representatives of the people, publicly, abuse the morals and ethics of the very same people – there, those should be punished by going prevailing laws.
        At least LAWYERS community should come forward and fight for the sake of NATION today. We should not allow tyrannt to be bred on this soil again. If Our Guru great son of the motherland – Sobitha thero would have been alive today, he could take a lead …. but I dont think any others alive would do the due today. We will have to be part of another SOMALIA which is now in making. ANICHCHAWATHA SANKAARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
          .
          Germany Coronavirus Cases : 258,107
          Total Deaths : 9,419 ( 3.65% )
          Yesterday’s death count : 9
          Recovered : 233,300 ( 90% )
          .
          Brazil Coronavirus Cases : 4,239,763
          Total Deaths : 129,575 ( 3.06% )
          Yesterday’s death count : 922
          Recovered : 3,497,337 ( 82% )
          .
          Mexico Coronavirus Cases : 652,364
          Total Deaths : 69,649 ( 10.68% )
          Yesterday’s death count : 611
          Recovered : 458,850 ( 70% )
          ….

          ..
          .
          Sri Lanka Coronavirus Cases : 3,155
          Total Deaths : 12 ( 0.38% )
          Yesterday’s death count : 0
          Recovered : 2,955 ( 94% )

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          Not another Somalia, you can say ANOTHER ZIMBABWE (Rhodesia) 99.4 Blacks 0.4% Whites, and an unspecified 0.20%. Sri Lanka also wants to make the same way, how Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) doing

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            Well said Perea. Only way is Zimbabwe way. See whats happening in Zimbabwe. That be will be Srilanka soon, with clowns, criminals,murders, looters, rapists in charge of the country. Is is the same way with Mugabe.

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      Umberto,
      Guys of Alisabry nature would not care much about their community. THey just need to do the traitor job for their community. That was clear already prior to the presidential election. Remember him having louded to a muslim gathering ” if you would not vote for Rajapakshes, be aware, that you will be beaten to death”. I think srilanken muslims are not powerful enough yet today. The very same is the case with Tamils and their tamil representatives. They should finally have the guts to fight for their rights. As for me, everyone born to this island,regardless of their race, relgiion or whatever should be treated with the same spoon. Nobody has the power to be above anyone. Just because i am born to sinhala race, why should I be kept above. Those who make effort the kind of politics should be marginalised from our sight. We should FIGHT further for SRILANKENNESS.
      Lies and blatantliess, made them powerful leaders, But lies DONT travel that far.

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        Umberto,
        Guys of leelagemalli nature would not care much about their community. THey just need to do the traitor job for their community. That was clear already prior to the presidential election………
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        Bsta.. Bsta.. Bsta..
        Sausages.. Sausages.. Sausages..

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      “Operation successful but patient died” is the current state of affairs of our country. So what is blocking the government to develop this country prosperous after ending the war on successful note. Now it is ten good years since the great victory was achieved.

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      Umbedda

      That is the dirty work you all did termed “Ratha Pottu Mafia FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA/TN killing fields in Jaffna crime by Tamil on Tamils”

      The fact GOSL and armed froces have protected you all from decimation by the same is another evidence of what have you have just written above thank you??, now they continue to entertain you in the parliament since the war for not delivering development to the people of the North further confirmation of the same??went around with the military to identify all other unfortunate Tamil children for the 40 years during the war I guess is termed turncoat and traitor??

      You will all be tried for all the killing of the fellow Tamils is a well known fact?? pending trials?? yet to be charged and put away rings any bells??

      The turncoat and the traitor business has been long exposed dude just let us know your identity and give yourself up so we can put you all on trail on behalf Tamil people, Sinhala People and the Muslims too.

      Then please give me your children’s and grand children name for the Tamil Nadu training camps training too as I am enlisting them for the next round??

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        Thiagrajah venogopal
        I think, as I have intimated previously, that you have some illness may be caused by the drugs you have been using. As I wrote earlier it would be better ,for your family , that you see your GP.
        You write in coherently and irrelevant to the topic under discussion.
        Are still in North London? Or have moved to another part of UK?

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          Umbedda

          The dirty work is being a proxy to others and kill their own also termed turncoat, traitor, treachery and treason……….Others – Tamil Nadu/Western Geo political ambitions/GOSL & Indian protection for the TNA?? rings any bells??

          Look out for the report “Ratha Pottu Mafia Killing fields in Jaffna” the Muslims also have to refer for their future discussions when they sort out their boarders in the east with you. Can you ask your parliamentarian to tell the Nation and the world how this is going to solved in the North and East please.

          You know why I say this………there is only fewer “Tamils” left after you have squandered/raped their life/Tamilness for your lifestyle. Whoever left need to live and not sure from the TNA we are not hearing anything on the Muslim needs. Should all this turn ugly and more MOTHER Lankan children die you will be telling the world all is evil is because of the Sinhalese and the Muslims too…………so the Indian, Singaporean, Malaysian and Diaspora Tamil can continue their business as usual down south bypassing the ever so depleting population of Jaffna Tamils in the land??

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            Muslims have outsmarted just as the Indian Tamils by working with the GOSL…..It is the Jaffna Tamils politicians keep reminding the Muslims they are Tamils?? It is the Jaffna politicians keep screaming East?? no one from the muslims/Indian Tamils and Eastern Tamil scrumming out for the Jaffna mans politics the FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA…….now even the Jaffna itself does not look all that Rosey to TNA?? So please get your head examined first before your loving recommendation for me??

            Yes we are always terrified when TNA talk about Tamil a language that belongs to us?? think about it la bro …….who would want to be ruled by you??????and why unless they are a nutcase I agree simply based on your track record??

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              The Ratha Pottu Killing Fields of Tamils by Tamils and the same sent all the Muslims packing from Jaffna too?? Now you want the Muslims to be Tamils too???

              Get your politicians to say it out loud their secret plan for the Muslims brethren??or you can cut and paste the TNA Manifesto pledges for our info pls?

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      umberto ,

      Your’s is a kind and intelligent but unpracticable solution for the
      issues minorities are FORCED to face since the end of civil war !
      We should not forget that if you do not want an opportunity offered
      to you , there are thousands waiting to grab it ! And corrupt
      creations are overflowing in the paradise to the extend of never
      facing any short supply ! The minorities neither Muslims nor Tamils
      they are simply the noble ones that are in minority ! In heavy
      demand and almost aborted in womb !

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    “A wave of popular discontent against GR’s family centred authoritarianism is bound to rise as economic situation deteriorates. Even before that, Ali Sabry’s constitutional changes are going to be challenged . . . on the streets. Are Muslims prepared to join this protest?”

    It all depends on whether/when this happens. If it does, Muslims will quickly join the protests and ditch Sabry as a traitor.

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      “If it does, Muslims will quickly join the protests and ditch Sabry as a traitor.”
      Idle dream, I dare say.
      The class of Muslim who has too many irons in the fire always plays safe and dampen protests.
      Remember what happened when matters went to court about the
      arson attack on a Muslim enterprise some years ago.
      It will take a lot more beating before there we see mass protests. Even then survivalists will survive, regardless of identity.
      *
      Just look at the votes that criminals gather for themselves.
      People seem to have more regard for hard core criminals than for smooth talking politicians.

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    The “CIRCUS” has begun. As the days pass by, the “Tricksters” “Clowns” from all other “Jathi Mamaka” (Nationalists) and “Agamika” (Religious) groups are scheduled to join the “Circus”. All these “Groups” are definitely the “Academics” and the other “Social” activists”. All of them are scheduled to be representatives “For” and “Against” camps who make a “Living” out of any situation. What is the “ROLE” of”Appuhamys”; “Bandas”, “Karupiahs”; “”Sinna Lebbe”; “Jonkolos” are to play in this “Circus”? Nothing but get “Camped” into and shout out “Jayawewa”, “Bangawewa” and make a living for the day, most definitely a hand out of “Rs.1000” and a “Gal Bothale” to infuse “Dutch Courage” and forget all those presented in a sugar-coated pill of “One Country, One Law” – all for the “Long Live Ape Raja Paula”.

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      Dear Simon,
      You are spot on.
      This circus will end up turning this land another SOMALIA.

      Our people are the stupidiest nation on the earth. But the failure lies not on them.

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        leelagemalli: Thank you. You say: “Our people are the stupidest nation on the earth”. Having classed them “Stupidest ” nation, you again say: “But the failure lies not on them”. What do you mean? I call a spade a spade. If they are not the “stupidest” would they have given the “Second Highest Preference” vote to a “Candidate” who was sentenced to be in the death row for murder? On the other hand, how did the “Pohottu” party gave the nomination to a person charged for murder in a Court of Law? Then again would a “Born and Bred” “Vamansikaya” (staunch Leftist) together with another Cabinet Minister “Campaign” for that nominated candidate, very well knowing that he was sentenced to death for murder? All these are grade one “Hypocrites”, “Humbugs” and the voters are the “Studpidest” and “Slaves”. Say it loud, please. Thank you.

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          What was the view of the Elections Commission on a convicted criminal contesting, let alone murder suspects?

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            S.J,
            Wasn’t he convicted after nomination day?

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              OC
              Thanks.
              I stand corrected.
              However, after the conviction, need the acceptance of the nomination prevent the EC from disqualifying the convict?

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    Somehow it will be hard to have any confidence in GR’s concern for Muslims. He did nothing when they were attacked and killed when he was Sec. of Defense, has encouraged the saffron robed thugs who spread anti Muslim hatred, by doing and saying nothing, and encouraged the same to win the last elections. He also arrested a Muslim lawyer, and has viciously kept him in prison refusing to give him his legal rights. What did dear leader do when a Muslim doctor was destroyed by being thrown in jail on fake news spread by dear leader’s propaganda channel? Did he show his concern for Muslims?

    His brother is now trying to pass a bill in parliament to ban cattle slaughter, something our nation has had from the beginning of history, to hit the Muslims whose livelihood is in the butcher trade. Now they have a couple of token Muslims like Ali Sabry for “boru show”, and we are supposed to think they are not racists? What a joke.
    Actions speak louder than words.

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    Some deliberate cherrypicking by Ameer Ali to mislead as usual.
    “Today, that flag has become controversial, because Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalists want the flag’s orange and green stripes representing Tamil and Muslim minorities respectively, be removed to make it one hundred percent a symbol of Sinhala-Buddhism.”
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    That’s not quite correct. The dominion flag Sinna Lebbe proposed in 1948 is a very slightly modified version of the standard of Sri Vickrama Rajasinghe of Kandy, itself evolved from many previous designs. The flag was at Independence, as it should be now, representative of all citizens of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, post independence communalist politicians insisted on bringing in various ‘minority’ stripes in the guise of pluralism. It would have been better if a single flag was to represent the whole populace. One less divisive item in a population of stupidity.

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      Walter ‘William’ Bagehot

      “It would have been better if a single flag was to represent the whole populace. “

      Yes, get the Murderous & Rapist Lion out of the flag; after that one will do. Now Women feel very discomfort to see it when every time the lion is raised up.
      Many countries, worked with Britain, adopted the Union Jack for them. Canada goes with National Tree. US goes with 50 stars 13 stripes for its States. Japan has sun…………..India has Asoka’s time national Animal Lion. For what the heck you have lion? Are you still saluting Rajeev’s India? When did last time a lion or lions reminiscent sported in Lankawe other the tooth in the Dalada Maligawa? What is that rowdy lion represent of you? Murders, Raping, cannibalism………?
      BTW: Old King wants a law to stop cutting cow. Then can we cut and eat a lion? Would you be feeling for your Great Great Grandpa? (It’s all so stupid of you man. You cannot become civilized. )

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        Mallaiyuran,
        Why the hell these descendants of Dravidians brought from Hindusthan by Portuguese worry about the National Flag of Sinhale?
        It is entirely up to Native Sinhalayo to decide what should be the national flag.
        Dumb Sinhala politicians have agreed to put two stripes to represent ‘Para’ Tamils and ‘Para’ Muslims but forgot Vedda Eththo who are the real indigenous minority in Sinhale. Also why not stripes to represent Malays, Borahs, Kochchis, Burghers etc.?

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          “Dumb Sinhala politicians have agreed to put two stripes to represent ‘Para’ Tamils and ‘Para’ Muslims but forgot Vedda Eththo
          Balda Eagle Sinhalese are Modas, but not dumb to associate them with natives, because they know they are Para. That is why in the flag they gave place for Para only not for Natives.
          (Bird brain Eagle think some thing better man, not just racism for 7/24/365. That is pathetic man)

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    Muslims in srilanaka invited trouble for them self.they speak tamil.after 1983 communal killings of tamils all over south some were very help full to tamils and in the mean time another set of guys joined the singala thugs and burnt all tamils shops and houses.some took over the tamils business for small amount of money.most muslim MPS joined any government came to power and got all the government and bank jobs which should have gone to tamils.lot of muslim youths joined civil defense force and was behind the killing lot of tamils mostly in the east.AFTER MAY 17TH DEFEAT OF LTTE THEY JOINED SINGALA CROWED AND DANCED ON THE STREET AND TOOK PART IN THE KIRIBATH PARTY.EVERY ACTION HAS A REACTION.NOW THE WHOLE MUSLIMS ARE TREATED LIKE DOGS .HISTORY REPEATS.

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    As the BBS’s Galagoda-aththe Gnanasara has often said, Sri Lankan Muslims, being a minority in a non-Muslim country need to practice “taqqiya” (a pretentious facade of acquiescence) until the time become ripe for a transformation into majoritarian Islam. What the future holds for Sri Lankans is very uncertain, given the shenanigans of the poor fools who cannot distinguish Arthur from Martha.

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    Usual ‘Adonawa’ blaming Sinhala Buddhists for all the sins committed by Muslims.

    “Muslims of Sri Lanka, after more than a millennium of integrated and peaceful coexistence, have become a hated, or to put it mildly, highly suspected minority at least in the perception of ultra-Sinhala Buddhist supremacists, led by Bodu Bala Sena and a coterie such movements supported by influential political monks.”

    I do not know whether Ameer Ali knows that a group of Muslims in the East had a demonstration demanding Ven. Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara of BBS to be sent to Parliament as a National List MP to save Muslims from extremists.

    According to news today, a Mulla has been caught secretly recording the proceedings at the PC on Easter Sunday Terrorist attack when Ven. Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara was giving evidence. His lawyer (?) has taken the mobile phone for him.

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      Eagle Brain Dead,
      .
      HOw many more years you would be alert to your thinking ? I dont know a single person that sees it the manner you are used to. I think your problem is you dont see it in mirror. Even aborigines would do well.
      :
      Please try to learn it – tomorrow will be too late.

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    GOTA’s Sinhala-Buddhist Supremacists want to spare the cows and slaughter the minorities with a Muslim hatchet man.

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    I usually get involved when the flag’s orange and green stripes representing Tamil and Muslim minorities respectively, come into discussion.
    Here I do again.
    How was the dimension of the stripes determined?
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    There are Sinhalese, Tamils (including Muslims) in Sri Lanka. If we want to draw attention to Muslims as a third member, how is that the size of the stripes identical for Tamils and Muslims when it is not so with the Sinhalese?
    Will the size of the stripes reflect a changing demography of the various communities.
    Wouldn’t it be best to have THREE stripes of uniform dimensions.
    .
    I have more on this subject, but is sufficient for the present context.

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      I understand. Not only a third of the country and two thirds of the coastline but you want a third of the flag as well. Just who do you people think you are?

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      Malay Muslims in Sri Lanka do not identify themselves with these Dravidian South Indian origin Tamil Muslims of Sri Lanka. SO do the Borah . they correctly identify themselves by their ethnicity. Malay and Borah. As for Arab , Persian or even Sinhalese the mixture is minuscule or below average. However they opportunistically keep on highlighting these minuscule amounts of Arab , Sinhalese , Persian or anything else in them , for perceived political and economic benefits and downplay their 95% or more Tamil DNA in them. All DNA tests on the Sri Lankan Muslims have proven they are Dravidian Tamils and the so called Arab or anything else in them in below average. We all have a little bit of everything , however this little bit does not count it is what you are basically and the Sri Lankan Muslim is a Tamil, However these opportunistic hat flippers will never acknowledge this truth but will claim to be a Tamil when they want to claim asylum in the west. Tamil when it suits them and a Tamil hating fake Arab or anything else at all other times. As for his so called Muslim heroes they were not heroes at all but were conniving with the Sinhalese racists to marginalize and commit crimes on the island Tamils with the intention of getting all the benefits that was due to the Tamils for South Indian immigrant community.

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        All these Muslim leaders whom he praises , were no statesmen but opportunistic weasels who sucked up to any ruling Sinhalese government and joined them in the marginalization of the island’s Tamils. Jobs and benefits that were rightly due to the Tamils , were all largely given to the Muslims , who were neither qualified nor deserve anything on merit. Especially that Badudeen Mohammed the biggest weasel, who introduced standardization , to deliberately keep out deserving Tamil students with higher marks from university education , especially from the prestigious studies like medicine, dentistry , engineering and other science courses. Less deserving Sinhalese and Muslims students with far less marks and lower qualifications , were selected for these courses because of this policy. There is no statesmanship in these sort of policies , deliberately created to deny Tamils education and meaningful employment. Most probably the author of this article , like many Muslims benefited from this standardization policy , that denied Tamils , higher education. This may be the reason he constantly praises this weasel. Many people are not aware that a lot of schools in the east were Christian Methodist schools , who were imparting a good secular education to the Tamils and Muslim Tamils in the east . Many were changed to Muslim schools , during the era of Badudeen Mohammed, Many Tamils ( Hindu and Christian) in these areas lost out by this move.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          I have explained the reason for introducing ‘Standardization’ many times in this forum but for some strange reason it does not get registered in this dumbo’s brain.
          Definitely Malabar Vellala Demalu who enjoyed a privileged position during British rule by licking the sss of Bricks would have liked to maintain the situation where more than 60% of the places in Medical, Engineering and Science Faculties in the university were held by them.

          Standardization was introduced by Badudeen Mohammed as Minister of Education but it was proposed by Sinhalayo who were discriminated by colonial rulers and Malabar Vellala Demalu.

          “Especially that Badudeen Mohammed the biggest weasel, who introduced standardization , to deliberately keep out deserving Tamil students with higher marks from university education.”

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            Eagle,
            “situation where more than 60% of the places in Medical, Engineering and Science Faculties in the university were held by them”
            Be honest for once and admit what standardization caused by keeping out the brightest students in favour of your dumb relatives. We have doctors who go on strike, engineers who can’t run the railway, and “scientists” like Channa Jayasumana.

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              OC
              EE’s 60% story is not accurate. Since the 1960s, as the newly founded Central Colleges and swabasha education up to GCE(AL) benefitted educationally backward districts.
              1970 Engineering was a freak result.(I suspect that private tuition that struck root in Jaffna in a big way then contributed to it very much.)

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        “All DNA tests on the Sri Lankan Muslims…”
        Back to DNA bedtime stories!

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          DNA or Genetic testing is the same and all genetic testing on Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they call themselves have revealed that they are genetically no different from the island’s Tamils and Sinhalese , who themselves are the same or very closely related to the South Indian population and this includes the South Indian Muslims. South Indian in this context means the population of Tamil Nadu and to some extent Kerala, which was Tamil a few centuries ago and not to Karnataka, Andhra or Telangana. Now satisfied . Trying to knit pick and be a smarty pants but end up having egg on your face. You are a very pathetic vindictive man. That is all I can say.
          Even Dr. Amir Ali has stated that the Dravidian ( Tamil) element amongst the Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors predominates , due the centuries of Dravidian Tamil Muslim migration from South India. The other elements Arabs , Persian Malay in them is minor. The origin may have been some Arab traders taking local Tamil women both in South India and in the island.

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            I say Tamil as Kerala was then Tamil and the western and north west coastal areas of the island was then occupied by Tamils , most of the present day coastal Sinhalese are descended from these Tamils. However these part Arab part Tamil original Muslim population now does not make up even 5% of the present day Muslim population in South India or in the island. Even these people are now predominantly of Dravidian Tamil ancestry. They were soon to be swamped by local Dravidian Tamil conversion to Islam in South India and in the island , also these part Arab /Tamil Muslims were soon swamped by the huge tide of Dravidian Tamil Muslim migration from South India. Just like in South India they now do not make up even 5% of the island’s so called Sri Lankan Moors and are also now of predominantly of Tamil Dravidian ancestry. Only a few 100 families may now be able to claim a distant male Arab or two as their ancestor. These people so not make up the most around 40000 in a population of 2 million Sri Lankan Muslims . Around 2% the most. Unless these families were intermarrying into each other exclusively , which will make them still half Arab half Tamil

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              Only a few 100 families may now be able to claim a distant male Arab or two as their ancestor. These people so not make up the most around 40000 in a population of 2 million Sri Lankan Muslims . Around 2% the most. Unless these families were intermarrying into each other exclusively , which will make them still half Arab half Tamil , I doubt they did this , all their other ancestors would have been Dravidian Tamil Muslims.

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            Quote the source rather than improvise.

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    Muslims of Sri Lanka are of mixed origins with Arab, Malay, Persian, Sinhalese and Tamil blood.
    ______________________________
    This a very fascinating observation of my friend Ameer!
    Dr. Ameer Ali, How did you determine the order of the bloods. Isn’t your order a deliberate attempt to push the Tamilness of the Muslims into obscurity?

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      N
      Could you please define Tamilness so that one can understand what you have in mind.

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      Ha ha this is their wish list , to be largely of Arab/Persian , then Malay , after than Sinhalese and least Tamil but in reality these selfish backstabbers are the other way around . More than 90% Tamil then most probably Arab/Persian and small doses of Malay and Sinhalese . They are very aggressively trying to downplay and making a deliberately push the Tamilness that is essentially what they are , to obscurity and pathetically trying to make themselves, look more and more like a Gulf Arab and behave like one, despite the fact the Gulf Arabs have disowned them and stated they South Asian ( Tamil) converts to Islam. They are mixture of everything as this man and others assert or claim but 99% of them , including this man look typically Tamil Dravidian and speak Tamil and until recently were behaving like Tamils. Mixture of Arab. Malay , Persian , Sinhalese and lastly Tamil( a deliberate ploy) but look like Tamils , speak Tamil ,still largely practising the Indian Sufi Islam, from the South Indian homeland , not any Arabic, Persian or Malay forms of Islam and until recently were following Tamil customs. Until they decided to Arabise themselves. All their family names were Tamil Muslim caste names. Marrikar, Lebber, Kutti, Thamby, Kayalar, Rawther. Shame on this man. He calls himself an intellect and educated but trying to deliberately post myths and lies

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        R25
        I asked Nathan to define define “Tamilness”
        Now you answer but skip saying what it is.
        May I also ask how is it measured.

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          In reply I ask you how to measure your meanness, nastiness and stupidity ? Please define this and then I will give an answer to you. Nasty mean spiteful man who constantly , attacks the Tamils and finds everything they post offensive but defends Sinhalese racists and these fake Arab, immigrant South Indian origin Dravidian Tamil Muslim Wahhabis and finds their lies , racist and abusive comments soothing. What is your agenda?

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            R25
            Even that harangue does not answer my simple question.

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      Nathan!
      You are right. If the Muslims are supposed to have different bloods in their system why do they speak Tamil as their mother tong. Not only in North and East but also from Bentota to Hambantota. They talk In Tamil, write in Tamil, Sing in Tamil, fight in Tamil but conduct themselves like a NONDESCRIPT, A FORM OF ESCAPISM.

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    ” Are Muslim parliamentarians prepared to join this protest? “ Is that going to be in front of UN embassy? Then Rishard is in!

    This is a new experience to them, although information is leaking that several of them are preparing to jump fence and hoping to get admitted to an enlarged cabinet of ministers and deputies, once Minister Sabri’s amendments are approved by the parliament.
    There is talks Hakeem already in negotiations. Last time Ranil went with Mythri to the best Restaurant to celebrate the departure. This time Vaalaiththodam is preparing.

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    “Similarly, in early 1960s and 1970s it was a Muslim minister, Badiudin Mahmud who spearheaded the abolition of private practice for government doctors and the nationalization of education.”
    I doubt if either of these moves in the 1960s was Badiuddin Mahmud’s brainchild.
    What was wrong in any of them? Certainly vested interests were unhappy. Did the public suffer?

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      SJ
      Yes the Tamil youths suffered because the university entrance was based on a quota system and NOT on academic performance. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in a different world or in China ( China was a closed country at that time)

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        U
        You raise an issue that I did not even touch on. Let me add some useful information.
        First came standardization it hurt all Tamil medium students.
        Then came District Quota.
        You may not know that Tamil students outside the Districts of Jaffna and Colombo liked it, even with media-based standardization still in place.
        Interestingly, Anandasangaree among others canvassed support to make Kilinochchi a separate district so that students from that relatively backward region would benefit. That effort was successful. That much for Tamil unity.
        (Note: Kilinochchi is an administrative district, but not an electoral district.)
        *
        I could ask you about your whereabouts then, but that will be about as nasty as your question.
        Try to be polite and impersonal, unless your purpose is not a civilized discussion.

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      SJ,

      The ‘prime movers’ that Ameer Ali mentions are actually prime ‘toadies.’

      Were you OK with Badiuddin’s ethnicity-based standardization ?

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        Agnos
        Please do not extrapolate.
        *
        You comment on the general where I refer to specifics where Ameer Ali has erred.
        *
        I defend none.
        I merely said that the two specific charges are not quite valid.
        They were good moves to cure some ills in our society. Still, I did not give the credit to Badiuddin.
        *
        Standardization is quite another matter, where the government blundered.
        Anyone who saw the way the issue developed based on five sixths of the students set to be admitted to the only Engineering Faulty of the country in 1970 can see that it was not Badiuddin’s brainchild.
        Such grave decisions are not made by individuals.
        *
        There was raging media controversy when Drs Jayatillake and Ranaweera (both professors later) wrote criticizing the way unfounded charges of foulplay were made against Tamil examiners. (They received personal threats from Sinhala racists, but hardly a word of appreciation from Tamil nationalists.)

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          SJ,
          .
          I know that it was not Badiuddin’s brainchild. Toadies never have the real power, but seek to please their masters and mistresses, and are just willing accomplices.

          As for Tamil nationalists staying quiet, that was probably all for good because if they had spoken in support of the professors, the latter would have faced even more hostility from the racist elements of the Sinhalese society. It was probably better to express their appreciation in private.

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            Agnos
            Thanks.
            My comment was about certain inconsistencies in the article.
            *
            The excuse you make for Tamil nationalists at the time is weak.
            Even a personal ‘thank you’ note would have been fine.
            The two were not even leftists and that was remarkable.
            Please tell me how many even have cared to remember that bold response.
            *
            Even a so-called toady cannot be faulted for something that he/she has not done.
            Many do not know that Badiuddin was an early member of the SLFP. He worked among Muslims in the deep south to build support for the SLFP when it was still weak.
            To lump him with opportunists that jumped on the bandwagon is unfair.
            *
            I picked up this in “https://www.dailynews.lk/2019/01/14/features/174153/appreciations-14-01-2019” in a random search:
            In 1938, addressing Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrations at Galle, Dr. Mahmud created a sensation by urging Muslims to learn Sinhala.
            He said, “If this is done, all misunderstandings will disappear and there will be perfect harmony between the Sinhalese and the Moors. Under self-government, which is bound to come sooner or later, the national language of Ceylon should be Sinhalese.”
            *
            That was his vision. We may disagree strongly, but that is how he envisaged the future for the Muslims.

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              SJ,

              I don’t know the year that the professors wrote about it. I was probably in elementary or middle school and didn’t know about it. By the time I got to the university, the LTTE was a major force in the North, and the JVP was very much active on campus, in its second insurrection; standardization was no longer a key topic at the campus. But my personal interactions with the two professors were pleasant and I know they were fair to everyone.

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                Agnos
                Drs CLVJ & MPR wrote in late 1970 in the thick of accusations against Tamil examiners. They did it on their own initiative, I guess after some Senior Common Room discussion.
                *
                The Tamil students had mostly come to terms with what happened, but those who lost out were bitter. Yet, there was healthy dialogue across the ethnic barrier.
                *
                I wonder if you were aware that a few months prior to the 1983 July events, some racist elements in the Science Faculty initiated a programme of violence against Tamil students. During the time, intimidated Tamil students from other halls of residence sought refuge in the AN Hall. The E Fac was a haven of peace (despite a few mischievous elements). I remember the work of some Sinhalese students to garner support for Tamil students. (Two of them I remember well as Asanga Perera and Darshi de Sarem). Equally there were courageous Tamil students. There was some harassment of such students by UNP supporters in the administration. But they stood their ground.
                I fear that I missed you at Peradeniya, and sadly you missed the events that brought credit to the Engineering Faculty.

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                  SJ,

                  We knew about the attacks against Tamil students through the alumni of our high school who were affected by the violence, but I was still in school then.

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                    Agnos
                    Thanks.
                    Again, ask yourself how many of them remember the Sinhalese students who took the personal risk of antagonising a racist ‘establishment’.
                    I do not denounce them for that, especially with worse things happening in the country in a matter of two months.
                    But I am sad that not much is happening to bridge the chasm that has developed, thus enabling fanatics (as well as opportunists) on both sides to decide the course of events.
                    You can see it happening on these pages.

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                Agnos ,

                If there’s a Snhala language skill competition among our
                politicians , without any doubt J V P grabs the trophy .
                Proficiency in one’s mother tongue must be a crucial
                requirement to lead a government if one is a Nationalist !
                As for the ultra nationalist , needless to say ! Ranil
                Wickramasinha is at least good in English but can we
                say the same thing about Mahinda or Gota ? I mean about
                Sinhala language ? In my assessment , if they are weak
                in language , they are not fit for the jobs they are doing ,
                let’s forget everything else ! Simply because you are
                winnable for all wrong reasons , doesn’t sound qualified
                for the job ! Both the candidates and the voters fail the
                country miserably due to populism triggered by direct
                and hidden racism which has gained weight due to
                Sinhala only , Buddhism , and to some extent standardisation !
                Those who promote these ideals are just using loopholes in
                democracy to achieve their goals as far as possible and as
                much as they can , making it a family business ! Majority of
                Sinhala Buddhist votes are trained and divided only on that
                basis . This is a dangerous politics to all and suicidal to
                Sinhala Buddhist as they are poisoned with hatred towards
                other human beings , by their wrong leaders !

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    The SL economy is the key player./mover. The rest is just hogwash. Hunger pangs don’t solve what the colour of stripes in a flag nor an old constitution dressed up as new. Disasterous economic policies and unsustainable debt will be the reality sooner than later.

    John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot, aptly quoted – “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.”

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    It is rather sad Muslim/Tamil/Sinhalese “extermism” hijacked the Majority of the peace loving people of SL and ruined their life. The CT articles seem to be of this nature??

    It is absurd to argue ‘One Nation One law’ as something new as we have always lived under that and is not a new concept.

    It was the divide and conquer a pre colonial concept and Tamils/Sinhalese/Muslims/Christians/other citizens of SL worked tirelessly to bring about justice to each others enclave by their thoughts including the standardisation, Sinhalese only act etc.

    It is not for this absurd sick extreme elements to argue someone in the parliament who may pray the same god or speak the language as something “they own” and want to admire/look down or to “eliminate” as being argued in this article and commented by the few.

    It is this rather wired desperado by these ‘minorities’ to continue to propagate hate under many disguises against all the normal journey of any developing country of a secular nature some of which were superimposed on them by the colonial past.

    We now got this “minority where they belong and is matter of time they will evaporate eventually.

    It is rather like a radio therapy for the cancer cells some you win some you loose but you continue until we succeed.

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      Oh shut up . Constantly posting rubbish. Toady up to the Sinhalese racist/extremist varieties. Like father like son. Wanting revenge against your own people because of what happened to your father

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      Thiagarajah venugopal, the turn coat’s son
      you wrote “We now got this “minority where they belong and is matter of time they will evaporate eventually.” So you are ready to be vapourised???
      Good on you mate, are you still in the UK ??
      For your information radiation therapy kills all cells, no winners.

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        Dear Rohan 25 & Umberto

        Thumbs up as always.

        Can you give some answers to dr Ali’s question as to what is the TNA solutions? Never here simple clear stamens from TNA on this subject?? nor do I ever here what Muslim parties will be demanding from Tamils?? this should be discussed in the parliament?? why no Sinhalese MP’s never ask this answers???

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          Should not GOSL assign TNA to come up with Muslim solutions and Muslims parties to come up with Tamil solutions?? the proposals by both parties be broadcasted to the world??

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          Thiagarajah venugopal
          Can you read and understand what’s written. Are you dyslexic?
          You are seeing TNA where it hasn’t appeared in DR Ali’s article or what I have written above.
          If you are so hung up about TNA why don’t you write to them about your anxieties.
          I think your brain is damaged !!! What drugs do you use or have used?

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    Amir Ali is a arm-chair general shouting from the top of his lungs weekly while being safely shielded in Aussie land. If he was here, he would have also got a beating like that of Kabir Hashim’s sec.

    He can be a goodi-two-shoes while enjoying western benefits –

    he should work to get his house in order first and then look outwards…

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Take-legal-action-against-the-ACJU-head-and-Counsel-PCoI-Chairman/108-195634

    Ulama’s are running riot sending the whole SL moor community down the drain…. A transparent rectification and change in guard is needed..

    More stronger voices are needed for the Dawoodi Bohra community and Sulfi community is needed…

    Chairman of the PCoI today ordered the Commission’s Secretary to take legal action through the Court of Appeal against the senior official of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) and the Counsel who represented the particular individual recording evidence being led at the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks.

    The BAR association’s disciplinary committee was also directed by the Chairman to conduct a disciplinary inquiry against the counsel who represented the senior official of ACJU.

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      Mistakes happens by purposely or foolishly; Gnanam even went to prison for his misbehavior in court. But this is a rare incident a registered lawyer using his professional status to smuggle his client’s phone inside the chamber and helping him record the proceeding without the permission of the committee chairman. Whether Lankawe politics got corrupted first or law and order got corrupted first is a question of chicken came first or egg came first, but they both keep reinforcing each other. When Manohara De Silva could not advance his case in October 2018, Coup, he asked Tamil lawyers to come out side so he could explain to them who is smarter.

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    Most of the Muslim politicians have never been true to Themselves or to the Sinhalese or to the Tamils. Their concern always centered round powerful or apparently powerful Sinhalese politician for personal benefits., like some of the Tamil politicians. Muslims never dropped a tear when the Tamils were massacred during 1958, 1977, 1983 and finally in 2009. They were opportunists who simply awaited the down fall of the Tamils to get the best ‘pretended’ to be supporters of the Sinhalese and even encouraged the Sinhalese subtly to manhandle the Tamils, mostly in the Eastern province. Although Dr. Ameer ali says that Tamil is their mother tong in passing in fact they never accept it for fear of antogonisig the Sinhalese

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    Continued:. They believe in getting the best of both worlds. Hisbullah is a living example by his utterances and demised examples are Kariapper, Mohamed Ali Ahmed and many more from the east who betrayed the Tamils after winning the elections contesting on from Tamil party tickets.
    Now after 21st April 2019, they appear to be in a quandary not knowing ‘Who is the Black Sheep’., Hakkeem claims to know, but reluctant to call a spade a spade, for fear of pinching the wrong back which may hurt Ali Sabre, a Luxman Kadirgamar for the Muslims.

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      Kanapathy Varunan,
      Same goes for Malabar Vellala Demala politicians. They want Demalu to live everywhere in Sri Lanka but clamoring for a Federal Unit for North and East while more than 50% of Demalu from North and East live other areas in Sri Lanka.

      “They believe in getting the best of both worlds.”

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        You continue to suffer not only from from Glaucoma. but partially deaf and dumb too. Federalism has bee explained to you on numerous occasions even by the Courts, but you accept only when convicted murderers are sent to parliament.

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    Hakeem has admitted that he told Ranil that a separate Muslim Administrative Unit should be established for Ampara and still he holds that view.
    How the hell Hakeem is demanding a separate Administrative Unit for Muslims in Ampara who are the descendants of refugees from Hindusthan saved by King Senerath when they faced persecution by Portuguese and settled in the East while Muslims are scattered all over the country.
    First these guys demand a separate Administrative Unit and the next step will be asking Eastern Province for Muslims clamming that it is their ‘Traditional Homeland’ like Demalu who claim North and East is their ‘Traditional Homeland’ which is utter rubbish.

    The minorities in Sri Lanka are real crackpots.

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    Meanwhile in largely secure Thamizh Nadu see the friendship and amity between Thamizh Christians, Hindus and Muslims

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WexkvTHhsWE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHFH9VQ3dVs

    Vennu Kutti Please listen and stop crying for turncoat Appa

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