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Muslim Voting In 2020 Elections: An Aberration Or A Turning Point?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

“We were able to get 35-40 % of the Muslim votes since they realized that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government would give them a better deal”, was reported to have said by one of the Muslim representatives appointed under the National List by the victorious Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). How he arrived at this figure remains a mystery. Even then, according to him, 60-65% of Muslim voters, knowing very well that SLPP would sweep the polls, decided to reject that party. This is a historic change as far as this community is concerned because it usually sails with the wind and votes for the winner. Discounting the number of spoilt votes and poor polling by the Muslim parties, a substantial percentage of the balance had gone in favour of the newly formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) of Sajith Premadasa. At the same time, Muslim voters have rejected Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), a historic Muslim fortress. ‘Eating briyani and voting UNP’, goes a popular saying about Muslim politics. How does one explain the change in 2020? Is it the beginning of a new trend to make national parties realise that they should earn the Muslim votes in future or just an aberration dictated by special circumstances? This author believes that special circumstances have forced a turning point in the voting behaviour of a new generation of Muslims.

To begin with, a large cohort of Muslim voters in common with other communities are not only young but also more politically educated and discerning than of previous generations. To these voters, it is not simply the vague and empty promises during election campaigns, but rather the actual record of accomplishments and failures by the respective leaders of contesting parties that matter. This is a new development not witnessed before. On that basis the leaders of the two major parties, Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) of SLPP and Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) of UNP, had abysmally let down the Muslim community especially after 2009. 

With the defeat of the LTTE in that year and when waves of anti-Muslim violence were unleashed by ultra-nationalist Buddhist groups, both leaders did not even raise a finger in sympathy with Muslims. Of all such groups, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) with its obstreperous secretary, Rev. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, was the most prominent and vicious. In 2013 alone, according to a report submitted by SLMC to UNCHR, there had been a total of 51 violent incidents against Muslims in many of which BBS was actively involved. True, several of those incidents might have been just “trivia”, as one retired academic put it, yet they reflect the failure of law enforcement by the governments in power at that time. That failure was crystal clear in the most serious anti-Muslim violence that broke out in mid-June 2014 in Aluthgama, which set a precedent for other episodes. During those riots MR was the President and Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR), the current President, was Secretary of Defence. They did absolutely nothing to stop it or bring it to a close before it got worse. The reason for their inaction was obvious. They did not want to jeopardise the Buddhist vote bank and damage the President’s chances of winning the 2015 presidential race. As if to rub salt on the Muslim wound, in September 2014 President MR spread the red carpet to welcome BBS’ special invitee Ashin Wirathu of Myanmar, a Buddhist priest whose 999 movement was closely involved the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in that country. The Aluthgama riots and subsequent insult to Muslims certainly made the community reject MR at the 2015 Presidential Election. 

The new Yahapalana regime, with Maithripala Sirisena (MS) as President and RW as Prime Minister adopted the same policy of doing nothing when anti-Muslim riots broke out in several places, between 2015 and 2019. It was their inaction and incompetency that led to Zaharan’s terror group, the National Tawheed Jamaat, to execute that Macabre massacre on the Easter Sunday of April 2019, which naturally provoked even more widespread anti-Muslim rioting, once again led by BBS. Like MR welcoming Wirathu, President SR also added insult to Muslim injury when he pardoned and released BBS’ Gnanasara, who was spending his six years prison term for contempt of court. RW went along with SR. Muslims had no choice but to reject RW and his UNP in 2020.   

When GR became the President in November 2019 after a tightly contested and ethno-religiously fought election, Muslims expected justice from him. Of course, there were no anti-Muslim riots under him, but there were incidents which were deliberately caused to hurt Muslims. The erection of a Buddha statue in the middle of the night and in front of a mosque at Nelundeniya, the conversion of another mosque in Mahara into a recreation centre by prison guards, and the decision by the health establishment to cremate Muslim bodies of Covid-19 victims, based on a scientifically unproven argument that they transmit the virus to the living, but was upheld by the President with a political argument of “One Country One Law”, really hurt the Muslim community. In the meantime, BBS and other ultra-nationalist Buddhist groups were left unchecked, for reasons of electoral necessity, to spread their hatred and venom against Muslims. All this made Muslim voters to reject Rajapaksas’ SLPP. Thus, Muslim voters had virtually no choice in this election but to vote out of desperation Premadasa’s SJB. This does not mean that they supported his policies or ideology.   

It is therefore safe to conclude that 2020 election marks a turning point in the voting behaviour of Muslims. No political party should take for granted that the community would continue with its historical pattern of voting to the potential winner. Instead, parties should earn their votes from Muslims. That applies even to Muslim ethnic parties, which in any case have been discredited by the new generation. Muslims do not need any special privileges from any government anymore, but only justice and equity, which are their democratic rights. Will Rajapaksa deliver them?

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    don’t need your votes

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      a14455 / August 13, 2020

      why ?

      Are they not srilankens ?
      Where are you the low lives and when would you learn it ?

      Those who are born to srilanken soil should all be treated with the same spoon. Right ? This you may get from your grand children if your parents and teachers failed to educate you adequately.

      Dont try to be that pompous now almost everything is coming to surface how they ballige puthas claimed so called 2/3.

      The night before the vote counting is well connected with vote rigging is becoming a clear now. Please wait and see how SLPPers themselves will spill the bean.
      :
      Our sinhala race has shown that they will need another few decades to see it right. Let them be ruined by Rajaakshe rascals. Is my wish, because I dont see any other better solution to the stupid people and their thinking.

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        Mr. leela ge …..,
        .
        You missed your daily covid-19 statistics my dear.
        .
        Germany coronavirus cases : 220,850
        Deaths : 9,276
        Today death count : 8
        .
        Nepal coronavirus cases : 24,432
        Deaths : 91
        Today death count : 8
        .
        Vietnam coronavirus cases : 883
        Deaths : 18
        Today death count : 1
        .

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          Sri Lanka coronavirus cases : 2,881
          Deaths : 11
          Today death count : 0

          • 11
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            Germany recovery rate – 91%
            Germany death rate – 4.2%
            .
            Sri Lanka recovery rate – 92%
            Sri Lanka death rate – 0.38%

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              S C pasqual ,

              Pavithra undoubtedly next best health secretary of the WHO !
              Srilankans will be the World Healthiest Citizens , and the
              Americans going to be the worst in the book with maximum
              Covid casualties ! All this even before the 2/3 , and now with
              Ali Sabri as Justice Minister , Namal to the Cricket , Gota
              for the weapons and Mahinda for Cash , where do you think
              will we be ? Mars is just pea nut !

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              According to you USA is a developing nation. Even a child would know today, it is not death rates but numerous factors play a role in COVID containment affairs in each countries. Above all enough PCR test is the crucial factor. There are lot more coutnries in Africa to have held the number of deaths lower to 11 ? how would you name them ? Would you compare them with that of Rajakshe s MAIN property – SRILANKA ?

              Accotding to you UK is even more like a developing nation
              According to you Italy is a developing country
              According to you Spain is a developing country.

              Srilanka is the only land to have managed it, … my gosh What is your staple food Pasqual ? Ratathanakola with Punnakku ? Dont let me insult SRILANKEN BUFFALOES.

              No point of talking to you the kind of epidemiological stuff, because you the kind of STUPID people being hallozinated by Rapakshe criminals would go on worshing FAKE relics as introduced by that incumbent Pingutharaya- Rjakashe man, by name

              Venerable/or veneral Pseudo Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera is the Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Head of the Buddhist and Pali Faculty of the University of Kelaniya.

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                to be contd.

                Srilanka is the only land to have managed it, … my gosh What is your staple food Pasqual ? Ratathanakola with Punnakku ? Dont let me insult SRILANKEN BUFFALOES.

                No point of talking to you the kind of epidemiological stuff, because you the kind of STUPID people being hallozinated by Rapakshe criminals would go on worshing FAKE relics as introduced by that incumbent Pingutharaya- Rjakashe man, by name

                Venerable/or veneral Pseudo Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera is the Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Head of the Buddhist and Pali Faculty of the University of Kelaniya.
                This MONKs qualification should be subjected to scrutiny so as that of newly elected STATE minister Jayasumana. All these men held the torches closely to BALLIGE puthas to achieve their academic titles … destroying also UGC related affairs in that part of the world. More you can get from the EXPERTs if you are really intersted in.

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                Mr. leela ge …..,
                .
                Bullshit is all that I hear
                Bullshit, it’s loud and clear
                Bullshit is all that I’m fed
                Bullshit, by the nose I’m led
                Bullshit, verbal diarrhea to me
                Bullshit, it flows like the sea
                Bullshit is all that they say
                Bullshit, ’til the end of the day
                .
                Bullshit from the corporate whore
                Bullshit, with their marketing lure
                Bullshit, like crap on my shoe
                Bullshit is what they spew
                .
                [Chorus:]
                .
                Lies that flow from a deceptive mouth are bullshit to me
                I don’t fall for your twisted truth, stay away from me
                .
                Bullshit, you lie like a rug
                Bullshit, so smart and smug
                Bullshit from your wife and your kid
                Bullshit for nothing you did
                Bullshit, it rings in my head
                Bullshit won’t stop ’til I m dead
                Bullshit, you’re drying the well
                Bullshit, you can go to hell
                .
                [Chorus]
                .
                – Bullshit.
                – Album : Speed Of Sound (1998)

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          SCP, the man who would do the oldest to Rajakshes all along.

          Ms Pasqual,
          listen to me or please talk to a virologists/biochemist or the like professionals if you really want to compare the data related to COVID numbers.

          I have been discussing the updates with them on and on. So, just because VIETNAM as a 100 mio population, now seem to have some 22 deaths, that alone would be sufficient to name their numbers are on a rice and they have failed the containment. If you guys with lack of info, would go on saying so, cant convince any of the experts in contagious medicine.
          :
          If you do so, then several countries in Africa should be successful having contained the virus from its spread into their people ? Is not that so ? The fact is most of those countries including YOUR BELOVED srilanken counterpart did not let perform the PCR tests as WHO asked them to do. And dont tell us permament lies, that your ballige puthas in powers did it to the top.. that is wrong.. the death rates due to COVID in SRILANKA are much higher than they publish as of now. So please you may get easily decieved by their fairy tales, bu tnot the experts okay.

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            contd.

            If you do so, then several countries in Africa should be successful having contained the virus from its spread into their people ? Is not that so ? The fact is most of those countries including YOUR BELOVED srilanken counterpart did not let perform the PCR tests as WHO asked them to do. And dont tell us permament lies, that your ballige puthas in powers did it to the top.. that is wrong.. the death rates due to COVID in SRILANKA are much higher than they publish as of now. So please you may get easily decieved by their fairy tales, bu tnot the experts okay.

            If all was that good, why on earth SRILANKA is not among the54 countries that the EU catergorized as the GOOD and low-risk countries .. and thus those countries can be entitled to SCHENGAN visa ALSO DURING COVID crisis period ?

            Please try to learn the BASICS, Pasqual, that could bring some pride to your families and the society. Thanks and greetings from Amsterdam for this day !

      • 11
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        Where is fuc..ng PEELAM (Shitand, Homeland) now? Where are fuc..ng entire LTTE leaders now? Where is LTTE now? Where is fuc..ng Vaddukkodai Resolution? Poda, Diaspoda to hell. There is no life those who came from Madras whereas Mad-ras cals are living

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          HI Perea
          We are all here in our own Eelam. You Portuguese mongrel go back to your father land portugal or back to Bangaladesh where your fore fathers came from. Don’t pollute this forum Poda, Muddal.

        • 7
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          Where is your Amma’s Keelam. Chingkallam speaking Indian Thamizh immigrant. Paithiyam

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      Amir Ali always trying to say Aluthgama “That failure was crystal clear in the most serious anti-Muslim violence that broke out in mid-June 2014 in Aluthgama, which set a precedent for other episodes.””

      (i) On Poson Poya (12 June 2014) Buddhist monk Ayagama Samitha and his driver were allegedly assaulted by Muslims in Dharga Town.[
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_anti-Muslim_riots_in_Sri_Lanka

      (ii) Digana riots – It was sparked when a middle-aged truck driver of Sinhalese ethnicity was assaulted by four Muslim youth folowing a traffic accident. The truck driver died of his injuries four days later.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_anti-Muslim_riots_in_Sri_Lanka

      Ali G – if you go to Saudi and eat during fasting -you will get caned? how if a not Muslim went and assaulted a mulla?

      Your pushing a one sided agenda…

  • 23
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    Whoever voted for the SLPP alliance must have their heads examined and then be certified as permanent mad hats who can be accommodated at the many mental institutions that will have to be set up to place them in storage with all meals provided.
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    At the present juncture, they have nothing but all NOES in their pathetic lives.
    \
    Even the Tamils have also gone astray and helped immensely in giving these mangy petty racist morons their much needed 2/3rd majority to play pandu bandu with the already made a top-class beggar colony by these Rajapuka criminals who are the world’s most greedy sick buggers who pick up all the shit that their soiled hands can pick up.
    \
    NOW its time for the Rajapuka’s to immediately begin the processes of giving immediate relief to the starving in a famine masses who had to pawn theirs? to get to the polling booths and help in rigging the final election results.
    \
    Knowing them well these hora boru fats overweight morons will only be keen to fill up their amudes and all available openings with the monies that they love to rob.
    Alibaba and his 149 cheap robbers have already got themselves into action at the expense of the Kota Uda poverty-stricken poorest of the poor all NO folks of this sad sorry shitty a Rajapuk creation hellhole.

  • 25
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    It was conniving muslims floating from one coalition to another and then holding sinhalese hostage that provoked this backlash. Sinhalese are well aware of the low opinion that para thambias have of us. Backward madrassa educated yobs like bathudeen will never become ministers again. Only urban English educated chaps like Ali sabry will be considered in the future.

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      Ali Sabry, decent and educated Sinhalese Muslim same as old Sinhalese Muslims like M.C.M.Kaleel, M.H. Mohamed, Jabir A Cadar, Badurdeen Mohamed, Shahul Hameed, Abdul Cadar. T.B. Jayah, Baker Marker, Sheik Ismail, Macan Marker etc They all are decent Muslims and they are real patriotic Muslims in Sri Lanka

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        To me and to those who have studied it, Ali Sabry did the job of Monika Luwinsky with Golter totally showing the posterior to their community. I think he should be a indecent breed. No doubt about. If the kind of bitchs sons love their community, that Murder of Rugby player and the way Rajaathuma s family murdered him is mor ethan enough to corner Rajaakshes. But Ali Sabry and the like traitors do always focusing their own selfish gains.

        I think I could go mad looking at the kind of buggers becoming the MINISTER of justice to this nation filled with HIGH criminals and their represenatives.

        I dont care about the race, religion or whatever other factor solong anyone would behave like human beings. We are all srilankens and we should all be treated equally basta. Now the bitch s sons of Pasqual and Eagle Evil Nature would brand me to be sinhala traitors. For them, If I would join them for thanakoloa eating, I would become a good sinhalaya. No, I dont care about the sinhalaya race, but I fight for the rights for all.

        • 5
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          Mr. leela ge …..,
          .
          Of course you are a “bitch’s son” with a “indecent breed”.
          .
          Anyone can see that from how you behave and from the language you use in a public forum.
          .
          And don’t worry about “I could go mad” because you are already mad.
          .
          And who needs “care about the sinhalaya race” from a Tamil who bullshit under a fake name.
          .
          BS.. BS.. BS..
          BP.. BP.. BP..
          Basta.. basta.. basta..
          Sausages.. sausages.. sausages..

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            SCP,

            go to the cage and leave us the decent breeds in peace.
            :
            You only know to hurt the others. You have not learnt the basics.

            Not me only, but many on this chat finds you to be an ULTRA idiot who know only to do one thing which is to be submissive to Rajapakshe criminals. That you have in your genetics as is the case with that of the rural poor folks.

          • 4
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            If I were you, I would have heard to all and started with Montisoori. let alone today Ms SCP. Your general knowledge is far behind that of my dogs.

            Alone what you added as the new COVID numbers of SOME countries you thought would have been much worst than that of your Rajathuma s world – which is his pvt property- Srilanka.
            Let me add you the following please.

            If you would not see it right further, let us help you through your virologists and psychologists for the sake of the CT readers.
            :
            Myanmar, Population 54 millions – total deaths sofar 6 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?

            Rwanda Population 13 millions – total deaths sofar 8 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?

            Uganda, Population 45 millions – total deaths sofar 11 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?

            Srilanka GOVERNED bY Muagabes brothers, Population 22 millions – total deaths sofar 11 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?
            Those who just travelled out of the country for less than few months, out of them, over 50 or more are said to have died, dont they belong to the total number ? WOW….. these should be the calculations of Rajakshes and their backlickers Or what do make of them Pasqual ?

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              TO BE contd.
              Rwanda Population 13 millions – total deaths sofar 8 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?

              Uganda, Population 45 millions – total deaths sofar 11 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?

              Srilanka GOVERNED bY Muagabes brothers, Population 22 millions – total deaths sofar 11 only i s that not because they have not performed enough tests ?
              Those who just travelled out of the country for less than few months, out of them, over 50 or more are said to have died, dont they belong to the total number ? WOW….. these should be the calculations of Rajakshes and their backlickers Or what do make of them Pasqual ?

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        Nicker eka ericha. Perera –
        First time in my 67 years of eventful living I have come across a SINHALA MUSLIM.?
        \
        I was taught that they from their birth were able to converse in TAMIL an international language.
        \
        In this context where does the YAKKO’s lingo Sinhale rate.?
        An acharu of a village dialect.?

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        N Perera ,

        Perera , Ali Sabri may not fit in your list of “real patriotic Muslims”
        as in the first place , he has been selected without doubt , in my
        reading , to antagonise Muslims ! It is very much clear what’s in
        store for him as the Minister of Justice ! He will be used against
        Muslims in many areas of controversial issues about Muslims that
        are being challenged by Extreme Buddhist forces ! Ministers taking
        oath at Dalada Maligawa was another showpiece about who is in
        control. I personally knew about Ali Sabri’s family’s political
        background . They had been L S S P supporters if I am right and none
        of the rest except Badurdeen had been with the Leftist Politics !
        And the other thing is , whatever hues these Muslim Patriots belonged
        to , during their times is , not the same today for Ali Sabri ! He has been
        forced upon Muslims and Muslims didn’t ask for him , same as
        Badiudeen Mahmood was forced upon Muslims and Muslims rejected
        his leadership throughout his political life although I agree , he was one
        of the best leaders Muslims ever had ! But Ali Sabri is not another
        Badiudeen ! Times are different and it is not anymore the same Srilanka
        either !

  • 22
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    25 out of 54 SJB seats are Muslims. If they contested alone only 5 would be elected.

    Next time Sinhalese will not vote for SJB.

    Only 1 Muslim was elected from SLPP.

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      Sad that voters go for race religion or caste as a foolish block vote and not see the larger picture beneficial for country as a whole and vote on policies and to uncorrupt and decent politicians.

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      New electoral scheme is coming into place where it will be a combination of first past the post electorates and proportional representation with cut off point at 12%, which is going to reduce minority representation mainly Muslims and Indian Tamils.

  • 21
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    Nowadays Ameer Ali minces no words.
    Look at what he has said: ‘special circumstances have forced a turning point in the voting behaviour of a new generation of Muslims’.
    This is the whole truth. However, I firmly believe, that the wisdom has dawned a little too late, because the train has already left the station!
    Why do I say this.
    Look again, what he says: ‘MR and RW had abysmally let down the Muslim community after 2009’.
    Yes, before 2009, the Sinhalese leadership wanted the Muslims to be on their side when annihilating Tamil uprising.

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      Nathan,
      Sinhalayo did not want Muslim support to annihilate LTTE Tamil terrorist barbarians. Muslims had no choice other than to be with Sinhalayo because of the way Tamil terrorists treated them. Muslims were kicked out from Yapanaya giving 48 hours notice. They were allowed to take only the bare minimum. All valuables were taken by Tamil terrorists.
      Muslims who were praying in Mosques were brutally massacred.
      What else you expect Muslims to do?

      Muslims should be eternally grateful to Rajapakshes and Sri Lanka Armed Forces for liberating them from the clutches of Tamil terrorists led by megalomaniac Piripakaran.

      ===
      “Yes, before 2009, the Sinhalese leadership wanted the Muslims to be on their side when annihilating Tamil uprising.”

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    Muslims, Muslims, Muslims, Muslims,……..’
    Are they a herd of cattle or individuals with a sense of self respect entitled for free thinking and right to make their own decisions?

    Soma

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      Perhaps their decisions are frequently changed with regard to political thinking. They want to be FISH, FOWEL, and VEGETABLE at the same time.

      • 8
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        Do not forget in addition to these , also badly want to be Arab too. Now speak Arab, to best to look Arab, dress like Arab, open Arabic Sharia university, follow Arab Wahhabi Islam and claim to be Arab but Arab say Thullukans not Arab but can try to imitate them and do their dirty work

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    The message this writer attempts to convey is WE MUSLIMS ARE ONE BLOCK and if you want to counter the strength of that BLOCK, the only option is for YOU to unite as one block. Right?

    Soma

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      2/3 majority of the Parliament will implement 12% instead of 5%.

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      You don’t need attempts to say something real ! Muslims are , yes ,
      ONE BLOCK , if you want it in capital letters ! That is when religion
      comes into play ! In Politics , they have their own preferences but it is
      the RACIST elements in our politics that use only the religion to win
      their castes , religion and language to their side ! Luckily the West
      has given you five years to hoodwink your own BLOCK at a very
      convenient time ! Muslims are a world BLOCK , you will never copy
      them in full ! Srilankan Muslims are a branch of that BLOCK ! Covid
      has made about 45000 to 60,000.. jobless , mainly in the Mideast and
      expect nearly double that amount to pack the baggage and fly back to
      the paradise when the next Covid wave hits ! COVID CASUALTY TO
      SRI LANKA IS NOT 11 IN NUMBERS BUT 45,000-60,000. INCLUDING
      REPATRIATION !

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    The analysis of Dr. Ameer Ali, with regard to the motivations behind the voting pattern of the Muslim community is dead accurate. The deduction that 2020 is a turning point for Muslims, is absolutely correct.

    The destiny of the Tamil community has only been a little different in the last six decades. The cuts were deeper and long lasting. If they were politically more insensitive, the voting percentage in North East in 2020 would have been far less than 2.8%. The decline for the Tamil grouping from 5.8 % in 1960 to less than half in 2020, is suicidal enough.

    What can the Tamil polity conclude? Our vote is no more for the Tamil Party, whatever the acronym:
    TC of 1947; FP of 1952 – 1970 ; TULF of 1976 or TNA thereafter, days of Tamil parties are dead and gone from 2020.

    Whatever the number of contestants in the country, only those of a National Orientation will have traction.

    From now on what will count are: Number of Seats NOT Number of Votes.
    Never seats in ethnic or provincial entities, but seats in the two and two only National Parties.

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    I call this author soft racist. He think Muslims are unable to vote based on policies of major parties. He assume All Muslims should vote as Muslims not as responsible citizens of Sri Lanka. Main issue is most Muslim leaders try to show them as more Muslim than their competitors and paving way to rising of extremism in Muslim community . This was the result of Easter attacks.
    His slogan is beware of Muslims we can vote you down. You need to get mature. This is the country for all communities and economically developed country will benefit all citizens.
    This is what you see in developed countries.

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    The article is one sided as the writer has not identified the core issue of the Muslims. The many Muslims have joined very radical groups based on religion and the writer blames the Buddhist clergy for most of the violence! Most of the recent Muslim religious changes were invented by them and is not according to the teaching of the Prophets! Its easy to blame others but the Muslims have to remember that when they point their finger at others three fingers are pointing at them! The radical changes are based on violence and unacceptable customs and teachings! It is up to the Muslims to monitor such customs and teachings and ensure these cults are not practiced

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    Where there is money they are there. Large majority of Muslims voted for the highest bidder.
    Rajapakses did not promise to give money if they win.
    Ranil promised he will give Rs. 10,000.00
    Sajith promised he will come to each and every house and give Rs. 20,000.00

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      No muslim SRILANKENS voted for the bastards, but votes were stolen from them. The untold stories will follow.
      :
      Already now, those former allies to GAMARALA president and some SLPP are cornered within their current govt.

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      Eagle Eye ,

      Face the nation for a second ! Is your position ” Where there’s no
      money , you are there ? Is it Congo you want to live in ? And if
      they voted for the highest bidder , that is what the bidding is all
      about ! I tell you now , Muslims are only interested in the highest
      bidding and that is how they built “SAILAN” that you made Sri
      Lanka to eat Cassava !

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        Dear Why Why,
        .
        with new CONGO is in making, these buggers that seem to be not knowing the little about the danger before talking high yet today. Now alone, we are very clear. SLPP and the govt just built in is connected with loads of unsolvable problems. I have no doubt, they would achieve nothing but another empty few years, but this time, hurting the very same voted for them since we are well aware of the fact that Rajaakshes are barbarians to all ethinic groups equally. They are only mastermind to twist the easy targets and fill their pockets as king LOOTERs. Just imagine how they talk today not having fulfilled a single pledge though 9 months already gone since high criminal GOTLER became their leader ?

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    Ameer Ali says “President SR also added insult to Muslim injury when he pardoned and released BBS’ Gnanasara, “

    There was a public demonstration by a group of Muslims in the East demanding Ven. Gnanasara should be sent to Parliament by Ape Jana Bala Party to crush Muslim extremism.
    This shows that these guys acting as ‘Pundiths’ on behalf of the Muslim community are out of touch with ground realities.

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    During ‘Jadapalana’ Government which had a Musllm as the Minister of Muslim Affairs, Mosques mushroomed each and every corner. Some mosques were built near temples. They built these mosques without obtaining proper approval. ‘Jadapalana’ don keeys turned a blind eye because the ‘tail was wagging the dog’. Did Wahabi Muslims built these mosques to hurt Sinhala Buddhists?

    “but there were incidents which were deliberately caused to hurt Muslims. The erection of a Buddha statue in the middle of the night and in front of a mosque at Nelundeniya,”

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      If GOOD GOVERANNCE had not been there, not independent commissions incl. Election COMMISSION would have been formed. As a result BARBARIANS would have gone for holding the election by end of April 2020, amidst the increasing number of COVID cases and its deaths.
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      Thanks to former govt only, they could manage COVID to that extent though the levels are no different to that of Rwanda and the like counrites. World pumped funds in order to keep the nation in safer, but ballige putahs invested them rather for their election campaign. This will boomerang in the days to come, Mahinda Rajaakshe will be caught by a Karma. That will be the nemesis of that brutal family akin to Gadafi. Alone lookng at him today we feel he could explode himself any any time. He cant even talk few words without breath support.
      :
      Karma seems to be working on them, sooner than later. Just give us any single person in that family to be considered as NO violent. Just because they lick bo tree keeping SKINN head pinguththarayas infront of them, how can they ever be buddhists ? Buddhagama, but calling it as BUDDHISM, these bitch s sons have been ruining this country for their propensities. I have never seen leaders the way they behave.

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        to be contd.
        -Karma seems to be working on them, sooner than later. Just give us any single person in that family to be considered as NO violent. Just because they lick bo tree keeping SKINN head pinguththarayas infront of them, how can they ever be buddhists ? Buddhagama, but calling it as BUDDHISM, these bitch s sons have been ruining this country for their propensities. I have never seen leaders the way they behave. The country and people are squeezed by not having the basics, but medamulan THIRISANNU have been wasting the funds for big ceremonies such as reappointing most known THUGS, RAPISTS, Murderers and the like high criminals and CABINET MINISTERs. WHAT A banana repulic it has turned out to be ? Thanks to modayas, this country would never achieve their goals despite. whole lots of dreams are in the mind set of the poo

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        Who said Buddhagama is religion

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    “Muslims do not need any special privileges from any government anymore, but only justice and equity,”
    ===
    Muslims do not need any special privileges from any government anymore because they have already obtained all the special privileges they want.
    • Sharia law
    • Freedom to marry more than one woman
    • Freedom to marry underage women
    • Easy divorce system
    • Halal food certificates
    • Muslim Banks
    • Quazi courts
    • Special leave for Muslim women in certain public institutions

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      Why should “special privileges” granted to Muslims bother you when you as active members of Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority enjoy far more rights than the others:

      Sharia law – you as a member of Sinhala/Buddhist has never been constrained by laws.

      Freedom to marry more than one woman – Even an MP seen canoodling a East European white woman in a Malaysian market. How do you account for your extramarital affairs?

      Freedom to marry underage women – Many of your noisy minority on the other hand caught while or after abusing children. For example: Sri Lanka Police reveal shocking details of child sex abuse involving 54-year old man -newsfirst.lk/2020/07/27 – This is not you because he appears to be much much younger than you.

      Easy divorce system – Why should law make it an acrimonious exercise? If people cannot live together they should be able to divorce. The women too should have equal rights to kick the husband out of the house and out of their life.

      Halal food certificates – Do you know what it is? If you don’t like don’t buy them.

      Muslim Banks – Unlike the greedy commercial banks the cost of borrowing is much much cost effective. By the way one of the commercial bank adhere to racist policies, bank run by Sinhala/Buddhists, for Sinhala/Buddhists, owned by Sinhala/Buddhists,

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        Dear Native Vedda,
        .
        These men calling themselves sinahalya have been destroying almost everyone as of now.

        Please see what they have been adding. I wonder how come Eagle evil as an octagenarian behaves so. ?

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      Eagle eye

      Muslims do not need any special privileges from any government anymore because they have already obtained all the special privileges they want. like

      Halal food certificates has precautionary rules for Coronavirus like prohibition of
      advise the public not to consume it [bat meat] etc

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    I am unable to send communication to ‘colombotelegraph@gmail .com’. it gets returned, why?

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    Westham

    If Muslims who form a mere 7 or 8% of the population can hold “hostage” the Sinhalese who are over 75% of the population, what does it say about the Sinhalese who have been ruling the Country? And the likes of you who keep voting them to Power Again and Again?

    Since Independence, the country was ruled by the Sinhalese. Did the Muslims have anything to do with the National Policies formed and adopted by the so-called Sinhala leaders which has brought the pearl of the Indian Ocean when the British left in 1948, to its present Parlous state?

    Were the Muslims responsible for the Disastrous Policies Followed by the Sinhala leadership, whether on Language, Economics or Politics which led to the Isolation of the Tamils leading to the 3 Decades war, the JVP insurrection and the Presidential system of governance which is being blamed for our ills which several Presidential aspirants promised to do away with but No one even tried to do so when in Power?

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    Ameer Ali is a really stupid idiotic person. He thinks he has the right to speak for the whole Muslim community. He is trying to make the Muslims and Sinhalese fight by his totally idiotic writings. He cannot distinguish between the minuscule number of Sinhalese who subscribe to anti-Muslim sentiments, but he wants the whole of the Sinhalese people to differentiate between the Zaharan type of ISIS supporting Muslims and the other Muslims?

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      Sri Lanka is not a Muslim country. 9.2% Sinhalese Muslims living in Sri Lanka (Heladiva) Indonesia was Buddhist Country now it is an Indonesian Muslim country, same as even Afghanistan. We never allow becoming Sri Lanka as a Muslim country. We will be wiped out the same as the way LTTE and LTTE leaders wiped out.

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        N. Pererass

        “Sri Lanka is not a Muslim country.”

        Nor a Sinhala/Buddhist (whatever that is) country.
        What was Indonesia before it became a Buddhist country?
        What was Indonesia before it was known as Indonesia?

        ” We never allow becoming Sri Lanka as a Muslim country.”

        If this island becomes a Muslim country poor do not have to travel all the way Medieval Middle East countries to service Muslims.The could service them here in this island. If this island becomes a Muslim country there is plenty of chances this island becoming an oil rich emirates and Gota can be an Emir and you can act as his eunuch slave.

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        Perera

        LTTE is still very much alive. When the tiger is crouching that doesn’t mean it is scared , it is going to pounce. Wait and watch the fun. There are no Sinhalese Muslims on this planet but may be some on the mars. Let the astronauts get there first and find those Sinhalese muslins. When a lot of Sinhala ponayas are away the Sinhala women are taken care of by Muslims. Do you mean their off spring are the Sinhalese Muslims ?

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          There are no INDIAN Muslims, Bangladesh Muslims, American Muslims, British Muslims?

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        Chingkalla Muslims! Where are they? Only in inside your lunatic brain.

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          They claim to Arab Thullukans not Chingkallam or Thamizh , despite originating from Dravidian Thamizh South India. Just like the Chingkallams , claiming to be Aryan , when most of them originate again from then Dravidian ancient Thamizh South India. You are a very good example. Making all sorts of mad unsubstantiated claims. Chingkallams are Aryans , East Sri Lanka was part of Kandyan kingdom and ancient Chingkalla land ( but with hardly any Chingkallams until after 1950 when they were settled in large numbers by the state) and now Chingkalla Muslims

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        Agreed, Sri Lanka is not just a Buddhist country it is the most important Buddhist country in the world. if you know your history the Sinhala Buddhist spread Buddhism to Cambodia Thailand Laos Burma, pretty much all the important Theravada Buddhist countries in the world. After the Colonials destroyed the Buddha Sasana those countries paid us back by providing ordination to Sinhalese Buddhist monks.

        And even in those times, the Sinhala Monks were pretty militant as they have to protect the nation and Buddhism from the Tamil hordes.

        You don’t go to Mecca and ask the Saudis to tolerate our religion and nor do you do the same at the Vatican. So don’t try it out in the land on the Buddha.

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          Chingkalla Buddhist spread Buddhism to Cambodia, Thailand, Laos Burma, when? Another Mahavamsa fairy tale or a recent fairy tale concocted by Chingkalla Poutha Fascists? Like now Tyamizh east was part of Kandyan kingdom , just because after the fall of the Jaffna kindom , the eastern Thamizh principalities allied with the Kandyan kindom and intermittently gave the kingdom access to their ports or the Portuguese did this. Buddhism came to these countries through trade with India , largely from the Thamizh and through contact with China. Ever heard of Boddhi Dharma the Thamizh Buddhist monk from the Pallava Royal Family , who founded Shaolin Kungfu monastries in China and Japan. Chingkallams did not spread or invent anything, just copy everything from others , especially from the Thamizh and then claim it as theirs. Even Buddhism to the island arrived from the Thamizh country in India and most of you eminent Buddhist monks from the MahaVihara were all Thamizh or other South Indian.

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            what does a lingam worshipping para demala know about Buddhism ?

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              I do not worship lingam but consider Lord Jesus Christ as my saviour. However I know far more about real Buddhism ( not Chingkalla Poutha Kurangu religion) , Hinduism , Islam and Christianity their origin , history and how they spread and will not be posting rubbish and lies like you and many of the Chingkallms do. You have a computer and if you do not know please google and read . Not just read from mad Chingkalla extremist sites , that constantly spit out lies from fake historians like Chenali , Komalika and their ilk. Calling me a para demala is hilarious, as it is the Chingkallams who are largely descended from Para Demala immigrants from South India and not the Eezham Thamizh. DNA has proven this Chingkallams share 70% DNA with Indian Thamizh, whereas Eezham Thamizh only 17% . Proving who is descended from Para Demala.

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                Read Chingkallam. This is correct history not the revised and concocted history of Chenali, Komalika and the rest.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_amongst_Tamils

                All those ancient Buddhist shrines in the north and east now the Chingkallams are falsely claiming as their with concocted history are all Thamizh Buddhist shrines built by local Thamizh kings, chieftains and the Chola, during an era when lots of Thamizh were Buddhist

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                  Pathetic Chingkalla low caste kurangu It only states unconfirmed Chingkalla kurngus like you stating that Buddhism arrived in Canbodia during the reign of emperor Asoka . Who are these unconfirmed Chingkalla soures ( not confirmed) Chenali or the Komali? who have edited this. Emperor Asoka anyway is not a Chingkallam. Buddhism is Cambodia replaced Hiduuism ( Saivaism and Vaishnavaism) that was brought there by Indians , largely Thamizh , Look at all their kings names , typically Thamizh Varman( Pallava, Chola and Chera) the Ankor Wat architecture is Tamil Dravidian South Indian. The earlies arrival of Buddhism in Cambodia is around 5 AD, Long after emporer Asoka was dead , Emperor Asoka would have been dead 1000 years by them mad man. Stop lying and distorting history

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                    Chingkalla Kurangu racists are now diabolically going around editing Wikipedia , with their diabolic lies and fake history as they can do so,

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          a 14455
          Srilanka is a country illegally occupied and taken over by the Buddhists. Long before the arrival of Vijaya ( Vijaya claimed to have arrived in the year Buddha attained nirvana) there were 5 ISHWARAMS , Naguleswaram, Koneswaram,Ketheewaram, Muneswaram and Thondeeswaram in Srilanka. These are Sivan ( Lingam ) temples situated around the Island as guardian temples. Buddha was a Hindu prince although a human being Hindus believe he is an avatar of Maha Vishnu and venerate him. Long before Buddhism came to Srilanka there were Tamil Buddhists in South India, Ilango Addigal wrote Sillapathikkaram, Manimekkala and Kundala kesi was written by Natha Kuntranar. My understanding is Kundala kesi has been Translated in to Sinhalese and being taught as a Text book for Sinhala literature students.
          It is not Sinhalese who spread Buddhism to the far east It is primarily Tamil Buddihst monks such as Bodhirama , Dhanapala etal from Kanchipuram in Tamil nadu took Buddhism by land and sea to China and beyond. In Cambodia and Thailand there are many Tamil inscriptions confirming the Tamil influence in those countries. Srilanka is not Mecca for the Buddhists it is Budgaya in India .
          Your fairy tale mahavansa and other equally ridiculous claim of Buddhas tooth being kept in Kandy are nonsense.

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    “One country and one law” hurts the Muslims? Really then its time to move some where else, isn’t it? We are not going allow any extreme Sharia laws or Sharia courts in this island EVER. Get it into your head. You can cry all you want. Muslims have been living here for over a millennium without problems, but people like you are trying to make problems now. The different communities have different laws in Srilanka for their family and inheritance matters – like the Tamils of northern province the Thesawalamai law, the Upcountry Sinhalese the Kandyan law, the Muslims have the Muslim law. Although there are these different laws all issues are settled in the court system of the country. That will NEVER change. The only change that might happen is that everybody is brought under one family law incorporating the elements in the different family laws prevailing presently.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      ““One country and one law” hurts the Muslims? Really then its time to move some where else, isn’t it?”

      Bravo.
      Brilliant.
      Breath of fresh air.
      You are the only one who has the b***s to warn the Muslims.

      Let’s bring back all our workers (over 2.5 Million) from Medieval Middle East Kingdoms. You can do it. Then we can talk about the Muslims.

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    “…Muslim bodies of Covid-19 victims, based on a scientifically unproven argument that they transmit the virus to the living..”
    Now this is a lie Muslims have to stop telling. Firstly just because one argument is “scientifically unproven” does not mean the counter argument is proven. Secondly and most importantly the available scientific evidence is that Coronavirus-2 (Covid-19 causing virus) was most probably first transmitted to humans through dead bats in a Chinese meat-market. So your baseless allegations do not hold at all. Thirdly, Covid-19 has been known only a few months and even scientists do not really know much about it, let alone some pathetic Muslim political write-up comedian like you. There’s suspicion that the virus could be air-borne, contrary to what was thought earlier. Nobody knows exactly how long the virus can survive under different conditions. In the scenario where an infected deadbody is buried it could potentially infect our cattle and wild-life, because this virus can jump species, and that’s how it came to infect us humans. There are reports that the previous Coronavirus had survived over 3 years in deep-frozen meat. So what is the best way we have to protect ourselves and our animals?

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    It is due to people like Ameer Ali and his ilk that this country will never progress. Still of the same divisive mindset sparked off by GG Ponnambalam and others, where the equally ludicrous preference to caste was replaced by the preference of race.
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    When are we going to treat all citizens of the republic as Sri Lankans, instead of silly coloured stripes on a flag with a sword pointed at them?
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    When are we going to get over this mentality of Muslim Parties, Tamil Parties, etc? What have these parties EVER done for their communities except sow more discord and hatred?
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    Can you imagine for a moment how it would seem if the patrons of parliamentary democracy, the UK, had media coverage of Muslim voting, Sikh Voting, Tamil Voting etc? Perhaps why the only ‘Muslim’ party in the history of the UK failed to get even 1000 votes at their only election.
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    This will never end until the generation of Ali, Hakeem, Kumar David etc. is no longer on this planet. I am afraid by then the damage may be too late.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali

    Neither an aberration nor a turning point peculiar to 2020 general election, but it is the usual way the Muslims had voted since the inception of elections, in fact all communities vote as per their perceived self interest.
    It is a flexible strategy to redress their grievances or go forward to achieve their aspirations, but the approach varies, and being minorities the Muslims or the Tamils could afford to follow the same strategy as the Sinhalese.
    It is the empathy that could integrate; the lack of empathy is the issue.

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    Dr Ameen,
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    You seem to be so good at writing fictio,would youmind if I nominate for the prose section of our prestigious Graetian award?
    /
    You need not worry about any level of competency in writing, or quality of your work.,The crap of its past awardees prides evidence.
    /
    Even some crap called Edges has won it previously, due to contact of the crap writer’s ‘and/but’ father to the panel of judges.
    /
    Do await the good news in due course.

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    What Kind of turning point is that?

    You know what Hakeem did to SJB, this week? He said when the parliament re-convene, his team would sit separately from SJB, because Vaalaiththodam was not giving him National List seat. When hear that, Ranil might have clapped his hands in happiness and told to Mytheri, honey, let’s go for dinner at the best hi-fi restaurant in Colombo Town, tonight. There is a turning point for Muslim Politicians like Hakeem? He blackmail and plug out all what he wants. Then he stuff with his payers in offices and schools, under his purview.
    First time in history, after for long Yahapalanaya’s Mangala and Ranil had advertised in West that they had achieved the reconciliation stipulated in Resolution 30/1, the Sinhala Mass voted unitedly to Royals because of Hakeem’s idea that ruling party ministers and Opposition MPs all together go on labor action, if Yahapalanaya investigates Rashad for 4/21.
    May I know where about that turning point is coming for Hakeem? Saithamaruthu? Kaththan Kudi? Mavanella?

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    Dear Mr Ali

    Thank you and all pointe raised are noted with respect.

    “Muslims do not need any special privileges from any government anymore, but only justice and equity, which are their democratic rights. Will Rajapaksa deliver them?”

    I am not a religious, language person nor am I a creed, colour believer. But if we all follow religious teachings I also think all may fall under the same category as me too….the concept of all religions are “Love All”. Unfortunately we are still sorting out this fundamental for various reasons are all hard to consolidate and reason with etc.

    However I do note something regard to Muslims always voted for UNP and now SJB from your kind writings. Is it possible Muslims also consider voting for SLPP for a change will make the administration deliver things better from an accountability point view as is easy for them to make the case to their voter base too?? Respect the right to choose/civil liberties etc however world politics and dynamics is not fare anywhere we live today and should we do something different for a change for a “time period” to reach that “All for one and one for all” mindset amongst us all??

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    Dear Ali

    One other component why historically Tamils and Muslims alike voted for UNP as a “National Party” is because it is very capitalist party suited for businessmen period. There is an equal amount of folks from Tamil (non Muslim and Non Tamil Business) community have always voted for SLFP then in 70’s onwards because SLFP policies were very constructive/conducive to the Agricultural segment of the North based on their National politics and the fisheries even the Muslims had a fair share of the sea too.

    The National party policies (even with the FP/ITAK SJV times) did not affect the Jaffna man as long the business/agriculture/fisheries were taken care by the ruling parities until the TULF politics started to upset the normality…that engulfed the entire Nation including the Muslims up North eventually.

    Then the war took care of most of our Independent history that dictated most what you said/world politics that changed the Muslim prospective at the same time period and just not limited to the causes you stated alone eg Buddhist/Sinhala racisim etc. Even the Tamil prejudice towards Muslims vis a vis etc that you did not state etc.

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      We are a rich Nation because we have Tamils/Muslims/Upcountry Tamils of Indian origin and cause the Majority Sinhalese…..and all the Religions in the world well represented…the strategic location any man will envy and the tropical landscape she can feed us forever.

      We all need to get off this posture/high horse and get together there is no stopping the Sri Lankans to just abour demand all they want from the planet…to begin with we need self respect and that can only come from a stable government that could bring about some ground rules laid out clearly for her citizens so they do not run around do exactly what you have described. That can only happen with the current GSOL with the military backup.

      Best time not to wash dirty linen in public also please and we should lock all the elected inside the parliament and ask the military not to let them out until they have got their head together as to what is at stake here the Nationhood and her future generations. Yes we can. and without our support no one deliver whoever the sitting head of state correct??

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    Turn and wait for another 5 years.
    warning!
    …don’t expose your back side to the Rajapaksa’s for too long!
    They can penetrate anywhere now!

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    “This is a historic change as far as this community is concerned because it usually sails with the wind and votes for the winner.”
    Ameer Ali confuses community with leaders. Muslims have suffered a lack of leadership in the context of their national oppression. Tamil narrow nationalist attitude towards Muslims is as negative as that of Sinhala chauvinists. In fact it was mass resentment that more than a few times persuaded the leaders to stand up against blatant chauvinist oppression.
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    “At the same time, Muslim voters have rejected Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), a historic Muslim fortress.”
    ‘Historic Muslim fortress? What does this mean?
    Southern Muslims voted for the UNP until the SLFP leaders began respond to the needs of the community. Steps taken by the SWRDB government boosted Muslim education, thanks to W Dahanayake (not quite an SLFPer). The attraction of Muslim politicians of the South for the UNP was that it was the ‘rich businessmen’s party’ for long, and Muslim politics in the South was dominated by business personalities, who still influence politicians. Much has changed since. Still, to many Muslims 1915 was a bad dream.
    It was success in fields other than traditional businesses since the 1970s that made Muslims a fresh target of racist attack. Being with the government helps businesses a little but cannot protect lives.

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    Ameer is mistaken or trying to save his face. True, some Muslims seem to have sided with Gota this time at the general election.But this is as a result of learning the bitter truth at the Presidential election that the Sinhalese get united under the Buddhist flag. All these years
    Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims were under the impression the minorities were the king makers. Gota broke that myth so now minorities have learnt the lesson in the hard way either you work with the Sinhalese or say good bye.

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