25 September, 2021

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Muslims Are Persecuted In Sri Lanka; ACJU Chief Rizvi Mawlānā Relaxing In Madina?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

For the first time in more than a thousand year history, the island’s Muslim community has been persecuted since the end of the ethnic war in May 2009. It has become worse ever since eight so called Muslim parliamentarian voted for 20th amendment and gave wide powers to the president. 

However the chairman of All Ceylon Jamaathul Ulema (ACJU) Rizvi Mufthi has left the community high and dry and relaxing in the serenity of the holy city of Madina.

Before leaving he has appointed a Mawlawi who spent three weeks in remand prison as the chief executive officer demonstrating his callous disrespect for religious values, honesty and integrity.

Ever since Rizvi Mawlānā became president of ACJU, more than 20 years ago under questionable and controversial circumstance, he has made it a one man show and everything was centered on him.

However his repeated blunders provided enough fodder for anti-Muslim elements to unleash a vicious campaign which has reached a stage where Sinhala Buddhist only government has started introducing laws striking the very root of Muslim political, economic, religious and cultural life.

For example the ACJU failed during the past two decades to attend to burning issues such as reforming quazi courts, fixing the marriageable age for Muslim girls and reforming madrasas. Rizvi Mawlānā did nothing to deal with these .As a result today the government is interfering to settle these issues.

More than 12 years ago Saleem Marsoof committee has submitted its report on 18 July 2018 to the government. The ACJU strongly opposed any amendments to the Act stating that it is of divine origin and “perfect in the present state”.

The ACJU has unleashed their stalwarts to abuse and lie from the pulpits of mosques deriding anyone who did not agree with them in the Committee. They do this without explaining the recommendations and their justifications proposed by the Committee itself. Instead, the ACJU used Friday pulpits to incite people against reforms saying these would be in violation of Shariah law. 

However implementing these recommendations is essential in the interest of the community. So far, due to ignorance, the Muslim community has failed to give the rights and privileges given by Islam to women. Time has come for Muslim women too to play their role and make their contributions to families, community and the country, within the framework of Islam.  

The ACJU was not given the right to represent the community and enlightened elements oppose many of its decision.

The ACJU claims that it is an organization of religious scholars. The question is most so called ulemas passed out from out dated madrasas remain unqualified to deal with burning current issues. For example ACJU politicized the organization pitting the community against the other communities.

The general environment in the ACJU is such that most ulemas were afraid to speak out as they fear serious repercussions. They have families to support and can’t afford to lose their jobs. Their mouths are sealed with incentives and blackmail. Thus the need of the hour is to thoroughly reorganize the ACJU to bring in non-controversial ulemas who are respected by the people.  

This is essential because powerful destructive anti Muslims forces such as Israelis, Evangelical Christians and India’s RSS and VHP are here plotting, together with local racist elements, against Muslims. 

Ridiculous state of affairs is such that fourteen civil society organizations led by Rizvi Mawlānā met President Maithripala Sirisena four days after violent attacks on Muslims in Digana and Akurana. Instead of showing the community’s anger the delegation thanked president Sirisena for working for communal harmony while Muslims whose houses were burnt to ashes and lost all their belongings due to  government’s failure to protect them were in tears in Akurana and other places with no cloth to change or no food to eat. 

President Sirisena’s Iftar Party Rizvi Mawlānā attended while the frightened and petrified Muslims in and around Kandy forced to remain inside due to growing tension built up the drama of fasting to death undertaken by Authraliye Rathana Thera known for his hate campaign against Muslims.

During the past two decades the ACJU under his presidency has been known for creating unwanted controversies exploited by Sinhala racist elements to distort Islam to the detriment of Muslim community and mislead the Sinhalese masses.

Starting from halal certificate issue, women’s controversial face cover which he claimed is compulsory though neither Quran or Hadess speaks about it and brought disaster and ridicules the community .   

He had 20 years to attend to these issues. However he miserably failed and brought disaster on the community especially since the anti-Muslim campaign unleashed after the Easter Sunday massacre on April 21.

The list of Rizvi Mawlānā’s blunders is too long and there were allegations that, with or without his knowledge ,he has been used by many anti Muslim forces.

Over the years today Rizvi Mawlānā, like some Muslim congress politicians,  lost the confidence of most in the community. Of course few who still think that he is the passport to heaven while most, from all walks of life in the community, demand his resignation to reorganize the ACJU to suit the need of the time.

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    LF
    I agree with you. Muslim leaders have been deceiving Islamic followers and bringing disasters not only to their brothers and sisters but also the entire nation. Most heinous ones—-> supporting & working alongside with the genocidal regimes;
    Voting to pass the 20th amendment to the constitution; making their sisters and mothers to wear Niqab and Burqas; Not considering themselves as Tamils like the Muslims in Tamil Nadu; profiting from losses inflicted on Tamils during 1958 or 1983 Riots;
    Time for them to join the RIGHTEOUS forces in the country and get the country to be a truly Democratic country where minorities are treated equally as the ‘Sinhale’

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      Muslim political and religious elites are all in the funding bag of the Saudi Wahhabi-Salafi project, which is CIA backed to divide Muslim communities in Asia and destroy Muslim and multi-religious societies. Corrupt Muslim politicians – M.L.M Hizbullah in Kathankudi and Bathudeend in Mannar and Rauf Hakeem and Hashim have all got Saudi funds to protect and promote the Wahhabi Salafi-CIA project and they all protected Zaharan and the NTJ network with Sirisena and Wickramasinghe, to enable the Easter 2019 carnage claimed by ISIS!
      The CIA-Saudi-Wahhabi-Salafi project is to de-stabilize the region also by creation of a “Clash of Civilizations” between Buddhism and Islam in Southeast Asian nations. Weaponizing religions, destroying and fragmenting communities and turning them against core religious values is part of the project to crash the Economic rise of Asia and make America Great Again!

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      you are 100% correct. These Thullkans arrived from South India not a 1000 years ago as claimed but a few centuries ago . Islamic Arab emissaries to the courts of the Chingkalla and Thamizh kings in the island have nothing to do with these converted , largely low caste origin Thamizh Dravidian Muslims. Love to associate themselves with anything remotely Arab, Western Asia, even with a Camel, as long as it is not their own largely low Thamizh origin. They supported and participated with genocidal Chingkalla regimes to commit war crimes. marginalisation and ethnic cleansing on the island’s Thamizh . All in the name of Islam and a fake imagined Arab origin. It was a Thulluka Minister who introduced standardisation to deny Thamizh higher studies and other Thulluka politicians openly boasting about stealing Hindu temple lands and changing the titles of thousands of acres of private Thamizh land in the north and the east, that were abandoned or not reclaimed in their names of close family member names. Pathetically started to dress and behave like Gulf Arab carbon clones and strut about . Even instigating Muslim women teaching in Thamizh Hindu schools to cover themselves in Abayas and Burkhas to make a point now crying about discrimination , when they participated in this on their own fellow non Muslim Thamizh

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        and were past masters in divide get lots of benefits for themselves

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        Pandi Kutti,
        The caste system is not something to brag about but be ashamed about.

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          Yes the caste system is bad but people who claimed superiority over the Thamizh solely on the myth that they are Arabs or of predominant Arab heritage should be told the truth about their actual origin and where to get off. Otherwise keep on coming back with lies myths and insults. This Arab origin was used to brainwash the Thamizh Muslim masses to hate their own heritage and the rest of the Thamizh. Their politicians and elite deliberately did this for their own selfish benefit. Now look at the result

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            Only people with some sort of chip on their shoulder or suffering from some complex, will still have this outdated western white colonial way of thinking that certain largely light skinned people, who resembled white Europeans were more superior than the darker skinned people who did looked less like the white Europeans and badly want claim these people as their ancestors and not their actual ancestors. Going ancestor shopping to make you look good.

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            “…but people who claimed superiority over the Thamizh solely on the myth that they are Arabs”
            So we see where the problem is: It is an inferiority complex at work.
            That is why some smuggle in their caste identity here as well.
            Piglet, see a kind consultant.

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          What is wrong with stating the truth about someone’s or a peoples actual origin instead of keeping on endorsing a lie and a myth, so as not to hurt their feelings or for us look good and not rock the boat. This is actually a sign of weakness and will be also seen as sign of weakness by these people who deliberately perpetuate these lies and myths for various reasons. Example to hide their real lowly origin and to make them look good and feel superior . This what many Muslims were doing here. For perceived economic and other political benefits like power that come with it. Identifying yourself as a Tamil or with the Tamils in Sri Lanka, even if you are a Tamil is seen as disadvantage, especially by a recent converted Tamil immigrant group, so choose their religious identity and the miniscule amount of Arab in them, as their main identity and distanced themselves from their Tamil identity. Whereas it is very advantageous for the Muslims in Tamil Nadu to strongly identify themselves with their actual Tamil identity.

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            Now that the Arabs are seen as very wealthy and having some clout in the world stage, they see this as advantageous to closely identify themselves with them, follow their forms of Islam, dress and even to adopt Arabic instead of Tamil. Previously the OttAman Turks were very powerful and they closely identified with them and even were wearing the Turkish Fez cap with the Tussles. This is why they were called Thullukans. I know it is opportunistic and selfish but this is the fact. They constantly want to latch onto some powerful Muslim people or another , thinking it will rub off on them. May be this is because of their lowly origin. No loyalty to your own heritage, language or culture but this is what they are. Yes the caste system is nothing to brag about , nor is the class system or the tribal systems in Western and Central Asia and other parts , they are also a caste system. The caste system was and is still there and this their real origin, so one stating this truth should not be condemned. On the contrary the person perpetuating a myth and a lie for perceived benefits should be condemned.

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            Rohan25 ,

            Mappilla Language known as Arabic Malayalam and Mappilla
            culture can provide enough input to anyone , How Muslims of
            India (especially South)came into being and then were
            introduced to Srilanka . Some people are trying to take pleasure
            by displaying their level of hatred of Muslims , distorting the
            history to their evil intentions ! But history is history and is not
            written and stored only in one library ! And the other important
            factor is , Saudi Arabia got its oil in 1938 , Muslims of Srilanka
            traced their ancestry to Arabs centuries ago and not due to
            Arab Wealth , that is ridiculous ! One must go to the Southern
            part of Srilanka to understand how different their Tamil is from
            the East and North , And how different the Jaffna Tamil from
            that of Tamil Nadu , especially spoken ? There are of course
            converts from Hindus into Muslims , that even could be from
            Low caste Hindus ! So What ? They are now Muslims . The
            question should be , why a fellow human being should be an
            untouchable ? Touchables are Touchables as long as there are
            untouchables ! I don’ want to hurt anyone but in the name of
            humanity , stop insulting another human for any reason !

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              Rubbish. The Mappilas are ethnic Malayali Muslims and hail from the northern and north central parts of Kerala and never migrated here. The Muslim population that migrated from Kerala to this island arrived from the southern parts or south central parts of Kerala and these were ethnic Tamil Muslims who had migrated to Kerala for trade purposes and were called Thullukans by the Malayali to differentiate them from the the native Malayali Mappila Muslims who hailed from further north. Two things Malayalam is only a few centuries old and is the daughter language of Tamil and when these Muslims arrived from Kerala, there was no such language called Malayalam existing and Kerala was still speaking a form of Tamil. The Mappila Muslims of Kerala have the most amount of Arab contribution out of all the Muslim communities in India but even amongst them , the Arab contribution to their DNA is around 15% the most. Basically they are of Indian heritage too. This little bit of Arab in them makes them look different , just like the way you find Sinhalese and Tamils who have some distant European ancestry still having a very light skin and European sort of looks. These Tamil Muslims will have far less than the 15% Arab heritage that the Kerala Mappila Muslims have and was also this was confined to a few hundred families.

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                These Tamil Muslims will have far less than the 15% Arab heritage that the Kerala Mappila Muslims have and was also this was confined to a few hundred families. Good try Why Why but you will not get past me. Still trying to defend the myth. Yes they are now Muslims and I am a Hindu so what? This is a religious identity and not an ethnic identity by ethnicity we are both Tamils. This is a fact , there is no such thing called a Muslim Hindu Christian or Buddhist ethnicity and they are largely descended from low caste or untouchable Tamil converts to Islam and I am descended from Pillai or Mudaliar Vellar Tamil community . This is also a fact . Stating the obvious truth is not a sin or derogatory ,Lying and twisting the truth for perceived benefits and to look good is Still do not get it and keep on arguing . What the Piglet states is the truth.

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                  Normally it is not in my habit to overtaking a Reckless
                  driver. And I’m not interested in writing Books on this
                  forum to force my view either . That is why I simply
                  stated “History is not written and stored only in one
                  library .” There are enough writings from many quarters
                  about Mapila community history .Mappila-Wikipedia is
                  just one source . Mappila Muslims of Kerala by Roland E
                  Miller , a Canadian Professor who spent 25 years with
                  the community has authored a great book . Historians
                  trace Mapila Culture to Persian , Arab and Turkish
                  cultures no matter what Clever High caste Royals label
                  them because Madras High Court already has recorded
                  M M Ismail served Chief Justice . And I won’t be
                  surprised if the second President of India Zakir Hussain
                  is also labelled as a low caste convert ! Rubbish
                  collection and storage , I don’t have room for it !

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                    Say what you want but Mappilas hardly migrated to the island, it is the ethnic Tamil Thulluka Muslims from the southern and south central parts of Kerala migrated here. The Mapila have the most amount of Arab amongst the Indian Muslims but even this is only around 15% the most and this is a fact. They are divided amongst themselves into various castes , with some castes descended from Arab traders and others from local Dravidian converts. During Tippu Sultan rule in northern Kerala, thousands of Namboothiris, Nambiars, Nairs , Menons and other similar upper caste Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam and now they are also part of the Mappila Muslim community in Northern Kerala, This are the actual facts . It is a fact that the vast majority of the Indian Muslims are low caste Hindu converts to Islam . The ones in the north have a habit of claiming Mugha, Turkish, Iranian or other Central Asian ancestry, which a small minority of the rich and ruling Muslim families have. The ones down south, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have a habit of claiming Arab or other western Asian ancestry , when is reality the vast majority of them are indeed descended from low caste Dravidian Hindu converts.

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                      Kerala is 30% Muslims and 20% Christian and this percentage of Christians and Muslims increased rapidly during the turn of last century, due to Kerala’s horrible caste system, that was the most oppressive in India , resulting in vast majority of its low castes converting to Christianity and Islam. The Dravidian movement in neighbouring Tamil Nadu prevented this but southern Kanyakumari district that was once part of Kerala is 50% Christian due to this. You mean to say all these people are descended from Arabs. Iranians, Jews and Turks.. Please do not post rubbish. A little bit Arab is not everything.
                      The ones down south, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have a habit of claiming Arab or other western Asian ancestry , when is reality the vast majority of them are indeed descended from low caste Dravidian Hindu converts. Kerala is 30% Muslims and 20% Christian and this percentage of Christians and Muslims increased rapidly during the turn of last century, due to Kerala’s horrible caste system, that was the most oppressive in India , resulting in vast majority of its low castes converting to Christianity and Islam. The Dravidian movement in neighbouring Tamil Nadu prevented this but southern Kanyakumari district that was once part of Kerala is 50% Christian due to this. You mean to say all these people are descended from Arabs. Iranians, Jews and Turks.

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                      Just yesterday the 7th Wednesday , at the Parliamentary
                      final session of debates on Easter attack , Hon MP
                      Chanakyan proudly and very clearly stated that Muslims
                      in Srilanka came for Business and a sensible government’s
                      job is to support their Businesses in every way and not
                      working to destroy them as Muslims are clever at it . I am
                      not going to ask you to watch that video , it is up to you ,
                      Hats off to you Hon Chanakyan ! And the other thing is ,
                      world over , each and every country has its own
                      down trodden set of people who forms the majority of
                      those countries and supports willingly or unwillingly
                      their governments to maintain a few rich at their
                      expense . Also world re known fact . The world is working
                      hard to get rid of poverty to overcome its impact on the
                      society and people , especially more civilised people do not
                      take pride in letting others down by any means .

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                      Not a small minority ! Large population of immigrants
                      from Arabs and Persians flooded into Kerala according
                      to Historians . Either way , I didn’t say anywhere All
                      Muslims are Origins of Arabs or Persians ! I said what
                      is normally accounted by Historians , contrary to your
                      striving to label All Muslims as converts ! Why don’t
                      you look at your post that I didn’t call rubbish ? And
                      then , let it be so that majority of Kerala Muslims are
                      Low Caste Hindu converts . You let them go , they
                      came to us looking for help and they got it ! End of
                      the story ! Why waste your time ? They are now mixed
                      with more than 1500 million world Muslims .

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      Naman,
      Sinhale/Sri Lanka is a truly democratic country where minorities are treated equally as the majority Native Sinhalayo.
      In fact, minorities in this country have more rights than the majority Sinhalayo. Tamils have a Malabari customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ that they brought from Malabar when they came to Sinhale and Muslims have special marriage and divorce laws.

      If you think minorities are not treated equally, can you please tell:

      • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
      • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
      • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities?
      • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists?
      *****
      “Time for them to join the RIGHTEOUS forces in the country and get the country to be a truly Democratic country where minorities are treated equally as the ‘Sinhale’”

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    This whole religious mumbo jumbo is an invitation to be deceived. A few guys claim to be more religious( priests) and acquire a good life, big temples, vehicles, a worshipful following.

    That even in the 21 century, with so much of education available we still talk of religions ( started more than 2000 years ago when there was no education) only shows humans are fundamentally stupid and tribal.

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    There is no god.

    Stop following nonsense and start respecting life.

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    I guess you just saw this after the Geneva resolutions.

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    SL Muslims are opportunists and very selfish. They supported the racist sinhala regimes from the begining for their selfish reasons. They wanted Tamils to be destoyed so that Muslims could become the blue eyed boys of the racist sinhalas. Even in 83 the great beneficiaries were the Muslims as they readily bought up all the tamils’ properties etc for a pittance. In Colombo most of the lootings were by Muslims while the Sinhala fools killed and burnt propertirs.They fully supported them during Eelam war, once again for the same reason. They were number one informants to the GOSL. They were living among Tamils and passing information. The so called deep penetrating force comprised of Muslims. LTTE sent them away from Jaffna for the same reasons. Only after LTTE our Muslim brothers opened their eyes. They got well and truly from sinhalas for their services to them. But still the selfish Muslims are bumsucking the racist regime to get portfolios and for corrupt business contracts. Even the Seeni plunder in billions appear to be by a Muslim. But the recent Potuvil to polihandy is an eye opener but once the Sinhalas lose the grip they will once again change sides.

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    Black OCTOBER inhuman episode in the history of Tamil-Muslim relations in Sri Lanka.
    mass expulsion of Muslims from the north in 1990 revive memories of this mass where are the propeties who are great beneficeiries on 500 rupees allowed to carry with them

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      Muslims were expelled from the north because of their traitorous spying activities against the their own fellow Tamils and for storing arms supplied to them by the Sri Lankan armed forces , largely in their mosques . Against whom were these arms were to be used? Of course everyone knows against whom when the time came. They were treated very well by the Tamils in the north and as usual they repaid it with treachery . They were still a small number around 60000 the most in a sea of 1.5 million Northern Eelam Tamil Hindus and Christians. What were they thinking? Chase the Tamil population from Mannar with these arms and take over. One Muslim Politician was trying to do this after 2009. What about the east where the Islamic home guards joined with Sri Lankan task forces and killed raped looted ethnically cleansed thousands of Tamil Hindu villages and destroyed many Hindu temples. This number is far greater than the number of Muslims evicted from the north, many of whom have now returned but no one talks about the ethnically cleansed Tamils in the east, who are still not allowed to return to their homes and villages. The Tamils are the native and original people of the east. The Muslims are fairly recent arrivals who only came there seeking refuge , claiming to be ethnic Tamils. You conveniently forgot to mention all this. Typical
      ?

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        R25
        “Muslims were expelled from the north because of their traitorous spying activities against the their own fellow Tamils”
        Stop lying.
        Even the LTTE leaders would not repeat this lie.
        Provide evidence or pipe down.

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          CT
          I think that it is time you got your act together.
          It is not funny anymore.
          Whipping up of racism on some pretext is hurting healthy dialogue and infecting healthy minds as well.
          At this rate, pornography and yellow journalism will be more respectable.

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          SJ -You bloody Muslim fool

          Listen up! There is plenty of evidence to prove that Muslims were spying on the LTTE , a fact admitted by a retired army commander. You are talking through your rear end when you say that LTTE leaders would not repeat this lie. It is a fact that Muslims were the the fifth column amongst the Tamils in Srilanka admit it.

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    At the end of the day, all SL politicians, irrespective of race or religion, have the same self serving trait. After all, we are all Sri Lankan, hypocrisy is in our genes & opportunistic by nature. While the average citizen is easily provoked by religious & racial sentiments, the opportunistic politicians exploit the gullibility. Anyway, SL is not alone in this political strategy, just that it is not so easy in developed countries with a democratic process & an independent judiciary.

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      Raj-UK,
      Racism is much worse in UK compared to Sri Lanka. In UK, white guys shout ‘Paki go home’ even in public places. In Sri Lanka has any Tamil heard a Sinhala persons say ‘Demala go home’ in a public place.

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        Raj-UK,
        .
        That is only PAKIS dominated areas in UK. As one who travel across UK, I know it very well. Where they have higher unemployment rates (Notingham and midland area), they target the foreigners. That is the same in Germany and Switzerland. But our sinhalaya s racism is in their blood. To tell you, I have been studying this long ago before I left for Europe.

        There are also clashes between turkish people and indigenous germans in Germany, but most of those guess workers from Turkey are no better. Most of their young generations are not edcuated people.
        :
        Why not ? have not you heard, the manner they our uneducated sinhalaya become like uncontrolleble oxes in the aftermath of EASTER SUNDAY attack and not forgetting 83 riots. I agree with that Sepal Amarasinghe more today, that sinhalayas have that in their genes. The bugger who became MINISTER for police today, S Amarasekara is proved to be the mastermind behind Kandy riots two years ago. Not me, but former President made it clear in video clip, which is now available for everyone s hearing.

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        Dumb Eagle, yes, they don’t because they know it has no basis for them to do it. Neither do Tamils ask the Sinhalese to go back to Kalinga, because they know most, if not all, of the present day Sinhalese have Tamil ancestry. As regards the UK, Brits do not riot against the Blacks, unlike the post independence riots against Tamils in Sri Lanka!

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        Eagle Fool

        Yes, we hear on the CT a fool saying that the Tamils are Dravidian illegals brought over by the Dutch. What more insult the Tamils need ?

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      ” After all, we are all Sri Lankan, hypocrisy is in our genes & opportunistic by nature.”
      I did not know until now that there are genes with hypocrisy signature.
      *
      I think that the genes hopped on to us from the last colonial rulers.
      Who best busted sanctions against Smith’s UDI government in the 1960s?
      Even now they develop nuclear warheads and sermonize to others to disarm.
      *
      Are the British public not gullible? How come they tolerated Thatcher and Blair for long periods.
      *
      We have issues. Let us address them by ourselves.

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        R-UK
        I do not blame you individually.
        Sadly, there are a few too many who imagine that people get civilized, educated and enlightened by merely leaving our shores, and by that criterion assume a right to talk down to those left here.
        I think that we have the sense and ability to look at issues objectively without characterizing the country and/or its people (as groups or collectively) as this that or the other.

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