18 June, 2019

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Muslims Are The Present Target Group For Sinhala Hegemonic Nationalists

By V.Sivayogalingam

Dr. V.Sivayogalingam

State institutions in post-colonial Sri Lanka has been working within the general institutional framework of parliamentary democracy, yet this process took the character of an ethnic majoritarian democracy. The latter evolved in a context of the rise of Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism – the ideology which contained a political vision of using the state institutions to serve the interests of the majority Sinhalese community. Through this ideology, the state policies were specifically served the Sinhalese language, Buddhist religion and the Sinhalese-Buddhist culture.

The defeat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) and the regain of the LTTE controlled areas in the North-Eastern parts of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan army in the name of war against terrorism and the war for the unification of Sri Lankan territory have, in number of ways, paved way for the re-emergence of Buddhist ethno-religious hegemony and sentiments in Sri Lanka. Number of incidents has been justifying the exercise and dominance of majoritarian hegemony which really targeting minority communities and their religious, linguistic and cultural distinctiveness and identity. One of the minority groups which severely affected by these hegemonic politics is the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

Muslims of Sri Lanka is the second larger minority community, comprise 8 percent of the total population are living along the territory of Sri Lanka, but scattered. They have a history of 2500 years in Sri Lanka where they have been living with majority communities in the country peacefully and maintained a harmonious relationship in every aspects of life. The history has recorded a number of incidents that the Muslim community has contributed in number of ways to unity, peace, social harmony and the national and territorial integration of Sri Lanka. However, unfortunately, during most of the nationalistic hegemonic periods, the Muslim were targeted and vehemently victimized by the nationalist groups. The major incident against Muslim community has recorded in the history was the anti-Muslim riots of 1915 which labeled the Muslims as exploitative foreign trading community similar to how Jews have been viewed in Europe. During the post-independent period also, numbers of incidents against Muslims were printed. An occurrence of a riot of the same nature as that of 1915 was the violence in 1975 when some Muslims were killed in Puttalam mosque due to a misconception that the Muslims were an economically privileged group and which fact fired the major motivation for anti-Muslim hatred. Likewise, there has been an unprecedented level of violent attacks, demonstrations and hate speeches targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslim population, mainly perpetrated by Buddhist-fascist fundamentalist groups. Those events have left the Muslims feeling afraid and vulnerable. The situation has become worse after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.

End of civil war in Sri Lanka has been marked by state-sponsored Sinhala Buddhist hegemony, the weakening of democratic institutions and rule of law, the constriction of civil and political rights. As how the Tamils were been targeted, the Muslim community’s personal values- religion, culture, identity, dressing, personal law were mainly targeted by the Buddhist nationalistic groups. The attack on a mosque in Dambulla of April 2012 by a mob led by extremist Buddhist monks has reignited concern about targeted violence against Muslim religious minorities in Sri Lanka.

In addition to attacks on places of religious worship, there are calls to boycott Muslim shops and establishments, all of which is increasing tensions, particularly in areas where Muslims and Sinhalese are live close to each other. The incidents against Muslims are widespread across the country and have picked up momentum during the last few months. The recent attack on the store of Fashion Bug, one of the big chain of textiles owned by a Muslim merchant shows that the attackers are not only giving threats to the Muslims but also they are ready to use violence over them and their properties. One of the major victories of the Sinhalese nationalistic hegemonic agenda was the lifting the Halal certificate by printing of ‘Halal’ Symbol, as an standard of product like, ISO to the product of iteneries of daily use.  ‘Halal’ is a Muslim practice since sixth century A.D. It is an Arab term used to mean ‘acceptable’ according to the Islamic religious fundamental’. It is a must for all Muslims to consume Halal items in eating and other purpose of their daily activities.  When many merchant companies wanted Halal certificate to sell and export their product to Muslim customers and to Muslim countries, government of Sri Lanka allowed the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the accepted authority concerning religious affairs of the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka, to evaluate and issue the halal certificates. However, by propagating as injustice practice which impose non-Muslims to buy Halal food and other items, these Buddhist nationalistic hegemonic groups, especially, the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (Buddhist Power Force) staged number of anti-Halal and anti-Muslims programs and finally were able to remove Halal certificate from printing in the product. These incidents were mainly looked at by democrats and moderates as one of the violations of Muslims fundamental and religious rights. Thereafter, the agitators are being claiming that they are going to work hard on removing number of their personal and cultural practices of Muslims namely, the Muslim personal laws, special dress code etc. It is a major challenge for the Muslim community living outside to North-East where the Sinhalese are living predominantly, to exercise their distinct religious and cultural practices and living with fear of unwanted and unexpected treats.

Muslims in North-East, particularly in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka where they formed a considerable majority say that statues of the Buddha and Buddhist shrines are appearing in places where previously they did not exist. In both the north and the east, it is common that, wherever a Bo tree is found, a Buddhist shrine is erected. It noted a “sharp uptick” in religiously-motivated violence and said the authorities are “passively and sometimes actively” condoning extremist Buddhist groups, such as the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ and the Hela Urumaya are the main groups behind the targeting of Muslims.

During these anti-Muslim sentiments and violence, the Sri Lanka government’s failure to take decisive action to protect religious minorities from threats and violence is undermining its claims to being a rights-respecting democracy and pave the way for another ethnic violence against Muslim which may create another possible violent conflict in Sri Lanka’s near future.

*Dr. V.Sivayogalingam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya,

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    Ha.ha. Here we go again. Another Tamil belly-aching about the treatment meted out to the Muslims by the Sinhala community. Another greek bearing gifts. Surely, this is tantamount to creating unnecessary tension between communities and freedom of speech aside, the writer deserves to be charged for racial incitement.

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      Another BBS psycho hiding behind a Muslim name!
      Unnecessary tension between communities? Yes, the saffron robed BBS scum should have been charged for this and imprisoned. But, in Rajapakistan racism pays and pays well for the nasty politician scumbags.

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        Another pro LTTE psycho shedding crocodile tears for Muslims

        Actually he is desperately and covertly trying hard to break current peaceful situation prevails in the country. But people in SL have clearly understood that the Muslim places and Buddhist places are attacked not by each other but the NGO agents who have been paid to somehow separate Eastern Muslims from the government to facilitate their paymasters dream of making an Elam, which faced several failures recently. However people have determined to protect the country and therefore those conspirators will be wiped out in the not too distance future.

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          Ajith Kumara:
          When you are done writing to CT you should embark on your book of fairy tales. In fact, you could use your contributions to CT as a great start to that adventure!
          NGOs are attacking places of worship other than the Buddhist ones are they? Why don’t you claim that the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya and those who destroyed a Roman Catholic Church in Moratuwa and another in Sabaragamuwa are all NGOs in disguise? NOTHING seems to be beyond your fertile imagination or is it really simply a malicious racist rant?

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      I am wondering whether this guy wrote any articles against Tamil (LTTE) Atrocities against Muslims.

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    **Muslims of Sri Lanka is the second larger minority community, comprise 8 percent of the total population are living along the territory of Sri Lanka, but scattered. They have a history of 2500 years in Sri Lanka where they have been living with majority communities in the country peacefully and maintained a harmonious relationship in every aspects of life.**

    Even Islam is not 2500years old, so how can Muslims be peacefully living for 2500 years?

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      well Dev that was a typo i guess. the author was correct at saying muslims had the halal practice since sixth century A.D.

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      Islam is only 1,409 years old!!!

      How come 2,550 years of Islam in SL?

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        well according to the LUNAR calender, may be he is right about there.. give or take a few years…

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          Fair N Square:
          Do you mean “lunar” or “lunatic?” The latter sounds far more appropriate considering the author.

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      It is important to note that the history of Arabs and the History of Muslims are two different thing.

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    Dev you got it wrong: Islam started with Adam and Eve: not the prophet Muhammad:

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      Plain truth

      So Islam is as old as Tamils both from dinosaurs days.

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      Plain Truth can you kindly explain, how four blood groups have evolved from two individuals, Adam and Eve, when an individual can have only one blood group? Further if God created mankind, why was a Language and a Religion not given for the first created? Instead man had to find a lingua franca before Religion was invented by man himself and the Languages through which Religion was found are all dead languages today. If you accept the theory of Adam and Eve as the first inhabitants created by God, then there must have been incest running down the line for a long time to have such a number of humans in the world today. What is your proof to say that Adam and Eve practiced Islam? I believe this Religion, whatever has become the biggest destroyer of mankind as is evident the world over. Pathetic! Pathetic indeed!

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        Well Darwin’s theory of evolution says everybody came from one single cell,how about believing 7 billion people and so much of diversity from one single cell???
        So believing 7 billion people from 2*100 Trillion cells (Adam & Eve)is more logical than believing 7 billion people from 1 single cell.

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          There is graphic evidence of evolution from the Homo erectus to, home habillis to Homo sapiens. Considering this factual evidence Adam and Eve could have never led before the above mentioned categories as they are perfect Humans in body shape. Further there is no apple vegetation where Adam and Eve is supposed to have inhabited. I am not asking you to believe Darwin’s Theory, but definitely the creation theory of God of Adam and Eve is a figment of man’s imagination and nothing more.

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        Brother Gamini, Why cant u understand the relationships between those 4 blood groups.. it reveals a single truth;please go through the recent studies and researches of this. The Adam (PBUH) was born very first and then Eve(PBUH)was created from the rib of Adam (PBUH). But the whole world and the other substances of this universe was created many many years ago only for the because of human.
        Adam (PBUH) was a prophet of Allah (SWT) and he was a muslim and the first stone of the Building of Islam. The last prophet was Mhammad (PBUH),he was also a muslim, last Stone of Islam who completed the Building of Islam.

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          Mohamed to quote you, ‘ Adam (PBUH) was born very first and then Eve(PBUH)was created from the rib of Adam (PBUH). But the whole world and the other substances of this universe was created many many years ago only for the because of human’.

          How can you say above, Adam was born? Through whose womb? If Eve was created from Adam’s rib, with what did God create Adam? Why the rib of Adam, God could have created Eve in the same manner as Adam? Further you imply that everything in this Universe has been created by God for Humans. There are so many things in this Universe, most of it yet unknown to Man and also, of no use to man, either and never will be. Why did God create Adam only, being all powerful, he could have created all mankind as well, which would not have been a difficult task when you see everything else in the Universe that he is supposed to have created? It is strange how Adam, God’s man himself defies God by eating the forbidden apple. Was Adam circumcised? If the prepuce was not necessary, why did God create man with the prepuce? What evidence do you have to state that Adam was a Muslim and a Prophet when he had no understanding to obey his own creator, eating the forbidden apple when there is no vegetation of apples where Adam is supposed to have lived? As for stating that Mohamed was the last Prophet, why has God given up on his children? Is he shy or frightened to send anymore Prophets as the whole myth will get exposed or the belief being unable to be sustained?

          Mohamed, why don’t you accept that there are many things present and the happenings beyond man’s mind to comprehend? Why there is inequality and suffering of man, where some who indulge in vile do better than the pious, to which, leave man out even a imagined God can not explain and appear has no power or control over. Just live and let live, as we all come the same way and go the same way.

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            Created on a Friday

            Hadith – related by Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and at-Tirmidhi who calls it sahih.

            Abu Hurairah reports that the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said: “The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. [On Friday] Adam was created and on that day he entered paradise and on that day he was expelled from paradise. And the Hour will come to pass on Friday.”

            The Noble Qur’an Al-A’raf 7:189

            It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. …

            The Noble Qur’an Al-‘Imran 3:59

            Verily, the likeness of ‘Iesa (Jesus) before All�h is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: “Be!” – and he was.

            Hadith – Abu Dawood. Imam Ahmad has narrated from Abu Musa that the Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said:

            “Allah has created Adam from a handful (soil) which He had gathered from all over the earth. That is how the children of Adam came according to the (colour and nature of the) earth. There are white among them, as well as red and black, and cross colours. There are those among them who are of bad nature and good nature, soft as well as harsh and in between”.

            Sheikh Al-Albani (rahimahullah) declares the hadeeth authentic in Saheeh Al-Jaami’ As-Sagheer wa-Ziyadatuhu (No. 1759) as well as in Silsalatul-Ahaadeeth-as-Saheehah (No. 1630).

            Trouble in Paradise

            Adam and Hawwa (Eve), may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them, abode in paradise until being deceived by Iblis (a jinn [devil]) and disobediently eating of the tree which had been forbidden to them.

            The Noble Qur’an Al-A’raf 7:11-27

            11. And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being), then We told the angels, “Prostrate to Adam”, and they prostrated, except Ibl�s (Satan), he refused to be of those who prostrate.

            12. (All�h) said: “What prevented you (O Ibl�s) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?” Ibl�s said: “I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.”

            13. (All�h) said: “(O Ibl�s) get down from this (Paradise), it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those humiliated and disgraced.”

            14. (Ibl�s) said: “Allow me respite till the Day they are raised up (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”

            15. (All�h) said: “You are of those allowed respite.”

            16. (Ibl�s) said: “Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.

            17. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You).”

            18. (All�h) said (to Ibl�s) “Get out from this (Paradise) disgraced and expelled. Whoever of them (mankind) will follow you, then surely I will fill Hell with you all.”

            19. “And O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in Paradise, and eat thereof as you both wish, but approach not this tree otherwise you both will be of the Z�lim�n (unjust and wrong�doers).”

            20. Then Shait�n (Satan) whispered suggestions to them both in order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts (before); he said: “Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save you should become angels or become of the immortals.”

            21. And he [Shait�n (Satan)] swore by All�h to them both (saying): “Verily, I am one of the sincere well�wishers for you both.”

            22. So he misled them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to stick together the leaves of Paradise over themselves (in order to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying): “Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Shait�n (Satan) is an open enemy unto you?”

            23. They said: “Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.”

            24. (All�h) said: “Get down, one of you an enemy to the other [i.e. Adam, Hawwa (Eve), and Shait�n (Satan), etc.]. On earth will be a dwelling�place for you and an enjoyment, – for a time.”

            25. He said: “Therein you shall live, and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out (i.e.resurrected).”

            26. O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ay�t (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of All�h, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth[]).

            27. O Children of Adam! Let not Shait�n (Satan) deceive you, as he got your parents [Adam and Hawwa (Eve)] out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments, to show them their private parts. Verily, he and Qab�luhu (his soldiers from the jinns or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them. Verily, We made the Shay�tin (devils) Auliy�’ (protectors and helpers) for those who believe not.

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            The first man was not a Muslim because Islam was invented only in 622 AD. The last man will certainly not be a Muslim because at the rate of Shiite-Sunni killings, killings by the Jewish state, the killings by the Christian west they won’t last another century. I don’t think there is a need for Buddhists and Hindus to get into it. They can remain in reserve. The rise and fall of Islam (622 AD to 2022 AD).

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      No.

      Islam was invented only in 622 AD.

      Muhammad (PBUH) was the first Muslim.

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    Dr, you are salivating so much that it has made a mess in the form of an article.

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    Jaffna Tamils want a separate country under the VVT criminal smugglers. Muslims ask SHARIA in Sri Lanka. Are these two groups really like to live in peace? No.. though they are minority and they portray “they are MAJORITY over the Sinhala Buddhists globally” and expect the Buddhists to bend to their demands!

    So, the the minorities are the destroyers of peace in Sri Lanka. Buddhist reactions are reasonable for many countries and communities all over the world!

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      Why don’t u shut up, u Sinhala mokkadaiya.

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        Muslims Are The Present Target Group For Sinhala Hegemonic Nationalists

        One suspects that this MS is of Tamil roots from the North who once claimed to be a combatant at one time and decades later visited the North of SL, courtesy of the 7 Headed King Rawana in an army helicopter with another opportunistic pal and now in the CT sometimes pretends to be from Canada in some of his responses.

        He’s most likely to be a resident, citizen from Australia. The CT should provide all e-mail addresses of those who comment here alongside their false names and initials to reduce some of the cant and humbug prevalent on this site. The Aus MS may come clear be confirming or repudiating this should I be wrong in my surmise.

        Where is the quest for truth, justice and fairness within when seeking it outside of the CT?

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          Hahahaha.. You want e-mail.. no address? no bank account? you are so shocked to read “smugglers”.

          People like you talk about “truth”. I said the truth. Are you a smuggler?

          VVT smugglers targetted all the Tamils and robbed them and vanished with the loot!

          Eelam is a robbery drama! Now Muslims do the same like the foolish Jaffna Tamils who cried a 7th grade dropout and a criminal Prabhakaran as their “national leader”.

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            Muslims Are The Present Target Group For Sinhala Hegemonic Nationalists

            So you have indirectly admitted to be the M Sivanathan from Melbourne, Australia that I suspected to be by the tone, tenor and language that you have used to-date. You are also the secretary of the ARRR using it as front for your personal aggrandisement. When Vet Dr Noel Nadesan told me that he had retired hurt and gave me the contact details of Sri Arunachalam (SA).

            It was you who apparently prevented him from calling me back and/or taking me to see (some of the 60 odd refugees living in one house as you claimed over the JP NR Wickremsingham’s “Sanganatham” weekly Tamil radio in Dandenong to enable me to help them in any way possible. You have mostly been acting and working for your own personal aggrandisement and good with a well financing wife using various facades and the latest seems to be this refugee-charity Mogul or mudhalahli part using the ARRR front.

            You also wrote an article or got some sycophants in the SL embassy to write about the work you are doing with the ARRR in the “Pahana” some months back but did not mention a word about your 30 is it 50 acre Rockbank temple project after being accused of and discarded and/or kicked-out after for having given hell to Dr Selvendra and wife at their Sunshine temple with even the breaking of a pot of faeces at their front door.

            Thanks for the opportunity to bring to light part of your masquerade and who knows how many other humbugs are masquerading like you on these CT pages?! Is this all part and parcel of a mutual psychotherapy for the apparently mentally handicapped- schizophrenics under various false names, initials and guises?!

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              m.c.spencer:
              What on earth has your exposition of a personal vendetta got to do with the content of this article?
              CT really needs to do something about obviously personal axes being ground and consuming space on what would otherwise be interesting and amusing comment!

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        No he is not a Sinhalese. He is a Demula tried his best to be a Sinhalese and kicked out by them. A scavenger trying to collect pieces from grave yard and do business. In his community he is an out cast and people don’t go near him. Played out lots of money and declared bankrupt. Stinks a lot

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          I dont want to be a part of a criminal smuggler gang like many others in Jaffna! But you failed to explain the relationship of EELAM and VVT smugglers! Try to tell some truths next time!

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        Oh.. you are part of the VVT smuggler gangs who want EELAM!

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      is that one of your bed time prayers that brings you a peaceful night’s sleep, tricking your own conscience? :D why a tamil name?

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      Good point. We will soon see that in the Eastern Province!!

      I think that is the plan.

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      A violent Buddhist writing in a Tamil name. He is justifying violence as preached by Buddha in Nirvana Sutra.

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        I think Pakistani propaganda has nothing for you to bark against Buddhists. Ask the madrasa where you get your anti-Hindu propaganda stories of lies.

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      Even if you become a Buddist your payment will remain the same. You have to improve a lot if you want more. With your knowledge and intelligence it is difficult. Better stick to your main job serving the masters.. The Cranberry embassy needs cleaning and your are wasting your time here You are going to loose even the little bit that you receive.

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      Boss,

      You are really eating grass like me and shitting Bull as this thing you say below is proof beyond doubt

      “Jaffna Tamils want a separate country under the VVT criminal smugglers. Muslims ask SHARIA in Sri Lanka. Are these two groups really like to live in peace?”

      Mama Gona

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      If the Sinhalese are made to suffer Lawlessness under a Murderer and a Tsunami Fund Embezzler who have robbed the whole country, what is wrong in allowing the Tamils to manage themselves even under Criminal Smugglers? That is their choice, where they have inhabited the NE and not for the Sinhalese to judge or decide, where the majority Sinhalese are carrying Portuguese names. I as a descendent from one of the oldest recorded Sinhala families in this country have no issue with the Tamils living as equals? What I cannot fathom is why half the Sinhalese of Portuguese descent are worried?

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        LTTE want to establish an enclave like East Timor under Catholic Church. That is the dream of POPE and not the Tamil Hindus who are majority among Tamils.

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          Well Said Dr.? Mr.? M.Sivananthan.
          Your comment is a real Gem.

          Why did n’t I find this earlier ?

          Best Regards,
          Ravi Madanayake.

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      In Hindu Tamilnadu, Muslims are Dalits.

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        Dalits are Buddhists converted into Hindus By Brahmins! Do you need someone to write the history of Dallits here?

        Brahmins said, if you tuch a Buddhist you should have a bath immediately, it is followed by Brahmins even today. When they tuch a Dalit they immediately have a bath!

        So Brahmins consider Buddhists as un-touchables – to them it is like a pig to Muslims

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      Sinhala ya Modaya, Themala Namin Liyanwa.
      ((Singhalese are Mad guys and writing in Tamil Name)!

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    Dr. Sivayogalingam,

    Good summary, and facts, even though there are a few errors.

    What are the facts?

    1. Sri Lanka was Veddah, Naga and Yakka country with Animist, Jain and Hindu Beliefs.

    2. The kings of Lanka were Jain and Hindu.

    3. After the introduction of Buddhism, around 250 BC, the people gradually converted to Buddhism.

    4. It was the Racist Monk Mahanama and the Mahanama Myths, that is is the root cause and curse of Lanka.

    5. Yes, there is a concerted effort with Sinhala Buddhist State Sponsorship to Marginalize and target all non-Buddhist Sinhala. Initially, it was the Tamils, Hindu and Christian,then Sinhala Christian, and now Muslims, both Tamil Speaking and Sinhala Speaking.

    6. It is true that only a very small fraction of the Sinhala Buddhists are racists. However, this fraction is very vocal, and the politicians are using them to achieve their political and Sinhala Buddhist racist end points, as defined by the Racist Monk Mahanama, in the 5th Century CE.

    This needs to exposed globally.

    This has nothing to do with Buddhism. However, Imported Buddhism and Monk Hegemony is a vehicle for Sinhala Racism.

    Do you know what some, not all, Buddhist Sinhala children taught at home, at the Daham Pasala and at the temples? Do some research!

    All Sinhala Buddhist and other children are born innocent. They are programmed by the racists as they grow up.

    7. The so called extremist groups are provided state protection. ALL the Buddhist Ministers in the Govt knows that.

    [Edited out]

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      Amarasiri, As said, you are sometimes meaningful.

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      Correction: Only a small fraction of racist Sinhalese are vocal !!
      Anura

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      Amarasiri:

      Who was Jain or Hindu, Ravana who destroyed by RAMA or

      Indians who invaded here ?

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        In fact Sri Lanka was also a part of India.

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    Another Tamil come to save Muslim , hilarious, when LTTE killed innocent Muslims where was this man , didn’t he know how to write that time, all this guys effort is to provocate Muslims and go against the Sinhalese and show it to west that Sinhalese are fighting with minority Muslims and try to achieve LTTE agenda

    all the people who blame the BBS should equally blame these so call free lance journalist, doing same thing silently to achieve LTTE agenda

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    “Muslims-2500 years in the island”.
    Yes, Why not?Wern’t Sena Guttika the horse-shippers Persians? Wasn’t Elara a Parthian who came with a Tamil army? Wasn’t beautiful Asokamala a Persian smith’s daughter? Wasn’t Sigiriya built on a Persian model.Migara went to Persia and brought the plan.Persians became Muslims after the 6th century. So Persians= Muslims in retrospect. Any doubts? Look up Paranavitana. Ooops! No,Ask Asghar.

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    I suppose UK is giving apples and pears to the UK Muslims nowadays…

    Go fly a kite… the Muslims are safest in Sri Lanka…. and please ask why Tamils are leaving Jaffna to live amongst the Sinhalese???

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      “UK is giving apples and pears to the UK Muslims nowadays”

      And bananas too.

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        Muliyawaikkal

        “And bananas too.”

        When did UK become Banana Republic?

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          According to estimates it will be in another 10 years time going by the population growth rates.

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            Muliyawaikkal

            Do you think UK would be still a better banana republic than Republic of Sri Lanka?

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    Dr. Article is good and truth either Muslims or Sinhala dosnt agree it. well soon the UNHCR intervene, this beautiful Island will be devided and then BBS and JHU will be blamed. Please be silent till then. as BBS is acting on behalf of Norway, Norway is all about Business, Norway has no emnimies or No Friends… all about Business. all the best Sinhala people.

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      Norway is the BBS of the world! As you said Tamils will get the Elam very soon with the help of both the BBS!

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    DR. V.S.

    You are trying to be too clever by half pretending to be a champion of the Muslim cause.

    The Muslims stood by the Sinhalese during the war despite experiencing ethnic cleansing and murder at the hands of your Tigers. Even today they continue to stand with the Sinhalese. Please count the Muslims both in the present government and in the opposition! How many Muslims holding positions in the TNA?

    Your agenda (as a proxy for the Tigers?) to create a wedge between the Muslims and Sinhalese in order to draw them towards the Tamils is evident when one reads between the lines of your commentary.

    As someone who is intellectually dishonest I wonder what you are teaching our innocent kids in the university.

    It is common knowledge that BBS and other fringe elements are temporary vehicles of the regime being used as survival strategy. They will fade away in due course when they have finished serving the regimes purpose.

    These ultra- extreme fringe groups are therefore only a minor irritation and not a major calamity vis-a-vis the minorities. To talk dramatically about hegemony is taking it too far!

    Dr. V.S. you don’t fool anyone!

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      @ MNZ
      Thank you on behalf of us Muslims for exposing this learned doctors ulterior motives. He seems to be trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. There are other issues of a more serious nature such as the ethnic leansing of Muslims from the north,the Kattankudy mosque massacre where muslim devotees were gunned down like dogs during prayertime. Nothing heard from him. Then, the political massacre of muslim youths accompanying ballot boxes by the murderous Ratwatte trio of father and sons somewhere near Kandy, the Dambulla mosque carnage etc, etc. Now he gets overtly concerned and raises the issue as his heart is swollen with pity at the plight of the Muslims who ” Are The Present Target Group For Sinhala Hegemonic Nationalists”” as his article is titled. I hope he takes your advise seriously and realizes that he cannot fool us Muslims with his crocodile tears.

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    There is the message and then there is the messenger. Then there is the context.

    Most readers find it difficult to understand the role of this particular messenger and are obviously weary of his intentions.

    The message itself is pretty straight forward and his perception is that Muslims are being targeted. We need to take the context into consideration as many writers have chosen to comment on the patently anti-Muslim hysteria.

    Instead of contesting his bona fides, and the reasons for him to take up the Muslim cause, on would expect readers to counter his arguments vigorously.

    You may disagree with him, but he certainly has the right to say his piece. I see no point in debating his motives, because ultimately we ought not try to judge, for the simple fact we will never know!

    Nabil

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      Nabil

      Sometimes we shoot the messenger!!!

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        Shoot the messenger.
        Yes; We HAVE to if the messenger is carrying his message with an ulterior motive.

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    This writer accurately pinpoints facts, astonishing to note some Muslims too are disturbed unaware of a calamity on the horizon in near future.

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      @Hade Sheriff
      Calamity on the horizon. You had better drop everything and run for the hills.

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        Why two Alias’ Ifthikar and Rameez; please stay with one !:)

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    First, the new science says our genes are more closer to Mice than Apes. Therefore there is still a question in explaining the evolution of Human.

    Secondly, it is Christians who believe in Apple vegetation.

    And your last claim,
    //”but definitely the creation theory of God of Adam and Eve is a figment of man’s imagination and nothing more.”//

    I would say that Theory of evolution is a figment of Darwin’s imagination and nothing more,because his theory is based on ‘Universal Ancestor’, i.e an organism of single cell, according to Bio science and Mathematics it is impossible for a single cell to form randomly.

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      1/ ” i.e an organism of single cell, according to Bio science and Mathematics it is impossible for a single cell to form randomly.”

      Really ? I am a Biologist and I have never heard this theory before :)

      2/ ” I would say that Theory of evolution is a figment of Darwin’s imagination and nothing more,because his theory is based on ‘Universal Ancestor’”

      AHA ? SO what else do you know about the Theory of Evolution ??

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    Dear Dr VS,
    Following the defeat of LTTE there is no power to stop the progression of the sinhala buddhist ideology .previously only a part of the ruling party
    used to be chauvinistic but now the country is ruled by a racist group
    of politicians.they have already destroyed the tamils and now they are
    busy with muslims.whoever whatever say they will progress to achieve their goal of ONE COUNTRY ONE RELIGION ONE LAINGUAGE THAT IS SINHALA BUDDHISM. most of the muslims always try to take the sides of ruling or powerful person’s side. that’s why they are blaming you as a LTTE sympathizer and by that want to show they are very sincere friends of the
    majority community.Boot licking will not help them forever.

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      Sagar, there is no issue with your sentiments. There are many Islamic countries in the world, so why not buddhist country?

      So what is the problem with this so-called “hegemony” word?

      Buddhism also teaches us tolerance, so we have to tolerate everybody else too. The minorities will have to live with Buddhists and respect them.

      Maybe the christians, hindus and muslims in sri lanka are doing that even now. It may be unfair to call that bootlicking, unless you have supremacist ideas which is against buddhist teaching.

      This character VS seems to be a mouthpiece of tigers trying to create ethnic problems again with his scare mongering. If muslims are protesting against that we should support those muslims not insult them.

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    SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS NEVER LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE PAST! GOD SAVE SRILANKA AND INNOCENT GOOD CITIZENS!

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      So Tamils learned an unforgettable lesson? Thankx to Praba?

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    Guardian UK has done a projection of Muslims by country in 2030.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/28/muslim-population-country-projection-2030

    SL will have 8.5% of the population Muslims.

    Now 9.5% SL is Muslim. So there will be a 1% DROP in Muslim percentage by 2030 according to the UK projection.

    I can see how that will happen! Do you?

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    Didn’t UK predict that the civilians in Iraq will shower the WESTERN FORCES with flowers on their arrival ? Bet it happened and is still happening… You have a right to dream, so dream BIG…

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    please don’t worry about the low caste hindu converts. i am sure they can take care of themselves god willing ( inshallah). however, they do deserve to be punished for being back stabbers for long time neighbours. anyway there are certain elements like faizer mustapha among the low caste hindu converts still trying to sabotage and collude with sinhala extremists to deny tamil rights.

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