21 May, 2019

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Not Just Two Communities: Response To Wigneswaran

 By Ameer M. Faaiz

Ameer M. Faaiz

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) secured a landslide victory in the Northern Provincial Council Elections with over 78% of the popular vote. Following this momentous win, retired Supreme Court Justice, C. V. Wigneswaran took his oaths as Chief Minister before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Monday 7th October 2013. Elected officials only need to take oaths before a Justice of the Peace. Thus the TNA’s decision to take oaths before President Rajapaksa was a symbolic and accommodative gesture, a public demonstration of a willingness to engage with the centre; a move that the government would do well to reciprocate.

In a statement released after his oaths, the Chief Minister expressed his hope that Sri Lankans would learn from past experiences and struggles, and that misunderstandings and mistrust between communities should be eliminated. It was in this spirit that the decision to be sworn in before the President was made. The Chief Minister went on to say that he sincerely hoped that the Sinhalese people would empathise with the Tamil-speaking people’s love of their own language and culture.

Finally, in a rather curious closing statement, he expressed his wish that the TNA’s symbolic gesture would ‘pave the way for the unity of the people of the two communities in our Island.

This statement and his references to “Tamil Speaking People”, in the singular rather than the plural, as “Peoples”, appears to indicate a sentiment that only two linguistically and ethnically distinct communities, one Sinhalese-speaking and the other Tamil-speaking, inhabit the island of Sri Lanka. He hopes these two communities will mutually respect each other and forge ahead towards reconciliation. While there is no doubt that reconciliation may be particularly challenging between the Sinhalese and Tamils, a pertinent question can be raised regarding this particular conception of ‘our Island’. Where in this land of two communities does Justice Wigneswaran believe the Muslims belong? Isn’t Sri Lanka made of multiple ethnic communities?

The Muslim community of Sri Lanka, which currently constitutes 9.7% of the country’s population, is scattered across the island. Tamil is the native language of a majority of Muslims. However, Muslims are adept at being multilingual and they generally function well in any linguistic surroundings, whether they inhabit a Tamil majority or Sinhalese majority area. The tendency (perhaps a unique one) of the Sri Lankan Muslims has been to identify themselves as a distinct community based on religious and cultural identity rather than on language.  Attempts to assimilate the Muslim community into the wider Tamil community have been vehemently objected to in the past; Sir Razeek Fareed once even referred to such moves as ‘political genocide’.[1] Confrontations during the conflict between the two communities (including the cleansing of the Muslims from the Northern Province in October 1990 and targeted attacks on Muslims, by the LTTE) have led to serious ethnic tensions despite a shared linguistic identity. The challenges of reconciliation, therefore, is certainly not a matter to be addressed only between Tamils and Sinhalese. Meanwhile, the Muslim political leadership while supporting demands for regional autonomy has remained circumspect. This is because the threat of assimilation looms as long as demands are made from within a Tamil nationalist frame.

In this context, the Chief Minister’s reference to a single homogenous Tamil-speaking community as the counterpart to the Sinhalese-speaking community is a cause for concern among the Muslim community. His reduction of the complex ethnic, linguistic and cultural make-up of the country points to an indifference to the distinct nature of the Muslim identity. Muslims have been staunchly opposed to having their identity conflated to that of the wider Tamil community, and are bound to perceive his apparent ambivalence poorly.

The statement may have wider consequences in the context of anti-Muslim sentiments currently propagandized locally. These sentiments have contributed to a sense of anxiety among the Sri Lankan Muslims. The Muslims already risk facing serious marginalisation in the country’s foreseeable future under the present regime. Therefore, the indifference displayed by the Chief Minister of the Northern Province is even more unsettling to Muslims, as this is the candidate of an opposition party that handed the regime its first comprehensive electoral defeat.

Notably, the TNA’s election manifesto, although falling short of personal expectations, does not overlook the distinct identity and concerns of the Muslims even while stating that the Tamils are a distinct people entitled to self-determination. It reiterates that any power-sharing arrangement in a merged Northern and Eastern Province must be acceptable to the ‘Tamil Speaking Muslim people’. The manifesto clearly accepts the idea that there are two distinct peoples existing amongst the Tamil-speaking citizens of this country.

The political leadership of the Tamil Community have a long history of this acknowledgement. The basic structure of the TULF constitution, post vaddukoddai resolution, not only acknowledged and accepted the distinctiveness of the Muslims, it even provided for Muslim self-governance within the North and East.

The TNA has demonstrated its keenness to reach out to the Muslim community, by acknowledging the hardships they faced following their forcible eviction from the North and by appointing a defeated Muslim candidate from the PMGG to one of the two bonus seats in the Provincial Council that the TNA is entitled to. It is imperative that the Northern Provincial Council administration be extra sensitive to the welfare and the just needs of the Muslim community, their return and reintegration given the injustice caused to them. Whether the Chief Minister’s glossing over of the Muslim community was intentional, or simple inadvertence is unclear; hopefully, it was the latter. Justice Wigneswaran, despite his recent statement, has expressed his hope that mutual respect for the culture and traditions of different communities will prevail in our Island.

The TNA, as the main political representative of the Sri Lankan Tamils, have proven to be gracious in their resounding victory in the North. Their desire for rapprochement, as displayed at the swearing in of the Chief Minister, is commendable, as is their commitment to the welfare of all Tamil-speaking peoples, rather than ethnic Tamils alone. Nevertheless, the distinction of the Muslim community, largely Tamil-speaking as they may be, must be acknowledged. I would encourage Justice Wigneswaran to bear this in mind.

 

*The author, Ameer M Faaiz, LL.M., is a practising lawyer who has also been a civil society and a political activist and his current positions include Director – International Affairs of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Director – Secretariat for Muslims

[1] Vasundhara, Mohan (1987), “Identity Crisis of Sri Lankan Muslims”, p. 30.

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    “believe the Muslims belong?”
    Nana thoppi peratu with religious dogma.
    Camels belch and fart and belong to bin lardens knickers.

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      What a disgusting Tail racist!

      No wonder you are shameless and stateless.

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        Fathima Fukushima
        “What a disgusting Tail racist!

        No wonder you are shameless and stateless.”

        It hurts you now? We could follow you as the night follows the day.
        Do not mix up knowledge with wisdom. The nation and its people are desperately trying to get along separate religion from state to stop the blood shed and here you jump once again all the time every time. Read a kahilil gibran (a tear and a simle my favourite) all works than satanic verses.

        If you play with respect on this forum rather than being obnoxious then everybody is game and that includes me too. Remember the only response I submitted to you was a 3 in 1. The worst thing you can call those poor tea pucker’s who are stateless as junk. We all know for over 200 years the main export item is TEA- its called nama karam. Learn your Hindi and tell me who is stateless? In the west we know who we are and what you do in the name of religion to all and sundry.
        Race and Ethnicity are different and religion is faith. Study it before you put your 2 obnoxious cents.
        I could turn round like BBS and say Islam/Christianity is foreign to Asia which has Jain/Hinduism Buddhism etc. all complete but as a human I will not.
        http://www.cliffsnotes.com/sciences/sociology/race-and-ethnicity/race-and-ethnicity-defined

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      Javi,

      “The Muslim community of Sri Lanka, which currently constitutes 9.7% of the country’s population, is scattered across the island. Tamil is the native language of a majority of Muslims. However, Muslims are adept at being multilingual and they generally function well in any linguistic surroundings, whether they inhabit a Tamil majority or Sinhalese majority area.”

      Many Muslims in the South have been and are now adopting Sinhala and (English -Urban ) as their their mother tongue, and the children are in the Sinhala Medium. The percentage of Tamil speaking people will decline and will be found mostly in the North and the East.

      The Old Tamil Game of deception and then chase the Muslims from the North, after chasing the Sinhala will not work any more.

      “Finally, in a rather curious closing statement, he expressed his wish that the TNA’s symbolic gesture would ‘pave the way for the unity of the people of the two communities in our Island.’”

      The Muslims should be smarter, after VP and LTTE courtesy to the “Tamil speaking” people and subsequent expulsion.

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        Amarasiri,
        If this muslim thinks tamils don’t understand sinhala he is deaf and dumb.

        “Nevertheless, the distinction of the Muslim community, largely Tamil-speaking as they may be, must be acknowledged. I would encourage Justice Wigneswaran to bear this in mind.”

        This is a stupid threat from irrational Muslim.

        2 is company and 3 are charming but one being irrational is no company but a lotus eating parasite.
        The extroverted western Belgian solution is the best for Lanka as it stands today. Remember Belgium also has the German speaking with own land. Folk study 4 languages at school.
        Neighbours India and China both have around 42 ethnicities and the problem is Islam even before 9/11.
        Industrious TN (like the Flemish) has always been neglected and they have English as the bridging language and they are survivors so in a global village they just fly.
        So if we say tamil for the north and east and Sinhala for the South and west then later on when the land starts developing it would be like ancient Romans taking over Greece. The Tamils worldwide have more funds than the SL budget and the Muslim wants to be the unfair broker. He is sadly mistaken because even English is not the only language to charm in the global world (if you are Englishman and speak to the French in English they respond that’s where Dayan and Waranakulsuriya (Italy) worked under the table- (hope you understand this not bribery)
        On my very first visit to China pointing to the sky I asked little girl of 10 who was my guide (parents my friends) who made all those she said “we have never seen but there is a power but we cannot believe until we at least see” They have faith too but objective. Now see our Muslim minister urgently asking the Chinese Minister to approve branding of True Cinnamon and the Chinese Minister says there is no time let’s just talk about rubber. The Chinese use the bark of cinnamon, black cardamom, and of course rubber for condoms but there is artificial like the gloves. Do they study??
        Language was the cause then Standardisation by Badaudin for Muslims finally Mathini importing onions chillies so they sold the land went to India and elsewhere- didn’t the Muslims buy them?
        If one had done just even O/L even up to the first year of Uni in India we topped the batch irrespective of whether you came from point pedro and this impressed the professors etc. Northerners being persevering and the money to recover once educated. That’s where it started. Beyond 3rd year at university Indian standard is like in the US or continent better than the British in all round knowledge. British system is concise geared to confidence but it’s for the west where folk resign when found incompetent. The Chinese call these low course returnees Henry pooees.
        Once again No religion though I go every one of them if I want silence like the Buddhist concept because it will destroy our nation. In the west the pews are empty but that does not mean they don’t have faith in themselves like the Chinese.
        Today what makes the Jewish folk great “perseverance” – drive the nail a right boy…. The tate motte destroyed it by takeovers so we are backward as a nation.
        Cheers

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      Javi must be related to the wo-man Leela Lorenzo Naliah Fathima Fuk Jimsofty the looney or they all could be the same. The resemblance is uncanny. Readers should judge comments and remarks on the strength of values.

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        “Javi must be related”
        Were you holding the candel dirtbag?

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          Get a life and be a human. Our actions are recorded through the prism initiative.

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            Do you always think like that invertebrate or are you wearing itchy underwear??

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        Ceylonese,

        There seems to be a lot of truth to your post.

        Let’s see if they fess up.

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    The writer is splitting hairs over legal jargon. In common usage, Tamil speaking people mean all the Tamil speaking people, both Tamil & Muslim. The expression only refers to the spoken language and not the ethnicity.

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      do

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      The words ‘ Tamil- speaking people’ could also be taken to include Sinhalese who speak Tamil, in addition to the Tamils and Muslims who speak Tamil.

      It is time we stop talking in narrow parochial terms. The ‘ people of the Northern province’ would be a preferable term to use in the political dialogue. I hope we can advance to this stage soon.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    First you have to understand there is two community by language and there are many society by religion
    Don’t mess up with the fundamental

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    Muslims are OK if they don’t try day and night to convert that 9.7% into 90.7% hideously.They cannot be trusted for a moment.There is an ulterior motive in every action of them.

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      If muslims tries to stay 9.7% as 9.7% that will be Buddhism. Just live and let others live.

      Muslim must do their best to make the 9.7% to be 97% or more.

      If not they are not quran following Muslims.

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        Muslim: Muhammad is a true prophet because the Quran says so. Inquirer: What is the evidence that the Quran is true and divine? Muslim: The Quran is true because Allah says so.
        Inquirer: How do you to be certain that Allah is the true God and the Quran is His divine words?
        Muslim: Allah is the true God because Muhammad said so.
        Inquirer: And how do you know what Muhammad was true?
        Muslim: Muhammad is true because the Quran says so….

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    Well said Ameer.

    Muslims are a DISTINCT community. We are NOT Tamils. We are NOT Sinhalese.

    Everyone must accept Muslims as a distinct community. We too have our aspirations, homelands and grievances. But unlike racist Tamils we don’t kill anyone to make our point.

    Govt. should settle more Muslims in the North.

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      Have you heard of the Taliban? What a moron!

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        SOB Jinnah wanted a partition (had 1.5 million unarmed non believers mainly hindus slaughtered) and married Petit the richest Zoroastrian of Baharat. The Arab crusades slaughtered all the Zoroastrians so some fled to Gujarat and the King gave them refuge knowing that Cyrus the Great was the father of human rights. Now these animal Iranians go as refugees to Sydney and see the statue and worship but say we are Islam. Camels just belch and fart.

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        Modaya, Tamil tigers worse than the Tamilban (Taliban).

        – FBI

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      Look at the Muslim world. Blowing them self up. Do you cover your head now. Make sure your cover your mouth too.

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      Fathima (aka Lorenzo)
      You are not a muslim.
      Your game plan here is to pit one community against the other as you have been doing that at LW

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    There is no need to split hairs. Linguistically,there are only two communities,one Sinhala speaking and the other Tamil speaking. This does not mean that the Muslims are not a distinct entity.

    Sengodan. M

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      Zheng Ho

      “Linguistically,there are only two communities,one Sinhala speaking and the other Tamil speaking. This does not mean that the Muslims are not a distinct entity.”

      What is your point?

      Are you suggesting that Muslims and Tamils should unite on linguistic basis than divide on ethnicity?

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        And Vedda speak gibberish!

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          Banda

          “And Vedda speak gibberish!”

          I thought I wrote in English.

          Is it too philosophical for you? I am sorry.

          Any chance you are a descendant of Pandara Nayakkar or Bandara Vannia?

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    Finally, there cannot be two communities. It should only be muslims. That is what the Holy quran says.

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    Ameer Faiz is a Muslim communalist who like many Ceylon Muslims is highly selective when it comes to the assertion of a Sri Lankan Muslim ethnic identity. Such people are extremely careful when dealing with the Sinhalese but quite arrogant with the Tamils. They assert their Sri Lankanness with the Sinhalese (and quite rightly so) but make it a point to also emphasize to both the Sinhalese and the Tamils that they are not Tamils. They have voted with the Sinhalese in key pieces of legislation detrimental to the Tamils – i.e. the Citizenship Act, the Sinhala Only Act etc. They opposed the District Development Councils Act and the 13th Amendment.

    Its time we Tamils see through these guys as opportunists. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and other Muslim parties have never fielded Tamil candidates but the Federal Party and the TULF has always provided position to Muslim candidates.

    The last Northern Provincial Council elections are a case in point.

    The Ceylon Moor is quick to point out to the LTTE sponsored ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Mannar but hide the fact that Tamils were evicted from Kalmunai and Samanthurai with their property bought for a song. Even after the 1983 riots, it was the Sri Lankan Muslims who went street by street bargaining with Tamils to buy the latter’s property cheap.

    Its time we forsake this silly notion of Tamil-speaking peoples and forge a Sinhalese Tamil unity instead! The Sinhalese and Tamils after all share the bonds of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity which have served to unite us across the ethnic divide. Language has never united the so-called Tamil-speaking people!

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      Neil Chandran

      “Its time we forsake this silly notion of Tamil-speaking peoples and forge a Sinhalese Tamil unity instead! The Sinhalese and Tamils after all share the bonds of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity which have served to unite us across the ethnic divide. Language has never united the so-called Tamil-speaking people!”

      I am in complete agreement with you on this point.

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      Reread your post carefully Neil Chandran; you will that you are as racist as the writer.

      Most posts here are about bashing one community or the other. As a matter of fact I was appalled to see the writers POV.

      I think instead of focusing on differences one needs to focus on commonalities and language is as a good place to start as any.

      I have read here a quote by Khalil Ghibran the “One needs to be little to belittle”.

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    Waha-Be –La Muslut with Bin Lardens tainted knickers wants recognition of the irrational
    Alla… a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive.
    Ameer M. Faaiz go back under the rock you came from.

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    Muslims don’t matter. When we are done with them, there will not be 0.00% Muslims in Sri Lanka.

    Mister Ameer M. Faaiz, tell your folks to start converting to Budhism. The sooner the less trouble for us.

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      BBS Rep,

      “Muslims don’t matter. When we are done with them, there will not be 0.00% Muslims in Sri Lanka.”

      Can you please clarify? will not be 0.00%?

      The problem lies with Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism. It has been for the past 2,200 years, before Christianity and before Islam.

      1. You are still confused. When I was a little boy in 1958 I saw Sinhala Buddhist Monks attacking Tamil property and and hear of many kinds of atrocities done in the name of Sinhala Buddhism. This was repeated many times, including 1983. All these would have happened with or without Muslims. Muslims had nothing to do with this vile Sinhala Buddhist racism. They quickly forgot that the Tamils were Citizens, and forgot the egalitarianism as taught by the Enlightened Buddha, as BBS is doing now. Pure Racism.

      2. The cause goes back to Monk Mahanama of 5th Century, the author of Mahawamsa. While the are historical narratives that are original, there are also Myths that are original, like Vijaya’s grandfather being a Lion etc. The children were taught these at school and at Daham Pasela.

      3. The Tamil King Elara and Sinhala King Dutugamunu, Dushta Gamini, is predominantly grilled into the Sinhala children. When they grow up they cannot separate Myth from reality. This is the curse of Lanka, that had made it difficult for Sinhala people to accept the Tamils, despite the fact that the last king of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was of Tamil origin. Of course historically speaking, for 1,700 years it was the Tamils from South India who invaded, before the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English.

      4. Why is that there are hardly any Tamil Buddhists in Sri Lanka? Is it Sinhala Racism? Monk Hegemony? The Sinhala Buddhist Goigama Monks refused to ordain Sinhala Karave Monks, and they had to go to Thailand to be ordained.

      So they must have refused to ordain Tamil Buddhist Monks. Read,

      The plight of the Sinhala `DALITS`- Karava, Durava, Salagama, Berava and Rodi. Caste discrimination in Sinhala society.
      Friday, 9 September 2011 – 10:42 AM SL Time

      http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/9/70564_space.html

      Let us explore the issue in some detail. Professor K.M. de Silva in his `History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the MIGRATION OF THE KARAWE, SALAGAMA AND DURAWE CASTES FROM SOUTHERN INDIA TO SRI LANKA BETWEEN THE 14TH AND 17TH CENTURIES

      The 13th century Sinhala literary work, the Pujavaliya went on to assert that a Buddha would never be born in the Govigama caste The Govigama reaction was swift. Kandyan Buddhist civil law as later documented in the Niti Nighanduwa, placed the Govigama at the top of an elaborately ordered caste hierarchy.

      The Kandyan Buddhist clergy – the Siam Nikaya – DENIED ENTRY into the Buddhist monkhood to the non-Govigama. They EXCLUDED THE KARAVE. This led wealthy Karave merchants in the maritime districts to finance the journey of Ambagahapitiya Gnanawimala Thera to Amarapura in Burma for the ordination into the Buddhist monkhood in 1800 AD. While the newly founded Amarapura nikaya had 21 sub-sects defined on caste lines (i.e. Karave, Salagama and Durave), it nonetheless offered a rare opportunity for the Karave to join the Buddhist religious order.

      Other Karave ABANDONED BUDDHISM ALTOGETHER AND CONVERTED TO ROMAN CATHOLICISM to seek caste emancipation. 50% of the Karave caste might well be Christian today. At present, Karave Christian youth have the best education outcomes in Sinhala society.

      Read on the link….

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        Amarasiri,

        “The Tamil King Elara and Sinhala King Dutugamunu” – Should this be Tamil Hindu king Elara and Tamil Buddhist king Dutugamunu? http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2013/01/origin-of-sinhala-language-and-sinhalese.html

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          Anpu,

          “– Should this be Tamil Hindu king Elara and Tamil Buddhist king Dutugamunu?”

          If you have credible data supporting the above, send to the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, India.
          I was referring to what is being taught to children in South Sri Lanka both at school and at Daham Pssala, Sunday Buddhist School.

          This is what the Sinhala Buddhist’s believe, including Sinhala Buddhist Monks, the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, believe when they grow up, the curse and cause of problems in Sri Lanka, preventing and Egalitarian civilized society.

          See this

          Neil deGrasse Tyson on religious people, that includes All,

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xvILvxYbFA

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      BBS Rep,

      “Muslims don’t matter. When we are done with them, there will not be 0.00% Muslims in Sri Lanka.”

      Muslims don’t matter , Buddhists don’t matter, Hindus don’t matter and others don’t matter. When the Christian Fundamentalists are done, then, there will be 0.00% Buddhists, 0.00% Hindus, 0.00% Muslims and 0.00% Jews in Sri Lanka just like what happened in Spain, the New World and many other places.

      Watch out….

      What exactly is World Vision upto again in North Sri Lanka?

      http://www.onlanka.com/news/what-exactly-is-world-vision-upto-again-in-north-sri-lanka.html

      The God Delusion.
      The process of non-thinking.
      In conflict with the age of reason and the age of blind belief.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FiHRVb_uE0

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      BBS Rep

      See this

      Neil deGrasse Tyson on religious people, that includes All,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xvILvxYbFA

      Published on Jun 7, 2013
      Excerpt from a speech at TAM 6 in Las Vegas. The whole speech can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlVm5x

      “We might not understand it 100%, but when we look at things like the geographical distribution of religion, even among that 7%, it seems quite clear that the answer is cultural. So maybe we can expect the 85% to reject it if we manage to change the cultural foundation that religion has created.”

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      Dear BBS Rep,

      Can you please respond to my reply post to yours on Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka’s performance.

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      Dear BBS Rep,

      Here is a New Prophet

      Neil DeGrasse Tyson – Greatest Sermon Ever

      He says, we all are star dust.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjW5-4IiSc

      Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009
      2006 Neil deGrasse Tyson closes the three day lecture series with an excellent final “sermon” on cosmic perspective and the impact of science. Notice Dawkins in the audience.

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      Dear BBS Rep,

      Religion is a failed Science. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism,Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism etc.

      That includes BBS and Sinhala Buddhist, along with all the other hyphenated, ethnic religions, all kept for maintaining Monk, Priest and Mullah hegemony.

      Sam Harris: Religions Are Failed Sciences

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQgI4bHpAlA

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    The major post-Independence issue in the island has been centred on the language issue – and that is clearly between the Sinhalese and Tamils. This remains so till today.

    It may be Muslims in the country NOW are close to 10% of the population – a feature that appears to engage the close attention of the Sinhala extreme. The statistics of the 1800s tell a different story. A very large percentage of them are now in the Sinhala-speaking South must be borne in mind. In view of their historical track record their fidelity to the Tamil language, sadly, has been and will be suspect. They cannot remove themselves from the charges with an opportunistic flavour. The chances of Sinhalese and Tamils closing their ranks appears to be far greater than that between the Muslims and the other communities.

    Badiu-din-Mahmud was cause of much of the problem in the late 1960s/early 70s with his over-zeal for positions both under SWRD and later Mrs. B. He subordinated the wider cause of the Muslims spread throughout the island for his personal advancement. It cannot be denied he openly encouraged Muslims in the country to adopt Sinhala as their mother tongue – and give up Tamil. He probably misread Lankan Tamils – weakened both by husband and wife team of the Bandaranaikes -by then were in the position of being driven into obscurity.

    As to “adeptness” Tamils are as equal or even better at adapting to the majority language and people where they live amongst them. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and the Tamils in the Negombo-Puttalam District being one example. There were many in the Kurunegala area, until 1983, and many in the Anuradhapura area till the late 1970s. In the Colombo District Mano and Prabha Ganesan still have many Sinhalese actively voting for them. If the Sinhala Only bill was not thrust on the throats of the Tamils in the unacceptable manner it was, Tamils would have continued to voluntarilyh learn Sinhala in all parts of the country. The climate in the country appears to be ripe right now for this to re-emerge.

    There is nothing unique in Muslims being only given into assimilation.
    The example of running with the hare and hunting with the hound analogy – describes the Muslim predicament adequately. And the role some of them admit today they functioned in the capacity of spying for the army during the war years is regrettable. The case of the slaying of over a dozen voluntary Tamil workers of the French NGO (ACF?) is an example. This slaughter is now under the scrutiny of the UNHRC.

    It is time Muslims chose between the untenable claim the vast majority of them came from Arabian lands. Whereas the truth is the largest number came more in the early 19th century – from the Coromondel coast of South India. A few of them like Orabi Pasha came from Arabic lands is not denied. But then a single swallow does not make a summer, as they say.

    Mr. Vigneswaren’s priority is to first regain justice for the Tamils. I don’t think he tried any “glossing” over in making his carefully structured Statement. He cannot be blamed if Muslims are perenially suspect by other communities for their opportunistic politics – not just here but in many other countries as well. Perhaps this is cultural. It cannot also be denied Muslims in the country are sharply divided by those settled in the EP/NP and the rest of the country. The differences are not confined only in their manner of speech and dialect.

    Some of the comments I make here, I note, have been made by others here over the years in these and other blogs.

    Pandaranayagam

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    Dear Ameer
    Only two years back when muslims through SLMC was offered the EPC, they decided to share the bed with MR. It was then cosy. But when NPC results came they woke up.

    Your role was well and truly reciprocated by GOTA’s BBS and Ravayas. Why this sudden love to the Tamils and responding to NPCM’s Statements. It was mot made for you.

    It was made to the Sinhala Communities irrespective of Religion.

    Are Arabs Arabs or Muslims. What were you before your Prophet was born learnt his scriptures in India and returned to preach.

    Why are you continuing to stir the pot pot when a solution to the Tamil Problem is Round the Corner.

    Tamils were historically Buddhists at one stage of their historical evolution. not hide the Tamil Buddhist Priest’s contribution to Sinhala Grammar in the 13th century.

    Please point out a single epic that is Hindu amongst the Five great epics in Tamil Language. In contrast to the Buddhist contribution in them.

    Tamils are not trying to defend anything other than their language and culture.

    Had you all accepted the Offer made immediately after the EPC Elections things would have been different.

    You should have known from what happened at Jaffna Municipal Council.

    So Cheers

    Love
    Levi

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    The author is a Muslim. His business will only thrive if there is division. Now his fear is that the Tamils and Sinhalese are going to unite. So Muslims will go out of business. Gradually the Sinhalese and Tamils are beginning to understand the Muslim business.

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    Know of a Muslim leader who did anything for Sri Lanka but there are many who did many things for Sri Lankan Muslims.

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    Isn’t Sambnadan on record saying ” Leave the Muslims to Me”?.

    Is Vellala CM articulating the same with his “Two Communities ” talk.

    May be it is only 9.7 % now .

    Muslims will overtake Tamils as the biggest minority in 5 years.

    Did Rajiv give this scenario any thought when he stitched up old JR to give North and East to Tamils , to please Prabakaran and Balasingham.

    Muslims must work hand in hand with the Sinhalese to safeguard their rights to freedom and prosperity in an undivided island.

    It is the only way the rapidly increasing populations of Sinhala and Muslim communities can have equitable access to the common resources of this tiny nation.

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      Vellala = valla + alla + la (ball massaging servants).

      e.g. Thlaivar

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        It is clear Fuks is no woman – from the tone of comments here.
        Obviously, a mad muslim who came under different name/s earlier.
        A further guess from the poor English, he is a graduate from the EP.

        F-Word

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          No she is in-between. Cannot afford the operation so the frustration.

          He/She is a Sinhalese but loves the Muslim may be because of circumcision.

          So leave that faggot alone.

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          no no Fathima is not a woman let alone a Muslim ,he is none other than LORENSO fron that cheapwebiste called LANKAWEB ! leave him alone as he is frustrated and lonely in life

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      Sumana machang. I know you have an anal fixation with Tamil caste system. You keep on about vellalas it sounds as though you have a problem with this word vellalas. . Do you know the meaning of this word? Please listen the 4 % minority has now been breeding fast and now has reached 9% if you keep talking of vellalas they will soon breed more and become 90% do some thing to stop this menace of over breeding,instead you keep talking of vellalas through your anus you will find you being shafted there( I don’t have tell you where) by this minority who arrived in our ( yours and mine)mother land not so long ago from Arabia. So stop talking nonsense machang. Let us the Tigers and the Lions unite and drive out the hyenas.

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    Can anyone answer the following questions before we talk about loyalty of Muslims to once country of residence. Why do the Jews want to nuke the Muslims? Why do the Americans and the western European Christians want to nuke the Muslims out of extension? Why do Russians and the eastern Europeans want to kill all the Chechen Muslims either by lethal gas or by nuclear weapons ? Why do the Hindus( Indians) want to kill all the Muslims with or without nuclear weapons? Why do the Chinese want to slaughter their Muslim ( Uighur) minority in to extision? Why do Latin Americans want to decimate the Muslims? Why do the far eastern Buddhist countries like Burma , Thailand and Vietnam want to kill all their Muslim minorities? Why are the Rohingar Muslims in Burma are killed or kicked out to Bangaladesh? How many Sunnis have been killed in the Shia majority countries like Iraq and Iran? How many Shias are killed in Sunni majority countries like Pakistan , siriya , Saudi Arabia and Qatar etc.

    Finally closer to home why do the Tamils, the Sinhalese, the Buddihst, the Hindus and the Christians hate the Muslims in Srilanka? Can a half wit moron like fart-tima fuckshima answer this question?

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    Extinction and not extension

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    For whatever reason(s) though most Muslims are from the Tamil background and speak Tamil, they have pigeon-holed themselves as a separate race. In this scenario, I would like to ask this Ameer, how many Tamils have they selected to represent them, whether it is the SLMC or other Muslim based parties? The TNA was gracious enough to offer one to even a losing Muslim candidate who stood under the TNA ticket.

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