17 October, 2017

On 23rd Anniversary Of Northern Muslim Exodus In Sri Lanka

By Rifai Naleemi –

Dr. Rifai Naleemi

Sri Lankan Muslims of Northern Province still vividly remember those dark days in their life. It was at the end of October 1990 that Muslims of Northern provinces were abruptly asked to leave their own homes and properties within the time limits of few hours. They were also asked not to take any valuable items with them. They were not allowed to take even their hard earned money or jewelleries.  They were not allowed to sell their properties and belongings to anyone. They were asked to leave their native villages empty handed. They were forced to evaluate their native place of birth with cloths that they were wearing. This happened in this so called modern civilised world.

This was some sort of barbarism that LTTE inflicted on harmless and innocent Muslims of Northern province in Sri Lanka. This was done in the name of freedom fighting.  Tales and stories of unbearable suffering and hardships of these innocent victims are not yet, properly documented in a professional manner. Of course, some attempts have been made to document the ordeals of these innocent people and yet, the voices of these innocent victims have not reached ears and hearts of Sri Lankan politicians and policy makers. Still some of these people are destined to live as displaced people in many parts of this Island.

I was wittingly or unwittingly destined to watch the ordeals of some of these people. I happened to be in Puttalam when this ordeal was unfolding in 1990. I happened to watch the suffering of these people who came into Puttalam empty handed without any basic necessities of life. Some of them came walking hundreds of miles. Some of them came in empty stomach. Some of them were traumatised with their suffering and sadness. Some of them were sick and emotionally charged with sorrow and remorse.  The entire Muslim community in Sri Lanka witnessed this ordeal in utter shock and dismay.

The Muslim community did try to console these innocent people and yet, the magnitude of this suffering was so great and beyond human comprehension and human taking.  I should say that Muslim people of Puttalam and its suburbs provided much needed help for these people at this crucial time of urgency. I think that no human being on earth should undergo sufferings like this. It was a really a pathetic situation. I would need volumes to write ordeals of these people. For the last 23 years they have suffered a lot in many aspect of their life. They suffered from poverty. They did not have good accommodations to live with their families. They could not educate their children properly. They could not get good employment opportunities. They faced many social problems. They could not lead a decent life in these displaced places. What happened to them is an historical account and yet we should record them to learn lessons from it.

What matters the most today is not about the past but present day situation of these people. After 23 years of suffering these people are still not being accommodated in their native places and still live as displaced people. Even after the defeat of LTTE these people have not been relocated in their native places. It is true that some of these people have already moved into their native places and yet, most of them are still living as IDPs in many places.  Even most of those people who moved into their native places they did on their own expenses. It should be mentioned here that successively Sri Lankan government greatly failed in their political and moral responsibilities towards these people. Whether we like it or not we should reiterate here that successive Sri Lankan governments did not treat these people as their own Sri Lankan nationals and citizens. This is the true fact and bitter truth as well. No one should try twisting this historical mistake.

Sri Lanka is a democratic country and its constitution guarantees equal rights to all. Whether you come from Tamil community or Singhalese community you should have equal rights as stipulated in the constitution.  Every Sri Lankan contributes to the national economy thorough his hard works and earning.  Each community contribute to the growth and development of this country.  There is no justification to discriminate against any community or any individual in this country.  There is no justification to favour one community over another in this country. Yet, in this case of Northern Muslim exodus, the successive Sri Lankan authorities have failed to facilitate them to return to their native places? Why is this step motherly treatment of the Northern Muslim by the successive governments? Is it because, they are Muslims or is it because they have no political influence? Is it because they are not nationals of this country? Why is this open discrimination against them? Of course we all know that some NGOs and government social services department did provide some food rations to these people for sometimes and yet, they have not been relocated by the government expenses.

Suppose that this type of tragedy happened to some Singhalese villages in some parts of Sri Lanka. What would have been the reaction of these successive Sri Lankan governments? They would have taken immediate necessary steps to resettle affected people within few years time. They would not have to suffer 23 years for resettlements as Northern Muslims do today?

What more is that we have more than 18 Muslims members of parliament today and yet, they have also failed in their moral and religious responsibility towards these people? They have not done enough to support these people. They have not supported these people in time of their difficulties. They have greatly failed to understand the suffering of these people. They could not identify the challenges and problems of these people.  They could not persuade successive government to support these people.

These Muslim politicians are selfish and incapable people to help our community except a few of them. They have even failed to discuss this issue in parliament successfully.  I should greatly appreciate some Tamil leaders who condemn the action of LTTE and welcome the Northern Muslims back to their native places and yet, our Muslim politicians have failed to appreciate the good will gesture of these Tamil politicians. What more is that international Muslim community have greatly failed on this issue? Though Islam preaches about universal Islamic brotherhood in faith and yet, no Muslim country or no International Islamic organization came forward to help these people to resettle in their native places.

We hope that MR and his government open their eyes and come forward to do some things constructively to support these displaced people. If this government is genuinely wanted to protect minority rights it should help minority communities without bias and discrimination.  How long this government could act with two different faces: Time will tell us that sooner rather than later.

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    Author is a real racist.

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    To “all religious fanatics” the nation is in turmoil and ruled by a dictator beware- just keep your faith private.

    “Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated.”- James A. Baldwin

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    Dear Suranee. It may be that you are not a Buddhist. A true Buddhist never hate any one but you look like missionary man of some fanaticism. You seem not to be belonging to any sense of humorous idealism: rather spread hatred

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    Hi, Rajaratnam!

    Good sign of,… anyway, Street is ” Sonagar Theru”, and the rest of the address is Jaffna Town, Jaffna electorate, Jaffna District, Nothern Province, North of Sri Lanka, in the Indian ocean, neat India, in south East Asia. If you want further detail please do not hesitate to write back. I warned you already that if you want to hide then you would fail.

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    ……………..Yet, in this case of Northern Muslim exodus, the successive Sri Lankan authorities have failed to facilitate them to return to their native places? Why is this step motherly treatment of the Northern Muslim by the successive governments? Is it because, they are Muslims or is it because they have no political influence? Is it because they are not nationals of this country? Why is this open discrimination against them? Of course we all know that some NGOs and government social services department did provide some food rations to these people for sometimes and yet, they have not been relocated by the government expenses……………………

    I have said from the beginning chased away muslims should be settled in North. I dont know why gov is not serious on that. Between I have heard Muslims who got their lands back are not returning saying old place is unfamiliar to them and that their everything is here in new place. So muslims are also guilty on not getting what they deserve.

    ……………..Suppose that this type of tragedy happened to some Singhalese villages in some parts of Sri Lanka. What would have been the reaction of these successive Sri Lankan governments? They would have taken immediate necessary steps to resettle affected people within few years time. They would not have to suffer 23 years for resettlements as Northern Muslims do today?………………

    what you think is wrong. Gov wouldnt care for two hoots of them. Actually when a sinhalese is victimised in this country they are at the worst place. Because no one speak for them even media like this. For example sinhalese whose relations were massacred at border villages have got nothing and have left their original areas. Gov is not protecting them as well.

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      Dear Sach. I agree with you that government should deal with this without any bias. No matter what race is victimised. It should treat all equally. But I do not think that those affected from border Singhalese have not been compensated. May a few but not in a large scale like that of jaffna Muslims. Do you agree? I do not want to see any one suffering It may be Tamil; Singhalese or Muslims or any one. Muslims would have been returned to Jaffa but they have not been provided any facilities or rehabilitation? I do not know how many politicians make fortune out of this misery?

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    Hey Mohamed,hold your horses.f you say

    Jaffna Town,you don’t need Jaffna Electorate.You also don’t need Jaffna District,then Northern Province.In the Indian Ocean and ‘neat India in South East Asia.

    Good Lord we will run out of space with this long winded address below the small street name.

    I get it now—
    CALLED – CHONAKAR THERU.
    I am on the internet aren’t I.So whose hiding?Probably you are used to hiding?

    God Bless Sri Lanka

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    Hi, Rajaratnam!

    So you answer is no Mosque is defamed and/or destroyed by Tamil tiger. Expected response, nothing surprising. By the way there is no “CHONAKAR THERU”, but “SONAGAR” or ” SONAKAR Theru”, borrowed knowledge sometime puts you in difficulty. Good luck sleep well.

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    Dr.Naleemi,

    I sympathise with the Muslim Community and my heart goes out to those who were forced to leave but let us get this into perspective.

    1)The following is the catalyst for the plight of the Muslims which was unfortunate. For me the question of resettling our Muslim Brothren figures high on the agenda. We have coexisted for generations and there has never been any race riots unleashed on the Muslims by Majority Hindus. Religion never played a part and it never will.

    ***”With the creation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress on the 21st of September 1981, the idea of the Muslim people of Sri Lanka being separate from the Tamils, was being reinforced. Due to this, they felt that if the goal of Tamil Eelam was reached, they would be a “minority, in a minority state” and the SLMC were strongly opposed to the idea of Tamil Eelam. The situation was further aggravated with the creation of the Muslim Home Guard, by the Sri Lankan Government, leading to violent clashes and incidents taking place between the two communities. Tensions between the Tamils and Muslims were at an all time high, with the UTHR reporting that “It became an unspoken cliché that Muslims were traitors.”

    Although what the LTTE did was wrong ( We Tamils unreservedly say sorry) the setting up of the Muslim Home Guard and spying for the occupying army added to the Muslim Misery.

    People are talking about the suffering of the Muslims and rightly so but does any SINHALESE MORONS talk about OPERATION RIVIRESA in 1995 during which thousands of Mainstream Tamils were displaced and are still displaced.

    2)These Muslim politicians are selfish and incapable people to help our community except a few of them. They have even failed to discuss this issue in parliament successfully. I should greatly appreciate some Tamil leaders who condemn the action of LTTE and welcome the Northern Muslims back to their native places and yet, our Muslim politicians have failed to appreciate the good will gesture of these Tamil politicians. What more is that international Muslim community have greatly failed on this issue? Though Islam preaches about universal Islamic brotherhood in faith and yet, no Muslim country or no International Islamic organization came forward to help these people to resettle in their native places.

    *** I agree with the above and If you want proof of how the Tamils view and treat Minority Muslims in their midst just look at how the Iron Lady dealt with the Mulslim sentiments in Tamil Nadu when she banned Vishvaroobam.

    3) We hope that MR and his government open their eyes and come forward to do some things constructively to support these displaced people. If this government is genuinely wanted to protect minority rights it should help minority communities without bias and discrimination. How long this government could act with two different faces: Time will tell us that sooner rather than later.

    *** Sadly MR is not interested in resettling the displaced people but more interested in appropriating Tamil Land illegally to colonise Sinhalese.

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      [Although what the LTTE did was wrong ( We Tamils unreservedly say sorry) the setting up of the Muslim Home Guard and spying for the occupying army added to the Muslim Misery.]

      kali,stop making excuses for what the LTTE did.If you unreservedly say sorry,then shut up about home guards etc because you are showing the world what hypocrites you are.For what the LTTE did to the muslims they deserved what they got at nanthikadal,full stop.

      Asking people to leave in 2 hours without taking anything with them and you call them human beings?keep on defending the indefensible with all these excuses of spying,home guards etc.If there were specific people working against the LTTE they could have taken action against them without treating the whole community like cattle.

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        Shankar,

        You Sinkalam at leasts 2 hour notice is better than killing them with 120 mm calibre guns without any notice . You dont understand do you, you idiot. At least you have taken on a Tamil name before you are given 2 hour Notice and forced out but dont worry we can identify you Rat.

        What are you

        Shankar Mahadevan
        Shankar Jeykishan

        OR

        Shankar Punchi Banda

        Shame on you

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          “at leasts 2 hour notice is better than killing them with 120 mm calibre guns without any notice . You dont understand do you, you idiot.”

          kali,you tamil nationalist,you don’t understand the most important point,which is that we treated a minority under our control the same as the sinhalese treated the tamils under their control.

          The most important factor distinguishing between the sinhalese and the muslims are,the sinhalese repeatedly attacked us and the tamils were more less forced to retaliate against them because they could not take it anymore from those bullies.As for the muslims they did not do anything to us.As such to talk of whether 2 hrs notice is better than being gunned down is like asking an innocent person which he would prefer to be in jail or be executed for a crime he did not do.

          The LTTE told them to either join them in their struggle or get out.Muslims answer was that they did not want to have anything to do with the fight between the sinhalese and the tamils and their decision should have been respected because they have to think of the wider consequences to their community.

          For you to bring out all this pathetic excuses of home guards,spying etc is like a few of the racist sinhalese trying to justify the july 83 riots by the killing of 13 soldiers.

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    Dear Kali. I can not but accept your views on this . You are right in saying that Muslims have been used by Singhlase in this war: they only want to grab the lands of Tamils and Muslims in NE.

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    Correct- borrowed ?

    In Tamil it is written and pronounced as Chonakar- the language does not have an alphabet -‘S’.
    So I understand that ‘s’ has been borrowed. yet when spoken ?
    Will get back with correct data.

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    -Also bring them back to Mutuwal from where they were chased recently by the bikhus.

    Presently in matale?

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    Shankar,

    thank you very much for your comment. It may help Ms. Hannah Rajaratnam, who does not know geography of Jaffna, understand the TTs’ atrocities against a minority under their control.

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      “thank you very much for your comment.”

      Hide and Squeak!

      A boy being in the middle of a conflict between two women
      is the worst possible situation.

      There’s always a desire to please each one?

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    Muslim refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan should be allowed to settle in Jaffna.

    SL’s biggest and only enemy are Tamils.

    By settling Pakistanis and Afghans in Jaffna we can erase Tamil Nadu presence in SL. Pakistan helped SL more than any other country during the war so SL should be grateful.

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      Lester,what about Alqaeda,should they not be also allowed to settle?

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        because they badly need a place to settle and rest,because wherever they go on this planet,the US hounds them with their drones and marines.From afghanistan to pakistan to somalia.

        The best way the srilankan government can show their gratitude to pakistan is to give them refuge in the north,don’t you think?

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          Shankar you Sinklalam,

          Only a Sikalam or a Tamil like the Traitor Karuna will give an answer like your rubbish.
          Why dont you them refuge in the South next to your house yo idiot.
          You dont have to prove your are a Sinkalam it is written all over you.

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            kali,you fool,if alqaeda goes to the north,US also comes to north.

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              Shakar,

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              We are sorry, the comment language is English -CT

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                kali,you are welcome to shake mine whenever you want to.

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                  Shankar Appuhamy you Sinkalam,

                  Now you have proved my point. Not only have you now confirmed you that have lost the argument but in the process you have allso confirmed that the Sinhalese Race is half Lion and half human as only Animals do what you do.
                  Try another Animal like you if you are that desperate and from your reaction it is obvious you are single , over sixty, poor , hungry, low class, and wrose still desperate.
                  You should put yourself out of your Misery and if the Tiger Supremo was alive I would have got you some cyanide . But you can get it from the War Criminal Karuna who is in your camp. Next time when you seem him ask him nicely and dont tell him you are desperate but tell him you want to see what it looks like.
                  Good luck.

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                    Shankar Appuhamy you Sinkalam

                    I should have added that the Cyanide will help you. If you are feeling itchy in your private dingy ask Karunas wife who is a pro…..te and runs a brothel and this is what she does for a living.

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                    “it is obvious you are single , over sixty, poor , hungry, low class, and wrose still desperate.”

                    Kali,i’am married,less than 60,moderately rich,a bit obese,middle class,sexually satisfied but still can have some more.So i thought if you really want to do it,like the mahatma i will allow grudgingly to satisfy your desperate urge to merge with me.

                    YOu seem to get it exactly opposite and we would like to have you in the stockmarket so that when you predict buy,we will sell and when you forecast sell we will buy.You will be a valuable asset for the investment community.

                    “if the Tiger Supremo was alive”

                    So you agree that he is dead.Some of your compatriots don’t agree with you and say that it was a body double who was killed.

                    “if the Tiger Supremo was alive I would have got you some cyanide .” Why should i take it kali when he himself was not wearing one?I would not do something that he will not do.

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                Moderator,

                You are being biased towards Shankar the Sinkalam by allowing him to write the following.

                ***sundara siri barini surendi athi sobamana lanka
                dhanya danaya neka mal palathuru piri jaya bhoomiya ramya”

                CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME IF YOU CONSIDER THE ABOVE TO BE COMMENT LANGUAGE.

                We Tamils are still without basic rights in Sinhala Lanka and no wonder we are parting company after March 2014.

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          No. USA now accepts defeat to Muslim holy warriors and leaving Afghanistan and Iraq.

          2014 is full pullout. Muslims have won again. Muslim warriors defeated Soviet Union and now USA too.

          So when AQ comes to Jaffna USA will keep out to save their marines (generally considered modayas).

          e.g. Go tell that to the marines

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        They too should be allowed to settle and breed in Jaffna.

        Jaffna is closest to India so that way we can punish both.

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      Fat”Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      Afghan Muslim refugees in Pakistan are busy killing each other for Halal. In Sinhala Lanka there is no Halal and they wont eat eat anything other than Halal and they will go hungry. Do you have any parts ( I mean big boobs ) they can eat but then for how long snd how many. If they can eat Skeltons there are millions in the North including Isaipriyas left behind by the Soldiers.
      By the way did you hear the Army has been odered to Barracks and Racist Chandrasri has been asked to leave and from what I hear he is packing his Bags including his smelly Komanam ( underpants).

      Got it Good.

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    The worst form of ethnic cleansing occurred in Sri Lanka. The property then distributed among Maveer families, members of whom are among TNA parliamentarians, NPC members and PS members of the North & East to date.

    There is no Stephen Harper, no Navi Pillai, no David Cameron or no Indian politician to talk tough to GTF, BTF, TGTE, ABC, XYZ who financed LTTE terrorists or ban those outfits.

    There is no Channel 4, no AI, HRW to campaign to restore the rights of displaced 23 years ago.

    That is the BS this country has to fight against.

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      Hela

      “The worst form of ethnic cleansing occurred in Sri Lanka”

      Not too fast.

      The worst form of genocide occurred to my people over 2,500 years, being perpetrated by two stupid people, Tamils and Sinhalese.

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    I wish one day Tamils will commemorate 23 years of their complete exodus out of Colombo.

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      Fat ” Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      They will all leave within 2 years and will celebrate that for another 3000 years.

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    Shankar Appuhamy You Sinkalam,

    If cyanide does not work try Fat “Mama” Fuk U Shima. She might have a tight one which might suit your purpose and may that is what you need.

    Go for it mate as she is your kind and all the BBS ones have tried.

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      fathima is not a woman.It is Lester maquerading as a muslim woman.It will be tight allright if he bends down.Why don’t you strap a huge dildo and give him one,the bugger deserves it.

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