2 December, 2021

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Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The military victory led by an overwhelmingly Sinhala-Buddhist army over the tyrannous LTTE in 2009 has, among other things, injected in the minds of certain sections of the Buddhist community that Sri Lanka belongs only to the Sinhala Buddhists and others are permitted to live here only at the behest of the Buddhists. This twisted ideology which is now developing into an anti-Muslim, anti-Christian and anti-Tamil paranoia is totally contradictory not only to the noble teachings of the Enlightened Buddha but also and more significantly to the millennial historical tradition of ethnic and religious tolerance indelibly engraved in the long legacy of the island’s Buddhist monarchs. To deny this historical truth is to court intellectual dishonesty.

The current series of attacks, spearheaded by the so-called protectors of Buddhism dressed in monkish garbs and backed by elements of Buddhist petti-bourgeoisie, on Muslim shrines and mosques, Muslim property and even Muslim lives is a sad reflection of this post-war paranoia. It is time to expose the intellectual bankruptcy, and political hypocrisy of this paranoid group before explaining the state of paralysis in the Muslim community that has allowed this tragic episode to gain momentum in the first place. The grievances of the paranoid fall into three categories: religio-political, economic and demographic.Wirathu Gnanasara

Photo courtesy – Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka Facebook page

To take the first issue, it is true that Muslims in Sri Lanka, like in many other parts of the world, have become at least outwardly more Islamic since the 1980s as demonstrated by their increased punctiliousness in observing religious rituals and in organizing and promoting religiously inspired gatherings, conferences and other such activities. These large gatherings naturally called for a parallel increase in the number of religious centres such as mosques and madrasas. Quantitatively and qualitatively the number of mosques in Sri Lanka has increased, but whether that increase is disproportionate when compared to the increase in Hindu temples, Christian churches and Buddhist vihares require statistical evidence. Neither the paranoid mob nor the Muslim community has so far provided such comparative data. It is however beyond dispute that the outward appearance of at least a section of male and female Muslims as reflected in their mode of dressing has changed rather dramatically over the last three decades. The black abayah or robe and niqab or facial cover with cleavage for eyes for Muslim women to see, and for Muslim men, similar robes with turban although not necessarily black in colour, and thicker and longer beards are all of Middle Eastern cultural influence but misconceived by many as religiously prescribed. Were Muslim ladies of yesteryears who wore white and coloured saris and Muslim men dressed in sarong, shirt, coat, shawl and cap were less Islamic than these pseudo-Arab purists? That this confronting attire has become a symbol of Muslim alienation in plural societies is common knowledge. Yet, this is something that the Muslim community itself has to tackle through intra-religious dialogues and intellectual debates, which do not seem to be happening in the country at the moment. Even the current debate on Muslim personal laws should not have waited until provoked by the EU.

However, to tie these outward appearances and elements of religious fundamentalism with a hidden Muslim political agenda, as alleged by the paranoid Buddhist rabble, is mischievous, malevolent and at times sounds comical. At no time in the history of Sri Lanka did the Muslims even contemplate to bring the country under Muslim rule. Even after independence while the Tamils were aspiring and fighting for a separate state the Muslim community uninterruptedly worked as political partners with the majority community. It is true that a few misguided Sri Lankan Muslim youth has joined the ISIS bloody caliphate, but that doesn’t in any way indicate that the Muslim community here is conspiring to create an ISIS vilayet. Even when the IPKF armed the Muslim Home Guard the community accepted those weapons to protect the Eastern Muslims from the LTTE killers and not to establish a Muslimstan. This allegation by the paranoid against the Muslim community, unless driven by a foreign hand, is groundless and should be rejected.

The economic grievance that Muslims are taking over the economy is a repetition of the 1915 scenario with one difference. In 1915 the target of the Buddhist nationalists was a foreign minority but the target of the current crowd of ultra-nationalists is a domestic minority. The fact that Fashion Bug and No Limit – the two leading Muslim retail establishments that have become the marked objects for the paranoid arsonists – which are able to out-beat their commercial rivals should be seen in the context of Sri Lanka’s post-1977 neo-liberal open economic environment rather than as an index of an all-conquering Muslim economic hegemon. The open economy unleashed once again the freedom for Muslim business acumen to explode which remained repressed under the previous socialist regime. With the re-born freedom for economic enterprise and with capital accumulated previously from working as expatriates in the Middle East or by liquidating inherited property a few Muslim individuals like the owners of the two establishments noted above entered the retail sector and through hard work, skill and intelligence were able to capture a niche in the competitive world of business.

Economists and social scientists who have studied the operational dynamics of plural societies have discovered the fact that in such societies when ethnic and religious minorities outshine their rivals in economic pursuits their success provokes envy within the majority. Chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia, Indians in Burma and Kenya, Jews in pre-twentieth century Europe are examples of this phenomenon. In times of economic crisis these minorities invariably become victims of communal jealousy and anger. When that anger breaks out into violence elements the petty-bourgeoisie from the majority community exploit the atmosphere to make political and economic capital out of it. This is what is happening in present day Sri Lanka. However, in a democratic polity if political governance is based on principles of freedom, equality and justice successful businesses and industries, as long as they meet their state sanctioned legal and fiscal obligations, must be protected and promoted. While Singapore for example is proud to advertise an ethnic-minority-owned retail firm Mustapha Samsudin & Co., in Sri Lanka, which wanted to become a Singapore at one stage, successive governments and their security agents by not taking decisive action against minority-slayers have let themselves to become silent partners to this ethnic and economic crime. How does one expect this country to prosper?

Allied to these economic crimes is the propaganda about an imminent Arab threat to Sri Lanka. This is similar to the so called Indian threat though the local Tamil community which lost all its credibility when India supported Rajapakse Government’s military moves to eliminate LTTE. Does anyone even with an iota of knowledge about the Arabs, who have virtually sold out the Palestinian cause and killing each other instead, think that they will come to the aid of Sri Lankan Muslims in times of crisis?

The third grievance of the paranoid is demographic. Muslims are accused of inordinate fecundity. Their evidence for this is the census figures of 1980 and 2012. Without entering into any statistical exercise it should be pointed out that the net increase in population is the result of the interplay of three forces: birth rate, death rate and migration. The forces of outward migration and internal transmigration have significantly affected the inter-ethnic population balance between the 1980s and 2012. While the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese and Tamils to settle permanently abroad reduced their total number remaining at home, the relatively small emigration from the Muslims naturally enhanced their ethnic ratio. At the same time internal dislocation caused by the civil war caused large number of Muslims from the Tamil districts to transmigrate to the Sinhalese areas especially to Colombo and its surroundings. This upset the ethnic balance in these districts in favour of Muslims. These facts are totally and deliberately ignored in the vicious propaganda carried out by the paranoid about an impending Muslim population threat.

In spite of a government that is more interested in preserving its vote bank than in the long term welfare of the nation, all these issues are easily solvable if the Muslim community has a visionary leadership. With a bunch of opportunistic politicians who are more focused in amassing their own fortunes than in attending to the community and national issues, and with a gutless intelligentia which is too afraid to lead a social reform movement within the community the Muslims are left at the tender mercies of an unenlightened religious leadership. The Muslim community is in a state of paralysis and what is happening now is a tragicomedy.

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

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    BBS Copy Cats. Can’t Rabid Sinhala Buddhists think originally for Once?

    The Buddha encouraged Us in The Kalama Sutta, not to accept anything as Truth, unless we felt that it was Right, with our Whole Understanding!

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      Dr. Ameer Ali

      RE: Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

      Focus on the Lies and Imaginations of Mahawansa with the Facts.

      Expose, Expose and Expose.

      The Theme should be: LTTE terrorism is eradicated. Once BBS terrorism is also eradicated we all can live peacefully.

      For that to happen, you need to clean up the Myths and lies in Deepawmsa and Mahawamsa.

      Did the Buddha visit Sri Lanka? No. Lion? No. All Myths.

      Mahanama, the author of the Mahavamsa refers to three visits by the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Is this historically correct? Did the Buddha ever visit Sri Lanka?

      The account given in the Mahavamsa has no historical evidence to support the proposition that the Buddha ever visited this island . Biographer and literary critic Lytton Strachey once said, “ignorance is the first requisite of the historian. Ignorance which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and limits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. Had Lytton Strachey ever read the Mahavamsa, he would have been delighted to realize that Mahanama had followed his observation to the very letter.

      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091213/Plus/plus_12.html

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        Thambi Amarasiri

        RE: Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

        Focus on the Lies and Imaginations of Mohamed and expose, expose, expose.

        1. —Muhammad al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Bukhari: “… Then a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me.” … “The animal’s step (was so wide that it) reached the farthest point within the reach of the animal’s sight…”
        “Then he [Gabriel] brought the Buraq, handsome-faced and bridled, a tall, white beast, bigger than the donkey but smaller than the mule. He could place his hooves at the farthest boundary of his gaze. He had long ears. Whenever he faced a mountain his hind legs would extend, and whenever he went downhill his front legs would extend. He had two wings on his thighs which lent strength to his legs. He bucked when Muhammad came to mount him. The angel Jibril (Gabriel) put his hand on his mane and said: “Are you not ashamed, O Buraq? By Allah, no-one has ridden you in all creation more dear to Allah than he is.” Hearing this he was so ashamed that he sweated until he became soaked, and he stood still so that the Prophet mounted him.” Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 227 hadith

        2. Did the Buddha visit Sri lanka? No.
        [Edited out]

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          Bamarapala

          RE: Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

          The Subject under discussion is ” Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy “

          And Not //”Thambi Amarasiri”// or Para-Tambi Amarasiri or Para-Sinhala Amarasiri or Para-Demala Amarasiri.

          So, the truth really hurts, when Para-myths ew busted with facts.

          So, no ad hominem’s, and stick to the issues and problems being discussed by the author. Actually, ad hominem’s weakens any counter argument you advance.

          Ad hominem (Latin for “to the man” or “to the person”), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.

          Focus on Facts and separate Fact from Myths and Fiction. It certainly does not matter if it is about the Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, about Mahawamsa or the Quran, Hadith or the Bible.

          Right now, the focus is on the Mahavamsa narrations and the true facts.

          The facts are that;

          1. Sinhala and others are Paras, i.e. Para-Sinhala, Para-Demala, Para-Marrakala, Para-Portuguese etc.irrespective of the lies and imaginations in the Mahhawamsa, Deepwamsa and Katta Katha (Pacha Katha)

          2. Buddha did NOT make three visits to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

          Para-Sinhala Para-Buddhists are known to lie, if it is to their advantage, relative to the other Paras, in the Land if Native Veddah Aethho.

          References:

          1. Mahawamsa, Deepawamsa and Katta Katha.

          2. Native Veddah Aethho have a 25,000 year old culture.
          The Veddas of Sri Lanka

          http://www.vedda.org/keerthisinghe.htm

          3. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

          http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

          4. The Vedda Tribe. Says the Sinhala and others ate Para-Sinhala and other Paras.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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          Bamarapala

          “Focus on the Lies and Imaginations of Mohamed and expose, expose, expose.”

          Yes. Myths shoukd be separated from Facts and Data.

          In the absence of supporting data, Myths, remain myths, and is fact ONLY for the believers of the Myths.

          There are many myths. Some Examples. in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Illegally occupied by the Paras.

          1. The Para-Sinhala and other Paras are natives.The truth is that it is the Native Veddah Aethho who are the True Natives.

          2. The Para-Sinhala sprang from a Lion asper Mahawamsa. All lies.

          3. The Buddha visited the Land 3 times. All lies of Mahawamsa.

          4. Buddha visited the Mountain to lay his footprint. All lies, because there is no credible support.

          5. Adam visited the Mountain to lay his footprint. All lies, because there is no credible support.

          6. Mohamed visited Jerusalem and Heaven. All lies, because there is no credible support. There are some interpretations that say, it was a dream, and not physical.

          7.The Earth goes around the Sun. All Myth, busted by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler.

          8. Buddha is God, is a Myth. He was just an enlightened philosopher, Lover of Wisdom. In fact he did not want him, his images or trees to be worshipped.

          9. Sinhala “Buddhism” as practised is not Buddhism.It is an insult to Buddhism.

          Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!

          Wonder if ours might have been a wiser, and a more ‘humane’ society, had our ‘ancient’ history, been based on Aesop’s Fables, instead of the Mahavamsa. For if not for the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese may not have been endowed, with the reputation, of “Sinhalaya Modaya (The Sinhalese are Fools)”!

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

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            this para nelima remind me our village man called matin ayya who drink rupees five worth of alcohol but try to show he drunk five thousand worth of alcohol. likewise he learn few thing on DNA tests and try to show as he is expert. same way he talk lots of looters and corruptions but he abuses government funds. he is one of a coordination secretory of president. no work just killing time in office. he uses presidential secretariat computers and internet facilities for nothing in order to defame Sinhalese buddhists .with his para theory.what a pity. just like garbage that says I am clean but whole world know it is not. para neluma when CBK was in power got all the benefits under sudu neluma. now sirisena providing him with revenues to promote para neluma. model of parasite..

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        Amarasiri, you say “Mahanama, the author of the Mahavamsa refers to three visits by the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Is this historically correct? Did the Buddha ever visit Sri Lanka”?

        You are right and it is historically wrong. Mahanama was telling the truth but not the whole truth. Buddha used to visit Gaban Atha in Sri Lanka every year for consultations and advice and whenever there was an emergency situation.

        As I have told you before, Gaban Atha created everything that you see and many that you don’t. His house in Lunuwila, Nattandiya where I too lived when I was a child. I still remember the Hakuru he gave us and more than anything else, his smell. It was worse than Kalavedi urine smell.

        Buddha was his perfect creation and therefore GA had a special interest in him. So it was natural for B to come and see GA from time to time. Remember the time when Maha Prajapati Gothami was making a big fuss about discrimination against women because B refused to ordain her in the Bhikkuni Sasuna? She blocked all access roads to the harem of King Suddodhdana with 1000’s women, young and old, pretty and ugly. Finally B gave in, under pressure from his father, and the Bhikkuni Sasuna was formed.

        Mahanama knew all that but down played it because the flying machine used by B was highly classified at that time. Come to Lunuwila next time I am in SL and I will show you the evidence.

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          EDWIN RODRIGO

          “Buddha used to visit Gaban Atha in Sri Lanka every year for consultations and advice and whenever there was an emergency situation.”

          I thought Gaban Atha used to live in Greece in the neighborhood of Zeus, ans reported to Zeus.

          Anyway, the Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” should then be worshipping Gaban Atham and have statues of Gaban Atha, instead of Buddha, Atha Hamuduruwo. Can you please pass on this information to the Sinhala “Buddhist” Monks and Sinhala Buddhist laymen. They are worshipping the wrong God, and besides Buddha did not want to be worshipped as a God.

          After all, Buddha did not want images of him, statues of him, and even trees under which he sought shade to be worshipped.

          What about Zeus? He was a very popular God during Buddha’s time.

          ZEUS was the King of the Gods and the God of the sky, weather, law and order, destiny and fate, and kingship. He was depicted as a regal, mature man with a sturdy figure and dark beard. His usual attributes were a lightning bolt, a royal sceptre and an eagle.

          http://www.theoi.com/image/K1.1Zeus.jpg

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            Amarasiri, you say, “I thought Gaban Atha used to live in Greece in the neighborhood of Zeus, and reported to Zeus”.

            Amarasiri, I know this is difficult for a man of your IQ to understand. But try. There is no Zeus – period. It is just a pigment of imagination of low IQ people, who were terrified by natural phenomena like thunder and lightning and wanted to have an explanation as to how they were happening. So they invented what they thought was the simplest explanation that even people like Amarasiri could understand – Someone called Zeus was making them.

            Little did they realize that they were getting in to an infinite regression by doing that because a smart thinker can then ask, who created Zeus? If you say Amarasiri created Zeus, then he can go on to ask who made Amarasiri? So you see, we get in to this infinite regression in search of a first cause.

            We can put this paradox in a mathematical form too, as a series of numbers. Someone starts with 100 and then divides it by 2 get 50, a smaller number than 100. If we go on doing this, are we at a certain stage, bound to end up with zero? No, that never happens. You can go on dividing by 2 like that as long as you like and the result gets smaller and smaller. But it never reaches zero.

            Such problems were classified by Buddha as Acintya or imponderable (Ref: Acintya Sutta). On one occasion he said, “Monks I went far back in time to find out how the universe started and I could not find a cause. So I stopped my search and came back. Monks, such questions are imponderable and one should not waste time and effort in search of answers for them. Instead, you should concentrate on the immediate and the infinitely more important problem of how to escape from samsara”.

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              EDWIN RODRIGO

              //“Monks I went far back in time to find out how the universe started and I could not find a cause. So I stopped my search and came back. Monks, such questions are imponderable and one should not waste time and effort in search of answers for them. Instead, you should concentrate on the immediate and the infinitely more important problem of how to escape from samsara”.?/

              Monks, read about the Standard Model and the Big Bang Theory. It gives better explanations with supporting data.

              The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory concerning the electromagnetic, weak, and strong nuclear interactions, as well as classifying all the subatomic particles known. It was developed throughout the latter half of the 20th century, as a collaborative effort of scientists around the world.

              The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent large-scale evolution. The model accounts for the fact that the universe expanded from a very high density and high temperature state,[4][5] and offers a comprehensive explanation for a broad range of phenomena, including the abundance of light elements, the cosmic microwave background, large scale structure and Hubble’s Law.

              If the known laws of physics are extrapolated to the highest density regime, the result is a singularity which is typically associated with the Big Bang. Detailed measurements of the expansion rate of the universe place this moment at approximately 13.8 billion years ago, which is thus considered the age of the universe. After the initial expansion, the universe cooled sufficiently to allow the formation of subatomic particles, and later simple atoms. Giant clouds of these primordial elements later coalesced through gravity in halos of dark matter, eventually forming the stars and galaxies visible today.

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                Amarasiri, your sarcastic comment, “Monks, read about the Standard Model and the Big Bang Theory. It gives better explanations with supporting data” has aroused great interest in me.

                If you go back to my paragraph that you have reproduced, where I wrote, “Monks I went far back in time to find out how the universe started and I could not find a cause”. The key phrase here being, “I (Buddha) could not find a cause”. In other words, what caused the Big Bang? Was there anything before that? I am only guessing. But these may be some of the things that Buddha was searching answers for. But I would like to leave the main topic of our discussion and consider another that could benefit Sri Lanka. So please bear with me on this digression.

                While the Standard Model is a good theory for explaining nuclear phenomena, it does not explain all of the observed phenomena in the universe. Gravitation, Dark energy, Dark matter and neutrino oscillations (where, for example, a tau neutrino changes flavor to become an electron neutrino – a phenomenon that has been observed) are some of the important things it does not explain.

                A neutrino detector in Sri Lanka: Back in 2013, I published an article in a professional journal to get the international scientific community to build a neutrino detector in Sri Lanka. Our country is in a superb geographical position to make this worthwhile, because CERN and Japan, where large scale neutrino detectors are already available, together with Sri Lanka form a huge triangle with equal sides, traversing the internal regions of the sphere that is Earth.

                All flavors of neutrinos are produced at CERN, which are beamed towards the Japanese detector, through Earth. The idea is to check whether they change flavor en-route. However, background neutrinos interfere with this. Therefore, having a second beam directed towards Sri Lanka will be of great value for cross checking and eliminating background interference.

                Initially, India was selected for the 3rd site but there is a strong misplaced and blind opposition for such a venture there. It is open grabs if we wish so. The benefits of this could be immense.

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          Edwin R,
          “As I have told you before, Gaban Atha created everything that you see and many that you don’t.”
          Interesting. But I found your Filipino housemaid Sylvestra even more interesting. Any more tales about her?

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            old codger, you said, “Interesting. But I found your Filipino housemaid Sylvestra even more interesting. Any more tales about her”?

            Many. But some may not be suitable for old timers like you and other’s may need youngster guidance. She wrote some comments on her own. Pl see H D Mahindapala’s article of Nov 22.

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            Thank you very much Sir, for remembering poor Silvestra, Mr. Edwin’s Housekeeper, estranged wife of Bobot, mother of two children aged 8 and 10. Sir, I am here because of my two young children. It is not easy for a mother to be away from her children for years. It gives me so much joy to know that there are people like you who remember me and care for me.

            I don’t fully understand many of the things written here. Firstly, because it is not about my country and I am not familiar with the issues. Secondly my English is hopeless. Even this I got corrected by Ne Ne who is one of the girls working for Mr. Edwin. He has 8 of them working for him. He dictates the main ideas to them and then goes off to work. These girls and boys then expand on it and send it to various forums like your Colombo Tribune under different names.

            It is like Earl Stanley Gardner writing Perry Mason mysteries with his girls and boys.

            I am sure with people like you, Mr. Amarasiri and Ms. Tyslana to guide the rulers, your country will be on the right path.

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              Silvestra,
              I am so happy you are still around.I hope you look after Mr. Edwin well. Is he a fan of Pinoy cooking? Does he have pet dogs? I am sure Mr. Edwin is a very busy man, with his neutrino detector on the Aegis-equipped aircraft carrier! Silvestra, your English is a lot better than some of the Filipinos I used to work with. As good as Mr.Edwin’s in fact.
              “I am sure with people like you, Mr. Amarasiri and Ms. Tyslana to guide the rulers, your country will be on the right path.”
              Thank you, but the rulers have all these temples in South India to get advice and insurance.

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            Oh My God Sir, Ne Ne forgot to mention Mr. Edwin in the last sentence. I mentioned You Sir, Mr. Amarasiri amd Madam Tsylana but not Mr. Edwin.

            He was mad and came back home shouting “I trust you in my house, give you good salary, treat you with respect and you ignore my contribution. Why do you think I pay all these people to make comments? As Charity? No. it is because I love my country, its people and their religion and culture” blah blah blah he went on like that for nearly half an hour.

            he also said something about a horn being treated as bigger than an ear. I don’t understand.

            It is All Ne Ne’s fault!

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      Dr. Ameer Ali

      Thanks.

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        Native Vedda, Normally, you are cautious. Have you tried google to get to ‘know’ a bit better about the writer?

        Once you do, you will not get back to me for an explanation!

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      This cannot be looked at in isolation. You have to watch world news to see what is happening especially in the US, France, the middle east, India, Pakistan, etc.

      The Religion of Peace website has an accurate inventory of facts.

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    unfortunately Bodu Bala is a reaction to the injustices faced by the buddhists. Look at the muslim ministers who distributed state lands and the behaviour in kuragala. The Political leaders do not do anything they are only interested in their well being. Look the 13th amendment was forced on this country by India much against the wishes of the majority of the people. What have the so called leaders done to remedy that insult. Nothing! The extrimists are taking over unfortunately against the minorities. They must venge their anger against the so called political leaders.

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      vas

      //”unfortunately Bodu Bala is a reaction to the injustices faced by the buddhists.”//

      What injustices to Sinhala Buddhists?

      1. If there is any group that had faced injustices, it’s the Native Veddah Aethho. The Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying the most privileges, the pampering of the Sinhala “Buddhist” monks, who commit crimes and go berserk, being imitated by Sinhala “Buddhist” Laymen, who go to Sunday Night Sol, and perform Monday Night Crimes and kills, and being given 92% of the Government and state employment, at the expense of those who are not-Sinhala Buddhists, and the destruction of religious places of worship.

      How can one call this “the injustices faced by the buddhists”?

      2. Native Veddah Aethho have a 25,000 year old culture.
      The Veddas of Sri Lanka
      http://www.vedda.org/keerthisinghe.htm

      3. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      4. The Veddah Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      5.Did the Buddha visit Sri Lanka? No. Dod the Sinhala Spring up from a Lion? No. All lies and Myths.

      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091213/Plus/plus_12.html

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        Amarasiri,
        You are another idiot tamil pretending to be a sinhalese. If you have the character use your right name. if you are not a Sinhalese you will obviously not know how they feel. It is idiotic fools like you who create the extreme groups. With the likes of you they cannot be blamed.

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    “The fact that Fashion Bug and No Limit – the two leading Muslim retail establishments that have become the marked objects for the paranoid arsonists – which are able to out-beat their commercial rivals should be seen in the context of Sri Lanka’s post-1977 neo-liberal open economic environment rather than as an index of an all-conquering Muslim economic hegemon”
    Exactly right, Ameer Ali. Most of this supposedly religious agitation is orchestrated by a shadowy group of Sinhala businessmen irked by Muslim success. There is an organisation called the Sinhala Veera Vidahana, which operates mostly under-cover, whose membership includes otherwise “respectable” businessmen such as directors of the DSI group. They are responsible for threatening Muslim and Tamil businessmen who want to move out of Colombo.
    Muslims certainly have more business acumen. Visit 1st Cross Street in Pettah and you can see how they have taken over the electronics and cellphone market.Some prices are actually lower than in Singapore.This street was dominated by a few laid-back Sinhala firms 40 years ago.
    But this is not the fault of the Muslims. The Sinhalese were too laid-back and unwilling to adapt.
    The Sinhalese have monopolized State employment with debatable results. Now it seems a few extremists want to do the same with the private sector.

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      old codger

      “The Sinhalese have monopolized State employment with debatable results. Now it seems a few extremists want to do the same with the private sector.”

      I agree. The 1983 riots was intended to erase all minority owned successful businesses. Sea street was an exceptions, the navy was bribed by the golden boys to protect the entire street.

      ” The Sinhalese were too laid-back and unwilling to adapt.”

      They love captive market. Competition disrupt their life style. One needs to be proactive if one wants to succeed in business or industry. However those who voted for free rice from the Moon cannot adapt and change, simply because some of the lazy Sinhala/Buddhist believe this country exclusively belongs to them therefore hard work is for others.

      The only option for ordinary people is to face a slow death and the death of the island.

      Joseph Schumpeter’s gale “Creative destruction” would not work in this country.

      The state, government and the bureaucracy no need to act simply because the people are so stupid they do not know what is rightfully theirs. They accept what is given to them, crumbs.

      Nationalism, religiosity, patriotism, racism, and bigotry help a few crooks to enjoy the fruits of hardworking poor, .. and hide their sins.

      The poor work and die.

      There is no light at the end of the tunnel for them as they seem to have been blinded by Pancha Maha Balavegaya and haven’t recovered from the disease yet.

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      Old Codger, I agree with you. The Sinhala-Buddhists are hopeless in retail businesses of any sort, let alone the fashion outlets. In about 1996/7 a group of thugs after spreading horror stories like in Aluthgama, managed to close down all retail shops owned by Muslims in Gampaha town. I remember a particular hardware shop selling plumbing merchandise. The Sinhala-Buddhists who took over the shop did not have the intelligence to answer plumbing inquiries from the customer or know the wholesalers nor had the rapport and goodwill built up over many years by the Muslims. The hapless customers also found that the prices were near doubled and it was cheaper to travel to Colombo and purchase their plumbing needs. Unsurprisingly, the Gampaha outlet closed down due to lack of customers. Also, not mentioned by Dr. Ameer Ali is that a significant number of employees in those fashion outlets are non-muslims because most Muslim women do not work and Muslim men would rather own a business that work for someone else. I am told one or two shops have returned to Muslim ownership, through necessity I suppose.

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        Sylvia Haik

        In the early 1970s import trade was brought under the licensing system, cooperative movement was nationalised, ….. Cinemas were taken over by CWE, ………. start of institutionalised cronyism.

        I was told economic planning ministry was largely manned by Pali/Sanskrit graduates.

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          NV,
          “In the early 1970s import trade was brought under licensing”
          And what a mess of red tape it was! One had to produce a radio license to buy a resistor valued at 5 cents. I still have little CWE- issued book which recorded all the purchases of motor spares one made. You had to surrender the old parts too.

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        Sylvia Haik,

        Sounds quite outrages.

        /*
        In about 1996/7 a group of thugs after spreading horror stories like in Aluthgama, managed to close down all retail shops owned by Muslims in Gampaha town.
        */

        Although give me the street name, businesses involved etc and I will check it out.

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          De Silva,
          Yes, quite outrageous. But I presume you don’t live in this country and therefore don’t know what goes on undercover here.
          I can tell you a few examples from personal experience:
          1.During CBK’s regime, Bairaha decided to open an outlet in Dalugama at what is now the Contras building. They were first given verbal warnings by thugs and were bombed when they ignored the warnings.
          2.Around the same time, Cyntex tried to open an outlet in Kiribathgoda, hanging a banner outside the building. In the middle of the night, another banner appeared, signed by “patriots” ,saying that they would destroy any LTTE supporters
          who dared enter the town. Cyntex pulled out.
          3.Last year, Hameedias opened an outlet in Kiribathgoda. The Kandy road was decorated with black flags, but no violence occurred probably because the landlord is a staunch UNP supporter.
          The outfit that organized all this is called the Sinhala Velenda Sanvidhanaya. It’s membership includes all parties ,but all are Sinhala Buddhists.
          As I have said elsewhere, there is not ONE Muslim/ Tamil establishment under a Muslim (or Tamil) name (except Hameedias)between Kelaniya and Thihariya.

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            Old Codger,

            /*

            The outfit that organized all this is called the Sinhala Velenda Sanvidhanaya.

            */

            So how do you know “Sinhala Velenda Sanvidhanaya” was responsible?

            The reason I say is because BBS was blamed for what happened in Aluthgama. Although the reality was quite different as following video shows.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9GMVZ4mwII

            So where is your evidence that it was this organization that was responsible?

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              De Silva,
              “The reason I say is because BBS was blamed for what happened in Aluthgama.”
              I do hope you are not reverting to your Vibhushana avatar.
              I happened to run a business in the town for about 10 years, so many members of this outfit were known to me, and a few are still personal friends. They would speak quite freely about their activities.Of course I kept my own counsel and said nothing .
              They operate rather like the Ku Klux Klan, publicly respectable but privately criminal.
              This outfit is affiliated to the Sinhala Veera Vidahana, whose details I give here:

              “The Sinhala Veera Vidahana (SVV), also known as Sinhala Veera Vidhana, was established on 7 July 1995 (SVV 2001a) with the following aims and objectives:

              To unite the Sinhalese people and safeguard their interests; to build the economic strength of the Sinhalese by establishing trade ties and encouraging co-operation among them; to stand against any threat to the unity of the nation; to oppose any attempt to change the unitary status of Sri Lanka; to extend the fullest support and cooperation to the national Armed Forces who are fighting to safeguard the unity, unitary character, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the republic (ibid. n.d.).

              In May 1999, SVV “board members” included Chula Jinadasa, Thilak Jayasinghe, M.E. Gunasinghe, Anil Weerakkoday, Karu Heenatigala and Kulatunga Rajapakse, with Lakshman Fernando described as the group’s secretary (The Island 24 May 1999). However, on 21 July 2000 the Daily News referred to Tilak Jayasinghe as secretary of the SVV.”
              The board members are businessmen, not politicians. Kulatunga Rajapaksa is a director of the DSI group. Many are significantly, in the garment business.
              There were a few other incidents too, but none of the ones I mention received any attention in the Media. If you sicerely are trying to find out, you could google for details.
              In any case, as I said, there are no Muslim businesses in the town, although there are Muslim communities nearby. Do you not think that unusual?

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                Old Codger,

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                as I said, there are no Muslim businesses in the town, although there are Muslim communities nearby. Do you not think that unusual?

                */

                Well, its a great leap from that to accusing them of burning Moslem business – isn’t it?

                Anyways, I have sent your comment to SVV for feedback. So I think they will get in touch with you.

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                  Dear De Silva,
                  I did think that you were more interested in whitewashing the SVV than getting at the truth.
                  What more evidence do you want? There were no camera phones in 1998.
                  Those who want to see will see even without pictures .Please do carry on with your red herrings and fabricated videos/maps.

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                    old codger

                    I googled jaffnahistory and found nothing the sort of things you have said above.

                    If the information is not published in jaffnahistory whatever you stated is not true, unless of course, Vibushna hears SVV voices in his head.

                    Are you fibbing?

                    Vibushna found Sangam Literature a suspect.

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                      NV,
                      Vibhushana De Silva has taken to doctoring videos now, because he found that there are a few people who can read Dutch handwriting. Please await his new website :Allfakevideo.com.

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      old codger

      “There is an organisation called the Sinhala Veera Vidahana, which operates mostly under-cover, whose membership includes otherwise “respectable” businessmen such as directors of the DSI group. They are responsible for threatening Muslim and Tamil businessmen who want to move out of Colombo.”

      Expose. Expose and Expose.

      Put the Law Enforcement and Politicians to Shame.

      Expose, Expose and expose Internationally.

      This is the Land of Naive Veddagh Aethho, and that that pf the Pars, Para=Sinhala, Para-Demala, Para-Marakkala and other Paras,

      Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho- Unhappy People.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,

    RE: Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

    “The military victory led by an overwhelmingly Sinhala-Buddhist army over the tyrannous LTTE in 2009 has, among other things, injected in the minds of certain sections of the Buddhist community that Sri Lanka belongs only to the Sinhala Buddhists and others are permitted to live here only at the behest of the Buddhists.”

    Thanks for the succinct write up.

    THE Problem: Even before that, it was the hypothesis and belief of the Sinhala Buddhists that the Island belonged to the Sinhala Buddhists and that Buddha Visited the Land 3 times and blessed it for 5,000 years as per the lies and imaginations of Monk Mahanama in the Mahawansa.

    So, according to the Sinhala Buddhists,all the others are Paradeshis, Paras. Expose this lie.

    Well, Before Cipepericus, Galileo and Kepler, the belof as that the Sun went around the Earth, still believed by many, even after the Age of Reason, Enlightenment, the Industrial and scientific revolutions.

    So, attack the Problem at its Core: Keep telling the Truth. The Sinhala are Para-Sinhala from India, Bharatya, and their Religion Buddhism is Para-Buddhism from India, Bharatya. Give support.

    Part of expansionist activities of the Para-Sinhala community in Lanka, displacing the Native Veddah Aethho in the The land of Native Veddah Aethho, and driving them more into the jingle, is Sinhala “Buddhism”.

    Furthermore, Buddha never visited Lanka, and the Para-Sinhala do not have Lion genes. This is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    The Vedda Tribe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

    Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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    Well, someone else raised this earlier.

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    Economists and social scientists who have studied the operational dynamics of plural societies have discovered the fact that in such societies when ethnic and religious minorities outshine their rivals in economic pursuits their success provokes envy within the majority.

    Chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia, Indians in Burma and Kenya, Jews in pre-twentieth century Europe are examples of this phenomenon. In times of economic crisis these minorities invariably become victims of communal jealousy and anger

    */

    I think that is quite true. French revolution is also similar in that the peasant masses hounded the aristocracy out and declared a republic.

    I think “Tall poppy syndrome” is another one of its manifestations. The problem accentuates in times of economic stagnation.

    This is the origin of socialism. The peasants wanted to steal from the rich and spread it among the poor.

    This will never occur in a country like Japan. The reason the gap between rich and the poor is non-existent.

    So ultimately I do not think the wealthy and the fortunate, regardless they are a minority can live in ivory towers without making sure to spread the mojo among the less fortunate. The less fortunate can be from any walk of life.

    Its balanced economic prosperity that will guarantee it does not occur.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,

    RE: Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy

    Are you aware that St.Mary’s MMV of Nawalapitiya has been changed to St. Mary’s Muslim MMV some time ago?

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      Ad,
      What is your point ,if there is one? Schools change as their catchment area changes. The Catholics have left Nawalapitiya, so the Muslims took over the school as they are the majority now. I will agree that it is a rather odd name.
      Are you aware that dozens of formerly Catholic schools are now Buddhist, like St.Aloysius’ College in Galle and Ratnapura, St.Sylvesters Kandy and many many more. Is there one Buddhist school which has become Catholic?

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        Dear Old codger,

        Did you miss the following sentence from the article?

        “At no time in the history of Sri Lanka did the Muslims even contemplate to bring the country under Muslim rule.”

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    Mr.Amir Ali
    Thank you for your enlightened contribution for benefit the discerning readers striving for the good of this country.
    But look out and respond effectively to all those who will throw barbs and invectives to distort and undermine and deflect the attention of the people by all it’s tribal demagogues as well.

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    “To deny this historical truth is to court intellectual dishonesty.”

    This denial and dishonesty which go together, if not nipped in the bud-wrong chopped off where attached to the trunk- will lead to a tragedy, the likes of which we have yet not seen!

    Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims- the latter two also infected with variants of the same phenomena- in sections of their communities , please take note a fact before it’s too late.

    Do not place your faith in our politicians and our abberant monks and preachers of extremism. They are our curse and the burden we have foisted on our backs unwittingly!

    We stand together or fall together, as all our roots are set firmly and deeply in this soil and interlocked in many ways.

    Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

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    Uthungan

    “But look out and respond effectively to all those who will throw barbs and invectives to distort and undermine and deflect the attention of the people by all it’s tribal demagogues as well.”

    All rational discussion benefit only when readers have access to information. This country never made informed choices hence one should not be too bothered about barbs and invective.

    This island deserves what it has.

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    Its a pity that Colombo Telegraph seem to promote more racial unrest than any other papers, by inviting the marginals into battle of wits as comments on the articles written. Politicians are the root cuase of the current social unrest be it between Muslims and sinhala, muslims and tamils and sinhala and tamils. Fortunately altercations between tamils and sinhala seem to have subsided as the radicalsits have become moderates. Muslim radicalsim has generated sinhala radicalsim, which is inevitable. Look at other countries, which country has tolerated unjust incursions of minorities as much as in Sri Lanka. Saudi’s dont allow a Buddhist person to have an image of Buddha, or for matter fact any other religious artifacts in their homes. So don’t be blind to what happens in the rest of the world, Sri Lanka has ben more tolerant of other religions that most and Sri Lanka has been a Sinhala buddhist country for well over 2000 years, before the country was aggressively captured by various foreign forces, Dutch, Portugese and then British.Even they gave the rightful prominence and respected the religion of the majority Sinhala without hesitation. So the moral lesson for this administration as well as other so called representatives of people (MP’s) is obvious.I think its time that all those who live in Sri Lanka need to live in harmony, but at the same time not to exploit the kindness and tolerance of Buddhists, as we now have Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists in the country.

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      How can it be a Sinhalese Buddhist country for more than 2000 years when a people called the Sinhalese and the Sinhalese language only came into existence around the 8TH-9TH century AD? Many Tamils were also Buddhist following both the Theravada and Mahayana forms of Buddhism until the 10AD. It was not Sinhalese but Tamil Buddhists and kingdoms that spread that largely spread Indian culture and the message of Buddhism and Hinduism to the rest of Asia. Most of the ancient kings in the island never claimed to be Aryan or Sinhalese as they were not they were Hindu or Buddhist Tamil speaking Naga or from Dravidian South Indian dynasties, largely Tamil again. The king who converted to Buddhism was a Tamil Naga as his father was called king Mutha Sivan a pure Tamil name meaning the great Siva. The so called Sinhalese Buddhist hero Duttugemunu’s father was Kakkai Vanna Theesan another pure Tamil name meaning the Black king or the great man the colour of the crow. How can a Tamil father have a Sinhalese son, especially when there were no people called Sinhalese 2300 years ago? They were all Tamil Naga Buddhists. No Aryan will be black. Aryans are white or light skinned not the colour of the crow that is black or very dark. Lastly the north east and the north western coast had never been Sinhalese and still largely is not. It has always been Tamil and ruled by Tamils, until 1948 when the British gave the entire country to the Sinhalese majority on a platter and created all this nightmare. Get your facts correct before posting nonsense.
      The ancient Buddhist and Hindu Dravidian Naga and South Indian origin kings of the island were common to both people and not just Sinhalese as now falsely portrayed by the Sinhalese establishment. The biggest and the best ruins in the island both Buddhist and Hindu are in Polonarruwa and it was built by the Tamil Cholas but the Sinhalese are now falsely portraying to the gullible world as great works of the ancient Sinhalese. Steal everything from the ancient Tamils their language (40% of Sinhalese vocabulary) their grammar alphabet, dress food culture music dance forms their kings and even their April New Year and tell the world this is all authentic Sinhalese Buddhist culture and most of them will believe this lie as they do not know the truth and a government and establishment is telling this lie. Look at you mouthing the same lies and propaganda.

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        do you know when and where your Tamil language evolve and how. nobody knows evolution of languages as no direct evidences are available.as such do not talk bullshit.you say you are Tamil as you speak Tamil language. that does not mean all the people lived and live here spoken and speak Tamil language.recent excavation in anuradapura found that it was a city even in 900 BCE. no evidence on language spoken by city dwellers. fossils evidences can determine existence of hominids thereby human evolution and even size and capacity of brain. but languages are activities of brains. fossils can not carry that evidences. as such do not talk bullshit.you can speculate in this forum but do not go out with those lies you will be in great trouble I can assure you.do not put fire in the society with such fabricated lies,people like you were the ones who brain wash youth to take to arms. reaction may be devastating.yes people of south India spoken languages derived from proto darvadians .mainly five such languages. why difference,why not your language. why should people lived here should have spoken your language. are you the almighty. for people lived here shiva has been the devil or demon Mahasona like creature. people wanted to chase it away.great womanizer. trouble maker. not deity.but sickness.for those evidences are available.

        reconciliation does not mean to give up everything and suicide. I wonder why mahswamsa narrated in pali. if Tamil language existed here as common one.no single graffity found in sigiriya mirror wall in Tamil if tamil language spoken by people sigiriya was visited by people since fifth century AD. if no sinhalese language did not exist who wrote that graffities.[Edited out]

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    Ignorance and paranoia has led to the situation we are in today. This picture of the Myanmar scumbag who wears saffron robes that should have represented tolerance and peace, but instead show hatred and violence, should not have been allowed to enter our nation, and the local scumbag and thug who disgraces all Sri Lankans should be thrown in jail for incitement. They are merely tools in a global campaign of hatred and spreading Islamaphobia, which now can be found not only in Western nations, but in Asian nations too.
    Even our neighbor India is in this filthy game. These criminals facing Muslim extremists like ISIS is one thing, but attacking innocent Muslims, lying and insulting, is not how any decent Buddhist should operate. It cannot be coincidence that the same ugly tactics that were used in Myanmar, the same filthy lies about Muslims taking over a nation, are being used to turn the majority against the minority.

    TO PREVENT ANY BLOODSHED AND ANOTHER ETHNIC WAR, IT IS UP TO THE LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY TO DEAL VERY SEVERELY WITH THESE ROGUE MONKS, AND THAT INCLUDES ANYONE FROM ANY ETHNIC GROUP THAT ACTS LIKE A RABBLE ROUSER AND HATE MONGER.

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    One of best analysis on communal tension. As an academic and economist he always gives some good analysis.His objective approach should be appreciated…He always to writes objectively taking into account historical, economic and social realties..
    No point in repeating again and again the claim of who came to Sri Lanka first..it is entirely to archeology stundies to prove it ..even if it is done..is it possible to send all Tamils to India or all sinhasles to Bangladesh or all Muslims to Saudi.Srima could not send 1.5 million upcountry_Tamils to India..can BBS do it now..why BBS is not talking about Up country Tamils. Probably indian peace keeping force may visit Sri Lanka once again. BBS should know geopolitics of region before it makes a mess of Sri Lankan politics..Sri Lanka has got all potentiality and rich human resources to become one of best nations in Asia : This devil BBS wants to destory Sri Lanka’should future.BBS is shaytan in the cloth of monks nothing else ..it wants to destroys Sri lankan economy and peace..there are 1 Tamils now live in EUROPE and western countries alone ..They have capital and good experience in working different sectors and industrial areas.All these are wealth of Sri Lanka. To build future economy of srilanka contribution of all community is needed..
    BBS wants stop tourists come to srilanka and it wants to Tamil investments come to Sri Lanka, it wants to foreign investment come to Sri Lanka..Iraq was number one importer of our Tea..with Gulf war it was stopped..I just spoken to an Iraq business man about good opportunity we have in Sri Lanka to get cyelon tea back into Iraq. The first question he asked was is it safe now to come over there ? Today BBS can tarnish not only name of srilanka but economy of Sri Lanka.

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      “why BBS is not talking about Up country Tamils.

      I do not think this guy is an educated person.

      Mano Ganesan is a Southern Tamil. When a Dambulla mosque was in trouble, he voiced for Muslims. Faithless, worthless, invalid of Old Royals’ slave Asher asked if he had done Sunneth. When, this week Fashion Bug was on fire Mano Ganesan was there. When Aluthgama was set fire, then DIG Indran only cared about it. Hakeem went there and took the evidences and hiding them. When Jaffna MP of NPC Asmin Ayoop went there, the peasants asked where Prabhakaran had gone. Now, this man is asking why the BBS is not targeting Upcountry Tamils.

      Muslims are Tamils. They wanted a different ID, not as Tamils. To build this their leaders and writers have been utilizing Tamils as the stepping stone form the freedom days. These leaders have been pouring fuel to the Sinhala – Tamil division to have their objects achived. They worked with Sirimavo. They worked with Athulathmudali. They worked with Old Brother Prince. Hakeem, Rishad… went to UNHRC to falsify the 145,000 murders. Hakeem wanted to form a minority government in the East. He worked against TNA. The separate ID they built from Tamils, pawing Tamils, is calling for its dole. This nasties want wants more Tamils blood to get out of it. He calling if BBS is going to deport Muslims to Arabia, UP country Tamils must be deported first. He lacks a reason why the Muslims should not be deported by BBS. So he is offering to take Tamils first. He is creating a challenge to Sinhala Thugs that they are scared of India that is why they are scared to touch Up Country Tamils.

      The Buddhism was not born about 150 of Buddha’s bereavement. That Philosophy preserved and protected by Hindus, for the Day. Buddha lived and died as Hindu. Before Buddha was there Vayu Purana like literatures have been calling Siva as the Buddha. Hindus treats Buddha as 9th incarnation of Krishna. Many Buddhist are still praying their forefathers prayed deities like Muruga, Kannagi, Kanapathy, Krishna… Sinhala Language was born out of the vernacular Tamil existed in Ceylon around 6th century. Many words in that Language still are carrying its base of Tamil. The grammar is based on Tamil. Letters are one type of Tamil Brahmi. The scientific studies are revealing the Physical DNA of Tamils and Sinhalese are identical. In other are words, they brethren of one mother’s children. Mythically, Pali literature is telling 700 Vijaya’s friends married 700 Pandya women and created the current Sinhala Race; Vijeya’s wife too a Pandya Princess. In the recent history many shore living Tamil Nadu Tamils came to Ceylon and worked at farms and became Sinhalese. Sir Pon Ramanathan worked very closely with Anagarika Dharmapala. He further went to London to have Don Stephen released from Prison when Muslim leaders had used their influence with colonial rulers to put him in. But when racism was set ablaze by political opportunists, from 1956 to until now, Tamils properties are looted, captured, stolen and sabotaged.

      Muslims are Tamil, but claiming they are Arabians. Their impotence is for Arabic, the adopted tongue, not for Tamil or Sinhala. Their religion is completely foreign to Buddhism, unlike Hinduism. Until recently they were wearing native Ceylon dresses. Not they have undertaken to switch over to Arabian dresses. Extremism is being spread by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Taliban, Mujahedeen, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in the world. In that situation Muslims had asked for their identity that is they are foreigners to other Lankawe community, and have established it successfully. It is going to have its ups and downs. But the same is when they have to pay the price for the that Foreigners ID, these educated Muslim men writers are not ready to face it, but hiding under the poor Up Country tea plungers saris, is heinous and shame.

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        Mallaiyuran you are correct. This is what I observed about this Muslim man’s article. Just look at him, like all Muslim commentators here he looks a typical Tamil Dravidian but pours out anti Tamil venom very subtly. The way he describes only the LTTE and the Tamils using derogative adjectives but not the Sri Lankan armed forces/Muslim home guards of the east who were going around on genocidal killing spree. The activities of these Muslim home guards in the east against the Tamils, was one of the main reasons for the expulsion of the northern Muslims, as many of the eastern LTTE leadership wanted this. Most people are not reading through the lines. This is what you call subtle propaganda.

        One on Australia television he stated ” I have to go and defend my community the Muslims and a Lebanese Muslims friend remarked he is not part of my community. He is an Indian and I am Arab Lebanese. They always want claim to be Arabians and deny their Tamil heritage and but use it when it is advantageous to them. EG like claiming asylum in the west. They use the Tamils as pawns and Tamil blood as a stepping stone to for their community that is solely based on religion only to come up. It is no wonder that many of these converts were kicked out of the Tamil country in the 14TH century .

        This author living in Australia is no exception he is subtly reminding and urging the Sinhalese to turn their attention back to the Tamils Up country and Indigenous and not to the Muslims who had always been loyal to the Sinhalese. Every time there were problems for the Muslims from the Tsunami onwards it was Tamil MPS and the TNA that had come to their help. Their elite and politicians who brain wash them to hate their fellow Hindu or Christian Tamils with this Arab origin myth mysteriously disappear and hide but come back again to work against the Tamils.

        I am glad at least another person noticed the subtle anti Tamil propaganda pouring out from this man now living in Australia. They kept quiet and openly supported the Sinhalese anti Tamil genocidal dance and are now dismayed it is now their turn. He is more or less stating go back to the Tamils, as we were loyal to you. With regards to the Tamils, these people can never be trusted. They may be Tamil by blood and heritage but will always work against the Tamils as to them the Arabs and their new found Wahhabi Islam is more important. A Tamil mother has given birth to a serpent that is now trying to devour her other children so that it can live and thrive.

        Unlike these South Indian origin Tamil Muslims of Sri Lanka, I have observed Muslims from other communities despite being ardently Muslim are also proud of their origins heritage and will never deny it. It is their ethnicity and heritage that is their prime identity. EG. Turkish. Arab Punjabi, Albanian Malay Somali ETC. They do not claim any Arab origin or heritage just because they are Muslims.

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    How about Hindu-Muslim Tragicomedy?
    e.g. Kashmir

    Jewish-Muslim Tragicomedy?
    e.g. Israel/Palestine

    Christian-Muslim Tragicomedy?
    e.g. France, USA

    Shiite-Sunni Tragicomedy?
    e.g. Syria, Iraq, Yemen

    We see the common denominator. Buddhists are not the common denominator around the world.

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      Sivasubramaniam

      “We see the common denominator. Buddhists are not the common denominator around the world.”

      Buddhist – Muslim Tragicomedy in Myanmar, Virat Kohli.

      Buddhist – Muslims Tragicomedy in Thailand, government’s failure to economically develop the impoverished region.

      Buddhist/Taoist – Muslim Uyghurs Tragicomedy in China

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        Those are nothing compared to the events Siva mentioned.

        Clearly the common denominator is Muslims.

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          Mayuran

          Well tell us all you know about atrocities committed in East and South East Asia by Japanese Buddhists before the end of second world war.

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      How much more absurd and misleading can you get?

      In the history of the world, who has killed maximum innocent human beings?

      1. Hitler. Do you know he was a CHRISTIAN ? He killed 6 million Jews. But the media will never call Christians as terrorists.

      2. Joseph Stalin. Also known as Uncle Joe. He has killed 20 million human beings, and starved to death an additional 14.5 million people. Was he a Muslim?

      3. Mao Tse Tung (China). He killed between 14 to 20 million of his own people. Was he a Muslim?

      4. Benito Mussolini (Italian). He killed nearly 400,000 human beings. Was he a Muslim?

      5. King Ashoka in Kalinga battle. Fighting for State of Kalinga, 100,000 of his own people were killed. One of the major and bloodiest battles in world history. Was he a Muslim?

      6. Embargo and the invasion of Iraq by George Bush. Half a million children were killed by the trade embargo and more than a million were killed by invasion. Was he a Muslim?

      Jihad is an Arabic word which comes from the root Arabic word ‘Jahada’ which means to strive or to struggle against evil and for justice. It does not mean killing innocents. The difference is we stand against evil, not with evil. Is Islam really the problem?

      A. The first world war 17 million dead, caused by non-Muslim.

      B. The second world war, between 50-55 million dead. Caused by non-Muslims.

      C. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombs killed more than 200,000 innocent people. Done by non-Muslims.

      D. War in Vietnam killed over 5 million people. Was it Muslims the reason?

      E. War in Bosnia/Kosovo killed nearly 500,000. Was it Muslims who did the killing?

      F. Invasion of Iraq. A Muslim country. Killed as many as 2 million Muslims atcthe hands of a Christian force. But yet the media blamed Muslims as the terrorists.

      G. Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Burma (Buddhist Monks), all against Muslims by non-Muslims.

      H. War in Cambodia 1975-1979 killed as many as 3 million innocent people. Was it done by Muslims?

      Muslims are not terrorists, and terrorists are not Muslims. Above all neither of the weapons of mass destruction as well as any assault weapons are invented by Muslims, even the arms given and supplied to so called Muslim terrorists are not by any Islamic institute.

      Taliban and ISIS are both creation of the Christians and Jews to discredit Muslims and to lose all sympathy towards their cause. These double standards are common tactics used to portray Muslims as the bad guys, the terrorists, the wife beaters, women haters and child molester, etc., etc. Islam has been so notoriously skewed by the media and people affected by a phobia, that it is usually the last thing any would-be convert would consider to be their religion of choice. But if it so bad, why is it the fastest growing religion in the world, and if Islam allegedly promotes subjugation of women, why is it women are the bulk of the converts, nearly 70% of white women.

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        “But if it so bad, why is it the fastest growing religion in the world, and if Islam allegedly promotes subjugation of women, why is it women are the bulk of the converts, nearly 70% of white women.

        You stupidity is unlimited. Has it been hard to ISIS to recruit as many as terrorist they want? Isn’t it in 2014 when ISIS started all Iraqi soldiers went with their arms and join them dreaming for waiting virgins in the paradise? Are those who went from Iraq army not Muslims? Then, is Iraq is not a Muslims country? Isn’t ISIS mainly about Sunny Shite conflict? Are you insisting on you would have fought against ISIS if you are a person in Caliphate there, with American Allies trained soldiers?? Then why all the troops trained by American allies crossing the lines and joining ISIS with the armed they were given to? Are those guys American Allies training are Hindus or Jews or Christians?
        You are really a fake. You say 70% of the converters are women I give you an exercise. Pls guess and tell me why the converted are 70% women?
        Poverty is the main reason in the South East Asia for non-Muslim Woman to marry Muslims man. If you see all India and Bangladesh and In Lankawe until very recently, Muslims communities are very poor neighborhood. The reason is poor income of lower castes and poverty is the reason for change. There is no personal love; There is no- first – she become a Muslim that is why she later married a Muslim man. Can you ask a Hindu woman to give up on the man with whom she has fallen in love and man is asking for dowry? I want to see if that can happen. Then, are going to argue it is the women who are adamant of dowry? You need to know how people take pain to just to lead a normal, without shaking the societies’ norms, life in their societies. That is why the laws have to smooth out these unnecessary painful undertakings.

        One time in Ceylon The 100% of the Muslim men marriages in time was 100% of non-Muslims women. Extremely few Muslim men become as non-Muslim. One reason is he does not want to leave fruits that he is enjoying in his community, just like you are reluctant to give up the hold on the women. Muslim religion has entrance but no exit. This is one side Osmosis through a micro film.

        There is no hidden secret that you cannot practice any other religion if had you landed in a Muslim country. Practically nobody willingly goes into Islam. The religion is growing by breeding than adding to it.

        You sighted many murders in Europe. Almost all of them were provoked by Muslims one time. The medieval time Arabian privates, Crusades War, Ottoman empires, earlier expulsion of Jew from their land…these provoked and created it. Genghis Khan Murders, Mohamad of Ganzi murders are unprovoked. Further don’t mix up Europe’s world wars with Terrorist activities. Don’t confuse dictators’ activities with terrorist. Most of the time, the army fight in the doctors are not Jihadist. They are not fighting for the 72 virgins waiting in the paradise. But just for the old woman and the hungry children waiting for that night dinner. So don’t bring Hitler and Stalin here. You repeated convulse facts into you extremism.

        Lankawe Muslim community shows much more common sense than others. Rogue minister Wijeyadasa trying show Lankan Muslims are ISIS. That is not true. But the truth Lanka Muslim political leaders and writers are extremists more intolerant than neighbouring countries leaders and writers. If cunning people like you are not there most of the BBS claims and the supporters to them would not be there.

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        All those are history. The world has come a long way from that except ISIS, AQ, Taliban, Jihad, etc.

        This is a global problem driven by religious dogma and infighting of a particular religion.

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      Apart from Thailand the other two nations (Sri Lanka and Myanmar) where Buddhists are the majority, they have turned on the minority Muslims and in Myanmar thousands have been killed by the majority Buddhists, that use lies and spread false propaganda, so that ignorant people believe and will turn on the Muslims.

      I quote Wikipedia:

      “October 2015, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to strong evidence of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people. Based on many evidences, the investigation concluded that Myanmar government agents have been involved in triggering anti-Muslim riots. An official military document shows the use of several ways, including hate speech and hiring thugs to stir hatred. The investigation stressed that in the case of the Rohingya, and Rakhine State, that could amount to the crime of genocide, several of the most powerful people in the country should reasonably be the subject of an international investigation into this situation of Rakhine State.[88]

      As for the Israel/Palestine issue, it is NOT a religious issue, it is a simple case of the poor Palestinians being OCCUPIED for over 60 years, and that they have their lands stolen by the acres for ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS, which even the US condemns, and that the ruthless Israeli army kill innocent women and children by sending deadly bombs. The Palestinians are not armed, have their homes demolished, and suffer the consequences of years of blockades. Not even the Sri Lankan Buddhists would have tolerated such inhumane treatment, and not retaliated in some way. You should change your sources of information, you have got the wrong info.

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      If person A killed 4 people in a city and another person is dead in another city doesn’t prove that person A killed 5 th person in another city. Your logic (lack of ) implies person A killed the 5th person in another city.

      In Sri Lanka the problem is currently BBS terrorism. Any form of terrorism is a threat to unity of the country. Terrorists are in disguise of safron saree. Underneath the saree is pure blood thirsty half-lions.

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    Like most Muslims from Sri Lanka this author also shows his anti Tamil bias. Whenever he mentions the LTTE he starts with adjectives like “tyrannous, murderous ” but omits all these when he describes the Sinhalese Buddhist army or the Muslim home guards in the east.
    Why only reserve all these adjectives for the LTTE only and not for the others as they were far worse than the LTTE. If you want to call the LTTE tyrannous/murderous why not call the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces and the Muslims home guards of the east ( they were not armed by the IPKF but by the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces)also racist, genocidal war criminal rapist thugs looters ETC as these correctly describes what they did to innocent Tamil civilians. The LTTE were no angels but they were not responsible for most of the killings and atrocities more than 95% of the killings atrocities were committed by the Sinhalese armed forces thugs police and the Muslim home guards and thugs in the east and south and more than 99% of their victims were innocent Tamil civilians. Compared to what the Tamils suffered at the hands of these people, other than the northern Muslims the other two communities hardly suffered anything, in fact the Muslims are the biggest beneficiaries of this war.
    Yes the Tamils only asked for a separate nation, when every other solution failed and they were driven to it by state sponsored Sinhalese genocide and discrimination against them by all Sinhalese led governments, from the time of independence. The Muslims of Sri Lanka despite being ethnically Tamil, for their own selfish advantage, denied their real origin and overtly and covertly helped every Sinhalese government in their anti Tamil genocidal dance and are still doing this in the east.

    Unlike the Muslims who are of recent immigrant South Indian origin, the Tamils of the island have an ancient history in the island, owned their own lands and ruled this and still own most of their lands despite large scale ethnic cleansing Sinhalese colonisation of their lands. They were a separate nation and people ruing their own lands until European colonisation and the British joining their lands with the Sinhalese lands down south in 1833 for their own convenience. They are not a recent migrant community but an ancient nation in the island still living largely in their own land and have very right to self determination if their just rights are not provided. Just like the Scots or Welsh in Britain.

    It does not matter if their 15% 1% or 10%. What they are asking is for their birth right in their own ancient land. The Muslims never had this history land or ruled themselves. Most of then 72% live in the Sinhalese south. so had to work with the Sinhalese parties, as they had not history land in the island

    The Arabs who came for trade did not settle down in Ceylon. They were in fact a floating population along the Western and Southern coasts. On seeing the Portuguese they got so scared that they left their lucrative trade, their wives/concubines and children to the mercy of the Portuguese and fled, swearing not to come back. Yes, to this day they have not come back.

    From 1311 to 1330, under orders from Ala-u-din, the Sultan of Delhi, Makik Kaffoor, Ghiyathu-d-din Dhamaghani, Khusuru Khan and other generals, demolished and devastated Hindu temples in the South and carried away the loot (gold, silver etc) to Delhi. The Southern region however, did not go under Muslim rule until 1330. In 1380 a powerful Tamil King, Kumara Kampan attacked the Muslim ruler Sikander, killed him in battle and drove the Muslim army out of Tamil country. As in the North, in the South too, Muslim conquerors, at the point of the sword, compelled Hindus, Jains and Buddhists to embrace Islam.

    (Ref: History of India by Elliot, History of
    Tamil Nadu by Pro. N. Subramaniam).

    It may be interesting to observe that while Christian missionaries converted non-Christians all over the world by persuasion, Muslim conquerors converted people of other faiths to Islam, at the point of the sword. With the fall of Muslim rule in the South in 1380, there was a renaissance among the Hindus and in the latter part of the 14th century, the converts were prosecuted until they fled the Tamil country in Marak Kalams (Wooden Boats) and landed on the coasts of Ceylon. Because they came in Marak Kalams the Sinhala people called them Marakkala Minissu. Yes, to this day, the Sinhalese call them Marakkala Minissu. Tamils in South India and Sri Lanka call them Sonahars, (Ref: Yarlpana Vaipava Malai 1736 by Mailvaganar Pulavar).

    Arabs came to Ceylon in the 15th century not as conquerors or missionaries but as traders. The Arabs, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British did not bring their women folk with them. It is surprising that while the Europeans had taken Sinhala and Tamil women as wives/concubines, the Arabs had taken only Tamil women for their comfort and pleasure. That is, I believe the reason why there are no Sinhala Muslims in Sri Lanka. The reason why the Arabs were not interested in Sinhala women is not far to seek. The Arabs were keen on having as their companions only women who professed Islam.

    Arabs would not have come to Ceylon in thousands. A couple of hundreds would have come with each expedition at intervals of say 12 to 24 months or so. The Arab factor would not therefore, have altered the ethnic or demographic pattern of the Tamil Muslims who had come from Tamil Nadu in the 14th century.

    The Portuguese came to Ceylon in the 16th century as conquerors. They dubbed the Tamil Muslims `Moors’, because as in Morocco, the Muslim of Portugal and Spain were called Moors. (Ref: The Story of Lanka by E. L. Blaze).

    Whereas the descendants of the Europeans (the Burghers) resemble their forefathers very closely, the Tamil-speaking Muslims who vociferously claim to be descendants of Arabs, do not have the slightest resemblance to an Arab in stature or complexion

    The mother tongue of the Muslims is Tamil.

    The Muslims bear Tamil names e.g. Periya Marikkar, Sinna Lebbe, Pitchai Thamby, Hajira Ammah, Razeena Amma, etc. Now all changed to Arab names.

    Adult women wear sarees while teenagers wear Paa Vadai and Thaavani. No more now Arab Burqua Nikab. Hijab and the Abhaya is the norm

    Brothers’ and sisters’ children marry as first choice.
    The bride is given dowry which is contrary to Muslim Law.

    The bride-groom puts a Thali round the neck of the bride. This custom prevails only among Tamil Muslims and Tamil Christians of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

    In local Muslim houses Gingelly oil is included in the diet of girls who have attained maidenhood.

    Muslim physicians of Ceylon brought their medical literature from Kayal Pattanam in Tamil Nadu. (Ref: Avicenna 1967. Journal of the Unani Medical Students Union.)

    Tamil Nadu-type houses can still be seen in Muslim colonies of Mannar, Puttalam and Jaffna.

    Muslims of Northern India belong to the Indo Aryan/Dravidian stock, and are by ethnicity Rajputs, Gujeratis, Maharashtras, Punjabis, Kashmiris etc.. The inhabitants of West Bengal, Bangladesh and Orissa do not claim to be Aryans. They are Mongoloid Dravidians.

    The indigenous Muslims of Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil-Nadu, Maldives and Sri Lanka are Dravidians to the core. Sir P. Ramanathan, a scholar and statesman of international repute asserted in unequivocal terms that the Muslims of Ceylon were Tamils by ethnicity. Ethnicity does not change with change of faith. Ethnicity cannot be changed by Cabinet decisions or with the stroke of the pen. Can a leopard change its spots?

    The name `Yawanas’ first used to denote foreigners, was derived from the word Ionians (Greeks), with whom the Hindus first became acquainted. In the ancient Sanskrit and Tamil period, it denoted the Greeks but in subsequent times when the Greeks were succeeded by the Mohamedans, it was the Mohamedans who were denoted by that name. In later Sanskrit of the Vishnu Purana, we are to understand by Yavanas, not the Greeks but the Mohamadans.

    The word Sonahars by which the Mohamadans are known in Tamil Nadu is merely a corruption of the Sanskrit word `Yavanas’ Ref: Tamil Studies by M. Srinivasa. The words, Mohamedians, Muslims, Moors, Yonahars, (Sonahars) are synonyms for those professing Islam, irrespective of the ethnicity to which they belong. The sonahars of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka Tamils by ethnicity.

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    [Edited out] We need to come up with a solution for the muslim problem as well because this is Sinhala only land!

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      The Sinhala R

      “We need to come up with a solution for the muslim problem as well because this is Sinhala only land!”

      Nopes, it is indeed a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people, including Buddhists and Sinhalese.

      Sinhala only ghetto is somewhere in South India or may be in Venga, Sinhapura in Lata land.

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    The photo shows “militant Buddhist monks” with bodyguards.
    This happens only in Sri Lanka.

    Muslim Home Guards were recruited, trained and armed by the Army, and not by the LTTE.

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    Dr Ali

    It could be people with vested business interests behind these attacks on Muslim businesses. Also I strongly believe there is a western/separatist hand in crating this rift.

    Muslims and Sinhalese lives like brothers in many areas, That does not mean there are no bad apples among us. We all have the same dreams.

    Sinhalese Buddhists have many problems, But none of these from Muslims.
    We are in this situation because our educated monks do not address our issues.

    This government has enough resources to go after the money trail and
    clean these dishonorable monks.I am not surprised why they do not take any action!

    Mahinda was a friend of Muslims, They first nailed him, If he had guts to address this cancer then, He is still president. As far as I can remember it was hela urume who threatened him.
    Look where they are now?

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      srinath.gunaratnam

      Please review your above typing.

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      Srinath,
      “It could be people with vested business interests behind these attacks on Muslim businesses.clean these dishonorable monks.I am not surprised why they do not take any action!”

      So even you don’t believe that all this is caused by Halal, Abaya, niqab, etc? Welcome to the real world.

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    Sinhala Buddhist phobia seems to be getting out of hand. In a country where over 70 per cent of the population are Sinhala and Buddhist, it is funny tiny minorities who have all the freedom to observe their own religions whining, with more Muslim mosques around the country than Buddhist temples and more Christian churches in the Capital city than Buddhist temples and Hindu Temples scattered around the counrty some of which are attended by Buddhists as well. What is going on? Is this a continuation of the US/India led coup to overthrow the last regime? Do the minorities wish for something like the Middle-East interventions by the West to come here????? Be careful what you wish for !

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      Gos,
      There are Hindu Temples, namely, Vishnu Shrines, in the premises of many Buddhist Temples too.
      Funny isn’t it?

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    Ameer Ali says “When that anger breaks out into violence elements the petty-bourgeoisie from the majority community exploit the atmosphere to make political and economic capital out of it. This is what is happening in present day Sri Lanka. However, in a democratic polity if political governance is based on principles of freedom, equality and justice successful businesses and industries, as long as they meet their state sanctioned legal and fiscal obligations, must be protected and promoted”. What a impertinent statement from Ameer Ali, has he visited new Villpatthu Colony, Batticola and Arugam bay to see the invasion of Buddhist historic sites by the Muslims in these areas with the support of the Muslim administrators in these areas.Is it correct for any Muslims with any degree of moral conscience to rename Arugam Bay Temple Road, after a Muslim religious leader? Is it correct to put up business in the temple lands selling dry fish. Who are the instigators of these acts which are insensitive and provocative. What happened to 60 acres of land demarcated by the Archeological department about 50 years ago for this historic temple.With all these they are clamouring for land rights and Police rights for PC’s, what would be in store for the minority Sinhala families in these areas, lot of them left during Tamil terrorist activities, Muslim vigilantes did nothing to protect any Sinhala families in these areas, including business owned by Sinhala families. You can always see only one side of the story rather than having both sides of a story. Why cant Muslims live in the way they did live, if they become fanatical and invasive, so will the young Sinhala youth respond proportionately, after all many thousands of Sinhala youth gave their life to eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka. The Rulers of the land cant turn a blind eye to surreptitious workings of these radical Muslims, and its their blind inaction that has triggered all these new problems.

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    I feel this assay is to white wash Muslims malicious plans and activities on the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.They are pious Muslims as they call themselves are. strictly adhering to teaching of their holy book.some can say it is out of context.but we must say if anything can mean anything that is bullshit no value at all.writer blame Sinhalese buddhists but he does not talk on his holy book where it is clearly stated that non believers are animals. it further says their god fixed a lock on unbelievers heart and minds and veil over their eyes. as such Muslims can not blame on anybody for resistant against their malicious activities. whatever the activities of their can be taken as malicious by unbelievers as per the teaching of Islam.Any buddhists all over the world know very well who were responsible for complete destruction of their faith in its original places.and how brutally Muslims had done that.that resentments very clearly visible in here and Myanmar. people keep watching every movement of Muslims. that is very reasonable action. truth is Islam can not co-exist with other faiths.that is the cause for everything.no point in blaming others.they have to adjust their activities beyond others suspicions. have to earn trust of others.

    one always put blame on sinhalese buddhists for every thing taking place here with his para theory. he should know nobody done extensive genetic affinities of south Asian people as yet. one attempt made by harappan project authority. that is to determine south Indian stock and their distribution and contribution of others who speak languages of darvadian family or other north Indian stock as per the folklore but failed due to lack of patronage from Indian and Pakistan central government fearing inter ethnic unrest.but some individuals carried out some test but produced very contradictory results.

    but truth is our ancestors evolved in Africa and spread out all over the world. as such communities living in close proximity should have some high percentage of genetic affinities. it is natural as all our primates were same. so far ten such primates found and scientifically proven that they are the ancestors of modern day human. as such those test results can not be taken to determine ancestries of different races who speak different languages. those results should be analyse with historical evidences and archaeological findings otherwise we have to wait till somebody from distance planet who was watching happening in our planet comes and tell us the story.

    other issue is visit of Buddha to this land. no matter Buddha visited or not his philosophy exist in this land among inhabitant. some craftsmen done their master pieces with love and affection to him and his teaching. foot print visible in summit of samanola is one such master piece. you believe or not. as such it deserved worshiping by every buddhists. it is a prime responsibility of Sinhalese buddhists to ensure no harm be fall on that master piece of their ancestor or ancestors. keep it out of bound from people who believe such craftsmen who done it with love and affection to his spiritual leaders is wild animals and thereby their culture is wild animal culture. as such our buddhists monks agitation against building of hotel with the help of racists Islamist like Saudi king family is very much justifiable and reasonable.

    one can argue that Buddha is a enlighten one as such he was able to transform his body mass to energy as per Einstein formula E=MC sqr.. and again transform in to actual state. as such if somebody claim Buddha visited here in this Island it was a possibility. nobody should laugh at it.

    if people laugh at such beliefs those should laugh at Islamic belief that ninety feet tall Adams lower to earth by their Almighty.we know when meteos travels through earth atmosphere it simply destroyed by heat generated due to air friction. As such around five hundred MT weight Adams gone through earth atmosphere with no harm from their heaven. Amarasiri, Native Wedda laugh, laugh and laugh until your eye boles come out with tears.

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    Is this part of buddhist – Islamic Tragecomedy:

    Don’t you think, buddhist are too silent in their own country and a forigen religion is dominating the country.

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    Plight of Muslim ‘child brides’ in Sri Lanka

    WHEN she was 14, Fathima was given in marriage by her parents. “I came home from school one day and I was told that a marriage had been arranged for me,” recalls Fathima, now 22. She is seated on the step of her bare, half-built house, overlooking the agricultural landscape of the Muslim majority Ampara district.

    Fathima’s marriage lasted three weeks. Her husband abandoned her without leaving a trace of his whereabouts. Her sickly parents live with her and she faces a daily ordeal of finding work as a labourer in adjoining farmlands.

    In an adjacent village, 58-year-old Siddilebbe asserts that there was no purpose in allowing his 13-year-old daughter to study. Therefore, soon after she turned 14, her married her off. Looking back, he has no regrets. “Girls are a burden,” he says stoically.

    In the village of Oluvil, Haniffa recalls the exact date of the circumstances that led to her marriage at the age of 14 to an alcoholic. “I was studying in grade eight. It was December 8. When I came home there was a man outside our home. My parents were at their hired agricultural labour work. He tried to grab me and I shouted. Neighbours gathered and when my parents arrived soon after, this stranger asked them permission to marry me. They consented immediately because the neighbours said my reputation had been lost,” recollects Haniffa.

    Haniffa is now 33, with four children, unable to get a divorce. “Every time my husband appears before the Qazi court, he pleads that he does not want to say talaq. When we return home, he gets drunk and tries to kill me and the children,” she says sobbing.

    The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act in Sri Lanka, also known as the Muslim Personal Law, allows the marriage of girls as young as 12 years. A high percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim families get their girls married off before they reach 18 –– the statutory age of marriage in Sri Lanka –– says a new study titled Unequal Citizens:Muslim Women’s Struggle for Justice and Equality, written by Hyshyama Hamin and Hasanah Cegu Isadeen.

    The study quotes a 2015 survey conducted by Fokus Women in collaboration with the Muslim Women’s Development Trust (MWDT) in Puttalam district involving 1,000 Muslim female heads of household that says 42 per cent of the respondents were married before they were18. The reasons given for early marriage were mainly “family tradition and customs” (55pc) and “economic reasons including protection and security” (23pc).

    Records of Muslim marriage registration in Kattankudy, an all-Muslim town in the Eastern Province, indicated that in 2015, 22pc of all marriages were with a bride below 18 years of age. This is a considerable increase from 2014, when the figure was 14pc.

    In Puttalam district on the western coast, and Batticaloa district on the eastern coast, the age of arranged marriages varies between 14 and 17.

    Section 363(e) of the Sri Lankan Penal Code was amended in 1995 in such a way that the Muslim practice of allowing men to marry girls under 12 is safeguarded. The amended section re-defined “statutory rape” as sexual intercourse with any girl below the age of 16, with or without her consent … unless the woman is his wife who is over 12 years and not judicially separated from the man.”

    In Addalachenai town, a small local community organisation –– the Humanitarian Elevation Organisation (HEO) headed by Kairudeen N. Ahamed and run by women –– hopes that the reform in the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act will be a reality where woman will be an equal participant in the marriage process as mentioned in the Quran.

    Raising of the marriage age of females to 18, male responsibility towards their children in case of divorce, scrapping the female dowry provision, a thorough assessment by the Quazi board of the financial background and suitability of the male before marriage, and the inclusion of women to the Quazi board, are some points Muslims who support the amendment of the law want added.

    The Lankan government has decided to amend the Muslim Personal Law in Sri Lanka to comply with international conventions on women and children rights. It has appointed a sub-committee to propose amendments to the Muslim Personal Law.

    However, immediate action on this may be postponed after the Sri Lankan Constitutional Assembly’s sub-committee on Fundamental Rights recommended on Monday that within three months of the enactment of the new constitution, the president should appoint a five-member commission to go into the constitutional validity of the existing written and unwritten laws (including personal laws).

    “Child marriage in Sri Lanka should be looked at as a sociological problem and not a religious problem. Any cultural backwardness that affects the girl child should be stopped by proper policies backed by law and in full accordance with Islam,” says female sociologist and lecturer at the South Eastern University in Oluvil, M. Y. M. Suheera.

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    Parts of Islamic Tragecomedy in Sri lanka. Muslims are being Recruited for ISIS.

    In a probe being carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in India, alleged Islamic State (IS) recruit Ashfaque Majeed’s father has revealed that Arshi Qureshi, guest manager with the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), had allegedly funded Ashfaque and his fellow recruits’ Sri Lanka trip.

    IRF is led by the controversial priest Zakir Naik.

    After Abu Anas, another alleged IS recruit from Rajasthan who the NIA believes received a Rs-80,000 scholarship from the IRF, this is the second instance in which the now banned NGO is suspected to have spent its funds on alleged IS recruits.

    “Ashfaque’s father Kader claims that while leaving for Sri Lanka in February this year, Ashfaque told him that Qureshi was funding the tour. In all, 21 people were attending a small course on ‘Learning Quran’. Qureshi had also paid money to make their passports,” an official told the Indian Express.

    According to Kader, on February 23, Ashfaque left for Sri Lanka, where he stayed in Jaffna, the Indian Express said.

    He later returned to India in the first week of March and stayed mostly in Kerala. On May 24, he came to Mumbai for a week, before leaving for Afghanistan in June along with his wife and their 18-month-old daughter.

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      jim softy dimwit

      “Parts of Islamic Tragecomedy in Sri lanka. Muslims are being Recruited for ISIS.”

      Could you pass the names to State Intelligence Service (SIS).

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      You are highlighting the plight of Muslims. Budhist should do more to help the muslims by giving them more land to for shelter rather than preserving it as historic site. Buddha is not going to come out of historic site. My logic based on your description of sufferings of Muslims :(

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    People of the lion are hungry for more human flesh to feast on. They had enough of Tamil meat from 1950s to 2009. Now they want kebab.

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    “longer beards are all of Middle Eastern cultural influence but misconceived by many as religiously prescribed”

    Mr Ali you look like the ideal poster boy for Gillette. You have absolutely no right to comment on any issue pertaining ti Islam as Islam is not one of your strengths. I know this for a certainty as I read most if not all of your articles. You will do a great service to the community and stop earning a lot of sins for yourself if you would just keep your big mouth shut on issues you have no knowledge. Sorry, I tried to be as courteous as possible.

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      Aneeth the new Mullah

      “You will do a great service to the community and stop earning a lot of sins for yourself if you would just keep your big mouth shut on issues you have no knowledge.”

      I love Mulla Nasrudin Folktales.

      Here is one I enjoyed reading earlier:

      Mad at the Fakir

      A Fakir claimed that he could teach any illiterate person to read through an “instant technique.”

      “OK,” Nasrudin said. “Teach me.”

      The Fakir then touched Nasrudin’s head and said, “Now go read something.”

      Nasrudin left, and returned to the village square an hour later with an angry look on his face.

      “What happened?” asked the villagers. “Can you read now?”

      “Indeed I can,” replied Nasrudin, “but that’s not why I came back? Now where is that scoundrel Fakir?”

      “Mulla,” the people said, “he taught you to read in no more than a minute. So what makes you think he’s a scoundrel?”

      “Well,” Nasrudin explained, “I was just reading a book that asserted, ‘All Fakirs are frauds.’“

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    Myanmar Buddhists are now enacting the final solution they learned from the Sinhala Buddhists. Muslims in Lanka need to take note on what’s happening to their religious brethren and should pressure the international community to act. Sinhalese are allied with racist Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar and they support White nationalist leaders as well who are often Islamophobic.
    Because of increasing Islamophobia among Sinhala-Buddhists Arab countries will deport their relatives scrubbing toilets there for survival.

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    The author is an Anti -Tamil muslim who attempts to placate the Sinhalese majority by wrting this article but fails to understand their hostile attitude towards Tamil muslims in Srilanka.

    I am a Tamil muslim from Tamilnadu whose forebears only embraced Islam in the 16th century from Hinduism as they were from the Dalit community. Even after their conversion to Islam there is still stigma attached to them due to their previous caste status even today. Ask any Indian or Pakistani muslim they will tell how caste still affects people within Islamic faith in the Indian sub continent.

    I view the Hindu Tamils as our blood brothers united by our common Tamil ethnicity however, in Srilankan sense I understand that Islam is a faith as well as a racial identity. I am totally at a loss trying to understand this anomalous ethnic/ race identity.

    I belive this anomaly only exists amoung our Tamil muslim brothers in srilanka due to the Sinhala buddist state policy of Dividing and ruling the Tamils on religious lines, caste lines and regional basis. I will urge all the Tamils to unite under one banner and fight for our common goal. Here I remember the famous saying of the Umru pulavar a muslim Tamil savant ” Islam engal Vali inpa Thamil engal moli”

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      Thanks at last a Tamil Muslim tell the truth and has seen through the subtle anti Tami l outpouring of the author of this article to placate the Sinhalese majority. Most people could not see through this. All the adjectives and subtle propaganda he uses every time he describes the LTTE or the Tamils.

      It is strange the Muslims of Sri Lanka are more than 99% descended purely from the Tamil Muslims of Tamil Nadu (who are proud to be Tamils),are not Tamil once they cross the sea to Sri Lanka but become Tamil hating Sri Lankan Moors like this author and the rest, where everything Tamil is bad and everything Arab is wonderful. So Mummy and Daddy are proud Tamil Muslims but child becomes a Tamil hating Moor if the child migrated to Sri Lanka but still remains a proud Tamil Muslims if the child migrates to Malaysia or Singapore of anywhere else.

      This is what the British first did at the behest of the island’s southern Muslim elite who for their own power hungry selfish political and economic gains wanted the island’s Tamil Muslims divided not identified with the rest of the Tamils, so pathetically jumped and clung to the incorrect Moor name that the Portuguese gave to all of India’s Muslims. This suited the British divide and rule policy and the Sinhalese establishment are also gleefully continuing this divide and rule policy of the island’s Tamils on the basis of religion Muslims and non Muslim Tamils. Region Eastern northern Tamils. Origin. Indian origin indigenous Tamils. Caste. Colombo Chetty Baratha . When did a caste become a community and ethnic origin? Whilst uniting the Sinhalese. At the time of independence the difference between the Kandyan and low country Sinhalese was far greater than Muslim Tamils and non Muslims Tamils or Indian origin and Sri Lankan Tamils but successive Sinhalese led Sri Lankan governments have deliberately made these divisions and even created new ones like Colombo Chetty Baratha in order to weaken and rule the island’s Tamils but have made the huge difference between the Kandyan and low country division go and they are now not classified as two different groups, however does everything in its power to classify and divide the Tamils into small splinter groups that will fight amongst themselves on the basis of caste region origin and religion, so that Sinhalese will be the permanent rulers of the land. This author is doing a very good job of this for the Sinhalese by subtly abusing all Tamils and asking the Sinhalese to leave the Muslims alone, as they are faithful to the Sinhalese and go for the poor under trodden upcountry Tamils who earn most of the country’s income.

      Everytime I tell the truth like Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan I am aggressively abused by various Muslims in this forum under various stupid identities or it could be one person posting under various identies. Unless all Tamils in the island unite as one Hindu Christian Muslim Indian origin and indigenous Sinhalese racism will thrive. Muslim authors like this person and Izzat are only working for the Sinhalese for short term gains. The first step in this process is for the Muslims of the island to acknowledge the truth that they are Tamils and not Moors. A little bit of Arab amongst a few hundred families does not make you Arab. Like your ancestors or the Muslims of Tamil Nadu you can be a proud Tamil and a good Muslim and do not have to become some pathetic carbon clone of a Gulf Arab to justify the myth that you are of Arab descent and become a laughing stock of everyone.

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

      For those who do not know who Umaru Pulavar was. He was one of the great Indian Islamic poets. Although his ancestors were actually Arabs ( and it is recorded not a myth like the rest) He was a very proud Tamil. His Islamic Tamil poetry are some of the great works in Tamil

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    “I will urge all the Tamils to unite under one banner and fight for our common goal.”

    I would urge all Tamil speaking people to shed their differences in caste, religion and date of arrival, form a common front and present a devolution model which covers at least 95% of them for discussion.

    Soma

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      somaaasss

      “I would urge all Tamil speaking people to shed their differences in caste, religion and date of arrival, form a common front and present a devolution model which covers at least 95% of them for discussion.”

      And the noisy Sinhala/Buddhists under your leadership are ever ready to shoot it down without it being given due consideration.

      And the noisy Sinhala/Buddhists under your leadership are ever ready to roll out the sleepy caste ridden big guns Sangha to carpet bomb any minuscule rights proposed in the devolution model which could be beneficial to all people.

      Your agenda is no longer hidden therefore you can out yourself as the the head of Sinhala/Buddhist Ghetto Builders.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali let me ask you a few questions.
    The LTTE was murderous and tyrannical fair enough but how about the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces and Muslim home guards in the east who were heavily armed by the Sri Lankan Special Task forces? They were not tyrannical or murderous at all! What were they angels of mercy bringing a lot or solace and succour to the population in the north and east? Or is it because they killed raped tortured bombed and ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians in the north east and even in the south of the island around 300000 of them, 145000 in May 2009 alone it does not matter and is not brutal, as after all it is Tamil lives and only Muslim and Sinhalese who hardly suffered and their lives do matter and not Tamils? What the LTTE did was child play compared to what the Sinhalese armed forces and the heavily armed Muslim home guards did to the Tamils. No can accuse the LTTE of raping and looting but every can accuse the Muslim home guards and the Sinhalese armed forces of this.
    The activities of the Muslims home guars to the Tamils in the east was so brutal murderous and tyrannical that finally many Sinhalese army officers in the east had to intervene and put a stop to is and forced the LTTE under Karuna to attack the Kattankudi Mosque.
    Killing more than 300000 innocent Tamil civilians not the LTTE and ethnically cleansing more than 1.2 million of them to largely flee to the west, at the hands of these heavily armed Muslims home guards in the east and the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces and police that are still occupying the north and east and murderously and tyrannically supressing the Tamil population there and encouraging Sinhalese and Muslim extremists to run amok is not brutal murderous or tyrannical to your mind but large acts of ahimsa. Only when your community, that openly supported Sinhalese racism against the Tamils from the word go, is now in the receiving end of this same Sinhalese Buddhist racism it is now not on, for you living in Australia and the for the rest of the Muslims. However it was fine for the Tamils that you and the rest of the island’s Muslims really are. What a hypocrite. Your community held parades, light crackers and celebrated in the streets with the same Sinhalese Buddhist racist mobs, on the killing of more than 1450000 innocent Tamil civilians and the brutal torture of more than 300000 Vanni Tamils in Nazi concentration camps, where they were systematically raped starved humiliated and tortured by the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces. That is also not tyrannical or murderous to your Muslim mind that originated from Tamil South India?
    What is it about the up country Tamils and questioning why Sinhalese racists are not victimising them instead of the Muslims. These people are the most downtrodden and have faced Sinhalese racist brutality many times, leave them alone. You think they are easy targets and now want the Sinhalese to concentrate on them instead of the Muslims. They are from the same South Indian Tamil communities that most Sri Lankan Muslims originated from. The only difference is they have remained Hindu and not converted to Islam.
    If you had stated the LTTE was brutal and so were the Muslim home guards and the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces that were even more brutal I would have kept quiet but you did not and are engaging in subtle anti Tamil propaganda. To deflect the violence that has been unleashed against your community by your former allies the Sinhalese Buddhist extremists.
    Lesson learnt. This what happens when you keep quiet or subtly encourage and support racism against others. It will ultimately come to bite you.

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    Further to what I wrote yesterday I want to remind my Tamil Muslim brothers in Sri lanka to be vigilant about the Sinhala Buddhist majority’s intentions about dividing you good people from your other Tamil speaking brothers on religious lines. The Buddhist may find common grounds with the Hindus but never with the Muslims as we witness in Mayanmar and in Thailand
    and the BJP led by Modi in India openly advocates a Buddhist- Hindu based foreign policy to Isolate Pakistan and Bagaladesh from other South and South east Asian countries, in this endeavour, they have every thing to gain by dividing you Tamil Muslims from The Hindu Tamil bothers to achieve their own political gains.

    If you team up with the Buddhist in Srilanka at the expense of your ethnic identity as Tamils you will eventually be isolated from every one and be marginalised. This is my biggest concern for you Good Muslim people in Srilanka, Insha- Allah ! your leaders will understand this important point and steer clear from political horse trading with the Buddhist majority who are now hell bent on destroying Islam on the island of Srilanka.

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    It is about time that we have a Political Buddhism, to protect and spread buddhism just like Political Islam.

    If Sri Lanka becomes a Muslim Majority country, it will be like all the other Muslim Majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran etc. where the minority have no rights or limited rights. Muslims are only concern about minority rights when they are minorities but when they become the majority it is a different game. Most countries in Europe and in the United States are beginning to realize the truth about Islam and their ideology will be defeated. There is no difference between and Ideology of ISIS and Islam, ISIS is pure islam.

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      Sophia

      “It is about time that we have a Political Buddhism, to protect and spread buddhism just like Political Islam. “

      You have political Buddhism which is being known as Sinhala/Buddhism. What more do you want?

      “If Sri Lanka becomes a Muslim Majority country, it will be like all the other Muslim Majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran etc. where the minority have no rights or limited rights.”

      Even without the Islamic shade, the minorities have no rights in this island. On the other hand the Sinhala/Buddhists political minorities enjoy enormous rights without the sanction of law.

      Crooks, murderers, rapists, land grabbers, drug smugglers, racists, bigots, criminals, ministers, politicians, thieves, ….. are already part of Sinhala/Buddhism and continue to hide their sins under this political Buddhism.

      “There is no difference between and Ideology of ISIS and Islam, ISIS is pure islam.”

      Using the same yardstick are you accusing all Buddhists being Crooks, murderers, rapists, land grabbers, drug smugglers, racists, bigots, criminals, pedophiles, …………….. ?

      Could you tell us the origin of ISIS and the number of sects within Islam.

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