15 August, 2020

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Playing Political Games While Doing Nothing About Anti-Muslim Bigotry  

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

The President is trying to play bait and switch politics. Maithripala Sirisena became president promising to abolish the presidency. He took pride in navigating the passage of the 19th Amendment that was presented as the precursor to abolishment. Now Sirisena is blaming the 19th Amendment as the principal reason for his disastrous presidency. So, he wants to ‘abolish’ the 19th Amendment. Only he thinks that he is being clever. The country is facing a bigger problem than the Sirisena presidency, and abolishing not only the 19th Amendment but even the executive presidency is not going to solve the problem of rising anti-Muslim bigotry. The Easter Sunday attacks by Muslim extremists on Christian churches created not only a security and political crisis, but also a social crisis. While there has been no repeat of 1983, there are worrisome new developments that should concern everyone who does not espouse bigotry or is not influenced by it. 

An aspect of the new anti-Muslim bigotry hollered out in a political column last Sunday in the assertion that the island’s Buddhists, Christians and Hindus have never been united at any time after independence as they are now. Left out of this new unity assertion are the Muslims. The ganging up on Muslims found its most abominable expression in the social and professional accursing of a Muslim Doctor affiliated to the Teaching Hospital in Kurunegala. This is a new low, if not the lowest of the low, in Sri Lanka’s inter-ethnic relationships. Communalism has always been the central feature in Sri Lankan politics, but the despicable targeting of a Muslim doctor signals the arrival of a new strain of the old communal virus. 

Neither the President nor the Prime Minister is doing or saying anything about it, either jointly or severally. Nor is any other political leader or religious dignitary doing anything or sermonizing about it. The best that the President could do has been to reject the GMOA’s request for a presidential inquiry into one of their own members. Talk about trade union solidarity. When doctors start pretending to be workers, they end up being neither.  

Scurrilous and Shameless

The details of the wildfire allegations against Dr. Segu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi, a Senior House Officer at the Teaching Hospital in Kurunegala, are well known and they are not worthy of anymore recounts. A scurrilous newspaper story and a shameless Facebook posting by an unworthy Professor of Pharmacology (the same discipline that the great Senaka Bibile adorned in his lifetime) set up a firestorm that a Muslim Doctor is surreptitiously sterilizing thousands of Sinhala Buddhist women while performing Caesarian surgery on them to deliver their babies. The purveyors of the manifestly ill-checked and independently unconfirmed news story were not concerned about any harm done to the allegedly sterilized women. They were morbidly excited by the story’s incendiary capacity to create national mischief that a Muslim doctor is sterilizing Sinhalese Buddhist women.       

The narrative fitted into the global canard that began in France that Muslims are overrunning Europe with their high birth rate. The 2009 video lasting seven and half minutes and titled “Muslim Demographics” was an exposition of blatant lies and total fabrications. Yet it was watched 10 million times worldwide. The (Ludwig) Wittgenstein wisdom that a false newspaper story is not made true by reading fifty copies of the same newspaper is of little relevance in the so-called post-truth era. Inconvenient truths are dismissed as fake and falsehood gets a million free rides in the social media. The video from France had its viewers and ramifications in Sri Lanka, north and south. A doctor in Jaffna, apparently specializing in medical demographics, prescribed bigamy for Tamil men to boost their population. Lesser idiots started a canard in Batticaloa that a Muslim eatery was adding some substance to its food to sterilize non-Muslim men. The substance turned out to be lumps of flour – yes, after due analysis in a laboratory, but only after anti-Muslim riots had broken out in the East and around Kandy. That was 2018. Now, a Muslim doctor has been singled out as a sterilizer of Sinhala Buddhist women.           

Can the lives of Dr. Shafi, his wife, Dr. Imara Shafi herself a Nephrologist at the same hospital, and their three young children (aged 15, 13 and 10), be ever the same again? Don’t the purveyors of such stories have children, or grandchildren, and families of their own? Or, is this their perversely presumptuous way to payback for Easter Sunday? Even if there is reason to suspect that a doctor is committing medical malpractice, doesn’t he/she deserve the due processes of professional inquiry and of law? Dr. Shafi’s politics, his association with the controversial Rishad Bathiudeen, and perceptions about his wealth may have been offensive to some. But there are many other ways for dealing with political disagreements, professional and social jealousies, and even ethnic hatred. Why abuse one’s salaried power in the media, or in the institutions of the state, to publicly slander and bring down another member of one’s society? Worse, why take this road and risk plunging the country into another 1983? 

The basic expectations of investigative journalism are now well established: one, verification of the news story, especially such as the sterilization story, through multiple independent sources; and, two, giving plenty of opportunity to the alleged party to make a statement which should be included in the news story. If the party declines, that should be reported. Was any of this done for the newspaper story that started the  whole saga? As for the Facebook posting by the pharmacologist, it broke the cardinal rule in interdisciplinary professional propriety – in that one does not act as an expert or proffer comments on any area other than one’s own discipline. Worse, the pharmacologist, and others (in Kurunegala) who started the complaints and the ‘case’ against Dr. Shafi, have been reported as having political connections to the SLPP, the elect-Gota enterprise, and Wimal Weerawansa. The counter or real facts that are now coming out are exposing the mischief that has been recklessly committed. Who will hold the miscreants to task or hold them accountable – newspaper owners, academic superiors, or law enforcement agencies?    

A positive ending?

The counter-facts are now out, but those who recklessly disseminated the original unproven facts do not appear to be as eager, or for once feel responsible, to give the same publicity to Dr. Shafi’s version of events. To her credit and to the credit of those media people who interviewed her, Dr. Imara Shafi has been recounting the counter facts on behalf of her husband. An unsurprisingly comprehensive compilation of their facts has been provided by Dr. Shafi’s lawyers as part of his Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court. It would be interesting and revealing to see what answers and explanations the respondents named in the petition will ever give? 

It is not just Dr. Shafi’s wife and his lawyers who are  contesting the fake story that has been dominating the news media for over a month, after the first appearance of the Divaina story on May 23. Last Thursday, June 27, the CID went before the Magistrate’s Court in Kurunegala and declared that  – after a monthlong investigation involving recorded statements from more than 600 female complainants, 69 nurses, 26 doctors including Visiting Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (VOGs) and 14 minor staff employees who have worked with Dr. Shafi during his tenure at the Teaching Hospital, Kurunegala, the District Hospital, Galewela and Base Hospital, Dambulla – they (CID have found no evidence to substantiate any of the allegations against Dr. Shafi. No evidence, that is –  to substantiate the allegations of blocking the fallopian tubes of mothers, illegally amassing wealth, or maintaining links with a terrorist organization. Not only no merit was found in any of the complaints, many of Dr. Shafi’s patients, the entire hospital staff who have worked with him, and doctors specializing in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (and not Pharmacology) have attested to his honesty and integrity as a Doctor.        

The police also admitted to irregularities in the arrest of Dr. Shafi, and further informed that the decision over the continued detention of Dr. Shafi would be made after discussions with the Secretary of Defence. The police seem to be in a bind because Dr. Shafi was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Hopefully, Dr. Shafi will not have to languish in detention for one and a half years (apparently reduced to one year now) – the time limit that the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake publicly joked about to indicate the power that arresting authorities have suspects arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Mercifully, Dr. Shafi is not a suspect over anything, so there should be no reason whatsoever to detain him for a minute longer. Although, when the wretched allegations against him were going viral, Dr. Shafi may have found being in police custody a safer option than being out in the open. Lastly, we can only hope that Dr. Shafi and his family will be able to put this sordid experience behind them and move on. 

What about the country? The fake sterilization saga is not the only manifestation of the current anti-Muslim bigotry in the country, although it has been the most dramatic one. On the positive side, the police must be commended for what they did in the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court – for standing up for truth and justice and for admitting to their own irregularities. One would hope that there will be more like this from the Police Department in the future, and that no longer will the police be misdirected from doing the right thing by their superiors and their political masters. Kudos is also copiously due to all those Sinhalese Buddhists who personally and professionally stood up for truth and fairness, and in support of Dr. Shafi. They are the unreported and unsung repositories of the basic goodness of Sri Lanka. The country needs them and their voices need to be amplified over the din and clamour of the agents and fellow travellers of bigotry. 

Political games

The political class has been patently disappointing. No one stood up in parliament to set the record straight and put the matter to rest. Here was an opportunity for the government to engage the country in some useful and ethno-neutral discussions on health policies and practices, hospital procedures and doctor-patient relationship. The vacuum as usual was filled through the visual and social media by fly-by-night specialists with personal and political agendas. It would be instructive for the government to provide information about the extent of Caesarian births and female sterilization in Sri Lanka, as global comparisons seem to place Sri Lanka among countries with higher than average rates of Caesarian deliveries as well as female sterilization. How common or rare is the practice in Sri Lanka to carry out sterilization along with C-section? There is reasonably good data on these practices for the different districts and provinces in Sri Lanka. What implications do they have for health policy development, nationally and specifically for different districts? Those who are familiar with these matters will know that only the women in the plantation communities have been targeted as a group for sterilization in Sri Lanka. Academics and researchers have noted this consistently, but it never hit the political radar the way the wild allegations against Dr. Shafi exploded on the national screen. 

Unsurprisingly, there is no indication whatsoever of any serious thinking at the highest levels about addressing the Muslim Question which has social ramifications locally and foreign policy implications globally. There is no evidence of clarity, only inherent contradictions and unnecessary complications. Whatever thinking that is going on is electoral thinking and not strategic policy thinking. The facile assumption among some commentators is that the UNP/UNF is stuck with the Muslim vote, and that the SLPP opposition can reap the benefit of the apparent Buddhist-Christian-Hindu unity against the Muslims. The criticisms about the external alliances are exactly reversed. The presumptively Muslim-friendly UNP is also taken to task for leaning too much towards America and India even though their current governments are among the more anti-Muslim governments in today’s world. 

One weekend commentator has even suggested that the Easter Sunday bombings may have been the result of ISIS wanting to teach a lesson after Sri Lanka renewed its pre-existing military agreements – the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) and the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) – with the US. There is still uncertainty about ISIS involvement in the Easter Sunday bombings, and there was no criticism of the military agreements with US before the Easter bombings. At the same time, The SLPP leadership is internally conflicted. The leading members of the Rajapaksa family are not too willing to let go of their footholds in the US. They also have to straddle the virulent Islamophobia of the upstart Sinhalese patriots, on the one hand, and the traditional anti-Americanism of the degenerate Sinhalese progressives. Like Donald Trump, the Rajapaksas are not seriously committed to any political position or principle but have the knack for making political success out of the lowest common extremisms in society. 

The other actor on the political stage, Maithripala Sirisena thrust himself to the political foreground in November 2014 as a benign wildcard. Nearly five years later he has become a rogue wildcard. Gone are the shades of idealism that he flashed as everyone’s common candidate. With time in office and nothing done to talk about, Sirisena has come to view his office and its powers solely as his personal instruments to be used to serve his own narrow ends. After vainly exploring all avenues to be viable a candidate again, the incumbent President now seems to be trying sponsor a candidate whom he could claim to his political protégé. There is nothing secret about the political and personal love-in between Maithripala Sirisena and Sajith Premadasa. Two events last week suggest the logical consummation of this love-in is the potential candidacy of Sajith Premadasa. 

First, President Sirisena chose the occasion of the 40th anniversary celebration of the commencement of the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) (viewed as patrimony from the late R. Premadasa to his son Sajith), to make his Einsteinian discovery  that the 19th Amendment is the source of all evil. Second and no sooner came the letter from Moscow, from Ambassador Jayatilleka the past master of paternal validations, nicely using the twin anniversaries of the father to set up the stage for the presidential candidacy of the son. Where all these games will take the country to, no one knows, but there is no more hiding of Sajith Premadasa’s presidential ambitions and his emerging sponsors. It may be that Mr. Premadasa will present himself as a median alternative to the tedium of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the temerity of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Then there is Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who is also open to being a presidential candidate provided the United National Party unanimously asks him to be so. 

All in all, the presidential election is becoming a round robin among aspirants until two people are left standing as candidates before the hustings. Not unlike the World Cup round robin that is going on in England and Wales, and whoever who wants to be in the final two will have to fare much better than the aimless way Sri Lanka folded before South Africa on Friday, after doggedly beating England a week earlier. In the game of cricket, the Sri Lankan team, with no shortage for flair, can regroup and regenerate itself with new leadership and new direction for the next time. There is no next time for any of the Sri Lankan political players who are throwing their hats into the presidential round robin. And they have no time either for the more serious challenges facing the country, especially the Muslim question. They don’t see it, they don’t hear, and they don’t want to touch it. But each one of them would like to be President. For what?  

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    Dr Shafi please count yourself lucky ,”
    ” bohome “lucky. While you were charged as a “champion of Sterilising Sinhala women “,
    during the anti Tamil Pogram in the 50s every Tamil Professional was targeted and blasted by the Sinhala Political Mafias. They were either killed during interrogations , sacked or made a Terrorist.
    When in the 80s they were made LTTE terrorists. Whether the Tamils were sympathisers or doing their professional duties as dedicated government servants still they were targeted by the Political mafias killed and destroyed them physically and Psychologically.
    While this was going on the Muslims were dangling carrot sticks against the Tamils with the Sinhala Mafias.
    . There’s always a time and place for these atrocities.
    When it was the turn of the Muslims ( which had been brewing up or screwing up down the Sinhala villages)
    for over 10 years and the melting point came on the Easter Sunday.
    Dr Shafi to tell you the truth how many Thousands of Tamils condemned the violence shown against the Muslims in the aftermath.
    They were brutal murders by the Sinhala Mafias ( they waited for the Pogram of Muslims) on the innocent Muslim community.
    Sheer hate was shown by the Sinhala majority.
    This is why I say God is great .Not in the next birth the a Karma comes in this birth.
    We need to respect others Religions and their Beliefs.
    No one s great in this world.
    Please bless yourself lucky against these Buddha Mafias.

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    Dear Rajan Philips.
    Hats off to you for defending a Muslim.
    That is the way we must behave. We have to go for the truth, facts and rational thinking.
    Most people put emotions before rational reflection. That is the reason why dimwitted politicians are able to get the best of us whilst lying through their teeth.
    I am a Sinhalese Buddhist from the south, I emphasize with Dr. Shafi for the injustice done to him by some of our low grade scum. Truth is truth, no amount of emotion can change that.
    I hope and pray that more of our people will keep petty differences aside and focus on the plight of our country in the hands of low lives scrambling for political power at any cost and by any means.
    After over 2,500 years of being civilized we have hit an all time low where lies, deceit, hatred, selfishness and greed seem to be the driving force behind our prevailing way of life.
    No one except a few are willing to stand for the common good and truth.
    Obviously we can’t continue to function as a progressive country with such degraded morals and nonexistent ethics dominating our reasoning. In otherwords we are as corrupt and hopeless as can be, this is not limited to politicians, our attitudes shape their operations.
    We the citizens are encouraging people like booruwansa to continue his donkey antics. We are encouraging the likes of Mahason balakaya, since we know not any better. After all we asked for sinhala only, and look where that has landed us.
    I don’t know when Sinhala Buddhist will actially practice Buddhism the way it was ment to be instead of this illusion we are falsely creating and following as a substitute.
    The sooner we appreciate the truth the sooner our society, our country and our lives will change for the better.

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    Bravo heart melting writing about Musulims by ,Tamil Scholar .
    But
    During the past 40 years Tamils suffered untold hardships but not a single Musulims or organisation never wrote or spoke about the Tamils instead they got posts and cash from every Modaya governments.

    The fake patriotism of these Musulims is now exposed .

    A Musulim is allowed to have 5 wives even some are 13 years in the name of a 4th century craps.. and produce 12….24 kids but their health and education is given from the tax of others not by Bedouin Arabs.

    But if others marry 2nd wife or 13 years girl it is illegal what a joke,

    When Musulims are at receiving end or minority they make noise
    But when they are majority they kick others. and laugh.

    It is the Musulim jokers they say they are majority in the world also in many western countries and will rule there one day thinking western people are idiots.
    Musulims are allowed to live on humanitarian basis in the West.
    If the voters like they can change law and deport all Musulims in the West.
    But these, jokers thing their religion is growing .

    There should be a one law for every one these SL Musulims have no cultural or traditional relationship with Arabs.

    Many Musulim countries,are in Asia where people dress in their own traditional way not like Arabs.
    But these jokers want to show their slavery attitude to Arabs. For cash.

    Today Arab sign boards ..Arab dress tomorrow they will ask for sharia compliance toilet ..halal water and drinks..halal office equipments ..halal super markets..halal beach halal taxi ..halal trolley like Malaysia etc.

    It is up to Hajiar Silisena and Al Haj Ronil to take once and for all decision.

    Can this writer give an article about the Tamil villages taken by Musulims..temples destroyed ..killing and raping by so called Musulim home guards in the East ?

    If Musulims in the north are resettled now why not these poor Tamil are not allowed to take back their villages ?

    Musulims reap what they sow .

    Cheers

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      Cholan

      A Musulim is allowed to have 5 wives even some are 13 years in the name of a 4th century craps.

      Why cant monk marry it is also old century craps.

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        Cholan,

        Do you know of any Muslim who is married to 5 wives OR married to a 13 year old girl OR having 24 children?

        Why are you writing this nonsense.

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          Cholan,
          Yes Mohammed !

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          I know a time when sinhalese and tamils also married 13 year old girls, but then you allowed yourself to get brainwashed by western man and now consider yourselves “modern”, “modern” is but a byword on how much you have internalized western values. now you try to be white man on muslims

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        This is 21st century, except for you .who still marry 13 years girls.
        Japanese Monks can marry and buy property .Here they parctise Theravada Buddhism .
        BTW this joker Mowlawi who praised bomb attack in Vavuniya has got many wives and 24 kids who pay for the maintanance ..Arab God or Bedouin Arabs ?
        NO.. it is SL Government from Tamil and Sinhala tax payers.
        In Europe these jokers can`t have 5 wives it is illegal in many countries .
        Change this comedy Sharia law.
        Cheers

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          cholan

          When some can marry and others cannot marry how can they shed the marital feelings there is one more worry for non married than the other, why not Change this

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          Do share with us where this Sharia law is in our constitution?

          Talking of Arabs how many non Muslims, especially Buddhists, who have benefitted in Arab nations, working for years, to get money to buy property, give their daughter in marriage, buy jewelry for their wives, and pay off their loans? Why did they go to Muslim countries, why didn’t they go to Myanmar a Buddhist nation to earn so much of money? Hate the Muslims but love their money eh? Many of these Sri Lankan workers lived and earned lots of money, in Muslim nations, now they attack the innocent Muslims from their homes and business bought by that money. It shows how racist they can be.

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        rbh: That is what sakthi said and that is why he is in remand.There is no hero from the legal world to defend him. The country feel the loss of Elmo Perera and Naganada.Kodituwakku.

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      “Can this writer give an article about the Tamil villages taken by Musulims..temples destroyed ..killing and raping by so called Musulim home guards in the East ?”

      Instead of REPEATING your Vicious CRAP, why don’t you come up with names of villages and temples taken over/destroyed and details of killing and raping along with dates and CREDIBLE sources for your POISONOUS RANT, you Thamil Visaran ?

      CT, why do you give space for such Low Lives to Spread Vicious Hate so Brazenly when what the country NEEDS Urgently is TRUTH, RESPECT and MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING between communities which is the Splendid INTENT of the Learned Professor Kumar David?

      CT, aren’t you making the COMMENDABLE Efforts of Prof Kumar David of little value by giving space to Depraved Hate Mongers like Solan to spread their VITRIOL?

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        I have provided you evidence and details of many Tamil Hindu villages destroyed by Muslim Home guards in the east , many times however you keep on demanding evidence. Why cant you read or do you now want it in braille or in another language EG: Arabic to understand or believe

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          I have NEVER seen any specific detail either from you or from any of your fellow travellers. All you guys do is to Repeat the Same Wild Allegations.

          If you have given it many times, all you have to do is to give it one more time. Come on. Let’s see it one more time.

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            You have but you do not wish to accept it , as you are an Islamic fanatic

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              I REPEAT, I have NEVER seen any specific detail either from you or from any of your fellow travellers. So, STOP playing games and come up with the details. I will respond after that.

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      Well said. They don’t identify themselves as Tamils eventhough their mothertoungue is Tamil.
      No body talking about Easter victims. Its looks like the muslim people effcted badly by Easter attacks.
      The writer trying yo fool the people. Sinhalese and Tamils children mother Lanka. We never called ourselves Budhist, Hindu or Christian. We all Sri Lankan. But muslims never say.
      It seems Shafi may looking after the writer very well..

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    R. P.
    A very erudite and sensible piece depicting the sad state of affairs in Sri Lanka. The future is bleak unless the electorate collectively decides to say goodbye to the present bunch of pickpockets in power. It is a tall order.
    Very sad situation!

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    The country should unite , personal gains and selfishness will destroy this island nation.

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      Actually, the country should unite for the sake of personal gain and selfishness. You can’t take selfishness away from humans. Selfishness is innate in humans. If you want humans to do anything, you must show them how doing it will benefit them. If we all unite, we can create a prosperous country for all the races in Lanka. If everyone is rich and happy, there will be no use for racism. Active racism (killing, vandalism, etc.) only benefits poor people who have nothing to lose. We should unite and make our country prosperous, just like Singapore.

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    Dear Philips, this government is not only not taking action against anti-Muslim bigotry carried out by Sinhala extremists in the south, they are also not taking action against anti-Tamil bigotry carried out by Muslim extremists in the east and Mannar. Promoting Sinhala extremists like BBS to harass Muslims and Muslim extremists like NTJ to harass Tamils was the policy of Mahinda government who had even funded them. This government continued with the same policy. Though this government came to power with Tamil support and is being propped up by Tamil MPs, they have turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed on Tamils by Muslims and Sinhalese. Kalmunai problem is a good example, where government came to an agreement with Tamil MPs in the presence of SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem, which was conveyed to Tamils and Buddhist priests to stop their fast, but was not honoured. Lands belonging to Tamils are being appropriated by Muslims in the east and Mannar and Sinhalese in the north, but despite complains by Tamil MPs, no action had been taken by the government. Mano Ganesan who is a mild mannered person warned the cabinet at the last meeting not to cheat Tamils. He also at a meeting in Karaitivu in the east warned the Muslims that just because Tamils are tolerant not to take it as weakness. Tamils in the east said that they have complained to the government about terrorist activities in the east supported by Muslim politicians one year ago but no action was taken. Several complaints against Bathurdeen, Hisbullah and other Muslim politicians about their atrocities to Tamils has gone unheeded. Does the government want to continue this chaos of putting one community against another.

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      Dr. Gnana, what a shame that you should Repeat the VENEMOUS RANT of the Thamil Visaran? You being a qualified man, one would expect some factual expressions from you, instead of the BASELESS LIES that come from Low lives. What a Shame.

      When it is the Muslims of the North and East who suffered IMMENSELY at the hands of the Brutal Tamil TERROR groups, you are teaming with Low lives to Absolve the REAL Terrorists and BLAME the Victims.

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        M.
        Dr. G had qualified more than 50 yrs ago; a long time ago. His senility seems to have awakened an antiMuslim and antiSinhales bigotry that he keeps on harping rather frequently. Instead of suggesting positive solutions pointing fingers constantly does not help to solve problems.

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          You are another coward hiding under a false name and critisising others. I have suggested positive solutions several times on the basis of natural justice. Look at the Kalmunai incident where Muslims are denying legitimate rights of Tamils and the government though coming to an agreement is not implementing to please Muslims for their votes. Muslim claim of eastern province as theirs is the worst racism in Sri Lanka when it is recorded in history that Muslims went there as refugees 400 years ago. This is why western nations do not want Muslim refugees to flood their country. Fact is that Muslim terrorists have murdered 250 innocent non Muslims. To cover up this atrocity several Muslim individuals and organisations are working overtime. Did you hear that Mano Ganesan warned Muslims in Karaitivu in eastern province not to think that Tamils are weak. So without attacking others impress upon your Muslims to come down to earth.

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        Muslims in the north and east suffered immensely don’t make you lying Islamic fanatic and apologist . Fake Arab largely low caste converted refugee Dravidian immigrant South Indian origin Muslims like you joined all Sinhalese led governments, armed forces and racists and committed all sorts of atrocities and war crimes against the island’s Tamils , for petty benefits and power for you low caste fake Arab immigrant community from South India. In the south , during every state sponsored anti Tamil pogrom, Muslim thugs and criminals organised by Muslim politicians , many of whom of very recent Tamil Nadu origin , joined Sinhalese mobs , armed forces and police to kill, rape Tamil civilians and burn and loot their home, business and possessions. In the east Muslim Homeguards who were heavily armed by the Sri Lankan STF , were busy raping , killing, burning looting , destroying Hindu temples and ethnically cleansing ancient Tamil Hindu villages , all of these ancient 100% Hindu Tamil villages , especially in the Amparai discrict have been converted to Muslim villages and thousands of displaced Tamil Hindus have not been allowed to return to their villages by these Muslims. The Hindu temples converted to mosques or meat stalls. I have given you details of where and when these happened but you choose to ignore this orf blatantly deny what happened , just like most Muslims., commit atrocities and then play the victim card. In the north Muslims were caught spying for the Sinhalese armed forces and storing arms inside mosques for what purpose? Just like now. This is why the LTTE without harming them asked them to leave, as they did not want a repeat of what happened to the Tamils in the south and east , at the hands of these treacherous fake Arab Indian origin Tamil Muslims to happen in the north. Nasty eastern province extremist former Muslims politicians like Hisballah and Mannar Shaitan , are well known for their anti Tamil activities.

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        Muhandiram you are an Islamic fanatic who is not prepared to accept the truth.Two organisations JTHR and NESHR have given in detail about atrocities committed by Muslim home guards on Tamils. If you are ignorant of these, then it is your problem. No Tamil will deny that Muslims suffered at the hands of LTTE, and several have openly admitted it including Tamil politicians. But so far there has not been any acceptance of atrocities committed by Muslim terror groups on Tamils by any Muslim including the politicians. Hold a proper inquiry by impartial persons to find out the truth about Muslim atrocities on Tamils. This Muslim terror is still continuing when lands of Tamils are being appropriated. If you want to have a discussion please write in your name without being a coward.

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          Dr. Gnana

          I must admit that I have NOT read the JTHR and NESHR reports. Please provide the internet links for their reports if the reports are available on line.

          Muslims are yet to recover from Tamil Terror and there are still lands belonging to Muslims in the East which are “No go” areas for Muslims. And the North? Will the day come when Muslims ethnically cleansed by LTTE will be able to resettle? Don’t try to hide Facts.

          What has my name got to do with discussion, if you are really serious about it?

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      Dr.Gnana Sankaralingam,
      The latest news is instead of hoisting the usual flag with rooster at Kataragama temple, there appears to be green flags with Arabic letters at the Mosque at this crucial period. It is a provocative acts especially during the Kataragama festivel season. I think they want to convert Lord Muruga also. They should learn to respect other’s faith at this crucial hour.
      Moreover, there is also a news item that a STF officer after a one-year period of training when he was at home proceeding to meet his future wife, he was found to be murdered. Again it is a provocative act. These are not healthy signs for good governance. These politicians are like spoilt diapers when they want to save the culprits. This is a national crisis and not hate propaganda.

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    How old is Mr Phillips,
    Because I have heard about Grease Piyas in Jaffna,
    100,000 dead bodies in Nanthikadal
    USD 18 Billion of stolen Money in Rajapaksa Vaults in Arabia,
    Red Ferraris running in Colombo in the night,
    Gold Replicas of show ponies which young Rajapaksas used to ride in Nuwara Eliya.
    A big Rock in Magamapura Harbor even Dr Ranil was frighted of the cut
    .Chinese buying Colombo with their Port City,.
    And the List goes on and on……

    The latest is the Forbes Magazine’s Richest List of Lankans which has hit the Streets in Colombo.
    Guess who the biggest and the richest?.
    It is none other than s ex Prez Mahinda Rajapakss.
    Followed by Gotabaya.
    Sira on the 3rd spot..

    Surprise Surprise.. Guess who is the 6th.
    It is my Idol Dr Ranil….HeHeHeee.

    Besides jokes ,this is a serious Report coming from Forbes.
    But Mahindes fortune is only 171 Billion Ruppiahs.
    I am no Maths Dude
    But USD 18 Billion must be a heck of a lot more that I guess.

    One more interesting development is Dr Ranil’s nomination which the Srkotha has apparently approved.
    They are now trying to work out the PM designate.
    Now will this 6th Place in the Forbes List affect my Idol Dr Ranil’s chances?.
    That is what is more important to me than worrying about Dr Shafi who has already been cleared by our Yahapalana UNP CID….

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      How old are you Senile KAS Sumanasekera?? You’re not a spring chicken who is sucking to Medamulana thieves.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Are you real?
      Do you really live on this planet?
      Are you communicating from parallel universe?

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    “An aspect of the new anti-Muslim bigotry hollered out in a political column last Sunday in the assertion that the island’s Buddhists, Christians and Hindus have never been united at any time after independence as they are now”

    The Joke of the Century.

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    Ranil tried his best to give Orumiththa Nadu and Nasirishthan. He could not give it because of the bond Scam, NCM and the October Scandle and Now rishad Baghiuddin, Hisbulla and Zaharan gang screwed up everything. People say do not Ranil or his gang. I think the Only option available is bash President as much as we can.

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    350 mainly christians were killed
    I have not seen genuine solidarity from the greater muslim community.

    Given that the christians and other faiths and minorities including the Shia muslims are mercylessly persecuted in predominently muslim contries, it is reasonable for the majority to ostrazise the Muslims.

    This is not bigotry this is a resonable reaction against the Muslim Ideology
    Supported by Sharia law.

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      Citizen Silva

      This is not bigotry this is a reasonable reaction against the Muslim Ideology

      What about iraq libya syria myanmar

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      Still these Kakaas are in denial mode.
      It seems clear that this Prez and PM are determined to support Mususlims .
      Soon they will relase all Mususlims terroists ,and confisticated weapons from mosques .
      Geneticaly weak Sinhalease are in Pathetic state .
      Only Greater China and U.S can give security here.
      Cheers

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    All’s quiet about the heinous , well organized crime committed on 21 April , and the innocent victims . Looks as if it’s all being swept under the carpet for political expediency .

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    How dare you talk about anti-Muslim bigotry after 300 praying people were blown in to smithereens by followers of an animalistic faith? Don’t you see that other Muslim politicians and general Muslim community have aided and abetted the terrorist animals to varying degrees. They are now throwing the 1% myth as continuing deception.
    /
    You re seeking to exploit the ‘response’ to these animals for your advantage, pretending to be a defender of human rights.
    /
    Go jump in a lake.

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      Before YOU jump in the lake stop being the conspiracy theorists, and get educated.

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      Don’t be shy, do show us proof that Muslim politicians and other Muslims have aided and abetted the terrorists. Go on, from what I can see article after article, says those arrested, and accused, have been found not guilty. Are ALL Buddhists guilty of the crimes of the terror monks like Gnanasara? Are all Christians guilty of aiding and abetting for the terrorist attack by a Christian at Zealand? Can your racist mind even grasp my questions and respond?

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      Sena
      Gets your facts right it wasn’t 300 and not all were praying people. Muslims also got killed in hotel bombings. Who in muslim community aided and abetted?
      Did you tell your beloved Monk Gnanasara to jump when he was inciting violence and hatred in Beruwala,Ampara and Digana? so Do I call Sinhalese community aided and abetted him against muslims?

      If you don’t have anything to add useful keep quite!

      Haq

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    As a Singhalese Buddhist I am ashamed for the state of noble Buddhism in the country have falled into. the so called Yellow-Robed-Thugs of the Budharakkita Nikaya mixed with Medamulana Nikaya is making this country back to the stone age.

    We are the next Afghanistan or Iraq in making., its time the real Buddhists come forward and protect the real Buddism from Gnanasaras/Rathanas/Elles etc.,

    The world have witnessed only on TV channels the type barbaric Buddhism in recent years.

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      Matilda, you are a shame for the Sinhalese. We have many such traitors like you in the Sinhala community, crying out sometimes for NGO dollars, sometimes having been alienated from the Sinhalese culture or without any knowledge of the country’s history where the Sinhalese have faced many threats for their own survival. Rajan Philip,et al were in deep slumber when the churches were attacked by Islamist terrorists, when these terrorists destroyed Buddha statues in Mawanella, and when they are on a campaign of destroying Buddhist archaeological sites in the East. When Buddhists protest against such acts, you people fling into action blaming the Buddhists and the clergy branding the Sinhalese as hate mongers and racists, whereas the hate mongers and racists are on the other side of the divide. Did you listen to Rev. Gnanasara’s interviews to the TV? He, in these interviews, has never made hate speeches, but highlighted the dangers the nation facing due to spread of Wahabism. In the face of Wahabism threat are we to observe ‘sil’ without fighting to eliminate this national threat.

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    Playing Political Games While Doing Nothing About Anti-Muslim Bigotry.

    Playing Political Games , why are monks fasting, and in anger, You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger./Bigotry

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    Is there just one journalist in Sri Lanka with the moral strength and courage to tell us the truth about the Dr Shafi episode and comment on it? Or am I not looking far and wide enough? The Dr Shafi event is a new low in Sri Lanka bigotry. A new depth of shame.

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    These politicians are convinced that SriLankan specially Sinhalese are utter fools.

    They feel that the Sinhalese like racism, so in order to get their vote they have to keep silent on racist activities as it have the backing of few bhudhist monk it’s become as religious rituals. Opposing the racist action can lead to loss of votes.

    In fact like every other communities in SriLanka, there is no doubt many Sinhalese too utter fools.

    In SriLanka almost every lawyer is in Facebook. But their hidden sentiments is to support racism and illegal detentions. From Kurunnegala, kandy to many courts this is an ample evidence how Sinhalese lawyers behave racially and many Muslim lady lawyers packed moved from Kandy court to other stations because of intolerable racist behavior of those lawyers.

    In nutshell it’s not just politicians who play with justice anc rule of law. Judicial officers specifically those racist lawyers too play significant role.

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      sampath: ” SriLankan specially Sinhalese are utter fools.”

      why waste ink? They are utter fools and two legged donkeys.

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    Can the lives of Dr. Shafi, his wife, Dr. Imara Shafi herself a Nephrologist at the same hospital.

    Why did not the Medical Records of history which is on Audit be trusted Thats what it took so far The one who cornered the doctor should have told the events happening one year a go if nay malpractice Now not only the Doctoer the hospital itself will not be the same Even data about death certificate is accurate. about the use of Surgical Safety checklists and adverse events involving retained surgical items.

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      The fabricated medical notes and the authors should be investigated . So too the doctors, nurses , the women who lied, including the police , and the news media should be investigated and punished.
      This is not a case to forgive and forget.
      A respected honourable profession I mean honourable profession is in question even the country and its education has become questionable in the world
      How shameful??
      All because of the greedy and uneducated Moda racists of the country had been dragged in to this shameless act.
      This had been happening since the 1950s against the Tamils ,now against the Muslims.
      Country is filled with stray dogs uneducated Modayas who will believe anything to go for the kill..No brains to find the truth before acting stupidly.
      Now eat the humble pie idiots. Including the Kili News ready to publish lies fed
      by Kili News reporters.
      Shame on them.and the owner of the news Mafia web apparently had been exposed elsewhere for spreading lies on the story of Dr Shafi on Sterilising Sinhala Women.
      The owner of the news web must be a stupid idiot as well not verifying the news before going public!!!

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        The so called investigations have cleared Dr Shafi from medical criminality by the so called Srilankan Judiciary? Then where are the real Criminals as mentioned above from the long list of criminals who created mayhem, murder and psychological torture to the innocents?? Where are these Nincompoops ??
        Are they all protected and scot free?? No case to answer!?
        Come on ! It stinks.
        Tell me more!! Of the Srilankan court system and judiciary which passes guilty or not guilty verdicts.
        Have they finished with this case. Ok Dr Shafi you’re a good boy now. The miscreants are counting their ill earned money who were paid to tell lies.
        God is great ! Karma is a bitch, not in the next birth but in this birth.
        Beware!!

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      All the women treated by these Mususlim doctors have to be examined by foreign experts .
      in a proper medical way.then only can believe.
      There is a cover up going on by the state and officials.without shame for votes.
      There can`t be smoke without fire.
      May be they have tried 4th -century treatments from Mecca.
      Cheers

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        Coolant you may have a point!!!

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    A timely article. The writers’ articles normally appear parallely in the Island. Are we back in the age of terror, or is it editors practicing prudent self-censorship?

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    Interesting: Rajan Phillips regular column is not carried in the Sunday Island’s online edition. I wonder if it is in the print edition. If not, the CT version is the only one available to the reader– and one wonder why the Sunday Island dropped it. Hopefully it was by mistake.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatillaeka,
      Why didn’t you contact Sunday island to find out the truth?

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      Dr Dayan Jayatilleke!!
      Your name sucks!! Do we know you? Haven’t you got a job in Russia ?

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    When I first over-heard this story about Dr. Shafi of Kurunegala I decided (quite rightly as it turned out to be) that I wasn’t going to waste time reading all about it. Even this article I haven’t read properly.
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    Can’t we Sri Lankans find better things to do than to allow every rabble-rouser to provoke us?
    .
    However, when some Islamophobic material (ISIS executions, lists of Muslim businesses to boycott etc) came through WhatsApp into my phone, I began growling as a warning. A school OBA and the humbug Anglican Headmaster (i.e. Principal) who heads the school, acted as though Sinhala_Man was fussing yet again, I issued an ultimatum, take action within a week to get these messages stopped, or I’d report to the Police. Nothing was done.
    .
    So, I complained. The Police went through the motions of showing a little concern, but their advice to me was to erase the messages and forget the entire episode. I have refused. I’ve said that if nothing is done, I’ll give evidence before even an Internationa Tribunal that these things have come in. Let me not exaggerate. I don’t think that it’ll come to that, but if it does transpire that I’m asked to present the evidence, I will.
    .
    Surely, this sort of nonsense must stop. I can’t let this become my life’s mission, but I’m determined to be consistent. Thanks, Rajan Philips, for this article, which I won’t read with close attention to detail. But you’re right: at the moment, it is those Muslims who are innocent of any wrong-doing who are most in need of protection.
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    The silly fool who sent the WhatsApp messages at least turned up at the Police Station when ordered to – but not the priest.

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      It truly shows how ignorant, gullible, and full of hate these people are. Only totally dumb people who will believe the moon is made of cheese, will believe this bull without proof. It is unbelievable to realize some educated people will also accept this ridiculous claim that women are forcibly sterilized in a hospital. NO different to the claims of goolies and sweets that make you barren. You have to be the village idiot to keep this nonsense going. IF GOOLIES AND SWEETS CAN MAKE PEOPLE BARREN, THEN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION MUST BE INFORMED OF THIS NEW SRI LANKAN METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL.

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      Sinhala_Man Sir
      These kinds of fabrications by the majority ( educated or not) has a very long history. You may have not heard or not wanting to know is the point hear.
      I remember good few years ago while ordinary people were going on doing their own businesses in Colombo suddenly a miscreant had shouted “” kotiya kotiya” , then the whole area was deserted including the businesses and offices.
      In fact it was just a paranoia caused by these half educated rowdies hellbent on destroying the peace of the country.
      I also heard the good for nothing Police service ran like headless chickens without finding the truth from the Miscreant!! arrested and tortured innocent Tamils. This is not new sir.
      This is SLANKA, these are Srilankan majority who wants to destroy the minority , infact unknowingly to them they’re destroying your’s, their’s and my country too.
      Wait and see before long the foreign armed services takes over SL.
      Today’s very hot news at a funeral house another Miscreant shouted among the mourners For Gota… Gota to be the next President.
      What kind of morons are they at a funeral house??
      Brains are stuffed with Punnak ?? Or have been bribed with Arrack and cash??
      I feel sorry for these people.
      Are they the present day Puppets on a String?? Or donkeys leading donkeys??

      The point here is .. It’s the 70 plus years of the making of these donkeys to live in denial causing destruction of our nation.
      Not forgetting the murders and Looting of the State by the very own people whom we trusted and gave our country to on a silver plate.
      Enough ! Don’t you think???

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        Sinhala_Man the Head Teacher / Principal of an Anglican School!!
        I have a meaningful question to you!!
        What were the authoritarian cum disciplinarian head teachers and Principals doing when their immature gullible charges ( students) were throwing stones initially at the Innocent Tamils then , Burning their Library 50-70 years ago?
        They’re the products who had grown up NOW with HATE of minorities who are hellbent on destroying them.
        Who created Prabhaharan , Saharan and the likes of them??
        Schools /Universities and the Spiritual places called Pansalas started preaching hate and destruction of the minorities.
        The rest we have witnessed since 1958 / 1983/ Eelam War Pogrom and the carnage up to Easter Sunday.
        Playing innocence is like giving a stone to a monkey and stand behind and giggling saying Braavo….
        See the effects of those children whom were allowed to do mischief when they were young??
        They’re the present day MEGA CROOKS AND MURDERERS SIR!!!’
        They were not shown the RIGHT PATH.
        I’m sure there are many more head teachers /Pricipals are contributing here on CT who may have turned a blind eye when their charges at schools were taking the wrong paths which contributed to HATE OTHERS AND THEIR RELIGIONS THEIR LIFESTYLES.??’

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    Lanka is a worthless country where worthless people make worthless allegations and that make all the difference. Worthless words by worthless people carry more weight in Lanka than worthy words. They are prepared to believe lies instead of truth, fiction instead of facts and that is the result of a history based on fiction. I feel sad when Dr.Philips referred to Prof Bibile and also mentioned that low life racist Dr Jayesumana, a known racist pimp with Prof Bibile. Prof Bibile was a hero then and he did so much to the poor people through his drug policy and challenging the Pharmaceutical Mafia. In fact when he died in South America on a visit there were allegations that he was murdered though he was a known heart patient and during that time by-pass surgery was not available. But even mentioning the name of Bibile with this low grade balu dosthara Jayesumana is a disgrace to that great man. This cheap guy with loads of sick racism and political bias and bum sucking is on a mission to create racial hatred without any truth. This cheap fellow is a disgrace to medical profession. But the saddest thing is fellows like him with 8th std Weerawanga, Chandana Thero, etc are on a rampage to plunge the country into chaos but there is no way to stop them. Propesor of Pharmacology, what a shame. It is true that this guy is not tolerated by his colleagues but still this guy goes on unabated. This guy has no expertise at all to talk about the issue of Dr Shafie and it is a comedy how our media welcome such fellows to mislead the ignorant gullible masses.

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    [and one wonder why the Sunday Island dropped it. Hopefully it was by mistake.]

    What is there to wonder? It is not racial enough and rabid enough for publication in Island group.Phillips articles are balanced and meant to educate the public and to make them to learn the truth. His articles don’t make us to hate each other and dont encourage us to be rabidly racial and violent and stupid. Island’s sister paper made Dr Sharfie a bloody killer and an absolute racist intend to destroy the Sinhala race. They said that sterilising pills were given with food in Muslim restaurants. They even make that balu dostharaya Jayasumana a sinhala buddhist hero hell bent of saving the sinhala race. They dont even realise that this dostharya is a self promoting, publicity seeking, evil of a man working as a political pimpiya. So let Island Group to pick and choose lies, racism and sinhala buddhist superiority stories. Birds of a feather get together.

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    Rajan you are absolutely right. Try telling this to Gana, who may call Rajan a Muslim racist in hiding. Does it matter which religion we follow to stand up and confront ?? What happened in Dr. Shafi,s case, is a repetition of sterilization pills (shop demolished and owner attacked)/sterilization sweets (a garment warehouse was burned down) at a personal level. For self serving political gains a doctor and his family was targeted by crooked politicians and their immoral followers.

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    Ohh Solan!.
    I recognize you as a best “Saambaar” cook, because you started with 5 wives and 24 children, the West sending all Muslims back to their home countries, by producing more and more children the Muslim minority makes their community majority, SL Muslims have no cultural or traditional link with Arabs, then jump to Asian dress code etc. etc.
    The writer of this article has rightly pointed out people like you Solan. You may be the regular subscriber to Tamil ( website daily) Lanka Sri ( the word “Sri” here denotes ” laughs”) and lose your God given brain( if you have one) to analyse what is said and why it’s said.

    Lastly you nailed the thing, by saying “what is sowed is what you reap” Are you sarcastically telling your Tamil bors and sis that ” Nandikadal in May 2009 was what your bros and sis sowed? hmmmm! good though!! but very very late, Cheers!!!

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    Phillips’ article is all about injustice committed against the innocent people. It has nothing to do with race or religion or caste. It so happened that this time it is about Muslims. So it is not wise to refer to race here as an issue. Tamils have been victimised in so many wise in the past and even in the present. Muslims too had been victims as well. Even Sinhalese have been victims in the hands of violence and injustice. Tamil militancy was the direct result of these barbaric injustices meted out to them by the majority. But many of them have forgotten that and only talking of LTTE violence. Same with Muslims too. I am not going to defend any race here, especially the Muslims. They are not holy cows. They have done enough and more to undermine the well being of the country and its people. The government is mostly covering the things that have taken place in the East and in Mannar district. Muslims have really undermined the well being of others in those districts. But that does not mean that any civilised person can endorse what is being done to Dr Shafie or other Muslims of poisoning the sinhalese. It is bloody shame on these guys and a result of jealousy, incompetence and inability to compete. They were angry with Tamils owing to their hard work and even that dirty racist Cyril Mathew spread a story that tamil examiners were favouring the Tamils at the A/L Examination. Nowhere in the civilised world they had a system called “Media Wise Standardisation”. It was the most shameful piece of legislation brought in by the Kussi amma and the Muslim Badurdeen. That more importantly demeaned the Sinhalese as an incompetent race. This time a balu racist sinhala dostharaya, a dirty sinhala DIG, some low grade politicians and clergy went on this shameful rampage cooking up total lies against an innocent doctor.

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    Nathan
    Well said. Ŵhat nonsence the Muslim Pandering now even after they have caused the destruction of major calibre in one go at the Easter Sunday carnage.??
    Certainly innocent people died and then the immediate carnage against innocent Muslims too happened in the usual pattern by the Sinhala majority Rumps.
    The difference now Is the Muslim Pandering going on clearing the Muslims name as baddies.

    The Tamils are still in the receiving end. Their greivences over the years have not been addressed. Why.??
    Do they need to get foreign help?? Unlike Wahabism and their oil rich money contributions the Tamils can only sit and wait for the good things happens to them??
    Isn’t the justice system , human rights in favour of them to solve their problems??
    Why there are cabinet Ministers more in numbers from the second highest minority than the first highest minority that meant to be Tamils??
    What is this ? How it was allowed to happen??
    Do the Tamil Politicians have any progressive minds how in serving for the people who voted for them??
    So inactive and useless and selfish morons , aren’t they??
    Tamil Politicians are just the furniture and fixtures of the Parliament , nothing more of them to mention.

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    The CID is wrong in saying that there is no evidence against the doctor with out investigation. The damages alleged is internal resulting in infertility. The investigation therefore is investigating the cause of infertility and ascertain whether there is consented damage to the fallopian tubes or not. Unfortunately 350 people have been killed. As a country as a government it sits duty for the dead and injured that proper investigations are done so that in the future the peoples rights are not abused. On the face of it peoples rights have been sold for the buying of minority votes. In any other country Ranil W and the President would have resigned. Shame

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