24 October, 2017

President Sirisena Dismissed Muslims, When He Gazetted Lands Around Wilpattu

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

President Maithripla Sirisena’s Friday 24 March 2017 gazette notification, declaring nearly 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest reserve” has not surprised anyone as he has been pampering the very Sinhala racists whom he pledged to contain.

In fact this has been racists wish and President Maithripala has fulfilled it.

Muslims in the area fear that this Gazette covers their lands too.

The past two years had shown the Muslims that President Sirisena and his government have abandoned the island’ Muslims. Instead, contrary to all his election   pledges, he has been quite open in implementing Sinhala racists’ agenda.

The Gazette notification order was signed during President Sirisena’s official visit to Russia despite Muslims submitting documentary evidence to prove claims to their lands. Helpless Muslims in the area   were only trying to return to their lands to rebuild their lives.  

The lands involved were gazetted for what Forest Conservator General Anura Sathurasinghe described was to prevent further encroachment by people.  

Muslims are fed up with the so called Yahapalanaya government’s hypocrisy.   This gazette notification shows that President Sirisena is promoting Sinhala racist agenda against Muslims in the same way Rajapaksa regime promoted racist elements against Muslims.

In an article in January this year under the title President Sirisena’s order to extend Wilpattu National Park- Is it to please racists and deprive Muslims of their lands?, I highlighted the Muslims’ legitimate claims to their lands.   

Here is the article;

President Maithripala Sirisena’s order on 30 December 2016 to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park has shocked the Muslims who were trying to get back to their own lands to rebuild their shattered lives.

They fear that this announcement include nearby villages such as Marichichukaddy, Karadikuli and Palaikkuli where Muslims lived for generations in their own lands with valid title deeds but were kicked out by LTTE .

Responding to president Sirisena’s order, Muslims who are trying to return to their lands pointed out that “we have not encroached even an inch of land in Wilpattu or anywhere else. We only wanted to return to our own lands and the allegation that Muslims in the encroach Wilpattu National Park or destroying forests is calculated lie to prevent us from returning to our lands”.

They pointed out that relevant officials and all others involved are very well aware that these were Muslim villages and their dilapidated houses, schools ,mosques and other such structures still remain there. When they tried to return to their lands after the war in May 2009 racist elements created many controversies distorting facts giving ethnic twist to prevent them from returning to their lands.

They suspect it was under the influence of such elements that President Sirisena may have issued his 30 December 2016 order.

They also pointed out that Muslims trying to resettle in their own lands has nothing to do with Industrial, Commerce and Cooperative Minister Rishard Badurdeen though vested interest in the media drags him due to political reasons. Thus this presidential decision was only aimed at pleasing Sinhala racist elements who are hell bent on preventing Muslims from settling in their lands in these three villages.

A six member team of academics led by Professor Shahul H. Hasbullah of Peradeniya University prepared last year an extensive research document on the issue of Musali South Muslims returning to their lands under the title “Denying the Right to Return- Resettlement in Musali South and the Wilpattu Controversy. Their plea was “Help Us Return Home”. They appealed to all to help them return to their lands and homes with dignity and self-respect to end their more than three and half decade old sufferings.

In his author’s note Prof Shahul H Hasbulla stated that; “When the “Wilpattu controversy” flared up, the turn of the debate surprised me. I knew for certain that the contested area in question was not located in Wilpattu. In a published newspaper article, I emphasized the issue of returnees, which in my view, is the crux of the matter. But the ongoing debate paid no attention to this issue. To the contrary, the public discourse continuously labeled returnees as ‘criminals’.

The bleak situation spurred me to take on the mission of uncovering the truth. I visited all corners of “Musali South” in order to get to know its history and its peoples, reflecting on the claims and counter claims of land ownership. I learned from the people who were paddy, chena and cattle farmers; sea, lagoon, river and tank fisher folk; teachers, religious dignitaries; men, women, young and children of all religions.

According to our findings people have lived in the Musali Region for generations. They toiled on this land and roamed the region for various livelihood activities without any interruption, while keeping the tradition of protecting the forest and the environment. They are a part of the nature and culture of the region. ”.

Muslims had nothing to do with the devastating ethnic war between successive governments and the LTTE. However sandwiched between the two they suffered immense and the plight of Musali South Muslims was no exception as they too were kicked by the TTE within two hours’ notice. They suffered in refugee camps and temporary shelters where they were longing for the day to return to their lands and resume their traditional life.

While Musali South Muslims were in refugee camps the Rajapaksa Government had acquired major part of their traditional lands under various pretexts knowing very Well that the owners would claim this land once the ethnic war ends.

First around 40% of their traditional lands in the Musali South was acquired. This was followed by the acquisition of another 30 percent of their land without any consultation or consent to establish security Establishments. Added to this Muslims owned lands were acquired to establish a naval agricultural project. Furthermore a Navy Regional Commanding Office was established in two prominent villages and the Muslims were prevented from entering their own lands, dwellings and other properties.

Thus Musali South Muslims were deceived and deprived large extent of their traditional lands despite possessing genuine title deeds and permits.

Judging from the subsequent anti Muslim campaign under Rajapaksa government aimed at virtually eliminating the Muslim community it is not difficult to now realize that Muslim owned Musali South lands were acquired to deliberately deprive them of their traditional lands.

Commenting on the controversy in the same document Professor Arjuna Parakrama of University of Peradeniya stated in the Special document that ;

“The issue of resettlement in Musali- Wilpattu has divided and destroyed relationships built up among “progressive” groups who hitherto shared similar positions on other national concerns. Environmental activists allowed this discourse to be narrowly ethicized, and emulated populist majoritarian rabble rousers in their passion to “save Wilpattu” from what they saw as corrupt and opportunist minority politicians.

A small band of human rights professionals and academics who took up the cause of the displaced were unable to disentangle them from the political leadership that was using the issue in at least of the ways that the environmental lobby claimed.

The Media exploited all of this – generally on the side of the single-issue environmentalists – to rekindle anti-Muslim sentiment among the Sinhala polity. As a result, those who had no interest in the preservation of wild life became passionate campaigners, while dedicated eco-types transformed into ethno-nationalists overnight. In all of this the affected people remained voiceless – pawns in a series of chess games – and this denial of agency is as damaging as the continued deprivation of their rights”.

Meanwhile Professor M A Nuhman lamented in the same document that seven years have passed since the war ended ,the ethnic relations in the country further deteriorated because of the short sighted political leadership to further their own agendas.

Resettlement of internally displaced people is one of the major issues today that demands an immediate solution in post war Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of people from all three
Communities were displaced internally during the war, losing their houses, land and sources of livelihood; most of them are not resettled so far and they are longing for return to their own soil to live peacefully.

To this day, we have not been able to formulate a national policy of resettlement to resolve the problem of the displaced people justly and permanently. Therefore, resettlement programs are being carried out in an ad hoc manner and have led to further problems and tensions among the communities. Resettlement in Musali South is a case in point.

When the displaced Musali people started to resettle in their places clearing the jungle, it exploded into environmental and ethnically sensitive issue; extremists and the Media carried out a concerted campaign against resettlement creating fear and tension among the people.

Explaining the situation in her preface to the document Professor Sivamohan Sumathy of Peradeniya University said “the return of the Displaced in Musali South has evoked a variety of responses and competing claims that have taken on national and nationalist proportions. The returning population of Musali South has tried to eke out a living in the midst of harsh conditions, unaided by state forces for the most part. Yet the region has become needlessly entangled in a controversy over environmentalism.

While the navy has claimed large acres of land for its own entrenchment in the region, environmentalists have accused settlers, the IDPs, who have returned and staked out a claim for their lands, as destroyers of forest. The displaced themselves. And in this instance, the displaced Muslims of Musali South, account for some of the most marginalized sections of the population, but the debate that the putative return has spurred in the media and in political circles has cast them as adversaries of both nature and the state”.

It was under such circumstance comes President Sirisena’s order to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park and declare it a ‘Wildlife Zone’, by a gazette notification. He told the officials to include all the adjacent forest areas of the Wilpattu National Park that presently does not coming under the Wildlife Department.

Muslims of the area point out that;

  • No Muslim driven out by the LTTE during the ethnic war ever entered the Wilpattu National Park or any other nearby area.
  • Wilpattu National Park is situated in the North Western and North Central provinces and all resettled areas belong to Mannar District
  • Southern border of Mannar District is Moderagama River ( Upparu).Wilpattu National Park is located south Moderagama in the Puttalam District.
  • All resettled Muslim refugees who lived in their own land were resettled in the Mannar District
  • All these resettled refugees have their own government issued annual permits , LDO permits and have their own private deeds which were given as early as 1905.
  • Mosque built in 1940 and renovated in 1970 is still there in dilapidated condition with its Minaret and date of construction written on its front wall.
  • There are tanks supplying water to paddy fields built more than a century ago.
  • Those who went to resettle only tried to clear the jungle grown up during the 26 year period when they were in refugee camps.

Thus the unfortunate Muslims from these three Muslim villages Marichichukaddy, Karadaikuli, said that they did not encroach or do not want even an inch of land from Wilpattu or anywhere else. Their re settlement has nothing to do with Wilpattu National Park.

Muslims are asking the government not to block their return to their own lands. Instead they wanted the government to facilitate their return.

Muslims asked the government to facilitate their return. It was under such circumstance that President Sirisena signed on Friday 24 March 2017, gazette notification declaring as “conservative forest” with immediate effect.  

According to Mr. Sathurusinghe following the gazette notification presidential and parliamentary approval will be needed to acquire or clear any land. He said entry will be restricted and entrance would only be allowed for educational or research purposes

Unfortunate Muslims remain deeply frustrated s they find no one to turn to. Will the so called Muslim parliamentarians come forward to ensure the rights of beleaguered Muslims or continue to kiss the feet of the power to ensure their positions and perks.

This gazette notification strikes at the very root of the government’s so called reconciliation efforts.

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    Sirisena seems to going in the same path as others. He has conveniently forgotten that it was the minorities that helped them win the elections. Minorities must be treated equally, as everyone is a Sri Lankan. To ignore the Muslims or other minorities is asking for trouble. The consequences are anger, feeling marginalized, and this can lead to protests, riots, and worse, and will cause communal problems once again in this country.
    Are they idiots and is that what they want? Minorities are entitled to the same benefits as all Sri Lankans.

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      Latheef Farook will never put country before self (Islam).

      All his writing is about I , Me & Myself (Muslims). One wonders whether Latheef Farook recognizes grievances of any other people on this Island apart from his community.

      He is frustrated Muslims are not united as one. So fanatical about uniting Muslims, he does not recognize Muslims like all other people are not monlolithic. Muslims are individuals with differing views on matters. He wants Muslims to unite to take on all others.

      Sri Lanka should immidiately address problems of people ethnically cleansed by the LTTE. Muslims or not. It is not a Muslim matter. It is a problem for all Sri Lankans. It should not be left to be handled by religious fanatics with an agenda. Be they Sinhala racists or Islamic fanatics.

      Sirisena did the right thing. He chose environmental protection over horrific human encroachment into whatever thta is left of our beautiful nation’s wildlife.

      I challenge the Presidnet to do the same in Hambantota:
      1. Turn Mattala airport into an elephant observation centre. Rajapassa criminals built this airport on a nature reserve.
      2. Stop Chinese take-over of Hambantota port with adjacent land. That will spell destruction for southern Sri Lanka’s delicate natural beauty.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        This is not a matter of Islam. Animals given priority over humans.

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          Loyal Citicen,

          Sri Lanka’s forest cover is now below 20%. We have destroyed the Garden of Eden.

          Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims & greedy colonizers of this beautiful Island have together destroyed this place to the point of no return. Struggle is to save what little is left.

          As humans the responsibility is upon us to protect environment & wildlife. Treating all animals with kindness and respecting their habitat is a must. Not negotiable.

          We don’t have to choose between animals and humans. We can have both. If you have a brain and a heart. And if you are not driven by ethnic racism or religious fanaticism.

          Cheers!

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            Ben Hurling

            “Sri Lanka’s forest cover is now below 20%. We have destroyed the Garden of Eden. “

            It 100% Forest cover and the Native Veddah Aethho who dwelled in the forest did not destroy it.

            Then came the Para-Sinhala. They destroyed some.

            Then came the Para-Tamils. They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Tamils. They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Muslims . They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Portuguese . They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Dutch . They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Malays. They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-English. They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Indian-Tamils. They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Independence . They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Prabakarans . They destroyed some more.

            Then came the Para-Rajapaksa. They destroyed some more.

            Now we have the Para-Yahapalanaya. They still destroy more.

            The good new s is that after 100% destruction, no more to destroy. It will be like Haiti.

            References:

            The Veddah Tribe

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U&t=333s

            Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people:

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

            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.

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              Dear Latheef Farook,
              This is not the first time Wilpattu has entered controversy. Several years ago, when urn burial sites denoting ancient Dravidian civilization was discovered in Pomparippu / Kudiraimalai area, government promptly declared the area as natural reserve to stop any further archaeological surveys there which would unearth fresh evidence of ancient history, blowing away the established concepts of a Sinhala Buddhist land ownership and Aryan ancestry. When this was done none of the Muslims said that it was wrong, and why are you crying foul now.

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                What o you expect, these people will never protest for anything concerning Tamil or Dravidian, despite being Dravidian and of Tamil heritage. In fact they will gleefully join with the Sinhalese racists to destroy everything Tamil, for some crumbs from the Sinhalese table, and to prove a point that they are Moors and not Tamils. They will only cry and howl for the Arabs Pakistanis or any other light skinned western or central Asian Muslims. Shameless creatures.
                Their dream was their former Sinhalese allies will reward them amply for their part in the Tamil killing looting ethnic cleansing spree by giving their fake Arab low caste South Indian Dravidian immigrant community huge tracks of Eelam Tamil lands, as a homeland for their community. This is why they were dancing in the streets and holding huge victory parades and street parties with the Sinhalese racists down south and in parts of the east. They got the shock of their lives when the victorious racist Sinhalese turned on them. These back stabbing lunatics did not know that the Sinhalese were only using them and pandering to them until they defeated and destroyed the Tamils. In fact most Sinhalese hold them in far lower esteem than the Tamils and like the British are also aware that these selfish self centered immigrant backstabbers are not of Arab/Moor origin but largely from South Indian Tamil heritage. Like the British before them, it suited their divide and rule policy, so went along with the Arab origin myth. After all even the Sinhalese are also are largely of South Indian origin but have created a fake Aryan origin myth about themselves, so one more myth will do no harm.

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        Dear Ben Hurling,

        I agree that Latheef Farook would achieve much more by showing greater awareness of other HUMAN problems.

        Dear “Loyal Citicen”, we humans have made such a mess of the world during just about the last five hundred years (a bit arbitrary of me! Shows that I’m thinking of the period after Europeans colonised the entire world!). Anyway, given the mess we’ve made, it may be fairest to animals first!

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        Ben Hurling or whoever you are, you are talking through your hat.

        Do you honestly believe the president will even ponder taking up your fake challenge. This idea of yours is one to smother the effect of what’s going on at Wilpattu which hurts thousand of people who possessed legal documents to the said areas and now nowhere to go.

        Your comments are just to please yourself and those racists who just join the bandwagon to spite and hurt the minorities.

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          Grero,

          I side with Sri Lanka’s much abused environment. Not with racists or religious fanatics.

          We will save Wilpattu. We will make sure displaced Sri Lankans will be resettled with dignity. We will do both.

          We will defeat both Sinhala racists and Islamic lunatics, who are nothing but a curse to this beautiful country.

          Cheers!

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            Ben Hurling,

            You intentions are very good indeed. But let me tell you Sri Lanka’s environment has gone to a point of no return. It is one of the filthiest countries you can set your foot on now. Only the Colombo akasa kade area is nice for the diplomats, private sector workers etc.

            The rest of the country is a glorified garbage dumpster. Go to a Southern beach and see for yourself what is floating in the water, plastic water bottles, Black Label bottles, Chivas Regal bottles, condoms, female napkins, rubber sausages and what not.

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      Wrong facts, did anyone see the live TV debate with Muslim Minister who got caught showing fake documents and facts,. search for this subject in youtube – you will get the evidence that there was zero (00) Muslims who ever lived in that area,. and even the nearby army camp was build over Tamil people property / land and not Muslims,. this is a big scam and cheating by Muslim ministers.. very cheap stuff using religion and playing minority card for looting the nation..

      And the LTTE chasing Muslims issue was solved long back,. all those families are back in their lands and this wilpattu land grabbing is totally miss-leading and theft,.

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        Could you please enlighten us as to how Sinhalese were colonized from Hambantota are living in villages like NAMALGAMA, in the Wilpattu area . Was there a village of that name ? What is your expert opinion of this ? Please do enlighten us stupid people.

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        Ben Hurling or whoever you are, you are talking through your hat.

        Do you honestly believe the president will even ponder taking up your fake challenge. This idea of yours is one to smother the effect of what’s going on at Wilpattu which hurts thousand of people who possessed legal documents to the said areas and now nowhere to go.

        Your comments are just to please yourself and those racists who just join the bandwagon to spite and hurt the minorities.

    • 3
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      Mr Latheef do sihalese or tamil are allowed to settle in Wilpattu forest by Hon. Prez.
      Do you think forest conservation is only for Sinhalese or Tamils
      There are no any region doing this forest destruction like Muslims.
      This is real destruction.

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    Mr.Farook ,with due respect to your experience in writing and also understanding your emotions towards yours & my people.

    But to look at The President’s action as a racist agenda is a hopelessly wrong opinion. I do agree that Muslims may have lived in these parts of the island many years.What we need to understand is in the past all of us have been very much ignorant in preserving our wildlife ,even the so-called elephant attacks on human could be a result of not elephants invading human land ,most probably the humans may have invaded the elephants space.

    In changing times we need to compromise and be less selfish for the sake of our future generations ,we owe it to them

    i am more than convinced The President has no such lowly agendas , he has done more than he can to upkeep his election pledge am grateful ,at-least we have some peace ,that matters to me.

    In countries like Singapore they have taken over religious places for development of the nation and other building owned by private owners to preserve heritage.

    We must not fuel more hatred ,we have enough against our whole community worldwide. as Long as The Government fairly compensate the people with lands that are livable and help them to resettle properly and comfortably , we as a community and citizens of this country should encourage them and make them understand the value of the wildlife and the reasons behind to preserve our environment.

    The devil is not as black as it is always painted they say. let us put petty hate aside and think as Sri Lankans and work towards peace and unity.

    In-fact the rich Muslims and those who have influences in foreign Muslim nations should do fund raising and support the government to resettle these poor people .

    No More hate please and let us try not to connect everything politically to racism

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      FAHIM KNIGHT,I never thought a Muslim would utter a word to protect vilpattu resereveton.Most muslims in sri lanka supportered people who setteled near( and in) the vilpattu just because of they too muslims (racism).
      Vipattu national park should be protected for is not only for Sinhalese but also for Tamils and muslims. Mr. Sirisena issuesd this gazatte to protect the woods for all of us and its not racism at all. Crying being here in Colombo for the destroyers of the reserve just because of the writer too is muslim is (true and ugly)racism.

  • 14
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    me me me, When do you put country before self?

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      srinathan gunaratnam

      “me me me, When do you put country before self?”

      A very good question however name one so called leader who put country before self.

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        Dear Native,

        Pretty FM, Mangalan, darling of the West and the Diasporas’ best…….

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      Good question.

      Thambis never think about anyone else but themselves.

      Over thirty years they bred like rabbits and got hold of Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya, Wellawatta and the rest of Colombo. They are no.1 population in C’bo now apparently. Now this grab for the country side. No care for the environment.

      What an evil!

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        Pabalu,

        Mandatory contraceptive requirements for Muslims should be gazetted next.

        Also, a boycott of all Muslim owned clothing stores is needed. If your wife or sister is visiting a clothing store, please think twice. There are hidden cameras everywhere inside the dressing rooms. DO NOT VISIT any MUSLIM OWNED STORE.

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          I do not know if you have worked for SL or somewhere but if you have ? You must be one of racist government service ? Are you stupid to say that Pakistan will make trouble in SL ? Do you think that we came from Pakistan or Saudi ? You and me all came from India ? Only Veda came first to island ? All others are new arrivals in difffrent time ? Do not try to invite hartred 30 year of blood bath enough .. talk in peace and do not spread hatred ?

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          Rtd. Lt. Reginald,

          “Mandatory contraceptive requirements for Muslims” and illegal abortion centers for Sinhalese?

          Why not put it this way, Mandatory Viagra for Sinhalese men gazetted? He..he.

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            MuslimMan,

            Once War breaks down in Sri Lanka and our Army boys raid your house, [Edited out]

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    President has the power to order to evict all muslims out of this country..

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      to evict all Muslims out of this country?

      AND send them where? considering that ALL of them, as far as I am aware, have been born in this country.

      Methinks Yan Gandasara has gone too far.

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    Genuinely displaced northern IDP are welcome to return if they wish to, however settling thousands of out of area southern Muslims with aid from certain Gulf Arab nations and Porkistan , under guise of resettling displaced Muslims by a certain Shaitan from Mannar and Muslim organisations, to create new Muslim majority enclaves in the north that had never existed will not be welcome and not allowed. Many rightfully suspect all this brouhaha by many Muslim commentator’s and bloggers here is for the latter and not the former. The plight of the former is being cynically used by these people and organisations for the latter.. To create Muslim majority enclaves in the north jus like in the east and then claim huge chunks of the Tamil north too. as Islamic homelands.

    Remember only around 75000 Muslims were expelled from the entire five northern Tamil districts. The vast majority of them now do not want to return, however Muslims politicians , activists and organisations now are stating 300000 northern Muslims are to be returned when the entire population of Mannar disctrict itself is around 90000 and Muslims were only amounted to25-30% of Mannar’s population . So where is this 300000 Muslims coming from? Even with a high birth rate this is humanly impossible A very high percentage of the original 75000 were old middle aged and small children and if the vast majority of this original 75000 and their natural increase do not want to return, how did this become 300000 in thirty years, when only around half of this 75000 were in reproductive stage?

    We need answers to all this questions. Everyone thinks the Tamils are now politically economically very weak with no one to protect them and the international community also does not care, so they are fair game and their lands homes farms and properties can be stolen, as no one is there to question.

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    Why are we unable to view with the same kind of sympathy— irrespective of ethnicity —the plight of every victim of war?

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    Bearing in mind the serious nature of this decision and it’s social, political and religious consequences, one would not be wrong in assuming that the President would have given much thought to this issue and sought the advice of relevant professionals before deciding to sign this particular Order declaring nearly 100,000 acres of lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest reserve”.

    Casting aspersions on the President without any credible reasons is utterly deplorable, especially using the highly emotive dimensions of race and religion. Is it not possible that given the nature of the problem, the President would have considered all alternatives before deciding on the final optimal solution ? To allege that “.. President Sirisena is promoting Sinhala racist agenda against Muslims” is pretty harsh. The Muslims expect the President NOT to act against their interests just because they constituted an estimated 19% of his voters in January 2015. But the President would also have to take cognizance of the sentiments of his Buddhist voters who constituted over 42% of his vote base, wouldn’t he ?

    Therefore, before the Muslim Community goes berserk over this Presidential Order, it might be sensible to determine as to where exactly these adjacent lands are located – to the North, South, East or West of the existing boundary – the exact numbers of families (of all ethnic groups) who will be adversely affected by the new boundary and exactly what the Government proposes to offer such affected families in terms compensation and re-location.

    Thereafter, the focus of all subsequent discussions must be directed at ensuring that the affected families receive better-than-expected compensatory packages. Continuing to make appeals to ‘Muslim Politicians’ only raises questions about the sanity of the Muslims. You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep, can you ?

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      24th March 2017 : President issues order extending boundaries of Wilpattu National Park [Public announcement]

      26th March 2017 : The Political Hypocrisy Of President Maithripala Sirisena – Muslim IDPs Tossed Out [CT article]

      28th March 2017 : President Sirisena Dismissed Muslims, When He Gazetted Lands Around Wilpattu [CT article]

      31st March 2017 : No political or religious motive [Ceylon Today news item]

      31st March 2017 : Government Issues Clarification On Wilpattu Land: No Muslim Land Will Be Taken Over [Asian Mirror news item]

      The situation following the President’s order called for the display of mature thinking on the part of the Muslims. As I mentioned in the comment above, Opinion Leaders should have waited for all details to emerge before launching their verbal and written missiles at the President and the Sinhala Buddhist Community.

      This is the result of Muslims building walls round their community. They fail to see the larger picture. Every ‘National’ act is perceived as being detrimental to the interest of their community. They give vent to their anger and frustration by hitting out wildly. Not caring whom they may hurt by their words and deeds. They fail to realize that by doing so they are merely increasing the width and the depth of the growing chasm between the Muslims and the Sinhalese Community.

      They forget the words of the Almighty : “But if you endure patiently, verily, it is better for As Saabiroon (the patient)” [al-Nahl 16:126]

      Why are these commentators so quick to criticize ? Do they feel that it serves to boost their self-image as ‘protectors’ of the Muslim Community ? Or have they also consciously or unconsciously become foot-soldiers to external influences hell-bent on destroying our Motherland ?

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    I guess before we decide our own versions to blame the president, we better wait till he himself explains on his actions, then decide

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    A leopard doesn’t change its spots.
    After all Sira was with Mahinda mama for 10 years and previously with Madame for 10 years.
    So nothing more you can expect

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    The Muslims should not be allowed to settle down in the West Coast of Sri Lanka under any circumstances.

    They should be resettled in the Eastern Province. The reason the Muslims are highly interested in the West Coast is because of it’s close proximity to Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula.

    In case War breaks out between the Muslim fanatics and the State, the Muslims will receive Arms and ammunition easily along the West Coast. If they are settled in the East it will be much much difficult.

    Having a Muslim population so close to Pakistan and the Arabian peninsula is suicidal.

    The Muslims are also so interested in Wilpattu is for the same reason. They will bring in Radicals from Pakistan and even from amongst the Indian Muslims and attack the hapless Tamils of the North first. Then the Tamils will be converted to Islam through intimidation and economic coercion. With a strong Muslim presense in the North and West and also a significant presense in the East, the Sinhalese will be doomed.

    The North Central and central province will be next along with a two pronged attack from the South (Beruwala, Aluthgama etc). The conquest will be complete in a matter of 20 years.

    Sharia Law will soon follow.

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera,

      I thought that Pakistan is Sri Lanka’s dear friend!

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      Why should these pretend IDP Muslims from the south be settled in the east? They do not belong to either the north and east. Why can’t they remain in the Sinhalese south, where they belong. Why do you want them to be pushed to the east?

      After all these lunatic fake Arab, immigrant Dravidian Tamil Muslims from South India, always constantly stating that they are not Tamils but Arabs/Moors and that they hate their fellow non Muslim Tamils. Deny their actual Tamil origin and heritage and joined hands with the Sinhalese to destroy everything Tamil in the island. Hate Tamils but want to steal Tamil people’s lands,a s they now feel they can.
      Already with Sinhalese help these Muslims who have ethnically cleansed thousands of Tamils in the east and holding on to their lands are on the verge of stealing the strategic east from its actual Tamil owners.

      Now they want to steal large chunks of the strategic north west coast that is close to India , with Porkistani and Gulf Arab funds and create a lunatic Islamic homeland, that will cover Puttalam the north west Mannar coast through the Vanni and join the east. This is what they are planning and the Shaitan from Mannar was diligently setting thousands of out of area southern Muslims along the Wilpattu corridor Vavuniaya and Mullaitivu with funds from Gulf Arabs states to realise this dream. Muslims never owned lands in these areas. All these lands are Tamil owned. They have been caught many times producing fake documents claiming land ownership. 90% of the Muslims in the north were dirt poor.

      Muslims and the Sri Lankan establishment do not want the thousands of Tamils from the east languishing in refugee camps in India and in the north to return to their homes and lands in the east , as this will tilt the ethnic balance in the east back again in favour of the Tamils but are now jumping up and down to settle thousands of southern Muslims and Sinhalese, who had nothing to with the north or east, at various strategic locations in the north as well as east, on the pretext of setting IDPS. More than 90% of the IDP and people affected in the war were/are Tamils. Very few Sinhalese and Muslims other, than the genuine northern Muslims were affected. Thousands of Tamils have not been settled but others are jumping up and down, making use of the situation to settle fake refugees and create new Muslim and Sinhalese enclaves in the Tamil North and East that were never there. Strike when you can, especially when the Tamils are weak and defenceless and steal their lands.

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    Latheef farook… did you expect the Prez to Gazette the Muslims along with the lands around Wilpattu?

    I begin to wonder whether Muslims or the animals that lived in this part of the Island or the Muslims were animals…………????/
    Also, how come a church too emerge??

    We are raping our forrest…………..

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    Three hundred thousand going to be settled in manner. from where. must be from kashmir valley. Pakistan intelligence must be behind this. they must be planning attack on nuclear power plant in south India in case of war between india and pakistan. RAW could have cautioned sirisena on this, that might be the reason sirisena signed gazette notification in russia after checking with russian intelligence on the correctness of RAW’s concern. if nuclear plant is attacked it must be disaster for entire south indian region like great toba volcanic eruption that took place around seventy five thousand years ago,may be more than that entire south indian region inhabitant must be dead.

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    Do the poor Sinhala people have their own Land?..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Do the poor Sinhala people have their own Land?..”

      Yes they do in this island. However, they are on the verge of losing their land to the Sinhala/Buddhists noisy greedy minority.

      Sinha Les do have land and can go back to Bangladesh or African jungles.

      Sinhala/Buddhists have their ancestral land in Tamil Nadu.

      Actually the Sinha le Buddhists have wider choice.

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    This is the correct decision. Illegality of deforestation was shown using every kinds of evidence. You have to take the environmental issue. Being a Muslim is not a legal reason to justify illegal act. In addition to gaze tying this president should initiate punishment for those responsible for destruction of natural resources. Being a Muslim you want to justify all illegal actions of the Muslims.
    If you are talking from Muslim point of view we have thousand of reasons against your opinion. If you can show us any Muslim dominated country where the least right of religious worship of minorities is given. Therefore do not talk nonsense. All non-Muslims know the percentage of practical objectivity of Muslims towards other ethnic groups in all Muslims m countries.

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    Can you believe for 27 years, these muslims are refugees ?

    Why muslims want to die for a Saudi Arabian colony inb wilkpattu ?, It is because close to bring other muslims or to convert Tamils ?

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      Can you believe Sinhalese are refugees in foreign countries. If Sinhalese can be refugees why can’t the persecuted people , Muslims can’t be refugees ?

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    President Sirisena’s final decision is not only correct but a long overdue. Mr. Farook and his friends who write comments against it are merely trying to create a drama like SAITM guys who tried to shoot themselves to get the attention of the general public.
    I’ll take just one point from your article: “Mosque built in 1940 and renovated in 1970 is still there in dilapidated condition…” It sounds like you guys had been encroaching the priceless forest cover starting from 1940’s. There is no wonder as to why Sri Lanka’s forest cover has diminished to 20% during the past few decades.
    Who gave the authority to build this mosque and who permitted to renovate it? Those who illegally built this building should be brought to books along with Afghan hooligans that destroyed Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001.
    Sri Lankans will never pardon the muslim world that tolerated (and cheered by turning a blind eye to) this criminal act in Afghanistan.

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      Serious Sira

      “Mosque built in 1940 and renovated in 1970 is still there in dilapidated condition…” It sounds like you guys had been encroaching the priceless forest cover starting from 1940’s.

      Now Catholics have followed muslims and has built a Church right in the middle of the wilpattu forwst but near the forst boarder.

      they expect that forest to be cleared eventually.

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    Instead of everybody writing nonsense here and there, why not the Muslim politicians discuss with the President? If something illegal and have a negative impact on SL’s environment, that should be stopped, and definitely the government will provide with an alternative.

    By writing here and there, just the hatred is raising its head among people, while none of us here has the power to take any decisions

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    The beginning of conflict is when mutual rights of one another is violated. Example 30 years with the Tamils. What goes around comes around (Karma)

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    When this matter was presented to the OPA, a question from the audience went unanswered:”What are they? Are they traders or Farmers?”.

    However, a response to another question gave an answer to the unanswered question: “There are no records of people inhabiting in Vilpattu before the 30-year old war, in the District Secretariat of Mannar.

    I am convinced that Prez MS, waited till all convincing evidence was gathered by the state institutions and scientific community, to declare the whole area as a Forest Reserve.

    Mr. LF may be a writer of a sort but definitely not an Investigative Journo.His writings are venomous.

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    “President Sirisena Dismissed Muslims, When He Gazetted Lands Around Wilpattu”

    He did not dismiss justice in this particular case.

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    When a pot of Milk is contaminated, it is not the quantity of cow shit droppings in the milk ,it is cow shit, no matter how holy the cow and the shit is, the Milk is fully contaminated .

    In the same sense it is ignorant sick racists like Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera & Pabalu who contaminate the minds of the larger segment of the ignorants like minded by stereotyping an entire community.

    What a stupid deviation of the entire topic to vomit all that venom filled in by suggesting Mandatory contraceptive requirements for Muslims should be gazetted next. and to boycott Muslim business.

    I feel sorry for this country with this kind of racism I assure you no intelligent investor would want to put a cent here ,especially the businessman who are drivers of world economy, they are always very much concerned over a country’s racial harmony and they are well informed of the situation.

    No smart man will want to come to a country that has no record of racial harmony for at-least 30 to 40 years.
    So good job keep sending the nation backwards and keep playing the blame game.

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    @@@@@@@ FAHIM KNIGHT,I never thought a Muslim would utter a word to protect vilpattu resereveton.Most muslims in sri lanka supportered people who setteled near( and in) the vilpattu just because of they too muslims (racism).
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    BITTER TRUTH ,The bitter truth is, it was only a spontaneous response from those who did so ,am sure they did not mean to support to harm the wildlife or the environment, the fact is there have always been a Muslim village right in the centre of the wildlife before the war ,older folks of this nation who know the area are aware of it,but back then none was are of the importance of wildlife everyone was killing for hobby and fun every animal that moved.

    Now that we are better informed and more educated about the importance of preservation of wildlife and environments, What is needed is not to fuel more hate and think like nazies to elminate humanbeings , these are very poor folks ,most of them have lost everything in their life and gone through hell for over three decades of being caught in the crossfires of a war started by like minded racists who have freely commented above without using common sense .

    What is sensible is first to form a committee consisting of members from all ethnicities and who are educated and knowledgeable,Then you need to arrange a recollection place and to educate the people about the importance of the preservation of our wildlife, am sure they will understand and agree and then relocate them.

    But before anything we need to build special cages to cage in animals of racism.
    It is sickening to see it coming from those who pride themselves of following a religion of mercy and love. ( what a lot of hypocrisy )

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    MuslimMan,

    Once War breaks down in Sri Lanka and our Army boys raid your house, [Edited out]

    Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera so you are openly admitting that is what our armed forces are good for and if you are really what your pseudonym say you are ,then you must have done the same and you are also openly agreeing that the entire armed forces should be tried for war crimes ?

    Good the more you guys make such comments the more encouraging it is for the Tamils to pressure the HUN Human rights.

    I wonder how far your sisters (if you have any) or your Mother is safe after you take your drugs and booze-you sick bugger.
    only such sick buggers like you comment like this ,and it is because mahinda did not screen the recruits ,sickos like you got into the army to rape and sodomize and ruin the Army’s name and the nation. Hope you will die o the road while you walk you sick bastard

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    Nobody speaks on CT about the upcountry Sinhalese who were deprived of their precious land during the Colonial period between 1815-1945. There are approximately half a million Sinhalese who were chased away from their land in order to create plantation estates; Tamil coolies were imported from Tamil Nadu through false promises (like the current Yahapalana election promises), walked them all the way from Thalaimannar to Nuwaraeliya, at least 30% of them perished on the way and the remaining balance settled down in those estates to work as slaves.
    Those upcountry Sinhalese should be given a piece of land at least one acre from the North and East in order to strike the right ethnic imbalance of those provinces of the country. Once everybody is everywhere nobody will claim any exclusivity for any particular district or province. Then, Sinhala hegemony, eelam kolam, and muslim ISIS and Wahhabi will be over!
    One of our major national tasks today is to avoid future clashes among ethnic groups on this ‘divided’ imbalance.
    It is the duty of the government to take bold steps (legally and practically) to end the current mess! If the current government fails as it does now, people will definitely give the chance to another Rajapaksa to finish the job!

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      Native Lankan (descendant of Kallathonie)

      “Nobody speaks on CT about the upcountry Sinhalese who were deprived of their precious land during the Colonial period between 1815-1945. There are approximately half a million Sinhalese who were chased away from their land in order to create plantation estates;”

      My Elders tell me the Sinhala/Buddhists have been running the country since 1948 and they have had absolute power over the years. Why didn’t the rulers reverse the situation? My Elders also tell me the so-called socialist governments experimented with land reform and distribution. What happened to the reforms?

      “Tamil coolies were imported from Tamil Nadu through false promises”

      Sinhala coolies were too lazy to work perhaps.

      “Those upcountry Sinhalese should be given a piece of land at least one acre from the North and East in order to strike the right ethnic imbalance of those provinces of the country.”

      In order to strike a natural balance, all descendants of Kallathonies should be deported back to their ancestral home in North/South India, including Tamil coolies and lazy Sinhala coolies.

      When are you leaving?

      By the way, do all up-country land belong to the Tamil coolies? If so since when? Who owns those land now?

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      Find out about the results of the recent excavations in Ibbankatuwa near Dambulla. Sinhalese are neither the original people nor are they the first settlers in Srilanka.

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        Gnana

        Sinhalese are descendants of those austra Asian population who inhabited this land first. you tamils are inhabitant of eparani or proto darvadian and austra Asians lived in south India. Ibbankatuwa is a classical example.our language was elu. as per linguists it is the oldest language used in south Asian region. go and find out your ancestry in south India and south west Iran elam region. this is our Sinhalese land.you Tamils invaded time to time

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        Ashamed ashamed and ashamed Dr, Gnana

        you seem to be phd holder but comment like a normal man. I am just a basic Bsc, degree holder but read all those research papers before writing my comments. ancient burial places like this discovered from every part of the Island. not only one forty of them in several places like north and south.but features are same. dead bodies were opened to natural environment for some times and selected some bones after body organs and flesh was decayed/ burnt them and buried with other bones and skeleton. that ashes and bones were buried with items used by deceased person like bracelet, earrings, necklaces and iron tools. when american scholars did analysis on bones and ashes found in meegahahena burial site and stated that peoples whose bodies buried there are very close to present day sinhalese rather than anybody else.[Edited out]

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          Please write in your own name without being a coward and behaving in a stupid manner. I am not a PHD holder, but having the original title. You seem to be either grossly ignorant or your thinking is clouded by racism. Ancient burial site discovered at certain places like Pomparippu, Poonagari and the latest one at Ibbankatuwa is different from other burial sites which you are talking of. Go and find out the truth before coming out with such rubbish. Burying people in urns was a known Dravidian custom and is considered by archaeologists as a hall mark of Dravidian civilization. Also at Ibbankatuwa, artefacts were discovered which are similar to those discovered in Mohanjadaro – Harappa in Indus Valley. You seem to be unaware of the two genetic studies done on Srilankan people, where both came to the identical conclusion that core genetic material of all examined were South Indian and no one had the typical Aryan genetic marker. Strangely Bengali genetic material input in Tamils (26%) was found to be greater than in Sinhalese (22%) and the Veddha genetic input in Sinhalese (6&)is only marginally more than in Tamils (4&). As what you say the Meegahahena burial site may have been the cemetery of later day settlers who may be ancestors of present day Sinhalese. You cannot distort truth due to the advancement in science with modern technology to detect ancient materials.

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            Dr. Gnana

            Though you claim your original title is Dr. you seem not aware of basic criteria of genetic Studies. If people live very close proximity for generations do not show genetic affinities it is a big surprise.who are darvadians, who are Tamils. it is very surprise that estate Tamils who are considered to be descendants of austra asiatic population do not show very close genetic affinities with Sinhalese. then how do you say Sinhalese are descendants of south Indians.you should be ashamed of your title Dr. Gnana.

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          Further to your biased remarks, I went through an article written by Florence Wickramage in Daily news from which you seem to have quoted verbatim the last line which says “American scholar’s research had established that the human remains sample found was more close to Sinhala people”. The author dos not mention who this American scholar is or details of his publication. Moreover you seem to ignore the comments by Prof Siran Deraniyagala who categorically says that “This type of burial is widespread in Peninsular India and the offshoot of it was in Srilanka”. The statement of Prof. Siran corroborates with the genetic studies conducted that Sinhalese have genetic similarities with South Indians, and goes on to prove that the customs and practices of Sinhalese are derived from those of the South Indians. Your selective unsubstantiated data suppressing true fact amounts intellectual dishonesty and you should be ashamed of yourself.

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            He talks about Elu. Elu is a simple semi Tamil Dravidian language. Elu the Veddah dialect and old Sinhalese are very close to Tamil in pronunciation.
            However if I state anything contrary to what he likes he comes back and abuses me for being a Brahmin

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              RSS

              To make such a statement just listening to elu speakers incidentally now nobody speak elu iparani sinhalese. but people speak modern sinhala, you must be a great linguist of our time .can you tell me why great linguist like Guilder considered ELU as 6th century BCE prakrite.I like to here answer from you like great linguist of our time. what was the mistake great Guilder made. answer should be in your lips as a great man on these subject.

              also tell me similar languages like RLU said to be spoken by one madagascar tribes. who are they. why do they speak language similar to ELU. Guilder said they had contact with people lived here.at the same time tell me more on language spoken by maldivians and maccoy people. I heard that too is similar to ELU though mccoy is situated near to kerala now protectorate of Indian center.can you please answer.

              can you tell me word SANGUM roots as well.

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              RSS

              another small question for you. can you tell me the reason why ELU Iparani sinhalese classified as Indo aryan language alone with language spoken in maldives and mccoy Island.now as great linguist you can challenge childer’s findings and change that ELU and maldivian and mccoy languages into your dravidian language family. as great linguist why do you not do that. you may earn lots of fame all over the world challenging old oxford pandiths myths.you can be a professor on linguistic studies in oxford university I suppose. wish you good luck Mr, Brahmin RSS.

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            Dr. Gnana

            ashamed ashamed and Ashamed again

            Burying personal belongings of dead individuals was the practice of ancient Egyptian civilization. It was not a practice of darvadian Civilization. Darvadian people lived in South west Iran Mesopotamia might have copied it from Egypt and latter brought it to Godawary area where they first settled in India .Indus valley civilization had same types of mortal practices that copied from River Nile civilization.As you are a racist Tamil you trying hard to claim everything of yours. Ancients lank en had good relationship with Egypt Via Cinnamon trade. Records found in Pyramids vouched for it. Ancient Lanken might have copied that mortal ritual from Egypt same as your Darvadian ancestors who lived in south west Iran..

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    Latheef ,

    You lie AGAIN. The article is mixture of Al-Taqiyya, Al-Kitman, Al-Muruna, Al-Tawriya,etc,etc.

    There are no Muslim IDPs in Sri Lanka. So called Muslim IDPs are all hoax. Muslim IDP drama was choreographed by then MR government to get votes at UN, MR even donated US$ 1 million in financial assistance to Palestine.

    Nobody lives in the poorly built huts which were build the the most corrupt politician whose family members own 5000 or so acres. The corrupt politician’s henchmen are patrolling in the Wilpattuwa jungle.

    As the LTTE terrorism began, Muslim people in north went back home to Tamil Nadu. Few families may have settled in Puttalama. Besides those Muslims’s previous generation were known as Kallathonies/ illegal immigrants, they got their fraudulent Sri Lankan birth certificates and land deeds through corrupt Muslim lawyers and corrupt Muslim Justices of peace. 90% Muslims are recent illegal immigrants.

    Halal certificate issue is a bid fraud, even non-Muslims have to pay extra for goods, and where do the ill gotten Halal money go?

    SL government must serve native Sinhalese’s interests before serving these invasive Kallathonies. Sinhala village youth who don’t have a square inch of land in their own motherland joined the Army and defeated the LTTE terrorists, at the time Muslims couldn’t be bothered to join the Army, they kept Muslimising Sri Lanka and now thousands of Sri Lankan Muslim youths have joined various Jihadi/ISIS terrorists groups across the world.

    The way Muslim things are happening in Sri Lanka, don’t be surprised if your next door neighbor is Al-Baghdadi who will invite you to his house warming party with plenty of pork chops, beacon sandwiches, hotdogs, etc.

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    cow shit droppings in the milk ,it is cow shit, no matter how holy the cow and the shit is, the Milk is fully contaminated

    Then just imagine unholy shit from shit heads like Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera & Pabalu will do to like shit heads .

    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    The way forest cover is dwindling, Srilanka will be a desert soon.Like Jack trees felling of all trees should be banned till we restore our forest cover. We can import our timber requirements .

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