11 August, 2022

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Qatari Charity Exposes President’s Anti-Terrorism Hoax

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa came to power with two promises. One was economic to bring “splendour and prosperity” and the other was to get rid of all threats to country’s security. His alternate path to achieve the first turned out to be a highway for financial bankruptcy and economic pauperization and the evidence for it is everywhere to see. On the second, his attention turned to eradicate Islamic extremism aka Islamic terrorism, which in his view caused the Easter massacre in April 2018. True, that massacre was carried out by a bunch of Muslim lunatics, but whether they did it to create an Islamic state as ISIS tried and failed in Iraq and Syria or they were manipulated by someone or some group to enable GR to win his presidential contest is not clear. The Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, believes that there was a mastermind behind that carnage, and his suspicion is strengthened by GR’s refusal to publish the PCoI report submitted to him. To GR, Islamic terrorism like the war on terrorism for American Republicans and conservatives is “an exceptional euphemism that marked a boundless direful ambition” (Spencer Ackerman, Reign of Terror, 2021, p. 24).

As part of his grand standing on Islamic extremism, he banned in 2020 the Qatari Charity, a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the National Secretariat for NGO under number FL162614 and was functioning as part of the Qatari Embassy. GR’s recent volt face in withdrawing that ban exposes the baselessness of the original argument that it was functioning as conduit to promote Islamic terrorism in this country. It also shows the desperation of GR & Co. to appease Qatar to supply gas fuel to Sri Lanka’s smokeless kitchens. The fact that this reversal came at a time when a Sri Lankan delegation of ministers was sent to Qatar to negotiate a deal proves that the original reason for banning that organization was a canard and GR’s that his anti-terrorism posture is a hoax. There is also unconfirmed report that negotiations are underway with Abu Dhabi to take over all Sri Lankan petrol stations and manage them with petrol supplied by that country. Having ruined Arab relations with unfounded allegations about terrorism, GR regime is now hopelessly trying to mend fences. But, as long as this regime remains in power with GR at the driving seat the prospect of restoring friendly relations with Arab nations would be difficult.

Arab Muslims had demonstrated their benevolence to Sri Lanka in in so many ways over so many years without expecting anything in return. Theirs was assistance rendered on a country-to-country level without any strings attached. This was sadaqa in action, an Islamic concept which strictly means righteousness. A couple of examples should suffice to illustrate how the Arabs helped and how their projects were discontinued or sabotaged because of Sri Lankan governments pandering to the malicious demands of local Islamophobes. In 2006, soon after the tsunami, a memorandum was signed between Rajapaksa Government and Saudi Arabia to build 1000 houses for tsunami victims. The first lot of 500 was completed in the east and was formally handed over by the Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Those houses remain unoccupied until today allowing weeds, bushes, snakes and other creatures to invade, simply because of protests from Islamophobes and Buddhist demagogues not to allow Muslims to occupy them. Weren’t those Muslims citizens of this country?

Another example was a private scholarship scheme to benefit university undergraduates from poor families, sponsored by an Arab Muslim that came into operation in 1992. Thirty percent of that scheme was designed to benefit females and a further thirty percent to benefit non-Muslim students. That scholarship covered undergraduate studies in medicine, engineering, information technology and humanities. When the same demagogues and Islamophobes demanded investigation into that scheme and accused it as an instrument of Islamic brainwashing, the benefactor politely discontinued with it in 2020. Those poor families are now deprived of that invaluable assistance.

To come back to Qatari Charity, it was a sadaqa inspired benevolent organization aiming to help the poor and needy in several countries. Between 1993 and 2018 until Gotabaya proscribed it, a total of 14 million Qatari riyals, equivalent to roughly 1330 million rupees at the current rate of exchange, was said to have been spent in Sri Lanka on various projects. For a detailed account of its activities, see MedialK.com, September 24 2020. Not only this organization was banned but a number of fabricated cases were filed against local charitable organizations such as Save the Pearls which were run entirely on locally collected funds and devoted wholly on education and welfare of vagrant children from places like Mattakkuliya in Colombo. The controversial case against human rights lawyer, Hijaz Hisbullah, was also linked to Qatari Charity. How can this case continue any more when the ban has been lifted? Why are intelligence services still continuing to harass and keep incarcerated individuals charged under that allegation? Is the intelligence department operating independently outside the control of the President? If so under whose orders?

Under GR’s presidency and MR’s government not only the economy was mismanaged but the entire foreign policy regime had been a debacle. That debacle was particularly costly because of damaged relations between Arab countries and Sri Lanka. The saga over Qatari Charity is a glaring example of that debacle. Economic revival requires reparation of foreign policy, and that would be extremely difficult with GR & Co. continuing in their position. Even if the 21st Amendment were to be passed that would still leave, thanks to Ranil Wickremasinghe, sufficient clout for GR to dictate policy. THIS MAN HAS TO GO.

Economic stability and revival require IMF involvement but stability and revival could not be achieved solely by implementing IMF reforms. Even those reforms and recommendations appear to sound more burdensome and painful than what was thought originally, if one cares to read between lines the statements made by IMF delegates. Among Sri Lanka’s friends, Japan is reluctant to help after GR cancelling the rail project and unilaterally withdrawing the offer to allow India and Japan to build and operate the West Container Terminal in Colombo Harbour. China is unhappy about IMF debt restructuring program. Even India for that matter has warned of limitations to its generosity. Arab relations are in tatters. What is the alternative?

There is an urgent need not only for regime change but also for a radical overhaul of the ideology that designed the current political and economic system, which after seventy-four years had downgraded this country to become an international pariah. The young agitators demanding systemic change have understood this need. They are also aware that Sri Lanka is an island only geographically, and it cannot hide its state involved conspiracies, corruption and crimes from world outside anymore, because this is a digitalized age operating with networks. These youngsters feel disgusted at the way international organizations and institutions have condemned Sri Lankan performance, with the exception of cricket of course, especially during the last few years. The time has arrived now for political groups and parties with similar mindset and aspiration to come to an understanding and form an alliance with aragalaya, and convert that struggle into a national movement for systemic change. There is no other alternative to get rid of GR and his company. The country cannot wait for another two and a half years as the stopgap Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and protector of Rajapaksas conspires to achieve.

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

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    The new Minister, Dhammika Perera, is off to a flying start. Photos of a smiling Dhammika next to bashful female aides has already appeared in numerous media. The minister’s PR staff must be on constant overtime. Whether anything else gets done besides media photos and press conferences is anyone’s guess.

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      “Qatari Charity Exposes President’s Anti-Terrorism Hoax”
      Well, when a self-opinionated drill sergeant advised by ignorant chauvinists and monks claiming knowledge of everything but Buddhism is elected to lead a “middle-income” country running on loans, what would you expect ?
      But the drill sergeant still pays obeisance to retard thugs like Gnanasara and prima-donnas like Ratana.
      Hunger is a great antidote for arrogance, but it’s too early to say if this is a genuine change of heart.
      The Qataris don’t have a 2500 year old civilization, but they are smarter than those who have.

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        A gentle word here, OC, they probably have a much older civilization. I need to check it but I believe archaeologists have unearthed material going back 5 or 6 or even more thousands of years. And wasnt Mesopotamia around here? I cant remember dates anymore, but it’s a fascinating area of study.

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          Mesopotamia (Greek word meaning land in the middle of rivers – Meso is middle, potamus is river) belongs to Sumerians the heirs of Euphrates and Tigris river civilization. They are described as dark skinned, who named their city UR and who dammed rivers to irrigate their agricultural fields. Does this not strike a similarity between them and Dravidians, who later lived in Indus Valley and now in South India. Dravidian cities have UR in them eg Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu, Mysore and Bangalore in Karnataka, Trivancore in Kerala, Ennore in Andhra and Nallur in Jaffna. Arabs who are lighter skinned are not the owners of Mesopotamian civilization. Arabs are from north Africa and were nomadic tribes who learnt civilization from Sumerians and Coptic Egyptians. Syria belongs to Assyrians and now Cananites have proved archaeologically that they are the rightful owners of Lebanon. Even in Israel and surrounding areas, Jews are proving archaeologically that they were the first nation. So Arabs have usurped lands after driving out other ethnic groups. Sinhalese though they deny ancestry, are actually Dravidians, and thus are heir to an older civilization than Arabs.

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            Sankaralingam,

            “Sinhalese though they deny ancestry, are actually Dravidians”

            Dravidians who speak an Indo-Aryan language? Easy to poke holes in the fake history.

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              Lester,
              Have you found any “Sinhalese” called Bannerjee, Bose, Basu, Mukherjee, Ganguly……….?
              Why oh why are Gunawardanas Nanayakkaras, Sangakkaras, Kulatungas, Jayawardena, so common in South India?
              “Dravidians who speak an Indo-Aryan language?”
              Malayalam has as much “Indo-Aryan” as Sinhala, but they don’t go around trying to prove their superiority.
              Stick with your expertise on ancient Sinhala hydro-electricity.

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                Old Codger,

                What about “naam” (nama), “mere” (magey), “eek” (ekka), and the other 1000000 other similarities to Hindi/Sanskrit? Btw, where did you learn Malayalam, was it an Indian tourist you took around on the three-wheeler. I know Pandi Kutti and other terror supporters will now interject with “akka” and “apo”… of course Sinhala has borrowed a few words from Tamil. But it has borrowed more words from Portugese than Tamil. According to Eelamist logic, Sinhalese people must therefore descend from Portugese. “London Swaminathan” claims Greeks descend from Tamil, so why not? Let’s push this theory to the extreme… moon, stars and planets also speak Tamil. As I said, Tamils are legends in their own mind.

                3.First civilization in Greece is MINOAN. In Tamil ‘’MIINAVAN meaning a King of ancient Tamil Kingdom of Pandyas. They had the title Miinavan (equivalent to Sanskrit Matsyas. Both Miin and Matsya mean Fish in English)

                4.One of the earliest kings mentioned by Herodotus and others is PANDION . Oldest Tamil Kingdom is Pandiyan kingdom. Their Tamil academies are dated to a fabulous period of 10,000 years (In Iraiyaanar Akapporul Urai)

                https://tamilandvedas.com/2020/01/20/greeks-are-tamil-hindus-post-no-7474/

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                  Lester the braying ungulate,
                  Do I need to advertise, like you, the things I know,, and where I learnt them? At least my sources are credible, unlike the fake who told you about ancient Sinhala hydro-electricity, and the Tamil- speaking Sinhalese you have never met.

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                  Lester the Joker,
                  “and the other 1000000 other similarities to Hindi/Sanskrit?”
                  Does Sinhala have that many words?

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                  Dear Goosey from London, since you mentioned my name so lovingly( smile) in your post, proving you constantly think of me and see me in all the Thamizh you hate( smile again). I have to reply. Around 35% of Chingkalla vocabulary is derived from Thamizh. Proper Thamizh, not Elu, the local dialect. 100% of Chingkallam’s lexicon, syntax, grammar and alphabet are derived from Thamizh. Not Sanskrit or Pali. The Sidath Sangarawa is derived from the Thamizh Buddhist grammatical treatise Virasolium. Go and read the works o reputed Chingkalla historians.

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                    Pandi Kutti and all other IDs,

                    “According to linguists, there are about 900 Tamil words in Sinhala usage.”

                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sinhala_words_of_Tamil_origin#cite_note-Coperahewa2007-1

                    The source is “Coperahewa, Sandagomi (2007). “Language Contact and Linguistic Area: Sinhala — Tamil Contact Situation”. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. 53: 133–152. JSTOR 23731203″

                    So you are saying there are only 2571 words in Sinhala?

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                  Lester the lying Jester

                  What is your point if you have one?

                  “Their Tamil academies are dated to a fabulous period of 10,000 years (In Iraiyaanar Akapporul Urai)”

                  Its only 10,000 years, however your fellow racist and Sinhala/Buddhist professional bigot Champika Ranawaka not only believes in his ancestors (indeed the first apes) spoke Sinhala but practiced Sinhala/Buddhism, they invented plastic surgery, closely related to Vishvakarma.

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                    Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

                    I have thoroughly debunked your theory of Sinhala deriving from Tamil. You are unable to explain why one group of speakers cannot understand the other. No need to resort to fantasies of Champika Ranawaka. Have a nice day.

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                      Lester the lying Jester

                      “I have thoroughly debunked your theory of Sinhala deriving from Tamil.”.

                      What was my theory?

                      Have you managed to read all those peer reviewed research articles published by prominent scholars? I know it is difficult for you.
                      Okay does not matter.
                      What did you learn from any of the article?

                      Why don’t critically at those articles line by line then tell us what you understand from it and where they have made mistake?

                      I don’t mind if you are a racist.
                      Aren’t you ashamed of yourself being a stupid, bigoted racist, nincompoop ?

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                      Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker),

                      “Have you managed to read all those peer reviewed research articles published by prominent scholars? “

                      I read the one that says Sinhala borrowed 900 words from Tamil.

                      Have you asked Rudrakumaran for a refund yet? Those dollars you donated to suicide terrorism are still sitting in the Bahamas.

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              Jester, most Indo-Aryan language speakers are Dravidian or mixed Dravidian by race now speaking the Indo-Aryan language of their rulers. This is why if you look at the lexicon and syntax of Indo-Aryan languages, including Sinhalese, it is Dravidian. Proving that their Dravidian ancestors gradually replaced their r words with the language or words of their Aryan rulers. See how a sentence is formed in English or Farsi and then the structure of a sentence in Hindi or Sinhalese. The last two form a sentence the same as Tamil( Dravidian). Just like the way, we are now using the English language of our former colonial rulers. If the British had ruled us for another 100 years there would have been a total language replacement on the island, just like the way it happened in most of Latin America.

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                Go to the West Indies and many other places in the world, people who now speak a European language, as their mother tongue are not European by race. Even most of the so-called Arab nations are actually Arabic speaking but not Arab by race or ethnicity. This is why they look so different from country to country. Even in the Arabian Gulf and many other Arabic-speaking nations, it is obvious that many of the so-called Arabs have a sub-Saharan African origin.

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                  R25
                  The less time you spend arguing with idiots, the more time you get to write on worthwhile things.
                  “Never Argue With a Fool, Onlookers May Not Be Able To Tell the Difference”
                  -Samuel Clemens

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                    Rohan25

                    Please listen to old codger, further

                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

                    ― Mark Twain

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                      Native,
                      His tactic is to get us bogged down in his circular logic, so we have no time for anything else

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                  rohan

                  i think the best way to identify a aryan from a dravidian is the skin colour.If you are fair you may have aryan ancestry(ranil).If you are dark you may have dravidian ancestry(ranasinghe premedasa).If you are medium complextion you may have both aryan and dravidian ancestry(prabhaharan).

                  Lips are also a giveaway.Thin lips-aryan ancestry.Full pouting lips-dravidian ancestry.medium lips -dravidian and aryan mixed ancstry.

                  If you look like a goose and quack like a goose and walk like a goose then you must indeed be a goose.People can change their names but not their face or skin colour.The ancestry can be guessed by these.

                  However we must never forget the important fact that we are all human.

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                    Shankar,
                    “.If you are fair you may have aryan ancestry(ranil).”
                    Ranil’s ancestors are from South India. Check out Vickremasinghapuram.
                    The Veddahs, like South Indian aborigines, are dark but not Dravidian.
                    This “Aryan” business was invented by that charlatan Dharmapala, in the 1930’s when Hitler was popular among many. In any case, Bengalis are more Mongoloid like Burmese, than “Aryan”, whatever that is.

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                      Shankar,
                      It might interest you that the earliest Europeans had brown skin. Check out Cheddar Man.

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                      OC
                      DNA experts are at work, and kindly keep off for your own safety.
                      I will tell you a little story to distract you:
                      A Sri Lankan friend of mine, K***, now in Australia, once met a West Indian in Kolkata and they got talking about racism.
                      After a long discussion, the West Indian told my friend:
                      “K***, I will not call Indians racist, but they are very very colour conscious.”

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                    Shankar, very rarely or never will you find a so-called Indo-European with dark skin. They tend to have light or white skin. However, Dravidian’s skin colour can range from light skin to black. Most people in north India other than the extreme north-west have a dark/medium skin tone. Lips I have seen very thin lips amongst Dravidians and so-called Aryan people. and very thin aquiline nose within both people. Lots of European people also have thick pouting lips and flat big noses. The so-called Dravidian upper and middle castes tend to have thin lips and sharper noses as they mixed with Indo-Aryan, as well as have more Mediterranean ancestry of the original Dravidians, whereas the lower/untouchable and tribals are more Australoid and Veddoid than Dravidian. Most north Indian middle castes and peasants and lower are Dravidian or mixed Dravidians and many are Munda Australoid Tribals, even Mongolian if you go to places like Uttarakhand.

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                      For your information many of the so-called very fair Sinhalese people eg the Kandyan as well as low county upper castes all have a very recent South Indian ancestry. As you stated we all have very mixed ancestry and human. I have an English great-grandmother. Lots of these classifications of Thin lips, sharp noses etc for Aryans were from White European colonial racists from the 1800s to early 1940s to prove Aryans were superior and the European branch at its apex. Ranil Wicjremasinghe’s ancestors are from South India so are the ancestors of most Kandyan Radala and upper castes.

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                      The explanation may be simpler: Dravidian women could have been as naughty as women of any other race.

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                    shankar

                    “i think the best way to identify a aryan from a dravidian is the skin colour.If you are fair you may have aryan ancestry(ranil).”

                    Chinese, Europeans, Japanese, most of northern south Asians, Iranians, Arabs, ….. are fair. In this island almost all Sinhalese are darkies. Are they all Aryans?

                    Anthropologists’ views on race, ancestry, and genetics

                    Results demonstrate consensus that there are no human biological races and recognition that race exists as lived social experiences that can have important effects on health.
                    by
                    Jennifer K. Wagner,corresponding author Joon‐Ho Yu, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, Tanya M. Harrell, Michael J. Bamshad, and Charmaine D. Royal
                    American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 2017 Feb; 162(2): 318–327.

                    shankar
                    Do you believe Aryans are blessed with more than one private parts?

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                      shankar

                      I suspect Lester the lying Jester is blessed with less than half of every body part.

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                      shankar,

                      I suspect the Tamil-speaking fake Vedda has an unusual interest in men, which would explain his obsession with Champika Ranawaka. Btw, one cannot use skin color alone to determine race.

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                    The original Dravidians” or proto-Dravidians are generally linked to the ancient “neolithic Zagros agriculturalists and gatherers” from modern-day Iran ( not modern Iranians, although modern Iranians still have some Zagros farmer ancestry as well), who migrated and conquered/displaced and outnumbered native hunter-gatherers of South Asia about 8,000 years ago. They looked like the Brahui from Pakistan, a Dravidian-speaking people, who have a large amount of Dravidian haplogroup L. Proto-Dravidians were purely Caucasoid people (skin colour is not important, but physical and anthropologic features as well as genetics) and forms the main ancestry component of South Asians. South Asians are part of the West-Caucasian cluster and are called the “Indian cline”. Modern, Dravidians have assimilated several tribals who are of non-Dravidian origin but adopted Dravidian languages and culture. Especially amongst the low castes and tribes, however not all Dravidian tribals like the Toda. The upper and middle castes, tend to have more of the original Proto-Dravidian ancestry, many mixed with later Indo-Aryan immigrants or Arabs and Jews and other Mediterranean people like the Greeks. Eg Kerala, Mangalore. Many geneticists and linguists suggest that there is possibly a relation between the ancient Elamites in West Asia (southern Iran) and the Dravidians. This is called the Elamo-Dravidian theory.

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                      Overall, for Indians,(South Asians) it seems like a form of insanity to try to be Dravidian or Indo-Aryan. We are both, simultaneously, in each of us. Genetically, linguistically (Sanskrit is riddled with Dravidian terms, Persian might be too with related Elamite terms and Dravidian with Sanskrit terms), in every way. There are bumps and waves of concentrations here and there, but it’s a mix. And we haven’t even included Tibeto-Burmannd Aaustraloid yet. We have also not touched on the fact that Blood Group B is almost certainly of Indian origin. If you are B, you likely had an Indian ancestor at some point. In general, the signal is unmistakable – Dravidian is Middle Eastern and represents a West-to-East influx into India, while Indo-Aryan is Steppe or Pamir and represents a North-to-South influx into India. Both were Caucasoid.

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                      Dravidians are the speakers of a language family, which likely is rooted in a broader Elamo-Dravidian family that originated in Iran and then was spread by what we could call Caucasoids into India. Yes, many, if not most – Dravidian speakers are either partially or predominantly Caucasoid. Based on genetics. If you look at the Brahui in Balochistan, who are Dravidian, they are closer to Western Iranians than the Indo-European speaking Baloch who lives around them are. Dravidian speakers are closer to Middle Eastern people than Indo-European speakers. This is reflected in South India vs North India also. Dravidian speakers generally have twice the occurrence of the classic Middle Eastern J2 haplogroup than North Indians do.

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                Rohan aka Siva Sankaralingam aka Pandi Kutti, Gus aka Ed,

                The lexicon and syntax of Indo-Aryan languages is not Dravidian. Modern Indo-Aryan languages evolved from Sanskrit and Prakrit. Dravidian languages evolved from Proto-Dravidian language.

                Nearly all interrogatives in Indo-Aryan languages begin with the letter ‘k’. Most Interrogatives in Dravidian languages begin with the letters ‘e’ or ‘y’.

                In Dravidian languages, the last letter of a word can be modified to turn it into an Interrogative. This is not done in Indo-Aryan languages and a separate word has to be used for Interrogatives.

                Indo-Aryan languages use privative prefixes. Dravidian languages uses it only for Sanskrit loanwords.

                Most Indo-Aryan languages have schwa deletion to various extent. Dravidian languages do not have schwa deletion.

                Dravidian languages assign only neuter gender to inanimate objects. Most Indo-Aryan languages use all three of masculine, feminine and neuter genders for inanimate objects.

                Many other differences. Sinhala language belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family. From Pali, Prakrit, and Sanskrit. I have never met a Sinhalese who can speak Tamil. Or even understand it. Consult your fake history handbook again.

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                  Lester the comedian,
                  “I have never met a Sinhalese who can speak Tamil. “
                  Really??
                  Would you know if they spoke Tamil?

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                    OC
                    He may know far fewer Sinhalese than you or I know.

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                      SJ,
                      I have a feeling nobody wants to talk this guy.

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                      SJ,

                      Scientists are searching for intelligent life on Mars. It better odds than the Internet.

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                      Lester
                      I have no illusions of grandeur about my intelligence.
                      My only advantage seems that I am quick to spot things that are amusing.
                      I will not comment on anyone’s intelligence here, or elsewhere on earth or on Mars.
                      We can all do with fewer personal remarks and insults of ethnic and religious groups.

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                      SJ,

                      I never denied there were racists among the Sinhalese, but to associate that racism with “Buddhism” is rather absurd. Most of this so-called racism has to do with economics. It is hardly the case that the wealthy will riot and loot or send their children to war (assuming the war has any racial component). You can see in SL, the children of the politicians & Diaspora studied overseas while the villagers and members of the low-castes went at each other’s throats. During 1983, the government had to bus in looters from outstation to “optimize” the riots. This term “Sinhala-Buddhism” is a misnomer. There are certain religions that compel “non-believers” to convert, that is not the case in Buddhism. This vilification of Buddhism is then used by Eelamists to try to re-write history in rather absurd ways. The whole effort is rather comedic until one realizes he is left with a bankrupt country in the 21st century.

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                  Lester the Lying Jester

                  Read the following articles written by prominent scholars, linguists, then lets have discussions. You can refrain from all debates if you find yourself unfit.

                  Linguistic Identity and Growth of Language Consciousness: Indo Aryan vs Dravidian Debate, by Sandagomi Coperahewa

                  The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese
                  C. E. Godakumbura

                  ‘On the origin of the Sinhalese Language’ JRASCB 1867-70 Part I
                  James De Alwis,

                  ‘The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese’ JRASCB Vol. XXXIII, no.89-1936, pp. 233-253.
                  Rev. S.Gnana Prakasar,

                  “Anagarika Dharmapala declared that theSinhala language was the best language of the world and the Sinhala civilisation was the noblest.We inclined to consider other languages and nations as inferior.”
                  Influence of Translated Works on Our Society
                  Lionel Bopage

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                    Fake Veddah (The Tamil Speaker),

                    The famous physicist Feynman once said, “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”

                    You can make many theories about the origin of Sinhala. Maybe it originated from bats, space aliens, giraffes, or Tamil. The problem is, as long as Sinhalese are unable to either understand or speak a word of bat/alien/giraffe/Tamil and vice-versa, no one will believe you, because your theory is against common sense. Given your inability to think beyond the -ss, here is a hint: Spanish speakers can understand French, French speakers can understand Spanish, Spanish and French speakers both can understand Latin, and Germans and Dutch can both understand each other, without any study of the other’s language.

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                      Lester the Lying Jester

                      Aren’t you completely lost in this world?
                      Its time you check your reality.

                      What I am trying to explain to you with lots of difficulty is you are talking about “your” imagined language, the oldest of all languages, according to the bigot Champika Ranawake, the language first ape spoke.

                      Hopefully you and Champika are the only two people who could communicate with the first Ape if it is still alive.

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                      Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

                      Answer the simple question: why can’t a Sinhalese person speak or understand Tamil without formal study? You Eelamists lack common sense, that is why your fake freedom struggle ended in a fishes backside.

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9sHkoXH_q4

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                      Lester the junkie,
                      “your theory is against common sense”
                      Hasn’t your expensive but futile “education ” taught you that common sense says the sun goes round Earth, the centre of the universeevery 24 hours, as set out in the Mahavamsa?

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                      Lester the jester,
                      Morning.
                      “The problem is, as long as Sinhalese are unable to either understand or speak a word of bat/alien/giraffe/Tamil and vice-versa, no one will believe you, because your theory is against common sense. Given your inability to think beyond the -ss, here is a hint: Spanish speakers can understand French, French speakers can understand Spanish”
                      What a great statement you have pronounced!!!
                      MaRa the Messiah, HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE EXCEPTION!! Election promotion for his election in Tamil, which most emancipated could not understand!!!
                      He must be given credit, to have made the speech before 2015 or 2018election??
                      MaRa will do anything and go any length to convince the voters to vote and then when elected DITCH them wholesale??!!
                      He is a GREAT GUY OF DECEPTION, I mean??
                      He is an expert on attracting, votes. “HARNESSING LOW BEARING FRUIT” (INMARKETING TERMS), with everything and sundry promised as given!!!

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                    Retarded semi-literate Vedda,

                    “Anagarika Dharmapala declared that the Sinhala language was the best language of the world”

                    The French also believe their language is the best in the world. They have a special “Academy” to keep it “pure.”

                    “The exalted standing of the language in France may stem from the historical fact that French was imposed on the rest of the country by kings in Paris in the Middle Ages. For centuries thereafter, the rulers continued to look on the language as a unifying and nationalist force. This role for French was solidified in 1635, when Louis XIII founded the French Academy.”

                    Just because someone loves their language does not make them a racist. Are you older than 15? Can you think beyond your -ss?

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                      Lester the Lying Jester

                      “Just because someone loves their language does not make them a racist.”

                      Once you are right.
                      I agree just because someone loves their language it does not make them a racist however imposing their own language racist policies on others make them not only racist but bigoted stupid. The Sinhala/Buddhists continue to enforce it through various institutions.

                      You need to pull your head from wherever it is now if you really want to learn, think and understand normal things.

                      By the way whats your point if there is one?

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                      Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

                      “however imposing their own language racist policies on others make them not only racist but bigoted stupid.”

                      This is a new one. How is a language racist? Can the language walk and talk like a human? Does the language practice caste and class?

                      “The Sinhala/Buddhists continue to enforce it through various institutions.”

                      You are far more obsessed with Sinhala-Buddhism than any Sinhala Buddhist I have come across.

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                    Lester the Lying Jester

                    “Scientists are searching for intelligent life on Mars. It better odds than the Internet.”

                    True, I hate agree with you, after reading your typing (only sample available to scientists) on the net they must have come to that conclusion.

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                      Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

                      Do you have any coherent argument, other than yelling about racism and Sinhala-Buddhism?

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                  Jester, This is from ProfessorGeorge Hart Chair in Tamil Studies. INSTITUTE FOR SOUTH ASIA STUDIES University of California, Berkeley. He is not only very well versed in Tamil but received his PhD in Sanskrit from Harvard University in 1971. He has also studied Latin and Greek as well as several modern European and Indian languages. He taught Sanskrit at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded the Tamil Department.
                  Hart is best known for his translations of several Tamil epics into English and for his argument that Tamil is a classical language,] a status that the Government of India formally accorded it on 18 September 2004.
                  Hart is also the author of several Tamil and Sanskrit textbooks. His work focuses on classical Tamil literature and on identifying the relationships between Tamil and Sanskrit literature. In 2015 the Government of India awarded him the title of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour

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                    This is what he stated ” Neither Sanskrit nor Tamil are particularly old in the world scheme of things. Sanskrit is documented earlier than Tamil.
                    2. Sanskrit has borrowed quite as much from Dravidian as Dravidian has from Sanskrit. Tamil has borrowed more words from Sanskrit than Sanskrit has from Dravidian. It is a trivial thing for a language to borrow vocabulary. But when it uses another language’s syntax to form the way it expresses things and uses another language’s phonology for its sounds, that is really profound influence. The fact is, Sanskrit HAS been influenced in this way by Dravidian. Of course, some Dravidian languages have also borrowed Sanskrit sounds (bh, etc.) But none of the four Dravidian languages I have read has borrowed anything from Sanskrit syntax that I can identify. Much of the syntax of Sanskrit is Dravidian, and it has a large Dravidian vocabulary. Its system of phonetics is profoundly influenced by Dravidian — Indo-Aryan is the only IE family with retroflexes.

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                      3. Sanskrit also lacks some sounds that are available in Tamil. Tamil has short e and o, zh, R, n, and many permutations of stops — e.g. k in akam — which are not found in Skt. Actually, both languages have about the same number of phonemes.
                      4. The word Dravidian clearly comes from the word Tamil. This has been demonstrated time and time again — the earliest occurrences of the word in IA are dramiDa ==> Dravida. 5. I can attest that the grammar of Sanskrit is no more elegant or perfect than any other IE language. It very much resembles Russian, Latin, and Greek (which I have also read) — to which it is closely akin. To my mind, Tamil and the other Dravidian languages have much more elegant and logical structures. Consider this: in Dravidian, you can take any sentence and turn it into an adverb, adjective, or noun by simply changing the ending on the verb. Then you can embed that sentence in any other sentence. The Dravidian relativizing system is extremely straightforward and logical; the IE one — shared by Sanskrit (and English) — is quite messy and verbose. 6. I do agree with Sridhar Srinivasan about the symbiotic nature of Sanskrit and Tamil (and also other Indian languages). The fact is, Sanskrit and Tamil, while originally independent traditions have from the earliest times formed one cultural stream, much as the Latin and the languages of Western Europe have.

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                      Swedish has retroflex consonants, but not in pairs with a non -retroflexes, like Tamil does. (n-N, r-R, l-L, ற்-ட் (t-T), y-zh. One may even add ‘s-S’ to this list.
                      Sanskrit has only two: n-N and s-S

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                      It may be due to the Swedish neighbours being the Finns and they had a long interaction with them and their language definitely would have been influenced by the Finnish language which is Altaic and is similar in many ways to the Dravidian languages.

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                    Terrorist/Schizo Rohan,

                    1. The following languages that are classified as Indo Aryan are ultimately derived from Sanskrit:

                    Assamese, Bengali, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Odiya, Panjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi and Urdu;

                    2. The following are classified as Dravidian:

                    Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.

                    The fact is, Sinhala belongs to the Indo-Aryan language group and Tamil is a Dravidian language. Only 900 words or so in Sinhala are borrowed from Tamil. The lexicon, syntax, and grammar of Sinhala follow Pali and Sanskrit, not Tamil. The fact that Sinhalese are unable to speak or understand Tamil suggests strong geographical isolation in the past.

                    No one is going to believe your fake history, other than the senile codger and mentally challenged vedda. The real history is well-known.

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                      However, all these so-called Indo-Aryan languages derived from Sanskrit, that was using Dravidian phonology and syntax do the same. This is the reason a sentence formed in, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali or any other Indo-Aryan language or even Sinhalese is formed the same way as a sentence is formed in Tamil. You are just a racist extremist, with some sort of pathological hatred for Tamils and when defeated, resort to name-calling and unfounded accusations. The only terrorist here are the ones who are supporting the Sri Lankan state, armed forces and rabid Buddhist monks to destroy the island, and its economy and terrorise the island’s Tamil speakers in the name of Sinhalese Buddhism. Even when the country is bankrupt. You are doing this from the safety and comfort of London or somewhere in the UK. You seem to know more than well-read renowned professors of Tamil/Sanskrit, who have lectured in world-famous universities and have been honoured by the Indian government. You are pathetic. Go and get some treatment.

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                      Most probably you are a terrorist and Schizo or someone with some personality disorder, not me. Obvious from your comments. Sinhalese only borrowed 900 words from Tamil. Please do not make me laugh. Sinhalese is built on a strong Dravidian foundation on which an Indo-Aryan superstructure has been built. There are more than 4000 words that Sinhalese has borrowed from Tamil. Take the Tamil from Sinhalese, there will be no Sinhalese left. Just Sanskrit and Pali. This is the same with Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada. As their base or core language and structure is from Tamil, however much they have borrowed from Sanskrit. Without this Tamil foundation, none of these languages will exist. The entire lexicon, syntax, grammar and even the alphabet of Sinhalese is from Tamil. Not Pali or Sanskrit. Many people have already stated the Sinhalese grammar treatise Sidasasangarawa is based on the Tamil Virasolium. Malayalam is very similar to Tamil, however, when one is not familiar with Malayalam, Tamil speakers can hardly understand spoken Malayalam, due to accent, speed and the way it is spoken. Unless familiarly with Punjabi, Bengali or Gujarati most Hindi speakers can hardly understand these languages when spoken. They will understand Hindi as they learn Hindi. French and English share so many words or English and German, but how many of them mutually understand each other?

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                      Unless familiarly with Punjabi, Bengali or Gujarati most Hindi speakers can hardly understand these languages when spoken. They will understand Hindi as they learn Hindi. French and English share so many words or English and German, but how many of them mutually understand each other? I consider this debate over and do not wish to waste my time with you on this matter, as I see no point.

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                      There are no Nayakes in north India. Senanayake, Bandaranaike, Alahakone, Kulathunge, Wickrema, Anuradha, Gunasinghe, Gunaratna etc are obviously Tamil names. Caste divisions are identical to those of the Tamils. North Indians do not worship Lord Mauruka but the Sinhalese worship Lord Muruka with great piety.H. A. J. Hulugalle, in his booklet ‘Information for Tourists, 1947’ says in the first paragraph on page one: “The Sinhalese are a mixed-race, their language has been vastly enriched with words from the Tamil vocabulary.” Mudliyar W. F. Gunawardene says the Sinhala language is primarily a Dravidian language. The structural foundation of Sinhala is Dravidian while the super-structure is Aryan. Dr R. L. Brohier in ‘Discovering Ceylon,’ says, “a tank in Hambantota now called Magama wewa, was in ancient days known as “Pandikulam” – Ooru situ wewa, while even Dr S. Paranavithana confirms that Ruhuna was the homeland of the Tamils in the pre-Christian era. The Murukan kovil at Kathirkamam and Vishnu kovil at Devinuwara confirm that fact.
                      Typical sentence. English: What is your name? Thamizh: Ungal Pyar enna? Chingkallam: Oyaage Nama Mookada? Hindi: Aap ka Naam Kiya hain? You can see the sentence formation syntax and structure are the same in Thamizh, Chingkallam and Hindi and different in English. English. Come here. Thamizh; Enge Vango. Chingkallam: Methana Enna. Hindi; Ithar aao. The same.

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                      Typical sentence. English: What is your name? Thamizh: Ungal Pyar enna? Chingkallam: Oyaage Nama Mookada? Hindi: Aap ka Naam Kiya hain? You can see the sentence formation syntax and structure are the same in Thamizh, Chingkallam and Hindi and different in English. English. Come here. Thamizh; Enge Vango. Chingkallam: Methana Enna. Hindi; Ithar aao. The same. Sorry did not realize it was going over the 500-word limit.

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                      Lester the junkie,
                      “The fact that Sinhalese are unable to speak or understand Tamil”
                      What an absolute idiot you are. Is your rear end capacious enough to contain all these “facts” you pull out of it?

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                      Senile Codger,

                      You are the fool who said Gotha planned the Easter attacks. You also said LTTE submarine technology is “advanced.” You think Bangladesh is a first-world country and you admire Toilet Nadu without knowing they just borrowed hundreds of billions from the World Bank for “development.” You live in a bubble of stupidity, the definition of loser, like your heroes Ranil and VP.

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                      “There are more than 4000 words that Sinhalese has borrowed from Tamil.”

                      Only in your imagination. What is your source, TamilNet? TamilNation.org? Lol. Your lies and distortions are too many to refute here.

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                      Sanskrit itself is derived from various Prakrits, Tamil (Dravidian) and even Munda languages.

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                  Oh, I am not only an avatar of Siva Sankaran Maama, Rohan Anna, then angry Gus and now even become an Avatar of someone called Ed. Is Ed the talking horse? Any Thamizh posts similarly, that can be googled and obtained and challenge you, become my Avatar. You seem to be seeing me everywhere and in every Thamizh you hate. Am I that powerful Goosey from London? Thanks.

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                    SJ,

                    Incorrect to say Sanskrit is derived from Tamil. One should consider the possibility that Sanskrit is much older than Tamil.

                    “Sanskrit is significantly older than Tamil. It is unclear when each became a spoken language, but the oldest Sanskrit manuscripts are 5000 years old, while Tamil literature did not appear until 2500 years later in 500BCE. By the time Tamil became a popular written language, there was already thousands of Sanskrit literature available.”

                    Now, I am not a Sanskrit fanatic. Both Tamil and Sanskrit are great languages. But saying that one is derived from another based on XYZ borrowed words is nonsense. This is the classical error of correlation implies causation.

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                      I never said that any language came from another. There was sharing of lexicon and grammar and there is no running away from it.
                      Even Malayalam branched from Tamil as a parallel dialect to become distinct despite many common features. I would say that modern Malayalam is richer than modern Tamil.
                      *
                      The Sanskrit we know is not the original language of the Vedas. That primitive language gathered words from other languages of the region. Prakrits were people’s languages of an Indo-Aryan kind which owe much to Sanskrit. But exchanges are seldom one-way between languages.
                      Tamil has many features that are not Aryan it shares with Sinhala (a Prakrit at one time).
                      The absence of grammatical rather than natural gender is key.
                      The scripts are based on Grantha. (Sinhala and Malayalam are very similar, but for the angularity of Malayalam letters.
                      Sinhala enriched itself from many sources, so did English. Are the English ashamed of owing bulk of its word stock to French, despite centuries of rivalry and even a few wars.

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                      Sanskrit literature is not 5000 years old. The Aryans were a nomadic people and were not sophisticated before they arrived in the Indian subcontinent, around 4000 years ago, They had no writing and all their history and poetry were in an oral form and like the Nordic people, bards used to recite these. They were introduced to the written form only when they came in contact with the Dravidian Indus valley civilization and they borrowed their writing. It is only after the Aryan migration to India that Sanskrit literature started to appear, as they had learned to write from the Dravidians.

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                      However you are correct, Sanskrit and Tamil are not derived from each other but stand-alone classical languages, with great ancient independent literary traditions. They later had a very close symbiotic relationship with each other. This fusion of Aryan and Dravidian cultures only brought the modern Indian culture and Hindu religion, traditions and customs. Other Indian classical languages are not stand-alone and the literary traditions are not independent. Sanskrit is documented much earlier than Tamil, around 1000 years earlier. The oldest Tamil writing found is around 3000 years old and Sankrit around 1500BC. 4000 years old. However, no one knows when the spoken languages began. The Indus valley civilization is definitely Dravidian, has been proven. However, the language spoken would have been a form of Proto Dravidian, very close to old or archaic Tamil but not really, as at that time there was no Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Brahui, Tulu or other Dravidian languages or dialects that now exist. Tamil is the oldest known Dravidian language and old Tamil would have been very close or more or less similar to the original Dravidian language.

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                      SJ,

                      “The scripts are based on Grantha.”

                      The scripts are based on Brahmi and related to Grantha. Tamil Brahmi and Sinhala-Brahmi are different, although Rohan and others claim otherwise. Sinhala-Brahmi was used to write an Indo-Aryan Prakrit.

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            Dr D re your “Even in Israel and surrounding areas, Jews are proving archaeologically that they were the first nation…. So Arabs have usurped lands…”, please let me have a reference or 2 about this. I assume you already know the work of Prof Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University historian — e.g. “The Invention of the Land of Israel”, etc. I wonder if your sources come to grips with his arguments.

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              Manel Fonseka,

              ” I assume you already know the work of Prof Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University historian — e.g. “The Invention of the Land of Israel”, etc.”

              The most dangerous group of people in the world. They operate in the shadows, yet their tentacles are everywhere. They control everything from the Bank of England to the US Congress. I recommend reading Nietzsche’s “Anti-Christ” to understand their survival mentality.

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                Lester in Jest,
                Good evening.
                “I recommend reading Nietzsche’s “Anti-Christ” to understand their survival mentality.”
                I take your recommendation!!
                That’s great!!
                Impels me to read it, because you seem to be very emancipated, because reading such publications
                Question, to assess the possibility and prospect of doing that satisfactorily, “Is this book written in Hebrew, English, Indo Aryan Languages”??
                Hebrew ofcourse is out of the question, I am not conversant with, so near impossibility???!!!

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              Manel, Arabs did not usurp others and take over their lands. It was the Jews who usurped the original Canaanites and others like Philistines and took over their lands. It is historically recorded and just read in the old testament in the bible. However, all these people are very closely related Semitic tribes. Speaking very similar Semitic languages or dialects. When you listen to modern Hebrew, lots of the words and vocabulary are very similar to Arabic. Hebrew is the oldest then comes Aramaic and lastly the more polished and richer Arabic. During the time of Christ, Hebrew was not spoken by the Jews and they were all speaking Aramaic(the Old Syrian language before Arabic largely replaced it with the Muslim conquest. Now only a few Syrian Christian villages in remote border areas speak Aramaic ) Aram is another word for Syria.

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                Arabic and Islam, spread from the Gulf to other many nations in Western Asia, North Africa and even to the Iberian peninsular through conquest and intermarriage. It replaced many ancient religions( Christianity, Judaism and other so-called Pagan religions) and other Semitic/Hamitic and even Berber languages and created a huge Arabic-speaking Islamic area. This is the reason the so-called Arabs are so diverse in their looks and speech and culture and customs. From Southern European looking to Sub-Saharan African looking and everything in-between. Many Gulf Arabs are dark. Quite a lot Dravidian or Indian looking. Full-blooded Arabs not mixed with sub-Saharan African origin slaves. Originally dark-skinned Semitic tribes migrated from North Africa into the Arabian Gulf and later white or light-skinned Semitic tribes migrated to western Asia. Lord Jesus Christ in real life would have been a dark-skinned dark-eyed and very dark-haired short man. Just like most of the Jews of his time. Scientists have more or less been able to draw a portrait of him from the average Jew living during his time. Not the tall light-haired blue-eyed athletic northern European-looking man, as he is now being largely portrayed. He would have looked very similar to someone like Osama Bin Laden( sorry if I offend anyone) rather than Canute the Viking.

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                  R25,
                  I suppose you have heard of “pearls before swine” ?

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                Rohan25
                I’m afraid you have misunderstood me. Maybe I wasnt clear in my asking Dr G for her sources. I am a passionate supporter of the Palestinian struggle & fully believe that it is the Jewish Israelis who have usurped that land. –
                Shlomo Sand is one of of a number of Israeli and other Jewish academics who have voiced this. Other books by him include “The Invention of the People” and “Why I Am Not a Jew”.

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                  Manel I fully understood what you stated and was actually supporting you with my statement. I am also an ardent supporter of the Palestinian struggle, as I feel that their land was usurped. They paid the price for what happened in Europe during the second world war and 90% of the Jews settled in Palestine are only Jewish by faith but have very little to do with the original Jews who were forced to flee Palestine 2000 years ago. These people are Europeans professing a Jewish faith.

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                    ” I am also an ardent supporter of the Palestinian struggle.”

                    Of course you are an “ardent supporter” since the LTTE trained in Palestinian jihadi camps many years ago. It’s an interesting fact that many people do not know. This is where LTTE learned the fundamentals of suicide bombing.

                    “Upon its establishment, the LTTE formed ties with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in London, including training of Tamil rebels in Middle Eastern refugee camps.10 The relationship expanded and later included Hamas, Hizbollah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, headed by George Habash.”

                    It’s interesting to see a fake freedom struggle intermingle with a real freedom struggle.

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                  Manel,
                  “I wasnt clear in my asking Dr G for her sources. “
                  You may rest assured that Dr.G is very male.

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            Dr Gnana
            re your “Even in Israel and surrounding areas, Jews are proving archaeologically that they were the first nation…. So Arabs have usurped lands…”,
            please let me have a reference or 2 about this.
            I assume you already know the work of Prof Shlomo Sand, Tel Aviv University historian — e.g. “The Invention of the Land of Israel”, etc. I wonder if your sources come to grips with his arguments.

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          “they probably have a much older civilization.”

          Does the age or the length of civilization really matter? :))

          Latter-day Greeks/Athenians have very little in common or resemblance to the ancient …….. Aristotle and Plato must be somersaulting in their graves ….. but Diogenes always knew; even back then ………..


          Their influence ……….. “All of Western philosophy is but a footnote to Plato.”

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            nimal fernando

            Watch this clip please and let me know if you like it:
            Please listen to this saffron clad land and temple grabber and let me know what he has taught you that persuade you to follow the the Awaken One?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Gu9HXeMc8

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              Native,

              I don’t need Buddha, Christ, Vishnu, Allah to tell me what to do …….. I can decide for myself …… and I take responsibility for my actions.

              All these scum of the earth bastards are doing nothing but avoiding a honest day’s work …… what useful work have they ever done?

              The first thing Mao did was put them all to work ……… all had to earn a living. Your friend’s admiration of Mao is not misplaced! :))

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                nimal fernando

                “Your friend’s admiration of Mao is not misplaced! :”

                Why is he in constant denial mode when we discuss saffron brigades and their activities, very rarely he discuss the saffron activities on this land.

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          FYI

          “The word “mesopotamia” is formed from the ancient words “meso,” meaning between or in the middle of, and “potamos,” meaning river. Situated in the fertile valleys between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the region is now home to modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey and Syria.”

          Still you are right, those regions have a history going back thousands of years.

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          Manel,
          Manel, thanks. I was speaking specifically about Qatar.
          Mesopotamia is Iraq, and definitely much older. But we forget that neither Mesopotamians or even Egyptians were “Arabs”.
          True, pre-Islamic Arabs did have ancient cultures, like Dilmun(Bahrain) and Petra. Fascinating indeed.

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            Yes, of course, OC. Not sure why I mentioned Mesopotamia. But I do think you’ll find that Qatar’s own history/prehistory goes very pretty far back.

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    Qatari Charity Exposes President’s Anti-Terrorism Hoax

    Due personel benifit.

    Qatar hosts many U.S. service members’ military installations.This itself shows the TRUST
    Our president identified banned in 2020 the Qatari Charity. This is what the presidents sight he took action on Qatar IMF, Agriculture continues default and 225 was raising the hands where is the intelligent assistance. From this 225, Gross negligence in handling national security Since he is a security man he did not know economic defense through calculation knowledge and dissociation with helping countries Now he after IMF Qatar and all that he rejected ( API THAMI OKKOMA KELIYA )

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      Similarly, uproar about insulting Prophet Mohamed has exposed Islamic bloc power hoax.
      Within few days of admonishing India, foreign minister of Iran arrived in India and tendered an apology for doing so. Kuwait took away Indian products from their shelves, but there is news that Kuwait is importing cow dung from India through a company in Rajasthan. This shows that Kuwaitis prefer cow dung to food items. Qatar threatened to terminate employment of Indians, but found that it they do it, the country will be at a stand still and nothing happened. Saudi Arabia did not have the courage to face India and got the Imam of Mecca to do the dirty job. 20% of oil exported by these Islamic countries is bought by India. India told US that if these countries refuse to sell oil, they will import oil from Russia. US promptly told these countries to shut up and everything went quiet. Srilanka has to take this example. Problem is that there are no one in Srilanka who has the courage to tell it to US. If everything fails Srilanka could sign a cow dung to fuel barter trade with Arabs.

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      RBH 59,
      “API THAMI OKKOMA KELIYA”
      Thanks for the opportunity provided!!
      We don’t need QATAR CHARITY MONEY, They are Terrorists funders??!!!
      Government and Gota, may not see the need for 300 + million USD grant every year???
      We should then donate it to the suffering masses, who are deprived of essentials and starving!!!????
      If incumbent President cannot sense the sanity of thought of this charity, without banning the charity and only see the need to reinstate it as a genuine charity after the fuel crisis, starvation and queues, with protests, the President has not passed “Muster”!!
      He is not up to “the mark to be our president”
      That means he is ‘Failed President’??!
      Send him Home to Pangiriwatte Road and not to California, for which the time is yet to come??!!
      He has to settle outstanding dues and obvious questions, before moving to USA!!!

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    Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a disgrace. He enjoys calling himself president when all around is the litter of his rule. No point listing them. Everyone knows what’s referred to. Any self-respecting individual would have gone into hiding. But not GR, not even though the Supreme Court has overturned his pardoning of a murderer, and now his banning of a Qatari Charity has been binned. These are towering and loud insults that disrespect and oppose presidential decisions and commands. But there he sits, and his grovelling media friends make sure his photo is on their pages daily, along with his silly orders and statements telling us he has spoken to such and such a world leader or instructed this or that ministry official on some meaningless and unachievable course of action. One recent such instruction was that they buy fuel from this or that international supplier. He seems unaware that Lanka has no foreign exchange. That his family has misused and mismanage our economy. Sri Lanka’s president is the highest ruler in the land. When such a president has his commands and directives overturned it is the country that’s insulted. We, the people, are being spat on in the face.

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    Instead of analysing and wasting time on this unfit being called Gauta, just chase him off and rebuild this nation not with political parties but with those who will serve this nation in a non corrupt progression of redeeming restoration. Let the generations continue to live here.

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    The attitude of GOTA’s government towards the Tamil and Muslim communities after becoming the President is hitting him back. He came to power by secretly staging the Easter Sunday attack. After that, he took an anti-Muslim attitude. He forgot the fact that a good number of Sri Lankans are working in the Middle East in different jobs and bringing in foreign exchange. His policy against Muslims by ordering the cremation of Muslims who died of Covid 19 although WHO issued a circular that there is no need to cremate people who died of COVD 19 is a political vengeance. The other is the unwanted allegations against the Muslim doctor After doing all these damages in what capacity he can go to ME and ask for help. Many countries have understood the attitude of the GOTA government as such reluctant I help. An example is Japan.
    No foreign country will rescue Sri Lanka so long as GOTA is the president

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      Never understand the realities, uttering falsehoods to suit their clan or supporters!! PLAIN UTTER STUPIDITY!!

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        HOPE QATAR DEMANDS A PUBLIC UNRESERVED APOLOGY??

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      Very small and tiny brain only to operate the computer and stack 7-Eleven store shelves

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    How the mighty have fallen….where is all the national pride, Sinha Le, and the anger about manufactured issues about these “thambiyas”? What happened to the gullies, charmed sweets, and talks of Muslims taking over this country? All those racist stories, and all the racist policies, including cremating Muslims, and then grudgingly allowing them to travel with their dead relatives EIGHT hours away from Colombo, against the advice of health experts here and abroad, have resulted in those who could have saved us from this damn mess, reluctant to do so. Did this stupid man and his racist thugs in saffron robes, think the world was not watching us? Did they think their actions will have no consequences? If so they are even more stupid that we thought. Pride goes before a fall, and they have fallen on their knees, begging nations to bail us out of the ditch they drove us into. National pride all gone. We are not a wealthy nation, and we have to always depend on aid and charity to survive, so why do we keep biting the hands that feed us? We cannot get our damn act together.
    Western nations that they accused of interfering, and being interested in having their bases here, have shown total disinterest, and seems indifferent to our situation, not taking the opportunity to have those bases.

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      Continued….

      Who is there now to help us when our country has sunk to a new low and people are suffering?

      When will these village idiots learn not to burn bridges, and make false accusations against other nations to distract the country from their failed leadership. Unqualified cronies, corruption, mismanagement, and ignoring the voices of the experts, usually ends up badly, and the entire country suffers.  It is heartbreaking to see our country suffer this way, and people standing for long hours to get gas for their basic needs.  Until we see the present leadership, including Ranil go, and only if they make way for others, can we have some hope.  For now Sri Lanka is in dire straits, with the same rascals who put us in this situation, still hanging on. 

      The people should learn from their lessons….the two times we have had a Rajapaksa running this country, it did not turn out well. We got the same stinking results.

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    Sonia Gandhi wanted to finished off the VP but these chandiss wanted to be champions.
    He ran away from the army -failed soldier.
    He faked his US citizenship lied to the whole nation.candidate-failed
    His economy and prosperous-failed
    Ban the plastics-failed
    Ban the chemical fertiliser-failed
    Asking for pure drinking water
    What was his action
    Aluthgama was as 83 same atrocities to whom they are doing it to what do they have learnt he clearly said am not letting down the 69 , plus mahasangam wanted to me behave like ruthless arrogant….personally he is soft in opening the prison gates giving the list of cases to be acute
    He wants to free the country basically.
    This Aragalaya we have made it so long it won’t change their heart and minds,so youth pissed off Gandigiam dosent work with pig heads but he sacrificed his whole family but they don’t have own bank ac nor properties.

    These lot burn their own house no sympathy or mercy even god dont dare.
    Hindia against ME no way of their list,the attitude towards to Thamils go to Thamil Nadu,to Muslims goes to Saudi. Now super 69 begging to whom.
    We had embargoes that means are we separated nation send troops air bombers get pass to go to jaffna.
    It’s not pleasures to see what’s happening right now

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    DtG
    I hear you but we are in another realm here. Bless you, but even namesake the anointed son of Jessie that fought the beasts had to contend with that Philistine Giant.
    Yea as in Heb 3:12 as nations sit in unbelief and vain Philosophies. I believe that if the priests of our own faith, called by His name turn from politicking, and repent, there will be healing. The spells,socery and magic of yesteryear are taking its toll and the Pharos of this world must contend with truth as even the nations are not impressed with skin coverings.

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    “GR’s recent volt face in withdrawing that ban exposes the baselessness of the original argument that it was functioning as conduit to promote Islamic terrorism in this country.”

    Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia sponsored the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and other jihadi groups in Syria, as they sought to violently overturn the democratically elected government of Bashar Al-Assad. The “Free Syrian Army” was eventually overshadowed by the much stronger ISIS, which had in its core Chechans who had fought against Russia during the 90’s. Syria was a new experimental ground for “jihad” as radical Muslims from all over the world flocked there. ISIS had to be culled when they threatened to take over Northern Iraq (and by extension, all of Iraq, as the Iraqi army is weak). It cannot be denied Qatar is responsible for facilitating the terrorism that created the ISIS. Therefore, Qatar is also responsible for the Easter Attacks and should pay Sri Lanka adequate compensation.

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      Lester,
      Fat Hope!
      Great Expectations??!!
      Await outcome with Baited Breath!!!

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      Lester the Lying Jester

      “Therefore, Qatar is also responsible for the Easter Attacks and should pay Sri Lanka adequate compensation.”

      So instead of begging, you are beginning to threaten Qatar with false accusations and blackmail it into submission and extracting compensation.
      A good idea.
      A very Good idea.
      A very very very good idea.

      Alright now move on to finding ways and means to extract compensation from Portuguese, Dutch, Brits, Chola, Pandya, ……… for their respective Colonial rule in this island and a huge compensation package from Hindia for its 1987 invasion and occupation, and misadventure ……. and further compensation from China for Chinese admiral Zheng He’s adventure in this island taking captive of King Vira Alakeshvara of the Alagakkonara feudatory, ………

      By the way Ibn Battuta visited this island and had a number of concubines. There is not much information about the Moroccan traveler paying his Sri Lankan concubines. Therefore sue the Moroccan state for unpaid bills.

      In case if you need legal assistance do not hesitate to get information from old codger, nimal fernando, ….

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        Lester the Jester,
        Good morning.
        If the NV challenge is taken by you, then,
        Suggest you tries his luck at the national Lottery, to give indication of success or not in the venture to get compensation??
        If unlucky, perhaps assume you would be unlucky again and don’t waste funds on litigation!!!
        The money you save donate to Sri Lanka to buy medicine and Baby Milk food, which is a good cause???!!
        You would become a greater Patriot??!!
        Have you ever, thought of the great idea of Suing the “then” Monarch of Bengal, India, present successor Government of India. who made, Prince Vijaya and 600 accomplices as outcasts of his country, to put out to sea, causing them to land in Sri Lanka, which has become Bankrupt thereby, that you have to suffer the ignominy of Starvation, Energy shortages and quest and suffering, with lack of or no food???
        “STRIKE THE IRON, WHILE IT’S STIL HOT”
        India is now ‘Wallet Rich!!! Time to get them right now, our (SL) problem solved!!!’
        TOILET NADU immaterial!! Not applicable to Bengal??

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        Lester,
        By the same reasoning, Bangladesh should also be sued??
        Or don’t repay the money gave as SWAP in lieu!!??

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        Mentally challenged Vedda,

        When there is a terrorist attack, people sue the source. Lockerbie, 911, etc. Too much information for you to process.

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    “THIS MAN HAS TO GO.”
    There is no doubt about this but he is adament that he will not go and challenged the people if you have the power and talent do what ever you can do to remove me. So, unless the people take this challenge to their heart and soul, it is not going to happen because all the opposition politicians also remain with the same motive as Gota on Power greedy, Party greedy and money greedy.

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    SSS
    “It may be due to the Swedish neighbours being the Finns and they had a long interaction with them and their language definitely would have been influenced by the Finnish language which is Altaic and is similar in many ways to the Dravidian languages.”
    If so, Do Finnish and other Altaic languages have these retroflexion features? Does Norwegian have it?

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