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Racist Politics; Still The Last Refuge Of This Corrupt Gotabaya Regime!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

The world on December 14, 2008 watched on TV with baited breath, how the Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw both of his shoes at Bush at a press conference held at Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s palace to protest against US dictatorship and its puppet regime. In Ukraine, in 2015, activists and radicals, supporters of a draft law entitled ‘Cleaning Up the Government”, devised a challenge of their own, throwing politicians in dumpsters to protest Ukraine’s rampant corruption. These shoeing and binning incidents thus become few symbols of public resistance and frustration against corrupt and dictatorial governments who sell their country’s soul for thirty pieces of silver. Sri Lanka too is not much further from these forms of protest. In the Sri Lankan context, public resentment and anger against the corrupt, racist and inefficient Gotabaya regime have already started with one MP was reportedly attacked in the South.

Growing impatience with chronic political corruption and absence of rule of law is visible in the various campaigns and protests both in the streets as well as in the social media. Citizens everywhere no longer believe that corruption is inevitable or that it is futile to try to fight it. The good news is that much of the nation is fed up with corruption. The bad news is that the way many are fighting corruption is ineffective. Too often, the remedy centres on finding and empowering an ‘honest’ leader who promises to stamp out the problem. This happens at every election. What countries really need, though, are smart laws and frameworks that checks and reduces the incentives and opportunities for corruption. They also need strong institutions that enforce those laws and deprive corrupt politicians/officials, and their private-sector accomplices, of impunity in their efforts to get rich at the public’s expense.

Sri Lanka’s Government already officially declared 2021, the worst economic crisis in the country in 73 years, amid becoming a political circus and a tragi-comedy. Gotabaya government declared an economic emergency recently amid rising food prices, a depreciating currency, and rapidly depleting forex reserves. Local newspapers have depicted cartoons of Sri Lanka pleading for cash even from neighbouring poor SAARC countries such as Bangladesh. Sri Lanka’s existing funding sources did not appear sufficient to cover its debt servicing needs estimated at just over $4.0 billion in 2021. In 2021 Sri Lanka started the first “100% organic farming” program and imposed a countrywide ban on inorganic fertilizers and pesticides in June 2021, and the trade in chemical fertilizers and pesticides has been banned. This fact produced a severe economic crisis. Disgruntled farmers are burning effigies of the President and the Agriculture Minister to protest against this explosive fertiliser issue.

Gotabaya recently admitted his government has failed and not been “delivering” as shortages persist of food, medicines and other essential items because of a dire foreign exchange squeeze. Sri Lankan officials and policymakers continue to blame the COVID-19 pandemic for the country’s faltering economy. Credit agencies like Moody’s Investors Service and S&P 500 have consistently downgraded the country, demonstrating low confidence in its ability to pay back its debts. That’s mainly because Sri Lanka’s economic shortcomings are structural: a low tax-to-GDP ratio, prohibitive barriers to trade, a bloated public sector, and high costs of doing business. These deficiencies have existed for more than a decade, long before the pandemic. Instead of addressing structural shortcomings, the government is making them worse. Import restrictions are at their highest since the 1970s, when the country was nearly a closed economy. Analysts are now drawing comparisons to that decade, which was the last time Sri Lanka saw shortages of essentials like rice, bread, and sugar. Instead of forcing the people to starve, the government needs to enact structural reforms economists have been recommending for years.

However, instead of focussing on these much needed economic reforms ,Sri Lanka so desperately needs, the politically bankrupt Gotabaya regime appears to engage in human rights abuses that have even made foes of the country’s longtime allies; thus continues to sow discord and traumatize minority communities. One of their oft used cunning strategies has been adopting racist, majoritarian policies to engage the attention of the majority Sinhala Buddhist community ,citing national security issues arising from minorities. Rajapaksas in general and Gotabaya in particular have been Picassos in this art of deception. Gotabhaya cleverly came to power on this divisive platform citing so-called Islamic extremism, building upon the fears which developed consequent to the terrible Easter disaster of April 2019. The Post Easter Commission Report period has already generated more heat than light, with questions being asked about the masterminds behind and why those implicated like the former President and hate peddlers like Gnanassara Thero are not punished.

Interestingly, when Gotabhaya became the clear winner, it made the Sinhalese Buddhists happy and triumphant that a leader has eventually emerged to deliver their dream of a Sinhala Buddhist nation. The symbolism of the venue clanged as clear as a temple bell. Gotabaya tactfully chose Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka with Buddhist links going back to the 3rd century, for his oath-taking in November 2019. More pointedly, in a country often troubled by sectarian rifts, it commemorates the defeat of Elara,and the reunification of Sri Lanka under his Sinhalese Buddhist rival, King Dutugemunu. However, to the others, it was a confirmation of fears that with the return of Gotabaya, whose name evokes the brutal memories of his stint as the much feared Defence Secretary during his brothers Mahinda’s time in office , Sri Lanka will return to the days of Sinhalese Buddhist majoritarianism. They wondered “Will he snatch the human rights of citizens?”. During his campaign, Gotabaya did try to assuage the fears; his most celebrated slogan then was ‘Inclusive nationalism’. Sri Lanka then hoped that Gotabaya will live up to that promise. Sadly, it was however not to be.

Twelve years down from victory against the ruthless Tigers, Sri Lanka is not the same country. Barely two years after Gotabaya took over the reigns of a country that has buried the wounds of that war, if not the pain of it, fresh scars have been emerging again. Sri Lanka today, consequent to the April 21 Easter Sunday blasts, is a sad reminder of the fragility of peace in its complex racial, ethnic mix. Not only his military Hitler style has re-emerged, but his baser instincts of racism and anti-Muslim have also been laid bare, to cover up his inept handling of the economy, inefficiency, and incompetence, particularly to the utter shock of those who voted for him with much expectation and hope.

Today, what we thus witness in Sri Lanka, during this regime in particular and in the post war Sri Lanka in general, has been the disintegration of the social landscape along religious and racial lines forgetting the bitter lessons of the three decades of an expensive ethnic conflict , the decline of our moral compass in all spheres , political expediency in the decision making process of the government , the relegation of social justice to the side-lines and the degeneration of the rule of law in the society. Gotabaya saw to it that the anti-Muslim hatred, the tempo of which increased in the aftermath of the Easter disaster, stayed in the minds of the Sinhala majority for his political survival. Although most have realised their follies in voting in a racist corrupt regime to power, still Gotabaya appears to have not given up hope in the effectiveness of using the racist strategy to divert public attention.

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka provides a clear demonstration of the extent to which ethnic majoritarianism and economic grievance are mutually reinforcing. Starting from forced cremation policy, Gotabaya regime proceeded to hunt notable Muslim activists without any legal justification, used ‘deradicalization’ as a sword of Damocles, proposed imposing a cattle ban as a strategy to hit at Muslim economy as well as proposed abolition of material areas of Muslim personal laws, using the ‘good offices’ of a Muslim Minister. ‘Final straw’ as the Daily FT Editorial put it, ‘was the formation of the all-pervading ‘One Country One Law Presidential Commission’ led by a racist monk who was responsible for the Aluthgama anti-Muslim violence and who blatantly called ‘Allah’ as the main conspirator responsible for the Easter disaster.

His establishment of this Task Force was no accident. Addressing a public meeting recently , Gotabhaya attempted to justify Gnanasara Thero’s appointment, declaring: “This revered monk is the only one to have consistently spoken about the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept during the past five years.”. FT Editorial said , Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary GalagodaAaththe Gnansara Thero’s appointment as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the ‘One Country, One Law’ policy has exposed the anti-minority underpinning of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration. The rabidly racist monk has enjoyed political patronage since when the current President served as Defence Secretary from 2005-2015’ … ‘The appointment is a slap in the face of the only Muslim Minister in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Cabinet, not only because it guarantees that law reform will now take a distinctly Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic tenor, but because the Task Force is also a direct assault on Minister Ali Sabry’s authority on legal reform itself.. the Editorial ended thus ‘ The writing on the wall is glowing. There is no reforming this presidency from within. The President has made his choice, and he has chosen Gnanasara Thero.’. The presence of a few Muslim names in this Task Force does not thus hide away the fact that this commission is a direct assault on the Muslim community.

On November 1, Gnanasara Thero addressed a group of selected journalists in the presidential media centre explaining what he intended to do. “Today we have got a result for all of our hard work”… Gnanasara Thero’s so-called hard work is the communalist anti Muslim provocations orchestrated by his BBS organisation and its political allies over the past decade..He also did not hide away the fact that this Task force will deal with Islamic laws and symbols. He said, ‘the concentration of the panel would be on the controversial laws of the Muslim community, such as those on marriage and divorce, on the wearing of the burqa, the existence of separate Qazi courts and Madrassahs (religious schools)’

When the former President Mahinda Rajapakse regime faced a deep crisis in 2014, BBS’ Gnanasara Thero instigated a major anti-Muslim attack in the southern Aluthgama and Beruwala area. Seven years later the Rajapakse regime, is again responding to a far deeper economic and political crisis and the resurgence of working-class/people struggles by using racist, majoritarian, extreme-right and fascistic elements to prepare for the conditions for dictatorial forms of rule.

If the nation is to learn from history, and forge ahead, not only the government must combat impunity but it also must respect the legitimate concerns of the people, irrespective of racial or religious differences. Failure to do so fails humanity as a whole. However, there is no political will on the part of the Sri Lankan government to deal domestically with the human rights abuses and violation of minority rights.

Thus, locally, the only means of defeating the corrupt and racist policies of this government is through the independent mobilisation of people, workers and youth on the basis of their common class interests and a unified political struggle against the Rajapakse government’s disastrous economic and racist agenda. It is also important that local public activism efforts be complimented with international pressure too. It was international pressure which saw the end to the discriminatory forced cremation policy. Further, March 2021 also saw the UN Human Rights Council pass an important resolution that placed Sri Lanka under further scrutiny and established an international mechanism to collect evidence of rights abuses. Thus, international role also has a major place in this struggle. However, the international community cannot rely on this UN forum alone. In parallel to UN/ joint international efforts, individual countries which provide aid to Sri Lanka should also use their own bilateral relationships in ways that will give Sri Lanka limited options, other than to address longstanding grievances.

On the contrary, if Sri Lanka is allowed to continue to go down the path it’s going at present, its future will look remarkably like its bleak past and will very soon become a pariah state.

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    Those who demanded for proof of DNA research done by Dr.Illeperuma 👇👇👇👇👇

    Feeds Editorials Times Online
    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Race in Sri Lanka: What genetic evidence tells us
    By Asiff Hussein
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    Dr. Illeperuma found that the Muslims (Moors) possessed .

    Further with regard to paternally inherited Y-chromosomal DNA, the Moors were shown to possess certain male lineages that came from other communities and most closely approached those of the Sinhalese. They had the lowest number of population-specific haplotypes (Y-STR haplotypes), which indicates more sharing of male haplotypes with others than the other groups shared with each other. Furthermore, a phylogenetic analysis of male-inherited Y-chromosome haplotypes showed the Sinhalese to be closest to the Moors in male lineages when compared with the other groups.
    With regard to maternally-inherited Mt DNA, the Moors shared the greatest proportion of non-unique haplotypes (HVS1) with others showing that they had been subjected to gene flow from the other groups in connection with female lineages. The Mt DNA tree indicated a clustering of Sinhalese and Moors, suggesting a close affinity when compared to the Veddahs and Sri Lankan Tamils. This suggests a greater contribution to their maternal lineages from the Sinhalese. Dr. Illeperuma however cautioned ,

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      F.M,
      The problem here is the definition of “Sinhalese”.
      Coastal “Sinhalese” are mostly Karawes and Salagamas, who migrated from South India in fairly recent times. So, it isn’t possible to identify a particular “Sinhala” genetic type which isn’t found in South India.

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      Fahim Knigh,
      “This suggests a greater contribution to their maternal lineages from the Sinhalese.”
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      So, what is the big deal?
      I am not an expert on DNA but with the limited knowledge I have, I am not surprised about Dr. Illeperuma’s findings because after saving Muslims (Arab and Tamil) from persecution by Portuguese and allowed to settle down in Sinhale, they married Sinhala and Rodi women.

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        The muslim traders from the Middle East did not bring their women with them and, when they settled here, married women from Sri Lanka. If they continued this practice in every generation, the genes in the muslim community today must be overwhelmingly Sri Lankan – perhaps mostly Sinhala. “Muslim” is a religion and to some extent the culture, but the genes are local.

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      FK,
      Wonder how and why they ended up speaking Tamil as their mother tongue even in down South.

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        LC,
        The problem is that the ancestors of many present-day Sinhalese were in fact Tamils. Even Prof. Ileperuma’s name is Tamil! So, it is quite likely that these “Sinhalese” he was testing were just Sinhala-speaking Tamils, especially if they were coastal residents.
        In any case, there is nothing demeaning in having any particular ancestry. It’s all in the mind.

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      DNA has proven that all four major communities are very closely related and if there is any difference it is very marginal. This means the origin of all four communities is from South India, as someone has already pointed out, that the Indian origin Tamils only arrived recently around 150 years ago from Tamil Nadu and never mixed with anyone. Recent DNA studies have proven that the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Kandyan Sinhalese are very closely related. The Muslims are not closely related to the Vedda but very marginally closely related to the Sinhalese than the native Sri Lankan Tamils, but which Muslim and which Sinhalese? The eastern Muslims are Sri Lankan Tamil Mukkuva on their matrilineal line. Many of the so-called Sinhalese, especially the southern coastal variety and even many Kandyans are all recent immigrants from Tamil South India. The Slalagama, Durava, Karawa

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        Even many Kandyan Sinhalese communities and castes, other than the ones from the Purana villages, are more closely related to the native Sri Lankan Tamils. Therefore what is a proper Sinhalese gene and DNA, when the vast majority of them are recent arrivals from South India? This is why there is a marginal closeness between the Muslims of Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese than the native Sri Lankan Tamils, as most Sinhalese communities, like the Muslims of Sri Lanka are fairly recent arrivals from Sri Lanka. Whereas the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Sinhalese from old Purana Kandyan villages are largely descended from ancient and older arrivals from South India. The Indian origin Tamils are the most recent arrivals from South India, this is why despite being close genetically the Sinhalese, Muslims and native Sri Lankan Tamils are marginally a little bit distant in their DNA, However, almost everyone on the island arrived from South India, therefore all closely related. Large parts of the coastal North West and Western coast where many Southern Muslims are concentrated was Tamil until a century or two ago. Many of the so-called Sinhalese population now living there have a recent Tamil ancestry and will now be counted as Sinhalese for genetic purposes.

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      Obvious many low country, especially coastal and even some Kandyan Sinhalese communities are of recent South Indian origin, just like the Sri Lankan Muslims. Of course, they will be marginally closer due to this factor. You do not need DNA analysis I could have told this or anyone with commonsense. Whereas the older Sinhalese populations, especially from the Kandyan areas are genetically closer to the native Sri Lankan Tamil populations originating from the north and east of the island, as they share a much older common Dravidian ancestry and strangely even west Eurasian halpo groups from ancient times.
      https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html

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        SSS,
        If you analyse every Sinhala surname, most of them have South Indian connection. For example, if you take the surname Hettiarachchi, Hettige, Hettihewa, and so on, they all come from the Hetti or Chetti. If you take Nanayakara (Naanaya Kaaran – money lender), Kodikara (Kodi Kaaran – flag holder/raiser), Sangakara (Sanga Kaaran – temple worker), and so on. Marapana (Marappan), Kodippili, Samarappili, Samarakkodi, Kuruppu, Samaradivakara, Samarasinghe, Tennakoon, Alakeshwara and so on are from Kerala. These are just 1% out of a huge list of Sinhala names with South Indian connection.
        Today, they have become distinct ‘Sinhabahu’s Lion-blooded Sinhala Aryans’, the Nationalist Patriots and guardians of the country (Sri Lanka) and its Religion (Buddhism) and call themselves the blood relatives of Dutugemunu. If the forefathers of these so called “Sinhaputhra/Boomiputhra of Heladiva” had remained as Tamils (without assimilating with the Sinhalese), today the Tamils would have been the majority in Sri Lanka.

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    Thank you dear editor CT for allowing the above comment on Muslim DNA .
    Appreciate it very much

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    I thank God for Science and Scientists first.

    I am very greatful to Dr.Illaperuma and Mr.Asiff Hussain for writting about it..

    This may be just a very minor step,
    however good enough to start off.

    People may copy paste Wekipedia , it may have varios theories , but what matters now is that science has proved all the ethnic group’s the asumptions of local Muslim’s ethnicity wrong , including the Muslims.

    You can never conclude roots based on color , features and langauge.

    If anyone wants to deny the findings of an expert like Dr.Ileperuma on genetics, then they must produce a DNA research contradicting Dr.Illeperuma.

    It’s individuals like Dr.Illeperuma who are unbias and sincere who can give us hope to end hate .

    All conjectures are over, end of Myths.

    Give up the Myths all of you been fed with.

    If any of you still continue with your myths , regret to say those are dellusional .
    Cheers.

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      Fahim Knigh,
      “It’s individuals like Dr.Illeperuma who are unbias and sincere who can give us hope to end hate .”

      After Muslims (Arab and Tamil) were saved from Portuguese persecution and allowed to settle down in Sinhale by Sinhala Buddhists, they lived side by side with Sinhala Buddhists scattered over many places in the country. After 1818, Uwa Wellassa uprising against British, Muslims helped British to destroy that area completely using scorched earth policy. During British rule, Muslims worked as spies to British and helped to capture Sinhalayo who gave leadership to liberation struggles again British. In 1915, Muslims betrayed Sinhala Buddhists by attacking people taking part in a Buddhist procession and started a riot. British used that incident and massacred hundreds of Sinhala Buddhists with the help from Muslims. Easter Sunday terrorist attack by Muslims also a contributory factor to shatter the trust Sinhala Buddhist had towards Muslims. If there is any hatred towards Muslims, it is a result of their behavior. DNA findings will not help to end that.

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    We are living in a era where past misinformation and erorrs in history can be corrected.

    It would be a great disservice to the future generation if we continue to hang onto the misinformation and distortion of history which are both responsible for todays hate.

    There is no other credible Source other than DNA research to confirm roots of ethnicity.

    Its getting extremely boring with this humdrum from a set of comment columnists trying to discredit one another of their ethnicity

    If you can not provide a DNA evidence , you do not have a case .
    Subject closed.

    Lets get on with topics on other business, atleast until you are willing to spend couple of thousand dollars and wait atleast a year for the basic results of DNS to appear.

    But certain people who enjoys crowing about the myths may continue to do so.

    After all.its your bandwidth .

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    “Thus, locally, the only means of defeating the corrupt and racist policies of this government is through the independent mobilisation of people, workers and youth on the basis of their common class interests and a unified political struggle against the Rajapakse government’s disastrous economic and racist agenda.”
    World over, Muslims don’t recognize any economic issue in which they can unite with others. Muslims don’t see any class differences in them. Theoretically Muslim religion don’t accept Marx’s economic demographic divisions. They say they follow a brotherhood religion, which isolate them from other religions. They can still associate them on the political ground with the protesting masses against Appe Aanduwa. But there is no political leadership to guide them. Hakeem waiting for the the day on which Nazzer and Harris will come back home with the good news that he too got in the cabinet after cabinet change. Rishard has done some kind of deal with the Royal government after his crimes to limited to the responsibility for servants girl’s rape and murder incident. We don’t know anything about it though he is back on his good old cart.

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    The Conspiracies of the myth of The distorted Ethnic Identity of Sri Lanka Muslims , continued use as bait and bogeman.
    =======================
    conspirators
    1) The British Raj – main sratergy destroy the unity,induce suspicions to divide and rule.

    2) A prejudised group took advantage of the invaders new identity upon the Muslims , The Moors a Much hated title in whole of Christian world after the fall of Iberia, Mislead their people both Sinhalese and Tamils and created hate against the Muslims.

    3) The Muslim’s Orthodxy School’s Creed which had created a credulous community only made the task easier to the prejudised
    prejudised.

    4)Today while the prejudise have grown lager with hate induced by fear of the world’s most brutal and merciless terrorists,a segment from opposite camps are trying to erase
    a identity that was conferred with dignity by the Noble Kings of Sri Lanka’s both Sinhala and Tamil and all the Bumi putras and want to evict the population.

    5) Various politicians and new Islamist groups are using the British raj’s Arab identity as bait to use the community as their Milking Cows.

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    Dear Sri Lanka Muslims.( all groups)
    Remember this 👇👇👇👇👇

    “Make yourself Sheep and The Wolves will eat you”
    Benjamin Franklin
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    Your continuing submission to the myths of new Islamists Clerics and Muslim Politicians who have not addressed a single grievences of the Community,but only increased it by promoting a anti national Politic under the Name of Muslim will for sure lead the entire community to a very dangerous situation in the future.

    It is in your minds and freedom to use hikama( Wisdom) shun both Of them and move towards a progressive path and create a peaceful and successful system for the future generation.

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    If Muslims continue to believe this Myth of Marakala derived from Markar ( boat) used by Arab sailers and the new Myth of Arab attires Islamic obligation

    Both will only provide a platter on the hands for racists and bigots to induce hate using fear among the people , its comon sense, everytime you are in the eyes of those who have been induced with fear of your attires no matter what color it may be , they only thing that will grip their minds is hate , because you standout of the crowd , in short you are sitting ducks in a battlefield.
    And continous belief in your ancestors comming here on boats will give them all the Excuse to put you on boats and push you into the seas (MAY GOD PREVENT IT)
    .use hika ( Wisdom) not blind faith.
    ===

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      Fahim Knight,
      “And continous belief in your ancestors comming here on boats will give them all the Excuse to put you on boats and push you into the seas…”
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      Of course they came by boats. There were no flights from Middle East or from Hindusthan to Sinhale at that time.

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      Yes they came in Marrak Kalams but not from the Arabian Peninsular , as they pathetically want to believe but from then Thamizh South India. Southern Kerala and Thamizh Nadu again largely from South Thamizh Nadu. The word Marrak Kalam is a Thamizh name, meaning wooden vessel. They were shallow wooden boats. Arabs never hardly arrived on the shores of the island. Whatever little Arabisation that took place was in South India. A few southern Muslims may have a little bit of Sinhalese ancestry from their mother’s side, but even this is minimal. Sri Lankan Muslims are basically immigrant South Indian Thamizh Hindu converts to Islam. The ones from the north, north west coast and east are 100% Thamizh and largely arrived on the island during the late 14Th century,when the brief Islamic Delhi Sultanate rule in Madurai fell. The majority who live down south are again the same with some genetic input from Arab/Chingkallams ,even this is minimal. They largely arrived during the early British colonial period from Thamizh Nadu. Chingkallams or for that matter native Eezham Thamizh hardly converted to Islam.

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    Kindly note I never ever use any orther Nick besides Fahim Knight to Comment be it CT , daily Mirror or any online news or social media platforms

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    The bravest man is one who has been abandon by his Kith and Kin, Only because he wants to right the wrong, accept the bitter truth and willing to walk into hellfire with a conviction to submit to the call of heaven’s Call.
    Fahim knight

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    The only way for peace, stability and proseperity is ,
    ==========================
    Stop forcing your religous beliefs on others,takecare of your own people, it would give your religion a bad name if people realise while you have failed the main duty of your own religion ,which is to uplift your own members , who are probably in large numbers living in poverty.

    Stop blowing your trumpet about your religion is the best and only way to heaven, always remember though Rolles Royce is the best car, yet it can not fly.

    Stop insulting other’s beliefs and breaking their hearts.

    Sucessful religion and that is of true spirit is not lying and fabricating hatred towards other religions, but learing tolerence, respect towards all religions, but it is also everyones right not to believe in other religions and refuse to worship or serve the dieties of other religions , but to respect is duty bound on every civilised person and only those who are uncivilised, barbaric and ignorant will disrespect other religions.

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    Excuse the typos.
    To the heaven’s Call.

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    This Arabian origin is an Arabian night fairy tale. First deliberately encouraged by the British to divide and rule and then after independence by all Chingkalla led governments with the connivence of Muslim ploiticians and the southern elite to divide and rule the island’s Thamizh. You can now see the results who successful they were on dividing and ruling the Thamizh and destroying each Thamizh community one by one. Indian origin first, then native EEzham and now Muslim. The only difference is unlike the other two Thamizh communities the Muslims connived the Chingkallams to destroy the rest of the Thamizh and now are suffering the same fate.

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    My Comments are all meant well and concerned to my Community( Sri Lankan Muslims as known today) and not other Muslim Communities of The Muhammadan’ pbuh’ Fraternity( Ummah)
    Pls don’t Shoot the messenger

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    Dear Jit,
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    This is only PREAMBLE

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    We’re seriously concerned about racism and corruption in Lanka. The messages that that I want to convey to you are clear in my mind, but formulating them is difficult. Substantiating is even more so, and there are huge gaps in my knowledge of details.
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    Looking at what you’ve said, and paying heed to the fact that you are equally lost for answers, please be magnanimous enough to digest some of my views that differ from yours.
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    All humans have frailties; almost all have seeds of goodness in them as well. Let me apply that to our politicians:
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    You’re right. As nimal fernando says we have to walk round, even at noon, with a lantern among the SLPP guys to find anything good in them.
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    Therefore, let’s stop nit-picking about Dudley. I started off agreeing enthusiastically about his having been a decent and kindly gentleman; but not perfect in all respects. Heap all the caveats that some have been making; they weigh less than his virtues. With hindsight we, lesser people, see ways in which his performance could have improved. To do so is not to denigrate. Basta!

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      My PAST, and my CURRENT stand
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      I’m a current resident of Bandarawela, where I was born, to parents born in the Galle District – a little inland; known ancestors, all “Sinhalese”. I describe myself as a retired Uva village English teacher, but I’ve had experience elsewhere, always as a teacher. Only two languages: my English is better than my Sinhalese. Forbears: many teachers. My father was one, died at 53, when I was 14, which upset me, and so I began training as a Teacher of English when twenty (after teaching for a year to qualify for paid leave). I later acquired other qualifications in English.
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      There’s English in the family. My maternal grandfather taught in “a best missionary school” for 49 years, and had at least 13 children. When the first wife died, he married the sister!
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      It seemed natural to support the UNP, but 1983 called that into question. I don’t know much Marxism, but consider the NPP the best option now. They have three members in Parliament; ask if puzzled. Kumar David, who writes so much on CT was also a candidate in the 2020 Elections. National List, but he never expected to get in.

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    As long as irrefutable scientific proof through reputable sources are produced , I am a Yonaka Sri Lankan and nothing else matters as long as The law of the Land does not deny it and whats more I am a Sri Lankan and foreigners no matter Sinhalese or Tamil , you have no more rights here and I do.
    So have a love ER lee day and open the lid and let thee devil out over a glass of polgaha yatte kotiya😁

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