3 December, 2022

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Racists Have Made Sri Lanka A Hell-Hole For The Minorities

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

In 2016, an astrologist named Sameera Chandrasiri from Helabima newspaper in his column, in a crafty way predicted an impending Sinhala-Muslims conflict soon and attributed cattle slaughter during ‘Ramazan’time (??) as one of the possible causes/sparks. Leave aside the comical aspects of the prediction itself, this has come true not because of the cattle slaughter but as a result of racist mad cows/cattle and dogs who embarked on a well- orchestrated hate campaign based on a Sinhala Buddhist platform ever since independence which has now reached another new peak in the Post War era. With added venom, they set upon a community who always stood by the Sinhalese in sun or rain to protect the territorial integrity of  their motherland- The Muslims of Sri Lanka. In July 2016, I quoted this funny astrologer and wrote an article to Colombo Telegraph titled ‘Another Sinhala-Muslim Conflict Brewing: Government Caught Napping!’ and explored the historical landscape of Post-Independence and Post-War Sri Lanka and argued that the government’s lack of political will and resoluteness is pushing Sri Lanka into a social volcano waiting to explode at any moment. This sadly came true and as a matter of fact, there was no need for an astrologer to predict this calamity, as any observer with a fine tuned common sense will and could have seen telling signs of this gathering storm.

Ethnic or religious clashes or conflagrations have not been anything novel or new to the Sri Lankan Dharma Dweepaya. In fact, modern Ceylon’s first ethno-religious riots targeted not Tamils but Muslims in 1915. Then, ever since Independence, there were many ethnic conflagrations mainly between Sinhalese and Tamils and many renown scholars I have been quoting in many of my articles such as KM De Silva, Neera Wickramasinghe, Amunugama, Tambiah and also Jayadeva Uyangoda have all highlighted that the rise and institutionalisation of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism in post-independent Sri Lanka bear much responsibility for today’s ethnic conflicts between the majority Sinhalese state and the minorities. In a classic case of ‘Labbata Thiyapu Atha Puhulatath’, upon the heels of the end of a protracted Sinhala Tamil ethnic conflict which aggravated with the now infamous 1983 pogrom against the Tamils, there came the well-orchestrated hate campaign against the next biggest minority –the Muslims, which culminated in the Aluthgama dubbed by many analysts as a mini-1983. Sinhalese Christians were targeted too.

Drawing parallels between 1983 riots and 2014 Aluthgama riots may not be fair, but few similarities can be identified. One such similarity being not just the inaction on the part of the then-governments to act decisively and firmly on time but also shameful attempts to brand the victims as perpetrators. Post-war period under MR was a time of immense pressure for the minorities. Tamils after difficult times under the ruthless Tigers were thrown into disarray and marginalized due to the arrogant ,supremacist and majoritarian polices adopted by MR. Many are still languishing in refugee camps while no plausible solutions were offered to sort out their genuine grievances. International community put Sri Lanka on the dock for the excesses committed by the Armed Forces during the last stages of the War. Muslims on the other hand went through hell when many hate groups with implicit State support, operated without fear or sanction throwing all decencies to the wind, while the silent majority watched helplessly. Muslim politicians were caught napping. Sri Lanka became once again, almost a pariah state in the eyes of the world.

However, Sri Lanka was once again provided a historic opportunity when Sri Lanka went to the Polls in 2015 and elected a so-called Yahapalana (my foot!) government which promised many things, particularly to make promotion of national reconciliation and tackling the endemic racism in Sri Lanka, as one of their priorities. As Sri Lanka has proved in the past, this was another historic eyewash and this priority was fast forgotten and the government went into a deep slumber allowing these racist beasts and dogs to decide the destiny of Post War Sri Lanka. While the Tamils, once a dynamic industrious community were beaten back to defeatist mentality after the defeat of the Tigers, Muslims and even Sinhalese Christians  were made to feel like second class citizens while the Sinhala Buddhist racist mentality promoted and nourished by rogue Buddhist monks and a political class with vested interests, controlled the national discourse despite all the glib talk of  national reconciliation. Yahapalaya (good governance) became Yamapalanaya (devil rule) specially for the minorities in Sri Lanka.

What happened in Gintota sometime ago and more recently in Ampara, Digana and beyond were  certainly not issues where battle lines should be drawn between Muslim and Sinhala communities as a whole and sorted out with knives and daggers on the streets. They were local issues and day to day issues which happens almost daily ,which could be sorted out at the local / Police level or at worst in Courts. Hate groups however chose to carry out their evil anti-Muslim agenda whether the canards they based their actions on has any scientific or logical basis or not. It was amusing to see how the government went  into a state of utter helplessness and numbness, when there was enough evidence and prior information about the plans of these racist forces to inflict damage of the economy and the psyche of the Muslims. After the horses have bolted, they came out into the open , the government imposed curfew belatedly and also State of Emergency to control the racist goons in action who went from one Muslim village in the Central Province to another setting fire to their houses, mosques (24 were attacked) and also their economic base –their businesses. The law enforcement as usual including the Special Task Forces (STF) acted with bias and in many occasions as reported by the victims themselves helped the perpetrators. The Sinhala villagers says that it was outsiders who came in busloads and in groups who did all this damage while the Police and STF looked on. Ring leaders like Amith Weerasinghe and Ampitiye Sumana (thero) were seen on the streets directing operations mouthing anti-Muslim venom openly without fear of sanction from the Police. Senior Police officers were seen to act impotently in dealing with them. Of course some arrests have been made; but judging by the past records of the Police in directing prosecutions against these racists like what happened in Ampara, the Muslim community is sceptical about the will of the government and law enforcement forces to deal sternly with them and ensure justice to their community deeply hurt. 

This government like their predecessors virtually ignored or turned a blind eye to the Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian dog whistles, hush talks ,open barks both in the social media, at the grass root levels, in parliamentary corridors and  in temples for cheap political reasons. Sri Lankan Muslims no longer can be the punching bags of these hate mongers at a time when the Muslims all over the world, are facing the brunt of a well-orchestrated Islamophobia campaign and asked to assume collective guilt for the action of the Un-Islamic ISIS. This Government like others have been playing a waiting game to act, which were telling signs  appearing on the horizon of impending major Sinhala Muslim clashes.

Muslim patience in the times of the MR regime when these hate groups were at their peak, was admired even by the international community. Even today, Muslims have been showing admirable levels of patience without acting rashly even when these racist dogs have wrecked much damage. They are still listening to their religious and civil leaders (not the shameful political leaders who have lost all their credibility) not to react in haste or emotionally. However it does have its’ limits, as there are likely elements who may get provoked when insulting remarks are made about their religion and the confidence and the psyche of their community been shattered  and their families thrown to the streets like rubbish. Today, Muslims, who have always been a irrelevant factor in the ethnic equation during the ethnic crisis times, have now become ‘Nobody’s people’ and political orphans more due to the impotency of the Muslim ‘leaders’ who have been involved in political gymnastics to fatten their nests compromising the interests of the community.

Dayan Jayatilleka, in his article refers to Jathika Hela Urumaya’s and Champika Ranawaka’s Role in Promoting Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism and the Launching of ‘Islamophobia’ as an Ideological and Political Weapon. He points out…’The Sinhala racists attacked the Tamils to ‘put them in their place’ and because they could, with some degree of impunity, since they were the majority. The gamble failed. .. The story is being repeated with the Muslims. More attacks on Muslims could eventually trigger Islamist terrorism …and drive the Muslims into the arms of the latently separatist Tamils’. If only this NATO (No action –talk only) government stops their hypocritical post mortem talk and start a conscious effort to act firmly against the racists and promote national reconciliation- a ‘sine quo non’ for national progress for Post War Sri Lanka!

Today, this anti Muslim pogrom have earned the wrath of many progressive movements among the peaceful Sinhala community-Movements like Punarudhaya movement of Victor Ivan, Puravasi Balaya of Viyangoda and Dambara Amila Thero and other progressives and also the IUSF led by Lahiru have spoke out sternly against the racist agenda of these monk led rogue racist movements and the morally waning political elements hell bent on creating a war-lord Somalia in Sri Lanka. Minister Kiriella says Buddhists should be ashamed of these racists and should apologize to the Muslims while Navy Commander talked of the pivotal supportive role played by the Muslims in winning the terrorist war and that  those who are involved in attacking the Muslims are traitors. UN and Minority International as well as HR Watchdogs like Amnesty International have taken the SL Government to task. Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed concern and many foreign governments like EU, US and UK have called upon the government to act with fairness towards the minorities and take firm action against the perpetrators of crimes against the Muslim community. Many protests and demonstrations are being held in foreign capitals to draw the attention of the international community to this on-going tirade against the Muslims in Sri Lanka. The country has thus unfortunately been put on the world map once again for the wrong reasons, branding it as a pariah state with no breathing space for minorities.

Cross party consensus should therefore be sought to fight hatred and religious bigotry and to promote national reconciliation. Urgent action should be taken to introduce Hate Speech Law, of course sorting out concerns of civic rights groups of the possibility of provisions being used to persecute political opponents. Legal action should be taken against all ‘Gnanasaras, Amithas, Saliyas and Dan Prasads without fear or favour. A comprehensive plan of action should be drawn out to inculcate the importance of national reconciliation and the dangers of racist and religious extremism in schools, universities and Daham Paaselas of all faiths. Powerful social media should also be used for this purpose. More importantly, a mechanism should be worked out to sort out contentious racial and religious issues at the local level involving religious leaders and social activists. Civic activism and more stronger voice from the Sinhala Buddhist mainstream against these destructive elements, are however paramount to force the hands of the government to take steps to fight racial and religious hatred and to promote national reconciliation. Time to wake up Sri Lanka! Don’t feign sleep!

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    The main culprits are Champika and venom: Galagodaya…….. A former major disclose about Galagoda Gnanasera Terror face . This is for all Galagodayage golayas..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLWnxhB9oOE

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      Ceylonee,
      Thank you posting the link.
      Ajith Prasanna,
      Thank you for all you have done to save the country and being extremely honest regarding the present situation. You are not alone, majority of the ‘true followers of the Buddha’s doctrine’ are with you. May you be Well, Happy, Peaceful and most of all be free from suffering. Metta!

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        Dear Harees, Muslims are in this sorry state due to their short sighted policy mainly for selfish needs. Look at Malaysia, where all minorities are united to keep Malay Islamic racism under check. Tamils did not under cut Chinese for gains by going behind Malays, but stood together despite suffering setbacks. Muslims in Sri Lanka not only supported discriminatory laws against Tamils being passed but also discriminatory acts being carried out because they benefitted. These attacks were in the pipeline but was postponed because of the war with LTTE. Now that the war is over it is in full swing, and is likely to continue. When Alutgama attack took place, I told Muslim friends that this is the beginning and when they told me that it is only one off, I told them this is how attacks on Tamils stared in 1956 and became uncontrollable in 1983. From the comments and video postings in social websites, this anti-Muslim problem is likely to recur. Blame your racist leaders like Rishard Badurdeen and Hisbullah who crowed that Muslims have now become the first minority overtaking Tamils. How long will this status going to last when these attacks continue and Muslims start leaving the country.

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          Both these two men are behind a lot of anti Tamil activities in the north and east Destroying Hindu temples and forcibly acquiring Tamil lands in the north and east for Muslims settlement and business. They are extremists and frauds and should be kicked out of the government just like the Sinhalese Buddhist fascists but this will never happen. These Muslims are very good at pointing the fingers at others but will never acknowledge their own contribution to what happened. They danced with the Sinhalese racist devils from the time of independence , as they benefitted . When Sinhalese were discriminating killing Tamils and burning looting their lands homes business , they gleefully joined in despite being of Tamil ethnicity oops sorry they are Moors( sic) . I can still remember Muslim gangs loudly speaking in their Muslim Tamil dialect going around burning and looting Tamil homes and businesses in 1983. In the east the Muslim home guards heavily armed by the STF were committing untold atrocities on Tamil Hindu villages. Destroying Hindu temples, burning looting raping and ethnically cleansing. Their ferocity and cruelty even shocked many Sinhalese army officers. This is still continuing. A people who came as refuges to the Tamil east are now trying to steal the land from the very same people who took pity and gave them refuge. Ungrateful backstabbing people. They are of Tamil ethnicity but will deny this claim to be everything else and want to destroy everything Tamil. It was a Muslim minister who introduced standardisation to deny Tamils higher education , whilst thousands of less poorly qualified Sinhalese and Muslims benefited from this. In May 2009 Muslims were seen celebrating and dancing on the streets holding victory parades . Celebrating and dancing on the graves and death beds of hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils . They were salivating thinking of sharing the spoils with their Sinhalese partners in the genocidal dance. Now their evil dreams are shattered and they crying foul.

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          Sri lankan inteligent is watching and and inappropiate action plan from minister will will noticed to higher authority,
          It is tasked with both internal and external intelligence-gathering and comes under
          controll of Ministry of defence.

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          I totally agree with you. I am not a racist I love all communities but , living in front of a Muslim school and the filth the Drivers and parents use on us is unbearable and we do nothing about it as we are helpless… half of the school is unauthorised and there is an order to remove the unauthorised part of the building but, reasons best known to the UDA they ignore this order and they continue to harass the residents… so… no wonder these unnecessary situations come up due to there own fault. The Sinhala people have way too much patience… for us this situation is over 12 years

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            Thanks for mentioning for not being a racist.as I know the majority of the sinhalese we move are not racist at all.
            For you to be concern about your own race is obvious.
            If you say about muslim ministers i totally agree cos they are a lot who are prepred even to sell their own …in the name of race or religion to fill their pockets and thats the nature of a politician.(not a muslim)
            But some muslim drivers speaking ill of you is may be the frustration and the only consolation because when a group of sinhalese acuuse of faults incidents such as toffees,camera,sterilized tablets. Jels etc there are poeple to believe those and wastimg time on tests.so what a foolish thing.even among the educated there some who believes such things.this is not due to the way of musloms behavioir but what is pathetic is the hatred lot have made you brainwashed to believe and take time to realize its not true and again u til the next according to their Agenda.in short this is the fact I place before you. Most sinhalese have mot understood the muslims thouroughly as we have understood you.muslims are not a cheap lot who will do such harm to a community and even if some does our community will be the first to oppose..my bro best of my friends are sinhalese and still we share the meal in 1 plate here and also abroad.

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            We saw the Sinhala people’s patience, in Kandy, Ampara, and in Althugama, where their “patience” made them kill, innocent people.
            You have an issue with some people, take it up with law enforcement, there is no need to attack others who have nothing to do with your situation. Only racists will tar an entire community, because some people did not behave the way they were supposed to. No one deserves to have their homes, shops, and places of worship destroyed, because some person did not please YOU.
            Stop blaming the victims, it is a filthy habit.

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          Dr. G.S.
          Muslims start leaving the country? You are dreaming. Where to?
          Soma

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            To your home or to Saudi Arabia their spiritual homeland.

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              Saudi Arabia First foreign trip of US President Donald Trump choosed since becoming President

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            Soma,

            Are all Sri Lankan equal?

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            somass

            ” Where to?”

            Their homeland, South India. Yours too. When they go take your Tamil brethren too with them.

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            Already some rich and professional Muslims may be thinking of leaving the country. Though there is anti-Islamic feeling in the west, governments there will not allow such pogroms to take place. They may be subject to discrimination like any other non-whites, but they can prosper financially, educate their children in best universities and more importantly sleep in peace. This is what Tamils are enjoying in the west which was denied to them in Sri Lanka.

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          Sankara ,

          The solution is not Muslims siding with Tamils because they
          speak Tamil or going the way LTTE went . Tamils must accept
          the fact that Muslims are a religious identity and a scattered
          minority (majority of Muslims) with friendly relations with all
          other communities regardless of religious, language and other
          differences. This situation you can go to explain any way you
          reckon convenient to your position but the truth is Muslims
          are Muslims first and you should respect it before anything else.
          We call you Tamils because you have put your linguistic ID
          before being Hindus or Christians just like Sinhalese are called
          by their language and not religion. If this is what we all are then
          be it ! Why anyone else trying to insist that this should change
          in their favour ? Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims all get married
          among each other even today . So , the ordinary has no barriers
          in mixing thanks to the law of the land and the same is the case
          in our daily life EXCEPT THE GOON CULTURE PREVAILING IN
          ALL THREE COMMUNITIES IN NUMBERS ACCORDING TO THE
          POPULATION RATIO. And these goons are used by RACIST MONKS
          AND RASICT POLITICS . This was relatively a small number that
          has been allowed to expand its base FOR POLITICAL SURVIVAL .
          FOR TEN YEARS I LIVED WITH TAMILS COMPLETELY OUT OF
          TOUCH WITH MY COMMUNITY . DAILY I LIVE WITH SINHALESE .
          I HAVE SEEN BAD PEOPLE IN ALL THREE COMMUNITIES . ALL OF
          US HAVE RACISTS AMONG US IN PRIVATE BUT WE GO IN PUBLIC
          AS ONE and as the first step , this peace must be guaranteed by
          relevant authorities , the police and the judiciary .

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            Tamils are not against Muslims calling themselves a separate ethnic group, but they must scientifically prove it. In the two recent DNA studies undertaken on Sri Lanka moors, it was found that their core genetic material was south Indian with no significant west Asian genetic input. Does this not mean that Sri Lanka Moors belong to the same ancestry as Sinhalese or Tamils, with input from Arabs etc. If they say they are Arab descendants, how can they claim any part of the island as theirs, especially eastern province when despite history in black and white stating that Muslims fleeing persecution by Portuguese were settled there only 400 years ago. Tamils are showing restraint at the atrocities being committed by Muslims in eastern province and Mannar, and despite several complains, government or the police is not taking any action. Even Mahanayake thero of Malwatte had commended the tolerance of Tamils to all provocations by Muslims, when he was briefed by head of Hindu Sammelanam. To guarantee peace, extremists in all communities must be eliminated.

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              Sankara ,
              I haven’t touched on Srilankan Muslim’s history in my comment
              and fortunately Lanka Nitizen waits for you downstairs saving
              my time . Thanks Nitizen.

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        Its really a consolation bro.this is no game at all if a reasonable crowd of the majority of peace loving buddhist walk to the streets,not to support the muslims but to safeguard the future of our children who are brought up with lies,hatred and apatheid. These children will learn the fake history,the children would forget the difference between fake and truth.it will be very late after they become mature and have to face the world as a coward .fake society.

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      Quite right Ceylonese, The main culprits are the CORRUPT politicians and relgious who Distract the Sinhala Modayas from their own corruption with Hate speech against minorities (Muslims and Tamils and Christians) in order to DIVIDE and RULE the country. Minorities are the Scapegoats of corrupt politicians who sing racism to distract the moda masses.

      The Sinhala Buddhist racist Pathala Champika Ranawaka is in the UNP,. The riots were organized to save Bondscam Ranil from being impeached and the No Confidence motion after the defeat of UNP at election.. Sinhala masses are feeling the pain of the massive Economic crisis and DEBT TRAP that Bonsdam Ranil has caused while protecting Mahinda Jarapassa and family of looters. Muslims are the Scapegoat, since Tamils are defeated.
      Pathala Champika who is desperate to power, is now pushing Bondscam Ranil’s neoliberal and neo conservative economic policies to sell off Lanka to the Chinese, India and US and impoverish the people and benefit the Global 1 percent. He wants to be the Chinese Emperor of Lanka!

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    Be careful with your blanket pronouncements. Arabification of moderate Muslims of Sri Lanka and their intolerance and looking down on other faiths is causing resentment. Muslims should not adapt Arab culture blindly. That is stupid. The Abaya and child bride issues are causing problems. No one should try to make parts of Ceylon into Saudi Arabia. You guys want to only attack Hindus and Buddhists without seeing the slow creeping of Wahabism in Ceylon. JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake spoke of it now. Tamils and Sinhalese talk about their extremists but NOT A single Islamic leader has condemned attacks on Sufi mosques by Salafists; not a single person has spoken out against how Welimada pola is taboo to non Muslims etc. Some even support Jihadism and ISIS types. Vast majority of Muslims are not like that; but like Sinhala dog thugs who are not the majority, Muslim wahabi exclusivists are not innocent either. You cannot pretend things like Rishard’s drugs and Wilpattu, excavation of ancient archaelogical sites with false claims are not happening. SHOOT ON SIGHT ALL Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim extremists attacking other people and other places of worship. That will stop the thugs. In the meantime, ask yourselves why child brides and wahabism is creeping up. What do they teach the boys in the Madrassas now? Only Islam is great? others are infidels?

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      Thas.. you seem to be a ” DEAD CORPSE AWLIA” worshipping Fanatic .. am I correct ? Because of your people , I think, srilankan Muslims clash with Budhists ..

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    Name 5 nations where Muslim population is over 60% where Hindus, Christians and Buddhists have the rights to worship openly like we do in Ceylon. Can you name them? Malaysia is only 60% Muslim and it has an OFFICIAL religion: Islam. Maldives prohibits a non-Sunni from ever becoming President. they do not allow Buddhist artefacts by employees in the Hotels. Why? You cannot just keep attacking the majority of your motherland if you turn a blind eye to Arabification and the intolerance shown by ISIS types.

    Did you EVER condemn Taliban and ISIS?

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      You idiot,Malaysian minorities are resent migrants(Sri Lankan minorities are mostly indigenous).and minorities are well taken care in Malaysia(Top ten richest people are not Malays).

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        Arun you are wrong. Malaysian government never took care of minorities other than basic needs. Minorities especially Chinese have looked after themselves. In 1969 there was an anti-Chinese riots by Malays, in which Malaysian economy suffered. After that Malays and Chinese came to an unwritten agreement that Malays will not challenge Chinese domination in economy and Chinese will not challenge Malay domination in politics and this working with Malaysia booming. Yes top ten richest people including two Tamils (Ramakrishnan is of Sri Lankan origin) are not Malays, but they got to this position by their own endeavour and not with any support given by Malaysian government. In contrast if Malays cannot come up despite support given by government, then there is something wrong about them. If you go through, successful Malays either politically or financially have either a Chinese or an Indian ancestry. (Mahathir of Kerala and Anwar of Tamil Nadu). Malaysian government still continues Bhoomiputra policy in respect to University admission, state employment and land / housing allotment.

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    Racists Have Made Sri Lanka A Hell-Hole For The Minorities.

    you are wrong

    Racists Have Made Sri Lanka A Hell-Hole!

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    You promptly claim ISIS to be unIslamic; yet they use words of the Quran from the Hadiths like the Taleban. So you are quick to accuse these Sinhala thugs as Buddhists. Shows a total lack of understanding of Buddha’s teachings. They are NOT Buddhists either. Why can’t you say that? Ceylon does not have an official religion, but Buddhism is given pride of place. Malaysia which is only 60% Muslim has an official religion. Pakistan same(in the throes of a fight between Islamic fundamentalists and moderates). We dont need to talk about Maldives or Saudi Arabia again.

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      The romantic myth of Buddhism being peaceful religion busted day by day. Best examples are Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Yes, ISIS is unislamic and it has been condemned and denounced by worldwide Muslims and Muslims. For a fact, ISIS killed more Muslims than and non Muslims.

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        Prahalad,

        How ISIS is unislamic? They do exactly what their prophet did. It is people like you who are unislamic.

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          So you must be an Islamic scholar. Tell us exactly what the Prophet did, and do make it factual. Thank you.

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            Navin,

            No one wants to be a Islamic scholar to know how retrogressive that religion is. Just go to wikipedia and search for Prophet Muhammad, you will see the light then atleast.

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          Shenali

          “They do exactly what their prophet did. “

          What exactly did the prophet do?

          Did he adhere to “Sunday Sil and Monday Kill”?

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    Start with Saudi funded Wahabi Salafist MADRASSAS. Tell the boys that this is a Buddhist and Hindu majority nation and they need to respect that. Tell the boys being brainwashed, that there is no 70 virgins in heaven for Jihad and that they too should respect women as equals in education. Can you say that without fear in the Madrassas in Galle and Kattankudy? Yes or no?

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      Thassim, there is no madrassass teaching Jihad, if your canard madrasssas preaching Jihad someone should have carried out an act during recent targeted racist attack. Can you tell why the community remained peaceful and why no one wanted to marry 70 virgins. Also, most of the madrassas funded by the Kids’ parents and local community.

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        Shifan,

        Even the Pakistanis are blaming the Sia government for instigating Madrassa schools to radicalize their own citizens. How can we believe that Madrassa’s doesn’t teach Jihads in them? Besides, you don’t want to believe that until some Jihadi nutcase blow himself up that there is no Jihadi teaching in Madrassas?

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          Shenal,

          I have written abt Sri Lanka, why did write abt Pakistan, it is like Koheda yanne Malle pol, pls provide shreds of evidence that SL Madrassas funded by foreigners, I know for a fact that these Madrassas are funded by their parents and the local community. Pls provide an answer to my question, if Madrassa/s teach Jihad, why still no violence??? Pls provide the answer based on SL context not any other countries.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka, in his article refers to Jathika Hela Urumaya’s and Champika Ranawaka’s Role in Promoting Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism and the Launching of ‘Islamophobia’ as an Ideological and Political Weapon. He points out…’The Sinhala racists attacked the Tamils to ‘put them in their place’

    And this guy Dayan Jayatilleka, is an ex diplomat. !!!!!!
    and if an ex diplomat has such blatant racist views what chance is there for Sri Lanka?

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      four in a row !
      well done Jim.
      A record in CT

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      Bravo dumbo Jimba, deleted comments one after the other. There must have been so much substance in there, CT deleted them all.

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      Softy,
      Are you trying to set some kind of record?

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    Another hell on earth. Now MR will say to public .. Look LTTE is coming against so give me power for me once again to defeat LTTE. He has been saying ISIS is here. It all happened with support of MR & co, BBS and Champika R. So. Law makers are terrorists in Sri Lanka. No UN, No European commission, No human right commission. No Arab countries could speak about this injustice.. ,

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    There are reports of at least two Sinhala people killed. One is a sinhala youth killed by drunjkard muslims by beating. christian media do not publish it. It is planned media attak on buddhists by muslims and christians

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      Grenades are not freely available toys….

      How did these rioters get grenades. One rioter has died of an explosion. A few weeks ago there was a grenade explosion on a bus.

      Was the Law and Order Minister aware of this? Was there some support from the forces? was this a carefully crafted “uprising” to bring about Emergency?

      Any answers???

      Has Yahapalanaya become Wahapalanaya?

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      The Structure and Function Military will provide /capable of foiling any such operations since you have signalled it.

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      Dumbo Jimba Shitty, what the heck is DRUNJKARD? ATTAK? Where are you getting these words from stupid?

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    Yes, Mr Harees, these Sinhala murderers are persecuting the innocent ‘thoththa baba’ Muslims. Muslims have never done anything anti-Sinhalese. They didn’t work with the British to give them the Eastern Province in late 17th century. They didn’t stone the Buddhist perahera going past their mosque in 1915. They did not invade all the lanes of Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya and Wellawatta while the Tamils and Sinhalese migrated between 1980s and 2009. They are not refusing to do business with the Sinhalese or Tamils. They did not invade our universities with the help of the Z score. Their aggressive, arrogant leaders like Bathurdeen and Sally did nothing to make Sinhalese angry. I can go on. But the point is, Muslims are pointing to the Sinhalese eye without going in front of a mirror to take a look in their own eye. Muslims today are the true Kafis.

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      We are not thotha babas, Muslims had the courage to stay in Sri Lanka when others left their Mother Land, Harees’s entire theses abt the law and order, if four ppl killed one man why are you bringing Muslim identity here, an avg Muslim boy sacrifice his education and spend hours and hours to learn the trade to make it successful and meanwhile racist thug sets arson, why can t ppl realise and value the hard work, most govt services and jobs are consumed by the majority, why Majority Sinhalese craving to migrate to west and other countries, many sell their properties to raise these funds, if you love your Mother land, you tend to make every effort to make it prosperous, what really hpnd is half of the country sold to Chinese and other half under negotiation bwn China and India, Some can tolerate Chinese businesses but can t take a Sri Lankan Muslim succeed with the minority phobia

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        Shifan,

        Anyone would have the courage when their is a ample dollar reserve flowing from Middle East. Despite that you will also receive the government compensation for Arson. So what to fear for.

        Well Shifan, when we see that our own government bending over backwards for the Muslims and Tamils just because they have some dollars with them; we find there is no alternative rather than to leave this country for good for a better and safer place.

        We see what happens in Muslim dominated areas in our own country. How can we be feel safe when we see that even our own police force which should be impartial favoring Muslims because of the political correctness. We feel insecure when we see Wahabi inspired Muslims starts to roam the streets of some towns freely.

        Most of all Shifan, we feel dejected when we see our own ancient archaeological site being bulldozed and vandalized by Muslims and Tamils. What can we do to stop these things? Kill the Muslims and Tamils? Or just leave the place for good for you people to feast upon it?

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          It is a myth buddy, Petro Dollar did not flow and would not follow only for Muslims, How many Sri Lankans working in Mid East and our entire Dollar reserve dependent on them. Fact of the matter is, some can tolerate Chinese but cannot tolerate a minority put his hard effort to struggle and survive (we are happy if it is any Sri Lankans).
          Yes govt. is providing compensation, it is not even sufficient to carry out cleaning of the properties.
          What did not arsonists and racists achieve — they tarnished the image of the country and reduced the income from tourism (another DOLLAR) earner. Slowly, they are increasing the dependency on the Petro Dollars from Mid East.

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      A good example of an educated fool

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    Grenades are not freely available toys….

    How did these rioters get grenades. One rioter has died of an explosion. A few weeks ago there was a grenade explosion on a bus.

    Was the Law and Order Minister aware of this? Was there some support from the forces? was this a carefully crafted “uprising” to bring about Emergency?

    Any answers???

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    Grenades are not freely available toys….

    How did these rioters get grenades. One rioter has died of an explosion. A few weeks ago there was a grenade explosion on a bus.

    Was the Law and Order Minister aware of this? Was there some support from the forces? was this a carefully crafted “uprising” to bring about Emergency?

    Any answers???

    Has Yahapalanaya become Wahapalanaya?

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    Yes the Sri Lankan Muslims can also start a new chapter by first of all admitting to the fact that they are not Moors or Arabs but Tamils by ethnicity , descended from Hindu Tamils from South India whose ancestors converted to Islam. They should stop behaving and dressing up like some pathetic comic carbon clones of Gulf Arabs , as they are not , stop blindly following Wahhabi Islam and culture and taking Arab names. and stop discarding and scorning their 1000 rich tolerant Tamil Sufi Islamic culture , that they brought from their original South Indian homeland. Even the Arabs have clearly stated that you are not of Arab or Moor descent or heritage but South Asian converts to Islam. This means Tamil Hindus who converted to Islam. A little bit of Arab or other blood does not make you an Arab or a Moor or a cow or anything else. Understood. You are still Tamils by ethnicity and Muslim by religion. Be proud of who actually are instead of suffering from a complex and shamelessly running behind other peoples origin and culture and claiming this as yours, thinking that it will advantage you and make you look good. The Sri Lankan Muslims must also acknowledge the immense damage they caused to the island’s Tamils by joining with the Sinhalese from the start of independence in their genocidal anti Tamil dance. Also stop stealing our lands in the east and destroying Hindu places of worship. You came there as refugees fleeing Portuguese persecution in the west and then Sinhalese persecution in the central highlands( ironically just like now) and we took pity on you and gave you refuge as fellow Tamils , despite being Muslim and also gave Tamil Hindu Mukkuva women to start families , as most the refugees were men. The women and children most probably killed by the Portuguese.

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      Real Siva Sankaran Sharma:

      Pity, Do you know that you’re suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and often feeling inferior that makes you laughable? If left untreated, all wearing suits will look Caucasus to you. Why think Arabs are better than your Tamil origin?

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        He does not thing but you do.

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        Why do your women dress up and cover themselves up in black like some gonibiilas , that too in the tropics , instead of the Indian saree , pavadai or salwar that your mothers and grand mothers wore a generation ago. Were they less devout or Muslim than the present gonibillas ? They were still following their ancestral Indian customs. These traditional Indian dresses suite them much better with their Indian looks, that the frightening black Arab goni billah dress. Poor things they must be sweating and feeling very uncomfortable in those horrible black sack cloths. Black absorbs heat. Any idiot with some sense will not cover themselves up in black in the tropical heat. But you do not care, as they have to look like your Arab masters. Even Sri Lankan Muslim men all in beards and long Arab dresses too . Your fathers and grand fathers, who wearing Indian dresses and following Tamil customs were less devout and Muslim too? What is this big urge to imitate everything Arab and discard your Indian origin and heritage from South India? This Sri Lanka which is part of South Asia and are all Indian by race not Western Asia or South Western Asia. The culture here is Hindu/Buddhist not Wahhabi Arab. Your parents and grand parents blended in but not you all. Becoming more aggressive and fundamentalist and following an alien culture from western Asia ,that frightens all of us and becoming more and more like them

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          Pandi Kuty,

          Why wouldn’t Muslim women wear what they like to wear? Saree is originally a traditional Indian dress, while Abaya is traditional Saudi Arabian dress. Muslim women find that Abaya is more practical than sarees and it covers their body parts that they don’t want to put on a showcase. Both these dresses are origins of other countries, while one meets their practical requirements.

          You might fine that 6 inch gap between Saree and the blouse is divine and hot, but Saree is an impractical and immodest dress (especially for Muslims) that a women had to wrap around about 10 meters of long cloth, yet revealing the navel ,midriff, hip, and other areas while not allowing a woman to move freely or she has to spend half her time to hold, adjust, twist etc..etc.

          For centuries, Muslims have followed Tamil/Hindu cultures and customs. Now they have understood it was a mistake and the cultures, Hindi or Buddhist do not fit in their requirements and changing it. Why do you expect them to stick to your cultures still, while having different cultures got nothing to do with peaceful co-existence? If Buddhists and Tamils have their own cultures, Muslims should also have theirs, why do you want to be culture supplier to Muslims (LOL) or force them to use yours?

          If Abaya frightens you, better seek some remedy to cure your weakness. Rather than being a scumbag to force your culture and dictate on dress code on someone else, you idiot!

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            Your following Wahhabi Arab Muslim culture from the Arabian Gulf not the Tamil Muslim culture that your parents and grand parents and your ancestors followed. It is you who are confused. You are a South Asian, a Tamil belonging to the Indian race not an Arab from the gulf or a Moor from North Africa. No one is stopping you from being Muslim but follow your Indian Tamil culture that blended with the Hindu/Buddhist cultures of the native Sinhalese and Tamils. Not some alien aggressive fundamentalist Arab culture. The sooner you realise and admit to this truth the better for everyone in this country. What is this complex and urge to imitate these fundamentalist Wahhabi Arabs. Just because you are Muslim does not mean you are an Arab. I am Christian. Anglican this does not mean I am a Jew or European. I am still a Tamil

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          Pandi Kutti
          You hit the nail on the head. Every Muslim must read this.

          Black is the worst color for the tropics. This is why Blue, Yellow. green, etc are colors found in Sinhala symbols . Shows how unpractical these people are

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    The ISIS talk is only exaggerated fibs irrelevance of from it whom it is coming.
    Some Lankawe Muslims can go to extremist counties and fight there. ISIS or like the minded organization thriving in Lankawe is not possible.
    Promoting ISIS fear or bringing in OIC bullying will not bring the lost trust between the Muslim mass and the Sinhala mass. That only will aggravate the mistrust between the communities.
    The oppression imposed by the Appe Aanduwa is good environment for freedom fighters stem from. As Muslims wealth is spread all over the country, they cannot have freedom fighters like LTTE. So, only option available for them is ISIS style terrorism.
    Arabian Muslims are migrating to West as refugees. But they don’t like Western countries. The end of it is like Sinhala Workers and Army struggling to occupy North and East but hate those lands. They don’t like the environment of the new place. The West has all kind of freedom. Muslims, by their religious fanatics, are unable to be naturalized there. Extremist move ahead, using this freedom to thrive on terrorism. But, the undemocratic law enforcement of Lankawe is not the environment suitable for terrorist organizations like ISIS. It will not take 30 year, unlike it took 30 years to militarily (only militarily) suppresses the freedom fighters, to wipe out ISIS like terrorism.
    SLFP brought the Sinhala Only, Standardization……. But the same party pretended like going to promote Kathirgamar as Prime minister. But Tamils were not bought for that cunningness. So, only Kathirgamar succumbed for his greed with his faulty assessment of SLFP. SLFP destroyed him with creating a shadow LTTE, like it created second Uthayan in the North.

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    Muslims and Sinhalese fought in 1915. Don Stephen emerged as the Patriotic Hero, the Old King, of that Muslim-Sinhala fight. The same Don Stephen gave Indian Pakistani Citizenship Acts for the Tamils who saved him out of those. But, he gave the MMDA for Male Chauvinist Muslims Politicians to cunningly woo them. Muslims failed to understand the political cunningness of Don Stephen. Muslims may be understanding well the unscrupulous entrepreneurship of business, but failed to understand the unscrupulous cunning of the Sinhala Political leadership. Other than China all major powerful countries have tasted the smartness of Appa Diplomacy. “Ellarum Eeri Sarukkina Kuthirayilai Sakkadaththaarum Eeri Sarukki Vizhunthaaraam” . (Our lord –The Muslims –mounted on the horse which tripped all riders and he too fell down)
    Even at this stage, instead of coming under a common term, Sinhalese and Muslims are trying to be thief to thief only. To scare Muslims, Sinhalese are showing them ISIS. To scare Sinhalese, Muslims are showing OIC.
    It is not going to easy, by this way, to bring back the trust Muslims and Sinhalese enjoyed all these time. The trust was never among the leaderships. But it was there within the ignorant, uneducated mass. Both side leaderships are still remaining as co-thieves, not believing each other, but helping each other on their burglaries. But the masses don’t have this trait so they can either trust each other and be friends or hate each other and be enemies. Reconcilers are reluctant to accept this fact. They know the brewed stuff can boils for decades to come unless cooled down with proper Methods. But they are they are highly confident of their ups, never mind about other party’s ups

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    This is a hell hole for all peace loving, honest citizens who sincerely want to lift this country up from the morass it has fallen into.

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    Please Google Islam and clothing

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      Why? Do you want to spread more hatred and add fuel to the fire?

      Why don’t YOU google Myanmar, Rohingya,, and the world’s most persecuted?

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    It s a hell hole for minority and shit hole to the world

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    Government made a mistake by releasing the 4 thugs on bail (who happen to be muslim but that was not apparently a ethno clash).who killed the Lorry driver. This made people mad because at the very mildest tensions and resentment between the 2 communities is growing. Partly fueled by Wilpattu, Bulldozing an ancient temple, what they see as racism in Welimada where Muslim traders block Sinhalese at the Pola, gradual growth and success of Muslim Kadeys even in Badulla etc. Other fears are the Rishad fears and Wahabi fears. Muslim youth have started verbally abusing Sinhala upper class women even in Colombo for their dress. The scary Abaya sponsored and supported by Wahabi Salafists is spreading. Women are becoming Arabified rather than looking at moderate Muslim nations in SE Asia like Singapore or Malaysia or Indonesia. So the Madrassas funded by Saudi Arabia are spreading exclusivism. Not a single Muslim leader has condemned ISIS and Wahabi terrorism, not condemned Boko Haram and their outlook on women. In other words backwards part of the Quaran and Hadiths are now encouraged and accepted by a growing number of uneducated Muslims. This has led to fear amongst Tamils and Sinhalese Hindus and Buddhists both. Someone needs to have an open dialogue with everyone at village level to see what their fears are. There is a lot of Arabified arrogant Islamification in Kattankudy and other areas. Some Muslim men are just like the savages in ISIS and Taleban in their attitudes towards women. That cannot be allowed in Ceylon.

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      Thangamma ,

      Muslim thugs didn’t kill the lorry driver . Four or even two thugs
      could have killed a man on the spot if the motive was to kill .
      DRUNK MUSLIMS (SHAME TO CALL THEM MUSLIMS) HIT A
      LONELY MAN , he was admitted to hospital and after few days
      he died . All Muslims condemn this and sees this as an ugly
      behaviour . What should happen next happened . They were
      taken to police custody and they were allowed bail because it
      was not considered murder ! It is manslaughter but in either
      case , after the victim’s fall , it is the police that has to do the job
      against the perpetrators , not a gang of goons and some monks ?
      Though unlawful , some revenge act could have happened to
      the attackers in the worst scenario but what happened was a
      well organised anti-Muslim racial attack . The whole world
      knows this now and people like you don’t need to waste your time
      doing your routine research on the lifestyle of ordinary Muslims.
      Do you bother to talk about these attacker Muslims’ alcohol habit ?
      While vast majority of Muslims stay away from liquor habits ,
      these men were drunk means there are Muslims well integrated
      with the culture of the majority , good or bad ? You keep repeating
      like parrots , the same old ISIS , wahabism , Salafism , Katankudy
      Islamification etc; etc; What happened in Kandy was not because of
      any of these ? IT WAS JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE
      SITUATION TO THREATEN MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY .
      WE UNDERSTAND , A BIGGER PICTURE WAS IN THEIR MINDS !
      TO MY KNOWLEDGE , ABSENCE OF POLITICAL WILL TO ACCEPT
      AND LIVE WITH THE REALITY IS THE MAJOR SET BACK IN
      FINDING THE LASTING SOLUTION .

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    after reading the comments I can come to just one conclusion -let the country be governed by anura kumara dissanayake and his team for a while .I am certain only they can unite the people

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    The killing the Lorry driver was because he was Sinhala and he had stopped the Lorry and the Muslim thugs thought the driver was obstructing three wheeler. The driver was sitting on the driver seat. Thugs had hit him with wodden pole. He fell down and died. I think this happneed in Hinduma. This is not the only sinhala killing by arrogant muslims. Clash had begun once the govt released the killers, probably because of political influence.

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      Are you serious or have not taken your medicine on time?

      Whatever said and done, this death cannot be justified at any cost. But , still this a road rage incident which happens every day in SL. Did you watch the video? There there was only minimal assault and the driver walked to Police to lodge the complaint. His mother said that he was OK after that for sometime.

      Along the same lines, are you going to burn and destroy Sinhala businesses when a Sinhala Pradehsiya sabha member and his beastly wife assaulted another Sinhala driver . Don’t be stupid. Did you see Bikkhus setting fire ,. is this Buddhism? This is violent Sinhala Buddhism which scholars talk of .

      Judging by the events which happened from Ampara to Digana, there was clear pre planning and well orchestrated hate attack campaign to destroy businesses and houses. and mosques. This is what Sinhala goons did in 1958, 1983 , 2014 and 2018 -looting in the name of Jathayalaya .

      Were you in the looting squad as well Jim? May Almighty God curse these racist goons who brought immense suffering to innocent people and who are condoning their violent actions!

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    The current Politicians in the Government or in the Opposition are NOT capable of solving the ethnic or economic issues of the country
    We need a NEW set of young Politicians who will not rob Mother Lanka’s wealth and be taking the right Path in order to get the country prosperous and peaceful

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    Right to Identify oneself as one prefers is a birth right
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    well Sri Lankan Muslim Moors or Indian Moors ,may not be Arab decedents, like the Borah community is always been refered as low cast Hindu converts,while they claim they are descendants of some Arab or caliph ,it is no issue, it is an identity by name they have chosen, ,it is their freedom
    and as much as Borahs have the right to identify themselves as Borahs and not be forced to renounce that on the basis of language as low cast Gujarati Hindus ,the same goes to Both moors,Ceylon Moors & Indian Moors ,the language they speak is their freedom ,the race they identify themselves is their freedom ,to hold on to it is their birth right., but to keep on enforcing a racial identity without any scientific DNA evidence the least itself is a form of oppression ,even if DNA proved they are Tamils (which I can safely say never ) still will have the right to identity as Moors.
    Cont..

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    Cont;;;;;;;;;;;; Moors.
    Moors from Tamil Nadu and most from Kerala have a lot of historical evidence today to prove there may be a greater chance of some Arab or North African or Iberian DNA in them , and on the contrary to what the old folks of Ceylon moors thought their Children that Ceylon Moors are of Arab decent and Indian Moors are not , DNA may prove otherwise and might even prove Ceylon moor to be “moor” Sinhalese than Tamil or Arab due to the large inter racial marriages of the past with Sinhalese in south and central provinces etc, and may be there could be more Arab decent Moors with some Malabar mix in north and especially eastern province ,one look at most eastern province Muslim features say it
    cont…

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      Nonsense. No one is stopping the Sri Lankan Muslims from having a different identity but it should be based on truth and not based on myths and lies. If they want a different identity based on their religion from the rest of the Tamils , they should be correctly identified as Tamil Muslims or Muslim Tamils and not Moors. .Just like the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia , the Druze Arabs or the Yazidi Kurds. They all correctly state their ethnic origin correctly despite claiming a separate identity . Slavic not Arabic or Turkish. or Kurdish. Sri Lankan Muslims hardly have any Arab or Moor blood in them and this has been proven many times. Using history and DNA. The Arab/Moor element in the Sri Lankan Muslim genetic makeup is far below average and they are Dravidian South Indians and are closely related to the island’s Sinhalese and Tamils, as well to the South Indians and this includes the South Indian Muslims. The Borah may still identify themselves as Guajarati and not anything else. They are a Shia sect amongst the Guajarati Muslims . The most Arab amongst all Indian Muslim ethnic groups are the Mappila Muslims of Kerala . Even these people have only 15% Arab DNA and the rest is Indian. They still do not identify themselves as Arabs but as Malayali. You Sri Lankan Muslims are Dravidian Tamil immigrants from Tamil Nadu and even the ones whose ancestors migrated from Kerala are not descended from the ethnic Malayali Mappila Muslims from northern Kerala but from the ethnic Tamil Muslim immigrants from the South and Central parts of Kerala, whom the Malayali used to call derogatively as Thullukan. Do not distort history . You people have been brainwashed to deny your actual Tamil heritage and go on worshiping anything Arab and will do anything to prove this. It is pathetic and sad but is proves to the other Tamils, that you can never be trusted.

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