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Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments!

By Muhammed Fazl

Muhammed Fazl

Muhammed Fazl

With three days to go for the Uva PC elections and dubbed as a ‘measurement of the pulse of the people’ by all sides, I wonder if the outcome would make any difference, especially to whom it matters the most – the poor. Whilst the ominous signs are written all over the camps of the ruling types, in the event of an opposition victory, would it also set the balls rolling for a change of direction this country so badly seems to be in need of?

Think so I do not, not when the opposition forces are divided, not when their members have individual and personal agendas and interests, and most certainly not when they forget who their common enemy is. While I make my observations, as usual and once again, I share my thoughts towards giving an impetus to the ‘just-woken-from-deep-slumber’ opposition parties.

1 – In an age where they invade your living rooms and directly influences your decisions as to what you should or shouldn’t do, or how you should think or think not, it would be plain stupidity on the part of members playing in the big leagues to underestimate the make or break abilities of media houses. As Mr. Winston Churchill once said, “there are no permanent friends but only permanent interests”, I suggest members in the opposition ranks to refrain from pointing accusing fingers at media men/women, especially at privately owned ones, and however strong the dished out antagonism is. Hope Mr. Mangala Samaraweera takes serious note.

2 – Muslim votes are divided and so are the Muslim politicians. While I am very much against communal politics, for the sake of bringing about a change and in defence of rights of the Muslims, it is essential for all Muslim politicians, voters and activists to represent one united bloc. It is not late for Mr. Faizer Musthapha, Mr. Rauff Hakeem, Mr. Rishard Bathiudeen, and Mr. Fowzi and for the rest of the Muslim politicians who are aligned with President Rajapaksa to walk away from the government in power. And it is not as if they have done a yeoman service to the Muslim community while holding ministerial portfolios. It must be mentioned that this country can also do without politicians doing favors for constituents based on ethnicity and or religion.

Muslim MPsThe same Muslim legislators appearing afterwards at the sites of racist attacks directed at the Muslim population and speaking of remedial measures is also NOT needed. If not for their sustaining and support of the current despotic and the racist regime, Muslims of this country wouldn’t be in this predicament as seen today and in the first place.

While a united Muslim and or a united Tamil bloc could swing the balance most certainly in a major election, it is imperative that under NO circumstances they should contest in alliance with the ruling political party. Once bitten, should be twice shy they say. Living in my utopia, defeating the ruling types in an election can happen ONLY if there is ONE COALITION of opposition parties, consisting of the UNP, JVP, a united Muslim alliance, a united coalition of Tamil parties, etc. While allocation of seats and ministerial portfolios can be discussed and agreed upon beforehand, should a Tamil or a Muslim chooses to contest independently or aligned with the ruling party, he/she should be ‘dealt with’  severely by his/her own kind for creating disunity in their communities. My suggestion may not reflect the idea of a vibrant democracy…, but then again, when the future of this country is at stake, for greater good, I believe it would be alright to circumvent the rules a bit. Let this article also be a mild warning to the likes of Mr. Faizer Musthapha, Mr. Hakeem , Mr. Fowzi , and Mr. Azath Salley etc.

3 – Might is not right and popularity is not competence either. Hence, it is important for the masses to identify and ‘neutralize’ the evil kind and to ‘prevent’ the likes of Mr. Abdul Cader of Kandy, the pet canine of the President, Mr. Azwer, Mr. Muzammil of NFF, Mr. Douglas Devananda, Mr. Karuna Amman, Mr. Sri Ranga and Mr. Pillayan among others from infringing and distorting the ‘democratic process’.

The Tamil community and politicians representing them should also form ONE UNITED BLOC led by the TNA on the same lines as Muslims would.

4 – Infighting amongst the opposition ranks will only result in losing the plot and their contrasting opinions need not be public knowledge either. Mischief makers and Trojan horses did exist from time immemorial and as seen not long ago with personalities in the calibre of Mr. S.B Dissanayake, Mr. Johnston Fernando, Mr. Lakshman Senevirathne, Mr. W.J.M. Lokubandara, Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara and Miss. Upeksha Swarnamali among others. I also hope Mr. Ravi Karunanayake reads the Colombo Telegraph.

5 – Bringing down a despotic regime need not be the sole domain of selected political parties or only during times of elections. Taking into consideration public protests taking place elsewhere against tyranny and nepotism, it is unfortunate that we are known as a nation of cowards for our stoical silence. And we certainly should hang our heads in shame for our egomaniacal attitudes as well. As much as I appreciate the energy of the opposition activists in Uva, I am also saddened knowing its temporary nature and its absence when elections are not held.

If the masses cannot be educated and informed about the true state of affairs in the country, immaterial of their voting patterns, it is nothing but a failure on the part of the opposition parties. Taking stock and licking their wounds they do after every defeat… and the momentum returns back afterwards to the same levels when it all started. Attempts to lay down new strategies or to forge a united alliance in toppling the biggest ‘enemy of state’ seems to have lost steam in the immediate aftermath of every election, and solely due to a lack of inspirational leadership in the opposition camps. Veterans they may be, but it is high time for the seniors in the opposition camps to give a reasonable audience to the young blood and to the sensible. Besides, their seniority or their tenure has brought nothing but defeat after defeat. Elections or no, mobilizing the ordinary masses to rise up and speak up should be on the horizon. Hence, the paramountcy in the appointment of motivational and competent speakers and leaders, at least at district levels.

Failures of the law enforcement departments to maintain law and order should be considered a weakness and taken advantage too. This could be an added impetus to the brave dissenting voices, and ‘harnessing’ it amongst the university students and members of labor unions would also set the stage for a ‘season of spring’ and that which could be the need of the hour.

6 – Money talks… and certainly they do in this isle of ours. A system should be in place to raise finances and sustain a campaign long before the date of an election is announced.

7 – Research teams should be established from each party and should work collectively in unearthing instances of corrupt government practices, abuse of power and pervasion of justice. Documenting it and identifying the perpetrators should be equally essential in the event of a possible accountability mechanism taking shape in a future government.

8 – Current heads of armed forces may or may not be totally politicized, but it would be advisable for the opposition parties to maintain a working relationship at least with the lower rung in the armed forces and who are patriotic not just in words. This becomes important when securing the exit points of all ports, air and sea on the eve of counting electoral votes.

9 – Third time presidency should be disputed in a court of law (impartial or not). People voted for crossed-over legislators in the last elections with the understanding that they will oppose the regime of President Rajapaksa and his policies. The voters were MADE TO BELIEVE and FOOLED in to thinking that their views and aspirations would be represented in the parliament accordingly. Speeches of those respective candidates and their individual manifestos at the time of election campaigning are testament to their deception. I am no lawyer, but my sixth sense tells me that this reason alone would suffice in discarding the votes and nullifying the extension of the presidential term, connivingly adopted with the assistance of ‘rogue’ members of parliament who crossed over to the government.

10 – If the government of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa does not play by the rules, which is habitual now, I question the wisdom of opposition parties in doing it any different. If blatant abuse of power, rampant corruption, politicization of the judiciary and the armed forces is the norm in present times, and in times of elections, if abuse of state resources and state media, causing murder and mayhem by the government in power becomes an accepted practice in the land of Buddha, I guess we all have to adjust to that state of lawlessness.

Oh, and the last rule… there are NO RULES!

*The writer is an independent social/political activist and can be contacted on muhammedfazl@msn.com and through FB Fazl Muhammed Nizar.

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    I really dont think that UNP of today, DP, JVP will alow any form of corruption if people would give them a chance to make their efforts. Now we have been having the current kind of over abusive in all forms- for nearly 2 decades. People should see their belly feeling before voting idiots into power. Mahinda Rajapakshe and his adminsitration is the most corrupted one we ever had sofar. Today the masses that he wastes knowing the situation of the poor of the the poor that struggle for their 3 meals –
    As JVP clearly pointed out, just to maintain MRs office, they the buggers let disspaear millions in the same time not caring enough for the increasing malnourished fractions of our society.

    As a tree paracited, today our society is infiltrated by drug mafia. Drug mafia men are the ones that finance all campaigns of MR adminsitration. Lanza the one who was publicly accused by Police to have run whole sale drug business was visited by President by using helicopters to paint an another picture to the nation and world. That alone paints the picture to the nation and world, that this man in power is NOT at all PEOPLEs representative of the highly literate nation of the SOUTH asia.

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      I think the masses have to reach rock bottom before they realize that the UNP is the best, and only, sane choice. MR will not let this happen. Crumbs from the table will always keep their hopes alive. Very sad.

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        Read it clearly and add your comments.
        It is not the unp of 80ties but today UNP. I really dont think those men OF UNP today would repeat any kind of failures of their older bunchs.
        UPFTA candidates of today are 100% abusive by all means. This people should be able to differenziate.

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      Fazl…..

      you must watch these stuff I have posted here. YOU MUST WATCH….

      You will get a clear picture on how the Sri Lankan state from a long, long time ago was being designed then in the late 1800 with a ZIONIST crypto-jew agents and Satanists (to Sri Lanka H.Blavatsky & Olcott) who were sent to all over the world for the propagation of Islamophobia and anti-Russian Orthodoxy which will form an alliance in the end time to smack the ZION.

      Olcott & Blavatsky were special chosen people of the ZION (which was about to be born) and to the Asian region destination to mind controll the easiest stupid racial groups. They found that stupid race in the Sinhalas and picked Anagarika Dharmapala for the job. The rest is history. The BBS/Rajapakse evil axis is a wider mafia group composing almost all the strata of of the Sinhala society, who will

      1. Defend the ZIONISTS (with sweat & blood)
      2. Have business.military links and dealings.
      3. Persecute the Muslims.
      4. Introduce vices (Casino/Pornos/Prostitution/Narcotis/Murder/Kidnaps/Robberies/Thefts….) list is endless…
      5. Prepare the groundwork for the Zionist propelled WWIII

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      Muhammed Fazl –

      re: Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments!

      “With three days to go for the Uva PC elections and dubbed as a ‘measurement of the pulse of the people’ by all sides, I wonder if the outcome would make any difference, especially to whom it matters the most – the poor. Whilst the ominous signs are written all over the camps of the ruling types, in the event of an opposition victory, would it also set the balls rolling for a change of direction this country so badly seems to be in need of?”

      The UPFA thugs will lose the majority, and still may win with their 10 “Commandments”. Is the opposition getting the message across on the corruption and criminal activities?

      Anyway, the 10 Commandments have been controversial throughout history..Moses was a revisionist..

      Christopher Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9weXGtCk7c

      Published on Jun 8, 2012
      “The Ten Commandments were set in stone, but it may be time for a re-chisel. With all due humility, the author takes on the job, pruning the ethically dubious, challenging the impossible, and rectifying some serious omissions.”

      Hitch’s article on the subject: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/fea

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      Muhammed Fazl –

      Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments!?

      Hitchens DESTROYS Religion. Includes 10 Commandments.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuI4Nzc07Io

      Published on Dec 7, 2012
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      Muhammed Fazl –

      Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments!

      Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments of ISIS- The Wahhabi Devils, Satans.

      URGENT: ISIS destroys Castle of Tikrit, birthplace of Salahuddin Ayubi

      http://www.iraqinews.com/features/urgent-isis-destroys-castle-tikrit-birthplace-salahuddin-ayubi/

      Tikrit (IraqiNews) The elements of the terrorist organization of the Islamic state in Iraq and Levant detonated the ancient castle of Tikrit, known as Salah al-Din.

      The activist Marwan Naji said in a press statement “because the castle of Tikrit is one of the landmarks of Iraq, being the birthplace of the leader Salahuddin Ayubi, the organization ISIS bombed it.”

      The organization ISIS has already carried out bombings on religious shrines of the prophets such as the shrine of the Prophet Yunus in the city of Mosul

      Salahuddin Ayyubi (Saladin)
      AFRICA, MUSLIM HERITAGE, MUSLIM WORLD |

      http://www.whyislam.org/muslim-world/salahuddin-ayyubi-saladin/

      Salahuddin Ayyubi, popularly known in the West as Saladin, was a courageous and brilliant Muslim leader during the 12th century. His firm foundation in the religion and its prime values, leading to his commitment to the Islamic cause, enabled him to accomplish great things.

      His Ayyubid Empire united Egypt and Syria. Above all, he played an instrumental role in turning the tide against the Crusaders by successfully reclaiming Jerusalem and earned a name for himself in the annals of both Muslim and Western history.

      Saladin was born in 1137 AD in Tikrit, Iraq, and studied the Quran and theology along with astronomy, mathematics, and law. He joined the military as a young man and was ably trained by his uncle Asad-al-Din Shirkoh, a commander of the Zengid Dynasty. Saladin’s impressive performance in his early battles enabled him to take on leading responsibilities during military campaigns.

      His rise from a soldier to the King of Egypt and Syria was the result of both cleverly executed tactics and advantageous circumstances. He held key posts in Egypt, enabling him to consolidate power and overthrow the Fatimids. Syria, at the time, was ruled by the Zengids; when the Zengid ruler unexpectedly died, leaving an underage successor, the road was eventually cleared for Saladin to capture Syria. During his reign, Saladin built many schools, hospitals, and institutions in his quest for intellectual and civic achievements. He was also determined to bring justice, peace, and prosperity to those within his domain.

      Salahuddin is best known for repelling the Crusaders and reconquering Jerusalem. He defeated and decimated large numbers of the Crusaders in the decisive Battle of Hattin in July, 1187. On his way to Jerusalem, Saladin conquered almost every Crusader city. After a siege, Jerusalem was handed over to him in October of the same year. Subsequent efforts by the Crusaders to win back Jerusalem were resisted until they finally gave up and retreated homewards.

      Although one would expect Saladin to be hated among the Crusader nations, he became one of the most esteemed Muslim figures of the medieval Islamic world because of the generosity he displayed towards the Christians despite the brutality Muslims had endured at the hands of the Crusaders. When the Christians had overtaken Jerusalem during the very first Crusade, they carried out mass atrocities and killings, creating a bloodbath in which the Muslim residents were the most prominent targets, as graphically documented in the PBS series Islam: Empire of Faith. In the words of the chronicler of Crusades, Raymond of Agiles, the massacre was so extensive that the Crusaders “rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins.”

      When Saladin retook Jerusalem, the Christians waited for a similar onslaught. However, Salahuddin not only spared the Christians but treated them honorably, allowing those who wished to leave to do so in peace, and for those who wished to stay to do so in harmony. Truly, he was a living example of the tolerant, progressive, and inclusive faith which was so dear to his heart. By showing restraint and peaceful treatment, Salahuddin was upholding the central tenets of Islam such as freedom of religion and protection of non-Muslims.

      Moreover, his chivalrous conduct toward King Richard I, and the mutual respect which ensued despite their warring roles, won him further accolades in quarters that could not bring themselves to despise him. “When Richard falls sick at the siege of Acre in 1192, Saladin not only sends his personal physician Maimonides over to treat him, he sends ice to help him fight the fevers and certain healing fruits. When Richard’s horse is killed during battle, and the English king finds himself on foot facing the entire Muslim army, the Muslims let him walk by their entire phalanx without attacking. Later, Saladin sends him two fresh mounts so he will not be at a disadvantage,” wrote Michael Hamilton Morgan in Lost History.

      According to the French historian, Rene Grousset, “It is equally true that [Saladin’s] generosity, his piety, devoid of fanaticism, that flower of liberality and courtesy, which had been the model of our old chroniclers, won him no less popularity in Frankish Syria than in the lands of Islam.”

      Salahuddin Ayyubi died in 1193 AD at the age of 56. Although he was at the helm of a vast empire stretching from Egypt to Syria, he himself owned very little. At the time of his death, his property and assets included a horse and money which was not sufficient even to bury him. He had devoted his entire life to the service of Islam and his subjects, avoiding the pomp and splendor which often distract rulers. Indeed, he was the epitome of a true hero and a devoted Muslim.

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      Muhammed Fazl –

      Redefining The Rules – The Ten Commandments!

      Redefining The Rules – The ISIS Wahhabi Devils, Satan Terrorist Commandments!

      America’s anti-ISIS coalition is “ridiculous” says Iran’s President

      http://www.iraqinews.com/arab-world-news/americas-anti-isis-coalition-ridiculous-says-irans-president/

      Tehran (IraqiNews.com) The Iranian President Hassan Rohani condemned the barbaric acts committed by the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and criticized America’s plans to form an international coalition to confront this organization in Iraq as “ridiculous.”

      Rohani said in an interview with the American network NBC and followed by IraqiNews.com, that “Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?”

      “If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.

      “Maybe it is necessary for airstrikes in some conditions and some circumstances,” he added. “However, air strikes should take place with the permission of the people of that country and the government of that country.”

      Asked about the extremists’ beheading of American James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Briton David Haines, Rouhani said ISIS’ actions are at odds with Islamic tenets.

      “They want to kill humanity,” he said. “And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity. And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”

      Rohani stated that Iran will provide any support requested by Iraq to confront ISIS and emphasized the need to protect Shia holy places.

      “When we say the red line we mean the red line,” Rouhani said. “It means we will not allow Baghdad to be occupied by the terrorists or the religious sites such as Karbala or Najaf be occupied by the terrorists.”

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    Sharia low?

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    Reflection on a few issues raised by Fazl,

    ‘And it is not as if they have done a yeoman service to the Muslim community while holding ministerial portfolios’. Only partly true. They do yeoman service to themselves holding on to these portfolios.

    ‘If the masses cannot be educated and informed about the true state of affairs in the country,’ The masses can be educated and informed however the fear of the white van and marauding thugs in saffron robes will ensure they will stay behind locked doors.

    ‘currant heads of armed forces may or may not be totally politicized’. They are and reaping the benefits from the corrupt and criminal enterprises bestowed on them by the government. Raping Tamil girls in the north is just an added bonus.

    ‘Third time presidency should be disputed in a court of law’. Don’t bother. Remember who the CJ is.

    ‘If the government of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa does not play by the rules’. Remove ‘If’ – period.

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    .
    The real President of Srilanka is GoRa and the Leader of the opposition is MaRa.

    GoRa decides, MaRa says no but in the end GoRa wins.

    So, are we voting for GoRa or MaRa?

    :-)

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      I am a fan of GoRA . We need more like him

      Cheers

      Abhaya

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        abhaya

        “I am a fan of GoRA . We need more like him”

        When you have a hero in Gora you don’t need enemy.

        By the way some believe Hitler was their hero.

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          are you tamils all sucking up to Lee Kwan yew . Gora reminds me of him .

          Cheers

          Abhaya

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            Abhaya

            “are you tamils all sucking up to Lee Kwan yew . Gora reminds me of him .”

            Are you a Sinhala/Buddhist moron who wants to remain an ignorant moron rest of your life?

            Gora is a war criminal.

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            It is just because you represent the community that behave as if they are deaf and blind. You have not learnt anything though you live in the states. For their stupidity they have appointed you as one director in a branch that most likely be far from undrstanding. This monring I watched a program that the small kids are trained to shoot in the US which is not even thinkable in Germany or any other highly developed euroepan world. So no wonder US idiots to give you a chance to direct them. OMG

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        @ Abhaya

        “I am a fan of GoRA. We need more like him”.
        Why don’t you call yourself “Gobaya” instead of Abhaya??

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    When Churchill said “there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests”, it should be remembered that Churchill was a champion of British superiority and the power of the British Empire. He was against giving the British colonies their independence, despite calling on the colonies to support the British war effort. He was also one who engaged in, indeed orchestrated, the cynical divide and rule policy of the empire in the first half of the twentieth century.

    Churchill, aside from being an aristocrat and senior Mason, was a strong supporter of the eugenics movement and notions of racial superiority and racial purity. This obsession with racial purity and disapproval of mixed marriages was exported throughout the Commonwealth under Churchill’s influence, with terrible results. The eugenics doctrines pushed by Churchill found form in the racist apartheid system in South Africa as well as the genocidal “assimilation policy” in Australia (where Churchill is still regarded as a great war hero).

    A misunderstanding of Darwin’s theories which had given rise to eugenics and Social Darwinism in the West, also had influence in Sri Lanka, where there was rising nationalism between “Aryan Sinhalese” and “Dravidian Tamils”, each obsessed by preserving the “purity” of their races. This was fed by eugenics theory, and contributed to conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamils, each convinced of their own superiority.

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    Muhammad, PBUH is the last prophet of Allah, the mighty creator. Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab thought the confused people the correct interpretation of the Quran, the original of which is in Allah’s heaven. Those who follow Al Wahhab’s teaching are called Wahhabis. Needless to say then Wahhabis are the true followers of Allah. So, it is our duty to turn all Muslims in Sri Lanka Wahhabis.

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      Wahabi is tribe in Arabia just like many of others scattered around the Arabian peninsula. Muslims do not give allegiance to a tribe. A true Muslim is the one who follows the Noble Quran and the authentic sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) as understood by the first three generations after him. Imam Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab was just an Islamic scholar who strived to instil Tawheed to all Muslims.

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      No.

      Alhaj Mahintha Rajapaksha (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah.

      Listen to him before it is too late.

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        Insha-Allah, Fathima. God willing.

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          السلام عليكم

          (Assalamu alaykum)

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    Fazl …… I am no Muslim but sorry to say that Muslim leaders are always after power & perks and political history of this country
    proves it. One month after the Aluthgama arson, the leaders, except for a few from Eastern province, who cares for the religion, washed their hands off and got busy planning their trip to Mecca pilgrimage, which was forthcoming There was infighting as to who goes on this trip and some Muslims approached BBS for help. What kind of unity you are talking about. Democracy is degraded in this country due to greed for power, perks & infighting. This is so in other communities as well and we should learn to live with it.

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    A great piece. Will Sri Lankan’s ever understand and vote wisely? Even the so called educated folk seem to be blind.

    Most simple folk would accept any rubbish they are told. And their circumstances remain the same whoever rules.

    Sri Lanka’s elite, the upper middle classes are happy with the night racing and high lifestyles. Human rights abuses don’t worry them, because they know which side their bread is buttered.

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