24 January, 2021

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Religious Apartheid, Ethnic Entrapment 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Two phenomena strike me as emblematic of the process carrying us from 2019 through 2020 to 2021. 

Firstly, the new Ministry of Public Security which has a retired Rear-Admiral as Minister, has as its Secretary, a retired Major-General, the outgoing Chief of National Intelligence, who is currently a member of the Presidential Task Force for a Virtuous Etc. Society. This symbolizes the continuing, unprecedented process of the militarization of the state; a structural change that encases the 20th amendment and renders it something far more, and far worse, than a retrogression to the Jayewardene-era presidency. 

Secondly, the cremation under the regime’s anti-Covid-19 protocols, of a twenty-day old infant born to a family of the Islamic faith; protocols which have not only evoked protest from the island’s Muslim community but also has been subject to critical scrutiny by UN Special rapporteurs as well as the UN’s Resident Representative in Colombo. 

President Gotabaya’s reported outreach to his Maldivian counterpart to export the bodies of the Sri Lankan Covid-19 casualties of the Islamic faith for burial, smacks of religious apartheid. If it is bad to bury the bodies in Sri Lanka why is it good to do so in the Maldives? The Sri Lankan Muslims families of corona victims are given a choice: cremation or burial in exile. And where are the Catholic victims to be buried? Kerala?

So, on the one hand, we have the militarization of Public Security, including the control of the Police Force which is to be raised to one hundred thousand members, supplementing the ongoing (Chinese-style) “grid management” neighborhood and village-level system of intelligence gathering.

On the other hand, we have an insensitive policy about the dead bodies of Muslims; a policy that is not only heartless but also brainless, since the true story of the burning of the body of an infant, can generate waves of shock, horror, and outrage, across the Muslim community not only in Sri Lanka but also in the region and throughout the world, thereby breeding radicalization and extremism.        

By all available evidence, the radicalization of Sri Lankan Muslim youth began with and as a response to the unprecedented, unchecked rise of Islamophobic movements and a campaign of violence starting with the “Dolahey karalla” campaign of 2012 and moving through the lethal violence of Aluthgama to the Ampara “infertility pills” agitational campaign.

This time, the regime’s brutal mentality as manifested in the incineration of dead bodies of Covid-19 victims including from Muslim and Christian families, has triggered civic resistance from the community, including the modern, educated, English-speaking strata and its women activists. One can only imagine what it must feel like to mosque-educated, imam-indoctrinated young men in poorer and more remote areas of the island. 

Since Christchurch New Zealand impacted tragically upon Sri Lanka in 2019, one can only guess at the radicalizing and mobilizing effect this narrative must have on Muslims throughout the world and the negative impression that would be created in the global Islamic community, about Sinhala Buddhists or Buddhists in general.

Repeating but improving an old ‘magnet-and-wedge’ move of President Jayewardene in the days of Indian Foreign Secretary Romesh Bhandari, and successfully replayed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Basil in the aftermath of the war in 2009 (when Delhi held Colombo’s IOUs), President Gotabaya (probably counseled by High Commissioner-designate Milinda Moragoda and his Pathfinders) seems to be using the magnet of geo-economic gain to attempt a recalibration of India’s geostrategic calculus regarding his regime and the relative priority of Tamil autonomy on the island. 

Colombo supplements its geo-economic magnet with an ideological ‘regime affinity’ pitch, to pre-empt or deflect an Indo-US pincer, drive a wedge between Delhi and the Tamils, play the Indian card in Geneva in March 2021, and overrun the constitutional defenses of the Tamils’ ‘areas of historic habitation’.  

The apparent Eastern Terminal/Northeastern Tamil trade-off may prove in retrospect a successful manipulation by Colombo, China’s partner in the Indian Ocean, of India’s “soft state” (Gunnar Myrdal), enabling the rollback or outflanking of the gains of the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987– India’s buffer on the island’s North-East which includes Trincomalee– in exchange for a logistical toehold, dwarfed by China’s Port City footprint, on Colombo’s sea-front.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cannily pragmatic politician, is attempting to fast-track the Provincial Council elections under the existing laws and regulations, but the pro-GR ultranationalists wish to downsize the 13th amendment either through a new Constitution or constitutional amendment before the PC elections.    

2021 could be the year of the new Constitution which declares Sri Lanka a Sinhala-Buddhist state and thereby attempts to dampen or divert the disaffection rising within the Sinhala community on economic, human rights and democracy issues, locking-in most of the Sinhala majority in a winning coalition of the ultranationalist Right, as in Israel. This could be cemented (a la Netanyahu) by flouting or overturning the land provisions of the 13th amendment, opening-up the ‘areas of historic habitation’ of the Tamils for Sinhala colonization and further relieving the pressure of Sinhala socioeconomic discontent.        

President Gotabaya should settle for the implementation of the 13th amendment under Indian auspices rather than face the Biden-Harris administration on autonomy and accountability, given that Senator Biden’s plan for Iraq, a three-component federation with a weak central government, was dubbed ‘soft partition’. 

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    Hello Dr Dayan

    (1) Yep the 1915 Indian Moors (not the SL Moors) who were the gusts of the British in SL did show apartheid tendencies towards Bhuddism and people like Sir P Ramanathan and folks like him help the Ceylon Congress Sinhala Leaders to be freed following the riots/events etc.

    (2) Then SJV (part go the GG/SJV Ceylonese and Malaysian estate owners inc representing the colonial Masters already left but the estates remained in the foreign owenrship) formed the FP (apparently he cared about the Indian Workers so much because they spoke Tamil) brought the problem of Indian Citizenship act to Jaffna? and burdened the Sinhalese people with picking up the Colonial mess??? It was rich coming from this lot having enjoyed the selective life style of Colonial enriches given by the Colonial masters/American Misinaries and did not show any remorse regard to if the Indian workers/Oppressed Ceylon Tamils/Ceylon Moors/Majority rural Sinhalese were ok with their connivance and life style then for many many years)…I agree this was indeed a form “ethnic entrapment” for all those I mentioned above….treachery / treason was all part of the life style then.

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      Now we have lost lot of our children and please ensure you educate the Innocent Sinhalese people that ,,,Indian workers/Oppressed Ceylon Tamils/Ceylon Moors had nothing to do with the FP/TULF and Tamil Nadu folly through your political science analysis thank you.
      We do not have to cherry pick anything anymore and just follow the law and oder of the land as specified by the GOSL and contribute to Nation Building will be adequate.

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    Just like yourself my father also was a very educated man so was so many other Tamil politicians and wish the Tamil Youth followed them (as suppose to FP/TULF) would have been the most successful people in the planet today……..I also wish the JVP children listen to the their leaders too as they were sorting out matters with India then all would have just been fine….in 1970 we were doing very as a Nation too compare to all other Asians Nation including India.

    So please do not go overboard with the criticism of the GOSL does not matter who is running the show and show some solidarity so we can get out of the Rott we all got ourself into etc. Normally any intelligent developing country academics will try to do that to help their Nation the same….except in our Country?. Focus on how to bring the soldiers family and various insurgency Tamil and Sinhala children family together will be a good way to pay tribute to them too.

    There is no future or money to be made in the divisive politics…..we all understand there is a huge void now that need all our efforts to fill the gap with Love??

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    Cremation is not an issue but you can be the focal point and collect funds from all the Indian/Malaysian/Singaporean/Diaspora Tamils to share with our Nations families who have suffered livelihood because of the Covid impact to the economy. You can organise this via the CT I will contribute too.

    Please pay some respect to Jaffna people and their wishes when they deselected GG/Amir out of their seats in 1970 tell you lot about a Jaffna Man and Hon SJV the Akimsa king was hoping Father Christmas will bring some miracle for his project in tatters so he sat their and watched gun fire at their enemies eventually paid returns in the form of body bags until 2009 of all Mother Lankan Children. So give it a break as sl are enjoying a bit of peace time away from fire works lasted 40 + years. Happy new year.

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    Dear Dayan

    I share the following with your permission

    The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States (FULL Version) by Jeffery Robinson

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPGpE-sXh0

    I want to work with you to create a documentary/presentation of this Nature about our nations history since 1900 onwards to 2020 with all party committee participation (no foreigners involved) and we will go and present this to all our school children from North to South and East to West in person with our GOSL approval.

    A peace and reconciliation effort like no other for the liberation of our Nation of People.

    We will then go and present this to all the Sri Lankan Diaspora Children and connect them all to our Children for a great future for the next generation.

    What you say?? are you happy to work Son of Mr Thiagarajah and my father will be so proud I did that with you.

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      Thiagarajah Venugopal,
      “our nations history since 1900 onwards to 2020”

      Why from 1900 onwards to 2020?

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        Just thinking a time frame we may have some relevant recorded history to do with shaping the future…and put a rest to all the misinformation that get referenced for us to have compounded “some milestone events” we kept repeating for our deeds.

        And also to analyse and present the real benefits we had from our GOSL policies over this period …..avoid such policies get twisted and twisted to undermine the journey by various parties for their survival without any rational/short sightedness.

        We need to educate our folks to evaluate matters better now we have better communication tools available so they know how to view the policies and benefit from their elected…..and ensure they have some actual facts for them to bench mark/reference where truths have gone missing in this geo political world.

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    Dr DJ; “Secondly, the cremation under the regime’s anti-Covid-19 protocols, of a twenty-day old infant born to a family of the Islamic faith; protocols which have not only evoked protest from the island’s Muslim community but also has been subject to critical scrutiny by UN Special rapporteurs as well as the UN’s Resident Representative in Colombo. “
    ——
    really?
    I thought people of all races and religion are protesting?
    aren’t you not Dr DJ?
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    1,000 years for plastic/polithenen takes to decompose in landfills, let say 10 years

    Then covid bodies wraped in Poythene cover cantake at least 5 years.

    Is it not not live covid patients is more likely transmit any time. then the burial

    Goverment has band and will band polithene ussage becausu of long decompose age.

    How are the health authority deciding.

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    This dumbo does not know the history of Sinhale. He talks about ‘historic habitation’ of the Tamils not knowing that those so called ‘historic habitation’ of the Tamils was the area where Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa existed. Until Portuguese occupied Yapanaya this area was under the King of Kandy. Majority of people who lived in this area were Sinhalayo until Portuguese brought Dravida coolies from Hindusthan to Yapanaya and changed the population composition. After colonial rulers left, Vellala Tamils took over the control of land and imposed a Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ they brought from Malabar. During British rule, they settled Tamils from Yapanaya in North Central part of the country and Eastern coastal belt. It is Tamils who colonized Sinhala land in the North and East. Sinhalayo do not have to colonize their country. They have the right to settle down in any part of their country.
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    “opening-up the ‘areas of historic habitation’ of the Tamils for Sinhala colonization and further relieving the pressure of Sinhala socioeconomic discontent. “

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    If burial is allowed to one tribe then it is apartheid. If all COVID-19 dead are cremated there is no apartheid or discrimination there.

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    Denmark is digging up millions of buried, Covid infected Mink. They are to be incinerated. It is the surest way of preventing a catastrophe. Sri Lanka should ignore primitive superstitions and cremate all those who have died of Covid.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/covid-mink-killed-denmark-exhumed-incinerated-b1777073.html

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      PART ONE
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      Stanley,

      .
      I grant that you (and GATAM, who is also a Muslim) have a point. My point here is that millions of mink were buried.
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      However, we are talking here of only a handful of humans who have died of COVID (and some, mostly Muslims) being buried. I think that certain cemeteries could be ruled out owing to ground-water issues, etc.
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      The whole point here is that this policy was not introduced owing to health reasons (there may be some possibility of COVID spreading) but owing to hatred of Muslims. That is what they also resent – I think with justification.
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      Why not look at it in these ways:
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      1) Death is inevitable for all of us – in the not too distant future. Even a child born today will be dead 125 years from now: that has always been the case. In many societies (even today) newborn children are destroyed (unacceptable, but effectively ensuring in many cases that defective genes are weeded out).

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      Please not that I’m not recommending that; only stating that such things happen in evolution. We want to be more ethical.

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        Sinhala_Man,
        Don’t write BS simply because you want to write something against this Government. Christians, Catholics and even some Sinhala Buddhists like to bury their relatives performing religious rites. So can you say the Government has a hatred towards these people as well?
        What does the Government gain by making Muslim community unhappy by cremating their dead bodies?
        If the Government want to show hatred towards Muslims they can demolish all the Mosques built all over the country during ‘Jadapalana’ Government without following the correct procedure because there was a Muslim Minister in-charge of Muslim affairs.

        “The whole point here is that this policy was not introduced owing to health reasons (there may be some possibility of COVID spreading) but owing to hatred of Muslims. That is what they also resent – I think with justification.”

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        S.M,
        If you read that particular article about the Danish mink, there is this passage:
        “The two burial sites, which contain the animals, are by a bathing lake and by a source of drinking water. Residents have raised concerns around the potential contamination from the nitrogen and phosphorus gases produced by their decay, which have caused some of the animals to resurface”
        It is pretty clear that the residents are concerned more about the smell from floating bodies rather than Covid. You must beware of red herrings.

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          OC
          Thanks.
          In these days of hyper corona-phobia and panic anything sensational that fits one’s prejudices readily sells.
          I am no biologist, but can tell between ways a virus and a bacterium spread. We have here confusion with non-living toxic contaminants.
          The kind of ignorance that is merrily doing the rounds seems deadlier than the deadliest epidemic we know.

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          Yes, oc. I realised immediately that the comparison with the disposal of culled mink wouldn’t hold. I’m glad that some have explored further.
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          To keep digging is to realise that “preaching” is not much use; others have to be persuaded to dig. This is not for your consumption; what we are jointly doing is to hopefully get less fastidious readers to actually look at the article cited by Stanley. I fear that some of the seven who have so far approved his comment, may even have engaged in arguments with acquaintances citing this as justification of taking a hard line on the cremation of Muslims.
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          No need for fruitless arguments with Stanley and EE; presumptuous to be thanking SJ and LM.
          .
          Some details are best discovered by readers. The virtues of Marcus Aurelius are those he displayed as a human being. That he was an effective Emperor of Rome, when that Empire had reached its maximum size, takes away our excuses for not acting up to his high standards; and that he never imagined that those musings of his would become treasured monuments of what humans can aspire to, only adds to our reasons for honouring him.

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          PART TWO
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          Here’s a new thought;
          we have a long way to go to educate the majority of people – worldwide. There was a man who turned up on Boxing Day, and proceeded to clear all the weeds in my garden, as he is wont to do, knowing that payment would come. He didn’t realise that I’d heard him while typing all that you’ve read. He removes grass, weeds, etc with a mammoty and piles it all up. When I did emerge, I discussed with him the need to reduce erosion, etc and then asked him how long our hill had been in existence.
          .
          He told me, seriously, that he was 54 years old and that this hill was older than him. There was a woman passing on the road below who heard this and confirmed the age of the mountain. I asked the gardener (who is considered an educated and knowledgeable man, especially on politics, – works for the Survey Department) how long humans had inhabited this Earth.

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          PART THREE
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          No idea initially, but later connected with the fact that Vijaya got here 2,600 years ago (death of Gauthama, etc.). By then I had corrected my estimate of 100 thousand years to three times that, having checked the Internet, and told him so.
          .
          This guy went round the village “forcing” people to vote for the SLPP. I know that some in his family voted otherwise, and are fearful of his finding out. He wanted to know (not for the first time) why I disliked the Rajapaksas so much and was the UNP any better? I reminded him how I advocated Preferential Voting, and subsequently of the need for a strong and honest opposition.
          .
          That was enough for one day, and may signify how unsatisfactory the much vaunted 90% literacy of Sri Lanaka is, but is the Trump Electorate all that much better?
          .
          BTW, what a lot of amazing facts here:
          .

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/pandemics-bats-mythology-spiritualists-charlatans-politicians-and-media-rats/

          I checked on “bats” and found them to be fascinatingly correct.
          .
          It is good for us to keep countering myths, but we’d better understand the enormity of the task, which will never end, and will mutate as technology advances.

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      PART TWO
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      There was such destruction of “unsuitable children” in ancient Greece – think of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus, the King” where the move backfires. Today, many foetuses are aborted – we dislike it but it is a fit subject for debate.
      .
      1 a) look at this article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-philosopher-emperor/
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      It is beautifully written by a Professor of English, who realises that his own death is not far off. It is not everyone who can read such “fine writing”. Please don’t imagine that I’m insulting many of you readers. Not everybody need be a scholar of English. I’m halfway there having been a “gambada ingirisi iskole mahattaya”. Just two nights ago I sat up and read in the Wikipedia about Marcus Aurelius. How much Marcus suffered is incredible. Eight of his thirteen children (only one wife who had eleven confinements – there were two sets of twins) died before his wife and he did. He bore it all without allowing himself to be bitter. This sort of thing was not so uncommon then; we refuse to face up to the inevitability of Death. Not all Muslims will accept my reasoning! I’m only asking that we act wisely.

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      PART THREE
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      2. Since Easter 2019 (and even earlier) there has been a good deal of Islamophobia. It is impossible to separate this cremation issue from all that. If Muslims were convinced that it was Health concerns alone that mattered here, there wouldn’t have been all this heartburn.
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      3. China is the only other country that insists on cremation. Listen to what WHO says, and listen to what many experts including Professor Malik Peiris (a Sinhalese, resident in Hong Kong which is owned by China) are saying.
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      4. Think of the COVID being spread by people going to Dhammika Bandara’s house for his “peniya” not observing “social distancing”.
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/desperate-times-need-desperate-measures-so-comes-kegalle-peniya/
      .
      That article has a lot about foolishness, and now there are reports of crowds congregating on Christmas Day, in Kegalle.

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        Great comment Mr SM.
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        Thanks and have a great evening.
        .
        What matters for them is not the people ‘s safety but focus on political gains. It is like fishing on muddy waters. This is the reason why I always pronounce RAJAPKASHES to be mlechcha of all tribes existing in entire planet.
        :
        Prof. Peris is making it very clear – while all those naturally sinking countries (The Netherlands, Bangaladesh and Mexico are not yet opposing COVID death burials) do bury their COVID deaths.
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        I have no doubt, more gathered to FAKE Dhammika Bandara s house are now caught by COVID 19. Not many of them did not care about social distancing and were seen wearing a mask.

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      PART FOUR
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      Think of how all human beings have to face Death, and how much respect we must accord those who don’t unnecessarily cause others to suffer. How much are we making some Muslims to suffer – it may be because they are superstitious, but the suffering is real, and the steps we are taking backwards from reconciliation are tragic.
      .
      The COVID is now spreading in Sri Lanka at the rate of about 500 per day. Even if you don’t want to accept what the scientists are saying, do you think that allowing burial of some COVID victims will cause more than one or two infections? Now, that also is unlikely. Isn’t it sensible to avoid conflict with a million Muslims, almost all of whom are NOW unhappy with this being forced on them? It is now too late for us to convince any of them – or even me – that this insistence on cremation is based on clear and rational scientific thinking.

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      Thank you Stanley for pointing this out. Lets just hope that the countries that have buried millions of Covid-19 dead don’t have to do the same digging up of human corpses, to clean up and disinfect. It might be too late then, as months of contamination would have spread the active virus in the soil and groundwater. As said many times earlier, the most dangerous aspect of burying is not the danger of groundwater contamination, but the danger of SARS-Cov-2 mutating and jumping species. Not much attention is being given to this problem, but the potential for this virus mutating into a more deadlier variant is very real. Depositing corpses underground (that is what burying is) with the active virus is nothing but lunacy. In Srilanka high profile virologists have come forward to defend burials, with most idiotic arguments extending beyond their competence in virology. However they have not put forward any evidence for their arguments. As per today, 28.12.2020, nobody in the world knows for certain survival rates of the virus, how it behaves in the different types of soil, how long it can survive in water and basically everything else is also not known for certain.

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        The mink tragedy in Denmark should also prove that host switching from human to minks did happen very quickly. This is why these poor animals had to be killed in their millions in the first place. How ever much so-called experts deny and downplay the danger, SARS-Cov-2 from decomposing corpses have the potential to infect our animals and wild life. If SARS-Cov-2 from humans can mutate and infect mink, it can do the same if the numerous species of animals that can be exposed to the virus, from the contaminated soil. Another point is that viruses do not just stay in one place, once they get released into the soil, they move in all directions. Studies on enveloped viruses has shown that they can travel considerable distances (see below). The potential of this virus mutating and infecting other animals, like it had infected minks is great. Think if we are faced with the situation that our cows, goats, elephants and dogs and cats have been infected and we are faced with having to put to death our animals in their thousands, just because some people were so selfish and demanded to bury their dead instead of respectfully cremating them.

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        “The high infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 could lead to transmission of COVID-19 in such environments. A compartmental epidemiological model suggests that contaminated natural water bodies could become environmental reservoirs of SARS-CoVs, which would require the enforcement of strict post-epidemic measures to prevent re-infection.

        Except for two studies that reported SARS-CoV-2 RNA in an Italian and a Japanese river, but did not succeed to isolate infective virions, there has not been direct detection of SARS-CoVs in aquatic environments. However, several previous studies found that enveloped viruses travel considerable distances, and survive for a prolonged time in aquatic environments. Further, rain events can increase virus concentrations in natural water systems via combined sewer overflows or failure of wastewater infrastructure, which raises the probability of SARS-CoVs dissemination.

        In the subsurface, viruses can be highly mobile due to the steric interaction of their outer spike glycoproteins with the porous media, especially through preferential flow pathways and fractures. Based on the size of SARS-CoV-2 (~100 nm) as well as the relatively long survival time in water (Fig. 3) and on surfaces, SARS-CoV-2 could potentially travel considerable distances in the subsurface leading to contamination of aquifers used as freshwater sources for potable use. ”
        https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-00605-2

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    The purpose of creating a ministry and placing SW in charge is to create more Prabhas and Zaharans. Lankan politics cannot survive without creating imaginative enemies. That will justify 2/ 3 budget allocation to security ( like how Kim and Venezuela kept them on payroll) and termed hunger, starvation,unemployment as public
    sacrifice for vista’s of splendor.

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    Dear Dayan

    1. Can you please write an article on how many thousands of Sri Lankan are recruited to work at various technical jobs in India developing skills so they can travel to work and back home to be with their families too with an effective ferry service too. This will generate good economical activity too.

    2. This is better than teaching children how to bomb and blast their fellow man and woman??

    These (No 1) are the benefits of living next to a super power I guess??. Would the Jaffna MP’s be taking all the job applications to various factories/new technical colleges that give opportunity to our children in huge numbers we never have to worry about economical hardship at all………we should write articles reflecting this deficit???????? overdue for a long time…..specially when the FP/TULF/TNA no nothing other than Tamil..Tamil and Tamil and to do dead body count for mote Tamil and Tamil?? This will also lead more Tamils from the South moving back to their spaces up North soonest??

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    Historic habitat of the Tamils is Tamilnadu.
     
    It is no secret that the Tamils in Srilanka have no language, culture, religion, social organisation, that distinguishes them from the Tamils of Tamilnadu. Also, Tamils in Srilanka never ever exercised legitimate national sovereignty in any part of this island.
     
    Tamils claiming large parts of this island is an insult to mother nature, humanity and the island itself. It goes without saying how extremely unjust that a mere 10% minority is laying claims to 40% of the landmass and 80% of the coastal area.
     
    Dayan Jayathilaka must know that the Plantation Tamils too are demanding self-determination and a federal state in the hill country; failing compliance by the Sinhalese, complete secession. That’s how far this joke about Tamil self-determination has gone. All Tamils are recent diaspora groups of Tamilnadu, as such they should get the right to return to Tamilnadu, not self-determination here. India denied the Plantation Tamils their right to return too. We must get the UN involved and secure all Tamils their right to return to Tamilnadu. There will never ever be peace here, even with separate Tamil states. It will become like Israel-Arab conflict.

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