21 October, 2021

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Retrieval Of Muslim Burial Rights & The Aftermath

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

At last, after nearly 12 months of agony and trauma, and close to 350 forced cremation of Corona-killed Muslims, President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (NGR) had relented and issued a gazette notification restoring a controversially lost Muslim human right. Muslim community would indeed have a great sigh of relief, and there may be several among them, who would claim credit for this so-called achievement, including the five parliamentarians, who treacherously voted in favour of the 20th Amendment. 

What made NGR and his coterie of Islamophobic monks and advisors to change their mind? To start with, the initial decision to cremate all Corona-killed bodies was based on an untested and speculative argument that the virus would spread to humans through contaminated underground water if the said bodies were to be buried. It was music to the ears of Islamophobes on whose support NGR and MR’s government stay in power. Sheer speculation in combination with ethno-religious hatred of minorities defied all contrary views and advice from WHO, international human right groups, local and foreign intellectuals, and above all, internationally renowned experts on epidemiology.    

However, four things happened one after the other and compelled the regime to rethink. The most significant of these was the damning report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Veronica Michelle Bachelet, which was released on 27 January 2021. That report picked among other issues the one pertaining to forced cremation of Corona-killed Muslims and argued that it deprived that community one of its basic human rights. It is now a subject of discussion in Geneva at the UNHCR Council. The second event happened on 3rd February 2021, when Tamils and Muslims marched from Poththuvil in the East to Polikandy in the North demanding justice, equality of status and freedom from oppression. The spontaneity of that alliance between the two minorities must have sent an important message to NGR and his regime that the hackneyed tactic of divide and rule has passed its use by date. Life under this regime has become so deplorable and unbearable to minorities that they had no alternative but to revolt.  It is a matter of time even the majority would feel the same if situation in the country continues to worsen under this regime. 

The third event happened a week later on 10th February in the legislature, when Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa responded to a question from a Muslim member and said that burials would be permitted. However, he stopped sort of clearing the air by not specifying whether he meant the burial of Corona-killed Muslims. Being an old fox in politics, and realising the danger of growing international pressure over this issue he might have said it to measure the pulse of his supporters and their reaction. That reaction was negative and almost instantaneous when one of his own ministers contradicted him. After that MR went quiet. The final event was Imran Khan’s (IK) two-day visit to Colombo on 23rd February. With regard to the cremation/burial issue this was a non-event, although to the less discerning it may look as if NGR had relented to please his guest. 

IK Visit

For centuries, Sri Lankan Muslims were made to believe by their religious leaders, politicians and public speakers that their community is part of a universal Muslim family or umma, which now accounts for nearly one-fifth of humanity. This universal family has fifty-seven Muslim majority countries, and all of them are members of an ineffective Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), or more appropriately, Oh I see. Although the Sri Lankan members of this family are a small minority, they were told, as one of their political leaders did recently, that the supranational solidarity built on the edifice of Islam is a God-given strength and will be a protector to Muslim minorities in times of crisis. 

In fact, Muslims the world over were fed with this canard, but the reality is otherwise. With the disappearance of the Ottoman Caliphate followed by European penetration, conquest and colonization of Muslim lands, and with the growth of secular nationalism, the idea of a supranational umma had given way to the emergence of watan or nation, and the spirit of nationalism superseded the spirit of Islamic unity and Muslim brotherhood. 

When IK expressed his concerns over forced cremation, and felt elated later when MR provided that vague response in the parliament, Muslims believed that supranational solidarity has relevance and is working for their benefit. Yet, when he did not mention even a word about this issue when he was in the country all expectations were dashed and the community felt utterly disappointed. 

One cannot blame IK for this, because the primary purpose of his visit was to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) of the One Belt Road by bringing in Sri Lanka into it and make it a China-Pakistan-Sri Lanka Economic Corridor (CPSLEC). All MOUs that he signed in Colombo was to achieve this objective. He was therefore not going to jeopardise the strategic partnership with Sri Lanka and China by rekindling the cremation issue. Moreover, how indifferent is IK towards the plight of Muslims outside his own country is best demonstrated by his prolonged silence on the plight of Uighurs in China. The same accusation could be levelled against Rajapaksas who also have not shown any sympathy towards the sufferings of Tibetan Buddhists under Chinese occupation. Both these leaders do not want to anger their Chinese paymaster. To local Muslims however, this is a stark reminder not to build any hope on supranational solidarity. If this solidarity has any meaning today, Palestinians would have had their country long time ago, Rohingyas would not have been killed, raped and expelled from Myanmar, and Uighur Muslims would not have to endure what they are going though now in hundreds of Chinese brainwashing camps.  

P2P

Poththuvil to Polikandy pedestrian march was an eye opener to anti-minority hardliners in the government. It was spontaneous and the participants ignored all legal and security hurdles erected by the authorities and they did not support any political party or movement. All they did was to raise their voice against continuing injustice and oppression. Tamils and Muslims decided to ignore their past differences and became united as one family of victims. P2P obviously sent a clear warning to NGR and MR Government that it is a matter of time before even the majority community would organize such a march if the current crises are not tackled systematically. The country’s economy is in tatters, ecosystem ruined, foreign policy bungled, sovereignty compromised and peoples’ living conditions plummeted.  

MR’s Politics

Mahinda Rajapaksa is a veteran in parliamentary politics unlike NGR, who only knows how to command and enforce. MR chooses the right words and messages when he visits Tamil and Muslim areas and is a master in the art of divide and rule. He is aware of the dangerous direction in which his government is heading because of the stranglehold Buddhist supremacists have over government policies and implementation. It was as President that MR declared in 2009 after winning the war that there would be no more Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims in this country but only Sri Lankans. Today, he is the Prime Minister of a government that caters mostly if not only to the needs of the Sinhala majority and that too to its Buddhist sector.  Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that his response in the parliament to a question on Muslim burial was a politically calculated move to see whether he could initiate a change in the mentality of hardliners.

UNHCR   

However, the real credit for NGR’s gazette notification should go to Bachelet’s report which is now being debated in Geneva. Muslims have no one else to thank but this brave lady, who has her own experience of living under a military regime in which her father was killed. Her report has forced the hands of the President and his government to give back to Muslims the right taken away from them. By relenting on this issue NGR and MR must have managed to convince their hardliner monks and members of NGR’s Viyathmaga that a new and reformist face need be shown to the world if the regime were to escape from Geneva with minimum damage. The President’s gazette notification is yet to be put into action.   

Muslims in the Aftermath         

Having got their right restored how will the community plan its future? Although the final push came from outside, the community should not underestimate the domestic pressure exerted by local civil right groups, compassionate members of the Sangha, Christian prelates, Tamil leaders and secular rationalists. To Muslims, that implies that the battle for democracy, justice, equality and freedom must be fought and won internally and jointly with other communities.  

Having lived for over one thousand years with no fundamental issues and quarrels with fellow communities, why did relations suddenly turn so sour in recent times? This question was repeatedly discussed in previous contributions to this journal, which need no repetition here. What was said in essence was that the Muslim community, without realising the long-term consequences, began entertaining ideas that led to self-alienation in the name of protecting its religious and cultural identities. That self-alienation, because of its incompatibility with the dynamics of pluralism, eventually led to isolation and ultimately to rejection by others. 

What is needed therefore is a new strategy to seek solidarity with the growing forces of domestic opposition that run right through all communities at the moment. Unfortunately, the opposition has a strong distrust of Muslims, because of the treacherous behaviour of their political leaders. Muslim community would not have been driven to this tragic situation and forced to endure the agony and horrors of cremation, had its political representatives not voted for the 20th Amendment. It was a treachery of unfathomable depth with unimaginable consequences. To save the community from further disaster, the entire Muslim leadership should be rejected as a first step and at the earliest possible opportunity, and replaced by a new team of Muslim men and women, who would identify themselves not primarily as Muslims but as citizens, join a broad coalition of Buddhists, Christians and Hindus, and make future struggles a joint one. 

Historically, Muslims have developed a tendency to keep away from getting involved on issues that do not directly affect them. Regretfully, this tendency has a religious root, which will be a subject for another discussion. Civil societies in the country also have a perennial complaint against the community on this matter. That has to change. As citizens of this country Muslims must show their commitment to issues that affect the whole nation. When other communities and organizations organize events to highlight such issues Muslims should be part of such events. The cremation controversy may be over, but there are others that are waiting to explode. Without joining hands with other communities Muslims would face endless problems especially under this regime.  

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  • 10
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    No one cares about P2P. It is Imran Khan.

    This will lead to a clash with India. SL is getting closer to Islamic countries.

    USA has restarted bombing Muslims.

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      GATAM,
      It is not Imran Khan as well. It is another temporary gilmal of Rajapaksa’s as usual. Imran Khan came as an envoy of China. He spoke lot about China. He didn’t utter a word about burials in a speech. But Rajapaksas need Muslim countries vote in the UNHCR. But on the other hand they are removing the head covering rights of Muslims by a Muslim Minister. We have to wait until the end of UNHCR session in March to see the real face of Rajapaksa’s

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        It seems the matter is not settled despite the gazette. Now some potty little panjandrum says that the bodies will be kept in cold storage until “suitable burial grounds are found”. Will this comedy ever end?

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          Old codger,
          Government should say Yapanaya and Kattankudi are the most suitable areas to bury Covid infected Muslim dead bodies and see the reaction.

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            EE
            What makes you think that the people there will be so small minded?

      • 3
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        Keep begging for a political solution for another 73 years. (Preferred approach for you.)

        (Or work on effective means to live with dignity.) (Hope not.)

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      YES, you are correct GATAM. By the Grace of God AllMighty Allah, it was Imran Khan’s intervention that made it happen.
      Pakistan is a very good friend of Sri Lanka for a long time. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksa brothers are very close friends of Pakistan and PM. Imran Khan. Therefore a good friend will always listen to his good friend than listening to “deceptive, hoodwinking and dishonest” Muslim politicians and Ulema. “The Muslim Voice” was hopefull that, by the grace of God AllMighty Allah, very soon the cremating issue will be resolved as a result of the intervention of Pakistan and PM. Imran Khan with the Sri Lankan political hierarchy during his official visit to Sri Lanka, Insha Allah. Alhamdulillah, the issue has now been resolved, Insha Allah. Sanakiyan , Rasamanikam, Rauf Hakeem, Mano Ganesan and others, including Ameer Ali propagating false claims will not accepted by the Muslim community of Sri Lanka. They love Imran Khan as the Pakistani people love him and have acknowledged his ability to have resolved this issue, Insha Allah.
      Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Member of Viyathmaga and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.

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        Dear Sir Noor,

        Your approach is the best.

        Mindless confrontation only leads to DEFEAT as we saw in 2009 which still affects 2009 losers MENTALLY.

        Long live Pakistan!

        (I do not like Viyathmaga a bit though. Useless and racist. You will earn more respect if you leave that dirt.)

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      When you post no one it means you and the rest of the Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist racist clan and the southern Muslim fake Arab opportunists

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      JATAM

      “No one cares about P2P. It is Imran Khan.”

      You may be right in your gray matter less little head.

      However, your Foreign Secretary says Colombo hopes for ‘proactive’ and ‘constructive’ commitment from India at HRC then pleas ” India cannot abandon us”
      https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/india-cannot-abandon-us-says-sri-lanka/article33946302.ece

      Don’t be too smart.
      If you are smart, you will restraint yourself for at least 72 hours after banging your head on the nearest wall for at least 24 hours.

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        Vedda’s son,

        Defeatist mentality.

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      Dear Dr Ali,

      how can MaRa-GoTA ever make good for all wrong decisions they made regarding the COVID burial rights until yestreday. Now with the new gazette the rights of muslims will be given, thanks to the pressure excercised by visiting Pakistan Premier. So called, people s friendly, President and Premier should be very ashamed that an external leader had to involve in that humanitarian debacle bringing the uneducated crimnal brothers back to their senses.
      :
      I think SRILANKEN people should learn a lession from this topic. People rights (death burial rights in most painful moments of those families) should not be manipulated by a SINGLE family, whose politics is solely based on their POLITICAL surivivals, no matter peoples thoughts and minds are totally hurt. It is high time, people to bury RAJAPKSHES raw in order to allow basic human rights for all srilankens in this country.
      :
      I heard untold stories about some muslim famlies in colombo. Not being able to bear the sadness after a force cremation, victimized relatives had died.

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    Thought it was 7 or 8 not 5 MPs who were traitors to your cause. Also unlikely (though I have no exact figures) that 350 Muslims were denied the right to burial out of the 475 total deaths to date. Just to correct the figures only.

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      MV
      Your figures appear right.
      “Muslim community leaders say more than half the country’s 459 COVID-19 victims were from the Muslim minority.
      “They attribute the disproportionate number of fatalities to a fear of seeking treatment, and in particular, to the fear of being cremated should they die of the disease.”
      [https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/26/sri-lanka-finally-lifts-ban-on-burial-of-covid-victims]

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        Not relevant to the issue but of general interest………
        My comment on numbers in the article, was a verifiable assertion. Simple “False or True”. But strangely it had (so far) 3 dislike votes 50%. Why “Not true” – then say so to justify. Thanks SJ for your comment.
        But then can we blame Sri Lanka voters for voting for the absurd (at their level) when CT readers supposedly at a higher level will not accept verifiable facts and not discerning between fact and fiction. If no comment showing disinterest is acceptable but this….?.

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    SL is using Muslim burial as a bargaining tool to win support from Muslim countries at the UNHRC.

    If burial was allowed from the start it wouldn’t be a bargaining chip.

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      G
      Forced cremation started early last year.
      Was there a plan to use it as a bargaining chip with Muslim countries?
      If so, this is like injuring someone badly and make him an enemy and then end the woulds to make him a friend.
      *
      Your theories seem to emerge from a bottomless well of stupidity.

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        ” Your theories seem to emerge from a bottomless well of stupidity
        First watch your nasty vocabulary. This CT, not a class room of any university not coming in the rating of within even 12,000 mark.

        Then read again Fathima’s comment. Please bring the sentence in that he is saying “Aanduwa wants to be friendly with Muslims”. He is basing his comment on simple principle. UHNRC took the Muslims burial case to discussion. Muslim OIC has requested to allow Muslims to bury. Pak PM who came as Chinese messenger, to support Aanduwa in UNHRC, asked for burial of Muslims’ bodies. Why Aanduwa is agreeing to bury now when the external pressure is mounting, but discarded local Muslims requests?
        Please don’t concoct metaphors without understanding the basic subject.

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          Sorry for the omission.
          I should have addressed the comment “Your theories seem to emerge from a bottomless well of stupidity” to you long ago.

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            The proven record of bottomless cesspool is your mouth and UOJ. World knows that. UOJ is a stolen property from Ramanathan Family by Siri Ma O, not one time, but two times; stole it and re-stole to create a traitors camp.

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              I said sorry for the omission.

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                I read it, nothing new.
                Usual Paramilitary & Aanduwa’s excuse, America did it, so I did it or I killed surrendered white flag carriers,, sorry!

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        SJ,

        So you still trust racist Rajapaksas? How’s that for stupidity!

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          G
          This is yet another suggestion of the same class as the rest from the said well.

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            Thank god, not from you class or not even that cesspool university!

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      JATAM

      “If burial was allowed from the start it wouldn’t be a bargaining chip.”

      Your foreign ministry is too clever its government sat on its a**e, thought this through over 13 months, came up with a cunning plan.
      Brilliant.

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      Yes , it is now a new business ! Rob the rights of the weakest and
      sell it to the interested parties for a price ! “Bail us out.” Imran Khan
      was just a “showpiece” of distraction. Media stunt ” For how long ?
      Don’t we know the regime has no resource to run except Clean
      Racist Cut Outs to thrill the Gallery ! One day , before too long , all
      their antics are going to start backfiring ! 1971 Sinhalese , then Tamils
      and now Muslims and then the cycle has to get back to where it all
      started , Sinhalese again ! Will the Sinhala Buddhists smell it ?
      I believe Muslims are learning to lose , nothing for them could be worst
      than burning in fire as the last journey !

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        Imran Khan did not visit Sri Lanka to do a Cat walk for anyone or come to dictate to tge leaders how to run Sri lanka.
        He is a well seasoned politician NOW, not just an old Cricketer..

        Unlike Our Muslim Politicians who feed them , their families and close allies, Imran Khan is a Gentleman , honest and been a great soldier , he did not become President like in Sri Lanka , where Muslim Voters are Willing not to just become Sheep anymore but become goats, willing to vote in crooks who openly fatten themselves leaving the poor Muslims families of 4 to five to live in 1 perch land with not enough to eat , while they live in palaces and stuff themselves.

        ===Imran Khan’s visit had nothing to do with burials, but a official visit , he knows better not to interfere with internal issues of any Independent nation, if he does , then he will have many to use it as an excuse to meddle with his Country’s internal affairs , you do not need brains from head to toe to figure out this simple political mechanism.
        For Imran his Country and his people’s welfare matters more.

        If you dress like a Al saud, live like them and follow Islam As- Saud Neo Hanbalism; And the Indian Islam new creeds .

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      Gatam,

      Entire world was against FORCE cremations.
      :
      But Rajakashes never heard the voice of experts.
      :
      Now the buggers are fallen that deep to have nevertheless gazetted it… but being against their racist groups. Why could not these bugger brothers see it at the begining ?
      :
      My granny would have responded ” how can uneducated uncultured bastards make any good decisions my son ” it can be like – waiting Pigs might fly oneday. 4

  • 11
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    Well said Dr Ameer Ali !

    “ To save the community from further disaster, the entire Muslim leadership should be rejected as a first step and at the earliest possible opportunity, and replaced by a new team of Muslim men and women, who would identify themselves not primarily as Muslims but as citizens, join a broad coalition of Buddhists, Christians and Hindus, and make future struggles a joint one.”

    This is an enlightened opinion and I wish to add along with the leadership, the political parties and the politicians should also be rejected.

    What Dr Ameer Ali says about Muslims is also true for Tamils and Sinhalese as well.

    We shall send all of them to the dustbin of history.

    Then, to save the entire country, a new team of Sri Lankans without any racial or religious labels joined to form a common front and struggle to establish a secular democratic and progressive just society throughout the length and breadth of our beloved nation.

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      “A broad coalition among Sinhalese, Christians, Muslims and Tamils”? Oh, no no no. It will never happen AGAIN.
      All this time, Muslims and Tamils had separate political parties and the rulers elected by Sinhalese Buddhists readily listened to Muslims, Tamils and Christians, completely marginalizing Sinhalese Buddhists.
      Now it is time for Sinhalese Buddhists to form a political party for Buddhists and elect a Buddhist President, a Buddhist Prime Minister and a Buddhist government who would respect and protect Sambuddha Sasana, Sinhalese Buddhist heritage, Sinhalese Buddhist sovereignty, Sinhalese Buddhist archaeological sites, Sinhalese Buddhist irrigation system, Sinhalese national assets, Sinhalese Buddhist flora and fauna, Sinhalese Buddhist wildlife sanctuaries & national parks, Sinhalese Buddhist virgin forests, Sinhalese Buddhist waterfalls, Sinhalese Buddhist wetlands, Sinhalese Buddhist waterflow valleys, Sinhalese Buddhist medicinal system and Sinhalese Buddhist agricultural system.
      THE ENTIRE SINHALESE BUDDHIST NATION IN SRI LANKA IS NOW DOWN WITH “POLITICAL FATIGUE”.
      We are SO TIRED OF ELECTING LEADERS AND THEN INCESSANTLY FIGHT WITH THE SAME LEADERS to protect our heritage, our sovereignty, our independence, our freedoms, our temples, our archaeological sites, our national assets, our irrigation system, our natural flora and fauna, our wildlife sanctuaries & national parks, our virgin forests, wetlands, waterfalls, our medicinal system and our agricultural system. We are exhausted by this political cycle.

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        Champa,
        “Now it is time for Sinhalese Buddhists to form a political party for Buddhists and elect a Buddhist President, a Buddhist Prime Minister and a Buddhist government “
        Isn’t that what you guys did more than a year ago? So what’s new?

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          old codger

          “Isn’t that what you guys did more than a year ago? So what’s new?”

          Wasn’t it what happened in 1956, (‘Pancha Maha Balavegaya’), then of course with 1972 constitution, …… , ……?

    • 5
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      srikrish ,

      I am really sorry , very sorry to say this to you and Ameer Ali ,
      reading too much novels won’t lead to anything real ! First of
      all , try to separate schools from politics , universities from
      politics , religions from politics and the civil society from
      chewing politics full time as a habit ! Clear the environment
      before any meaningful proposition for an Emergency
      solution to a Never Ending Social disease that is Communal
      hatred of each other . It is a long ,long tiring journey ! We are
      dealing with Greed ! Greedy lot !

  • 11
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    “Historically, Muslims have developed a tendency to keep away from getting involved on issues that do not directly affect them.”
    How come there were leaders of the calibre of AMA Azeez and TB Jaya?
    Has there been any Tamil leader of the calibre of Sir P Arunachalam since the 1930s?
    There have been outstanding leftist among Muslims until the 1970s, matching the Tamils.
    What about Hill Country Tamils? Any non-left names after CV Velupillai?
    A Aziz was a far more secular plantation workers’ leader than any CWC leader and was close to the Left.

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      SJ

      “There have been outstanding leftist among Muslims until the 1970s, matching the Tamils”

      Of course until they were destroyed by the weeping widow.

      FYI
      Please read this and learn when and how Judicial Corruption started:

      Excerpt

      JUDICIAL CORRUPTION
      Dr Nihal Jayawickrama

      Published 7 hours ago on 2021/02/28

      emergence of judicial corruption
      It was some ten years later, in the 1970s, when I was serving as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and also, ex officio, as a member of the Judicial Service Advisory Board, that I encountered, for the first time, a complaint that a magistrate had accepted a bribe. The complaint appeared to be true. When confronted, the magistrate resigned his office. It was also during this period that I saw and experienced, with considerable unease and sadness, how some serving judges could demean themselves, and the sanctity of their office, in the pursuit of preferential treatment from the executive branch of government. When some of these efforts proved to be rewarding, it was difficult not to become sceptical. It was time for the illusions of youth to disappear.

      https://island.lk/judicial-corruption/

      It was not under UNP/Jayewardene judicial corruption started however it was under the weeping widow’s watch it was encouraged, and developed to such giddying height.

  • 8
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    Gazette once published the process of burial cannot be stopped by anyone for any reason. It appears the approval for burial is only in paper and in practice its not there. This is another very clear example to UNCHR how this Govt operates. The one law one country in their manifesto is only a slogan, in practice Many Laws for different communities. That too takes another turn when it concerns non-majority, the rule of law is bent into eight so that those who commit crimes against the non-majority go out of courts “Nidos Kota Nidahas”, which has become the slogan of the judiciary in SL.

    Newest trend I note is attacking Sajith Premadasa as an inefficient opposition leader. This is not the case. Sajith is an educated person unlike the SJB grade 8 failed MPs. He is young and he thinks differently and in a very civilized manner. He is practicing a decent, democratic and law abiding politics which most thugs and kudu medias in SL do not get it. The younger generation is behind him and day by day he is gaining more support.

    Today the most important duty of the Muslim community is to inform all the international bodies that the burial approved by the Govt is only in paper to hoodwink UNHRC and not in practice.

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      Buddhist01,
      .
      I respect your comments immensely, but all comments appear to come from strange perspectives here.
      .
      Sajith Premadasa may have some plus points, but is he young at age 54? True, we have become imperceptibly young for longer now owing to modern medicine. Some of Shakespeare’s sonnets have been written by a man bemoaning old age, yet it was on his 52nd birthday that he died.
      .
      Death! When that happens we return to Nature. When I die (I don’t want to), dig a hole 6 feet deep and bury me. And here are we offering thanks to these Rajapaksas for actually allowing it. There should never have been all this harassment.
      .
      I do agree that the rest of humanity must be informed of the aberrations going on in our land.

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      Buddhist1,
      May be you are unaware that Rajapakshe regime did ‘Nidos Kota Nidahas’ 11,872 LTTE Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhalayo. Not only ‘Nidos Kota Nidahas’ but rehabilitated and guided them to self employment.
      May be you are unaware that Sajith Premadasa has a charge for misusing public funds for using a huge sum from Central Cultural Fund for his election campaign.
      Things that you write reflect that you are suffering from ‘DEFEAT-SYNDROME’.


      That too takes another turn when it concerns non-majority, the rule of law is bent into eight so that those who commit crimes against the non-majority go out of courts “Nidos Kota Nidahas”, which has become the slogan of the judiciary in SL.

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    very soon you all will be not surprised to see RAUF HOOKEEM AND RISHARD BADADEEN will join GOTHAPAIYA,S GOVERNMENT AND WILL BE MADE SENIOR CABINET MINISTERS WITHOUT ANY SUBJECT ALLOCATED TO THEM ONLY TO ENJOY THE BENEFIT COME ALONE WITH THIS POSITION.-JAYAWEEWA-ALLA HOO AKBAR.

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    With Muslim MPS arrogance of utter stupidity and boasting, as if They got The UNHRC to approve the burial , with political agitating and agitating others , I doubt the burial is going to.happen anytime soon.
    Already the health officials have made new declarations to.a media, there now seems a long way to go , lot of proceedures.
    The Muslim Politicians and new Islamic extremists are driving the whole community to a situation where there will be no turning back.
    I pitty mostly The unsuspecting ignorant poor among Muslims, only the Tamil Speaking poor Muslims and their children will have to struggle..
    I Assure you BY God as long as you hang on to your Muslim MPS other than Imtiaz and of cause Sabry is excluded , it’s even Shameful for Muslims to ask him of demand any favours , you refused to vote for him.
    Sit and analysis and give me one single significant service any of them have done for the community?
    Can any of them show even an atom of what people like Razik have done with his own inherited wealth ?
    Muslims you need to bravely dump them and bring in New Mps and also shun the new extremism Islam before you regret.

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      Lanka Netizen,
      I fully agree.
      Racist separatist Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians are also doing the same thing. Both these groups try to convince Tamil and Muslim communities that Sinhala Buddhists are their enemy and they are their saviors for their political survival forgetting that both these communities live in this country thanks to Sinhala Buddhists who accommodated them in their country. Both these groups have promoted a few Sinhala Buddhist extremists.

      “The Muslim Politicians and new Islamic extremists are driving the whole community to a situation where there will be no turning back.”

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    My foot , PM Imran used his friendship to.approve the burials.
    Even The President or PM has no say neither the Minister of Health.
    This is how much ignorant Sri Lanka Sunni Tamil Speaking new Creed Muslims are today.
    They will believe anything their Politicians tell them and of cause their blue shirt clowns and likes.
    BTW
    UNHRC Can go get stuffed .
    There is sweet nothing they can even dream of doing to us.
    Look how pussy footed they are with Myanmar’s leader.
    Let them , start with Saudi and allies who killed innocent Men ,women and children first,,,
    And other powerful nations if they dare to.
    And stop their hypocrisy.

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      Rajapakses cheated Imran Khan with the bogus Muslim Burial gazette as its only in paper and not in practice. Is the President Nandasena Sir-Cular so weak as not to order burial overriding the Non-Expert Expert Committee directions to wait until a suitable location is found. Nandasena FAIL! Imran Khan FAIL! Non-Expert Expert Committee FAIL!

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    Colombo Media is completely silent on the subjects discussed between King & the Khan. Is that mean King didn’t like the message PM Khan brought from China? Is that China effort to bridge the gap between King & Old King? Neither Khan’s face was lightened when he was leaving. The deal signed between Pakistan and Lankawe are a list of joke the nursery kids crack. It can be any toilet paper deals but not a cooperation to joint production & economic developments.

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    My opinion stems from your view that the tactic of divide and rule has passed its use by date.
    .
    Ameer Ali, You are a staunch supporter of the rights of Muslims. And, rightly so. You have a standing among them. Your were noticeably silent when the Muslims happily joined hand with the Sinhalese government(s) to break the backbone of Tamils, using that tactic.
    .
    As someone who had been impacted by that ploy of the Sinhalese governments, I ask you, could you write a word, condemning that abhorrent conduct of your brethren.

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    Progressive minded Muslims will not be able to survive in.Sri Lanka,

    The present Tamil Speaking new Creed Islam Muslims, believe their Politicians and their gurus can perform miracles, It was quite encouraging to see that poor girl with such a progressive mind excel in Sirase and instead of encouraging and appreciating, the extremist New Islamist bigots were condemning her and judging her.

    I also felt very hopeful when I saw some of the young Muslim Girls who bravely have shunned the Arab Attires and dressed extremely modestly and in harmony with the local culture and some wearing good old sharewars, brought me happy memories before 1975.
    Both the numbers are too tiny and the bigots will not allow it.to.progress.

    My advice is for Liberal Muslims who have a way to leave Sri Lanka, just leave, those who were able to leave are blessed.

    The Muslim Politicians and the new Emerged Radical Islamist bigots will never allow Muslims ( The Tamil Speaking New Sunni creed)to live in peace , they will continue to.fatten themselves and even if they have to offer Wattalapam to get their appamams not caring what will happen with the Wattalapams to.their people., they will only take care of themselves and their families and their close circles

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    I have been repeatedly posing the question
    How many Muslim Covid dead have been cremated so far?
    How many Muslim Covid patients have been cared for, treated, cured and released so far?
    The author has answered the first part, not a word about the second.
    Will a Muslim ever show us an iota of gratitude?
    No, the word ‘gratitude’ is not to be found in Islamic vocabulary.
    These ungrateful people will now queue up to get the vaccine while cursing the unbelievers to hell at the back of their mind.

    Soma

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      @Somawathie alias Kusi Amma
      Do not mix entire Muslim with your
      Polkatutu Hande( Coconutshel spoon)
      You kiri hodde ( milk gravy) using your boomithal Mullai(kerosine brain)
      BTW Somawathie alias kusi amm your ignorance of basic information of not
      Knowing, that there are ungrateful
      Humans among all races and Religous
      Cocommunities makes you comedy of errors .

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        Lankan Natison
        I assume Muslim writers/commenters on CT is a representative sample.
        They all without exception are an ungrateful lot.

        Soma

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          soman

          “I assume Muslim writers/commenters on CT is a representative sample.
          They all without exception are an ungrateful lot.”

          Aiyo soman they are your cousins, their ancestors also came from south India. Why do you think they ought to be grateful to you lot, a bunch of fellow descendants of Kallathonies?

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      soman

      “How many Muslim Covid dead have been cremated so far.”

      Aiyo soman forget the Janasa for a second, as you lot have been deeply immersed yourself investigating and researching the clinically appropriate method of funeral services for the last 13 months. Let Gota’s experts decide.

      The pressing issue is Hindians have sent at least 23 planes to this island landed them safely many hours ago. Landing is not a problem, however have they agreed on their scheduled departure?

      Do you think this island is being established as Hindia’s another base outside its borders in addition to Tajikistan, Bhutan, …. ?
      Man this is a serious problem.

      Are you going to kick them out of the country or are you awaiting for the arrival of LTTE’s future generation fighters (expected to wear not bata slippers but stylish Valentino Garavani Campsite calfskin combat boots?

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        NV
        You typed ‘LTTE’ in error for ‘IPKF’?

        Soma

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          soman

          You should relax before you start reading my comment.
          There is no need for any amendment.

          Are you going to allow the Hindian Airforce to make Colombo as its permanent base?
          What a shame.

          If you haven’t got b***s to ask them to leave you could get your mate Ravi Perera (The Sinhala Speaking Demela) to find out about their future plans from his diplomatic friends.

          Any self respecting patriot would have kicked up a big fuss about Hindian hardwares arriving on this soil.

          Go beat up the minorities.

          Where are your patriotic single handed generals, Shavendra, Kamal, …….and their fellow 15,000 generals?

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            soman

            Just before you makes your silly entries in these comment columns please listen this chanting:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtxHyRAC2Hg
            Buddan Saranan Gachchami – Mohideen Beg

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            India is rehearsing the arrival of Prabhakaran II.
            .
            Help me to understand why TNA doesn’t want India to talk genocide at UN.

            Soma

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      Soma ,

      ” These ungrateful………while cursing the unbelievers to hell….”
      Cursing the unbelievers to hell is borrowed from Jewish and
      Christian brethren . Do the Maths now to see where you stand
      with the rest of the world !

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    “One cannot blame IK for this, because the primary purpose of his visit was to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) of the One Belt Road by bringing in Sri Lanka into it and make it a China-Pakistan-Sri Lanka Economic Corridor (CPSLEC)”

    Did Hon Imran Khan inform AA of his purpose of his visit privately?? Did Pakistani Secret Services informed AA of this whilst the World was told something else??

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      Rumble 2021 ,

      Muslim representatives did meet IK and were tod that some
      good news may prevail soon . The following day of his
      departure , Burial Gazette was published raising all kinds of
      guess ! IK may not have touched the topic but Srilanka used
      his visit to ‘ Face saving’ and credit earning from the Muslim
      world . But the issue is still not fully resolved yet . Still playing
      with it ! The genuine claimants of 2500 yr old civilisation ! The
      Guardians of Tomorrow !

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        Hi. TQ.

        (1) Face saving is what the friendly countries to do to each other. Same as what India used to do when the Hon Ladies were in Chair.

        (2) Hon IK is also a very progressive man trying break barriers in his home too to liberate the Pakistani people.

        (3) The leadership can not please every one in a Nation as we all give up something (many things in fact) for a better journey for the next generation….hope the Muslim Brethren will do the same.

        (4) I kind of looking at the article just as MV stated below and questioning should we always reduce an important visit of a Pakistani head of state to trivial in-house matters when what we should be doing is to discuss matters connects the youth of both Nation, interesting things we can do regards to environmental issues as Hon IK is also keen on this subject too. It is also important any “Muslim” pick on this occasion and rob me of the right to celebrate the visit of a Pakistani Head of State to our Nation?? Then a hindu guy pick on the Hon Modi visit?? state visits are not for this subversive views?????

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      Rumble 2021
      …………”because the primary purpose of his visit”………..
      A supposition put forward as definite fact.
      Be not surprised as this method of proving one’s theory is a regular occurrence. You make up your own supposition at the start and prove your final result you had in mind anyway. QED. Bravo.
      Of course, then many also endorse that final result because that was what THEY also wanted to hear. Who cares about basic premises of any argument or theory.
      That is why I queried the numbers at the start of the article. He down plays the MPs who voted for 20A but increases the Muslim Covid related deaths.
      But of course the Burial Issue should have been handled much better and given the right by many methods like sealed bags and many other ways, and not dragged so far in time.

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    Imran Khan is PM today goner tomorrow …ask the Pakistan Army

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      R
      The point is that he is here today and is stable.
      The Armed Forces cannot think of a better replacement, unless things go bad for IK’s administration.

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        Imran Khan is PM today goner tomorrow …ask the Pakistan Army. -Rajash

        The Armed Forces cannot think of a better replacement, unless things go bad for IK’s administration.
        Can you explain me how your statement modifying or changing Rajash statement? What is that love marriage you invented between the Pakistani Army and PM Khan? Is that sometimes you are writing without copycating Google because to save on the data rate?
        Are you trying to establish yourself as “ridicule king” if some people having a habit of not returning the ball you are throwing. From what kind of Sava case (Coffin) this stupidity is coming from?

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    If the question is “cremating Muslim bodies” Antidote of journalists is PM Khan. If it is UNHRC, then the antidote is china. But is that simple are the Lankawe Aanduwa’s problems and even if so what is the problem solving capacity of “Appe Aanduwa” and the will the “We the Sinhala Buddhists” accept Aanduwa’s solutions?. The answer to that is lying in all stretch of the history from 1948. It cannot be discussed with any reasonable meaningful way here. We just browse through some arbitrary things.
    When Lankawe was getting freedom, it has good road network comparing to neighbors. Higher Education standard; Better balance of payment; Good interconnection – Tamils were in south and Sinhalese were in North East – in a peaceful manner working ….. touring……Trading…… The crown of the jewel was the Estate Industry; it kept rich Western countries to remit Sterling Pounds and Dollar. There was no problem, other than inside the parliament, where the first bill “industrial reorganization” was preparation to deporting the Tamils. It’s the idea of Don Stephen to mix the drain water into the silver clear spring water to destroy everybody’s drinking water. From that day on ward, Sinhala lenders has been showing thier capacity not to solve problems, but to only to create problems.

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    When the Covid-19 pandemic spread, they appointed Rapist Military to control all 25 Districts. They blamed America and said America is using military to treat patients. That is not all; to cheat Sinhala Buddhist Modayas, they created a story that all bodies have to be burned to protect their water resources. When Muslims tried to put pressure, they wanted to bury those in Tamils area. The new story is they want to find islands to bury them. Is that going to be a lesson to both India and China who fight for islands? They say if one tells a lie, then he/she has to tell 9 additional to cover the first lie. If there is one problem, Lankawe Aanduwas create 9 additional one, in the name of solving the first. So the country is climbing one inch and slipping one foot. In 1948, it was only Sinhala-Tamil Problem. Now Sinhala Buddhist- Tamil, Muslims, Christians, UNHRC, China, India, America,, Britain, EU, 13A, Provincial election, constitution, Covid-19, Dengue, Buddhist Monks, ISIS, drug menus, money laundering, human trafficking……every aspect of the life is a problem. So, how to create additional 9 problems to sweep all these under the mat? That is not possible. Aanduwa has invented a new method; instead of wasting time to create new problems, Lankawe matches the already existing problem to each other, expecting all them to voluntarily walk under the mat. .

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    Take a look on this body burning:
    Tamils went and complained in UNHRC about their genocide. Aanduwa used Muslims leaders to counter that. Muslims leaders came back home gained extra ordinary influence. Aanduwa used ISIS local extremist to defeat Muslim MPs and win the election. It cannot fulfil the election promises so it used the Covid-19 to burn Muslim Bodies. It used Shani to threaten West who was putting the hands on the local investigation documents. When Shani case got tightened it transferred him Covid-19 prison. Local prison war broke out by Covid-19. It created the Dhammika Paani. When people got frustrated with the panni, as medicine for that, Aanduwa invited Dr. Jeysankar to finalize ECT. Then it used him to get Vaccine. China’s vaccine was not approved by health department. China sent its messenger, Khan. He re-emerged the burial problem. Aanduwa wanted use him to get OIC voting to handle Tamils at UNHRC. So to please Khan, it published a gazette notification. Sinhala Buddhists are boiling over that. Aanduwa will use UNHRC & Patriotism to cool them. Unless China buys the whole Island or India militarily Run over it or West & UN stage the all criminals on the UN Electric Chair, this type problem matchmaking as solution for them will be a never stopping drama.

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    Dear CT Editor and CT readers,
    Have some very sad News to share .

    A 9 year old Girl was beaten to death by witchcraft treatment.

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      Should she have been beheaded for apostasy?
      .
      Why have you changed your name? Was it done by magic?

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        Svenson,
        .
        I agree. Comments from we know not where sow confusion.
        .
        This man was Fahmy, then Fahmy Knight. He contacted me on my phone, then blocked his phone to me. He had a number of other aliases, then Lankan Netizen, now Neo Mutazilite, . . . and lots of gravatars.
        .
        It doesn’t help when we are desperately trying to find out what is really happening.
        .
        I’m not asking that everybody starts using real names just because I make no secret of my identity, but this sort of switching of identities and perspectives helps only mischief-makers.
        .
        I had expected that the changed CT rules would persuade commenters to possess more stable personas.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111 444V) from Bandarawela

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      Is this not something for the police to act on?
      Has it been taken up with the police?

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      Neo,

      This is common in SRILANKEN society.
      :
      The current govt returned to power through blant lies based on fake stories based on NAGAYA brought relics to Kelanaiya temple. remember ?


      I happened to visit Kelaniya Temple last last year February, there, I got to know from the guards that there were over 0.5 millions or more to worship FAKE relics and they were all misguided by a NELUM flower being offered to them for free. That Pinguththaraya by name -Veneral Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Head of the Buddhist and Pali Faculty of the University of Kelaniya, was the man to have spearheaded that MEDIA campaign.
      :
      Ridiculouly enough this man is reported to have studied at renowe Soborne University, Paris – an another example no second to GLperis the muppet, who got educated at Oxford.
      :
      The kind of public figures have proved it well, no matter what degree qualification would be gained, but SRILANKENs are easy targets before CROOK politicians.
      :
      Good thing is WE NOW SEE; MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE is caught by KARMIC retribution. Dog cant move well from A to B…. so the light at the end of tunnel of SRILANKEN tyranny is nearing. BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:

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    Presently the covid patient has contaminated the environment in the world than done has contaminated through covid patient transmitted to the water and one year passed. Why wait one year if it has been experimented by having lab test of a covid dead body in a framed area and test the water around it to find if is transmitted or not handling a covid dead is more safe than handling a live dead where contagious is 100 possible. No experiment was done, A comedian is a man who never tried an experiment and enforce laws regarding infection.

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    Last few days we put forward here a call that Tamils & Muslims should take the help of Sinhala Moderate (Gentlemen) to call for the justice from UN & UNHRC. The idea of going to UNHRC is not new for learned Sinhala Gentlemen; they saw it in 1989. But for them, that time the expected relief didn’t come from UNHRC (earlier Commission); but came from the raging war of LTTE. Once the Vaalaiththodam Sr. was gone, Sinhalese unanimously elected CBK to bring peace. But CBK undertook “War for Peace”. By this re-focus on war, Sinhala Buddhists’ hands got strengthened and they passed 18A. At the end of the war Tamils went to UNHRC. Sinhalese Buddhists brought in Royal Family as their modern monarchies. But this did not wipe out a smaller crowed that voted with Tamils and Muslims for Just-Compassionate Government, the Yahapalanaya. The reality is the Tamil and Muslims leadership only went for alms, not a real government, so they too easily got dragged by those traitors demanded again a Sinhala Buddhists leader. We suggested CV as the candidate. There was no reasonable suggestion from Muslims or Tamil leadership.

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    So the remaining Sinhalese ended up selecting a dirty criminal, a White Fag Murderer to lead the government and conduct an investigation on war criminals & a Solution to Tamils. Everybody in Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims temporary group, after election, started to chest beat, but not willing to accept the fault and fix it. Thus Royal ruling is here now.
    The story of the one, who did not be born for the past 72 years, is going to be born and he/she is going to lead a just rule and going to treat the minorities equal with Sinhala Buddhists, is not true. The truth is Sinhala leaders will not treat even the Sinhala Buddhist equal to them. Sinhala Buddhists are kept in that condition by the successive government. UNP & SLFP governments spent $400 Billion is making sure the Sinhala Buddhist will reject, at any peril, any minority remaining in the Island. It is open now, the Muslim leaders who have been party of the Muslim Sinhala Government from 1948, were only wanted to use their connection to the government to negotiate perks for them. Instead of feeding too much of Thanu kolla, but to get to meat piece, all three communities sharing the mistake Sinhala Buddhist rowdy leaders ruling the Ekka Rajiya for 72 years, but at various degrees according their standing within the Wildlife Sanctuary, Lankawe.

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    The only way to ensure the Sinhala Buddhists ruling the Ekkiya Raj is by frying the all three communities by racism. Unless Sinhala Buddhists ruling the so called Sinhala Buddhist country is annihilated, nobody will be in piece. This basic contention has to be understood by all, especially, by Muslims and Sinhalese. Reasonable number of Sinhalese wants democratic country and willing to liberate them from the Telegu Nakakes, who are ruling from 1948. In fact Sinhalese wanted that and that is why they handed over Kandy to British under Kandyan accord, in 1813. But, by tricks, Telegu Nayakes retook it from Britain. Now the Kingdoms have to go back to the 1619 status; Kandy to Sinhalese, West & South Cost to Malabari mixed shore side Sinhalese; and the Tamil lands have to return to Tamils. Then only proper democracy can be established. That is the only way to stop Sinhala Buddhist Nayakes ruling the Ekkiya Raj. This is not a proposal for regime change to reinstall runaway Kadaies of old UNP. This is proposal to return back to 1931, a mechanism to genuinely use the universal Franchise for all three communities, instead of Sinhala Buddhist only Franchise. Tamils have to explain these aspects to moderate Sinhalese. That will enable Muslims to get on the board.

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    Singhalese, Tamils and Muslims has to go together to UNHRC, as we said earlier, not to bring Vaalaiththodam as the new EP or the world’s greatest liar Mangala as PM, but to seek justice, which UNP and SLFP has denied to Sinhala, Tamil & Muslims Community. Sinhalese can argue at UNHRC for the JVP time murders, in first time Aanduwa killed 20-40 thousand and second time 80-120 thousand. And/Or they can support Tamils on their argument for Mullaithivu War Crime/Genocide. Tamils too can return that favor to Sinhalese. Sinhalese need to ask for government change, not regime change. They need to call international experts drawn constitution, not another Soulbury’s. Tamils will be asking for minimum self-determination, but Singapore-Malaysia deal. Tamils have to conduct their election with their election laws. Courts with their own system. This way Buddhists are not losing even an inch. They will be always free to visit Tamil Buddhist shrines, vacationing, trading….. in North East. If Sinhalese wants to stop the world Super Powers bringing their atomic war to the small island, they need to peacefully hand over the Tamils self-determination rights and proper along the side of Tamil. Greedy to rule Tamil will make they ruled by again by a Super Power. It’s time to wisely avoid another Kandyan Accord under China.

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    I understand that the guidelines for burial of Covid 19 Muslim bodies will be gazetted in few days and the government is looking for places of burial in the North East areas where the majority are Tamil speaking areas. This is another tactics to play by Rajapaksas to take revenge against Tamil speaking Muslims and Tamils unity in the North East.

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      This is crazy!

      What is it that is more dangerous, 450 buried dead bodies OR 80,739 positive cases polluting the ground water through their excreta, bath water, phlegm etc. everyday for the entire period of their infection. This is through the septic pits, drain water, hospital waste etc. All these end up as ground water in the surrounding land.

      Medical facts are very clear. It is guaranteed that none of this can carry the virus nor infect any person. Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle has also said so in Parliament.

      If this is not the case, all the neighbours of the Minister of Health would be Covid positive by now as their groundwater would surely be full of the virus given that she was polluting these waters during her quarantine period of nearly one month.

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    What this slimball is talking about ? 350 Muslim cremations ? Where is the source ? About 400 people yet died due to covid and majority of them are Muslims? Liar.

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    Burial rights? Is burying dead bodies a right? Only Muslims think that they have a right to bury dead corpses with or without the killer virus, against the will of the majourity of the population. Burying dead bodies is not a right at all, and Muslims trying to bury dead bodies with a killer virus is nothing but religous fanaticism and Islamic facsim in action.
    When these fanatical self claimed rights (read: demands) of the immigrant Muslim community infringe on the native population’s rights and safety, these so-called Muslim rights become crimes.
     
    Even in Muslim countries Muslims protest against burying Covid-19 dead in their areas:
    MOST CEMETERIES IN IRAQ REFUSE COVID-19 BURIALS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fmx-Y2xdPo
    (2:21 minutes)
     
     
    “At last, after nearly 12 months of agony and trauma, and close to 350 forced cremation of Corona-killed Muslims…”
    As of 27th February 2021 the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Srilanka = 460
    Percentage of Muslims in the population = 9%
    But
    Percentage of Muslim Covid-19 deaths = 350 out of 460 = 76%
    That is an over representation of Muslims in the Covid-19 death toll in the order of 8+ times!!

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      PP
      Do you suggest that more Sinhalese deserve to die?
      If you followed the comments, I reported an observation that Many Muslims hid their symptoms for fear of identification as Covid-19 infected and the consequences.
      Had the Muslims been dealt with fairly, the country would have had a commendably low death rate.
      *
      A Buddhist, of all people, should have some metta in him.

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        How in the world can you interpret what I have written as suggesting that more Sinhalese deserve to die? Its the Muslims have made the burial issue into a religious fanatical circus, attacking Sinhalese and Buddhist priests and launching a massive hate campaign against the Sinhalese and Buddhists, while the issue has absolutely nothing to with the Sinhalese or Buddhists, but a genuine fear of the virus the whole world shares. This genuine fear is based on the lack of scientific proof that the virus actually dies completely with the patient, which is what is needed to prevent introduction of SARS-Cov-2 into the soil by burials. There’s ample evidence that SARS-Cov-2 survives for months outside the host. So its a legitimate concern. Prevention is always better than later attempts to eradicate the virus. Its my stand that its the Muslims who have dealt unfairly with Sinhalese and others who oppose the introduction of the deadly SARS-Cov-2 virus into our soil through burying of SARS-Cov-2 infested corpses. Muslims even assume that burying is a right! Its not. At any cost protection of life, including animal life goes above showing metta to a practice that facilitates spreading of a deadly virus.

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    “Historically, Muslims have developed a tendency to keep away from getting involved on issues that do not directly affect them. Regretfully, this tendency has a religious root,….” I will look forward to an article on this topic as promised by the author.

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