14 December, 2017

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Rumours Of The Next Pogrom?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…full of a fanatical tension that knows no respite or peace.” – Italo Calvino (Collection of Sand)

Minister Rauff Hakeem has warned of the existence of a ‘big project’ aimed at putting Lankan Muslims ‘in their place’ by crippling them economically[i].

Mahinda-GotabhayaThe belief that minorities are eternal aliens who must be made to accept their unequal status is an article of faith with racial/religious supremacists. The desire to keep the religious/racial ‘Other’ down is common to all retrogressives, from White Supremacists and Hindu fanatics to Muslim fundamentalists, Zionists and Buddhist extremists.

Distorting history to justify contemporary persecution is a standard supremacist strategy. As Minister Champika Ranawaka stated, “The Sinhalese are the only organic race of Sri Lanka. Other communities are all visitors to the country, whose arrival was never challenged out of the compassion of Buddhists. But they must not take this compassion for granted. The Muslims are here because our kings let them trade here and the Tamils because they were allowed to take refuge when the Moguls were invading them in India. What is happening today is pure ingratitude on the part of these visitors”[ii]. According to this outlook, minorities are lesser citizens and their democratic demands for equality and justice are nothing but rank ingratitude. Implicit in this is the belief that the majority must teach the minorities their ‘rightful (read inferior) place’, peacefully or otherwise.

According to the 2012 census (the latest), Sinhalese constitute 74.88% of the Lankan population while Buddhists make up 70.19%. Sinhala and Buddhist components of the Lankan populace are thus at their peak today (since census-taking commenced in 1881[iii]). Consequently there is no factual reason to think that Sinhalese/Buddhists are in danger of becoming a minority in Sri Lanka. But extremists have no use for facts; lies serve their purpose much better.

Tamils have been ‘put in their place’, thanks also to the suicidal maximalism of the LTTE. The long war had a devastating effect on Sri Lanka and all Lankans but the community most affected by it was Lankan Tamils. Upcountry Tamils are too mired in poverty and Burghers are far too miniscule in numbers to amount to an effective ‘threat’. So the choice is really between Christians and Muslims.

Post-Aluthgama it looks as if the turn of the Muslims will come first.

Minister Hakeem has warned about the danger of pushing a community against the wall. The aim of Sinhala-Buddhists supremacists seems to be precisely that – to push Lankan Muslims into the same mire as Lankan Tamils: persecute them, inflict violence on them, weaken the peaceful-moderates and strengthen the violent-extremists among them and ignite another conflict. True it will have a devastating effect on Lanka and all Lankans. But extremists do not care about costs (which will be paid by others); all they care about is achieving their dystopias.

The Tamil struggle succumbed to extremism and paved the way to its own destruction. If Muslims can be pushed in the same extremist direction, it will enable Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists and their political puppet-masters to array themselves as warriors against ‘Islamic-Terrorism’. True a new religious conflict will inflict irreparable harm on Lanka and all Lankans, but the Rajapaksas and their extremist acolytes might consider that a risk worth taking since, ultimately, the Muslim community will suffer the most devastation. Given the possibility of a full scale Sunni-Shia war in the Middle East, the Rajapaksas and their ideologues might think that the Islamic world will be too divided and preoccupied to care about the fate of Lankan Muslims.

Conflicts and wars have other advantages. There are no better excuses for anti-democratic measures.

Anti-NGO-crackdown and Anti-minority Politics

This week, the Prime Minister informed the parliament that “several NGOs have exceeded their remits even to the extent of procuring weapons for terrorists”[iv].

According to an impending new law, ‘all not-for-profit or non-profit organisations’ will have to register with the Minister of Defence as NGOs. “Any organisation that does not register with the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development will have their bank accounts closed and obtaining foreign funds will also be expressly forbidden”[v].

The crackdown on the NGOs is a part of the generic Rajapaksa effort to destroy the remaining democratic spaces and totally silence alternate voices. In January 2014, a training workshop for Tamil journalists had to be abandoned, after a Buddhist monk-led mob invaded the venue[vi]. In May 2014, a workshop on corruption was cancelled due to pressure from the military[vii]. On June 7th, a three-day workshop on Investigative Journalism ended abruptly when the local police ordered its cancellation – after a ‘well-organised’ mob invaded the venue[viii]. The fact that some of the NGOs were quite vocal in condemning/exposing Aluthgama violence would have further motivated the current crackdown.

The Rajapaksas may have won over most of the minority parties via a carrot-stick combination; but a majority of the minorities do not support them politico-electorally. Winning over minorities would require measures which will deepen and broaden democracy and thus be inimical to the Rajapaksa project of concentrating all power in familial hands. From the point of view of the dynastic project, it makes more sense to frighten a majority of Sinhalese into supporting the Rajapaksas. And enough Sinhalese cannot be frightened into disregarding real-life concerns such as poverty, economic development, democratic rights or social progress without a sufficiently terrifying threat.

If the Rajapaksas have decided on using the Muslim bogey, Aluthgama violence can be the precursor to an anti-Muslim pogrom.

Extremists often aid each other to the common detriment of their own peoples. When some Palestinian extremists kidnapped (and murdered) three Jewish teenagers, Tel Aviv used it to unleash a new war and thus undermine the Palestinian Unity Government. “……Israel’s Shin Beth security service barred reporters from telling the public that gunshots were heard on the furtive emergency call made by one of the kidnapped teenagers. The Israeli journalist and commentator Noam Sheizaf argued that keeping salient facts of the investigation secret for weeks allowed a government-backed social media campaign to channel outrage over the abductions to grow….. Another Israeli journalist, Raviv Drucker, suggested that concealing facts from the public might have built up support for the military operations in the West Bank against Hamas operatives during the search for the teenagers, but also created an atmosphere of blood lust and open calls for violent revenge in the days before a Palestinian boy in East Jerusalem was abducted and burnt to death.”[ix]

The carnage in Gaza is an example of how societies can be hoodwinked and enraged into embracing violent solutions which are against their own interests. This was what happened in Aluthgama; an altercation between a Buddhist monk and three Muslims was distorted into a punishable Muslim-crime. According to some reports, the lie that a Buddhist monk was murdered inside a mosque was used to enrage the mob into greater violence.

Winning elections can be left to the Opposition. But preventing another bloodbath is the responsibility of every one of us. Individually and collectively, in private and public spaces, we must do our utmost (be it signing a petition or holding a candle) to prevent another pogrom and another war.


[i] http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/31819

[ii] Daily Mirror – 16.10.2008

[iii] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Sri_Lanka

[iv] http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/07/11/ngos-gave-ltte-weapons-pm-of-sri-lanka/

[v] http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-67921-news-detail-new-laws-to-control-ngos.html

[vi] http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14A/Jun08_1402167938CH.php

[vii] The Army denied pressurising the hotel management; “We only informed them that according to our intelligence sources a group of people are organising a protest rally against the workshop”, the military spokesman stated. Subsequently the owner of the hotel, Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath, confirmed the allegations: “Our managers told me there is huge pressure from the army, so I asked the organisers to get permission from the military. They apparently tried until noon…..and failed” http://nidahasa.com/news/news.php?go=fullnews&newsid=1326

[viii] http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140608/news/mob-stops-tis-workshop-police-role-questioned-102931.html

http://nidahasa.com/news/news.php?go=fullnews&newsid=1326

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2014/06/140608_galadhari_hotel_evict_journalists.shtml http://www.nidahasa.com/news/news.php?go=fullnews&newsid=1328

[ix]http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/world/middleeast/rumor-and-leaks-fill-a-void-as-israel-silences-press-over-killings.html

Israeli police are exacerbating the violence with gag orders

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    Thisanee, Well done and good article.
    If Mahinda thinks that ISIS is too busy in their delaings its wrong, they dont handle indivudlaly , its a micro leadership when the War erupts againts Muslims. Belive me, GOTA has a last duty to do is that to push muslims to the extend that Islamic Jihad will come out then Army can wack them and then their duty is over. But GOTA fogotten that Islam is a Global thing and very rich in cash to do anything. he thouht its a another Tamil Language War… its a Relogon war. Budhism will be erased in front of Islam. this is the truth ( sorry ). Look at Indonesai, Malasysia, Pakistan , Bangaladesh, even Saudi was Budihsm today there is no place for them. However 99% sinhala support this BBS venture againts Islam, only few good people are like you who oppese of teh future danger. Thats what Prabakaran Said that SINHALA YA MODAYA KEUM KANNA YODAYA

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      This fellow seems to be an imposter under a bogus name. He seems to be intent on creating a bigger rift between the communities. No true Muslim thinks the way he does. So readers, please be warned of troublemakers like these.

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        people like YOU are the reason for Muslims to be pushed to corners. Stop being a pussy. Just coz u have a pseudo as Hassan doesnt mean YOU are a Muslim… What he says is RIGHT.. IF push comes to Shove..Muslims WILL NOT be pushed further but blow up on the faces of Extremist GOAT-A and his ilk… There is a limit that u can stretch a rubber band, likewise there is a LIMIT to Burning of NO LIMIT and other Muslim businesses also other atrocities committed against Muslims.. SL can Ill afford a war.. IF you want one, well then brace yourselves for a Longer and Bloodier war… for GOATA may think that Muslims may not have external Support. He cant cry wolf and seek the assistance of the WEST for, he himself is considered a WAR CRIMINAL who will be investigated and dragged by his collar along with his siblings to the Hague.. NOT just ISIS but Al Queda and all form of extremists will set foot in SL….. coz they are being welcomed with the RED CARPET ROLLED ON ALREADY… Its just another flare up by the Gandassara and his ilk that will fan the flames… TY Thissaranee for another well written article…

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          Snow den, do you still fart in the smell of Wade and Thayir saadam.

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            and it seems you passed the wrong sort of motion with the parripu drop.
            You must be fattening the pigs in your pigsty.Phew!!

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          Muslims don’t have to be pushed further. They are pushing themselves into oblivion and back into the 15th century camel jockeys that they were.

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            And when they were Camel Jockeys where were you?
            Search in the Guinness,the first education centre
            was Al-Qurayn in Morocco and not Harvard or Oxford
            or Sorbonne.And Al-Azhar of Cairo comes second
            (some say Ahar was the first).Europeans of today
            learned in the Middle East from the Camel Jockeys
            that you ridicule because of your coloured glasses.

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        Agree with Hassan. This is our nation too and the Muslims would be the first to fight any infiltration by outside Muslim terror to destabilise Sri Lanka. The biggest problem with online media is that one hides behind fictitious names and create conflict.

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        Not muslims but the Rajapakshes shouuld be removed from the sights of srilankens politics. I wish if people could make the way them to be marginalised leaving this country for educated people. Where uncultured, barbaric mind sets are, there you will see only crime rising up – this is ther situation in today s context under current regime. Modi of India will never support Rajapakshes so long Rajapakshes are not genuine with their politicies. Not only MINOTIRITIES, BUT ALSO own people – sinhalese are targeted by Rajapaksehs if they need to achieve their revengeful agendas.

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        Hassan,
        I am Muslim, as Snwoden said in below, DONT be pussy, already Gota is releasing articlas that he didnt do it.. so he is now very scared almost pissing in pants. Muslim never fear, well tell those Fuckers to come alone with knives and poles without GOTA’s Army support, they wouldnt have gone alive back to Colombo…..Dont be pussy….
        Thanks Snowdown for supporting,,,,

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      LOL……so where is Prabhakaran now with his wise words? Did they come out of the hole in his skull.

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      Muslim:

      Tamils could not beat us for 2600 years.

      You think, you muslims are the ones to do that ?

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        Hey Jim Buddah Softy

        Well Well well, Yes, already 37 monks became islam in Sri Lanka that excluding 7 Tibetian, and 9 Myanmar in Sri Lanka… we dont need to convert, its ALLAH dose, so let him take care, he knows what to do to you kind of people, and you are being created to hell as hell needs some people for punishing …

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      Muslim

      “However 99% sinhala support this BBS venture againts Islam, only few good people are like you who oppese of teh future danger.”

      For moment I like to forget the BBS which may be or may not be a future danger. Lets look at the danger lurking all around us. Read the news item below:

      Crime among Sri Lanka soldiers on rise
      Al JazeeraBy Dinouk Colombage | Al Jazeera – Fri, Jun 6, 2014

      Colombo, Sri Lanka – Crime and desertion in Sri Lanka’s armed forces are on the rise five years since the end of the country’s civil war because of a lack of adequate counselling, psychologists have said.
      Police statistics suggest that in the first four months of 2014, nearly 18 percent of reported crimes were committed by members of the armed forces – a large increase on the 5 percent reported for the whole of 2013.

      Experts are now advising against the continued wartime practise by which senior officers counsel soldiers living with the “mental scars” suffered in combat against violent or guerrilla groups.

      Dr Prabath Gunatillaka, who lectures in psychology at the universities of Colombo and Canberra, believes the standard of counselling offered to Sri Lanka’s military personnel has fallen short of what should be expected for a country emerging from a 30-year war.

      “When a group of soldiers are deployed in the field they do not have the luxury of counsellors, it is then that they resort to seeking assistance from their senior officers,” said Gunatillaka.

      “However, with the war being over and the soldiers attempting to reintegrate into civilian life they must be given access to certified psychologists. Relying on senior officers who have experienced the same traumas negates the effectiveness of counselling.”

      High desertion rate

      SSP Ajith Rohana, a police spokesperson, has attributed many of the crimes committed by members of the armed forces to deserters.
      Desertion has risen significantly since the end of the war, with military officials disclosing that nearly 30,000 soldiers – of the overall forces of 350,000 – are currently classed as deserters, and blaming this on financial hardship in their home villages.

      Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya, a military spokesperson, suggests that many of the deserters do not remain absent for more than a few months.
      “Many of our soldiers are from the rural areas, they are often absent during the harvest period as they are helping their families,” Brig Wanigasuriya said. “More often than not they return once the harvest is complete.”

      But psychologists say the lack of proper counselling available to the armed forces is inflating the desertion rate which, in turn, is heightening crime.

      Dr Gunatillaka says soldiers who fight violent or guerrilla groups can be subjected to scenes not normally seen on a battlefield, triggering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that fosters irrational behaviour. He believes the high number of desertions can also be attributed to the fact that these soldiers no longer feel constrained by the rules of the armed forces.

      “Soldiers have been witness to scenes on battlefields that many of us cannot imagine; they have killed people and been praised for doing so,” he said “They now believe that they are above the law, and this is reflected in their decision to desert and pursue criminal activities.”
      Counselling by officers

      The decision to provide counselling to armed forces personnel is currently made by senior officers.
      Wanigasuriya explained that the Sri Lankan army follows a procedure used by armed forces everywhere and insisted that it is providing the necessary counselling where required.

      “Our officers are trained to assist the soldiers with any issues the face, be it emotionally or physically,” he said.

      The spokesperson denied suggestions that, where soldiers had committed crimes, these were the result of psychological scarring.
      “None of our soldiers have suffered from PTSD – the counselling offered by the military has been very effective in ensuring there are no problems with its soldiers,” he said.

      According to Wanigasuriya, around 200 soldiers are currently admitted to psychiatric wards in military hospitals.
      “We have such a low number of patients because the culture in our country ensures soldiers do not suffer from PTSD. They have close support from the other soldiers, and their families,” he said.
      However, Dr Gunatillaka disputes this claim, arguing that while Sri Lankan culture does encourage close-knit bonds between soldiers and their families, it also frowns upon psychological problems.

      “Many soldiers who have seen combat suffer from PTSD – having a close family network would not avert the problem,” he explained. “In fact a soldier will feel it is necessary to hide such issues from his or her family in our culture, and this will only exacerbate the problem.”

      Wartime trauma

      Former sergeant Sarath Abeykoon, who left the army in 2012 after serving for 10 years and saw combat in the final weeks of the war, is now finding it difficult to adjust to civilian life and complains of suffering from flashbacks.

      “I can be walking down the street when the smell of fumes would suddenly trigger a memory of the war,” he said. “It is very difficult to live a normal life when I am not sure what will trigger such memories.”

      Dr Gunatillaka, who has been assessing the former sergeant’s condition, has diagnosed him as suffering from PTSD. “He is no danger to himself or anyone around him but his mental state is certainly fragile,” the doctor explained.

      While Abeykoon has sought the help of a psychologist, many other soldiers cannot afford such care or do not feel comfortable receiving it because counselling is considered a taboo.

      The former sergeant revealed that he keeps his counselling sessions secret from his family and friends.

      “When I was in the military I could always go to my commanding officer (CO) and speak to him if I felt it was necessary. When the war ended I did not have anyone else to talk to – very often my own CO would not really know what to say. While the option to be sent to the military hospital was available, our officers were not keen on this.”
      While Wanigasuriya points out that servicemen and women, both current and retired, have free health-care at military hospitals, this would not have helped Abeykoon.

      He says he did not want to pursue treatment with the military because he felt they had not helped him properly while he was serving.
      Follow Dinouk Colombage on Twitter: @dinoukc

      https://uk.news.yahoo.com/crime-among-sri-lanka-soldiers-rise-151324857.html#Qi85uMQ

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      Before you start critiquing an article in English, first learn the language…..Amu gona…

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    With some Buddhist groups already saying that people are spreading false information internationally about Buddhist rioting against Muslims in Sri Lanka in Aluthgama and elsewhere, and the government apportioning blame to Muslims, I won’t be surprised such pogrom may be imminent.

    Who is there to prevent it? Not the government, not the police, nor the armed forces: They may even aid and abet the process as they did in the pogrom in 1983 against Tamils.

    Mayka thamai appe aanduwa, This is our rule, what we do is right!

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    This cannot be stopped by signing petitions or lighting candles and YOU know that very well. The affected people have to take up the matter on their own, if they want to and they probably will not want to with one or possibly two, exceptions.

    This “‘all not-for-profit or non-profit organizations’ will have to register with the Minister of Defense as NGOs. Any organization that does not register with the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development will have their bank accounts closed and obtaining foreign funds will also be expressly forbidden”is something that every political party including the UNP would dearly love to do. So do not expect the UNP or any other party to oppose such a law.

    The UNP will in fact ask what is wrong with having not for profits register with the ministry of defense and what is wrong with preventing foreign governments and foreign organizations funding not for profit companies registered and functioning in Sri Lanka.

    On the other hand not for profits that do register with the MOD and establish their bona fides may find themselves in a stronger position both in order to access international funding as well as to secure government assistance and facilitation for their work. This will be very much in keeping with the cultural ethos and ideological positions of the Sinhalese Buddhists who rule this land.

    Any people wishing to see any other culture and ideology emerging as the dominant one will obviously be in an insignificant minority and will be faced with an apparently impossible task. It will make more sense for them to migrate to some country that welcomes their culture and ideology leaving the Sinhala Buddhists and the Sinhala Buddhist ideology to Sri Lanka. The less than a hundred of these people will not be a big burden to countries that welcome their ideological leanings and their departure will leave Sri Lanka and all Sinhala Buddhists in peace and joy. The sooner this is done the better, unless there are some factors that I do not see or am deliberately ignoring in which case the Sinhala Buddhists had better sit up and take care.

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      You are correct in a way “crazyoldmansl” . It is Veddas and my ancestors, Nagas, fault of accepting 700 deported thugs from India. If our Naga/Vedda ancestors were selfish enough to chased away those Sinhalese thugs at that time, those Sinhalese minority won’t become a majority and try to push out all the other minorities now…..

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    The so called “Muslim” commented above does not seem muslim at all. It looks like some stupid bugger thinking that he is a smarty pants disguise himself with the term “Muslim” and type some crap to make the Buddhist Reader get pissed. you know there are so many cowards, who does these things including spreading lies. Usually in my dictionary these people are called Sissies.

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      IJ, I am muslim, Studied in Sinhalese [Edited out], you are Sissy, you think we will get hammered again? [Edited out] for your sissy comments and I dont care Sinhala get pissed off as I am muslim and we effected to level that no one can lolla bye… [Edited out] IL you may be muslim but We are not scared and we are ready for fight, [Edited out] you.

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    We want an another war,
    otherwise How can our Jara clan survive and loot the Sri lanka, fooling the Masses .

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    A Very sensible anticipation. Bensen

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    What Rauf Hakeem alleges he will have to prove. Muslims have long been treated as equals in this country, and certainly NOT as aliens. However, there is visible evidence in recent times that some do want to behave as aliens. Whichever way you cut it, it cannot escape one’s notice that they are the most privileged group in Sri Lankan society today. Let us hope that it does not go to their heads.

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      Jealousy at its best… Yes Muslims are hard working individuals who prosper and you lot cant accept the fact ya’ll are lazy asses who send your women to the middle east and booze with their hard earned money.. Shameless asses.. and ya’ll proudly call yourselves LIONS… helloo wake up and smell the coffee. LIONS DO NOT let the lioness to find prey… REAL LIONS go find the prey and bring it for the lioness and the cubs…

      LEARN A LESSON FROM THE ANIMAL ATLEAST…

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        Yes, they were so jealous of them that the LTTE dispossessed them of everything they owned and threw them out of the North. Yet, they have prospered in the South.

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          We do understand of whom you litigate and what message you propagate.

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        Snowden, SALAM.. well said, Sinhalese are Lazy, untill Baila ( the One fuking tune with 100 diffrent voices) and Booze, Lottry, Interest, these [Edited out] will never come up in Life.

        Look at Busstands in Early Morning, They Worship the Lottry Stall and buy one…. as they try to take easy money, while others gather money and put in Banks for Interest, and other Send their Women for WESI work, and then Hosoroscope screw their ones life stating that once cannot Marry untill 45 yeasr of AGE, so he/she gets Jelous with people whom marry and have kids and those Bad Horoscope guys Girls go to PIRIVENA and screw the entire Pilosohy of Satanic Teaching Buddah. [Edited out] you all Sinhalese.

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        Mr Snowden

        I think you got this completely wrong as far as who goes hunting in the lion clan. You need to watch a bit more of National Geography channel or read up on it.

        The lions are really lazy and it is the lioness who go hunting for prey.

        At least watch lion king the movie.

        Sorry to pull you up but what you stated is not the facts.

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      Did your Tamils played the defacto rule ore than two decades in an unerpriviledged manner? Rambo, you are a skeleton of an example that Tamils are a xenophobic stock.

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    I do not know where you gained your numerical analytical skills Thisaranee (I would rather call you Trinity since your name is an insult to the Triple Gems), the factual situation is that during the two available most recent census data alone which you quoted (1981 vs 2011) Sri Lankan Moor numbers went up by 79% and compared to Sinhalese 38% and Tamils 20% during this 30 year period.

    Even more striking are the Percentage movements. Moors % population went up by 31% compared to Sinhalese (1%) and Tamils (Negative 20%)during the same period.

    And you have the temerity to claim Sinhales population growth is not in danger of being overtaken by that of moors.

    Year Sinhalese Sri Lankan Tamils[4] Sri Lankan Moors[5]
    No. % No. % No. %
    1981 Census 10,979,400 73.95% 1,886,900 12.71% 1,046,900 7.05%
    2011 Census 15,173,820 74.88% 2,270,924 11.21% 1,869,820 9.23%
    Change 38% 1% 20% -12% 79% 31%

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Sri_Lank

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      The immediate goal of the ambitious Muslims is to initially out-populate the Tamils in the island by any means, which they have already done. You can guess what the next objective is. If the Sharia-lead Maldive Islands had something similar to BBS fifty years ago, the Islands would have today Sinhalese and Tamil populations as well.

      Frank N. Stein

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        LTTE’s harikari war did do a good job for you spineless crooks to get plenty of opportunities from job to women as much as you like without competition by decimating your own populations.

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      Paul,
      You have stepped into unknown terroritory of maths.. Did you define your own theory of percentage increase of percentages? .. What does it really mean? Mathematicians use statistical, percentage representation of facts and those representations are defined and proved. What does derived numbers of increased percentage of percentages really mean? Any idea Paul…

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        Forget the percent on percent if this is too hard to comprehend. After-all this is not a forum on elementary Arithmatic.

        However Let me put the same numbers across in another way.
        (These are rounded to the nearest integer).

        Per each Moor Inhabitant in Sri lanka there are:
        Sinhalese Tamils Sinhalese and Tamils combined
        1981 Census 10 2 12
        2011 Census 8 1 9
        % -20% -50% -25%

        This shows that over the 20 year period Sinhalese to Moors ratio went down by 20% while combined Sinhalese and Tamil inhabitants to Moors ratio also went down by 25%.

        The possible reasons are: Moors are reproducing faster ; people of other races are converting to Islam, Moors are migrating to Sri Lanka or other races are emigrating from Sri Lanka, Moors are living longer or these numbers are not accurate.

        I leave it to others to find out which is which.

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          Paul
          Simple, Stop Baila, Stop Arrack, Stop Lottry, Stop Interest bonus Poly,,,, sinhala will grow more than Moors…. We are not doing any Majics… we dont do what I mentioned above. You are Time waster like Lord Buddah just sitting under the tree doing nothing… Go WOrk, Earn, get streatn, marry 4, Screw, get Children, then you can beat Moors.

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            “marry 4, Screw, get Children, then you can beat Moors”.

            That exactly what my puppy dog is doing..it must be a moor. i am watching him closely..:-)

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      Paul,
      Go ask all your shit monks to get married rather wasting damn time sitting under the tree while all sinhala women is alone and taken over by Middle East Empoyment agents… Go see your [Edited out] face in mirror beofre preach others of Sencus,,, is it a problem of Muslim that Sinhala populations is less?[Edited out]

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    Good summary article. But let’s not forget that Ba Ma Tha in Burma or the Buddhist supremacist in Sri Lanka are no global threat as islam is, and has been for even much longer than the Palestinian problem. Islam if its scheme were realized would be the perfect “dystopia”.

    To that global threat, after 50 years of acute trouble, the world is now getting ready to react by putting everywhere the Right, or rightist nationalist policies, in place (not only in Sri Lanka but also in Europe, Russia, India, Thailand, China, Burma … )to control that scourge. It is but a normal return of the balance that won’t end before a while until Islam but also Israel and those in the West benefiting from the Pe

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    Good summary article. But let’s not forget that Ba Ma Tha in Burma or the Buddhist supremacist in Sri Lanka are no global threat as islam is, and has been for even much longer than the Palestinian problem. Islam if its scheme were realized would be the perfect “dystopia”.

    To that global threat, after 50 years of acute trouble, the world is now getting ready to react by putting everywhere the Right, or rightist nationalist policies, in place (not only in Sri Lanka but also in Europe, Russia, India, Thailand, China, Burma … )to control that scourge. It is but a normal return of the balance that won’t end before a while until Islam but also Israel and those in the West benefiting from the “Peace Process” are brought back to Reason !

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    Tisaranee:

    Just like many others who have been “preaching” and has been writing page after page and article after article, you are just an ordinary “preacher”, and a hypocritic one at that. Let us, for a second, go by your argument and subscribe to the belief that the LTTE’s extremist policies and behaviour led to its demise. Right now, who are the extremists and which race/religious people are paying the price?

    People like you have this “artistic” talent to throw comments everywhere. It is five long years since the demise of the LTTE. Has your philosophy, principle (if you have one) and your writings alleviated the sufferings of the Tamils in the North? Please don’t give that crap that the Tamils are paying for what the LTTE did. That will be but a lame excuse from fools like you who believe that your whimsical and philosophical lectures can move the ground of a bloody and murderous regime that murdered more than 70,000 of its own race.

    The NPC CM is nothing but a sitting lame duck. What can you do about that? Do you honestly believe that whatever your outpourings are through your writings and “lectures” are going to change even an inch in the attitude of this regime. The governor has been reappointed despite the protestation by the CM and not forgetting the fact that the president gave an assurance to the CM that this governor won;t be reappointed once his current term is over.

    Have you been able to stop one, just one rape and murder of a single woman? People like you can go on and on writing pieces and can praise yourself for that but with the Muslim community at the receiving end now and Rauf Hakeem’s worry that this may lead to extremist measures by the Muslims, none of your lectures would cause even a dent in the extremist adventures of the Buddhists. Of course, this is what the regime wants as this would enable it to stamp the Muslims as terrorists, just like the way the LTTE and the Tamils were labelled.

    Rather than being gang raped by state terrorists and being subjected to insertion of objects into their private parts which no decent woman would want to live to recount, and as recounted by a number of them to Mdm Yasmin Sooka, the Sinhalese majority are afflicted with a terrible curse, and when one day that curse shows its ugly face, hope god has mercy.

    Prabhakaran may not be perfect in his pursuits but looking at the quandry the Muslims are in now, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that the only language that the Sinhalese understood and will ever understand is what Prabhakaran did. Is it not so that any concession(s) the Tamils ever got was because of that?

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      jansee

      “Please don’t give that crap that the Tamils are paying for what the LTTE did.”

      It may look like crap to you if you are a stupid Tamil without an iota of intelligence while standing right behind LTTE rumps.

      LTTE’s destruction over 30 years of your people will have a lasting effect for the next 30 years.

      The reason Tamil youth took up arms initially was to put things right for themselves as well as other communities. Instead the psychopath VP went on to destroy first his people whom he represented as the self proclaimed sole representative and alienated not only his people but others including Muslims, Sinhalese, Hindians, Tamilnadu and never was able to garner support from the wider world.

      The psychopath successfully managed to unite the International Community and the people of this island against his self defeating war.

      As a stupid person from a stupid people who still seems to love LTTE for what it did you first ought to reflect on the extremely violent self destructive path VP took which led to the current circumstances.

      Don’t blame MR but blame yourself for standing right behind the stupid psychopath. By the way if not for VP’s tactical support, MR would not have been elected as the president in the first place.

      Please consider a spell in the jungle which might help you to clear your thought process.

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        Native Vedda:

        Does it not look stupid on you where the regime murdered more than 70,000 of its own race/people? I am glad that you are upset because that would diametrically twist your brains to just one side, hence the twisted and skewed outburst. After all, besides jungle life and jungle animistic behaviour and instincts, what could one expect from you. Douglas Devananda is a Tamil but the LLRC took him to task for many of his criminal acts. So, pause, take a deep breath and understand, instead of jumping up and down like a monkey, by the overwhelming support to the TNA, the Tamils generally have endorsed the continuance of where Prabhakaran left off. May be, you can try coercing your buddies Karuna and Pillayan to stand (for elections) in the future in the North.

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    Minister Champika Ranawake is quoted here thus “The Sinhalese are the only organic race of Sri Lanka. Other communities are all visitors to the country, whose arrival was never challenged out of the compassion of Buddhists. But they must not take this compassion for granted. The Muslims are here because our kings let them trade here and the Tamils because they were allowed to take refuge when the Moguls were invading them in India. What is happening today is pure ingratitude on the part of these visitors”[ii]. According to this outlook, minorities are lesser citizens and their democratic demands for equality and justice are nothing but rank ingratitude. Implicit in this is the belief that the majority must teach the minorities their ‘rightful (read inferior) place’, peacefully …”

    Ranawake is known to invent many fantasies to fool his ignorant followers in the JHU – that is how this upstart became a Minister. He arrogantly assumes he is an expert in Indian history. He probably is not aware Moghuls did not come down South as far as what is now Tamilnadu – the origin of the Lankan Tamils. He hides from his followers the fact that a highly developed Tamil Nation lived in the island, I dare suggest, even before Kuveni – from whom the Sinhalese claim their beginning. He should read a little from the history of the Thiruketheeswaram Temple (Mannar) in existence for over 3 centuries.
    How many in the readership are aware Ranawake and his JHU instant-historians are busy falsifying and altering ancient historical evidence features in the Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa Districts to remove all shades of Tamil and South Indian influence there.
    Still there are thousands of stone-rock carvings in Tamil in the two Districts. It is time the Rajapakses sent Ranawake and his friends to Spain to study how the Spanish zealously guard Islamic culture and evidence in Mainland Spain – a left-over of Moor/Arab conquests in the centuries past.

    It is time the Rajapakses restrained this demagogue and his constant falsification of history in the island.

    Kettikaran

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      Kettikaran

      “He hides from his followers the fact that a highly developed Tamil Nation lived in the island, I dare suggest, even before Kuveni – from whom the Sinhalese claim their beginning.”

      You are making a grave mistake by identifying antiquity to Tamils in this island.

      Please note Champika could be right, most Sinhala/Buddhists believe the first ape spoke Sinhala language and practised Buddhism in this island many centuries before Buddha was born.

      Buddha visited this island three times in order to learn Buddhism from Champika’s ancestors, the original Sinhala/Buddhists. The Champigovians were so advanced they not only invented zero but were able cross breed woman with beast, hence the birth of Sinhala/Buddhist race with zero brain, for example Ram, Abhaya, Banda, I am no human, Navin, Champika, Nalin, ………………… all of the Sinhala speaking Demelas.

      Please also note I am not a racist for all my friends are either Sinhalese or Tamils. I meant no offence to them.

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    If SL was on a stable footing, both in social and economic terms, these types of racial disparities can never survive, nor ever be able to lift its ugly head. I have always been against mixing religion with politics and identify it as a deadly cocktail. Another is the poor governance by unjust leaders, who are a curse on society and must be held answerable for all our miseries and the mess our country is in. They have managed to make SL a cesspool of infestations by letting racial hatred take root through violent hooligans endowed with the worst in human qualities, whilst outwardly spending colossal amounts of foreign borrowings on wasteful no returns infrastructure, creating grand landscapes and road development networks, harbors, cricket stadiums and airports. They have totally ignored the human aspect, and let it slide into chaos, the law of the jungle. What a shame we truly missed out on a golden opportunity to ride the crest of the Peace wave after 30 years of conflict, to bring social justice and economic benefit to our people, instead we now are again staring disaster in the face, on the brink of another holocaust to establish religious hegemony on minority faiths. Oya ratey minissu, kelinney pissu.

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      Minister Hakeem speaking to the media in Chennai today blames “economic reasons” as the cause for the attacks on Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela???? Let the Muslim people take it on from there.

      Why should the Sinhalese jealousy target only the hardworking successful Muslim businessmen. What about the large number of Sinhala billionaire businessmen in the country – many of whom patronised by the Rajapakse regime.

      Hakeem had an international platform in India to share the fear of Muslims in Sri Lanka with to proclaim they fear for their present and future in attacks organised and coming from Govt inspired religious goons. But once again opportunism and hypocrisy takes the day.

      Backlash

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      OH yes !!! add the 200 million GOATA promised to give the ARMY to re- build Dhargatown/Aluthgama.. where does this Money come from? why would the Govt spend this amount for no reason.. IT is the BBS, JHU and all others who incited violence that need to pay.. Freeze the assets of these goons and dispose, if necessary to rebuild Aluthgama. and not tax the masses who were not involved in this arson and killings… let em learn a lesson the hard way…

      Will GOATA do it? HECK NO coz he is the one who brought up these monsters…

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    It does not appear that the minorities per se are the target. The ‘ Target or Focus’ is the success of a visible component among the minorities in the public space. The others belonging to these specific minorities are made to pay the price in the process to bring down the successful amongst them.

    A recent conversation with an auto-rickshaw driver brought this fact into focus. He was griping about the unbearable cost of living and the misdeeds of the Rajapakses, while also posing the rhetorical question, ‘ can we eat roads?’ . However, on passing the newly opened Cargills Bank, he suddenly remarked, ” The Food City Super Market owners are the world’s richest”. He was aware that the owners were Tamil and the Food City outlets offer their goods at a lower price than their competitors. However, their success has caught the evil eye of the ‘ Directing Cabal’ and generated an adverse public perception. How this perception will be cultivated and taken to its illogical end has to be seen.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr Rajasingham:

      In a sense you may be right but you are very far off the mark really. There were times and news that well stationed businessmen were being rolled into white vans for money. However, most of those who lost life, limb and property in the wake of the Aluthgama tragedy are not “millionaires”, just simple ordinary folks who happened to be Muslims. They simply got within the radar of the BBS. The radius of the BBS and extreme Buddhists had expanded, thanks to a regime that stokes a divide to remain in power. Such bogeys are as comparable to those of Hitler who had this expanding shopping list, despite the overtures by then European govts to placate him. The demon the SL regime is nurturing will one day consume it and will rear its ugly head, uncontrollable and be destructive. Aluthgama is just the tip of the iceberg. The regime’s attitude of sowing the seeds of discord and the simmering pent up anger has just started to heat up. Well, the logical extension would be for it to boil over.

      If anyone believes the latest saga of the NGOs related comedy of sorts has reached any finality in the adventures (misadventures rather) of the Rajapakse regime, then they have not understood the pulse of this regime at all. A fool called Dayan Jayatileke recently wrote that most probably the tenure of the NPC governor was extended because of the TNA’s missteps during the recent visit of the SA envoy and more. How more foolish can he be to think of Tamils as that naive.

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        Jansee,

        A spark aimed at individuals in a community, becomes a inferno and consumes everything, including those who set off the spark. This is what has happened and is about to happen again. Sri Lanka is diminished now and will be further diminished in the future as a result of what is unfolding. If some Sinhalese think that have destroyed the Tamils successfully, they are imbeciles. The country stands testament today to the fact that everything decent in this country stands destroyed as a result. The country- the people- are visibly and palpably paying a very heavy price for the path chartered by its politicians and militants-Sinhala and Tamil- since independence.

        Dr.RN

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          Common man is shown the bait, that is rich minorities, earlier tamils suffered the sacrilege, now it is time for the muslims,

          The perception among dissatisfied Tamils and Sinhalese against muslims is clearly palpable in public forums such as facebook

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        jansee

        “just simple ordinary folks who happened to be Muslims. They simply got within the radar of the BBS.”

        So I take it that the ordinary folks who lost everything in 1983 were just happened to be Tamils who got within the radar of Sinhala/Buddhist thugs.

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          Native Vedda:

          Yes, just like the radar of Hitler, who kept on increasing the radius with unmitigated propensity to use his own measurement scale of what he wanted within that radar. But that doesn’t mean you can increase your jungle diameter. Mahinda mama may take exception to that.

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      So do you sympathize on the sympathetic low priced Cargills over a Threewheeler. Do you know Mr.Raj Naren there was and is a term used in Colombo, whenever any omnibus reaches out at an unbearable price for any morsel they cry it out “Cargills price”.

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      Dr:

      If what you are alluding to is correct then this is a new phenomenon 64 years old and may be even older than than that covering the British Rule which brought about standardisation.
      But I disagree with you and it is much deeper and centuries old and goes to the heart of the Sinhala Race which is inherently Racist and use the Tamil and Muslim affluence as an excuse to attack.

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        kalistani

        Countdown: 33 days

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    Readers who read articles such as this one should pause and wonder: why is the writer doing this, against all facts? They must not forget, there is a lot of money involved, and this Gunesekera produces one article a week, or more. Each one brings anything from $5000 – $10,000 I am sure so this is a very lucrative trade. Obviously those who are monitoring Gunesekera are watching to see how many hits are received for the article, how much penetration is made. They are aware of the natural hatred Gunesekera has against Lanka and particularly Buddhism, which is indeed pathological hatred. So Gunesekera has to do some research, find catchy phrases from somewhere which are produced at the beginning of the article, and make them sound worldly and mainstream, so that it can be read easily by all readers.

    Some day Gunesekera’s cover will be blown, and the readers will know the truth. Meanwhile, Lankans must rally around their leaders, use lethal power against the Muslim Jihadis and their sympathisers, and wipe them out in any way possible. Just look at how Isreal has unleashed vengeance for taking three Jewish lives. The scale of Lankan retaliation should be the same – total destruction of the enemy.

    And don’t even worry one minute about the rest of the Muslim world. They are too busy either killing each other, or seeking the 72 virgins, so Lankans will have very limited reaction from the Islamic “Umma”.

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      Have you become of the lesser Lester?

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      “They are aware of the natural hatred Gunesekera has against Lanka and particularly Buddhism, which is indeed pathological hatred.”
      Jay Chambers:-
      Are you blindfolded when you read TG’s Articles.
      It seems to me that she has a Deep Love for Sri Lanka and Buddhism, and a Deep Sorrow for the havoc this GOSL is causing to Both SL and Buddhism, with their short-sighted selfish Policies.

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      jansee

      “just simple ordinary folks who happened to be Muslims. They simply got within the radar of the BBS.”

      So I take it that the ordinary folks who lost everything in 1983 were just happened to be Tamils who got within the radar of Sinhala/Buddhist thugs.

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        Native Vedda:

        Yes, just like the radar of Hitler, who kept on increasing the radius with unmitigated propensity to use his own measurement scale of what he wanted within that radar. But that doesn’t mean you can increase your jungle diameter. Mahinda mama may take exception to that.

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    Backlash, it is the success of small scales entrepreneurs, willing to take calculated risks who have faced the brunt of the recent assaults from racist forces. The so called Sinhalese billionaires that you refer to that SL has produced are all closely related lackeys of the State leaders. Being patronized by Rajapakse means you security is guaranteed and will not be subject to attacks by any Sinhalese or any mobs.

    It is not the same with the comparatively mediocre business establishments owned by Muslims like the Naleem Hadjiars of Beruwela, No Limits, Fashion Bug and Harcourts just to name a few, along with all those enterprising ordinary folks who lost everything to looting and arson, the innocent people of Aluthgama, Dharga Nagar and Beruwela, who had everything going for them in terms of business success. Destroyed in one night of frenzy, in a well planned out assault.

    Jealousy stems from one’s inability to enjoy and thrive on seeing the success of others, instead developping scorn and hatred, whilst inhibiting feelings of insecurity and a sense of failure on themselves. A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. That’s the way we got along in life. I don’t ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can’t do it myself, I don’t deserve to get it.

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      Marvan:-
      “Jealousy stems from one’s inability to enjoy and thrive on seeing the success of others, instead developping scorn and hatred, whilst inhibiting feelings of insecurity and a sense of failure on themselves”

      The Sinhala Buddhists, who develop these defilements, are not Practising ‘Muditha’, which is the Most important ‘Brahma Vihara’ according to the Buddha.
      ‘Muditha’ means ‘Joy in the Success of Others’, so how can ‘Someone in Robes’ Perform and Incite Others to Perform, such cruel acts of Vandalism on those who have, (through hard Work) made a Financial success of their Lives?.

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    The claim by Minister Champika Ranawake that “the Sinhalese are the only organic race of Sri Lanka. Other communities are all visitors to the country, whose arrival was never challenged out of the compassion of Buddhists…….” is nothing new. Almost all Sinhalese Buddhist politicians subscribe to this theory. And this theory is coming from the days of Anagarika Dharmapala (1864 – 1931)who mourned “The sweet, tender, gentle Aryan children of an ancient, historic race are sacrificed at the altar of the whisky-drinking, beef-eating, belly-god of heathenism. How long, Oh! how long will unrighteousness last in Ceylon.” Dharmapala had many followers like Piyadasa Sirisena, E.T.de Silva etc. In 1915 E.T.de Silva proclaimed “This is a Sinhalese country, I say boldly.” So the assertion by Champika Ranawake ” that the Sinhalese are the only organic race of Sri Lanka” is a moth eaten theory. Even according to Mahavamsa there were two Naga Kingdoms (Nagadipa in the North and Kalyani in the West) and one Yaksha Kingdom in the South when Buddha visited Ilankai. There was no mention of a Sinhalese kingdom or Sinhalese in Mahavamsa. They simply did not exist. The Nagas after conversion to Buddhism took a new identity as Sinhalese. It took several centuries for the assimilation or transformation. If the Sinhalese extremists want the Muslims to go back to Arabia and Thamils to India, then Sinhalese should go back to Orissa/Bengal leaving the country to the Vedas. That is a fair proposition worthy of consideration.

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    Some of the statements made by TG in this article are LIES.

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      I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

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      Agree. That’s how it should be done.

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      Come on JimSofty. Don’t throw allegations. Prove if you can. Which statements by TG are lies.

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    TissG – [This week, the Prime Minister informed the parliament that “several NGOs have exceeded their remits even to the extent of procuring weapons for terrorists”[iv].

    According to an impending new law, ‘all not-for-profit or non-profit organisations’ will have to register with the Minister of Defence as NGOs. “Any organisation that does not register with the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development will have their bank accounts closed and obtaining foreign funds will also be expressly forbidden”[v].]

    Finally! This is what should be considered good and responsible Democratic government.

    NGO’s bringing money outside of Sri Lanka’s auditing and taxation laws should be fined/imprisoned and dismissed from the country.

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    Fighting the Tamils and LTTE asking for a separate state internally within Sri Lanka is different , but fighting the Muslims on the basis of the Muslim religion practiced all over the world is a more dangerous proposition.
    I hope the regime understand what they are taking on

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    Sri Lankan expatriates in Lebanon, battered by the hard-hitting, abrupt move by the Beirut government to deny the renewal of visas to their families have sought private legal counsel at substantial cost in a last-ditch battle to seek concessions to remain in the country.

    “They feel badly let down as the Sri Lankan mission had failed to pursue the matter at government level in Beirut on their behalf”, sources knowledgeable with the developments, said last week.

    Appealing for relief through private legal representation is a costly proposition, but in the wake of official inaction, there is no viable option, they pointed out. “The expatriate workers have been orphaned”.

    Already the families of some workers have returned to Sri Lanka as the Lebanese government insisted that they should leave notwithstanding the fact that the move had torn asunder family units, they asserted.

    Shortly after the recent Sunday Island story on the sad plight of these families, there had been harsh words on some Sri Lankan expatriates by embassy officials in Beirut, the sources said.

    Amidst the stress of being separated from their families, they were blamed for seeking the media spotlight to sort out issues, which they said, was “heavy on those affected”, but rather “light on nonchalant embassy officials”.

    There are an estimated 85,000 Sri Lankans working in Lebanon. With 90% of this workforce comprising women, there is a considerable number of legally married Sri Lankans enjoying family status.

    The Sri Lankan expatriates are contemplating pulling out their children from Lebanese schools, where they study from pre-school to higher education level in French and English, the sources said.

    The grave question is finding suitable educational facilities after they return to Sri Lanka, where many don’t even have a permanent place to live, they noted. “They had lived in Lebanon for many years”.

    Beirut has taken up the position that visas of the families of these workers will no longer be renewed as the country has to deal with an influx of refugees into Lebanon due to the ongoing war in Syria.

    Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Ranjith Gunaratne has been “recalled to Colombo for consultations”, it is understood, but repeated attempts to contact K. M. Sadeek, External Affairs Ministry’s Director-General, Public Communications, for more information on the latest developments, were futile.

    Is this the first salvo thanks to BBS madness to attack Sri Lankan Muslims? As I understand there are few other Arab countries too contemplating same course of action. Very soon we will know.

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    Instead of presenting partial statistics, TG should have presented how many churches and mosque have come up since 1881.

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    Key to this strategy of manufacturing Muslim Terrorist is the advise from the self styled Sinhalese Terrorism Expert.

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    If other Arab countries also act like Lebanon then the Sinhala Budhist Lanka will end up
    Eating mayyokka And bathala or strave.

    Rajapakses do not come to Muslim countries with your begging bowl.

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    TG is [Edited out]

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      Hey Sinhala ELA KOLLA
      Stopp Arrack, Stop Baila, Stop Lottry, Stop Bonus Poly, you can becme Muslim Rich businessman.

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      Kolla, it is too much to expect TG to be Edited out.

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      Thana Kolla, a “Dong” for you!

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    Marwan, as a sri lankan i am offended if my colleagues are asked to leave a country due to a few murderous groups such bbs/jhu and goonies along with the murderous regime. we must come together as sri lankans to wipe these terrorist off mother lankan once and for all so that all communities live in harmony as we did before. besides , it is time we brought the regime to justice and recovered all the ill gotten wealth back to the hands of the government and for this we must ensure we as a country vote against these disgusting regime who may have thought they are here for ever forgetting that they will pay for all the sins as death is certain and cannot hide from it with what ever wealth they have robbed.

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    I see TG has not mentioned violence between Muslims. This was taking place as long ago as 2006. How far has this progressed in 8 years? No, it’s not from Lankaweb it is from the Tamil Guardian http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=1013

    Sectarian violence between orthodox Muslims and an Islamic Sufi sect that preaches pantheism resurfaced in the Muslim town of Kattankudy, Batticaloa, following the death a leader of the Sufi sect

    Mr. M. S. Abdul Payilvan, 69, one of the leaders of the Sufi sect and the President of All Island Tharikathul Mufliheen, passed away in Colombo Apollo hospital on the night of December 6 and was buried at Tharikathul Mufliheen Mosque burial grounds in Kattankudy the following afternoon.

    Orthodox Muslims observed a hartal (general shutdown) demanding the removal of the body from the burial grounds. They claim Kattankudy soil is sacred and bodies belonging to those who preach views contradictory to the holy Quran should not be buried there.

    The Orthodox Muslims are demanding that the body of Mr. Payilvan, who is from Maruthamunai, another Muslim village in the Amparai district, should be exhumed and buried elsewhere.

    Tension prevailed in Kattankudy due to the general shut down and police in large numbers patrolled the area. The Sri Lanka Government provided special police protection to prominent figures of Sufi sect, and the burial ground was guarded by security personnel.

    Three houses belonging to the followers of Payilvan were set ablaze on Thursday night.

    Meanwhile, officials of the Kattankudy Jammiyathul Ulama Council and Federation for Kattankudy Mosques and other Organizations submitted a petition at Batticaloa District Courts demanding the exhumation of Mr. Payilvan’s body.

    The death of Mr Pavilvan has only exacerbated a tense situation. On December 3, extremists had dug up the buried body of a Sufi follower from the Tharikathul Mufliheen Mosque burial grounds and dumped the body on a local road as an act of protest.

    Kattankudy Police recovered the body, re-buried it in the original burial space. The area was guarded for few days after the incident.

    In Kattankudy, the hatred between the two factions has widened in the last few years. Violent clashes between the two factions have grown in intensity and have left many injured, and millions of rupees worth of property, including houses and vehicles, damaged.

    In November armed men, alleged to be orthodox Muslims, threw hand grenades and opened fire on Abdul Rauf Moulawi, an Islamic religious teacher belonging to Sufi sect. Civilians standing in front of his office near Kattankudy Bathuriya Mosque were injured.

    While Abdul Rauf Mowlavi’s critics say that his teachings have borrowed from Hinduism and he is influenced by Muslims of Tamil Nadu origin settled in Kattankudy, the Sufi sect charges that a Wahabi extremist group funded by powerful sources in the Middle East is responsible for harassing Sufi followers.

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      Paul,

      Is your stance that if Muslims are fighting among them it is free for all and we can get into the act and attack Muslims?
      A very stupid justification.

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      Will Latheef Farook, answer these things:

      I don’t think he ever would do that.

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    Ranawake says:
    “The Sinhalese are the only organic race of Sri Lanka”
    What exactly is an “organic race”? I have not come across this concept anywhere.
    Will Ranawake or one of his co-thinkers like M.Seneviratne or the all-knowing Ratnavalli explain this?
    Thanks

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