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School Principal Ignores Governor’s Orders; Bans Punjabi And Makes Students Worship

On Monday March 3rd, 2014, two students in Grade 7 of Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya, School Lane Nawala, were ordered to kneel down and worship the Principal of the school after they on the advice of their parents attended school in the Punjabi attire – traditional attire worn by Muslim girls in Sri Lanka, informed sources told Colombo Telegraph.

Sri-Lanka_HijabAs long ago as 1980 the Ministry of Education by a circular issued to all Zonal Directors instructed that Muslim girls must be permitted to attend school attired in their traditional Punjabi attire which comprises a white frock, a trouser and a shawl. However in recent years school authorities in several schools in Sri Lanka have objected to Muslim girls wearing the traditional dress on claims that the school is a ‘Buddhist school’. In fact the Principal of Janadipathy Balika Vidyalaya Nayana Taxila Perera is reported to have taken the same stance, that Janadipathy Balika Vidyalaya is a Buddhist school.

In 2013 a Muslim student went to the Supreme Court against the prohibition of the Punjabi dress by the School Principal and the matter was settled in the Supreme Court with the Principal being severely reprimanded for his conduct. However these interventions have had little effect in stemming the growing anti-minority and anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka.

The two students who went to school on March 3, 2014 were first asked to remove their attire by the relevant class teachers. The second student had immediately acceded to the instructions in fear of reprisal. The two girls were thereafter summoned before the Principal as one of the girls refused to remove her dress. However she too was forced to remove her trouser and shawl in the presence of staff members, parents and the Vice Principal.

This incident takes place in the context of a wider anti-Muslim attitude adopted by the School Principal Ms Perera where she had banned Muslim parents from entering the school premises attired in the abaya or the hijab. The School Principal has no such power in law to regulate the attire of parents. Thus Muslim mothers who wear the hijab are prevented from fully engaging in their children’s education as they cannot attend any school event or meeting including parents – teachers meetings.

Whilst the ban had been put in place from July 2013 on September 10, 2013 a Muslim mother went to collect her daughter from school as she was ill. However the security officers at the gate had stopped her from going further as she wore the hijab. The mother was asked to wait outside the gate and the child was handed over to her outside the school gate.

Another mother who went to school to pay the admission fee for her third child, adorned in a Hijab, was not allowed to enter the school and was instructed to make the payment either through her daughter or husband. In another incident the teachers of the school had insisted that a parent wearing a Hijab, removes it during the national anthem and the school song during the sport meet.

Due to the discrimination a group of 11 parents had lodged a complaint at the Western Province Governor Alawi Mawlana’s  office as this was a Provincial school. The parents had requested the Governor to intervene and inform the Director of the Provincial Education Department to permit them to visit the school adorned in hijab, and to permit their children to pursue their education adorned in the traditional Muslim attire in accordance with the circulars and orders of the Supreme Court.

It was only after the Governor’s office had informed the parents that the relevant instructions would be given out to the school that the children went to the school on March 3rd, 2014 and had to face the above incident.

Soon after the parents were informed of the incident that took place, the parents of two girls visited the Governor’s office and were informed that an inquiry will be held on March 6th, 2014 regarding the issue. However, when the parents went to the Governor’s office on March 6th, as instructed, they were informed by the officials that the issue has been ‘sorted’ and the Mayor of Sri Jayawardena Pura Kotte – Janaka Ranawaka had intervened and therefore no meeting or inquiry would be held.

On the following day, March 7th, 2014, a special meeting was reportedly held in the presence of the Mayor. During the meeting attended by parents, the Mayor and the Principal have instructed the parents present to sign a document urging parents to desist from wearing the hijab when entering the school with the students who would not be permitted to wear the shawl and trousers.

Certain parents of Muslim students who were present at the meeting have also reportedly agreed to send their children to attend school in a frock devoid of the shawl and trousers.

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    What kind of Buddhism is practised in Sri Lanka?

    “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e). “
    http://www.priu.gov.lk/Cons/1978Constitution/Chapter_02_Amd.html

    Girls wearing Punjabi – Is it a threat to Buddhism?

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      Dont go too much.. it was indiscipline act by two school children. Some of schools has long traditions towards uniforms and cultures in school. those are not affirmed by law or any ruling but it in itself.

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        What baboon talk is this. The principal does not have any authority to decide on the child’s uniform. If it has been approved by the Ministry of Education then the principal has to abide by it.
        Why are these Muslim bigwigs with the govt like Alavi Moulana, Rouf ‘ice cream’ Hakeem, pole vaulter Azath Salley prospective pole vaulter Muzamil all trembling to stand up for their community? Are they fearing a cut in their perks or a trip in the ‘white van’?

        HATS OFF TO VELUPILLAI PRABAKARAN, IN SPITE THE MANY WRONGS HE DID, HE STOOD UP, FOUGHT AND DIED FOR HIS PEOPLE; NEVER TOOK SHIT DISHED OUT BY RACIST AND EXTREMISTS NOR DID HE INGRATIATE WITH THE GOVT IN POWER FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT. CAN WE NAME A SINGLE MUSLIM OR A SINHALESE TO STAND ALONGSIDE VELUPILLAI PRABAKARAN IN THAT SENSE?

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          Yo idiot Prabakaran didnt want to die at the last moment biatch. He wanted to surrender to the rajavassas. But rajavassas killed all the terrorists idiots who wanted to surrender. That is one of the reason UN is creating hell to rajavassas. DUMB MUTT. STILL THINKNG PRABA IS A HERO.

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          how can you explain the 2005 presidential betrayal by VP then , didn’t he take the money and boycotted the elections in return ?

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        The fight is over Sinhala Buddhists wanting all girls to wear the European dress Vs. Muslim parents wanting their daughters to wear North Indian Punjabi Dress. I don’t get it!

        What about the Muslim boys? No Punjabi dress for them?
        The whole thing is a jilmart by monks and mullahs in funny costumes!

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      The violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism

      http://stream.aljazeera.com
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRB3aS75ZLY

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      Anpu,

      “Girls wearing Punjabi – Is it a threat to Buddhism?”

      No. It is a Threat Sinhala Monk Mahanama “Buddhist” Racism that is practiced in SRI LANKA.

      Issue, a Fatwa against the Monk Mahanama Principal, and take it from there.

      Deja Vu… have seen it before.

      Yes, this is a exposure of a lie. You need to look at one of the BIGGEST SINHALA BUDDIST lies. The Monk Mahanama Imaginations of Mahawansa. Given below is a summary of the real facts.

      Remember Somarama who killed SWRD. They were ALL Sinhala Mahanama “Buddhist” Racists . “Buddhist” because they are NOT Buddhist. They are racists. So we had a situation where the Paradeshis. the Para-Sinhala killing Para-Tamil based on Mahanama racism. That is NOT True Buddhism.

      This is what the True Natives, Native Veddas have to say about the Para- Sinhala and other Paras-, the Paradeshis or foreigners. 1. All the above descriptions support the Sinhala and Tamil as Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil, like Para-deshi, Foreigners, as far a the Native Veddah are concerned, who walked at least 16,000 years ago when Lanka and India were connected by a land bridge as the sea levels were low. So, the Sinhala and Tamil Nationalism need to be identified as, Racism, Para-Sinhala Nationalism and Para-Tamil Nationalism. Monk Mahanama imaginations of Mahawansa need to be exposed and discarded. Why?

      Non- Confirmation bias of Mahawansa.

      Did Dr. Para-nawithana, the noted Sri Lankan Archaeologist believe the Imaginations of monk Mahanama of 5th Century such as:

      a) Grandfather of Para-Vijaya was a lion? Any DNA data in support of this imagination?

      b) Buddha visited Lanka three-times in 500 BC? any support for the Imagination.

      c) During one visit, Buddha left his giant footprint on top of Mount Samanala Kanda, “Adams Peak”. Did he fly by the Dandu Monera Yanthraya, Giant Bird, and parachute?

      d) The Veddah are the offspring of Para-Vijaya and Kuveni. Is there any DNA data to support this? No.

      Another Monk Mahanama Imagination. Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves — preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.1 Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival. Further reference: Here some credible data and reference of the genetic Admixture. The Native Veddah were the original inhabitants of the land, well before the foreigners, the parades-his, came from South India.

      http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2007/6/15923_space.html

      The Genetic affinities of Sri Lankan populations – [Reproduced here on a special request made by our LNP friend MURU, this article (web site) was first found by our friend MAGHA.] Friday, 15 June 2007 – 11:25 AM SL Time Genetic affinities of Sri Lankan populations Human Biology, by Kshatriya, Gautam Kumar Genetic Admixture. Table 9 presents the estimated values of admixture for the two hybrid populations (the Sinhalese and the Tamils) based on 13 polymorphic loci, fitting a trihybrid model using the ancestral frequencies shown in Table 10. (Tables 9 and 10 omitted).

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        The usual babel by jihadi Amaraya. Why do so much democratic French ban not just hijab but even headscarves in their schools, Amaraya?

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          Why did they Mechanic ? I don’t know, please enlighten me/us.
          Thx in advance.

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          mechanic,

          “The usual babel by jihadi Amaraya. Why do so much democratic French ban not just hijab but even headscarves in their schools, Amaraya?”

          Mechanic,:
          Are you a Para-Sinhala, according to Native Veddah Terminology? Native Veddah have the right to go around in an “Amudays” Loin Cloth.

          Know the History. Read Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, First published 1795, then you will understand.

          Keep your Mahanama myths to yourself.

          In Secular USA, France and Turkey they have separation of Church and State. In Sri Lanka, they do not have separation of Church, Temple Mosque and Sate. There us a religious ministry. Then you cannot have Double Standards.

          Given this one needs to apply a single standard, or policies and procedures need to be established, not on other way, but in consultation with the participants. However, I smell a discriminatory issue here, but the real problem is the Wahhabis who are imposing their Tribal Values even for children, using parental pressure and the Principal imposing her standard, whatever her intentions are. Are they, good or bad? Poor innocent Children.

          This is what happens when people follow their Myths blindly.

          While a case can be made for a standard school uniform, the uniform must reflect the school and societal values.

          What values are broken, wearing a Punjabi?

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          @mechanic,

          How many tags do you have? Are you any of the following tags.? Jim Swifty, Lee;l etc?

          @Pena Kyanna has many tags! See below.

          Just curious.

          **********************

          As CT exposed twice this Pena Kiyanna has 100+ names, he/she thinks Kusal also like him/her

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jayaratne-says-dhanapala-will-stand-by-best-practices-dhanapala-pussyfoots-on-illegal-web-blocking/

          @Pena Kyanna;

          Our internal audit shows that you are using following pseudonyms. Anyone can see what you have written in this forum using those pseudonyms. We advice you to use one name – CT and all those comments can categories as – anti-CT and attacks on writers who are critical on Rajapaksa regime. Any reader can find out them. This is the second request; https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajpal-abeynayake-controversially-escapes-contempt-of-sc-charges/ Your pseudonyms; Tamil patriot, Pena Kiyanna, Pu Basher, David Basher, Lakbooru, Koti Meruwa, Used Condom, Physician, Lansi agonist, Rattaran, Disappointed?, Uththare, Fangdang, Pucka Master, Danna Kena, Wet puss, Pansi Lanka, On the Pillion, Pronto, Wisecrack, L master, Javis, L Maruwa, Your Nemesis, Rajathuma, Gum boot, Aththa Kiyanna, Sudath Paranagama, Ane appochchi, Ex-Islander, Retort, Proof reader, Truth teller, Niemöller continues, Sovereignty for ever, Durai, Diaspora agent, Godage, Vedi descender, Retorter, cameron hater, Equality for all, YYY, Raymond, Randy Willie, Quixote, Random Guess, Randy, Galagedara Modaya, Anticonversion, Hela claimant, Iseesee, Umpire, Rattaran, Jesu putha, Poo watcher, Uthure kolla, Pol Arakku, Rum and Coke, Point Blank, Jim Beam, Counter- retort, True Christian, Congolese, Taraki’s ghost, Darlene, Anthropos, Nikan beheth, Mandy, Arlene,Truth seeker, Irene, Gajamutu, Adamant, Bodu helaya, Meghdut, Dimuthu, Jaganath, Rana Viry, Preethi, Adaikkan, Curious, Adam, Kavatam, Pena Kiyanna, Jeremy, Henda, Summer Kakka, Bungaroo, Goni Billa, Therapist, Kavan Tissa, Swifty, Little Lion, Lion cub, Ambalawanar, Konde bandapu Cheena, Little Peeved, Ketheeswaran, Lawyer, Gamiya, GIGO, Kurundu dealer, Chandiya, Winter Blues, Gupta prince, Chelliah, Rate Badu, Lankapuwath, Baron, Lex Regis, Island Gamma, Agonist, Agun, Kiri Menika, G. Weerakoon, Piyakaru, Kiri Banda, Reasonable, Cynic, Poo ten, Maradankadawala Yakaday, Halfbright, Bobgbong, Justinian, Ranjaya, Galagedara Appu, Soothsayer, Alberta Failure, Real Truth, Confused, Sandanam, Loku Putha, Reviewer, Watching Brief, Dandy Warhol, Michael Achilios, Always on your back, The coroner, Jayaweera, Bellylaughs,Lance the boil, JanakiRam, Equanimous, Psych-healer, Menna aththa, Mahal, Old Friend, Wanagatha, Mithura, Yagnawalka, Juliagone, Ranaviru, Lankan Mustafa, Udeshi, Listener, Cunniling, Bangawewa, Ruwan, Raman, Ambalavanar, Dogwatcher, Pin bath, Real thing, Confused, Ajit Randeniya, Vidiya Bandara, Lanka Watcher, Quotesick, Scaptic, Berty, Karunaratna Wijesundara, Sudu Banda, Arun Wimalaratne, Jagatj Jayaweera, Andrew Cohen,Jagath Jayaweera, Pera rebel, Saman Fernando,Rizvi Mustafa, Really Transparent, Pol Tokka, Ratavesiya, Karunadasa Wijesinghe, Show and tell, Deshapremiya, Psycho, Nallatamby,Really Transparent, Realist, Transparent Lawyer, Hithawatha, Daya Master, Solhheim, Legal practitioner, Spectator, THe critic,Randeniya, Rizv Azad, Investigator, Sandgroper, Serving Colonel, L.Shanmugadasan,Gordon, Susantha Liyanage, Selva,Rata venuwen api, Anam Manam, Karalliadde, Rambanda, Lanka power, Anticommonwealth, Sanitiser, Rakshaka, Prawn on the barbie,Watcher, Konappu, Pub servant, G.Perera, Amirthalingam, Scrum-Half,Lakhanda, Traction, As it is, Reasonable,Mathew, Karalliadde and another commentator’s pseudonym “Off the Cuff

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        Please write in your own name, without hidding behind a sinhalese name. Are you ashamed of your ethnicity?

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      Anpu!
      This is not related Buddhism.These things continue to happen just because Muslims in Sri Lanka are opportunists and cowards.In spite of everything Hakeem has said that SLMC would not leave the government.Other Muslim Ministers do not open their mouths as they want to enjoy their Ministerial jobs and perks.So more troubles are in store for Muslims

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        “Muslims in Sri Lanka are opportunists and cowards.”

        Konde bandepu ischool master Singho,

        They are survivors and do speak both languages!

        Charles V Emperor of Rome needed the help of Henry V111 three times to fight the Ottamans.

        the Sihala are cowards! You needed the help of the whole wide world to fight a rag tag army.
        Especially Muslim North India via the Turks to achieve your goal but yet you are being haunted because you are still a Sihala speaking Buddhist Tamil. After 31st May the reality will dawn on you stupid cowards who don’t want to live life by negotiation but by hoodwinking.

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      I am appalled by hearing the news:

      What caused principal to take this action against the two students – if the authorities point him clear that there is no such law.

      This kind of principals should be given hard punishments so that the kind of actions would never be repeated.
      If she says that it is a buddhist school, why was that two girls were enrolled to that school knowing their religious background ? If there were no chance such pupils to get their school education euqally to others, there should be other options for them in that region.

      No idea about the same incident, but found one another below that Asath is going to make a complaint against… we should all help him regardless of our religious believes – I am born buddhist but would love to get on with all lankens.
      —————-
      Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader Azath Salley is to file a police complaint against the school which forced two children to remove their hijab (head scarf).

      Salley said that he is gathering information over the incident and will subsequently file a police complaint against the school authorities and groups which are promoting extremism in the country.

      The school in Rajagiriya had last week banned Muslim students from wearing the hijab to school despite it being permitted under local laws.

      The school principal had reportedly forced two students to remove the hijab if they wanted to attend classes.

      Parents of the two students had then voiced objections over the move and this had resulted in a tense situation.

      Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawaka had told the Colombo Gazette that he intervened over the matter and urged both the school authorities and the parents to resolve the matter amicably.

      The Mayor had denied reports that he had supported the ban of the hijab by the school administration. (Colombo Gazette)

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    Why all over the world Muslims make big noises ?? They dont know how to love in peacefully among other communities..

    They are sending children to Buddhist schools and making unrealistic demands.

    Alawi Mawlana’s office doesn’t have powers to instruct or order School teachers… he take up this as religious matter instead of indiscipline act by parent sending their children highlighting their religious tradition to a Buddhist school, he is a borne fool as most as others.

    unwanted problems.

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      who says the muslims of the world is making so much noise? lol.. its the media who is making such noise.. and do u know that even the Al-Qaida is the work of the CIA.. to find reasons to get get into countries that have oil which are all middle-eastern..
      In case u didnt know.. when interviewed most people in the world who have entered into conflict they give politics as a reason for their wars.. its less than 1% who says its religion..
      its just that when the media highlights these conflicts they make religion a reason.. fact!

      and please stop bringing such racist thoughts..immaterial of race and religion everyone is a human being who deserve to live peacefully and have the right to live as they please as long as its not hurting someone else.. just because of a few crazy people you cant find fault with a whole race like hitler did..
      as Gautama Buddha states “in the sky there is no distinctions between east and west, people create distinctions out of their own minds and believe them to be true..

      peace :)

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        Please watch this , also , listen 3:14 onward few times.. you will realize it it all around not just in SL
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2nlIfn8tNA

        yes, Al-Qaida project work of CIA, like the LTTE back ground work of Indian Govt & RAW.. While knowing Al-Qaida is a part of CIA why Muslims do support it & sending children for fight among Muslims ??

        remove your dirty glasses, live in peaceful.. dont blame others for fault on your side, think where you are living in

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          who says muslims send their kids to war?? lol!!
          the rule in Islam is, that even in the state of war, NO ONE is allowed to kill old people, women, children and at the same time u CANT even kill an unarmed soldier as a matter of fact.. and U CANT employ kids.so whoever who is practising such inhuman acts cant be considered a muslim! even though they call themselves that!
          and its common sense that sending kids to war is an inhuman act and those people need to be brutally punished by law!! that is why those people are called “terroriests!!”.. lol.. common sense!!
          just because they call themselves muslims and do the utter opposite doesnt mean thats allowed! how stupid to even think that?

          its unfortunate that people don’t know islam and some interpret it the wrong way as portrayed in the media… the same way you cant portray buddhism looking at the BBS!!
          as lord buddha states i will narrate it in short..dont believe anything until u experience it yourself and at the same time you use your own common sense…

          BBS, AL-quida, LTTE and all these people are hiding in behind the veil of religion and culture and fulfilling their own personal and political agenda.. — common sense!

          i never said this in a muslim or buddhist point of view.. but all im saying it is as a humanitarian point of view. fair justice!.. why the hatred??.. as long as there are people out there who keep segregating from either side.. saying “your people” and “my people” from either side.. whether there be any race or religion, then there will always be people with ulterior motives who will make use of it.. thats what im saying..

          i am not the one who is looking at it with a dirty lenses that needs a cleaning.. its you :) .. because what i mean is when we all clean our lenses and look at it as human beings and fairness then there wouldn’t be so many wars in the world..

          sad truth!

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      If the Governor has no right to intervene does it apply to only Muslim Governors.To hell with these racilaists.

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      Remember, last year Alevi wanted Buddhist civil servants to assist Muslims in their cattle slaughter which he called ‘pin-kama’ at Eid al-Fit.

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      Shame on you…Beebon.

      Did any Muslim Arab make big noise when they gave jobs to nearly 500,000+ sinhalese who went abroad and making big money, made the economy of this whole country?

      SHAME ON ALL THE SRI LANKANS WHO ARE PRACTISING RACISM ON MUSLIMS….SHAME ON YOU MAHINDA….

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        utterly stupid argument

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        You make it sound like Arabs are giving some sort of gift , when in reality the Sinhalese and Tamils in the Gulf are working for a living. Those Arabs also treat Sri Lankans, especially housemaids, like shit.
        While Tamils and Sinhalese:
        allowed their women to marry Arab merchants who came to Ceylon, allowed Arabs to settle down in Ceylon
        allowed Arabs to maintain their culture
        allowed Arabs to convert Tamils and Sinhalese
        allowed them to act as middle men for spices that Tamils and Sinhalese toiled for

        The Arabs in the Gulf exploit and abuse Tamils and Sinhalese. They do not allow Tamils and Sinhalese to settle down there or build temples and monasteries. Dubai used to have a Hindu temple but like all non Muslim places of worship, it would be removed when the expat community it served left.

        It is Ceylon Muslims who have practices the lion share of racism against non Muslims, first by professing faith in a supremacist and intolerant ideology and 2nd by waging cultural genocide on Tamils and Sinhalese by converting them to Islam resulting in the erazure of Tamil and Sinhala ancestral identity.

        Every Muslim majority nation is defactor or officially claimed to be Muslim and non Muslims are 2nd class citizens at best and killed or ethnically cleansed at worst.

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          “Dubai used to have a Hindu temple but like all non Muslim places of worship, it would be removed when the expat community it served left. “

          You are just a terrorist rat working for Transsexual Govt of the fraudulent lawyer in the US providing refugee status with tax payers money.

          We run the only roman catholic church run directly by Rome and it will never move.

          There are approximately 0.6 million Hindus in Dubai. The Hindu Temple is in the area of Bur Dubai. It is there to stay because the Malayalee and the North Indians are there to stay NRI (Like Mittal in the UK)

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    Please report to Fatimah Fukshitma. “She” will take appropriate action.

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    There are racists in even every country. Sri Lanka is no different. The only language these stupid idiots understand is the full force of the law. Uphold the law and jail the racists. ZERO tolerance like what happens in most other countries where peace prevails. It will happen if the govt so wishes. So far absolutely ZERO such wishes. Sadly this is exactly the opposite of Buddhism teaches. You’re selling your soul and you enemies will win because you failed to uphold righteousness. Shame on you!

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    The school uniform is equal to all girls and they should come to school in uniform. What will happen if everybody wears her own attire. Some boys might come to school in Sarong.

    Cyril

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      And this is the problem, Muslims always want to impose their customs and religion upon others. We see it here in the West too.

      No one is stopping Muslim girls from wearing Punjabi dress in Muslim schools, yet Muslims demand that a Budhhist school must bown down to their demands. No one forced them to attend the Buddhist school.

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        Palm,

        Islam is a way of life; it intertwines in every aspects of Islamic upbringing. Sinhala Buddhism is not far behind in this respect though there is no specific dress code, the ardent followers make sure that the non-Sinhala-Buddhists know who is in charge!

        I hate single faith based schooling system; it breeds bigotry and maintain polarisation along the religious lines! In Sri Lanka, one encounters Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam but in a country like Britain, there are manifold faiths and some are expressive. Mainly the mainstream schools, Church of England, have gone head over heels to accommodate all; some even went as far as to redefine their uniforms congruous with various religious requirements. Where would one stop! This is why I like the French approach. It has to be the same for all and faiths are kept totally at bay. Can this happen in Sri Lanka? No way as the Buddhism is projected in the Constitution!

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          “Islam is a way of life; it intertwines in every aspects of Islamic upbringing. “

          And yet every Muslim society or nation out there recognizes its distinct ethnic heritage but in Sri Lanka the Tamil heritage of most Muslims and the Sinhala heritage of the remainder is actively erazed and denied by Ceylon Muslim organizations. In Sri Lankans Muslims of Malay,Arab (Moor) and Memom heritage are allowed to recognize their ethnic roots.

          Muslims from: Saudi,Kuwait,Pakistan,Iran,Syria,Egypt,Tunisia,Chechnya,Malaysia,
          Albania,Turkey etc.. all retain their ethnic identity BUT only in Ceylon are Tamil Muslims and Sinhala Muslims not allowed to identify as Tamils and Sinhalese. A blatant racist double standard.

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      Cyril,

      If the school uniform is the issue, then why is that the School projects Buddhism? I agree with the issue with the school uniform; why would they even bring “Buddhist School” into this equation?

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      this is an issue of student not abiding by school uniform which is not Buddhist – if it was she would be wearing “Lama saree”. why is this projected as Buddhist muslim problem. ? oh it’s Geneva circus time – isn’t it ? lest one forgets!

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      Cyril,

      “The school uniform is equal to all girls and they should come to school in uniform. What will happen if everybody wears her own attire. Some boys might come to school in Sarong.”

      Well said and articulated. That is the way it should be.

      The moment one brings religion and race into the class room, it becomes an unnecessary distraction.

      1. The clothing or uniform should be such that the one cannot tell one student from another with respect to race and religion.

      2. Religion is something that is practiced at home or in the house of worship, not school.

      3. If denominational school, all students need to know that and are expected to follow those rules.

      Religion and race divides people. That is the biggest stumbling block to egalitarianism, equality and socialism. That is why communists and socialists were against religion.

      Religion is the Opium of the Masses -Karl Marx.

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    MR. Rauf Hakeem. your response as the leader of the SLMC?

    What is happening to this country? The other day two Muslim students had sent an anonymous complaint to the Puttalam police that a Tamil student who had been appointed a Prefect, was a tiger!

    Dr, Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr. RN,

      Minister RH is wearing a Thambi Thoppiya not a Fez.

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        Rauf Hakeem is dancing to Hitlerpassa’s tune, namely, the “Kumari File”??

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          SLMC and the Ceylon Muslim orgs. have always supported the anti Tamil sentiment, and recently they opposed an International War Crimes investigation.

          Muslim Lankan organizations were quite content to support the Sinhala Chauvinists for several decades , well before armed Tamil conflict, but now they are whining about so called anti Muslim sentiment from the Sinhalese Nationalists these Muslims held hands with.

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            So you are saying a Muslim student making a complaint to the police alleging a fellow tamil student as a LTTE cadre because he didnt like the tamil as a prefect was done because of MR and sinhala racism? And not because muslim boys were racist?

            the reality is both muslims and tamils are two racist bunches who are extremely tribal. Alas we are left in an island with these two tribes.

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              No , I am not saying the boy’s actions can be blamed on MR and Sinhalese. What I said was that Ceylon Muslim organizations have supported Sinhala Chauvinists because of Muslim racist attitudes towards Tamils.

              If Tamils were racist, they would
              a) have a religion that professes the superiority of Tamils
              b) not have allowed Tamil women to marry Arab males
              c) not allowed Tamils to convert to Islam
              d) would have tried to outbreed the Sinhalese

              The Tamils who now insult Sinhalese are doing so out of anger from Sinhala Chauvinism. Just like Blacks in America who hold onto to some anger towards Whites due to anti Black racism.

              I have Sinhala immediate family and relatives who are half Sinhala; so I do not witness a seated racial hatred towards Sinhalese. I believe (owing to historical facts) and have been taught by family that Sinhalese are essentially the same people as Tamils, with the differences being minor.

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                Muslims didn’t support any Sinhalese, they supported their own country to safeguard it and them from terrorists who were funded by you. What do you expect from Muslims? To support your LTTE after they ethnically cleansed North from Muslims and killed Muslims in East in barbaric manner?

                “Tamils were racist, they would a) have a religion that professes the superiority of Tamils b) not have allowed Tamil women to marry Arab males c) not allowed Tamils to convert to Islam d) would have tried to outbreed the Sinhalese”

                I don’t know about Hinduism so I cant comment on whether it is better than islam when it comes to non Hindus, but the superiority complex is within the minds of tamils. Religion is only one among many motivators. If you read this very comment section that is more than obvious.

                I remember reading an interview of Wiggie and it is apparent that even he suffers from that mental disability. Tamils are one of the most racist and tribal set of people ever to tread this planet.
                That is probably because you didn’t have organizing skills and commanding ability like the Muslims did, otherwise you would have stopped muslims marrying tamil women. I remember some tamil on this very forum crying that Sinhala soldiers were marrying tamil women and gloating a nephew of his married a Sinhala girl and now she is practically a tamil. The reality is apart from Sinhalese, Burghers and malays others (tamils and muslims) don’t let their women marry out of the race. And whenever a tamil man marries a non tamil woman they make sure to erase the non tamil heritage of their young, Sinhalese being the biggest victims of it. That is exactly how you became a tamil, who is truly a tamil speaking Hindu Sinhalese.

                You have a point when you say you did nothing to stop tamils from converting. That is because there is no other religion below than islam. But that can be said to almost all other religions. The reason tamils didn’t out number Sinhalese is Tamils came here much later and they didn’t consider this as their homeland. Sl was a place they would come from time to time for pillage and rob the wealth. That too after tamils from southern india was brought in large numbers by the Dutch and the British.
                The fact that many Tamil speakers remain in Sinhala areas testament to the fact that Sinhalese have been very soft on non-Sinhalese in the history. Read books like Robert Knox’s book. That will give you a good understanding.
                And what about tamil terrorism against Sinhala people? What about the Sinhala parents whose children you killed? What about the daughter of a mother who went missing when LTTE took down the plane to whom Rayappu said to ‘you do the war, you have to suffer this’? What about continuous attack on Sinhala people on what they wear, their religious traditions, what they eat? Remember this you are not a victim!

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      Dear DrRN,
      as one who has been looking at all these being in the country, you may know more about the ground realities of the problems. I myself being out of the country, for the last two decades, when reading about these news, I feel why the muslims in general are like intimidated ? Even Hakeem did not open his mouth all these months or years, even if his capacity as the minister of J-U-S-T-I-C-E do lot more. What do you think about Hakeem´s politics in general ? I cant even think of it- why cant a minister of Justice function well ? This is impossible in EU countries. Even if it is a tiny issue, minister of justice would react promptly in these countries..studying lanken media, I get toknow even if a civilist is killed, the minister of justice would not come forward to make any comment on the issue. We experienced it on the Journalist Mel murder or the other similar incidents occured since then lately.. what measures Hekeem took – not even spoke a single word. I am lost here, looking at the way people today have been made to be very helpless in the country. No justice at all.
      Please add your comments to this.
      Thanks.
      Sirimal

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      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

      You might have heard this joke. A Sri Lankan Immigration officer questions the validity of the landlocked Afghan Minister of Shipping, Ports and Customs and the Afghan Minister responds, how come you have a Minister of Justice?

      There are two kinds of people. Good and Evil. We find both kinds in all faiths and ideologies. The trick is to advice the evil and associate with the good.

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      Dr. Rajasinham,

      “MR. Rauf Hakeem. your response as the leader of the SLMC?”

      Of course, Mr. Hakeenm is one of the people who should response, BUT he should not be the only one.

      What about the other?

      1. The so-called Buddhists.

      2. The so-called Christians and Catholics.

      3. The So-called Hindus.

      4. The so-called socialists.

      5. The so-called politicians, whatever they are.

      This is where USA, France and Turkey succeeded in keeping Separation of Church and State.

      Heep the Myths to yourselves.

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    This is a BUDDHIST school, so respect the Buddhist nature of the school by not overtly advertising the religious symbolism of other religions.

    Do Muslim schools allow non-Muslim girls to wear traditional Buddhist or Hindu attire?

    In a realted note;

    Why on earth is the Punjabi dress the traditional dress of Lankan Muslim girls since Punjabi dress in North Indian whereas the majority of Lankan Muslims are Tamil and Sinhala converts or of Tamil and Sinhala stock.

    This is cultural imperialism by Ceylon Muslim organizations , because they are imposing foreign (in this case North Indian) culture on Lankan Muslims. In India , North Indians fervently try to impose their language and culture on South Indians. Ceylon Muslim establishment is trying to eraze the ancestral identity of Lankan Muslims.

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      You are a typical southern yakko sinhalese talking humbug. Even the sinhalese saree and sarong are traditional dresses of India, then why the heck are sinhalese wearing them like baboons? Why are sinhalese commemorating Hindu New Year calling it sinhalese and tamil new year when it is a historical new year of the dravidian tamils? From where did you sinhalese get a religeon, if not for the arrival of Arahat Mahinda with buddhism, you sinhalese would be probably muslims (tip cut bastards) like Pakistan and Bangladesh and covering your faces head to toe and instead of pirith blasting from loudspeakers which is already happening you sinhalese will be listening to Koran chanting. What do you mean by buddhist nature of the school, did lord buddha tell you to disrespect other cultures and religeons? Hindu college in Colombo is a Hindu school, does that school do those shameless things to their muslim students. The biggest mistake Arahat Mahinda did was to convert uncivilised bastards like the sinhalese to buddhism. Today these sinhalese have become the greatest shame to the great preaching of Lord Buddha.

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        Holy! you have been ” sparked ” by the palmsquirrel.

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        Spark

        ” Why are sinhalese commemorating Hindu New Year calling it sinhalese and tamil new year when it is a historical new year of the dravidian tamils?”

        The Sinhalese are celebrating Tamil New Year because they are Sinhala speaking Tamils, descendants of Kallathoni Tamils from Tamilnadu. The Tamil Kallathoni descendants have become Sinhala speaking Buddhists over a period of time.

        I admire your stupidity.

        “Today these sinhalese have become the greatest shame to the great preaching of Lord Buddha.”

        Therefore we must liberate Buddha’s teaching from Sinhala/Buddhism.

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          Sinhala people is a race and a nation the only civilization to emerge in this island. It has people from different parts of India and the indigenous people from Sri lanka. So undoubtedly they have tamil roots as well, but they have evolved and amalgamated with others and for millenias their cultural identity was formed.

          the tamils in Sl are either british brought labour or tamil speaking sinhala Hindus.

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            ” the tamils in Sl are either british brought labour or tamil speaking sinhala Hindus”

            First off; Tamils were in Lanka before Vijaya the founder of Sinhalese society colonised Lanka.

            2nd; Most Tamils in Ceylon are not from British era laborers nor Sinhalse who converted to Hinduism. It is Tamils who converted to Buddhism and became Sinhalised, which is why there is soo much similarity between Tamils and Sinhalese.

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              How do you say Tamils were here first?

              1. if tamils were here, how did the weak sinhala people that too 700 strong come in a boat and conqure your tamil kingdom?
              2. What did the tamils in nearby TN did at that time without giving you any logistic support? Imagine a north indian come to South India today and turn them a different race.

              3. Why did the late comers pushed into the interior? if the tamils came here first they should live in the south and central parts not Sinhalese. That is the rational migration.

              4. jaffna is the hardest spot to defend in SL, so naturally it is the easiest to fall into enemy hands.

              5. Why do SL tamils have NOTHING to claim as a cultural trait in this country? How much they sling mud at Sinhala people and their Mahavamsa they dont have a single shred of evidence to show in this country. why?
              6. Why there is NO hindu shrine in Anuradhapua period?
              7. Why dont you have a single book written while the whole evolvement and forming of Sinhala lanuage can be seen in this country whethe in caves or palm leaves?
              8. The only argument you have is Sinhala came from NOrth india and Tamils from south india must have come here. True. The south indians who came to SL were the ancestors of modern day Sinhalese.
              9. The tamils whom you find in North has a considerable tamil population brought by Dutch as tobbacco growers and then internal migration of upcountry tamils. If there is any Lankan tamils who didnt fall to either category those are the Sinhalese who went under language replacement duing Chola occupation.

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            Please add reference to prove your say about the sinhala race.

            Else, nobody would get it clearly.

            I thought if sinahalya like MR would govern this nation, what is certain is us becoming a nation similar to Pakistan soon on.

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              Seriously do you need anything to prove that Sinhala is the ONLY civilization to emerge from SL.

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            sach,

            Some information, for your Edification, given below, regarding the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils.

            d) The Veddah are the offspring of Para-Vijaya and Kuveni. Is there any DNA data to support this? No.

            Some may have, because of rapes.

            Another Monk Mahanama Imagination.

            Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas — or Wanniya-laeto (‘forest-dwellers’) as they call themselves — preserve a direct line of descent from the island’s original Neolithic community dating from at least 16,000 BC and probably far earlier according to current scientific opinion.1 Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival. Further reference: Here some credible data and reference of the genetic Admixture. The Native Veddah were the original inhabitants of the land, well before the foreigners, the parades-his, came from South India.
            http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2007/6/15923_space.html

            The Genetic affinities of Sri Lankan populations – [Reproduced here on a special request made by our LNP friend MURU, this article (web site) was first found by our friend MAGHA.] Friday, 15 June 2007 – 11:25 AM SL Time Genetic affinities of Sri Lankan populations Human Biology, by Kshatriya, Gautam Kumar Genetic Admixture. Table 9 presents the estimated values of admixture for the two hybrid populations (the Sinhalese and the Tamils) based on 13 polymorphic loci, fitting a trihybrid model using the ancestral frequencies shown in Table 10. (Tables 9 and 10 omitted).

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              It is not edification, should be education

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          So called tamils in SL are tamil speaking Hindu Sinhalese. With south indian invasions the language was replaced.

          Sinhala people is a race and a nation the only civilization to emerge in this island. It has people from different parts of India and the indigenous people from Sri lanka. So undoubtedly they have tamil roots as well, but they have evolved and amalgamated with others and for millenias their cultural identity was formed.

          the tamils in Sl are either british brought labour or tamil speaking sinhala Hindus.

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            why so called tamils in SL ? Are they not srilankens ? Only us sinhalayas are the srilankens ? Why is that while stupid leader himself call us all as srilankens ? It is stinking…

            Alone the wording should be different if at all you want to talk about the problem.

            I am born sinhalaya, but looking at the manner today´s sinhalaya has become, I am ashamed to say what race I belong to. I know many would feel like that looking at the manner, how DONKEY leader lead the nation today. It is simply like weapons are taken by bad soldiers. To this day, he has been abusing his powers to the core. People would agree if we award him with MR ABUSIVE title today.

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              where did i say tamils are not sri lankan idiots?

              i talked about how sinhalese in north and east were tamilised.

              I dont like MR but we will play the game with the man we have left with.

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            Learn to give facts and figures a place. It is a process of learning. Then things will turn its way better for you and the ilk giving us all a good relief that our people are on proper tracks.

            All we the sinhalayas are well aware of the facts – until recently we had large numbers of doctors, Engineers, and the related- and higher professionals that won the recognition world wide were tamils. Meaning not that SInhalayas were not among them. Actually as the prodominant folk, sinhalayas should be in every field. But recalling my past in Galle areas, where our parents THEN sought for good thorax surgeons, from the names of the clinicians we noted down that they were tamils.
            Even times at Pera I spent my few years before moving to the EUROPE, I got to know tamil batchas who only spoke in English with us were not from India. Were they ALL not srilankens ?

            These propaganda based on the germs of hatreds should finally leave island nation if we really want to achieve our ultimate goal – which is noneother than PEACE FOR ALL.. may buddhas teachings be instrumental in this regard. May blessings of allah be helpful in the endevours, May blessing of god be helfupl in the golden target. Peace for all.

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          For your infor, Thais, Cambodians also celebrate this new year on April. The basis for new year came from astrology not some hinduism.

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        If Lankan Muslims were to wear the Saree or Sarong , they would be wearing the dress of their ancestral culture. Punjabi Dress is North Indian, and Lankan Muslims aren’t North Indian (except for the tiny Memom community which makes up like a tiny fraction of Ceylon Muslims).

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          “Punjabi Dress is North Indian,”

          Wrong!
          Alexander the Great ruled them as much as the Turks finally from 1502.
          But textile always went from Coimbatore even from the Roman period.

          Now go find your stupid porota shrill dress.

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            Textile = material
            Dress = material that has been cut and affixed together (almost allways by stitching) to form a specific style of body covering

            Why do Pathans wear a similar type of dress and why is it most popular in Pakistan followed by Northern India and much less so in Southern India.

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              Go find the sewing machine. remember it was never invented by a low caste but finally by a British not a cowboy american who killed the natives.The oldest findings of Gautama are from Afghanistan and not the east.
              Go at least to Chicago library instead of hibernating in a ltte ghetto and talking shop arrogant villager in your new found gaameyate magic USA. i don’t believe you will get access to the ref section of the library unless you are a lecturer or student.

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                You make illogical comments that are not at all pertinent to the argument at hand.

                I corrected you that ” Material” and “Dress” are different things but you choose to go ignore it and talk about who invented the sewing machine. By doing so you admit you have no counter argument. Might as well talk about the price of tea in China.

                And what the heck has statue of Gautama got to do with “Material” and “Dress”.

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                  I drink only blue Chinese tea which you can never buy it is the same as gold leaf I use to have from Harry our friend.
                  Fucksquirrel the terrorist trying to teach people who have traveled the world even before your father or mother knew English.
                  Don’t try to frighten us with your American stunt we know America more than you and when the tea bags come to power you will once again go under the rock.
                  India will never help you low bred terrorist but RAW will hunt you down within EU and US/Canada.
                  Better you go mad if you think RAW does not know your economy.

                  Jaya iyenger is Brahman and will have to listen to the majority and like Kashmir Jaffna would be sold but never to JT.

                  Keep you head between your legs JT terrorist working for Transexual Govt.

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        Spark,

        “The biggest mistake Arahat Mahinda did was to convert uncivilized bastards like the Sinhalese to Buddhism. Today these sinhalese have become the greatest shame to the great preaching of Lord Buddha.”

        Well articulated.

        That may be the reason why there are hardly any Tamil Buddhist in Lanka, where as in India, every state has a few percent non-Mahanama Buddhists.

        You need to look at one of the BIGGEST SINHALA BUDDHIST lies. The Monk Mahanama Imaginations of Mahawansa. Given below is a summary of the real facts.

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          Of course mahavamsa has many lies, like saying Sinhala are from North india. between For Spark,

          It was because of the buddhistness of Sinhalese they let you live in the country accepting you as refugees when the Portugese and Dutch were massacaring you in the indian ocean.

          Not only that it was the buddhistness of them that made them give you free lands in central SL for MERIT so that you can create monoethnic tribal entities like Akurana there.

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          Amarasiri,
          “as in India, every state has a few percent non-Mahanama Buddhists.”

          Even China has practicing Mahayana Buddhist holding responsible positions in the CPC as CEO’s of industry and departments and they are not considered low class as in India because the revolution by the farmers.

          Why doesn’t Rajapassa take a leaf from China of how to separate religion from state??

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            Javi,

            “Why doesn’t Rajapassa take a leaf from China of how to separate religion from state?? “

            1, Racism

            2. Monk Mahanama Buddhism

            3. Caste System

            Reference:

            http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/9/70564_space.html

            The plight of the Sinhala `DALITS`- Karava, Durava, Salagama, Berava and Rodi. Caste discrimination in Sinhala society.
            Friday, 9 September 2011 – 10:42 AM SL Time
            Free education has brought out wider egalitarian impact in Sinhala society, but this has not eliminated the caste inequality altogether. Rather caste has been made an underground phenomenon rarely discussed in public, but remained bottled up within the individuals and local communities only to be rekindled from time to time in the caste inspired political loyalties during the time of elections, social conflicts and social uprisings (Jiggins 1979, Chandraprema 1991).

            This caste alignment did not emerge out of the blue. There had been a long history of Kara-Govi rivalry in diverse quarters and at various social levels from the 1860s if not earlier. Let me detail some facets without claiming that this brief review is comprehensive.

            The grand war time alliance of Sinhala Buddhist interests appears to have unravelled. I attribute the bad blood between the Rajapakse and Fonseka camps to vendetta and revenge. This is largely a personal feud born of a sense of betrayal. However, I wonder whether the legacy of caste has had a tangential role in the matter after all. Rajapakse is the scion** of an old southern Govigama family while Fonseka was a Karave general also from the south.

            Let us explore the issue in some detail. Professor K.M. de Silva in his `History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the MIGRATION OF THE KARAWE, SALAGAMA AND DURAWE CASTES FROM SOUTHERN INDIA TO SRI LANKA BETWEEN THE 14TH AND 17TH CENTURIES AD. The Karawe, a maritime caste, appear to have had a disproportionate influence in the Sinhala military in medieval times. M.D. Raghavan`s publication, `The Karave of Ceylon: Society and Culture` illustrates the cultural history in some depth. Michael Roberts also documents Karawe elite formation in his seminal publication `Caste Conflict and Elite Formation, the Rise of the Karave elite in Sri Lanka: 1500-1931`.

            Caste divisions are not unknown in Sinhala Buddhist history. The Govigama-Karave competition intermittently resurfaces in our history. The Govigama are the farmer caste akin to the Tamil Vellalar. The Govigama are perhaps 50% of the Sinhala population while the Karave are likely 10%. The Govigama unfairly dismiss the Karave as a fishing caste.

            King Vijayabahu in the 11th century DENIED ACCESS TO THE SO-CALLED LOWER CASTES to venerate the Buddha`s footprint at the summit of Sri Pada or Adam`s Peak. These castes were confined to a lower terrace further down. This led to an immediate counter when a 12th century rock inscription of King Nissanka Malla warned that the Govigama caste could never aspire to high office.

            The 13th century Sinhala literary work, the Pujavaliya went on to assert that a Buddha would never be born in the Govigama caste The Govigama reaction was swift. Kandyan Buddhist civil law as later documented in the Niti Nighanduwa, placed the Govigama at the top of an elaborately ordered caste hierarchy.

            The Kandyan Buddhist clergy – the Siam Nikaya – DENIED ENTRY into the Buddhist monkhood to the non-Govigama. They EXCLUDED THE KARAVE. This led wealthy Karave merchants in the maritime districts to finance the journey of Ambagahapitiya Gnanawimala Thera to Amarapura in Burma for the ordination into the Buddhist monkhood in 1800 AD. While the newly founded Amarapura nikaya had 21 sub-sects defined on caste lines (i.e. Karave, Salagama and Durave), it nonetheless offered a rare opportunity for the Karave to join the Buddhist religious order.

            Other Karave ABANDONED BUDDHISM ALTOGETHER AND CONVERTED TO ROMAN CATHOLICISM to seek caste emancipation. 50% of the Karave caste might well be Christian today. At present, Karave Christian youth have the best education outcomes in Sinhala society.

            Many of us were thankful that these caste divisions in Sinhala Buddhist society had ebbed. However, recent events indicate that this may not entirely be so. In the late 1800s, Charles Henry de Soysa, the foremost Karave philantrophist, had hosted a banquet to the Duke of Edinburgh in Colombo, an event boycotted by the Govigama political elite led by Solomon Bandaranaike. Dr. Marcus Fernando, a Karave leader of no mean accomplishment, ran for the Educated Ceylonese seat at the 1911 elections. The Govigama elite, led by the Senanayakes, successfully defeated him and ensured the victory of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, a Tamil candidate, instead. The Govigama preferred Tamil leadership to that of the Karave Sinhalese. That was treachery on the part of the Govigama.

            We now witness a situation where Rajapakse has LITERALLY CRUSHED FONSEKA. Let us not forget that all Sri Lankan heads of state, with just one exception, have been Govigama. Non-Govigama representation in Sri Lanka`s legislature has declined since independence. And all three revolts against the post-independence Sri Lankan state were led by the Sinhala Karave or Tamil Karaiyar.

            PLAYED THE CASTE CARD TO DENY FONSEKA THE MILITARY VOTE:

            The feud between the President and the erstwhile General, while personal in nature, has now developed caste over tones. The President`s camp was uncertain of victory in the run-up to the polls. Reports suggest that it deftly and subtly played the caste card within the military to deny Fonseka the military vote. The President succeeded. In the ensuing post-poll purge of the military, the Karave have disproportionately been targeted. Other KARAVA GENERALS have been SACKED from the armed forces. KARAVE BUDDHIST MONKS had been arrested. Much to my chagrin, caste may still be alive in Sinhala Buddhist society, albeit as an undercurrent.

            FONSEKA ARREST AND THE GOVIGAMA-KARAWE CASTE EQUATION IN SINHALA SOCIETY:

            General Sarath Fonseka, despite what some consider to be his betrayal, is Sri Lanka`s first four star general. He had won one of Sri Lanka`s highest awards of military heroism – the `Rana Wickrama Padakkama`. India`s national security advisor had described Fonseka as the best army commander in the world. Its time he is set free.

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        what makes u think he is sinhala? He is TAMIL

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          sach,

          Get the DNA tested, It will show his South Indian origins.

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    I am really confused as to why schools in sri lanka has become the breeding ground for racism??

    the whole purpose of being a democratic country is where the law itself implies that one should have the freedom of religion, speech and from unfair discrimination..

    Everyone wonders how there could be this much racism on both sides.. but did anyone stop to think that the origin of these deeds itself is the seed that is planted in a child or person?
    these kids, who were asked to remove their hijab(which is a part of their clothes) probably dont understand anything but the fact that they have been stripped of their identity of who they are and shown that they are unaccepted by buddhist and this within them might even create a sadness and anger within them that might grow over the years..(hoping and praying it wouldnt! because bad experience haunt kids and mould them) this is creating such vicious cycles..

    for those who dont know—> the shalwar .. or abaya is not a so called ‘Muslim dress’.. it just fulfils the criteria of islam which asks women to dress modestly and cover yourself and protect urself from the lustful eyes of men…
    because men were created with this weakness however pious u maybe.. (if there is even one man who reads this and thinks .. no! i will not be tempted to even slightly look at a woman in a micro mini or tank top or beautiful hair even from the corner of your eyes.. well you might want to do a soul search because u are probably gay! ;) ) because its a fact that the male gender was created to be more physical and women were created to be more emotional…

    hijab is just a way that muslim women protect themselves.. look at the statistics of sexual abuse of children and rape of women..
    im not saying that being covered and dressing modestly is going to stop rape and abuse.. but the fact is it will reduce it.. becz they, if u see a woman in a strappy short dress and one covered ur definitely going to be looking at the one who is exposed.. thats a fact!

    anywayz what i was trying to point out is; what purpose clothing fulfils, and in fact those kids who were wearing their hijab were covering their hair.. not their brains! as long as they had worn their uniform and studying, the clothes should have not been a problem..
    i find that what that principal and teachers did to those kids were emotional abuse and there is no justice to those kids..
    (i am looking at this not from the point of the school or the side of muslims.. but im looking at this situation as a humabeing with fairness towards those kids and the educational authorities)

    and either way schools should be a place of spreading knowledge and good values that help children immaterial of race colour religion or whatever so that they can be good citizens in this country and this world..and most of all good humanbeings…

    i honestly feel that there should not be schools that are governed by religious bodies..(buddhist muslim christian tamil or anything)but should be individual place of education where it promotes education and good values so that kids go out into the world to be good humanbeings so that they can contribute to the betterment of society at large..

    especially if they are state schools.. because every child deserves a right to an education because (thats every childs basic right) thats what teaches them not just to become a doctor lawyer or engineer.. but the values that make them good humanbeings some day.. and i think if at all there is religious education then every child should be taught every religion just so that they can understand and accept everyone differences and celebrate those differences yet at the same time feeling comfortable with their own identity whatever that may be..

    we often wonder how can their be so many religious wars in the world when religion should be spreading peace and not war.. incidents like in this article is what starts it all up.. because todays children are tomorrows future.. when we dont instill good values thats the start of hatred which never existed before..because no baby is born bad.. yet how can there be so many cruel people in the world? its their nurturing that makes that difference..

    when all of us our born .. our race and religion is stamped on us!.. but none of us our born with it..for example: we maybe born to christian parents but adopted by buddhist or muslims then we learn to accept the religion on the environment we grew up in..so none of us are born with a religion..
    and then in childhood we are pushed and tumbled in this cycle of events.. and even punished for just being that by society like the kids in this..and then when our defensive walls are put up then the vicious poison called racism and hatred is injected.. its sad but true..

    “Never in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
    – Winston Churchill

    my plea to everyone out there is that..please help do even the slightest thing u can to stop racism.. and change even one persons perception to end this hatred.. becz its not the work of bad people that destroys the world.. its the silence of good people that does it..
    peace to all.. x

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    How strange are a segment of people in this island have become.

    They only heard that The UN resolution has been diluted and have no impact and even before the resolution is completed ,they have have re started their racism , it seems they have been so impatient.

    i pity This nation. ,, LTTE had many chances they opted to commit suicide.

    Sri Lankans at last got a real opportunity of alife time they have opted to go and chase native veda and his progeny out of The Jungles and live there good, good, but poor native veda , where will he go no?

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    I am not a racist…I believe that all religions must be respected…BUT, IF these two Muslim girls are attending a Buddhist school, they should respect the Buddhist culture in that school !!

    Supposing two Sinhalese Buddhist girls attended “Muslim Ladies College” and refuses to wear the Muslim attire (No pants and No shawl), it will be no school for them I am sure!!

    A few years ago, I saw a program on t.v, of how some Arabic women have simply refused to remove their Face cover at an International Air Port (Security point) in a European Country…The Airport officials have told the women that, they will be taken to a room privately by Female staff members to confirm their identity and STILL they have refused to remove it.

    I think they should be a bit more reasonable when they follow their religion!!!

    When you go to some Middle East Countries, all Western, European people (and people from other non Islamic countries) have to follow their rules and must dress accordingly to their rules…But, when the Muslims are in non Islamic countries, they want that country to change the rules for their needs!!!

    How unfair is that !! ??

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      vindi

      “I am not a racist…I believe that all religions must be respected…BUT, IF”

      BUT and IF makes you a real racist.

      “How unfair is that !! ??”

      The world is not a fair place at all.

      “I think they should be a bit more reasonable when they follow their religion!!!”

      The EU country should have deported these women back to where they came from for not showing their faces to female members of immigration staff.

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        Native Vedda ……..Shush!
        What do you know about wearing clothes?

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          “What do you know about wearing clothes?”

          When Bulto Machan,s relatives were seen in from 1498- 1505 by Vas Goda Gama and his men you had the borrowed Ambude on and were hanging from trees. Check notes to Roman emperor.
          Therein Buro’s were given a Camise to start with and finally the Brits had to introduce you to Italian designed underwear.

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      uniforms in schools in SL are british(western) and not Buddhist – why this obsession everything in SL with Buddhism ? what u should say is all children shld abide by the rules of the school and not think of their individual religions.

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    Best to file legal action against this principal as well take the matter up with the Minister of Education. When such incidents occur there should be concrete action. It is only then that these Islamophobes will come to their senses.

    What an order to worship a shitbag principal who does not have the decency of a 12 yr old? These are the buggers who go around licking the feet of politicians. Now they want to teach the students to do the same.

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    DOES THE BUDDHIST VINAYA PERMIT MONKS, TO CONSUME LIQUOR AND EAT ANIMAL FLESH????? FIRST THESE TERRORIST IN YELLOW ROBES SHOULD REMOVE THE SPECK IN THEIR EYE AND THEN GO ABOUT REMOVING THAT OF OTHERS. HOW PATHETIC, THIS SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SHOULD BE STONED….. VERY SOON THIS WILL HAPPEN…. GOD IS DEFINITELY GOING TO SMITE HER IN HIS WRATH…. I AM CHRISTIAN BUT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THESE MUSLIM VICTIMS….. IS THIS WHAT THE DHAMMA TEACHES…. TO MY KNOWLEDGE IS KARUNA, MAITHRI, MUDITHA, METHTHA….. THIS IS ALL THE DOING OF BORU BEBADU SENA (BBS)

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      1. How do buddhist monks involved here?
      2. what connection does this incident have on Buddhist vinaya?
      3. If the punjabi or whatever is introduced in islam to protect women from men’s staring why is it needed for a girl’s school?

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    The Muslims they adopt their religious practices in their own schools and violate the other schools tradition and values and tried to do things which are against the other religious practices this is the way they capture the budhist countries like afganistan and change into muslim country these muslim terrorist should be warned to follow the buddhist tradition. this is budhist country.

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    Do anyone have the photograph of the principal to publish?

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    There are no denominational schools now,allowed by the law.
    Hence,there are NO “buddhist schools”.
    Any child in any school,must be permitted to wear any dress as long as it is not “indecent”.

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      any dress? well can they wear saree, sarong or anyother minigown? how can we draw the line?

      In 2000 i think a muslim school teacher wore a hijab to a tamil school and i remember reading in news the students started wearing sarees to school as a protest.

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    Discrimation is any form should be abhorred

    If the citizens of this country is not free to practise their religion whats going to happen next… to all those other minorities .. across all religions, language and political status…etc

    Sri Lankans seem to be too stupid to understand the ramification of intolerance, some of the comments posted here also adhere to the stupidity

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    This is nothing when listening to Minister of Justice of the current regime.
    He says- that muslim lankens are today left to be helpless, since the govt itself seem to ignore doing the due against any culprits go against muslim folks these days.

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    …..and in the meantime Rauf Hakeem,Alavi,Rishard and Azwer were licking their masters boot and turning a blind eye

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    As far i as i can recall, SL had no issue as such in terms of different dress code for musilim students. they all wore a common uniform for the concerned schools. why this issue of a differentiation based on the religion they follow. if the musilim students wish to change the uniform of the school as per the religion then they should attend to a Muslim only school. why making things complicated withing and showing the world that Sri lanka is discriminating minority population. countries such as pro Islamic ( Dubai UAE) the musilim girls wear the same uniform as the rest of the students, but if they wish they can wear it till the length of the ankle. minorities in Sri lanka taking things for granted and destroying the image of the country.

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      When young Muslim girls attend age, it is best for them to cover their legs, and draw a shawl over their breasts to mask for reasons of modesty. No matter in which school they are studying, Muslim, non-Muslim, whichever. If the majority can claim ‘First we are Buddhists, then we are Sri Lankan’, then why cannot the Muslims too claim ‘First we are Muslims, then we are Sri Lankans’. Either we must completely remove all identification of schools based on religion, then we can apply the rule of a standard uniform for all students, or else, continue with religion based schools and not admit children who don’t fulfill that first criteria. In this case they admit Muslim students to a Buddhist school and then harass the children and their parents. Or else admit children of parents willing to sign an understanding that they will fall in line to a strict dress code of the majority students. In this case, neither here nor there. School Principal is having a field day harassing both, the Muslim student5s and their parents. Woe be unto her.

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        And how many Sinhala and Tamil girls are allowed into Muslim schools and how many are allowed to wear non Muslim dress.

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          im confused as to what is the muslim and non- muslim dress? :D
          because for me its a normal dress.. but the difference is whether you choose to show off ur legs or not.. lol

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      reading most of this comments i realized most people have confused “Arabs” and “muslims”.. lol..

      what majority dont understand is that arabs probably are muslims.. but all muslims ARE NOT arabs!! and we dont share the same sentiment as them..
      its their tough culture that makes them the way they are..it has nothing to with all muslims!

      as for employment in the middle east.. i am personally NOT a fan of our women of sri lanka working in the gulf.. because for those who dont know–> Newsflash: not just sinhala and tamil women but even the muslim women are treated the same way.. they are treated as ‘sri lankan’ housemaids or employees.. not muslim, sinhala tamil.. no favours are done..
      i know some of these women because i have employed them in the factory i have for designing and handwork.. and there are a mixture of tamil, sinhalese and muslim women who are ex-housemaids who we have trained to give them a livelyhood..they are all treated equally and we stress on that fact! and to be able to stay with their children and even educate them by putting them to schools and giving them facilities such as clothes.. food stuff and school books and even otherwise anything extra they need.. this is completely apart from the salary and bonuses we give them… we felt it was a need for us to help our sri lankan sisters .. immaterial of race or religion .. to make a difference to their lives.. because there is so much of unrest and broken families and misled kids is because mums go to the middle east and face so much suffering for their kids.. yet their kids receive no benefit.. and its these kids.. whatever race or religion who are the future of sri lanka.. i think we as sri lankans need to contribute in some way if we can if we can give proper employment to these women in out own countries they dont have to suffer in the hands of these people being mistreated and at the same time the kids might have a chance of a future..

      Its not muslims at large.. or infact its no religion at large.. but its a few extremists who creates these issues and in no means will i ever defend those extremists whether they are muslims or not.. its their culture that makes them that way..
      my plea is.. always get to know someone as a humanbeing before making prior judgements on race religion or colour.. because none of us are born with a race or religion but instead its something stamped on our heads the moment we are born depending on where we are born!

      and as sri lankans if we can help even in an atom of a way to protect these women instead of having to suffer in the gulf.. then do it instead of yelling at those people who gave them employment and illtreating them, please do something about it to make a difference to the people of our country!

      and wish people from all religions learn to respect each other without unnecessarily shouting and blaming..because the change begins with us.. only when we first cleanse the way we think and learn to be good humanbeings that change happens in the world.. not many seems to understand that.. and thats the sad part!

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      first of all.. you.. and i.. and everyone individually is nothing.. just an atom in this world..
      as for majority or minority.. every single person born on this earth has the right to live.. equal right..
      im not talking for the extremists but im talking on behalf of the humanbeings who are reading this..

      panjabi is not a muslim custom.. and all those kids were meant to do was follow a decent or modest dress code. even a ankle length dress would be fine if allowed. infact in a girls only school and since these kids are little they dont even have to wear the hijab in the school premises.
      the principle could have arranged a meeting and given the option to the parents and child to either follow these dress code which is ankle length or they will have to leave if they cant abide by it as they have offered an alternative..that would have been fair..

      unfortunately its fact that this is a racist act just to demean and illtreat rather than fair justice to the kids or the school..

      as for u,if you go to another country when u become a minority and karma comes to bite u in the ass for your level of thinking.. its not going to be good.. :O

      so think and talk with all fairness to both sides. the side of the school as well as the side of those kids.because you never know where any of us might be as individuals in what situation..
      a balance should have been brought about because what was done was a violation of human rights because its not right to do something like that without prior counsel.

      its sad to see how petty minded people can be in this day and age..sigh* .:(

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    I do not agree with this principal’s attitude. It is unaccepatble.

    Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic country; in particular Colombo has a high density of mixed population. It is wrong for individual schools to segregate themselves as Buddhist, Christian, Hindu or Muslim schools for treating students in a discriminatory manner. They should all be treated equally, whatever they wear, as long as their clothes are decent and fitting for a young student. Actually, if anything, the salwar kamiz including baggy pantaloons are more modest clothes than the typical skirt and blouse or frock of a typical Sri Lankan school girl.

    The principal should climb down from her high horse and get real, and stop discriminating against these muslim girls and their moms.

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    If these kids want to wear the Punjabi dress everyday to school, tell them to go to Punjab!

    When you are in Rome act like a Roman you damn racist fools.

    Otherwise go to Punjab.

    Punjab is very nice to Muslims!! :)

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      So, why do our school girls wear frocks, skirts and tops? They are not Sri Lankan either but Western attire, bought in.

      You are such a bigoted fuk shi maa!

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    Yesterday, appearing in AJstream, a Sri Lankan Muslim living in the UK had complained that Bodu Bala Sena with the backing of the government restrict rights and the religious freedom of 9% Muslims in a 70% Buddhist Sri Lanka. BBS Vithanage or Ambassador Kohona and a Sinhala monk from the UK couldn’t convince the audience that Sri Lanka treat everyone fair. They should have shown Muslims in Sri Lanka are far better off than non-Muslims in Muslim countries.

    What Muslims brotherhood has been doing to minorities in Egypt where Coptic Christians form only 7% of the population: New constitution drafted by former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party and other Islamist groups in 2012 has placed Egypt under strict Sharia Law. And Sharia law compel non-Muslims to abide by Koran code such as; pay (jizya) religious taxes if non-Muslims want to follow their religion. In saudi every woman is forced to dress in a abaya. Read the road signs there: Saudis even ban non-Muslims driving along the road to Mecca. Muslims say such acts or anomaly are not HR violations because Saudi is 100% Muslim country and Muslim women have to follow the country code. What about the millions of guest workers that Saudis invited. So, let us ask Sri Lanka Muslims to compare their rights in Sri Lanka to non-Muslim rights in Muslim countries and particularly to Saudi on guest workers.

    Here is in Sri Lanka Muslims demand billa dressed women be allowed to move freely inside Buddhist schools because our constitution allows that freedom. This is sheer humbug and blackmail by Muslims.

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      banda,two wrongs do not make a right.Regardless of what others do we have to do the right thing.If someone throws mud on the head of somebody else,you will also say it is okay to do it,because so and so is doing it.

      pathetic indeed if we just follow like cattle others without thinking for ourselves.saudis are very primitive people compared to us though they have oil wealth and swanking around.If you go to a village and talk to a poor farmer of ours you will realise he is a much more cultured person with better values than a arab sheik who will talk like a barbarian.

      When we had a graet civilisation at one time,these were nomads who were roaming about the desert.Don’t compare our muslims who are intelligent and cultured with these uncouth characters.Nothing to be afraid of our muslims,in fact genetically admixtured with locals.However what the government must do is strictly prohibit saudi money going directly to muslims here to corrupt and influence them and take full control by seeing that money in channeled through the government for worthwile
      projects only.That is where the real problem lies with the wahabis.

      The government has not taken any steps to protect our original sufi muslim sect and allowed the wahabis to take over with saudi money and violence against the peaceful original sufi brand of islam here.

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      and banda,your comparision of guest workers in saudi with muslims here is like comparing apples with oranges.Muslims are citizens here and you can’t tell them that if they don’t like it here to buckeroff,though for guests you can.You sinhalese like fonseka said, think this country belongs to you and the tamils and sinhalese can live here only as your well behaved guests.Big mistake made with tamils and now follows with muslims.Root cause off the problems with minorities is that mentality.

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        Shankar,
        this banda is brainwashed by MR regime.
        He has no feeling to differencitate these issues.

        His master´s therories go with Banda.. this has always been on this forum: It is like to control dengue fever to burn down all physical structures where dengue mosquitoes lag. So did they with civilians killing avalanche of civil folks in the war ends. Now applogist like Banda are on the cover mission to explain these things in the context of muslim fellow citizens. They make them as if they cant see beyond. But the reality is they do these things similar to the manner, that authorities stay away from law and order issues knowing that would damage their fruiful but abusive political future.
        As any one with a brain of needle head would feel that nothing was against them introducing lawful mechanism to the adminstration in order to feel the citzen that their democratic rights are safeguarded.. not only in Northern but also in SOuthern soils. Across the country today, nothing like crimes are being investigated fairly as the many would see it. Not only crimes at the end of the war, but also the ones in the post war scenarios are being investigated in favour of their men.
        Having listened to one election candidate yesterday, I felt he was very right bring the argument that president kept away from dissloving UWA provincial council though it should have been done before Southern and Western province councils. Even though these arguments are forwarded, nothing would have been the case, becase all those powergreedy men attached to President would not do anything. It is not kind of lawful politics, respecting ethics, morals and constitutional provisions, but tyranical prolitics unique to them.
        He MR abuses his power as no other leader did sofar. But people are delieberately kept away from RIGHTFUL information. So majority of vulnerable masses would easily get misguided.

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    It’s not a punjabi attire, the head scarf worn by Muslim women is known as either hijab, al-Amira, shayala, chador, nina or burka. CT please check before you write

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      Article is not referring to the headscarf , it is referring to the mode of dress below the neck line.

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    “Soon after the parents were informed of the incident that took place, the parents of two girls visited the Governor’s office and were informed that an inquiry will be held on March 6th, 2014 regarding the issue. However, when the parents went to the Governor’s office on March 6th, as instructed, they were informed by the officials that the issue has been ‘sorted’ and the Mayor of Sri Jayawardena Pura Kotte – Janaka Ranawaka had intervened and therefore no meeting or inquiry would be held.

    On the following day, March 7th, 2014, a special meeting was reportedly held in the presence of the Mayor. During the meeting attended by parents, the Mayor and the Principal have instructed the parents present to sign a document urging parents to desist from wearing the hijab when entering the school with the students who would not be permitted to wear the shawl and trousers.”

    What has this mayor got to do with education and dress code of muslims. Muslims of Kotte and Rajagiriya should not vote for such racist politicians.

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    If everyone comes nude to the school problem solved once and for all.

    To compromise a bit you can say underpants and bras allowed for the shy ones.Bows and arrows prohibited.I remembered our native veddha.

    After all school is there to learn.Let us first learn the fundamentals that there is nothing to be ashamed about our bodies for us to cover up.

    I have been to nudist colonies and it is a very revealing and uplifting experience,but as gamini once said you must not say “pleased to meet you” to the women because they invariably say”i can see that”.

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    This may be a blessing in disguise. Muslim parents should withdraw their children from this Jathywadi Agamwadi Balika Maha Viduhala and admit to other decent schools. Why pay money and have your children worship racist shitbags?

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      I highly doubt students are worshipping anyone at the school.

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    Looks like, law of the jungle still prevails in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. A lack of well defined code of conduct is conveniently ignored or not legislated by the relevant authorities. A school dress code set by the Ministry of Education should be made clear to the public in keeping with the customs and traditions of all communities.

    For an outsider, the law of the land is either vague, biased or not applied selectively. These kinds of injustice will pollute the minds of all peace loving people to invest and contribute towards the development of the nation.

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      Next week´s reoperning ceremony of Galle-Matara high way will definitely cause to rob the votes of masses. These are redherrings to grab the power.

      These are all tricks them to hold election on the 29th March. Knowing all these, MR (MR ABUSIVE) has dedided to go for eelecitons. If his vision did the other way around, he would not have gone for election – which is namly deviding the opinions of the folks even focusing on lanken UNHRC UN resolution.

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    reading most of this comments i realized most people have confused “Arabs” and “muslims”.. lol..

    what majority dont understand is that arabs probably are muslims.. but all muslims ARE NOT arabs!! and we dont share the same sentiment as them..
    its their tough culture that makes them the way they are..it has nothing to with all muslims!

    as for employment in the middle east.. i am personally NOT a fan of our women of sri lanka working in the gulf.. because for those who dont know–> Newsflash: not just sinhala and tamil women but even the muslim women are treated the same way.. they are treated as ‘sri lankan’ housemaids or employees.. not muslim, sinhala tamil.. no favours are done..
    i know some of these women because i have employed them in the factory i have for designing and handwork.. and there are a mixture of tamil, sinhalese and muslim women who are ex-housemaids who we have trained to give them a livelyhood..they are all treated equally and we stress on that fact! and to be able to stay with their children and even educate them by putting them to schools and giving them facilities such as clothes.. food stuff and school books and even otherwise anything extra they need.. this is completely apart from the salary and bonuses we give them… we felt it was a need for us to help our sri lankan sisters .. immaterial of race or religion .. to make a difference to their lives.. because there is so much of unrest and broken families and misled kids is because mums go to the middle east and face so much suffering for their kids.. yet their kids receive no benefit.. and its these kids.. whatever race or religion who are the future of sri lanka.. i think we as sri lankans need to contribute in some way if we can if we can give proper employment to these women in out own countries they dont have to suffer in the hands of these people being mistreated and at the same time the kids might have a chance of a future..

    Its not muslims at large.. or infact its no religion at large.. but its a few extremists who creates these issues and in no means will i ever defend those extremists whether they are muslims or not.. its their culture that makes them that way..
    my plea is.. always get to know someone as a humanbeing before making prior judgements on race religion or colour.. because none of us are born with a race or religion but instead its something stamped on our heads the moment we are born depending on where we are born!

    and as sri lankans if we can help even in an atom of a way to protect these women instead of having to suffer in the gulf.. then do it instead of yelling at those people who gave them employment and illtreating them, please do something about it to make a difference to the people of our country!

    and wish people from all religions learn to respect each other without unnecessarily shouting and blaming..because the change begins with us.. only when we first cleanse the way we think and learn to be good humanbeings that change happens in the world.. not many seems to understand that.. and thats the sad part!

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    Why are they making these 2 cute little kids into gonibillas?They are not saudi girls,they are our girls and we should protect them.The parents cannot be allowed to do whatever they want to their children.

    The government should bring in laws to protect children.Teachers hitting and abusing children should be strictly prohibited.Parents forcing children to wear inappropriate clothes that may make them self conscious and uncomfortable should be also prohibited.We have to protect children.

    Once they are adults they can choose whatever they want to wear and prohibiting that is a violation of human rights as long as the attire is not offensive to others. A woman is covered from head to toe cannot be considered as offensive to others as it is her business to do so.

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    It is wrong for the principal to stop the parents with Muslim Attire from entering the school premises. Like wise it is not right for the parents to make children break the school discipline and try to look different. As adults you can do different things. Only difference at school should be how good you are at your studies and sports.
    I studied in a Christian school in Kotte. I had only one pair of shoes. School uniform was dark blue shorts and white shirt and shoes. One morning I found my shoe was broken and I wore slippers. I was sent to principal who caned me for breaking the school discipline.

    Is it not more meaningful to worship and kneel in front of the mother(Buddha at home) and father and the teachers rather than kneeling in front of an invisible God? Can someone give me a clever answer?

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