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Sialkot Torture Of Priyantha Kumara: Dramatic Reminder Of The Danger Of Faith Gone Wrong

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Inferno of Burning Faith

Countries that cannot extricate themselves from religious and ethnic obsessions will not take the leap out of poverty, toward a prosperous and egalitarian society. Rather, such countries will feed on its own misery and attempt to sustain themselves by the fever of its internal parochialism. Sialkot was a dramatic reminder of a grim reality that has grabbed the nation of Pakistanis. That was a scenario that countries of similar circumstances will face.

By contrast, in Western developed countries persons and families share a modernised world-view and look forward to prosperous living opportunities and making the best out of this life. The latter countries are forward looking while most Asian regions are backward looking.

Very specifically, unless a cosmopolitan educated leader like Imran Khan makes a revolution, Pakistan could consume itself in the inferno of the faith that in the very first place created the nation. On the other hand, Imran is just one man.

Due to its strategic location, its nuclear capability, and its influence over Islamic extremism, the country will live by periodic bail -out dollars from the US and China, taking turns. Like in current Sri Lanka, that would be a hand-to-mouth existence with poverty growing by the hour. But our island hasn’t even that clout except a marginally strategic location in the Indian Ocean.

Religion Consumes the State

Pakistan was created over religious differences and it built its constitution and body politic on the basis that it was going to be an Islamic state. There isn’t any space for the separation of church and state, which is crucially important for progressive development. Everybody has to pretend to be religious even if he simply isn’t-although the numbers of pretenders are insignificant in that country.

A fertile ground for the Taliban, which is said to be powerful in the background with many cadres in the army itself. The Pakistan Taliban is a militant one track-minded group of Pashtun students called Tehrik-I-Taliban. Although not the same as the Afghanistan idiocy, Pakistan Talban cannot be ignored by the government establishment. As poverty burgeons faith’s power as the redeeming force grows. This is why I think that despite Imran’s great moves so far, the latter will find it extremely difficult to punish the wrong doers.

Imran Khan

Imran is an absolutely decent and cultured leader with an Oxford education and appears the last chance for Pakistan. He stands as a star, a model for Lanka’s rotten political leaders who are cheating humbugs. His worldview is cosmopolitan and humanistic. He has led by personal example unlike the Lankan leaders.

This became first evident when he built a whole cancer hospital in memory of his mother. Mind you, that wasn’t at government expense but at his own expense. That tells a great deal about the character of the man. His prompt action with regard to Priyantha Kumara also reveals his statesmanship and humanity. 300 plus suspects have been arrested, hundred thousand dollars have been given to the victim’s family in Sri Lanka, and Priyantha’s would-have been monthly salary is also to be given continuously to the family.

Miracle

On the other hand, it would be a miracle if Imran Khan can change Pakistan. The broad mass of the population are slaves to religion, of which they are happy to give an extreme interpretation. The more radical the system of beliefs the more they could be converted to the greatest happiness of the greatest number

The Lynching

Just take a close look at the description given in by journalist Zaid Hussein in the Pakistan’s Daily, Dawn, (8/12) of the mass -scale lynching of Priyantha the factory manager for having removed an old poster of the Prophet from a wall that was being put down for rebuilding:

“THE attackers were all young. Many of those who watched the gruesome spectacle were teenagers. No one showed any sense of shock at the bestiality that was taking place. Several were busy filming the ghastly scene rather approvingly. There was not even a feeble voice of protest when the attackers set on fire the body of the dead Sri Lankan factory manager.

The crowd that had gathered seemed immune to the grisly nature of the crime. The fury of the attackers was frightening. Some of them might be punished but it is the impunity for rising religiously inspired violent extremism that will keep producing tragedies like Sialkot.”

Zahid Hussein points out how the Pakistan Defence Minister, Pervez Khattak, tried to make light of the offence by stating in public that the mob had been driven by their “youthfulness and emotion”. Zaid states that this seems to represent the mindeset of many persons in the hieracrchy of the party itself.

Continues Zaid Hussein: “Our youth has been growing up watching murderers like Mumtaz Qadri being hailed as a great Muslim hero. His larger-than-life portraits are seen in marketplaces. Lawyers and even a retired high court judge were among those supporting him during his trial. Hundreds of thousands of people attended his funeral and his grave in Islamabad’s suburbs has been turned into a shrine.

How can one forget a PTI provincial minister visiting Qadri’s grave? The video of him paying homage to the man who killed the Punjab governor went viral on social media. There appears to have been no questioning of this act by the party leadership. The defence minister’s comments represent the same mindset. There may be many others in the ruling party ranks with the same views on such violent incidents.

A few years ago, the country had witnessed the gruesome murder of a young university student by his classmates on campus. Falsely accused of blasphemy, Mashal Khan was beaten and shot to death because of his views. Even some university administration members were accused of inciting the students.

The courts freed many of the suspects. Their release was celebrated. The shock over the grisly incident soon vanished. Meanwhile, there is hardly any talk about how a Christian couple was thrown alive into a furnace on baseless charges of blasphemy.

This year, a temple was vandalised after allegations of a seminary being desecrated by a Hindu child. Just a few days before the Sialkot lynching, a mob set on fire a police station in Charsadda for sheltering a mentally disturbed man suspected of committing blasphemy. The mob wanted to burn him alive. Many other cases of violence against the Ahmadi community go unreported.” End of quote

Radicalising of Society by Faith

All this this demonstrates the widespread radicalistion of society in Pakistan. What happened in Sialkot demonstrates the radicalisation of a society that condones violence in the name of faith. Society in Pakistan is socialised to consider such gruesome acts as “normal.” It would have been entertaining and “holy” television material for many TV viewers.

Slippery Slope

Here is the root of the danger of faith-based beliefs- any faith: Faith is believing in something without any evidence and even despite contradicting religion. In the circumstance, when objective evidence isn’t there, such a believer steps into a slippery source where he could easily and even not very consciously cause harm on the basis of an expanded delusion. A rational individual who accepts only on firm objective evidence out there in public will never be automated to act that way; his mental guards are there holding on to his conscience.

Twin Towers

The famous attack on the twin Towers in the USA on 9/11 was that. There may have been geopolitical factors in the background but the attackers themselves were driven by the illusory vision of fast-tracking themselves to heaven if that job was done. They were destroying the ‘blasphemers’ of their God. Anything is worth if that takes you to heaven (I don’t know about the virgins).

To such credulous minds a fundamentalist version of the religion becomes relishing; the more radical the more satiating. This is the psychological point where fundamentalism in Islam and other religions are sourced.

Other Religions

We have observed historically this slippery slope phenomenon occurring in other brands of faith or even brands within brands like Shia and Sunni.

Reputed as the world’s most peaceful religion even the Buddhist religion has over the past few decades demonstrated the slippery slope to extremism. But the Buddhist version is mixed with ethnic differences often as we see in Maynamar and Sri Lanka. Christianity in the Middle Ages did amply evince the drift to extremism driven by the slippery slope of faith. When faith has no moorings in objective reality anything is possible. Christianity no longer condones this kind attrocity. The modern consciousness has transformed Western society altogether and religiosity is also observed sharply declining in those regions. Richard Dawkins, the famous science writer and atheist, has sold millions of copies of his books (including ‘God Delusion’) and is seen making public speeches on what the Pakistani’s have treated as blasphemy.

This Notion of Blasphemy

What sense does this notion of blasphemy make? How is it that one is free to question the claims of any science but not free to challenge claims of faith? Why treat religion alone with privilege?

Religions make claims that contradict scientific evidence. In the days of pre-science theologians had been allowed to and the latter were looked upon as the purveyors of knowledge. However, to their doom, the Renaissance brought scientific thinking to the forefront. The scientific method of search is rooted in objective evidence out there for all to see. Claims are validated or invalidated in reference to observable evidence. The scientists always keep an open mind, ready to change or abandon previous theories in the event that new evidence that contradicts them arise. This is why there are constant challenges to scientific findings. These aren’t treated as ‘blasphemy.’ Almost all ‘truths’ about the universe and our existence enunciated in theology texts have been banished by science. The religious claim for creation is a foremost illustration among a whole big list of illustrations. If Charles Darwin lived today and accidentally landed in a country like Pakistan he would have been lynched. So are the other religious claims for a heaven, a God or an after life.

How come one isn’t allowed to make counter claims without being made guilty of the crime of blasphemy?

Blasphemy in Buddhism?

I have pointed out in an earlier piece how the Sri Lanka Penal Code leaves room for any criticism of religion as an “insult” to that religion. These provisions are barbaric and, what is more, they are practically applied only in relation to Buddhism. The Buddha himself had been so enlightened to encourage others to question his teachings. The Kalama Sutta is a kind of charter of freedom of thinking and expression.

Yet radicals in the Sinhala-Buddhist society seem to be busy trying to bring in blasphemy as a crime against Buddhism. Just like the ones in Pakistan and similar societies, these people have converted a rational philosophy of open-mindedness into a faith and, as we have seen, faith leaves space for any gruesome act.

Conclusion

The offence of blasphemy is the culmination of a process in faith that has gone wrong as is seriously detrimental to human progress and welfare. It is the justification for all that happens on the slippery slope.

*The writer can be reached at shyamonjayasinghe@gmail.com

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    Religion should not play any role in politics or in governance. It is one of the reason for the under development of the nations like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan,India. Rational people and even many true Religious leaders agree with this because God is for all and it is a supreme power not biased to any one. It is very simple to understand why politicians brought Religion into politics and why some religious leaders wanted Religion in politics. Those politicians who brought Buddhism also changed their religion from Buddhism to Christianity because of greediness of power. Greediness of power of Rajapaksa family have to use Buddhism to create their family Kingdom. Even after the end of war, the misery have not gone away but worsened deeper and deeper. This is a Buddhist Country. That is Islamist Country. Here murders happen in the name of Lord Buddha. Their murders happen in the name of Lord Allah. Who wins? Is it Lord Buddha? Is it Lord Allah?

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      A
      “Religion should not play any role in politics or in governance”
      It did all along in history. Why is there a cross in most European national flags. (Britain’s has three integrated).
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      It still does in India, in Myanmar, Britain (Ulster especially)…
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      Lord Allah? Read a little on Islam before shooting off your hip.

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        SJ,
        So, it did in history, it is in Britain. So, it is good for Sri Lanka as well. What a wonderful argument? What did you learn more on Islam sir?

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          A statement of reality is not approval.
          Religion played a central role in the affairs of the state and it was in God’s name that Britain built its empire and the US expanded its territory.
          Check your facts.
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          Your term ‘Lord Allah’ shows how much you know of Islam or for that matter where the term Lord is appropriate.
          I know enough not to make stupid utterances.

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            SJ,
            When we talk about Sri Lanka, you bring the history of Britain and USA.What is the necessity for you bring these countries. Once again, “Britain did in the past, so what is happening in Sri Lanka now is right” argument is poisonous. .

            I never insulted Lord Allah or Lord Buddha or those who believe in God.We talk about Religious fundamentalism, not about Religion. We talk about Politicians and Some Religious leaders misusing the Religion.

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              What I bring in too make a point is my business.
              If you do not like it that is your problem.
              *
              Will you ever get the point that no Muslim refers to Allah as Lord Allah?
              Learn to show some respect to the way people refer to things sacred to them.

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      Ajith,
      Any religion is more a code of behaving in society than living the every day life.
      It is also a means of income and sustenance to those who maintain this myth.
      It is an unnecessary burden on mankind and has led to massive human rights violations over the centuries.
      God is really nature encompassing the universe. Any man knows the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
      I do not “belong” to any religion and I am OK and have friends but no enemies.

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        Justice,
        I am not against to any religion or any believe. I don’t know whether religion or God is a myth or true and whether it is a nature or a supreme power. It is beyond my capacity. I agree the religion or the teachings of God is more a code of guidance to differentiate between good and bad.

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        J
        Thanks.
        I will add that there is no need for a God for one to be persuaded to do good.
        India produced two godless religions (Jainism 7 Buddhism) that were more ethical than any other.

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        justice,
        Your beginning, ‘any religion is more a code of behaving in society’, is erroneous.
        A Code is a set of laws and regulations.
        There are a few things not worth doing. Educating an adult for instant.

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          S/B, for instance. (sorry).

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      Ajith,
      “Here murders happen in the name of Lord Buddha.”

      —–
      Did Hindu Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhala Buddhists in the name of ‘Maha Brahma’ and Catholic Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhala Buddhists in the name of Jesus Christ?

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        Eagle ‘idiot’ Eye, the terrorists from north did not exist while the terrorists from the south were slaughtering the minorities. Hey racist fool, back in the 50s the LTTE was non-existent. Can you provide a half decent answer for that? Also if the LTTE was that bad, the LTTE bugger who committed mass murder of the surrendered cops was given a deputy minister job by this village mascot by the name Mahinda Rajapaksa. Explain that to me!! When the LTTE was thrashing the clowns in army uniform, the racists from the south were murdering innocent Tamil civilians. If you want to provide an answer, then answer my question on Karuna Amman first, then you can talk about the rest.

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        EE,
        It is daft to say that murders happen in the name of Lord Buddha.
        But much wrong has been done in the name of defending Buddhism.
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        Equally, the name of Jesus or any Hindu deity has never been invoked in communal violence.
        I has happened in India though.

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      Greater difference between oxford educated Premier Imaran Khan and unedcuated Gotabaya Rajapkshe who got elected by sinhala buddhist racists. Premier KHAN set records about the nature of civilized leaders, while our PRESIDENT painted sharpely about his mlechca nature.

      Regarding brutal murder of innocient srilanken manager, Priyantha Kumara, Premier Imran Khan reacted adequately and arrested over 300 or more alleged men for that brutal act. And also awarded best awards to the man one Pakistani who made effort to rescue the life of the murdered Priyantha Kumara.

      What has our incumbent done regarding those who spread RACIAL thoughts dividing the communities ? He has appointed GHANASARA OR the like rascal FAKE monks be his close confidiantes. This is not exemplary. The message President Gotabaya sends out to the world is mlechcha. In europe, alone, some young people ask me yestreday, why do the srilanken nation stay that passive ?

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      What you state is a half truth. I agree that religious fanaticism is detrimental to a society.
      But development alone is not enough.
      China is a developed hell on earth.
      Go and look up its social credit score system and you will understand what modern day technology based fascism is.

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    Good point, that UNHRC is not yet making any statement on the brutal killing of the srilanken.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fps8eodbZnE

    Entire world should stand against common brutalities of this nature, constantly, occure in that brutal state.
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    Why do the UNHRC stay as if they are permamently blind and deaf.
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    And srilanka is said tob e the MAIN donator of the eyes to PAKISTAN… the very same nation to lynch an innocient SRILANKEN…. this manner ?
    :

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    The Weaponization of Religion/s by external actors and CIA owned ISIS networks are going on in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Asia, to de-stablize the region, even as the biggest Rogue State in the world with 800 military bases all over hold’s a Democracy summit with a Covid-19 bioterrorism MASK!
    Geopolitics is the backdrop. Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, exposed how Social Media is being used by external actors to spread ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar against the Rohingya. The CIA which has its operatives all over South Asia is now stoking a Muslim-Buddhist “Clash of Civilizations” in the region. The Killing of a Sri Lankan in Pakistan must be read in this wider GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT.
    The current media frenzy, particularly Social Media about the sad fate of Priyantha Kumara and the bringing of his body to Sri Lanka is very much like the stories that circulated in 1983 after the LTTE killed 13 solders in Jaffna and their bodies bought to Colombo after which the 1983 riots happened, or the stories after the Easter attacks that Muslim women were buying white cloths to attack Buddhist temples!

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      Dinuk, the attack on the army convoy where 13 soldiers died acted as a catalyst to the pre-planned riots of 1983. Early 80s before the 13 soldiers died, your racist filth by the name Gamini Dissanayake and that low class coolie by the name Cyril Matthew burnt down the entire Jaffna library and the Jaffna downtown. What did the library do to the racists from the south, we all saw the whole library up in smokes. This was carried out by drunken cops and two government ministers, whom I mentioned above. Premadasa brought this up in the parliament and pointed his finger at Dissanayake. This was a library, why would anyone burn a library down. So the racists thinking is we can kill the minorities anytime anyday, but they have no right to fight back. I am not a supporter of the LTTE and the LTTE was one of the reasons for us leaving Jaffna, but they are the only ones who taught your thugs a damn good lesson.

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        TftN
        “your racist filth “
        This phrase implies certain wrong assumptions.
        Read carefully what D had to say and then associate him with whoever you are calling racist filth.

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          D doesn’t even know what he/she is writing. Most of the time believes he /she not being able to pass motion for few days is because of CIA secret operation. Good that there is one person here who can understand D’s tangential rambling.

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            Let us hope that there are ones who can understand your ramblings.

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              When Prof KIA seem to understand my ramblings,that is enough for me. You are truly gifted to understand people, like us. Hope you are not suffering from the same issue as D because of CIA. ( too much far*ting may be a sign of constipation) .By the way Ajith, SJ is the local Fatwa authority..

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        Burning of the jaffna library was done by the freemasons from inside SL and abroad also.
        It was visited by foreign freemasons who wanted to learn about ancient tamil historic narratives, from the library. They found information in the ancient texts which they wanted to steal.
        So they quietly stole the literature, then set fire to the library and claimed ‘it was all destroyed’ so people would not demand it back later.

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      Dear Rajash,

      I heard one OPPOSITION MP keep asking if GOTA IS MAD today… whether Minsiter of Justice is mad… etc… but so called powerful condom supporter to Gota, the incumbent minister of justice – Ali sabry stays mum.. he did not even make any public statement about the brutal killing of that brother PRIYANTHA KUMARA…. may be possible, that our BUDDGAMAYA thirisannu put that incident on to a Karmic Restribution. If such restriubutions are existing, HOW CAN RAJAPKASHES BE CONTINUING as leaders to this nation ? Are there any others that have committed high crimes than Rajapkshes brothers ? God has not punished them yet today…. .. to me, they should be caught by an open execution for the mess deliberately made to this nation … and being made further …
      .
      I happened to have a chat with a young tamil boy who grew up in Germany yestreday.
      :
      His first view about SRILANKA was, “that he would hate that country”: This is not just a single voice, but he went on saying, that yet today, his relatives back in home country in nothern areas are not treated equally.
      :
      I made efforts to get him heart out what he thinks about the country today.

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        Gota is Mad and Eagle Eye is blind Ali sabry say he will take hi trousers of and walk home from parliament but he is already naked.

        Then we have other naked people like
        G.Casilingam Coordinating Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka – not sure what he coordinates
        Jeevan Thiagarajah recently appointed Governor of the Northern province.- did you read his interview in the Daily Mirror – he doesn’t say anything constructive
        and then there is his hard core naked Tamil stooges like Dougla, Karuna, Pillaiyan, Viyalendran

        The country is going bad to worse.
        Cabraal – wants the dollar accounts of expatriate workers to be converted to rupees that’s how bad the country is
        Basil says – all recruitment to govt services will be frozen except I think the try forces – they need them when the riots break out all over the country

        As i say worse is yet t com we ate only seeing the tip of the ice berg

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      Rajash,
      “Gota continues to reward genociders with ceremonial posts”

      No. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe is rewarding ‘Ranaviruwo’ who saved this country from Tamil separatists and terrorists.

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        Eagle dumbo Eye, ranaviruwo? hahahaha then why did they run for 25 years until foreign help was given?

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    “Pakistan was created over religious differences and it built its constitution and body politic on the basis that it was going to be an Islamic state.”
    MA Jinnah was not keen on a Islamic identity for the state.
    Pakistan was declared an Islamic Republic by the constitution of 1956 with effect from 23rd March 1956.
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    “… brands within brands like Shia and Sunni.”
    Cannot the author think of other religious brands? Christianity has a record number of brands followed by Buddhism and Hinduism (a merger of many brands).

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe,

      Which faith hasn’t gone wrong?.This is the worse manifestation of clash of civilization of Samuel. P. Huntington

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      SJ, Jinnah was just a nominal Muslim, Highly westernized. He only used the Islamic card to gain power. He did not want an Islamic republic as his origin was from the very orthodox Hindu Vegetarian Gujarati Lohana caste, that migrated to western India( Sindh and Gujarath) from what is now Afghanistan around 2000 years ago. His daddy, mummy, and grandparents were all born as very orthodox Hindus. The father or grandfather was forced to convert to Islam, as they started a fish business, which was very lucrative and made them very rich. They were poor and the grandfather saw an opportunity to make money and a better life for his family. However, anything to do with meat or fish was forbidden by their strict Hindu vegetarian caste. They may still have been vegetarians but since they were dealing with something forbidden and making lots of money out of this, they were made outcasts. After becoming very rich, the Grandfather stopped the fish business and begged the caste elders to return the family to the caste fold and he will make adequate compensation. However, they were short-sighted and were adamant and did not accept them back into their fold. In anger, Jinnah’s father or grandfather converted the entire family to Islam.

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        Many of their close relatives were very upset and tried their best to reconvert them back to Hinduism but failed, as both sides were adamant.
        It is because of the mean, short-sighted, narrow-minded views of the Lohana Hindu caste elders, that this family left the Hindu fold and were forced to convert, to find someplace in society, as their own people did not accept them anymore and this once orthodox Hindu family became the instrument of forming Islamic Pakistan. If they were accepted back into their caste, there may not have been a Pakistan, as it was Jinnah who more or less agitated and created this state. Indian would have had a very large Muslim minority and may have become more chaotic. They discarded their original Hindu Lohana( which is a very high caste) name and the father took the name Jinnah when he converted to Islam, as was called Jinnu in Gujarathi which means short, small or puny.

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    Religious & racial sentiments have been capitalised, from Hitler to, more recently, Trump, for political advantage. Although, it is the less educated who are gullible for such misguidance & manipulation, even the average German enthusiastically supported Hitler when a scapegoat was required in times of austerity. Trump’s white Christian middle America, continues to support him with bizarre conspiracy theories. The spiritualism of religions have become a political strategy but more dangerously, it is condoning violence & intolerance.

    Impoverished societies, largely, in India, Pakistan & the middle East, but less in developed countries, have been easy targets for radicalisation. GR, the political ‘outsider’, breezed into power on the belief of an invisible terror threat, presumably, from Muslim extremists. Thugs in robes & their supporters have been quick to take advantage. I have seen video clips of a young monk slapping a Muslim trader whilst leading a protest, & now, Gnanasara’s abusive & threatening language to moderate monks, have gone viral. Unless these racists & bigots are eliminated from society now, what is to say that such barbaric & primitive conduct will be acceptable to the extremist thugs of SL too?

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      “Unless these racists & bigots are eliminated from society now, what is to say that such barbaric & primitive conduct will be acceptable to the extremist thugs of SL too?”

      That’s easier said than done! ………. Rest of your comment is spot on.

      Will education bring about enlightenment and achieve that? …….. Just read the comments of the educated people here in the forum!


      How do you eliminate insecurity? ……… For most people, the world out here/there/reality is the sum-total of their insecurities.

      How can you make a short man tall? A fat man thin? A dark man fair? A poor man rich? A low caste man high caste? An ordinary school attendance an elite school attendance …………….. ?

      The little “civilization” in the world has been contributed by few people in the brief passing moments they felt secure!


      Would’ve Shyamon written this if he was not fair but the usual Lankan-dark? :))

      He would’ve been preoccupied with other things ……. to compensate for his handicap ………..

      Strange but true!

      Such is the world! ………. out here …….. out there ………….

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      Apologise for my English. The punchline should have been ”what is ‘not’ to say that such barbaric & primitive conduct will be acceptable to the extremist thugs of SL too?”

      Anyway, I think everybody got my drift. My point being that unless there is protest from the civil society, the opposition parties & those loyal subjects of the govt. who are in denial, finally accepting reality that this govt. is inciting violence & hatred to survive politically. Although many condemn Gnanasara’s antics, he has been able to continue his unacceptable behaviour without impunity, particularly, by the Buddhist Sanga Saba (or whatever the hierarchy is called) & openly supported by the govt. Unless there is widespread condemnation, rabid dogs like Gnanasara will go on rampage infecting more gullible masses & the consequences are not difficult to understand. Hitler did it & now GR is doing it in SL, albeit, more subtlely.

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    I think Sri Lanka too, should officially praise Malik Adnan, who risked his own life to save Priyantha from beating.
    The allegation of blasphemy; that Priyantha removed a religious sticker in Urdu not knowing its meaning is hard to believe. How could someone who managed a factory in Pakistan for 10 years doesn’t know the meaning of a religious sticker?
    Dr. Ameer Ali’s assumption that Priyantha had ordered his workers to remove all stickers before the arrival of a foreign delegation is also unconvincing, unless it is the first time in 10 years a foreign delegation was scheduled to visit the factory. It also implies that it was not Priyantha’s idea, but someone else’s.
    There is some mystery in the whole episode.
    When the LTTE brutally massacred 148 Buddhist devotees, including Buddhist monks and nuns under the foot of the Most Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, the Sinhalese didn’t take revenge from the Tamils.
    Did a third party incite Pakistan factory workers against Priyantha anticipating a retaliation against Muslims in Sri Lanka that would ultimately sever Sri Lanka’s ties with Pakistan? Didn’t Sri Lanka abruptly sever ties with China, too, recently?

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      Champa
      the Sinhalese didn’t take revenge from the Tamils
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      Sri lankas entire post colonial history has been about trying to erase tamils from the island. So no it is not about ‘revenge’ but rather an original agenda. In the end the island is slowly destroying itself due to its hatred of tamil.

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      Champa,
      Please wake up.

      Sinhalese did not revenge from Tamils ? Were you dead at the time, 83 riots slaughtered tamils – I was punch kolu patiya then, but my relatives the manner how they explained mlechcha nature some sinhala mobs hurt innocient tamils in Pettah and near suburbs are still in my mind. This is the problem of our ANIMAL like sinhalaya. You the kind of slaves should change your specs so that yo can see it clear, at least today.

      Not long ago, immideatly after EASTER BOMB BLAST, the manner how our sinhalaya (Sarath Weerasekara, POLICE amathi and that Madhumadhawa the so called kalakaraya) spearheaded riots, … how they destroyed livelyhoods of innocient muslims are still reechoing in my head… if I were a powerful person in a good govt, I would not be backward to hang SARATH WEERASEKARA, Madhumadhawa, Aluthgamage, or the like rascals. I would have already done it, if I were the man.. but you the kind of totally impaired CITIZEN being the majority how can we ever expect justice being served. YOu are just supporting again and again, being blind by SINHALA buddhism. You have all rights to get caught by sinhala buddhism, but dont mislead COMMENTERs on this platform. Thank you and live long !

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      Champoooooooooooooooo,
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      Can srilanka, above all Rajapakshes talk or stand against PAKISTAN incident….. knowing that the kind of incidents and the placed given to human life under current leaders ( formerly alleged high criminals) ?

      If BUGGER GOTA would seek support from UNO, they would first ask GOTA to stop his inhuman acts being practised under his regime today.
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      We stand against PAKSITANI MOBS, but the place given to HUMAN LIFE under medamulan mlechcha men being elected leaders today is beyond bearing.
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      Today the bugger et al will finally have to decide whether or not to go to IMF though it is too late. Ballige puthas come to sense after almost everything is happened. The best example is over 14000 deaths could have been saved, if thirisannu had brains to vaccinate the elderly people first. That comes on them today, being fallen deeper than ever. Anyways, their INABILITIES paved PEOPLE to fall from frying pan to fire.

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    As mentioned in my previous comments elsewhere, the allegation of blasphemy was planted afterwards. This has also been proved by ‘today’s’ Daily Mirror exclusively quoting Malik Adnan (?) repeating an exact line mentioned in Dr. Ameer Ali’s ‘yesterday’s’ article titled ‘Allah’s executioners’. Interesting, isn’t it?

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      South asian including our so called buddhist dominated sinhalaya are barbarians. Believe or not it is the truth.
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      Champa, they can kill human beings, but get elected by the same people again and again. Incumbent president in srilanka should be charged with the hiighest punishment, but he got elected. so is the case with his brother Mahinda and everyone in that family. Not just within his circles all their close circles should long have been jailed, but no JUSTICE under rascals.
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      ONLY A FUTURE NPP goverment we can see justice being served. We must support them and make them stronger day by day.

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      Champa
      I agree that this incident in Sialkot was probably staged.
      There is most likely a political agenda behind it done by freemasons.
      If the lankan manager was killed because he had issues with his staff, it would have not have turned into such an international event!
      It is highly unlikely that he lived in Pakistan that long and then suddenly decided to insult Islam (unless he suddenly lost his sanity).
      The mainstream media is also owned by freemasons and almost everything they report is designed in some way to mislead people and push agendas.

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    So many similar attacks take place each and every day.

    A database of these attacks is found at the religion of peace website.

    The norm, not the exception.

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    SJ, The danger of faith gone wrong as you describe is that faith needs a focus. Allah is not creator God of the bible whose name is Jehovah in his manifold names and manifestations like savior, healer, deliverer, protector, provider, merciful giver who is always there for those who call on him. So faith in Allah as his executioners has nothing to do with the christian faith in the giving God of love, compassion and mercy.

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      dtg
      Islam and Judaism share with all brands of Christians the same God of the Old Testament.
      Be fair. The term Allah and his executioners can be equally applied to all ‘Gods’.
      I can give a long list of faith gone wrong for Christianity and other religions.
      *
      People living in glass houses should not you know what.

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        SJ, It is written in the Dome of the Rock that Allah has no son. Allah is worshipped by millions each year in Mecca. Mohamed is called Allah’s prophet. Jehovah creator is worshipped by jews. Jesus his son was sent as Messiah to earth which jews rejected but will accept when he comes again. Christianity is because they accepted Jesus Christ the very first time he came. Islam does not accept Jesus and the radicals kill Christians. Allah cannot be applied to any god and no true Christian will worship Allah. This is the reality and faith can go wrong in any religion. Christians worship triune Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who birthed the church, all different persons in the Godhead. The commandment to Christians is not to worship any other god

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    Imran came on T.V within 24 hours and condemned the dastardly act and apologized to the whole nation. The public and the company where Priyantha worked collected $ 100,000 in compensation and promised monthly salary to his widow. Such things are never heard in Lanka. But so called righteous Lankans are too busy to know whether it was triggered by Blasphemy or not , just to satisfy their own curiosity, quench gossip thirst in social media chats and few with the malice intentions of creating anti Muslim sentiments. Lets take a similar incident in Lanka where murderous army attacked a journalist few days ago, with Palmyra stick wrapped with barbed wire for taking a photo of a road sign and while trying to grab his camera threw him on barbed wire causing profuse bleeding. Later they claimed it was all a setup to spoil there clean image. Investigations by CPJ proved otherwise exposing the lies and an apology was tendered by the very same soldiers , in the presence of crime prevention officials. CPG has called for new and impartial investigation into this army attack. So enough for your righteousness and pretending innocence. There is no worse racist and religious bigots than our own immoral Lankans.

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      “There is no worse racist and religious bigots than our own immoral Lankans.”
      Can one living in India be so certain of this?

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        SJ, I am certain after living for more than 15 years. Definitely there is not many Karanagoda’s appointed as governor. The reason I believe, they do not have that many educated, lacking abstract thinking.

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          So much for what you know about racist and religious bigotry in India.
          Congratulations!
          Modi will love you.

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            Didn’t I tell you a guy who dosen’t know about his own people and country seems to know everything and any thing in places far away. You are so gifted in intelectualizing normalizing and minimizing adverse events for your own feel good effect.

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            You who said India is worse than Lanka, I never said it’s not there in India. By the way after not finding anyone close to Karanagoda, I looked for Duminda Silva now a govt appointed public official and still couldn’t find one. At least Sunil Ratnayaka who is just a citizen (soon may be minister) could’t find. Giving up on such compare and contrast study (your favorite subject ) I moved on to do a research on democratically elected family to rule country, sorry SJ, there seems none , as you have now. Do you think China is full of it and may qualify as worse than Lanka ???

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    Shyamon, isn’t it irony that just a few days ago you wrote on our very own weird blasphemy laws with special privileges to SB and within days we have this senseless lynching in the name of religion. To add further to my above comment a police SI in Trinco tied a young Tamil boy to a tree and beat him to death. In the process he boasted to the pleading family members that this will be his 8 th victim and no one can do anything about it. Such gruesome acts are occurring on a daily basis and yet our very own immoral Lankans who severely lack empathy and remorse, now calling others as racist and bigots.

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    The essence of civility in a society is the free (and frank) exchange of views without the heat of emotion, finally leading to verbal abuse and physical violence. In other words, being disciplined to agree to disagree. Is this a practical reality? The answer is a big NO. Take the case of political opponents in countries like Sri Lanka. They partake together sumptuous meals in the canteen of the legislature while their supporters fight each other to death. That again, is extremely “belief centric” with the idea “my master is the man”. It is reported that a Minster of Pakistan is reported to have said that the incident involving Mr. Priyantha Kumara is “normal”. In Sri Lanka, particularly after some elections in the past, a single political opponent at “supporter level” could be severely assaulted if he gets amid his opponents. (Apparently females spared). The belief may involve, some “RATIONAL” thinking of the thinker’s version and clearly if he cannot agree to disagree, he is no better than the rest, clinging into his version and perhaps gesticulations leading to a fight and so on. So, it is not that a faith has gone wrong but the trained individual’s habits.

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