22 July, 2018

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Simmering Mistrust In Tamil-Muslim Politics

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Since the first parliamentary elections in 1947 Tamil-Muslim political relations in Sri Lanka has been dominated by mutual mistrust. Even though the Chelvanakam’s Federal Party and Ponnampalam’s Ceylon Tamil Congress included the Muslims under the rubric Tamil-speaking people whenever they addressed public rallies, and similarly, even though Muslim political leaders talked tirelessly of the Tamil language and the proverbial ‘pittu and coconut” to underline the two communities’ inseparable coexistence, these were in reality utterances reiterated more for reasons of political correctness than out of any genuine concern for each other’s political, economic and cultural development and wellbeing. This historical fact cannot be glossed over any more and should be openly confronted, admitted and removed because Sri Lankan politics has reached such a critical juncture where particularly after 2009, majoritarian politics, consumed overwhelmingly by ethnic and religious chauvinism, has created an existential crisis to both minorities.

Past strategies of playing politics of opportunism on the part of Muslims and of separatism on the part of Tamils have passed their use by date, and new strategies have to be thought out for the two communities to live and prosper with equality and dignity in a globally connected but locally undivided Sri Lanka. One would have thought that after the end of the 25-year bloody civil war Colombo leadership would have come to its senses to sort out the minority issue quickly and seriously and avoid international agencies to intervene in a purely domestic matter.  One would have also expected the two minority communities to have realised that their future survival, dignity and development cannot be achieved through mutual suspicion and mistrust but through unity built on frank admission of past mistakes, openness in dialogue and justice in objectives.

No doubt that a united plural Sri Lanka with all its naturally endowed and humanly created resources is a match to any country in the world.  Yet and tragically, what has happened over the last nine years was deliberate procrastination by successive governments leading to further deterioration of national unity, increasing economic hardship to many and encroaching foreign influence in the country. The country has awfully mismanaged its plurality. The two contending political regimes of MR and MS leaderships at the moment have lost their political integrity and governing credibility, bankrupted their economic leadership and mortgaged the country’s sovereignty to regional foreign powers. Devoid of any policy substance they are left with only one issue to fight for power and that is Sinhala ethnic and Buddhist religious hegemony. It is this racist evangelism that poses a danger to the minorities. Like the Congress and BJP in neighbouring India, where the first covertly and the second overtly play anti-Muslim racism in their electioneering campaign, in this country also the element of racism is ever present in both camps. The difference is only a matter of degree. 

The Tamils and Muslims must realise that they as national minorities cannot find lasting solutions to their problems by fighting alone. The Tamils, after the betrayal by the DMK Government in 2009, will be foolish to expect any material support from their brethren across the Palk Strait. At the same time to expect that international pressure on Sri Lanka would deliver favourable outcome to their complaints is also a dream because international agencies are part and partial of the global economic order that is more interested in markets and investments than in human rights and minority rights. The Muslims also must realise that the so called Arab connection is a mirage, and after 1990 the SLMC in particular by dragging Islam into its political campaigns has not only politically isolated the Muslim community but also has earned the mistrust of both the Tamil and Sinhalese communities. While the Tamil leadership at least maintained their personal and political integrity by not compromising their policy objectives in return for personal gains and prestige, Muslim leaders on the other hand and without exception has shamelessly surrendered their community virtually at the feet of successive Presidents and Prime Ministers to win ministerial positions and opportunities to accumulate wealth for themselves, their families and cronies. Therefore, any chance of honest co-operation and unity between these two minority leaderships will never work out, because they are qualitatively different. This is why the Muslim community has to reject wholesale their entire political leadership and search for a new generation of leaders who are intellectually capable, politically astute and personally honest. 

Muslims of the East in particular have been and are being deluded by a short sighted and faction ridden SLMC leadership with a false promise that it could achieve a separate administrative district for Muslims at the expense of Tamils. This is a dangerous and suicidal commitment founded on the same old politics of opportunism and mistrust of the Tamils that will end up in endless Tamil-Muslim riots causing bloodshed and material losses, mostly for Muslims. Decades ago a then prominent Muslim leader told me in person that if Muslims could keep the Sinhalese and Tamils divided they could swim, but would sink if the two were allowed to unite. This politics of divide and rule cannot work in post-2009 Sri Lanka. What is now required of Muslims is to form partnership with the Tamils and become bridge builders between the two major communities. That role is far beyond the capabilities of the current Muslim leadership. 

The mistrust between the two communities arose historically from a lack of social integration. The problem with the pittu and coconut analogy is that the two don’t mix together but remain separate and touch each other only at the margin. Similarly, the Tamil and Muslim settlements in the East are largely self-sufficient village or town units that come into contact at the margin mostly if not only for pecuniary purposes. It is a cash nexus relationship built between two groups, one a goods provider and the other a service provider. There is hardly any social contact between the two groups. To put it more bluntly, how many Muslim families in the East can claim that they invited last year a Tamil family to participate in their Eid festival lunch or dinner? And how many Tamil families can claim the same for their New Year celebrations? Noticeably, there is to a greater degree such an inter-family social contact present between the Sinhalese and Muslim families in the South and West of the country. This is because these families live as neighbours and have to be in touch with each other for many reasons. In such a neighbourhood children of different families play together, go to school together and come to know more about each other’s parents, which in turn necessitates the seniors in the families to become friendlier.  This neighbourliness creates the need to build trust between families. This is unfortunately absent in the East. Politicians take advantage of this inter-communal social distance and structure their campaign accordingly. The time has come to close this social distance.

This is a great challenge because the growth of religious fundamentalism within the Muslim community is making it more difficult to narrow the distance. The Tamils are also reacting to this fundamentalist trend in a tit-for-tat manner. In this context, I want to recall with regret one particular change that I observed between my two visits a few years ago to a Hindu temple opposite to the Springfield Farm at Kurukkalmadam in the Eastern Province.  On the first occasion, I noticed a stone statue with a cap on its head placed amongst other statues inside the temple.  After enquiring I learned that it was a statue erected in memory of Pattaniyar Muslims who in an ancient battle between two Tamil clans, the Mukkuvar and Thimilar, helped the former whose descendants are the population of Kurukkalmadam. I also learnt that every year the devotees of the temple celebrate the Pattaniyar Thiruvila or festival. However, in my second visit after a couple of years I could not see that statue and nobody could explain to me the reason for its removal. I suspect and I hope I am wrong in this that it reflects the simmering discontent between the two communities in this region. Like the historical Muslim connection to the Kandy Esala Perehera this Muslim historical connection at Kurukkalmadam should also be cherished and celebrated to build inter-ethnic cordiality and friendship. This is why there is a need for a new but enlightened leadership that has a good grasp of the history of this region, understand the need of the time and intellectually confront and beat the fundamentalist challenge. The current Muslim leadership is totally incapable of doing it. 

It is imperative that the Tamil leaders should give up their superiority complex and demonstrate to the Muslims that they are sincere in their political dialogue with them. There are a number of common challenges facing both communities. You cannot find solutions to them when discussing with hidden agendas. Unless the hearts unite there is no point in talking about merger or de-merger. Post-2009 has launched a new era in Sri Lankan politics. It demands new strategies and fresh approaches built on principles of equality and justice for both communities.

There is a new development within the Tamil-Muslim literati since the beginning of the present century. One could witness frequent joint parleys of local Tamil and Muslim writers coming together to share their ideas and contributions to Tamil literature. This sort of sharing and open discussions are intellectually healthy and they build mutual trust, but the spirit of that trust and friendship must be carried down to the mass level. As the saying goes flowers inside the windows do not mean there is spring outside. How to build this mutual trust between the two ethnic masses and how to structure a new political alliance based on that trust are the challenges of the day. Against a strong and united minority opposition the majority has to downplay its hegemonic aspirations and seek for compromises.              

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Dr Amer Ali – hot on the heels of my post in another blog on the same issue. Muslims are now crying wolf. They should have joined hand with the Tamils for the minority rights. But the Muslims thought they are better off aligning with the Sinhala politicians, Besides like the Sri Lankan Tamils were let down by the TN Politicians Sr Lankan Muslims were let down by the Muslim world butchering each other.

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    Rajash , your call for Muslims to join Tamils is impracticable at several levels.At a fundamental level there is deep and irreversible mistrust by Muslims of Tamils intentions.As history shows ,with all the short comings,the Muslims are and would’ve comfortable throwing in their lot with the Sinhalese.This preference will never change.

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      yes and Ameer Ali is shedding crocodile tears

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        What is being talked about ad nauseum is the actions of Tamil leaders and LTTE in bringing about a rift between Tamils and Muslims. In this process actions of Muslim leaders and Muslim civilians in bringing about a rift between Muslims and Tamils is deliberately being hidden. Divide and rule policy adopted by British is continuing since independence and it is no secret that Muslims have benefitted by that. All discriminatory laws against Tamils were passed and all discriminatory practices against were executed with the support of Muslim politicians. Muslims have the right to say that they are different from Sinhalese and Tamils, but they must prove it especially when genetic studies have shown that they are of same make up like Sinhalese and Tamils. Muslims may have the right to demand self determination, but it should not be at the expense of Tamils. There is clear history about presence of Muslims in eastern province as refugees fleeing persecution by Portuguese 400 years ago. On what basis of justice can descendants of refugees claim that eastern province belong to them over the heads of descendants of those who gave asylum. Muslims have been put up by Sinhalese to create trouble to Tamils and in return given some sops. In the east Muslims are attacking Tamils who are helpless, but in the Sinhala areas they will not dare to, as they know that the repercussions will be disastrous like what happened recently. Muslims are mortally scared of Sinhalese and therefore they have to support them despite being at the receiving end at times. Just like a deep mistrust between Muslims and Tamils, there is a deep mistrust between Sinhalese and Muslims which is likely to come in the open if a Sinhala nationalistic regime comes to power.

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          Already there is a Sinhala nationalistic regime in power and there is deep mistrust among the Sinhalese themselves.
          The main problem is the political setup, severe corruption and the culture of impunity. This can be remedied by a strictly impartial constitution without any religious preferences, a very impartial judiciary and justice system with “rapid” decision making and sentencing; and strict enforcement of the law by the law enforcement agencies
          There should be a constitutional requirement enforcing term limits to all elected office where by, “new young blood” is introduced to the political leadership during new elections.
          The “extravagant perks” and pensions given to elected parliamentarians should be discouraged and attendance in parliamentary affairs should be strictly monitored and financially rewarded..

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        Rajash,

        Muslims joining the Tamil struggle is an utter joke. Tamils took arms against the govt. Muslims didn’t want any of that at least during that period. I doubt our politicians especially someone like JRJ would have not taken that into the equation, so to speak.

        Even now, we are trying hard to get the Muslims to at least light up a fire cracker but it’s not working. In such a situation, it’s best to squeeze the Sinhalese more and more by giving the Muslims Wilpattu etc. It will boil to point where one fine day KABOOM, one of the two parties will explode.

        Then, I am sure the Tamils will have a role to play. As Tamil Home Guards possibly?

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          Retarded ………………………. women sniffing shamless Perera

          “Muslims joining the Tamil struggle is an utter joke.”

          Please feel free to laugh.

          “Tamils took arms against the govt. Muslims didn’t want any of that at least during that period.”

          So did the Sinhalese.
          Instead some of the Eastern enlisted in the Home Guard, maybe the most easiest way to becoming a Jihadi. .

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      Dushan Wickremaratne –

      “As history shows ,with all the short comings,the Muslims are and would’ve comfortable throwing in their lot with the Sinhalese.This preference will never change.”

      This is also is to do with the fact that the older generation still believe in 1915 when Pon Ramanathan took the side of the majority Sinhalese who were accused of massacre of Muslims. They believed then and they believe now Tamils should have supported fellow minority rather than majority. They being minority couldn’t support the Tamils earn the wrath of the majority. Also the small minority of their leader had it good, the crumbs they received from successive government made them comfortable, rich, and somebody in the island.

      If the Muslims as minority have been doing well by being with the Sinhalese why could not their leaders demand successive governments resettled internally displaced Muslim refugees back in their natural habitat the North?

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        Jim, the burning of the Tamil/Moor bridge by Ramanathan had been done irrevocably much earlier in 1902.His action in 1915 had much lesser impact but nevertheless did contribute to widening the Tamil/Moor gulf..You may wish to see an incisive comment on this matter by Jeff Robertson below please.

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          Dushan Wickremaratne

          Before going back to 1902, Jeff Robertson and yourself need to revisit Orabi Pasha the Egyptian fugitive/exile who sewed the idea Muslimness based on religion than the language they spoke.

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            Native ,if Tamils can pick on their Tamilness and the Sinhalese can pick there Sinhalenes why can’t the Muslims pick on their Moorishness?

            The main point is you have gone off track.taking old Uncle Rajash along!The theme of the article calls for Muslims to unite with Tamils and the theme of some of the comments is why this cannot be done.Old age at play isn’t it Native!!

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              Dushan Wickremaratne

              “if Tamils can pick on their Tamilness and the Sinhalese can pick there Sinhalenes why can’t the Muslims pick on their Moorishness?”

              Well we must clear one or two thing first here. Could you define what you mean by Tamiliness, Sinhaleseness, also Muslimness, Burgherness, Kafirness, Veddahness, Boraness, Malayness, ……. so that both of can be sure what we are talking about.

              How come Muslim women by and large never wore face covering before and even young women are forced now to wear Arab clothe and observe Arab customs by their male chauvinist relatives. The point I am trying to make here is that women do not have freedom in Arab conservative society. The same custom is slowly creeping through back door. In other words Arab imperialism through women’s Niqab, Burka, Chador, …………..
              Please also explain to me what is the big idea behind women covering their faces? Maybe the husbands are so repulsive they don’t want others looking at the wife with sympathy. It is a male problem imposed on female.

              “The theme of the article calls for Muslims to unite with Tamils and the theme of some of the comments is why this cannot be done.”

              I suggest you visit your local optician sooner. It looks like you haven’t read my comment. When a section of Muslims have different agenda I feel sorry for them. They haven’t learnt anything from VP the psychopath. I also feel sorry for the Sinhala/Buddhists.

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        Great points Native

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    “Tamil Speakling People” was an FP concept. It was a good idea but lacked political substance.
    GGP’s politics was largely NP based. He had an ACTC MP from Trincomalee in 1947 who crossed over to the UNP and that was the end of ACTC in the East. GGP had not much interest in Tamils in Batticaloa or the west coast (except interests in Colombo, not electoral) or the hill country.
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    While the origins of mistrust have much to do with electoral politics, there was some understanding in the post-1977 period. On Tamil Eelam, however, there was limited concurrence, with some (certainly not many) Muslims even actively supporting the call.
    But the attitude of most Tamil nationalists (not just the LTTE but the EPRLF as well) towards the Muslims was unhealthy. Indian presence in 1987-90 too had a negative influence, especially in the East.
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    There was opportunism among a small section of Muslims who sided with the government in the mid-1980’s. But, if handled wisely by the Tamil leadership, those elements could have been isolated.
    Some Muslim politicians for their part promote anti-Tamil feelings for electoral advantage.
    Tamil Hindu racists (you have plenty here) who secretly suffer a feeling of guilt about the murder and expulsion of Muslims, try to rationalize all wrongs by blaming the Muslims.
    *
    Despite the conflicts of the past, I am aware that Tamils and Muslims get along well in many parts of the Batticaloa District. That was without help from politicians.
    The less the people have to do with electoral politics and other vested interests, the better for inter-community relations.

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    The Sinhalese never sought to deny the Muslims of two non negotiables as far as communities go.The first is pride of one’s religious belief, in this case Islam.Secondly, pride in one’s unique ethnic identity, in this case the Moorish identity.The Sinhala/Moor conflict,if it ever could be described as such , is principally on matters arising out of trade and commerce or off shoots there of.In This some have mischievously tried to blow up beyond proportion a religious angle.

    On the other hand , Tamil/Moor relations have been historically characterized by a Tamil attempt to deride Islam.More significantly Tamils have attempted to deny Moors of their Moorish identity.In 1902 Ponna Ramanathan brought out a flawed thesis that on account of a general ( I use the term general rather than absolute since a sizeable number of Moors in the midlands speak Sinhala only at home and even have Sinhalese Ge names)tendency of Moors speaking Tamil, they should be defined as Tamil Muslims.This beleif continues in Tamil pcyche and has been consistently rejected by Moors,who feel utterly insulted..

    In recent times the Moors in the
    North who had been living there at least since the Portuguese were displaced from Jaffna by the Dutch around 1658, were ethnically cleansed overnight by Tamils in the 1990s and to this day live in refugee camps in the Sinhalese South.Such a dastardly act never occurred at the hands Sinhalese.The Aluthgama and Gintota incidents etc can never be thought similar by any stretch of the imagination.The Moors consequently do not view the Sinhalese as attempting to ethnically cleanse them.At best Sinhala Moor disputes are the result of misunderstanding or misperceptions.On the other hand Tamils have proved to be Moor ethnic cleansers.

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      They are is hardly any Moor blood in them , they are Tamil Dravidian immigrants from South India with a few having some Arab or other western Asian blood. Definitely no Moor. Lots of Tamils have Indo Aryan, Greek ,Roman, Arab, Iraninan and other European blood in them , even Sinhalese , however this little bit of gene contribution from these people , do not make them Indo Aryans, Greeks, Arabs, Sinhalese or anything else. It is the same with the Sri Lankan Muslim, the small Arab contribution to their genes does not make them Arab or Moor. They are still Tamils. Their identity is based on their religion and to justify this they concoted this fake Moor identity , that was first supported by the British and now by the Sinhalese establishment for their divide and rule policy.The Portuguese incorrectly call them Moors. Sinhalese extremists like you and their selfish elite and politicians for their own benefits and to divide and rule the island’s Tamils on the basis of religion caste and region want this Moor myth to be perpetuated, as they do not want the Tamil people in the island , irrespective of religion caste or region to unite, as it does not suit their agenda. Historically it was the island’s Tamils who always offered sanctuary and asylum to the island’s Muslims. First when they fled South India along the North West coast that was part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom , then when they fled Portuguese persecution and killings , in the Tamil east , as the Sinhalese did not want them. The Sinhalese only use them and give crumbs to their selfish southern elite, to brainwash the Island’s Tamil Muslim masses to think that they are Moors and not Arabs. Now that they have finished with the Tamils their are showing their true colours to the island’s Tamil Muslims . Amir Ali good article

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        Sorry to think that they are Moors and not Tamils

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        Here the R.S.S.S again, this crow seems to be a mania. I think when he go to sleep he must be reciting, “Moors are Tamil Muslims, Moors are Tamil Muslims…………… When he carries out pooja to his gods he must reciting same. Earlier he use to write Tamils are Dravidian a super race which carried the light of civilization to the whole world. Now he says Tamils have Indo-Aryan, Greek, Roman, Arab, Iranian and other European blood but left out the original Australoid blood. Anyway he is accepting now Tamils does not belongs to Dravidian myth but have achcharu (pickle) blood and they are Achcharu people. He is demeaning the good Tamil people also. Moor is not a myth you idiot it is the name of Sri Lankan Muslims ethnic group. I told you not to caw, no Moors will say they are Tamil Muslims when there are 75% different in Moor’s features and culture compared to Tamils. But I accept we are all human beings and should not fight on differences, even religion.

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          Pathetic brainwashed who shows his low breeding from his abusive and aggressive comments. Like 95% of Sri Lankan Muslims is of immigrant Tamil South Indian genes but has been brainwashed by the Muslims politicians , elite , especially their southern variety and the Sinhalese establishment to consider themselves Arab and worship everything Arab , even Arab piss and shit and hate their real Tamil origin and culture. Really sad and pathetic. The Arabs treat them like shit and have clearly stated that they are not of Arab origin but South Asian coverts to Islam ( which means largely Hindu Tamil low castes who converted Islam) but these shameless creatures pathetically keep on claiming they are Arab/Moor thinking they will receive all sorts benefits from the Arab world and the Sinhalese. They are now trying to play the victim after joining with the Sinhalese racists to kill discriminate and commit war crimes on the Tamils and have benefitted immensely from this. They are frightened of the Sinhalese so behave themselves in the Sinhalese areas but now think the Tamils are weak, so want to join with the Sinhalese racists to steal our land. We gave them refuge in the east and now they are trying to steal it from us.

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            R.S.S.S., you are the pathetic brainwashed low breed crow. You are the one just wrote above you belonged to achcharu race so what shit you are talking about Tamil South Indian genes. Write here what Tamil culture and customs we are following? Give the reference of reports or news where Arab spoke about our ethnicity. You think Arabs are concerned about the races of Muslims in other countries? Why should we worship Arabs, it is you Tamils worshiping them by millions even cleaning Arabs shit and piss. When traders from Arabia and Iran came to India and Sri Lanka you all were tree climbing lot. Of course we are mixed now and that is because you Tamils were providing comfort women to Arabs for favours as you stated earlier. Real criminals and terrorist were Tamils. Who started war to grab 3/4 of land in Sri Lanka? You Australoid crow must be still having the teat in the mouth.

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              Please consult a psychiatrist immediately. Your language is inundated with discomfort.

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        R-SSS.
        Frivolous conjecture. Who cares about your genetic make up”?

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      All DNA studies have proved that Sinhalese are not Aryans and Sri Lankan Muslims are not Arabs or Moors but in fact their core genetic identity is South Indian ( Tamil) . Good try. . Tamils ethnic cleansers? Other than unfortunate incident of the LTTE chasing out the northern for suspected spying activities , it is the Sinhalese and the so called Sri Lankan Moors who are ethnically cleaning Tamils and grabbing their lands. The Sinhalese in the north and east and the Muslims in the east so far . The Sri Lankan government turns a blind eye to this and the occupying Sinhalese armed forces and Police openly in collusion. We also saw the disgraceful behaviour of the eastern province Sinhalese governor’s wife at an ancient strategic Hindu temple in the east, which the Sinhalese extremists in collusion with the archaeological department are now trying to convert to a Buddhist temple. Now the ancient Madhu Catholic church precinct. a church visited by the pope, is in danger of being converted to the Sinhalese Buddhist site. Why because it is a Tamil church? They will not dare do this to a Sinhalese church.

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        Here another Australoid crow cawing about DNA. I thing this buffoon must be not knowing what is DNA and DNA science in the first place. According to this buffoon I thing there won’t be any Tamils in Sri Lanka because of the ethnic cleansing by Muslims in collusion with Sinhalese.

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          Ralli Ameen, when you call Tamils as Australoid crows, you are demonstrating that you are a racist for which offence you will be in jail in western countries. It is you who seems to know nothing about DNA and hence you are the buffoon. It has been proved in two recent studies by Srilankan experts that the core genetic material in so called Srilankan Moors is South Indian with less than 10% input from West Asian genes. This negates the disinformation propagated by Muslims that they are Arab descendants. If any Muslim contests this finding they must subject themselves to DNA testing and if proved wrong they must be charged for spreading hatred. If you ask Tamils not to caw, then they have the same right to ask you not to grunt. It is the moor like you who is an achcharu race consisting of Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhala, Arab, Persian and what not. You are shouting at Tamils because of your inferiority complex. Can you trace your ancestry to any single Sinhala or Tamil High caste family. Be proud of being called a low caste Hindu Tamil convert, as it is now proved that Tamils are superior to Arabs. For your information true Australoids are the Veddhas who are the original people of Srilanka and by calling Tamils as Australoid crows, you are insulting Veddhas.

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            These grunting Sri Lankan Thullkans will be of 90% low caste IndianTamil origin and 10% others. Malayali or Sinhalese does not count as Malayali were Tamils until very recently and most of these so called Sinhalese again are descended from Tamils, especially their lower castes. The Arab and other western Asian genetic input is very minimal. When challenged to produce proof of Arab ancestry for the so called Sri Lankan Moors( sic Moors indeed) The Sri Lankan Moors council were able to produce a very distant Arab/Western Asian male ancestor for only around a hundred Sri Lankan Muslim families . These families will number the most around 20000=40000 the most if I am generous out a population of 1.9 million Sri Lankan Muslims. Around 2-3% . The rest do not have any Arab Moor and other western Asian blood in them , all low caste immigrant Indian Tamil Hindu converts . Even these 100 or so families with a distant male Arab ancestor all other ancestry is Tamil. Selective breeding and choosing light skinned Tamil Muslim females over generations, amongst rich families and now deliberately choosing brides from light skinned North Indian Pakistani and some European women by certain rich Muslim families has resulted in a lighter skin amongst their elite. I know of a certain influential Colombo Muslim family that has a female White Australian ancestor on their maternal line, but now the grand and great grand children attribute their light skinned to their Arab ancestry( sic) .

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            Al-faqur the brainy man so you tell me how to identity races by DNA study. What the Geneticist found there are three types of genetic variations by which can identified parents to very recent ancestors, father to son, mother to son. Races cannot be identified because haplo groups are universally distributed. Your genetic variation can be found in other countries too. This was what the expert genetic scientists says. If your Sri Lankan experts can make a genetic charts which can identify races they can win a noble prize. So don’t write like buffoon. If Moor has some DNA variation of Tamil that doesn’t mean he is a Tamil but can be identified with such DNA variation of a person from India, Pakistan, some part of middle-east or even Americas. We says Moors are of mixed races so no problem calling us achcharu races. But you Australoid crows only beating the drum calling yourself super Dravidian race with caste DNA in blood. Aren’t you all buffoons? But one of your crow Siva had written above now Tamils belongs to achcharu races, see yourself. Veddas are indigenous races, had their own language but now mixed some whom speak Sinhala and others speak Tamil. Indeed Australoid origin. Do you know about Roddiyas? They are Caucasian origin. People who suffer from inferiority complex are you, Siva and the likes who always attack Moors irrelevant to the subject of the article published. Anybody can say they belongs to any ethnic group so why its eating you. Isn’t it your inferiority complex? Don’t write like a buffoon again, never mind writing like an Australoid.

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              Ralli Ameen,

              RSSS aka Rohan aka Pandi Kutti aka Al-Faqurlah is the same person, if you see the use of language (tone), it is identical. When RSSS get the bashing, he comes again as either Rohan or Pandi Kutti or Al-Faqurlah to his own rescue. Rohan or Pandi Kutti or Al-Faqurlah speaks the same language (repeats the same content). If you challenge his comments, he will immediately brand you as a racist or something low.

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          Mind your language and do not reveal your lowly origins. DNA does prove that Sri Lankan Muslims are the same like the Sinhalese and Tamils and if we are Australoid crows so are you.

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            Buffoon first study what DNA can prove but not what it can say possible. We are Moors not Australoid crow, can you disprove?

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              Ralli Ameen

              “Buffoon first study what DNA can prove but not what it can say possible. We are Moors not Australoid crow, can you disprove?”

              Alright, you are not a buffoon, you are not a crow.
              Do you know a chimpanzee could type complete work of Shakespeare as in the infinite monkey theorem? The physarum polycephalum can learn. In both cases the brain is not the critical factor.

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                Chimpansee and humans also share 99% of their DNA. Rali Ameen would love that.

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                  Piglet, I love what you said that chimpanzee share 99% human DNA so how your associate crows identify races DNA. This prove you all are descendants of Australoid Chimpanzees.

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              You are not Moor but an Idiot and a nincompoop. Having wet dreams about being Moor? Please join me for a roll in the mud. Love from the pig sty

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    Dr. Ameer Ali
    Your sober reflections have always been inspiring. I have had some home truths to write. I resisted b’cause they could be offensive to my close friends – mostly Muslims . Some of them were my school-mates and I had years ago discussed relevant issues with them. A couple of them had later become M.P.s. –
    M.H.M. Ashraff, a Minister, Ayub (Tharapuram, Mannar), R.M. Imam (Jaffna). I hear that my good friend Noordeen’s son (Erukalampiddy) is a UNP MP now. Unfortunately, I was forced to flee the country and except for my friend Imam, others are not around. Please keep up your good work !

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    In 2013 Azath Salley headed the National Unity Alliance and espoused views similar to those of expressed here by Ameer Ali. Azath was arrested for incitement but only Bahu spoke against the regime’s action.
    The silver lining is Ameer is able to speak his mind

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    If people can stop thinking of themselves as tamils,sinhalese and muslims and instead think of themselves as srilankans then it would be much better for all in this little island where ethnic politics is dividing the country unnecessarily.Many people tell me that indians think of themselves as indian first and foremost and not,marathi,telugu,bengali,gujarati,hindustani etc.That is a great achievement by india,but i think the common threads of hinduism and devolution have shaped their way of thinking.As for us i think we should start to change our mindset first and consider ourselves as sri lankans and fight for our common rights whenever we feel it is being trampled by others.If the people discard ethnic politics then the politicians will have no alternative but to discard them too.

    going on the path of sinhalese plus tamils against muslims or muslims and sinhalese against tamils or tamils and muslims against sinhalese is a self defeating concept brought on by idiots.

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      Unfortunately the concept that we are all Sri Lankans, first and foremost, and have strong unity among all races, religions, and creed, in this country, is not taught, or emphasized in schools, from the beginning. The British divided and ruled, and it feels it has not changed much. A divided country, is easy pickings, for any alien nation, that wants to cause division and strife in this country.

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      Shankar

      Absolutely right you are. Sri Lanka is a small country which can ill afford communal politics. Haven’t we suffered enough thanks to communal politics which began soon after independence? Who has benefited by the communal politics except the politicians, mostly Sinhalese and to a lesser extent Muslim politicians and their cohorts. Seven decades since independence, the country is in dire straits. The question should be: do we swim together or sink together.

      Ameer Ali is doing no good either to the Muslims or to the Sri Lankans by his narrow minded and ill thought out ideas. He should mind his own business in his adopted land and forget about the country he abandoned in search of greener pastures. Please leave us. alone, We can do very well without you.

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      Shankar,

      It is a very good idea but unfortunately the majority of our majority (Sinhalese) believe that the term Sri Lankans means Sinhalese. They want the Tamils and Muslims to become Sinhalese to accept them as Sri Lankans. They need to be educated right from pre-school to accept every citizen of Sri Lanka as a Sri Lankan.

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    shankar

    “If people can stop thinking of themselves as tamils,sinhalese and muslims and instead think of themselves as srilankans then it would be much better for all in this little island where ethnic politics is dividing the country unnecessarily.”

    Why should anyone with semblance of sanity would agree to be identified by srilankan which is a foreign name and the name was shoved through our throat without ever seeking approval from the people.

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      Stupid Tamil Vedda
      Is this a pukka joke of yours? In the previous posting you were questioning the practice of Muslim women covering their faces.That of course is none of your business, but you continue to prevaricate. Now you are talking of everyone being Sr Lankans! What double talk is that and where did you learn it? In Souh India?

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        Percy the dated pathetic

        Its difficult for you to understand what I write. Like normal human being you need a semblance of sanity, rationality, patience, bid of wisdom, a secular mind, access to information, ability to think, …… to read, grasp, process, ………………..comments.

        You have good chance of becoming the next president of USA provided you were born there.

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          One can understand what you write, only they are irrelevant.
          Soma

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    I am opinion that although Muslims are essentially Tamils they give priority to their religion Islam and call themselves Muslims,which is the cause of the problem. Among the Tamils you find Christians subdivided into Catholics, Methodist, Anglicans Protestants etc. Historically all Tamils were Hindus ( Saivam). However irrespective of their religion priority is given to the Tamil language and they call themselves TAMILS. They live reasonably amicably, unlike the Muslims who appear to take pride in calling themselves Muslims despite various Tamil Scholars among the Muslims both in Srilanka and Tamil Nadu. The original Muslim inhabitants in Srilanka /Tamilnadu were all Tamil speaking, otherwise all Muslims From North to South and East to West cannot be Tamil speaking people. In fact, Most of my Muslim friends both in the North and East would like refer to themselves as Tamils belonging to Muslim religion. But due to political climate hey avoid it.
    With the introduction of Sinhala only some of the Muslim leader- I repeat leaders thought it wise keep aloof from the Tamils and get the best of both worlds. How ever by spreading their legs in two boats they may have caused considerable damage to themselves and the Tamils too. The attack on the Muslims have already begun and when it escalate they will neither be Muslims nor Tamils. However if they unitedly stand with the Tamil they can save both. A good example is Nagoor Haniffa and AR.Rahuman. Let Allah,Lord Shiva and Lord Jesus Christ get together save the Tamil language and the various religious beliefs of the TAMILS. Insha Allah!

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    Cannot but agree with Ameer Ali’s perceptive observation that ‘their (Tamils and Muslims) future survival, dignity and development cannot be achieved through mutual suspicion and mistrust but through unity built on frank admission on past mistakes, openness in dialogue and justice in objectives.

    On the part of the Tamil leadership, there needs to be an honest acknowledgement that the Tamil-speaking Muslims are a distinct people and their needs and aspirations revolve around their self-identification as a separate community.

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      Ana Pararajasingham

      “On the part of the Tamil leadership, there needs to be an honest acknowledgement that the Tamil-speaking Muslims are a distinct people and their needs and aspirations revolve around their self-identification as a separate community.”

      In the past attempts were made to package them into a new political identity “EELAVAR” failed. The current fear among Tamils as well as Sinhalese is that whatever identity they prefer may eventually lead to demand for establishing several Islamic states within this island. Since their identity is based on religion informed people are suspicious of their intention. Through various devious acts Saudi is seen to be actively promoting its Imperial impulses, Arabisation of rest of the world through back door. The door in this case seems religion, Jihadi Love, Dress code, ….. Muslim voices become louder only when fellow “Muslims” suffer Elsewhere in the world, ……………… mute when fellow Sri Lankans are subjected terrible atrocities, …………………

      Isn’t it a conundrum?

      I think its high time we as people of this island acknowledged the existence of this conundrum and addressed it adequately without fudging/glossing over it.
      Hope Muslim together with Tamil and Sinhala scholars should begin to tackle it now rather than leaving it to fester.

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        Native Vedda,

        There is little doubt that there is a rise of Islamic fundamentalism in some pockets in the Eastern province rooted in Wahabism practiced in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia.There have been news reports since 2007 of such fundamentalism in the densely populated Muslim town of Kathankudy.
        It is an issue that needs to be addressed by the Muslim leadership in particular.

        As for the selective concerns shown by Muslims when fellow Muslims are subject to atrocities , I think it is not just peculiar to the Muslims alone. It is universal. It is no accident that CNN and BBC should provide disproportionate exposure to tragedies natural or otherwise occurring in the Western world in comparison to similar events in the third world. A bushfire in California resulting in a dozen deaths is often is given a greater priority than thousands dying during a flood in Bangladesh.

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          Ana Pararajasingham,
          You are evading and convoluting the talk like all other Muslim writes have been doing. Please could you leave the Bangladeshi Problem to Bangladesh media and your’s to your Colombo Media? If you want CNN and BBC to cover your Meethotamulla why your government are not freely allowing the CNN and BBC get into Lanakwe? Why did your government conducted a war without witness. Why your governments are refusing to investigate the murders of more than 40 Tamil journalist? What did you write when the Lanakwe was listed as the 175th out of the 179 nation in media freedom. What kind of journalism you are proposing? Be honest, how much you received for the above two comments?

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    Ana Pararajasingham

    Wahabism is spreading through out the island like a fire ball not just in the East but Colombo and elsewhere. I have close friends among the Muslims. The widespread Wahabism didn’t start yesterday, but it is more pronounced now than before. Some twenty years ago I asked a close Muslim friend whether he was harassed by the builders of Khalifa kingdom. He immediately told me that was the reason he was finalizing arrangements to leave the country and he indeed left at the end of the year for good. He was a highly qualified professional. Another Muslim friend was disappointed on his return from abroad to see his female relatives covered in niqab or chador. He refused to say hello to them simply he didn’t know who they were though he last met them only three years ago.

    Are the Muslims going to adapt medieval middle east cruel practices or practice a refined human way of life? This is the question every Muslim need to ask and find answers too. Its time Islamic scholars tackled the issues head on without fear or favour. I have no problem living with Islam, or early morning or through out the day adhan (called to prayer) . It help us to wake up while we perform mundane job.

    It is not about Islam but about the dangers of Arabisation slowly creeping into this island through back door.

    A section of Sri Lankan Muslims protested against the involvement of UN in this island during and after the end of war. However they have no qualm urging the same UN to intervene against Israel and USA, recently regarding Jerusalem issue.

    I am not questioning their faith but their hypocrisy. I am not questioning their judgement but their intentions.

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      Native Vedda
      ‘This is the question every Muslim needs to ask’ -agreed. I might add this is just not only a Sri Lankan Muslim phenomenon but a universal one that rose in the late 20th century and had intensified since then. Many of my Afghan and Iraqi friends (Muslims) say they that this happened in their countries as well.
      As I said in my earlier response in the context of Eastern Sri Lanka, the Muslim leadership in particular needs to address this.

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        Ana Pararajasingham

        I concur with you.
        It is always better to face up to the fact what is happening behind facade.
        Thanks

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    Muslims had acquired the Sinhalese Language and in the Kandyan Districts even Ge names.This was after they came over here from Tamil Nadu where the language is Tamil. The reason why the Muslims spoke the Tamil Language is simply because that was the language of Trade in the Indian ocean.[ Refer Prof: K.M.de Silva- Prof: History]

    As far as the Muslims in the East ,around 6000 or so were settled by King: Senerath in the Batticaloa region. This region at that point of time extended even to Pottuvil and beyond.That period was the 16th century and the Mukkuva Chieftains provided the villages Ex.Eravur[ The name has a meaning!] and also Tamil women. These Chieftains got their dirty work done like driving out another caste group known as Thimilar[Tamil] further North to Eacchlampattai[ Presently Trinco District] with the help of the Muslims known as Pattanigar.
    So rather than feel insulted[ utterly at that as per Jeff Robertson above] the Muslims have a justifiable reason to be proud of themselves!
    As for the Muslims in the Kandyan Districts, I AGREE THAT they were provided with Sinhalese women by the King for services rendered.The present conflict in the SLMC is largely as a result of the fact that the Leader is from the Kandyan district.
    Anyway, I admire a Liberal academic like Dr.Ameer Ali who is suggesting that the Tamils and Muslims bury the Hatchet!
    With no malice whatsoever towards you Dr. Ameer, it would be easier for you to win the Wimbledon Championship rather than getting these two communities to see eye to eye!

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      Pygs
      Much of this makes sense.
      Ameer Ali was known to be secular in his approach to public matters even in the 1970s.
      *
      I think that Tamils and Muslims can and do get along when there is mutual benefit.
      That besides, can a Tamil and another Tamil get along any better?
      Not from what I see in the politics of the North.

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      They reason they spoke Tamil is because they are descended from Tamils and not because Tamil was the language of trade in the region. Others did not do this. They took Sinhalese ge names in the Kandyan areas and also spoke the Sinhalese language in these areas to avoid persecution. I have come across many Muslims from the central province in Australia who exclusively speak Tamil only and demand a Tamil interpreter. A little bit of Sinhales or Arab or whatever does not make them Sinhalese Arab Moor or whatever they now want to call themselves for political and economic benefits. They are still Tamils. If they want a separate identity that is fine but this should be based on the truth and not lies and myths. This separate identity is religious and not an ethnic identity. Just like the Druse Arabs or the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia or the Yazidi Kurds , they should be called Muslim Tamils or Tamil Muslims . They are not Moors or Arabs or anything else. Their parent population in South India proudly call themselves Tamils but their descendants who migrated to Sri Lanka are not but Moors. Is this a joke.

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        I wrote before in response to your comment to give in which court in Australia a Muslim demanded a Tamil Interpreter Now tell me in which are of central province Muslims speak your Tamil. I have many relations in Australia. Only those elderly Moors speaks Moorish Tamil and others speak English. Their children and grand children cannot speak a word of Tamil. If you have so much jealousy and hatred toward Moors keep it yourselves. Muslim who migrate to Australia were English educated unlike your boat people most of whom are uneducated labour class. Why the hell are writing so much lies?

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    Ana Pararajasingham, I believe is the Editor of that famous and scholarly publication Srilanka 60 years of Independence and Beyond. A MUST READ.
    I was told by very reliable sources that the Muslims in the Eastern Province are supported financially by Saudi Arabia to eventually create an exclusive Islamic state?

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      Plato ~ “………I was told by very reliable sources that the Muslims in the Eastern Are supported by Saudi Arabia to eventually create an exclusive Islamic State……….”
      Was told by? This is just oiling the language/religion-divide machinery.
      BBS is on a mission to create a Buddhist-Sinhala Lanka. If you doubt this, ask anyone.

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      Rajash quite possible since the Tamils have foolishly led the way with a failed battle for Eelam

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        Wickrema

        Of course LTTE failed to establish VP’s cherished goal of Eelam. So did JVP twice attempting to over throw “democratically elected” governments. The illusion of defeat and victory depends on which side Hindia supports.

        By the way if I should remind you as far as Hindia is concerned it is always supported its own side.

        However much it is agonizing the fact remains LTTE, JVP, the state, the state institutions, security forces SLFP, UNP, ……… and other sundries always worked against the people of this island and intended do so for the foreseeable future.

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      Plato

      “I was told by very reliable sources that the Muslims in the Eastern Province are supported financially by Saudi Arabia to eventually create an exclusive Islamic state?”

      Please leave the worrying to Hindia. I am sure Hindians have a tried and tested mechanism to deal with any such situation. As they did in Punjab (Golden Temple) and Vanni Hindians will somehow herd the Jihadis into a convenient area where they will be butchered not by Hindian armed forces but by the Sri Lankans. Hindia will not only facilitate the slaughter but also provide political and diplomatic cover to Sri Lanka protecting the perpetrators from any potential investigation into war crimes.

      The people of Sri Lanka would live happily ever after until the state creates another disaster.

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    Ethical norms of Sinhalese and Tamils are markedly different from those of Muslims. Muslims will always be at loggerheads with other communities. On the positive side this will pave the way for Sinhala Tamil unity.
    As Muslim population grows this mistrust will be intensified. This is a general phenomenon around the world. This gap will keep on widening until UN someday adopts a one child a family policy.
    Soma

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      somass

      “On the positive side this will pave the way for Sinhala Tamil unity.”

      Since Pon Ramanathan’s return from UK in 1915 we know how the unity flourished.

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      Soma, do you know Indira Ghandi too brought this one child policy but later scrapped it because it was impracticable and also interfering with what nature has bestowed on human beings or even animals. China had this policy but now changed into two child policy but there are families having more than two children and I think very soon they will scrap it too. President Trump have five children and if it brought to UN he will veto it.

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        Mohamed
        Visit Bangladesh and see for yourself what Allah has bestowed upon us. Land area wise Bangladesh is only double the size of Sri Lanka with a population of eight times! World must be grateful to China for adopting the one child policy during last three decades. As most couples have gone down to zero level China has now relaxed the policy for the time being in order to maintain a minimum old to young ratio.

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          somass

          Do you what forced China to relax one child policy? If you know please share it with us.
          Do you want to adapt those policies in this island that you may consider best for China?
          What is best for China not necessarily best for this island.
          If and when you find population explosion in this island unbearable you could always start wars against the people.
          It worked and will work,

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        The Tamils and Sinhalese have lived together in this island for many centuries like husband and wife, yesterday they were together in peace, today they fight, tomorrow again they will be together in peace but remember, the day they get together again, your people will have no place to run because they both know that you people are not only hat flippers but also with a hidden agenda to reproduce like rabbits and become a majority.

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          Dr Dolittle

          “both know that you people are not only hat flippers but also with a hidden agenda to reproduce like rabbits and become a majority.”

          Could you let us know what exactly you meant by “hat flippers” and why?
          By the way in a husband and wife family situation the battered wife has all the rights in this world to separate from husband and eventually divorce him/it. In a few cases husbands received prison sentence for battering their wife or partners.

          ” but also with a hidden agenda to reproduce like rabbits and become a majority.”

          Will you now support your above stupid typing with some census figure for the past 100 years? Its high time we too learn about Muslim population explosion in this island.

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    The main reason the for the Tamil Muslim rift is because of the behaviour of the Muslim elite and politicians . This author and many other Muslim commentators/blogger here are very silent about the this. They brainwashed the Muslim masses to believe that they are Arabs/Moors and to hate their actual Tamil origin, which itself is a form of genocide and a war crime. Denying a people to acknowledge their actual origin and to hate it . Will anyone teach a child to hate their parents? The British and then the Sinhalese with their divide rule policy are also to blame for this. They sided with the Sinhalese with all the discriminatory policies against the Tamils. A Muslim minister introduced standardisation to deny Tamils higher education. Muslims thugs and criminals urged by their politicians took part in anti Tamil pogroms in the south and in the east Muslims hom eguards were brutally killing raping and chasing Tamils from their homes and villages and many of them still have not been allowed to return. This policy is still continuing. This resulted in the LTTE chasing out all northern Muslims. They were and still are very opportunistic and benefited the most from this war but now want to play the victim. In the Sinhalese areas they want to be friends with the Sinhalese , despite being at the receiving end of their violence many times, as they are scared of the Sinhalese and are aware of the repercussions if they try to assert their Islamic identity.

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      I had written number of time you crow to buzz off from this forum. Muslims can look after their affairs and you crow look after your affairs. During Sinhalese-Tamils riot in Colombo all the Tamils were not chased away from Colombo Then how come so much Tamils in Colombo and also very rich traders and educated elite living in Colombo. You dogs only carried out Muslim pogroms in North. 100% Muslims were robbed and chased out of Jaffna. Still they cannot go because of the hidden agendas of Tamil politicians. Muslims are not scared of Sinhalese and there is no necessity to be scared of anything. If we are selfish rascals like you who wants 3/4 of Sri Lanka as your own, then we have to be scared.

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        Ralli Ameen

        “I had written number of time you crow to buzz off from this forum.”

        Have you? We must have ignored all of order. What does crow mean to you? Crow is Kaakka isn’t it? Are you referring to Colomba Kaakka or village Kaakka?

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          Native Vedda I am referring to R.S.S.S Kaakka but that is not a Tamil word.

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      The Indian government is now demanding Hindi to be one of the official languages of the UN and this move is opposed by many non Hindi speaking states and elite. Recently . Bangladesh passed a resolution demanding Bengali also should be an official language of the UN and the government of West Bengal unanimously supported this. Proving when it comes to culture and language Bengali Muslims and Hindus are together, unlike these Sri Lankan Muslims , who only want to destroy Tamil in the name of their religion and an imagined Moor origin, that everyone knows is a lie and also to gain petty benefits . Low class Rali Ameen is a good example of how successful the Muslim elite have been in their brainwashing.

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        Mr/Mrs/ Ms Rela Siva Sankaran Sarama, another documented reason for Moors not wanting to have anything to do with Tamils in Sri Lanka, is because when the Cholas left the island in the 14 th century , they left behind Tamils people who were brought to the job of Untouchables such as toilet cleaners etc.Please read the unpublished doctoral thesis of S R Ramachandran titled “Caste Origins of Ceylon Tamils” (Princeton University 1963)As part of his research findings Ramachnadran this as one reason for Indian Tamils treating Sri Lankan Tamils as trash.So using your own logic no wonder the Moors of Arab stock with a religion of their own don’t want anything to do with Tamils.

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          Senaka Ruhunage

          “is because when the Cholas left the island in the 14 th century , they left behind Tamils people who were brought to the job of Untouchables such as toilet cleaners etc.”

          I am bit thick therefore please bear with me and answer my following questions:

          Were there any toilets in the 14th century?
          Is that why the Middle East medieval kingdoms recruit more and more women from this island particularly the converts?
          When did your women folks go to the medieval middle east kingdoms?
          Who clean your toilet at your home?
          Does Chola occupation of Sri Lanka (993–1077) fall within 14th century?
          The people Cholas left behind eventually converted to Sinhala/Buddhism. Don’t you think it is possible that your ancestors could trace their origin to those left overs?

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          Senaka Ruhanage Aka mad low class Ralli Ameen . I cannot read unpublished articles. I also googled and checked and cannot find anything what you state. Anyway there were no public toilets and toilet cleaners in Sri Lanka or for that matter in any part of the world during the 14Th century and Chola invasions to the island had ceased by the 12Th century. All the Tamil remnants that the Cholas and other Tamil invaders from India left behind and also 90% Tamil immigrants from India both low and high born eventually assimilated as Sinhalese Buddhists and not into the Sri Lankan Tamil identity. Sinhalese rulers also used to import Tamil soldiers from South India to fight for them . The so called Sinhalese caste Demalagatara meaning from the house of Tamil, originated from the decedents of these Tamil soldiers. They have now become part of the Govigamma. Unlike the Sinhalese Kawara, Salagamama, Durawa, and other castes low and high born , that take pain to hide their Tamil origins, these people despite being ethnically Sinhalese and Buddhist, proudly and openly proclaimed their Tamil warrior origin. This is why the Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with the Indian Tamils whilst Sri Lankan Tamil just 17% , despite speaking a variation of the same language , following the same culture and religion. As for the Sri Lankan Moors, there is hardly of Arab origin, despite claiming to be. They are largely descended from the same Indian Tamil low castes and untouchables whom you claim the Cholas left behind. Please check your ancestry and you will see that you are a descendant of one of these Indian Tamil low castes untouchables, either left behind by the Chola, Chera, Pandian. Pallava invaders or recently imported by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials.

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          Senaka Ruhunage

          Did you read Ramachandran’s doctoral thesis standing upside down?
          The Cholas who left the island in the 10th century did not bring any untouchables or leave them here. It was the British who brought untouchables from South India (Telugu Nadu – Andara Demala from Andra Pradesh) as sanitary laborers for them. Since the Tamils of North-East followed a very strict caste system, they called these people by the lowest caste of Tamil Nadu (Sakkiliar caste).

          However, the British settled the majority of them in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka. By living with the Sinhalese, a large part of them got converted to Sinhala. People like Senaka who talk a lot about the Sinhala race should check their ancestors without believing in their surnames because you also may descend from those converted families (brought by the British).

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    Soma.

    Why should we wait for Sinhala-Tamil unity until the UN GETS ITS ACT TOGETHER?

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      Pygmalion

      somass is eagerly awaiting for an excuse to start his mother of all riots against the Tamils possibly Muslims as well.

      His grand daughter is getting married shortly hence he needs lot of cash.

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    Senaka Ruhunage.

    Moors of Arab stock?
    They could be counted on the fingers!
    You would not find them in the Ruhunu Rata. You would not find them in the Rajarata.You would not find them in the MayaRata etc etc.
    I bumped into one bloke in Kattankudy. But alas he was from Saudi and on Holiday.

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    In North and east there are a rapid surge of seems to be well organized activities by Muslim politicians in the recent past as
    – land grabbing . Claiming lands of weakest tamils or who have gone abroad. Especially in Batticaloa and Mutual area. It is by identifying lands by using corruption officials or by using brokers with tamil identity. A good example muslims climed 10 acres of land at Kanniyai hot Wells as their and wanted to settle 60 muslim families there. Later it was found out it was fraud in recenth few weeks. Also in Batticaloa Aaraiyampathi 5 acres of kandiah in tamil only region was declared for settling multi ethnic societies but mainly muslims. In Vaharai several acres of land fraudulently claimed by muslims. Mr.Hisbullah is building a islamic university in punnakai in 300 acres which was a tamil area previous to war and now became a Muslim area.
    – Richard Badurrudeen in mullaitheevuk try to bulldoze several acres of forest in Than neerootu and try to settle muslims as resettlement but without any evidence for their origin from these places. His alleys have told as” we will make mullaitheevu a Muslim theevu ( muslim island).
    Richard Badurrudeen, Ameer Ali, Hisbullah , segue issadeen are the key figures in behind. All these activities funded well .but from where? There are rumours that Pakistan ISIS is in behind to make a Muslim enclave in East of srilanka with Sunni muslim supporthe from Saudi.
    For your kind observation srilankan defence minister.

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    Tamil/Muslim co-operation will only keep the focus on ethnic politics and will justify the majority community and its politicians pursuing to do so. The answer will then be to remove ethnicity, language and religion which are our cultural hallmarks from politics. If we are to think as Sri Lankans first and foremost, this has to be done. As a matter of fact, we have now reached a stage that these issues have now been settled as laid down in the Constitution. Re ethnicity, the national flag and anthem are accepted. Re language, the three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English are accepted as the official languages together with a trilingual policy. What shortcomings there are is with regard to their implementation. Re religion, there is freedom of worship with foremost place given to Buddhism as the religion of 70% of the population. What is not accepatable to the minorities is that the State should also foster and promote Buddhism. This goes against the acceptance of a secular state, unless we want to be a theocracy as some Muslim states are. But if we wish to define ourselves as a secular democracy, this notion of the State promoting a religion has to be dropped. This has to be left to the respective religious organisations to do so.
    Politics will then only concentrate on economic and social problems and political parties will organise themselves on a national basis and appeal to all Sri Lankans irrespective of our cultural differences. The political parties will offer themselves on bread and butter issues which affect us all as Sri Lankans and I think that is the way to go.
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