24 October, 2017

Sirisena’s Order To Extend Wilpattu National Park: Is It To Please Racists & Deprive Muslims Of Their Lands?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

President Maithripala Sirisena’s order on 30 December 2016 to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park has shocked the Muslims who were trying to get back to their own lands to rebuild their shattered lives.

They fear that this announcement include nearby villages such as Marichichukaddy, Karadikuli and Palaikkuli where Muslims lived for generations in their own lands with valid title deeds but were kicked out by LTTE .

Responding to president Sirisena’s order, Muslims who are trying to return to their lands pointed out that “we have not encroached even an inch of land in Wilpattu or anywhere else. We only wanted to return to our own lands and the allegation that Muslims in the encroach Wilpattu National Park or destroying forests is calculated lie to prevent us from returning to our lands”.

They pointed out that relevant officials and all others involved are very well aware that these were Muslim villages and their dilapidated houses, schools ,mosques and other such structures still remain there. When they tried to return to their lands after the war in May 2009 racist elements created many controversies distorting facts giving ethnic twist to prevent them from returning to their lands.

They suspect it was under the influence of such elements that President Sirisena may have issued his 30 December 2016 order.

They also pointed out that Muslims trying to resettle in their own lands has nothing to do with Industrial, Commerce and Cooperative Minister Rishard Badurdeen though vested interest in the media drags him due to political reasons. Thus this presidential decision was only aimed at pleasing Sinhala racist elements who are hell bent on preventing Muslims from settling in their lands in these three villages.

A six member team of academics led by Professor Shahul H. Hasbullah of Peradeniya University prepared last year an extensive research document on the issue of Musali South Muslims returning to their lands under the title “Denying the Right to Return- Resettlement in Musali South and the Wilpattu Controversy. Their plea was “Help Us Return Home”. They appealed to all to help them return to their lands and homes with dignity and self-respect to end their more than three and half decade old sufferings.

In his author’s note Prof Shahul H Hasbulla stated that; “When the “Wilpattu controversy” flared up, the turn of the debate surprised me. I knew for certain that the contested area in question was not located in Wilpattu. In a published newspaper article, I emphasized the issue of returnees, which in my view, is the crux of the matter. But the ongoing debate paid no attention to this issue. To the contrary, the public discourse continuously labeled returnees as ‘criminals’.

The bleak situation spurred me to take on the mission of uncovering the truth. I visited all corners of “Musali South” in order to get to know its history and its peoples, reflecting on the claims and counter claims of land ownership. I learned from the people who were paddy, chena and cattle farmers; sea, lagoon, river and tank fisher folk; teachers, religious dignitaries; men, women, young and children of all religions.

According to our findings people have lived in the Musali Region for generations. They toiled on this land and roamed the region for various livelihood activities without any interruption, while keeping the tradition of protecting the forest and the environment. They are a part of the nature and culture of the region. ”.

Muslims had nothing to do with the devastating ethnic war between successive governments and the LTTE. However sandwiched between the two they suffered immense and the plight of Musali South Muslims was no exception as they too were kicked by the TTE within two hours’ notice. They suffered in refugee camps and temporary shelters where they were longing for the day to return to their lands and resume their traditional life.

While Musali South Muslims were in refugee camps the Rajapaksa Government had acquired major part of their traditional lands under various pretexts knowing very Well that the owners would claim this land once the ethnic war ends.

First around 40% of their traditional lands in the Musali South was acquired. This was followed by the acquisition of another 30 percent of their land without any consultation or consent to establish security Establishments. Added to this Muslims owned lands were acquired to establish a naval agricultural project. Furthermore a Navy Regional Commanding Office was established in two prominent villages and the Muslims were prevented from entering their own lands, dwellings and other properties.

Thus Musali South Muslims were deceived and deprived large extent of their traditional lands despite possessing genuine title deeds and permits.

Judging from the subsequent anti Muslim campaign under Rajapaksa government aimed at virtually eliminating the Muslim community it is not difficult to now realize that Muslim owned Musali South lands were acquired to deliberately deprive them of their traditional lands.

Commenting on the controversy in the same document Professor Arjuna Parakrama of University of Peradeniya stated in the Special document that ;

“The issue of resettlement in Musali- Wilpattu has divided and destroyed relationships built up among “progressive” groups who hitherto shared similar positions on other national concerns. Environmental activists allowed this discourse to be narrowly ethicized, and emulated populist majoritarian rabble rousers in their passion to “save Wilpattu” from what they saw as corrupt and opportunist minority politicians.

A small band of human rights professionals and academics who took up the cause of the displaced were unable to disentangle them from the political leadership that was using the issue in at least of the ways that the environmental lobby claimed.

The Media exploited all of this – generally on the side of the single-issue environmentalists – to rekindle anti-Muslim sentiment among the Sinhala polity. As a result, those who had no interest in the preservation of wild life became passionate campaigners, while dedicated eco-types transformed into ethno-nationalists overnight. In all of this the affected people remained voiceless – pawns in a series of chess games – and this denial of agency is as damaging as the continued deprivation of their rights”.

Meanwhile Professor M A Nuhman lamented in the same document that seven years have passed since the war ended ,the ethnic relations in the country further deteriorated because of the short sighted political leadership to further their own agendas.

Resettlement of internally displaced people is one of the major issues today that demands an immediate solution in post war Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of people from all three
Communities were displaced internally during the war, losing their houses, land and sources of livelihood; most of them are not resettled so far and they are longing for return to their own soil to live peacefully.

To this day, we have not been able to formulate a national policy of resettlement to resolve the problem of the displaced people justly and permanently. Therefore, resettlement programs are being carried out in an ad hoc manner and have led to further problems and tensions among the communities. Resettlement in Musali South is a case in point.

When the displaced Musali people started to resettle in their places clearing the jungle, it exploded into environmental and ethnically sensitive issue; extremists and the Media carried out a concerted campaign against resettlement creating fear and tension among the people.

Explaining the situation in her preface to the document Professor Sivamohan Sumathy of Peradeniya University said “the return of the Displaced in Musali South has evoked a variety of responses and competing claims that have taken on national and nationalist proportions. The returning population of Musali South has tried to eke out a living in the midst of harsh conditions, unaided by state forces for the most part. Yet the region has become needlessly entangled in a controversy over environmentalism.

While the navy has claimed large acres of land for its own entrenchment in the region, environmentalists have accused settlers, the IDPs, who have returned and staked out a claim for their lands, as destroyers of forest. The displaced themselves. And in this instance, the displaced Muslims of Musali South, account for some of the most marginalized sections of the population, but the debate that the putative return has spurred in the media and in political circles has cast them as adversaries of both nature and the state”.

It was under such circumstance comes President Sirisena’s order to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park and declare it a ‘Wildlife Zone’, by a gazette notification. He told the officials to include all the adjacent forest areas of the Wilpattu National Park that presently does not coming under the Wildlife Department.

Muslims of the area point out that;

  • No Muslim driven out by the LTTE during the ethnic war ever entered the Wilpattu National Park or any other nearby area.
  • Wilpattu National Park is situated in the North Western and North Central provinces and all resettled areas belong to Mannar District
  • Southern border of Mannar District is Moderagama River ( Upparu).Wilpattu National Park is located south Moderagama in the Puttalam District.
  • All resettled Muslim refugees who lived in their own land were resettled in the Mannar District
  • All these resettled refugees have their own government issued annual permits , LDO permits and have their own private deeds which were given as early as 1905.
  • Mosque built in 1940 and renovated in 1970 is still there in dilapidated condition with its Minaret and date of construction written on its front wall.
  • There are tanks supplying water to paddy fields built more than a century ago.
  • Those who went to resettle only tried to clear the jungle grown up during the 26 year period when they were in refugee camps.

Thus the unfortunate Muslims from these three Muslim villages Marichichukaddy, Karadaikuli, said that they did not encroach or do not want even an inch of land from Wilpattu or anywhere else. Their re settlement has nothing to do with Wilpattu National Park.

Muslims are asking the government not to block their return to their own lands. Instead they wanted the government to facilitate their return.

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    Here then is a simple question for Latheef Farook :

    Is President Maithripala Sirisena a rabid anti-Muslim racist like the former President Mahinda Rajapakse is perceived to be ?
    OR
    Is he a non-racist President who is permitting his better judgement to be influenced by racist advisors and groups ?
    OR
    Is he a non-racist President who believes in making strategic decisions now with an eye on the next elections ?

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      Good questions, however, all our Presidents want to LOOK impartial to all communities, HOWEVER they are surrounded by many (not all) advisers who are rabid racists eg the latest and most virulent is BBS Gnanasara who sits and advises Mr Prez on all matters, spiritual and temporal, along with the Mahanayakes. (How do you think the Maha Nayakes feel?)

      In any case, EVERY Sinhala Politician with an eye on getting elected WILL sub-consciously be aware of the need to be MORE Bauddha-Sinhala than his/her opponent. Any unnecessary favours to minorities are likely to be SEEN as weaknesses.

      In short when we vote, 75% of our people are voting for a Buddhist Pope.

      AND that is the curse that needs to be exorcised?

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        This problem would not have happened if Muslims stood with Tamils in their demand for full land and police powers. All these years they stood with Sinhala racists for their selfish needs to get better deals over Tamils and now when the sword comes round heir necks they are crying foul. Also it is documented that several Muslims from outside northern province have been settled in order to alter the demographic pattern. There should be no complains of settling displaced Muslims in their original lands, but what is happening is something different which the other is willfully hiding. Also there is no concern to correct the displacement of Tamils in eastern province where Tamils had been driven off and lands belonging to them have been appropriated by Muslims by force with even Hindu temples destroyed and Mosques built over them. None of the Mualim commentators are writing about it and Muslim politicians who aided and abetted this are refusing to apologize.

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      Latheef Farook

      RE: Sirisena’s Order To Extend Wilpattu National Park: Is It To Please Racists & Deprive Muslims Of Their Lands?

      1. “President Maithripala Sirisena’s order on 30 December 2016 to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park has shocked the Muslims who were trying to get back to their own lands to rebuild their shattered lives.”

      2. “A six member team of academics led by Professor Shahul H. Hasbullah of Peradeniya University prepared last year an extensive research document on the issue of Musali South Muslims returning to their lands under the title “Denying the Right to Return- Resettlement in Musali South and the Wilpattu Controversy. Their plea was “Help Us Return Home”. They appealed to all to help them return to their lands and homes with dignity and self-respect to end their more than three and half decade old sufferings.”

      Who is Sirisena?

      Sirosena is a Turncoat, Traitor, Gona*(Sinhala Colloquial), Mala-Perethaya** and Sevalaya***( Slezer) for the 6.2 million who voted for him including the Muslims.

      Gona* Whore to the Racists, and Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies.

      Mala-Perethaya** Eating off the dead who were killed by Mahinda Rajapaksa

      Sevalaya***( Sleazer) Sleazer
      Basically, a sleazer is a sleaze who refuses to accept they’re a sleaze, when everyone knows for a fact, how damn sleazy they really are. Kind of in a perpetual state of self-denial about their sleaziness.

      The prime minister of South Korea was impeached. Why should not the Sleazer be impeached?

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      Oh please Latheef Farook! Please go get a life.

      This has nothing to do with racism or Islam. It is about much loved Wilpattu. About Sri Lanka’s forest cover now reduced to 20% compared 80%, just 100 years ago. Do you give a damn about that?

      Dispalced people have real problems. These must be resolved by GOSL with utmost priority. Being a Muslim or not is relavant in that regard. They are Sri Lankans.

      We don’t need corrupt Rishard B, his corrupt bro’s rotten companies or Qatari fundamentalist sponsors for that task. Sri Lanka can handle it.

      Wilpattu destruction is real. Punish those who initaited that including corrupt Basil Raja. Who had given the green light to corrupt Risahrd B to rape Wilapttu at will and lie about it.

      Cheers!

      PS:
      BTW Latheef Farook. Am I a racist for standing up against the destruction of Sri Lanka’s forest cover by corrupt politicians and religious fanatics? What an honour! Thanks!

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        Lateef Farook and Ben Hurling

        “This has nothing to do with racism or Islam. It is about much loved Wilpattu. About Sri Lanka’s forest cover now reduced to 20% compared 80%, just 100 years ago. Do you give a damn about that? “

        It was 100% virgin Forest when it was the Land of Native Veddah aethho, and the Aethho lived in the Forest without destroying it.

        Then the paras, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims, and others paras destroyed it, and continue to destroy it.

        However, there is DOUBLE STANDARD Here. The para-Sinhala can destroy the forest, but the para-Muslims cannot destroy it, in the land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        Mattala Airport Truth

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf22sNGCpQU

        This is Racism. Para-Sinhala Buddhist Racism. Ask the Para-Tamils.

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          Amarasiri,

          You are right “Para Sinhala” are destroying virgin forests in Hambantota Distirct.

          Mattala was built in a nature reserve by clowns that used to rule SL.

          Stupid Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are together destroying this country’s beautiful nature. All they care about is their lot.

          We need to fight all. Farook woke up because of the Muslim factor. Not because of the need to save the nature.

          Cheers!

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      Muslims have no land in Wilpattu.

      Lets get real.

      Thees Muslims are from Jaffna. They must be resettled in Jaffna not in some jungle.

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    Has the Report prepared by the Peradeniya University team been sent to relevant government authorities?

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    Pathetic state of the poor Muslims for being ethinically Muslims although their traditional lands but people of Namalgama who are outsiders enjoy 5000 acres Wilpattu land cleared and distracted. State of Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

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    If they are not allowed to settle in their traditional place of birth, it is a crime against humanity. The trust placed by the international community after the election of 8th Jan., will be marred by the new development against the Muslim community of this country.

    Racists are blind; vision of the racists are blurred, their hearts and ears are sealed and they never see the TRUTH. Their doom is nigh.

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      This so called IDPs are recent migrants. Those so called IDPs were given lands in Puttalam.

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    Perhaps to discourage Heroin smugglers from Mannar and Talaimannar the KuduDeens from having a base of operations and to protect wildlife from corrupt Ministers of a certain faith?

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    Latheef Farook,

    “Sirisena’s Order To Extend Wilpattu National Park: Is It To Please Racists & Deprive Muslims Of Their Lands?”

    How the fuck Muslims owned these lands and since when?

    Didn’t you see the google’s historical satellite imagery to expose the fucking lies you utter?

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/protectvilpattu/videos/

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      Dear Silva,

      The links that you have given us are excellent videos, belying the rather too outraged language that you have used.

      However, you use of that language is understandable, because as someone has asked, how many Muslims have taken up this common cause of ecological concerns. None, I guess, among those particular videos and the comments thereon.

      However, I have managed to have some exchange of ideas with Bisthan Batcha some way below this, and spilling on to the next page as well.

      My purpose in making this comment is to urge others also to click on the link that Silva has given us: they are recent, and they are inspiring:

      https://www.facebook.com/pg/protectvilpattu/videos/

      There are leads there to many thought provoking videos. THESE are issues that ought to concern us all. But for us to allow ourselves to be overtaken by Islamaphobia will not only be wrong, but also counter-productive.

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    Storm in a tea cup.

    Racists are everywhere and in all communities,

    Take extending the sanctuary as a national interest.

    If there’s proof without doubt that they’re their legitimate property seek compensation.

    Muslims should maintain and strengthen friendly relationship with majority Sinhalese rather than clinging in extremist ideas with external participation.

    Get rid of the crazy dream of making whole world Muslim/Islam that, not only Sinhalese but also all other nations will rise against it.

    Ladies can contribute a lot to rebuild broken relationships so free Muslim women from their religion inspired prisons.

    Muslims are hurt because they’ve hurt Sinhalese.

    The best thing Muslims can do to the world is sacrificing religion to bring peace to the world.
    (99% world problems will be over)

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    yes it is a very pathetic situation.I do not think anybody is against resettlement of people ho were displaced due to war. we know at the recommendation of LLRC accelerated resettlement programs was started by previous regime. presidential task force created,That appointed sub committee including experts to identified areas to settle displaced people as their native lands were taken over by security forces for strategic reasons.sub committee identified areas to settle displaced persons after considering basic requirements of the people and preservation of forest cover and most important flora and fauna. they might have considered future possible war between animals and humans as well. But minister intervened at that point and started manipulating situation for his political and economic advantages. as per google map records shown since 1984 there was not human habitat or activities is visible in the areas now resettlement and deforestation taking place with the help of middle east country.Now minister is using his political power and ministerial powers to manipulating plight of poor people to his advantages and try to build dynasty to ensure his election to parliament forever,as such he is ignoring all the legal procedures, over riding relevant authorities like land and forest departments and doing the things the way he wants.that is the issue now.I think somebody has brief president on this situation and advised him to go back to previous recommendations done by sub committee.president correctly taken actions to recover areas declared as forest reserves by then minister Anura priyadarshan yapa knowing minister badudeen’s malicious political and economic agenda.that is the present situation of this drama .

    First minister baduddeen’s high handed involvement on this issue should be curtailed.resettlement issue should be given to relevant authority to handle.
    hen minister was asked to present list of voters in those areas he did not do that. that means he is settling people from other areas as well in those lands.I suppose for his political ambitions.

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    Dear Sinhala budhist ,

    please watch this video – wilpathu problems discussed 09 January 2017 in Derana TV Channel in SRI LANKA.
    LINK;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvhVIaZt9LI

    Very sad to see the Racist budhists behavior towards Muslims in Srilanka.

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      Some Buddhists may be racial but all the Muslims are racial; that’s the problem we have.

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        sr..
        you have proved you are a DIRTY SIN KELE RACIST from ceylon..

        We saw the BARBARIAN SIN KELE BUDISTS killed, butchered and looted properties of many more MUSLIMS in 1915 thus repeated on INNOCENT INDHU TAMILS in sri lanka in 1983..
        The BLOOD SUCKING sin kele boothayas destroyed hundreds of thousand INDU TAMILs ..
        Now after 5 years of defeating TAMILS now starting same blood sucking ideology towards INNOCENT MUSLIMS who were the pathetic and miserable victims of 30 years of war. Instead to help these muslims , the blood sucking budhists with the support of KAAVI MONK(E)YS started to suppress muslims and even Indu tamils.
        We know only a least percentage of sin keleyas are RACISTS while 99.99 percentage of good ,educated peace loving Budhists living in sri lanka.

        UNTIL THESE BARBARIAN SIN KELEYAS like sr and others who like him, to be thrown into welikada jail, there will be no peace and progress in Sri Lanka..

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      Hasan

      “Very sad to see the Racist budhists behavior towards Muslims in Srilanka. “

      Hi Hasan – when did you realise Buddhist’s are racists?

      They Came for Tamils – I did not care as I am not a Tamil
      They Came for Muslims – now I realise they are racists.

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    This cabaret dancer is dancing in all direction dancing with all parts. She is dancing in the front, right and the left. She is dancing with her front, back and the bottom. She wants to catch all that possible.

    LTTE danced only direction. They were capturing fortified army camps. They could have done more than evacuating the Muslims. Muslim boys were fighting in the LTTE. It is that LTTE evacuated Northern Muslims. Muslim leaders claimed that they were patriots and worked with Athulath Mudali as spies and India as Home Guards. LTTE decided to evacuate Muslims from war front for the rebels’ safety. Other times they evacuated Tamils too. But, they made sure the Muslims leaving physically safe. It was at war time.

    Eventually LTTE accepted the responsibility. When American interferences were not there, When LTTE was leading, Hakeem went and negotiated with Leader Piarapakaran for Separate Unit. LTTE even controlled the caste problems in the North-East. UP Country leaders met him and talked about their problems. They tried to find a living in Vanni. For the first time, it appeared Muslims and Tamils can live together by their Language.

    America got involved, war changed the direction. War was won. Ambassador Blake asked Hakeem to lead to solve the minority problems. He was prepared to recognize Muslims as the first minority. But, Hakeem refused to part his newly acquired Minister position. Muslims leaders went and slept with the Sinhala supporting actresses in Geneva.
    Until this article, Every Muslims writer wrote only about LTTE. Many professors’ research are suggesting Musali is procedurally bought by last SLFP Government and add with Wilpattu. Now, homeless Muslims IDPs can’t settle in newly acquired Wilpattu land. Rishard, the resettlement Minister accepted it. But the dancers are dancing in all direction; dancing with all parts.

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    Dear Mr Latheef Farook,

    The fact that Professors Arjuna Parakrama and Sivamohan Sumathy appear to have endorsed your cause leads me to feel that the facts may be on your side. However, it is a bit unfair of you to have roped them in: their discipline is English, not sociology or the politics of religion.

    Mr Farook, you always talk of Muslims only. When people like us look at this problem, we are very aware that World Population is galloping out of control. Men and women have an urge to copulate; they must also ensure that they do not reproduce at more than replacement levels: so two children per couple, nothing more.

    I find that whilst I was figuring out what to write, Ben Hurling, above, has posted more or less the same response to you.

    When we look at these figures, we can’t help but notice that the Muslim population has been growing more than the others. I know that this could sound racist to you, but I’m trying to objectively identify where we can rectify this mad growth of human populations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Sri_Lanka

    A month ago, there were many articles where Muslim women were wanting fairer treatment from their men. This was the article that drew the most comments:

    Why have you not commented?

    I’d like you to answer that question, please.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mmda-personal-laws-at-the-expense-of-fundamental-rights/comment-page-1/#comment-2064873

    I’ve asked it here because if Muslim women were given more rights and education, then they would have fewer children, and we could ask the racists to shut up. As it is, they have half an argument on their side.

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      “When we look at these figures, we can’t help but notice that the Muslim population has been growing more than the others.”
      Please allow me to present three sets of data that may help to allay the apprehensions that many members of the Majority Community have regarding the growth of the Muslim Sri Lankan population.

      Firstly, the number of children ever born alive to ever married women aged 15 years and over according to ethnicity (according to the 2012 Census of Population Report)

      Sinhalese = 2.5
      Tamil = 2.9
      Moor = 3.1
      Burgher = 2.5
      Malay = 2.8

      As one can see, there is no overwhelming evidence to justify the fear that the production rate of Muslim mothers is significantly greater than that of their Sinhalese counterparts.

      Secondly, based on the population sizes of the Buddhist and Muslim communities in 1981 and 2012, it can be shown that while the former had an average annual compounded growth rate of 1.1%, the latter had a corresponding rate of 1.9%. This is the source of the oft-quoted comment that the Muslims are growing at twice the rate of the Buddhists, which is unfortunately projected to enhance the concerns of the Majority Community.

      The simple fact of the matter is that even if these growth rates are maintained, it would be possible for the Muslim population to mathematically exceed the Buddhist population if and only if the Muslim population is at least 50% of the Buddhist population at the present moment. According to the 2012 Census however, the Muslim population is less than 14% of the Buddhist population – a very, very great distant point indeed from the required minimum of 50%.

      [Due to limitations imposed by CT, the third set of data will be presented in a separate post below.]

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        Your GOSL statistics is a fraud. That is no different than any other Numbers are coming out of Central bank too. They never give out anything true.

        NPC asked it to be allowed to take its count. Central Bureau and Younger Brother Prince denied for that. 2001 they showed Tamils were only 2.1%. This created wide speculation of a large genocide than expected. Then they quickly revised in 2011 to cheat IC that all Tamils died and went to the other world had come back. Further they blamed Western countries were substantially under counting the Tamil refugees while a 2-3 millions had migrated. Then they corrected that too because bigger refugee number, even if they claimed as economical one, the world may put other pressures on them. They could not explain that why the Muslim, Sinhala and few Tamil women were going to Middle East as indentured workers, but Tamil refugees were going to West.

        Your birth rate figure of Tamils is not proving anything. Again it is the Lankawe Sinhala –Muslim government number. Remember Lankan army took pride title of the rapist army of the world during this 2011 period. We need to know how the Sinhala -Muslim Lankawe government figures works out on this. Irrelevant of these Tamils net growth is much below. There is unaccounted deaths of about 145,000 officially missing and by severe out flow.

        The actual population count and other related data of Tamils has to be counted forcefully by an UN agency as the Sinhala-Muslim Government of Lankawe is not going to come out any number even any close to the real one and they are not going allow Tamils to do it themselves either.

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      Continuing from my previous post, the third set of data given below indicates the difference between the Buddhist and Muslim populations at every Census from 1881 to 2012 (except for 1991 which was not a complete Census)

      Year Gap
      1881 1500300
      1891 1665000
      1901 1895300
      1911 2190600
      1921 2467300
      1931 2912400
      1946 3858300
      1953 4667900
      1963 6279300
      1971 7635100
      1981 9166600
      2001 10850700
      2011 12255617

      It can be seen very clearly that the gap between the sizes of the two communities has been widening consistently for the past 130 years based on Census data.
      If the distance between the two populations is increasing steadily, how is it possible for the Muslim community to ever overtake their Buddhist counterparts ?

      More so because according to the growth rates (Buddhists – 1.1% & Muslims – 1.9%) presented in my previous post, it is estimated that while the Buddhist population will increase by about 140,000 persons annually, the corresponding increase in the Muslim population will be around 40,000. The Buddhists will therefore enjoy a clear lead of approximately 100,000 persons over the Muslims annually, which over a 10-year period would amount to about 1 million individuals.

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        Very nice analysis. Too bad cant post graphs.

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      Thanks, Bisthan Batcha,

      I know your Mathematics to be spot on.

      I’m NOT a racist, communalist, nor a Sinhala Supremacist. I’m primarily concerned about the growth of World Populations to unsustainable levels. Let me assure any OTHERS who may be looking at ALL that you have said, that I accept your data, even though your figures for Tamils and Malays is at variance with what I see in the different table that I have directed you to. Can you explain the difference that I allude to? This is NOT a rancorous argument.

      But also let me not beat about the bush. I’m NOT bothered about competition between ethnic groups; how to stabilise population is what concerns me. You and I are intelligent (and I think honest) people. To actually drastically REDUCE populations is dangerous – something that is roughly the opposite of aging population will result. In the short term it will actually aggravate that problem.

      You are quite right about it being impossible for Muslims to OUTNUMBER the Sinhalese given present trends. And, even if they do, I wouldn’t mind if Muslims stopped being so dogmatic. However, that “we are sanctioned by God” part of it, I see as an unfortunate part of Islam. Note that I have used the neutral word “God” so as to avoid provocation.

      May I ask if, having given figures that indicate higher than average Muslim population growth, YOU personally are doing anything to counter the trend? If women are empowered to at least have an equal say in reproduction, we will be getting somewhere.

      May I make this request? Please, let’s get together and convince whatever groups we can reach, that even a slight increase in population, if it is going to be permanent and inexorable, will spell disaster for PLANET Earth.

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    Hasbullah was pro-LTTE at the beginning. Only after LTTE attacked muslims he became not-LTTE.

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      BBS terrorists were pro Rajapakse. They only voiced their opposition after Rajapakse distanced themselves from the terrorists. What’s your point, if you have one?

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    Latheef Farook:

    How did Rauf HAkeem have photo sessions and meetings, shake hands with that same LTTE ?

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      How did you find out Christians are choking the Chinese government by their throat? Oops a

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    President did that to stop you people making Wipatthu national park look like middle east with no tress,

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    Deforesting, illegal tree felling etc. are not issues for a President, PM or Ministers to fiddle with. There should be an apolitical administrative system fully empowered to deal with anyone who resorts to illegal exercises. It is a shame to see that President’s job is to play to the gallery all the time to project himself as a scholar. Is this what we are boasting along with our 2500 years of civilization?

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      Agree absolutely.

      We rarely correct what we see, and draw attention to something when WE feel threatened.

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    After 30 year war we only left flora and fauna.Sinhalese and Muslims were kicked off from the north and east.)Being a responsible) government must have a proper plan for resettlement before everything gets too late.I don’t think government should resettle the displaced people in the original places where they were used to live thirty years back.Now most of the places have become thick forest.Government should come up with well planed towns.In this way government can save the flora and founa and save the unnecessary expenses on infrastructure,health care,education etc etc.
    Muslim leader and the Tamil leaders should think abut the country first and should help the government to have a most sustainable solution for the issues.Because end of the day we need a country to live.Act and omission of the responsible political leaders pushing this country to somewhere we never expected to be.It’s time for the Muslim leaders and the Tamil leaders to think about the motherland firs.

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    For the last two years, gnasara, the monk, some sections of the media and most of racist went on record saying the Muslims are defrosting Wilpattu, and once seeing the facts they realized it is not so. Now they are coming up with a new ploy, that is to extend the forest boundaries. As Shymon Jayashinghe has written in another article in this forum, lying has become the order of the day in this country, everywhere it’s lies and damn lies.

    In the name of development, more than 800,000 acres of forest was cleared in the last 40 years for Mahaweli and other projects, and environmental was never a concern because it was the Sinhalese who were supposed to benefit , and when it comes to the resettlement of the Muslims in the their lands which is less than a MERE 700 acres, everything is a problem.

    Well Mr President, it takes balls to do the right thing, and where there is no justice, there will not be any peace or prosperity. It will be problems after problems.

    The LTTE chased the Muslims out of the north mercilessly, and within less than 20 years, the same befell their community in Nandikadal, the Rajapakse did not do anything when Aluthgama was burning, and now they are disposed never to return again.

    As a leader, the president is responsible for ensuring justice for all the community whatever it may be, if you fail, you will be damn, this is a fact.

    The IDP Muslims will survive either if you resettle them or not, but if you don’t ensure justice to them l, your fate will be sealed forever, this is the law of the nature.

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    lateef farook obviously has no idea of the need for forest conservation and biodiversity protection in our small country – he sees it only as a land ownership problem and has no understanding of public interest in preserving these irreplaceable resources for the common good – he (as well as the chilaw bishop) seem to think that such selfish devastation is all right for the rest of us since they are assured of all required creature comforts when they get to paradise.

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    Since when and where did the Muslim Community inherit land?????????Lathief

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    Muslim writers are not bothering to explain how the least prospering community 30 year ago before war started is now the most prospering after the war. If their claim that Muslims have been living in this country for 1000 years is right, this 30 year of phenomenal difference form the 970 years doesn’t need any explanation? This is land Sinhala – Muslim Government has added to Wilpattu reserve. It would have to happen even if the LTTE never existed. A land added to reserve on the forest department recommendation not by the Defense department or rehabilitation –resettlement ministry. Now the HangBangTota villagers are protesting against taking over their lands being taken for Industrial Zone. Are the Muslim ministers and writers shouldering for those farmers?

    But the Muslim writers are trying to pick on every tiny one fallen and have it replenished double from the Sinhala Muslim Government.

    In addition to that they want, when Tamils’ call for minority solutions materialize, a separate unit for them. Is that they don’t want to share or even others see what the Middle East Wahhabis giving them?

    On the other hand, they are opposing the government with Joint Comedian to going for any solution. 21 Muslim parliamentarians threatened to withdraw from government and make its initiation go nothing if the government is not surrendering them and refill all their glasses to double for anything spilled. Their threat to withdraw from the government and support Joint Comedy club is telling that they want Sinhala – Tamil fight to continue so that they can prosper on that like the previous 30 years.

    But these Muslims writers, who are looking for their free milk, sitting and invoking LTTE mantra. They know LTTE is the calf induces abundantly the Sinhala Government, the cow to secrete more and more.

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      As per statistics around 50000-55000 Muslims lived in the north and around 35000 Sinhalese lived in the east. Now around three or four times this number are claiming that they were displaced and wanting lands. Even with natural increase this is not possible. Sinhalese largely lived in South Vavuniya that was under government control and were never displaced. Therefore now the claim that around 100000-1500000 Sinhalese were displaced, is a blatant lie,as this number never lived here.
      The Muslims were all displaced , there is no argument about this, however the vast majority of these displaced Muslims have now made a new life for them in the Muslim majority Puttalam area and now do not want to return, just like the vast majority of the 1 million displaced Tamils who moved to the west.
      Many of these so called Muslims claiming to be displaced are not originally from the north or were ever displaced but are using the displaced northern Muslims as an excuse to falsely claim land in the north, change the demography and create Muslim majority enclaves along the strategic north west coast, that were never there.
      Certain nefarious elements and organisations are helping them with money obtained from certain Gulf countries. This should not be allowed. As I feel there is a sinister motive behind all this. Tamils are very wary about all these claims, after watching what is happening in the east.
      Certainly the genuine displaced Muslims and Sinhalese should be settled in their original lands so do the hundreds of thousands of Tamils, who make up the vast majority of the displaced people. However people claiming to be displaced and using the displaced people’s plight to claim land and settle in places, where they had never lived or have no right to, or people with other sinister motives using the plight of the genuine displaced people, to claim land and settle there should not be allowed.
      All these Muslim commentators constantly come here and cry about the plight of Muslim displaced, who number around 55000, most of whom have now made a life for themselves and do not want to return to the north, however keep quiet about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Tamil displaced, especially in the east, who were chased out of their lands by armed Muslim home guards and others and still not allowed to return. Muslims have now occupied their lands and are not allowing them to return. Many Hindu temples have been destroyed and Mosques built on them. They are very quiet about this. Why? If these Tamils return to their original lands in the east the demography of the east will change? After all despite all the shouting and large scale killing and ethnic cleansing it is the Tamils who are the original people of the east who are the still the largest community in the east for the moment not the Muslims. Return of the Tamil refugees largely from the east back to their homelands will further tilt the balance in favour of the Tamils.
      This is why the silence about the east and all this brouhaha about the alleged displaced people in the north, as the return of displaced Tamils will favour the Tamils in the east, whilst the settlement of alleged Muslim and Sinhalese IDPs in the North will further dilute the Tamil majority in the north and create new Sinhalese and Muslim enclaves that previously never existed.

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        sorry 35000 Sinhalese in the north too and not east

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    I am a Muslim, but I find even the title of this article is shamefully racists.
    People as individuals own land, and there is no such thing as Muslim Land, or Tamil Land, or Sinhalese land. This writer wrote not so long ago supporting the most shameful interpretations of Islam so disgusting that educated Muslims should do something about it to distance oneself from such expressions of poor taste.

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    Lots of Muslim extremists and establishments are trying to use the plight of the displaced northern Muslims, to settle out of area Muslims, who have had no connection to the north, to change the demography of Tamil majority Mannar and Vanni and create Muslim new enclaves at various strategic positions, for a future northern Muslim homeland, just like what they are doing in the east.
    Most of these displaced northern Muslims do not want to return and in reality many of them never owned any land. They are now well settled in Puttalam.
    The original displaced people be they Sinhalese Tamil or Muslim have every right to return, however most of these people who are clamouring to be resettled are not from Mannar of from any part of the north. Certain unscrupulous elements are putting the up to this and funds are being obtained from overseas.
    If A has been displaced, A has every right to return to their original land. However B does use this as an excuse to return to where A lived or B,C and D are now clamouring to be settled using A as an excuse. This is what is happening in the north and in the east too, many Muslims and Sinhalese who had never had anything to do with the north or east, prior to 2009 or even before the war, are now falsely stating they were displaced and claiming lands in the north and east, whilst hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamils are not allowed to return to their lands. These people are being helped by many powerful extremist elements and unscrupulous politicians, to deliberately change the demography of the Tamil Majority north and east and also to increase their vote bank.

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    Whilst Sri Lanka has a history of many compromises to the war affected citizens being victims beyond their control, the treatment of these victims of Mannar South is pathetic. Whilst environment conservation is very close to Sri Lankans heart , with nearly a million acres deforested in the name of Development in the lat 40 years, the East flank of the Main Wilpattu Reserve shrunk to accomodate Namalgamas and other settlements, the extension of the reservoir on the West flank ONLY on the verge of Refugee return is just not understandable.
    Having understood the festering problem, the last Govt. through a Presidential Task Force comprising the Ministry Secretary whose Ministry extended the Reserve earlier had allocated land within the new reservations for resettlement. But now after some houses are built and some people resettled, there is clamour in some quarters to extend the new Boundaries even further.
    The Govt without allowing power blocks to play politics with these hapless people should take steps to end this rope pulling once and for all and resettle the refugee problem for those who can prove their original houses and lands in the new reserves.

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    How evil are these people, even after suffering 30 years war; its unimaginable how they are resisting the resettlement of of people who are languishing in make shift houses in Puttlam for the last 20 years, naturally, the population would have doubled because this is the second generation, but that doesn’t mean you can leave half the family and resettle only the other half.

    No wonder there is no solution or end to the sufferings of the northern people ever since the independence, guess it’s because of the in-born evilness of the people. No amount of education or wealth is going to do any good, unless they treat the fellow human beings good.

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      Population cannot double within 20 years. Say if around 50000 were chased out the most with population increase within 20 years should be around 60000. Not three or four times this amount. Unless these Muslims were doing nothing else but producing a child each year and even then it will be impossible. I doubt that they ever did this. The vast majority of these northern Muslims are now well settled in Puttalam and do not want to return, so who are all these people claiming to have been displaced and wanting lands at certain strategic locations? Very suspicious.
      There is a concerted effort by certain elements to use the plight of the displaced northern Muslims, many now well settled in Puttalam and not wanting to return, as an excuse to bring thousands of outside Muslims to the north and deliberately change the demography of certain areas and create new Muslim majority enclaves in various strategic areas in the north for a future Muslim homeland.
      The Muslims of Sri Lanka are part of the Tamil/Tamil speaking people, not a different people. Their origin is from South India and not the Middle East. However they are using their religion to create a different identity from their actual original Tamil identity and deliberately Arabizing themselves, to justify this, in every manner and introduce Arab culture that is alien to the island and are becoming very aggressive in this. This is very disturbing. The very tolerant native Tamil Sufi form of Islam, that they brought from their original Indian homeland, is now being discarded in favour of the gulf Arab Wahhabi form of fundamentalist Islam. This move is recent in the last 20-30 years. No where else in the world has a religion been used to create a separate ethnic identity. Only in Sri Lanka due to dirty politics to deliberately divide and rule the Tamils

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    Important request to the Muslims. Do not grieve nor lose patience nor get agitated. Always be steadfast in your duty to your Creator Lord Almighty for certainly, remember, He is the True Owner of this earth and what it contains. We humans have been given a privilege for a temporary permit to earn and live and at the end of the contract period you will be returned to where you came from. None can escape death be it the northerner, easterner, southerner or westerner, who ever who they are, every one of them will perish sooner or later. Where is Pharoah, the Kings of the King Shah of Iran, Where are those haughty pride kings? where are the field Marshals and great Military dictators? and where are their palaces and their wealth? All perished so as Muslims, be steadfast and hold on to your great faith and do not lose hope in Your Guardian Lord Almighty Allaah Mercy Who Alone is the Cherisher and His Divine Decree will come to pass. Never lose hope in the Mercy of Your Lord, put your all affairs and trust in His Care and do your duty to Him correctly. You are the winners in any event. We have our president and our Prime Minister, they are also humans and can make mistakes, but we should not pass judgement on any of them and be tolerant as your Lord has Ordered. Never pass judgement on others, as no body is perfect. To err is human. Forgive and forget, you shall attain peace of mind as long as you Serve Your Creator faithfully sincerely. Do not crave for wealth and power, for its the foolish one who goes after wealth and position. We Muslims are just like a wayfarer but keep the commandment and fulfill to the best of your ability and never argue with the foolish folks if they rebuke you, say Salaam Peace and get away. Vainglorious foolish folk will never learn nor understand what life is all about. Do not get into vain argument as to who is the owner of Sri Lanka, as its rightful owner is none other its Maker, Creator Almighty to Him Belongs the Sovereignty of the seven earths and the seven heavens. Glory Be to Allaah, The Most Compassionate the Mercy Giving the Source of Mercy said :

    (It is Allah Who has created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof. The command descends between them, ) (65:12) Deeds are raised up to the place of recording above the lowest heaven. The distance between heaven and earth is the distance of five hundred years traveling, and the thickness of the heaven is the distance of five hundred years. “The distance covered by the angel when he descends or ascends is the distance of five hundred years, but he covers it in the blink of an eye.” Allah says:(65:12)

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    Dear Mr Latheef Farook,

    I asked you a question three days ago: no response from you!

    Instead Bisthan Batcha came up with some pretty interesting factual stuff which I respected. I did pose two question to him as well, to which he has not responded, but I have no problem with that. I think him an honest man, but he can’t take on the entirety of your very unforgiving community! Fantastic comment by Bodin, January 12, 2017 at 8:21 am.

    One can make statistics lie in all sorts of ways, but I’m happy that Bisthan has presented what he has, because it is true that racism from us, Sinhalese, has become all too obvious in recent months. On the other hand, it is true that, worldwide, many non-Muslims are now becoming anti-Muslim. And for that, typical Muslim arguments and approaches are to blame. I’ve said enough in my first two comments.

    Up to a few months ago I used to receive a steady stream of nasty/ dirty jokes about Muslims, until I separately requested each of the senders to stop sending me such offensive stuff. I’m pretty sure that the stuff is snowballing, although I’m spared the worst of it now. I tell you, seriously, there could be great danger for all Mulsims everywhere.

    Now, Latheef, what is your response to my question, which was essentially, what are you doing to emancipate your women-folk?

    Markar (is HE a Muslim? Name suggests it!) has observed:

    “Lateef farook obviously has no idea of the need for forest conservation and biodiversity protection in our small country . . . .”

    Sorry if I’ve picked on YOU without ascertaining whether you’re the worst of the ill-liberal Muslim bloggers. I must check whether on other occasions you’ve responded to more comfortable questions.

    But you see, you initiate so many blogs; the reasonable Bisthan has responded to what I said, possibly realising that I was open to correction. Where are your responses?

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