29 November, 2021

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Sri Lankan Politics & The Dilemma Of Muslim Community: An Appeal For A Change In The Political Climate

By The Kandy Forum

The Sri Lankan polity has become extremely polarized along ethnic and religious lines in the last few decades. It is more visibly evident in the last presidential election held in November 2019. A vast majority of Muslims and Tamils, for different reasons, voted against the candidate fielded by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) that was largely supported by the Sinhala Buddhist forces. It was openly admitted by the newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself and it is the first time after independence a cabinet is formed without a single Muslim member.

A virulent anti-Muslim campaign was carried out by the politicized extremist Sinhala Buddhist groups before the presidential election in order to maximize the Sinhala votes which they achieved. As a consequence, at the present moment some ministers openly claim in the public forums that they want to form the new government without the support of ‘fundamentalists and extremists’ referring to the Muslim political parties. 

Historically anti-Muslim feeling prevailed from the late 19th century mainly because of commercial competition, but in general it was confined to an ultranationalist minority among the Sinhalese community and never openly and visibly expressed and exhibited in verbal and violent actions as happens now, with the exception of the 1915 riots. From 2012 this situation started to change and the unfortunate outburst of Easter Sunday attack in April 2019 culminated and paved the way for resentment, animosity and hatred to reach an unprecedented level in the history of Muslims in Sri Lanka. This feeling has pervaded the psychology not only of the hardline Sinhalese, but also that of a significant majority of the neutral minded Sinhalese who have taken to voice hardline hateful speech openly fueled by the Islamophobic Propaganda Machinery.

This is not a sudden development, but a gradual progression towards more polarized ethnic divide, and certain developments that happened in the social and political arena accelerated this process. We outline two of these developments which we consider contributed to the current situation. One was the emergence of Muslim political parties, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) first and its splinter groups later. SLMC emerged in the middle of the 1980s as a historical and inevitable consequence of ethnic polarization and the discrimination and violence that the Muslim community in the north and east faced at the hands of Tamil militant groups together with the feeling of being let down by the successive governments and the SLMC became a major political force among the Eastern Muslims after 1980s. SLMC also had a political impact on the Muslims in the Southern part of the country, though to a lesser extent and this had a negative impact on Muslim relations with the majority Sinhala Buddhist polity. Sinhala majority perceived it as yet another political threat from a second minority against them. This polarization on ethnic divide in politics became more acute when so many “Muslim labelled” political parties came into existence, mostly as splinter groups of the SLMC after the demise of Mr. M H M Ashraff, which began to move into Muslim enclaves outside of north and east too.  

The second development is the introduction of Proportional Representative System in 1989 that provided more equitable distribution of Parliamentary seats to all segments but seriously affected both the major political parties that often winning their elections on chauvinistic promises. With this new system they couldn’t form government with comfortable majority without the support of minor parties, and always had to tie up with small parties of which the Muslim parties were found to be the most flexible and they had a role to play in forming governments from 1994 onwards, inflaming the Sinhala chauvinist section of the polity. 

These were the main reasons for the anti-Muslim hate campaign carried out by the hardline Sinhala extremist groups including a section of major political parties from 2012 onwards, conveniently and convincingly undermining the historical contribution of Muslim community and Muslim leaders for the development of the country. 

The hardliners attempted to portray the Muslims as opportunists, only concerned with their community affairs, always getting benefits from whatever government that comes into power. They also embrace on the Islamophobic propaganda unleased worldwide and claim that Muslims as a community conspire to become the majority in this country, quickly multiplying their population and plotting to reduce the Sinhala population secretly using unimaginable contraceptive methods. They also tried to marginalize the Muslims using the globalized anti-Muslim labels such as fundamentalists, extremist and terrorists who are a major threat to national security and unity. 

The prevailing extreme political and ethnic polarization is not conducive to the nation building and national development. All the political parties and politicians and all the ethnic and religious communities in this country should realize the fact that Sri Lanka is a multiethnic and multi-religious country. Although the Sinhalese and Buddhists constitute the majority, all the minority communities have equal rights as the citizens of this country as that confirmed by our constitution. This is also a fundamental norm of democracy. We should adhere to this inclusive ideology that leads us to prosperity rejecting the exclusivism that blindly leads us into the path of social destruction as we have seen happening in our recent history.

Although Sri Lanka has bad experiences of ethnic divide and conflicts after independence, we also have good experience of multi-party coalitions, multi-ethnic cabinets and successful collaborative governance. Multiple political parties and the PR system, even with their short comings, provide us with good opportunities to develop a culture of political coexistence and collaborative governance. However, unfortunately, our power hungry political leaderships and the communal elements within the polity with their short sighted approach propagate ethnic hatred and an exclusive political culture which are against peaceful coexistence, socio-economic development and the dignity of our country.

Unfortunately, there is no true national political parties in Sri Lanka. The major political parties are strongly biased on majority community interests and created political spaces for the emergence of minority political parties. All the other minor parties in this country, including the left parties, are variously ethnically biased. This communal politics is our historical legacy that we inherited from the British colonialism and we are cultivating it from the time of independence causing heavy loss to the country. We can’t continue like this and Sri Lankan politics needs a fundamental qualitative change at this juncture. 

Therefore, in this context, we appeal to all the political parties and all the ethnic communities, religious and community leaders and individual politicians to put the country before all other interests and refrain from propagating ethnic and religious hatred and exclusive partisan politics before and after the forthcoming general election. We also appeal to them to promote peaceful coexistence among different ethnic and religious communities and to promote inclusive and collaborative governance in order to establish permanent peace, justice and social harmony in this country and to re-establish the pride and dignity of our country nationally and internationally.

We also wish to specifically appeal to the Muslim community and the Muslim political parties, to be in the forefront of this exercise to put the country first in all their matters and plan their political strategies on the long term, rejecting short term immediate benefits. They should develop an integrated policy framework for national and community development and social harmony. 

Before the emergence of Muslim political parties, Muslims in this country wholeheartedly aligned with the two major political parties and even after the emergence of such Muslim parties a majority of them continue to support these major parties despite the ethnic hatred they face and we hope this trend will be continued leading to peaceful coexistence.

We appeal again to all the political parties, political and community leaderships and civil societies, as we approach a crucial parliamentary election, to work together to stop promoting hate politics and ethnic conflicts in this country and to work together to establish a harmoniously peaceful democratic Sri Lanka where all of its citizens, despite their ethnicity and religion, can enjoy equal rights, fearless and peaceful life and work for a prosperous future of Sri Lanka. 

Signed by

Prof. M A Nuhman,

Mr.  J M Niwas,  

Prof. M A M Siddique,

Mr. M M Niyas,

Prof. M S M Anes, 

Prof. M I M Mowjood,

Mr. A J M Mubarak,

Dr. A L M Mauroof, 

Dr. M Z M Nafeel,  

Dr. A S M Nawfal,

Mr. U M Fazil.

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    Author Colombo Telegraph and the Signers of the Appeal,

    Thanks for your article, and appeal,

    In addition to the formation of Muslim political parties in response to the LTTE terrorism and the proportional presentation, the core problem, yes the core problem, is the Para-Sinhala Para- “Buddhist” racism that was directed mainly towards the Para- Tamils , initially, resulting in the 30-year Separatist war. Now the Para- Sinhala have directed their hatred to the Para- Muslims. The Para-Muslims turning to fundamentalist and tribal Arabian practices, courtesy of the Satan following, Wahhabi-Salafis, per Hadith of Najd Ulama, have alienated the Muslims further. Despite all this, there is no single evidence that a single Muslim has reached heaven or hell, as well as not a single evidence that a Buddhist has reached Nibbana, Nirvana or extinction,

    So, how do you address these conflicts, when their beliefs do not have any evidence to be true . It is like believing that the Sun goes around the Earth.

    “We appeal again to all the political parties, political and community leaderships and civil societies, as we approach a crucial parliamentary election, to work together to stop promoting hate politics and ethnic conflicts in this country and to work together to establish a harmoniously peaceful democratic Sri Lanka where all of its citizens, despite their ethnicity and religion, can enjoy equal rights, fearless and peaceful life and work for a prosperous future of Sri Lanka. “

    Make the appeal and tell them that there is NO single shred of evidence for their beliefs.. Challenge them, The only reality is that they are homo sapiens with 46 chromosomes ( from the 48 of the primate ancestors), currently living in the Land is Native Veddah Aethho.

    The imbeciles will keep prostrating to the monks to maintain their hegemony, which the six P.ara-Kings and the subjects avoided.

    Please read Buddhism Betrayed by Dr. Stanley Thanbiah, 1992, Chicago University Press.

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      You are spot on. The other day I told a Muslim believer that now through Artificial Intelligence they can contact a deceased and ask him to send an e-mail telling how many virgins he got.so my friend too could take the next flight blasting himself. People believe anything in our chaotic society, classic example the Rajapakse’s consulting the astrologer to fix a date for the elections !! Why not ask the astrologer what are the nekath times they could go the toilet and make love to any woman. This is Sri Lanka a land of morons

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        CT is a pathetically racist LTTE mouthpiece.. They only publish whatever advances their biased agendas.
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        RIP Colombo Telegraph !!!

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      Worse racism in Sri Lanka is the claim of Muslims as owners of eastern province, when history clearly says that Muslims fleeing persecution by Portuguese were given asylum and allowed to settle there. History also says that Tamils and Sinhalese living in those areas accommodated Muslims on sympathetic grounds and allowed them to prosper. This is the gratitude that is shown by these scoundrels. They are acting according to the teaching which tells them to lie low in a foreign land and when they become majority, to claim the land. This is why Europeans do not want Muslims among their midst.

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        Lanka Perera,

        The whole Island was the land of Native Veddah Aethho, before any of the Paras from Bharat, India, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims etc, came here illegally by Boats, Hora-Oru, Kalla-Thonis.

        Para-Sinhala claim that only they have the rights to the land, whereas the other Paras, claim that they too have rights, just like the Para-Sinhala.

        The fact is NONE of the Paras have rights. They all should get back to their blessed homeland Bharat, India, where they came from, and take their Para- beliefs with them.

        PS. Notwithstanding the Para beliefs, and prostrations to the Para Monks, listening to the priests and the Ulama, over the centuries, there is NO definitive independent evidence that a Single Para has had attained Or reached, Nibbana, Nirvana, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory or even bring in Limbo. Suckers!

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        Please show us a credible link to what you have claimed. Where in their “teaching” do they instruct them to ” lie low in a foreign land and when they become majority, to claim the land.” When you make such wild anti Muslim claims, you must support it with proof….we will wait.

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        We are still waiting for your credible source to show us where in Islamic teaching are they told to lie low in a foreign land until they become a majority. I guess when you spew conspiracy theories and lies about others, it is hard to back it up eh?

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        “Worse racism in Sri Lanka is the claim of Muslims as owners of eastern province.”

        What evidence have you got to prove this claim which seems quite far fetched?

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      Author Colombo Telegraph and Kandy Forum,

      The official launching of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) was held at the Nelum Pokuna assembly hall in Colombo.

      That was good.

      Did not see many monks and Ulama. Were they bought out by the Tribe? Can the imbeciles, mean IQ 79, Para-Sinhala, Para-Muslims and Para- Tamils think? Or, is it that the monks and the Ulama do the Thinking by for them.

      PS. Has any imbecile got to Heaven or Nibbana yet?

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        Starting as fun for writing then begins to believe in it, a special case of cause and effect. But Amarasiri is a lateral thinker to subject himself to subject himself to certain self-abuse unless he is a veththa.

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      @ Kandy Forum,

      You attribute the formation of the SLMC to the attacks on Muslims by Tamil militants and the betrayal by successive Governments. While that is correct, there is more to it. The SLMC challenged the Muslim politicians from the predominantly Sinhalese areas to speak on behalf of the Eastern Province Muslims. The Muslim politicians in the South and the upcountry depended on Sinhalese votes and supported successive Governments. The Muslims in the East wanted to speak for themselves given that they were caught in the civil war.

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      Colombo Telegraph and Kandy Forum,

      India has granted citizenship to nearly 19,000 people from five neighbouring countries including 113 Sri Lankan citizens, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

      This is a good start. Now India should grant Bharat Citizenship to the 21 million Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and keep their Para-beliefs for themselves.

      It has been havoc in the land since the illegal areal of the Paras.

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    Politics went wrong in Islamic hsiotry from the formative period of Islam..
    You can not change it over night ..no point in blaming others to the fault of Muslim community..
    Look at the politics of the Muslim world today..all idiots are in Muslim politics…in Sri Lanka too out 22 Muslim Mps ONLY a few are good people and 19 are useless.
    I know all of them want to come back..
    We need to put our house right..
    Hatred will be there but …we should know how to deal with it

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      “in Sri Lanka too out 22 Muslim Mps ONLY a few are good people and 19 are useless.”

      How about the other 203 non-Muslim MPs? How many of them would you regard as good and how many useless?

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    You can judge a leader by the way he begins his term, because it is at that time he signals how he will lead, and who he will include. The new president of Sri Lanka, who announced his candidacy just after the Easter Sunday bombing (such convenient timing), has shown his true hand – no Muslims in his administration, no national anthem sung in any other language but Sinhala, and war criminals who are accused of massacring thousands of minority citizens up North, are rewarded with top posts.

    The president is turning this country into a nation that will marginalize the minority, and will give more ammunition for the Buddhist extremists to arrogantly treat the minority as outsiders, vent their anger on all Muslims when someone accuses them of giving Sinhala women toffees that will make them barren, and he will do nothing when the minority are attacked. Maybe that is why he visited Modi before others, a despicable racist, who does nothing when Muslims are brutally dragged out of their homes and killed because they were “suspected” of eating beef, or passes anti Muslim policies which have led to protests and people being killed.

    We will never prosper as a nation, just like India cannot. Where there is discrimination against the minority, there will be ethnic strife, and endless violence. These leaders are so close minded, they cannot open their eyes and mind to realize when there is unity and inclusion of all religions, there is peace and prosperity.
    GR has joined the anti Muslim movement going on around the world, and sending strong signals, which direction he is taking us. Who is he taking advice from?

    Hope the Muslims and other minority groups who voted for this racist man, are intelligent enough to read the writing on the wall – it does not bode well for the minority.

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      Kandy Forum:

      Muslims hate & discriminate fellow Muslims. For example, Colombo Zahira College doesn’t intake students from certain areas where Muslim densely populated in Colombo. Also, they don’t intake children of Trishaw drivers, laborers ,etc. If you give them 5 lak, they might consider taking your kids in to Tamil medium. But English medium is for selected high class only as per the school

      So there is a valid reason for other community also to hate and sideline Muslims.

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        Well said.
        I take my hats off for you .and worst is if you are honest and just they want you dead.sometimes I fear to even have a cup of tea at certain muslim hotels . Some waiters ate morons

        Poor Ali Sabry , the guy’s poor knowledge in Tamil have made some of the extremist muslims wanting to drink his blood.

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          I guess you are gullible enough to believe the “gully” stories. How many non Muslims have been killed by the tea served in Muslim hotels? Please give us some credible links, to your claim.

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          Still waiting for you to show proof that people drinking tea at Muslim hotels have died…..what is the delay?

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        Yes, this so called Kandy forum too are some western educated pundit. Their knowledge of Islam and community commitment are same as these political leaders. All are from same class of people. They will talk much but little example in life. So, pathetic leadership of Muslim community. I’m sorry to hear this discrimination in Zahira college.

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        Colombo Zahira,

        Class struggle?

        Can you define a Muslim?

        Can you define a Wahhabi?

        Can you define a Salafi?

        Can you define a Wahhabi- Salafi? ISIS?

        Can you define a Shia?

        Can you define a Sufi?

        Can you define an Ahmedia?

        What are their beliefs? Practices? Is there independent evidence for the claims of their beliefs , such as ending up in Hell or Heaven, and practices?

        The same questions for the Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and others as well,

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      The writing on the wall is now smudged. Divide and rule is Gotta’s motto because he has no education,no scruples,not honest,lying through his teeth,boastfu, arrogance and defiant and BLOOD THIRSTY. What would one expect from an idiot ? Idiots will always be idiots and we intelligent people should not come to his level. Who knows Mr. Corona Virus could get him one of these days including his brother or Narendra Modi could get them. Watch out as we in SL say “The coming colours are no good” ask the soothsayer

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        ‘Rama’ sounds clueless when he says ”he has no education’. He is seemingly unable to recover from the grand humane show put forth by the then Defense Secretary, current President, along with SL Armed Forces to get rid of the ‘Immortal’ VELU PULLAI once and for all from the face of the earth, freeing hundreds of thousands of hapless Tamil peasants from the ruthless grip dispensed by Velu’s iron clad rule. And with it, SL managed to destroy the ‘World’s Most Ruthless Terrorist Outfit” that was deemed un-defeatable’.
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        Well.. if that is any show to go by, not too late for all the wound licking EELAMISTS to accept reality and start living.
        \\
        Sri Lanka People (barring a few traitors) will never surrender to threats, intimidation, bullying, and all that that confronts them internally or externally. That should serve as good lesson for any and all forms of extremism, fanaticism and foreign meddling of its internal affairs.

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      Good point on the National Anthem and appointments of war criminals. It’s deliberate. He’s also dropped cases against suspected abductors and murderers. All bad.

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    What Muslim community , as if they are some different ethnic group. All converted Tamil South Indian immigrants with a little bit of Arab/Afghan and other origins mixed in them , now opportunistic for perceived political and economic benefits mixed with religious extremism, are trying to create a new identity for them in the island based on fake history and false origins. Arabs never came to the island in their thousands or even in their hundreds , just a few stray ones. They only arrived in the shores of South India a few hundred over a span of centuries and some intermarried with the local population and converted them. However the vase majority of the Muslims got converted during the brief history of the Delhi Sultanate ruling the Tamil country , when they ransacked the Meenaskshi temple in Madurai. All forced conversions , descendants of rape victims or low castes converted to escape the Hindu caste system. Now trying to re write history. A bunch of selfish self serving hat flippers. There is no such thing called an Islamic or Muslim ethnicity anywhere else in the world , It is a religious identity not racial or ethnic. Only in Sri Lanka

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      Now that you have shown your racism and hatred for ALL Muslims, it would be good for your health to not keep stewing about what happened centuries ago, and live in the present. There are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and you have to deal with it.
      Modi’s racist policies and the violence shown by the Hindus against the minority is not going to solve any problems, but make things worse.
      Neither will marginalizing them, and passing racist policies.
      India is cursed by riots, violence, and killings, and unless Modi and the Extremist Hindus realize they have to live in peace with the minority, they will never succeed. It seem Hindus are violent too, and can kill in cowardly mobs, when a Muslim passes by a cow.

      Racism:
      “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”

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        It is not a race but a religion , just like Buddhism , Christianity or Hinduism. Being a Hindu , Christian or Buddhist is not a race. It is a religious identity. So is being a Muslim the so called 1.6 Billion Muslims belong to different race , ethnic, linguistic groups and sect of Islam. They are very divers and also fight and kill each other in the name of Race, ethnicity , language and the type of Islam they practice. Do not talk nonsense. Stating the obvious fact has nothing to do with religious or racial hatred. The Muslims in Sri Lanka are not Moors or Arabs but ethnic Tamil Muslims of South Indian origin. What is wrong in stating the truth? Why you do not like the truth being told? Did I ask them to be discriminated? Only stated the truth that they are now trying to create a fake separate identity based on myths and falsehoods. Even in Modi’s India Hindus and Muslims are divided according to regions , ethnicities , caste and language. One Hindu or Muslim from a certain region , ethnicity or caste will not easily identify with a Muslim from another region , ethnicity or caste. Do the Gujarathi origin Shia Bohra Muslims or even the Malay Muslims identify themselves with the So called Tamil Sri Lankan Moors here ? The answer is no. Please read what I posted properly. You cannot have everything your way with a fake origin and history and now cry discrimination , especially when you at one time joined the majority Sinhalese in their war crimes and genocide against your fellow non Muslim Tamils , all in the name of Islam and an imagined Arab origin. You are now talking about Modi , where were you when all these happened to your Tamil citizens ., Just sat mum and watched the fun

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          “Watched the fun” and subtly encouraged to curry favour with Sinhalese until 21/4/19. Now they are looking for suitable ‘Abhaya’ to escape the wrath of not only the Sinhalese but also the Tamils as most of those who succumbed to the bomb were Tamils praying in the church. Not only Christians but even Hindus.
          Let Allah forgive them along with Mary and her Son.

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            K Anaga,

            “Religion is the opium of the masses”, said Philosopher, lover of wisdom, Karl Marx.

            So, those who follow the religions are stoned, drunk with their version of religion, but there is no definitive data that show they all ended up on Heaven, Nirvana, Nibbana, Hell, or Purgatory, or even stuck in Limbo.

            Suckers!

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          Are not the Jews a race?
          The Muslims of Bosnia are a recognized as race.
          The Han Muslims of China are recognized as a race.
          Call it race, call it anything else. Tamil bigotry of this kind has driven away the Muslims and hill Country Tamils away from Tamil nationalists. Soon it will be the Tamil Catholics.

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            Jews are not a race but an ethno religious community now belonging to many races and origins. There were a race or ethnicity that during Lord Jesus time as they all more or less had the same origin and ancestry but not now. You get the predominantly western European origin Ashkenazy Jews who used to speak a guttural low German language called Yiddish and you get the oriental/Southern European Sephardic Jews , as well as other small sects like the Ethiopian origin Falashas and the Indian Jews from Cochin Kerala and Mumbai. However despite all these origins , that came due to them forced to flee their homeland 2000 years ago. Many of them still trace their origins to the same male ancestor and have similar practices. The Muslims of Bosnia are not classified as a separate race but as a separate ethnicity but they have the same Eastern European Slavic origin as the Serbs and Croats and their language Bosnian is a dialect of Serbo/Croat. They correctly identify themselves as the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia and not by fake Arab or Turkish origins like the Sri Lankan Tamil Muslims do. The Han Chinese Muslims are called Hui largely from North western China , different from the Turkic Uighur Muslims . They are ethnically Chinese but differ from the rest of the Chinese due to their Islamic practices and not eating pork, that other Chinese love. They have their own variations of Chinese cuisine. The difference in dress the men wear white caps and the women wear head scarfs . Now most of them wear modern dresses. They speak Chinese with some Arab and Persian phrases mixed. They are classified as a different ethnic group but still considered part of the Chinese people. Again these people like the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia or the Albanian Muslims , acknowledge their actual origins and do not claim to something else.

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              contd: You are well known anti Tamil Muslim and everyone knows this. Stop lying the native Eelam Tamils were never bigoted or drove away anyone. They do not have any political or economic power to do so. Unlike the Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka who for political and economic convenience have denied their Tamil ethnicity , despite the Tamils stating they are Tamils and part of them. The Hill country Tamils proudly claim to be Tamil , despite all the efforts to marginalise them and stand by the native Eelam Tamils. Do not distort . The history and origin of the Tamil Muslims or Moors as they call themselves and the hill country Tamils is different to the native indigenous Eelam Tamils from the NE. The former two are recent immigrants from South India and largely live amongst Sinhalese. The latter is indigenous largely live in their own lands and have far ancient history to their land than the Sinhalese and have ruled it. They have the right to self determine and their aspirations due to their ancient history and claim to their land is different from the other two Tamil communities. Only a stupid person who does not understand this will call it bigoted. That is you.

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            Jews are a religion, not a race. What’s common between a Moroccan Jew and a European one? Religion, not race! Hui are Muslims by religion and Chinese by race. The Uighurs are a separate race. But being forcibly Sinicized thanks to your ideology. Get your facts straight. No Maoist indoctrination here.

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            SJ

            “Are not the Jews a race?”

            Seriously, do you subscribe to the idea of Race?
            Useful link:
            https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/race/

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          “The Muslims in Sri Lanka are not Moors or Arabs but ethnic Tamil Muslims of South Indian origin. “

          Oh yeah? Is it for the Tamils to decide how Muslims should call themselves? Just who do you think you Tamils are to decide how Muslims want to identify them? You think you can dictate to the Muslims their identity? Stop dreaming man. Learn to live with the FACT that Muslims are a Separate and a Different Community from the Tamils and they will assert their different identity ALWAYS. Get that Straight and STOP your NON-SENSICAL talk.

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        Manel,

        This is a thoughtful article by the Kandy Forum. Don’t sidetrack it with your rant on Hindu extremists. Attack Rohan if you wish (I personally feel he doesn’t deserve a response) but don’t go off topic on your pet peeves on India. We are talking Sri Lanka here! And the future lies in Muslims and Tamils coordinating their actions, at least in the short run. That means, we don’t attack them nor their religion, just as we don’t expect them to attack us or our faith. We will fight our cause, thank you!

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          I responded to an Islamaphobe, not to the article, which we are also allowed to do. There is no need for you to get all worked up and bothered.

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            Ridwan
            Manel was only attacking bigotry.
            She has never been racist by any account.
            The kind of racist venom spewed by Rohan and his aliases and perhaps one or two more cannot pass without objection.
            Delhi has witnessed a Hindu fanatic rampage, far worse than any anti-Muslim riot in Sri Lanka.
            If you want Muslims and Tamils coordinating their actions, the insane attacks on Muslims by Tamil bigots should stop.

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              Riswan Manel attacked bigotry . Don’t make me laugh. You are a bigot and Manel is another bigot . I suspect a Muslim posting under a Sinhalese identity to make her bigoted comments acceptable and mainstream to the Sinhalese. You have recognised a fellow anti Tamil bigot and supporting this person. I have read Rohan’s comment , he only takes specifically about the Sri Lankan Muslims duplicitous behaviour of joining with the Sinhalese racists and establishment in their anti Tamil activities and war crimes and their true South Indian Dravidian origins , that again they deny , thinking that it will not benefit them. What is wrong is stating this obvious truth? Nowhere has he gloated and encouraged discrimination against the Muslims or rundown Islam. Stating the obvious truth is not bigotry may be for bigoted you and so called Sinhalese( sic) Manel who went on an anti Hindu rant , revealing her true Islamic colours. Reconciliation and peace only starts with the truth, as someone here as already stated not with lies and myths . Now some idiot will state I Am Rohan for posting this

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                Stating facts about Modi is not being a bigot. You are trying the zionist tactic of accusing people who criticize Israel’s racist policies, and it’s treatment of the Palestinian people, “anti-semitic”.

                HERE ARE BASIC FACTS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

                “In 2018, the government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) harassed and at times prosecuted activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, and journalists for criticizing authorities. Draconian sedition and counterterrorism laws were used to chill free expression. Foreign funding regulations were used to target nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) critical of government actions or policies.

                The government failed to prevent or credibly investigate growing mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government—often carried out by groups claiming to support the government. At the same time, some senior BJP leaders publicly supported perpetrators of such crimes, made inflammatory speeches against minority communities, and promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism, which encouraged further violence.

                Lack of accountability for past abuses committed by security forces persisted even as there were new allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings, including in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Haryana.”

                So who really are the bigots? Modi’s government.

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                  @ Manel

                  I studiously kept out of this debate. We had clashed elsewhere earlier. But I now need to repeat the points I made in the previous debate I had with you. Human Rights Watch is financed by Soros and Sa’udi Arabia, amongst others. It is staffed by Clinton and Obama era officials. Its flawed research methods have been criticized by Nobel laureates. It is aligned to the American deep state. And anyway, why this selective reproduction of the flawed HRW on India alone? What about Sri Lanka? Isn’t the Kandy Forum talking about Sri Lanka?

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                    Why do you lie about HRW? Why spew conspiracy theories?
                    Here are some facts which you seem to lack:

                    “Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need. We direct our advocacy towards governments, armed groups and businesses, pushing them to change or enforce their laws, policies and practices. To ensure our independence, we refuse government funding and carefully review all donations to ensure that they are consistent with our policies, mission, and values. We partner with organizations large and small across the globe to protect embattled activists and to help hold abusers to account and bring justice to victims.”

                    Now that does not sound like a Soros/Saudi/Clinton entity does it? You are so uninformed. Do some homework before embarrassing yourself. HRW also wants donations, I suggest you pay some of that money you earn from theModi troll farms, towards their good cause.

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                      @ Manel,

                      Yours is sheer propaganda. You should do your homework first instead of your shoddy cut and paste jobs! Read the statement made by several Nobel laureates against Human Rights Watch’s flawed methodology. And yes, George Soros and the Sa’udis finance it with others. It’s a western propaganda tool. It’s ok if you hate India but come up with credible sources!

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                      Tissa, please give credible sources, like I do, where it shows Soros is financing HRW, that is a typical line of propaganda used by right wingers in the US. I copy from credible sources, so that unlike you, I can support what I have stated.

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                      @ Menik or Manel or Sita

                      Let me just cite from your own flawed source. There are many. This is just a fragment of what he gave HRW

                      https://www.hrw.org/news/2010/09/07/george-soros-give-100-million-human-rights-watch

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              SJ – One should not be a compulsive anti India, anti Hindu bigot and anti Tamil. You love bashing all three and have consistently done so in every possible Forum. Manel is no different to you except to be fair by her she’s quiet on the Tamils. But she attacks Hindus. China’s policy on the Uighurs is far worse than any other country. 1 million Muslims incarcerated. It’s cultural genocide. Mao was the worst human being of the 20th century if you go by the 30 million killed. And in Delhi, both Hindus and Muslims died. Ridwan was correct that Manel sidetracked the conversation. And you do too. Tamil Muslim unity is worth striving for and stop attacking us incessantly.

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                RJ

                SJ wouldn’t attack Mao, China and Siri Mao.
                AS far as SJ is concerned all three could do no wrong.

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          Manel attacks an Islamaphobe. But she then descends to being a Hinduphobe. Thank you, Ridwan. Tamil Muslim convergence in Sri Lanka is the need of the hour. That’s the implications of what Ameer Ali and Luqman Haris write, of what Rauf Hakeem and Sumanthiran have been recently saying. No need to attack religion.

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            She or she uses the Sinhalese name or identity Manel but in reality a Muslim, this is why responded in this way. Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they love to call themselves , do not like to be told the truth about their actual predominantly immigrant Dravidian Tamil South Indian origin and will attack anyone who states the truth or reminds them of this uncomfortable truth , that the vast majority of the so called Sri Lankan Moors ( more than 95% ) are not Moors or Arabs at all but descended from largely low caste Hindu and other religion Tamils who converted to Islam. They want everyone to believe in this Arabian Night fairy tale that they are of Arab origin. Bullshit even DNA has proved that they have far below average Arab DNA. If you want real reconciliation , peace and not being discriminated , you start with the truth and not with fake origins , history and myths . This will not get them anywhere. Will get more estranged from their fellow non Muslim Tamils and become bigger victims to Sinhalese racist, as the Sinhalese are gleefully encouraging and using this fake Arab origin myth and their recent craze to Arabise themselves to further isolate Muslims from their fellow Tamils and to divide and rule all Tamils , including the Muslims and ultimately destroy all of them . The Arabs will give them funds to radicalize , and Arabise them for their own agenda but will not care two hoots about these South Asian converts when it comes to the crunch. This bigoted person , does not seem to understand what I state but goes on a tangent and rants, as I dared to expose the true Tamil Dravidian origins of the so called Sri Lankan Moors , as this is a no and the Arab origin myth must continue, just like the emperor not wearing any clothes

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            Tell that to the Islamaphobic trolls who have idle time on their hands, and come here to spew their hatred for ALL Muslims, every time there is an article about the Muslims in Sri Lanka. No need to attack any religion, when there is an article about it.

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              Sita – you sound exactly like Manel with a name change? I think Rohan may be right about you.

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            In case you are not smart to get it – criticizing Modi and his racist policies do not add up to being a so called “Hinduphobe”.
            Get informed.

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              I repeat again Islam is not a race but a religion . SO how can he be racist, just because he does not India especially the North East and Northern states to be swamped by millions of Illegal Muslim Bangladeshi immigrants. Just because ethnic South Indian origin Tamil converts to Islam , living in Sri Lanka, have now been classified as a different ethnic group with the incorrect name Moor, that the Portuguese incorrectly used for all South Asian Muslims , not just the Sri Lankan Muslims , does not mean, they belong to a different race or ethnicity. This was a deliberate plot hatched first by the Sinhalese and the Muslim elite and politicians , to divide and rule the Tamils. Therefor this fake name and an ethnicity based on religion and to justify a fake Arab origin , that they hardly have. Other that their religion , which it self varies. a Muslim from sub-Saharan Africa has nothing in common with an Arab, European Muslim , Indian Muslim , Malay or any other Muslim. Even in India Muslims belong to different ethnic language ,groups and sects and have very little in common with each other. A Tamil or a Malayali Muslim is far more closer to other Tamils and Malayali than to Urdu speaking North Indian Muslims , or to Gujarati or Bengali Muslims. Get your fact correct. No such thing as a Muslim race , just because the Sinhalese and local Muslim establishment has brain washed you . Arab Muslims hate Iranian, Kurdish and Turkish Muslims and generally do not like non Arabs Muslim or non Muslim. Go the Gulf and see how they treat the South Asian and African Muslims. They even bomb and kill Arabs from a different country. Pashtun in Afghanistan murder kill and chase out the Mongolian origin Shia Hazara. In Iraq Sunni Arabs kill Shia Arabs let alone the Kurds. Please do not talk nonsense. In the so called ISIS the male Sunni Arab is on the apex and all others below them

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        Followers of Islam cannot think freely, unless their thinking are in line with the tenets of their religious book/teachings. So any fanatical, non-negotiable belief systems will remain a challenge for the progression and harmonious co-existence of societies worldwide.

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          “……….a challenge for the progression and harmonious co-existence of societies worldwide.”

          The 20th century has seen Two World Wars which cost the lives of close to a 100 million people. The influenza Pandemic caused by WW1 in 1918 is estimated to have caused the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people world wide. Who started these wars? Certainly not Muslim countries. The ONLY Muslim country that took part in WW1 was Turkey while NO Muslim country was involved in WW2.

          Since WW2, we have seen wars in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia with Uncle Sam flexing his muscles.

          The creation of Israel in Palestine by Force in 1947 led to widespread massacre of the Palestinians in their own land with over 450 villages being emptied of its population and the ethnic cleansing of over 700,000 inhabitants who and their dependents numbering over seven millions are undergoing misery in refugee Camps in neighbouring countries for over seven decades.

          In the 21st century, there has been invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by American led forces plunging those countries into anarchy.

          Even our Sri Lanka has seen an ethnic war lasting 3 decades.

          All theses wars had NOTHING to do with the belief system of the Muslims but everything to do with the so-called progressive societies of the West.

          And, you want to blame the Muslims. Think again.

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          O
          Has any major religion been free of ” fanatical, non-negotiable belief”?
          Read some history.

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            SJ

            What about Maoism?
            It has been a religion for a few people.

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              Native Vedda,

              Where did the Maoists end up after death? Nirvana, Nibbana, Heaven? Purgatory, Hell or Limbo? Just curios.

              Did the Maoists have Monks, Priests, Ulama, Rabbi, Cardinals etc to guide them after death?
              Did the Maoists prostrate to their monks, if they had monks?

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                Amarasiri

                “Where did the Maoists end up after death? Nirvana, Nibbana, Heaven? Purgatory, Hell or Limbo? Just curios. Did the Maoists have Monks, Priests, Ulama, Rabbi, Cardinals etc to guide them after death?”

                Sorry I have no idea however I believe Mao’s Little Red Book has answers to all your question/queries ….

                Please contact SJ for all your question/queries, he was a hipster when Mao was a punk rocker, and part of a major vibrant cult.

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          On the contrary, I would say that it is followers of various religions and not only Islam who cannot think freely because their thinking’s are in line with the tenets of their religious roots which have nothing to do with a God, Nirvana or Hell if there is any as such as believed.
          No one has come back so far from death to provide any evidence.
          So any fanatical non-negotiable belief systems mixed with politics would be a challenge for the progression and harmonious co-existence of all societies worldwide.

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      Rohan you remind me of an old cock repeating I ever had a hen

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        May you are the old cock that does not like the truth , as you are deeply into Arabian nights fairy tales and cannot face truth and reality.

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      R
      Whatever you declare about Muslims and Hill Country Tamils, the way things are, they do not want to share an identity with arrogant caste-ridden Tamil bigots like some we come across here.
      Tamil nationalism has had no room for Muslims or Hill Country Tamils in its programmes.
      If Tamils seriously want these nationalities to be to be part of a Tamil whole, they should show concern for them and more importantly respect for them.

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        Oh really! It is the other way around , the Muslims aggressively joined the Sinhalese to commit genocide , ethnic cleansing and marginalisation of the island’s Tamils , all in the name of Islam and an imagined Arab origin that only a small microscopic minority partially have. They benefitted the most. They illegally grabbed lands from the indigenous Tamils and killed and ethnically cleansed thousands of them and took over once 100% Tamil Hindu villages. This is one of the major reasons for the LTTE to chase them away from the north , as they were preparing for this and were caught. Now playing victim after being the aggressor. No one trusts you, not even the Sinhalese as you people are a bunch of opportunistic hat flippers. A people who denied their actual origin and ethnicity, in the name of religion and claimed another origin and ethnicity as their for perceived political and economic benefits. No other Muslim community in the world has done this. Some Sri Lankan Muslim politician was calling himself Sinhala Marrikar. What a joke Marrikar is a Tamil Muslim caste to which the former Indian President and renowned scientist the late Abdul Kalam belonged. So is Lebbai, Rawther, Kutti, Thambi etc, Now all these jokers calling themselves Sinhalese or Arabs whilst taking Tamil Muslim caste names.

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          How about the Muslims being massacred by the LTTE? That okay with you?

          “This was the largest massacre of Muslim civilians by the LTTE to date. Village eyewitnesses claim that some 285 men, women and children, around a third of the population, were killed by a 1,000 strong force of the Tamil Tigers;[1] however, the Sri Lankan government states that cadres massacred 166 to 171 people by a force of 150 attackers.[2][3] All but 40 of the victims of the Palliyathidal massacre were Muslim; the rest were Sinhalese.[1]”

          And
          “The Kattankudy Mosque Massacre was the killing of over 147 Muslim men and boys on the 3rd of August 1990.[2] Around 30 armed Tamil militants raided four mosques in Kattankudy where over 300 people were prostrating in Isha prayers. The Sri Lankan Government accuses the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of committing the crime.[2][3][1] The attack is widely attributed to LTTE, who denied their involvement in the massacre, and have never retracted that denial.[4]”

          Why don’ to stop interfering in Sri Lanka and focus on what is going on in India? How much is Modi paying you to do this?
          Modi’s Bhakts are not wanted in Sri Lanka. Shame on you.

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            Manel

            This is not the Manel (Fonseka) who writes with clear head and consciousness.

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            Manel the fake Sinhalese. The Muslims in the eastern province were heavily armed by the Sri Lankan Special Task force and were brutally killing thousands of Tamils in the Amparai and Southern Batticaloa areas. Many Tamil Hindu villages were ethnically cleansed their population either chased away or brutally killed , females raped and Hindu temples destroyed. These once 100% ancient Tamil Hindu villages are now 100 % Muslim and their original Tamil Hindu inhabitants not allowed to return. The Kattanakudi mosque just like now , was even then a hotbed of Islamic extremism. The Muslim home guards used to store their arms , there and come to collect them and then pray for Allah’s blessing , before attacking the neighbouring Tamil Hindu villages. This is why the LTTE attacked this mosque., Stop distorting history to suit your Wahhabi./Salafist agenda. You are no Manel but some extremist Islamic wretch. The Sri Lankan government for propaganda purposes was hiding all the massacres done by the Sinhalese thugs/colonists , Muslim home guards and the Sri Lankan armed forces on the Tamils in the east but when the LTTE retaliated against these massacres and against the people who committed it , stated to the world it is that the LTTE massacared innocent Sinhalese and Muslims , when in reality the vast majority of them were criminals , thugs and Sinhalese and Muslim extremist , armed and paid by the Sri Lankan state to kill , rape and ethnically cleanse Tamils. Tamils are the indigenous and original people of the east not the Sinhalese who only arrived after 1948 and Muslims who arrived in the east as refugees , fleeing Portuguese persecution.

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              Rewriting history again Siva? From where are you pulling these fairy tales from? Nice Tamil name too.

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    ‘ A House Divided’. Speech

    Abraham Lincoln paraphrased the
    following passage from the Bible
    Matthew. 12.25., when he spoke of ‘A
    ‘House Divded’
    ‘ And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, ‘ Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
    and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’.
    We pray for Peace and Unity among all.

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      Sandy, God is the cruellest and most violent being around. You only have to read the Old Testatment in the Bible. He’s either a monster or a myth.
      Look at the rapes, genocides, and murders that are recounted with relish and approval in the so-called Good Book. A nice reminder of how modern secular morality, based on human rights is so much better.
      The trouble with Christians like you is that you only quote from the New Testatment section of the Bible which is mostly peace and love apart from when Jesus curses a fig tree and whips money lenders (try that at Bank of Ceylon).
      Open your eyes and find out for yourself https://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/

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        Adrian,

        Thanks for the link to the skeptics Bible.

        Need to know both sides of the story.

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        Adrian
        Relax.
        Consider the possibility that a being called God may not exist at all.

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          SJ thank you. I accept he doesn’t exist, I’m just pointing out the outrageous contradictions in so-called holy books.

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        Islam was actually created using the old testament and tanakh. Most muslims will readily tell you that they recognize the old testament as valid and dismiss the new testament. Most christians are peaceful today because they give more weight to the new testament. With muslims their belief in the old testament clearly reveals itself in their attitude to this day.

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          Muslims, Jews and Hindus are still sacrificing animals. Christians kill thousands of turkeys and chickens each year to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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            Adrian aged 13 3/4

            “Muslims, Jews and Hindus are still sacrificing animals. Christians kill thousands of turkeys and chickens each year to celebrate the birth of Christ.”

            However Sinhala/Buddhists eat them anyway.

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              Naked Vedda there is nothing wrong in eating dead meat. As the resident expert on the differences between Buddhism and Sinhala-Buddhism you should know that.

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        Genesis?

        “Then there even nothing was not, nor existence
        There was no air, nor the heavens beyond
        What covered it?Where was it?In whose keeping?
        Was there cosmic water? In depths unfathomed?
        There was neither life ,death or immortality
        Nor was there day or night
        Was there a one that breathed windlessly?

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    “We also wish to specifically appeal to the Muslim community and the Muslim political parties, to be in the forefront of this exercise to put the country first in all their matters .. “

    ‘To put the country first’ requires an individual to convincingly state loudly and proudly that he/she is foremostly A Sri Lankan. More importantly, unless an individual is perceived unambiguously and strongly as a Sri Lankan by the majority, all his/her attempts to portray himself/herself as a Sri Lankan will be in vain. The words and deeds of the individual play a crucial role in defining his/her national identity as a Sri Lankan. When a group of Muslims is seen cheering the Pakistanis at a cricket match against Sri Lanka, can we blame observers of this phenomenon for questioning the ‘Sri Lankan-ness’ of such Muslims and therefore by extension of all local Muslims ?

    How many of the local Muslims are true Sri Lankans at heart ? Is this the root of the ‘Muslim problem’ as perceived by the majority ? Shouldn’t the Muslim community focus on strengthening what they have in common with the majority, rather than conduct themselves in a manner that emphasizes the differences ? Are the Muslims making the critical error of mistaking the tolerance of the majority as being acquiescence on their part ? Have they already forgotten adverse impact of the Halal certification issue ?

    The members of the local Islamic community must decide whether they wish to continue being identified as ‘Sri Lankan Muslims’ (where they put their religion first) or whether they want to establish and strengthen their National identity as ‘Muslim Sri Lankans’ ( where they put the Country first). Do they wish to be perceived as mere Muslims living in Sri Lanka or as proud Sri Lankans following the Islamic faith ?

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      I don’t think we can be proud of anything in Srilanka at present. Essentially language was the dividing force after independence. Tamil Vs. Sinhala. Muslims were/are Tamil speaking and a number of Muslim Tamils represented the Tamils in the eastern province. However, the Sinhalese politicians adopted a divide and rule policy by giving priority to religion- Muslim, thus dividing the Tamils as Tamils and Muslims. The Muslim parliamentarians fell prey to this scheme, mostly for personal benefits under the guise of religious benefits for their community. Muslim Tamils thought they could get more from the Sinhalese by opposing the Tamils and pretending to support the Sinhalese with ulterior motives. The motives were exposed off and on.
      At the end of the civil war, Muslims were trying to get the best of both worlds thereby exposing their intentions which culminated on 21/4/19,
      perhaps supported by some Sinhal politicians for their Political benefits. There is also amove to bring in religious disharmony between the Hindu and the Catholic/Christian Tamils, but fortunately, there seems to be resistance to this episode from both sides.
      Muslim parliamentarians are wondering as to which way to go- Ranil’s UNP or Sajith’s UNP or Pohutuwa or Iyo Srisena’s SLFP, but not with the Tamils as Tamils have Nothing to offer them, except, Blood Tears and Sweat, which the Muslim parliamentarians are not used to and is not good for their business activities. Insha Allah!

      ,

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      So it seems all the blame falls on the Muslims, and cheering for the Pakistani team does not deserve the marginalizing of Muslims. How about the President of this country taking the initiative, like a good leader should, and making an effort to unite the country? So far there have been NO gestures of uniting the country, no reaching out to the minority, and no efforts to include the minority, not even in the Cabinet for the first time in our history, which is a bad sign.
      It seems this President has no interest in including the minority, paying attention to the Sinhala Buddhist for their votes, and intends being President to Sinhala Buddhists only. If the President and his supporters want the Muslims to feel and act more “patriotic”, perhaps they should stop shutting the Muslims and other minority communities out, and make them feel part of this country, and the next time Sinhala mobs go around attacking and burning Muslim homes and businesses, step in and protect them instead of being silent and doing nothing. That might convince the minority their security and safety is of concern.
      So far all we have seen is disinterest, and lack of leadership.

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        So what should Rajapaksa do? Appease Muslim extremist politicians like Ranil ? After easter sunday attacks , several muslim ministers in the cabinet and governora came under immense criticism for their relationship with Islamic extremists and Easter sunday suicide bombers …….None respected the public opinion and resigned . But arrogantly dismissed every claim even threatening the ppl…….now we are seeing results . Hakeem or Rishard would hardly be accepted in the ruling government . So Muslims can vote Muslim candidates Rajapaksa nominates if they want ministers

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          Every Muslim politician irrespective of their sect, walked to Yahapalana govt side thinking they would all win it. None of these KANDY FORUM muslims talk what their parliamentarians, Provincial council members, madrasas, importing mullahs or extremist Clerics like NAIK from India did They disrespected Sinhala Buddhists several times, the last was in Mawanella. Now, you come and talk. Education does not change your extremist hearts.

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        Sita
        Great idea . He should make Rishard the Minister of Environment and Conservation as a good will gesture.

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          Why should he when there are much better, qualified decent Muslims, to choose from? Unless of course he wants more scumbags in his administration.

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    The Kandy Forum

    Having read this narrative in just one go, I am unable to resist the temptation of paying my highest compliments to the collective effort of the Forum. Like a lotus rising from the swamp, exalted thinking has emerged seeking to chart a fresh direction to its client beneficiary. Most salient is sane and sedate thought couched in language and diction that are refined. Yet the group has not lost its course about its long haul objective. Remarkable is the avoidance of any hurt to any formation; religious, ethnic or political.

    What explains this change? To this writer, it is the increasing value this particular entity has consistently placed on education. From 1956 to now, growth has been continuous and urges are seen to move away from the material to values that matter. When negotiations have the same steadfastness as writing, the particular community will blaze a new trail.

    In contrast is the entity I belong to. From 1936 to 2020, tenacious effort has been to remain in the present where we stood in the past. On a slippery incline where the ground is wet, we venture without a break to claw back to a future that the past brought us. Fresh thinking is yet to make a beginning. I stop with this since an excursion into the future is protracted when the present is intractable.

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      Muslims are very good at preserving their religious culture at all costs. It looks Kandy Forum was silent when when muslims were simply raping Sri Lanka with their extremist activities. Now, after the April 21st Easter attack, muslims also feel the brunt. Now Kandy Forum has woken up.
      Kandy forum, as other muslims would do, is not making any confessions about what they did. Instead talk another Language. Should others stay deaf, blind and mouth shut for ever ?
      I think the govt is not talking about what happened in Kurunegala suspicious of any reprisals.
      Wijedasa Rajapakse like people, most probably gets money from both the Christians and Muslims. So, he talks from both sides of the mouths.

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    A demand by a group of professors and Drs (of whatever), that far outweighs the population composition of Muslims!. But they still complain.
    /
    Professors and doctors of the so-called Kandy Forum. The Sri Lankan government has many more, far worse national problems to solve before they listen to bogus Muslim noise about discrimination etc etc.
    /
    Take a walk along Dalada Veediya, Kotugodalla Veediya and Colombo Street in Kandy (when you have time and not complaining about discrimination,) and report back to CT on the percentage of Muslim vs. Sinhala/Tamil ownership of businesses in this holy city.
    /
    We all like to be discriminated against like you, if Colombo, Galle, Kandy and the Eastern Province business and real estate ownership is what discrimination can bring!.
    /
    Stop hoodwinking. Your plans have to be stopped.

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      Such envy!
      One’s wealth should not bring them discrimination and harassment by those overwhelmed by envy founded entirely on their racial hatred.

      Why do the many thousands of wealthy affluent Singhalese evade your vision of SriLanka? Is it because you are blinded by the racial hatred that has always been stewing in you? Why do the many muslims who suffer in poverty and marginalisation evade your picture of SriLanka? Blind once more.

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      We all know who are the wealth robbers of the Sinhalese Aryans country, Sri Lanka. Number one Tamils, number two Muslims. Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese Aryans. More than 2500 years of history for Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Go to Anuradhapura, Pollonnaruwa and other places and see your own naked eyes. Live and let live Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka

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        N.Perera

        Eelam has over 15 thousand years of Tamil history starting from Nagas. history of aryans ( Sinhalese ) begin only in the last 1300 years ago. People who lived in Indus valley before the arrival of the Aryans were Tamils so how can your ( Sinhala ) history pre-date the Tamil history in Srilanka. Are you saying that the Sinhala Aryans took the Air lanka flight by passing all the Dravidians in India and landed at Katunayake.

        You Sinhala fools most certainly deserve a Place in Angoda lunatic asylum.

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        N.Perera

        “Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese Aryans.”

        You mean we have 16 million Aryans who wear ritual noola (holy thread) across their chest?

        “More than 2500 years of history for Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. “

        Could you cite evidence.
        By the way most of your ancestors came to this island only about 400 years ago from South India and converted to Sinhala/Buddhism. Don’t you think you are a pathetic little Demela?

        “Live and let live Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka”

        How when you beat them up, burn and loot their homes, businesses, temples, mosques, churches, ……….. libraries, ……… kill them?

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    “A virulent anti-Muslim campaign was carried out by the politicized extremist Sinhala Buddhist groups before the presidential election in order to maximize the Sinhala votes which they achieved.”

    This is rubbish. Sinhala Buddhists voted for Gotabhaya mainly due to security lapses of ‘Jadapalana’ Government and not due to virulent anti-Muslim campaign carried out by Sinhala Buddhist extremists. These guys jump to conclusions without credible evidences to support the statements they make. Their conclusions are based on assumptions.

    “As a consequence, at the present moment some ministers openly claim in the public forums that they want to form the new government without the support of ‘fundamentalists and extremists’ referring to the Muslim political parties.”

    What is wrong in saying that they want to form the new government without the support of ‘fundamentalists and extremists’ ? If politicians of Muslim political parties are not ‘fundamentalists and extremists’ , there is no reason for them to worry about that statement. Unless they come clean, the new Government should not accept them.

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “This is rubbish.”

      Then it must be you.

      “What is wrong in saying that they want to form the new government without the support of ‘fundamentalists and extremists’ ?”

      However with crooks, war criminals, rapists, racists …..if that is the case they should have voted for some other candidate, sue the little man Weerawansa for threatening parliament with aerial bombing, …..

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    If Sri lanka does not learn from China , India and other Countries , we will not be able to move forward.
    We need a stratergy that is based on sustainable development approaches .
    Sri Lanka needs to slow down ,
    Attention to public transport upgrading , public healthcare , careful.use of fuel , encourage sustainable farming replace atleast 50 % of today’s industrialised farming with a medium flow of modernising and properly monitered.
    Encourage to carefully use our blue economy without vandalising the Seas and rivers by first doing a survey of demand on resources and supply to be controlled by land reclamation.
    Timber felling to be met with orgainsed tree planting ( Canada can be our savior in this.)
    Encourage recycling business and encourage house holders to import their own rooftop solar systems duty free for a fixed periord with a low interest rate from. bank loans .

    SLOW DOWN SRI LANKA AND
    THINK SUSTAINABILITY .

    Build only space you need , drive only a car that just meets your needs .
    On.and off patronise your small grocery shop.
    Smoke less , drink less .
    Reduce your meat intake ,its not practical to become vegans , esp. Developing argi based countries like us ; we need to keep the local.farmers breathing.

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      Muslims world wide are under arab instructions to take over the earth. The ‘ummah’ knows what the agenda is and they are working covertly to achieve this goal, while crying in front of the media about ‘being victims of racism’.
      I have stated it before. When muslim women start to cover their faces in public, its a threat to the ‘infidel’ host nation. Its a way of saying ‘we will take over your country soon’

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    About 20 plus representatives in the last govt with too many violent incidents against the community. Those representatives couldn’t do much but they were, one among many reasons for others’ hatred towards Muslims.

    Dear Kandy Forum: Ineffective, selfish leaders and communal violence is better for Muslims? Or, No useless leaders, no violence is better?

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      There’s no reason or any excuse for violence against the general muslim population irrespective of who has been elected to the government.

      Does the Singhalese general population deserve violence and harassment for that they have elected many a goons to the government over numerous decades? Do you not know of the brutal unspeakable acts of violence they had unleashed on civilians of this country?… and the endless list of their crimes?

      Being a member of the ethnic majority in this country does not give you any entitlement to harass and abuse humans of other ethnicities. Laughable you proudly presented us here with a shameless lame excuse for violence against the Muslims.

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        Sugandh Thomas, there is a big difference between hatred & violence. But hatred can lead to violence. Even if you argue these violence against Muslims are planned campaign of certain elements, those can’t be successful without the presence of hatred.

        Where were the Muslims leaders, religious leaders, parents, ACJU, etc., etc., when Muslims started isolating themselves from other communities? If Muslims had not isolated themselves from other communities, do you think every Muslim would be looked at with suspicious eyes when that Zahran’s blew up those innocents? Every action has a reaction..

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      Even the wet zone urban areas report daily temperatures of 37 degrees centigrade. That makes trees die of out water deficits. I think, too much automobile fumes and carbon dioxide is producing layer over the city and hinders the release of heat to the sky. Pretty soon, wet zone may become a dry zone or desertification. Only C-4 plants (most;y grass lands) will grow. and none of the plants, trees or vines we know. Even 34 degrees is too high and that should be northern arid zone areas.

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    Where is Aly Sabry, who was with the president before the election?
    Have all Muslims along with him, deserted the new government?

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    Well that division of Sri Lankan by Tamil ethnicity and Muslim religion fundamentalism become wider recant past , by specially 2015 Jan 8th ..so-called “good governance and rule of law “of that the leadership of UNP political that road Map.
    An island was ever-never divide of those grounds of which claim by Tamils and Muslims fundamentalist of sepatered location in Island.
    The Politics of fagramantion of island was key road Map of Western USA+UK ambition of Military interest in Indian Ocean of by USA hegemony .

    Therefor USA proposed projects Federalism nor separatism of North forTamils and Eastern regional for Muslim were by interest line of Pentagon global defence strategy.
    The Islam Terrorist funding sources were from Saudi Arabian petro-dollars by Sunni Muslims.
    Additional to that Tamil Funding sources are nexus to USA, Norway, UK,Swiss and Tamil Diaspora living oversees which rule by White nations of FIVES.
    The so-called Swiss become proxies of split island by “White Van politics is NOT locally originated ,but facts proven by so-called kidnapped of Women was that fack story of Human rights of western democracies.
    The People of Island sovereignty is bully by USA UK and Swiss the name of “War Crimes” against Tamils Terrorist.The Western-white-man has replace Terrorism instead of so-called representative Democracy is fake one which is meaningless term of Political Sovereignty.

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    Didnt Rauf Hakeem go around frightening Muslims that in case of Gota’s victory the Muslim personal law will be scrapped ? As a result Muslims didnt vote for Gota …..so you dont have any Muslim ministers ……..
    And why are Muslims living in Sinhala majority area using Tamil language ? How can they complain about alienation then?

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      Sachoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      “Didnt Rauf Hakeem go around frightening Muslims that in case of Gota’s victory the Muslim personal law will be scrapped ?”

      It was Channa Jayasumana, another pillar of Sinhala/Buddhist fascism however, went around the country and threaten Muslims and particularly Muslim Doctors. Then of course the Saffron Brigade threatened refugees, shop keepers, cafes, … assisted by the thugs and ….. politicians.

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    The writers have written about April 21st attacks in a very irresponsible manner. Their tone underlines that the only terrible consequence of the attacks is what the Muslim community suffered after the attacks. No mention on the loss of lives that occurred that day.

    It’s hypocritical statements like this that will turn even the so-called moderate Sinhalese against the Muslims.

    We know Muslims rejoiced that fateful day. Despite their writers shedding crocodile tears, in articles such as these they reveal their true self.

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    Sri Lanka’s Muslims are Terrorists Oriented people and their leaders. It is not too late to wipe-out these Muslims Parties and leaders. These Muslims leaders are not country lovers they all are haters.

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      So says Modi’s Bhakti troll, who obviously hates ALL Muslims, like his hero.

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    The two factors identified are okay. But, the dawn of wisdom is to know yourself. The muslims alienated themselves from others. From the Tamils, when they distinctly sided with the Sinhalese who were clearly discriminating against the Tamils. They profited from this. So, we had Sinhala Marikkar and Bathiuddin Mahmud and others stooging the Sinhalese against the Tamils. Then, there was Wahabism, which made Muslims alien to Sri Lanka as they owed loyalty to an external power. To some extent like the Catholics who owed loyalty to the Vatican but Catholics never disowned Sri Lankan culture. Muslims wholly took to Arab culture that is alien to the other people of Sri Lanka. This is a fault Muslims must address. In the past, they were part of us. In the present, they visibly are not, judging by their dress habits, etc. You have to fix this before you preach amity. It is an internal problem which you alone can fix. Also, you must not alienate yourselves from the Tamils. You have close affinities with them. Your strength is in unity with the Tamils. You fell into the trap set up by the Sinhalese. Get out of it.

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    Quote: We can’t continue like this and Sri Lankan politics needs a fundamental qualitative change at this juncture. Unquote.

    Fine, can you the “Eleven Signatories” take some ownership at least at this juncture, to form a Civil Society and be neutral in your stance, we Muslims have no issues with other communities, we’ve been integrated and living in harmony with them for over a century.

    Now the onus lies in you to “take that one small step for man so it transforms into a giant leap for Lanka’s mankind. Gentlemen are you ready?

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    Muslims would have been better off if they had not taken advantage of the war period to convert non Muslims to Islam by marriage etc and engage in land grabbing in the Eastern province by illegal means. They also try to look different with burkha etc. Sinhalese people are also worried that Muslims are trying to grab their businesses from them. These activities are being carefully watched by every one. Muslims now think that they can induce enmity between Sinhalese and Tamils so that they can go back to their previous ways This won’t work this time because every one is very vigilant about the motives of Muslims.

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      What motives would that be? Are you spreading the conspiracy theories of Muslims taking over the country? Why don’t you do the maths, and realize 8 percent Muslims cannot take over the 70 percent of Sinhala Buddhists? Any statistician with common sense can explain that to you.

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    Sri Lanka is a land where citizen groups fought one against each other.

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

    It would be terrible if these recur, due to political reasons.

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      Justice,

      I don’t know about you, but as for me, I love a fight once in a while.

      For men, fighting is an integral part of our lives. Especially after the heavy influence of Alcohol, nothing like a big bloody brawl.

      And minorities are the perfect punching bag. But in India, Muslims have become very audacious. Perhaps, the Hindus should needs to show a bit more aggression and opt for total annihilation.

      Even during the old days in the US, they got Mandingos to fight each other.

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    The authors seem unaware of the role that Muslims once played in Left politics well into the 1970s– that was from before the UNP was formed and decades before the SLFP was even dreamed of.
    Muslims supported the FP for long. But the leaders of the FP and Muslim politicians worked at cross purposes.
    The emergence of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was a good thing as it gave the Muslims a voice; but when parliamentary strength was bargained for cabinet posts, the SLMC compromised itself. Its decay is no different from that of the CWC in the Hill Country.
    Muslim politics is made complex by the uneven distribution of Muslims, who are present in significant numbers in nearly every electorate. There has been no effort to evolve a common Muslim leadership.
    It comforts to pretend that there was no resentment of the Muslims among the Sinhalese, but for a few extreme elements. But resentment was there wherever there was rivalry and competition. Muslim politicians have been insensitive to the reality of communal hatred that had penetrated the Sinhalese majority. All the wheeling and dealing at high levels only hurt inter-community relations.
    *
    The stark reality is that Sri Lanka is nowhere near unity today. Divisions run very deep.
    To appeal to political parties, political and community leaders and the so-called civil society to work together to stop promoting hate politics and ethnic conflicts is daft at best. Where will all these groups without the communal divide.
    *
    Unity is possible only through struggling for justice. Parasitic classes will not be of any use.
    Will we ever dare to exposethe corrupt and opportunistic leaders among our own communities?
    Think outside the box.
    Mass politics has to develop outside the electoral boxing ring.

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      Here comes the anti Tamil , constantly apologising and justifying Islamic extremism and Sinhalese racism towards the island’s Tamils. Tamils always evil , when they are the victims of genocide , ethnic cleansing and war crimes and the perpetrators are the Sinhalese and Muslims , Tamils are to blame and the Sinhalese and Muslims are sweet and innocent as per this pathetic creature

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        Rohan read your own posts. They are full of anti-Sinhala venom. There is hatred in every sentence. Every adjective rapist, moda, racist, chauvinist, etc is full of anger.
        You lost the war for Eelam, this is your pathetic attempt to attack the Sinhalese as best you can.

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          Yes I attack the Sinhalese establishment and Sinhalese racists like you who are the cause of the all this mayhem in the island , the genocide and war crimes but not ordinary Sinhalese . I have never advocated the marginalisation and discrimination of the Sinhalese but fight for just Tamil rights in their own land. This may be racism for a Sinhalese bigoty like you, as you want Tamils and now Muslims to be second class or third class in their own land. However you constantly post anti Tamil and anti Muslim comments and advocate their marginalisation, in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and a fake twisted history.

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          Adrian aged 13 3/4

          ” They are full of anti-Sinhala venom. “

          If you find venom on attacks, it should be classified as attack on Sinhala/Buddhist (Anagarika’s Fascism) and not on Sinhalese nor on Buddhists.

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      Well said.

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    Where did they get this Sinhala Buddhist jealousy of Muslims Commercial and Business Interests?..
    =
    I buy all my Takeout Meals from Bilal in Wellala Gardens.
    I do my shopping in House of Fashion, No Lmit. which are owned by Muslims.
    But mind you I don’t go there for ladies clothing unlike some of my UNP mates do.

    Most of the Sinhala Buddhists who make up the Pohottuwa are poor inhabitants..
    They don’t do Business to be jealous and compete against Muslims.

    They who are the great majority in the Dalit population who nourished the Muslim traders all along to make the Muslims the second High Income group in the Land ,next to the Elite Anglican and Vellala Clans..

    The incomes and the net wealth of the Muslim community almost tripled after 2009 , when the Regime eliminated the LTTE and allowed the Muslims back into the North and the East.

    Come 2015 , the Muslims turned against the the same Regime and put the knife into Rajapakasas in particular .
    And took over several Ministries in return from Dr Ranil as Santhosam. which include the most important ones which really matter to the Wealth creation and Security of the nation.
    And made more money, while helping the UNP Cabinet to dismantle the security of the Nation.

    Then their Muslim brothers organized the biggest Suicide Bomb attack in the Asia if not the World targeting the Catholic Community hoping to pin the blame on the Sinhala Buddhists.

    Dr Wijedasa the ex UNP Justice Minister’s evidence to the Prez Commission on the Easter attack is an eye opener .
    He explained in great detail the Nexus among the UNP , the TNA, the Muslim Political Movement and the Norwegian Peacemakers on how they worked together before the 2015 Election.

    Does Kiriella sponsors this Kandy Forum?.
    If the Muslims are treated so bad , how come there is such a Formidable Grouping of Muslim s in Kandy , which is the heartland of the Sinhala Buddhists?..

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “I buy all my Takeout Meals from Bilal in Wellala Gardens.
      I do my shopping in House of Fashion, No Lmit. which are owned by Muslims.”

      Then periodically in self induced Sinhala/Buddhist trance go on rampaging, loot, burn down, beat up, kill ……………………. the very shops that catered for your every needs. Then claim you saved many MUslims and their properties.

      “Then their Muslim brothers organized the biggest Suicide Bomb attack in the Asia if not the World targeting the Catholic Community hoping to pin the blame on the Sinhala Buddhists.”

      How many of your Muslim brothers caused the devastation?
      Your Hindian brothers alerted your stupid lazy (un)intelligence agencies about impending attacks and possible targets yet the were caught napping. All because those asses were recruited for one reason and one reason alone, how to gather information on North East people particularly your other stupid brethren Tamils and how best to destroy them. In the process erase all evidences of war crimes.

      The jealousy prone, hatred driven, raging Sinhala/Buddhist are in denial. Get over it.
      A foreigner covered in Sinhala/Buddhist flag who was enthusiastically supporting Sri Lankan team was threatened, abused….. inside the stadium however no one had the b***s to kick him out of the stadium, although Gota has downloaded hundreds of his goons to control people.

      For that process Muslims were recruited in large numbers to serve the armed forces including (un)intelligent agencies. They were supposed to have informed on all anti state activists however they failed and failed miserably.

      Now as usual you are blaming the victims, Muslims too are victims. What a nonsense.

      Gota the aspiring Singapore president!!!!!

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        Dera Native,

        Hindian mates passed the Intelligence to your mates Dr Rani and Eagle Sira, who sat on it , until Zaharana and Ibrahim boys blew up Katupitiya, Kochachade and even Zion Church in Madakalapuwa killing 300 and maiming 800 innocent Catholic civilians .

        You know why?.

        After Dr Rani decimated the the brave Intelligence Service and put the good officers behind bars, all the undesirable got into powerful positions in the Police and even in the Military forces.

        And those undesirables were a perfect fit for the undesirables in Dr Rani’s Yahapalana Cabinet to carry on their dirty deeds..

        Just a few examples, Zaharan and Muslim buddies destroyed Buddha statutes in Kandy.
        Dr Ranil’s CID tried to pin it on Pohottuwa.

        50 Muslim Terrorist parading as Preachers were allowed into the country to do conversions in the East.
        To please the Zaharan’s mates in Dr Rani’s Cabinet..

        Dr Ranil and his Cabinet allowed the Dodgy Funds from the Middle East to build a totally private Sharia University by Hesbolla and Company.
        And kept Mum about it.

        Dr Ranil allowed the CID to work with low grade Politikkas like his Junior Minister Ramanayaka to even Fix Court Cases against innocent civilians.

        While the Colombo DIG alerted his juniors to provide security , the Officer in Charge of Kochikade area did not heed it.
        And Dr Rani’s mate the UNP IGP Pujitha didn’t do anything about it.-

        Wait Buddy , All will be revealed thanks to Nandasena.

        Just like what is happening to the UNP Deputy Galleon Ravi now, who was staying in a 5 Star Penthouse without knowing whether he owned or rented it…

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          We can discuss the intelligence cock up once you have sobered up.


          “Wait Buddy , All will be revealed thanks to Nandasena.”

          Is Gota the hangman wearing “The Emperor’s New Clothes”?

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            Dear Native,

            Did you see Chatura’s FIL wants Duleepa o reopen that Underage Bride Abduction case too , because Pilapitiya apparently made threats to him, on behalf of Dr Rajitha?.

            Dr Merv has hired a Black Magic dude to conduct a series of Poojas in Galleon Ravi’s 5 Star Luxury Digs in Colombo 3

            Dr Ranil has gone to Dubai to meet up with old Old Royal Buddy.

            Dulleepa is shooting off arrest orders to the new IGP in all hours of the day , although the poor IGP is still in Acting Mode.

            Unbelievable isn’t it ?.
            Specially in comparison to Dr Rani’ and his Yahapalana Cabinet Co activities in their 100 days.

            And Prez Nandasean is still in his White T Shirt and looks as Cool as a Cucumber ..

            Wonder whether Aloysious and Daddy went to that Black Magic Pooja organised by Dr Mev Silva to invoke Good Luck on Galleon Ravi ??.

            Or is it to bring bad luck on Eagle Sira , because Galleon said it is all Sira’s Conspiracy to get him.

            This must have given at least a little smile to Kesselwatta Kid, after being under the Boots of Galleon , Dr Rani and Akila Boy for now more than 100 days..

            BTW do you know whether that Black Magic Dude is Malayali? Because my Elder tell me those Muslim Dudes are good at it ..

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              “BTW do you know whether that Black Magic Dude is Malayali? Because my Elder tell me those Muslim Dudes are good at it ..”

              I am not sure if it works.
              Didn’t you tried to charm the Vellala women with support of a Shaman when not only she completely ignored you but also insulted you in a big way. Didn’t she say to you “man with little Willi should behave himself” or something to the effect?
              Read this:
              On Demonology and Witchcraft in Ceylon
              By
              Dandris De Silva Gooneratne

              The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
              Vol. 4, No. 13 (1865—66), pp. 1-117 (117 pages)

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          Ranil got played by LTTE, Muslims, Americans. LTTE never tried to kill him, you know why, he was always ready to make a dumb deal or give them intelligence like Millenium City. LTTE tried to eliminate Gota in 2006, they knew right away it was over for them. But an idiot like Ranil is useful for Maharaja’s people; as long as Ranil is there, UNP will lose all the elections.

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    “They should develop an integrated policy framework for national and community development and social harmony.”
    Islam is a non-native religion and in Ceylon it took a sizable segments of the Tamil community as Saivaites are not a evangelical religious group, and is loaded with caste mentality. Those were people who got attracted to conversion.
    Unlike Christianity, the other non-indigenous religion, followers converted Tamils had to take complete Arabic names, culture and the social norms with subjugation of females, including that for FGM but maintained without much education. The effect was that a truly segregated community especially with the advent of orthodox Islam emanating from the Arab world.

    To integrate, there has to be give and take. Take and take is not exactly a good foundation for integration. As a first step have an indigenously re-born Islam and free the women from being kept as child bering machines. Respect at least a part of the culture of the converted people, like in Christianity. Love thy neighbour.

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    What a face saving whitewash by the signatories, accusing all others as Islamophobic patients and painting a picture of innocent Muslims being unfairly accused by peoples of other faiths.

    Easter bombing is being comfortably swept under the carpet. Can all or any one of the signatories truly and genuinely say they knew nothing about plans of Easter Bombings? Also no sympathy has been expressed for the victims of the blasts .

    As if Rhetoric of hateful speeches by Muslim leaders like Hesbulla, Rishard and Hakim have never caught their attention, they took the freedom to blame all peoples of all other faiths. We are Fools to believe all what the article has tried to say.

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      Mano,

      You bring a very valid point. How could the signatories have not known about the Easter Bombings.

      In fact, most Muslim preachers and leaders would have known what was coming on that day way in advance. Of course, if they can sweep this massacre under the carpet like this, they could have very well kept silence and rejoiced at the loss of infidels.

      After all, when infidels are killed it brings them utmost joy and happiness.

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      Wow, you are all worked up buddy….the Muslims denounced the terrorist attacks on Easter day, and condemn these criminals.
      You seem uninformed, or is it just an opportunity for you to poison minds against them?

      “The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka on Sunday strongly condemned the multiple bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed a total of 207 and wounded over 400 people.

      “The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) condemns the attacks on the places of worship of our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo,” the group said in a statement.

      It described the attackers as “the extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realize their agenda”.

      The attack was deliberate and aimed to create panic and disrupt civil life, the statement added.”

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        Don’t you dare try to “buddy” me or “machan” me. I am a man in my 60s. I am a Veteran of the Armed forces of Sri Lanka and above all I am a Lion with a high pedigree.

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          reginald

          “above all I am a Lion with a high pedigree.”

          machan, this is rather confusing to me.I thought lions don’t have pedigrees.I love the lion,buddy,but it is still a wild animal.I prefer to be a human than a wild animal.

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          Yes, buddy, anything you command. You certainly don’t have any pedigree in your comments, nor insight.

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    This website is swarming with anti Muslim trolls (trained by Netanyahu’s pests), as soon as an article appears relating to the Muslims in Sri Lanka, they attack ALL Muslims viciously, and their hatred is obvious. They are most probably operating from Modi’s land, and paid some measly bucks to show just how nasty they can be. These foreigners, who can’t get their countries in order, and have been internationally condemned for their anti Muslim policies, are interfering in ours. What a bunch of losers. They are trying to set one Sri Lankan against the other, with their drivel.
    Sri Lankans beware.

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      You are no Sita but a Fathima . I can say a Pakistani troll. Ennadi Pathima Kallam Paraiyathe.

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        Have you been lynching poor Muslims lately for walking past a cow?
        You have no clue who I am, so quit trying. You have issues with Pakistan, go and bother them, don’t interfere in Sri Lanka and spreading your poison.

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          No Pathima aka Manel aka Seetha, I gave them solace and feed them ham and bacon sandwiches . They then gratefully worshipped Gau Matha ( Mother Cow ). Just like the way Tippu Sultan made the forcibly converted Hindus in North Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu eat beef. Stop making stupid comments Islamic fanatic , if you do so I will give you stupid replies. Modiji is correct Hindus , Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians in Pakistian, Bamgladesh and even in Afghanistan were and still are either forcibly converted or chased away to India. In Pakistan Christians and Hindus are constantly being falesely accused of Blasphemy and tried not only them but non Sunni Islamic sects like Ahmadis too. Hindu and Christian young women are constantly kidnapped and forcibly converted and married to older Muslim men. At the time of independence the percentage of Hindus in Pakistan as well as Bangladesh was high , now hardly any Hindu. On the contrary the percentage of Muslims in India is steadily increasing , proving that India does not persecute its Muslims or chase them away. The persecution of non Muslims is very overt in Pakistan and Afghanistan but very covert in Bangladesh , as the Bengali tend to be more nationalistic , but it is still there. Bangla Desh is overpopulated and Muslim Bengalis are illegally migrating into neighbouring Indian states , like Assam West Bengal, Mizoram, Tripura and are even moving further south , north and to the east. In many of India’s NE Indian states and parts of West Bengal the population illegal Bangladeshi immigrants with fake citizenship papers have now overtaken the local indigenous population and just like in the east of Sri Lanka , where Muslims arrived as refugees and are now persecuting the indigenous Tamils , they have started to persecute the local Hindu and Christian natives in these states.

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            In the Kashmir valley the Muslim majority ethnically cleansed the entire Kashmiri Hindu population numbering half a million , their own fellow Kashmiris who did not convert. The former state of Kashmir had three areas, Ladakh is predominantly Tibetan Buddhist and Jammu is predominantly Hindu , these people are different to the Kashmiris , therefore , they were separated and given their own states . What is wrong with that? What the Muslims in Kashmir and Pakistan wants is to forcibly convert all these areas Islam , so opposed this , just like the Muslims in the east oppose anything for Tamils , even in Tamil majority areas . Modi is only safeguarding India from this illegal Islamic flood of immigrants largely from Bangladesh. The Congress turned a blind eye to this demographic change as they benefitted from this. If Brave Modiji did not do this the eastern and NE parts of India , will soon become a new Islamic homeland , due to this flood of Bengali Muslim migration. You are very quiet about this. Always Muslim wants to migrate to non Muslim lands and then gradually convert it to some form of Islamic hell hold . Like Eastern Sri Lanka, Europe, India. Go to Saudi Arabia , Syria or Malaysia/Indonesia. They will never welcome you , despite being Muslims but in the name of Arab . Malay racism will chase you away.
            Modi is only safeguarding India from this illegal Islamic flood of immigrants largely from Bangladesh. The Congress turned a blind eye to this demographic change as they benefitted from this. If Brave Modiji did not do this the eastern and NE parts of India , will soon become a new Islamic homeland , due to this flood of Bengali Muslim migration. You are very quiet about this. Always Muslim wants to migrate to non Muslim lands and then gradually convert it to some form of Islamic hell hold

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            This fellow Sri Lankans, is one of Modi’s Bhakt trolls who are paid to come here and spew anti Muslim BS, because the world is now focused on Modi’s racist policies, the discrimination of Muslims, and the country is reeling with protests, they are a vicious lot, and should not be tolerated here.
            Note they bring Pakistan into the comments, when it is not applicable, and make up all sorts of anti Muslim BS, that they cannot support with credible links. They are NOT Sri Lankans, and they are NOT wanted here to poison our country like their country is poisoned. Please also note that Modi’s paid trolls have now injected themselves in our websites, and there are quite a few of them. Beware.

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      Sita is Manel going by the exact choice of her words and thoughts.

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        Both smart, informed, and thoughtful, I am sure.

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          Manel/Sita – Hmm, thoughtful? I don’t think so. It’s a predictable rehash of the same points over and over again. Sita and Manel are definitely one and the same person. A troll perhaps?

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            Certainly not one of MODI’S BHAKT PAID TROLLS.

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    India passed a law recently that basically makes it impossible for muslim migrants to flood into india and then claim citizenship. They had been doing this from bangladesh for many years and Modi finally put a stop to it. They do this on purpose to effect demographic changes and in their holy books it states that india will be turned into an islamic nation (look up gazwa-e-hind). This clearly reveals how the ‘ummah’ thinks.
    Now they have been causing scenes in india protesting and now rioting over the recent bill playing the ‘victim of racism’ card as usual. These crooks always want liberalism and multiculturalism ONLY in the infidel lands. So it allows them to take advantage of it and colonize the land. They hardly utter a word about how oppressive their own islamic nations are. Muslim countries are the only nations in the world which give the death penalty for apostasy!

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      Let’s take a factual look at how the Muslims are treated in such a “compassionate” nation like India:

      “There have been several instances of religious violence against Muslims since the Partition of India in 1947, frequently in the form of violent attacks on Muslims by Hindu mobs that form a pattern of sporadic sectarian violence between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Over 10,000 people have been killed in Hindu-Muslim communal violence since 1950 in 6,933 instances of communal violence between 1954 and 1982.[1]

      The causes of this violence against Muslims are varied. The roots are thought to lie in India’s history – resentment toward the Islamic conquest of India during the Middle Ages, policies established by the country’s British colonizers, and the violent partition of India into an Islamic state of Pakistan and India with a Muslim minority. Many scholars believe that incidents of anti-Muslim violence are politically motivated and a part of the electoral strategy of mainstream political parties who are associated with Hindu nationalism like the Bharatiya Janata Party (political wing of RSS). Other scholars believe that the violence is not widespread but that it is restricted to certain urban areas because of local socio-political conditions.[2]”

      For your information it is NOT only the Muslim who are protesting Modi’s racist law, it is people of ALL faiths. Your attempt to blame everything on the Muslims is obvious and noted. Modi’s trolls are busy here in Sri Lanka.

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    Manel/Sita – Yours is a hate filled and skewed presentation of facts. British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan on the demands of British India’s Muslim population. Pakistan largely expelled its Hindus. Bangladesh which seceded from Pakistan did so more slowly but did it all the same. Those Hindus who remained are persecuted. Muslims in India are far better off than Hindus were/are in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Many of the riots in India were started by Muslims, perhaps including the Delhi riots to embarrass Modi when Trump was in town. In Muslim majority Kashmir, Hindus were subject to ethnic cleansing. After voting for partition, many Bangladeshi Muslims chose to illegally immigrate to India to secure better living standards. There are demographic consequences here that any right thinking Indian would be wary of. Given the Taliban’s likely return to power in Afghanistan, India needs to protect its border and enumerate its genuine citizens -those descended from individuals listed in the citizens register of 1951. Manel/Sita – learn your history and stop being a chauvinist and anti-Hindu bigot.

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      She like most Muslims , keep quiet and silently condone the atrocities committed on the Hindus, Christians , Buddhists in Pakistan ., Bangladesh and Afghanistan , even on non Sunni Islamic sects like the Shia and Ahmadiyya., who have now been labelled as heretics. Very quiet about the forced conversions and the kidnaping of young Hindu and some Cbristian girls in Pakistan, who are raped and then forcibly married to their much older rapist in the name of Islam. What about the killing and ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Hindu Pundits , who were all forcibly evicted from their homes , farms and businesses and still not allowed to return . These HIndu Kashmiri Pundits are the original people of Kashmir , the Kashmiri Muslims are the descendants of Kashmiri Hindus who were forced to convert to Islam a few centuries ago and many from the Islamic Afghan invaders , who forced most Hindus in Kashmir to convert. Kashmir has some of most ancient sacred Saivite shrines in India, attesting to its ancient Hindu heritage. What does she want the Indian government and Modi to do nothing about the millions of illegal Bengali Muslims , who are swarming like a pack of locusts into the neighbouring Indian states and swamping and overtaking the local populations , Hindu, Christian and Buddhist? This has become a big issue in NE India and now even in Bengal and Odisha and further. If Bangla Desh cannot control its population problem and allow them to breed like rats, it is not neighbouring India’s problem to look after millions of poverty stricken East Bangla Muslims. and allow them to overrun eastern and north eastern India and even further and take over the land. India was partitioned and a land for the Indian Muslims were given , yet many remained , as life for them was still better in Hindu India and in so called Islamic Pakistan that was run by racist Punjabi and Pashtun Muslims , who treated darker skinned Bengali Muslims and Indian Muslims like dirt.

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        Bhakt trolls write comments that are irrelevant, and not connected to the article. This article is about Sri Lanka, the government, and Sri Lankan Muslims. Therefore your efforts have been in vain. Stay on that side of the Indian Ocean. Thanks.

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      We are not interested in what happened to India centuries ago, and as a Modi’s Bhakt Troll, you are not convincing anyone with your paid for propaganda. Learn to live with Pakistan, and do not come here and poison our country with your BS.
      Also get this into your head – criticizing Modi and his racist policies IS NOT being a “anti Hindu bigot”. Read this article, and you will see we are not interested in India, but we will continue to criticize it’s treatment of the minority. Okay, clear now?

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        Islam deserves better advocates. Manel is going off like a broken record. Its a harangue and is not helpful.

        As a Muslim, here are my observations. Sri Lanka will have elections next month. Its scheduled on the first day of Ramadan. It roughly coincides with the first anniversary of the Easter bombs. The message is clear. There will be anti-Muslim sentiment. The Government wants a two thirds majority. It will try to do so in two ways. One is to polarize the electorate in the run-up to the polls by getting others to spew anti-Muslim and anti-Tamil sentiment. The second step would be through post-election deals. That’s what I earlier meant that Muslims and Tamils need to be alert in the short run. I refer to the treaty of Hudaybiyya in the history of Islam confirmed by the Quran surah 48 ayat 1 and the Prophet’s (PBUH) pact with the Jews in the very first year of Hijrah. That’s the precedent that I advocate with the Tamils. I will repeat this important point in other comments threads as well.

        Manel does a disservice by indirectly demeaning Hindus. This is not Islam.

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          Maybe you don’t like facts and the truth hurts? What you find “offensive” is the truth. Please note I am criticizing the racist Modi and his racist policies, which I have proven from credible sources.
          If the truth hurts, take it up with him, and get him to change his racist ways. The ENTIRE WORLD has condemned his actions.

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    Sita/
    How can you say we are trolling the Muslims and naming us as ‘trained by Netanyahu’s pests’? Before blaming others one must set an example of virtues.
    Are we sworn idiots to swallow all what you vomit in hatred to score sympathy ?

    We are aware many Muslims have condemned just as a face saving and not in genuineness. Had they been sincere in their words they should have called for a public commission of inquiry and make certain that due justice and compensation to the victims and the perpetrators and their acolytes put to trial and have them punished so that no other terrorist activity never ever take place.

    The signatories include luminaries like professors and doctors and for this intelligentsia to make a statement as the one here, had taken nearly 11 months and we are infidels for demanding a reason why this letter now?

    Is it because they have helped GR to win the presidential race and now throwing at him a hook to win his favors as customary of their politics they have played in the past?

    We need to be true even in politics or call all a farce.

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      Yes, you are sworn Modi idiots, paid to spew BS here in Sri Lanka.
      Kindly keep out of our country, and treat your minority better.

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    This is an article in the Hindu about Tamil Muslims written by a Jordanian

    http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/research-on-tamil-muslims/article19125378.ece#!

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    I can assure the reader, as a frequent visitor to Lanka, your Moslems are perhaps the most radicalized, most barbaric, most vile and scheming ISIS supporting Jihadists in the whole world. Undoubtedly they are poisoning you, our land, your rivers, your entire country. They are engaged in a very clear slow genocide of the Kaffir Buddhists, Hindus using Taqqia deception and when the message came they followed the ISIS diktat to the letter and killed hundreds of innocents in a bloody feast for Allah on Easter Sunday. You listen to this gaggle of rogues who are writing Taqqia mumbo jumbo about so called Islamphobia while they do not say a word about the Moslem barbarism and fanaticism, and you will be fooled until you are either wiped out or converted to Islam. Time to act it NOW!. Elect members to parliament who will bring these killers to justice, control growth of Moslem population by enforced family planning, and impose massive taxes of illegal and deceptive Moslem commerce. There is no other way

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