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Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim racism – Observation On Muslim-Tamil Relations – II

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

A clarification is required about the title of this article. I refer only to a narrow segment, a very narrow segment, of the Tamils, not the totality of them, or the generality or the majority of them. Does that very narrow segment of Tamils merit a two or three part article? I believe they do for several reasons. By and large the relations between Muslims and Tamils are quite satisfactory. In fact, I am told, that there is better rapport between the Muslims and the Tamils – the Tamil-speaking peoples – than there is between either of them and the Sinhalese. It is only in the Eastern Province that Muslim-Tamil relations are troubled, already I suspect to a fairly serious extent. There the Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists could come to play a catalytic role in creating yet another monstrous ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

We must also bear in mind that what today seems to be the lunatic fringe can tomorrow become the center. The French Prime Minister forecast some weeks ago that the National Front – which for decades was regarded as belonging to the lunatic fringe – could come to power in a couple of years. In India the RSS was for decades regarded as belonging to the lunatic fringe but today its idiotic Hindutva ideology reigns in the state, mosques and churches are being destroyed, and moves are afoot to build temples in honor of Godse the assassin of Gandhi. The most distressing example of the commutation between the lunatic fringe and the center has been that of Sri Lanka. For here the lunatic fringe has always been at the center, on both sides of the ethnic divide. The result has been a quarter century of war with 100,000 dead. It would be very foolish of us to ignore the incendiary potential in the Tamil ant-Muslim lunatic fringe on the ground that they are numerically not very significant.

I come now to a relevant autobiographical detail. Sometime in the first half of the ‘nineties, I was one of the three speakers at a meeting organized by the Church of Sri Lanka, the other two being Sarachchandra and Dr.Devanesan Nesiah. The latter stated that as an official I had had a blameless record but thereafter I was somehow at the center of controversy. He added that he was in agreement with ninety percent of what I wrote. He clearly meant that my writings proving to be so controversial was difficult to understand and required explanation. I will not venture on an explanation at the moment. The point that I want to make is that my peculiar capacity for being at the center of controversy, spotted by Dr. Nesiah, has continued over the decades, so that I have plenty of experience enabling me to assess the peculiar character of Tamil attacks on me.

My weekly articles in the Island are published simultaneously in the Colombo Telegraph where, unlike in the print media, there is ample space for responses. I have received many encomiums directly through email, disproportionately from Tamils which I thought was easily understandable because for decades I have been outspokenly critical on Sinhalese racism against the Tamils. Quite suddenly my articles in the Colombo Telegraph started receiving extremely negative responses. I noticed after some time that all those extremely negative responses came from writers using nom de plumes, and invariably those nom de plumes declared a Tamil identity. When I pointed this out the reply was that I had been attacked also by several others whose non de plumes did not suggest a Tamil identity. Quite true, but those responses registered sober dissent and nothing of the rage and hatred that characterized the Tamil responses. For instance a writer with a Burgher name was very critical of me but he declared nonetheless that I had “much to contribute”. That would have been unthinkable from a Tamil racist. A Sinhalese, who I know hates my guts, declared that I am “well read and readable”. That too would have been unthinkable from a Tamil racist.

Some features struck me as rather curious about the Tamil attacks. They were invariably written in fluent English and obviously came from educated professionals. The emails I get – very infrequently -from Sinhalese racists are usually written in poor English. I had the impression that the Tamil attacks came from expatriates – I made the point and it was not denied. The most interesting feature to which I want to draw attention is that the Tamil attacks seemed to be organized, not just a random phenomenon. They did not start with my first article in the Colombo Telegraph, it took a little while for them to get going, after which for several weeks every article of mine provoked attacks by around seven to ten Tamils. Suddenly they subsided for some weeks, after which they erupted again with the old fury. In the present phase they have subsided again, but a couple of newcomers have entered the fray with the same fury as the old-timers. Recently one of the old-timers blurted out a detail that clearly indicated that he was attacking me under instructions. I leave it to others who may be better informed to make sense of all this.

I am afraid that this article will be excessively long if I go into details to substantiate my charge – made on the basis of the attacks on me in the Colombo Telegraph – of Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism. The interested reader will have to access the relevant material through the internet. I can do no more here than provide just a few pointers. A consistent feature of my exchanges with the Tamil racists has been a total imperviousness to fact and reason and a total absence of moral scruple on their part. I will provide an instance. I wrote more than once that if not for India the Tamils would be treated like a conquered people – that is to say like dirt. A Tamil reader claimed that I showed disrespect for the Tamils in using the term “like dirt”. Another, one of the worst of the Tamil racists, declared that in using such language I showed up my very low upbringing, unlike that of my former colleague Bandu Silva. The racist hated was so strong that he failed to understand – although he is fluent in English – that I was deploring the ways of the conqueror, not of the conquered. In reply I cited the case of Somerset Maugham, a life-long Francophile, who fled France when the Nazis invaded that country. When asked what would be the fate of the French under Nazi occupation, he replied tersely “Eat shit”. I pointed out that Maugham was deploring the ways of the Nazi conqueror, not of the conquered French. In fact he was showing contempt for the Nazis. Instead of accepting that clarification, the Tamil racist burst out that my choice of an example using the word “shit” only showed what a low degraded fellow I am. He clearly displayed a total imperviousness to fact and reason, a total absence of moral scruple, and also a savage racist compulsion to view the Muslims as low degraded people.

I will provide one more example to illustrate the depth of the Tamil racist hatred. The ostensible reason for the attacks on me is supposed to be that I am anti-Tamil and that I am widely notorious for being anti-Tamil. I will show in the next part of this article that the truth is the very opposite. I have in fact been dangerously outspoken on Sinhalese racism against the Tamils and on Muslim support for that racism. It is a mystery why the Tamil racists feel under some sort of compulsion to project me as anti-Tamil. Anyway they are unable to provide any evidence to substantiate their charge. Therefore they picked on a charge made against me by a Tamil that I had advocated famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebels. I showed in an article in the Island that in fact I had advocated the very opposite – that the Government should not use famine as a weapon. In recent months the Tamil racists have repeatedly made that charge. I challenged them to produce the documentary evidence but they were unable to do so. Actually the document can be easily accessed by clicking on my reply to Arvind in 2006. I believe that the Tamil racists were deliberately lying all along. It must take a terrible hatred to try to incriminate someone by imputing to him the very opposite of what he had advocated.

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    “A clarification is required about the title of this article. I refer only to a narrow segment, a very narrow segment, of the Tamils”

    any one out there reading this guys utterings please give an executive brief

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      Zero rating

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        Double zeros rated article of this Racist

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      Izeth Hussain

      RE: Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim racism – Observation On Muslim-Tamil Relations – II

      “A clarification is required about the title of this article. I refer only to a narrow segment, a very narrow segment, of the Tamils, not the totality of them, or the generality or the majority of them.”

      You will find Lunatic fringes among the Tamils, among the Sinhala and among the Muslims. As long as their percentages are low, they will be a nuisance only. However, when their numbers go up, they become a real problem, to themselves and to all around them.

      I am of opinion that you are wasting your time discussing the Tamil Lunatic Fringe, Anti-Muslim racism. The Stupid Tamils while having their hands full with rhe Sinhala alienated the Muslims as well. The Mootal and stupid ta,mils are a curse for the Tamils with common sense.

      Did the Mootal Verran Velupillai Prabakaran teach the Tamils to be Mootals and Stupid, even stupider than the Sinhala Modayas?

      Otherwise how did he manage to single handedly to alienate the sinhala, the Muslims, the indians and the rest of the world?

      So, the Tamil Lunatic fringe, hurts the Tamils Most of all. When will Mootals learn?

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        Amarasiri – I have not been wasting my time. I have been gathering material for this article. I have in mind establishing two points of the greatest importance. One, a minority of Tamils are dangerously anti-Muslim. Two, they can ignite a conflagration in the Eastern Province with Muslim fundamentalists playing a fateful role. – Izeth

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          Izeth Hussain

          “One, a minority of Tamils are dangerously anti-Muslim. Two, they can ignite a conflagration in the Eastern Province with Muslim fundamentalists playing a fateful role. – Izeth “

          If so:

          1. I suspect, just like the BBS, they may have been funded and supported by Norway, Israel and the Fundamentalist Christian West.

          2. Former President Rajapaksa claims that BBS was funded by Norway, Israel and the West (Christian?)

          3. Remember, there is a Mootal Tamil Fraction,who can be fooled by the various groups.They were unsuccessful in getting the Tamil with Common Sense to boycott or not to vote for Maitripala Sirisena.

          Therefore, it s good for you to expose these groups at an early stage.

          Be vigilant, and expose and expose these anti-nationalistic, anti-democratic groups.

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            Amarasiri – thanks very much. As I pointed out in my article the attacks against me have been concerted ones. It seemed to be a campaign to stop me being published. Was it the LTTE? I wouldn’t put any idiocy past them. I hadn’t thought of a foreign connection. Now that you mention that possibility, I find it interesting that the Tamil racists have always tried to project me as anti-Indian. – Izeth

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              Izeth Hussain

              “As I pointed out in my article the attacks against me have been concerted ones. It seemed to be a campaign to stop me being published. Was it the LTTE? I wouldn’t put any idiocy past them. I hadn’t thought of a foreign connection”

              There is simply too much circumstantial evidence regarding the western Foreign connection to funding Anti Muslim activities in sri lanka.

              Sinhala and Muslims are to a greater extent can be fooled as there are many Modayas, Mootals and fools.

              Remember, BBs was funded by Norway, The LTEE Connection, Israel and Western Christians. So, Amarasiri supports All your Articles that exposes these connections.

              The Complication you have, the Muslims have is the Iblis, Satan following Wahhabis and their Clones. They have really destroyed the Muslims, especially the Sufis, and the others who Loved Allah beyond the traditional prayers.

              The Circumstantial evidence points to Wahhabis as the agents of Iblis, Satan, the curse of Muslims who follow Allah.

              This message should be taught to Muslims. Wahhabis, the Iblis Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqCo8kRNlsg

              Devils Deception of Bilal Phillips Salafi/Wahhabi – P1

              Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

              Bilal Philips is a Student of Pseudo Islam from Najd Riyadh Saudi University – Najd is a Place where the Prophet Muhammad(saw) did not like or pray for it because he knew that DEVILS and his Helpers will come from Najd – this is true for today as the Saudi Wahhabi Saud DAYANASTY WHICH came from NAJD – has made Najd Riyadh as their CAPITAL to SPREAD INSULTS AT PROPHET MUHAMMAD(SAW) in a guise of teaching Islam and Shrik to Muslims in Oder to make the True Islam and love for Prophet Muhammad(saw) WEAK in the Muslims Heart and allow the devil to eastablish his Kingdom in SAUDI ARABIA and be the Helpers of DAJJAL when he comes from Israel – The Saudi have already given Fatwa that Palestinians should leave Plasetine and Go to some other place – these are the biegning of sings that the DAJJAL helpers are READY IN

              THE NAJDI KINGDOM OF PRESENT SAUDI ARABIA TO DESTROY ISLAM by spreading false outrageous so called correct Islam according to thier devil minds – Muslims beware of Billal Philips or any other Wahhabi /SALAFI /Ahle Hadith scholars who was trained by Saudi Najdi as these are not Scholars of Islam but scholars of DEVIL !!!

              Narrated Ibn Umar: The Prophet (s)said, O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Sham! O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Yemen. The People said, And also on our NAJD. He said, O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Sham (north)! O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Yemen. The people said, O Allahs Apostle! And also on our NAJD. I think the third time the Prophet (s) said, There (in NAJD) is the place of earthquakes and afflictions and from there comes out the side of the head of Satan.

              Sahi Bukhari (Book #88, Hadith #214)

              It can be deduced from the above Hadith that Najd is neither blessed nor a good place but one of Fitna and Evil. Najd has been deprived of the prayers of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) and therefore Najd has the seal of misery and misfortune and hoping for any good from there is going against the Will of Allah.
              NOTE: NAJD IS THE CENTRAL EASTERN PART OF ARABIA LYING EXACTLY TO THE EAST OF HEJAZ OR MEDINA, PRESENTLY CALLED AS RIYADH HAIL , BURRAYDAH THE CAPITAL OF HYPOCRITES WAHHABIS AND SALAFIS ,THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE GREAT DEVILS AND FITNAH IBN ABDUL WAHHAB AND THE PRESENT WAHHABI SALAFI SAUD DYNASTY

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          Izeth Hussain

          “One, a minority of Tamils are dangerously anti-Muslim. Two, they can ignite a conflagration in the Eastern Province with Muslim fundamentalists playing a fateful role. – Izeth”

          Tamil BBS Funded by Norway and the West?

          https://www.facebook.com/AnverManatunga/videos/vb.283014815112033/823206157759560/?type=2&theater

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          Dear IH, However much you say, there is a hidden agenda of anti-Tamil and anti-Indian hatred in your articles, either on your own volition or at the instigation of foreign Islamic states notably Pakistan.

          Please remember that Tamils showed restraint on the Muslims despite all dirty acts committed, until what LTTE did. Even LTTE clearly stated that a future state of Ealam will be secular. Please state the truth.

          I will boldly state that if any conflict erupts in eastern province, then it will be due to Muslims and not Tamils, because there are numerically more Muslims in lunatic fringe than among Tamils.

          For any fair minded person, it is evident that Tamils have been done injustice in Eastern province by acts of murder, ethnic cleansing and deliberate alteration of ethnic balance to make them a minority.

          There was a chance to redress this recently, by allowing TNA to rule eastern province by fair minded Sinhalese and Muslims giving support. But what happened was, Muslims demanded their pound of flesh.

          RSS is a fanatic organisation, but they are no where near the atrocities that have been committed by various Islamic fanatic organisations in Muslim majority states against other religious minorities.

          Tamils are showing restraint with a hope that justice will be delivered to them. Therefore they are not going to create any trouble first. You seem to be one who is against Tamils getting their due rights.

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          A minority they may yet be, but going by the comments, certainly NOT a fringe element.

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          Izeth Hussain

          http://www.ceylontoday.lk/59-38048-news-detail-muslims-are-self-alienating-dr-ameer-ali.html

          “I could see that already half of the trees had died. I told the Muslims to go to Tissamaharama and see what has been planted there: Tamarind trees, which are shady and bearing fruit. Are we living in this country or are we living in Arabia?” Ameer Ali

          Izeth Hussain, What can you do for your Community? They have gone from people with common sense, to Mootals with bo common sense.,

          The Mootals from arabia has transformed the sri Lanka Muslims with Common sense into Mootals with Common sense?

          Or Its ir until the Oil money Runs out?

          Remember, the Wahhabis Follow Iblis, Shaitan, Satan. Why are the Sri lanka muslims following Inlis? Wahhab and Saudi money?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

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      The two thumbsup for the edited out comment was intriguing. Were they put up by Robert R himself and his concubine?

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    Does that very narrow segment of Muslims merit a two or three part article?

    No you can write hundreds of articles about a segment of Muslims extremists funded by narrow Segments of Sinhalese fundamentalists like Gota and Islamic terrorists of Muslim nations.

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    Please also write about the radical fringe Wahabi Zealots dominating the East and intimidating Buddhists and Hindus. OTherwise you become a geriatric Anti Tamil Anti Sinhalese apologist for Islam. Right now, across the world it is Islamists who are the most savage Sir. The backward areas of Kattankudi, the women forced to wear all black from head to toe like in Saudi Arabia are all relatively new phenomena. Please Sir write about it before it is too late. Jihadi philosophy got two mosques to fight each other. Salafists with Saudi money are breeding a violent intolerant breed of shrew Muslims.

    We all worry about a Jihadi violent terrorist structure gaining ground thanks to Saudi funding. We cannot let intolerant people who are forcibly converting buddhist and hindu girls to muslim in order to marry muslim boys destroy our tolerant way of life. Muslims and Evangelicals are the real danger.

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      TinPotJihadi

      “Please also write about the radical fringe Wahabi Zealots dominating the East and intimidating Buddhists and Hindus.”

      Islamic Republic of Kattankudy is a province of Saudi Arabia, a world/super power with 30 million people.

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        Native Vedda

        “Islamic Republic of Kattankudy is a province of Saudi Arabia, a world/super power with 30 million people.”

        You need support for your assertion.

        Correction:

        Iblisic and Shaitanic Wahhabi Satanic ICCUPIED Kattankudy is a Tributary State of The Iblisic Wahhabi -Salafi Shaitanic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a World/Devil power with 30 million people under the Management of Iblis. They follow the Iblisic, Devil Tradition of making women bear black and appear like Ghosts. They came from the Najad region of Saudi Arabia, as referenced in the Hadith.

        The Iblis has taken over Islam in Saudi Arabia and in the Wahhabi Versions. Iblis does not like people praying to Allah, and therefore want to disrupt them. An example is their violent opposition to the Sufis, as they follow Islam and Love Allah in their hearts as well. So, the Shaitan following Wahhabis and their clones, attack Sufis and other Muslims. Iyt is like Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters attacking Maitripala Sirisena supporters..

        Hadith of Najd

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

        Location of Najd

        The apparent meaning of ‘najd’ indicates a raised area, it is regarded that there are up to 13 various locations in the region regarded as ‘najd’.[9] Various misconceptions have arisen with regard to the ‘hadith of Najd’ due to the modern day named area of Najd in Saudi Arabia. Historically the location has been accounted as being between the borders of Iraq and modern day Saudi Arabia. This is in accordance to “Najd Qarnu ash-Shaytaan” the definition of Najd depends on one’s own location, and from Madina, Najd would be Iraq. The area is indicated by various scholars of hadith as to be in accordance with this.

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      TinPotJihadi and Izeth Hussein,

      “Right now, across the world it is Islamists who are the most savage Sir. The backward areas of Kattankudi, the women forced to wear all black from head to toe like in Saudi Arabia are all relatively new phenomena. Please Sir write about it before it is too late. Jihadi philosophy got two mosques to fight each other. Salafists with Saudi money are breeding a violent intolerant breed of shrew Muslims. “

      Yes. Expose the Iblis, satan following Wahhabis and their Clones

      You need to expose the Iblis, Shaitan, Satan, Devil Following Wahhabis and their clones, for what they are, Devil Followers, funded by Wahhabi Saudi Arabia to destroy the Muslims from Within.

      Wahhabis and their clones, ISIS, ISIL, Taliban, Deobandi, Boko Haram and others are the worst Offenders of Islamic Teachings.

      They Follow IBLIS, Satan, Shaitan, and the Wahhabi Virus has infected the Muslim Community.

      Examples are many. a Selected Few

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

      Hadith of Najd

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

      All Terrorism Comes from Salafis/Wahabis not from Islam

      https://www.facebook.com/SalafiTerrorism/posts/301496499988483

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        All,

        Muslims are self-alienating – Dr. Ameer Ali

        They are Misled by the Iblis, Shaitan., Satan Following Wahhabis and their Clones
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

        http://www.ceylontoday.lk/59-38048-news-detail-muslims-are-self-alienating-dr-ameer-ali.html

        Muslims are self-alienating – Dr. Ameer Ali
        Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar and a former adviser of Muslim Affairs of Australian Prime Minister, John Howard’s Government, said Muslims in Sri Lanka are self-alienating themselves from the mainstream community. He is an academic at the Faculty of Management and Governance of Murdoch University. He spoke to Ranga Jayasuriya on the issues confronting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

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        Muslims are self-alienating – Dr. Ameer Ali

        Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar and a former adviser of Muslim Affairs of Australian Prime Minister, John Howard’s Government, said Muslims in Sri Lanka are self-alienating themselves from the mainstream community. He is an academic at the Faculty of Management and Governance of Murdoch University. He spoke to Ranga Jayasuriya on the issues confronting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

        Excerpts:

        Q:

        What is your take on the recent anti-Muslim propaganda? The general, rather liberal interpretation is that a peaceful Muslim minority has come under the threat of hegemonic Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. But, isn’t that a bit too simplistic?

        A: There is the revival of religion all over the world. There is the rise of the Christian right in the Bible belt of America, which wields a strong influence on the American legislature. There is the revival of Islam in the Middle East. Hinduism is on the rise in India. We also see the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Therefore, this is not a unique phenomenon. Religion is coming back after one hundred years of rationalism, during which we thought religion had been forced backstage. We believed that everybody would be happy in a materialistic society. And subsequently, there was the rise of Marxism, which had been dominant in some parts of the world in the past 75 years. But, since the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, religion has made a comeback as a strong force in some of those countries, for instance, in Poland. And even under communism, sects such as the Falun Gong in China are increasingly active below the radar. Therefore, this is a worldwide trend. The emptiness in the people’s minds has been filled by religion. In the same line of events, I see the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

        Q:

        However, the revival has led to confrontation between Buddhism and other religions as we see at present.

        A: We had more than one millennium of harmony among Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, until 1915. People accepted each other’s culture. Islam is part of that cultural mosaic. Even when the Muslims were chased out by the Portuguese, they were accepted by the Kandyan Kingdom. Of course, there was disturbance in 1915, caused by divisions cultivated by colonialism. But, those differences were resolved soon, and a number of Muslims were among the vocal campaigners for independence from Great Britain, and Muslims were part of Sinhalese- dominated governments since independence.

        However, since the 1970s, there has been the development of orthodox Islam, which is something new to this country. And this orthodox brand of Islam is the result of the economic opportunities created in the Middle East. Muslims who went there for job opportunities came back with a different mindset, influenced by the religious perception of the Saudis and other neighbouring countries. Unfortunately, this resulted in Muslims in this country isolating themselves from the mainstream society, in terms of their dress, their values and their practices.

        Q:

        Not only self alienation, this prompts confrontation between communities and their values, don’t you think?

        A: Many issues have come up due to the new brand of imported Islam. Things that had been accepted for so long have now been questioned. The Muslim community in this country has to decide whether they want to be Muslims of Sri Lanka or Muslims in Sri Lanka. I feel that they are isolating themselves. This self alienation is new. It is time for Muslims to engage in self introspection. The vast majority of Buddhists are not fanatics. I was born in this country, lived in this country and most of my friends are Sinhalese. The vast majority of Sinhalese are not racists. Of course, there is a minority, who is very vocal and is trying to grab attention. But, the majority Sinhalese will very soon realize that these groups are taking the country in the wrong direction.

        As far as the Muslims concerned, they have to sit back and take stock, and decide where they have gone wrong.

        Q:

        Where have they gone wrong?

        A: I can pin-point several developments. There are separate Buddhist schools, Tamil schools and Muslim Schools – fair enough. But, Muslim schools are operating on a different calendar. I cannot see any country other than Sri Lanka where they close schools during the fasting month. This is a privilege the Muslims gained in 1950, because Sir Razik Fareed, who was a leader, an activist, but not an educationist, asked for this concession, and the then government consented. At that time, the Muslims thought that it was a good thing that they could fast without other obligations. But, in the current race for economic opportunities, when the Muslim schools are closed, other schools are operating. When others are closed, Muslim schools are operating.

        Understandably enough, the government will arrange things like refresher courses and training courses when the majority of the teachers are on holiday, but when the majority of schools are closed, Muslim schools are operating. The Muslim community is losing due to this arrangement. It is time for the Muslim community to decide whether they should continue with this arrangement.

        The Muslims say they have a long history and they have contributed a lot. That is history. The Tamils, and Sinhalese and Christians want to see it happening. How are the Muslims behaving? Are they intermingling with others?

        Take one example; the Kandy Perehara. Of course, it originated as a religious event, but now it is more than that; it is a national festival. It is an occasion that attracts millions of tourists and television viewers. There are Havadies by the Hindus, Merlm by the Hindus. Where are our Muslim brothers? What are they doing?

        Also, on Independence Day, why cannot we hoist the national flag in front of our mosques and schools and other institutions? These simple things can send a positive message to the wider community.

        Q:

        However, there is a recent effort by some segments of Muslims to highlight their differences with other communities. Not so much to do with historical similarities. Have you observed that?

        A: I have one observation. When I went to the Eastern Province, in Kattankudy, they have planted date palms to decorate the roadside. My question was, as to what is the connection between date palms and Kattankudy or date palms and Sri Lanka. Why do you spend millions of rupees to make it look like Arabia? I could see that already half of the trees had died. I told the Muslims to go to Tissamaharama and see what has been planted there: Tamarind trees, which are shady and bearing fruit. Are we living in this country or are we living in Arabia?

        Take cattle slaugher. It is not the halal issue. halal is a trillion dollar industry in the world. See the way the cows are being slaughtered. I have seen the way cows are dragged into the slaughter house. How can people tolerate such a practice? These are things we have to sit back and take stock on.

        Take another example: The black dress that is covering the whole female body, except the eyes, which is alien to Sri Lanka. This attire has nothing to do with Islam, whereas it is misconstruing Islam. It is confrontational. I can see Muslims are voluntarily alienating themselves.

        Q:

        You referred to self alienation by the Muslims. Did it begin with the arrival of the austere brand of Islam, Wahhabism, from the Middle East?

        A: This is only one brand of Islam. Those are people who believe what the Saudis are doing is the purest form of Islam. But take Indonesia, where the majority of Muslims follow a different brand of Islam.

        Q:

        Wahhabism and the rising Islamic militant rhetoric in the East, in places in Kattankudy are allegedly financed by Middle Eastern funding. Have you seen any evidence in this regard?

        A: There are no statistics on the funds that come from Saudi Arabia. I don’t think they are institutionally funding wahhabism. But a lot of private funds are coming in. There are 58 mosques in Kattankudy. I went to one of the mosques to pray and there were not even 20 people. The whole mosque was empty. Why do you need to build more mosques when even the existing mosques are empty? What happens is that those who returned from the Middle East as preachers, want to build mosques. A fair amount of land is occupied by mosques. I don’t think there is radicalization. But, there is influence exerted by the funders, the Saudis, which is natural.

        Q:

        But the brand of Islam that is imported from Saudi Arabia is intolerant in its teachings.

        A: Exactly. It is increasingly becoming intolerant of others. In the history of Islam, it has been very tolerant. In Moghul India, the palace of Akbar was full of non-Muslims. This new brand is a misrepresentation of Islam and its scriptures.

        Q:

        Do you see a conflict between the moderate Islam and its ultra conservative brand?

        A: I have not seen that in Sri Lanka, but there is a clash between liberal Islam and orthodox conservative Islam in other countries.

        In the world arena, there are three poles of contention. There are Saudis with their intolerant Islam; there are Turks with a very tolerant outlook of Islam, and there are Iranians with their Shia Islam. There is a confrontation among these three forces for the hegemony of Islam.

        Q:

        You are asking the Muslim community to take stock and address concerns. What are the key issues, in your mind that needs to be addressed?

        A: The Muslims are suffering from an image problem, which they need to address. No one in this country says don’t practice Islam. But, the current image of Islam is confrontational. This dress (burka) is confronting. Muslim Women in the 70s wore saris. It is the misreading of Islamic scriptures that has led to the current situation. We are just isolating ourselves. That can easily be done by providing leadership.

        Q:

        Do you think banning the burka would be an appropriate action? France did that and the BBS in Sri Lanka is demanding for a ban on the burka.

        A: You cannot solve the problem by banning it. We had the same problem in Australia. The government wanted to ban. I told them: “Look, it is counterproductive. People would react much worse.

        Extremism should be countered through education, which should be done by Muslims themselves.

        I have not heard any mosque in Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world opposing the burka.

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    Let me wait for the next article before further comment.

    Sengodan. M

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    Reading this absolute, racist bore and weekly trouble maker I am reminded of what that irrepressible MP/Minister IMRA Irriyagolle said in the House pouring his ire, as I recall, on DHG Sirisena, MP of Akurana – the latter in the Fireworks trade with a shop in front of the Fort Railway Station. The trade mark of Sirisena’s products were called Alidon i.e. emphasis on a huge noise.

    “Mr. Speaker, to my mind there are two types of pachayas. One is called Ali pachayas. The other – Don Pachayas. But my friend from Akurana can easily be called an alidon pachaya..”

    This is, of course, not ad verbatim as I speak from memory.

    I will join others in exposing this anti-Tamil, anti-Hindu,
    anti-Indian mischief maker after seeing his final instalment. I must insist our issue is with this suspect sick individual and alidon pachaya. Not with the Muslim community – the vast majority of them peaceful and without the racial poison he is made of and has for long broadcast recklessly. They (Muslims) are as helpless today with extremists like Hussain among them as the Tamils were fated in previous decades.

    Kettikaran

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    Mr. Hussein,

    Epic failure. Just give up and let the forward thinking young SRI LANKANS find a solution to the island’s problem. Your time is gone.

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    CT. Why do you allow this kind of narrow minded [Edited out] a space here.

    I would give double ZEROS FOR HIS EFFORT.

    GOOD BYE. RACIST

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    Dear Izeth Hussain –

    ” I refer only to a narrow segment, a very narrow segment “
    This exists even in a purest of pluralist society. We are long way off. We have to untangle ourselves from all the mess that was purposefully created by the waring parties to increase their power base. Hopefully efforts are made to slow down further divisions.
    The attacks by some that you are referring to is either because of automatic assumption of being anti-tamil; the title itself is provocative (Tamil Lunatic Fringe) or you are thought to be an ” apologist for Islam ” as one reader pointed out above.
    Why not touch upon distinct extremism that is growing within the Islamic community encouraged by some outside influence. This itself is viewed with great suspicion by other communities.

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    He himself should know that his great-great grand parents are TAMIL HINDUS …..

    There were no Mulims is East before the arrival of Portugease….

    The Muslims in the East are all converted Tamil Hindus…..today try to rule Tamils…this is the problem.

    Muslims politicians learned a,b,c,d…in politics from Federal Party …even when they crossed over for piece bones Tamils never protest …but the whole problem started with this guy Ashraf (once a prominent speaker in Federal Party meetings) who encouraged uneducated Muslim thugs to join SL army and harass ..kill..loot Tamils …Allah is good ….Ashraf went to heaven in the helicopter ..

    Not a single head of the departments today in the East is a Tamil all goes to Thambies …even in government jobs recruited by this comedy Provincial council majority go to thoppies ….so Tamil must shut up and watch this circus….???

    There are not a single village or town in the East attached to Muslims …religion or culture ….all got pure ancient Tamil names still…

    Tamils in the East welcomed few Muslim traders and offered them land and help….even food …after spearing like bacteria ..now look how Muslims pay their gratitude…

    Is this guy accept That Muslims supported SL MILITARY in burning ..looking ..raping Tamils in East is right?

    Muslims live because of TAMILS …so spying for SL state is right?

    Calling for 6th Prayer midnight 2 o clock asking Muslims to come with weapons to attack Tamil village is right? Many times warning was sent not to do this …after this only they were attacked by rebels….don`t behave like innocent

    Finally NANA should know during the occupation of IPKF ..Indians wanted to ransack KATAANKUDY and burn the town …BUT IT IS THE TAMILS WHO BEGGED IPKF NOT TO DO SO … …if not today there will be no Kattankudi ..even no Muslims in the East…

    The quality of “The Island” from the day one a racist print is well known of course they will publish your rubbish and even pay for this ..

    Finally even Memon,Borah Muslims in Sri Lanka keep other local Mulsims in arm length and you know why …you can’t expect Tamils and Sinhalease should embrace you all …

    Cheers…

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    Once an ex-defence minister Ranjan Wijearatna told this clown Ashraf at his face in the Parliment……

    “.BECAUSE YOUR YOUR MOUTH LTTE CHASED MUSLIMS FROM THE NORTH….”

    he he he this joker Ashraf wanted to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the east…

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    Izzeth:

    As someone who believes and cherishes your own, so should be the courtesy to allow such space and liberty t others who may be on the opposite side. Cross can either mean “cross swords” or “cross my heart”. As much as you expect others to read your mind, let there be clarity in what you mean and write. By and large, and as the clear evidence spreads before us, the hatred of the Tamils towards the Sinhalese has visibly reduced since MR’s departure, or his overthrow.

    Yes, there have been your articles that was felt as having been fairly written and yet, of late, there were those that seemed unfair and were critical of them. One such, the minus 13A, for all the logic and reason advanced, was skewed towards pleasing the majority to spite the Tamils. If you had expected the Tamils to garland you with accolades for your version of “speaking the truth” then am I surprised that you are taken aback at the stones thrown at you. You profess to know the landscape of SL reasonably well, from whichever viewpoint, and surely it would not have escaped your mind that suggesting such a regressive proposal will earn the wrath of the Tamils. Why not write, with the magnanimity you seem to hang on, that the Sinhalese ought to remove their armies and let the Tamils lead their own lives they have longed for. Whether it is the obverse or the reverse opinion, the same coin can be hurled at you. Comes with the territory, isn’t it?

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      The concept of Sinhala and Tamil reconciliation is unfortunately unsettling the like of the author of this article.

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      Jansee – thanks for your sober comment. But I am surprised that you should think that my advocacy of 13A minus plus is skewed to please the majority and spite the Tamils. Let the Tamils continue to struggle for more devolution. But what objection can there be for trying to make a thorough success of 13A minus? Put in motion a crash program like Dudley’s Green Revolution or the Mahaveli Accelerated Program. Combine that with a fully functioning democracy – I would now add with special measures to ensure minority rights such as Race Relations Boards etc. Is there anything in what i am proposing that could be inimical to Tamil interests?
      Your article is quite unusual, possibly unique, in trying to say in what sense I might be regarded as anti-Tamil.Up to now it has been the false accusation that I advocated famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebels. I have shown that that accusation was deliberately false.There had to be a terrible hatred behind that. I will define in my next concluding part of this article the sense in which that hatred is racist – IH

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        Izeth:

        Thanks for the response.

        Call it history if you want, and that history trail is littered with so much of mistrust that today any honest attempt would become so mired within the suicide chamber. The Tamils, I should say, have been quite trusting since the day of independence. What followed that widened the straits between the two races can be seen in the folded chapters of Sinhala political expediency practised by regime leaders. The amity believed and practised by early Tamil leaders with their Sinhala colleagues only ended in treachery. The painful past of deprivation one after the other is deeply edged in the minds of Tamils.

        When Fonseka approached the Tamils for votes, and got it, that showed that the Tamils are willing to warm for better relations and living. After all, Fonseka, in the books of Tamils, was the most hated war hero and was even subject to assassination attempt. Some politicians even mocked the Tamils for supporting Fonseka. Then came the 08/01 Presidential election. Despite and practically with no visible overtures by Sirisena, the Tamils still supported him. The Tamils have not built deep trenches to physically create a deep division and that is why and how the independence was approached and solicited but efforts towards a sustainable relationship were largely foiled by Sinhalese leaders. Over the years, the Sinhalese realised that herding the Tamils into camps would create heroes out of them.

        With the talk of 13A plus and now plus plus, the few tangible steps taken by the Sirisena govt may warm up for both parties to reach a common ground. Although the days of Chandrasiri and his obstinate secretary are over, and the revival of hopes of better times have warmed up, much will depend upon how the criminals are hauled up for the dastardly crimes committed against thousands of civilians. We are all waiting with unabated breath on how the Sirisena govt handles this issue.

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          jansee – thanks for your comment. I broadly agree with your views, but you seem to assume that I am anti-Tamil or prejudiced against them. That is the opposite of the truth. Two of my articles were published in translation by a Tamil expatriate magazine in Canada. I had a warm encomium from Fr S.J. Emmanuel. How does all that square with the projection of me as anti-Tamil? I must add that I have been outspokenly critical of Sinhalese racism against both the Muslims and the Tamils – IH

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      ” the hatred of the Tamils towards the Sinhalese has visibly reduced since MR’s departure, or his overthrow ”

      It was always most evident among the diaspora Tamils and if you take the trouble to read the foreign press, it has not changed.

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    Badi U Deen nana has destroyed the world class education in Sri Lanka……

    Ashraf (who went to paradise in helicopter) has destroyed the Tamil-Muslim amity in the East…

    Izeeth nana is trying to start a racial riot probably with Murderpakse & Co…must know if this happens it is the Muslims this time will be at receiving end …

    Where was this Izeeth nana when Aluthgama was burned? Hiding under bed with biwi?

    Why couldn’t you go to Aluthgama in camel carrying green flag and sword and challenged BSS?

    It was the Tamil MPs who talked about this Aluthgama riots and suffering of Muslims in the Parliament ..while so called Muslim MP s shut their front and back and kept quite because of fear

    Shame on you..

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    Mr Hussein,

    On balance I think you should take a graceful exit from the public domain. Your injudicious rehash of trivial is far too damaging to the Muslim cause than what your senility permits you to comprehend. There is an acronym that is appropriate advice in your case : STFU.

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      I am glad Ahmed Reza and other liberal Muslims are beginning to see the dangers of this deranged Izeth Hussain forcing himself to be their spokesman. As some of us have commented earlier, he causes much harm to the Muslim future – certainly to Tamil-Muslims relations – and needs to be restrained – pronto. Hussain believes, in the Goebellesian mould, a lie once repeated regularly will be treated as the truth. Now that he was caught by many Tamils in these pages for serial-lying he is now in knots. We will prove what a reckless liar he is after we see his 3rd instalment.

      Kettikaran

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        I have exposed this lunatic fringe racist, Kettikaran, to public ridicule in my article. The references to Tamils being treated like dogs and Somerset Maugham arose out of what he wrote. He can’t reply without making himself look even more ridiculous. So he explodes, typically, in mad dog rage.
        What these Tamil Fringistas – lunatic fringe racists – like our Ketti hate about a Muslim like me is that i am regarded as intellectually and culturally sophisticated and Westernised. Probably he also hates Tamils who fit that description. Anyway culturally the fellow is an utter ignoramus. I earlier wrote that I had a theory about Renoir’s The River. He thought I meant a painting by Auguste Renoir,the French impressionist painter, and made an ass of himself by rattling off a whole list of names of impressionist painters. I meant the film The River by Jean Renoir, the great film director who was the son of Auguste. I have a theory about it but i won’t put it down because I can’t expect a Fringista like our Ketti to understand a dam thing about it.
        I may not respond to Ketti’s next outburst of mad dog rage because i am trying to find the time to read an unrecognized masterpiece, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi – IH

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          Izeth Hussain,

          You call others names but there is enough venom, undue contempt and rage in you sufficient for an export cargo. Stop self-praising your own intellectuality. Even by your own standards of bragging, it is unbearably boring (“I am regarded as intellectually and culturally sophisticated and Westernised” Phew!!) You certainly suffer more than a single complex.

          I am waiting for your 3rd instalment against the Tamils.

          Without making yourself an object of continued public ridicule, I suggest you see a shrink soon. Even Muslims, who used to think you are clever, are now turning against you. Do it before the Ulema itself declares a Fatwa on you.

          Here’s to a good week-end.

          Kettikaran

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            Ketti – as always with Fringistas like you, you are unable to understand my plain English. I wrote “I am regarded as intellectually and culturally sophisticated”. I am not boasting. I am citing what others say of me. Tamil anti-Muslim racists like you find that unbearable. Isn’t that it?
            I exposed you to ridicule over the Maugham quotation. You haven’t replied.I must explain for the benefit of the reader. T wrote that if not for India the Tamils would be treated like dirt. For Ketti that meant that I had a very low upbringing. In refutation I quoted Maugham who used the word “shit”. For Ketti that showed that I was a low degraded fellow. All readers except for the Fringistas will agree that Ketti was displaying a mad dog racist rage. – IH

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          Tamils are not fools like your thoppies to sell themselves ….for few bones understand …???

          Today Arabs treat your own Sri Lanka Muslims worse than dogs ,,,…

          Eastern Muslims are being look down by muslims in Colombo……

          [Edited out]

          FANATICS are the people who kill others in the name of religion….Muslims kill British policeman in London…..Journalists in Paris these rabid dogs are fanatics like you…

          Remember this is 21st century but still you believe your religion say earth is flat this is fanatic..

          Capturing and selling even 13 yrs girls in Iraq..Syria ..Nigeria all fanatics…

          BBS is right this country has given too much of freedom for these converted Hindu Muslims..

          In the East Muslims can never rule Tamils remember this …

          Kadafi ..Saddam Hussain these guardians of Islams all have gone to Paradise thanks to the west to get rid of these rabid dogs..so no one is there to help you for your JIHAD circus…

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      Ahmed Reza – I would normally ignore your kind of insulting response as beneath contempt.I am responding to you because the problem of divisiveness among the Muslims interests me very much. You don’t adduce even one fact or argument in support of your views. I suggest that your response is no more than an expression of utter hatred because you are a nobody and I – rightly or wrongly – am regarded as somebody. Is that it? – IH

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    Greetings Izeth Hussain

    I deeply apologize for my fellow tamils related to there comments.

    Most of the comments are written by people living without looking at Issues you have mentioned with open mind but not accepting the realitise of our country.

    The issue you are mentioning is not only for Muslims or directed only between tamils and Muslims. I have seen similar comments with catholics and tamil race oriented issues, We all know this very clearly but do not address it.

    Since tamil desapora community lives in different countries with different races we need to learn to tackle and discuss Issues which is effecting our day to day life in our birth country Sri Lanka.

    I read in historical documenta that the Candian king gave land for muslims to settle in eastern side of Sri Lanka since Muslims were having trouble in South so I feel I Can understand that Muslims would preserve the identify and live a life where they could be Happy and florish the culture and identify.

    The tamils understand muslims are today a large minority community compared to hindus. I also understand Hindus will want to preserve the culture and identify. ( ceylon tamils)

    Izeth Hussain the cast and religion has been an integral part of our socity Issues and it will take time to dismentle this old system from our minds. The important think is we need to make sure the Laws in Sri Lanka are made and implimented that these curse does not have room in our new socity.

    I hope all the parties in the country address these Issues and we citizens of Sri Lanka remind these issues in our socity.
    We should also note we have these Issues in Singelease communities in a smaller scale between Karavas, Kandian and grovis.

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    Greeting Izeth Hussain

    I understand your feelings and hatred comments.

    Please do not take the hatred mail as representative of tamils comments.

    I will try to explain the comments;
    The tamil diaspora who are living abroad feel it is there moral duty to defend tamils cause since they have left the country and their duty to help for the cause. I believe they think by your articles the tamil cause is diluted since tamil rights will be moved from focus.

    The second issue I believe that they think muslims are part of tamils like Hindus, Catholics and others who speak tamil as native language.

    The third issue is muslim communities choose to live as a separate identity and did not wanted to take side to challenge the government related to racial policies with tamils. The writers who have commented did not understand how many muslim families took risk and saved tamils in 1983 riots. The tamils also have short memories, when the big riots were going on between singelease community and muslims in British colonial period, Sir Ponambalam went to England in support of the Singelease community.

    The tamils have lot of issue inside this language group since there is different casts and religions with different social, cultural and behavior patterns. Therefor these differences does not make muslims as different race group according to many tamils.

    I know we have different muslim groups like malay muslims etc do not belong to the tamils.

    I have also seen some muslims in Colombo do not want to marry with Batticaloa muslims since that they believe differences are too big between the muslim communities. I have seen where I live a tamil catholic from fishing community did not want to get married to hindu community. The worst I saw was a tamil man had placed a notice in Tamil on his door that non othert than his cast is allowed to enter his house.

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      Yoga – Thanks very much.I know that the Tamil racists who have been attacking me represent only a tiny segment of the Tamils, but they can cause a lot of trouble. – IH

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        Dear IH, The problem with you is that you are unable to accept fair criticism. I have followed the comments against your views. What they have said was the truth which is unpalatable to you and for you to say that all or many of those are racist is grossly unfair. Not only the content of your article is derogatory, the tone of your language is deplorable. Please have some sense of decency when writing if you do not want to be bombarded. Again I wish to remind you that in journalistic etiquette, facts are sacred and comment is free. I hope you will reform yourself.

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          Dr GS – And you are the same man who used the term “stupid” about me and my article more than once. Is that your notion of “journalistic etiquette”? I can’t take you seriously. – IH

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            Dear IH, Do not get angry for calling you stupid. Refer the dictionary for the meaning. It says that stupid is deficient or dull in understanding, showing lack of reason or judgement. Does not these description fit you.

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              Dr GS – No – IH

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    Dear Izeth

    People get annoyed for various reasons or perhaps more correctly by various causes. Nationalists of all species are particularly sensitive and defensive.
    As you have chosen your field, you really must not be too thin skinned.

    You are puzzled why Tamils are not very appreciative of you. Let me just mention one point that occurs to me:

    Many Tamils believe (and some Sinhalese agree: listen for instance to Neville J’s remarks on this matter) that 13A does not meet their aspirations for a space in which they will not be condemned to be a permanent minority. They wish to have a place where they can feel that they manage their affairs. This aspiration is not something that is eternally and congenitally the Tamil mindset. It is a product of our recent history where majoritarianism has run amok. It may change, and I hope it does, as circumstances change.

    They also know that the Sinhalese governments have for various reasons been mean and have denied them the space they think is their due.

    In this seeming tug of war between the Tamils and Sinhalese, the Tamils are going to be annoyed when any non-Sinhalese, be they Hindu, Christian or Muslim Tamils, appear to offer advice to the Sinhalese to dilute 13A. You may believe it is pragmatism, realism or any other good. But to the Tamils who think they have a reasonable argument with an unreasonably unyielding majority, you will appear to be no more than a brown-nose when you advise that 13 minus is the ideal solution.

    Tamils will say to you and other non-Sinhalese who preach prudence to them as follows:

    “This is our battle – why do you not stay out of it?
    We will make our negotiations and take our chances. If you are not helping us to get what we want, just stay away.

    “If you like to help, open your eyes, look at other places where majorities have been far more far sighted and generous without losing national unity and add your voice to ours. Do not preach to us your kind of cowardly prudence which says ‘they are the majority, be happy with what they are willing to give you.’ ”

    That I am afraid is at least one thing that annoys them.

    I am sure you mean well. But that is never enough.
    I suppose you can only write as you feel and think.

    Peace be with you.

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      Dear J. Ocker

      Thank you for your peace and friendship-centric initiative. While we welcome thoughts from all sides in the direction of peace and reconciliation, this Izeth Hussain has been an anti-Tamil for many decades. He has forfeited even the most minor claim of genuine neutrality. In the 1990s – long before 5/09 – he carried a
      cantankerous debate with Dr. Satchi Sri Kantha (UK) who made a fool of this Hussain then. Now he is back again – in unbelievable venom and hatred. Tamils will resist him.

      It is the declared position of the Tamils that 13A, which may have engaged some of the more urgent needs of the Tamils in the late 1980s, has lost much of its relevance since. The Sri Lankan side played UNP-PA politics and dishonoured a solemn agreement between two Governments more in their local in-fighting. Worse, a maverick Supreme Court judge wrecked it – calculated to boost his own post-office political journey. After he was out of office this judicial officer was to publicly claim if the amendment was presented in a different form it may been acceptable- or something similar. He was clearly trying to be on the good books of India in his political quest.

      As to Hussain, most of his “advise” in this area has been more to please the Sinhala side and make Tamils look like the aggressor. But the Sinhala side has no regard for him. He has annoyed them on the Prayer at Dawn issue and that in which Muslim youth cheer against the
      Sri Lankan Cricket side in favour of Pakistan. In both cases he tried to catch the eye of the Muslim side, which, one sees now, reject him in such expletives as GFYU.

      One look at the language he uses on Tamils and his inhumane recommendations to GoSL during the war make him, doubtless, hostile to the Tamil cause. In desperation he mentions the names of one or two Tamils in his defence. As other commentators write here the man requires urgent medical assistance and a vacation from these pages.

      Backlash

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        Backlash – please see my response to J. Ocker.You refer to my controversy with Sachi Sri Kantha. That was around 1980, thirty five years ago. I seem to have acquired the status of a classic. You are clearly familiar with my writings over a period of decades. Most readers will agree, though not you, that my writings had to have a certain quality to make them so memorable over a period of decades.
        Anyway you are clearly more familiar with my writings than I am myself, which would make you the ideal person to come around and edit my papers.Except for one problem. You earlier referred obscenely to my “cavity”. A stinky nastiness is your proper element.I would find your presence in my flat displeasing, – IH

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          I respond to Izeth Hussain’s May 05 (10.07) Your verbal duels with Sri Kantha were in the 1990s – not in the 1980s you claim. They are far from “classics” you boast of. Sri Kantha had the better of the arguments then.

          Thank you for inviting me to edit your papers. I find them far too obnoxious and unacceptable. Little doubt you are one commentator on whom many readers in these pages, across the ethnic divide, pour their outrage over all others combined.

          Are’nt you a little ashamed at your self-praise, which is now becoming far too frequently stale “my writings have a certain quality to make them memorable over a period of decades” I don’t think even Tolstoy reached those heights.

          Backlash

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      For Muslims in this country 13 + 0r 13 – or Zero all same…..the they ill change their cap according to the wind and expect Tamils to follow……

      Throw them few cabinet posts and cash they will lick the legs …..

      These Muslims (their Grand Parents are Hindu TAMILS) never support Tamil cause..never participated in Tamil grieve ….but when there is a solution is in the pipe line they will start to ask for their share…..this is the joke……late ..Ashraff who went to Paradise in Helicopter asked for separate units for Muslims in the East….once ..

      Both Sinhalese & Tamil politicians have had enough experience with this SL Muslims…….

      Our great grandfathers welcomed Muslims in the East and gave land…food …when they came here as refugees to escape Porthugese massacre in the West SL….but these people don’t have have even an ounce of gratitude….now trying to rule Tamils in the East …..

      Recently a Muslim boy wanted to marry a Hindu girl in the East was requested to change his religion ..so he has now converted to Hindu and married his sweetheart hindu Tamil girl …..Tamils are not ready anymore to repeat their grandparents attitude…towards Muslims …

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      Dear J.Ocker – I quite well understand Tamil feelings about their need for more devolution. I have made the point several times in print that no amount of devolution will lead by itself to separation. I cannot recall that point being made by anyone else. Was I being anti-Tamil?
      I must request you to read my article Rationale for 13A minus plus of April 18. You are wrong in thinking that I advise the Tamils “that 13 minus is the ideal solution”. You have forgotten the plus. I argue that the Tamils can ask for more and more devolution. It would be realistic to expect something more than 13A but not I think a very wide measure of devolution because the notion is widespread among the Sinhalese that that will lead ineluctably to separation. However let the Tamils continue their struggle for more and more devolution. My point is that at the same time we should implement 13A minus as thoroughly as possible. An immense amount can be done for the Tamils by that. Let us have a crash program comparable to Dudley’s green revolution and the Accelerated Mahaveli program. In addition let us struggle for a fully functioning democracy with special safeguards for minorities with Race Relations boards etc. Is there anything anti-Tamil in what I am proposing? There can be dissent but is there any justification for hatred and abuse?
      You are evidently unaware that Tamil racist abuse has been directed at me over a long period. See the response of Backlash below. He went to the extent of referring to the “cavity” through which I emit my verbal diarrhea. He obliquely repeats the charge that i advocated famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebels, whereas I have already cited documentary evidence that I advocated the very opposite. Backlash is devoid of a moral sense. As for Sachi Sri Kantha he made an ass of himself in his controversy with me in the Lanka Guardian. The poor fellow even started squealing that I was bullying him. It was over a paper in which I argued that there was commonality between the SL Tamils and those of Tamil Nadu but no identity between them, which meant that the former could not always rely on the support of the latter. I was later proved right of course. Long years later Lyn Ockersz singled out my paper for its prescience. – IH

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        The congenital liar again. “I quite well understand Tamil feelings about their need for more devolution” he cons again. The 13A recognised the NEP merger, Land and Police Powers. Hussain virulently argued against all three for years – I dare say to please Sinhala and Muslim ears. And now he tries to wriggle out.

        The only thing he is good at appears to be untrammelled abuse at those who have a different view – an area in which he has no par – which he frequently resorts to in the language of the plebeian.

        Backlash

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          Backlash – you really are a congenital liar. I never argued virulently for years against NE merger, land and police powers.You won’t be able to produce one shred of documentary evidence to support your blatant lie.
          What’s your name Backlash? Why don’t you stand up and fight in the open like a man instead of hiding behind a cowardly anonymity? I suggest that the reason is that you are an utter mediocrity in fields in which I have gained a certain reputation, and that fills you with mad racist hatred.
          I believe that you once wrote that you were in the audience when I addressed the YMCA Forum.I recall that the meeting was chaired by Rohan Edirisinghe. One of the speakers was Dr Rohan Gunaratne, the academic in the field of terrorism studies. I believe Neelan Tiruchelvam was also on the podium. Were you ever on a podium like that? I, a Muslim, was and that makes you mad with racist hatred.
          I will provide you with further details to make you even more mad with racist hatred.From 1998 I wrote a weekly column for two years in the Weekend Express, a Tamil-owned paper. How does that square with my being anti-Tamil? I wrote that column on the insistence of my very good friend Neelan T. I had just returned from Moscow and I told him that I wanted to concentrate on writing a book. He insisted that I could write the book and do the column with my left hand. How does all that square with my being anti-Tamil? One day I met Mr Sampanthan, presently the TNA leader, at an ICES meeting. He told me that he not only read my articles but that he cut them out and collected them. What’s your name Backlash? – IH

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            Before our Backlash explodes again in his customary racist rage, I must make a clarification. The meeting with Mr Sampanthan that I referred to was during the period my articles were appearing in the Weekend Express. – IH

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              The Virakesari related Weekend Express, whose owners were friends of mine, had a very brief life span. Was your “weekly contributions” thereto one of the reasons, IH?

              Backlash

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                Backlash – Can’t be, as Mr Sampanthan thought so highly of them as to collect them for further reading.He was emphatic that mine was the best column being written. How does that square with your notion that I am anti-Tamil? Why don’t you answer that question?
                In the early stages of my articles being published, Jehan Perera told me that my column was the best being written.
                You too must secretly think well of my articles. Otherwise why should you keep reading them over the weeks, over the months, over the years, over the decades? Come off it, you old rogue, you like my articles. – IH

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            Rohan Guneratne and Dr. Neelan T in a meeting at the YMCA with you in the podium. No way. Neelan and Rohan G can hardly be in the same podium, when you consider the politics of the time. Guneratne, whose credentials are suspect and a darling of the Army then, hardly went for any public meetings without sniffer dogs and the lot. We did notice you hung around
            Rohan Edirisinghe and Uyangoda at one time – when you got the
            Moscow posting. I admit I have seen you address at the YMCA with lesser mortals. But if that is your crowning glory, I am not disputing this.

            Time you stopped blabbering and make an idiot of yourself.

            Backlash

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              But where do I claim that that’s my crowning glory, or anything to that effect? You Fringistas seem to have much difficulty in understanding my plain English. The reason is that you are so full of racist hatred that you misperceive everything about me.
              Around those years, the first half of the ‘nineties, I gave the second Kandasamy Memorial lecture – the first was by Regi Siriwardene – at the invitation of Rajan Hoole. How does that square with my being anti-Tamil?
              What’s your name, Fringista? – IH

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                You keep boasting of your excellent English. Where does this word Fringistas fit in, Great Master.

                As to my identity, remember what happened to Lasantha, Taraki who are no more and the many dozens in hiding during that Fascist period – a regime, on many occasions, you tried hard to defend and encourage.

                Though you try to belittle me and talk of your noble tastes, let me tell you I live a far comfortable and fuller life in the better parts of residential Colombo than you. Believe me, I am not pleased you complained in these columns you are struggling to eke out a living by your meagre pension – living somewhere in the poorer parts of Dehiwala. It is in your interest to balance your vain unrealistic boasts and the reality surrounding your declining standards of life.

                Backlash

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                  Backlash – the situation in which Lasantha and Taraki were butchered no longer prevails. It is quite safe to declare your identity today. You won’t because you are a coward. The use of a nom de plume can be legitimate. But I think it is morally repugnant to keep on making false accusations and insulting people week after week while hiding behind a nom de plume. What’s your name Fringista? – (my shorthand for Iamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists).
                  What a vulgarian you are. I suggested that your hatred is because I have gained a certain reputation in fields in which you are a mediocrity. I obviously meant the intellectual and cultural fields, not the field of making money. But you boast in a horribly vulgar way about your affluent circumstances, which you contrast with my supposedly squalid living circumstances. Sorry to disappoint you. My pension is negligible, but I am kept going by two loving children who are living abroad. I live in the best quarter of Dehiwela in a well-furnished flat that is far bigger than is requisite for a single person. I am surrounded by greenery and stunningly loving neighbours. My children keep me supplied with all the books I need plus DVDs and CDs.
                  I am going through one of the best phases of my life. It seems appropriate that I should get down to a literary essay, Hymns of Thanksgiving, analysing Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and the writings of Addison and Wodehouse. Which reminds me that in he first half of the ‘nineties I gave the Ludowyck Memorial lecture.Jane Russell thought it the best piece of writing in English and on English by a Sri Lankan. Now, foam at the mouth, Fringista – IH

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                    Lying is second nature to this sad-sack looney Izeth Hussain. It was he who wrote sometime back he is struggling with his meagre pension. Now it’s a total about turn. But that doesn’t matter, so long he is well provided for – lying or not. Schadenfreude is outside my grain. Don’t ask me to produce what you wrote, as you regularly insist. I don’t usually keep records of everything I read. And I have read for quite a while and in many fields. Sometimes fated to read thundering nuts too – but then its an avocational hazard. It is a while before they are certified.

                    No man or woman of substance I know keeps bragging about the stuff they read – to impress others. This used to be a malady
                    in England during Wilde’s time – and he gave a full mouth to these unfortunates. If you are reading Hemgingway’s OM&S you are doing it 6 decades too late anyway. But then, as they say, for you – better late than never.

                    BTW, reader’s seeing what you repeat and the frequency of your gutter curses are going to form the impression you have already gone bonkers well beyond redemption. I agree, with some sadness.

                    I notice you live alone – not surprised. Though, sadly, I read in these pages you are a widower. Must be hell for anyone to live with a shatter-brain more than a few hours. But, please, don’t take your misfortune in punishing the readership.

                    Backlash

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                      The facts speak out loud and clear, Backlash. The Tamil racist attempt to stop me being published and to drag me down has failed completely.I continue to write. That’s a fact. I continue to be published. That’s a fact. I continue to be read.That’s a fact. What is more I continue to be read by the Tamil racists themselves. And furthermore, one of the very worst of them, namely you my dear Backlash,has been reading me since around 1990, that is for a quarter of a century.
                      Would it not be legitimate to conclude that what I write usually makes compulsive reading, and that that fact attests to quality? Now foam at the mouth. I am having a dam good time. – IH

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      ” their aspirations for a space in which they will not be condemned to be a permanent minority “

      There is such a place, which has existed for several millenia. It is called TAMIL Nadu.

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    “..Now foam at the mouth. I am having a dam good time…” Poor Izeth.
    As I noted in my earlier comment, the chap is gone bonkers. What a pity. Although he was full of racial prejudice and often twisted the truth, he was eminently readable. I wish the old goat speedy recovery
    nonetheless.

    Backlash

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