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Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim Racism – Observations On Muslim-Tamil Relations – I

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I must make some preliminary clarifications before getting to the proper subject of this article. Some of the contents of this article are autobiographical, which might give some readers the impression that I am egotistically trying to draw attention to myself. Actually I have no alternative to drawing material from my own experience of Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism because comparable material is not available elsewhere. My articles are published simultaneously in the Island and in the Colombo Telegraph where there is plenty of space for responses. I have been responding to my Tamil racist critics for several months in order to gather adequate material for an article on Muslim-Tamil relations, and this is it.

I have hesitated much before embarking on this article. Everyone knows about the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic problem and the Sinhalese-Muslim ethnic problem, but what is this new-fangled nonsense about a Muslim-Tamil problem? We all know, of course, about the mosque massacres in the Eastern Province and the genocidal eviction of Muslims from Jaffna, but all that was in the past. Surely, it might be thought, in the post-war phase after 2009 there can’t be much more than minor matters to be resolved between the Muslims and the Tamils. So, for writing an article on Muslim-Tamil relations as a problem I might be projected as a person mischievously stirring up trouble, as a disturber of the peace.

It should be recognized, however, that there is a problem to the extent that there is a need for Muslim-Tamil ethnic reconciliation for the horrors committed in the past. This is a problem that has been ignored up to now even though K.M. de Silva wrote as follows in his 2012 book Sri Lanka and the defeat of the LTTE with reference to the genocidal eviction of Muslims from Jaffna: “Thus, reconciliation is not a matter solely of reconciliation between the Government and the Tamils or the Sinhalese majority and the Tamils. It needs to include reconciliation between the Tamils and the Muslims, as recompense to the Muslims for the only act of ethnic cleansing during the long struggle between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan state”.

I must at this point divagate briefly from my main narrative to make a clarification. Around 2000 a Tamil journalist named Eelaventhan declared at a meeting at the ICES that the eviction of Muslims from Jaffna had been preceded by Muslim Home Guards getting together with the STF and driving out Tamils from around sixteen villages in the Eastern Province. I asked him for the details so that I could write an article about it, but they were not forthcoming. On two more recent occasions also I made the same request of Tamils who made the same charge, but I have received nothing so far. According to my Muslim contacts the charge is a highly exaggerated one. Nothing was done by Muslims in the Eastern Province that could even remotely justify – on the principle of proportionality – the eviction of 80,000 Muslims from Jaffna. All that can be said in the absence of hard facts is that the process of reconciliation cannot even begin unless both sides acknowledge their wrong-doings.

However, what is required at the moment is not action towards Muslim-Tamil ethnic reconciliation but action to prevent the coming about of a full-fledged Muslim-Tamil ethnic problem. At present the problem is at an incipient inchoate stage. Would writing about it make it worse? Could ignoring it or playing it down make it fade away? My belief is quite to the contrary: we should shout about it and do everything possible to scotch it at the incipient stage as otherwise the Muslim-Tamil ethnic problem will almost certainly acquire monstrous proportions. Let me provide an illustration of what happens when an ethnic problem is ignored and continues to be ignored for decades. In 1993 the Western Australia University published a paper by me – along with others by Sri Lankans – on The Sri Lankan Muslims – The Problem of a Submerged Minority. The Preface to the collection of papers contained the following about mine: “The paper draws attention to the relative deprivation of the Muslim community in various spheres of life which, if unattended, has the potentiality of becoming another fissiparous issue in troubled Sri Lankan politics. Hussain’s paper is illustrative of the importance of perceptions of discrimination in complicating ethnic issues, and he correctly signals the necessity for effective State apparatuses to guarantee fair and equal treatment for all Sri Lankans”.

From 1975 to 2002 there were practically every year anti-Muslim ructions, some of which were of a very serious order. I wrote about them, but nobody else did as far as I can recall, and as for the Governments of that period they failed, or rather refused, to take any effective measures to curb anti-Muslim action. Probably they secretly enjoyed it all because all our Governments have included in their ranks pukkah racists. However the fact that the ructions stopped after 2002 might be taken as substantiating the thesis that the most effective way of dealing with ethnic problems would be to ignore them. But some years later there was the Grease Yaka harassment of Muslim females and the abduction for ransom of Muslim businessmen. Then, suddenly, there was the State-backed anti-Muslim campaign of the BBS and other extremist groups. Sri Lanka found itself with yet another ethnic problem, which attracted serious international concern. My view, expressed as far back as 1993, that the Muslim ethnic problem “if unattended” could become serious was proved to be right.

There are structural reasons why Muslim-Tamil tensions can aggravate into a major ethnic problem. All over the world ethnic minorities are becoming more restive. I believe that the underlying reason is that with the spread of mass education and economic development, the aspirations to upward mobility and political consciousness have also been increasing, so that minorities that were hitherto content with the subaltern positions assigned to them by dominant majorities now want equality. It is a process that can bring minorities into rivalry and conflict with majorities. It is also a process that can bring minorities into rivalry and conflict with each other. That is why I believe that Muslim -Tamil tensions can aggravate into a full-fledged ethnic problem unless preemptive action is taken.

I will now conclude this first part of my article by mentioning some of the most important factors that have led to unsatisfactory Muslim-Tamil relations, unsatisfactory in some ways up to now but not in every way. It all goes way back to Ponnambalam Ramanathan’s thesis in the late nineteenth century that the Sri Lankan Muslims are really Tamils. It caused deep offense at that time and has continued to rankle right down the decades. The Tamil affirmation of a linguistic commonality in the form of the “Tamil-speaking peoples” also tends to be rejected because it is seen as implying a denial of separate Muslim ethnic identity. The next factor was Ramanathan’s book on the 1915 anti- Muslim riots which was deeply sympathetic to the Sinhalese side. He indicted only the segment of the Muslims known as the Coast Moors but he was misinterpreted as indicting the whole of the Muslims because of deep prejudice. After Independence the Muslims backed the Sinhalese in every feat of racist idiocy against the Tamils, and were seen as profiting by that. There were the mosque massacres and the eviction of Muslims from the North which can continue to prejudice Muslim-Tamil relations as long as the problems of those refugees are not solved.

After the War Muslim-Tamil relations have clearly entered a new phase. The Tamils have lost their numerical preponderance in the Eastern Province. This has been due to heavy loss of Tamil humanity during the war and emigration, but the Tamils seem to prefer to believe that it is due to the Muslim population going on leaping upwards. The Tamils have been facing a continuing socio-economic decline over the decades, and they could fear that the Muslims will gain an ascendancy over them. A struggle for Muslim ascendancy – or rather for what Muslims see as their rightful place – is going on in the Eastern Province, in which Muslim fundamentalists can come to play a fateful role.

As I cannot go into details about what is going on in the Eastern Province I will conclude with an anecdote that could speak volumes. Around the year 2000, I attended a meeting at the ICES at which several EP Muslims were present. After the meeting was over they recounted an incident in which several Muslims had been killed by the LTTE, which however refused to deliver the corpses for Muslim burial. When the corpses were eventually returned it was found that every one of them had its penis stuck in the mouth. At that point one of the Muslims recounting that horror shouted, “We will not put up with their nonsense forever. We will fight”. That is my case for vigilance in the Eastern Province, and if necessary pre-emptive action now.

*To be continued

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    Plain truth is all are due to selfish leaders and their followers who are ready to sacrifice any value for their fulfillinng power greediness.

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      Dear IH, you claim that you are not a racist. But look at the heading of your article. Does it not spew venom indicating that you have some hatred over the Tamils. There are racists in every community and every religious groups. When you attack Tamil extremists, you fail to realize that proportionately there are more lunatic fringe among Muslims than Tamils and Sinhalese. You are woefully silent about the roles of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in fomenting Islamic fanaticism in Srilanka, which the Sinhalese are well aware of.

      Secondly you are calling others liars. Your article is full of half truth and falsehoods. Violence on civilians from any quarter has to be condemned. Tamils never unleashed any violence first either on Sinhalese or Muslims. Place the truth correctly, before accusing others. Sinhala violence on Tamils was first unleashed in 1956. It was after 25 years that Tamils attacked Sinhalese. Similarly Muslim Home guards attacked Tamils from 1985 on several occasions joining hands with Sinhala security forces. It was only 05 years later in 1990, the first attack on Muslims by Tamils took place. When the war was raging, Tamils could not gather details about the atrocities committed by Muslims on Tamils in Eastern Province. Now plenty of literature are available for you to get educated on that if you are interested about truth.

      Sinhala attack on Muslims took place first in 2015. Also the first attack on Muslims inside a mosque was done by the Sinhalese in 1976 in Puttalam, 14 years before LTTE did it in Katankudy in 1990. Even after expelling Muslims from Jaffna, LTTE ordered people not to damage or appropriate properties of Muslims. Still the two mosques in Jaffna are remaining undamaged, though needing repairs. Muslims have been welcomed to return to their own houses. Still the Sinhalese are not allowing Tamils to return to their original lands giving false excuse of security concerns. You are saying that Muslims wanted to retaliate on Tamils for violence unleashed on them, but see how many times violence has been unleashed on Muslims by Sinhalese, and where are these brave Muslims who have not even raised a finger against Sinhalese.

      In Eastern Province it is a different story. Muslims have destroyed places of worship and homes of Tamils. Some lands of the fleeing Tamils have been mis-appropriated, while in some instances, Tamils have been forced to sell their lands and houses to Muslims for a song. Muslims after joining hands with Sinhalese to commit murder and ethnic cleansing of Tamils, are now saying that they are the majority in eastern province. Is is this not extremism in Muslims in denying the legitimate rights of Tamils to rule eastern province.

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    The person who has his mother tongue as Tamil is a Thamilan …….but SL Muslims never consider themselves as Tamils though they speak Tamil and practice many Tamil traditions…

    But they became spies for Sinhala army and State and contributed to the killings ..lootings..destruction of Tamil properties in North-East….without an ounce of mercy

    Allah is great ..he taught a good lesson to Muslims in Aluthgama for their participation in Tamil massacre …

    The only difference Sinhala politicians can buy Muslims politicians with money and posts but not Tamils …..

    There was no Muslims in North-East before the arrival of Portugese…but today Muslims claim the entire eastern province as theirs what a joke ?

    The first conversation started from a Puttlam Tamil Principality ( there was a war between 2 Tamil princes in Puttlam regarding a Tamil Princess and Arabs helped one party as a gratitude they have accepted ISLAM )

    The forefathers of so called Muslims in North -East were Tamil Hindus ….every name of Muslim town has got pure TAMIL name…KATTANKUDI (kathan+Kudi) …(this was a place ruled by a Tamil Hindu Chief named Kaaththan ) …..who has allowed Muslim traders to settle here and do business…wow today there is no trace for Tamils here …what a good gratitude?

    In South East Asian countries Muslims are there but speak different languages BUT only in Sri Lanka Muslims speak Tamil and Tamil is their mother tongue……

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      cholan

      “The only difference Sinhala politicians can buy Muslims politicians with money and posts but not Tamils …..”

      Hindia, Premadasa, Mahinda and others paid and bought services from a Tamil speaking Northern man, Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan.

      Was he a Malayali?

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        Yes it seems they have accepted money ……but never sold themselves…

        Poverty India at a time managed to buy most of the tamil groups but not LTTE….

        There is a story his father came from Kerala …..may be true ..during British rule many many Malayalies came here for work (there was no Dubai then ) ..

        The popular daily “Malayala Manorama” once came to colombo by plane daily such amount of Malayalies were there…in Colombo..

        Sinhalease and Muslims who have got name RAJA are MALAYALIE ORIGIN

        Finally for your information RATMALANA HINDU COLLEGE (Today Military camp-SL is the only country in the world who have converted a leading Minority school as military camp) was constructed by late john Kotalaawela `s advice to colonize Tamils in Ratmalana the reson is…

        In theses days this area was full of Rubber plantations and the last bus to other towns stop at 6 pm…Malayalies after drunk hiding here and attacked and robbed Sinhlalease who have passed this area on foot …when Sinhalese went and cried to Mr.Kotalawela who lived here …he wanted to bring Tamil settlement because Malayalies were scared for Tamils ….

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        Native

        Good point. However, VP was not a Tamil politician. He was or thought that he was Sun God. Apparently his supporters had no problem with this.

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          Bandaranayaks who came from Madurai Tamil Nayaka family and Kandy politicians whose ancestors are Hindu Manawadus from Tamil Nadu (later converted to Buddhism)….all these people can sell and buy politics is right?

          Why still you all shiver when you hear the name of VP…??

          .Murderpakse & Co., already started their campaign saying LTTE is coming back without them ..he he he

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        It may well be true that the LTTE might have taken money from Sri Lankan politicians. But, that was a bonus. The real reason for electing Rajapkasa was the (mis) calculation that by permitting Rajapaksa to become President, India and the West would be less inclined to lend their support to someone whose antipathy to these two powers was known. VP,seems to have mi believed that should Ranil become President the West would have supported him to the hilt in destroying or considerably weakening the LTTE and given Rajapksa’s anti-Indian rhetoric it did not expect New Delhi to support MR either.

        As Sam Rajappa an Indian journalist wrote this was proved to be wrong when Sonia Gandhi ‘gave the green signal to the Sri Lankan government to go all out to decimate the LTTE without insisting on a political solution, (see Sam Rajappa, “India and ‘the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, The Statesman 16 July 2011, http://www.salem-news.com/articles/july162011/statesman-tamils-.php)

        Little wonder that the International Criis Group-a pro-Western ‘think tank’ should say ““With the LTTE gone, the Indian government may have lost its best opportunity to influence Sri Lankan policy. That powerful leverage has now been lost”. (The International Crisis Group “India and Sri Lanka after the LTTE”, June 2011, p6)

        Sonia Gandhi’s action will of course is directly attributable to LTTE’s direct complicity in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and the LTT Ewas finally responsible for its own decimation.

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      Rubbish! Cholan, you are nothing but a narrow minded racist. Muslims came to SL mainly by boat as spice traders and settled along most of the island’s sea coastal belt regions. They have always thrived living together as a community to practice their Faith and strengthen religious observances without foreign influences, in addition to exchange in celebratory roles such as get togethers as in festivals, wedding occasions, promoting inter community marriage connections thus creating new friends and relations, etc., and not to live in isolation amidst a sea of alien cultures. It is haram for Muslims to worship any thing or any one except God Almighty known to the entire Muslim world as Allah. So how can you expect them to have anything in common with Hindhus and Christians who worship Fire, the Cow, the Sun, many Statues of Jesus, Mary the virgin mother of Jesus etc., ect., the list goes on and on. Language is entirely a different subject. It is only a means of communication through reading and writing and understanding what is being communicated. It does not make all who speak the same language equal as in a collective community. We have the English Language spoken around the world, Urdhu is the second highest and then Chinese, but it stops there. There is nothing else that is common that can be attributed to all those people who speak those languages. They come from different countries, different faiths, different backgrounds, different colors, everything different. It is the same for the Tamil speaking Muslim people in the North and East of SL as well. The are distinct, unique and separate from the Tamil speaking Hindhus and Christians who live alongside and should not be lumped together as one, nor blamed for living this way for centuries. The Muslims have the option of speaking, reading and writing any or all of three languages (English, Sinhalese and Tamil) fluently, and language should not be a criteria to judge ethnicity of any community. You seem to have the Mahavamsa mindset when you write of the origins of ‘Kathan kutty’, still living and dwelling in the past. Why blame those Muslims living there, if the Tamils deserted those land and left willy-nilly leaving it all for the Muslims to enjoy. The Muslims living there didn’t try to change the name to sound more Islamic, did they? It just shows your racist mindset. Another Gnanasara bigot in the making.

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        Do you know how many Tamil villages in then East has been colonized by these Muslims using Sinhala savage army in the past 30 years ? The Tamils in f their native villages have been driven out by jokers called muslims home guards who can’t even read and write…..

        Don`t parade your ignorance here …

        When Muslims in Puttalam (first lots of converted Tamils to Muslims in SL )were terroised by Portugese IT WAS THE TAMIL people in the east they welcomed with open hand and offered food and lodgings OK?

        But while in the next village Tamils cried for their massacared kith and kins by SL Sinhala army the Muslims have enjoyed picnic at the beaches….

        The whole so called Muslim population in S.E Asia today are converted Hindus …and in Sri Lanka Muslims are converted Tamil Hindus ..this is why they have Tamil as mother tongue ..studying in the language of choice is one thing mother tongue is another matter …

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        Another Islamic racist who is calling others racist. There was no Allah before 1600 years. Arabs worshipped Moon as their god. That is why even now Islamic day begins with the rise of the moon in the evening. People believed in God several million years before the concept of Allah being introduced to the world.

        Mohamed has claimed that Koran was revealed to him by Allah. Koran says earth is flat on several occasions. How a person who created the earth did not know that it is not flat. Therefore Allah is not the one who created the earth. What has been written in Koran is only auditory hallucination suffered by Mohamed.

        Islamic racism stems from the Koran. In modern world everyone is equal despite skin colour, ethnicity or beliefs. When Koran says that those who do not believe in Koran are infidels, it amounts to racism. Therefore anyone who believes in Koran is a racist. Stop calling others racist without expunging it from Koran.

        Koran further says to destroy statues and places of worship of non believers, amounting to hate preaching. Allah is only a mythical entity created by Mohamed. Just because some fools believe in Allah, does not mean that others should do the same. In Srilanka Buddha is Akbar and in the world America is Akbar.

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          “”Another Islamic racist who is calling others racist. “”

          Not really – they are `faith freak robots`

          Hitler did not bomb a church because he need the sheep like Franco the Fascist.

          Hitler protected the Muslim because he needed the robot warrior.

          Several wars before – Ottoman vs Roman Empire the French joined hands with the muslim to gain European control and Henry 8 joined the Romans to defeat the muslims- life is still the same with the French pulling in another direction any direction for wealth.

          All wars are economic- the muslim is poor because of polygamy.

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        “…Tamils deserted those land (sic) and left willy-nilly leaving it all for the Muslims to enjoy….” Lying is clearly your second nature and comes naturally. Perhaps you will also claim Muslims are the majority in the Batticaloa District now because Tamils deserted those lands leaving it to the Muslims – who now control the EPC. I suppose that conner-historian Izeth Hussain will write his next gem on this.

        Pandaranayagam

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        “Muslims came to SL mainly by boat as spice traders and settled along most of the island’s sea coastal belt regions.”

        For the sake of knowledge and accuracy, can you please tell us from where and when?

        Nettabomman

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          The Islamist came in the burka from all directions- north africa, and south india on the run!
          Perisi Coppa fernandos are actually muslims on the run.
          _________________

          The Reconquista (“reconquest”)[a] is a period of approximately 781 years in the history of the Iberian Peninsula, after the Islamic conquest in 711 to the fall of Granada, the last Islamic state on the peninsula, in 1492. It comes before the discovery of the New World, and the period of the Spanish and Portuguese colonial empires which followed.
          ____________

          Pedro Álvares Cabral sailed to India, marking the arrival of Europeans to Brazil on the way, to trade for pepper and other spices, negotiating and establishing a factory at Calicut, where he arrived on 13 September 1500. Matters worsened when the Portuguese factory at Calicut was attacked by surprise by the locals, resulting in the death of more than fifty Portuguese. Cabral was outraged by the attack on the factory and seized ten Arab merchant ships anchored in the harbour, killing about six hundred of their crew and confiscating their cargo before burning the ships. Cabral also ordered his ships to bombard Calicut for an entire day in retaliation for the violation of the agreement. In Cochin and Cannanore Cabral succeeded in making advantageous treaties with the local rulers. Cabral started the return voyage on 16 January 1501 and arrived in Portugal with only 4 of 13 ships on 23 June 1501.
          The Portuguese built the Pulicat fort in 1502, with the help of the Vijayanagar ruler.[clarification needed]
          Vasco da Gama sailed to India for a second time with 15 ships and 800 men, arriving at Calicut on 30 October 1502, where the ruler was willing to sign a treaty. Gama this time made a call to expel all Muslims (Arabs) from Calicut which was vehemently turned down. He bombarded the city and captured several rice vessels.[3] He returned to Portugal in September 1503.
          ______________________

          At the time of the British Indian Empire’s dissolution in 1947, Portuguese India was subdivided into three districts located on modern-day India’s western coast, sometimes referred to collectively as Goa: These were Goa; Daman (Portuguese: Damão) which included the inland enclaves of Dadra and Nagar Haveli; and Diu. Portugal lost effective control of the enclaves of Dadra and Nagar Haveli in 1954, and finally the rest of the overseas territory in December 1961, when it was taken by India after military action. In spite of this, Portugal only recognised Indian control in 1975, after the Carnation Revolution and the fall of the Estado Novo regime.

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      Cholan, I pity you. Please dont come up with unproved historical facts. If you want it; the hole world belong to some african tribes, because the mankind came into existance in Africa and spread all over the world over the year thousands. The fact is in most places of the civilized world members of different races and ethnicity and backgrounds have accepted the coexistance of the others and try to arrange themselves. But we “Sri Lankan Tamils” complain that the Singhalese majority take away our rights and land but at the same time try to expand our existance in the Singhalese traditional homelands and we dont want to see that as a critical point. We are proud to claim that the Tamils are existing in more than 180 countries of the world but we dont let anybody live among us. Do yo think that you or most of the Tamils are ready to accept, that all these people have to come back to their original birth places in northern Sri Lanka, leaving their businesses in Colombo and elsewehere, leaving the life they lead in western countries? We Jaffna Tamils havnt even accepted the Indian upcountry Tamils as our brothers and sisters and the Tamil speaking muslims how can you expect the Singhalese to accept you as countryman? “The echo you hear is only your words you utter” if you are a racist, then the world confront you with racism!
      About the Tamil politicialns are not bought by the Singalese politicians… Yes VP made deals with every Singhala government to secure his existance and power, he even sold his own Tamils to the death raws to keep his dream of a “Sole Leader” of Tamils alive. The Tamils went through a lots of hardness in the last 35 years and this was not only because of the Singhala racism but also because the VP got rid of all other posibilities for a coexistance through dialogue because he wanted to be the sole leader of Tamils. He may be a good general but he was a bad strategist and not at all a politician and moreover he was an egoist. Please tell me was the life of srilankan tamils such bad before as it was in the last 35 years? definitely not. The only profiteurs are the Tamils sitting in their warm domiciles in the western countries and still selling VP and his dream of Elam for their own betterment. Ask these egoistic bastards to come back and lead the life in Sri Lanka as there is no war now. These loosers wont come back!

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      That is what SL muslim do. Do business? They will change according to the season Sometimes Tamil Muslims, Sinhalese Muslims, Pakistan Muslims Indian Muslims, even Muslim Muslims.

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    oh my god. here we go again
    hs “Muslims at Cross Roads” was a series of more than 10 articles
    Now “observation on Muslim Tamil Relationship”?. This is part 1
    how many more to come

    ..but hang on Muslims are not Tamils?
    you should write “Confused Muslims they are neither Sinhalease nor Tamils”

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    Not only in Sri lanka, muslims have problems all over the world.

    Why muslims are killing muslims, christians and dynamite Buddha statues and destroy temples and churches?

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    Is there an ethnic group called ‘Muslims’? We have Muslims all over the world, speaking so many languages and practicing so many cultures. Do they all belong to the same ethnic group? I can understand if one refers to the Muslims in Sri Lanka as Moors or some such name. But how could they be referred to as ‘ethnic Muslims’ which is meaningless. The Muslims across the Palk Straits consider themselves as Tamils practicing the religion of Islam. It is a fact that a large number of Muslims in Sri Lanka have or have had a Tamilnadu connection. Otherwise how would it so happen that over ninety percent of the Muslims in Sri Lanka are Tamil speaking and not speaking Arabic or Sinhala?

    I wish the writer would also write something on the special privileges showered on the Muslim community by the former minister of education, Badiudeen Mohamed, such as giving Muslim children alone the privilege of choosing English as the medium of instruction.

    Sengodan. M

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      Till this Badiudeen Mohamed came to the scene at Ministry of Education all Tamil Media schools in Sri Lanka were called Tamil Maha Vidyalayam ….thus guy changed Muslim Maha Vidyalayam of Tamil schools in Muslim area….

      He made a great contribution in degrading once world class education by offering teaching posts to Muslims with 2 or 3 passes in GGE exam…..and cancelled practical examination for university entrance.

      Many muslims and cronies of this Baddi got even MEDICAL FACULTY with less than minimum marks …when this was exposed these low grade doctors fled the country otherwise Medical Council would have cancelled their license to practice.

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    The plain truth is opportunism of Muslims who played double game. Muslims played a key role in creating troubles between tamils and Sinhalese. For Sinhalese they become Sinhalese against Tamils and for Tamils they are muslims.Even now they were together with Mahinda and supported 18th amendment and joined Maithiri to support 19th and if mahinda comes again they will join him to send Maithiri to jail.

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      Like Prabaharan and LTTE supported Mahinda for 160 Mil. sri lankan rupees and couple of thousand lifes of tamil youths to send Ranil home. And at last MR cheated VP and the Tails and now we know who is at the receiving end.

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    Is there a contract in between Dayan and Hussein? Two days Dayan is not here to pollute the CT. Hussein is spraying poison all around here.

    These Hussein like pennies and less than pennies are commenting on Sir Pon. Ramanathan. He was a man called by Load of Salisbury as the most accomplished speaker in the entire British empire. Hello Hussein it not a self proclaimed designation to become the First “SIR”, in the colony Lankave. He did not target Hussein like ants and turmids, as here claimed by puny writer Hussein. He aimed at the elephant, the British Governor General. He did not hide in the home like Hussein and brag about him. He traveled in the WWI to get the justice from the parliament. To spew venom, Hussein calling it as anti-Muslim riots. Again, as Hussein has already quoted in his essay, his talks are not said by any other historian. Period. Because really there is nothing truth other than Hussein’ dream found anti-Tamil venom. Do we really need this kind of venom, that nobody has ever seen, said or written as per the claim of the writer? Hussein certainly struggling hard to burn Lankave carrying the fire on his tail the way Hamuna carried on his tail. This how how the old King climed that he is protecting Lankave and burned it down. A shameless act with 100% lies.

    Just the way Hussien convoluted the facts about Sir.Pon.Ramanathan to show himself as a big heck, Hussien playing games about Ealaventhan too. Eelaventhan is not just a writer, he was an elected MP of Tamil. Everything Eelaventhan said was true. This why the diaspora wants the International Inquiry. They want to proof, the same way Sir. Pon. Ramanathan proved in the British Parliament that the Governor General was supporting the Muslim brutality against Sinhalese, that the Muslim spies who was working for the BBS owner, the Brother Prince, supported the Genocide carried out by the Sinhala army. Hussein was sacred to Talk about BBS or the Brother Prince, not comeing out of his tumid hill to inviting the Tamils for fight by calling them “Tamil Lunatic Fringe”. To call the Tamil MPs and Tamils as “Tamil Lunatic Fringe ” he should be an ISIS rep.

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    Very good article towards muslim ramil reconsiliation.particularly the way you end it.
    your intensions are clear. The way forward for Muslim acendency is to suck up to the majority ?

    Do you want to know about the sex slaves if ISS? and what the muslims in the middle east sumbject your much esteames Sinhalese maids to?

    You have nothing to contrubule here other that polarising old racist triades.We are sicK of it from all sides.

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    MR.Hussein should be more concerned that muslims are considered as guests in this country by the sinhalese,than to worry about tamil muslim problems because both are in the same boat as minorities who can continue to live in sri lanka as long as they are well behaved guests and don’t make undue demands on the sinhalese.

    Mr.hussein is like someone who comes back home to see his house set on fire by the sinhalse but is more worried whether his neighbour a tamil,is thinking of looting his car and so disregards the house and keeps watch in his garage.

    “The Tamil affirmation of a linguistic commonality in the form of the “Tamil-speaking peoples” also tends to be rejected because it is seen as implying a denial of separate Muslim ethnic identity.”

    Mr.Hussein has committed blasphemy here and a fart should be issued forthwith by a high ranking mule,sorry mullah sentencing him to death.He is saying here that islam is not a religion,but only an ethnic identity only.So thereby he is telling that mohammed is telling lies about what god said when he spoke to him,but unfortunately has not spoken to any other person since then.

    Therefore according to Mr.hussein 100 million javanese,40 million sundanese,100 million punjabis,30 million pashtun,30 million sindhis,150 million bengalis,80 million egyptians,60 million turks,50 million persians,200 million arabs,30 million kurds,25 million malays,25 million pashtuns,millions of azeris,hazare,tajiks,chechens,uzbeks etc don’t exist for Mr.Hussein.Only muslims exist for him.Trying to create one ethnic identity of muslim only is wishful thinking on the part of Mr.hussein as the slaughtering of each other of these ethnic groups confirms.

    “Nothing was done by Muslims in the Eastern Province that could even remotely justify – on the principle of proportionality – the eviction of 80,000 Muslims from Jaffna.”

    whether anything was done or not in the east is immaterial.It was a inhuman act by prabaharan who had ceased to have any human feelings left in him as all his other actions showed.I for one tender my unreserved apology to the muslims for this dastardly act and will do anything including giving my blood to rectify this injustice.

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      Was Prabhakaran not a good Catholic ? The Bishop of Mannar would likely disagree, as he entrusted the Statue of ‘Our Lady of Madhu’ to him for safe keeping.

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        Ram

        “Was Prabhakaran not a good Catholic ?”

        I envy your creative typing.

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    Hussein predictably counts on the Muslims who died at the hands of the LTTE. He conveniently forgets the hundreds of Thamils murdered by the Muslim Home Guards. Once you took up arms against the LTTE, you cannot blame the LTTE for targeting Muslims who supported the Home Guards who along with the Sinhalese army killed innocent Thamils. . Entire border villages have been emptied by marauding Muslim thugs and subsequently they grabbed their homes and farms vacated by the Thamils. There are some villages which were 100% Thamils before the wa are now 100% Muslims. Meera Odai in the east is one such village. It will be unwise for Hussein who lives in Dejiwela to stir the communal pot. They had upto now had the best of both the worlds because of the war between Sinhalese and Thamils.

    Thamil refugees in the eastern university were killed by armed Muslim thugs headed by Cap. Munas of the Sri Lankan army and one Majid from Eravur killed 168 Thamils on 06-09-1990 and further 16 Thamils on 16-09-1990. On 09-09-1990 at Sathurukkondan, Pillayaradi, Kokuvil villages 199 Thamils were arrested and taken to the Saththukkonda army camp and slaughtered and their bodies were burnt. Muslims from Eravvur joined the Sinhalese soldiers in carrying out this massacre of innocent Thamils.

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    Can any Muslim brother tell me of any socially coherent group in the world today whom the Muslims are not in conflict with leaving aside fighting among themselves?
    Soma

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    Whenever there is an article written by a Muslim highlighting the plight of Sri Lankan Muslims there is always a barrage racial, anti-Muslim sentiments expressed by many readers. I do not condone all the stuff written above by the eminent writer especially recalling some of the past atrocities committed by LTTE against Muslims because throwing vivid details of these atrocities would further estrange the relationship with the Tamil and Muslims communities.

    It is true that Muslims suffered at the hands of LTTE for either not supporting the Eelam cause or aligning with Sinhalese against it. Let us forget the past and integrate with the Tamils for a peaceful coexistence. Rekindling the past is not the way forward. Therefore, article such as above should not be published in public forum. I would rather like to see more articles written regarding the common factors between the two communities such as Tamil language as spoken by Muslims even in the Sinhalese areas, forefathers of Muslims in the North who hailed from Tamil communities and the connection of Muslims to the Tamilnadu Muslims who are in harmonious relationship with Hindus etc,

    There were many Muslim poets in the Eastern province who have contributed to Tamil language. Nahur Hanifa who just past away recently was an eminent singer and loved by both communities.

    As I am from Jaffna I can recall many instances during the time of LTTE our Tamil neighbours had secretly helped to protect some of our assets in Jaffna and handed over them to us. Honesty and human values are the cultural norms of the then Tamil community in Jaffna. We never had an incidence where a cheque given by a Tamil trader was bounced or the payment was delayed.

    My humble request to CT is not to publish any articles that recalls the horrors of LTTE era in vivid details. Let us forgive and forget the past and forge a peaceful life for our future generation.

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      Well done. Spoken like a true Muslim.

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      Nakeeb issdeen – I don’t think you have understood my article. Ethnic problems should be recognized and dealt with at the incipient stage. Otherwise they could become monstrous. That was recognized by the Australian academic who wrote the Preface to the book to which I referred in my article.With the BBS the Sinhala/Muslim problem became a major one precisely because it was not dealt with earlier.
      Muslim-Tamil relations have been troubled for some time in the EP. Kettikaran referred to that fact in one of his reponses to my last article. I want the problem in the EP to be dealt with at the incipient stage. That is all.
      We all know that horrors were committed by the LTTE. I referred to just one of them to highlight the fact that an outraged EP Muslim had declared that he would fight. I was alerting to the dangers that could lie ahead – IH

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        Dear IH, you want the problem in Eastern Province dealt with at the incipient stage. But your article does not make sense to achieve this, rather it is spreading hatred. You are an A grade hypocrite. LTTE is no more and there had not been a single act of violence by the Tamils for the past 06 years. The problem there is that Tamils are being continued to be harassed. They cannot return to their former lands, some the government is not giving back citing security, in others sinhalese and Muslims have mis-appropriated. Get them to see reason and hand those lands back to the Tamils. Allow the Tamils to reconstruct their temples, even if a mosque had been built over them after destruction. See the way Muslims are behaving, claiming that they have become the majority in eastern province. You are talking of Democracy as a solution to ethnic problem. Democracy has been tampered with in eastern province by the deliberate alteration of ethnic balance initiated by Sinhalese, aided and abetted by Muslims. Democracy is meaningless to Tamils without regaining their majority status in eastern province.

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          Dr GS – you are capable of writing with sobriety but suddenly you are over-powered by your mad-dog racist rage. Earlier you wrote of me and my writings as “stupid”. I produced data to show that your view was absurd. Now you say that I am an A grade hypocrite. Serious dialogue is not possible with you. Go away. Can’t waste my time on the likes of you – IH

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            Dear IH, again you are unable to meet the arguments in a civilized manner. In journalistic etiquette, facts are sacred, but opinion is free. In all your articles, you have failed to meet this basic requirement, and please stop writing further in this website which is a honorable one. You are talking about democracy, but you are trying to curtail the freedom of expression of others who are challenging your cock-eyed views. This is the reason that I have called you a hypocrite. Write about the fatwa issued on a Muslim woman journalist in Srilanka by lunatic fringe Muslims. Several fair minded Muslims have condemned it, but you have been silent. Write about the crime committed by Muslim illegal immigrants traveling on a boat in the Mediterranean sea, who pushed the Christian fellow passengers into the sea to be drowned, when they refused to pray to Allah to save the boat from capsizing. These are the true colours of Islamic racists.

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    Mr. Hussein, just because you could not get hold of evidence of proof does not mean that your assumptions are right. Try to support your argument with facts.
    There must have been a valid reason why they did not give you those proofs, reports…

    Your style of writing an atrocious heading and a concluding paragraph leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the reader. Is that what you wanted?

    And wonder why you don’t mention the Sri Lankan Malays, Moors, Baha’is who share the same conviction as you? They are inferior? So what is the difference between your thinking and the BBS thinking?

    Nice try though!

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    dear dpl,
    if all tamils and muslims take your line of thinking and wrting there will be no end. as pointed out above whatever the reason the ltte was totally wrong in chasing out the muslims from the north. anyway i did not expect such an article from a learned dpl like you. it appears that you all scholars are in the same boat. quoting elaventhan is catastrophic. he is just a tamil. not representing the tamils. he is another version of you. it is unfortunate that you are also behaving like him. i have listened to him since 1069. mr.zizath, do you know from where he got his inspiration for separatism in 1960s? no country other than PAKISTAN because of its well known two nation theory.
    mr.izath, now by this article what are you aiming at? if we start digging like this,all three communities can come out with 1000s of things. pl. go back to your usual rational analysis which was worth reading. do not betray yourself as a usual one sided, parochial intellectual.
    -sundara

    P

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    There are 100% Tamil Hindu Villages in North-East with a mosque over 100 years old …where Muslims from nearest places come and pray…..Tamils were so openminded …

    Will any Muslims allow a Hindu Temple in their area???

    Even today many Hindu temples near Muslims areas are being looted ….

    A leading businessman in Colombo Mr.Kaaliyappa Pillai gave his own land to built a Mosque without accepting a single cent …can any muslim businessman do this ???

    Finally these nuts and bolts in the name of muslim MPs jumping up and down today in North-East learned a,b,c,d in politics on Federal party political meetings stage ..wow today they are trying to teach politics to Tamils ..

    Yesterday blue cap …today green cap …tomorrow color will change depend on the direction of the wind ..

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    This senile being is stirring up fresh hatreds again. He uses emotive terms like genocidal eviction from Jaffna. Genocide or any word with -cide requires killings. A man who uses a word of senility like “divagate” should understand something so basic. He digs into history to highlight tension between Tamils and Muslims when the need of the day is to highlight not the enmity but the friendship between the races. It is a pity that despite senility he nurses such hatred within himself and lets it spew in his various writings. When one gets close to one’s Maker, there may be a duty to forget such hatreds. It is not so with this man. He descends to the lowest of the low.

    If there is a Muslim lunatic fringe that is anti-Muslim, this man would be among his leaders. But, I do not think that Tamils want to harp on this Muslim lunatic fringe. They are prepared to accept the wrongness in the eviction of the Jaffna Muslims. It was a colossal error. One hopes that the matter is settled by recognising the right of return of the Jaffna Muslims. Jaffna will profit by their presence. There is no history of prior animosity towards them, despite what Hussein seeks now to cultivate.

    All that Hussein proves is that there is a senile Muslim lunatic fringe that is anti-Tamil.

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      Racist Tamil Tiger lovers getting into a tizzy over a FACT: Hindu and christian TAMIL RACIST TIGERS committed ethnic cleansing in Jaffna by chasing out Moslem sri Lankans. Fact. You Tamil racist jerks think you’re all superior in your backward tribalist mentality and refuse to integrate whether you’re in Scarborough, London or Jaffna

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        You might call yourself polpot jihadi. you might serve well in countries like Iraq, Syria, Yemen where the tribes are busy killing each other. Tamil Racists in Scarborough, London are more interested in beg, borrow or toil to foolishly boast who has a better house, car or children. They do not mind washing pots and pan in their Jihadi quest. Their are of course quite a bunch who have learnt the tricks from Pakis how to pick pockets or cut throats.

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        tinpotjihadi

        “Racist Tamil Tiger lovers getting into a tizzy over a FACT: Hindu and christian TAMIL RACIST TIGERS committed ethnic cleansing in Jaffna by chasing out Moslem sri Lankans.”

        Note LTTE ethnically cleansed Tamils from Jaffna. Tamils were forced to march to Vanni where they were kept in an open prison and later buried them in Mullivaikkal.

        In fact VP didn’t discriminate.

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        when your brothers join with SL savage army and loot..burn…Tamil properties and Kill Tamils this should be tolerated……eh?

        In kathankudi Mosques these jokers call for 6th prayer at 2 a.m and ask muslims to come with weapons to attack nearest TAMIL villages ….Tamil must keep quite ..eh?

        Do you know how many SL muslims are in the west as refugees using Tamils conflict advantages…and even married white women who eat pork ?

        islam and its followers has got backward mentality …look what is happening in Iraq..Syria …where they kill their own muslims –a jordanian pilot was burned alive— capturing and selling young girls even 13years ….BOKOHARAM kidnapped 100s of school girls and sell them to old Muslims …young Syrian..Iraqi..girls are selling their bodies to feed their families ….all this because of your stone age religion ….

        Today the west has made Arabs fight with Arabs and kill each other …

        Still you talk about JIHAD …and outdated 6th century slogan ????

        Finally the Arabs treat you like shits ..though you pray 5 time s day….

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        he he he In Aluthgama Muslims integrated with Sinhala brothers ..and got a super medicine last year….

        .where were you during this looting and attacks ?

        why couldn’t guys like you challenged with JIHAD (???) action????

        Why your Arab countries failed to sent their military to save you ???

        It was the TAMIL politicians spoke about Aluthgama anti-Muslims riots in the Parliament while your own muslims MP s and Ministers refused to talk because of fear…

        Your great-great-great grandparents were Tamil Hindus don’t forget this …

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      Ponkoh Sivakumaran – I have hitherto ignored your nasty insulting comments as too contemptible for notice. But you deserve some recognition as you are a pukkah Fringista – Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racist – a phenomenon that I am presently analysing. That you are a Fringista is clearly shown by the hysterical hatred and mad-dog rage that you have been directing against me.
      About the meaning of “genocide” look up Wikipedia. I have noted over many months that when the Fringista is in a state of mad-dog rage his rational faculty goes completely into abeyance. You write ” A man who uses a word of senility like’divagate'”. Now how on earth have you come to describe “divagate” as a “word of senility”? You can’t explain that. I can. In your mad-dog rage you spewed forth “senility” as a term of abuse.
      I wrote “divagate” in preference to “digress” for good reason. I won’t explain. You won’t understand. But I must add that I agree with Robert Graves that in English there are no synonyms. A synonym carries a nuance, a different shade of meaning.
      The rest of what you wrote has no relevance to what I wrote. I won’t waste my time on your irrelevant nonsense. Instead I will provide some details to make you squirm. You and other Fringistas have a peculiar compulsion to project me as anti-Tamil. My articles in the CT have elicited many encomiums, including from Tamils one of whom was Fr S.J. Emmanuel. A Tamil expatriate magazine in Canada published two of my articles in translation. How does all that square with your projection of me as anti-Tamil? Go away Fringista. Otherwise I will come out with more details to make you squirm – IH

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    In Sri Lanka Malay Muslims..Borah Muslims…Memon Muslims..Bhai Muslims have no problem with Tamils indeed they respect Tamils …and looked down SL Muslims…

    Borah and Memon muslims have their own prayer halls in Colombo …

    The Problem is Muslims who are in North-East who like to rule Tamils with the help of savage murder Sinhala army and police and prepared to do anything for money.

    Muslims in North-East are really living because of Tamils …these guys depend Tamils to buy at their shops…and sell produce in Tamil villages…and even buy paddy from Tamil villages…without gratitude they became spies to SL Army and State..

    Muslims pray only for 5 times a day….but in Kattankudi they once called for 6th prayer at midnight 2 a.m asking jihadists to come with weapon to attack next Tamil village ..are you aware about this Mr.Izeth Hussain….???

    After several warnings to stop this was ignored Tamils attacked a Moscow ….this is the fact..don`t pretend that you are an innocent victim..

    Pity today no Muslims in SL talk about Jihad ..because their sponsors ..Sddam Hussain…Kadafi ..Bin ..all went to paradise`

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    Muslims who talk about their religion ….but Arabs treat all Muslims from Asia as slaves ….no need to explain what they are doing to their own muslims poor girls who are working in M.E..this is the quality..

    An arab will invite a westerner to his house but never an Asian muslims….

    Today hundreds thousands Muslims from M.E and Africa go to Europe and seek asylum ..but they are not prepared to go to rich Arab countries next door because of their treatment ..

    In the west the governments treat them as human beings …without bothering ..religion..language..cultures

    An Asian Muslim living in an Arab country even over 25 years can’t get citizenship there ..but same Muslim in Europe can ….so infidels are good not their religious Sheiks ..

    The problem with Muslim is first they stay ..then ask for Mosque…then ask for separate cemetery ..they ask for Sharia law …then bomb or shoot the people who fed them …in Europe… exactly they are doing in North-East provinces the same…

    In Britain Muslims openly insult the queen..insult their religion still they tolerate these Muslims ..imagine a British guy insult an Arab Sultan or Islam in M.E they will cut his neck on Fridays….really a tolerant religion indeed

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    Greetings Tamils, Buddhiest, Malays, Burgers, Hindus, muslims and fellow country

    Please note we should admit we have a underlaying issue with muslims and tamil speaking non muslim community.
    As said by Izeth Hussain.

    Please forgive my fellow tamil people who have written offencively, we are all from the same country and Shall be respected, treated and loved equaly.

    I have personaly seen judgment of muslims with my own eyes and ears. In Sri Lanka this is due to mistrust between community because different mindset, cultural comparesions, in tolarances and behaviour paterns.

    We need to be flexible, tolarent and progressive socity. We should show the mankind that we are more developed socity and we are able to reason productively to create a better world with peace and harmony.

    Take some minutes to think about Husain’s articale, write productive words help Sri Lankan politicians like Sumanthiran to create bridges between minorities.

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    Dear Izeth Hussan

    “When the corpses were eventually returned it was found that every one of them had its penis stuck in the mouth”. You are insane to write this on CT. I as a Tamil totally refute this wild and unsubstantiated vile allegation as false and malicious. Where is your evidence? what is the source of your information?

    The Tamils have bent over backwards to maintain a close relationship with the Tamil muslims in Srilanka but have failed due to biased people like you. You must look at both sides equally not only the Tamil side to say why the Tamil Hindu and Tamil Muslim relationship has taken a norse dive at times.

    If you ask a Jaffna Tamil he will tell you how the Muslims spied on the Tamil Tigers on behalf of the Sinhalese army – which led to their expulsion from Jaffna. I am not justifying this action but the point I am making is let the past be past and let us not dwell on it.

    Let the Tamils both Hindus and Muslims unite.

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      Pirana,

      “Let the Tamils both Hindus and Muslims unite “

      You can call the Muslims Tamil Muslims but the fact is the Muslims in Sri Lanka don’t consider them as part of the Tamils. They are a district separate ethnic group. You Tamil buggers are trying hard to get the Muslims under the “Tamil” banner. Muslims will always choose Sinhalese over Tamils, this is in their self interest.

      “If you ask a Jaffna Tamil he will tell you how the Muslims spied on the Tamil Tigers on behalf of the Sinhalese army – which led to their expulsion from Jaffna”

      This is exactly how the majority of the Sinhalese felt about Tamils.

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        ravi perera Sinhala speaking Demela

        “You can call the Muslims Tamil Muslims but the fact is the Muslims in Sri Lanka don’t consider them as part of the Tamils. They are a district separate ethnic group.”

        It is also true with Sinhala/Buddhists who do not consider themselves as Sinhala or Buddhists but a unique Aryan Sinhala/Buddhists. They are an unique Sinhala/Buddhists ghetto building race.

        All because their ancestors came from South India on Kallathonies and converted themselves into or invented a new race namely the Sinhala/Buddhists (Sinhala speaking Demelas).

        Its time Sinhala/Buddhists returned to whence their ancestors came.

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        @ravi perera

        he he he Muslims are distinct ethnic group ????

        Why the hell their mother tongue is Tamil ask them to make it Sinhala or Arabic but they won’t …….

        Why the hell SL Muslims follow Tamil traditions ..ask them to follow Arab traditions and cover their body with black pillow case….but they won’t ……

        Christian Tamil who have much international influence even to Pope never call themselves Christian ethnic group…

        Once again I remind you that Muslims in Sri Lanka are all converted Hindu Tamils …..

        BTW why your BBS attacked beloved Muslim brothers …in Aluthgama and destroyed many many mosques in various Sinhala areas ???

        Look now the same minister posts these Muslims enjoyed with Murderpaksa are with them again with new government …..Tamils never sell themselves for minister posts..

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          Cholan,

          “he he he Muslims are distinct ethnic group ???? “

          he he he he hoo hoo, the Muslims are not a distinct ethnic group ???

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        Ravi Perera

        “…. You Tamil buggers are trying hard to get the Muslims under the “Tamil” banner. Muslims will always choose Sinhalese over Tamils, this is in their self interest….” How I wish you will learn some basic manners and social grace when you address “the other”

        The Muslim factor came into the local political discourse in the late 1980s after Ashraf broke the Muslims into Eastern Province Muslims and the rest. Before that Muslims worked harmoniously both with the two major communities in the UNP/SLFP and the Tamil parties. The ambitious Ashraff was used by the Sinhala side to weaken the then Tamil resistance against the racialist Sinhala State. For his own personal benefits, he succeeded but ruined his people in consequence – many of them since refugees in the Puttalam District for decades.

        In the post-1983 Badiu-din Mahmud tried to make linkages with the Tamil side and, thereafter, in recent times after the attacks on the Muslims, Rauf Hakeem did the same. That semi-literate combative thug Azath Salley, more recently, even went to suggest the formation of some sort of a Tamil-Muslim Alliance – all ignored. Tamils know how to regain their rights and their land in the EP, which they lost largely due to the conspiracy of unnatural birth control. They will succeed and when they do they will support and work with the peaceful and decent Muslims in their environs. The violent, jihadist variety, however, is a different cup of tea and have already brought disaster to all Muslims in the country.

        As to your infantile comment “Muslims will always choose Sinhalese over Tamils..” Smell the coffee, my friend. Muslims remember Horana, Aluthgama and many recent incidents. And they are wise to know more are in the pipe-line. Tamils will, as always, come to their assistance when they are in trouble. That is the ancient Tamil culture.

        Backlash

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          backlash,

          “As to your infantile comment “Muslims will always choose Sinhalese over Tamils..” Smell the coffee, my friend. Muslims remember Horana, Aluthgama and many recent incidents. And they are wise to know more are in the pipe-line. Tamils will, as always, come to their assistance when they are in trouble. That is the ancient Tamil culture.”

          Yes, the Muslims remember Aluthgama.They must hate the sinhalese and love the Tamils.

          “Tamils will, as always, come to their assistance when they are in trouble. That is the ancient Tamil culture.”

          They tasted the ancient Tamil culture very well in the 90’s.

          Anyway enough of pora talks, try and get the Muslims on your side, thats your only way you can get the east merged with North.

          Good luck this time..

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            Ravi Perera Sinhala speaking Demela

            “Yes, the Muslims remember Aluthgama.They must hate the sinhalese and love the Tamils.”

            They must love the Tamils and Sinhalese. They also must care for the bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists more than others because the Sinhala/Buddhists need more support until their twisted head is cured. You are one of the recent convert with twisted head need more love and care.

            “Anyway enough of pora talks, try and get the Muslims on your side, thats your only way you can get the east merged with North.”

            You get your twisted head examined and see if you can find cure from Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. Kerala (most probably your ancestral homeland) is noted for its Ayurvedic treatment.

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            Ravi Perera – We do not have to try to get the Muslims to our side. We simply don’t need them. They are now on the run and have no place to go. It is irresponsible adventurists like Izeth Hussain who are securing more enemies for them by the hour vide dangerous and puerile garbage like this one. Surely, it has to be a very sick mind that discovers a lie like Tamil militants cutting the private parts of Muslims to stuff them in the victim’s mouth. All for what? To keep the Tamils and Muslims at their throats. What a diplomat? This guy is plumb crazier than we originally thought.

            I have heard this written before. It is up to responsible Muslims to restrain the poison pen of this Izeth Hussain before he starts another Aluthgama for his community with his fancy and incredible cons.

            Backlash

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    mr.Izeth Hussain attitude seems to reflect the ISIS ideology. You get the same polluted, fundamentalist, racist and lunatics minded people spread all over the world. We have to live with this type of people too!

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    Mr Hussein,

    Do not open old cans of worms. blind adherence to one’s religion has caused a lot of problems. If you go to distant past the invading armies of Muslims has killed millions belonging to other faiths. Atrocities against others by Muslims are still continuing in parts of this world even to the present day. In addition there is infighting among Muslims belonging to different sects. The Sinhalese and Tamils are not blameless either.
    Do not claim innocence on the part of Muslims. I think our time would be better spent in cementing the mistrust that exists between different communities because of past deeds.
    These may be for historical, cultural and being victims of incitement by political and religious leaders. The MaRa gang is fermenting rivalry so that the tyrants can fish in troubled waters. We do not need to feather or fan the divisions in support.

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    HOPE WHOLE WORLD MUST TAKE ACTION AGAINST THIS MUSLIM FANATICS….THEY ARE SO DANGEROUS FOR WORLD PPEACE….THEY MUST BE WIPED OUT, HOPE IT WILL HAPPEN VERY SOON….

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    Muslim Tamil reconciliation and accountability is as important as that related to the Sinhalese. Tamils have too often been vocal of abuses against them and silent about anti Muslim violence. This period, particularly in light of international attention and influence is a window for an island wide liberal rennaissance.
    However, where I continue to disagree with the author is that there is no need to appease the Chauvinistof the island. Leaders and thinkers on the island have a duty to future generations to crush Chauvinism and discrimination Forever they can start by supporting the current iNternational Movement t for accountability

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      Alex- I should be about the last person who could be expected to appease racists – I prefer the term “racists” to “chauvinists” – because the discrimination to which I was subjected as a senior official by the 1977 Government was outstanding by international standards for its sheer stinky nastiness. Malaysia, which is much bruited about for discrimination against minorities, has an infinitely finer record in the matter of appointment of Ambassadors than Sri Lanka.
      I don’t think there is any fundamental disagreement between us. You speak of the window that is open for an island-wide liberal renaissance. I am with you there. When I speak of “full democracy” and “fully functioning democracy” I mean precisely the liberal democracy that prevails in the West under which there is by and large fair and equal treatment for the minorities.
      As a result of this dialogue with you I suddenly have what seems to me a revolutionary idea – which shows how important serious dialogue is. In a country such as Sri Lanka it is not sufficient to speak of full democracy and assume that it includes fair and equal treatment for the minorities. We have to be explicit on that point and insist that there can be no full democracy here without laws and institutions, such as Race Relations Boards, ensuring fair and equal treatment for the minorities. We need a full-scale campaign for that after the elections. – IH

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        Dear Mr Hussein, firstly many thanks for the considered response as always. I do agree with you that we are both on the liberal end of the spectrum of what we want for Sri Lanka, however, it is important to underscore our differences, as whilst neither of us are supportive of the Chauvinists (racists), I believe you would concede much more to them than I would. I infer from our dialogue that you would settle for a ‘tolerable discrimination’ ( a term you used in an earlier discussion) ala Malaysia as opposed to no discrimination ala the West (at least in law). Further, in the West most democracies acknowledge indigenous peoples and their rights (the Swiss, the UK, even Spain despite the debate on a referendum), and thus they are not ‘minorities’ in a liberal land, but it is their land and their culture that prevails or at least has completely equal status.
        I think you are right about ‘Race Relations Boards’ and so on but none of these mean much without accountability. I.e. people go to jail for doing bad things, regardless of their rank, race or religion. The first thing Sri Lankans should get behind is the international project on accountability – for if people do not go to jail for doing illegal things, then all the commissions and boards in the world are no good. The second thing is that Sri Lankans should use this window to create political structures (Federal and so on) that devolve power in a manner that reflects the population and their rights. I think where we differ is you believe this can’t be sold to the majority Sinhalese – and I believe these are inalienable rights (the right to justice and the right to self rule of indigenous peoples) and so pressure needs to continue until such consent of what is right is formed. Best A

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          Alex – there are indeed significant differences between us. It could take several articles to explain them fully. Here are very briefly some of the essentials.
          To regain the full democracy that we once had, and that prevails in the West, will take some time. This is because the factor of ethnicity is far more important than it was at the time that we had full democracy. Nevertheless we have to struggle for a full liberal democratic dispensation in which the individual has an unmediated relation with the State, an area where we transcend our ethnicity.All that will take time.
          What would be best for the SL Muslims under these circumstances? I have advocated a South east Asian model based on my experience in the Philippines. The Chinese there, a substantial minority not a minuscule one, ignore the state sector and very rarely hold political office. They are at the top in the private sector, in business and the professions. They are not hated but they are disliked as in the rest of South East Asia. They live in freedom and dignity and there is no Chinese ethnic problem over there. I am told that the situation is more or less the same in the rest of south East Asia. There will of course be some amount of discrimination since majorities are majorities,but of a tolerable order. but of a tolerable order. I have much more to say on all this but that will take much time – IH

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            Mr. Hussein thank you for your article.

            “To regain the full democracy that we once had, and that prevails in the West, will take some time. This is because the factor of ethnicity is far more important than it was at the time that we had full democracy.”

            Indeed. Also other lines of division: partisanthip, Colombian elitism, and religion all play a part in a very divided society.

            Which is why we need a parliament to represent all of us Sri Lankans and debate it out there.

            You will also note the preponderance of raw insults and name calling- it is a pity that changing this culture was not part of the 100 day program. I am able to deal with any article without resorting to insults and name calling.

            But then I am a civilized intellectual.

            Maybe we need a code of conduct for .. us?

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            Thanks Mr Hussein for your considered response. I appreciate 400 word paragraphs are less than ideal in discussing complex issues. That said, I find the limitation of space helpful in getting to the point. The trouble with a solution which accepts that ‘majorities are majorities’ is that it leaves minorities open to violence in the future. In which case nothing has been accomplished at all, but rather just swept unde the carpet – a classic Asian disposition. As those who understand the merits of liberalism, our mission has to be to ensure it wins over ‘majoritarianism’. We should not create in Sri Lanka another poor Asian state. Finally, you have not explained whether you support the international push for acocuntability or not? Accountability is essential for any type of democracy, or is it the case that you do not envisage that as necessary either? Finally, in Sri Lanka there is an opportunity that exists that does not in many other states. Few Asian states have contiguous geographical regions where different indigenous people live. A Federal structure can be practically considered in Sri Lanka, whilst it cannot elsewhere. Why not pursue a solution that genuinely provides freedom and security to all rather than a classic Asian compromise, where the problem is never really solve and invariably comes to the boil the next time the majority are irritated about something or another. In any case, good engaging. best A

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              Alex – Thanks for your observations and courteous dissent. Majorities being majorities, discrimination will continue. We have of course to struggle against discrimination. That is why I advocate Race Relations Boards etc. Personally I don’t share the Asian disposition to compromise. After leaving the Ministry I wrote much on democracy and attacked JRJ, rousing his dangerous fury. Some thought I was risking death.
              I am all in favour of international accountability on human rights. As for accountability on war crimes I used to be against it as I thought that it would stand in the way of ethnic reconciliation. I see that that argument lost its validity when it became quite clear that there was not the slightest prospect of ethnic reconciliation under MR.
              At present my thinking on accountability is changing. Still in the inchoate stage. My basic ideas are these. There has been much loose thinking on truth and reconciliation in South Africa.That example cannot be replicated in Sri Lanka. Reconciliation cannot be legislated. It has to be a long-term process. Both sides have to recognize the essential humanity of the other side, which includes a propensity to murderousness. Both sides have to recognize the need for a unity which transcends group identities. A long-term process is involved. In the meanwhile let’s have international accountability on war crimes as it will not make much difference to that long-term process – IH

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    Dear Ravi Perera

    Cross your heart and tell me the truth given the chance who will you support the Tamils or The Muslims??? who do you think the Sinhalese Buddhist are most similar to The Tamil hindus or the Tamil Muslims???

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    This fellow is off his head… Muslims have no rights talk like this because in 83 they looted more tamil properties than the Sinhalese folks. Muslims will never live peacefully with any one, it has bin proven time n time again.. Muslims always want to dominate the others to achieve this they use both soft n hard measures, just how it’s mentioned in the Quran..(al taqiya)..

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