18 September, 2020

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Tamil Racism & 13 A – Part IV

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

The probable reason why Tamil anti-Muslim racism has been far worse than that of the Sinhalese is that caste consciousness goes much deeper among the Tamils. It is only recently that some of us have learnt that the traditional Tamil caste system included a caste whose members could go out only at night because the very sight of them would pollute the higher castes. We know that enlightened elements among both the Tamils and the Sinhalese have been combating caste and that the condition of the lower castes has been much ameliorated, but caste consciousness persists and I have found in the course of a lifetime of intimate interaction with Westernised Tamils that their caste consciousness goes very much deeper than that of their Sinhalese counterparts. It is not surprising therefore that a Muslim such as me should have provoked far more Tamil than Sinhalese hatred and rage – a point amply demonstrated in the Colombo Telegraph columns. There is a case for formulating a new category of racism, casteist racism, but I have to put that aside for the time being. Suffice it to say here merely that probably Sri Lankan Tamil racism is among the worst in the world.

I proceed now to make some recommendations about how to deal with the Tamil ethnic problem, taking into account the factor of intense Tamil racism which for the most part has been ignored up to now. First of all we need to have a clear understanding of what is meant by racism. According to the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss practically every ethnic group in the world believes that it is superior to every other, that its way of life incarnates all the best of which human life is capable, and that applies even to the most primitive groups that are for the most part lost in the depths of the Matto Grosso jungle. That ubiquitous belief in the superiority of one’s own ethnic group should be regarded as ethnocentric prejudice. However that should not be taken as racism, because if it were racism would be seen as an integral part of the human condition about which little or nothing can be done. Racism proper should be taken to mean not just the propensity to regard the Other as inferior, but also as someone who should be treated as inferior, or be excluded, or even killed. Important characteristic of the racist are the essentialising habit of mind and the tendency towards stereotypical thinking: the Other is seen as having essential characteristics that are permanent or semi-permanent, and ugly characteristics that apply to some are seen as applying to all.

That for me defines the essence of racism. In practice however there can be different kinds of racism, so that the race theorists speak of “racisms” in the plural. Racism at the time of the Renaissance when Christopher Columbus went to the New World and inaugurated the phase of Western imperialism had a very different rationale from what it has today. The theory of the genetic inferiority of the colored peoples of the world was meant to legitimize their conquest, domination, and exploitation, all of which was seen as a civilizational process designed to benefit the colored peoples. Today the notions of race and genetic inferiority are regarded as unscientific and therefore are no longer in vogue, but the notion of culture in the anthropological sense of “a way of life” has come to be seen as the equivalent of race. As Colette Guillaumin put it, today we have racism without race. The Western racist of today would see the colored peoples as having – because of their cultures – essential characteristics that make them inferior, so that it is meet and proper to discriminate against them by relegating them to lower positions, excluding then, and even killing them.

Racism in the Third World countries, in the form of majority/minority conflicts, can be seen in very different terms from Western racism. There the whites have a position of assured dominance over the colored immigrants, whereas in Sri Lanka and elsewhere there is a struggle going on for the dominant position among ethnic groups, or higher positions in an ethnic hierarchy. Two factors have to be taken into account, one of which is the nature of the nation state which tends to privilege the indigenous majority ethnic group: it believes that it has a right to a dominant position over the minorities. The other is that the opportunities for upward mobility are infinitely greater in the industrial societies, meaning the ones that have got beyond the agricultural/pastoral stage. That means that rivalry and possibly conflict over “scarce resources” might be expected between ethnic groups. Furthermore, the rivalry could increase while the economy keeps growing – which seems to be what we are witnessing in the increase of identity politics and the increasing number of majority/minority conflicts in the Third World. Is that, perhaps, the underlying reason – not just Sinhalese racist cussedness – why we have failed to really move towards a political solution of the ethnic problem after 2009?

I am proposing a new paradigm in our approach to the ethnic problem, a racism paradigm. If racism is at the core of the problem we must address that problem, something that we have not done in earnest up to now. It should be axiomatic that to solve a problem we have to address that problem, not something else. I cannot go into details about a program of action to deal with racism but we can learn from the programs adopted in the West that are clearly worthy of emulation. Action seems to be required at two levels. One is to bring about attitudinal changes, something that has to start at the school level. The other is to take concrete action against racism. In the third part of this article I cited the case of the Tamil racist who dared to write that the Muslims are multiplying “like piglets” and, what is more, actually went on to justify it. We cannot hold that we are in earnest about countering racism unless we see to it that so rabid a racist is convicted for hate speech and given a stiff jail sentence. Some would say that the punishment should be exemplary, not just condign, and therefore he should first be horse-whipped in public and then jailed!

The second point I want to emphasize in the racism paradigm arises out of what looks like a widespread perception that the majority of the members in each of our ethnic groups are not racist. It would follow according to that perception that the solution of the ethnic problem requires that the non-racists in each ethnic group bring their own racists under control. That this is possible in fact, not just in theory, was convincingly shown I believe by the fate of the BBS. It had very powerful foreign backing; it had the very powerful backing of the State which went to the extent of placing the BBS leaders above the law; and it waged an anti-Muslim hate campaign that went on for over two years. But it failed to ignite anything like the 1983 pogrom. It could be that the mass of the people have learnt, after a thirty-year war and a hundred thousand deaths, that racism can be self-destructive. According to the racism paradigm that I have set out above economic rivalries can increase and racism can increase concurrently, but we can hope that the struggle against racism will also increase. Perhaps the most important part of that struggle is for each ethnic group to bring its own racists under control. The tiger within the gates is far more dangerous than the one outside.

The third point I want to emphasize is that in trying to solve the ethnic problem we must factor in Tamil racism, jettisoning the assumption that only Sinhalese racism counts. I must make some clarifications before concluding this article. What proportion of the Tamils is racist? I believe that the earlier concerted attacks against me had behind them not just Tamils but a Zionist-Christian-Neocons nucleus. Those attacks were called off because they were obviously inimical to Tamil interests. But attacks by one or two Tamil racists who are I believe the paid agents of the Zionists have continued. One of them blurted out some months ago that he was under compulsion to read me, which was tantamount to confessing that he was functioning as a paid agent. Another attacks almost every article I write because he declares that they are not much better than verbal excrement. He knows that Tamil racists cannot stop me from being published, and therefore logically he should ignore my articles. But some time ago he corrected me on an article I wrote a quarter century ago, and now he refers to an article I wrote several months ago. He has to have institutional backing, probably that of the Zionists. I must add that I am credited with having inspired President Premadasa to kick the Israeli Interests Section out. (I can hear the Tamil howls and screeches that I am a boastful liar). In addition to those Zionist agents, there have usually been Tamils who display anti-Muslim hatred and rage in the CT columns. My guess is that a sizeable segment of the Tamils are anti-Muslim racists to a serious extent.

I have already dealt with the relevance of Tamil racism to our efforts to solve the ethnic problem, so that I can limit myself very briefly to the essentials in concluding this article. It is known that a wide measure of devolution can be very difficult to operate unless there is a spirit of mutual accommodativeness. That will be prevented or hindered when there is racism on both sides. The geopolitical factor of Sino-Indian rivalry in this region could come to be of crucial importance: it could make the Tamils believe that there might be Indian backing for a confederal arrangement amounting to a de facto Eelam. However there seems to be no alternative – for various reasons – to our trying out an improved version of 13 A. It may or may not lead to a definitive solution. The likelihood is that problems will be compounded as we go along. Therefore we should – while trying to make devolution successful – work towards the establishment of a fully functioning democracy as it is practiced in the West, with legal and other measures to secure the interests of the minorities. There is nothing inimical to legitimate Tamil interests in what I am advocating.

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    No way Izeth is going to be out done by Mahindapala.
    If Mahindapala does Part IV Izeth will also write Part IV
    If Mahindpala does Part V in retaliation , Izeth will also find boring repetitive material to do Part V
    CT also to be running out of steam entertaining boring repetitive material from the the same authors

    For some reason they stopped writing articles poking fun at each other. That would be more entertaining read.

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      Tamil Racism & 13 A……….is this the modern version of War and Peace?

      Or, will it be Mahindapala’s Vellhala Tales?

      When will these become recommended reading in local schools?

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        In the middle of diorrhea outbreak, there is still time for a comment or two?

        Die.

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          Keen Watcher

          “In the middle of diorrhea outbreak, there is still time for a comment or two? “

          Thanks for your observation, we now have a Keen diorrhea Watcher.

          Could you find out from our resident racists and caste experts about “Osta communities” among Muslims and why they are being assigned lower status among their Muslim brethren.

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            Native

            What do you mean by the osta communities?
            I know by fact that Memon and Borah communities treat rest of srilankan Muslims badly.

            For example middle east house maid market is controlled by these osta communities.

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              Ken Robert

              “What do you mean by the osta communities?”

              The Osta or Barber community who could be characterized as a caste based on the lack of inter-marriage and interdining with the rest of the Moor community. (page 4)

              The Osta or Barbers, an occupational group which performs ritual tonsure and circumcision, activities that are considered rather polluting, not due to the influence of Islam, but rather due to Hindu and Dravidian ideas that have influenced the community for some time past. (page 10)

              Caste in Sri Lanka From Ancient Times to the Present Day
              by Asiff Hussein

              http://asiffhussein.com/
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              Caste-in-Sri-Lanka1.pdf

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        4parts to write about Tamil racism.
        You cab easily write it on the back of an envelope

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          Rajash

          Aren’t there many “Low” castes the Vellahala “High” caste had to deal with?

          Do you know how many are there?

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            I don’t keep count of low caste or high caste. To my eyes they are both equal.
            Perhaps you keep count of them.

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              Rajash

              “I don’t keep count of low caste or high caste. To my eyes they are both equal.”

              That is the way, it shoukd be. All of the same caste, Tamil Caste. That way some of the “Low” caste who cannot get out during the day, lest they be seen by the “High” Caste, can go out during the day, get sunshine and get their Vitamin D Levels up.

              Then, there will be only 3 Castes. The Tamil Caste, Sinhala Caste and Muslim Caste, Malay Caste plus any other.

              Are Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, different versions caste too, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho? Just curious. They have their own “Caste” wars too.

              Then, will have to work on converting last few castes into the Sri Lanka Caste or the one Para-Caste for All the Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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                Amarasiri,

                I think people like HLDM and IH are exaggerating Tamil casteism and, saying some people were not allowed to go out during the day. I was born in the mid 1960’s and never heard of such a practice by then. And my maternal grandfather lived until the early 1980’s, was the principal of a local school, and would have told me about it if there was such a practice even earlier, at least in the Vadamaradchi region. His younger brother was the local MP and supported temple entry for the depressed castes.

                There were in fact other forms of casteism; everyone had water problems in that they had to depend on wells for drinking water, and there were some wells used exclusively by some people who lived in huts and worked as toddy-tappers, handymen, fish-vendor and the like, and I was aware they were sometimes called ‘untouchables.’

                There was an instance where such a well was said to be poisoned by supposedly high caste people and the well had to be purified. There was some pipe-borne water available but it was limited to certain times a day. So there were a few heartless casteists in the 1970’s–caste is also inextricably linked to economics and class–, and they had to be fought. But at least in the 19th century and later, it wasn’t as bad as HLDM and others would have you believe;those people are diverting attention from their own racism by pointing to Tamil casteism.

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    A Point of View that all Buddhists should, ‘Read, Mark and Inwardly Digest’, as one of my Old teachers used to Say!

    The Buddha’s Dhamma States that All people are Equal, and No One should be excluded, because of their Caste or Race. Do we Practise this?

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      Hamlet,

      what the Buddha Dharma stated, had been replaced for some time by the ‘Dharma’ of our nationalistic minded politicians. This ‘Dharma’ was perfected by Cyril Mathew and others of the ilk.

      Only now are we trying to erase the bad practices of the last 60 years but there is a long way to go.

      As that officer would have said ‘something has been rotten in the kingdom of Sri Lanka for a long time’. It is time for all of us to help clear the source of that stench.

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    [Edited out]

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    There is NO solution to the Tamil ethnic problem. People of Japan have learned to live under earth quake conditions,

    Soma

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      soma,

      There IS a solution to the Tamil ethnic problem; it about the Sinhalese come to terms with the reality that Sri Lanka was put together as one country by the Brits. Then find a political solution to keep the country united. It is simple!

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        BI
        Tamils(Tamil speaking people) must come to terms with the reality that +50% of them live outside North and East by the time Brits left which has made it next to impossible to devise a devolution model which can satify at least 90% of them.

        Soma

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          soma,

          You are half a century too late in your dying wish though how ostensible it sounds! The 1948 constitution was put together and accepted by all to build a United SL for all. Who bastardised the prospects? You Sinhala have myopically alienated the Tamils. Countless numbers of lives lost and the Tamil resolve to safeguard their historical areas is more vivid than ever. You cannot pull wool over us by saying 50% of us living outside N&E. It is not a rational that you can put forward to justify your ostensible position. I have shown you examples around world such situations exist and still autonomy has been grated; rightly so.

          Hence, you Sinhala need to accept the history that the N&E was a nation and endeavour to formulate a governing model to keep the county United. You need to do this urgently while you still have a say in the matter. If you procrastinate or attempt to deceive, the matter will be taken out of your hand!

          Jim,

          Go and fly a kite

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          “Brits left which has made it next to impossible to devise a devolution model which can satify at least 90% of them.”

          just satisfy those living in the north and east.That is enough.Don’t worry about those tamils outside the north and east.Just like they came from north and east they may also go back to north and east one day.So give devolution to the north and east so that they can manage their own affairs and develop that region,since you have done such a sloppy job of developing the south(except for the waistline and assets of your politicos)give a chance now for the tamils to develop the north and east.

          don’t be like the fellows in the pit who when the devil was taking a visitor around he noticed in the srilankan pit no guard.Devil said,no need because everytime one chap tries to climb out another will drag him back.Please let the hardworking honest tamils to get out of your pit.

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            Can you go to some other country and ask for a part? That is the problem

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              sach

              devolution is not asking for a part of the country.

              and it has nothing to do with vellala’s too as you are a MM.

              ps-MM stands for Mahindapala Mouthpiece.

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              sach

              if you have a kingdom for 400 years and due to colonisation by european invaders, you lost it,then you certainly can ask the UN to give it back,because the world is claiming that there is no more colonisation.If the colonial powers give it back to someone else other than those from whom they wrested it from, like in the north of srilanka or west papua that is a grave injustice that has to be corrected isn’t it.

              You can’t give the sinhalese a tamil country or the indonesians a papuan country and say we have no more colonisation in this world.

              however i’am a pragmatic person and in order to find a win win solution for both sinhalese and tamils as soon as possible,i’am only asking for maximum devolution for the north and east unmerged, in lieu of independence for the north.Though my ancestors would have shed a lot of blood,sweat and tears for the north,i’am willing to sacrifice it for the greater good of the country.However i’can’t speak for others,only me.

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        Burning Issue:

        The best solution is, if they can go back to their motherland, Tamilnadu, fight for the mother country there.

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          Yo JIm Softy

          As first prize for your most original suggestion…Eat my shorts!

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          jim softy

          The motherland of Tamils is Tamil Eelam and not Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu was created by the British in the 19th century whereas Tamil Eelam was created by Raja Raja Chola in the 10th century. If the World Tamils want a country, then the one and only place in the world to create a Tamil country is in Tamil Eelam and not Tamil Nadu.

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      somaass

      “There is NO solution to the Tamil ethnic problem.”

      It is not a Tamil ethnic problem but a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people.

      “People of Japan have learned to live under earth quake conditions,”

      Yes but there is a limit to defending from natural disaster. Here the Sinhala/Buddhists create disaster for their own survival, making life difficult for all the rest of the people and blame others, ….

      They can’t live and let others live.

      Why don’t you take you fellow Sinhala/Buddhists back to your motherland North/South India and build your dream land?

      Ravi Perera the Sinhala Speaking Demela could be of immense help to you.

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      Exactly soma, the only reason for this so called issue is Vellala tamil politicians’ large ego..well we cant sacrifice this country for someone else’s ego

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      Soma – I am basically in agreement with you. It is only in detective stories that there are solutions to every problem. In real life problems are often not solved but get dissolved in the course of time. If India orders the Tamils to be reasonable and not excessive in their demands, there will be a solution to the Tamil ethnic problem in a jiffy.Alternatively I see a dissolution of the problem taking place in the course of time through the demographic factor. The Tamils can keep on emigrating until the two really important minorities are the up-country Tamils and the Muslims. Both are known for their pragmatic politics. In the meanwhile let’s learn to live with earthquakes.- IH

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        There is no surprise whatsoever you agree with soma! We Tamils know what you are about.

        I say this to you, both the Tamils and Sinhala will reconcile and there will be a solution to the Tamil question. When this happens, the so called pragmatic Muslims will become unpragmatic you mark my word!

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        ” If India orders the Tamils to be reasonable and not excessive in their demands, there will be a solution to the Tamil ethnic problem in a jiffy.”

        What an inane statement!

        We, Tamils, as a people are not at India’s command or beck and call, though some of our politicians may be/ have been so. It was JRJ’ s government that wagged its tail after the Parrippu drop, signed the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement and invited the IPKF in! It wasPrenadasa’s government that paid and armed the LTTE to fight the IPKF. It is Premadasa who said that VP was fit to be the commander of the Sri Lankan Army! The Sri Lankan governments drove the Tamils to seek succor from India, but that did not make them India’s lapdogs. The Tamils yet love to dislike the Indians as a defensive mechanism to preserve their identity as a people.’

        Your unending series of articles demonstrate how little you know of the Tamils, their culture, lives, attitudes, society and problems. They are both saints and sinners like any other people,but not unique sinners as you paint them. However, they are an identifiable group of people, who have much to be proud of and much yet to accomplish.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

          “Your unending series of articles demonstrate how little you know of the Tamils, their culture, lives, attitudes, society and problems. “

          How little does he know the colour of Muslims let alone culture, lives, attitudes, society and problems of Tamils or Sinhalese.

          “What an inane statement!”

          The above should read ” What an insane statement!

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            native

            The above should read ” What an insane statement!

            you seem to want to put Mr.izeth into permanent sleep. Dr.RN learned a lesson after that word’bloody’ he used in the last article.The slippery izeth slipped out of a debate using that word.Now you are trying to let him wriggle out again.

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              shankar

              “The slippery izeth slipped out of a debate using that word.Now you are trying to let him wriggle out again.”

              He can be an electric eel or whatever he wants to be, he has the freedom to type what comes into his head………..

              In our life time we have seen two elusive/slippery most powerful(?)and destructive characters.

              What did you learn from them?

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          DR.narendran

          ” It is Premadasa who said that VP was fit to be the commander of the Sri Lankan Army!”

          that is why he bumped off preme.i was scratching my head whenever people ask me why VP who got so much help from preme,assasinated him.What a deadly insult to the nationalistic tamil parbhaharan who thought of the srilankan army as indiciplined until fonseka took over and he saw stars.

          thanks DR.narendran,now i can answer when these people ask me.

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          Dr Rajasingham Narendran – if there were no Tamil Nadu and no India there would be no Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic problem. The SL Tamils will simply have to face the consequences of military defeat.The international community will be bothered only if there are hr violations on a horrendous scale. The SL Government has to face the problem of more devolution only because of Indian pressure. What an “inane” fellow you are to be unable to understand any of that.
          /// I must say that I am shocked by the state to which you have reduced yourself. You are unable to understand plain English. You write that the Tamils are “not unique sinners as you paint them”. I have devoted an entire paragraph to making a recommendation on the basis that the majority of the members of our ethnic groups are not racist. That certainly includes the Tamils. – IH

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            Izeth hussain

            “the majority of the members of our ethnic groups are not racist.”

            Except the members of noisy minority and full time public racists which include IH, HLD M, DJ, VP, Wimal, Dinesh, MR, GR, ….. Gunadasa Amarasekara, Stormin Gormin, ….. Shenali Waduge, …. Kamalika, …

            “if there were no Tamil Nadu and no India there would be no Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic problem.”

            I don’t know what you meant by Tamil ethnic problem. Isn’t it a Sinhala/Buddhist minority problem imposed on rest of the people?

            Since India and Tamilnadu been the problem, lets demand Modi to relocate India (1300 million) somewhere near USA or Antarctica. It is a sound idea to make 21 million people feel secured and happy.

            However it will not cure the Sinhala/Buddhist paranoia nor stop your insane typing. Will it?

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            IH,

            A military defeat of the LTTE and not the Tamils, with the assistance if India, Pakistan, China, USA and other countries! If there was no Tamil Nadu or South India, the Sinhala politicians and nationalists would not have developed their minority complex that has been detrimental to the Tamils in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka !

            If there was no Tamil Nadu and no India, there would not be a majority Sinhla population in Sri Lanka!

            Please do not continue to put forward inane arguments to support your baseless theories.

            Dr.RN

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              DR RN,

              You have done it now! IH will turn nasty and accuse you of being a member of the Tamil racist lunatic fringe! He will then go on to generalise and accuse the Tamils collectively that they are more racists than the Sinhala!

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                Burning Issue

                When people reach their second childhood, they tend to seek attention every second of the day.

                What do you do with frustrated angst ridden old men who believe the world stopped spinning between 1950 and 1960?

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                  Native V,

                  The Island today carries a readable and informative article
                  “End of Western Civilisation” by Prof. Mendis. When the late Upali
                  Wijewardena founded the English daily he expected it to be responsible, educative and respected. It was, then. In recent times, articles by race haters, has-beens and social misfits are prominently accommodated – to the dismay of most readers. Today’s Island must take care not to bring disrepute to their founder – one of the finest sons of Lanka who worked for racial and religious harmony in a troubled diverse country.

                  Backlash

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                burning issue

                not to be outdone,mahindapala mouthpiece sach will come and say vellalas are the root cause of the problem,while Izeth will say it is india.

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              Dr Rajasingham Narendran – The conquered side is asking for more devolution from the conqueror. That is possible only because India is there. – IH

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        “Asking for official language policy, land rights in the area a community lived traditionally, equal opportunities in work and politics are tantamount to treachery, racism and castism”

        These are the conclusions of our learned Muslim brothers such as IH and amarasiri.

        Let me cite how Muslim community reacts hypocitically when it come to religion their basic tenet of ther identity . There were multiple comments on Mano Ganeshan’s position on religious conversion in another website called JM.

        Readers on that website did not want to see the argument that all of us are born equal with out a religious inclination.

        While I commend Muslim brothers for highlighting tamil community’s problems with other communities let us not forget that it is easy to get carried away with your opinions (sino Indian rivalry castism etc) without understanding how your comments are damaging the trust between communities.
        I hope IH stop this with the above article.

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          Ken Robert

          “how your comments are damaging the trust between communities. I hope IH stop this with the above article.”

          I thought IH is on a suicide mission to self destruction.
          If I were you I would not stop him.

          By the way how many members do you recon he has recruited to his fan club?

          Like VP he probably has made more enemies than friends by typing garbage as scientifically proven facts.

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        “If India orders the Tamils to be reasonable and not excessive in their demands, there will be a solution to the Tamil ethnic problem in a jiffy.”

        “The Tamils can keep on emigrating until the two really important minorities are the up-country Tamils and the Muslims.”

        Aha! So that is your agenda, despite remonstrating loudly that you have been supportive of Tamil demands all along and wondering why Tamils use harsh language against you? Very revealing, Mr. Hussain!

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      Soma

      When the Great White Massah put on his thopi and departed this Land Like No Other, he left behind a perfectly workable model of a nation. He expected (hoped?) that those to whom government was bequeathed would do the right thing. Fat chance. Before the gokkola leaves had withered and even before the Duke of Gloucester had left, sinister plans were being hatched to take power from the grandees anointed by the British. The chief protagonists were JR and SWRD.

      SWRD felt a great entitlement to the task.Both JR and SWRD were working towards getting their fuzzy hands around the scrote of the Bauddha-Sinhala majority.

      BOTH had their chances. BOTH fucked us up in their own way.

      This is now the 21st Century; collaboration is the name of the game. WE CAN (and MUST) work together.

      AFTER all these years of blood letting and angst, the compass of this country needs to be reset, and WE ALL need to get back to finding workable solutions.

      They devious Sinhalese politicians who followed SWRD and JR, did more damage to their own community. Their is a logic that 75% will cop the greater share of any ensuing chaos. Think about it Soma, IF you can.

      Our Tamil brethren deserve better. Our Sinhalese deserve better, and WE will all succeed if WE can keep done or eradicate the rabid alumni of the Cyril Mathew Institute of Slash and Burn (oh YES they are alive and prepared to cause mayhem if we do not get our act together). I am sure that a sort of Gresham’s Law variation – good will drive out bad – will apply when the right circumstances are created.

      Enough of my ‘bana’ Soma. I hope you have enough to help you rethink. First divest yourself of thinking that all this is a ‘Tamil Ethnic Problem’. It was, as I pointed out, more a Sinhalese Problem to start with.

      All that is behind us; Peace and Prosperity is the Prize if WE all learn to live together.

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        Spring Koha,

        soma is passively amplifying the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic traits in the same way as other hardcore chauvinists but carefully camouflaged! He/she wrote this on the following forum:

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-ability-to-deliver-transitional-justice-grim/#comments

        soma
        April 12, 2016 at 7:05 am
        Reply

        “Changing the Sinhala Buddhist character of Sri Lanka is the biggest pipe dream, a feature that remained unaffected after 1000 years of recurrent Tamilnadu invasions and 500 years of colonial subjugation.”

        He/she has been liberally writing that the Sinhala and Tamil need learn to live together in one country. This is reasonable request on the face of it. But when one tries to reconcile the above statement with this request, one gets confused! So soma’s ambition is to assimilate the Tamils with the Sinhala and not accommodate them democratically with powersharing/automony.

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    Stop lying and twisting the truth. It is not the Tamils who hate the Muslims but it is the opposite. It is the Muslims in Sri Lanka who have denied their real Tamil Hindu origins and pathetically claim an Arab/Moorish origin that only a very few elite Muslim families, have in very small doses.
    When challenged to provide proof of Arab ancestry for all the Sri Lankan Muslims. The so called Sri Lankan Moor organisation failed miserably and were able to only provide proof of a distant Arab ancestor for a few hundred families. Out of a population of around two million Sri Lankan Muslims, only a few hundred families were able to provide some proof of a very distant Arab ancestor(sic).
    A very distant Arab ancestor amongst a few hundred families does not make these families or the rest of the Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they pathetically wish to be call themselves, in any way Arab or of Moorish extraction. We all have a very distant ancestor from somewhere else.
    They are basically descended from Tamil Hindus, largely from the lower castes who converted to Islam. All DNA analysis proves this. The Sri Lankan Muslims have very little Arab and are genetically no different to the island’s Sinhalese or Tamils.
    They should be correctly reclassified as Tamil Muslims. This will never happen due to dirty politics by the power hungry Muslim elite who have now succeeded in brain washing the island’s Muslim masses to think that they are Arabs and hate their actual Dravidian Tamil heritage. This itself is a form of genocide that this author ignores. Denying a people to acknowledge their real origin history and heritage. Also the ruling Sinhalese establishment like the British will want to divide and rule the island’s Tamils on the basis of religion region caste etc.
    At the time of independence the difference between the Tamils and the Tamil Muslims was negligible compared to the huge difference between the Kandyan Sinhalese and low country Sinhalese.
    Most Kandyans did not consider most low country Sinhalese as Sinhalese at all but largely a Sinhalised population of immigrant low caste Indian Tamils and others. Now due to various government efforts this huge difference has become small and the small difference between the Tamils and the Tamil Muslims has become huge.
    Anti Tamils like Mahindapala and Izeth, now living the lovely life in Australia are trying their best to make it worse and they also want to paint a false picture to world that the island’s Tamils do not deserve anything as they are nasty people who are the sole cause of their present misery. Not the Sinhalese or the so called Sri Lankan Moors who overtly and covertly aided and abetted the Sinhalese to marginalise the island’s Tamils and commit genocide and war crimes on them. They are trying to re write history
    As I stated earlier the Tamil contempt /disdain and suspicion towards the island’s Muslims has nothing to do with caste, as even Tamils belonging to lower castes do not like them and trust them. Even the Tamil Muslims from Tamil Nadu their close relatives and ancestors do not like the Sri Lankan Muslims. So what does Izeth say to this?
    This has arisen due to the Sri Lankan Muslim denial of their real immigrant Indian Tamil Hindu origins and heritage, their ancient 1000 year old rich and tolerant Tamil Sufi Islamic traditions of Tamil Nadu and to pathetically claim a fake Arab origin and be some pathetic carbon copy of the Gulf Arabs. Within the last 30 years they have forsaken their Tamil Muslims names dress, culture ETC to become and look like some Wahhabi/Salafist Gulf Arabs.
    Why? All this started as they thought by distancing themselves from their actual Tamil origins with a fake Arab origin, they will find favour with the Sinhalese majority, who have historically hated the Tamils and gain lots advantages for their immigrant community from South India.
    They are basically an immigrant community to the island, with no history of ruling owning land or recorded history in the island, that migrated a few centuries ago and will do anything gain advantage for their immigrant community, even if they have to create a fake history and join the majority community to marginalise their fellow Hindu and Christian Tamils. The incorrect classification the Portuguese colonials of all South Asian Muslims as Moors, gave them an opportunity to pathetically cling to this fake identity , that other Muslim communities from South Asia have forsaken. Even their own fellow Tamil Muslim relatives across the water.
    From the time of independence they had openly sided with the Sinhalese against the Tamils on every aspect, just to gain a few crumbs from the Sinhalese table. They have benefitted the most from the marginalisation of the island’s Tamils and feel that they will loose the most if there is any reconciliation between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. This is why they vehemently oppose any form of reconciliation.
    Unlike the Tamils they are not indigenous to the land an only seek an opportunity for their community even if it is at the expense of other Tamils and their own Tamil language and culture.
    This why they never fought for the north and east like the Tamils who vehemently fought to retain what is rightfully theirs from the Sinhalese stealing it away from them, You will only fight and protect what is really yours from an intruder. Your land your family your children, animals possessions etc. Not connive with the intruder to steal this. This is what they did to the Tamils in the north and east. Especially in the east. They had no real feelings for the land as it really was not theirs and they had no ancient historical ties to this land.
    Even in the east they had come there only as refugees seeking asylum a few centuries ago. It was a Tamil Naicker king who with the help of the Tamil Vannimanai chief tans who settled them there. Now they are trying to steal the east from the indigenous Tamils, who gave them refuge with the help of the illegal Sinhalese settlers.
    Now they come like party poopers to spoil everything for the Tamils making unnecessary demands from the international community, what about us. What about you? Other than the 60000 northern Muslims you never suffered at all but on the contrary connived with the Sinhalese to kill rape loot ethnically cleanse and commit war crimes on us. benefitted immensely on the marginalisation of the Tamils. It was a Muslim minister who started the standardisation of Tamil students that immensely benefitted the Sinhalese and Muslims in higher education.
    70%of the Muslims live amongst the Sinhalese and have always sided with the Sinhalese against their fellow Tamils both Indigenous and Indian origin, so why no unreasonable land claims in the Sinhalese areas only in the Tamil areas where you share a common language culture and heritage, Isn’t that strange? The reason is they 1) want to sabotage the peace process and do not want the Tamils to gain their just rights to self determination in their ancient lands to protect it from further Sinhalese and to some extent Muslim encroachment, as they feel if the Tamils and Sinhalese reconcile they will loose, as both communities really do not like them or trust them. They only thrived due to the marginalisation of the island’s Tamils and they want the Tamils to remain marginalise. This is why this man is desperately posting these articles. 2) They feel that Tamils are now weak so able to steal anything from them. Even their lands, for ultimately they want to build a Salafist heaven that will be funded by certain countries in their eastern ghettoes that will never be self sufficient and will become a future Islamic extremist headache for the entire region.
    Of course the Sinhalese don’t hate them as much as the Tamils, why should they? They had always sided with the Sinhalese against their own fellow Tamils even when they were committing war crimes on the Tamils. Tamils will hate them and never trust them. A people who have denied their own origin heritage culture can never be trusted but worse they not only denied this but joined hands with the enemy to destroy it. No one likes quislings and betrayers. You know what ultimately happens to Quislings. Even the Arabs who they pathetically ape and claim as theirs have correctly classified them as descendants of largely low caste South Asian converts and not of Arab heritage. What more can I say.
    Lastly Izeth can you please write articles regarding the plight of the India Muslims in Malaysia mostly Tamils at the hands of the Malay Muslims, instead of shedding crocodile tears from Australia at this forum about their plight in Sri Lanka. Charity begins at home.

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      Paul- Real Siva Sankaran Sarma:-

      It is People like you Who keep the Myth of Racism Alive!

      Why try to Rationalise Your Racist Attitude with Long-winded Harangues.

      Try to be Positive, and Bring about a Peaceful Revolution in Our Beautiful Land, where We are All True Sri Lankans!

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        Stating the obvious truth is not racism, may be for you as you don’t want to hear it but believe in fairy tales and fake origins as it suits your agenda. Prosperity and peace is not built on fake myths but on reality and truth understood. Racists like you want to build everything on myths and your idea of peaceful land true Sri Lankan is not diversity but a Sinhalese Buddhist hegemony

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          Paul, there you go again.

          I am one of those rare Sinhala Buddhists Who believes that the Mahavamsa is a Myth, Written as a Fairy Tale at the Time, to appeal to the Simple Intellects of the Proletariat.

          You are also quick to jump to Biased Conclusions and make up Fairy Tales like the South Indian who wrote the Mahavamsa.

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      Tamils are not racist, period. They only want the whole world to admit to being Tamil. They feel that God created Tamils, and that all other races were begotten of the Tamil race. And after the hard work of their original ancient prototype, others have kicked and scorned the original ancestry.

      Therefore, the best solution for racism in Sri Lanka, and the end of all racial hostilities, is for Sinhalese to admit they have a large part of Tamil genes. Muslims and Burghers can also admit to the Tamil gene either directly, or through the Sinhala gene. DNA tests will give confirmation.

      Indeed, if one doesn’t have 1 % of Tamil genes (ok 10%….25%), one can’t be Lankan! We will uphold Jaffna as the cultural center of the Tamil world, and the rest of Sri Lanka. We will give honor the Tamil gene. Such an easy solution. Then we can easily avoid the land-bridge (let’s face it, they too don’t like Tamil-Naduians).

      So I write a poem:

      From the tears of the martyrs
      From tears of the Tamil young-man
      Beaten, and oppressed
      Humiliated and dejected
      Do not discriminate, but love
      And admit!
      So we can be as a nation and people
      Away from the yoke of Dalitry
      Away from the yoke of the Demela
      Away from the yoke of the Mahawamsa
      We will bind all into One
      A graceful and flowing nation…..

      And the Tamil young man
      Comforted by new-found love and acceptance,
      His tears will be dried, and he will sleep peacefully.
      Doi, Doi, Doiya Baba……(by Kishani)

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        “”Then we can easily avoid the land-bridge (let’s face it, they too don’t like Tamil-Naduians). “”

        Shape shape shape.

        At India which is more than Tamil Nadu – the first impression is the last impression. Both Sinhala Tamil have proved they can never be trusted- period.

        The congress will build it whether you like or not and rule as before 1948.
        The British admired that rule. The north was mughal rule for long even during European rule of south. you had 70 years and could not mind your business but under the citizenship act – the first treachery.

        it takes long to be young.

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        ramona therese Fernando:-

        “…They feel that God created Tamils, and that all other races were begotten of the Tamil race.”

        Of course the Tamils are Right. Only thing is God called Tamils by Another Name.

        It was Neanderthals.

        See, it even sounds like a Tamil Word!

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          That truly horrible Hamlet! No, Tamils feel that they were the original evolved race, and all others devolved from them (sometimes it looks very true).

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            Take care when you accuse Tamils because there are over 70 million and are powerful. So keep to the point if you have a brain
            How many tamils are you talking of that you are butchering??
            At England when you say English they come in all colours and races- they are born here or have adopted it as their land.
            That is the beauty of UK democracy stupid colony kella.

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              Pistachio,

              Nah!…..70 million odd other Tamils do not belong to Sri Lanka.

              When in Sri Lanka, our Unique Nation considers the tears and sighs of the marginalized Masses(Tamils and all).

              Whist the other 70 odd million are ungala-fying each other into castes groupings, and thumping each other on the head to force fit, Lankans on the other hand are extremely progressive, being far, far, superior with our inclusiveness.

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                Whist the other 70 odd million are ungala-fying each other into castes groupings, and thumping each other on the head to force fit, Lankans on the other hand are extremely progressive, being far, far, superior with our inclusiveness.

                Fernando malu malu, Are you telling me you are smelling? of roses.

                Tamils of India are spread widely in India. it is porrikis like you called Vaiko that kick you butt.

                You have run away to US. Take care we have Donald Trump who would shut the door so you better run to Mexico Cocaine land when you can or you would be sent back in a dingy like the Syrians.

                Learn Hindi if you like to stay because India is coming back to take the land which was on lease.

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          Hamlet

          Tamils believe the first ape spoke Tamil and practiced Saivaism.

          Sinhalese believe the first ape spoke Sinhala and practiced Buddhism

          Muslims believe the first ape spoke Arabic and practiced Islam.

          Both ramona grandma therese fernando and Champika Ranawake believe they are the direct descendant of the first ape.

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            sinhala people never say that they are the oldest or the first race. Sinhala people do not have that mental illnesses. But Sinhala people want their nijabhoomi protected and do not want to bow down to Vellala arrogant claims

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        HHow about a UN resolution saying that Tamils were the earliest humans on earth and most asians and 100% sinhala-buddhists and Indians are descending from Tamils.

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      Pus Wedilla. Thinking and writing like a true product of the caste system. Muslims don’t really care from where we come, but worry about where we are going. We don’t believe in Arab ancestry nor Tamil low caste converts ancestry. These mean nothing to us. What is important is now we are Muslims and want to enter paradise after death. You can keep all our ancestries to yourself and with like minded people figure out our origins on who we are, descendants of Arabs, Turks, Malaysians or low caste Tamil converts. We just simply care nor do we give a damn. Those entitlements will not take us anywhere but to hell.

      The main reson, what we Muslims don’t like is the Hindhu form of fire worship, cow worship, worship of private parts of so called deities called ‘lingam’ as these are all offensive and reprehensible in our religion of Islam. We believe in One God and call him Allah and that is it. His last and Final Messenger to all of mankind – Muslims, non-Muslims everyone included is Prophet Muhammed (May Peace and blessings be upon him). Therefore we distance ourselves from Hindhus and do not want to be put under their leadership. We know we will have many problems to practice our religion. Instead it would be better under Christian Tamil leadership as we believe them to be people of the book, and Prophet Easa (Jesus – may peace be upon him) is a Prophet of Islam. We may be able to live with that, but not with Hindhus. That is the main reason for our inability to see eye to eye and live and work together.

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        You seems to propound your own version of Islam. A Hindu is worse than a Christian etc etc. Is there any evidences in the Quran or the hadeeth to support your claim?

        A disbeliever is a disbeliever irrespective of what he worships – may it be fire, cow, cross, stone, or whatever.

        But this separation ends with all activities related to worshipping the Creator and the belief. Beyond that we Muslims don’t have the right to judge who is better than the other.

        Let us worry about our position and condition on the Day of Judgement, and act accordingly.

        Insha Allah we will pray that hidayah reaches one and all Allah is the changer of hearts and He can put eemaan in to even the toughest of hearts.

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          Azmi, I respect and follow your stand to stand aloof, against all that is being insinuated about us Muslims converting to Islam from or by marriage to low caste Hindhus. Allah is the best of Judges.

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          We need more liberal and educated Muslims like Azmi taking part in these debates where one or two Muslims bring so much of harm and damaging publicity to the entire community. Fortunately for all of us, there are many thousands of Muslims with controlled tongues, peaceful intent and enlightened writing to share in these days of religio-racial division. It is up to the educated Muslims in the country to stand up and be counted with the message “there is no place for religious bigots and seething race haters, trouble-makers amongst us”

          Backlash

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      Paul

      Your repetitive use of ‘low caste Tamils’ is the proof that HLD Mahindapala is absolutely right.

      Soma

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        Stating someone’s real origin does not mean That I look down upon them. Stating a fact If they were descended from largely High caste Tamil I will state the same. Like I have stated many times that Tippu Sultan forcibly converted many high caste HIndud like the Brahmins, Nairs, Nambiars Etc to Islam in North Kerala. North Kerala is now an Islamic stronghold.
        I will keep on repeating and stating the real origin of more than 99% of the so called Sri Lankan Moors or Muslims, as they keep on repeating the lie that they are not Tamils but descended from Arab Traders and superior to the Tamils. There is nothing superior about them neither in their behaviour or attitude, as long as they keep on repeating this lie, I will keep on reminding them of their real origin

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    Izeth Hussain,
    In afdition to the intelligence Abdul Kalam was born with, he came up in life as one of the top scientists in India, President of India, and humanist. Abdul Kalam was fortunate because he had come to be an associate and friend with high cast Brahmins.

    Abdul Kalam never moaned and groaned about let alone misinformed the public by spitting venom of hatred like HLDM, Izeth and Gnanasara.

    Izeth what is your scientific view on the genetical difference between the dark skinned Dravidians and fair skinned Ariyans?.

    What are the pathological differences among Lion Blood ( Sinha Le ), Tiger Blood ( Koti Le ), Camel Blood ( Ottuwa Le ) , Cow or Bull Blood ( Gona Le ), Kangaroo Blood ( Kangaroo Le ), Pig Blood (Ooru Le ), Salmon Blood (Salmon Le), Donkey Blood ( Booruwa Le )and Monkey/Gorrila Blood (Vanthura Le ) ?

    When a Lion Blood person is mentally sick and needs blood transfusion can he or she be given Kangaroo Blood ?

    Enlightened Izeth could you enlighten the CT readers ?

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Tamil Racism & 13 A – Part IV

    “The probable reason why Tamil anti-Muslim racism has been far worse than that of the Sinhalese is that caste consciousness goes much deeper among the Tamils.”

    “It is only recently that some of us have learnt that the traditional Tamil caste system included a caste whose members could go out only at night because the very sight of them would pollute the higher castes.”

    In sight, it is the photons that strike the eye that allows the observer to see. So, according to Vellahala Castism and Racism, the photons coming out of the low cast Tamils would “pollute”the Upper caste Vellahala Tamils, and therefore the low-caste Tamils should not go during the day, only at night.

    Amazing Vellahala Physics and Optics!

    Newton, Einstein and all the Physicists would be amazed at these “New Low-Caste” photons.

    Are the so-called Vellahalas treating the reflected photons from the low casts as radioactive Gamma Rays?

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      In this stupid world only Muslims are allowed to kill and destroy buildings of another faith.the Sinhalese have used them to do it too. but when BBS starts a small skirmish against Muslim the Sinhalese brand BBS as terrorist and the stupid world joins in to change the government. while they are at war with the muslim.
      they all love the muslim perhaps they like sex-slavery too.

      Obama the muslim has caused more wars and deaths than Bush.

      The whole world of lies and lies.

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        rabbi- la:-

        I see from your nom-de-plume that you come from Israeli Stock.

        Don’t Your People start Wars to Keep Your Weapons’ Manufacturers, in Business, and then Blame it on the Muslims?

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          Muslims have been slaughtering from the day they gave birth- nothing new. But the majority of the stupid world like `sex-appeal` and the muslims are the world masters of sex slavery.
          now you see why are doing shape shape for muslim??
          the day we use nut crackers on their testies they would stop producing not by guns.

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    ….Srilankan Tamil racism is among the worst in the World…..

    The oracle has spoken eh?
    How about Islamic Racism?
    Its all over the World!

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      Pygmalion

      “Srilankan Tamil racism is among the worst in the World…”

      Their differentiation, or rather Vellhala differentiation, is that they exhibit cast-ism and racism to the other “low” Tamils, including the some low caste Tamils, who are not allowed get out during the day, lest be seen by the “high” caste Vellahala eyes.

      This is a unique feature of the Tamil Valhalla Castism, and differentiates from the rest of the world.

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    How skilful Izeth Hussain can be! He is striking the cast(e) iron when it is hot.

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      “” the cast(e) iron””

      no muslim alive or dead has been able to destroy the Hindu Cast Iron which does not rust.

      the IRON PILLAR- by Gupta dynasty at old delhi.they surrounded it battered it but it stands. they destroyed all the buddhist and hindu temples so BBS kicked these pricks.

      Izzeth in his dotage has never met R Vellaha of colombo 7 and is in a dream boat.

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Tamil Racism & 13 A – Part IV

    “I have already dealt with the relevance of Tamil racism to our efforts to solve the ethnic problem, so that I can limit myself very briefly to the essentials in concluding this article. It is known that a wide measure of devolution can be very difficult to operate unless there is a spirit of mutual accommodativeness. That will be prevented or hindered when there is racism on both sides”

    “Therefore we should – while trying to make devolution successful – work towards the establishment of a fully functioning democracy as it is practiced in the West, with legal and other measures to secure the interests of the minorities. There is nothing inimical to legitimate Tamil interests in what I am advocating.”

    Thanks, quite perceptive.

    However, in the end the Sinhala need to grow up and learn to treat theit fellow Tamil and Muslim citizen as citizens, Sri Lankans, and Tamils, need to grow up and treat the Muslims and Sinhala as fellow citizens, and the Muslims, whatever their religious beliefs are, must learn to teat their fellow Sinhala and Tamil Citizens as fellow Sri Lankans, irrespective of their brainwashed beliefs.

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    The group that benefited most as a result of the Armed struggle of the Tamil youth,are the MUSLIMS;Particularly in the East.

    Muslims were settled in the East,only in the 16th century,by King Senerat,who reigned from Kandy.Reason being that they were harassed by the Portugese on the Western seaboard.Just 6000 or so were settled in what was THEN known as the Batticaloa region-From Batticaloa to Pottuvil!

    The MUKKUVA Chieftains alienated villages like Eravur,in return for the dirty work of these chiftains!
    Not only Land they were also provided with Tamil women,mostly Low-Caste.
    Today,they have multiplied to such an extent,the Tamils in the region are feeling the pressure.
    It is a case of the Poacher becoming the Game-Keeper or the case of the Land-Lord becoming the Tenant!

    Even the Sinhalese have absolute Contempt for the Muslims,but unfortunately the Sinhala-Tamil issue occupying centre stage has immensely helped the Muslims to play their card,preventing any reconciliation!

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      Pygmalion in Australia from there was a policy of forcibly taking Aboriginal children from their parents, especially the light skinned half castes and three quarter whites and bringing them up in dormitories or adopted into white families ( the very light skinned ones who could pass of as whites). Here they were forbidden to speak their languages and practise their culture. Made to feel ashamed of their real ancient and rich Aboriginal culture and way of life and brought up to admire the white culture. Most of them were trained to menials to work in rich white homes and farms.
      This policy was stated as breeding Aboriginality out of them and assimilation and was carried on until the 1960s. Many children were forcibly plucked out of their crying mother’s arms and lots of them were traumatised. They are called the stolen generation. Even now many of them in their sixties are still suffering. These incidents were not isolated but were the norm from the 1850s to the 1960s. Aboriginal people are still suffering due to this policy of forced assimilation
      It is only recently that the Australian government had recognised that this was a crime and they were practising genocide on the Aboriginal population by denying these children to acknowledge their real Aboriginal culture heritage and languages. Making them ashamed of their ancient rich culture and blindly worship and follow another culture.
      This is what the selfish Muslim elite and the Sinhalese establishment have done to the Tamil Muslims masses. Not allowed them to acknowledge their real Dravidian Tamil Hindu origins. Their ancient rich culture and the 1000 year old Tamil Sufi Islam. Instead of that have brainwashed them to deny and hate their Tamil origin and culture ETC. Blindly worship anything Arab and claim a fake Arab heritage. This is a war crime and a form of genocide. The Australian government where Izeth lives had recognised this and apologised , When are the selfish Muslim elite and the Sinhalese establishment going to do so? This is the basic reason that the Tamil and Muslim rift in the island. The denial of their real heritage that has caused so much of damage. The author of this article a Malay Muslim does not want to acknowledge this obvious fact. The day the island’s Muslims acknowledge their real Dravidian Tamil Hindu origins and learn to respect the Tamil language and culture that more than 99% of them still speak and stop conniving with the Sinhalese to marginalise the Island’s Hindu and Christian Tamils and backstab them. The problem will be solved. Unit that it will exist, as the Tamils will never trust them.

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        Paul;

        Here we go Again With your Racism!

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          People who do not want to accept the truth and want to believe in myths and act upon it are the racists that is you. I have noticed you want to bury everything under the carpet and come attacking any Tamil who questions the current situation with the label racist, thinking that it will silence them. Only your fellow Sinhalese racists and Muslim opportunists agree with you

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            Paul

            Izeth Hussain is a 100% Moor and not a Malay.

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      Pygmalion

      “The group that benefited most as a result of the Armed struggle of the Tamil youth,are the MUSLIMS;Particularly in the East”

      Interesting. If so, this was the Effect of the Civil War, the”armed struggle” against Sinhala “Buddhist” Racism, the Cause.

      What about the Tamils, who benefited by ethnically cleansing the Sinhala and Muslims from the northern Province?

      So, for the Tamils, the Sinhala and Muslims do not count. It is a marginal issue.

      Isn’t this called Tamil Racism?

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

      Published on Jun 1, 2013
      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

      Ethnic Cleansing in Northern Sri Lanka

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geFldFiq0Ik

      Uploaded on May 7, 2010
      The 29th of October is historic for the Northern Muslims of Sri Lanka – on this day, in 1990, the Tamil Tigers(LTTE) forcibly evicted some 75,000 Muslim residents of the Northern districts of Sri Lanka – Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar and Vavuniya. Today, the lives of these Muslims, who have been displaced for 20 years, have changed drastically but for better or worse?

      Twenty years on and hundreds and thousands of Muslim IDPs who were forcefully evicted by the Tamils from the north, continue to languish in Puttalam. Still living in temporary shelters, they speak of their plight, fears and the hope for a better future.

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      So sinhala king settled the Muslims in the tradional eelam tamil’s 3000 year old tradtional land? lol

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    Have HLDM and you read the editorial of 17th April 2016 Island News Paper of SL ?.
    CT readers if you read the above editorial you will understand the difference between ABC. . Journalists and the low order …XYZ Journalists like HLDM, IZTEH,DR & GOMYN.

    Even though the editorial is mainly about Mrs Srimavo, the editor has dissected the Southern Cast System and the power politics well. The rot has set in 1948. Since then , it is either UNP or SLFP who was in charge and at times with 2/3 rd majority.

    Who and who has to be horse-whipped and sent to jail based on your own judgement Mr Hussain ? You threw the boomerang…..

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    What is the difference between Hussein and Mahindapala?. Hussein once referred to Mahindapala as a Malay in a racist connotation to belittle him. Now in desperation and in order to make his point, adopts the same low tactic by referring to the prevalence of casteism amongst the Tamils to drive home his strategy aimed at belittling the Tamil society. The prevalence of a strong sense of caste amongst the Tamils cannot be denied but not to the extent as depicted by Mahindapala and Hussein. The singular contribution and the role played by the late Dudley Senanayake while being Prime Minister were tremendous in gradually destroying caste distinctions amongst the Tamils and have to be acknowledged. Bensen

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      Bensen Berner

      “The prevalence of a strong sense of caste amongst the Tamils cannot be denied but not to the extent as depicted by Mahindapala and Hussein. The singular contribution and the role played by the late Dudley Senanayake while being Prime Minister were tremendous in gradually destroying caste distinctions amongst the Tamils and have to be acknowledged. Bensen”

      Yes. We all know castism and racism is there. So, the question is the degree to which it is there.

      Both Mahindapala and Izeth seem to indicate that the Castism and Racism bottle is quite full, and has its roots in Hinduism. The three Western Imperialist Colonialists could not break it. They lived with it. Turning Hindus into Christians did not brake it. Independence did not break it. The closest they cane to was with LTTE and “Mahaveeran Perivar” Velupillai Prabakaran.

      This is a problem that needs to be hacked little by little, and the Tamils are not doing it. It has to be forced from outside. The Vellahalas will not do it as they have support from Hinduism.

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      Bensen burner – good you brought up the point about Mahindapala being Malay. I did not make the necessary clarification at that time because there were so many going at me to stop responding to him. As a result I sopped responding to him, and did not respond at all even when he wrote a three-part article attacking me.
      Consequently I could not make the clarification, which is this. Someone did tell me decades ago that Mahindpala’s father was a Malay who had worked in the fire brigade. I had no reason to doubt that. I referred to that only for one reason: to suggest the possibility that his divided identity could lead to an over-determination of his Sinhalese identity, resulting in his ultra-nationalist racist stance.Anything wrong in that? Does saying that someone’s father was a Malay amount to racism? – IH

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    Paul, People like you fit the bill perfectly.

    You are not only a down right low caste racist but damn liar as well; the last thing a Muslim bothers is about their ancestry, they don’t care whether they are from India or Timbattu, they are just proud to be Sri Lankans, because you’re a caste conscious racist, you think the others are also the same as you, looking at your comments it’s seems your mind is full of hatred and mad dog rage, only people who leads miserable lives have a mind like yours. Get a life man.

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      So you do reluctantly admit to the truth that the Sri Lankan Muslims are descended from largely low caste immigrant Indian Tamils who converted to Islam
      What does proud to be Sri Lankan (only a very recent identity thanks to the British) got to do with faking a false Arab origin and denying your real Dravidian Tamil origin? If your community is really not bothered about your origin whether from India or Timbuktu using your own words, why is it an issue to acknowledge and tell the truth of your real origin.
      You will never as you do not want to as this will disadvantage you in the eyes of the Sinhalese and your community cannot benefit from the marginalisation of the island’s Tamils. The recent Sri Lankan identity is a god send to your immigrant community to everything under the carpet drape your opportunistic backstabbing selves under the
      patriotic flag to connive with the Sinhalese to marginalise the island’s Tamils and steal everything from them as much as possible.
      If the Sri Lankan identity is so important why aren’t you following Sri Lankan customs? We don’t see your women wearing sarees now nor the men wearing traditional Sri Lankan dress. You don’t follow the tolerant Sufi form of Islam that is practiced in the subcontinent. You are all becoming some sort of pathetic fake clones of the Gulf Arabs, with no individual identity, following their extremist intolerant Wahhabi form of Islam. Sri Lankan identity is only used when it is convenient to please the Sinhalese to steal from the Tamils other wise an extremist form of Salafist Muslim identity
      Eelam Tamil identity as well as the Sinhalese identity as far more older than the recent Ceylonese or now Sri Lankan identity that the British forced upon everyone in the island.
      Your immigrant community largely descended from immigrant low caste Indian Tamils who migrated to the island a few centuries ago with no real history or tie to the land, waiting only to opportunistically to grab and steal as much as possible for your immigrant community, especially at the expense of island’s indigenous Eelam Tamils and their marginalisation, found new Sri Lankan identity suits your agenda as well as this artificial Muslim identity ( that is not found anywhere else in the world) as this hides your real Immigrant and Tamil identity.
      The Sinhalese also now want this Sri Lankan identity as they are making the Sri Lankan identity synonymous with the Sinhalese Buddhist identity, not a tolerant multicultural identity.
      We Eelam Tamils with a very ancient history in the island will have not have this identity forces upon us by a racist intolerant majority and a bunch of opportunistic backstabbing largely low caste Indian Tamil immigrants with a fake Arab origin, who find this new identity convenient to hide their fairly recent immigrant status and useful steal as much as possible from the marginalisation of the island’s Tamils.
      That is why you immigrant low caste Indian Tamil fake Arab Muslims were dancing on the streets with the Sinhalese racists and lighting crackers in 2009 when a war crime and genocide was committed with the deliberate planned killing of more than 70000 innocent Tamils at the hands of a racist Sinhalese armed forces and also the incarceration of over 300000 largely low caste Tamils in the Vanni in horrible Nazi conditions.
      You also opportunistically use this convenient Sri Lankan identity to steal lands from the Tamils in the east. the real owners of the east with the help of the illegal Sinhalese settlers.
      Sri Lankan and Muslim identity interchanges when it suits your backstabbing opportunistic community. However your real Tamil Muslim identity is buried and not to be revealed as this does not suit your immigrant community

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        In Britain the English Scottish Welsh identify themselves more with these ancient identities than with a common British identity. If you ask them who they are more than 90%of them will reply I Am English Scottish or Welsh as this is their primary identity and was there long before an common British Identity arose. It is only the more recent immigrants to Britain from the West Indies and the Indian subcontinent will state I am British, as without this British identity they have no claim to the land. They cannot call themselves English Scottish or Welsh as they are not. The English Scottish or Welsh can still identify themselves with their identity and be British, as they have an ancient history in the island and have a hold to the land.
        Similarly the Eelam Tamil or Sinhalese can say they are Tamil or Sinhalese and still belong to the island, as they also have an ancient history to the island and belong to the land. It is only recent it fairy recent immigrant communities that do not have a history or tie to the land rely upon this Sri Lankan identity as this is the only identity that ties them to the island, no history of ruling owning land ancient ruins ETC tying them to the island. This is why these fake Arab immigrant Dravidian Tamil Muslims from India jump up and down about a Sri Lankan identity. Many Sinhalese hardliners and extremists are also jumping up and down about this new identity as they are trying to make it an exclusive Sinhalese Buddhist identity that all others also should adopt. To the Eelam Tamils their ancient identity as Eelam Tamils is more important as this was their identity until the British created this new artificial Ceylonese identity in 1833 now changed to Sri Lankan by the Sinhalese in 1972.
        The modern British identity encompasses every citizen who lives in England Scotland Wales and northern Ireland. Irrespective of ethnicity or when they arrived. it is a symbol and name of inclusivity It is not a symbol of oppression. On the contrary due to the activities of all Sinhalese led Sri Lankan governments, the Sinhalese armed forces, the Buddhist clergy and Sinhalese hardliners the Sri Lankan identity is now identity that is very closely associated with Sinhalese Buddhist only, their racism towards the island’s Tamils, starting in 1970s when the name was changed during the Bandaranaike regime, standardisation Etc. It now a symbol and name associated with Sinhalese Buddhist exclusivity and oppression. In this name more than 300000 innocent Tamil civilians were deliberately targeted and killed more than a million displaced with many fleeing to the west. The war crimes committed against the Tamils in May 2009. The humiliation the rapes the killing occupation and large scale grabbing of lands by a racist Sinhalese armed forces, that is still supported by a largely racist Sinhalese population and government. To the minds of more than 95% of the Eelam Tamils the so called Sri Lankan identity is synonymous with Sinhalese Buddhist racism and Muslim backstabbing and opportunism. It also reminds us of standardisation, pogroms, killings, rape, large scale displacement and ethnic cleansing of the island’s Tamils all done in the name of this Sri Lankan identity that is synonymous with Sinhalese Buddhist racism and oppression.
        Unless this is changed and the interpretation of what a Sri Lankan means changes we will never accept, immigrants like the Sri Lankan Muslims may accept it but we will not, for it is a symbol and name that is synonymous with a oppression and displacement. Just like KKK is to an American Black

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        Paul – when I have the time I will give you your comeuppance. In the meanwhile I will ask you just one question in connection with your constant casteist racist hammering away on the point that Muslims married low caste Tamils. The question is this: if a white Israeli marries a low caste Tamil does he become low caste? – IH

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          When it comes to un-forced conversions (except Christianity which was forced) in South India & Sri Lanka, it was always the low caste Hindus who got converted to Buddhism and Islam (due to discrimination). Once they leave the Hindu faith and adopt Buddhism or Islam (both are caste free), they lose their caste identity.

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            “”(except Christianity which was forced)””
            your well is not the only well- vellaha merchant class have converted on conviction to Christianity- eg Pages of cargills and more.

            “”Once they leave the Hindu faith and adopt Buddhism or Islam (both are caste free), they lose their caste identity. “”

            Then you are a stupid gasss Gembo- there is call and caste in the human race.
            that includes satinic verses islam the killing machine- sunni shia both have it. Because they practice sex-slavery you are not aware which woman is favourite in marriage or there wont be a kingdom of Saud.

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          “”The question is this: if a white Israeli marries a low caste Tamil does he become low caste? – “”

          It does not matter if the Israeli is black or white as they are europeans.
          We have enough of Jewish women married to non Jewish and like the Zoroastrians they are excommunicated from the church (the outsider)

          But Islam of Izeth hussain gives all who are hurt by your malicious propaganda of bringing the nation down the opportunity to urinate on your tomb- even alla can’t stop that because he does not exist in this world – may be in the black hole burning.

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            rabbi-la:-

            Allah is Only another name for an All Powerful God!

            Why do you people give different Names to The One God and then Fight over Those Names?

            Would have thought that, by Now, Hitler and His Racism would have made you see the Light!

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              A rose can be called by any other name…..
              I have not seen your alla neither have you- if you need confirmation ask a Chinese of mainland and they would give you the concept of what is power over humans.

              Hitler and Merkel are from the same catholic church from east Germany.

              5% of Auto industry of Germany was wiped off with VW. 1/2 million allied forces are still there.

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          Paul is asking a simple question on the antiquity of Muslims in srilanka. Could you answer that question first without dodging?

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          Musim married a low caste woman! Muslim is not an ethnicity it is religion that is followed by many races ethnicities language groups. The Muslims of Sri Lanka a largely descended from immigrant Indian Tamil low castes who converted to Islam. This is a fact and nothing to do with looking down on low castes,. If high caste Tamils converted to Islam just like many converted to Protestant Christianity I would have said so in a matter of fact way.
          A few hundred or so families out a population of around 2 million Sri Lankan Muslims may have a distant Arab ancestor and this does not make them or the rest of the Sri Lankan Muslims of Arab origin. A very little bit of something does not make that little bit everything. We all have a little bit of something in us. The Sri Lankan Muslims claim of Arab heritage and descent is as frivolous as all Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Tamil Christians claiming a European descent, just because the Europeans introduced Christianity to the island and showing the few thousand half caste Burgher population as proof of European descent for the entire Sri Lankan Christian population. You are Muslim by religion but Malay by ethnicity. The so called Sri Lankan Moors are not Moors at all but Muslim by religion and Tamil by ethnicity. They are using the incorrect classification that the Portuguese gave to all the South Asian Muslims. Moor, as this was the only Muslim they encountered prior to their travel, to claim a fake Arab heritage. Anyway a Moor is from North Africa Morocco not from the Arabian Gulf.
          Tamils are annoyed and to not trust Muslims not because of their immigrant Indian low caste origin or because they are Muslim but because of their sly cunning backstabbing behaviour. Their complete denial of their real heritage and trying to become pathetic carbon copy of the Gulf Arabs. The Malay and other Muslims do not do that. Have you ever been to the Arabian Gulf. I have I have worked there for a few years and can still speak some form of Arabic and Hindi/Urdu very fluently and Malaylam to some extent. The Arabs there treat the South Asian Muslims like dirt and do not acknowledge Sri Lankan Muslims of Arab heritage but South Asian converts. They have also openly and covertly connived with the Sinhalese to marginalise the Island’s Tamils, especially in the east where they came only a few centuries ago seeking refuge. Now are trying to aggressively take the east over with the help of the illegal Sinhalese settlers. You can turn a blind eye to all this behaviour thinking that they are fellow Muslims but we cannot.
          Lastly why is it Malaysia the ethnic Malay Muslims now called Bhumi Putra treat the Indian Muslims largely Tamils as dirt. Charity begins at home

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            Paul,

            First of all you should be commended for giving us some valuable information. I like your posts/comments but can I suggest something if you do not mind. Can you please spend a few minutes in making your posts a little more attractive to read by separating the paragraphs with some spaces? When the posts are very long and the paragraphs are jammed together, people tend to avoid reading the comments.

            Also, this Izeth hussain fellow is not a Malay, I remember him saying somewhere that he is a Ceylon Moor of Arab origin. A number one hat flipper, flips his hat in the direction that suits him best.

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              He look very Malay nothing Moorish about him

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            Paul – You state that it is a fact that Muslims married lower caste Tamils and that that has nothing to do with looking down on castes. Do you expect anyone to believe that that is your position?
            /// Earlier you wrote that the Muslims are multiplying “like rats”. I want you to retract that statement and apologize. – IH

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      You are not moderate but a racist. Remember you posting a few months ago, that Tamil is a useless good for nothing language and Muslims must learn Sinhalese. Nothing moderate about that post. Very racist

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    I like this statement by Soma.

    “There is NO solution to the ‘Tamil ethnic problem’. People of Japan have learned to live under earth quake conditions, “

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    Amarasiri.

    I would suggest that you read my response again.
    I was referring to the East! You have introduced another Dimension,which has no relevance.
    I notice that you have been shedding tears for the Northern Muslims!
    But,remember even the Tamils were evicted by the LTTE in the North,to serve their interests.
    You would do well by getting rid of your pretensions of being a Pandithaya!

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    One more piece of aimless rambling inflicted on the helpless readership. There is nothing new to the usual curses, threats and bizarre thoughts of a clearly disturbed man. What is astonishing is an English daily allows its pages to be used by this man to attack those whom he does not like. How is responsible journalism served in this way by The Island.

    Izeth Hussain succeeds once again in opening his usual can of worms in this article placing the besieged Muslim community under unwelcome scrutiny by the public – more those with an anti-Muslim inclination e.g. the Sinhala extremist BBS, SR etc. Of course, Izeth H gets his publicity – but at the expense of the safety of the entire community.

    I also repeat here what I had written on the 15th instant in reply to Izeth’s 3rd instalment as these comments have relevance to Izeth’s current piece as well.

    (Quote)

    Izeth Hussain – The Israeli Section was closed at the instance of that crook ACS Hameed during JRJ’s time. (Do you recall the incident where he stole funds sent by the South Koreans to his private account in London?)I knew Douglas Liyanage’s mind. He lost his place as Secretary/State as a result of a Muslim conspiracy lead by Hameed, MH Mohamed and others. JRJ personally apologised to Liyanage who took the matter well – in the spirit of a top CCS man.

    Enough of your congenital lying. You are too small and insignificant a fry for the Israelis to waste even a minute of their time on you. BTW, they took Dayan J a little more seriously, if you know how Dayan was taken off by Mahinda R.

    Are you learning the right lesson from the “whacking” and “punishment” you are now getting from readers – Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and others.

    (Unquote)

    Backlash

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      Backlash – this poor old Backie is astonished that the Island continues to publish me. He is so far gone that the obvious answer does not occur to him: I am worth publishing. He bemoans that I am getting publicity but at the expense of the Muslim community.True I get publicity. Maybe I merit it. But you don’t. You are a nonentity.As for endangering the community – those Muslim leaders still have’t come to see me. What’s happening Backie boy?
      /// Sometime after I retired I addressed a mainly Muslim meeting on Israel.Dr Kaleel was there.He gave President Premadasa an edited version of the DVD of my speech which lasted over an hour.It is said that the decision to close down the Israeli Interests Section was the result of my speech. The reader can now expect an outburst of hatred and rage from Backie boy.
      /// I usually respond to Backie because he is an excellent exhibit to show the hysterical hatred and mad dog rage of the Tamil Islamophobic racist. Every now and then he reverts to the lie that I advocated famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebellion. I have exposed that lie in an earlier part of this article. Makes no difference to him. Go at it Backie boy. – IH

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        Izeth Hussain

        “It is said that the decision to close down the Israeli Interests Section was the result of my speech” Wow! When one reads this gem with that of your earlier joke GK Reddy calling you one of the five best diplomats of the world, it is clear you are in the league of those old time comics – Marx Brothers of Hollywood fame. You have crossed the rubicon months ago, old chap. Looking forward to your next rib-shatterer.

        Backlash

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          Backlash – re my record in diplomacy, whom will people believe, me or you? Not you Backie boy because you have no sense of honor as shown by the fact that you attack while hiding behind a cowardly anonymity. They will also believe Brian Seneviratne and Leelananda who was an insider at the time of the Non-Aligned Summit.
          /// Some of my contacts are convinced that you are a Zionist agent. If so, how’s the pay Backie boy? – IH

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    when we look at from Tamil politicians side, there is no way Tamil politicians can do politics without engaging in divisionary politics. that includes going against Sinhala people and unite under Tamils.

    Izeth Hussein Talks about Tamil Racism.

    But, he does not talk about Muslim – Islamic fanaticism.

    Muslims know they can not talk islam except among themselves. Can Izeth say, he will be getting a 72 year old virgin when he goes to Allah.

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      Jim Softy

      It is not a 72yr old virgin but 72 very young virgins for each non-Muslim a jihadi warrior slaughters. That is the religion that also non-stop preaches Allah, the most Merciful. On the other hand, did you notice two days ago the Catholic Pope travelled all the way to the Greek Island of Lesbos, publicly and genuinely sympathises with the thousands of Syrians refugees there. He takes 12 Muslim Syrians from 3 families with him to give them a safe and comfortable home – of all places in Rome. How is that for tolerance, kindness and compassion. No 72 virgins or paradise thereafter for the Pope or the Catholic/Christians – only the milk of human kindness.

      As to their President the multi-billionaire Bashar al-Assad – whose duty is to protect these poor folk and their lives – he lives, as usual, in extravagant splendour in his Palaces in safety with his wife and children. It is Christian Europe that is forced to accommodate and keep these fleeing Muslim refugees safe and comfortable. How about that
      for logic?

      Leslie Mostley

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    The only two states in India where the local Muslim population have a cordial relationship with the rest of the population and consider themselves as part of the local population and vice versa are Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This sort of relationship is not found in any other part of India. Especially in North India.
    It is only in Tamil Nadu and Kerala the local Muslims and Christians still speak Tamil and Malayalam respectively as their mother tongue, in many other Indian states (not all) the Muslims now speak Urdu and not the local language and the Christians speak English. Calling Tamils anti Muslims is a joke.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka have become wary and suspicious of the local Muslims not because of caste or religion but because of the past and present behaviour of the Muslims and their politicians, since the time of independence to backstab them and connive with the Sinhalese establishment to marginalise them for their own benefit. They also despise them for not admitting to the truth of their real Tamil Hindu origin instead claiming a fake Arab origin and joining hands with the Sinhalese to destroy everything Tamil in the island. Their own real heritage.

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