14 December, 2018

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The Beast Rides Again

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…they can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces.” ~ Arthur Miller (All My Sons)

Even as I write these words, Kandy is burning.

Muslims, their homes and their properties are being targeted in the name of Buddhism, within shouting distance of the Temple of the Tooth. If the custodians of the Tooth Relic, the chief prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya, look out from their windows, they’d probably see the smoke from the fires, if not the fires and the fire-makers.

There is no greater perversion of Buddhism than killing in the name of Buddhism. In the Buddha’s teachings there is no place for any kind of violence, no concept of holy war or just war, no room for revenge, whatever the crime. It the chief prelates are true followers of the Buddha, they would have walked going among the rioters, pleading for calm. But the only monks visible and audible in Kandy seem to be those who are feeding the fires. The chief prelates and other leading monks are silent, no word of condemnation, no plea for sanity and peace. If Kandy-burning symbolises the failure of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the silence of the monks indicates why that failure happened.

The chief prelates were silent in July 1983 as well.

There is an image from Black July I will carry with me for the rest of my life: a Tamil woman being pushed into the roaring fire of a shop by a mob in Kirulapone, as the police watched. I still remember that she was thin and not tall, had salt-and-pepper hair and was wearing a sari. I couldn’t see her face and I didn’t hear her cry.

I saw the incident from a moving bus. I couldn’t have saved her even if I managed to jump out. But such logic cannot dim the memory of horror and failure I carry with me. Now the horror is happening again. Another minority is being targeted. And we, the majority community in whose name the violence is being perpetrated, are failing to stop the marauders, to protect the victims or even to condemn the horror in loud enough voices.

What began in Teldeniya, what is happening all over Kandy, is not a religious clash. A clash implies two parties fighting each other, but in Teldeniya and in Kandy – as in Ampara last week – there are just armed perpetrators and unarmed victims. Nor was the violence that began in Teldeniya on the night of March 4th an accident. There was nothing spontaneous about the timing of the violence, and its trajectory.

On February 20th, a minor traffic accident involving a three-wheeler and a lorry happened in Teldeniya. The incident ended in a brutal assault; the four passengers in the three-wheeler savagely attacked the lorry driver. The attackers were Muslims. The victim was Sinhalese, the sole breadwinner of his family. But there is no evidence whatsoever that the racial/religious identity of either party had anything to do with the assault. It was another expression of brutality pervasive in society, a legacy of the long war and two insurgencies.

The Sinhala victim was immediately hospitalised and the Muslim attackers were immediately arrested and remanded (they are still in remand). The police were not lax in performing their duties and no politician intervened to save the culprits. After almost two weeks in the ICU the lorry driver died on March 3rd. If the anti-Muslim riot in Teldeniya was a spontaneous explosion of anger, it should have happened either on the day of the assault or on the day the victim died. But up to the evening of March 4th, Teldeniya didn’t explode.

On the evening of March 4th Bhikku Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara visited the funeral house. A couple of hours later the first attacks began. Muslim properties were destroyed and burnt. Police intervened and arrested some rioters. If the government intervened at this point, ordering in additional forces or declaring a limited curfew, making it clear through fast and strict action, that further acts of mob-violence will not be tolerated, the subsequent tragedy could have been avoided. But the government did nothing, thereby leaving the field wide open to Sinhala-Buddhist extremists dreaming of a new Black July.

On the morning of the 5th, a baying mob surrounded the police station and demanded the release of arrested rioters. Bhikku Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara was there, playing the role of peacemaker, but in reality lending the mob the protection of his robe and his name. (One of the monks present, probably the controversial chief-incumbent of Mangalaramaya in Batticaloa, is heard promising the mob to get ‘ape aya’ – our people – released in an hour. He also says he will summon a senior DIG for discussions if necessary, a statement which indicates the kind of power and impunity these robed criminals continue to enjoy, despite the government’s pledges to end impunity and restore the rule of law.)

That afternoon, the second round of rioting began.

From Ampara to Teldeniya

The argument that the violence, be it in July 83 or today, is the work of a fanatical minority is true. But it is also irrelevant. The majority of Sinhalese did not take part in Black July. They didn’t have to. All they had to do was to shrug a shoulder, turn a blind eye. Indifference is neither neutral nor benign. Indifference kills and destroys. In 1983, the silence of the silent majority (together with the lenience of the government and the collusion of the police and the military) created the enabling environment in which a minority of extremists could set fire to an entire country.

That collective indifference was fed by inherited myths and fake news about encroaching Tamils ‘dominating our universities by cheating at exams, taking away our jobs and our land, planning to overrun our only country by breeding like rabbits…’ Ancient tales and false statistics were used to lend this demonization an air of sanctity, authenticity and objectiveness. Without that seeding Black July wouldn’t have happened.

Those same lies are being repeated about Muslims now. The BBS started the madness in 2012, under the patronage of the Rajapaksas, pouring lurid stories into willing ears, turning Muslims into the next enemy, the new ‘other’. Without that seeding, Ampara and Teldeniya wouldn’t have happened and Kandy couldn’t be happening.

The mini-riot in Ampara was waged on the excuse of a sterilisation pill which a customer supposedly found in a curry (or a kottu) purchased from a Muslim-owned eatery. The Ministry of Health or the Minister of Health should have issued an immediate statement nailing the canard, explaining that no one in the world, no physician, no pharmaceutical company, no researcher has succeeded in manufacturing a sterilisation pill. The Ministry did make a statement, but almost a week later. By that time, the myth of the sterilisation pill had become an accepted fact in the larger society. .

If the police was lax and the government was inept, society was no better. The professionals best able to nail the lie about a sterilisation pill, the doctors, were mostly silent. A few brave souls spoke out but the absolute majority said nothing. The various medical associations (including the GMOA) did not bother to explain the truth to the country. Their silence fed the fires of misunderstanding. More than a week later, they are still silent.

It is a dangerous path, allowing extremists to dominate the narrative and own the initiative. The danger becomes greater when leading extremists are granted de facto impunity on the strength of a hallowed robe. These old habits and practices were supposed to end in January 2015. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration was supposed to, expected to, end the impunity enjoyed by robed thugs, adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards every kind of extremism and ensure that another Aluthgama never happened.

The government, to its credit, is not racist. But during most of its tenure, especially the last two years, it has displayed a distressing absence of political and moral courage. Instead of standing up to every form of extremism, it developed a habit of succumbing to monks, priests and mullahs. The government did not create extremists. But it pandered to extremists in the hope of rendering extremism toothless. This political weakness and moral cowardice didn’t render extremism toothless; on the contrary it helped turn the teeth into fangs. Muslims voted for the government in massive numbers, hoping for peace and security. The government failed them. Who can they trust now? Will they ever feel secure, even after the fires have died? How can they? Why should they?

Suicide at Seventy

Sri Lanka celebrated her 70th independence day just a month ago. In reality there is nothing much to celebrate. We are Sri Lankans in name only. Unity is just a word; coexistence a precarious state that can be destroyed by the most trivial of incidents. We are a country of Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims who know next to nothing about each other’s religions. Most of us study in schools which are de facto segregated, live in neighbourhoods with invisible walls.

A fog of misconceptions divides the ethnic and religious groups who call this island home. Comparative religion is not a subject taught in our schools. What we read in the media strengthen the prejudices we learn at home and relearn in school. Where ignorance and fear rule, violence is never far away. Anything can ignite it – a misplaced food order (as in Dambulla last year), the myth of a sterilisation pill, a brutal crime.

One of the tasks of the new government was to carry out a systematic effort to dent this fog of misconception. Even that task, which did not require standing up to mad monks, priests or mullahs, was not done. In the absence of any counters, lies continued to flourish. For example, a website called the Lanka C News recently carried a new item claiming that the proportion of Sinhala Buddhists which had been at 72% a few decades ago has come down to 67% now. The statistics were a total fake. According to census figures since the first census of 1881, Sinhala-Buddhists never exceeded the 70% mark until 2012. 2012 was the last census and according to that census Sinhala-Buddhists comprise of 70.1% of the populace.

So the ‘news’ about a rapid decline in Sinhala-Buddhist numbers is fake news, a lie fabricated to make Sinhala-Buddhists feel insecure. More worryingly, the website attributes this incendiary canard to Hemakumara Nanayakkara, the governor of the Southern Province. The government might not know that it is nursing new Cyril Maththews in its midst, but that ignorance is no excuse, not when the fate of the country and lives of people are at stake.

If Kandy continues to burn, sooner rather than later, the contagion of anti-Muslim violence will spread to other areas, including Colombo. If that happens, Sri Lanka will not be able to escape the scourge of a religious war. Black July enabled the LTTE to gain the upper hand within the Tamil armed struggle. The triumph of violent Sinhala extremism in the South led to the triumph of violent Sinhala extremism in the North. Sri Lanka and all her people are yet to recover from the horror the competing extremisms unleashed.

Now we are about to recreate that historical crime with Muslims.

There can be no peace in a country where the extremists set the national agenda. Talking about the rule of law is a joke when robed thugs are above the law and can command senior DIGs. It is a dangerous game, allowing extremists to ply their deadly trade, irrespective of which race they belong to, which religion they espouse or which political party they claim to support.

As a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, our greatest enemy is extremism. And of the competing extremisms, the most dangerous is the extremism of the majority community. When Sinhala-Buddhist fanatics are given a free hand, they set the country on fire, endanger innocent lives and strengthen fanatics in minority communities. That is why a zero-tolerance policy towards extremism must be applied with equal vigour and firmness to monk, mullah and priest. The habit of allowing extremists to shape the national agenda and set the national course must end if Sri Lanka’s future is to be better than her past.

If the government is too timorous to do so, the demand and the pressure should from come from those Sinhala-Buddhists who retain enough sanity to see the deadliness of the future that is being made. Kandy was set in fire in our name. The perpetrators want to turn Sri Lanka into the next Myanmar. If we remain silent and inactive, shame and guilt will be our lot once again. If we, the Sinhalese, fail Muslims as we failed Tamils, history will not forgive us, and will punish us with a new and a worse war.

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    attacking muslims is a more dangerous game than attacking tamils
    if al qaeda or isis enter the scene if we go too far there will be hell to pay
    waiting to hear what dr dayan has to say

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      Thisaranee Madam, many thanks.
      These riots are organized to distract us from the current Jarapalanaya govt.s legitimacy crisis. I am not a Mahinda Supporter. Both Ranil Wickramasingha and Mahinda Jarapassa are equally responsible and should share a prison cell. But we need a political economic analysis of riots and why they happen before and after elections and in times of governance crisis.
      The worst anti-Tamil minority ethic riots in July 1983 happened as J.R Jayawardene’s UNP government pushed the neo-liberal economic agenda and poverty and income inequality was growing in pockets in Sri Lanka. Today too, this is happening and the Muslims are the victims. Sinhalas perceive themselves as victims who need a Scapegoat for their suffering. And in a sense this is true as Ranil’s Neo Conservative, neoliberal economic agenda benefits Ranil, the UNP Royal College elite club and their foreign backers and the Global 1 percent. Muslims their scapegoat par excellence of neoliberal neocon agenda. as the Tamils are defeated.
      UNP was in power during riots of 1983 and today in worst anti-Muslim riots. This is not an accident. (Of course Mahinda Jarapassa and his brothers play racism as a song.)
      The big picture is that Divide and Rule by DISTRACTING the masses with Hate Speech and attacks on minorities particularly before and after elections by CORRUPT POLITICIANS is an established pattern in Lanka and works on a universal Play Book with support and “advise” of foreign intelligence agencies. Fake economic and political advisors who represent foreign interests set policy in Ranil’s office today.
      The timing of this anti-Muslim riots to distract the people and media, after the Local Govt. Election defeat of the Bond scam Ranil Wickramasinghe who should have resigned or been impeached for looting the Central Bank is suspect..
      Today Lanka is all DISTRACTED by riots. Divide, Distract and RULE is the policy and motto of corrupt Lankan Politicians.

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        I agree. Something smells rotten and sinister in the State of Lanka…

        Who benefits from the chaos? Who has cultivated a Culture of Impunity for Corruption and Hate Crimes and riots by politicians and their Thugs in robes in the past 3 years?
        Answer: Bondscam Ranil Wickramasinghe, who should have been forced to resign after LG election and been impeached for Bondscam at Central Bank, gets to remain in office under emergency regulations no less, because of Anti-Muslim riots. His foreign advisers must be delighted.
        The Culture of Impunity for Financial Crimes and Hate Crimes that Ranil represents is unparalleled. Yet the civil society organizations paid for by foreign interests think that Ranil is a Liberal Saviour!

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        Well said. And better than the article itself.

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      Not so. The biggest problem army, navy and air force faced in LTTE war was human rights of Tamils. Not the case with Muslims if you watch world news – Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, etc.

      Don’t forget India and Israel will not stand idle. Israel was most welcomed in Sri Lanka during the war. They will be only too happy to help and Sri Lankans will be too happy to ask.

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      How are the al-qaeda and ISIS going to land in Sri Lanka? Through the VIP lounge of the Bandaranaike airport?

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        The same way those 700 criminals landed in Sri Lanka 2500 years ago.

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          This is pure and simple on your face racism by the now notorious communalist Sakkara. What pleasure does he get from making such provocative statements aimed at creating communal discord?

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          Dr G S
          So you believe The Children’s Fairy Story, The Mahavamsa?

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        This is an ignorant comment. They don’t have to land anywhere. Most ISIS agents are radicalized and homegrown these days, if you observe the worldwide news. There is a whole underground “Dark Web” indoctrination. Furthermore, no-one has ISIS or Al Quaeda stamped on their forehead when arriving at an airport. Given your military rank I assume you do keep abreast of international news. There are white westerners indoctrinated into ISIS as well. I am not saying this will happen, but don’t be so complacently simplistic about it.

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      I am sure SL security establishment would have gone through this possibility. Refusal to permit Muslims to resettle in Musali may be due to this as Wilpattu jungle is a convenient point of contact between India and Sri Lanka. For Al Qaeda or ISIS to enter the scene they need the backing of a neighbouring Muslim country. Maldives is 500 miles away and cannot effectively supply materials. Pakistan will not dare to get into this directly as they fear antagonising Sinhalese, though SL government is turning a blind eye to Pakistan clandestine activity in eastern province as it affects Tamils. When Bangladesh is powerless to interfere in the case of Rohingyas of Burma, you cannot expect them to offer any meaningful support to Muslims in Sri Lanka.Today newspapers carried an item which says that time bombs were found in Muslim houses in Kattankudy. It appears to be planted by security forces and if that is so, then it may be a sign that strict measures against Muslims are going to be taken in the near future. If they were planted by Muslims themselves, then the picture is worse. This is similar pretext on which Burmese army acted on Rohingyas. Unfortunately Muslims are widespread thinly other than in coastal Amparai, and any activity detrimental to national security will be caught using informers. This makes any Muslim insurgency in Sri Lanka a non-starter.

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    Madam thank you so much for bring out the facts which the retarded public will never acknowledge. It is called DENIAL. The events may appear random but they are spontaneous, well organized and planned. Out of the blue MR appeals to his supporters to be calm and non violent( message is disguise) amid the counting of ballots and soon after a spark is turned into an inferno, started simultaneously at different sides and kept alive by the pirith chanting clergy and hired mob,well supported by the media/fake news/journalist and others who are in social media pay roll , a hapless government who seems to either blind or pretending to be one, and the circus goes on and on, after all we have been witnessing this saga since independence irrespective who is at the helm.Madam I am sorry to give you the bad news, the malignancy has spread beyond limits and what you see now is metastasis, What is left is the skeleton. to be cremated/burned soon. In advance #RIP LANKAWE

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      In Sri lanka, MADAM is a bad word. MADAMs have one specific job. that is how the govt protect Sinhala buddhism. When Casinos, liquor distilleries , Mobile brothels, beech parties with drugs and alcohiols are allowed, when all the cattle are killed for meat. chicken are matured and killed inhumanly, MMDA is practised and no one is objecting, Still Halal – tax is implemented in order to expand Islam, forgetful Mahavamsa mindset is OK. If they remember that Muslims (christians./catholics are behind) are pushing us too hard, then that is Sinhala buddhist supremacism and Sinhala buddhist extremism. It is simply Hitlers people shaping the country’s mindset. Sinhala women are so backward, they allow muslim men to seduce and islamize them because they want a husband.

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        Jim Soft is in an insane frame of mind as he repeatedly writes against christians/catholics in most of his articles without any rhyme or reason. If he goes down memory lane and corrects the trauma/abuse/event/situation, surely he can come out of it into a healthy mind. His current mindset could end in trouble

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    Tisaranee Gunesekera’s epigrpah from Arthur Miller –
    “They can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces.” –
    reminded me of that Roman saying, variously attributed:
    They can hate us, as long as they also fear us.

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    This description of majority extremism is exactly what happened to SAITM with the false accusations of the GMOA/SLMC combo. It was like a sudden eruption of a volcano when the President abolished SAITM without any warning. The GMOA was like the yellow robe which was not expected to make any mistake. However it was to the credit of the GMOA later to agree with President to correct mistake made and transfer all SAITM medical students legally govt, approved to KDU as one class group without discrimination among those who sat many exams. together. Sanity prevailed.

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    A great article Tisaranee, you have nailed it so well. It is indeed the fault of the leaders of this country, if this turns into another ethnic conflict. The time is NOW to prevent further bloodshed, suicide bombers, and citizens afraid to go in buses and trains. Haven’t we learnt for the past mistakes? Nothing has been done to promote unity, and educate ignorant minds about the consequences of violent attacks on minorities. There are plenty of extremists on all sides, waiting for the opportunity, to take advantage of anger, and use it to promote violence against fellow Sri Lankans of a different ethnicity, bringing the country into chaos, and violence, again.

    From the politicians to the doctors, teachers, armed forces, and especially religious leaders, a campaign to educate, respect, prevent, and safeguard, must begin, or else we will never progress or prosper, as a nation. We will only be going backwards again. Anyone breaking laws, from any community, MUST be dealt with harshly, and no politician or high up allowed to make calls for their release. Anyone spreading false rumors, making up unsubstantiated stories against the minority, must be dealt with.

    This is a small island, but it includes all religions, and all people. The Sri Lankan flag depicts this, and it is high time the violent mobs realized this. The minority on their part must learn to live in a multicultural nation, and not become a pale imitation of primitive nations, whose dress and culture are not part of the history, and culture, of Sri Lankan Muslims.

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      Is it that Sinhala/Buddhists Envy Muslims and Tamils Who succeed in Business?
      Or is it that the Sinhala/Buddhists will not allow any of their Own to succeed in Business?
      Reminds me of the Old Story, where Sinhala Buddhists stood on Guard, at the Gates of Heaven, Jealously, Pushing Back any other Sinhalas who tried to Enter!

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    The Sinhalese seem to have finally realized that the Muslims are not only dominating the country in commerce by illegal means, but also actively trying to harm their health, sterilizing them and causing abortions. I am sure that if the Sinhalese were to follow the thread they will be able to uncover Jihadi plots to make Lanka a Muslim majority country by 2025.

    Sinhalese must fight to the last man, without giving quarters. This should be a fight unto death. Muslims who have actively supported ISIS and other fanatics will soon start attacking Sinhalese in the Eastern province, and the army should be looking into this now before it gets out of hand. Every Muslim male between ages 11 -75 should be issued an ID and a Muslim Registry established. China has the technology and Lanka must ask for help. The Chinese have successfully destroyed the Muslim Jihadi terror among the Uighur in Western China. The government should ask for help immediately. Tomorrow will be too late.

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      Are you a Zionist?

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        The possibility are high. They have followed the vicious path of zionist Hasbara. Paid trolls that spew lies, and spread false propaganda.

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          Here we go our own Muslims reading into bull shit conspiracy online which will ACTUALLY lead to the path of Muslim terror in Sri Lanka. I’m so sorry for what is happening to your people in Sri Lanka but please do not buy into foreign conspiracy theories set to divide people. Sri Lanka does not need to get involved in international conflicts. As you can see we have plenty in Sri Lanka to deal with.

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      Jay Chambers :
      For a moment there, I thought you were writing this tongue-in-cheek. However, it is apparent that it is written in all seriousness.
      Which of Sri Lanka’s major parties do you belong to, though, in all fairness given what they are, you belong to all of them.
      I don’t believe in capital punishment but I think there need to be exceptions for people who promote murder on the basis of “race,” religion or whatever and I’d be happy to study up on how to make hangman’s knots in anticipation of the appropriate event.
      P.S.
      Given where your brains are obviously situated yours could have been a tongue-in-cheek composition!

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        Hmm.. Hmm… Jay Chambers writes ‘tongue in (rear) cheek’ the real feeling and Emil van der Poorten writes the counter view, jokingly. Clever trolling or a siniter fifth column at work? Reminds the old Sinhala saying about ‘laughing with one’s ass end’. I can’t stop.

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        Emil, I have a lot of respect for your contributions here. I know we all have our moments, and I am sure you would not repeat the personal attacks again. Please don’t. It debases all of us. Talking about brains and where they are located! Surely, you, a man of western heritage and from everything I have seen, well aware of the decorum in these discussions, you of all people do not need to debase yourself.

        Yes, I mean every word I say. The masterplan to Islamise Lanka has been in the works for the last 20-30 years. It started with the excessive adherence to traditions imported from Saudi Arabia, hooded horrors of women wearing black towels and covering head to toe. Men donning unkempt beard with menacing looks. I have been a visitor to this paradise for a long time. I have seen this coming better than most natives.

        Lanka has only a few more years before a Muslims population tsunami engulfs it and utterly destroys it. All the temples will be turned into mosques, the same way it happened in Constantinople (today Istanbul). The Muslim hydra will eventually destroy itself by turning this country into another hell hole like Pakistan. The wishy washy old men in Lankan politics cannot stop this. The whole country needs another leadership and a revolutionary leader to lead them. I implore all lovers of Lanka to speak up. What I am saying is what you are saying in private. Lovers of Lanka in Germany, UK, France, elsewhere, men and women, we love this wonderful land. Let’s not let this greatest creation of nature be consumed by fanatical Islam. Let there be a new leader, like President Trump in the US, and not a parlour woman like Angela Merkel for the land I love with all my heart.

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          Jay Chambers,

          What do you want the new leadership to do? Please outline exactly what needs to happen to counter the alleged Muslim threat. Should they be made stateless? Or, should they be exterminated in a Nazi style concentration camp?

          I am not at all clear as to what you want; please enlighten….

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      With all due respect, (of which you, Sir, both lack and deserve none), the only terrorists here are the people, and here I use the term loosely, who saw fit to raze shops and homes of folk they did not know and had never met, on simply the grounds that these were Muslim owned.
      My home, Kengalla, was ground zero during the Monday attacks. We had no idea that such a riot was due till we heard the screams and saw our neighbors, women and children running up and away from there homes. My mother, father and little sister grabbed what cash and identity documents we could and followed them. We heard the glass break, hidden in the trees as we were. I saw the smoke rise. I saw the flames. And every moment, as the cacophony came closer and louder, my thoughts were not on how we would escape; rather, considering just how much we would logically be able to salvage once they had passed.
      Thanks to God, it did not come to that. Our neighbors, true Buddhists and true humans, stood by us, protected us, kept the animals at bay. We were lucky. Our brethren in the towns, on the roads…you all have seen the pictures shared. That was the junction where I take the bus to kandy. The shops I bought groceries at. The mosques I prayed at.
      I speak not of the stories that have come out later about attacks at Thennekumbara, Digana, Manikhinna and elsewhere. I describe above what I saw with my own eyes. And what I saw, Mr. Chambers, was a mob burning and pillaging others for no other reason than because they existed.
      They attacked us for no other reason than that we were Muslim, and you, sir, have the audacity to call us the terrorists? I would laugh, but you will forgive me for finding it hard to crack a smile right now.

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        (The latter part of my prior comment has not been posted, probably because of the word limit, which i overlooked.)

        They attacked us for no other reason than that we were Muslim, and you, sir, have the audacity to call us the terrorists? I would laugh, but you will forgive me for finding it hard to crack a smile right now. Of course, you would first have to forgive me for being Muslim.

        If the Telegraph wishes to contact me to corroborate my story, you have my email and I will be happy to talk to you. On the off chance you do send someone out here, we would appreciate you bringing some food along, as the fine specimens of humanity who paid us visit on Monday regretfully did a bang up job with shops up and down the roads.

        To you, Mr. Chambers. Update your definition of terrorism. Muslims are nor burning homes. Muslims are not terrorizing anyone.

        You are.

        And this argument will not change your point of view, no matter the facts I quote nor the measure of politeness I use. I write this so that the people who read this excellently worded article also hear from someone who was there, and not from bigoted, racist hate spouting sheep with their heads stuck up their own butts.

        Enjoy your day, sir. Your brethren are making sure that my people do not

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      Here my fellow Sri Lankans, is an alarmist, and a deliberate attempt to strike fear, and hatred, by lies, and hate propaganda. Statistically Muslims who make up of 7 percent population CAN NEVER TAKE OVER the country, surpassing the 75 percent of Buddhists. Only ignorant people will believe it.
      Again the brainless claim of sterilizing and causing abortions.
      This must be a paid troll paid to set one against the other.
      They are insulting the intelligence of the Sri Lankan people, by making baseless comments like this.

      Anyone spreading fake stories to set one Sri Lankan against the other should be tied to a tree and flogged.

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      Never really knew that the uneducated could visit pages like the Colombo Telegraph. Please tell us dear sir/ madam, if your own parents tried to abort you and failed, because clearly there’s been a lot of air let in the space where your thinker should’ve been. I’m ashamed to be called Sinhalese if backwater people like you are included in it as well.

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      A little basic mathematics might help you regain a little sanity before it is too late..

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      Your ignorance is astounding. You clearly don’t understand how concepts such as human sterilization, abortion, jihad, ethnic cleaning, population growth and genocide works. Please educate yourself.

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      Jay,

      You say ‘Sinhalese must fight to the last man, without giving quarters”

      Sure! You will make a lot of Arab Muslims quite happy. Send all your wives, mothers, daughters and sisters to service the Arab masters, and you guys can indeed then “fight to the last man” or the last bottle of kassippu that you can afford only because of the pittance your womenfolk bring back!

      Jihadi’s and ISIS do not have to come to Sri Lanka to ruin the nation – if the Muslim countries refuse to take Buddhist women to service them, you guys will have to go back the cave-man existence, the only one you could afford.

      Even the rogue and arrogant President of the Philippines gained some respectability by banning “women-slave” exports to the middle east.

      If you guys have any sense of responsibility, any sense of self-pride, any credible manliness to speak of, then you should be protesting the Government that use your wives, daughters, sisters and mothers to earn blood-money from the Arabs – not just chest-thump meaningless revenge over the death of one man. How many of the Sinhala women have comeback abused, raped and murdered from the Middle East Muslim nation? What exactly have you done about those?

      Your faked chest-thumping bravado, is no more genuine than your misplaced Buddhist pride! Utterly shameless!!

      Shameless!!

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    No AL QAEDA NOR ISIS exist .. It is all zionists creation to shed blood bath in Arab world .. do not bring it here into Sri Lanka. .. Sri Lanka muslim community is cleaver enough to know this.. do not do dirty tricks with your dirty devil thought.. You are happy to see more blood. All Tamil blood you drunk is not enough for you

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    Solution to a complex problem like this can’t be found in quotes from plays of Arthur Miller or other half-witted American playwrights. The problem with writers like TG is that they can’t think outside the neocolonial American frame they are imprisoned in. This makes them and their preaching and pro-minority wailing irrelevant on the bigger issue. Rising Muslim numbers and their disproportionate power in business, good real estate and lately in higher education are real burning issues. They do business only among themselves and the Z score highly favours them. It is not racist to say that they have bought almost all the real estate in Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya and Wellawatta. These are facts. But people like TG and other NGO wallahs are preaching their American values of bogus equality (which are not practiced in America) to these oppressed poor Sinhala people. Is it natural that the place is going up in flames? Expect worse.

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      Another troll spreading fear and being over dramatic. There are only 7 percent of Muslims, therefore the 75 percent of Sinhalese people can NEVER be outnumbered. You must be not very clever at maths.

      No innocent citizen of Sri Lanka deserves to have their homes and businesses burnt, or they do not deserve to be physically harmed, because people like you are spreading filthy unsubstantiated lies.
      Shame on you.

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        wrong Navin, check the census reports..we can only solve this by adhering to the truth

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      any “minority” will tend to group itself together – for safety and security. So muslims trade – do they only sell to each other, if so, what is the problem? There is nothing American in reminding ourselves that we need to make greater efforts to live together with various people – the Euro Asians left, when they felt unwelcome, many Tamils left.. surely if there any “disproportionate” benefit going to a minority, we have the means to examine it carefully, see what can and needs to be done.. no ethnic minority would like to be a subservient one -it will organize to stay and fight or leave – when the day comes that some Sinhalese proclaim Sri Lanka for Sinhalese, the majority of Sinhalese will have to fight them – remember the dead bodies n the streets in 1988-89?

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    T. Gunaseakara. Thank you very much for your vivid and thought provoking article. As usual you have been writing for CT for more 10 years now.. You peace loving good intention and sincerity will be highly appreciated by All minorities communities. Your humanism is highly appreciated. What shocking me is why Sinhalese academics/ Intellectuals and high ranking monks and politicians condemn this and why do not they control this.. It is a crime against a minority community .. All lies, fabrication, false accusations and alligation are made upon Muslim community for the last 10 years.. from Halal issue to false sterilization.. Is it what Load Buddha wanted in Sri Lanka..?

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    Lankan man who attacked Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 Indians was good enough to forgive

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    A very thoughtful article, too bad government doesn’t have the balls to accept this fact that put and end to this.

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara has penned this article fearlessly and without mincing words.
    The additive which renders the eater sterile is a mother of all canards. Our leaders know this but they have not said one word. At least they could have said that not a single case of sterility has been reported. Rajitha evidently has sent a sample to be tested!
    We can assume that a challenge will loose votes.
    By the way, charlatan monk Wirathu spread a similar story which resulted in unbridled violence against Rohingyas. Aung San Suu Kyi has not called this a canard.

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    This is very serious food for thought for the powers that be. It is not simple as killing the Tamil people. The BBS was nurtured by racist jokers like Gotahbhaya. If this state of affairs is allowed to go on, Sri Lanka will become another Syria with thousands of innocent people being massacred. Bensen.

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    All these crocodile tears from Sinhala ‘liberals’. Pathetic. As I posted on Dayan’s article, the reason for the repeated cycles of violence, are that the biggest winners of these Sinhala pogroms are the Sinhalese (nationalists).
    So far the cycle has been Sinhala pogrom (see 60s, 70s, 80s against Tamils). Tamil resistance and then war, and the international community backing the Sinhala state.
    If the Muslims radicalise, Sri Lanka becomes a bona fide actor in war on terror, all pressure at UN will cease and Sri Lanka will get more ‘state-to-state’ cooperation.
    There is a reason we see Sinhala violence against Tamils and Muslims. In the current world system it works very well.

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    Brilliant Article.
    Unfortunately it’s too late to do anything to stop this Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist Racist Genie created by SWRD and nurtured by successive Sinhala Governments.

    The yellow robe is so powerful in Sri Lanka, they are in fact the de facto government. Men in yellow robe can commit any crime and get away with it.

    After 70 years of brutal racial violence and 30 years of brutal civil war, any sort of violence or riots is a norm for the Sri Lankan.

    Mahela Jeyawardene the internationally respected former Sri Lankan cricket captain tweeted he doesn’t want the next generation to grow up in civil war as he did for 25 years..That tweet got more than thousands of disapproval thumps down.

    That is the state of the nation!!

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    Our only salvation as a nation lies in collectively turning our backs on religion and ethnicity. All sane Sinhalese should boycott the clergy. They really are worst degenerates, just interested only in power and money in complete contrast to the ideology they profess to follow. The only way to stop them is by hitting them where it hurts. By stopping the giving of alms to temples and clergy. So drop the Sangha for now and only follow the Buddha and Damma (The Noble Double gem :-) ) is my advice. All the majority religious establishments in South Asia from the Buddhists in Burma and Sri Lanka to the militant Hindus in India and the Sunni Moslems in Pakistan are the equivalents of the Nazi and Fascist parties in the West. This is a regional social disease that needs to be stopped before it consumes all of us.

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      start with cancelling Poya Day as a public holiday. For gods doesn’t the Mahavamsa tell you the full moon of on which month he attained Nirvana.? Its like making Every Friday and Every Monday – holidays?

      Second destroy Buddha statues polluting every street corner in Sri Lanka. Respect Buddha and keep his statue in Buddha Temples only.

      Third same goes to Muslim Mosques. Too many of the.

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    Didn’t 1982 (Jaffna library, the most shameful, barbarian event), 1983 (cruel mayhem that turned history) , and 1989 (Bheeshanaya , 60,000 young lives, tyre pyres) all happened during UNP times? Does anyone contest the fact that all took place under the guidance of UNP masterminds, carried out by UNP thugs and vigilantes?. Wasn’t Ranil Wickramasinghe a powerful minister each time? Talk about impunity – single criminal brought before the law? Yet who vote for UNP? – the greatest irony of my life. Will GT and other Yahapalana suckers ever wield their dazzling ‘kaduwa’ on that?
    Soma

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      somass

      You conveniently forgot 1977. Were you involved in pogram? Is that why you tend to erase it from your head, heart and fingers?.

      In 1974 it was the weeping widow whose police desperately looking for trouble found some flimsy excuse to kill 11 or 12 innocent people at an International Tamil Research conferrence. By the way as I last checked she was the then party leader of SLFP and prime minister of Sri Lanka. You would not have heard about the killings?

      The first ever humongous riots against Tamils were initiated and conducted under the premiership of the public racist S W RD Banda (a descendant of Kallathonie from South India, and a recent convert) in 1958. He was a founder member of SLFP.

      The accelerated deportation of hard working up country people was actively pursued under the weeping widow.

      Hope we do not need to remind your favorite racist party’s contribution to the people of murder and misery once again.

      Before you go away it would be inappropriate if I don’t mention one more fact you seemed to ignore very often, the 1971 large scale slaughter. I was told the weeping widow was the prime minister of Sri Lanka.

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    Great piece Madam Tisaranee. Your writings stand in sheer contract to racist Dayan’s biased verbose torrents of garbage aimed at promoting the Killers – GoTa, Mara, Basil, Namal, Yoshita.

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    dear thisaranee, it would factually incorrect to say that “that no one in the world, no physician, no pharmaceutical company, no researcher has succeeded in manufacturing a sterilisation pill.”. Please google “gossypol”.

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    This is the UNP’s work without a doubt

    Remember 1983.. when the JR government looked away whilst our country burnt??

    It’s repeating again..this is how they think they can rule a country

    Pathetic!

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    Tisaranee How dare you say that Sinhalese just shrugged their shoulders in ’83. Many many many Sinhalese hid Tamil families in their homes, many Sinhalese took great risks to take Tamils to safety, obviously you were not one of them. Also read comments by AttackeOnModay above. I am sure you were NOT one of the Sinhalese who sheltered Tamils in ’83, kind of you are too selfish and hypocritical to do such a sacrifice.

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      wannihami

      “Many many many Sinhalese hid Tamil families in their homes, many Sinhalese took great risks to take Tamils to safety, obviously you were not one of them.”

      A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
      -Vladimir Lenin

      If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

      Please add this to your myth as history.

      Tell us how the 1983 riot was organised and weren’t the state institutions aware of the situation then? The police and other intelligence services should have led to enforcing preventive measures. Instead on many instances the police either actively participated in the mayhem or stayed cool watching the events unfold. Only six years ago there a riot in 1977.

      Please don’t tell us the government or the state institutions didn’t learn any lessons from 1958, 1961, …………………. 1977.

      Wanni it would be much easier if you just accept the fact that you have created a monster that periodically goes on rampaging through out the island hunting and foraging for blood, destruction, ….. rather than defending monster by saying many many many many many Sinhalese saved Tamils.

      How does this monster survive without the support of the state, people, governments, the armed forces, ………………….. Why are you and your fellow “Do Gooders” put a full stop to the regular outing of your monster once and for all? Thus preventing the many, many many ….. good Sinhalese people risking their life for the outsiders “Demelas and Thambias”.

      You have a monstrous problem however you are in denial. No one needs to risk his or her life to protect others.

      Continued:

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      Continues:

      Wannihami (Do Gooder)

      In a few years’ time you and your fellow “Do Gooders” are going to repeat the same story, with little bit of adjustment here and there “Many many many Sinhalese hid Muslim families in their homes, many Sinhalese took great risks to take Muslims to safety, obviously you were not one of them.”

      Why should they take risk their life?

      When you got a private moment, you should reflect on your complacency, impotence, inability to rationally think, inability to identify right from wrong, … why you do you find it important to defend/justify everything wrong with this island.

      This is going to happen again and again unless and until you deal with the monster in you, in your community, in the island, in saffron clad thugs, the Mahasangha, in the state institutions, in crooked politicians, ….. in every businessmen, in every land thief, … . . Stop justifying the riots and rioters because many, ……………. Sinhalese risk their life. Why should they risk their life if you address the problem and deal with it head on.

      Remember the public racist Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala is dead and gone. Neither you nor the country need to hang on to his racist past or his destructive legacy.

      You are going to leave a legacy of destruction for your grand children and their grand children to deal with which they don’t deserve.

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    WOW, A field day for christian protestants. No, it is Sinhala buddhists who are cornereed every where both by the Mahinda Rajapakse or Orumiththa govts. buddhists know how Rajapakse govts treated buddhists. Orumiththa govt is no different even though Miathriapala sirisena is not a Lover of the Thirupathi kovil or the Meera Makkam mosque. No, It is NOT sinhala buddhists who should ask for Reconciliation. Itis the Muslims, christians who should be open and respective buddhist rights. YOu should have Asked politicians to stop Religion to hide their incompetance, dishonesty and the lack of ability to be visionary and engaging in respectable politics. britan EVEN THOUGH EAST LONDON AREA IS FULL OF MIGRENTS, IS STILL A aNGLICAN OR cATHOLIC country deoending on which state you are talking about. Sinhala buddhists have been so accomodating, that is why everybody including try to destroy buddhism take buddhist theras as hostages in their political endeavours and promote their lives. Do Sri lankan talk sinhala. It it is Singlish. See muslims what do they talk ?, Muslims re killed or beaten. for women , when they go out of the book. You people who brought up post colonial -catholic schools or in England, how many writes the destruction of Sinhala buddhist culture, civilization, language and their people. All come to bash the govt but you bash sinhala buddhists. Remember every one (99%) who engaged in bond scam were catholics or christians, Tamils etc.,

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      gong matto, do you not understand? Nobody should be allowed to take the law on to their own hands. This irrational fear you espouse is called racism.

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    Do not forget, Sinhala buddhists have a right to be assertive in order to protect their religion. Even the US state department identified the former Sinhala urumaya or something as terrorist. but, they never touch TNA, Muslim only parties. Even the Percival Mahinda Rajapakse was not born buddhist. He always tried to marry or consort with catholic/christian women.

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    TG is protective species of CT thought police.

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    Thanks, Tisaranee, for an article which combines strong feeling with objectivity and clarity of thought.

    I’m sure that it does a world of good for us to have your balanced writing.

    The only problem is that while we know these articles in English, even I, despite the pseudonym that I use, don’t know whether writing of this sort appears in Sinhalese.

    One thing that the State should do is produce reliable histories of Sri Lanka written more objectively than those based on the Mahavamsa. Education has to be more secular, and I wish advocates of English would realise that nobody has hit upon a way of teaching English to all. Swabasha education was a positive move made in 1956; it is unfortunate that it was accompanied by something akin to Apartheid.

    Shouldn’t at least the attempt be made to have children from various backgrounds interact in meaningful ways? I think that it is the majority community that must initiate action, but English speakers have to stop putting on airs. May I also say that Muslims ought to play down such superficial areas of differentiation as of dress and
    flocculence.

    Lastly, (and I say this with some trepidation), there should be one law for all. I think that the only manifestation of Sharia Law that we have in the country is MMDA. That must go. Somebody has to say it, so let it be me!

    I don’t think that Hindus and Christians separate themselves in quite the same way as Muslims.

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