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The Bombings, Refugees & Emergency Regulations: The Dangers Of A Military Dictatorship

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Foreign Refugees in Sri Lanka

According to Human Rights Watch there are some 1600 asylum seekers in Sri Lanka and they need the urgent protection of the Sri Lankan government as committed to the UN when they were accepted as refugees. They include Afghans, Iranians and Pakistanis. While most are Ahmadiyyas, there are even some Christians. I have tasted sumptuous meals prepared by them when they were working as cooks for a Christian Workers’ Fellowship lunch. One did his theology degree here and is an Anglican priest today, considered an asset to the Church here. Granting asylum to so many is one of Sri Lanka’s rare and proud achievements in support of minorities needing protection. This achievement is now under threat.  

The Telegraph (UK) has reported that 1000 Muslim refugees have been forced from their homes in retaliatory attacks following the Easter Sunday bombings. Reflecting our shame, few local newspapers have reported on this.

Says the Telegraph, “A small number of Christian refugees from the three countries have also been caught up in attacks through mistaken identity.” It quotes Tariq Ahmed, a 58-year-old Pakistani Ahmadiyya as telling the Associated Press that in Pakistan they were chased off saying they are not Muslims but “in Sri Lanka, people attack us because they say we are Muslims.” 

Adds the Telegraph report, “Around 650 refugees are said to have sought shelter at a mosque in the city of Pasyala, near Negombo. Others are believed to be staying in police stations or local schools while 30 Iranians have barricaded themselves inside their homes.”

Church Response

The Christian Church has responded as commanded in many places in the Bible. To quote just three that confessing Muslims too are bound by,

1. Of immediate relevance: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. (Leviticus 19:33)

2. Offering refuge even to foreign murderers: These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there (Numbers 35:15)

3. Giving a portion of our harvest to the poor: And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:10).

Many Sri Lankans, particularly Tamils, are the beneficiaries of this now internationally accepted biblical ethos underlying political asylum. The Sri Lankan Church has come forward to offer protection to threatened Muslims invigorated by Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey’s bold statement:

The Christian community cannot and must not act on the basis of “an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth,” in these trying times, […] ” It is sad that humans have arrogated to themselves the right to commit mass murder in the name of God Almighty the giver of Life, […] Life belongs to God and no one has the right except God to take one’s life away. […] We cannot and must not act on the basis of “an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth” but we will follow the Master’s example and cry the same cry He cried on the cross with so much of sadness and heaviness of heart saying-“Father, Forgive them for they do not know what they do. […] The Executive and the Legislature were busy working on their own petty agendas and it appears that those under them were also polarized and paralyzed by this division. This Island nation which bled for almost four decades is bleeding again. If those who have been elected genuinely loved their country, this should not have been allowed to happen. This is a Total Betrayal of the entire Nation.”

Police Unable to Protect Refuge Seeking Refugees

Accordingly some refugees were housed in a church building by Church leaders of the National Christian Council  in Athurugiriya but overnight, Church sources tell me, Buddhist monks marched on the shelter leading angry villagers. The refugees had to be sent back to the police station. The Church was told by the police that they cannot offer protection, despite that being the primary police duty. 

As the government including the President told us that the government would protect Muslims under threat, nothing was done as some virulent Buddhist Monks led the charge on the refugees. Their argument is similar to that used in June 2007 saying it is dangerous to have Tamils in Colombo. The Defence Ministry  as quoted in the Times of India then had  “Police Chief Victor Perera” defending the eviction: 

“The move was necessary to secure the capital city and protect it against bomb attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels who allegedly live among Tamil guests staying in low budget hostels.” 

Just read substituting the word Muslim for Tamil – it is the same hegemonic tactic of ethnic cleansing again, this time of Muslims by the government – I say government because it is abdicating its commitment to the UN to protect the refugees when accepting them as refugees. Government’s refusal to act on Indian intelligence on the then imminent holocaust, reminds me of SWRD Bandaranaike and JR Jayawardene fiddling in their times as riots raged, the latter adding fuel by threatening the Tamils 

“If you want war, let there be war. If you want peace let there be peace. This is not what I say. The people of Sri Lanka say that.”

That expulsion was reversed by a successful challenge in the Supreme Court by the Centre for Policy Alternatives where M.A. Sumanthiran appeared opposing the expulsion. Today what are the people of Sri Lanka saying to Muslims through their silence and attacks on innocent refugees?

My Church sources inform me that when Mr. A.T. Ariyaratne of Sarvodaya tried to take some Muslim refugees to their buildings, some monks leading villagers whipped into a rage would not even let the refugees get off the bus. It is people like Mr. Ariyaratne and the Church who are at least proving that some of us Sri  Lankans are still human.

Deadened Empathy From Tamils

And what of the Tamils who went through the holocausts and expulsions? What are they saying? Tamil sources say that these communalist monks told the government  to send the refugees to Tamils areas if they wished but not to any other are, and that some Tamil leaders are angered. While M.A.Sumanthiran, MP is agreeable to accepting the refugees in the North in keeping with his arguments in court in 2007 and his position as a Methodist Lay Preacher, MPs Sivasakthi Anandan and Charles Nirmalanathan are vehemently opposed, the latter swearing that even if his leader Mr.  Rajavarothayam Sampanthan ordered him to, he would vote against the government if the refugees were sent to the North. We Tamils are unable to learn from our expulsion from Colombo!

National Christian Council, the NCC

In response a band of true Christian leaders – and I do mean leaders more than in name – is determined to help the UN resettle these refugees among us at least till a lasting solution is found. The Ven. Fr. Sam Ponniah (Anglican Archdeacon of Jaffna) is part of this band of national leaders from the NCC. They are trying to house the refugees in the homes of Christian volunteers. Fr. Ponniah hopes that by helping small groups – like 10 families in Jaffna – we can do our duty by them while ensuring their safety. 

The Military Tightens its Grip on Jaffna

In the meantime as rights in general are eroded, as I write (3 May) the 513 Brigade has moved some 300 troops into Jaffna University and begun a search of every building. Having discovered a picture of V. Prabhakaran’s and a map of Eelam in the students’ union office besides a pair of binoculars and boots (said to be standard military gear) elsewhere, the President and Secretary of the students’ movement have been arrested. Now everyone entering the university undergoes a search. The find seems to have been a ruse for the military to tighten its grip on us.

The two arrested union leaders are ardent devotees of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress but despite many lawyers in Jaffna being from that party no one came forward to appear for them. This reflects the general fear of the armed forces. In the end, Sumanthiran, saying the two cannot go without a defence when having a Prabhakaran photo or a map of Eelam is no crime, decided to represent the abandoned unionists in court today.

C.V. Wigneswaran Enters Fray

The two students were charged under 4 laws – the PTA, laws promulgated in Aug.2011 under the PTA, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Emergency Regulations passed on 22 April. They have been remanded until 16 May by the Jaffna Magistrate, and the TNA is negotiating with the new Attorney General because his consent is required for them to be enlarged on bail.

Former NP Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran jumped into the fray capitalizing on the plight of the two student union leaders. He faulted the TNA for not opposing the Emergency Regulations. He also accused the TNA of asking the army to not leave Jaffna. 

In response, the TNA today, 3 May, issued a statement in Tamil explaining that even without the regulations the two students would have been charged under the other three laws. It further said that, yes, they did not oppose the Emergency Regulations but have opposed the draconian laws passed subsequently under those regulations which have been used to charge the union leaders. The statement also denies that the TNA ever asked the army not to leave Jaffna and that the only person who so asked is Ananthi Sasitharan, former TNA Provincial Minister, the widow of disappeared Sea Tiger Elilan and the LTTE’s Trinco Head, and, importantly, an ally of Mr. Wigneswaran’s who is seen by the TNA as trying to wreck it. 

[Note: The Daily Mirror of 3 May 2019 quotes ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah as saying during a May Day speech in Kilinochchi: “The army and the police security should be beefed up to ensure people’s security.” However a reporter who heard the speech says that what Senathirajah actually said was in Tamil and it is “We are being pushed to ask for more security but we will not.” This reporter says the actual statement was doctored by a TV station by leaving out the last bit and newspapers like the Daily Mirror were misled. Indeed such a change in policy by the TNA is major and unlikely to be made in an impromptu speech.]

Heading for a Military Dictatorship?

Where are we heading? Were the warnings from India on imminent bombings not heeded to promote chaos as an excuse for the military to play a bigger role? And what of Government Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne’s claim that the previous government had been paying Muslim and Buddhist extremists? Why did the military move into Jaffna University seemingly trying to foment trouble in a peaceful university?

The answers lie in the present military spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapattu’s recent statement that even if the government asks the military to vacate all occupied Tamil lands, they will not. That is treason and a violation of our constitution. And no disciplinary action? That is anarchy.

Anarchy is the beginning of a dictatorship. Are the seeds of anarchy being deliberately planted to make way for the military to take over?

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    Thank you Prof. Hoole for opening a closed window to show us what is really happening in SL, post Easter Sunday. Shocking. The Colombo media has closed its eyes and different outlets are caught up in backing their own political horses, exploiting the recent deaths and destruction.

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      Not a millitary govt, but a Germany’s SPD (Social Democrats) rul could save this nation.
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      I think as is the very nature in Germany, they should finally implement ” enforcement of rigorous law and order” above anything else.
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      Just looking at the manner, in the aftermath of easter bombings, the manner Rajapakshe led politicians act today- are beyond all ethics and morals.
      :
      They dont care about the dead and injured but endeavouring to stand against the current gvt. They dont seem to care about any of the OBVIOUS failures deliberately made by INCUMENBENT president, just because they cant return power without the support of incumbent president.
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      If the situation would have been in Europe, President will have to resign for the SIZE of big failures. All is clearing now that President s leadership skills are not even comparable to today s Gramasewaka. But he can fool the nation by the very same rhetorics.
      Th every same people would not STAY mum in the days to come, if this BUGGER would not appoint Field marshal general fonseka as the MINISTER of Law and order.
      :
      Media Institutions behave as they are made VERY INDEPENDENT to Rajapakshe politics. For some reasons, they are made that SERVILE. No trust can be expected from them:
      BLANT lies and rabble rousing statements are being telecasted by SIRASA TV with the diect patronage of President of the country.

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      Thank you for enlightening the country Modaya a Racists and the world at large referring to the present situation warmongering again in the name of Emergency regulations , terrorism and war / annihilation of minorities without witness taking place in just only the name sake but the scaremongering, planting evidence to score mileage ect ect ect.Thats one of the reasons some of the Racists and warlords are against foreign intervention. This will be a case of episode 10 of war without witness.
      Wait for it ! Who will be hauled again for butchery, rape, murder and harassment all in the name of above mentioned excuses.
      Will it be now Sillisenas or RW s turn to be hauled in front of UNHCR??
      Time will tell.
      Srilanka is in the Slippery slope again or in it still?? No way out for this wickedness and narrow mindedness.
      All to do with the wretched Religion.
      BUDDHAGAMA against Hinuism and Wahabism now together.
      God help this stupidity .
      British minister came and Praised the President for his swift action , wonder for what one may ask?? For another stupid comment by a visitor for one day.
      He should have lived here to see what kind of Modayas from the wells lives here.
      Time to get ready to face the Music again with UNHCR , next time will be few more Racists name will be included.
      Taking over the Jaffna University is another ploy with agendas to disrupt, Planting incriminating evidence and to remain and torture.
      Wickedness at its worst.
      No leader to control any one at present.
      It’s a free ride to incriminate and torture. That’s all.

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      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

      RE: The Bombings, Refugees & Emergency Regulations: The Dangers Of A Military Dictatorship

      “According to Human Rights Watch there are some 1600 asylum seekers in Sri Lanka and they need the urgent protection of the Sri Lankan government as committed to the UN when they were accepted as refugees. They include Afghans, Iranians and Pakistanis. While most are Ahmadiyyas, there are even some Christians. “

      Why are they refugees? What is the cause? Wahhabi-Salafi fundamentalism and Shia Fundamentalism. They were under the Sharia dictatorship..

      Sharia Dictatorship ; Allah’s Child Brides.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDPy5v5VYno

      Las Vegas, NV – Aynaz Anni Cyrus at “International Terrorism” seminar on Oct. 17, 2017. Aynaz is a renowned human rights activist and expert on Middle East culture. In this live public appearance, while under threat and tight security, she drew from her personal experience as a child bride survival and escape, after living under the harsh rule of Islamic Iran. Aynaz explains Child Brides and Other Islamic Abuses of Girls.

      RE: Emergency Regulations: The Dangers Of A Military Dictatorship

      Which is better? Sharia Dictatorship or Military Dictatorship.

      Of course, Democracy is better.

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    Dear Professor Hoole,

    My opinion is that we can not take refugees as our country is very small with 21 Million people. Not only our country, even developed countries like, USA, Western European Countries and Australia is considering cutting back the number of refugees. As taking refugees is a security threat in addition to the financial and social burden to Sri Lanka. Even now, the Sri Lankan government can not afford to provide basic needs such as housing, health and other social well being measures to its 21 million people. Therefore, We Sri Lanka, should not take refugees at all.

    Second wealthy Arab nations like UAE does not give citizenship even to people coming from other Muslim countries or any people coming from abroad . The UAE even does not give working visas to Bangaladeshis and Philipenos now . Then why we should consider refugees.

    Dear Professor, the matters discussed here are not coming under your specialization. If people of our country appoint somebody as a President through an election, it will not be a dictatorship. It is democracy. Therefore it is my opinion, you and other people like you have double opinion about democracy. Please take actions to have early elections as a Commissioner of Elections Commission.

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      Interesting points to consider from Mr Dahanayake.

      1. ‘we cannot take refugees as our country is very small ‘
      Well, in population-size, even smaller are Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. All who have taken sizeable numbers of refugees. We talking about less than 2000 dispossessed souls, and there are also ‘refugees’ who are our own Sri Lankans except they worship a God that is out of fashion at the moment. Will Mr Dahanayake (and others of the same school) consider my suggestion that we will reciprocate and offer refugee status to the same number as those from Sri Lanka who were offered refugee status by other countries around the world since 1983. Let us start with 1 million.

      2. ‘taking refugees is a security threat ‘

      First, let me stop guffawing. No, refugees are not our security threat. It was our own evil misguided Sri Lankans who bombed us. In truth, our biggest security threat was our own politicians who disregarded several perfectly valid and timely intelligence-led warnings.

      3 ‘ wealthy Arab nations like UAE does not give citizenship’

      True, but they give employment to over a million Sri Lankans (at the last count). These are people who bring or repatriate most of their earnings back to Sri Lanka to help our economy.

      4 ‘‘Sri Lankan government cannot afford to provide basic needs

      Do you live in Sri Lanka? Have you seen the security convoys that follow our hardworking ministers travelling in bullet-proof top-of-the-range motors. They cost a small fortune to maintain. Have you been to Sooriyawewa? A very big white elephant lives there eating up state resources; and so many more. So, we have money to burn on ministerial frivolities but not on real hardship.

      Whatever happened to that nice Mr Wijayananda Dahanayake from long, long ago?

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        Absolutely right. Sri Lankans have crept into every country on this earth. But if a few thousands try to come here there is hysteria. No live and let live policy.

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      What I heard, Muslims kill and convert christians to their religion. So, the church pastors get those christians here and settle them on their own. Politicians are, even though they know it, are silent because of votes. Most govt politicians talk what NGOs talk. Ajith Mannamperuma says, Every war or human violence is because ISIS extremism. So, the stupid villagers will vote RANIL again. Now Ranil says, I do not know what to do with the economy, I start talking about Bhaumika Akhanda thawa (United Country).

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      Sunil Dahanayake,

      “My opinion is that we can not take refugees as our country is very small with 21 Million people. “

      The First Error was made by the Native Veddah Aethho in letting the Para-deshis, Paras from Bharat, India, come to Land of Native Veddah Aethho. illegally.

      Then there were subsequent Paras who came as invaders or as refugees, to the Veddah Aethho Land, including the current 2,000 or so from Bharat, former Bharat, now Pakistan.

      What is the cause? What you see are the effects, symptoms.

      The CAUSE for these refugees from Pakistan, is Wahhabism-Salafism and its various manifestations, and clones such as ISIS Tauheed Jamat etc. who follow the Devil, Satan. Iblis per the prescient Hadith of Najd, from Islamic Sources.

      Pakistan has declared, due to Wahhabi pressure, the Ahmedia are not Muslims. The Wahhabis there arrack, Sufi and Shia mosques and shrines.

      Sri Lanka should declare that Wahhabism-Salafism is a Satanic Faith Ideolpgy, based on Islamic Sources, and that All Wahhbi-Salafies and their clines are terrorists, as demonstrated by ISIS and Tauheed Jamat, .

      Hadith of Najd

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

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

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

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        Tamil Modayas should understand the difference between Appe Colonizing the Tamils land with Rapist Army and the UN finding a plot to resettle the foreign displaced refugees.

        UN plays a game too, but not as nasty as like Aanduwa. If it is Saudi or Eastern European…. refugees, they negotiate with Germany, Australia, Canada……… If it is Bengali or Rohingya, Indonesia…… it comes to Tamils Eelam. But that part is irrelevant for us. A Refugee is a refugee. I personally would like some of these refugees walk in my neighborhood.

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      Sunil Dahanayake ,

      Don’t be this hasty to feel free citizen of a country that still depends
      on dollars and wheat flour for its existence ! We do have obligations
      to the world that we are ling in . Are you strong enough to say you
      don’t want petrol from outside ? Do you know that we don’t make
      any textile for the country’s need ? So , all come from outside and
      the same way we accept some humans as well in line with our
      international commitments . So , a small group of uncivilized folks
      can not dictate what is good and what is bad for the country except
      shouting from the road . And one must also understand that
      countries offer citizenship to foreigners not due to any obligations
      but for many other reasons . So why do you expect from those who
      don’t give it and why blame them ? Why not consider being thankful
      for at least having some opportunities of filling the stomachs of less
      fortunate from those Arab countries ?

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    The high handed action by the army at the Jaffna University is certainly not for fostering peace, but intended to do the exact opposite i.e create resentment,
    torment and create a situation of uncertainty to enable a corrupt racist government to justify a purpose to misguide it’s majority constituents who are subject to the same fate as Tamils and others.
    The kept media and shaven empty headed yellow robed are the government’s crutches.

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      Uthungan: Tamils are better off in south India. The never enjoy Heladiva.

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        Yes. Tamils are better off in South India.

        Soma

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          Soma and JD,

          All Paras are better off being in Bharat, India, Damba Diva.

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        Sorry JD boy, on our journey back to India, we will not leave our friends who joined us from Orissa 4000 years ago, hence we invite you to jump into the boat with us and we can share the cost of travel back to our original homeland. Let me know when you and the fool Soma are ready to leave.

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    Looks like Dr Hoole is trying to be a Dictator

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    Tamils are always divided. One Tamil in the comment section said, that the rumour is 20 trucks with explosives have entered the north. So, send the army to clean it. Mavai Senathiraja says Send army to protect the North. Tamil speaking -Protestants say another. I Consider Tamil speaking Hindu Devotees as Tamils.

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      Mavai Senathirajah’s name is being used to advance a deliberate lie.
      A leading English daily carried a cartoon to this effect. Mavai S has
      vehemently denied he called for the continued stay of the Army in
      Tamil areas in the North East. The reality is really the opposite.
      Fake News is being forced on the public. Shame.

      R. Varathan

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    Have only glanced at this; will return later.
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    Somebody arguing that we are a “small”, cannot take refugees – just handful, probably. But in Sri Lanka, religious and ethnic groups compete to increase their population.
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    Yes, the military is far too large, is involved in too many things, and is accountable to none. Question: why doesn’t Diyatalawa have a petrol shed? Petrol has long been sold in two shops. Where does all that fuel come from? From the armed forces is my guess.
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    Prof. Hoole: strange guy who writes on all sorts of issues. He should limit himself to subject he knows thoroughly is true – but you won’t find a more honest man.

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      Dear Sinhala_Man, Your, ‘… in Sri Lanka, religious and ethnic groups compete to increase their population’, requires substantiation. Which and which groups are competing.

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        Thappu ,

        Nobody in the country has any competition to increase population in the
        name of ethnicity or religion ! This is a baseless rumour aimed mainly at
        Muslims as Muslim population is increasing in the world ! This has no
        science behind it except that Non-Muslims are willing to control birth and
        Muslims largely don’t go for birth control . So this mud slinging . There
        should be a separate debate on the positive or negative effect of birth
        control .

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      Dear Thappu and whywhy,
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      I’m not getting into an endless debate on population figures. I appeal to your common sense and decency.
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      The world can not support even the population that it now has without catastrophic results. Just look around you. Muslim population growth is the greatest, as acknowledged by “whywhy”, but I think that it is maliciously exaggerated by some.
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      Many Buddhist monks have been urging competition. Roman Catholics still have prohibition of artificial birth control as their official teaching, but in Pope Francis we have a man who doesn’t allow himself to be blinded to reality. Hinduism celebrates fecundity, but they are less dogmatic than other religions. The homo-sapien species as a whole is selfish. One positive about Muslims: they don’t hunt for fun. Thanks.
      .
      As I get older, I’m steering away from religions – it seems to surprise some, which proves that for many it is an insurance policy. I appeal to you to put humanism first, at the very least, even if we forget the rest of Nature and continue to rape the World.
      .
      With bombs going off we seem to have forgotten the drought this year. All these years we used to have floods in Mid-May.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-now-says-easter-bombings-informed-at-10-00-am-amidst-singapore-shenanigans-more-questions-to-malalgoda-commission/comment-page-1/#comments
      .
      I’m with you in not loving politicians, but I found many good speeches there. At least their words are good. I think that if Muslims cannot put their house in order, the others must get together and abolish special laws for Muslims. It would pain me to be called a racist, but what to do?
      .
      I still dream of Peace!

      .

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    There you are folks. Prof. Hoole has put his finger right on it. Anarchy is indeed the final stepping stone to a military dictatorship. Brigadier Sumith Attapattu’s words should be seen as a harbinger of things to come. Those who have the best interests of a free Sri Lanka must heed these warnings before it is too late. But don’t hold your breath; our freely elected politicians do not have an enviable record of acting on warnings (even when supported by sound intelligence). Instead, our politicians look for scapegoats, and the best angle with which to present themselves as the innocent blameless victims of circumstances.

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    Hatred is in vogue all over the world …….. even in America, the bastion of free-love and lapsed old Hippies.

    Now it’s the season for hatred. Will love return again ……. of-course! …….. like the economy it goes around in cycles.

    But I’m left with the sneaking suspicion that people who are prone to hatred, deep down hate themselves. It’s a form of self-hatred/loathing although directed at others in reality is really aimed at themselves; a form consolation for terrible lives.

    What is there for ol’ Rev Ganasara to love in himself? His movie-star looks?

    How else could have Zaharan Hashim gotten his 15 minutes of fame? Or do anyone really think he died for a religion/God?

    “The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.” — V. S. Naipaul

    Sirisena, Mahinda, Ranil, Gota, Fonseka, 225 ……… all are fighting for their 15 minutes ………. while I’m trying to enjoy my blooming life ……… but caught-up in it by lousy luck of birth.

    Or who among ye think that they are fighting to serve us; giving full vent to their altruistic-tendencies?

    Do you want me to name the self-haters in the forum? …….. (Looking at their photographs am I surprised?)

    Where do I start?

    I’ll leave that task to Native Vedda ……… he is good at those sorts of things! :))

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      Don’t forget some religions and their practitioners (mainly Judaism and Islam) attract the resent ment of civilised, decent normal people due to the violent philosophies and practices these tribal codes (so-called religions) advocate.
      =
      Historically it has been obvious that there as cooperation as much as rivalry between these two evils, as demonstrated by the Jew Winston Curchill’s use of colonial criminality to create Pakistan for the Muslims who invaded India before the British Jews.
      =
      The objections of civilised people (like those practicing the non-violent Hindu , Buddhist and Christian philosophies) are painted out as extremist as another ploy of these extremist gaining control.
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      This issue has to be faced if terrorism coming from governments, (like Israeli) and from non-government animals like ASIS, Ideally by a war among the two mlechchas.

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        Nimal Fernando: You are very proud of living in Ammerica. See you hate Ven. Bhikku Ghanasara.(not Reverand). HAve you ever talked to him to finmd out his views, what he did and what he did not do. You right like and idiot and talk about Self Hatred. buddhists are taught compassion and they practice Kindness and compassion.
        What I wanted to say was LANKA E NEWS is like that. Why it does publish anti-sinhala, Anti-buddhist, anti-Rajapakse, news. It was talking pro-LTTe. the same way, they did something pro-western if not pro-ISIS.

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          Hi Jimmy buddy,

          Nice to see that slowly you are becoming a happy camper :))

          See …….. already now you are semi-articulate! …….. so, standing on the head is working, eh! :))

          Keep it up ……….. you with Rev Ganasara will find self-love and banish all your hatred towards others. However hard you guys try to get others to pay for your lousy lives others will escape and you will be still left with your lousy lives. Getting others to pay is never going to work! You guys have to find some happiness in your own lives.

          I hope Rev Ganasara is happy where he is now :))) Perhaps you can join him to lift his spirits!

          “You are very proud of living in Ammerica.”

          Nope, that’s one of the very few things you got wrong. :)) America is a soulless place; lived there too looooong. Try to avoid living there whenever I can; I go places. Near you too; Canmore. Can setup one of the Three Sisters with you. What are friends for, eh?

          “You right like and idiot”

          Bingo! Gotta write like an idiot for Einsteins to understand. It takes one to know one, pal! :))

          Have a nice day and try to find something to love about yourself. Then the whole forum will be a much happier place.

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            Nimal F,
            What’s all this you’re telling Jimmy about self-love? I don’t think these subliminal messages will work with such as Jimmy. Tell him clearly that he should take things into his own hand. Preferably the right one.

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    dictatorship is already there. property rights also being taken away on flimsy charges. nobody will invest in SL. Forces are taking over slowly but surely.

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    Heading for a military dictatorship!!!!!!
    Ha ha ha, I couldn’t suppress a smile.
    There is a saying. “Karma has no menu. You get served what your deserve.”
    I am glad our Army is in the limelight again. Even their sniffing dog, Frank has proved that it is better than FBI!!!!

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      My guess, FBI came to spy and to find how the military/STF investigate these things. Probably they not FBI, may be CIA wearing FBI cloths.

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    Thank you Ratnajeevan for clearing out misreporting of what Mavai said. I am glad you Rev Ponniah and Suma support muslim refugees from other countries to be given refuge in the North if they wanted it.
    I am glad Suma is defending the two U of J student leaders.
    ISIS through extreme members of the Muslim faith to target Christians and 5 star hotels to get the attention of the Western Governments and the Media. Lives of innocent civilians were lost. There violent actions are now causing the divided country to splinter more. As you suggested the condition is ripe for dictatorship and threat to democracy, however imperfect, and freedom of speech and movement. This would lead to decline of economic activity and rising unemployment.

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      N Ethirveerasingam

      You are well aware of the pathetic plight of Tamils living in North, particularly war victims, yet you support bringing more poor people into the area. When thousands of tamils are destitutes with hardly any income or support for their daily survival from the govt and their MPs, how could anyone expect them to accommodate the refugees in their region. Govt has no intention to help the refugees instead it wants to dumb them among the war victims and thereby absolve their responsibility. Has the govt fulfilled their responsibility towards Tamils during the last ten years ? What sort of help TNA and Sumanthiran has provided for these Tamils? Question of land release, whereabouts enforced disappeared people and hundreds of Tamil detainees without trial are some of the questions need to be answered. Don’t you agree TNA worry more about UNP rather than Tamils. Furthermore can’t you see the govts sinister move of bringing more people from south and dilute the ethnic demography of North ? Please note that Tamils need help, very urgently, more than the refugees. You were once close to LTTE so I believe I need not explain more on this matter.

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    Ahmadiyahs are a Muslim group who are very peaceful and get routinely bombed in Pakistan for their beliefs as these are not regarded as being in conformity with Islamic precepts. Yet, you can find Ahmadiyah’s on the streets of London proclaiming that Islam is a religion of peace. It is pitiful that such a group of people should be treated so badly in Sri Lanka. That results from the fact that Muslims are resented by both Sinhalese and Tamils. There is no point talking about the love in the scriptures. All religion contains such prescriptions. They seldom matter. Remember the Crusades and the colonisers who killed and destroyed in the name of Christianity. It is just a human problem and we are all caught up in difficult times. One can only hope that humanitarian’s and its values will be upheld.

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      “Remember the Crusades and the colonisers who killed and destroyed in the name of Christianity.”

      It was not a simple one-sided kill with the crusaders. The crusaders’ over-zealous aim was to save or preserve Jesus Christ’s and other Christian archeological records, materials and holy sites through certain martyrdom. Thus today we still have Jesus’ burial cloth, the shroud of Turin- a phenon like no other in this world, . The Hagia Sophia built by Constantine 3oo years after Jesus would have been totally defaced if not for them. It has arabic writings on its pillars below the Orthodox Christian icons. There was blood-shed and plundering during the crusades till one day a”poor” monk imitating the “poverty” chosen by Christ, named St. Francis of Assissi walked from Umbria in central Italy to Jerusalem bare-footed to negotiate peace with, Sultan al-Malik. Peace came that day upon both Muslims and Christians and their swords were sheathed. To this day the key to Jesus Christ’s grave is with the same muslim family.

      It is Christian to love our “enemies” as Jesus taught us. Christ asked for the sword to be put in its sheath. Christianity and Judaism expect a world where `They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ (Isaiah 2:4).

      The good Bishop is being an “instrument of peace” and his church, doing what it can, braving security risks from the State and saffron in giving refuge to these folks.

      Hope Sri Lanka, still constitutionalizing the foremost place to Buddhism, will rise to the occasion too and beat its guns into ploughshares.

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        That is true. There were numerous Crusades to save the JEsus’s belongings. Why did not they steal those and hide it. both Indian and sinhala bhikkus had to run away with what ever was related buddha and buddhism because buddhists were not CRusaders.

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        ‘Thus today we still have Jesus’ burial cloth, the shroud of Turin- a phenon like no other in this world’

        Scientists have proved that it is a fake but blind faith never ends.

        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turin-shroud-latest-fake-forgery-scientific-blood-pattern-spatter-study-carbon-dating-debunked-a8450101.html

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          Saul, you are wrong on that. Check again, the shroud is authentic. There are some news sites disputing it which is the usual on the internet but those are irrelevant. There is enough proof for its authenticity.

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    I am sure a vast majority of the population would prefer a military dictatorship to a takeover by primitive extremists .

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      Much as I prefer not to contradict The Oracle, I must warn: Be careful what you wish for. From observing events over eight decades, I have to say that, Yes, the trains will run on time, and Yes, the streets will be clean, but be prepared for Big Brother whenever, and wherever, he chooses to visit. To do what you are told to! and most of all, and surely the hardest for many of our CT readers, to keep your thoughts to yourself. The dictator will remind your often that if I want your opinion, I will give it to you.

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      Don’t forget we are rules by (and will always be) Sinhala Buddhist extremist government.

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        Yes. They happen to be the majority.

        Soma

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        Saam Baabu
        Good that you take this up..
        On the contrary to what you say, this government is anti-Buddhist and anti-Sinhalese.
        You are ruled by the majority Sinhalese. Stay or leave. The choice is yours.
        About Buddhists.
        We should NOT let the murderous government to deprive of our right to commemorate Vesak.
        They have already banned or in discussion of banning Vesak Pandols, Large Lanterns and Dansalas.
        This is unacceptable.
        Murderous government should take action to bring the country to normalcy so that we can commemorate Vesak.
        There is no way we allow the secular government to keep the country in the darkness when under normal circumstances, it is the day the entire country is illuminated to mark Vesak.
        Last year, the slave government shifted Vesak from May to April as it coincides with Ramzan, giving priority to Muslims.
        This year, they want to ban Vesak Pandols, Lanterns and Dansalas.
        Last year, on the Sinhala New Year day, the first thing we heard was deaths caused by the collapse of Meetotamulla garbage mountain. There is speculation that it was not accidental but a deliberate act by the government.
        This year too, when Sinhalese were getting ready to start work in the New Year after the long holiday, the first thing we heard was deaths caused by Muslim suicide bombers.
        All these are deliberate actions of the slave government.
        Slave government tried to convert our Sinhalese Buddhist country to a secular.
        This is their final year. We should not let them ban Vesak Commemorations.
        The country should be illuminated on account of Vesak, as usual.
        Over to you, loving Sri Lanka Army and the Army Commander!!!!
        Please ensure our right to commemorate Vesak!!!!!

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    What was the necessity to check tamils’ houses in North when they had no connection with the bombings ?

    What made the govt and armed forces to check Jaffna Uni when Uni in other provinces are not checked?

    Ananthy and Mavai has denied faked news published in their names by Press and other media from south. While denial of Mavai is mentioned, Ananthi’s denial is omitted. Why ?

    Writer has not hidden his biases towards Ananthi, Vigneswaran and Tamil Congress. Thanks.

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    Buddhist monks acting as thugs chasing away innocent people who has fled persecution in their own country is hard to watch. If the Buddhist temple and establishment cannot stop that and discipline these thugs in robe I have to say Buddhist establishment in SriLanka has failed. If it cannot lead it’s populace in the correct path what’s the use of Buddhist temples?

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    Talking about Rajitha’s statement, any one who gives any important to him must be mad. Rajitha said in 2015 that Rajapaksa government trained Boko Haram. He was given a ear full by the Nigerian government. Would go to any length to tarnish Rajapaksa harming this country.

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    Sinhala Buddhist King Senerath gave refuge to Muslims to save them from Parangi butchers and allowed them to settle down in interior parts of the country. A large majority of them were settled in the Eastern part of the country. In 1915, these Muslims started a riot against Buddhists by pelting stones at a Buddhist procession. Many Muslim traders worked as spies to British. Recent activities of Muslims showed signs that they are trying to calve out Eastern Province as Muslim territory. All the towns where Sinhala businessmen were the majority turned into Muslim dominated towns e.g. Eravur. Muslims grabbed all the land belonged to Sinhalayo.
    Now look what the descendants of those Muslims who were given refuge by a Sinhala King have done to native Sinhalayo. Keeping so many swords in mosques and houses they were prepared to slaughter Sinhalayo in a large scale. Do not try to fool the native Sinhalayo saying that this is an act of a small misguided minority. Because things did not go as expected now Muslims are trying to be saints saying that they do not sympathize with terrorists. If things went as they planned, lot of Muslims would have jump to the band wagon shouting ‘Alhahu Akbar’.
    ————
    Among Sinhalayo there is a saying related to the hat of Muslims. I guess all of you know that.
    For some people Sinhalayo have a saying ‘kanna deepu atha sapakana ewun’ (People who bite the hand that fed them).

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      Eagle Eye has managed to slip in a few bollocks hoping that we won’t notice. Let us see:

      ‘Muslims started a riot against Buddhists by pelting stones at a Buddhist procession’
      It is the sort of thing that happens when you insenstively make a racket when passing somebody’s place of worship. Lesson learned, right.

      ‘Many Muslim traders worked as spies to British’
      Ha! bloody Ha! I can give you a dozen names of the Maha-mudliyars who did better, including Sir Solomon Bandaranaike who, believe it or not, named his son after a Governor – Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Banda…. and there were more.

      ‘Keeping so many swords in mosques and houses’
      Well, after Aluthgama, Kandy, Amparai, Digana, et al, can you blame Muslims to keeping something handy to protect themselves?

      I accept there are many things that the Muslims could have done better, just as there are many things that we could have done better. When Muslim elders warned, and named the culprits, did any of our politicians take note? Blame swings both ways.

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        Srilankan media does not publish what Muslims did, for example, they killed two sinhala people and left a wife and children devastated. Muslims islamize, just the way Tamils tamilize everything, every thing. It is in DARGA (Enmderamulla is called Akbar town town, what is ISADEEN CITY) they beat a monk who went through the town. Then they stoned the protest – procession went through the town. that was the breaking point. there are many such cases like that. Muslims and Politically motivated Tamils just like Hoole are not saints.

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      If not the Muslims the SLA is still waging a war against the LTTE…
      heard the Intelligence officers like Meedin/Neelam/Nithandeen etc etc.,

      They were the one who went deep inside the Tiger territory and carry out the Deep penetration attacks and intelligence gatherings.

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    Any organization to run, they require funding. Funds are distributed among their leaders. Follow the money and cripple them.
    ..
    Rajapaksha, Sirisena, Ranil and their henchman are the ones responsible for the sustainability of these groups.
    ..
    All they do is make deals with the leaders and publicly arrest some of their hooligans.
    ..
    Stopping them is easy as long as we get rid of the scum on the top. This election is your last chance.

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      That is true. Rishad Bathiuddin distributed Dinars among prominent politicians. So, he cannot be asked any questions now. But, rishad would say, I told about them but the govt did not take actions.

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    It is always the Sinhala Buddhists who are expected to accept, concede, give up, relent in all matters concerning the minorities Tamil, Muslim and Christian. Meanwhile what do we find the minorities doing? The Tamils are still complaining about their Tamil-only ‘traditional homelands’ and their diaspora takes every opportunity to damage Sri Lanka. The Christians are church-planting in every Buddhist village they can find. Funded by Western charities their only goal is to Christianise the country. And the Muslims beat up a monk and assault a driver in Aluthgama and Digana and blame the Sinhala Buddhists for the resulting violence, turn Katthankudy into a Middle- Eastern town complete with palm trees.

    None of this would be possible without our corrupt Sinhala Buddhist politicians. So to whom will the Sinhala Buddhists turn in their desperation? There is only the Sangha.

    By the way the Biblical quotes are partial and ridiculous. There are plenty of quotes in the Bible that advise the opposite. Typical of a Christian to deal in half-truths.

    Do not allow others to worship a different god. Conquer them and destroy their religious property. (Exodus 23:24)
    Read for yourself in any copy of the Bible or at https://skepticsannotatedbible.com/index.htm
    https://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/index.htm

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      taraki

      “It is always the Sinhala Buddhists who are expected to accept, concede, give up, relent in all matters concerning the minorities Tamil, Muslim and Christian. “

      Of course the Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority has to take responsibility for all those destruction the island had undergone, war destruction, pillage, human life, pain suffering, ……………large scale riots, terrorism both state sponsored or otherwise, war, ………….. all because the greedy noisy minority rule this island and the most greedy state functionaries both men and women run this state.

      It is no use defending the indefensible.
      It is the Noisy Sinhala/Buddhist Minority which should be held responsible for destruction and foregone development and progress.
      Its time you pulled out your head from wherever it is now.
      Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being in all sectors of economy, medicine, engineering, space science, …… including agriculture.
      Hope scientist embed AI into every person of this island, may work, may not.
      The scientist may ultimately commit suicide failing in their mission.

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    The President of Srilanka Srisena, former President of Srilanka and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse and former Military chief and a military leader in a meeting with former LTTE leaders in Kilinochi all said there is a difference with ISIS and LTTE and accepted that LTTE fought against military for the rights of the Tamils in Srilanka. Even though LTTE was banned by many western country they accepted that the LTTE’s political and military enagement with Srilankan forces. That is why they co sponsored international peace talks between Srilanka and LTTE. Srilanka political leadership and religious leadership never honest their words and promises. Even this ISIS attack was necessary for them to bring back dictatorship and possible their involvement with this attack cannot be excluded.

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    The truth is there were lawyers in Jaffna , Tamil Congress supporters and others, willing to represent the two students of Jaffna Uni but when Sumanthiran came forward other awyers did allow him to continue. When a lawyer, either alone or with his juniors, appear for a suspect, other lawyers don’t intervene and allow the one representing to continue. That is the etiquette followed in legal field. However we have seen that several lawyers appear as juniors in some important cases like Trial at Bar but that is only when senior lawyers and clients agree to it.

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    Our army is awesome, there’s nothing to worry they are doing a great job. The only problem is the extremist monks ,they are no better than the barbaric thowheed group. All these extremist groups should be banned and public media should be controlled , this is one reason that the country is in a mess. We still haven’t learnt from Bandaranaike era. It’s so sad seeing so many innocent lives being lost as a result of political gain.

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      roy,
      The new Budget shows a “Good Conduct Bonus” for the military – “awesome”? – which no other country has.
      Is invading a university, good conduct?
      Why are other universities which have sadistic ragging and deaths of students, spared?

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    When we have a lunatic, thankless person as President what else can we expect. Its better to have a military state under a person like Sarath Fonseka than having a lunatic President like Maithripala Sirisena.

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      Buddhist –

      I recall this President uttering words like ..” I will set fire to
      everything before I leave”….. His mentality being such it will not be surprising if he ensures that he hands over to a Military Rule at
      the end of his term gleefully as he has failed ahead to achieve his greedy 2nd term even with the hidden support of the Rajapakses

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      Yes, desperate situations call for desperate measures.

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    Racism at its peak and all the racists are having orgasm. What a shame. It is true that Muslims appear to have put the last nail on the coffin all because of Sinhala politics and racism and now they are up the gum tree. Islam is going to haunt all of us and have no doubt about that. How to solve is a big question mark. But before thinking about that Sinhala Buddhists have to think seriously of their prolonged failures, attitudes and ignorance and their efforts in cheating themselves with bogus history and stories. I saw one guide telling to tourist at Nuwaraeliya that Ravana did not abduct Seetha and instead Seetha is a relative of Ravana. Come on, and another fool showing some object as Ravana’s aircraft! What is happening. Are they not satisfied with Ramayana written by Valmiki more that 3000 years ago in Sanskrit? How long they are going to cheat themselves? With this stupidity how any sane person can coexist? Unless we are united we will succumb to dangerous form of Islamism. It is not at all easy to stop now. Sinhala modakama will only further aggravate it.

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      Nathan
      Another correction to be made.
      This time about Rawana and Sita.
      What the tourist guide said was true.
      Rawana did not abduct Sita as he has recognized her to be the daughter (a love child) of his and a tribal woman called “Vedavati” whom he had met in his youthful years, as mentioned in Kamba Ramayanaya.
      According to some other sources, Sita’s mother was Mandodari who was Rawana’s wife, which is not exactly correct, though it is correct to say that there was a connection between Rawana and Sita.
      Valmiki Ramayanaya says Sita was an adopted child of King Janaka of Mithila and Queen Sunayna, whom they have found in a furrow when ploughing, which was regarded as a royal ritual in ancient times. Names of Sita’s biological parents were not given by Valmiki purposely.
      I told you in another comment too. Don’t talk about things you don’t know.

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    A great many people blame SWRD for all the country’s ills. These same people never stop to ask themselves why SWRD was successful.

    After independence there was no change in those who ran the country. The military, police and Government remained dominated by Tamils and Christians. In fact even after 1956 right up to the mid-Sixties this was the position. Organisations such as the Catholic Action movement strove to retain their positions of power. Almost all the country’s schools were run by Churches and funded by the Government. How unfair was this in a Buddhist country?

    SWRD saw the potential of this situation and the backlash started. From English speaking, Tamil, Christian domination it changed to Sinhala speaking, Buddhist. From one extreme to the other.

    Although SWRD addressed the language issue (Sinhala Only meant replacing English with Sinhala), he was not strong enough to take on the military or Christian churches over the schools issue. That was left to his widow to see through. It was during her tenure that the first attempted coup took place to stop her. All the officers concerned were Christian. After this there was a change in recruitment. Buddhists were appointed to most military and police officer posts. Funding of Christian schools was stopped and the schools either went private or became Government schools.

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      taraki,
      You are half right half wrong. His thoughts and ideas are good and appreciated by most of the people. Suyabasa policy was good but Sinhala only police was bad.you have not mentioned about his policy on devolution. He was the first suggested federalism to solve Tamil issue. That is why he agreed for Banda-Chelva pact. If that was implemented today the country would be a developed peaceful country. Further he was murdered by a Buddhist Monk. The result of his policy lead bloodbath in the soil and everything happened after that are consequences of going to the fundamentalist Buddhism.

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      A great many people blame SWRD and rightly so. You have only highlighted the story on schools. If there were discrepancies it should have been handled like a leader. SWRD was no leader but a spineless and power hungry bigot who ruined a country of much promise and spawned countless other issues which are still festering. The less said about his widow the better. That’s not to say that we have had better leaders since.

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      taraki,

      ” From English speaking, Tamil, Christian domination it changed to Sinhala speaking, Buddhist.”

      But then, why is that all Sinhala-Buddhists educate their kids in “International Schools” where the medium of education is English?

      A case in point is the national-dressed great Sinhala-Buddhist aficionado Mahinda Rajapakse …….. sending his children to the puny little school by the sea that churn out short dark Lankan men with good English and bad accents?

      Perhaps you are too blind to see ………. but there is some thing wrong somewhere in your logic.

      Hypocrisy in human behavior is the most difficult thang to put ye finger on and pin down.

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        Vox populi Nimal, vox Dei. You cannot expect a nation to flourish if the majority of its citizens are belittled and ignored. That was the position before SWRD. As I said it was from one extreme to the other. Since then we have gone to the other extreme with English being ignored when it is vital. Which, to answer your question, is why Sinhala-Buddhists try to educate their children in the English medium.

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          TARAKI –

          In passing one might blame the Intelligence failure of April 2019 to
          the lack of English whereby foreign Intelligence Reports passed down for follow up by lower ranks may have been beyond their
          understanding and therefore just put aside/delayed………..?

          MY3 goes to bed by 10 pm and does not read English Reports – a
          reason for ignoring all such as he cannot differentiate the seriousness in the context? He has a set of lazy Advisors too.

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          “You cannot expect a nation to flourish”

          So, the nation is flourishing now, eh?

          Why destroy good things that are already working well ……. instead of bringing up backward sections/segments?

          Like destroying all the working farms – which fed their entire nation and some others as well – in Zimbabwe and turning them into ones that cant even feed their own nation?

          If Sinhala medium was good ……… why this late great clamor for English International Schools? Why are great Sinhal-Buddhists avoiding Sinhala in droves and clamor for English Christian schools? ……… and Christian countries to reside?

          Something wrong somewhere!

          Logic my dear boy taraki; logic.

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            ‘So, the nation is flourishing now, eh?’

            Nimal re-read my post – Did I say the nation was flourishing? Of course not, it is disintegrating. But SWRD would have expected it to flourish after 1956 wouldn’t he? He was wrong.

            ‘If Sinhala medium was good ……… why this late great clamor for English International Schools….’

            I have already answered this – Since then we have gone to the other extreme with English being ignored when it is vital. Which, to answer your question, is why Sinhala-Buddhists try to educate their children in the English medium.

            Try to read the post before typing Nimal……old fruit.

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    Refugees from Pakistan, whether Muslims or not must be accommodated in Pakistan as there’s no war situation in Pakistan.

    Who/what made them refugees?

    It’s the duty of Pakistan to give security for their own citizens so the UN must build pressure upon Pakistan government without burdening Sri Lanka.

    When Sri Lankans are worried about their own Muslims, how ethical & practical it’s for them to accommodate Muslims from other countries in the guise of refugees?

    UN please think about Sri Lankan’s heart beat, unless you’re the biggest terrorist.

    How can Pakistani non Muslims carry Muslim names?

    If they’re Christians they should change to Christian names; @ least to consider making temporary home for them here.

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    Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

    As everybody knows Tamil terrorists dictated Sri Lankan life for a considerable period of time.

    Though the previous regime (rajapakse) said to have dictated SL life, it dismantled LTTE dictatorship to relieve people.

    Now a weak government formed deceptively is dictating Sri Lankan life, which is the worst to experience for anybody with democratic mind.

    To add insult to injury, now Muslim extremism has started its dictatorship upon Sri Lankan life.

    People want a people’s dictatorship now & it’s absence may create a military dictatorship,

    You can’t help it.

    People seems to be looking for it.

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    People have to stop with their fake outrage. These are a few refugees fleeing violence, and we have to show our compassion and humanity. Commenters here are right, we have had our share of refugees go all over the world, some under false pretenses, make a life over there, and then send home money. It is up to the government, humanitarian agencies, and good people, to assist these families. As for those Sri Lankans who attack these helpless people, shame on them. These are human beings in dire straits, and need to be protected from violence. The government should punish these attackers severely, whatever religion they belong to.

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      How can there be such helpless people in Pakistan; to jump over India to reach Sri Lanka to escape violence?

      & to travel long way from the West Asia to reach small land of Sri Lanka, secretly;
      to coincide with Muslim terrorist attacks on civilians?

      It’s unbelievable & tendency to be taken as an organized process to burden Sri Lanka.

      It’s the government that should be punished & the UN for lack of responsibility of their duty.

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    Spring Koha’s voice is as welcome as the bird’s melodious announcement of the Sinhala New Year.

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      Dionysus, what a sweet comment. You must be one of those nice diplomats I meet from time to time. I am never too old to appreciate a kind word. I shall spend the weekend with a swollen head now. A good weekend to you too.

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    “It was not a simple one-sided kill with the crusaders. The crusaders’ over-zealous aim was to save or preserve Jesus Christ’s and other Christian archaeological records, materials and holy sites through certain martyrdom”
    Its good to get Muslim version about the crusade also:
    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/the-crusades-an-arab-perspective/2016/12/revival-muslim-response-crusades-161210142659166.html/
    Similarly you cant understand the acts of terrorism unleashed by the ISIS etc, unless understand the danger in all religion, specifically monotheist religions with books which claimed to have GOD’s wish. To understand ISIS you need to understand the role of Saudi Arabia and Whabi Islam:
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157. Only recently Zakir Naik’s peace TV was banned in Sri Lanka. He was awarded International prize by Saudi Kingdom in 2015; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpMrMM4XK1k&feature=youtu.be. If you listen to his speeches you will believe Quran has all the answers and Islamic state is inevitable. These religious fanatics were promoted by the Whabi school but at the same time Saudi Arabia and UAE will make sure they keep these groups wont undermine their rule. But those who feels alienated and powerless will be attracted to these type of ideology in the belief the formation of Islamic state is inevitable and all infidels need to be annihilated.

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