22 June, 2021

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Thinking The Un-Thinkable In Muslim Politics

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The brazenness of motorists and cyclists to honk and whistle menacingly when they were stopped by security personnel to allow the Chinese Defence Minister’s cavalcade to pass through, demonstrated how frustrated and angry the public has become over the regime’s failure not only to control the pandemic but also to deliver their pre-election promises. Never in the history of Sri Lanka that a government elected to power with such thumping majority as the current one appears to have lost so much in so short a time. Unless Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa decides to turn his de facto military rule de jure, a regime change is unavoidable sooner or later. If such an opportunity arises how will the Muslim community make use of it?

To say that Muslims are in a state of quandary and helplessness would be an understatement, in the context of successive tragic experiences that shocked the community since 2009. Although Muslim themselves and their political and religious leadership should also be held responsible to this disappointing turn of events, the ultra-nationalist Sinhala-Buddhist power group that came to dictate political decision making after 2019 proved even more disastrous to an already weakened and tenuous pluralist equilibrium in the country. Muslims became the primary victims of this disequilibrium.

The time has come therefore, to go back to the drawing room and redesign strategies that would at least bring back at least partially the pre-2009 status quo. Past prejudices, beliefs and choices, which may have proved reasonably utilitarian in the past need be reassessed and if found problematic should be discarded.     

Since 1948, two strains of thought dictated the political behaviour of Muslims in this country. First, was an aversion towards politics of the left, and the second, which is a development from late 1980s, is a belief that only Muslims know what is best for Muslims, and therefore that Muslim parties should be established to fight electoral contests. What was ignored in this thinking was that politics is a secular arena and that religion should be kept out of it.

The aversion towards leftism is ingrained both in the religion of Islam as taught by local mullahs, and in the economic history of Muslims, who arrived as traders and continued to monopolize that profession until recent times. When Marxist ideology in its varied shapes and practices dominated the thinking and policies of political parties of the left, the sole denominator used by mullahs to dismiss all of them was that they were all atheists and anti-Islam, and therefore to vote for those parties tantamount to vote for Godlessness and betrayal of religious faith. This was why neither the LSSP nor CP in the past ever found much support among Muslims. For instance, when M. E. H. Muhammad Ali contested the Mutur electorate in 1947 on CP ticket, he lost. Thereafter, he quit CP, contested the same seat in 1952 and won as an Independent candidate.  This religiously ingrained aversion was also the reason why Muslims did not support Srimavo Bandaranaike and her SLFP when she decided to form a coalition with LSSP and CP.  After that, when Badiuddin Mahmud, one of the founders of SLFP, formed the Islamic Socialist Front and called for Muslim support, M. H. Muhammad from UNP countered with his own Anti-Marxist Front. In spite of all the benefits and privileges enjoyed by Muslims under the coalition regime, they voted the UNP to power in 1977. Badiuddin himself, who performed yeoman service to the community, lost to his UNP rival, when he contested the Batticaloa seat in that election.

Historically, the fact that Muslims are a business community and that trade and commerce, the most representative professions of Islam, became their principal occupation, it drove them to support political parties, which championed the cause of private enterprise and profit motive. They therefore developed a natural tendency to vote for the UNP, and were jubilant when JR won in 1977 and announced his neo-liberal open economy.  All this led to a general perception in the public that Muslims are a people who eat biriyani and vote UNP. The community little realized that an open economy mixed with aggressive doses of ethno-religious nationalism would soon turn out to be a poisonous chalice that would suffocate its entrepreneurial dynamism and commercial advancement. The only leader who foresaw this danger was Badiuddin, whom the community ungratefully shunned.             

The idea that only Muslims know what is best for their community and therefore that Muslims should form political parties of their own is the product of post-1979 political Islam, an outgrowth of religious awakening that engulfed Muslim societies everywhere. In Sri Lanka too, the birth of SLMC and its splinter ACMC should be viewed from that angle. The formation of these two parties was a diabolic error, though perceived by their idealogues as a lasting solution to a particular set of problems that menaced the community at a particular moment of time. Today, that moment has passed but the solution itself has become a problem. What have these parties achieved and where are they leading the community? Shouldn’t the Muslim party members in parliament who betrayed the trust placed upon them by their community and decided to vote for the 20th Amendment – apparently with consent of their leaders – to supremely empower a president, who is now on a mission to trample the democratic and human rights of Muslims and those of his opponents, be made answerable? Should Muslims continue to support these individuals and their parties and suffer in silence?   

The moment the name Muslim appears in the designation of a political party, Islam enters into it automatically. The same religious prejudices as mentioned earlier would continue to be preached by their leaders. This was quite evident in the history of SLMC since its inception. The names Allah, Rasool (prophet), Quran, and Hadith were dragged on to political platforms to win votes. A secular contest was made sacred and in view of Muslim vox populi, SLMC was deemed as hizbullah or Allah’ party. Because of this sacrilege, Islam itself became the target of attack and ridicule by non-Muslim opponents.  Should those opponents be blamed for this? It is time to think anew and think the unthinkable about Muslim political behaviour.  Muslims should fight their political battles not as Muslims but as citizens. If political parties on the left provide better solutions to problems faced by the country, they should be given a chance to govern and translate their policies into action. Muslims as citizens should support them.

After decades of educational and professional advancement, Muslim community today has a new generation of young men and women who are intellectually sharp, politically discernible, critical minded and quite alert about events taking place in the country and around the world. If there is a political party or group that gives priority to economic and social development, relegates religion to the periphery and leave it as private affair, is prepared to consider every citizen equal before law, and guarantees them the same rights and expect from them the same obligations, then that party or group should be given a chance to govern the country. The country desperately needs a new direction. The leftists of today are not the replica of the ideologically committed leftists of yesterday. The new generation is pragmatic and flexible and desirous of designing their policies to suit the nation. Will the Muslim community think along this line and get out of its religious cocoon and change its political behaviour?   

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Everybody must understand the the world of difference between the Muslim Gentlemen Politicians of yonder years and their successors of now a days who are corrupt and with twisted or warped minds radicalized by loonies of the Arab World also called Mullahs.

    • 4
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      Palestinian Muslims started to behave like SL Muslims with disastrous results.

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    The recent 20A voting by the Muslim politicians, Dayana, and the Tamil politician clearly shows that these politicians can be bought for money and benefits. It’s also sad to note, as one of these “monkey politicians” openly mentioned on TV, that Rishad and Hakeem gave them permission to vote for 20A. This treacherous act where democracy was murdered and dictatorship was created alone show there is nothing “unthinkable” in the decisions and acts of not only Muslim politicians but also a few “monkey” Tamil and Sinhala politicians who will sell their own soul for “santhosams”.

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    I don’t care even if the Govt. motorcades run over my body as long as the govt. of the day does not allow events like the April 21st, 2019 massacre from occurring.

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    Dr Ameer Ali,
    I disagree with your assertions that “Historically, the fact that Muslims are a business community and that trade and commerce, the most representative professions of Islam, became their principal occupation, it drove them to support political parties, which championed the cause of private enterprise and profit motive “

    Only a small minority of Muslims in Sri Lanka were traders.

    The majority, like their counterparts among Sinhala and Tamil communities, was farmers and fishers and they were generally poor.

    The traders were not entrepreneurs, but shrewd and cunning businessmen engaged in buying and selling..

    The businesspersons knew what is beneficial to them and convinced the uneducated Muslim brotherhood in the name of religious solidarity to support for those who represented their class interest..

    • 7
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      “The traders were not entrepreneurs, but shrewd and cunning businessmen engaged in buying and selling..”
      .
      This is true.

      Soma

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        Soma,
        Most of the garment exporters are Muslims. They are also among the biggest industrialists. Would you call them “shrewd and cunning businessmen engaged in buying and selling..”
        On the other hand, Sinhala Buddhist Dhammika Perera , the richest man in the country, made his money from gambling dens basically, though he’s used it to buy up more respectable businesses.
        Not everything is black and white.

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    Thambi Mudianselage JR opened the economy like opening a flood gate for the benefit of his clan who thrived on buying and selling but it was a disaster for Sinhala entrepreneurs who produced import substitution items and Tamils in the North who produced agricultural produce like onion and chilies.
    Open economy contributed to emergence of LTTE. Between 1970-77 period there were ‘Boys’ but they did not get much support from ordinary Tamils because they were better off under closed economy. After opening the economy their thriving economy collapsed. That probably might have changed their mind.

    “They therefore developed a natural tendency to vote for the UNP, and were jubilant when JR won in 1977 and announced his neo-liberal open economy. “

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      Eagle Stupid Blind Eye

      “Open economy contributed to emergence of LTTE. “

      I lost count of your theory of LTTE origin.

      Thamil Nadu Tamils created LTTE.
      Karunanithy wanted a state for the Tamil’s therefore he created LTTE.
      Caste discrimination among Jaffna Tamil induced anger which created LTTE.
      LTTE was MGR’s baby
      LTTE was Indra Gandhi ‘s baby.
      LTTE was RAW’s baby.
      LTTE was CIA’s baby.
      ……
      …..
      Sinhala/Buddhist were so clever, rich, … and powerful Tamil’s resented their progress. Thamil’s created LTTE to destroy Sinhala/Buddhist nation.
      ……
      ……

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        Native Vedda,
        Hindus believe different groups of people came from different parts of the body of Maha Brahma. I wonder from which part of the body of Maha Brahma LTTE came.

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          Eagle Stupid Blind Eye

          “I wonder from which part of the body of Maha Brahma LTTE came.”

          You should have asked Premadasa who had close affinity with VP who had close business association with Mahinda.

          I am told Premadasa and Prabaharan came from Brahma’s head and Mahinda and his clan came from the other end.

          I am not sure and I don’t give a damn about their origin as I am taught baby is born through female vagina unless Rajapaksa clan came through a different body cavity near …..

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            Native Vedda
            I am told Premadasa and Prabaharan came from Brahma’s head and Mahinda and his clan came from the other end
            ———–
            That may be why some refer to that clan as the ‘jarrapassa’ family

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        Native,
        You must be kind to dementia sufferers like Eagle. Right now he is desperately looking for his glasses (which are on his nose) so that he can write you a stinging reply.

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          old codger

          I am always kind to Eagle Stupid Blind Eye.
          We must encourage him to pull his head wherever it is now.
          Poor fellow.

  • 15
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    Is AA getting worried whether the President’s policy to control imports and promote domestic production could have a negative impact on his community? Is that the reason why he is promoting the idea of a ‘Regime Change’?

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      Only government owned companies must do all importing like Singapore.

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    Ameer Ali often mentions 2019 when referring to the change of fortunes of Muslims. Why does he shy away from speaking of how it all came about. Yes, 2019 marked the year the cozy relationship that existed between Sinhala leaders and Muslims ended.
    The Sinhalese kept Muslims on their side when facing the formidable LTTE. Muslims capitalised on it to curry favour with the ruling class. Did it not occur to them that that cordiality would cease to exist, once the Sinhalese took care of their primary target, Tamils.

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      Nathan,
      “The Sinhalese kept Muslims on their side when facing the formidable LTTE.”
      —-
      BS! Muslims were with Tamils until they were kicked out from Yapanaya by Prabhakaran giving them 24 hour notice. Muslims in the East were with LTTE to chase Native Sinhalayo away to grab their land. Even now Muslims in the East are occupying land belonged to Sinhalayo without returning to true owners.

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        Eagle Eye,
        What a fool Prabhakaran was. He kicked out Muslims who were in his side.
        .
        You are a comic relief!

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          Nathan

          I couldn’t agree more.

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        100% true. 1977 election is a good example. Muslims in the north also voted for TULF.

        Then in 2010 when the government tried to resettle Muslim back in Jaffna, Tamils refused to give up Muslim land!

        They were settled in Wilpattu!

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      Nathan,
      “Yes, 2019 marked the year the cozy relationship that existed between Sinhala leaders and Muslims ended.”

      In 2019, 6.9million voters clipped the wings of pigs that were flying high.

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      Correction: Read 2019 as 2009.

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      Very few Tamil nationalists will like to talk of anti-Muslim crimes by Tamil militants, the ‘formidable’ LTTE especially.
      *
      Does anyone remember the Kaaththaankudi Mosque massacre? [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kattankudy_mosque_massacre]
      *
      Tamil nationalists all along expected the other Tamil speaking nationalities to be subject communities.
      They still cannot accept that the Muslims and Hill Country do not want to be identified as ‘Tamils’ (meaning N&E Tamils).
      A caste-ridden conservative parochial mentality dominates Tamil nationalism to this day.
      Tamil nationalists should ask themselves why most Batticaloa-Amparai Tamils do not trust the TNA or FP.
      *
      It is healthier to self-criticize than always blame the other. That goes for all nationalists.

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        “It is healthier to self-criticize than always blame the other. That goes for all nationalists.”
        What a wonderful advise?
        This should be applicable to all, not only Tamil Nationalists but also Sinhalese Nationalists and Muslim Nationalists and and those who just talk about only LTTE but fail to mention or hide other massacres that happened before LTTE and after LTTE by Sinhala Terrorists, Muslim Terrorists, JVP Terrorists, Military Terrorists, Para military Terrorists (EPDP, PLOTE, EPRLF, TELO etc.).

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          Ajith
          I said “That goes for all nationalists.”
          What are you moaning about?
          You are desperately seeking excuses not to admit criminal flaws on the part of the LTTE.
          *
          The only Tamil nationalist leader in active politics who sincerely apologized to the Muslims was Sumanthiran.
          It is a disgrace that even his party men slammed him for that.
          *
          So much for the sickness of a class of nationalists who readily side with imperialism to the detriment of its victims.

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            SJ,
            Are you afraid to mention Sinhala Fundamentalist Terrorism? Don’t spread lies?

            Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels reached out to the country’s Muslim minority today, apologising for expelling them from the north and promising talks to heal the rift.
            Tamil Tigers apologise to Sri Lanka’s Muslims
            Fri, Apr 5, 2002, 01:00
            https://www.irishtimes.com/news/tamil-tigers-apologise-to-sri-lanka-s-muslims-1.419018

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              SJ,

              Who is desperate?
              It looks like you want to cover up Rajapaksas who are very close to your China bosses.

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        Author did not properly address the change in attitude of the Sinhalese people after LTTE was defeated. Muslim people generally sided with the Government before that and also benefitted by that. Though they are shrewd businessmen, in Sri Lanka business cannot be done without the government support. In many Asian countries bribery is enough to get things done. In Sri Lanka, it is bribery and ethnicity.
        Since 2009 Muslim businessmen are finding out that they now face what Tamils faced earlier and still facing now. Muslim people must realise that there is resistance in the ruling elite(both sides) to let Muslim businesses succeed. They have to take a close look at the changing the attitude of the Sinhalese elite and the Buddhist clergy and try to address it, which much easier said than done. Otherwise they will face the same fate Tamils faced and still facing.
        When Tamils lost their livelihood by mob violence, the middle class Tamils were able to migrate to rich countries, re-establish and thrive in those countries. That opportunity does not exist anymore. Sadly as ruled ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka our future looks bleak.

    • 7
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      Actually that is not true. The so called cozy relationship between muslims and sinhalese was already under strain back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. That was the time when the soma thero monk was raising an anti-muslim sentiment.
      Sinhala supremacists were still distracted with the LTTE back then so they could not unleash their violence on muslims. We saw how quickly that happened when the war ended in 2009.

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        Dear Humble, if you carefully analyse the day to day happenings before 2009 you will not come to this conclusion. There were as many as fourteen Muslim ministers in MR’s cabinet. In GR’s cabinet there was only one Muslim minister. In my visits to Sri Lanka after 2009 I could feel the anti Muslim sentiment thick in the air in Colombo. The feeling was strong even before the 2019 bombing. There were mob violence against Muslims similar to what Tamils faced pre LTTE. It has been two years since Easter bombing. It is long enough to conclude the investigations, act on it. This will help ordinary Muslim people to get on with their lives.
        If the government is truly interested in uplifting the people and not enriching themselves they will move on from ethnic politics. With many international powers intensely competing against each other for control of the Indian Ocean, international politics will not be benign towards Sri Lanka anymore. Many Indian Ocean littoral countries face the same music. Therefore the Sinhalese Buddhists have a need to set aside ethnic issues, in order to preserve their control of the country.
        Some low level Muslim and Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka, probably at the behest of powerful forces are trying to create conflict among themselves. I do not know how this will help Tamils or Muslims.

  • 14
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    Let the govt. motorcades run over my body 10 times but I’d still be happy if they can ensure that a April 21st, 2019 massacre will never occur while they are in charge.

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    “If there is a political party or group that gives priority to economic and social development, relegates religion to the periphery and leave it as private affair, is prepared to consider every citizen equal before law, and guarantees them the same rights and expect from them the same obligations, then that party or group should be given a chance to govern the country.”

    The problem is that ideologies like religion and ethnic supremacism are being used to promote separatism or terrorism on the island. The media does not report it, but the Army intelligence is still arresting those who are committed to separatism. Secondly, Shariah is a barrier to assimilation. There are 1.8 billion Muslims, if they can unite around a more moderate form of Islam, they will be a potent force in world politics. Even their main enemy, Israel, will feel the pressure.

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      Lester the Jester

      “The problem is that ideologies like religion and ethnic supremacism are being used to promote separatism or terrorism on the island. “

      That is what the public racist Anagarika’s children and grand children Sinhala/Buddhists have been doing in this island for over the 73 years.

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        Dumb Veddah,

        Where is Eelam now? Sinhala Buddhism – 2500 years and kicking. Tamil Eelam – 10 years and buried in the mud at Nanthikadal. Plus, your Chola heroes took a beating for another 1500K years.

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          buried in the mud at Nanthikadal.
          ———-
          Is that you HLD Mahindapala? So you are posting under the names of eagle eye and lester?

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        Native isn’t that also what the Tamil leaders have been doing for 73 years? Claiming that the NE is the historic homeland of the Tamil people for millennia? So much so that the Tamil people now believe it, just as the Sinhalese believe in Sinhala-Buddhism.

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          Paul

          “Native isn’t that also what the Tamil leaders have been doing for 73 years?”

          When people are hammered on a daily basis, discriminated at every level of state activities, communicated in languages they don’t understand, every person is suspected being either terrorists or separatists, no recourse to justice, prevented from development, and above all when you elect corrupt dumb asses to hold/exercise total power,………………… and give prominence to one religion (its so happened it is Sinhala/Buddhism which never existed before Anagarika) ………………….

          You ask yourself a simple question. In the past 73 who exercised total power over the state, who made decisions for entire people a handful of racist politicians and and state functionaries? The state functionaries appeared to have lost their backbone on one fine day in 1948. Still they are looking for it. Are they?

          And you seem to be agreeing with what these corrupt dumb asses have done to this island. Are you one of them?

          Nothing personal.

          By the way you seem to read selectively.
          History of the island became main topic among noisy minority Mahawamsistas. Later it became so famous every (racist) politician needed to write their own history book in Sinhala, they are telling their own myth to their own people, so that no one dare question them.

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            Paul

            Tamil speaking politicians are not responsible for the Pandemic mess that the country is in. As usual are you going to blame the Tamil politicians for creating, sustaining, managing, the Pandemic?

            You need your reality checked.
            Face up to facts not thriving on your emotions.

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          “just as the Sinhalese believe in Sinhala-Buddhism.”

          Buddhism came from India, it is a primary religion of most East Asian countries. Buddhism was a major force in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc. as well until Islamic conquests. Similarly, due to Islamic conquests, Buddhism was nearly wiped out in India. Considering the history of Buddhism in neighboring countries, it makes sense for the government of Sri Lanka to actively promote Buddhism, as stated in the Constitution. Of course, Buddhism is also part of the ethnic identity of most Sinhalese. Comparatively speaking, Sinhalese-Buddhists are much more liberal than Tamil Hindus and certainly Muslims, who organize themselves according to caste or engage in rituals such as praying 5 times a day. One cannot say Buddhism is a threat of any kind, as there has never been any proselytization (compare with Christianity and Islam). Sinhalese nationalism is mostly due to economic factors, not religion.

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            Comparatively speaking, Sinhalese-Buddhists are much more liberal than Tamil Hindus and certainly Muslims
            ————
            Liberal in what sense? If you refer to their ‘kaapalla beepalla jolly kerrepalla’ (eat, drink and be merry) mentality among their own then yes.
            But when it comes to minorities no chance! Sinhalese are very focused on trying to oppress and destroy minorities.

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              “But when it comes to minorities no chance! Sinhalese are very focused on trying to oppress and destroy minorities.”

              After killing the Muslims in their mosques, stealing their valuables, then chasing the Muslims and Sinhalese out of the North and East (ethnic cleansing), while trying to steal 1/3 of the land for 9% of the population (Tamils)… you are talking about oppression? Pot calling kettle black.

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            Lester the Jester

            “Buddhism came from India,”

            There was no India 2000 years ago.

            However Sinhala/Buddhism came from public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s head, it was Brahmopadesham..

            By the way according to Prof Sunil Ariyaratne Buddhism came from South India.
            Please read this book in Sinhala:
            Tamil Buddhism.
            Aariyarathne, S. 2009. ,
            Colombo:
            S. Godage Saha Sahodarayo

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              Kindergarten Veddah,

              India was there 2000 years ago, just not its present form.

              Buddha spoke Magahi, an Indo-Aryan language. He was from Bihar. Just like Sinhalese speak Sinhala, an Indo-Aryan language. You will have to ask the linguists why South Indians are speaking Aryan languages. Could be language genocide.

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    This so called Muslim politics is like a caste based concept, depending not on personal achievements of a leader, real issues facing the community or ideas of development, but simply the accident of birth, lowest common factor.

    Sooner or later the people realize that such small definitions do not deliver. In the 21st Century we must discard things we were merely born with .

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      deepthi silva

      “Sooner or later the people realize that such small definitions do not deliver. In the 21st Century we must discard things we were merely born with .”

      You seem liberated.
      However is it possible for you to articulate your idea of smallness of definition of their birth to the Sinhala/Buddhists, their leaders, their saffron brigade represented by their thugs, their political representatives, their state functionaries, ……….. the armed forces, ………?

      Are we dealing with hypocrites here?

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    AA,
    The Muslim Home Guards & Military Intelligence supported the Sinhala Nationalists to defeat the LTTE. Did not the Muslims know that they are going to be the next TARGET of Sinha le[SBF]? The corrupt Muslim Politicians + few Tamil MPs voted for the 20th Amendment that has let NGR to control the Judiciary and to become above the laws of the country. It is time for the Tamils and Muslims to start supporting the National Parties that aspire to have the FREEDOMS of all sorts–[Media/Judiciary/free speech/ Protest marches]. Without true reconciliation with all minorities the country will be taken over by the FOREIGNERS –Chinese

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      Naman,
      Reconciliation is not a one way process. Minorities and promoters of reconciliation think majority Sinhalayo should compromise for the sake of minorities.
      Majority Sinhalayo who accommodated minorities in their country do not have to bother about reconciliation because they have not harmed the minorities. It is minorities that harmed the majority Sinhalayo by resorting to terrorism to slater Sinhalayo and hence it is their responsibility to work for reconciliation with majority Sinhalayo if they want to live with the majority peacefully. If they do not want, they will have to face the consequences.
      —-
      “Without true reconciliation with all minorities …”

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      Naman,
      If Chinese take over the country Sinhalayo will be able to live peacefully because Chinese know how to take care of unruly minority separatists and extremists.
      —–
      “….the country will be taken over by the FOREIGNERS –Chinese”

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        Eagle,

        Chinese know how to take care of unruly minority separatists and extremists.”
        At last you’ve written something sensible. Yes, the Chinese will lock up all extremists, including the bald know-alls in yellow.

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      Naman,

      Muslim home guards worked with the Army because you fellas were killing Muslims in border villages and evicted them at gun point in Jaffna.

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        ReginaldShamalPerera
        Muslim home guards worked with the Army because you fellas were killing Muslims in border villages and evicted them at gun point in Jaffna
        ——–
        You have it upside down.
        They were attacked by the LTTE because they were helping the armed forces attack tamils.

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    Muslims in SL should identify themselves as Tamils First and foremost like their counterparts in Tamil Nadu.They need to strongly support the Tamils Causes and welfare from NOW on.

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      And then be subjected to eviction when you fellas change your mind.

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    Laksiri,
    I understand that your bosses military yesterday took control of Mullivaygal and destroyed the memorial of those civilians who were murdered by your military and stolen a memorial stone over the night. At the same time, over 30 Buddhists Priests were taken by hundreds of Sinhala military to built a Buddha’s Temple without any Corona under the cover of archeology under the direction of military dictator. What is your role on this?

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,
    Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism always use Muslim politicians as and when they need. This has a long history since 1948 and it is a truth that Muslim politicians and few other Muslim Businessmen benefitted all the time whether it is against Tamils or even Muslims and even for Sinhalese. Easter bombing is also another help provided by some Muslim politicians to help Buddhist Fundamentalism directly or indirectly after all that happened against to the Islam and muslim community. I don’t think blaming others is not going to help as long as this opportunism prevail.

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    This is a good article. My advise to the Muslims and other minorities is to bring the glory days back that occurred prior to 1948.Relgions and silly customs have separated us from on another. We can do without it and look to the future as equal citizens. Therefore sacrifices have to be made by all communities.

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