14 December, 2018

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Towards A Non-Racist Future

By Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Mahendran Thiruvarangan

M. Jaffer, an Ettankattai resident was despairing. “The main junction is going up in flames. At the same time, the authorities are folding their arms and watching,” he complained.

Jaffer says that about 20 minutes after the shops were set ablaze, a few Muslim boys from the area had flung stones at the attackers in retaliation. “At that time we heard the Army personnel telling their colleagues,‘they are beating our people; bring your weapons and come here,’” the Ettankattai resident related.

“Until then they just watched and waited. Is this our Government? Is this our justice system?” “You know what happened to the Tamils in 1983? That is what is happening to us today,” another frustrated resident of Ettankattai told reporters just yards away from where the fire was raging.

Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism embedded in the structures of the Sri Lanka state and embraced by a significant cross-section of the Sinhala-Buddhist polity in the island has raised its gory head once more. We will never be able to understand the foundations of the violence that the Muslims are facing today in Sri Lanka nor put an end to anti-minority violence in the long run without unpacking the social, psychological, economic and institutional dimensions of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism, even if one views the assault on the Sinhala-Buddhist truck driver, who later succumbed to his injuries, by three Muslim men in Kandy as the immediate background to the current ethnic tensions in the Central Province.

Those instigating and supporting the violence try to scare the majority community that the Muslims are trying to make Sinhalese infertile by mixing sterilization pills in the food served at Muslim eateries with a view to causing a decline in the population of the Sinhalese in the country. Some others blame the Muslims for being a thriving economic force in the country. Others just want a country without Muslims. The Sinhala nationalist discourse of anti-Muslim hatred is based on myths, lies and crude homogenizations about the economic strength of the Muslim community and a cultural desire to eliminate and eject the ‘Other’ from the nation-state.

As a country that has witnessed massacres targeting the minority communities for many decades, a thirty-year-long civil war centering on the national question in the North-East and inter-ethnic conflicts over land and other natural resources, employment, educational opportunities and access to state power, the Sri Lankan state should have already taken strong measures to win the confidence of the numerically smaller ethnic and religious groups by re-configuring itself as an inclusive body, in contrast to the current state structure that constitutionally offers foremost place to Buddhism, the faith that has the largest following in the island. The government in power, which claimed to pursue a reconciliation agenda to heal the wounds caused by the war, should have also created at the grassroots in the South and the war-affected North-East, not in Colombo’s plush hotels, spaces that nourish dialogue between communities that fear and mistrust one another at present. The state alone cannot be blamed for the terror that Muslims are facing today because our social organizations, religious institutions and trade unions could not situate their actions and activisms beyond the narrow cultural boundaries they have drawn for themselves and their constituencies. What we have been confronted by the past few days is a socio-institutional paralysis for which the state and non-state forces are collectively responsible.

The minority communities and everybody who yearns for a state that respects religious pluralism and cultural diversity have every reason to reject and rebel against the current Sri Lankan state as it has unambiguously and constitutionally ceased to be a common body that the people can relate to regardless of their identities. But in Sri Lanka, several powerful social and political groups representing the minorities, including the Archbishop of Colombo and mainstream Tamil and Muslim political parties, were willing to leave the constitutional privilege given to Buddhism untouched during debates on the new constitution. Despite the conciliatory positions taken by minority groups, Sinhala chauvinists continue to frame the religious minorities in the country as a threat to their existence as a nation. The institutional support Buddhism enjoys is undoubtedly one of the cardinal factors that boost the chauvinistic mobs to advance their violent political projects without fear, hesitation or shame and discourage the law-enforcing authorities from acting against the perpetrators of the violence without fear of reprisals.

The ineffectiveness of the government in taking stringent action against those who participated in the recent violence and their cheerleaders online and offline and its failure to bring to book those who were involved in the violence that hit the country in the past, the silence of a large segment of Sinhala-Buddhist civil society and its religious and social leaders who have not publicly condemned the mobs including the Buddhist monks who took part in the violence, the reluctance on the part of the mainstream media in the South to foreground in their analyses of the violence the destructive link between the ideology of the state and the actions of the mobs and the slowness on the part of the law enforcing bodies to curb the violence are all manifestations of nothing but overt and latent forms Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism that is both social and institutional.

Majoritarianism does not always require a state to unleash its hatred on numerically smaller populations. Even as the Muslims were falling victim to the violence in the Eastern and Central regions of the country, Valampurii, a Tamil-Hindu nationalist newspaper published from Jaffna, which actively backs the Tamil self-determination project in the North-East of Sri Lanka, penned editorials that were bluntly insulting to the Muslims and attempted to exacerbate anti-Muslim sentiments among the Tamils in the North. The editor, around the same time, was inducted into the Working Committee of the Tamil People’s Council, which parades itself as a crusader for justice for Tamils, by none other than the Chief Minister of the Northern Province who is also the Chairperson of the Council. Numerous supporters of Tamil nationalist parties such as TNPF and TNA and even the EPDP based in the island and western metropolis peppered their social media pages with anti-Muslim comments and some even went to the extent of celebrating the assaults on the Muslims by Sinhalese mobs. The anti-Muslim violence in the South brought to the fore vial social media platforms the deep-seated Islamaphobia among the Tamil communities in the country.

The anti-Muslim violence that is aided, abetted and tolerated by an apathetic state should not prevent us from introspecting into non-statist forms of majoritarianism that those of us who lived in the North-East witnessed during the heyday of the LTTE. The Movement, even as it was engaged in a struggle to create a separate, sovereign Tamil state, evicted the entire Muslim population from the areas under its control in 1990. This heinous act of pre-state ethnic cleansing should have reminded us, Tamils, that our self-determination project in the North-East, conceived through a single ethnic identity even today by some Tamil nationalists, is potentially genocidal like the Sinhala-Buddhist project of the Sri Lankan state that we have been combating since Independence.

Federalism and devolution of political powers including police powers to the Northern and Eastern provinces alone will not ensure the safety of minorities in the island. The political geography of post-colonial ethno-religious violence in Sri Lanka tells us that the minorities outside the Northern Province were severely vulnerable during the ethnic pogroms of 1956, 1977, 1983, 2001 and 2014. The ongoing attacks on the Muslims, their shops and places of worship in the Central Province behoove us to give a central place to the safety and security of minorities outside the North-East in the political processes that aim at restructuring the state.

Institutional reforms alone are not sufficient to create a non-racist future. A new political consciousness that strives for justice and equality will bloom among us only if we re-conceive inter-ethnic relations through pluralist notions of territory and state. We need to remind ourselves that we share our territories and our state with people who don’t speak our language and worship our gods, and therefore our collective (national) sovereignty is limited by and contingent on the presence of other communities and the conditions necessary for their socio-political existence. A theory of radical unfreedom underlining our irrevocable commitments towards and connections with one another should inform our conversations about emancipatory political and social transformation. We have to always remember, regardless of whether or not we belong to a majority community under a given state, that any line of thought or action that departs from these foundational premises of coexistence and pluralism is genocidal.     

Even as we are discussing the current spate of anti-Muslim violence and its causes, we hear stories about courageous and broad-minded Buddhists who have stepped out of their homes to give protection to the Muslims who live in their villages in the Central Province. A Buddhist temple in Gelioya has requested the Buddhists in the village via loudspeakers to protect the Muslims in the area and their properties from the racist mobs. The country needs more such Buddhist temples that can empathize with the trials and tribulations of the non-Buddhist populations. The solidarity shown towards Muslims by peace-loving Buddhists during this crisis should also translate into support for far-reaching societal and state reforms that can ensure non-recurrence of racist violence in the country. Therein lies the future of non-racist coexistence in Sri Lanka.

*The writer is a member of the Collective for Economic Democratisation in Sri Lanka and attached to the Department of English, University of Peradeniya

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    We heard few stories that when the mobs arrived in certain villages in the Central province to attack the Muslims, the Sinhala villagers chased them away, and still on guard and giving protection to all of them. All is not lost, still the country has good human beings with care, kindness and compassion towards their fellow human beings.

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      Jaliya

      It is good of them to protect the Muslims.
      We should be grateful to the brave Sinhalese “Do Gooders” however how long are they going to give protection to the Muslims?

      Unless until the deeper problems are addressed and dealt with this is going to go on.

      When you got a private moment reflect and find out for yourself what the deeper problems is/are.

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      Agree

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      This will go a long way if the police and judiciary do an efficient job of upholding the constitution and punishing those involved. The monks who think they are above the law can rot in jail. I say this not because I’m anti-Buddhism but because I’m against people who incite violence.

      Once that’s done, it would be good to let the police and judiciary go after the politicians and their bigwig friends for their wrongdoings because no one should be above the law.

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      There is a story that it was Logan Ratwatte who transported the goons into Kandy. Why is he not arrested?

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      Indeed it was a meritorious act by Sinhala villagers. This is the same thing Tamil villagers of eastern province did to fleeing Muslims 400 years ago. See what the ungrateful descendants of those Muslims doing now.

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    Sinhala Buddhist nationalists, have a record of attacking minorities, and getting away with it. Even the brutal killing of Muslims in Aluthgama, has gone unpunished, and the murderers, have got away scot- free, and roam the streets today. The criminals who killed the poor Sinhalese man, were rightfully arrested and behind bars, yet these marauding mobs, and killers, have never faced a court of law, for their hate crimes.
    This is why they keep repeating their violent attacks on minorities, and keep breaking the law without fear. NO ONE HOLDS THEM ACCOUNTABLE. Either that, or some big shot politician, pulls the strings, and sets them free.

    This article is well written, and gets to the heart of the matter.

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      This is the problem. The majority do not condone these acts but at the same time are somehow ok with the minority who do these things but don’t get punished. That’s the apathy we have come to live with when our leaders are crooks and get away with things too. The greatest threat to lasting peace is the dysfunction of the police and court system to uphold the constitution.

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        This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        Panadura Malli
        All what you say is perfectly true.
        But most of us like yourself are unable to do anything about it other than record their frustration in the CT or similar such forums.
        The fault is in the constitution of the country.
        For instance what protection is there for one especially if he/she is from a minority community and risks incarceration under the PTA in a iniquitous majoritarian ethno religious biased state such as the one current wielding power in the island and has exclusive control over every limb of power like the media,judiciary,police,and defence services, and is again loaded heavily in a majority ethnically biased way?

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      please do understand Racist of both nationalities do not represent respective nationalities – those racist are uneducated ,shallow minded idiots in both nationalities – unfortunately lousy Police do not know hoe to control these racist idiots on both sides – Please do not comment to blanket cover entire nationalities as culprits

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    SRI LANK AN ARTY AND POLICE are responsible for most of destruction : They did not maintain law and order : they are bias and they are subjective and they are racists. As it happened in 1983 they supported Sinhagalese mobs: This tells us many things.. Army and police are not trained to protect national wealth and national property. They are here to protect Sinhalese mobs who destroy national wealth of this nation.. For instance take this example ,, if these mobs attacked a spare part of shop of Muslim .. Who will benefit from that. Spare part makers in Japan and India will be happy because they will have more business to due this stupidity of these mobs. Whose money will go out.. It is Sri Lankan money will go out.. This is what exactly happened in 30 years of war. More than 3 million Sri Lanka people works abroad and sent money.. What government did was more than 40% of its revenue went to war to buy arms.. There is no secret in this. We spent more to war than any country in Asia. Now we pay the price.. to pay back interest and loans. Now , this type of riot will put the country back seat.. These people not Sri Lankans at all. These are criminals and they should be jailed and punished seriously .

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    Against the indifference or cowardice of most Tamil academics on matters of urgent importance to our common well-being as human beings, I am happy to see this article from a young Tamil academic determined to make this country his home. For many years, I have watched with dismay the attempts by the powers that be at Jaffna University to keep him out.
    The root of our malaise which expresses itself in outbursts of violence, I submit, lies in our disregard for truth, which has rendered us easy to manipulate. It began with the writing of partisan history by our leading scholars, a game which became a malignant free-for-all.This partly explains the paralysis of our universities,

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      Please bring UTHR(J) up to date and continue your good work.. There are very few websites that record Lanka’s misery in such detail and so truthfully.

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        Paul

        Are you sure you want to revive UTHR(J) ?
        Have you got consent/permission from SJ/Sekere?
        He may object to the idea of documenting misery and human rights violations.

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          Pardon Vedda, I don’t know who SJ/Sekere is.

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            Paul

            SJ/Sekere types here once in a while. Now he stopped using Sekere. He is supposed to be an academic who loves the weeping widow so much he has a way of defending, praising and glorifying her and her record including many attrocities committed by her state institutions on all people.

            According to my friends he never accepted the documentation of UTHR(J) for tribal and feudal reasons. He wanted them to put their neck out and claim ownership of the UTHR(J) publicly.

            Basically in a twisted way he inadvertently wished death sentence for the authors who were consistently documenting LTTE atrocities as well.

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              Thank you Vedda. I hope UTHR(J) continues, truth will prevail in the end.

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      Why did that opportunistic hypocritical malaise that resides in the minds of of our so called Northern scholarly think tank manifest itself?
      May be, if we trace back to events back in time up to the date of independence from “Old Blighty’s ” clutches could suffice, because partisan history as devised by the colonialists took root then.
      The country was known as Ceylon then.
      Past history how the island was ruled before the British united it for administrative purpose was ditched by Tamil leaders.
      They forgot past history since they were lulled into believing a false historical comfort zone and the future well-being of their Tamil constituency.
      That disregard of past history could partly explain the reason for the present leading scholar’s self defeating disregard for truth because they themselves are a creation of past history.
      That root of that decline can be traced back to the parachuting an upstart half baked clueless Douglas Devananda in Jaffna’s University administration.
      That’s the way the dice had been cast for the current set of people playing their respective roles in Jaffna University.
      The future consequences of that is for the Northern Tamils to determine if the said young Tamil academics like the author of this piece is to play a role or not in the North.

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    What is going on in East?
    Muslim youths are acting Rowdy, where is the media and politicians

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    Last Tuesday Muslim youths have thrown stones at tamils’ houses and their three shops were damaged in Natpiddimunai Kalmunai. Why are they doing this?

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      They also attacked and injured an innocent Tamil at Kattankudi when they were going out on a procession protesting Sinhalese attacks on Muslims in the south. Ironically it was the Sri Lankan armed forces who saved this Tamil from further injury. So it is Ok for these Muslims who came as refugees to the Tamil east a few centuries ago, to attack eastern Tamils, their lands homes and possessions, in the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin but it is not Ok for the Sinhalese, who were their former allies in the Tamil genocide to attack them. They are now angry that their former allies have now turned against them , instead of rewarding them and sharing in the spoils. Wealth and land of the defeated Tamils. Especially in the east. which they want to steal from its rightful Tamil owners. These people are of Tamil ethnicity but will never acknowledge it at all but in the name of Islam will worship everything Arab and go out of their way to destroy their own rich Tamil heritage. They suffer from a complex. There is a move by powerful Muslims in Kalmunai to get rid of the Tamils in the area and take over their lands. On the pretext of expanding/developing Kalmunai town , they were forcibly trying to acquire large chunks of privately owned Tamil lands home and farms , strangely this so called expansion , hardly affected Muslim owned lands , only Tamil lands. From the time they took over the running of the Eastern Provincial council with the help of the Sinhalese , since then.they have been systematically marginalising the Tamils who are the largest community in the east and the real owners of the east. Everything about the east from ancient times is Tamil and Hindu.

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    Let’s not prevaricate; the clause in the constitution to give Buddhism the foremost place and the state is duty bound to protect and foster Buddha Sana is not at all benign. It is carefully cultivated and executed such that there is no messing about with the Sinhala Buddhists. They will only tolerate unto a point. No court in the land will go against that clause. We had seen this during Trinco Buddha statue affair.

    Dayan J knows this very well. He egregiously has been whipping up the Sinhala Buddhist sentiments targeted at the sensitive areas. This was the only way he could bring about support for MR! MR has no economic and political acumen or track records to stand on a genuine political platform. Dayan J knows this very well. Hence, I put the blame on Dayan J saying that he is directly responsible for the attacks on the Muslims.

    It is no accident that the MR’s election successes is correlating with the reemergence of the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism.

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    It’s now the responsibility of the majority peace loving Sinhalese mass to control the small group of Sinhalese rowdy politicians ,such as Camipika Ranavake, rowdy clergy like Ganasara and sort and Sinhalese rowdy youth, who never learn anything from the past. Their stupidity in 1983 brought our country in the international stage and the rest of it I don’t need to state.

    2018 is quite different, everything is brought to the eyes of the world then and there verbatim. So that world’s reaction is different. The Government and it’s machinery do not be mistaken. You cannot getaway this time. We do not let you make Sri Lanka another Myanmar. Final advice: If Government follow ” shoot at sight ” policy to control the ugly mob for few days the situation can be calmed.

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    ‘It’s now the responsibility of the majority peace loving Sinhalese mass to control the small group of Sinhalese rowdy politicians’

    How do you suggest they do this? Are you suggesting the Sinhalese Buddhists take the law into their own hands? The Government is responsible not the masses. Gnanasara should have been arrested immediately and the Police should have opened fire long ago.

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      Paul,

      For a start, the Sinhalese can stop electing those unscrupulous despots like MR who panders to the Sinhala Buddhist extremism. How about that?

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        Wasn’t it mostly the minorities whose votes ensured the victory of this Government?

        Perhaps they too should stop electing scoundrels for a start..

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          Paul,

          Let’s be honest. Since the unseating of MR back in 2015 there were no racial-related vialence I mean nothing newsworthy. It is a surprise that once MR gained some electoral advantage, there is emboldened mop that is fearlessly attacked a minority. What does this tell you? You can ask questions ostensibly but you need to be honest!

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            It seems very likely that MR is behind the trouble. Once again, it is the Government’s job to take action against him. They have plenty of evidence of all sorts of crimes but they have done nothing.

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              Paul

              “It seems very likely that MR is behind the trouble.”

              Are you confirming/agreeing the thugs/people are so stupid MR was able to persuade them to commit crimes so easily?

              If true then there is something hugely wrong with people than wiley crook Dr Rajapaksa.

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                It’s not the people. Many politicians have underworld connections that they can use when needed. Even Mr Clean’s UNP had JSS thugs in use at one time. A sad state of affairs.

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                  Paul

                  “It’s not the people. “

                  Without the people’s tacit approval thugs cannot launch simultaneous attacks on different properties. They may not participate in the mayhem but they won’t opposed them either. In a way they don’t mind “other” people got hammered.

                  Not much difference among people, Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, . all same ……………….. Deep down they have subliminal narrow nationalistic impulses which may wish for such harm.

                  Look at our fellow commentator the Most Liberal Ben Hurling, sometimes he comes out with strange reasons to defend the indefensible. However he is a good man.

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    The terms Arya-Sinhala, Dravidian Tamil, Moors etc was used seventy years ago. Now DNA shows that Lankans all belong to one ethnic group. Politicians created the language/religion-divide. The recent LG election showed that this divide is still usable.
    .
    PS: Mahendran Thiruvarangan
    Commenter Rajan Hoole claims that you were ‘kept out’ from Jaffna University by ‘powers to be’. Any truth in this?.

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    K. Pillai,

    What is presented in the following report by the Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association regarding my case is accurate.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Academic-Criteria-FINAL-30-Jul-Clean.pdf

    One may argue that it is the University’s prerogative to decide when and how it should interview the candidates, I found the flexibility shown to the candidate in Law after rejecting my request for the postponement of the interview deeply problematic and discriminatory. Apart from the facts presented in the report, I also heard from very reliable sources that the then Head of English Language Teaching Unit did not want to take me as he thought preference should be given to candidates who obtained their BA degrees from the University of Jaffna.

    Although University of Jaffna under the leadership of the former VC declined to interview me online, four other universities in the country accepted my request to face the interviews online. I hear that under the new VC, UoJ interviewed a candidate online recently.

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      Mahendran Thiruvarangan,
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      Thank you for the fine article. I admire your youthful idealism.
      .
      “Apart from the facts presented in the report, I also heard from very reliable sources that the then Head of English Language Teaching Unit did not want to take me as he thought preference should be given to candidates who obtained their BA degrees from the University of Jaffna.”
      .
      The inbred inhabitants of Jaffna are like this. The real reasons for decisions may be known only for a small group.

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    Dears!
    There are a number of people who do not know how to analyze things scientifically but know English and write articles on this website. Mahendran Thiruvarangan is one of them!

    He does not know what is the Root Cause of Political problem in the country and do not understand Lankan politics.

    Dears!

    It was in 1989 October latter part, the Foreign Minister then Mr. Hameed who spoke Tamil fluently told in one of the famous Hotels in London that “முஸ்லீம் மடையர்களுக்கு விளங்கவில்லை தமிழர்களும், புலிகளும் உரிமைகளுக்குப் போராடும் வரைதான் சிங்கள தேரவாத பௌத்தர்கள் இஸ்லாமியர்களைக் கட்டித் தழுவுவர். என்று புலிகள் இராணுவ ரீதியாக அழித்தொழிக்கப்பட்டு, தமிழர்களின் போராட்டம் நசுக்கப்படுகிறதோ, அன்று முதல் அடுத்த இலக்கு இஸ்லாமிய சிறுபான்மையினர்தான். ஆகையால், நான் அரசியல் அதிகாரத்தில் இருக்கும்வரை தமிழரதும், புலிகளதும் உரிமைப் போராட்டம் தொடரவும், அவர்கள் வெற்றியடையவும்தான் செயற்படுவேன்” (the Muslim idiots do not understand that as long as the Tamils and LTTE fight for their rights only the Sinhala Theravaada Buddhists will embrace the Muslims and the day the LTTE is wiped out militarily and the struggle of the Tamils crushed, next target would be the Muslim minorities. Therefore, as long as I remain in political power I will see that the struggle of the Tamils and LTTE continue and they win)!” The Muslims in the East and South Joined the Government its forces to crush the LTTE and the struggle of the Tamils. The Muslims were successful in the East but not in the North. Thus, not a single Muslim was killed in the North. I anxiously waited after May 18, 2009. The Sinhala Theeravaada Buddhist extremists started to implement their agenda as predicted by Mr. Hameed!! However, a section of the Muslim politicians have their own agenda and cling to the Mythri – Ranil Government and try to dominate the East and North and engaged in violence and illegal activities! Mr. Mahendran Thiruvarangan and his friends do not understand the Lankan and Muslim politics or they are ……..

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      Thiruvarangan’s article makes it clear that Sinhala Buddhist nationalism is the main cause of the ethnic conflicts in the country. Maybe you are in a denial mood when it comes to the part where Thiruvarangan critiques Tamil nationalism and the LTTE. Your comment about Thiruvarangan and his friends ends with eight dots – are we supposed to infer that those eight dots stand for the word TRAITORS, the most famous word in Tamil nationalist politics?

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        the Root Cause = the main cause???

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    There are number of areas where the writer hasn’t addressed or mentioned just in passing. It is only the minorities who have used creating 100% mono ethnic enclaves in the country as a conscious strategy. Creation of a Tamil mono ethnic North, Muslim mono ethnic Wilpattu and parts of East are clear examples. The much maligned Sinhala Buddhist nationalism hasn’t done that anywhere in the country. Only the minorities have displayed such ghetto mentality. Sinhala Buddhist nationalism has accepted Hindu gods into their temples, has absorbed words from all other major languages that touched Sri Lanka into Sinhala language. Accordingly, Sinhala Buddhist nationalism is open and receptive to influences of the “other”. However it would vigorously defend any perceived threats to Sinhala nation’s survival. This stems from the experiences spanning couple of thousands of years it had to defend itself against frequent violent invasions from it’s Northern neighbour, the subjugation from colonial West and most recently, the violent threat from Tamil secessionist movement spearheaded by the LTTE. There are clear evidence to suggest a conscious Muslim expansionist project underway backed by petro dollars and Wahabi Arabic ideology. An atmosphere of heightened fear and anxiety has been created as a result. Only a tiny spark though totally unrelated would be needed for a massive explosion.

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      Hela

      “It is only the minorities who have used creating 100% mono ethnic enclaves in the country as a conscious strategy.”

      Haven’t the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists been actively involved in building through out the island a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto since the advent of public racist Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala?

      Why are you hiding your ghetto behind mono ethnic enclaves?

      In the name of development you stupid land grabbing thieves have destroyed our livelihood and ancestral habitat in and around Mahaweli Development region. Isn’t it part of your intended long term agenda taking over the entire island and turning it into the most inhumane, undemocratic, despotic, …. ghetto run by thieves?

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      Hela!

      You have written : “Sinhala Buddhist nationalism has accepted Hindu gods into their temples…..” You are wrong Hela!!

      Dear Hela! The Sinhalese claim themselves as Theeravaada Buddhists.” You find “Hindu” Gods in Buddhist temples along the coast and the central highland where the Tamil Mahaayaana Buddhists lived.

      You find “Hindu” Gods in the Mahaayaana Buddhist temples only.

      Hela! In ancient time the Tamils of Lanka and South India were Mahaayaana Buddhists. There are hundreds of archaeological finds of Lanka and South India that confirm this.

      Do you know the difference between Theeravaada Buddhism and Mahaayaana Buddhism and what “Saivaism” is? “Saivaism” is perfected Mahaayaana Buddhism!!

      Hela! Theeravaada Buddhism rejects Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism. Only Mahaayaana Buddhism accepted and utilized it. Thus there is no Theeravaada Buddhist iconography, painting, sculpture, fine arts, architecture, …. All these belong to Mahaayaana Buddhism.

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    Building Up Bogus Histories Have Been The Target Of These People ……….From The Time Of Independence………….And Arousing Tension Among The Sinhalese People Was Another Motive To Get The Attraction Of The International Community ……….These Guys Go To Study With The Racial Intention To Grab This Country……………Violating The Rights Of The Major community……………That Is The Main Cause For Most Of The Racial Disturbances In The Country………….Earlier It Was The Tamil Extremism …………..Now The Muslim Extremism Has Started …………Until We Get Rid Of These Evils This Country Will Have No Future

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      Patriotic Citizen! ‘The ROOT CAUSE’ of all the problems that we have been facing in our country is the imaginary and false doctrine of the Siňhala nation, the ‘ĀRYAN’ – SIŇHALA – SIŇHALESE – ‘THĒRAVĀDA’ BUDDHISM – LAŇKĀ Doctrine with one – to – one correspondence and the successive governments of Srī Laňkā dominated by the Siňhala Buddhists formulating their policies based on this imaginary and false doctrine and unilaterally implementing them.

      The LLRC appointed by former President Rajapakse in Para. – 8.150 of its Report says: “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in thefailure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

      The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

      Patriotic Citizen! You are an IGNORANT citizen!!

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    Mahendran: a Non racist Politics do not work in Sri lanka. Ask Tamil KOVIls. they know that it is Tamil politicians who want Casteism in kovils. IT is open that Tamil parties promote TAMILNESS. It is the same with muslims. With muslims, it is the Maulavis and mosques that promote Racisam. Even around some attacked mosuqes, people have shiwn the make shifts mushrooming every where in ISISLAND of KANDY and suburbs. another point is One well known politician says, Sri lanka pays Three abd hlak Lacks per cabinet minister. but they waste about Rs 20 milliona a Day. Ask the minister for employment. Another point is Thalatha gunasekara, Thalatha Athukorala, Mahindda Nanda Aluthgamage all had bought houses in Sterlling Pounds. So, they need some cover up stories abd FCID, PCOLI all need to be garbage and hidden. See how the garbage media is doing. Are they publishing anything worthwhile. there are TV programs are they discussing anything people want. All CRAP.

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    Remember foreign exchange control act was modified and legislatesd. PResident, PM, and Cabinet said yes. do you think they it without a reason. Now, all their foreign assets here can be either brought here or can be said they have PRESENTS they still have in foreign lands. So, no one is prosecuted. Understand, when the bond scam was caught even before the general election, within the first 40 days of the PResidential elelcion, how can they prosecute Rajapakses. that will cause riots in Sri lanka. AAt present, they are trying to approve similar legislations and they want to release Arjun Aloesius and Kasun Palisena. So, Anti-muslim violence is needed.

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    Non racist future in shit lanka is a DREAM only Thiruvarangan..

    These politicians are all corrupt to the core and please do not expect anything good from any of them.

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    Vijithamuni Zoysa has bought the MAhinda Rajapakse’s Palace in Kebithigollewa owned by Abetunga. He wanted to sell it in pieces. One Yahapalana – Minister engaged in Kumari Bamsara wants to sell that house to Housing authority, becuase it has asbestos also wants to buy a house in Oil rich state of the most democratic country. Minuste rnow says, he doe snot like Divulapitiya instead he wants kebithigollewa.

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    Paul

    “It’s not the people. “

    Without the people’s tacit approval thugs cannot launch simultaneous attacks on different properties. They may not participate in the mayhem but they won’t opposed them either. In a way they don’t mind “other” people got hammered.

    Not much difference among people, Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, . all same ……………….. Deep down they have subliminal narrow nationalistic impulses which may wish for such harm.

    Look at our fellow commentator the Most Liberal Ben Hurling, sometimes he comes out with strange reasons to defend the indefensible. However he is a good man.

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    An excellent, almost fair, pragmatic and hot analysis of the recent incidents in SL so far read! It gives hopes for promoting peace in pluralistic Sri Lanka especially at the post war ends. My strong hope is at least part of us who has the similar psychic nature, aspire and also yearn for peace in this country will spread these thoughts in our possible extents and manners. Personal transformation is where peace and social justice are strongly established, and this is one platform for it. To make peace sustainable we need careful scrutiny of the current pedagogy, the education system and the curriculum etc. I read the Tamil version as well. Nicely coined exact words and meaningful translation, especially the lines of how you theorized the continuity of ethno nationalistic projects in SL. I however do not think with some knowledge in methodology that the small incidents of attacks over Tamils in the East should be totally excluded here in the analysis as sometimes exception strengthens rules and theory? It is because simultaneous incidents on different axis over the same current should be integrated in the analysis to highlight the intersectional spectrum of the identity politics in SL in my opinion.

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      Baheerathy, You raise an interesting point in your last few lines, which would have great validity if one were to know what this much talked about attacks in the east are about.

      I have not seen any reference to any of it on the media except for an account in Tamil net, which also erroneously talks about Akkaraipattu as being in the Batticaloa district. The same report also cites activists on the ground attributing a somewhat related incident to the armed forces. On social media I heard that there was an attack on a person in Kathankudy. No specific incident has been cited so far to the best of my understanding. I know that we do not want to add fuel to fire and have to be careful, but nevertheless would like to know: what this talk about the east is actually about.

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        Baheerathy, since I last wrote, I have seen reports of a Tamil man being attacked in Akkaraipattu. However, I must also ask, somewhat cautiously, how that can be seen as ” happenings in the east.” It is important to raise questions about violence all round and condemn it and question the socio political aspects of it as you have suggested, and I do appreciate that point. But attaching it to ” what is happening in the east” is a caving into social media jingoism in my view. Print media reporting on the incident ( maybe barring Valampuri) has been much more restrained and cautious.

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