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Understanding The Causes Of The Sinhala-Muslim Conflict In Sri Lanka

By Tilak Samaranayaka

Tilak Samaranayaka

There have been several articles in the print media and in a few internet sites expressing views about the on-going conflict between the Sinhalese Buddhist organizations and Muslims over a number of issues, including the issue of Halal certification of consumer products. Most views expressed on this issue were sympathetic towards Muslims and, importantly, a number of these articles were from Sinhala writers. Using Dammaphada, Buddhist principles, and the Buddhist way of life, they have emphasized the need for a tolerant approach to this issue. At the same time, some have strongly criticized Buddhist monks and Buddhist organizations such as Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) for carrying out protests against the growing influence of Muslims within the Sinhala community and its culture and religion. The BBS in particular is being accused of creating disharmony by promoting extreme views and hate campaigns against Muslims.

The articles that were very critical about the actions of the BBS attracted abusive and very derogatory comments from some readers, including those with Sinhala names. Most of these comments were in response to articles that appeared on some news sites that very heavily defended Muslims and their rights, while discrediting BBS and other Buddhist organizations for their role in the conflict. Among the Sinhala writers supporting Muslims on this issue, the focus is primarily on the need to follow a Buddhist way of life as described by Dhammapada and other writings on Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.

The argument that we should follow Buddhist principles and live accordingly has no relevance when there are two sides to a problem. In fact, we are dealing with real people and real issues, and these issues involve two cultures, two religions, two languages, and two different life styles. Religion, cultural practices, and social values of Muslims are poles apart when compared with the Sinhalese.  It is an absurd assumption to accept that by living according to Buddhist principles, these problems can be automatically solved. It is very unfair to suggest that only the Sinhalese should sacrifice their rights and values and provide a solution to this problem. Since the Sinhalese are beginning to take action to protect their culture, religion, and fundamental rights, they are branded as ‘extremists’.

In any event, it may be possible to advocate a more tolerant approach acceptable to both sides. If we are to solve this issue amicably, we must all understand the root cause of the conflict, and then deal with them in a way that the solution will not adversely affect one party more than the other.  Since we have been informed in detail about the Muslims concerns, my objective is to highlight some of the long-standing issues and concerns of the Sinhala community so that it is possible to look at both sides of the problem more objectively.

Muslims live everywhere in the country. In some regions, there are more Muslims than the Sinhalese. They not only live with the Sinhalese, but also carry out most of their economic activities with the Sinhalese and supported by them. Furthermore, they practice their religion the way they want despite the inconvenience caused by their religious practices to others living in the area.  Evidence that the Sinhalese are a tolerant community is that they allow Muslims in their neighbourhoods, contribute to their economic base, and allow their religion to practice. This does not mean, however, that there is no limit to their tolerance. Can the Muslims be considered a tolerant community, if they are placed in the same context?

Muslims are a community living within a community. They never participate in any social or community activity. Their participation in any sport in the country is practically non-existent. There are no cultural or religious links between the Sinhalese and the Muslims.  Although Muslims live with the majority Sinhala population –practically everywhere in the country—most  Muslims cannot even speak the language of the majority in the country. It is even difficult to know how many are familiar with the national anthem of the country.

The growth and distribution of the population is one of the key issues that often come up when talking about Muslims. The belief that Muslims are reproducing much faster than that of the other communities is common among the Sinhalese. This is one of the key issues of this conflict.

According to the preliminary reports available from the 2011 Census of Population, Sri Lanka recorded a total population of 20.3 million in 2011. Out of this total, the Sinhalese accounted for 15.2 million, Sri Lankan Tamils 2.3 million, and Muslims 1.9 million. As a percentage, the three ethnic groups accounted for 74.9%, 10.8%, and 9.2% respectively.

The increase in population between 1981 and 2011 has been 7.1 million. Of this, the Sinhalese accounted for 4.3 million while Muslims accounted for 1.0 million. However, the difference in the average growth rates of the two groups clearly highlights one of the major causes for perceived threats by the Sinhalese from the expanding Muslim population. During the thirty-year period from 1981 to 2011, the average growth rate of the Sinhalese has been 0.94% compared with 1.8% growth rate of Muslims. Over the next 25 years, the Muslim population is likely to reach over 5 million, more than double the 2011 population, with the Sinhalese population increasing to about 19 million. With a projected total population of about 27 million by 2040, the share of the Muslim population will increase to over 18% while the share of the Sinhalese will decline to 70%.

The rapid increase in population in one community compared with other communities creates not only an imbalance in the composition of population, but also a significant misallocation of resources. To meet this future Muslim population growth, scarce resources will need to be allocated for food production, health services, housing, education, and various other social services. In addition, the increase in population will also need more land to build schools, to expand infrastructure facilities for trading and other activities, and to put up more mosques. The latter need arises because the increasing population and mosques always go together. In a country where scarcity of land is a critical issue, the demand for additional land that results from excessive growth of population among the Muslims will make the issue even more critical.

In absolute terms, a zero growth of population does not add to the existing population, but as the growth rate increases, the population will also increase by an increasing rate. This can be seen clearly from the difference in growth of population of the two communities.

Sri Lanka is one of the countries in the world with a relatively high population. Its current population density is 323 per square kilometre and, in terms of average population density, Sri Lanka ranks twenty-third position in descending order in the world, which consists of 192 countries. This means that only 22 countries in the world that have a population density greater than Sri Lanka.

The rapid increase in population also increases the base population as well as the female population in the child-bearing age group. All these factors will contribute to a further widening in the gap in the composition of Sinhala and Muslim population. This can be clearly seen from the sharp increase in the ratio of Muslims to Sinhalese over the years. In 1981, for example, there were 7.8 Muslims per 100 Sinhalese and, in 2011, this number has jumped to 12.3 per 100 Sinhalese. At the current growth rate, the number of Muslims per 100 Sinhalese is projected to double to 26.3 persons by 2040. It was during the 1981 and 2011 period that the population increase among Muslims became quite visible because of the sharp decline in population growth of the Sinhalese.

Another issue that comes up frequently from the Buddhists is the conversion of Sinhala Buddhists into Islam. The Census and Statistics data also give ample evidence to support this belief. In 2011, for example, there were 101,319 non-Muslims practicing Islam in the country. This number in 1981 was 65,755. Accordingly, another 35,000 non-Muslims have become followers of Islam since1981. This can only happen from conversion of non- Muslims into Islam, and it is quite possible that  almost the entire number of non-Muslim followers of Islam could be Sinhalese. This practice started with the first settlements of Muslims in the Eastern Province where there are still Muslims with traditional Sinhala names. Although so many Sinhalese have been converted into Islam, it is difficult to find the reverse with Muslims converting to Buddhism over the last three hundred years of Muslim settlements in Sri Lanka.

The Sinhalese are also living with two other communities in the country: Sri Lanka Tamils and Indian Tamils. Although an emerging conflict between the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Tamils was evident since the 1950s, which later became a bloody conflict causing more than 70,000 deaths on both sides, its foundation was largely political. There is no animosity between an average Sinhalese and an average Tamil. The two communities share  long standing  social and cultural links, and have common cultural and social customs. The relationship between the Sinhalese and the Tamils soured during the 1983 July disturbance,  it is gradually improving since 2009.

Although an increase of 1.7 million has been recorded under Sri Lankan Tamils in the 2011 Census, it cannot be considered as a net gain because the coverage of the 1981 census was limited to few parts of the Northern Province due to the ethnic conflict that was emerging in the North at that time. Therefore, the 2011 census does not give a clear picture of the increase in the Sri Lankan Tamil population. It is, however, believed that the growth of population of the Sri Lankan Tamils is quite comparable with the Sinhalese. Although the size of the Indian Tamils was quite close to the size of the Muslim population in 1981, they added only 92,000 over the 30-year period compared with one million by the Muslims.

The ongoing conflicts throughout the world are either directly or indirectly related to Muslims whose ideologies are based on the rigid form of Islam. This is giving rise to ultra-national groups in some countries to strengthen their power base. In France for example, the last presidential election polled 20% to the Le Pen party, which campaigned on a platform against Muslim immigration. They are confident that within 10 years they will capture the power, which will allow the party to further their agenda of limiting immigration of Muslims into France.  The former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the first Western leader to enforce a ban on burqas and niqabas (face veils) in France, but this decision was never challenged by any organization as a human rights violation. If, on the other hand, a country like Sri Lanka introduces a similar rule, there will certainly be a lot of criticisms and protests from the local Muslim community, branding it as a human rights violation. In Netherlands too, there is growing resentment to Muslim immigration in that country.

The wearing of burqas and niqabas is not a universal practice among Muslims. Even in traditional Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, and Turkey, these practices are not compulsory and there are many women that wear normal dresses without burqas or niqabas. According to some Muslims, these are not the practices of Islam. Muslims must also understand the implications of these on themselves because wearing of these articles make them more conspicuous in a crowd, inviting undue attention from troublemakers.

The importance of religious tolerance in a country where there are followers of different religions is also an issue that needs serious consideration. Muslims appear to be pushing their boundaries beyond the limit and this may be because they expect other Muslim nations will influence the government of Sri Lanka for favourable outcome for the Muslims demands. Some are arguing that because Pakistan and some other Muslim countries supported the Sri Lankan government at the UNCHR resolution, these countries should advise the Sri Lankan government to ban Buddhists organizations that oppose certain Muslim practices.

It is a terrible mistake for another country to intervene in Sri Lanka’s domestic issues. Although there are many Muslim countries openly abuse some minorities, including Buddhists, the Sri Lankan government has not adopted the practice of intervention into the affairs of other countries. By considering their human rights records, it is difficult to find a single country that could take up this issue with the Sri Lankan government.

Every conflict is based on some issue and it is this issue, whether it is social, religious, personal, or communal, that eventually becomes the source of a particular conflict. A solution to any such conflict needs a correct understanding of the causes that lead  to the conflict, without thrashing one side of the conflict while sympathising with the other.  Unfortunately, almost 90% of the articles written by various writers on this subject are doing just that.

In this article, I have highlighted the main arguments of the other side of the conflict, and they are not based on extreme views, but on established facts. If this conflict is not changing its form and magnitude overtime, then it is possible to continue with the tolerant approach, as suggested by many writers on this issue, since it does not have any long-term implications. Unfortunately, it is a dynamic problem because it changes its composition, form and magnitude overtime with the changes of the factors that contribute to the conflict.

If both communities are determined to live together in harmony, it is important that Muslims also accommodate the values and the rights of the Sinhalese community. Ethnic conflicts often arise in countries when the boundaries that normally exist among different ethnic groups are pushed beyond the limit, and this is the key factor in the Sinhala-Muslim conflict in Sri Lanka as well. The Sinhalese feel that they have been pushed beyond the tolerant level by the activities of the Muslims. Unless the concerns of both parties are treated equally, with a view to finding a long-term solution, this conflict could be vastly different from its current form and dimension in a few years’ time.

 *Tilak Samaranayaka is an economist currently living in Australia

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    The first part of the Essay fully depend on the projected population of Sri Lanka. Writer do not mention the growth rates of the specific ethnic groups. Even though “his” growth rates considered to be correct, projected Sinhalese population in 25 years should be (15.2 million x 1.0094 to the power of 25) 19.2 million where his prediction is close enough. But the Muslim population at that time should be (1.9 million x 1.018 to the power of 25) only 2.97 million where his projection is a 68% exaggeration.

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    In this article, I have highlighted the main arguments of the other side of the conflict, and they are not based on extreme views, but on established facts.

    There are hardly any facts in this article. Mere perceptions of the author living thousands of Km away. What is his solution to the increase in Muslim population? Can he explain why the increase in Sihalese population is only 0.98%, well below the standard? This would rank us 117 in the world. Are there economic reasons? Without answering such questions simply saying Muslims have a high birth rate means nothing. 1.8% is a good average ranking about 70 with countries in the world.

    You must understand that there is a religous reawakening of Islam throughout the world and more and more muslims are now turning towards religon. This may be a result of the discrimination and deprivation they are facing due to wars, discrimination, islamophobia etc. It is natural than when material means fail, human beings turn towards the Allmighty Creator. The failure of the culture of materialism, capitalism etc. So wearing of the hijab and niqab are a natural result of over exposure to the other extreme of pornography, sex and violence.

    You seem to be quite misinformed about the integration of muslims into Sri Lankan society. Muslims are now usually multilingual, speaking Sinhalese, Tamil, English, Arabic etc. We are able to live and let live. Recently I was invited by our area people for the Sinhala Avurudu Celebrations and I made a hefty contribution towards their expenses. We have no inhibitions or hang ups about living with Sinhalese, Tamils etc. We have lived in this country for centuries and enjoyed the best of relations. I have learned Sinhalese from a Ven Thero in Temple and obtained a Credit for Sinhalese at the O level. My daughter got a Distinction for Sinhalese beating many Sinhalese students.

    Get your facts right. I dont blame you having abandoned your motherland for better prospects abroad.

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      Agree with you Safa..

      Mr Samaranayake,

      You don’t seem to have a clue about the subject matter!

      “…..Furthermore, they practice their religion the way they want despite the inconvenience caused by their religious practices to others living in the area…. “
      Have you ever been to a Temple at 0530 hrs to a temple to listen to the preachings? Its a cassette/CD that is played thru a PA system for hours while the monk is still asleep and no devotees!
      Go to a mosque at that time and most of the local muslim community will be present for prayers!
      by the way the muslim call to prayer is only 5 minutes long!

      Who were the officers in the military intelligence unit?
      Muslims! why? because they are multilingual!

      Non existent in sports?
      If they did not have to change their names to make it look like Sinhalese names, there would be plenty more!
      Check the Sri Lanka Rugby Team!

      to name a few ….I could go on….

      You need to come back to down from that gum tree your on Mr Samaranayake!

      “OPEN YOUR MIND”

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      I have a simple comment for the writer. He was trying to say those who oppose BBS are mostly non-buddhist in sinhala name. I do not want go into a argument over that comment but the truth remains ‘Majority of the Buddhist and sinhalese’ who live in the urban community are not racist because I live in urban society where we learn to respect one another. The writer from the beginning to the end he aimed at attacking the muslim community by his bias views, which cannot be sold in this 21st century except for few gullibles.
      In sri lanka, muslims are the most law abiding and peacful community, I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. Muslims are not asking for jobs from the state. Tell me in which government sector that muslims are represented in their population proportionate? Only a handful are having state jobs.

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    Finally, an honest article about the REAL reason for the Sinhala-Muslim conflict. After being bombarded with Tisaranee and Sharmini’s ramblings, I thought the end of the world was near.

    Muslims are a community living within a community. They never participate in any social or community activity.

    Very true. Muslims spend the whole day thinking about Islam and how to make money. That is why, at Liberty Plaza, some shops close at 12 and open at 1. Sri Lanka is not like London; where each day is dark and dry. It’s a tropical island , where food grows on trees. The culture is inclined towards openness, in line with the weather and natural beauty of the place. Really, you have to be mentally ill to walk around such a beautiful place in a bedsheet (abaya) or if you feel the need to pray X number of times a day.

    At the current growth rate, the number of Muslims per 100 Sinhalese is projected to double to 26.3 persons by 2040. It was during the 1981 and 2011 period that the population increase among Muslims became quite visible because of the sharp decline in population growth of the Sinhalese.

    The Muslim population has grown at twice the rate of the Sinhalese population over the past 30 years. And that was despite the war and the LTTE chasing the Muslims out of the North and much of the East. That means that without the war, the Muslim population will surely grow at four or five times the rate of the Sinhalese population, over the next 30 years. For a total population of 20 million people, this result is very significant. It is easy to see why the Muslim demographic grows so quickly: (1) they do not practice birth control, (2) women do not go for jobs outside the home, (3) it is a religious duty to have 3 or 4 children each.

    If both communities are determined to live together in harmony, it is important that Muslims also accommodate the values and the rights of the Sinhalese community.

    Correct. If a Sinhala-Buddhist goes to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Malaysia and demands those governments issue licenses for specially cooked meat, he/she will be laughed at on the next plane back to BIA.

    Lastly, let us not forget that the Muslim issue is not unique to Sri Lanka. All over the world, Muslims have failed to integrate/assimilate.

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      Lester before you even learned how to kick a football or run with a rugby ball or hit a straight shot to the boundary or give a good punch in boxing all the sports were dominated by burghers and Muslims it was many years later that you and your tribe dared even tried in these sports.

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        How many Muslim athletes did Sri Lanka send to the last Olympics?

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      I have already addressed you ‘Lester’ in my own comment, but here is a small refresher:
      Religion is a personal choice ‘Lester’- being born is not, Sri Lankan Muslims can live however they want in their OWN DAMN COUNTRY- there is no need of ‘integration’ or ‘assimilation”cough’*Nazi*’cough’
      We are a multicultural society ‘Lester’, that is why you are allowed to stay- any other society would have shipped a mind like yours to mars a long time ago.

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      “In any event, it may be possible to advocate a more tolerant approach acceptable to both sides. If we are to solve this issue amicably, we must all understand the root cause of the conflict, and then deal with them in a way that the solution will not adversely affect one party more than the other”

      This is a primarily discussion between two MYTHS and the CULTURES associated with the TWO Myths.

      1. Muslims praying 5 times/day and spending 2 hrs/day in praying activities is their economic loss and religious belief “gain”. They expect to go to heaven for these efforts, prevent end up being in hell.It is their gain or loss.It is their belief.

      Buddhists do Pirith, Bodhi Pooja, Dana etc. It is their belief. They expect to attain Nirvana.

      2. Muslims mistakenly believe, due to the brainwashing by the Wahhabis and others, that they need to covered by an Abaya, Muslim women in South Asia are not allowed to go to mosques on Fridays (Ulema rule).
      So many Muslims are probably not following the True Islam of prpphet Mohamed.

      3. The same is True for BBS. They are not following Buddhism. Did Lord Buddha say you cannot wear an Abaya? In a rapist infested India and Sri Lanka, women are better off wearing an abaya, or even covering their face with a helmet just like the motor cyclists do for their own safety, to prevent being injured by a rape accident.

      4. May be all women in Sri Lanka should be issued chastity belts, with electric shock generators, like the bras being developed in India.

      I see the core problem, not as religion and the abaya. It us the Sinhala Buddhist Racism.

      1. First they attacked Tamils because they were Tamils. Tamils wore Sarees and frocks.

      2. Then they attacked Christians, because they were Christians. Christians wore Sarees and frocks.

      2. Then they attacked Muslims, because they were Muslims. Muslims wore Sarees, Abayas, and Hijab.

      Just Admit the Sinhala Buddhist Racism, without beating around the bush. The data supports it.

      The Christian Church was in denial since 1543, after Copernicus publication,that Earth went around the Sun, and killed and subjected many to torture.

      Sinhala need to accept:

      1. Buddhism is not needed to be Sinhala.
      2. Buddhism was imported
      3. Lanka was Animist, Jain and Hindu
      4. Buddhism resulted in the hegemony of the monks, who controlled the people and the kings.
      5. Sri Lanka need a Martin Luther, to break away from the monk-priest hegemony.
      6. Sri Lanka needs a King Edward the VIII the and an Elizabeth to make this break complete.

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    REALLY THE WRITER IS NOT AWARE WHATS THE ROOT CAUSR OF ALL THESE bbS
    ITS JUST THE POLITICAL GAME THAT ARE BEEN PLAYED BY THE RULING FAMILY JUST TO HAVE THE BASE OF THE VOTING PUBLIC WHICH CONSISTS OF MAJORITY OF US WHO WILL TAKE THIS COMMUNAL MATTER AND FORGET WHAT WE ARE FACING ECONOMICAL LIKE THE DAILY INCERASE OF GOODS HE LIVES IN A VERY SETTLED LIFE JUST ABOUNDING THE MOTHERLAND WHICH GAVE HIM FREE EDUCATION
    HOPE THE WRITER SHOULD STEP INTO OUR MOTHERLAND AND SERVE US WITH ALL HIS ECONOMIC THINKING AND EXPERINECE HE AGAINED OUTSIDE LIKE GIVING ADVICE ABOUT THE BIGGER JUMBO CABINET N WASTE OF FUNDS ON THE UNECONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT THAT MAKES US TO GO DOWN OUR KNEES TO MEET THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS NOTHING IS RELIGION HERE ITS JUST THE POLICTICAL GAME TO KEEP THE VOTE BASE AND THE INCOME FOR THE FAMILY CONIES OF MARA MR N GR
    THE WRITER SHOULD UNDERSTANND HOW WE ARE LIVING AND LIVING NOW WITH OUR MUSLIM N TAMIL BROTHERS N SISTERS AS FAMILY ITS JUST POLITICS NOTHING THE FAMILY WANTED EVERYTHING FOR THEM AND BE THE KING OF KING ALL THE WAY
    CAN I KNOW WHETHER THE WRITERS GRAND KIDS KNOW THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
    NOR SPEAK A SINHALESE I HOPE HE SHOULD BE OUR SOIL N SHOE AND SEE WHATS REALLY HAPPENING HERE IN OUR MOTHERLAND

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      It is likely this is a short-term plan by the Mara mafioso to gain political advantage. Unfortunately it is going to make long-term damage for all.

      Politicians are after self-interest, not national interest.

      SWRD, etc/ etc. Maras etc…..

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    “Their participation in any sport in the country is practically non-existent.” – The author is clearly not a fan of rugby, football (soccer) or motor sports. “They never participate in any social or community activity.” is such rubbish, I don’t even know where to begin. While the desire of the CT to represent a diversity of views is admirable, some quality control should be exercised in the articles.

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      In Aus, this writer’s home, Sri Lankans of various communities form cliques to hold on to their ethnic identities and practice their culture, language and religion, just like the Chinese do in their China towns across the world, and the Italian and Greek communities do in their own precincts. In these places you see open displays of ethnic culture. Often, the Sri Lankan immigrants consider themselves separate from the majority white communities there – and they do form networks to help their own kind. This is human nature. What is most heartening overseas, in Melbourne, for example, home to a huge population of Sri Lankan immigrants, is the tolerance and assimilation of these people in general, making it a true pluralistic society in action, and more Buddhist than this so-called Buddhist Sri Lanka. In Melbourne, for example, there is a very beautiful Buddhist temple, next to a very nice church and across the road is an equally striking mosque. There are some radical elements in all these societies, but their actions are not blown out of proportion.

      There is a huge degree of hypocrisy in this assertion of a Sinhala Buddhist culture and Sinhala Buddhist values. If one looks at Sri Lanka today, the moral standards of which everyone will agree is deteriorating on a daily basis, what degree of Buddhist values do we count in, for example, motor racing in already congested Kandy and the silence of the mahanayake theros on this matter, the plans to construct a huge casino in Colombo, the toothless law and police inertia and double standards, and the open acceptance by the ruling family of the murderers and drug pushers into parliament, the destruction of wildlife habitats etc. Apart what about the work ethic of our people – we are in general a very lazy lot, looking for handouts, gullible, parochial and petty minded. The threat to the Sinhalese may be from themselves, and the current brand of Sinhala Buddhism, which is distorting and manipulating the dhamma is a threat to Buddhism because it is an assault on the teachings. Buddhism does not ask you to play a passive role, but to develop one’s wisdom aspect so that one sees the truth and acts skillfully in accordance. The behaviour of the BBS is based on pride, arrogance, attachment to race and community and so on – where in that behaviour is there Buddhist values, or have the Sinhalese reinvented Buddhism?

      Scapegoating is the easy way out – look within to the causes, first.

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    We do not have to run around the mulberri bush to address some of the conflicts highlighted on the Sinhales Vs. Muslim conflict. These matters are quite obvious. I am not a supporter of BBS. However, they BBS,have really highlighted these issues with creadible facts. The BBS has also suggested very good solution to tame this conflict. They openly suggested that 90% of the Sri Lanka population should boycott the muslim economic entities. This is a wonderful solution for this problem. It is also not violant but very forceful message given to the muslim community. It is a legal and simple negative marketing conept. If they want to live and do their businesses peaceful they need to adhere into the Sri Lankan way of life instead of Arabization of Sri Lanka.

    I am happy to see this kind of articles.

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      wonder what will be your response if we started campaigning all Muslim countries to

      1. Stop recruiting Sri Lankans
      2. Stop Importing Sri Lankan products
      3. Stop Exporting Oil to Sri Lanka

      Don’t talk bullshit Sunil, your argument is is very essence of racism, inability to accept a communal harmony, see the fruits of multicultural society.

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        Kamal, I must say to u, don’t talk bullshit. This problem is a internal problem. The relation between arabic countries and Srilanka not depend on problems of domestic muslim population or their problems. Even if Arabic countries ban recruiting Srilankans,do you think that, it is the end of Srilankans. There are so many other countries willingly recruit Srilankans. And not for just house maids but in other good jobs. Actually it is time our governmet must stop sending our women for slavery in mddle east.

        And if arab countries stop import SL products there are other international markets. Most of our export products going to USA and european countries.

        And finally If arab countries ban oil export to SL there are enough places to buy oil in interational markets. I think even now government buying oil from Singapore companies after US impose Iranian oil embargo.

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          “The relation between arabic countries and Srilanka not depend on problems of domestic muslim population or their problems.”

          Then why is it that all the BBS apologists keep talking about the religious intolerances in Muslim countries as justification for persecuting the SL Muslims?

          “Even if Arabic countries ban recruiting Srilankans,do you think that, it is the end of Srilankans. There are so many other countries willingly recruit Srilankans. And not for just house maids but in other good jobs.”

          Then why are the majority of SL immigrant workers in the Middle East, and why are the majority maids, drivers, and other domestic aides?

          “Most of our export products going to USA and european countries.”

          Many are, but not most of it. The Middle East is one of the biggest buyers of SL tea, for instance, and a ban on that will cause a huge dent in our economy.

          “And finally If arab countries ban oil export to SL there are enough places to buy oil in interational markets.”

          But not on the terms we can afford.

          “I think even now government buying oil from Singapore companies after US impose Iranian oil embargo.”

          Are you unaware that the US granted SL certain exemptions on the Iranian embargo? Why do you think SL asked for that exemption if we could just buy in Singapore?

          We can eat grass before we starve, but that doesn’t mean we will enjoy it. Aside from the economic sense, do you not believe that it is wrong to persecute people just because they are different to you?

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            David Blacker, I’ll answer your questions.

            1. I’m not a BBS member. Because you ask it from me I answer it. BBS keep talking about religious intolerance in Islamic countries because it is too much in these countries. In any country religious intolerance exists. But in Islamic counties it’s overwhelming. Recently I saw in SL newspaper carrying a news about an middle east employee from SL who kept a buddha’s photograph in his cupboard punished by 100 lashes and a year in jail in Saudi. This country is a member of UN and must treat foreigner’s acoording to UN charters. Because of oil money and a most trusted allay of US, nobody say nothing. It is regret that UNHRC chief Pillay did not see these crimes against humanity.

            2.Majority of Srilankan’s already working in Middle eastern countries. It is true and it’s already happened. But I’m talking about the situation, If these countries ban SL workers in future.

            3.The bulk tea buyer’s in middle eastern countries from SL are Iran and Iraq. As far as I know we cannot send tea to Iran. And I don’t know the situation about Iraq. But I heard that it is difficult to send tea to Iraq, even if we manage to send, payments get delayed by more than a year.

            4.SL ask for that exemption from US ‘cos it is cheaper to buy crude oil and purify it in our refinery. And that process gives many more extra products. But that exemption is nothing. To fulfill the demand in our country we have to buy refined oil from open market. What I tried to tell is if oil producing countries ban oil export to our country, we can buy it in open market.
            IF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE SIMPLE LOGIC THAT I’M SAYING HERE IT IS NOT ME BUT YOU ARE THE PERSON WHO EAT GRASS. WE BUDDHIST NEVER PERSECUTE ISLAMIC’S FOR THE LAST 7-8 CENTURIES. BUT ISLAMIC’S[NOT ALL BUT FEW FUNDAMENTALIST] NOW TRYING TO PERSECUTE BUDDHISTS AND MIND YOU BRO, UNTIL WE LIVE THAT’LL NEVER HAPPEN.

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              Rana, you are acting like a idiot.

              Read David Blacker response, CAREFULLY. He is simply responding to your assertions.

              Stupid is what stupid does.

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              Gorakaya, I just simply answer David’s questions. I don’t need your view about my comment unless otherwise you and the David Blacker are the same person. David talk about what already happened but I talk about if these things happen in future what we need to do. If anybody thinks that Srilankan’s cannot live w/o gulf countries jobs, their oil or any other grants, he is the person who deserve your last sentence.

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              perhaps Rana u have forgotten we do not have a very good relationship with West and especially US at the moment.

              After all why should we break our relationships with other foreign nations becasue of some simple issues in this country?

              In this age countries engage with each other dont break bonds.

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          I am happy if the government of Sri lanka bans the export of Sri Lankan women and men to the Middle East. They are tortured and ill treated. Also non muslims are not allowed to practice their religion. I beg non muslims not to go to Saudi and other gulf states for jobs knowing their strict and intolerant culture. Saudi appears to be more intolerant than the other countries.
          Let our government find other solutions to the unemployment issues. In the mean time we better ask all those who are there to come back to Sri Lanka and they can go to other countries as suggested. But we need to check up whether non muslim countries welcome the unskilled type of labour. I believe Cyprus, Korea, Singapore and Hongkong imports labour but it is difficult to go there as some of these countries require language ability. We better have polsambol and rice in sri lanka and live here with dignity practice our religion.

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            Sri Lanka is self-sufficient in food production. As for energy, wait another 10-15 years. When the price of alternative (solar energy) comes down, and the technology becomes more efficient, there will be no need to rely on Middle Eastern oil.

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              Lester

              Motor vehicles will be powered by salt water from the ocean and if necessary politicians promises could be recycled into solar power and eventually would be used to power the factories.

              Great technological innovations indeed.

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              Sri Lanka is self-sufficient in food production. As for energy, wait another 10-15 years. When the price of alternative (solar energy) comes down, and the technology becomes more efficient, there will be no need to rely on Middle Eastern oil.

              ABSOLUTE “COW SHIT FROM A BULL’S ARSE”
              “DREAMS ARE FREE,SO KEEP DREAMING”

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      You say things that contradict yourself. You write you don’t support BBS views and again you say its a good thing they bring out these differences out into the open. Is trying to cripple the Muslims economically a good thing? What is the benefit that accrues to them by doing so. What have the Muslims done wrong to deserve that punishment? Pls remember that the Muslims have enough faith in their own religion, and Islam teaches them that God will give to them what He has decreed, nothing more, nothing less. It is not you nor your Buddhist think-alikes are patronizing them Muslim businesses, but someone greater is in control of the hearts and minds of the people – and that is the real reason for their (Muslims)success. Content and happy with what they earn, and know that if they do business in honest way, people will keep patronizing and no one can stop that. You jealousy on the Muslim persons business success rate will only pull you deeper into the abyss.

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      Before we talk about blown-up conflicts between Buddhists and the other minorities, ask a very simple question. Aren’t these minorities SRI LANKANS?

      Here lies the answer for all your conflicts.

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        Goraka, No. They are just adopted Srilankans. These adopted communities now try to kill their custodian.

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    MR.TILAK SAMARA , AN OLD MAN , trying to prove himself he is one of the RACIST MEMBER OF BODU BALU SENA.. thats all we can say ..

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    A TRUE SINHALA BUDDHIST, ABANDONING HIS HOME LAND AND WRITING A WHOLE LOAD OF “BULLSHIT” MUSLIMS AS A COMMUNITY NEVER MIGRATED,WHILE EVEN
    RAJAPAKSES WHO SHOUT “HOARSE” FOR SINHALA BUDDHISM RAN AWAY TO THE US

    MUSLIMS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LOYAL CITIZENS AND HAVE INTEGRATED WITH ALL
    COMMUNITIES WHILE PRACTICING THEIR RELIGION AND MAINTAINING THERE CULTURE TILL TODAY.

    FOR HIS INFORMATION AND OTHERS THE OWNER OF “NO LIMIT” (MUSLIM)
    IS SAID TO HAVE GIVEN 2 MILLION RUPEES FOR THE KANDY PERAHERA
    THE BUDDHISTS THROUGH BBS SHOWED THEIR GRATITUDE IN NO SMALL MEASURE.

    SPORTS- THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WAS WON BY A LONE MUSLIM
    1.Mohamed Junaid Mohamed Lafir (World Amateur Billiards Champion, 1973)

    2.POLITICS – C.A.S.Marikkar (Sinhala Marikar) 1911-1970

    Born:05-Jul-1911 at Hewaheta. Primary education under Rev. Heenatiyana Seelarathna Thera, Kadugannawa, Sri Abhayaraja Pirivena. Higher education at Dharmarajah College, Kandy, Law College, Colombo. Joined National Congress contested and lost Galaha seat in 1947. Joined SLFP and won Kadugannawa seat in 1952. Won Kadugannawa under MEP in 1956. Minister of Posts, Broadcasting, & Information. Pioneer member of SLFP. Popularly known as “Sinhala” Marikar. Died:18-Nov-1970

    CRICKET-
    In the subsequent period up to the time we got test status three Muslims made it to the national team without any undue difficulty, namely the two openers Makin Salih and A.C.M.Lafir, and the spin bowler Abu Fuad. IT IS TUAN DILSHAN WHO IS NOW TILLEKARATNE,CONVERTED
    FOR GAIN.THERE ARE OTHERS TOO WHO HAVE BEEN PRESSURIZED.

    FOOTBALL-

    Subhani Hassimdeen – National Football Captain and Coach

    RUGBY FOOTBALL- MANY MUSLIMS HAVE SHONE AND ARE EVEN “SHINING TODAY”

    NATIONAL FLAG-

    JR drafted a motion and with his machiavellian tactics persuaded Batticaloa MP A. Sinnalebbe to present it in the House of Representatives on January 16, 1948. It read: “That this House is of opinion that the Royal Standard of King Sri Wickrama Raja Sinha depicting a yellow lion passant holding a sword in its right paw on a red background, which was removed to England after the Convention of 1815, should once again be adopted as the official flag of Free Lanka”.

    AS A FAMILY WE ARE TRILINGUAL.TWO CHILDREN HAD THERE ENTIRE EDUCATION
    IN SINHALA AND MY DAUGHTER QUALIFIED FOR ENTRY TO THE UNIVERSITY.

    I AM TRILINGUAL,AS AN ENGINEER WAS PROJECT MANAGER ON SEVERAL PROJECTS WHERE I DID ALL MY WORK IN SINHALA. I HAVE STUDIED LATIN TOO.

    THE MUSLIM DRESS FOR WOMEN IN ISLAM IS MANDATORY,THOUGH SOME DO NOT OBSERVE IT. JUST LIKE BUDDHISTS WHO EAT MEAT,DRINK ARRACK, GAMBLE,
    COMMIT RAPE AND MURDER AND LIE, THOUGH BUDDHISM DOES NOT PERMIT IT.
    I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR ALL THOSE WHO PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH.

    I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WORKING AND LIVING IN MAJORITY SINHALA AREAS

    I THINK THIS SHOULD SUFFICE FOR THIS “TRUE SINHALA BUDDHIST” FOR HIS
    COMMENTS FROM AUSTRALIA.

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    What a load of crap, it is because of people like this we have a problem in this country. The writer is clearly lacking knowledge of any kind of facts. His %’s seems to be stuff plucked out from air. In the 1st 2 para he tries to legitimize his crap by bashing every one else, which means he is not able to digest the views of others, which means he is not open to dialog.

    The Buddhist living in Muslim countries are not citizens of those countries they have gone to work there based on a contract. Rights of citizens and workers are 2 diffident things. Muslims in Sri Lanka are citizens of this country, we have all the right to live as we like as long as we do not break the law of the country(which we have not)but our rights are violated.

    Writer says “Muslims appear to be pushing their boundaries beyond the limit”, simple fact it while Muslims have become more religious the majority community’s religious values have deteriorated terribly. I don’t have to put imaginary %’s to prove that fact, if you read any news paper you could see it for your self.

    The bottom line of this article is immature crap, its like saying “ohh we did not have a problem with Tamils but they resorted to violence”, now after so many deaths he is again saying “see we did not do anything, Muslims are creating a problem”.

    Write has left SL for good reasons I suggest if you are not in touch with reality pls keep out. I wonder if he is blind to all the ladies wearing hijab and burka all over Australia.

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    “The Sinhalese feel that they have been pushed beyond the tolerant level by the activities of the Muslims.”

    The above mentioned quote by the author seems to justify thuggery against the muslims.His article goes on and on as the main grouse that that muslims are procreating double that of the sinhalese and as a result their percentage is going up and up.So according to him the muslims not using birth control is pushing the sinhalese beyond the tolerant levels. isn’t it a right of anyone to have any amount children as they want.Only China has limited it to one child,that too because it has 1350 million people and worried about whether it can feed all these mouths one day.If Srilanka too is worried about scarce resources as the writer pointed out then let it also bring in a law that two child per family,without specifically targeting a community.

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    Thilak,
    Intelligent people in the world see all humans are the same but they have differences. There is big difference in this thinking. This is much better way to see SL people than saying SL Sinhalese and SL Muslims are pole apart. I see this kind of thinking as an insult to human race too.
    Even though westerns are same humans like us, differences between them and Sri Lankan are much larger than between SL Sinhalese, SL Tamils, SL Muslims.
    You said
    “Evidence that the Sinhalese are a tolerant community is that they allow Muslims in their neighborhoods”

    You, me and our Tamil/Muslim brothers used to clean our dirty asses with our bare hands which is very common in the cultures you mentioned as pole apart, but this practice is unthinkable in Western/Japanese/Chinese cultures..
    Then how do you judge tolerance of Australian whites who allow you and me to buy houses and raise our children in their affluent neighborhood?
    Anura (Australia)

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    Lies, Damn lies and statistics.

    Get your fatcs right. The world today is a global village. All must live in harmony. Muslims do not go preaching their religion to us Sinhalese or Tamils or any other ethnic group. They are quite content in practsing their religion without any attempt at proselytisation. However according to Guiness Book of World Records Islam is the fatest growing religion in the world. We cannot stop it. Major reason for this is the attack carried out by people on Islam. The more you attack the more people will investigate and consequently convert.

    Bernard Shaw once said, Islam will conquer the West. He had reasons to do so. Mind you this was long before the present conflict of Islam and Christianity.

    As Buddhist, we must adhere to the Dhammapada. Since this is the eternal thruth for all Buddhists, it will protect all the Buddhist and the country.

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    Tilak Samaranayake,

    All though I feel you have totally missed the point (which I will explain why), the take aways from your article which I wish to highlight and appreciate are:

    “Every conflict is based on some issue and it is this issue, whether it is social, religious, personal, or communal, that eventually becomes the source of a particular conflict. A solution to any such conflict needs a correct understanding of the causes that lead to the conflict, without thrashing one side of the conflict while sympathising with the other.”

    and further

    “If both communities are determined to live together in harmony, it is important that Muslims also accommodate the values and the rights of the Sinhalese community. Ethnic conflicts often arise in countries when the boundaries that normally exist among different ethnic groups are pushed beyond the limit”

    However, you have to realize, that most writers and readers who have been very critical of your side have I believe not opposed the fundamentals of protecting buddhism or the rights of Sinhalese in this country. What has been clearly understood (despite claims to the contrary from the responsible parties) is that this movement is trying to stir up racial hatred within the country. You Tilak will be in a very good position to advice how issues are dealt with in highly developed democracies. If there was an issue with Halal, they could have taken it up in courts as a ‘fundamenta rights issue’ or some other forum such as the chamber of commerce. If the Dambula mosque was an issue, it could have been taken to courts just like all other land cases. Muslim activists, professionals and politicians indeed first approached the issue to identify legitimate grievences, but increasingly it was very apparent that the Bodu Bala Sena was driven by racial hatred and nothing else. When they hold mass ralies and threaten to take the law on to their own hands and ask their followers to be come unofficial policemen – what they are doing is unleashing the mob kindling the fires that lead us to 83 all over again. Further, we would not be in this position if the government acted responibly and channelled these grievences of the BBS through the right channels and prevented them from holding rallies, propagating hate speech through events and social media etc. In that sense Tilak, you have missed the point in grand style. I for one would not stand in the way of the Sinhala people having their legitimate place in this country.

    Further I would like to point out that we need to sort out this population myth once and for all. The main worrying result from the census has been that Sinhala and Muslim populations had growth rate-Correct? Now before we go up in arms, we need to first establish as fact what are the implications of this. On March 18th 2013 a Census expert the Director, Population Census and Demography Division of the Department of Census and Statistics, Indu Bandara claimed that “the Sinhala and Muslim populations had increased at the rate of 1.04 and 1.87 per cent respectively between 1981 and 2012, but it was not a threat to Sinhala people contrary to claims being made in some quarters to that effect”. Have you worked out the numbers you have mentioned in your article yourself – it is not very difficult if you take the data on Wikipedia, import into excel the figures if the trend over the last 30 years continues can be easily worked out.

    If the same trend continues for the next 60 years (2071) the corresponding numbers would be Sinhalese 23,562,660 @75.77% and Muslims 3,515,660 @11.31%. This however assumes that the % tamil population will continue declining in next 60 years as it did in last 30 years (which is likely to be an incorrect assumption). Therefore the Muslim and Sinhala population is likely to remain very much similar as a % as it is today. If fact in 2071 it will be Sinhalese 75.77 and Muslims 11.31%.

    Sinhalese and Muslims have enjoyed very good relationships over the last few centuries. While we have had very distinctive cultures, we have supported the Sinhalese majority where ever it has mattered. As long as Muslims are not treading on the rights of Sinhalese I can’t see why we cannot respect our differences as we have always done in the past.

    In closing, I strongly urge you to relook at your population projection figures.

    All the Best

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    there are many bits to this article that we could quibble with. But s a general thrust we should at least consider what the writer is saying.
    well done sir

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    Cockeyed rubbish. Simply said, even the expected backlash from Muslims to the hatred speeches by BBS did not fire, because of the closeness of friendship and understanding between Muslims and tthe greater number of Buddhist Sinhalese people living together as one, in this country. Even if there was minor disturbances of attacking muslims, the culprits were chased off by the decent people irrespective of their religious backgrounds. Standing up for each other in the face of aggression.

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    Tilak Samaranayaka

    “However, the difference in the average growth rates of the two groups clearly highlights one of the major causes for perceived threats by the Sinhalese from the expanding Muslim population.”

    In the past there were Sinhala only language policy, Sinhala only employment policy including practices by armed forces, Sinhala only land policy,Buddha Sasana only in constitution policy…………….. and now comes the Sinhala only breeding policy, all because of Sinhala/Buddhist perception, not a real threat but a perceived threat.

    So do you suggest that Muslim men should be castrated in order to stop them breeding?

    This amounts to public Sinhala/Buddhist scrutiny of Muslim’s private parts.

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      castration, beheading cutting, chopping are the words in your so called holy ??? book..

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    Perhaps Tilak Samaranayaka can enlighten us the reasons; why Buddhism is on the decline? As an outsider, YT clips of BBS and Burmese Bhikkus clearly points to the direction they are leading their people. Sri Lankan was a land of people who smile. Now it is fast becoming known as a people of vile. It takes only one person to set fire to a structure built by a thousand people. All peace loving Sri Lankans should get their priorities right if they are to survive the next decade in creating employment and trade opportunities.

    The Protectionist Mentality will be eventually replaced by the Survival of the Fittest Cultures. The current trend in Multi Culture is blossoming around the world specially driven by economic factors. Multi Culture is embraced in some parts of the Arabia with 193 Nationalities (80% of the Population expatriaes) co-existing in Peace and Harmony. Multi Culture does open the door to economic prosperity if properly implemented.

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    “Muslims are a community living within a community. They never participate in any social or community activity. Their participation in any sport in the country is practically non-existent”

    The above comment proves writers bias approach. Do you remember – Abu Fuard, Uvais Zul Karanin, Farveez maharoof, fazil marija, MLM lafeer ….etc. Writer is conveniently ignoring that being a minority muslim representation in national affairs are not as prominent as majority and trying to capitalise it. Besides he is approving the violence by the majority whilst residing as a minority in a country where equal rights are accepted amongst all casts and creeds. I find it very hypocrite.

    This article & ideology reminds me of politicians who stood by the implementation of “Sinhala” as national language and opted to send their own children overseas to study in English.

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    I have written an exclusively article in response to Mr Tilak’s unfounded accusation: please read tonight with full details. It needs more comprehensive treatment than mere replies Dr Rifai

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    “Muslims are a community living within a community. They never participate in any social or community activity. Their participation in any sport in the country is practically non-existent. There are no cultural or religious links between the Sinhalese and the Muslims. Although Muslims live with the majority Sinhala population –practically everywhere in the country—most Muslims cannot even speak the language of the majority in the country. It is even difficult to know how many are familiar with the national anthem of the country.”

    Well, well well…. Ive never read anything more laughable than this. Not only is it just rubbish, but it is rubbish spurned out with very malicious intent. In fact worse rubbish than the BBS theory of infertility lingerie. Ever heard of muslims being a community within a community? Of all the minorities within the country, they are the most assimilable and congruous, even though they stick tenuously to their own beliefs as long as they do not harm the sentiments of any other sector of society.

    Being exiled as an economic migrant in Australia, I wonder to what extent this man tries to assimilate with the larger host population there. I doubt if they even tolerate his darker complexion Or maybe he still tries to gain their social acceptance by carving up the pumpkin during halloween and hanging up his soiled sock for Santa to fill during xmas time. Granted. But I doubt if he will ever dare light his pol-pahana and recite his ves kavis on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. That would qualify for certain deportation. Unless of course, he sang the Watzing Matilda and that too, in the purest of the Queens English, not in Sinhala or the more familiar Singlish that he is perhaps used to. Long live his ilk and that of the BBS.

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    As ignorant and misinformed as Tariq Ali’s piece — two sides of the same coin.

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    another apologist. beat a bush, and a hundred will run out, as my dad used to say…

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    Like his name, Mr Hilak Samaranayake’s onslaught against the Muslims is also full of holes. Pity, even after sending his womenfolk to the notoriously virile Arab masters to prostitute themselves for valuable petrodollars, they still seem to be barren and unable to increase their kind. Wonder if relaxing the rule and allowing buddhist monks to marry will help reverse the trend.

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    Dear Tilak
    I am not sure how to respond to your article. Other commentators have already said most of what I wanted to say. However I want you to reflect and ponder on two points.

    First, have you weighed the impact what you are saying from the perspective of your host country? You live in a country that upholds the right of the individual, which includes religious freedom. Nobody stops Muslims from practicing their religion there; similarly Buddhists enjoy the same freedoms. If what you say is true the Christian majority should worry about the invasion of Buddhists to their country.

    Second, it is also a country that abhors racism at least on paper, with a proper mechanism in place to keep racism in check. Have you considered what those around you think of your racist views? Have you considered how your friends and colleagues would treat you knowing your point of view? I am sure most would ostracize you unless of course you live among like minded individuals.

    I can only feel sorry for people like you. We expect those of you who live abroad to bring those values of tolerance having benefited from the largesse of your host country. Despite improving you economic conditions, you have laid bare the emptiness of your life bereft of even the basic human values.

    Thank you for making Muslims stand tall among puny people like you!

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    Nabil, When this gentleman explain the conflict between Sinhalese and muslims with real staticstics and what might happen in the future if the current trend go on, he is a puny person to you. You or any other critic here just merely condemn this gentleman and his views without proving nothing. Husni jabir and safa comment but their logic beyond convince.

    I appreciate your courage Thilak Samaranayake and we looking forward more from you about these important matters in future.

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    “Their participation in any sport in the country is practically non-existent”
    Is this guy for real? Obviously muslim participation in any sport will be very poor, they are a minority! Must have failed maths in school.

    Also do names such as TM Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof, Riza Mubarak ring a bell?

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    When Muslims are not in the majority, there is always trouble. France, Germany, Spain, England, Australia, United States, India, Russia, Nigeria, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, Burma, Italy, Canada (recently a plot to blow up a train was discovered here).

    When Muslims are in the majority, things are hardly better. Indonesia, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Egypt,Gaza, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Turkey (look at the Armenia genocide), Saudi Arabia (most backward state on the planet).

    Obviously the problem is not BBS. The problem has to do with the issues that the author highlighted: lack of birth control, failure to integrate into the larger community in any meaningful way… along with other issues: lack of women’s rights, a need for specially prepared food, and a religion that is dogmatic from start to finish.

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      Lester

      “Obviously the problem is not BBS. The problem has to do with the issues that the author highlighted”

      Are you or have you ever been a Tamil Saivaite secret admirer of V Prabaharn?

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      Have we had the problems in SL with Muslims in the past ?

      How dare you say- that Germany, France and the mentioned european countries have problems them being the minorities ? Political manchinations have handled them properly as far as I am aware. That alone shows that we in SL, our current regime is incapable of handling it as EU, US and other developed nations do.

      I have enough friends from Turkey and several other countries Islam is their main religion – but none them seem to have problems. It is fully wrong to mix up all these together. Palastinian, Afganistan, Pakistan problems are country and nation specific problems. Not only islamic countries, there were also religous riots where Hinduism is there.

      What do you say about Malaysians ? Their population is almost comparable to that of lankens, have they been facing troubles. Are they not a predominant muslim nation ?

      All your comments do prove – BBS are just an another violent group to be born through the monk unrest in the country and comparable to what was emerged in the country as youth unrest in late 80ties.

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        Muslims in Germany have failed to integrate. Here is how Soeren Kern describes it:

        A national debate is raging in Germany over Muslim immigration. The issue is drawing attention not only to Germany’s broken immigration system, which for many decades now has failed to integrate Germany’s Muslim population, but also to Germany’s demographic time bomb, which is significantly accelerating the pace of Muslim immigration.

        The debate is also exposing deep rifts between Germany’s politically correct elites, who for years have tried to silence discussion about Muslim immigration, and vast numbers of ordinary Germans, who are becoming increasingly uneasy about the social changes that are transforming Germany, largely due to the presence of millions of non-integrated Muslims in the country.

        As for the rest of Europe… Italy has had to deal with thousands of illegal unskilled immigrants from Libya, France has had riots, England and Spain have seen bombings, Denmark has seen riots, and Norway and Sweden have been subject to a rape epedemic, in which most of the perpetrators were Muslims. Switzerland, meanwhile, voted to ban minarets.

        Now you are suggesting that Sri Lanka follow the EU’s example in dealing with Muslims? If the EU, with the best system of benefits in the world, has failed to integrate its Muslim population, despite spending billions of euros, what makes you think poor Sri Lanka can succeed?

        Sri Lanka will face the same problems as the EU, once its Muslim demographic reaches the same level. Now is the time to take action, which is why we should be supportive of organisations like the BBS that are highlighting the pertinent issues.

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          But the SL Muslim population isn’t immigrant, the way the German one is. So almost all of your points are invalid.

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          Lester,

          Why don’t you just shut up. No one buys your arguments coz they make no sense! At least keep your arguments relevant, and focused.

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            The truth about Muslims is obviously not friendly. But you cannnot hide it using fatwas.

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              LESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

              Albert Einstein

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              @ Ayman,

              Great quote from Albert Einstein. Now please explain why Einstein cannot visit Mecca (if he was alive today), or worship at a synagogue in Saudi Arabia.

              Also explain why your Sunni brothers in Hamas are committed to the full and total destruction of Israel.

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    The good kind of gentle and respectful sort of buddhist monks are the rarity in the country today. So no talks about good lay people, because buddhists monks then played a greater role in building the society. Decades ago, lay people were taught in buddhism if monks are dresseed in safron robes, as SANGA they should be respected; even kneeling down to their feet, offering alms to a regular manner. In my younger days, monks were highly respected in the country. We the born buddhists were taught to respect to their SIVURA (safron robe). Buddist monks were not loud mouthed as BBS monks have been. Nor were the hate speech holders. Regardless of the location, be on urban or rural areas, monks played a huge role in building the society. Almost every full moon day/nights, regardless of being urban or remote areas, temples were regarded as most sacred places. I now believe they were ones who sacrificed it as psychologists and family coucellors to the their lay people. In western countries, the societies consists of psychologists and sociologists in buiding their societies. But the role of them were fulfilled by the Buddhist monks then in SL. As one who has been living out of the country for the last few decades, I feel today, there has been a greater change of all these. This are reasons our society to become upside down by today. No good educated are in their due place in society, though statistics of the graduates are on a rise, the density of the professionals is low compared to civilized past of the country: Average politicians are not exemplary.
    On a video in which BBS monks attacked lay people or the other way around I was surprised, my god, how these monks have changed their patterns in the courese of last 3 decades. On onehand one should not blame them for that, it is the society that has changed to date, entire society s been changing further- unfortunatley not to the positive side- no respect and dignity for the human life is given a place..

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      Islam does not conquer through peaceful means. I suggest you do some research into Gandhi and his betrayal by Jinnah. If Godse had not assassinated Gandhi at the precise moment he did, Pakistan would be two or three times as large today.

      In fact, I suggest these monks recieve some kind of training in self-defense. Colonel Olcott may have been interested in debate, but Colonel Ali is only interested in fighting to the death. Yesterday’s visitors are not today’s guests.

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        This Lester fellows name props up ever so often like a yo-yo whenever the BBS- Muslim issue is being discussed. I wonder if he is really a sincere BBS supporter or as his name suggests, a die-hard, dyed-in-the wool Catholic with a penchant for thrashing anything Islamic. Such fellows are born fakes and use the back of one community to climb over another, both of whom they equally hate. The BBS better be aware of such Greeks bearing gifts because, Lesters next target will surely be the BBS itself. Remember the Catholic Church and its sordid conversion policy? Fr Le Goc et al.

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          @Ahmed Faraj:

          Instead of beating around the bush, why don’t you explain why Muslims chose to have their own nations of Pakistan and Malaysia. It shows the true motivations of the ummah , and their superiority complex.

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        Except that the Muslims are not visitors. Like most of your theories, this too is built on nonsense.

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          David ,

          I certianly agree with the points you make. To tell the truth i have never been a supporter of BBS and never will be. i dislike what these monks say and totally against insulting muslims and the religion they practice. But one thing pains my heart most is the vandalism of some of the buddhist temples by some muslim villagers in east and central province. I understand Kuragala has both a muslim and a buddhist heritage. But what about the places like Devanagala? Muhudu Maha viharaya?
          Dont u think muslims especially educated ones who talk abt religious tolerance should see what these ppl are doin too.
          It is true BBS get some gov support, but i see that as an attempt to control BBS cos gov fear they will spin out of control. As long as there are vandalism of buddhist places of worship in remote places facist fellows like BBS will continue to attract followers.
          I have seen u are varey knowledgable on many issues in this country. what are ur thoughts abt it?

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        Islam does, but some muslims may not conquer through peaceful means.
        This is common to all other religions too. Having spoken with some Vietnamese buddhists yesterday, they added me there are no such violence vented by buddhist monks in that country. Latter was the case with lanken buddhist monks until BBS supproted by GR and the fraction emerged to destroy OUR BUDDHISTIC VALUES in SL. Recent activities carried out by BBS activities in SL made clear to everyone that they are just hatred mongers trying to live up it under the shadow of buddhism. Each of the individuals that lead BBS should be studied closely by lanken intelligence before sending them out of the country to allow them spread their violent programs. People inlcuding myself being outside cant know much about the ground reality in the country.

        In fact, Palastenian and Afganistan wars are not ONLY based on reglious reasons but several other factors. Just looking at the surface of their ethnic problems, it is not right to accuse entire MUSLIMS on this globe that they have been violent. This you and the ilke could do, but right thinking sane would not.

        This is common to our ethinic problems prevailing in the country too, IC could just see it simple, but our ethinic problems were not originated yesterday but since the independence. Colonial masters should be charged for all these to have sowed the seeds of all these problems not only in srilanka but whereever they colonised. Even developed honkong has got these problems though their ideologies seem to cover up them.

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        YOUR IDIOCY HAS NO LIMITS. YOUR HATRED FOR ISLAM AND MUSLIMS IS SUCH THAT YOU JUSTIFY AND APPROVE THE MURDER OF MAHATMA GHANDI.
        YOU “PUNK”, YOU ARE NOT HUMAN, NOT A BEAST EITHER.

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          I have nothing against Gandhi, except that he did not know how to deal with the Muslims. If someone like Bose had been there instead of Gandhi, there would be no Pakistan today.

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    In order to see the credibility of muslim community’s business abilities, we do not have to go too par. Please read everyday news papers in Sri Lanka. So that you can understand, how they make money and get integrated with society. I will give a few examples below:
    1. The biggest VAT fraud in Sri Lanka was committed by Muslims in collution with a Sinhalese Tax Commissioner.
    2. The biidgest unauthorised ciggeret import from Dubai was done by a Muslim business man in Sri Lanka recently.
    3. The imporatation of illegal abortion injecttion last wee done by a Pakisthan Muslim.
    These a few examples. We read these things every day. The best thing that 90% of the Sri Lankan population should do is to economically starve this selfish community . Then they will realise the imporatance of practising moral business values and integrating with Sri Lankan culture.

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      Just implement the law, Sir

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      but in reality the biggest fraudsters in this country continue to be sinhalese ne. Especially the ones with power. Do u get my point? The one who distribute drugs in Colombo night clubs is a son of a ill famous minister who gets into disputes with every one. Actually fraudsters are in every community. where it has gone wrong is our system and law is not implemented properly. So ill natured people take the opportunity whatever the community they come from. So i dont see the point in painting a whole community with one brush.

      Lets make this country governed with law and order properly where every one is held accountable regardless of his ethnicity, political power and wealth.

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    This writer seems to be ignorant about sports history of SriLanka when World title of Billiard & Snooker was taken by A.J.M Lafir, look at wrestling & Boxing histories represented by Sheriff brothers of Zahira college were national representatives for Asian wrestling Championships & Halladeen brothers for Boxing & Judo.
    3/4 of national soccer players were Muslims during Hasshimdeens era who was best SE Asian Goalkeeper, also many represented Rugby & Cricket as mentioned by previous comments.

    Check the track records of leading Soccer clubs in SriLanka like Saunders, Sunrise, Victory, Ratnams Sports Club etc

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