20 June, 2021

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Will Gota’s Ali Sabry Match Sirimavo’s Badiudin Mahmud?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The appointment of Ali Sabry (AS), as the only Muslim minister in a 26 member cabinet, by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR), amidst stiff opposition from hardline Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist, who obviously wanted a Muslim-free cabinet, has provoked some controversy about the appointee’s future role in the government, service to his community and contribution to the country.

Already, a few have drawn a comparison between AS’s appointment as Justice Minister and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s (CBK) appointment of Lakshman Kadirgamar (LK) as Foreign Minister, and they conclude that both were appointments intended primarily to implement certain hard and controversial decisions by their governments that would hurt the interests of the respective ministers’ communities, Muslims and Tamils, more than anything else. In terms of the intellectual and professional calibre of the two ministers none can find any shortcoming. However, LK’s crusade against the LTTE made him, in the eyes of Tamil nationalists, an enemy of the Tamil community. Similarly, GR and his cabinet are under pressure from Buddhist supremacists to enforce the principle of One-Country-One-Law, which would mean not only the abolition of Muslim personal laws, such as the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), but also a review of the rationale for the existence of Muslim madrasas and even Muslim public schools. Will AS be the man to carry out some of these radical measures? Will he get the support from his own community to push through such changes? Only time will tell.

Apart from AS and LK there was another minister, Badiudin Mahmud (BM), appointed as Minster of Education between 1960-1963 and 1970-77 and as Minster of Health between 1963-65, by Sirimavo Bandaranaike (SB). In a few media interviews and public speeches, AS has shown great admiration to BM. It appears that BM was a good friend of AS’ father. Therefore, it is worth reminding him of how BM achieved what he did and the circumstances in which he operated.  Just as Sabry was appointed amidst bitter opposition from hardline Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists, so also was BM, who faced a similar environment at later stages in his career, arising from both within and outside the cabinet. And, just as GR appears to be solidly behind AS so was SB behind BM. 

However, 1970s were fundamentally different from 2020 and after. True, there were elements from both Sinhala and Tamil nationalism conveniently joining hands with elements from Muslim conservatism to attack BM and the backing he received from SB, but the nationalists at that time especially from Buddhist quarters were not as vicious, parochial and bitterly anti-Muslim as their current avatars. It is this aggressive transmutation of the character of Buddhist nationalism that will make AS’ ministerial position more challenging and his ability to serve his community highly circumscribed.           

As far as BM was concerned, he was essentially a patriot and a visionary. He was able to serve his own community at multiple levels without sacrificing his own stature as an uncompromising patriot and an unrelenting supporter of progressive and modernity. His was an illustrious career as a minister and community leader, which cannot be condensed and explained in a few sentences or paragraphs. Yet, one or two milestones from his twelve year ministerial history would reveal how tactfully he achieved what he wanted. As the Minister of Education, he was singularly responsible for the nationalisation of private schools and as the Minister of Health he fearlessly implemented measures to abolish private practice by medical doctors. Of course, these were reversed later under the UNP government. However, in implementing those and other controversial measures, particularly in education, BM did not have the full support of his own community.  The court battle over the takeover of Colombo Zahira College illustrates his community’s opposition. There was another issue, the introduction of music and dancing as part of Muslim school curriculum, which earned him the wrath of all conservative Muslim elements. Even one of the then budding Muslim leaders at that time, who later created a Muslim political party, joined hands with the mullahs to condemn the minister.  Similarly, the Tamil community never supported BM and when he introduced the standardisation scheme for university entry he became the inveterate enemy of the Tamil community especially from the north.

Above all, as a Muslim visionary BM wanted to change the public image of his people as a ‘business community’. He wanted to lead his people on a different direction and in line with changes taking place at the national level. It was with that aim he once invited all prominent Muslim leaders in 1972 for an afternoon tea at his residence in Colombo and warned them against joining the reactionaries and opposing his government’s economic reforms. He encouraged the leaders to look out for other avenues for economic survival. On his part, he chose education as one avenue and through that wanted to create a Muslim community with a class of scholars, scientists and professionals. Today’s Muslim Maha Vidyalayas and the nucleus of a Muslim intelligentsia are silent testimonies for BM’s vision. In doing all this he carried the full confidence of his party leader, SB.       

BM’s main worry was not about the opposition from the majority community, which with the support of his Prime Minister he was able to overcome, but from his own community. It was to counter that opposition he created the Islamic Socialist Front (ISF) behind which rallied Muslim teachers, students, professionals and Muslim youth in general. It was the rising popularity of ISF that provoked the UNP, under one of its stalwarts M. H. Mohamed, to create the Anti-Marxist Front behind which all religious conservatives flocked. Is Ali Sabry’s National Muslim Collective Forum a new version of ISF? Let history judge. 

To cut this discussion short, GR’s AS is energetic, intelligent, professional and like SB’s BM, he wants to pull the Muslim community along a new direction without undermining GR’s own vision of a “disciplined and virtuous” society. Yet, the challenges facing him are formidable. Sinhala-Buddhist ethno-nationalism and Islamic conservatism are just two of them and they are diametrically opposed.  There is also in addition the issue of reconciliation with the Tamil community. GR believes that economic development in the north and east is the only way to reconcile. This will be problematic because it is like putting the cart before the horse. Can AS be a bridge builder between GR and the Tamil community? Being the only Muslim minister in the cabinet it will be interesting to watch his performance against all odds and see whether he could match SB’s BM. At the end of all what BM did to advance the status of his community that community rejected him when he decided to contest the election in 1977. So much for Muslims’ gratitude and AS should be well aware of this fact.

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

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    Mr Ali

    Thank you. My Father worked with Hon BM in Hon SB’s government. My Father had a lot of respect for him not only because he is a Muslim but a great Professional/Patriot/Visionary met his job scope and delivered social justice to all. Tamils did not oppose Standardisation but the FP worked on it as that is all they did/know all their life find fault and capitalise for their own survival…have you seen them running NPC..no one to blame so the CM cooked up new resolutions whilst failing to perform the job function……nothing to do with Tamils….please do not generalise Tamils….FP politics is a party politics period. This generalisation of people with Muslims/Tamils/Sinhalese need to stop in all our mindset because this is what doing all the damage to the Nation please. You can take pride in our Justice minister for being Muslim but I do take pride in the fact a young and Talented SL being appointed to do a vital roll play to serve all our people.

    If we do not tag people then you will find more and more people from all background will find positions because it will not be discussed on this basis antagonising each other.

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      Anyone with a bird brain would get it easily, no point of talking facts and figures, because whole lot of people would not care much. Even if their lovely ones would have been raped and murdered, people would not care much.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRYLk7TCzmA
      If bitch’s sons would wear wrist bands to the manner Rajathuman wears it, those punnakku eaters just emulate him.# No need to write much, look at the picture. Are there anyone on the picture to be treated with some respect ? Criminals have become leaders of this country as if they are pvt owners of the island-srilanka.

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      In 1977 Premadasa contested against SLFP’s Alhaj in Colombo Central. Premadasa won. SLFP failed to elect a single Muslim in 1977. That proved how useless BM’s policies or whatever he did. Simply useless. They failed to impress Muslims and others.

      Sirima’s foolish decision to restrict Israel to appease Muslims also backfired.

      1970-77 regime is the most hated of all regimes. Hopefully 2019-24 regime will be as hated as that one.

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        it is quite obvious the GR has appointed AS to change the Muslim laws and create “one country, one law” AS like like a blind man walking into a ditch going to fall very soon. He will the the curse for the Muslim community

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    For Ameer Ali it is OK to identify and depend brutal Muslim laws such child marriages, suppression of women and implementing Sharia law but it is not acceptable to identify customs of Sinhalese Buddhist supremacy. Both notions are wrong, So he is one of the pundits who stir racial cauldron repeatedly in his articles.
    Ali Sabry is young , educated , progressive minded lawyer and he qualify to be a Minister thousand times when compared with rest of uneducated thieves in the ministry. Ameer should know he is not minister judiciary of Muslim community but minister for all Sri Lankans. You are corrupting the minster by asking special favors for Muslims.
    Whatever we say he has to be loyal his Boss GOTA and he will protect all corrupt activities done previously by Gota, Mahinda, Wimal and the rest.
    But he can make judicial process efficient, prevent unnecessary delays in legal system, make sure efficient impartial people get appointed as judges, prevent financial abuse of ordinary people by lawyers and so on . At least if he could do that I will take mt hat off for him.

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      Lol more than 70% of the underage marriages in sri lanka are in the sinhala buddhist community. Before you come to talk others about morality go see what is happening in the villages in your community. I’ve heard first hand how sinhala buddhists see prostitution as a legitimate source of employment. How pathetic, reality seems to evade many in these times

      Only criminals (which sri lanka has a surplus of) oppose the harsh punishments in other legal system. XD

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    Seriously? So now Gota and AS are good just because he is a Muslim. This is why moderates cannot unite to topple racist Rajapaksas. They are always undermined. If Muslims have Muslim law and Tamils have Thesawalami law, why not Sinhalese have their own law? Call it Bumiputhra law.

    Surely the right thing to do is One Law for All. It is ridiculous to have different laws for different people in the same country. If we cannot live in one country under one legal system, we should divide the country.

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      Sinhalese Bumiputras? From when did descendants of immigrants from TamilNadu/Kerala( Majority) and Bengal/Odisha ( Minority) become original sons of the soil ?

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        who is Original? Rawana is real Original, who kept a long time under him for what purpose? Boyfriend keeping Girlfriend to play “ata bola”. Who knows Sita was pregnant to Rawana?

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    If anyone who is wondering who is “Badi”
    .
    http://www.ft.lk/columns/Badi-revolution-and-its-disappointing-aftermath/4-659815
    .
    “Badi revolution and its disappointing aftermath” by Dr. Ameer Ali.

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      S. C. Passqual

      “If anyone who is wondering who is “Badi”

      So Just as Sri Mao the Weeping Widow using Badiuddin as her handbag to bulldoze most unethical, unreasonable, unpopular, ….legislations through parliament Gota the Single handed strongman discovered Ali Sabry hit the minorities, well Muslims should be aware of the fall outs from action/inactions by mavericks.


      Will he now challenge his colleague bigoted Channa Masala Jayasumana?

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      Dear SCP

      Thank you for sharing.

      A very well written article by Mr Ali capturing the moment/spirit of a National Patriotic figuare from a Muslim community working to close the gap productively for his community too and the Nation at the same time utilising the opportunities he worked in a productive way.

      This also highlight the opposite up North when my Father and others doing the same they had to duck and dive the bullets from the unelected FP/TULF Ratha Pottu Mafia Thugs to serve our people. They did not know how to diversify the economy then nor do they know what to do with the NPC now?? They are still elected and looking for all the lost life’s god willing???

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        Dear SCP

        I also admire Mr Ali for writing such a wonderful article in 2018 with precision-clarity-focus about a Sri Lankan Muslim Minister serving his community and the Nation and record facts, conflicts, approaches in a very comprehensive way reminding the new generations how things were then. Taking pride in his fellow man who walked the talk du diligently to deliver yet accepting the challenges for the new Hon Minister as it was faced by then the Muslim Minister too. From Hon Badi’s haydays 40 years on & few more riots that we did not have from 1958 to 1977 until the Rather Pottu Mafia brought the guns into the arena and the ensued war.

        Look at the way history is being recorded/collected of their elected up North..turncoats/traitors/assassinations/rewriting histories/foreign embassies/evictions of Muslims all being going on since 1970 this then got escalated to the East and then to the South.

        We have not been solution oriented/blind leading the blind.

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    Mr Ali
    You were comparing two muslims ministers (BM and AS), but the conditions and challenges for the two are completely didderent the only factor that is the same for the two is that both are Muslims. BM as minsiter of education did a lot for the muslim community such as building many secondary schools for the muslim community
    through out the country and more importantly allowing muslim students to study in English where as the other communities have to study in their mother tongue. This gave a big advantage to the muslims to enter foreign service, employment in many private institutions which wanted their officials to have the ability to read ,write and speak English. Not only that standardisation of university entrance, which was welcomed by the sinhala majority while opposed by the Tamil minorities. So BM was able to satisfy the majority community and also his community. Where as AS has to face the glamour to enforce the principle of One-Country-One-Law, which would mean the abolition of Muslim personal laws, such as the controversial Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). So AS has to work against his community to satisfy the requirement of the government he servers. Will he be able to do this? He has a big challenge as opposed to BM who had it plain sailing. Only time will tell.

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      Dear Umberto

      I was wondering if the TNA can make some suggestions to close those gap you have quiet rightfully identified please.

      If the North and East were to be merged be it devolution or separatism TNA would have had a solution the issues you mentioned above and wondering what they would be and if we can apply the same for the One Nation trouble shooting please.

      The way I see this is we all do not know how to deal with these conflicts nor do we give full moral support to the elected who is charged with the responsibility then how can we solve any issues for that matter?

      It would be great if Mr Ali also can make some suggestions too.

      Is a sincere question from me as the same issues are faced in very many countries of secular settings and how are they dealing with them?? should we follow the same path or are we doing something g different?

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        Mr Venugopal
        Did you read my comment fully and did you understand what I wrote. I have my doubts.What are the gaps i pointed out. I wrote the the ministers ( BM and AS) challenges are quite different and you cannot compare one with the other. BM did a lot of good deeds for the education of the muslims and deprived the Tamil students from entering the universities in SL by introducing a quote system. That is one of the reasons for your father to send you to UK for your education. Where as AS has to deal with issues that will go against the wishes of his community. Whether he will do it or not depends on his character that is why I wrote we have to wait and see.
        For your information I have no contact with TNA, if you want their involvement you have to ask them directly, I think Mr sumanthiran will oblige you knowing you are the son of late turn coat Thiagarajah who jumped from ACTC to SLFP and when the lost power to UNP.
        good luck.

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          Dear Umberto

          OK your answer is we will wait and see.

          Thank you also for confirming how fraud my father and myself are too etc.

          Excellent.

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            Dear all

            Can someone else help me understand the TNA plan (be it separatism or devolution) to address the Muslim question politically and to accommodate the religious needs etc at the same time in the North and East please.

            I AM SURE IT CAN NOT BE WAIT AND SEE policy?? nor is for the Sinhalese to resolve??

            Has any articles / links to the TNA solutions/interviews by Hon Sampanthan/Manifesto(s) bring clarity explaining in absolute details about the plans etc??

            Please help.also note analyst Umberto comments earlier too when the same question was paused tq.

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              What did happen to all the Muslims evicted from Jaffna who moved to down south?? have they all returned back to their homes etc?? Did NPC fix this issue??

              I am a bit uneducated in this area can someone help me please.

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    Let us get something straight.
    Badi-ud-din was a long time SLFP member who was there even before Sirimavo.
    He used his position to help Muslims in education. But the few serious mistakes he made cost the Muslim community some good will.
    The comparison fails take into account a political climate where Muslims are badly isolated, for reasons outside their control.

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      You are right SJ . Ali Sabri may not be a good choice to serve his
      community and maybe he was not selected for that purpose . His
      selection could be for anything but Muslims . Rakapakshas
      election victories are purely based on civil war results ! They don’t
      have a vision for the country , So they will have to keep on
      developing “communal divide” further and further every time
      there’s issue about the economy ! And in the meantime there will be
      enough of Ali Sabris to replace this one . Muslims have been clearly
      separated from the Majority Sinhalese for power by the Rajapakshas
      and after coming to power they won’t and can not reverse the
      divide and neither the majority nor the Rajapakshas want this ! This
      Ali Sabri is going to end up just another puppet like many others !

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    Ali Sabri is a poor guy.he will get to know the real face of RAJAPASAS in time to come within next one year.once he helps and get all files withdrawn from respective department under him in relation of RAJAPAKSE FAMILY such as TAJUDEENS,EKELNAGODA,LANSANTHA and few others and after making sure all ways are cleared for their future RED CARPET.HE WILL BE TREATED LIKE SAJIN VASS GUNAWARDENA and will be dumped in the garbage bin once their objective is fully reached.then it will be too late for ALI SABIRI AND WILL HE WILL BE CALLED ALI SAKILI BY YELLOW ROBS.

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    SJ
    for reasons outside their control.?
    Have you visited Kattankudi?

    Soma

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      soma

      “Have you visited Kattankudi?”

      Have you?
      Unleash your potential.
      Unleash your bigotry with gusto.

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      Soma
      I doubt if you have visited either. I know several who are familiar with the place for a long time.
      The isolation I refer to started much earlier than you suggest.
      What developed in Kaaththankudi was a stupid response to a string of attacks initiated by various groups whose names you know against Muslims starting with Mawanella, in CBK’s time followed by various boycott campaigns and reaching a peak in Aluthgama.
      Kaaththankudi is not representative of all Muslims, as much as racist violence against Tamils or Muslims is not representative of all Sinhalese and acts of terror by Tamil militants is not representative of all Tamils.
      Let us denounce all anti-people violence regardless of identlty of attacker and attacked.

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    Ameer Ali has thrown in a gem in trying to illustrate the appointment of Ali Sabry as the only Muslim minister. He has no hesitation in asserting that Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s appointment of Lakshman Kadirgamar as Foreign Minister was intended primarily to hurt the interests of the Tamil community.

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    He is more likely to be like Sirisena’s Mustafa.
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    Badiudin created the district basis to favour the Muslims, which the Tamils failed to see.
    /
    Mustafa tried and failed to re-engineer local government to increase Muslim electorates.
    /
    Sabri’s attempts are being watched by a panel of lawyers and monks.

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    Mr. Ali Sabri, addressing a gathering on the occasion of assuming duties, identified FOUR Govt. Institutions most “Corrupted”. What are those? (1) The Police (2) Prisons (3) The Govt. Analyst’s Dept and (4) Registrars of Courts. The reputed “Bar Association” present and ex-Presidents and other “Legal Luminaries were also present. The other “Non-Legal” “Luminary” present was “Prof. Rev. Medagoda Abeyatissa. Now, Mr. Minister, though it is a “Daunting Task” to correct those, (as stated by you) the President decided to put you in that “Chair” to “CLEAN” what you have correctly identified. Now the PEOPLE are waiting to see the “DELIVERY”. Please get cracking on the “JOB” assigned to you and I wish you courage and determination to put those “Institutions” to “RIGHT”. Three “Hearty Cheers” for you to succeed.

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      Simon ,

      There are 25 more Cabinet Ministries , I wonder Namal still didn’t
      find Sri Lanka Cricket A CLEAN SPORT ! And Mahinda will have
      the biggest shock ever , the Central Bank , what a mess , that
      Ranil the Bond ! Plenty of work to do man , plenty plenty ! Soon he’s
      going to go mad at seeing the whole treasury emptied ! Ali Sabri is
      not going to let anyone escape , any mother’s son I mean ! Watch the
      Tamasha !

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        whywhay: Thanks. I agree. The MESS the country was “FORCED” into by “YAMAPALANAYA” is not easy to clean. As Minister of Justice said, “It is a daunting task”. These “Statements” and “Findings” by the “New Ministers” are not those UNKNOWN to us. All those are “Media Gimmicks” and that is the “Cut & Paste” job of “Media Mafia”. But, the fact of the matter is the “Delivery” of the “Saubagy” (Prosperity) Dekma (Vision). Already, the President on facing the “Grads” who were protesting near the Secretariat said: “Go home. Don.t waste your time in the burning sun. I will provide employment to all of you”. Yesterday, the Cabinet decided to take in another 10,000 Grads and provide employment. As you said, “Tamasha” has begun. The country will be “DISHED” out to whoever who “DISH” out those “GENEROSITY” handouts sent in as a “Trojan Horse”. Is that the “Tamasha” you want to watch? Have a nice day!

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          Simon ,

          Thanks for your reply . Yes , you guessed it , just one part of the
          “Tamasha”. If you watched Sabri on Swarnawahini’s Silanka
          Next , you already had reached a comparison of what he says
          about the Muslim votes and what Daya Gamage’s assessment
          about how Muslims voted to SJB ! Who is the veteran politician
          here , Daya Gamage or Ali Sabri ? Who is then intentionally
          lying here to mislead the general public ? Daya’s assessment is
          beyond any doubt everybody’s guess ! Ali Sabri is trying to score
          without batting ! Everybody , even a child in our country knows
          about Lawyers , why should I waste time ? You won’t have to
          wait longer to see their Gimmicks ! The gang is so obsessed with
          it , they can’t wait to show it off ! I give you a Brainy , just and just
          put aside one percent of the population is CLEAN folks ! How much
          is that ? Do you honestly believe we have that much of Honesties ?
          If that is the ground reality then what nonsense is this Gotasabri
          blabbering about ? The whole country is corrupt ! That is the Truth !
          Enjoy the season !

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            whywhy

            Is there any opportunity for minister or functionaries of Ministry of Justice to make/generate extra income?

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              Hi N V ,

              One of the many answers for your reasonable question I
              can give you is an example from a former Minister in
              Mahinda Cabinet , Piyasena Gamage ! He was reported
              by the Media as having said that he had to pay some Rs.
              250,000, to get a child enrolled to a popular school ! While
              he was not in the basket of rotten eggs of former Mahinda
              Cabinet , his life out in the public was same as the rest and
              he obliged with it ! My point is about the life in general .
              And my direct reply to you is NV , very simple ! What do you
              mean by “income” ? When you find the definition for “income”
              you definitely have the answer NV ! We can dig in deep but I
              have strong confidence in the ability of NV not to travel that
              far ! Thank you for your interest .

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    Why is no one talking about how, in campaigning for GR before the Presidential election, Ali Sabry warned–and implied to–a group of Muslims in a public speech that if they didn’t vote for Gota they would face GR’s wrath? That if they didn’t vote, GR would unleash his thugs and there would be loss of lives and property.

    This was conveniently ignored and, now with GR as President, the man has become Justice Minister, while the Viyath Maga toadies have to be content with non-cabinet Minister positions. Wijedasa Rajapaksa is not in the cabinet either. He was another toady who took care of the Rajapaksas and prevented any serious action on the corruption and crimes of the family even as he was Justice minister in the Yahapalanaya government. It was a government that came into power with the overwhelming support of the Tamils and Muslims and owed a basic duty to the voters to ensure prosecution and justice. But WR, perhaps with the tacit support of RW, prevented it.

    The current outcome is a fitting comeuppance to one set of toadies and corrupt politicians. The new toady riding high from his lawyerly depravity, will face his moment of truth soon enough.

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      Agnos
      Do you think that anyone in the UNP leadership including SP was serious about addressing Tamil grievances?
      The TNA should have learned it even as late as when Chandrika’s watered down package was torched in the house.
      *
      GR has played his cards better than expected, for he can afford the ‘risks’.
      Even the national list appointment for Suren R. is a powerful blow to the TNA and its nationalist rivals. The government now has one each from the SLFP, EPDP and SLPP (nominated) for the Jaffna District.
      The SLPP has also fared better than the TNA in the East.
      *
      Overall GR has managed to give an impression to the outside world that he is more accommodating towards the minorities. The reality is something else and how it unfolds is for us to wait and see.
      *
      Loyalty is rewarded in many ways.
      Let us not rush to conclusions based on cabinet and ministerial appointments alone.

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        SJ,

        It reminds me of the time when Srimavo had Alfred Duraippah, Chelliah Kumarasuriyar supporting her in the early 1970’s. And K.T.Rajasingham played a role as a key organizer, but known as corrupt.

        I brought up WR because news reports said that when he was denied a cabinet position, he told the Rajapaksas about how he saved them as justice minister. I have no illusions about GR.

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          Agnos
          There are also differences to note.
          AD was a man with a sound support base. He owed Sirimavo no favour.
          CK was a very capable engineer (a first class graduate and contemporary of Prof. S. Mahalingam). Sirimavo needed Tamil representation in her government at a time that relations with the FP were cold, especially since 1965. The FP saw him as a threat, but he was no Duraiappah to be any such.
          I do not see the significance of KT Rajasingam here.
          *
          I did not object to the points that you raised, but drew attention to another dimension, that to say GR has done something clever (good, bad or ugly is another matter) to seem secular without being so. (You will know that Modi has done similar things with token Dalits and Muslims.)

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        SJ

        “Overall GR has managed to give an impression to the outside world that he is more accommodating towards the minorities. “

        Outside world knows more about Gota than his own people or the people of this island as he has been playing a key role in delivering global agenda from 1987 to date. The outside world rewarded him in many ways and continues to reward him, an useful idiot just like VP, both very fond of portraying themselves as single handedly strong patriots.

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      “Why is no one talking about how, in campaigning for GR before the Presidential election, Ali Sabry warned–and implied to–a group of Muslims in a public speech that if they didn’t vote for Gota they would face GR’s wrath? “
      Agnos,
      By many chances, Ali Sabry could turn out to be Muslim GLP nothing more. If he says to Muslims to be warned about a person, who was described as Hitler, by his own supportive monks, it alone is not good enough to accuse him on anything else. He a toady, in your term, but may not be anything more. Alfred, Kumarasuriyar, Thiyagarajah, V. Ponnar, Shanmugathasan et al was capable destructive faces used as axe handles by Siri Ma O to wipe out Tamils from government. Ali, at this time, has not shown any violent or poisonous nature to compare him with Badiuddin, Hakeem, Rishard, and Hezbollah. You may want to evaluate Ali only with the plain and simple warning he gave to Muslims, without any concoction or manipulation. You may not like it; it may be politically incorrect; but when he was giving out that advice, Ali felt like a PC Lawyer- Uneducated Muslim client relationship. We ended up interpreting it a lot, but there was really nothing, but a simple warning. Pls Wait for the rest.

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    ” Badiudin Mahmud (BM), appointed as Minster of Education between 1960-1963 and 1970-77 and as Minster of Health between 1963-65, by Sirimavo Bandaranaike (SB). “

    Amir;
    You said it very well. Thanks for Badiudin’s nefarious activities as a education minister, many Muslim;semi-literates and less qualified got into our university education system and to some top government jobs. Only those who benefited from Badiudin’s warped and adulterated education policy could speak well and compare to the action of current regime.
    Yet, you forgot to say Badiudin created the ideal environment for the Educated Tamil youths to revolt against the government of Sri Lanka.It was Badiudin who set the policies of denying thousands of Tamil and Sinhala youths entering the Universities. Tamils were set against Sinhalese by Badiudin. He may be a hero for you, Rishard, Hakeem, Mujibur, Azad Sali and Marikkar and alike, but for Sinhalese and Tamils he is a traitor. Let me be blunt Baduidin took the advantage of an illiterate Prime Minister and planted the seeds of terrorism in Sri Lanka.

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    This is from an email I got from another SL lawyer.

    Ali Sabri was cleverly planted in his current role by the past regime and its sponsors. How did they do it? They filed many court cases against GR. Ali appeared for some of these free of charge! (No free lunches). He came to know many confidential matters about GR. Now GR fears AS. Nice clean trick by the last regime to leave a Trojan horse after it is gone! Come next presidential election he will be very useful for the UNP. By then he would have extracted many help from GR too!

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      GATAM,
      Your lawyer should take to fiction writing rather than spending time sending emails to you!

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      G,
      Nice plot, but come next election, and if it comes at all, there may be no UNP.

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    There is only 01 Muslim cabinet minister because people (including Muslims) rejected all other Muslim leaders. AS is smart intelligent and impartial and he has proven it and that’s why people voted him in. Now his duty as JM is to serve the country and justice, establish one country, one law policy. Only extreme uncivilized, uneducated psychos that want child and forced marriage, less freedom for women, sharia law, low class madrassas when there’s an opportunity to have a good free universal education, jihad and ISIS followers don’t want the system changed.
    It is best for Muslims in Sri Lanka to integrate in to society by uplifting their true educated leaders instead of Jihad and ISIS following extremists who will destroy the community with their idiotic support for extremism.
    Now that All Sri Lankans have forgiven Easter Sunday attacks and trying to forget those unfortunate incidents and it is the responsibility of the Muslims to make sure that no any such activity will ever happen on this land again. That’s the only way to reconcile and Muslims have proven that through this election that most of them have got nothing to do with these radical Muslim leaders who were in the last cabinet.

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      “Smart, intelligent and impartial?” and “GR toady” don’t go together.

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      AS is smart intelligent and impartial and he has proven it and that’s why people voted him in.
      Hari,
      If you are whitewashing, use lime, not the pigs wallowing mud.
      People didn’t vote him in, one thing and other is you don’t sound like have the morale and acumen to rate him as impartial.

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    Badiudin Mahmud was a man of standing and stature, representing the respected of that era. He is credited with a number of reforms made to the sector which he was in charge. The comparisons of present individuals with him made me sad. I do not wish to cast aspersions on anyone. But in reality if anyone tries to make a comparison it is like comparing the incomparable. When we think of some personalities of the yester-year we wonder how, times have changed for the worse. I respect the author’s scholarly attitude in trying to contrast and compare and that is how new discoveries and relationships are established. In my humble opinion it is degrading to compare BM with any one, say of his community, at present. I further believe that an honest present day politician of that community would not like the idea of him being compared with BM.

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