17 July, 2019

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Yesterday Tamils, Today Muslims & Tomorrow Who?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

From the time of SWRD Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over fifty years. That ultimately drove the country to a thirty year civil war, the cost of which is inestimable in real terms. The Tamil issue has now been exhausted and lost much of its voter attraction, although now and then certain political heroes of yesteryears are trying to revive it.    

After 2009 and especially since 2015 Sinhalese politicians were on the lookout for another target to launch a new scary campaign, and they found it in the Muslim community. Just as the Tamil threat was packaged and sold in terms of political and cultural domination over the Sinhalese, Muslim threat is now coloured in terms of commercial and demographic domination. Thanks to the Easter carnage by Zahran & co., details of which are painfully emerging, Muslim terrorism has added another hue to the anti-Muslim campaign.

In the meantime, none of the political parties are talking about the real issues such as the economy, health, education, the environment and so on, which are of more immediate concern to the people. Even in the past, except for the leftists, no other party leader ever fought an election battle focused on real issues. Today, all three parties that are vying for power, the UNP, SLFP and LPP are so unanimous in embracing the open economy paradigm that they are prepared to roll back progressively the public sector from economic participation and management. Therefore, they have nothing constructive to offer to the people except to sell the Muslim threat. One would have thought that at least JVP, with its romantic attachment to Marxism, would be a credible alternative with a constructive economic agenda. Disappointingly, that too is infected with the communal virus. The far right of course is bankrupt of any constructive policies. This then is the nation’s state of play today.

What will be the consequences? It was the continuous refusal to treat the Tamil minority with some dignity and agree to some form of power sharing that ultimately brought the civil war, and, as a consequence brought the Chinese to own part of Hambantota for ninety-nine years. Will they ever leave the country, God only can answer that question. Similarly, Indian influence in Sri Lankan affairs has increased quite significantly after 2009. It has become almost a ritual for Sri Lankan Presidents and Prime Ministers to visit Delhi to seek blessing from the head of that country before taking any action at home. Thiruppathy for religious blessings and Delhi for political blessings have become centres of political pilgrimage for Sri Lankan leaders.  

India wants to counterbalance Chinese presence in the island by acquiring long term assets at least similar to Hambantota. Prime Minister Modi did not visit the country last week just to say hello to Sirisena and company. Sri Lanka is well and truly trapped in Indo-Chinese geopolitics. With the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday the US, the third and a most powerful domineer, is bound to magnify the so called international Muslim terror threat in order to extract concessions for docking facilities to its naval fleet in Trincomalee. (After all it is US imperialism that produced the jihadists and counter-jihadists in the first place, and now the threat of international jihadism is a marketing tool for US foreign policy makers to gain permanent foothold in strategically placed and economically and politically vulnerable countries like Sri Lanka.) US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is soon to arrive following Modi. How long can Sri Lanka resist American demand and pressure? The country is now caught among three hegemons. 

Sri Lankan economy in the meantime, is paying a heavy price partly because of a dysfunctional government and partly because of continuing communal tensions and violence.  However much the Governor of the Central Bank may try to sanitise the parlous economic situation, and declare that the nation’s macroeconomic foundations are solid, the actual suffering of the people tell a different story. Daily escalating cost of living, mounting personal debt and rise in poverty rate, all leading to increase in suicide rate are symptoms of a rapidly declining economy. It is this economic hardship that is partly feeding the communal virus.  When there is plenty to go around in a family no sibling is going to complain when one of them grabs a little more. Only when there is little to share the quarrel begins. This is true of the economy as a whole. Throughout history when economies prosper and when there was plenty to share plural polities enjoyed peace and tranquillity. In times of adversity they faced upheavals and pluralism faced jeopardy.

This has been the story of Sri Lankan pluralism over the last several decades. Communalism weakens the economy and that weakness in turn feeds communalism. This link has to be severed if the country’s plural society is to survive. One country that realised this truth quite early in its creation is Singapore under Lee Kwan Yew. This was why in the 1980s when he addressed the nation he warned the Chinese majority not to turn Singapore into a Sri Lanka with their chauvinistic demands. By taking that stand he proved that he was a statesman more than a politician.

From the nineteen fifties and sixties and with few exceptions Sinhalese politicians blamed every other community for the development gap between the majority and minorities. Without taking hard decisions to close the gap they started cutting corners and played a zero-sum game with a communal bias. It was the Tamils then and Muslims now. Whom will they blame next, Indian Tamils?

The fundamental issue facing the country is nation building. The nation is already showing signs of a soft apartheid, and before it becomes hardened let sanity prevail and stop the nation from fracturing irreparably. Foreign powers would love this fracture because, they could play one against the other and continue to keep the nation poor, week and unsettled, so that local power holders would dance to the foreigners’ tune.

On the current anti-Muslim wave quite a lot has been said about the need for reforms within the Muslim community. But no community will undertake internal reforms when it faces existential threat from outside. In that context even advocators of reforms would be considered traitors by their own community.       

The country’s economy should be built and that needs the cooperation of all communities. An economy is not simply a matter of statistics and models but a lot more than that. It is all about people. They are the creators and beneficiaries of the economy.  When they live in fear and anxiety no economy can prosper. Those who are obsessed with preserving religion and culture must first understand that peoples belly must be full to practice the faith and enjoy culture. This is not to preach crass materialism, but to inject a rational outlook about human life. Sri Lankan politicians, if they really care for a better future for the country and its people they must expedite the process of reconciliation with Tamils and protect the Muslims from the hands of marauding thugs, some of whom are in saffron robes.

There are some positive signs such as for example, several civil right groups are coming forward to speak out against the divisive trend. Even some influential prelates are now realising that thing have goon too far and to a dangerous point. Sooner they all act together better for the nation to recover its prestige.        

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    “It was the Tamils then and Muslims now. Whom will they blame next, Indian Tamils?”

    Are we going back to 1948 ??

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      I think that, compared to the previous essay titled “Belief & Belonging, a Muslim Dilemma” by Ali, this is very poor. Even in the “Belief” essay, the omission of Shia Sunni conflict from the Muslim identity crisis was a major weakness. “What is next” has missed the target completely. May be b’cos his world view is kind of outdated, I guess!

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      first remember that Muslims of Sri Lanka killed over 250 Christians who are largely sinhalese. How many Muslims are involved in this conspiracy. We will only know when the investigation is over.

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        Leslie,

        Were they Muslims or Wahhabi Salafies and clones? Many Muslims cite the Hadith of Najd and claim that they are Satanis, Devil Followers. However , they claim to be Muslims, list like the Sinhala Buddhists like BBS Ganasara claim to be Buddhists.

        They all are Paras for sure.

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    We could say that yesterday it was Hindus, today it is Muslims and next in waiting is Christians. In fact, Cardinal Malcolm realised that that long time ago. Some Churches have been already destroyed and many priests have been attacked for going out for missionary works.so, it is very much clear that Buddhists are losing many of them for Islam and Christianity: Rather than looking what went wrong with Sinhalese people. with their religious teaching and religious practice Buddhists today find faults on others for their downfalls, for instance, see how many Sinhalese go to temple weekly or monthly or yearly. some of them none. So, why they feel jealousy of others going to churches or mosques. that is not Buddhist way of problem solving . They must see what went wrong with them. Why Sinhalese girls marry not Buddhists as they claim? if so they must find solution for that? if they think Muslim increase population , they should examine why? because, it is social structure, faith and culture of communities differ.Some Sinhalese families delay marriage of their daughters for many reasons… some of them do not like to have babies as westerners. now, what is the point in blaming others.

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      S/B distancing from the influence of Buddhist temples & monks is not a bad thing; as a matter of fact, rejecting dogmatic version of any religion & its supporting clergies has to be considered a good development. This has been the topic of very hot debate since the beginning of scientific revolution in the mid seventeenth century. In the sprit of this heated debate, T. H. Huxley who was known as Darwin’d bulldog invented the term “agnostic” to mean leaving the religion for clergies while scientists like him pursue knowledge. In Germany, similar debate existed nearly half a century under name German Ideology that that began with Kant & ended with Karl Marx. As a matter of fact, contrary to the popular belief, Marx animosity was not directed at religions which he believed gave some hope for helpless; rather he was only against the politically & financially powerful churches. In the modern world where there are various means available to access knowledge, Buddhists don’t have to rely solely on clergies who have become non-practicing preachers of dogmatic version of Buddhism in order to learn & practice true Buddhism any more. That is b’cos Buddhism is intelligence based religion; not a faith based religion that made meeting agents of Gods essential to obtain blessings.
      This also explains why the majority of S/B families pay attention to family planning & distancing from gender discrimination. These are good social habits came to SL with western culture. S/B communities learned them from their neighbors who became Catholics. Treating women as second class members in their own families & communities cannot be considered as civilized practice in the modern world. This must have been OK in the old days in ME where people lived in very harsh environments both socially & physically. There is no need to keep these old practices that grew out necessities at the time & later became the part of the culture. In the modern world, any religion that try to protect now redundant old cultural habits will definitely fail.

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      Hello Tami land,
      Very true!
      Sinhalese Buddhists are responsible for bombing the churches.
      An excellent observation!!

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    Yes that is the question. Yesterday it was Ealam Tigers, today Caliphate Wahabis and tomorrow?

    Soma

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      Tomorrow it may be the Americans/Indians/Japanese/Australians, all of whom have a common interest in China’s expansion.

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        Are you writing from the Battaramulla drain Taraki? Good night.

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          Funny Fonnie, time to wake up. ‘Making predictions about the future of U.S.-Sri Lankan relations is a challenging task. However, there is little doubt that Sri Lanka holds substantial priority in America’s national security agenda, especially with the growing Chinese influence in South Asia. The implementation of this far-sighted South Asian foreign policy requires the involvement of shared responsibilities between various agencies in both Sri Lanka and the United States, which will create the necessary preconditions for the U.S. to secure a stronger foothold on the island nation’ This a quote from the Fletcher Forum. I assume you are able to understand it?.

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            ‘A SOFA agreement prevents US defense personnel from being prosecuted in a Sri Lankan court. Such agreements are dangerous because they provide many immunities and exemptions to US personnel. These include the ability to bypass all local licensing authorities, exemption from local customs inspections of US military equipment, and free movement of personnel throughout Sri Lanka.

            The first SOFA was signed in 1995 by CBK. The most recent SOFA has created controversy, with parliamentarians and other observers calling for more transparency.

            An ACCS agreement is for reciprocal logistical support, supplies and services for the military. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa bargained and signed an ACCS Agreement with the US in 2007 during the war with the LTTE.

            The US has used the Easter bombing to get Sri Lanka to sign a new ACCS agreement. We shouldn’t attack the US for encroaching on Sri Lankan sovereignty at a time when there are mutual interests but we should carefully studying the proposals and know where to draw the line.’

            This is a precis I made from an Asian Times article. I hope it helps your understanding of what is happening, Fonnie.

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            Taraki

            What all these security arrangements show is that this island is open for business 24/7/52, and blessed with millions of peace loving, whoring persons ready and waiting to service curb crawlers on the sea lanes of Indian ocean.

            Because of your proud Southern Sinhala/Buddhist (confirmed by Cardinal and Arab King of Kattankudy) heritage, not treating the folks well every Tom Dick and Harry who passes by this island feels it necessary to grope as many persons as possible.
            It appears the folks tend to enjoy it.

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        Yesterday Tamils. Today Muslims. All what was uttered against Tamils are currently repeated against Muslims. Tomorrow who? Malays and burgers are too small communities. So they not in line for next position. Definitely it will be Christians. In fifties there was a campaign called fight against catholic invasion. (1955 They even appointed a commission called bhuddist commission to look into that).Same thing was repeated during 2002 to 2005. Even anti conversion act was also proposed to prevent converting bhuddists to other faiths( Pioneers of that proposed act are now very activel in this campaign against Muslims )Once those so called die hard Sinhalese bhuddists patriots are done with Muslim episode they will turn to next episode. That will be catholic invitation.

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      Soma,
      Tomorrow it may be Militant Buddhists led by Budu Bala Sena.
      The BBS leader was given a presidential pardon & has promptly reverted to his true form.

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      soma,
      Pirabhaharan born in 1954. Sinhala only act brought in 1956. Tamils were massacred in 1958. SWRD was assasinated by a Buddhist monk in 1959. Was there any Eelam Tigers Yesterday ( 1948 to 1978 – 30 years)? In 1970, Buddhist Sinhala Youth took up arms and 10000 massacred by Srimawo Bandaranaiyake. In 1989 again Buddhist Sinhala Terrorism took over 60,000 Sinhala 1970 – 1990 – 20 years). Since 1983 to 2009 – 16 years, over 100,000 Tamils were massacred Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism.since 2009 to 2019 – 10 years Buddhist Sinhala Fundametalism against Muslims. How long you plan to continue soma this episode?

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      somass

      “Yesterday it was Ealam Tigers, today Caliphate Wahabis and tomorrow?”

      Day before yesterday, it was JVP’s (1971 and between 1987-1991), and tomorrow it will be Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

      Congrats you are blessed with selective memory.

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        Sorry Native I should have written ” Yesterday it was Utopian Che Guveras
        and Ealam Tigers …”
        If only you had this ability of fortune telling before the Wahabi bomb.

        Soma

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          somass
          -[
          Again congrats you truly blessed.
          I have in the past mentioned many times how the Muslims of this island are being Arabised through back door and the existence of an Islamic Republic in Kattankudy.
          You were paranoid so much that you missed the bomb blasts.
          You were only interested in the next riots not the big picture.
          You were so much into yourself you couldn’t see what was coming.
          You were so proud of your Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces, you forgot you were creating more enemies than seriously defending the people.

          Next time around it would be coalision of disaffected youth with the support of the ordinary people that you may worry about. You may have to seek refuge in India.

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    Dear Dr Dr. Ameer Ali,
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    Our country already owes you a lot for writing scores of articles, so incisively and with perfect balance for so long. I think that there are a few others from the Muslim community who have also been writing like this. As for me, I’ve been commenting under just the one pseudonym (with occasional revelation of my actual name) ever since Colombo Telegraph became readily accessible in January 2015.
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    Your analyses have always been unexceptionable; it gives me little pleasure to see that my pessimism has been shown to be justified. It may be sensible for you not to endorse any of the contenders for National Power, but I think that with Presidential Elections being the next major event, we can’t sit on the fence. Nagananda Kodituwakku seems to me our one hope.
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    Where voting is concerned there is this inertia within Sinhalese families. They have always voted SLFP (now read SLPP – the absorption is complete – whether Sirisena really inhabits a fool’s paradise needn’t bother us) OR the UNP. It is true that they are fed up with both lots, but almost all Sinhalese domonise the “other group” and may not “risk” casting a vote except for the “patron” of their family. Happily, rather more people than earlier now know that they have three Preferences at their disposal. We’ve all got to educate the ignorant. These London results may be easier to illustrate the system than anything home grown, since in all seven Presidential Elections since 1982 had someone topping 50% on the first count.
    .
    London Mayoral elections – current system employed five times so far: fairly similar to what prevails here:
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_mayoral_elections
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    tbc

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      Nagananda Kodituwakku is not president material. He does not have the leadership qualities of a president. If Nagananda becomes presdient we will end up with another useless president like Sirisena. We need somebody who is honest, intelligent and able. It seems that we actually do not have any good enough candidate from the established parties or Sinhalese. I think a person like Arun Siddharthan is what we need. He is not the sophisticated-polished type, but he is young, honest, extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and being Tamil he can be instrumental in building bridges between the communities. At present he says he doesn’t want to contest in the Presidential elections, but hopefully he will change his mind. I do not like Kodithuwakku and the impression I have of him makes me think that he will be more like Mahinda in Sirisena’s suit.

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    The irony in this country is for everything that goes wrong with minorities, Native Sinhalayo are responsible. Even if minorities get constipation, Sinhalayo are responsible for that as well.

    In a way, Native Sinhalayo are responsible for what they are going through now.
    If Sinhalayo allowed Portuguese to slaughter the Muslims without showing compassion and allowing them to settle down in interior parts of the country, Sinhalayo do not have to face the Muslim menace today.
    If native Sinhalayo chased all the descendants of Demala people brought illegally from Hindusthan by colonial rulers after British suckers left the country, Sinhalayo do not have to face the Demala menace today.

    Today, native Sinhalayo are suffering because of the blunders committed by Sinhalayo.

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      “Native Sinhalayo”… So even Mahavamsa is no longer in your equation…

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      Eagle Blind Eye, Dr Clean, SL Citizen, ……

      “Today, native Sinhalayo are suffering because of the blunders committed by Sinhalayo.”

      Then why are you blaming everyone except the Sinhala/Buddhists?

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      From ancient times, Sri Lanka was known by a variety of names. Thambapanni (Prince Vijay), Heladiva (Mahavamsa), Sinhale/Sihala Dipa (Deepavamsa), Lanka (Ramayana), Eelam (Tamil Sangam), Taprobane (Greeks), Serendib (Arabs), Mummudi Cholamandalam (during Chola rule), Ceilao (Portuguese), Ceylon (British), Ilankai (Tamil), Sri Lanka (Republican constitution).
      Throughout the entire history, right from the beginning, Sri Lanka which was known by all the above names had NEVER been mono-ethnic but was always a multi-ethnic land with many different races/tribes, and the best evidence to prove this is non-other than the Pali Chronicles.
      According to the Mahavamsa, before Vijay came from India, there were four different races/tribes in Heladiva known as Yaksha, Naga, Deva and Raksha (according to the ancient Indian Hindu, Buddhist & Jain texts, these same tribes were also living in India). Hela was not a mono-ethnic race but a nation comprising the above multi-ethnic races/tribes.
      According to the archeological/epigraphic evidence, during the early historic period the races/tribes that lived in the island of Lanka were Demadas, Kabojas/kambojas, Milekas, Muridis, Merayas, Jhavakas and the ruling clan was Lambakannas and Moriyas. It was multi-ethnic. Similarly, Sinhala during early historic period was a nation (not mono-ethnic) comprising of multi-ethnic races/tribes (including Vijay’s people, Elara’s people, Hela tribes and others).
      However, after the long Chola rule (Mummudi Cholamandalam, AD 993 – 1070) ended in Sri Lanka, a large part of the Chola Tamils (Saivate Hindus) neither returned back nor assimilated with the local Sinhala nation. Instead, they moved and settled in the North and created a new Tamil identity which later spread to the East as well. Several new identities came in after that, such as Muslims, Burghers and so on.
      Today the entity represented by the term Sinhala is very different from the early historic period.

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    Urgently and immediately the following crooks should be brought to justice and punished for what they have done to Sri Lanka.
    Culprit 1: Gota
    Culprit 2: Maithripala
    Culprit 3: Mahinda
    Culprit 4: Basil
    Culprit 5: Ranil
    Culprit 6: Ganasera Thero
    Culprit 7: Ranta Thero

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      I will never vote for these crook in my life..

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    I agree with the contents of Dr.Ameer Ali. The politicians were selfish and were not at all concerned with the economic development of the country. The Tamil politicians should be blamed for being selfish for failure to integrate with the Sinhalese. Likewise S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake too was selfish to capture power and resorted to communal cries. However, the disunity among the Sri Lanka politicians began during the British rule. Had they agreed for Federalism, today there would have been unity in diversity. Sir P.Ramanathan believed that Sinhalese and the Tamils can co-exist together. The Sinhalese have have taken adequate steps to strenghthen the unity between the Sinhalese and the Tamils after the 1917 Sinhalese and Muslim riots. Moreover, the Sinhalese should have accommodated the Muslims also for co-existence. But after the communal slogan spread by S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake eventually snatched his life too. The selfishness of all politicians eventually resulted in communal riots and the JV inurrections and finally ended up in the intervention of India when Wahabbism appeared to be a threat to the countries in the Indian Ocean and also for SAARC. The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord tightened the grip on Sri Lanka for not allowing room for religious fanaticism, though the Muslims were not in a position to opposed it. At that time no one uttered a word against the Peace Accord. Even the Chandrika Government let loose the Muslims, allowing the Ashroff to transport arms & ammunition to the East with their hidden agenda. She too never focused on economic development. Those (Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake along with prominent Tamil officers) who focused on economic development were murdered by political rivals and terrorists shot dead.

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    Sri Lanka’s Sinhalease Christians and Muslims hindus Weren’t Enemies, The division is set within Sinhalese Hindu Muslim christian ( Sri Lankans ) then US & China will dominated cornering the sri lankan , They will achieved by planting parliamentarian siding the big power china for economic purpose and US military intgelligent, When the big power dominated power the will kick the parliamentarian. (Eg Iraq Liblya Siriya ) Global governence Do not take it for granted that China is number two, and do not make the assumption that we will be the number one sooner or later.”

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      Incoherent!

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    Dr Amir.. If you have our Sinhala Buddhists in mind, you are sadly mistaken..

    Our Sinhala Buddhists may be silly asses.
    But they are not silly enough to blow themselves up even if they are promised Virgins before Blasting…

    And they have proved it twice although thousands of them got tortured and killed in cruel manner by Dr Ranil’s mates and Dr Ranil’s Cousin and Aunt’s mate in two tranches.-

    On second thought I am tempted to think they should have become Suicide Bombers and killed a few nasty bastards ,
    But then Suicide Bombers never kill the Crooks and the Wicked.. ,
    They only kill the innocent and the poor people in the main ..

    Look at the innocent civilians both local and foreign whom fell prey to Muslims Suicide Bombers.
    The same goes with the Tamil Suicide Bombers who killed ten to fifteen time more than the Muslim Suicide Bombers did.

    BTW, why Did Dr Amir drag the poor Estate Tamils into this shit fight between Dr Ranil.s UNP and his one time buddy Sirisena’s SLFP and of course Dr Amir”s whole Clan in and out of the UNP.

    Why would the Estate Tamils attack our Sinhala Buddhists in the villages when both are in the same Boat in comparison to the Yahapalanistas, UNP suckers Vella Tamils and of course Dr Amir’s Muslims…

    On a separate note what worries me is what Hezbulla told Dr Ranil’s PSC.
    That is the threat of a Blood Bath. if East is put together with the North under Dr Ranil’s Federal Constitution.
    Wonder whether Dr Amir knows about it?…

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      Amir,
      Muslims in Sri Lanka are very very cunning. That’s why in typical Sinhala household Muslims are referred to as “kapati thambiya” (cunning Muslim).
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      Now it’s evident Muslim politicians have faked their resignations and they are desperate to get their ministries back.
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      After Muslims killing 250+ innocent people and Muslim injuring 500+ innocent people, majority of Sinhalese can’t stand the sight of Muslims. Cunning Muslim have turned into barbaric murdering Muslim.
      /
      Death cult following Pig Saharan’s actions exposed cunning lying Muslims’ shenanigans over night. Now it’s hilarious to see cunning Muslims trying cover up their shenanigans UNSUCCESSFULLY.
      /
      Remember it is Sinhalese who suffered in hand of South Indian invaders, then in the hands of Portuguese, Dutch, and British, and then in the hand of the Malabari slaves (now they identify themselves as Tamils) that was brought by Dutch and British. Now Muslims want a piece of Sinhalese as well.

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        Johnny Boy

        “Now it’s evident Muslim politicians have faked their resignations and they are desperate to get their ministries back.”

        Aren’t you talking nonsense?
        It was the Sangha which is desperate to get them the ministries.
        Read:
        Sangha leaders urge Muslim ex-ministers to resume portfolios
        Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 01:05
        http://www.dailynews.lk/2019/06/06/local/187648
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        “Remember it is Sinhalese who suffered in hand of South Indian invaders, then in the hands of Portuguese, Dutch, and British, and then in the hand of the Malabari slaves (now they identify themselves as Tamils) that was brought by Dutch and British. “

        Why did they continue to suffer?
        Were they completely stupid?
        Couldn’t they keep their mouth and a**e shut.
        Sinhalese should refrain from associating themselves with Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

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        John

        What about JVP, Killing and know in good post

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        John, it is not that Muslims are particularly Cunning! It is Sinhala/Buddhists like you who are Gullible enough be taken in by Them!

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “If you have our Sinhala Buddhists in mind, you are sadly mistaken..”

      Who are these Sinhala/Buddhists?
      Are they the illegitimate children/grandchildren/great grandchildren of the public racist Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala?

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        Dear Native ,

        How come you keep getting it wrong all the time.

        Sinhala Buddhists are the decedents of the Balangoda Man and Princess Kuveni who was raped by that Hindian King’s Son..

        But that King in fact was not Hindian anyway ,because the Kings then in the North of India were the descendants of Alexander’s Soldiers and the Good Looking Nepalese women..
        And the crossbred Nobles of Greek Governors and Nepalese Princesses..

        I will give you a good clue mate.
        I am sure you are aware of our Sinhala cultural practice of spitting to nullify evil eye,
        Do you know that the Greeks even to date practice the same when they Christen their Babies in the Orthodox Church..

        What more proof do you need mate, that we not even North Hindians let alone the Dravidians in the South..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “That is the threat of a Blood Bath. if East is put together with the North under Dr Ranil’s Federal Constitution.”

      If I were in Ranil’s shoe I would immediately merge the two provinces in order to call his bluff and take the opportunity to hammer the Muslims as he did to LTTE and Tamils. and make you lot happy.

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        Native, this North East combine reminds me of the picture of two snakes each swallowing the others tail.

        Soma

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        Dear Native,

        Dr Ranil “Hammered Pirahapran and his Tiger Boys” Are you serious Native???

        May be you mistook Dr Ranil’s Feather Duster for a Hammer when Dr Ranil was smacking Pira, and his Boys while wearing his Fairy Suit..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Ranil had already done 80% of the work until he was sacked by Chandrika on the insistence of Hindians who also got Mahinda to bribe VP and defeat Ranil.

          LTTE started disintegrating and eventually imploded due to Ranil’s strategy of “co-optition”, sleeping with the wolf, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” Sun Tzu Mario Puzo, for splitting Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan from LTTE.

          Please note you don’t have to carry Ranil’s b***s, just get the facts in your head.

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    Talk about Islamophobia and blow up. So, it is TAQIYYA and MAD’RATI.. Muslims are worried about their businesses are not doing it. but, they or NGO Dollar Kaakkaas are not working about What happened to the country. Politicians like it, as it hides all other problems in the country. those who are responsible for it may be studying what else they could have done. Sinhalayo lost their country, lost their culture and everything and get the blame too.

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    Ameer Ali, You lament, ‘none of the political parties are talking about the real issues’. Your list of issues did not include ‘unity of Nation’. How come. (Let me continue on this towards the end of my comment.)
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    The real issues have always been there, Ameer Ali. They didn’t show up after the Tamils’ were silenced. Who are the Muslims. Aren’t they Tamils also? Tell me what is your first language. Muslims, by their own actions, and by their inaction, have made suppression of Tamils easy for the Sinhalese.
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    You have said very emphatically that improving the country’s economy would need the full cooperation of all the communities. I would like to reword it. Improving the country’s economy would require the unity of all the communities.
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    Now, to fulfil the promise I gave earlier. Ameer Ali, tell me. Did you not intentionally stay away from Tamils during your University days? You must, by now, know the part played by you, in the undoing of our nation.
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    Ameer Ali, You are a learned person. You are a person of standing. When we think of ourselves as Muslims and Tamils we bring on ourselves the humiliation we face.

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    Very Good article by the author. In this small island of Sri Lanka inhabited by 80 percent Sinhalese, 12 percent Tamils , 7 percent Muslims and the rest – Yesterday Tamil extremists wanted almost 50 percent of land and 75 percent of Sea, Today Muslim extremists want Sharia law, Hijab and Niqab with Islamic state, Where is the Sinhalese, moderate Tamils and Muslims going to live. Sadly today we are saddled with a weak kneed government catering to the western forces and trying to pawn our beloved country belonging to Sri Lankan Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils to foreigners. All those supporting these traitors and speaking for them will have blood in their hands of the patriotic children of ours who will fight for their country in the future. Whatever freedom of press let us do our share to preserve our country and its people.

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      Ranting of a Chingkalla Buddhist extremist with strange name called Suzy Wong. Only thing extremist is you and most Chingkallams and the Tamils were not extremist when they wanted their just rights and lands . It was their land not Chingkalla land and Thamizh were not asking for Chingkalla land only Thamizh land , It is Chingkallams who are using the power of the state and armed forces to steal Thamizh land. A few days ago Chingkalla president went to Thamizh Mullatitheeve under the guise of development and opened a new Chingkalla settlement that had never existed on an ancient Thamizh village called Amai Kulam and renamed it to a Chingkalla name calling Iba something or other and settled out of area Chingkallams on lands legally owned by Thamizh , many of whom still have their legal title deeds but are barred from returning to their village , which has now become Chingkallam with a Chingkalla name. This is what Chingkallams do even when the country is burning. Chinkkallams are not 80% but 74% and Thamizh only own 30% of the land and 60% of coast, it is their land and asking for it is not extremism , ecpecially when they face structural genocide. ethnic cleansing and discrimination at the hands of the Chinkallams. White racists in South Africa also used to say that Blacks asking for their rights are exteremists

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    Social & economic grievances of Minorities even majority populations can come up with brutal activities like suicide bombing but here it is not the case I feel. It is purely on religious matters. You can not impose minority religion doctrine on entire population.If you want to live under your religious rules & regulations you have to go to place where your religious rules & regulations is prevailed. like Saudi Arabia. If you live here you have to live under prevailing rules & regulations. you can not have your own rules. it should be acceptable to all. Here Islamist unrest due to their desire to have Islamic rules & regulations to be prevailed all over. That is religious fanaticism. That should be eradicated totally. No room for religious fanaticism here. All should be destroyed in any means. I suppose.

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    Ameer ALI: Tamils killed Sinhala people and they lost. Now, muslims killed sinhala people. You as a muslim lost, but to whom you are still licking without help from your relatives who has all the Oil money ?. You know it why do your oil money rich relatives do not help you. ? Your Arab money is destroying the peaceful world. what should happen to them one day. You know your life because you are a muslim. what did sinhala people do wrong. allowed both Tamils and muslims to expand as they wish.

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      Another Chingkalla racist clown posting lies and misinformation. Thamizh did not kill anyone , 90% of the Chingkallams killed by the Thamizh are members of the armed forces and Chingkalla thugs and criminals masquerading as civilians. It is the Chingkallam who are killing and chasing out every one and then claim victim status. Discriminate , steal , loot , ethnically cleanse , kill and deny just rights for the Thamizh and now Muslim and then blame everyone else and say how wonderful they are. OT marginalise and divide and rule the Thamizh , Chingkallams encouraged Islamic fundamentalism , radialisation and Arabisation and now it has gone out of hand and blame everyone else

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    Amir,
    Muslims in Sri Lanka are very very cunning. That’s why in typical Sinhala household Muslims are referred to as “kapati thambiya” (cunning Muslim).
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    Now it’s evident Muslim politicians have faked their resignations and they are desperate to get their ministries back.
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    After Muslims killing 250+ innocent people and Muslim injuring 500+ innocent people, majority of Sinhalese can’t stand the sight of Muslims. Cunning Muslim have turned into barbaric murdering Muslim.
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    Death cult following Pig Saharan’s actions exposed cunning lying Muslims’ shenanigans over night. Now it’s hilarious to see cunning Muslims trying cover up their shenanigans UNSUCCESSFULLY.
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    Remember it is Sinhalese who suffered in hand of South Indian invaders, then in the hands of Portuguese, Dutch, and British, and then in the hand of the Malabari slaves (now they identify themselves as Tamils) that was brought by Dutch and British. Now Muslims want a piece of Sinhalese as well.

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      Johnny Babay

      “After Muslims killing 250+ innocent people and Muslim injuring 500+ innocent people, majority of Sinhalese can’t stand the sight of Muslims.”

      Can they stand their own sight?

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    Tomorrow we will find someone else. You don’t need to worry about that Mister.

    I hace said this before in other forums and I will repeat it here one more time. We need to keep our Army engaged all the time. We need a war all the time to keep our Army up to date and ready.

    The Easter bommbings are a prime example of what could happen when the Army stays idle.

    We need to punch someone all the time. The boys in the Army needs constant exercise.

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    The author blames the Sinhalese for communalism. What about the total expulsion of Muslims from LTTE controlled areas? In fact, more Tamils chose to live in Sinhalese-majority areas than LTTE-controlled areas, during all phases of the civil war. What kind of “freedom struggle” is it if most of the people choose to live with the enemy? Secondly, which demographic is forming ethnic clusters in the East, complete with Shariah Law and Arab dress? These are Muslims. It is true that after Independence, the Sinhalese demanded certain privileges. This is because such privileges were denied to them during colonial times, at least to those who chose not to become lackeys. In any country, the majority will assert itself. There is no need to give 1/3 of the country to a specific ethnic group or have special holidays to commemorate 4 or 5 religions.

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    What about the 200+ Christians Killed by you people ?
    Your ultimate goal is to turn Sri lanka into an Islamic state

    You muslims are not one bit bothered about other races or religions.

    When your people were issued guns you people whent about terrorising inocent Tamil and Sinhala villagers.

    When your parlimentarions are given highlevel Ministires without giving those to Sinhala and Tamil more qualified people, what do they do?

    They only take care of the Muslims, They get to gether with shady muslim bussiness men and rob the country of tax revenue and do various mal practices that lower the reputation of Sri Lankan produce and ultimately hit the poor farmers and the Sri Lankan economy.

    They bring extremists into the country , why? could be for monetary gain from Sauidi Oil money.

    They plunder our national forest reseves and act without any respect for the country they were born.

    The majority has been watching You people very closely it is up to YOU Muslims , those who follow Islam to be genuin and do your bit to the country and integrate with the Sri Lankan society.

    Until this is happening a stern security plan should be in place to monitor the Muslims in Sri Lanka

    So that there will be no possibility of a coverdly attack (barbaric) similar to the Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

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    [Today, native Sinhalayo are suffering because of the blunders committed by Sinhalayo.]

    Moda Blind Eagle, please show me your native Sinhalayo. Lift your sarama and let me see him in all his glory. Dont talk rubbish man. Or correct it to native moda sinhalayo like you from normal sinhalayo living in Ilankai. What rubbish man. You simply assembled sinhala by looting from Vedda, Thamil, sanskrit, pali and talking of a unique native language. Culture and religion too robbed from veddas, Dravidians, and Lumbini man and then talk of a native Sinhala Buddhsit Race? Had you made a totally independent language without any stolen words and a religion totally different from say someone came from a different planet then it is different. You guys 100% stolen and then talk of a native language, native people and what not. How shameless one could be? Now there are serious allegations about the local Archaeologist’s findings pertaining to post Buddha Many truths that undermine sinhala uniqueness is hidden. Even same thing with dutte gamini’s ashes. For that matter Dutte was not a Sinhala but a Naga Tamil speaking King in pre-Buddhist Lanka. By trying to hide the truth and trying to create a boru kathawa you end up with making more lies and more mistakes that you can hide. Anaicottai man discovery recently and many other Brahmi tamil coins all over North and around even in down south foils your theory totally. But thanks to corrupt archaeologists and historians and being in majority and ruled by a corrupt sinhala government you hide the whole truth from unsuspecting and gullible sinhala masses. Sinhalas are brainwashed to such an extent that anything against minorities is considered as gospel. I still remember that in 1958 a sinhala kella (my friend then) lamenting that tamils were killing the innocent sinhalas. It is sadly their mind set. They are good people but have no ability to think, analyse, question or verify or study or have the guts to challenge.

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      Tamil ethnolunacy at its best….
       
      You Tamils had not even heard of our kings, Dutugaemunu, Devanampiyatissa etc etc. until the British started to translate our ancient chronicles. Now you have all these idiotic claims about our kings being Tamils and what not. And Dutugaemunu has become Dutte!? LMAO. You Tamils are just wicked and dumb. All your dumb claims just prove that you simply do not have a history here. Yalpana Vaipava Malai is more or less your history. It never states anything about Dutugaemunu and Devanampiyatissa being Tamils. It doesn’t mention anything about Nagas in this island being Tamils either. It says that you Tamils came after the Jaffna settlement started, and that is dated to late 13th century.
       
      What is “Anaicottai man” ? FYI Brahmi is a script, not a coin. You must know upto this day, there has not been found a single Tamil Brahmi inscription in this island which has been written here. There are some coins by Pandyans found here and a few by some traders.
       
      The main point here is that if you were native, you would not be speaking the language of Tamilnadu, but would have your own language as all other native peoples all over the world. This language difference between the Sinhalese and the Tamils is what is creating the ethnic conflict. Because there are simply no natural barriers in this island to contain and maintain two languages. If the Tamils are a native population, the ethnic conflict would not happen, since during the course of history, the languages would have developed to suit the natural geography and landscape of the island – namely the languages would have converged to form one language and one people.

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    John,
    The Sinhala race is a cursed race, if you are born a Sinhalese, then you are already a part of this curse and you have no choice but to suffer.
    As per the island’s history, brutishness, bestiality, incest, patricide and profligacy, were the stuff of our origin. It is said that, in her dying moments, Kuveni cursed Vijaya and the entire Sinhala race stating that no ruler would ever be able to rule the island without bloodshed and strife. Among the 194 rulers of Sri Lanka, 60 became king by murdering the predecessor, 53 became king by murdering a male sibling, 30 military men became king by murdering the reigning king, 5 became king by murdering their own father, 1 doorman became king by murdering the king, 1 queen killed her husband to take over the kingdom, 13 kings were killed in battle, and 11 kings were overthrown by their successors. Every South Indian invasion ended with enough bloodshed. Furthermore, we are historically a country full of frauds, thugs, criminals, rouges, rowdies, drunkards, rapists, murderers and racists, barbarians masquerading as Buddhists. On the other hand, the colonials identified us as foolish, lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited.
    Our people mixed with everything that landed on the Sri Lankan shores. Our history is filled with Vijay (banished profligate son of an incestuous marriage), Dushta or Dutta Gamani (fanatic-racist), Kasyapa (patricide), Saradiel (thug), Anagarika (Sinhala supremacist), JR (racist politician), Mahinda (political crook), Gotabaya (white van criminal) and a moronic citizenship that considers these same scum bags as their hero’s. Nothing to be surprised, 2500 years of ‘Buddhism’ in Sri Lanka did not make any major changes in our society in terms of attitude, character, behavior, and morality. We hide behind a heavy veil of pseudo Buddhism involving in rituals (much of which are copied from Dravidian Hindu practices) than the true wisdom and practice that Buddha preached.

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    Tomorrow who?

    The next minority that is long overdue for overhaul is our politicians.
    At least 85% of our politicians are not fit for purpose.
    They should be kicked out and asked to get proper jobs.
    Merit not arse-licking skills should be the highest qualification.
    Party leaders must take responsibility, and guarantee that no one rejected at the polls will get in to parliament on the ‘national list’.
    And there is more . . .

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    Tommorow, Terrorism of all manifestation will be annihilated and country will bring under one Common Law. No special practises to particular race, community or Religion.

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    Communalism begun during the British era you halfwit. It had existed way before 1956. Ponnambalam Ramanathan created the first ever communal party of Sri Lanka called the Hindu Maha Sabei sometime in 1920s. Read the books written by Jane Russell and other authors on the communal politics that had existed before 1948 instead of writing down nonsense. So called Tamil problem did not originate originated because of the 1956 language act. It’s another lie that keep telling over and over again. Tamil State party or ITAK was formed in 1949. SLFP was not even born yet.
    Which year came first 1956 or 1949 ? As the name suggests they wanted a separate Tamil country from the very beginning. Making Sinhala the national language is the right thing to do if one really respect the history of this country. Just look at the gazillions of stone inscriptions all of which are written in Sinhala. How many are written in Tamil ? 4 or 5 at best.

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    Yesterday Tamils, Today Muslims & Tomorrow Who? Who said we are finished with you? After killing 350 innocent Christians of this country, the account is not balanced yet.

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