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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Colombo Grandpass Mosque was attacked by Buddhist mob

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கிராண்ட்பாஸில் பள்ளிவாசல் தாக்கப்பட்ட பின்னர் இரண்டாவது நாளான நேற்று முஸ்லிம்கள் மீது தாக்குதலில் ஈடுபட்ட இனவாதக் காடையர்கள்.


இந்த இனாவாதக் காடையர்கள் மீது எந்தவிதமான நடவடிக்கையும் எடுக்காமல் பொலிசார் வேடிக்கை பார்ப்பதையும் இதில் காணலாம்.
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Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque

A Buddhist mob has attacked a mosque in the Grandpass area of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, leaving at least five people injured.


Buddhists and Muslims clashed after the attack, and police imposed a curfew in the area.

Last month, a group of Buddhist monks had protested near the mosque, demanding it be relocated.

In recent months, hardline Buddhist groups have mounted a campaign against Muslim and Christian targets.

Several houses were also damaged in Saturday's clashes. Two of the injured were policemen guarding the mosque.


A Muslim resident of the area said that a mob threw stones at the mosque when worshippers were performing evening prayers, the BBC's Azzam Ameen reports from Colombo.


The police and special task force commandos were dispatched to the area and have been able to bring the situation under control, a police spokesman told the BBC. Read more from here>>>  (BBC)

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Sri Lanka Buddhists attack Colombo mosque

Sri Lankan police deployed commandos and imposed a curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood after a Buddhist-led mob attacked a mosque, wounding four people and reviving simmering religious tensions, officials said.


Two police constables guarding the disputed mosque in Colombo's Grandpass area were among those wounded and hospitalised, Colombo National Hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa said on Saturday.

"They had been hit by stones and also had cut injuries from falling glass debris," Soysa told AFP news agency. "We have two constables and two Muslim men admitted following the attack." Read more from here>>>  (AL-Jazeera)

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Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque, 12 injured

A Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Sri Lanka's capital and at least 12 people were injured, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority. A mob of Buddhists, who are mainly ethnic Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, threw stones at a three-storey mosque and nearby houses in a central Colombo neighbourhood during evening prayers on Saturday, residents told Reuters. Later, hundreds of Muslim residents took to the streets, some clutching sticks, to prevent any further attacks on their community, witnesses said.


Police reinforcements were sent and authorities imposed a curfew until Sunday morning. A senior member of staff at one of the city's main hospitals said 12 injured people, including two police officers, had been brought in. Three people were still in hospital on Sunday. Police appealed for calm.


"Support the police to maintain the law and order," Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon told state media. Read more from here>>> (Hindustan Times)

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 Sri Lanka told to prosecute mobs who attacked mosque

 COLOMBO: The US Embassy urged Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday to arrest and prosecute those responsible for vandalizing a mosque in the national capital.

An Agence France Presse (AFP) report said the Buddhist-led mob attack on the mosque at Grandpass district on Saturday has raised religious tensions and left the Muslim minority fearing further violence.
“This incident is particularly troubling in light of a number of recent attacks against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka,” the US Embassy said in a statement.

“Targeting any place of worship should never be permitted and we urge calm from all sides,” it added.
Sri Lankan police imposed a curfew on the neighborhood Saturday night and lifted the same on Sunday, but a police spokesman assured that hundreds of policemen, including anti-riot squads and members of the elite Special Task Force commandos, remained on alert in the district following overnight violence which wounded at least four people.

“The curfew was lifted this morning, but we have a strong presence in the area,” a police spokesman said.
There was no immediate reaction from the government to the violence. Read more from here>>> (Arab News


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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

On 18 June 2007, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 5/1 entitled “Institution-Building of the United Nations Human Rights Council” by which a new complaint procedure was established to address consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of all human rights and all fundamental freedoms occurring in any part of the world and under any circumstances. 

The complaint procedure addresses communications submitted by individuals, groups, or non-governmental organizations that claim to be victims of human rights violations or that have direct, reliable knowledge of such violations.

Like the former 1503 procedure, it is confidential, with a view to enhance cooperation with the State concerned. The new complaint procedure has been improved, where necessary, to ensure that the procedure be impartial, objective, efficient, victims-oriented and conducted in a timely manner. Read more from here>>>

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Muslims are the Present target group for Sinhala Hegemonic Nationalists

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State institutions in post-colonial Sri Lanka has been working within the general institutional framework of parliamentary democracy, yet this process took the character of an ethnic majoritarian democracy. The latter evolved in a context of the rise of Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism – the ideology which contained a political vision of using the state institutions to serve the interests of the majority Sinhalese community. Through this ideology, the state policies were specifically served the Sinhalese language, Buddhist religion and the Sinhalese-Buddhist culture.


The defeat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) and the regain of the LTTE controlled areas in the North-Eastern parts of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan army in the name of war against terrorism and the war for the unification of Sri Lankan territory have, in number of ways, paved way for the re-emergence of Buddhist ethno-religious hegemony and sentiments in Sri Lanka. Number of incidents has been justifying the exercise and dominance of majoritarian hegemony which really targeting minority communities and their religious, linguistic and cultural distinctiveness and identity. One of the minority groups which severely affected by these hegemonic politics is the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.


Muslims of Sri Lanka is the second larger minority community, comprise 8 percent of the total population are living along the territory of Sri Lanka, but scattered. They have a history of 2500 years in Sri Lanka where they have been living with majority communities in the country peacefully and maintained a harmonious relationship in every aspects of life. The history has recorded a number of incidents that the Muslim community has contributed in number of ways to unity, peace, social harmony and the national and territorial integration of Sri Lanka. However, unfortunately, during most of the nationalistic hegemonic periods, the Muslim were targeted and vehemently victimized by the nationalist groups. The major incident against Muslim community has recorded in the history was the anti-Muslim riots of 1915 which labeled the Muslims as exploitative foreign trading community similar to how Jews have been viewed in Europe. During the post-independent period also, numbers of incidents against Muslims were printed. An occurrence of a riot of the same nature as that of 1915 was the violence in 1975 when some Muslims were killed in Puttalam mosque due to a misconception that the Muslims were an economically privileged group and which fact fired the major motivation for anti-Muslim hatred. Likewise, there has been an unprecedented level of violent attacks, demonstrations and hate speeches targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslim population, mainly perpetrated by Buddhist-fascist fundamentalist groups. Those events have left the Muslims feeling afraid and vulnerable. The situation has become worse after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.


End of civil war in Sri Lanka has been marked by state-sponsored Sinhala Buddhist hegemony, the weakening of democratic institutions and rule of law, the constriction of civil and political rights. As how the Tamils were been targeted, the Muslim community’s personal values- religion, culture, identity, dressing, personal law were mainly targeted by the Buddhist nationalistic groups. The attack on a mosque in Dambulla of April 2012 by a mob led by extremist Buddhist monks has reignited concern about targeted violence against Muslim religious minorities in Sri Lanka.


In addition to attacks on places of religious worship, there are calls to boycott Muslim shops and establishments, all of which is increasing tensions, particularly in areas where Muslims and Sinhalese are live close to each other. The incidents against Muslims are widespread across the country and have picked up momentum during the last few months. The recent attack on the store of Fashion Bug, one of the big chain of textiles owned by a Muslim merchant shows that the attackers are not only giving threats to the Muslims but also they are ready to use violence over them and their properties. One of the major victories of the Sinhalese nationalistic hegemonic agenda was the lifting the Halal certificate by printing of ‘Halal’ Symbol, as an standard of product like, ISO to the product of iteneries of daily use.  ‘Halal’ is a Muslim practice since sixth century A.D. It is an Arab term used to mean ‘acceptable’ according to the Islamic religious fundamental’. It is a must for all Muslims to consume Halal items in eating and other purpose of their daily activities.  When many merchant companies wanted Halal certificate to sell and export their product to Muslim customers and to Muslim countries, government of Sri Lanka allowed the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the accepted authority concerning religious affairs of the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka, to evaluate and issue the halal certificates. However, by propagating as injustice practice which impose non-Muslims to buy Halal food and other items, these Buddhist nationalistic hegemonic groups, especially, the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (Buddhist Power Force) staged number of anti-Halal and anti-Muslims programs and finally were able to remove Halal certificate from printing in the product. These incidents were mainly looked at by democrats and moderates as one of the violations of Muslims fundamental and religious rights. Thereafter, the agitators are being claiming that they are going to work hard on removing number of their personal and cultural practices of Muslims namely, the Muslim personal laws, special dress code etc. It is a major challenge for the Muslim community living outside to North-East where the Sinhalese are living predominantly, to exercise their distinct religious and cultural practices and living with fear of unwanted and unexpected treats.


Muslims in North-East, particularly in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka where they formed a considerable majority say that statues of the Buddha and Buddhist shrines are appearing in places where previously they did not exist. In both the north and the east, it is common that, wherever a Bo tree is found, a Buddhist shrine is erected. It noted a “sharp uptick” in religiously-motivated violence and said the authorities are “passively and sometimes actively” condoning extremist Buddhist groups, such as the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ and the Hela Urumaya are the main groups behind the targeting of Muslims.


During these anti-Muslim sentiments and violence, the Sri Lanka government’s failure to take decisive action to protect religious minorities from threats and violence is undermining its claims to being a rights-respecting democracy and pave the way for another ethnic violence against Muslim which may create another possible violent conflict in Sri Lanka’s near future. (Colombo Telegraph)


*Dr. V.Sivayogalingam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Peradeniya,

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Worries of Bodu Bala Sena...


I really appreciate the critiques of my writing. I always welcome the constructive criticism. But such criticism should be an objective one not a subjective one. Of course my objective approach might be a subjective to you.   This occurs according to different perceptions of your understating.   But yet, we should all try to understand issues and problems in comprehensive ways. We should substantiate our arguments with evidence and logical reasoning.

The criticism that provokes our thought and stimulate our creating thinking should be recognised. But all these should be done objectively without any prejudice and discrimination within the etiquette of academic writing:  it is not my objective to make any communal division or social disharmony rather to enhance of comparative religious understanding. Please do not take my writing out of contexts; I have been calling for communal harmony and religious dialogues between different communities. It is not my aim to hurt feeling of any religious community rather I make staunch criticism of BBS group for its apparent bias and racial remakes.

I know well that Sinhalese race is one of the best races in the world: They are kind, compassionate and polite people. I do not say that but history itself testifies this. What happening now within the BBS group is totally a different matter?  I’m telling this because BBS has been expressing communal resentment and religious jealousy in its recent public talks and speeches. The entire world knows that. It is self-evident from their talks and speeches. It is self evident from their behaviours, actions and mentalities as well. Any sound person would agree with such statement. We know well that the majorities of Sinhalese people deplore the actions and behaviours of BBS.  I repeatedly re-iterate here that my aim is to expose the hatred of BBS rather than hurting feeling of people.

I never and ever generalise this issue with Sinhalese people.  I single out some policy statements of BBS for its bias approaches and attitudes.  I do not think that BBS represent the majority of Singhalese people. The majority of people do not subscribe to BBS view points. They do not endorse their ideologies, policies and perceptions. The majority of venerable Buddhist monks do not endorse the radicalism and extremism in any form. One could notice the clear disparity in the speeches of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of BBS and its President Venerable Kirama Wimalajothi Thero. While the venerable Kirama Wimalajothi Thero speaks with politeness and logic we notice the venerable Gnanasara Thero speaks with aggression and violence.  His speeches are self evident for hared. Please listen to some of speeches and talks to see how much aggressive are his talks and speeches. Is this Buddhist way of addressing issues and concerns? Of course not at all and majority of Buddhist people deplore these attitudes.

Of course, some concerns and worries of BBS are genuine and real.  They should address these concerns in proper and professional ways. They should address these concerns in democratic ways rather creating communal disharmony and pandemonium. They should address their concerns and their worries with the ministry of Buddha Sasena. They should address these concerns with the high ranking Buddhist religious authorities in the country. They should address their concern with the administration of the temples in the countries to find some of ways and methods to enhance their religious concepts.

They should not take the laws in their hands to address their concerns. They should not become a religious police to dictate what they want to the entire Sri-Lankan communities. A claim such as Sri-Lanka belongs only to Sinhalese is an unwanted provocation. This could take this country into one more communal conflict between Sinhalese and minorities communities. Just we come out of 30 years of wars.  Do we need such a provocative statement once again?

Of course we could agree with BBS in some of their concerns and worries. But those concerns and worries should be national concerns and national interests rather than communal concerns. If they are fighting for the rights of poor, needy and vulnerable in the communities these concerns and worries are genuine and real. The entire nation should support such a struggle, if they are fighting against all form of corruptions and social injustices we all should support such a good course. If they are fighting against all form of social illness such as drug addition and fraud we all should support them in this good work, if they are fighting against alcoholism and crimes we all should work hand in hand with them in these particular issues.

Our country faces many challenges today than ever before. It may be true that the war with LTTE is already over and yet, the country faces many economic and social challenges.  A large proportion of people suffer from abject poverty. People in the villages are struggling to make end meets in the life.  People are struggling to meet basic necessities of daily life. A large percentage of school drop outs do not get job opportunities and career prospectus. These are  clearly apparent in rural villages in some districts in Sri Lanka.  We should go to some remote villages to see the pathetic conditions of people in rural areas. For instance look at the conditions of Plantation Tamils in Estates. They have been dedicating for the economy of Sri Lanka for the last 6 decades and yet see the conditions they are living in today. In the same ways farmers of Sri Lanka are backbones of Sri-Lankan agricultural sector and yet, look at the conditions they are living in today.  Rather than addressing these fundamental problems BBS is engaging in communal racism. Ironically it is in the name of Buddhism and Buddhism has nothing to do with racism.

Any foreseeable danger comes toSri Lanka today not from Sri Lankan Tamil community or Muslim community in Sri Lanka rather it could come from Tamil Nadu in long run. With its 65 millions Tamil populations it could become a threat in a long run if Sri Lanka fails to establish good diplomatic and social ties with Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka has so far managed to build up good diplomatic relations with India and yet, our relation with Tamil Nadu has been not that good in recent time. No Tamil Nadu high ranking politician visited Sri Lanka and our presidents and PM are not yet, been invited into Tamil Nadu. This widening diplomatic gap should be worrying BBS and its cohorts rather than creating more communal disharmony between communities.

BBS is a real threat to national unity today. They create division between communities today. They spread hared among communities today. They spread lies and fabrications without any evidence.  The racial discrimination and racial prejudice of BBS can not be tolerated.  BBS should be dismantled in the greater interest of this nation. It would be a social and communal suicidal to go on this path of discrimination and hatred.  We all know that happened to our venerable monks in South India. Undoubtedly, it was reactionary violence of some Tamil Nadu people against what was going on in Sri Lanka on those days.   The behaviours of some of these BBS people could put communal relation in jeopardy in Sri Lanka.

Radicalism is radicalism and extremism is extremism, whether it comes from Muslims, Christians, Hindus or Buddhists, whether it comes from religious groups or political groups or from any groups, whether it comes from al-Qaeda or Taliban,  whether it come from BBS or for that matter from any religious groups.  The radicals and extremists have done more damages and more harm to Islam and Muslims today than any one else. In the same way all forms of radicalism that come from BBS should be rejected.

Sri Lanka is blessed with the existence of four major world religions. The different cultural and religious heritage beautifies Sri Lankan Multi-Cultural history. It should not lead to communal and religious conflicts at all.  It should enhance our mutual intercultural understanding.  Unfortunately, this intercultural understanding is lacking in Sri Lanka today. Our children have to learn all four major religions today.  Our children should know each other’s religious faith and practices.  This is not to indoctrinate one another with others faith rather to enhance mutual understanding between different faith groups.  Today we live in a borderless virtual world.  Therefore, we should understand each others faith and way of life. We should also appreciate other people’s way of life. In this way we could avoid social and communal conflict in Sri Lanka.  Our schools, institutions and universities have no such systems to learn and teach comparative religions. It is really a pathetic condition  of our educational system.   I shall give some examples of this cultural conflict to illustrate this point in my next week writing if God willing. (Dr. Rifai (Plus*))

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

முஸ்லிம் அமைசர் & பெளத்த பிக்குவின் வித்தியாச ஆர்பாட்டம்.....

முஸ்லிம் அமைசர் பாதை அபிவிருத்திக்குப் பணம் ஒதுக்கினார். பெரும்பான்மை இன அரசியல்வாதி அதனை தடுத்தார். பெளத்த பிக்குவின் வித்தியாச ஆர்பாட்டம்.









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Monday, 6 May 2013

அசாத் சாலி உண்ணா விரதத்தை கைவிடவில்லை: மகள் அமீனா

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பயங்கரவாதத் தடைச்சட்டத்தின் கீழ் கைதுசெய்யப்பட்டு தடுத்துவைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள அசாத் சாலி உண்ணாநோன்பைக் கைவிட்டுவிட்டதாக அரசாங்கம் கூறியுள்ள போதிலும் அசாத் சாலி தனது உண்ணா விரதத்தை கைவிடவில்லை என்று அவரது குடும்பத்தினர் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

தமிழ் முஸ்லிம் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் தலைவரும் கொழும்பு மாநகரசபையின் முன்னாள் பிரதி மேயருமான அசாத் சாலி, கடந்த வியாழக்கிழமை கைதுசெய்யப்பட்டது முதல் உண்ணாநோன்பு போராட்டத்தில் ஈடுபட்டிருந்தார்.

நேற்று மாலைமுதல் உண்ணாநோன்பைக் கைவிட்டுவிட்டதாக தேசிய பாதுகாப்பு ஊடக மத்திய நிலையத்தின் பணிப்பாளர் லக்ஷ்மன் ஹுலுகல்ல இன்று திங்கட்கிழமை நடைபெற்ற ஊடகங்கவியலாளர் மாநாட்டில் தெரிவித்திருந்தார்.

ஆனால், அசாத் சாலியின் உடல்நிலை இன்றும் மோசமடைந்துள்ளதாகவும் அவர் இன்னும் உண்ணா விரதத்தை கைவிடவில்லை என்றும் அவரது மகள் அமீனா சாலி தெரிவித்தார்.

இதேவளை, அசாத் சாலி மீண்டும் உடல் நிலை பாதிப்பு காரணமாக வைத்திய சாலையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளார் என செய்திகள் தெரிவிக்கின்றன..

அவர் ஏற்கனவே கடந்த வௌ்ளிக்கிழமை உடநல நிலை குறைவுகாரணமாக கொழும்பு தேசிய வைத்திய சாலையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டு சிகிச்சைகளுக்கு பின்னர் நேற்றைய தினம் வைத்திய சாலையிலிருந்து வெ ளியேறியிருந்தார். எனினும் மீண்டும் இன்று பிற்பகல் 4 மணியளவில் கொழும்பு தேசிய வைத்திய சாலையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதாக தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது.


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 மருந்து உட்கொள்ள அசாத் சாலி மறுப்பு!!!!

சுகயீனம் காரணமாக வைத்தியசாலையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள அசாத் சாலி வைத்தியர்களால் வழங்கப்படும் மருந்து மற்றும் உணவினை உட்கொள்ள தொடர்ந்தும் மறுத்துவருவதாக கொழும்பு தேசிய வைத்தியசாலையின் பிரதிப்பணிப்பாளர் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

உள்ளூர் ஊடகம் ஒன்றிடமே அவர் இந்த தகவலை தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

நேற்று முன்தினம் குற்றப்புலனய்வுப்பொலிசாரினால் கைது செய்யப்பட முன்னாள் கொழும்பு மா நகர சபையின் பிரதி மேயர் அசாத் சாலி சுமார் 30 மணித்தியாலங்கள் வரையில் உணவு,நீர் உட்கொள்ளாது இருந்துவந்ததை தொடர்ந்து உடல் நிலையில் ஏற்பட்ட நலக்குறைவு காரணமாக நேற்று தேசிய வைத்தியசாலையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டார்.

இந்நிலையிலேயே குறித்த வைத்தியசாலையின் பிரதிப்பணிப்பாளர் அசாத் சாலி மருந்து சாப்பிட மறுத்துவருவதாக தெரிவித்துள்ளமை குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.


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Sunday, 5 May 2013

On Azath Salley, NPC Election And The 19th Amendment

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You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” Malcolm X (Advice to Youth of Mississippi – 1964) 
 
Senior Journalist J Tissanayagam was charged with creating ethnic dissension, by a regime which included such apostles of reconciliation as Champika Ranawaka. Azath Salley has been arrested for fermenting religious disharmony by a regime which is providing succour to such proponents of brotherly love as Rev. Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thero.

If creating religious disharmony is really an issue for the government, it is not Mr. Salley who should be in custody but the likes of Rev. Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thero. 

Mr Salley was arrested because he made the cardinal error of criticising the Rajapaksas, because he had the temerity to take on the BBS. He stood up to the BBS while Muslim ministers maintained radio silence – probably because they know that the BBS is a Rajapaksa-monkey; and that any minority leader who opposes the saffron-mobsters engaged in Rajapaksas’ work risk imprisonment or worse.

Mr. Salley’s arrest probably has multiple objects. Perhaps the regime wants to frighten the Opposition into total inaction so that the 19th Amendment can be passed fast, with minimum fuss. Maybe the regime wants to send a message to all minority leaders about the costs of dissent. It might even be the essential first step in manufacturing an Islamic version of that old Naxalite Plot, which in turn can be used to neutralise Delhi, London and Washington (Delhi and London are important conjuncturally, vis-à-vis the Hambantota Commonwealth; Washington is important structurally because Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are US citizens while America is the favourite port-of-call, whenever President Rajapaksa has a health issue).
The arrest of Mr. Salley is unjust; it must be opposed unconditionally. Whatever Mr. Salley did in his political past – including his one-time support for the Rajapaksas – is of no consequence, now. He is a victim of Rajapaksa injustice and abuse, and as such deserves the support of all who care about democracy and basic rights.

We cannot remain silent and inactive about the arrest of Azath Salley, without encouraging the Siblings to reach even deeper depths of repression and impunity.

Protesting against the injustice done to Mr. Salley is an inextricable component of the struggle for Lankan democracy.

The BBS and its ‘Nationally Important Task’

The Rajapaksas may have saved the Hambantota Commonwealth by promising to hold Northern Provincial Election in September, but it is a promise impossible to deliver.

The Rajapakses do not want to share power with anyone, including the parliament, the SLFP and the judiciary. The Siblings cannot allow a provincial council which is not under their familial control to come into existence. The Ruling Family’s real problem with a TNA-controlled NPC is not that it will promote separatism but that it might strengthen national opposition and provide a rallying-point for Rajapaksa-opponents.

The Rajapaksas do not believe in the existence of an ethnic problem. According to their thinking, the Tamils were living in perfect contentment, until Tamil nationalists came along and sowed discontent. Eelam War erupted not because Tamils had real grievances but because Vellupillai Pirapaharan wanted his own state.
The Rajapaksa notion of how reconciliation should be achieved is dependent on this diagnosis.

Since Tamils have no legitimate grievances, a political solution/devolution is unnecessary. Any Tamil dissatisfied with the status quo is a Tiger by definition. The way to avoid another ‘problem’ is to adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards any sign of minority activity, from the very beginning. Hit hard, at the earliest possible sign of life, so that the minorities learn to curb their thoughts, mind their language, control their activities, and accept their secondary status – and even learn to live with the demented ravings of the BBS/JHU.

If the Rajapaksas hold the NPC poll in September, either the election will be violent, unfree and unfair; or the provincial council will be denuded of all powers. Since a violent election might create too many regional and international waves, the Siblings might opt for the 19th Amendment, so that limited political-devolution is downgraded into not-so-generous administrative-decentralisation and provincial councils become glorified pradesheeya sabhas.

Many minority parties belong to the UPFA. Their leaders hold ministerial/deputy ministerial positions. But a small measure of personal power and a limited capacity to advance themselves are all they really possess. The minority parties are mere show-pieces to bolster the Sri Lankan credentials of a Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist regime. In any case, even Sinhala ministers possess little actual power, because all power is concentrated in the hands of the Siblings and a few trusted acolytes.

That is how the Rajapaksas would want all Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim leaders and activists to conduct themselves. Anyone refusing to toe that line can face persecution or worse, be it the war-winning Army Commander or a one-time ally like Azath Salley.

The relationship between the Rajapaksas and Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists is a symbiotic one. Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism provides the Siblings with an attractive mantle for their naked power agenda. By attaching themselves to the Rajapaksa Juggernaut, Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists in turn have gained more power and influence than they ever possessed, including in 1956. Had the Siblings tried to impose familial rule without the cover of patriotism, they would have encountered far more Southern dissent. It is the Sinhala-Buddhist mantle which has enabled the Rajapaksa project to achieve hegemonic status in the South. Thus the Rajapaksas cannot ditch Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism anymore than Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists can ditch the Rajapaksas (as Gen. Fonseka found out to his cost).

As memories of the spectacular victory over the LTTE fades with time, the Rajapaksas need to deliver socio-economically, in order to retain their Southern hegemony. This means ensuring that the Sinhala South is given rapid and adequate access to the peace dividend, in the form of lower prices and higher living standards, less poverty and more employment, better educational and health services and improved opportunities.

But these developmental goals are unachievable under Rajapaksa rule, which prioritises guns and tamashas over rice. That prioritisation is inevitable; without a militarist conception of national security, the Siblings cannot justify the muffling of the media, the criminalising of dissent and the subjugation of the judiciary, in peacetime.

Thus the need to create a fear psychosis in the South, which alone can justify the continuance of impunity and excess. The BBS is a star player here; its Rajapaksa-mandated task is to create a climate of paranoia by fostering politics of fear, hate and hysteria.

According to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the BBS monks ‘should not be feared or doubted by anyone’ because they ‘are engaged in a nationally important task’. Indeed; this ‘nationally important task’ of the BBS is to keep Sinhala-Buddhists focused on Tamil enemies, Muslim threats and Christian conspiracies, to addle their brains with fear, so that they will not have time to worry overmuch about economic woes or develop the sense to see through the Rajapaksa façade.

Azath Salley, whatever his past mistakes, did the right thing by exposing these Rajapaksa machinations. That is why he is behind bars. And that is why his unjust arrest must be resisted. (By Tisaranee Gunasekara)


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This is a Do or Die struggle for the Muslim community of this country. – says; Azad Salley

Analysis>>> Do or Die struggle ..?....will not be successful/not good, if he knows 'political thoughts & history' and basic Islamic principles. '' Do'’....is islam, as we all have to DO something for Muslim community, but.."Die.." is not Islam. Killing himself is kufr motive. It is coming from Hinduism & wrong Indian culture.....So it is very controversial of his political actions, works, talks, motives, styles (emotional),..so on. But he is one of our brothers of Muslim society.

‘Doing politics’ without “PLDL” ('Political Leadership Driving License)' is an issue.....???. infact, we don't have any institution to establish "PLDL" in Sri Lanka & in the Muslim world. Specially every Muslims leaders should have PLDL  (Structural Learning Process & Eligibility test) as soon as possible. Says; M. R. Mohamed SCHOOL of Thoughts - UK & SL (A School of political, economic & social sys)

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Azath Salley Arrested; இதுவரை வேறு எந்த முஸ்லிம் அரசியல்வாதியும் எங்களுக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறவில்லை




முஸ்லிம் சமூக தலைவர்களுள் அமைச்சர் றிசாத் பதியுதீன் மாத்திரம் வெளிநாட்டில் இருந்து தொலைபேசியில் தொடர்பு கொண்டு தமக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறினார் எனவும் இதுவரை வேறு எந்த முஸ்லிம் அரசியல்வாதியும் எங்களுக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறவில்லை என்றும் அசாத் சாலியின் புதல்வி தெரிவித்துள்ளார்

 அசாத் சாலியை எவ்வித நிபந்தனையுமின்றி உடனடியாக விடுதலை செய்யுமாறு அமைச்சர் ரிஷாத் கோரிக்கை!

பயங்கரவாத தடை சட்டத்தின் கீழ் கைது செய்யப்பட்டு நான்காம் மாடியில் தடுத்து வைக்கப்பட்டிருகின்ற கொழும்பு மாநகர சபையின் முன்னாள் பிரதி மேயர் அசாத் சாலியை எவ்வித நிபந்தனையுமின்றி உடனடியாக விடுதலை செய்யுமாறு அமைச்சர் ரிஷாத் பதியுதீன் வெளிநாட்டில் இருந்து அரசை வலியுறுத்தியுள்ளார்.

முஸ்லிம்களுக்கு எதிராக பல்வேறு ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்களையும் நெருக்கடிகளையும் மேற்கொண்டு நாட்டின் அசாதாராண நிலைக்கு குந்தகம் விளைவித்துள்ள பொது பல சேனா உள்ளிட்ட இனவாத அமைப்பினர் எவரையும் இதுவரை கைது செய்யாமல் அவர்களது இனவாத நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கு எதிராக குரல் எழுப்பி வந்த ஒருவரை கைது செய்திருப்பதானது எந்த வகையிலும் நியாயப்படுத்த முடியாத ஒரு செயலாகும் எனவும் அமைச்சர் ரிஷாத் பதியுதீன் சுட்டிக்காட்டியுள்ளார்.

அதேவேளை அசாத் சாலி கைது செய்யப்பட்டதை அடுத்து சிங்கள சமூகத்தைச் சேர்ந்த அரசியல்வாதிகளான ரவி கருணாநாயக்கா, டாக்டர் ஜெயலத் ஜெயவர்த்தனா, கலாநிதி விக்கிரமபாகு கருணாரத்தினா உள்ளிட்ட அரசியல்வாதிகள் ஆஸாத் சாலியின் வீட்டிற்கு சென்று ஆறுதல் கூறியுள்ளனர்.

எனினும் முஸ்லிம் சமூக தலைவர்களுள் அமைச்சர் றிசாத் பதியுதீன் மாத்திரம் வெளிநாட்டில் இருந்து தொலைபேசியில் தொடர்பு கொண்டு தமக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறினார் எனவும் இதுவரை வேறு எந்த முஸ்லிம் அரசியல்வாதியும் எங்களுக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறவில்லை என்றும் அசாத் சாலியின் புதல்வி தெரிவித்துள்ளார். (Via FB)


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ஜம்மியத்துல் உலமாவின் கவனத்துக்கு!

எங்கள் மதிப்பிற்குரிய ரிஸ்வி முப்தி அவர்களே நபிமார்களின் வாரிசுகளான
உங்கள் உலமா சபைக்கு கட்டுப்பட்டு நாங்கள் நடந்தோம் நீங்கள் இக்கட்டான
சூழலில் சிக்குண்டு இருந்த வேலை உங்களுக்காக குரல் கொடுத்தவர் இன்று
கைதுசெய்யப்பட்டு கூண்டுக்குல் உள்ளார்.

சமூகம் அச்சுறுத்தப்பட்டு பள்ளிவாசல்கள் உடைக்கப்பட்டு எங்கள் சகோதரிகளின் பர்தாக்கள் கலட்டப்பட்டவேளை நாங்கள் பாராளுமன்றம் அனுப்பிய பெறுப்புள்ள தலைமைகள் வாய்கள் பொத்திபொந்துக்குள் எலிகளெனப் புகுந்த வேளைஇறுக்கமுடன் சமூகத்திற்காய் குரல் எழுப்பி
இனவாத சக்திகளின் முகத்தின் திரையைஅறுத்தெடுத்த ஆஸாத் சாலிஅரசாங்கத் தரப்பினரால் கைதி ஆனார் . பொறுக்காமல் உளம் நொந்து புலம்புகின்றோம். 

அவருக்காக கூட்டுதுஆ பள்ளி வாசல் தோறும் ஐ வேலை தொழுகையின் பின் கேட்டால் எங்கள் உள்ளம் ஆறுதல் அடையும் குனூத் ஓத சொன்னீர்கள் ஓதினோம் நிறுத்த சொன்னிர்கள் நிறுத்தினோம் தலைவரெனச் சொன்னவர்கள் தயங்கி நின்றுதலை சொறிந்து தன் மானம் இழந்த வேளை தலை கொடுத்த ஆஸாத் சாலியை விலையேதும்; கொடுத்தேனும் மீட் டெடுக்கவிரைவாக நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.அலையெனவே திரளுகின்ற மக்க ளெல்லாம்அல்லாஹ்விடம் இருகரத்தை ஏந்த வேண்டும் அல்லாஹ்வை அன்றி வேறெதற்கும் பயப்படாதவன் ஆசாத் சாலி நபிகளின் வாரிசுகளான நீங்களும் அஞ்ச மாட்டீர்கள் 

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Salley’s Arrest: Commonwealth Leaders Must Take A Stronger Stand Against The GoSL – Amnesty International

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A prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested today in Sri Lanka must be immediately released or charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence, Amnesty International said.

Azath Salley, the leader of Sri Lanka’s newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance, was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday morning by the intelligence services for unknown reasons.

Azath Salley

Sally has been an outspoken critic of a Buddhist organization, Bodu Bala Sena, which has since February 2013 allegedly attacked Muslim and Christian religious establishments and agitated against certain religious practices.  On 29 April he told journalists he was in hiding because he feared for his safety after receiving threats in state-run media.

“Azath Salley’s arrest, and the harassment he has faced over the past weeks, is indicative of the climate of fear government critics in Sri Lanka are forced to live under. He must be released immediately or charged with an internationally recognisable criminal offence,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.

“He has been campaigning to end oppressive practices against minorities in Sri Lanka, in particular Muslims and Tamils, for which he has faced the ire of the Sri Lankan government.

“Salley appears to be the latest victim in the intensifying crackdown on dissenting views we have seen in recent years, motivated by the government’s desire to tighten its grip on power. Journalists, the judiciary, human rights workers and opposition politicians like Salley are among those who have been targeted through threats, harassment and vicious violent attacks.”

The Sri Lankan government remains set to host the Commonwealth Summit in November despite calls by Amnesty International and others for it to be relocated.

“Commonwealth leaders must take a stronger stand against the government’s violent repression of dissent and its persistent failure to bring to justice those responsible for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said Truscott. *Amnesty International Press releases (Colombotelegraph)

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Former Deputy Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council Azath Sally was arrested last morning from a hideout in Kolonnawa, for allegedly attempting to stoke the fires of ‘ethnic and religious strife and harm national unity.’ 
 
Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Director General Lakshman Hulugalle said Azath Sally was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department following several complaints received by the CID regarding conduct which could damage ethnic harmony, and harm national unity 

Speaking to the media, Hulugalle said that Sally was arrested ‘when he was absconding’, at premises No 25, Gamini Road, Sadamulla in Kolonnawa though his residence is at Number 6, Flower Road, Colombo 6. He was taken into custody under Section 120 of the Penal Code and provisions under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. 

Hulugalle said that Sally had violated clause 21 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and section 120 of the Penal Code. He (Sally) had incited people with the aim of causing damage to ethnic and religious harmony, in the guise of agitating against the government. 

The MCNS Director General further said that no ethnic or religious unrest has been reported under the leadership of the present President. 

Furthermore, it is the prime duty of the government to safeguard ethnic and religious harmony and no one will be allowed to cause friction between different religious groups and ethnicities. 

Sally is being questioned by the CID under a detention order. (Lakbimanews)


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