Category Archives: reconciliation

Shihara Farook assails Extremism. A Biography and Counter-Current of Significance

Shihara Farook

After three days of crying and being angry I am going to start speaking my heart to all of you. You are free to share this as much as you want and with whom you want. I was born a Sri Lankan Muslim in a town called Gampola very near Kandy Sri Lanka. I was born into a multilingual household and have been trilingual from birth. In that town we had a Muslim majority. There were several mosques and my very large extended family lived sprawled all over the town.

Irfadha Muzammil ….. from https://www.yamu.lk/blog/contemporary-powerhouse-women-in-sri-lanka

At pre school age I was sent to a preschool in a local church . I observed the nuns quietly (Leon Chan and I were friends there as tiny tots) the nuns preferred to call me Fathima as it was a name of a Christian saint as well. They were peaceful kind and so calm! I had the most wonderful time of my life there! They ran an orphanage had some rabbits and made us all smile .

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, communal relations, democratic measures, female empowerment, Indian traditions, landscape wondrous, life stories, patriotism, politIcal discourse, reconciliation, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, tolerance, unusual people, welfare & philanthophy, women in ethnic conflcits, world events & processes

The Demons within Sri Lanka: Long-Term Methods of Abatement?

Michael Roberts

Here I reproduce the second half of a longer article presented in October 2018 where I pinpointed the hidden dangers to Sri Lanka resting within the implications of Mark Field’s visit to the island then — a conveying a message that was one part of the continuing Western nation-cum-UNHCR project to punish Sri Lanka and foist a devolutionary political system on the island. Obviously, this essay was coined before the explosive manifestation of another divisive time-bomb within the Sri Lankan body politic: that of Islamic extremists motivated by the Wahhabi ideology hostile to specific ‘pinnacles’ in any Westernized body politic – such as (a) the Papacy and (b) high-rise hotels marking wealth and ‘debauchery’.**

This traumatic moment on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019 reminds us of two earth shattering moments: the LTTE attack on the Central Bank in Colombo on 31st January 1996 and the Al-Qaida attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on 9th September 2001 (9/11 in shorthand).***

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Al Qaeda, atrocities, centre-periphery relations, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, education, ethnicity, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, jihad, landscape wondrous, language policies, legal issues, life stories, Muslims in Lanka, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, reconciliation, religiosity, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, social justice, sri lankan society, suicide bombing, Tamil Tiger fighters, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, vengeance, world events & processes

Bishop Illangasinghe’s Pastoral Sermon encompassing People of All the Faiths in Lanka

Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe, with this title in Colombo Telegraph, 27 April 2019, Post Easter Reflections 2019″

“Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”.   Luke 23:34

Sri Lanka is once again in deep shock and saddened by the attacks on the peaceful worshippers on Easter Sunday and the innocent visitors from abroad and from within Sri Lanka, who were at the hotels. The carnage is unprecedented in the recent times, when as a nation Sri Lanka was struggling to emerge from the depths of racial, ethnic and religious divide. This is the largest number of innocent civilians in the recent history of the country who have been killed in one day. It is the most vulnerable in the community, the women, young people and children, who have been mainly affected.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, charitable outreach, communal relations, cultural transmission, heritage, Indian religions, Islamic fundamentalism, jihad, landscape wondrous, life stories, meditations, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, reconciliation, religiosity, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, terrorism, tolerance, unusual people, world events & processes

A Muslim Lankan’s Thoughts on the Atrocities and Their Implications

Irfan Husain, in Sri Lanka Guardian, 29 April  2019, where the title isJihadis in Sri Lanka

Whenever there’s a terrorist attack anywhere, I pray that Muslims weren’t involved. And if they are, I cross my fingers and wish none of them were Pakistanis. In the horror stories emerging from Sri Lanka, I seem to have got my second wish. However, this is scant consolation for the mayhem unleashed by a little-known Islamist group, the National Towheed Jamaath (NTJ), backed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, Bodu Bala Sena, citizen journalism, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, heritage, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, island economy, jihad, life stories, Muslims in Lanka, patriotism, politIcal discourse, psychological urges, reconciliation, religiosity, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, terrorism, tolerance, trauma, women in ethnic conflcits, working class conditions, world events & processes

The Saddened and Peaceful Muslims of Kattankudy express Sorrow in Peace

Item in Colombo Telegraph, 28 April 2019, entitled

At a time when our motherland, Sri Lanka, is grieving at the tragic deaths of our Christian brothers and sisters, and also other innocents from this country and abroad, who have fallen victims to the atrocities of terrorists in certain parts of this country, we release this communiqué with a heavy heart, while expressing our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and those suffering at hospitals.

Zahran Hashim

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, charitable outreach, cultural transmission, democratic measures, landscape wondrous, life stories, Muslims in Lanka, plural society, politIcal discourse, reconciliation, religiosity, sri lankan society, tolerance, unusual people, world events & processes

Kattankudy Muslims reach out in Sri Lankanness … and denounce Zahran Hashim

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE FEDERATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS, KATTANKUDY – RELEASED ON APRIL 25TH, 2019

At a time when our mother land, Sri Lanka, is grieving at the tragic deaths of our Christian brothers and sisters, and also other innocents from this country and abroad, who have fallen victims to the atrocities of terrorists in certain parts of this country, we release this communiqué with a heavy heart, while expressing our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and those suffering at hospitals.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, atrocities, communal relations, cultural transmission, heritage, life stories, meditations, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, reconciliation, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, tolerance, unusual people, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes

Amarasingham’s Study of Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada

 

Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada …. As a product of Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series) Paperback – September 15, 2015

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, communal relations, cultural transmission, discrimination, disparagement, education, electoral structures, ethnicity, foreign policy, fundamentalism, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, language policies, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, martyrdom, military strategy, modernity & modernization, nationalism, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, Rajapaksa regime, reconciliation, religiosity, riots and pogroms, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, tamil refugees, Tamil Tiger fighters, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, vengeance, war reportage, world events & processes, zealotry