Sainthamaruthu: The Untold Horror Story
Posted on February 18th, 2020

Dilrook Kannangara

Sainthamaruthu is the Sri Lankan equal of Kandahar of Afghanistan and Idlib of Syria – the Sunni extremist capital. It was the safe haven of Zaharan and his band of terrorists and his birth place. Creating a separate Urban Council for Sainthamaruthu will only accelerate extremist activities and remove all grassroots level checks and balances. (There are no 24/7 military presence anyway making own administrative checks and balances critically important.)

It’s road to separation has a long history and root causes that are not apparent. The matter was hush-hushed from media and public discussion for obvious reasons. Sainthamaruthu was part of Kalmunai Municipal Council until 2020. The entirety of the Kalmunai area is a Muslim majority area with some Tamil and Sinhala presence. Sainthamaruthu within that is a Muslim only area. That too, with an extreme version of Islam than the rest of Kalmunai. By turning it into a separate political and administrative unit, it now loses checks and balances by multiethnic councilors it had when under Kalmunai MC. It also loses moderation by moderate Muslims of rest of Kalmunai.

The road to separation started more than 30 years ago taking little from successive governments. A breakthrough came at the 1999 presidential election when Chandrika promised to create a separate Divisional Secretariat for Sainthamaruthu. It was granted just two days before the 1999 presidential election in exchange for a few votes. That had a new impetus for separatism. Two decades later under very similar circumstances, it was split into a separate Muslim only Urban Council.

This is the beginning of a very dangerous trend of creating mono-ethnic Local Government bodies throughout the country. Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils are the grassroots level political units elected by the people. They are critically important as they have most interaction with the people. Creating mono-ethnic and extremist LG bodies predict a very violent and separatist future for Sri Lanka.

In the near term, the Sammanthurai- Sainthamaruthu axis (both Muslim only political LG bodies) will become the dividing line of a larger and extremely influential mono-ethnic ghetto that will expand westwards and southwards. Don’t forget that the Eastern Provincial Council and all parliamentarians from these areas also support whatever that goes on there. In other words, the Sainthamaruthu event is the culmination of the coming together of the entire hierarchy of political power – LG level, Provincial Level, Parliamentary Level and the Presidential level (the matter was a presidential election promise in 1999 and 2019). A stunningly strategic move that covers all sides.

To make matter worse, a patriotic politician who had an unparalleled military career from Ampara has been called to Colombo to contest the election. That creates an enormous vacuum in the East further encouraging separatism and extremism.

In the medium term, other Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils with sizable minority concentrations within them will also demand and get separate LG units. These include Colombo, Puttlam, Kandy and Galle MCs, parts of Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara, Gampaha and Mannar Districts. Chandrika also divided Colombo DS Division into Colombo and Thimbirigasyaya DS Division. Very likely it will have its own UC soon which will drastically reduce Sinhala representation at the CMC – the largest, richest and most strategic LG body in the country. Thereafter CMC area will have a 70% Muslim majority.

This is a far more effective separatist strategy than the strategy followed by Tamils. Grabbing 37% of the island in a single attempt was bound to fail and it did. Tamil strategy also involved confronting the military and Sinhala politicians. That was another reason for its lack of success. However, the Sainthamaruthu strategy is likely to succeed slow and steady in various parts of the island. It is reminiscent of the story of the camel”. Unfortunately for politically divided Sri Lanka, when people realize these home truths it will be far too late. Obviously someone has misled the president to open floodgates of Balkanization of the crucial grassroots level of governance based on mono-ethnic enclaves.

4 Responses to “Sainthamaruthu: The Untold Horror Story”

  1. aloy Says:

    This gives a clue as to who and who are behind the 4/21. The surprising thing is even the man who had been bestowed with the highest military honor, the war winning army commander was silent on this. He was totally silent on the Pasku praharaya. If the guy had a iota of decency he should have come out of it and uttered few words on the biggest security breach during his time in parliament, yesterday. Instead he was harping anti Rajapaksa harangue. The ungrateful man should never have been made the army commander in the first place. Winning the war would have been a cake walk for any intelligent leader.

  2. aloy Says:

    Is this also an Indian inspired deal, just like the 4/21?. Nothing seems to happen in our country without their blessing.Their man in Colombo got a promotion for a job well done. If they really wanted to prevent blood shed in churches a simple leak to the press would have alerted the Cardinal. But nothing of that sort happened. Our man at the helm was enjoying holiday after declaring on TV that something big is going to happen next week. He should get the Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Karma in return for that. I think our leaders should be able to stand up to India without swallowing their dead ropes and govern the country the way we want.

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Now the mussies didn’t land any ministerial posts, mussie baby machines will start baby production like no tomorrow.
    That is what traitor low lives did while Sinhalese and the other traitor lot, tamils, killing each other. Mussies multiplied
    and multiplied and quadrupled the numbers. Now traitors will go into overdrive and produce votes by lorry loads.
    Any deshapaluwa going to open their mouth to warn the imminent danger of Sri Lanka becoming a mussie hell hole.
    Of course not, they all want to lick the backsides of the these untrustworthy, lying, cheating, conniving, fastest
    breeding religion followers. Yapila maathiya yemada koronawa and do exactly the opposite. That’s the mussies
    for Sinhala modayas.

    Traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage jr@ started the destruction of the Sinhalese
    race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism with the traitor low life’s disastrous new constitution. Since then traitor alugoswas
    (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) lk porisada R@, traitor traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande
    wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot r@ni_leech wickrama Sinhala killer, puppet the rubber stamp vairapala sorry sena all
    promoted mussies and tamils to get into power and stay in power. Now, Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism
    dying a slow death! We should not forget the contribution made by die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande
    wa(n)dakaya’s church acolyte A K de lapaya’s jaathidhrohee vermins’ party for the demise of the Sinhalese race,
    Sri Lanka and Buddhism.

    Wipe out anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, anti Sinhalese (specialists in killing Sinhalese Buddhists – 60,000+
    Bheeshana samaya,100,000+ catholic tigers of tamil drealam), minority worshiping, Mother Lanka dismembering GooandPee aka UNPatriotic_rats to savethe Sinhalese race, Buddhism and Sri Lanka!

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    Sinhalese must seriously look at land alienation as well how demographics are changing and without delay brings about changes to right the wrongs and Sinhalese back to their lands.

    It is a crime that Sinhalese are being rapidly pushed out of lands that are highly modernized with all possible infrastructure improvements. While the ordinary taxpayer majority of whom are the Sinhalese, contribute to these developments it is the Non-Sinhalese who ends up possessing these areas as well as the luxury facilities they provide. If you visit some of the recreational areas in Colombo it is possible to see who can and are enjoying these facilities!

    It is time that powers that be, start to think of the ethnic composition in different areas as well as representation to avoid future conflicts.

    Just imagine if a middle eastern power or powers decides to spend a few billion US Dollars and surreptitiously buy land through local Muslims what would the situation in Sri Lanka? This is the Islamic stratagem! It was slowly happening in Sri Lanka and accelerated after Independence and especially after 1977 and JR!

    It is an inalienable right of the Sinhalese to recover their land. It is time to bring about the necessary legislation to contain the situation that involves land grabbing and owning through legal buying that is happening throughout Sri Lanka especially in developed areas. Most of the prime land is being bought for Rupees that only has a transitional value.

    They end up possessing the land and real estate, and the idiotic Sinhalese end up with a wad full of daily depreciating paper / electronic money!

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