12 December, 2017

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BBS Fishing In Hindu-Tamil Waters

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“….like our Buddhist people, these helpless Tamil Hindus are being victimised day after day by sinful Christian fundamentalist forces. They are trying to distance Hindus from their culture and make them hate their culture.” – Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera[i]

Putting all four major Lankan religions at loggerheads with each other seems to be the set purpose of the Bodu Bala Sena.

The BBS-brief seems to go way beyond igniting conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims and/or Buddhists and Christians. Creating conditions for violent disharmony between Hindus and Muslims and/or Hindus and Christians also seems to fall within the BBS-purview.

The BBS is not just telling Sinhala-Buddhists that they face an existential threat from Islam and Christianity. The BBS has also begun telling Tamil-Hindus that they are facing an existential threat from Christianity and Islam.

On the internet, there is a clip of a speech made by Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera at a ‘Buddhist-Hindu’ walk in Kotahena[ii] (possibly in April or May 2014). The speech is a clear attempt to convince Hindu-Tamils that their real enemies are not the Rajapaksas or Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists but Christians and Muslims, in that order.

Like all fanatics, BBS head-honcho can sound mellifluous and even reasonable, on demand. In his Kotahena speech he lauds Hindus for their innocence and peacefulness, apologises about not being able to address then in their language, calls them brothers and hails Buddhist-Hindu unity. He says that “Buddhists and especially Hindu Tamil people of this country are facing a grave problem/crisis” – that of ‘cultural slaughter’ by Christian evangelicals and Islamic terrorists. He makes a soulful appeal to Hindu priests to be proactive (unlike Buddhist monks who are languishing in their temples) and save Hindu society.

The main points in Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera’s speech are:

Hinduism and Buddhism are fraternal religions.

There is a Christian conspiracy to convert Hindus and make them hate their traditional culture.

Hindus are also being threatened by Islam.

Tamil-Hindus and Sinhala-Buddhists have identical enemies – Christians and Muslims; therefore they should corporate in their struggle to save their faiths and their traditional cultures.

Already some Tamil-Hindus are turning to the BBS to save themselves from these twin invasions.

If the BBS can ignite divisions within Tamil society along religious lines by pitting Tamil-Hindus against Tamil-Christians and/or exacerbate the already existing problems between Tamils and Muslims, there will be a very clear beneficiary: the Rajapaksas.

If some Sinhala-Buddhists can be convinced that they face an existential threat from Islam or Christianity, they can be persuaded to de-prioritise their real problems (especially economic ones) and focus on imagined enemies. Similarly, if some Tamil-Hindus can be made to think that they are facing ‘cultural slaughter’ (‘sanskruthika ghatanaya’) at the hands of Christians and Muslims, they too can be made to focus less on their real problems and more on these illusive foes.

And the Rajapaksas will benefit – especially in the coming election season.

The BBS will never be able to convince a majority or even a substantial minority of Hindus with their insane hate-mongering; they don’t need to. All they need are a few visible and vocal Hindu adherents and such pawns can easily be created through self-interest (let us not forget KP’s transformation from Pirapaharan-acolyte to Rajapaksa-acolyte). The next step would be to stage a few anti-Christian and/or anti-Islam demonstrations/meetings in the North and the East; with the full backing of the state-apparatuses, this would be quite an easy task. The final step would be to ignite/manufacture some incidents – Hindu attacks on Tamil Christian churches and/or mosques.

The multiple advantages of such an outcome to the political projects of the Rajapaksas and their Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist acolytes are obvious.

Ripping Tamil society along religious lines can cause dents in the currently near-monolithic Tamil opposition to the Rajapaksas. Exacerbating divisions between Tamils and Muslims can achieve the same object. If there are Hindu-Christian or Hindu-Muslim clashes in the North or the East, it will provide a convincing excuse to send even more troops to there. Let us not forget that on the pretext of rebuilding the destroyed houses in Aluthgama, a military camp has been set up in that Southern town. There is no guarantee that the camp will be removed once reconstruction is completed.

If there are Hindu-Christian or Hindu-Muslim dissension/clashes it will weaken the TNA and the demand for a just solution to the ethnic problem. Those Tamils who fall into the trap of Hindu-extremism may not support the Rajapaksas; but they will give rise to a new brand of Tamil politics which places not political and economic issues but religious and cultural issues at the centre of its discourse, policies and demands.

A religious-based division might confuse the international community and divide the Tamil Diaspora.

A Hindu-Muslim conflict in the North/East might encourage Modi-India to look differently – and more favourably – at the Rajapaksas.

Two, three, many religious conflicts would be thus be a Rajapaksa dream.

Electoral Ruses

Mahinda Rajapaksa will in all probability win the next presidential election. But an invigorated opposition can give him a tough fight.

The only reason Ranil Wickremesinghe did not defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 was Vellupillai Pirapaharan (and his suicidal electoral boycott). True the UNP is much weaker today than it was in 2005; and the ideal of a common oppositional candidate seems an unachievable one. Several oppositional candidates will divide the oppositional vote. But finally every single vote cast for a non-Rajapaksa candidate (including for dummy candidates put forward by the Siblings) will reduce the average vote and the margin of victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

For example, if disgruntled UNPers vote for another oppositional candidate, instead of abstaining or spoiling their vote, it will serve to reduce the average vote and margin of victory of Candidate Mahinda. Consequently, if different oppositional candidates, through their separate campaigns, can enthuse traditional oppositional voters and a segment of floating voters to vote for them instead of abstaining/spoiling, it can create a problem for the Rajapaksas. A situation where Mahinda Rajapaksa can only scrape-through is not at all unlikely; even the possibility of pushing the election into a second round is not impossible.

The Siblings seem to know this. That is why they are going all out to make the electoral playing-field even more imbalanced than it already is. Another important aim would be to sow confusion in the oppositional space so that instead of a clear Rajapaksa-anti-Rajapaksa divide, there are many divisions, on ethnic and religious lines.

The Rajapaksas know that the minorities will not vote for them. So the goal will be to reduce minority turn out at the next round of national elections. Confusing and disorienting Tamils, Muslims and Christians with new – and imaginary – threats/enemies would be an excellent way of achieving that aim.

A Sri Lanka, with faultlines across every ethnic and religious difference, will become a place of unprecedented disunity, instability, intolerance and brutal violence. Such a development will be deadly for the country and all her people (especially Sinhala-Buddhists). But the Rajapaksas need it, to strengthen and prolong familial rule.

It’s towards that deadly dystopia the BBS is headed, with its sudden overwhelming love for Hinduism, its sugary concern for Hindu-Tamils and its slogan of ‘Buddhist-Hindu Brotherhood’.

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    i do agree with bbs regarding conversions of tamil hindus into christians and muslims. once these tamil hindus are converted as the monk says they ridicule hinduism and hindu culture.in short they become the custodians of chrisianity. these tamil christians converts condemn hinduism in all it’s forms and maintain that jesus is the only god. once a tamil christian guy stopped me ( guy unknown to me)on my way to work and said to me that jesus died for us. i said to him what does he want me to do about it. he then asked me whether i was a hindu and walked off. i will give you another example, when one of my friend’s son got married to an aussie girl, they had a hindu wedding and a church wedding. all of his hindu relations and his wife’s christian parents and relations went for both. however, a close relation of my friend is a recent christian convert declined the invitation to attend the temple wedding. i also have seen a tamil woman hanging around in public places with toilet bible. these conversions are taking place at a faster rate in tamil nadu. now quite a lot of tamils have foreign sounding names. when i asked a tamil girl whether she was going to celebrate ” pongal” she said she was going to celebrate easter. this is exactly what bbs monk says. these tamil converts ridicule us as idol and devil worshippers. i want bbs to start a branch in tamil nadu as well in order to chase away the christian missionaries.when a tamil preacher went to gujerat, they killed him. i have always been saying these alien faiths should be driven away from indian sub continent.

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      ¬ these conversions are taking place at a faster rate in tamil nadu. ¬
      ` i want bbs to start a branch in tamil nadu as well in order to chase away the christian missionaries.when a tamil preacher went to gujerat, they killed him.`

      You have never been to the inner circle of visa office (deputy DIG) at delhi then. American preachers push their visa through with the support of embassy and higher offices to go down to the north east. Then a visit to the hospital run by the american church and the agony.

      This is not a matter for bbs just off the trees. There are enough of lankan monkies all over india living (with the SC/ST populace) and converting (they are there under the sirima shastri pact)

      Solve your problem at home then neighbors are quite and respectful of you.

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      Why do Hindus convert to Christianity or Islam? Why do the reverse not happen? Is it a problem with Hindu practices? or problem with Islam and Christianity? Where is the root cause of the problem??

      “i want bbs to start a branch in tamil nadu as well in order to chase away the christian missionaries.when a tamil preacher went to gujerat, they killed him. i have always been saying these alien faiths should be driven away from indian sub continent.”

      why do you sound like a terrorist… Why don’t you change Hindu practices so that people will not convert to other religions?

      Your idea sounds like when you have a wound in your leg, you don’t identify the cause of the wound and cure it. You would rather prefer to cut your leg!!!

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        “Why do the reverse not happen? “

        Because you are brain dead as explained by Salman Rushide in his bestseller Satanic Verses. go read as you are Assuming the Q Position

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          “Because you are brain dead as explained by Salman Rushide in his bestseller Satanic Verses. go read as you are Assuming the Q Position”

          Why & how Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses relates to me?? Next time when you meet your GP get a referral letter to see a psychiatrics :)

          Your answers to my comments show your incapacity to address questions in a civilised manner.

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            hey frogee you are trying to pole vault with out a pole and be a decathelete.

            looking at the mirror like fatso vp try Transcranial Lead Therapy.

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              “hey frogee you are trying to pole vault with out a pole and be a decathelete. “

              I don’t Pole Vault… You brain has experienced an accelerated depreciation/ has met an severe impairment. So you cannot identify people correctly.

              Don’t try to much to repair your head, no use.. your graveyard is not far away. Try in the next birth since you believe that you will have one ;)

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            Tadpole (゜゜)~ Next time when you meet your GP get a referral letter to see a psychiatrics :)- Tadpole (゜゜)~

            _______________

            Ulu ka patta, horror of muslim female genital mutilation

            kabi kabi mere yademe therko ek pittu denekliyae ahtahey!
            (Son of owl try some more pittu )

            。◕‿◕。

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      S Shivalingham

      “i do agree with bbs regarding conversions of tamil hindus into christians and muslims.”

      It is for the individual to chose his/her faith and remain true to message. Could you let me know as to how many Hindu’s have been converted to Christianity and Islam respectively in the past 30 years. Hinduism is not a religion its a collection of beliefs based of regional practices. If Hinduism and Buddhism fail to carter all their followers then whats wrong with them converting to other religions or Atheism?

      If there is no forced conversion why the hell do you worry too much about voluntary ones?

      How did the majority become Buddhists? How did the Tamils become Hindus? Both religious practices have their origin in India.

      “once these tamil hindus are converted as the monk says they ridicule hinduism and hindu culture”

      You should have congratulated those who ridicule not only Hinduism but all religions. We need more people to ridicule all religious practices.

      “when i asked a tamil girl whether she was going to celebrate ” pongal” she said she was going to celebrate easter”

      When did the harvest festival Pongal become a religious practice?

      By any chance you are related to sach, JimSofty,wathie, nuisance, roasan fernando, …………….

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      S Shivalingham

      “i have always been saying these alien faiths should be driven away from indian sub continent.”

      I think the people are wise enough to ignore you.

      Here is some news for you, read it, think about it, ……..

      Sri Lankan monk attacked on train in Chennai

      CHENNAI, March 19, 2013

      In the second such attack in three days, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk was assaulted by three unidentified persons on the Tamil Nadu Express at the Central Railway Station here on Monday.

      A Buddhist monk was assaulted inside the Big Temple in Thanjavur on Saturday.The police said 19 tourists from Sri Lanka, who left for Bodh Gaya on March 3, were returning to Chennai by the train. Among them was W.M.K. Bhandara, 33, from Kandy. As the train entered Platform 6 around 7.15 a.m., “… three persons jumped into the coach and started attacking the monk…,” said a vendor.

      The Government Railway Police have registered a case and are investigating. They have also intensified checks on all trains. “We suspect that those who indulged in the attack are from a Tamil organisation,” a police officer said.

      http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sri-lankan-monk-attacked-on-train-in-chennai/article4522981.ece

      Would you like to invite Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara the leading saffron clad thug to Tamil Nadu for friendly chat?

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      S Shivalingham,

      The responsibility of a Religion is to help the society to make good citizens rather than spreading violence hatred and stupid practices. If we look at South Asia, I have not seen Christian people or missionaries being the reason for starting any violence and hatred among people. They are not doing forced conversions. Apart from all major religions, Christianity helps any society to produce good citizens (comparatively). That does not mean everyone should change to Christianity but there should be changes in other religions.

      Hinduism being a collection of various religions lacks a institution, clear guidance. We see various groups within the religion follow stupid practices which are clearly not help to create a healthy society.

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    The goblin has started its mischief. Ever since the Tamil struggle started under the leadership of our great leader SJV Chelvanayagam, over a period of six decades, Sinhala chauvinists and their Tamil mercinaries like Shivalingham have tried time and again to create sectarian,religious conflicts among Tamils. Their machination did not work. We Tamils are bonded together by language and culture. Religious bigotry is alien to our culture. We will resist your attempts to “divide and rule”

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      If we cannot learn from the lesson of experience then what are we?? Overs 30 years of terror not just llte but I am reminded of the Buddhist monk (coolly watching the ceiling now) on asylum approved and assisted JT solicitors in the west ( almost a of million of tax payers money; native barrister included) – the bombing of dalada maligawa.

      We cannot destroy heritage and not notice it.

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    “once a tamil christian guy stopped me ( guy unknown to me)on my way to work and said to me that jesus died for us”

    You could have told him ” Forget about Jesus, STARS died so that you and me here”

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      kabi the imam stop sitting on ice cream please!

      Let the women and children enjoy life for what it is.

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        You insane why are you telling me that?? Shouldn’t you address to the correct person? ha ha :)

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          “why are you telling me that?”

          because your behaviour is that of a monster with spare parts

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      Do you know what the Muslim said “Goat died because you and me can live”

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    It is a shame monk Ganasara didn’t speak at least a few sentences in Tamil, that would have increased the propaganda value of his speech to the Tamil Hindu audience enormously.although I listened to the speech, as I don’t understand Sinhalese I couldn’t get his message.However, from Tessaranee Gunasekera ‘s article I got the gist of what this monk is trying to convey to the Tamil hindu audience.

    Firstly, I as a Tamil hindu nationalist and an unreserved LTTE supporter find this message rather perplexing.People in my catergory refute any suggestions that Sinhalese are Aryan. As such we debunk any Sinhala supremacy argument based on the Aryan origin theory.However, we also being Hindu nationalist find common grounds with Buddihsts, since they are our co- religionists.We Tamils know fully well the hanky panky of the muslims and their in born tendency to be turn coats when it suits them. alternatively Sinhala Buddhits although are our perceived enimies they are reliable and dependable to a large extent compared to the Muslims.

    If the Sinhala nationalism is based on the ideology to protect the indeginous race as opposed to the aryan superiority brand of nationalism I as an indeginous Tamil who is native to this island support it and find common ground with the Dravidian/ hela Sinhala nationalists as opposed to the Aryan Sinhala supremacist.

    Furthermore, Hindu dharma and Buddha dharma are inter related.The Hindu Buddhist unity appeals to my sensibilities enormously.The time will tell whether the Hindus and Buddhists in Srilanka may unite against a common enemy namely Muslims. Christians whether they are Tamil or Sinhala are peace loving and they are loyal to their respective ethnic groups despite their religion but muslims are totally different in this respect. Muslims love only themselves and they are loyal to their religion and nothing else. the whole world knows what muslims can and will do if they go unchecked.

    Long live Hindu/ Buddihst unity.

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    After reading all the comments,these old idioms make lots of sense.”Sinhalaya modaya” and “Chattiyan karanam illamal thanneeril eranga maataan”. We all should know one thing by now the tamils, at any cost, will not give up without establishing a tamil state in Sri Lanka. To there surprise it has arrived in the shape of a monk Gnannaya. Have they forgotten that they ate each others meat for 32 years. This new turn he has taken also tells us, how week Gnannaya is and how much fear Allah has put in his heart about the MUSLIMS. One should also understand that this is not new to the Muslim Ummah (people).We never , ever put our trust in our physical strength. Our faith and trust is with Allah. He will ever and never has let us down. This is all trial for the Ummah from Allah Almighty. Our strength is spiritual. In the first battle between the Muslims and the idolaters , there were only 313 followers of Islam, against 1000 idolaters. It went down in our history books as one the triumphant battle won by the Muslims and is known as Battle of Badr. Also this is nothing compared to the big battle we Muslims are waiting to happen. Is the battle between the Muslims and the anti christ (Dhajjal). He is equivalent to 100 000 or more Gnannaya (bbs) put together. We don’t even fear him. We as Muslims only fear Allah. If Allah wills he can turn Gnannaya and like of him into Muslim , none can stop that. If man can change conditions he can make this world a peaceful place, but no. The whole world can come together but they cannot beat us. Take a look and the powerhouse israel and the stone yielding Muslim Children. What does that tell you. How many years, israel still and will and cannot beat us until the help of Allah Almighty is with us.

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    After reading all the comments,these old idioms make lots of sense.”Sinhalaya modaya” and “Chattiyan karanam illamal thanneeril eranga maataan”. We all should know one thing by now the tamils, at any cost, will not give up without establishing a tamil state in Sri Lanka. To there surprise it has arrived in the shape of a monk Gnannaya. Have they forgotten that they ate each others meat for 32 years. This new turn he has taken also tells us, how week Gnannaya is and how much fear Allah has put in his heart about the MUSLIMS. One should also understand that this is not new to the Muslim Ummah (people).We never , ever put our trust in our physical strength. Our faith and trust is with Allah. He will ever and never has let us down. This is all trial for the Ummah from Allah Almighty. Our strength is spiritual. In the first battle between the Muslims and the idolaters , there were only 313 followers of Islam, against 1000 idolaters. It went down in our history books as one the triumphant battle won by the Muslims and is known as Battle of Badr. Also this is nothing compared to the big battle we Muslims are waiting to happen. Is the battle between the Muslims and the anti christ (Dhajjal). He is equivalent to 100 000 or more Gnannaya (bbs) put together. We don’t even fear him. We as Muslims only fear Allah. If Allah wills he can turn Gnannaya and like of him into Muslim , none can stop that. If man can change conditions he can make this world a peaceful place, but no. The whole world can come together but they cannot beat us. Take a a look at the powerhouse israel and the stone yielding Muslim Children. What does that tell you. How many years, israel still and will and cannot beat us until the help of Allah Almighty is with us. These fellows have nothing better in life, eating ping buth and dressing patched saffron ping dress and come out on the streets and scream so that they can burp.

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