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Buddhism Bashing Columnists

By Shenali Waduge

Shenali Waduge

Buddhists, victims of HATE SPEECH and Media manipulation

They say you cannot fool the people all of the time and the recent announcement by a Minister who thinks he is doing a favour to those he closely associates with is like a blessing in disguise for the real victims of hate speech and the likelihood that it is going to boomerang on the very authors of the proposed hate speech legislation is something they have not yet taken into consideration. Almost 50 years ago the Press Commission Report of 1964 revealed some startling truths on the conduct of the Press and its manipulative activities, which 50 years on remains relevant. Victims of hate speech were and continue to be the Buddhists and there is ample evidence to prove it.

To approach the argument of hate speech we need to re-visit the Report and re-state the golden words contained in para 112, page 56 of the 1964 report of the Commission that was chaired by Justice K D de Silva, Press Commissioner:

“If these English language newspapers were sufficiently patriotic they could have made a very useful contribution to bringing about unity among the various communities after the country achieved its independence. They should have advised the minority groups to adapt themselves to the changing circumstances and exhorted the majority to be generous towards the former. They failed to do that. What they consistently did was to poison the minds of the minority groups and encourage them to fight to retain the unjust privileges they had received during the era of foreign domination. ”

In today’s context is the above statement not relevant to the manner in which the private English language mainstream newspapers function?

Taking into consideration the editorial population: –

* How many of these editorial posts are held by Buddhists?
* How many of these newspapers belong to non-Buddhist ownerships?
* Who are the regular columnists and to what ethnicities and religions do they belong to?

* How many articles are regularly featured that denigrate Buddhists through these private English newspapers or subtly attribute the fault at the doorstep of the Buddhists?

Now the answer to the real victims of hate speech becomes easier to comprehend.

Buddhism bashing columnists

The regular columnists appearing in all the private English newspapers are: Anne A (never misses a chance to engage in Sinhala and Buddhism Bashing), Dharisha B, Dushey R, Harim P, Kishali P, Kumar D, Latheef F, Shanie (Notebook), Tisaranee G, Uvindu K, R Philips, Sonali S, Fredrica J, RM Senanayake, Izeth H etc… these articles are then complimented with another set of regular columnists that include Kumar R, Surendra Ajit, Basil F, Nimalika F, Pakisothy, Jehan P, Dayan J. Their writings do not shower praises about the Sinhalese, the Buddhists or their love for the country.

What they write is not their personal opinion either. By virtue of their profession, the allegiance to forums, organizations and other associations they are tasked to denigrate the Buddhists in a plan to project a “Mahavansa Mentality” so as to take away the nationalistic pride that the Sinhalese Buddhist possess in view of their heritage and Buddhist civilization. Recolonization and subservience appears to be the goal. We now need to call their bluff.

A closer look will also reveal links to foreign funded organizations most of whom back destabilizing of the nation, distorting history by regularly feeding lies which the English readers come to accept, most linked to non-Buddhist organizations that have a clear plan to demonise and denigrate the Sinhala Buddhists, break their will and confine them to a corner even legislatively by slowly planting their people into key Governmental roles secured by virtue of their English education, contacts that promote their position and because they belong to the fashionable circles of Colombo society.

Thus, Sri Lanka has been accustomed to opening the English newspapers to read headlines that almost always carry “fascist Buddhists”, “Buddhist extremists”, “Sinhala supremacists”, “Racist Sinhalese Buddhists” and the list is endless. Some headline names are appalling.

In contrast, how many articles are written that praise the Rajapaksa government or our Buddhist Kings or heroes in our ancient past? The literary achievements of the Sinhalese in the pre-colonial era are hardly covered. And if anyone writes about how nice the roads are in Colombo, or how well the infrastructure is in the North – is that equated to mean that the writers are pro-Rajapaksa? Can people not write about the good things the government does without them being labeled? Do people always have to write like the above columnists painting a sordid picture of a failed state?

What appears to be the difference from then and now is that the “THEN” Buddhism bashing or slandering slogans were silently accepted by the majority Buddhists without challenge and thus these “hate speeches” had been so commonly used that it did not appear as “hate speech” and it was almost as if every article had to use these terminologies to get published. But, the ballgame has now changed. There is a limit to what the people can tolerate or should tolerate. Now, when the Buddhists are demanding fair play and equal platform with right of replies and equality in newspaper coverage in the private English media – the response is to quickly gather the editors and columnists together and project a picture of victimhood using the statistical reality of the population yet ignoring the statistical reality of how the minorities were using the private English media to totally ridicule the Sinhalese Buddhists and generate contempt for them. This is the issue that needs to be highlighted and addressed.

False depiction of Buddhists as intolerant

The 1964 Commission report perfectly summed this up: “With regard to the English reading public, the impression has been created that the communal and religious minorities must get together and oppose the Sinhalese Buddhist majority if they are to get any rights at all. The point of view is put forward that the Sinhalese Buddhist majority is intolerant and is trying to deprive the minorities of their rights. As a matter of fact it is not so.’”(PCR para 46, pages 25 -26)

This is further strengthened by Sir Nicholas Attygalle, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ceylon in his evidence who said that he had come across mischievous propaganda against the Sinhalese on his visits to England and USA, and he believed that the source of this false news was our own leading newspapers. (PRC para 49, page 27).

All the columnists mentioned above are regularly quoted internationally – therefore should we be in the least surprised why the world gets a wrong impression of Sri Lanka? Some of them are even invited to international conferences where they “tearfully” bemoan the fate of “journalists” and the lack of “good governance” in Sri Lanka. No one is bold enough to challenge them at the virtuous ways they function!

Insinuations

The challenges therefore are that there are many local journalists who are being funded and sponsored to write against their own country. Most are now located in foreign stations claiming to be “victim”. Some of these are able to quickly pack a suitcase and take a flight, get a scholarship and a job while for us the process of visa application, submission of financial statements and sponsorship letters and interview decides whether we are to be given visa or not.

They are paid to use their local knowledge and talent to fabricate lies, create mischief, engage in slander, twist stories and promote disunity among communities through well-funded websites and email campaigns. If we say this is “gutter journalism” who can disagree and who will demand freedom of expression for such journalists?

So where in them do we find “ethics”?

Take a segment of any private newspapers – browse through the articles published and count the number of articles that ridicule the Buddhists and blame the Sinhalese for all the troubles in Sri Lanka.

Buddhist Channel

The media fraternity that is ever ready to cry foul over freedoms denied may well like to explain why they have selected attacks on what and about whom they write. A good example is how all these years the media kept very silent on Lalith Kotelawala and his corrupt investment activities because they were all part of what was called the “kept press”. How many can afford to silence media from publishing news by virtue of how well they can “look after” the press? Is press freedom and journalism equated to mean that the English press can laugh at a heritage or be paid to write untruths? Is it unfashionable for them to speak about the Sinhala Buddhist kings who kept the civilization of Sri Lanka together and they would prefer to write more about how many times the Queen sneezes or the DNA of Prince William? As against the pro-West news that dominate the English newspapers how many articles are published about Asian heroes, Asian leaders or their high achievements? Does the media ever attempt to promote links between Sri Lanka and Buddhist Asia? Do we want to belong to the Asian continent? Are we to always follow copy cat type of journalism where we do not create our own niche but replicate what is available in Western news? Do we always have to wait for a Westerner to praise Asia to write about something Asian? The editors of English newspapers in Sri Lanka feel satisfied by running a one page Poya day supplement to argue that equal status to Buddhism is given in a nation that has over 70 per cent Buddhists but are poorly served with a lack of quality feature articles and news stories concerning Buddhist events and Buddhist personalities. The ‘Buddhist Channel’ based in Kuala Lumpur provides a good role model for choice of content.

Discrimination

The discrimination is very visible. The Hate Speech will certainly provide an opportune platform with which to bring out with examples of how not a single editorial was written when Wahhabi gangs in Bangladesh attacked Buddhist temples and destroyed the artefacts, when even the Thai PM’s visit to Sri Lanka was given step-motherly treatment and not a single line was written about the Thai King while she was in Sri Lanka. Juxtapose this was the manner the newspapers were full of articles when the Middle East went on a rampage over a video that the rioters hadn’t even seen!

The situation is really no different in India. The mainstream English media is owned by the Christians and Muslims and when Hindus make their voice the immediate reaction is to claim “hate speech” and this was well articulated by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy as well.

No government should think it can throw a lavish cocktail and court media personnel and think they can twist their stories to national advantage. Those that are courted by foreign interests earn far more than what the government can afford to give.

Therefore, the best way to move forward is to properly remedy the problem and that remedy must come in the form of another National Media or Press Commission along the lines of the Justice K D de Silva Press Commission of 1964 where a thorough content analysis can be made of print and electronic media and expose the anti-national, anti-Buddhist, pro-LTTE bias of the media. Hate speech must first target those that created, initiated, and planted the chaos before going after those that react. Those that cause the conflict must be first named and accused.

Witch-hunt

The government which has come to power on the exclusive Buddhist vote must not fall into traps laid by those who support the ‘NGO Chinthanaya’ attempting to slyly promote sinister agendas.

These legislative proposals must be rejected because the country is now beginning to open their eyes and to understand what is taking place. Certainly ‘hate speech’ is welcome for it will enable the Buddhists to come out in their numbers and log complaints with the Police given that they have been the victims of the witch-hunt all these years. It is now time to name and shame. In all matters the playing field must be level – then only there is fair play.

*This article appeared on 20th June in the state run daily News under the title; “Buddhists, victims of HATE SPEECH and Media manipulation”

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    The writer has shown she is unable to comprehend that people are “bashing” Buddhist extremists who incites violence, and perpetrated violence against minorities, and NOT Buddhism and the majority decent Buddhists who live a peaceful life. She is feigning false outrage and making mountains out of molehills. No one is attacking Buddhism, and Buddhism is NEVER under threat, never will be.

    If only she had the decency to speak out like this against minorities religions that recently was attacked with places of worship horribly vandalized and disrespected, shops belonging to Muslims attacked, and Muslims threatened and harassed in many parts of the island., all done viciously by extremists elements who happened to call themselves “Buddhists”.

    Waduge is selective in her outrage, and exaggerates far too much.

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      If muslims and Christians are allowed to convert at free will, If muslims are allowed to marry Sinhala women; are allowed to cover their head withthe end of the Saree, if christians are allowed to convert KEY PEOPLE so, that their husbands will be in the powerful positions, If tamils are given their eelam, they would happy but at Sinhala – buddhists saying the stupid bunch.

      Now, they sold us in front of us saying we are Extremists.

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        JimSofty

        “If muslims and Christians are allowed to convert at free will,”

        Your Kallathoni ancestors were converts too. What is your problem with conversion.

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          Because, the penalty for apostasy, under Buddhist Law, is death (unlike Islam).

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    Impartial article, Nice work keep it up, Those Islamic racists comment against you because that is what they have learn from their culture. Protest for minority rights if Muslims are minority else keep calm and silently cleanse other religions(Best example is middle east).

    For Muslims; if you don’t like what she has written go and drink camel urine to prove you are a good Muslim.

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      Ah the intelligent Buddhie! :)

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        These comments that show complete bigotry and attacking a religion truly shows who agrees with BBS racist ideas. There is no credibility in such comments, just pure hatred.

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    Native Vedda,
    So you are asking me to return to “my land”, and not stay here. Thank you.I thought you were very accommodating and against the alleged “intolerance” of what you call Sinhala Buddhists, and Mahawansa heritage.It looks now there is no difference between you and those whom you cricise. Same breed I suppose.
    We have lived with that family name conferred on us, I suppose,in the 16th century. I have no idea to change that. Good to remind us a bit of history, cultural exchanges. It seems to me you just jump at anything and waste good Internet space. No other job for you? Come and clean my house. You will be well rewarded! What are doing in Cyber space? Your place is the jungle.

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      Bandu de Silva

      “Come and clean my house. You will be well rewarded! What are doing in Cyber space? Your place is the jungle.”

      I got what I always wanted to hear.

      This is another proof that shows how deep rooted racism is among the so called aristocratic intellectuals of the Sinhala/Buddhist societies.

      Bandu you think you are a cultured aristocratic special breed but the evidence suggests otherwise.

      Enjoy your retirement thinking you are someone special.

      I wish you well.

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      “Your place is the jungle”. Not even that, now. Veddahs being shot for hunting in their own reserves in their own country.

      Oh wait, is that “Buddhist-bashing” too? Speaking about people even this Mahavansa claims was here before us? My bad. Now Shanali can write another “article” and play the victim. Boo hoo.

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        kp

        Thanks for your concern.

        When we send the Kallathonies back to their homeland, I will persuade my elders to look at your citizenship application leniently.

        They may not agree with me but I will try. On no occasion they are willing to bend the collectively decided communal rules.

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          The crow pooped Panchayat verdict!

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            Punch Shield

            “The crow pooped”

            Did you shut your mouth?

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              Chikeya, ‘Thick-Bit’ you are very Naughty!

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      “Come and clean my house. You will be well rewarded!”

      Why the double standard, you mock at someone while requesting him to help your chores, while showing off your mighty generosity. So puerile in thinking?

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      Bandu Silva:
      “We have lived with that family name conferred on us, I suppose,in the 16th century. I have no idea to change that. Good to remind us a bit of history, cultural exchange”

      I wonder what your family name was before Silva was “conferred” on yuor ancsestors?Have you any idea? Coould it have been —–

      I don’t want to fill in the blanks!I have also often wondered why there are so many Portugeuse-type names among the promoters of Mahavamsa consciosness…

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    Shenali Waduge is sadly wrong. Criticism levelled against wrong doing is not bashing of Buddhism. Likewise criticism of the Sinhalese is not bashing of Buddhists. I am a Buddhist and I agree or disagree with the views expressed by many of the writers mentioned in her article depending on what they have stated. I have never felt they were Buddhist bashing. Buddhist bashing or bashing of any religion, whether it is Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is easily recognizable.

    Ms.Waduge cannot be a fool to write in the manner she did. My feeling is that she is commissioned by the Daily News (and the government) to write in this vein to arouse the Buddhist public to support the bill on media ethics. Wittingly or unwittingly she is supporting the total control of the media by the government. The result is that no one will know of the massive scale of corruption, murder, and misgovernance by the Government thereafter. Has the Daily News for instance, even once, pointed out instances of misgovernance? These are what writers like Waduge will help instal in Sri Lanka. These are the unpatriotic acts we must condemn. As patriots we must oppose these acts of the government and of Shenali Waduge whether she likes it or not. As for Shenali’s article, it’s tone and content are most unlike that of a Buddhist.

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      Wicramasiri:

      You look like one who says I am Buddhist but we should give Tamil eelam, should allow conversion how unethical fraudulent it is.

      You say that there is no Buddhism bashing and Shenali is wrong. Except for your vague criticism you haven’t given evidence to prove what you say.

      I have noticed they even refuse to use the words Sinhala-buddhists when they bash buddhism. I can name some user-IDs. who write posts without any basis and CT allows those.

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        I do not agree with your point of view. In Shenali’s article she does not quote any instances of Buddhism bashing by any of the writers named. If she did so, and quoted such statement, then a proper judgement can be made. If not it is merely heresay. On the other hand may I ask you to quote from the writers named?

        If a person who calls himself Buddhist does something wrong and is criticized for his wrong action, please note that it is the wrong action that is criticized, not Buddhism. If a Buddhist misbehaves, be it a layman or a monk, it is that behaviour that is criticised, not Buddhism. If any one says “give eelam”, or says ” allow unethical conversion”, then critique that statement, but do not say that is bashing Buddhism. By what logic did you infer that I support those views anyway?

        Buddhism does not require protection from any one, if you live by the values the Buddha taught. You cannot be violent, insulting, lie and be full of greed and envy, and then say you are Buddhist or that you are protecting Buddhism. Buddhism is about living with Buddhist values.

        Buddhism may no longer be what I learnt in the temple when I was a child. If it is different now to what the Buddha taught, I am unaware of it and I do not know why, or who decided to change it. If you and others want to ” protect” a different form of Buddhism, you have the freedom to do so, and I will have no objection to your practicing this other form. Obviously my Buddhism must be different to yours. So please leave me to practice my Buddhism which is what the Buddha taught.

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    Shenali

    I respect your right to express your self and will defend it at any cost. I am a Buddhist too, but I cannot agree with your type of Buddhism in which you completely ignore the fact that the rulers you are claiming to be Buddhists totally disregard Panchaseela, particularly Panathipatha (killings innocents including in the war)Adinnadana (Bribery and Corruption, nepotism) Musawada (e.g. telling utter lies such as in the case of killing/kidnapping of Eknaligoda, deceiving people by not implementing election promises such as abolishing the presidency etc. Do you still claim that they follow Buddhist principles if not the Arya Astangika Marga. So according to your claim exactly to what variety of Buddhism they belong to ?

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      Great comment, Jinadasa:

      Sure, millions of good buddhists and right thinking non buddhist would have to agree with you.

      They the leaders – seem to have no respect to Panchaseela. You re spot on.

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      JINADASA:

      What you are doing exactly is bashing Buddhism.

      If you are mentally perfectly OK, you should understand Buddhists and buddhism are two different things. If buddhists do not behave the buddhist way, you should think why.

      If you think, buddhists should be buddhists and allow others to destroy buddhism, then you need to think again.

      I have written in this web site several times, Buddhism and Sinhala buddhists are two different groups.

      If your expectation is that Sinhala-buddhists should allow slaughter by other religions and special interest groups as that happened in the past, it won’t be that easy.

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        If you think that Buddhism can be destroyed your understanding of Buddhism is very poor. What is really happening is a self-destruction of those who claim to be Buddhists. That’s why you get annoyed when I question about the sincerity of those Buddhists who are deceiving ignorant people, abusing power, amassing wealth through corruption and nepotism. Real Budhism will have thrived by now through out the country and beyond if we didn’t have fake Buddhists like you.

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          Well said sir!

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      I am afraid neither “Panchaseela” nor “Love & Compassion” will protect and defend the lives of the citizens of Sri Lanka. They didn’t for 30 long years in Sri Lanka, until a few brave leaders summoned the will and the determination to defeat the murdererous of Sri Lanka by Leaf, Branch, Trunk and Root.

      “Panchaseela” is a great ideal that should reign where the environment permits, but in an imperfect world, that spawns diabolical monsters like Hitler, Pol Pot and the late unlamented SunGod, Velupillai Prabhakaran, “Panchaseela” will not work. Passive acquiescence is a prescription for EXTINCTION of the Sri Lankan People.

      Jesus Christ also preached Love and Kindness. Yet, the Christian “civilized” countries of Europe have waged the most awful wars in history, and committed mass slaughter of humans in concentration camps. Would “Panchaseela” have worked there?

      No, “Panchaseela” will not protect us, it is only a laudable ideal to guide us. In this world we must struggle with our brawn and our brains to survive and hold onto our humanity the best we can. Our ancestors had to, we will too, and so will the untold generations of our descendents who will follow us. It is up to us to do what we can to leave Sri Lanka as a economically and militarily strong unified Nation for them. ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable Destiny backed up with the strength and the power to enable “Panchaseela” to reign.

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    I AM LOOKING AT COLOMBO TELEGRAPH FOR THE 1ST TIME… AND I DOUBT I WOULD LIKE TO READ ANY COMMENTS IN FUTURE EXCEPT FOR THE ARTICLES THAT ARE FEATURED.

    THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLING THIS WRITER NAMES NEED TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR.

    THEY ARE CALLING HER RACIST BESIDES MANY OTHER NAMES…. SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING? WHAT CAN WE CALL FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

    HAVE THEY TAKEN A SINGLE ARGUMENT IN HER ARTICLE AND ARGUED AGAINST IT?

    I WONDER IF THEY HAVE EVEN READ THE ARTICLE….

    WELL I HAVE AND I THINK THAT IT IS BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN BOLD TO WRITE THE TRUTH THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DEROBED… AND NOW THEY ARE LIKE THE EMPERORS WITHOUT CLOTHES…

    COLOMBO TELEGRAPHS’ REPUTATION IS REVEALED BY THE COMMENTATORS IT PRODUCES ON A REGULAR BASIS AND I DONT THINK WE CAN LEARN ANYTHING BY READING A SINGLE LINE FROM ANY OF THESE COMMENTS.

    I ENJOY READING COMMENTS BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO IN SHORT SUMMARIZE AND GIVE THE GIST OF THINGS… BUT THIS LOT OF CT CONTRIBUTORS SHOW CT IN VERY POOR LIGHT… AND WHEN CT ALLOWS ABUSE OF WRITERS THIS WAY IT IS INDECENT TO SAY THE LEAST AND CT’S OWN CALIBRE IS REVEALED.

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      Ashoo

      By definition Sinhala/Buddhists are racists and they are proud about it.

      What is your problem?

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    Here is an example why some Buddhists are intolerant. Its not that Buddhism is intolerant,its only some people who follow the religion.

    Sri Lanka’s Derana TV journalist Dilka Samammali has complained to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that she is receiving constant death threats following a recent TV interview with a Buddhist extremist leader.

    Samanmali interviewed the secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero in Derana 360 Degrees programme this week.

    As Gnanasara Thero was stating that BBS was vehemently against alcohol, the conductor of this programme Dilka Samanmalee pointed out that the Gnansara Thero had been charged and fined in courts for an accident caused after drunk driving. The monk failed to provide a decent clarification and unsuccessfully tried to say that he was impersonating to save face of a military official who he claims was with him. Definitely, an insult to court. He appeared as the driver, OK, then, did he appear as the drunkard too? How did he blow that alcohol test balloon to prove that he was the drunk driver?

    This Buddhist monk was video recorded few months back in a camera phone at Kottawa exit point of the Southern expressway scolding police officers on duty in extremely filthy language as they stopped their vehicle for a traffic offense. After involvement by some higher authorities, the monk and his crew escaped from punishment.

    Meanwhile, another Buddhist monk whose name was mentioned by the BBS secretary at this interview as a person who engaged in monetary frauds using the goodwill of the BBS, held a press conference today and denied the allegations. He urged the Gnanasara Thero to return the equipment robbed from his possession after harassing him. Thiis monk Mahamithawa Pannarathana Thero was earlier introduced by the Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero as a Investigative Chief of BBS.

    Courtesy – blog.parakum.com
    Open your eyes wide Shenali. Take your blinkers off. Who pays you to write these stupid things?

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    Is Shenali playing the victim card?

    Open your eyes…I blame the Mahavansaya culture for all of SL’s ills. It gives the wannabee supremacists the fuel to light their hatred towards all minorities.

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    Dear Shenali,
    You stand out as one of the greatest writers in our motherland, always defending, fighting for what is ours, or race,culture,religion, elected govt. etc.,whereas Most of the writers who can write a few words in English think they belong to west or their civilization, so at the cost of motherland supports, defends West who think they own this world & all it’s living beings, those writers never expose how West killed over 1.2 million people in Iraq very recently or even as we read this article some 93,000 killed in Syria in West sponsored “uprising” . Aren’t they human beings ?& having Human Rights ? perhaps in Western eyes Muslims are not “Humans” so they keep on killing, for example what ex-sec of state said after congressional hearings (on few thousand US soldiers deaths)”even if it takes another one million lives we’ll do it again in Iraq” for the defense of Western values. What damn values do they have ?
    Why the hell our black skinned English writers hold brief to West ? to get asylum or INGO US$? what a shame. But those “writers” see many HR violation in Sri Lanka. Are they writers / journalists ? Are’t they idiots or US$ Vultures writing for money ?
    Biggest mistake those Black skinned pro-west English writers ( mostly half baked/ less educated) do & make their political masters believe is what they write in English newspapers are the what people’s opinion as well, so they foolishly believe & lose election after election as they never understands heartbeat of people in this Eastern country, with over 71% Buddhists. But “writers” don’t bother much, so long as they get INGO mafia us$ & visa to West, they are happy.
    Let those live in their own world, let our people govern our country & live peacefully, let those Writer jokers find asylum in their own chosen West.

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      John

      “You stand out as one of the greatest writers in our motherland, always defending, fighting for what is ours, or race,culture,religion, elected govt.

      Does she live in Bihar or Tamilnadu?

      “always defending,”

      Defending Tamilnadu/Bihar?

      “fighting for what is ours”

      Tamilnadu/Bihar are yours.

      “race,culture,religion”

      Aryan/Dravidians race, Indian culture, Sinhala/Buddhism not found in India, all in all you are Indian and go back to your mother country.

      “elected govt”

      Where?

      Oh must be India.

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      John I agree 100 % of what you say of SW. She has defended the culture , our way of life ,our civilisation with her eye opening articles . She does not deserve any of the adverse comments in this column . It is a sad fact that many SL do not understand the logic or comprehend what is in this article . She is fighting a lone battle with the type of people who she mentions in this article . Anyone who writes supporting what the Government is either receiving a pay cheque or a stooge . The inability of the many SL to even understand simple home truths is no doubt a big dilemma not only in the present but in the future too.

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        Of course, its difficult to comprehend twisted logic; imagine when it is liberally sprinkled with invective,and innuendo, what would you expect? Kudos? And then when it is poorly written, shouldn’t her writing end up where it rightfully belongs, the garbage can?

        Sarojini, CT has a huge fan base and happily, most of them are intelligent readers. They can see through a fear mongering racist. Only birds of a feather flock together and if her articles resonate with your thinking so be it!

        You will remain a minority, and despite your crying foul, saying no one is taking notice, you will remain in the minority! Now isn’t it the way of the world?

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        Forgot your HRT ?

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        Sarojini,

        why not you MR apologists trying to teach MR about Panchaseela ? That can help us the majority in the country rather than just argue with you guys.

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      THIS IS CLASSIC ‘ATTRIBUTION THEORY’, A COMMON PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION

      NO ONE CARES ABOUT ‘OUR CULTURE’, THE CULTURE YOU TALK OF CAME FROM THE NEIGHBOUR, LANGUAGE, RELIGION, RACE, COLOUR

      The world is bad and we are great !!
      This Sinhala Only, Tamil burning, Muslim shop vandalising, child molesting, child ordinating, monks killing monks in temples should not be shunned; thats Buddism bashing?

      Sadam was holy as ever, never gassed the Kurds, ethnically cleansed others, that was laughing gas?

      Our Big-Buddis view is right view on Arabs; Tunisia, Egypt, Libia people no view, any view wrong view, only our view correct; ‘Western sponsored’. Arabs dont have view and incable with no desire to change, any revolt only because ‘western’ and ‘western sponsored’, 40 year rule Assad no help from Iran, China, Russia, we no want to go to US, UK, only China, Russia, Iran, we good, only we right !!

      China love Tibet, we lau China, really luv money, so turn blind eye to Tibet; we true Buddis !

      West never said ‘war against terrorism’ never help wit inteligence, tiger bans, funding cuts, we are right, they always wrong, because we tru buddis, good Buddis!!

      IT WAS THE WASTERNIZED-ANGLICIZED FELLOWS THAT YOU CRITICIZE THAT BROUGHT INDIPENDENCE; KEPITIPOLA THE BRITISH LASCORCEEN/LASCAR, PURAN APPU THE NEPHEW OF THE FIRST SL PROCTOR, CEYLON NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, CEYLON NATIONAL CONGRESS, LSSP, UNP, SLFP…

      WE HAVE GONE THROUGH 60 YEARS OF POST COLONIALISM, SINHALA ONLY, TAKE OVER OF CHURCH SCHOOLS (BUT NOT WESTERN EDUCATION), STATE RELIGION, ‘NATIONAL DRESS’, MEDIA RESTRICTIONS, NEGLECTING PRE-BUDDIST HERRITAGE, PRO ARYAN SUPREMACY, RIOTS, ETC…

      WE CHOSE TO FIGHT OUR TAMIL BROTHER, WE CHOSE TO DISCRIMINATE, COUNTER DISRIMINATE, MAKE EXCUSES, THE WHITE MAN CANNOT BE BLAMED, HE WAS TOLD TO LEAVE AND FINALY LEFT, HE WAS BOUGHT TO KANDY AND GIVEN THE COUNTRY.

      GET OVER IT !!!

      OUR POLITICIANS SELL ‘EASTERN’ AND LIVE ‘WESTERN’
      THEY ROBBED IT FROM YOU, PUT THIS MUCK IN YOUR HEAD.
      WE WERE COLONIZED, BUT NOT ONLY US
      WE WERE ALSO COLONIZERS
      WE CAN CHOSE TO BE A MALASIA, SINGAPORE OR A SUDAN, RAWANDA

      Just because we are Buddist in a Buddist majority country does not mean we are innocent and free of blame and have a excuse.

      THAILAND the prostitute heaven, was never colonized by Westerners
      Thai seek Western clients.
      Killer MONGOLS were Buddists

      AS FOR BUDDHIST BASHING, MAHAWANSA RECODS INTER MONASTIC BASHING FROM THE ANURADHAPURA PERIOD; VIOLANCE, DESTROYING MONASTRIES AND BUILDING ON TOP; THESE BETWEEN BUDDISTS.

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    Shenali Waduge,

    First You have to do more research to find out who created these Crazy BBS, Rawaya, Rawana Buddhist Fanatics. These were not existed before.

    There could be a powerful Local or International conspiracy to spark another communal/ religion civil war in Sri Lanka again using Buddhist fanatism and terrorism.

    Remember there are crooks who are looking for another 1983 progrom for political and economic reasons and this time could unleash a Religion riot among all communities using these extremists.

    Lord Buddha gave all the freedom to select one’s own destiny, and forcing one to abide by certain rules will never work. We have a people’s chosen government to take care of people’s needs and these BBS, Rawaya Rawana extremists should be kept out of politics and peoples daily lives. Their place should be limited to Temples and nowhere else.

    Could you also find out How many land deeds, super luxury cars,money, Foreign trips and assignments,foreign trips, new Buildings, viharas and temples etc,been built and given to buddhist priests by President Rajapakse.

    Remember Bribery leads to corruption and create more Kangettas.

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    SHENALI:

    See how Tamils and non-Buddhists are bashing you and see the extent of their thrash talk and abuse.

    This is how always it is in here.

    They all want us to go behave as Good buddhists and go extinct as that happened in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bnagladesh, Maldive Island and in most of Asia.

    They should understand, Sinhala-Buddhist are of not that kind. LTTE understood that very well.

    Because of LTTE some non-tamils with special interests lost so heavily in Sri Lanka.

    They don’t want to understand that Sinhala-buddhists are a regional and a world minority.

    Tamils are HUNDRED million and Christians and Muslims each is close to TWO billion in the world and they want to dominate the world.

    They particularly don’t like buddhism because it does not believe in a CREATOR GOD concept.

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      You take the cake Jim Softly :)

      “They all want us to go behave as Good buddhists and go extinct as that happened in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bnagladesh, Maldive Island and in most of Asia.”

      Now I understand, according Sinhala Buddhist wisdom if you “behave as Good buddhists….. go extinct” and therefore you must not behave.

      Thank you this gem from you explains everything!

      Nabil

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        Unfortunate but true Nabil.
        Please read on this cross post of mine.

        “Buddhists (and monks in particular) passive nature has been blamed for annihilation and destruction of Buddhist and Hindu civilization by Muslim invaders in India.

        “The growth of Buddhism and monasticism in the first year of our common era sapped the manhood of India, and conspired with political division to leave India open to easy conquest. When the Arabs came, pledged to spread a simple and stoic monotheism, they looked with scorn upon the … Buddhist monks, they smashed the monasteries, killed thousands of monks, and made monasticism unpopular with the cautious. The survivors were re-absorbed into the Hinduism that had begotten them; and eased the return of the prodigal by proclaiming Buddha a god.”
        http://www.hinduwisdom.info/Islamic_Onslaught2.htm

        I assume by the term ‘Good Buddhists” used by Jim Softly refers to “Buddhist’s passive nature referred to above.

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      Here we go again with this crap lunatic Leela.
      His latest name is Sarojini. John and Asanka is also the same Angoda Leela along with hundred other nom de plume.

      Shenali whatever is obviously under a contract.
      A weak amature writer, who is clueless.
      Have a break girl.

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        Don’t cry near future moderate Muslim (a Muslim who knows that Islam is not correct but not leave Islam with fear of dying or considering disadvantages) will write a article criticizing her article.

        We should give a prize for this article it has the highest number of comments so far, all by Islamic extremist fans of CT.

        Don’t visit again and unlike their page if they will not remove this article within next 24 hours = :P

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        Obviously her so called job at DHL must not be paying her that much. It is a shame that DHL employs a rabble rouser that fuels the communal tensions in this country.

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          If anyone wants to complain here’s

          the email address

          angela.titzrath@deutschepost.de

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            it’s German.

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            DHL made a huge mistake hiring her. She is no more with DHL.

            Her Linkedin profile is not updated – may be, something to make her feel good !

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        Get a life man it is more imp than getting a break !

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      Hey JimSofty,

      Do not worry. Buddhism is the only correct religion. Evidnce is there. We don’t have to bash the Christians and Muslims to preserve Buddhism. As some one said truth will always prevail. It is a different matter it did not prevail in India, where it was born. I am intrigued by this inferiority complex some of our Sinhala Buddhist exhibit.

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      Where in Buddhism has the Gauthama Buddha said that there is NO CREATOR GOD. Buddhism is SILENT on the subject. To say in Buddhism there is NO CREATOR GOD is against Buddhist principles. ( Musawada ). Open for correction with references…

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    senali,

    why you willnot write a article on the below subject ?? watch and then write …

    http://www.derana.lk/index.php?route=programs/programs/programdetails&pid=85&vid=8055&page=1

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      There are many pathetic camel [Edited out] drinking Muslims to write about that topic.

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    Dharisha B, Dushey R, Harim P, Kishali P, Kumar D, Latheef F, Shanie (Notebook), Tisaranee G, Uvindu K, R Philips, Sonali S, Fredrica J, RM Senanayake, Izeth H etc… these articles are then complimented with another set of regular columnists that include Kumar R, Surendra Ajit, Basil F, Nimalika F, Pakisothy, Jehan P, Dayan J.

    Yes, the list of traitors is long. I hope the CID has a databse of these ruffians, so that when they step off the plane at BIA, the final destination is Kelani Ganga.

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      *database

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      Lester:
      Are you going to arrange the usual transport available to dissenters in the Miracle of Asia – a white van?

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        You can ride in the front seat.

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          That is to say you will be lead to nowhere?

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      Lester You are a Budhist… so you can Kill as you do not have anyone to answer… so this is the Problem of the Budhism my friend….VASS gunarwadana also same…He killed….. its a Satanic Black majic Was Kavi things which is satanic.. unfortunately. I am sorry

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        You can’t even spell Buddhist correctly. How can you comment on it? Go back to tending your goats in Kokuvil. Ramzan is coming soon. Make sure the goat is pointed towards Makkah when you cut its throat; God is waiting with the mouth wide open.

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          Yea, Mahanama propagated to spell Buddhism with a double-bee. If Buddha resurrects, instantly he will ask of what is this suffix ‘ism’, and Lester will stick his finger, vers le bas le cul.

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            If Muhammed resurrects, he will be locked up for child abuse.

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              If Lord Buddha is Resurrected, he will be arrested for dumping and leaving children and his spouse without giving notice, non payment of Childrens and spousal financial support, isolating, abuse and negligence of wife and children, handing over children to a demon.

              Pretty nasty and serious charges.

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              Lester,
              You are a mentally sick person living in western country hiding your identity. You have solution in Islam. Look at the history whom were dead against Islam later accepted Islam. Good example is the Denmark fellow. I am sure you will be converted to Islam soon.

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              Lester
              You were expelled from Saudi due to your misconduct. what a petty!! you were terminated; Now you worship Shiva “Lingam” P.n.s of Lord Shiva with necked status of Goddesses. You can read the copy of the Holy Quran that I gave you English Translation. Why this Kolaweri!!!

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      Lester, you are out of line. As a Buddhist are you saying to kill these people?

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        No need to kill them; just send a strong message that they are unwelcome in the country. 90% of the problem is that these troublemakers (Dayan, Tisaranee, etc.) still think they have a stake in the future of the country. They believe their theories and exposes, however ridiculous, are actually relevant.

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          Lester you live in a foreign country. How come racist like you is welcome there ?

          Simple, cos you are a coward and is hiding behind a pseudo name!

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            Lester & Nabil

            Here is something that will satisfy both of you. My elders asked me to pass this to both of you in case I didn’t grasp the content:

            Excerpt:

            There were mass migrations in protest against oppression,
            as by the merchants of Surat against an oppressive qazi in
            1665-66. After his appointment by the Mughal Emperor
            Aurangzeb, the qazi had tried to convert the merchants of the
            city to Islam. Eight thousand Baniyas left the city in protest in
            September 1669, going to Bharuch. All trade and business in
            the city came to a halt. The qazi threatened that unless they
            returned he would destroy the Baniya’s temples and circumcise
            any who remained in Surat. The Baniyas replied defi antly,
            saying that they would go to the emperor for justice. A lengthy
            correspondence followed between the merchants, the qazi
            and Aurangzeb. In the end, the emperor dismissed the qazi
            and wrote a letter to the Baniyas promising them security and
            greater religious freedom. They then returned to Surat
            (Hardiman 2004: 41-51).

            Towards a History of Non-violent Resistance
            David Hardiman
            Economic & Political Weekly EPW June 8, 2013 vol xlviiI no 23

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          Lester & Nabil

          Two sides of religion/society

          Please watch the clips and comment on faiths and societies.

          Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

          TED Ideas Worth Spreading

          FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED JUN 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013

          http://www.ted.com/talks/manal_al_sharif_a_saudi_woman_who_dared_to_drive.html?

          16 year old American girl converts to Hinduism

          22/04/2013 23:15:31

          http://www.haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=17095

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      ahahahhahaha the “our regime does nothing wrong” kattiya! yeesss, feel the anger flow through you, Lester. Tell us more about the people you want killed, godfather.

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    Shenali is a Small Girl still, she dosnt know GOTA and MR has damaged the Tourism already by Budhist Racism by implanting this Gaynasara Monk and his Gaymens. today only 18% occupation in tourism in whole country, Middle East Embassies has informed the respective authority to inform their Travel agencies not to promote Sri lanka as there are 75,000 Gaymen are waiting to throw stones and trying to kill muslims. good example was that self burned Gaymen (i forgot that useless fellows name) and Ravana Balaya was trying to keep the Deadbody in Colmbo to gather all Sinhala stupids start beating muslims shops. Elle Gunawansa Gaymonk started in 83 by throwing a stone to a Tamil Cafe, there he started the 30 year war, and This Gaynasara was trying to do this time. but MR got scared as he is a begger of Middle East and 19 of the embassis have warned MR and started with sending back 15,000 employees from Saudi Arabia, and continue untill 150,000 all over. this is due to Budhism stupidty, Yes, Budhism is a Satanic, I challange this as Lord Buddah has 40,000 women and said not to marry to other becoming GAYs now sadly.

    While coming back to the subject, this has effected everyone when middle Eastern tourism dosnt come anymore, this season Sri Lanka gets 60,000 or more Arabs coming here, but there were only few hundreds and all of the tour operaters are now blaming the Gaynasara on Halal thing. Imagine, Hotels are employed 300 Sinhala staffs at least in a normal hotel, and imagine 300 families are in a stake, while suppliers, Drivers of tourism, shop keepers, ect etc all effected and it has gone almost to 3 million people indirectly of this non arrival of Arab tourism.

    However, all budhism countries are fail except Thailand, as they are in Prostitution so they get 23 million, while open minded adoptable to modern Malaysia gets 28.5 million, Indonesia get 18.7 million, while Sri Lanka is under 5 hundred thousand real tourist which has 90 operators sharing the same cake..

    so Some asking why this only to Sri Lanka? simple answer/// SINHALA BUDHISM

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      I have my wattala backyard available to build another Airport if anybody is interested……specially the EDM….econo develo minster who is looking to hit pockets of 2 million Tortoise by end of this year.

      Aishchariya Rajapakse Gangnam style.

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    Simply put: there should be some sort of law against atrociously written English parading as “journalism.”
    I think the same penalty as prevails for capital offenses in some countries – Saudi Arabia for instance – should be introduced.
    The pain that this woman inflicts on unsuspecting readers by a combination of distortion, concoction, lies and SIMPLY ABOMINABLE WRITING is deserving of the ultimate in punishment and I would like to amend my earlier suggestion and request that, at the first opportunity, she be taken to Saudi Arabia and buried in the burning desert sands with just her head above ground and several Dhimiyas nests opened on her noggin!
    I know even that is not likely to improve her writing skills but at least it can be said that we tried…………!

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      “Simply put: there should be some sort of law against atrociously written English parading as journalism. I think the same penalty as prevails for capital offenses in some countries – Saudi Arabia for instance – should be introduced.”

      I think this is exactly what Sonali is alluding for their ABOMINABLE WRITING -although she stops short of asking for death penalty – for the people listed by her article.

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    CT – Thank you for publishing this article. I read this in the daily news and I’m glad to be given an opportunity to respond to the writer in this forum.

    Buddhist VICTIMs- Buhahhahaaaa!!! what a joke! Atleast not in the sense she is talking about. The majority of fair minded Sinhala Buddhists are certainly victims of scoundrels such as Shenali Wadduge who spoil their good name. Then again every community has their set of black sheep. We muslims certainly have our share. The writter would probably now point to the comments under this article and say it proves her point!

    Shenali Waduge- consider this, your rediculous words are not what is significant. Neither is writtings of all the writters you have listed or the comments of the annonymous commentators like myself. The hate filled press conferences and public speeches of the most venerable Gnanasara thero is ALSO not significant. It is all Hot Air!

    What is significant is the vandolising of the Church in Angulana, Fashion bug and the beef stall in Tangalle. What is significant is the attack on the Dambulla mosque and the countless cases of harassment that ordinary folks of the minority (at present mainly the muslims) face on our streets. What is significant is the fear psychosis Tamils have been subject to over the last 30 years and now the Muslims and Christians. In our latest episode of HATE, tell me one Buddhist temple or Bussiness which was vandolised? THEN WHO ARE REALLY THE VICTIMS??

    What is significant is the 83 riots which plunged our country into 30 years of blood shed and the numerous inter communal riots before that.
    Now as it was in 83, what started all this is the same HATE filled RHETORIC of a minority of SINHALA BUDDHISTS!! It is the EXACT same rhetoric mind you. The BBS/JHU/SR can not claim credit for what they are saying now, the exact same was said earlier.

    It all started with HATE SPEECH. Hate speech of the likes of YOU and the BBS/JHU/SR. And now you have the NERVE to complain of victimization when good people, true PATRIOTS of this nation stand to the EVIL you are spreading!!

    What twisted and utterly stupid logic I must say.

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    JimSofty: if there is no greater God tell me how many gods this world has got. Assume two: what happens if these two fight each others: for you evry thing is your god: your parent are your gods: your monks are your gods your fellow human beings are your gods animals are yours gods: if world itself is your god: that is why you bow down on for every thing: every you bow down perishes one day: why do you bow down for things that do harm you or benefit you. All in this world bound to perish one day except that Supreme God: bow down to him? If you don’t wait until your last breath come to your throat then definitely you will remember these words from you me from CL: CL is a great platform to give right guidance to come out of your darkness : why you fear Muslims : you have defeated LTTE: one of biggest Terrorist groups in the world ? You have all forces with you: army, police and airforce with all weapons why do you have this psychological fear in you: because you bow down to materials like stone and trees that do not give any benefits: your falsehood in your hearts make fear in your hears: falsehood bound to perish: I hope I have given you ideas: that will open up your mind and heart: because you are so ignorant man about Islam: what you know is all about anti/ islamic rhetoric you got it from all others who hate Islam

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      [ if there is no greater God tell me how many gods this world has got. ]

      I don’t know what you mean by Greater God.

      If there is a Creator god, prove that he/she/it is there.

      Physicists have given evidence to prove that there can not be Creator and there is no need for a creator.

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      Supreme god is you.

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    In Nutshell, Vijaya who came from India is a Hindu ,

    1 .Hindus
    2. Buddhism
    3. Muslims –
    4. Christians

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      Ingegnere Lijian (Vijaya) was a Roman centurion who was a Janus worshipper arrived with a 700 acceptarius near Kudrimalai in the outskirts of Puttlam.

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      GREEK, SYRIAN & ETHEOPIAN CHRISTIAN SECTS WERE IN ANURADHAPURA.

      (KERALAITE CHRISTIAN & JEWISH SECTS HAVE SURVIVED FOR 2000 YEARS)

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    Dear JimSofty. Look at yourself. You created you . Your father and who created him his father . Go on like that endless. Is it from monkey we all come . Then you should be from monkey family . Not like rather first man was created by that Great God who has the first and the last

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      If man came from Monkey, then the monkeys or Monkey race should be extinct by now when man took over their status. Also by now men should still be evolving from monkeys which is not happening. Same with the Languages, speech, wearing clothes, education and family lives, where there’s a big difference.

      Of cause there’s a minute gene that seperates between man and monkey and plants, but that minute gene is very special and special to mankind.

      There’s a super natural being that we call God is in power of everything.

      That’s why there’s rewards and punishment in this world.

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    IT APPEARS THIS WEBSITE IS TOTALLY DEDICATED TOWARDS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION.

    ANYWAY AS THE ARTICLE SUGGESTED I TOOK A SAMPLE OF THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE ISLAND AND I DISCOVERED WHAT THE AUTHOR SAYS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

    EVEN THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FIELDED NOTHING NICE ABOUT THE BUDDHISTS.
    ARTICLES WERE ALWAYS ON MULTICULTURALISM AND BY THE SAME AUTHORS SHE MENTIONS AND THEY DID NOT HESITATE TO TAKE A SWIPE AT THE BUDDHISTS.

    NOW THESE REGULAR LOT OF COMMENTATORS IF THEY THINK THEY CAN HUMILIATE WRITERS THIS WAY AND THE CT ALLOWS IT WITHOUT BRINGING IN A POLICY THAT COMMENTS SHOULD BE RELATED TO THE ARTICLE… PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SEND ARTICLES TO CT.

    WHAT IS THE LOGIC IN SENDING ARTICLES THAT CT COMMENTATORS DISAGREE WITH WHEN CT ALLOWS THEM TO RIDICULE THE WRITER.

    IS THIS PART OF THE CT MISSION STATEMENT?

    IF CT AND ITS COMMENTATORS WISH TO READ ARTICLES THAT ONLY MAKE THEM HAPPY THEN WRITERS HOLDING OPPOSITE VIEWS ARE BETTER ADVISED NOT TO SEND THEIR ARTICLES…

    LET CT AND THEIR COMMENTATORS LIVE IN THEIR OWN MAKE BELIEVE WORLD.

    AS SOME SANE COMMENTATOR WROTE WHY ARE THESE JOURNALISTS NEVER WRITING ABOUT WHAT THE WEST DOES – THE CHILDREN KILLED BY THE WEST IN MIDDLE EAST…. BECAUSE I SAW THIS AUTHORS ARTICLE CHIDING THE WEST FOR KILLING PEOPLE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND SCORES OF OTHER NATIONS THAT THE WEST INVADED… THEREFORE I CANT SAY THAT THIS AUTHOR IS ANTI-MUSLIM….

    I WOULD ADVISE PEOPLE TO TAKE SAMPLES OF NEWSPAPERS AND ARTICLES WRITTEN BY THE NAMES SHE HAS GIVEN FOR PEOPLE THEMSELVES TO SEE THE TRUTH… OTHERWISE PLEASE LIVE IN YOUR OWN FANTASY LAND…

    I FOR ONE LIKE TO READ COMMENTS FROM WHICH I CAN LEARN SOMETHING – NOT COMMENTS ABUSING WRITERS WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CONTENTS OF THE ARTICLE… AND THE WAY THE CT EDITORIAL STAFF ENCOURAGES THIS MAKES ME NOT WANT TO COMMENT HEREAFTER….

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      My friend, I agree 100%.
      You know what? The truth hurts.. Hence this barrage of criticism from the crabs who find their plot is getting exposed…

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        Whose truth hurts Paul? Whose truth?

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          Simple my dear Nabil, simple.

          It is Sonali’s truth as further expounded by Ashoo…

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            Remember there’s nothing called Free Speech or Free Press in Sri Lanka. All media houses are controlled and under the Regime.

            Over 60 Journalists ran away to other countries from 2009 and 14 Journalists been killed by the Regime from 2005 onwards. Read the following web.

            http://puyallup.patch.com/groups/local-connections/p/internationally-renowned-journalist-struggles-to-find-work-in-puyallup

            Even opposition leader is been questioned by CID for simply writing a Book in Buddhism.

            This is what is called a Coward’s Greedy Fool’s way of Governing.

            That’e why Shenali Waduge type articles that are been welcomed and published in newspapers.

            Remember it’s only the Donkey’s who cannot understand what is truly taking place behind the scene.

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      This has always been the case in CT, you find extreme Islamaphobes (Lester, Leela etal) who out of no relevance to the article SLANDER Islam, the Prophet and Muslims.

      What about the open BBS HATE bonanzas?

      Sounds like you are and the Author are getting a taste of your own Medicine :)

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    Well said Shenali.

    Just look at history and see what happened to Buddhism bashers. They got genocide bashed!

    e.g.
    Ellalan – wiped out
    Cholan – wiped out
    Magha – wiped out
    Arya Chakrawarti – wiped out
    Ponnambalams – wiped out in 1939
    Chelva – wiped out in 1958
    Amirthaligam – wiped out in 1983
    Prabakaran – wiped out in 2009

    The war created 89,000 Tamil Mahaveer war widows and killed 89,000 Tamil men. If the other minority follows them, SL will have to have Sharia law to get 89,000 x 4 = 356,000 women married again!

    Einstein said doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a sign of lunacy. If Arabs and South Indians want to AGAIN try their old tricks, they are most welcome! Our guns, bombs, bullets have an expiry date. Use them or lose them (corruption)!!

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      Mulli

      All your armchair pontification about the war victory is possible because the Indians, Pakistanis, and the US helped our forces.

      Remember the time the JVP took over police stations armed with galkattas and 2 X 2 polu?

      Remember the time the armed forces ran fro dear life when Mankulam and Mullaitivu camps were attacked.

      I am not belittling the brave soldiers who gave their lives so that we could live, but don’t bite the hand that fed you!

      Was it A Lincoln who said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool ALL of the people ALL of the time.”?

      But I like the one from G Bush – “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”.

      This government and the majority think they can fool the world, but to most of the world we are not worth wasting their time, that’s how insignificant we are!

      As for your racism and proud acknowledgement that there are nearly 90,000 widows and that you are willing to widow another 90,000 I can only repeat what Einstein said”Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” and in your case the fond hope that you can keep people subjugated and servile by using murderous tactics!

      Now off from your arm chair and on to the world reality

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        I too like Einstein, one of the wisest men who lived in the human history. Einstein treated nature as God and did not believe in a personal god, a belief he criticized.

        He is also reported to have said “Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.

        If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism”.

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          Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. and 2) Buddhism is the only religion able to cope with modern scientific needs – Einstein/
          As a Buddhist and physicist myself, I’d be delighted if this very widely-cited quote really could be attributed to Einstein, but regrettably there is no evidence that it can. It sometimes appears with a reference to Albert Einstein: The Human Side (Princeton University Press, 1954), but there is never a page reference – for the simple reason that the quote does not appear anywhere in that book.
          I have personally discussed the reliability of this quote with Einstein scholars (including John Stachel at Boston U, and founding editor of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein), and with the authors of compilations of Einstein quotations (Thomas J. McFarlane, author of Buddha and Einstein: The Parallel Sayings and Alice Calaprice, author of The New Quotable Einstein) – none of whom cite it. In short, neither they nor I know of any evidence that Einstein delivered a speech containing this quote.
          Of course, anyone who had unearthed a reliable citation shouldn’t hesitate to reinstate the quote – and to inform these scholars, all of whom would be delighted to know about it (as would I)!. Robma 09:53, 15 April 2006 (UTC)/
          From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ABuddhism_and_science#Einstein_and_Buddhism:_a_widely-cited_but_spurious_quotation

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            @Paul, i presume you are interested in indisputable truth and not Speculation and conjecture!

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              Keep reading the very same Wikipedia article you quoted a few more lines Jamal …

              “Articles like this unfortunately demonstrate the weakness at the core of the Wikipedia project.

              This article is so bad I nearly fell off my chair reading it”.

              Contrary to what he claims “As a Buddhist … myself”, the writer R.Obama is more likely a one from your clan…

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              But anything Wikipedia writes against Islam is OK to you – but anything against BUDDHISM, is bad. Come on Paul its time to grow up!

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          @ Paul,

          If Einstein lived today, he would not be allowed to practice his religion in any Muslim nation, except Iran. You can clearly see how backwards (Sunni) Islam is.

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            Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
            Robert Frost

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              You hate the Jews and pray for the destruction of Israel, but the truth is that Islam is nothing more than an unrefined version of Judaism.

              “But there was another element in shaping his [Muhammad’s] character: The influence of Rabbis. Islam and Judaism have a lot in common. They have basically the same eschatology and very similar teachings…..These are all secondary influences of Judaism on Islam. The main common feature between these two faiths is their intolerance. This intolerance in Judaic texts gave the narcissist Muhammad the power to do as he pleased…..How could he get away with that? Why would people believed [sic] in his unproven and often irrational claims? The answer to this question is in Judaism. The Rabbis in Arabia had laid the psychological foundations for Islam among the tolerant pagans…..The reasons Arabs fell into his [Muhammad’s] trap was because of the groundwork laid by the Rabbis in Arabia.

              http://www.loonwatch.com/2013/04/richard-dawkins-anti-islamanti-muslim-propaganda-exposed-the-facts/

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            What did you find that big in Einstein? His ‘Relativity’ is still in question.

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            SPECULATION AND CONJECTURE!

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            That is pure speculation !

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      Muliyawaikkal

      “Just look at history and see what happened to Buddhism bashers. They got genocide bashed!”

      You got your facts and incidents twisted in your dirty underwear.

      Please reread your comments in historical perspective then think about it before you type your comments, if thinking is not too much for you.

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      If the minority women raise their gyms you will not have an ass to stick on.

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      EVEN POOR YAKSHAS, NAGAS, DEVAS & RAKSHAS

      AN INDEGENOUS CULL IS CELEBRATED BY TWO NEIGHBOURING KALLTHONIES.

      GANDI’S ANSWER TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION CAN BE APPLIED TO ‘OUR’ OWN

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      Think you just had a “enzo” moment!

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    To Mahavamsa Bashers:
    What is Mahavansa inheritance? Do people who attack Mahavamsa know what it is? Have they even read Geiger;’s or other translation of it? Mahavamsa bashing has now become a trope with the un-informed, even a perversion.G.G.Ponnambalam, the first to attack Mahavamsa did so for political reasons because it did not speak about a Tamil heritage to territory in Sri Lanka.
    But serious Tamil scholars from Ponnambalam Ramanathan to K.Indrapala admit that if not for Mahavamsa there is no hearing of early Tamils. Mahavamsa has been fair to these rulers.
    Mahavamsa was a religious text written to impart good thought to people. Every chapter ends with words of wisdom.

    The list is long. Here are just two gems-
    “Thus are pious men wont to appease an enmity, though heaped up from many causes, even if it be great, what wise man, pondering this, shall not be of peace loving mind toward others? (CH.24).
    “Sovereignty: Thus reflecting that sovreignty,being the source of many an injustice, a man of pious heart will never enjoy it as if it were sweet food mixed with poison

    There is a message to the people after relating the deeds of rulers, good and bad, to live rightously, eschew greed for material things, practie metta, (loving kindness to beings), generosity (giving),and live a virtous life and such other virtues that Buddha preached.”

    Can Mahavamsa bashers explain what negative features Mahavamsa heritage brings out and what is troubling them? Then only can one find a level field for debate.Just to attack Mahavamsa by joining Ponnambalam’s band wagon is being unfair.Mahavamsa is the text that Tamils cannot do without, as it was described.The text needs to be translated into Tamil.It has been translated into Sinhalese, Burmese, Siamese,Cambodian,German, English,and French.The Portuguese and the Dutcknew it.

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      hello Leela :)

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      Pious

      ” Do people who attack Mahavamsa know what it is? Have they even read Geiger;’s or other translation of it?”

      My elders have read it from cover to cover, many times over.

      Please throw them a few difficult questions and test them on their knowledge Mahawamsa.

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      But Bikku Iththaekande Saddathissa Sec General of Ravana Balavegaya has contested your views. According to him Mahavansaya was written by Buddhagosha!. He was an Indian (sthat is why nothing about Ravana is mentioned in Mhavansa, Bikku Saddhatissa said in his uncontested interview in Irida Lankadeepa two weeks ago. Beware with all Balawegayas coming with the support of authorities very soon it may be difficult to defend the authenticity of your Mahavansa

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    My view is exposed by the majority critics of Waduge, this showpiece pup of a girl trying to become a Pora in the Media sponsored by the ruling rouge junta who needs somebody to defend them in the English media where no good Buddhist come forward.

    Sorry Waduge singhala educated villagers could be hoodwinked by your saviours of Bhuddhism like BBS, Ravana,JHU,etc including your thuggish sponsors, not the English educated gentlemen s who knows ethics taught by the British. they always will call a spade as spade.

    Your English media bashing Buddhism will not hold water.

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    This is to ALL CT”s regular fanlist of VIP Pseudonyms (some of them who are probably the bashers mentioned or staff of CT

    Question 1:
    How many of these bashers named have ever written a single line against the West’s invasions and destruction of Middle East namely MUSLIMS?
    None – But I believe Shenali has and she has written plenty of articles accusing the west of killing innocent Muslims especially children.

    Question 2:
    How many of these Muslim commentators are aware that they are being fooled? Is Syria not funded by Saudi – the very country that has been the reason behind the issues in SL where they are pumping money to create an Arab culture …. often paying people to get their wives to wear the burka?
    I know my posh friends who booze and enjoy a good life do not want these maniacs to take over SL… look at some videos of how things are in the UK and EU will you … my Muslim friends hav a rollicking time and they dont want to see such in SL … and they agree that they are misfits amongst the extremists rising in East.

    Question 3:
    What do you guys all say about CONVERSIONS – Christian/Catholic and Islam… is this also not part of the issues… u nicely hide all your faults and then humiliate people…

    I doubt any of the above will get into anyone’s head but what needs to be said needs to be said…

    Most of the bashers mentioned above are all paid people… that is they write for a living.. if they write for a living it means they have to write some of the things Shenalie has accused them of… now why dont u prove Shenalie is paid by some party first….

    Now all this is getting too boring.. can we all move on to seeing DIG Vaass lands up in prison and not the prison hospital and in those sexy shorts that Fonseka wore… i would really like to see what Vaas wife looks like… she’s some steamy character..

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      Uxorious? Is it the ultimate game you vie to play in the end of your comment.

      If one, yearning for sensual pleasure,
      achieves it, yes,
      he’s enraptured at heart.
      The mortal gets what he wants.
      But if for him, yearning,
      the pleasures diminish,
      he’s shattered,
      as if shot with an arrow.

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    If what she says is true then it is a sad indictment on the conscience of the Buddhists and a failure of Buddhism to produce a social conscience that challenges injustice within itself and the society in which it finds itself.

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    What the majority of these postings here show is how much there is hate speech against Buddhism and its believers. One is not allowed even to speak about it as seen from the opposition mounted against this writer who had the guts to call a spade a spade.No more proof is needed about the hate climate against Buddhists raised mostly non-religionists.Such is the attitude of these great proteganists of democracy, speakers against intolerance.

    To those Muslim friends who have contributed to the attack under Muslim sounding names one could say, go to Saudi Arabia or meet the Taliban and see for themselves how things are. Will they be able to raise a voice?
    Do not worry. This is like a street Petition posted by a small number, some even do not exist as the case one person protesting the use of a name similar to his name shows. The majority of people in the country are not English speakers. This demonstrates how miniscule this remonstration is, though full of venom. It is no more than frustration and perversion of a few, including that K/M.

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      Bewilderd

      You continue to bewilder me.

      “What the majority of these postings here show is how much there is hate speech against Buddhism”

      What majority of the comments show is the commentators’s love and respect for Buddhism in its pristine form and not for the political garbage recycled as Sinhala/Buddhism.

      People should reclaim/liberate Buddha’s teaching from Sinhala/Buddhists and their perverted saffron clad thugs before they attempt to democratise this island.

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    Bravo … Shenali … as always you SPEAK THE TRUTH! Here is something else to add to your comments: The British Tamil Forum has REJECTED the Devolution under the 13th Amendment; SECESSION is whaat they need … RIGHT AWAY!

    WONDERFUL! The British Tamil Forum is one of the main Eelamist Tamil Diaspora organizations. If they don’t want Power Devolved under the 13th Amendment, then the GOSL will NEVER satisfy the Eelamist Tamil DEMANDS with it, because it is the Eelamist Tamil Diaspora that is driving the pressure brought to bear on Sri Lanka by Western countries to devolve power.

    It is JUST AS WE HAVE SAID ALL ALONG: No reasonable accommodation can be achieved with the Eelamists that does not give them a base and the power to proceed towards Eelam. Even now they want what amounts to outright secession, just as the late unlamented Velupillai Prabhakaran wanted all along. He fought when he felt powerful, and talked when he was on the ropes, but NEVER BUDGED from his goal of an INDEPENDENT EELAM STATE. So it is with the Eelamists of today.

    Therefore, AT LEAST NOW, dear Mr. President, TAKE A STAND and set an EARLY DATE for a NATIONWIDE REFERENDUM (NOT a REFERENDUM in the Northern and/or Eastern Provinces only) to REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Council System, and LET ALL OF THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE OF Sri Lanka DECIDE the ISSUE!

    The RIGHT TO ELECT one’s candidates to the National Parliament is FRANCHISE ENOUGH for any Law Abiding Citizen. Only SEPARATISTS and Provincial Council BUREAUCRATS trying to hang on to their with CUSHY JOBS paid by the Sri Lankan Taxpayer want Provincial Councils.

    GET RID OF ALL Provincial Councils, they are a source of ABUSE & WASTE, and are a GRAVE THREAT to the INTEGRITY OF THE COUNTRY. Tiny Sri Lanka DOES NOT NEED another layer of EXPENSIVE & UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY to harass the people …. it makes Sri Lanka NON-COMPETITIVE in the Global Marketplace!

    NEVER …. NEVER ….. NEVER let the UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS Control Provincial Councils, or we will have COMMUNAL WARFARE AGAIN in Sri Lanka!

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      Ananda, USA.

      You say………”GET RID OF ALL Provincial Councils, they are a source of ABUSE & WASTE, and are a GRAVE THREAT to the INTEGRITY OF THE COUNTRY. Tiny Sri Lanka DOES NOT NEED another layer of EXPENSIVE & UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY to harass the people …. it makes Sri Lanka NON-COMPETITIVE in the Global Marketplace!”

      Actually at the moment the whole of Sri Lanka is administer, control and run by the Four Rajapakse Brothers.

      It’s economy,it’s urban and rural developmeent,all contracts and projects, 100% of the budget,it’s Parliament,it’s Police and security force, It’s Media, it’s economic Development, it’s judiciary, foreign missions, and the Cash Box (central bank)etc,etc, everything are managed, controlled and disbursed by the four Rajapakse Brothers.

      Therefore actually we even do not need a Parliament, let alone Provincial Councils, since Rajapakse Brothers are on top of everything.

      All these Parliament and Urban and Provincial Counsils are mere white Elephants and white wash show off unnecessary maintenance expenditure.

      Let the Four Rajapakse Brothers and their Siblings and Family Friends run the country for ever whatever way they want and that’s what they do now.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/infographic-rajapaksa-family-and-nepotism
      http://www.tbcuk.net/?p=14223
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajapaksa_family

      We do not need anymore elections, Parliament or Provincial Counsils.
      Let Rajapakses Govern and have the Family Dynasty thrive in Sri Lanka.

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        “Mahela”,

        Finally Sri Lanka gets an effective Leadership that eradicates terrorism .. a feat that eluded all previous administrations, reconstructs the North & East destroyed by the LTTE, and builds the economic infrastructure we sorely need to propel Sri Lanka out of its miserable state as a under-developed country perpetually in need, and all you can do is to vent your spleen on that Leadership?

        Perhaps you would like that arch-traitor Ranil Wickremasinghe in power so he can divide and dish out the country to the Eelamists, the NGOs, the Evangelical Missionaries harvesting souls, and every foreign busybody who wants Sri Lanka to PROSTITUTE ITSELF for pieces of Gold, while neglecting the aspirations of the vast majority of Sri Lankan citizens who want to prosper and hold their heads up high in their own Motherland?

        The Rajapakse brothers are PATRIOTS delivering what their fellow citizens hope and pray for. Jealous anti-national agitators who do not share the dreams of the vast majority of ordinary Sri Lankans …. can go to hell!

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          Ananda,

          Again you miss many points.

          First it is not the President Rajapakse who won the war, but Gen.Sarath Fonseka.

          Please watch the following Youtube web what Tiran Alles say.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQ64bDD3Yk
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UpzLO35vdc

          Yes Reconstruct not only North East but also Building Harbours in Hambanthota with no ships coming and Mattala with no Planes and Norochcholai power plant always break down. Easiest way of making mega Commission with no development.

          Even the artifacts in Colombo Museum are been robbed by the Kangetta.

          Who said President Rajapakses have eradicatd Terrorism…..
          Yes, he had the chance of eradicating Terrorism soon after the end of the war. But without finding a solution he monopolised it for his own political gain and he Jailed the war hiro Gen.Fonseka.

          he duped the whole country including you who still believe in him as the saviour.

          Rajapakses Duped the Moderate Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim community, India, EU, UN,USA, LLRC and UNHRC regarding the implementation of 13th Amendment.

          But now wait and see what is going to happen in the coming months.

          Rajapakses along with their coolie gangs who duped us Sinhalese will have to womit the Kiribath we ate on the Liberation day……and that day is coming pretty soon.

          You will see the real Rajapakses then.

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    If at first you don’t secede try and try again.

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    We don’t need Buddhism bashers with the JHU, BBS and S. Ravaya around. Their actions and speech is enough. The problem is not in Buddhism or any religion for that its the sycophants who want to use it to further themselves. We need a strong sincere Sri Lankan to come out and say we are ONE and that’s what Buddhism teaches. Whats happening in Burma and Thailand is not Buddhism at work but a sick monk running amok.

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    “giya veddo, noma viddo……., tava eddo, pasu eddo, biya neddo” (Maname).
    Our Native Vedda is not from Bintenna.He is pre-Veddiod,racist to the core.
    What Mahavamsa for him! Cannot one see his contempt for it that he does not want to associate himself even with reading it.He ascribes the reading to his Elders! How can he or any other criticize what one has not read? He is the new Internet intellectual playing with his bow-strings. He must be diret escendant from Ponnamabalam who obvisouly read read Mhv from cover to cower before rejecting it.

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      Pious Thought

      My elders have read it from cover to cover, many times over.

      Please throw them a few difficult questions and test them on their knowledge Mahawamsa.

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