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Buddhism, Sri Lankan Trump Supporters & The Pedagogy Of The Oppressed

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

To all genuine followers of Buddhism, and everyone else who believes in equality, the US election was a punch in the gut. A man who ran on a campaign of racism, taking American jobs away from immigrants and foreign nationals, a man who took pride in not paying his share of taxes and swore to implement a regressive tax policy, cutting taxes for the rich, putting the burden of funding government on the poor, a man who was caught on tape talking about raping women, became the leader of the free world. In the first 24 hours following the election results alone, 8 American transexual youth committed suicide. People console themselves saying he’s not going to be as bad as he seems, but, within days of his election Trump appointed a white nationalist as his chief of staff. Since the election, in many states across the United States, Nazi swastikas were graffitied on walls, muslim, black, Asian, brown and LGBTQ citizens were harassed, and assaulted. In cities big and small all around the world, from New York to London to Tokyo, white supremacists have sprung up, racist hate crime reports have risen. On one hand this is going to be a painful four years for Americans and political minorities around the world. On the other hand, however, this may be the only way for those blinded by privilege and believe that racism, and misogyny don’t exist in today’s world, to get a front row seat to watch these issues unveil themselves on the centre stage of global politics.

The mind-numbing question remains: how is it that we saw quite a few Sri Lankans supporting Trump? It’s easy to come to the usual conclusions: these are people let down by our antiquated education system, people with little to no exposure to progressive politics, perhaps out of ignorance they found Trump to be entertaining. There’s the obvious factor of sexism; nothing scares chauvinist men, and women raised to be subservient to men more than living in a world in which the most powerful nations are run by women. And then there’s the extremely flawless, rational theory of our fellow Sinhala aunties and uncles: “Hillary took money from those with ties to the LTTE,” so even if Hitler were to rise from the dead and run against her, so be it, they’d still want her to lose. There is also the rational counterargument that we Sri Lankans lost our right to point our fingers to those supporting terrorism the moment we let our state kill thousands of our own civilians, celebrated it, and live in denial that it ever happened. But of course, no ordinary Sri Lankan would have the backbone to open that can of worms. (Appachchi taught us well.) For most Sri Lankans it was either one or all of those factors above that convinced them to support Trump. On a surface level, the explanations above make sense; it seems that Sri Lankan Trump supporters didn’t have the intellectual capacity to grasp the fact that we too are brown and fall under the same category of people Trump and his campaign claimed to be unworthy of equal rights as white men. As tragic as that is, it leads us to my next point. I do not believe that Sri Lankans supporting Trump is a phenomenon that merely resembles the level of ignorance in our society and how much more we need to reform our education system to educate our children about our history of colonial oppression, colourism and the baggage it has left us with. I believe this phenomenon resembles a much a deeper issue pertaining to a slave mindset nourished in Sri Lankans by decades of political, religious and chauvinist propaganda that convinced us that bigotry is a form of patriotism, and made us victim to authoritarian leaders who claimed to be socialists, time and time again.

The Contamination of Theravada Buddhismbuddhist_monks_protest

“Sri Lanka is a Buddhist nation” I hear this on the news everyday. It’s a tagline in our political speeches. Is Sri Lanka really a Buddhist nation? Somedays, I truly wish it was.

Is Sri Lanka really home to a population of people that embody true buddhist values and logic? Or are we a nation constitutionally bound to protect a doctrine that is easily manipulated and misinterpreted by clergy and others with political agendas? The answer to both questions above is “no,” but, we are incredibly closer to the latter than the first.

Buddhism, to me, is a very personal thing. It is a spiritual way of life that helps us through difficult times. It guides us when making important decisions and questions our conscience when we are faced with tough choices. In this world full of hate and inexplicable injustice nothing can calm your soul than the buddhist philosophy of compassion. Buddhism teaches us integrity: to be a thathaavaadhi, yathaakari, yathaavaadhi thathakaari individual,(one who says what one does and does what one says) to stay above the fray like a lotus in a pond, to surround ourselves with the right mentors and friends, ( asewanaacha baalanam, pandithanancha sevana,) to keep up with the times and improve our capacity of the Dhamma: Kalena Dhamma Sakachcha/Savannahcha (some tend to interpret this as merely listening to/ discussing the dhamma at the appropriate time, but I’d take it a step further to say the Buddha was intelligent enough to believe the world was bound to evolve and Buddhism should too, and that this clause meant that we should discuss the dhamma as it related to the respective time). In a country such as ours in which mental health is very much reliant upon home remedies, with a culture in which western medicine, psychiatry and personal therapy are almost unheard of when dealing with times of grave loss, trauma and other common causes of mental instability, religion is what most people resort to, for solace and strength. If you think about it, the true role of religion/ faith in holding people together, internally and externally, the grip it possesses in helping people in their most difficult times, and guiding them to aspire to be better versions of themselves in good times, is truly powerful.

In a nation that survived a 30 year war and two brutal insurgencies, we are a traumatized population. Religion played a huge role in helping our population grieve, endure and move on. The temples, churches, kovils and mosques often provided solace to mothers, fathers, and widows who lost their loved ones at war. During the black July, as some Sri Lankan families saw their homes being burnt down by their fellow citizens, they still believed that God-willing, life could get better, that they would find safety sooner or later if not in their motherland, in a land far away. On some of the footage in No Fire Zone you can see mothers, fathers and children praying to God, as shells poured over from the sky. In 2004 as the tsunami hit us hard, we resorted to places of worship, for strength; in times of inexplicable pain and violence, to many, religion was the only thing that made sense. Millions take their newborn children to the place of faith they feel connected to, to pass on the power and blessings of their faiths to their children. Religion is an intergenerational companion. Whether you believe in a religious faith or not, it is undeniable that the effect religions have on many people’s lives is truly remarkable. I’m not saying that religion is the only element in society that can have this effect on people, but in Sri Lankan society, this energy of faith is noticeably a powerful one. Buddhism, as the religion practiced by a larger group of the population, is no different. The power of millions of people’s faith in compassion, kindness, empathy and equanimity should amount to something: something worth saving.

For the longest time, however, Buddhism in Sri Lanka has been becoming increasingly politicized, taking away its power as a personal faith to one that is authoritarian, bigoted, and sometimes violent. Why is that?

1. For many decades the Buddhism curricula taught in Sri Lankan schools discriminate within the Triple Gem: we teach our children about the Buddha, and the Sangha but barely touch on the Dhamma.

Think about it: we learn more about Prince Sidhuhath’s life, his royalty, his journey to enlightenment, the royal stories of Buddha’s time: how the kings lived by the rules of the sangha, and the importance of royal/state patronage for the Sangha than we do about the actual Dhamma (which is the core of the philosophy of Buddhism). We also come across recurring lessons on the acceptance of social hierarchy: how those who had done good deeds in their previous lives were born to higher classes/castes and those who had sinned were born to lower classes/castes. How craftily they sew in such divisive messages into a beautiful philosophy of equality is astonishing.

This fact is not a coincidence. This is a carefully orchestrated pedagogy of a vulnerable and oppressed community, to manipulate their views on the world, politics and themselves; it has normalized classism, state patronage of bigotry, and made it impossible for Sri Lanka to maintain the required democratic distance between the temple and the state.

We are not alone; the only other nation in the world to follow the version of Theravada Buddhism closest to ours, Thailand, has done the exact same. They have used Buddhism as a tool to create a nation claiming to be a democracy with a population that obeys its monarchy, normalizes and accepts social hierarchies.

2. Donald Trump, Adolph Hitler, Ferdinand Marcos, and other leaders who came to power through racist ideologies tapped into an inner pride in majoritarian societies that gave them a sense of privileged security. They convinced their followers that bigotry was a form of patriotism. In Sri Lanka, a large group of nationwide Buddhist monks are doing the same.

There used to be a time when the temple was the cornerstone of our society. When a roof of a muslim home blew away in the rain, that family could find a home in the temple, all villagers regardless of their race and religion would come together and rebuild that home. We stuck to our original principles of: compassion, kindness and equanimity. But today that Buddhism no longer exists. Overtime, politician after politician, textbook after textbook have run the propaganda that sometimes blatantly stated and often subtly dog-whistled rhetoric that made the Sinhalese believe that they were the more superior Sri Lankans. When Trump did the exact same with the white Americans, it helped so many Sri Lankans validate these thoughts of racial-purity that had grown in them.

You Tamil Dog, I Will Kill You” earlier this week a Buddhist monk told a Grama Sevaka in Batticaloa. In the video footage of it, he seemed genuinely insecure, he claimed that the Sinhalese put up with the LTTE shooting at them, but now the Tamils are going to courts against the Sinhalese. When a population lives in privilege for so long and that privilege is normalized, another community’s demand for equal rights as them becomes a threat to their privilege and is misunderstood as oppression.

Sinhalese privilege is a sense of security that no matter what; whether they are uneducated, whether they go broke or homeless, they will always be Sinhalese, they will stand above “the others.” A false sense of security that politicians have used time and time again to manipulate these vulnerable people. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) movement claims that they believe Islam is a hateful religion that promotes violence, so in the name of protecting Buddhism from this violent religion, they took to the streets and set Muslim homes in Aluthgama on fire. Last week BBS leader Gnanasara warned to create a bloodbath in Maligawatta.

When the sinhalese describe Tamils’ and Muslims’ equal rights demands as oppression, they mean that it is a threat to that privileged security the majority feels. When men describe feminism (women’s right to equal opportunities and respect) as oppression against men they are describing that it is a threat to male privilege.

3. Racism is not the only kind of bigotry promoted by the current Sri Lankan interpretation of Theravada Buddhism: it fosters sexism through structural and cultural discrimination.

Although Buddhism is built on the concept of equality and compassion, the Theravada Buddhist traditions orchestrated in Sri Lanka enforce patriarchal values. Although it was Sanghamitta Therani who arrived in Anuradhapura with a Bo sapling of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi, over the years patriarchal traditions have been established to ensure that women are not allowed to step on the Uda maluwa of sacred bo trees (although men are allowed to.)

When Ananda thera asked Buddha if there was any reason women could not attain enlightenment and enter Nirvana just as men can, Buddha admitted there was no reason a woman couldn’t be enlightened. “Women, Ananda, having gone forth are able to realize the fruit of stream-attainment or the fruit of once-returning or the fruit of non-returning or arahantship,” he said. The Buddhist philosophy in its core never identifies gender roles, however, later interpretations of Buddhism as an organized religion rather than a philosophy, has enforced gender roles through the medium kumara and kumari bambasara such as women’s responsibility to maintain “purity.”

The election commitee for appointing the Diyawadana Nilame is composed of Mahanayakas and divisional secretaries of former Kandyan kingdom areas, however it is said that “female and non-Buddhist divisional secretaries have no voting rights.” In the context of appointing key Buddhist figures, our current buddhist administration puts Buddhist women in the same category as non-Buddhists.

4. Racial Segregation of schools is still a thing in Sri Lanka. And students who go to segregated majoritarian schools often have an awfully misinterpreted understanding of what diversity and inclusion means; somewhat similar to Trump’s rhetoric of diversity.

Unfortunately there is yet to be a desegregation movement in Sri Lanka’s education system. America’s school desegregation movement in the 1960’s to large extent ended racial segregation and majoritarian schools ie. “white’s only” and “whites only schools with one digit percentage for minorities.” There is a large portion of schools in Sri Lanka that are structurally administered to admit a majority of Sinhala students with a one digit percentage of minority students. Racial segregation of schools takes away students’ opportunities for social cohesion, it normalizes discrimination and enforces racial/religious supremacy as a component of one’s identity, the same way gender segregation of schools takes away students’ opportunity to learn mutual respect and enforces the stereotypes of masculinity and femininity and gender roles. There are strict religiously entrenched laws that protect the segregation and the existence of majoritarian schools in Sri Lanka.trump

Where do we go from here?

Trump ran on a campaign of bringing jobs back to America. The United States is the single largest export destination for Sri Lankan products with over 22% of its exports. If he keeps his word, (which he most likely will because he’ll want to run for a second term) think about all the Sri Lankan workers that will lose jobs, endure pay cuts and lose benefits. Take the apparel industry in Sri Lanka for instance, which constitutes 52% of our industrial exports market and provides direct employment opportunities to over 300,000 and indirect employment to 600,000 Sri Lankans. The American economy is crashing, and as described by leading economists in the world from Krugman to Stiglitz, the economic repercussions of this on both America and the world are infinite.This transition could hit us hard. Very, very hard.

People spoiled under a progressive wonder that was the Obama administration, who had the privilege of blindly claiming that racism and sexism doesn’t exist in today’s world, will be forced to change their mind. But it is also likely that many will spend the next four years in blissful ignorance, blaming their problems on women and minorities trying to oppress them.

If we do not rethink our education of buddhism, clean it where it has been contaminated and misinterpreted, Buddhism will have the fate of Islam in the middle east; misinterpreted, misunderstood, divided and violent. We may continue to produce hateful Buddhist extremists who rightfully misunderstand equality for oppression. If we do not desegregate our schools both in terms of race and gender we may continue to produce Sri Lankans who are blissfully ignorant to the concepts of inclusivity and diversity.

Now, more than ever, we need to rethink our education system and the values we promote through it.

*Thisuri Wanniarachchi, 23, is the author of novels The Terrorist’s Daughter and Colombo Streets. She is Sri Lanka’s youngest State Literary Award winner and the world’s youngest national nominee to the prestigious Iowa International Writers’ Program. She is currently an undergraduate student and full scholar of Bennington College studying Political Economy and Education Reform.

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    Nodoubt about – a great analysis by a young writer – well done.
    Hope those who have been fallen deep will rethink about the harm being done by supporting the Batticalo and colombo mad monks.
    I see something in you, young writer, you can grow up to be an another Thisaree G of this nation. Hat off to you. Bonn, Germany Simon De Sliva

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      Thisuri Wanniarachchi

      RE:Buddhism, Sri Lankan Trump Supporters & The Pedagogy Of The Oppressed[Edited out]

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        Thisuri Wanniarachchi

        RE:Buddhism, Sri Lankan Trump Supporters & The Pedagogy Of The Oppressed[Edited out]

        IN JOURNALISM, TRUTH IS A PROCESS BUT SOMETIMES HARD TO SWALLOW AND DIGEST.

        //“Sri Lanka is a Buddhist nation” I hear this on the news everyday. It’s a tagline in our political speeches. Is Sri Lanka really a Buddhist nation? Somedays, I truly wish it was.//

        Thank you very much for your thought provoking questions, especially for a young person like you who is only 23 years old!. Every Lankan, irrespective of race and religion should be proud of you. Bless your parents for bringing you up with an open mind.

        After all this is what Buddha’s Philosophy, love of wisdom., is all about.

        Of course this is not Sinhala “Buddhism”. So what is Sinhala Buddhism, or more accurately Para-Sinhala Para “Buddhism” in the Land of native Veddah Aethho?

        Did the Buddha visit Sri Lanka?

        The account given in the Mahavamsa has no historical evidence to support the proposition that the Buddha ever visited this island . Biographer and literary critic Lytton Strachey once said, “ignorance is the first requisite of the historian. Ignorance which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and limits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. Had Lytton Strachey ever read the Mahavamsa, he would have been delighted to realize that Mahanama had followed his observation to the very letter.

        In Mahawamsa, Mahanama, the author of the Mahavamsa refers to three visits by the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Is this historically correct? Did the Buddha ever visit Sri Lanka? To ascertain whether the description in the Mahavamsa has any basis, one has to study the life of the Buddha, as revealed in the Pali Canon.

        Immediately after Enlightenment, the Buddha walked from Buddha Gaya to Saranath. From Saranath, He set out to wander by stages to Uruvela. At that time three ascetics with matted hair — Kassapa of Uruvela, Kassapa of the River and Kassapa of Gaya — were living at Uruvela. When the Buddha was living at Uruvela, Kassapa’s sacrificial ceremony fell due.

        The Mahavamsa says, “Now, since a great sacrifice by Kassapa of Uruvela was near at hand, and since He (the Buddha) saw that this latter would fain have Him away .., the Conqueror in the ninth month of his Buddhahood, at the full moon of Phussa, Himself set forth for the Isle of Lanka…

        “To this great gathering of the Yakkas went the Blessed One and there in the midst of that assembly, hovering in the air over their heads, at the place of the future Mahiyangana Thupa, He struck terror to their hearts, by rain, storm, darkness and so forth. The Yakkas, overwhelmed by fear, besought the fearless Vanquisher to release them from fear. Then, when He had destroyed their terror,… the Master preached them the doctrine.” (Geiger’s translation pages 3 and 4)

        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091213/Plus/plus_12.html

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8dBUBQHj5g

      please check the video, if any monk would take it to their hand, we dont need police in this country. Police as if their gentitals are blocked by testing medical drugs, they remain silent.

      What is usual to me, police take the lead of any kind of confilct management where the police is present. But where this particular monk is present, Police behave subjugated to the monk…. who is deceving here.. who is the hidden hand here ?

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      IF ANYONE WOULD HAVE BEHAVED LIKE THE MAD MONK IN BATTCALO- POLICE REACT ON THE SPOT AND ARREST THE CULPRITS: BUT POLICE IS SO SHEEPISH HERE:

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      Only at the end of this most wonderful article did I realise to my amazement that the author Thisuri Wanniarachchi is only 23. May God Bless You With More Strength to your Pen. When as a young child, my mother used to relate to me a story she had heard from somewhere. There was Steven born to bigoted parents, asking his mother if he could bring Melvin, his class mate to tea. She asked him if he was black. “I don’t know” Steven replies. “I hadn’t looked”. I am of the opinion that children are not born with bigotry and racism but taught it by their parents and their community. On the subject of Trump, when he was banging the drum to take America back, he must have meant to the 50’s and 60’s when blacks were lynched just for being black, schools, public transport and the beaches and parks segregated. Fortunately the bigots are in the minority and that day will never come. Trump won through gross misinformation and the Americans will realise their mistake before his term is up.

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      She insults Islam.

      Middle east is violent not because Islam has been misunderstood but because outsiders incite violence in the rich middle east out of jealousy and the urge to sell their weapons.

      These conflicts have nothing to do with Islam.

      Did WW1 and WW2 have anything to do with Christianity? No. Then why drag Islam?

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        Jewish were persecuted by the Christians in the WW1 and 2. So to some degree it has to do with Christians.

        In your other post, I saw that you said why Tamil names sound like LTTE names. Is this is a fluke that your name sound like an ISIS’s slave-wife’s name?

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    a good piece Thisuree and more power to your pen and please keep it coming !

    As for the TRUMPachchee who is about to sworn in, we had a more mature megalomaniac called Appachchi who was to be called a distant relative of Lord Buddha’s Sakhya caste by that joker called Jackson Anthony.

    How lucky we as a nation got rid of that Appachchi and whatever the shortcomings and thousands of disappointments we have with this Yahapalana types, cannot think of the proportions of the dire strait of the country is Appachchi was to govern us until this day.

    As for Buddhism., 99.99% of the monks we see today are ordained for economical reasons and they are not fit into monkhood and just a set of thieves like the present day politicos.

    How many of our famillies will dare to give a son to the nearby temple to be ordained in present day Sri Lanka?

    Ive seen in a temple nearby, there are about 20 new samaneras, all of them are 3-7 yeard old and got from poor families in villages who simply cannot afford to care for them and send to a school etc and the easiest way is to give to a temple to be ordained and with this kind of kids ordained without their consent is very dangerous. We will see more and more thug Gnanasaras and other yellow robbed moron from Batticaloa etc.

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      K.A. Sumanawathie

      Is that boy in the picture above Gnanasara’s abandoned illegitimate son?

      Prof Gananath Obeysekere eloquently argued for the liberation of child samaneras from monastic life.

      It is another form of child cruelty, abuse, and slavery.

      Princeton prof. says ‘No’ to Sri Lanka child monks
      Kyodo News

      http://www.buddhismtoday.com/
      english/world/facts/104-notochildmonk.htm

      Child ordinations and the rights of children
      by Gananath Obeyesekere

      http://www.infolanka.com/
      org/srilanka/cult/13.htm

      Professor Gananath Obeyesekere’s reply
      ‘Modern Devadattas’

      http://www.island.lk/
      2001/09/12/opinio03.html

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        Great Questions from NV, hat off to you.

        “Is that boy in the picture above Gnanasara’s abandoned illegitimate son? “

        I never thought Ghansara woudl have been fertile to create his kind of offsprings, but you never know.. from what we have been compelled to see sofar, I trust him to be part of all crimes.

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      quote:
      Ive seen in a temple nearby, there are about 20 new samaneras, all of them are 3-7 yeard old and got from poor families in villages who simply cannot afford to care for them and send to a school etc and the easiest way is to give to a temple to be ordained and with this kind of kids ordained without their consent is very dangerous. We will see more and more thug Gnanasaras and other yellow robbed moron from Batticaloa etc. Unquote

      I think it is no means morally right children to become Samaneras. They woud not know what they will have to go through being part of temples of various kind. I have no doubt, the way today s monks have been, those samaneras surely faces all kind of harassement in the growing life. Psychologists believe, the mental growth from childhood is the basis anyone to succeed the life. If Samaneras are as said, if get abused, their entire lives would have been damaged. I think Human Rights Organisations should vehemently act against little kids being deceived by temples.

      There is a big voice against children becoming child labour slaves – but there exist no such organisation to go radical against LITTLE ones being caputred by BUDDHIST TEMPLE calling that will give more sinns to the parents of the children.
      Also humanly, those parents shold see the today context, rather than the tradication and cultural thoughts about Samaneras.

      Authorities over to you.

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      K.A. Sumanawathie

      “As for Buddhism., 99.99% of the monks we see today are ordained for economical reasons and they are not fit into monkhood and just a set of thieves like the present day politicos.”

      CORRECTION:

      Quite a few percent of them get ordained so that thy can go after boys in the temples and schools.

      Reference: Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

      Uploaded on May 29, 2010
      She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

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    Very well explained article depicting the present state o,ractice of Buddhism,handling minorities etc. Further, the writer is a Sinhala Buddhist who is young and being acknowledged internationally, has to be appreciated for her clear unwavering views.

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      I think Singhala buddhist and Buddists born to singhales families are two different groups.

      Singhala buddhist – led by exremist groups in the country. Public secret, that Rajapakshe men hidden behind the scence but play active role through BBS and similar other movements mobilized during the last few years inthe country.

      Buddhists born to Singhalese families – we the ones, we are born buddhists, no means part of violent groups that create new forms of violence inthis country. We are the silent majority, I believe writer has been a voice for us than to the extremist groups.

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        Seelawathie, Very true.

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      All of this to satisfy Trump, Putin and Modi the biggest Muslim killers of the world!

      Try to see the big picture. MaRa tried the same but when Muslim countries tried to save him at UNHRC, USA, India and Russia lost faith in him.

      Muslim population has grown and now approaching 10%. That is why Trump, Putin and Modi are so worried.

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    I have a strong faith in Buddhism. I too think people have grabbed Buddhism in the wrong way. If we really understand Buddhism a society where most are Buddhists and most of them are engaged in Buddhist rituals regularly the values of this society would not be so deteriorated. Surely we all have to rethink where we went wrong without further delay. The slogan we are Sinhala Buddhists would not help us in any way if we are away from real Buddhist teachings, Buddha Dhamma.

    Theruwan Saranai

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      We went wrong when Buddhism brought in to politics. Buddhism belongs to the welfare of the people irrespective of race, language, and color, not for only Sinhala.

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      Sriyani Mangalika

      “Theruwan Saranai”

      Three Gems: Buddha, Dhamma and Sanga.

      The Sangha on Lanka, Sinhala Buddhist Monks, have gone Berserk, and have become an Insult to Buddha and Dhamma.

      Therefore, you should say, Deruwan Saranai, Blessings of thew Double Gem.

      Do you really want the blessings Monks who of criminals and rapists?

      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

      Uploaded on May 29, 2010

      She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I&t=341s

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    While there are young thinkers and writers like this, there is still hope for the nation.

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    Thisuri
    Your thoughts and words are so beautiful as you are. God Bless you child. Your profound & enlightened ideas, at such a young age. Amazing.

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    Anti Christian bigotry helped elect Trump.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442286/donald-trump-liberals-anti-christian-bigotry-swung-election

    Trump was honest in his campaign, Hillary was not.
    Trump got almost same number of popular votes and the majority of electoral college votes.
    This is the built-in system in USA.

    Trump will make a good president.

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      Linking ultra Christian websites that is totally biased will only give you misinformation. Trump did not win because of Christian bigotry, the US is a Christian nation, and the present climate shows racists attacks on Muslim, Jews, and anything colored, the minority. Trump was NOT honest in his campaign, politicians lie, but research shows he lied to a very high percentage.

      Facts.

      He did NOT get the same number of popular votes as Clinton

      “Republican and president-elect Donald Trump’s loss in the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to grow nearly a week after he won the Electoral College vote, according to the latest tallies. Clinton now holds a 668,483 lead over the next president, with 61,039,676 votes to Trump’s 60,371,193, according to CNN.

      Clinton has seen her lead steadily climb in the last six days since shockingly losing the Electoral College to Trump 290-232. On Friday, Clinton’s lead was a little more than 395,000 votes. The latest vote count shows she is beating Democrat Al Gore’s grand total when he won the popular vote to George W. Bush in 2000, but ultimately lost the Electoral College vote”.

      http://www.ibtimes.com/popular-vote-latest-count-hillary-clinton-could-win-2-million-votes-over-president-2445684

      Trump will be a very dangerous President. All facts point to that, even his lies.

      “Fact-checking site PolitiFact has named the Donald Trump’s “collective misstatements” its “Lie of the Year.”
      “In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll,” PolitiFact wrote on its website. “But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.”

      PolitiFact checked 77 Trump statements and found that 76 percent of them were Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.
      In other words, for every four statements Donald Trump makes, only one of them is true, according to the site.”

      http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015-12-21/fact-checking-website-donald-trump-lies-76-percent-of-the-time

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        The strategy is this; Dems have 13 legislative states and GOP has 37. The more the minority scumbags protest and attack whites (3 hours ago. one white was attacked by 5 at Chicago- they are in jail) It becomes easy to horse trade for 1 legislative state.
        Then it becomes 12: to 38. As per 5th amendment GOP can pass any amendment without asking for vote.
        So we expect Trump to have all 10 amendments passed on 21st January.

        Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. Lord Byron

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    A really well balance article unlike one of your previous article in the CT where I had to make caustic remarks.

    You have really blossomed into a mature person.

    Please Keep Writing.

    Levi

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    There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war. (Reinhold Niebuhr)

    Thisuri says: “The mind-numbing question remains: how is it that we saw quite a few Sri Lankans supporting Trump”, showing that she is of the same mold as the likes of Sharmini. She considers all those who have a different opinion as stupid and to be treated with ridicule and contempt. She thinks that some of us were against Hillary because “She took money from those with ties to the LTTE” and in my case she is right on target. That indeed happens to be the main reason for me to be against her. I am sure, that the Tamil diaspora had Friedrich Nietzsche’s saying “the best weapon against an enemy is another enemy” (and a powerful paid one, I may add) in mind when they donated millions to the Clinton foundation. And if not for MARA it would have worked.

    The November 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine carries the article ‘Fragile Peace’ by Robert Draper, where it is mentioned, that Sri Lanka is the oldest continually Buddhist nation. I am sure such things do not matter to Thisuri, for whom Buddhism is a ‘personal thing’. But to me it matters a lot and I want it to continue that way for another 1000 years or more.

    Perhaps she thinks of Buddhism as something like a piece of land that she acquired from her parents. Something that was acquired automatically without any effort on her part. For her, those who fight to protect Buddhism for the future generations are idiots to be stopped.

    In my opinion, there are 4 kinds of Buddhists.

    1) Those like King Sangabodhi, who selfishly pursue their own salvation without any consideration for the protection of Dhamma.

    2) Those like me who see the threats but will not do much about it because we are cowards.

    3) Those like Thisuri who could not care less about it.

    7) Those like Theraputthabhya, the monk who unrobed and fought with Prince Gemunu, to protect the Dhamma because they were ready to sacrifice their today for sake of the tomorrow of others.

    In any case, one thing that Trump’s victory shows is that the power of the Satara Varam Devas extend even to USA protecting Lanka, the land where true Dhamma flourishes.

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      Yes, the numbers who are carictured by BUDDHIST extremist in the country, are the few as the writer focused here. Not every buddhist would blindly believe Ghansara or the like would be the saviour of srilanken buddhism.

      Ghasara and other rebel monks are part of the society, that live up their aggressions by abusing people s sweat. They get dana for nothing, they education for nothing, they get respect above everything for nothing. Today in a society with high cost of living, these men in safran robes but making their strong efforts in spreading aggressive thoughts that non-violence, are just opportunists. Most later become lay men – some though stay further in Sanga disguise -all related them can be analysed by anyone who are close them. These monks do any kind of punishable acts.

      Last July, I happeend to travel to SLanka, I had been waiting for my friends in the BUDU MALUWa of Kelaniya sacred temple- there whatI got to see was, the young monks were enjoying their mobile phones, while flirting with female worshipers to them. Any healthy observer from outside world could not see the difference between the behavioiurs of buddhist monks and lay people inthat incident.Anyways, this is the deteriorated situation the lanken culture has been taken to this date. Earlier days, there had been coupons issued to Sanga to use by themselves when travelling by public transport systems – it was just because Sangayas were not allowed to touch local currencies directly. tO THAT time, the reglion was held and respect that much – the monks in as a whole behaved themselves exemplary. That was like Leitfiguren – LEADING FIGURES for someone lay to follow. The strolling of a monk was seen as gentle, Today, the monks to have abused their behaviours – are beyond all bearing:

      Not just politicians, but even leaders of buddhist clergy not othave done enough to protect the buddhist cutlure, should be accoutable for all the mess fallen to this date. Even today, it s no late if theywould react accordingly.
      I believe, Sanga Court or the like should be introduced without delay….. Police should be given all powers to even arrest any violent monks without any rethink.

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        Seelawathie, undisciplined acts by monks is nothing new. They existed even at Buddha’s time. Now with the scientific advances in every field of human endeavor, temptations to commit Akusala Karmas have increased. There is a bad side as well as good side in everything. The bad side is what you have said about the young monks misusing smart phones. To be fair this is a phenomenon that is affecting all sectors of society.

        An example of the good side is the following extract from Wikepedia on Vinaya Pitaka that I got in a matter of seconds from the Internet. In the olden days, I would have had to work for days before I can obtain such information.

        According to the scriptures, in the first years of the Buddha’s teaching the sangha lived together in harmony with no vinaya, as there was no need, because all of the Buddha’s early disciples were highly realized if not fully enlightened. As the sangha expanded, situations arose which the Buddha and the lay community felt were inappropriate for samanas. According to tradition, the first rule to be established was the prohibition against sexual acts. The origin story tells of an earnest monk whose family was distraught that there was no male heir and so persuaded the monk to impregnate his wife. All three, the monk, his wife and son who both later ordained, eventually became fully enlightened arahants. (Wikepedia)

        Buddha considered spreading of the Dhamma as a prime duty of a monk. As soon as someone was ordained, he was sent out with the advice, Carata Bhikkave Carika – Bahu Jana Sukhaya – Bahu Jana Hitaya (Go monks, out in to the world beyond – for the well being and happiness of the people). Nowadays one need not do that with all the methods of instant communication available.

        If we consider the Sangha, we have those who go in to the forest to meditate, some who stay in a village temple tending to the needs of the lay society including dharna desnas and some who will travel the world (like the Dalai Lama) spreading the Dhamma.

        Whether a monk is following Vinaya rules strictly or not is not our business as long as it does not exceed certain limits of decency and law. The effects of such acts would bear fruit for him later on. We have to remember that sexual desires are only second to hunger and thirst and to control them is a very difficult task for any healthy person.

        There are people who would love us to go against our own monks. There are people who belong to extremely violent forms of religion, who preach to us on Metta and Karuna that the monks should follow. I always tell them don’t try to teach me what Metta Karuna is. Do that your own people who cut people’ necks expecting to go to heaven.

        It is my opinion that protection and spreading of Dhamma is the most important task for a monk. One cannot bow his head with Metta Karuna like Siri Sangabo did in all situations. There are times when one has to assert oneself for the sake of others and for the sake of one’s beliefs. Even Buddha has mentioned that when the need arises one has to do that.

        May the blessings of the triple gem be on you.

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      Edwin Rodrigo. A typical Tamil Paravan( now Sanskritised to Bharatha or Bharatha kula) name from Tamil Nadu. Now masquerading as Sinhalese Buddhist Karawa. Go and google and check your actual origin from Tamil Nadu

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharatha_people
      For your information it was the Tamils and not the Sinhalese who were largely instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to the rest of Asia

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sarma, looks like that you want to get kicked like an Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Caniformia Canidae Canis. They love being kicked. Gives them a thrill. Our Batti priest did the same. I don’t agree with him for reasons based on decency and science. Besides, I would be insulting a whole species if I did that.

        Did you guys learn a lesson from that Batticaloa priest? I think not. That priest is stupid. What the hell is he doing in Baticaloa of all places? The place is swarming with your kind. From what I hear, the IQ of your kind in general is even less than that of Para Sinhalas, who according to our IQ expert, Amrasiri, average only 75. That is why you have failed to subjugate us for the last 2600 years. Low IQ.

        But then, 75 is the minimum IQ requirement that Buddha laid down for getting a basic understanding of Dhamma. What I mean to say is, the priest is not only committing karma by violating animal rights but wasting his time too.

        What a story, Siva! You say you guys spread Buddhism? If you say that you spread pieces of Buddha statues, I will believe it. You are insulting my IQ (75) by doing that.

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          Ooh the truth hurts and the Tamil Catholic Paravan from Tamil Nadu now conveniently metamorphosed into a Sinhalese Buddhist is screeching agony

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    Well written and beautifully analyzed. I agree with what this writer has said, and it seems she is a deep thinker, and able to clearly state facts after looking at the bigger picture. Trump showed exactly what kind of President he was going to be – no other candidate has shown xenophobia, disdain for the disabled, disrespect for women, openly brag about assaulting them, openly lie about many important matters including seeing “thousands of Muslims cheering on 9/11 and then get caught in that lie https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/11/22/donald-trumps-outrageous-claim-that-thousands-of-new-jersey-muslims-celebrated-the-911-attacks/
    and countless other lies, insult and lie about Obama, questioning his birth (another lie disproved) and convince the electorate he will be the “best President” for all. There is no logic to this thinking.

    What the world saw Trump as a candidate is only part of the ugliness the world will see as President. He has surrounded himself with demagogues, who will make sure his discriminatory policies will be upheld. People should be careful what they wish for. Those who voted for him, will make excuses, and justify everything he does, but when they realize the jobs the were promised by a man whose businesses were declared bankrupt a few times, has not paid taxes for years despite being a billionaire, while they worked hard and did, and who is morally corrupt by playing out students in his so called university, were only empty words, the US economy would suffer, as will the rest of the world, and the Trump family would have benefited tremendously – unlike the poor naive people who voted for him.

    There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

    The comparison with what is happening here is also a great point by Thisuri, it is a shame that human beings allow prejudice and hatred get in the way of good judgement and the ability to look at the bigger picture.

    Keep writing Thisuri, great work. I will look forward to reading more.

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      No doubt that Trump era will be much worst than that of Bush junior.
      Now with Obama touring in Europe, what welcomes are earned by him, I wonder how would Trump would be welcomed by Germans, French and other grand nations from Europe. Germans are closely connected to Obama mission than to any other president s sofar. So, they woudl never be able to keep the rebuilt faith in transatlantic relations once Trump is in the office. However, folks have been silenced by the US PE results. Not many would react against as had been French premier.

      At the time, Brexit results was announced, people became divided. There had been millions that would go against not having the chance to take part in the votum.

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        Leaders of most democratic nations are horrified by having to deal with Trump, although they will now put on a polite face and deal with the US. The irony of it is, dictators, and tyrants from Putin to Mugabe seem to welcome him. That says a lot. He will be too thin skinned to criticism, and will be vindictive to those who dare stand up to him. He is so immature he has even had tweet wars at 2am in the morning. Not very mature to be President.

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    Well done Thisuree let’s expose the rabble rousers created by the last regime in their quest to stay in power. They are nothing but RIR,s
    Rogues in Robes.

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    Thisuri,route cause is for all your mash up complain was started during the madam Clinton’s era as Secretary of US, all Donald duck done was walk alone the path cut by obama and Clinton jokers, if you upset about the result think about this, if Clinton had won carry on what she used to do, meddling with others matters such as so called regime change while US economy (general US population)falling to gutter, where would be the world end up by end of her term at office? End of last presidential election US officials came to Colombo and happly claimed they were the masters behind regime change in Sri Lanka, (see also wiki leaks),So if that how they work, what is the democracy they try to promote? you try to show you know all around the world but you deliberately missed what she had done in middle east, she has blood in her hand while USA is rotting. Americans voted to choose its next president democratically, learn to respect that. by the way if you expect Sri Lanka monk will go to sleep after consuming alms you deliver daily, you are wrong. its Clinton era brought some of them out of hermitage because of injustice delivered to the majority of the country. as much as you present government had to learn the lesson. justice is for all. not only for the minority.

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    It’s unwise to take the behavior and the utterances of a handful of detracted monks so seriously.

    The writer has given undue importance and attention for them.

    There’s no sign that they (monks) can gather considerable mass support for their bid and that reflects that the majority Sri Lankans whether Sinhalese/ Tamils/ Muslims are intelligent and patient enough as required in a progressive society.

    The same is applicable for some Muslims shouting against reforming MMDA.

    It’s the weak, wrong and the powerless who makes the biggest cry.

    Whether right or wrong it’s US people’s choice to elect Trump and we should have tact to handle matters to have least negative impact upon us.

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    Man isn’t she hurt. All this balder dash because some Sri Lankans supported Trump. Well what would you say to the Americans and the White Christian hegamonist? Change their education system too.

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    Thisuri,

    You appear to be among the elitist cry babies still protesting about a historic win by Trump against Clinton. Hillary spent 10 times on ad-spending as Trump. 90% of the media outlets brain washed elitists like you with distorted news. What was the result? Trump won 306 electoral seats against the minimum requirement of 270.

    He received more black votes than any other recent Republican contender. He won more Latino votes than Mitt Romney. Look at the electoral map. Trump won 90% of the total area of USA. His win was because he had a better understanding of the needs and wants of the lower income segments of USA and had nothing to do with race. It was also an election of an anti-establishment candidate against the establishment candidate of the ruling Obama government and a repetition of Brexit.

    Wake-up cry baby and spend some time among the rural and jobless communities of USA and understand this historic win by the rural and jobless people of USA against the elitist university educated people living in few highly populated coastal states of USA.

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    Thisuri,I don’t know you were orn in USA or in SL. Even if you born in SL, I think you maybe migrated to USA very young. And I proud of ypu being such a intelligent person as early as your twenties. And I know you were terribly hurt because of Hilary’s defeat in the election. OK I accepted that the way most yonger’s behaving in California after the election protesting against Trump these days. I was in there for the last three months or so to get the idea of common people about the election. I talked with lot of my american friends blacks,Hispanics,few whites, and surprisingly majority of them said we are not gonna vote for either Hilary or Trump. They all crooks. But younger generation were very eager to get register to vote.

    When they ask from me to whom you going to vote, I said I’m going to vote for Trump. And when they ask why, my answer is, I have no interest in US politics anymore. But if Hilary become a President of USA, it will badly and directly affect my country’s sovernighty and intergrity. Though you grew up in USA you can’t understand the situation in SL. I saw it in the SL young children living in USA too. They think the way American education system taught them to think. It is a kind of brain washing.

    In 2011 or so Hilary met Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu and signed and agreed to many social and political matters including SL’s ethnic problem. Hilary and her official’s mad with MR just because he ended the 30year old war in SL without listening to Hilary or state dept. What she did after that was pressurise UN chief to forward war crime charges against SL forces. I think you know who in this world did most of the war crimes…sh..sh..don’t talk about it.

    OK Hilary’s and rest of the western nations against Sinhalese because they were blind by the myth’s spread around western world by various tamil groups. And they hate Sinhala Buddhists. I did not say Sinhalese were 100% correct. Even today US only funded money to varios INGO’s and only tamil people living areas in SL. Even in 1940’s before they grant independence to us, UK generously spent lot of money to enhance education there. Their tactic’s were majority ruled by the minority. They want to crush Sinhalese. Even to kick out MR, US spent more than 100 million dollars pouring into INGO’s. These INGO’s mostly run by tamil’s or few Sinhalese bought by them.

    And you are so worried about Ven. Sumanarathana thero in Batticaloa. Why you were also misguided by tamil propaganda. Now tamil’s call this monk as a mad dog. This monk is the only person in there to solve few thousand of Sinhalese living there because government neglect them. Why government neglect them. Just because to get the TNA support. OK I accept that his language is not acceptable. But TNA politicians and their henchmen,tamil officers wants to chase away the few thousand tamils living there to rob their lands in Pattipola area. This monk is fighting for the rights of these people. The monk is the only voice for them. When somebody bullied,insult and sidelined we can’t accept soft speaking monk like Malwatte Hamuduruwo.

    And also this monk trying to protect buddhist heritage in that area. Recently in Karadiyanaru a tamil man destroyed ancient ruins. And this monk interwined and now an investigation going on. So the tamils living in Batticaloa hate this monk and sending thousand of messages saying we gonna kill you. The only weakness of this monk is when he agitate he cannot controll his language. Tamils knew about it and the agitate this monk and then video it and put it into U TUBE or FB. So I request you to go there and talk with the people and then write a column like this. And finally I request you to watch this video. Theruwan Saranai!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpwgnCM6tyE

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      Correction” In my above comment in para 5 I made a mistake. It is ” Chase away the few thousand Sinhalese living there….”

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    Not only an excellent analysis but also strictly factual and with a very disciplined passion. Please keep writing. Must get your novels.

    : Trump became president because he got a majority in a small number of states that have a large quota of electoral college votes. This is a very regressive and undemocratic system, a hangover from the 18th century in which the patricians who framed the constitution did not trust the masses and put the onus on a secondary process. In fact Hilary C beat Trump by about 2 million the popular votes. In other words, the majority of Americans–white, black, brown– voted against Trump!
    I foresee a return to the sixties in the US: Demonstrations, protests sit-ins, civil rights marches, firm assertions that white, black, brown lives matter and are not to be trifled with.

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    pls read in conjunction with Malinga’s interview on this site. two peopl from different backgrounds but talking common sense without false patriotism and corrupted sinhala buddhism.

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    “To all genuine followers of Buddhism, and everyone else who believes in equality, the US election was a punch in the gut.”

    Ha ha ha…Dali Lama the atheist was right- there are no Buddhist at Lanka.
    The desire of power in excess caused pussy to fall off the broom.

    “A man who ran on a campaign of racism, taking American jobs away from immigrants and foreign nationals, a man who took pride in not paying his share of taxes and swore to implement a regressive tax policy, cutting taxes for the rich, putting the burden of funding government on the poor, a man who was caught on tape talking about raping women, became the leader of the free world.””

    Ding, dong, bell,
    Pussy’s in the well.
    Who put her in?
    The Unswayables

    Once again a stupid immigrant woman talking from her school bedroom about a dream nation that even Karl Mark did not understand. Socialist never understands the American/English way of doing things.

    Locker room discussion of 30 years ago- american women say even worse things on the streets of EU thinking others don’t understand what they are saying. Watch the liberal US TV and you hear the women say it too. SL girls at top colombo 7 schools say the same and take drugs too.

    Theresa May has said it before and she is right not to discuss the details of negotiation as much as Trump is not.

    The bowl made it clear to Trump that they were worse off than the nations receiving American handouts to promote liberty and democracy.- with it came the wall against drugs and illicit labour and no to NATO funding unless the nations pay.
    Chinese ships are not attacked by Somali pirates because the Chinese blow them up. That is exactly what Trump would do with them and Iraq- removed off the map. Socialist can commit suicide in their own yard and no one is going to be bothered. For the last 40 years Trump pays equal pay to men and women working for him and has special care for motherhood.
    He would renegotiate all trade deals inclusive of WTO so that it is in favour of USA not the other way around like GSP plus etc. just like Brexit.

    “”If he keeps his word, (which he most likely will because he’ll want to run for a second term) think about all the Sri Lankan workers that will lose jobs, endure pay cuts and lose benefits. Take the apparel industry in Sri Lanka for instance, which constitutes 52% of our industrial exports market and provides direct employment opportunities to over 300,000 and indirect employment to 600,000 Sri Lankans. The American economy is crashing, and as described by leading economists in the world from Krugman to Stiglitz, the economic repercussions of this on both America and the world are infinite.This transition could hit us hard. Very, very hard.””
    Banking is not for economist any more since they don’t understand signals as in electronics.DR R.R should have got the Nobel Prize for predicting the economic collapse. For the past 35 years folk are studying engineering double (IT+ electronics) then studying banking at PG.- mouth is where the money is.

    Nothing is permanent. We have seen big businesses of UK (over 100 years) collapse because they refused change. the PC changed our way of thinking. the garments would be 3D printed- period.The Apollo that goes by March 2017 would have 3D printed engines. you will never understand it because all literature is 2 dimension that gives you the privilege to interpret the truth you know not or prefer to hide like Zero casualty courtesy Obama Hussein.

    We await Trump to install Sri Sri Srinivasan of Enron fame as Supreme Court Judge.

    Republican Hindu Congress

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    I AM ONE OF THE STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD J TRUMP.

    “The mind-numbing question remains: how is it that we saw quite a few Sri Lankans supporting Trump? It’s easy to come to the usual conclusions: these are people let down by our antiquated education system, people with little to no exposure to progressive politics, perhaps out of ignorance they found Trump to be entertaining. There’s the obvious factor of sexism; nothing scares chauvinist men, and women raised to be subservient to men more than living in a world in which the most powerful nations are run by women. And then there’s the extremely flawless, rational theory of our fellow Sinhala aunties and uncles: “Hillary took money from those with ties to the LTTE,” so even if Hitler were to rise from the dead and run against her, so be it, they’d still want her to lose”

    Thisuri Wanniarachchi,

    I suggest you to withdraw the comment above for thousands of reasons of millions of people in the USA as well as allover the world.

    Also please be sensible and come up with the facts rather thrashing down the TRUMP SUPPORTERS for nothing but the extreme desperation of Hillary’s defeat.
    It is very much evident in your writing that being a woman, Hillary’s defeat has created a big vacuum in your cerebral hemisphere. Could be you are one of the losers too?
    I even don’t know whether you are working for an NGO or having some kind of ties with an outside world. I have no concerns or worries about that whatsoever.

    I affirm here that I have no concerns and do not want to comment anything about Buddhism or about the Buddhist Monks that has to discuss in a public forum.

    It is better to understand that having personal ideologies is a human right and constructive criticism of them shall be welcome by any decent society.
    A person like you writing such obnoxious ideas would not suit with your award winning writing abilities but to show your immature morality.

    Thank You.

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    This is not the CURSE for mother Lanka.its the course of our corrupt selfish leaders.

    What a power of yellow saffron robes.budha may reborn again to safeguard our country.

    God bless mother Lanka.

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    Philosphers say Truth is highest Dhamma ( Sathya usus dhammaya ). Thank you for conveying the truth about SL through your analysis.

    You are a child of mother Lanka. So are DJ & GoRa. Both DJ & GoRa were elated by Trump’s Triumph and expressed it openly to the media.

    How aptly you put it :
    ” The mind-numbing question remains: how is it that we saw quite a few Sri Lankans supporting Trump? It’s easy to come to the usual conclusions: these are people let down by our antiquated education system, people with little to no exposure to progressive politics, perhaps out of ignorance they found Trump to be entertaining “

    One thing I have to disagree with you is people like DJ & GoRa are not the type who behaves out of Ignorance. They are shrewd and calculative and practice supremacy.

    Imagine if GoRa a US citizen becomes President after MS and DJ becomes ambassador to China or India what will the plight of mother Lanka and her children.

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    Thisuri Wanniarachchi

    Where does the content comes for your article. It looks you took literature for this article most probably from news articles published google. I say, your article is CRAP. american mainsteam media hid the truth about Hilary and exaggerated about TRUMP. TRMUP was racist against blacks and Latinos. As they are the labour class, every rich american throw piss at them once they finish tier cheap minimum pay job. That is the capitalist economy and the culture and then they go cheer the rich criminals and fraudsters.

    All these commotions are because TRUMP is naive in politics, an apprentice. Otherwise, the OBAMA who came from discrminiated minority behaved the same way. HIlary was a professional politician. Yet, she was very arrogant, refused to learn and tried to be her own self and that back fired. Stupid Main Stream media fattened her for the job with all the lies. If you read leaked emails from Hilary, as most other politicians are, Hilary also had two views, one for the public and one in board rooms.

    for your information, Obama neglected black people. There is lot of information avaialvle. Irt is obama who destroyed many countries, the worst is Libya, for the simple reason, they wanted to promote their narrow ideology.

    HIlary is similar to Sri lankan politicians, They became rich by lieing to poor voters. Only thing voters, those who are irredeemable and deplorable – that is poor white middle class, made TRUMP win.

    FYI, keep your article and read it again when you get little bit mature. YOu find what crap you have written.

    Yuu don’t know even about buddhism and how a religion is shaped by the country’s own culture.

    Your article is fantastic mostly for Christians. they give good reviews for that. that is clear in the comment section.

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    Americans wanted a change otherwise, a business as usual with Clinton continuing with Obama’s agenda, and to put a stop to Clinton’s legacy in White House, and to bring in more conservative laws that they believed would make their country stronger, rather than pandering to its liberal interests.

    With all that Mervyn Silva personalities, mannerisms, and political inexperience, he is also a self-made man having wealth of experience in business with transparency in him that he says what he thinks, be it right or wrong. So people know whom they deal with.

    When they didn’t have the luxury of choices, obviously decided to try investing just a 4 years with DT as long as there is always ‘impeachment’.

    Now, this election has a lots of lessons to our politicians as well as Sri Lankan people

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    Thanks God we have young energetic writer who can wide our horizons. Religious misunderstanding with extremism is not accepted in any religion. I don not have any idea about half baked views of any comparison between Sri Lanka and President elect Donald Trump’s political ideology. This writer may have bought to our notice that media extremism plays wide role to breakup citizens into pieces. Even what I realised that we need to understand that every religion teaches the well being of the society. Therefore, people whom aware well being are well aware about world order. Therefore we should avoid capitalism of media extremism which creates further unfavourable situations in countries like Sri Lanka.
    I appreciate writers writing skill,not the ideological extremism. By the way I practically experienced for 22 years of reading, such beautiful autocratic articles were born because of state that the writer has no experience in real time scenarios.Writer may have studied in western philosophy with narrow minded expertise professionals on national issues of third world countries.

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    You have put it all so very well in a nutshell young lady ,

    Will the people in Sri Lanka Understand it?

    Well It depends , The Moment Donald Duck won, All the kings horses and all the Kings men have suddenly regain confidence of putting Humpty Dumpty together again, and what is more relevant is how the Humpty Dumpty although in bits and pieces , immediately endorsed Donald duck as one who loves the country and the people have realized and made the right choice.

    A very good try and the side kicks suddenly started kicking around their fear mongering .

    let us have faith as per our beliefs ,all of us who believe in liberty and justice be sure as long as this regime remain, justice will finally prevail over injustice.

    A Shocking shame to know a Malay Muslim was a High profile Staatspolizei officer of the past Sri Lanka Schutzstaffel , did he not know what exactly happened to one of his own community member? The innocent young man the rugger rite?
    Poor TB, must be turning and groaning in his grave ..

    Bloody shame , how to Muslims reconcile after what this man has done, Aiding and abetting crime on your on kind and the entire nation.

    What Kind of times are we living in?

    This regime may have some short comings , but they are our only hope right now, a Visible fallible human is far better than an invisible Ghost, am sure no one wants another visit from them.

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    Segregation and sectarianism is a policy encouraged by the western establishment. Whether in Sri Lanka or Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya etc western policy has created the Sunni/Shite conflict, Sunni christian conflict etc. In sri Lanka sectarianism has been fuelled by western policy be it by pressure of human rights , Arms sales or NGOs etc. This was well expressed by the book way of Deception by an isreali dissident. Violence by remote control and highjacking of morality of the world has been the policy of the west whilst killing thousands by drone attacks and creating millions of refugees. Western Policies have encouraged sectarianism in Sri Lanka. It is against this policy that the Sinhala Buddhist have been against the Establishment of the west . Trumps anti establishment movement has now surfaced in Brazil ,Brexit in UK and even in France.
    This is the reason that why Trump who was a Anti establishment candidate got the support of the Sinhala Buddhists , it has no religeous connection. The writers anti Sinhala Buddhist retoric has been a reflection of the superficial understanding of the problems and communalism in Sri Lanka and a reflection of the successful brain washing we have had over the years by the worlds media. It is left to be seen how far the morality of the west would perform under a Trump Presidency.Until such time we will have to have an open mind.

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    Oh boy Thisuri! Your essay has full of sweeping and hasty generalizations, without consideration of the struggling masses of both fine Nations.

    You say that Trump said or intends these things:

    “….taking American jobs away from immigrants and foreign nationals.”

    Now he was talking about illegal immigrants that need not be in the country, but deliberately jump the border because their governments deliberately turn a blind eye to their struggling people, and so this way they can screw America which they have a long standing feud with. Or a bunch of Isis inspired Islam whose main agenda is to spread Wahhabi Islam.

    “…..cutting taxes for the rich, putting the burden of funding government on the poor.”

    Now that means that the 1% of the 1% super-rich(people like himself), are going to bring jobs back from China and create jobs in America with their excess money (so he’s not going to tax them).

    “………a man who was caught on tape talking about raping women.”

    Not raping, but he did speak about dirty things (personally no man I know speaks this way). And the woman he spoke about used him to buy her furniture, so she must have not been any sort of lady.

    “…..8 American transsexual youth committed suicide.”

    First time heard of this, but that is about the amount who do so on a daily basis. I mean, Obama encouraged LGBTQ to such an extent beyond normal human capacity, that normal straight people started getting ideas. The world was just not ready for them. Poor things of course.

    “Trump appointed a white nationalist as his chief of staff…”

    Actually Bannon is Chief strategist and senior adviser – just a non-essential job to pacify the alt-right who voted for him in droves (election strategy). Ben Carson (Black guy), bowed out of any appointments, saying that he preferred to work outside the cabinet. Black guys just want their jobs, and don’t’ care too much about racial ideologies at this time.

    So! Certain White supremacists are taking their chance to deface places with swastikas etc., but who believes in white supremacy anymore? This is not the 1940’s. There has been a lot of scientific, anthropological and historical research on what constitutes racial superiority (of there is indeed such a thing).

    And Hitler rising from the dead, and Sinhalese voting for him boils down to abject bifurcation on your part. Again I say, this is not the 1940, and Hitler rising from the dead has little context in this almost globalized world (globalized beyond humanly capacity to cope, really).

    Your false analogy is HUGE. For example you say “the rational counterargument that we Sri Lankans lost our right to point our fingers to those supporting terrorism the moment we let our state kill thousands of our own civilians, celebrated it, and live in denial that it ever happened.”

    What a humongous fallacy that is! It was the Northern terrorists who created an unnatural 30 year old war with massive amounts of suicide bombers killing innocent civilians including their own, and crippling the country from ever progressing.

    And again is the gross amount of Irrelevance: “….it seems that Sri Lankan Trump supporters didn’t have the intellectual capacity to grasp the fact that we too are brown and fall under the same category of people Trump and his campaign claimed to be unworthy of equal rights as white men.”

    Golly! Nothing to do at all with equal rights for Browns vs. Whites. Trump is merely trying to uplift the livelihood of the poorer Whites, but will keep in some of the Browns to create jobs for the Whites.

    I’d bet you, that Trump would mind at all if Africans get together their Black men and say that “Africa for Africans,” and kick all the with and browns out. I think he rather admires the way the Blacks took over their own land from gross the gross Whites on South Africa. Gosh! I think it would be most advantageous for America and the rest of the globe, if all of us Brown immigrants got the hell out, went back and developed out own countries.

    Ok, that sounds really racist of me (being so very brown – and I’d have to leave America), but you find a hell of a lot of extremely educated Sinhalese coming here with a chip on their shoulder about the White man, and titillating the White folks with saying things like “we are not monkeys living on trees.” (I don’t think the educated White man ever thought that anyway). No indeed, it is the educated Sinhala person who likes to rub shoulders with the Whites, and your so called uneducated masses who love their own country and will never dream of leaving (except to work in the ME, to make up for the Rupee imbalance caused by the educate Sinhala who takes money and or/brains out of the country in droves…..or the cosmopolitan Lankan who live at Western world level so unnatural for the health of the Lankan Nation).

    More to come on the right of Buddhism……

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      Corrrections:

      I’d bet you, that Trump would mind at all if Africans get together their Black men and say that “Africa is for Africans,” and kick all the white and browns out. I think he rather admires the way the Blacks took over their own land from the gross Whites in South Africa.

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        Did you get the results of the American experiments on Sri Lanka, you dyke?

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          Me? No, not me at all! As per the American experiment: Could you erudite me on when I said this, and what it was about? …..some kind of insight of mine some time back, probably….have forgotten the gist of it….

          But I now see the certain diaspora is now onto to plan B : Don’t panic – all is not lost. Stoke up the China deals with the gullible Sinhalayas. Convert the whole Lankan monetary deal China’s way. Then let’s watch and wait for the Trump reaction.

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            erudiate*

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    I think this young lady got racism and nationalism mixed up. if during election campaign trump said american jobs for Americans. it does not mean he is a racist. if there are job opportunities, priority should be given to Americans not migrant people. nothing wrong with that policy.if migrant bring terrorism alone with them and disturb peaceful existence of society,political authority should solve that issue. trump may prefer ban on migration of possible trouble makers. how come writer define it as racism.

    likewise every Buddhist fishermen get up very early in the morning and do all the Buddhist rituals observe pencil and go to sea.but he return with catches of fish, sell them go to nearby restaurant have drink but go home with handful of foods and gifts for children, some times special gift for his wife.he lead good quality life. but everyday he break two promises he swear to keep.is he not a genuine follower of Buddhism. if not what is he.

    if one community forced you to eat foods prepared as per their god law do we have to consume them or we agitate food items free of those restrictions as money is mine I should have a freedom to buy items I want not other minority religion people want.what is wrong with it.am I not a Buddhist. otherwise who am I. racist.if some section of the people destroy buddhists heritage sites who are suppose to fight with them first. Buddhist monks or priest of any other religion.

    Buddhist monks are the one who pioneered building sinhalese civilization here in this land.they were not confined to their meditation rooms but worked with laymen to built and protect our heritages. doing same thing now. what is wrong with it.when baktiar approached nalanda monks retreated to meditation rooms what had happen. entire university reduced to ashes. but same Muslim general approached Tibet, TIBETAN monks went ahead met them and kill all before entering in to Tibet. reaction for action.who were correct genuine buddhists.

    be practical, write possible thing not dream thing. step on earth and live not in upstairs houses reading books.

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