20 March, 2019

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Buddhist Monk In Batticalao Abusing Officials, I’m Silenced – Minister Mano Ganesan Tells Civil Society

Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages and Colombo District Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan called the Sinhala civil society to have a look at the Batticaloa Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathana of Mangalarama Temple who abused the Grama Sevaka Niladhari few days ago.

The minister in an open letter to the Sadharana Samajayak (National Movement for Social Justice), Professor Sarath Wijesooriya, Sisira Jayamaha, Palitha Lihiniyakumara, R.S.Jayarathna, J.C. Waliamuna Rev.Father Ried Shelton Fernando, Lal Wijenayake, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Saman Rathnapriya, Gamunu Wijerathne, Richard Thanippuliarachchi and Wasantha Kulathunge, urged to have look a at the 2.23 minute video where the monk is abusing the government servant.

“What shall we do on this? What is your stand? I am a Cabinet minister in this government. Besides, I am the Minister for National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages. I am not impotent. I demand action,” he lashed out.

He said he has seen worst cases than this during the last regime.

“I have come through the murderous path of the former regime. Therefore I will not think twice to open my mouth. But I am requested to maintain patience.

“The usual theory is that, “such are isolated incidents. And they need to be ignored. If responded such would disturb the good governance path of the government”. Therefore, anybody in robe and also in uniform go scot-free. They have the impunity.

“If I demand action it will be easily twisted as a Tamil against Sinhala Buddhists. But if the right thinking Sinhalese are going to maintain silence we will have no option. When Respectful Ven. Sobitha Thera formed his organization National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ), and announced it at a media conference at the library services hall, I was seated on his right. I translated the name title of his organization in Tamil. Now we are not there as we are engaged in other activities. But I am glad you gentlemen are carrying his flag steadily.

While opposing and campaigning against corruption, why don’t NMSJ also campaign against the racism and in this case here filthy racism? Let us face the fact. BBS general secretary was taken to courts some time before, when it occurred in the south between Sinhala based political and social forces. But when such hate speech and communal action of such kinds occur against the Non-Sinhala Buddhist, they are tolerated. It is an indirect license to communalism against minorities. Hooligans are given informal nod to continue with their hate campaign. “Jathiwadaya Walakweeme Panatha” (Counter-Communalism Act), is the sensible idea.

But we need to push for it. We need acts to counter terrorism as well as counter communalism too. Weeks before, an innocent Tamil family was manhandled and threatened by the mob led by a monk in Rathmalana.

In another incident few hooligans used filthy threatening language against Muslim community in daylight in front of the Fort Railway station. All are in the face book social media obtaining large numbers of ‘likes’. Where are we, as a country going from here? I am bombarded by the queries of Tamil and Muslim communities. I wish we have a discussion to plan action on this so that I can inform the alarmed the members of Tamil and Muslim communities, that progressive right thinking people in the south are attending to your worries. (By Myrna L)

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    Who gave this dude, that all important Gig?..

    Mano and his mates wouldn’t get a drink in a proper cup from Jaffna inhabitants.

    And he wants do reconciliation, control the Sinhala Buddhists and bring them under the control of the UNP Elite Anglican Faction leader Batalanada Ranil.

    Big ask isn’t it?.

    Sinhala Buddhists ( I am only talking about the poor rural people who are not in the Yahapalana PAYE Tax bracket) haven’t been under this much of attack in recent times.

    Mano Ganeshan’s Yahapaana Partner the TNA wants Buddhism expunged from the Constitution.

    Ex LTTE supporters want Sinhala Buddhists out of the North.

    Now from the East as well.

    Yahapalana President has locked up the Srilankan Army in the barracks.

    Army Intelligence Unit which protected the Nation from Terrorists has been decimated.

    The list goes on and on..

    The Ministers who are giving this Yahapalanaya are collecting USD 300.000 each minimum for their services.

    This is in preparation for their big ticket item of dividing the Nation in to 9, with each having their own Police under the CM and no Military to protect the Nation.

    Yahapalana Leaders do not want to hold Elections until they finalize this division of the Nation.

    Buddhist Monks are the only resort the great majority have to protect their rights.

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Mano and his mates wouldn’t get a drink in a proper cup from Jaffna inhabitants.”

      Stupid man Jaffna Kallu கள்ளு( toddy, Ra රා) is served in an urn (pila) made out of Palmyra leaf. Each customer is issued with new pila for hygienic reasons.

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Buddhist Monks are the only resort the great majority have to protect their rights.”

      Good advice, hope MR, Gota, you, laloo, somass, Dyan, Wimal, Ganapathipillai, …. jim softy, Champika, ….. ordain as monks in the near future.

      Since you will be ordained as a Sinhala/Buddhist monk, you will have no restriction on your Malt.

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      who wants state-aided invaders, colonizers, squatters, chauvinists, poor lowlife trouble makers from the south? Why not just stay in the south or migrate to the north like how Tamils migrate to the south, namely by their own effort without any political agenda? Bunch of entitled slum dwellers who want everything handed to them, if not they will go on looting spree targeting successful Tamils.

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      Just looking at Amptiye thero is useless,not only look at him but look at what he is saying and why he is saying it and also what made him behave in that manner.
      Yes,the minister is right.Some one must look at the east too before it is too late.

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    Both Rajapakse govt. and Sirisena Ranil’s govt. have given the License to Sinhala Budhist hooligans and the yellow robbed men to commit violence on ethnic minorities as a means of winning the hearts and minds of the Majority community.

    This country is also called a democratic lawless nation.

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    Professor Sarath Wijesooriya, Sisira Jayamaha, Palitha Lihiniyakumara, R.S.Jayarathna, J.C. Waliamuna Rev.Father Ried Shelton Fernando, Lal Wijenayake, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Saman Rathnapriya, Gamunu Wijerathne, Richard Thanippuliarachchi and Wasantha Kulathunge of the National Movement for Social Justice are all Sinhalese. There are two Christians but also Sinhalese. The status quo in present day Sri Lanka is this. The racially motivated tirade by the foul mouthed saffron robed thug is the real Sri Lanka. From the video you must at least get a glimpse of what Sri Lanka is today. The minorities are there to be racially vilified, abused and treated like pariahs. The police and the judiciary are also of the same mindset, that is why cops do not take any action. If this thug can get so aggressive and so boisterous in front of police just imagine what he does when the cameras and police are not around. If this is the behaviour of a Buddhist monk just imagine how much more dangerous lay Sinhala Buddhists are towards the minorities. All the minority complaints fall on deaf ears nationally and internationally. Only horrible Sinhala Buddhism thrives. Mano Ganesan, be assured the Sinhala Buddhist dominated ‘National Movement for Social Justice’ will do bugger all with your open letter.

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      The Buddhist monk preached LORD BUDDHA’S WORD and the Police and Muslm/Tamil/Sinhalese civilians listened to him.

      SADU SADU SADU
      BHUDU SARANAI.

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    How can this be Ape Hamuduruwane to the Police. This fellow is a foul mouthed thug and the police are protecting him. There is another video where this S.O.B. is seen assaulting some one and the police keep going Ape Hamuduruwane. In any civilized country he would be dead with a bullet thru his head for his performance in that video. These bastards should first be arrested and second be flogged in public to teach them and their supporters what respect means.

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    i think the all powerful mahanayakes should take some action against the psuedo monk for spoiling the name of buddhism and other service minded monks.
    if the govt. leaders do not take any action it can lead to another 1983 and down fall of the good governance govt.
    -DAYAL

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    ALREADY CORRUPTION & HIGH INTEREST-LOANS/BANKRUPSY/INFLATION/DROUGHT/ ECONOMIC DOWNFALL STARTED TO KILLING THE COUNTRY! IF NO HR/UNITY & FREEDOM/DIGNITY TO ALL, COUNTRY GO INTO ANARCHI/CHAOS! GOD SAVE WONDERFUL SRILANKA & GOOD CITIZENS FROM ALL RACES & RELIGIONS!

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    “I have come through the murderous path of the former regime. Therefore I will not think twice to open my mouth. But I am requested to maintain patience”

    But… you seemed to have forgotten when you went on all fours when LTTE weapons were found in your office?

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    What happened to the law and order in the country? Is it gone into the hands of thugs?

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    This monk is a star, he introduced a hitherto unknown language into Buddhism.
    A language that would put Buddhism in the shade. He even beat the Kalabolaathikarana Gnanassara in the use of choice words one would only hear in the slums. He is also very brave and ignored the presence of the police led by a commissioned rank officer who was cowing besides the monk who apart from using
    the choicest foul language was also threatening to kill the Grama Niladhari
    who is a government servent and also destroy the Muslim and Tamils.
    This video has gone viral and the whole world now knows what Sri Lanka is and the threat to the minorities there.
    Great work Mr.monk. Sri Lanka will award you the 2016 Janadipathi Ran Padakkama
    with Kalabolaathikarana Gnassara getting the silver.
    You have put this resplendent island in the world map as a great Buddhist nation.

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