1 November, 2020

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Geneva, Halal And Bodu Bala Sena

By Kalana Senaratne

Kalana Senaratne

There are tensions and schisms erupting, there is a crisis in the making. One dimension of this crisis is the unfolding diplomatic debacle: the Geneva-crisis. The group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) represents, and gives expression to, another dimension. The emergence of both was to be expected; both, however, were avoidable.

Geneva-crisis

After Sri Lanka’s sui generis performance in 2009, the Geneva-story has been a depressing one to a lot of people. Sri Lanka’s support-base has dwindled drastically. India which, in 2009, opposed a Western-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, stood up to remind the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillai, where to get off. Today, India is endorsing Western or US-sponsored resolutions, and acknowledging in the process reports produced by Ms. Pillai. The contrast couldn’t have been more damaging than this.

In the face of such developments, Sri Lanka’s message (articulated especially by her political envoys), both at the UNHRC as well as in Sri Lanka, has been one of fire and fury, but without much substance. Unfortunately, responses to criticism in the absence of much needed action on the ground do tend to take such a form. The Sinhala phrase ‘puss-wedilla’ comes to mind, so too does the phrase ‘popgun oratory’ (as the late Lakshman Kadirgamar once put it in response to some of Anura Bandaranaike’s statements). While such responses do come in handy at times, it is better that that approach, that demeanour, became the exception rather than the norm. But this will not be so given Sri Lanka’s continuing confusion over the situation it is in after the UNHRC’s adoption of the second resolution this month.

The situation is a serious one; not only because of the adoption of another resolution, but because of the fact that what Sri Lanka is failing to do is what Sri Lanka has promised to do. Stated differently, what Sri Lanka is being asked to do is what she has promised to do. And what she has promised to do amounts to what she is capable of doing.

Firstly, much of this trouble could have been avoided had considerable progress been made in terms of implementing the recommendations of the LLRC; especially those recommendations on humanitarian and human rights law. Satisfactory progress on issues such as the resettlement of IDPs, for example, does not continue to hold much value when the demand is for something else. So there needs to be a realistic assessment of why no one seems to be listening when Sri Lanka speaks.

Secondly, the question is largely about implementing the 13th Amendment. Here too, Sri Lanka could have established the Northern Provincial Council much earlier than the promised date (of September 2013). The current Sri Lankan Constitution has adequate safeguards in place to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And as long as powers are devolved to a de-merged North and East (and for practical purposes, this can be sans the devolution of police powers), Sri Lanka could go a long way in addressing some of the critical concerns raised by the so-called ‘international community’.

To be sure, this need not be done because the West is asking us to do it; nor should it be done because Tamil Nadu is up in arms against the people of Sri Lanka, or because Mr. Karunanidhi dreams of Eelam in his slumber. But it can, and needs to be done, to promote greater political and democratic participation within the country. As a foremost historian and critic of the ‘traditional homeland’ argument, Prof. KM de Silva, has recently reiterated:

“The democratization process will also require the establishment of a provincial council for the northern province. Elections to that provincial council will enable political parties and individuals to vie for positions in the council. Such a council will give the Tamils opportunities in influencing, if not fashioning, the development policy of the northern province. The Tamils could play a big role in the democratization process of the province” [in Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE (Penguin/Vijitha Yapa, 2012), p. 266].

If such measures are not adopted, further intrusion into Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs becomes inevitable. Since things have hit rock bottom, it is perhaps the best time to wake up.

Bodu Bala Sena and anti-Muslim rhetoric

Another dimension of the Sri Lankan crisis comes in the form of anti-Muslim rhetoric that is spreading fast throughout the country. Space for considerable foreign intrusion and interference could be created if inter-religious disharmony leads to violence.

I am not totally opposed to the broader dialogue or discourse groups such as BBS give rise to. In a world of symbols, identities and identity-promotion, reducing a praiseworthy concept such as the ‘Halal’ concept to a mere symbol (and that too, for commercial purposes) is problematic. And given that the symbol in question promotes, or reminds one of a particular religion, any person belonging to a different religion should have the freedom to raise concerns. Therefore, the Halal-logo is an issue, especially in a world of contested identities; and Muslim-leaders would do well to remember that, especially when a vast majority of the people of a country belong to a different religion. And perhaps the somewhat swift manner in which the Muslim-leaders (together with the cooperation of a few Buddhist monks) were able to address this issue further proves that the Muslim-community could have been more sensitive to the concerns of others, before groups such as BBS emerged.

But there is also a very dangerous and grotesque dimension to the BBS and its project. The manner in which its representatives raise issues can very easily incite anti-Muslim hatred and violence. This is especially the case when the BBS decides to hold public rallies. There’s something very grotesque in a Buddhist monk coming on stage and demanding incessantly that Sinhala boys and girls should now get ready to produce more babies as the Sinhala population is being threatened by the Muslims in the country. There is something sickening when certain monks demand that Buddhists should not visit Muslim-restaurants since the Muslims deliberately spit in their food before serving it to their customers [statements to this effect were made by monks during the recent BBS-rally held in Kandy]. These monks who claim to be the protectors of Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha seem to have forgotten the Buddha’s teachings on ‘right speech’. Even if the time is considered to be ripe for airing such views, the manner in which they are raised is wholly unwarranted, deplorable.

Responding to the BBS-crisis

The question is: how can we respond?

Such developments generate two popular forms of responses, which I tend to think are of limited relevance today. Firstly, there emerges a critical counter-response which attempts to remind, or reiterate, the ‘original’ teachings of the Buddha. Secondly, there is a call for the creation of an overarching ‘Sri Lankan’ identity.

The first response (the ‘Buddhism-betrayed’ kind of response which has failed) is to be appreciated, but if over-stretched beyond a point, becomes problematic for a number of reasons. This is because advocates of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism have already accepted that what they are promoting is ‘Sinhala-Buddhism’, and that it can be different from what is perceived to be the ‘original’ teachings of the Buddha. They would even claim that Sinhala-Buddhism is not the only kind of Buddhism, that it is even not the ‘correct’ form of Buddhism, but is one of many kinds of Buddhism prevalent in the world. In the face of such an admission, to argue that Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists are not promoting the ‘correct’ form of Buddhism takes one nowhere.

The second response is problematic since it is predicated on the assumption that there is something intrinsically good about the ‘Sri Lankan’ identity. Advocates of the ‘Sri Lankan’ identity don’t often realize that they too are engaged in the promotion of another kind of identity which, when developed as a counter-response to a different identity (and very often with hatred towards that other identity), can be as problematic as the identity that they like to critique. And even with such a broad identity, one needs to adopt certain positions in the realm of politics; and these decisions can always be construed as tilting towards a decision promoted by this or that ‘extremist’ identity. In other words, a middle-of-the-road ‘Sri Lankan’ identity is only good as long as no one questions the positions its proponents adopt; the moment they are questioned (‘Where do you stand on the issue of devolution, Mr Sri Lankan identity? for example), and their positions are revealed, they tend to fall into a camp they so vehemently critique.

I think the challenge ought to be a more difficult one than this.

One: while reverting to the teachings of the Buddha, it is necessary not to delude oneself into imagining that there is an absolutely and pure form of Buddhism – and that once this ‘pure’ or ‘correct’ form of Buddhism is pointed out, everything will fall into place. No, it does not happen that way, and therefore one cannot rest assured. Also, to put it bluntly, it is necessary to ensure that one does not, in trying to preach Buddhism, begin to sound more Buddhist than the Buddha himself.

Two: while an overarching Sri Lankan identity is a good idea, abstract theorizing takes one nowhere. In order to build such an overarching identity, one has to begin from somewhere. And if building an identity is what matters, it is perhaps necessary to begin with the narrower identity in question. So for example, if Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism is the problem, the first challenge would be to engage in re-imagining or re-constructing a different form of Sinhala-Buddhist identity (all identities, like everything else, are our constructions). Similarly, if Tamil (or Tamil-Hindu) nationalism is the problem, the task would be to develop a different kind of Tamil-Hindu identity. And one need not be shy to admit openly that one is inspired by certain teachings of Buddhism and/or by certain strands of thought contained in Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism, for example. The task is to be discriminatory (or selective) in what one wants to learn from such teachings and writings.

Without such an attempt being made to re-construct an identity one is closer to, I don’t think the task of building what, at the moment, appears to be an abstract ‘Sri Lankan’ identity will ever be practical or useful. Once these separate identities are rethought of in a more pluralistic way (and this needs to be done by all, not simply the Sinhala-Buddhists), there will be space created to build a more formidable, overarching, identity applicable to all the people. In fact, too much effort to do the latter may not even be required by then.

And in the present context, a task confronting a Sinhala-Buddhist would be to show that s/he is not some kind of bigoted monster; that a Sinhala-Buddhist, while promoting and preserving his or her religion and culture, is equally committed to promoting equality and harmony in society (and this applies to others as well). This is the most challenging task confronting critical elements within the Sinhala-Buddhist majority. In broader terms, a constant and vigorous re-examination of one’s identity becomes essential.

Thirdly, it is necessary to be clear that those who are seen to be protecting groups which have the potential to arouse ethnic and religious hatred need to be held accountable and responsible for any violence caused: politicians and public officials alike. Here again, the responsibility falls on people belonging to all religions and ethnic groups to remind their leaders that any form of violence would not be acceptable.

Conclusion

The crisis confronting Sri Lanka is not something which can be addressed by writing about it in a postcard and posting it to a judge. The situation calls for more intelligent and careful thinking on the part of Sri Lanka’s politicians as well as the citizenry in general. But very little thinking seems to be taking place these days. Surely, this cannot be our national trait.

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    It is shame on these monks who spread false perception of Muslims. They should speak with evidence and truth. All what they say is just fabrication and falsehood. If it is Muslims are threat to Buddhism why this time in history and not before. This is nothing but communal jealous and envey of some handful of monks but 95% people are good people. How come they have been eating meats of Muslim people for thousands of years now they do not want to eat. Why this change. Almost all butcher shops are owned by Muslims and today more singhalese eat meats than Muslims . Let government ban meat eating then see what is going to happen to economy and tourism let us give all hala issues to chambers of commerce and let them have it or delete it. Let us see what happen to their business. Stupidity of these uncivilised monks should be exposed in the greater interest of nation. They not only want demolish Buddhism but destroy entire nation by destroying economy. These people are nothing but singhalese LTTE . They come not help Buddhism course but destroy Buddhism teaching.
    They could get Saudi oil, Saudi money, help from Pkistan to defeat LTTE, help from Iran, Kuwait, Qatar and other Muslim countries for development projects yet, Muslim culture and Muslim religion is not good for them. Look at some YouTube clips of speech made by some BBS monks even staunch LTTE would not have made these types of speech. They fought with Songhalese but they did not speak like this in most vulgar words. These monks should be taken into courts and send into Haque for defaming and disgracing 1. 5 billion Muslims in the world. What they did was not merely hurting feeling some 2 million Srilankan Muslims but they have hurted feeling of entire Muslim world. Let Muslim send home 2 millions house maids and workers working in the Middle East to feel the pinch on Srilankan economy.

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      It is NOT the BALU BALA SENA?? The onus of responsibility falls on TWO mad men – Hitlerpaksha and his brother GOATAsena, the father of BBS!!

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        “Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhala-Buddhists to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over. The monk also urged Sinhala-Buddhist families to have at least 5-6 children so that the Sinhalese Buddhist population grows in order to protect the Sinhala race and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.”

        This extremist fanatical sex starved Medagoda Abayathissa thero of the Budda Balu Sena says a Sinhala-Buddhist should have 5-6 children is ready to help the Sinhala-Buddhist women. If any Sinhala woman thinks her husband cannot fulfill this obligation the monk Medagoda Abayathissa thero is more than ready to step into his shoes at no cost.

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          This is an incitement to the Ven. Abeytissa carried on a Muslim’s identity by a Diaper worn Saint, which probably CT ignores.

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      Yes. All our housemaids in Arab countries should be repatriated to teach a lesson to this arrogant government which allows the BBS to destroy the friendship between the Muslims and the Sinhalese. Also it is much better for our Sinhalese Tamils and Muslim women to starve here rather than work there under slave conditions under the uncivilized and uneducated Arab masters and mistresses

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        Sinhala means Jelous people. House of Fashion has contracted BBS to earidcate No Limit and Fashion Bug as rival, 65 Million rupe funded by them to screws them. the day Sinhala will come up in the life is when they Stop Baila and Arraku.. till then Muslims will do their hard work to earn and be better than others….

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      NAS

      Don’t you understand simple English?

      The writer says all communities – not simply the Sinhala-Buddhists – should attempt to reconstruct their identities in a more pluralistic way so that an overarching Sri Lankan identity could be eventually built for all people.

      What part of the above statement you have difficulty in understanding?

      First work on your own identity before bashing other communities.

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      Out of 1.2 million Sri Lankan women working in the Arab countries, nearly one million are Sinhala-Buddhist. According to Arabs, these women are born to work for them as slaves (Nannies, House Maids and Cleaners/janitors). These Sinhala-Buddhist women are exploited, abused, raped and humiliated by the Arabs. Hundreds of these Sinhala-Buddhist housemaids have become pregnant, often after rapes by the Arabs, producing Sinhala-Buddhist children. Why not the Budda Balu Sena stop sending the Sinhala-Buddhist women to the Arab countries as slaves instead of attacking the innocent Muslims here in SL.

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        This NR labour census is by courtesy of Senguttuvan the maipulator of Kakkativu.

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          Yes. He has found an outlet to vent his venom without being found out. Though he may hide his identity his language skills and this thinking cannot be hidden. :)

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    Hate maongering will incite violence,and it will lead to the destruction. as well as whole world will reject us and isolate us.we should bear in mind,that 700 million muslims(Saarc and Indonesia) living around Sri lanka.we are dependence of those Muslim nations.

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    The two options presented are 1. To become more religous. 2. To build a Sri Lankan identity. These need to be put into practice at a personal and collective level by the adherents of all faiths. In a sense these two are contradictory as Buddhist becoming more Buddhistic and Muslims more Islamic may widen the gap between the two communities. Hence the option two is more favourable to peace and unity between communities.

    A third option is for secularism which can be implemented at the political and social levels by the govt. The need of the hour is for more understanding and tolerance between the two communities. Interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism will go along way to douse the flames of religous intolerance.

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    If Bodu Bala Sena is to oppose a symbol, then it is clearly a racist action. If a symbol can harm one religion or another, or a symbol can convert a person from one religion to another what cannot be done in this world. May be if these things are possible the world would be a different place. Allowing Bodu Bala Sena to step out of a Pansal on to the public road itself is wrong as they are creating communal disharmony. There is enough under the Prevention of Terrorism Act to arrest and charge any one who creates communal disharmony and Bodu Bala Sena should have been arrested and charged.

    I do not think any average Sri Lankan is dumb enough to be converted from one religion to another just because of a symbol. As a child and as a non muslim in Sri Lanka growing up have always seen Halal categorization when it came to food. No one had any issue then, but only now we have an issue that too brought out by Bodu Bala Sena. If we carefully analyze we will note that this came about only after the Muslim community opposed the abolition of the 13th amendment. Its the fault of people like Rauff Hakim and his gang who do not have the backbone to protect the Muslims and their practices. This is similar to Thondaman not protecting the Tamils. Hakim and Thondaman belong to the same bullock cart.

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    BBS and the Halal Debacle; What a hypocritical path they take. I have seen so-called Sinhala Buddhists eating at Buffets in Dubai and other Muslim Countries, which would consist of predominantly Halal Food, although they are not labelled as such! Would they demand non-Halal Food in those countries, or pretend that the food was not Halal?

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      If you demand non halal food in Muslim countries, if you are lucky you will be arrested and expelled from the country and if you are unlucky, you will go missing not to be found thereafter. I was working in Brunei, a partly fanatic country, where all non-Muslim restaurants have to put up large boards stating in Malay language that the food and drinks served here are not suitable for the consumption of Muslims. I also wish to bring to the notice of a letter to the editor in Borneo Bulletin, the national news paper of Brunei which appeared in the issue of 06/07/97 which stated, non-Muslim doctors should not operate on Muslim patients for two reasons : One – Before an operation you will have to pray, and the non-Muslim doctor cannot take part in Islamic prayers. The second one still worse – non-Muslim doctors should not see the internal organs of a Muslim patient. This letter which is clearly racist should not have been published in a national newspaper.

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        but the ISSUE here is, we have FAR worse problems in SL and HALAL and bodu bala sena creates a non existing problem, which can be detrimental to the MORE important issues in the country.

        I wonder why supporters of BBS cant get this into their small heads

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        There should be an availability for the demand. So, your petticoat arguments are granted asylum nil-nisi.

        So much a non-published gazzette makes such a furore. Your lots in the past have eaten the heads of your own descendants, like the Papa rabbits or Papa cats.

        Rajo.. find faults and write annals of what’s smelling in your own alimentary canals.

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        raja, you still worked and earned from muslim country NO? why u didnt go to burma? Thailand? a budhist country with Homosex and prostitutes

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    Mr Kalana we muslims need and have to have halaal products in everything. So we need to know which is halaal and which is not in this 21st century because so many non halaal products and methods are being used in the processess of these products unlike those days. We do not obey any one except Allah SWT and we want to submit to his commands which he has clearly said in the holy quran. Its imaterial to us whether you guys approve or not this is our fundamental human rights and we demand to have halaal products 100%, So its the certification and monitoring by our trusted Authority appointed by muslims who have to issue this to us. If it is not done this is another violation of human rights by the srilankan government.
    It is immaterial for us if you choose to live your life in whatever way you think is right BUT for us muslims we have to and must live a pure, clean halaal way of life. end of story.

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    I am telling again to all – Muslims started it.

    Will Muslims allow a single non-Muslim into Mecca.

    Why are they putting a shed in Anuradhapura and claiming it their right?

    Lets be fair here.

    Muslims started all the nonsense and they have to magnanimous to apologize…

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      yes if you go for haj you can go to makkah

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      shiva shiva sing for your supper like a shameless fellow masquerading under a tamil name

      The jokes on you shiva

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      You are you so ignominious in proselytizing your arguments. First ask yourself the question why a non-Muslim should pray in Mecca?

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      MUSLIMS DID NOT START ANYTHING.

      YOU, SHIVAS DID.

      AS FOR NON MUSLIMS GOING TO MECCA, IT IS HALLOWED GROUND AND ONLY MUSLIMS CAN. WHY SHOULD ANY NON-MUSLIM WANT TO GO TO MECCA ?

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    Kalana, what you are saying here is what a sensible, sane and wise government would have done to avert another damaging resolution against Sri Lanka. The country’s name is being dragged through the cesspool by the shortsighted and arrogant Rajapaksa regime that is going to cause enormous difficulties for the people of Sri Lanka in the years to come. The people are going to suffer economically and the Sinhala people are going to be branded intolerant racists and murderers. As long as the Rajapaksa regime is in power I am afraid there is no light at the end of the tunnel of woes for Sri lanka or its people.

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    Yes my dear, the Mulim population in the world is almost 2 Billion now. BODUBALA SENA can TRY to match this if they put a demand for all the monks to marry and produce as much as children they can. By this they can at least double the Sri Lanka’s population within 10 years, without blaming other religions. One study shows that they have more stamina than others and it is vastted.

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    Kalana Senaratne,

    In simple English, can you please explain what you are trying to say?

    You have written a LOT of words and lost your message in the process.

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      Mahadana Muththa:
      You have hit the nail on the head!
      These “academics” are tiresome and dilute what they have to say in the interest of what they claim is “objectivity.” The end result is that “might continues to be right” even if by default and lack of up-front challenge.

      It’s about time these people got off the fence and stated where they ACTUALLY stand on issues without indulging in a whole bunch of convoluted rhetoric!

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        Mahadana Muththa (Jnr)
        Aney Apochchi

        Don’t you understand simple English?

        The writer says all communities – not simply the Sinhala-Buddhists – should attempt to reconstruct their identities in a more pluralistic way so that an overarching Sri Lankan identity could be eventually built for all people.

        What part of the above statement you have difficulty in understanding?

        First try to understand what the writer is saying before starting to scold him.

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          Yes they are so timorous?

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      He ought to say is:

      The enunciation of the Dhammapada:

      1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

      2. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

      3. ‘He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,’–in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease.

      4. ‘He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,’–in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.

      5.For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.

      6. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here;–but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.

      7. He who lives looking for pleasures only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his food, idle, and weak, Mâra (the tempter)[not the MARA brothers] will certainly overthrow him, as the wind throws down a weak tree. [Mâra must be taken in the Buddhist sense of ‘tempter,’ or ‘evil spirit].

      8. He who lives without looking for pleasures, his senses well controlled, moderate in his food, faithful and strong, him Mâra will certainly not overthrow, any more than the wind throws down a rocky mountain.

      9. He who wishes to put on the yellow dress without having cleansed himself from sin, who disregards temperance and truth, is unworthy of the yellow dress.

      [The dark yellow dress, the Kâsâva or Kâshâya, is the distinctive garment of the Buddhist priests. See Vishnusûtra LXIII, 36. The play on the words anikkasâvo kâsâvam, or in Sanskrit anishkashâyah kâshâyam, cannot be rendered in English. Kashâya means ‘impurity,’ nish-kashâya, ‘free from impurity,’ anish-kashâya, ‘not free from impurity,’ while kâshâya is the name of the yellowish Buddhist garment].

      10. But he who has cleansed himself from sin, is well grounded in all virtues, and regards also temperance and truth, he is indeed worthy of the yellow dress.

      11. They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.

      12. They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at truth, and follow true desires.

      13. As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflective mind.

      14. As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.

      16. The virtuous man delights in this world, and he delights in the next; he delights in both. He delights and rejoices, when he sees the purity of his own work.

      17. The evil-doer suffers in this world, and he suffers in the next; he suffers in both. He suffers when he thinks of the evil he has done; he suffers more when going on the evil path.
      18. The virtuous man is happy in this world, and he is happy in the next; he is happy in both. He is happy when he thinks of the good he has done; he is still more happy when going on the good path.

      19. The thoughtless man, even if he can recite a large portion (of the law), but is not a doer of it, has no share in the priesthood, but is like a cow-herder counting the cows of others.

      20. The follower of the law, even if he can recite only a small portion (of the law), but having forsaken passion and hatred and foolishness, possesses true knowledge and serenity of mind, he, caring for nothing in this world or that to come, has indeed a share in the priesthood.

      [Sâmañña, which I have rendered by ‘priesthood,’ expresses all that belongs to, or constitutes a real Samana or Sramana, this being the Buddhist name corresponding to the Brâhmana, or priest, of the orthodox Hindus. Buddha himself is frequently called the Good Samana. Fausböll takes the abstract word sâmañña as corresponding to the Sanskrit sâmânya, ‘community,’ but Weber has well shown that it ought to be taken as representing srâmanya. He
      might have quoted the Sâmañña-phala-sutta, of which Burnouf has given such interesting details in his Lotus, p. 449 seq. Fausböll also, in his notes on v. 332, rightly explains sâmaññatâ by srâmanyatâ. See Childers, s.v. sâmañña].

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    The BBS has proclaimed at its meeting held in Panadura today that Sri Lanka is not a multi-racial and multi-religious country, but a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Since we Sri Lankans are in large measure not racially different, it can be assumed that what the BBS proclaims is that Sri Lanka is not a multi-communal country.

    I wonder what the response of the government is to this new claim, which asserts an exclusive Sinhala – Buddhist national identity dimension to an already complicated issue of defining our inclusiveness as a nation. We are treading dangerous waters, with apparently vicious, foul mouthed and foolish Sinhala-Buddhist monks pedalling a poisonous decoction amongst innocent, impressionable and vulnerable people.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Obviously the BBS reeks of ignorance and hatred for minorities. Much as they bark and try to minimize the minorities in our nation, they cannot ignore the fact that our forefathers gave the minorities prominence when they designed our national flag:

      “The Sri Lankan flag is the only one in the world to recognise different religious groups. The yellow border and pipul leaves symbolise Buddhism; while the green and saffron bands represent Muslim and Hindu communities.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Sri_Lanka

      What are they going to do now to continue the anti Muslims campaign, defy the national flag and and
      redesign the flag to show only recognition of Sinhala Buddhists? The idiots might try that too.

      Wise Sri Lankans will not be provoked or incited by a bunch of cheap saffron robed thugs, who lead these
      intellectually challenged mobs with lies and anti Islam propaganda. It will be downfall of this country, and perhaps that is the ultimate goal of those evil elements behind this hate campaign

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      Dr. NR

      “We are treading dangerous waters, with apparently vicious, foul mouthed and foolish Sinhala-Buddhist monks pedalling a poisonous decoction amongst innocent, impressionable and vulnerable people.”

      This is the bogey that the SOD/JHU/BBS want young people to chase, so that they can bring back a state of emergency, retain the PTA and put down dissent.

      The Sinhala youth are being led up the garden path again and will be easy meat for power hungry political marauders.

      They are like the many headed hydra, and they manifest themselves in many ways each with a head of its own and no one knows who is doing what!

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        This guy is a fake, an imposter who has escaped from mental assylam.

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          Unlike you Senguttuvan.

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      This is exactly what the Tamil Eelamists are expecting to hear not only from the leading Sinhala-Buddhist organizations but also from the government. The Tamil Eelamists are saying the North & East of Sri Lanka is a Tamil country (Tamil Eelam) which belongs only to the Tamil nation. The Sinhala-Buddhist BBS is saying Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country and belongs only to the Sinhala nation. The Tamil Eelamists are saying Sri Lanka is separate from Tamil Eelam and the Sinhala-Buddhist BBS is saying Sri Lanka is not a multi-ethnic multi-religious country.

      Looks like both BBS and the Tamil Eelamists are having the same agenda, two sides of the same coin and they both are supporting to split the country. If the so called two nations (Sinhalese and Tamils) fight for Sri Lanka (Sinhala country) and Tamil Eelam (Tamil country) as two separate countries where will we Muslims go?

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        of course BBS and tamil eelamists are fighting for the same course. May be Rudra is a friend of Gnasara.

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      Then the obvious answer to the BBS contention that Sri Lanka is a Sihala Buddhist Country, is to allow a Tamil Eelam in the North of the Country. Because after all, Tamils have been living in the Island for thousands of years. They are not Sinhala Buddhists and they have Human Rights too.

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    Thank you Kalana for a very well thought out commentary.

    I am sure the ruling regime is ideologically on the same page with you in theory, but regretfully in practice the political dynamics guides it on the opposite path.

    Sadly Kalana, the current social and ethnic challenges spearheaded by racist extremists and bigots will continue on the usual confrontational trajectory without government intervention, simply reminding us ignorant citizens that “it’s the politics, Stupid!”

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    If a religion approves killing of animals for food is n’t it a religion that should be condemned?

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      Is it like the innocence in being the eater of the killing, than a killer of a kill?

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      If you are not a vegetarian, it might be interesting to see how you handle these

      01. An egg- it is an embryo or a tiny center of life

      02. Fish- Eating fish

      03. Drinking Milk meant for the calf by depriving the calf of sustenance

      In 01 & 02 above you are destroying a life and you need to destroy many lives to meet the demand.

      In 03 above you are literally yanking away a baby from what is its due.

      If you kill a larger animal say a Bull you have around 800 Kg of meat which as easily meet the needs of thousands.

      Islam is pragmatic in that sense. The point is that ideally we shouldn’t be touching any of the above and eat only vegetables.

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    “……..situation calls for more intelligent and careful thinking on the part of Sri Lanka’s politicians as well as the citizenry ……..” This is from your conclusion Kalana! So, where are we going to find the type of politician that you qualify here, anywhere in Sri Lanka. Good luck if you find one, if not this is just a pipe dream.

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      Don’t worry Kalana, you far sighted understanding will yield fruit, once the BBS splits on ideology while making headway with an SSB (the Samasamaja Balakaya).

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    TAMILS AND MUSLIMS! IT IS TIME TO FORM A FRONT WITH SINHALA LEFTISTS

    There is no doubt at the forthcoming general elections and the Presidential election the BBS will heavily campaign to re-elect a SLFP led government and MR.This government will never devolve powers to the Tamils and it will never fulfill the needs of the Muslims.These rulers only will give in if the Tamils and the Muslims join hand with the Sinhala leftists and fight for their rights.If the JVP agrees to devolve power to the Tamils and the Muslims it will be able to unite them under a common front and pose a serious challenge to the present government and at the forthcoming elections this front will definitely be able to decide who will govern Sri Lanka.If the JVP continues its present stand on national question it will be weaker and there will be no more than two MPs in the next parliament.If the present regime comes into power again the rulers will give in to the every demand of the BBS

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      JVP is only a puss Vedilla who is silenced by the Chinese money to give covert support to the ruling regime as it is benefited by them, besides China & JVP is no more communist already they have joined the capitalist club.

      Only viable left is Frontline Socialist Party (Peratugami), all minorities should back them.

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    The author of this article is a Sinhala racist who is trying to portray himself as a moderate. He is talking of implementing the 13th amendment but does not seem to know the exact contents in it.
    1. Northern and Eastern provinces are areas of historic habitation of Tamil speaking peoples. – Just because the successive racist Srilanka governments have caused the alteration of demographic pattern of Eastern province by ethnic cleansing of Tamils and large scale settlement of Sinhalese from other parts of the country, it does mean that Eastern province ceases to be a land of historic habitation of Tamil people. He is citing Prof KM De Silva who is a well known racist, to say that there is no traditional homelands for Tamils. Does the author deny that Tamils had sovereignty over certain parts of the Island at the time of Portugese conquest, which was not returned to Tamils when British left the Island in 1948.
    2. Northern and Eastern provinces to be temporarily merged and a referendum to be held after resettlement of all the displaced whether the merger is to continue or not, but this referendum could be postponed indefinitely by the incumbent President. The author talks about elections to the de-merged Northern province. The two provinces were de-merged by supreme court on controversial circumstances. Tamils who were opposed to it were not allowed to make submissions. The merger took place under Indo-Lanka accord, an agreement between two countries. Any provisions in it can only be changed by mutual consent. Here without the approval of India, the supreme court of Srilanka decided to de-merge the provinces. However supreme court has given advice on the ways to re-merge the provinces in abeyance to Indo-Lanka accord. Therefore the correct procedure is to re-merge them and this is the view of a true Sinhala moderate.
    3. Regarding powers to the provinces, it has been clearly stated that land and Police powers are to be vested in the provincial council. It is necessary to hold these powers which will prevent alteration of demographic pattern of these provinces. It is only the Sinhala racists who want to deny land and police powers to Tamils as they want to alter the demographic pattern to enhance their racist view that there are no area in srilanka which could be called traditional Tamil homelands.
    The author should impress upon his Sinhala racist constituency that 13th amendment should be implemented fully with land and police powers, including the merger of northern and eastern provinces. You have to further strengthen the 13th amendment by getting rid of concurrent list by transferring the provisions in that list to the provincial list. The talk of establishing a senate is only a Sinhala racist ploy as the senate so established will have a Sinhala majority and Tamils will have no say leave alone prevent discriminatory legislation being passed against them. What the Tamils want is a legislative body with a Tamil majority whose writ will be supreme over the northern and eastern provinces which will not be over ruled by any Sinhala controlled body.
    To answer the Sinhala racist lament that northern and eastern provinces were forcibly merged against their wish, Tamil kingdom had also been forcibly merged with rest of the Island against the wish of the Tamils.

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    Bodu Bala Sena and dbsjeyaraj.com
    C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
    Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was formed to take care of the in-house problems of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It has no plans to interfere with other religion unless their actions adversely affects Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It was a careful reaction to decades of step-motherly treatment given by governments under the JRJ bahubootha constitution. Representative democracy became a joke after 1978, with crooks and thieves going to parliament and other bodies. These Sinhala politicians began to kiss the foot of minority racist politicians to get their votes to stay in power. The conspiracy to make the majority another minority tried in 1923-24 is now in operation in Sri Lanka in 2013. In order to please minorities violating any reasonableness was evident in the decision to ban pork from the parliamentary almost-free lunch. This kind of feeding a cancer thinking to cure it always boomerang at the expense of the nation’s majority Sinhala Buddhists. Village boys and girls did not die for this kind of politics.
    BBS has begun to reveal this truth of politicians’ game to deceive Sinhala Buddhists. After the murder or death of Ven. Gangodavila Soma, politicians played this game so well that they are all now in shock for what is happening in the country with the exposure of money-making behind the Halal issue. Not a single “Buddhist” politician in Sri Lanka except the Christian Ranjan Ramanayaka spoke against the rapidly spreading Madrassi-Sharia threat in Sri Lanka. Buddhism ministry is a disaster for Buddhists. It is true that Gotabhaya Rajapakse who according to Erik Solheim was the only person who said “this war is winnable” organized the defeat of Prabakaran, but after the war MahindaR has become a prisoner to his new UNP friends and CBK-hired SLFP agents who worked against him in 2005 as well as in 2010. The compartmentalization of civil administration, done to give minister jobs as bribes, has passed the reasonable limit creating an unbelievable mess. Hordes of opportunist incompetent officers are having a nice time. Reminding the Sixteen Dreams of the King Kosol, the skilled, the intelligent, the educated, the experienced and the impartial officers and dedicated citizens are marginalized. This politicalization started first with Felix Dias appointing the Kurunegala politician Jaya Pathirana as a SC judge and got accelerated with Marxists entering Mrs. B’s government. It is now a cancer spread all over. It is still not too late for rulers to think of the country. The situation is so sad that even CBK is now talking about corruption publicly!
    Those who want to break the island into two warring countries love this chaotic situation. Since Sri Lanka is an island sabotaging it by cross border weapons delivery etc. cannot be done without getting exposed. In any case, American establishment (which is different from American people) which follows a strategy of being the sympathetic intervener against injustice in a country finds ways to cut pig’s flesh using pork as the cutting board. Waiting of an opportunity to mentally, psychologically and brain-wise to get MahindaR administration cornered, American agents now have the LLRC report and the “Action Plan” to pull strings in a long-term game. Did Mahinda Chinthanaya get the best brains it needed in people like Lalith Weeratunga , P.B. Jayasundara and Nivaj Cabral?
    This background is important in trying to understand why so much opposition to BBS by ex-UNP agents like S.B. Dissanayaka, Navin Dissanayaka, toothless Marxists like Vasudeva Nanayakkara and even the MEP’s Dinesh Gunawardena. Their jobs are at stake. We know that the half-dozen or so writers to Colombo’s English newspapers oppose BBS just like the way they were in the “this war is not winnable” boat. What BBS is planning to do is published in its website, yet below the belt attacks are rampant. Non-Buddhists are telling why BBS is anti-Buddhist! This is Stanley Tambiah method. This Christian selected the topic of studying Buddhism in Thailand and 40 years later wrote a book called Buddhism Betrayed with the help of Lal and Vishaka Kumari Jayawardena! He asked in his book a simpleton question , “Why Buddhists kill?” At that time I sent him a long e-mail reply. Now in 2013, I can ask those who read his books, what 15 million Sinhala Buddhists could do when 7-8 billion people on earth include forces that want to Christianize or Islamize the world. Europeanization or Americanization of the world is no longer used as free market globalization does that job now. So what can BBS do in facing these three forces armed with evangelized Bibles, Sharia law, oil and millions of dollars? The interfaith joke is a new vehicle in this game. When Buddhist ruins are bulldozed, when the jokers in the archeology department say it is just a pile of earth, when so-called Buddhist politicians hide, when there is evidence of using the yellow robe by crooks, these non-Buddhist saviors of Buddhism preach “revenge” and “violence” are un-Buddhistic. Buddhists know this. Buddhists were never violent against other religions or minorities. Non-Buddhist preachers do not know what is Nalagiri Damanaya or Angulimala Damanaya or Upatissa Damanya. When bombs and guns are used to convert and Buddha statutes are smashed and urinated on the Dammapadaya cannot be a shield for long. BBS is using people power to stop such unreasonable behavior.
    In the grand design to divide Sri Lanka into a Tamil country and a Sinhala country, Eurocentric elements invented the idea of the “moderates” in Sri Lanka. This moderate group was to operate in between the Sinhala extremists and Tamil extremists with a hidden bias toward the latter. For example, a Christian chief once said “Prabakaran is a humane person” and wanted to consume wine produced in Prabakaran vineyards in Kilinochchi. Another example of this bias was the cunning attempt by Miliband and Co. to rescue Prabakaran to a western capital in the last days of the war in April 2009. Sinhala moderates could not escape hiding that they were the same old English-speaking Colombo black-whites. They get satisfaction now by writing about the day-to-day human rights violations of the MahindaR administration. Some of them have NGOs funded by dollar agents.
    Local Tamil moderate group is limited to a handful of Christian and or Marxist English-educated elites with English newspapers sponsoring them. DBS Jeyaraj is one of those moderate who runs a website under his name operating from Canada. These moderate Tamils had a secret admiration for Prabakaran as the only person who shook the Colombo rulers to run for cover. The question I had with these moderate groups was whether they were a reasonable lot. For example, in 1983 or so, the IGP, all DIGs, Attorney General and the Chief Justice were all Tamils did not change Colombo Tamil attitude. Only a US Congressman had the commonsense to ask from an NGO agent backing Prabakaran a question, “If Hitler had as his AG, a Jew and had several Jews cabinet ministers could you say that Hitler was discriminating against Jews?” NGOs supporting separatist Tamil immigrant agenda in America had to stop claiming that there is Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka after that question. Nazi idea is raising its head again in separatist Tamil circles.
    We know what to expect from the Tamilnet. But we expect DBS Jeyaraj to be different, reasonable, because he says he is a moderate and he is a journalist. We know these moderates now rely on 13-A because 13-A is the sure path to the Eelam they did not get by gun. I think DBSJ is one such moderate. That is why he is writing half-truths or untruths about Bodu Bala Sena. I formed this opinion about Jeyaraj after reading his own report: “Bodhu Bala Sena Begins New Campaign against Attire of Muslim Women in Sri Lanka after Abolishing Halal Logos,” (13 March 2013, 5:04 am, DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com). BBS is against 13-A and it is against Sharia law creeping into Sri Lanka. DBSJ knows that in Sri Lanka Muslims did not have halal or goni billa women covering face (niqab) problem until Taliban-type invasions in Muslim areas including Colombo. BBS is warning the government and people that we do not want this problem in Sri Lanka like in Paris or London. Those places got Muslim immigrants for janitorial work. In Sri Lanka Arab traders came for business and even the King helped them to settle down and marry native women. They had their saari covering their head and not the goni billa face cover. DBSJ is cheating when he says BBS opposes women covering their bodies. BBS opposes women covering their faces so that no one knows if it is a woman, man or a thief. I wish DBSJ will not distort facts in future when he writes about BBS.

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      C. Wijeyawickrema:
      Yours is truly the ultimate diatribe of racial hatred seeking the garb of “intellectual discussion.”
      Colombo Telegraph needs to take a good hard look at this kind of thing which goes WAY BEYOND the expression of opinion. Besides, if quoting links in submissions is not acceptable, how come what amounts to a complete column is reproduced as “comment” by this leader (with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa) of the single most dangerous and vicious organizaton in recent Sri Lankan history?

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      NIMH is open for you to undergo ECT.

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      Out of 1.2 million Sri Lankan women working in the Arab countries, nearly one million are Sinhala-Buddhist. According to Arabs, these women are born to work for them as slaves (Nannies, House Maids and Cleaners/janitors). These Sinhala-Buddhist women are exploited, abused, raped and humiliated by the Arabs. Hundreds of these Sinhala-Buddhist housemaids have become pregnant, often after rapes by the Arabs, producing Sinhala-Buddhist children.

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        Please ignore this madman

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          Ignore the cheap imposter. He has not guts to write his garbage under his own name, nor has the intelligence to come up with one of his own. The CT moderators should not tolerate such cheap tactics, and should be able to sift through such dishonest actions.

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            Dacksha, the culprit is that mongoose Senguttuvan, see the grammer. He mostly cherishes on census and budgets.

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      your nothing but a pure racist to the boot and a damm lier too
      no where in Sri lanka are Buddhist places bulldozed on the contrary its the Churches and now Mosques which are being attacked and demolished and contrary to waht you say Buddhist temples and shrines are mushrooming all over the country

      If you say BBS are saints do you want me to post URLS of BBS’s mad monks behavior here in the reply (pls let me know and im hapy to do it )they break all vinaya rules and go after the Muslims now

      Why cant BBS go after anti social evils like Casinos in Colombo (even next week a casino king is coming to SL to build a big comlex near Lake House)

      CT should not allow posts from chaps like you as its not expression of opinion but spreading hatred.

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    Excellent article. How did India with all their wide disparity of peoples manage to achieve an “Indian” identity? Even the muslims in India appear to identify themselves as Indians and do not “side” with Pakistan. How did that happen and why cant we achieve that?
    It seems to me, that if we want a national Sri Lankan identity we have to play down the cultural and religious differences and bring the commonalities to the forefront. In other words, religion should he really low-key and something confined to your homes and your conscience ( as they should really be). Unfortunately, what is happening – with both buddhists and muslims – is the opposite.

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      Siri,

      Please don’t generalise.

      ALL Buddhists and ALL Muslims are NOT extremists.

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    “And perhaps the somewhat swift manner in which the Muslim-leaders (together with the cooperation of a few Buddhist monks) were able to address this issue further proves that the Muslim-community could have been more sensitive to the concerns of others, before groups such as BBS emerged.”

    This is a pertinent quote from the author’s otherwise reasonably good analysis. But rather than appreciating the maturity and understanding of the persons concerned, the tendency seems to be to find fault with them for showing the same even at this late stage. This tendency, despite the avowedly best intention behind it, appears to complement the thinking within a section of the Muslim community that the more you give in, the more you would be demanded of giving in. This itself is the ironic fate of a minority. The majority, or a group of it, demands something that you enjoy, do or possess, to be given up,and you do so. By the logic of the author, you did it because it was wrong to have had it in the first place. Then another demand comes, you respond to it by giving up what is being demanded of you again. Again you did it because you were wrong to have had in the first place. Thus goes the vicious cycle, emptying you of all what you have had. What does it mean in practice; a shriking space for you, as a minority, to live your life in a dignified manner!

    I only hope that this is an unintentional remark by the author.

    Imadh

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    Good article until the writer comes to ‘Responding to the BBS-crisis’.

    Here he touches on the ‘Sri Lankan identity’ issue that is so confusing, I don’t think even Kalana himself understands what he has written. What a lot of complicated jargon!

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    There are a number of things that have to be taken into consideration, when analyzing the passing of the Resolution at Genevea, Halal and Bodu Bala Sena. The passing of the Resolution is a stepping stone for isolating Sri Lanka from the international community. Upon realizing that Sri Lanka would snub at the Western democratic countries and India, they would be asked to withdraw their investments from Sri Lanka, which will tend MR to lean towards China and some Muslim countries. With Kissinger’s diplomacy in introducing the liberal economy, it appears that China is on American funds and is on its path to development. Simultaneously if MR leans towards some Muslim countries and fails to settle the Tamils’ issue, India might sometimes walk in the form of IPKF into Sri Lanka, should MR continues with the grave violations of human rights, given the additional fact that the students’ strike might turn out to be an all-India students strike which accounts for more than 35% of the total votes. Therefore, India cannot afford to lose the support of the deciding voters. The separation of North-East Provinces and the increase of Islamic terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent are other factors that will prompt India to send its IPKF to implement the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord which is still in force. If MR & his siblings are adamant, it won’t be a surprise that sometimes Sri Lanka would be declared to be an Indian protectorate according to Panikker’s Plan. Another reason for USA to push India to intervene in Sri Lanka is that the some Tamils in foreign countries are anot abiding by the laws of those countries and that they appear to be a threat to those countries., which means those Tamils can be send back to Sri Lanka, because there is assurance from the IPKF that Sri Lanka military will not harass the Tamils as well as the Muslims. Similarly the IPKF can be a checkmate for the activities of Bodu Bala Sena as well as China’s intrusion in Indian Ocean. I think these are the consequences of the diplomacy behind the passing of the Resolution at Geneva. When MR & his siblings can create a fear psychosis and rule, the West and India also can counter act to isolate Sri Lanka and create a fear psychosis and expect these consequences to follow. Anyway let us wait for the next scene of this drama.

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    Though muslims are a minority here they are a majority in the world. According to unofficial figures they are the largest religious community in the world.

    The talk of 2000 year history and so on by fanatic buddhist groups all rubbish. If they touch muslims sri lanka will be reduced to zero internatinally.It won’t be like tamil issue.

    Hela Champi and BBS gang preach buddhists to stop buying from muslim shops. First, fools, stop shopping oil from muslims.Also, stop exporting tea to muslim countries.

    These fools are still in the rock age

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    For all the BBS fans here,

    Gnanasara is an IDIOT……….dont let him lead u.

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    BBS and champi gang are clearly trying adversly damage the good relationship between muslims and sinhalese. Is damaging muslim – sihala relationship. promoting and protecting Buddhism?

    No action whatsoevr taken to crush these fascist elements

    What is happenning in this country? Rule of the Law or Law of the jungle?

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    If ‘ Sinhala- Buddhism’ means an adaptation of Buddhism to meet the Sinhala needs, why not permit the monks to form a new chapter or order, that will permit its priests to marry and bring forth children . This will be like the Anglican and Methodist churches among the Chritians. I am sure a sizeable number of monks will opt to become priests in the new Chapter/ Order. The BBS monks who look quite well built and virile, should organise this Chapter/ order and even accept polygamy as one of its requirements.

    If at least 100,000 priests are in this order and each one has three wives and each wife has five children, there would be an increase of 1,500,000 additional Sinhala- Buddhist children born within a few years. I am sure these priests will have the financial resources to feed three fives and fifteen children. This will remove the pressure from ordinary Sinhalese who are also Buddhists to have more than two children, a luxury they can ill afford. Further, this may also make these priests less aggressive, less vulgar and more humane.

    Bodu Bala Sena, may your tribe increase!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    DEAR wijewikreme ,

    BBS WANTS TO SEE ALL LADIES TO BE SEXY BUT OUR BUDHIST BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE DECENT AND THEY WILL NOT TRAP IN TO BBS TRAP.

    DRESS IS EVERYONES RIGHTS AND FREEDOM , WHO ARE BBS TO TEACH THE DRESS CODE . IS BBS IS THE NEW FASHION DESIGNERS OF SRI LANKA?

    IF BBS THINKS TO HELP BUDHISM , LET THEM CLOSE ALL BARS , CASINO, NIGHT CLUBS ,ETC AS THE SAME ARE NOT ALLOWED ACCORDINGS TO TEACHINGS OF LORD BUDDAH . BUT BBS WANTS ALL THESE THINGS BUT ONLY CONCERN ABOUT DRESS CODE.

    WHAT IS THE PROBLEM OF MUSLIMS DRESS , MAY IT IS NOT TEMPTING BBS TO ENJOY THE GLAMAROUS.

    WHY SOME BUDHIST BROTERS AND SISTERS ALLOWING BBS THUGS TO PROMOTE HALF NAKED DRESS ?

    SOON CHAMPUKEGE DAUGHTHER WILL BE WEARING NIGHAB/HIJAB

    PLEASE WATCH THESE VEDIOS
    1)How 100,000 Britons have chosen to become Muslim… and average convert is 27-year-old white woman
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343954/100-000-Islam-converts-living-UK-White-women-keen-embrace-Muslim-faith.html#ixzz2LtDtYPXI

    2)Why do Western Women Convert?
    Read more
    http://standpointmag.co.uk/features-may-10-why-do-western-women-convert-julie-bindel-islam-female-conversion

    3)Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert
    Three-quarters of Britons who become Muslims are female. Now a major new study has shed light on the difficulties they face in adjusting to their new life.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women–islam-the-rise-and-rise-of-the-convert-6258015.html

    4)WHY YOUNG BRITISH WOMEN Converting to ISLAM? – BBC Documentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPwaJSMCGTE

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    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    very good sugestion by you to increase the BBS community . no doubts thats the sam thing they trying to follow soon. First they accepted islam by saying budhist brothers and sisters to get more than one marriage , where they can not do soooooooooo, why cant they be a role models to get married and make children to compete china’s population , who care about it .

    why BBS not officially declaring their childerens , as they have many more than six children unofficially. eventually they will also get 25,000 compensation , is this 25,000 incentives for each month or only once ? if it is 25,000 per month , i am going to stop working and starting a child production line.

    1.
    PLEASE WATCH THESE VEDIOS
    1)How 100,000 Britons have chosen to become Muslim… and average convert is 27-year-old white woman
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343954/100-000-Islam-converts-living-UK-White-women-keen-embrace-Muslim-faith.html#ixzz2LtDtYPXI
    2)Why do Western Women Convert?
    Read more
    http://standpointmag.co.uk/features-may-10-why-do-western-women-convert-julie-bindel-islam-female-conversion
    3)Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert
    Three-quarters of Britons who become Muslims are female. Now a major new study has shed light on the difficulties they face in adjusting to their new life.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women–islam-the-rise-and-rise-of-the-convert-6258015.html
    4)WHY YOUNG BRITISH WOMEN Converting to ISLAM? – BBC Documentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPwaJSMCGTE

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      Wijewikremege thatha, similarly there are several thousands of Muslims have also converted to Christianity. In addition, there are some more thousands willing to convert to Christianism. Even Kuwait Prince Al-Shaha had converted himself to Christianity and renounced Islam. There is also a testimony of Saudi ex-Muslim by the name Mariam who had become a Christian. You can watch all these in the YouTube. It is everyone’s right to choose their faith. But Hinduism never believes in conversion because it is so liberal and will accommodate every religion within its fold. But my view is that any religion that came through or advocate violence will disappear in the same manner. Neverthless, I don’t find any reason why BBS is concerned of Halal and Dress code, when the Muslims themselves have now begun violate the Islamic principles.

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    Citizen,

    i am converted from hidusm to islam. watch the video of Dr.periyarthasan . you will get a answer.

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    Siri is talking about an Indian identity. When the LTTE
    was defeated, who went on three wheelers, scooters, motor
    cycles and cars with Sri Lankan flag. Who rubbed shoulders
    in joy with their Sinhala bretheren. It was the Muslims. Now
    you want a Sri Lankan identity?

    Nothing is more stupid than this? Sadly, vituperation apart,
    there are many who are indulging in anti Muslim activity. Business
    houses are being attacked, Muslim women are being threatened
    and there is a lot of name calling. Where the IGP? Has he gone to sleep?

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    Islam is spreading fast than any other religion and that is why all other relious people are jealous of Muslim and Islam. Islam and Christianity are sister religions: no Muslim is a Muslim until he or she believe in Jesus as a prophet. Islam is culmination of divine message. I’ sorry to say Islam is totally different from Buddhism and Hinduism: Islam, Christianity and Judism are orignated from one and same source. There are sister religions and there are more similarities between these three in theology, law and customs. But there more differences between Islam and Hindu- Buddhism religion: Worshiping statue is prohibited in Islam. But in Hinduism and Buddhism is a form worship. Even in this modern world people,worship stone and mud. Every one knows these stones do not benefit any one and they can not harm you yet. People take them as Gods even people worship cows and what could cow do to you. But Islam permit to eat cows one man’s God is another man’s food. What a difference is this. Islam will prevail all over falsehood. That is why every one afraid of Isalm and Muslims. Because they believe in a ture God who created this universe and all mankinds. whether you like it or not you go back to Him. Read DR Zakir Naik, PJ ZainulAbedeen and Dr Abdullah Presidasan to know about Islam more: listen to Prof zaghlool al Najjar in YouTube on Islam and science to know about Islam

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