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Gnanasara – “The God Sent Saviour Of Sri Lanka”

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

The title is a comment from one of my close friends who said, “Ganasara is the god sent saviour of Sri Lanka”. This was a spontaneous statement as soon as Maithripala Sirisena was declared the winner at the presidential elections. I will not give such an honourable credit to someone who profuse so much hate and propagates violence against fellow human beings.

I didn’t need to ask her any further. She went on to explain “if not for that bloody T…g in saffron robes who is a disgrace to Buddhism, the minorities would never have voted Maithripala and booted the Rajapaksas’ out of office”. She is a strong practicing Buddhist and a humanist, and the anger in her eyes revealed her inner feelings for Ven. Gnanasara, hence her pun.

It makes sense to me now, as to why President Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out by the vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters. With the number of Buddhist moderates now demanding a commission of inquiry in to the hate campaign and the funding that has been received by Ven. Gnanasara and the Bodu Bala Sena it is clear that the Sri Lankan Buddhists were helpless under the Rajapaksa tyranny to demand justice for the minorities.

Gnanasara |Picture courtesy Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka Facebook page

Gnanasara |Picture courtesy Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka Facebook page

The minority votes continues to unfortunately become the deciding factor in any election. The 2010 election was an exception. Even though, Champika from the JHU and a small group of other Buddhist racists have now begun denying the power of the minority vote, all that was needed was a mere 200,000 minority votes to shift towards Mahinda Rajapaksa and the dreams of Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe and over 5 million Sri Lankans would have been a shattered dream. So, its not a question as to who votes are not, but it’s about how the minorities vote. If the minority votes are split, their contribution is insignificant. The Buddhist vote on the other hand, is split between the two main candidates, more so this time because of the large coalition that was built around Maithripala Sirisena in the just concluded election. The UNP sponsored Maithripala Sirisena was able to garner a larger portion of the Sinhala Buddhist vote because of this coalition. Analysis of the votes in the northern Tamil stronghold, the Muslim East or the plantation Tamils in the central region based on the number of voters who turned up at polling booths matched with the numbers polled for the common candidate reveals that an absolute majority voted for change. It would not have mattered who the candidate was as it turned out to be an anti-Rajapaksa vote. This was not because they hated President Mahinda Rajapaksa, but Ven. Gnanasara Thero and his band of violent racists made sure that Rajapaksas, especially Gotabaya Rajapaksa was made the monster, in their racist agenda. Was this a conspiracy they hatched with their financiers to boot the Rajapaksa administration out or is it just a strategy that went wrong? The songs they sing today for their supper praising Maithripala Sirisena and pledges of support from the Bodu Bala Sena for his 100-day programme may reveal some of the hidden agenda of the Bodu Bala Sena. Will President Maithripala Sirisena fall in to their trap? His voters are alert, and will tolerate no nonsense from President Maithripala Sirisena on this count.

I still cannot fathom as to why the plantation Tamils overwhelmingly voted for Maithripala ditching even their demi-god Arumugam Thondaman, who had pledged to migrate to India if Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidential race. Is it because the new breed of Digambarams has taken over plantation politics?

As a Muslim, I can with out any hesitation say, all that the Muslim community would ask for from the new administration is to be allowed to live as equal citizens in this country with equal access to justice, with freedom to practice their faith and vocation, wear their choice of attire and be part of the Sri Lankan nation. Commitment to cultural diversity by the new administration will cement the reconciliation process that has been butchered by the new breed of Buddhist extremists.

I have heard even from the most moderate Buddhist monks that the Muslims have too many mosques. There is some truth in this presumption, but what is important to note and understand is that Muslim men are obligated to pray five times a day as a congregation and no other religion prescribes it as such. So, can they congregate at a private residence five times a day, everyday? Hence the need for common prayer centers in places where Muslims live and work in numbers. This is a priority, for them to practice their religion. Further, any place of worship anywhere should be encouraged because it brings serenity to the environment, discipline to its youth and compassion amongst the people. It would also be important for the Maithripala Sirisena administration to enact building guidelines for places of worship as part of his 100-day programme to ensure that there would be no friction between communities in building places of religious worship. In any case, no one, either they are in robes or otherwise should not be permitted to become vigilantes.

Most polls analysts are talking about the Muslim and Tamil votes and fail to count the anti Rajapaksa Sinhala/Tamil Christian votes. Almost every single Christian too voted against Rajapaksa, because of the hate campaign, destruction of their prayer centers, and intimidation that were carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena, Sihala Ravaya and the Jathika Hela Urumaya. Maithripala’s coalition partner, the JHU too were responsible for this campaign against the Christians, but the voters held the Rajapaksas responsible for allowing these extremist to operate with impunity and failing to bell the cat. So it is very clear that any one of the minority groups could have tilted the balance of power at the last presidential elections, if the Rajapaksas had the slightest interest in treating all communities alike.

I continue to have a very high regard for Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the good things he has done for the country. I would like to recall a conversation I had with him in one of our numerous engagements in addressing the concerns of the Muslim community. I asked him as to why he was not reining in the BBS when he led the fight against the most feared and ruthless terrorist movement and destroyed them. He had a ready answer, and he said and I quote “ I am here to support my brother, President Mahinda Rajapaksa to continue being the president. If I touched the saffron robe, he would be finished. If you need to take this up, please take it up with my brother, the president”. If only he had known that the Bodu Bala Sena was the ones who would destroy his brother, he would not have hesitated even for a second to eliminate the BBS.

For the first time in my life, I saw the enthusiasm of my Muslim community to exercise their franchise, and I believe that everyone who had the physical ability to vote voted in every corner of the country. Women, even in the most conservative villages were out in numbers at dawn lining up to be the first ones to vote, a rare sight indeed. How and why did this enthusiasm come about, it is only because of the racist antics of the Bodu Bala Sena., the pogrom at Aluthgama and the destruction of Muslim mosques and places of religious worship .

Thank you, Venerable Galagode Aththe Gnansara Thero. You have helped Sri Lanka to make the change. If not for you, the Muslims would not have voted against the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa in numbers as they did. For the semi-literate rural folk, the hackneyed jargon of good governance, corruption, nepotism or abuse of power does not resonate with their daily lives. The war victory still remains in their hearts and minds and voting against Rajapaksa was almost treason. Yet, our Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero’s campaign of terror made sure that the rural voters opted for change.

Like the Rajapaksa’s, Ven. Gnanasara too was not seen in public after the election results were announced. There were rumours that he was on an Emirates flight to Paris, transiting in Dubai. But the sudden emergence of the BBS duo, Ven. Gnanasara Thero and Dilanthe Withanage at a press conference is cause for concern. His racist agenda needs to be halted and the President has enough legislation that could be used against anyone instigating hate. These cardboard patriot hate mongers need to be prosecuted and justice delivered so that true reconciliation amongst the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities would be reestablished. Failure on his part will spell doom for President Maithripala’s coalition in the immediate future.

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  • 46
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    Hilmy Ahamed,

    How about Sumandasa? The Presidential fortune teller.

    I think he mislead the former dictator on purpose to serve the nation. He deserves a medal of honour too.

    Cheers!

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      SUMANADASA AND OTHER ASTROLOGERS WITH THEIR WRONG PREDICTIONS MIGHT HAVE MISLED AND DESTROYED THE HOPES OF THE OVER-AMBITIOUS MR AND HIS FAMILY ONLY, BUT GNANASAARA WAS MISLEADING THE BUDDHIST COMMUNITY AND WAS ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY THE WHOLE COUNTRY. SO GNANASAARA SHOULD BE TRIED FOR THIS SERIOUS OFFENCE OF ‘CRIME AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA’ BY A ‘PEOPLES COURT’ AND PUNISHED IN PUBLIC.

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        According to Sharia law? huh? mey thambi malli, This country never had your law or practices and never will

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          [Edited out]…its ” ACCORDING TO HUMAN LAW “….! DUMBASS……!!!!

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          BBS….BULLSHIT BUDDHIST SHITS…..!!! Dont bring race into your comments….!!!!

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          Gananasara2

          “This country never had your law or practices and never will”

          PARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC
          SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA

          MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE (MUSLIM)
          http://www.commonlii.org/lk/legis/consol_act/mad134294.pdf

          AND

          MUSLIM MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
          (AMENDMENT ) ACT, No. 40 OF 2006

          Printed on the Order of Government
          [Certified on 06th November, 2006]

          PRINTED AT THE DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT PRINTING, SRI LANKA
          TO BE PURCHASED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS BUREAU, COLOMBO 1

          Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of November 10, 2006

    • 37
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      I am sinhalaya born buddhist, but I did not respect any fundemental buddhist monks from that day on. None of my friends and aquantance supported them. Instead we just criticsed, but ours had no ground during the times terminated last week. There only thugs and culprits of all kind had more power than we right ones.

      Even today, I feel, I could breathe in the day Ghanasara will be brought before the country and be given due therapies in a form a long term jail session. Al these should have be made without creating communal violence in rural led srilanken populace. All Nayake thero should mediate not allowing those sympathisers to go wired once srilanken justice will impose the mentioned kind in the near future. Among the numbers, the hate speech and its impact- he made in Aluthgama -prior to riots that took thelives of few claimed damage to the innocient muslims and sinahala lived in that area – is comparable Nagasak bomb that killed millions.

    • 36
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      Ok, lets make this as :

      Gnanasara and Sumanadasa as the joint Man of the Match !

      Well done guys.

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        Aunty Matila@

        what happened to CHANDRASIRI BANDARA and his promises to kill himself if MR would be defeated ?
        I could not watch the progrmmes the way Silly CB intereprted them.

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          WHAT ABOUT MADAM PAVITHRA WANNIARACHCHI WHO SAID SHE WILL SELL HER HOUSE IN PELMADULLA IF MR LOSES.

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            Pavithra Wattiarachchi held an election bet to give up her house if Rajafucksa loses. She did not say that she will sell her house. It is high time she honoured the election bet???

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            I cant remember which Web site published that Mrs Pavithra Wanniaarachchi Told,
            She will sell her House. But I read it some where!.
            May be Still She Did not get a “Very Good Offer with a High Price”.
            Must be She is Waiting for a High Price?. GOOD LADY.

            BUT, One Of my Friends at Provincial council Told me,

            “THAT Is VERY OLD ONE MACHANG”,
            “No body will OFFER HIGH PRICE FOR THAT”.
            Hope She will get Good offer, because, this is after losing Mahinda Jarpassa’s Election.

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        Oh! Matilda,

        You send me to heaven with those shouts of “Well done”!

        I’d love to hear you sing “Do it to me one more time” by Carly Simon. Will you sweet heart?

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          CT please please please

          dont allow this ” WALLE POL” or the like to destroy this wonderful forum. I warn you to check on the CONTENTS when allowing them to add their VULGAR fantasies to this valuable forum.
          If we really wanne to dawn an era led by “real YAHA PALANAYA” you the journalists must not allow PERVERTs like WALLE POL to add theirs.

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        There is no connection between gnanasara and regime change or gnanasara has done little impact on the regime change. Many people vote against previous regime because of corruptions and other violations that they had done like Rathupaswala incident and using military forces against other protests. Only some Minorities voted for racial benefits.
        All though minorities used to say country first and other nonsense their true ambition is to gain power for the benefit of their community. As I see representative democracy is adding fuel to fire. It further segregating people. All political parties that are based on religion or race must be banned if you want truly impartial nation.
        People must respect Hinduism and Buddhism because Hinduism is the culture of north and east and Buddhism is south. Those are our values unlike what we got from Arabs or west.
        Also every citizen of the country must be got same recognition by the government. I mean there should not be different laws for different people.

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      Hilmy Ahmedia would do well to learn how to spell Rev Gnanissara thera’s name properly.

      In a multi ethnic, multi religious society we must learn to respect others (as the Pope said recently too), no matter what the differences are.

      We can understand the Muslims in Sri Lanka are currently riding a wave of euphoria about revenge against their perceived enemy. That may be fine according to the religion they believe in. But Buddhidm teaches “nahi verena verani” philosophy.

      Hilmy Ahmed can’t be allowed to abuse a Buddhist monk.

      That will be similar to my calling a Muslim a FAKIR which I wouldn’t do under normal circumstances.

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        I agree, the correct spelling is “Gandasara Thera” on account of the bad smell his speeches brought.

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          @Sylvia Hawk

          Congrats! Appropriate comment but I would stop at “Gandasara”!

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            Thanks Mike. I thought of it immediately after I wrote it as by including “Thera” I would be condemning all Buddhist monks.

      • 7
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        You talk from the other end of your mouth, just like modasara does.

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        Meaning of Arabic word Fakir: A Muslim ascetic who rejects worldly possessions. It is not a derogatory term but could be more, a misrepresentation when referring to an ordinary Muslim.

        In contrast what Gnanasara referred to and called Muslims on his stage tantrums, Thambiya, Marakkalaya, Mottaya, gonibilla and such, a single reference to him as ‘Ganasara’ in this article is really nothing in comparison, further it is obvious it was a typographic error. If you read thru, at every other instance, his name is referred to in correct spelling. More than what he truly deserves specially coming from a decent Muslim writer. Don’t ever expect the same respect from the rest.

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        Dear fair play,

        You say:

        “We can understand the Muslims in Sri Lanka are currently riding a wave of euphoria about revenge against their perceived enemy.”

        For God’s sake, fair play, do not think this way. Muslims never have an euphoria about revenge. We think it is our very conscientious brothers and sisters among Sinhalese who could not tolerate the nonsense of MR and co that made this difference. We thank them.

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        “Hilmy Ahmed can’t be allowed to abuse a Buddhist monk.”.

        OF COURSE , WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANY BODY TO ABUSE A BUDDHIST MONK.

        You Are Correct!.

        BUT this MAN, GANDASSARA is not a Buddhist Monk.

        wearing a saffron Robe, is not be come a Buddhist monk.
        making Big filthy noise, and Doing all the Thuggary and vulger is not suitable, and not legal for a Buddhist monk’s life.

        It Is A BIG INSULT TO BUDDHISM to call him THERA Also.

        SO WE Buddhists this man GANDASSARA.

        And Please Friends, Here after Do not call That GANDASSARA as THERA..

    • 14
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      Hi Guys, this title is wrong.

      Looking at how many of sinhala buddhists rally round to BBS – is evident to us buddhist. Not many really. This we could get statistically in the days to come by contacting ministry of Buddist affairs held by honourable minister KaruJayasooriya.

      So, how can he be the saviour of over 70% predominantely buddhist srilanka. Besides the practises being carried out by Ghanasara led BBS is in the path of VIOLENCE – though many of us the buddhists are PRO NON-VIOLENCE. Alone the way the newly elected govt behaved sofar proved all the nature of buddhists. They did not go after revenges though some fractions in the society still would do behave so. Howev er, the way Ranil W et al stopped the post election violence wave – was TOP- all respect to them really.

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      Hilmy Ahamed –

      RE: Gnanasara – “The God Sent Saviour Of Sri Lanka”

      “I didn’t need to ask her any further. She went on to explain “if not for that bloody T…g in saffron robes who is a disgrace to Buddhism, the minorities would never have voted Maithripala and booted the Rajapaksas’ out of office”. She is a strong practicing Buddhist and a humanist, and the anger in her eyes revealed her inner feelings for Ven. Gnanasara, hence her pun.”

      Thank you for the write up.

      There were many factors, this was one of the major factors, and all added up.

      We, the People of Sri Lanka,….[Edited out]

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      Ben Hurling

      “I think he mislead the former dictator on purpose to serve the nation. He deserves a medal of honour too.”

      Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena must be a great man for misleading the clan and the country. Is he a secret supporter of diaspora , TNA, Western countries, Navi Pillai, Miliband, ….

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      Sumanadasa Abeygunawardene is priceless! I heard he fled to Singapore. If nothing else comes of this election, the debunking of astrological superstition in Sri Lanka was well worth it.

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      If all the culprits should be brought before the courts – why not Ghanasara the most aggressive man on pubilic stage ? – that brought all records being uncivilized- unethical -unmoral- becoming national most dangerous communal violence creater. Those who got victimized by his hate mongering and got died in ALuthgama cant be given a life – but the damage this man abusing the respect to the SIVURA- has been doing is comparable to the damage made by WORLD WAR II bombardements.

  • 23
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    Gothabaya has a lot more skeletons in his cupboard than just the BBS, Sinhala Ravaya etc. Don’t soft pedal on his various mischiefs and crimes and paint a rosy picture.

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    The Muslims may consider supporting Rajapaksa or his nominee during the next election if Rajapaksa will “arrange” to hang Gnanasara on Galle Face Green in the presence of thousands of people and the glare of the local and international press.

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    I hope the govt will take a quiet action against Gnasara and his Sena. Otherwise he will become a hero out of this sorry saga in our country’s history. He should never be remembered.

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      Raizuh Langai

      “I hope the govt will take a quiet action against Gnasara and his Sena. “

      Just apply the Laws. They ae innocent or only suspects until proven guilty.

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        Amarasiri,

        Thank you very much for among many comments sparing some time to read mine and leaving a comment. I agree with your point.
        But the Bikkhu himself on record before the Aluthgama incident using hate speech. Everyone is in this country has a religious freedom. For that we don’t have to compare another country to stoop to their level. Also I accept that there is no compulsion in religion. The greater the religion the responsibility of religious leaders become greater.If they come down from that pedestal its very unfortunate for the people who in the rank and file like me.
        Its time we all live in this country in peace. Its the politicians and now some religious leaders used and now using language and religion for their own agendas. The country and the rest of us suffered enough. We should be able to live in this country without hatred, name calling and fear.
        In the meantime we should be vigilant on whoever tries to destroy that and bring that person/s to the eyes of the law.
        Thank you.

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    Gnanasara – “The God Sent Saviour Of Sri Lanka”

    I didn’t need to ask her any further. She went on to explain “if not for that bloody T…g in saffron robes who is a disgrace to Buddhism, the minorities would never have voted Maithripala and booted the Rajapaksas’ out of office”. She is a strong practicing Buddhist and a humanist, and the anger in her eyes revealed her inner feelings for Ven. Gnanasara, hence her pun.

    that bloody T…g in saffron robes was sent by God. So HE he planned and sent him and hatred happened.

    The Holy Quran says in Surah Al-Anfal Verse No:30.

    They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah.

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    The new president and his team need to introduce new tough laws against hate mongering.

    If arrests can take place for spreading rumors… why not arrests made for hate speeches, done is public?

    Going forward, this lowlife, wearing a yellow robe must be in everybody’s radar, and the next first hate speech by him should be his last.

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    ” I asked him as to why he was not reining in the BBS when he led the fight against the most feared and ruthless terrorist movement and destroyed them. He had a ready answer, and he said and I quote “ I am here to support my brother, President Mahinda Rajapaksa to continue being the president. If I touched the saffron robe, he would be finished”

    What kind of statement is this, to have regard for a man like Gota. As a government administrator and servant of the people he has to serve with a true conscience irrespective of his ethnic and religious background but this man clearly exposes his bias towards the Sinhala majority. Which makes him nor his brother fit to serve the people.

    In other words Gota implies “if any Tamil Hindu or Moslem or Christian disrupts the peace in the country I will take action with a vengeance but not when a Sinhala Buddhist is at it.” May it be known that in this modern age people like MR or Gota don’t fit into the thinking of an enlightened society . They were thrown out never to return to politics.

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    Thank Allah for BBS

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    Hilmy has “very high regard” for Gotabaya.
    This says it all.
    Such sentiment has so far not been expressed by anyone, since Gota vanished along with his source of illicit funds – KP – for whom most probably Gota arranged the exit, even via the VIP lounge in the airport – without any hassle, just like his golaya Karuna did long ago, with a bogus passport also provided by Gota.

    Hilmy forgets that Gota was the Patron Saint of BBS !!!
    Does his lady friend know?

    p.s
    So far, no news of Karuna, the Vice President of SLFP.

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    The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is a foreign agent to defeat Mahinda Rajapakshe. The foreign agency wants UN inquiry against Mahinda. They carefully executed their plan through BBS.
    The BBS harassed the Muslims,damaged their properties and killed Muslims in Aluthgama. This took away 700,000 Muslim votes from Mahinda and he lost by 400,000 votes.

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      Dear Dr. Najimudeen,
      Agree with your statement. Ven. Gnanasara was an agent paid with a mission for regime change of the Rajapaksha authoritarian government. If no other country would not accept the Ven. Gnanasara, the only countries that I can be sure of accepting this thug and providing a safe haven for his extremist ideology would be the following:
      1. Israel
      2. Norway
      3. France
      BTW, Mr. Hilmy Ahmed, the Gnanasara thug is not a “God send” but a Mossad/CIA dispatch that even Satan would not want to touch with a ten-feet-pole.

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      But you Najimudeen!, predicted MR victory with numbers and percentages …….. You forgot?

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    BBS was obviously created to antagonise the Muslims towards Rajapakse and the Muslims fell for it. Yes, it would be appropriate to appoint a commission to identify who and why a disruptive force like the BBS was formed under the leadership of a thuggish looking person who for all probability is someone not practicing Buddhist principles. It has been reported he was an ex-monk who got back into robes and before he started all these disgraceful acts, he had visited USA and Norway. Why?

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    I strongly reject attempt of awarding the title of “The god sent saviour of Sri Lanka” to “Reverend” Gnanasara Thero. I strongly believe that “Honorable Dr.” Mervin Silva, “Honerable ” Duminda Silva, “Honourable” D.M. Jayaratne and sons of the first family too are equally responsible.

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    Dear Mr. Hilmy Ahamed,

    Despite Bodu Bala Sena, Muslims in Sri Lanka have fared rather well comparatively over the years, especially how other religions have fared in Muslim countries. In Sri Lanka the Muslims have separate Marriage laws and educationally, all other religions have their own separate schools, but the Muslim schools operate on a different calendar. E.g. They are closed during the fasting month but this causes resentment in the Muslim community itself as it was disadvantaging Muslims requiring updating and revising to meet the national curriculum and examination dates.
    The Muslims take separation to the extreme with no thought of any degree of assimilation. E.g. The Kandy Perahera that was once a Buddhist celebration has now become a national festival and the other religions participate but the Muslims are conspicuously absent.
    On Independence Day the Muslims could enjoy the event by hoisting the national flag in their mosques, but I believe the Koran prohibits it.
    In Muslim majority areas such as Kattankudy, they have made silly efforts to make it look like Arabia by planting date palms along the roadside and as expected most of them died in alien Sri Lanka. Here, according to reliable reports there are 58 mosques serving a relatively small population and they are sparsely attended with practically no demand. This appears the misuse of the generous largesse from Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia intent on promoting their intolerant Wahabbi version of Islam. E.g. There were little or no funds to defend the innocent young Rizana Nafeek, a poor Sri Lanka Muslim girl, except from the Buddhist dominated Human Rights Watch based in Honk Kong. She was beheaded in Saudi Arabia in January 2013 despite international outrage amid the silence from the Sri Lankan Muslims.
    The peoples opposition to cattle slaughter is not totally a Halal issue but the inhumane way the cattle was being slaughtered. In developed countries, they are first stunned and rendered unconscious before killing and not being dragged into the slaughter house within sight of their slaughtered compatriots. The meat could be rendered Halal in a more humane way because banning it altogether would spell disaster economically as the Halal meat is exported in a healthy market.
    The Dress Code which is applied only to women is showing the Muslims as an unequal society. The bizarre Burqa is a modern phenomenon as I had not seen a single one before the 80’s.
    Muslims should realise that the Koran was written in turbulent medieval times in an archaic language and meanings, much like Spenserian English or Sanskrit. The Koran needs re-interpretation with modern times in mind. Otherwise, the vulnerable Muslims taking the Koran, with its intolerant interpretation to heart, become Jihadis attracting the wrath of all other religions and all moderate Muslims as well.
    The Koran’s blasphemy rules alone is crying out for review as shown by the fatal outpourings over the cartoons in Denmark and France and the unjust recent execution of a Christian woman in Pakistan.

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      dont talk cr*p….!!!

    • 0
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      you are a Zhydovka arent you….???

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        Imi Mo, you have just proved my point – Intolerant, Blind and also as in your case, Ignorant. Let’s hear you putting up valid arguments against instead of calling mine Cr*p and a Zhydovka, whatever that is.

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    I am Buddhist. But, I think Buddhist monks or for that matter any religious person should be banned from politics. They should practice their religion and not get into politics. They destroy the harmony of the country. We know by now religion and the ethnicity are the two issues that divide nations. They should not have a place in politics. In the USA they practice what we call “separation of church and state” which does not allow a religion to get in the way of politics. If a monk wants to do politics he should leave the honorable yellow robe and do politics. These so called “monks” use the cover of robe to practice politics.

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      Agree with you. In my days in the home country – 3 decades ago, I felt the same that the b monks in general should NOT involve in active politics. But today things have turned to different angels – values in the society have gone down to all appalling levels – even among the monks that the laymen could really keep faith on are not many. From what I hear – most buddhist monks being in safran robes do seem to be doing all illegal activities. Most of all the way Ghaanasara the leader of BBS how he holds his public speeches are more than hurtful. The special voccabulary that he has been using for public hate speeches are brand for his BBS hate mongering campaign. I wonder how people of the ALuthgama area ever digested those filthy highly aggressive speeches costed some lives and damages to thei house holds.

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    Well said Anura.
    I am on your side.

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    Everyone talking about BBS are too extreme. No one talk about TNA extreme or Muslim Extreme. Chandrika is honouring MR Prabakaran the terrorist as a gentlemen. Who is loosing ? Majority ignorant sinhala Buddhists.

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      Saamy

      “Who is loosing ? Majority ignorant sinhala Buddhists.”

      In what ways the ignorant Sinhala/Buddhits are losing?

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      AGREED, with Islamic extremism being an international problem these days.

      Sometimes it is important to get things into perspective. There are Islamic nations where practicing another religion is flat out illegal and be punishable by barbaric SHARIA law.

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/01/france-burqa-ban-upheld-human-rights-court

      SRI LANKA should do the same, and as you can see no HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS there either. Burka is a security risk and reasonable accommodation and tolerance should be a two way street. Minorities should think about how comfortable their actions are to the majority in any society they wish to coexist in.

      TNA, should also calm their aggressive voices and try to work together with the Majority.

      In a democracy the Majority will not bend to the will of a minority unless it is in everyone’s best interest. Therefore the idea of cohesive togetherness is far more important for a minority when attempting to get legislative power in a country that has a long history of cultural differences and violence on both sides.

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        This is not a case of Islam and international terrorism coming together as you imply, but it is a botched up political struggle in Syria which was allowed to fester. All the actors in this civil war are Muslims.

        In the case of the attack on Charlie Hebdo caricature parlour, it was something they started by infringing on religious sentiments of Muslims in the name of free speech, in spite of many previous warnings to stop such insults. Of course we condemn the killings, but in the same breath we condemn those caricatures which are crude drawings of the Prophet of Islam.

        In our own country too, there were many who took to the streets with serious provocation by carrying large scale drawings depicting our God Allah, and the drawing of a pig on it which was put down, trampled on it and then put to flames. Nothing was ever done by those in authority to arrest the miscreants. You now have the audacity to talk of Muslim terrorism in the country when there was only a muted response to such attacks? Get your facts straight before committing them to writing. You only reap what you sow.

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    Listen to this Syrian lady doctor (MD MS, PhD )now resides in the USA. Click on the link.

    http://youtu.be/MmdZ8_dorAQ

    From The Heart of a Muslim – good one, worth reading!

    I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.

    After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.

    I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward non-Muslims. We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.

    We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of slavery or wars, to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called jizia. We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the mosques.

    What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews “descendants of the pigs and monkeys”? [Yet, both Arabs and Jews are descendants of Ibrahim (Abraham)!] Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of hate?

    I have been into [Christian] churches and [Jewish] synagogues where they were praying for Muslims. While all the time, we curse them, and teach our generations to call them “infidels”, and to hate them.

    We immediately jump in a ‘knee jerk reflex’ to defend Prophet Mohammad when someone accuses him of being a pedophile while, at the same time, we are proud with the story in our Islamic books that he married a young girl seven years old [Aisha]when he was above 50 years old.

    I am sad to say that many, if not most of us, rejoiced in happiness after September 11th and after many other terror attacks.

    Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathise with their cause. Until now our ‘reputable’ top religious authorities have never issued a fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate, while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed according to Islamic Shari’a law just for writing a book criticizing Islam.

    Muslims demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did in France to stop the ban on the hijab (head scarf), while we did not demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist murders. It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts.

    We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East .

    We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of the Arab countries to make them “Jews-free countries” while Israel accepted more than a million Arabs to live there, have their own nationality, and enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel , women cannot be beaten legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear of being killed by the Islamic law of ‘apostasy,’ while in our Islamic world people do not enjoy any of these rights.

    I agree that the ‘Palestinians’ suffer, but they suffer because of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel .

    It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live in the Arab world. On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going to work with happiness in Israel , its ‘enemy.’ If Israel treats Arabs badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite happening.

    We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human mankind. Our religious leaders have to show a clear and very strong stand against polygamy, pedophilia, slavery, killing those who convert from Islam to other religions, beating of women by men, and declaring wars on non-Muslims to spread Islam.

    Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: ‘We Muslims have to change.’

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    “I am a Muslim by faith, a Christian by spirit, a Jew by heart, and above all I am a human being.” ~ Dr. Tawfik Hamid.

    Dr. Hamid is an Egyptian scholar and author of the article above. The world needs more people like him—ones who have the courage to faceup to reality.

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    You say, “She is a strong practicing Buddhist and a humanist, and the anger in her eyes revealed her inner feelings for Ven. Gnanasara, hence her pun”.

    Mr. Hilmy, you had better stick to what you know well, if any, rather than make such contradictory statements about Buddhism and its followers. Anger and “practising Buddhist” (whether strong or weak) do not go together.

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