By Granville Perera –
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Gone Mad!
No mad man admits that he is mad. When you ask a patient at the mental hospital in Angoda if he is mad, he will without hesitating point towards the outside world and say all the mad men are out there. That is exactly what Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana (believed to be allegedly hiding the fugitive extremist Buddhist monk Gnanasara) said in the Balaya TV show on 26 June 2017 on Hiru TV. He also claimed that everyone who signed a petition in support of Lakshan Dias, the Human Rights defender and Attorney at Law are “mad men” who should be in Angoda. A clear indication that he has lost his head. Lakshan Dias had to flee the country as he is being hunted by Wijedasa Rajapaksa’s goons.
Wijedasa exceeded his ministerial powers and threatened to de-list Lakshan Dias as an Attorney. He is neither the appointing authority nor the one who has the power to remove Lakshan as an attorney. He, being a former president of the bar association has also intimidated the bar association to refrain from passing a resolution demanding an explanation from the Justice Minister for threatening a fellow attorney. Thus is the state of the Bar Association and the Judiciary in the much promised freedoms under Yahapalanaya.
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is also suspected of assisting hate mongers to destabilize the Government. He obliges the Rajapaksas due to the threats by the Joint Opposition strategists (who have his file) of exposing his misdeeds during the Rajapaksa rule and Avant Garde. A credible suspicion, given his close association with Senadipathi of Avant Garde and his attempts to set fire to this country through Sinhala Buddhist extremism. Wijeyadasa’s strategy is to drive away the minorities, especially the Muslims from the United National Party for failing to protect them. The UNP can never come to power without the minority votes. It is estimated that over 95% of the Muslims voted for regime change from the Rajapaksa hegemony.
Travesty of Justice
A fugitive monk who has over 84 police complaints by Muslims filed against him in different police stations and courts of law walks away on three counts of contempt of court- scot-free. The President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers should bury their heads in the sand with their rear end exposed if they were not aware that their Justice Minister and Attorney General plotted this coup to make a permanent scar in the judicial history of this wonderful land of ours. This is only possible in Sirilankaaawe….
As a citizen of Sri Lanka, I just have to ask “where the F…k” are the independent commissions that Yakapalanaya introduced with such fanfare. The Police commission should immediately resign if they cannot take action or act on the blatant police hypocrisy in dealing with this thug in robes by the entire police department. A fugitive monk, who has been visited regularly by his unholy disciples, could not be traced by 5 special teams deployed to arrest him. What a reflection on the Police Department? Who gave orders to the Special Task Force not to arrest him in Kurunegala? The monk was even carrying an unlicensed weapon when he was apprehended. The STF would have made him eat humble pie if not for the intervention of the IGP, who has to tell Sri Lanka as to who ordered him to pull Gnanasara out of the hands of the STF or RESIGN immediately and observe sil in Gnanasara’s temple. The Prime Minister, who hereto was considered a non-racist is in the thick of this conspiracy of the President and his band of extreme racists in Yahapalanaya.
The Asgiriya Googly – “Koheda Yanne Malle Pol”
“The teaching founded by the Buddha is known as Buddhism. … A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection”. Has the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter displayed these qualities?
The respected Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter has joined the bandwagon of extremists to mislead the Buddhist world claiming that the Government of Sri Lanka is on a hunt to arrest a saffron robed Buddhist monk for crimes committed against the Muslim Community. This rogue monk was wanted by the Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka to face charges of misconduct at the Magistrate’s Court in Homagama, when he abused Sandya, the wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda who is suspected of being abducted by the Rajapaksas and killed for his attempt to reveal the inside story of Rajapaksa corruption and tyranny. What an indictment on the noble religion of Buddhism? Why is Gnanasra creating all this drama?
Justice Ranga Dissanayake, the Homagama Magistrate filed charges in the Court of Appeal against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera seeking the Appeal Court’s constitutional jurisdiction in his alleged offensive behaviour in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court amounting to Contempt of Court on January 25 this year.
In a surprising turn of events, on January 25, Gnanasara Thera began to address Open Court after the court hearing pertaining to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. Later, the Police arrested Gnanasara Thera on the charges of contempt of courts, obstructing Court proceedings and intimidating a public servant.
Today, Gnanasara and his band of saffron robed cohorts are misleading the nation that a Buddhist priest is to be arrested because of some complaints made by the Muslim community. No sane Buddhist would object to his arrest or sentencing for contempt of court. In a shocking statement issued after the meeting of the Karaka Sangha Sabha of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanaratana Thero warns of dire consequences if the prelate is taken in to custody. This has sent shock waves among the Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Was the Mahanayaka’s statement politically motivated based on the Joint Opposition’s agenda? Interestingly, in a previous occasion when the Sanga Sabha wanted to meet when Sarath Fonseka was arrested, it is rumored that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had threatened to bomb the place down. No meeting took place and that was the strength of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The respected Prelate’s and his Sanga Sabha’s imagination echoed Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thero in highlighting concerns about the challenges posed by internal and external conspiracies against Sinhala Buddhists. While not condemning the aggressive and violent behaviour of the thug monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, they endorsed his viewpoints and extreme racism targeting ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka. So, the most respected prelate endorses the violence of Gnanasara.
Their call for the need for the Mahanayake Theros of the Three Nikayas and the patriotic people of the country to act in unison to face such injustices sounds worse than the war siren calling for the massacre of the entire population of the North during the Eelam wars. Their call is to emulate the butchery in the Noble Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s slaughter house of Muslims. Their demand that, “All other religious groups in the country should keep in mind that Buddhists in Sri Lanka had always respected and allowed unhindered, the existence of other religions. We condemn acts by other religious groups that insult this tolerant Buddhist ethic,” the statement said- a clear threat on the religious freedom of the minorities.
Should we be saying thank god for the benevolence for granting us Christians their mercy and kindness by attacking thousands of our churches, prayer centers, priests and lay people? Sounds almost like the Cardinal who has confirmed to the President that there has been absolutely no violence against the protestant Christian community by this violent Monk Gnanasara and many other followers of this thug.
Gnanasara cannot speak for 30 seconds without uttering some filth or slang. Wonder how he delivers his Bana sermons.
Amongst many other un-Buddhist acts of Gnanasara, the robed monk was fined Rs. 12,000 by the Colombo Traffic Courts for causing injury to two persons in a traffic accident in 2000. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara was driving a vehicle and was charged for drunk driving, speeding, driving without a valid driving license and failing to report an accident to the Police. The saffron clad accused pleaded guilty to all 9 charges filed by the Police. There are many other charges including attempted physical violence and preventing public servants at the high way entrance in Galle from performing their duty, intimidating Police and other public servants, etc. When are we going to see Justice to the minorities? When Rule of Law would prevail in our beautiful nation?
Gnanasara Abuses Highway administrative staff and police: