22 April, 2024

Blog

Incubating, Again

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…the narrow exclusive, bigoted, simplistic attitude that reduces identity in all its many aspects to one single affiliation, and one that is proclaimed in anger… this is how murderers are made – it’s a recipe for massacre.” ~ Maalouf Amin (In the Name of Identity – Violence and the need to belong)

Kurundi

Half a century ago, it was higher education, saving universities from Tamil encroachment. Today it is Buddhist heritage, saving archaeological sites in the North and the East from Tamil encroachment. Tomorrow, another bone of contention would be found, from some nook of the country’s distant past or cranny of its troubled present. 

Kurundi could become a Lankan Ayodhya, the locus of a future where yesterday’s ruins will be consecrated by tomorrow’s blood. As the relatively unknown ruin became a bone of contention between visiting monks and area politicians in 2018, the Mullativu court issued an injunction against all new construction until a case filed by a group of local residents is concluded. 

Once Gotabaya Rajapaksa became president, the rule of law became replaced again by the law of the rulers. And the construction of a new chaithya on the old ruin began, with the help of the military. Last year, the court issued another injunction against further construction. On July 4th 2023, Mullativu magistrate T Saravanaraja visited the site to determine whether the court order was being observed or not, just as a group of monks and politicians were preparing to carry out a religious ceremony. When the magistrate ordered the ceremony to be stopped, parliamentarian Sarath Weerasekara tried to intervene. The magistrate intervened him pointing out that as this was a judicial proceeding, only lawyers could speak, not parliamentarians or religious leaders or politicians.

A few days later, Mr. Weerasekara, hiding behind the rampart of parliamentary privilege, attacked the magistrate in racial terms – like Donald Trump’s 2016 attack on judge Gonzalo Curiel for his ‘Mexican heritage’. Reading from a prepared speech, parliamentarian Weerasekara said, “We cannot be at all satisfied about the orders and decisions of the magistrate in charge of that area… A few days ago, this Tamil magistrate came to Kurundi viharaya on an observational tour. I was also there… We must remind this magistrate that this is a Buddhist country… Not just separatist Tamil politicians but also magistrates with such attitudes are responsible for creating conflict between races and religions.”

When Donald Trump attacked Judge Curiel, even members of Republican Party protested. Going by the video, no parliamentarian on either side of the aisle objected to Mr. Weerasekara’s objectionable speech. Not a word; just approbatory or opportunistic silence. 

To its great credit, the BASL condemned Mr. Weerasekara’s remarks as a “brazen attack on judiciary and the social fabric of this country,” and asked the government and the opposition to “respect and observe the independence of the judiciary,” warning that any interference in the judicial process would set a “dangerous precedent.” While bar associations of Northern and Eastern districts protested, most of their Southern colleagues didn’t. 

Given Mr. Weerasekara’s antecedents both in and out of uniform, his incendiary remarks are hardly surprising. What is surprising and worrying is the inadequacy of political or societal reaction to his racist outpouring. That silence is telling. The seeds that birthed Black July continue to gestate in the womb of Lankan society forty years on. 

In July 1983, the marauding mobs constituted a minute minority of the population. They wouldn’t have been able to carry on their deadly work day in day out for almost a fortnight without the tacit consent of the broader society in which they lived. Violent minorities can prevail only in the presence of an enabling environment. The enabling environment for Black July was gestated long before fires began in the nurseries of political parties, media, academia, the Sangha, and the larger society. 

The rioters believed they were engaged in a just war to save the nation and the people. No one in political, social, or religious authority told them otherwise. Most Sinhalese, while not approving of murder, pillage, and arson (at least in public), still felt that the Tigers had to be taught a lesson one way or another. Though it is hard to believe now, JR Jayewardene government was seen as being soft on Tamils and therefore Tigers. The SLFP led opposition was to the right of the UNP led government on the Tamil issue. Even ‘progressives’ echoed the story that President Jayewardene’s clan name was Thambi Mudiyanselage and he was of Muslim heritage therefore incapable of caring about the poor Sinhalese.

Professor David Runciman commenting on Thoreau’s On Civil Disobedience in his Podcast series Past, Present, and Future reiterates that “When the world is being stupid and wicked one has to do whatever possible to stop it. Not to do that is also stupid and wicked.” Black July happened because Sinhalese failed to “whatever possible” to stop it. That failure was both wicked and stupid. The question is, have we learnt nothing from that history? 

A Sinhala-Buddhist State for a Sinhala-Buddhist Land

Pogroms don’t happen in a vacuum. Anti-Semitism, which formed the ideological justification of the Holocaust, was birthed and nursed by the Catholic Church and subsequently by various Protestant churches. After all, if The Jew was the Christ-killer would any punishment be too severe for an X Israel or a Y Sara? 

It took decades of anti-Tamil hysteria to create the Black July, endless fear-mongering of how ‘they’ were taking ‘our’ land, ‘our’ universities, ‘our’ jobs and ‘our’ country. While racism played a role in the disenfranchisement of Tamil plantation workers, the re-formation of state in a Sinhala-Buddhist image commenced in earnest only in 1956. The debased state we rail against today is the outcome of a conscious process of politicisation in general and racial-religious politicisation in particular by successive governments. DBS Jeyaraj in a recent column relates how the subjugation of the public service by politicians began. 

“Osmund de Silva had been serving as the IGP since 1955. There was a wave of strikes in 1959 that plagued the Bandaranaike-led Government. The situation was particularly acute in the Colombo Port sector where leftist-led Trade Unions dominated. An exasperated SWRD Bandaranaike summoned IGP Osmund de Silva and asked him to break up the strike, arrest the trouble-making trade unionists and lock them up. Osmund de Silva refused point blank saying there were no grounds to arrest them unless the Police “cooked up” something and that doing so would be unlawful. The Premier then said he expected extra loyalty from the IGP to which Osmund de Silva replied that his loyalty was first and foremost to the law of the land. An angered Bandaranaike sent Osmund de Silva on compulsory retirement on April 24, 1959. Osmund de Silva… departed proudly after re-iterating to his fellow police officers to always uphold the law and not adopt extra-legal measures at the behest of politicians…

“Osmund was the first Buddhist IGP in Sri Lanka… The next in line to be IGP in terms of seniority was Senior DIG C.C. “Jungle” Dissanayake, who was a Christian. Next to Dissanayake in seniority was DIG Sydney de Zoysa, who was also a Christian… So he (Bandaranaike) brought in an outsider — his friend and civil servant Walter Abeykoon” (Aftermath Of Bandaranaike’s Assassination: INVESTIGATION TO INDICTMENT – Opinion | Daily Mirror). 40 years later, his daughter would appoint a tainted attorney general as the chief justice partly because the senior-most member of the then supreme court was a non-Buddhist, thereby opening moral and institutional doors to a more sustained assault on judicial independence by the Rajapaksas.  

Today, much handwringing is seen about brain-drain. In reality brain-drain is at least as old as ‘1956 Revolution’ when minority professionals began leaving in search of less discriminatory pastures. One of the major markers in this process of minority alienation was standardisation, the Sinhala-Buddhist solution to the supposed takeover of universities by Tamils. As historian KM de Silva pointed out, this discriminatory approach was applied even to Sinhala and Tamil students who sat for the exam in English i.e. the same medium.As historian CR de Silva points out, “In 1974, “Polonnaurwa, Moneragala, and Vavuniya together had eight places in the Faculty of Medicine reserved for them but these areas failed to produce a single qualified candidate to take up these places. In 1975, one student from Polonnaruwa entered the Medical Faculty but the 5 places allotted to Amparai, the 4 given to Moneragala and the 2 kept for Vavuniya were all unfulfilled”.

In the end, these measures aimed at enhancing the Sinhala-Buddhist nature of the state undermined Sri Lanka the country and hurt all her people, including the Sinhalese. This truth should be remembered at a time when newly-minted Cyril Mathews are advocating Sinhala-Buddhist justice and Sinhala-Buddhist only judges. So long as Mahawamsa myths (which contradict the Tripitaka) go unchallenged and Sinhala-Buddhists are seen as true owners of Lanka while minority Lankans are categorised as guests here on sufferance, the social soil will be ripe for new manifestations of old and unresolved conflicts. 

The Leaders and the People

According to a survey by the CPA in 2022, 59.1% of Lankans and 56.6% of Sinhalese agreed that the crisis has shown the importance of addressing past injustices suffered by ethnic minorities.

Aragalaya presented a rare opportunity to marginalise ethno-religious politics by dislodging it from the centre to the margins. But to realise this potential, it would be necessary to face the wrath of the lunatic fringe, something no political leaders seems willing to do. President Wickremesinghe’s lofty promises of implementing the 13th Amendment in full seem to have fallen by the wayside; the opposition is bending over backwards to appease political monks. Their attitude towards the scourge of caste in Tamil society and institutionalised misogyny in Muslim society is equally timorous and self-serving. As moderates retreat, extremists of every stripe are advancing claiming new territory. The sudden demand for a harsh anti-blasphemy law is a case in point. 

Given our history, we have reason to fear not just the violence of the state, but also the counter-violence of non-state actors. The tragic fate of Myanmar points to an even worse disaster that might be germinating. 

Myanmar, not so long ago was an inspiration to democrats everywhere. Today it is back in the grip of a vicious military dictatorship. New democratic Myanmar failed to confront majoritatian supremacism. Bermen democracy fighters and the military united against the Rohingya people. The Lady who won a Nobel Prize for her fight for human rights found herself on the same side as monk Ashin Wirathu as she defended the military’s brutal campaign against unarmed civilians. 

Extremism though is an unappeasable beast. Myanmar’s democratic leaders bent over backwards to accommodate uniformed and civilian extremists, in vain. In February 2021 the military took over. Now the military is doing to Buddhist Bermen villages what it once did to Muslim Rohingya ones. According to Myanmar Witness, the military has carried out airstrikes in 10 out of 14 of the country’s administrative divisions. The Buddhist Bermen now call the military planes Monsters from the Sky. Meanwhile Wirathu is being honoured by the military with a prestigious national award

Military and monks: the conflation is often seen in the Lankan North and East, claiming land for Sinhala-Buddhism by trying to set up temples in areas without a single Sinhala-Buddhist civilian. Three former military officers including General Jagath Dias, a retired army chief of staff, have gone to court against President Wickremesinghe’s order (sanctioned by the cabinet) to release land around the controversial Kurundi ruins to their previous cultivators. 

Bertrand Russell in his essay ‘The Ancestry of Fascism’ highlights the correlation between changes of ‘intellectual temper’ and changes in the ‘tone of politics’: “It is important to remember that political events very frequently take their colour from the speculation of an earlier time” (In Praise of Idleness). Knowingly or not, the likes of Sarath Weerasekara are creating the intellectual temper for a harsher, more unjust future and violent. Their words need to be taken with utmost seriousness as we mark the 40th Anniversary of Black July, for in them are the seeds of another harvest of blood.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 13
    8

    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    Given the recent developments in this island, (connectivity, proposed supply of electricity by cable and oil through pipeline, travel between Hindia and Sri Lanka by bridge, ship, air, …. regular supply of medicine, food stuffs, oil, … loan, development fund, and investment, .. tourist, Ramayana Trail, managing upcountry … etc and now agreeing to adopt the Indian rupee as a valid currency in Sri Lanka, is there anything else left for our politicians do in this island?

    Are we still proud to be a Sovereign (whatever that is) Sinhala/Buddhist country?

    Do we need a parliament?
    Isn’t it time we demanded the right to vote in Hindian elections and elect our our MPs to represent Sri Lanka (the Sinhala state of Hindia) at Rajya and Lok Sabhas.

    • 8
      5

      Shame on you Native Vadda.
      Your response to an article written with “Arahanth like clarity” encompassing the unbiased truth about the nastiness of the past 70 years of our dirty history, the best you could to is to divert the focus from the ugly reality to something completely unrelated.
      This is the extent of your intellect.
      Sri Lanka is full of people like you.
      That is our biggest curse.

      • 5
        2

        The Equaliser

        “This is the extent of your intellect.”

        I am sorry where did you get the idea that I possess intellect?
        Your typing alone proves my point.

        “That is our biggest curse.”

        Our biggest curse is the big mouth Sinhala/Buddhists dragging all of us to the bottom of Indian ocean.

        The leaders have had 75 years to build this island only to set fire to the land which is still burning.

        I will talk the talk
        You better walk the walk.

    • 6
      3

      Shame on you Native Vadda.
      Your response to an article written by TG with “Arahanth like clarity” encompassing the unbiased truth about the nastiness of the past 70 years of our dirty history, the best you could do is to divert the focus from the ugly reality to something completely unrelated.
      This is the extent of your intellect.
      Sri Lanka is full of people like you.
      That is our biggest curse.

      • 5
        0

        “Given Mr. Weerasekara’s antecedents both in and out of uniform, his incendiary remarks are hardly surprising. What is surprising and worrying is the inadequacy of political or societal reaction to his racist outpouring. That silence is telling. “
        I would especially condemn the silence of the JVP, which yet again revealed itself as a cowardly fence-sitting set of hypocrites with regard tothe ethnic question.
        Also, those who continue to insist that the Aragalaya was about “system change” should explain why they are intimidated by a mere piece of yellow cloth.
        I have always said, and still do, that the Aragalaya was about LPG, fuel, and electricity.

    • 4
      0

      nimal fernando

      Let us hear your arguments quoting from Akṣapāda Gautama’s Nyāya-Sūtras or Gita.
      Rejoice, Rejoice, VP’s determination to destroy everything helped by Sri Lankas Gota and his goondas.

    • 1
      0

      How are you NV? Seems still going strong.

      Soma

      • 3
        0

        soma

        Thanks for visiting us.
        We missed you.
        Don’t disappear suddenly like this as we get sort of withdrawal symptom.

        In the meantime, old codger, nimal fernando, Sinhala-man, chiv, ….. are holding the fort for you.

        Welcome back.

  • 21
    1

    Thank you Tisaranee for another great article.
    This is what you wrote more than 10 years ago “Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.” in an article titled “Oppressed North; Lawless South.

    Most of the Sinhalese politicians are still not ready to do the right thing.

    • 6
      2

      Anpu

      Thanks for reminding us what Tisaranee wrote 10 years ago.

      “Most of the Sinhalese politicians are still not ready to do the right thing.”

      I agree, so are the Tamil and Muslim politicians.

      All are involved in Honour killing all around, at times scale is mind boggling and other times all those killings and maiming had already desensitised our minds removed all sense of pain and suffering, we had accepted the deaths and destructions as part of our life. We have perversely prepared to accept all killings by irrationally justifying the cause and effect of all such battles, wars, and deaths.

      All kinds of perverted sense of belonging to a people, caste, region, state, .. the idea of right to exercise superior/preferential privileges, zealously guarding their unreasonable religious “faith”, relying on Historical Fallacies, manifesting rage 24/7/52, ….. have us believe either we accept violence or inapt to control our own rage, ….

      We are incapable of having a serious rational discussion among ourselves. Please watch Parliament proceedings you will know what I mean.

      This country has a long way to go, perhaps as a country it will never, past experience shows us we need a bigger outside mugger to keep law and order, …. But outsiders always had/have other ideas.

      Take care.

      • 2
        0

        Thank you Native.
        I agree with your comments.
        Resources are being wasted instead of using the resources to better ourselves
        You too take care.

    • 1
      5

      ‘Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn.’
      .
      Without the demand for 50:50 from long before independence, without ‘A little now, more later’ the Sinhala Only Act (which BTW was designed to replace English, not Tamil) may have remained unborn too.

      • 6
        0

        Svenson

        “Without the demand for 50:50 from long before independence”

        Could you explain to us what you meant by 50:50.

        “the Sinhala Only Act (which BTW was designed to replace English, not Tamil)”

        Why did the state insisted on sacking staff who didn’t have minimum fluency in Sinhala until Hindians caught JR by his b***s and got it changed by 13 Amendment?

        • 1
          0

          (Part I)
          NV/Svenson,
          In the absence of a response, sending this for Svenson to perceive & understand 50:50 better!!???
          That question will never be answered, because most (99%) doesn’t know what it is??? They “use the terminology” somebody used it or spilled out during a conversation, which seems to help HYPE the emotions when mentioned as none of them know what they are talking about!!! Pack of silly idiots abounding!!!
          If I say it was similar to saying, “Afford Supreme Position to Buddhism”, in the constitution, none would be wiser and stare at the ceiling in a “state of Confusion Despair and Ignorance”!!!???
          It was a Process, suggested to ensure that the country be governed as per the constitution after independence by the ‘Majority Party/Parties’ elected by the people in a democratic manner, without having recourse to “Untrammelled Power”, leading to Corruption, Nepotism, Kratocacy or even Kleptocracy, which has inevitably, crept in slowly and steadily and ruined the country – ran it AGROUND!!!???
          Bankruptcy, Starvation, Deprivation – the OPPOSITE OF prosperity & SPLENDOUR!!!
          THAT’S THE JOB DESTINED TO BE DONE BY THE ETERNAL PRESENCE OF THE BALANCE 50%!?
          The ill-educated, ill-informed, those deprived of Knowledge and importantly WISDOM, “pricked and
          (TBC)

        • 1
          0

          (Part II)
          Prodded” by the CUNNING, equally half-emancipated, self-serving Politicians of that time, deprived this resplendent Isle of that PRISTINE SAFEGUARD in the Constitution, because the then, Political leadership were “nursing the idea of Aggrandisement by themselves” and their progeny to come!!!???
          The imbeciles twisted and turned the reason, probity, safety-net and all positive aspects of the suggestion to mean being “Captive Ruling the MAJORITY by the MINORITIES”!!!???
          What a deception to rile the uneducated rural gullible peasants to have their way – Play-out national wealth!!!!???
          Now everyone knows Game end point, led by nincompoops – but utterly helpless!!!!???
          REALISATION TOO LATE!!!????
          Nothing to do with being Sinhalese, Burghers, Malays, Chinese or Tamil!!!
          Simply whether true, Nationalists and Patriots!!!???
          We would have beaten Singapore at their very own Game, HANDS-DOWN!!!??
          What a shame the VERY PATRIOTS working the opposite, unknowingly, without knowing what they were doing!!!???

      • 2
        0

        S
        If the purpose was to replace English not Tamil, what was the point in calling it ‘Sinhala only’. ‘Sinhala as official language’ would have sufficed and caused less offence.
        Do you not see political manipulation if not mischief rather than carelessness in the phrasing?

  • 8
    1

    (Part I)
    TG,
    Thanks for that enumerative presentation of Majority/Minority relations hips and discrimination endured thereof in Post-Independence Sri Lanka.
    Importantly, wish to draw your attention to the reference made, in this article.
    “One of the major markers in this process of minority alienation was STANDARDISATION, the Sinhala-Buddhist (SB) SOLUTION to the SUPPOSED TAKEOVER of UNIVERSITIES by TAMILS. As historian KM de Silva pointed out, this discriminatory approach was applied even to Sinhala and Tamil students who sat for the exam in English i.e. the same medium.”
    What a fantastic solution for a simple problem!!!???
    If after all, the problem as stated was the issue, then any sane person would have (as happens today’s world of SPECIAL ATTENTION to the UNDERPRIVILEGED, ENHANCE FACILITIES and KNOWLEDGE) than reducing/compromising the Admission Criteria!!! That gives credence to the suspicion entertained by many, to very SINISTER MOTIVES for STANDARDISATION including YOURS TRULY, well remember, as this started in the same year, sitting for University Entrance!!!??? Whatever the motive, for “Starters it was certainly, a No-Brainer”!!!????
    (TBC)

    • 7
      1

      (Part II)
      Who on earth contemplated he/she could produce the IDENTICAL QUALITY of Product OUTCOME – in this case, Graduands Engineers/Doctors/Veterinarians/Dentists!!?? NO? It would be ‘Gigantic Task’ producing equal quality engineers & Doctors of ESTEEM, from substantially low or sub-standard quality input material!???
      OVERALL, COSTLIER, ‘THOUGH NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE OUTCOME, COSTLIER ONE HAS TO CONTEND WITH SUB-STANDARD FINAL PRODUCT/GRADUANDS!!!???
      In continuance of “wild and uncanny process”, these so-called, half-baked intellectual higher educational professionals, trying to SOLVE, ‘ONE’ created ‘ANOTHER’ more critical issue of CONCERN – performance of future Professionals & Administrators!!!???
      They achieved in encapsulating system of professionals, not as good as the previous batches of “Merit only based system”, which has been institutionalised since mid/late 19th century, produced Greats in medical and engineering sectors of such eminence unmatched by any other in SAARC or even ASEAN region pre 1960’s!?
      STANDARDISATION resulted in LOWERING the STANDARD of ‘OUTPUT PRODUCT’!?
      STANDARDISATION, achieved desired ANTICIPATED RESULTS containing the high INFLOW of Tamil undergraduates to Universities, at the same time enabled the PRODUCTION, partially, UNQUALIFIED graduands from MC and Universities!!!???
      (TBC)

      • 6
        1

        (Part III)
        Sorry, must confess, I’m unable to decide on the appropriate allocation of this CALAMITOUS ACT, perpetrated, and sustained from 1970 to 2023 (for 53+ Years) in this Pristine Land!!?? IS IT TOM-FOOLERY OR TOM-BUFFONERY!!!!??? – Your Choice, GOOD AS MINE!!?? Please make “a choice and be elated”!!!???
        Is It,
        1. “Sinhalaya Modaya Kavun Kanda Yodaya”
        2. Lower Cunningness of Sri Lankans, misconstrued and mistaken for “High Intelligence” of these LOCALS – Robert Knox early 18th century on arrival in SL!
        No secret but none would admit nor feel ashamed and accountable for this FOLLY!!!??
        Admirable and unequalled Sri Lankan Trait, unmatched by any other Nations!!!!???
        Incubating Again, WHAT AN APT HEADING or NARRATIVE, of “Unmeasured Suitability”
        No wonder, we have encountered Bankruptcy, Deprivation, and Starvation unlimited!!!???
        Now have deaths, rundown Health system, Doctors qualifications “suspect”!!!???
        Not as before, now 50+years, NON-MERIT-BASED admissions???
        Once Proud considered as best, ‘East of Suez’!!!???
        Unfortunately, Unprecedented Medical Misadventures and Mismanagement too!?
        QUESTION IS, could this be Linked to 50 years SLMC admission non-merit based, thereafter employed as Health and Medical professionals not who TURNED OUT TO BE NOT UP TO STANDARD OR TO THE TASK ENCOUNTERED AS BEFORE!!!???

        • 5
          1

          (Part IV)
          If not it’s entirely the Fault of Keheliya??? Feel sorry, he is getting a RIGHT ROYAL TRINITY BATTERING!!!???
          Am trying to find an excuse or escape route for KR in “these trying times” encountered!
          Looks as if a repeat of “Melbourne Apartment Hotel Escapade”!!!???

          • 3
            0

            Mahila,
            The problem is that Keheliya has always been corrupt. Even if there is nothing especially wrong with the drugs he imported, the media will judge him on his past reputation.
            “Corruption must be done, but it must also not be seen to have been done”, to paraphrase that old saw about Justce….

  • 9
    3

    The only permanent way to settle the Buddist and Tamil claims to archeological places is by declaring all archeological places as the property of the State and not allowing any civilians or religious practices to be performed in those places or in the vicinity. The violation of these laws should be a criminal offense with a prison term of not less than 5 years.

    This is because all these locations are abandoned locations for many decades and the history is not verifiable other than fables and word-of-mouth stories. Even certain written documents cannot be proved as true.

    • 10
      1

      Buddhist1
      Don’t you think, practicing Buddhism according to the true Buddha Dharma will solve these issues between the majority Buddhists and the minorities?
      At present we are not practicing Buddhism at all, what we are practicing is some form of extremist militant and highly corrupted thing which we call Buddhism.
      This version also referred to as Sinhala Buddhism is actually a “form of cover” used to justify our cussed ways. You know this and I am sure you will agree with me.
      Buddha Dharma however is completely the opposite. It teaches us that nothing is permanent and therefore we are encouraged to accept change much more readily. While we accept and embrace change, we keep our focus on what is truly important to us, achieving Nirvana.
      To achieve Nirvana we don’t need man made objects, instead we need to overcome ignorance and how we have become slaves to our greed and are stuck in Samsara.
      Once we can overcome ignorance, then everything becomes inconsequential and thus the need to fight for material stuff will cease.

      • 4
        1

        Human Touch,

        I totally agree with you, the Buddhism practiced especially by the Monks is not true Buddhism it’s blended thuggery. The only way we can solve this is by not offering any money or dana to monks so that they understand that the followers of Buddhism in Sri Lanka are not stupids.

        Even today I saw a video where the Buddhist monks are fighting with the Police to show their Racism. Racism in Buddhist Monks’ minds is oozing out. Its time to drain Racism out of the Monks’ minds and this could only be done by true Buddhists like us.

    • 5
      1

      Buddhist1,
      You are right. Archaeological remains, as in other countries, should be conserved for protection from further damage, not rebuilt with modern materials and restored as places of worship for the benefit of mendacious clergy. By Sri Lankan logic, the Pyramids of Egypt and the Parthenon in Athens, which are all much more famous than our monuments, should be rebuilt! It is sad that the President seems to be promoting the rebuilding of the Mahavihara in Anuradhapura. He ought to know better than anyone else that his credit with the monks will not improve even if he gets the Buddha to visit Sri Lanka.

  • 4
    1

    Public rejection causes the unprecedented. It will be the next reality. Oppressing people doesn’t last forever. One day the truth will be successful.
    whole lot of Our sinhala human beasts are provably racists and malicious people. no further proofs would be necessary. who thoought that would get extended by the hateful majority ? Immediately after the war is no longer there, I thought, everything would work in the reconcialtion of the races and communities. However, what is becoming clear is it all remain like ignited fire wood covered with its ashes.
    All can work if we would be able to ordain SIVURU Uniform thugs as monks first and improveing the knowledge of the laity on ” DHARMA”.
    If no properly and timely actions would not be taken as it is, I really dont know when they would ever see it right.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxRTUUnpTv4

  • 0
    0

    How are you NV? Seems still going strong.

    Soma

    • 4
      0

      Welcome back, Soma. Where have you been?

      • 0
        0

        Incubating of hibernating ????

        • 0
          0

          Soma were you incubating or hibernating????

          • 0
            0

            Soma, mine was just a banter. Welcome Back.

    • 4
      0

      soma

      Thanks for visiting us.
      We missed you.
      Don’t disappear suddenly like this as we get sort of withdrawal symptom.

      In the meantime, old codger, nimal fernando, Sinhala-man, chiv, ….. are holding the fort for you.

      Welcome back.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 5 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.