21 October, 2017

Needed A National Ideology To Replace Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony

By R.M.B Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

Yesterday H.E Chandrika Bandaranaike spoke at a meeting of the Wives of War Victims about the present plight of our country. She said while the UN and Developed countries are talking about building an inclusive society we are seeking to build an exclusive society only for the majority. We have sought to, exclude the minorities- first the Tamils now the Muslims and eventually the Christians. Economists talk of inclusive growth so that the benefits of economic development accrue to all the people including the poor and the low income classes. But what about inclusive politics? It is not enough to make minority political parties a part of a coalition government if the government vests all power in the hands of the ruling family with others merely enjoying the lavish perks of office.

H.E CBK stated that the process began in 1956. But its intellectual antecedents began long before. Its creator was Anagarika Dharmapala of the 19th century. SWRD adopted these ideas although as a western educated liberal he perhaps did not believe in them in order to gain political power. Ever since the political parties  have accepted this ideology while paying lip service to the democratic ideals of freedom and equality. Dharmapala spoke contemptuously those who were westernized. He used despicable language against the Muslim and Christian minorities. He had praise only for the Sinhalese race and culture and hoped for a revivalist Sinhalese Buddhist ascendancy in the future when the country was freed from colonial rule.  There were a few critics who took issue with him. But he managed to win the hearts and minds of the majority Sinhala Buddhist population.

CBK

CBK

Most developed countries have some sort of ideology which is explicitly or implicitly accepted by the people. If we do have a national ideology it is implicit this Sinhala Buddhist hegemony proclaimed by Anagarika Dharmapala. The minorities were implicitly excluded from the “people”. They were intruders or trespassers who had overstayed the hospitality of the Sinhala Buddhist people. So they do not have rights. They must thankfully accept what is given to them by the Sinhala Buddhist majority. Even General Fonseka expressed this view. Most Sinhala Buddhist politicians take this ideology for granted and assume that the minorities- the Tamil, Muslims and Christians have no place in the State and certainly not entitled to equal rights as the Sinhala Buddhist majority.

One of the early manifestations of this propaganda for Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism was the riots of 1915 against the Muslims. The Anagarika had expressed contempt for the Muslims and had criticized them for accumulating wealth by Shylockian methods much like the Jews. In short, Dharmapala and his associates very much encouraged and contributed to the “ethnocratic state with Sinhala Buddhist hegemony.”He also expressed fear that Buddhism in Sri Lanka was threatened with extinction by Christians and Muslims. He believed and proclaimed that the Sinhalese were Aryan despite the lack of convincing historical proof. But his statements boosted the egoism of the Sinhala Buddhists at a time when they were subject to colonial rule. He said all the evils prevalent among the Sinhalese Buddhists were due to the foreign imperialists. Christianity, Islam and polytheism [i.e. Hinduism] are responsible for the vulgar practice of killing animals. The Sinhalese people were in his view the historical custodians of Buddhism which had been wiped out of India. This ideology is rooted in the hearts and minds of the Sinhala Buddhists although there is no explicit affirmation of it. But it leads to intolerance. It is the antithesis of the Buddha’s teachings but it is the ideology of Sinhala Buddhism even today.

But this ideology cannot produce a tolerant society where the ethnic and religious minorities can enjoy their rights as proclaimed by the United Nations. The UN Charter accepts the equality of all human beings much like Buddhism or any other world religion. Here is what Article 27 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states:

“In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities should not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language”.

The 1992 Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities extended these rights to also include the rights of persons belonging to minorities to participate effectively in cultural, religious, social, economic and public life, as well as in the decision-making process concerning the minority to which they belong; to establish and monitor their own associations; to establish and maintain, without any discrimination, free and peaceful contacts with other members of their group or other citizens of other States to whom they are related by national or ethnic, religious or linguistic ties.The right of people displaced by war to return to their lands is also accepted by the UN and any policy to resettle Sinhalese from the South in such lands will not be workable and only lead to conflict

How can the ideology of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony over the other ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka accommodate these rights? The ideology wants the minorities to be beholden to the majority Sinhala Buddhists because they are not the natives of Sri Lanka. They are visitors to the country who overstayed taking advantage of the hospitality of the Sinhala Buddhists. So they cannot occupy equal status with the Sinhala Buddhists.

But this ideology if it were to prevail in a plural society there cannot be social peace or a common national identity. Countries thinking on similar lines like Russia, the Turkish Empire and the Serbs failed to hold their nations or empires together. These countries tried forcible assimilation of their minorities. The Turks forced the Jews to convert to Islam for example.

Both Hinduism and Buddhism preach, among other things, non-violence (ahimsa) and equality. In fact Buddha was the religious leader who preached and practiced the concept of equality among all human beings, (One becomes a nobleman by his deeds and not by his birth, one becomes an untouchable by his deeds and not by his birth).

There only one simple and one single way to make people to belong to a nation of people, Total freedom. No man wants to rebel where he feels comfortable, secure and free. When a country is fair and free people want to join with the majority. Minorites want to be socially acceptable by the majority. But not at the expense of their identity and culture.

Differences should not be treated as divisions

Let us not confuse differences with divisions. Differences may be based on natural factors as in the case of sex. Women are different from men. But this doesn’t mean there must be male domination. There have been matriarchal societies as well as patriarchal societies. Male domination was the outcome of wars and the desire for power over the female. The difference in sex does not justify discrimination. Similarly most people are born to a race and religion. These are differences brought about by nature. But they do not mean that they are divisions to be discriminated against.

In fact it is the differences in peoples that have led to civilizations as one group of people borrowed ideas and innovations from another group of people. The Europeans owe a lot to the Islamic civilization from which they borrowed. If there were no differences there would be no scope for borrowing ideas and innovations from others. Differences are natural and benign. It is wrong to seek to wipe out differences by discrimination. Let us give respect to differences. It can instill in people new theories and concepts that can be useful in other regions. So let us look at people differently. Let us look at them as product of nature, nurtured by nature and let us accept every one as he is. It is in accepting every individual as a unique gift of nature that we are going to make our country a better place to live, but it the duty of the political leaders to show the way.  Instead they capitalize on such differences seeking only the interest of the majority whose votes count most.

They key to achieving social peace is to develop a national ideology and ethos which emphasizes the core aspirations that all religions share, rather than emphasizing a particular group’s manifestation of those aspirations. Rather than seeing other religions as threats, we must act on the love and justice developed within our own community to find and explore those universals in the other communities. The religious ideal of service tends to become corrupted when prophetic visions whether by Christians, Buddhists or Muslims are sought to be made into political reality. This is the evil of the Muslim extremists who think they should act to bring about what has been foretold in their Scriptures. Now this type of vision has taken hold over the Sinhala Buddhists whose role is assumed to be to protect Buddhism which was wiped out from India. Such beliefs about a community’s spiritual destiny may lead to action against perceived enemies and lead to political domination. In political religio-nationalism which is what we have in Sinhala Buddhism, religion becomes associated with politics, and national identity becomes bound up with political power. We should reject political forms of religio-nationalism in favor of spiritual forms that support dialogue and the search for common truths in diverse communities. But we seem to be going the wrong way.

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    Mr. Senanayake

    You know why Buddhism which was wiped out from India? because Buddah was a SATAN. he enjoyed 33 thousand women in his Palace, and then Ran away to Jungle said there is no GOD and Women are Enemy of Men… while Islam, Hindusm, Chritianity said that women are Gods friends and Heaven is under their feet ” Mothers”

    When a Person says not to marry, and waste your time sitting under the tree, its obvious that one society become poor like what most sinhalese are! Go to any temples, look how healthy men just sitting under the tree and looking up and waiting wasting a valuable time?

    Why Tamil and Muslims are hard workers? as Hindusm ( is alomost same as Islam) ask men to marry 2 women, Work hard, support all, help poor, etc etc. But Take Sinhala example.. anyone .. if you ask someone to Help the Poor, he says ” Giya Athme Karapu Pau” ‘ its a repucussion of sin in past life” so Budhism is the Worng path for Sinhalse to be poor as one is not belive god.

    Like Anagarika Darmapala, he is a Nut case, and in some of his views that Hitler took in 1920′ and then decided to be ARIAN ( Iranians ). there is nothing called Arians, and if SriLankans are arians they should look like Iraninas or germans.. but we look Dark Black and Ugly as Fisherman of Southern India… Anagariak is a SATAN like Hitler.

    So Lord Buddha was teaching Satanic versies

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      Ignorant fool, may you be well and happy.

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      Muslim

      “Buddah was a SATAN. he enjoyed 33 thousand women in his Palace, and then Ran away to Jungle said there is no GOD and Women are Enemy of Men”

      You are showing how ignorant you are how much of an ass, idiot and fool you are.

      You need to be factual and very reasonable in your ideas and theories.

      Here is a plan for you not to be an ass, a fool and an idiot. The Buddha and His Teachings BOOKS.

      1. Read and understand the Summary of Buddhism , What Buddha Taught bt Rev. Dr. Walpola Rahula, ISBN 955-9219-19-7

      2. More detals on Buddhism, you can read, The Buddha and His Teachings by Ven. Narada Thero, ISBN; 978-955-663-345-0. NEW EDITION 2012.

      3. Remember, the Precursor to Buddhism is Hinduism. So you need to read up on Upanishads as well.

      Upanishads, A New Translation by Patrick Olivelle, Oxford WorlD’s Classics, ISBN 978-0-19054025-9

      Buddha did not take a position on God or a creator God,

      There they talk about rebirth myths Karmic Energy and other Myths along with other myths.

      An Alternative view of Buddhism…

      Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

      Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

      Remember, Karl Marx, “Religion is the opium of the masses”

      Steven Weinburg, “It takes Religion to make good people to do bad things”

      Amarasiri

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      R.M.B. Senanayake

      1. “Yesterday H.E Chandrika Bandaranaike spoke at a meeting of the Wives of War Victims about the present plight of our country. She said while the UN and Developed countries are talking about building an inclusive society we are seeking to build an exclusive society only for the majority. We have sought to, exclude the minorities- first the Tamils now the Muslims and eventually the Christians. Economists talk of inclusive growth so that the benefits of economic development accrue to all the people including the poor and the low income classes. But what about inclusive politics? It is not enough to make minority political parties a part of a coalition government if the government vests all power in the hands of the ruling family with others merely enjoying the lavish perks of office.”

      Yes, we should study the constitution and Bill of Rights of the united States, where the Slaves were excluded, for the time being, being persons, and later accommodated. Noe the US has an African American President Barak Hussein Obama, where the African Americans constitute only about 12% of the population.

      Read the US Constitution Bill of Tights, and the declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, were the architects.

      2. ” H.E CBK stated that the process began in 1956. But its intellectual antecedents began long before. Its creator was Anagarika Dharmapala of the 19th century.”

      It goes to an earlier period, the lies and Imaginations of para-monk Mananama of Mahawansa Fame and Notoriety. The para-sinhala, like the other Paras came from South India. Test their DNA.

      3. ” Most developed countries have some sort of ideology which is explicitly or implicitly accepted by the people. If we do have a national ideology it is implicit this Sinhala Buddhist hegemony proclaimed by Anagarika Dharmapala. The minorities were implicitly excluded from the “people”. They were intruders or trespassers who had overstayed the hospitality of the Sinhala Buddhist people. “

      The Sinhala are Paras from South India. The DNA in their bodies proves that. The Native Veddah and Veddhan are the original owners of the Land. If the Para-Sinhala, Para-Buddhist cannot live in an Egalitarian manner in keeping with the ethics of Veddha and Veddhn, they should leave fr India and take their Para-Buddhism with them.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

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      Ignorant Self-insulting Moron!

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      Muslim

      Can you define who is a Muslim?

      Amarasiri

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      A non-muslim modaya calling himself a “muslim”. LoL! Go fly a kite.

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      Muslim

      “Like Anagarika Darmapala, he is a Nut case, and in some of his views that Hitler took in 1920′ and then decided to be ARIAN ( Iranians ). there is nothing called Arians, and if SriLankans are arians they should look like Iraninas or germans.. but we look Dark Black and Ugly as Fisherman of Southern India… Anagariak is a SATAN like Hitler. “

      You are onto something here on the above statement.

      Arya means Noble, or Pure in Sanskrit or Indo-Iranian.

      1. “but we look Dark Black and Ugly as Fisherman of Southern India”

      That is because the Sinhala, and Tamils in Lanka, in the Land of Native Veddah, are Paras, Foreigners who came by Illegal boats, Hora Oru, Kallatthoni to the Land of Native Veddah. The Native Veddah are the original inhabitants and owners of the Land.

      2. “Like Anagarika Darmapala, he is a Nut case, and in some of his views that Hitler took in 1920′”

      He is not the only Para-Sinhalese Buddhist nut case. There are thousands of them. He was a non-Buddha following Sinhala Mara “Buddhist” racist.

      3. “and then decided to be ARIAN ( Iranians ). there is nothing called Arians, and if SriLankans are arians they should look like Iraninas or germans.”

      You are correct here. The Sinhala are Para-Sinhalese and they came from South India. They are NOT Aryans. They are Dravidians. In fact the Sinhala are Sinhala speaking Demalas or Sinhala Speaking Para-Tamils. If you test the DNA of Para-Sinhalese, Para-Tamils and South Indians, it will be confirmed.

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      Muslim

      Get your facts correct before you make a judgement or form an opinion. Your ignorance only confirms your stupidity

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      Muslim, and other Myth Holders

      Do you believe in Creation Myths? In Karmic Energy Myths and Rebirth Myths?

      Here is some News for You. Darwin was Right. Here is Molecular Biology evidence.

      How To Shut Up Pesky Creationists

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK3O6KYPmEw

      Uploaded on Sep 6, 2007
      Easy to understand evidence for a common ape-like human/chimp ancestor. One of thousands of collaborating pieces of evidence, but this one is very conceptual. Whip it out anytime a creationist starts preaching.

      Watch the entire lecture “The Collapse of Intelligent Design” given by Ken Miller at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRsWA

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      Muslim,

      Reason Vs. revelation. Islamic Philosopher,

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%27arri

      Al-Maʿarri

      Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (Arabic أبو العلاء المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, full name أبو العلاء أحمد بن عبد الله بن سليمان التنوخي المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sulaimān al-Tanūẖī al-Maʿarrī, born 973 CE / AH 363, died 1058 CE/ AH 449) was a blind Arabian philosopher, poet, and writer, who belonged to the Arabian tribe Al-tanukhi. [1] [2][3]

      He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam or any other religion possessed the truths they claimed and considered the speech of prophets as a lie (literally, “forgery”) and “impossible” to be true. He was equally sarcastic towards the religions of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. He was also a vegan who argued for animal rights.

      In 2013, almost a thousand years after his death, a Jihadist group beheaded the statue of Al Ma’arri during the conflict in Syria.[4] Al Ma’arri remains widely cited among modern Arab atheists.[5]

      Al-Maʿarri was a skeptic in his beliefs and denounced superstition and dogmatism in religion. Thus, he has been described as a pessimistic freethinker.[9] One of the recurring themes of his philosophy was the rights of reason against the claims of custom, tradition, and authority.

      Al-Maʿarri taught that religion was a “fable invented by the ancients”,[10] worthless except for those who exploit the credulous masses.[10]

      Do not suppose the statements of the prophets to be true; they are all fabrications. Men lived comfortably till they came and spoiled life. The sacred books are only such a set of idle tales as any age could have and indeed did actually produce.[11]
      Al-Maʿarri criticized many of the dogmas of Islam, such as the Hajj, which he called, “a pagan’s journey.”[12]

      He rejected claims of any divine revelation.[13] His creed was that of a philosopher and ascetic, for whom reason provides a moral guide, and virtue is its own reward.[14]

      Philosophy

      Al-Maarri’s fundamental pessimism is expressed in his anti-natalist recommendation that no children should be begotten, so as to spare them the pains of life. In an elegy composed by him over the loss of a relative, he combines his grief with observations on the ephemerality of this life:

      Soften your tread. Methinks the earth’s surface is but bodies of the dead,

      Walk slowly in the air, so you do not trample on the remains of God’s servants.[15]

      His religious skepticism and positively anti-religious views are expressed in a poem which states, “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16]

      He was equally sarcastic towards the religion of Islam as he was towards Judaism and Christianity. Al-Ma’arri remarked that monks in their cloisters or devotees in their mosques were blindly following the beliefs of their locality: if they were born among Magians or Sabians they would have become Magians or Sabians.[17]

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    How can we ever change the head and heart of this President?

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      correct,
      what Jarapassa knows is Medumulae thuggary and kopi kade style leadership.
      It is a too much to ask from him.

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      Davidson Panabokke

      Saudis know how,

      They roll heads frequently.

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    This author cools us all and gives us hope and courage when we are boiled by the President’s authoritarianism.

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      Ward, I agree with you. Reading it brings in solace and a calming effect. I also don’t subscribe to ‘Muslim’ viewpoint, as it is too harsh on another’s religion, and is not called for. We need to move too inclusiveness not exclusiveness.

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    It was ‘ahimsa’ that got Buddhism wiped out in India, and if it desires the same fate in Sri Lanka, there is no better way than by presenting the other cheek.

    The Sri Lankan way of life, and Buddhism itself had been under attack both overtly and surreptitiously for nearly five centuries. A reaction was inevitable. Those who give the slightest credence to the minority-rights at the expense of the majority is doing immense harm to the nation. If certain segments of society want to isolate themselves as minorities, and are not willing to accept equality as mutually beneficial, then there is no discernible solution to the self-perpetuating problem. They need to come to their senses. Difficult, but possible with a brave person leading them in that direction. A person of such intelligence does not seem to have been born yet. I would love to be proved wrong.

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      There is little historical evidence of why Buddhism disappeared from India. Can Ram show that it was due the the turning of the other cheek. I dont think so. This is what happens when religion- any religion gets embroiled in the State. It happened to Christianity when it was made the State religion by the Emperor Constantine after his conversion to Christianity. It was left to the Reformation to break the nexus and enabled Christianity not only to survive but expand. those who take to the sword will perish with the sword. Today Muslim Fundamentalists are seeking to revive the Caliphate through war and violence. But how many Muslims are perishing in Syria and Iraq? No Sir it is when a religion gets embroiled with the State that its decline takes place. The disappearance of Buddhism from India has not been analysed.

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        R.M.B Senanayake

        “Can Ram show that it was due the the turning of the other cheek.”

        Ram can show you anything you want to see but he/she can’t prove anything as he does not believe in truth. He is too busy here in this forum rewriting history.

        He would be happy to type that your daughter is indeed your grandmother, if he hears voices in his head. He usually does.

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          Don’t speculate on what I can and cannot do. What I do KNOW is that YOU insulted the Sri Lankan Security Forces as barbarians in a previous post, and you’ve been attempting to backtrack ever since.

          You also make personal attacks on multiple posters here acting in concert with a few others, when you cannot turn the argument in your favour.

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        Asoka expanded his empire with the use of force. Asoka’s grandfather had been a Jain, a religion where ahimsa is a byword. What made Asoka become a Buddhist is therefore unexplained. In fact the history of India did NOT recognise an Asokan empire till very recently, though it was well documented in Sri Lanka. Though Asoka is credited with having spread Buddhism in India, there is no evidence that he did so with the sword. His empire collapsed after him, because there was no use for his army after his conversion to the Buddhist version of ahimsa. Hinduism which has the ability to absorb other beliefs regained it’s supremacy till the arrival of Islam, a fundamentally violent religion, as we see today in the ME. In Sri Lanka the most likeable, decent people were to be found in the upcountry area, and they were invariably Buddhists. They have learnt the hard way that it was not to their advantage, and today no such innocence is to be found there.

        Conversion to Islam, A special tax (to stay alive), or death are the alternatives as offered by ISIS/ISIL.

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    This is undoubtedly a commendable effort on the part of CBK. An all embracing new national ideology is needed anchored on human rights and plurality. Inspirations however should be taken not only from the West but also from the Asian past. Otherwise the effort can be branded and might be counterproductive. For example, in Nepal (Buddha’s birth place) ethnic diversity was considered a ‘flower garden of thirty two Jatis.’ In ancient Indonesia, the concept of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” was developed meaning ‘Unity in Diversity.’ It is still applied.

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      There is nothing wrong about adopting good values where ever they originate.

      Here is a motto on the seal of United states of America.

      “E Unum Pleuribus”

      Translated as- Out many, one.

      http://www.greatseal.com/mottoes/unum.html

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      CBK makes her move at the right time. Since the Govt does not honour the wish of the Tamil mandate in the North, Tamils have a legitimate reasons to be unhappy with the unreliable Rajapakses. The Royal Family has alienated Christians and the Catholics for sometime now by attacks on churches and places of gathering by rogue monk-lead thugs enjoying State patronage. Recent events have alienated the Muslims. The business sector, hit by increasing prices and most business finding the hands of regime cronies, is looking for alternatives. The punishing Cost of Living has made even regime supporters in the lower rungs of society unhappy. The Sinhala voter, so far, has voted for the Rajapakses both out of racial-religious prejudice. The poor are not worried about new roads, bridges or Colombo being beautified at highly inflated prices. They are not getting their 3 meals a day at affordable prices. Bus-Train fares are on the increase. Children’s education, the health services, the Police and judicial services are in serious trouble. Workers with vote against the Rajapakses despite
      Weerawansas tantrums and the majoritarians claims of demagogue Ranawake.

      With the passage of time CBK will be the best candidate to beat MR,
      although during her own time, she made many mistakes. But she knows
      our people have a short memory and long grudges.

      Kettikaran

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        Kettikaran

        “But she knows our people have a short memory and long grudges.”

        And selective amnesia too.

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      “In ancient Indonesia, the concept of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” was developed meaning ‘Unity in Diversity.’ It is still applied. “

      Perhaps the best example is USA, where they have separation of church and state, and currently has an African American popularly elected President.
      Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah, currently populated mostly by Paras from South India, have a long way to go with their Para-Religions.

      Sri Lanka currently needs, a Thomas Jefferson and John adams,

      What we have are Paras and Shills who call themselves Sinhala “Buddhists”. They have no shame and lie.

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    R.M.B Senanayake,

    This is an excellent article for the direction Sri Lanka ought to take if it were to survive as a cohesive nation.

    I am a little confused about the authorship of this article: Are the views expressed here a mixture of CBK’s and yours, or yours alone.

    Please clarify as some readers might attribute these views as CBK’s. May be you can insert CBK’s views within quotes.

    Thank you,

    Thiru

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      Thank you Thiru for raising an issue which has bothered me because the Editor has placed CBK’s picture. Except for the first paragraph the rest is mine. But what I admired was the truthfulness and courage of CBK to admit that it all started in 1956.Also she is the first person to talk of this issue in this way. This shows a great mind.
      I do hope that HE Chandrika Dias Bandaranaike doesn’t object to this confusion. In any case my apologies to her.

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    It is not a question of minorities unwilling to accept equality, but rather it is minorities being deprived of equality. Sure, there is no one yet discovered who could provide leadership to fight and win minority rights, but then again that would become unacceptable to the majority as they are being over protective of what they claim as their majority rights, whilst in the process decrying minority rights.

    In SL minorities are never allowed key positions in Government jobs, to represent country in national teams in sporting events, to serve in the armed forces and police, to do business in certain towns, there is so much happening to deprive them of those opportunities. Thus it is not a case of them not integrating but rather the opposite, they getting pushed out and excluded. Thus they succeed in doing their own business to survive, and then get hammered and reduced to minus levels when racial violence raises its ugly head.

    You write on how Buddhism became extinct by turning the other cheek. Ask some one who knows about Buddhism. It was destroyed from attacks by Hinduism. Buddhism taught India architecture, medical science, trading, water management and was instrumental in many other scientific applications. It is not a God worshiping religion instead it is human worshiping religion. The main theme of Buddhism is they question the existence of God. Buddha himself said he was not God nor son of God nor believer of God. All the statues of Buddha are made in remembrance of Buddha. Both Buddhism and Hinduism don’t treat all men equal (caste system). Buddhism was destroyed by clutches of dark forces of Hinduism.

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      Equality for Sri Lankan religious minorities is full permission to convert the whole sinhale to their religion and to destroy the buddhist civilization.

      That is what they have done all over the old world.

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    [Edited out]

    Please write instead of posting web links – CT

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      JimSothy, it appears you can’t even write these days. Get well soon!

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    “It is not a God worshiping religion instead it is human worshiping religion. The main theme of Buddhism is they question the existence of God. Buddha himself said he was not God nor son of God nor believer of God”

    “Both Buddhism and Hinduism don’t treat all men equal (caste system)”.

    Oh My God, Mr. Marwan, I suggest that you learn a little bit more about religion(s) before you make these comments. I don’t believe you know anything, anything at all, about Buddha or his teachings or about Hinduism. I do not know what your take on God-worshipping religions, but let me tell you – there is no such thing called a human-worshipping religion as you suggest, that certainly is not anywhere near Buddhist teachings.

    Please do not insult others just because you understand things wrong or you do not understand them at all.

    The subject on discussion here is whether we need a national ideology to replace Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony. The answer is an “Yes” for me. Let’s discuss that.

    Religion is a unique affair between an individual and his or her creator and it is best kept private for the Judgement day and left out of Politics, Governance or Nationalism.

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      What is wrong with what I stated, and why do you feel offended? I do not understand. I borrowed it straight from Internet from Buddhist teaching site. Isn’t that the truth? Teach me. I am a student of comparative religion and intend to learn the truth about Buddhism from a trustworthy source. What is the Buddhist concept of God? I am told that Lord Buddha lived on this earth, he was human. he got married had a son named Rahula, and he wanted to get to the bottom of misery, grief and death. For that reason he left his family and comfort of home and embarked on a journey into the jungle to live a hermit life until he attained enlightenment under a tree, and thereafter started his teachings. After he died people made him a deity and started worshiping him. For that reason, Buddhism is identified with worship of a human in the form of Lord Buddha, through statues of him in human form in sitting position, sleeping position and standing position, on top of lotus flowers and in scenic surroundings. Pray, did I say something wrong?

      A little similar to our own Prophet Muhammed (PBOH) who went into the cave in the mountains called Hira for meditation, where he received Prophethood (proclaimed leader of Muslims) and also received the first part of the revelation of the Holy Quran from Angel Gabriel.

      I also learn that Buddhists don’t believe in the concept of God the way Muslims do. Since Muslims have blind faith (no questions or doubts of His existence) that there is only one God watching over them at all the times, closer to them than their own jugular vein. I also learn that Buddhism is not even a religion but a philosophy, which means simply a way of life. Does it affect you when I say these things?

      Haven’t you listened to BBS ill-advised monk Gnaanasara says a hundred and one stupid lies taking quotes out of context from Holy Quran, and you think Muslims shouldn’t feel offended by those statements? Did you or the Maha Sangha raise objection not to attack other religions and advise them not to go that route. But you cannot take it and feel offended when facts are queried or when truth be told about your own true Buddhist values.

      Isn’t there a caste system in place amongst Sinhalese and Hindu community? Does it disturb you when this fact is disclosed. Muslims on the other hand are taught to believe that all human are born equal and live together as equal, except in piety and closeness to God. That is study in comparative religion. I don’t say what is right or what is wrong, except what is taught by religion.

      You question why I bring these matters up when the subject matter is something else. No, in my opinion it is all connected. It talks of Sinhala Buddhist Hedgemony. The way Buddhists in general worship these monks, isn’t that human worship? We see the way the monks are worshiped (from the President of the country to the Police, army, high court judges et all) bow their heads and worship these safron robed thug monks who tell lies profusely, misguide their people, whilst being instrumental in creating chaos and mayhem on this earth and still get away with it, without even a murmur or questioning of their actions, is just shocking and appalling to all Muslims. Some even get away with blue murder, cheating, womanizing, alcohol consumption and various other vices that people comit, but once in safron robes, they become Saantha Daantha. Whom are they fooling? They have caught the poor Sinhalese people into a vice like grip and are now an army to themselves.

      These are not thinga to hide. If a Muslim Moulavi or Ulama acted in this way, he would have got the sack and brought down to earth to eat humble pie. But we see nothing of the sort from you to raise your voice and write about it, nor from the blissfully sleeping Mahanayake Theros of of not one but four Nikayas.

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        Mr. Marwan,

        I am not offended but feel sorry about the wrong information you have received. Buddha was never turned to a deity who should be worshipped or prayed to for benefits. That is a basic mistake.

        Apart from those nicely written stories in Buddhist literature of Siddhartha Gauthama leaving his family etc. etc. The Buddha researched and preached a Doctrine which deeply examines a person’s mind and trains it to achieve a more advanced state of mind, which can be done only through self – discipline, meditation and devotion to your cause. We Buddhist pay homage to him, the doctrine he preached and the members of his order who keep his teachings alive. We do not pray or worship.

        These correct practices have changed over the years to cater to the needs of organized religious groups, who have different agendas than what they are supposed to do. So, What these people out there do in the pretext of being Buddhist are absolutely un-Buddhist. For example there is no cast system in Buddhism, it is irrelevant.

        No real Buddhist can hate anybody because, the very purpose of Buddha Dhamma is to take a person away from such human emotions. So you know, Gnanasaara is no Buddhist. He is a convicted Law-breaker and a hate-speaker, that makes him an anti-social element and not a representative of Buddhist order. Intelligent people should ignore him.

        The last thing I want to say again is that there is no conflict between two religions. All those religions lead men towards “liberation” in one form or the other. The truth I believe in does not have to be the only truth – There can be, and should be, other truths too.

        It is the religious organisations those claim to own the only truth, invoke hate among men and make them fight with each other. There are no worse criminal than them. By the time we realize on Judgement Day, how these representatives of a higher power have betrayed us, it will be too bloody late.

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      borrowed name with no DNA,

      ““Both Buddhism and Hinduism don’t treat all men equal (caste system)”. “

      As much as your 5 fingers are not the same no persons are equal but just learn to respect.

      ______________________

      I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been, because millions of years have passed over evolution, people have scattered across the face of this earth, been isolated from each other, developed independently, had different intermixtures between races, peoples, climates, soils… I didn’t start off with that knowledge. But by observation, reading, watching, arguing, asking, and then bullying my way to the top, that is the conclusion I’ve come to.
      Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas, 1997

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    budhhism is not a religion.it is was live style,budhha married then left the wife. srilanka budhhist not married leagally, but they marry many many time illegally. budhhism is a philosophy.nature of live,budhha is not a god.srilanka budhhist became a politicians,they want power. srilanka politicians knew the weakness of person they use the budhhist monks for political purpose,

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    R.M.B Senanayake,

    RE:Needed A National Ideology To Replace Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony

    Yes.

    The lies and imaginations need to be checked with facts and truth.

    The plan.

    1. Challenge the Sinhalese Buddhist Hegemonists and tell them they are Paras. The proof is in their bodies, in the form of DNA.

    2. Tell them that the Mahawansa has lies and Imaginations.

    3. Tell that they as paras, they do not have any more rights than the other paras. Only the Native Veddah have more rights.,

    4. Tell them that Buddhism, just like the other religions are just, beliefs, and unproven. Rebirth, reincarnation, Karma and Karmic energy after all beliefs, and Myths.

    5. Expose., Expose and Expose the lies and myths..

    The Vedda Tribe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

    Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

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    Aside from all the absurdities Anagarika Dharmapala proclaimed to build up the Sinhalese race, true and pure democracy in Sri Lanka can only come about if the democratic rights of the majority are upheld first and foremost, and in civilized fashion.

    Sinhalese were not very clever when they first implemented their plan to build up Lanka. In fact they were following their nearest neighbor’s hemogeny, Tamil Nadu for Tamils, to build up Sri Lanka.

    However, they forgot egalitarian teachings of Mahinda, and thus is when they failed.

    True Mahindian-Buddhism means working on the rights of all communities in Sri Lanka according to their number percentages(+/- 1 to 5 %), and implementing laws and policies that can check and balance each other. If that had been done from the very beginning, minorities would have accepted without question the rights of the majority. It is not too late to begin again.

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      Glad CB is the first leader to publicly about these things. The points she raises are the very things that are clouding Lankan minds and creating all these unnecessary problems. Once the minds are cleansed, the structures of peace and prosperity will come only too easily, courtesy the majority.

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        ~ correction: speak publicly

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    Agree with Thiru totally and I have the same confusion as that of Thiru regarding the statements made in the article. It should be clarified by the author whether they are CBK’s or some are his too.
    Regarding the comments made about different religions by various responders it is better allowed to the individuals to follow which path is best suited to them. Wikipedia is not a good reference point when discussing scholarly principles. As far as Hinduism is concerned it is inclusive of various schools of thought including aethism, monoethism and Bramachariam, feminism etc etc. Lord Shiva ia Adhi Yogi(supreme consciousness} Adhi Buththan (The foremost- first Philosopher) arthanareeswaran(the inert, yogic symbol of man & the creative, energetic symbol of woman in equal halves) and who is beyond castes. He inhabits the place of cremation symbolising equality among all men as all are brought to the same place for cremation whether he is a king, a pauper or from a lowly caste. Also a cemetery symbolises harmony, peace, serenity and the reality. It is the Indian brahmins who interpreted the truths differently for whatever the reason and Hindus need to be educated in the higher principles of the philosophy they follow. Ancient Tamil literatures as a good source of reference. Probably, it applies to the followers of the other religions too. I can only speak for Hinduism as I am born a Hindu.

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    ‘My Government cannot see, any other way by which we can appease the natural desire and request of the Sinhala people to prevent the country being divided, and to see that those who speak for division are not able to do so legally.’ There was no remorse and no apology to the victims of the violence from the head of state. On the contrary Jayewardene brazenly justified the orgy of violence by declaring that the attacks were “not a product of urban mobs but a mass movement of the generality of the Sinhalese people.” and that “the time had come to accede to the clamour and the national respect of the Sinhalese people to prevent the country from being divided.”

    Ranil has not said anything to reverse this position.

    “while the UN and Developed countries are talking about building an inclusive society we are seeking to build an exclusive society only for the majority. We have sought to, exclude the minorities- first the Tamils now the Muslims and eventually the Christians. Economists talk of inclusive growth so that the benefits of economic development accrue to all the people including the poor and the low income classes. But what about inclusive politics? It is not enough to make minority political parties a part of a coalition government if the government vests all power in the hands of the ruling family with others merely enjoying the lavish perks of office.”

    Chandrika has indicated a willingness to make a change.

    Will she give me a promise that the 6th amendment will be repealed? That will be the foundation stone of democracy and human rights. That will make it possible for us to work together.

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