President Mahinda Rajapaksa who in a recent Al Jazeera interview charged that his former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva was now fulfilling the political agendas of a powerful NGO, was echoing the sentiments expressed not long ago by the Sinhala hardline Bodu Bala Sena organisation.
President Rajapaksa on being confronted with the text of a comment written by former Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dayan Jayatilleka, his personal political appointment during the Al Jazeera interview shot back that the ex-Ambassador was saying political things because he was now a member of a NGO, a charge Jayatilleka denies.
A few weeks ago in a full length serial feature in the Global Mail, the author Eric Ellis wrote that Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara who called Jayatilleka a “mad, bad person” who “gets funding from various people, Christian and other groups, to speak against Buddha, with NGOs.
“So Dayan Jayatilleka is mad? I ask Gnanasara. “A very bad man he is,” Gnanasara says. “They are funded. You look at their background. Are they Buddhist? There are some groups created by the church and they want to destroy Buddhist culture. His (Jayatilleka’s) background is not Buddhist, Milinda is not Buddhist,” Ellis wrote in his Sri Lanka feature.
The statements by the Bodu Bala Sena and the President on Jayatilleka’s involvement with a NGO raises questions about campaign of misinformation regarding Government critics.