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Rajapaksa State Media Defends Attack On Churches; Alleges Genocide Against Sinhalese

Making clear reference to the recent brutal attacks on two Christian churches in Hikkaduwa earlier this month, the state controlled press has claimed the Buddhists taking the law into their hands are a persecuted people and that the Sinhala majority in Sri Lanka are often not permitted to do anything tangible about aggressive proselytization and the barely legal establishment of churches and other places of religious worship.

A free Laptop from President to Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake

A free Laptop from President to Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake

In his editorial of 22 January 2014, entitled, THE ONGOING GENOCIDE AGAINST THE SINHALESE Editor of the state controlled Daily News Rajpal Abeynayake says people besieged in this way can easily be paranoid, or they can overreact and it is suspected that the entire idea is precisely to get them to go over the top, so that this fact can be used against their further persecution as well, taking on the role of apologist for marauding saffron mobs perpetrating violence against minority religious communities.

“The Sinhalese majority is in the unenviable position of not being able to defend any sustained undermining of its culture, and way of life. There is no freedom of expression for the Sinhalese if it means pointing out that their values are being usurped, or that there are systematic unethical conversions for instance,” the editorial says.

The state controlled newspaper claims that there is something in the order of an Inquisition that is taking place against the Sinhala people.

“That Inquisition, it is right, is not pursued with guns, bombs or weapons of torture, but it is still an Inquisition within the broad meaning of the word. An Inquisition is a sustained period in which a people are subject to intense scrutiny and questioning during which they are barely given the right to defend themselves. One part of that Inquisition that is now taking place is in Geneva, and to be sure it is well sustained, as every year this exercise of persecution takes place without respite,” Abeynayake notes.

There is a genocide perpetrated against the majority Sinhalese in Sri Lanka and all right thinking persons in this country should join in the task of fighting this systematic attempt to destroy what is a proud and ancient race,” the voice of the Rajapaksa state goes on to say.

Referring to the safeguarding of Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity as a prerogative and task carried out by the Sinhalese, Abeynayake goes on to say that the Sinhala people are being told that they should revise or entirely rewrite their history, and that they were wrong to defend the territorial integrity of their country in the first place.

Abeynaike claims that there is ongoing persecution of the Sinhalese and that their culture and their traditions were being threatened.

“But what is sadder is the fact that this majority so called is in the melee, also systematically being made to lose their voice. The moment they begin to detail any of this truth about their ongoing persecution and the usurpation of their cultural and religious rights through intrepid intimidation, they are called chauvinists, and there are laws mooted to curtail their constitutional right to free speech, bringing it under the rubric of something called ‘hate speech.’,” the editorial said.

Analysts point out that editorials in the state controlled press were clearly taking a position on the ongoing anti-minority violence, and attacks on places of Christian and Islam worship while the President makes regular statements about no race being superior to the other and promising not to permit the harassment of minorities. The Rajapaksa regime should make it clear if the position taken by the state controlled Daily News on this issue reflects the mindset and official position of the ruling regime and if not, the Daily News editor must be censured and called upon to apologise or resign over his actions, these analysts told Colombo Telegraph.

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  • 52
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    Sinhala husband is abusing the minority wife. Cameron/US and the world storms into the kitchen and intervenes on behalf of the minority wife. Now the Sinhala abusive husband is saying….. I am oppressed, and not allowed to lead a normal married life????????? What a bunch of 5th grade monkeys…

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      Lol good one except cameron/US/India is the secret lover of the minority wife who instigate the wife against the husband in the first place hoping after the stupid husband and wife fight they can have a foot hold in the kitchen and dictate terms.

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        XXX,
        Well said. It is not as straightforward as Dushy puts it. And let’s not forget the dreaded mother in law, most of all – India!

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          You think so? I think the real problem is hidden lover impregnating the wife and giving birth to confused children like the above one.

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            Rajpal or Jarapal is a perverted unprincipled moron. He should be fired. He is unemployable..

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        For all those who are unable to read, the said editorial states: For example the Sinhala majority in this country is often not permitted to do anything tangible about aggressive proselytization which is carried on through the twin instruments of unethical conversions and the illegal or barely legal establishment of churches etc., on ground that was previously occupied by Buddhist temples, or on property that has simply not been authorized for the purpose of establishing places of religious worship. Though those Buddhists who take the law into their own hands on matters such as this are wrong, it is often forgotten that they are a people who are persecuted, and told more often than not that they should not have maintained the territorial integrity of their country at all. REPEAT: Though those Buddhists who take the law into their own hands on matters such as this are wrong…. The editorial condemns attacks on churches says categorically they are wrong. It says Buddhists who take law into their own hands are wrong. WRONG? Get it?

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      Bravo Dushy long time, We need more from you…

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          Ela kolla,

          CT tells you so many times and you don’t get it. We all don’t agree here, but have your say in a normal way.

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            From ela kolla he has now become thana kolla!

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      Hi Dushy,

      Haven’t seen any of your articles recently-wonder why?

      As for your comment, hilarious but true.

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      Good one that is!

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      ha ha Dushy. Saying as is.

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      Inspired by free laptops and interest free car loans.

      Looks like Rajpal has taken a page from the play book of “Tamils Against Genocide”.

      Cheers!

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      Dushy, You Ponney Sick Idiot,

      Don’t you see “Cameron/US and the World” are pervs trying to f**k the Sinhala husband in the ass in the name of rescuing the Tamil wife. Or do you enjoy that kind of thing?

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      Thank you Dushy for highlighting a common problem.

      This is my life too, though my husband is not exactly Sinhala – he only has a sinhala domestic grandmother who was under the thumb of his grandfather, and a great grand other servant woman.

      I plead Cameron, Harper or Nataneyahoo to come to my kitchen and save women like me. I am all theirs!

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      For all those who are unable to read, the said editorial states:
      For example the Sinhala majority in this country is often not permitted to do anything tangible about aggressive proselytization which is carried on through the twin instruments of unethical conversions and the illegal or barely legal establishment of churches etc., on ground that was previously occupied by Buddhist temples, or on property that has simply not been authorized for the purpose of establishing places of religious worship.

      Though those Buddhists who take the law into their own hands on matters such as this are wrong, it is often forgotten that they are a people who are persecuted, and told more often than not that they should not have maintained the territorial integrity of their country at all.

      REPEAT: Though those Buddhists who take the law into their own hands on matters such as this are wrong….

      The editorial condemns attacks on churches says categorically they are wrong. It says Buddhists who take law into their own hands are wrong.
      WRONG? Get it?

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    I should say that this same Rajpal Abeynayake when working for the Wijeya group newspapers was the protector of the minorities . This shows how hollow and shallow this man is. His SLBC program is a disgrace to the sanity of any decent individual. He projects himself as a devout Buddhist but you can find him in any of the bars or pubs in Colombo . He is nothing more than a lackey and a lap dog of the regime who will sell his own mother for financial gain. This is the sad state this country has fallen into. Men who are perceived to be rational have become irrational, people who are sane are going insane, people who preach peace practice hatred and violence, a daughter who loses her father due brutality of a powerful thug of the regime not only embraces the regime but calls it’s leader her adopted father, people are fed with distorted data and those who do so get promoted while the one who refuses to do the wrong thing is suspended, the right of even an appointed parliament member to question the dealings the rulers is thwarted while the same parliament is used by the rulers to pass laws favouring them and their family, and the list goes on.

    While one can keep writing and others can continue reading the real test is how many are willing silently go and vote this regime out. Yes they did their part in concluding the war with the thousands of lives sacrificed by the foot soldiers, but today the freedom the rule of law that prevailed during the war does not exist. A dictatorship can exist while elections are being held like what happens in Zimbabwe. Any person who has a semblance of intelligence would ask one’s self if this is the miracle we have inherited ? Is this the wonder of Asia or the wonder that is being plundered by one ruthless family ? Rajpal Abeynayake is not to be blamed but sympathized with as he too is yet another man gone mad in this land like no other.

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      yet anoter MUD-a- Midhulana UNCIVILIZED Jarapakse ! What do you expect from a low life ? !

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      Michael Ranasinghe,

      I think the 2500 year old Sinhalese civilization has become decadent from what you say: A revolution like what the French had, or some other countries had, has become necessary to reform the people, their ethical values, the state of Sri Lanka, the governance of the people and the whole works.

      Who will lead the revolution is the 64 million dollar question now.

  • 5
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    Those who take law into their own hands and those who support the vigilantes always come up with sorry excuses to defend their criminal actions. The prime one is the “genocide” claim. First the “tamil genocide”, now the “sinhala genocide”!

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      So taking up arms for self determination against a government that condones pogroms is “criminal” ? What is deemed “criminal” in this situation is the victor imposing his opinion. It would be akin to the British deeming those Lankans who took up arms against the British empire as criminals.

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        Is creating a mono ethnic state and robbing one part of country away from other Sri Lankans self determination?

        And seriously you don’t see a difference between british invaders ruling Sri Lanka vs a democratically elected government ruling Sri Lanka?

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          It is a pity you don’t see the difference. When the British was here, they treated the Sinhalese and Tamils the same way. They did not pick the Tamils and kill,rape,abduct, burn, torture etc. They did not burn libraries, schools, temples, churches and mosques!!
          They did not have a different set of criteria for admission to universities and jobs. Everything was according to merit.(Tamils were not favored over the sinhalese, as claimed by the Sinhalese who did not study hard, but became envious of the Tamils who were hardworking, and honest)

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      right on ! ‘Sinhala Genocide’, I thought I was reading this wrong ! what an imbecile this Rajpal godaya is !

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    Thusi,

    After all Editor of the state controlled Daily News Rajpal Abeynayake has to safeguard his job, Can you tell me if he does not wright like this can he hold on to his job? you know that if he does not wright like this he will be kicked out of his job and a member of Rajapaksha will take over his job.

    Rajpal Abeynayake has got a family to feed!!!!!!!!!! self respect and policies cannot feed his family…………. He is living in Sri Lanka……..

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      Prostitution comes in many forms, as Rajpal and his pal Malinda Seneviratne have depicted.

  • 9
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    Rajpal is a very good portrayal of the sinhala buddhist character. This may have something to do with buddhism itself because like most pagan and neo pagan buddhist systems it has no issues with bending with the wind. This is known as the philosophy of “shape” which means justify and find a way to go forward. Shape machan shape!!

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    COMPARISON BETWEEN THE ABUSED WIFE AND SRILANKAN TAMILS IS FARFETCHED.WHEN THE HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE LEADING A NORMAL LIFE WITH OCCASSIONAL TIFFS BETWEEN THEM,THE NEIGHBOURS HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO ROLE TO PLAY.HOWEVER IF THE HUSBAND IN A MURDEROUS MOOD AND THE WIFE IS FIGHTING FOR HER DEAR LIFE,NOT ONLY THE NEIGHBOURS BUT ALSO CONCERNED PEOPLE FROM AFAR COULD VOLUNTEER HELP TO THE VICTIM AND ATTEMPT TO CONTAIN THE WRONGDOER.THE SRILANKAN GOVERNMENT AND THE TAMILS ARE CERTAINLY NOT ON A HONEYMOON COURSE, AFTER THE SRILANKAN MILITARY WENT ON A KILLING SPREE BUTCHERING MORE THAN 100,000 UNARMED CIVILIANS, ALL IN THE NAME OF SINHALA BUDHIST SUPREMACY.DUSHY RANETUNGA’S WRITINGS WHETHER IN ELECTRONIC OR PRINT MEDIA IS LIKE THE RANTINGS OF A BLOOD THIRSTY RACIST HOUND AND I LIKE TO READ IT IN ORDER TO GET PROVOKED, WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO A GOOD ORGASM HAD WITH A HARD BARGAINING WHORE.

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      The wife fighting for life? You mean the one who set off bombs in buses and trains?

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    Singhalese have been killing Tamils from the time of independence all over the country saying Tamils have no right to live in this country.
    Singhalese say that Sri Lanka is only for the Singhalese and that Tamils are committing genocide on the Singhalese by living in Sri Lanka.
    Muslims and Singhlaese Chritians joined the Budhists in genocidal massacer of Tamils. Now the Budhists are after Muslims and Christians.
    Ths law of Karma is working.

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      Here’s another moron like Rajpal Abeynayake. At this rate there won’t be any living thing in SL left.

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    So, it’s that dreaded ‘G’ word again! Genocide – it’s a word that the Tigers and their ilk have for years been invoking in support of their exaggerated claims and accusations against the GOSL. But what have we here? I can scarcely believe I am reading what I am reading – the editor of the CDN seriously suggesting that there is a campaign of genocide aimed at the Sinhalese. How silly can you get? What then is the logical next step? An appeal to the UNCHR, for instance?

    Psychologists tell us that irrational fear leads to phobia. And that – an irrational fear – is precisely what seems to be driving groups like the BBS and like-minded persons to launch mindless attacks against Christian and Muslim places of worship. One would have thought that the editor of a leading newspaper in the country would be more sober in the sort of editorial comment he makes. If nothing else, the evidence from outside Sri Lanka should be enough to convince any sane person that attacks on places of worship are not merely wrong but totally counter-productive.

    Sadly, the authorities, far from showing a firm and resolute stance in condemning such attacks seem to have given them tacit approval.

    The government has sought to dine out on its fear mongering tactics of an international conspiracy against Sri Lanka, for too long. That story is getting to be stale.

    It is a great shame that an editor of a major newspaper should have demonstrated such poor judgement in his efforts to plead for those who are, in blunt terms, no more than thugs and their unthinking followers.

    Why worry about international conspiracies against Sri Lanka? External forces can rest easy, comfortable in the knowledge that groups like the BBS are doing a damned good job themselves of damaging the country. Do these people stop for a moment – apart from anything else – to consider the enormous damage they are doing to the image of Sri Lanka – and of Buddhism – by the way they conduct themselves?

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    “But what is sadder is the fact that this majority so called is in the melee, also systematically being made to lose their voice. The moment they begin to detail any of this truth about their ongoing persecution and the usurpation of their cultural and religious rights through intrepid intimidation, they are called chauvinists, and there are laws mooted to curtail their constitutional right to free speech, bringing it under the rubric of something called ‘hate speech.’,” the editorial said.

    Good News! At last the truth is begining to hurt. Rajpal whining and groaning about hate speech. What goes around comes around.

    Everybody fears being struck by a rod.
    Everybody fears death.
    Therefore, knowing this, feeling for others as for yourself,
    Do not kill others or cause others to kill. [Dhammapada 10:1]

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    A terrible editorial from the Govt mouth piece. Peace has indeed been won in our miracle of Asia.

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    .
    Who reads Daily News?

    :-)

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      “Who reads Daily News?”

      I do, but only the obituary notices and advertisements :-)

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    Rajpal is right. It’s time to toss the fad of “political correctness” away and call a spade a spade. Racism, fundamentalism, fascism, religious conversion coming from the minorities are still what they are. It’s futile to white wash them as Tamil or Muslim nationalism, or as religious freedom. Prejudice and bigotry are the same whether it comes from the Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. Exploitation of vulnerable people, though chocolate-coated as religious conversion, is still exploitation.

    Enough is enough. It’s time to move on. Way to go Rajpal.

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    While agreeing that Abeynayake is a moron and a despicable life form, this article should serve as a warning sign to the DIE_ARSE_PORA to tone down their unreasonable vilifying of our Nation on the international scene.

    They are alienating even Sinhala people who think of themselves as rational.

    Also how do they hope to live in harmony if they degrade and vilify us as a race. Go for the regime by all means but do not attack the Sinhala race or Buddhism.

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      Don Q
      I entirely agree with your sentiments.
      Not all Tamils are terrorists/Ltte or racists
      Not all Sinhalese are racists
      etc..

      Unreasonable irrational vilification of the Nation is unwarranted.

      However, you are right in naming Rajpal as a moron as some if not all of his journalist staff think so but as usual they would smile and grit. (including his batch mates from the School by the sea)

      Interestingly, i read todays Editorial in the Daily News.
      Oh dear, Rajpal appears to be upset with CT and the Editors.

      Was it a raw nerve? or was it simply he had nothing to opinion about?
      tsk! tsk!

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    @ Mukenthiran I am very concerned about the Tamil Nadu and Indian politician sponsored pogroms on the Dalits, the tribals, women (female infanticide is in the millions), the Christians and the Muslims. No prizes for guessing where the Sri Lankan bigots get their inspiration.

    Do you share my concern? Or is your venom only for the Sinhala bigots?

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    Sinhalese couldn’t move freely one third of their homeland for 30 years. But minority tamils had that basic human right without any hindrance, finally Sinhalese got their rights restored in 2009. Sri Lanka is the homeland of Sinhalese period, which is not a subject for a discussion, debate or dispute. If anybody think otherwise can go to hell !!!

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