21 October, 2020

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Screwed Generation And BBS Fundamentalism

By Prashanthi Jayasekara

Prashanthi Jayasekara

Fundamentalism is like a carefully selected reflection of the sky on the Diyawanna lake wall. The lake only shows what it wants you to see. Freedom of expression they say, saving the nation they say. The image moves, fades, and reforms in perpetuity along with especially elevated water waves triggered by unscrupulous sources of power.  And you will continue to see what the lake wants you to see – the clear blue sky.

Adjacent to Diyawanna Oya, the quadrangle of smooth green lawn spread heading to the newly built walkway and the leisure area with dubious looking white-washed hut like dwellings – of which the purpose of construction is quite unclear (for now they host an exhibition of flowers of various colours) – staring up high at the free and open summer sky may leave you hanging on to pleasant thoughts. The carpeted roads by the lake are lamenting due to a day’s long steady drone of traffic; but the violent beeping of the chaotic traffic cannot interrupt the summertime ambience building within this newly constructed leisure area with people strolling by the lakeside beaming hysterical to the picture unfolded. But when the sun is melting down in the west firmament, the sudden picturesque appearance of violet and gold colours in the sky will soon give up – just like a perfect illusion.

When this happens at the end of the day, and if your eyes are not shut tight, you will – you most certainly will – sense the aroma of political manoeuvring coming from the nearby parliamentary building. And it will all come pondering to you: the political trajectory of chauvinistic governments and their highly influenced merry players is like a train route changing from standard to narrow gauge and narrower; the train only travels one way, and that is hardly the way to common good or morality. When fundamentalists burn buildings, instigate abhorrence, and spread chaos, the government remains jolly well relaxed. And the ‘fly-swatter’ method used in Geneva is now substituted with a long-sleeved, buttoned-up and tucked-in shirt approach when dealing with the awakening of chauvinistic Sinhalese fundamentalism. Yet their hoarse fishermen-like vocal cords and protruding bellies will keep fighting with the tight collars and buttons; and eventually will soon reveal their bare skin.

Bodu Bala Sena, the so-called comrades and their allies are moving forth as we speak in naturally crowded streets of Colombo instigating traditions of chaotic traffic, demanding a Sinhala Buddhist only nation. Most recently they expressed their heart felt – so they say – concerns about the safety of the Sinhalese girl child working in Muslim owned garment factories. Meanwhile, female garment workers who are forced with transactional sex due to poor salary standards of the apparel industry, women who are sent abroad for cheap labour only to have their silent bodies returned, girls and women who are raped and murdered like animals on a daily basis, girls who are sexually assaulted and catcalled in public transits, teenage rape victims who are mothers, and now women who are soon to lose their right to make decisions on family planning due to the very group of extremists – BBS –, are observing innocuously these pretentious performances with their expressionless eyes.  It is not a secret that the equality and safety of these women has been set on blaze by men across all race and religious groups for a prolonged period of time, under the watchful eyes of the same set of long-sleeved, buttoned-up and tucked-in shirt wearing gatekeepers.

Fundamentalists, nationalists, racist, Nazis or whatever they are called do not breed on the grounds of religion, but power – inconceivable, menacing, iniquitous, enamours proportions of power. Power is the beat what prompted them to dance in the first place. So they dance, with their legs squatted towards the centre of the earth, they will continue dancing to the beat of powerful choreography. Their legs will hit the earth hard and the accessories they wear will make blaring sounds. And they will continue dancing their way conquering every corner of the ground.  They will not only burn buildings down, but destroy every single sacred element of humanity. And they will be against anything and everything including freedom of speech, free-markets, family planning, universal adult suffrage, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skits, evolution theory, and the list will go on.

So here we are the young representatives of the ‘Screwed Generation’ – the generation born between late 80’s and 2000’s. We were pulled out of our tricycles and taken away by our panic stricken mothers owing to the sound of fire crackers during Avurudu; we were banned from going on school trips to Galle Face, or see the museum because big, bad, baaad things were happening in very verry scary Colombo; we were forced to wait for long hours indoors with our button like noses pressed against the television screen, because outdoor was an ultimate taboo; we are graduates who are unemployable; we are artists who are forced to do odd jobs during the day because the cost of living is inconceivable; and yes, we are the so-called future leaders with public debt worth over Rs.5000 billion (and counting) bequeathed upon our skinny shoulders. Would we also be the future left with another ethnic conflict to plot, fight, spend fortunes on, and ultimately commit suicide? Haven’t you ‘elderly, wise, and exemplary’ had enough?

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    The screwed generation screwing themselves with a Holly/Bolly would culture and building a debt in Trillions of Rupees. Another Cyprus.

    The country with its fascistic approach bound to end up with a moribund economy filled with a bunch of debt-wracked, substance dependent individuals and yellow robed monsters who can’t adapt to progress or contribute to produce tangible development.

    It is the belief that change is not yet possible for whatever reason, and so one leans back and resigns to… waiting. Waiting that somebody else comes along and does the changing for us.

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    Apart from the typos and grammatical errors a worthy read.

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    WELL SAID AND WRITTEN NOBODY BOTHERS WHATS HAPPENING AROUND AND GOING TO HAPPEN FOR OUR FUTURE JUST TO HANG ON THE SEAT AND LIVE A KING LIFE WE ALL HAVE TO SUFFER WHATS REALLY HAPPENING NOW IS TO GO BACKWARDS FOR ANOTHER 30YEARS AND ASK THE NATION RATTA THE BADDA THE OUR PRESIDENTS DREAM TO KEEP ALL UNDER IT SAYING SAME WHERE HIS CIRCLE N FAMILY LIVE LIKE KING OF KINGS WHAT ELSE THEY NEED WILL GOTA GO BACK TO PUMP STATION NOWAY SO BBS IS HIS ANSWER

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    The old fogeys at the Diyawana continue to hold sway and continue to destroy the futures of the young. New fangled names to cover old fanaticism and bigotry. Nil Balakaya, Ravana Balaya, Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Buddhist Defence League, Mahasona Balkaya etc all gearing up to go. Leadership training, Divi Neguma, Uthuray Vasanthaya, Mahinda Chinthana, Maga Naguma, Deyata Kirula etc all movements aimed at uplifting the people. Net result is Zilch.

    In the good old days my mother gave me one rupee to take to school. I spent 25 cents at the tea break and lunch for 50 cents. I saved 25 cents. We didnt have any problems or hang ups about race or religon. Learned what we could and played our hearts out, Cricket, Rugby, Tennis, Boxing, Judo, Swimming, Music etc. Surprising what we could do in one day. It took me just 6 minutes to cycle to school, a distance of about 2 miles.

    My heart goes out to the youth of today who spend 1 1/2 – 3 hrs in traffic, attend tution classes and learn the garbage the govt wants to teach them. High time the politicians and leaders stop trying to control and improve people. Just give the youth a chance to live and come up in life.

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    Disfranchise all the politicians and especially the old farts and dynasties that have caused this situation from 1948- PROTEST ON THE STREETS- ALL YOUNG UNS “WE NEED A BETTER FUTURE, WE WILL LEAD YOU”.

    “Peace cannot be kept by force.
    It can only be achieved by understanding.”
    – Albert Einstein

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    The ruling family and their bunch of followers do not realize the damage they are doing to this country.
    Greed and corruption, and now hate and racism, supersedes the security and progress of this country.
    The younger generation will grow up with extremism, and unlike older generations, with suspicion and hate for those of other religions. The ruling family is not interested in progress, communal harmony, non violence, and educating our children. They would prefer they grow up with low intelligence, believing that toffees are charmed, the minority religions all take over the 70 percent Sinhala Buddhists, and Muslims are all out to convert others. Facts be damned.

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    Excellently written. Buddhists need to stand up to these elements or face the wrath of the future generation.

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      Vidula, can’t you see what is happening? The Rajapakses and their hangers on are playing to the gallery, to build up their Voter-Base of easily swayed Sinhala-Buddhists. This is their only hope of Victory at the next Election. i.e. If the Rajapakses have one!
      Those who can think for themselves seem to have given up, or are scared for their lives. BTW what has happened to Mervia?

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    EXCELLENT .. DEAR BUDHIST FRIENDS, READ THIS LETTER SENT TO MUSLIM BOOK SHOP AND MOSKUES IN MARADANA , COLOMBO 10 , TODAY BY BODU BALU SENA KAAVI TERRORISTS……

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bbs.jpg

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    BBS THE KILLING AGENT IF THE BUDHISM ALLBUDGIST SHOULD COME FORWARD TI PROTECT BUDHISM THE RIGHTEOUS WAY AS KORD BUDDHA TAUGHT

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    Its true the youth are mostly affected by these extremist and rulers who divide us and rule on. Nothing will become right until we do something to stop these kind of things. Good hearted people in all communities should not rest in their homes. they should come out and voice against whats happening in sri lanka and should sit on the sheets to rule this country in such a way to experience the freedom in this country by all.

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    Dont blame everything on the high-ups and clan. What are the so-called
    Senior Leaders in the SLFP doing – making their money and planning their
    retirement. If they do not care as Seniors and who can make the change,
    what can the mis-guided youth do?. The parameters of a Dictatorship
    being met, the Regime need not do anything else to meet any other
    standard.

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    This artcile is like “yanne koheda malle pol”. BBS have nothing to do with probelm of the country. The probelems which are mentined here are national probelems. Do you think if BBS stop all their activities There will not any probelem. After reading this article I feel like that other religions support these probelems because BBS activtes have been only criticised here.

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    No body need to stand up.
    This is the present trend globally…………..
    Be it economics, WMD in Iraq, financially, sicially, religiously, Media and you name it and you’ll find it.

    We are all a screwed up generation globally one way or the other including Priyanthi Jayasekera and me.

    Therefore, lets not point fingers at any person, religion or at a country.

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    BBS Coming soon to Moderate Buddhists., wake up!!!!

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    Prashanthi

    Don’t despair. At least you are not alone. The disaffection and alienation that I can sense in your writing is common to your generation called the “Generation Y” or the “Millennials” across the globe.

    The rising tide of various forms of fundamentalisms among all communities in Sri Lanka is common to many countries undergoing rapid social transformation brought on by globalization and neo-liberal economic policies. Many people feel threatened by the disintegration of their traditional social structures and cultures and the resulting sense of meaninglessness and loss of self-identity. A common reaction is to fall back on fundamentalist ideas already prevailing in one’s cultural and religious heritage or to redefine one’s heritage along fundamentalist lines. This phenomenon was witnessed in the West also during its initial phase of industrialization and the rise of modernity. And again these societies are also affected by the current wave of dislocations caused by globalization such as the inflow of immigrants from vastly different backgrounds and the resulting chaos of “multi-culturalism” giving rise to the far-right, neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements.

    Thus in Sri Lanka we are currently witnessing the rise of Bodu Bala Sena, Christian Fundamentalism (growing Evangelical, born-again movements), Islamic Fundamentalism and Tamil-Saiva ethno fascism. These fundamentalisms then clash among themselves feeding off each other. A common predicament of ontological insecurity and existential anxiety and a shared sense of a crisis is now unfortunately turning into pure unbridled hatred providing the raison d’etre for the fundamentalism of each other.

    The rise of the Bodu Bala Sena is especially frightening because it is the fundamentalism of the dominant Sinhala-Buddhists who have made atrocious inroads into the Rajapaksa regime and look poised to take total control of state power in Sri Lanka. It appears the prospects are rather bleak with time running out and the government failing to act decisively and quickly.

    However all is not lost, at least in the long term perspective. The process of globalization and the spread of market economy has also brought on changes that can, if correctly marshalled, circumvent forces of reaction and conservatism parading as religion and patriotism today. The rapid growth of information technology and social media, transnational diasporic experience, and the spread of a global homogenous youth culture (fusion in music, fashion and lifestyles) have led to liberal, cosmopolitan values among the youth across ethnic barriers in Sri Lanka. This communication and socialization among the cosmopolitan youth transcending the fundamentalist strictures of our cultural puritans and thought police is, in my view, the only way out of our crisis in the long run. If we are to deal a death blow to the vicious fundamentalist symbiosis that is threatening to engulf the whole country we have to enter the new global culture of cosmopolitanism and multiple allegiances. Diversity is a threat only to nationalist losers, but a window to a new enlightened humanity.

    So Prashanthi, get out of the ennui, the sense of entitlement and narcissism characteristic of your generation (and well reflected in your writing) that has made critics to label you guys as the Generation Me. Instead accentuate the positive attributes of your generation such as the rejection of social conventions and narrow nationalisms in favour of civic-minded cosmopolitanism to beat back the “religious” mafia of all hues to their dungeons where they belong.

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      Rambler, didn’t they teach you Precis writing at school?

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        Yo Pol Pot

        Hat scool I didn’t pay attenshun whun da teacha wuz teachin precis. I wuz lookin hat da fit chick sittin next to me. whun I wuz young I wuz well naughty. Dat iz why dey call me rambla. now I iz takin night classes. hope i’ll overcome all me problems in communicashun soon.

        Chill ya butty. bye fe now.

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          Yo Rambler, that was nice and short! No More rambling Eh?

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      Tamil-Saiva Fundamentalim,Rambler?There is no such thing.It is Tamil fundamentalism.
      In another site someone(Rambler?) was blaming the Christian Tamils for Tamil fundamenralism.
      Whatever faults there may be with the Tamilist movements in SL,it certainly has no religious foundation to it.They leave that entirely to the Buddhists.
      ks

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        karl singham

        Point taken. However, Tamilist (as you put it) movement in Sri Lanka shares certain characteristics with religious fundamentalism in other communities such as the BBS, Jihadism and Evangelical Christianity. Though there is no overt religious dimension in the Tamilist movement, among Tamil ethno-fascists there is a belief in the divine origins of Tamil language akin to religious fanaticism. There is a kind of fetish about Tamil language which can be termed “linguistic fundamentalism.” The idea of the divinity of Tamil of course has Saiva undertones. This Tamil linguistic fundamentalism can be seen unmistakably in the more fanatical Tamil Nadu.

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    I have only a few simple questions? 01. Is it not the Halal certificate issuing people who made the raod for all these things? Were they not the people who did deliberate culture invation? 02. In relative to democracy practice in which country you are arguing for? Does this article carry any real rational than mere imitating anti-Sri lankan mentality promoted by foreign money-consumers? 03. It looks that the author has either psycosia or any other psychic problem or totally deformed mentality. Majority of the articles published in this wesite are written by disappointed lunatics.

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      Tate Motte Game Gode Malasanya.
      de l’infini,human stupidity.” But what is much more widespread than the actual stupidity is the playing stupid, turning off your ear, not listening, not seeing.

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    excellent and meaningful. truth hurts when pointed out to the cowards.
    anyway, take care…… “In a time of deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act ” ……orwell

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    Prashanthi well writen and I too more or less belonged to your generation and its sad that today’s young minds are being brainwashed to hate minorities and social networks are being used to a great extent to promote hatred

    I guess we as right thinking people too should use social networks to make a stand for whats right (at least till the day the Govt decides to ban Facebook saying its immoralhaahahahaha)

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    Get rid of all religion in the public sphere. The monks need to be contained. But also, headscarves should be banned, such as is the case in France. There should be no such thing as a “religious school.” The medium of instruction in public schools should be English only, like in France. And finally, do not allow religious places to blare their music. If people want to pray 5 times a day, or do the job ten times a day, the rest of the population does not need to know about.

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      Lester. religion gives meaning and purpose to human life.
      If you want to get up at three in the morning,sharp every day of you life,then you need to set off an alarm
      Likewise satan loves sleepy heads.

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        Dear Mohamed:

        Satan does not exist. One day the Universe will self-extinguish; this is what the findings from the LHC experiment predict. When that happens, all the headscarfs, yellow robes, black robes, halal meat, men in black, men in white, kosher meat, zebra meat, bibles, torahs, qurans, Muhammed cartoons, etc. and their 101 devotees will disappear in an instant. Just like what happened to the dinosaurs, except this time it will be everything and everyone.

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          oh! satan does exist.that is the belief of those who believe in religion,not aethists. time will prove.

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    *he medium of instruction in public schools should be English only, like in Singapore.

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    Well said, but unfortunately these do not reach the less educated rural Sinhala masses who are very easily carried away by the hatred camping on the BBS (Dollar Bala Sena), sponsored the local media especially Swarnawahini leading the front of the hatred campaign. While others waiting to see an eruption.

    Any sensible Sri Lankan true Buddhist will understand that it is not Buddhism that is endangered bu the Sinhala community as a race, as listed by the UN.

    In Sri Lanka it is only Sinhalese who will practice Buddhism not Tamils or Muslims. Therefore these saffron robed thugs if they are genuinely standing to protect Buddhism then they should protect the Sinhala language which is raped left right and center by the electronic media especially those filthy FM channels certainly not owned by Hambayas but our own Sinhala businesses who sell the Language and the community for few bucks.

    If we fail to protect Sinhala as language then the very Sinhala race will diminish resulting the Buddhist becoming a minority religion. Ohh lord Buddha come back to save us from these Saffron robed anti Buddhist thugs.

    All temples distribute leaflets, preaches and displays banners with Arabic letters and words such as Halal, Kuran etc.,which is very sadly prompting Buddhist to study these which may subsequently see our own people embracing faith of others. Of course being frustrated with the hatred acts of the monks. Now tell me who are a threat to Buddhism in Sri Lanka?

    Cant the prelates intervene immediately and strip off the BBS thugs monk identities who selling the religion for a few million dollars?

    Police sadly says monks involved in the Fahision Bug attack were fake monks,if the case is so aren’t the police themselves harboring the anti Buddhist activists who are disgracing sacred Saffron Robe “Sivura” to which we Buddhists bow down respect. There is video evidence! why cant the culprits be caught and exposed including the masterminds behind them as well????

    Hanrin Sanjaya

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    Good article. But don’t be too discouraged by the present condition of Sri Lanka & the rest of the world. Both have seen, & survived, & in some cases defeated/solved far worse in the past (famines, plagues, colonialism, slavery, WW II, JVP rebellion, war with LTTE, etc). Look for, find, & implement the necessary solutions to the current problems. It can be done as it has been done a million times before in human history. Attempting to solve problems one is faced with is a good use of a human life.

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    Prasanthi please don’t write things for the sake of it to get cheap publicity at least get facts correct an if you need I will send to you all the correc facts and then you can write a unbiased article but unfortunately it may not get published because these websites don’t like that, THE TRUTH. Let me briefly explain some facts to see if you and other idiots like you can understand it accept it.
    I am afraid to say that you are trying to con people of Sri Lanka and support the wrong doers by putting the blame on one party. Most important thing about any situation or even illness is to find out the cause of the problem, and not try to blame on the response to a problem. If Muslims including yourself believes there is no problem has caused by the Muslims in Sri Lanka, you all are DELUSIONAL or blinded by the religion either by its misleading directions or misleading leaders of the religion. Why do you think organizations such as BBS have come up? Can you imagine in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and leaving all the extreme Muslim countries like Saudi, what happens if Buddhists in those countries do what Muslims are doing in Sri Lanka did? Would the majority Muslims keep quite? No definitely not, the Buddhists Hindus or Christians will be MASSACARED, BUTHCHERD as we have seen everyday for the past twenty years or more, irrespective of if they are women, children, elderly or babies. We Sinhalese have not done those in the past or present. We are trying to bring the attention of all the Sinhalese and others to the illegal activities of these Muslims to protect OUR MOTHER LAND: SRI LANKA. Tamils have never ever done anything to destroy the Sinhala race or Buddhism other than the LTTE idiots. I challenge you to go to Gampola and see for yourself how Muslims have and are illegally destroying all the “paddy fields” knowing very well that it is illegal to fill paddy fields. Then compare how many Sinhalese or Tamils have done that. Zero, Zilch. Worse is the so called Religion of peace representatives have built a MOSQUE, YES a Mosque over the public road Bibile Road. The Sinhala people who have lived in the villages on the side of the Mosque for over three four hundred years and also the Buddhist monks have to walk under the feet of these so called “innocent peace loving Muslims” who is praying for Allah. Is this what do you call innocent Muslims and then Sinhalese have to tolerate and wait it to be destroyed by the Muslims as in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq to name few? If you are such a peace loving person as you say, please go to Bibile road and get them to demolish this illegal building, stop filling of paddy fields illegally, cheating houses from Sinhalese, selling drugs etc etc. I am saying this with great responsibility as I have evidence for all these accusations. If you can do this then you will be helping to protect OUR MOTHER LAND SRI LANKA. Then you and all those DELUSIONAL Muslims will see organizations like BBS will automatically vanish. Sinhalese irrespective of their religion will rise against Muslims or anyone who are trying to destroy them. We have shown that in our history and we will do it again believe me.

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      Your comment make no sense, it is factless and without any credibility. You are just spewing the nonsense you are brainwashed to spew. Do give us proof that Muslims have massacred the sinhalese people here. I would like to see that article. May I also remind you that the Muslims have been the victims of the LTTE, and they have also been killed by sinhalese politicians in Kandy. Do NOT compare the Sri Lankan Muslims to any other Muslim nation. They are different, and in no way should they be compared to what others do.

      The Sri Lankan Muslims belong to this country not to other nations, and they have every right to practice their religion. Now if a minority of extremists like you feel insecure and afraid they are going to take over this country, I strongly suggest go and take a look at ALL the numbers and tell us how 8 percent Muslims can take over 70 percent Sinhalese. It will be a miracle. In fact it is people like you who are DELUSIONAL. So far the people who have shown violence has NOT been the Muslims. It is the Sinhala Buddhist extremists, who make hate speeches, call the Muslims derogatory names, and set mobs with low IQ’s after Muslims. The businesses that have been attacked, were NOT Sinhala businesses, but innocent Muslim businesses, who have done no harm. So stop being delusional and pretending that you are a victim here. This is how Israel gets away with crimes, it pretends to be the victim, while attacking it’s neighbors with precision bombs, killing civilians and stealing their properties.
      You cannot convince any intelligent person here that the thugs and goons who attack, caught on video stoning property attacking Mosques, and showing no class in the way they speak, are the victims here.
      Also stop using scare tactics to incite hatred. Thank you.

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    What is happening in SL is precisely described by George Orwell in his book the “Animal Farm”. Really worth a read. Here is a link:
    http://www.george-orwell.org/Animal_Farm/0.html

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    Hey Dhaksa don’t show your stupidity. If you read my comments carefully you will understand as many people have that I have given an example of how minority Muslims invaders in those countries I have mentioned massacred Buddhists and converted those Buddhist countries into Muslim countries. History shows that and if you can’t understand that you need to go back to school to learn history. Also look around or at least read the news around the world then you will see Muslims are involved in every, I mean every war in the last twenty thirty years. They are either killing Jews, Christians, Hindus or Buddhists or even other Muslim sects. Going by history and current events around the world if you can’t understand that either you don’t have the capacity to absorb the truth or something wrong with you. Once you understand only reply.

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    Dhaksa, some Sri Lankan Muslims are more dangerous than others.[Edited out]

    Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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    After killing Tamil Hindus by the “Buddhist” apologist, after killing Tamils and Hindus for over 2,300 years since taking control of Hindu Lanka by the Mahanama Buddhists. The Hindu High priests were burned alive, and hacked to death by the “peaceful” “Buddhists” of Lanka, based on Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism based on myths.

    The fact remains 94% Bali is Hindu and peaceful. Lanka was violent with 95% Buddhists as well as 70% Buddhists. So, the solution is to get the Sinhala Buddhists to become Hindus, because the Sinhala Buddhists did not want the Tamils to be Buddhists, hard to discriminate.
    Original Lanka was Hindu and peaceful, has turned violent after Buddhism, because according to Mahanama myths, it is OK to kill in the name of Buddhism, called terrorist Sinhala Mahanama Buddhism. Hinduism, was copied by Buddha, and was born to a Hindu to Hindu parents, was more peaceful.

    Sri Lanka, like Bali, Should be Hindu and peaceful. India should play a critical role in recapturing its lost heritage of Hinduism in the Island. The Monks will not allow this to happens, due to self-interest. They all know all their chanting are myths, not provable, and want to enjoy it while the going is good.

    If the Catholics can turn to Protestantism, the Buddhists can revert back to Hinduism as well. All promise salvation, Heaven, Nirvana and rebirth, and make Lanka as peaceful as Bali.

    No need for Monks. Ask the Chinese. They will tell you. Karl Marx said claims Religion is the Opiate of the Masses.

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