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Superstition, Violence & Power

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we are just putty in the hands of those in power”  Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World).

In 2011, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a verbal directive banning its employees from using the phrases ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’[i]. The state’s new governor Rick Scott was then a Tea Party darling; denying anthropogenic climate change was a key axiom of their common political creed. Governor Scott obviously did not want one of his own departments to speak about the connection between Florida’s climatic woes and environmental degradation. The bizarre order may have helped Mr. Scott politically and electorally but it has not saved Florida voters from being battered by killer storms and rising sea levels and may doom Miami to eventual inundation[ii].

Vidya SivayoganathanIn 2011, five year old Lama Ghamdi died, after being admitted to a Saudi hospital with a broken back, a crushed skull, severe burns and multiple rapes[iii]. Her father Fayhan al Ghamdi, a popular preacher who often warned about the dangers of immoral behaviour on Saudi television, was arrested and confessed to subjecting his little daughter to multiple rapes because he doubted her virginity[iv]. According to Aziza al Yousef, computer science lecturer at King Saud University, “there is no specific law that bans child abuse or protects children from child abuse”[v]; and men convicted of murder generally get a light sentence if the victims are their own wives or children. So Mr. Al Ghamdi did not suffer the same fate as our own Rizana Nafik, beheaded in 2013 in this medieval paradise, after being convicted of murder via a highly questionable judicial process (incidentally the Lankan government refused to pay the lawyers who lodged the appeal against the death sentence). He was sentenced to 8 years (two years less than recent sentences given to a rights activist and a blogger). Subsequent reports indicate that he was released in 2013[vi].

When ignorance, religious superstition and power (political/societal/familial) intertwine, basic commonsense, basic compassion and basic decency are banished and outlawed. It is a condition we in Sri Lanka too are afflicted with.

This month in Mawanella a young man was starved to death by his own parents, acting on the advice of an exorcist. When Prasanna Priyalal fainted as he entered his home where an exorcism was in progress, the exorcist claimed that the young man had incurred divine wrath for consuming beef. Mr. Priyalal was a heart patient who had undergone surgery and was on medication. Anyone with an iota of sense would have rushed him to the nearest doctor. But his family opted to listen to the exorcist, who happened to be a minor just sixteen years of age. Mr. Priyalal, locked up in a room unfed and untreated, died twenty one days later. Though his plight was public knowledge, no one informed the police or any other person of authority/influence (Grama Niladhari/village monk). Perhaps the villagers too feared incurring divine wrath[vii].

Archaic ideas, often justified by some religious superstition, continue to be alive and well in the 21st Century. In 2009 in Nigeria, a father tried to force acid down the throat of his nine year old son, after the family pastor accused the boy of being a witch. In 2012, in Dehiattakandiya, Sri Lanka, a little girl was killed when an exorcist forced her to swallow a sharp knife as a ‘cure’ for a malady; two other ‘sick’ girls suffered severe burn-injuries when the same exorcist and his wife pushed them into the ritual fire. This bizarre triple-crime took place amidst a large gathering.

Witch hunts pulverise parts of present day Africa. Several Evangelical churches have been accused of inflicting ‘violent cures’ on very young children deemed to be witches. These exorcisms often involve horrific torture and sometimes result in death[viii]. Sri Lanka with its high rate of literacy should do infinitely better, but does not. The two deaths by exorcism indicate that some Lankans, rendered mindless by divine/paranormal phobia, willingly embrace/endorse extreme cures even of suicidal/homicidal variety. If this affliction is allowed to spread any further, Sri Lanka will retrograde to a dark age of violent superstitions and superstitious violence.

‘Spells to Befuddle the Crowd’[ix]

Superstitions have always played a role in Lankan politics, but never so nakedly as under the Rajapaksas. During the tenure of President Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka gained a royal astrologer who publicly boasted about his involvement in statecraft. The president openly carried a golden-hued talisman. State media used astrologers as political analysts (private media followed suit).

Though the teachings of the Buddha are non-theistic, Sinhala-Buddhism believes in a pantheon of 3.3 billion gods. It is to these gods that ordinary Sinhala-Buddhists turn, in troubled times, for protection and consolation. Any ruler who seems to enjoy the blessings of these interventionist gods would be automatically acceptable to many Sinhala-Buddhists.

The Rajapaksas both subscribed to these popular beliefs and honed them as weapons of political power. An excellent example is the reported birth of an elephant calf on the day the LTTE was defeated. According to Mahawamsa, the appearance of an elephant-calf was one of the many auspicious omens which attended the birth of the future king Dutugemunu. The birth of an elephant calf on the day Eelam War ended was hailed as a similar miracle. The new baby was named Dinuda: ‘Victory Day’. Years later it was revealed that Dinuda was not born on Dinu-da, ‘Victory Day’ or even ‘Victory Year’. He was born eight months earlier (some reports even claimed that Dinuda is not a he but a she). Someone, at some point, decided to fudge the truth and create a politico-ideological myth about a divinely-blessed victory.

Joseph Campbell argues that myths are useful in “supporting and validating a certain social order”[x]. During the Rajapaksa era myths (and related superstitions) were used to create/maintain a sense of identification between the Ruling Family and the majority community. Mahinda Rajapaksa was depicted as a divinely blessed and infallible hero-king; a wholly apocryphal pedigree was manufactured, connecting him to King Dutugemunu and to the Buddha. The acceptance of such arrant nonsense, the success of such incredible bamboozle depended on banishing critical thinking to the nether regions as undesirable and dangerous.

When a country’s ruler exhibits his thraldom to astrology with such unashamed starkness, it is but natural for people to become even more blindly superstitious. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s fall from power can be attributed in some measure to his habit of blindly following astrological advice. A rough analogy can be made between that act of politico-electoral suicide and the deaths in Dehiattakandiya and Mawanella.

Post-election, the Rajapaksa camp continues to use superstition as a political tool. Two astrological predictions are being accorded considerable currency in the pro-Rajapaksa propaganda, especially on the internet. One claims that Mahinda Rajapaksa will rise again politically, in the second half of this year; the other claims that President Sirisena will be assassinated in January 2017.

Franz Mesmer (the charlatan who ‘invented’ a magnetic cure and gave birth to the term mesmerisation) and his adherents advocated the cultivation of a mindless mindset: ‘Be very credulous…. do not listen to reason’[xi]. That was and is what the Rajapaksas want us to be, credulous and irrational. Critical intelligence is the enemy of any kind autocratic rule, be it religious or secular. A citizenry capable of doubt and reason is unlikely to be carried away by phobias or manias into the wastelands of rightless anti-democracy. If Lankan democracy is to be safeguarded and strengthened, a return to sanity is an urgent need.

Common Peril

In Nineteen Eighty Four, Orwell writes about the ‘Two Minutes Hate’, a key political ritual in his dystopian state. Every day, at eleven hundred hours, the populace gathers around telescreens to renew their hate of arch-enemy Emmanuel Goldstein. Orwell draws a chilling picture of how this outburst of hate can be transferred to a visible and more accessible object. “It was possible, at moments, to switch one’s hatred this way or that by a voluntary act… Vincent succeeded in transferring his hate from Goldstein to the dark-haired girl behind him. Vivid beautiful hallucinations flashed through his mind. He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon. He would tie her naked to a stake and shoot her full of arrows like Saint Sebastian. He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax.”

Orwell’s Vincent Smith overcame his temporary madness. But in real life, especially in lands exposed to long periods of actual violence, many would be incapable of resisting the lure of blood-lust. And who can be more accessible targets than children?

In 2011, the Family Health Bureau warned that 10% to 14% of underage girls in Sri Lanka are sexually abused annually and around 7% get pregnant at a very young age. The youngest reported victim of child rape was just four months old. In 2012, the GA of Jaffna warned that there are about “600 child abuse cases annually….” and claimed “this immoral culture was not there before the conflict or during the conflict period, but has emerged after the conflict”[xii]. Both warnings went unheeded, except for an attempt by the Rajapaksa government to introduce a rape-marriage law! Had those warnings being heeded by government, politicians and society, the horrendous gang rape and murder of Vithya Sivaloganathan may have been prevented.

When Ms. Vithya failed to come home from school, her family sought police assistance. The police was dismissive, alleging that the young girl would have eloped. Eventually the police took down the complaint but did not search for the missing student. Ms. Vithya’s tortured body was discovered by her brother. Her killers, in the guise of saddened neighbours, attended her funeral.

The execrable indifference of the police to Ms. Vithya’s fate, the inexplicable escape from police custody by one of the suspects (a Lankan Tamil domiciled in Switzerland) and the resultant fear that the alleged criminals would evade justice caused a mini-riot in Jaffna. Mob violence should not be excused or tolerated; but the best way to prevent such outbreaks is to fix the justice system and prove to ordinary people everywhere that crimes will not go unpunished.

Though former president Rajapaksa and his cohorts rushed to use the mini-riot in Jaffna to their political advantage, their howls about resurgent-Tigers did not resonate with the Southern public. Perhaps an absolute majority of Sinhalese, reading about Ms. Vithya’s final horror-filled hours, forgot ethnicity/religion and reacted like parents, siblings and human beings. By going to Jaffna to meet with Ms. Vithya’s mother, President Sirisena gave expression to this sense of human empathy and solidarity. It was a praiseworthy gesture (one his predecessor would never have made) but much more will have to be done if Sri Lanka is to become a safe place for her children and for her restored democracy.

We, Lankans of every ethnicity, creed and none, are survivors of a three-decade war and two armed insurgencies. Death and destruction, hate and fear have been an integral part of our existence for so long. The Rajapkasas did nothing to alleviate this condition because it was to their advantage. President Sirisena and his government have much to do, starting with the psychological demilitarisation of society. But that work can succeed only if we, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, realise the insalubrious state of our collective psyche. Without critical intelligence and rationality, without an acceptance of our common humanity, we are more likely to embrace violent and superstitious solutions and fall prey to politicians whose path to power lies through inflaming the worst phobias and manias skulking in society and within each one of us.


[i] http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-usa-florida-climatechange-idUSKBN0M51P520150309

[ii] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/11/miami-drowning-climate-change-deniers-sea-levels-rising

[iii] http://saudiwoman.me/2013/01/31/rest-in-peace-lama/

[iv] http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-preacher-gets-light-sentence-for-killing-daughter-1.1141045

http://quemas2.mamaslatinas.com/in_the_news/110232/saudi_preacher_rapes_kills_5yearold

[v] http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/02/14/saudi_women_fight_for_justice_for_5yearold_girl_allegedly_beaten_raped_by_father.html

[vi] http://saudiwoman.me/2014/07/07/saudis-reaction-to-waleed-abulkhairs-fifteen-year-sentence/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30744693

[vii] http://www.gossiplankanews.com/2015/06/unfortunate-death-of-youth-at-mawanella.html#more

[viii] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/18/african-children-denounce_n_324943.html

[ix] Auden – We too had known Golden Hours

[x] The Power of Myth

[xi] quoted in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of the Crowds – Charles Mackay

[xii] The Sunday Times – 25.3.2012

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  • 20
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    Sad isn’t it that so many ‘Sinhala Budhhists’ are Superstitious, and pray to God, any Gods, when they want something they are not willing to do the Hard, Pragmatic Way!

    The Easy way for the last thirty years seems to have been, to take up Politics and Superstition, and to bend them the Way that is most profitable to themselves, regardless of everyone else.

    It will take another thirty years for this Mindset to revert to a True Buddhist way of Life!

    • 6
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      Dear Tisaranee Gunasekara ,

      RE: Superstition, Violence & Power

      In Journalism Truth is a Process, brags Colombo telegraph.

      Thank you very much for writing this Article, as your articles separates you from the rest, even though almost a month has passed since Vidyas tragic incident.

      1. “If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we are just putty in the hands of those in power” Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World).”

      “The Rajapkasas did nothing to alleviate this condition because it was to their advantage. President Sirisena and his government have much to do, starting with the psychological demilitarisation of society. But that work can succeed only if we, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, realise the insalubrious state of our collective psyche. Without critical intelligence and rationality, without an acceptance of our common humanity, we are more likely to embrace violent and superstitious solutions and fall prey to politicians whose path to power lies through inflaming the worst phobias and manias skulking in society and within each one of us.”

      The Average IQ of Sri Lankans is 79, and the estimated Average of those who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa is 65, and those who voted for the Common candidate 93. What can you expect and do with it?

      Those in power are the dictators, the political and religious as well.

      “In 2011, five year old Lama Ghamdi died, after being admitted to a Saudi hospital with a broken back, a crushed skull, severe burns and multiple rapes[iii]. ” The list is long and is Vidya being included in this long list?

      2, “In 2011, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a verbal directive banning its employees from using the phrases ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’[i]. “

      The Catholic Church (The Inquisition) banned a lot , Index Librorum Prohibitorum
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_Librorum_Prohibitorum

      The Index included a number of authors and intellectuals whose works are widely read today in most leading universities and are now considered as the foundations of science, e.g. Kepler’s New Astronomy, his Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, and his World Harmony were quickly placed on the Index after their publication.[69] Other noteworthy intellectual figures on the Index include Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Montaigne, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, André Gide, Emanuel Swedenborg, Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Thomas Browne, John Milton, John Locke, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, and Hugo Grotius. Charles Darwin’s works were notably never included.( Why? Was the Church getting tired of looking stupider and stupider)

      • 18
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        Thisaranee dear, you are a brilliant daughter of Lanka! Hats off to you! Please translate this excellent article into Sinhala and publish widely.

        Mahinda Rajapakse and his Jarapassa family have wrapped themselves in the Sinhala Buddhist flag and are an insult to Buddhism and what the Buddha taught. They are systematically DESTROYING BUDDHISM in Lanka today and this must be stopped and the corrupt Sangha cleaned up.
        There needs to be an audit of the wealth and lands of all the temples. Why does the Kandy Mahanayaka need 3 Mercedes Benz cars?
        Corrupt Buddhism and its connections to corrupt politicians must be exposed.

        There is also another matter. Why are the corrupt politicians trying to increase the number of MPs in the Diyawenna Parliament of corrupt clowns before delimiting electorates – as part of electoral reform?
        Seems that Sirisena and all the corrupt politicians are only concerned about their political survival and continuing to loot and delude the Moda masses of Lanka!

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        Good one madam Thisaranee!

        We Sri Lankans are survivors of our corrupt leaders and corrupt political culture that has spread like a virus throughout the social body.

        It is only once the people are EDUCATED to stop voting for corrupt clowns and the current GENERATION of corrupt politicians are banned from contesting and going to parliament that things will get better.

        Vasudeva Nanayakkarea, and all the corrupt clowns who are trying to being back Mahinda Jarapassa is a good example of the ROT, – Vasu is shameless doddering coot who will not hand over power to the new generation in the party and the country and should be banned from politics.

    • 4
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      Tisaranee Gunasekara and Rationalist,

      RE: Superstition, Violence & Power

      “If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we are just putty in the hands of those in power” Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World).”

      Here is something to ponder and expand on the above.

      Alternative Viewpoints for those who are Brainwashed…

      In Journalism and research , truth is a process…

      The Sun Going around the Earth….

      The Evolution….of Man The 46 and 48 Chromosomes…

      Ken Miller on Human Evolution

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi8FfMBYCkk

      Alternate Views

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhzyPHih4fQ

      Christopher Hitchens Owns the Catholic Church

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GFbFK7ZB1c

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    Are any of the Rajapaksa siblings or their 1st, 2nd or even 3rd cousins involved in the 600 annual child rapes in CM Canagasabay Visvalingam Wigweswaran’s Norther Province?..

    Especially in the inhuman dastardly and repulsive rape and murder of this innocent you school girl..

    Is is a equally sad to see the photo of this innocent victim is used to score political points for the UNP and their Elite, Anglican , Vellala and the new Diaspora supporters.

    R.I.P daughter….

    • 10
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      .
      According to a 2013 UN Survey, which explored violence against women throughout the Asia-Pacific region, nearly 15 percent of Sri Lankan men said they had committed rape. Of those, 65 percent said they had done so on more than one occasion. But of all the men surveyed, only five percent said they had been arrested and jailed for their crimes.
      According to article 365 of the country’s penal code, those found guilty of grave sexual abuse can face rigorous imprisonment. Perpetrators can be jailed for up to 20 years and must pay compensation to the victim.
      “Cultural norms in Sri Lanka have contributed to the unwillingness of sexual-abuse victims to report these crimes,” said Fernando, who teaches at the University of Colombo.

      :-)

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      K.A Sumanasekera, as imbecilic sycophants go, you must take the biscuit. Nowhere in the article was Rajapakse or any relative accused of raping anybody but you with your warped mind, have latched on to “Rape” being mentioned somewhere and it must be to do with the Rajapakses and it is up to you to defend. Grow up silly man, they are gone and thankfully, for the sake of our country, never to return.

      • 9
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        Sylvia Haik

        “Grow up silly man, they are gone and thankfully, for the sake of our country, never to return.”

        ???? Incorrect. MaRa Wants to be Prime minister. After MaRa Fails the A/L now he wants to take the O/L ( NB. In Parliament 93 MPs have failed the DCE OL)

        They, the Rajapaksas, are going to Temples Now in search of New Victims. People are Protesting. The Evidence is given Below.

        MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa

        Masses protest against Mahinda doing politics in temples
        Masses protest against Mahinda doing politics in temples

        https://youtu.be/sXTts6RCNDs

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          ‘( NB. In Parliament 93 MPs have failed the DCE OL)’

          Amarasiri:- What other openings for employment with all the Perks attached, has an ‘O/L failed’ Individual have, in Sri Lanka?

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Are any of the Rajapaksa siblings or their 1st, 2nd or even 3rd cousins involved in the 600 annual child rapes in CM Canagasabay Visvalingam Wigweswaran’s Norther Province?..”

      At this juncture I cannot confirm or deny their involvement in the cases where “a women is raped every 90 minutes in the country, 95% of women who use public transport experience sexual harassment, and 3-5 children are raped every day.”

      Need some more time to find the truth.

      Do Rajapaksa siblings or their 1st, 2nd or even 3rd cousins serve in the armed forces?

  • 22
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    Tisaranee, welcome back to CT. Your insights in the currently prevailing circumstances will serve both as a barometer and compass for us. CT itself became bland without your twice weekly contributions. I feared CT was on the road to become another internet rag sheet.

    CT, thanks for getting Tisaranee on board again.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    • 14
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      Thank you Tisaranee, May God Bless You for your kind thoughts as always. I fully endorse Dr. Rajasingham Narendran’s views. I look forward to your precious and caring thoughts and analyses. You reminded me of the terrible injustice meted out to poor Rizana Nafeek, never guilty by any stretch of the imagination. I have great admiration for her equally poor and destitute mother for rejecting the monies offered by our guilt-ridden leaders who did not lift a finger to intervene but had the audacity to question the stance taken by Mr. Ranasinghe of the Hong Kong-based Human Rights Watch working for her defence.

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        I may be wrong, Sylvia, but I think it was Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission (in Hong Kong)who came forward to fund a defence (hopeless though it turned out to be) for Rizana in the absence of concern by our own government. I hope that some day someone writes a book about this tragic case.

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          Thanks Manel. My apologies for the error. It was indeed the wonderful and caring Basil Fernando. The Muslim leaders here were more concerned with not upsetting the Saudis who fund them. Incidentally, these funds, or whatever that’s left after their own expenses, are not spent on the poor but to build more mosques in areas with no demand for them and other trivialities. To those who share my sentiments, I urge them to read the excellent Dr.Ameer Ali interview with Ranga Jayasuriya appearing in Ceylon Today published in Asian Tribune of 23.7.2013.

  • 7
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    MR’s cohouts doing exorcism…

    [Edited out]

  • 14
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    Tisaranee, thank you for your timely piece reviving CT. Recently the standard of articles in CT have descended to a new low uncharacteristically. Your resurgence has given me new hope. Please write regularly as your articles touch on crucial subjects aimed at emancipating our sad population many of whom are currently the putty in the hands of unscrupulous politicians who are totally self serving.

  • 2
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    Thanks to Rajapaksas Tissaranee has a career writing bovine feces.

  • 14
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    Dear Tisaranee,

    Talking about superstition, I don’t think any religion promotes it, least of all Buddhism. However I found this quote of that prolific writer, James Michener, about Islam and its prophet, that we all know least about.

    “In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumors of God’s personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, ‘An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human-being.” If people followed such advise, the world would be a better place indeed.

    Chinthaka

  • 11
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    It is strange that majority of Buddhist leaders including the Sangha, and politicians like MR, Nalin de Silva, Mervin Silva, and many others leave aside the Buddha’s teachings and embrace the urge for the power of the supernatural.
    Here’s what the Buddha preached:
    “Ethey saranan yanthi
    Pabbathani vanani cha
    Arama rukka chaithyani
    Manussa bhaya thajjitha
    (It is the people who are stunned with fear, go looking for refuge in mountains, woods, dwellings of holy people, trees and monuments)
    This shows that the believe their salvation is in worshiping these objects. They are not convinced that as Buddhists the Buddha had taught that the salvation is in their own hands (their own actions)
    So these superstitions have engulfed their lives.

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      “…They are not convinced that as Buddhists the Buddha had taught that the salvation is in their own hands (their own actions)”
      Justicia:-
      Why take all the the trouble to find Salvation by themselves, when worshipping and appealing to an imaginary God can do it for Them?

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      Justica, many posters have expressed views similar to yours. How on earth can you expect Buddhist leaders to practice Buddhism? Do Christian leaders in the West practice Christianity? Was Bush turning the other cheek in Iraq? Do Muslim leaders practice Islam, Hindu leaders Hinduism?

      All these people are politicians and power is their priority. Religion comes a poor second.

  • 8
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    Virgin birth : biggest superstition of alk. Catholic church still practices and uses exorcism. They excommunicated Gallileo because he said the earth revolved around the sun and sun dis NOT revolve around the earth. Catholic church insisted the earth is flat. They insist there is god and that God’s semen somehow got inside an alleged virgin (was Joseph gay?) And sadly and desperately people cling to superstitions and cling to a need to find salvation in useless things. Buddhists don’t need gods to live lives of contentment . Let the monotheistic Westend religions if Judaism, Christianity and Islam keep killing to shove their gods. Buddhists can sit back and laugh. Mahinda Rajapakse Is NOT real Buddhist. BUSH wasn’t real christian.

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      Bush is a Born Again Christian… he probably was reincarnated… I read a bumper sticker in Washington D.C while he was in office, that comes to mind… ” A village in Texas is Missing an Idiot” I LMAO… He has bood on his hands along with Dick Chaney, Condi Rice, Colin Powell and others…

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    <In 2012, the GA of Jaffna warned that there are about “600 child abuse cases annually….” and claimed “this immoral culture was not there before the conflict or during the conflict period, but has emerged after the conflict”[xii].<

    Thank you for this information. This seems to confirm that there is a lot of sexual violence in the North and that the problem is relatively new here. Unfortunately the North is catching up with the rest of the country when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sexual violence.

    The GA warned about child abuse but very little has been done. The same GA warned about Chunnakam water problem and so did many others before him but again very little has been done.

    The new GA has very recently warned about drugs and different authorities have promised to act.

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    CT choose to use late Vithiyas picture for this Article not as a supersition I hope.
    A tear-jerking piece by a blogger must be read here:-
    [Edited out]

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    Is this Ms T ‘s one of those diversion tactics to cover up the Violence, Voodoo and Power struggle with in the Yahapalanaya?.

    There is going to be a ” Gun Fight at Yahapalanaya ” soon according to MAWBIMA

    It is unelected PM vs one of his own Cabinet ministers ,unlike the Gun Fight at O.K. Corral which was between the Goodies and the Baddies.

    Will the father of all Goodies manage to pull the trigger on the son of all Goodies Abiththaya..

    Or, has Venerable Rathne already given the unelected PM the last rites..I mean Pansakoola..

    The latter seems more likely after seeing the latest edition of LEN.

    Wonder whether Samare runs both these rags..

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    Why doesn’t Ms T focus on important issues, instead of trying to rubbish Sinhala Buddhists to please the Elite, Anglicans , Vellalas and their new partner GTF Surendran?..

    SLMC Hakeem was the King Maker who gave Ranil the PM post, is now extremely pissed off .

    Hakeen is not happy with 225 or even 237.

    And he , I mean Hakkie is going to ask Siripavan to help him…

    Wonder how the Vellalas in Colombo and even the ones in London now feel about this?…

  • 3
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    Just wondering why each reference to the collective noun used for the residents of Sri Lanka was ‘Lankans’.

    Was there a word count limit?

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    Dear Madam Tisaranee,

    Thank you again, for another wonderful article.

    CT,s reputation flies high every time you take your golden pen.

    Tell me PLEASE why is that a brilliant lady like you is not the President of Sri Lanka.

    Under your rule the country will become a PARADISE again after many years.

    The worst Family that ruined us during the last decade has now been kicked out

    but yet to be locked up ( I mean the MR family, Wife, Sons and Brothers inclusive).

  • 4
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    TG, Thanks for writing again after a long break. We enjoy reading your stimulating and educative articles unlike the rubbish and faecal gutter stuff that the CT publishes from the Modapalas and DJS and KASillas. Please continue to contribute to CT. More articles from you and less from the illiterate is what we would like to see published.

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    If Sri lankan department for anything issued a warning that employed are prohibited to talk similar words, anything, we can understand how TG would have started writing books in CT.

    TG would have said democrazy is finished in Sri lanka.

    the MAvanella young man who starved to death by parents must have been a Christian. Only the church does that kind of woodoo and black magic. Sinhala buddhists never do. TG is silent. TG does not talk the truth.

    TG again shows here stupidity. Athiests don’t believe only the Creator god. This writer does not look like TG. Looks like some wanna be TG. I am pretty sure TG knows the difference between atheists and agnostics.

    This TG is an stupid idiot.

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    Wigneswaran, if he is interested about this RAPE case, he can ask the Maithripala Sirisena govt to get the Rapists deported. IT is easy to get him deported if there is a govt to govt request is there.

    TNA and wigneswaran are all interested in Tribalism.

    IF the Army is not there by now, High caste tobacco farmers would have slaughtered all the low caste all other Tamils.

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      Jim,

      “Wigneswaran, if he is interested about this RAPE case, he can ask the Maithripala Sirisena govt to get the Rapists deported. IT is easy to get him deported if there is a govt to govt request is there.“

      You must mean the men ACCUSED of having raped and killed? I believe that citizens cannot be deported.

      Why should two politicians have any role in a clear criminal case for the police and High Court?

      “IF the Army is not there by now, High caste tobacco farmers would have slaughtered all the low caste all other Tamils. “

      You have misunderstood our caste system. If there were no low caste and out caste Tamils who would do the hard work?

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    Wigneswaran, if he is interested about this RAPE case, he can ask the Maithripala Sirisena govt to get the Rapists deported. IT is easy to get him deported if there is a govt to govt request is there.

    TNA and wigneswaran are all interested in Tribalism.

    IF the Army is not there by now, High caste tobacco farmers would have slaughtered all the low caste all other Tamils.

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    Tisaranee, thanks for a great write up. “We, Lankans of every ethnicity, creed and none, are survivors of a three-decade war and two armed insurgencies.”

    The last three decades is a manifestation of the previous three decades. Six decades since independence and Sri Lanka is now diaspora visa card country.

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    Welcome back TG,
    As always a sound article and a timely one too.

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    Another incoherent and illogical pseudo thesis from TG who starts from climate change (superstition?) and spin a story ending in oh yes with what else but Rajapaksha “regime”…These kind of articles insult even the seemingly intellectually somewhat challenged TG fan parade. On the other hand the quotation ““If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we are just putty in the hands of those in power” is exactly timely to describe the attitudes, conduct and the consequences of the spineless Colombo elites who are trying in vain to feed on a few stale crumbs thrown to them by the so called west! TG how disappointing!

    PS Editorial staff of CT, Seriously? You had to use a picture of the victim of a horrendous crime for this fluff of a unrelated rant!

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    Has Yahaplananaya hit the skids?…

    Bidhi Sira says he is going to do a SWRD. no matter what happens to him..That is serious..

    Sira says he has done no private deal with the UNP or Ranil,

    But has signed MOUs with 49 Organizations.

    Can you believe it?

    I mean are there 49 organizations in Srilanka which are that powerful to sign on a rent a President , who belonged to the most powerful party at the time’

    How come UNP is not one of those 49 Power houses.

    Unless GTF Surendran deputized for Ranil.

    This talk from Bodhi Sira came after Abiththaya threatened the unelected PM to name names at his own Cabinet Meet in front of Bodhi Sira himself.

    And Ranil being the smart ass he is, he told Abiththya , ” No probs with the Bonds No”..

    How cool.

    Mind you I didn’t make these up. I just copied what was in the Elite Rags in Colombo.

    My worry and in fact the Dalits’ worry is whether Bodhi Sira will get done like SWRD.

    A poor Monk got hung although the hit was carried out by a well known UNP supporter and an enforcer, according to my elders

    These are sensational stories , but Ms T keep flogging a .dead horse…

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “These are sensational stories , but Ms T keep flogging a .dead horse…”

      You are a dirty old pervert. Are you indicating your desire to be flogged by a whip wielding mistress?

      Go away.

      Please share your experience with us as you know many of the old codgers in this forum wished to be punished by strong person, enjoy being humiliated, being abused physically and emotionally, ……….. love to hear from you.

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        Dear Native,

        Which do you prefer..

        A lady in Leather or an Aunty in a Saree…..

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          Crab walking Sumna, once again you have not responded to my comment.

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            @Native, are you really expecting a reply from this numb scull sumanasekeram. He came out of an experiment, which went wrong. His parents should have planted a rambutan tree, which would have had more intelligence than sumane.

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              Tamil from the north

              “are you really expecting a reply from this numb scull sumanasekeram.”

              Nopes.

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    Thank You Tisaranee for this timely and excellent article to keep in focus the madness around us.

    Ever since those long-ago times when the monks and mullahs, the world over, put on their thinking caps, it became apparent to them that they would need to focus on the cuckoo gene in mankind to establish some sort of control. So each in turn took the words and thoughts of good men (Abraham and the prophets, JC, the Buddha, Mohammed, et al ) and twisted them to form a framework for control. They built the places of worship, the schools, and other entrapments that we see today. They commanded mankind to wear a cross, finger beads, smear ash on face, slash cheeks, snip cocks, fgm, tie ‘pirith nool’; the lot to keep the cuckoos fully signed up and with an identity to cling to. In time, royalty, and wily politicians jumped on the band wagon. Cuckoo parents without stopping to think signed up offspring to the whole cuckoo circus. Before long we were killing each other in pursuit of our indoctrinated obsessions. Here in our blessed island paradise, people of evil from all faiths and none have turned into a sub-class of motherfuckers taking advantage of our weaknesses – and in particular the weaknesses of our system of law and order and justice – to undertake their evil business with rash impunity.
    Who will rid us of this abiding pestilence?

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    brilliant article …objective and thought provoking …for so many years i have despaired at the sleep walking obedience that has been given to sri lankas political servants (not Masters) ..It is now time for thinking Sri Lankans to speak out .When something is wrong ,they need to have the support and courage of everyone to say so ..I am optimistic that Sri Lanka will achieve great things … the people deserve it !!

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    The contrast between intelligently and skillfully presented fact and the rank idiocies of K. A. Sumanasekera are only too evident.

    Unfortunately, the Sumaneys of this country DO, realistically speaking, represent the vile alternative to the current regime, no matter how imperfect the latter is.

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    Mr Poorten,

    Long time no hear..Wondering whether Kirra sent a White Van..

    BTW, how come your mate Kirran gone cold turkey ?..

    And Ranil has got your new mate foul mouthed Rajitha to tell BS to you and your Elite mates in the Poodle Club in Colombo..

    Rajitha said only 15 MPs took time off to be Matara

    And only 200 Bus loads came to listen to them..

    Poodle Club Members would have been ecstatic when they heard Kirran..

    Wait till we roll out the cutouts of Mahendran, Surendran , Solheim with their arms around Mangalan, Ponil, and Chandrikan, coming to greet Dalits in 7 Provinces..

    Is Thumpane a Province…Because we don’t want our activists to get hurt by Baththudeen and Kirra supporters..

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      Mr Poorten,

      LEN has demolished the Cabinet Spokesperson big time..

      I thought it is worth mentioning here for the benefit of you and your Elite Poodle Club Members.

      Young Rajitha’s Leather Shoes cost LKR 900,000 And the Pen is a cool LKR 500,000 all complimentary after Daddy and the Son visited Chinese Business Bosses in Beijing..

      Sonna’s Security entourage is bigger than Dr Meryn’s baby, young Malaka.

      I thought I will lease the rest for Poorten to read after his Short Black in the morning..

      Perhaps I should recommend a cutout of Rajithan and Son as well, to go along with Mahendran , Ranil, Galleon. and Surendran….

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