5 March, 2021

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The Cardinal Truth

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera MP

For as long as Sri Lanka has been an independent and sovereign nation, our people have been torn between two opposing political forces. This is the battle between the politics of unity and politics of division. To unite peoples across religious, ethnic and geographical lines requires moral courage and national vision. Unfortunately, many who have aspired to leadership roles in politics, the clergy and business have, far too often, taken the short cut of trying to gain or retain their power and influence by seeking to divide our people.

Some like the LTTE have tried to carve our country in two among ethnic and geographical lines. More recently, the radical Islamic cult of Zahran Hashim and ISIS sought to set the country on fire by igniting themselves, hundreds of innocent civilians and communities. All Sri Lankans condemn this unspeakable brutality. Our country owes the victims of these attacks an incalculable debt. Their grief is eternal, and the UNP will stand with them until the end of time.

Sadly, these terrorists are not the only forces who have succumbed to the temptation to lead Sri Lankans by dividing and not uniting. In 1983, several national leaders were guilty of, at minimum, turning a blind eye to heinous persecution of innocent Tamil civilians who were made to pay the price for crimes committed by the LTTE. During the 1989 insurrection, extremists ruthlessly killed civilians of all faiths and ethnicities. The government’s crackdown on their brutality was so heinous that none other than Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Geneva to seek international intervention to protect the human rights of Sri Lankan citizens.

In recent years, Sri Lankans have made many strides towards a more united country. For every step forward we take, the stark reality is that there will always be those whose political survival depends on dragging the country backwards and trying to divide us along sectarian lines.

It cannot be said too many times that most Tamils had nothing to do with the LTTE, most Sinhalese did not support the JVP insurrections, most Muslims abhor and denounce radicalization of their Islam, and most Catholics and other Christians are disgusted by the attempts of a few to legitimize a racist and religiously motivated witch hunt.

At the forefront of this witch hunt, attempting to hijack our criminal justice system with sectarian fairytales about forced sterilizations and terrorists lurking under every kufi, are the same men of the cloth who before 2015 led mobs to burn innocent shopkeepers alive. Standing in solidarity with this hatred are those who committed the cardinal sin of remaining silent while these same mobs attacked and set alight evangelical churches with the tacit blessing of the last regime. These laymen and clergy do not represent the vast majority of followers of their faith, who want only to live together in peace and harmony.

But there is a clear and present danger in ethnic peace and harmony. It is not a danger to the country or to its people, but a danger to certain politicians, media institutions, political movements and clergymen. In a united Sri Lanka, where Muslims don’t fear Buddhists, where Sinhalese don’t fear Tamils, and where Christians can worship in peace, they would become irrelevant.

When a political party, media organization or religious leader depends for their survival on one group of Sri Lankans becoming afraid of another, we must be wary of them. When their survival depends on highlighting what divides us and undermining what unites us, we must be wary of them. What role is there for them in a Sri Lanka in which Sinhalese women were not afraid of lurking Muslim doctors waiting to sterilize them, and instead choose their doctor without regard to religion. What role is there for them in a Sri Lanka where a Christian need not be tempted to convert to Buddhism to succeed in politics? 

What role is there for them in a Sri Lanka where your religion or ethnicity does not play a role in your employment, housing or marriage prospects?

What these people do not want you to know is that in such a Sri Lanka, they would have no role. No one would vote for them. No one would worship with them. No one would advertise with them. No one would listen to them. That is why they try to frighten us. That is why they try to divide us. That is why they mercilessly and ruthlessly target anyone who would try to unite us. They don’t care what faith a person belongs to, or whom they support, so long as you are on their side.

Everyone should know how Rishard Bathiudeen earned the ire of the Podujana Peramuna and its minions among the media and the clergy. When they tried to illegally overthrow the government last October 26, they pleaded with this very same so-called terrorist Rishard Bathurdeen to join their government. They tried bribing him. They tried threatening him. But Rishard Bathurdeen refused to support an illegal government.

Mark my words. Had he supported Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament last year, there would not have been a no-confidence motion against him. He would not be called a terrorist. There would be a new target. Even today he is being cajoled to join the other side in exchange for the removal of his “terrorist label.” This is a man who served as a Cabinet Minister under them for almost a decade, who we are supposed to believe suddenly became a terrorist overnight after he stood by the UNP and by democracy.

The irony of the no-confidence motion being brought against this man is that it is being championed by Parliamentarians who clung to power for a whole month after their illegal government last year was defeated in not one, not two but three consecutive no-confidence motions. When they saw that they could not get their way, the whole country and the world watched as they tried to terrorise Parliament on 16 November 2018.

Every elected and appointed official in our country has sworn an oath to uphold and defend a Constitution that does not give power to politicians, priests or social media platforms to decide who is guilty or innocent of any crime, including terrorism. That is a sacred duty left to our judges, after a police investigation and fair trial.

In a country with such a proud tradition of justice, where all citizens were once entitled to be considered innocent until proven guilty, people including a cabinet minister have been declared guilty without evidence, and the police have literally invited public complaints against these targeted four individuals in order to find them guilty of something – anything. Racists and xenophobes have hijacked our justice system and literally turned it upside down.

If Rishard Bathiudeen or anyone else has committed a crime, there is a process for a criminal investigation to commence, for evidence against them to be presented before courts and for justice to take its course. If they are guilty, they should be punished. Especially in the current context, our police and security forces have unprecedented autonomy to investigate and prosecute anyone remotely connected to these attacks.

But never in the history of our country have people first been declared guilty by the press and in Parliament, only to thereafter have the police call for evidence that they may have committed a crime. Today the targets are Muslim leaders being accused of terrorism. Who will tomorrow’s targets be? What will they be accused of? If this becomes the new norm, no one will be safe from this kind of mob lynching.

In a way, we must sympathize with those Sri Lankans on the street who have taken the bait fed to them by their political and religious leaders and are driven to violence by fear and a carefully nurtured sense of hatred. Even those people who cursed my parents for my actions must be doing so because they have been programmed to be afraid of anyone who dared question the leaders of their tribe.

These leaders who bait and whip them into a frenzy do not deserve our sympathy. Whether they sit in Parliament, call themselves clergymen, print newspapers or use our airwaves, they know what they are doing when stir up mobs against each other. Especially at a time when our marshals, generals and admirals are appealing to us to keep the peace, it is devastating to see politicians, religious leaders and media moguls trying to incite racial and religious hatred that could drive us into another war.

I have no doubt that my parents would be proud of me for standing on principle and fighting for a united Sri Lanka. As for those who are trying to set our country on fire, it is their children, and great grandchildren who will one day be forced to reckon with and disavow their dirty deeds. No lie can live forever, and someday the whole country will see through their self-serving duplicity.

To the vast majority of Sri Lankans of all faiths, ethnicities and political orientations, it is our turn to speak up before it is too late. If you abhor terrorism, the act of using violence or the threat of violence to achieve a political objective, you must speak up. If you believe that evidence of a crime must be put before a judge by the police and prosecutors before someone can be pronounced guilty, you must speak up. If you want your children to grow up in harmony within a peaceful and united Sri Lanka, you must speak up. If you believe that extremism, whether radical Islamic extremism, radical anti-Islamic extremism, and other forms of racially charged hatred have no place in our motherland, you must speak up.

Do not try to appease extremists or seek middle ground with them. They will make use of you and then move the goalposts further to the extreme. I have often criticized Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike for reneging on the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam pact and giving in to the extremists of his day. In the end, he did not go far enough to appease them, and paid for it with his life.

Even with his abdomen shredded by bullets and with every reason to give in to hatred and vengeance, he found the courage and humanity to try and unite his country. In the truest sense of Buddhism, he appealed for his murderer to be shown compassion. “I appeal to the people of my country to be restrained and patient at this time,” said the dying Prime Minister. Those closest to him, he implored “to be calm and to face the present situation with courage and fortitude.”

I am a devout Buddhist, not because I say so, but because I believe deeply in the tenets of Buddhism and the teachings of Lord Buddha. I believe that when our Constitution calls upon our country to “give to Buddhism the foremost place” and to “foster the Buddha Sasana”, this means defending the values Lord Buddha preached, such as compassion, tolerance and peace.

At the very outset of the Dhammapada, we are told that “hatred is never appeased by hatred. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased.” This week, Muslim Ministers let by Rauf Hakeem and Kabir Hashim gave life to this teaching of Lord Buddha by bravely standing in solidarity with their colleague who became the target of hate. I applaud their bravery and stand in solidarity with them.

But I believe that as the guardians of Buddhism, all Sri Lankans, especially Buddhists, have an especial and sacred duty to stand up to those who seek to preach hatred, intolerance and violence in the name of Lord Buddha.

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    We are proud of Mangala Samaraweera,

    At least one Sinhalese man with conscience, is willing to stand up for the equality and justice for the minorities facing the bullying and intimidation by the Buddhist hierarchy including the Mahanayakes.

    Right thinking people must unite and prevent these Sinhalese Buddhist extremists from turning into Nazis leading to the continued slaughtering of the minorities.

    Enough is enough of Sinhalese Buddhists terrorizing the minorities.

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      The question is not about the meaning of Managal stands for; for many more in the country including some opportunists who are trying to take the advantage of the chaos know it. The real question is how to translate these noble ideas into euphoria strong enough to attract the majority in order to silence those who try to arouse hatred for narrow gains.
      Margret Thatcher once told that America didn’t lose the Vietnam war in the jungles of Vietnam; rather, they lost the war in front of TV s in America’s living rooms. The same applies to Mangala’s war (our’s as well) against opportunistic politics manipulating fear on ethnic divisions. The irony is that while yesterday’s hate based politics of Marxist socialism was called left-wing politics, the modern day race/religion based hate politics is given the meaningless fancy name “right-wing conservatism”! Trump won under this flag; so did the BREXIT. In other words, we simply cannot afford to underestimate the opponent!

      • 9
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        This is just brilliant!

        I wish I had written it; wouldn’t change a single word! …………. Didn’t know there was a single Lankan politician who had such courage.

        What is important is …….. he truly believes what he says and stands by it. ……….. Unlike all other pols who just mouth words for “political effect.”

        Finally a Lankan has spoken up for the – and on behalf of the – vast majority of Lankans who do not buy into these politically motivated “communal stirrings.”

        Religious leaders, Mahanayakes, Cardinals, Bishops, Nondescripts, other-politicians ……. where are you when we need you most? …….. Playing it safe, uh?

        Many Lankans would ridicule Mangala as a lowly dress-designer ………… but he has designed a piece of writing with words that takes the breath away.

        Dayan, Milinda, Uditha, Rajeewa, …………. last but not least Native :)) …………. read and learn. Go and become dress-designers …….. your writing will certainly improve. If you can’t beat him join him!

    • 12
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      Hon Mangala Samaraweera,

      “Everyone should know how Rishard Bathiudeen earned the ire of the Podujana Peramuna and its minions among the media and the clergy. When they tried to illegally overthrow the government last October 26, they pleaded with this very same so-called terrorist Rishard Bathurdeen to join their government. They tried bribing him. They tried threatening him. But Rishard Bathurdeen refused to support an illegal government.”

      “Mark my words. Had he supported Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament last year, there would not have been a no-confidence motion against him. He would not be called a terrorist.”

      Thank you. Sri Lanka should be proud of leaders like you , when the country is filled with crooks and Buddhist monks who do not follow Buddha.

      So, this is the illegal; coup and power struggle of the crooks.

      Yes, expose, expose and expose.

      What about impeaching Sirisena, the Traitor, Sevalaya, Pachaya and ala-Perethaya?

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      Because only all others are Cobras and if someone wants come to sleep with Viper, I do not think Tamils should accept that invitation. Why should Tamils sleep with either Viper or Cobra instead of their own bed? We had so much of promotion to New King in 2015; we had so much promotion to Ranil; but each and every Tamil did know from LTTE times they all were very venomous cobras. Ranil wanted to form National government with Old Royals in 2010. For that, he went to New York and a fight with UN SG to destroy the Expert Panel report to be torn off. This is something worse attempt than SWRD tore off the Banda-Chelva Pact.
      Muslims are today learning the result of going with unknown angel, instead of known devil, in 2015.

      Mangala was one brought Old King to power, abandoning Chandrika. But West blamed Leader Pirapaharan and annihilated him. But Old King treated Mangala and Pirapaharan in the same way. He even annihilated Sripathi too. Mangala can now honestly, now tell about the Old Royals pays to LTTE.

      Mangala was the one saved $18B of Old Royals foreign Bank deposits. He worked with Dubai Bank to hide the suspected $3-5B deposits that was sitting there on Old Royals’ name. When is Mangala going to tell the truth on these and become hero on those too?

      Mangala is single handed damaged the economy to this level. He brought the Foreign Exchange Fraud Amnesty Act (2017) to mainly save Old Royals’ and other high profile thieves. Now, Central Bank has no way to get out of EU and FATF categorizing Lankawe as a money launderers’ heaven. So for almost a year, the exchange rate is 180 rupees. Mangala is not an economist. So did not know that the Free Trade is not Fraud Trade.
      Who is going to benefit by blindly praising Mangala?

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      Mangala Samaraweera is the man of the moment , at difficult times you called a spade a spade! You are a good Buddhist who follow the principles of Lord Buddha., unlike the power hungry Mara who use all the low grade kasippu drinking kalakanni thugs to destabilize the government. We all signed a petition for the cardinal Malcolm to win the noble prize ,it was a big mistake . He belongs to Rajapakse mafia, the catholic community should keep an eye on all funds received from the Vatican .

    • 1
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      Who were slaughtered on Easter day attack?

  • 39
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    Mangala for President.

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      Steve

      Mangala for President.
      There is a glimmer of hope that liberal democracy in this island will survive.
      A practising liberal could not become president.
      Even SJ would vote against him and later explain the downside of liberalism in his outdated hair splitting Maoist analysis justifying despot as being dictatorship of the proletariat.

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      Mangala is one of the few statesmen in the Parliament and seems to get better as he ages, like wine. He has never been afraid to call a spade a spade. He doesn’t need DJ or GL to write long- winded speeches either. If a so-called dress designer can make statements like this, we need more dress designers and less synthetic lowyers
      “Standing in solidarity with this hatred are those who committed the cardinal sin of remaining silent while these same mobs attacked and set alight evangelical churches “
      A great dig at the synthetic Cardinal who seems to think that the Protestants are his greatest enemy. When will this opinionated hypocrite realize that his followers are deserting in droves not because the evangelicals offer money but because they offer a clear religious vision which the Catholic leadership sorely lacks ?

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        He does get better with age, doesn’t he? I didnt have such a high opinion about him first he came to prominence – I thought he was just a yes man for CBK – but he has been getting better and better. This article is Obama-ic. But unfortunately, he is way ahead of time for Sri Lanka. I am not sure whether the Sinhalese as a whole will ever evolve enough to appreciate such a politician. He has his faults, and this article isn’t perfect. But his quality is at a different level to that of most other Sinhalese (or indeed Tamil or Muslim) politicos.

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          Isn’t it a fact that his dad Mahanama Samraweera was elected under the Communist Party label as MP for the Matara constituency, and later defected over to the SLFP?

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            U
            He joined the SLFP before the 1956 election I think.Worse was his betraying the SLFP government in 1964 by joining CP de Silva.
            That was the end of his parliamentary political career; and he died not long after.
            Yet, that was Mangala’s father.
            Mangala switched loyalties out of frustration with Mahinda R.
            There is much that I reject in his politics. But he is more decent than most in parliament today.

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        Cod:
        “A great dig at the synthetic Cardinal… ”

        Superb! Noted and enjoyed much.

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          Prof. M.N,
          Thanks. I do try to keep up to your standards

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        Clear vision of evangelicals? It is their vision that is worrying.
        They are crafty, their methods are not ethical, and they can be fanatical.
        They have big money to back their activities.
        There is plenty in the non-right-wing media.

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          S.J,
          That was a comparative statement. Their doctrines are pretty uncompromising (read fanatical)
          Eg: No expensive weddings/funerals. No idols in churches. No shrine worship.
          The Catholics on the other hand have banned Christmas trees and started celebrating Wesak! Which is good in my opinion, but hardly likely to please a hard-line Catholic.

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            Old codger

            “The Catholics on the other hand have banned Christmas trees and started celebrating Wesak!”

            Why?
            Is it because the recent kallathonie converts are determined to please the early kallathonie converts and fit in with crowd?

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              Native,
              You got the general idea. That’s why the Silva’s, Soysas , etc celebrate Wesak.

  • 38
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    Mangala has come of age with this article. I salute him.
    And agree 100% with this: “Mark my words. Had he (Rishard) supported Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament last year, there would not have been a no-confidence motion against him. He would not be called a terrorist. There would be a new target”.

    And this, with the pun intended and inserted craftily: “Standing in solidarity with this hatred are those who committed the cardinal sin of remaining silent while these same mobs attacked and set alight evangelical churches with the tacit blessing of the last regime.”

  • 41
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    I find Mangala Samaraweera one of the GENUINE politicians in SL.
    People should listen to him.
    Most SL Politicians are BOGUS and and only interested in self (including their kith and kins & Stooges) preservation.
    The Civilians of SL needs to get together and insist on that only untainted Citizens of SL are allowed to contest in any Elections from now on.
    Mangala’s opinion of Cardinal Ranjith Malcom is correct. He isn’t a real religious person

  • 14
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    Hatred displayed in the streets of Kandy, SL clearly shows the leaders failed to contain hatred. This will cost the country its Goodwill in the eyes of the world and restoring investor confidence will be tough for any future government. Are we Heading towards Debt enslavement?

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      One cannot place all the mistakes all the time at the feet of the politicians. The civil society at large should have a conscious of its own; respect for each other; understanding the other and being open to other’s cultural and religious values and beliefs must be nurtured among us within the family, the school and social and religious institutes that inform and educate the young.

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    I like the spirit of the comment, but wish to add to “most Sinhalese did not support the JVP insurrections, ” the following:
    They also disapproved of state violence against the JVP youth in 1971 and 1988-89; and if truly informed about the human rights violations during the war, they would have denounced that violence too by all parties.

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      He did also say ‘The government’s crackdown on their brutality was so heinous that none other than Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Geneva to seek international intervention’
      so he is admitting the UNP Government’s guilt (I hope).

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        Taraki,

        No!
        No way!

        He said all bad things he said about Batalanda Murders and Ranil’s connections to that were only lies, in the interest of promoting Old King.

        (Still Mangala is smarter than you for being get caught by you. Surprised?)

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        Taraki

        “so he is admitting the UNP Government’s guilt (I hope).”

        Has he surprised you with truth?
        Isn’t it a rare occasion in the annals of this country’s history?

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    Agree, but the enemy is within.

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    Thank you Mangala Samaraweera, for those words of wisdom.

    We need people like you to come before the public and appeal to their good sense.

    May I suggest that you and few others still holding some regard in the eyes of the public, please take some TV time (even by paying those Channels spewing hatred as they would willing accept money) and talk to the people in the way you have done here?

  • 23
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    Whatever the popular assessment of Minister Mangala Samaraweera I too salute him for challenging us to stand up for peace and live up to our beliefs in compassion and understanding. His call is simple, straightforward and genuine. In addition, I applaud his appreciation of the solidarity and unity of the Muslim politicians for standing together and going it together. Unity is always strength.

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    he is the only politician who practices what he preaches
    in a brilliant article he has slayed all the dragons and exposed all the bogus leaders
    of all faiths including those buddhists who seek the blessing of hindu gods and those
    who propound gods wrath instead of love and mix religion with politics
    unfortunately he is a man ahead of his times so what he says wont sink in to the masses

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    HeHeHeHeeeee.
    Has Mangala gone troppo after the Islamists blasted the Easter the Sunday…
    Did the Cardinal have to buy the Catholic Votes even before Good Friday?….

    Father of one of my mates in Matara has voted UNP all his Life.
    And the Son has followed suit.
    The son now tells me the Dad is waiting with the Broom Stick to welcome Mangala this time .

    BTW, would Mangala send his Missus to a Muslim M ale doctor to check her private parts, when Muslim Men don’t send their women to a Sinhala Male Doctor to show even their Tonsils..

    Why Dr Ranil is wasting our Tax payer money to pay O/T and living away allowances to those PSC Politikkas from the UNP, when Mangala Samare has already given a clean bill of health to Bathudeen..

    Thank God Ven Gnnanissasara is out …..

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      I don’t know what your religion is or whether you have one at all (I don’t) but I’m certain that, like the majority of today’s Buddhist monks, you have no idea what the Buddhism is. That is why modern practitioners of Buddhism including the majority of monks consider other religions as threats. But the true Buddhism is an intelligence based religions while almost all other major world religions are faith based. In this context, in the knowledge based modern world, the biggest challenge to the Buddhism must come from new scientific discoveries that shatter old myths & the philosophy of science that provide the foundation for such discoveries. In other words, Buddhist intellectuals must be finding ways to “merge” its core principles with modern science. This itself was the mission of Buddha himself and he succeeded by formulating the best “scientific” theory in his time of India.
      Unfortunately, Buddhist monks have veered off from this scientific path and, instead, turned Buddhism into another faith based religion. That is why other faith based religions have become serious threats b’cos they have their own powerful Gods who are believed to be capable of providing “instant” gratifications to its believers. But, Buddhism doesn’t have such gods and therefore they have to be “imported” from other religions. Therefore, it is very clear that the way to get out of this crisis lies in the hands of Buddhist intellectuals who should start a new mission to reinvent the original Buddhism and to reformulate it to coincide with modern science.
      Pope Francis recently declared that the creationism doesn’t contradicts modern science b’cos God only created physical laws for the Universe to operate; and not the way the Bible says (that raises the possibility that God doesn’t belong to this universe). But, Buddhism doesn’t have to make a such naked retreat b’cos Buddhist theory does not require creators!

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Thank God Ven Gnnanissasara is out …..”

      Does it mean you are in?

  • 14
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    Mangala for President and Marshal Sarath Fonseka for Defence, Law & Order with Sajith as Prime Minister. Medamulana Meeharaka Mahendra Percy Rajafucksha, Sillysena, Ranilpaksha and National Hangman Gotler should be dumped in a cesspit, Venereal Gandasara as animal feed.

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      Thank you sir and I salute you for your wisdom, courage, patriotism, and respect for humanity. You rightly said about some third grade, bankrupt politicians whose survival depend on dividing people and instigating violence. They are number one enemies of Lanka. There is a clown who supposed to have studied in Australia and he is such a shameless moron but claiming to be a patriot. Mangala, you are the man for this time of tragedy and utmost failure and you must come forward as the president. I am sure people who can think straight will stand behind you to salvage SL. This article ought to be published in all three languages for the blind to understand what logic and wellbeing are all about. Dirty media is another curse for SL. But sadly people who are sensible don’t trust politicians, media and rabid clergy but will that alone enough to salvage our lives? People have to come out. If a few clergy could change the course of our country then why we need a government, to begin with. Thank you for your honesty, wisdom, courage and patriotism.

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    The writer of this article is a genuine retard. He wallows in all sorts of political strife and turmoil that are the lot of politicians all over the world and then wants to get on to some sort of insane moral high ground for himself and some others of his choice. We don’t need to know the mumbo jumbo about the barely democratic Lanka, everyone knows that South Asian countries are still in very early stages of knowledge dissemination to their populace about their own rights and obligation as citizens.

    BUT that is not the real subject that should be discussed in the post-Easter Sunday Lanka. It should be about the fact that utterly barbaric, cannibalistic, unimaginable horrors are being carefully thought, justified and meted out by Moslems to all Kaffir Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and pagans. THIS is the topic, not Mr. Mangala’s drivel about all sorts of political turpitude, however accurate they may be. The need of the hour is to systematically annihilate the Moslem terrorists, and their sympathizers. And their numbers are in hundreds of thousands. Lankan Moslems are utterly radicalized, well over 50% of them are beyond any form of recovery. These are maniacal, totally committed ISIS types, willing and ready to kill the Kaffir by the millions. And they are amassing nerve gas, and biological agents including the bubonic plague in Eastern Lanka, just like the way they brought lethal explosives to cause unspeakable horror. Mr. Mangala is obviously safe from these attacks and prefers to talk like a village retard while the Lankan masses are the target of the worst horrors humanity ever can imagine. I highly recommend someone starts the proceedings to present this case to the Hague international criminal court for dereliction of duty as a minister reaching criminal levels and ignoring and perhaps aiding the worst terrorists on earth and protecting them while uttering mumbo jumbo about irrelevant nonsense.

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      Jay Chambers – Imbecile, are you ready for the gas chamber!

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        Mangala Survives as a minister it is because SInhale is a buddhist country. Anyway, else he would be doomed. That pathetic human being.

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      Dear Jay,

      Your comment is certainly long enough to be called an article. Thanks for the declaration at the very beginning. Obviously, I didnt read the rest.

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    Dear Mr Samaraweera, I have been listning to you now for a while.I like what I hear from you quite often, but this brave standing, standing against the worst people of society, speaking the truth and taking a position, I call it bravery. You are the most brave person we have now and we all are greatful to you for standing up against the cowards and cardboard heros who torment our innocent muslim brethern.If we don’t speak now ,in few years down the line , we may be talking to a buhhist taliban.
    Please keep up the good work, we will make sure other likeminded peace loving people join us in this struggle.

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    Dear Sir, Hats off to you! We bent into two, bow down, and Salute you! We wish you should be our future President, and take the country forward. May the good Lord bless you! Long live Mangala!

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    Mangala!
    Your statement “But never in the history of our country have people first been declared guilty by the press and in parliament only to thereafter have the police call for evidence that they may have committed a crime”. is devoid of truth. If what you say is true, how is it that the Tamil political prisoners are kept behind bars for years without trial, despite protests. Further you say “If you believe that evidence of a crime must be put before a judge by the police and prosecutors before some one can be pronounced guilty, you must speak up.”. Have you done this on behalf of the Tamil prisoners? If not, It is your turn to speak up now before it is too late. How many Tamils have spoken on their behalf- but what is the outcome?
    It appears that you speak on behalf of the Muslims, because they support your government and did not care a tuppence for the others. The law must be equally applied despite race, religion or alleged terrorist links or other wise.
    I do appreciate the solidarity displayed by the Muslim politicians unlike the Tamil politicians, who are selfish and self centred. Sam /Sum despite having having Butter in their palm look for Ghee elsewhere.
    .

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    Mr Minister.
    All the points you put together in this article are gems! However, as you can see from the comments, you are preaching to the choir here. Please make sure you publish this article in all the mainstream media in Sri Lanka and more importantly, translate it into Sinhala and publish in all the Sinhala newspapers including the racist Divaina. Your thoughts should reach ordinary people in Sri Lanka. Much appreciated.

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      can’t agree more. This should translated in good Sinhalease and published and shared.

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    Wimal Weerawansa is reported as asking whether what Minister Mangala Samaraweera (MS) had said in relation to the Cardinal some days ago reflected the government’s view. I don’t know what the answer to that was but if what MS has written here is what the government also thinks, then, we can have some respect for the government. What MS has said is eminently sane. All communities must be prepared to think straight and set aside historical suspicions, cultural myths and selfishness for the greater good of the country for now and into the future. As for the Cardinal, immediately after the Easter Sunday attacks, he gave great leadership to his people and his conduct was impeccable. Sadly, since then he seems to have lost the plot. When the Muslims were attacked later, he made some remarks on how they should try not to distance themselves from the other communities. This was almost suggesting that somehow they had invited this violence. At best, it was an insensitive thing to say, for nothing can justify violence against the innocent. His visit to the fasting monk was most imprudent. It has sent a very confusing and very bad message. He will have been better advised to stay well away from the scene of that farce.

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    A near perfect article Mr. Minister. You have indeed been getting better with age. Since you have decided to walk the path of righteousness, you may take note of the following minor points:

    — The LTTE indeed committed many heinous crimes, but attacking and killing 13 soldiers is not one of them. In an armed conflict, armed combatants are fair game. Civilians are not. So do not say “innocent Tamils paid for LTTE’s crimes.” Do not propagate the myth that that was an excuse, however slim, for attacking Tamil civilians in 1983. There was no excuse whatsoever.

    — This would not be the first time someone was presumed guilty before the charges being proven in SL. This happened to thousands of people, especially Tamils, under the PTA that you also supported. True, it was war, and I believe you or CBK for that matter were not racists, but you could have shown at least some remorse for people who were wrongfully detained. It destroyed their lives. Acknowledge them at least now, and say you are sorry. They are humans too.

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    Thanks Mangala for your bravery in being unafraid to call a spade a spade. Also thanks a lot for exposing the hypocrisy of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. whose behavior after the initial attacks have turned very strange & questionable.

    You are the most honest & forthright politician in Srilanka today.

    But cos this race is notoriously foolish you are hated by many people.

    However people who have any wisdom & integrity admire your stand.

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    Mangala the President is marginalizing the Tamils’ issue to gain prominence. President Mangala has to know that he will be having real issue to make Tamils to believe his honesty. Mangala is bringing SWRD tearing the pact with SJV. Mangala has not commented on UNP (Yahapalanaya) abandoning the UNHRC resolution 30/1. To save the UNP from the pressure, Mangala has given so many false interviews all over the world and has earned the title “The World’s Greatest Liar”. He kept saying as the Resolution is 99% completed, while UNP is 100% against staring anything on the resolution implementation. He never in any interview, openly like today here, accepted the UNP is sworn to repeal the resolution. Mangala may remember his interview on the “Northern lands release” in a discussion organized by NGOs in Washington DC. Everything said on that were absolute lies, full cover ups. After that, even Washington pressured UNP government to honestly-seriously release Tamils lands.
    Mangala wants to resign with Muslim Criminal Ministers. (They all have some kind of cases, so to protect there, so here their cases should be suppressed, like what is happing in all cases of Old Royals’ war crimes) Mangala wants to blame only SWRD. But can Mangala resign because his UNP practically tore off the Resolution 30/1. NO! That is not in line with his presidential ambitions? Don’t’ Mangala thinks if the resolution had been implements with in the first 18 months as promised, now, not just Muslim ministers won’t have resigned, but even TNA might have joined Mangala’s government as it has been asking to his government to join. Mangala is worried about his favored minority ministers resigning, but if need or if the Resolution talk come again, he is ever prepared to throw again another lie, that it is 99.999999…% implemented, but now Yahapalanaya is relieved that it has shifted the need to answer about it only after they hand over the power to Old Royals, in 2020.

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      Mole?!

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        I am not saying Mangala is a spy. Mangala is the one put out on the Media the secret of Old Royals having $18B in the foreign banks without investigating it secretly. That was one way of warning the Old Royals that any time West can freeze those assets, finding a fault on Olds. That was against the confidence West had on him. You remember he went on American plane to visit Diego Base? When he came back, he promptly warned Ranil not to take up on America directly- I guess. Earlier Ranil had, on a grand scale, went to Temple Tree House and promised to save Old King from West. Ranil quickly changed the path.

        In 2015 many times Old King attempted to buy Mangala to his side by paying for him. He didn’t go. But Rishard, whom Mangala wants to resign his minister post and protect, was with Old Royals in 2015. Later during Coup, as per media, he was ready to go. But Ordinary mules in parliament asked for Rs 500M. So I don’t think Rishard rate would have been agreeable to Old King. (Rishard need not to ask anything lower than that, because it is said he is one of the 10 richests in Asia. Last week, Deal Dasa said that “Rishard was coming to Colombo with his pants and the shirt in one shopping bag from Mannar; but now he is richer than Dhammika”)

        It is true Mangala is not as dangerous as others. The defect is Mangala feeble minded good for nothing guy. He just wants to save the Muslim ministers because he wants Ranil’s government to continue until the EP election (if one will come).

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    Mangala is defending Rishard from not joining the Trio’s Coup. But the Coup was one, 100% negotiated with UNP. Old King had released many media news that he was waiting to form government with Rishard after Ranil release PM position. Neither Rishard nor Hakeem ever denied that. But Media said that Rishard and Hakeem changed their minds only after going together to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in November, 2018. If Mangala denies this, he should release that when Rishard officially refused to join Coup government, first time.
    The resignations are because of the suspicions that Sinhala Buddhist Aanduwa used Muslim acolytes to hire Muslims extremist to attach Tamil churches. The end result is 12 roadblocks in Vavuniya to Jaffna, on A-9 the main Tamils’ artery and more Tamils are arrested and held more than Number of Muslims or Sinhalese. Mangala has declared in 2015 in American interviews that North East was completely brought back to normal. Strangely there no one single roadblock anywhere in the country at this time like the ones in North where the passengers have to walk miles to have their checking cleared. Hiding that in the pot, parliamentary drama kings are creating shows with the criminal ministers’ resignation.
    Mangala should read Tamil Media too. Yesterday, there were people who were humiliated by Rishard and Hezbollah were completing their Offerings in temples when they came to know these tyrants have resigned. They could not seek redress complaining to TNA; when the Nairiya Ranil went there, they fell on feet and prayed. But Sinhala rulers were determined rock solid to save the criminals. So Tamils appealed to their Gods. Mangala should visit to those villages and ask what all those offering fulling are about, without attempting to maintain his title of hypocritic, pathological Liar! Mangala should stop imitating New King, two days ago, that hypocrite said the politicians are living by lying.

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    Since unity, as opposed to division between communities is the theme, what good does it do when the two Muslim ministers mentioned also resign and make a stand for division. They had the confidence of the entire nation, the masses and were not accused, they had to stick by them, the country, the party and not with the ministers suspected of assisting terrorists.
    This government also did not deliver their election promises. They protected the hierarchy of the previous regime from prosecution and cut the path to their eventual victory.
    The Cardinal would also have been subject to criticism if he failed to visit the fasting monk, the monk was not fasting for Buddhists alone. Since the Buddhist monks also visited and helped the victims and churches, it is the Cardinals duty to do likewise. Is this minister going to complain to the Mahanayaka about Buddhist monks creating divisions in society by helping Christian victims and places of worship. In fact, the Cardinal also visited Muslims and mosques after the riots, he has done more for peace than any of you in the past 70+ years.
    In his death bed SWRD reverted back to Christianity and the example of forgiving whilst being killed was of prominence when it came to Christ. It does not help the cause of unity when this is overlooked and another belief is credited.
    Mixing up Alimankada and Pamankada !!

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    “Today the targets are Muslim leaders being accused of terrorism. Who will tomorrow’s targets be? It will be Mangala Samaraweera and Ranil Wickramasinghe for what they did in Geneva in September 2015. “What will they be accused of?” High treason.

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    As i previously stated the all rounder who tackle/overcome world intimidation Mangala for President

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    Some of these comments are ….funny. Some comments are full of hatred and venom, which is the norm and expected. But some has no relevence to what Mr.Samaraweera said in this article, some comments are all mixed up about past events, tigers, attacks, peace talks, war, I have trouble understanding what is relevent and what is not.
    For me, Mr.Samaraweera has taken a stand and that is…This country belongs to all it’s inhabitants immateriel of race, religeion and creed.No one should be thretened because he/she is a Muslim, tamil or otherwise.The country has a penal code, a police, courts, if someone, immateriel of any religion, ethnicity has done wrong, they must be taken to courts by the police, not by monks, thugs or politicos.
    Rajapaksas are of course playing politics, they are after some muslim politicos because they didn’t support the back door government of October 2018.
    I salute his courage, I admire his fearless stand, I like his understanding and compassion and I support him , considering he is a truely a brave person. For me, his wisdom and courage mixed with frank talking makes him a suitable person to receive my support at next election.Now the Buddhist Taliban in Gampaha and Matara has come out with the 1st edict against Mr. Samaraweera as see on certain TV channels, it’s up to us to support him to keep the good work against racism and tribalism.

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    Mangala is the only true statesman in Sri lankan politics. He seems to have a vision for Sri lanka, which no one else seems to comprehend. In my opinion it is the only way forward. Unfortunately, there is a lack of leadership support including from RW. It is time for the progressive elements in UNP, civil society and other parties to unite under Mangala’s vision. If we let this trend of false nationalism to continue, there will not be a country to protect.

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    In May 2015 at Siri Kotha you said that Rajapakse family has stashed USD 18 billion, overseas. Much prominence was given to this by the media but you failed to substantiate this and your government failed to take him to court over this. Is this the behavior of a good Buddhist? Either what you said is a lie or you failed to take action against something you considered to be wrong. Either way that is not proper Buddhist behavior.

    You are a master of using statements like this for political gain. Now you are going on identifying cardinal sins. Wonder why the word cardinal suddenly crept into your vocabulary, when you had the choice of a variety of better words to say what you wanted to.

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    To unite peoples across religious, ethnic and geographical lines requires moral courage and national vision. Unfortunately, many who have aspired to leadership roles in politics, the clergy and business have, far too often, taken the short cut of trying to gain or retain their power and influence by seeking to divide our people.

    Mr Mangala, is there any action or article contributed by you that has promoted peace?

    Infact are you not the very person you talk about in the above paragraph of your article?

    Is this national vision? You are seeking to devide the public and fuel hatred amongst us. First you antagonise the Singhala Buddhist against the minorities now the Christian’s against the muslims.Shame on you!

    People the politicians really don’t care about us citizens. They seek to divide and conquer.

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    Dear Mangala, ensure you don’t enter any pansala because for a sensible, enlightened person like you that is not a place to go. Of course until the political and foolish theros start following what Buddha had preached. These guys are like rats holed up inside pansals and playing hell and insulting Buddhism. I am a born Hindu but wants to become a Buddhist to follow Buddham but how can I do that as long as these evil men in robes have hijacked Buddhism in the name of Sinhala Buddhism and defying all what Buddha said. Otherwise Buddha could have remained a Hindu. Mangala you have moral and spiritual courage so carry on disregarding the howling canines.

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