26 May, 2019

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What’s Wrong Here In This Land Of Gauthama Buddha ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Count seven days more and the more than two months old diatribe on the independence of the judiciary should come to a close with the exit of Shirani Bandaranayake as CJ, not because she is proved wrong or proved at fault, but, because the Rajapaksa regime decides she has to go. Who the next public “servant” to sit on that chair would definitely be as fancied by the Rajapaksas and not on merit. Beneath all that evolving chaos about an independent judiciary, there was this human tragedy, less talked about and never taken as an issue.

“WAR: Women Against Rape” read the caption to the front page photo in the ST of today (06 January, 2013).

The photo was not one from Delhi, though. It was from a protest event organised in Colombo by the UNP’s ladies, called “Lak Vanitha”. They had wanted to register their solidarity with Indian women, protesting against the recent gang rape in New Delhi.

India is still groping about, trying to understand why such humanly unimaginable, gruesome acts of violence and rape are committed against their own women. They burst into mainstream debate after a 23 year old para medic was gang raped, beaten to pulp and thrown out of a private bus in New Delhi, on 16 December, 2012 to succumb to her injuries 12 days later at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. All expenses taken care of by the Indian government that had to. The swelling tide of protests across India had to be heeded by the government, with accusations the police were far too callous in their handling of investigations.

While the Delhi gang rape was garnering protests, another teenager gang raped in Patiala, Punjab committed suicide on 26 December. The news hit the media to stir more anger across India. Pressured by a police sub inspector and the suspects who forced her to either withdraw the complaint or marry one of the suspects, the teenage girl had left a note in desperation, before consuming poison. The Indian middle class was not going to digest such vulgar humiliation in comfort and leisure. Their fuming anger was on the streets.

They now demand stronger laws, better and efficient policing and discuss whether capital punishment could be the right punishment for the guilty. A young student protester at the “Delhi Gate” was quoted in Indian media as saying, “These murderers should not be sent to gallows….they must be tortured to death. They should know her pain before dying”. There were also those who wanted the guilty publicly humiliated and insulted for a few months, labelled as rapists. Capital punishment they say, have not been an answer all these decades.

Three weeks into protests and still going in India, Kathmandu had also woken up. Women in large numbers stormed the Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s residence on 01 January, in what was tweeted as “Occupy Baluwatar”, the high end of Kathmandu’s residential area. Women were demanding justice to a 21 year old woman returning from Saudi Arabia who was reported as gang raped, robbed by some Immigration officials at the Tribhuvan airport and threatened with death too, by a police officer.

So is it in Dakha, Bangladesh. Women came on the streets against gang rapes and sexual molestation said an activist, Sultana Kamal of Ain o’Salish Kendra (ASK) quoted in “The Guardian” UK. Protests in Delhi have inspired women across the South Asian sub continent, said a report filed in “The Guardian” UK on 04 January, 2013. It opened its story with the line, “Demonstrators in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh join protest movement against sexual violence.” Yet there was nothing about Pakistan and nothing about Sri Lanka too in that news report.

Why aren’t those ladies from “Lak Vanitha” who gathered in Colombo for their protest event, acknowledged in The Guardian report ? Their “Colombo event” differed very much from all other protests and protesters in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Their Colombo event was not about their own mothers, sisters and daughters. Remote Kahawatte in the Pelmadulla electorate though not that far as New Delhi, was out of their map. Fifteen women, young and old, murdered in cold blood in 05 adjoining villages around Kahawatte over a period since 2011 February and according to some reports raped too, wasn’t good enough to stir their conscience. They had not been woken up by any of the sensational reports about Akuressa PS Chairman being taken into custody over an alleged rape of a 14 year old girl and released on bail. Not after its Deputy Chairman who is also now out on bail, was accused of sexual molestation of a young girl. From Tangalle a report in June 2012 that had also gone without notice by them said, a 13 year old girl had been continuously raped by about 19 influential businessmen and politicians for over 10 days, moved from place to place, before she was finally handed over to the police by another, who had also raped her. The latest here in the South was again from near Kahawatte, where an under aged girl in Balangoda was reported to have been gang raped.

These were all in the Sinhala South and almost all cases were committed by Buddhists too. A fact, this Sinhala society would not want to accept in public. Therefore this society would not want to know details of and how many Tamil girls and women have been allegedly raped in the North-East though there are open accusations of organised rape, especially in Jaffna and the Vanni area. In Mandatheevu, villagers protested against a 04 year old girl who went missing on 26 December last when on 03 January was found killed after being raped. Jaffna DIG Eric Perera had told the media just last week that 06 complaints on rape against young girls were recorded in Jaffna during the week. The accusations on rape, sexual abuse and harassment are so loud, regular and continuous, there has to be serious campaigning for independent investigation of these allegations.

Last year, on 05 July, the police media spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the media, during the first 06 months of that year (2012) the police had received over 900 complaints of rape and abuse of women and children. Ajith Rohana said there is much concern over increased number of rape and sexual abuse against children with 1,160 out of over 1,700 complaints received in 2011 being complaints on rape and sexual abuse against children.

Why is it, here in Sinhala society, there is no such protests as there is across the Palk Straits and beyond ? We perhaps don’t have “social activists” and “opinion makers” as in neighbouring countries. We have instead “tragedy marketeers” not much different to any “Brand Manager” in the corporate sector. Those who would only create events out of tragedies for cameras and voice recorders. There are random, sincere statements made too, for a sanitised middle class to wake up. Excuses too thrown out that say, we have been hardened and gone immune with decades of violence and a brutal war. Reasons accepted or not, we have certainly not taken any issue seriously, as they should be taken. Not even mega corruption that in real terms would be plunder and looting, that in India threw a massive middle class protest movement challenging the government and proposed amendments to the “Lokphal Bill” on corruption.

What’s wrong here ? It can not be that we have been “hardened” and gone “immune” in a few decades of violence and war. It can not be that we have been living in a “denial mode” without good reason, for a society would not go on a denial mode for long, that way. If we are that hardened against and immune to 1,160 cases of sexual abuse and rape of children, if we are in a denial mode not wanting to react to brutality and crime against women and children, how did “Lak Vanitha” get activated in 24 hours, over a single gang rape in far off India ? What debars them from speaking against our own victims of rape and murder, not just one, but every where ?

Over 2,500 years of Buddhist dominance that is claimed to have fashioned a tolerant, peaceful culture based on “compassion”, “universal kindness” and “selfless joy”, can not in the first place be immune and hardened to  rape of children and women continuously and with brutality. A society rooted in Buddhist culture can not go into a denial mode and watch criminals and rapist prey on mothers, sisters and daughters with hardly any one protesting. IF tolerance, peace, compassion and everything good said about Buddhist culture is rooted in our society, it can not produce rapists and murderers from its own social belly of compassion, universal kindness and selfless joy. What then is this callous disregard for all crimes and brutality around us ? Disregard for all rape and murder of women, young girls, children and even toddlers ?

Most say, the 30 year neo liberal economy, its fast track consumerism leading to selfish competition has destroyed the values of our long held social culture. But that can not be more in rural society than in cities. Competitive, tireless days which turn out stressed out isolated humans in a neo liberal economy are more in urban middle class society than in rural peasant life. SSP Ajith Rohana as police spokesperson, talking of increased cases of child abuse and rape, said access to internet and electronic media, both facets of neo liberalism, is a major reason. Internet often becomes the poor flogged horse for crime. But rape and murder of women in Kahawatte, those in Tangalle and Akuressa, in Mandatheevu, those 1,160 child victims quoted by SP Rohana, can not be all trial runs by “tech savvy” youth trying to play macho kids like in cyber world. And they are not in the majority, reported from urban society too.

In India, though the demand is for stronger and stricter law with harsher punishment, their problem lies far deeper in their extremely feudal, macho culture that law alone would not prevent. A culture that for centuries turned out men as far superior to women. A culture that demanded the widow to kill herself in the pyre of a deceased husband. A culture that demeaned and disgraced women and denied women the right to a married life without a “dowry”. Its in such cultural context the “male mindset” is nurtured and created within Indian families. It is just “natural” therefore to treat women the way Neera Chopra said she was treated, after her second daughter Pooja was crowned Miss India 2009. The Indian policeman therefore would not have a different perception of a woman, than any other man who would not want to treat a woman, as equal in larger India.

Not so here in Sri Lanka. Our culture does not have such marked macho reflections as deep as in Indian life. But, there is a fundamental error within our long held culture too, and has to be accepted as horribly negative and passive. There is definitely a savage contradiction in adopting to a modern world that demands decency and discipline to be understood differently and a social responsibility in accommodating every one’s right to safe life. That therefore needs serious and open dialogue, for here in Sri Lanka too, the answer is not as easy as getting back to capital punishment, as Minister Tissa Karaliyedda and many others would want to propose.

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    “…The photo was not one from Delhi, though. It was from a protest event organised in Colombo by the UNP’s ladies, called “Lak Vanitha”. They had wanted to register their solidarity with Indian women, protesting against the recent gang rape in New Delhi…”

    This is exactly why those ladies did not feel inclined to utter a word about Shirani but about an “unknown woman in a never treaded land” because the public consciousness has been blunted, perverted and anesthetized by bullshit writers like Kusal Perera! Take for example this very article. This deranged man’s sole purpose is not about the problem of the judiciary but about attacking Ranil!!!! The scribbling fuckers in the media and press have dug their own grave by perverting the minds of the people by stuffing their minds with mad ideas and falsehoods! It is these fuckers like kusal who must be got rid of in the first instance if this country is to move any further in the direction of liberation from the despot.

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      Excellent, excellent piece Kusal Perera! What is Madam Rosie Senanayake up to?!
      Sri Lanka has NO women’s movement or feminist movement. A few Colombo women and media NGOs have been marketing themselves as the women’s movement to capture donor funds, but they are all in bed with the dead leftists and the Sinhala nationalists.. Take Nomo Darling and Vasu for example
      The silence of the Sinhala women’s NGOs on the rapes of Tamil women is a scandal and then after much critic about their silence on the impeachment of Lanka’s first CJ they released a tiny note. Like the UNP under Ranil the women’s NGOs which are busy on the international conference circus have forgotten that their primary task is to EDUCATE and do CONSCIOUSNESS raising among the people who daily subject to Rajapassa’s media manipulation and a fed tripe by the mainstream and Govt media!

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      so you are telling the same thing that one of your bosses said.;
      “”””you journos are sxxt eating pigs and you pig must be eliminated.””””.
      we do not care about Ranil, Jarapassa, somawansa or Hiwalwansa .
      we need justice and thruth.
      It is f xxx ers like you, who must be, should be get rid of in the first instance, if this country is to move any further in the direction of liberation from the despots like you and your bosses.

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      Buddha been hijacked !

      Literally & figuratively.

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    I suggest one more reason: in your “land of Gauthama Buddha” rape was, is still encouraged by authorities. In the Northern provinces the army is keeping the Tamil civilian population with iron fist. More than 70 000 have been butchered with the blessing of the Buddhist clergy. Actually many Buddhist monks vehemently supported the violent attack to innocent civilians. What you were saying about modern world?

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    How low can you go?.

    You think Jack the Ripper is now in Srilanka

    How many child molestations in the West ,where you make your living please, for us to gauge how bad our inhabitants are?

    Also please let the poor inhabitants who are the great majority topping 75 % of the population,know how many mass murders were commited in the same West not for the last 30 years but just the last five years .

    These stats again are for our inhabitants to get a feel of their environment that you try to project as Ripper Territory.

    Finally please be kind enough to let the inhabitants know which religion you belong to just to eliminate any “Sinhala Buddhist Bashing” connotation.

    One thing you got right is the bit on “groping”

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      K.A Sumanasekera, you are a mistake on this earth and aught to have been abortioned before birth. The writer has pinpointed an unpalatable reality which must be met with great concern because as citizens we have a great responsibility to the country, its people and everything in existence on it including what is happening in it. Here you mutt comes along and write some cat-shit and tries to cover up same with the crimes happening elsewhere. People like you are those who must be eliminated from this society because with you your ideas too get vanished. No use of talking about a Buddhist culture and heritage here because it has ceased to exist a long time ago. People here are no more Buddhists but just Buddhist label clad atheists. They do more harm to Buddhism because they twist Buddhism and give it a wrong definition and a facelift. The first culprit in this rape-culture is SWRD Bandaranayake who first sow the seeds of racism, nationalism and intra-national strife by making Sinhala-only issue which ultimately led to this 30 year long war in which the whole national psyche was disfigured and degenerated causing all the values of human existence take to wings, with Tamils in the North massacring, amputating, blasting Sinhalese in the North and elsewhere while Sinhalese racism gradually built up and culminated in Mullaiwaikkhal returning to Tamils their own violence with thousands fold interest. The monks who generally loved life tied pirith-enchanted holy strands around the wrists of soldiers who went to slaughter the Tamils in thousands. And now, even though the Tamils have given up because they have virtually been flattened to ground by the military and state violence, a new wave of horrendous culture of impunity, murder, slaughter, violence, plunder, degradation and untold suffering is pervading throughout the country originally tested and gradually evolved throughout this so called “Buddhist” country. The second generation flagship carrier to the racist SWRDB is this Mahinda Rajapaksha, the conceptual son of the former. He is now solely responsible for this culture not only of rape, gang rape, maltreatment of women and their murder but for all this vast, horrendous and despicable culture of violence, murder, extrajudicial disappearances and killings, thuggery, robbery, corruption and everything bad, ugly and illegal that is going on in this country. HE IS THE NUMBER ONE CULPRIT, THE PRESIDENT!!! because he has calculatedly taken this country to where it is now. He calculated and destroyed the law and order, judiciary, legislature, democracy, humanity, religion, values, morality, decency, honesty and everything we had!!! So now that we have understood and traced the root cause of all this it is now our responsibility to get rid of this rot if we want and are serious to invite those values and good things which we knew once existed in this country long ago!!!!

      However, there is one problem though with kusal. I smell a rat in his writings most of the time. Without reporting objectively he seems to be sinking in a quagmire of hatemongering against Ranil without understanding fully the political implications and realities in the country. As perhaps this article may have received and witnessed by him already writing in proper lines is very important and relevant to the progress and opinion building in the right direction. If you are prejudiced what you will reap is only insults, condemnations and unsatisfaction.

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        Lesley

        I am beginning to enjoy K.A Sumanasekera’s sense of humour.

        Please don’t spoil it.

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        Lesley has lost “Everything” which is too long to list. And they are all taken away by the Prez

        Wonder how he enjoyed all “these” in the three decades prior to 2005 , rather 2009.

        The great majority of the inhabitant population,of “Gauthama Buddha’s Aadopted Land” are Sinhala Buddhists and it is over 75% of the total.

        And it has been the case for the last 2500 years.

        You and Kusul ,even with your powerful and mighty Christian backers in the West couldn’t change it then neither now.

        And it is a fact, although it may be an unpalatable one to our Elitists who have or are loosing “their Right to Rule”.

        Pragmatic and Practical way going forward is to help lift the living standards of these great majority to at least a fraction of you and your backers.

        Then you may be able to modify their behavioral patterns to suit your needs as is the case in the West.

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          ““Gauthama Buddha’s Aadopted Land” are Sinhala Buddhists and it is over 75% of the total.”

          He was an Anagarika, the homeless one. He gave up his position, possessions, land and his family. Now you are giving a Sinhala/Buddhist twist to his life as you have done with your Mahawamsa.

          Sinhala/Buddhists are a living insult to the great teacher.

          Reclaiming Buddha from Sinhala/Buddhism is the only way forward.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Sinhala/Buddhists deserved to be bashed on regular basis. I thought I was the one to do it.

      Now it seems Sinhala/Buddhist bashing has been recognized as the national sports of the island.

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      K A SUMANASEKARA.
      SO GO WEST AND SHAW THEM YOUR STATISTICS,
      AND ASK ABOUT THAT GAMPAHA PAHALAGAMA MONK RESIDING IN LONDON JAIL ALSO.
      I LIKE TO KNOW, WHAT THIS INITIALS K AND A STAND FOR?
      AS BUDDHIST SINHELAYEK, I AM VERY ASHAMED OF YOUR FOOLISHNESS.
      [ OR ARE YOU PLEASING YOUR PAY MASTERS.]

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    K.A Sumanasekera- resident troll and backside licker for this regime

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    Th real reason that people are not organized against crimes, even those against women and children are, that in most cases powerful politicians are involved and if one protests one doesn’t know when one would get a visitation by a White Van or get assaulted or killed on the road. A large majority of people are so scared to voice their opinion due to the oppressive climate created at present. So it is easier to gather people to protest on something that had happened outside our shores than within our boarders. Everyone loves their lives. Why gamble with one’s life?

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      This is exactly what I experienced lately in SL. People are scared still when travelling on pvt buses thought the music louds could make them sick.

      This is common to any places where no rule of the law is in function. Not the people but the authorities – rulers should have good system to control all these. Be it in Europe or Asia where rule of law is in action, people behave well. Today the country is governed by a bunch of goons- so the majority of the country – that are the poor of the poor just follow the rulers.

      If one is trying to rob something, the other takes it as example and just follow it.. they dont ask why they should do like that.. as if the nation is comprised of majority of illiterate than the literate ones.

      Thanks should go to Rajapakshes, people – especially youth have lost their respect towards elders today – than no other times in the past.

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    Over 2,500 years of Buddhist dominance that is claimed to have fashioned a tolerant, peaceful culture based on “compassion”, “universal kindness” and “selfless joy”, can not in the first place be immune and hardened to rape of children and women continuously and with brutality. A society rooted in Buddhist culture can not go into a denial mode and watch criminals and rapist prey on mothers, sisters and daughters with hardly any one protesting. IF tolerance, peace, compassion and everything good said about Buddhist culture is rooted in our society, it can not produce rapists and murderers from its own social belly of compassion, universal kindness and selfless joy. What then is this callous disregard for all crimes and brutality around us ? Disregard for all rape and murder of women, young girls, children and even toddlers ?
    Who told you Kusal that this is the blessed land of the Buddha? That is fable created for the benefit of the oppressor, the priest.Three visits by the Lord, how did he come? walking? flying?

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    Comparing the less literate, religiously more dogmatic, traditionally more blinkered female population of the Indian sub-continent and their open, organised, large-scale demonstrations against violation of their kind, by depraved men, to the silence of the more literate, religiously more tolerant, traditionally more open-minded female population of Sri Lanka to the desecration of their kind, needs careful analysis.

    On the one hand, India has a good record of public protest and country-wide “hartal” against, say the British Raj. Sri Lanka was a mere hand-maiden in that struggle.

    The environment in Sri Lanka, contrary to its cultural history, is now more individualistic than collective. That means they will mind their own business unless it directly affects them.

    As other readers and commentators have pointed out, there are probably many reasons for this to have evolved, including the laissez faire market and economic environment and the elevation of expediency and pragmatism above ethical or moral considerations.

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    I too cant figure out why our lak vanitha are protesting against a rape in Delhi whereas there are enough and more cases here that warrant their attention and intervention. Indians are well and able to handle their own issues as we can see in the media and are not in need of our assistance. Maybe we want to say that there are no rapes or killings here. Holier than thou attitude.

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      That should be just the show.

      As I got it lately, every young or elderly woman would add with their experience as they experience it in the current day lanka.. Abusive nature of youth and even elders in the country have gone up champion levels. This is the reason why Google search brought to the surface that lankens in that area are the world champS.

      As no any times in the past, today, women are harrassed and their fears to go out alone has been increased. Even female teachers are being attacked by todays youth on broad day light. All these have reached to adverse levels but the rulers do notthing.. and treat them as the deeds done by Mervin. None would raise why either, because they are well aware, the current rulers support crime than going against them.

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        Leela^s Cousin

        Get David Blacker to castrate the boys and men then produce them at the courts for prosecution. Make sure they are not connected to politicians, armed forces nor policemen.

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    UNP ladies front is worried about Dlehi rape. How about thet thousands that were perpetrated by their Solidiers in the North and still going in the North. At least Delhi saw some protest but in North even there is no right to protest because threat by Army of occupation. How about soem protets for that you hypocratic UNP ladies front

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      Raja says:

      “How about thet thousands that were perpetrated by their Solidiers in the North and still going in the North.”

      Get the Delhi women too to worry about Northern women and start a sisterhood in South Asia.

      Are you happy that the Southern Sinhala women and children are being raped every day of the year? Do you dismiss it as a problem which doesn’t bother you too much?

      The women should be heard and not hurt.

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        I agree every woman should be protected. Only difference in the North is the State Machinery that is supposed to protect is not just idling but actively participating in commissioning of the crime against the women

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          Raja

          Whenever men say they want to protect the women from men, I don’t trust them. They want to protect women from others only to be abused by them.

          Let the women protect themselves from you as well.

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    Lak Vanitha are a rich fashionable group and wanted to be in the limelight and chose this opportunity.
    They DID NOT protest when Sampath Chandrapushpa, Tangalle PC Chairman and his friends gangraped a russian woman tourist AND murdered her male friend a british tourist,more than a year ago in a Tangalle hotel.
    Recently the gang was released on bail. No protest.

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    What happened in the case of 2 female undergraduates who were allegedly raped (on different occasions, and maybe the latter was pressurised into having intecourse, rather than brutally forced) in the University of Colombo some years ago. The alleged assailant was the same in each case, but is apparently still happily adorning that Colombo 7 campus. Some action MUST have been taken as at both times the VCs were female too and they must have been somewhat more shocked than might have otherwise been the case. But what DID happen? Or was it swept under the carpet like the case of a Jaffna Tamil undergrad who was made pregnant many years ago by a married male lecturer from the “majority” community? there is always some factor that seems to militate against women wounded in this way getting justice.

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    Looks like Sumanasekera the deaf, dumb and blind champion sycophant has got more than he can chew from the readership here. It was coming anyway.

    We have it from the great teachers of the world when seeds are broadcast in the field, some of it fall on fertile land and useful crops grow there. Seeds that fall on rocky soil fail to germinate. So it is with Buddhism – that great set of fine tenets from the soil of India. In societies where the large majority merely pay lip service to Buddhism and simultaneously commit the worst forms of skulduggery – both by the lay and cleric – the seeds simply fall on rocky ground. Both teachers and students must be mentally equipped to gain benefit from the sublime teachings of the Most Compassionate One. It is not the fault of Buddhism – that will always remain a set of universally welcome credos drawing genuine followers from near and far.

    Senguttuvan

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    One point Kusal that needs to be corrected – a judge is not a ‘public servant’. Thi is a msitake made unceasingly by ourselves, by the resident as well recently. Different rules apply to judges as judicial officers.

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    Hindu Harems,Exploitation of Women, Abject poverty of fellow citizens,and Meaningless Worship of Objects were the reasons that made Gautham Buddha to say adios to his princely life and give us the great tenets.

    While his compatriots gave him the cold shoulder, our Kuveni decendents embraced him and his teachings with both hands.

    Reader Sengutuan’s ancestral land must be all “Rocks” for sure.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Hindu Harems,Exploitation of Women,”

      May be, Sinhala/Buddhists monks abuse children and women therefore Sinhala/Buddhism does not need a permanent harem at the back of the Vihara.

      By the way Sinhala/Buddhism has nothing to do with Buddhism as the Great one taught.

      ” Meaningless Worship of Objects were the reasons that made Gautham Buddha to say adios to his princely life and give us the great tenets.”

      Sinhala/Buddhism has turned its back on the teaching of Maha Hoora the Great One and absorbed all the old bad habits from Hinduism into its own religion.

      “our Kuveni decendents embraced him and his teachings with both hands”

      I can proudly say my ancestors met with the Great One and listened to him for hours. I am happy my ancestors were blessed for Buddhism was taught by the Buddha himself and not by the Sinhala/Buddhist Theravada Maha Horas with their perverted religion, beliefs and practices.

      My mission is to reclaim Buddhism from the Sinhala/Buddhists and my ancestral land from them and Tamil/Saivaites.

      Wish me luck.

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        Good luck Native V – I absolutely agree with your views on this so-called ‘Sinhala Buddhism’. It has very little or nothing to do with the Four Noble Truths or The Eightfold Path. And you’re right again about it being a ‘perversion” of a brilliant philosophy.

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    SRI LANKA IS NOT THE LAND OF THE BUDDHA!!! SINHALESE ARE “HI-JACKING”
    BUDDHISM.
    THE BUDDHAS MUCH TALKED OF VISITS ARE LEGEND NOT HISTORICAL FACTS. THE VEDDAH CAN TELL YOU.BUDDHISM CAME TO SRI LANKA ‘IRONICALLY’ THROUGH A MAHINDA,NOT RAJAPAKSE VIA MIHINTALE, WHERE,NOW IT APPEARS THAT THE VIHARADI PATHY WAS PRACTICING SOMETHING OTHER THAN BUDDHISM!!!!

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    The deep routed malaise of violence against women is done with the tacit approval and social sanctions of the population. There are subtle nuances which builds up social attitudes to pinpoint that females are inferior to the males.” gahaniyage mole handimite digai” , Gehanu chapalai”are some of them. In short women are only a little better than the animal species.The contradiction here is the behavior of women to suit the labels. Though Buddhism is one Religion which professed the equality of all human beings as some one commented that Buddhist Philosophy is not found in SL. Some Buddhist priests can be compared to “Talibans ” in the guise of Buddhist monks when we take the issue of chasing women who came for a sterilisation op. Also Sri Lankan women have been brainwashed over a long period of time that they are born as women due to their previous bad “KAMMA” These and many other factors can be considered why rape is so prevalent and why the society tolerates it.

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    Senguttuvan

    K.A Sumanasekera wants us to praise Maha Hora clan instead of Maha Hoora, the Great One.

    For Villager (alias Leela the godaya) Maha Vihara tradition is far more important than the Maha Hoora himself.

    Therefore I am determined to reclaim Buddhism from the Sinhala/Buddhists.

    I need your support.

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    “Hindu Harems,Exploitation of Women, Abject poverty of fellow citizens,and Meaningless Worship of Objects were the reasons that made Gautham Buddha to say adios to his princely life and give us the great tenets” notes the ubiquitous regime lackey Sumanasekera. He might be forgiven for not knowing his own religion. Prince Siddarth Gautam saw the many contradictions in the class structure at that time dominated by the Brahmins insisting on the Codes of Law of Manu. This placed the Brahmin at the unquestioned pinnacle of all activity and taught
    the mendicant, the blind, the leper, the poor, the dalits et al have their appointed places on earth and must accept fate as it is. The reformist Prince Siddarth was blessed with intelligence far sharper and beyond his times. He sacrificed his comfortable life to take exception to this line of thought and to pursue the cause of pain, unhappiness and distortions in society. Humanity will be at his eternal debt both for his sacrifices and his splendid work.

    The philosophy of the reason behind the worship of objects like the Lingam, my friend, may be far beyond the reach of your capacity. So let us allow that to remain there.

    Senguttuvan

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    It is a response called denial! We rather point a finger at the next door than our own. We are responsible indirectly and the stigma to us when it happens to us! One time NGOO were saying child abuse was a tourist phenomenon and did no want to address the local issue. How many of the London ammandies would have protested about the conviction of the high priest! How many of the dayakayas of Wedihitikanda or the Matara high priests defended them? The politicization of these rapes and the influence on the legal system to discharge them was immense. How many judges belonging to a particular religious sect would want to give a judgement against their own especially when there is political pressure on them? The political pressure means safety for them rather than conscience!
    Subha Anagathayak!

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    Our leaders would benefit from reflecting on this wonderful quote:

    “A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman, of the next generation.”

    – James Freeman Clarke

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    NV,

    Are you confused? KAS is more after the Maha Booruwas in the mistaken belief they are The Real Thing. Besides your lot precede the Compassionate One and long before Bhikku Mahinda set foot here. Ask
    Aunty Kuveni’s descendants.

    Why is Leela/Villager/and God knows what further avatars – after your amude creating doubts about your legitimate claims. That makes two of you – the other being the Tamil Nation who, according to seniors Nalin and Gunda Amare came here only 400 years ago brought in by the Dutch for Tobacco cultivation. What do these two chaps smoke usually?

    Senguttuvan

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    Reader Sengutuan’s take on Prince Sidharta is not only interesting but also very relevant.

    P. Sidharta couldn’t stand what the Brahamins and their stooges dished out to the the poor ,the disabled and the Dalits.

    And that was over 2500 years ago.

    Latest Stats from our potential super power neighbor indicates that 400 Million Dalits still live there on less than three quater of a Quid a day.

    In contrast Sinhala Buddhists do not have any Dalits among them.

    The poor are only 7 percent .and they have at least two Quid a day to live on.

    Even that percentage will be reduced by another few notches , with the Economy expected to power along in 2013 with another 8 percent.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “P. Sidharta couldn’t stand what the Brahamins and their stooges dished out to the the poor ,the disabled and the Dalits.”

      I hate to agree with you.

      If he were alive today he wouldn’t tolerate the Sinhala/Buddhist Brahmins and their descendants for what they dish out to the people, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and my people.

      Therefore in the name of Buddha let us reclaim Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhist Brahmins.

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    Senguttuvan

    Booruwa sounds like a derivative of burro, Portuguese for donkey.

    “Nalin and Gunda Amare came here only 400 years ago brought in by the Dutch for Tobacco cultivation. What do these two chaps smoke usually?”

    As long as the people are stupid Nalin variety can write anything and literally get away with murder.

    The discussion I have had with Navin earlier amply demonstrate their position. Prof Indrapala’s 1965 thesis comes handy to pervert the course of history.

    Since then new researches have emerged yet Navin does not want to update his knowledge of the island’s history.

    Another by the name of Shiva Shankaran Sharma dismisses the new researches in under sea archaeology.

    Ananda Gunatilaka published a paper in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka in 2000 which deals with sea level changes over many thousands of years and its impact on the island’s shores. Much of the paper was based on Dr SU Deraniyagala’s work on Prehistory of Sri Lanka.

    Sea Levels As Historical Time Makers in Prehistoric Studies.
    by Ananda Gunatilaka
    JRASSL NS VOL XLV 2000

    For Dummy historians civilisation in Sri Lanka started only after the arrival of Vijaya and his thugs.

    Dr SU Deraniyagala authoritatively proved there was a settled people with all the civilisational attributes, lived, tamed animals, iriigated and toiled the farms in Anuradhapura 300 years before the arrival of the Kallathonies.

    The purpose of Nalin’s people is to completely deny my people’s past.

    I hope Colombo Telegraph would consider publishing this paper here at a later date.

    What do you think about Kamalika’s history for dummies?

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    Dear Native Veddah:

    Sudarshan S and Shiran D are academics with a scholarly Archeological inclination whose impressive work has a global audience of experts. Their work is widely respected and relied upon by relevant quarters in India as well.

    Kamalika, the late Gamini Irriyagolle and the other two mentioned by you have been found to manufacture “instant history” to suit particular Agendas. The JHU always has ready room to accommodate in their front chairs this particular and dubious variety. Indrapala fell into this category until he emigrated to Australia and turned turtle admitting he forgot some part of our antique history.
    Very soon Booruwansa may be embellished as Doctor of History by that “senior Lawyer” probably with that legal wonder who got 98% by his side. The other Learned Doctor – now as Carpetbagger in Kelaniya – may not be there because it is learnt he has gone underground – again.
    This time for the Madawala murder. The pious pilgrims and people of Kelaniya are bracing for the next round of armed and gun-fire gang warfare. For the moment the people of Kelaniya have their right to eat meat restored – thanks to the magnanimity of Kudu Mervin, who, since the Royalty took over, controls all matters of how they dress, eat, drink, grow vegetables and even live.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      Thanks for your comment.

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    Sumane,

    Sri Lanka today, with all its faults that I sometimes justifiably complain of, is well ahead of neighbouring India, which, as a visiting Writer noted is not more than an open latrine. Sri Lanka is light years ahead on the average although we still remain one of the better 3rd world countries. But let us remember, as Arundathi Roy, noted India is several countries living in several centuries simultaneously
    within a cacophony of tongues and conflicting religions and cultures.

    I had with me, as our guest, a brilliant former Foreign Secy of India who wrote years ago every Indian has to feel ashamed that, despite much advancement in industry and agriculture, they are unable to provide healthy drinking water to more than 80% of its population. The situation is no better today. Even the water one bathes in 5-star hotels there is suspect. Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta may be industrial metropolises but their advancement has in no way improved the common health facilities of the country. India, to a visitor, remains a source of communicable diseases of several kinds at the sametime.

    A selfish India has failed to lift the standards of its poor and marginalised whereas, in the one but last meeting of the Chinese Peoples Congress they raised the living standards of nearly 450 million of their (Chinese) people. Having a few Ambanis, Godrejes, Narayanasamys, Premjees, Varodas et al is not progress. Helping to lift the living, sanitation, water, housing, health levels is. Fortunately an alert and sharp media, a growing educated class and an active judiciary offer challenges to that uncaring India. Every Indian must feel ashamed there was hardly a middle-class (it is better in the past few years) in the giant Sub-Continent of the super-rich and the incredibly poor. In describing the wide disparities a teacher of mine – a British lady – decades ago used to tell me “in India there are 3 varieties of the female gender – ladies, women and female”
    This has not changed much since then although democracy and education has – considerably.

    So the work Prince Siddarth engaged in 2,400 years ago to usher in social justice continues – with Gandhiji then and now with Anna Hazare, Swami Ramji and others raising the necessary consciousness I am tempted to mention Narenda Modi – but that is a hot potato.

    Senguttuvan

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      Now you are talking Mr Sengutuan.

      My mate from Calcutta, who earns his dough working in Lanka, said that we don’t realise what a good place we have.

      He said Rajapaksa may be crooked, but he has done a great deal to improve the lot.

      And I agree with him,

      So why don’t we pull together to make it even better for the long suffering poor in all parts.

      Help make the villages become towns, and the towns in to cities.

      Help to get rid of drug dealers,and gansters,

      More the West and the our own Foreigners bag Rajapaksas, more powerful Mervyns become among their electors.

      Forget about the Foreigners, whether they are ex Veddas, Sinhalese or Tamils.

      They are only interested in having a good time as tourists, but paying local’s rates.

      Forget about the high Echelons among the elitists, who have their own agendas.the likes of our CJ family and her legal and political caravan.

      Once the majority of the population have a descent standard of living, they will listen to alternative Economic theories and solutions.

      Until then Mervyns and Somawansas will use them to their advantage.

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    Sumane:

    Just for friendly chatter only, my friend. You say “in contrast Sinhala Buddhists do not have any Dalits among them” Well! Well! Well! Why is Booruwansa often derided as Beraya. Lalith and Gamini, in particular, gave Premadasa quite a time during the 1977-1989 years in the House, didn’t they? I still remember one when the question of
    the local genre and nobility came in RP tried to get into the discussion. Gamini cut him down saying “you will never understand that” ??? Even today’s resistance from within to Sajith’s fond wish has this flavour playing a role, right? And it was for a particular reason DGH Sirisena was given nomination to the dual-seat of Akurana and Asoka Karunaratne to that close to Mawanelle (?) But I will agree with you the PQL of the Dalits of the UP/Rajasthan/Bihar/Orissa and their cousins in the South here are qualitatively different.

    Senguttuvan

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      What about the poor Doby woman who had a separate low chair, even in not so well off households in the Village.

      Parents would keep their daughters as spinsters rather than giving them in marriage to families whom they thought were lower caste.

      Things have changed a lot in the village, And it is the education and the dollars the poor even could earn from the ME.

      That is why we have to focus on lifting the living standards among the Village poor.

      You are right on the money on Premadasa and the other pollies whom ,the Elite collegues considered lower class as well as lower caste, and gave them a hard time.

      You know what?. although the the discriminators are from opposite sides in politics, they were in one team when it came to the caste.

      Being the wise guy you are with regards to the Srilankan scene, no need to tell you the most recent example of this Elitist discrimination.

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    Wan’t Paba raped?
    Anarkali?
    What happened?

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    Describe by Keith Austin who traveled to Sri Lanka courtesy of World Expeditions.
    Wonder land
    Sri Lanka is a beautiful and deeply spiritual country, watched over by Buddha.
    Sri Lanka is collection of wildlife and exotic jungle culture that is unique and distinct from all of Asia.
    Today Sri Lanka is a beautiful and deeply spiritual country where almost every road junction is watched over by a Buddha; or a Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god; or the Virgin Mary; or Christ on the Cross. I must have missed all of this five months ago when I was in Sri Lanka what a change.

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    Prabakaran once said that the Sinhalese people have very short memories. Have you ever come across a Tamil who publicly condemns the Tiger terrorists even if they had killed their own family members and fellow Tamils? Answer is no. Look at all the Singhala traitors and big mouthed Pundits who continuously attack our great leader Mahinda. It is the Singhalese way. These Singhalese traitors were very quiet when LTTE and JVP were killing the Singhalese. Now they have come out of the woodwork and abuse Mahinda and his government who saved the Country. The UNP were willing to handover one third of SriLanka to the Sun God Prabakaran and also were willing to make him the Chief Minister of the North and East. Why worry about an impeachment of a dodgy Chief Justice? She was appointed by Mahinda but she was found to be of questionable character. So what Mahinda could not tell before hand the CJ was going to be like that? He appointed CJ in good faith and why blame him for that. Once Mahinda leaves the Presidency the spineless UNP and the extremist JVP will ruin this country and the Tigers will be back and will take over the country. Still the Singhala traitors will be happy and will be ready to lick the terrorists boots. You Singhalese traitors you deserve this. You Singhalese you are doomed. Love to all! Sudu Akka

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    Sumane, my friend

    What you see as development are those projects of which you see only 50% of it costs the country. It costs double that sum for the country which you, I and our children will have to pay. Most are roads and sea-ports, airports, overhead bridges and bridges given to suspect Chinese and Korean firms of doubtful integrity. That is what I object to. Who is the Lankan who will not like his villages being changed into towns
    and towns into cities? After all everyone of us will benefit if that were so. But we must be circumspect in not missing the woods for the trees. Breaking walls in Colombo 7, sprucing up the Race Course is not developing Colombo city. One of these days that overhead road and rail bridge close to Lake House and the Regal Theatre will collapse
    killing hundreds. The Colombo General Hospital should be enabled to take in double the present load to save the people from the clutches of rapacious private mega-hospitals. Affordable, modern bus-train service to carry the increasing number of passengers is a priority. Why are not these treated as priority?

    It is the wholesale stealing and cheating we object to. We care very little if it is the UPFA/PA, UNP or JVP in power. What we ask for is the country to be developed nation-wide. The Rajapakses have failed in the last 6 years and have no idea where they are heading and taking the country. It is chaos and disorder all over. It will not surprise me if the army decides to step in soon and disgrace all of us in that enviable record of over 6 decades of parliamentary rule.

    Senguttuvan

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