The Sunday Leader

‘The Face Of Buddhist Terror?’

For a majority Buddhist country, the politics of Myanmar is complex. And if one wants to, it’s not difficult to draw comparisons between Myanmar and Sri Lanka, given the religious history shared between the two states. Sadly, the comparisons drawn today are not along these lines. Neither are they ones that are comparable to the teachings of the Buddha. They are based on the violence that the notorious 969 Movement in Myanmar, under the infamous priest, Ven. Wirathu engages in, and those of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).

The similarities are quite uncanny if you want to check for comparisons. The rhetoric is even more frighteningly so. The run up to the violence is also very similar – the same vein in which the Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka warns the country against a Muslim invasion, the infamous 969 Movement of Myanmar has been rousing the Buddhists with. Their charge is the same – that Saudi Arabian funds are behind the conspiracy to take over the Buddhist country, and of secret meetings inside mosques. They too insist that Buddhists should not conduct any business with Muslims. They warn against intermarriages between the two communities. It’s almost as if it is a shared script – the theatrics being almost identical.

When 45 year old Aye Aye Naing, a Buddhist woman from Pyon Kout in Myanmar went to a Muslim shop to pawn a gold hair clip on March 20, 2013, it was unlikely that she thought the transaction would be the precursor to a massacre that the country witnessed barely 24 hours later. According to reports, the bargaining for the clip took an ugly turn when the shop owner had tried to offer half of its value, claiming it was damaged. The resultant slap on her face by the owner had led to her husband getting involved – and he was assaulted by three assistants working in the shop.

 

Fuelled by communal slurs

When the police arrived, the onlookers who were Buddhists were clearly ready to take matters into their own hands. Fuelled by communal slurs, witnesses claim that a few minutes later, the enraged mobs were already after Muslim establishments. The building where the shop was housed was destroyed.

By 5.00 pm that evening, the people, reportedly fuelled by leaflets distributed a couple of weeks earlier of a Muslim conspiracy, were now geared towards a violent resolution of the issue. Witnesses claim that a Muslim gang had attacked a cyclist whose pillion rider was a monk. They had thereafter set fire to the rider, and had attacked the monk who had succumbed to his injuries in hospital several hours later. As a Buddhist man had gone crying to the market that a ‘Buddhist monk has been killed,’ it became the justification the mobs had needed to act. By evening, several homes, a mosque and a children’s home had been set on fire, and the Muslim people were on the run.

Very similar to the allegations levelled against the police in Sri Lanka on how they handled or mishandled the violence in Aluthgama, the Burmese police too were charged with watching in their hundreds as the violence had escalated. As many as two hundred policemen had watched people being butchered, and homes and religious places being burned. By midnight that same day, the police were recalled. There were reportedly 10 policemen left in the village by 4.00 am the following morning, as the Muslims had armed themselves in retaliation.

They kill an old Buddhist man. By the end of the day, 26 people were reported as being killed, and within the next three days, a further 20 were said to be killed. Witnesses claim that Buddhist mobs carrying machetes had chased the people. The bodies were later set on fire by the mobs. Approximately 12,000 people were driven out of their homes, and rendered displaced by day four. This was the same movement that was behind the violence the previous year which had left a further 200 dead and approximately 140,000 people displaced.

 

Violence due to a petty scuffle

One cannot but draw comparisons between this incident and the one that shed blood in Aluthgama, killing four people and destroying homes and businesses of the Muslim community in June this year. A further 165 were left injured and 150 buildings were destroyed. In a similar fashion, the violence had begun due to a petty scuffle. A three-wheeler carrying a Buddhist priest had been attempting to overtake a motorcycle carrying two Muslim youths, who had prevented the three-wheeler from passing. The ensuing verbal exchange had turned violent as the Muslim youths had attacked the Buddhist priest who was later admitted to hospital. It was the rumour of the priest dying in hospital that had set the grounds for the BBS to put its politics into place the following day.

The Bodu Bala Sena stand accused with evidence of inciting hatred and pushing the people towards violence following a meeting in Aluthgama town hours after the incident. Calling for revenge from the Muslims, the meeting was followed by what was clearly a well-planned mob attack on  Muslim houses and businesses in the area. Witnesses from the area insist the mobs were not from the area. For days afterwards, the town and the vicinity required Army and STF protection.

Today, many Buddhists in Myanmar shun Muslim businesses, and vice versa. Sectarian politics had successfully created anger, fear and hatred between the communities. Even the liberal Buddhists don’t interfere in fear of retaliation from the 969.

The history behind the number 969 is also interesting. They use the number they claim that symbolizes Buddhism as a challenge against the 786 used by the Muslims in their businesses to signify the Prophet Muhammed. Ven. Wirathu’s movement believes the number is significant of world domination that the Muslims seek in the 21st century.

When this monk is invited to the country to address a convention of the group that shares the ideology, it helps to be mindful. Mindful of the danger, the vulnerabilities of the ignorant, and the instability such politics can create. It is also to the duty of the State to ensure that the growing fears in the Muslims who had witnessed their plight at the hands of the mobs in Aluthgama, are addressed. These are not fears that an administration seeking international support on the basis of equal treatment to its minorities can afford.

Calling himself the “Burmese bin Laden” Ven. Wirathu who was released from prison in 2012, was allegedly behind the extremist anti-Muslim actions that fuel Myanmar today. It is equally difficult to believe that behind the serene face of Ven. Wirathu, there is such a multitude of complex emotions. The violence he has espoused against the minority Muslim community is even more difficult to condone. His movement, 969, is accused of continuing to practice sectarian politics.

 

Ideologies of 969

Like the BBS did last week at its Sangha Council, the 969 also demands that Myanmar recognize Buddhism as the State religion. A manifesto that is drawn on very similar lines to the ideologies of the 969, the BBS also demands the government of greater recognition and protection for the Sinhala Buddhists. Its architect, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara insists that if the administration fails in this, he will find the solutions himself. In an interview with The Sunday Leader (appearing elsewhere in the paper) the thera speaks of ‘democratic’ means to this end – possibly alluding to the Presidential poll.

It’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dilantha Withanage, also insists that ‘there should be only one nationality in the country – that is Sinhalese.’

“Tamils who live in this country should be Sinhala Tamils. Muslims who live here should be Sinhala Muslims and Hindus who live here should be Sinhala Hindus,” he claims in a dangerously irrational turn of events. The growth and promotion of the group are not elements that a country moving out of a three decades-long war should be entertaining. The violence openly espoused by the BBS deserves condemnation at the highest level. Communal politics cannot be afforded growth in a war-weary Sri Lanka at this stage.

It would be to President Rajapaksa’s credit if he were to take a cue from his own neighbouring giant, India. Barely months after assuming duties as the Prime Minister of the global economic giant, Narendra Modi had expressed the desire to move to the Maharashtra State polls minus the controversial Shiv Sena party within his coalition. The political maturity with which Modi drops the extremists’ party in his capacity as Premier of a country that needs to co-exist between a myriad of communities, is to be hailed. Similarly, the need for President Rajapaksa to rid the baggage of such extremists elements within the UPFA itself, that has and can continue to play mischief, cannot be ignored.

31 Comments for “‘The Face Of Buddhist Terror?’”

  1. Rogger

    hey you writer,don’t give incentives for the worst barbaric cult! just see what they preach & practice 100%,
    1. “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran2:191
    “Make war on the infidels(non believers of
    Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
    “When opportunity arises, kill the
    infidels(non believers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
    • Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find
    harshness in you.
    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran3:85
    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
    fight them.”… Koran 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they
    criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
    hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
    to fight them.” Koran 8:65
    “Muslims must not take the infidels(non
    believers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28
    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
    other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
    the infidels(non believers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

    *As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
    anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
    which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
    from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
    kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its
    spread).
    This outlines the true Muslim agenda: lie when it is convenient, kill when lying fails.
    * A Muslim apostate (one who leaves the faith) must be killed. (Koran chapter 9, verse 12)
    2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
    Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
    context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
    and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
    disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
    wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
    rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
    rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
    affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
    Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
    fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
    mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
    command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
    And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

    • Salaam

      Your interoperation to Quran is like calling you by part of your name Rog ( Rogue) . You need to read the complete verse instead of quoting what you want from a verse.
      For e.g your first complain is about verse 2:191.
      Please read the following verses from 2:190 to 192 which are self explanatory.

      “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. (190) And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. (191) But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful. (192) ”
      These verses talk about retaliation when you have been attacked by enemies. I hope any man with common sense will want to retaliate when he is attacked. The beauty of these verses are Allah says , “do not transgress limits and Allah not love transgressors. ”
      In simple terms it prohibits war crimes.

      Likewise I can reply to all your baseless accusations but if someone has sickness in heart my answers will not make any difference.
      The real peace in life is when we submit our will to The Creator, who made you and me and this universe and all that exist. Not necessary to call him by the name only Allah , call him what ever the best name you think best suit to him.

    • Ahmed

      Rogger,
      You are misguided and you misinterpretation; your comments are incorrect. you are trying sell your corrupt, hatred and racist ideas. Today problem created by politicians. countries unrest due to political issues of those countries fueled by western. Iraq, Syria, palastine etc.
      You frog come out of the well

    • observer

      @ Rogger, you are trying to misguide the people who do not know what is Quran.
      You are an idiot in terms of your knowledge about Quran. You have just taken some verses out of context. You can quote many verses like this but the actual meaning of these verses are not complete if you don’t read the previous verse or the next verse in the same chapter. For example:

      2:190. And fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not commit aggression; God does not love the aggressors

      2:191 [And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.]

      next verse: 192. But if they cease, then God is Forgiving and Merciful

      next verse: 193. And fight them until there is no oppression, and worship becomes devoted to God alone. But if they cease, then let there be no hostility except against the oppressors.

      BUT WHAT DO AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS DID AND STILL DO IN THE OTHER COUNTRIES? WHO KILLS MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD?? IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, LIBYA, PAKISTAN, PALESTINE AND ETC..

    • M Azmath

      Do not take direct interpretation from Quran… in order get the whole picture you have to go through the time of revelation and the incidence of revelation…

      Go through entire frame then you will realize… the context of these sentences.

    • Steffran

      Rogger, you are picken from diffrent part. you have miss interpred the message. To be correct you should read the Whole/entirety. Please do not comment on somthing you do not understand or is bigger than you knowladge base. You can pick things like this from even tripitakaya. Sorry to see a person with such hate.
      You should did into the war period and check and see how much sri lanken muslims have helped to the countries well being and We all have lived for centuries without problems and now due to pritty external interfirence you’ll lost every value your religon has preached.

  2. Lima

    DO NOT LET THE BALU SENA TO RULE , BEFORE THE PUBLIC TAKE THE LAW TO THEIR HANDS LET THE GOVT DO THIS. A DAY WILL COME THEN IT IS TOO LATE , THEN THE PUBLIC WILL FIND FAULT WITH BALU SENA FOR CREATING THE TROUBLE FOR THE POEPLE , WHO LIVED A PEACEFUL LIFE , IT IS TOO LATE THEN , BUS IS GONE , THEN TASTE THE FOOD.

  3. Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

    Buddhist nationalism is growing in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and along with this attacks on Muslms are becoming more common. Buddhism does not condone violence, and certainly does not promote a hierarchy of beliefs with Buddhism at the top. There is simply no place in Buddhism for jingoism, nationalism and other forms of intolerance and hatred and to say otherwise is not only incorrect but a total corruption of Buddhist teachings.

    • Amarakoon

      Dear Uwage Perera, You are saying attacks on Muslims are becoming more common. Can you please substantiate this giving some examples in Sri Lanka. Are you aware that in Dargaa town prior to the incident few STF solders were attacked by Muslim extremists and grabbed their weapons and the victims ended up in a hospital? Are you aware on 12 June (one of the holiest full moon day/ Poson) Budhis monk was attacked by 3 Muslims? Are you aware, that in this case police delayed taking action for 6 hours even refusing to register the case? Why you singled out Buddhism? It is sad that media in Sri Lanka reported only aan one side passing judgements. In other religions do they approve violence? Do other religions have licence to kill, rape and destroy? Same argument was raised when the terror outfit LTTE were engaged in atrocities. Your line of doctrine didn’t stop encroaching Wilpatty national park by Muslim extremists, destroying Muhudu maha vihara and Kuragala. Take international examples what happened to Nalanada university, Moldue island, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia. Buddha’s last words were “act without delay’. There are many Buddhists in Sri Lanka follow Budhas reaching stricly and shorten ‘Sasara’. That said this is the time to act and face Muslim aggression and so called Jihadies. I know people like you want Buddhists to meditate under a coconut tree eating Banana.

    • Senaratne

      Yes all that is true but just because we are Buddhists that doesn’t mean we have to play deaf and dumb while the Muslims and Christians systematically eliminate Buddhism in Sri Lanka!

      Would Prabahakaran have listened if we had preached Meththa, Karuna and Upekkha to him and his blood thirsty lot?

      The Evangelical Christians and the Islamic Fundamentalists are no different to the LTTE!

  4. Malin

    This article is anti Buddhists. They show the Muslims as peace loving disciplined community. Their innocence is amply demonstrated with ISIS killing their own God’s people. Further just as much as the USA, UK, and other Christian countries called CHRISTIAN COUNTRIES, Middle Eastern countries are called Muslims, why cannot we call Sri Lanka a Buddhist country?

    • Sylvia Haik

      USA has more non-Christians than Christians. Anyway the original inhabitants had no religion except belief in Mother Nature, as we all should. In UK Christian Catholics were killing Christian Protestants for 30 years. Even among the supposedly Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia is vastly different to Turkey or Indonesia. It is no good to generalise. Sri Lanka already has a beautiful name, why do you want to call it differently.

  5. Mohamed Deen

    I am in agreement with the Author on this article. Yet, if you draw comparison between the Muslims in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, there are differences. Mostly Muslims in Myanmar are of the Bangladeshi dissent and they have crossed to Myanmar to indulge in business activities. Some of them do not have their Myanmar identity. But, the muslims in Sri Lanka are democratic citizens of this country and they are with the majority even during the decade old separatist war. The current government was helped by the SLMC MPs to obtain the 2/3rd majority in parliament which the president enjoys to be the Execcutive President for life time. Yet, the so called 969 will breath only until the regime changes in Bangladesh. The current Bangladeshi government is very corrupt and a dictatorship occurs by the current leadership. Her days are numbered and then the next person to elect will be a fundementalist from the Jamathul Islamiah sect, that may draw comparison to Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. They will aid and abeit a strugle againt the 969 and the repurcussions will be severe that Myanmar will plunge deep into economic hardships. No country will progress when their is marginalisation by the ruling government. I guess the current UNP under Ranil will be a better choice at the moment and Sajith to be his Deputy and the Prime Minister and then to take over from Ranil.

    • justice seeker

      Mohamed Deen is wrong. He is unaware that it is the Rohingya Muslims who speak a dialect related to Bengali and lived in the region of Arakan during British colonial days. But the rest of the Muslim population of Burma who live in other parts of Burma are Burmese speaking and are ethnically not related to the Rohingya.

      As for Rogger, his entire letter is a travesty of truth with deliberate misquotations and falsifications- that are absolutely contemptible.

    • Dear Brother M Deen.

      All the Mayammar Muslims are not Banladesi’s. They having the very big history behind.Who are the Rohingiya Muslims?
      The history of Rohingya community in Burma goes back to 8th century as they claim to be original settlers of Rakhine (Arakan) province the country while tracing their ancestry to Arab traders. Bengali Muslims from neighboring Bengal (which then included Bangladesh also) started arriving in Rakhine after King Narameikhla (1430–1434) retained his throne with the help of Sultan of Bengal of that time. Besides, a large number of Bengalis migrated to Rakhine during the British rule which encouraged Bengali inhabitants to migrate to fertile valleys of Arakan as agriculturalists.

      Rohingyas practice Sunni Islam. Because the government restricts educational opportunities for them, many pursue only basic Islamic studies.
      A brief history of persecution of Rohingyas
      This is not the first time that Rohingya Muslims were persecuted in Myanmar. In their history, such mass killings and exodus have happened several times.

      The annexation of the independent province of Rakhine in 1784 by the Burmese government came up with discriminatory policies and persecution of Rohingyas. They were marginalized and the Myanmar government put several restrictions on their movement, their marriage, and constantly confiscated their land and drove them to annihilation. It is said as many as 35,000 Arakanese people fled to the neighbouring Chittagong region of British Bengal in 1799 to avoid Burmese persecution and seek protection from British India. The Burmese rulers executed thousands of Arakanese men and deported a considerable portion of the Arakanese population to central Burma, leaving Arakan as a scarcely populated area by the time the British occupied it

      During World War II, Japanese forces invaded Burma, then under British colonial rule. The British forces retreated and in the power vacuum left behind, considerable violence erupted. This included communal violence between Buddhist Rakhine people and Muslim Rohingya villagers. The period also witnessed violence between groups loyal to the British and Burmese nationalists. The Rohingyas supported the Allies during the war and opposed the Japanese forces. The Japanese committed atrocities toward thousands of Rohingyas, including rape, torture, and murder. In this period, some 22,000 Rohingya are believed to have crossed the border into Bengal, then part of British India, to escape the violence. Some 40,000 Rohingya eventually fled to Chittagong after repeated massacres by the Burmese and Japanese forces.

      In 1947, Rohingyas formed Mujahid Party which supported jihad movement in northern Arakan. The aim of Mujahid Party was to create a Muslim Autonomous state in Arakan. But after the 1962 coup d’etat by General Ne Win, military operations targeted them over a period of two decades. The prominent one was “Operation King Dragon” which took place in 1978; as a result, many Muslims in the region fled to neighboring country Bangladesh as refugees. Over 200,000 Rohingyas are said to have fled to Bangladesh following the ‘King Dragon’ operation of the Myanmar army. Officially this campaign aimed at “scrutinizing each individual living in the state, designating citizens and foreigners in accordance with the law and taking actions against foreigners who have filtered into the country illegally.” This military campaign, in effect, directly targeted civilians, and resulted in widespread killings, rape and destruction of mosques and further religious persecution.

      During 1991-92 a new wave of atrocities forced over a quarter of a million Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh. They reported widespread forced labor, as well as summary executions, torture, and rape. They said they were forced to work without pay by the Burmese army on infrastructure and economic projects, often under harsh conditions. Many other human rights violations occurred in the context of forced labor of Rohingya civilians by the security forces.

    • jayanta

      This article looks into one side only and therefore,it is biased.
      ISLAMISTS TERRORISTS ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PREACHINGS OF KORANTHE FIRST COMMENT ABOVE BY ROGGER EXTENSIVELY QUOTE KORAN.WHICH PREACHES VIOLENCE ,INTOLERANCE AND TERROR AGAINST NON BELIEVERS OF ISLAM.THERFORE ATTACK THE SOURCE OF TERROR ;ISLAM OR ANY RELIGION WHICH PREACHES VIOLENCE SHOULD BE BANNED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

    • Senaratne

      Yes sure, and let Ranil and Sajith repeat their excellent work of 2002 once again (Cease fire agreement)

    • Rohanana

      Hey Deen, Some of your views I can’t agree due to evidence and history says differently. Sinhalese always helped Muslims and Tamils in every way they can in the past. Lets take 2/3 majority, even without that he will be President for 12 years. What about Hakeem and others of their party. They would have never become Ministers and enjoy all the perks and corruption they are enjoying now, yet that rascal goes out and condemn Sri Lanka every opportunity he has. This shows what a Bastard he is. Why doesn’t he leave the government if he thinks like that? Close to him knows what he is worth now. His father-in-Law I Quddus is a thief who stole 2000 pounds from me 28 years ago. I can give you details if you want. So let me remind you, Muslim congress is there for their own benefit and not for MR or Sri Lanka and they have an agenda. I personally believe in Sri Lanka Malays are mostly honest Islamists. It is the majority of the Muslims whose generations goes back to Sinhalese mothers are the ones who is trying to destroy Sinhalese and Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Just go to Babile road Gampola and see what those Mullas have done in the name of Allah and the Muslims there support that. How come Allah don’t punish them or Allah supporting that sort of behaviour? Bangladesh Muslims are no different and if you want I can forward what they are doing to Buddhists and what problems they have. Again this was a complete Buddhist area of India. So Muslims have this bad cruel and criminal attitude in the name of Allah. I am not surprised as I have read most of the Koran and Hadith which support this type of behaviour. Go to Akurana and other areas and see what they have done to Sinhala villages and towns. The only shop that has Sinhala words is the pawn shop. Why is that Deen? Explain to me. Evidence in Sri Lanka and arond the world shows Muslims are the worst hman beings who is following MuhMAD and his practices to destroy anyone and everything that don;t agree with them. Is this a Religion of God or Satan? Evidence shows Satan is behind and getting humans to do “ITS” work. If it is a God’s religion it would have stopped all these. What have the Muslims done to so many Buddhist countries in the past? History shows it is most dangerous cruelest ideology that has come to destroy free thinking innocent humans. No argument on that. This is why Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Buddhists are trying to protect before it is too late.

  6. ralahamy

    I thought Dilantha is a US citizen. If os, what is he doing here in Sri Lanka? Has he been sent here by the CIA to create chaos in Sri Lanka/=.

  7. Sylvia Haik

    We once espoused ‘Sinhala Only’ language and we are still suffering the consequences after half a century. Sinhala Only consequences as a country could be even worse. Is our zeal for this dubious prominence that strong that we would be prepared to sacrifice all that we have achieved internationally against much odds?

    • Senaratne

      Right, so lets lay on our backs, play dead and sing about Human rights and Harmony and co existence and all that nonsense and let them screw us over untill we wake up one fine morning and realize we are now living in the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF SHIA UL LANKA !

      And when (not IF) that happens lets see if they show us the same compassion, tolerance, co existence, human rights, minority rights, religious rights, constitutional rights and the kinder side of Prophet Mohamed’s teachings !

      Same goes for the Evangelical Christians and Catholics too! (Thats if they beat the Muslims to the finish line – then we’ll be called HEAVENLY GOD’S KINGDOM OF BLESSED LANKA !

  8. ajith

    This article was written with misleading facts. The sunday leader is usually known to be an antibuddhist and anti sihaleese paper which is usually spreading prowestern
    conspirating ideologies against the country.In the past this paper was run by an impotent ,idiot who is not alive now. Whoever the coward idiot who has written this letter, doesnot have a backbone to publish his/her identity.
    Fortunately this paper is very unpopular in srilanka .Anyway you need to give the true facts when you are doing ethical journalism.This writter doesnot see the terror
    released by muslim,and juish around the world.

  9. Yasin

    The article is unbiased and well written. religious terrorism is like leprosy,
    contagious and dangerous and must be nipped in the bud. However, sadly in Sri Lanka it is fanatically nurtured and supported by the administration which reflect badly and dangerously on them. Yet it is never too late to unroot the young tree.

  10. Rohanana

    This is another ignorant person trying to start hatred writing like this. This person is either stupid or ignorant of the history. Buddhists followed Buddha’s word as best as they can otherwise everyone will be a arahath and unlike other religions Buddha has given the freedom to believe and practice what is best for you. It doesn’t promote violence like Islam or Christianity. This person needs to find out what happened to many Buddhist countries around the world. It is time some of us stand up to these terrorists otherwise there will be no Buddhism in Sri Lanka or remaining Buddhist countries. We all know what Christian Western countries did to Sri Lanka also. So first go and tell those terrorist Muslims and Evangelists in Sri Lanka to mind their own religion and not hatred or try to destroy Buddhism and Sinhala race from Sri Lanka. Go to Babile road in Gampola to see what Muslims are doing to destroy Sinhala and Buddhism. Our ancestors fought to protect this beautiful MOTHER LANKA for us to enjoy and it is not the Muslims or Christians did it. It is the Sinhalese who sacrificed to save again from the Tamil terrorists. So rather than criticising unfairly play tribute to those who has made possible for you the freedom to live and write like this. Otherwise yo become an idiot.

  11. I like to comment on a promise made this week by president Rajapakse that he will make all people have houses by 2016.

    Our politicos kept on making false and unattainable promises to thr people from 1950′s and fooled them since then.

    People still go to bed hungry and they look helpless as they look for food even at dump sites.

    Our national cake has been hijacked by a few at the expense of the poor and ordinary people.

    The story of SL for the past six decades has become a story of two people. They are;

    1. The inner circle that consists of those in power, their selected ones and
    the hard core wealthiest feeding and lavishing to the maximum-the elite-

    2. The outer circle that holds commoners and ordinary people who have
    waited too long to have a fair share of national cake, to ëat”"and live
    better.

    Now the sorrow of the poor majority has become the joy of the elite.

    We need change. We can do better and move forward. We need a l;earned peoples’ movement and not the rotten politics of politicos.

  12. Buddhadasa

    This is cowardly and article written without the name of the author, most probably a Christian who is taking an opportunistic attack at Buddhism or a Muslim person. The fact is that Ven Virathu and BBS don’t have to demand that their countries to be proclaimed Buddhist countries, if the stupid author does his research well, he would know they are Buddhist countries, with a great majority of Buddhists in the countries and a great history of Buddhism. Except for the Muslim immigrants and descendants of westerners who forcibly settled in the country, all the other Muslims and Christians in these countries were Buddhists, who have been converted by various ways. See what happened to countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Korea and many others as examples, which were Buddhist countries completely changed now to be Christian and Muslim countries. The peace loving nature of the Buddhists has been taken advantage and the countries have been easily taken over the years.
    When the British colonised Sri Lanka it was called Sinhale consisting of mainly Sinhala people except a few immigrant Muslims and a few Christians, who changed their religion either to earn favours from the colonial Portugese and the Dutch. These foreign immigrants and colonial rulers have done so much harm to the Sinhale and now the Organization of Islamic Countries think that they could get Sri Lanka inside the Organization. How dare they think Sri Lanka a Muslim Country ! On might consider Britain, and other EU countries as well inside OIC then as these countries all have a few percentage of Muslims!

  13. Senaratne

    These people will not be jumping up and down if the actions and messages of the BBS hasn’t started to hit them where it hurts the most…….the belly (their wallets)!

  14. Malin

    that Saudi Arabian funds are behind the conspiracy to take over the Buddhist country, and of secret meetings inside mosques.
    This is the crux of the conflict. Once ISIS take over Middle East then it will be countries like Sri Lanka to Muslimise.
    Roger has hit the nail on the head in his comments about the Muslim extremists.

  15. Vichara

    It is a fact that most countries in the world are named after the majority nationality. Within that nationality there could be many communities eg. Germany, France, Russia.
    At Independence if Ceylon was named as Sinhale there is nothing wrong if Tamils were called Sinhale Tamils.(not Sinhalese Tamils which is a distortion by the writer).
    Well, there are African Americans and Malaysian Chinese.

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