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Watch Out. The Sinha-Le Campaign gathers Momentum

SinhaLe SINHALE BADGE …. OR “The island nation of SINHALE” as it was phrased in the email circular I received

These images are just what the Tamil extremists wanted… and want. So, as indicated in other posts, we see the two poles stirring each other. It would seem to be a repetition of  a process some of us witnessed in the late 1950s and thereafter. Or is it? There are, surely, some differences? ….even frightening differences? I invite readers to present their thoughts on this point. Michael Roberts

SIHALE CAMPAIGN 1  Continue reading

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Beyond the Saffron Robe: Virulent Bhikkhus in Burma and Sri Lanka

Amanda Hodge, in the Weekend Australian Magazine, 5 December 2015, where the title is “Losing Their Religion” and where the web-version has the heading “Buddhist monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka preach anti-Islam message” … and do please visit the internet link to see thee many comments drawn by this article, mostly from Aussies but also from “Sunil” — Editor, Thuppahi  = http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/buddhist-monks-in-myanmar-and-sri-lanka-preach-anti-islam-message/story-e6frg8h6-1227634213663?sv=b6c5f520b02333c7386c5daca57c0533

aa-wirathu theroAshin Wirathu Thero sits primly beneath a flashing neon Buddha at his Mandalay monastery, a few dozen saffron-robed novice monks at his feet.

The walls of the ­classroom from which he delivers hate-filled lectures are plastered with images of the two most ­dominant Buddhists in this part of the world: Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, who founded the religion 2600 years ago), and ­Venerable Wirathu himself, the self-styled ­Buddhist defender at the helm of an extremist nationalist movement that threatens to destabilise Myanmar’s democratic transition. Continue reading

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Rajapaksa One-Family Show in the Gunsights at Presidential Election

 Razeen Sally, courtesy of Wall Street Journal 15 December 2014 and The Australian 17 December 2014, where the title reads “Sri Lankan Election is a Chance to end Rajapaksa’s One-Family Show”

AA--the R BROTHERLY LOVE: President Mahinda Rajapaksa (in white and wearing a scarf) rules the country with his son and two brothers, including Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (to his right), and assorted members of the Rajapaksa clan. ASSOCIATED PRESS

When President Mahinda Rajapaksa called a snap election last month in Sri Lanka, it appeared he would cruise to a third term. But a hitherto feeble and divided opposition has since rallied behind a common presidential candidate for the Jan. 8 vote. Only a month ago, Maithripala Sirisena was a cabinet minister and general-secretary of the ruling party. Now suddenly Sri Lanka could be at a turning point after almost a decade of Rajapaksa rule.

The president is campaigning on his economic record after comprehensively defeating the Tamil Tigers in 2009. And on the surface, Sri Lanka looks a lot better off for his leadership. After a quarter-century of civil war, people can go about their daily lives without fear. Roads, bridges, railways and power projects have come to fruition. Colombo and many other towns have been beautified. Tourism has bounced back, with post-war arrivals hitting all-time highs. Continue reading

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A Message for Today and Tomorrow in 2015-and-Thereafter

anti racism 1--Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake

NOTA BENE: this advice during a poignant moment one July 24th cuts several ways: it must be directed not only at the pukka Sinhalayo, but also at the pukka Tamils, pukka Muslims and the remnant pukka Burghers (if any of the latter still remain in Sri Lanka). Continue reading

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Buddhist Extremists in Sri Lanka and Burma on the Warpath

Latheef Farook, courtesy of Colombo Telegraph, 11 October 2014, where the title is “BBS – Wirathu Agreement: Declaration Of War On Muslims In Sri Lanka And South Asia”

Anti Muslim Sinhala racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena(BBS), which does not represent the mainstream Sinhala Buddhists, but had done considerable damage to pit Sinhalese against Muslims in the name of Sinhalese and Buddhism, together with Myanmar’s convicted criminal Ashin Wirathu, have declared war on Islam and Muslims in Sri Lanka and in South Asia. As part of this program the two sides, BBS and 969, also signed a special agreement aimed at creating South Asia free of what they described as (Islamic) terrorism and religious fundamentalism.

bhikkhus listen to Wirathuv-AFP Bhikkhus listen to Wirathu at Sugathadasa stadium, Colombo — Pic AFP

Addressing the Sangha Council meeting, organized with pomp and pageantry by the BBS costing millions of rupees on Sunday 28 September 2014 at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ashin Wirathu, the dreaded leader of the 969 movement, the architect of the massacre of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and described by TIME magazine as the “face of the Buddhist terror” told, that his organization 969 would work with the BBS to fight so called Islamic terrorism. Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: The American Contribution to the Current Crisis in Sri Lanka

Rajiva Wijesinha** responding to an Editorial Request to comment on Daya Gamage: “The American Agenda for Sri Lanka’s National Issue,” …. https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/the-american-agenda-for-sri-lankas-national-issues-1970s-2014/

The request to write an article on US Policy towards Sri Lanka in 2008/2009 came at a timely moment, for I had been reflecting in some anguish on the crisis that the Sri Lankan government is now facing. I believe that this crisis is of the government’s own creation, but at the same time I believe that its root causes lie in US policy towards us during the period noted.

Nishan de Mel of Verite Research, one of the organizations now favoured by the Americans to promote change, accused me recently of being too indulgent to the Sri Lankan government. I can understand his criticism, though there is a difference between understanding some phenomenon and seeking to justify it. My point is that, without understanding what is going on, the reasons for what a perceptive Indian journalist has described as the ‘collective feeling that the Sri Lankan State and Government are either unable or unwilling’ to protect Muslims from the current spate of attacks, we will not be able to find solutions. Continue reading

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Victimized Muslims of Aluthgama-Beruwela express Grief and Legitimate Resentment

Dharisha Bastians, courtesy of Daily FT, 19 June 2014 ……. http://www.ft.lk/2014/06/19/what-was-our-crime/

Thousands of displaced people in the riot-rocked towns of Beruwala and Aluthgama are too afraid to go home again – and many of them have no homes to return to

Muslims protests etc- BBS 44…..Pix by Ishara S. Kodikara (AFP) and Shilpa Samaratung

The watcher at the Al Humeisara Central College in China Fort is compulsive about keeping the tall gates padlocked at all times. He ushers authorised vehicles in and hurriedly shuts the gates behind them, casting furtive looks on the road outside. Inside the closely-guarded gates, schoolroom desks and chairs are stacked in corners. All the signs of mass displacement abound – large water tanks, truckloads of relief items and make-shift first aid centres. Infants and toddlers snooze in the stifling noon day heat on the floors of fly-infested classrooms. Some of them are only a few weeks old. The children seem to be the only ones removed from the anger and sorrow that is pervasive in the schoolyard. Thrilled to be skipping school and surrounded by dozens of playmates, they put the Al Humeisara swing sets and climbing frames to good use. It could be Vavuniya or Batticaloa five or six years ago. Except that the camp lies barely 60 kilometres from the capital Colombo and this is not a war zone. Continue reading

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