Category Archives: fundamentalism

Violence in Sri Lanka: Slipshod Scholarship

Michael Roberts

I recently circulated a whole set of articles by some Muslim scholars (located in the Eastern Province and abroad) as well as a few others in Western universities — mostly written in the 2011-19 period. I am beginning to go through them slowly when I can carve out time for this set of tasks. A few have focused on the incidence of crime and communal violence in the post 2009 period.

What strikes me on reading these ventures is the limited degree of reading of past works that has been pursued and the appalling gaps in their background – lapses which also impinge on their comments on the death toll in the last stages of Eelam War IV.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, chauvinism, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, doctoring evidence, economic processes, electoral structures, fundamentalism, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, island economy, landscape wondrous, language policies, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, martyrdom, Muslims in Lanka, nationalism, NGOs, photography, politIcal discourse, power politics, racist thinking, Rajapaksa regime, religiosity, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, vengeance, war reportage, welfare & philanthophy, working class conditions, world events & processes

Sri Lanka TODAY = länket näthuwa …. Kota Uda!!

ONE ISSUE: to what extent has EXTREMISM been nourished by the particular electoral structures we have had from 1947 to 1977 and then from 1978 to 2015/19?

Comment from Ivan Amarasinghe in UK, 12 November 2019

Perhaps the piece that is cutoff had too many thorns, roughness, irritability and even poisonous to the welfare of the Lank-et wearer!😜🤣
The guy seems to say “better a loin cloth / amudey than a fully covered thorny Lank-et. 😡🤡

1 Comment

November 11, 2019 · 8:43 am

Hate. Where An Incisive Cartoon provokes Australian Invective

Michael Leunig, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 November 2019, where the title runs thus: “Aiming to stir the possum, I got engulfed in free-floating hate”

It was exactly 50 years ago that I started working as a full-time newspaper cartoonist, and as if to celebrate this anniversary, mysterious fate had me drawing a cartoon which brought so much hostile public reaction that I began to lie awake at night wondering why I had followed such a troubled, painful and precarious career path.

The cartoon at the centre of the controversy.
The cartoon at the centre of the controversy….. CREDIT:MICHAEL LEUNIG

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, Australian culture, australian media, cultural transmission, democratic measures, disparagement, fundamentalism, landscape wondrous, life stories, meditations, politIcal discourse, psychological urges, self-reflexivity, tolerance

Sinhala Buddhist Storm Clouds in the Present Presidential Race

ACL Ameer Ali, in Colombo Telegraph, 25 October 2019, … and Financial Times, 26 October 2019, with this title, “Political Buddhism, Presidential Race & Minorities”

Although the origins of political Buddhism in Sri Lanka goes back to the 19thcentury, it was harnessed as an election winning tool in the 1950s by the founder of SLFP, SWRD Bandaranaike. It was from him that even the CIA is said to have learned to politicise Buddhism to entrench American power in Southeast Asia (Eugene Ford, Cold War Monks, Yale University Press, 2017). From the 1950s onwards, political Buddhism has become a permanent feature of in Sri Lanka’s ethno-democracy. In a sense, political Buddhism adopted a military face during the Rajapakse regime between 2005 and 2009 when it confronted an armed nationalist Tamil militia, and the absolute victory in that confrontation added an element of pride to politicised Buddhists. 

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, authoritarian regimes, chauvinism, communal relations, electoral structures, ethnicity, fundamentalism, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, language policies, legal issues, life stories, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, power politics, Rajapaksa regime, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes

Scott Morrison the Water-Boy at Manuka Oval

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, art & allure bewitching, Australian culture, australian media, centre-periphery relations, charitable outreach, commoditification, conspiracies, cricket for amity, cultural transmission, doctoring evidence, fundamentalism, heritage, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, law of armed conflict, life stories, martyrdom, politIcal discourse, propaganda, psychological urges, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, taking the piss, trauma, truth as casualty of war, welfare & philanthophy, working class conditions, world events & processes, zealotry

Essays on Sinhala Buddhist Extremism towards the Muslims in Sri Lanka

 Iselin Frydenlund** presenting a review article in the Journal of Religion and Violence, Vol. 6, No. 2, 201830 … reviewing Buddhist Extremists and Muslim Minorities: Religious Conflict in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Edited by John Clifford Holt. Oxford University Press, 2016. 254 pp. Hardcover $105.00 /ISBN: 9780190624378. Paperback $35.00 / ISBN: 9780190624385.

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, atrocities, Bodu Bala Sena, chauvinism, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, discrimination, disparagement, doctoring evidence, economic processes, fundamentalism, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, Islamic fundamentalism, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, news fabrication, photography, population, power politics, religiosity, religious nationalism, riots and pogroms, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, trauma, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, working class conditions, world events & processes

Gnanasara Thero leads BBS Defiance of Court Injunctions at a Kovil in Mullaitivu

 Meera Srinivasan, in The Madras Hindu, 28 September 2019, where the title is “When the Saffron Robe has the Final Say”

The recent passing away of a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and his subsequent cremation in the northern district of Mullaitivu has brought to the fore an old concern — the power wielded by the Buddhist clergy and the impunity shielding them. It wasn’t the monk’s cremation that was the problem, it was the site.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, Bodu Bala Sena, Buddhism, centre-periphery relations, chauvinism, communal relations, cultural transmission, discrimination, disparagement, fundamentalism, heritage, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, political demonstrations, politIcal discourse, power politics, religiosity, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, violence of language