Editorial in The Island, 3 August 2019 = “Who prevented Zahran’s Arrest”, http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=60
The UNP may have thought that it would be able to mount a political blitzkrieg, by way of a parliamentary probe into the Easter Sunday carnage, and lay the blame for the tragedy entirely at the feet of President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the Minister of Defence. Its plan to discredit him and absolve itself of the blame for the government’s failure to prevent the terror attacks has gone awry to all intents and purposes.
Filed under accountability, atrocities, communal relations, conspiracies, disparagement, governance, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, sri lankan society, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, violence of language, world events & processes
Muditha Dias of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2 June 2019, where the title is “The search for religious harmony in Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday attacks”
“Who exactly is the NTJ?” I asked our cameraman. We were filming at the Temple of the Tooth Relic, or the Dalada Maligawa, the holiest Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Religion and Ethics Report journalist Muditha Dias filming in Sri Lanka… RN
Filed under accountability, atrocities, australian media, Buddhism, chauvinism, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, ethnicity, fundamentalism, governance, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, landscape wondrous, life stories, pilgrimages, politIcal discourse, religiosity, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, suicide bombing, trauma, travelogue, violence of language, world events & processes
Hannah Beech, in New York Times, 8 July 2019, where the title runs “Buddhists Go to Battle: When Nationalism Overrides Pacifism” …. A call to arms for Sri Lankan monks. Ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar. A Buddhist faith known for pacifism is taking its place in a new age of nationalism
GINTOTA, Sri Lanka — The Buddhist abbot was sitting cross-legged in his monastery, fulminating against the evils of Islam, when the petrol bomb exploded within earshot. But the abbot, the Venerable Ambalangoda Sumedhananda Thero, barely registered the blast. Waving away the mosquitoes swarming the night air in the southern Sri Lankan town of Gintota, he continued his tirade: Muslims were violent, he said, Muslims were rapacious. “The aim of Muslims is to take over all our land and everything we value,” he said. “Think of what used to be Buddhist lands: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Indonesia. They have all been destroyed by Islam.”
Filed under accountability, Bodu Bala Sena, Buddhism, communal relations, cultural transmission, disparagement, fundamentalism, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, life stories, nationalism, political demonstrations, politIcal discourse, power politics, religious nationalism, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, vengeance, violence of language, world events & processes
Satyajith Andradi, in Island, 12 July 2019, with this title “La Marseillaise And L’internationale – Revolutionary Songs From France”
“How many on our flesh eat their fill?
But if the ravens, the vultures, One morning disappeared,
The Sun would shine still.” ….. L’Internationale; trans; Michell Abidor
the Storming of the Bastille
Filed under accountability, heritage, historical interpretation, Left politics, life stories, political demonstrations, politIcal discourse, press freedom, self-reflexivity, vengeance, violence of language, working class conditions, world events & processes