June 2014

The ‘Talibanist Buddhists’ attacking Sri Lanka’s Muslims

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena espouse hardline Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and have been accused of inciting religious hatred against Sri Lanka’s minorities, including before June’s violent assaults on Muslim communities. By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai   COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  Post-war Sri Lanka was rocked by the worst violence it has seen two weeks ago. On June 15, communal clashes set the southern resort towns of Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala alight. At least three were killed, 88 injured, 64 houses, 39 shops and a mosque completely destroyed while numerous others were damaged, according to data compiled by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka. Overnight, 2,248 persons were instantly displaced in the worst religious riots in Sri Lanka’s recent history. The group accused of instigating the violence is Bodu Bala Sena, whose name translates […]

The Land Where Hope Was Killed And Despair Was Reborn

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Narendran – HOPE: Hope is a bird  With wonderful feathers Sits on the boughs of the soul And sings the song of how to remain alive It sings when the dream breaks It sings when ships over turn You are at the bottom and Far away is the beach At that time it teaches you How to ride from bottom to top How to swim to reach to the beach How to rebuild the broken wings of your dream Then you get an energy in form of a wind in the tune To be alive strongly better than before And it will continue to sing till you want to listen. (inspired by Dikinson) DESPAIR: Dreams I despair Loss of hopelessness Doubt my hopeless dreams Trapped in this […]

BBS barbarity On Muslims In Aluthgama – All What I Saw And Heard

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Latheef Farook – On seeing the pictures and videos in YouTube of the horrendous crimes committed by the   Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena, on 15 Sunday and 16 Monday June 2014, I decided to visit the affected areas to see the destruction and speak to people there. On Thursday 19 June, I visited these areas together with retired SP Abdulrahman Abedeen. There we met Naim Master, a popular retired principal and a well known activist, who took us around .On the way we saw the scale of the destruction which I never thought could happen especially after the 30 year ethnic war following the July 1983 anti Tamil pogrom. The areas visited include Aluthgama,Beruwala, Dharga Town, Adhikarigoda, Meeraatchikanda, Welipitiya and Seenawatta. I spoke to victims from all walks […]

BBS And Its Religious Fanaticism

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The communal fires that were ignited in Aluthgama over the last week, is what is despicable about the island nation. It is what drove this country towards three decades of bloodshed and economic loss. It saw the fine fabric of society broken to unrecognizable shreds that no one dare desire a return to. Yet the incidents in the sea side town and its environs have the potential to push the country to that bitter history of brutality. If we are to be blinded by the victory of defeat, then there are still lessons from the region that can provide evidence of what must be prevented. Accordingto former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the trauma started in 1979 with the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. […]

Demarcation of the lines of authority essential for peace

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

t appears from the various news reports and electronic media news clips that all is not well in our paradise island.The violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela whether they be referred to as communal, religious or pseudo communal, has raised a hornet’s nests.But the most strange situation that has arisen is that the official spokesmen appearing regarding these incidents are either from the Police or from the armed forces.Politicians have press conferences or refer to this situation at the numerous foundation laying or inaugurations they participate in but appear to fight shy of making any official statement.In those long ago years, when I was in the Information Department, never did law enforcing authorities appear on the media scenario to make clear what had lead to any […]

SL refugee on fast arrested

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan refugee, who was observing a fast unto death demanding the Indian government to hand him and his family to the United Nations instead of deporting them to Sri Lanka, was arrested by the Cheyyar police on Thursday and was shifted to a Prison in Chennai.“A case has been registered against him for attempting to commit suicide. He has been taken to the Magistrate Court,” said a police official.The arrested, Chenthuran had been observing a hunger protest from Tuesday.A case was registered against him to restrict his movement and activities outside the camp. He was lodged in the special camp in Chengalpet. He was later shifted to the special camp in Tiruvannamalai district along with 30 other inmates recently.The State government had written […]

US will welcome moves to change SL image:Thewaraperuma

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The United States will welcome all efforts made by the Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image that had been created in the minds of international community that the majority Sinhalese were harassing the minorities, U. S. Ambassador in Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison said.UNP MP Palitha Thewaraperuma told the Daily Mirror that the US Ambassador informed him that the United States would always welcome efforts made by Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image perceived on the Sinhalese by the international community.Mr. Thewaraperuma said Ms. Sison commended the efforts made by him to help those who were affected by the recent clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala.The UNP MP had informed the US envoy that nearly 26 houses of Sinhalese had also been […]

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It By Dr C P Thiagarajah-Secretary Katpaka Vinayagar Temple Trust   One of the main rituals performed on the deities in Hindu temples is abisekam or pouring water, milk and other liquids and scents. This is a form of hydration. This looks superstitious on first look for many who does not know the science behind many such practices. The truth and the reasons for hydration of idols of deities made out of metals or metal alloys, wood or stones will be revealed if one delve deep into Hinduism. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and many Hindu orthodox treaties refer to Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins. […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo, Ampara and Mannar

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

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11% of Sri Lankan Family are Single parents in England and Wales

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Family types in England and Wales, 2011 Part of 2011 Census Analysis, How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? Release Variation in family type by country of birth of the family reference person (FRP), infographic http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/info-family-types.html  

Abbey Road photographs, and Yorkshire hospitality

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

June 10 Arrive at Heathrow after a long flight. Acquiring a visa for the UK was such a drawn-out ordeal, I was almost expecting to be waterboarded at the airport. The reality is far more pleasant. The border-control officer – probably of Indian descent – asks me what I’m here for. “I’m covering the cricket over the next couple of weeks,” I say. Her eyes light up. “Oh, brilliant! I’ve got tickets for one of the matches. But aren’t the games a few weeks away? The team hasn’t arrived yet, I don’t think.” 

”No, I’m here for the Test that starts on Thursday.” 

She looks down at my passport for the first time. The words “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” are emblazoned on the […]

The true colors of racism

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Before you speak let your words pass through three gates.  At the first gate, ask yourself ‘is it true?’ At second, ask yourself ‘is it necessary?’ And at the third, ask yourself ‘is it kind?’ – Sufi saying. Social media is for some a stress reliever.  Facebook and Twitter are sounding boards for some and for others Agony Aunts or even shrinks.  That’s at the personal level. There is by definition a social element to it too of course.  That’s why there are groups, followers and followed on these sites.   Social media is not all that it is claimed to be and neither is it the nothing that others claim it to be.  Has its uses, has its pitfalls.  It steps in when mainstream media […]

The agony of #Aluthgama virtually speaking…

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

‘If you were to reconstruct history based on the articles that have been published in the State-run newspapers, some of us who lived through the major incidents, would not even be able to recognize it,’ Nalaka Gunawardena jocularly opined. Nalaka was referring to stoic radio silence of Main Stream Media (MSM) during the height of the recent communal clashes and the morning after in Aluthgama and Beruwala. A rally by the Buddhist extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) escalated into a rampage leaving three people dead, hundreds homeless and a bloody shooting spree in its wake. “It was only 48 hours after the initial flare-up in Aluthgama did television channels and publications flounder to find verified information to relay,” added Nalaka, an Information Society Watcher […]

Muslims under attack in Lanka

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Muslims under attack in Lanka The writer is a lawyer and founder of the Aam Aadmi Party Pakistan. He tweets @Adnanrandhawa As if the anti-Muslim surge in India and Myanmar wasn’t horrible enough, Sri Lanka’s recently joining the club has rung many alarm bells among the Muslims of South Asia. The killing spree in the Aluthgama town in southern Sri Lanka has resulted in at least four deaths, with many houses and shops gutted in violence sparked by an anti-Muslim rally organised by an extremist Buddhist revivalist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Religion-based clashes, if they randomly occur hither and thither, should not be a cause of worry when properly tackled by impartial and effective state authorities, followed by punishment to the culprits after due process. But […]

‘No provocative remarks made by Gnanasara Thera in Aluthgama’: Police

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena Meeting – Aluthgama It has not yet been established that BBS genereal secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had made provocative remarks at the recent meeting in Aluthgama, said police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana. He told the media in Colombo that the remarks of the Thera were being investigated to determine as to whether they had led to any public provocation. There is no need to record a statement from Gnanasara Thera, he added. The video is still on YouTube UNP raps Govt. over BBS Alleges Government is supporting and protecting Bodu Bala Sena in spite of deadly violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela Main Opposition takes its own national multi-religious initiative to secure ethnic harmony Multi-stakeholder meeting convened in Parliamentary complex approves four […]

Involving intelligence services in politics is alarming – Tilvin Silva

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Deploying intelligence officers to fulfill personal political aims contravening their official duties is a serious matter says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this when a daily newspaper asked for his opinion regarding Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure of intelligence services in the country. He said there is ample evidence in the past regarding officers of intelligence services being deployed for political ends and added that Mr. Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure should be investigated and if there is any truth measures should be taken to deploy the officers of the relevant intelligence sections only in their official duties said Mr. Tilvin Silva. He said if the government acts in such a manner there would not be any risk of the names and details […]

Rankin meets Rauff

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The SLMC is under heavy pressure to take a tougher stand on recent violence directed at the Muslim community at Alutgama and Beruwala. Political sources told The Island that the SLMC seemed divided over the position taken up by party leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem that the party should continue its fight for Muslims’ rights, while being a constituent of the SLFP-led UPFA. British High Commissioner John Rankin yesterday joined a long list of diplomats to seek a briefing from Minister Hakeem on the current situation. HC Rankin was accompanied by Ms. Sarah Mann (Second Secretary Political). SLMC Deputy Leader and Eastern Provincial Minister Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed joined the discussion. Asked whether the UK had offered to help Minister Hakeem face threats posed by extremist organisations, […]

Britain and US hails appointment of experts

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has welcomed the appointment of a team of experts to investigate alleged abuses in Sri Lanka. Hague said the investigation is an important step in establishing the truth and facilitating reconciliation within Sri Lanka. A statement by the UN Commissioner, made yesterday, announces the appointment of international experts to the team investigating alleged abuses by both parties to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It also urges the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the investigation. “I welcome Navi Pillay’s announcement on the appointment of experts to the Sri Lanka investigation established by the March Human Rights Council. The UK has always supported calls for this investigation and played a key role in securing it. This investigation is an important step in establishing […]

All Ceylon Hindu Congress condemns acts of communalism, religious hatred

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka), has strongly condemned acts of communalism and religious hatred again being directed against minority religious groups and in particular the recent incidents affecting Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela areas. The ACHC has said, in a media statement, that no one should perpetuate ethno-religious discriminations. “Of course religions and cultural distinctions should be respected, but those distinctions do not justify discriminations. “Every citizen must feel that he has nothing to fear from the government of his country. He must feel assured that he is neither a second or third class citizen. “The need for a government to act justly and fairly by all its citizens remains a universal desideratum. No […]

People have lost confidence in the Courts – Wigneswaran

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C.V. Wigneswaran interviewed with Ceylon Today said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) filed over 2,000 cases in respect of the Valikamam North land ‘grab,’ but with no result to date. “We shall continue to challenge illegal acts through Court action and through democratic means, but it would be naïve to expect succour from a Court in which the people have lost confidence,” he said.Excerpts of the interview:  Q:Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, in an interview with Ceylon Today on 1 June 2014 said, “If lands have been grabbed from the Tamils by the government and heavy military presence in the North is disturbing the normal lives of the civilians, then no civilized government will keep it and not return it […]

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