14th March 2018

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

14th March 2018 // 0 Comments

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists. In Myanmar, ultra-nationalist monks led by firebrand preacher Wirathu have poured vitriol on the country’s small Muslim population, cheering a military crackdown forcing nearly 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh. And in neighbouring Thailand, a prominent monk found himself in hot water for calling on followers to burn down mosques. What has prompted this […]

Gota Double Speak, Double Act

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The recent interviews of would be Presidential Candidate and former Secretary to the ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa with Kalum Bandara and Gagani Weerakoon shows him up for his lack of any political acumen. It would be most dangerous for Sri Lanka even to consider such a pseudo patriot ever running for any political office let alone for Presidency. Gota The erstwhile younger Rajapaksa in his interviews say ON RECORD that the USA and other Western Countries brought pressure on the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to stop the war during the last stages and that they (including him) did not allow it and the rest is now history. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is highlighted in the media carrying floral tributes and such from Temple to Temple seeking to veer Buddhist majority to […]

Sri Lankan If President, American If Not! – Sinhala Buddhists are dumb?

14th March 2018 // 0 Comments

The Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018 carries an interview of Gotabaya Rajapaksa by journalist Gagani Weerakoon. For the first time Gotabaya Rajapaksa admits that he will run for President in 2020 if he is asked and he would give up his American Citizenship. He also goes on to admit that his sole focus is to safeguard Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, ensure a united country and the safety of war heroes . Huh? Could you believe that ? So Gotabaya Rajapaksa will give up his American citizenship ONLY if he is running for Presidency of Sri Lanka !!!!! Otherwise he will be an American citizen who yet loves the sovereignty and unity of one Sri Lanka. Are we dumb? Read Ceylon Today of 11.03.2018. He goes on to say that he did the “right […]