Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

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…

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Gota Double Speak, Double Act

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…

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

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…

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