Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The joke that is Wijedasa and the joker that is Wijedasa


Quite apart from his faux pas (I don’t believe it), or deliberate challenge (I believe it) to the authority of the President to denounce in public his threat to take back Hambantota Port if ever he was in charge,  (as if it ever left Sri Lankan sovereignty) for the people of Sri Lanka, putting collective Cabinet Responsibility into the trash heap, I believe he has been a double agent right through his term in office, and for that sin alone he should be guillotined.

Simply put he is a traitor to his Government and has been so since its inauguration and the fact that both the President and the Prime Minister tolerated his prevarication and procrastination for so long is simply astounding, as he has NOT achieved anything in his tenure.

His endearing engagement with the President, evidenced by to bringing his son into the Ministry of Defence as a Media Secretary was part of this game to report back, all manner of corruption taking place, inform his masters like Gota of any shenanigan that can be used in the future against the very same donkeys in the Yahapalana Government, shows that his paws have reached all corners. Giving him the Buddhasasana Ministry also was a calculated gamble that spectacularly failed.

Is it due to his knowledge of many secrets usually jealously guarded by lawyers with more merit who treasure the Attorney Client Privilege, and which those very same clients now realize his blatent disregard of,  to project his personage, that he has not already been sacked?

The Government (the President and PM) is placing too much weight on his influence on imbecilic leaders of the Clergy who shout loudest and the Media print this shout, but who have NO weight in reality with the Clergy who matter most. He is all loud, like a Goose once it is chased for dear life, but which no one in the end will care about, once snuffed out.

The INDECISION of the PM and the President is PAINFUL to the public to watch, when this man is running rings round the Government and even the UNP MP’s who have been screaming for blood don’t seem to be able to have the power to effect this change and move on.

In the interests of Good Governance and to show the people, the ability of this administration to Govern effectively, this is simply an appeal to the President to fire this man without having to give any reason, and NOT worry about the beans he has threatened to spill, as his ouster is more important than any harm his UNTRUSTWORTHY mouth can spew. It will only be with a vengeance and blood lust and so will be without merit. (no pun intended in the Buddhist context)


What is important is that the people of this Country are governed by people who have the Public's best interests at heart, and if that is the ultimate criteria, Mr President you can do it without being concerned about the WHAT Ifs!    

Monday, August 21, 2017

Another case of a US Navy SHIP MISHAP! Don’t play the bogus games again


As if the diabolical accident itself was bad enough, where 10 sailors are reported to be missing, despite dawn helicopters searching in vain, why keep the same lie I reported on when the Fitzgerald accident occurred a few months ago.

It is sad that this ship is named after Cancer striken Senator John McCain’s father and grandfather, both Admirals in the US Navy, and having to keep all the relatives in suspense is even worse. I gather ship has docked in Singapore and common sense would dictate that, immediately the automatic doors that shut be checked for the dead sailors. I said last time that the sailors had NOT falled overboard and they were inside the ship when they were sacrificed for the safety of the ship, from being sunk along with the others.

Why cant we call a spade a spade and say the Navy had to sacrifice 10 lives of those possibly in the compartments next to the accident that had to be closed off and sealed to prevent the ship going down. So effectively they were drowned by the Navy and not by the accident itself, in order to save the ship and possibly the other 300+ hands on board.

It is this sort of misinformation that again calls into question the PR of the US Govt in not wanting to be truthful and allow the information ONLY to gradually seep out. Just think about it the families on Shore are being informed as we speek of the tragedy and who is missing. I hope so at least. Those missing are of course presumed dead and this must be said now rather than bull shitting on hope that they may be found alive.

This ship was of the Pacific Fleet based in Yokohama and the ship was on its way to Singapore when the accident happened. It is simply unacceptable that a sophisticated warship of this caliber can be so easily caught in an accident, due to the various measures taken in peacetime to prevent just these sorts of accidents from happening.

Heads will roll in time once the investigations are made and the reports given to the top brass of culpability. It is however simply wrong to treat the sailors who died as fodder but as heroes who gave their lives so that others may live and be honored so. No one will want to join the US Navy if they cant be trusted to do the basic human thing on behalf of this unfortunate sailors, and keeping everyone in suspense hoping they will turn up is the wrong strategy to publicize.


Lets hope that if they did not learn from the Fitzgerald they will learn from the John S McCain that lives matter no matter what rank one is in.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ravi Karunanayake – How many lives do you think you have?


We all know that finally the “Chickens will come home to roost” and now they have caught up on a lifetime of fraud beginning with how you snatched Roton Vander from the unsuspecting owner right from under his feet! I knew Shelton and how he suffered as a result!

Fast forward 25 years and now you are doing the same thing to the PM, using your knowledge to spill the beans, and taint his Mr Clean image to the chagrin of his millions of followers! Why?

Why did you go and meet Mahinda Rajapaksa, and offer to come over to his side, and use all your inside information to betray Ranil Wickremasinghe, as a sure way to get him sacked as the PM? Ironically MR had more sense of gratitude than you, as he had saved RW’s skin allowing him to remain as the Leader of the Opposition when the whole Maharajah Organization was shitting on him to go, and with that sense of gratitude, did not wish to entertain a TURNCOAT like you, who was clearly a “KUNU GODA” that even he would not touch even if he was paid to do so. He considers you such a liability in his camp, that you are now left to the VULTURES to eat you alive.

So what do you do, go back to the UNP and tell Kabir you will spill the beans if you are cast out of the fold! Kabir who does not have a backbone, is not strong enough to call your bluff, and instead is trying to buy time by defending you at the MOMENT, hoping something or someone will soon find a way out of this predicament on what to do to you.

Have you realized what a liability you have become to the Human Race, when you suddenly find yourself devoid of friends, and the only temporary ones are those you can buy, because they need the money and you know it?

Don’t put this UNF govt. through this impeachment saga, please! You know you cannot win as most of the MPs in Govt. have had it, as you are seen as the devil’s advocate, and their futures have been affected due to your unabashed greed, that extends to your colleagues you are about to OUT too, as part of your avowed intention to take the baby with the bath water.


The safest course of action for the long term, for the stability not just of the Govt. but the whole Country and its need to develop, is for you to gracefully offer your resignation to the President, and as a face saving gesture to the few believers you have left, say that you do so until your name is completely cleared of any wrongdoing. How easy is that? You know you cannot work anymore in any capacity anywhere, but you have enough for a few generations, so it is OK!

Please see my previous blog post which is the safest exit strategy for the PM to deal with the currently UNPREDICTABLE Ravi, who faces the Bond Commission today, and is trying to decide which lie is more believable (to him) as nothing will be accepted by them, not even the truth!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Prime Minister, please listen to your only option of survival !

PRIDE ARROGANCE AND LUST FOR POWER - PUT IT ASIDE FOR NOW

You did not listen to me then, when in this blog on January 12th 2015 I told you not to appoint Mahendran in any financial position due to the son in law being the largest Bond Trader, and see what happened to you! You lost the majority you would have had to govern on your own, without having to bring in the rogues to join you.

Now your rogues who you have so vociferously protected, who have threatened to spill the dirt on you personally, don’t care about loyalty while you defended them, so it is better to save your soul and the ignominy of being outed finally as a complete fool and conniver with the rogues to rob the Country.

Ravi is indefensible, and everyone wants him out of ANY POWER, and now that Mahinda will NOT accept him into their fold as he is actually considered a political liability in their bid to regain power, it is best for you to take a bold decision completely snookering the players who are out to destroy you.

So what do you do? You simply make a statement in a Press Conference, that you have been let down, and your trust in people has been shaken, and you take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for the actions of your henchmen and so you resign as the PM forthwith, temporarily handing the helm of Govt. to Mangala, who is both acceptable to UNP, MS and CBK and a sworn enemy of  the MR lot.

It is the STATESMEN LIKE thing to do, as people will appreciate your humility, (for once you have to put aside your arrogance and lust for power aside and play the wounded leader, where the soldiers have betrayed their trust.)

You do not have to blame Ravi at all, but the upshot of this is that there will be a Public outcry to have Ravi Lynched, and so he will have NO OPTION BUT TO RESIGN and you will not have to face the ignominy of sacking him and he taking you down with him, and ditto with Arjun Aloysius who is using his trump card of the dirt on you to hold on to his position!

In this way, you will bow out gracefully, and will have a chance at the Presidency in 2020, whereas if you hang on, your scalp will be on MS table before long as everyone would betray you to save their skin, making you the scapegoat.


Please take my advice for once if you value your independence and sanity. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Proof that the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Sri Lanka are rogues even today!

JUST LOOK AT THIS.

The Financial Times of Friday, 21st of July published an article showing the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Lasantha Wickremasinghe handing out the First Copy of " A Supplement to A Preparer's Guide to Integrated Corporate Reporting" by CA Sri Lanka, IRCSL presented to IIRC CEO.

See link for the exact detail please:

http://www.ft.lk/article/630142/First-copy-of--A-Supplement-to-A-Preparer-s-Guide-to-Integrated-Corporate-Reporting--by-CA-Sri-Lanka--IRCSL-presented-to-IIRC-CEO

It clearly states that the(Intergrated Reporting Council of Sri Lanka)  IRCSL Chairman is prominent Chartered Accountant Asite Talwatte.

Now how can Mr Talwatte be the IRCSL Chairman and ALSO be a director of DIMO which won the best Integrated Reporting Award at the CMA Award Ceremony on Monday, July 17th 2017.

Recusing himself from the judging panel is simply not enough as the whole project is NOT transparent. So it is simply a sharing of the spoils amongst interested parties, without ANY regard to basic ethics.

Have they NOT heard of RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS that need to be disclosed. Where is it anywhere in the DIMO accounts of Mr Talwatte's connection to the IRCSL?

This makes both DIMO's winning of the award invalid in ETHICS but also the ICASL being complicit in NOT pointing this out to the broader public.

We cannot expect our Auditors who we rely on for fairness to break every rule of fair play by themselves, and expect us to trust their audit certificate. Which Planet do these accountants live in?

This is a serious lapse of judgement by the profession and I would like the whole Council of the ICASL to resign and reconstitute themselves with other people if they are to regain this lost credibility.

I need to go into the absurdity and duplicity of the DIMO company accounts NOT highlighting one of the most material transactions in the body of the Audit Report as reported in the earlier BLOG entry. See below for link to that.

http://pattapalboru.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-disgrace-that-is-dimo-using.html

So when Sri Lankan accounting body encourages being misleading, who can we rely on?

This is the sad state of our Country yest again painfully obvious for all to see, but all in the know are completely BLIND to this clear as daylight fact.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cocaine Haul - Something fishy going on - read between the lines

It is simply absurd that you can find cocaine in bags as soon as you open a container, as reported in the media. Either the media is misreporting it or the people are lying! What is it?

No way will anyone send cocaine in PLAIN VIEW for every one opening the container to see.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/07/21/local/122758/cocain-haul-seven-arrested

Further there are TWO completely contradictory stories as one says the police got a tip off and that is how it was found and then SATHOSA says its employees or manpower workers are the ones that reported this upon opening of the container.

Here again it is simply obvious that one party is lying, and surely it cannot be the police making these false statements!

What is going on, and those arrested are the driver and some of the workers. Surely are you implying that they had anything to do with a sealed container, as reported, or was it NOT sealed at the time of opening in front of sufficient witnesses so that corroborative evidence can be obtained.

Something really SMELLS here. Who are the culprits?

I have another story that says that since last year imports of sugar from Brazil has been stopped. If so when did this consignment come? Has it been sitting somewhere in a container yard for a year?

Why is there NO investigation on this find? Who is trying to kabosh any investigation?

More questions than answers.

I am sad that there is strict enforcement of tobacco and betal leaf chewing mix while there is a free for all of hard drugs on sale in Sri Lanka. That is simply NOT tenable.

Why like Dengue does not the Govt. use their might to put a complete stop to this drug trade that is aimed at our young people turning them into addicts to ruin our society?

Who is behind this coup against our society? Are our leaders and politicians at the heart of this tragedy that is worse than any previous tragedy that has befallen this beautiful Country.

Why are the people silent? Why is civil society silent to the most fearsome Tsunami that this Country has ever faced?

Questions with NO ANSWERS - with NO ONE TO BLAME, or is there?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Emmerson – The President – Wijedasa Rajapaksha WHO STRANGLED WHOM?


As if the soap opera continues, our leaders live a life of shooting themselves in the foot. They just don’t seem to understand news and if they are playing to the gallery, meaning their constituents for support even that appears to have failed.

I am referring to the damning report by the UNs Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism about the state of affairs STILL continuing in Sri Lanka and the Justice Minister’s outburst about the incompetence of the personage who signed off on the report.

First, will the Justice Minister ever be appointed to such a position in a world body? Despite a double dubious doctorate I somehow doubt it.

Secondly, by his outburst, did he further denigrate Sri Lanka in the eyes of the world. He certainly did, and for that he is a traitor to the Country.


The link above from Groundviews relating to this incident is shown above, though I am not at all a fan of this blog, I am trying to be objective in deciphering our Justice Minister and Presidents public outbursts on the matter.  

Thirdly, When the President PUBLICLY questioned his rights to talk to detainees, did he realize that permission was sought and granted so to do? He feigned ignorance or worse believed it was NOT in his purview and so said he had NO right to question detainees. Further embarrassing himself and his office of the Presidency, that then questions the integrity of our leaders.

All this leads to self-inflicted trouble by our own leaders against the Country, something which is opposite of what we expect our elected leaders to do.

So how can Sri Lanka again extricate itself from the mistakes of their leaders, when we are trying ever so hard to make the world believe in our good intentions in keeping with our UN obligations. If we were not part of the UN or signatories then it would be OK to do anything and NO one has any right to castigate our leaders on lapses or failings at all.

All this is very embarrassing and worse when they portray the UN representative as being out of bounds, to hide their incompetence at not being mindful of their PR in accommodating him so that he reports in conciliatory terms. We got the damning report we did because of the our Justice Minister, and NOT inspite of him. So it is directly as a result of his inability to grasp the significance of the problem and PR sweet talk, that we got a bad report.

When jokers like this who resort to educational qualifications to hide their personal inadequacies and then are unable to diplomatically sweet talk foreign diplomats so they cow down and provide a watered down version for publication, we get this result.

The issue we cannot fault Emmerson’s report because we know that even citizens who are arrested today, no matter what race or religion are routinely STILL tortured to exact or extract confessions, as the law enforcement officers believe STILL that is the ONLY way to get a confession to the crime. They don’t believe that people confess to crimes they do not do, under this method, as it is the lying or covering up that we routinely do when questioned first, and NO ONE really tells the truth unless he or she is threatened.

I am not justifying torture, but merely reporting as it is. We have to gradually determine how sophisticated we get from using lie detectors etc. to use a more humane means of extracting the truth from suspects to crime.

We have a lying culture that has come from the Top that is the Leadership of the Country. This has empowered every criminal to take the attitude, that if the leader of the Country is a liar, then there is nothing wrong for him to lie too, as that is simply part of the way things are done.

In a round a bout type of way, what I am saying is that it is time for our leaders to tell the truth, then when our criminals lie, even a lie detector will detect lying so much easier, and this issue of having to torture will gradually decline and hopefully disappear one day. This is NOT going to change overnight, whatever A UN person says.

Where the mind boggles is that a lawyer of Wijedasa’s disrepute does not know these facts as he has dealt with enough cases where his clients have lied or his clients have been lied to and he has engaged in means to disprove their statements as fiction.


An appeal therefore to the leaders of Sri Lanka to bat for Sri Lanka first, and put themselves firmly second rather than their political survival first at the expense of Sri Lanka. This way we will not allow ourselves to fall into this embarrassing situation where the Minister of Justice, publicly questioned the competence of a UN official which puts the whole UN system  into disrepute and worse ricochets back on him as no one will then believe what he says, except the small number of his fans and supporters who should not be the people he is addressing

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Disgrace that is DIMO – using concepts out of context to bamboozle!


Oh Please Where are our journalists? Where are our investigative journalists who should pick up these common sense wrongs of society and inform the public? They are too busy enjoying the scraps thrown by the likes of these companies to report cautiously, inquisitively, voraciously, and questioning the veracity of the statements made in full public view!

DIMO or Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC, won the award for the Nth consecutive year as having the BEST Integrated Accounting Report in Sri Lanka of the Companies that entered the competition at the award ceremony held at the opening ceremony of the CMA Annual Conference at the Cinnamon Lakeside on Monday, July 17th 2017 beating out numerous other Companies.

What is Integrated Accounting? – It is defined as “a Report which is a CONCISE Communication about how an organization’s strategy, governance, performance and prospects lead to the creation of value over the short, medium and long term!”

Frankly, it is anything but. Shame shame shame. Shame for the CMA in giving them this award, shame for DIMO in even believing they achieve the above objective from their 185page small type report, which is anything but concise and nothing if misleading with verbocity of disinformation simply aimed at fooling the reader and observer in broad daylight.

In some senses one can fool people by not giving any information, in this case it is fooling with too much information aimed at making the reader believe in both transparency and objectivity, but if read in context by a careful, knowledgeable and half way intelligent person, it is clear the LAST thing that DIMO even attempts to do is to create value for their main stakeholders who are its shareholders, and in the sense of a Quoted Company whose aim SHOULD be to over time to encourage WIDE SPREAD share-ownership, it is doing anything but.

Read the report if you wish as it is available on-line to disprove my hypothesis, on link https://cdn.cse.lk/cmt/upload_report_file/694_1496746469.pdf

Lets go straight to page 136 which shows that the Directors’ Emoluments have risen from Rs300M to Rs500M year on year, the latest being for the year ended 31st March 2017. This is about the same as the POST TAX PROFITS – shameful. Hardly one that will encourage a person to buy DIMO shares, if the Directors simply help themselves to the LOOT. Any reasonable person will say it is simply untenable that a public company is allowed to this, even OPENLY!

Then go to page 168 where you see that the top 20 shareholders own 83% of the company, hardly one that is encouraging widespread ownership. Further you would note that EPF as No1 own about 20% of the Company. Who is the EPF? Well, they are the Trustees of the Private Sector Workers Pension Plan, in short the money of the MOST productive part of our society. Sadly this is managed by the CBSL, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, and typical of Governmental Bodies DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE THEY PROMISE TO SERVE. We have just heard about their dishonesty haven’t we?

At least the EPF have a DUTY to question if the Company they have a 1/5th interest in is paying its directors such a MAMMOTH remuneration when page 168 shows that they ARE ALSO the large shareholders, who enjoy Dividend INCOME in addition to directors fees! Where is the Independent Director here?  A prominent accountant on the Board, he should question this first and foremost, or is the trust placed in him MISPLACED, as he has waived on this payment without question, because he too is paid handsomely? Is this just a BRIBE to keep quiet? So where is the ICASL on this? All rogues too leading it.

What am I coming down to explain? It is simply jobs for the boys and what are they doing? They are sharing the loot amongst themselves, while the Stock Market Tanks, with NO one wishing to risk their money in the SL Stock Market when such practices are rampant, akin to STEALING IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, or daylight robbery of the people’s money, yes the money of the millions of hardworking people of Sri Lanka via their pension plan invested in this company. Yes none is doing anything about it. Where is the independent press?

I have not picked on DIMO for any particular reason, it was just when I saw they had won the award for the Best Integrated Report and I then went to look at this so called BEST report and look what I found! It is what I have just reported to you my reader. So much for the johnnies who are bribed to award losers!

If this is by chance with NO malice, how many ROGUES have we got at the top of the Corporate Ladder? John Keells who came second will come within my periscope next. We know how well the Board pay themselves in Share Options to the extent that if you see from the start of the Directors Appointment to today, how many shares they got, how many sold, how much they benefitted this Rs500M pales in comparison to the Rs5Billion ripped off by the TOP man there, without a MOO from the shareholders who are held hostage!


Come on guys, who will invest in a market so corrupt and inequitable that they do NOTHING to enhance the value of the most important shareholder namely the small shareholder, whose faith in Stocks is the only way to encourage widespread share-ownership. CSE no doubt is still fast asleep day dreaming!   

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia AGAIN shown to be NO 1 in funding Islamic Terrorism


The latest report out today, in the UK, see link below confirms that along with funding WAHABISM, Saudi Arabia is DIRECTLY responsible for funding Islamic Terrorism that has gripped this world and blame is misdirected.


It is NOT the followers of Islam who should be singled out for discrimination and antagonism, but the TORMENTOR IN CHIEF Saudi Arabia, who should be named, shamed, ISOLATED and most of all lambasted by the world, including the United Nations for their unethical behavior throughout the world that has NOW resulted in the EXTREME FUNDAMENTALISM we see in the world today, exported by the Saudi misguided fanatics, who are using anti-Islamic means to perpetuate a CULT called WAHABISM that has NO PLACE in ISLAM, but which to date has not been the focus of world IRE due to countries, mainly the US and UK being bought out by Saudi Largesse, be it in helping the defence industries in those Countries, but also nobbling their leaders into submission, by not openly accusing them of their gross violations of international law.

Quoting from a paragraph of the report, see link above for further details: 

“Saudi Arabia is 'at the top of the list' of countries exporting extremist Islam to the UK, a new report says.

The kingdom has engaged in a 60-year, multi-million dollar campaign to advance its extremist brand of Wahhabi Islam in British Muslim communities, according to a study by the Henry Jackson Society.

This has been achieved through endowment grants to mosques, the funding of Islamic education institutions and the training of imams, the report authors say.”

·        Several gulf states 'intentionally' exporting Islamic extremism to UK, report says
·        This is done through grants to mosques and education funding, authors claim
·        Saudi Arabia 'is undoubtedly at the top of the list' of countries funding efforts
·        Henry Jackson Society is calling for full and open public inquiry

Pray tell me if this is the case in the UK, has it not also been the case in Sri Lanka, and we must not fear to expose the true face of this infiltration into Sri Lanka, that has relegated the majority Muslims into forced silence NOT wishing to upset the proverbial apple-cart, and denounce this heretical behavior! for fear of losing their rights to perform Haj, which again is unfairly used by Saudi Arabia to throttle dissent against their abhorrent irreligious anti- Islamic Acts.

I would say instead of denouncing the Henry Jackson Society for pointing this out, it is better to do some soul searching and come to the realization that the Frankenstein's Monster they created will ultimately destroy Saudi Arabia itself, as soon as day follows night. 

BAD KARMA I WOULD SAY to indulge in ungodly acts!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Concerns of the Sangha with regards to allegations – are they warranted?


The President has been informed about unprecedented allegations against Buddhism by persons unknown and reasons unknown and this has been extensively reported in the Media this morning. See link for details of the claims


Firstly, what would we expect the President of this Country to do? All he really can, is to advise the public, all citizens of this Country, to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims on Social Media etc and more accurately plead for sanity as we JUST cannot control social media or even ban it, as the issue will snowball in a different direction, and create further problems, far more than they will potentially solve.

If truth were to be told, there are allegations, unfounded or with evidence against EVERY religion in social media, as there are people who have an agenda. Civilized people only make founded observations and should NOT make it personal unless substantial evidence is available.

Take the case today, when a senior Cardinal of the Catholic Church has been accused of pedophilia and action is about to be taken against him. This is against a priest and NOT the Church, except some intimation that the Church itself was remiss at not doing enough to prevent its repetition once discovered.

It is therefore IMPORTANT to keep these issues in perspective and have a clear head when making these Press Statements about the insults to the main religion in Sri Lanka, obviously by people of other faiths, who would under the normal course of events NOT have much fondness for Buddhism. It must be noted that there are enough and more Buddhists, Clergy included who take umbrage at other religions and are NOT happy about conversions!

Conversions of adults should not be one that people should get unduly flustered about, as it happens in all directions, where Buddhist become Christian and Christians become Buddhists, however there is a difference where a Muslim person wants to become a Buddhist or Christian they face even more antagonism by other Muslims, than Buddhists do if a Buddhist converts to Christianity. Have you heard of any violations if a Christian becomes a Buddhist amongst the Christian Community? Well then similarly a Buddhist should not get overly antagonistic if it works the other way.

We should therefore apply the rules or laws equally and not make special cases for people to exploit. In short, NO ONE should be allowed to unfairly criticize other religions, without cause, however one must be cognizant of the fact that in this era of social media, it is difficult to bring offenders to justice.

The best means to counter any religious intolerance is NOT by force, but by living by example so that one’s religion is one to be emulated and NOT branded insincere or downright sinful. In that respect there is greater pressure on any MAJORITY religion whether it is Buddhism in Sri Lanka or Christianity in UK, to live by example of the precepts of the religion.

Lately due to behavior that is NOT in keeping with an elder of the faith, these practitioners have set bad examples, that is used by other religions as examples of religious behavior. It is then up to the Maha Sangha to take a stand against that person or Priest and Counter any suggestions that they may be in cahoots and are also in agreement with his despicable behavior.

It is incumbent upon the Buddhist Clergy in Sri Lanka therefore to live and behave by example so that they do NOT sound like hypocrites. If this is the case they can easily deflect any suggestions or innuendo made against Buddhism as merely being the work of fundamentalists of other religions which even those religions DO NOT condone, and so would be vilified by one and all.

I am not sure how the President will handle this thorny problem as the Kotte Declaration requests that the President take steps to stop this attack on the principle religion of Sri Lanka, without any rational basis for such attacks.

How can the President practically stop it, if he is unable to pin point who is making allegations? He cannot directly confront parties to ask for explanation.

Personally, from experience I know when a can of worms is shaken, the worms try to sneak out and cause even more problems, and instead of shutting out the issue, it just gets worse and you don’t know where else it will raise its ugly head. The old adage says let sleeping dogs lie, but in this case is the problem so grave, or is it just the perception of a few and NOT the many?

It is a matter for the Buddhist Sangha to immediately take a position that is acceptable to all or at least to a quorum before reaching out to the President for help. I am unsure if this has only affected the Kotte Sangha Saba or if it is a widespread perception. It is important to be PROPORTIONATE in acting on this fear or reality.


Personally I fear this is overkill, giving license to perpetrators to continue, as they are obviously having the desired effect on the target audience as their cajoling is to make them react, so they can use the REACTION for their benefit, rather than if it is completely pooh poohed as the work of some nut cases, then perhaps it will just die down. I rather suspect the advice the President will give is to simply ignore it, and NOT to exacerbate an issue out of proportion. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

School Admissions in Sri Lanka - Especially to Grade ONE

It is the time all over again for entry into Grade 1 for January 1st 2018

The Government has published the (two full pages of details on how the marks are allocated and how students are chosen for particular schools of the parents choice)

However as the article today shows how completely and UTTERLY despicable the whole process is, and if you were a parent with even a little bit of self respect and ability to afford it you would NOT in a million years want to go through this trial to get your child into a school this way.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/The-truth-about-school-admissions-131295.html

The link above shows an article that goes into detail about what actually happens, and why it is so unfair to the most qualified students especially those living literally NEXT door who cannot put their children to that school because of unfair and frankly illegal practices of the Politicians.

In fact I just saw in a a newspaper today, that a Principal of just one year in a Gampaha School has asked for a transfer immediately due to undue pressure from politicians.

This is simply untenable as the biggest headache principals face in Sri Lanka schools is the admission of students into Grade 1. There is a lot of bribery and money involved and parents are particularly bad on this as they somehow get a message accross that they are willing to pay so much to have their kid put in. So the bribe even if NOT solicited, is known prior to making the decision and so the Principal is faced with a huge dilemma, as they see these parents who are wealthy and they are absolutely penurious, and money TALKS! Its temptation staring at you.

How do you resolve this? I know it is for just 250 schools in the Country that this is a problem where the competition is fiercest. However there is NO REAL PLAN to resolve this crisis as parents are NOT willing to compromise when it come to which schools they will go to any lengths to put their children in!

Something to ponder, we are still trying to come up with the best solution for this NEVER ENDING problem.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Its time the MMDA is no longer part of the law of the land and should be replaced

with the same law for ALL citizens of Sri Lanka irrespective of their beliefs, and origins!

The BBC today is highlighting a frightening problem our Media in our own Country is reluctant to bring to the discussion table as one of the most serious practices of today, and which will have permanent harmful effects on our INNOCENTS! Namely the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act. Shortened as MMDA for purposes of discussion.


Lets get a grip on what is and is NOT child abuse first. There are NO different definitions of that depending on your religious beliefs as Mormons in the US were also engaging in such Child Abuse and their practices were also subject to the law of the land and NOT Mormon Law.

Lets be clear, this is NOT an attack on Islam, as it was never the intention of Islam that children should be subject to torture. It is the interpretation of this by either pedophiles in their community or zealots who have NO place in religion and the rest of the Community, the 99% of Muslims who abide in the law of the Land to accept that it is time that we all adhere to one Law and not different ones just because of some past precedent.

I implore the sane to read the article in full, and realize that what we have at the end of this is a male dominated culture, that is against the precepts of Islam and their teachings and are being interpreted in order to belittle, subjugate and enslave half of the believers in Islam that that what their merciful God has ordered, which IS NOT THE CASE.

It is up to the elders of the Community to immediately make peace with their community first in doing what is right and just and then agree to abide by the law of the land in Sri Lanka above any other law so that they being rightful and full citizens of Sri Lanka behave that way and are NOT treated as a special case as it is done today.


Please go to any police station and ask any policeman. They say that it is very difficult to deal with the Muslim people when complaints of this nature are made as the strictures imposed on Muslim Kids by the Community are barbaric to border on torture of the worst kind in allowing them certain freedoms afforded Children and their rights, and after that once they are Adult afforded to all adults in this Country as rightful citizens within the law. 

THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE THIS IS IF THE LAW IS EQUAL TO ALL WHO LIVE IN SL! 

HAS ANYONE GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

It is universal after all!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Poson Season – Tradition and Modernity – Have we truly lost the plot?



Mercifully the Dansalas are in full swing at this time of the year, especially in the vicinity of the religious areas where this Festival is particularly important. So whether it is at Mihintalaya Temple and premises, where the Bo Sapling, Mihindu Maharahathanan introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka is venerated, or Anudradhapura where the Sri Maha Bodhi is venerated orThanthirimale where Sangamitta Maharahathanan’s visit is remembered, these places are teeming with pilgrims at this time of year, and with it a carnival atmosphere.

Added to this the Watadage in Medirigiriya, a historic and archeological site of note, has its ONLY annual religious festival in these premises over Poson Poya. Even the annual Dansala by the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa is performed in a big way feeding thousands of pilgrims without any charge for two to three consecutive days, becoming part of our tradition. Not to be outdone, the Annual Poson Maha Bath Dansala in Melsiripura feeds over 200,000 people during the season, as is a permanent fixture from morning to late at night NON STOP and they collect funds for this all year round, with just the bank balance being in the region of Rs75M to ensure each year all steps are taken to ensure they go smoothly in a disciplined manner.

While I know there is reference to the Dansalas being a unique aspect our Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture, the extent to which we go about it is still not appreciated Internationally, or with foreign visitors to this Country.  The Poson ones are famous in the North Central Province and Vesak Dansala held throughout the Country. Even on Esala Poya, people organize Dansalas in small villages as part of a community effort to be selfless or with ulterior motives.

Of course there is no end to the type of Dansala that one does, with Bath Dansalas being the traditional ones to feed the weary traveller/pilgrim on their journey to these religious sites and temples, they have spread into Fried Rice Dansalas, Ice Cream Dansalas, Sow, Beli Mal, Iced Coffee, Orange Juice, Soup, Noodles to name just a few variations.

Those who arrange these each year, collect funds from businesses and wealthy individuals who are asked to contribute, but with NO accounting, we don’t know if many actually make money on the side by organizing them and pocketing some of the proceeds as their share for their effort, negating the very concept. It is almost impossible to regulate the donations with how the funds are spent, and so many a confidence trickster is at work in some instances.

Usually those performed in the main areas of religious worship and pilgrim’s rests are more regulated to prevent any major embezzlement.
It must be remembered that due to this tradition, it is now open season, where people don’t even cook on Poson Days and make it a point to go to Dansalas to satiate their appetites for all the meals and liquid refreshments available. Some people get together into a tractor trailer and go from one to the other, eat and drink not as pilgrims but merely to take advantage of the generosity of others. These are NOT necessarily people in need or want, but do this out of a sense of camaraderie and social interactions which one remembers years later, of the exploits of Dansal Trips. In some cases people ask for packets to take with them, usually frowned upon, but often successful, so they can take it home for another meal, taken for a sick relative, but in reality, just being greedy.

The social changes in 30 years have seen people rarely wearing white anymore, even fewer observing Sil on Poson, and with the proliferation of motorbikes, large numbers travel from one place to another on a bike which is easier than using a bus with pilgrims as in the past, that restricts their freedoms, and entails hanging around and walking long distances to where the buses are parked.

One inevitable consequence of families and couples traveling by Motorbike is that the women also now wear pants NOT dress/lama sari or white saris. A whole new style of dressing bordering on what one wears for carnivals has taken over the solemnity of the Poson at the Temple.

Worse, the loud speaker system has taken over where the blaring of the sound at high volume seems to be the order of the day, with popular songs which have nothing to do with religion playing in the temple premises. Heaven and Earth will split open at these sights, and I ask how can anyone go to any of the aforementioned temples to pray or observe Sil on Poson if it is a carnival without any other explanation for it.

The commercialization of Poson where any place where people are gathered becomes simply a place full of temporary shops selling almost anything your care to want is now part and parcel of Poson. Some vendors make so much money from sales that Temples such as Mihitale Raja Maha Vihare has got wind of that and opened up the whole temple premises to shops charging high fees, to help with the Temple financial needs of the year. This further restricts the picnic space for pilgrims to rest their weary legs under a tree on a mat, making the whole exercise more of penance than of privilege and purity!


If personal opinion is sought, I don’t like the current trend of it being a loud marketplace, with the religious site a hostage to people’s needs and greed rather for religious observation. Even the traditional flower shops for offerings are no where to be seen and flowers so overpriced when they are found that it is also an opportunity for huge financial gain from a captive, docile, public.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Saudi Arabian Footballers in Australia – Should be banished from international competition for life – UNLESS


They did it as an act of defiance against their own Federation and the Saudi Govt. as a means of showing their displeasure about the policies and practices of their Government. That means they are showing signs of the “Freedom of expression” though it is a warped method of doing so!

SO what is all this about? Simply that at an international Soccer competition, against the Australian side at the Adelaide Oval, at some point in the match a minute of silence was observed as a ‘mark of respect’ for those who perished at the London Bridge bombing where two young Australian Females lost their lives by being butchered by one or all of three Religious Fanatics in the name of THEIR GOD.


Firstly, even if you do not subscribe to the mark of respect, in order to be respectful of the OCCASION, you simply stand and do nothing for 60 goddam seconds. Instead BAR 1 decent guy, the others ignored this and began playing the ball, while the other Saudi spectators ALSO ignored this gesture by actively moving about and shouting as if to show DISPLEASURE at the gesture.

Taking all this into consideration, I have given them the benefit of the doubt, as their Federation itself apologized to the Australians for their actions which implied it is NOT official policy to behave that way which is why I assumed it to be their act of defiance against their AUTHORITY showing their displeasure. Of course I accept that I can be wrong.

There were some who said that they behaved like that as a show of disgust, as they believe in an Islam which says that the killing of non-believers is actually to be commended in their religion. Who will say that?  If that is what the religion does indeed preach, we have a serious problem with religious tolerance as far as our Islam adherents are concerned. I trust it is ONLY ISIS who do that, and these players were NOT sympathetic to them. I wish someone to elaborate.

Of course there is a lot of surmising here, as I simply cannot logically explain this action by these players who SHOULD respect international norms, as that is what it is. After all the FA had rejected other shows of solidarity such as armbands as contrary to IFA rules so is this moment of silence also contrary to such? I don’t know the answer to that and maybe someone will enlighten me on that.

So to conclude, if upon investigation it is found that this behavior was sanctioned, then I pray that Saudi Arabia is forever banned from International Sport with immediate effect, with as much publicity given in their Country for why this action has been taken. It is time that we do not allow people to export their form of disrespect, to other traditions, other religions, women and Asians who they think are below their stinking selves, that we show that it is time they return to the desert where they came from and return to herding camels, to save their sorry arses from starvation.

It is almost certain that most of the troubles and terrorism we face this millennium is due to Saudi Arabia and its influence on the thought process of Islam adherents to believe a particular and peculiar form of Islam that is arguably literal and against modern day practice, and possibly not what was meant by Mohammed the Prophet. Using his good name to commit dastardly deeds is surely NOT giving them any place near their prophet, but a sure permanent purgatory, where they will live in hell!

Instead of the Saudi action against the Qataris that now look like sour grapes as they refuse to play ball, by having an outspoken Media channel directed at Arab speaking people, a first that is so widely available, they should look to their inner selves NOT to insult the holy places that they have seized as theirs to guard.

It is time to stop being politically correct in the face of violations of decency to begin with which falls into behavior not sanctioned by religion. It is adopted by a nation as an affront to humanity. Worse we have permitted the Country even a place in the UNHRC due to its financial clout and NOT for anything else, as the world still works for a few privileged and not for true justice, no matter how it is cloaked at the UN. While I agree that the UN is not the Angel they are trying to be, they are at least in a position to impose world norms on the human race, and Saudi Arabia MUST take heed without arrogance.

In fact this episode will merely fade away as no one wants to upset the apple cart as it could affect the world order! Whatever that means and however it is measured. However, it is time we drew a line in the Desert Sands of Saudi Arabia to read the riot act to their rulers, that time is running out for their survival and it is better sooner rather than later to conform to Arab norms at least, and affect the needed changes in their own Country, to play a role in the world as humane and decent people to all, and NOT just their kind.


Most of the Saudis suffer deeply with the lack of jobs and a future other than being dependent on the state and so unable to express an independent opinion on anything for fear of their gravy train being suddenly frozen. Either way it is only time when this train is wrecked at some point. Let it not happen suddenly but gradually in the interests of peace and stability in the Middle East.  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Has the era of Political Correctness ended?


There is a huge pressure on Govt to stop politically correct behavior and go for the jugular in trying to nip terrorism in the bud. Is that good or bad? First question is whether being politically correct has left us in too secure a situation where we don’t worry about people’s skin color or religion, and WE SHOULD.

This question is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. If there are 5 million muslims in the UK and there are 150 dedicated terrorists lurking about planning their next move, should all 5 million suffer, be suspects, have people look at them differently, have all their mosques bugged and the such like to possibly, YES POSSIBLY detect one or two incidents before they happen.

Then how do you stop it. Like in Sri Lanka just defeat terrorism totally. Sri Lanka was lucky we killed the terrorist leader, the cause of the trouble so that few could carry the cudgels and back someone else. I understand that the Government also killed the family, so that no one can rise up, unlike Osama Bin Laden’s son (one of his many sons) who has decided to take up where his father left off and continue the radical path to glory!

The authorities are caught between a rock and hard place in order to make this decision, as the majority of Britons could clamour for more policing more checking on Muslims and keeping tabs on them, and Muslim British in return will feel like foreigners in their own Country, MORE SO than they feel today, as some probably feel that, to turn into fanatics as they have some grudge against the host country. This is a sociological problem of when cultures DON’T mix, as they have a distinct culture. Many blacks have a black identity they wish to keep and ghettoize themselves creating a self perpetuating Gang and Drug Culture that has never been properly resolved. It is the middle class blacks who live in mixed neighborhoods in places like Atlanta GA that have been able to get out of this prophecy by climbing up the social ladder and trying to integrate some with difficulty with Whites but effectively giving up any trappings of black identity and culture.

In the Sri Lankan sense you get the same. You get the Tamil suburbs of Scarboro where you have streets of Tamils hardly mingling with any other Canadians of any European descent! They may integrate with intermarriage but it may be a slow process.

The issue with Islam is that the religion encompasses a way of life built around the mosque and call to prayer 5 times a day, and the need to go to Muslim schools and with the strict dietary habits can only obtain Halal food in only certain places and therefore they congregate OUT OF CHOICE to live with other MUSLIMS only to the chagrin of the host community who would like them to integrate and don’t see why they don’t, not understanding their particular religious beliefs.

Actually the Amish also behave like these Muslims but as they are so small in number and they live isolated lives that ensure they don’t even mix, do not cause a lot of problems outside their own community. I don’t know about young Amish boys and girls who give up their ties and move to the mainstream, they may do it for a short time or forever, but it rarely ends in bloodshed.

We must also be proportionate in understanding and taking action, as terrorism is such a small event, in terms of the number of other mishaps one faces in a day, but it gets more publicity out of all proportion to its numerical worth due to the world we live in and the people therefore are open to being scared and press their government for more action.

I don’t know how much resources the Security Forces are putting into this area, but I am sure a lot is being spent to find this needle in a haystack crime. Therefore if one looks at it in an objective way the spend in trying to second guess where the nest terror strikes may cost at the rate of 1Billion Pounds per death from terrorism a very high price to pay for finding this needle!

It is therefore important that we keep a sense of proportion, in a Country that does NOT have unlimited resources to fight a scourge. The fact we allowed this state of affairs to get to this stage is the problem. If one then goes to the base of this it could be the formation of the State of Israel as far as Musilim terrorism is concerned. Then the US interventions over the years in places like Libya and Iraq merely destabilized them, causing the problem and NOT solving it. So it seems dictators are necessary evil in keeping those countries stable and not falling into anarchy as Democracy just does not seem to part and parcel of their psyche, being better served by a dictator. One could then point to the MR regime too as one that had some stability despite the crimes committed by the state in the name of law and order and stability.

This is a constant argument that does not go away, and especially at Election time, the parties are playing further games of make believe in order to hold onto power or gain power adding another dimension!


We can therefore safely conclude that whatever action we take may not be the best in hindsight, even though at the time it was made it seemed the best. In that sense those in government dictator or democrat has the lives of millions and the worry of billions under their power. If they use it unwisely many people suffer. To me after Trump, I cannot see any improvement in democracy from fascism!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Radicalization – how does it happen and why?



Can you believe it Kings College, London has an International Center for the Study of Radicalization! They study how it happens to perfectly ordinary people, and that is at the heart of the problem of identifying who is firstly most likely to be radicalized and then to detect those who in fact have been radicalized.

The researchers believe that it is NOT social media but strong social networks that are a decisive factor in moving people from being extremist in terms of their thoughts and beliefs to becoming terrorists.

A preacher offering a sense of Community, belonging and camaraderie within a circle of peers brings strong interpersonal bonds based on what they call “in group love” The internet is rarely able to give this potency and charm of a real world recruiter.

It is these people with this charm offensive that have to be closely monitored. After all even evangelical Christians have been drawn to preachers and been under a spell that spelled disaster for them like the Jim Jones tragedy in 1978 which consumed poison and killed themselves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones

It is clear that the British Extremist Anjem Choudary and Palestinian American Ahamed Musa Jibril are past masters at indoctrination and it may take years for their efforts to bear fruit and it is also likely that mere words they use cannot be construed as violent, but the net effect of what they wish to see can only be done with violence and so the authorities and the law must be fully aware of the potential for crime, due to the actions of these seemingly innocuous preachers.

It is therefore best to have a good system of espionage that keeps track of these extreme preachers in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam as the mainstream of these religion will also wish to wash their hands of these people and would prefer if the authorities had a handle on these people who use mind games to change people’s thinking that can result in radicalized extremists resorting to violence to achieve their end. When religion is mixed in this as a top-up that allows them heavenly grace for their actions you have a cocktail that is LETHAL.


In the interests of the security of the state and the peace of Nation, it is important that law enforcement agencies have a tool to be on top of all these potential troublemakers before they make trouble and nip any foreign influence in the bud before mayhem reigns. I hope the powers are at least listening to this.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RADICALIZATION – How to prevent the worst outcome, there from!


Wikipedia Defines it: Radicalization is a process by which an individual, or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

The outcomes of radicalization are shaped by the ideas of the society at large, for example, radicalization can originate from a broad social consensus against progressive change in society or from a broad desire for change in society. Radicalization can be both violent and non-violent, although most academic literature focuses on radicalization into violent extremism.

Radicalization that occurs across multiple reinforcing pathways greatly increases a group’s resilience and lethality.

De radicalization refers to preventive counterterrorism measures that aim to have those with extreme and violent religious or political ideologies, to adopt more moderate and non-violent views.

Let’s face it, we are now ONLY concerned with violent form of radicalization, why it happens and what can we do to counter it, or effectively stop it happening in its tracks as speedily and practically as possible.

While the world is currently concentrating on Islamic Fundamentalists who have been radicalized to the extent of committing violence against the society they are living in, and putting a huge amount of resources to counter it, we must not be blind to its possibilities from other disaffected communities who can just as easily be radicalized in its violent form.

SRI LANKAN CONTEXT

If Sri Lankan history is any indicator, the JVP uprising was the forebear of violent extremism, due to a political ideology which believed that change could ONLY happen with violence. The natural base for them were the disaffected youth, educated, but unable to find a satisfactory economic independence, from this educational freedom, and saw the establishment as its culprit, and wanted to replace the status quo with THEIR IDEOLOGY!

With so much experience therefore, we have failed to grasp, that lurking in the wings is a new religious ideology in opposing camps, that appeals to disgruntled youth, which opportunists are busy, behind the scenes, in manipulating their minds to this extremism, that WILL RESULT in violence as the only means of achieving their objectives. WE MUST STOP ITS PROGRESS and hopefully reverse this, but by providing a more palatable alternative.

SO what are the two opposing camps?

We have extreme Sinhala Buddhism that appeals to “LAZY” youth – the ‘rasthiyadu karayas’ who want to ride around in a bike, litter the junctions in three wheelers and blame all the problems they have on someone else, who are UNWILLING to take control of their lives and be goal oriented in a world full of opportunity, for which hard-work (brainwork too) is the only means. Young Bhikkus who see the material world take over their lives are also easily attracted to this cause, as they see MAMMON in the form of successful Muslims, traders from birth, rule their surroundings with every type of temptation for sale at a price and profit, quite the opposite of their beliefs of trying to remove desire!

ENVY takes over, and unless the elders summon the extremists into believing it is as against Buddhist values as other teachings, and counter, by teaching the true principles of Buddhism, that have been forgotten, leading many to forsake their religion because of it, and thus deal with their frustrations internally, rather than take it out on others. That will preserve the purity of Buddhist values.

On the other hand in Islam we have fundamentalist teachers, many of whom come from Saudi Arabia with state patronage, extolling literal interpretation of the Quran. This widespread indoctrination has completely transformed Sri Lankan Muslims, from more liberal traits of Sufism, where there is a ‘live and let live’ philosophy respecting other beliefs and most especially the ‘freedom of choice’ to a very rigid dress code, and strict rules on what they eat, as well as how they live and pray associating only with likeminded, that has actually ghettoized and stifled a once thriving community of fun loving people intermingled with all races, which was evidenced in the 1980s and before.

The young people coming out of this culture, cannot and will not mix and have ideas of exclusion that limit their exposure to their OWN community only, which will only result in disdain for the host community that lives a very different life creating a schism that is NOW reflective of the tension.

They have also been indoctrinated that Holy War is acceptable in the literal sense and taking arms on behalf of their belief will reward them in heaven! This will justify any act of terrorism, no matter what the law of the land is, creating a similar problem that is faced in the Middle with ISIS, that can only be eliminated by force. This belief if untenable within Sri Lanka!

Most in the Muslim community have failed to come to terms with this as an aberration and have DONE NOTHING to restore the status quo amongst the community that existed and instead passively allowed this ideology to rule them. This is creating a powder keg that will only ignite in flames, unless both communities make an effort to be more reasonable. Just look at the difference between how Muslims behave in Kattankudy and Colombo and you will know what I mean. You may as well be in some small Saudi Town, where even liberal Dubai would be seen as Haram, in observing some East Coast Towns!  

With the increase in numbers, and the insistence of their religious elders in supporting Muslim Political Parties to get more political clout, and be king makers of any Government, due the power and leverage they have, creates angst within the host community, that is understandable. Something has got to give in order to re-establish a sense of Nation, Community and the long term well being of the Country which had harmonious relations with all communities in the past.

Multiple factions fighting in the Middle East, and Jihadi recruitment, further deified in Social Media, is why young people find outlets and reinforcement for their beliefs and rather than be passive in the face of aggression will resort to violence, knowing they have political clout to back them.

This threat referred to above has further exacerbated the Minority complex of the majority Sinhala population, who feel they have NO where to run, as they are restricted to Sri Lanka, and Sinhala Buddhism of a tiny minority of say 15 Million have to face a Muslim Behemoth of 2Billion people worldwide who ALL identify with each other due to the strong bond of religion that puts Islam above Nationalism and Nationhood. This lack of patriotism is a further thorn!

We must face it. Buddhism is MORE tolerant than Islam, and therein lies the root of this problem. Islam of today is more fundamentalist than Islam practiced in Sri Lanka for a thousand years. I know mixed marriages, where the husband is Buddhist and the wife remains Muslim and she is rejected by her community for marrying a Muslim. I also know situations where the Husband is Muslim and he insisted that the wife becomes a Muslim to marry, as it is NOT permitted in their religion. This kind of logic, of different rules, and the insistence of the Muslim Marriages Law that overrides the law of the land are all contentious issues that have created much disquiet amongst the Host Community.

I don’t believe it is a chicken and egg situation, where we are arguing which has taken precedence. It is simply that the Muslim community MUST be cognizant of the anxiety that is justified in the host community and must acknowledge a degree of justified concern about the turn of events, and stop playing into the hands of the fundamentalists for fear of being branded un Muslim.


I believe it is due to the passive acceptance of extreme doctrine WITHOUT contradicting its practice in order to keep the peace in the minority community that has created a SILENT MAJORITY of Muslims unwilling to act and hence this is the real problem that MUST BE solved as a priority IMMEDIATELY if religious tolerance it to prevail. It takes two to tango.

"HATE CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIM" is just an EXCUSE to avoid the CORE of the problem, namely the fundamentalism of the MANY and the bellicose comments within the Muslim Community that is creating the fear and knee-jerk reaction amongst a FEW.