Proud Inheritors or Petty Contractors? Understanding the BBS phenomenon in Sri Lankan politics Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana The speech delivered by Ven. Galaboda-atté Gnanasara at a public meeting in the Aluthgama on 14 June 2014 is broadly considered as the primary cause that triggered the subsequent rampage and violence in that area. Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the organisation of which Ven. Gnanasara is the Secretary General, is squarely accused of encouraging, instigating and ...

The Riots of June 2014 and Pogrom of July 1983 Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana It is unlikely that there is anyone living who remembers the anti -Muslim riots of 1915. In any case, apart from the fact that most of the victims were Muslims and most of the perpetrators were Sinhalese, there are few similarities between the riots of 1915 and 2014. In1915 the British administration, in sharp contrast ...

ජෙප්පන්ට ප්‍රශ්ණයක්...? - A Question for JVP ඕන් දැන් ජනාධිපතිවරනේ තියනවා. අනිවා මහින්ද මහත්තයා ඉල්ලනවනේ. දැන්ම වෙන කවුරුත් දාන එකක් නෑ. අර ටී ෂේට් එකකුත් ගහලා තිබුනේ එතුමගේ පොටෝ එකක් එහෙම දාලා. නාමල් බේබි උනත් ෂුවර් නෑනේ. පෙන්නේ නැද්ද සැටලයිට් නෝනලාට වෙලා තියෙන දේවල්.ඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

මිනීමරූ වෘත්තීය සමිති කාරයෝ - Deadly Unions අපේ රටේ සවුක්ක සේවය කියන්නේ මහා ගරු ගාම්භීර සෙවාවක් කියා ඒකේ ඉන්න උන් පෙන්නන්න හදනවාය. ඕකේ ඉන්න හැම එකාගෙම රැස්පොට් බලන්න නම්, ඉස්පිරිතාලෙකින් බෙහෙත් ටිකක් ගන්න හෝ ගිහිල්ලා තියෙන්න ඕනාය. ලෙඩ්ඩු බලන්න ගියාට වැඩක් නැත. මොකෝ ඒ වෙලාවට මේ සිංහයෝ ඔක්කෝම ඉන්නේ ලෑඩිස් ඇන්ඩ් ජෙන්ටමන්ස්ලා වාගෙය.ඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera Image courtesy Sunday Leader Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the ...

For the most part I was an observer of those unfortunate events took place during the Poson month. We Sinhalese Buddhists consider month of June significant for the historical event of introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka -or whatever the name used for it at that time- after the third council. In fact Arahath Mahinda is known to us as "Anubudhu ...

Sri Lanka redefines “curfew” in Beruwela Lest we forget, the Police imposed a curfew in Beruwela and Aluthgama on 15th June in an effort to stop the violence against Muslims in the area. The curfew in Aluthgama was imposed at 6.45pm according to the Government’s official news portal. A news bulletin broadcast at 9pm on TV featured Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana noting that ...

Ven. Wataraka Thero’s last statement before his arrest (with English subtitles) Groundviews has already published a detailed record of the violence the BBS has meted out on Ven. Wataraka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Rotalawela Mahaweli Maha Viharaya in Mahiyanganaya, in the Uva province. Ven. Wataraka Thero was recently found injured and bound in a ditch near Colombo recently. The Police later claimed the injuries were self-inflicted, and after he was discharged ...

ඩෙංගු බබා සමඟ සාඛඡ්චාවක් - An Interview with Dengue Baba අපේ සාඛඡ්චාව සඳහා පැමිණි බබා රෝගවර්ධන වෛද්‍යතුමිය අපි ඉතා ආදරයෙන් පිලි ගන්නවා. සුබ උදෑසනක් ඔබ තුමියට.සුබ උදෑසනක් ඔයාටත්.අපි කෙලින්ම මාතෘකාවට බහිමු.හොඳට බලලා, වැහි වතුර තියෙනවනම් විතරක් බහින්නඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

Elusive Economic Peace Dividend in Sri Lanka:  ALL that glitters is not gold Photo courtesy IPS Prof. N.Balakrishnan Memorial Oration delivered in Colombo on 21st June 2014 Introduction It is five years since the decisive end of the civil war in May 2009. The government’s approach to resolving the long festering ethnic conflict in the country has been reconciliation and peace through economic development. Although I do have reservations about the validity ...

“Get your green card and go! Leave this god forsaken country”. A verbal punch in the face from my father. Before I can react: “I have lived my life. You have to think about those wonderful children..”. It trails into a familiar muttered “kiyala va-duck-na” (no point talking about it). Then deflates to a sigh. […]

The Muslims of Sri Lanka: A community under siege? Photo courtesy CNN June 2014 will go down in the annals of Sri Lankan history as a turning point in ethnic relations, with large scale communal violence being unleashed on a most hapless minority. This month saw the worst acts of violence targeted against the country’s second largest minority, the Muslims, since the infamous anti-Tamil pogrom of July 1983. ...

The Politics of ‘Aluthgama’ Photo: Paula Bronstein for The Global Mail “The Muhammedans, an alien people, who in the early part of the 19th century were common traders, by Shylockian methods became prosperous like the Jews […] What the German is to the Britisher that the Muhammedan is to the Sinhalese. He is an alien to the Sinhalese by religion, race and language ...

Some Civil Society Questions for Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Photo by Dinouk Colombage, Al Jazeera The Facebook (FB) group called “Buddhists Questioning Bodu Bala Sena (BQBBS)” once compiled a list of questions for BBS through a lengthy consultation period with its online members. I volunteered to mediate between BQBBS and Dilanthe Withanage of BBS to pass these questions to him to initiate a dialog. However, due to the ...

Statement on Aluthgama violence by Rt. Revd Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo Photo by Dinouk Colombage, Al Jazeera I am deeply perturbed and concerned at the large scale violence unleashed on members of the Muslim community last weekend (15th June 2014), in the Aluthgama, Beruwala, Dharga Town, Walpitiya and Welipenna areas. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in their time of sorrow. This violence was wholly avoidable; that ...

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