July 28, 2014

கூட்டமைப்பை பிளவுபடுத்தும் சதி ஒரு போதும் வெற்றியளிக்காது

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அரசாங்கம் ஏனைய கட்சிகளைப் பிரித்து, துருவப்படுத்தி வெற்றி கண்டது போன்று தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பையும் பிளவுபடுத்த நினைக்கின்றது. அதற்காக சில ஊடகங்களையும் பயன்படுத்த முனைகின்றது. கூட்டமைப்பை பிளவுபடுத்த அரசாங்கம் மேற்கொள்ளும் முயற்சி ஒரு போதும் பலிக்காது. கூட்டமைப்பு தமிழ் மக்களின் தியாகத்தால் கட்டியெழுப்பப்பட்ட ஓர் கட்சியாகும் என்று தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் தலைவரும் சிரேஷ்ட பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினருமான இரா.சம்பந்தன்  தெரிவித்தார்.

தமிழத் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு இரண்டாகப் பிளவுபட்டுள்ளதாக சிங்கள ஊடகமொன்று வெளியிட்டுள்ள செய்தி தொடர்பில் அவரிடம் தொடர்பு கொண்டு கேட்டபோதே அவர் இவ்வாறு தெரிவித்தார்.
தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் பாராளுமன்ற குழுத் தலைவரான இரா.சம்பந்தன் மேலும் கூறுகையில்,
தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பைப் பொறுத்தமட்டில் எந்த விவகாரம் தொடர்பிலும் எந்தவித பிளவுமின்றியே தனது ஒருமித்த செயற்பாட்டை மேற்கொண்டு வருகின்றது. கூட்டமைப்பைப் பிளவுபடுத்த வேண்டுமென்பதில் அரசாங்கம் கடும் பிரயத்தனங்களை மேற்கொண்டு வந்தது. எனினும் அது சாத்தியமாகவில்லை.
தமிழரசுக் கட்சியின் பேராளர் மாநாடு புரட்டாசி மாதம் நடைபெறவுள்ளது. இந்தப் பேராளர் மாநாட்டில் எமது மாவட்டம் தோறும் உள்ள கிளைகள் மற்றும் பேராளர்கள் ஒன்றுகூடுவார்கள். இவர்கள் ஒன்று கூடி ஏகமனதான தீர்மானங்களை மேற்கொள்வார்கள்.
என்னைப் பொறுத்தமட்டில் நான் தமிழரசுக் கட்சியின் தலைவராகக் கடந்த மூன்று வருடங்களாக இருந்து வருகிறேன். அந்த வகையில், எனது பொறுப்புக்களை வேறு ஒருவரிடம் ஒப்படைக்கலாம் என்று கருதுகிறேன். அது தொடர்பில் தமிழத் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் உறுப்பினர்கள், பேராளர்கள் ஒன்று கூடி இணக்கமான முடிவுக்கு வருவார்கள். இதன் மூலம் ஒரு போதும் பிளவுபடவோ, பிரச்சினைகள் எழவோ இடமில்லை.
கூட்டமைப்பின் உறுப்பினர்கள் எவரும் பதவி மோகத்தைக் கொண்டவர்கள் அல்ல. அவர்கள் தமிழர்களின் ஈடேற்றத்துக்காக மிகுந்த அர்ப்பணிப்புடன் சேவையாற்றி வருகின்றனர். அந்த வகையில் கூட்டமைப்பை பிளவுபடுத்த எடுக்கும் முயற்சிகள் பயனற்ற ஒன்றாகவே அமையும்.
இதேவேளை, தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பை பதிவு செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பது தொடர்பில் கூட்டமைப்பில் அங்கத்துவம் வகிக்கும் கட்சிகள் தங்கள் கருத்துக்களை வெளியிட்டு வருகின்றன. அது தொடர்பில் சாதகமாகப் பரீசிலிக்கப்படும். எப்படியாவது கூட்டமைப்பை பிளவுபடுத்தி தமிழ் மக்களை அரசியல் அநாதைகளாக்கலாம் என்று அரசு கங்கணம் கட்டி செயற்படுவதையே காண முடிகின்றது. அதற்கு கட்சியோ தமிழ் மக்களோ ஒரு போதும் இடமளிக்க மாட்டார்கள் என்பதே யதார்த்தமாகும் என்றார்.
இதேவேளை, ஜனாதிபதி தேர்தல் வேட்பாளர் தொடர்பாக தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டணியில் பாரிய பிளவு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளதாகவும் ஜனாதிபதித் தேர்தலில் எதிர்க்கட்சி வேட்பாளருக்கு ஆதரவளிக்க வேண்டுமென சில உறுப்பினர்கள் தெரிவிக்கின்றனர் என்றும் மேலும் சிலர், தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு சார்பில் வேட்பாளரொருவரை நிறுத்த வேண்டுமென தெரிவித்துள்ளதால் இந்தப் பிளவு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளதாகவும் குறித்த சிங்கள ஊடகமொன்று செய்தி வெளியிட்டுள்ளது.
அந்தச் செய்தியில் மேலும்,
பிரதான இரு கட்சிகளின் வேட்பாளர்களுக்கும் ஆதரவு வழங்குவதால் தமிழ் மக்களின் பிரச்சினைகளுக்கு தீர்வு கிடைக்கப் போவதில்லை. எனவே தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு சார்பில் ஒரு வேட்பாளரை ஜனாதிபதித் தேர்தலில் நிறுத்தி தமிழர் மக்களின் பலத்தைக் காட்டுவதுடன் கூட்டமைபைச் சேர்ந்த எம்.பிக்கள் எதிர்க்கட்சி வேட்பாளருக்கு நிபந்தனையுடன் ஆதரவு வழங்க வேண்டுமெனக் கருதுகின்றனர். இந்த நிலையின் கீழ் அடுத்த ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளர் தொடர்பில் தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்புக்குள் கடும் கருத்து மோத்ல்கள் ஏற்பட்டுள்ளன என்றும் தெரிவித்துள்ளது.

July 28, 2014
Throw The ‘Look Africa’ Policy Into The Waste Paper Basket And Adopt A ‘Look West’ Policy Instead – ST Editorial

Throw The ‘Look Africa’ Policy Into The Waste Paper Basket And Adopt A ‘Look West’ Policy Instead – ST Editorial

July 27, 2014
Despite the uproar made by some of the leaders of the government, the recent expansion of the scope of the Commission on Disappearances the Rajapaksa regime has given the message that not only has it capitulated to international pressure, but that it will be forced to act only when there is international pressure, the Editorial of today’s Sunday Times – a prominent weekly English newspaper in Sri Lanka – remarks.
 Sinha Ratnatunga - Editor Sunday Times Colombo Telegraph
Sinha Ratnatunga – Editor Sunday Times
Today’s editorial titled ‘Losing the Diplomatic War’ it has been pointed out that the Rajapksa regime misled by its foreign policy pundits, has ignored the good old saying ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ in responding to mounting allegations of human rights and International Humanitarian Law violations during the final phases of the war.
Recalling the foreign policy blunders, the Editorial notes
-          The first court martial of the former Army Commander
-          The deceptive inquiry by the military on allegations of ‘war crimes’
-          Prolonged delay in setting up the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)
-          Delay in implementing its recommendations despite the mechanism giving the Government an early window of opportunity have not boded well with Sri Lanka’s image.
The Editorial further notes that there is much to do in mending fences with the West – an area that has been completely abandoned by the External Affairs Ministry under the Rajapaksa regime, pointing out that even through back channel initiatives, it would take steadfast efforts for a long period for mend relations with the White House and Capitol Hill.
“The Government will have to set its priorities right in the first place. For instance, the insane ‘Look Africa’ foreign policy must be just thrown into the WPB and a more useful ‘Look West’ approach adopted, surely,” the piece notes pointing out Sri Lanka and its people have much more in common with the West than with Africa.
Furthermore, it asserts that if Sri Lanka is to succeed in this modern world, it cannot afford to shun the West or be shunned by it.

July 28, 2014
Sabotage of media workshop and death threats are govt. orchestrated – SLWJA

Sabotage of media workshop and death threats are govt. orchestrated – SLWJA

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Sri Lanka in Brief26/07/2014
The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA)  condemns in the strongest terms yet another act of intimidation of media by the government orchestrated mobs who sabotaged a planned media workshop for Jaffna journalists scheduled at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) today( 26). The workshop on Digital media Security for a group of media personnel from Jaffna was to be held at the Sri Lanka Press Institute today.  However, 16 journalists who were heading to Colombo for the media workshop was detained by the Army at the Omanthai Military  Check Point on the purported charges of having Cannabis in their procession on Friday evening and were handed over to the police.  They  were subsequently released by the police,  on the same day night and were instructed  to  return to Jaffna.  (The driver of the van travelled by journalists remains in police custody.)
The media personnel however headed to Colombo for the workshop. However,  this morning,  a group of government organized mobs have gathered in front of the SLPI, threatening to storm the institution should the workshop be held.  The hapless organizers were forced to abandon the workshop.
Subsequently, the activists of media organizations who have been planning to hold a media conference about the incident are now receiving death threats. The Convener of Free Media Movement,  Sunil Jayasekara received a series of anonymous calls, threatening with murder should the planed media conference go ahead.
SLWJA  sees in this latest incident, the familiar pattern of intimidation that has been unleashed by the government and its military apparatus in the past. Earlier, two workshops organized by the Transparency International were sabotaged in the same manner.
We condemn this latest incident in the strongest term and stand in solidarity with our colleagues. We are, especially, concerned about the security of Jaffna  media colleagues and would continue to monitor the situation.
We call upon the government to abandon its not so covert modest operandi that is put in place to intimidate the press and media activists.  Those acts  continue to vindicate the hollowness of the government’s commitment to democracy and fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution.
Ranga Jayasuriya
General Secretary
On behalf of the Executive Committee

July 28, 2014
Thousands ‘Walk for Unity’

Thousands ‘Walk for Unity’


lankaturthSUNDAY, 27 JULY 2014
The ‘Walk for Unity’ organized by the Socialist Youth Union to celebrate the ‘Brotherhood Day’ that ‘walked’ from Maligawatta to Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre was participated by a large gathering. A rally and a cultural show were held at the Open Air theatre later.

July 27, 2014

Don’t say we are bad boys next time – Thugs warn SLPI

gang at SLPI

Sri Lanka in BriefBy SLB -26/07/2014 
Leader of the gang who disrupted the media workshop to be held in the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Press Institute warned that ” if this institute allows any such training in the future done say we are bad boys”.  The person who can be clearly indentified in the video was referring to a workshop where Tamil journalists form the Jaffna was invited.  This flagrant violation of peoples right to association and expression took place in the heart of the city on 26 July 2014 .
This was a clear warning they will use the violence against Tamil journalists participating in training workshops in the South of Sri Lanka.  He further warned that if such workshops are held any where in the country they will be there to stop them.
The thug leader using megaphone shouted that SLPI is a Brothel  of Tigers and not a institute of journalists. He called on the people to rise up against these activities to safeguard the future of the country.  He bosted that Tamil journalists have fled and the workshop has been cancealed because of their presense.
Issuing a press statement the largest journalists union of the country the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association said that this act of intimidation of media was carried out by the government orchestrated mobs.
Speaking to SLB form Coombo a press freedom activist said that  this could be  the initial stage of parallel clinician set up in the lines of extremist Bodu Bala Sena.
The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) was established and manage by  the Newspaper Society of Sri Lanka, The Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka, the Free Media Movement, and the Sri Lanka Working Journalist Association, to provide direction and leadership in media related activities.

July 27, 2014
India’s Media — Missing the Data Journalism Revolution?

India’s Media — Missing the Data Journalism Revolution?

priya rajsekar profileThe Mumbai-based IndiaSpend, India's first nonprofit data journalism center.How can media make sense of a country that has over 1.2 billion people (about 17 percent of the global population), close to 800 languages, an electorate of 814 million, and the largest urban agglomeration in the world?
How does one plan for a country where, at the end of 2012, about 22 per cent of the population lived below the poverty line (with a daily spending of less than about US45 cents in rural India and US55 cents in urban India), but which also has 89 billionaires and features fifth in the Global Rich List? The country’s latest Census in 2011 was taken with the help of 2.3 million enumerators travelling to more than 630,000 villages and more than 5000 cities. Census officials counted the thousands of homeless scouring footpaths and railway stations, while managing to include even the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Continue Reading →  

July 27, 2014
Crisis-riddled Govt. goes into denial mode

Crisis-riddled Govt. goes into denial mode

The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka
Opposition parties close ranks on abolition of executive presidency; common candidate on the agenda - JHU, NFF up in arms over domestic war crimes probe, but UPFA leaders silent on Rajapaksa proclamation - Ranil accuses GL of misleading Parliament and the people on Chinese run aircraft repair facility
The UPFA Government seems to be in a state of denial. The latest addition to that syndrome came from External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris.
He was asked in Parliament last Tuesday by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for his response to a reference in the Sunday Times (Political Commentary) of July 6 that the Government has allowed the state owned China National Aero Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC) to set up an Aircraft Base Maintenance Centre (ABMC) in Trincomalee. He replied: “The Opposition Leader has stated a wrong fact. He stated that a decision has been taken to set up this project in Trincomalee. No such decision has been taken to permit the establishment of an Aircraft Base Maintenance Centre in Trincomalee….”

July 27, 2014
தமிழீழத்துக்கான நட்பு நாடுகளை உருவாக்கும் பணியில் அனைத்துலக மக்கள் அவை!


Posted Date : 16:32 (27/07/2014)
65 ஆண்டுகளுக்கும் மேலாக ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் மீது நடத்தப்படும் இன அழிப்பின் தொடர்ச்சியாக ஈழத்தமிழர்களுக்கு ஒரு அரசு இல்லையேல், தமிழனுக்கு எதும் இல்லை என்ற நிலை இலங்கை தீவில் உருவாகிவிட்டது.
ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் பிரச்னையை தனி மனித உரிமை பிரச்னையாகவும், மனிதவுரிமை பிரச்னையாகவும் சுருக்கிவிடும் முயற்சியில் முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் இன அழிப்பு நடந்து 5 ஆண்டுகள் கடந்தும் சர்வதேசம் பயணிக்கின்றது.

ஈழத்தமிழர்களின் பாதுகாப்பை உறுதிப்படுத்துவத்துக்கு வெறுமனே புனர்வாழ்வும், பொருளாதார அபிவிருத்தியையும் சிங்கள பேரினவாத அரசோ அல்லது சர்வதேச நாடுகளோ பேசிப் பயனல்ல, மாறாக ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் தமது அரசியல் அதிகாரத்தை தாமே நிர்ணயிக்கும் ஒரு தீர்வைப் பற்றியே சர்வதேசம் பேச வேண்டும் என்பதுக்கு அமைய தமிழீழத்தை அடையச் செல்லும் வழியில் ஒரு படியாக அதுக்கான வலுச்சேர்ப்பு நகர்வாக நட்பு நாடுகளை உருவாகும் பணியில் அனைத்துலக ஈழத்தமிழர் மக்கள் அவை கடந்த வருடங்களாக தனது அரசியில் நகர்வுகளை செய்து வருகின்றது.

அந்த வகையில் கடந்த நான்கு நாட்களாக மொரிசியஸ் நாட்டில் நடைபெற்ற சர்வதேச தமிழர் மாநாட்டில் கலந்து கொண்ட அனைத்துலக ஈழத்தமிழர் மக்கள் அவையின் செயலாளர் திருச்சோதி, மொரிசியஸ் நாட்டின் பிரதமர்,  அரசியல்வாதிகள் மற்றும் சர்வதேச அறிஞர்கள் முன்நிலையில் “ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் தேசிய இருப்பும், தேசிய ஒடுக்குமுறையும் “எனும் தலைப்பில் ஈழத்தமிழர்களுக்கு நடக்கும் இன அழிப்பை எடுத்துரைத்தது  அனைவரையும் கவர்ந்தது.

அத்தோடு மொரிசியஸ் நாட்டின் பிரதமரோடும், எதிர்க்கட்சித் தலைவரோடும் மற்றும் ஏனைய கட்சி தலைவர்கள், தமிழ் அமைப்புகளோடும் முக்கிய சந்திப்புக்களை மேற்கொண்டார்.

மொரிசியஸ் நாட்டில் தமிழ்க் கோயில் கூட்டமைப்பும் அனைத்துலக ஈழத்தமிழர் மக்கள் அவையும் இணைந்து செய்த முந்தைய மாநாட்டின் தொடர்ச்சியாலும், அரசியல் நகர்வாலும் சிறிலங்காவில் நடைபெற்ற பொதுநலவாய நாடுகளின் மாநாட்டை மொரிசியஸ் புறக்கணித்தது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

July 27, 2014
The “Beautification” Of Urban And Rural Sri Lanka

The “Beautification” Of Urban And Rural Sri Lanka

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BBy Emil van der Poorten -July 27, 2014
Emil van der Poorten
Emil van der Poorten
Colombo TelegraphEver since I’ve had the misfortune to observe the wholesale political and ethnic “cleansing,” in the name of “aesthetic re-arrangement,” of Sri Lanka’s capital city, I have had no desire to get closer than I absolutely had to such monstrous work.  And I really mean the word “monstrous.”
It was a while back that Time or Newsweek ran a cover story on Rumania and the “success” it allegedly was in contrast to the rest of the Eastern Bloc of the time.  It talked in glowing terms of the beautiful, clean lines of the new city of Bucharest among other “facts” that pointed to the country of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, as a beacon of freedom and democratic practice, where its citizens enjoyed a quality of life without equal in the countries behind the Iron Curtain of that day.
It was not long before the horror of Ceausescu’s “reforms” emerged and they hardly bear repetition here.  With some exceptions.
Yes, he had razed old Bucharest to the ground and replaced it with a brand, spanking-new city. To people who knew what the classic old city looked like, the new Stalinist monstrosity, “block concrete architecture” personified, was an unbelievable horror.  In addition, those who were “re-located” from their residences were put in state-owned apartments with no provision for their pets.  In a city where virtually everyone had pets, particularly dogs, one can well imagine what a huge problem tens of thousands of dogs suddenly cut loose with nowhere to live presented!  The orphans caged, literally, like animals and other horrors that the overthrow, street trial and execution of Nicolae and Elena brought to light are now history, but history with a lesson: take “evaluations” by “interested parties” of regimes responsible for such as “city cleansing” “under advisement”, as that old expression had it!                                              Read More

July 27, 2014
Lankan polity ‘twixst devil and deep blue sea’ “Over-determination” on the see-saw

Lankan polity ‘twixst devil and deep blue

  sea’ "Over-determination" on the see-saw


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Louis Althusser (1918-1990)
"Ideology has little to do with consciousness;it is profoundly unconscious."

Kumar David-July 26, 2014

Observe that I refer to Lankan polity not only the regime though it is obviously the centre forward player and principal actor. My objective today is to separate the critical conflicts in Lankan polity in this period into two separate categories, they are linked but not the same. My objective is to organise thinking about Lanka’s state and society into as simple terms as possible though you may be a little surprised when I begin with a decidedly odd sounding concept. Commonsense people find ‘over-determination’ a strange term, but it has come into wide use in political discourse, especially but not only on the left and is useful in an essay like this one.

July 27, 2014
Despite Mathata Thitha, more liquor licences issued in 2013

Despite Mathata Thitha, more liquor licences issued in 2013

LiquorStoreSunday, 27 July 2014
The Government’s much hyped “mathata thitha” policy to discourage liquor consumption may be in place but that has not stopped the Excise Department from issuing 62 new liquor licences last year. This is seven more than the number of licences issued in 2012, according to details in the Administrative Report of Excise Commissioner General D.G.M. Vasantha Hapuarachchi. The 2013 report was presented to Parliament this week.
The report says the new liquor licences have been restricted only for the institutions approved by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and that under the ‘present excise policy based on the policy frame of “Mahinda Chinthanaya”, the Excise Department takes necessary action to control the consumption of liquor and the use of cigarettes.
Between 2005 and 2013, since the Mahinda Chintanaya came into effect, nearly 500 new liquor licences have been issued.Meanwhile in 2013, the beginning of the second centenary of the Excise Department, Rs. 66,008 million had been collected as excise duties — an increase of 10% compared with 2012. Also in 2013, while the production of hard liquor showed a decrease of 11 per cent over the previous year, the soft liquor beer production had gone up by 21 per cent over 2012.
 Sunday, 27 July 2014 
anura illangakoonThe president on July 25 decided to name senior DIG Anura Senanayake as the acting IGP in order to face challenges by opposition forces during the next presidential election, reports say.
Incumbent police chief N.K. Illangakoon can remain in the job until April 2016, but defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has informed the president that he could not show results as expected from him.
The IGP is to be removed in a scenario in which former president Chandrika Kumaratunga has returned to politics. He was the DIG in charge of the presidential security division during her tenure. The defence secretary has surmised that the incumbent IGP will be more loyal to Mrs. Kumaratunga.
However, seniority in the police department means that N.K. Illangakoon should be succeeded by senior DIG Gamini Nawaratne. But, the president intends to appoint PSD chief, senior DIG M.S. Wickremasinghe to the position, although the defence secretary’s choice is Anura Senanayake.
The defence secretary has told the president that he could not guarantee the loyalty of the police if he is not appointed to the position.
Since the police commission is an encumbrance to the appointment of Anura Senanayake to the position, he has proposed that he should be appointed the acting IGP. Furthermore, in the event a more senior DIG files a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his appointment, the acting position will help prevent any legal challenge, the chief justice has advised. The president has commended the defence secretary on that account.
Anyhow, Anura Senanayake will be able to obtain a fourth service extension, as the third one he obtained on 07 July 2014 expires on 07 January 2015 and a presidential election is due to take place on a closer date. He has already set a record for being the oldest policeman in the history of Sri Lanka police, and will be able to further that record, a senior official of the department told us.
The decision to extend his service was taken at a meeting at the president’s house in Kandy on July 25 to discuss the opposition alliance formed through the seminar called by the National Movement for a Just Society.

July 27, 2014
India to inform Sri Lanka about terror cloud on Colombo

India to inform Sri Lanka about terror cloud on Colombo

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Sunday, 27 July 2014 
India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this country.
India to Inform Sri Lanka About Terror Cloud on Colombo by Maria Anderson

July 27, 2014
Relevance of Freedom of Association in 1992 and today: Ratawawi Peramuna and its players

Relevance of Freedom of Association in 1992 and today: Ratawawi Peramuna and its players






GroundviewsNon Governmental Organizations (NGOs), are the popular punching bag of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), when its actions are challenged by any individual and/or organization. Name-calling, brandishing circulars to warn NGOs and now a draconian law to prevent them from raising public issues has been the modus operandi of the regime to curb and crush dissent. The context of the sudden and heightened attack on NGOs is also relevant.

July 27, 2014
SRI LANKA AND MYANMAR: UNDERSTANDING RISE OF BUDDHIST RADICALISM – ANALYSIS

SRI LANKA AND MYANMAR: UNDERSTANDING RISE OF BUDDHIST RADICALISM – ANALYSIS

By Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy-JULY 26, 2014
Monks protesting in Burma, photo by Racoles, Wikipedia CommonsOver the past three years, there has been an evident surge of Buddhist radicalism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, with the clergy being increasingly involved in violence against minorities, especially Muslims. Both countries have sizeable Muslim populations, and while the situation in Myanmar is the worse of the two, Sri Lanka is not too far behind.

July 27, 2014
Which Buddha? Whose Buddhism?

Which Buddha? Whose Buddhism?

| by Tisaranee Gunasekara
“…it was like a poisoned source which would continue to rot both people and things…”
Émile Zola (Truth)
( July 27, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) King Dutugemunu fought his first war en famille, literally. According to Mahawamsa, he waged two succession-wars against his usurping younger brother, Tissa. It was after securing his throne that Dutugemunu began his series of wars against several ‘lesser’ kings and ultimately against King Elara.
Which Buddha Whose Buddhism by Maria Anderson

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