Tagged with Buddhism

‘The ethnic question’ – A response

 V Thangavelu (Island) I wish to respond to the piece written by Janaki Chandraratna that appeared in The Island newspaper of 25 November 2019 under the caption ‘The ethnic question’. She claims “Of the 21.44 million, Tamils (11.2%) and Muslims (9.7%) live all over the island, whereas the Sinhalese Buddhists (70.2%), in particular, are not welcome … Continue reading

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Saving Sinhalese-Buddhists From Sinhala-Buddhism: Challenge For Post-Easter Sri Lanka!

By Lakmal Harischandra (Colombo Telegraph) Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara’s BBS is once again rallying in Kandy, transforming an otherwise serene city housing the most sacred Dalada Maligawa, a hotbed of Sinhala Buddhist extremism, on the heels of Athuraliye Ratana Thero’s fasting drama weeks ago. Sri Lanka has been witnessing these types of anti-Muslim upheavals in the Easter Sunday period, with … Continue reading

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Fate of democracy in the face of rising nationalism

Daily Mirror In a system that places paramount importance on equality, if democracy is limited to a majoritarian one, it will result in a tyrannical regime that disregards the well-being and concerns of the minority groups In Sri Lankan society, the word democracy is often referred to in a protesting manner against any form of … Continue reading

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Tissaranee’s “Blanket of the Dark” – Facts You Can’t Miss

By Tissaranee Gunasekara (Groundviews) Photo by President’s Media Division (PMD) “From now on, people and monks will govern this country from the streets” Aturaliye Ratana Thero (Lankadeepa – 28.5.2019) A man in a suit defending the imposition of a saree-only regimen on women – it would have been amusing, had the scene been part of a … Continue reading

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Fast in Kandy: A Feast for Fools

BY SARATH DE ALWIS (Observer) This picture of the Dharmic Drama in Kandy digitally recorded on an iPhone by a young bhikkhu conveys a uniquely contemporaneous narrative. Canonical caprice has replaced Buddha’s Renunciation and Nonattachment with Parochial Prejudice When a wise man, established well in morality Develops consciousness and wisdom, Then as a bhikkhu ardent … Continue reading

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