Suppression of Buddhists in N-E: Govt. not keen to curb situation: Nalaka Thera

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The government is not taking action over the recent protests carried out by a group of Tamil politicians and some Muslim extremists in the North against a move to build an archeological office at the Kurundankulama Asokaramaya in Mullaitivu, National Rights Organization President Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera alleged today.

Addressing a news briefing, he said Kurundankulama Asokaramaya was an ancient Buddhist temple with archeological value.

“This was just one incident which demonstrates the moves by some Tamil and Muslim groups which are trying to suppress the Sinhala Buddhists in the Northern and Eastern provinces. What is pathetic is that the Government has turned a blind eye to these incidents,” Nalaka Thera said.

“Some incidents related to the attacks of the Sinhalese in the North and East, are not exposed to the people. Nevertheless, the Sinhala residents of the Nayaru and Kokilai areas are facing suppression from the Tamil politicians and Muslim extremists,” Nalaka Thera said.

“This has become a huge threat to the Sinhalese Buddhist people in the North and East,” Nalaka Thera added.

He said the Government’s continuous silence in this regard would be a challenge to the country’s reconciliation process.

“The office for National Unity & Reconciliation which is under the chairmanship of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, is doing little to promote reconciliation,” Nalaka Thero said.

Meanwhile, National Rights Organization Legal advisor Attorney Nuwan Ballantudawa alleged that Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran was gradually attempting to expel the Sinhala community from the North.

“This is a clear example to show as to how the Tamil politicians attempt to get rid of Sinhalese people. The Northern Province Chief Minister has no authority to do so according to the law. If he does so, it is a violation of fundamental human rights,” Ballantudawa said.

“If the Government keeps on allowing these types of extremist politicians to utter words like this, it would be a threat to the Buddhist culture of this country,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)




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  Comments - 16

  • Harini Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:06 PM

    Fantastic! Here we go again!

    Max Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:16 PM

    That is called "sanhidiyawa" hamuduruwane

    SL Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:55 PM

    if such thing has happened in South Gvt is the first to come out then JVP,TNA,SLMC etc..For Tamils the whole country is opened ,but for Sinhalese ?

    DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF Friday, 14 September 2018 02:32 PM

    What is open ? Try having a kovil or mosque constructed now in the south ?

    Buddhi Perer Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:26 PM

    President cannot do all these things at once. These days he is engaged in safeguarding criminals close to him. ie CDS

    Don't spin the truth Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:29 PM

    Don't build Buddhist Temple where there are no Buddhist living. Don't take over Hindu temples and convert them Buddhist temples. Don't colonize Sinhalese into Tamil villages (Govt colonization) and make Tamils minority in their own village. This is what the Tamils are opposed to.

    Wise Donkey Friday, 14 September 2018 02:03 AM

    Suppression in the North, East, South, West or even Central by Tamil, Muslims or Sinhalese should not be tolerated and government should act without any delay. Community leaders must preach coexistence.

    Tamil Friday, 14 September 2018 04:47 AM

    We the Tamils have suffered so much in the last 40 years. Allow us some break, and don’t start harassing.

    Chanaka Friday, 14 September 2018 05:59 AM

    If the situation was reversed and singhala Buddhist did what those other extremists did in NE this government would have been cracking down hard on them from day one! What back boneless sick politics is this???

    Communist Friday, 14 September 2018 06:32 AM

    What can you do other than being a communel. Don't fool the people any more.

    Stan Friday, 14 September 2018 06:38 AM

    You're the only problem. Why do you have to make it all about ourselves when we're the majority? We need to stop acting like an oppressed minority.

    CANNOT GIVE A DECENT HEADER Friday, 14 September 2018 07:46 AM

    "The government is not taking action over the recent protests carried out by a group of Tamil politicians and some Muslim extremists in the North " these fellows speak up only if it affects them. NO ONE TO SPEAK UP FOR THE MINORITIES.- go to the north and see all the statues blossoming out on the road sides etc etc - sponsored by the armed forces. - what reconcillation - my foot

    Ceylon Friday, 14 September 2018 02:30 PM

    This is a anty buddhist person.wearing buddha robe but against buddhism.

    vithura Friday, 14 September 2018 04:48 PM

    Instead of building viharas these monks should develop their minds just as Buddha did, for nothing in this world belongs to anybody, not to the Sinhalese nor to the Tamils. Cleanse the mind of hatred, than roaming around with full of it concealed by a saffron garb.

    Sammy Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:33 PM

    What about surreptitious renaming of roads to Sinhala names in the North and increase in building of Viharas?

    Mandayan Sunday, 16 September 2018 03:00 PM

    Someone should tell the monk that Portuguese took Jaffna Kingdom in the 1520 war against King Changlian while British took Chiefdom of Wanni from Chieftian Pandarawannian in 1799. Can they come back to claim both?

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