The shameful behaviour and expression employed by the Mahanayaka of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter, along with the monks he led and the crowd of thugs is not remotely associated with or reflective of the philosophy of the Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, or the way in which a Buddhist monk is supposed to behave and speak. Many online have already expressed their dismay and deep concern over the actions of a few, placing Sri Lanka in the media spotlight again for all the wrong reasons.
If we have to fight, let’s fight to keep Sri Lanka free of extremists who threaten not only what they seek to destroy, but also who and what they claim to represent.
An Ashoka, Rotary World Peace and TED Fellow, I have since 2002 explored and advocated the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen peace, reconciliation,human rights & democratic governance. I founded and for eleven years curated the award winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka's first citizen journalism website. I specialise in, advise and train on new media literacy, web activism, digital security and online advocacy in Sri Lanka and internationally. With the UN and other actors, through the ICT4Peace Foundation, I also work extensively on the advancement of information management during crises, both sudden-onset as well as protracted. For well over a decade, I have trained digital security for activists and journalists in South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the Balkans and focus on using a wide spectrum technology to capture, disseminate and archive vital stories in austere, violent human rights contexts. I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on social media and politics.
Groundviews is Sri Lanka's first and international award-winning citizens journalism website uses a range of genres and media to highlight alternative perspectives on governance, human rights, the arts and literature, peacebuilding and other issues.
About Moving Images
Moving Images is a series of stunning audio, video and photographic portraits on facets of life in post-war SriLanka.
These high-definition productions, the country’s first, range from portraits of resilience from the war ravaged Jaffna and reflections on theEurasian community by the last surviving Eurasians themselves to fascinating lives in Colombo invisible even to most who live and work in the city.