Not In Our Name

  1. 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.

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நாம் அந்த பிரிவினரல்ல: இலங்கையில் மத அடிப்படைவாதத்திற்கு எதிராக

உங்களது பெயரை குறிப்பிட்டு வன்முறைக்கு எதிர்ப்பை வெளிப்படுத்துங்கள்.

என்ன நடந்தது?
ஒரு வாரத்திற்கு முன்பு தம்புள்ள ரஜமஹா விகாரையின் பீடாதிபதி இனமலுவே சுமங்கள தேரர் தலைமையிலான பௌத்த பிக்குகள் குழு உட்பட இரண்டாயிரத்திற்கும் மேற்பட்ட சிங்கள வன்முறைக் கும்பலொன்று தம்புள்ளயில் அமைந்துள்ள மசூதியொன்றை தாக்கி அழிக்க முன்வந்தது. அவ்வேளை இந்த மசூதி சட்டவிரோதமானது என குற்றம்சாட்டு எழுப்பப்பட்டது. இருப்பினும், இந்தக் குற்றச்சாட்டு எந்தளவுக்கு உண்மையானது என்பது தெளிவில்லை.

இந்த சம்பவம் தொடர்பாக இலங்கை தேசிய தொலைக்காட்சி அலைவரிசைகளில் ஒளிபரப்பாகிய, இதுவரை யூ டியுப்  ஊடாக உலகமே காணக்கூடிய வகையில் உள்ள வீடியோ காட்சிகள் மூலம் காட்டப்படுகின்றன வன்முறை மற்றும் அதன் தன்மையை யாராலும் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியாதுள்ளது. சில பிக்குகள் அச்சுறுத்தல் விடுக்கும் வகையில் கை கால்களை கொண்டு வன்முறையில் ஈடுபட்டதுடன் தகாத வார்த்தைகள் பிரயோகித்து சத்தமிடுவதும் வீடியோ காட்சியில் பதிவாகியுள்ளது. இன்னுமொரு பிக்கு பள்ளிவாசலின் முன்னால் நின்றவாறு தனது ஆடையை நீக்கிவிட்டு உடலின் மேல் காண்பித்தவாறு சத்தமிடுகின்றார். இந்த அடாவடியான வன்முறை நடவடிக்கையை சிரமதானம் என தெரிவிக்கும் வண. இனமலுவே சுமங்க தேரர், பள்ளிவாசலை இடித்துத்தள்ள அரசு உதவவேண்டும் என கூறும் காட்சியும் வீடியோ காட்சியில் உள்ளது.

புத்த பிக்குகள் மற்றும் வன்முறையாளர்கள் பொலிஸார் மற்றும் இராணுவத்தினருடன் கைகலப்பிலும் ஈடுபட்டனர். அத்துடன், பள்ளிவாசல் மற்றும் இந்து கோவில் தொடர்பாக வண. இனமலுவே சுமங்கள தேரர், ஏனைய பிக்குகள் அவிழித்துவிட்ட இழிவான, இனவாத வார்த்தைப் பிரயோகங்களை வீடியோ ஊடாக பார்ப்பவர்களுக்கு முகச்சுழிப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியது. முஸ்லிம் எதிர்ப்பு மற்றும் சிங்கள பௌத்த மேலாதிக்க பேஸ் புக் குழுக்களில் இணைந்திருக்கின்ற பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கான உறுப்பினர்கள் வெளியிடும் கருத்துக்கள் மிகவும் பயங்கரமானவையாகும்.

இந்த வன்முறை சம்பவம் இடம்பெற்று ஒரு வாரம் கழிந்தும் ஜனாதிபதி, அரசாங்கம் மற்றும் பிரதான ஊடகங்களினால் கண்டனம் தெரிவிக்கப்படவில்லை. கருத்துக்கள் தெளிவாக கேட்காத வீடியோக்கள் தொடர்பாக வண. இனமலுவே சுமங்கள தேரர் பி.பி.ஸி. ஊடகத்துக்கு தெரிவித்துள்ளார். தொலைக்காட்சிகளில் காட்டப்படும் வீடியோக் காட்சிகள் பொய்யானவை என தெரிவித்துள்ளார். நகைப்புக்குரிய விடயம் என்னவெனில், இந்த சம்பவம் தொடர்பான தெளிவான, விளக்கமான வீடியோ காட்சிகள் தேரரின் ஊடக பிரிவினால் நடத்தப்படும் இணையதளத்திலேயே வெளிவந்துள்ளதாகும். ஏப்ரல் மாதம் 25ஆம் திகதி அரசாங்க தகவல் திணைக்களம் சிங்கள மொழியில் மாத்திரம் வெளியிட்டிருந்த அறிக்கையில் “சிறு தவறு நேர்ந்துள்ளது” எனத் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. “இலங்கை பல்சமய, பல் இன மக்களைக் கொண்ட நாடாகும். அத்துடன், அரசமைப்பினதும் மற்றும் அரசின் கொள்கைக்கிணங்க நீண்டகாலமாக நாட்டினுள் இருந்துவரும் சம்பிரதாயங்களைக் கௌரவிக்கும் முகமாக இலங்கையில் வாழும் சகல சமூகங்களும் வாழு;ந்துவருகிறது” என அந்த அறிக்கையில் மீண்டும் மீண்டும் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது.

விளைவு என்ன?
தம்புள்ள சம்பவத்துடன் தொடர்புடைய புகைப்படங்கள், ஒலிப்பதிவுகள், வீடியோப் பதிவுகள் ஆகியன உலகம் முழுவதும் பரவியுள்ளன. அவற்றை அழிக்க முடியாது. ஒரு சிறு பிரிவினர் மேற்கொண்ட இந்த நடவடிக்கையை பெரும்பாலான மக்கள் அனுமதிக்கவில்லை என தெரிவிக்கும் முஸ்லிம் கவுன்ஸில் உட்பட அமைப்புக்கள், இந்த சந்தர்ப்பத்தில் பொறுமையாக, அமைதியாக, புத்திசாதுர்யத்துடன் செயற்படவேண்டும் என மக்களிடம் கேட்டுக்கொண்டுள்ளன. இந்தக் கருத்தையே சில தனிநபர்களும் தெரிவித்திருக்கின்றனர். இந்த சம்பவத்தினால் கோபமடைந்துள்ள முஸ்லிம் சமூகத்தின் ஒரு பிரிவினர் வன்முறையில் ஈடுபட நேரிடலாம் என அச்சம் தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது.

இந்த சம்பவம் தொடர்பாக உயர் மட்டத் தலையீடு மேற்கொள்ளப்படாவிட்டால், சிறு சம்பவம்தானே என்ற நிலையில் மேலோட்டமாக ஆராய்ந்து தற்காலிக தீர்வொன்றை வழங்கினால் இந்த வன்முறை மிக்க மத மேலாதிக்கவாதம் குறுகிய காலத்துக்குள் நாடு பூராகவும் பரவிவிடும் ஆபத்து உள்ளது. இது யுத்தத்தின் பின்னரான நல்லிணக்க முயற்சிகளுக்கு பாரிய சவாலாக இருக்கும். தம்புள்ளயில் இடம்பெற்ற இந்தச் சம்பவத்தை பயன்படுத்தி சிங்கள பௌத்த மற்றும் முஸ்லிம் மேலாதிக்கவாதிகள் இனங்களுக்கிடையே முறுகலை ஏற்படுத்த முயற்சி செய்வர். அவ்வாறு இடம்பெறுமானால் சமூகங்களிடையே அச்சம், பாதுகாப்பற்ற தன்மை மேலோங்க இடமுள்ளது.

எங்களால் என்ன செய்ய முடியும்?
தம்புள்ள ரஜமஹா விகாரையின் பீடாதிபதியால் தலைமைதாங்கப்பட்ட பிக்குகள் குழு மற்றும் வன்முறைக் கும்பல் செயற்பட்ட விதம், தகாத வார்த்தைப் பிரயோகம் ஆகியன புத்தர் போதித்துள்ள தர்மங்களுக்கு மாறானதாகும். பௌத்த தர்மத்தின் படி பௌத்த துறவியொருவரின் நடத்தை தர்மங்களிலிருந்து இந்த பிக்குகளின் செயற்பாடு முற்றிலும் முரணாக காணப்பட்டது. சிறு குழுவொன்றினால் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்ட வெட்கப்படக்கூடிய இந்த நடவடிக்கைக்காக கவலை தெரிவித்து பலர் இணையதளம் ஊடாக கருத்துக்களை வெளியிட்டுவருகின்றனர். இலங்கை ஊடகங்களும் இந்தச் செய்திக்கு மீண்டும் முக்கியத்துவம் அளித்துவருகின்றமையை காணக்கூடியதாக இருக்கிறது.

தற்போது எம்மிடம் வாய்ப்பொன்று உள்ளது. ஆனால், நேரம் விரைவாக கடந்து செல்கிறது. உங்களுடைய பெயர், நீங்கள் கொண்டிருக்கும் கருத்துக்களை ஆங்கிலத்தில், தமிழில், சிங்களத்தில் பதிவுசெய்யுங்கள். சிறு பிரிவினரின் அடாவடித்தனத்திற்கு, இனவாதத்திற்கு எதிர்ப்புத் தெரிவியுங்கள். கீழே உங்களது பெயரை குறிப்பிட்டு வன்முறைகளை கட்டவிழ்ப்போருக்கு அடிப்படைவாத, மேலாதிக்கவாத சிந்தனையுடன் செயற்படுவோருக்கு எதிர்ப்பை தெரியப்படுத்துங்கள்.

முற்றாக அழித்துவிடவேண்டும், பாதுகாக்கப்படவேண்டும் என நீங்கள் எண்ணும் விடயங்களுக்காகப் நாங்கள் இணைந்து போராடுவோம். அச்சுறுத்தல் விடுக்கும் அடிப்படைவாதிகளிடமிருந்து நாட்டை மீட்டெடுக்க போராடுவோம்.

இங்கு உங்களது பெயரைக் குறிப்பிடுங்கள். ஏனையோருக்கும் இந்தத் தகவலைத் தெரிவியுங்கள்.

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මීට සතියකට ඉහතදී බෞද්ධ භික්ෂූණ් වහන්සේලා ඇතුළු සිංහල ජාතිකයින් 2000කින් පමණ සමන්විත වූ මැර කණ්ඩායමක් දඹුල්ලේ මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියට කඩා වැදුණහ. මේ මැර කණ්ඩායමේ පෙරමුණ ගත්තේ දඹුලු රංගිරි පාර්ශවයේ මහානායක ඉනාමලුවේ සුමංගල ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේයි. මුස්ලිම් පල්ලිය අනවසර ඉදිකිරීමක් ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරන ලදි. නමුත් මෙය කෙතෙක් දුරට නිවැරදි කරුණක්ද යන්න තවමත් පැහැදිලි නැත.

එම සිදුවීම පිළිබඳව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජාතික රුපවාහිනී නාලිකාවල ප්‍රචාරය වුණු, මේ වන විට ශදම එමඉැ චැනලය හරහා ලෝකයටම විවෘත වී ඇති, වීඩියෝ දර්ශනවලින් පෙන්නුම් කරන  ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයේ තරම සහ ස්වභාවය අදහාගත නොහැකි තරම්ය. භික්ෂූණ් වහන්සේලා කිහිප නමක්ම තර්ජනාත්මකව අත පය විසිකරමින්,  සහ පරුෂ වචනයෙන් කෑ ගසමින් හැසිරෙන ආකාරය ඒ වීඩියෝ දර්ශන වලින් දැක ගත හැකියි. එක් භික්ෂුවක් මුස්ලිම් පල්ලිය ඉදිරියේ තම සිවුර ලිහා දමා උඩුකය නිරාවරණය කර පෙන්නවමින් කෑ ගසයි. ඒ උන්මත්තක මැර ක්‍රියාවලිය, ශ්‍රමදානයක් ලෙස හඳුන්වන ඉනාමලුවේ සුමංගල ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ, පල්ලිය කඩා දැමීම සඳහා ආණ්ඩුවේ සහය ලැබිය යුතුයැයි කියා සිටින ආකාරය එක් වීඩියෝ පටයකින් පෙන්නුම් කෙරේ.

භික්ෂුණ් වහන්සේලා හමුදා භටයින් සහ පොලිස් නිලධාරින් සමග පොර බදිමින් ඉතා අශෝභන ලෙස හැසිරෙන අකාරය සේම, මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියට සහ අසල ඇති හින්දු කෝවිලට පරිභව කරමින් ඉනාමලුවේ සුමංගල ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ සහ අනෙක් භික්ෂූණ් වහන්සේලා විසින් මුදා හළ අතිශය වර්ගවාදී ප්‍රහාරාත්මක භාෂාව අසා සිටින්නන් තැතිගන්වන සුළුය. දහස් ගණනින්  සක්‍රිය සාමාජිකයින් සම්බන්ධ වී සිටින මුස්ලිම් විරෝධී, අධිපතිවාදී සිංහල බෞද්ධ ෆේස් බුක් කණ්ඩායම් විසින් අන්තර්ජාලයට මුදාහරින ලද කියුම් සහ ප්‍රකාශයන්  අතිශයින් භයංකාර ඒවාය.

සිදුවීමෙන් සතියක් ඉකුත් වී ගොස් ඇති නමුත් ඒ දරුණු, වර්ගවාදී හැසිරීම, තවමත් ජනාධිපති හෝ ආණ්ඩුව හෝ ප්‍රධාන ධාරාවේ මාධ්‍ය විසින් හෝ හෙළා දැක නැත. කතා කරන දේ එතරම් පැහැදිලිව ඇසෙන්නේ නැති,  වීඩියෝ දර්ශන වලට ප්‍රතිචාරයක් ලෙස, පූජ්‍ය ඉනාමලුවේ සුමංගල ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ,  ඊඊක්‍ යට කියා ඇත්තේ, රූපවාහිනියේ ප්‍රචාරය වූ වීඩියෝ දර්ශන, ව්‍යාජ ලෙස සකස් කරන ලද ඒවා බවයි. උත්ප්‍රාසය වන්නේ, එම සිදුවීමේ වඩා විස්තරාත්මක වීඩියෝ දර්ශන උන් වහන්සේගේ මාධ්‍ය අංශයේ වෙබ් අඩවියේමත් පළ කර තිබීමයි. අප්‍රේල් 25 වන දින රජයේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් , සිංහල භාෂාවෙන් පමණක් නිකුත් කළ ප්‍රකාශයේ මේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය ගැන සඳහන් කර තිබුණේ ‛‛ සුළු අනවබෝධයක්’’ හැටියටයි. එසේ නමුත් ”‛‛ලංකාව බහු ආගමික, බහු වාර්ගික, ජන සමාජයක් සිටන රටක්’’ බවත් එසේම ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව මෙන්ම, රජයේ ප්‍රතිපත්තිවලට ද, අනුකූල වෙමින් දිගු කලක් රටතුළ පැවත එන සම්ප්‍රදායන්වලටද ගරුකරමින්, ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සමාජය කටයුතු කරන්නේ අනෙකා පිළිබඳ ගෞරවනීය හැඟීමෙන්’’ බවත් එහි  නැවත නැවතත් සඳහන් වෙයි.

ප්‍රතිවිපාකයන් මොනවාද?

දඹුල්ලේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය ගැන ඡායාරූප, හඬ පට සහ වීඩියෝ දර්ශන ලෝකය පුරාම සංසරණය විය. ඒවා මකා දැමිය හැකි නොවේ. සුළු පිරිසක් විසින් දියක්කළ මේ ක්‍රියාව බහුතරය විසින් අනුමත නොකරන බව අවධාරණය කරමින්, මුස්ලිම් කවුන්සිලය ඇතුළු සංවිධාන සහ පුද්ගලයින් ගණනාවක්ම, මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ඉවසිලිවන්තව කටයුතු කරමින්,  අර්බුදය විසඳීමට  සාමකාමී සහ බුද්ධිමත් ප්‍රවේශයක් ගත යුතුයැයි මහජනයා වෙත  ඉල්ලීම් නිකුත් කර ඇති නමුත්,  මේ සිදුවීම සහ එය මෙහෙය වූ අයවලුන් විසින් ප්‍රකෝපයට පත් කරවන ලද මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවේ ඇතැම් කොටස්  ප්‍රති ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයට යොමු වීමේ අවදානමක් ගොඩනැගෙමින් පවතී.

මේ සම්බන්ධව ප්‍රබල මැදිහත්වීමක් සිදු නොවුණහොත්, නැතිනම් සුළු සිදුවීමක් යැයි සලකා මතුපිට තාවකාලික විසඳුම් ඉදිරිපත් කර මගහැර යාමක් සිදුවුවහොත්, මේ සටන්කාමී ආගමික අන්තවාදය ඉතා සුළු කලකින් රටේ විශාල ප්‍රදේශයක පැතිරී යනු ඇති අතර, එය ප්‍රශ්චාත් යුද ප්‍රතිසන්ධාන ක්‍රියාවලිය කෙරෙහි බරපතල අභියෝගයක් එල්ල කරනු ඇත. සිංහල බෞද්ධ ප්‍රජාවේ සහ මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවේ අන්තවාදීන්ට දඹුල්ලේ ඇති වූ මේ ගිනි අවුලුවන සුළු සිදුවීම, ජාතීන් අතර උද්වේගකර ආතතියක් ඇති කොට ජනයා උසිගැන්වීමට  පාවිච්චි කළ හැකිය. එසේ වුවුහොත් සමාජයේ භීතිය සහ අනාරක්ෂිතභාවය තව තවත් ඉහළ යෑමට ඉඩ ඇත.

අපට කළ හැක්කේ මොනවාද?

රංගිරි දඹුලු පාර්ශවයේ මහානායක ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ විසින් නායකත්වය දුන් භික්ෂු කණ්ඩායම සහ මැර කල්ලිය හැසිරුණු ලජ්ජා සහගත අකාරයත්, පරුෂ වචනයෙන් කෑ ගසමින් ඔවුන් කියූ දේවලුත් බුදුන් දෙසු ධර්මයට කිසි ලෙසකින්වත් පෑහෙන්නේ නැත. ඔවුන්ගේ හැසිරීම බෞද්ධ දර්ශනයට අනුව, බෞද්ධ භික්ෂුවක් හැසිරි යුතු ආකාරය හෝ කතාකල යුතු ආකාරයට සම්පූර්ණයෙන් පරස්පරය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නැවතත්, මාධ්‍යවල කතා බහට  ලක්වෙන ප්‍රධාන ප්‍රවෘත්තියක් බවට පත් කරමින්,  සුළු පිරිසක් විසින් දියත් කළ මේ නින්දා සහගත ක්‍රියාව පිළිබඳ තමන්ගේ බලවත් කණස්සල්ල පළ කරමින්  මේ වන විටත් බොහෝ දෙනෙක් අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ අදහස් පළ කර ඇත.

මේ මොහොතේ කරන්නේ කුමක්දැයි අපට තෝරාගැනීමක් කළ හැකියි, නමුත් කාලය වේගයෙන් ගෙවී යයි. ඔබගේ නම, ඔබට කියන්නට ඇති අදහසක් සමග ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන්, සිංහලෙන්, හෝ දෙමළෙන් පහත සඳහන් කරන්න. නොවැදගත් සුළු පිරිසකගේ උන්මත්තක ක්‍රියාවන්ට සහ වර්ගවාදයට එරෙහි වන්න. පහතින් ඔබේ නම සඳහන් කර, මැර ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය  මුදා හැරීම සහ ස්වමතයේම ගිලී අන්  සියල්ල හෙළා දැකීමේ පිළිවෙතට විරෝධය පළ කරන්න.

අප සටන් කළ යුතු නම්, විනාශ කර දැමිය යුතුයැයි තමන් කියා සිටින දේ පමණක් නොව, තමන් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට බැඳී සිටිනවා යැයි කියන දේත් අනතුරේ හෙළන අන්තවාදින්ගෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මුදා ගැනීම උදෙසා ඒ සටන දියත් කරමු.

ඔබේ නම මෙහි ඇතුළත් කර, අනෙක් අය වෙතත් මේ පණිවුඩය යවන්න.

ඉදිරියේදී මොනවද කෙරෙන්නෙ?

මාසයකට පසුව අත්සන් කළ සියලු දෙනාගේම නම් සහ ඔවුන් පල කල අදහස් මුද්‍රණය කර, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලයට, අගමැති කාර්යාලයට, ආගමික කටයුතු සහ සදාචාර වර්ධන අමාත්‍යාංශයට, සහ බෞද්ධ කටයුතු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට, ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආගමික කටයුතු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට, හින්දු ආගමික සහ සංස්කාතික කටයුතු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට සහ මුස්ලිම් ආගමික සහ සංස්කාතික කටයුතු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට ලබා දෙනු ඇත.

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Put your name down, and resist violence

What happened

A week ago, a violent a mob of about 2,000 Sinhalese, including a group of Buddhist monks led by the Mahanayaka of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter Inamaluwe Sumangala thero, stormed and vandalised a mosque in Dambulla. The mosque was declared an illegal structure, but it is unclear how this far this is accurate.

Several videos, broadcast on national TV in Sri Lanka and now circulating globally on YouTube capturing the violence beggars belief. There are members of the sangha engaged in physical violence and verbal abuse. There is a member of the sangha who disrobes and exposes himself, in public, in front of the mosque. In one video, Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero suggests that the maniacal mob is actually a shramadaanaya, and that destroying the mosque is something that they should in fact be helped by the government.

Aside from the physical violence, which includes scuffles with Army and Police personnel, the derogatory and racist language employed by Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero and other Buddhist monks during the attack against the mosque, and a nearby Hindu kovil, is appalling. Though the violence of the Sinhala idiom employed loses much in translation, Groundviews put into English the most disquieting comments for a wider appreciation. More startling are anti-Muslim, Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist Facebook groups that have thousands of active members and with content too inflammatory to even translate.

A week after this violence,it has not received the condemnation it deserves from the President, government or mainstream media. Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala thero, perhaps reacting to the indelible record of violence captured in film, attempted to suggest to the BBC that the footage of the mob broadcast on TV was doctored. Ironically, his own media websites showcase the same violence, in greater detail.  A Press Release issued on 25th April from the Government Information Department, only in Sinhala, strangely referred to the violence as a ‘minor misunderstanding’, yet reiterated that Sri Lanka is “a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society” and that “in addition to respecting their constitutional obligations, as well as the policies and principles of the government, all Sri Lankans have a long standing tradition of being respectful of each other”.

What is the fall-out?

The photographs, audio and video recordings of the violence in Dambulla have gone global. They cannot be erased. Incensed by this incident and those who led it, there are now growing threats of violence by sections of the Muslim community, though there are many voices, including the Muslim Council, who are calling for calm, and a more reasoned approach to the transformation of this conflict, noting that the actions of a few are not indicative of the nature of the majority.

There is a real danger that unaddressed or if simply glossed over, this militant religious extremism can very quickly and very seriously undermine Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation, and contribute to new, more geographically dispersed violent conflict. Extremists from both the Sinhala-Buddhist community and the Muslim community can also use this incendiary incident in Dambulla to stoke up communal tensions, leading to heightened fear and anxiety.

What can we do?

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.

We have a choice, but time is running out. Speak up. Put your name in a comment below, in English, Sinhala or Tamil. Say that last week’s violence was not in your name. Renounce a fringe lunacy and resist extremism. By putting your name below, oppose mob violence and bigotry as ways to resolve disputes.

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. Add your name below, and please pass the message on.

What will be done? 

After a month, the names and comments of those who signed up will be printed out and sent to the Presidential Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Moral Upliftment, along with the Department of Buddhist Affairs, Department of Christian Religious Affairs, Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs.

How to sign up?

Join hundreds of others by adding your name as a comment to this blog post. This is the preferred mode of input, and scrolling through the other comments can help to frame your own thoughts. For those who find this difficult, send us your comment and name using the form below, which we will as quickly as possible, add to the site. As a final resort, you can always email the comment to editors@groundviews.org. Bear in mind however that human resources curating this site are limited, so it may take a while for your comment to appear. Please bear with us.

This campaign ran from 27 April to 31 May 2012. More details here.

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