IMMORAL HINDU PRACTICES DISALLOWED IN MY MOTHERLAND
Posted on January 28th, 2011

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane

It is often overlooked but is necessary to highlight in a most prominent manner that Buddhism, the foundation of our nation’s culture prevented many discriminatory and criminal practices and cultural norms of Hindu Indians from being adopted in our country. We are indebted to and revere the founders and guardians of our nation “”…” our Sinhala royalty and nobility and our esteemed Mahasangha for protecting our nation from these extreme forms of Hindu Indian prejudices, injustice and violence. In spite of being exposed to Hindu India from historic times and in spite of our country being under the control of Hindu Dravidians for varying periods of time in the past, Buddhist principles and cultural norms which form the basis of our nations culture protected our nation and disallowed our people from observing unhealthy and undesirable Hindu cultural norms widely practiced in India. These immoral practices of Indian Hindus, being completely contrary to Buddhist teachings and social norms were not acceptable to our people. In fact, they shunned these gruesome practices of Hindus. This is a clear case of our people not being prone to blindly accepting whatever cultural norms that came to us from India. Compatibility with Buddhist principles and adaptability to suit Buddhist norms were fundamental considerations in the incorporation of elements of other cultures into to our own. This has resulted in the development in Sri Lanka of a national culture that is unique to us, a culture that strongly reflects Buddhist ethics and Buddhist principles. Our nation’s unique Buddhist social structure is indigenous to our nation, it is home grown, and therefore gives our nation a distinct identity as a highly refined, virtuous, ethical, gracious and honourable nation.   

 Cultural norms of our nation are founded on values cherished by our Sinhala Buddhist civilization. These values inculcated in us by the Buddha Dhamma have been upheld by our people for over 2300 years. A fundamental value that Buddhism imbibes in people is that life is precious, that all sentient beings desire to live, fear death, harm and suffering and that one should act in such a way that would guarantee the safety of life of all, along with their possessions and belongings. The Buddha’s teaching emphasizes boundless compassion to all living beings. The first precept of a Buddhist is that “I shall commit to myself that I shall not kill”. Buddhism does not teach or give a license to kill to suit one’s needs or because it is in-keeping with religious beliefs. The Buddha admonished his followers not to blindly hang on to beliefs, upholding them as the sole truth and denouncing the rest as false, for such an attitude is a primary source of conflict. Buddhism teaches that the act of harm or kill will come behind you and you will have to face the same repercussions either in this birth or the next birth, and when it so happens you will have no place to hide. What is taught in Buddhism is not only to avoid taking any kind of life, but also not to praise and promote violence, brutality and hostility. Non-violence and non-cruelty are the fundamental principles in Buddhism. 

 The Buddha expounded that the phenomenal world that we inhabit, is engulfed in the “fires” of greed, hatred and delusion raging fiercely in the hearts of people and they are the basic cause of suffering in human existence. It is the struggle associated with the impulses of these three mental poisons that causes so much pain, distress and destruction in human society. This is clearly evident when we try to understand the Hindu attitude towards children and women as enumerated in the foregoing paragraphs titled “ƒ”¹…”Killing infant females’ and “ƒ”¹…”Dowry Related Killings’ in India.  

 KILLING INFANT FEMALES

It is a common and widespread practice among the Hindus of India to kill infant females and abort female fetuses because of the obsession among these Hindu Indians for sons. This has been one of the most horrendous traditional practices and in fact, a criminal social norm of Hindu India from early times. The dowry system as practiced in India as an indispensable custom in Hindu marriages is the reason for this appalling community practice. The Indian Hindu dowry system requires the family to pay out a huge amount of money when a female child is married. Therefore, for a poor family, the birth of a girl can signal the beginning of financial ruin and hardship. Much of this utterly discriminatory criminal anti-female bias is to do with cultural beliefs and social norms of Hindu Indians. What is noteworthy is the fact that this ghastly custom is by no means, exclusive to poor Hindus, but prevails irrespective of the social and economic status and educational exposure of Hindu Indians, wherever they may live in the sub continent. By avoiding or preventing a girl being born, a family can avoid paying a large dowry on the marriage of their daughter. Girls with older sisters are often subject to the highest risk of mortality.

 SON PREFERENCE

In Hindu India, sons are the parent’s only source of security in old age. This is particularly so where women have little economic independence or cannot inherit property. Son preference is also strong because in India   women have fewer opportunities to earn income and invest household resources in female children. In Hindu tradition, sons are needed by Hindus for the cremation of deceased parents. Only sons can light the funeral pyre.  It is a strong belief among Hindus that sons help in the salvation of the souls of dead parents by performing the ritual called “pind daan”. In the Hindu tradition, only sons can pray for and release the souls of dead parents, and only males can perform birth, death and marriage rituals. In contrast, Buddhist funeral ceremony is a very simple rite that can be performed by the widow, the daughter, or anyone else. According to Buddhist thought, future happiness does not depend on funeral rites, but on an individual’s actions while living.

India is a country with the most pervasive preference for sons and one of the highest levels of child mortality for girls in the world. Child mortality for girls exceeds that of boys by 43%. According to a recent report of the United Nations Children’s Fund, up to 50 million females are missing from India’s population as a result of systematic gender discrimination. In other words, about 50 million girls and women are killed or disappear in India every year owing to this criminal socio-cultural norm among Hindus. In India, there are less than 93 women for every 100 men in the population. The accepted reason for such disparity is the popular practice of female infanticide in India.  In the year 2000, 68 of 1000 girls reported to have been born in India did not live beyond their first birthday and 86 of 1000 births did not live beyond age five.

According to the UNESCO, the problem is getting worse as scientific methods of detecting the sex of a baby and of performing abortions is improving in India. Diagnostic teams with ultrasound scanners detecting the sex of a child are commonly available all over India. They advertise with catch lines such as “spend 600 rupees now and save 50,000 rupees later”. These methods are becoming increasingly available in rural areas of India, and the trend towards the abortion of female fetuses is on the increase. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, and Gujarat are the provinces with the strongest preference for sons. This was revealed by the National Family Health Survey of India conducted in 1992-93. The first two provinces “”…” Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are the foremost Dravidian provinces of India with a combined population that exceeds 120 million. Tamil Nadu is the homeland of the Tamils wherever in the world they live, and culturally linked closely with the Tamils of Sri Lanka. It is well known that caste is a primary component of Tamil culture in Sri Lanka. Hindu religious practices among Tamils have reinforced their caste system. In fact, people of so-called low castes are not allowed in Hindu Shrines patronized by the so called high caste Hindu Tamils. The savage Tamil LTTE terrorist movement clearly reflected caste differences and rivalries. These terrorists were generally drawn from the Tamil fisherman caste which is a so-called low caste among the Tamils.        

HYPOCRITIC ATTITUDES

It is ironical, in fact hypocritical, that alongside the differential treatment and for that matter discrimination in the most extreme forms against females, the Hindus hold several Goddesses in high esteem and special kovils are built to venerate them. According to the Hindu religion, the Supreme Being has both masculine and feminine traits and the female part is as important as the male part. Among prominent goddesses in Hinduism are Durga symbolizing moral order and righteousness, Lakshmi symbolizing wealth and fortune “”…” material and spiritual, Saraswathi symbolizing arts, music, knowledge and wisdom and considered as the consort of Brahma the   creator of the universe in the Hindu religion, Kali who is the violent and ferocious of all goddesses and is referred to as goddess of death and Parvathi who the consort of Shiva, the trinity god in Hinduism. How can Hindu males venerate female goddesses while indulging in or subscribing to gruesome criminal actions against females in their day to day lives?

For whatever reasons some Sinhala Buddhists also venerate a few of these Hindu goddesses but what is important to note is that there is no hypocrisy as far as the attitude of these Buddhists are concerned, because unlike their Hindu counterparts, Sinhala Buddhists do not subscribe to the differential treatment and discrimination against women in the real world they live in. Also, it is noteworthy that Buddhists hold motherhood in high esteem irrespective of the gender composition of her family. Mothers may have special attention for her sons but not at the expense of her daughters. In Buddhism, motherhood is considered as a position of high responsibility and respectability. Highlighting this special position of the mother, the Buddha raised the status of women in society. The Buddha said that a person has none else as worthy of honour and respect as one’s own mother. In Buddhism, the woman as the mother is always mentioned first when referring to the parental pair in the compound form “mata-pita”. The father is considered as playing a secondary role in bringing up children. In his discourses the Buddha highlights the close intimacy in the relationship between mother and her offspring, showing that none else can provide that love and protection of a mother to her offspring.  When a mother fails in her duty as a mother, neglects or ill-treats her children, the impact of such action on the children is highly injurious.

DOWRY RELATED KILLINGS

There are deep rooted prejudices against women in India. Cultural practices such as the payment of dowry tend to subordinate women in Indian society.  Although the dowry was legally prohibited in 1961, it continues to be highly institutionalized and grooms often demand a dowry consisting of a large sum of money, farm animals, furniture, and electronics. The practice of dowry abuse is rising in India. When the dowry amount is not considered sufficient or is not forthcoming, the bride is often harassed, abused and made miserable. This abuse can escalate to the point where the husband or his family burns the bride, often by pouring kerosene on her and lighting it and killing her. Such killings are reported as accidents or suicides by the family.

In Delhi, a woman is burned to death almost every twelve hours. The number of dowry murders shows an increasing trend. A 1997 government report stated that at least 5000 women die each year because of dowry deaths, and at least a dozen die each day in “kitchen fires” which are intentional. These official records are under-reported to a great extent. According to the 1997 report dowry deaths are showing an increasing trend. Convictions being rare, and judges who are usually men are often uninterested and susceptible to bribery. The lack of official registration of this crime is well evident in Delhi, where 90% of cases of women burnt were recorded as accidents, 05% as suicide and only the remaining 05% percent were shown as murder. The maternal mortality in India is the second highest in the world.

LOW STATUS OF WOMEN

The low status of women in India is confirmed by the Human Development Report (1995) of the United Nations Development Programme where the status of women in India is placed in the bottom one fourth (1/4) of all 195 countries in the world. There are approximately 10 million prostitutes in India (Human Rights Watch, Robert I. Freidman, “India’s Shame: Sexual Slavery”¦,” The Nation, 8 April 1996).  There are 300,000-500,000 children in prostitution in India (Rahul Bedi, “Bid To Protect Children As Sex Tourism Spreads”, London’s Daily Telegraph, 23 August, 1997). The “ƒ”¹…”devadasi’ tradition prevalent in many parts of India, prominently in Dravidian Karnataka province, continues to legitimize child prostitution. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are considered “high supply zones” for women in prostitution (Central Welfare Board, Meena Menon, and “The Unknown Faces”). In the Districts bordering Karnataka and Maharashtra known as the “devadasi belt”, women are in prostitution either because their husbands deserted them, or they are trafficked through coercion and deception. A devadasi is a woman married to a god and many of them are dedicated into prostitution for a goddess named Yellamma. Tamil Nadu Hindu leaders such as Jayalalitha will be doing a better service by her Tamil people if her attention is focused on uplifting the low status of women in Tamil Nadu where prostitution is rampant.

In 1997, there were reports of Indian armed forces arresting, torturing and molesting women and girls in Kashmir. Every day the local newspapers report such incidences. (KASHNet, Human Rights Information Network, 14 August 1997). Women and girls have been systematically brutalized and raped by Indian forces in house to house searches in Kashmir between October 1996 and December 1997. (“Rape and Molestation: A Weapon of War in Kashmir,” The Institute of Kashmir Studies,” 1998). Here, it is relevant to note that, withdrawing their earlier allegation against our armed forces, the USA State Department declared later that there have been no reports that rape and sexual abuse were used as tools of war in Sri Lanka by our Military forces unlike in other conflict areas around the world. It is noteworthy that our Military forces are basically composed of Sinhala Buddhists and are guided by Buddhist values.

SRI LANKAN SITUATION: IMPACT OF BUDDHISM

The Buddha’s liberal attitude toward women had a great impact on the behavior of both men and women in Buddhist societies. The Buddhist doctrine of salvation through an individual’s own efforts presupposes the spiritual equality of all beings, male and female. This assertion of women’s spiritual equality, explicitly enunciated in the texts has had a significant impact on social structures and how women are viewed in the world. Women and men alike are able to attain the Buddhist goal by following the prescribed path; no external assistance in the form of a priestly intermediary or veneration of a husband is necessary as in the case of Hinduism. The Buddha condemned the caste structure dominated by Brahmins and denounced excessive ritual and sacrifice.

Understanding the culture of our nation involves knowing the basic values developed and promoted in Buddhism. They have exerted the greatest impact on all aspects of life in our motherland. Whether one calls Buddhism a religion or a philosophy, it is a way of life for mankind so that all beings who are here and everywhere live in comfort and security, without any threat on anybody’s account, to their continuance and survival- “Sukhino va khemino hontu sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta”.

 As an integral part of the Buddhist spiritual path, compassion is a state of mind that is non-violent, non-harming and non-aggressive. It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards the other. Genuine compassion is based on the rationale that all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering. They have the natural right to fulfill this fundamental aspiration. On the basis of the recognition of this equality and commonality, one develops a sense of affinity and closeness with others. With this foundation one can feel compassion regardless of whether one views the other person as a male or female, infant, child or adult, Hindu, Muslim   Buddhist or Christian of whatever caste. It is based on the other’s fundamental rights rather than your own mental projection.

 INNER DISCIPLINE OF BUDDHISTS

 Gaining peace and tranquility of mind is what Buddhists seek because it is such a mind that enables the development of wisdom and insight and thereby the experience of true happiness. It is the cultivation of one’s mind that is central to Buddhism and not the observance of dogmas and beliefs. Inner transformation by one’s own efforts is what Buddhists strive to attain. Inner discipline is the basis of Buddhist spiritual life and this involves combating negative states of mind such as anger, hatred, greed, and jealousy and the cultivation of positive states of mind such as compassion, kindness, tolerance and caring.

 “Greed” indicates uncontrolled desire for, and attachment to material and other forms of worldly comforts, for wealth, dowry, power, fame and sons instead of daughters. The impulse of “hatred” involves resentment, rage and envy that are triggered when our egocentric desires are not fulfilled. These escalate into various forms of destruction and violence like in the case of aborting female fetuses, getting rid of female infants and discriminatory treatment of daughters as opposed to sons in Hindu families. “Delusion” refers to willful ignorance of reality or the ignorance of the true nature of life and the world. The wisdom that illuminates and reveals the true nature of life is referred to in Buddhism as “enlightenment.” Delusion clouds and obscures the light by which one might see things in their true nature. It makes one believe in something that contradicts reality.  

 BUDDHIST PRINCIPLES: THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION

 Buddhist values are geared at developing a social ethic which, would contribute to co-existence, mutual understanding, co-operation and total harmony. It is to achieve this goal that Buddhism very strongly upholds that mankind is of one species, and hence everyone should be charitable and liberal towards the others, be pleasant in speech to them, do whatever is beneficial to them and above all, be impartial and treat all equally. To strengthen impartiality, people are advised not to succumb to biases and prejudices not to give in to hatred, fear, confusion, but to rise above them and do what is righteous. This concept of righteousness, which is designated by the term “ƒ”¹…”Dhamma’ in fact, provides the firm foundation for the whole of Buddhist culture. The general admonition is to do what is righteous or Dhamma and avoid what is unrighteous or adhamma and what is righteous is what is beneficial to one and others, as well.

 On this basis all that is beneficial to oneself and others is considered meritorious or Punna and wholesome or Kusala and their opposites as demeritorious or Paapa and unwholesome or akusala. As Stanza No. 183 of the Dhammapada states: Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one’s mind “”…” this is the Teaching of the Buddhas. It is on this basic teaching that Buddhist values are developed, lives are moulded and social relations are cultivated. This explains why Buddhist culture attempts to nurture in the people a feeling for others, to mutually share with others moments of happiness and joy, to show respect to elders, to care for parents to attend on the sick and destitute, to honour and respect those who are deserving, to treat guests and visitors with friendliness and affection. These values brought and taught by Buddhism have sunk deep into the ethos of our people. The Panchaseela or five ethical precepts for lay persons provide additional content to the Buddhist conception of social institutions and conceptions of the good. These precepts enjoin refraining from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct and intoxication. Put together, and viewed in a social context, they together constitute advice against violence and actions likely to sow discord, and advice towards openness and integrity. These more general values can inform the development of social institutions.

 NO SEX PREFERANCE

Sri Lanka’s Constitution guarantees equal rights without discrimination on grounds of sex and provides for affirmative action to ensure equal rights. In 1993, a “WOMEN’S CHARTER” became law, providing greater policy coherence on women’s issues and this Charter has been accepted as the cornerstone of all policy decisions on women by successive governments. A democratic society founded on Buddhist principles enshrined in its social order and institutions has a greater prospect for success, greater prospects for providing its citizenry with good lives and in fact greater claim to moral legitimacy. Generally in Sri Lanka, especially among the Sinhala people, there is no sex preference for males in child birth. In fact, having a daughter as the first child is considered as a blessing and a good omen for the new family. Also, dowry is not a primary consideration in most marriages in the Sinhala community. In some arranged marriages the girls’ party may declare prior to decision on marriage whatever that is offered as dowry for their child. Often it is left to parents to offer what they could in whatever form, for their daughter, as a form of material assistance for the new couple to establish themselves comfortably. In fact, in most arranged marriages the socio-economic standing of both parties, including property ownership, financial standing, education and professional status are primary considerations.

    DAUGHTERS ARE ECONOMIC ASSETS

In contrast to the situation in India and other South Asian countries in general, in Sri Lanka, increased economic opportunities for women have resulted in parents regarding their daughters as economic assets rather than as liabilities. Increased opportunities of education for female children have led to an increase in their income-earning potential and thereby raise their economic value to their parents. Compared with other Southern and South Asian countries, the status of women in Sri Lanka is found to be more advanced. The many social welfare programmes of post-independence decades have helped to create favourable conditions for women, promoting greater participation of women in the development process. These include (a) rapid expansion of literacy and educational attainment of women, (b) improved life expectancy and decline in fertility and (c) wider participation of women in formal and informal economic activities.

Female literacy is quite high at 87% in Sri Lanka for several years. Female literacy in urban areas is 91%, while the rural rate is 78%.  School attendance is equally high for both sexes at 84 per cent. In 1987, nearly 60 per cent of married women in the age group 15-49 years had an education beyond the primary level. The percentage of women entering universities in Sri Lanka has increased to 54.3%. About 50% of our school going population consists of girls. According to the New Internationalist, Issue 240 – February 1993, in developing countries of Asia and Africa, fewer girls than boys go to school and they spend fewer years there. Out of 100 million children not in primary school, two-thirds are girls.

The maternal mortality ratio is 32 per 100,000, the lowest in South Asia, whilst the child mortality rate under the age of 5 has declined to 10.2% per thousand live births. The average life expectancy of women in Sri Lanka is 76 years which surpasses the male life expectancy rate.  

The economic participation of women in the modern sector has shown a marked increase in recent years and has helped to improve their social mobility. In manufacturing industries and export oriented modern industry about half of the total employed are women. Increased employment opportunities for women have given them a high degree of economic independence and personal freedom. With the opening up of foreign employment opportunities many women in our society play a constructive role in improving the economic conditions of their families by working abroad. Today 48% of our overseas workers comprise women. In the higher echelons of the public service and in the professional categories in the private sector women are increasingly playing a key role. In urban areas, many women are higher wage earners than their male spouses.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUDDHIST AND HINDU MARRIAGES


 

In Buddhism, unlike in Hinduism and Christianity, marriage is not a sacrament. It is a purely secular contract. In the Sigaalovaada Sutta the Buddha gives advice of a very practical nature to a young layman on how spouses should treat one another. The marital union is approached in a spirit of warm fellowship. The marital relationship is a reciprocal one with mutual rights and obligations, which is a momentous departure from Hindu ideas of marriage.  The significant point is that the Buddha’s injunctions are applicable to both parties.

In ancient India a widow was expected to lead a life of strict celibacy and severe austerity upon the demise of her husband, for she was thought to be bound to him beyond death. With the death of husband she loses her social and religious status. In Buddhism, by contrast, death is considered a natural and inevitable end for all beings. As a result, a woman suffers no moral degradation on account of widowhood, nor is her social status altered in any way. In Sri Lankan society, a widow does not have to proclaim her widowhood in any tangible way, such as relinquishing her ornaments, shaving her head, or practicing self-mortification. The remarriage of widows is a common practice with no stigma attached. The disgusting sati ritual is unknown in Sri Lanka or any other Buddhist society. In India, in the year 1990, more than 50 widows were burnt alive when their husbands’ bodies were cremated in a ritual known as “sati,” based on the belief that a Hindu woman has no existence independent of her husband. (Sonali Verma, “Indian women still awaiting independence,” Human Rights Information Network: Indi News Network Digest, Volume 2, Issue1648, 16 August 1997).      

LESS VULNERABLE TO DISCRIMINATION AND OPPRESSION

What is important to note is that within the family, Sri Lankan women are less vulnerable to discrimination and oppression than their counterparts in India and other South Asian countries. The extreme situations of male dominance such as dowry deaths and widow immolation which are common in Hindu India are unheard of in Sri Lanka. So is the traditional practice of child marriages which is widely prevalent in India and totally non-existent in Sri Lanka. About 40% of the world’s child marriages occur in India. According to UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children “”…” 2009″ report, 47% of India’s women aged 20to 24 were already married before their legal age of 18, with 56% in rural areas.    

These positive comments on the status of women in Sri Lanka do not imply that everything is fine with Sri Lankan women. There are many serious issues and pervasive problems that remain unresolved, such as sexual assault, rape and spousal abuse associated with alcohol abuse, but the fact remains that on a comparative basis, the status of women in Sri Lanka is far better than that of women in India and other countries of South Asia. In general, women in Sri Lanka are relatively free from extreme forms of discrimination and harassment that are characteristic of Indian women and generally of women in other major Asian cultures. The social freedom enjoyed by women in Buddhist societies such as that of Sri Lanka, has evoked comment from many Western observers. A complete lack of segregation of the sexes has distinguished Buddhist societies from those of the Middle East, the Far East, and the Indian subcontinent, where segregation has often lead to the seclusion and confinement of women behind walls and veils.

 Dr. Daya Hewapathirane

January 28, 2011

18 Responses to “IMMORAL HINDU PRACTICES DISALLOWED IN MY MOTHERLAND”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Thank you Dr Daya for stating facts as they are.

    If SL was not a Buddhist country, it would have ended up in the lap of these barbarians.

    Before Buddhism came to the country it was most probably a Hindu country. The king went hunting deer! Obviously the Hindu to Buddhist transformation was a move upwards.

    Most LTTE cadres/leaders and Tamil racist political leaders were/are Hindus. They showed absolutely no morality whatsoever. The manner in which Hindu individuals killed young Buddhist monks, slayed hundreds in sacred Anuradhapura, the way they bombed the Sri Dalda Maligawa, destroyed hundreds of Buddhist temples, bombed the Kathankudi mosque and massacred babies in threatened villages show that they are the worse humans on the planet. There is no record of even Hindu political leaders condemning these attacks.

    However, Hindus in SL have come a long way for the last 100 years from a very uncivilised Tamil Nadu tradition. One example is the Thesawalamei law. A woman cannot transfer her very own property without the written consent of her husband! The status of the woman was lower than an individual! In contrast even at that time Sinhala women held equal status to men. Charming Ceylon (1931) video clip makes this fact very clear.

  2. jimmy Says:

    I am sad for what happened to Innocent Budhist Monks , sinhala villagers who were massacred innocent lives lost by Brutal LTTErs. They do not represent all the Tamils

    I know and am very sure my sinhala brothers feel the same way for what happened to innocent tamils during 77 , 83 riots . It does not represent the Sinhalese

    I agree totally Tamils should abandon pipe dream of Eelam and be patriotic towards Srilanka . We have to thinklike Srilankans
    It is the greatest responsibilty for SInhalese to make sure their Tamil brothers are protected in every way possible
    Zero tolerence for any hate crimes or violence. There should be impartial investigation . Human rights should be upheld
    Sinhaleese should forget the past and treat tamils as Srilankans and take care of them .
    Equal opportunity in Education, jobs , Prmotions for All Srilankans.

    I am sure there will be a better future for All of us and We can easily beat Singapore

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Jimmy,

    What you say is contradictory.

    “There should be impartial investigation.

    Sinhaleese should forget the past and treat tamils as Srilankans and take care of them.”

    So the Sinhalese should forget the past but Tamils can dwell in the past.

    Forget what is bad for you and remember what is good for you.

    Typical!

    That is not going to work. Investigations are all about the PAST and should not be attempted if we are going to move forward.

  4. jimmy Says:

    Lorenzo

    Yo have mistaken what I said sorry

    I am also talking about future

    What I meant is If any crimes takes place against any race from now onwards need full impartial investigation because we all are Srilankans

  5. jimmy Says:

    want to mention this newspaper is a great one to read which give an opportunnity for Sinahallese and Tamils to understand each other

    I lived with Sinhalese friends , Great people who will not even kill a fly I am sure people in Lanka could work for Peace . Always think, dream love peace

    I have Srilankan flag as background in my laptop . I agree with some writers in the forum Tamils did not have patriotic feelings . I am sure it will change when people love and respect each other I will pray for that. Majority should do more on this . It is like an elder brother should look after his little brother

    I find I am addicted to this paper , I have decided to read it once a week
    From this paper I could understand what sinhalese are looking from Tamils is nothing other than love for the Country
    I love you all Peace Peace peace

  6. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Buddha was a Hindu and he was a Hindu until his death. Any disputes?

    Sinhalese are tight lipped while Catholic Morons rampaged the country and allied with LTTE. Catholics target HINDUS and BUDDHISTS. But who is first? Hindus who are Tamils in Sri lanka is the easiest target. They tried and failed to carve out an enclave for Catholic rule.

    How can anyone respect the Buddhist monks whne they talk politics? Because Monks showed that they are capable of murdering Prime Minister who brought respect to the Sangha in every way.

    What is the status of the women of Sri Lanka now? Coming with nails from Muslim countries or throwing their kids in Kalu ganga or CATERING HIV infested whites in tourism industry is the best status?

    How many children are forced in SEX trade in Sri lanka? Or exporting women to Muslims as their sex slaves is the best way?

    just vomitting venom against Hindus is another face of racism. May be part of the Christian propaganda!

    What is this author asking? To follow Somarama and Buddha Rakita?

    How do these Buddhists justify Muslims and their 5 wives or their JIHAD( means killing non-muslims)? Muslims are allowed to have their “OWN” schools and courts. How? Where are the Buddhist principles in the case of Muslims?

  7. Samson Says:

    IPKF Son Mudali,

    Truth hurts isn’t it?

    There are no sex slaves in Muslim countries. Stop talking rubbish. Sex slaves were in Vanni. There is no racism here. Its all facts. What’s wrong with Muslims having 5 wives as long as it is within Islam law?

    You have been writing racist slur against Catholics until now. Now your racism is directed at Muslims and Buddhists. So you hate everyone other than your race and religion which makes you a hardcore racist.

    There is no Jihad in Sri Lanka. Only terrorists in Sri Lanka are Tamil Tigers. Now they too are also history. Dead pet dogs have better regard than Tamil Tiger terrorists.

  8. Nanda Says:

    Mudali is a Hindu extremist. He is a Tamil Tiger.
    He had declared Jihad in Lanka Web. That is all.
    He does not know Buddha did not “die”. He has insulted Buddha by calling him hindu. Hindus those days and even now sacrifice animals by mass killing. Buddha opposed this stupid cruel act. How can he be Hindu then ?

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Jimmy,

    Got it.

    Sure; fully agree. Futuristic.

    I thought you are one of those war crimes losers like GTF, TAG. My apologies for the misunderstanding.

  10. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Hahahahaa..
    Buddha was not a Hindu? Then who was he? Catholic or Muslim?

    Buddha was a Hindu reformer and tried to correct manythings in the Hindu religion. Only Hindus followed Buddhas reforms. Buddha never asked to build temples for him! Did he?

    Nanda tells Buddha did not die! What a joke? Is he telling he became alive after his death like Christ? Then whose teeth in Dalada Maligava?

    Buddha lived as a Hindu. That is why Hindu rituals are part of the Buddhism. Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhism is known as PARANGI BUDDHISM. They simply tells lies about Buddha. Not only Buddha but many others too tried to correct Hindu religion. That is why Hindus venerate Buddha as BODHI MADHAVA.

    All the Hindus never support animal sacrifice but few. Can we tell all the Buddhist monks are criminals and like Somarama?

    In Sri Lanka Buddhas teachings not followed but Buddha became a political symbol. Buddha never wanted politics in hislife but Sri lankan monks have political party. That is the real insult for Buddha!

    Buddha never asked his followers to bark TAMIL or Bengali but the so called Parangi Buddhists of Sri Lanka are barking all racists slurs because they sell Buddha for US dollars.

    Islamic Law?

    Immoral hindu practices must be banned but immoral Islamic practics to be coninued. Ohh What a logic? Does Buddhism tell to follow Islamic practices? Now the Muslim VOTE BANK is the issue and not Buddhism!

  11. De Costa Says:

    Mudali,
    Parangiya again.
    Don’t jump like a Hanuman.
    Religion or race is a lable only. What do you know about Hinduism ? Teach us. What is Moksha ?
    How do you explain the Dalits born from Brahma’s feet and fat Brhamins behave like animals born from mouth of Brhama?
    Did Buddha taught this nonsense ? If so we can accept Buddha as a Hindu.
    I am parangi but never heard about Parangi Buddhism. Some parangis are catholic and some are Buddhist. So what ?
    Anyone can do anything to insult Buddha or Jesus or Mohamad. But they are out or hanuma’s comprehesion.
    Why Samson gave you a name “IPKF son” ? -very suitable but you cannot be that young.

  12. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Parangiyas hate Buddha so much. That is why COSTAS appeared in Sri Lanka.

    Buddha’s reforms are followed by Hindus and not by Catholics or Muslims.

    Did Buddha ask you to eat meat? Did Buddha ask you to hate TAMIL people?

    Samson and Costas are not Buddhists but Catholic racists and using Buddha for their hate propaganda. But Catholic Church publicly advocate for criminal deeds in Sri Lanka. Costa better talk about Catholic Church and not about Buddha because it is not your problem!

  13. Nanda Says:

    Mudali the Tiger,
    Your true colours showing !
    Buddhas are not born and do not die.
    Hindus killed Mahatma. They are among the worst racist in the world.
    Mahatma wanted to give equal opportunities to Datlits and Muslims so Hindus killed him. You are one of them. According to Buddha you and most of your fellow Tigers will definitely be born in hell.

  14. Samson Says:

    IPKF Son Mudali,

    IPKFs were mostly Hindus. But how cruel were they to Jaffna Hindus, especially Hindu ladies.

    The problem is certainly not in the Hindu religion but in the believers. Some are very primitive to worship the penis and the vagina. Hindu gods never told them to do so.

    Siva sena is a Hindu extremist group with contacts to BJP. They burn down churches, mosques and Buddhist temples.

    Recently a Tamil Hindu mob attacked a Buddhist temple in South India.

  15. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Samson:
    You are a son of a tourist! That is why you bark for Catholics. IPKF hunted LTTE and not the ordinary Tamils.

    Buddhist temple in South India? what is that? Read the news better then bark.

    BJP never touch a Buddhist temple but Muslims and Catholics burnt Buddhist temples.

    Catholic Churches are supporting LTTE and deserved to be burned down in Sri Lanka too!

  16. Samson Says:

    IPKF Son Mudali,

    You don’t have any originality. Just copy what others say. So very typical of you losers.

    South Indian Hindu mobs attacked a Buddhist temple in India. You were among them. Weren’t you?

    Anyway the best example of Hindu immoral practices is you who are a son of Hindu IPKF soldiers born to a Tamil Hindu woman in Jaffna. A Catholic priest looked after you. And you know the rest! That is why you hate them so much. You should claim damages from Vatican as many people like you did already. I have no hate or love for the Catholics.

  17. jimmy Says:

    Mudali/samson

    can we have some decency please

    This is the way Our people behaved for the last 60 years

    we have to learn to respect each other .

  18. cassandra Says:

    Yes, Jimmy. Well said.

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