What a joke of an Editorial?
Posted on April 29th, 2012

Seyed Moulana

If the govt had taken “swift steps” why are stalwarts like Gov. Mowlana, Rauff Hakim and Hon. Fowzie et al conveying disappointment? Wrong signals have already been sent although the Observer speaks in the future tense!

ISOLATED INCIDENTS CAN SEND WRONG SIGNALS-The  Observer Editorial

 

The tense situation that erupted in Dambulla over the construction of a mosque was most unfortunate. Such untoward incidents, resorted to by a handful of mischievous elements, could send the wrong signals to the international community.

The situation was, however, defused due to the Government’s swift action. Else, disgruntled elements could have exploited it to fan communal unrest. On the other hand, it could also provide ‘ammunition’ to the LTTE rump to show the world that their allegations about discrimination against the minorities in Sri Lanka are justified. [I thought the Govt forces looked away while the Monks were demolishing and Flashing?]

If one were to peruse news reports in the international media and the web, it could be seen how these incidents have been blown out of proportion. People overseas are unaware of the actual ground situation in Sri Lanka and the peaceful coexistence that prevails among all communities. Foreigners browsing such news items, especially Muslims around the world, could get a wrong impression about the incidents. This is precisely what the anti-Sri Lanka elements both here and abroad seek.  [It seems to me that the JHU and Buddhist Monks are also seeking the same?]

All communities, including the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers have lived in peaceful coexistence over many centuries, irrespective of caste and religious affiliations. This has been the real situation for centuries, although those with vested interests and INGO agents make a desperate attempt to project a different picture.[Yes, the communities all lived in peace until the Politicians came along and disrupted this Peace]

Hence, it’s deplorable that some anti-social elements are trying to take undue advantage of what transpired in Dambulla. Isolated incidents of this nature give a totally different picture.Anything but isolated. [If the incident was isolated and insignificant, then, why has it reached such enormous proportions and even been escalated to the President to resolve?]

The Government took steps to stop construction work on the mosque within the sacred area of the Rangiri Dambulu Vihara and decided to construct a mosque at another suitable location in Dambulla. Steps will be taken to build a mosque in Dambulla and all facilities would be provided to the Muslim community to conduct their Islamic religious activities. No construction had taken place, Its still a shed. [Whats the BIG PROBLEM in having a Mosque located in a Buddhist sacred area? Sri Lanka is NOt Saudi Arabia?]

Had it not been for the timely intervention of law-enforcement officials to enlighten people in the area and those who planned to come in their numbers from adjoining areas, the situation would have aggravated. Law enforcement officials looked on until higher authorities gave orders. [Ha Ha Haaa!]

The Muslim community in Sri Lanka has, over the years, lived in amity with the Sinhalese and Tamils (but fought each other on the mischief making politicians’ instigation). A peace-loving community, they have made a significant contribution to the country’s national well-being even from the post-Independence era. Muslims in the North and the East had been at the receiving end during the height of LTTE terror. [Still the Monks refer to them as “Thambiyas”, not nice no? What would the Buddha have said?]

LTTE terrorists drove Muslims out of their traditional settlements in the North. Having eradicated LTTE terror through the Security Forces’ immense sacrifices, the Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese began a new life under one banner.

It is the prime duty of the majority Sinhalese to protect and assure the well-being of their fellow Muslims and Tamils. At a time when the international community is keeping a close eye on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation, it devolves on the Sinhala Buddhists to demonstrate their rich cultural tradition-by their meritorious deeds they could prove that they are true followers of the Buddha’s teachings. [It is the Prime Duty of the State to Protect ALL of its citizens from abuse and oppression]

It was indeed unfortunate that people residing in Dambulla had to experience such an untoward situation over a mosque. Instead of quarrelling with one another over erecting a Buddha statue or constructing a mosque, it would be far better if the followers of these two great religions conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. One’s religious faith bears out one’s character and not one’s external appearance. This is the crux of the Buddha’s great teachings or any other religion for that matter.(Oh so the Muslims and Buddhists quarreled? So the Buddhists didn’t actually attack the mosque?) [Why would a simple private domestic quarrel need to be looked into and resolved by the big boss President himself?]

People should work for the well-being of their brethren rather than merely talk to show others that they are adherents of their respective religions. If a person conducts himself in an exemplary manner in keeping with his religious beliefs, others would naturally get a better impression of that person’s religion. Hence, it behoves us to conduct ourselves in an exemplary manner rather than seeking cover under one’s religion for one’s personal glory.( Ha ha ha: to whom are they giving this advise?) [Time for the Monks to go back to the Daham Paasala]

Extremist elements too could have literally gone to town over the Dambulla incident, but could the country be robbed of the hard-earned peace gained amidst insurmountable difficulties? Thanks to the sacrifices on the part of the Security Forces Sri Lanka annihilated terrorism. Although three years have elapsed after the LTTE leadership was vanquished, certain countries are still trying to take Sri Lanka to task. In such a scenario could the country suffer more communal problems?(Aah…at last the bitter truth) [And it has to surface at the end of the story, only?]

On the other hand, it would also adversely affect Sri Lanka’s forward march. The country has made steady progress in all spheres, especially in resettlement, development and national reconciliation. Moreover, over half a million people who had been resettled after the humanitarian operation have been given a new lease of life, thereby contributing to the national economy.(agree 90% “the national economy contribution” is a bit far-fetched especially when tons of vegetables are being dumped in Dambulla while we in Colombo are paying 90/= per kilo for them)

All these efforts would prove futile, if extremist elements were to put their secret agendas in motion. By projecting themselves as diehard Buddhists, they could still attempt to spark communal unrest over trivial incidents. All patriotic and peace-loving citizens should be ever vigilant over those who attempt to mar the peaceful coexistence of Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils. (agree 100%)

At the same time, opportunist politicians too could seek political mileage through these unfortunate incidents. Such incidents could prompt certain politicians to show extreme faith in their respective religions and communities to gain political mileage. People should not fall prey to these opportunists who seek advantage under the guise of religion.(agree 100% – JHU Gammanpila please note) [All religious based political parties must be banned!]

It is the bounden duty of all Sri Lankans to protect the hard-earned peace and contribute towards national reconciliation. At a time when certain countries and international organisations are looking for opportunities to tarnish Sri Lanka’s image, all citizens have a responsibility of giving a better value to the immense sacrifices made by the true sons of our soil.(agree 100%)

The liberation of the country from the jaws of terrorism by the Security Forces in the world’s largest human rescue mission should be made more meaningful. The Sinhalese, as the majority community, must extend their solidarity towards the Tamils and Muslims in the national reconciliation effort. If this could be achieved, no force on earth or in the international fora could level wild allegations that the minorities in Sri Lanka are being discriminated against.(agree 1000% – but the “wild allegation” comment is amusing) [They will probably claim that the “white vans” are also a figment of peoples black imagination]

Sri Lanka belongs to all communities since the Tamil and Muslim leaders too have been stakeholders in the country’s independence struggle, along with their fellow Sinhala leaders.(agree 100% but in their heart of hearts the Sinhala people do not share this view) [Lets hand the country back to the Queen]

6 Responses to “What a joke of an Editorial?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Muslim barbaric mobs took the law into their hands in Puttlam over a mythical “grease devil” and killed a Sinhala policeman.

    Now Buddhist mobs took the law into their hands in Dambulla over a mosques and destroyed it.

    Same thing except the fisrt incident is MORE barbaric than the second incident.

    Condem the Puttlam incident for the Dambulla incident to be condemned. Can you do that?

  2. Dham Says:

    “The Government took steps to stop construction work on the mosque within the sacred area of the Rangiri Dambulu Vihara and decided to construct a mosque at another suitable location in Dambulla. Steps will be taken to build a mosque in Dambulla and all facilities would be provided to the Muslim community to conduct their Islamic religious activities. No construction had taken place, Its still a shed. [Whats the BIG PROBLEM in having a Mosque located in a Buddhist sacred area? Sri Lanka is NOt Saudi Arabia?]”

    Well , I thought SriLanka looks very like Saudi Arabia now. Gonybillos everywhere, 4.30 Allaha Hu Akbar…..
    It is very close to Saudi and Muslims prefer it that way ?

    I agree that these priests behave like thugs and they could be part of the plot.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Mosques & Temples are now getting caught up in politics. These are just Games to destabilise Lanka. Not good for ALL in Sri Lanka. Best let the matter die down.

    Lanka should have a moratorium on all shrine building at least for another 10 yrs. Do we not have enough temples, kovils, churches, mosques ? All the religions of the world are represented in Lanka, and yet so much strife. Why is that ? All are human beings and all live and die according the the Laws of Nature. No exceptions here. So why quarrel ?

  4. Dham Says:

    This syyed Moulana should be a LTTE terrorist pretending to be a Muslim.
    There is nothing worng with this editoriyal.
    [It is the Prime Duty of the State to Protect ALL of its citizens from abuse and oppression]- what nonsense ?
    Look at the way blacks are treated in USA.
    Look at the way aborigines are treated in Australia.
    Look at the way Muslims are treated in UK.
    All these coutries treat this LTTE Moulana well. So he wants to had over the country to Queen. Queen will wear a glove to hand shake with you, Mr. terrorist.

  5. Marco Says:

    Will Sri Lanka be in the “spot light” again in September/October at the UPR?

    Sri Lanka has been listed as a country of concern in the Human Rights Report for 2011 released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office today.
    The section on Sri Lanka focuses on accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights – freedom of expression, minority rights, women’s rights – a political settlement in a post-conflict era and abductions and disappearances, among other themes.
    The report says the human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed but yet it remained a serious concern.
    The report noted that at year end, significant progress was still needed to address the institutional weaknesses that allow for frequent human rights violations.
    “Terrorist suspects continued to be held without charge for long periods. There were restrictions on freedom of expression, political violence, reports of torture in custody, further cases of disappearances and almost no progress in investigating past disappearances. No concrete progress was made in holding accountable those alleged to be responsible for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the war,” the report said.
    In 2011, the UK focused on helping Sri Lanka overcome the human rights challenges resulting from the 30-year conflict. The UK sees accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation.
    A key focus in 2012 will be follow-up to the LLRC report and National Human Rights Action Plan. The report says UK will encourage the Sri Lankan government to implement recommendations, and address outstanding questions regarding accountability for alleged war crimes. In September 2012, we will contribute to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review under the UN human rights system in Geneva.

    http://colombogazette.com/lanka-a-country-of-concern-in-uk-report/

  6. AnuD Says:

    [Whats the BIG PROBLEM in having a Mosque located in a Buddhist sacred area? Sri Lanka is NOt Saudi Arabia? ]

    SEYED MOULANA:

    Forget about Building a Buddhist temple in Saudi Arabia. Does Saudi Arabia allow a Bible or a Buddhist Statue to brought through the air port ?

    Pakistan allows other religions. Even then How is HIndus in that country are treated ?; What is the situation of Hindus in Baagladesh ?

    You know how you people treated Buddhists in 1915 ?

    Do you know, that Rangiri Dambulla is a very important place for Buddhists. Yet, Buddhists have allowed you to settle in Dambulla ?

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