27 May 2013
Buddhist priests have and will always be part of Sri Lanka’s political and social landscape.
On September 25, 1959 the very forces that brought Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike to power, succeeded in terminating not only his political career, but his life as well. He succumbed to the injuries inflicted by gun shot a day later, on September 26.
The forces that were strongly behind his assassination were Eksath Bhikku Peramuna and Ayurveda Physicians.
There is no right and wrong, but don’t forget Buddhist priests have and will always be part of Sri Lanka’s political and social landscape.
Buddhist (official) 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data – data via CIA country website). When a country’s majority are from a specific religious group, if not for the sake of democracy, governments must listen to the majority to even just stay in power.
After all, what’s the use of being in the opposition all the time?
Just because, is not a good or great excuse, but the Church of England and Royalty that colonised more than half the world are still the best warmongers in history.
Is the SL government encouraging religious extremism? Or is SL suffering from three-decade long post terrorism hangover that seems to be lasting forever?
We are the architects of our future, the past is gone. But you can't blame a government for a weak opposition that can't get it's act together.
Anyone supporting the majority is not necessarily a racist or religious fanatic either.
Cartoon via the internet, The Nation newspaper.