Thursday, 02 July 2015
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
Monks and the mob in Dambulla
Tamil Guardian 23 April 2012 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   

Last Friday a mob of about 2,000 Sinhalese, led by a group of Buddhist monks, stormed into a mosque in Dambulla.

The mosque and a Hindu temple have been long standing in an area now designated a sacred Buddhist site.

The above video of the incident, some of which was broadcast on TV, shows leading members of the Buddhist clergy (Sangha) engaged in the violence.

The security forces, as ever, stand by.

The incident ends with speeches to the mob by the monks ... and a bit of worship and chanting.

This article on groundviews.org offers a commentary on the incident and a translation of the Chief prelate’s comments to the mob.

The comments are noteworthy for the wider logic of Sinhala-Buddhist politics.

Extracts from the article:

There is a member of the Sangha who disrobes, jumps up and down and exposes himself, in public, against the mosque. Others break down the entrance of the mosque.

A Chief Prelate from the Dambulla Temple suggests that the mob is a shramadaanaya, and that destroying the mosque is something that they should in fact be helped by the government.

[At around 3.47 in the video,] there is a particularly chilling exchange between one of the Chief Prelates of the Dambulla Temple and a Hindu resident of the area.

The female resident says that from when she was small, she had worshipped at a Kovil in the area.

The Prelate’s immediate answer is whether she is referring to the 1800′s.

In a menacing Sinhala idiom that loses a lot of its original violence in translation, the Chief Prelate threatens to either remove the Kovil, or have it removed along with the homes of the Hindu residents, noting that they are all there illegally.

The Chief Prelate notes, through a Sinhala adage, that not only are the crows attempting to fly over their heads, they are now attempting to enter the nest as well – a clear reference to the Hindus and Muslims in the areas.

The woman assures the Chief Prelate, in a very deferent expression, that there is nothing for him to fear about their worship.

However, the Prelate’s answer is again menacing in Sinhala, noting that she can take her gods wherever they want to, but away from the sacred ground of the Temple.

 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 01 July 2015
Six Tamil village officers sent for 'rehabilitation' at military camp
At least six Tamil village (GS) officers in the Northern Province have been called for  rehabilitation at a military camp in Sri Lanka.

The Tamil village officers, [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 July 2015
Tamil man arrested and sent to CID for 'rehabilitation'
A Tamil man returning to Sri Lanka at Katunayake International airport has been detained by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said the former Batticaloa MP P Ariyanendran. [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 June 2015
Right to self-determination fundamental for all communities says GTF
The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesperson, in an interview with Ceylon Today, said that the organisation had always stood for a political settlement for the Tamil national question and stressed that self-determination is a fundamental right for all communities. Calling on Tamils to vote for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the upcoming parliamentary elections, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 June 2015
BBS will represent Sinhala community – Gnanasara

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara, said the new party launched by the Buddhist group would contest the general election with the main objective of representing the Sinhala community. [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 June 2015
We will protect Rajapaksas from war crimes probe - UNP

The United National Party (UNP) reiterated that it would not allow an international war crimes inquiry to investigate former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former army chief Sarath Fonseka. [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 June 2015
Mahinda to be nominated by UPFA

The UPFA has agreed to nominate former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the election on its ticket.

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha, [more]

Tamil Guardian 30 June 2015
World Bank lends $165 million to Sri Lanka
The World Bank has approved a US$ 165 million loan to Sri Lanka to help improve access to drinking water and sanitation.

The districts of Mullaitivu, [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 June 2015
Resettlement minister criticised for failing to meet displaced residents of Vali North

The Sri Lankan minister for resettlement, D. M. Swaminathan, has been criticised for failing to meet directly with displaced residents of Valikamam North, during a visit to the High Security Zone on Monday. [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com