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  • Sri Lanka’s new right wing politics – Jayadewa Uyangoda Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s new right wing politics – Jayadewa Uyangoda

    (8 July, 2018/SO) There are two new developments in Sri Lanka’s contemporary politics which is getting crystalized and clearer these days. They are: (a) the consolidation of a hard right-wing alternative to a weak and shaky democratic regime option, and (b) the projection of an ex-military officer as the embodiment of the new right-wing agenda. […]

  • Sandaya Ekneligoda  gets  death threats Read more >

    Sandaya Ekneligoda gets death threats

    (24 June 2018 Sunday Observer )After the sentencing of Galagodaththe Gnansara Thera to six months rigorous imprisonment for criminal intimidation earlier this month, his victim Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist, Prageeth Ekneligoda has been facing harassment and intimidation, largely via social media networks. Speaking to the Sunday Observer, Sandya Ekneligoda complained about receiving […]

  • IN SANDHYA EKNELIGODA, CONTROVERSIAL BBS MONK MEETS HIS MATCH Read more >

    IN SANDHYA EKNELIGODA, CONTROVERSIAL BBS MONK MEETS HIS MATCH

    Image: BBS General Secretary outside Homagama court in 2016. by Anurangi Singh When the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena threatened her in open court in January 2016, a new battle-front opened for Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of missing journalist Prageeth. Braving threats and intimidation, even as she battled separately to find Prageeth, Sandhya saw the […]

  • BBS head Gnanasara threatens to box journalist  C.A. Chandraprema’s ears! Read more >

    BBS head Gnanasara threatens to box journalist C.A. Chandraprema’s ears!

    Image: Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. The Island political correspondent, C.A. Chandraprema, was threatened on 19th Nov. by Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera while the former was at the funeral of Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera’s mother in Narammala.After paying his last respects to the remains of the monk’s mother Chandraprema was speaking with a Nayake Thera when Gnansara Thera accosted […]

  • The re-emergence of the BBS Read more >

    The re-emergence of the BBS

    Image: BBS leader Gnanasara with his body guards Who is a Buddhist? That’s a simple question but one that can yield innumerable answers. The innumerability of course can be explained and explained innumerably through reference to the Buddhist canon. The point is, labelling and self-labelling are both easy exercises. For the record, if you replace […]

  • Rajapakshe, BBS and ethnic harmony Read more >

    Rajapakshe, BBS and ethnic harmony

    Image: Mahinda Rajapaksa courtesy of FCA, Sri Lanka. by Hilmi Ahamed. Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is seen as a blatant liar by the Muslim community. He has become Yahapalanaya’s unofficial patron of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and its controversial leader Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. He has elevated this thuggish prelate (who […]

  • Govt. losing battle to quell extremist groups, warns JVP Read more >

    Govt. losing battle to quell extremist groups, warns JVP

    BBS Gnanasara led civil and robed extremists showing their strength in Kandy, in Nov 2016. The JVP yesterday slammed the Government for failing to protect the religious rights of Sri Lankans and accused it of providing validation for extremist organisations that are still working to whip up ethnic disharmony in the country while calling for […]

  • Radical Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka: More equal than others Read more >

    Radical Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka: More equal than others

    Image: BBS General Secretary Galagoda aththe Gnansara at the Sugathadasa Stadium during a rally to welcome Myanmar’s hardline 969 monk Ashin Wirathu. Radical Buddhist monks threatening demolition of majority Muslim suburbs of Colombo and employing violent, racist and threatening rhetoric against public officials continue to enjoy impunity under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government, which was swept into […]

  • Inter religious violence  can threaten consensual reforms Read more >

    Inter religious violence can threaten consensual reforms

    Image: BBS head Galabodaatthe Gnanasara threatening a Muslim clergy (file photo). By Jehan Perera. The passage of the second reading of the budget by a 2/3 majority in parliament indicates that the Government of National Unity continues to hold. The differences in opinion between the government partners that sometimes manifest themselves openly have not as […]

  • Extremist Monks Tried to Disrupt ‘Different yet Equal’ Campaign Read more >

    Extremist Monks Tried to Disrupt ‘Different yet Equal’ Campaign

    (A Thera of the ‘Singha Le’ organisation and Azad Sallyin trying to make their voices heard. Picture by Mahinda Withanachchi) A tense situation erupted during the campaign of ‘Different yet Equal’ close to Baudhaloka Mawatha yesterday. A group of monks representing the “Singha Le Jathika Balamuluwa” disrupted the unity campaign claiming that the campaigners cannot […]

  • Lion’s Blood: Behind Sri Lanka’s Sinha Le Movement Read more >

    Lion’s Blood: Behind Sri Lanka’s Sinha Le Movement

    (A monk from the Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force, BBS) uses his phone to take pictures during a speech at the BBS convention in Colombo, September 28, 2014.Image Credit: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte) The rise of Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalism (allegedly with political backing) could threaten reconciliation. By Zachary Walko. Since coming to national attention in […]

  • Magistrate files contempt of Court action against BBS head Gnanasara Thera Read more >

    Magistrate files contempt of Court action against BBS head Gnanasara Thera

    ( Galagoda Atte Gnanasara) Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake filed a Contempt of Court action in the Court of Appeal against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven.Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera seeking the Appeal Court’s constitutional jurisdiction against Ven. Gnasara Thera’s alleged offensive behaviour in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court amounting to Contempt of Court on January […]

  • BBS Gnanasara Blessed  Known Underworld Leader By Chanting Pirth Read more >

    BBS Gnanasara Blessed Known Underworld Leader By Chanting Pirth

    (BBS Gnanasara) Bodu Bala Sena Organisation General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera who came to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday morning, tied a pirith noola on the wrist of underworld gangster Dematagoda Chaminda, an accused in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder. Ven. Gnanasara Thera was among the 11 bhikkhus who visited Dematagoda Chaminda at […]

  • BBS Gnanasara Thera Further Remanded; Bail not Possible Under Victims and Witnesses Protection Bill Read more >

    BBS Gnanasara Thera Further Remanded; Bail not Possible Under Victims and Witnesses Protection Bill

    Bodu Bala Sena organization General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera currently under remand custody, comes out of the Homagama Magistrates’ Court after attending trial in connection with a case where he is accused of allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. Picture by Ranjith Asanka Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday […]

  • Mayhem As Monks Go On The Rampage Read more >

    Mayhem As Monks Go On The Rampage

    Pandemonium reigned at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court premises with three Buddhist monks threatening to self-immolate in protest against the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera. Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera arrested on the charges of contempt of court, obstructing Court proceedings and intimidating a public servant was yesterday ordered […]

  • BBS General Secretary Gnanasara  Remanded Till February 9 Read more >

    BBS General Secretary Gnanasara Remanded Till February 9

    Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was remanded till February 9 by Homagama Magistrate’s Court a short while ago. He was arrested this morning when he surrendered to the Homagama Police. The Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant against Gnanasara Thera yesterday on three charges including threatening a state official, obstructing the court […]

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