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  • Galabod Aththe Gnanasara: Out of the Shadows – Dharisha Bastians

    He’s back. After a year in the shadows, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial monk who leads the radical Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena, is front and centre of the news cycle again. He is storming into courtrooms, insulting Government lawyers and threatening, allegedly in foul language, the woman who has been searching for her missing […]

  • The Gnanasara Thera factor

    Busy as it is dealing with various political conundrums that crop up from time to time, the government this week encountered yet another unexpected hurdle- in the form of Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera and his organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). The rabble rousing monk made an unexpected appearance at the on-going hearings at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Why Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Failed to Make a Comeback

    After being toppled as president, Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to become PM. But the Sri Lankan leader’s comeback bid has ended in defeat as early parliamentary poll results showed the ruling alliance made decisive gains. “My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,” Rajapaksa was quoted by news agency AFP on Tuesday, August 18, as […]

  • Sri Lanka: For a Lid on Hate Speech

    The Government’s move to come down hard against purveyors of hate speech is most opportune given the increasingly strident forms the speeches made by both politicians and some members of Bhikkhu community, with communal undertones, have taken in recent times. Today minority bashing has become a fine art with certain politicians in the South so […]

  • SLMC Wants Fresh Investigation On Aluthgama Riots Read more >

    SLMC Wants Fresh Investigation On Aluthgama Riots

    [A Sri Lankan Muslim man checks his charred house after it was set on fire by Buddhist hardliners: Times of India] The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today called upon the newly elected president to re-investigate religious killings which had occurred in the country under the previous regime. The SLMC said that while the government […]

  • Extremist Bodu Bala Sena to Support Rajapaksa as Common Candidate Read more >

    Extremist Bodu Bala Sena to Support Rajapaksa as Common Candidate

    [Ven. Gnanasara ] As the government represents people from all social and ethical backgrounds, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the ‘genuine’ common candidate of the nation, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has said. Ven. Gnanasara made this announcement at a press conference held in Colombo, on 28th […]

  • Extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka – Vatican Insider Read more >

    Extremists oppose Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka – Vatican Insider

    Paolo Affatato/Rome Bodu bala extremistThe relationship between Sri Lanka’s Catholics and Buddhists is on the rocks. Sri Lanka. Francis will be visiting the island in January 2015, his second Asian destination after Korea. Once the news of Francis’ trip got round, movements of radical and ultranationalist Buddhist monks verbally attacked the Pope, setting a dangerous […]

  • SL Muslims vs neo-Fascist Nationalism Read more >

    SL Muslims vs neo-Fascist Nationalism

    SL Muslims at the crossroads – 11 By Izeth Hussain ”If people behave like sheep, they will soon have a Government of wolves” – Bertrand de Jouvenel My main purpose in this article is to argue that the chief antagonist of the Sri Lankan Muslims, as well as of the Sinhalese and all the other […]

  • Monks led mob captured on Camera Read more >

    Monks led mob captured on Camera

    [Threatening Fr. Sathyavail] Female journalists cum photographer have captured the monks led violent mob, who invaded the Centre for Society and Religion to disrupt a gathering  for  “Sharing and listening session with families of the disappeared” organized by Families of the Disappeared. Here are some of the photos which shows the violent mood of the […]

  • Police fails to identify violent monks again Read more >

    Police fails to identify violent monks again

    The Kollupitiya police today informed court that they were still conducting investigations to ascertain the BBS members who trespassed into the building of Ministry of Industry and Commerce on April 23 . Police told Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage that they were inspecting video footage obtained from media institutions. Further date fixed for September 11. […]

  • Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Understanding rise of Buddhist radicalism Read more >

    Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Understanding rise of Buddhist radicalism

    [ Why some Buddhists get violent; Photo-VividLife] By Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy — Over the past three years, there has been an evident surge of Buddhist radicalism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, with the clergy being increasingly involved in violence against minorities, especially Muslims. Both countries have sizeable Muslim populations, and while the situation in Myanmar is […]

  • Dalai Lama influenced by ‘Muslim extremists – BBS Read more >

    Dalai Lama influenced by ‘Muslim extremists – BBS

    A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by “Muslim extremists” and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), spoke out on Tuesday […]

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