by Anura Guruge
From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below. Google for plenty more.
Click to ENLARGE. From the “Daily Mail’ article above.
Just a FEW of my adoptive father’s 55+ books.
Google ‘Ananda Guruge‘ if you want to check out his Buddhist bona fides.
I have been railing against religious violence in Sri Lanka for YEARS.
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To say that this Easter bombing saddens & distresses I does not even come close to genuinely capturing my disapprobation.
This is SO anathema to the happy multi-ethnic & multi-religious Ceylon (Sri Lanka only as of the 1970s) that I grew up in, 1953 to 1967.
My adoptive family was as Buddhist as you could get. Check out some of my father’s Buddhist books shown above and Google him. He was a Buddhist scholar, ACTIVIST and, alas, also one of the original architects of the ‘Buddhism First‘ precept for Ceylon. But, he was as open-minded when it came to religion as one could be. My SURROGATE FATHER, my adoptive mother’s brother-in-law, with whom I spent nearly as much time as with my family — and who influenced me more than any other man — was a practicing Baptist. My ‘father’ never had any issues with that. We celebrated Easter and Christmas, at my surrogate father’s rather fancy house with abandon replete with all the best goodies that money could get in Ceylon — imported ham, lamb, cakes etc. My surrogate father, who was a lawyer, and his wife, who as the Assistant Principal at Royal College (Sri Lanka’s premier boys school) were rich — and had no kids, bar I.
In addition, we had more Christians on my “mother’s” side; she one of 9. One of her brother’s was married to a Catholic as had one of her sisters. We were a CLOSE family — multi-religious. Nobody cared about who was who. We all mucked into to each other’s holidays.
My “Father’s” best friend, who he met with near daily, was a prominent muslim. Never an issue. Our neighbors, that my “mother” genuinely treated as part of her family, were Tamil Catholics. They were at our house, without fail, every day.
So, I grew up in an environment where religion had no ‘color’ or ‘race’. It was just like a name. Made no difference.
This is why this religious violence disturbs me so.
All that said, I refuse to jump to conclusions as to who perpetrated this horrendous series of crimes. The last TWO bombings, which were of private houses, puzzles me.
Though I am NO LONGER a Sri Lankan (in terms of citizenship or affinity) I do know, alas, the mentality of my brethren. We can be a devilishly devious, unscrupulous, ruthless bunch of bastards.
These bombings, I hate to say it as such, were ‘genius’. It has created the PERFECT TSUNAMI.
We now can have a circular firing squad, consisting of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, each taking pot shots at the other. READ BETWEEN THE LINES.
This was geared to cause political, social and ECONOMIC upheaval. It will, of course, decimate the burgeoning tourist trade. That will have far reaching knock-on effects.
But, please do NOT jump to conclusions.
It is not always the usual suspects.
Sri Lankan politicians are ruthless to a level that others will never comprehend.
Read Between The Line!
Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’.
by Anura Guruge