Tag Archives: apartheid

Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Madikizela-Mandela



I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.

There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.

Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.

Anywho …

She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.

While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, RIP.


Related Posts:
Search ‘Mandela’.


by Anura Guruge

F.W. de Klerk, Instrumental In Dismantling South African Apartheid Was Born Today, 81-Years Ago; March 18, 1936.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._W._de_Klerk


I came to like him.

He sure did try to amend his prior sins. 


Related Posts:
++++ Check Categories ‘Events’ for other related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

The Beginning Of The END Of South African Apartheid Happened This Day, Just 25-Years Ago — March 17, 1992.

hjby Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and MARVEL here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_apartheid_referendum,_1992


WOW! Just 25 years ago.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

25 years.

Nelson Mandela had been released from prison 2 years earlier, 11 February 1990. I remember it well. Watched it LIVE, on TV, and CRIED!


Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Events’ for other related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

All Buddhists, Especially Those In Sri Lanka, Should Be Ashamed Of What Is Happening In Myanmar (Burma).

nepalequake1aa1.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Curb Buddhist extremists …                    Θ Curbing the Extremists

∠∠ Buddhists can be funny.                ∠∠ Buddha’s descendants.
∠∠ Blaming earthquake on animal sacrifice.

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ & ‘Buddhism’ for more posts >>>>


burmasasaaa

Click to access original from U.K. “SkyNews”.


Google ‘refugees’, ‘Myanmar’ or ‘Burmese’ for many, many other articles.

I have over the last year repeatedly spoken out against the misguided, extremely insecure extremist Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The extremist Buddhists in Burma, the inspiration for what is taking place in Sri Lanka, are even worse!

There is hardly any coverage of what is taking place in Myanmar (Burma) these days — with the extremist Buddhists, just like in Sri Lanka, trying to purge the minorities.

In the last 48 hours I have seen headlines talking about “SAVAGE Buddhists”! That a decade ago would have been an oxymoron.

Savage Buddhists?

How could that be. It is a religion of compassion. A religion of tolerance.

I am NOT a Buddhist. But I grew up in an extremely activist Buddhist household. My adopted father, to my shame, became an extremist Buddhist (albeit in his old age) — as are many of my cousins (though age alone cannot be used as an excuse by them).

Growing up Buddhist I thought that tolerance was a virtue. Despite ardency of the Buddhism in our household we had Christians in the family and our BEST friends were Christians and Muslims. This is why extreme Buddhism in Sri Lanka, to me, makes NO SENSE. My adopted father’s BEST FRIEND was Senator Abdul Aziz (who at the time was one of the richest men in Ceylon). Because of kidnapping fears (mainly from the Catholics) I was ONLY allowed to approach two cars, after school, at 1pm — IF my father couldn’t be there because he had been detained at work. One was Uncle Amarasinghe’s car (and he was somebody that my father had gone to school with) and the other was Senator Aziz’s black Peugeot (driven by his wonderful driver). So 40 years hence when I see my adopted father supporting extreme Buddhist monks who advocate violence against Muslims it confuses me.

I have NO patience for extremist Buddhists.

I have already put forth my solution to curb some of their vigor. At a MINIMUM Pakistan, Bangladesh and UAE should REFUSE to play cricket against Sri Lanka. Ideally the cricketing world should do to Sri Lanka what they did to South Africa for ’20’ years. Boycott them until they renounce Buddhist apartheid.

This persecution of non-Buddhists by Buddhists has to stop — Worldwide. It is Wrong. What would the Buddha Say? He was not perfect, BUT I am sure of one thing about him — he would NOT have condoned violence. The notion of ‘savage Buddhists’ would have appalled him. So IF you are a Buddhist cut out this nonsense, not for you, not for me — but for the sake of the Buddha.