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Shameful Easter Bombings In Sri Lanka — BUT I Will Not Jump To Conclusions.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below. Google for plenty more.


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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.

Not good.

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!



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by Anura Guruge


Compassionate 7-Eleven Owner Who Fed Thief, Is Probably More Than An Indian, He Is Likely A Sikh.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access CBS story. Google for more.



This was a GREAT story. It made my day. So good to see that we still have decent, compassionate, charitable folks like he.

Mr. Jay Singh, please take a bow. You have done all of us Asians proud. Good on YOU.

This is from the story:

“He said, ‘I’m hungry. I’m stealing it for myself and my younger brother.’ I said you need food? I’ll give you food. That’s not a problem,” Singh said.

Mr. Singh, modestly, attributed this compassion and charity to ‘Indian culture’. That is true.

But, I have a hunch that it goes beyond that.

I cannot, alas, be 100% sure, but I suspect that Mr. Jay Singh is a sikh — despite the lack of a hat on his head, or a bracelet on his arm.

Jay Singh can very well be a Sikh name.

All ‘Singhs’ are NOT Sikhs, BUT ALL Sikh men are ‘Singhs’. Get that. Having a last name Singh is the norm for a Sikh man.

So, why am I making a big deal that he might be a Sikh.

Sikhs have a deeply ingrained tradition when it comes to charity and giving — especially food to the needy.

I know quite a few Sikhs. Most are AMAZING folk. Generous to a fault.

That bracelet they are supposed to wear bears testament to that. They wear it to remind them that that is the hand with which they do good.

Sikhs, because some wear turbans and have beards, are often mistaken for Muslims. They are not Muslims.

Get to know a Sikh.

This just happens to be a great time to talk about Sikhs. They have a major holiday, ‘Vaisakhi‘, that always coincides with the Sinhala New Year, coming up this Sunday, April 14.

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Facebook Picks Sri Lanka To Be Its First Guinea Pig For ‘Fake News’ Eradication Program.

by Anura Guruge


From the UK “Guardian”. Click image to access. Google from plenty more — quite a bit of coverage from India.


Ah! Facebook is going to try ‘Fake News‘ removal starting in Sri Lanka! Why? Why Sri Lanka? Because ‘Fake News’ has caused mob violence. Yes, there was one incident recently …

Not sure if this is good or bad.

You would think they would start with the U.S. — with the midterm elections coming up in a few months.

Nope. Better start with Sri Lanka. Yes, Facebook could argue that Fake News in Sri Lanka leads to loss of life. But, Fake News in the U.S. cost an election.

Anywho. This is a start. Lets see how it proceeds.

Since even buying a cup of tea in Sri Lanka can be politically charged, this is NOT going to be easy — i.e., getting agreement from Sri Lankans as to what is Fake News and what it isn’t. Fake News to one is political fodder to another. Facebook may not have realized this about Sri Lanka. Hhhhmmm!


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by Anura Guruge


Sri Lanka’s Ban Of Facebook, Temporary Be It, Was Unbecoming & OMINOUS!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and glance at here. From “Reuters”. Google “Sri Lanka Facebook” for more.


Sri Lanka needs to be BETTER than this.

Sri Lanka, for all of its convulsions for the last 70-years, is meant to be PROUD democracy.

It is NOT China, Egypt or some tinpot African dictatorship. I was disappointed to read about this. I though ‘we’ (though I gave up my Sri Lanka citizenship 35-years ago) had put media censorship behind. [More on that in a second.]

The ban on Facebook was during the latest spate of violence against the Muslims. The Government, rightly or wrongly, believed that Facebook posts were inciting the troubles. They had declared a 10-day State of Emergency, so everything, including closing down Social Media was game.

Ceylon/Sri Lanka and ‘State of Emergency’. I remember them well though my life there, 1953 – 1967 was during a relatively peaceful time!

Following the wildly and widely successful ‘Schools Takeover‘ [i.e., forced nationalization] program, Prime Minister (Aunty) Sirimavo Bandaranaike and her then favored henchman, my adoptive father, mounted a ‘Newspaper Nationalization’ program. My Adoptive Father, a conflicted fish as I came to learn, had a strong socialistic streak. He was all in favor. I remember though that unlike with the ‘Schools Takeover’ (where they was no dissent within the circles we moved), he got got a bit of pushback from friends and family. He used to argue vehemently that we needed it for the good of the country. Thankfully that program never came to be. I think Aunty B. ceased to be P.M.

So, let’s not try and revisit past ghosts.

I worry that this is the INCREASING Chinese influence on Sri Lanka.

If I was still Sri Lankan I would do whatever I could to make sure this didn’t happen again.


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by Anura Guruge


Buddhist On Muslim Violence Erupts In Sri Lanka (Again) — Just As I Have Warned.

by Anura Guruge


From the BBC. Click to ENLARGE and get the gist here. Google for more. The BBC is at: bbc.com


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As the above posts show I have been very concerned about this since 2014. There are more posts and IF you are interested, please search on “Sri Lanka Buddhists” & “Myanmar“.

The hardline Sri Lankan Buddhists have been itching for this ‘fight’. They want to emulate what is happening in Myanmar (née Burma) and the poor Rohingya.

This is Trump style Nationalism Sri Lanka-style. A Buddhist state with no other religions. Unlikely to happen BUT the Sri Lankan Buddhists will be eager and happy to spill as much blood as possible to try and make that happen.

This is the Buddhist version of the Crusades. Pacificity be damned. They THINK they are doing “Buddha’s” work. I hate to admit this BUT most of US Sri Lankan Buddhists are NOT that bright! That is the crux of the problem. Stupidity and ignorance.

I ceased to be a Buddhist 46-years ago, and a Sri Lankan 35-years ago.

Yes, my adoptive father bears SOME BLAME for some of this. But, here is the supreme irony. In the 1950s & 1960s, when this rabid Buddhist revor was still in its embryonic state, his BEST FRIEND was a Muslim, Senator A. M. A. Aziz. How my adoptive father, who became more and more like Trump as he grew older, would reconcile what is happening in Ceylon with his relationship with Senator A. M. A. Aziz would be fascinating to study. Being the poser he was, to his death, he would rationalize it. But, never in my eyes.

This is so sad.

I really would like the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene. Because after sex and violence, Sri Lankan Buddhist love their cricket. A boycott of Sri Lanka, in terms of cricket, would stop any violence in its tracks.


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The Two Buddhist Participants In Muhammad Ali’s Inter-Faith Funeral Service.

by Anura Guruge


Their names are Venerable Utsumi and Sister Denise (who I think is the one on the right in the YouTube video below).

The Sister by definition is not a Buddhist monk. She would be the equivalent of a nun. Not sure whether the other one is a bona fide monk. He is not dressed in the dark saffron robes we normally associate with Buddhist monks.

I could be wrong but I think these two represent Nepalese, Tibetan or Bhutan Buddhism — which is not mainstream Theravada or Mahāyāna Buddhism (my background and expertise being in the former, Sri Lanka considered the spiritual home for that school). I haven’t, as yet, been able to find anything more about these two other than that they participated in Ali’s funeral! IF you can help me here I will be most grateful. [Thanks, in advance.]

Increasingly folks in the U.S. are gravitating towards and identifying with Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism, and creating the impression that this school represents most Buddhist worldwide. Not so. I happened to look up Buddhist temples in Louisville and discovered that they are all Tibetan-centric. C’est la vie.

One thing ironic that Ali, who is said to have arranged how this service was to conducted, may have overlooked. Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist have zero-experience dealing with Muslims! Not so if he turned to Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka. Just something to think about.


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Click to access the 4 minute YouTube video of the drum-embellished chanting. Most Buddhists would not recognize this as a standard Buddhist ritual.


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From my alltime favorite newspaper (so often referenced in this blog), the U.K. “Daily Mail”. The two Buddhists, Venerable Utsumi and Sister Denise appear as the last entry against the “Speakers” — ahead of the “Reading”.


Muhammad-Ali-ap_1468665cRelated Posts:
>> Google Footnote, June 10, for Ali.
>> Muhammad Ali “In His Own Words”.

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by Anura Guruge


Sorry But Also Glad That Hashim Amla Handed Over South African Captaincy To A.B. De Villiers.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashim_Amla. I had NO idea that he was Indian and a Muslim. I had assumed he was a Afrikaner!


I have watched all three South Africa v. England 2015 – 2016 Test Matches with great interest — and like Ian Botham was moved to tears when Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test century. During the 2rd Test I heard AB being mentioned a few times as the Captain. I thought that the commentators, not always sober, had just got it wrong. I try not to read cricket news BECAUSE I do not want to know the scores and results before I get a chance to watch the matches on Willow Cricket via Sling.

I have always liked Hashim Amla. Great cricket, wonderful personality, a good man. I had no idea he was a muslim and had issues as a result. During the Indian series I thought there was something wrong with him. Appears it was the burden of captaincy. I also had NO idea that AB had never been SA Test captain prior to this. I thought Amla took over from him.

Appears that everybody is happy. That is good. I am still in shock at the way SA collapsed during the 2nd innings of the 3rd Test. Do not expect that from SA.


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Darker Side Of Sri Lanka Buddhism, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) — The BBC.

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Related posts:
Θ Myanmar population control by Buddhists.
Θ All Buddhists should be ashamed re. Myanmar.
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Curb Buddhist extremists …                    Θ Curbing the Extremists

** Misconception of Buddhist prayer.

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

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Click here to access very good BBC original by Colombo-based Charles Haviland.


This extremist Buddhists muck-stirring, ably spurred on by unscrupulous hard-line Buddhist monks, this opportunistic yellow-robed reprobate, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara,  the chief culprit, have become totally out-of-control in Burma and Sri Lanka.

His statement, above, that “white people created all of the problems” is pure unadulterated TRIP. This is the ignorant Sri Lanka rhetoric ‘of late‘. I am NOT white, never have been and never will be. I was born brown in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Though I left Ceylon in 1967, a week ahead of my 14th birthday, I had already made up my mind that the “whites”, Europeans, had GOT us to where we were. My adoptive mother, as I have often stated, was an out-and-out Anglophile. I just assumed that my adoptive father, who did VERY well from the education he got under the British, felt the same way. It was only 20 years ago, when I was reading his first nonfiction book, that I found out that he claimed to be vehemently anti-British.

IF NOT for the whites there probably would be
no Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

IF NOT for the whites ‘we’ would all be (heaven forbid) circumcised, praying 5 times a day, observing Ramadan and a growing bloody beards! [Yes, of course, we have Muslims in Sri Lanka and as I pointed out in this post my adoptive father, who, at least on the surface, supported BBS, was best friends, inseparable, with a prominent Muslim, who he talked with, if not met, every day!] So don’t get this wrong. All I am saying is that Buddhists who spout this tripe about the whites forget that it was the British that made sure that the Buddhists remained a majority on the Island.

IF not for the whites we would not have had, in the mid-1900s, the health system, the education system, the transport system and governance that ENABLED the extremist Buddhists of today to have the platform they have.

I am NO LONGER a Buddhist either. No, I am NOT a Catholic either — despite being an avid papal historian who again is writing a book about popes now that my first book on orgasms is out.

I do NOT believe in any religion. I do not believe in life after death. Simple as that. So I have NO axe to grind.

It is JUST that, given the unprecedented exposure I had to Buddhism and Buddhist monks while growing up (because of my adoptive father’s involvement with the ‘movement’), I KNOW that Buddhism is not a religion of violence.

Buddhism should NOT have a Darker Side.
Simple as that.



This is my adoptive father, in 2014, a few months ahead of his death, endorsing Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara and the BBS. I only became aware of the YouTube video, when a relative forwarded the link, a couple of months after his death. He and I had not been close for decades. We were very different people with radically different views and values. I eschewed religion when I was 18 (and formed an inordinate fondness for white females). He was extremely religious and did not fully appreciate my preferences — though to be fair to him he never interfered or told me to change. And contrary to what many think, especially those in the family, he was actually rather PROUD that I was writing ‘scholarly’ books about popes! Despite his foibles there was one constant in his life. He was an academic to the core and appreciated academic pursuits — even if they were outside of his value-system. Plus, he had made a point of meeting with John Paul II multiple times — exploiting his credentials as an ambassador.

Four years prior to his death, when we were STILL on speaking terms, I asked him — verbally and via e-mail — to speak out about the extreme Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka and in particular the GARBAGE that they were trying to propagate that the Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. He admitted to me that HE KNEW that this was WRONG but he was unwilling to say so publicly. And that in a nutshell sums up why we could NOT get along and why I was never his son. I have to stand up and speak for or against the things I believe in and things that are important to me. Hence this post, hence this blog. Yes, I was never a diplomat or a politician.

Anywho … here is the video. In a way it cracked me up. It epitomized why we could not get along. Something else about this video that is spooky. Watch it. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara TOWERS over him as he speaks. It looks like an HOSTAGE video and some have commented on that aspect. I love some of the comments that have been posted on YouTube. Anywho, you make up your own mind. And PLEASE remember you cannot pick your parents and to make it worse I am adopted. [I am as it happens a Ceylon version of the “Other Son“.] But that is life.

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Click to access this hard to believe YouTube video — and PLEASE remember YOU can’t chose your parents (and I am adopted to boot).

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The comments that follow this video, by and large, reflect my feelings. When I first encountered this video it was the comments that sustained me. Click to ENLARGE and read.


NYC De Blasio Pizza ‘Forkgate’ Is Nothing Compared To Dilema Sri Lankans Face With Eating Rice & Curry.

New York’s new mayor Bill de Blasio struggling with a pizza. From ‘The New York Times’. Please click to access full coverage and story.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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A pretty representative picture (from 'supersana.com'). WE really eat with your fingers rather than your hands per se, though this is not always the case with Indians.

A pretty representative picture (from ‘supersana.com’). WE really eat with your fingers rather than your hands per se, though this is not always the case with Indians.


When I saw the ‘Forkgate‘ story on TV this morning my heart went out to poor De Blasio, because I too used to have this same dilemma, albeit not with pizza, but with rice and curry, especially when I was in my 30s and 40s.

Though I don’t eat it often, and haven’t eaten any rice in a year, I do like curry. I assume that that is kind of genetical. I grew up eating rice and curry and that kind of gets you in the groove. In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), at least in my day, everybody ate their rice and curry by hand — a rice & curry meal consisting of rice (invariably white), dahl (lentils of varying consistency and spiciness) and one or more meat, fish, potato or vegetable curry. You combined a bit of rice, a bit of dahl and one of more of the curries in your hand and then put that in your mouth. You only used your fingers and those of just your right hand. In Ceylon that is how you would remind people as to which was their right hand — the one they ate with.

fingerbowlsOK, for the purposes of full disclosure, I used to be fed, by hand, by my grandmother during most of the 13.9 years I lived in Ceylon — departing in August 1976, a week prior to my 14th birthday. No, I wasn’t anymore disabled or incapable as I am now. And it was not laziness by any means. It had to do with my Type AA++++ personality where I can’t even brush my teeth unless I am reading something. And reading, my lifelong vice, was the problem. We didn’t have TV in Ceylon when I was growing up. So, I used to read — non-stop, in both Sinhalese and English, from the time I was three. I read in the car, I read in the bathroom, I read in bed, I read everywhere. Just like now I was surrounded by books. And here was the problem with rice & curry. Given the need to combine the food it is not really possible to read and eat rice & curry, effectively, even if you use a spoon and fork. I basically, even at 13, would rather read than eat — though nobody would have ever accused me of being undernourished. That had to do with my grandmother. She took care of me ever since I was born. She had me on a super-rich diet, of eggs, butter, meat and fish. And because I had my face in a book or comic, she would sit and my side, for long periods of time, and put food in my mouth when I opened it. Now, this does not in any way mean that I was spoilt.

Well, after I left Ceylon there was nobody to feed me. So I had to fend for myself. Plus I didn’t eat rice & curry on a daily.

bohra-cuisine-thaalI enjoyed eating with my fingers. I could do it well. I used to make fun of Sri Lankans who didn’t eat with their fingers. When I was in my mid-20s and moved into marketing I started wearing my trademark french-cuffed white-shirts, cuff-links, colorful ties and ‘fancy’ suits on a daily basis. I still ate, at lunch, if I was at an Indian, with my fingers. In those days Indian restaurants served finger bowls, in varying degrees of fanciness, before and after your meal. I ate with my fingers in 5-star hotels in India and Sri Lanka. That what you did. Then I started, while visiting Paris, to sometimes use a spoon and fork. That used to bother me. I used to go back and forth. Used my fingers in the U.K., spoon and fork in Paris!

By the time I was in my mid-40s the matter was settled. I didn’t eat rice & curry that often, BUT when I did I didn’t use my fingers. A couple of years ago we were invited to a Sri Lankan house in Massachusetts for rice & curry and I did eat with my fingers just to prove that I could.

So, I feel for De Blasio.

Now some Indians, especially Southern Indians, eat with their hands. They move the rice & curry to their palm and even squeeze it. They will drink the liquid that comes out. That is messy. I have never done that.

Now just to make some of you cringe, I have also partaken in communal eating — with your fingers, from the same plate! As I have stressed in these posts, Ceylon, when I was growing up, was pleasantly multicultural. We would go to muslim weddings. Being asked to partake in communal eating is a sign of kinship. I was young. Never bothered me. I knew the folks and there were strict protocols. Not sure whether I could do it now. Deanna cringes even when I mention it …