by Anura Guruge
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It just cracked me up (and then reminded me of the agonized hand wringing that took place 56 years ago).
“… his assassination by a Buddhist robe wearer in 1959”.
A “Buddhist robe wearer”?
The assassin was a well known, relatively senior Buddhist MONK.
That was why he was a “Buddhist robe wearer”. He wore Buddhist robes BECAUSE he was a genuine Buddhist monk.
Say it. To obfuscate with words like that is just silly and sad.
Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike was shot and killed by a Buddhist monk. Period.
The Wikipedia entry for S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike goes onto say, quite clearly, that the assassin was a Buddhist monk. So why the “Buddhist robe wearer” nonsense?
The Wikipedia entry for Talduwe Somarama, in addition, even calls him ‘thero‘ — which means a Buddhist monk!
So this is all rather silly and makes the Sri Lankan Buddhist look quite immature.
I remember Mr. Bandaranaike assassination, though I was but 6. I remember the funeral. I followed the trial of Somarama with great interest. I wanted him hanged. He had killed my Prime Minister. Given the circles I traveled in those days, I knew at least two people who visited with Somarama in prison. I remember grilling them about their visit, what they saw, what he had to say etc. I also remembered that he gave up his robes before he was hanged. That was a BIG deal. They didn’t want to hand a Buddhist priest. I also used to know the chief hangman — at the time! Yea. I moved in a rather interesting circle. Not many people we didn’t know. I had FORGOTTEN that they said that he had become a Christian two days BEFORE he was hung. That was Ceylon. Not much has changed when it comes to stuff like this. Talk about … FUNNY.