Anti-Buddhist Sri Lankan Government attempt to ban Vesak pandals echoes Vietnam under Nieg Diem & US foreign policy

By Shenali D Waduge On 30 March 2018 the Daily Mirror carried a caption No pandals on Vesak, Poson Poya days” declared by the Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera. The reaction was immediate & quite rightly the majority Buddhists saw it as an act of an appeasing Government adopting an anti-Buddhist policy for its own political … Read more

Illegality of Rohingya asylum seekers smuggled to Sri Lanka: UNHCR can hire an island in Maldives and keep them!

By Shenali Waduge There are several issues that need to be dealt with within the legal framework and devoid emotional ties. Firstly, no person can enter a country illegally. Anyone entering a country must have valid identity, valid passport and valid visa approvals. Sri Lanka is not a party to the 1951 Refugee. Convention or … Read more

We Stand in Solidarity with Myanmar – Buddhist International

Myanmar has taken centre-stage of world news. The issue of Rohingyas is nothing that mainstream media or diplomatic demarches can solve. It has a history and the version of the Myanmar Government and people cannot be ignored. Central to the issue is the fact that among the Rohingya populace are groups of armed militants which … Read more

Asia must support Myanmar in rejecting UN & Western neo-colonial agenda using hired jihadists

The decision of the Myanmar Government must be applauded and supported by the entire Asian continent inclusive of the Muslim populace. Following colonial rule territories that belonged to indigenous people were taken over, plundered and divided and rechristened as ‘nations’ by the white Christian West. Now using slogans of ‘humanitarian’ ‘righteous’ democracy they are redrawing those … Read more

The Buddhist world must stand with Buddhist Myanmar in its hour of need

If the people of the West can demonstrate and protest against immigrants, the people of Myanmar have every right to voice their objections against a wave of incursions taking place. Myanmar is just one of the many countries plagued with problems that colonial British manufactured during their rule. What cannot be ignored is the forced … Read more

Amplified sounds of Azan disrupt proceedings at Maha Bodhi Temple and cause tension at Buddha Gaya

Reciprocity is the hallmark of any relationship. No peaceful co-existence can be sustained if incursions are taking place affecting the sensitivities of the majority populace of a country. The magnanimity of wanting peaceful coexistence has attendant obligations in removing that which are stumbling blocks to peace. Buddhists in Sri Lanka welcome peaceful co-existence between adherents … Read more

Buddhist International view on UNDV 2017 Colombo

Despite the fact that intellectuals, organizations and activists have become mere, inactive spectators of so-called UNDV 2017 Colombo celebrations, we the Buddhist International could at least organize a press conference in Colombo, to unveil certain bitter truths about it. Buddhist International strongly believes the present nature of UNDV is yet another showboat gathering, instead of … Read more