Tension in Trincomalee
As a Buddhist I find it very sad to see Tamil people throwing grenades
at a Buddha statue and killing Sinhalese businessmen for not shutting
their shops. The Buddha statue stands for peace and harmony, not violence
and bloodshed. I wonder what the Tamil sage Thiruvalluvar would say
about this mindless violence aimed at the representation of the Buddha.
Without meaning to be rude at all, I have to ask whether this is
what the great 5000 year old Tamil culture has produced today. Previously,
many Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka were destroyed by South Indian armies
and Buddhist monks and nuns were killed and chased away. Is the Chola
mentality taking over again? I really do hope not, because a conflict
between Buddhists and Hindus - brothers in arms - is not what Sri
Lanka needs at this moment.
It is high time that the Tamil community take a good hard look at
the forces of fundamentalism that have taken root and are threatening
to take it into the abyss. These forces are trying to drive a wedge
between the Buddhists and Hindus and create a religious conflict that
never existed before.
When Sri Lankan Buddhists worship at Hindu Kovils, pray to Hindu
Gods and keep pictures of Hindu Gods in their homes and vehicles for
protection, it is really disturbing to see certain people attacking
the Buddha statue in Trincomalee.
How petty and pointless can these demonstrations get?
Already an innocent person has lost his life over this hatred against
the Buddha. It is my fervant wish that the mindless people attacking
Buddhists and Buddha statues will at least take a break from their
anger and delusion and start spreading some love for a change.