'NP, JHU blast President on schools? crisis

  • 12 Apr 2005 21:33:46 GMT

    C`mmon UNP, This malpractices did not happen when the UNP was in power? and when did you all start loving the Buddhist intersts?

    The JHU, the UNP the Executive and the JVP are effectively filling the void left by the `Vinoda Samaya` artists, Annesley Dias, Samuel Rodriogo and Bertie Gunatillake .......

  • 13 Apr 2005 01:15:35 GMT

    Hi man.....

    Please read the article carefully. It says you can`t sack any body with the inquirey held by a politically motivated organization. It should be done by the court or an independent commision. There is a legal ways to punish currupted people. Not by a politically motivated unit. If you need to sack you may have to punish all pricipals.

    Actually speaking government don`t need to provide school busses when all obay the 1km rule.

  • 13 Apr 2005 03:05:10 GMT

    Sobhita does not understand that we the majority needs to be an example for the rest. Sinhalese Buddhists schools should open the doors to other communities that will unite the youth who are now isolated from each other. This is a very good example of Sinhalese Buddhists hypocrisy. CBK was very right raising the issue at Visakha Vidyalaya prize giving. This idiot Sobhita does not know how many Buddhists children are studying at St. Bridget`s convent. There are Hindus,Muslims and Buddhists studying in Schools like Bishop`s college too. Why should Sinhalese Buddhists should go to Zahira college when there are better Sinhalese schools. If we make an example they will also do. It is Racists like Sobhita who betrayed Buddhism. It is better a school to be secular for the sake of the unity of the country not segregated. Being a product of a Prestigious Buddhists school I take my hat off to Royal college in this issue being secular.

  • 13 Apr 2005 11:39:28 GMT

    Dear Magha,

    I agree with you completely. It is the duty of the majority community to set an example so that the minorities will open up and feel more secure. However, the majority community in Sri Lanka, fuelled by so-called representatives, is behaving as if it is the minority community and its very existence is being threatened. People like Sobitha should be disrobed for the shame they are bringing to Buddhism internationally. On numerous occasions, when reading the international press reports, I am ashamed by the fact that so many reports have resorted to refer to our Buddhist clergy as `militant`! This is not something we should be going out and protesting about!What we must ask if why have we created such a situation so as to enable others to label our so-called spiritual leaders as militant? This should be the same in the school crisis. Instead of people going on demonstrations and accusing the govt. of having an anti-Buddhist policy, it should be asking, for a majority Buddhist-led govt, for it to have found fault with Buddhist schools, there is something innately wrong and that wrong we must change - not defend it! All schools should and must be secular and for that we need to enact `Equal Opportunities` legislation, which the same Sobitha opposed and infact used it as an example to prove his point that the govt is Anti-Buddhist! To think that a buddhist monk is openly oppossing Equal Opportunities legislation which would give children and others opportunities to enter schools, universities and work places in disregard of the religious or racial background, is a disgrace on the Buddha himself, who vehemently believed in principles of equality and equal opportunities. Monks like Sobitha should be disrobed and told to leave the order by the higher Councils so that the image of Buddhism is no further tarnished. In fact, this was never an issue about Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or Hindu Schools in the first place! This was about exposing and reeking out corruption from the school admission process! How finely have our political and religious leaders managed to turn this into a religious conflict so that it would trigger the sensitivities of people and make this allegation of corruption in just TWO SCHOOLS of Sri Lanka into a national debate and crisis! What shame!

    Hoping for a better, secular Sri Lanka.

  • 13 Apr 2005 11:50:55 GMT

    Dear Magha,

    I agree with you completely. It is the duty of the majority community to set an example so that the minorities will open up and feel more secure. However, the majority community in Sri Lanka, fuelled by so-called representatives, is behaving as if it is the minority community and its very existence is being threatened. People like Sobitha should be disrobed for the shame they are bringing to Buddhism internationally. On numerous occasions, when reading the international press reports, I am ashamed by the fact that so many reports have resorted to refer to our Buddhist clergy as `militant`! This is not something we should be going out and protesting about!What we must ask if why have we created such a situation so as to enable others to label our so-called spiritual leaders as militant? This should be the same in the school crisis. Instead of people going on demonstrations and accusing the govt. of having an anti-Buddhist policy, it should be asking, for a majority Buddhist-led govt, for it to have found fault with Buddhist schools, there is something innately wrong and that wrong we must change - not defend it! All schools should and must be secular and for that we need to enact `Equal Opportunities` legislation, which the same Sobitha opposed and infact used it as an example to prove his point that the govt is Anti-Buddhist! To think that a buddhist monk is openly oppossing Equal Opportunities legislation which would give children and others opportunities to enter schools, universities and work places in disregard of the religious or racial background, is a disgrace on the Buddha himself, who vehemently believed in principles of equality and equal opportunities. Monks like Sobitha should be disrobed and told to leave the order by the higher Councils so that the image of Buddhism is no further tarnished. In fact, this was never an issue about Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or Hindu Schools in the first place! This was about exposing and reeking out corruption from the school admission process! How finely have our political and religious leaders managed to turn this into a religious conflict so that it would trigger the sensitivities of people and make this allegation of corruption in just TWO SCHOOLS of Sri Lanka into a national debate and crisis! What shame!

    Hoping for a better, secular Sri Lanka.

  • 13 Apr 2005 13:02:19 GMT

    arith_spice,

    Very well said. I could not have better expressed as you did .