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Plans are afoot to remove dogs and dump them in the sea – Champa Fernando

“While all this misery on humans and dogs is being unfolded, plans are afoot to remove dogs on a large scale from Colombo and perhaps dump them in the sea!! Please, let the compassionate public be alert to any such action.So much for the daily chanting of “May all living beings be well” in this so called Buddhist country, with the most Un-Buddhistic goings on!! And, so much for the highly publicized promise made by Minister Faiszer Musthapha that NO dog will be removed without intimating the Advisory Committee he appointed on Animal Welfare! He screamed hoarse that NO DOG will be Killed! While allegedly the sedated dogs will be dumped in the sea.”


Plans are afoot to remove dogs and dump them in the sea – Champa Fernando

Hot on the heels of the Vice Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenepura University( http://www.sjp.ac.lk/ ) Prof. Sampath Amaratunge paying Rs. 350,000/- of public money to a pest control company named Ultrakleen/Ultrakil to do the disappearing act on some 30 odd sterilized rabies vaccinated dogs on April 8 and 9, a 40-foot rubbish heap of the Meethotamulla rubbish dump in the Capital City of Colombo crumbles on 200 odd homes in that area burying hundreds of human beings alive under the stinking and slimy rubbish on the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day. Continue reading Plans are afoot to remove dogs and dump them in the sea – Champa Fernando

The Origins and Institutionalisation Of Political Violence (Part 2)- Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere

“This is certainly not the case: most middle-class people, as well as ordinary villagers whom I know have a strong Sinhalese – Buddhist identity, But they did not engage in violence against Tamils and were for the most part shocked by the brutality and suddenness of these events. It is true that some connived in acts of violence, but others gave Tamil refugees shelter in their homes at great personal risk. They were not without a profound ambivalence, but this was not a mass movement of the Sinhalese people against the Tamils. If this were so, one would have to give up any hope for the future not just of the Tamils, who could flee to the north and east of the island or to South India, but for the Buddhists entrapped in their own violence. What a fate for a nation subscribing to a religion of non-violence!”

This essay by Gananath obeyesekere that appeared in Sri Lanka in Change and Crisis(Ed.James Manor, 1984) is a close investigation into post 1977 political realities, the implications of which have much to do with present impasse that Sri Lankan society seems to be in. The concluding part continues here. Continue reading The Origins and Institutionalisation Of Political Violence (Part 2)- Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere