- Anandasangaree’s Eye Sore
by Taboo Subjects (taboosubjects.wordpress.com)
Posted by Taboo on April 7, 2010
Post-war controversial Buddha statue in Trinco
This blog normally does not reproduce from other sources.
This is an exception. In the absence of any other media publicity, a
letter by V. Anandasangaree, President, Tamil United Liberation Front
(TULF) to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reproduced below fully with
only few format changes, but not content or language edits.
My interest is mainly on last few paragraphs where
Anandasangaree emphasises the folly of erecting Buddha statues in areas
of no Buddhist population.
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa,
President of Sri Lanka,
There are a lot of matters I wish to bring to your notice. I am so
sorry to say that Mahinda Chinthanaya had been polluted with the
Chinthanaya of many others to the extent of Mahinda Chinthanaya losing
its originality, with the end of the war, people expected many changes
to take place. But unfortunately for them, nothing happened to their
expectation. Their way of life has not changed. They did not see the
promised land of hope. But contrary to this they faced only
They claim that you promised to get them all what they lost. But they
hardly got anything. They lost all their possessions and many of their
dear ones. But so far the Government did not bother to take an inventory
of all what they possessed and lost. The Government has not yet
prepared a list of persons killed during the war the cause of death and
what they had left behind. Announcements were made at the IDP centers
asking everyone who had undergone training even for a day to surrender
with a promise that they all will be released, after inquiry. All of
them are detained for a long periods.
The parents who were promised immediate release of their children are
thoroughly disappointed that the Government had failed to keep its
promise. Some of those detained as LTTE cadre are the sole bread winner
of the family. Some had followed various courses in the university and
some other Educational Institutions. Some of them are only one child to
the parents. They are compelled to live in pigeon hole type to tents for
months. Some for more than a year. Many live like nomads and beggars
but they are shocked to see some persons in authority inviting heads of
many voluntary organizations and trustees of temples and giving away
large some of money.
Under what budgetary provision is done is what the people want to know. Can this happen under your Government?
What is the Development going on in the North although ministers and
officials come and go frequently? I hardly see anything worthy of
boasting. More than one hundred and fifty thousand houses are destroyed
in Vanni of which how many had been renovated? long ago I requested the
Government to pay a pittance to enable the IDPs to make small purchases
like salt onions etc.
Since no such allowance was paid, they had to sell some of the dry
provisions and as a result forego many meals. It is unfortunate that
this was not brought to your notice although some officials and
volunteers had been making a lot of money in various ways.
There is one more serious and very sensitive issue which I am sure
you are not aware of. The days in which religious beliefs were forced on
the people with the power of weapons, are no more. Let such things not
be repeated after a lapse of 200 years, in this country. Permit me to
bring to your notice the adverse comments I hear from various people at
various places and at various levels. The whole country is aware how
devoted I am to Buddhism. You are not unaware of this fact. I have lost
count of the number of visits; I paid Mahiangana, Nagadeepa and
Although I am Hindu I had paid homage of Lord Buddha’s sacred Tooth
Relics several times. I got the blessings of the Mahanayakas off and on.
Therefore I have a moral duty to point out to you what the people here
think and talk about. They are not anti Buddhist. They take pride in
saying that Sangamitta theri landed with the sacred Bo-sapling in
Kankesanthurai in Jaffna. What they are now talking about is the manner
in which Buddhism is forced them in an area under military control,
where people will not dare to talk. I had said more than once that on
the humanitarian side, their contribution is wonderful. I have seen it
myself during my rounds in Jaffna. People are very appreciate of the
conduct of the army but seen to be objecting seriously, the manner which
Buddhism is propagated in the North. Let the Government leave it to the
clergy to propagate Buddhism and not to the forces.
The way it’s done will boomerang on government and will certainly not
have the desired effect. On the contrary if the Government had decided
to propagate Buddhism compulsorily, I do not think that such step
advisable. Placing Lord Buddha’s statues at places where hardly one
Buddhist lives one will consider it as an insult to Lord Buddha and his
preaching’s furthermore this will give opportunities for chauvinist
elements to create unnecessary problems. The people are not in a mood
now to say for or against it openly, But the General feeling is that the
hard won freedom will soon end up in another form of dictatorship. This
may be the work of some innocent persons or person without any
malicious intentions. If your Excellency do not step in at this stage
and advise the concerned parties to stop forthwith any action taken to
disgrace Lord Buddha at a time there is no peace in this part if the
country, and that anything unusual should wait till normalcy is restored
I the country, the country’s further will be bleak.
Tamil United Liberation Front
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21 Responses to “Anandasangaree’s eye sore | ආනන්දසංගරීට ඇස් රුදාවක් වූ බුදු පිළිම”
April 7, 2010 at 7:39 am
I can’t figure out the point Mr Sangaree is trying to make. is it
erecting Buddha’s statues or keeping the Tamils under the thumb of SL
forces that has mattered to him? in my view, the former is only a
consequence of the latter.
April 7, 2010 at 7:42 am
and I think the heading “Anandasangaree’s eye sore” gives kinda wrong assessment to the problem.
April 7, 2010 at 9:02 am
“Placing Lord Buddha’s statues at places where hardly one Buddhist
lives one will consider it as an insult to Lord Buddha and his
But… dont Christians purposely build their prayer centres in areas
hardly where any Christians live in order to engage in evangelisation?
Are they all an insult to Christ’s teachings? It is happening all over
Sri Lanka and has been for a very long time. Christian prayer centres
are mushrooming in virtually 100% Buddhist (and Hindu) villages. And
wherever there are a few Muslims, a mosque will be built, followed by a
madrassah. So why shouldn’t Buddhists follow their cue and build Buddha
statues in areas where there are no Buddhists. In this case, there are
many Buddhist soldiers…why shouldn’t they be denied the right to worship
in a Buddhist temple? If Christians can do it why cant the Buddhists?
Isn’t it freedom of religion? Christians say that Jesus Christ commanded
them to go out and share the gospel…. the Buddha asked his disciples to
do exactly the same thing with the dhamma.
April 7, 2010 at 11:07 am
I beg to differ. I am yet to see a Buddha statue at road side being
worshipped by soldiers or any other. Aukana replication in front of
BMICH, Buddha statue at Viharamahadevi park, Buddha statue at Thunmulla,
Buddha statue at Panadura…etc. Do you see even a single lamp or flower
in front of them?
April 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm
So Achala, do you want buddists to react in the same manner as
Christians and Muslims? You seem to have a good vision of buddhism.
April 8, 2010 at 5:34 am
Where will your thinking lead to? You dont talk abour controlling malicious work of Christians, Muslims.
Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism has always started as a defensive one
rather than an offensive one – After being subjected to offensive
attitude and work of the minorities who abuse the liberelism and
tollerence of Sinhalese.
There may be few ad hoc cases here and there contrary to this scenario, but this is the larger picture of the issue.
April 8, 2010 at 7:54 am
Yes Isurujosh, Buddhists should take up exactly what the Christians
are doing. Because Christians do not listen to pleas for their
aggressive evangelisation to stop. Christians go out of their way to
“plant churches” and “harvest souls” for their religion. They consider
it as their god-given right. It is the actual policy of Christian
evangelisation groups to build churches and prayer centres in
non-Christian villages and gain converts. Not only in Sri Lanka, but in
all the other countries where they are active. So why shouldn’t
Buddhists “plant temples/Buddha statues” and “turn people to the Dhamma”
along the same lines? The Buddha very specifically asked his disciples
to spread the Dhamma. If it is “freedom of religion” for Christians to
build their churches and prayer centres in areas where there are no
Christians, then the Buddhists should have the same right to build
Buddhist temples and statues in areas where there are no Buddhists.
April 8, 2010 at 8:14 am
The fact is while Gautama requested his disciples to spread Dhamma,
he never asked to built his statues. When asked for an object to be
worshipped in his absence he selected a (Bo) tree. The first Buddha
statues appeared nearly four centuries after Gautama’s demise.
April 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm
This is true. But when did Jesus ask his disciples to build status
of Christ, Mary and all the saints? When did Jesus ask his disciples to
build prayer centres and churches? When did Jesus ask for priests and
the pope? The fact is that religions change over time and adapt new
practices. You are right about Buddha statues though, they are a later
invention…. but now Buddha statues are very typical of Buddhism. It is
an icon in and of itself in much of the world, including the west. Each
of the Asian countries where Buddhism has had a strong influence have
their own versions of the Buddha statue. For example, Japanese and
Chinese Buddha statues are different to Sri Lankan Buddha statues. Thai
Buddha statues are similar to Sri Lankan Buddha statues but still
different. The Indonesian ones at Borobodur are also another in a unique
style. The Afghanis have some of the nicest style of Buddha statues in
my opinon – influeced by the Greeks.
April 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm
I travel Europe quite frequently. I can assure you that a vast
majority of Christians here don’t give a rat’s ass for their religion.
It’s only a handful in Europe and quite a few in America who are
offensive in spreading their religion. So let us not generalise
Christians. I don’t have a problem with erecting the said Buddha statue
over there but I have a problem with Achala’s attitude of “tit-for-tat”.
We Buddhists are not that. Let’s just say that I only disliked Achala’s
attitude and approach of justifying.
April 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Kalana Mithuru Dhamma said
Mr Sangaree has made the statement by just considering his personal
view . Only the real Theravada Buddhist knows the REASONS and the EFFECT
off constructing such a great statue . I think this is not the forum to
explain those things. A ” Buddhist statue ” is symbolize and reminds
lord Buddha and his greatness .
Saudi has all Mosques around the country !
India has the Hindu Temples!
Why not a country where there are 70 % Buddhists , have the right to have Buddhist temples and statues ?
April 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm
It is very much easier to build a statue to remind ourselves of
Buddhism and propagate “feel good Buddhism” than to understand and
follow 5 precepts of Buddhism. Or is it a question of these 5 precepts
being percepts? Same question rises when reading your last post “Do good
Buddhists eat more meat.”
April 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm
දෙමළ සහෝ ල බුදු පිලිම දැකලා මොකට කලබල වෙනවද?
20% ක් විතර වෙන දෙමළ සහෝ ල වෙනුවෙන්, දෙමළ රාජ්ය භාෂාවක් කරලා, දෙමළ
සහෝ ල නැති දකුනෙත් බෝඩ් දෙමළෙන් බෝඩ් ගහලා තියෙන්නෙ. (එහෙම නැත්තං, ඒකත්
අඩුවක් කියලා මැරෙන්න හදන අයත් ඉන්නවා නෙ). ඉතින් 70% අදහන, රාජ්ය
අනුග්රහය ලැබෙන ආගමේ පිළිම දැක්කම කලබල වෙන්න නරකයි.
April 8, 2010 at 1:22 am
This letter is too long and confusing. What does he ( AS)
Ananda-Sangaree want. Does Mahinda Care for Ananda -Sangaree- He
defeted Prabhakaran. He fears No one. I cannot understand who is wrong
here. Letter too long to read.
( please read official letters of PM Vincent Churchill – who once
said ). British would contemplate forming an allegiance with the Devil
himself – if Hitler invades HELL. ) in his grand grim voice.
My Grand mother once told me ( died 92 years). When you are small and
young you get blamed for doing wrong. and as and when you grow up you
normally get blamed for doing right and being impartial -doing the
correct thing. ( I now believe her)
April 8, 2010 at 3:58 am
අනේ බොස්, ගෑනු හෙළුවෙන් නටන පිහිනුම් තටාක ගාව බුදු පිළිම
හදන්ඩ හොඳ නම් ඔය පාරක් අයිනෙ හැදුවට මොකෝ? මොකද කපුටන්ට පරෙයියන්ට බෙටි
දාන්ඩ ඔනෑ උනහම ඒකටත් තැනක් තියෙන්ඩ එපායැ! උනුත් ආස ඇතිනෙවැ බුදුන්ගෙ
ඔළුවට බෙට්ටක් දෙකක් දාන්ඩ.
ඒකොන් වත් කිව්වෙ නෑනෙ මෙච්චර ක්රිස්තියානි රටේ බුදු පිළිම හදන්ඩ එපා කියල. තමුසෙට මොකද ඔච්චර ඒ ගැන රුදාවක්?
April 8, 2010 at 7:26 am
අනෙ ආය්බොවන්, මෙ ආනන්ඩ සනගරියා ඉස්සර දිගටම ‘තාම්බි’ කිය කියා ප්රාබාකරන් ගොයියට ලියුම් ලිව්වා.
දැන් මහින්ද අප්පුට ලියන්ට පටන් අරන් නොවැ!
April 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm
Kalana Mithuru Dhamma said
Thank you Taboo.
All Buddhists will listen to your comment and will stop making Statues again . How hilarious you are ?
Please do not try to neglect our culture . Keep your finger tips to type the “good ”
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Mr. Anandasangaree spoke his mind and that is his right. But I
haven’t read in the part of letter that you have depicted as Mr.
Anandasangaree saying what you are suggesting (the Buddha statue) is an eye sore.
Fedrica, I think you thrive from the game.
Buddhism can not be propagated like other religions as it cannot be
forced upon on a person. A person can embrace Buddhism only if that
person finds it logical. There is concept in Buddhism that nothing
should be forced against a person . This is in contradistinction to
other religions, which are forced upon the people.
If not embraced other religions teach them to resort to violence upon
that person. . That’s why Buddhism which once extended up to Greek has
been erased today and still being hated as it preaches non violence and
the truth. Buddhists cannot reciprocate unlike other religions it does
not advocate concepts like Holy War.
Mr. Paul Smith: You are telling us something that we have been saying all along.
True; as you say, no coercions, persecutions or fanaticisms play any
part in Buddhism. Throughout its peaceful march of 2550 years no drop of
blood has been shed in the name of Buddha, no mighty monarch has
welded his sward to propagate Dhamma, and no conversions has been made
either by force or repulsive methods.
Leave out Mr. Anandasangre, this Buddha statue where ever it is; is sure to be an eye sore
for the writer of this write-up. I cannot understand how a statue could
force people to convert. If a Buddha statue is an eyesore where there
are no Buddhists I wouldn’t be surprised if one would suggest we have to
remove them from Beruwala and Wellawatta as well. Not to mention they
would want us to demolish all those Buddhist artefacts found in the
North and East as Taliban did.
Instead of saying things in a roundabout way; “religious beliefs were
forced on the people with the power of weapons.” Mr. Anandasangre
should come up with the names, addresses etc of those that were
converted forcefully to prove his allegations. I am sure the President
will see to it then for we do not condone such acts.
Mr. Smith; evangelists of Christian ecumenical church based in the US
have been barging in to our totally Buddhist village hamlets and sought
to convert them by Bribe. They have been turning our society upside
down for last so many years with their octopus like networks. Their
connections with NGOs are like a hand in a glove. Yet, all this time we
Buddhists stayed put like deaf and blinds because wrong leaders were at
Hidden agendas and the motives of these NGOs can be seen from their
activities. Their infiltration to national political parties is so acute
that even the leaderships had been fallen prey. They not only guided
the political parties to change the political landscape, but also
attempt to change the whole culture of this country: They have just one
desire; that is to put Christianity at the helm.
I’ll give you one example: For a long time, evangelists have been
scheming to demean centuries old Sinhala Buddhist’s culture and customs.
One such deed was to disrupt the world famous ‘Dalada Perahara’. A few
years back, unexpectedly, a local evangelist clique had turned to be a
kind of animal lovers. They started to pay an overly attention for the
cruelty to elephants. Soon enough, the cat got out of the bag. Their
real concern had been the elephants that parade in the ‘Dalada
Perahara’. They were naive enough to classify blissful parading of
splendidly dressed cheerful elephants that longed to carry a casket of
relic at its back as an act of cruelty.
Just to point out their hypocrisy I like to refer to a worse proceed
than the worst elephant parade. In Spanish bullfights, a butcher called
‘matador’ batter an innocent animal cold-bloodedly, as if he knew not of
remorse. To the cheers of the crowd, the matador or the butcher to be
merrily provokes a confined bull by deluding it with a red cloth and
repeatedly pricking it with a spear. Thereafter, exhausted and
defenceless bull is stabbed bit by bit with his spike. In order to
entertain the crowd, the matador prolonged the killing a long drawn one
but to eat its flesh merrily at the end. All that merciless killing is
done to entertain an evil congregation of a Christian crowd.
I think you have hooked on to the situation.But the Global situation
is much worse.What you are seeng, is the tip of the Ice Berg. I would be
priviledged if you could write to more about this to my E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
all countries which practice so called this buddhism are flooding
in blood bath then and now…vietnam..cambodia. laos…now
thailand..myanmar…sri lanka..something wrong with this so called
if emperor Asoka live to day he wil commit sucide for sending his
son and daughter to promote this so called buddhism to sinhalease..in
sri lanka…is this religion exist in sinhala sri lankan
areas…???..rememmber 1983 july ..masscare of tamils many foreign press
titled this event as..sunday sil..monday kill…