Sunday, October 28, 2012
The total extinction of Buddhism in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Maldives confining only to some scatted ruins of which too is subjected to daily vandalism is soon going to be the fate in Bangladesh too. These remnants of Buddhist heritage in those countries, once flourishing with icons from Bamiyan Budhdha to the Taxila University, now only has economic values to attract foreign tourists to support the respective countries' economies. Burning down of scores of Buddhist temples in Bangladesh recently is a simple indication of what is in store for Buddhism in Bangladesh. The followers of Buddhism in the country are constantly being subjected to the intimidation and persecution. Forceful conversion of Buddhists to Islam has been a daily occurrence in the country. The persecution carried out in India against the Buddhism by Muslim invaders and the rulers are second to none. What remains in Malaysia as Buddhism is due to the Chinese community who are Buddhists.
So no entity, a fellow religion or a non-Muslim state, has ever in its history been so destructive against Buddhists than Muslims. Why have Muslims become the biggest persecutors of Buddhism in its entire history? The ever compassionate teachings of Buddha have made the Buddhists to be less resistant and to be tolerant towards the persecutors irrespective of how grave the damage caused to their religion and the followers. This is a perfect opportunity for the religious zealots like Muslims who are hell bent to vanquish even a sign of another belief other than Islam who they consider as infidels.
Situation in Sri Lanka
Will Buddhism and Buddhist heritage in Sri Lanka too face similar fate? Judging the extent of persecution subjected to the Buddhist heritage in particular and the Buddhists in general in Sri Lanka by Muslim population explosion and the fundamentalism, my doomsday prophesy looks like real. Muslims have got a bizarre desire to build Mosques by demolishing Buddhist temples or grabbing lands belonging to Buddhist temple premises. If they are unable to do either of them, a Mosque is built right in front or next to the temple or within a land belonging to the Temple which is followed by the whole area being populated by Muslims resulting in the temple being abandoned with no followers living in the vicinity. In order to achieve their targets, Muslims resort to employ any dirty work from bribing the politicians to grabbing the lands by illegal means. The latest addition to this array of mischievous methods has been in claiming a fabricated history of Muslims extending some "thousand years" in the country. If it happens to be an ancient Buddhist temple or temple complexes which were demolished to build a Mosque on it, a fabricated history of Muslims in the country is quoted while claiming a Mullah happened to have buried in the site a "thousand years" back. The latest and the prominent examples of them being what happened to Kuragala and King Dutugamunu's tomb. So Muslim's population explosion and the fundamentalism unleashed to turn our blessed land too to be mono-religious, mono-ethnic Islamic state are well on course with future obstructions to its path being met with bloody jihads as has constantly been vowed by the Muslim fundamentalists here including Muslim politicians.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
(1) Bulldozing and destruction of Muhudu Maha Viharaya (Eastern Province)
(2) Destruction of an ancient Dagaba in Akkaraipattu (Eastern Province)
(3) Illegal Mosque built in the Dambulla Sacred Area (Central Province)
(4) Destruction and converting vast complex of Buddhist monasteries in Kuragala into a series of Mosques (Sabaragamuwa Province)
(5) Destruction of Senavirart Pirivena in Anuradhapura (North Central Province)
(6) Destruction of Devangala Viharaya (Eastern Province)
(7) Building a mosque on the tomb of the king Dutu Gamunu (North Central Province)
(8) Destruction and land grabbing of Dakshina Maha Viharaya of Deegavapi temple complex in Ampara (Eastern Province)
These incidents are reported in the Eastern Part of the country in particular and other parts of the country in general. The population explosion of the Muslim community is clearly one of the obvious reasons for this situation. As the recently concluded census report says the Muslim community's population increase is 04 times bigger than other communities in the country. As it is known to everyone this population explosion is aimed at achieving an extremely chauvinist intention: becoming the predominant community in the country as shortest period of time as possible. One of the other reasons for this situation has been ever increasing fundamentalism among the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.
The funniest part of this state of affairs has been when something degrading to Islam is reported in any part of the globe local Muslims come to the streets in en masse in protest while they are merrily engaged in persecuting any type of crime to other religions of the country, especially Buddhism making use of tolerant and accommodative attitudes of its followers.
This extremely intolerant and destructive path of the Muslims will many folds increase in the coming years as there is neither a halt to the Muslims' population expansion nor is even a distant possibility of Muslim fundamentalism being eliminated. It seems that the fate befell on the Buddhist populations and heritage in present day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, the Maldives and some parts of India would be inevitable to Sri Lanka's too.