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Monk sets ablaze Hindu temple as Maithiripala proclaims ‘Buddhist Sri Lanka’ at UN

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 September 2016, 23:01 GMT]
A Sinhala Buddhist monk from the so-called ‘Pashana Pabbatha Rajamaha viharaya’, which has been put up with a Sinhala name in the occupied Tamil village of Kalladi in the Eastern province by occupying Colombo after 2009, set ablaze the building of a Madam (mutt) of Malai-neeli-Amman temple (the dark goddess of the hill) on Tuesday. It happened within a week after the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena addressed the UN General Assembly in New York claiming the island as a Buddhist country. Eechchilam-patttai (Verukal) is the south most coastal Tamil division in the Trincomalee district bordering Batticaloa and was under the de-facto Tamil Eelam civil administration during the times of the LTTE. The division is now facing Sinhala-Buddhist occupation from Seruvila and Welikanda. Sirisena's ‘Mahaweli’ ministry is spearheading the structural genocide in the area.

“Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, where Theravada Buddhism is practiced,” claimed SL President Maithiripala Sirisena in his address to the UN on Wednesday last week.

Mr Maithiripala, groomed by Washington and New Delhi, further denounced the democratically mandated aspiration of Eelam Tamils by stating: “Sri Lanka, being a free, independent and a sovereign nation with territorial integrity, like all other nations that have gathered here today, will find its own recipe for the reconciliation process and necessary transformation and reform respecting the indigenous thinking.”

The Tamil villagers at Kalladi again witnessed the ‘indigenous’ thinking on Tuesday as they spotted a monk in saffron entering his vihara after setting fire to the mutt of the Hindu deity at Malai-neeli-amman temple.

Colombo's Archaeology Department, Sinhala military and Buddhist monks launched a big scale occupation programme of Sinhala-Buddhicisation of the area in 2013. The monks started to claim that there was a ‘Sinhala settlement two thousand years ago’ wrongly citing the ancient inscriptions found in the rocks.

In 2014, Sinhala extremist monks went to the extent of threatening the pre-school children at Kalladi.

When the LTTE was controlling the territory, it had built a communication tower at the top of the hillock there for its broadcasting services that were covering parts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts.

When the Sinhala military captured it in 2007, it destroyed all the facilities and installed a Buddha statue there.

The hill has an ancient temple with a statue of the Mother Godess Kaa’li that is called Neeli-Amman, and also called Malai-Neeli-Amman, as it is in the hill.

Worshipping Mother Goddess in the name of Neeli Amman is a folk cult of much antiquity among Tamils and it is found throughout the country of Eezham Tamils.

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The nation of Eezham Tamils faces the onslaught of both Hindutva New Delhi and genocidal Buddhist Colombo. The US and the West have set a religious paradigm of imperialist exploits that leads Muslims and Christians into the fray of religious conflicts. The so-called Marxists for their own survival harp on the ‘integrity’ of genocidal States. The Dravidian movement is busy in worshipping the Mammon god. The casualty is the elements of secularism evolved by Tamil civilization over 2000 years, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

All the world powers are engaged in a dangerous experiment of appeasing the Sinhala Theravada Buddhist State of genocidal inclinations against secularism the Tamils were culturally reviving and evolving in the region, proven by the Dravidian ideology of at least a century. The line taken by the powers and endorsed by opportunistic articulators including the so-called Marxists, is not auguring well for the region; for entire humanity and ultimately for the international culprits of humanity also, the activists further said.


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