J’pura hostel sub-warden assaulted
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The sub warden of the Sri Jayawardenapura university hostel for Buddhist monk students has been admitted to the Kalubowila hospital after he was assaulted by a group of students. He was allegedly attacked by a group of Buddhist monk students of the hostel.
Vice Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Dr. N. L. A. Karunaratne expressed that they had often received complains from nearby residents regarding the boisterous behavior of the monk students residing at the hostel.
The sub warden was assaulted when he along with other officials had visited the hostel yesterday (24 October) in order to warn the Buddhist monk students and to advise them, the Vice Chancellor said.
Courtesy: Ada Derana
These so-called student Buddhist monks have brought shame and disgrace on Buddhism. Do we need to go on funding such student Buddhist monks through University education? Who will respect them? It is better for them to be stripped of their robes and thrown out now before they bring futher disgrace to our Noble Buddhist religion. I am sure Lord Buddha would have approved such action had student Buddhist monks in the Buddhist universities in India in early centuries behaved in unruly and disgraceful manner with no vinaya. I suppose DC would say, “Hey man, this is a Sinhalese Buddhist cultural thing. Let the student Buddhist monks enjoy their ragging and vulgar behaviour as the fancy. Respect their human rights”.
Dear Mr Nicholas,
These guys are not “so-called student Buddhist monks”; they are “student Buddhist monks”.
As you say, it is indeed a cultural thing.
In the 1960’s when I was ruding my bike to school in Yalpanam, a sihala police officer waved me to stop. The paint on the registration plate issued by the council had peeled off; the embeddedd information however was readable.
The sinhala police officer kicked me on my buttocks with his booted leg and I fell on the ground. He place his booted foot on my chest and advised me to obtain a new licence plate before the end of the day.
On that day, I became a tamil nationalist!
I denounced them as ‘so-called student Buddhist monks’ because of their alleged boisterous and vulgar behaviour in the University hostels, which led to complaints from neighbours, and because such students are not genuine student Buddhist monks. By donning saffron robes they were able to secure a university education. When they have obtained their degree they would leave the order. It was just a means to an end. It was a few such so-called student Buddhist monks that behaved in this raucous manner and brought dishonour. Just because they donned the saffron robe it does not make them genuine student Buddhist monks. Any student Buddhist monk who does not respect the vinaya does not deserve respect of the public. They should be de-robed and kicked out, if there is evidence of their vulgar behaviour. They have to be weeded out. Separate the chaff from the seeds.
I am sad to hear of your nasty experience in the hands of a Sinhala policeman in Jaffna. I am sure there are others who experienced such discrimination also by individual bad Sinhala policemen. However, you should not blame the whole police force for such bad behaviour. Even in the West, there is discrimination on a wide scale against black minorities by policemen as well as by white employers and by public institutions. The minorities are regarded as second class citizens. I am sorry you felt the same way.
We have a good man as President who will genuinely work to prevent such discrimination on the basis of race or religion or caste etc. Let us work with him to bring an end to discrimination. Within the Tamil community itself there is discrimination on the basis of caste. If you are vellala Tamil you are treated better. Similarly, Eastern Tamils or estate Tamils of Indian origin are discriminated against by the Northern Tamils. This is unfortunate. I deplore this. Let us work together to eradicate such discrimination, and make SL a model to the world.
When I was a teacher at a leading Colombo school, I used to visit poor Tamil students in shanties during the weekend to provide free tution on 1-1 basis, so that one day they will be emancipated through education to have better employment and prospects in life than their fathers. Hence DC though you were bitter because of one act of discrimination by a Sinhala policeman it does not mean majority Sinhalese discriminate against the minorities. Remember, the majority of Tamils are secure and happy living with the Sinhalese in the South. It is a few extremists that can make life bitter for the others. This is the case in any country, including in India, where the muslims were massacred by the Hindus in the most barbaric way.
These monks of faculty of Arts have to do nothing other than indulging in JVP politics and causing sabotages. The students of faculty of arts in every university are the most sabotagious group and they are responsible for spoiling the good reputation of whole university system. This has been the same cscenario at Ruhuna, Peradeniya, Kelaniya and Colombo. Faculties of Arts which conduct useless degree courses and produce highly unemployable graduates must be shut down. Then whole university system will prosper.
on that point I fully agrred with D.C. not with the fact that he became any kind of extremist but the fact that the behavior of most Sri Lankan policemen.In the country where I live, police respect ordinary people too much that some of the Asians can not bear it.because they used to be treated like DC”s policeman”s treatment. That is why some of them even beat the policemen. Here when they bring a suspect or an accused to the police sttation, first they offer a chair and ask if they want air condition or the heater and then ask if they want to drink something and after all they take the statement.Almost everyday I see this kind of kind treatment and I strongly beleave that all Sl. police policies should be change even the colour of their uniform.