- Please visit this site http://notinournamesl.wordpress.com for the U-Tube which records the denunciation and attack on a Muslim mosque near the Buddhist Temple at Dambulla mounted by Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero and a substantial crowd of Sinhalese …. Absorb.
- Then take in this open letter and public petition of protest initiated by GROUNDVIEWS and the Centre for Policy Alternatives ……. http://groundviews.org/2012/04/26/not-in-our-name-against-religious-extremism-in-sri-lanka/………. Consider.
- And then SIGN http://notinournamesl.wordpress.com/category/english/ if you agree and wish to add your name to the protest on behalf of all those who wish to sustain a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society in Sri Lanka.
My name is now part of the Petitionary protest, with a comment.
Name: Michael Roberts
Email: DELETED HERE
Comment: Thank you for your initiative — it is as pointed as vital. The extremist position of Inamaluwe Thera and his supporters cannot be considered an isolated incident; while the deafening silence of the leading members of GoSL is disturbing in its future implications.
Inamaluwe Thera can hardly be placed in the lunatic fringe so his initiative has many potential ramifications. One is the erosion of the middle ground of politics and the promotion of extremism on all sides of Sri Lanka’s multi-cultural mosaic.
PS: Inamaluwe was also part of the wheeler-dealing associated with Rangiri Stadium in cohorts with Thilanga Sumathipala. Here the President did step in behind the scenes and sort matters out — after prompting by some politically astute members of Sri Lanka Cricket.
PS 2 on Rangiri Stadium: This stadium stands on grounds belonging to the Dambulla Temple and was built by Thilanga Sumathipala when chairman of the Sri Lanka cricket on a legal arrangement that effectively made the site into a personal fiefdom and pocket borough of Inamaluwē Sumangala Thera and Sumathipala in tandem. This may have been well and good when Sumathipala was in charge of SLC. But, when he was not in office this meant that the two between them held SLC to ransom if and when the Rangiri Stadium was needed for international matches.
SEE Roberts, “Rangiri Cricket Stadium and its Tempestuous History,” 10 July 2007 in http://static.cricinfo.com/db/INTERACTIVE/DILMAH/GREATS/TALKINGPOINT/ rangiri_cricket_stadium.html
Roberts, “Governing Sri Lanka Cricket: Sumathipala as Premadasa,” in Essaying Cricket: Sri Lanka and Beyond,” Colombo: Vijtha Yapa Publishers, 2006, pp. 120-22.