Gotabhaya Rajapaksa with the BBS, via Colombo Telegraph, via somewhere else.
I heard this quote yesterday and I couldn’t place it, I actually thought it might be sensible. In context, it’s not. Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is essentially saying that minorities are drawing majority ire by being insular, that the minorities are to blame for the extremism directed at them. The extremist BBS, of course, welcomes this statement. Logic doesn’t.
It is a somewhat fundamental tenet of Buddhism that you’re responsible for your own actions and perceptions and, more deeply, how you construct and interact with the world. Buddhism at all points encourages the individual to turn away from blame to personal responsibility, as that is the only way out of suffering. Hence, I disagree with the SecDef’s assessment here:
“One of the consequences of the increasing insularity amongst minority ethnic groups is the emergence of hard line groups within the majority community” (via Colombo Telegraph)
I would venture that, no. One of the consequences of ongoing hard line groups within the majority community (since before the monk that killed SWRD for not being racist enough) is ongoing hard line groups within the majority community. Nobody, least of all Buddhist monks, can really deflect responsibility for their own actions. If there are racist groups within the Sinhala Buddhist community, you can’t blame that on the people they’re racist against. I mean, I guess you can, but it doesn’t make it right.