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Gangaramaya Prelate advises PM, MR

2016-02-23 08:15:09
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Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Temple's Chief incumbent Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thera yesterday called for the end of confrontational politics in Sri Lanka and gave a piece of advice to both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to work towards the betterment of the country.

“This government has brought the country close to embarking on a fruitful journey towards development and I like to tell Mr. Rajapaksa not to sabotage the government’s activities ( Me Rajaya Rata Honda Gamanak yana thenakata genath thiyanawa. Mahinda Rajapaksa manthrithumani Kakulen Adinna Epa),” the Thera told the former President and Kurunegala District MP who was present at the opening ceremony of the Navam Perahera of the Gangarama Temple last evening.

The prelate also told Prime Minister Wickremesinghe that one should not lose his temper. “Don’t lose your cool as you can be aggressive. DO so only when the need arises ( Kenthi ganna epa, awashya welawata pamanak kenthi ganna)” he told the Prime Minister.

“Prime Minister is accused of being aggressive towards mass media these days and one has to be aggressive towards the media. The rulers of the country have the right to be aggressive towards media,” he added.

Going back down memory lane, the prelate recalled how he hoisted black flags when the Indian Peace Keeping Force ( IPKF) was brought to Sri Lanka and how Prime Minister Wickremesinghe cautioned him not to say anything which upset the then President J R Jayewardene.

He also said a former SLFP government took over the Lake House of the Wijewardene family and requested the Prime Minister to make Lake House an independent venture and hand it over to the Wijewardene family as it was their heritage. Incidentally this appeal came on the eve of the 130th birth anniversary of the late press baron D. R. Wijewardene who founded Lake House.

The Thera thanked the Wijewardene and Wickremesinghe families and the governments of the past and present for their roles in developing the Gangarama Temple and the Jinaratana vocational training center.

The prelate also said the disunity among the Sinhalese made them lose their right to rule this country and this helped the British to take over this country. He therefore recalled that Kandasamy was crowned as a result of disunity among the Sinhala rulers. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 14

  • TONY Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:03

    THIS GOVT WAS ELECTED TO A TERM OF 5 YEARS, THEREFORE, MR SHOULD ADVICE ORGANIZERS OF PROTESTS AND THOSE CAUSING TROUBLE NOT TO DO SO FOR THE SAKE OF OPPOSING. THANK GOD THE PRELATE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVICE BOTH TOGETHER

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    Bingo Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:51

    is that means we should allow Ranil to do anything as he wishes? such as CEPA or SAITAM or new free so called Indian ambulance services? Typical ignorance blind political mentality. If we allow this SL will be worse place to live than now.

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    rondys Tuesday, 23 February 2016 13:56

    Dr.Bingo-SAITM started during MR time

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    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:29

    Jinarathna Technical School teaches engineering devices discovered and given to the world by the westerners. When the British left, they handed over a country with a magnificent standard of living, excellent economy, high education levels that other countries envied and talked about. We Sinhalese from Independence onwards used Buddhism, race and extremism to destroy all that was built and introduced arrogance, corruption, criminality into the system instead. This culture continues unabated.

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    Pronouncment Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:32

    "I like to tell Mr. Rajapaksa not to sabotage the government’s activities " As a person (Sri Lankan of course ! ) and a non sinhala buddhist - Thank you SIR, for your forth right pronouncement. Thank you once again.

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    SriLankan Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:32

    The Prelate does not seem to know that MR is trying to sabotage the Govt. activities not for anything else but to halt the probes into the plunder frauds corruption abuse of power etc byhim and hiscatchers. via DM Android App

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    Shan Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:42

    Appreciate the Buddhist Prelate for his great courage and timely advice to both MR

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    Sarojini Rajapakse Tuesday, 23 February 2016 15:56

    Well said BuffaloaCitizen !!! We are currently miles and miles behind. Majority of Sri Lankans cannot speak or write the English Language. A set back in the international arena. SHAME.

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    karthi Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:56

    Great advice given to both but will wait and see how it is taken by them

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    james Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:55

    Last para is interesting. So according to him the Sinhalese are the ones who have the right to rule. would have been great if he said a Sri Lankan. this shows that there is still a supremacy of race mentality. the very foundation of ethnic tensions. so I guess we are still very far from true Sri Lankan unity. what we have is a facade as long as one race feels they are superior or have the right over another.

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    de silva Wednesday, 24 February 2016 08:58

    Thank Prelate.This was necessary because MR is causing unwanted problems to create a problem in the government.It is better he quits politics and go to Abayaramaya and take sil for ever.

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    ryan Wednesday, 24 February 2016 09:03

    buffalo citizen. best comment Ive ever read. well said. our fellows are too blind to see this via DM Android App

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    ANTON Wednesday, 24 February 2016 09:09

    CRITICIZE THE ACTS IN PUBLIC , BUT CRITICIZE A PERSON , PERSONALLY.

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    Gamarala Sunday, 28 February 2016 09:15

    Did he has the courage to tell Ranil not to disturb the government during war time ? When British invaded

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