I only meant governance based on firm policies: Anunayake

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In response to critical remarks made by persons about a speech made by him in which the Nazi dictator Hitler was mentioned, Anunayake of the Asgiri Chapter Ven. Wedaruwe Dharmakeerthi Sri Ratanapala Thera clarified that he only meant governance based on firm policies with this reference.

The thera made such remarks in his address at a function to mark the birthday of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Issuing a statement, the Ven. Thera said a couple of words from his lengthy speech had been taken out of context by some politicians with vested interests for misinterpretation to achieve their ends. He compared it to the determination of the shape of an elephant only by touching its tail.

“In a nutshell, I only said some people compared you to Hitler. I only asked him to develop the country. In governing a country, firm policies are required. I never wanted to equal the barbaric administration of Hitler that annihilated people to work done by him,”the thera said.

“The Buddha once said it was better to die in the battlefield rather than living as a defeatist. In saying so, he never recognized war. In fact, the Buddha underscored the importance of an individual’s strength,” he said.

He said it was inappropriate to give political interpretation to what he said in this respect.

Asserting that the Buddha also diversified his discourses befitting various audiences, he said he worded his sermon to the audience of politicians who were present at that birthday event.

He said the adoption of direct policies in governance had been underscored in the Dasaraja Dhamma laid down by the Buddha. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)

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  • Scooby Doo Monday, 25 June 2018 10:39 AM

    Monks nowadays are like: Give me 1 lack I will speak anything. Why are they trying to sell Buddhism?

    Leo Monday, 25 June 2018 11:42 AM

    Playing to an audiance, arn't you supposed to be impartial?

    Chrisantha Indrajith Monday, 25 June 2018 11:49 AM

    Hitler was most terrible inhuman the world has ever seen.Di we need a similar leader in our country???????

    Nimal Monday, 25 June 2018 12:10 PM

    Why get involved or comment on politics anyway?

    Wipula Monday, 25 June 2018 12:36 PM

    Ape Hamuduruwane, at which place did the Buddha say that it was better to die in the battlefield rather than living as a defeatist?. Ane Hamuduruwane Kiyana Thanakata Wandinnam please don't insult pure Buddhism for trivial political benefits.

    BSP Monday, 25 June 2018 12:36 PM

    When they (Rs) got elected for the second term, it became a dictatorial government. With a third term Hitler would be re-born.

    stardust Monday, 25 June 2018 12:42 PM

    Its too late to correct what he said and why. He showed his real believes (and his lack of education) by connecting Gota with Hitler. via DM Android App

    Mahila Monday, 25 June 2018 02:41 PM

    I have sympathy for the reverend monk. He may not have had an understanding of what Hitler did or how he governed Germany and the occupied world he dominated prior to end of WW2. He may in fact not have meant anything to harm Democracy. He had very good heartfelt intentions

    rajithabey@hotmail.com Monday, 25 June 2018 09:49 PM

    Excellent ! Hon Anunayaka thero

    Waco Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:31 AM

    RW has no knowledge about Buddhism. May be that he became a Buddhist to engage in politics.

    Abey Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:47 PM

    Waco, You are a WAKO alright. What has RW got to do with what Anunayake said. He studied in S/L and went Peradeniya and I am sure he knows about Buddhism.

    til Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:49 PM

    Someone found similarity between Gota and Hitler, the ven.priest said ,though someone seeing it that way ,he believes, still, Gota is better when compare with current rulers . not only him, many think so, but heard Gota has uncontrollable anger that is minus point for him


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