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Indian premier Narendra Modi addressing just one ethnicity during his visit was a slight to the majority Buddhist population in the country, the National Joint Committee (NJC) said today.

Member of the committee Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera said they had no issues with the Indian government or its Prime Minister. “We do have an issue with the Sri Lankan government,” the Thera said.

The government sometimes moves towards India, sometimes towards China or America. “We would like to remind the government that this is a country and not something that can be auctioned to other countries or parties,” the Thera said.

The citizens have a responsibility to protect the country and its assets, the Thera explained. “People can come here as they want but they cannot sell or break any part of the country as they please,” the Thera said.

The ETCA would lead to unemployment not just among the Sinhalese but also among the Estate tamil population, the Thera explained.

“Tamil is also an official language in the country now. We were never against this. The move made by the Prime Minister will only destroy the reconciliation fought for by the people,” the Thera said.

The government had a responsibility to protect the independence and sovereignty of the country, therefore the government should publicize the agreements signed with India. “Hiding these agreements leads us to believe that they are not advantageous to the country,” the Thera said.

Politicians will gamble at the expense of the country, but if they were to lose the bet it would be the citizens who would have to bear the brunt of the cost, the Thera said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • sach Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:46 PM

    yes..it is a prob

    Saji Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:14 PM

    Are you holding your milk bottle tight?

    dharma Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:48 PM

    indian prime minister is powerful in Asian country,he want take srilanka at punch of soult

    dharma Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:51 PM

    small or big india will be control srilanka

    dharma Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:54 PM

    Monk is correct srilankabelong to all communties

    dharma Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:58 PM

    Monks create problem and communal,to help politician like mr Rajapaska and mr Ranil

    dharma Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:00 PM

    mr mahanda must go to jail,

    OFFICIAL LANGUAGE Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:07 AM

    “Tamil is also an official language in the country now." OK - This slogan is used where ever a situation demands, BUT how far is this adhered to when communicating with the citizens. A recent case is when CEB informs (by letter) to their retired personell calling for appilcation for employment of their sons/daughters.

    Kadiya Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:09 AM

    Shows Modi's political immaturity or was it a slip?But as usual we have to nitpick, don't we?

    SS - (NOT HITLER's) Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:11 AM

    Modi belongs to a narrow communalistic political party (Siv Sena - SS) . It is natural for him to behave in such a manner.

    mm Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:16 AM

    he came saying Vesak but spoke only to one ethnicity. what was he doing teaching about Buddhism to them via DM iOS App

    lalith de silva Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:36 AM

    Hon monk ..we too buddist..please do not create unwated issues like this ....... Good leaders do not create issues but come out with solutions

    sach Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:08 AM

    Venerable is hundred percent correct

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 14 May 2017 11:13 AM

    Very correct, no two words about it.

    D S J Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:13 AM

    What Thero is telling 100% correct. Indians are waiting to jump into our country. most of Indian Tamils think they are Indians and they have love only for India not for our country. Once they come here for any reason they do not go back. what will happen to our innocent local people. There are many examples we can take from the world. one is Middle East.

    Raz Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:14 AM

    Modi addressed the people in upcontry. He would have had no clue what ethnicity the crowd composed of. All were welcome to listen to his speach via DM Android App

    Eesan Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:36 AM

    Modi was welcomed by only one ethnity So called majorityLet the country develop with unityStop these non sense

    Nuwan Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:47 AM

    This is where Tamil politicians fail in protecting their own. They are so indebted to India to retain power and business syndicates overseas, hence not a single voice of concern from them.ETCA like agreement will first pour Tamil speaking workers into N-E provinces. Then they will spread to the rest of the country. Funnily this government is doing exactly what Dutch and English did centuries ago to exploit resources in their colonies.

    Raheem Sunday, 14 May 2017 12:46 PM

    Whether we like it or not, in near future foreign workers will have to come and work in Tea plantations. Cos, its only the minority Indian tamil origin people are working as workers. There is dearth of workers in Plantation sector. Why cant the majority come and work in Tea Plantation.

    suresh Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:54 AM

    you had no problems when the Chinese and many other foreign dignitaries never addressed the Tamils but have a problem when India address that one single ethnicity.What duplexity

    Punny Pellow Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:00 AM

    If there is no issue with Modi, why talk about what he said!!!?

    Citizen Ash Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:04 PM

    well said Lalith via DM Android App

    sacre blieu Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:09 AM

    Point taken. The PM seems to pander only in the main to foreigners and governments. The government is naked in interpreting the mandate sought and offered to the voters and are now abdicating on their promise. His un-impacting personality has not brought much positive change and the style of the previous government is apparent. What will be our real fate.

    Niel Perera Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:09 AM

    These so called Buddhist monks are always make conflicts in the country.They never understand what the Buddha said.They always create troubles in our peaceful society.As a monk.....is that his duty and responsibility.They must be incarcerated for life with rigorous punishments because they create conflicts in the country

    jeffry Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:35 AM

    Where were you when your king Mahinda selling the assets and destroying the economy. Best thing is that you preach good things don't involve in politics.

    lokka Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:42 AM

    here we go again because you got nothing else to talk about


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