Circular on Tamil national anthem unconstitutional: BBS

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation today emphasised that issuing a circular to let the National Anthem be sung in the Tamil language violates the constitution.

The General Secretary of the BBS, Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera said the entire statement, made by the Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganesan was unconstitutional and President Maithripala Sirisena could not issue a circular because it was against the constitution. 
He alleged that even the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council (NEC) had been appointed violating the constitution and now the President could not allow the National Anthem to be sung in Tamil by using a circular. He said the current government was trying to create new problems by making these kinds of statements and as a national organisation the BBS was condemning this proclamation.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Executive Director of the BBS, Dilantha Withanage said according to the constitution the government has to have a referendum and seek the people’s views to change the language of the National Anthem.

He said that changing the language of the National Anthem would not solve the communal problems in Sri Lanka, and the government has to think and take more wise decisions for the country’s future.(Yoshitha Perera)
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  • Bala Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:37 PM

    With extremist views of the likes of the BBS, the communal problem will never be solved. What hurts you if someone sings in another language. We sing Hindi songs with Sinhala words. Just enjoy life in comradeship. If a part of your body is found lying around, can you say it is Sinhala or Tamil.

    Park Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:53 PM

    Even before this Gonsarea Thero was born I have been singing the National Anthem in Tamil in Kandy. How stupid this guy is.

    t_logi Friday, 20 March 2015 05:44 PM

    Its not only gives the tamils to sing on their only language, will also can understand the meaning of it while singing so the song will come from the heart rather than just saying the words without any meaning to them.These people are bit disgrace to call them as religious leader. (Sorry I dont mean every one, just these bunch of BBS)

    shantha gamlath Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:55 PM

    Immediately government should be released another circular regarding prohibiting all the extremist groups and organization in this country. It is compulsory national unity.

    Badu Sena Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:01 PM

    Just shut up and mind your own business

    larry Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:00 PM

    You BBS lot is a disgrace to Buddhism. I am a good Buddhist. Therefore I respect all the religion social groups regardless. The main reason behind decline in the Buddhism is people like you. via DM Android App

    Rajeeva de Alwis Friday, 20 March 2015 11:46 AM

    He is joking right? talking about being unconstitutional !!! Must have been asleep during the past 4 to 5 years.

    gayan Friday, 20 March 2015 05:21 AM

    Proud to see so many in support and wanting to move forward. There will be such extremist as shown in the picture above but always remember we Sri Lankan have the last say.

    T.A.KUMAR Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:44 PM

    These bodhu Bala fellows does not want to have peace and tey are disgracing the buddist teachings

    rienzie Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:07 PM

    B.b.s you are not the authority on the constitutional matters let the authorities decide.

    batangala Friday, 20 March 2015 11:58 AM

    It is the content of the national anthem that is important. Why we sri lankans not consider this? Mostly because they are not exposed to other multi-rational developed countries. Friday, 20 March 2015 05:42 AM

    BBS must be irradiated. It is not the best for the country going forward.

    Aaai Mo-MolayKachaalDA Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:12 PM

    Ai moko molay kachaal da den?

    sfk-mtr Friday, 20 March 2015 12:04 PM

    if it is unconstitutional please find way to make it constitutional, until if people like BBS live the in the country, reconciliation would be nightmare. hey BBs you have anyway tremendously to defeat Mahind we salute you and your group

    T.A.KUMAR Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:52 PM

    These .B.B. felloes do not want peace in this country and think that this country is only for the Sinhala Buddhist and our going away from the teachings of the Buddha. Let them shout if possible lets see if they could do what they did with the last government with the support of its leader. They should be hauled up to the green and disrobed then u could see there true identity

    OMG Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:57 PM

    When there are laws against insulting other religions and people, these people keep on insulting everyone. Who is going to put an end to this menace?

    Ahimsa Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:26 PM

    BODU BAlA SENA,giveup this name because you are insulting the teachings of Lord BUDDA . Why not take the new name BORU BALA SENAWA.

    upali Friday, 20 March 2015 12:17 PM

    President should be impeached.

    sivasubramaniam Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:26 AM

    My age is 46. National anthem is describingthe nature of the motherland and also your devote and respect the mother earth? Better every ones brain communicate in deaf and blind language!

    Andare Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:29 PM

    President Sirisena should consider appointing Gnanasara as Advisor to President on Constitutional Affairs so that Pr. Sirisena will not act unconstitutionally. via DM Android App

    jayasingha Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:32 PM

    Lets find out if there are any countries in the world where officially on National occasions the National Anthem is allowed to be sung in different languages particularly in South and East Asian region countries. If it is so has this being conducive to bringing about national harmony in these countries? If not has there being any agitation by interested social groups in these countries to do so?

    Nawaz Friday, 20 March 2015 12:23 PM

    We welcome the Tamil national Anthem, BBS is entitled to their opinion as much as mine. The majority of the Buddhists of our Country do not mind as long as the communities live in peace and Harmony. They know that we have paid a heavy price for the war and we do not need a war again.

    Kamal-USA Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:01 PM

    My Salute to you BBS! Please protect our motherland!

    Gona Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:01 PM

    Please immediately address the issue of all these nondescript jokers issuing statements and causing discord. Stop it now before they cause havoc.

    Noor Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:03 PM

    He is always against minorities. They didnot change the National Flag as you did, it is just a translation. You will take this country to another war. learn to live with other people and try to understand the feeling of other people.

    A Gunasekara Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:42 PM

    This is the sequence 1st national anthem , 2nd , joining of north and east, then unstoppable ethnic violence,Please watch world news to understand what is happening around the world, before making our motherland in trouble. this type of decision never help to establish ethnic harmony....... ,

    gobbaya Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:03 PM

    better late than never...was wondering why he didnt come out of the woodwork on this issue.... via DM Android App

    tissa.fonseka Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:08 PM

    This thera Gnanasara can storm the office of cultural affairs ministry and take the minister in charge to their custody.Please take That BOOruwansa also for the support he can go on hunger strike and his ex Can give him water later .

    dulan Friday, 20 March 2015 06:53 AM

    Did you take robes to preach to us about the constitution.

    Ordinary Man Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:14 PM

    Hold on to your horses guys!! who wants to change the language of the National anthem! its mere lift of the "ban" imposed! when it banned was it on news?

    Aku Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:15 PM

    Did anyone ask for their opinion?? Tamil is also a main language in Lanka and yes, there is no problem about the national Anthem in Tamil... We are all Citizens of Sri Lanka!! By the way, do the BBS and stupids like the Silvas get a government salaries??? I hope not!!!!! The guns given to them must be taken back ASAP too.....

    TTP Friday, 20 March 2015 12:59 PM

    Our President is trying to reconcile with minority. But this BBS chaps trying spoil it in the name of budhism. As long as BBS is in existence we cannot move forward.

    Punchirala Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:18 PM

    When the national is sung in their own language it gives them a sense of belonging. Rules, regulations, constitutions are all made for the people and not the people of those rules, regulations and constitutions.

    sashi Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:54 PM

    Hey from today we will call you BORU BADA SENAWA..just go home and try to listen to some bana and reform..coz you have no say in this country

    pras Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:53 PM

    Very correct statement this time via DM Android App

    Mr.Bernard Wijeyasingha Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:20 AM

    The Mirror has a lot of anti BBS comments. At least I know how the Mirror wants to portray the BBS.

    Lima Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:21 PM


    Freebird Friday, 20 March 2015 08:03 PM

    until this senas exsist in sri lanka we can t live peacefully via DM Android App

    riz Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:13 PM

    BBS members should be treated in angoda.

    Vin Friday, 20 March 2015 07:54 AM

    Y.ou are not fir to be a Buddhist Monk, because what you preach is completely against what Lord Buddha preached. Hence please remove the robe without bringing the robe to diwsrepute

    dilip Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:22 PM

    I think the BBS is correct for what they say. This is a very sensitive matter to be taken cheaply. Majority of the tamil people are in India, and do they sing the Indian national anthem in tamil ? Sri Lanka is the only country the national anthem is sung in two different languages. The way how things are done in the country at the moment, very soon the north and the east will have their own national anthem. Then I would like to see how, some of you people comments.

    Mason Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:27 PM

    The President wants to bring harmony between the different communities by allowing the National Anthem to be sung in Tamil. It is left to the BBS to take up the matter with the Supreme Court if it is against the Constitution.Stop these rabble rousing statements for the sake of the unity of the country.

    kamal Friday, 20 March 2015 08:10 AM

    If you are a real follower of Lord Buddha, you should never give such comments. If you want us to listen and respect you speak words of lord Buddha. Otherwise come with a civil dress and do what ever bull shits like some other politicians.

    Maya Friday, 20 March 2015 01:49 PM

    All citizens of this country very well aware now that your kind of politics had ruined the country since independence.They decided by sending your former patrons home and brining some sensible guys in.It may be bit too late for you. Get back to the temple and get a holy life

    Bala Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:34 PM

    Kamal USA - why are u in USA. Let us decide this.Samith - have u not heard of National Anthems of South Africa - Zulu and English - New Zealand in Maori and Engish - Canada in French and English, all sung in two languages and all living happily together.

    Cobra Friday, 20 March 2015 08:12 AM

    Aney Hamuduwaney is quite right, their work is in the temple and causing ethnic enmity is against Buddhist precepts.Govt. should ban BBS and put the secy in jail throwing away the key into the sea!!!

    TONY Friday, 20 March 2015 08:40 PM


    Phantom Friday, 20 March 2015 08:14 AM

    So far as we know BBS has not made a fuss over its creator being grilled and possibly put in prison for stealing the country. How come?????

    lanka shantha Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:37 PM

    You and your mentor are rejected by people in the last election. Now you are in the bin. Learn again Buddhism and try to be a noble human and lead others.

    jegatheesh Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:38 PM

    Forget about the constitution. Are these monks conducting themselves in the way Lord Buddha wanted?

    OMG Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:38 PM

    These people are good at making a monster out of a molehill.

    SinMil Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:41 PM

    Does this buffoon know that from 1951, it was constitutional and only after 2010 it was made unconstitutional. Another terrorist in the making..

    dayan Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:44 PM

    Tamils speaks tamil. They are sri lankan nationals. Then what is wrong in allowing for tamil version on national anthem?

    Boru Budu Sena Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:44 PM

    This monk is not a Buddhist. Just an uncivilized embarrassment to the priesthood. He should be disrobed and sent back home along with the rest of the Boru Budu Sena.

    akoon Friday, 20 March 2015 08:25 AM

    What is wrong singing the National anthem in Tamil provide it does not change the meaning. Now we used to recite Pali gathas in sinhalese. Did anyone objected for that. I believe reciting anything in an understandable language is better than reciting it in an alient language which they cannot understand.This secretary of BBS trying to create unwanted issue on a minor thing like this.

    Samith Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:45 PM

    BBS, you are absolutely correct, one other thing is that do Tamil people feel it is beneath their dignity to sing national anthem in Sinhalese ? then they should not even live in Sinhalese soil right ! No county on this earth has done this kind of a grave mistake.

    sss Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:47 PM

    with heavy debt and ton of corruption - which bbs never confronted, we have to bend to all external pressure

    Karuna Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:50 PM

    Shame for Budhism and shame for our country because of these BBS idiots. Just ignore them.

    P De Silva Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:48 PM

    Any/all countries on this planet has the National Anthem in one language only. Why only Sri-Lanka. If we have two National anthems in two languages or do we need to get into the genies books.Sri-Lanka need to stop and think again One Anthem and only one should be for each country as always!.

    Disraeli sena Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:52 PM

    LTTE never harmed BBS, as they know that BBS can and will do more damage than any of their weapons!

    Lakmal Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:54 PM

    Tamils speak Tamil: Can Tamils in India sing National anthem in Tamil? Buddhist monks are not only the guardians of Buddhism but also the entire Lanka and its culture. Remember how they brought down the British flag on independence day? Sri Lanka is One nation under One flag and Indivisible; This is what they say in the US.

    TJ Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:54 PM

    Where were you guys when the CJ was removed unconstitutionally?

    Harischandra Samarasinghe Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:56 PM

    This person is not a Buddhist Monk. Govt. should be banned this type of organizations by adding a special chapter to the Constitution.

    Ishan Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:11 PM

    We were singing in tamil in our schools before 40 yrs ago and this is not a newly introduced one.this is our countryn and we want live in peace.i can not speak with my mom in should understand this reality

    David Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:56 PM

    BBS, ask yourself the question "What would lord Buddha do?". Then decide.

    Sri Lankan Friday, 20 March 2015 08:42 AM

    BBS are the real terrorist who wanted to create problem among communities and do their politics !! Should take legal actions...

    Thomas Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:58 PM

    It is Sri Lankan National anthem sir not Tamil Eelam anthem you have to proud of it. via DM Android App

    Blessing Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:24 PM

    BBS is always against minority and they try to incite communal violence. It is shame that they do this with the robes on.

    Gune Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:03 PM

    Can somebody permanently shut this joker-up from the Boru Bala Sena.

    Freddy Friday, 20 March 2015 08:48 AM

    National Anthem cannot be changed.period. BBS is right. Surely the Tamils can do better by reconciliation and be loyal to Sri Lanka and people. Genocide, war crimes, human rights and lies have separated. Respect the country and people before demanding. Without a referendum by the people the anthem sound better in Sinhalese.

    HellWelcomes Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:41 PM

    Contribution of BBS to protect the nation will be recorded in history.

    Rattapakse Friday, 20 March 2015 02:52 PM

    @Freedy: Matchan, was there a referendum to ban the NA in Tamil pre 2009 ? Go fly kite. SL is not for you guys. Get away.

    SHAN Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:08 PM

    Now I am 60 when I was schooling the national anthem we sung in Tamil in our School. This is a translation only. Meaning and tune are the same

    Eds Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:10 PM

    Illegal govt paving the way for another future war! What spineless leaders!

    sacre blieu Friday, 20 March 2015 09:09 AM

    They could set a better example by going to Jaffna and sing the national anthem in Tamil and show that they are not prejudiced against any minority community and that would be an inspiring display of tolerance.

    Mano Friday, 20 March 2015 11:03 PM

    BBS seems to live in a different world1 What it is needed is Tamil language is a recognized under the language act. Then the singing the national anthem in Tamil. Thus, it is constituitonal.

    as Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:16 PM

    BBS. U are the custodian of the nation. Salute u

    riz Friday, 20 March 2015 12:03 AM

    BBS is a uncivilized group... they never like sri lankan to live peacefully. Anyhow we need not to worry about this group Coz bbs is allmost rejected by people.

    brainmaster Friday, 20 March 2015 03:56 PM

    We have some very fine, educated and highly respected Buddhist Monks. It is their duty to clear this BBS-mess. They should get together and take the decision to disrobe these fake monks because they preach against Buddhism.

    Dilruwan Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:23 PM

    Can you respect and listen to any baggar just because he covers him with a saffron robe?

    MR Fan Friday, 20 March 2015 12:37 AM

    MR lost because of these kind of ppl were with him.

    sinniah15 Friday, 20 March 2015 09:44 AM

    Let the dog bark. If it is a mad one and try to attack any one kill it.

    dharma Friday, 20 March 2015 11:44 PM

    BBS monks if you want politics , first of all you must remove the yellow rope.then talk politics,you visit foreign countries and collect money in the name of monk.

    Sumana Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:39 PM

    Many Natiosn sing the Anthem in several Languages. Even the Indian Anthem is Bengali which is a minority language

    Sira Friday, 20 March 2015 12:54 AM

    We know very well who commented against BBS, but we never repent, BBS is our strength , remember that what Buddha preach cannot follow for terrorists today,

    gafa Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:34 PM

    Your work is only in the Temple and not in parliament or politics or making issues among communities But for this , this fellow is not allowed he is not a monk he is a monkey.

    ranjith weerakkody Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:36 PM

    BBS you are a disgrace to Lord Buddha. Siddhartha was a Hindu before he became Buddha. Shut up and leave you robes idiots! Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:39 PM

    Do not shoot the peace, lord Buddha never preached to shoot anyone?

    Upul Gunawardena Friday, 20 March 2015 01:46 AM

    Did you wear the robe to check the validity of the constitutional issues or to preach dhamma to the people? Its like the donkey is trying to do the dogs tasks. (Ballage wade Booruwa karanda yanawa wagei)

    LF Friday, 20 March 2015 10:35 AM

    He is a disgrace to Buddhism. Tamil version of the National Anthem was always there from the inception. Even Mahinda Rajapakse did not change it officially, despite a Minister proposing to disallow it at a Cabinet Meeting. However, it was not allowed since 2009 by use of force. Therefore it is nothing new.

    JOHN Friday, 20 March 2015 10:42 AM

    B.B.S If our Tamil brotheren wants to sing the national anthem in Tamil why not, that is the language they understand, after passing Eliphant Pass, Sinhala is like Greek to you and me No right thinking person will disagree in giving this fundamental right.Let us heal the wounds of war.

    DR RIFAI.UK Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:00 PM

    BBS is a social disease and it is a hindrance for the development of this great Island. There is a Parliament to pass on any laws and regulations. Who the hell BBS is to overrule the Parliament. Who gave power for them to dictate what politicians should do? they should be limited to temples. They have been living on public money. that is why they dance like this time and again.

    Euclid Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:01 PM

    Hey! Buddhism was documented in Pali.

    piyaljayalal Friday, 20 March 2015 05:09 PM

    BBS has nothing to do with buddhist doctrinesimply radicals or extremists to its core

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 02:51 AM

    Hello, Gnanasara (sorry! I dont have any respect to this man as a Buddhist Clergy) Is it true that you were caught on drink driving. If you are a true Buddhist monk please tell us the truth. You are not expected to tell lies. We have Police records to prove it.

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 02:53 AM

    My reply to "as" - what your correct name - "Ass"???

    Katie Friday, 20 March 2015 10:51 AM

    It very sad to note some of the comments above. They are so prejudiced and racists. The national anthem has been sung in tamil long years ago and its only after the previous rule that it was stopped. there is nothing wrong in singing the national anthem in tamil. I think it should be sung in all 3 languages [sinhala/tamil/english] so long as the translations are not correctly. Biased commentators, please learn to live in unity without creating problems.

    iemerald Friday, 20 March 2015 10:51 AM


    AR Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:07 PM

    Try to be a good Buddhist first, if not a human being. You are not needed in our country, if possible the government should demolish your BBS.

    Dee Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:10 PM

    aney PRADO! PRADO! PRADO! dhen ko?

    Christopher Friday, 20 March 2015 03:14 AM

    The BBS is what has ruined the country and Buddhism. Lord Buddha may be cursing these people for violating the teachings of the Dhamma. Where is the mithriya of the BBS. Are they Buddhists or terrorists or a bunch of devils? Its a shame that Lord Buddha has followers like the BBS.

    Rodger Williams Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:12 PM

    This man and many of the other well-fed thugs and womanizers need to be publicly disrobed and sent to prison for sponsoring all the destruction in Aluthgama.

    Fair N Square Saturday, 21 March 2015 01:08 AM

    TRAITOR.. stop crying foul from USA, come back to SL and see if u can do anything? Wonder how u were able to obtain a US visa... U Racist.... I sincerely hope the whites and teh African Americans look down upon u ..and treat u like a slave... yes a slave for $$$$$$

    rienzie Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:15 PM

    Blessed are the peace makers. B.B.S PLEASE let the leaders , lead this country.

    raj Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:15 PM

    Even in India they have a common national salute to all those in B.B.S and pls raise your voice until we see an end to this stupid acts.

    kondaya77 Saturday, 21 March 2015 01:25 AM

    Canadians sing the national anthem in English and French,why not in Lanka, The rogue monk should talk about Buddhism not politics.Get back to your temple

    C, Rathnasiri Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:15 PM

    Present administration came to power with tamil watts.So they are serving for them.Not for others

    Namal Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:18 AM

    B.BS APE Hamuduruwane, do not disgrace the Buddhist population of this country.We must all get together and help the government to heal the wounds of war.Other wise we shall look like cannibals in the eyes of the world.Enough is enough please.

    Peace Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:28 PM

    their are no any credit from you / your party to the nation. please go to your place

    Asokamala Friday, 20 March 2015 03:59 AM

    No one should try to discriminate anyone else based on their religion or race. Give everyone equal rights - then there will be no ethnic or religious issues. Any extremism should be dealt with according to the rule of law.

    Aney Hamadurwaney Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:32 PM

    Your work is only in the Temple and not in parliament or politics or making issues among communities

    Citizen Perera Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:32 PM

    Why do we need a constitution when we are not a constitutional republic. We are an "Acharu"-Banana Republic.

    Nodrog Friday, 20 March 2015 04:14 AM

    He knows more about the constitution than the dhammapada

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