Indian HC talks with Pillayan

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Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Ashok K.Kantha has taken up the issue on the vandalism of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Batticaloa with Eastern province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, the Hindu online reported.

“India has taken up the issue of desecration and requested that the Gandhi statue be rebuilt. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha spoke to Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary K. Amunugama. conveying India's concern and requested urgent investigations into the incident. The High Commission has also taken up the issue with the Chief Minister of the Eastern province and the Inspector General of Police,” it stated.

It also said that, initial inquiries indicated it to be an isolated incident, and not the work of an organised group. This is the second time in a year that a statue has been desecrated.
 
The other three statues are of Tamil scholar Swami Vipulananda, poet Periyathampi Pillai and Scouts Movement founder Baden Powell.
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  • banda Sunday, 08 April 2012 12:08 PM

    I thought you already have peace in Sri Lanka. Didn't you think so?

    007 Sunday, 08 April 2012 12:20 PM

    What do we want our Nation to be? People should be a little more mindful of what they are saying. Gandhiji stood for peace, ahimsa, non-violence. If Gandhiji is not important for Sri Lanka, then how can the Buddha be important for Sri Lanka?And why are we mixing up Gandhiji with present day politics. Gandhiji should be respected.

    xlntgson Sunday, 08 April 2012 12:20 PM

    # banda, it is not about erecting a new one but desecration of existing one, if blasphemy is not countered, it is complicity in silence!

    lal Sunday, 08 April 2012 12:41 PM

    Gandhi belongs to the world, and such he deserves respect. The culprits who desecrated should be punished. Best if India keeps out of this matter and leave Sri Lanka to deal with it.

    Gayan Sunday, 08 April 2012 02:59 PM

    Sri lankans get beaten by mobs in Tamil Nadu and Indian Government is worried about a statue in Batticaloa.

    pathy Sunday, 08 April 2012 03:22 PM

    siddhartha to indian,statue too same cement,evenmore erected by sri lankan(of course tamil),respect the feeling is most important.

    Fusion Sunday, 08 April 2012 03:38 PM

    Yes! As a Sri Lankan I couldn't care less about Gandhi. BUT, that does not mean we should go around smashing things that are meaningless to us. Thats not very mature, civilized behaviour.

    Mifaz Monday, 09 April 2012 07:56 AM

    Lord Buddha is also an Indian.. Will you destroy every statue placed here??

    Samayan Sunday, 08 April 2012 04:35 PM

    Gandhi is a different character. But other Gandhis have defamed his name for political opportunities.

    Rosi Sunday, 08 April 2012 04:32 PM

    Don't say Mahathma Gandhi is not important to us, his teachings are all important not only to us but to the entire world.

    Sonia and Manmohan Sing helped us win the war only to avenge Rajive Gandhi's death. They betrayed us in the UNO to save their back from Tamil Nadu

    All politricks, Mahathma Gandhi has nothing to do with this.

    Shelton Fernando Sunday, 08 April 2012 04:49 PM

    If that can happen most of our problems will be resolved!

    Ajith Rohana Sunday, 08 April 2012 06:14 PM

    Can a dead statue talk or help the people like GOd? why we all are behind foolish. Stone and statue are lifeless thing in which way it can help to the people...!! The beliver of statues...this question over to you all?

    perera Sunday, 08 April 2012 08:33 PM

    there are more inportant and pressing issues than stupid blocks of cement and sand.

    raj Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:10 PM

    it should not be reapired. Instead, damaged status should be used to show the ground situation in Sri Lanka.

    Karuna Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:41 PM

    Before making such comments please read about Gandhi or watch the film Gandhi. Though not a Buddhist he had qualities of a Bodhisattva.

    patriot Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:55 PM

    Saliya, would you care to comment on Siddhartha Gaudhama who is also an Indian in a similar manner? Or is he not an Indian?

    I am sure you will not dare adduce the same comments to SG, as you will have more than tens of millions of people up in arms against you within hours!

    DeSleva Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:51 PM

    Saliya ...Block of cement? for people like you a dead person is a piece of meat that is why Sri Lanka is where it is

    jacoobc Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:52 PM

    WE have ACHIEVED piece in this country since 19th May 2009.. ARE you Still Sleeping !!

    Sam Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:52 PM

    Mr. kanthan go and see in India that Indian thugs vandalized statues that important to Sri Lankans, last year. Remember, Sri lankan pilgrimage were attacked. Do not interfere with Sri lankan affairs this much. Indian create more problems in Sri Lanka than they help here. Statues here belongs to us. This third class act is definitely done by LTTE proxy that Indians create in Tamilnadu. Remember they killed your own prime minister Rajiv.But, you have not learnt lesson yet ( resoulution against SL, talk with Tamil tiger proxies etc..).India is the traitor in Asia.

    Ranjan Monday, 09 April 2012 02:12 AM

    De Silva, It was Gandhi's strugle that braught indipendance to Ceylon without bloodshed.

    jeyarajah Monday, 09 April 2012 03:28 AM

    Lord Buddha is also from India.Sri lanka has nothing on its own,We all are from India and brought culture ,heritage evrything from India.Even we got our independece by the freedom struggle of Lord mahathma Gandhi.Respect people like mahathma Gandhi, Nobody is like him in Sri lanka,he didn't accept the post of priminister offered by his people.
    Ahimsa was his preaching.A man like lord Buddha.

    Lanka Liar Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:58 AM

    You are right. Don't you remember they even created the tsunami to create trouble

    mohan Monday, 09 April 2012 03:28 AM

    Gandhi family in Indian politics is not Mahathma Gandhi's family.

    Saliya De Silva Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:14 AM

    Gandhi is important for India and not important person to Sri Lanka. If India wishes they can put up Gandhi's statues everywhere in India
    Ashok Kantha understands that Sri Lanka is not part of India.
    Statues are no important, practical principle are important. Are the Gandhi family adhering to the Mahathma Gandhi principles? If not, why they worry on a block of cement?

    Tony Haniffa Sunday, 08 April 2012 08:49 AM

    Maybe is the work of LTTE supporters to create a environment with the Indian government.

    Findhu Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:28 AM

    Hi, you are mistaken. India is not USA or have any super powers to have built monuments of their own people in somebody's land. Do you like to cherish yourself in a day dream that India is become one of super powers like USA, China, Russia - just because you are in BRICKS..? He heheeeee!

    banda Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:24 AM

    Come on we are getting tired of this kind of comments here. Say something convincing.

    xlntgson Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:31 AM

    # De Silva, for that matter, all statues are blocks of cement, should be demolished, eh?

    wicks Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:49 AM

    now Gandhi's statues not important in sri lanka. We need peace

    Sammy Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:58 AM

    To people who see only a block of cement in a statue it will remain just a block of cement but to others it can provide inspiration & thoughts of the values & principles by which the person lived. Gandhi was not just an Indian but an inspiration to the whole world in his own way, just as Jesus & Siddhartha Gautama were. To see otherwise is narrow viewpoint.

    Bigfoot Monday, 09 April 2012 04:35 AM

    Reading makes a man perfect. Ignorance make a man a fool.


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