35 mahouts protest at Maha Maluwa

9 August 2016 06:20 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Domesticated Elephants' Association (DEA) Chairman Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera accompanied by 35 mahouts held a demonstration at the 'Maha Maluwa' of the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy creating a chaotic situation.

The Thera said not only the Buddhists even the foreigners who attend the Kandy Perahera are worried about the reduced number of elephants taking part in the perahera. He urged the President and the Prime Minister to make available a sufficient number of elephants for the historic pageant.

Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela and Basnayaka Nilames Gemunu Walisundera, Hemantha Bandara Herath, Gayan Heenkenda and DIG Mahinda Ekanayake spoke to the protesters at the Maha Maluwa and pleaded with monks to stop the protest and laeve the Maluwa peacefully.

"The Kandy Perahera is part of the Buddhist national heritage. Significance of the perahera is lost without a sufficient number of elephants at the perahera. FCID and CID are responsible for this situation. We would be compelled to move out all the mahouts from the perahera if sufficient number of elephants were not provided before the Randoli Perahera," Ven. Sudantha Thera said.

The Diyawadana Nilame pleaded with the monks to give their support to conduct the perahera successfully and to leave the Maha Maluwa.

The Central Province DIG said there is a court order banning demonstrations at the Maha Maluwa and requested the protesters to quit the premises.

Protesters asked for a written assurance from President before ending the protest.

Nalluruwa Rajamaha Vihara Chief Incumbent Ven. Dehiwala Piyananda Thera, Ven. Seru Nuwara Sumanajothi Thera, Ven. Gonaduwe Gnanajeewa Thera and Ven. Handugala Piyarathana Thera were among the prodesters. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

 

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  • Manel Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:28 AM

    Is it an elephants' association or a mahouts' association.

    AshyD Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:17 AM

    Yes! Manel.This is an Elephant's association if we go by the name.

    ANTON Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:49 AM

    NOW " MAHAMALUWA" IS ALSO BECOMING LIKE "LIPTON WATA RAVUMA"

    malij Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:51 AM

    This is another legacy from the Rajapakse regime. All the parties who have been enjoying illegitimate gains, perks and privileges, and with vested interests, are now protesting hiding behind legitimate facades.

    malij Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:01 AM

    Looks like the venerable thero is more worried about the action by the FCID and CID who have been hunting for the unlawful owners of the elephant calves.Most of the calves have been captured after killing the mother elephant. The thero's should protest against such barbaric captures of the calves.

    lkboy Tuesday, 09 August 2016 06:57 PM

    ok define what is a "sufficient" number of elephants.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 09 August 2016 07:27 PM

    This is welcome news. Let the protest contitune and sent the capitve elephants to Pinnawela. All beings are born free and want to roam free.

    TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:19 AM

    NOW ALL ARE PROTESTING. PROTESTS HAVE LOST ITS PURPOSE AND IT HAS BECOME A DAILY ROUTINE WITH NO ONE TAKING ANY NOTICE OTHER THAN BEING INCONVENIENCED


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