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Range Bandara on Rathana Thera

22 January 2017 03:22 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Venerable Rathana Thera did not achieve anything by coming into Parliament but he would be able to achieve much for the country if he resigned as a Member of Parliament, State Minister of Skills Development Palitha Range Bandara said.

He said monks should not come into Parliament as such a thing would not benefit the people and the clergy as well.

Mr. Range Bandara, who was speaking during a ceremony held at the Ministry yesterday, said monks coming into Parliament was a hindrance to the development of the society.

“There were eight monks who entered Parliament in 2004. They were well respected but they had lost that respect by the time they left the House,” the state Minister said.

He also called for discussion among the Buddhist clergy on monks entering politics. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 14

  • Selvyn Sunday, 22 January 2017 05:13 PM

    The statement is well thought and well calculated. Lovely their obligations are comparatively different from the laymen. via DM Android App

    sphkl Sunday, 22 January 2017 05:21 PM

    Well said he just became silent and looked the otherway with out any contribution..

    Sharon Sunday, 22 January 2017 06:11 PM

    Hats off Range. Very well said. via DM iOS App

    Kaboos Monday, 23 January 2017 11:31 AM

    rathna thera should resign form the parliament and take Rev Sobitha theras foot path.

    Sam Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:18 PM

    best is both of them leave the service with the difference that Thero has been on people's side when a change was needed

    rajg Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:25 PM

    Absolutely correct. Ven Rathana could decide to give up robes and be in Parliament or advocate for what is right as a Buddhist priest from outside parliament. It is high time the Sangha council decided one or the other..

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:33 PM

    I respect the thera in and outside politics very much more than this good for nothing politico.

    Ravi Monday, 23 January 2017 05:29 PM

    He is apolitician NOT athera

    Dayawathie Friday, 27 January 2017 10:14 AM

    Very true. Monks should study Buddhism and teach it to the lay people. The monks in Sri Lankan history did great things and were well respected. The present day monk will destroy Buddhism in Sri Lankan

    TONY Monday, 23 January 2017 06:09 PM

    IF THE SAFFRON ROBES ARE TO BE RESPECTED THEN THE PEOPLE WHO DRESS IT SHOULD STICK TO THE PRINCIPALS AND PROTECT THEIR FAITH

    Ajith Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:03 PM

    I agree that clergy of any religion should not be in parliament or politics. However, I respect Rathana Thera for what he tries to achieve. Not an easy task amongst these crooked politicians.

    Prazi Monday, 23 January 2017 10:49 AM

    Baduma Thamai !

    ceylon Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:24 PM

    very correct advice.its unfornutate that even learned monks dont understand or dont care it.monks are for buddhism not for politics. via DM Android App

    Thanos Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:56 PM

    Somebody with a spine finally spoke the truth. Good job Minister Bandara.


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