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26 May 2013 02:35 pm - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today insisted that the self-immolation committed by the ex-JHU monk, Ven. Bowatte Indarathana Thera was an act of self-sacrifice and not a case of suicide.

Addressing a media briefing Minister of Technology and JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka said sinister western moves were underway to interpret this act of self-sacrifice as an act of religious extremism and made a request from the public to be mindful of those moves. The Minister said amongst other requests left in the note written by the monk before he set himself on fire, a request to the President for a new Constitution that would suit a Buddhist country was also included.

“In the letter written by Bowatte Indarathana Thera he had requested the president to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka, eradicate terrorism, to approve the Bill in Parliament against converting to other religions by force, and also to repeal multi-national and multi-religious alliances,” Ranawaka said.
Meanwhile JHU member Udaya Gammanpila addressing the press conference said as long as cattle slaughter prevailed in Sri Lanka no value would be attached to the self-sacrifice committed by Bowatte Indarathana Thera.

“We plan to transform the demands made by Indarathana Thera into reality and hope that the two Bills already presented in Parliament against animal cruelty and religious conversions committed by force, would be approved in Parliament,” Gammanpila said.

JHU National Organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinha said the JHU was disappointed at the manner in which Indarathana Thera’s body was taken away from Colombo by the security forces (dressed in civil clothing) and suspect a political interference and force to be behind this action.

“Though the public of this country is experiencing peace after the war, that same peace and harmony is denied for the cattle living in Sri Lanka,” Warnasinha said.

When questioned by the media as to why Indarathana Thera was expelled from the JHU, Minister Ranawaka said, “As a political party we have a certain discipline and we follow those rules and regulations. However Indarathana Thera was engaged in a larger national service and he did not want to limit his services to a political party. Nevertheless after leaving our party, he did not at anytime act as a traitor; instead he tried to work for the larger benefit of the community.” (Jayashika Padmasiri)

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  Comments - 17

  • AF Monday, 27 May 2013 02:38 AM

    is this the teaching 0f lord Budda

    kewin Monday, 27 May 2013 02:44 AM

    Stupid people,these all drama by them,any how he lost his value life.

    realist Monday, 27 May 2013 02:48 AM

    The destroyers of Sri Lanka and Buddhism are gathering.

    Charles Monday, 27 May 2013 05:04 AM

    Well Daw. This is pure stupidity. In Sri Lanka its good enough to kill people and no one commit suicide. But, for cows they do commit suicide.

    Desh Monday, 27 May 2013 05:06 AM

    He is not a monk, but a fool!

    nalaka Monday, 27 May 2013 03:26 AM

    you can solve problems by burining onese self this is utter foolishness

    xlntgson Monday, 27 May 2013 03:23 AM

    Yes, the one who burnt himself in Srikotha too! Not suicide, self sacrifice (!)

    ANTON Monday, 27 May 2013 03:35 AM


    lalitha Monday, 27 May 2013 03:52 AM

    do animals commit suicide?

    Wheel chair critic Monday, 27 May 2013 05:27 AM

    Apparently they dont "milk" i have been told.

    pig Monday, 27 May 2013 05:37 AM

    Why don’t we start a campaign to stop eating meat products? So we can at least slow down slaughter of animals!

    concern Monday, 27 May 2013 05:38 AM

    All "Bull" shit

    kotiwalige Monday, 27 May 2013 05:49 AM

    How about chicken??
    Why no one is sacrificing for them?

    jacoob Monday, 27 May 2013 05:43 AM

    Shit ! That was what Thileepan did decades ago ,, ven thero!!

    DAW Monday, 27 May 2013 04:25 AM

    I am a Roman Catholic. I would like someone to let me know whether Lord Buddha in his teaching on the Damma has said anything about issues like this.

    Seraj Monday, 27 May 2013 04:32 AM

    Cattle Slaughter. What about fish ? Monks hate them ? What alcohol ?

    Bandaiya Monday, 27 May 2013 04:34 AM

    Why only for cattle, other animals are not living.

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