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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said no room should be left for anyone to accuse Sri Lanka of being a country that promoted racial and religious hatred.

Speaking at Werahena, Matara, President Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka was a democratic country in which every religion had the freedom to hold their religious beliefs

“It should be the duty and responsibility of the Buddhists to protect their rights and live in way that would set an example to others. Since ancient times our revered generation of bhikkhus have stepped forward to protect our nation and they have always given the most valuable advice for the benefit of the country” he said.

He made these remarks on 30 March, attending the ceremony organised to welcome Venerable Kegalle Rathanasara Thera who was honoured with the post of Chief Prelate.

President Rajapaksa pointed out that the venerable bhikkhus had the responsibility of interceding if the country was heading in the wrong direction and to direct the country towards the correct path on its way to progress.

“The Sasana will be protected only if the Dhamma is preserved. Similarly the race will survive only if the country is protected. Hence it is important to act with farsighted knowledge to protect the country” he added.
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  • RamUk Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:55 PM

    Pppl normally comment back on other news items go and bury their heads in sand with shame where r u guys?

    kay parker Monday, 01 April 2013 07:27 AM

    T20 Bangladesh supporters were attacked and this is what you call peace ??

    RAP Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:56 PM

    We always point out ,many mistakes done by former president CBK.But she never tolerated or indirectly supported racists.She took tough actions and security measures to prevent such racial events.That's why ,even Dalada Maligawa being attacked,people behaved humanly.
    Why these people cant get a lesson from the JR/government sponsored riots in 83.All the international sympathy and money came to LTTE after that incident.

    Dee Monday, 01 April 2013 07:36 AM

    Hey people its our day be happy (April Fools Day)

    f.deen Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    the example set by ur brother? via DM Android App

    Tangent Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:09 PM

    The law and order of Sri Lanka has dropped to very low levels. It is due to bad leadership. Now it is easy to as we can not go low any further, we at rock bottom.

    Tangent Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:11 PM

    Law and order at rock bottom, the rest sky rocketing.

    ANTON Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:11 PM

    Doesn't he like other religions to set examples.

    shihan Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    time is up sir via DM Android App

    commissioner Monday, 01 April 2013 07:51 AM

    I think he does not have control of the country

    ravisandu Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:14 PM

    That was the whole point IVJ, to further confuse already confused minds of people...

    puswedilla Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    You are such a hypocritical joker. Now you insinuate that bbs can set the rules for Muslim and Christian minority, hell! via DM Android App

    Rohitha Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:14 PM

    Sir, You are promoting BBS activities or trying to curb their activities? your speach was really confusing. Good politics banana republic

    Truth Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:16 PM

    After all these either he still doesn't have a backbone to stand up to these extremists, or he himself is behind it.

    King Kong Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:20 PM

    Yes you're right I couldn't get it. what he mean really?

    Ralahamy Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:25 PM

    Mr President--- don't point the finger at others......FIRST govern by example as a true statesman rather than a leader of a gang of hyenas'. Truth, Law and order, decency, sincerity,
    doing what is right for the country rather than your family, non-ego centric actions, worldly standards, stopping revenge, etc etc are what is needed rather than your hollow and laughable utterings !!!

    Mafra Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:33 PM

    Don't talk phylosophy.This is not the time for that.Act immediately!

    mi Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:35 PM

    Ahhhhh ethuma mak kiuwai?

    kaluarachchi Monday, 01 April 2013 08:33 AM

    He just has to see the comments on this column.

    Mohamed Mohideen Tuesday, 02 April 2013 03:57 AM

    Preached well but will not put it into practice.

    Pasel Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:45 PM

    First set them as an example tell all monks to stay out of politics

    Aliya Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    BBS really set an example in pepiliyana with police protection,, didn't you see that clip, Mr.President? via DM Android App

    Azam Sheriffdeen Monday, 01 April 2013 08:37 AM

    Why don't you start by condemning the Papiliana attack and hate speeches.

    Berty Monday, 01 April 2013 08:39 AM

    Should start from the top.
    Show the way.
    Set an example.

    Crudedude Monday, 01 April 2013 12:00 AM

    What breaking news in kandy??? via DM Android App

    LFPeace Monday, 01 April 2013 02:57 AM

    Dear President, if what you say is true why not a strong legislation for ethnic problem creators.

    ralahamy Monday, 01 April 2013 03:05 AM

    It is Good this news came on the 1st April. Otherwise people will take it seriously. Anyway is this serious? I wonder.

    RamUK Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:28 AM

    should start from the top.....

    Sareek Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:30 AM

    They set an example in pepliyana.

    Sri Lankan!! Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:32 AM

    After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done....
    An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

    akashi Monday, 01 April 2013 12:00 AM

    APRIL FOOLS JOKE via DM Android App

    Hit wicket Monday, 01 April 2013 12:00 AM

    wt u trying to say boss ..lead by example..blah..blah..blah via DM Android App

    mewan Monday, 01 April 2013 03:35 AM

    follow your heart men

    Mums Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:41 AM

    CJ. Dr. SB and SF are very strong,, people are with them too late Maharajnani ,, together UNP, JVP, all including original. SLFP all other parties, good future to our country Bossss

    Ann Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:40 AM

    How about taking action against those promoting racial tensions and acts of violence? Mere speeches wont work.

    mjm Monday, 01 April 2013 03:37 AM

    and in Kandy now!! Breaking news!!

    pasha Monday, 01 April 2013 09:22 AM

    April fool message by president?

    rangana Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:41 AM

    Dear President, so are you saying that the example set by BBS is good or bad??? now we are really confused... we should follow BBS or not????

    sami Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Bihiri Alinta veena vadanaya kirimak. via DM Android App

    hello hello Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:45 AM

    Words, words. But sir we need putting all words into practice. That is very much lacking in your regime sir. You never, never took action if the rules were disobeyed. Why sir?

    ravi Monday, 01 April 2013 09:26 AM

    saadu saadu saadu...

    baby Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:48 AM

    tell your brother first..!

    Dilip Sunday, 31 March 2013 02:39 PM

    Well said, now started to develop the other part of Sri Lanka as well not just Hambanthota.

    IVJ Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:49 AM

    I'm honestly not getting his message. He is on the fence.........shrewd politics!

    Concerned Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:52 AM

    What a joke. Maybe he should have a chat with family.

    hameed Monday, 01 April 2013 09:33 AM

    Well Said Captain

    antony Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:44 PM

    Monks follows the politicians trend to have power and wealth. They are leased bothered about their duties. In future politicians will preach and they can wear yellow robes

    weha Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:57 AM

    Wow why don't you set a example?

    human Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:06 PM

    this guy good for only talking

    Nadi Karunaratne Sunday, 31 March 2013 03:26 PM

    Let's have another useless probe.

    Ben Hurling Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Useless empty words by MR. Too little too late. A true leader would tackle BBS racism head on. Rather than beating about the bush. MR is just a politician. Not a leader. via DM Android App

    ANTON Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:21 PM


    idroos2002 Monday, 01 April 2013 09:55 AM

    Well said Sir we know what u r talking about though this is a passing cloud we r always with u for the forward march of our beloved nation

    RajasH Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:30 PM


    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 31 March 2013 04:38 PM

    "owa denu parahata, thama sammathaye pihita sita"

    sss Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:36 PM

    Reason, most in SL no practice but rituals. People play mangala sutte CDs believing it brings good luck

    Buffaloa Citizen Monday, 01 April 2013 12:09 PM

    Even then he will not realise. He is in a position where he is drunk with pseudo patriotism that is blinding his ability to analyze and think. Thus the dictatorial governance and culture of arrogance and impunity, that everything one does is right though it is wrong.

    zavahir Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:37 PM

    If have time read some international media articles. It will show where u stand.

    sahdi Monday, 01 April 2013 12:13 PM


    Yahiya Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:39 PM

    Police, Costitution,Religious harmony,Politics,Economy, Trade & commerce all in mess. This parliament is need today.

    Bonda Monday, 01 April 2013 10:06 AM


    truth Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:48 PM

    He pinches the baby and rocks the cradle at the same time!!!

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