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Steps are being taken to amend the Lion in the National flag, Defence Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said.

Responding to a question posed at a virtual media conference, General Gunaratne said that concerns had been raised over some shortcomings in the image of the Lion in the Sri Lanka flag.

“Proposals were made by some people in society that there are some shortcomings in the Lion image,” he said.

General Gunaratne said that the Home Affairs Ministry has taken the proposals into consideration.

“However, there is a large process to follow. It will need to be put forward to Parliament for approval,” General Gunaratne added. General Gunaratne said that the relevant officials are discussing the matter with the Government. He said that very little could be done with the flag ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations.

As a result, the existing Sri Lanka flag with the Lion image will be used at the celebration.

However, he said the process to make the required changes is underway. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

  Comments - 18

  • Porta Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:44 AM

    Don’t open a can of worms! Better find more worthwhile things to do!

    Always questions Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:50 AM

    Does it mean we have been proudly displaying a lion with defect for the several decades? And none of our Pandits were oblivious to this fact?

    Sambo Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:54 AM

    The only country in the world to have an animal in it's national flag.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:54 AM

    Maybe add some general stars over the lion head?

    Dee Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:01 AM

    What has the national flag got to do with defence ministry?

    Anura Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:20 AM

    Take your hands off the national flag

    Roisin Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:30 AM

    Amend it into a banana

    Lumbini Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:30 AM

    There are many other shortcomings in the country other than the Lion image. Just attend to them.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:59 AM

    It is best to replace it with a Donkey (apologies to the real ones who work hard

    Don Juwan Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:07 AM

    Sambo you idiot,thereare 36 countries in the world who have animals on their national flags. browse internet and see. It is very annoying when empty people utter things in public merely they have mouth, that misleads others.

    Aristotle Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:10 AM

    Coming colors not good. What animal or whose picture you intend to substitute the Lion with?

    Rizi Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:11 AM

    Adding a dragon insted of a lion would be an ideal solution

    Ranjith Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:13 AM

    Current rulers are riding on Sinhala Nationalism . Erecting Viharas in Tamil areas, occupying land under the name of archeological sites, modifying the flag are some of the food for the demon they have created.

    Lost Lankan Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:17 AM

    Change of image in the national flag has no influence in public income data and life style. Moreover Politicos behavior un-changed.

    Jd Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:27 AM

    Please don’t change anything, it’s our inheritance! Don’t touch it !

    Ranjith Tuesday, 02 February 2021 11:29 AM

    We we are not lions we represent Naga Raksha Deva from ancient days

    Punchi Banda Tuesday, 02 February 2021 12:17 PM

    Replace the lion with the nazi swatika. Both symbolise the domination on one peoples over others and the lion like the swastika and the supremacy beliefs is propelling the country to oblivion

    Karu Tuesday, 02 February 2021 04:03 PM

    Seriously? The lion was the issue? Not the inequality in representation which has been talked about for years on end?


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