Referring to Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s statement that Sri Lanka was not a Sinhala Buddhist country, National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Mano Ganesan said yesterday that Sri Lanka was a Sinhala Buddhist country.
Addressing the gathering of the National Path movement held at the BMICH, he said we were people of one nation but it was a Sinhala Buddhist country.
It is not good to say that Sri Lanka is not Sinhala Buddhist country. Although, there are different communities living in the country, we should admit that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country.
Meanwhile, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the prevailing unrest in the country should be curbed at least in three months before it gets worse.
“We all should be committed to creating peace and harmony in the country in the aftermath of the uncertainties erupted following the Easter Sunday terror attacks,” the Minister said.
Nevertheless, he said three foreign countries had pumped money in millions to the National Thawheed Jama'ath (NTJ) since September 2018.(Sheain Fernandopulle)
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Sando Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:46 AM
Well said Minister. It is in the Constitution. Singing the National Anthem in Tamil in 2015 also violated the Constitution.
Susantha France Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:51 AM
Please do not try to fool Sinhalese people by these opportunist statements
Bertram Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:53 AM
Let's Strip Mongol of his sri Lankan Citizenship and send him to one of 57 muslim countries.Then if he's Lucky he would end up in Jail for 15 years or until he is 'cured' .But most of those countries simply stone 'his kind of people' to death.
dulan de silva Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:53 AM
This is with reference to what Mangala said which is now misquoted. He only said Tamils and Muslims too are Sri Lankans and equal to Buddhists. what is wrong in this?
AnpanMan Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:59 AM
No, we are all born free. This land belongs to all of us. That includes the animals which roamed this land long before us.
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:01 AM
May we know what the three countries are.
Thangaraja Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:16 AM
What is your agenda Mano?
SpaceCab Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:16 AM
What exactly do you mean by that Mr Mano? does it mean that Singhala Buddhists are the majority? of cause everybody agrees with that, you don't have to state the obvious. But if you mean Singhala Buddist have more rights than other races then that is a problem because then Sri lanka becomes an Apatheid state. Please use your head before you speak
Suffering Srilankan Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:29 AM
I wonder why Champika wants 3 months for the unrest to be curbed? Does he want more attacks on muslims to continue until they are satisfied?
Hansa Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:29 AM
You all are idiots with no brains..
philip de silva Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:38 AM
please SHUT UP ALL OF YOU MP'S, it does not matter respect all and do the right thing what matters we are all sri lankans
Sam Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:49 AM
Oh really? USA does not say it's a English Christian or Catholic country, UK does not say that. France, Germany, Russia , China or any other united country does not say that. But only in SL we need to show this "Sinhala Buddhist country" banner!
marikar Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:49 AM
Mr. Mano is from the Indian origin he may not be a suitable person to answer this question, ideal person to answer this is Mr. Sampanthan.
Kathirgaman Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:53 AM
I am from Upcountry.I wish to remind Mr.Mano That the Finance Minister's statements on Sri Lanka Is correct.Of course Bouddhism Is a major religion of Sinhalese 70% and beside Muslims and Tamils.Therefore Mr.Mano can not argue That Sri Lanka Is à Bouddhist country?
Amal Siva Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:56 AM
This is typical playing to the gallery with elections around the corner.
Hautaum Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:16 AM
Tamil and Sinhala have the long history before christ. Both fought not only each but also european and indian (Rajivghandi) imperialism. So this poor guy learns to achieve somethings like some muslim ministers. just understood that how he escaped from Mrs Banda and Mr.Sasthri agreement. So if the agreement is still valid, you are first person to .....
Casanova Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:22 AM
Just ordered KY through Amazon for Mano. Enjoy mate.
Roshanaly Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:00 PM
Ahmed Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:11 PM
He is an Indian, so he doesn't care his words.
Ramesh Wednesday, 15 May 2019 03:02 PM
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They possess conscience and reason. Therefore, everyone should act in a spirit of brotherhood towards each other.
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