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The action of Eastern Province Governor Sendil Thondaman to prevent Chief Incumbent of the Boralukanda Rajamaha Vihara Venerable Ampitiye Sukitha Wansatissa Thera from entering the temple is unjustifiable, Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Vidura Wickramanayake told Parliament.

“The Government will not accept the decision by the Eastern Province Governor to prevent the Thera from entering the temple,” the Minister said in response to a question raised by Venerable Athureliye Rathana thera in the House.  

The Minister however said he was not in a position to come out with details on the issue as two court cases are pending on the matter. 

“I refrain from coming up with details as a responsible Member of Parliament as there are two court cases pending on the issue,” he said.

Also, the Minister said a large number of archaeological sites have been destroyed during recent times. 

“Some sites have been destroyed by treasure hunters while others have been destroyed by organized groups,” he said.

The Venerable Thera said a number of issues have arisen over some temples in the North and the East including the Nagachola Reserve where it has been found that an Arama complex had existed and also with regard to Kurudi Vihara. 

“No one is against the distribution of land to the Tamils who have been displaced by the war, but it is also important to safeguard the archaeological sites in the North and the East,” he said.

However, the Minister assured that steps will be taken to resolve the issues amicably. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Sokrates Thursday, 24 August 2023 02:22 PM

    A country has no future without its past. However, it is not enough to just identify archaeological sites, they must be explored. Sri Lanka is once again too proud to work together with foreign universities and to issue excavation licenses, as is common in many countries. Also, western universities have world-renowned archaeologists that Sri Lanka does not have. This does not mean, as many proud Sri Lankans believe, that a single artifact will be stolen. Artifacts are only examined in foreign university laboratories with the consent of Sri Lanka and then returned with the appropriate expertise.

    cyril Thursday, 24 August 2023 03:26 PM

    Our neighbor has landed on the moon and we are still grabbing land and talking of erecting Buddha statues

    Singhalese for amicability Thursday, 24 August 2023 05:13 PM

    We dance for Wickramanayake'a so called culture with no future. People like Wickramnayaka who does not know anything other than communalism should be eliminated from the public. Talk always communalism but NO ACTION FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE. (Editor note - if you like publish it,but these are facts). L. N.Udrawathuna

    Kumara Thursday, 24 August 2023 09:45 PM

    Grow up Sri Lankan Politicians. There are so many unjustifiable acts against Tamils since 1948 eg:1983 race riots, 200 years of upcountry Tamils slavery etc. Pay attention to these first.

    Punchi Thursday, 24 August 2023 04:24 PM

    A friend of mine bought ancient Shinhala artifacts from an antique shop in New Zealand. How did it get there ?

    Kumara Thursday, 24 August 2023 04:27 PM

    @Cyril Our neighbour can land not only on the moon but also in the island nation -if extreme racist MPs bent on promoting racial tensions and as a result riots in the country.

    Mandayan Thursday, 24 August 2023 05:46 PM

    These politicians didn’t learn from Gota’s experience. Country is still struggling and can’t even pay the debt due to poor Bangaladesh. These radicalised morons are talking about religion!

    Buddhist Thursday, 24 August 2023 06:46 PM

    Any archeological site should be an archeological site and should never be rebuilt or allow any religion, race, or cast to conduct any celebrations there.

    Bandu Thursday, 24 August 2023 06:54 PM

    So when a Governor does an unjustifiable act, no action taken against him. What a country !

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Thursday, 24 August 2023 08:38 PM

    Historical sites should be protected. History was written in the past according to the whims and fancies of the rulers,even today it is the same, hegemony of the rulers taking place without being abated. Court decisions should be respected, Buddhism and Hinduism has similarities, hence it is paramount important to build trust and amity among religions.

    Paradise Thursday, 24 August 2023 09:26 PM

    Extremists are raising their heads again when there seem to be a little peace and harmony. These elements should be nipped in the bud or totally destroyed whether they be Ministers or MPs.


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