‘Buddhist philosophy revitalised Sri Lanka’ – Prime Minister
“Sri Lanka is a unique example in the history of the world, of a society that was revitalised by cultural, political and religious reforms that stemmed from the introduction of Buddhist philosophy,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states in his Poson message.
“Arahath Mahinda Thera undertook the mission to Sri Lanka with the clear understanding and confidence that its people would follow this sublime path of the Dhamma. Our adherence to Buddhist teachings and the way the Buddhism established in our country proved that invasions, intimidation and violence are totally unnecessary for the facts to be imprinted on people.
“On this Poson day, Sri Lanka needs to reflect more than ever before on the profound truth preached by Buddha. Our commitment to work in partnership to rebuild humanity through the path of the Dhamma, will undoubtedly pay off in replacing malice which is being propagated today.
“Let us live a life enriched by the true principles taught in Buddhism. Despite the prevalent religious and cultural differences, let us reflect upon unity and harmony that is essential for building our nation. May all be awakened by the Dhamma on this full moon day of Poson,” the message reads.
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And you sir, sadly as the PM of our nation, you paved way to Revitalize Terrorism in Sri Lanka – Terrorism that was all but a wet-dream for any would-be terrorist in 2015 when you took reins as the PM of the nation. That’s because the previous GoSL in May 2009 wiped out terrorism lock stock & barrel from SL soil and the controls in place thereafter were impenetrable (e.g. LTTE terrorism revival by the ‘new’ LTTE leaders Gopi, Apppan and Thevian was ‘summarily extinguished’ in Nedunkerny by the then GoSL in April 2014). This is not saying about how good and ‘pure’ the former GoSL was in its governance of the nation, but at least the population could then go about the country without getting blasted by these heinous terrorists’ bombs! Yes sir, your track record speaks for itself!
It is exactly because of this unique aspect of our beloved country that we should try to preserve our cultural heritage, traditions and values without succumbing to outside influences.
Kevin’s accusation I believe, is unfair.
The methods adopted by the previous rulers in dealing with Tamil extremism have resulted in tarnishing the glorious image of our country.
In 2005, RW had a definitive, conciliatory and universally acceptable solution to the ethnic issue.
The population’s wishes were not tested in the presidential elections of 2005 as the minority boycotted their vote.
The Easter day pogrom results from ultra radicalisation which the Ministry of Law and Order and Ministry of Defence (both held by the King) failed to comprehend and act.
“The methods adopted by the previous rulers in dealing with Tamil extremism have resulted in tarnishing the glorious image of our country.” – WOW! were you still waving the Tiger-head-and-bullets flag or sadly gazing at the Nanthikadal pics when you uttered that, so profound, statement? LMAO!
Sure, put more Buddhist monks behind bars, do not allow Buddha statues to be placed in Sri Padaya, allow Buddha statues to be vandalized, do not allow Pirith (because of noise pollution), allow Buddhist archaeological sites to be systematically bulldozed. After doing these things you definitely revitalized Buddhist philosophy in Sri Lanka.
I agree with Kevin’s comments. After all, we all know how RW was taken for a ride by the LTTE and the Norwegians (SLMM) in 2002 ceasefire agreement – the infamous agreement that saw our SL army being confined to barracks while LTTE was roaming all over SL bumping off anti-LTTE Tamils and SL military intelligence personnel, LTTE bringing over 18 shiploads of weapons and freely unloading them off the coasts in NE (and SLMM turning a blind eye), and finally LTTE, at its own choice of opportunistic date unilaterally breaking the ceasefire and setting off blitzes of ambushes of SL defense forces, killing over 150 in a mere week (they even used internationally banned white phosphorous incendiary shells when ambushing a leave-going SL Navy convoy in Mannar that saw wounded soldiers slowly burning in agony to ashes!). Fiery Fernando, you may have blinkers on, or sadly have a dementia-afflicted memory, to be uttering unfounded favorable statements re. RW, but to us who have followed our national security developments over a long time and seen the blunders he has committed over 25 years, no, we do not have that problem.
That aside, what do you mean by “conciliatory and universally acceptable solution to the ethnic issue?” when saying about RW? What is it that the Tamils in SL today (or in 2005) lack that the other ethnic groups enjoy? Please sire, I beg of you to desist from uttering the same cockamamie nonsense that our Tamil vote-hungry politicos in SL utter like parrots, a practice that has caused irreparable damage to our nation!