Spiritual leaders are instrumental in the reconciliation process – President
Spiritual leaders are the real messengers who connect the hearts of the people and strengthen reconciliation as wished by every religious philosophy, said President Maithripala Sirisena.
President noted that the guidance for reconciliation is witnessed in Thripitaka, Bible, Quran and Bhagavad-Gita. He highlighted that Buddhist monks and all other priests belonging to Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are expected to make use of the norms of the great teachings.
President Maithripala Sirisena was speaking at the cultural program, “Erabadu Vasantham”, dedicated to enhance ethnic and religious reconciliation. The event was held at Singakkuliya, Dankotuwa on 9th April. A program was also organized to remind the service of late Rev. Fr. Marcelline Jayakody in line with the cultural event.
Speaking further, President stated that our country was built upon on peace and reconciliation among different communities from the ancient times. Sri Lankan nation should come together as a strong human wall while consolidating peace and harmony among different ethnic communities at the present context, President said.
President explained that though some elements would try to insult the term “reconciliation”, Sri Lanka’s future will only be fruitful if the term would be given the true meaning and implement it in the society realistically.
President also commended the services of legendry artiste Rev. Fr. Marcelline Jayakody, who earned the hearts of people from all walks of the life in Sri Lanka.
The President presented a token of appreciation in the memory of Rev. Fr. Marcelline Jayakody to a senior member of his family Winifrida Jayakody.
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What is this bloody reconciliation MY3 is talking about. The LTTE was creating havoc in the country and the people from all walks of life weer terrorized by Tamil tigers for over two decades. Thanks to the great MR the LTTE was wiped out and the country finally got the freedom that the Sri Lankan’s were waiting for. The people of Sri Lanka have now forgotten all about this stupid war and are getting on with their lives. So what is this recompilation all about. Is it to satisfy the Tamils (who seem to be never happy no matter how much you give them) and please western world.
Our current leaders allowed our National Anthem to be sung in Tamil so what next. How about in English Malay and Arabaic.? And what next.May be change the Sri Lankan flag from a lion to a Tiger.
Hi Stanley: You forgot about the Adiwaasi (Wadda) language. I strongly support national Anthem to be Sung in Aadiwaasi language.
Lion Flag! My friend there is already a suggestion to change the Lion in the flag.
Because we are surrendering to the world and obeying countries like USA, UK and other European countries demand us to do and as a result we have to give load of demands to Tamil and Muslims make, we should change our flag to a white colour flag,
Common Sinhalese wake up before you loose every thing bit by bit.
Common Ranjith. The rate things unfold now. Sinhalaya wont save even its tail (‘Natta’). Lion Flag (will be replaced by a white flag), there will be a high way right next to Dalada Maligawa, there will be no elephants in Perahera, Buddhist monks will not be ordained when they are below 12 years, Dalada Karanduwa will be taken in a Tipper (lorry), School Uniforms will be in multi-color, we have to get rid of Poya Holidays, no more Pirith using loudspeakers, etc
Well Mr Amarakoon what can we do about these sad things.? There is a Sinhalese saying” vatathe niyarath goyan kawa num kata kiyan nada a amaruwa” Who ever come to power will be the same and it will never get better.
Some excellent suggestions by Amarakoon.
Please keep the Lion in the flag but maybe, add a Tiger as well.
Highway next to Dalada Maligawa; that’s OK as long as the Highway, Structural and Geological Engineers give it the tick. Publish the Environmental and Social Environmental Reports to the public and invite comments and then, act accordingly.
Buddhist Monks should only be ordained >18 years of age when they have attained the age of consent.
What’s the problem in carrying the Dalada Karanduwa in a truck? That’s modern word. See, the Pope is transported in a Pope Mobile which is glorified Golf Cart. Also, Indonesian President self-drives his visitors, including our Prezzo, in a Golf Cart.
Multi colour school uniforms will be exciting and also will inspire youngsters to focus on educational pursuits. In fact School Uniforms should be psychedelic.
Poya Holidays are detrimental to national productivity. In developed countries, Governments require a referendum to add a holiday to existing. SL added 13 additional public holidays by the stroke of a pen controlled by a stupid politician. Time we removed the Poya Holidays.
Loudspeakers from any venue to be controlled by licencing which limits decibel rating to minimise social impact. permits should be carefully monitored by enforcing agencies. However, we have an IGP who is a ‘Yes Sir, Yes Sir’ man.
You need help Mr Thuleepan Somasundaram. I feel sorry for people like you. It is about time you admit tigers are dead. I cry for the tigers but I cry more for people like you.
Of course, the Tiger is dead. Thank you. May not agree that eliminating the Tiger was the best thing that happened. Had the Tiger been captured and jailed for crime, the story today will be different.
SL is moving economically from being a low income country to a middle income country. While the Lion is leading the way, we request that all communities move together, hand in hand.
Restore democracy in the North and East, handover all civilian lands and minimise the presence of forces.
The economy in the North is predominantly agricultural; restoring land will help people regain their productivity. Removal of the forces will empower them to breathe freedom.
Don’t bring the Indians to Trincomalee; they are an exploitative lot. See what happened when security was handed over to the Indians. Similar fate will be experienced when economic responsibility is handed over to them. The oil tanks in Trincomalee should be developed with local money; there’s plenty in the stock market and more opportunity for investment will attract more money.
Along with the process of taking the Northerners and Easterners along the development and freedom pathways, give them an opportunity to vent their frustrations. A Truth Commission like in South Africa, post Apartheid, will help.
We do wish to see persons standing n court, defending charges of war crimes. Had South Africa done that, more than 1/2 the white population who committed crimes against the Blacks will be languishing in jail. All the social and economic activity in which the whites are good at would have been lost. Instead, they were given a forum to vent feelings and frustrations. At the end of it, say sorry to each other, shake hands and co-exist.
But prior to that, foundations for co-existence must be built and as said earlier, restore the lands and restore civilian rule.
Please, do not continue to live in fear; this has been going on since Prince Dutugemunu who couldn’t stretch his leg in bed, due to fear. It is this fear that is preventing the majority from embracing the minority. Once the fear is extinguished, we become brothers and sisters.