We should say that the statement by Malwatte Chapter’s Mahanayake Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera that some have misinterpreted devolution of power as a division of the country that that the country needs a constitution that devolves powers and does not divide the country is the best remark by a Sri Lankan religious leader in recent times. The Thera said so at a meeting with members of the national movement for a new constitution on the 03rd. MP Dinesh Gunwardena, who had called on him to point out harms from the constitutional draft was told by the Thera that the government’s assurance that no harm could was acceptable, and asked him not to oppose amending the clause nine and to present any alternatives. Sumangala Thera reminded Gunawardena that he was a member of the committee that formulated the draft.
Is the Mahanayake too, against Buddhism?
The Mahanayake Thera’s answer is very important at a time when Gunawardena and the gang are pointing at non-existent evil and trying for their day-to-day political existence by saying that they will appear for the nation and religion by sacrificing their lives, after the people toppled the Rajapaksa regime. What Dinesh, Weerawansa and Gammanpila have been doing is to label as traitors, anti-Buddhists, LTTE loyalists and pro-imperialists all those who oppose their petty political objectives. Now, they have the chance to try to brand the Malwatte Mahanayake Thera similarly and face ruin.
International politics are experiencing a wave of secession across the world. Ninety two per cent voted for secession from Iraq as Kurdistan at a referendum on September 25. The referendum on October 02 said yes to secede from Spain as Catalonia. Before that East Timor, Southern Sudan and Kosovo seceded. In the face of all these, Sri Lanka remains an issue too, but for how long?
A community demands secession when another community represses it, especially a minority of a country by the majority. But, recent examples did not show that the secession failed to bring their hopes of a prosperous state. Secession mostly ends up with clashes and further clashes.
The developing society points to the globalization concept and stresses further unity among the countries. That is because the climate change, energy crisis and other problems cannot be solved by getting isolated.
Who are the real separatists?
One kind racism depends on the opposing racism. The gang that claims disloyalty and sows the seeds of Sinhala racism when the Tamils are given a right, itself serves the needs of Tamil separatism. They take Tamil racists to task in the platforms and provide slogans for them. They convince Tamil racists that they cannot win their rights from Sinhala society. Therefore, they are the real separatists, although they accuse the Tamils of being so. That is how Dinesh, Gammanpila and Weerawansa become separatists. Now, they are using the word ‘unitary’ to dance their separatist tune.
The 80 year old veteran politician, opposition leader R. Sampanthan recently said a Sri Lankan identity was needed to solve the national problem. His remark that comes with more than 50 years of political experience should be made the axis for the entire political movement of the country.
Therefore, it is essential that opportunistic politicians like Dinesh should be answered. That is why the Malwatte Mahanayake Thera’s answer is an excellent one.
Leftist prelate in Bhikku politics
Lanka News Web strongly criticized the Mahanayake Thera over the issue of the closure of the road in front of Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. We are ready to admit that our remark made with regard to the national issue by quoting our journalistic ideal Ajith Samaranayake is wrong and he is correct once again, as demonstrated by the remark by the Mahanayake Thera.