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Prelate’s response to Dinesh



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Malwatte Mahanayake Thera


We all have to admire and appreciate the recent pragmatic expression of Malwatte Mahanayake Thera that the people of this country shouldn’t fear the proposed new constitution when President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had given an assurance on the unitary status of the country and the eminent place of Buddhism in the country. The Chief Prelate of Malwatte has further emphasized that the two leaders of the country have assured of protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the country and the place for Buddhism. As such an assurance was given by the two patriotic Buddhist leaders why should there be a questioning of its validity, was the question posed by the Malwatte Mahanayake.


It is most welcome and appreciable the Malwatte Chief Prelate has given a blistering reply to the visiting MP of the JO, Dinesh Gunawardena, that he and several other Joint Opposition members had participated in various steering committees on constitutional reforms, and they could have opposed of any harmful decisions of the proposed new constitution at that time, instead of submitting unnecessary observations and comments to him.


The Chief Prelate has told the visiting group it was better to give constructive ideas for the new constitution rather than criticizing and raising objections and prevent it from being enacted. The Mahanayake never forgot to remind Dinesh Gunawardana and his comrades what had happened in the past when the Bandaranaike –Chelvanayakam Pact was signed. During the signing of that pact, a chauvinistic group, similar to the JO group, opposed the initiative of late prime minister SWRD Bandaranaike’s efforts at finding a solution to the issues of the Tamil speaking people of the Northern & the Eastern provinces, and the aftermath was the country dragged into a destructive civil war, which lasted 3 decades of killing innocent lives and destroying valuable property.


Thus, there is ample proof and assurances from both leaders, the President and the Prime Minister, that the proposed constitution would never bring any harm to our country but would bring dividends and prosperity. We the people of this peaceful nation should accept it wholeheartedly without falling prey to the ulterior motives of certain inimical forces in the country.


Z. A. M. SHUKOOR


Aranayaka


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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