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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2764

Establishment of a Buddhist - Hindu Congress to promote fraternity between Sinhalese and Tamils

Colombo, 06 June, (Asiantribune.com): A decision to establish a Buddhist – Hindu Congress in Sri Lanka to build a foundation in order to develop a sense of fraternity between Sinhala and Tamil communities has been taken by the World Buddhist- Hindu Congress. On the instructions of President Rajapaksa, arrangements have been made to establish the Congress under the supervision of Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama.

A preliminary discussion was held at the Foreign Ministry Auditorium on the 02nd June chaired by Minister Bogollagama.

Present at the discussion were a large number of distinguished persons including the Hela Urumaua General Secretary, Venerable Omalpe Subhitha Thera, Venerable Professor Waragoda Permaratne Thera, Venerable Watinapaha Somananda Thera, Venerable Missaka Kamalasiri Thera, Venerable Yati weldeniye Ananda Thera, Chairman of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Mr. Jagath Sumathipala, Ms. Hema Gunathilake of the Women’s Congress, Director General of the Foreign Ministry SAARC region, Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda and the officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.

At the discussion Minister Bogollagama stated that with the LTTE wiped out, the Congress will be held at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura for three days from June 30th to July 2nd. He added that Anuradhapura is the city most suited to provide accommodation and facilities for the Maha Sanga, distinguished members of Hindu clergy and foreign diplomats who will be participating in this event where prominence will be given to Hindu – Buddhist religious affairs.

The Minister pointed out that Sri Lanka is faced with a lot a challenges at this post -conflict stage and people belonging to different communities need to have a sense of harmony and friendship to march towards social developments. He emphasized that most of the inhabitants of the IDP camps are Hindus and that every member at the camps should be restored to the normalcy of society.

He also stated that action taken for this purpose should be transparent to create awareness in the international community of the developments taking place in Sri Lanka.

Minister Bogollagama added that this Congress will provide an awareness of ancient Buddhist heritage, the history of Hinduism and the country’s cultural endowments. Venerable Omalpe Subitha Thera stated that this was the best opportunity to convey the message that the Tamils and the Sinhalese could continue to live in peace as they had in the past.

A large number of distinguished persons, representatives of the Women’s Organization for World Peace in America, the Maha Nayake Theras and more than fifty Hindu priests representing ten Hindu organizations in India are expected to participating in the Congress.

- Asian Tribune -

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