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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2645

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka on the sudden demise of Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero

Colombo, 10 November, (Asiantribune.com):

The Muslim Community is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. This was the first time a Muslim organization has expressed its deep regret on the demise of a Buddhist prelate.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) in a press release pointed out that “This modest Buddhist monk was a great icon in the eyes of all communities in Sri Lanka, including Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.”

Mr. N M Ameen, President of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka in the statement pointed out that “He was a courageous leader whose civic consciousness, commitment to justice and fair play earned him great respect among everyone, in Sri Lanka and abroad.”

Mr. Ameen in the statement further said, “Sri Lankans will remember his bold stand in reestablishing democracy and good governance during the Presidential elections in January 2015 when President Maithripala Sirisena along with the common opposition faced the charismatic and powerful Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt at a third term presidency.

He became the rallying point for the opposition that was fragmented and leaderless. His unwavering faith in democratic values and the huge respect Sri Lankans had for this charismatic monk is probably the single most important factor that brought back democracy to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan’s who looked up to him to be the guardian of good governance and steer the ship of Sri Lanka out of the current political storm would feel his sudden demise as an irreplaceable and irreparable loss.

His impressive political success in rallying the common opposition was largely personal.

He distanced himself from selfish politicians dealing in partisan issues and party maneuvers. His commitments to these principles and ideals resulted in gaining the respect and affection of politicians and laymen alike as a man suited to guide the nation through the domestic turmoil in post war Sri Lanka.

He was called upon to lead the common opposition, evidence of the high esteem politicians and laymen had for Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. He stood up to the hate campaign against minorities and threats to reconciliation in post war Sri Lanka that would have impeded the country’s march to domestic prosperity.

He was the chief incumbent of the Kotte Naga Vihara. The Venerable Thero came from humble beginnings and never distanced himself from the poor and needy, irrespective of religion, caste or creed. . He was a warrior par excellence in the political field and used ahimsa, or refrained from causing any pain to any living creature in his pursuit of justice for all.

As Sri Lankans, the greatest honor we can pay to this special person is to live by the standards he set for himself and the people who sought his leadership.

His outspoken demand to bring in constitutional and political reforms that would lead to peace, sustainable development and ensure a reconciled Sri Lanka should be implemented without further delay.

This would be the nation’s tribute to this revered Buddhist monk who was a leader and mentor to Sinhala Buddhists, Muslims, Tamils, Christians and all other communities that live in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Ameen concluded.

- Asian Tribune -

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