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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

Country is suffering from a drought of statesman!

By S.H.Moulana

Chief prelate of Asgiriya chapter Most Ven. Dr Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera has stressed the need for the various community of this country to live as brothers and sisters. He has said that we are all Sri Lankans born in this country and we have lived together for several centuries without any issues.

The Anunayake of the Malwatte Chapter Rajakeeya Punditha Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera has said that the Muslim community during the foreign invasions of the past made much sacrifices for the sake of the country. This trend has had continued even to the present times. However, we note, the senseless carnage committed by few brainwashed fanatics on Easter Sunday has shaken not only those affected but the Muslim community at large. As much as the terror group even the government should share the responsibility for it's inaction in preventing it despite receiving intelligent reports from various sources well ahead of the fateful of day of tragedy.

The ongoing inquiry by those appointed by the parliament has revealed many shocking news. Even those questioned from the Muslim community has confessed how well in advance they have warned the authorities of the impending danger from these extremist group. Despite the truth being so, it is totally unfair to target the innocent Muslims, their properties and places of worship causing tremendous damage.

The reports have revealed these attacks were well organized and supported by extremist groups.

The senior lecturer and the head of the department of history of the University of Kelaniya Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thera during a recent interview said the loss we had to face due to the result of 1983 riot. He pointed out how the Motorola company which was to be opened in Sri Lanka shifted to Malaysia. He said it employs now well over 25,000 Malaysian citizens which could have been 25,000 Sri Lankans had it been here. He also did not approve the way things were handled by the authorities soon after the Easter Sunday carnage.

He was critical about what happened at Aluthgama, Ampara and Digana etc. It is encouraging to note all educated ven. theras not involved in dirty politics and are fair, frank and impartial in their views. There is another outstanding ven. thera whom I respect a lot is Ven Dambara Amila Thera of University of Jayawardenapura.

The Venerable Theras mentioned above are all patriotic citizens of the country and not involved in dirty politics and in other words they are statesmen. James Freeman Clarke, an American theologian and reputed author, talking about a statesman and politician said 'A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.'

Don't we see that here now? The only topic currently discussed by our political party leaders and their followers is nothing but the next election. We are suffering from a drought of statesman and a flood of politicians. When will be blessed with a statesman as a leader to guide our nation in the right path?

- Asian Tribune –

James Freeman Clarke (April 4, 1810 – June 8, 1888) was an American theologian and author.
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