Lankan PM Slams Buddhist Extremists

Sri Lankan PM has slammed Buddhist extremists for distorting Buddhism which he described as a religion of peace, non-violence.

Published: 02nd June 2015 10:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2015 10:24 AM   |  A+A-

Ranil-Wickremesinghe-AP

In this file photo, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures during a meeting in Colombo. (AP)

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has slammed Buddhist extremists for distorting Buddhism which he described as a religion of peace, non-violence and inclusive development.

In his message for Poson Poya which marks the introduction of Buddhism to the island nation by Emperor Ashoka’s son, Prince Mahinda, in 250 BC, the Prime Minister said.

“No invasion has taken place in history to propagate Buddhism. Buddhism has a unique place among religions and philosophies because it creates a conducive environment for co-existence by respecting other religions and cultures. However, in today’s world, this noble teaching based on compassion and non-violence, has been challenged by extremist, short-sighted and violent acts. This is regretful.”  

“It is our responsibility to change this situation. Let us enrich our lives spiritually, not materially, and co-exist, respecting other religions and cultures,” Wickremesinghe said.

Reasons For Concern

The Prime Minister’s concern stems from the fact that Buddhism has become a tool in the hands of Lankan politicians to whip up national jingoism and anti-minority communal sentiments for narrow political gain. A universalistic religion has been made to serve partisan ends with every political party having monks in its ranks to help score points in competitive communal politics.

Buddhist communalism and its offshoot, Tamil radical sub-nationalism, tore Lanka apart through war and terrorism over a 30 year period.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.