Grave concerns have been raised over the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddharta Sumangala thero sanctioning the activities of the Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).
In a meeting between the BBS and the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu chapter on April 23, BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara has been recorded pledging, that they would not continue any of their activities without the consent of the Chief Prelate.
“We will definitely heed your instructions; if you tell us tomorrow to stop, we will. But we will never stop because of the words of any politician – not even under pain of death. . .” Gnanasara told the Chief Prelate.
This pledge was made following a remark made by Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddharta Sumangala thera that concedes the unruly actions of the BBS.
He justifies the actions of the BBS stating, “Monks who voice their concerns publicly, do so in order to protect and preserve this country and the religion. Unfortunately, despite the many Ministers of this government, none have been able to offer effective solutions to the concerns expressed by the monks. . .”
He goes on to tell the BBS to ‘do something’, expressing a sense of desperation.
“In a newspaper I read, you had been quoted stating that you can create or topple governments. So do something!” he tells the unruly monk from BBS seated on his side.
Despite this meeting taking place over two months ago, it has been highlighted due to the comments made by the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, to a monk who has been repeatedly criticised for his remarks that incites racial hatred. He is presently held responsible for the violence that occurred in the coastal towns of Beruwala and Aluthgama on Sunday that targeted Muslims, following a speech he made at a BBS rally in the area.
“It took only two months for Gnanasara to accomplish the task given to him by Malwatte Mahanayake” a peace loving Buddhist monk told Colombo Telegraph.
Apart form Chief Prelate, Ven, Dawuldena Gnanissara thero, the Mahanayake of the Amarapura Chapter, none of the monks of the highest Buddhist chapters, including , m M, have not condemned the Sundays attack against Muslims.
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