23 October, 2020

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Withdraw The Proposed 20th Amendment: Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha Tells Government

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution rejects the core of democracy, which is one of the progressive elements of humanity, hence should not be enacted, says the Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha.

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Issuing a statement today they say, “steps must be taken to draft a new Constitution that upholds democracy and rule of law.”

We publish below the statement in full:

The Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha made its position clear on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, and further confirmed that the proposed amendment is regressive and paves the way for an undeveloped tribal society, that will seriously impede progressive characteristics of human society such as freedom of thought and action, and therefore, the Sangha Sabha decided to make a strong emphasis to the Government that they should not pass the proposed 20th Amendment.

At present most countries in the world have based their government systems on the democratic principle that the three branches of the state, i.e. the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, should keep the equilibrium by means of checks and balances on each other. In 1978, introducing a new Constitution, Mr. JR Jayewardene undermined the system of checks and balances and concentrated unprecedented powers in the executive branch of the government. Since then, a broad discussion took place in the country, and 37 years later, in 2015, the 19th Amendment to the constitution restored those checks and balances removed by President Jayewardene. The proposed 20th Amendment once again threatens democracy by undermining the system of checks and balances. The end of this process will mark the birth of authoritarianism, arbitrary despotism.

The Government, in support of the 20th Amendment, emphasizes that their effort to bring in the 20th Amendment is to reverse some of the obstacles introduced by the 19th Amendment. However, here we wish to mention that justification put forth by the government needs deeper scrutiny. The 19th Amendment clearly made some legislation that strengthens the sovereignty of the people. Some of the progressive enactments of the 19th Amendment are as follows:

1. Re-introducing the Constitutional restriction for two terms for a President by Article 31(2), which had been removed under the 18th Amendment;

2. Restricting foreign citizens from becoming Members of Parliament or President by Article 91 (c) XIII;

3. Establishment of a Constitutional Council to oversee appointments to important positions in public service;

4. Establishment of Independent Commissions by Article 41 (b) VI;

5. Subjecting the appointment of Judges to superior courts by President, to the approval of the Constitutional Council by Article 41 C.

The above facts very clearly show that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is not a regressive reform as the government claims. However, legal experts have pointed out technical shortcomings in the 19th Amendment, as such, any reform to the Constitution must attempt to redress the prevailing shortcomings and remedial action to address them. Instead, bringing in a new constitutional amendment such as the 20A, will only bring regressive reforms, add negativity and undemocratic features to the present Constitution. Following are some of the regressive elements proposed by the 20th Amendment.

1. Although the Parliament holds powers over public finance according to Article 148 of the Constitution, the 20 Amendment proposes to remove the offices of the President and the Prime Minister from the purview of the Auditor-General thus not subjected to government audit. This contradicts with the articles 3 and 4 of the constitution that specify people hold the sovereign power of the state;

2. The proposed changes to Articles 44, 45, and 47 under the 20th Amendment seem to invalidate the mandate and independence of the Members of Parliament;

3. The proposed 20th Amendment seem to subject the public service under direct political authority;

4. The proposed 20th Amendment, by Article 103, seem to remove the independent mechanism for elections;

5. The proposed 20th Amendment, by Article 109, seem to challenge the independent existence of the judiciary;

6. The proposed 20th Amendment, by Article 122, seem to abolish the right of the people to plead justice from judiciary;

7. The proposed 20th Amendment, by Article 153, seem to open space for embezzlement, fraud, and corruption.

In consideration of the above, it is quite clear what the country needs now is a new Constitution that suites a modern nation to face the challenges and steer the country forward, hence not another amendment to the constitution that undermines and paralyses aspects of democracy and humanity.

Therefore, we hereby kindly emphasize to the Government to foster a broad public discourse on a new Constitution that suits the country, and ensure that the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution is not enacted and conform the same by the Parliament.

Pallekande Rathanasara Thero

Maha Lekhakadhikari

Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabhawa

Aththangane Sasana Rathana Thero

Maga Lekhakadhikari

Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya

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  • 25
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    Okay, anymore legal luminaries ????? Where were they during the elections ????

    • 26
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      Chiv – They were there, listening to what SLPP was boasting about – these politicians never
      mentioned a word about what the contents of 20A would be- did they?

      The 39 parties that went to Court should write a word of Thanks to these “true citizen leaders”.

      I humbly suggest that the Christian, Hindu & Muslim Religious hierarchy also issue
      Statements on similar lines before White Vans are assigned!!

      • 16
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        Interference in politics is not within the domain of Hindu temple priests, theirs is to perform rituals in temples!

    • 33
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      My salute to these Rev. Sirs.
      They have the guts to come forward while all other incl. Rev. Malcome Ranjith stays yet as if he s fed with clay.

      • 17
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        Seconded.

        • 7
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          Thirded, if in order!

    • 7
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      This develoment is great!
      .
      The issues here are so fundamental that nobody should refer to this move as “interference in Politics”.
      .
      Every thinking citizen of this country must join the movement to oppose the 20th Amendment. Such support signifies that when the issues are to be clearly seen our citizens will respond rationally.
      .
      However, let it not be imagined that it will be so easy grapple with more complicated and complex issues.
      .
      Let’s rejoice that these monks have greater credibility than our corrupt politicians.

      • 5
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        Dear Mr SM,
        .
        Please take good care of you. Dont travel to COLOMBO these days. One of my friends shared me nobody knows how many of srilankens are really infected by COVID19.

        By the way, what happened to our old royalist – SCPasqual? He attacked you, he attacked me. He attacked everyone calling us all IDIOTs. He started calling you a female.. remember ? That is why I always addressed him with “Ms SCP”.

        . I think he has no more arguments…. his self glorifications was his end.
        :

    • 9
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      These rev. sirs on the pic have guts to react timeworthy.
      :
      While so called MALWATHU CHAPTER and all others incl. so called high Chapter and Malcom Ranjith Led politically remoted relgiious leaders stay as if KIRIMATI GILAPU kimbulas – කිරිමැටි ගිලපු කිම්බුල්ලු වාගේ.. අදටත් : In Good governance days, they went on marching, asking anything and everything for the nation, today, the very same SANGAYAs to stay mum ?

      This is the hypocratic MIRROR image of the SRILANKEN society.

      What happened to so called PROFESSIONALS ?; University Dons ?

      20A could twist almost everything becasue executioner, unhearted man as incumbent president be given unlimited powers. He himself louded it, ” what else, if the executive president would utter it, why to wait for circulars? etc”: Is that not sufficient all walks of SRILANKENs to come to roads and go on protesting against abusive acts of the ruling men ?

    • 6
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      Can anybody of you guys please question as to why that BBS lead remains silent yet today ?

      He always stood against boasting about his PATRIOTISM. …. what happened to him today.
      :
      What is wrong with ATHANA METHANA NATANA RATHANA ?
      :
      JATHIYATA LAEDI BALAWEGA are dead silent on 20A ?

    • 4
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      Dear Chiv:
      Wondered the same. Where were they at so many points in our history when righteousness needed backing.

      Let’s hope that this is the beginning of redemption.

  • 21
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    Sri Lanka’s major problem is corruption. There is enough evidence to prove that the governments ruled from 2005 to today have robbed the nation using the constitutional powers they created themselves.So, the constitution should always should give proper status to accountability and rule of law for all those who responsible for the power including Prime Minister. All the maha sangha priests should makes sure that happen.

    • 18
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      Well, it seems that at least some of the Sangha can see what their own brethren have got the country into.
      But I believe there are wheels within wheels. Was this statement inspired by disgruntled elements inside the Pohottuwa? If so, will we see open dissention in Government ranks?

      • 21
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        See OC, I thought it is right to brand everyone wrapped around with saffron costumes to be “PINGUTTHARAYAs”; but these brave monks made my day bravooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

        • 20
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          Yes on a dark night even a moonbeam sheds light. So it is with the saffron robed here showing a spark of resistance in this case.
          What a big commotion was made by a saffron robed on a fast unto death at Independence Hall a week before the August election demanding that the MCC not be signed by the new president with TV and crowds around. I suspect that monk did not know what the MCC was about but wanted to be in the spotlight knowing very well that he will get an orange juice soon.
          With Democracy on the deathbed, these same Deshapremis are silent. Is it because they know what will happen to them.

          • 5
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            How far that little candle throws its beams.
            So shines a good deed in a naughty world…
            Merchant of Venice.

        • 8
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          OC,
          .
          what is your idea, may I restart offering my ALMs to them again ? From recent years on, I dont even kneel down before a SRILANKEN monk. That I do intentionally, becasue I dont see any kind of respect in srilanken buddhist monks. I can though generalize but I really thought, they are all PINGUTHHARAYAs. what is your opinion as one who lived in that part of the world for decades ?

      • 4
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        Dear oc,
        .
        I don’t think that I’ve ever pretended to have a “Buddhist background”. My parents were Anglican. That I’d got pretty fed up with that Colonial relic, I made no secret of. Let’s hope for better things from them after Dushantha Rodrigo formally becomes Right Reverend on the 15th of November.
        .
        It is to Malwatte and Asgiriya that our politicians usually run. An hour ago, I thought that I’d better check this business up – having been rather fuzzy about it. Apparently it is A&M, well endowed by the State, who operate on caste lines – deliberately excluding some.
        .
        Ramanya and Amarapura are open to all, which is not only as it should be, but is what Gauthama tirelessly advocated. Given the history of all this, and the wealth of Malwatte and Asgiriya, R&A do have a preponderance of so-called lower castes.
        .
        Let’s keep this in mind, but not try to sow discord. What we need is a United Sri Lanka where the government is secular – but let that be a long-term goal.
        .
        Let’s hope that this works out well for all beings!

        • 3
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        • 3
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          S.M,
          “Ramanya and Amarapura are open to all, which is not only as it should be”
          If you read the marriage proposals (yes I know we both are well past it), you would have noted that the “low caste” ones say “caste immaterial”, while the high castes specify similar status !

          • 2
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            Oc@I thought they do nt care much about the caste today. I mean our powerful sinhala race….That’s why we notice whole sort of new surnames are often displayed on TV screens today My elders never heard such surnames. ?????7????????????????????

            • 2
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              LM, your comment shows that those designated as being from lower castes are acutely conscious of how their caste keeps them down.
              .
              So they adopt a surname which hides their caste origin. I think that you ae implying that. It would be cruel for me to name some who have fallen back on that strategy. We need note only the prolioferation of new surnames.
              .
              We cannot fight the cause of those kept down by their caste origins by humiliating individuals. I hope that our comments get the message across in this “Kingdom of the Buddha”. You see so many stickers in Sinhala on tuk tuks proclaiming that.
              .
              These people must understand that once they have succeeded in liberating themselves in this way (and let us rejoice that they can), they’ve got to ensure that there is some way out for those who can’t effectively do this because the “First Language” necessary for the purpose, and education are out of their reach.

            • 3
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              LM,
              I wonder why parents nowadays don’t give their children names like Kiribanda, Somapala, Dingirimenike, Dayawathie, etc?

              • 3
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                LM,
                Are the Sinhalese ashamed of their own names?

  • 23
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    The Rajapakses are irreligious men. I doubt they will take heed.

    • 16
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      But MR s body is filled with 40 or more talishments, I read somewhere else. Also around his genitals. This was revealed once by his Royal Astrologer. ?????????????????????????

    • 6
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      Re@

      Barabarians in general would not go after religions if they dont seek any kind of selfish gains.

      Likewise, only for their political parade decocrations, as an icing cover of a cake, they are being abused by many today.

  • 10
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    The two guys in the background in trouser and shirt are spoiling, what would have been a great theological photo…..” Sri Lankan Democracy saved by Sangha”

    is it possible to photo edit them out
    edit out the cheap biro the thero is holding to and replace with a quill.
    and the piece of paper they are signing ….looks horrible
    the frills and fancy is missing please do a photo edit of that as well

    • 9
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      Rajash
      There is nothing wrong with the photo.
      Only politicians are interested in photo editing.
      This is a genuine photograph. There is no reason to “fake” it by editing.
      Throughout our history, Buddhist monks have led, laymen have followed in every struggle to protect the country.

      • 11
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        have some sense of humour man!

        • 10
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          Rajash, I THOGHT CHAMPA IS FEMALE. ?????

          • 5
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            Rajash, I THOGHT CHAMPA IS FEMALE. ?????

            oh dear :)

            • 4
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              Rajash,
              .
              Champa is consistent in concealing identity.
              Can’t be sure, I think that Champa is a woman – intelligent and honest. It would be nice to think that she’s attractive as well, but wouldn’t that be a sexist thought?
              .
              I’ve been following her around for a long time, and may have been the first to draw attention to her honesty and independence – just ask LM, I had aired that view long before I told LM. I think that Champa has got the balance right. Being proud of one’s ethnic make up is all right if one is also fair by others. This is what all Tamils must remember.
              .
              By now, LM is now a far more prolific commenter than me. I think that we are both honest, but maybe that we go too far in repudiating people like paid lackey, Eagle Eye. (No comment from him yet!) Regular readers have sometimes faulted us for “over-correction”.
              .
              Champa, we may mistake Eagle Eye for HLDM, but never for you!

              • 2
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                If people would have the will and power to change accordingly to the manner as Champa has been, this nation would have achieved a lot. Media mafia keep them unturned. That is well maintained by Rajapak se media intelligence. Basil funds them from the loot. People dont understand that their looted funds use to keep them in dark. , ???urage mas urage karapita thiyala karanawa???.This is common where societies filled with poor gullible masses. Look at africa and some provinces in india?????????

                • 1
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                  leelagemalli
                  I wish to reconfirm, as done in 2018 and 2019 on similar occasions, there IS NO CHANGE in me.
                  Since February 2015, I maintained the same principles and reasoning, about which even CT will vouch.
                  The change is in you guys, who accept my principles and logic whenever it suits you.

            • 1
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              How far that little candle throws its beams.
              So shines a good deed in a naughty world…
              Merchant of Venice.

        • 1
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          Rajash
          There is difference between humour and humiliation.
          Next time be more creative and find a proper subject, woman!

    • 3
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      Rajash,
      dont go after PICs, these pictures are random choices of the web site holders/media.
      :
      Most of the time, I notice, those pics donot go with the titles. Please think about… .TOday S jounalism is far behind what we got to see in 3 decades ago in the country. The langauge they use in TV and RADIO are just low level sinhala… most examples you will get from DERANA TV and Hiru TV.
      .
      And the million dollar question is STATEs are HELPLESS against such media men… why is that ?

      • 2
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        Sinhala_Man/Champa/LM

        my comment is an observation on the photograph on isolation…and not on the joint subject matter and accompanied/photograph.

        just imagine the photo without the two guys in trousers?
        The Rajapakses would have organised a much better photo shoot out .

        women!

      • 3
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        leelagemalli
        Exactly. This is a file photo.

        • 3
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          Champi Akki…
          .
          Please take good care of you. COVID is on a rise in SL.
          :
          Hope not that the number go up to the manner that went up in India. :::

        • 2
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          I know the photo is not related to the subject…!

  • 22
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    Well done! At the right moment.

    Hope the so called Buddhist Hitlers will listen. If they fail, they will not be elected again. They should know only Buddhist vote for them. No one else votes for them. If they lose even a small percentage of Buddhist votes it is game over.

    Tread beyond this and you are cursed Rajapaksas!

    • 12
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      Later is better than never.

      I think we hve also good monks in this good punished land.

  • 15
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    It appears that the Rajapakse Brothers (Unlimited) wants to have unlimited power to rule. Srilankans are not bloody fools. They can fathom what is in store for them. They are trying to Establish a Dictatorial regime after being elected through democratic means. It is evident that the Rajapakse Brothers are not sure of themselves under a democratic setup.

  • 16
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    What a world we live in and to suffer the regrets (Karma) of our actions, these monks may be thinking now. It was these same monks who moved sri lanka to vote SLPP. Also about a week ago the Asgiriya Chapter voiced these same sentiments. So far Malwatte is silent.
    Not for nothing is it said that what goes around comes around to haunt you.

    • 4
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      Ferryman,

      I dont think Karmas destine your life. Just imagine, those who perpetrated broad day high crimes got elected to be the leaders of this country. Would Karma ever stay behind human beings, why should Karma support the other waya round ? May well be, you now say, it is a cycle of Karma.

      I think looking at he leaders and their men got elected to rule this nation, over 80% them are rapists, thugs, illegal soil and land diggers, gold chain robbers, back lickers fo their later day life survivals (GLP, Wasidewa and other Old leftist pappas), so called professionals but with some tenedencies to be part of JARAWA tribe born to Medamulana Cave. All these men and women would bring no records about them being honest. ‘
      :
      Those PLANTATION tamils were promised 1000 bucks/day salary increase, Not a single pledge as they louded on the stage is settled today, but they grab more power to be the leader of the nation.

  • 7
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    I just saw on Facebook that the 20th amendment has been passed by the parliament with the required 2)3rd majority.
    It maybe the first reading.
    b.
    I sincerely hope that it is not true.
    c.
    These power hungry money greedy flea ridden mangy mongrels morons will not listen to any mother’s son or daughter.
    d.
    The Yakkos deserve what they should and will be receiving.
    e.
    Even though they are in the throes of all NOes they will continue to hero worship and pray for the souls of the disease infected rajapuka clan who were conceived before the era of preethi the condom.
    Rest in hell with no happiness or peace is all that one including me wish for the boru horu murdering of the innocent s rajapuk clan and their fellow criminal minds.

  • 9
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    I hope what BASL meant by taking up arms against the 20th Amendment is really what the Sinhala-

    Intelligentsia has commenced via their Religious Leaders – keep the heat going, until the Rajapakse

    family of politicians re-think, commencing from US Basil. Full stop.

  • 11
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    Bravo!!!!
    Thank you.
    Sinhalese Buddhists expect the same fearlessness from Malwathu-Asgiri Maha Nayaka Theros, and all other Sangha Nayaka Theros here and overseas.
    Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero was very clear in Thero’s opinion at all times against all treachery by political rulers, irrespective of their party affiliations.
    This is not enough.
    In fact, all Anu Nayaka Theros and other Buddhist monks who are party to the Presidential Buddhist Sabha should threaten to resign if the 20th Amendment is not withdrawn.
    If the said Buddhist monks and all other Buddhist monks have difficulty in collecting their guts, they should remind themselves about Venerable Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thero, who hauled down the British flag and raised the Lion flag of Sinhale, even deactivating British rulers and their Bayonets Army.
    Awake, Sinhalese! Join the Buddhist priests to raise a strong collective voice to force the President to withdraw the 20th Amendment!
    I posted many comments to a Sinhala daily newspaper which are yet to be published. Sinhala national newspapers are in deep slumber.

  • 6
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    Everyone talks of this “FANTASY” of “Democracy” and “Democratic System” of Governance. The latest “Version” and an “Interpretation” were well “Demonstrated” recently by the President elected by “6.9 Million” voters, at the “Briefing Session” of the Governing party MPS on the “20A”. At that meeting, some MPs expressed their concerns on some of the provisions in the “20A”. On listening to all that, what did the President who chaired the meeting said? “I am the President elected by the Majority of the people. The people have given me the mandate to rule the country and I do things accordingly. You cannot object to what I say and do”. After that “Warning” the meeting was concluded in a “Happy Note”. (Saba Thomo Sathutin Visira Giyaya) Before that meeting, the President communicated that same “ideology” to people at a public meeting where he said: “Take my word of mouth as official instructions. If you want you can write it down”. To sum up this “Version” and “Interpretation” of “Democracy”, I would call this “TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY”, represented by the elected President. So what can these “High Priest Conglomerates” do NOW, when they (the Elite Buddhist Priests) failed in the “Eightfold Path” specially “SAMMA DITTHI” at the BEGINNING?

  • 3
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    Will the 39 Lawyers who presented 20A matters to the 5 bench Judges in SL make a presentation in simple words to the following in Sinhala & Tamil so that all citizens will at least be guided for the present
    and future re a CONSTITUTION, given this wonderful opportunity to do so, please – which too can be thwarted if delayed.

    Present Sri Lanka Mahanayaka theros (Wikipedia)

    1.Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Maha Nayaka Thera presenting an honorary title to
    a Buddhist monk
    2. Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero – Mahanayaka of the Malwatta chapter of
    Siyam Nikaya]
    3. Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero – Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya chapter of Siyam Nikaya
    4. Most Ven. Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera – Supreme Mahanayaka of Amarapura Nikaya
    5. Most Ven. Napana Pemasiri Thera – Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya
    6. Most Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera – Mahanayaka of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma
    Mahasangha Sabha of Siyam Nikaya
    7. Most Ven. Thrikunamale Ananda Thero – Mahanayaka of the Dharmarakshitha Chapter of Amarapura
    Nikaya

    • 4
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      Can you remember Narada Maha Thera? He never used such glorious titles as Most Venerable etc. He only used the titles that are allowed – Bhikkhu, Thera and Maha Thera. He was a simple man and a greater monk than all these worthies put together.

      • 3
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        Stanley: A very timely reminder of Narada Maha Thero. To that, I would add Poojayapada Piyadassi from the same temple at Bambalapitiya Vajirarama. Apart from them, this country was BLESSED with many other similar Maha Sanga Ruwans; but for “Known” reasons, this country has been deprived of such “Poojyapadas”. That was the beginning of our “Downfall”.

  • 3
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    Withdraw The Proposed 20th Amendment that means inclination to injustice is an abuse of statistics
    direction shows It’s not healthy for a society if the people hate their own government

  • 7
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    The civilized world has rejected tyrannical rulers a long time ago.
    The Sinhalese people have also rejected repressive, authoritarian rules since the British.
    More recently, JRJ’s regime and Rajapaksa regime in 2015.
    There is no way we go back to primitive, authoritarian rule which is what will happen if the 20th Amendment is passed.

    • 10
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      Chsmpa@ do u think that srilanka as we see today is civilised? Please watch TV Derana and Hiru TV???? ??????????????????

  • 8
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    Amazing, all the pandithayas now arguing that the Sangha SHOULD intervene in politics.

    • 2
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      You have a point, Stanley.

      • 4
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        old codger,
        The intervention is not political. You seeing any point is bizarre.

    • 11
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      True Buddhism is not a religion, but right conduct in personal and social life towards liberation from existence.

    • 4
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      It probably might be that most in this forum might be taking the view that those who played a big role in creating the mess in the first place are the ones who should do the clearing too!

      • 2
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        “those who played a big role in creating the mess in the first place are the ones who should do the clearing too!”
        Quite true!

  • 7
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    20A may be OK for medieval religionists like Malcolm Ranjith and the Saffron Mafia. But it is an anathema to true Buddhists. This is the acid test. This is the challenge the 2500 year old tradition must face without flinching. The brave and noble Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha has lit a spark which has the potential to make Gotler’s military junta stillborn.

  • 4
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    Stanley,
    Are you not a shaven head?
    I thought You, Punchi… all are that class.

    • 3
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      Mallaiyuran, you and thought should not be in the same sentence.

  • 5
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    Will the Cardinal(s) also change his/(their) minds, or awaiting instruction from Kent and Lord Naseby

    • 10
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      Mr Maclom Ranjith head is controlled by Medamulana Cave.

  • 13
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    A ray of light in the darkness
    reveals signs of intelligent life
    on the island.
    \
    I guess soon we’ll be able to sing:
    \
    I can see clearly now the rain is gone
    I can see all obstacles in my way
    Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

    It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
    Bright (bright) sunshiny day
    It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
    Bright (bright) sunshiny day

    Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone
    All of the bad feelings have disappeared
    Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for

    It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
    Bright (bright) sunshiny day

    Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
    Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

    I can see clearly now the rain is gone
    I can see all obstacles in my way
    Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for

    It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
    Bright (bright) sunshiny day
    It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
    Bright (bright) sunshiny day
    \
    By the way, the singer who originally recorded this song, Johnny Nash, passed away a few days ago.

  • 7
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    Thank you Ajay. Reminds me of the time Lorraine and I split. I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone.

    • 7
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      Hey Man: .
      What’s even more hilarious is mishearing R.E.M.’s [Losing my religion] “That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight”
      /
      as
      /
      “Let’s pee in the corner, let’s pee in the spotlight”

  • 2
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    is there any provision in 20A, direct or my inference, to take away the power and influence of the Sangha on the President?

    If Gota utters its a law, that also applies to the Sangha?

    may be why they are getting bit nervous?

  • 1
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    Answer is given in the following.
    1.China utilizes such opportunities to encroach in Buddhist Monasteries with the assistance of Gnanasara Thero.
    2.At least these Buddhist monks have become vigilant. But they should not know a new constitution cannot be brought without affecting the 13th Amendment which is a bi-product.
    3.China had already sent some Buddhist-robed intelligensia to brain-wash the Buddhist clergy in Gnanasara Thero’s monastery and providing with sufficient funds.
    4. Can these Buddhist monks protest against the Supreme Court decision. Will these monks be charged for contempt of court.
    5. China wanted the Buddhists to sever ties with India in the midst of Supreme Court’s decision.
    6. Religion Vs Judiciary Vs Executive.
    Controversial issues are cropping to watch the developments hereafter.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM – have you wondered why India gave $15million to “foster Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Buddhist ties between the two countries.”

      I don’t know what that means, but I guess if the Rajapakse and their plane load cronies want to fly to India to visit Thirupathi. India will pay for the flights/hotels/and all other costs?

      $15million is hen shit for the Rajapakses ; they talk in terms of $billions.

      Rajapkase cronies will blow $15million even before you blink.

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        Rajash,
        Very soon you will watch that there will be confusion among the Buddhist monks. Sri Lanka is sensitive when something happens to Buddhism. Now some Buddhist-robe Chinese Intelligensia had encroached into Buddhist monasteries owned by Gnanasara Thero & other,, you can watch the developments hereafter. I don’t know how Maha Sangha will react. Buddhism will be in crisis.

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    Seems necessary in light of country unity. Sri Lanka is not a WEIRD country (Western-Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democracy). We cannot set up a government like these WEIRD countries. Amendments should read that President is executive where military is concerned; where country unity (anti-federalism) is concerned; where majority in not being disadvantaged by the whims of any minority. Judiciary can’t be trusted because too many are for the federal state. Yet, it’s the commercial side of things that is worrisome. For example, trying to get rich through competing world powers is suicide.

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      For example, trying to get rich through competing world powers, including the oil-rich countries of the ME is suicide.

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      ramona therese fernando,
      Federalism is not separation. Federalism strengthens unity. Is there any authority to say that Federalism is separation. Why can’t you get the answer from USA, Switzerland, India, Canada, Malaysia, etc. Do not try to mislead the people.

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        I agree, dear AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM.
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        De facto Federalism is definitely a way out of the mess we are in, but we’ll have to use different nomenclature. I really mean this. Except for a handful of Sinhalese who use language properly, it’s become a dirty word.
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        I hope that what I have written above is doesn’t sound as though I’m giving myself airs!
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        However, it is a fact that embedded into Sinhala conversation, it is a non-starter.
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        BTW, Ajay, how much of that Johnny Nash song have you tried to put in bold? Right now everything below that has “gone bold”, but I’ll try to correct that
        .

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          Thanks my dear Sinhala_Man for fixing.
          I know I screwed it up.
          And was hoping no one will know who did it.
          Though I also knew you’re bound to catch it.
          Nothing escapes your keen eyes.
          Which is good.
          But I’m pretty sure I did it right.
          Apparently it doesn’t always work.
          Thanks anyway.

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    True this is not the entire Maha Sangha. Still it has clout: The 20th A.affects Sinhala Goigama and non Goigama, Tamil and Muslim minorities.
    Had this statement been made,when the hearing of the 39 odd petitions in the Supreme Court was underway, the chances are that it may have had a bearing on the Judgement.
    In an ideal situation the bill may have been thrown out lock,stock.and barrel, hammer and sickle!

    Anyway, this stand of some sections of the Maha Sangha could provide Dutch Courage to the Govt:side MPP at voting time in Parliament.
    However, there is much more to this than meets the eye! Do I see a hidden Lotus in the Pond? The arguments put forward to retain the 19th A.is more or less the same as the architects of the 19thA.

    Knives do cut bothways. Deppathpathema keppenda puluwang!

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      RTF, I know that you mean well, but what you say sometimes gets hilarious because you’re totally out of touch with reality.
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      You’ve been out of the country so long. Try to get back here after COVID has been tamed. Travel may be getting possible. Prof Kumar david said that he’s setting out for Hong Kong today – and then faces two weeks’ quarrantine there.
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      I’ve got know him personaly only very lately. Plato, he wouldn’t have been not much senior to you in school. He had left Peradeniya by the time I got there. Wonderful guy!
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        Sinhala Man.

        Prof: Kumar David, I believe is about 5 yrs my senior. But I got to know him fairly well at Peradeniya. An avowed Trotskyite [NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING ]
        Wonderful guy you say. Seconded.
        After reading several of his essays right here on CT, I used to often wonder how and what charges his batteries!

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    What is happening in SL.
    Tonight Newsfirst and Derana said that Most Ven. Napane Pemasiri Thero, the Mahanayake of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya, said that he was not aware of the press conference held yesterday. But the picture shows him signing a document in the CT story. Is one of these stories fake news.
    http://www.adaderana.lk/news/68086/wasnt-aware-of-press-conference-held-on-20a-ramanna-nikaya-chief-prelate

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      Note the comment above by Champa that that picture is a file photo.
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      Yes, I saw that disavowal myself. It is unfortunate that the Rev. Thero has gone so far. However, note his age. This is what happens when an appointment is for life.
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      That’s how it is with Supreme Court judges in the USA. However, note that they have only nine SCOTUS members in a country with about twenty times our population. If migration is freely allowed, that population will quadruple, while ours will dwindle to one fourth.
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      This despite Nature having blessed us so abundantly. I hope you get my drift, and pay some attention to the arguments going on whether Trump should be allowed yet another nomineee.
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      My comment may not be totally accurate – in which case refine it, instead of discounting it.

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      Thanks, Ferryman.
      I’ve actually listened to all that the Ada Derana report says.
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      It is a good report. The mix of views comes through, although if you read only what initially comes on, the emphasis is on the old monks disavowal. Let me repeat the link, and suggest that all listen to it in full. Wijedasa Rajapaksa has come out against the Amendment. I have an extra large monitor, and I got his letter on in full.
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      http://www.adaderana.lk/news/68086/wasnt-aware-of-press-conference-held-on-20a-ramanna-nikaya-chief-prelate

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    Dont Know why comments are in bold. What the Siyam Maha Nikaya Amarapura and Asgiriya chapters have to say? Ditto to the Church of Ceylon.

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    More interesting news from Lanka. Lanka has applied for $ 500 million from China to run day to day business in short keep country running. Govt also declared only 250 ICU beds are currently available for Covid management. Right now the hospital I work have more than 50 Covid patients admitted at a given time. This is the best. MS told PCol ,appointment of LTTE members relatives caused several problems. Does he mean in CID,TID, Intelligence, Hema/Pujitha ???? Does this low life ever speak truth.

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    Ramona, just to remind(if you are not aware) you too are living in one of those weird countries , enjoying the perks and preaching your weirdo stuff to those who have no choice other than listening. The ones living in Lanka are weirdo’s who gave up their Democrazy after 70 years or so, by electing Rajapaksas back. They just have to learn living without it.

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