Mirisawetiya Rajamaha Vihara Chief Incumbent tells Canadian Envoy: Sri Lankan Govt not racist

By Sarath Manula Wickrama – Anuradhapura | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2021
News Mirisawetiya Rajamaha Vihara Chief Incumbent tells Canadian Envoy: Sri Lankan Govt not racist

By Sarath Manula Wickrama – Anuradhapura 

Ven. Ithalwetunuwewe Gnanathilaka Thera, Chancellor of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and the Chief Incumbent of the Mirisawetiya Rajamaha Viharaya, explained to High Commissioner of Canada David McKinnon that although some politicians in Sri Lanka are racist, the Sri Lankan Government is not racist. The Canadian High Commissioner arrived in Anuradhapura on Friday, 15 October, to pay a courtesy call on Ven. Gnanathilaka Thera. He also called on Atamasthanadhipati Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera at the Bomaluwa Temple. 

He discussed with Gnanathilaka Thera the positive steps taken towards peace in each country and the friendship between the two countries. Gnanathilake Thera pointed out that though the previous Ambassadors decided to avoid Buddhist temples, which are at the centre of Sri Lankan society, and only consulted with NGOs, David McKinnon visited the main temples and visited the chief incumbents to identify the true picture of the country. 

“Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans of all ethnic backgrounds live in Canada. Many wartime refugees live there. First of all, I would like to thank your country for taking care of them. According to the ideology carried by some organisations around the world, there is no racism in this country. Some politicians may have racism. But the Sri Lankan Government does not pursue racist policies. If the Government had such racism, Tamils would not have been appointed to the highest posts such as the Governor of the Central Bank, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General. 

The present Minister of Justice is a Muslim. People of all races happily serve in high positions. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Ambassadors to understand the misconceptions about the country and to report the true information to the international community,” the Ven Thera said. “The most appropriate way to do that is to meet the Buddhist monks. We are aware of the positive programmes being carried out by the Government to bring peace to the country. 

Despite the racism in our country, there are more ethnic groups in the capital and other provinces than in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.’’ the Prelate said. Commenting on this, the High Commissioner acknowledged that the Government had done a lot to solve the problems of the Tamil people, but said that the reason why the people were not satisfied was that the people were not aware of the programmes presented for that purpose. 

He said that Canada had faced such an ethnic problem in the past and that the programme they had implemented was to consult the people through an inter-ethnic committee and analyse the data and information. He also said, what is identified from those data is that large opinions have been formed on very minor issues and the younger generation is excluding older opinions and Sri Lanka should understand the ideology of the youth and come up with solutions that are acceptable and tangible to the people through such an inter-ethnic committee. The High Commissioner was accompanied by his Political and Trade Adviser Daniel Bood.

By Sarath Manula Wickrama – Anuradhapura | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2021

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