group to protect our heritage
Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera has spearheaded the formation of a new
organization known as “Sri Lanka Deshabimani Sanvidanaya”,
to protect the country’s heritage.
said its objectives would be similar to those of the National Patriotic
Movement (NPM) which was formed nearly two and half years ago, but
it would cater to a different membership.
main objective is to ensure that the ideas and views of professionals
can be made use of to achieve our objectives. There may be some
people who may not be willing to join the NPM as they do not want
to be branded as politically aligned”, he said.
said the NPM would continue to function, but the purpose of setting
up the new organization was to make use of the knowledge of the
country’s intellectuals.“There are persons practicing
various professions such as doctors, administrators, lawyers and
journalists. We want to make use of their knowledge to achieve our
objectives”, he said.
differences do not matter. Anybody from any party can join us”,
he said. “The tradition in our country is that people get
divided on political lines. There should be a group which does not
take political sides. We have not progressed since independence
as we have not taken the ideas and views of intellectuals for consideration”,
dismissed speculation that he was going to support Mr. Sirisena
Cooray who was appointed as an organizer of the UNP for Anuradhapura
reports are not correct. Mr. Cooray is a close friend and a dayakaya
of my temple. But I do not take sides when somebody who associates
with me takes a side. I do not get involved in their politics”,
said that in keeping with his policies he will not speak on behalf
of anybody who gets involved in politics, though he received invitations
to do so.
politicians are like those who are selling in a market. They are
telling the people ‘vote for me because I promise to provide
essentials and fertilizer at a lower price’, but they are
not thinking of the national interest”, he said.
He said that it was unfortunate to see Buddhist monks getting involved
in politics as monks should be in a position to give advice to people
and should command the respect of the people.