Sri Lanka has been a Buddhist country for centuries - Minister Kiriella
Minister Kiriella said every government is committed to protect and promote Buddhism which has been guaranteed in the Constitution and no one can challenge Buddhism
In an apparent broadside at Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said those who are not conversant with the country’s history say that ‘Sri Lanka is not a Buddhist Country’.
Sri Lanka has been a Buddhist country for centuries and this government promotes, fosters and augments Buddhism, he added.
Minister Samaraweera declared in a public function a fortnight ago that Sri Lanka was not a ‘Buddhist Sinhala Country’ but a country of Sri Lankans, triggering a huge protest from many quarters.
Mr. Kiriella, who is also the Minister of Public Enterprises, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy City Development, addressing a ceremony held to mark the laying of the foundation stone to the rest room for sick monks at the Bodhimalu Viharaya at Bogambara, Kandy said three foreign nations ruled Sri Lanka for 400 years.
“They attempted to destroy Buddhism but failed, as our heroic Buddhist monks saved and nurtured Buddhism putting their lives at risk,” Minister Kiriella stressed.
Minister Kiriella said every government is committed to protect and promote Buddhism which has been guaranteed in the Constitution and no one can challenge Buddhism.