Baseless slander, defamatory statements will not deter me: MS

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

LATE-CITY-DM-1-5President Maithripala Sirisena said baseless slander and defamatory statements would not deter him as he strives to build a better future for the country and its people. 

He was speaking at a religious ceremony to unveil the marble Buddha statue at the Sri Dharma Vijayaloka Maha Viharaya in Pannipitiya yesterday (16). The statue had been brought down from Myanmar.   

“Even the Buddha was insulted by some during that time. There is no wonder that I also face insults and slander in this society, which is deteriorating due to commercialization,” the President said.   President Sirisena recalled that Mahatma Gandhi who led the struggle for freedom in neighbouring Maha Bharat as well as a Srimath S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, a pioneer political leader of this country, were also insulted when they were alive.   He pointed out that today modern technology is being used more to throw mud and slander people than as a tool for gaining knowledge, social development and building a better society. He said the young generation should be spiritually awakened in order to save them from social harm.   

President Sirisena who laid a floral tribute at the foot of the Buddha statue, opened it for worship. Chief Incumbent of the Vipassana Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar Ven. Badantha Saddhamakiththisara Thera presented a souvenir to the President on this occasion.  President Sirisena also looked into the well-being of the Maha Nayaka of the Kotte Chapter of Shyamopali Maha Nikaya Ven. Rukmale Sri Dharmavijayaloka Thera as well as the Maha Viharadhipathi Most Ven. Dr. Iththepane Dhammalankara Thera.   

The Maha Nayaka of the Ramagna Maha Nikaya Most Ven. Napane Premasiri Thera, Anu Nayaka of the Malwathu Chapter Ven. Dimbulkumbure Vimaladhamma Thera, Ven. Yatiravana Seelananda Nayaka Thera, Ministers Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Daya Gamage and Chief Minister of the Western Province Isura Devapriya were among those who participated on this occasion.