There have been quite a few self-declared liberators of different ethnic and religious communities, in this country, and they have even formed political parties to champion their causes and gain political mileage. Among them are some Buddhist monks, who succeeded in securing the support of the majority community to enter Parliament, in the early-noughties; they promised to safeguard the interests of the Sinhala Buddhists, but ended up being a bunch of politicians and lost popular support. Their party, the JHU, has since opted for political coat-tail rides for survival in politics. Some prominent Buddhist monks who banded together purportedly to liberate the Sinhala Buddhists and sought a mandate, at the recently concluded general election, are now at each other’s jugular over a National List slot. Their conduct is unbecoming of Buddhist monks.
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