We need patriotism like India and a leader who is trusted by all: Sri Lankan Buddhist monk

We need patriotism like India and a leader who is trusted by all: Sri Lankan Buddhist monk

A controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, says that the majority Sinhala community can learn from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of zero-tolerance to terrorism.

“India’s action is important to us and if we become prey of Islamic terrorism it will be a threat for India as well. So, the understanding of the leaders is important,” he tells in an exclusive interview to WION’s Ramesh Ramachandran.

Gnanasara Thero is the general secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, a group comprising the Sinhala Buddhist clergy. He was released from the prison in May this year after president Maithripala Sirisena pardoned him.

The monk says that the Bodu Bala Sena has not decided who to support in the forthcoming presidential election in Sri Lanka.

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