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President Maithripala Sirisena says today the country needs a precise journey with the voices of worthy intellectual and patriotic persons, but not the empty voices of desperate persons.

He further said that as the first public servant of this country, he is ready to provide leadership for that journey. The President also requested all to join unitedly irrespective of differences to build this as a unitary prosperous country.

He made these remarks participating in a ceremony which was organized to commemorate the national heroes including Keppetipola Disawe, at the BMICH, today (10).

President Sirisena further said that issues prevailing today could not be solved by using sword, T 56 or multi-barrel guns, but to find a solution we have to face those issues with the intelligence and knowledge. He requested all the intellectuals in the country to join hands to fulfill the responsibility of the era in building the country.

“Even though, anyone have the ability to raise questions and criticisms, there are no solutions and guidance,“ the President said that adding everyone should stand with pride and enthusiasm to build this country while reviewing the lessons learnt from our great history and understanding the present day challenges.  

The President said that time has arrived for everyone to fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities to protect our great historic and cultural values as many inappropriate contents mingle with the society with the use of modern technology.

This ceremony was organized to commemorate the National Heroes including Keppetipola Disawe, who gave leadership for the 1818 Uva–Wellassa Rebellion.

During the ceremony the President presented plaques containing the names of all the valiant Kandyan leaders who are being elevated to the status of heroes by the President, to the respective officials to place at the National Museum and the Museum at the Independence Square, Colombo, for the benefit of the future generation. A plaque was also presented to the Diyawadane Nilame to place it at the Museum of the Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa.

The President of the Weera Monarawila Keppetipola National Foundation, Mr. Walter Parahitiyawathenne presented a scroll to President Sirisena requesting to revoke the British colonial order declaring other heroes also as traitors, in a similar way he removed the names of the 19 National Heroes including Keppetipola Disawe. The President said that after he refer this issue to the historians, lecturers and professors, and later he will decide what to do in this regard.

Ministers Gayantha Karunathilaka, Wijedasa Rajapakse, Ranjith Maddumabandara, State Minister Dilan Perera, Buddhika Pathirana, MP, Professor J.B. Dissanayake, Prof K.N.O. Dharmadasa, Director General of Government Information, Ranga Kalansooriya and public officials participated at this event.


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