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In Sri Lanka, some upset with Modi likening Ravana to a terrorist

PTI
Published Oct 14, 2016, 5:51 pm IST
Updated Oct 14, 2016, 5:51 pm IST
Ittapane Saddhatissa, a Buddhist monk said the Ravana Force would soon hand over a petition to the Indian High Commission in Colombo.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd during Dussehra celebrations at Aishbagh Ram Leela in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd during Dussehra celebrations at Aishbagh Ram Leela in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)

Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment that Ravana was the new form of terrorism has drawn fire from Ravana followers in Sri Lanka.

In his Vijayadashmi address in Lucknow on October 11, Modi had linked Ravana with terrorism and said that "the first person to fight terror was neither a soldier nor a politician, but the mythological bird Jatayu who fought against Ravana to protect a helpless Sita, whom he was trying to kidnap".

 

"We condemn the statement made by the Indian Prime Minister equalling King Ravana to a terrorist," Ittapane Saddhatissa, a Buddhist monk who leads the Ravana Force, said.

He said the Ravana Force would soon hand over a petition to the Indian High Commission in Colombo, protesting against this remark.

Saddhatissa said Modi's comment hampers the ongoing reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

Another organisation Ravana Shakthi said Ravana had not been dubbed a terrorist in even in Ramayanaya.

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Location: Sri Lanka, Western, Colombo




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