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PM Modi’s Dussehra remarks equating Ravana with a terrorist riles Sri Lankan monk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment on Ravana during his speech on Dussehra linking him to a terrorist has drawn fury from a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who runs Ravana Force. Denouncing the comments by

India TV Politics Desk Colombo Published on: October 14, 2016 19:30 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Image Source : PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment on Ravana during his speech on Dussehra linking him to a terrorist has drawn fury from a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who runs Ravana Force.  

Denouncing the comments by PM Modi, the organisation has said IT would soon approach the Indian High Commission to register its protest.

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 here, protesting against this remark.

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

Another organisation Ravana Shakthi said even the Ramayanaya did not dub Ravana as a terrorist.         

(With inputs from PTI)

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