”Law may say sing National Anthem in two languages but we will sing ONLY in Sinhaha” says Defence Secretary

But shouldn’t the National Anthem be sung in Tamil too, according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka?

A: That I don’t know. No point in talking about our Constitution because it was changed 20 times. 

If you refer to the flag saying it should be the original flag that is in the Constitution. Then why not also sing the National Anthem in Tamil as it is also mentioned in the Constitution?

A: As far as we are concerned, there is only one National Anthem. You take India, there are more than 500 languages, but the National Anthem is sung only in one language. It’s same in Singapore.

India’s National Anthem is sung in Bengali not in official Hindi language. 

A: Yes that is written in something similar to Hindi. Therefore, that’s it. As far as I am concerned it’s one language. 

So the law says sing in both languages and we are not abiding by the law?

A: I don’t think so. May be we are but as far as we are concerned, we will sing in Sinhala only. 

Is this your opinion?

A: Not my opinion. It’s the practice. Only once or twice it was sung in other languages but people made various amendments to the Constitution which should not have been the case. 

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