Burmese SPDC junta award religious title to a Buddhist monk in Bangladesh
Cox’sbazaar, 11th March 03: The Burmese Ministry of Religious Affairs has declared an award of a Buddhist religious title to a monk at Ramu, under Cox’s Bazaar district in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, our correspondent quoted a monk in the Buddhist monastery.
The monk, Satyapriyo Mahathero, will be awarded the Aggamaha Saddhammajotikadhaja title (translated, ‘forerunner of the holder of the flag of the religious light') in a formal function to be held in Rangoon on March 17th, on the occasion of the Tabaung Month (Falgun) Full Moon day celebration.
The monk also said that it is usual for the Burmese junta to confer such titles to the prominent monks of
The monk, Styapriyo studied in
The award has been made to the prominent monks of the Theravada School, the important orthodox sect practised in South and South-east Asia including Burma, since the time of dictator Ne Win’s socialist regime took up ‘clean-up campaign’ of the Buddhist Order around 1980. A distinguished Buddhist monk from the opposition demanded that the title award ceremony itself is a political affair rather than religious and the junta conducts it every year to drum up support from the Buddhist population in the region. #