10th March 2018

Racists Have Made Sri Lanka A Hell-Hole For The Minorities

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By Mohamed Harees – Lukman Harees In 2016, an astrologist named Sameera Chandrasiri from Helabimanewspaper in his column, in a crafty way predicted an impending Sinhala-Muslims conflict soon and attributed cattle slaughter during ‘Ramazan’time (??) as one of the possible causes/sparks. Leave aside the comical aspects of the prediction itself, this has come true not because of the cattle slaughter but as a result of racist mad cows/cattle and dogs who embarked on a well- orchestrated hate campaign based on a Sinhala Buddhist platform ever since independence which has now reached another new peak in the Post War era. With added venom, they set upon a community who always stood by the Sinhalese in sun or rain to protect the territorial integrity of  their motherland- The Muslims of Sri Lanka. In July […]

Majoritarian threat to peace in Sri Lanka

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Ethnic and communal riots in Sri Lanka targeting the country’s Muslims, who account for 7% of the population, threaten post-civil war peace and stability in the country. If the government does not crush the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism that has led to the attacks on Muslims, it will turn against the Tamil minority sooner rather than later, resurrecting ghouls from the civil war. The violence, though concentrated in and around the city of Kandy in the country’s Central Province, is serious enough to warrant the imposition of emergency in Sri Lanka. The government has also suspended social media services, as these have been used as vehicles for propagating hate messages. At 7% of the population, Muslims are the third-largest community in the country. Following the end of […]

That rise was certainly caused by the failure to pursue reconciliation in Sri Lanka

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The violent clashes in the Kandy District come more than three years after the election of a government that said much about peacebuilding, accountability, and reconciliation. In fact, reconciliation was the keyword in the Yahapalanaya or good governance propaganda. But what do we have of reconciliation today? We are caught in a wave of extremism, largely Sinhala Buddhist, as well as Tamil and Muslim, which contributes to a system of continued confrontation in politics and the wider areas of society. A land that saw the vast tragedy of Black July in 1983, and moved on to a 30-year war against the forces of terror, moved on both sides by the impact of communal differences, is now fooling itself about the myth of reconciliation, which no […]

MAHINDA’s performance sparked new wave of racial violence- Bimal

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s success at the Local Government Elections gave the physical power to the new wave of racial violence in the country, JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake charged. When Parliament took up the Regulations under the Merchant Shipping Act, the MP digressed from the topic to speak on the prevailing communal tensions in the country. He said it was no coincidence that a wave of anti-Muslim sentiments erupted in the country on the Halal issue just after the 2010 Presidential Election results and the same occurred after the recently concluded Local Government elections. “The vote base of former President Rajapaksa is constituted of hard-core racists, religious extremists and those with a deep-seated war mentality. This is the absolute truth. If not, why did the […]

History repeats itself

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By Manekshaw It was 103 years after the first communal riots which took place in Kandy against Muslims in 1915 in the Island a communal upheaval targeting Muslims by hooligans had caused significant damages to Mosques, houses and business establishments in the city a few days ago. The death of a truck driver who was a 43-year-old family man had ignited the unrest which had even led to the death of another person who got caught in the fire at his house set on by the hooligans. It was a few days before the Kandy riots, unrest prevailed in Ampara between Muslims and Sinhalese which had also resulted in extensive damages caused to the assets of Muslims in the region. Leader of the Opposition and […]

Don’t wait for India to intervene again!

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran during a recent event in Jaffna had pointed out that India’s guidance was a must for the aspirations of the Sri Lankan Tamils to be fulfilled. India’s involvement in the country’s 30-year war continues to evoke mixed emotions and responses from the various segments of society. While some are of the view that another country should not interfere in our issues, there is also a view that the problems can only be solved with India’s involvement. There is also the view that it was India’s involvement through the 13th Amendment that had aggravated the situation in Sri Lanka. However, the question that needs to be asked now is whether Sri Lanka really needs the guidance of India to […]

Mahinda playing politics with Islamic countries! will they fall for it?

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have met the heads of diplomatic missions of some Islamic countries yesterday and discussed the violence that erupted in the country during the past few days. Interestingly while he was talking his supporters were attacking the poor Muslims. He is believed to be crying crocodile tears to gain Muslim votes  which he lost at the last election due to organised attacks on Muslims by Sinhala Buddhist thugs close to his government when he and his family were ruling the country. However, there was no information immediately made available to the media about what transpired at the meeting conducted at his residence. But most Sinhala Buddhists arrested by the police are strong supporters of his new party SLPP. Earlier […]