Shocking eye-opener : A response A Sri Lankan Muslim’s Perspective of the Population Issue
Posted on December 23rd, 2012

Bisthan Batcha

 Sadly, the Sri Lankan Muslims are once again subjected to yet another futile effort to project the possibility of the Muslim Population in Sri Lanka exceeding that of the Sinhalese sometime in the future (See Post dated 17th December 2012 in Lankaweb). A comparison is made of the growth of the Sinhalese and Muslim Population over a 30-year period (1981 “”…” 2011) and the fact that these two groups grew by 38% and 78% respectively is highlighted in a somewhat dramatic manner “”…” obviously with the objective of driving fear into the minds of vulnerable persons. In fact if one were to represent these 30-year cumulative growth rates correctly as average annual growth rates, then the data would seem far less threatening.  But is it not said that “ƒ”¹…”fear is the key’ ? Why not examine the population data for a 40-year or 50-year period and reveal the fact that the Muslim Population has increased by 100% during this period ? Now, that would be terrifying, would it not ?

 Given below are the sizes of the Buddhist and Muslim Communities according to the Census of Population conducted in the corresponding years. (Source : www.anvermanatuga.com)

  In spite of the “ƒ”¹…”frightening’ disparity in growth rates between the two communities, a simple calculation will reveal that the size of the Gap (or the Difference)  between the numbers of Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka has continued to increase since 1881 and most notably during 1981, 2001 and 2012. This can be discerned clearly in the trend chart above. In fact this difference will increase further if the numbers of Non-Buddhist Sinhalese are grouped together with the Buddhists. Therefore, as any “ƒ”¹…”amateur Einstein’ will tell you, if the Gap between two trend lines is increasing, then the number of Muslims  can never overtake the number of Buddhists.

 To allay any fears that may linger in the minds of the Sinhalese that they may be reduced to a Minority in Sri Lanka, rather than engaging in the propagation of a gratuitous Fear Campaign against the Muslims it might be more practical if a Campaign is launched with the objectives of :

[1] Promoting the virtues of larger Sinhalese families

[2] Dissuading Sinhalese females from seeking employment abroad

[3] Discouraging Sinhalese from seeking greener pastures in other countries

[4] Encouraging Members of the Sinhalese Diaspora to obtain dual citizenship

[5] Take the necessary steps to prevent the conversion of Buddhists to other faiths. In fact the Census data show that between 1981 and 2011, the numbers of Non-RC Christians grew by a whopping 155% – which cannot be accounted for by natural growth alone. Compare this with the “ƒ”¹…”frightening’ figure of 78% registered by the Muslims and the real threat becomes more visible.

 Successive American Governments have been very successful in whipping an inordinately large segment of their Populace into submission using Fear as a tool. Previously, the “ƒ”¹…”Source of Fear’ was identified to be the Communists and after the fall of the Berlin Wall it was the turn of the “ƒ”¹…”Islamic Terrorist’ to play this role. Our Sinhalese Brothers and Sisters should not permit themselves to be lured into this same mind-set by external and internal divisive forces which are attempting to give life to an imaginary “ƒ”¹…”enemy’ by addressing an atavistic fear of the Majority Community.  Caution should be exercised especially at the present moment in time when Forging Unity  & Re-building our Motherland should be given the highest priority by all Sri Lankans

10 Responses to “Shocking eye-opener : A response A Sri Lankan Muslim’s Perspective of the Population Issue”

  1. Piyadigama Says:

    As a Buddhist Sinhalese I agree.

    A positive approach is better than a negative approach. We are not enemies but neighbours.

    We have to stop drug dealing Muslims who use their Islam contacts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia to import drugs. This is why most drug dealers are Islam. In USA most drug dealers are Catholics. They use it to deal with Colombian drug producers.

  2. Piyadigama Says:

    As a Buddhist Sinhalese I agree.

    A positive approach is better than a negative approach. We are not enemies but neighbours.

    We have to stop drug dealing Muslims who use their Islam contacts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia to import drugs. This is why most drug dealers are Islam. In USA most drug dealers are Catholics. They use it to deal with Colombian drug producers.

  3. HussainFahmy Says:

    A narrow minded approach to solve the threat of declining Buddhism will not be helpful in this day and age. Non Muslim drug dealers also should be severely dealt along with and the corrupt Politicians. Our dependence on them to save the economy is like asking Bernie Madoff to manage our household budget and John Wayne to entertain our young children. Directing accusations at a one community and turning a blind eye to the rest is unproductive and unfair mentality.

    We Hope Sri Lanka learns a lesson and makes every effort to builds its future on the firm foundations of:- (A) Multi-culture (B) Multi-Lingual (C) Multi-Faith (D) Equal Opportunities to all Citizens (E) Respect all communities, their Honour and Property rights. (F) No community claims supremacy over the other or manipulates election outcomes (G) Strictly Merit based governance (H) Allegiance to one country, one nation. (I) Make diplomatic efforts to convince all communities to be part of the solution and relieve their concerns and assure them of fair treatments through constitutional guarantees.

  4. Samson Says:

    The truth is Srilanka do not need Islam or Muslims.

    It survived for over 4,000 years without them and there is no need of them. Buddhists, Hindus and Christians can steer this country into prosperity without these extremists. I’m not surprised or worried about the fate of Islam and Muslims from Afghanistan to Mali. Or Burma to USA. They deserve it. When oil runs dry, there will be no Islam. Crabs dance until the pot boils.

  5. Muhandiram Says:

    Whos is this Gonson(Samson)?.all samsons and Gonsons are arrived after 15th century in Sri Lanka.The bitter truth is,that they are very same people who looted and betray the Motherland.It’s better to go out from last come first out basis.

  6. Samson Says:

    Muslims with Sinhala fathers (Sinhala names) show who they are.

    Like I said Srilanka is better off without these swines. Srilanka should join India, USA, Israel, France, UK, Australia, Japan to eliminate this disgusting. I’m not surprised or worried about the fate of Islam and Muslims from Afghanistan to Mali. Or Burma to USA. They deserve it. When oil runs dry, there will be no Islam. Crabs dance until the pot boils.

  7. Muhandiram Says:

    To Gonson(Samson),

    More than half of the Sri lankan Muslims ancestors are Budhists.more over there are 57 Muslim majority countries and all of them not having Petroleum wealth.biggest Muslims economy is Turkey,are they sitting on patroleum wealth?you are a nut.Most populous Muslim nation is Indonesia,it’s very near to Sri Lanka.dont mess with Muslims.unlike Tamils,Muslims will not start any war here.but if some one impose on them,that will last till end of the world.and Afganistan to Sourthern Thailand under occupation,so it’s natural,people fight against occupation.(what saying about the Uva rebelion against colonialists UK?) .

  8. Muhandiram Says:

    To Gonson

    All of your crusaders of Australians to Americans,not belong to those lands,they are occupiers.

  9. mueez nzr Says:

    One Simple question that would be enough to solve all these problems.

    What would Gautama Buddha do if he is alive now ?

    What somebody who doesn’t have the knowledge of Buddism would understand from those recent events is ………

    Go on protest
    Do politics
    Use filth
    Break the Mosque etc. etc.

    I as a Muslim inspired by Buddist teachings know very clearly what is happening is upside down to what respectable Budha taught.

  10. Samson Says:

    Mu-ham-mad! Mad indeed.

    Another Shia-Sunni bomb attack kills 58 Muslims in Iraq. Fun never ends.

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