ELIMINATION OF RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTIES INVOLVED
Posted on January 7th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS

It is obvious from the current debate on the elimination of racial and religious differences in Sri Lanka that many minor parties to involved in the debate attempt to blame a single party, Sinhala Buddhist, for the failure of the thrust.  In fact, it is not the right way of conflict resolution or reconciliation. Any matter in Sri Lanka seems to be used for politics and the blaming for Sinhala Buddhists for everything is not true democracy or justice. However, the nature in Sri Lanka is to blame Sinhala Buddhists for everything because they are silent on this type of blame game. If people carefully study this matter considering the historical facts too, Sinhala Buddhists were more tolerance group in Sri Lanka than any other party to the issues.

Recently, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith clearly stated that Buddhism is the main part of a tree and all other branches or religions are connected to the tree with the main part. If anyone tries to destroy the main part it will not support the growth of branches of the tree.  This example clearly reflects the real situation in Sri Lanka where the outside forces and domestic forces attempt to harm or annihilate the tree without realizing that if any attempt to dismantle the main part of the tree will impact to die the branches of the tree.

It is quite clear that small ethnic and religious groups endeavor to blame Sinhala Buddhists for all matters. Sinhala Buddhists are estimated 73% of total population of Sri Lanka and the balance 27% of the population, which includes, Hindus, Sinhala Christians, Tamil Christians, and Muslims has no agreement with this blame game and most probably the hating group of the population might be less than 1% of the population.  However, the opinion and the behavior of this less than one percent of the population are given priority by media and outside forces, who are concerned with making money or any other benefits out of this issue.

The true democratic principle is that ethnic and religious issues in Sri Lanka are a responsibility of all parties, but not only the responsibility of Sinhala Buddhists.  The environment of Sri Lanka seems that small group of people such as TNA and Muslim Congress and tiny Christian religious sects attempt to profit out of the problem. Sinhala Buddhists are highly tolerance group of people in Sri Lanka and they have no intention to create violence or discriminating minor groups in the country.

In history, Kings of the country excellently gave the lead for the tolerance and punished people without a difference, who attempted to go against the unity.  Robert Knox reported that Senkadagala Rajasinghe gave capital punishment to his relative son for disturbing the unity. After the independence in 1948, the executive power of the country strongly supported to maintain the tolerance of the country.  For example, in 1958,  Governor General Sir Oliver Gunatilake, despite his status as nominal head to executive power and controlled the intolerable situation.  In 1983, Mr. JR Jayawardane controlled intolerance.  Recent intolerance in Beruwala controlled By Executive president Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Kandy incidents controlled by President Mr. Sirisena. All executive presidents supported to maintain the peace and stability of the country and they were Sinhala Buddhists and maintained and supported to maintain tolerating society.

Executive presidents may have corrupt people as they were elected by the votes of public and the most corrupted person was Mr. R. Premadasa as his associates were corrupt people. All other presidents had corrupt associates. However, Sri Lanka is a tolerable society and foreigners understand well this truth.  Although TNA thinks that their actions are praised by foreign governments it is not the truth.  Foreign countries know well that Sinhala Buddhists are more peaceful and tolerable people than any other group of people in Sri Lanka.

Nevertheless, in Sri Lanka, there is a serious problem in policy development, policy monitoring, and remedial management.  This situation can see in many other countries especially in developing countries. Many countries I worked noticed that policies are used as ornaments than working instructions. In a Pacific country, I saw that policy document develops to attract foreign aids but not to implement them. In Sri Lanka for anti-discrimination laws were not tolerated by minor groups of the population but not the major group, Sinhala Buddhists.

One Response to “ELIMINATION OF RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTIES INVOLVED”

  1. Christie Says:

    There are two groups of people in our country.

    The Indian Colonial Parasites who came under the cover of the British fire power.

    All the others are Sinhalese Budhists, Muslims and Christians.

    The problems are caused by Indian Colonial Parasites as they do in other Indian Colonies including Fiji in the Pacific.

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