Whither mutual coexistence?
I have read with growing sadness news stories coming out of Sri Lanka about the increasing number of cases of attacks on religious minorities living in the country. Having spent a long time in Sri Lanka due to my professional responsibilities, I had witnessed firsthand the harmony that existed between the Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus who lived there. Even though the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces was being fought at that time, it was more of an ethnic conflict. But what is happening now has obvious religious overtones and is worrisome.
If you go to Sri Lanka, you will find the worship places of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists located a few meters away from each other. There are statues of Jesus, Mary and Buddha at almost every corner. Never were these vandalized – not that I know of at least. Attacks on religious minorities were unheard of. So what has happened to the country now? The government of Sri Lanka should take notice of the alarming situation. If it fails to act swiftly, it may have another conflict on its hands soon.