Notes of a Na­tive

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES -

Sin­hala Bud­dhists are not ter­ror­ists, at least not a ma­jor­ity of them. They are con­fronted by a prob­lem other ethno-re­li­gious groups do not face; they are a lo­cal ma­jor­ity, but yet a global mi­nor­ity. To be a ma­jor­ity in a country that is 1/50th the size of In­dia, which in turn con­tains 20 times the num­ber of Tamil peo­ple we have, is not much of an achievemen­t. But that is all they’ve got. What good can come out of de­mon­is­ing them and ques­tion­ing their right to their his­tory?

In­se­cu­rity is the first step to chau­vin­ism. This we know. To ad­dress the lat­ter, it is thus nec­es­sary to ad­dress the for­mer. Whether our rad­i­cals will re­alise this, or whether they will keep on us­ing Sin­hala Bud­dhists as punch­ing bags, only time can tell.

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