If Buddhism preaches nonviolence,why is there so much political violence in Sri Lanka today?
Sri Lanka long has been described as a paradise by travellers.
It is the Sri Lanka government that has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place.
I strongly believed that Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese, but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people, They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.
During 1988, when my wife and I lived in Sri Lanka for an extended period,its murder rate was one of the world's highest.
A few countries like Sri Lanka and Honduras have led the way in slashing maternal mortality.
The main question I shall probe is the extent to which, and the manner in which, Buddhism, as a religion espoused by Sri Lankans of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, has contributed to the current ethnic conflict and collective violence in Sri Lanka.
For years, Sri Lanka was viewed as a model developing nations. It gained independence peacefully and sustained one of the feew authentically competitive democratic systems in the Global south.
The history of post-independence Sri Lanka, from a Sri Lankan Tamil perspective, is a history of lost privileges, intensifying discrimination, failure of democratic institutions to protect their rights and finally,coercion by an overwhelmingly Sinhalese security establishment.