Declaration of Emergency in Sri Lanka
National emergency has been imposed on Sri Lank. Is it good for Government to impose in North India?
- Yes, it is good, because 9% of population in Sri Lanka are Muslims, they are minority. To protect them from Sinhala majority, national emergency is a welcome decision.
- The current emergency measures give authorities sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects for long periods, and deploy forces where needed.
Muslim community inhabits in Sri Lanka since long time back, were they suffered earlier under majority?
- The first major incident of riots in Sri Lanka was in 1915, targeting Muslims. The anti-Muslim sentiment among Sinhalese subsided a bit when Tamil militancy emerged. And after the war ended in 2009, it seems to have resurfaced.
- Sri Lanka has witnessed several attacks against Muslims since 2012, including two major clashes in the southern towns of Aluthgama and Gintota in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
- More recently, a number of mosques and Muslim-run establishments were attacked by Sinhalese mobs in Ampara last week.
- Even, during the country’s civil war years, Muslims suffered violence and displacement when the LTTE forcefully evicted them from the north in the early 1990s.
Around the world, minority community suffers under majority, is there any way to mitigate it?
- There is possibility of solution available for an each and every issue. The fundamental belief that one must pander to the extremists within the majority community must change. Until then other communities that are numerically inferior will never feel like equal citizens.
At present what is going on there?
- The emergency imposed marks the first time in seven years Sri Lanka has resorted to such a measure. The island nation was under a state of emergency for nearly three decades during the civil war. The war-time emergency ended in August 2011.
Myanmar, Maldives and recently Sri Lanka experiencing State emergency, are you feel every faces the same type of problem?
- No, but some countries, for example, in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, minority suffers under Majority. In Maldives, political crisis is the major cause.
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