Historian Ram Chandra Guha said that India will go Sri Lanka way if one religion and one language is prioritised in the country.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Guha said, “Sri Lanka could have been the most prosperous country in the whole Asia. It has very high level of education, health care, gender equality and they have spoilt it because of Buddhist majoritarians, imposition of one religion and one language. You can see the consequences of self-destruction of Sri Lanka, a country with so much potential by selfish politicians. We don’t want India, Karnataka to go that way.”
He also announced a ‘Peace and Harmony March’ on May 14 in Karnataka’s Udupi district to be carried out by citizen groups, activists and various other organisations. “It will help restore our roots which is pluralism, diversity, tolerance,” Guha said.
Sri Lanka has been facing one of its worst ever economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948, resulting from mismanaged government finances and ill-timed tax cuts, besides the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa tendered his resignation on Monday after the police imposed a nationwide curfew following the clashes that broke out between rival political camp in Colombo.
Over 200 people were also injured in the violence, PTI reported.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has extended the nationwide curfew till Wednesday, 11 May, as per ANI.
Meanwhile, Karnataka has been witnessing communal disharmony with right wing groups targetting the minorities. According to reports, the first seven months of Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s term have seen at least 20 major incidents that have sparked a communal row.