Throughout its history, the people of Sri Lanka have experienced violent extremism.
Be it the JVP insurrections in the 70’s and 80’s. Riots against the Tamil community from the 1950’s to 1983. The 30 year war with the LTTE. Post war attacks on Muslims, and now the deadly Islamic State inspired attacks on Easter Sunday.
These examples show us that humans are capable of both hate and compassion. It is important to understand how hate can grow to an extent that a group would want to harm another.
How does Hate grow?
- Exploitation of situation by political/communal/economic agendas.
- Fear and insecurity due to ignorance of another community’s practices, history and culture.
- Legitimate isolated incidents used as a reason to boycott an entire establishment/community.
- Weak and unfair law enforcement.
- Insufficient understanding of ones own religious philosophy. All the religions practiced in SriLanka promote compassion, good speech and righteous conduct towards all beings
At the Community Response Centre, we urge citizens to uphold the religious philosophies of our nation that promote mercy, care and responsibility towards others. This will prevent further escalation of radicalization.
If there is genuine injustice, we as a society should come together and respond to it constructively.
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