Mohamed said that while the attackers were Sinhala
extremists, there were other Sinhalas
who came to the aid of Muslims at risk to themselves.
Sri Lanka's Sinhalas
and Tamils may also not take kindly to introducing such law.
However, this formula flopped after the bete noires, Sinhalas
and Tamils, joined hand to defeat what they believed to be Indian imperialism in South Asia.
As the situation stands today in Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa's political base among the lower middle class Sinhalas
, particularly of the central region and the south of the island, is intact and likely to remain so for some more time.
In fact, the focus on rights privileged the consolidation of the two larger communities: the Sinhalas
Conflicts in the communities did occur, but these were localized and sectored and did not involve large aggregate or generic categories such as Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Tamils, or Sinhalas
(Das et al.
Although the transfer of power from the British was fairly smooth, its aftermath has witnessed unprecedented fighting and bloodshed between Sinhalas
and Tamils, both of whom claim Sri Lanka as their rightful homeland.
Valentine Daniel, who develops an illuminating discussion of distinctions between ethnic identities lodged within "heritage" or "history," in his case Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalas
The divide between Sinhalas
and Tamils in Sri Lanka owes at least as much to decisions about the Sinhala
language as the exclusive medium of instruction in the post-colonial university system in Sri Lanka and to the exploitation of religious hatreds in the context of electoral politics there.
Talking to a select group of journalists in New Delhi today Kumaratunga, however, warned that Rajapaksa who muzzled voices of Sinhalas
and Tamils during his decade-long-rule has not given dream of returning to power.
Nevertheless, the mistreatment Sinhalas
mete out to Tamil and Muslim minorities in Sri Lanka cannot compare with the havoc that the Buddhist government of Myanmar has unleashed on its Rohingya Muslims, in contemptuous disregard of Buddha's teachings.
The decision the majority of the voters take on Monday is bound to have the strongest impact on the Sinhalas
, more than any other community.