From Dambulla to Dehiwala:A plot to unsettle Sri LankaJune 8, 2012, 7:43 pm
It is just another town with the letter ‘D’-Dehiwala - in the news for all the wrong reason, after Dambulla. The letter ‘D’ also stands for danger, disaster and disgrace! However, the Dambulla Muslim minority has already categorically refuted any conflict between them and the majority Sinhala community living in Dambulla. Now the frightening story of the plan to evict 23,000 Muslims from Dehiwala made public by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake has been flatly denied by the Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Mayor, Dhanasiri Amarathunga. He has also stated that Ravi is clearly ‘trying to fish in troubled waters’ for cheap political gain. On reading Ravi’s sensational story, I, instantly, e-mailed one of my close friends living in Dehiwala to verify and advise me of the ground reality. Within hours, I found the following response in my ‘in box’; ‘The UPFA government succeeded in defeating the LTTE militarily, which is not to the liking of so many external forces and now they are focused on the agenda of ‘regime change’ to have an administration that will dance to their tunes. However, for their bad luck, the government has not lost its popularity, despite a few domestic setbacks, including the ever sky rocketing cost of living. The rural folks are solidly with the president, who is a strong believer in grass-root politics.
‘Some of the plots tried which failed to topple the government are; A. The ‘Grease Yaka’ stunt targeting Muslim women alleged to have been initiated by the president. B. The abductions of ‘numerous Muslim businessmen’ – later proved to be false. C. The multiplying anti-Muslim websites to create a rift between the majority community and the minority Muslims by unidentified sources. D. Efforts also exerted to set Sri Lanka against Gulf countries, the source of main foreign exchange to the country, through employment for millions of Sri Lankans. These sinister planners are working overtime for a ‘regime change’ at any cost. I urge the Sinhala majority community and the minority Muslims not to become pawns at the hands of these dangerous, disastrous and disgraceful schemers. In the meantime, I appeal to the forces opposed to the government to think about the country first, before aligning with foreign forces. I would like to repeat what ‘Senex’ mentioned in his letter of 2.6.2012; ‘there is enough goodwill to unite the nation to a common purpose, as has been shown by Ven. Dambara Amila Thera!’ Let’s unite for the sake of our beloved motherland and forget our communal, racial and political differences!
God bless Sri Lanka.
S. H. Moulana
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