By Latheef Farook –
The explosive controversy over Muslim teachers wearing Abhaya at Shri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College at Trincomalee has all the potentials to tear apart relations between the Tamil-Muslim communities to the detriment of both.
This suspected manipulated issue needs to be sorted out peacefully in the interest of the two communities. Failure to do so means local and international forces in the island with their own evil agendas would trigger a crisis which would not serve either community.
Today’s political environment in the country is highly corrupt, commercialized, communalized and criminalized.
The wounds of the 30 year ethnic war are yet to be healed. They remain complicated and lot need to be done to bring about better understanding between the two communities. In the aftermath of the ethnic war in in May 2009 the whole country expected Rajapaksa government to learn lesson from the past racist politics, bring communities together and move the country ahead.
To the shock of everyone, instead, Rajapaksa government unleashed violence and turned the country into a living hell. To free from this mayhem people voted for President Maithripala Sirisena-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to power in the 8 January 2005 presidential elections.
However President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe miserably failed to fulfill their promises .Instead the Maithri Ranil government continue the Rajapaksa era racism- against Muslims.
Racist elements in the south implement their own agenda against Muslims while the government turn a blind eye. They would not miss a chance to divide and further destroy the already strained Tamil-Muslim relations.
Under the circumstance Tamils and Muslims in the north and east, whether one likes it or not, need to live together in their own interest.
Unlike in the past Sri Lanka today is a playground for destructive international forces. They are all here with their own agendas against Muslims to destabilize the country.
For example India’s Hindu fascists Rastriya Swayam Sevak, RSS, whose declared agenda is to wipe out Islam and Muslim from India, is in the island. Their presence is common knowledge. They have suspected to have penetrated sensitive areas such as media.
About two years ago Marawanpulavu Satchithanandan and Tamil National Alliance’s Seenithamby Yogeswaran opened a RSS office in Vavuniya to introduce the RSS-Shiv Sena agenda aimed at pitting Tamils against Muslims. Their agenda is not to promote Hinduism but to strike at Muslims.
In fact Marawanpula Satchithanandan had reported to have told the media that the RSS Vavuiniya office was started following consultation with RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Siva Sena.
Many warned of RSS presence here, its agenda against Muslims and its devastating impact in the country. However no one took any notice. Now in the wake of the controversy in Trincmalee Hindu Ladies College parliamentarian Abdullah Mahroof has accused parliamentarian Seenithamby Yogeswaran and pro LTTE elements of being behind the controversy. He had stated that he had tried to contact several Tamil politicians to settle the issue peacefully, but no one, Tamils and Muslims alike, had responded.
According to reports already an RSS agent posing as a Muslim wearing black abhaya and trying to throw meat into the college was caught. The RSS agents were also accused of posting pictures and write ups humiliating Tamil women and even Tamil culture under Muslim names to provocateur crisis between two communities.
In the midst extremist and short sighted elements in the two communities began staging demonstrating accusing each other.
The education authorities in the region should step in and sort out the issue as early as possible and as peaceful as possible before the situation gets out of control.
An impartial probe will expose the real forces behind this crisis. However in view of the racist politics in the south under the confused and collapsing political situation in the country it is highly unlikely that an independent probe will be conducted and truth will be told to the public.
On the other hand Israel, the main architect of wars against Muslim countries in the Middle East and beyond under the guise of fighting war on terrorism, are here.They have come with their own anti-Muslim agenda. It was after their presence in the island since during Rajapaksa presidency that racist elements began to emerge and turned the country into a living hell for Muslims today.
They are hand in glove with RSS in their conspiracies against Muslims not only in Sri Lanka but in the entire region.
They also use various forces to trigger crisis against Muslims in the island. For example around two years ago group of Tamils came out on demonstration in Batticalo supporting Israel with no valid reason. They know very well that such a demonstration holding Israeli flag would antagonize the Muslims .However the mercenaries who organized the march did not care for reason better known to them.
Speculations are that Israelis operate in various guises in the east and rest of the country. It was after their presence that Sinhala mindset was poisoned against Muslims causing the split between the two communities to the detriment of all in the country.
Many also believe that it was after Israeli presence here racist organizations began to emerge criticizing Islam and attacking Muslims. It was a German Jew who gifted a house for violent racist outfit BBS whose only purpose is to demonize Islam and Muslims to cripple the Muslim community.
Sinhala racists such as Bodu Bala Sena and other destructive elements are quite active. They have nothing to do with Buddhism. They are simply implementing their paymasters’ agendas against Muslims. They also remain a pampered lot under President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe government which turned out a disaster for Muslims.
This is the reason why every possible step should be taken to solve this abhaya issue as early as possible. One should not forget that across the sea in India it was only Tamilnadu which never allowed divisive and destructive RSS-BJP and VHP forces to enter and maintained communal harmony.