Zom wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:10 pm
5 cents. Last week I had a talk with sri-lankan student. She said she was from a small town near Colombo (or Kandy - I forgot!). 90% of population there - muslims, and local government is muslim too. And you know what? They forbade buddhists to celebrate openly (on the streets) buddhist holidays like Vesak for example. Just one small life fact.
May be the international journals do not publish well balanced news about the conflicts between Buddhist communities and the Muslim communities. Today in Sri Lanka many townships that had small populations of Muslim communities have grown to be large communities. Their Muslim communities are living as next door neighbours and purchasing of lands for Muslims is helped by the mosque.
Today politicians who have got close ties with the ruling parties are clearing large forest reserves to build Moslem communities with lands developed for settling Moslem communities helped by some middle East countries.
A recent Muslim and sinhala Buddhist conflict was stopped by the government with difficulty. Any involvement between a sinhala Buddhist or a Muslim could be made use of as violence for political advantage.
The worst part is that the Moslem communities are growing in numbers as they observe much less family planning while the buddist families often have small family units. It is observed that in May be another 20 years time the Moslems will have enough voting power to select a president of their own.
Talking of Rohingyas in Myanmar one must remember that Muslim communities from Bangladesh were allowed to enter Myanmar whereas it is these migrants who started harassing the Myanmar Buddhists.
And most interestingly I saw a recent article that by 2050
The number of Muslims in UK will outnumber the rest of the population.
The strategy of the Muslim communities supported by their mosques is producing their generation and is a well planned strategy in Buddhist countries.
It also must be noted that Buddhists have no restriction in marrying a Moslem the Moslems cannot marry Buddhists unless converted. When the Moslem traders came to Sri Lanka long long ago the men came alone and married sinhala buddhist females. These women always since then remained a part of the Moslem community.