JHU likely to harm the quest of peace in Sri Lanka
From the Editors of Sri Lanka Watch
 
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) threatens to pull out over the 13th amendment claiming that is a threat to the unitary status of Sri Lanka. This highly contentious observation reeks of racism and reflects on the JHU as a political group that can cause much harm to Sri Lanka. This country has gone through a hell of a nightmare ever since 1956 and we have just ended a civil war all because terrorism hijacked the ethnic crisis and nearly damned the whole country.
 
There is no doubt the JHU is identified as representing extreme religious views on the political arena which in the first place should not have entered. People involved with religious matters as priests no matter which religion they profess have a vital role to play in the society and their principal aim has to be to help to bring about unity among all the people. They are the grass root sentinels of our moral, ethical and spiritual values. They nourish and determine our integrity and socio-cultural and spiritual directions by impacting on us as guides and preceptors.
 
When the JHU talked about pulling out, they should have also offered their views on how best they consider the ethnic issue should be solved. The fact that they had no such to offer, there is the obvious fear that they could once again expose the country to racial and religious animosities and acrimonies. This is totally and pointedly unacceptable.
 
They have to lead with the best of intentions, the finest of ideals, purest of morals and the greatest of determination to seek a solution where all the people of all faiths and cultures can live in peace and harmony. It appears the JHU is unable to appreciate the tremendous goodwill that is surging in the country to create a nation of all communities that will enjoy equal rights with pride and honour.
 
No political party should be allowed to indulge in issues that may lead to racial and religious intolerance. Every political party must have a clause in its constitution to indicate that Sri Lanka is a multiracial, multi-religious and multicultural state and this will be respected and honoured.