Identity politics in Sri Lanka
By Sri Lanka Guardian - Sat May 18, 1:05 am
Since Sri Lanka gained independence from British Empire in 1948, Sri Lankan political leaders have been playing politics with communalism.
Views expressed in this article are the author’s own
What do we mean by the identity politics in Sri Lanka? It means each political party and each politician see politics through the eyes o their community. Each politician works to protect the interest of their community. Politicians both in government and opposition always think about the benefit and welfare of their community alone.
As result this narrow-minded politics, the national identity and national interest of Sri Lanka are forgotten and ignored. That is exactly what happened in Sri Lanka since we got freedom and independence. We are playing with communal politics. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslim politicians have been focusing on how to protect the interest of their community at the expensive of the national interest. Suppose Singapore has taken such an approach in politics….