Decline in Tourism and the Blame Game: Where Sinhala Buddhist Extremism is a Major Ingredient?

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If you have invested in Sri Lanka’s tourism and hospitality industry, then it would serve you well to keep up with the international media coverage of Sri Lanka in recent weeks. The island nation’s reputation has taken a massive beating and it’s unlikely tourism will pick up any time soon. There is no point blaming the foreign media and claiming there is some conspiracy against Sri Lanka, and puff pieces promoting tourism by the Ministry of Tourism and other social media campaigns are pointless and won’t convince many outsiders to take the risk in visiting.

The international media is highlighting the terrible actions of some in the Sinhalese majority, and the violence and discrimination unleashed by Buddhist extremists for decades. The Easter bombings aren’t being solely blamed on Muslim extremists by the international media, they are focusing on the incompetent Sri Lankan police and military who failed to prevent the attacks, despite possessing intelligence beforehand to do so, and also for having caused a situation in Sri Lanka where religious and ethnic minorities are not protected.

The global media coverage of Sri Lanka in the last 90 days is shining a light on the actions of those in the ethnic majority carrying out crimes with impunity (eg attacks on Christians and Muslims), as well as illegal and wrongful arrests of Muslims.

Even months after the Easter bombings, most Sri Lankans are not asking key questions about the attacks, and are instead spreading more hate against minorities. Questions such as, ‘where did these Muslim extremists get explosives from’ are yet to be unearthed. Without explosives, they could not have carried out the devastating carnage and deeply saddening loss of life.

Sri Lanka’s business community should be lobbying the government to hold law enforcement and politicians accountable, and also push for a proper probe on the Easter Sunday attacks.

Good governance and stability won’t just fall onto your lap – work hard to achieve it and protect your freedoms and your democracy because it’s vital to your business interests and future.

If the business community is silent and doesn’t engage in political activism, then no meaningful changes will take place and their investments are at risk. But the mentality in Sri Lanka is such that good people stay out of politics, allowing criminals and thugs to take over.

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Ruki Fernando: “Anti-Christian Zealotry in Sri Lanka- Dangerous Signs,” April 21, 2019

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One response to “Decline in Tourism and the Blame Game: Where Sinhala Buddhist Extremism is a Major Ingredient?

  1. Ivan

    Eight Islamist terrorists devastate the innocent Sri Lankan Catholic community while they pray on a most sacred day for Christians around the island by carefully pre-planning and blasting suicide bombs. The Buddhists led by Bhikkhus share this grief with their Christian cousins at their doorsteps. And what do our Muslim writers do? They make it an opportunity to cast all types of blames on Sinhala Buddhists. Why do they do that? Is it because they wish to deflect the premeditated mass murder of Christians buy Islamists in our own island, through a vain attempt to throw their guilt on innocent Buddhists? All these Islamist spin doctors will never absolve themselves of their historic path of millenia of aggression into others lands, slaughter of innocents by the thousands and yet pretending to holier-than-thou to the non-islamist “infidels”. All these so called “martyrs for the cause” look forward to getting 32 virgins at the gates of heaven. What happens to the “used virgins” once they are deflowered to satiate these martyrs? At this rate of suicide bombings and ISIS beheadings heaven must be getting full of “once used” virgins! Who will look after these women? Thrown to slavery? Is that how women are to be treated? All this bunkum beggars belief in the modern world!!!

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