Sept 03, Colombo: The increasing insularity amongst minority ethnic groups in Sri Lanka is leading to the emergence of hard line groups within the majority community which is causing further tension among other communities, Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gothabhaya Rajapaksa warned today.
Addressing the third annual Defence Seminar at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo, the Defence Secretary said tensions within communities lead to fragmentation of the Sri Lankan identity and it is a critical challenge that the entire nation faces today.
He said the indication of increasing communalism amongst ethnic groups is cause for concern as the fragmentation of the Sri Lankan identity into ethno-religious identification is not only unfortunate in itself, but it can also lead to other problems in the long term.
He cited the allegiance of some in the Tamil community who identify more with the Tamil community of Tamil Nadu than with their fellow Sri Lankans and similarly, Sri Lankan Muslims identifying themselves more with the global Muslim community and reducing their integration with the rest of the population.
The Defence Secretary pointed out that law enforcement agencies and security forces in the country are concerned about the communalism and the possibility that extremist elements may try to promote Muslim extremism in Sri Lanka is a cause for concern.