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Sikhs are falling into the trap of violence
By:Devinder Gulati, India
Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019, 9:57 pm

Sri Lanka’s Muslims constitute 9.7% of the island’s population as against 70% Sinhalese Buddhists, 13% Hindu Tamils and 7.4% Christians (who have both Sinhala and Tamil origins). While entirely Tamil-speaking, the Muslims rarely identify themselves as Tamils. It’s this sense of a distinct identity that, at the height of the civil war, made the community a target of both the LTTE and the Sinhalese groups. During the three-decade-long war, many Lankan Muslims worked as spies and private militia for the army.

Sometime in the 1970s, coinciding with Kerala’s Gulf migration, a number of Lankans took up low-paying jobs in the Gulf. With Saudi Arabia offering scholarships for religious studies, many Muslims also sent their children there — bringing in, many say, a new, Wahhabi form of Islam, distinct in character and doctrine from the religion that had until then been practised in Lanka.

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/sri-lanka-easter-blasts-churches-colombo-muslims-5710605/

Clearly Saudi Arabia is at the root of the problem. Are Muslims doing anything about it.

But there is a second problem. The sense of distinct identity; Ummah, that prevents national or regional/language identity.
Sikhs are falling into this very trap. The Khalsa.They must learn lessons from the Muslim predicament.

Gulati