From India to Sri Lanka, mobs are threatening violence and breaking laws, and getting placated with it. In Tamil Nadu mobs have been attacking and threatening Sri Lankan citizens and the state government responded by banning Sri Lankan cricketers from Chennai saying they couldn’t assure their physical safety. This flies in the face of all international and sportsmanlike norms, banning players based on their nationality. It’s really a shame to Tamil Nadu and India as a whole. Within Sri Lanka, of course, we’re not much better.
The Bodu Bala Sena and associated racist, corrupt Buddhist groups are threatening and attacking Muslims and Muslim businesses. In response the government has mostly capitulated, agreeing to a ban on halal labeling and having the Defence Secretary attend BBS events.
In all these cases they’re unleashing an irrational and potentially violent force that they really can’t control. It’s like both sides have learned nothing from history, Tamil Nadu and India from their coddling of the LTTE and Sri Lanka from its indulgence of reactionary monks. In both cases it ended with Prime Ministers dead or – more accurately – didn’t end there.
At the moment it’s political expedient for them to coddle these racist and divisive forces, but in the long run it’s a great threat to us all.