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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Pleasant memories of a Gintota born person

By S.H.Moulana

We are certain that majority of our people are peace loving and will not hesitate to condemn any kind of clashes between communities.

Despite our literacy rate we always boast about one cannot just imagine an ugly incident of this kind could happen in a place like Gintota.

It is relevant to quote hear what a person from Gintota had to say how the two communities coexisted during his days there.

He says: ‘I was born in Gintota and educated at Gintota Maha Vidyalaya. I still cherish the pleasant memories of my childhood although I am no more there.

There were many Muslim students in my class and they were our true friends. We were in and out of each other’s houses.

Whenever there is a big pinkama at Thuparama or Gangathika temples the Muslim community joined and helped us.

We never felt that we belonged to a different ethnic group and we all lived like one family.

When the Kiridanaya was held at Mahawatta Bodhi tree on Esala Poya day, the Muslim cooks were there to prepare the food.

So I earnestly appeal to my relatives, friends and the villagers in general in my native place not to turn that beautiful village near Gin Ganga into a blood bath.

Let us all live as human being in peace and harmony as we have done all these year.’

We really applaud this moving appeal from the man from Gintota.

Let’s recall what Bertrand Russel once said about coexistence: ‘It’s coexistence or no existence.’

India’s late prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru said ‘The only alternative to coexistence is ‘codistruction’.’

- Asian Tribune -

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