Sri Lanka

Challenges to religion in the face of Covid-19

The pandemic has highlighted the shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s religious leaders

Reid Shelton Fernando, Colombo

Updated: May 01, 2020 10:48 AM GMT

A security guard checks the body temperature of a man in a vehicle at a checkpoint during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Colombo on April 28. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lanka is a nation commended by local and foreign men of goodwill for the way government leaders have handled the Covid-19 outbreak. Furthermore, serious-minded people appreciate the fact of living in harmony, even though majority views seem to dominate all aspects of life.

Rights of minorities are not openly flouted but minorities are expected to adjust to majoritarianism and to succumb to the aspirations and demands of the majority by foregoing minorities' considerations.

When it comes to the Covid-19 contagion, authorities have taken unique steps to stem the pandemic by establishing quarantine centers, which are not explicitly visible in major countries. It started with a 14-day quarantine period and gradually increased to 21 days.

Health authorities are working with the armed forces and the police to mitigate the impact of this deadly disease that has upended everyday life across the world, affecting economic, cultural and religious practices.

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