Professor Rohan Gunaratne from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore warned that a threat of violence exists if religious extremism in the south and communal extremism in the north is not curbed. “I believe that Sri Lanka will once again return to violence if we do not work hard and engineer a structured process that will bring Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims together,” at discussion among academics at the University of Peradeniya on how to mobilize resources for peace and reconciliation.
Speaking on the need for the establishment of a Peace Centre Professor Gunaratne said that in the recent history of Sri Lanka, the university community did not align its policies and strategies to meet the nation’s immediate challenges. He said that none of the universities contributed to ending terrorism or the insurgency in Sri Lanka. He said that the university academics were detached from the ground realities of the national needs.