No politician will be able to engage in politics using racism in the future, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha said.
He said the National Anthem was sung in Tamil for the first time in 1949.
Speaking at an Independence Day ceremony at Jinthupitiya, Colombo on Thursday, Musthapha said after the end of terrorism which lasted for 30 years, racism was spread.
“As a solution, the masses handed over this country to President Maithripala Sirisena. He promised the people that he would create co-existence within the country and is trying his best to do so,” he said.
Musthapha said the National Anthem was sung in Tamil at the end of the Independence Day celebrations at Galle Face.
“This happened for the first time in 1949. It is said in the National Anthem that ‘we are siblings of the same mother’. If this is sung by the mother tounge of a particular person, that is when he feels it and sings it with a dignity towards the country. So no matter the individual’s race, he or she should be allowed to sing the National anthem in any language they know,” the minister said.
“We should step forward together. So called patriots criticise the National Anthem being sung in Tamil and are attempting to use racism as a political tool. No politician will be able to engage in politics using racism in the future.The people do not need that. They need to co-exist in the country as Sri Lankans. We should step forward in unity with all races,” he said.