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Sri Lanka cattle-slaughter ban mimics India's slight of Muslims China-leaning Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks political gains with Modi-style policy COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's ruling party has proposed a ban on the slaughter of cattle that the country's Muslim minority sees as a new effort to inflame their community as Buddhist groups amass political power. While Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's government denies the ban is meant as a swipe against Muslims, it does call it a "good gesture" toward the Buddhist majority. The ban also adds some geopolitical intrigue to South Asia, whe