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Beyond Victory Parades & Commemorations

By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Only Realism, Truth and Justice can lead us to Peace

18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences

The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE meant two entirely different things with different rationale to justify their actions.

For the Government it was a victory over Tamil terrorism, end of a war and beginning of peace. But for the Tamils it was the culmination of another mass massacre of militants and civilians and the beginning of incarcerations and further militarization, robbing of lands and missing of persons.
One reality gave birth to two entirely different interpretations and consequences!

Victory Parades and Commemorations

A year later, the majority and their government rejoiced and held victory celebrations, while the Tamils commemorated it as day of mass murder, if not genocide. The former government taking an arrogant and irrational stance with respect to 18th May 2009, not only had its own celebrations with victory parades but went further to make uncivilized and unreasonable efforts to stop/dissuade /prevent commemoration by the Tamils of their fallen Tamil victims in any form.

To any reality there are two sides as for a single coin. The government celebrated this date only as a victory day for the majority Sinhalese and their government and did everything possible to deny or hide the other side of the reality. They were forcibly denying the basic right of memory of the Tamils. And worse still, escalated other forms of suffering for the victimized Tamils.

Hence unfortunately due to the folly of the last government, there were two entirely different commemorations opposing and contradicting one another, moving the Sinhalese and Tamils in opposite directions.

18th of May 2015? Will it be different?

The present government appears to have realized the folly of denying the right to memory to the Tamils, and has prudently decided to tone down the one-sided victory parade of the government and allow a commemoration of all the fallen in the war. It is a welcome move, a distant silver-line at the end of the tunnel, or at least as a first step, on the long road to achieving a peaceful future.

Hence I dare to share the following thoughts.

Commemorations are only for the benefit of the present and the future

Commemorations are held by those still surviving and hoping to march towards a better future. We as the surviving have to learn lessons from the past and courageously dare to make changes for ourselves and for the future generations.

Two important events at the beginning of this year 2015, namely, the Regime change and the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, inspire and encourage all of us, not only the politicians but also the civic and religious leaders, to work courageously with hope and optimism towards reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of all communities. Each in their own context and competence, have to make efforts towards the final goal of reconciliation and peace. To be fruitful, these efforts have

1. to be realistic, not forgetting the under-side or other side of realities,

2. based on the whole truth of what has happened to both sides in the past.

3. and seeking justice, leaving no skeletons in our own cupboards.

These efforts demand naturally sincerity and courage to break away from our past mistakes and mistaken notions and dare to admit, condone and apologize. There should be no place for self-centeredness or bargains or even short-sighted victories.

President Sirisena, who was praised so well recently by Carlo Fonseka, shows signs of an emerging patriot and statesman. Some of his predecessors have publicly made serious and erroneous remarks about the Tamils. But by word and example, he is appealing to us all to put the country and the people before political parties and seek a peaceful coexistence of all peoples. The new government and the progressive forces from all communities are identifying some root causes which ruined the county in the past and are able to identify the fundamentals for a peaceful coexistence of all.

Unfortunately the forces of evil – racism, extremism, selfishness- are still at work. We all know that more harm is done by the passivity of the good people who are definitely in a majority than by the activity of the few evil people. Hence the civic and religious leaders, more than the political, are called to an active role in combatting these evils both within their fold and in society.

Forgetting is difficult or nearly impossible but Forgiving is possible and helpful

18th of May will remain embedded in our memory, especially for those victims, widows and orphans left behind by fallen soldiers, militants and civilians. It is the sacred responsibility of all leaders to collaborate

a) In redressing as early as possible the grievances of those still mourning and still affected by the post-war actions of the government and its forces.

b) Courageously making fundamental changes to our vision and structure of the state that was on during the last six decades of conflict and war.

c) In preventing future rebellion by creating concrete political, economic and social conditions equally for all peoples in Sri Lanka.

Only a close collaboration of all forms of leadership for good can lead us from contradicting commemorations to a consensual peaceful existence.

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    President Sirisena, who was praised so well recently by Carlo Fonseka, shows signs of an emerging patriot and statesman. Some of his predecessors have publicly made serious and erroneous remarks about the Tamils. But by word and example, he is appealing to us all to put the country and the people before political parties and seek a peaceful coexistence of all peoples. The new government and the progressive forces from all communities are identifying some root causes which ruined the county in the past and are able to identify the fundamentals for a peaceful coexistence of all.

    Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel –

    HAVE YOU EVER LISTENED TO SIRISENA4S ELECTION CAMPAIGN? WHAT YOU ARE PRAISING ABOUT PRESIDENT SIRISENA IS NOT TRUE.

    IN ORDER TO USE TAMILS FOR THEIR INTERNATIONAL PROPAGANDA, SIRISENA4S GOVERNMENT IS USING SOME IMPORTANT FIGURES AMONG THE TAMIL COMMUNITY. IN THAT CONTEXT THEY ARE USING FR EMMANUEL’S ORGANISATION, THE GLOBAL TAMIL FORUM.

    GTF IS TODAY PART OF THE SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT. THIS CAN’T BE DENIED BY THE GTF .

    MANGALA SAMARAWEERA HAS USED THE WEEKENESS OF THE GTF MEMBERS AND GAINED THEIR SUPPORT. WHAT THEY LIKE IS PHOTOGRAPHING WITH VIPs and PARTIES.

    TODAY GTF IS A MOUTH PIECE OF PRESENT SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT.

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      George,

      It is easy to criticise the Reverend Father.
      What do you reckon is the solution for our problems in Sri Lanka?
      There is a new government in Sri Lanka. Why don’t we give them a chance?

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      Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel

      RE: Beyond Victory Parades & Commemorations

      “Only Realism, Truth and Justice can lead us to Peace
      18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences”

      Can agree on that.

      Let’s see, the justice delivered yo a segment of Sri Lankan Citizens by LTTE and the State.

      1. LTTE Expelled and killed Northern Muslims.

      2. The State was unable to prevent it, because LTTE was too powerful at that time.

      3. LTTE Terrorists were finally defeated.

      4. A good fraction of the Northern Muslims are still IDPs 6 years after the war, and living in the jungle, “safely” with the animals. However, they would likerto go home.

      5. The State is applying DOUBLE STANDARDS TO THESE DISPLACED NORTHERN MUSLIMS.

      5. Many Sinhala Buddhist Racists are using this as an excuse to attack the Muslims against, funded and supported by Norway, LTTE, Israel and Certain Elements in the West.

      “Only Realism, Truth and Justice can lead us to Peace
      18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences”

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      Published on Jun 1, 2013
      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

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        Hello Amarasiri It looks like you are shedding crocodile tears for the Muslims. Successive Sinhala governments had also done a great job to ‘dived and rule’ They created a Muslim home guards to kill the Tamils in the Eastern province. Lot of unwanted massacres took place. In the North The Muslims were evacuated for their safety, and prevent them becoming spies and sneakers to the Sinhala armed forces about the activities of the LTTE men. This is history. Why harp on it? As things have changed hands and government is powerful in the past 6 years.
        You say;”4. A good fraction of the Northern Muslims are still IDPs 6 years after the war, and living in the jungle, “safely” with the animals. However, they would like to go home” who is preventing? No more LTTE, was isn’t the Government of MR, there were hand full of Muslim Ministers why didn’t they do any thing for their people? Blaming culture should stop, and let us work towards reconciliation and peace.

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      I may have to agree with you. These Tamil leaders from the TNA,GTF and TGTE are all, in the name of the Tamil people, taking advantage for themselves. They are not truly sincere in the rightful hopes and deliverance for the Tamil people. One example is that Fr.S,J.Emmanual is speaking of Militarisation, incarceration, grabbing lands in the North. What have they done about it? The TNA is silent about it. Fr.Emmanuael wants the Tamils to forgive the…..WHOM?

      These people are all culprits taking advantage of the Tamil people. They are not worth talking about.

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        ” Unfortunately the forces of evil – racism, extremism, selfishness- are still at work ”

        He did say this about those groups you’ve mentioned, but left out a few others.

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        Hi Sellam With whom do you want to agree? That is politics Politicians take advantage of their people then forget till next time this not new in any part of the world. Tell us what TNA has not done about M,I,GL. Do you want TNA to take up arms? Tamils are at the mercy of Sinhala politicians. Sinhala politicians are at the mercy of Sinhala extremists to deliver. The Mind set of Sinhala masses and Politicians have to change. Tolerance, able to accommodate all citizens as equals should come from within. need to have compassion and humanity. Mahatma Gandhi once said, If you can’t change the world you change yourself. Only way to change is to become spiritual!

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    William Wallace has monuments , Plague and statues. memorial is celebrated. Even though he was tried for treason and punished with torture and Death. The difference is There was a trial without delay or hesitation irrespective of the fairness of the trial.

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    WTF is “right to memory” ?

    I thought thinking gets blocked only when the brain is dead!

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      Vibhushana

      “I thought thinking gets blocked only when the brain is dead!”

      It shouldn’t be a problem, you still manage to type.

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    William Wallace has monuments , Plague and statues. memorial is
    Commemorated Even though he was tried for treason and punished with torture and Death. The difference is There was a trial without delay or hesitation irrespective of the fairness of the trial.

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      As far as the English were concerned Wm Wallace was a plague.

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    Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel

    “Forgetting is difficult or nearly impossible but Forgiving is possible and helpful”

    Precisely.

    However I need to know whether Prabaharan, his wife and daughter are still alive.

    Why don’t you confirm if he was killed by armed forces.

    If he is still alive do you communicate with him and receive orders?

    Why don’t you just put a full stop to all kind of speculations and let the supporters make peace with themselves?

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      If the LTTE had won they would have celebrated in style. Not just for one week.

      So let’s stop being hypocrites (some of us)

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      Ask this question to Doggabaya …ask him why he couldn’t issue a death certificate ???

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    What is their to celebrate. It was Sri Lanakans killing Sri Lankans.
    Mahinda had the best chance of all leaders of this country to heal wounds after the war. What did he do? He celebrated it. Never ever should this happen again. Collective identity within a united Sri Lanka is the answer.
    While being Singhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Malay Burgher, Chetti, Parsi, Mehman, and so on let us promote the beauty and diversity of this country in its humaneness and natural beauty.

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      No it was sri Lankans killing Tamil eelam terrorists. LTTE wanted ab eelam identity. If they wonx they would’ve celebrated daily m brother Emanuel x when will you apologize for TAMIL TIGER CRIMES *?

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    [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Native

    Why can’t you reveal the result of the DNA test

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      Pacs

      “Why can’t you reveal the result of the DNA test”

      Honestly if I had access to DNA report I would have leaked/published it here in the CT long before your request. You know I am not for censorship and am for free flow of information.

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    Dear Reverend

    a) In redressing as early as possible the grievances of those still mourning and still affected by the post-war actions of the government and its forces.

    Yes I believe all these grievences must be courageously given a hearing, and concrete steps should be taken. Surely we can do this? But all must agree. It must be given time.

    b) Courageously making fundamental changes to our vision and structure of the state that was on during the last six decades of conflict and war.

    Courageously changing the way we approach the problems. Not only is an amicable settlement needed but an amicable way of arriving at a settlement.

    I am beginning to realize that it is not the journeys end that we must make our goal but a safe and peaceful voyage together on the Mother Ship Lanka as citizens. The end may not be important as the means. What does the Anthem say ‘as children of one mother”

    We can fight but we must not disown our Mother.

    c) In preventing future rebellion by creating concrete political, economic and social conditions equally for all peoples in Sri Lanka.

    This is best done in a stable, peaceful, and just environment. Hopefully after the next election.

    The Extremists must debate each other and come to a common agreement. No one else can do it for them.

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    Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
    Albert Einstein

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    You are now pontificating on the need for close collaboration of all forms of leadership to create consensual co-existence.

    You are now also praising President Sirisena as showing signs of an emerging patriot and statesman. But most of your Tiger compatriots are calling him as the man who was Defence Minister when LTTE was defeated, and saying that he has blood on his hands, and that he should be one of those who should be hauled before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide.

    It is good that you are now agreeing with President Sirisena’s views that there must be a peaceful coexistence of all peoples. I commend you for that realization that has come at least now. This is what Tamils like us were saying during the heydays of LTTE when people like you praised Pirapaharan and even dared to call him the Jesus or Moses who had come to liberate the Tamils. Had this realization dawned on you at the time Pirapaharan was alive it would have mattered. It is the support of religious people like you and Rayappu Joseph that emboldened Pirapaharan. Did you and Rayappu Joseph ever asked Pirapaharan to stop the massacre of Sinhalese civilians,to stop indiscriminate bombings of Sinhalese and Muslim civilian targets and the recruitment of child soldiers? The most prominent Tamil religious leaders who openly supported Pirapaharan and his cadres were you and Rayappu Joseph. Did you or Rayappu Joseph ever openly published statements condemning these atrocities and open human rights violations of Pirapaharan and his LTTE when LTTE was in control of North East?

    If you are truly sincere about the well being of Sri Lanka and Sri lankans, my advice to you is that you should immediately disband your Global Tamil Forum and go to Sri Lanka to work for peaceful co-existence of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers.

    It is people like you, Rudrakumaran, Surenthiran, Nediyavan and Vinayagam who are still lighting the flames of communalism and separatism from abroad. It is your continued activities from abroad in support of Eelam or two states that feed the Sinhala extremists in Sri Lanka.

    Will you make an announcement that you have given up your support and demand for Eelam and that you now stand for a united Sri Lanka?

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    The Revd. Father is cautiously optimistic about the Sinhala Tamil relations and the immediate future under the leadership of Sirisena and his team, which is a positive indication. Bensen

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    Remembrance Day May 18 vs Victory Day May 19.

    Forgive, Forget, and Celebrate ? How, ask the victims, children, widows and the mothers.

    Poles apart, still doors are closed, UN not allowed to find out the truth on what happened during the Mullaivaikkal War, war without witness, on how and why more than 100 000 killed, no justice, no accountability, no sign of reconciliation after six long years.

    Very good reasons for SEPARATION for the good of both the Sinhala and Tamil Nations, to live, develop and prosper separately. Forget the past, move forward, You can celebrate with your conscience, but leave the victims alone.

    We will come back later to forgive, forget and to bury the perpetrators.

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      Manicka Vasagar

      “Forgive, Forget, and Celebrate ?”

      Forgive and remember the victims. Forget, no. Remember the crimes so as to avoid it recurring in the future.

      “How, ask the victims, children, widows and the mothers.”

      Campaign for setting up an independent Truth and reconciliation Commission to investigate all war crimes and crimes against humanity, perpetrated since 5th April 1971 by all parties.

      Perpetrators should be encourage to confess, own up crimes, say sorry and move on. Record and preserve all confessions and make them available to those who really want to know as to what had happened in the previous 40 or so years.

      If war criminals want to be smart, let the long arm of the law deal with them.

      Ultimately truth matters.

      “Very good reasons for SEPARATION for the good of both the Sinhala and Tamil Nations,”

      Please obtain prior permission from Hindians in New Delhi.

      “We will come back later to forgive, forget and to bury the perpetrators.”

      And feel free to bury yourself in another Mullivaailkkal, the International Community will be happy to help you.

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      To understand a situation you must be part of it. For you this is a hobby just picked up some slogans here and there and trying to coin them. It doesn’t make any sense. Better to keep quiet. Things will work out . The climate is somewhat good for calm in Sri Lanka – that means bad time for your business.

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    LETS CELEBRATE THE PEACE.

    Reverend bl..dy father, a megalomaniacc (london times)in cassoak you ruined the tamil Children and Youth population.
    Matyrdoms, God’s fighters, what a load of crap you said to deceive the Youth & Children.
    Today, a school girl in her youth in Puguduthivu abducted, abused & murdered by 3 estranged tamil youth of the North. Is not Emmanuel responsible? Fortunately police arrested the suspects or else the finger would have been pointed by this very person at whom? Your guess is good as mine. A ruined society

    The priest who proclaimed to the World that PRABAKARAN IS JESUS CHRIST in person.
    Such a sacriledge statement, yet the Catholic Clergy of Sri Lanka were NAIVE or in support whilst the London Times decribes a remorseless megalomaniach to the Great Redeemer.
    The liberation theology for all Tamils….God forgive.

    Israelites betrayed their God for an object of Gold they called BAAL.
    Judas betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of Silver.
    S.J.Emmanuel betrayed Jesus Christ & Tamils to gain a piece of land called Tamil Eelam.

    You depict as though you are from the Kingdom, Glory and Power.
    Leave us alone. never to return to the North.

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    Dear Reverend,

    UNP London , GTF Surendran,and CBK Madam have installed Bodhi Sira as President to look after you and your flock..

    So be patient.

    Sira has already not only cancelled Rana Viru Victory, but he has also given the OK to Ranil to give Sambandan 2 weeks to celebrate , sorry commemorate Mulivaikal and pay homage to Prabakran.

    BIL Sivagilingam has already held a vigil in Mulivaikal.

    Ranil is already working on 13A in full, But CBK Madam and Mangalan want to give you even more and make the NPC Federal..

    Soon the TNA will welcome you at the BIA and take you to look after the Statute of our Holy Mother of Madhu in a procession.

    Didn’t our lovely FM say we will be having a rollicking time again !!!!

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    Fr. is hoping and praying for a political solution, reconciliation and peace. The two communities are father apart to a solution than we were in 1956. We progressively drifted apart.The war divided the communities and the five year since the end of armed conflict have broken whatever thread that were left after the war.

    The last 100+ days had improved governance but the gap between the communities, though have not gotten larger, is at a point that would get too wide for it to have any chance of decreasing.

    Tamil people have within there own mind mourned their loved ones and their heroes. Now Srisena’s government is not making it illegal for the Tamils to mourn their loved ones but still consider that they should not mourn their heroes. But the Tamils, in their mind, will mourn their dead loved ones and heroes as they had done in the past. Let all peoples mourn their dead. Who is a Government to tell any people whom they can mourn and who they should not?

    At this point the Srisena government should take a bold step towards recognising that a solution should recognise that Tamils are a Nation with a right to self determination and a place they call home and offer a solution within a United State. Such an offer by his party will show what percent of the Sinhala voters and Tamil voters will vote for One State Two Nations. If they both do not get a majority then it will show that the Unitary State and Tamil Eelam State advocates will win leading to perpetual conflict. Srisena has a chance to test the political solution once and for all. If Srisena’s party reject such a move, let TNA make the One State Two Nations as their Manifesto and let the Tamil people make their choice.

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    What a joke. This is akin to a Nazi complaining about VE day celebrations.

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      Ponnalingam

      Please read:

      The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese
      Rev Father S Gnana Prakasar
      The Jourmal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
      Volume XXXIII
      1936

      The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese
      C. E. GODAKUMBURA
      Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies,
      University of London Vol. 11, No. 4 (1946), pp. 837-841
      Published by: Cambridge University Press

      Derivation of Sinhala Language from Tamil
      Father Ad T.C Closset
      The Tamil 1955.12/1956.01

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    Makes me ashamed to say I am a Christian to have a man like this calling himself father emmanuel. [Edited out]. It is a result of these so called catholic priests that today we have to hear of rapes such as in Punguduthivu. Colombo Telepgraph should not let such [Edited out] even write to these magazines.

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      msd

      “It is a result of these so called catholic priests that today we have to hear of rapes such as in Punguduthivu.”

      Did Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel in his sermons 30 years ago motivate the youth to rise against women and rape them?

      “Makes me ashamed to say I am a Christian to have a man like this calling himself father emmanuel.”

      Why? Did he father any children?
      There are many things you ought to ashamed of yourself. This is not one of them.

      As a human being did you do any good deed today?

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    Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

    Only Realism, Truth and Justice can lead us to Peace

    18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences

    I endorse most of what you have written but take issue with one observation which has relevance to the Key Word Reality.

    1)The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils.

    *** It was a watershed in Sri Lankas sad history and testimony to Mans inhumanity.

    2) Victory Parades and Commemorations

    A year later, the majority and their government rejoiced and held victory celebrations, while the Tamils commemorated it as day of mass murder, if not genocide. The former government taking an arrogant and irrational stance with respect to 18th May 2009, not only had its own celebrations with victory parades but went further to make uncivilized and unreasonable efforts to stop/dissuade /prevent commemoration by the Tamils of their fallen Tamil victims in any form.

    *** The people who celebrated have now become fallen heroes

    3)Hence unfortunately due to the folly of the last government, there were two entirely different commemorations opposing and contradicting one another, moving the Sinhalese and Tamils in opposite directions.

    *** The difference was one was celebrated openly with pomp and pageantry and the other one from inside broken homes in silence.

    4)18th of May 2015? Will it be different?

    *** The answer is a Big NO. You may wonder why and the answer lies in what has been done to heal the wounds.

    Frankly Nothing

    Accountability is a Prerequisite Reconciliation.

    You just have to listen to RW & MS.

    5) Hence I dare to share the following thoughts.

    Commemorations are only for the benefit of the present and the future

    Commemorations are held by those still surviving and hoping to march towards a better future. We as the surviving have to learn lessons from the past and courageously dare to make changes for ourselves and for the future generations.

    *** I have some reservations about the above. What changes are you talking about when the Decision Making Process is vested in the hands of the Agressors.

    6) Two important events at the beginning of this year 2015, namely, the Regime change

    *** I agree with the above and it was a momentous event.

    7) The visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, inspire and encourage all of us, not only the politicians but also the civic and religious leaders, to work courageously with hope and optimism towards reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of all communities. Each in their own context and competence, have to make efforts towards the final goal of reconciliation and peace. To be fruitful, these efforts have.

    *** This is where I disagree with you. The invitaion to the Pope was a cunning trick by MR building up to the election. Above all Sinhala Lanka is Buddhist Country ( or at least the perception by the Majority) and there are not enough hearts and minds of the Religious denomination you are talking about to make a telling difference.

    Even the ones who are alive and kicking are not ready to change. If you want proof just listen to Dayan Jeyatilleka the now defunct Catholics outpouring of Tamil hate rhetoric.

    8) We all know that more harm is done by the passivity of the good people who are definitely in a majority than by the activity of the few evil people. Hence the civic and religious leaders, more than the political, are called to an active role in combatting these evils both within their fold and in society.

    *** Reverand which planet are you on. Dont forget the majority ( 5.8 million) voted for MR.

    9)Only a close collaboration of all forms of leadership for good can lead us from contradicting commemorations to a consensual peaceful existence.

    *** The above are in short supply in Sinhala Lanka

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    The Reverend is forgetting that he is no saint. We are celebrating because we defeated terrorism. He is only thinking of one side of the coin. Why not celebrate for the fortitude of the heroes we lost in combat.

    Is bravery only limited to your LTTE cadres and what’s the point of them celebrating in the first place? It’s only going to fuel remorse and hatred, thus the vicious cycle will continue.

    When religious people put there two cents into politics, they are no longer holy.
    I am a Buddhist, a Sinhalese and above all a Sri Lankan. Sri Lanka should celebrate irrespective of their ethnicity because the 19th of May was a Sri Lankan victory, not a Sinhalese one!
    Peace :)

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      f=ma

      “We are celebrating because we defeated terrorism. “

      We are yet to celebrate the defeat of Southern terrorism and are awaiting for the past 25 years.

      When can we start?

      Do I sense double standard and hypocrisy?

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    Remember the ones GoSL murdered, killed, raped…
    Remember the ones who fought for their survival…
    Remember the people who were white vanned and made to disappear..
    Remember the journalists who were brutally murdered by evil security forces,paramilitary bastards,white van coolies, and the rascal secretary of killings.
    Remember the people who were abducted and fed to the sharks of Gota the sadistic devil goon with white van abductees..

    Nice remembrances and victory parades…this must be called murder parades, rape parades, no fire zone parades…starbing parades, concentration camp parades…
    you racist rascals name it correctly.

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