THE country is finally being led by a new set of
leaders who wish to assert its sovereignty. Previous leaders did
their best to convince the people that buckling under the LTTE
threats was the road to survival. They failed to say it was their
personal survival that they were thinking of. Our soldiers in common
with other South Asian nations are neither going to Iraq nor are
they interested in chewing gum or religious revivals.
Lankawata mama adarai
I love Sri Lanka. I already miss Sri Lanka. I
have been in Sri Lanka for eight months and planned to be here for
another four. But this morning I received news that I must leave the
country in two weeks.
No, not through religion
Whoever advised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
have a meeting with Muslim religious leaders did not serve him well.
One, there is no recognised religious leader in the community. There
are only a few institutions ploughing a lonely furrow. Two, the
influence of religious leaders is more negative than positive. They
issue too many fatwas which evoke controversy, not consensus.