EVERY single soldier of our country and every single army/navy/police
personnel today in our island deserves the sincere gratitude from every
When one watches young army personnel flag down a vehicle to stop,
check them in and out, call a man on bike to stop - one cannot but
realize he is putting his own life on the line to serve his duty.
Anyone they stop can be a suicide killer; anyone can be carrying a
gun. Yet they do stop them, they do search them and have successfully
detected smuggled bombs and explosives.
Thank you solider, for doing this for us, the citizens, whom you
don't even know personally. My concern, as a mother, for the young army
personnel when I see them toiling in the hot sun and pouring rain, at
road blocks makes me send up a prayer Ya Allah, Please protect them all.
Everytime there is a bomb, there is an attack, there is a war
casualty - my heart cries out for all those sons - our sons who lay down
their lives for us, who get wounded for us, who march forward in spite
of death looking them in the face. You people deserve everything.
Thank you, sons, thank you. We are with you. My eyes mist when I
listen to their loved ones sending greetings to them over the radio. You
people, the families of the soldiers, deserve our gratitude too. Thank
you. May Allah bless you all and guide you all.
It is heartwarming to see the present Government recognizing their
sacrifice, the President intermingling with them, the press giving them
due recognition. We, everyone must try to make their lives easier. Do
not be impatient if your vehicle is flagged down - it's done for your
Do not feel intimidated if you are searched in the bus or train. It's
for your good. May Allah bring peace to this little country of ours
soon. May these young boys return to their mothers and their young wives
and children safely. Soon. Insha Allah.
Dr. MAREENA THAHA REFFAI -
Through 25 years of terrorism wreaked out by the LTTE on civilians,
Government institutions, politicians (both Tamil and Sinhalese) and
Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrims many thousands of lives have been
shamelessly destroyed 'in an open abattoir' called Sri Lankan society.
The respect for precious human life in the name of a mythical 'Tamil
Homeland' has been reduced to zero levels.
We may ask "what is the difference between a butcher and an LTTE
terrorist?" None whatsoever! The only difference, is that human life is
considered to be more precious than an animal life - the end result
unfortunately is the same-merciless death.
Those who perpetrate such horrendous acts no doubt, get an enormous
thrill out of the suffering inflicted on innocent people.
This is exactly what we have witnessed during the past week in the
aftermath of the shooting incident which killed TNA Parliamentarian
Nadarajah Raviraj, Police Constable Lakshman Lokuwella.
Human life whether it be Raviraj's or Lakshman Lokuwella's is equally
precious to their immediate families who have both lost a son, husband
and father! None other than their immediate families will have genuine
sorrow for having lost their dear ones.
We deeply regret and offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families
that have been victimized in this recent incident.
In 'The Nation' of 12th November 2006 in an article titled 'Lokuwella:
The bodyguard who accompanied Raviraj' it is stated "He was a father of
two sons and resided at Nilammahara, Gampaha.
Speaking about Lokuwella the slain Parliamentarian Raviraj's mother
Mangaleswary Nadaraja said that she was equally saddened by the death of
"I am very upset about his death as well. It is a burden to me. He
was very dear to us. He was very close to us disregarding that he was a
He was very innocent and I am very sorry for his family and two small
sons", she said. Where is the evidence of an ethnic conflict?
Sinhalese and Tamils live in the south without enmity while the LTTE
and their cohorts proclaim worldwide that there is enmity between the
Sinhalese and Tamils! Even Mr. Raviraj who was an MP and Deputy Mayor of
Jaffna opted to live more in the south among the Sinhalese rather than
live in the North.
Was there a particular reason we may ask? It was probably safer for
him and his family down here! In this cloud of sadness most
unfortunately, we have seen a particular faction of our society (both
expatriate and locals) who have revealed in capitalizing and
politicizing this dastardly act to the level that is, can almost be
considered, vulgar and perverse!
They have behaved in the most uncivilized manner by using the body of
the late Nadarajah Raviraj for their particular agendas.
The enthusiasm with which photographs show Kumar Rupasinghe and
Rajitha Senarathne show that there is something much more than mere
sadness at the death of Raviraj?
In a big show of sympathy they were seen carrying the coffin of Mr.
Raviraj being taken in procession from Kanatte to the New Town Hall but
after that, the coffin was left behind when they got into their vehicles
and left the scene, leaving the bereaved family to bring back the coffin
to its place of rest until it was flown to Jaffna for the final rites!
Did these personalities dare to follow the body to Jaffna and attend
the funeral together with the LTTE when they were supposed to confer on
him a posthumous title? One should not insult the dead and departed but
most of all, one must not insult the families of the bereaved by being
The placards that were seen in the photos published had 'SHAME'
written in all three languages.
Shame must be pointed out at the terrorists who have reduced human
life to such a valueless state! Sri Lanka has lost brave members of our
Armed Forces through 25 years of terrorism but have these 'great
sympathizers' even ventured to speak on their behalf?
The motives behind their actions are too naked.
Foreigners and Expatriate Sri Lankans who live out of INGO and NGO
activities in Sri Lanka and who wish to interfere in the internal
affairs of this country are making every effort to destabilize and
fragment the nation.
To them anything serves a purpose provided they can earn out of the
misery of others!
In the aftermath of the death of Raviraj, this is what has been
exposed more than ever before!
The National Peace Council and 'Anti-War Front' are only masks behind
which they hide their true colours.
Sri Lanka is among a handful of countries in the world having a
chequered and recorded history of a civilisation existed for over 2500
years, evident from numerous ancient manuscripts punctuated with rock
inscriptions, carvings and edifices.
Any form of violence to these ancient monuments is sacrilegious and
resisted by the right - thinking people who have developed an innate
penchant to protect them for future generations.
There is a general concern of our people to protect our ancient
heritage from vandals. Our peers', the clergy and elders' outlook is to
treat anything old as gold.
Apart from antique artefacts, the country is proud of some of its
age-old institutions that have survived the test of time for over
One such financial institution is the Public Service Mutual Provident
Association (P.S.M.P.A) which has survived for over 122 years catering
to pecuniary distress of Public Servants, with its current assets over
Rs. 350 million.
For the first time in its 122 years' history, the Auditor General has
refused to give an opinion and not passed the Accounts for the year 2005
due to numerous flaws which A.G. had enumerated in his report.
The A.G.M. did not pass the Accounts for 2005 due to an adverse
report of the A.G. At the last meeting of Committee of Management, a
resolution has been tabled requesting the Secretary to the Treasury,
statutorily empowered, to intervene and probe into the malady the PSMPA
has been driven into and to recommend ways and means of reversing this
trend before it peters out into another Pramuka Bank.
W. Samaranayake, Committee Member, PSMPA -
J.B. Muller, expressing his views and emotions in the DN of November
17 on the arrival of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka clearly wishes to
forestall criticism of his sentiments, by labelling critics as 'some
members of the lunatic fringe (who) would like to decry any
I take the risk of being perceived as one on such fringe or brink:
but it is preposterous to compare the fortuitous arrival of 'Admira'
Almeida with that of the Arahant Mahinda.
Almeida was on a hunting spree, hunting 'for an Arab fleet plying
between the Spice Islands and the Red Sea' - a mission to kill and rob.
The Arahant was bearing a message of peace, foremost being the
recognition of the right to life of all beings, not only human beings.
He was an emissary of the Head of State of India, Emperor Asoka, to the
Head of State of Lanka, King Devanampiyatissa.
Who would venture to disagree with Mr. Muller that 'history happened
and cannot be rewritten to suit the whims and fancies of those who hate
the Portuguese or the European'.
Certainly, it is imperative that history be taught in all its
unvarnished truth. So let's remind ourselves of the history of the
dreadful bloodshed, torture and crusade - 'the military expeditions
under the banner of the cross' initiated in the Kotte Kingdom, and
perpetrated by the Portuguese, to forcibly spread Christianity in this
Let us practice what Mr. Muller preaches - teach history.
Very encouraging to read (DN Oct. 31) about the meeting held by the
president on this subject. When I visited Sri Lanka last year I took
photos of the garbage mounts near the Port as we docked.It was not only
an eyesore but a health hazard.
D. NOEL FERNANDO -