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Literary luminaries a beacon of hope - President

Kamburupitiya: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday asserted that at a time the nation is reaching out for national peace and reconciliation, its literary luminaries should lead the way and be the guiding light and beacon of hope for the future well-being of the nation.

The President made this assertion when he addressed a colourful ceremony to felicitate the recipients of National Literature Awards, at Kamburupitiya in Matara.

“The golden era for Arts and Literature emerges when there is peace and prosperity in a nation. As an exclusive class of people who feel the pulse of the masses the most, the literary fraternity holds the highest responsibility of transforming and moulding the nation. They have to play a pivotal role in it.

I believe that they should lead and guide the politician, soldier and common citizen of the land. My Government has already placed the historic foundation and paved the way to liberate our Motherland from terrorism”, President Rajapaksa noted.

How many revered and renowned Tamil Literary Luminaries have been killed or have fled their motherland due to terrorism? In the absence of the Tamil Literary Luminaries and their works, how can the world understand the pulse of the Tamil community, their likes, dislikes and their pressing needs? the President asked. Referring to his recent meeting with the children of Jaffna, he pointed out the level of parity between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, due to terrorism.

President Rajapaksa also stressed the importance of learning English and Information Technology to further one’s knowledge and development and take the country forward. By such projects as the ‘Nenasela’, he said the Computer literacy rate has increased to 25 per cent from the earlier rate of 5 per cent, a few years ago. inhabitants almost complete with 98 percent of them resettled at alternative locations.

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