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.