Statesman-like Statement by the President
For the first time in the recent history of Lanka an ennobling
thought had been pronounced by a Lankan politician. President Mahinda
Rajapaksa in his inspiring speech in Parliament on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
said that there are no more 'minorities' in the island and they are all
Lankans with equal status (implying-irrespective of racial, religious
and other differences caused by an accident of birth).
As a member of the Tamil-speaking community I salute and thank the
President for publicly declaring a sublime thought.
At the same time, I have apprehensions whether the extreme
nationalists (or shall we say chauvinists) among us would allow us to
practice what had been declared as a piece of supreme wisdom. How this 'majoritarianism'
phobia could be erased from the psyche of a few marginal people among us
is a question that the rest of us must strive to drive home via
religious, educational and media institutions.
I pray that the President's idealistic thought soon becomes a