Royal - Thomian face interruption scar

  • 10 Feb 2008 06:36:46 GMT

    [Number of Big Matches including the historic Battle of the Blues, which was not interrupted even during fierce World War I and II, are likely to face an interruption scar this year in the face of heightening security situation in Colombo. ]

    WWI and WWII did not have Tamil LTTE suicide bombers targeting and killing civilians in the South of Sri Lanka which is the difference.

    Furthermore WWI and WWII were fought very remotely from Sri Lanka. One should ask how many first class cricket matches did Great Britain play during WWI and WWII?

  • 10 Feb 2008 06:40:24 GMT

    [While some suggested that it should be played even as a low key affair, a youth who had left the school about two years ago argued saying: `if colleges of Jaffna played their Big Match last year amidst so much of trouble in that war-torn city, why can t we have it here in Colombo.` ]

    Those who ask such questions are bloody dumb, they can`t fathom out that LTTE in desperation targets Singhalese civilians in the South and they will not target Tamils in Jaffna making them loose what ever the support they have from them.

  • 10 Feb 2008 14:37:39 GMT

    As a proud Sri Lankan, An old Royalist and a lover of democracy

    ` would we if we ourselves gave in and interrupted the living of our daily lives, therefore, admit defeat in the face of terrorism`

    After 9/11, the USA did not go into a lock down, the traditional Home Security apparatus was strengthen, all Americans were set on high alert and they got on with their lives.

    The time has now come for all Sri Lanka`s to unite and fight the LTTE terror.

    http://londonandwriter.blogsp0t.com

  • 11 Feb 2008 03:20:57 GMT

    One has to be living in Sri Lanka at the moment to realise the tension and the fear people have in either getting killed or maimed in an impending bomb explosion anywhere in the country at any time of the day.

    When we get out of our homes to earn a living we are not sure of returning home in one piece either alive or dead. When all members of a family leave for work or school in the mornings we are not sure whether we`ll see each other in the evening. That is the true situation in Sri lanka at the moment which many of you living in the safety of foreign countries cannot fathom and simply do not have even an atom of an idea of that eery feeling.

    I appreciate the views expressed by magha, columbus and zaharan who realise what we in Sri Lanka are going through.

    While driving on the road the reality looms of the vehicle in front (secially if it happens to be a bus) exploding in the face. Walking on the pavement gives the creeps that one could be caught in a claymore explosion. Driving behind a vehicle belonging to the armed forces and caught up in a traffic snarl similarly gives the creeps of getting caught in a claymore explosion.

    Amidst all this what matters in postponing a cricket match? Civillians are the targets. Any large gathering of civillians are sitting ducks for the tigers. No one can guarantee 100% security and no one should expect such guarantees either. Should we play into the hands of the LTTE and sacrifice innocent civillians specially children?

    For some such as BWLondon it`s prestige and pride not wanting to postpone matches, but for us living in Sri Lanka it`s safety and survival.

    BTW

    I too am a Thomian AND a Royalist who simply enjoyed the fun at the Roy-Tho. Unfortunately the situation in the country is not funny.

  • 11 Feb 2008 03:59:17 GMT

    `Disce aut Discede` Learn or Depart.

    Magnum,

    That was a very good analogy in addition to what Magha has exemplified.

    Save lives!

    Fairplay

  • 11 Feb 2008 04:29:49 GMT

    I Appreciate that Fairplay!

  • 12 Feb 2008 10:50:42 GMT

    If the government could organise a mega exhibition - Deyata Kirula - attracting large crowds, spanning for 4 days and running for 12 hours each day, I don`t see a reason why the Royal-Thomian should be called off.

    It is not compulsory for any one to attend the match in the first place. So those who fear an LTTE attack can easily avoid the match. Plus if we stop most of our normal activities aren`t we playing in to the hands of the terrorists? That is exactly what they want, to cause fear and panic among the public.

    What I think is that the match could go on if the two schools are OK with it - especially the two teams. One option could be to postpone it.

  • 12 Feb 2008 10:52:55 GMT

    gajan26,

    Fools rush in where angels dare to tread!

    Deyata Kirula was a mega propoganda stunt of the govt to draw more recruits to the forces. When the public who are being given stomach fulls of news to swallow that the war is `almost finished` and when they are simultaneously shown the military hardware there are many who get the `kicks` to join the forces. The public were mesmerised with the military hardware on display. That was all the govt was interested in. Even if a bomb went off and killed a few the govt would not have been bothered.

    If a bomb attack took place at the exhibition we would have seen a different picture. Luckily for those that went to see the exhibiton the LTTE for whatever reason did not decide to use the venue. A suicide bomber could easily have exploded herself at the entrance where all were being checked. Anyone with a bomb could have walked upto the entrance.

    Should we lay the ground work for the LTTE to do the honors by seeing to it that civillians gather in large numbers within a confined area?

    IF the Roy-Tho is held and a bomb attack WERE to take place killing a few spectators which very likely could include school children on whom would YOU pin the blame? LTTE, the parents/students, spectators, school authorities, education dept or the armed forces?

    The Roy-Tho will never be cancelled. It can be put off to be played when the terrorist problem in the country is `Soon Over`!

  • 12 Feb 2008 21:50:18 GMT

    Oh No.......

    damn, no Roy-Tho.....

    anyways, Stag shud continue!

  • 13 Feb 2008 05:04:29 GMT

    [anyways, Stag shud continue!]

    Buddy,

    Only the Old boys can enjoy the Fun at the Stag. What do you suggest for the pupils of the schools??

    I can never forget what keeps happening every year at the Orient club. Raththarang patiyo, dhilisena badu naether enney?? Ebahi Atha patha gahanda beha!

    Fairplay