Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was my guiding star since the day I joined the Army. He told me that civil casualties should be zero during the humanitarian operation. The best weapon we had during the war was leadership, Major General Shavendra Silva said.
Addressing the Tech Colloquium The role of IT in nation building held in Colombo yesterday Major General Silva said it was the great leadership and the media which contributed immensely to the Three Armed Forces during the war. Leaders are born and they are not made. Personal agonies should not be part of the leadership. We should always think what we can do for the country and not what the country can do for us. We did not drag men into battlefield. The soldiers jumped into the battlefield because they sensed victory, he said.
According to Major General Silva Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wanted to show the world through media what was actually happening in the battlefield. War reporters who were in the battlefield challenged the reporters from other vicious foreign media. The State television experimented techniques in the battlefield. The work of media raised the morale of the soldiers.
Explaining how IT helped the Armed Forces during the war, Major General Silva said in the past the Armed Forces had to cross physically into the enemy territory risking their lives to listen to their communications because the technology available for the Armed Forces was very poor. But modern sophisticated UAV, Satellite Data System and other modern high technology provided to the Armed Forces helped immensely to save lives of the soldiers.
IT helped to lead the battle in the best way because the commander was able to see the exact situation of the battlefield from his mobile control panel. In Colombo, the President and foreign ambassadors were able to watch the rescue mission live with the help of IT.