|Who is this Sinhala kotia?
There is much talk of National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka essentially between the Sinhalese-dominated Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Tamil people. As a Sinhalese who has supported the struggle of the Tamil people to live with equality, dignity and without discrimination, and now, to live at all, in the country of their birth, I simply do not think that national reconciliation is possible.
I have been closely involved with the problems faced by the Tamil people since 1948. This was when a million Plantation Indian Tamils, (one seventh of the total population of Ceylon at that time), were disenfranchised and decitizenised in one of the most outrageous acts of political barbarism anywhere in the world. It was followed by a series of highly discriminatory measures adopted since 1956 by a succession of Sinhalese governments against the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils. These included numerous Government organized pogroms of the Tamils. Having been a witness to all these and other major human rights violations of the Tamil people, I am convinced that national reconciliation is totally unrealistic.
The most serious recent slaughter of Tamils (June 2006 May 2009), with features of Genocide(2)-https://mail.google.com/mail/html/compose/static_files/blank_quirks.html#_ftn2-, and done under the guise of wiping out Tamil terrorism , has made national reconciliation impossible.
Edited By - saleemtariq - 27 Jul 2010 10:07:36 GMT