Archive for January, 2009

Let my people go….

January 30, 2009

“Let my people go” were the famous words used by Moses, that great leader of the Israelites, when he went before pharaoh to ask for their release…

History tells us the Israelites were at the time undergoing immense hardships and were looking for a saviour to lead them to freedom and self rule in a land of their own. When Pharaoh refused to let them go, Moses unleashed a separatist war of plagues and death on the majority Egyptian people, finally convincing Pharaoh to give them their autonomy and freedom. Of course, he too lost his way a bit and the Israelites were forced to spend 40 years in the desert…! But everything ended well we’re told.

I wonder if the Tamil people too were at one time looking to Prabhakaran as a divinely guided saviour who would lead their people to freedom and happiness away from the oppression they were experiencing.

Unfortunately for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, Prabhakaran too seems to have lost his way, and led them into an endless wasteland of death and suffering. the difference being, he has led them down this road for 30 years even before he could win them their freedom…! It seems if he were allowed a free hand, he would continue to lead them further into the desert, for many more years to come. without a hope of ever seeing the promised land.

So it seems history has taken a strange twist, with the saviour of the Tamil people holding the his own people as veritable hostages, and subjecting them to untold misery and suffering, while the President of our country is making the appeal on their behalf…

so come on Mr. Prabhakaran, listen to the words… and…

Let Your People Go…

Sri Lanka loses…. again…!

January 8, 2009

With the death of Lasantha Wickramatunga yet another Sri Lankan voice has been suppressed by the might of the gun.

Surely, no matter what your political affiliation may be,  whatever your stance may be on terrorism or counter terrorism, you must admit that we as a nation have lost again.

I’m sure the coming days will see accusations, counter accusations, plots and counter plots, and the usual finger pointing and name calling ad nauseum. But nothing can take away the cold, hard facts…

Sri Lanka is slowly but surely being turned into an  intellectual wasteland and we as a country and a nation are on the losing end of the deal!

Sad…