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Champika Ranawaka’s apology is a positive step towards reconciliation

Jun 22, 2010 12:41:57 PM- transcurrents.com

by Mano Ganesan

JHU general secretary and Minister Champika Ranawaka’s apology to Tamils on burning down of the Jaffna library is a positive step in the long journey for reconciliation between Tamils and Sinhalese. We welcome this testimonial declaration in the right spirit.

We call upon JHU to upgrade this gesture by addressing the root causes to the national ethnic question said DPF leader Mano Ganesan in a release issued by DPF media office today. Ganesan said further,

We do not fault the Sinhala community as a whole for the burning down of the library and other state terrorist atrocities perpetrated before, after and during the war against the Tamil people. We work with Sinhala men and women who shed tears and cry out against atrocities practiced against innocent Tamil people.

Similarly terrorist atrocities carried against the innocent Sinhala people are not what the Tamil people wanted to achieve. Terrorism is not the Tamil manifesto. Powerful politically infested minorities are performing within both the communities. Minister Ranawaka is right and rational when he apologized in the name of his community.

Because these crimes are done in the names of Sinhala Buddhism and Tamil nationalism. The Tamil apology should be on the way. But such gestures will be lost in no time if the root causes for the ethnic divide are allowed to continue. JHU should reconsider it’s inflexible policies it campaigned with during the war and now attend to the root causes to the ethnic issue. It is what the post war era demands.