Today marks the 5th death Anniversary of Lakshman Kadirgamar, the quintessential Sri Lankan, a great son of mother Lanka and a politician who achieved international prominence due to his wide ranging condemnation of the LTTE and his efforts to have the tiger outfit banned internationally.
Since assuming the Foreign Ministerial Portfolio until his demise he rendered a priceless service to build Sri Lanka’s image internationally. After a distinguished career as a lawyer and international humanitarian, he served Sri Lanka as the Foreign Minister until he was assassinated by a LTTE sniper on the 12th of August 2005. He loved equally the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims. Kadirgamar is a talented speaker and presented real facts with arguments to problems. He never attacked policies of political parties. He was instrumental in making Vesak an international holiday. The sapling he planted near the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is now a massive tree.
All in all Lakshman Kadirgamar was a peerless fellow-traveller, a man of the utmost refinement of work, thought and deed. Sri Lanka could not at the time of his death by assassination, and cannot today afford to lose sons of his calibre. But, then, it is the tall trees that catch the wind. He is being missed, and will continue to be missed, by every decent Sri Lankan in the years ahead amidst the encircling gloom and doom.