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No redemption till people discerns the truth!

- The Sudar Oli Editorial

(September 02, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Lankan ethnic problem has emerged as a cruel war.

The South has unleashed a cruel war causing aggression in the Tamil homeland. It is determined to enslave the Tamil people. The war propaganda of the Colombo administration has become very effective, while the people of the South are unable to assess the reality.

It is notable that certain intelligentsias of the South have expressed erudite views. Professor Jayantha Seneviratna has expressed serious concerns over the on going war and the war propaganda.

“The mass media has failed to act with a sense of responsibility and contribute for peace and harmony in the country. In a conflict situation, it is natural that there can be controversial views over certain developments.

In such a context the media has a sacred role to express views in an impartial manner and to report incidents in an impartial manner. But, it is unfortunate that today, we find that they report events and express views in a partisan manner. As a result the South is not aware of the reality in the Vanni area” – this is the concern of Professor Jayantha Seneviratna.

In brief, he states that any impartial reporting is considered as treason. He also cites Rev.Augustin, who said that war is a punishment to man and tells that every body in the country under goes such a punishment. He also states that war is a strategy to turn the politics in a different direction. War is a strategy for those in power to retain power.

Professor Terrence Purasingha laments that people have no access to independent news about the war. The Sinhala people are made to believe that a military solution is possible.

The truth of the matter is that there is no redemption until the truth and reality are discerned.

(An English translation of the Editorial in The Sudar Oli, a Tamil daily, based in Colombo.)
- Sri Lanka Guardian

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