In a few words…

An open hand.

18.05.09

No matter where you are in the world or what you might be doing right now, as Sri Lankans, today marks a victory. Victory in the sense of defeating terrorism; victory in the sense of uniting Sri Lanka; victory in the sense of being able to embrace the person next to you regardless of whether he/she is Tamil or Sinhalese. For many of us this day seemed so so far away but is finally here. As the world watches the developments in Sri Lanka, we as Sri Lankans cannot help but rejoice in all our glory. It is in our right to. We have been through over 25 years of hardship which has taken Sri Lanka to the bottom of the list of developing countries. The war has torn us apart ethnically, politically and economically.

As we rejoice, there is still a large group of people who do not know what the future holds for them. For many years this group believed that the LTTE and Prabhakaran were in fact there only true hope of a prosperous and happy life. Now that this is no longer the case, you can’t help but try to understand the thoughts that must be going through their heads. They must be hearing of the celebrations in Colombo and elsewhere around the island. Stuck in camps that have appalling conditions, without much food, water or the basic necessities that a human is entitled to have, they must be scared, frightened and in shock. I would be. “What now for us?” is the question that I can guarantee will be in their minds.

Let us take this opportunity, this moment in history, to reach out to them; offer them our hand; bring them under our wing and relieve them of their misery. There is so much we can do. What is the point of gaining every square inch of territory militarily when we can’t look after the people to whom this territory actually belongs to: Sri Lankans. It is not only a question of terrorism for me. As Mahindha Rajapakse has claimed this is about the people. So be it. Let it actually be about the people; but let it be remembered that is should be about the people who are actually in most need of assistance at the present time.

My hand is open and out-stretched. Is yours?

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Bureaucracy and cricket.

So today Sri Lanka Cricket named the squad for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 Cricket World Cup to be held in the UK in June. Many of us were eagerly awaiting for this day. After some good performances in the domestic tournaments as well as in the ongoing IPL, we were hoping against hope that the bureaucracy that has crippled Sri Lanka Cricket for so many years would not screw with the team selection.

And guess what! It was pretty much dead-on.

It was nice to Lasith Malinga being brought back into the squad. He deserves it to be honest. Not many of you may know this but there is more to his disappearance from the cricket scene than just a knee-injury. Once again bureaucracy of Sri Lanka Cricket is to blame for this. Need i say more?

It still remains to be seen whether our cricketers can put it all together and perform. Time will tell.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment