Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vaiko and the Expected Apology

by Helasingha Bandara

(December 10, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Vaiko’s anger and the futile attempt to get the Sri Lanka government to apologise to him for the so called joker remarks allegedly made by Sri Lanka’s much loved or almost venerated hero Sarath Fonseka indicate that Vaiko does not seem to be aware of the social concepts of ‘cyclical retaliation’, ‘boomerang’ or social norms such as ‘not to spit while looking up’, not to throw stones from glass houses etc. Nor does he seem to be aware of the democratic principles and human rights, freedom of thought and freedom of speech.

The Sinhalese hate Vaiko for inciting and abetting violence against them. The Tamils, the Muslims and the rest dislike him for his ignorance of the Sri Lanka issue. All of them despise him for his assumption that Sri Lankans are a tiny nation under Tamil Nadu that he can bully them as he wishes. First of all Sri Lanka as a country has never been under Tamil Nadu rule or for that matter Indian Rule. It has always been an independent state although there had been some South Indian invasions from time to time. The Sri Lankans had managed to repulse those invasions successfully whenever they occurred. With this in mind Sri Lankans be they Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or any other ethnic groups, do not like TN politicians to get involved in Sri Lanka’s internal matters or trying to bully them. Full Text