LankaMany of you might be wondering why I have Thema’s blog on our links section. The simple answer is that I was very moved by her post; “Tamil. Not a Terrorist.

The longer answer is that I have always been interested in Sri Lanka.

Right from my childhood days, when my grandmother would narrate the Ramayana each night before bed. What got be really hooked on however was the 1987 IPKF (India lost a little over 1500 soldiers) and the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

Pre-1983, Sri Lanka had everything going for it, it was one of the fastest growing economies in the region and it’s potential as a tourist and shipping hub was immense. I’m not going to go into the details of why civil war broke and who is the blame. There is fault on the part of every side involved (including India’s role).

But lessons can be learned.

The Singhalese have to realise that the only chance they have to winning against the LTTE is by winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the Tamils. You need to work together for a Sri Lankan identity regardless of ethnicity. Singapore is a good example.

The Tamils have to understand that terrorism can’t solve anything. The LTTE is a terror organisation. Anyone who supports the LTTE is not human. Have the courage to stand-up against them; they have given you nothing but a bad reputation and a lot of children without fathers and mothers.