Sinhalese speaking up for Tamils (letter)by K. VipulanandaNews Weekly
, May 12, 2007
I am a Sinhalese but opposed to what our Sri Lankan Government is doing to my country in the name of religion and language.
We, the Sinhalese Community around the world, who want peace to return to our country, cannot thank News Weekly
's special correspondent enough for highlighting the problem in Sri Lanka to the rest of the world - especially when there are many reporters who either ignore it or write the opposite in order to please the politicians.
You did what a true editor is supposed to do. We take our hats off to you.
Tamils are peace-loving people and I hate to see them suffering, and nobody is paying any attention.
Sri Lanka has a propaganda machine in place and is spending millions of dollars for this purpose. If a foreign leader from a powerful country is critical, then the Sri Lankan Government will send a member of parliament, with all sorts of twisted facts, to try to change his mind.
But if a foreign leader takes a firm stand, the Sri Lankan Government will portray him as a Tamil Tiger sympathiser or on the Tigers' payroll. They will say anything to make him look bad.
The Pope in his Easter message singled out Sri Lanka for human rights violations. Next thing President Mahinda Rajapakse went to the Vatican to try to change the Pope's opinion.
I want to thank you once again on behalf of all the Sinhalese people who want the truth to be told, because there is no other way that peace can be brought to our (once beautiful) island.
Please keep writing.K. Vipulananda,