Lanka, a shining example
The Northern and Eastern
Provinces are regaining their pristine glory as the Government is making
every endeavour to develop infrastructure facilities for those who have
been resettled in the area.
One may, perhaps, wonder whether the Western and Southern Provinces
have got preferential treatment in the allocation of funds.
Nevertheless, these two provinces have got relatively less funds
compared to the Northern Province, which is on a fast track towards a
new era of development.
Compared to the population density, the Northern Province has got the
bulk of the funds for infrastructure development. President Mahinda
Rajapaksa told media heads at Temple Trees on Thursday that the Ministry
of Economic Development alone has spent two-and-a-half billion rupees on
infrastructure development projects in Kilinochchi, despite the fact
that there are only 27,000 families in the area.
The Government's sole aim is to usher in a better and secure tomorrow
for the people in the North and the East. People in Kilinochchi,
especially, had experienced the worst barbarism during the battle
against LTTE terror. The Tigers forcibly used them as a human shield and
subjected the hapless people in the area to untold misery during its
The LTTE cared two hoots even for its own community, though the
terror outfit projected itself as the guardian angels of the Tamils.
Velupillai Prabhakaran and his gang of terrorists not only destroyed all
public utility projects and facilities, but also ruthlessly killed
Had Prabhakaran and his goons had even an iota of compassion for
their own community, the Tamils in the North and the East would not have
undergone such misery. Apart from the indiscriminate killings of
moderate Tamils who rejected terrorism in toto and valued ethnic
harmony, the LTTE even went to the extent of destroying water tanks,
transformers, public buses, trains and railway tracks, thereby driving
innocent people from pillar to post in the North.
President Rajapaksa and the Government have been entrusted with the
Herculean task of restoring all infrastructure facilities that had been
destroyed by the LTTE. The President is keen to expend all resources to
provide a better deal for those innocent civilians who had been
liberated from the jaws of LTTE terror.
Despite the fact that the terrorists destroyed valuable public
property, as a responsible Government, the President is not prepared to
wash its hands and is keen to restore infrastructure facilities. The
Government is now obliged to spend the bulk of the funds on development
activities in the North and the East.
It is, however, deplorable that some LTTE sympathisers and a section
of the Tamil Diaspora are acting in an irresponsible manner to cause
ethnic disharmony. Together with a section of the local Tamil media and
opportunistic Opposition politicians, they act in the most despicable
manner to discredit the country.
As the President has stressed time and again we may hold different
political and social ideologies, but we all have to act in one voice
when it comes to our country. Unless this is done and we conduct
ourselves in a highly responsible manner, sinister elements and
interested international organisations would attempt to meddle in Sri
Lanka's internal matters.
Their prime objective is to tag Sri Lanka as a failed state and
moreover, level international war crimes' allegations against the
country and attempt to exert pressure on the Government via the
international community. Is there any logic as to why they should level
such allegations against Sri Lanka, which has won a successful battle
At a time most leaders the world over are finding it increasingly
difficult to seek solutions to international terrorism, Sri Lanka stands
out as a shining example. Sri Lanka's valiant Security Forces not only
demolished the world's most ruthless terror outfit, but also did so in
keeping with the norms of human rights.
Although the Security Forces vanquished the LTTE leaders and brought
about a bitter end to Prabhakaran's illusive dream of Eelam, certain
Tiger sympathisers and a section of the Tamil Diaspora are now firing
all volleys in an effort to keep their shattered dream alive.
A far-sighted President told media heads that he would never ever
allow anyone to undermine the unity and territorial integrity of Sri
Lanka. "I never bowed down to LTTE terrorism and would never allow
anyone else to do so. I had not given what Prabhakaran wanted and I
would not let anyone else achieve that "dream," he said.
The International Community too should give serious thought and not
fall into the trap of LTTE sympathisers and Tamil Diaspora members who
still live in a world of fantasy for a separate State. The President
would never ever, even in his wildest dreams, undermine the great
sacrifices made by those gallant soldiers. It is the bounden duty of all
peace-loving and patriotic citizens, irrespective of their ethnic and
religious affiliations, to unite and show the world that these
interested international elements could no longer play the same 'game'.
The Government cares for the people in the North and the South more
than any other political party. As India's National Security Adviser
Shiv Shanker Menon told a recent meeting with Sri Lanka's media heads in
New Delhi, no country or a group of people should worry if the people in
the North are happy with the solutions given by the Sri Lankan
This alone amply proves India's respect for Sri Lanka's sovereignty
and territorial integrity. Together with Pakistan and other friendly
countries, Sri Lanka has the ability to face any international pressure.
Those countries which show extraordinary sympathy towards terror
outfits, attempt to teach or punish Sri Lanka to fulfill their hidden
The world should open its eyes and see the Government's sincere
efforts to provide a better future for those who have been resettled in
the North. Let the world learn fresh lessons from Sri Lanka which has
won international acclaim for battling terror as well as resettlement of