Mangala faulted for genuinely persuasive diplomacy!
Minister Mangala Samaraweera appears to have brought the house down
by having had talks with the GTF.
The reaction appears to have been spontaneous. His critics appear to
have interpreted the event in terms of the past, the war, the defeat of
the LTTE and the reaction of the Diaspora and their anti-Sri Lanka
Let us now try to see the situation in another light, as it ought to
be seen - without bias.
The Minister appears to have used his discretion to reach out to
those who have been hostile towards us since 1956. In that year, the
Tamils were shut out of the national mainstream with the Sinhala Only
Act. Then came the 1972 Constitution and the removal of the minorities
Next came the introduction of Standardization and, then, the attacks
on Tamils in 1956, 1958 and the pogrom of 1983, and the exodus that
followed. With that came the creation of the Tamil Diaspora (the Sri
Lankan Diaspora today consists of Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and even
some Muslims) whose political activities have been guided by their
Minister Mangala's initiative is a laudable one and it appears to
have been a personal initiative to reach out to these native Sri Lankan
Tamil people and motivate them to think of the long term.
After all, history shows us that nothing is inevitable. We must all
work together to make a success of our cause to create a truly united
Sri Lanka. Our nationalism must be such that we should be proud to call
ourselves 'Sri Lankans'.