Go right ahead on development path
SRI LANKA'S development drive is getting
into top gear despite the problems posed by LTTE - inspired violence and
this is something the citizenry could be happy about.
It is important for the health of the nation and its well being that
the rulers and the ruled be in buoyant mood and the series of
development projects being undertaken by the Government is proof of
In other words, it is business as usual, the bombs and bullets
notwithstanding. This is as it should be because a public mood of
despondence would prove that the LTTE's terror campaign is taking
In fact the Tigers would be hoping that such an enervating spirit
would overtake the people and render them hopelessly inactive and
apathetic. This would spell economic and material ruin for Sri Lanka and
the LTTE would feel exhilarated at this prospect.
However, this is definitely not to be because the Government is
showing in no uncertain terms that it is going right ahead with the
development process. Cabinet approval granted to a series of major
development projects on Monday, more than amply proves the point. Terror
will be faced and tackled by the State but this in no way would be
allowed to get in the way of development.
Of special note is a Cabinet paper submitted by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa for the construction of housing projects in Kalmunai and
Sainthamaruthu for tsunami - affected families.
This is a most timely measure, which, besides meeting an urgent need
of the population groups concerned, would also help greatly in
strengthening national integration and unity. As should be known, the
areas concerned are peopled mainly by the Muslim community.
It is also gladdening to note that the education authorities are
attaching top priority to the development of library and information
services in the public school system.
Cabinet has granted approval for the recruitment of teachers for the
subject, 'School Library and Information Science' and this is proof of
the positive thinking currently permeating our educational authorities
and the related institutions.
There is no better way to establish the foundation for civilized
living than through literacy and education and we are glad this truth is
Inspired thinking is coming our way from the Posts and
Telecommunication Ministry and we hope the example set by it would be
followed by other State institutions in this country.
Posts and Telecommunications Minister D. M. Jayaratne is seeking to
construct a new building to house the Ministry which is currently
located at the exorbitantly costly World Trade Centre. By moving to its
own building, the Ministry would be saving around Rs. 33 million
Therefore, the country could be said to be getting on with the
process of development. This sanguine spirit, we hope, would endure.
Prabhakaran's 'orphanage': Ready to supply cannon fodder
The LTTE web based propaganda disseminator
TamilNet on Monday carried a news item that Air Force action has
resulted in the death of 61 school children. The propaganda piece
has been presented followed by a condemnation by the LTTE front the
TNA as if the Sri Lankan Air Force has deliberately targeted school
India's 60 years of Independence: A difficult journey through
On August 15 India entered 60 years of
independence which has been one hell of a difficult journey. During
this period, India has fought wars, secession, internal emergencies
and calamities of apocalyptic proportions, political instability,
corruption scandals and a lot more.
TERRORISM has become such a hackneyed subject
that one feels uncomfortable writing about it. With the many
experts, some self-proclaimed, already in the field, I am
overwhelmed. I believe anything I say in these columns would hardly
sound new to the average reader. Yet, one cannot ignore an incident
that claimed over two hundred lives for no purpose.