The creative side of the soldier
The literary festival organised by the
Ranaviru Authority to portray the sacrifices made by our
Security Forces through the medium of literature is a
The Festival which was held at the Maharagama Youth Centre on
Thursday is aimed at setting the platform for the creation of a
"Ranaviru literature" from contributions of the members of the
Security Forces and their families.
We often come across accounts depicting the various creative
talents and other feats of some of our disabled soldiers that
appear in the press which goes to show the extent of the
sacrifices made by these valiant men for the love of the
They could have easily put these talents for monetary gain
instead of risking their lives by joining the Security Forces.
A majority of these men in fact had given up their earlier
vocations to fight for the country.
It is in this context that the Ranaviru Authority's latest
move to bring to the fore the literary talents of our men of
valour should be considered.
There is certainly bound to be many an author battling in the
jungles of the North who would like to share his experience with
Providing an outlet in this form could also sanitise them
from the rigours of battle and provide the public a glimpse of
the other side of the soldier.
It would also be interesting to see the contribution given by
family members of the Forces who too have been co-opted in the
We hope that this will push them into the limelight and pull
them out of the status of a fringe people forgotten by the
Hopefully, their creative works would gain the attention of
corporate sponsors who shower their largesse on mega rich
cricketers and local beauties.
The move would certainly allow Servicemen to demonstrate
their literary talents and provide an opportunity to pour out
their views on the pathos of war.
Members of Armed Forces only enjoy moments of glory when some
heroic deed is appreciated and rewarded by the Government, but
there is no lasting impression of these feats in the public
Hence, there is a need to accord more recognition and
prominence towards individual and collective feats of these
We hope that this literary project would help bring the
soldier more closer to the public.
A literary feat in this context would earn for him a
permanent niche and spur him on to greater deeds.
It would also allow the public to gain an insight into the
life of a soldier on the battle field and portray him in a more
Exhibitions of this nature would certainly bring the soldier
more closer to the public and provide them with an opportunity
of appreciating his role. We feel that more needs to be done to
explore avenues to gain more recognition for our soldiers among
True, they and their families receive special concessions and
priority treatment at Government Departments and institutions in
getting their matters attended to and also in school admissions.
In addition to this, meaningful steps should be taken to give
them more prominent and conspicuous in the psyche of the public
in a way that would provide them with that added impetus to
accomplish their mission.