End to nurturing discord between Sinhala and Tamil
President Mahinda Rajapaksa enquiring after the well being of
Veteran Historian and Archaeologist, Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera
yesterday said in an interview with the Daily News, the victory over
LTTE terrorism achieved by security forces under the leadership of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a victory of all sovereign states in the
Asian region against the rise of a terrorist empire in the Indian ocean.
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said, it was evident from the nature
of various military hardware and other items such as the half
constructed iron framed undersea metal tunnel, which were seized by the
security troops from LTTE possession during their military operations,
that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was having bigger designs
besides establishing his much envisaged “Eelam” or a separate state in
The kind of military hardware recovered from LTTE stands to prove
that Sri Lanka was not the only target he had in mind. He appears to
have planned well to prepare for his next target by physically linking
the Northern periphery of Sri Lanka with India to have a terror regime
of his own , explained Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera.
He said , of the various rebellions which have taken place in the
country throughout its long history from the time of the first recorded
rebellion , which was led by a young Brahman named Tissa against king
Valagambha in the 103 BC, and thereafter the insurgency of Welaikkaara
during the period of Ist Wijayabahu in the Polonnaruwa Era, the biggest
and the most ruthless insurgency to have inflicted the country with
violence, fear and intimidation, was LTTE.
There was JVP insurgency in 1971 and again in 1989. They were not
based on separatism or to divide the country by any means.
However, Sri Lanka has had many liberation struggles, and mush less
insurgencies throughout its history. The liberation struggles had taken
place against foreign invaders , Portuguese, the Dutch and the British..
Prabhakaran and his cadres have killed over 100,000 victims over the
past three decades from the time Prabhakaran shot dead Jaffna Mayor
Alfred Duraiappa in 1975.
He and his terrorist outfit have killed the country’s national
leaders, Tamil democratic leaders, dignitaries, Buddhist monks, great
statesmen including the seventh Prime Minister in India Rajiv Gandhi,
former President of Sri Lanka Ranasinghe Premadasa among the others.
They massacred hundreds of Muslim nationals while they were praying
in their mosques, killed Army commanders,security personnel, ministers,
MPs, Holy men of Hindu clergy, members of the Christian clergy Christian
and Hindu clergy, intellectuals, innocent farmers, mothers and children
and destroyed public property by detonating bombs everywhere in the
He introduced a culture of human bombs(suicide bombers) to intimidate
the public, and even killed his own people who dared to to disagree with
him or disobey him.
If we were to give meaning to this great victory, we must must not
give vent to manifestation of terrorism in the country, most
We must not forget that those elements which worked against the
spirit of unity in the country to nurture discord and separatism between
the Tamil public, and Sinhala public were still present in this soil,
though they may have been silenced by the the current defeat of the LTTE.
Still, they are lurking behind every corner that they might get a
piece of action to continue their lucrative practice of dollar mining by
causing division among the public.Steps should be taken to settle the
displaced public in suitable environments, and they should be looked
after very well.
The victory has been achieved with great many sacrifices by our three
armed forces and their dedication backed up by reason and the leadership
of their Commanders, the defense Secretary and the President.
We must ensure that they are remembered. We can do this by naming
those areas where they died in the line of duty with their names. There
are many temples and tanks in these areas which are in dilapidatedas
Steps should be taken to reconstruct them in their memory as a
tribute to valiant deeds done by sacrifices made by them to protect the