A country can neither escape its geography nor its history. But a country can shape its future successfully through religion.
When we gained independence in 1948, we were proud of the fact that, unlike some other countries, we gained our independence peacefully. However, the abominable civil war followed and now, after 30 long years of violence and bloodshed, we have arrived at an important juncture in our history.
All of us have to take our share of the blame. Politics is a dirty game and many say that politics was the reason for the war, and for the war to go on for as long as it did. We cannot sustain peace unless there is a concerted effort by all. It is of paramount importance that we do not put labels that might cause polarisation in our society.
Peace education is a must in schools, and adults and children should be made aware of the value of such education.
Today we enjoy a relative peace. Some people are dissatisfied, saying they are made to feel they are second-class citizens. But the fact is we are all equal in a plural society of great diversity.
Let us live and let others live. We are not entitled to take another person’s life. If we commit heinous crimes, where do we go after death?
Dr. H.W. Tillekeratne,