I just finished on the Stream. Got cut off at the end, but had a beginning and a middle! My basic point is that the Tamil/Sinhala frame is A) not accurate IMHO and B) not productive (in somewhat demonstrable fact).
I think we need to look beyond who is wronged and get down to what do we do about it. Tamils have legit issues with land grabs. Colombians have legit issues with land grabs, as do Hambantotans, as do elephants. We can all work together on that. Look at the protests that made a difference:
Free Trade Zone: workers of all races protested their pensions being tooken. A young man died, but in the end they won and the police chief resigned (tho I think he was given a cushy job in Brazil).
Galle Face Green: media exposed sale of land to China. Got pulled back.
I’m not saying these things won’t be sneakily done again, but those were movements that made a dent, and they didn’t resort to identity politics, beyond unity. And what else is making news? Kumar Sangakkara’s speech on (among other things) incompetent cricket administration (which reflects the government). What did he say?
I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.
So that’s all I’m saying. Respect. Cricket. Peace.
UPDATE: In response to his last two points, yes Tamils have serious issues with election violence, land grabs, etc. This is something the government also does in the south, to all races of opposition and land-owner. The Sinhala opposition leader Sarath Fonseka is in jail. I know that MP Harsha De Silva has been chased through Colombo during a protest and election violence happens every election. That’s a problem for all Sri Lankans and we should do something about it for everyone. Second, the government tried to sell reclaimed land in Colombo to China. They’re also moving to displace elephants and treasured wildlife around Yala. Not to mention all the dodgy land deals around the island. So again, that’s an issue that affects all races, Tamils more, and something Sri Lankans need to address for our common interest.