Galle Road poster commemorating Sivaram Dharmeratnam, a journalist who was recently executed. If anyone can translate this please leave a comment.
Mahangu highlighted that this was World Press Freedom Day. Good time for some cowards to shoot an editor of TamilNet in the head. Mahangu knew Sivaram Dharmeratnam (Taraki) and his coverage is much better than mine. Morquendi also has good posts, including details of the LTTE snatching his body.
I was reading Sivaram’s last article on TamilNet and it strikes me that I really disagree with him. Not on the stillborn joint mechanism, but on his support for the LTTE and dividing Sri Lanka. It reminds me that I really disagree with Morquendi. I also like having him around. I think Dayan Jayatilleka of the Lanka Academic captured the sentiment well:
Taraki’s pro-Tiger views were out in the open; he articulated and defended them publicly. And however wrong they may have been, he had every right to express them. That is what makes us a democracy, a pluralist society as distinct from the slave society that the LTTE has erected in its areas of control…
… We wound up occupying different stances, buffeted and thrown by the tsunami of the crisis. Sivaram was once a comrade, then a political enemy, but always a friend and colleague. Reality is always dialectical, and that’s dialectics for you. Our society is poorer without him. I know I feel lonelier. We shall never see his equal as an intellectual and personality. Goodbye, old friend. I’ll miss you.
I didn’t know Taraki but I can sorta relate this to my personal experience with Morq. Obviously a stretch cause he’s not affiliated with the Tigers or JVP or anyone really, but it’s all I got. Morquendi is vicious, unreasonable and his layout scares the shit out of me. His ideas are pure rhetoric and would trash Sri Lanka if ever implemented. He is a menace and sometimes I wish he would just shut the fk up. It is also fun having him around. Especially when we disagree.
We get more traffic when we fight, and it gets other people talking and thinking. I honestly love fucking with Morquendi (and Shanaka, watch yourself). If anybody shut Morquendi up I would be pissed. The Net would be a more boring place. With Tiraki’s death the Net is more boring, and Sri Lanka is more scary.
As Sivaram Dharmeratnam was leaving a restaurant in Bambalapitiya, four men forced him into a car. They beat and finally shot him, dumping his body behind Parliament. They couldn’t take him with words and they couldn’t take him on points. They just killed him. You bastards are like Mike Tyson biting off Holyfield’s ear. Stop fucking around and box.