Following TamilDiaspora on Twitter is a guilty pleasure of mine. He recently linked to an actually sensible dialog on a Canadian TV channel. It’s striking how the young people from both sides have basically come around to a common place. A positive, forward looking place. Also striking that the older people still seem intent on fighting the old battles.
The old ones are asking for ‘truth and acknowledgement’ as a starting point, whereas the young people are saying just start. “I think admitting that you’re wrong takes a lot of guts and both communities are not at that point,” Romesh Hettiarachchi said. And he also pointed out that the economic concerns trump whatever.
I thought much of the Tamil diaspora was counterproductive and mad during the war, but at least the young ones on this show seem eminently reasonable. It was especially interesting to hear one Tamil girl saying why they protested, namely that they were in pain, and for her to talk about how they grew up and how they were raised into the war mentality. And how they’re now coming out of it.
I think it’s the Mosaic Institute organizing some of these young people. Good on them