On this auspicious day, I’d like to wish all my Sri Lankan brothers and sisters worldwide–whether you be Muslim, Tamil, Sinhalese, Burgher, Malay, Christian, Buddhist, or Hindu–a very safe, happy, and prosperous New Year. Though I am not one for politics (or politricks, as I like to call it), I would urge all Sri Lankans to unite under the flag of the Lion, and finally defeat the LTTE, who have held our beautiful island in the grip of terror for the last 30 some years. I believe in equal rights for all, and now that the extremist Tigers are on the brink of defeat, we must address the grievances of the Tamil community, who have also been victimized and manipulated by one of the most ruthless and terrible terrorist groups in the world. All communities have lived together in peace in Sri Lanka, and all communities can live together in peace once again.
The flag says it all: “The green stripe represents Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims and the orange stripe the minority Hindu Tamils. The yellow represents Buddhism and the crimson stands for a long life. The golden lion is an ancient symbol of the people and the sword is a symbol of authority. The pipul tree leaves are a Buddhist symbol and come from the tree, under which Gautama is said to have received enlightenment and become Buddha. Individually the leaves represent love, compassion, sympathy and equanimity.”
This is what Sri Lanka stand for; this is what we are all about. Inclusiveness and equal rights; not genocide. Let the world know this to be true.
Peace & Blessings to all.