When such care is taken in the software world for a bug, which is not life threatening at most times. I was wondering whether anyone is doing that to our own local issue.
Its been an year since the war has ended. On the positive side we no longer shed blood in mass scale. Bombs(at times even human bombs) doesn't any longer go off in Colombo, fighter jets no longer does carpet bombings in its own country, people no longer die without knowing which sides bullet they were killed by. Its indeed a very positive change in that sense.I honestly wish the current status quo continues forever.More than that wish that just wishing could make sure that this will continue.
I see that as a nation we had become lethargic about the larger issue at hand and almost concluded that the absence of war as the end of all the problems. During the course of the year we were pre occupied with election tamashas, political soap operas and then of course all the cricket, pushing actions of national reconciliation out of limelight. We have forgot that this is a conflict that has been going on for decades and thousands of Sri Lankan youth thought that it was a cause, noble enough, to pay the ultimate price for whichever side they believed in. Most importantly end of war I dont think has solved the underlying concerns.
I know some of you out there should be wondering that this guy is trying to create an issue out of no where. Just let me take a simple case to show that the divide is still there.
Usually news papers try to position the stories to please their reader base. The bottom line is that the news paper is a business entity and in order for it to be successful it should supply to the demand. So in a sense the pulse of the society is usually reflected in how the newspapers position the stories. On any typical day take Sri Lankan news papers of all three languages and just by checking the first page itself the completely contradicting voices between the Tamil and the other two language papers would become clearly evident.
I will take the most recent Sunday news papers and show you how divided we are,
Sunday Times [English Weekly] - Headline item
Sunday Observer [State run English Weekly] - Head line Item
Virakesari [Tamil Daily] - Headline Item
Uthayan [ Tamil Daily - A regional newspaper for North and East ] - I think this was the headline
Just Check how varied the perspectives are and funnily what appears as headlines in the English newspaper is not even in the foot note of the Tamil papers and vice versa. Just imagine how the difference will be if we take into consideration the Sinhala news papers too.
Now this doesn't mean that we need to impose restrictions and bring back censor, instead we should do a root cause analysis and fix the issues. So that these issues are never re-opened again.