Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Two Sentiments


There is a certain optimism amongst average Sri Lankans about the current Government’s success in completely suppressing the LTTE insurgency. The tough stance taken by the President and the promise to solve the issue within a window of 3 months time is being appreciated by them. And a division of their country is absolutely unacceptable to them.

This was my take-out from a few conversations with people like Sunil, who runs a small resort on Mirissa; Reshad , a Tuk Tuk driver and Ajit, a DVD shop-owner. They all shared the above sentiment.

This is completely in contrast with the views of the Pub-going, English speaking, Corporate kinds of Colombo. They are critical and cynical about the Government’s stance and they are alright with LTTE being given a chance to run the North and East areas of the island for a time period.

I shall wait and keenly watch the way the situation goes. The island and its people are too good be continuously under the dark cloud of troubled times and for so long. Its highly unfortunate!

PS: That's Colombo City in the early morning hours.

9 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

didja take that shot? With yr cell? Beats the movie, "cell" by a long...

meraj said...

it ain't me, babe...its the googleimages :)

phish said...

you are having the time of your life my man. when are you back? purely selfish reasons, yes?

Smiling Dolphin said...

hi meraj, wanted to post comments to the above two posts but the comment link for them has vanished. anyway, just to let you know that i'm still around and i think that 200 years from now the beatles will still be around and people will refer to them as 'western classical' :-)). now i am off to goa and then on to the big apple, so more after that. glad there is some good music in your life.

meraj said...

good to get a smile from you, dolphin. some trouble with the comments section there...you arent the first one to mention it. will rectify it.

enjoy your torda with your pretties and NY.

music will always be there in my life.

cheers!
m

meraj said...

and oh yes...that is a very good point about beatles music being called western classical, 200 years from now.

Naked Cricket said...

Looks like "I'm not the only one with mixed emotions" about comments on your Classical piece. To repeat myself, that was a beautiful piece. Can't wait to be 65 to enjoy the vintage stuff :)

ilegirl said...

Fascinating that there is a contrast between the views of the government's actions. As a Westerner, I completely understand the cynicism - and yet, it is still disappointing. Westerners too often mistake optimism for gullibility. May optimism triumph!

meraj said...

naked,
thanks for the appreciation...and you dont have to turn 65 to enjoy the stuff :)

ilegirl,
i like the observation, 'westerners too often mistake optimism for gullibility'...may optimism triumph!