Very little praise given for positive measures enacted by ‘Yahapalanaya’
Tamils who want to sing national anthem in their mother tongue are neither separatists nor extremists
Valalaai event initiated by Maithri-Ranil-Chandrika triumvirate a harbinger of hope
Return of Rajapaksa rule given rise to drastic changes, both positive and negative
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj
This is my third and final column in the trilogy of articles about the singing of Sri Lanka’s national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages. I would have very much liked to write about hot topics like Ranjan Ramanayake’s voice recordings or President Gotabaya’s policy speech or internal troubles of the UNP, but I shall stick to this issue that I feel very strongly about. I have been deeply touched and vastly encouraged by widespread response to the previous two articles in these columns. Most of the responses I received were of a positive nature while a few were certainly negative. Interestingly enough, many of the negative ones were from Sinhala and Tamil expatriates residing in western countries while positive ones were preponderantly from readers living in Sri Lanka. This pattern was most revealing.
Another refreshing phenomenon was the appearance – in some English newspapers – of several articles, viewpoints and letters in support of the national anthem being sung in both languages. They were somewhat critical of the incumbent government’s declared intention of banning the national anthem from being sung in Tamil at the forthcoming 72nd Independence Day celebrations on February 4 in Colombo.