Will Rajapaksas’ third coming give national reconciliation a chance?

Ever since the ‘Sinhala Only’ policy was adapted by the Bandaranaike Government in the late fifties, the call from moderate Tamils for a just solution to their legitimate grievances has grown. The failure of successive governments to address the issue, no doubt spawned the rise of Tamil militancy in Lanka and spurred the resort to arms to win their demands, with the separate state of Tamil Eelam as their ultimate objective. Thirty years of a terrorist war almost bled Lanka to death, with thousands of her civilians–be they Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim–dying needless merely because intransigence incarnate and manifest prejudice blinded either side and barred the entry of reason to resolve the issue.

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