Thursday, July 25, 2013

Erasing the record

The 23rd of July marked the 30th anniversary of the anti-Tamil violence of 1983. Post war, it should have provided an opportunity to reflect and to pose some difficult questions; as to what caused it and if those causes have been addressed.

It just struck me that the state owned Daily News  simply chose to ignore it completely. The pro-Government Island and Nation only carried small features.

In a country where the now-legendary victory is trumpeted on an almost daily basis, the omission seems inexplicable unless one assumes that the amnesia is deliberate.

It does not fit in with the current narrative so must, like the Flying Fish, be expunged.

The past may be dead, but as the saying goes; those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

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