Irate readers censure ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial calling on the nation to forget the war on terrorism and our war heroes
Posted on April 14th, 2012

Senaka Weeraratna

Daily Mirror in its Editorial on April 10, 2012 called on the public to forget the war in the following terms

‘ we as a people must stop celebrating the May 2009 victory where tens of thousands of people were killed or wounded. We also need to take a second look at the wisdom of putting up monuments to remember war heroes’.

Here are some of the responses from the readers of this editorial.


The Daily Mirror Editorial – see below

Editorial – Forget the war and bring in the essence of all religions

Reader Comment

From Senaka Weeraratna:

This ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial indirectly calls for scrapping of Poya Day Holidays under the pretext of too many holidays.

Sri Lanka is a model of tolerance of all religions. Despite Sri Lanka being a pre-dominantly Buddhist country and having an unique Buddhist civilization which has shaped the national character and destiny of the country for over 2000 years, all religions including Hinduism, Islam and Christianity have official status.   More than two days per year are designated as public holidays for each of the non – Buddhist religions.

While Buddhist countries bend over backwards to accommodate other religions in a spirit of tolerance, the track record of accommodation of Buddhism in non – Buddhist nations is very poor to say the least.

The Christian West pontificates on human rights and freedom of religion, but when it comes to accommodation of Buddhism as an Official Religion in these countries it has fallen short.

Only two European countries i.e. Russia and Austria, have given official recognition to Buddhism.

Not one of these European countries have declared a public holiday in respect of Buddhism or any other non – Christian religion.

Sri Lanka’s mainstream English language press is unfortunately unsympathetic to national and Buddhist aspirations.

‘Buddhism bashing’ is a fairly common of most of these newspapers. This is clearly revealed in their editorials and fabricated letters to the editor with a slant that mocks at Buddhism and Buddhist practices. The aim is to present Buddhism wherever possible in negative light.

Most of the articles published on Buddhism on Poya Days and other significant days are weak articles not excellent articles. One can hardly come across articles of depth highlighting Buddhism as a rational scientific religion in step with modern thought and new scientific discoveries.

Sri Lanka once a upon a time led the field in respect to International Buddhist scholarship. Professor G.P. Malalasekera, Dr. K.N. Jayatilleke, Professor David J Kalupahana and Dr. Ananda Guruge come to mind.

An International Buddhist Conference had no legitimacy if there were no Sri Lankan presence.

That was then. Today it is an entirely different story.

We must regain our leadership and the recognition we once had in the world for our Buddhist Scholarship.

Our newspapers must do their part in publishing excellent articles on Buddhism, whether written by locals or foreigners.

The recent International Buddhist Conference held in Anuradhapura in February 2012 was virtually ignored by the mainstream English language press when compared to the huge publicity that was given to the english literature festival conducted annually in Galle. Several of the foreign participants at this literary festival were featured week after week in almost all of our newspapers. There was no such commentary in respect to the Anuradhapura Conference.

Ten years ago i.e. 2002, several leading Journalists in the ‘ Sunday Observer’ conspired to write and publish a prominent article questioning the authenticity of the sacred tooth relic at the Dalada Maligawa. Large scale Buddhist protests by both monks and lay public led to the withdrawal of the particular edition of the newspaper. But not before damage was done. There was hardly any punishment meted out to these journalists despite the hurt caused to the sensitivities of the Buddhist public.

There is no remorse or accountability associated with ‘Buddhism Bashing’ in the local press.

The majority of readers of local newspapers are sick and tired of the inclination towards anti- national and anti-Buddhist conduct and publications in our newspapers and journalists.

It is time that the Government of Sri Lanka strongly consider establishing a Press Commission to investigate such conduct including unraveling the identity of invidious forces influencing editorial direction that downplays the historic victory over terrorism in May 2009, over rides the claims to recognition of heroic soldiers who sacrificed their life and limb to restore peace in this country, and in a very unpatriotic manner has called on the nation and the leaders to forget the war. Such a Commission must also come out with recommendations and remedies to arrest this shoddy journalism.

There is a well known saying (George Santayana) to the effect that ‘Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it’.

This country does not deserve another war. It is for that very reason that this War where tens of thousands of people were killed or wounded must be remembered and all those who made enormous sacrifices at great personal cost to their lives and limbs in the interest of this nation to restore peace must be felicitated and given appropriate recognition.

The Building of Monuments and War Memorials constitute a recognition of their heroic sacrifices and valour.

It is the least that this nation can do to them posthumously.

 Senaka Weeraratna

From: Gamini Gunawardane <>
Date: Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Subject: Re: Irate readers censure ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial calling on the nation to forget the war on terrorism and our war heroes

To the Editor

Daily Mirror

Here is my comment.

What we celebrate is not the fact that many thousands killed over the last 30 years, but the fact that the continued killing of more thousands was stopped by the defeat of Terrorism.

How can the essence of thiestic religions and non theistic Buddhism be the same? This is deception. What we should discuss is how the different religions differ and how followers of other religions should not be converted by unethical means and by deceptions one of which is that in essence all religions are the same. If that is the case, every one could embrace one religion. What is that one religion? Christanity? Mohomedanism? Hinduism? Why not Buddhism in Sri Lanka which is followed by the majority?

Too many holidays. Are you suggesting that the religious holidays of Christianity, Mohomedanism and Hinduism and Buddhism be all done away with?

Gamini Gunawardane

From: L Jayasooriya
Date: Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial calls to stop celebrating victory of May 2009 and putting up monuments for war heroes

To the Editor of the Daily Mirror

I have noticed a similar editorial you have written just a few weeks ago indicating that the Daily Mirror is getting more and more anti-national and  anti-Buddhist. You speak just like the Tamil Diaspora. I can see the similarities.

Let me ask you one question and I demand an answer because you have by implication accused the Sinhalese of depriving the rights of the Tamils and Muslims. In what way have the Sinhalese done so?  If you  do not have an answer stop nurturing communal hatred. We do not have to read your paper.

Let me quote from you the sentence below.

“On Sunday, a Movement for Inter Religious Dialogue met to discuss how the essence of all religions could be brought together as a foundation on which to build a new Sri Lanka of sharing and caring, love and forgiveness, equality and social justice.”

I have two comments on this.One is that  you are displaying your ignorance about what Buddhism stands for with regard to equality and social justice. Buddhism does not have to learn one iota, yes one iota from any religion with regard to equality for all. So stop preaching. The other point is about the number of public holidays. Now listen. All European countries are Christian including America. In none of these countries is there any provision for pubic holidays for the minorities. Understand that this is a Buddhist country in which there is no discrimination against any religion.

Yes I agree with you when you say there are too many religious holidays. Sri Lanka should be sensible like all other countries in the world where no country has allocated pubic holidays for any minority religion.

L. Jayasooriya


From Janaka Perera


 Janaka Perera

Western countries celebrate not only V-E (Victory Europe) Day and V-J (Victory Japan) Day but also the decisive battles like D-Day (Normandy invasion June 6, 1944) fought even before World War II ended.  Americans also remember the anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack every December.  Russia hopes to celebrate victory of Nazi Germany next month on a grand scale, according to news reports.

But these celebrations have not necessarily soured the present-day relations between the victors and the vanquished “”…” because the latter honestly admitted their WW II defeat – whereas the LTTE rump, their sympathizers and the “ƒ”¹…”peaceniks’ do not want to admit the Tigers really lost their war.

It is obvious that whoever who wrote the Daily Mirror editorial belongs to that same tribe that wanted the government to stop the war and engage in farcical peace talks with the intransigent LTTE and reach a “ƒ”¹…”negotiated settlement’ with Prabhakaran. Now these “ƒ”¹…”anti-war’ crusaders having their hopes dashed by our military heroes do not want the State to remember them or keep the memory of their heroic deeds alive.  During the war these were the same hypocrites who vilified the patriots saying that were propagating war hysteria but turned a blind eye to the Tigers saluting their “ƒ”¹…”Maveers’ (great heroes).

There is a hidden, despicable twist in this editorial. It echoes the LTTE rump’s propaganda that our armed forces fought against the entire Tamil community and therefore remembering the soldiers is tantamount to “saluting the killers of the Tamil people.” 

In other words the Tamils and LTTE are one as Prabhakaran said. According to him the LTTE was the “ƒ”¹…”authentic representatives of the Tamils’. Perhaps the Daily Mirror is sharing this view. The many Tamil victims of the Tigers seemed to have escaped his /her attention.



 douglas wickramaratne

Is this the latest attempt to denigrate the victory our armed forces achieved? Even after 60 years Western countries hold annual parades to celebrate the victory over Fascists. All Sri Lankans should  take part in  celebrating the defeat of  Terrorism.

douglas wickramaratne





12 Responses to “Irate readers censure ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial calling on the nation to forget the war on terrorism and our war heroes”

  1. AnuD Says:

    The western press freedom is that kind of editors are not allowed in the editorial board. So, what ever the articles come through when it comes to the editor it is not published. So, the journalists know what to bring.

    These are the kind of editors should not be there.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    “Here are some of the responses from the readers of this editorial.


    Would have been better without the ‘THUPPAHI’ word.

    It has a racial meaning BASED ON THEIR ORIGIN (no faulty of theirs).

  3. aravinda Says:

    We need to build monuments in every town and city for the fallen war heroes. Our children should learn about war in school curriculum. Children of war heroes should be given special privileges in education. MAY 19 should be named War heroes day. Every Sri Lankan, regardless of race and religion, should be taught to respect fallen and disabled heroes. The nation need to be grateful. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THIS WAR. If we forget, we will soon have another war.

  4. samurai Says:

    I agree with Aravinda. Not only should we build monuments in every town and city for the fallen war heroes but we should also remember similarily our great kings like Dutugemunu, Vijayabahu I, Parakramabahu I, Seethawaka Rajasinghe, Vimaladharmasuriya I and Rajasinghe II, the warriors who fought and won the most decisive battles in Sri Lanka’s history. If not for them this country would have been either part of South India before the Portuguese arrived here or a Portuguese colony like Goa before the British colonised the island.

    There should be museums built to explain to our future generations achievements of such heroes from the precolonial times to this day. I too wish to repeat: WE MUST NEVER EVER FORGET THE ANTI-LTTE WAR, THE ATROCITIES THE TIGERS COMMITTED AND WHAT THE LTTE RUMP IS SILL TRYING TO DO TO THIS COUNTRY

  5. May182009 Says:

    This can happen to Sri Lanka as well. Helped and protected by western hypocrites and human rights losers, LTTE rump Diaspora jokers might land in the country to create cheap propaganda trouble. When we try to wrestle them, they will say human right violations. We have to be watchful and do the same thing Israel does. Remember Vanga Machan illegal ship?

    Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli security forces are preparing to deport hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists expected to arrive at the country’s main international airport beginning Sunday to protest Israel’s policies in the occupied West Bank.

    “Israeli Police will be implementing measures inside and around Ben Gurion airport from the weekend in order to deal with the arrival of activists into the country,” Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.
    Activists for “Welcome to Palestine 2012 ” one of the pro-Palestinian groups organizing what has been dubbed a “fly-in” event, said some 1500 to 2000 activists mainly from Europe, the United States, and Canada would board civilian flights for Israel in order to make their way to various events in Bethlehem and other West Bank cities.
    Organizers say they are trying to draw attention to what they claim are prejudicial Israeli border policies that force many international visitors coming to Palestinian areas to lie about their destinations.

  6. Leela Says:

    I am not surprised at all that this type of writing comes from ‘Wijaya house’ publications. Read articles or even the editorial any day in ‘Lankadeepa’, another publication of the same publishing house. Indeed ‘Lankadeepa’ gives a completely an opposite presenttion. There, the editor goes out of the way to project it as a patriotic newspaper. Why? The owners have no policy or patriotism, but utter greed to collect more and more money. I wonder whether this is to please anti-Buddhist and LTTE ideology sympathising readership and sell more papers.

    ‘Daily Mirror’ must be loaded with anti Buddhists for it has been disseminating that Sinhala Buddhists are a discriminating lot who does not tolerate others belief for a long time. Actually, a growth in these kinds of finger pointing was clearly seen throughout the last UNP Government (2001/3). So much so, it had become a regular feature in ‘Daily Mirror’ and ‘Sunday Times’ at the time to bash or condemn Sinhala Buddhists.

    During that UNP Government, Christian evangelists acted as if they wanted to challenge Sinhala Buddhist to an open contest just like the days of the British Raj. Demeaning a sacred Buddhist images in public was not an immoral affair, but a good omen at that time. And that is what lead to formation and the rise of JHU.

    Remember, hierarchy of the then UNP government even instructed the police to collect finds, festooned the entire Colombo metro to rejoice the 2003 Christmas as had done never before. Yet, they not only loathe the Dalada Perahara but also had put all impediments in place. In fact, these people despises anything Buddhist. And that is what happened here as well to say the least. No wonder President Rajapakse is becoming popular and growing stronger.

  7. Sri Rohana Says:

    Daily Mirror is “Voice of Ranil and Voice of America” No wonder this is an anti Sinhala media and had the same policy from the beginning itself.
    I agree with Aravinda and Samurai. I will add some more heroes of Lanka. Great King Mahasen, King Dathusena, King Gajabahu who defeated tamil invaders and Kappetipola, Weera Puran Appo, Gongalegoda Banda our freedom fighters who fought against British invaders. Has to make History as a compulsary subject in schools.

  8. Ratanapala Says:

    Remembering Victory over Terrorism

    Most of the press in Sri Lanka is in the hands of the Christians. There is no free press. Mostly, what is found is slander instead of genuine journalism. I fully agree with the writer and others who have commented on this issue. They do not entertain views of Buddhists and there are sly and disparaging anti-Buddhist statements and innuendoes. It was only recently Rosy Senanayake openly called on the Sri Lankan nation to dismantle the foundations of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

    The role played by the Christian churches of various denominations led by the Catholic Church in aiding and abetting terrorism in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in Asia is well known and documented. While there are a few Christians who are truly patriotic the vast majority are intolerant of the position Buddhism occupies in Sri Lanka. Church is the main instrument through which LTTE was funded and it is the main instrument which influences the Western Christian powers and other Christian nations to act against Sri Lanka. There are no two words about their intention to evangelize Sri Lanka and eventually dismember it.

    It is fitting that Sri Lanka celebrate the victory over terrorism in a fitting manner as a mark of respect for those who made a contribution to the war effort – most of all to those who made the ultimate sacrifice with life and limb. We also should celebrate our victories to enable the nation to remember and learn from history.

    All anglophile nations celebrate Guy Fawkes Day every year with much fanfare and fireworks. This is done to celebrate the capture and horrific execution of a Catholic terrorist who made an attempt to blow up the British parliament some centuries ago in 1605. This is how they keep their history in living memory. It is important to note how they bring this message to the children by the use of eye-catching fireworks.

    As the earlier writers have mentioned the other countries remember their war dead and victories annually. In a similar fashion, in Sri Lanka too the victory over the LTTE must be remembered and glorified for as long as the Sri Lankan nation lives. Western countries still produce a vast amount of historical and sometime fictional literature – in books, films and in electronic media to glorify their victories throughout their histories. VE day – Victory over Europe and VJ day – Victory over Japan and Bastille Day are such events. They even remember their heroic failures such as Anzac Day. They do this so that they can keep the memory of such titanic feats of bravery and sacrifice for the benefit of the future generations. In Sri Lanka we too have such a need. What happened to Sri Lanka over the terror period of 30 years must not be allowed to happen again. This we can do only if we keep in memory what happened.

    Perhaps the reason for the war to take as long as 30 years, lies in our inability commemorate victories of the past and our heroes on a regular basis and in our general blindness to history. In fact during the dark days of the J R Jayawardene presidency, they even stopped history being in the education curriculum. It is the lack of pride and a sense of history that has put the Sri Lankan nation in the present conundrum. It was the Buddhist nation with the vision of Soma Hamuduruwo who led in front to defeat the terrorists in their lair. However that vision will fast disappear unless we take corrective action.

    I urge the Sri Lankan government to promote and Sinhala literati to write the history of the war to inspire the future generations so that we may not ever be troubled again with the scourge of terrorism. While doing so we must not forget the role played by the traitors of the nation – which includes most of the so-called ‘free press’ in Sri Lanka. Even the government newspapers are not innocent of these crimes as there are plenty of long embedded traitors in these institutions and doing the damage where possible to undermine Sri Lanka’s achievements. Daily Mirror is leading in this despicable act of Buddhists and Buddhism bashing.

  9. mewan Says:

    Mr Ratnapala, grow up! On what basis do you say that “While there are a few Christians who are truly patriotic the vast majority are intolerant of the position Buddhism occupies in Sri Lanka.” I have grown up in a Christian/Buddhist home and as such had a vast number of relatives from both religions. I have also attended two major Christian and Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka and thereofore had number of friends from both religions. I have never met anyone who has ever belittled or intolerant to either religion. Most Christians that I know have visited the cultural triangle and sacred Buddhist monuments many times, sometimes more than the Buddhist that I have known. I personally have visited Dalada Maligawa many times and always have been awed by the sanctity of the holy place. When I was attending the Buddhist school, the few Christian students who were there at that time happily and eagerly participated in all Buddhist ceremonies, including the chanting of pirith in the morning. Look around you, there are lot of inter-marriages between Christians and Buddhists and there are several in my immediate and extended family. Don’t be a fool and make blanket statements about how Christians abhor the position of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. In fact, many Christians take pride of being a part of a country with such a rich culture mainly due to the propagation of Buddhism. All Christian that I know are Sri Lankan first and Christians second. We all take immense pride in the victory over terrorism and there is not a single one that I know would oppose to celebrating national hero’s day or erecting of monuments to commemorate the victory. Those Christians living overseas have raised millions of rupees to help disabled soldiers including building houses for them. By making these baseless accusations you are insulting those who are not constrained by any religious boundaries in their attachment to the country. While I am sure that none of the “Christians” are offended by your idiotic comments, what you doing is inciting hatred among gullible Buddhist that there is division between religions in Sri Lanka. Ask yourself do we really want another conflict in the country? Now before you come to the conclusion that I am one pissed off Christian, I will assure you I am not. I don’t follow any organised religion, but I have to admit I have visited Buddhist temples many more times that churches during the past 30 years or so.

  10. Marco Says:

    The words of the Dhammapada come to mind:-

    “Victory breeds hatred, The defeated lives in pain. Happily the peaceful live, Giving up victory and defeat.”

  11. Lorenzo Says:


    You are like the devil quoting from the scriptures.

    The DEFEATED MUST live in pain. That is part of the game. Otherwise they will do the SAME thing that defeated them.

    Pain reminds them NOT to do it again.

    There is no need to give up HARD EARNED VICTORY.
    And the defeated should not forget the pain so that they will NOT do it again.

  12. Ratanapala Says:

    Mr Mevan, I am not at all offended by what you have said reply my comments for the article on ‘Daily Mirror’ editorial calling on the nation to forget the war on terrorism and our war heroes, posted on April 14th, 2012. I am sorry you have taken what I have personally.

    This is not about you and I. This is about how Christianity affects the whole of Sri Lanka. This about evangelization and religious conversions that are taking place throughout the island; in the North the Hindus and in the South the Buddhists are being converted by material inducement. These proselytizing vultures strike when the individual and family are at its weakest. Evangelizing hordes are in refugee camps, in hospitals, among tsunami victims. This is about what the Christian Church and her affiliates are doing to any amity that is left between Buddhists and Christians. If they want religious dialogue would they do these dastardly acts?

    Please let me know the names of any Christian organizations, worthy of its name, who protested against Tamil Tiger Terrorism during the last 3 decades? How many Christians took up issues with their churches hierarchies or even minimally with their local parish priest in Sri Lanka or abroad for supporting terrorism in Sri Lanka? Up to the time of victory over terrorism in May 2009 they kept mum, if not surreptitiously supporting the fund collection and propaganda against Sri Lanka. While the few of you ‘collected’ millions, others including the church establishment collected billions and influenced Christian powers to act against Sri lanka. Now that the war is over – suddenly they have become ‘supporters’ of the Sri Lankan war effort.

    I am not talking about a conflict that needs to be started today, but of a conflict that has been there since the landing of the despicable Portuguese in our shores five hundred year ago. Only dialogue we can have with the Christian church is a Chicken and Jackal dialogue. You are asking whether we need another conflict – this time a religious conflict in Sri Lanka today? For your information this conflict has always been there and Christians by and large constitute a fifth column to divide, dismember and balkanize Sri Lanka. While Malcolm Ranjith is running with the hares in the South, Rayappu Joseph is hunting with the hounds in the North; both reporting to the same Nazi pedophile protecting boss in the Vatican. They are only two sides of the same coin. Do not for a moment think Sri Lankan Buddhists are deceived by their antics!

    Just tell me what Bernadine Rosy Fernando Senanayake, an avowed ‘Born Again’ Catholic is doing when she openly asks the Buddhist Establishment in Sri Lanka to be dismantled?

    You talk about intermarriage between Buddhist and Christian families. Do you know what happens behind these Buddhist- Christian marriage ceremonies? After the Poruwa ceremony comes the Christian ceremony followed by registering the marriage in the Church. Do you know that these couples have to promise the church that any children of the marriage have to be brought up in the Christian faith? Do you know that many such children now after a fashion bearing good Buddhist names turn up as virulent anti- Buddhists? In the end the all the wealth ends up in a Christian family utterly dedicated to the destroy Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Your visiting Dalada Maligawa, nor your visiting temples more than churches nor your Christian friends attending Buddhist schools, reciting pirith voluntarily can never be equated to the overall damage they continue to inflict on this majority Buddhist nations. Your being from a Buddhist Christian family nor the efforts by a few Christians can ever negate the fact that Christianity in history and today is an affront to civilized living. With all its efforts to dismember Sri Lanka and saying Christians are first Sri Lankan, and Christians only second is an utter lie. For your information and education I pass on the following excerpt of an Oath of the “Holy” Roman Catholic Church.

    “You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace. To take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means.
    I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.
    That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.
    I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honour, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus. ”

    This is found in the Oath of the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church and the Oath of the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Malta.

    If you need being further educated on the subject that too is possible!

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