The loud blast of crackers down every street. The smell of kiribath from almost every household. Alcohol bottles being opened in every other house. Worry-less happy laughter everywhere. Celebration over the victory of a war. Over the death of a man. Over the recapture of land.
I wish i was back to celebrate and make merry on the streets too. But i wonder, are we celebrating for the right cause? And is it time to celebrate already?
True, the death of the man who was leading a rebel group that was the cause of so much pain and suffering over 2 decades is a cause for celebration. But, celebration over the death of all the others who were part of those fighting on behalf of the LTTE is not fair. Many of them had no choice but to follow the orders of the LTTE, and so, they do not deserve the right to be spat upon and laughed at over alcohol.
Additionally more people were killed in the North than anywhere else in the country. More civilians i would say. Tribute should be paid to them. And the more unfortunate ones, who have survived the war in the North, but lost either their own body parts or worse, their kith and kin, should be looked up at in respect, cos they are surviving through despite it all.
Once we have rebuilt ONE Sri Lanka, once we have made the Tamils in the North believe in the government, and once we stop scorning upon them, i believe the time to truly celebrate will be upon us. Till then, lets all try to avoid any form of discrimination and lets try to rebuild a nation in terms of both physical infrastructure and harmonial relationships.