I may agree or disagree with Brahma Chellaney’s Sept. 19 article, “Colombo risks squandering Sri Lanka’s hard-won peace.” He is a well-known Indian intellectual to whom even the government turns for professional advice.
And Subhash Edirisinghe is entitled to air the views reflected in his Sept. 24 letter, “Tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka.” But when Edirisinghe says Chellaney writes as if he has taken money from a terrorist group, there is something radically wrong. Edirisinghe is joining the plethora of sycophantic voices of the government of Sri Lanka for whom dissent is taboo and free thought earns people worthy titles like “traitor” and “terrorist.”
Edirisinghe should grow up. One can do his country proud and save its image only by being a good product of Sri Lanka — not by casting aspersions on and insulting the intelligence of the Japanese public.
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