bridging the ethnic devide


the State Literary Awards 2007 in Sri Lanka displayed another instance of ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka, whatever the politicians, terrorists and the media continue to say about the so called 'ethnic conflict' in the country.

among the awards for the best translations was one book that stood out above all others. this was a collection of short stories, by Sudaraj, a Tamil writer, translated in to Sinhala by Mohamed Rasuk, a Muslim writer.

in a country where thousands of lives are lost every year and millions are suffering, the only difference between the Sinhala Buddhist and the Tamil Hindu is the language, when we now see even that gap been narrowed, we can once again try to believe that there is a future for our children.

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