Senior journalist N. Vithyatharan launches his book

Senior journalist N. Vithyatharan launches his book

Written by Staff Writer

10 Nov, 2014 | 10:14 pm

The book My pen, my weapon or En Eluththayudham authored by senior Tamil journalist, N. Vithyatharan, was launched in Colombo on Sunday.

The event was graced by a distinguished gathering including political figures and veteran journalists.

Author of the book, N. Vithyatharan, expressed the following views:

“I had been in the journalistic field especially during the war period – about  three and a half decades. My experience as a journalist, I have written in a book and I have named it My pen, my weapon and I think it will elaborate how I manage to handle all these issues and how we can overcome these crisis and how we managed to publish the newspaper.”

Several other guests at the event also expressed their views.

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe;

“The war is over and there has been a significant change of stand by the TNA and the Tamils. The acceptance even before the 2009 of the 13th Amendment, though the government had promised that they wont go in to the 13th Amendment  – at the moment everyone else is saying let us go into the 13th amendment. The acceptance of a unitary state, the acceptance of the recommendation of the lessons learnt and reconciliation commission.”

“But unfortunately there has been no adequate response to this by the government. Now many of us Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims want a Sri Lankan identity. But why is it that the Sri Lankan identity is not being created? Because you can’t have a country that is divided. The more you keep dividing it the more problems you will have.”

Minister of Justice, Rauf Hakeem:

“The right to information act is an essential necessity today and that is something all political parties that are attempting to face the national election will have to pledge before the people. At least the the enactment of the right to information act would be one such piece of legislation that will ensure that governance in this country would be something that would be subject to probity and would ensure that corruption which has been one of the banes which all of us are trying to get rid off would be at least to a greater extent be contained.”

TNA Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan;

“The struggle to win our rights, was carried through violence. Today, such a situation does not exist. Five years have lapsed since the end of the war. In the present environment, we must find an acceptable solution to the national problem, which respects the rights of all communities within a unitary state. There is a need for devolution of powers which meets the aspirations of the people of the individual provinces, while protecting territorial integrity. We must have governance which upholds our identity. This is our hope.”

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