Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister, peoples' representative and decent human being. We heard him cry for joy predicting blue skies in the East under which, Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese would blossom into a sustainable democracy. His last interview to Asian Tribune still reverberates. Behind that optimism was the lingering fear of internal and external forces thwarting the will of the people. He died on the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, martyred for dreaming that we be recognized not by the color of our skin but the content of our thoughts: anathema to the scores of ruthless racists still running amok. A suicide bomber in disguise, hall mark of the ruthless but dwindling Wanni Tigers masquerading as freedom seekers, killed a decent human being in cold blood in Weliweriya, Gampaha where peace loving people were celebrating a Sinhala-Tamil New Year celebration event.