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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2612

Please don’t turn our paradise island into a hell!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh.

Our childhood memory of our motherland is so pleasant and beautiful and it is our wish that it will be the same for generations to come.

The English poet Rudyard Kipling wrote; ‘Our hearts where they rocked our cradle, our love where we spent our toil and our faith, and our hope, and our honor, We pledge to our native soil.

God gave all men all earth to love, but since our hearts are small, Ordained for each one spot should prove beloved over all.’ And that is our beloved and beautiful paradise island Although we are not involved in tourism business, many of us here in the gulf really enjoy promoting about what our country has to offer for tourists from this part of the world. We are proud that many of the gulf citizens who were convinced and who have made the trip are planning their repeat visit for a longer stay. This is the time the exodus of gulf citizens starts to escape the summer heat.

However, this is also the time, unfortunately, the pathetic news about Aluthgama/Dargha Town/Beruwela has hit the headlines in all the local Arabic as well as in English papers, in addition to the electronic media.

The prospective visitors instead of asking us what our country has to offer them, now asking us how safe they are in Sri Lanka?

Our task of convincing them has become extremely difficult, after what they have seen in detail on the TV and have read in the print media. The damage done to our beloved island in the world is far greater than the damage done to those towns, the inhabitants of those towns and their properties.

The incitement and baseless rumors were the main cause for the deaths and destruction. Lord Buddha said ‘The tongue like a sharp knife…..kills without drawing blood.’

As Sri Lankans it is our duty to promote our country to the outside world and avoid tarnishing its name by creating havoc.

The United States’ 16th president Abraham Lincoln said; ‘I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.’ Let’s live a life for our country to be proud of all of us.

Long live Sri Lanka!

- Asian Tribune -

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