Controversy Surrounds Father Jeevantha Peiris' War Memorial Announcement

Father Amila Jeevantha Peiris has found himself in hot water following his Facebook post regarding a war memorial event scheduled for May 18 in Colombo. The post, which sparked public outcry, has been interpreted as divisive and discriminatory, as it exclusively focuses on commemorating Tamil lives lost during the events at Mullivaikkal in 2009.

In his Facebook post, Father Peiris stated, "The memorial event for the Tamils killed in Mullivaikkal on May 18 - 2009 will be held at 10.30 am in synonymous with the memorial celebrated in North and East. All are welcome - please bring white flowers if you attend. May 18 - A remembrance event for the Tamil people killed in Mullivaikkal in 2009 will be held at 10.30 am, at the Borella Cemetery roundabout in solidarity with the commemorations being held in the North and East."

The post immediately drew criticism from many individuals who questioned the exclusion of other ethnic groups and the failure to acknowledge all lives lost during the war. Critics viewed the announcement as an attempt to promote racism and create divisions among communities.

The issue at hand is not simply the act of commemorating the Tamil lives lost in Mullivaikkal but the perceived disregard for other lives lost during the war. The comments on Father Peiris' post reflect the concerns of those who believe that commemoration should encompass all victims, irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.

The controversy surrounding Father Amila Jeevantha Peiris' announcement has generated a broader discussion about the importance of unity and inclusivity when remembering the tragic events of the war. Critics argue that selective commemoration perpetuates division and hampers the healing process necessary for national reconciliation.

As the controversy unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the sensitivities surrounding the war's aftermath and the need for thoughtful and inclusive approaches when engaging in discussions related to commemoration. The issue raises questions about how to remember and honor the lives lost during the war without exacerbating ethnic tensions or marginalizing any affected communities.