“I am an Indian pediatrician who served with the Indian Medical Team at Menik Farm IDP center. The point I am trying to raise is this we were managing scores of infants with bullet / shell blast injuries (some festering, mostly healed). It gives an idea of the extent of collateral damage suffered by the civilians caught in the last days of the conflict. If an infant could not be protected, imagine the plight of older children and adults. The so-called Sri Lankan Solution being touted as the panacea for dealing with terrorism worldwide needs a thorough relook.” by Tathagata Bose
Groundviews was set up to bear witness, contest the status quo and document inconvenient truths. This comment by Dr. Bose, from over 300 published to date in response to the Special Edition on the end of war, is a cogent example of the site’s raison d’être. Over the previous weekend alone, over 6,500 readers read the content on the site. With over 22,000 readers to date, and three more days of compelling content looking at the end of war yet to be published, Groundviews is a unique platform for perspectives, opinions and a defiant remembrance that mainstream print and broadcast media in Sri Lanka, even post-war, will not feature.
The Special Edition includes content – in prose, verse, photography and video – from the well known political commentators, award winning poets, photographers, senior civil servants, erstwhile high-ranking diplomats, senior academics, leading feminists, researchers, film-makers, novelists, leading voices from the Tamil diaspora, senior journalists, youth activists and bloggers.
As I noted in an Editorial to the Special Edition, Groundviews strongly encourage your responses complementing and contesting this content. I also noted that that it is only through vibrant and civil debate, without fear of violent physical or verbal reprisals, that a just peace and a timbre of democracy we so richly deserve after wars end can be engendered.
A full list of the content published to date in chronological order:
- Editorial: One year after the end of war
- THE WAR AND MY TIMES by Dayan Jayatilleka
- One Year On After the Guns Fell Silent at Vellamullivaikkal: Is There Foresight to Settle the Political Score? by Dayapala Thiranagama
- 19th may, 2010 by Sivamohan Sumathy
- Film premiere: The Truth That Wasnt There by Guy Gunaratne, Heidi Lindvall and Phil Panchenko
- I REMEMBER 19 May 2010 by Alan Keenan
- The end of war: Framed reflections by Deshan Tennekoon
- Madness by Vivimarie VanderPoorten
- We Regret To Inform You That Your Condolences Cannot Be Accepted At This Time by V.V. Ganeshananthan
- Was I wrong to oppose the war? by The Under Dog
- Soldier: Hero, villain or both? by Marisa de Silva
- FROM VICTORY TO NORMALISATION IN SRI LANKA by Austin Fernando
- The untold story of a child by Aufidius
- The Thirty Year Old Boy by Indran Amirthanayagam
- The end of war and Sri Lankas future: Videos from Vikalpa in Sinhala and English
- Articulating the Concerns of Ethnic Minorities in Relation to Constitutional Proposals by Devanesan Nesiah
- Post War Sri Lanka: Thoughts of University Students by tis-a-small-world
- What is there to celebrate? Rumblings of a Jaffna Tamil by Aachcharya
- CHALLENGES TODAY: WEEVILS IN THE MIND by Michael Roberts
- Negotiables by Indran Amirthanayagam
- Women are not willing to go back to pre-war status quo by Kumi Samuel and Chulani Kodikara
- Living with the Other in post-war Sri Lanka by Gypsy Bohemia
- Tamil Question and the Global Crisis of Capitalism by Vasantha Raja
- GETTING SRI LANKAS ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK by Rohini Hensman
- Opportunities and challenges facing post-war Sri Lanka by MCM Iqbal
- Re-imagining Sri Lanka post-war by Anupama Ranawana
- Post-War Sri Lanka: Way Forward or More of the Same? by Lionel Bopage
- Beyond the war psyche in Sri Lanka by Dilrukshi Handunnetti
- Going Beyond the Politics of Devolution: Back to the Future by Vasuki Nesiah
- Smokin soldiers: The Zippo Special Edition lighter by Sharni Jayawardena
- Dungeons are also peaceful: Enduring uncertainties in post-war Lanka by Kumar David
You simply wont find this content anywhere else. And remember, the Special Edition runs till the 26th – expect more compelling content and discussions!
Groundviews – http://www.groundviews.org – Sri Lanka’s first and international award-winning citizens journalism website uses a range of genres and media to highlight alternative perspectives on governance, human rights, the arts and literature, peacebuilding and other issues. The site has won two international awards for the quality of its journalism, including the prestigious Manthan Award South Asia in 2009. The grand jurys evaluation of the site noted, What no media dares to report, Groundviews publicly exposes. Its a new age media for a new Sri Lanka… Free media at its very best!
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