The road to PEACE...


The road to PEACE is certainly going to be quite bumpy, but we have got to get there…in a peaceful manner.

It’s heartening to see some of our leading personalities, with world-wide fame, approaching this unfortunate situation, the Easter Sunday carnage, in the correct perspective.

Kumar Sangakkara, brilliant with the bat, and a legend, no doubt, Tweeted:

For each other and for our children. Be smart, be united, be at peace, keep each other safe.

There was a contribution of Rs. 500,000, made by a group of well-known oriental musicians, to the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

In Malbourne, Australia, A Mother’s Day special, on May 12th, featuring some of Sri Lanka’s top artistes, now domiciled in Australia, was turned into a fund-raiser for the victims of the Easter Sunday carnage.

Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets, at another Sri Lankan event, in Melbourne, held on May 11th, ‘The Legends Show,’ will be donated towards the relief fund for the Rehabilitation of the Easter Sunday victims and reconstruction of the churches damaged in this tragedy.

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, a former Sri Lankan beauty queen, has posted a video, on her social media handle, with the caption "#uniteforsrilanka".

"I am making this video to share my thoughts on what happened last week (April 21st) in Sri Lanka. To be honest, I needed some time to fully comprehend what I was feeling and what had happened. It was difficult for me to understand why so many innocent lives had to be taken, many of which children," the actress, who hails from Sri Lanka, said.

"Terrorist attacks, like these, are unfortunately unpredictable. They also seem to be completely out of our control and there seems to be little that we can do about them," she added.

However, she believes people can help rebuild lives. "I have teamed up with an organisation called Trail, which is helping victims of the tragedy rebuild their lives. Please join me in helping these victims rebuild their lives," she said.

Urging people not to let such events dishearten them, the actress added, "Let's put aside nationality, caste, ethnicity and religion and come together as one. I'd also like to say let's not give up on humanity, let's not allow fear and anger to dictate how we react and how we feel and what we are thinking."

In the message to citizens of her country, she said, "Sri Lanka please stay strong, stay positive and most importantly stay united."

However, some of our ex queens are looking at this unthinkable disaster with a narrow mind and have even gone to the extent of encouraging disharmony, on social media, with comments about the type of chicken one should now eat, etc. And, they are supposed to be Ambassadors of Peace, Goodwill – whatever!

What hypocrisy.

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