This refers to the editorial “End of the war” (May 19). With the killing of Velupillai Prabakaran and other top LTTE leaders, the three decades-old civil war has ended in Sri Lanka. But the ethnic issue is still alive. The LTTE’s exit has made way for a just solution. Ending a civil war is not just about defeating the insurgents. It is also about bringing about reconciliation. In reconciliation — in recognising the aspirations of the Sri Lankan Tamils — lies the real victory of the Sri Lankan government.

Bijay Kumar Singh,


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The end of the civil war in Sri Lanka should serve as an eye-opener to those who think they can hold governments and people to ransom using terror. A determined state can crush them. The Tamils and the Sinhalese were vexed with the three decades of civil war and the indiscriminate violence unleashed by the LTTE. The immediate task before President Mahinda Rajapaksa, India and the U.N. is the rehabilitation of Tamils and devolution of power to them within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

Nirmala P. Rao,


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The credit for eliminating the LTTE goes to Mr. Rajapaksa, who spared no effort to end the terrorist menace in Sri Lanka.

The urgent need of the hour is rehabilitation of the displaced Tamils. The international community should do everything it can to help Colombo accomplish this.

Sanmandeep Singh Bajwa,


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The end of the war is, no doubt, a matter of pride for Sri Lanka. The Rajapaksa government now faces a greater responsibility — that of providing food, shelter and livelihood to the citizens rudely uprooted from their homeland.

Nisha Sanu & Sanu Sugathan,


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The Sri Lankan government should address the root cause of the ethnic issue. It should initiate measures for a lasting solution while taking steps to rehabilitate the displaced Tamils. Civilians, too, should have realised by now that violence is not the answer to their problems.

V. Sethumadhavan,


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The method adopted by the LTTE might have been unacceptable but its cause was genuine. The reason why the struggle started — atrocities perpetrated on the Tamils by the Sinhala majority and the reluctance on the part of successive governments to give them equal rights — is still relevant. It is hoped that Mr. Rajapaksa will strive to translate his assurances of a fair deal to the Tamils into reality.

R.S. Raghavan,