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Selected Writings by Sachi Sri Kantha
Tears of a Kind to the Heroic Twenty One
25 October 2007
In the media outlets and umpteen self-promotion websites and blogs, the prattling pundits and warped Oracles are outpouring their agonies and prejudices than the speed it took for the decency-challenged Sri Lankan military folks to strip open the clothes worn by the Heroic Twenty One, in Anuradhapura.
In the dictionaries of these warped Oracles, ranging from the editorial scribblers of Chennai and Colombo to contemptible political turncoats, one won’t find words like valor, pledge and self sacrifice.
It is understandable though, since these pundits have hardly shown valor in their public lives when their kith and kin had been continuously threatened, humiliated and murdered by the arms of state terrorism; and self sacrifice would be an anathema for their bloated morals.
In the hearts and minds of Tamils and those who sympathize with the Tamil cause, the twenty one heroic souls who demonstrated their valor and self sacrifice will live, while the names and deeds of warped Oracles, editorial scribblers and contemptible political turncoats would be dumped into the dustbin of history.
One has no reason to doubt that an elegant poem by the American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) succinctly reflect the moods of millions of Tamils carry for these heroic Twenty One. These Twenty One have become our ‘newly found’ friends, as noted by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Here is that poem, of 156 words:
Accept My Full Hearts’ Thanks