Lakshman Wickremesinghe, Bishop of Kurunagala from 1962 to 1983, died 30 years ago, on October 23rd. He was undoubtedly the most impressive Anglican Bishop Sri Lanka has produced, and with every year that passes his stature seems to grow.
Much has been written about him recently, most notably in Rajan Hoole’s detailed assessment of what happened in July 1983. Hoole shows how those events contributed to his premature death for, though he had a heart condition and had been advised to take things slow, he threw himself into trying to assuage the hurt felt by Tamils who had suffered in the state sponsored attacked on them.
He had been in England in July, taking the much needed break his doctors had advised, and trying to set down his thoughts on an oriental view of Christianity. In the last conversation we had, on the phone for I got to England on the day he was due to leave, he assured me that he would take things slow, in trying first to understand what had happened, and how the social dispensation into which he had been born had turned rabid. But seeing the suffering and the bewilderment, he did not rest, being the first Sinhalese dignitary to go up to Jaffna to apologize for what had happened.
A motor rally has been organized by Rupavahini Cooperation, Sri Lanka National Television with the support of Sri Lanka Youth and the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, to create awareness regarding the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is scheduled to be held in Colombo in November 2013. The rally started its journey before the historical Nallur Temple on 21st October 2013.
All religious leaders, Parliamentarian Sylvesthiri Allentine, Secretary to the Governor L.Illaangovan, Additional Govt Agent of Jaffna District Rubiny Varathalingam, Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Hathurusinghe, officials from Military and Police, officials from Rupavahini Cooperation and several school children took part in the event.
The vehicular procession will travel across the country and will then arrive at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. The participants inked their signatures on the banner to mark the event.