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~ Dear LASANTHA, May Your Sweet Soul Rest In Peace

One of Sri Lanka's murdered journalists who will never be forgotten.


(LOS ANGELES) - This article is written on behalf of the 4th Death Anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematuge, (which falls on January 8th, 2013), who was my late Editor In Chief of The original Sunday Leader newspaper in Sri Lanka.

The late Lasantha Wickrematunge with Sunalie Ratnayake on New Year's Day - 2007

His untimely loss affected so many people and while it stands out for several reasons, his death is one of so many journalists and media employees in Sri Lanka who paid the ultimate price for publishing news that showed the government of Sri Lanka for what it is.


By : Sunalie Ratnayake

(April 5, 1958 – January 8, 2009)


“Founder Editor – The Sunday Leader”

Killed ; January 8, 2009

FOUR YEARS PASSED BY, as of January 8, 2013, and the CULPRITS are still Merry-Making, in the Land Like No Other.

** The ‘murder’ of someone close to us shall eternally leave us shocked with grief.

** Irrespective of the length of time that may have passed-by, since the colossal loss, it seems to be hard to come to terms with the fact, as if to, how one minute, this person was here, and the next, he is gone.

** When we lose someone or something that was precious to us, we may realize that there is a certain solitude that can never be occupied with anyone or anything, of the like, ever. 

** The ultimate actuality is that, those we love and lionize are never truly gone.

** The physical body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever.

** And the “memories left behind”, the “love & kindness splattered”, as well as the “lessons stalwartly taught”, shall incessantly live, and guide us through this riddle called life.

** Human beings have been cognizant of eternal life, since the commencement of time.

** Every culture may have its own traditions, and dogmas about ‘death’, ‘life after death’ and ‘reincarnation’.

** Even a blade of grass, or a blossom, fights for the privilege of life.

** NO ONE, (not even a Lethal Tyrant and his Kin, who are ludicrously drunk with power, and has stooped down to the gutter, in aspects of morals and manners) HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE THE LIFE OF ANOTHER, UNDER ANY GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCE.


~ Dear LASANTHA, May Your Sweet Soul Rest In Peace !


Publisher’s Note :
SUNALIE RATNAYAKE is a SRI LANKAN Journalist based in USA.
Though her yearning and adoration for “poetry” from her tender years have kept her occupied in writing her own “poetry” almost all her life, as means of pure pleasure, thus far, she has seldom shared her “sonnets” with the public.
She could be reached at : /

Special thanks to Sri Lanka Guardian


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Thank you January 6, 2013 5:05 am (Pacific time)

What a wonderful way to remind us of this wonderful man, I have only heard parts of the story, but now because of this I will study up so I can tell people about it, that is the least we can all do, thank you for a lovely tribute.

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