Shavendra Silva: A ‘war hero’ for the Sinhala press, an ‘accused war criminal’ for the Tamil press

On August 19, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA).

For a section of the Sinhala press, Silva was a “war hero” who “along with his troops fought to protect the territorial integrity of the country” by “leading the war in Vellamullivaikkal, Puthukudiyiruppu during the final stages of the war.”[1]

In some sections of the Tamil press, Silva was “accused of [committing] war crimes” for carrying out “acts of genocide against the Tamils.”[2]  

A minor discussion in the Sinhala press – Lanka and Anidda mirrored the views in the Tamil press.

[1] Lankadeepa, August 25, p. 06.
[2] Thinakkural, Arasiyal Kalari, August 25, p. 29; Virakesari, Samakaala Arasiyal, Aug 25, p.1.; Thinakkural, Arasiyal Kalari, August 25, p. 29.

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