BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

Baited by sport or middle of the road mush?

They used to be merchants of death carrying blueprints and maps of battle targets. Today the government that they once fought is over the moon that they now carry hopes and dreams as maps have turned into chess boards and firing ranges have turned into soccer fields. The government now says all of them can at least look forward to a goal, a chance to discover another world that may hold a pathway to their future.

The ex-Tamil Tigers who must have been saved from total extinction may not be living to tell their tales but have been told to try their hand at rehabilitation and sports therapy with a promise they’ll be absorbed into national pools.

The contention of the Sports Ministry is that some of the once battle hardened rebels will be able to fight the good fight not in the bush but out in the open field.

But questions have also been raised whether the whole exercise is mere government propaganda and middle-of-the-road mush for a gullible audience.

If the concept is genuine the ex-brigades will find themselves on the volleyball and badminton courts, in the swimming pool, on the athletics track, on the cricket field, by the side of a chess board and at what they were once all good at-shooting.

According to the Sports Ministry some 131 of them had shown natural skills in sports disciplines and will be absorbed into national pools.

By Camelia Nathaniel