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I am not a political activist nor am I active on Facebook, but since October 26th my actions prove me otherwise.

I took my daughter and nephew to visit the Parliament in 2013. It was a very special visit, one that to-date they remember. I recall talking about the sacredness of sitting in those hallowed chambers debating issues that concern us. I challenged them to aspire to sit in one of those seats one day as I believed there was no greater honour.

November 15th shocked me to my core. The next day I believed, and yes naively hoped, all would be ‘better behaved’.... oh how foolish could I have been.

I am not politically affluent. l realize now that I have lived in a bubble. I am not going to try to analyse what went wrong. I am however going to as a mother ask for a public apology and consequence.

Why? My children no matter how trivial the fault might have been are given no choice but to apologise, one to another at times, when a fight breaks out. I don’t expect them to be perfect and I believe they learn from their mistakes. So yes fighting- fair fighting- is allowed and ofcourse consequences are given.

I look at what transpired yesterday and today. Hon. MP Sajith Premadasa led the way in declaring that ‘we have shamed the country’. I have looked and read as much as I possibly can, but I am yet to see or read the words ‘I am sorry’.

As a mother I value the words ‘I am sorry’.

Am I the only one?

Taanya Tranchell
Author: Taanya Tranchell
Taanya Tranchell is a proud Sri Lankan, a committed mum and a fledgling entrepreneur. While not a social activist, she does want to do her bit to make the world a better place.
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