To plan for year, they say, you have to plant rice. To plan for a decade you have to plant trees and to plan for a century, you have to teach the people. I believe that’s a Chinese saying. Politicians think of the next election while statesmen think of the next generation. That’s common knowledge across time and space.
Two questions have been posed by journalist Hafeel Farisz on the subject of Lasantha Wickremathunge: Has Lasantha’s journalistic panache evolved into a more vibrant and potent form of media, or have we been left still fighting to sift through the rubble after his death? What does it mean to the rule of law and the right of the public to
Eric is a common name in the United States of America. I’ve met many Erics in my time, but one of them I will never forget. This Eric lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I met him more than twenty years ago and might never see him again.
Eric was a panhandler. That’s ‘American’ for beggar. Sanitized term, sociologists and literary theorists
When the nation was hit by the DCD controversy, several things happened. For a few days Fonterra products were off the shelves. People also became wary of purchasing milk powder products from New Zealand. Maliban went on an advertising spree, claiming that they import from Australia and that the Government of that country claims milk powder DCD-free milk powder. Local
These are diary days. Calendar days too. All institutions, big and small, private and public, are busy getting diaries out. It is probably considered a serious come down for a self-respecting corporate entity not to print diaries for distribution among clients, employees, politicians and friends, corporate and otherwise. The diary bug seems to have stung the SME sector as well.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) does not trust the Government. Nothing wrong in that. If all political entities trusted and agreed with one another there wouldn’t be separate political parties for too long, never mind the fact that politics would be quite boring. Mistrust, however, is not a one way street. Those who do not trust and harp on the
‘How’s Christmas?’ someone asked. When everyday seems ok, there’s nothing special about Christmas, even for Buddhist who gets surrounded by ‘Christmasness’ come December. This Christmas was special though. Now we know in general that not only is everyday not Christmas for some, but the kind of festivity associated with that word is foreign to come every day of the year.
The love that the British have for Sri Lanka is of such magnitude that one wonders if Sri Lankans should bother to love their country. They so loved this island, let us not forget, that they pillaged, burnt, robbed and perpetrated genocide and ethnic cleansing of a kind that even the LTTE in its most terrible days couldn’t come close
‘How is your brother?’ I asked a friend who is now domiciled in Canada and was here in Colombo for a few days. ‘He’s a glorified slave!’ my friend retorted with his signature and infectious guffaw. My friend, whom I’ve known since I was in the Seventh Grade, is an academic. He is one of the most articulate of my
No politician can escape the watchful eyes of the media. Media is a blessing as it is a curse as far as politicians are concerned. It helps and it detracts. This is a reality that all politicians have to learn to live with. Media can make and they can break. In a country where the media industry is heavily politicized...