Those who lecture Sri Lanka on what is best for the country and the people, claim that accountability and justice are necessary and non-negotiable preconditions for reconciliation. Never mind their moral authority to pontificate there is truth in this position. ‘Forgive-and-forget’ is easy to say but hard to obtain. It is the same for the aggrieved, whether grief arrived in
When does childhood end? For the privileged children of this world it is a seamless move from infancy to adulthood through childhood and adolescence. This, however, is not a happy world. The word ‘privilege’ itself implies the act of non-privilege. The underprivileged children in this world, therefore, are often made to bypass certain life stages. That unnatural ‘promotions’ make for quicker
Ranbanda Seneviratne is a man who never abandoned the ordinary and especially subjugated segments of this country, not where the Yoda Ela bends and not anywhere else either. He died on December 5, 2001. The mortal remains of this lawyer-cum-lyricist and self-confessed ‘bayya’ from Mahakanadaragama, Anuradhapura was cremated a couple of days later.
The heart is associated with feelings and emotion and the mind with thought and reason. How did that come about, though? Did some people, appointed by a collective on account of proven intellect and mandated thereby to discuss such matters, come up with this conclusion, this separation of mind and heart with emotion pushed into one and thought into the
There are riders without horses and horses without riders. There are classrooms and students that are not visited by teachers. There are also teachers waiting for non-existent students. There are alumni associations of schools that have been closed down decades ago; yes, like the Commonwealth. There is an Opposition that does not oppose and an Opposition that gets
H.L.D. Mahindapala, in an article titled ‘Exact nuance of CHOGM’s success’ points out that under normal circumstances ‘a loose, scattered and wobbly institution like the Commonwealth should have withered and died shortly after its birth. It has survived for 64 years without any tangible benefits to the collective or individual members. Perhaps it indicates the strength of an abiding colonial mentality.
Recently some media reports from Kenya claimed that the African nation was planning to canvass support for a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM 2013) in Colombo. The Nairobi government denied this and the story faded away.The story is interesting. It had nothing to do with the venue and the kinds of objections raised by Canadian Prime
‘Crime and punishment’ is the title of a novel. Human society embraced the notion of punishment as a mechanism to facilitate cohesion by way of agreement or contractual obligation which turned populations into societies. Transgressions of whatever kind and whatever magnitude subverts the contract and punishment was and is thought to obtain adherence to agreement. Threat o
OMG, BTW, WTF and other three-letter ‘words’ which sound more like four-letter words are relatively new. Time was when acronym was ‘short’ for proper noun, for example a political party; there was the LSSP, CP, UNP, SLFP, FP, TULF, JVP and later TNA, ITAK, SU, JHU and so on. Maybe NGOs (yes, another three-letter four-letter word) had something to do
People have multiple identities based on ethnicity, religious faith, gender, age, location, citizenship, vocation and ideological preference among other things. Thus it is that a journalist or a human rights advocate can also be a terrorist, a facilitator or approver of terrorist activity. If a terrorist has some journalistic credentials and if that individual is arrested or killed in battle,
‘Indian Expert’ can mean an Indian who is an expert on some subject or someone who is an expert on India. It is the latter tribe that is relevant to this story. Earlier this month the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the A J Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center, Jamila Millia Islamia and the Nelson Mandela
This world is made of words. We have names for everything and for that which is discovered and found to be nameless, we coin new names. We have enough syllables to play with. We name, we describe. We see something in encounter with something else and we describe the relationship. With words. We see things happening in sequences that are familiar