Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

A researcher’s love for folk songs

A negative consequence of not having a broad research system to pursue knowledge on folklore can be linked to folk songs or the tunes being fraudulently introduced to the modern world as new creations of an individual, opined budding folk music researcher Pasindu Chamara Pahalamedagama, in an interview with The Nation.

“Where is yahapalanaya (good governance) in the new overnment?” Now this seems to be the million dollar question, at this juncture. Two and a half weeks after its election, the new government, led by President Mathripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has already shown some ominous signs where the idea of good governance is concerned.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Uncertain future in politics and life

I am reminded of a Buddhist story about Arhat Sariputta who was once asked about the outcome of a war that had broken out between two states. He, who had developed his mind to such an extent that he was named the most intelligent of all disciples of Buddha, gave a prediction on what he could see. The prediction turned out to be wrong...

For as long as one can remember Sri Lanka has been a nation of shifting political alliances. Hardly surprising, because that has widely been considered a national characteristic that has become more pronounced in the wake of the socio-economic and political upheavals that have been an integral part of its problems as a result of a secessionist war that had raged for decades...

Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Paradox in the Pope

At the beginning was the sublime spirit of Jesus Christ. And then arrived The Church. It profited by marketing his name. And even more by burying his spirit. That subjugated spirit has off and on emerged, to be suppressed fast by malign forces. In Francis of Assisi the spirit was strong enough rising, to make the establishment quiver – as...

Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Unspoken silent killer

Any country or civilization which makes use of modern technologies is obviously vulnerable to the adverse environmental and health effects that these technologies entail. Sri Lanka also has experienced such issues from time to time, with severe effects, both social and political. The recent arsenic issue, still unresolved, is the best example. No one has been able to find the root cause. Neither have the authorities been able to eliminate the adverse consequences.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Vultural cultoorists

“Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage” is an oft heard cliché among certain segments of society. It is a catchall used to describe something that is understood but vaguely if it is understood at all. Else it is used as a defense of a country found wanting in things other than culture or heritage. Sometimes it is a heading...

Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Maithri’s Hundred Days

History has seen several famous ‘hundred days.’ Almost exactly 200 years ago, Emperor Napoleon returned to France from exile in Elba, taking power dramatically and abdicating for a second time just under 100 days later. Napoleon was fighting against a daunting alliance of almost all European powers, and defeat at the Battle of Waterloo just accelerated the inevitable...


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