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The False People In Viyath Maga – Living The Lie Destroys One

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Oh My God! What a collection of intellectuals we saw at the Viyath Maga 2nd Annual conference Conference, on March 4th in Boralesgamuwa. The slogan of this movement is “professionals for a better Sri Lanka. “ Or in Sinhala, it is “Piripun Lankawak sandaha” (Towards a fully developed Lanka). The venue […]

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The Jaffna Student Brawl: ‘Mutual Coexistence’ As The Only Path Forward

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – Date: Sunday 17 July 2016 This morning, we wake up to bad news from northern Sri Lanka. According to news circulating in social media (especially in Sinhala), I gathered that ‘Sinhala’ students at the University of Jaffna have been assaulted by Tamil students, over a disagreement in organising a cultural event. […]

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LGBT Rights In Sri Lanka: Under A Neo-Colonial Shadow?

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – A few weeks ago, the international day against homophobia and transphobia (#IDAHoT) was celebrated across the world, with polities adopting a progressive and inclusive policy using this day of reflection to promote their positions on enhancing their policies intended at fighting against homophobia and transphobia. In North America and indeed elsewhere […]

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SriLankan Airlines To Ground Overweight Cabin Crew

Overweight Cabin Crew of SriLankan Airlines is said to be grounded after a medical check up completed by the airline’s appointed Medical Clinic, revealed that their Body Mass Index was over the airline’s permitted standard. The airline’s management ordered the entire 1300 plus cadre of Cabin Crew to have their body mass index (BMI) measured […]

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Maha Sanga Protests Appointment Of First Transgender Governor

One of Sri Lanka’s main Buddhist institutions, the Asgiriya Chapter, has protested regarding the appointment of the newly appointed Governor of the Central Province on the basis of gender. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Niluka Ekanayake to the post of Governor Central Province on the 17th, March 2016. She is the first transgender person to hold such […]

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Addressing ECTA With Serophobia & Misogyny: No Way Forward

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – Addressing bilateral trade With Serophobia & Misogyny In December 2015, a medical doctor-turned politician and serving MP, Nalinda Jayathissa, demonstrated an appalling level of homophobia and transphobia in an interview with the Daily News. Several commentators and analysts highlighted the ignorance and insensitivity of these assumptions, all the more worrying when they […]

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The JVP’s Jaundice: Inclination To Reactionary Politics

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – In an interview with an English language newspaper, JVP’s Nalinda Jayathissa MP has made a statement that makes one question the MP’s (and given its reputation of strict discipline, verification and vetting processes, the JVP’s) understanding of what progressive politics of the left really entails in the present-day world. When questioned […]

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Afraid Of…Remembrance?

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – The title of a news article that circulated the other day read ‘Government issues stern warning against heroes’ day remembrance’. The stern warning in question was intended at Tamils, living in Sri Lanka, especially in the north’s ex-battle ground. The ‘heroes’ in question were a range of Sri Lankan citizens, who, […]

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Embattled Media: On A Unique Book & A Seminal Launching Event

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – The book Embattled Media: Evolution, Governance and Reform in Sri Lanka (ISBN: 978-93-515-0062-9), edited by Dr William Crawley, David Page and Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, was launched at the Senate House of the University of London on 20th October 2015. The launch involved an all-day conference, rich in contributions on a range of […]

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The Sampanthan Hour

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The Sampanthan Hour

By Chaminda Weerawardhana – Rajavarothiam Sampanthan MP (RS) has been appointed as the Leader of the Opposition of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. MP since 1970, RS also deserves the title ‘Father of the House’. Even analysts not generally sympathetic to the political ideology of Tamil self-determination concur that […]

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