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M.H.M. Ashraff: The Renaissance Man

By Mangala Samaraweera – My late colleague -the renaissance man M.H.M. Ashraff – was a talented lawyer, articulate legislator and effective minister. He was also an accomplished poet, reciting poetry or quoting from literature at the drop of a hat. But more importantly he was a deeply humane man, who genuinely shed tears for the […]

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Political & Religious Leadership Crisis Of Sri Lankan Muslims

By Latheef Farook – Who represent the Muslim community in the government? The shocking answer is “NONE”. One may ask “how could the Muslims complain as there are several Muslim ministers and deputy ministers in the government”. Yes there are many Muslim ministers, but they do not represent the community as most of them entered […]

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SLMC For Pluralism, Or Racism

By Faizer Shaheid – A recent statement made by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Chairman and Parliamentarian, Basheer Segudawood sparked quite an outrage among the people of all communities. It implied a separatist view. Dawood seems to have gone into hiding ever since, thereby effectively depriving Journalists of any clarification regarding the statement. At a […]

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Religious Tolerance Under Scrutiny In Sri Lanka

By Nirmal Ranjith Dewarsiri– The recent attack led by Buddhist monks on the Khairya Jumma mosque located in the so-called “sacred zone” of the Dambulla rock temple in the central province is important even though it did not develop into a larger scale clash between the Buddhist and Muslim communities of Sri Lanka. The Dambulla […]

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Family bandyism and meritocracy

By S L Gunasekara – Our late colonial masters, the British, have an institutionalized system of ‘family bandyism’. Their Head of State will always be from one family. When the mother Elizabeth dies it will be her eldest son or failing him his eldest son or failing a son, a daughter who will succeed to […]

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Isn’t It Time For Sri Lankan Muslims To Reassess Their Politics?

By Latheef Farook – SLMC abandoned Muslims for positions and perks; Isn’t it time for Muslims to reassess their politics? Spate of latest scandals involving Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) parliamentarians and its leadership demand that the Muslim community should reassess their politics and free itself from this party which, many accuse, betrayed the community for […]

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Unity Of Muslims In Sri Lanka

By Nishthar Idroos – “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”  ― Winston S. Churchill “Negative and vicious forces are currently engaged in serious attempts to destroy the unity of Muslims to alter the current political stability, said SLMC Leader and Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rauff Hakeem recently. […]

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Muslims Condemn Abuse And Threats Against Women From Within The Community For Advocating MMDA Reforms

A cross section of Muslims have banded together to unequivocally condemn the recent threats against women activists who have been involved in recent campaigns to reform the Muslim personal laws. In a statement issued today, signed by over 100 Muslims from Sri Lanka, comprising of professionals, academics, including Lawyers, social activists, teachers, lecturers, corporate leaders, […]

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Sampanthan Calls For Devolution Of Powers & Human Rights Accountability

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas – In an exclusive interview I conducted with the leader of the opposition, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, he discussed several grievances facing the Tamil speaking people and the prospect of constitutional reforms under the Sirisena government. Mr. Sampanthan, in an attempt to counter opinion that there is no change under the new government, highlighted […]

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We Need New Remedies To Old Problems

By Rauff Hakeem – We are today determined on investigations on human rights abuses. In effect, what he asserts is that the process did not deliver closure per se. He rightly points out that the work of the South African TRC in dealing with human rights abuse was a middle path that steered between an […]

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