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My (Typical) Pera Story: A Response

My (Typical) Pera Story: A Response

By R.P. Gunawardane – I was alarmed and deeply concerned after reading Mr. Sarath Bandara’s (typical) Pera story about his difficult path to become a doctor in Sri Lanka. He says typical probably because this is the normal path taken by most of the students in Sri Lanka. His article highlights general issues regarding getting a […]

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Histrionic Voice As Spark For Ethnic Violence & Political Extremism

By Michael Roberts – Anguish and grief are powerful emotions that can contort and wrack a body. While ‘suggesting’ helplessness, the anguish that engulfs a person can also empower that person … and others connected to that person by commonalities of interest/emotion. In this manner anguish can transcend obstacles, generate waves of bitterness and swell […]

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Religious Leaders Cannot Be Trusted To Reform MMDA: Women’s Action Network

Women’s Action Network (WAN*) is appalled and deeply disappointed by recent statements by Rizwe Mufthi, President of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) in a recent interview, that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) is “perfect in the present state” and does not require changes. With religious leaders invoking tradition to block fundamental rights, […]

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The Urgent Need To Reform The Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act

By Gitanjali Marcelline – An urgent need has arisen to reform Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951. Before I explain the reasons why, let us see how this Act came about. Based on representations made by the Kathis Association, the government set up an all-male committee in 1939 comprising the Registrar General and Mahrooms […]

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Reply To Mangala Samaraweera & Sarath De Alwis: Sinhala Tiger Or Smart Patriot?

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from at least three sources in just over a single week. Since I have engaged in a polemic with US-based Hafeel Farisz, I shall limit myself to a brief reply to the other two. One is, incredibly […]

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Sri Lankan Muslim Clerics Say Women Are Not Equal To Men, Defend Marriage Before Puberty

In an alarming submission made to several parliamentarians and other conservative groups with regard to proposed amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) has said that they agree with the Hadith “No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of their affairs” and therefore a woman […]

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The Need To Legalize ‘Underage Marriages’

By Muhammed Fazl – “When a woman has scholarly inclinations, there is usually something wrong with her sexuality” – Friedrich Nietzsche The last time I attended a panel discussion on ‘Constitutional Reforms’ where feminist movements were seen ‘moving mountains’ to change divine laws governing Muslim marriages and inheritance among other changes to the Constitution, I […]

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Rape Suspect Of A 15 Year-Old Girl Released Without Proper Investigation

Despite the family members of sexually abused 15-year-old girl filing a complaint with the Maskeliya Police Station, the case has not been properly investigated. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) the alleged suspect, who comes from a wealthy family, was simply released. He had appeared before a Magistrate without considering medical reports from two hospitals […]

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My (Typical) Pera Story

By Sarath Bandara – My name is Sarath Bandara and I was born, the eldest of three children, in Radagama, about 10 km from Anuradhapura. My parents were teachers in the local school, my father an Arts graduate from Peradeniya and my mother teaches in the primary classes. I began schooling in my parent’s school […]

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Was Gamini Dissanayake A Racist?

By Palitha Pelpola – Was Gamini Dissanayake a racist? – Remembrance On His 75th Birth Anniversary In the annals of the civil war that raged between the Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil militants led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and other terrorist organizations, the burning of the Jaffna Public Library was a momentous […]

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