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Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform: New Wine In Old Wineskin?

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform: New Wine In Old Wineskin?

By Annahl Anbini Hoole – The Managers’ Forum in Nallur, Jaffna had Lal Wijenayake, Winston Pathiraja, and Yuresha Fernando speaking on Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform Process on 23.04.2017.  Considering the deficient and unfair system in place underscored by human-rights violations for decades, constitutional reform is necessary to safeguard the rights of all citizens. The current […]

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Sri Lanka’s Muddled Politicos Can Learn From Andhra

By Kumar David – Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu leads the pack: Lanka’s muddled politicos can learn from Andhra The economies of some big states in India are growing above the national average, among them Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana; small ones like Pondicherry, Goa, Meghalaya and Sikkim are doing even better and so are Jharkhand and […]

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The “Garbage Slide” In Colombo, Sri Lanka

By Emil van der Poorten – As I write this the “Woe is me” brigade is in full cry with the “Woulda, shoulda, coulda” one not far behind, following the single worst disaster of its kind in the entire history of Sri Lanka. To say that it was only a matter of time before what […]

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No Equality Without Secularism

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – On 22 May I was privileged to chair a Jaffna Managers’ Forum meeting where Lal Wijenayake, Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, came to consult the public. It was an immense success. Assisted by Yuresha Fernando and Winston Pathirajah, he won applause. Charged words should be avoided […]

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Sri Lanka’s Crumbling Credibility

By Kumarathasan Rasingam – The credibility of Sri Lanka in relation to the settlement of the 60 year old ethnic problem of Tamils can be judged from the fate of several pacts, agreements and undertakings which were made from 1956 to 2009 and the Sri Lankan Governments unwillingness to comply with the implementation of its […]

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A May Day Pledge: Towards A New Economic Revolution

By Arun Kumaresan – Year after year we have witnessed the working masses are congregated by our political masters and trade union pundits carrying slogans of promises giving hope of better quality of life of the working class. Unfortunately, it has done nothing but only ensured the numbers to remain intact to enable them to […]

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The Story Of Doing It In Our Own Language

By Mahesan Niranjan – Yesterday, in the pub, my partner – the Sri Lankan Tamil fellow Sivapuranam Thevaram – and I discussed education. It is topical in Sri Lanka, because we hear a lot about senior appointments, killing dogs, private medical education, admissions and the cruel treatment of freshers. My friend has observed some of […]

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Part 2: Indian Plantation Workers Overseas – Ceylon

By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – The descendants of Indians brought to Ceylon (since 1972, Sri Lanka) are particularly unfortunate because the attainment of independence has worsened their plight, bringing disenfranchisement, “race” riots (and the accompanying humiliation and terror; assault, rape and murder) and expatriation. Though these “wretched of the earth” have left little literary testimony […]

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A Case For Curbing The Israeli Embassy 

By Izeth Hussain – This writer’s last article Israel and Sri Lankan Islamophobia provoked a great many replies in the Colombo Telegraph including of course from Backlash, one of the two chief propagandists against this writer. He came out on April 23 with a spectacular revelation that merits dissemination on a national scale. He wrote […]

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Resisting Ranil’s Indianization & Federalization: May Day 2017 – Response To Prof. Laksiri Fernando

By Dayan Jayatilleka – The Ramayana is one of the great works of world literature. In no other work of great literature has the island of Lanka, a character from it, and events taking place on it, have been immortalized. While we are obviously in the realm of myth and legend, there is no way […]

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