Is it the NGOs in Sri Lanka that need straitjacketing? Photo courtesy JDS Just as a criticism of the Ministry of Sports or the Cricket Control Board, are in no way a critique of Sri Lanka’s cricket team or its sportsmen and women, I must clarify that my critique of the Defense bureaucracy is in no way a critique of the Sri Lankan armed forces. The low growl of ...

Responding to Aluthgama Photography by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana Responding to Aluthgama Imagine a country, an island in the Indian Ocean. Let’s call it Serendib (ooh, the irony). Imagine further: several groups, including those named Limat, Milsum and Alahnis, populate the island. A long war ended there some five or so years ago. Nevertheless, peace gives it a pass. Just the other day, a ...

It was just over a year ago that a senior planter, Secretary of the Ceylon Planters Association was brutally murdered by - surprise, surprise: the Chairman of the local Pradeshiya Sabha, Anil Champika alias ‘Atha Kota’.The eyewitness testimony makes for harrowing reading, yet despite public outrage and local protest, absolutely nothing seems to have happened. The local press took a ...

The overt hostility among European opinion leaders to attention-economy companies such as Google and Facebook is not translated into use behavior. Their policy makers do everything in their power to slow down the attention economy. And they still wonder why their companies can’t cut it. Google now has an 85 percent market share for search in the region’s five largest ...

Stop blaming the victims Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana In the weeks that have passed since 6-15 (15th June) when Sri Lanka witnessed one of the worst outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence, the official narrative has been as chilling as the events. The government initially dismissed the violence that has so far claimed at least four lives directly, displaced over 370 families and damaged property ...

Proud Inheritors or Petty Contractors? Understanding the BBS phenomenon in Sri Lankan politics Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana The speech delivered by Ven. Galaboda-atté Gnanasara at a public meeting in the Aluthgama on 14 June 2014 is broadly considered as the primary cause that triggered the subsequent rampage and violence in that area. Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the organisation of which Ven. Gnanasara is the Secretary General, is squarely accused of encouraging, instigating and ...

The Riots of June 2014 and Pogrom of July 1983 Photo by Thyagi Ruwanpathirana It is unlikely that there is anyone living who remembers the anti -Muslim riots of 1915. In any case, apart from the fact that most of the victims were Muslims and most of the perpetrators were Sinhalese, there are few similarities between the riots of 1915 and 2014. In1915 the British administration, in sharp contrast ...

ජෙප්පන්ට ප්‍රශ්ණයක්...? - A Question for JVP ඕන් දැන් ජනාධිපතිවරනේ තියනවා. අනිවා මහින්ද මහත්තයා ඉල්ලනවනේ. දැන්ම වෙන කවුරුත් දාන එකක් නෑ. අර ටී ෂේට් එකකුත් ගහලා තිබුනේ එතුමගේ පොටෝ එකක් එහෙම දාලා. නාමල් බේබි උනත් ෂුවර් නෑනේ. පෙන්නේ නැද්ද සැටලයිට් නෝනලාට වෙලා තියෙන දේවල්.ඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

මිනීමරූ වෘත්තීය සමිති කාරයෝ - Deadly Unions අපේ රටේ සවුක්ක සේවය කියන්නේ මහා ගරු ගාම්භීර සෙවාවක් කියා ඒකේ ඉන්න උන් පෙන්නන්න හදනවාය. ඕකේ ඉන්න හැම එකාගෙම රැස්පොට් බලන්න නම්, ඉස්පිරිතාලෙකින් බෙහෙත් ටිකක් ගන්න හෝ ගිහිල්ලා තියෙන්න ඕනාය. ලෙඩ්ඩු බලන්න ගියාට වැඩක් නැත. මොකෝ ඒ වෙලාවට මේ සිංහයෝ ඔක්කෝම ඉන්නේ ලෑඩිස් ඇන්ඩ් ජෙන්ටමන්ස්ලා වාගෙය.ඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera Image courtesy Sunday Leader Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the ...

For the most part I was an observer of those unfortunate events took place during the Poson month. We Sinhalese Buddhists consider month of June significant for the historical event of introducing Buddhism to Sri Lanka -or whatever the name used for it at that time- after the third council. In fact Arahath Mahinda is known to us as "Anubudhu ...

Sri Lanka redefines “curfew” in Beruwela Lest we forget, the Police imposed a curfew in Beruwela and Aluthgama on 15th June in an effort to stop the violence against Muslims in the area. The curfew in Aluthgama was imposed at 6.45pm according to the Government’s official news portal. A news bulletin broadcast at 9pm on TV featured Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana noting that ...

Ven. Wataraka Thero’s last statement before his arrest (with English subtitles) Groundviews has already published a detailed record of the violence the BBS has meted out on Ven. Wataraka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Rotalawela Mahaweli Maha Viharaya in Mahiyanganaya, in the Uva province. Ven. Wataraka Thero was recently found injured and bound in a ditch near Colombo recently. The Police later claimed the injuries were self-inflicted, and after he was discharged ...

ඩෙංගු බබා සමඟ සාඛඡ්චාවක් - An Interview with Dengue Baba අපේ සාඛඡ්චාව සඳහා පැමිණි බබා රෝගවර්ධන වෛද්‍යතුමිය අපි ඉතා ආදරයෙන් පිලි ගන්නවා. සුබ උදෑසනක් ඔබ තුමියට.සුබ උදෑසනක් ඔයාටත්.අපි කෙලින්ම මාතෘකාවට බහිමු.හොඳට බලලා, වැහි වතුර තියෙනවනම් විතරක් බහින්නඉතිරියත් කියවන්න.....>>> ...

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