Endgame : Meditations on a House, a Country, a Career –11 New friends

Rajiva Wijesinha
My sister, who has a healthy regard for Ranil Wickremesinghe, was deeply upset when I resigned from my Ministerial position and made it clear that I thought Ranil was largely responsible for the betrayal of the ideals and promises contained in the manifesto on which the President had been elected. The conclusion she came to was that I was impossible ...

Endgame : Meditations on a House, a Country, a Career –10 Seeking better service coordination, and seeing South America

Rajiva Wijesinha
The cultural programmes I worked on in 2013, with Daniel Ridicki and the Indian High Commission and various universities, went hand in hand with the Divisional Reconciliation Committee meetings that were my main official responsibility during this period. Having been to all the 35 Divisional Secretariats in the North, which I did three times in fact in the less than ...

Endgame : Meditations on a House, a Country, a Career –9 Cultural Initiatives

Rajiva Wijesinha
The renewal of my involvement with Trinity happened at a very busy time. I was purportedly removed from the Board in September 2013, which was perhaps the last straw as far as those Trinitians concerned with honesty were concerned. We decided then to go to Court, and that month saw a spate of consultations. We worked through Sriyantha Senaratne, an ...

Chanaka Amaratunga – the last phase

Rajiva Wijesinha
Chanaka Amaratunga died 20 years ago on August 1st, 1996. He died a very disappointed man, for he had not been put into Parliament at the previous election. Those of us who have been in Parliament can vouch that that is no panacea for disappointment, given how sadly our Parliamentary traditions have been traduced. But Chanaka was a passionate believer ...

Our children lack self confidence, ability to think for themselves: Report

Rajiva Wijesinha
Nilanthi Wickramasinghe The Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) as the apex body in Technical & Vocational Education &Training (TVET) sector, is geared to accomplish its mandate through its main goals, which is to formulate, review, update and implement robust TVET policies and strategies. It also includes planning TVET activities to develop and maintain information systems. Thus developing TVEC’s institutional ...

Interview with the Daily Mirror

Rajiva Wijesinha
You were one of the few MP’s who   crossed over with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena  in  November 2014. You supported him at the January 2015 Presidential poll. He was elected president and you were made a state minister. Subsequently you resigned from that Govt but remained supportive of President Sirisena. However after the August 2015 Parliament elections you were not ...

The ridiculous expansion of the Cabinet

Rajiva Wijesinha
My comments on the ridiculous expansion of the Cabinet were carried in the Leader today, expressively edited by the sensible Camela Nathaniel. Ironically they were juxtaposed with those of Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, who was initially responsible for the unwarranted interference by the Prime Minister in my work which led to my resignation. But I don’t suppose he can understand his ...

Defeating Terrorism: The Sri Lankan Experience

Rajiva Wijesinha
Text of a presentation by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha at the ‘Afkar-e-Taza: Rescuing the Past, Shaping the Future’ Seminar Lahore, April 3rd 2016 The world seems to be at boiling point at present given the increasing impact of terrorist activity. Civilian populations are subject to ruthless attacks in Africa, the Middle East and now both Europe and Asia. Typically, there is ...

Does SAARC have a future?

Rajiva Wijesinha
Introductory remarks by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha at the Panel discussion during the Seminar ‘Afkar-e-Taza: Rescuing the Past, Shaping the Future’ Lahore, April 1st – 3rd 2016 I will be very brief since I presume discussion, and responding to questions that are raised, will be a more useful way of dealing with this question. To introduce the topic however I will ...

Sri Lanka : les années Rajapaksa, entre triomphe et désastre

Rajiva Wijesinha
Le dernier ouvrage de Rajiva Wijesinha, « Triomphe et désastre : les années Rajapaksa » est un remarquable document sur les premières années au pouvoir de Rajapaksa qui constituèrent un tournant de l’histoire récente du Sri Lanka. L’ouvrage célèbre la victoire sur la terreur du LTTE des tigres tamouls, qui avait imprégné tous les aspects de la vie des Sri ...

Employability and Training

Rajiva Wijesinha
Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right! It is the business of the wealthy man To give employment to the artisan. It was not only in Sri Lanka that, from the inception until very recently, Vocational Training was seen mainly in terms on Technical Education. This is understandable in that ...

Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa Years – Part II

Rajiva Wijesinha
‘Success in War: My time at the Peace Secretariat, 2007-2009’ February 22, 2016, 6:44 pm Continued from yesterday Presentation by Tamara Kunanayakam On the occasion of the Launch of Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha’s book, Triumph and Disaster: The Rajapaksa years on 18 February 2015 Rajiva Wijesinha provides a fascinating insider account of the first appearance of RtoP and how Sri Lanka was ...