"This Court is of the View..."

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
The Court of Appeal today issued an order on writ application C.A (writ) Application 411/2012, filed by attorneys of the Chief Justice, seeking writs of certiorari and prohibition to quash the findings of the PSC constituted to report on the articles of impeachment framed against her by members of the house of parliament. It has been widely been reported that ...

An Ethos of Ethics

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral, intellectual virtue in the main owes both its birth and its growth to teaching (for which reason it requires experience and time), while moral virtue comes about as a result of habit, whence also its name ethike is one that is formed by a slight variation from the word ethos (habit). ...

The work goes on: Remembering Neelakanthan Tiruchelvam

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
I never agreed with Neelan Tiruchelvam, all that very much. And that was from the very beginning, the very first time I met him in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in '84 or '85. He was visiting Harvard to give a lecture and was of course a renowned Tamil liberal intellectual of great stature. I, a lowly but angry undergraduate at MIT, ...

Event, Structure, History: July 1983, May 2009

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
(Photo by Chandragupta Amarasinghe) The modern history of Sri Lanka is punctuated by two massive events that we are yet to fully understand; the civilian led anti-Tamil violence of July 1983, and the armed forces led destruction of LTTE in May, 2009. Other events that might claim to be such ruptures in temporality, events that structure both time and ...

Wanduramba & Dambulla: History and Meaning

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
“Police have opened investigations into an attack on a Buddhist centre in Wanduramba, Galle, where tear gas was used to control crowds on Sunday evening,” says a news report published in a National news paper website on Monday last, going on to tell us that, “[t]he protest was launched against a group alleged to be practising Buddhism against the ...

Tracing the edge of the nation

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
The pages of fiction, said Gunadasa Amarasekara at the launch of his new novel Rupantharanaya, are enabled by the sensitively lived life, and the hundreds who had gathered at the SLFI, to hear half dozen intellectuals speak on his writing seemed to agree. I do too; it is difficult think of any other writer who exemplifies this art, who ...

Do Not Trample the Grass

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
For our part, as Sri Lankans, we need to own our own democracy, which is, beyond any doubt withering in the winds. There is a need, as I have been saying, to make our fundamental rights our business. While elections to the Northern Provincial council under the 13th amendment should be held sooner, rather than later (there is now some ...

Fundamental rights is our business

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
In any event, those who are investing in the North should understand the special responsibility placed on them; help build a real civil society in that province. Support fundamental rights; and make the possible suturing of economic growth to constitutional freedoms a strong one. This doesn’t take tub thumping or flag waving. It’s quiet work, and it needs to be done.

Fundamental rights is our business

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
In any event, those who are investing in the North should understand the special responsibility placed on them; help build a real civil society in that province. Support fundamental rights; and make the possible suturing of economic growth to constitutional freedoms a strong one. This doesn’t take tub thumping or flag waving. It’s quiet work, and it needs to be done.

Thinking Through and Beyond the Sandahiru Saya

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
There is something to be said, as I’ve done before, for imagining a nation through death, without taking sides. Without trying to figure out, who was right and who was wrong, in an unending cycle of accusations and counter accusations. All we need to do is stretch our imaginations to encompass all those in our country who grieve.

Killing Fields 2: Unpunished War Crimes

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
The much touted C4 show, Killing Fields 2: Unpunished War Crimes is out. I’m calling the first one C4KF and the second C4CU. Indi Samarajeewa has a great review of it; where he re-frames the whole thing; another review in the UK Telegraph just repeats the C4 stuff, and I will get to that at the end of this ...

Gendered Violence in the North and East of Sri Lanka

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
The Sinhala service of the BBC, reported a few hours ago, of an "alarming rise of sexual abuse in Jaffna." They quoted Dr S Sivaruban, the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Jaffna Teaching hospital: "There were 102 cases of sexual abuse reported in Jaffna in 2010 and it has increased to 182 in 2011," said Dr Sivaruban. This, sad, ...

History, Historiography and the “Sinhala-Buddhists”: A Reply to Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri is right to point out in his recent essay, “History after the War: Challenges for Post War Reconciliation,” that “[t]here is an important factor that gives an extra advantage to the (sic) Sinhala-Buddhist historical consciousness. The historical narrative that is linked with the latter is generally compatible with the dominant paradigm of the modern historical scholarship ...

A Stake in Sri Lanka

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
I think stakes of those who live outside Sri Lanka, and who are not citizens, who do not really contemplate returning to Sri Lanka to live here – and that’s some, not all of the Diaspora, of course – are better elaborated through an alliance with a person, group or community that’s in Sri Lanka, that lives here with the ...

Becoming Biennnale: The 2012 Colombo Art Biennale

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan & Dr. Malathi de Alwis The broadening of the Colombo Biennale’s themes from “Imagining Peace” to “Becoming” is indeed a welcome development. Narrow themes, we feel, produce mechanical, conceptually repetitive art in a cloying, superficial attempt to be ‘political’ in a narrow way. This is not an argument against the politics, implicit or explicit, of an aesthetic ...

Running Round the Round Table

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
We, citizens of Sri Lanka, are again caught up in the shifting, ephemeral sands of the thirteenth amendment, plus and minus, and of course, its pluses and minuses. There are many, no doubt. There are the issues of land and police powers on the one hand; that the Tamil National Alliance argues is crucial, as perhaps are finance powers. One ...

Facing the Bitter Truth

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
Dr. (Ms.) Sudarshini Fernandopulle, UPFA MP, and widow of slain senior UPFA minister Jeyaraj, has my deep sympathy for her loss, during the war. Her husband was blown up by a LTTE suicide bomber. Nevertheless, my sympathy extends also to all victims of the war, and I worry quite bit about her recent statement, “I must specifically mention I have ...

Reconfiguring Regional Power

Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan
I think I was supposed to debate the right and left of it. I didn’t. I proposed, all out of the blue, that if we have a cabinet of 27, let’s say, each province would elect 3 members. One of these must be from a poorly served, under build area in the province. We have nine provinces so it would ...