Statement on 25th Anniversary of Mass Killings, Disappearances and Displacement Carried Out in Batticaloa in 1990

Photo by Kannan Arunasalam, The Kattankudy mosque massacre in Sri Lanka: 22 years after Twenty five years ago, Batticaloa district experienced some of the most brutal violence of Sri Lanka’s long ethnic conflict, with a series of mass killings, large scale disappearances, damage and loss to property and forced displacement taking place in the months […]

Citizens should decide carefully after weighing the pros and cons

English translation of article published in the Sunday Silumina on 19th of July. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images via Time. The Parliamentary election is getting closer.  The submission of nominations has been completed.  Voters look on with surprise at the antics of some candidates. Some people are confused due to views expressed through the media […]

Open Letter to President on the conduct of Sir Desmond de Silva

04th August, 2015 His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka Your Excellency, We the undersigned members of Sri Lankan civil society write to you pursuant to credible information made available to us that the Bar Standards Board of the United Kingdom has decided to initiate a formal investigation into the conduct of Sir Desmond […]

News that matters: Groundviews and Twistilled

After months of planning, development and close collaboration, Groundviews is pleased to announce that it is now live on Twistilled. Featured as one of Twistilled’s key communities on its homepage, check out and bookmark our page here. Twistilled analyses what’s being talked about among key influencers to give a live feed of what is most […]

General Election 2015 Pre Election Opinion Poll – Top Line Report

Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contribute to the current political discourse. Only 4 % of […]

Ruminations after Colombo Pride: Why Queer Interest Litigation is Public Interest Litigation

Photo courtesy SALGBT Network Part I Exactly a month ago from today, the US Supreme Court’s holding, in Obergefell v. Hodges, seemed to give cause for celebration to many individuals, most of whom expressed solidarity through their profile picture on Facebook. Newsfeeds were abuzz with reports of how “gay marriage” had been legalised in America. […]

Targeting Lanka: Playing Ball with Tamil Extremism 2008-14

This essay was presented at the 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars held in Adelaide from 5-9th July 2015 and was therefore designed as a 15-minute presentation. Hyperlinks, maps, citations and bibliographical references have been inserted in this version, while pictorial illustrations are a supplementary appendix. Footnotes have been kept to a minimum. The emergence […]

Hacking the hackers: Surveillance in Sri Lanka revealed

It was sometime in April 2013, that I wrote my last blog post. Titled ‘And Then They Came For Us’, or something along those morbid lines, the piece was a commentary of sorts based on tweets, photographs and Facebook updates sent out by friends attending a peaceful vigil at the center of Colombo, when marauding thu monks […]

UNP creates broad front while UPFA leads a retreat to the past

Photo courtesy Fatalnews As nominations closed earlier this week, the contours of the battle lines for the general election to Parliament became clear. The two major political formations in the country, the UNP and the UPFA are vying for a parliamentary majority and with it effective control of the next government. The UNP spent an […]

Parallel Enigmas of Pirabaharan and Rajapaksa

Photo courtesy TTN The attempts to field the ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a Prime Ministerial candidate to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections by a vocal fringe of the southern political community is similar to the attempts to reincarnate the mystique of Veluppillai Pirabaharan by a vocal fringe of the northern political community. After the demise […]

Troubling, The U.S. Declaration of Independence

Modern, recent, European, the concept of the human being as a rights bearing subject dates only from around the seventeenth century. This in itself isn’t troubling. (Europe has given us good things: cricket, paan and kokis from the countries that colonized us alone.) But the celebrated texts of its earliest articulations, like John Locke’s Second […]

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