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Nelson Mandela: Terrorist turned Santa Claus or Liberator of the Oppressed?

Photo by Adrian Steirn/Nelson Mandela Foundation/Getty Images via Huffington Post Despite his lifelong commitment to Non-Violence (except briefly against unmanned institutions such as power stations) Mandela was proclaimed a Terrorist by President Reagan, and remained on the Terrorist Watch List under successive Presidents till 2008. Mandela was released from prison in 1990, won the Nobel […]

A letter to President Rajapakse from Nelson Mandela

Mahinda Rajapaksa paying his last respects to the remains of the former South African President late Nelson Mandela. Photo via official Twitter feed.  Dear Mahinda Rajapakse, At the outset , I would like to tell you one thing. I regret very much that we have never met and not had the opportunity to share our […]

In conversation with Harsha Purasinghe: Tech entrepreneurship and innovation in Sri Lanka

Both the LinkedIn and Twitter profiles of Harsha Purasinghe note that he is Founder & CEO of Microimage, Microimage Mobile Media and WSO2 Mobile. He is in short a serial technology entrepreneur since the time he was in school, and the story of how his success came about is an interesting one. We begin our […]

Will the space between lagging development and devolution be occupied by ‘Prabahakaranism’?

Photo credit Amantha Perera, IPS The current dialogue between development and devolution is taking too much time, getting too drawn out.  Very little information on the process is available for effective public dissemination.  In the meantime the space between the two positions is beginning to be occupied by ‘squatters’ with the Prabhakaran ethos.  Having spent so […]

Launch of Short & Sweet: An anthology of (very) short stories on Sri Lanka

After over an year in production, ‘Short & Sweet’, Sri Lanka’s first hint fiction anthology is almost ready to hit the bookshelves in Sri Lanka, and online bookstores. As noted in the original call for submissions on Groundviews in August 2012, “But before form comes content. Twitter’s @sixwordstories demonstrates that even as little as six […]

Condolence Messages for Nelson Mandela

Photograph via CNN In the aftermath of the passing away of one of the world’s greatest statesmen and Nobel laureate, Nelson Mandela, it was most intriguing to read the condolence messages that came out from  the leaders of the different  countries. This includes of course, our own President’s message.Still, in order to get  a sense […]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy to the World: Some Less Celebrated Aspects

Photograph courtesy National Geographic Give me that man That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him In my heart’s core Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2 The death of the moral colossus in the politics of our time has occasioned a worldwide celebration of all things bright and beautiful that he represented in such […]

‘Census on human and property damages due to conflict’: Critical points, translation & scanned version

The Census on human and property damages due to conflict – 2013, which began data collection last week is one of the key recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report. According to a statement by the Department of Census and Statistics “The responsibility to conduct a Census to assess the human and property […]

Looking Back at Six Decades of Lankan Journalism: What went wrong?

Edwin Ariyadasa, who completed 91 years on 3 December 2013, is one of two grand old men of Lankan journalism still practising their craft (the other being D F Kariyakarawana, also 91). The veteran journalist has been active in his profession for nearly all of Sri Lanka’s post-independence years. During that time, he has played […]

Twitter archive of @groundviews: November 2013

Every single one of well over 27,700 tweets by Groundviews as @groundviews can be downloaded as a ZIP file from here. The archive, generated by Twitter, is fully searchable and can be browsed offline. All the tweets can be downloaded as a CSV file from here (~9Mb). The archive is also accessible online here. This archive is a wealth of information spanning four years, […]

Correcting Hudson’s Crooked Political Vision

Image courtesy Business Today On the 4th of November 2013 I was contacted by many friends and relatives urging me to listen to Hudson Samarasinghe’s radio program on a state radio channel. I normally don’t listen to Hudson’s program because I perceive it to be low grade cheap propaganda by a producer who has self […]

Priming the Sex Worker: Poverty or Prosperity?

Photo by AP, via Occupy.com The issue of sex work emerging as a recognizable profession in Sri Lanka is trending. This is evidenced by the materials appearing in the media and the recent post in Groundviews titled Is Sex Work, work? Recent statement by Dr.Nimalka Fernando in the Ceylon Today advocating legalizing prostitution by alleging health […]