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Why women in politics always matters: A conversation with Chulani Kodikara

Chulani Kodikara has written five articles for Groundviews, three on the topic of women in mainstream politics in Sri Lanka. Revealingly, they are comparatively three of the most under-read articles on this site. Women are not willing to go back to pre-war status quo, a compelling essay written for the special edition on the end […]

Allergy to analysis and historical amnesia in Sri Lanka

The trouble with Sri Lankan political and civil society is that everyone’s an amateur psychologist. Instead of listening to or reading what someone says and treating it on its merits, the name of the game is to speculate on what motivated him. What’s s/he after? Who is he with now? Thus it is that gossip […]

A Brief Commentary and Table on the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill 2010

By Bhavani Fonseka, Supipi Jayawardena and Mirak Raheem October 2010 The Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill 2010 (Bill) proposes a series of changes to the laws relating to the election of local authorities (LA) that include Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas. A principal change proposed in the Bill is the introduction of a […]

Rally calling for the immediate release Sarath Fonseka: Video and photos

The JVP organised a massive rally in Colombo on 11 October calling for the release of Sarath Fonseka from prison. Eye-witness accounts suggest over 3,000 people were part of this rally in the heart of Colombo, which took place in front of the prison where Sarath Fonseka is incarcerated. No violence was recorded. Mainstream print […]

Dementia in Sri Lanka: A conversation with Tami Tamitegama

Tami Tamitegama is the President of the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation. Dementia is a global and growing problem, and when juxtaposed with Sri Lanka’s ageing population, places demands on our healthcare system the country is ill-placed to meet, and hasn’t even planned for. This conversation was recorded a few days after World Alzheimer’s Day and touches […]

LLRC: Submission by Manik de Silva, President of the Editors Guild

Manik de Silva is the most senior and longest-serving Editor of an English newspaper in Sri Lanka. Presently the Editor of the Sunday Island, Manik was also a former Editor of the Daily News and is currently the President of the Editors Guild. Manik’s testimony to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on 13th […]

Inquiry into a Sri Lankan Man’s Stolen Bicycle

On a beautiful late summer day, the eighth of September 2010 to be precise, outside the railway station in the historic university city of Bridgetown, England, I found this Sri Lankan chap, Sivapuranam Thevaram, of whom we have read a bit in these pages recently: the structure of his name, his debt to his father […]

Political Character of the UPFA Regime: Is Democracy Safe?

“One of the greatest dangers, therefore, of democracy as of any other form of government, lies in the sinister interest of the holders of power…And one of the most important questions demanding consideration, in determining the best constitution of representative government, is how to provide efficacious securities against this evil” (John Stuart Mill, On Liberty […]

A conversation with Kumudini Samuel

Kumudini Samuel is the founder of Women and Media Collective, a women’s group working for the inclusion of women concerns in peace process and the change of attitudes towards gender issues. We begin our conversation over Kumudini’s interesting naming of her son, leading to larger questions over discrimination and negotiation of identity, race and ethnicity […]

‘Sarath Fonseka’: the Grand Plaything of Sri Lanka’s Politicians

“This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang, but a whimper.” (TS Eliot) Sarath Fonseka’s emergence as a politician was of immense political benefit to a number of politicians and political parties in Sri Lanka; not necessarily for good reasons though. ‘Sarath Fonseka’ was, for those who stood to benefit from his […]

Amber Light Signals Requiring Pro-active Action by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

5th October 2010 S. B. Atugoda Esq. Secretary, Presidential Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation, 24, Horton Place, Colombo 7. Dear Mr. Atugoda, Amber Light Signals Requiring Pro-active Action by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Further to the submissions made by me earlier before the Presidential Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC), I […]

LLRC: Testimony by Ferial Ashraff

Groundviews was able to obtain the audio recording of the testimony by Ferial Ashraff to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on 24 September 2010. The recording is around 40 minutes long. Ms. Ashraff incorporates into this vital testimony the opinion of many women, including those directly affected by war.

A-Z of Sri Lankan English: E is for Eelamist

The word Eelamist (as adjective or noun) refers to a person or organisation which supports the Tamil separatist cause in Sri Lanka. Like certain other -ist words (Zionist, Islamist, Loyalist), the word is loaded with political connotations – an article of faith for some, a term of abuse for others. But it is also used […]

LLRC: Submission by the Friday Forum

Dear Groundviews, The following was submitted by the Friday Forum to the LLRC today by Mahen Dayanada, former Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Friday Forum Members who associated with the submisson are; Jayantha Dhanapala Most Rev. Bishop Duleep de Chickera Professor Arjuna Aluwihare Suriya Wickremasinghe Dr. A. C. Visvalingam Jezima Ismail Manouri Muttetuwegama Dr. Deepika […]

LLRC: Evidence given by Mr. Austin Fernando, Former Secretary of Defense on 18th August 2010

September 30th 2010 Editor, Groundviews Dear Sir, Evidence given before LLRC on August 18th 2010 I gave evidence before the LLRC which became very problematic. My evidence was inaccurately or partially reported, which resulted in many unwanted and underserved comments appearing in the public domain. Having waited a month after bringing this issue to the […]