Archiving a country’s records: In conversation with Dr. Saroja Wettasinghe

Dr. Saroja Wettasinghe is the Director of Sri Lanka’s National Archives. We begin our conversation by going into what she actually does, day to day, at the National Archives, and what as an institution, it stands for. When asked why the average citizen of the country should give a damn about the National Archives, Dr. Wettasinghe flags […]

The evolution of the Sinhala typeface: In conversation with Sumanthri Samarawickrama Jayaweera

Sumanthri Samarawickrama Jayaweera is a Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa. Sumanthri was part of a panel discussion at the presentation of Visual Diversity in Sri Lanka, a book on design, at the Goethe-Institut late last year. She spoke about the evolution of the Sinhala script and typography, and this is also where our conversation […]

Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013

This is a summary of a longer report. Please download it as a PDF here or read it online here. All photos taken and provided by the author. Introduction According to Article 7, paragraph 2(i) of the Rome Statute[1], an Enforced disappearance is defined as “…the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the […]

Medical Administration and Relief within the Vanni Pocket, January to mid-May 2009

Image from author’s blog Beyond Imagination in Service to Humankind: Medical Administration and Relief within the Vanni Pocket, January to mid-May 2009 Amidst the obfuscations and cumulus clouds of propaganda that have subsumed reviews of the last stages of Eelam War IV, it has taken time for some remarkable feats to emerge. The affidavit provided […]

Restorative Justice and the Youth Court System

Image from WS Police The idea that an offender of the law ought to be judged by a court of their peers is the idea which defines “Youth Court” a legal body consisting of students of the Senior Secondary and Collegiate level age range to which I have belonged to for three years. Youth Court […]

Child abuse at the Vavuniya children’s home: The government’s inaction

In October 2013 Kalyana Tissa Thero of the Seth Sevana Lama Nivasa of Attambagaskanda, Vavuniya was arrested for sexually abusing a 9 year old child. The Buddhist monk was kept in remand custody and medical evidence confirmed the sexual abuse of the child on 12.10.2013. Subsequently the custody of the remaining 22 children of the […]

2013 Top 20: Our Most Popular Posts of the Year

Photo courtesy Vikalpa The 20 most read posts on Groundviews over the course of 2013. Numbers in italics indicate pageviews since the article was published, accurate at the time of publication. CHOGM 2013: A lie well told 14,463  Coercive Population Control in Kilinochchi 13,476  Mohammed Irshad’s story and the banality of violence in the Rajapaksa […]

Should a Muslim eat wedding cake? A note on interpellation and agency

Photo courtesy The Agenda A few days ago, at the wedding of two Sri Lankan Muslims, both of whose families hail from Mannar, families forcibly evicted from their homes by the LTTE in 1990, a married Sri Lankan Muslim woman, a doctor by profession, cut a slice from the wedding cake after the bride and […]

The rule of tyranny and the Reign of God: A Christmas Reflection

Image courtesy Riversoft Partnerships in tyranny Jesus was born under the rule of tyranny. Absolute power was held by the Roman Emperor who ruled conquered regions through local agents. Herod was one such agent. So long as he ensured that Roman supremacy and interests were not challenged in Judea and the Roman coffers were filled; […]

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 […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran alleges genocide, calls for plebiscite

Photograph courtesy The Independent Mr Akashi was absolutely right when he urged flexibility and reform on the Sri Lankan government and sounded the alarm of serious consequences in Geneva March 2014 (that’s 75 days away, folks) if it failed to shift in the right direction. He did get one thing wrong though. There is neither a […]

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 […]

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