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A rational approach to countering extremist violence is needed



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The 10th anniversary of the end of the three- decade long war that pitted the Sri Lankan state against the LTTE passed by uneventfully and without mass mobilization of people to mark the day. The period of May 18 and 19 in which the final battles of the war were fought has been one of contestation within the country. There are those who would celebrate the war victory and those who would mourn the heavy human toll that occurred at the war’s end. Since the change of government in 2015 the middle path of marking the day as one of remembrance was adopted in which both aspects were taken into account.Read More...
 
 

Vehicle check point shooting- Was it necessary?

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"Each man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee" (John Donne)On 11 May 2019 with a state of emergency declared 34 year old Chamara Ranasinghe, marrie...

Partnership of enmity or intimacy?

Ten years after the end of the war, terror has struck Sri Lanka again. The Easter Sunday tragedy and the events and issues associated with it bring national security to the centre stage. The past few days, I have observed several efforts to understand ...

The road to PEACE...

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The road to PEACE is certainly going to be quite bumpy, but we have got to get there…in a peaceful manner.It’s heartening to see some of our leading personalities, with world-wide fame, approaching this unfortunate situation, the Easter...

Cross between career cartoonist and academic

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One of his most memorable brush-offs with a politician was the result of the infamous cricket cartoon he did for the Divaina. The first day and night match was being played in Sri Lanka, at a time when the country was facing a power crisis. The cartoon...

Mother’s Day celebrations amid disaster

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I write to endorse the views expressed by reader Yvonne Ratnasinghe, which appeared in The Island of May 14th, titled ‘SL’s Mother’s Day – for whose benefit!’Several mothers were killed on Easter Sunday, April 21st, seve...

Seen 'N' Heard

HEARD…he believes that he is ‘Mr. Know It All’ and that the rest should take a cue from him.But, most refer to him as a trouble maker…with an attitude problem.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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