Privately funded education vs. publicly funded education: Elimination of myths needed

Daily FT Two issues raised by readers Several readers of the last week’s article in this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/article/627020/SAITM–A-war-unto-a-finish-to-protect-their-interests-by-monopolies-and-oligopolies) on the SAITM impasse had raised two issues with this writer.  One is how monopolies and oligopolies, grouping themselves into two warring factions bent on safeguarding their own interests, could be controlled in a democracy … Continue reading

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Weeping buckets for the “War Heroes”

A law unto themselves? Daily News Editorial Pictures of security forces personnel who are alleged to be (or had been) subjects of a witch-hunt by the government appeared in a Sunday newspaper political column, with details of why they had been taken in for questioning by the various investigative bodies, too provided by the writer. … Continue reading

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Secrets; when will we ever know?

Daily Mirror Editorial Cricket lovers in Sri Lanka might not be happy with the clash between the two legends of the game, former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Arjuna Ranatunga the current Minister of Petroleum and Renewable Resources. They are indirectly levelling serious allegations against each other, which if proved, would definitely ruin their hard earned … Continue reading

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Cemeteries as Caste-Markers

In caste-ridden societies, dominant castes claim privilege through birth, but as evident from recent caste conflicts in Jaffna, death provides no relief from caste, and places of cremating the dead are also sites of caste oppression.    Since late last year, there have been increasing agitations against upper caste cemeteries located within oppressed caste villages. While … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Month of July

Daily Mirror We Sri Lankans, like other inhabitants of this planet are first and foremost, citizens of this earth and in this context, creed, breed, high-born or menial should not matter. Yet our history has been regularly punctuated with incidents/actions which belie this eternal truth.    All of our leaders save one came from families … Continue reading

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