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(GR) Asking The Future by Tissaranee

By Tisaranee Gunasekara  “You are talking all the time on the past, no. Ask the future (laughs) I’m trying to become the president of the future Sri Lanka. If you concentrate on the future, I think it is better (laughs).” ~ Gotabaya Rajapaksa (at his inaugural media conference) The past is what Gotabaya Rajapaksa invokes when he tells us … Continue reading

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Learning lessons from history or teaching history a lesson?

By Gamini Weerakoon (Sunday Times) That man does not learn from the lessons of history is the most important of all lessons that history has to teach – Aldous Huxley (famed English writer and philosopher of the 20th Century) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former Lt Colonel of Sri Lanka Army now assiduously attempting to project … Continue reading

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Rural life in imperial Ceylon

Sunday Times There is a growing interest among historians about the role of the British Empire. There is no agreement among them as to its contribution. Even among an older generation in Sri Lanka who yet remember the tail-end days of the British, there is much controversy about the British legacy. John Darwin, the Oxford … Continue reading

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Third force and AKD as presidential candidate

Daily Mirror In conversation a few days ago while travelling in a ‘tuk tuk,’ an elderly driver asked me why there wasn’t any law to disqualify candidates who did not present their political reason(s) within at least two weeks, for contesting elections. Over two dozen of the 35 candidates have not been heard of to … Continue reading

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The darker side of specialists | Are you game Presidential Candidates?

Island Opinion Page  There are well qualified specialists in this country for eye care, heart ailments, obstetrics and many other specialised fields of medicine. Their knowledge and ability could match their counterparts in other countries. Alas, many and not all, are money conscious and are ripping off patients every day. Their greed for money is … Continue reading

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