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Poor leopard! (and our parliamentarians)

Island Editorial Parliament was flooded with tears the other day. Having feasted on huge chunks of mutton, chicken and fish, our politicians wept buckets for an unfortunate leopard which had been beaten to death in Kilinochchi. Scandalised, they threw up their arms in despair, condemning the cruel fate that had befallen the poor animal; they … Continue reading

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Nepotism, cronyism and multimillion-rupee cheques

Sunday Times I was musing this month about this word Nepotism. It comes, I discovered, from the Italian word nepotismo, derived from the Latin word nepos meaning nephew. The term originated from the practice of some of the Catholic popes (who were unable to have legitimate children due to their vows of celibacy) appointing their … Continue reading

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Muslim Masthan made Kovil Poosari

Sunday Punch 2 Don Manu, Sunday Times  TW’s SPOT COMMENT: All what these fellows want is ministerial post – even if it is “Minister in charge of muck”, they do not mind. Shame!!!  The Muslims believe in one God Allah and no other. They also believe that the Almighty Allah must not be depicted in … Continue reading

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Is anyone serious about reconciliation?

Reconciliation as serious social dialogue and active engagement is thus kept out of the Sinhala society in order to exploit votes What reconciliation are these Sinhala leaders talking about?   IF reconciliation is not between Sinhala and Tamil, then between whom is it? Daily Mirror The week before last, I listened to Episode Five  of … Continue reading

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