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Presidency and Sangha: virtuous or villainous duo?

Daily FT The task of Buddhist monks is to uplift the minds of their followers and not to change governments (Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thera)   President GR should be ever indebted to the Sangha, because without its tireless canvassing he would not have achieved what he did on 16 November. Given the volatile ethno-religious cleavages and … Continue reading

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Hisbullah Besmirched the good name of Kathankudy

By Binoculars (Born in Kathankudi and Domiciled Abroad) Kathankudi’s prestige and the pride of place it commanded throughout the island since the existence of this town centuries ago began to be besmirched with the rise of Hisbulla. It was since the day he and his gang of youths he had radicalized on the instruction from his … Continue reading

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‘The ethnic question’ – A response

 V Thangavelu (Island) I wish to respond to the piece written by Janaki Chandraratna that appeared in The Island newspaper of 25 November 2019 under the caption ‘The ethnic question’. She claims “Of the 21.44 million, Tamils (11.2%) and Muslims (9.7%) live all over the island, whereas the Sinhalese Buddhists (70.2%), in particular, are not welcome … Continue reading

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‘No room for them’ must change

Daily FT  The protection of minority rights is an exercise of tolerance and intercultural dialogue. By encouraging mutual respect and understanding, the different groups that comprise a society should be able to engage and cooperate with one another, while preserving their own identity – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara Marcus Aurelius writes, “There’s no room, or time, … Continue reading

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Tamil politics in crisis need alternate programme

Daily Mirror Sampanthan leading elite Jaffna politics with Mavai and Sumanthiran LLRC recommendations a platform for North-South dialogue  UNP has remained a Sinhala Buddhist party dependent on Southern votes  Reading Northern Tamil politics from Colombo, the presidential election seems to have proved Tamil political leaderships of all colour are caught in a serious dilemma. Much … Continue reading

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