Filed under Laments

Will Tamils boycott the election?

Daily Mirror One of the 35 presidential candidates – the highest ever number to contest so far – is former Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah who was branded by many politicians, especially those aligned to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), as a Muslim fundamentalist. He was also accused, by the same politicos, of constructing … Continue reading

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We need intelligent and knowledgeable leaders, don’t we?

Island by Usvatte-aratchi Most adults now are literate and have had 8/9years of schooling; some more; a few thousand, much more. Yet our Presidents and Prime Ministers in the Republic, excepting Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe, have had no university education. For most, schooling ended in Year 11 at school. Most of them seem to … Continue reading

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Democracy in Sri Lanka is an auction -Lee Kuan Yew, Late Singapore PM

Doing the needful (Original Title Island Editorial) Late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, a great admirer of Ceylon (as we were then) during our early post-Independence years, later described democracy in Sri Lanka as an auction of non-existent resources. With a presidential election November now before us, the big auction is about to start … Continue reading

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Election slogans and honouring War Heroes

With the Presidential Election campaign hitting the streets in earnest and the political temperature rising by the hour, no doubt, there is bound to be a lot of hot air being released by all the candidates in their bid to attract voters. However caution is in order lest things get out of hand and the … Continue reading

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