Originally published on the Weekend Express. (10.02.2016) Often I find myself in conservative conversations, discussions, and strategy sessions on policies that affect millions of people and I can’t help but wonder: “what am I doing here?” Our state and its administration have been built on conservative values. This foundation has lasted decades, and today, 2 insurgencies, a 3 decade war and several authoritarian governments later, … Continue reading The Lankan Liberal | Challenging the Conservative State|
මීට සති කිහිපයකට පෙර හිටපු ජවිපෙ නායක සෝමවන්ශ අමරසිංහ මහතා මියගියේය. සාමාන්ය දැනීම ප්රශ්නයක් ලෙස පාසැල් සිසුවෙකුගෙන් ලංකාවේ සිටින / හිටපු වාමාන්ශික දේශපාලඥීන් කිහිප දෙනෙක් නම් කරන්නට කිවහොත් බණ්ඩාරනායක, විජේවීර නම් සමග සෝමවන්ශගේ නමත් කියවේවි. ඒත් මේ එක් අයෙක් වත් සැබෑ වාමාන්ශිකයන් ද? එහෙම නැත්තම් හුදු අවස්ථාවාදී කුහක දේශපාලනඥීන් ද? සෝමවන්ශ මහතා මියගියේ බදාදා දවසකය. ඒ රජයේ කන්තෝරු, දේශපලනඥීන් නින්දෙන් කූද්දමිනි. සෝමවන්ශට පහුගිය දින 364ම … Continue reading වමක් නැති රට.
The world may seem so big, and it is, but don’t let anyone make you feel small. We are not here to stay; billions of people came before us and will keep coming long after we are gone and the world will keep on spinning. But while we are here, remember to change a few things, or at least die trying. It’s rough out here … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter.
The culture of fraternity surrounding school Big Matches in Sri Lanka is a reflection of the misogyny and social malnourishment within our education system. Most of us are blind to it, not merely because we are too frenzied by the artificial hype created by these events, to see the deeper social implications they reflect. But because our national school system didn’t teach us how to … Continue reading What Your Schools Didn’t Teach You
இந்த கட்டுரையின் நோக்கம் என்னுடைய அரசியல் எண்ணங்களை வெளிப்படுத்துவதோஇ என்னுடைய தாரளமய விழுமியங்கள் குறித்து தற்பெருமை பேசுவதற்கோ அல்ல. எமது ஜனநாயக நம்பிக்கைகள் மற்றும் எமது தனிப்பட்ட கருத்துக்களுடன் நாம் தொடHச்சியாக முரண்படும் வயதில்இ நீதியைத் தேடி செல்லும் போது சில சந்தHப்பங்களில் நாம் கவனிக்க மறுக்கும் மனிதநேயம் மீதான அன்பின் காரணமாகவே இது முழுமையாக எழுதப்பட்டதாகும். எப்போதெல்லாம் வெறுக்கத்தக்க குற்றச் செயல்கள் (கொலைஇ வல்லுறவூஇ இன்னபிற) அதிகளவூ ஊடக அவதானத்தை பெறும் போதுஇ மரண தண்டனையை மீள அமுல்படுத்துமாறு கோருதல் எமது சமூகத்தில் அதிகரிக்கின்றது. மரண தண்டனையை ஆதரிப்பவHகளின் தHக்கத்தை … Continue reading மனிதநேயம் மீதான அன்பு
My Sinha-le is the same blood that runs in all Sri Lankans who love their country for what it is: a land filled with people of Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher and several other ethnicities, who all have equal rights for as long as they are Sri Lankan. We also share this land with a few who feel the need to create a conflict between its … Continue reading My Sinha-le
My grandparents were hard workers, who started from scratch and worked extremely hard to build their own businesses. When they became established businessmen, they took care of their communities. They helped out everyone they could. I’ve heard the legends; it’s almost hard to believe how much they gave back. Decades after their passing, they are not remembered for their wealth; it is the good they did for others that still remains. … Continue reading The Sri Lankan Social Psychology of Cyberbullying and Dog-whistle Politics
නිදහස නම් උගත්, ශක්තිමත් ගැහැනියක් වැනිය. ඇය සමාජයට නොරුස්සන සුලුය. සමාජය කැමති ගැහණුන් සුමුදුය, සුකුමලය, අහිංසකය. තටු සිනිදු සමනළී පිරිමින්ට දෙවැනිය පරිස්සම් කල යුතුය. එහෙත් ඇය; ඇය එසේ නොවේය. ඔබේ වෛරයට පබැඳු කටකතාවලට ශක්තිමත් ඇගේ තටු කැපිය නොහැකිය ‘තිබූ තැනක සොර සතුරන් ගත නොහෙනා’ ඇගේ බුද්ධිය, මතු මතුත් රැකෙනු ඇත. ඇය එඩිතරය. බලවත් ය. පිරිහුනු සමාජයේ හිරිහැර, අපයෙදුම් නොපෙනෙනා නොදැනෙනා මානයකට උගත්කමේ ශක්තියත් කැටුව ඇගේ ගමන ඇය යනු … Continue reading ඇගේ ගමන ඇය යනු ඇත
We as a nation have been through so much trauma in the past few decades and we all have our PTSD tendencies, and that’s okay. It’s only natural. We are all in recovery; the leaders, the citizens, the media: all of us. Following 30 years of war we immediately began to treat MR as our saviour, that’s was PTSD. We were insecure and we became … Continue reading Our National PTSD and Uncivil Society