Category: Politics

Women Freedom Fighters: Remembering Ahilya Rangnekar

She stitched the tricolour from saris and hoisted it from the prison walls Ahilya Rangnekar came from a progressive family influenced by the values of the social reform. The family’s four daughters, and the daughters-in-law were graduates. On 8 August 1942, in response to the declaration of the ‘Quit India’ movement, Ahilya joined the students…

Making of a new constitution for Sri Lanka: Let wiser counsel prevail

By Tassie Seneviratne “Constitution making in Sri Lanka has become a highly contentious issue.  The problem lies in the challenge to democracy, arising from the polarization of the two main ethnic groups – the Sinhalese and the Tamils – and the mistrust that has been simmering since Independence culminating in the ‘Vaddukoddai Resolution’ in 1976″.…

Brian Senewiratne’s ‘Sexual Violence Against Tamils In Sri Lanka’

  By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan I’ve never met the author (hereafter sometimes referred to as BS), a medical doctor long settled in Australia, but have heard of his reputation as a human-rights campaigner fighting against discrimination and injustice, be they based on ‘race’, religion, caste or skin-colour. Among the recognition he has received is the…

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

By Dawood Ali McCallum    “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” The first of these quotes is Hillary Clinton’s September 2015 acknowledgement of an error of judgement in using a private email server for official communications when Secretary of State. The…

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