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

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

    25 Feb 2017

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”.

Enforced disappearance of persons in Sri Lanka: Legacy and ongoing challenges

Enforced disappearance of persons in Sri Lanka: Legacy and ongoing challenges

    27 Jun 2016

By M.C.M. Iqbal (This is an abridged version of a presentation made at a meeting at the University of London on 25th April, 2016) http://groundviews.org/2016/05/19/enforced-disappearances-in-sri-lanka-legacy-and-ongoing-challenges,/ Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian Enforced disappearance of persons remains one of the widely known human rights violations in Sri Lanka.  The machinery that had been set up during the past

UNIQUE ‘SRI  LANKA LIBRARY’ IN MELBOURNE

UNIQUE ‘SRI LANKA LIBRARY’ IN MELBOURNE

    24 Nov 2015

  A unique library on Sri Lanka, perhaps the only one of its kind overseas, exists in Melbourne, Australia. This library was begun by Victor Melder in 1968, when he migrated to Australia. Victor, who had only one book with him then, has today accumulated over 4,600 books, 2000 magazines and journals, 25 years  Sunday

The Prabhakaran phenomenon: towards an explanation

The Prabhakaran phenomenon: towards an explanation

    11 Jun 2015

Letter to Editor by Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan Berlin, Germany. A Sri Lankan Tamil friend wrote to me wondering why thousands of Tamils, both within and outside the Island, devoutly followed the Tiger leader. Even more, why do so many – more in the diaspora, he thinks, than within Sri Lanka – still ‘believe’ in him? Why