Reform and reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Let me begin by thanking the High Commission
here, and the Consuls in Sydney and Melbourne, for inviting me to
Australia and hosting my programme. I should also thank all those,
in particular the Sri Lankans, Burghers, Muslims, Sinhalese and
Tamils, who have come to meet me. I am more appreciative of this
because, given distances between places in your towns, and the
weather, I think getting out for such meetings requires considerable
The dimensions of success and failure
Eduardo Galeano is one of my favourite authors.
He writes things that can be read over and over again. They are
always fresh and they always offer new perspectives. ‘Walking words’
is one that I particularly like. I’ve not read it ‘cover-to-cover’.
Some books are not meant to be read like that. I read it random-page
Buddha’s teachings inspire humanistic and universalist politics
The first entails the notion that the West is
the preserve of philosophy and the East is the domain of exotic
cultures, and that ‘universality’ originated from and flows from
West to East. Counter-posed to this Eurocentric vision is its
inversion: the Eastern idea of the West as the site of a mechanistic
materialism and a tawdry consumerism, whereas the East is the realm
of the metaphysical and the spiritual.