Socio-political dimension of English in Sri Lanka
Revisiting the four principles underpinning the
Presidential Initiative: English as a Life Skill:
It was in November 2008 that the President
requested me to coordinate for him a national initiative to take
English language skills across the country. We were faced with a
daunting task. The President explained to me that although every
child learns English at school continuously for 10 years - Five
hours a week, 95 percent of our children - or perhaps even more -
leave school without the ability to speak two sentences together in
To all my brothers and sisters in whose arms I reside
I would never have known of a man called Mark
Knopfler had it not been for my musically inclined brother, Arjuna.
He was so talented and so dedicated to whatever he set his mind to
accomplish that he was all about the particular musical instrument
that had caught his fancy at the time. He just soaked up everything
there was to know. Not everything, for that’s impossible, but quite
a bit and certainly volumes more than I could even imagine.
Channel 4 video, Darusman Report and the world opinion
“The West won the world not by superiority of
its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in
applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non
Westerners never do”. Samuel. P. Huntington as quoted by J.B. Miller
in his dissertation ‘The Good Old Days’.