Political challenges in post-war Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan perspective:
Undoubtedly the greatest challenge in Sri Lanka
at present is the restoration of trust. On the one side there is
fear that a separatist agenda has not been abandoned, on the other
there is fear that unity will be enforced by subordination of
minorities to a dominant centre.
You and I are the beggars being bludgeoned, didn’t you know?
There are jokes and there are jokes. Some are
witty, informative and thought provoking. Some are tasteless and
derogatory. Some are witty and tasteless. I remember two from
probably the decades ago, both of the car-sticker type. The first
was ‘Preserve wildlife, pickle a squirrel’. The second was as bad,
‘Eradicate poverty, shoot a beggar’.
Pressing need to revamp Civil Defence Committees
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has
declared that the Civil Defence committees will be re activated. The
Civil Defence Committees helped the government in its concerted
effort to eradicate terrorism. The Defence Secretary is of the view
that these committees should be revamped to perform a more effective
role in the efforts to eradicate crime.