Moving forward: an assessment of ongoing initiatives
Later, when the West decided to fight the Cold
War through dictatorial regimes, ranging from the Shah in Iran to
Mobutu in the Congo, they found that vice brings its own punishment.
I hope it is that perception that prompts the present, not entirely
perfect, but still better, allegiance to democratic practice.
Dr. L. M. Jayaratne: legal-lion-heart
Justice Jayaratne is a bold one, who has the
heart of a lion. He is a man who is outspoken and vocal about his
achievements. He began his career as a proctor and became a lawyer,
judge, scholar, writer and a Provincial Governor of Sri Lanka in
Northern people seeing development
I was surprised and shocked to read a statement
of the Tamil National Alliance regards their visit to America on
invitation by the American State Department, in a Tamil daily. All
peace loving, true, citizens of Sri Lanka, especially the Tamils,
should condemn it. The statement is full of distortions,
fabrications and lies. Any decent law-abiding man with a conscience
who has lived in the North, who has the guts to tell the truth,
would say that life has improved many fold and that after more than
30 years, the people are breathing the air of freedom peacefully and
they are seeing development.
The way forward in a two party context
The Sri Lankan polity has been having, or rather
enjoying, the two party system of politics for a long time now. This
system has been a part and parcel of life in this country,
especially since independence where the two political parties, the
UNP and the SLFP, had appealed to the people, vying with one another
to offer a better deal in living.