Fall of the Kandyan Kingdom - lessons still to be learnt
One of the serious failings of Sri Lankan polity,
particularly from the time of the Kotte and Sitavaka Kingdoms had
been to seek Western support against other contenders to power and
in turn supporting them in their surreptitious schemes of
territorial aggrandizement. King Bhuwanekabahu's overtures to the
Portuguese to defeat Mayadunne of Sitavaka led to the Portuguese
getting a foothold in the Maritime Provinces, with adverse and far
reaching consequences on Sri Lankan culture and Buddhist religion in
particular, never to be erased.
Globalism versus Globalisation
Socio - economic scene
The extent to which the festival is rooted in
the community was revealed a few years ago when the Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (DMK) tried to legislate it out of existence with the Tamil
Nadu New Year (Declaration) Bill of 2008, in favour of Thai Pongal.
Widespread opposition to the move led to the holiday being preserved
in memory of the great Dalit Buddhist leader BR Ambedkar. Last year,
the Tamil Nadu Assembly quietly rescinded the legislation.
Sri Lanka Right Watch
Girl Guide initiative on violence against women and children
A couple of days after government had held a
consultation about implementation of the Human Rights Action Plan
with regard to women and children, the Sri Lanka Girl Guides
Association convened a General Assembly on the topic of violence
against women and children. It seems that the World Association had
thought this a matter of urgency to have 'a wide spread campaign of
stopping violence against women around the world', and the Sri
Lankan Association had taken the matter up through a very effective
mechanism, namely asking each province to examine a particular topic
and make recommendations.
Dudley Senanayake’s 39th death anniversary
A towering figure in SL’s political firmament
Dudley Senanayake, one of the most colourful
politicians and a statesman, four times Prime Minister of Sri Lanka,
passed away 39 years ago on April 13, 1973, New Year's day, common
to both Buddhists and Hindus. This great leader died at the age of
61. He was a towering figure in our political firmament. A man of
impeccable integrity and honesty, his contribution to Sri Lanka was
enormous and he was an outstanding leader.