May Day … The political hijack…

In this day and age where life is a race, everyone has been compelled to work hard to survive. Almost everyone labours and hence a labourer.

But there are those who work day and night not only for their families, but also to keep the economy on the move.

Thousands of labourers work elsewhere in the country and do not see their families for months. Then there are those who have gone abroad as skilled workers to bring in foreign revenue. The problems and trials they face are known to everyone. Continue reading →

Learn to live with it or learn from it

The Meetotamulla tragedy has left us with many unanswered questions. What happened? Why hadn’t the authorities acted on the requests by residents?

Although the incident took everyone by shock, the tragedy was in fact long in the making. For years, the residents have been protesting about the garbage dump and have continuously requested the authorities to move the dump away from the location.

However, the lack of a timely action had resulted in last week’s tragedy that killed dozens. Soon after the incident, residents who survived the tragedy stated that there were, in fact, many previous signs of an impending catastrophe. Continue reading →

The SAITM struggle and the search for remedy

Medical doctors have a special place in society. They belong to a profession which is revered, and at times worshipped.

Yes, they are next to God. They should be serene, relaxed and put the patients at ease. Their job is not easy.

They protect lives. Every man and woman would have been at the mercy of a doctor at one point in time.

But since of late, these very doctors and undergraduates seem to callously disregard the patients and their lives taken sides on the roads against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, popularly known as SAITM. Continue reading →

The search for the ‘missing’ answers

Families of the disappeared have gathered in at least two locations along the A9 Highway and have been protesting for over a month demanding to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. Most of those who are at these protests are mothers and wives of those who have gone missing during, and soon after the final stages of the war.

Their demands are simple. ‘Tell us what happened to our loved ones. If they are alive, then allow us to go see them, or release them.’

The Northern Province was a scene of chaos during the terminal stages of fighting. Many were arrested, many surrendered. Many of the LTTE cadres who had handed themselves over to the military were rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. Continue reading →