When Iyappan Sangaran arrived in Sri Lanka early last century, he did not have a single penny in his hands and had no idea how to survive. However, he has left a legacy in the form of Subhash Hotel that has become synonymous with the recent history of the Jaffna Peninsula.
Sangaran arrived in the country in 1918. Poverty in many parts of India had pushed this young boy of 14 to leave his home in Kerala and come to Sri Lanka in search of a livelihood. Continue reading →
The beauty of democracy is that the people have the power to elect who they want. They decide on who is sent to Parliament and to the local bodies.
No wonder these politicians exhaust themselves to get into the good books of the people. Politicians are representatives of the people. Whether they are in parliament, provincial councils, or any local body, their main objective is to represent the people and to address their issues in whatever ways they can.
But does that happen? For five years, the people are left with no option but to live with who they have elected. Then comes the next five years, and more often than not, the story is the same. Continue reading →
Former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were linked to recent incidents of unrest in the North, giving rise to fresh speculations of an LTTE-regrouping in the North.
Claims that these former cadres, some rehabilitated, are involved raise more questions than concerns over the progress of the government, and of the country in moving towards reconciliation. Continue reading →
Constable in Canadian Police, Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to Walmart on the night of August 6. A young man of about 18 years had been caught shoplifting by the store’s loss prevention officer. During the investigation Niran learned that the teen shoplifted a shirt, a tie, and a pair of socks because he had no money to buy a suit for his job interview the next morning.
And this magnanimous Constable of Sri Lankan origin did what he thought was only was necessary. Niran went back to the mall, bought the items the teen had tried to shoplift and arranged it so that the boy would receive it anonymously. Continue reading →
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has a change of heart. Some are lucky enough to get a new lease of life at some point in their lives. These are phrases that are used generally to describe a change in thought process, or a shift in lifestyles, jobs, or sometimes perspectives.
But there are those, who get a new lease of life thanks to a change of heart, literally. Pushpa Kumari, a young mother from Anuradhapura who had to undergo life-saving emergency surgery was one such person. She needed a new heart at the earliest. Today, Kumari sounds very relaxed and happy that she got a new lease of life thanks to the heart of a deceased donor. “I am very happy now,” she told the Nation over the phone. She sounded feeble, but relaxed and confident.
She was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit of the Kandy hospital to the normal ward last week, nearly one month after her life-changing surgery. Continue reading →
The biggest challenge the government currently faces is the risk of sustaining the trust of the people. Every government pledges many things to its people before it comes to power.
The people elect them based on their pledges, and their credentials, and sometimes because they simply want to do away with the government in power.
Sri Lanka’s current government, too, laid out many pledges to its people during election campaigns. Whether they have been fulfilled is something that the government needs to ask itself.
However, one thing that many governments around the world fail to do is to honour its commitments to the people. Continue reading →