Rohingya and the local divide

The Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Sri Lanka took a different turn last week when a group of monks stormed a safe house where some of the refugees from Rohingya were housed. They were being looked after by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The incident triggered criticisms towards the monks, and the UNHCR. But what seems lost is humanity. Some argue that the UNCHR had not followed protocol in bringing in or looking after the refugees, thereby justifying the actions of the monks.  Continue reading →

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Reforms needed from within

The process of Constitutional reforms reached a crucial juncture last week when the interim report of the Steering Committee was handed over to the Constitutional Assembly.

This is a crucial point since groups with conflicting ideologies had made their proposals which have now taken shape as an interim report. However, there is a long way to go. The content of the interim report has to be debated following which the outcomes of the debates would be handed over to the steering committee. Continue reading →

Repent, forgive, and live

No one is perfect. Everyone has done some mistake at one point or the other in his or her life. These mistakes are usually done without any intent, which is why they are called ‘mistakes’.

The consequences may not be serious, but sometimes could be deadly. It depends on the type of mistake an individual makes. But he or she is punished or penalized because of the damage caused by the mistake. That is how the system works.

The punishment may be severe if it was intentional. But, at the end of the day, the fact is that everyone has erred in life and most of them move on correcting themselves. Continue reading →

We still got it…

A transition period requires time. Any living being would need time to adapt and acclimatize to new surroundings and situations.

Take for instance a scenario where you join a new work place or a new school. You will definitely need some time to get to know the surrounding and the new colleagues that you will be dealing with for months or even years.

The ‘getting to know’ phase is most important in any relationship, be it friendship, marriage, or even professional. The phase decides the fate of your relationship, and whether it would be fruitful.

The same applies to groups, cliques, and teams. Each individual is different from the others and therefore needs some time to get used to his or her colleagues and team members.

The Sri Lankan cricket team is also going through that phase. Although some may say that the team has been going through this phase for quite a long time, the fact of the matter is that the members are yet to reach that comfort level to perform as a team.

They are getting there.

We saw what the current team was capable of during their second One Day International last Thursday (24) in Pallekele.

We did not give up. We were not bundled before the 50 overs were complete. Plus, we held on to the catches.

That full length dive by former captain Angelo Mathews to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan was all that was needed for Sri Lanka to regain their lost confidence.

Though we lost, we do know that all is not lost for the team.

We do have the fighting spirit within us, which needs to be improved with every match we play.

There will be losses until we reach stability. But the most important aspect of last Thursday’s game was that they found their fighting spirit.

Now it is up to the team to keep it. The fans will back them.

Climate calamity

Sri Lanka has been going through numerous changes in weather patterns over past couple of years. The worrying factor being that the shifts in weather patterns have been quite extreme.

This has been evident at least during these two years where severe drought was followed by incessant rains which resulted in floods and landslides in several parts of the country.  Continue reading →

Who are VIPs?

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 →