Changes are inevitable. But, many fear change. They mainly fear change because they fear how ‘change’ will affect them personally. Whether the change is good or bad, or whether it benefits many, does not enter into the initial equation. We treat change with skepticism at first, and then begin to accept it gradually. As time goes by, we eventually become used to them.
But, then new changes come in and the cycle continues. Change, when it is forced, is an unwelcome guest.
Sri Lanka is no exception to resistance to change. The country’s public sector is an apt example where changes are resisted and responses are made through protests. Continue reading →
July brings out many dreadful memories in the context of Sri Lankan politics. It is the month during which the subtle suspicions between Tamils and Sinhalese turned into a fully blown animosity, thanks to some unfortunate incidents.
Many lives were lost. Many Tamils who faced the brunt of the 1983 riots continue to remember them and some still live in ‘those’ days and therefore th ey tend to be doubtful of any efforts to solve the issue. Yes, there was violence, and it is probably the darkest period in Sri Lanka’s post-independence era. Continue reading →
The month of July seems to have a significant place in Sri Lanka’s post independence politics. The July of 1983 was a turning point in Sri Lanka’s ethnic struggle. Though we would not want to revisit that time, it has taught us many lessons that the country would keep in mind for years to come.
Four years after, a significant even was recorded in Sri Lanka’s political history, which would once again be a topic for years to come.
July 29, 2017 marked 30 years since the historic signing of the Indo-Lanka agreement, which gave birth to the controversial, much talked about, and much debated 13th Amendment.
Thirty years down the line, its full implementation continues to be a hot debate in terms of a durable solution for the longstanding ethnic question. Continue reading →
There is information everywhere. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips, and all it takes is to press a few buttons on a mobile phone.
The problem in today’s world is that there is too much information everywhere. But that is not the actual problem. The real problem is identifying what is true, and what is not. At a recently held discussion on World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta, a representative of Facebook had stated that fake news were in fact financially-motivated. Continue reading →
Being in debt in this commercially-driven world is not something that is unusual. We live in a world where we have to depend on each other for our own survival, whether an individual, or a nation.
Sri Lanka is no exception. The country is in debt and is still looking for ways and means of paying them off. However, what is alarming is the rate of increase of household debts in the country. Continue reading →
When Indian fans cursed their players and burned posters in anger for losing the crucial Champions Trophy to Pakistan, cricketers of both teams were sharing a couple of jokes, leaving the animosity and aggression in the cricket field itself.
A few things happened soon after the finals which gave the message which showed the spirit of the game. Continue reading →