The never ending strikes

Colombo was at a standstill, stuck on the road twice last week thanks to a protest and a strike. Strikes and protests have been very frequent during the past several months and have been testing the patience of thousands of people who were left helpless due to traffic congestion. First it was the protest against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Then it was the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union who launched a strike on Thursday (12), bringing all train commuters to the road. The rains did not make the situation any better either. The SAITM issue seems to be a never ending one. Continue reading →


New Constitution and some confusions

Almost all politicians are more or less focused on the Constitutional reforms, with the focus slowly shifting towards the upcoming budget proposals that are to be presented to Parliament next month.

The Constitutional reforms form a key step in Sri Lankan politics and have the potential to solve the longstanding ethnic problem which had plagued the country for over 30 years. Even the process is underway and the Steering Committee had released its interim report, there are voices that oppose this move.

Nevertheless, the Tamil political leaders, at least most of them, are optimistic that the concerns of the Tamils will be addressed through the new Constitution. However, it seems that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is yet to solve its internal crisis. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

REHABILITATION: Beginning a new life

The end of the war has seen a lot of changes in the lives of those who were affected by it for more than 30 years.
The government and many other organisations are continuing with their assistance to those who were affected during the last phase of the war, which defeated terrorism in May 2009.
The 30-year-old war had created scars and damages and needs several years to be healed and repaired. Thousands of persons had lost their lives and many families were affected due to the unstable conditions that had prevailed in the country especially in the north and east, where the war had taken place. 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 →