The year 1987 was a significant year for Sri Lankan politics – a year that would forever alter the course of the island nation.
India’s cheekiest foreign minister ever, Mr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, meeting with the JVP leader Anura Kumara is what they call a “diplomatic slap”. And that slap is clearly targeted at Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.
“God has given you one mouth and two ears for a reason. Talk less and listen more Dulinda!”. Though quite a common phrase, for me, this phrase remains very personal as it comes from an individual that I revere beyond many.
Let me say “arrogance” is a reflection of “ignorance” and “haste” has nothing in common with “efficiency.”
Taking paracetamol when you are having a headache or bandaging your child's scrap when the child got hurt while playing does not feel like a big deal.
“That in the opinion of this House, the Ceylon [constitution] Order-in-Council be amended forthwith to provide for the Sinhalese and Tamil languages to be state languages of Ceylon with parity of status throughout the Island……. Mr Speaker, I want in the first instance to ask this question: What are we aiming at? What is the objective we have in mind for this Country? Do we want a united, strong and an integrated Nation or not?.... If democracy is to be treated as an arithmetical concept that whatever majority decides it must be accepted merely because they have got superiority in members, that is not democracy….. The test of a democratic decision is the morality of the law…. There is no reason why they should separate unless we force them to separate by making Tamil a regional language confirmed to the Northern and Eastern provinces. That is what we are driving them to, that is what people who are advocating Sinhalese as the only official language do not seem to realize.” - (Dr. N.M Perera moving a motion on language in House of Representatives - October 19, 1955)
The Lionel Bopage Retrospection event was held in Melbourne on 09 December 2023, marking the online release of the film Dwandha – a Tale of Two Rebels.
In the turbulent seas of Sri Lankan politics, a new wave is rising, personified by Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD), a man whose journey from the ranks of the humble to the forefront of national consciousness reflects the evolving soul of a nation yearning for change.