CAMP or Contemporary Artists Meeting Point ….. Lionel Wendt Gallery 24-31st July
Moving and transcendental. Please do go. CAMP(Contemporary Artists Meeting Point) has been organized by Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts & the Neelan Thiruchelvam Trust 24th -31st July the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.( three days more) –
It is the outcome of three residential workshops held in Batticoloa, (3 days) Jaffna (3 days) and Colombo (24 days). Part of an effort to use art to ‘heal broken hearts in the North and East and to generate a discussion on how to enhance the space to broaden citizens’ rights provided by a terrible war that lasted 30 years”. A must see. There are some amazingly expressive works and in their diversity of approach there is much to think about. It gets under the skin and lingers like a conscience Continue reading
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Rajan Hoole et al,** courtesy of The Island. 28 July 2016, where the title is “Fallout of freshers’ welcome fiasco in Jaffna: Is our university system equal to challenge of sectarianism?”
The following record of the welcome event is compiled from the experiences of several members of the Science Faculty in Jaffna, who were present. The event is a warning when taken alongside sectarian violence in other Lankan universities, recently in Sabaragamuva, Uva Wellassa and Eastern, where the response of the authorities has been constrained by a number of factors, including local prejudices and peer pressures, bias in the university security services and local readings of the wishes of the authorities in Colombo. The change in attitude of the authorities after the regime change of 8th January 2015 is reflected in their wanting as far as possible for the problems to be tackled on local initiative. The universities should use this opportunity to address, in their locality, causes that threaten the integrity of university values and education. These causes, if left to follow their course, would make peaceful coexistence and pluralism even harder to achieve.
Pic from http://colombogazette.com/2016/07/17/attempt-to-spread-racial-hatred-using-jaffna-clash-condemned/ Continue reading
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Upul Wijayawardhana in The Island 29 July 2016, with title Murali is no traitor
What cricketers do in retirement is their business; some take to politics and do a very bad job; others create Ministries, not of government but, of crab and make a great success of it; most do coaching, many of our cricketers having successful coaching careers. It looks as if it is the norm for most teams to have ‘foreign coaches’. Well, it was so even in 1996 when we won the World Cup; our coach was Dav Whatmore who though born in Sri Lanka, migrated to Australia and played test cricket for Australia but helped us defeat Australia in the finals. Murali should be free to coach any team that pays him well and we have no right to object at all if we never offered to employ him.
Unlike many Sri Lankans I am no cricket fanatic, may be because the first time ever I faced a cricket ball, in my schooldays, I ended up with an injury, though minor, to my right thumb diminishing my enthusiasm for the gentlemen’s game. I say I am not a fanatic because often I find that my English friends know more about our cricketers than I do. However, I have been a great supporter of our cricket team and have been very proud of their achievements. I have proudly failed the Norman Tebbit’s ‘Cricket Test’. For the sake of those who are too young to know what it is, I should reiterate what the Conservative politician said in 1990:”A large proportion of Britain’s Asian population fail to pass the cricket test. Which side do they cheer for? It’s an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?” Fortunately, my English friends are more understanding than Lord Tebbit and, in fact, many of them are ardent supporters of the Sri Lanka team, except when they are playing against England.
The construction of a road and rail network was one of the dimensions of British imperial activity in Sri Lanka. Directed in part by the need for military control in an ear when potential rebellions were at the back of their mind, the goals of surplus appropriation as well as administrative action guided the locale and pace of these developments. Some energetic souls have deposited a treasure trove of photographic images in my email box and I reproduce them here with some from my own collection.
We can begin with what I term “the hard yards of railway construction” — as seen in the two images below and in “A steamengine rounding the bend at “Sensation Rock” in Kadugannawa.
From http://lankapura.com/2009/05/undergoing-constructions-of-colombo-kandy-railway-line-1860/ #IMG 394 & #IMG366 at the British Library Board Continue reading
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Michael Roberts, courtesy of Colombo Telegraph
It is a commonplace in reviews of the ethnic conflict at the popular level of web comment for the blame to be heaped on our politicians in the past, and any perusal of web-commentary would turn up criticisms of politician A or politician B, or particular temporal moments/events. This is over-simplistic. Such processes are complex and demand a multi-factorial analysis.
Scenes from the mid-1950s depicting Sinhala activists at ‘work’ — see Roberts: Potency , Power & People in Groups, Colombo, Marga, 2011.
Besides such singular criticisms tend to obscure or downplay the critical influence of two fundamental causes, the one structural, the other ideological. Let me begin with A the structural before proceeding to B, the ideological. Continue reading
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