Michael Roberts, courtesy of Island Cricket on 3rd March 2015…. where the early bloggers were aroused and up in arms. Different images (mostly) are deployed in this version while a Bibliography and EndNotes embellish the work. Readers are encouraged to pursue the hyperlinks and the Bbbliographical references.
Kumar Sangakkara is an ecumenical Sri Lankan and an exemplary icon for all and sundry. As a cricketer he stands among the best the world has seen — yesterday as well as today. Yet he is also a PERIL — to himself, the other batsman with him in the middle and thus to Sri Lanka as a whole. His running between the wickets is bloody awful.
This is a pity. He is such a talisman for most Sri Lankans of all ethnicities and religious faiths. When the tsunami wrought havoc along the coasts of the island in late 2004, he joined Murali, Mahela, Charlie Austin and others in relief efforts in the eastern littoral. Continue reading
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Darshanie Ratnawalli, courtesy of The Nation (print edition here) on Sunday,15th February 2015 here the title was “Revisiting the sins of – Leslie Gunawardana with KNO Dharmadasa (Part 1)”
Pic by Chandana Wijesinha
Professor KNO Dharmadasa, the present Editor in Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia goes down in history as mounting to date, the only direct, authoritative academic challenge to Professor Leslie Gunawardana, an ancient period historian of Sri Lanka who became a darling of certain social anthropological circuits through his “The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography”- (1979) and “Historiography In a Time of Ethnic Conflict, Construction of the Past in Contemporary Sri Lanka”- (1995). Professor KNO opened up to Darshanie Ratnawalli about this debate and its repercussions.
DR- I am sure there are many subjects I could talk to you about. But my main interest is in your debate with Professor Leslie Gunawardana. I think it was one of the high points of interest in Sri Lankan studies in the 1990s. What struck me about the whole exchange was how little you were challenging him on linguistic grounds. I felt that even though Professor Gunawardana was making many linguistic gaffes, you missed them because you were concentrating too much on historical narrative and interpretation.
KNO- For example?
DR- For example, on p11 of his 1995 work “Historiography in a Time of Ethnic Conflict”, which was sort of a response to your 1992 paper, Prof. G is discussing the Vallipuram inscription. He says; “The identification (by Paranavitana in 1939 in Epigraphia Zeylanica, Vol. IV, pp.229-237, my parenthesis) of the language of the inscription as Sinhala runs counter to opinions which have remained dominant in the field of historical linguistics for more than half a century”
KNO- This is bullshit. It’s no such thing. Actually it goes fully with the dominant view. Continue reading
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K. N. O. Dharmadasa, courtesy of The Island, 27 February 2015, where the title is slightly different**
It is a well known fact that the 1950s and 1960s were a period of intense activity in the field of Sinhala literature. A prominent factor in this activity was the so called ‘Peradeniya School’ which upheld a modernistic outlook revolutionising literary and artistic creativity. The novelists, poets and literary critics who represented the ‘Peradeniya School’ were an avant garde boldly challenging established norms and advocating a freedom of expression untrammelled by traditional constraints.
Translated by Ranjini Obeyesekere, in The Island, 25 February 2015
- The Water Buffalo
My beard on fire
in haste, I was running, running down in the dawn,
bearing the burdens of life
all on my back;
at the edge of the road, in a large clump of grass
like a fat merchant spread eagled on his easy-chair
I saw you lie. Continue reading
“I am honoured by your invitation and rejoice in your decision to convene this conference of representatives of States, international institutions, and organizations of civil society, the world of agriculture and the private sector, with the aim of studying together the forms of intervention necessary in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, as well as the changes that must be made to existing strategies.” … said the Pope
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Pope Francis observed that ‘development plans and the work of international organizations must take into consideration the wish so frequent among ordinary people, for respect for fundamental human rights and, in this case, the rights of the hungry. “Every woman, man, child and elderly person everywhere should be able to count on these guarantees. It is the duty of every State that cares for the wellbeing of its citizens to subscribe to them unreservedly, and to take the necessary steps to ensure their implementation. This requires perseverance and support.” Continue reading