Gerald H. Peiris
I knew Ajit at the time he was an undergraduate at Cambridge, and remember meeting him on and off at the ‘Arts Theatre Restaurant’ at lunch-time. The image that comes to mind is a mild-mannered and gentle youth ̶- younger than my circle of post-grad ‘Ceylonese’ pals like Uswatte, Mahes, Shan, Gunda or Dharmawardena by, say, 6 or 7 years. I haven’t met him since that time, but it seems from what he has written that he has not lost his gentleness, and has remained almost entirely free of “racial” (ethnic?) prejudices, probably impelled by personal experiences since that time.
While I particularly like the ‘autobiographical’ segment of his essay, I have to refer to several errors ̶ some, important, others trivial ̶ that could be attributed to excessive reliance on memory and ignoring what serious researchers have documented. These I specify below under sub-headings numbered 1 to 7, referring in red to highlighted extracts from his essay.
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Izeth Hussain, in The Island, 19 September 2016, where the title is “Attack on Ambassador Ansar and Tamil Islamophobic Racism”…. with highlighting emphases added by The Editor, Thuppahi
There are some very odd features about the recent attack on Ambassador Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur airport. It took place in a secured area of the airport, probably the result of a bona fide lapse on the part of the Malaysian authorities to which no particular significance should be attached. What is odd is that the attack took place at all. We can safely assume that for twenty five years and more our Embassy officials have been countering LTTE propaganda in all capitals where there is a heavy Tamil presence. There have been demonstrations galore against successive Sri Lankan Governments but – as far as I am aware – no Sri Lankan Ambassador or his officers have been beaten up by the LTTE or other Tamils. It appears therefore that the attack on Ambassador Ansar was odd, uniquely odd.
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John Pennington & Alastair Symondson & Nigel Kerner, in Cricket World, 27 April 2016, where the title is “Change cricket with a World Cricket Passport
“It never seems to be out of fashion to proclaim the imminent death of some element of the game, usually Test cricket, but sometimes cricket in a country or region. Test cricket, ODI cricket, West Indian cricket, Pakistan cricket – none will disappear very soon, but fewer and fewer people are turning up to watch. That is a huge problem, and if it continues, it will eventually lead to the game – or parts of it – dying.” Nigel Kerner
English fans at Galle
Nigel Kerner was born in Sri Lanka and is an author and journalist, writing on science, religion and philosophy while maintaining passions for cricket, rugby, wildlife and music.He undertakes voluntary work to help disadvantaged people in developing nations and you can download his full World Cricket Passport proposal by clicking here.www.nigelkerner.com It isn’t something that will be easily and quickly solved but one way of getting more crowds to watch the game, is to develop a ‘world cricket passport’, the brainchild of Nigel Kerner. Click here to download/read Nigel’s full proposal (PDF)
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Island News Item, 30 April 2016, with title “Malik calls for preferential market access for SL in the US…..“ECTA with India this year, FTA with China in early 2017”
Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema last week urged the U.S., Sri Lanka’s largest export market, to increase market access for Lankan exports which he said “will be crucial for building a more prosperous, stable and peaceful Sri Lanka.” The minister was speaking in Washington at the 12th Joint Council meeting under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement at an event attended by Ambassadors Michael Froman, US Trade Representative, and Ambassador Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations – both cabinet members. Samarawickrema who described significantly increased preferential market access as the ‘jewel in the crown’ said this has the capacity to generate “quick wins” making the point that Sri Lanka was pressed with challenges to manage the short term.
US UN Ambassador Samantha Power, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S.A Prasad Kariyawasam, at the United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting
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